If you watch a Butler game today, you may not know what Sean McDermott went through just to be able to walk again, much less play basketball. In 2013 when he was a junior at Pendleton Heights High School he went through a terrible night of practice. On the way home from school he was too tired to even go into Wendy’s to eat with his brother. He stayed in the car and slept. The next morning his mom took him to the ER in Anderson which started a series of hospital visits and the eventual trip to Riley Hospital. It was here that the doctors discovered a staph infection in his blood stream. Had this gotten to his heart, it could have been fatal. The skin-born virus that he had usually causes minor irritations, but to Sean it became a life and death experience.Sean is now at Butler University where his basketball skills are again delighting basketball fans. It wasn’t until Sean was healthy and able to play basketball again that they revealed to him how sick he really was. If you think you have had a tough time, just check with the McDermott family. Not only did Sean have all of his problems, but his mom dealt with cancer during this time as well.Next time you see Butler on TV, remember the journey of Sean McDermott!!I want to thank the Indianapolis Star for some of this information.
The four defendants accused of the murder of USC graduate engineering student Xinran Ji have pleaded not guilty, according to the Los Angeles Times. Ji, 24, was killed after being struck with a blunt force object in the street near 29th Street and Orchard Avenue on July 24. He returned to his home on the fourth floor of City Park Apartments before succumbing to his injuries.The teenagers charged with the murder, Jonathan Del Carmen, 19; Andrew Garcia, 18; Alberto Ochoa, 17; and Alejandra Guerrero, 16, are now being held without bail until their hearing on Sept.12.The L.A. Times reports that it has not been decided whether the prosecution will seek the death penalty against Garcia and Del Carmen. The other two defendants, Ochoa and Guerrero, could face life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.
AMES — Iowa State sophomore Tyrese Haliburton expects to have more of a leadership role as the Cyclones prepare for next month’s trip to Italy. Haliburton started 34 games this past season and is part of an ISU team that will count on several newcomers.Haliburton gained international experience earlier this summer when he was part of the USA squad that won the Under 19 World Cup Tournament.Iowa State will play three games in Italy between August 10th and the 20th. EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — No pair of teammates in 2018 totaled more than the 215 catches amassed by Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. With Thielen and Diggs, the Minnesota Vikings were one of only four teams with two members of the 1,000-yard club last year. The necessity of a third receiver in this passing-oriented NFL, however, was evident during a second-half fade by the offense. Whether Chad Beebe, Jordan Taylor, Laquon Treadwell, Brandon Zylstra or one of the rookies, the Vikings need someone else to emerge. == 3A Quarterfinals – Tuesday, July 3011:00 — #1 Xavier of Cedar Rapids (38-2) vs. ADM (13-17)1:30 — #4 Marion (32-5) vs. Bishop Heelan of Sioux City (29-10)4:30 — #3 Central DeWitt (36-3) vs. #9 Centerville (24-6)7:00 — #2 Assumption of Davenport (31-4) vs. Boone (20-12) — State baseball== 2A Quarterfinals – Monday, July 29#2 North Linn 8, West Branch 1Des Moines Christian 9, Central Lee 7West Sioux 7, #7 New Hampton 2#5 Van Meter 17, Underwood 7 (6 innings)