Campbell County is home for the first time in a month. Friday at Dossett Stadium, the Cougars take on Karns looking for their first region win on the season. Injured quarterback Landon Addington practiced this week for the first time in two weeks. CCHS Head Coach Justin Price says, “This week’s been a little bit better. He’s been able to practice a little bit more. But he’s still limited in how mobile he is. They’ll kinda look at him during Friday’s pre-game and see how far along he is. He’s healing quickly and hopefully will be better than he was last week for sure and get to the point where he will able to use his legs a little bit again.”Christian Shouse, wideout and defensive back, missed the fourth quarter at Powell last week with what was thought to be a concussion. Shouse will be evaluated in pre-game warm-ups.Campbell has missed Preston Bowman for almost six weeks. This week is the first week he’s been able to practice though it’s been non-contact. He, too, will be evaluated in warm-ups on Friday to see if he can return to his flanker and secondary duties.The Cougars are 2 & 4 in all games with losses through their first two region contests. Karns has struggled to win one game, 48-22 over Scott, though has averaged 25 points per game. The Beavers are 0 & 4 on the road and in region games and have a 1 and 6 record.Coverage over the WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network begins Friday at 7:00 pm over AM 1450, FM 100.9 and 1450wlaf.com. The Cougars on WLAF are brought to you by these outstanding corporate partners: Terry’s Pharmacy, United Cumberland Bank, Senator Ken Yager, PCUD, Tracy Lobertini and Alco Builders and Realty, Lace to Pearls, Community Trust Bank, B & M Tires, Charley’s Pizza, State Farm Agent Tabatha Smith, First National Bank, Doyle’s Tire Shop, Cumberland Gap Medical, Rice Oil-Marathon, TCAT, Fazoli’s, Norris Lake Insurance, Riggs Drug Jacksboro, LUB, Valley Roofing, Byrge Screen Printing, State Representative Dennis Powers, Gray Insurance Agency and Peoples Bank of the South.(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/04/2018-6AM) Share this:FacebookTwitter
The 20-year-old spent last season on loan at Schalke 04, and has since returned to Barcelona, with whom he has a contract until 2023.Record says Benfica won’t have an easy task to sign the player, since there’s a big competition from the likes of Everton, Fenerbahçe and Wolverhampton Wanderers.The newspaper writes that it was first the Toffees and Wolves who made their approaches asking for the conditions for the signing. Then the Turkish side joined the race.Even though the Eagles have been following him since January, they’re still to make a move.Embed from Getty ImagesThe report claims the Todibo isn’t staying at Barcelona due to the big fight for a place in the team.However, there’s no information on how much he’d cost. All they say is that the Catalan side demanded €25m for Schalke 04 to keep him, and that’s why the Bundesliga side gave up on the signing.If that is all they are asking for, then Everton and Wolves shouldn’t have too much of a problem meeting that.First, however, they’ll probably want to finish the Premier League campaign before delving into the complicated and frustrating world of making offers for players.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameBuild a City, Trade With Your Neighbors, Play With Your FriendsForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉（今晚試試）Keto减肥UndoTemenos by CNBC CatalystIs a Digital Revolution Crucial for Banks to Stay Ahead in a Post-Pandemic World?Temenos by CNBC CatalystUndo Portuguese newspaper Record features today a big story about Jean-Clair Todibo. The defender is said to be ‘on top of the list’ of signings which Benfica plan to make this summer.
Useins Bolts | Foto: Getty ImagesSprint legend Usein Bolts is in self-quarantine after a positive Covid-19 test, and police are currently investigating whether the party violated the country’s current Covid-19 restriction regulations, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness said on Tuesday.It has already been reported that the video posted on Bolt’s Twitter site revealed that the tests submitted to him on Saturday after the celebration of his 34th birthday party revealed the presence of coronavirus in the body, but there are no symptoms of the disease. He encouraged the friends he had contacted to take precautions.Police are currently investigating whether there were any illegal activities at the party, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness said.Birthday party videos online showed that the celebration took place outside, but without face masks or social distancing.Manchester United footballer Rahim Sterling and Leverkusen Bayer Bayon Bailey are also reported to have been guests.The Jamaican legend immediately began to isolate himself on suspicion of the disease.There have been 1,612 cases of coronavirus and 16 deaths in Jamaica, according to official figures.Eight-time Olympic champion Bolt, who holds world records in the 100 and 200-meter races, competed for the last time in international competitions at the 2017 World Championships in London.He and his longtime girlfriend, Cassia Bennett, were expecting their daughter in May.
21 August 2015, 22:35 European Showjumping Championships Update Tags: Damian McDonald, Horse Sport Ireland CEO, said: “We are very proud of the Irish team’s performance at the European Championships in Aachen. As regards the incident, where an arena official ran in front of Cian O’Connor causing interference, we will be pursuing this through all appeals mechanisms available to us within the rules of the International Governing Body, the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI). “ Home » FEI News » European Showjumping Championships Update
These competitions are for 3 & 4 year old fillies and aim to identify performance fillies at a young age that may be suitable for the broodmare herd. An inaugural pony loose jumping competition will run alongside the horse competition.These competitions are open to any 3 & 4 year old filly that is registered in an approved DAFM Studbook , WBFSH Studbook (horse) or EU Studbook (pony). Passports must be available for inspection by staff and judges at the competitions.The dates and venues are: Wexford Equestrian Centre on Monday 26th November 2018. 16 November 2018, 17:42 Home » Breeding News » Announcing HSI Three & Four Year Old Loose Jumping Filly Horse & Pony Competitions 2018 For full details and entry forms please go to https://www.horsesportireland.ie/breeding/hsi-breeding-sponsorships/ Cavan Equestrian Centre on Thursday 29th November 2018. Topflight Equestrian Centre Kilkenny on Monday 3rd December 2018. Tags: Announcing HSI Three & Four Year Old Loose Jumping Filly Horse & Pony Competitions 2018
The Ravens are over .500 at their bye week for the first time since 2014, creating plenty of optimism for the rest of the 2019 season and beyond.Below are some answers to questions posed to Baltimore coaches this week and some thoughts on what they had to say:What about the current state of the pass rush?Defensive line coach Joe Cullen: “Hits aren’t good enough. We want to get [quarterbacks] down. Obviously, you want to affect the quarterback. The other day we had one sack, but I thought we affected that quarterback similar to the [Patrick] Mahomes game a year ago when we had a lot of hits, hurries, and it flustered him a little bit. Now, obviously, we’d like to get him down, and we will. We’ll keep working on that, but we just have to keep working together. Sometimes it’s the rush not getting there, and we have great coverage. Sometimes the rush is really good, maybe the coverage [isn’t], but when we hone in on our rush and our coverage is working like it did the other day, the sacks will come. It’s like a hitter. He hits a line drive off the wall, and he’s not going back to the dugout all upset. The home runs will come, just like the sacks will come. As long as you keep doing the little things – getting off the ball, making your moves, powering if you’re a power rusher and then making sure the rush lanes are all involved, and when you blitz, blitz; things of that nature – they’ll come.”My take: The Ravens are tied for fourth in the NFL with 45 quarterback hits and have five fewer sacks than any other team with at least 40 quarterback hits this season, lending credence to Cullen’s general point about some regression to the mean being inevitable. However, Baltimore entered Week 7 with the highest blitz rate in the NFL while ranking only 23rd in pressure rate, according to Pro Football Focus. Hitting the quarterback after the ball is out doesn’t mean the play was disrupted, a reality that becomes more costly when relying on blitzes that will compromise coverage in the back end of the defense if they don’t get home. The quality of the pass rush is probably better than its No. 25 ranking in sacks (12) would indicate, but the number of hits is likely buoyed with more rushers being sent on average. The Ravens can expect tighter coverage on the back end with the addition of Marcus Peters and the return of Jimmy Smith, but the loss of Pernell McPhee puts even more pressure on Eric DeCosta to try to find some pass-rushing help by Tuesday’s trade deadline.How impressive is Lamar Jackson’s ability to avoid hard contact when he takes off?Quarterbacks coach James Urban: “I’m pleased that he’s been able to avoid the big hits, of course. Listen, he has a unique ability. Within that, we talk about getting all you can get, and then get down or get out [of bounds]. And you see him routinely trying to get outside, and we’re trying to do those sorts of things to avoid some of those hits. But for the most part, I would say that it’s him sticking to our game plan and how we talk about things.”My take: You might be able to count on one hand the number of times Jackson has taken a hard hit as a runner that made you hold your breath this year as he’s been coached to avoid cutting back toward the middle and offensive coordinator Greg Roman rarely calls designed Jackson runs between the tackles. However, Jackson ranks 21st overall in rushing attempts, 17th in pass attempts, and ninth in most sacks taken this season, a high volume of plays in which the ball is in his hands for an extended period of time. It’s worth noting Kyler Murray, Andy Dalton, and Matt Ryan have totaled more plays in which they’ve attempted a pass, taken a sack, or run the ball, which would support Jackson’s workload — while unique — hardly being out of control. Quarterbacks are susceptible to injuries in the pocket or as a runner, but the Ravens have seemingly done a good job trying to minimize risk while understanding anyone can be injured on any given play and not trying to eliminate what makes Jackson so special. Why is Patrick Onwuasor better at the weak-side inside linebacker spot than at the “Mike” position? Linebackers coach Mike Macdonald: “I think he’s just more natural at the dime spot … or “Will” — whatever you want to call it. What happens is when you’re over there, you’re a little bit more on the edge of the defense. There’s a little bit more blitzing to be involved in. He’s a great blitzer, so you’re really asking him to do the things that he’s naturally really gifted at doing, using his length, that sort of thing. Yes, I’d say dime is more of his natural spot, and you can see it in his production.”My take: The Ravens severely miscalculated what they had at inside linebacker this offseason following the free-agent departure of C.J. Mosley, but the veteran signings of Josh Bynes and L.J. Fort have stabilized the position in a matter of weeks. Macdonald revealed Onwuasor played roughly half of the Pittsburgh game with a high ankle sprain, but the fourth-year linebacker should be back for the New England game. A three-man rotation should keep each player fresh and allow defensive coordinator Wink Martindale to play to each individual’s strengths while continuing to use sub packages with one or even no linebackers on the field. Onwuasor had 5 1/2 sacks last season, so the move back to his original position could be a meaningful boost to the pass rush. How do you explain Miles Boykin’s slow start after such a strong summer from the third-round rookie wide receiver?Wide receivers coach David Culley: “During training camp and during the preseason, we didn’t really show a whole lot on offense. As the volume started coming in this offense — and I’ve always felt this way — as a wide receiver, it’s probably the toughest position because of the run game and the pass game when it comes to learning everything that you need to know. I think the volume got him a little bit, which affected him thinking about things instead of just reacting. I think it was more so of him just not being as comfortable as he was early when he was just playing and reacting and not thinking about things. But as the offense got more and more [complex], he started thinking about things, and I think that had a lot to do with that. But I think right now at this point, I think he’s in a good place with that.”My take: What we’ve seen with Boykin is admittedly what I expected from fellow rookie Marquise Brown after the first-round pick missed the entire spring and a large chunk of the summer recovering from January foot surgery. Wide receivers making the jump from college to the pros is a difficult adjustment, but the good news is Boykin has reeled in his two longest receptions of the season over the last two games. Jackson could really use a steadier No. 3 option behind tight end Mark Andrews and Brown in the passing game, and Boykin is a logical candidate with his combination of size and speed. How is Bradley Bozeman holding up as the starting left guard?Offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris: “Bradley has done a heck of a job, one heck of a job. I mean, you look at the people he’s had to block, from Week 1 to last weekend. He had to go against Chris Jones. He had to go against [Cameron] Heyward. He’s had to go against the young man that they activated last week from Alabama (Jarran Reed), his old teammate. He’s had the top inside people and has done one heck of a job. I’ve seen nothing but good growth. He’s improved as a puller. He’s improved as a good pass protector. We all make mistakes — coaches, players. We all have a little flaw here or there. The object is to correct it, and he’s correctable and works hard at it.”My take: Considering how much concern the coaching staff had after giving lengthy looks to ex-Raven Jermaine Eluemunor and rookie fourth-round pick Ben Powers at left guard over the summer, the Ravens seem satisfied with Bozeman, who’s graded as the NFL’s 45th-best guard by PFF entering Week 8. His four-penalty showing against Cincinnati was ugly, but I don’t sense the same level of disenchantment from the coaching staff that I see from some fans on a weekly basis. The 2018 sixth-round pick from Alabama is far from a Pro Bowl lineman, but the reality around the league is that virtually every team has at least one spot bordering on problematic — or worse — in any given week. How critical has Earl Thomas’ increasing comfort level been to the recent defensive improvement?Defensive backs coach Chris Hewitt: “There was a lot of talk out there like he’s been making mistakes or whatever. But the first seven games now, seven games into it, he hasn’t busted any coverages. When he talks about his comfort level, it’s just about him being able to go out there and play free. But he hasn’t busted any coverages. He’s playing good football.”My take: Any suggestion that Thomas hasn’t played well in his first year with the Ravens would be way off-base, but he’s recorded only one pass breakup since intercepting Ryan Fitzpatrick on the first defensive series of the season. Much of the criticism directed at Eric Weddle last season centered around him needing to make more plays on the ball, but we haven’t seen many splash plays from Thomas, even if chances have been rare. The six-time Pro Bowl safety recently commented that Martindale has given him the “green light” on defense, which you hope will lead to more game-changing plays. Thomas has graded as PFF’s 14th-best safety through Week 7, but his confidence in a more complex defensive system than what he was used to in Seattle appears to be growing, which should pay off in the second half of the season.Is this the offensive revolution you envisioned prior to the season?Head coach John Harbaugh: “As a great person once said, ‘Let he who has eyes, he who has ears…’ For those who are paying attention, there’s something pretty cool going on, and it’s right here in Baltimore. So, call it whatever you want. It’s pretty neat.”My take: Taking nothing away from a coaching staff that wisely built an offensive system that caters to its quarterback’s strengths, Jackson himself is the “revolution” as he leads the NFL in yards per carry at 6.9. If you eliminate the 10 quarterback kneels he’s taken, Jackson is gaining 8.03 yards per rushing attempt. His passing has come back down to earth over the last few weeks, but this is still a 22-year-old quarterback who has already made substantial improvement as a passer and shows impressive intangibles in less than a full season of starts. I can’t wait to watch him for the rest of 2019 and beyond.
And he may have led all 25 laps on Thursday night, but he certainly had to earn it as John Carney II pressured throughout and even slid into the lead briefly on a couple of occasions along the way only to have Bubak successfully counter. Feature results – 1. Jake Bubak; 2. John Carney II; 3. Jeremy Huish; 4. Jason Martin; 3. 5. Taylor Velasquez; 6. Zach Blurton; 7. Monty Ferriera; 8. Jordan Knight; 9. Luke Cranston; 10. Steve Richardson; 11. Tyler Knight; 12. David Luckie; 13. Jake Martens; 14. Ray Seemann; 15. Cody Lampe; 16. Kohl Ricke; 17. J.D. Johnson; 18. Blake Scott; 19. Chris Douglas; 20. Chase Randall; 21. Koby Walters. Last year, Bubak swept through all three nights to collect more than $6,000 as he became the third different event winner in as many years. Set for a five-lap dash to the stripe, Carney made a last ditch effort but Bubak was able to hold a two car-length advantage at the line. Carney settled for runner-up honors. DODGE CITY, Kan. (Aug. 20) – Colorado’s Jake Bubak picked up right where he left off last year by wiring the field in Thursday night’s 25-lap feature to get the fourth annual Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP Sprint Car Nationals under way atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval. The DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals resumes with a second night of preliminary action on Friday leading the way to Saturday’s $3,000-to-win championship finale. Friday’s action also includes the opening portion of the seventh annual SportMod Mayhem North vs. South Duel along with the Kansas Antique Racers. Bubak outdueled Carney on the opening lap to take command. Carney wasted little time throwing his hat into the ring for the point, sliding ahead briefly in turn two on the third round. Bubak battled right back and the duo repeated the scene in turn four a half dozen circuits later as lapped traffic came into play. By Lonnie Wheatley Lorne Wofford, who was in the mix with the lead pair in the closing laps, failed to pass post-race tech, thus handing the show position to Jeremy Huish. Jason Martin rallied from 15th to claim fourth with Taylor Velasquez charging from 18th to round out the top five. After drawing the second row inside for the feature event after a heat race win, fortune was on Bubak’s side from the outset with scheduled pole starter Koby Walters scratching from the main event. The battled raged on over the ensuing rounds as the duo sliced through lapped traffic until a caution flew after 15 laps. Jake Bubak led every lap in winning Thursday’s opening night Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP Sprint Car Nationals feature at Dodge City Raceway Park. (Photo by Lonnie Wheatley) The final caution flew just as the leaders were reaching traffic again.
Related iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — When the total solar eclipse becomes visible in the U.S. on Aug. 21, Mariah Williams, who has been blind since birth, will also be able to experience the rare astronomical event.Williams, 22, a recent graduate of College of Charleston in South Carolina, was one of the very first people to use Getting a Feel for Eclipses, a tactile guide that uses different textures to show the eclipse’s path and geometry.The book has been a labor of love for nearly two years for Williams’ former teacher, Cassandra Runyon, an associate professor of geology at College of Charleston, and David Hurd, a professor of geosciences and planetarium director at Edinboro University.Runyon said they realized there was nothing available for the visually impaired audience.“So we got together one weekend and brainstormed and came up with the outline,” said Runyon, who has partnered with Hurd on other space-related Braille books. “My father was an artist, and he always challenged me to look at things from different perspectives and use all of our senses.”The two-page book features three diagrams showing the alignment of the sun, moon and earth; the different stages of the eclipse; and the eclipse’s path of totality across 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina.“Spanish moss is the sun, really rough cardboard is the moon, and the Earth is smooth cardboard with sand to create the continents,” Runyon told ABC News. “We used materials we had on hand, like the moss which happened to be hanging outside the office window.”Referring to her former student, Runyon said, “For Mariah, her fingertips are her eyes,” so this tactical book “helps her to see the concepts being discussed.”Each book is printed and bound by hand with the help of students and colleagues. More than 5,000 copies have already been distributed for free to schools, libraries and museums by NASA, which is sponsoring the book’s publication.“At NASA, our mission is to not only explore, discover and innovate — but to inspire,” Jim Green, director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., told ABC News. “Our partnership with Professor Runyon has a long and productive history, and this is the latest example of how we continue to connect with everyone.”Williams said the book has showed her what to expect with the Aug. 21 eclipse.“I sort of knew the eclipse was coming up, but my only real thought was, ‘Okay, the sun goes dark for a little while,’ ” said Williams, who plans to experience the eclipse in Oregon. She said the book “has made a huge difference from just knowing that something exists to really understanding it.”She and others who are visually impaired will also be able to feel and possibly hear some effects of the total solar eclipse, when the moon moves between the sun and Earth.“There’s usually a big temperature drop, so I’ll be able to feel that,” Williams said. “I think the coolest part will actually be able to hear whether any of the animals react.”Williams said she has heard that sometimes crickets chirp in the dark and “and the roosters crow when the sun appears.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico
Brian Claypool(LOS ANGELES) — The family of a 13-year-old California girl who committed suicide plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the school district, accusing the girl’s middle school of failing to stop the bullying that the family says led to her death.On Nov. 28, Rosalie Avila hanged herself in her bedroom “following months of relentless verbal abuse and bullying from classmates,” a press release from the family’s attorney, Brian Claypool, states.Avila attended Mesa View Middle School in Calimesa in Southern California, ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV reported. There, classmates would taunt her and call her names, including “whore” and “slut,” Claypool said. Avila’s peers would also call her ugly, and tell her she had ugly teeth and sexually transmitted diseases, Claypool alleges.In addition to the verbal abuse, classmates doctored a video “portraying what an ugly girl looked like and what a pretty girl looked like,” using Avila’s photo to represent the ugly girl, Claypool said in the press release, claiming that the video went viral.“In her suicide note, Rosalie apologized to her parents for being ugly,” the press release states.Earlier this month, Avila’s mother, Charlene Avila, told KABC-TV that her daughter kept a list in her journal of people who hurt her, called her ugly or put her down.Avila’s father, Fred Avila, told KABC-TV that she would come home and complain that kids were “calling her names about her teeth.” When he would remind her that her braces would come off one day, she responded, “Yeah, but my teeth are straight and they’re still making fun of me,” Fred Avila said.In October, Avila began cutting herself, Claypool said. The family’s attorney claims the school did not intervene despite allegedly knowing of the struggles Avila was facing.“The school was not only aware of the bullying, but also of Rosalie cutting herself and did nothing,” according to the press release.Claypool will announce the filing of the lawsuit on behalf of Avila’s parents during a press conference on Monday. He alleges that the school was negligent in its “failure to take appropriate measures to safeguard Rosalie as a victim of bullying and ensure her safety” as well as its failure to “take action against the bullies.”In an initial statement on Dec. 1, the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District (YCJUSD) said it was “saddened” by Avila’s death and that crisis counselors were available to students.“The communities of Yucaipa and Calimesa have proven to be caring, united, active, supportive communities in all manner of events, whether joyful or sorrowful,” the initial statement read. “The district earnestly believes and hopes that those qualities will continue to come to bear here as we are all committed to the well-being and support of everyone in the YCJUSD family.”Days later, on Dec. 4, the school district released another statement saying that it was cooperating with investigators over the bullying allegations. The school district also said “false” information had spread in response to the news of Avila’s death.“Sadly, as the public learns about this tragedy, false rumors and social media posts disrespecting Rosalie and her family have begun to spread,” the statement read. “These posts are being handled by the appropriate authority.”In the second statement, the school district also emphasized that it is “committed to maintaining a positive, inclusive school culture that enables our students to grow academically and socially. This issue requires all of us to work together, to watch for signs and intervene when we see problems. It is more essential than ever that we all come together, united in our commitment for the safety and well-being of our children.”Links to suicide prevention awareness and the school district’s bullying policy are now featured prominently on the school district’s website.Claypool and Avila’s family plan to propose new legislation called Rosie’s law that will advocate for stricter bullying laws to treat verbal abuse in the same manner as physical abuse “so that school districts will begin having harsher punishments for the perpetrators of bullying rather than shielding the bullies.”In a statement to ABC News, Claypool said words can be “lethal weapons.”“Until school districts nationwide step up and implement legitimate anti-bullying programs and on-campus suicide prevention programs, rampant bullying and suicide will worsen,” Claypool said. “Public image is more important to many school districts than student safety. Current anti-bullying laws and policies often protect the bully more so than the victim.”A community vigil in Avila’s honor will be held on Monday evening.Neither the school district nor the San Bernardino Police Department, which is handling the case, immediately responded to ABC News’ request for comment.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Related
In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen watches his RBI-single off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Sal Romano during the third inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Andrew McCutchen didn’t run from the challenge in Pittsburgh, he embraced it. A rising star on a franchise mired in two decades of losing, McCutchen bet on the Pirates in the spring of 2012 by signing a six-year contract, gambling that he could become one of the game’s best while helping the city reconnect with a team it had long since abandoned.It paid off for all involved.The dynamic, charismatic outfielder became an MVP while ushering in a renaissance. Five All-Star games. Three playoff appearances. A ballpark packed with fans wearing his No. 22. Everything McCutchen and owner Bob Nutting talked about on that sun-dappled Florida day six years ago came to fruition. McCutchen, perhaps the franchise’s most popular player since Hall of Famer Willie Stargell, did little to shy away from his role. When the team moved him to right field last winter, he talked openly about following in the footsteps of Roberto Clemente. He and his wife Maria welcomed their first child in December, a boy named Steel.“Pittsburgh.My Home.My Fans.My City,” McCutchen tweeted. “You will 4ever be in my heart.”McCutchen added: “Now…I’m a Giant! Ive always enjoyed watching the success of the @SFGiants and I look foward to being apart of more this season. Can’t wait to meet my new teammates and fans. This is just the beginning.”While Huntington said the Pirates had “informal” talks with McCutchen about an extension, they believed his asking price on the open market would be something they couldn’t match if they wanted to surround McCutchen with competitive talent.“It became clear it was going to be very hard for us to meet what he deserves and build a championship ballclub around him,” Huntington said.That won’t be an issue in San Francisco. The Giants, who have won three titles this decade, are coming off a forgettable 2017 in which they lost 98 games. They’ve attacked a lukewarm market aggressively, adding third baseman Evan Longoria from Tampa Bay in December.“It’s no secret that we were looking to further add run production to our lineup,” said Brian Sabean, Giants executive vice president of baseball operations. “Anytime you have the opportunity to bring aboard someone with such a track record, you have to jump on it.”McCutchen may take over in center from Denard Span, who was traded to the Rays in the Longoria deal, or he could slide to an outfield corner. San Francisco wanted more production from the outfield after a last-place season in the NL West.The durable McCutchen has played at least 153 games in each of the past three seasons for the Pirates, batting .279 with 28 home runs and 88 RBIs in 156 games in 2017.Crick, 25, had a 3.06 ERA, 28 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings and a .191 opponents’ batting average last year in his first big league season, allowing three of 21 inherited runners to score. Reynolds, a 22-year-old switch-hitter, batted .312 with 26 doubles, nine triples, 10 homers and 63 RBIs as Class A San Jose. He was a second-round pick in 2016.Huntington shied away from using the word “rebuild,” stressing he believes the road back to contention isn’t some far off destination, but more immediate, even if it’s not in 2018.“We have talented players that are also really good people,” Huntington said. “Sounds also like a lot of players that aren’t here anymore.”One in particular.___AP Baseball Writer Janie McCauley in San Francisco contributed to this report.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball In this Sept. 21, 2014, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen (22) warms up in the on deck circle during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Pittsburgh. The Pirates are heading to the playoffs yet again led by McCutchen an intense, charismatic and imminently talented player who has become the biggest star in a city where Sidney Crosby, Ben Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu also work. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) And on Monday, it all came to an end.Facing the certainty that they couldn’t re-sign McCutchen when he hit free agency next winter, the Pirates traded him to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for right-hander Kyle Crick, minor league outfielder Bryan Reynolds and $500,000 in international signing bonus allocation. The Pirates also will send $2.5 million to the Giants to cover part of McCutchen’s $14.75 million salary.General manager Neal Huntington broke the news to McCutchen with a phone call Monday that closed a remarkable but also remarkably brief chapter for a player Nutting said he wanted to make a “Pirate for life” before what the organization considers the economic truths of the sport set in.“In a perfect world, that would have been a great result for Pittsburgh, a great result for Andrew,” Nutting said. “I think the realities of the game, the realities of baseball right now don’t allow that to be possible.”The 31-year-old McCutchen, the 2013 NL MVP, became the second star jettisoned by Pittsburgh in three days. Ace Gerrit Cole was traded to Houston on Saturday.Nutting called the deal that sent McCutchen to the Giants “a very emotionally challenging decision” but a move Huntington stressed was the right one.“The players that we currently have on this roster, the players we have on the horizon, the players we’ve acquired in the two trades will play meaningful roles in the next Pittsburgh Pirates playoff team,” Huntington said.Fueled by McCutchen’s daily brilliance and aided by Cole’s arrival in 2013 to help anchor the starting rotation, Pittsburgh ended a two-decade postseason drought in 2013 and made three straight playoff appearances before falling to 78-83 in 2016 and 75-87 last year.