Viral video prompts outpouring for bullied Australian boy

first_imgAn Australian boy with dwarfism who was bullied to the point he wanted to “die right now” has received a deluge of celebrity messages and donations for a trip to Disneyland.A video of nine-year-old Quaden Bayles uploaded to Facebook by his mother showed him crying and repeatedly saying he wanted to die after being bullied at school.9 year old wanting to commit suicide due to being bullied. 💔💔💔🥺— YouDontNeedToKnowMyName (@S11E11B11A) February 20, 2020The clip had been watched more than 16 million times by Friday and the boy’s mother, Yarraka Bayles, said she was sharing it to raise awareness of the impact bullying was having on her child. Topics : “I’ve got a son that is suicidal almost every single day,” she says in the footage.Support for the boy built as the video spread online, and a GoFundMe page started by US comedian Brad Williams had raised over $150,000 to give Bayles a trip to Disneyland in California by Friday.”This isn’t just for Quaden, this is for anyone who has been bullied in their lives and told they weren’t good enough,” Williams, who was also born with achondroplasia — the most common type of dwarfism — wrote on the fundraiser page.Williams said extra funds would be given to anti-bullying charities. Australian actor Hugh Jackman and NBA player Enes Kanter were among the hundreds of thousands posting support for Bayles.”Quaden you are stronger than you know, mate. And no matter what, you have a friend in me,” Jackman said in a video posted to his Twitter account.Quaden – you’ve got a friend in me. #BeKind @LokelaniHiga— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) February 20, 2020Bayles will also lead the Indigenous All-Stars out onto the field in their rugby league clash with the Maori All Stars in Queensland on Saturday.last_img read more

Dhoni resigns as India ODI and T20 captain

first_img(REUTERS) – Mahendra Singh Dhoni has stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain but will still be available for selection, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) said yesterday.“Mahendra Singh Dhoni has informed the BCCI that he wishes to step down as the captain of the Indian Cricket Team from the One-Day Internationals and the T20 Internationals formats of the game,” the BCCI said in a statement.Dhoni not only holds the record for most matches as captain of an international side, with 331 games across all formats, but also is the only captain to have won all three ICC Trophies — ODI World Cup, World Twenty20 and Champions Trophy.Considered India’s most successful ever captain, Dhoni stunned everyone when he announced his decision to quit Test cricket in the middle of an Australian tour in 2014, handing the mantle to Virat Kohli who is likely to be also given the reins in the shorter formats.The BCCI, however, did not immediately name a successor.The 35-year-old Dhoni, who was named captain in 2007, led the cricket-crazed country to the top of the world Test rankings and is the only player to captain in more than 50 matches in each of the three formats.Having made his international debut in 2004, Dhoni, whose life inspired a Bollywood biopic in 2016, quickly rose up the ranks in Indian cricket.After being named captain of the Twenty20 side in 2007, Dhoni achieved immediate success as he guided India to the World Twenty20 title in South Africa.One of Dhoni’s most iconic moments came in 2011 when he hit a massive six to end the country’s 28-year wait for the ODI World Cup.“On behalf of every Indian cricket fan and the BCCI, I would like to thank MS Dhoni for his outstanding contribution as the captain of the Indian team across all formats,” BCCI chief executive Rahul Johri said in a statement.“Under his leadership, the Indian team has touched new heights and his achievements will remain etched forever in the annals of Indian cricket.”Dhoni led India in 199 ODIs, of which he won 110 and lost 74, and was captain in 72 Twenty20s, of which India won 41 and lost 28. His last series as captain came against New Zealand at home, where he led the Indian side to a 3-2 series win.Dhoni will be available for selection for the ODI and Twenty20 series against England, starting January 15.last_img read more

New coaching staff and quarterbacks take the field

first_imgFootball spring practice opened Tuesday afternoon, and the team’s focus is on improving everyday. Everyone had some first day kinks, but players said that it felt good to be back on the field.“It feels great,” senior wide receiver Darreus Rogers said. “I’m playing faster. This is probably the smoothest I’ve been since I’ve been here.”Junior wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster agreed but also mentioned the quick turnaround from hard workouts to full practice.“My legs are kind of tight and sore,” Smith-Schuster said. “Yesterday was our first day squatting, so then to come out here full speed running … but it feels good.”Coaching TurnaroundWith first-year head coach Clay Helton at the helm, a slue of new coaches has been added to the staff including his brother, quarterbacks coach Tyson Helton.“It was a great first day,” Tyson Helton said. “A lot of excitement, a lot of focus which is the way it should be. There’s a lot of talent out here, and I’m looking forward to working with them every day.”The coaches have been well-received by many players who are saying that they are totally on board with the new staff as well as their new implementations.“This coaching staff is amazing — they make me want to work hard and be perfect,” Rogers said.Offensive players said there was going to be a lot more action for the receivers on offense this year to create a more balanced offensive scheme.“We have new signals and plays, so we have to adjust to that,” sophomore tailback Ronald Jones II said. “The team likes the new plays and new systems. There are a lot more receiver sets because we don’t really have a fullback yet. It looks like we’re going to be a lot more balanced this year, which is good.”Quarterback FrenzyFour quarterbacks saw significant reps for the Trojans on day one including redshirt junior Max Browne, redshirt freshman Sam Darnold, redshirt sophomore Jalen Greene and true freshman Matt Fink. Tyson Helton said he was impressed with his quarterbacks for where they were at the beginning of the season.“Quarterbacks were about where you’d think for a first day; there’s a lot of things we need to correct but pretty good overall,” Helton said. “There were a couple jitters early, but once they got in the groove, I think they realized ‘Hey, this is just like anything I’ve always done.’”Browne and Darnold are expected to be the frontrunners in the quarterback competition, but Greene received a significant amount of reps during practice as well. Helton said he was specifically impressed with the play of Browne, Darnold and Greene.“They understand the plays and the mechanics of the plays, we just have to get better and better on the technique side of things,” Helton said. “The young freshman Matt Fink, it’s his first day out here, so limited reps, but we wanted him to have some success, so we put him in certain situations, and he took advantage of them.”Dealing with the different quarterbacks is a challenge for receivers according to Smith-Schuster, but he had nothing but praise for them after practice.“Max Browne has a cannon that we have to get used to,” Smith-Schuster said. “Sam Darnold has that accuracy, and Jalen Greene, who has that speed, but also throws with his left hand. Trying to catch from different quarterbacks is kind of hard, so I’m glad we’re doing it at the beginning of spring.”last_img read more

Wednesday January 22nd Local Sports

first_imgAMES, Iowa (AP) – Solomon Young scored a career-high 27 points off the bench, Rasir Bolton added 21 points and nine rebounds and Iowa State beat Oklahoma State 89-82 on Tuesday night.Young, a 6-foot-8 senior who started the first 14 games of the season, gave the Cyclones (9-9, 2-4 Big 12) a much-needed energy boost and also grabbed nine rebounds as the Cowboys (9-9, 0-6) remained winless in conference play.Lindy Waters led Oklahoma State with 14 points and Cameron McGriff had nine rebounds.Iowa State appeared to be on the verge of breaking the game open early after building a 30-19 lead with 4:58 left in the first half, but the Cowboys responded with a 13-1 run and trailed 37-35 at halftime.The Cyclones, who made of 11 of 24 3-point attempts, led 75-60 with five minutes left and held off a late Cowboys’ charge by hitting four straight free throws in the closing moments. — boys basketballNewman 51, Nashua-Plainfield 49Eagle Grove 47, Belmond-Klemme 29Forest City 73, North Union 45Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 52, West Hancock 50Lake Mills 67, Bishop Garrigan 49North Butler 58, Central Springs 45Osage 45, Saint Ansgar 37St. Edmond 59, Hampton-Dumont-CAL 49 — other girls scoresBishop Garrigan 89, Lake Mills 34Central Springs 40, North Butler 36Hampton-Dumont-CAL 78, St. Edmond 30Osage 59, Saint Ansgar 55West Fork 60, Northwood-Kensett 31West Hancock 64, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 32 CLARION — Chelsey Holck had 13 while Darby Dodd and Sara Faber each added 11 as Clear Lake beat Clarion-Goldfield-Dows on the road 69-49 last night in North Central Conference girls basketball. Clear Lake is now 10-2 overall and 7-0 in the conference and will host Iowa Falls-Alden on FridayMASON CITY — The Mason City High girls outscored Des Moines Roosevelt 38-25 in the second half on their way to a 66-52 win at home last night, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO and Anna Deets had 22 points, Jaeda Whitner had 16 while Sami Miller added 15. The Mohawks are 8-6 and travel to Southeast Polk on Friday.NASHUA — Kealan Curley had 16 points to lead Newman to a 55-28 win over Nashua-Plainfield in Top of Iowa Conference East Division girls basketball last night. Hailey Worman added nine as Newman improves to 8-6 overall and 8-3 in the conference. The Knights host West Bend-Mallard on Thursday. CLEAR LAKE — Clear Lake won nine matches, including three by fall and four by forfeit, on their way to a 49-25 win over Mason City in non-conference wrestling in Clear Lake last night, as you heard on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB,, and via the app. Hunter Reick at 152, Connor O’Tool at 170 and Carter Markwardt at 126 picked up pins for the Lions, while Thomas Gansen at 160 won by major decision. Winners for Mason City included pins by Carter Gorder at 285, Kale DiMarco at 106 and Connor Wiemann at 132. Cooper Wiemann at 138 had a major decision while Jace Rhodes at 113 picked up a 6-4 decision over Max Currier. Clear Lake heads to the North Central Conference wrestling tournament in Iowa Falls on Saturday, which you can hear coverage of on KRIB. Mason City travels to Waukee for a dual on Thursday. — other wrestling from Tuesday@ TripoliWest Fork 51, Newman 22West Fork 42, Riceville 26West Fork 47, Tripoli 10Riceville 33, Newman 26Riceville 42, Tripoli 12Newman 50, Tripoli 12@ AlgonaLake Mills 47, Algona 26Lake Mills 78, Rockford 6Algona 78, Rockford 0@ BelmondClarion-Goldfield-Dows 81, Belmond-Klemme 0Clarion Goldfield-Dows 54, Eagle Grove 19Eagle Grove 58, Belmond-Klemme 16@ Forest CityNew Hampton 46, Forest City 28New Hampton 40, Iowa Falls-Alden 33Iowa Falls-Alden 46, Forest City 23 IOWA CITY — A pair of ranked teams collide in Iowa City tonight when 19th ranked Iowa hosts #24 Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights are 5-2 and tied for second in the Big Ten and Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says Steve Pikiell (pike-ul) is building a consistent winner.McCaffery says the Rutgers program is benefitting from the move to the Big Ten.Rutgers is nationally ranked for the first time since 1979. You can hear the Iowa-Rutgers game on AM-1300 KGLO starting with the pre-game at 7 o’clock tonight with tipoff scheduled for 8 o’clock.last_img read more