McMillin co-authored a bill that would bring changes to Indiana’s criminal justice system if signed.A bill co-authored by State Rep. Jud McMillin (R-Brookville) could force changes to Indiana’s criminal sentencing law.The House and Senate passed the bill this week.The bill would give harsher penalties for the worst offenders and place non-violent criminals in more appropriate correctional facilities. It could also save the state money by reducing the prison population.Aaron Negangard, the Dearborn and Ohio County prosecutor and chairman of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Legislative Committee, said the bill is critical to public safety for all citizens.If the bill is signed by Governor Pence it will be the first overhaul of the system in more than three decades.
Rob Toland raced to his career third IMCA Late Model national championship this season. He had also topped 2001 and 2005 points races. (Photo by Chris Damitz)VINTON, Iowa (Sept. 2) – Rob Toland ended a season-long run atop point standings for IMCA Late Models with his career third national championship.Toland adds the 2016 trophy to titles from 2001 and 2005. He won 10 features and local track crowns at his hometown Davenport Speedway and at Quad City Speedway as well.His Davenport title paid off with 15 bonus points, as Toland topped Luke Goedert of Guttenberg by an 800-797 margin for the national prize, worth a $5,500 share of the $21,300 point fund for the division.“When I won my first one in 2001 we were still kind of new to chasing points,” said Toland, at 54 the oldest driver to win an IMCA national championship. “It was different this year. I’d been away from racing for most of two years after being injured at work and I really missed it.”“Right before I got injured I was a third to fifth place finisher,” he continued. “I bought a car from Lynn Richard and it made me relevant again.”Goedert won a division-leading 12 features and got 13 bonus points for winning the track championship at Maquoketa Speedway.Rounding out the top five in the national points race were Darrel DeFrance of Marshalltown, Tyler Droste of Waterloo and Joel Callahan of Dubuque.Also winning track championships were Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls at the Iowa State Fair Speedway, Callahan at Farley Speedway and Dubuque Speedway, DeFrance at Hamilton County Speedway, Droste at Independence Motor Speedway, Chad Holladay of Muscatine at West Liberty Raceway and Jake Neal of Omaha, Neb., at Shelby County Speedway.Toland paced Allstar Performance Illinois State standings and Goedert led the way in Iowa. National rookie of the year was Kirby Schultz of Albia.DeFrance, Ray Guss Jr. of Milan, Ill., and Justin Kay of Wheatland are also three-time IMCA Late Model national champs.Toland said the highlight of his season came on championship night at Davenport when he won ahead of his son Bobby and Kay.Final events of the 2016 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season for Late Models were held Aug. 28 and standings become official on Sept. 26.Point fund checks will be presented during the national IMCA banquet in Lincoln, Neb., on Nov. 26.Unofficial IMCA Late Model point standings – 1. Rob Toland, Davenport, Iowa, 800; 2. Luke Goedert, Guttenberg, Iowa, 797; 3. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 793; 4. Tyler Droste, Waterloo, Iowa, 786; 5. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa, 779; 6. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 760; 7. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 754; 8. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, Iowa, 752; 9. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa, 743; 10. Allan Hopp, Harlan, Iowa, 742; 11. Jason Hahne, Webster City, Iowa, 726; 12. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, Iowa, 718; 13. Nick Marolf, Wilton, Iowa, 711; 14. Ryan Griffith, Webster City, Iowa, 702; 15. Curt Schroeder, Newton, Iowa, 692; 16. Ben Seemann, Waterloo, Iowa, 690; 17. Jonathan Brauns, Muscatine, Iowa, 685; 18. Travis Denning, Sterling, Ill., 681; 19. Randy Havlik, Ankeny, Iowa, 680; 20. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, Iowa, 677. read more
Roberts said the Dodgers, particularly coach Dino Ebel, approached Turner last season about making the adjustment to playing deeper, something that would improve his lateral range – but which required better arm strength.“That’s something we talked about last year,” Roberts said. “He was comfortable and played third base a few steps behind the bag which obviously minimizes the range laterally. But in talking to guys as far as kind of doing the positioning and talking to Dino, encouraging him to back up and give yourself a little bit more room … it just makes a lot of sense and has made him an even better defender.“I think if you look at some of the best in the game – Arenado plays deep, (Anthony) Rendon plays deep, (Manny) Machado plays deep. So I just think it’s one of those things that, yeah, you’re giving up the ball, a topper off the right-handed bat, the ball coming in potentially. But you’re adding that range and he has the arm strength to handle that.”Roberts said Turner improved his arm strength by working with Rob Hill this winter and spring. Hill, just 24 years old, was added to the Dodgers’ coaching staff this year as a pitching coordinator after working at the analytically driven Driveline Academy – where Dodgers pitchers Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen, Joe Kelly and Alex Wood all spent time this past winter.“He’s been doing a lot of plyo balls and strengthening his arm,” Roberts said of the weighted-ball exercises Driveline advocates. “This is as good as I’ve seen his arm since I’ve been here. Defensively, he’s moving to his right considerably better as good as I’ve seen since I’ve been here as well. He’s playing deeper, which he’s gotten to be comfortable with. I think that helps the metrics. He’s just done a really nice job for us. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Following the 2016 season, Justin Turner was a finalist for a Gold Glove at third base. Two metrics – total zone rating and ultimate zone rating – ranked him as the top defensive third baseman in the National League. Another – Fangraphs ‘Total Defense’ – agreed, ranking him even ahead of the gold standard, Colorado’s Nolan Arenado, who has won the award following each of his first seven big-league seasons.By 2019, however, Turner’s defense appeared to be in decline. All of those same metrics did not flatter him. Perhaps as a result, there was talk of moving the 35-year-old Turner to first base at times this season – a move tied to rampant speculation about a trade for Francisco Lindor and a Corey Seager move to third – and using him as the DH on a frequent basis.But so far this season – which reached the 20% mark Wednesday – Turner has reversed that trend, playing with restored range and improved arm strength.“I think if he looks at the metrics and things like that – which all players have access to – I think you’re always striving to be a better player,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “That’s something he takes a lot of pride in and he did something about it – strengthen the arm and was willing to give himself a little bit more room on the positioning side.” Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “We have a guy, Rob Hill, who does a lot of arm care, arm-strengthening stuff. He came from Driveline and he was talking to some of the pitchers. We’ve talked about Clayton, talked about Kenley. Justin kind of hopped on that bandwagon. Austin Barnes has been doing it too. Certain position players and pitchers, it’s been a big benefit for a lot of our guys.”MOOKIE STATUSMookie Betts was out of the starting lineup for a second consecutive game with an injured middle finger on his left hand. But he did see his first game action since Sunday, entering on defense in the eighth inning Tuesday.“The swelling has dissipated some but it’s still not where we feel comfortable having him out there,” Roberts said. “The hope is to get him back in there tomorrow but we’ll see how it progresses.”That seems unlikely after Roberts said Betts tried swinging a bat in the cage Monday night and still felt “a lot of discomfort.”Related Articles “That was more of just to see where we were at,” Roberts said. “I think that once he gets treatment and gets it loosened up, we’ll kind of revisit that again.”ALSOCorey Seager (quadriceps muscle) was in the lineup as the DH for a second consecutive game Tuesday, but Roberts said Seager could return to shortstop Wednesday in the finale of the road trip. …Roberts said the Dodgers expect to hear from MLB this week about Kelly’s appeal of his eight-game suspension for his part in the benches-clearing incident in Houston last week. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies read more
“We know our players are fast, their passes are precise and their shots are hard. In Golden Knights games against the Rangers and the Sharks, we saw exactly how fast, how precise and how powerful they are,” he commented.Player and puck tracking is here! #HiTechHockeyGet to see this @SAP technology live during tomorrow night’s @Honda #NHLAllStar Game at 8:00p ET on @nbc, @CBC, @Sportsnet & @TVASports! pic.twitter.com/uPD8vSSYBM— NHL (@NHL) January 25, 2019The technology was developed in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute, which Bettman described as the “MIT of Germany.”For those who do not want to wait until October to experience this new development, Bettman said viewers will get a glimpse of the NHL’s future during the broadcast of the All-Star Game on Saturday night. Before All-Star Weekend resumed Friday in San Jose with the skills competition, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced that all 31 NHL arenas will be outfitted with puck and player tracking technology before the beginning of next season.”The puck and player tracking system can track pucks at a rate of 2,000 times per second in real time with inch-level accuracy,” Bettman said. “It will be equally accurate in tracking players, their movements, speed, time on ice, you name it.” MORE: NHL All-Star Game 2019: Date, time, team rosters, TV channel, live streamBettman noted the NHL first implemented puck and player tracking at the 2015 All-Star Game as a way to “supplement the information our broadcast partners were assessing in real time.” The tracking was then tested at the 2016 World Cup and the 2017 All-Star Game.In what Bettman called “the most significant step,” the technology was tested at two Vegas Golden Knights games earlier this month. read more