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United Kingdom’s Nuclear Submarine in a position to attack Iran if tensions give way to war



United Kingdom's Nuclear Submarine in a position to attack Iran if tensions give way to war

A nuclear submarine with Tomahawk cruise missiles is already in a position to reach Iran if Washington-Tehran tensions give way to full-scale warfare.

Armed forces officers work to ensure that Britain if needed, is ready to back America militarily because of concerns of a war between Iran and the US.

The Sun newspaper claims that a Royal Navy nuclear submarine, armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles, is in striking Iranian position.

The Sun cites its sources of intelligence as saying that the highest ranks of the British military want to help the United States military if the Americans decide to attack Iran.

“Should things disintegrate easily, the United Kingdom will always stand side by side with the US. The hunter-killer submarines are the most advanced in the Royal Navy. The Sun cited one of its security outlets as a deadly weapon and there is one well within Iran.

According to the same source, the submarine crew only need to maneuver into a “firing pocket” in order to unleash their 1000-lb high explosive missiles with a range of 1,550 miles.

In addition, The Sun states that Special Air Service (SAS) agents and the Special Boat Service (SBS)–two key elements of the UK Special Forces Group–have been sent to Iraq to support’ rescue missions.’

The revelation of the dispatch of SAS and SBS operatives to Iraq conflicts with previous media reports on the withdrawal of British and American forces.

The Sun newspaper is still regarded as authoritative on defense issues based on its usually strong sources, lacking impeccable tabloid credentials.

The readiness of the UK for potential military action against Iran contrasts with Raab’s argument that the UK is seeking to “de-escalate” in the growing crisis.

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How Tyler Matzek conquered the yips and became the MLB postseason’s most dominant reliever: “He’s all heart and courage”



How Tyler Matzek conquered the yips and became the MLB postseason’s most dominant reliever: “He’s all heart and courage”

Lauren Matzek still can’t quite believe it.

Her husband, Atlanta Braves left-handed reliever Tyler Matzek, a pitcher once so haunted by performance anxiety and a case of the yips that his baseball career had turned to ashes, is in the World Series.

“I’m immensely proud of him,” Lauren said Monday on the eve of Tuesday’s Game 1 between the Braves and Astros at Minute Maid Park. “It’s been incredible to see the time and effort and all of the heart and efforts he’s put in. And now we’re here.

“To make it back to the big leagues was always the goal for him. But now, to see him in the World Series and being so dominant… exceeds anything I ever imagined.”

Matzek, the former Rockies starter who was selected with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 draft, has pitched in nine of the Braves’ 10 postseason games this fall, posting a .118 opponents’ average with 17 strikeouts and four walks in 10 1/3 innings. His eight scoreless appearances in the postseason are one behind Mark Wohlers’ franchise record in the 1996 postseason.

“It’s all been pretty unbelievable,” Matzek said via phone from his hotel room in Houston. “It was always the dream, just to get back to the majors and show what I could do. I’ve wanted to be as aggressive as I can and help my team win.

“When baseball gets taken away from you, then you get moments like this, it’s incredible. One thing I have learned through all of it is this: you learn to embrace the moment. If you do something good, embrace it. If you do something bad, OK, you’ll do better the next time. Now, instead of just dwelling on the bad things, all of the time, I celebrate the good things.”

Matzek, 31, credits two people for his baseball resurrection. His wife, of course, and Jason Kuhn, a former Navy SEAL, who once had his own ambitions of being a major league pitcher before the yips ended his dreams.

On Saturday night, Kuhn sat alone in the living room of his home in Gallatin, Tenn., watching TV, transfixed by Game 6 of the National League championship series.

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It was the seventh inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers had cut the Braves’ lead to 4-2 and had runners on second and third, with nobody out. The crowd of 43,060 was getting antsy.

Into the game came Matzek.

Four years ago, he was out of baseball and told his wife it was time to quit. She wouldn’t let him.

Three years ago, he was living in an RV, pitching for the Texas AirHogs of the Independent American Association. He was lobbing 83 mph fastballs because when he cut loose, he tended to throw the ball to the backstop. Two years ago, he was all but begging for an invitation to spring training.

But Saturday night, Matzek was all about the mission at hand: getting the Braves to the World Series for the first time since 1999.

Whistling 96-99 mph fastballs, and mixing in a sharp-breaking 85-86 mph slider, he struck out future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols on four pitches. Then he struck out Stephen Souza Jr. on four pitches and fanned the dangerous Mookie Betts with three consecutive fastballs. Matzek came back out for the eighth, getting a three-pitch strikeout of Corey Seager and two soft groundball outs. Closer Will Smith took care of the Dodgers in the ninth and the NL pennant belonged to the Braves.

“His stuff was electric,” Kuhn said. “For him to get up there and strike out three guys, then strike out another in the eighth, was amazing. I was laughing, I was crying. I was just so incredibly happy for him.”

So was Braves all-star first baseman Freddie Freeman.

“It’s got to be one of the greatest pitching performances there’s ever been in the postseason,” Freeman told reporters after the game. “That was unbelievable. If they score, they’re starting to feel good about themselves. The fact they didn’t, that was a huge deflator right there.”

Matzek and Kuhn first hooked up in 2017 when former Rockies catcher Michael McKenry suggested Kuhn could help Matzek overcome the yips. McKenry and Kuhn both played baseball at Middle Tennessee State, though at different times.

“I really thought I had the stuff to pitch pro ball,” Kuhn recalled. “But in my senior season, I threw six wild pitches in one inning. The record for a game in our league was seven, and to be honest, I threw a lot more wild pitches than that, but they took pity on me and they stopped moving runners on me. That was the last competitive game I ever pitched.”

Then came Sept. 11, 2001, and Kuhn joined the military with the goal of becoming a Navy SEAL. He made it, and along the way, he learned about himself.

“Courage creates freedom,” said Kuhn, who founded Stonewall Solutions, a company that counsels clients to create team-building, mental toughness, and leadership. “I learned that I could be imprisoned by the opinions of others and the odds, or I learn from my failures and keep moving forward.”

When “Hell Week” began for Kuhn and the others wishing to become Navy SEALS, there were 135 in the group. By the end, 20 were left.

“I never would have been one of them without failing in baseball,” he said.

And, as Kuhn got to know Matzek, he became convinced that he could get the pitcher back to the majors.

“Jason changed my perspective on life, on everything,” Matzek said. “From the point that I started working with him, the goal of getting back to the big leagues became realistic.”

Adds Kuhn, “We connected. I knew exactly what he was feeling. I had the yips. It’s a very lonely and confusing and devastating place to be.”

Matzek and Kuhn talked extensively on the phone, and Matzek journeyed to Tennessee to train. Fixing the pitcher was both a mental and physical process. When Matzek was on the mound, Kuhn would sometimes blare an airhorn in an attempt to rattle Matzek and break his concentration. Little by little, Matzek regained his confidence.

“Tyler had tried everything else, and I said to him, ‘It’s not working, is it?’ He said no. I told him, “I know how to beat this and it’s a step-by-step process.

“I don’t believe you just think they yips away, you have to train it away.”

There was a lot to “train away.”

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St. Francois County residents say commission’s plan will ruin their neighborhood



St. Francois County residents say commission’s plan will ruin their neighborhood

ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY, Mo. – Residents in St. Francois County have been against a plan by their local county commission, which they fear would change their quiet community to a busy thoroughfare.

The commission decided to use their street as a shortcut to a proposed new subdivision. They handed the land over to a developer to build the new road.

Residents called FOX 2 over the summer to spotlight this deal and our You Paid For It team went to take a look at the area near Desloge.

We caught up with the County Commission Presiding Commissioner Harold Gallaher. He told FOX 2 he was aware that residents didn’t like the plan but said the commission was pushing on with it anyway.

But since then a dramatic change.

The residents hired a lawyer who had residents do a title search. It revealed the county didn’t own what they thought was their right of way after all. So now the plan had to be scrapped. Residents said the developer had already started tearing up the ground to make way for the new road. Apparently, the county will have to pay to put it back like it was.

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Boat trapped on Chain of Rocks likely ‘sunk by storms’



Boat trapped on Chain of Rocks likely ‘sunk by storms’

ST. LOUIS – After nearly a month trapped in the middle of the Mississippi River, the boat named the White Widow is now gone.

The tow company commissioned to remove it—TowBoat US—said the vessel is most likely now on the river floor.

“Until it shows up some time with low water or something, it’s probably going to be there forever because trying to find it is going to be pretty tough,” said Paul Hopkins, owner of TowBoat US and Port Charles Harbor.

TowBoat US waited three weeks for insurance approval to remove the boat but to no avail. But when the White Widow went missing Monday, they got the green light to search.

All they found was a dinghy.

They shared the news with the boat’s owner.

“He was watching the weather also and watching the river levels rising from the storms up north so he figured this would happen,” Hopkins said.

Since getting stuck, crowds of people have been visiting the riverbanks to see the boat for themselves.

“We were waiting for it to move, each time we came out we swore it looked like it moved a little more,” said tourist Terry Goette.

Hopkins said the boat is probably 15-20 feet high and the water is around 30 feet deep.

Now most likely swallowed up, with all the owner’s belongings in it, by the added rain totals.

“I wanted to come back and see what happens and see if we could catch them in the action of doing it, getting it out,” said tourist Bruce Graves.

Recovering the vessel at this point would be a tough job.

“You’d have to just search it with a sonar defender and look for a big object underwater, so if they wanted us to do that, we would do that, but otherwise we’d never know where it is,” Hopkins said.

As of right now, there are no more search efforts underway. It’s now up to the boat owner to move forward.

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