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Teen shot in Maryland Heights Saturday evening

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St. Louis man charged in connection to fatal shooting

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. – Police responded to a report of a shooting in Maryland Heights Saturday evening. The victim is a teen and the suspect is a juvenile. The injuries are non-life-threatening.

The shooting happened in the 2100 block of Renault Drive. There is a large police presence where they are roping off the area.

This is a developing story and it will be updated as more information becomes available.

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How sidearm reliever Scott Effross developed into a weapon for the Chicago Cubs: ‘He’s not fazed by the moment’

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How sidearm reliever Scott Effross developed into a weapon for the Chicago Cubs: ‘He’s not fazed by the moment’

When Chicago Cubs reliever Scott Effross first learned his sidearm delivery, he watched a lot of hitting videos.

Because he uses more lower-half load than a conventional pitching delivery, his process more closely resembles a hitter’s. Dissecting those hitting videos became a valuable tool, helping him tap into his lower half more while using his hips and core to get down the mound and keep his arm path consistent.

“I’d see how guys would stay on their back legs and drive through,” Effross told the Tribune. “Obviously pitchers use their lower half really well regardless, but for me, that was probably the biggest adjustment, learning how to use that in a completely different way.”

Nearly three years ago, during the Double-A Tennessee All-Star break, Effross committed to the new sidearm delivery in hopes of changing his career trajectory. Effross, 28, has quickly become a versatile bullpen option for manager David Ross. Effross leads the Cubs with 19 appearances, owning a 2.04 ERA, team-high 11.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 203 ERA+. His 17⅔ innings are most among their relievers aside from the multi-inning, spot-start work of Keegan Thompson.

None of his 10 inherited runners scored. Only 14 MLB relievers had a higher WAR than Effross’ 0.5. He gives the Cubs a different look: Effross has the seventh-lowest average release point — 3.67 feet above the ground — in the majors. The average is 5.82 feet.

“If you were to ask me three years ago this is where I’d be now, I’d say that’s better than best-case scenario,” Effross said. “I still feel like I have a long way to go. There’s still things I’m learning every single day about the motion and how to attack hitters and just being a big-league pitcher in general.”

Through the first 2½ years of his new delivery and arm slot, Effross thought about his mechanics and how the process felt every time he threw the baseball. Now he’s at the point of fine-tuning, establishing better consistency and making adjustments.

Effross credited assistant pitching coach Daniel Moskos for helping implement small mechanical adjustments. Early in spring training, Effross’ posture became too bent and didn’t have enough lower-half load. It was caught quickly, and Effross got on track heading into the season. Repeating his release point has been a big part of Effross replicating mechanics.

The Cubs have been willing to use him in spots ranging from one batter (four times) to pitching in two innings (four).

“He can do so many different things, he’s not fazed by the moment,” pitching coach Tommy Hottovy said. “He can do a lot of different things. But it all comes back to just the consistency of the work for him and him being able to be himself no matter what that situation is.”

Figuring out how to balance platoon splits for a low arm slot is important, especially with the three-batter-minimum rule in place. Being competitive against left-handed hitters is a must. Effross’ changeup has become an important piece to his four-pitch mix. He averages 47 inches of vertical movement with his changeup, according to Baseball Savant; the league average is 31 inches.

His success against left-handed hitters this season — 0-for-18 with eight strikeouts and one walk — marks a big step in his development.

“What’s unique about his is just the amount of depth that it gets,” Moskos said of his changeup. “If you compare movement profiles, it’s like a left-handed slurve. It’s moving like a left-handed breaking ball, not like a right-handed changeup, which left-on-left breaking balls tend to perform pretty well. So it’s something that is really unique to the arm slot, and the pitch moves a ton. It’s really sharp, and that’s why he’s had success with it.”

The more Effross throws his changeup, the more comfortable the right-hander has become with going to it on any count and utilizing the pitch off his four-seam fastball. He has not given up a hit off his changeup (or fastball) this season, an offspeed pitch he has predominately used against left-handed hitters.

Veteran catchers Willson Contreras and Yan Gomes have helped Effross know when to best incorporate certain pitches given the situation.

“At the end of the day, these are big-league hitters, but you’ve got to look and see what they’re giving you and judging swing to swing,” Effross said. “Willie and Yan have been huge for me. They see something in a swing and they’re like, oh, we can capitalize on this and take a little bit of the thinking out of it for me.”

Baseball is a game of constant adjustments. With more data and information on Effross, look for hitters to adjust in the coming weeks to his delivery and how he uses his pitches. At least that’s what should happen. But Moskos noted that teams typically don’t game plan their lineups for an outlier reliever, which Effross and his low arm slot present.

There aren’t many big-league pitchers who give the same look as Effross, further making him an important bullpen option for the Cubs.

“Most teams are trying to adjust by just not swinging, but he throws strikes so that you can’t take that route with him,” Moskos said. “That’s the hard part, like, he’s just coming right after you. So it will be interesting to see because obviously the league makes adjustments to you, but I’m not sure what the adjustments are going to be just yet.”

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Josh Donaldson’s ‘Jackie’ comment to Tim Anderson leads to the benches clearing in the Chicago White Sox’s loss to the New York Yankees

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Josh Donaldson’s ‘Jackie’ comment to Tim Anderson leads to the benches clearing in the Chicago White Sox’s loss to the New York Yankees

New York Yankees designated hitter Josh Donaldson ran between second and third base after Isiah Kiner-Falefa ended the third inning by flying out to right Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

That’s when Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson said Donaldson “made a disrespectful comment.”

“Basically tried to call me Jackie Robinson, ‘What’s up, Jackie?’ ” Anderson said after the Sox’s 7-5 loss. “I don’t play like that.

“He made the comment and it was disrespectful. I don’t think it was called for.

“It happened the first time he got on (in the second inning) and I spared him that time. And it happened again. And it was just uncalled for.”

Two innings later the benches and bullpens cleared.

As Donaldson came to the plate in the fifth, he and Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal exchanged words. Moments later, both dugouts and bullpens emptied.

“What sparked it was a comment he made,” Grandal said. “This game went through a period of time where a lot of those comments were made and I think we’re way past that. It’s just unacceptable.

“Thought it was a low blow and I’m going to make sure I’ve got my team’s back. There’s no way you’re allowed to say something like that. It’s unacceptable.”

Added Sox manager Tony La Russa: “He made a racist comment, Donaldson. And that’s all I’m going to say.”

Anderson had to be restrained by teammates José Abreu and Gavin Sheets. There were no ejections after the benches cleared.

Donaldson told New York reporters: “First inning, I called him ‘Jackie.’ Let me you give a little context. 2019, he came out with an interview that he said he was the new Jackie Robinson of baseball, he’s going to bring back fun for the game, right? In 2019 when I played for Atlanta, we actually joked about that on the game. I don’t know what’s changed from (then) and I’ve said it to him from years past, not in any manner than just joking around. So the fact that he called himself Jackie Robinson.

“If something has changed from that, my meaning of that is not any term trying to be racist by any fact of the matter. It was just off of an interview of what he called himself and when we said that before, we joked about it, he laughed. As you can tell in our series that we’ve played, there are times when I’ve tried to diffuse the situation. I took responsibility for the tag (on May 13 at Guaranteed Rate Field). I wasn’t trying to do anything there. Today just trying to diffuse it like make light, like, hey, we’re not trying to start any brawls or anything like that. Obviously he deemed that it was disrespectful, and if he did, I apologize. That’s not what I was trying to do by any manner.”

It was the second time this season the teams had a benches-clearing incident.

On May 13 at Guaranteed Rate Field, the Sox loaded the bases with one out in the first.

Sheets struck out and Yankees catcher Jose Trevino threw to third to try to get Anderson. The shortstop made it safely by diving, but Donaldson, playing third, tried to nudge him off the base.

The benches and bullpens briefly cleared.

Anderson appreciated the support from his teammates.

“We’re a family here,” Anderson said. “We take care of each other. It’s all love in our locker room. We don’t really deal with crazy things like that. We try to keep that away from our vibes and what’s going on. It shows how connected we are.”

Added Grandal: “I’m sure any other team would have reacted the same way. Like I said, a comment like that is just unacceptable. It should not be allowed. I’m sure, not only us, but anybody else would have reacted the same way. Maybe even worse.”

When the game resumed, reliever Reynaldo López struck out Donaldson. The Sox trailed 6-3 at the time. They pulled within a run at 6-5 but couldn’t complete the comeback to fall in the opener of the three-game series.

The Yankees scored five runs in the second against starter Dallas Keuchel, with DJ LeMahieu’s two-out grand slam to right serving as the big hit.

Keuchel allowed six runs on six hits with three walks (one intentional) and no strikeouts in four innings.

Yankees starter Nestor Cortes allowed three runs on six hits (two from Anderson) with seven strikeouts and no walks in five innings. Abreu hit a three-run homer off Cortes with two outs in the third.

The Sox scored twice against reliever Michael King in the sixth. Leury García had an RBI double and scored on a Josh Harrison double to cut the Yankees lead to 6-5.

The Yankees responded with a run in the sixth and held on for the win, their fourth victory in five meetings against the Sox.

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Will There Be A Blood Sisters Season 2 On Netflix?

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Will There Be A Blood Sisters Season 2 On Netflix?

The last time we saw Sarah and Kemi had landed up in the crosshairs of a family debacle, and the results were pretty bloody. What will happen next? Will the Blood Sisters get a Season 2?

The latest hit of Nollywood has fans jumping all over the world. Blood sisters had quite an impact, with credit to its engaging story-writing, scrutinized direction, awesome star cast, and the hard work of all the people involved in its making. The Nigerian thriller has won our hearts, making us wonder if there will be a second season.

What Is The Series Blood Sisters About?

The Nigerian thriller series is about two friends who are “Friends by choice…bound by blood.” Sarah and Kemi, the two best of friends, become wanted fugitives after Sarah’s fiancé disappears on their engagement day and turns up dead a few days later. As the series progresses, we find out more about Kola’s past, siblings, and mother. What happened, in the end, landed Sarah and Kemi in a bloody situation.

When And Where Did Blood Sisters Release?

Blood Sisters was released on May 5, 2022, on Netflix. The series is said to be the first Nigerian Netflix Original series. It has four episodes, each of 50+ minutes in length.

Who Are The Cast Of Blood Sisters?

The series comprises an ensemble cast of Nancy Isime (Kemi), Ini Dima-Okojie (Sarah), Deyemi Okanlawon (Kola), Gabriel Afolayan (Femi), Ramsey Noah (Uncle B), Kate Henshaw (Uduak), Kehinde Bankole (Yinka), Uche Jombo (Sarah’s mother), Wale Ojo (Inspector Joe), Toke Makinwa (Abby), Genoveva Umeh (Timeyin), Segun Arinze (Tejano), and Daniel Etim-Effiong (Kola’s best friend). Biyi Bandele and Kenneth Gyang directed it.

When Will Season 2 Release?

As of now, the series has not been renewed yet. The way the first season ended, there is a possibility that there may be a season 2. If the series is renewed, we may expect its release in late 2023.

What Can Happen In The Second Season?

Sarah and Kemi were pretty much bruised at the end of the first season but most possibly still alive. Season 2 may take place in jail for them, or they may be on the run again. Timiyen may have let them live, but her drug addiction often leads to her doing bizarre things.

Last we saw, Timiyen threatened her mother after learning that she had murdered her father. Either Uduak and Timyen are against Sarah and Kemi, or they start fighting a personal war. Still, Timiyen will have to do something to escape the punishment for the murder of her brother Femi and his wife, Olayinka.

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When Will The Season 2 Trailer Release?

As the production of a second season has not been promised, it is very hard to tell. If the production begins, we can expect to see the trailer in 2023.

That is all we know as of now. If you haven’t watched Blood Sisters yet, stream it on Netflix.

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