The FBI is currently searching for a suspect who posed as a FedEx delivery driver before fatally shooting the 20-year-old son of a federal judge and injuring her husband.The incident was reported at the home of Judge Ester Salas in North Brunswick, New Jersey on Sunday.According to a judicial official who spoke anonymously about the incident, Salas’ son was shot after he answered the door for the suspect. The suspect then shot Salas’ husband who is a defensive attorney before fleeing the scene.Officials says Salas was in the basement at the time and was not injured.The FBI is currently searching for one suspect.
As the 2007 football season winds down, the lone Saturday remaining onthe Big Ten’s regular season schedule is arguably its most exciting.This is rivalry week, and for many schools — even those floundering atthe bottom of the conference ranks — this final weekend serves as anopportunity to recapture some much needed pride.In the case of Ohio State and Michigan — to fight for a championshiptrophy.”We’re excited about taking part in the greatest rivalry in collegefootball,” Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel said during the conference’sweekly teleconference. “We’re anxious to get back on the field and anxious tobe a part of this great game and the pageantry and excitement that surroundsit.”Saturday’s matchup between Tressel’s 10-1 Buckeyes and the 8-3Wolverines is the 104th meeting of the teams. This year, like in many yearspast, the winner will be crowned Big Tenchampion. Both squads are 6-1 in conference play, and both are coming off upsetlosses at the hands of Illinois and Wisconsin, respectively.One of the key factors in Saturday’s historic matchup will be thepresence — or possible lack thereof — of Michigan’s starting quarterback ChadHenne and running back Mike Hart. Both players have had injury-plagued 2007seasons.According to head coach Lloyd Carr, both will be game-time decisions.”If you look at the history of this season as far as those two kids andtheir injuries, it’s really been a decision made very, very late in the weekeach week, so I don’t see that changing,” Carr said.But Jim Tressel isn’t buying Carr’s indecisiveness.”We know they’re going to play, simply because they’re great kids,”Tressel said. “Those are as tough of guys as there are in college football …and unless some [doctor] tells them they’re not allowed, they’ll be out there.”Battle for the AxeWhile Ohio State and Michigan duke it out, the Badgers trek to Minnesotato battle the struggling Golden Gophers at the Minneapolis Metrodome, hoping tokeep Paul Bunyan’s axe on this side of the state line. Saturday will mark the117th time the Badgers have gone head-to-head with the Gophers, and coach BretBielema says he’s been emphasizing the importance of the game and its historyto his players this week, dubbing the matchup a “border war.””It means a lot for the fans and the alumni,” Bielema said. “We give ourguys an opportunity to touch the axe coming and going from the field … and it’ssomething at the end of the game to be able to carry it around and show it offto the crowd — it’s something special and we definitely emphasize that to ourplayers.”Minnesota head coach Jim Brewster agreed.”It’s a rivalry game. It’s very important toall Minnesotans and also people from the state of Wisconsin, so it [should] bean exciting day on Saturday,” Brewster said.Insearch of bowl berthsElsewhere in the Big Ten, a number of teams will be scratching andclawing just to reach a bowl game. The 2007 season marks the first time inconference history the Big Ten has had 10 teams eligible for bowl bids.Only the beleaguered Golden Gophers, with one win on the year and a 0-7conference record, are ineligible for a bowl.Postseason implications will be huge when Michigan State hosts PennState. The game will likely prove more crucial for Michigan State, which is 6-5overall but a paltry 2-5 in conference and needs a win to have a realistic shotat its first bowl appearance since 2003.The Nittany Lions (8-3 overall, 4-3 Big Ten) are looking for a possibleupgrade to one of the Big Ten’s coveted New Year’s Day bowl slots, pending avictory.Purdue, Northwestern, Indiana and Iowa round out the remaining 10 teamswith at least six wins this season and bowl bids on the line.Indiana coach Bill Lynch echoed the overall sentiment of the rest of hisBig Ten colleagues, maintaining his team will put its heart and soul into itsfinal game, regardless of the current standings or the outcome.“Any rivalry game is important,” Lynch said. “Not only to the current players and coaches … but it means a great deal to all the former players and coaches and all of your alums. We’re certainly looking forward to the challenge.”
APPLYING THE PRESSURE—McKeesport’s Delvon Simmons (52) pressures Gateway quarterback Thomas Woodson. Simmons is a highly regarded defensive tackle for the Tigers. (Photos by William McBride) The McKeesport Tigers lived up to their billing as the hottest team in the Foothills Conference by shutting down the Gateway Gators, 28-14, Oct. 29 at Walter “Pete” Antimarino Stadium. The entire McKeesport defense went Alligator skin hunting as they they were able to snap the mouth shut on the Gateway offense. The Tigers “Soul-Patrol” defensive secondary consisting of Hodari Christian, William Burton, Wayne Graves, Kevin Johnson and Charles Davis held Gateway’s quarterback Thomas Woodson to only 3 completion in 15 attempts in the first half. In the first quarter, defensive stars Branden Jackson and Delvon Simmons took matters into their own hands. The dynamic duo snapped Gateway’s 26-game conference winning streak, along with coach Terry Smith’s run of three straight conference championships.Without question, the offensive most valuable player is tailback Sam Gooden, a compact back who used his outstanding burst to dismantle the Gators defense. Gooden rushed for 167-yards and four touchdowns. He went over 1,000 yards for the season.After three short touchdown runs by Gooden the Tigers went into halftime roaring with a commanding 21-0 lead. Gooden picked up where he left off in the third quarter by sprinting 49-yards for a touchdown to extend the Tigers led to 28-0.In the fourth quarter the Tigers must have developed a case of ‘sleep apnea’. Gateway was able to rattle McKeesport’s defensive cage a little in the second half.Gateway, upset by the McKeesport players doing a “gator chomp” after every play, rallied behind super sophomores Darin Franklin and Woodson. Franklin cut the lead to 28-7 after blasting in from the one yard line. The lead was sliced to 28-14 after Franklin caught a 9-yard touchdown from Woodson, whose arm must have been tired after putting up an incredible 44-passing attempts during the game.Gateway scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and had their fans hoping that this rally would give them a shot in the arm, but the Tigers proved to be a Dr. Jack Kevorkian shot in the arm! The Gateway offense came alive but their defense was too physically worn down to contend with the three-pronged rushing attack of Goodman, Jamar Patterson and Kevin Johnson.“Our quarterback is a heck of an athlete and these are the games you learn the most,” coach Terry Smith said. “We got better tonight. But we’re going through growing pains with starting six sophomores. We’re trying to get better and minimize our mistakes.”When the Gators take the field before games, they are greeted by the theme song from “Rocky”. And, like an over-matched boxer, Gateway withstood punch after punch from a physical McKeesport Tigers offense, but in the end, Gateway couldn’t avoid the knockout.“We have a young improving team, so don’t count us out yet,” said assistant Don Smith and former Westinghouse High School head coach. “I wouldn’t trade our defensive backs for anybody. We have Armstead Williams, Nolan Toran and we may be getting Dondi Kirby Jr. back for the playoffs. I think Kirby is the best in the country. He is 6’3 and has the wingspan of a guy 6-foot-6.”Gateway played all season without All-American Dondi Kirby Jr. (Torn ACL), who could potentially return within the next week or two. “He’s going to see the doctor next week. I don’t think he is going to play,” said Smith. “I won’t play him as long as he’s limping. We need him, but his future is more important.”The Gators dipped deep into their bag of football tactics Friday night, but just could not get anything going. In four of the last five years, the winner of McKeesport-Gateway has gone onto at least the WPIAL championship; in 2005, McKeesport went on to win the PIAA Quad-A championship. With recent history on their side don’t count out the Tigers or the Gators from reaching the championship swamp of Heinz Field.