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Andrew Thomas Gallo is the alleged hit and run driver in the crash of Nick Adenhart. Andrew Thomas Gallo had been arrested on hit and run with other charges pending, says reports.

LALATE broke the shocking details this morning, along with the press conference underway from the Angels organization. Pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed after pitching last night’s game during a deadly car crash in Fullerton, California. Adenhart was 22.

Tonight’s game against Oakland has been postponed.

Reports claim Gallo allegedly fled the scene of the accident which left three dead, one additional person critical. Gallo is 22 and a resident of San Bernandino.

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WNBA Draft

WNBA DraftDream take McCoughtry with top pick in WNBA draft.

Angel McCoughtry found a way to become No. 1 — in the WNBA draft.

Two days after her Louisville Cardinals were beaten by Connecticut in the national title game, the All-American forward was chosen by the Atlanta Dream with the No. 1 overall pick.

It's been quite an emotional few days for McCoughtry.

"I have no complaints," she said Thursday. "This is the best thing in the world. This is the best position to be in."

The 6-foot-1 McCoughtry averaged 22.8 points and 9.5 rebounds her last three years and led the Cardinals to an upset of Oklahoma in the Final Four before losing to undefeated UConn in Tuesday night's title game.

"I want to thank Atlanta for believing in me and believing we can take this program to another level and contend for a WNBA championship," she said.

Atlanta, 4-30 in its first season, appears vastly improved after setting a league record for losses. The Dream added former All-Stars Chamique Holdsclaw and Michelle Snow, as well as Nikki Teasley and Sancho Lyttle in the offseason.

Meanwhile, UConn's Renee Montgomery was the No. 4 pick by the Minnesota Lynx.

Washington took Maryland's Marissa Coleman with the No. 2 pick. The 6-foot-1 forward averaged 18.1 points and 8.6 rebounds while helping the Terrapins reach the NCAA regional semifinals.

"It means a lot," Coleman said. "Just kind of seals the deal as hard as I've worked to get to this point."

Coleman grew up in Maryland and her college campus was about 30 miles from the Mystics' home arena.

"It's exciting to play in Washington, in front of my family and friends," she said.

Maryland teammate Kristi Toliver was selected next by Chicago after averaging a team-high 18.4 points, 4.9 assists and 3.2 rebounds.

Montgomery had career-bests of 16.5 points and 5.1 assists while helping the unbeaten Huskies to their sixth national championship.

"It's been a busy couple of days, but for the right reasons," Montgomery said. "This is obviously an exciting time. I'm trying to take it all in."

Auburn's DeWanna Bonner was taken by Phoenix at No. 5 and Arizona State's Briann January went to Indiana with the sixth pick. Sacramento selected Oklahoma center Courtney Paris, the first four-time AP All-American, at No. 7.

"I'm so excited, I never even thought about the potential of getting back to California and having that opportunity to play in front of my friends and family again," said Paris, the daugther of former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Bubba Paris.

New York took Rutgers' Kia Vaughn with the eighth pick, and the Lynx picked Virginia Commonwealth's Quanitra Hollingsworth with their second selection.

Rounding out the first round, it was: Duke's Chante Black to Connecticut at No. 10; Pittsburgh's Shavonte Zellous to defending champion Detroit at No. 11; California's Ashley Walker to Seattle at No. 12; and Purdue's Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton to Los Angeles at No. 13.

Paris' sister, Ashley, was considered a possible first-rounder, but slid down to the Sparks in the second round with the 22nd overall pick.

Teams will open training camp May 17, exhibition games will begin May 21 and the league's 13th season will start June 6.

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Gettysburg College

Gettysburg CollegeGettysburg College says student fatally stabbed.

A Gettysburg College student died of apparent stab wounds early Thursday, and a fellow student was taken into custody, college officials said.

Officials at the private, liberal-arts school in south-central Pennsylvania said the victim died following the early morning incident at a house on the outskirts of town leased by the college for student housing.

The school said there was not a continuing threat to the public but provided few other details. Adams County District Attorney Shawn Wagner planned a mid-afternoon news conference, and court officials said they expected a suspect to be arraigned by videoconference.

The Gettysburg Borough Police Department, which is handling the investigation, had no comment, and the county coroner did not immediately return phone message seeking comment. Police blocked off access to an area several hundred feet around an older, two-story yellow clapboard structure that was the scene of the apparent stabbing.

Freshman Caroline Nathan said student e-mail speculation about the identities of the students involved was running rampant in the absence of details from authorities.

She said many students had left for a four-day spring weekend, contributing to the confusion.

"Everyone is gone for Easter," said Nathan, 19, of Bethesda, Md. "No one really knows where everyone is."

College President Janet Morgan Riggs issued a brief statement describing it as a tragedy for the community and the families involved.

About 2,600 students attend the 177-year-old college, whose 200-acre campus is located in this rural community where a national military park memorializes the famous Civil War battle fought here and where Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous speech.

The cost of tuition, room, board and fees at Gettysburg College is about $47,000 a year.

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OC Register

OC RegisterApril Fools Joke Gets OC Metblogs In The OC Register.

Well I guess my little April Fools post fooled a few too many people last week! It was realistic enough that a few dedicated Disney web sites had to debunk it that same day! (See Disneyland News Today and the OC register’s “Around Disney” blog, whom have now taken down their “It was a hoax!” story)

According to Adam Townsend, one of the staff writers for the OC Register, Disneyland was flooded with calls from the various Disney-related websites, to see if it was true! **evil grin**

In the end, Adam contacted me, and all was worked out. Here’s the OC Register post of my interview with him!!! I’d like to commend Adam for actually checking the facts of the story before posting it. (Especially since he could have been in big trouble from his editor) Nowadays, everyone wants to be the first to break a big story so badly, that they often bypass normal fact-checking, and throw it straight on the web.

So, good catch Adam……but I’ll get you next April Fools!!!! ;-)

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Masters Golf Tournament 2009

Masters Golf Tournament 2009
2009 Masters Golf Tournament Odds: Tiger Woods favorite.

With the 2009 Masters golf tournament underway today in Augusta, Georgia, Tiger Woods remains the odds-on favorite to win the prestigious golf tourney, followed closely by Phil Mickelson. At the online sports betting website BodogLife, Tiger Woods remains the top favorite to win the 2009 Masters with short odds 7/4. In the odds to win the 2009 Masters Golf Tournament, Tiger Woods is followed by Phil Mickelson, who however holds distant odds to win - 8/1. After a small odds adjustment, Geoff Ogilvy is now third on the betting sheets with odds 12/1, edging out Padraig Harrington who is now sitting on 16/1 odds to win the 2009 Masters Golf Tournament.

Neither of the four golf players leading the betting odds on the 2009 Masters have teed-off yet, which gives the bettors quite a while to put in their wagers. And with Tiger Woods leading on the rest of the pack by such a wide margin, it's the perfect time to look for "underdogs" such as Mickelson and Harrington. Stay with us as we bring you the latest odds on the 2009 Masters Golf Tournament.

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Nick Adenhart

Nick AdenhartYankees stunned by car crash death of Angels rookie Nick Adenhart.

Only a handful of Yankees knew Nick Adenhart personally, but the news that the Angels pitcher had been killed in a car accident early Thursday morning hit the Bombers' clubhouse hard.

Players stood in stunned silence as the news of the car accident that took the Angels prospect's life was being delivered from the television hanging on the clubhouse wall, blank stares on most of their faces.

Adenhart, a 22-year-old righthander rated by Baseball America as the Angels' top prospect, was killed shortly after midnight in Fullerton, Calif., when a minivan ran through a red light and struck the car Adenhart was riding in. Adenhart had thrown six scoreless innings against the A's earlier in the evening, his first start of the season and just the fourth of his brief career.

"It's difficult for all of us in the baseball family," Girardi said. "You dream your whole life about playing in the big leagues, you make your first start and have a good start and then it's over."

Mark Teixeira didn't play with Adenhart during his two-month stint in Anaheim last year, but the first baseman, who had been informed of the news by Girardi just a few minutes before the story appeared on television, looked particularly shaken up.

"I feel for the organization," Teixeira said.

Girardi said Teixeira took the news hard, though the manager was clearly having a difficult time with it himself, tearing up as he spoke about the situation.

"It's terrible," Girardi said. "Just brutal."

Jose Molina and Edwar Ramirez both played with Adenhart in the Angels organization, and each of them remembered the 22-year-old as a terrific teammate.

"He was an awesome kid," said Molina, who was in spring training camp with Adenhart in 2006-07. "He was kind of quiet, but that may have just been because he was a rookie."

Ramirez said he used to hitch rides with Adenhart every day in spring training. He was thrilled when he heard the pitcher had made his big-league debut last May, then watched the highlights Wednesday night after Adenhart pitched six scoreless innings against the A's.

"It's shocking. He was a great guy," Ramirez said. "When I saw that he made it to the majors, I was so happy for him. And after last night? It's horrible."

It is unknown whether the driver that ran a red light and caused the crash was intoxicated, but the incident hit home for Joba Chamberlain, who had spoken on Wednesday about how fortunate he was to escape his own drunken driving incident without being hurt or hurting anybody else.

"Life is short and this is a perfect example," Chamberlain said. "It sounds like he was just driving home after the game, and now he's not coming to the ballpark the next day. You can't take anything for granted, ever."

Chamberlain didn't know Adenhart personally, but the incident was still hard for him to handle.

"We're all a family in the game of baseball," Chamberlain said. "We all have to go through things that are tough, but you can never put this into words. A young man pitches his tail off the night before for his team and the next thing you know, it's all over with. It's unfathomable."

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