Derrick Rose to rejoin the Cavaliers

first_img Related TopicsCavaliersCavsClevelandCleveland CavaliersDerrick RoseDerrick Rose InjuryKoby AltmanNBA Ashley Bastock CLEVELAND– Derrick Rose isn’t done with the game of basketball just yet.On Monday morning the Cavaliers announced via press release that Rose will resume treatment to his left ankle at Cleveland Clinic Courts. Rose initially injured the ankle in the second game of the year against the Milwaukee Bucks, and it continued to give him problems once he returned to play. After struggling through five games, the Cavs shut him down on Nov. 9 and he has not played since.The mental toll the injury took on the former league MVP (who has seen his fair share of significant injuries throughout his career) caused him to leave the team on Nov. 22. Since then, he has been debating whether or not he wanted to return to the Cavaliers this year, or even continue his NBA career.While there is no set timeline for his return to game action, the Cavs will update Rose’s status as he progresses with his rehab.“This has been a very challenging and difficult time for Derrick,” general manager Koby Altman said. “We will continue to provide him with support and have patience as he re-joins his teammates and works his way back on to the court.”Rose has only played in seven of the Cavs’ 23 games this season, averaging 14.3 points and 1.7 assists per game. In his absence, Cleveland has gone on an 11-game win streak.The Cavs take on Rose’s former team, the Chicago Bulls, tonight at 8 p.m.center_img Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42last_img read more

Nishikori won’t play in Davis Cup tie

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Without Nishikori, Japan will go into action with 73rd-ranked Go Soeda and No. 84 Tatsuma Ito, who each reached the second round at the Australian Open. Also on the squad are world No. 129 Yuichi Sugita and Yasutaka Uchiyama, who is ranked 400th. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img The Japan Tennis Association announced Tuesday that Kei Nishikori has bowed out of Japan’s first Davis Cup tie of the season.Nishikori, ranked 18th in the world, reached the fourth round at the Australian Open, but has been playing with pain in his left knee. In order to focus on his recovery, he has decided to skip Japan’s Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Zone tie against Indonesia in Tokyo from Feb. 1-3.last_img read more

Morita fights through pain to reach second round

first_img Ayumi Morita, Kimiko Date-Krumm, Misaki Doi Morita was uncertain until the last minute whether she would even be able to play.“I was conflicted and didn’t know if I would make it until I finished my warm-ups,” the 23-year-old said. “It’s Japan, so I really want to play, but at the same time, I don’t want to go out there and not be competitive in front of the fans here.“I couldn’t imagine I could win. I just tried to hit the shots I could and pass on the ones I had no chance to get. By simplifying things and being economical, somehow I could get through.”The first set was a scrappy affair in which Morita broke her left-handed opponent in the first game. It became a battle of attrition from the sixth game, when Morita had to scrape and scrap to hold serve and remained that way until Robson handed the local favorite the tiebreak on two straight backhand errors.The second set, however, held little drama. While Robson served, Morita’s constant shifting in anticipation appeared to throw the Briton off her service game. Morita broke easily to go up 2-0 and both players held serve the rest of the way with Robson ending the match by hitting a backhand long.Her second-round opponent will be sixth-seeded Serb Jelena Jankovic, provided Morita is up to it.“I started taking painkillers yesterday and was taped up, so I could serve today without worrying about it,” she said. “Right now, I’ve just played and I’m still on painkillers, so I don’t know how I’ll feel before my next match or my next tournament in China.”Date-Krumm defeated Australian qualifier Anastasia Rodionova, who retired in the second set with Date-Krumm leading 6-2, 4-1.“Today, my body felt as heavy as it’s been in a while,” said Date-Krumm, who reached the quarterfinals last week in Seoul, and felt sluggish with the cooler temperatures here.“I caught a bit of a break and was able to conserve a little energy.”Next up for the 42-year-old is 12th-seeded Australian Samantha Stosur.Wildcard Doi rebounded from a set down to defeat Varvara Lepchenko of the United States 6-7 (3-7), 6-0, 7-5 to earn a second-round match with 15th seed Sorana Cirstea of Romania.Risa Ozaki, the other Japanese player in action, fell to China’s Shuai Peng 6-2, 6-1.In other first-round matches, 11th seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia dispatched Germany’s Annika Beck 6-1, 6-1, while American Madison Keys upset 10th-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 5-7, 7-5, 6-2.Italy’s Roberta Vinci, a quarterfinalist at the past two U.S. Opens and the eighth seed here, was upset in her second-round debut by Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 7-5, 6-4 as the top seeds began taking the court.In other second-round matches, Angelique Kerber of Germany, the fifth seed, defeated qualifier Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor of Spain 6-0, 6-1, while seventh seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic also advanced to the third round with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Swiss wildcard Belinda Bencic. RELATED PHOTOS Through the pain barrier: Ayumi Morita plays a shot during her 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 win over Britain’s Laura Robson at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Monday. | AP IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img A trio of local favorites advanced to the second round of the Pan Pacific Open on Monday with Ayumi Morita battling through an injury in a straight-sets victory over Britain’s Laura Robson.Morita, who hurt her lower back on the eve of this summer’s U.S. Open, returned to action with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 victory. Ageless veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm and wildcard Misaki Doi also advanced to the second round. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES KEYWORDSlast_img read more

Rikako Ikee rewrites national record in women’s 50-meter freestyle

first_img RELATED PHOTOS KEYWORDS Rikako Ikee slashed 0.12 second off her national record in the women’s 50-meter freestyle on Friday, the fourth day of the Japan Swimming Championships.The 17-year-old clocked 24.21 seconds to win the 50-meter title for the third straight year, adding to the 100-meter butterfly championship she also won this week at Tokyo’s Tatsumi International Swimming Center. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Rikako Ikee | KYODOcenter_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES “Frankly, I expected to produce this time. Now I want to aim even higher,” said Ikee, who was looking ahead to two more races left on her nationals agenda. “At the moment, I’m overflowing with confidence.” Rikako Ikee, Japan Swimming Championships last_img read more

Big Match Preview: Derby County away

first_imgFACTFILEFormed: 1884Nickname: The RamsWebsite: www.dcfc.co.ukTwitter: @dcfcofficialGround: Pride Park StadiumCapacity: 33,597HonoursFirst Division 1971/72, 1974/75,Second Division 1911/12, 1914/15, 1968/69, 1986/87Third Division 1956/57FA Cup 1946FA Charity Shield 1975Last seasonLeague finish: 9thFA Cup: Fourth round, lost to Leicester CityEFL Cup: Third round, lost to LiverpoolTop Scorer: Tom Ince, 15 goalsAverage attendance: 29,042last_img

High school football: Airline rolls past Southside in 5A first-round game

first_imgAirline led  21-14 at the half. The Vikings fumbled thesecond half kickoff, giving the Sharks a chance to tie the game. Airline (9-2), the No. 8 seed, will travel to Reserve on Friday for a second-round game against No. 24 East St. John, which defeated No. 9 Central of Baton Rouge 34-30 in the first round. The Wildcats are officially 7-4, but they forfeited their first three games, including two wins, after self-reporting using an ineligible player. Leading 21-7 in the second, Airline blocked a 25-yard field goal attempt. The Sharks capitalized on a fumble recovery to cut the lead to 21-14 just before the half.Perfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndo The Airline Vikings turned a tight game into a rout in the second half of a 55-21 victory over the Southside Sharks in a Class 5A first-round playoff game Friday night at M.D. Ray Field at Airline Stadium. “I think that changed the game right there,” Airline head coach Bo Meeks said of Hudson’s interception. “They have an opportunity to tie it up. We get the stop and then go score. And then pretty much just keep our foot on the gas from there on. The defense came up huge in crucial situations tonight. Then the offense when we needed to turn it on really did a good job.” Southside, located inYoungsville just outside Lafayette, finished 6-5 in its first varsity season offootball. The Vikings had four interceptions. All led to touchdowns. Brandon Marshall had two, including a 55-yard pick-six, and Melvin Smith had one. But Tracy Hudson picked off apass at the 2, and Airline simply dominated from there. The Vikings scored 34straight points. The Sharks scored their final TD late in the game.center_img Johnson scored on runs of 25and 2 yards. Young went in from five yards out. Young broke loose for a 69-yardrun that led to a TD. “I think we had eight rushingtouchdowns this year, and we had six tonight,” Meeks said. “Just really proudof the effort on both sides of the ball — players, coaches. Just a greatfirst-round win against a good football team.” Junior quarterback Alex Garcia scored on runs of 24 and 33 yards in the second half Thanks to several pass completions, Southside took an early 7-0 lead. But the Vikings answered with a 15-yard TD pass from Garcia to Daniel Smith. The first of seven extra-point kicks by Jackson Tinkis tied it at 7 in the first quarter. Airline has been known mainlyas a passing team this season. But the Vikings revved up their running gameFriday night. The offensive line blew open some big holes for Jamal Johnson andRovelle Young. Kevin Pouncy scored on a5-yard end around.last_img read more

Mookie Betts contract: MLB star signs mammoth 12-year, $365m deal with LA Dodgers

first_img 1 month ago Astros at Dodgers, ‘Field of Dreams’ highlight MLB schedule 1 month ago Dodgers option Gavin Lux, sign pitcher Jake McGee First Published: 23rd July, 2020 11:15 IST Right fielder Mookie Betts has earned the second-richest contract in MLB history without even playing for his new side – Los Angeles Dodgers. Betts rejected a 10-year contract extension from Boston Red Sox in 2018 before being traded to the Dodgers earlier this year. While Betts is yet to play an official game for the LA side, his All-Star performances with the Red Sox meant they had zero doubts about offering him the long-term deal. Mookie Betts has signed a mammoth 12-year contract extension, worth a reported $365 million with the Dodgers. It becomes the second richest MLB contract, behind the 12-year, $426.5 million contract Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout signed in 2018. With this new deal, Betts, 27, will be contracted to the Dodgers through 2032. Combined with his existing $27 million – reduced to $10 million due to the shortened season – Betts’ total payday is whopping $392 million over 13 years. Written By Last Updated: 23rd July, 2020 11:15 IST Mookie Betts Contract: MLB Star Signs Mammoth 12-year, $365m Deal With LA Dodgers The Mookie Betts contract is the richest deal in Los Angeles Dodgers history. The 27-year-old signed a 12-year extension worth $365 million. FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE 1 month ago Bellinger, Kershaw among Dodgers focused on racial injustice COMMENT Outfielder Mookie Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers are in agreement on a 12-year, $365 million contract extension, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN. Combined with the one-year, $27 million deal he’s currently under, the total is 13 years and $392 million.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 22, 2020 Also Read | Royals’ Dozier Tests Positive For COVID-19 Before ExhibitionMookie Betts contract detailsAccording to reports, Betts’ contract extension represents the largest new money deal offered to a player in MLB – Mike Trout’s $426.5 million contract included $360 million in new money. His contract includes a signing bonus of $65 million, with his average salary estimated to be around $30.42 million. The 27-year-old’s salary falls behind Yankees’ Gerrit Cole ($36 million), Trout ($35.5 million), Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg ($35 million), Angels’ Anthony Rendon ($35 million), Astros’ Zack Greinke ($34.4 million), Astros’ Justin Verlander $31.3 million, and teammates David Price and Clayton Kershaw ($31 million each).The Dodgers made the official announcement through a press conference on Wednesday. “I just love being here,” Betts said during the conference. “I love everything about here. I’m here to win some rings and bring championships back to LA. That’s all I’m focused on.” LIVE TV Sujay Chakraborty 1 month ago Betts gets $365M, 12-year deal with Dodgers through 2032 1 month ago Dodgers’ Pollock in camp after COVID-19 positive WE RECOMMEND SUBSCRIBE TO US Also Read | MLB Returns Ball Kids To Lines After Feedback From ClubsA four-time Gold Glove winner, Mookie Betts became the first player in MLB history to win the MVP, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove, batting title and World Series in the same season. The 27-year-old has a career batting average of .301, scoring 139 home runs and 470 RBIs. Last season, the former World Series champion hit .295 with 29 homers and 80 RBIs. With his long-term future secure, Betts could become the centrepiece of Dodgers’ destructive offence, looking to win their first World Series title in 32 years. Betts will make his Dodgers debut on Thursday, July 23 against San Francisco Giants. Also Read | Mookie Betts Contract: Slugger Gets $365M, 12-year Deal With Dodgers Through 2032(Image Credits: AP) last_img read more

Mike Tyson vs Tyson Fury: How boxers compare as Gypsy King claims he accepted offer to fight 54-year-old

first_img REAL vs FAKE GOLD Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicopter Best caption wins🏆 Credit @4×4 TYSON FURY said he recently accepted an offer to fight Mike Tyson despite the 23-year age difference between the pair.Iron Mike has been back in training and looks set for a mammoth comeback fight.Tyson Fury claims he has accepted an offer to fight his 54-year-old idol Mike TysonThe super showdown is believed to be just one of the legend’s return fights after his jaw-dropping return to fitness some 15 years after he announced his retirement.Fury – who wants to see Tyson take on Holyfield for a third time – told BT Sport: “I did get a phone call with a chance to fight Mike Tyson. I was like ‘what?’“Yeah, I had a phone call saying ‘would you like to fight Mike Tyson in an exhibition fight?’ I was like ‘hell yeah!’”Fury later admitted nothing is likely to come of the chat but how would the fighters compare if the historic bout ever came to fruition?MIKE TYSONTyson, 54, retired in 2005 following back to back losses against Danny Williams and then Kevin McBride.The youngest heavyweight champ of all time was a shadow of himself, so much so in both defeats he sat on the seat of his pants and waited to be counted out.In his years in retirement, Tyson overcame a battle with substance abuse and depression to become a successful cannabis farm owner as well well as hosting his own popular podcast.But the reformed Baddest Man on The Planet found the inspiration to start training again, and quickly announced a comeback – insisting he is back to his most destructive self.He said: “I feel unstoppable now. I feel the same again. The gods of war ignited my ego and want me to go to war again.”There is no denying that Tyson is back in phenomenal shape at the age of 54Credit: Instagram @henry_cejudoTyson has spent the last month training under MMA coach Rafael Cordeiro, dramatically transforming his body, and revealed he would need just five more weeks until he could fight again.It’s clear the legendary puncher stills posses the destructive speed and power that won him the belt aged 20, with recent videos on the pads proving so.But being fit to train and fit to fight are two completely different things – as explained by the man himself after his final loss.A shock rematch against Holyfield is also rumoured to be on the cardsCredit: AFP – GettyTyson said after being stopped against McBride: “I realised, I don’t think I have it anymore. I got the ability to stay in shape, but I don’t have the ability to fight anymore.”Despite the harsh reality, Tyson is adamant he is in the shape of his life, and ready to turn back the clock.He explained: “Six weeks of this and I’d be in the best shape I’ve ever dreamed of being in. As a matter of fact, I’m going through that process right now.”TYSON FURYIn the conversation with BT, Fury, who previously said he would beat Tyson in an amazing cross-era bout, added: “I don’t think anything’s materialised out of it to be honest.“So yeah I think he’s definitely serious about doing some fights or whatever, but he’s fought Holyfield twice so they’re both old now, so I think they’re a bit long in the teeth.“But who am I to say anything, what anybody’s capable of? I wouldn’t try and kill anybody’s dreams.“If they’re both fit to fight, medically fit, then let them do what they want to do. It’s their life not mine.” Fury destroyed Deontay Wilder in his most recent bout in FebruaryCredit: GettyFury, already etched in folklore for his devastating rematch win to dethrone Deontay Wilder, was coy about revealing how he would take on his fellow legend.He said: “I don’t like to pit myself against boxing heroes in a virtual reality fight, because I find it disrespectful.“But my answer is that I’ll beat any man born from his mother. I just wouldn’t say that directly about any of the heroes from the past.“But, deep down, I don’t believe that any fighter from the past can beat me.“I think I’m the greatest fighter that’s ever lived – from any generation.”Many think Fury is the best heavyweight on the planetFIGHT BREAKDOWNIron Mike says at his explosive peak he felt “invincible” for any time “since the beginning of God” – while unbeaten two-time champ Fury insists he would beat anyone.And although Fury was unwilling to “directly” talk about taking on one of his “heroes,” Tyson has readily gone into details about tactics if the two icons from different eras could meet in their prime.The 5ft 10in American believes aggression and mobility would be his main weapons against 6ft 9in Fury – but still names “morale” as the key factor for any fighter.If Tyson was to come out of retirement and fight for the first time in 15 years, Fury is the exact opponent you would avoid facing.Clearly Iron Mike still has a degree of his fast hands and power, but he can only put that to use against someone there to be hit – and the Gypsy King is renowned for his masterful defence.The explosive and educated footwork and pressure Tyson once had in abundance during his prime would be the key to beating Fury – as he explained himself.The pair have met in person in the pastTyson told Ring magazine: “Against someone of Tyson Fury’s size, you’ve got to be aggressive, move your head and be elusive because if you stand still against a man that size, you’re an easy target.“You need to attack, use angles and stay away from his punching distance.“You need to be close, but you can’t stay at a distance that allows the bigger fighter to get off.”But, knowing what to do and having the ability to pull it off do not go hand in hand, making this a very hard fight for Tyson, who faces a battle to regain his timing and distance in the ring.Boxing over three or four exhibition rounds does favour Iron Mike, though, as he can afford to empty the tank while not having to worry about the second half of the fight.And Fury, who has predominately fought over 12 championship rounds while in his prime, will have been used to reserving his energy in the opening stages of the fight.Meaning should Tyson come out of the blocks fast, and be in distance to let his punches fly, fans could be treated to a real spectacle.But if Fury can do what he does best by controlling the bout with his expert jab and timing as well as his new found aggression shown against Wilder, Tyson faces a frustrating night, chasing shadows. 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Kay is convincing in Deery Series feature win at Cedar County

first_imgTIPTON, Iowa (Aug. 19) – Justin Kay continues to do his best to take the suspense out of the Deery Brothers Summer Series points battle.Kay started on the pole and led every time around the track in winning Tuesday’s IMCA Late Model tour main event at Cedar County Raceway.The feature ran green to checkered and probably took less time than Kay will need to deposit his $3,000 check, the fourth he’s endorsed this season.Kyle Hinrichs ran second most of the way at Tipton and eventually crossed the stripe four car lengths be­hind Kay.Tyler Bruening pressured Hinrichs before ending in third. Brian Harris and Brian Beaudry com­pleted the top five.Scott Fitzpatrick won the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing.Next up for the series is the Monday, Sept. 1 event at Boone Speedway on opening night of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.Feature results – 1. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 2. Kyle Hinrichs, Swisher; 3. Tyler Bruening, Deco­rah; 4. Brian Harris, Davenport; 5. Brian Beaudry, Lost Nation; 6. Brunson Behning, Calamus; 7. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon; 8. Andy Eckrich, Oxford; 9. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin; 10. Matt Ryan, Davenport; 11. Jonathan Brauns, Muscatine; 12. Terry Neal, Ely; 13. Scott Fitzpatrick, Urbandale; 14. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 15. Rob Moss, Iowa City; 16. Joel Callahan, Dubuque; 17. Jason Rauen, Far­ley; 18. Spencer Diercks, Davenport; 19. Mike Zemo Jr., Davenport; 20. Jeff Tharp, Sherrill; 21. Stephan Kammerer, Blue Grass; 22. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill.; 23. Todd Cooney, Des Moines.1st heat (top three) – 1. Hinrichs; 2. Behning; 3. Denny Eckrich; 4. Luke Goedert, Guttenberg; 5. Moss; 6. Tharp; 7. Chad Holladay, Muscatine; 8. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 9. Nick Marolf, Moscow.2nd heat – 1. Harris; 2. Kay; 3. Andy Eckrich; 4. Neal; 5. Fitzpatrick; 6. Guss; 7. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove; 8. Doug Yates, Monticello; 9. Jon Merfeld, Dubuque.3rd heat – 1. Beaudry; 2. Bruening; 3. Aikey; 4. Callahan; 5. LeRoy Brenner, Aledo, Ill.; 6. John Emerson, Waterloo; 7. Zemo; 8. Sam Halstead, New London.4th heat – 1. Dolan; 2. Ryan; 3. Brauns; 4. Kammerer; 5. Cooney; 6. Rauen; 7. Greg Kastli, Water­loo; 8. Diercks.1st “B” feature (top four) – 1. Moss; 2. Callahan; 3. Zemo; 4. Tharp; 5. Emerson; 6. Holladay; 7. DeFrance; 8. Brenner; 9. Goedert; 10. Halstead; 11. Marolf.2nd “B” feature – 1. Neal; 2. Kammerer; 3. Fitzpatrick; 4. Cooney; 5. Guss; 6. Zrostlik; 7. Diercks; 8. Rauen; 9. Kastli; 10. Yates; 11. Merfeld.Hard charger – Diercks. Point provisionals – Rauen and Guss.last_img read more

Boy shot in Texas church massacre will finally leaving hospital Thursday

first_imgCredit: The Ward Family (SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas) — A little boy who was shot in the Sutherland Springs, Texas, church massacre is set to return home Thursday — riding through town on a fire truck — after more than two months in the hospital.On Nov. 5, a gunman stormed the rural First Baptist Church, leaving 26 dead, according to police, who have included an unborn child in the death count. The attack was deemed the worst mass shooting in Texas history.Among the injured was now-6-year-old Ryland Ward, who was shot several times.Volunteer firefighter Rusty Duncan was a first responder that day, and he told ABC News he was the one who found Ryland and pulled him to safety.Once he rushed inside the church, he went through the aisles and “started checking for people’s pulses,” Duncan said. “That’s where Ryland’s hand reached out from under his stepmom and grabbed my pant leg. I rolled her over and grabbed him and started running outside with him.”“As soon as we got him outside, his dad [Chris Ward] ran up to me and said, ‘They killed my baby.’ “And I told his dad, ‘No, he’s not dead, he’s still alive,’” Duncan said. “Unfortunately his wife and two girls were actually gone.”Chris Ward’s wife and Ryland’s stepmother, Joann Lookingbill Ward, was among the dead, as well as Joann Lookingbill Ward’s daughters, Brooke Bryanne Ward, 5, and Emily Garcia, 7.Ryland was rushed to the hospital and soon the young boy’s mother reached out to Duncan, the firefighter said.“I met with her and talked to her then I was actually able to go to the hospital and see him for the first time,” about a week after the shooting, Duncan said.“He was heavily sedated,” Duncan said, going through “surgery after surgery.”Duncan said he continued to visit the little boy at the hospital, including this week.“He’s doing great,” Duncan said. “He walked for me for the first time. Of course with my help, but he walked.”Ryland’s grandmother, Sandy Ward, told ABC News, Ryland is trying to walk but keeps dragging his left foot. He has 15 percent use of his left hip, she said.“He’s a character,” Duncan said. “This little boy has the best fighting spirit I’ve ever seen out of anybody in my entire life. He’s kept me going this whole time. Even when I was giving up … just thinking about him and being around him makes me smile.”The “fighting spirit” turned 6 while he was in the hospital.According to University Hospital, Ryland is the facility’s final patient from the Sutherland Springs shooting.According to his grandmother, Ryland has inspired everyone.“It’s just a miracle he survived and is doing as well as he is,” Sandy Ward said. “We’re just excited to get him to come home.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more