Double danger

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles Now entering their junior season, Justin and Ryan McKillop are expected to help anchor the Centurions’ 3-4 defense. The almost-identical McKillop twins bring plenty of speed and aggressiveness. Both standing at 6 feet and with wavy long hair, they look like rugged, trash-talking linebackers. But at 220 pounds, Justin is an inside linebacker with quiet demeanor. He lets his run-stopping tackles and hard hits do the talking. His brother, a slightly slimmer 200-pound outside linebacker, is of the same cloth. Justin and Ryan McKillop can almost always be found together and are often referred to by one nickname. Teammates and coaches call the pair “The Kills.” Together, the 16-year-old brothers sit through their first three classes, watch film during lunch hour and go everywhere. To their father’s advantage, they share a car: a white Cadillac Escalade. On the football field, the twins seem to think alike. They can often be found making a tackle together. “With their long hair, they look like they should be in a rock band,” said Jason Bornn, Saugus’ fourth-year head coach. “But they are a couple of blue-collar workers who are not into vanity. They’re quiet, and they have to be put into a position of leadership.” The McKillop brothers have accepted taking the leadership position. After a sophomore season in which Ryan led the team with 50 tackles and Justin registered a team-leading five sacks, the McKillop brothers want to help the Centurions reach the playoffs and win. “We got to be the team that beats the other teams, instead of being the Saugus that came so close against Notre Dame (of Sherman Oaks),” Justin McKillop said. “I think this year we all, as a team, set a goal to be the one that beats the Notre Dames, the Harts and Valencia.” In Bornn’s mind, the twin linebackers are capable of leading the team and together rank among the best in Division II football. Foothill League rival Canyon High’s Coach Harry Welch agrees. “I think these kids can play in any team,” Welch said. “They work hard and play well in a high level of competition.” For the McKillop brothers, taking their young talent to compete at the varsity level proved less challenging than making the choice. “It took me awhile to decide,” Justin McKillop said. “But I knew if (Ryan) went, I was going to go too.” ivan.orozco@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAUGUS – After their freshman football season, Justin and Ryan McKillop had to make a choice. They could be assured of playing time as starters at the junior-varsity level, or jump to varsity and risk sitting on the bench. The Saugus High linebackers picked a shot at varsity. All it took was some fatherly advice. center_img “I told them if they played three years of varsity, it would give them a little edge,” said John McKillop, the twins’ father. “I wouldn’t be able to live with them on a team and they didn’t play. I knew they were not guaranteed to play, but I thought it would help them in their last two high school seasons.” The risk paid off. It didn’t take long for the twin brothers to see varsity action. Both earned spots as starting linebackers their sophomore year. They were named to the all-Foothill League team that same season. Ryan McKillop earned first-team defense honors, and Justin McKillop made second-team defense. last_img read more

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Newcastle owner Mike Ashley ready to step aside if wealthier investor comes in

first_img The Magpies have struggled to land their top targets this summer 1 Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has revealed he would stand aside if a wealthier investor was interested in taking over – but does not expect to be inundated with offers.A rare interview with Ashley was broadcast on Sunday, shortly after the Magpies were beaten 2-0 by Tottenham on their Premier League return, spanning the entirety of the businessman’s 10-year stint at the helm.And while fans will surely have been interested in Ashley’s conciliatory words towards a number of former managers – including Kevin Keegan, Alan Shearer and Sam Allardyce – as well as his regret over rebranding St James’ Park, his thoughts on the future created most intrigue.Excerpts from the Sky Sports Premier League programme previously showed Ashley admitting the the money available to boss Rafa Benitez was “not enough”, and the full broadcast showed him willing to entertain overtures from those who could provide more.“I have got to make it crystal clear. I am nowhere near wealthy enough to compete with Manchester City and Chelsea,” he said.“It is a wealthy individual taking on what is the equivalent of countries. I cannot and I will not.“And that is why if someone wants to come along and take this seat and fund Newcastle with their nought on the end more than me, I will not stand in Newcastle’s way.”The 52-year-old was quick to add that he was pessimistic about the prospects of such funding arriving and instead began looking to the future.“One of the reasons I am doing this interview is that there are not many people out there who will actually stand up and do it,” he said.“So Newcastle fans, we could be doing this together for a little while longer. We have the man in Rafa and let’s hope we can generate some funds and give Rafa some chance to get some building blocks going over the next couple of years.”Asked if he might even bring up a second decade in charge, he said with a smile: “We will see.”There was plenty of contrition in his appearance, starting with a mea culpa over his poorly-received decision to rename the stadium ‘Sports Direct Arena’, after his sportswear company, in 2011.“The first thing you feel is stupidity, when you actually see the hindsight of something you know you shouldn’t have done,” he said.“I should not have changed the name of St James’ Park. I should not have done that. I wanted to get naming right, get money for it and put it back into the football club.“Actually, the vast majority of Geordie fans would rather have St James’ Park and maybe finish a place lower in the league because they want it kept special.”As for some of his former managerial employees, he was largely in generous mood.On Allardyce, whom he sacked in 2008, Ashley said: “I apologise to him, I was too hasty.”He also said of the man who brought Newcastle back into the Premier League in 2010: “I thought I was very unfair on Chris Hughton, who got us promoted, I don’t think gave him enough time.”As for club favourites Shearer and Keegan, who failed to last under his regime, he added: “I don’t think for either of those two individuals that it was too much for them.“It wasn’t always easy for Kevin at the football club. We didn’t have the structure around to support him with the signings and everything else and I will take the responsibility for that.“So, Kevin, if I have let you down in any way I apologise.“Alan Shearer came in at a time where he was probably one of the only people on this planet that would have kept Newcastle up. He did an absolutely fantastic job in everything else but the odd result not going our way.“Never say never though, Alan, if you are watching.”last_img read more

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