A 23-year-old Florida man is accused of providing material support to the Islamic State extremist group, attempting to buy multiple weapons and scouting potential targets for an attack in the Tampa Bay area, according to federal prosecutors.Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari, a U.S. citizen is charged with attempting to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization.An FBI affidavit says Al-Azhari was recorded expressing his admiration for Omar Mateen, the deceased shooter at the Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre in 2016 that left 49 people dead. Al-Azhari even drove by the location to “scope” it out.A confidential FBI informant, told officials that Al-Azhari said he wanted to kill at least 50 people.The affidavit also details how Al-Azhari negotiated with an undercover FBI employee to purchase a variety of guns and silencers, including an AK-47-style rifle. He also scouted a number of target in the Tampa Bay area.Officials say his phone was filled with multiple videos in regarding the Islamic State group. Another video, the FBI says, shows Al-Azhari in a facemask and pointing a gun at presumably someone on the floor.“Hey you, get on the floor. Get on the floor now. Don’t you move, don’t you move, I’m telling you, I will kill you,” he says in the video.Officials arrested him on Sunday. Police retrieved weapons that were allegedly to be used in an attack.Al-Azhari’s public defender said the government’s charges in the case unfairly attempt to portray him as a terrorist.Al-Azhari had previously been convicted in Saudi Arabia in 2015 of terror-related crimes, including attempting to join a terrorist group. He served three years in prison in Saudi Arabia and then was deported to the U.S., according to the FBI. He lived in California and since 2019 in the Tampa area.If convicted he faces up to 20 years in prison.
Zach Werenski got his first career hat trick, Elvis Merlikins stopped 36 shots in his first NHL start and the battered Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Florida Panthers 4-1 on Tuesday night.Werenski and the Blue Jackets served up a rude homecoming for Florida goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who was making his first appearance in Columbus since leaving as a free agent last summer. Bobrovsky, who played in Columbus for seven seasons and won two Vezina Trophies, had 24 saves.Boone Jenner also scored for the Blue Jackets, who are missing 10 players to injuries and may have lost another, forward Alexander Texier, on Tuesday. Texier left the game with an upper-body injury in the first period and didn’t return.Columbus won for the first time in three games, but extended its points streak to 11 games (7-0-4). Florida had a two-game win streak snapped.The game was a triumph and a relief for Merzlikins, who had played in 10 games this season, including four starts, and had yet to record a win. He got the start after regular goalie Joonas Korpisalo suffered a knee injury in the first round of a shootout on Sunday night.Colton Scevior had the lone goal for Florida, which outplayed Columbus for most of the night.Werenski got to Bobrovsky first at 4:54 of the first period, scoring off the draw with a slap shot from the top of the left circle that zoomed over the goalie’s glove.Scevior tied it for the Panthers when he deflected a shot from the blue line by Anton Stralman 3:39 into the second.Jenner got his eighth goal of the season on a power play later in the second period, a shot from a crowded slot that got between Bobrovsky’s pads. That made it 2-1 Columbus.Weresnski got his second of the night at 4:13 of the third period with a shot from the left circle that caught Bobrovsky out in front of the crease. Florida unsuccessfully challenged it, claiming goalie interference because Nick Foligno had contact with Bobrovsky. Werenski made it 4-1 with his third tally, another from the left circle.NOTES: Bobrovsky got a standing ovation from the sellout crowd at Nationwide Arena during a first-period scoreboard tribute. … Columbus F Nathan Gerbe played in his 400th NHL game.UP NEXTBlue Jackets: At Boston on Thursday night.Panthers: At Ottawa on Thursday night. Written By WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 1st January, 2020 11:40 IST Werenski’s Hat Trick Lifts Blue Jackets Over Panthers 4-1 Zach Werenski got his first career hat trick, Elvis Merlikins stopped 36 shots in his first NHL start and the battered Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Florida Panthers 4-1 on Tuesday night. First Published: 1st January, 2020 11:40 IST COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV FOLLOW US
FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Josh Sheehy and Central Arkansas’ Mei Ishimura are the Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Sheehy earned two singles wins as the Wildcats (2-2) picked up two road wins over Azusa Pacific and Pepperdine before falling to No. 9 Texas A&M 7-0 on Sunday. ACU returns to the courts this weekend for four matches in the Sooner State against Oklahoma Baptist, Oral Roberts, Nebraska-Omaha and Tulsa.The Sugar Bears (2-1) swept Alabama A&M 7-0 to open the season and followed it up with a 4-1 victory over Mercer before being edged by Auburn 4-3. Ishimura combined for five wins over the weekend in singles and doubles play. UCA is idle this weekend before going up to Tulsa to face Oral Roberts and Tulsa on Feb. 2. Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – Josh Sheehy – Sr. – Arlington, TexasSheehy claimed top-line victories against both Pepperdine and Azusa Pacific, who’s ranked No. 13 at the Division II level. On Sunday, he went toe-to-toe with Texas A&M’s Juan Carlos Aguilar, the 89th-ranked player in Division I, before falling in the final frame 6-4. Honorable Mention: Gabriel Evans, Incarnate Word.Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Mei Ishimura – Fr. – Sapporo, JapanAfter dropping her first collegiate set, Ishimura won the next four to secure two of her four combined wins in as many matches on Saturday against Alabama A&M and Mercer. Against Auburn the following day, she outlasted the Tigers’ Sophia Graver to finish perfect in singles play on the week. Honorable Mention: Judit Castillo Gargallo, Northwestern State; Nini Memishishi, Abilene Christian; Sahaja Yamalapalli, Sam Houston State.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.