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Ray Craft Today

By on September 24, 2020

first_imgEight months ago Ray Craft’s wife of 55 years died unexpectedly from a fall.  Craft was recently interviewed by the Indianapolis Star.  They wanted to know how he was doing and how his life has changed.  Ray was the only member of the Milan Indians who actually appeared in the movie Hoosiers. He had two lines.The former member of the IHSAA still lives in the same house in Shelbyville that he purchased in 1971.  It was here that he and his wife “Jinky” spent most of their married life.  As can be expected, Ray told the Star that he is still lost.  When he comes home from his part-time job at the Indiana Grand, he has to prepare his meals.  Ray commented that he could make hot dogs and fry eggs, but that was about it.When asked by the Star if he thought there would ever be another Milan, he said quickly “NO”!  With class basketball people do not consider a team to be a state champ as they did in 1954.  Today it is about winning your class, and most of the state is not interested in following any team except their own school.last_img read more

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Leising releases Legislative Survey results

By on September 23, 2020

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Each year, I provide people living in Senate District 42 with the opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions on legislative topics with me through my legislative survey. My office recently calculated this year’s results, which include online and mailed-in responses. Click here to view the results.Thank you to those who took my legislative survey. These responses allow me to make more informed decisions when voting on bills in the Senate. It is my duty and privilege to represent the voices of those living in our community, and I will continue to keep your best interest in mind as I consider the issues facing our state.If you wish to provide input as session moves forward, please contact my office by phone at 800-382-9467 or email at Senator.Leising@iga.in.gov.last_img read more

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The Latest: Chiefs give Pro Bowl DT Jones franchise tag

By on September 19, 2020

first_img Associated Press The Latest: Chiefs give Pro Bowl DT Jones franchise tag Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBy The Associated Press (AP) — The Latest on NFL’s free agency. Teams were required to use franchise tags on players by noon EDT Monday. Teams can negotiate with representatives of free agents for the next two days but cannot finalize any agreements. (all times local):___11:10 a.m. March 16, 2020 With more than $60 million of salary-cap space, Cleveland is expected to be active in free agency, with offensive tackle a priority.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Hunt is a restricted free agent and can negotiate with other teams about a contract. If he reaches an agreement elsewhere, Cleveland can match any offer. If the Browns decide not to match the offer, they would receive a second-round draft pick from the team that signs him.The Browns also released veteran safety Morgan Burnett, creating another need as the team moves into free agency amid nationwide shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Burnett suffered a torn Achilles tendon last season and missed the final six games.Cleveland also tendered exclusive tags to free agents Pharoah Brown, Dontrell Hilliard and KhaDarel Hodge.Hunt was banned from the first eight games last season by the league or two physical altercations while he was with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Cleveland-area native was primarily a blocker for Pro Bowler Nick Chubb, but he rushed for 179 yards and scored two touchdowns. He also caught 37 passes for 285 yards and a TD. The Kansas City Chiefs have placed the nonexclusive franchise tag on Chris Jones, raising the possibility that the Pro Bowl defensive tackle will remain with the Super Bowl champions for at least one more season.The nonexclusive tag means Jones must be offered a one-year contract for no less than the average of the top five salary cap hits at defensive tackle for the previous five years. It also means that if Jones signs an offer sheet from another team, the Chiefs can match that offer or let him go and receive two first-round picks as compensation.Jones had 15 1/5 sacks two seasons ago, which spurred his desire for a long-term deal. He wound up skipping the entire offseason when that didn’t happen, but he returned in time for training camp and started 12 of 13 games. He finished with nine sacks and help the Chiefs win their first Super Bowl title since 1970.11:30 a.m.The Cleveland Browns opened free agency by placing a second-round tender on running back Kareem Hunt, who played eight games last season after returning from an NFL suspension.last_img read more

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Woodpecker Products Junior Squash National tournament continues

By on September 18, 2020

first_imgWEDNESDAY evening saw the first five-setter of the Woodpecker Junior Squash National Tournament at the Georgetown Club in the Boys Under-13 match between Dhiren Persaud and Chad DeAbreu.  After identical scores in the first two games of 11-6, the first going to Persaud and the second to DeAbreu, neither player was willing to let go in the third, as they fought to 19-17 (player must win by two clear points).DeAbreu took an early lead of 6-1 before Persaud climbed back up. DeAbreu had game ball at 10-6 but Persaud refused to back down and powered 5 clear points to edge ahead.The boys went point for point, shot for shot right up to 17 all, but it was the lion heart of DeAbreu that pushed past the finish line with a 19-17 game victory.The effort took its toll on DeAbreu though, as Persaud came back to dominate in the fourth and fifth with two 11-3 wins to take the match.Older brother Demetrius DeAbreu controlled his Under-15 match against Zachary Persaud.Despite a spirited fight from Persaud, DeAbreu defeated him 11-7, 11-6, 11-1.A passionate game played out when Shiloh Asregado and Joshua Verwey took to the court.The two Under-13 boys showed great promise as they displayed improved skills.It was Asregado who came out on top, however, with a 3-0 triumph.Mohryan Baksh suffered his first defeat of the competition at the hands of Nicholas Verwey when he played up into the Under-15 category.Verwey was too strong for Baksh who made a valiant effort but succumbed at 11-5, 11-3, 11-1.In the only girls’ match of the evening, Kirsten Gomes unsurprisingly made light work of Angel Rahamin 11-1, 11-2, 11-1 for the Girls Under-15 category.Gomes will see her only real challenge of the tournament when she plays in the Under-17 & U-19 against long-time on-court rival and title-holder Abosaide Cadogan on tomorrow evening.Full Results                Mohryan  Baksh routed Matthew Spooner 11-0, 11-0, 11-1Asregado thrashed Joshua Verwey 11-2, 11-5, 11-9Dhiren Persaud overcame Chad DeAbreu 11-6, 6-11, 17-19, 11-3, 11-3Demetrius DeAbreu defeated Zachary Persaud 11-11-7, 11-6, 11-1Nicholas Verwey whipped Mohryan Baksh 11- 5, 11-3, 11-1Michael Alphonso defeated Gianni Carpenter 11.8, 11-4, 11-5Kirsten Gomes trounced Angel Rahamin 11-1, 11-2, 11-1last_img read more

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DEATH IN LAFIA :Pinnick Charges Committee to Recommend Solutions to Death…

By on September 17, 2020

first_imgPinnick and members of the committee, as well as NFF Executive Committee member Aisha Falode who was present at the inauguration observed a one- minute silence in honour of the departed Chineme Martins, who slumped and died during a Nigeria Professional Football League match between his club Nasarawa United and Katsina United at the Lafia City Stadium on Sunday, 8th March 2020.Chairman of the committee, Dr. Peter Singabele, who is a member of the CAF committee on sports medicine, thanked the NFF President for the opportunity given the committee to take a very critical look at organization of football matches in Nigeria, pledging that with the experience, energy, assiduity and sincerity of members, the committee will draw up recommendations that will ensure that such lapses as led to the unfortunate death of Chineme Martins never recur in the country’s football.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick on Tuesday inaugurated the ad-hoc committee set up by the football –governing body to investigate the death of Nasarawa United player Chineme Martins, charging the panel to come up with robust and sincere recommendations that will constitute the standard protocols for football organization in the country going forward.“I am happy at the calibre of the people who make up the membership of this committee and I have no doubt you will come up with the right protocols that must be adhered to before any football match takes place anywhere in Nigeria. This is the time to make difficult decisions and I trust you to make them for us.“Your job is a very serious one. You are free to tinker with the terms of reference and avail us the steps that will safeguard the future of our players in the areas of medical, safety and security. We pray that the soul of Chineme Martins rest in peace but we are pained by his death and we must use it as a wake-up call to enforce compliance with the provisions of Club Licensing as well as the fresh medical and security protocols that this committee will draw up.”last_img read more

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School of Theatre announces name change

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first_imgThe USC Board of Trustees formally voted to change the name of the USC School of Theatre to the USC School of Dramatic Arts on Friday. The decision was made so that the school’s name described all majors within the program.An email sent by Madeline Puzo, the dean of the USC School of Theatre, said one of the reasons for the name change was because the new name better illustrates the reach and intentions of the school’s students.“Ninety-seven [percent] of our students come to USC with the intention of working in the dramatic arts after graduation but only 12 [percent] intend to work in theatre alone,” Puzo said.Elizabeth Garrett, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said the new name matches the transforming field of dramatic arts.“As increasingly diverse modes of performance and exhibition find expression in the dramatic arts, a broad range of new opportunities will emerge,” Garrett said in a statement. “In taking on a name that reflects the practice in a modern context, the USC School of Dramatic Arts firmly establishes itself at the forefront of this exciting transformation.”Grace Ko, a freshman majoring in theatre, said the broader name change could entice more students to apply to the school.“The USC School of Dramatic Arts is a more overarching name and incorporates more aspects than the USC School of Theatre,” Ko said. “Many students who want to work in the entertainment industries will probably want to apply to the school now, whereas they may have been deterred by the original name since it only included theatre.”The name will officially change July 1.last_img read more

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Syracuse’s season was never destined for the Final Four, but there was still value in experience

By on September 16, 2020

first_imgSTARKVILLE, Miss. — During Media Day in October, before SU had played a game, head coach Quentin Hillsman was questioned repeatedly about his team’s youth. He had a similar answer every time.“We’re a very young basketball team,” Hillsman said on Oct. 20. “But I’m very excited for this season.”Hillsman knew on Media Day what everyone knows now: Syracuse was talented and pretty deep, but ultimately this season was a predestined learning curve.At times, SU shone, like when Tiana Mangakahia and Miranda Drummond scored 44 and 38, respectively, in back-to-back games, including an upset of then-No. 11 Florida State. But in the moments that mattered most, against top-tier teams and most recently against Oklahoma State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the Orange needed an offensive spark or defensive stand that never materialized.Help never came and the Cowgirls ended the Orange’s (22-9, 10-6 Atlantic Coast) season in the Round of 64. The loss to OSU highlighted the underlying truth to SU’s season: The Orange was always a team trying to find itself, trying to mesh. With an eight-player rotation of five transfers, two freshmen and one returner, everything the Orange did this year was a plus because Syracuse was a year away from where it wants to be.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“But what a great experience for our team,” Hillsman said after SU’s loss Saturday, “and we’re all coming back.”The cupboards weren’t bare — SU had the talent to hold its own in the ACC and pull off two Top-25 upsets — but ultimately there wasn’t enough. This became clear when SU ran into the elites of women’s college basketball: Mississippi State, Notre Dame and Louisville.The Orange hung with those teams but couldn’t topple any of them. Syracuse had chances against those powerhouses, but a few late plays were enough for the favorite to stiff-arm SU.Those handful of plays kept Syracuse from being the top-tier team it wants to be. But this season, with this team, that’s fine. Next year, experiences this time around may be the difference in pulling a Top 10 upset.“It’s hard to say right now how we will be next year,” Drummond said. “Yeah, I think we’ll be good.”It became clear that this season wouldn’t be a rebuild, but it wasn’t a reload either. It was something in between, a re-tuning, perhaps. Still, the accomplishments are impressive.Syracuse raced out to an 11-0 start, upset then-No. 11 Florida State and then-No. 17 Duke and closed the regular season on a five-game winning streak. All told, the Orange piled up 22 wins and 10 of those came in arguably the best conference in the country.For a team that graduated two of the best players in the history of its program and started one player with game experience at SU prior to this season — Cooper, a sophomore who wasn’t, and still isn’t, the top scoring option — that’s an admirable showing.“At the end of the day, we have a very young team,” Hillsman said. “… that headed to the NCAA Tournament and competed like crazy all year long.”And realistically, the Orange is going to be better next year.Beyond all five starters returning, several players on Syracuse’s current roster will work into the fold.Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi and Marie-Paule Foppossi, two French freshman forwards who redshirted this season, should turn a thin frontcourt into a deep stable of bigs, SU coaches said. Ohio State transfer guard Kiara Lewis will run, press and shoot 3s in Syracuse’s scheme.A brand-new infusion of talent is coming, too, as Syracuse brings in a Top 10 recruiting class for the second-straight season. This time around it’ll be Kadiatou Sissoko and Emily Engstler, the No. 10 and No. 11 recruits in the 2018 class, respectively, boosting an already-stacked lineup.Next fall, SU will have an experienced group of returning starters and potentially a seven- or eight-deep bench featuring at least six former five-star recruits.“Next year will be a lot different,” Mangakahia said Saturday. “We’re returning so we know the system already, we’ve played in the program for a year. … I think it’ll be better.”Help is on the way. And Hillsman knew that all along. Although his goals never waver — he wants to go undefeated and win a national championship and said as much after Saturday’s loss — this year’s team wasn’t going to do that.But what this year’s team did is set the table for the fall. It won 20-plus games. It saw a group of 11 new players experience the ups and downs of a grueling nonconference and ACC slate. It played in the NCAA Tournament.“This is our sixth-straight tournament,” Hillsman said. “Program is headed in the right direction. I’m really happy with where we are.”So if and when all the pieces come into place next season, Hillsman should be excited to coach a talented and experienced team.Andrew Graham is the sports editor for The Daily Orange where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at aegraham@syr.edu or @A_E_Graham. Comments Published on March 19, 2018 at 12:10 amcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Ekundayo Pens Deal with Team MGM

By on September 9, 2020

first_imgAfrican Boxing Union Welterweight Champion, Larry Ekundayo, is the latest boxer to join Team MGM after signing a management deal. Boasting an 11-0 record, Ekundayo already has an impressive list of names on his ledger and is aiming to extend that over the coming months.The Welterweight division is full of top contenders and Ekundayo feels he has joined the perfect team to help him establish himself among the very best. “This move has come at the perfect stage of my career. I’m looking at the big fights and with Team MGM behind me I’m totally confident of getting those opportunities” he said.The signing of Larry Ekandayo is one that pleases Team MGM. “He’s a quality boxer. The names on his record at such an early stage of his career speaks volumes and we look forward to this exciting new chapter” Team MGM commented”.Ekundayo Is the No 1 contender for the Commonwealth title and he will be position for a world title shot in the near future, plans are in place to ensure his next fight will come up before the end of the year with the London based Boxer revealing that he would like to make his next fight happen in Nigeria. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Death from fan clash overshadows Barcelona win

By on August 28, 2020

first_imgSergio Busquets’ goal deep in injury time to give Barcelona a 1-0 win at Valencia that was overshadowed by a fan’s death following a violent clash between supporters of Atletico Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday. Busquets blasted in a rebound to secure the victory at Mestalla Stadium that kept Barcelona two points behind Spanish league leader Real Madrid.Third-place Atletico prevailed 2-0 over Deportivo shortly before Madrid’s Clinico San Carlos hospital said a man had died of injuries sustained after a fight erupted between rival groups early Sunday morning near its Vicente Calderon stadium. The man was identified only as a 43-year-old Deportivo fan.Sevilla moved ahead of Valencia into fourth place and Spain’s last Champions League spot after routing visitors Granada 5-1, with striker Carlos Bacca leading the way with two goals.Lionel Messi started Barcelona’s game-clinching move with a lobbed pass that Neymar header powerfully at goalkeeper Diego Alves, who did well to turn back the ball only for Busquets to drill it right back past him.”We were lucky in the last minute to grab the three points,” said Busquets. “A draw is never enough and we had to try until the very end.” Messi appeared to be hit in the head by a water bottle thrown from the stands while his teammates piled on top of one another to celebrate the winning goal. The Argentine rubbed his head following the incident but appeared to be unhurt.Barcelona would never have been in position to press for the victory were it not for Gerard Pique clearing Rodrigo Moreno’s shot from the goal line before goalie Claudio Bravo saved one-on-one situations against Sofiane Feghouli and Alvaro Negredo in the second half.In the capital, authorities said the man who later died in hospital was initially retrieved from Madrid’s Manzanares River where the street fight between fans started at 0800 GMT. The game started as scheduled three hours later.Police said they had made 24 arrests among four radical groups linked to football clubs.The man died shortly after the match ended, and the public announcer asked Deportivo’s traveling fans to remain seated after the final whistle.”Today is one of the saddest for Spanish football in recent years. It has been despicable,” said Deportivo coach Victor Fernandez. Atletico said in a statement that it condemned the violence.”We want to make clear that we had nothing at all to do with these events,” said Atletico president Enrique Cerezo, adding “we always seek peace” between clubs.In the match, Saul Niguez headed Atletico in front in the 43rd, turning in a free kick flicked on by striker Mario Mandzukic, who had hit the post earlier.Midfielder Arda Turan sealed the points in the 55th with a long-distance strike that glanced off a defender and went into the net.Sevilla had little trouble keeping Granada winless in nine straight rounds. Bacca scrambled in a ball which Granada goalkeeper Roberto Fernandez had spilled under duress to put Sevilla on its way in the 24th.Granada’s Youssef El Arabi leveled from the penalty spot in the 42nd after Stephane Mbia had handled the ball.But Ever Banega scored seconds after hitting the bar to restore the hosts’ advantage in the 60th before Bacca got his double in the 79th. Mbia hit two minutes from time before Kevin Gameiro polished off the rout in stoppage time.Granada was left one point above relegation-threatened Deportivo.Villarreal also kept Cordoba winless and stuck at the foot of the table with an easy 2-0 victory on the road as it rose into sixth place. Striker Luciano Vietto hit in the 24th and substitute Ikechuwku Uche added a second in the 71st.last_img read more

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Landry Shamet gets going in Clippers’ win over Portland

By on August 26, 2020

first_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum By halftime Saturday, Clippers Coach Doc Rivers had seen enough.“Doc got on me at halftime, told me to get going: ‘It’s time to get going, play your game, get into this game,’” Shamet said. “It was pretty short and sweet and to the point.“I mean, it doesn’t matter who we have on the floor, what five, we’re all working towards the same goal. We’re all trying to get wins, win games, ultimately win a championship. We’re building towards that, and it doesn’t matter who we’re playing, who’s on the floor. That’s what we’re trying to accomplish.”Rivers said he was pleased Shamet was able to absorb the message and act on it.“Got together with him at halftime and told him to be more aggressive, and I thought he did that,” said Rivers, noting that after Shamet took only 3-pointers before the half (making one of three attempts), he mixed in four drives to the basket after the break. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime “I loved this drives because the drives will set up his jump shot, so I enjoyed seeing that.”Going on the attack might have shaken something loose for Shamet, the cerebral second-year shooting guard who was a rookie starter on last season’s Clipper team after they traded for him midway through the season.“Just being aggressive, not thinking about what play I should make, ” Shamet said. “Just playing basketball.” Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 The chirping between the teams’ stars will take up most of the oxygen when it comes to the retelling of the Clippers’ 122-117 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, but some on-court performances spoke loudly too.Landry Shamet isn’t the type of guy to crow about anything, but he’d be permitted, if he wanted, after busting out of a slump, turning in 19 points in 33 minutes on 6-for-12 shooting.Before Saturday, Shamet hadn’t scored so many points in a game since a loss at Boston on Feb. 13, before the All-Star break.After contracting the coronavirus and having to join his teammates late in Florida, Shamet had been shaky so far in the bubble. In limited minutes through the first four games at Walt Disney World Resort, he averaged 4.5 points, shooting 27.3% from the field and 18.8% from 3-point range. BLOWING UP IN THE BUBBLEJaMychal Green continues to contribute in ways big and small.On Saturday, he was one of the Clippers on the court late in the game, helping close out the morale-boosting victory over the Trail Blazers. He finished with 15 points, eight rebounds, a steal and an assist.The soft-spoken, 6-foot-8 power forward was 3 for 7 overall, 3 for 6 from behind the 3-point arc, and 4 for 4 from the free-throw line – a stat line in keeping with his other performances in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.In five games since the restart July 30, Green now is shooting 17 for 29 (58.6%) from the floor and 12 for 21 (57.1%) from deep.Related Articles More than that, he’s giving the Clippers five rebounds per game as well as dependable defense, hustling and helping wherever he can.Paul George, for one, appreciates all of it.“J-Myke does a little bit of everything,” George said. “He defends and he really stretches the floor for us. It’s great to have a bit of both, like a defensive presence, that toughness guy, that anchor guy, that can spread the floor and knock down shots. He’s very reliable. He’s a guy that we try to find because it’s a weapon to have an X-factor like J-Myke.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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