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Jason LeRoy Kemker

first_imgJason L. Kemker, 46 of Milan passed away January 7, 2018 at his home. Jason was born September 1, 1971 at Greensburg, the son of William and Sherry (Warner) Kemker. Jason attended Milan First Baptist Church and also went to his weekly Wednesday mental health meetings in Batesville to help people out.  He enjoyed working at the New Horizons in Batesville. Jason hobbies was fishing, working on cars and helping out the local farmersJason is survived by his father: William Kemker of Milan; Mother: Sherry Wade of KS; brother: Justin (Erica) Kemker of Indianapolis; sisters: Candy Shadday (Kenny McConnell) of Versailles; Betina (Jared) Rader of Vevay; Grandmother: Elaine Kemker; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  He was preceded in death by sister: Stacey Erdman and Grandfather: Lee Kemker.Services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Laws-Carr-Moore funeral home entrusted with arrangements,  Box 243 Milan, In 47031. (812)-654-2141.last_img read more

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Lampard delights Benitez

first_img Following Lampard’s decisive goal for England in the 2-1 win over Brazil, it was reported the 34-year-old midfielder had been offered a new contract to extend his 12-year stay at Chelsea. Such a move would suggest an about-turn by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who previously had been prepared to allow Lampard to leave at the end of the season. “He’s scoring goals for us already and I think he’s doing well,” Benitez told Chelsea TV. “Ninety-four caps is a fantastic achievement. If he can get 100 it will be really positive and it will mean he will be fit, he will be playing and he will be doing well.” Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez praised Frank Lampard after reports emerged that the midfielder could yet stay at Stamford Bridge. Press Associationcenter_img A 27th international goal on the occasion of his 94th cap showed Lampard still has a future with England, who beat Brazil for the first time in 23 years, and prompted England boss Roy Hodgson to state his preference for the midfielder to stay in Europe ahead of the 2014 World Cup. That could yet be at Stamford Bridge. Despite the uncertainty over his future, Lampard has performed well this term, scoring 12 times to move five behind the Blues’ goalscoring record of 202 held by Bobby Tambling. Should Lampard stay on, it would come as a welcome boost following the contract extension signed by Ashley Cole, who won his 100th England cap against Brazil. Benitez added: “Ashley Cole – 100 caps is an amazing, a great achievement for anyone, and for a player in the England squad, which is very competitive, so even better.” Lampard said of Cole on chelseafc.com: “It’s a fantastic achievement. He’s been an unbelievably consistent performer both for club and country and he started all of those games which makes it all the more incredible. “The consistency levels he’s shown, particularly when you consider Leighton Baines has been around for a while now, have been great. For me, he’s been one of the best in the world and to be the first full-back to reach 100 caps is brilliant.” Overall Benitez was happy with the midweek international fixtures, reporting no fresh injuries as players returned to Chelsea’s Surrey training base. “The international break normally is a problem but this one we can consider was positive,” Benitez said. last_img read more

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A love for sports and a passion for table tennis – Shemar Britton

first_img“I GOT involved in sports because I love competition and I really enjoy sports,” says 18-year-old Shemar Britton, an aspiring lawyer and accomplished junior table tennis player.Though he is most well-known for his racquet skills. Britton is multitalented in the sports area and he has also dabbled in several other sports, but mostly at the school level.He has represented the North Georgetown District at Nationals several times in athletics, and played cricket for the Under-15 and Under-19 teams of his alma mater Queen’s College.At Bishops’ High, where he’s currently undergoing his Sixth Form studies, he has even captained the football team. But even with his involvement in so many other sports, table tennis has always stood above the rest.“I got started in track from about the age of 6 but traded in the spikes for my racquet by age 10. Table tennis is my passion,” the four-time table tennis Caribbean Championship medallist recalled.Britton takes pride in the level of discipline that the sport brings out in him.“The discipline to training I’ve learned from table tennis really helps me in all areas of my life,” he said. Like many other young ones in sports he too wants to see more done for the Guyanese sports industry, particularly table tennis. He wants to see sports truly taken serious at a national level.Britton receives his 2012 Junior Sportsman-of-the-Year runner-up award from then-President Donald Ramotar.“I think table tennis and sports in Guyana, are improving but we’ve still got a very far way to go before Guyana can truly start to make an impact on the world stage. This can only be done when the general public of Guyana starts seeing sports as more than just a pastime.Back at QC Shemar was credited with rebuilding the table tennis club there. On the table tennis front Shemar has excelled both at the local and regional level – something he recounts with pride.“The most memorable part of my sports life was becoming the first Guyanese to win a men’s silver bowl in Trinidad and Tobago,” Britton recalled.In 2012 his proficiency in the sport was enough to earn him the Junior Sportsman-of-the-Year runner-up award for that year.Britton and his skills are well respected in Guyana’s table tennis fraternity.“He’s a talented young person. He plays a smart game, he thinks a lot, and he’s a very strong player” was how national table tennis coach, Linden Johnson sees Britton.The humble Britton credits his loving network of supportive friends and family.“None of the things I’ve achieved would have been possible without my parents, Dawn and Basil Britton, my coaches Idi Lewis and Christopher Franklin, and a great bunch of friends – Akil Johnson, Michael de Costa, Jamaal Skeete, Michael Williams, Shamal Beaton and Hannibal Gaskin,” he said.last_img read more

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Liverpool beat Cardiff to retain top spot

first_imgLIVERPOOL returned to the top of the Premier League but were made to work hard for victory at relegation-threatened Cardiff City.Jurgen Klopp’s side had to be patient as they dominated a dogged Cardiff side, who had chances of their own to cause an upset.Liverpool made the breakthrough in spectacular fashion, as Georginio Wijnaldum met Trent Alexander-Arnold’s low corner with a thunderous first-time effort which threatened to break the net.The wild celebrations spoke of the visitors’ relief, and they had to negotiate some nervy moments, most notably a staggering miss by Cardiff captain Sean Morrison, who miscued a header with the goal at his mercy.Things then got worse for Morrison, who conceded a penalty after grappling with Mohamed Salah, and substitute James Milner confidently converted the spot-kick to seal victory for the visitors.Cardiff remain in the relegation zone, three points adrift of safety.Liverpool, meanwhile, restore their two-point lead at the top of the table over Manchester City, who play their game in hand away at Manchester United on Wednesday.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

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USC men’s tennis team deserves more credit

first_imgI was browsing USCTrojans.com looking for column topics yesterday morning and saw the usual suspects: football, basketball, football and football.But then I saw a headline that said “Trojan Tennis Takes on the World.” I was intrigued, mainly because I had forgotten all about USC tennis, specifically the men’s team. The Trojans have won four straight national championships. You’d think it’d be hard to forget about them, right?Wrong.Last season, USC featured Steve Johnson, who was the best player in school history and won two collegiate singles titles in addition to 72-straight match victories.Johnson is no longer the big man on campus; he has graduated and is off to greener pastures. In his place stands Emilio Gomez. A lesser name for now, perhaps, but he is ranked No. 4 in the country in singles right now and has a great chance to win a national championship.Despite the major turnover from last year (remember, the Trojans also lost Daniel Nguyen), USC is still ranked No. 4 in the country. They have a chance to win their fifth straight title. That’s amazing. And yet, no one is really listening.It’s not the fault of anyone at USC — it’s just a fact that tennis isn’t a revenue sport and won’t ever be at the center of attention.I hear someone arguing, “But everyone knows about USC water polo!” This is true. Water polo isn’t a revenue sport either. But it has a distinct advantage over tennis: It’s fun to watch.With all due respect, collegiate tennis isn’t particularly riveting. Water polo, though, when done right, is incredibly entertaining. Last season’s national title match between USC and UCLA came down to the final minute. In comparison, I honestly can’t remember who the Trojans beat in the national title game to win the tennis title.What men’s tennis head coach Peter Smith has done with the Trojans is incredible. The national champs from last year lost their two best players; can you imagine if the football team lost its two best players? Without Marqise Lee and Dion Bailey, for instance, a team that went 7-6 probably would have won four or five games. Keep in mind that the Trojans had 18 starters returning in 2012 and supposedly had its best players back. They still struggled.Smith has managed to get the most out of his talent and, once again, has his team in contention.USC will always be dominated by big-name sports. But it doesn’t mean we as sports fans should be oblivious to one of the greatest streaks in recent college sports history. USC’s men’s water polo team has won five straight national titles. Alabama football has won three out of the last four national titles. A long, long time ago, UCLA basketball won seven in a row. Other than those, there aren’t any runs in college sports that really come close to what the tennis squad has done.So, the logical question is this: Where do we as fans go from here?I’m not advocating we all watch every tennis match.Other than being at the event itself, the only way to watch it is on the Pac-12 Network —and let’s be honest, no one gets that channel.What we can do, however, is be supportive of the team and acknowledge what it has done over the last half-decade. And we can, in general, realize that USC has many other sports to offer other than those that make the most money.In fact, its best sports hardly make any money. But that hasn’t stopped Smith and his squad from making the most of their opportunities. And from the looks of it, nothing will stop them from making more history, whether anyone is watching closely or not.It’s time for us to do our duty and pay attention. “Goal Line Stand” runs Fridays. To comment on this story, email Michael Katz at katzml@usc.edu or visit dailytrojan.com.last_img read more

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Volleyball: Who else is playing at UW Field House Thursday night in first round of NCAA Tournament?

first_imgShould Wisconsin defeat Oregon during Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. match at the UW Field House, it will face one of two capable teams in Miami (Fla.) or Iowa State, each set to test the Badgers.Iowa State and Miami will commence first-round action at 5 p.m. in the Field House, a match Wisconsin will watch closely.Miami – 21-9 overall, 14-6 ACCThe Hurricanes have shown glimpses of being a competitive team, but more often than not fall to opponents who put pressure on them.Miami spent the entire season unranked and is 2-2 in ranked matches this season, but hasn’t defeated an opponent in the top 15, let alone faced one. Their best win was a 3-1 victory over No. 17 Florida State, who they’d previously lost to 3-2. But an impressive five-set victory over Wisconsin rival No. 20 Purdue early in the season is nothing to overlook.Junior setter Haley Templeton averaged 10.72 assists per match for fourth-best in the ACC, but it’s a conference that has only three ranked teams — none of which fall in the top 15. Despite Templeton’s ability to distribute, the Hurricanes’ attacking will be matched by Wisconsin’s defense, should they advance.Only four hitters on Miami’s roster average more than two kills per set, while only another two average more than one kill per set. A narrowed focus in hitting is not something this Miami team can afford going into the postseason, especially since they only average 13.33 kills per set.The Badgers are No. 23 in the nation in blocks per set (2.76) and would handle the Hurricanes’ scheme with ease and complete net coverage.On the other side of the ball, there is not much of a presence. Miami finds itself in the bottom half of the ACC in blocks, opponent hitting percentage and digs. Wisconsin is 23rd in the nation in hitting percentage and 19th in the nation in kills per set.Iowa State – 18-10 overall, 11-5 Big 12The Cyclones, despite beginning the season ranked No. 21, failed to capitalize on their strong starting position. But they are a very young and promising team that could last longer than expected.Iowa State is 1-6 against ranked opponents, recording their only win against No. 25 Texas A&M back in September. That experience, however, could make Iowa State the favorite against Miami.All of those six losses came against Nebraska (No. 4), Texas (No. 3 and 5), Kansas (No. 10) and Colorado State (No. 12) — very competitive teams. Having been through matches like these, the Cyclones have been better prepared than Miami, whose highest ranked opponent in 2015 was No. 17 Florida State.The Cyclones’ net presence has made them a formidable opponent. They currently sit with the fourth-best opponent hitting percentage and second most digs in the Big 12. But their blocks are second to last in the conference, which spells a lot of trouble should they face Wisconsin in the second round.Even with an average defense, however, Iowa State’s offense will propel them in later rounds. Eight players average one or more kills per set, and they are ranked No. 45 in most kills per set as a team in the country with 13.94. Freshman outside hitter Jess Schaben averages 3.21 kills per set to lead her team, and will have a lot of defensive focus put onto her.Sophomore setter Monique Harris averaged more than 10 assists per set, but the question remains whether she can continue to produce the numbers she closed out the season with in a tougher environment.PredictionWith the experience Iowa State had during the regular season, expect them to be better prepared than Miami. Despite posting a 1-6 record against ranked opponents, those losses came to four teams within the top 10 and a Colorado State team ranked No. 12. The experience from those games is invaluable and can speed development of younger players in the case of Iowa State, similar to the process at Wisconsin.Not to mention the disparities between the ACC and Big 12.Of the five Big 12 teams in the tournament, two are seeded in the top 10. The ACC only sent three teams to the tournament.Playing in a tougher conference can certainly account for a deflated record in the case of Iowa State and the opposite, an inflated record, for Miami.Iowa State’s offense is also miles ahead of Miami’s in its ability to distribute kills among players, sending the Hurricanes’ sub-par defense running across the court. On the other side of the ball, their skills in digging will supplement a lack of blocks and keep a timid Miami attack at bay.With that in mind, expect Iowa State to await the winner of Wisconsin against Oregon.last_img read more

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WWE stock crumbles as Wall Street gets concerned over ratings: Report

first_imgLast Updated: 24th October, 2019 13:36 IST WWE Stock Crumbles As Wall Street Gets Concerned Over Ratings: Report The WWE stock continues to fall and has investors confused and divided on the company’s future. Take a look at the challenges the WWE faces. Read more. First Published: 24th October, 2019 13:36 IST 10 months ago WWE: John Cena to Seth Rollins, Tweets by superstars which went viral COMMENT 10 months ago WWE News: Wrestler Jake Atlas has reportedly been signed WE RECOMMEND The Wall Street investors are concerned about the WWE and its declining stock according to several reports in the US media. Lack of innovation with the company and tough competition from rival AEW is adding to the WWE’s troubles. WWE enjoyed strong ratings on the season premiere of Friday Night SmackDown on October 4 but the ratings have only kept falling since then. ALSO READ | WWE News: Matt Hardy ends speculation of his return with tweetsThe audience yearns for a fresh product Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW UScenter_img WATCH US LIVE 10 months ago WWE: Watch Seth Rollins diss Kenny Omega and AEW at an event LIVE TV 10 months ago WWE: Security obstructs wrestling fans from sporting AEW merchandise ALSO READ | WWE: Security obstructs wrestling fans from sporting AEW merchandiseOne of the WWE’s biggest problems has been its repetitive programming and storylines which have led to its fanbase searching for other alternatives. The ratings of the WWE shows have continued to fall with fan disinterest growing and that is a very big reason behind the fall of WWE’ stock. According to reports, WWE’s stock has gone down by 10% this year and scares investors who are in the dark about the company’s plans. Talking to a news outlet, a media analyst pointed out that investors are concerned about the deals WWE has cracked in the United Kingdom and Latin America. Investors are in the dark about the details of these deals and therefore cannot analyse WWE’s future. WWE is also yet to announce a TV deal for India as their deal with TEN Sports expires at the end of this year. Some investors believe that WWE has reached its peak and will only continue to fall.ALSO READ | WWE News: Triple H teases CM Punk’s possible return to the companyAEW, a legitimate threatAll-Elite Wrestling debuted with its weekly show, ‘Dynamite’, in October. The show has enjoyed strong ratings and has been highly appreciated by the fans. This clearly signifies the shift of interest in the audience’s mind. Fans even go as far as chanting “AEW” at WWE events, some of which is very evident in live broadcasts. Rumours have emerged of WWE trying to sign the highly-popular CM Punk in an effort to boost ratings which have continued to fall. Keeping the stock market and TV ratings in mind, WWE will have to reform itself quickly in order to survive. ALSO READ | WWE News: Wrestler Jake Atlas has reportedly been signed Mrigank Pandey WWE 10 months ago WWE: Vince and Undertaker attend the Riyadh season opening ceremonylast_img read more

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Beach Olympics Gets March 3rd Date

first_imgOthers include tug of war, sumo wrestling, 20m truck tyre race, beach put and 50m drag race. “Ten clubs within the Lagos metropolis would be presenting 20 athletes consisting of 10 males and 10 female athletes each,” the event director, Dapo Ononusi said.Ononusi said the clubs were picked within the sporting axis of Lagos, some of which are Agege, Ajah, Agegunle, Lekki, Festac, Surulere and Yaba.The top three athletes in each event would be decorated with gold, silver and bronze medals respectively, while the club with the highest number of medals would cart home N1.5 million, first runner-up wins N750, 000 and the third placed club wins half a million naira.“We are excited about the Beach Olympics because sport is a unifying factor,” Ononusi noted. On his part, the event president, Uche Nwankwo, said the objective of the Beach Olympics is to get the youths engaged and a way of giving back to the society, promising that there would be more athletes in future participating in future events.He noted that the event would be held annually, just as he called for corporate organisations to join and support in making it bigger.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The inaugural Beach Olympics slated for Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island, Lagos, will hold between March 3 and 4. This much was revealed by the organisers to newsmen at a press briefing held yesterday at Yellow Chilli Restaurant, Victoria Island.According to the organisers, the Beach Olympics is expected to be the biggest and most fascinating two-day beach event, with 15 sports to be competed for by 300 athletes and coordinated by some officials.Some of the events to be competed for include beach volley ball, wheelbarrow race, high jump, long jump, triple jump, 50m and 100m sprint, 50m backward sprint, sack race and 4x50m relay race.last_img read more

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French Open 2019: Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer to reach final

first_img Source: BBC Rafael Nadal is one step away from his 12th French Open title after a 6-3 6-4 6-2 semi-final win over Roger Federer.Strong winds prevented the contest from hitting the heights anticipated, but there were plenty of majestic moments to please the Philippe-Chatrier crowd.The Spaniard broke the Swiss icon six times, crucially in the third and ninth games of the second set, en route to doubling his advantage.He then broke twice more in the third set as he completed his masterclass.Nadal will now play either Novak Djokovic, looking to hold all four Grand Slam titles, or Austrian Dominic Thiem in Sunday’s final.The 33-year-old winner said: “It’s incredible to play Roger here – congratulations to him. He’s probably the best player in history for me.“It’s always a tough match against Roger. It was tough conditions with the wind. I’m happy to have the chance to play another final here. It’s the most important tournament in my career.”Nadal underlines why he is the ‘King of Clay’Federer, playing his first clay season in two years, produced exceptional tennis that would have defeated anyone else – sadly for him he was up against the greatest on this surface.There were a handful of occasions when the 37-year-old, seeking his 21st major, threatened to improve upon his 2-13 record against Nadal on clay.After going a break down early in the match, Federer’s wand-like backhand and pressure on the Nadal serve saw him break back. However, the Spaniard responded once more in a thrilling sixth game in which he finally wore down his resilient opponent, who had saved five break points.Nadal was again on the back foot at the start of the second set as his error, following a brilliant forehand from Federer, saw him down 2-0.But key to the King of Clay’s win on Friday was his ability to respond immediately. He broke back with a stunning forehand winner and set himself up for another break in the ninth game after coming out on top following a lengthy rally.By this stage Federer appeared a beaten man. Both players not only had to contend with each other’s brilliance but also the mini dust-storms created by the intense gusts, however Nadal dealt with the situation better.After he broke the Swiss again in the third game of the third set, the match was all but over. It was finally settled in the eighth game when Federer went long following another impressive first serve from Nadal.Federer left Philippe-Chatrier to chants of “Roger! Roger!” after what could have been the tennis great’s final appearance at this Slam.last_img read more

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Stephen Curry injury update: Warriors star not on minutes restriction in return vs. Pistons

first_img Kevin Durant excited by Stephen Curry return after inspired display fails to deny Raptors Kerr, however, said he would adjust his rotation in the first and third quarter to account for Curry’s return.Kerr says Curry has no minutes restriction tonight but he won’t play the entire first and third quarters as he usually would. Warriors will watch him closely as he comes back.— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) December 1, 2018Curry has been out since he suffered the injury in a Nov. 8 matchup with the Bucks. He has averaged 29.5 points and 6.1 assists in 12 games this season. Related News Stephen Curry is set to make his return.The Warriors announced earlier this week that the 30-year-old star would play when they face the Pistons on Saturday. Coach Steve Kerr said before the matchup that Curry would not be on a minutes restriction in his first game back from a groin injury.center_img Curry, a three-time NBA champion, has made five All-Star teams and won two MVP awards during his 10-year career. He was involved in a scary car crash late last month but was uninjured.The Warriors will enter their game Saturday against the Pistons in Detroit with a 15-8 record. Video surfaces of Warriors star Stephen Curry’s scary car crashlast_img read more

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