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Boys Basketball

first_imgAre you aware that Indiana High Schools can now schedule and play two extra basketball games this coming season.  The last several years schools could play only 20 games.  These 20 games included tourneys played in the normal schedule–but not the state tourney games.Some people might question this extra playing time.  I, for one, like the idea.  When you spend as much time preparing for a season as athletes do today, they deserve the reward of playing extra games.  Since the high schools must finance their own athletic programs,  gate receipts play a big part in doing this.  The only two sports that attract enough spectators are football and basketball, and in most schools, basketball is the largest contributor.The extra two games will not put a major drain on the athletes even though they are not adding any more weeks to the regular season.  The schedules are being reorganized anyway because of Title IX which I have reported on several times already.  For most players, games are much less taxing on their bodies than practices.  Check your local school schedule for these added games.last_img read more

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Absentee ballot deadline approaching

first_imgConnie LawsonIndianapolis, In. — Indiana’s Primary Election is right around the corner. Tuesday, May 8th is Primary Election Day – polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time. If you cannot make it to the polls on Election Day, you can vote early in-person or absentee – but the deadline to request an absentee ballot is quickly approaching.To cast an absentee ballot by mail in the 2018 Primary Election, you must request an application from the county clerk’s office by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 30th. Applications may be submitted in person, by fax, email or by mail.“Voting is a right that many have fought for; please don’t take it for granted,” said Secretary of State Connie Lawson. “If you are casting an absentee ballot this spring, I urge you not to delay and to request your ballot today. Waiting until the last moment increases the chance that your request will not be received in time. An absentee application only takes a few minutes to complete, so set aside that time today.”Early voting in-person is ongoing. You can cast your ballot by going to your county clerk’s office. Some counties have additional early voting locations. To find out where you can vote, check online here or download the Indiana Voters app on your smartphone or tablet.  Early voting in the clerk’s office ends Monday, May 7 at noon.last_img read more

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Ireland suffer World Cup quarter-final heartbreak again after Argentina loss

first_img Ireland’s miserable start was compounded when Imhoff latched onto Cordero’s defence-turning grubber, to dot down just before sliding into the dead-ball zone. Tommy Bowe was turned over for the break, and hobbled off with a knee problem, replaced by Luke Fitzgerald. Sanchez posted a penalty with Mike Ross playing the ball illegally at the ruck, before shanking a drop-goal attempt. Ramiro Herrera was then sin-binned for a late shoulder-barge on Keith Earls, Madigan quickly posting a penalty. Ireland’s stand-in stand-off tried to tap that penalty quickly, racing over the whitewash – only for referee Jerome Garces to pull the play back. Sanchez struck a second penalty before hitting the post with a third attempt, and then, finally, Ireland struck. From turnover ball Ireland hit the Pumas hard, Robbie Henshaw cutting wide and sending Fitzgerald down the left flank. The Leinster flyer scythed off his wing, rounded Tuculet and finished in style. Madigan’s conversion cut Argentina’s lead to 10 points. However sparky Madigan can be on the gainline however, every now and then the jitters hit home. And so it proved when he fluffed a penalty attempt, moments after appearing to suffer a leg twinge only to hop back to his feet. Dave Kearney had a dislocated finger popped back into place as Ireland’s walking wounded continued to grind away, and so the scores remained until the break. Ireland finally started squeezing Argentina and capitalising on their indiscipline after the turnaround. Madigan punted two consecutive penalties up the line, before Schmidt’s men struck again. Fitzgerald continued his sparkling afternoon, bisecting the line, drawing the cover and sending Jordi Murphy haring home for his side’s second score. Madigan’s conversion left Ireland trailing by just three points, a minor marvel given their woeful first quarter. Sanchez and Madigan traded penalties, with Pumas prop Herrera lucky to escape a red card after smashing Rory Best illegally at a ruck. The Argentina tighthead was ruled to have used an arm as well as his head, and so avoided his marching orders – but clearly not by design. Marcos Ayerza was lucky to avoid a sin-binning to boot, flying off his feet at a ruck. Madigan missed his second penalty shot of the night though, Ireland still trailing by three points come the hour. Devin Toner was penalised for a high tackle, and Sanchez slotted the goal to push Argentina’s lead back to six points. Argentina had weathered the storm, and Ireland’s small mistakes crept back in. Madigan punted out on the full – as he tends to once a match – and Conor Murray knocked on at the scrum base. The Pumas seized full advantage, flying clear on the left and Tuculet spun over the line to touch down at full extension. When Imhoff swallow dived home for his second, Ireland’s trouncing was complete. Argentina dumped Ireland out of the 1999 and 2007 World Cups – the only two occasions the men in green have failed to reach the last eight. The Pumas proved Ireland’s bogey side once more, extending that hugely unwanted quarter-final hoodoo. Fly-half Nicolas Sanchez ended a stellar day with 23 points, only serving to underscore what Ireland were missing in the absence of superstar Sexton. Matias Moroni and Juan Imhoff blitzed Ireland with a try apiece inside the first 10 minutes, and in truth Ireland never really recovered. Though Ian Madigan had shaved his head for the contest Ireland were anything but razor sharp from the off. Argentina’s raw power and passion caught Schmidt’s men cold, centre Moroni powering over after a fine counter-attack. Sanchez missed touch from a penalty, only for the Pumas to pounce on Rob Kearney’s line clearance. Pablo Matera bumped off Madigan, Joaquin Tuculet retained a high ball, and Santiago Cordero sent Moroni home. Argentina dumped Ireland out of the World Cup for the third time as a 10-minute, two-try salvo floored Joe Schmidt’s battered and shattered side at the Millennium Stadium. The Pumas ensured Ireland’s sixth quarter-final went the same way as the first five – hugely galling defeat, with Daniel Hourcade’s men prevailing 43-20. Shorn of indomitable leaders Paul O’Connell and Peter O’Mahony through injury – both sat in the stands – and without linchpin fly-half Johnny Sexton due to groin trouble, this was a match too far for Ireland. Press Associationlast_img read more

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AHIP Queens Crash as First Bank, Dolphins Move on

first_imgZENITH BANK WBLFirst Bank Basketball Team of Lagos monday out-dunked AHIP Queens of Kano 106-38 to maintain 100 per cent unbeaten runs at the ongoing Final 8 of the 12th edition of the Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League.The Elephant Girls are now to play IGP Queens who similarly defeated Delta Force 60-58 in the semi final slated for this evening. With three straight losses without a single win, AHIP Queens have therefore chalked up the unenviable record as the first team to crash out of the Final 8 play off this season without winning a single game. Delta Force is the other team that did not also win any game.The Kano team which got its first basket in seven minutes in the final group match against First Bank also lost to the Nigeria Customs team and Benue Princess to say goodbye to the 2016 Zenith Bank women’s league.Defending champions, Dolphins, who defeated Plateau Rocks 74-67 in their last group game are to take on Customs in the first semi final game. Customs had earlier out-dunked Benue Princesses 53-39 to book their passage to the semis.Captain of AHIP Queens, Victoria Ofiri, said her team’s defeat was expected since this is the first time they will be competing in the Final 8 play –off.“The stake is too high for us and we cannot do more than we did here. May be, we are hoping that next year will be better for us with better play.”Meanwhile, Classification matches are to hold today before the semi final matches take place later in the evening.The All-Star match of this edition has been slated to hold on Wednesday while the grand finale will take place on Thursday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Rohr Submits World Cup Programme

first_imgThe Chairman of NFF Technical Committee, Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf Fresh confirmed yesterday that the Franco-German coach has submitted his programme to the federation.The plan details where the coach would want the team to camp leading to the World Cup and the number of friendly matches he will like to play.Nigeria qualified for her sixth World Cup finals last month in a manner that left no one in doubt about the ability of the Eagles to excel on the global stage.The Super Eagles were unbeaten in six matches and secured their ticket as the group winner with one game at hand from a tough pool made up of Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia.Yusuf said the Technical Committee will consider in details Rohr’s proposal and make recommendations to the NFF board for ratification.“I can confirm that Rohr has submitted his programmes. The Technical Committee will look at it and table our findings to the board. NFF will make the details of the programme public as soon as it is approved,” he said.Rohr, who once handled the national teams of Burkina Faso, Niger and Gabon is currently in Europe, keeping a tab on the form of the players he plans to use for the World Cup.In spite of its talented crop of players, Nigeria has never advanced beyond the second round at the quadrennial tournament, achieving that milestone in the 1994, 1998 and 2014 finals.The Eagles, who are already classified in the seeding Pot 4 will know their group at the World Cup Draw coming up at the Kremlin Palace, Moscow on December 1.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaSuper Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has set Nigeria’s Russia 2018 plan rolling by submitting his World Cup programme to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).last_img read more

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Syracuse expects record crowd of 35,446 for Duke game

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 30, 2014 at 5:47 pm Contact Brett: blsamuel@syr.edu | @Brett_Samuels27 Syracuse University Athletics announced today that 35,446 fans are expected to attend the basketball game against Duke on Saturday night, which would set a new on-campus attendance record.The capacity crowd will surpass the current record of 35,012 held by SU. That record was set last season when the Orange hosted Georgetown University on Feb. 23.According to the SU Athletics release, fans are encouraged to arrive early.Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, and SU alumna Vanessa Williams will perform the national anthem before tip off.Festivities in the Dome will begin that morning when College GameDay broadcasts live from center court at 11 a.m. on ESPN.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

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Screenshots link USC graduate student’s email to user in white nationalist chatroom

first_imgJonathon Xue/Daily TrojanA username linked to a USC graduate student’s email address was active in a chatroom used to organize the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va. last year, according to screenshots obtained by the Daily Trojan and leaked chat logs. The screenshots connect the email of Robert L. Walker II, a doctoral student in petroleum engineering and research assistant at the Southern California Earthquake Center, to the alias “n—onaut” used in multiple chatrooms on Discord, a messaging platform cited in a federal lawsuit against “Unite the Right” rally organizers. A screenshot, shared with the Daily Trojan by former editor Razzan Nakhlawi, shows Walker’s email in a private chat where different users post contact information on Discord. Nakhlawi said she obtained the information in May from an unnamed source. A separate Twitter user posted a different screenshot also showing Walker’s email on Sept. 10. The Daily Trojan was unable to independently verify the screenshots, but verified Walker’s email in USC’s student directory.The username associated with Walker’s email shared graphic images of lynchings, used racial slurs and expressed interest in guns on Discord throughout 2017. The user also said he attended the “Unite the Right” rally, which resulted in the death of counterprotester Heather Heyer.Walker did not respond to multiple requests for comment, and the Daily Trojan did not receive an official response from USC in time for publication. The Southern California Earthquake Center told the Daily Trojan via a Twitter message that it relayed allegations regarding Walker’s account to USC administrators.On Sunday, Provost Michael Quick released a public statement citing “recent online allegations regarding a USC graduate student.” He did not name the student and the Daily Trojan was unable to verify that the memo specifically referenced the username associated with Walker’s email and its comments in the chat log. In the memo, Quick condemned hate speech as “dehumanizing, degrading, toxic, and vile.”“While we are guided by our unwavering fidelity to free speech, it is also true that we do not tolerate threatening or intimidating conduct, or any other behavior that jeopardizes the safety of our community,” Quick wrote.Allegations that Walker was “n—onaut” were first made public via Twitter on Sept. 8 by activist Emily Gorcenski, who accused Walker of targeting her on Discord. Following the “Unite the Right” rally, Gorcenski said that she and other activists have been threatened and harassed by white nationalists.“We were aware that a significant amount of this harassment was organized, coordinated, and fomented in private chats, particularly the Charlottesville 2.0 Discord server,” Gorcenski wrote in an email to the Daily Trojan. “When the messages got leaked, it became clear that ‘n—onaut’ made specific references to me in this server, at one point referencing the timestamp of a video I appeared in.”Gorcenski said she decided to publicly denounce Walker, in connection to the username “n—onaut,” due to public safety concerns. She said she had been aware of the user’s identity since May, but was unable to independently verify it until nonprofit media collective Unicorn Riot leaked the Discord chat logs in August. The chat logs show that in February 2017, “n—onaut” identified themselves as a doctoral engineering student based in Los Angeles. The user also shared their Skype and Twitter handle in the chat room. The handle coincides with an account on Github, a software development platform, linked to a “usc.edu” email used by Walker for academic projects, the Daily Trojan later confirmed. Gorcenski first posted about Walker’s Github account on her Twitter account.According to his LinkedIn, Walker attended Marietta College in Ohio for his undergraduate education.In 2008, a Marietta College student with the same name failed to appear in court in Ohio for a concealed weapon charge, a fourth-degree felony. The charge came after campus police discovered a semi-automatic rifle, shotgun, pistol and 1,000 rounds of ammunition in his car parked on school property, according to a local TV news station’s report. A nationwide arrest warrant was distributed, since officials believed the student left the United States for Madrid, the report said. According to the Twitter account “n—onaut” shared on Discord, the user is currently in Madrid and publicly tweeted about their arrival on Sept. 13.last_img read more

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Sports section says: Are games against Notre Dame and UCLA worth adding to the schedule?

first_imgNotre Dame and UCLA series games were recently added to Wisconsin’s football schedule. The sports editors discuss whether or not these match-up are beneficial for Wisconsin football.Browne: It’s worth adding Notre Dame and UCLA to Wisconsin’s football schedule due to the resulting financial compensation.The Badgers and the Bruins have met 11 times, with UCLA holding a 7-4 edge. UW has won the last three games, but they were the 2000 Sun Bowl, the 1999 Rose Bowl and the 1994 Rose Bowl. The Bruins were ranked No. 14 during their last visit to Madison, and they handed unranked UW a 51-26 defeat.But that was on Sept. 18, 1982. The only thing certain about a UW vs UCLA football game in the year 2030 is that Wisconsin will have an increase in revenue.Notre Dame is one of the most storied programs in all of college football history, thus, a win over them in a system such as the four-team NCAA College Football Playoff selection is crucial to have on your resume during your three-game non-conference schedule.Wisconsin vs LSU at Lambeau Field was the first college game played at the historic NFL stadium and it was a huge success. Adding Soldier Field to the mix on top of the smashing success at Lambeau already spells huge television contract money, not only for Notre Dame, but really for Wisconsin, given that Notre Dame is an independent football conference school and has a likewise independent NBC television contract.Larson:Adding games like Notre Dame and UCLA into our already intense Big Ten schedule match-ups does not bode well for Wisconsin football. While I like the idea of playing successful teams like the Bruins and Fighting Irish in the long run, I think that they should remain postseason games only.With so little margin for error now the Big Ten is divided into East and West, and only one spot is available for each team to advance to the Big Ten Championship, each and every game counts.Wisconsin has a losing record against both teams, with a 4-7 record against the Bruins and 6-8-2 with the Fighting Irish. Both of these records look dismal on paper, and it looks as though both of these match-ups might result in a loss for the Badgers.This would mean four losses for Wisconsin, and four losses that would weigh on them for the rest of the respective seasons. The remainder of each season would be spent trying to overcome that loss, and it would mean that each and every loss becomes a burden that the Badgers must shoulder.Pressure of that kind is the thing that destroys team, not builds them.Schreter: Adding future home and home series with UCLA and Notre Dame could be beneficial for Wisconsin football, but it could also be harmful. This is really dependent on the landscape of college football in the future.In recent years expansion of the four team college football playoff has been a hot topic of discussion within the NCAA. These home and home series will likely be difficult match-ups for the Badgers, but whether or not they end up being worth it is very dependent on the NCAA’s post season setup and what it takes to qualify.If the playoffs remain at four teams, than these difficult out-of-conference games will likely make it exponentially harder for the Badgers to qualify. On the other hand, these games could give the Badger’s a huge strength of schedule a boost and leave them with a larger margin for error in the event that the playoffs are expanded to eight or 16 games.While no protocols have been discussed yet in an eight or 16 team playoff, the Big Ten Champion would almost certainly be given an automatic bid. In this scenario, difficult out-of-conference games like those against UCLA and Notre Dame would give the Badger’s the opportunity for multiple wins without risking their chance at the post season.last_img read more

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Schmidt rules out Lions coaching role

first_imgJoe Schmidt has confirmed he won’t be part of the Lions coaching ticket for next Summer tour to New Zealand.It had been reported that Head coach Warren Gatland was interested in bringing the Ireland coach but Schmidt says he will work with some players he wouldn’t normally get a lot of time with on the tour to the USA and Japan.Schmidt says he’d be happy to let defence coach Andy Farrell travel as he is a fantastic coach and can keep an eye on the Irish players on tour.last_img

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Remembering members of the armed forces who have fallen in the line of duty

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. —  On Monday, members of the Alpena community gathered to honor military service men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.Veterans, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, friends, and families gathered outside of the Alpena County Courthouse to remember those fallen heroes. A crowd gather around the Veterans Memorial near the corner of 8th Ave. and Chisholm St. to pay their respects to the names etched on the monuments. Women laid flowers on each war memorial that indicated where men and women from Alpena gave their lives.Seven year Navy Veteran Rebecca Mott spoke about honoring those brave men and women by telling their stories and keeping their memory alive. Mott found her inspiration for the speech from friends and family close to her.“Part of it was my daughter because she was in the Air Force, and she got hurt,” said Mott. “She used to sing for us all of the time, so she was the inspiration. She was Air Force… She has her struggles, so that kind of helped me with my speech a little bit, and also, friends in the community that we’ve known for years who had daughters and sons leave and not come back.”The Navy Veteran also added that this day isn’t only about remembering those who have fallen. It’s remembering those who came home and continuing to share stories so everyone can help out.Following the laying of flowers, veteran bikers led the way, revving their engines with military decorated bikes and vests. Members of the Military Color Guard along with Boy and Girl Scouts marched a mile and a half to Evergreen Cemetery. Flags lined the Alpena Bi–Path, as people watched the groups march toward Little Flanders Field.“A lot of it is the heroes that we’ve lost, family members, try and keep them in our hearts, and today is their day,” said Mott.162 flags lined the rows of crosses with dog tags, wreathes, flowers, decorating this hollowed ground. Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center Colonel John Miner addressed the crowd, and Veteran Bill Romstadt left his fellow veterans with a quotation to reflect on.“I can see their faces clearly as I walk along this wall, those brave young men and women who answered the assembly call. I hear their mournful whispers, and tears well up inside, as I ask the good lord above me, why they, and not I had died? And if I could have one moment, I would tell them one and all, how proud I was to serve with them while answering the assembly call.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Air Force, alpena, Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena County Courthouse, Army, Coast Guard, Little Flanders Field, Marines, memorial day, Navy, veteransContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Monday, May 27Next Photo of the Day for Tuesday, May 28last_img read more

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