Lady Chargers And Lady Tigers Win Volleyball Sectionals

first_imgVolleyball SectionalsTrinity Lutheran wins at Class 1A-Sectional 62 at Trinity Lutheran.2019-20-ihsaa-class-1a-volleyball-state-tournament-s62–trinity-lutheranNorth Decatur wins at Class 2A-Sectional 45 at South Ripley.Plays Tecumseh at The Regionals at Forest Park on Saturday, October 26th.2019-20-ihsaa-class-2a-volleyball-state-tournament-s45–south-ripleyLawrenceburg wins at Class 3A-Sectional 29 at Batesville.Plays Silver Creek at The Regionals at Corydon Central on Saturday, October 26th.2019-20-ihsaa-class-3a-volleyball-state-tournament-s29–batesvilleColumbus East wins at Sectional 14.2019-20-ihsaa-class-4a-volleyball-state-tournament-s14–bloomington-northlast_img read more

Pellegrini: City spurred on by hurt

first_img On the whole, however, he has claimed to be satisfied with his rearguard and does not feel they are exposed too often. The Chilean, speaking at a press conference to preview the midweek trip to Tottenham, said: “Maybe you don’t believe me but we work more in defending than attacking because of course it is difficult to when you have to defend with less defenders. “I think it is very important to know how to do it and that’s the way we work here. “For the moment, we will continue in the same way. Maybe it’s my opinion and I am wrong but I think this team defends very well.” City beat Spurs 6-0 when they met at the Etihad Stadium in November, but the Londoners have changed manager and hit form since then. Under Tim Sherwood, Spurs have won their last four Premier League games and Pellegrini claims the last meeting will have no relevance at White Hart Lane. He said: “That is a game that happened three months ago. The great motivation for Tottenham is in the position they are in the table, of course if they win they will be near the top.” Pellegrini also delivered a positive update on the fitness of midfielder Samir Nasri, who was carried off on a stretcher with a knee injury during the victory at Newcastle on January 12. The Frenchman initially said he expected to be out for up to eight weeks but Pellegrini has been hopeful of a quicker return. Pellegrini said: “Next week Samir will start running and in two or three weeks he will be fit.” Pellegrini has focused on attack and style and the results have been impressive, with City heading into February in contention for four trophies and with 110 goals to their name. Pellegrini said: “This season maybe they were hurt for what happened last season. “They needed to demonstrate again what kind of players they are. “It is very important in that sense to win things and the only way to win is with a high performance from all of them, but with style to do it. Maybe, of course, I think they want revenge.” Free-scoring City have run up several big scores this season, most notably putting seven goals past Norwich and hitting six against both Arsenal and Tottenham. They have now gone 19 games unbeaten since November – winning 17 of them – but if there has been a vulnerability it has been in defence. Captain Vincent Kompany has said he believes the side’s strength – attack, can also be their weakness as it places extra importance on winning back the ball quickly. He also said complacency could be their “biggest enemy”. Pellegrini made known his anger at the defence after last Saturday’s FA Cup scare against Watford, when City recovered from 2-0 down to win 4-2, describing their performance as a “disaster”. Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini senses his team could be finding extra motivation by seeking to atone for the disappointments of last season. City surrendered the Barclays Premier League crown to Manchester United and were surprisingly beaten by Wigan in the FA Cup final last year. The campaign also ended on a sour note as manager Roberto Mancini was sacked but, under Pellegrini, they have put all that behind them this term. Press Associationlast_img read more

Health Department Confirms Second Case of West Nile Virus in Miami

first_imgFlorida health officials on Wednesday confirmed the year’s second case of West Nile virus in Miami-Dade County.Officials say a resident there contracted the virus from a local transmission.The Miami-Dade Health Department declared a mosquito-borne illness alert on May 9, after the area’s first confirmed case of the year.Because of a lack of preventative vaccines or medication, West Nile virus is considered to be the country’s leading cause of mosquito-borne disease, according to the health department.Most people who become infected do not feel sick. Additionally, officials say that about one in five people end up experiencing symptoms such as pain, headache, fever and fatigue that usually appear around two to 14 days after an infected mosquito bites.Fewer than one percent of infected people can develop a severe or potentially fatal illness. People over age 60 or people with weakened immune systems are also at an increased risk for severe cases of West Nile Virus.The Miami-Dade Health Department is also asking residents to follow the “Drain and Cover” personal protection efforts, reminding them to drain any items or areas that can collect standing water, in order to keep mosquitos from populating near residencies.Residents are also being reminded to cover their skin with long sleeves, pants and tall socks, and to apply mosquito repellent onto bare skin.last_img read more

WI U-19s to open 2018 World Cup campaign against hosts NZ

first_imgDUBAI, England (CMC) – Reigning champions West Indies Under-19s will be part of history, when they kick off their title defence of the ICC Youth World Cup against hosts New Zealand Under-19s.The two teams will contest the match in the first day/night fixture ever in the history of the YWC at the Bay Oval in Tauranga on the opening day of the tournament which runs from January 13 to February 3.The Windies Under-19s, under the leadership of Shimron Hetmyer, collected their first-ever youth world title last year, when they beat India in the Final of the tournament staged in Bangladesh.The tournament which features 16 teams contesting matches at seven venues in four cities – Christchurch, Queenstown, Tauranga and Whangarei – will see the Windies Under-19s play in Group A which also comprises 2012 champions South Africa and African qualifiers Kenya.The Windies Under-19s, under the leadership of Grenadian wicketkeeper/batsman Emmanuel Stewart and coached by Graeme West, already started preparations for the YWC, winning series against the South Africans and Zimbabwe last month on the road.The team is likely to be further fortified for the conclusion of this year’s Regional Under-19 Tournament being contested in St Kitts.India and Australia, both three-time YWC champions, are clubbed together in Group B along with Zimbabwe and East Asia Pacific qualifiers Papua New Guinea.Bangladesh, Canada, England and Namibia comprise Group C, while two-time champions Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Asia qualifiers Afghanistan and European qualifiers Ireland form Group D in what is the 11th edition of the tournament and the third to be held in New Zealand.2018 Under-19 World Cup poolsGroup A: West Indies, South Africa, New Zealand, KenyaGroup B: India, Zimbabwe, Australia, PNGGroup C: Bangladesh, England, Namibia, CanadaGroup D: Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, IrelandThe top two sides from each group will advance to the Super League, while the remaining eight teams will figure in the plate championship.The quarterfinals, semifinals and the final of the Super League will be among the 20 matches to be broadcast live.The final will be played at the Bay Oval in Tauranga on February 3, while both semifinals will be played at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on January 29 and 30.The plate tournament will run simultaneously, but end with the plate final at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Christchurch on January 28.Schedule of West Indies Under-19 group matches:JANUARYSaturday 13: New Zealand Under-19s vs West Indies Under-19s – Bay Oval, Mount MaunganuiWednesday 17: West Indies Under-19s vs South Africa Under-19s – Bay OvalSaturday 20: West Indies Under-19s vs Kenya Under-19s – Lincoln Green, Lincolnlast_img read more

Aigbogun: Flying Eagles Have Learnt Lessons in Loss to S’Arabia

first_imgPaul Aigbogun Head Coach Paul Aigbogun hinted yesterday that his Nigeria Under-20 players learnt some vital lessons in their 1-2 defeat by their Saudi Arabia counterparts in a friendly in Vienna, Austria on Sunday.“We were unlucky to have lost against the Saudis. We created a lot of chances but failed to put them away. Our focus will shift to conversion of opportunities because we want to make an impact at the FIFA World Cup.“There are a few other areas that myself and my assistants noticed and we will work hard at these when we get back to our training camp in Germany.” A second string side put out by Aigbogun lost 1-2 to the equally World Cup –bound Saudis in a game of few clear-cut chances.After a goalless first half, Saudi Arabia midfielder Khalid Al-Ghannam put the Asians ahead in the 56th minute beating goalkeeper Detan Ogundare with a low shot.After some sustained pressure, Henry Offia got the Flying Eagles back on level terms in the 65th minute. Despite creating a couple of chances and looking likely to score, the Flying Eagles did not, and the Saudi Arabians were the ones who eventually did.Hamed Al-Ghamdi found space in the Nigeria box to slot home with 12 minutes left on the clock and condemn the Flying Eagles to defeat.The seven-time African champions and two-time FIFA World Cup runners –up have headed back to their base in Bad Goegging Munich, Germany to continue preparation for the FIFA U20 World Cup that starts on 23rd May in Poland.The team will have further test games against German clubs TSG Hoffenheim and Red Bull Leipzig, as well as Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg, before heading to the Polish city of Tychy where they play Qatar in their opening match of the competition on 24th May.Nigeria will contest Group D of the biennial tournament alongside Qatar, Ukraine and the United States.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Trojans look for strong start in Napa Valley Tennis Challenge

first_imgFor the first time since bringing home their second NCAA national title in a row, four players will represent the USC men’s tennis team to begin the individual season.Senior Jaak Poldma, junior Daniel Nguyen, sophomore JT Sundling and freshman Ray Sarmiento will represent the Trojans at the 10th annual Napa Valley Tennis Challenge in St. Helena, Calif.Texas, Florida, Kentucky, Illinois and Cal will field four-man teams in the weekend tournament to round out the field.Along with a total of 24 college athletes, eight U.S. Tennis Association-selected junior players — including U.S. Open Junior Singles Champion Jack Sock — will participate.“It’s a different format with junior players participating, and it is very different at this point,” USC coach Peter Smith said. “It’s most important to play matches and get experience.”The format of the tournament is unique in that the 32-man field will be separated into 8 groups. The players will participate in round-robin group play and the group winner will advance to an eight-man playoff on Sunday.Each match in the playoff will deviate from normal match play, with each match decided by a 10-point tiebreak until a tournament winner is determined.The USTA will grant the champion a wild-card spot in a professional tournament.When asked about how he decided who to send to the tournament, Smith said he was open-minded in his process.“[I picked the four for] no particular reason,” Smith said. “I wanted Nguyen and Sundling to play some matches, and [Poldma] expressed interest in playing. They are all potential starters, and I wanted to get them going.”The team began practice one week following a very busy schedule, which included a trip to the White House and the championship ring ceremony commemorating last year’s title.“We have had one week of practice, the team is brand new, but it looks great,” Smith said. “Everyone is focused, motivated and worked very hard. There has been a big willingness to work hard at practice.”Robert Farah — the ITA Player of the Year last season — has moved on to the professional ranks, but the new-look Trojans have three new freshmen who have helped fill the significant void.“The team is very much the same, and we have some really good new players,” Poldma said.As one of two seniors on the current squad, Poldma mentioned that participating will help him get back into tennis rhythm after some time off.“I’m trying to get better and get back to my game,” Poldma said. “I have not played in tournaments for a while, so I would like to get the feel back.”Overall, the team has shown a good attitude during the week of practice, and Smith said the players are motivated to maintain the high standard they have set for themselves.“It’s been exciting,” Smith said. “We have a completely different team, but there is a great feeling on the court. We have got to stay hungry, and the hunger is there.”last_img read more

Irish squad return to training ahead of Six Nations clash

first_imgIt’s as Joe Schmidt’s men gear up for this weekends clash with Italy at the Aviva Stadium.The Ulster centre missed the loss to England with a hamstring problem.Conor Murray, who received eight stitches to a head wound in that game, also looks set to be available as Ireland chase their first win in this season’s Championship with just two games remaining.last_img

Finch upbeat about Gayle for Big Bash League

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):Australia’s Big Bash League is bracing for the arrival of West Indies star Chris Gayle, and his Melbourne Renegades captain Aaron Finch says he is looking forward to the prospect of playing alongside one of the game’s biggest names.The left-handed Gayle will be making his first appearance in the Bash in three years, and Finch believes the big-hitting opener can make a huge impact as the Renegades challenge for their first ever title in the competition.”I’ve been on the receiving end of some of his enormous innings in the past, so it will be good to actually play with him,” Finch said.”If we can bat around Chris and allow him the right amount of time to get going, it doesn’t guarantee success, but I think it sets up a pretty good model.”He added: “The statistics would say that Chris is the best player in the world, and I’m a pretty good player as well, so it could turn out to be quite a nice combination.”Gayle came under heavy criticism during his last stint in the Big Bash when he turned out for Sydney Thunder. Then, he managed a mere 137 runs at an average of 19, with his lavish off-the-field lifestyle taking precedence.Finch downplayed the controversy, however, pointing out that with the player based this time around in Melbourne and having the presence of fellow West Indies teammate Dwayne Bravo, his focus would also be different.GREAT SPOT”He’ll be in Melbourne, for one. It’s a great spot, and Dwayne Bravo, one of his good mates, is here as well. So I think it will be a little bit more comfortable for him here, I think,” Finch contended.”He’s played enough cricket around the world – I think he’s played Twenty20 in most of the countries that you can play – so it’s just about making Chris as comfortable as he can possibly be and fit, that’s all we’re worried about.”Gayle reportedly underwent back surgery following the Caribbean Premier League in the summer and it has raised doubts about the player’s fitness.However, Finch said he was encouraged by Gayle’s readiness following his recent short stint in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League.”I think it’s just a case of wait-and-see when he gets here,” Finch said. “I know he has been smacking them around in Bangladesh, and I’m sure hehas been swinging hard, testing it (back) out as well.”The Big Bash bowls off Thursday.last_img read more

Like Mike: LeBron overwhelmed after passing Jordan, his hero

first_imgLos Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots and scores as Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig, second from right, defends and center Nikola Jokic, center, watches along with Lakers center JaVale McGee, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. With that basket, James moved past Michael Jordan for fourth place on the NBA career scoring list. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, California—From the very first day LeBron James picked up a basketball, he wanted to be like Mike.James and his closest friends idolized Michael Jordan while they grew up together on Akron’s competitive playgrounds and tough streets. As James grew into a tantalizing basketball prospect capable of jumping from high school to the NBA as the No. 1 draft pick, he studied, imitated and drew profound inspiration from Jordan’s tongue-wagging dunks, that fadeaway jumper, his competitive fire — even the little details of the way Jordan wore his sneakers and shorts.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history PBA D-League: Go for Gold-CSB notches first win vs. Family-Mart Enderun James proudly put No. 23 on his back as soon as he could get it as a high school sophomore. He has never taken it off.“He was everything,” James said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJordan has also admired James’ game for years.“I want to congratulate LeBron on achieving another great milestone during his amazing career,” Jordan said in a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday through his spokeswoman, Estee Portnoy. Every loss eats at James, yet he fidgeted in front of his locker afterward with the anxiousness of a rookie, still buzzing over the enormity of the moment in his life.“When you’re an inner-city kid from Akron, Ohio, like myself and my guys growing up, you look for anything that can inspire you,” James said. “You’re always just up against the numbers of failing. The percentages of guys like myself — single-parent household, only child, underprivileged — (the chance of) making it out is not high at all. M.J. had a lot to do with me making it out, along with my mother, along with the city itself, along with the Little League coaches I had. But Mike had no idea what he was doing for a kid that was growing up a 45-minute flight away from Chicago, where he was putting in that work.”James acknowledged he missed most of the tribute video aired at Staples Center during the timeout after his milestone points. That’s because he was crying into a towel on the Lakers’ bench.James is among the last active players who were old enough to witness Jordan in his prime with the Chicago Bulls. Little LeBron would buy packs of basketball cards hoping for a Jordan, and he would study every aspect of Jordan’s game, down to the way he wore his calf sleeve turned slightly inside-out so that the red lining showed.James couldn’t afford Air Jordans, but he remembers walking through the mall and marveling at the pristine red-and-black shoes. They inspired him to dream of having his own shoes, a natural result of being the star he hoped to become.“You guys have no idea what M.J. did for me and my friends growing up,” James said. “Just in a sense of, some days where you just don’t feel like you’re going to make it to the next day where I grew up, because of everything that’s going on. Like I wrote on my shoes today, I thank M.J. more than he would ever know. I’ve got to carry it on to the next kid. Hopefully I can inspire the next kid.”James is an inspiration to a generation now, many of whom have already reached the NBA. Several of the Nuggets spoke of idolizing James while they grew up, and his own Lakers locker room includes teammates playing alongside one of their boyhood heroes.“I never saw Michael live,” said Moritz Wagner, the Lakers’ 21-year-old German rookie center. “(James) is the G.O.A.T. of our generation.”James trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928) and Kobe Bryant (33,643) on the scoring chart. He seems likely to become the top scorer in NBA history if major injuries don’t cloud his next three seasons with the Lakers — but those moments just might not resonate as profoundly for James.This achievement also might be the biggest highlight of a disappointing season with the Lakers (30-35), who have fallen to the fringe of playoff contention. The struggles bother James, who has played in the last eight NBA Finals and hasn’t missed the postseason since 2005. 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That tribute doesn’t begin to encompass what Jordan’s radiance meant to a youngster who dreamed of finding a better life through basketball.“M.J. was an inspiration,” James said. “M.J. was the lightning in a bottle for me, because I wanted to be like him.”James has grown into a 34-year-old man with three championship rings and a redoubtable 16-year NBA career. Yet he is still in awe of Jordan, who has represented the apex of achievement for his entire life.James moved past Jordan into fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list with a driving three-point play in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets. He bettered Jordan’s 32,292 career points with another variation of the brute physical brilliance that defines his playing style — a style that was influenced by Jordan’s combination of grace and aggressiveness.James finished with 31 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. His struggling Lakers rallied late, but dropped their fourth straight game in a season that appears to be lost.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil But James still seems relatively content with his move to Hollywood, where he is closer to his burgeoning career as an entertainment mogul. He has spoken repeatedly of patience with the young Lakers while the club attempts to land a second superstar to turn James’ next team into a title contender.Even if this season is a failure, James will never forget the night when he made a historic connection with his childhood hero.“It’s crazy,” James said. “My high school best friends, they text me and they can’t believe it. I can’t believe it either. We remember walking up and down those Akron streets with a basketball, just singing, ‘I wanna be, I wanna be, I wanna be like Mike.’”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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Ellen Wants PYP Program Expanded

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on the Civil Service Agency (CSA) to ensure that the President’s Young Professionals Program (PYPP) extends its training to other skills that are vital to the manpower development of the nation.Speaking at the graduation of Class Four of the PYPP in the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs last week, President Sirleaf named entrepreneurs, engineers, doctors, and teachers, among the professions that the CSA’s program should now consider because of the very limited pool of professionals in these disciplines that the country is in dire need of.President Sirleaf noted that since the launching of the program in 2009, government continues to receive encouraging feedback from ministries, agencies and others who interact with these young people, stressing that it has become one of the outstanding career development and leadership training programs for public service.“Today we celebrate your accomplishment as the Fourth Class of PYPs. Collectively, you have successfully completed two years of service, mentoring, and training. We congratulate you for being there, for getting it done and for doing well,” Madam Sirleaf told the graduates.She called on the graduates to continue to be examples of good leadership. “This is only the beginning, we are counting on your commitment and expertise, and you must remain focused on your long term goals with emphasis on integrity, professionalism and ethics for yourselves and country,” she urged.The President announced that the graduating PYPs will be absorbed by the Civil Service Agency that is working closely with the respective ministries and agencies to finalize arrangements for their transition.President Sirleaf used the occasion to extend special thanks to all local and international partners, including John Snow Incorporated, for ably administering the program and to the many donors who have contributed to the success of the program.She particularly thanked the Hess Family Foundation for its generous and continued contribution to support the program’s ongoing operations and transition over the next five years, the Daphne Foundation, Humanity United, McCall MacBain Foundation, Nike, Open Society Institute, Mailman Family, and Simonds Family, IBI USAID – Governance and Economic Management Support Program (USAID-GEMS) as well as individual gifts and donations.“As we embark on the implementation of the Civil Service Reform and looking further ahead, you are strategic to the grooming of a professional, effective and efficient civil service,” she indicated, stressing further that while young people are often criticized in Liberia, and unemployment is highlighted as a major roadblock to both economic and social recovery, PYP provides a timely and useful bridge from school to work that gives young people the needed opportunity to earn, even while they learn.United States Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, expressed delight at attending the graduation, saying it was good to celebrate what’s good about the country. “The US Government is pleased to be a partner in this process,” she said, noting that the program was highlighted at the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit last August while looking at ways that the U.S. together with governments in Africa can invest in the future generation of these countries and PYP is a prime example. Meanwhile the PYP is a competitive two-year program for recent Liberian college graduates who have exhibited leadership ability, integrity and honesty and are committed to assisting with the reconstruction and development of Liberia. It was initiated through the instrumentality of President Sirleaf to help empower young graduates and meet their employment needs.The CSA’s program Class Four constituted 15 graduates assigned at the Ministries of Finance and Development Planning, Gender, Children and Social Protection, National Investment Commission, National Housing Authority, and the Liberia Maritime Authority.  Five have been awarded scholarships and are pursuing graduate studies in the People’s Republic of China and the United States. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more