Crowdfunding campaign could lead to a splashingly good time

first_imgBrookville, IN—Still looking for a Christmas gift for the impossible person in your life?  How about donating to a worthwhile cause?  Such as this:Summertime in Brookville could soon be more enjoyable with a new playscape at the new pool if a crowdfunding campaign reaches its goal to raise $50,000 by February 11th. The campaign, led by the Brookville Town Aquatic Center, is using the CreatINg Places program sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.If the campaign reaches its goal, the Brookville Town Aquatic Center will receive a matching grant of $50,000 from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. For more information or to donate, click here.last_img read more

Kearney not taking Italy lightly

first_img Press Association Saturday’s clash at the Stadio Olimpico could determine who finishes with the wooden spoon, although it is the Irish who enter the final weekend with the greater sense of anti-climax. Italy defeated France in the first round and almost caused another seismic shock against England on Sunday, only to fall short with a stirring final-quarter assault. Kearney, the 2012 European player of the year, said: “Rome is a really difficult place to go. What’s been good this year with Italy beating France and going close against England is that it’s generated a public consensus that they aren’t a walkover.” He added: “We can say it as players and now people genuinely believe it. In the past it’s always been lose-lose. If you win you expect it and if you lose you get hammered for it. Now no one is under no illusions as to how good they are. “The one difference that stands out for me this year is that they are now really comfortable with the ball. They will happily go through 10, 12 or 15 phases and try to keep playing rugby and look for tries. “In years gone by they were probably guilty of kicking away stupid balls, trying to play the territory game a little more, taking snatched drop-goals. “They respect the ball a huge amount more now and have realised they can punish teams with tries.” Ireland will avoid the wooden spoon if they beat Italy in the opening match of the triple header, but will be sweating on the result in Paris between France and Scotland if they lose. Victory would likely mean a third-place finish in a tournament that has been of low-quality. “We haven’t spoken at all about the wooden spoon. We know we’re there or thereabouts for it,” Kearney said. “We just have to be driven performance-wise. The feeling going into the game is that we’re in a better place than we were a week ago. “We didn’t get the win against France on Saturday, but our performance was upped and we looked like a better side. If we keep going in that direction we’ll be a good place.” center_img Ireland full-back Rob Kearney believes Italy’s performance in this year’s RBS 6 Nations has finally convinced the rugby public that they are a growing force.last_img read more

Owner’s visits are ‘fantastic’ – AVB

first_imgChelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has played down the significance of club owner Roman Abramovich’s recent training-ground visits.Abramovich’s presence at Chelsea’s training base in Cobham has increased speculation that Villas-Boas’ position is under threat following his team’s poor results.The Russian billionaire is reported to have told him that he will be axed if the Blues fail to qualify for the Champions League this season.AdChoices广告Villas-Boas described his conversations with Abramovich as “short, accurate and precise.”He added: “Just because there is a physical presence doesn’t mean conversations have just started. They were going on before.“As for the owner being present, you can speculate about whatever you want but for us it’s fantastic.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Junior Rodgers leads Orange into Atlantic Coast Conference

first_img Published on February 12, 2014 at 2:23 am Contact Ryan: rlraigro@syr.edu As tennis legend Andre Agassi slammed winner after winner inside Arthur Ashe Stadium, a 10-year-old girl sat in awe as she realized this was the sport of her dreams.Now an adult, junior Syracuse tennis player Amanda Rodgers has started to reach those goals that she set in the fifth grade. She was 18-2 her freshman year in singles and was named to the All-Big East team. Now, she’s poised to lead the Orange in its first season in a tougher Atlantic Coast Conference.“I watched Agassi play on the stadium and I was just like, ‘This is what I want to be,’” Rodgers said. “‘This is what I want to do when I grow up.’ From then on, I’ve focused on tennis.”Rodgers was destined to be an athlete. Her mother Mary Pat Guest competed in the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada, as a skier, her father Tom Rodgers played quarterback for Connecticut and even her uncle, Mary Pat’s brother, competed in equestrian in the Olympics.“She just learned she had to be active and do stuff rather than sit around and do nothing,” Guest said. “But if she wanted to be a great piano player, I wouldn’t have turned her away from that. She just happened to be a really good tennis player.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGuest and her ex-husband Tom divorced when Rodgers was only 1, and she lived primarily with her mother in Virginia for most of her childhood.Guest allowed her daughter to be involved in tennis at an early age, taking her to the courts, signing her up for lessons and letting her go to tennis camps during the summer. She also would take her daughter to local tournaments whenever her daughter wanted to enter.“Sometimes she’d win and sometimes she’d lose, but she still loved it,” Guest said. “And I thought, ‘Well, shoot. If she still loves it and still wants to do it, then great.’”Rodgers soon realized Virginia might not be the place for her if she wanted to have a successful career in the future. During her freshman year of high school, she told her mom she wanted to move to Florida so she could compete against some of the best players her age.“I was like, ‘I need to go somewhere where it’s really competitive,’” Rodgers said. “It really wasn’t hard because I knew I wasn’t going to go anywhere if I stayed in Virginia.”While Rodgers was steadfast in wanting to move, her mother initially had hard feelings about leaving a place she lived for so long.“I was a little more skeptical than she was,” Guest said. “Once I got here and realized she really had the passion, it was a lot easier for me. “You only have once chance at a dream.”Rodgers felt she clicked in right away at Saddlebrook Prep in Wesley Chapel, Fla. She never felt like she didn’t fit in, but her personal coach John Eagleton said during her junior and senior season, he did not like everything he saw at first with Rodgers.He remembers her hitting the ball flatly and inconsistently, with little spin on her shots. The talent was there, but the placement wasn’t.To change her game to play with more precision, Eagleton made a chart for Rodgers to show her what she needed to adjust. He sought to model her game after Spanish professional superstar and fellow left-handed player Rafael Nadal.“She hits that heavy ball,” Eagleton said. “It helps her because she can put the heavy ball deep in her opponent’s backhand.”As Rodgers adjusted her game, she only continued to get better. She started playing in pro tournaments, even winning a U.S. Open national playoff event in mixed doubles. Then-Syracuse head coach Luke Jensen took notice and offered her a full ride. She decided to accept his offer after receiving a promise to be taken to pro tournaments in the offseason.“Coach Jensen and coach George, they are pretty much the only school in the country that takes their kids to pro tournaments,” Rodgers said. “Some colleges do that with only a few players on the team, but they do it with everyone, so I thought that was pretty cool.”Rodgers dominated as soon as she arrived on campus, winning 14 straight singles matches after a 1-1 start to her career freshman year in singles play. She also came through for her team in the clutch, as early into that season she climbed from out of match point against Harvard to win in a third-set tiebreaker and give her team the victory.“She’s very coachable, wants to get better every day and she hates to lose,” said Jensen, who resigned on Jan. 29. “If there is one thing I’d put on that girl, she gets mean when she’s down. “Her best tennis is right around the corner because she is so darn determined to get better.”As Rodgers now enters her junior year, she aspires to top an impressive first two seasons by putting her name at the top of the SU record books.Said Rodgers: “I’ve always been kind of a record person. I’ve always wanted to break the records and stuff. I got really close with doubles last year and singles my freshman year. Maybe not this year, but my senior year I really want to break the record.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC to postpone in-person commencement but to hold online events in May

first_imgStudents will have the option to convert their spring semester courses from a letter grade system to pass/no pass, though it is unclear whether this will also apply to classes fulfilling major requirements. The change comes after student petitions that have garnered more than 3,800 signatures collectively called on the University to reconsider its grading policy in light of virtual instruction extending to the end of the semester. Several other universities, including UC Berkeley and Duke University, have also altered their pass/fail policies.  USC is also working to reduce the number of students living in campus housing but has acknowledged that travel restrictions may make it difficult for some students to leave. However, as USC navigates the developing circumstances, some students may be required to move rooms, the email read.  Access to buildings on both the University Park and Health Sciences campuses will also be limited, hours at UPC will be reduced to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m, the email read, though it is unclear whether these hours are meant for students and employees or the public. Target and Trader Joe’s in USC Village will remain open, and several USC Village restaurants will continue to offer takeout options. “We know how important an in-person commencement is to our seniors, other graduates, and their families and friends,” the email read. “You’ve been planning for years for the special moments of celebration and gratitude that commencement provides for friends, teachers, and loved ones.” “For those students who received permission to remain in university housing on a temporary basis, we will continue to provide housing, food, and support while you are on campus,” the email read. “However, please understand that we developed this policy when we were still planning to return to in-person classes in mid-April, and we were trying to reduce financial and other travel burdens for our students.” Those who have left campus are not permitted to return and will be turned away if they attempt to do so. Only authorized staff and students who have permission to remain in University housing are permitted to enter campus. USC has postponed in-person commencement but will host a series of virtual events with online speakers in May for those graduating, President Carol Folt and Provost Charles Zukoski announced Friday in a communitywide email. The email also detailed other University updates regarding grading, housing and financial aid and addressed the impact of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order, which has limited nonessential movement to reduce the spread of coronavirus.   “We are thinking of you every day, as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses and new local, state, and federal directives are put in place,” the email read. “Our first concern remains your safety and the health and safety of our communities around the world.” The email also stated that students who have earned University merit aid, including scholarships, fellowships and work-study, will continue to receive funding. The University has not yet finalized plans for distributing awards but will continue to provide additional details as decisions get finalized. The University will readjust deadlines to apply to this option, and more information will be released when plans for the policy change are finalized, according to the email. USC will not be able to determine the details of the in-person commencement — an event that brings nearly 80,000 people to campus each year — until pandemic developments slow, however, has ensured that those graduating will still have the opportunity to celebrate together. last_img read more

Offense adjusting to new leadership

first_imgThe USC offense has undergone a dramatic transformation since the Trojans took the field against Arizona State last weekend.New faces · Redshirt sophomore receiver Victor Blackwell has been getting starter reps despite having only three career receptions. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanWhen junior wide receiver Marqise Lee crumpled to the ground with a left knee injury last weekend against the Sun Devils, the Trojans lost their most prolific playmaker.And when it was announced hours after the game that former head coach Lane Kiffin had been fired, USC cut loose its offensive playcaller for the last three and a half seasons.Kiffin is gone for good. And even though Lee’s injury doesn’t seem to be as bad as was originally feared, as tests revealed no ligament damage, he’s been gimping around campus this week on crutches. And on Wednesday, USC Athletics posted on Twitter that “[Interim head coach Ed] Orgeron is hoping for a miraculous recovery to have [Lee] ready for Arizona.” So his return doesn’t appear to be imminent, despite the squad’s optimism.Freshman Darreus Rogers and redshirt senior De’Von Fluornoy are both nursing ankle sprains, further weakening the group of wideouts. Therefore, under offensive coordinator Clay Helton, who will actually have to live up to his title now as the unit’s playcaller, USC will seemingly have to rely on some deep backups for at least a week or two — which could become a major concern considering the team’s lack of depth.“Thank God it’s a bye week,” Helton said. “Hopefully we get a couple guys back, and we’ll see where we are next week.”The team will likely count on sophomore Nelson Agholor to lead the depleted receiving corps. Agholor entered the season as a breakout candidate after recording 233 receiving yards and two touchdowns in USC’s final three games last season. But so far he’s struggled to make much of an impact, catching 11 passes and averaging just 38.4 yards through five games.“I’m just worried about getting wins,” Agholor said. “All I can do is continue to get better.”The role of redshirt sophomore Victor Blackwell is also expected to expand. Last year, Blackwell’s chances to prove himself were few and far between, as he caught just one pass.But after Lee exited Saturday’s game, Blackwell replaced him in the starting lineup and notched his first two catches of the season, the second of which came on a crucial fourth-down play in the final quarter to keep USC’s faint hopes alive.Blackwell lined up as the Trojans’ second starting wideout opposite Agholor throughout practice on Wednesday and had his number called on the first play of 11-on-11 drills, reeling in a 10-yard reception.“I was really proud of Victor Blackwell coming in and doing the most with his opportunity,” Helton said. “We talked about that as an offense — you never know when you’ll get your opportunity.”That statement is especially true for redshirt freshman Robby Kolanz, a walk-on who estimates he got about 15-20 snaps against the Sun Devils as his first taste of playing time for the Trojans after they were reduced to only two healthy scholarship wideouts.“Being out there in front of the student section at Arizona State, just kinda looking around and seeing what I’m doing, I just had to pinch myself and lock in,” Kolanz said. “Once you get out there for a few plays, the game starts to slow down and it gets a lot better.”It’s unclear how Kolanz will fit into Helton’s plans for the offense, if he does at all. But in his last post-game press conference, Kiffin said that the team would probably use Kolanz in three-wide sets if Lee was injured for an extended period of time.It’s quite stunning that with the litany of talented receivers USC possesses, they might be forced to give significant playing time to walk-ons. But the Trojans are looking at it positively, as every player now has a chance to prove themselves.“What [Orgeron] told us today was to prepare, because you don’t know who’s next,” Agholor said. “A lot of guys are gonna get great opportunities to do things with the ball and to make plays out there.”last_img read more

Men’s hockey off to fast start

first_imgBefore Friday night’s season-opening series with Northern Michigan, the No. 3-ranked Wisconsin men’s hockey team had held only four practices, leaving Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves little time to get a feel for this year’s squad. But despite the short preparation window before the first two games Friday and Saturday night at the Kohl Center, Wisconsin accomplished something it hasn’t since 2004 by sweeping the Wildcats with 5-2 and 2-1 victories.After Friday night’s resounding 5-2 win, Eaves commented on the nature of the game that has left him without an opening night win since 2007, when the Badgers knocked off Notre Dame.“It’s an odd game to coach,” Eaves said. “It reminds me of craps. You roll the dice. You see what happens.“We go right into games — you really don’t know what you’re going to get. You hope that because you’re an older team that you have more repetitions over the course of a couple years that pays dividends for you, but you really don’t know what you’re going to get.”The sentiments of Eaves were echoed in just how different the two games were, as the Badgers (2-0-0) coasted to the win Friday night, but had to dig in deep late in regulation to pull out the win Saturday night over the Wildcats (0-2-0).Despite the differences between the two games, Wisconsin struck for first blood in both, a crucial aspect, according to Eaves.“The statistics say that 68 percent of all teams that score first win games, so you want to put those percentages in your favor. So having a great start and getting that start tonight was a good thing,” Eaves said.Not only did the Badgers notch the first goal Friday night, but they scrapped their way for two more in the first period of play, giving them a comfortable 3-0 heading into the first intermission.Sophomore forward Nic Kerdiles, who played his first two games at center this weekend after having been a winger last season, made his presence known at his new position by facilitating the first two goals and picking up the secondary assists on both.Then in Saturday night’s game, Kerdiles switched to the center of attention as he blasted a slap shot past NMU goaltender Michael Doan to give the Badgers a 1-0 lead a little less than midway through the first period.With points in both games, Kerdiles now currently rides a 15-game point streak dating back to last season.Although Kerdiles contributed a great deal to both wins, he was certainly not the only one playing a part in the sweep. Over the course of the two games, 11 different players recorded at least one point for Wisconsin with six of those players recording two or more points. Senior forward Michael Mersch tied Kerdiles for the team lead in points with three of his own coming off of two assists and a goal, as well.The first two lines for Wisconsin – Mark Zengerle, Tyler Barnes, Morgan Zulinick, Kerdiles, Mersch and Joseph LaBate – racked up 11 points and did most of the damage, but it was third wing freshman forward Grant Besse, who was the only one with two goals on the weekend.Besse’s first goal as a Badger was the fifth and final goal Friday night, while his second goal that came late in Saturday’s 2-1 win was his first game-winner as a Badger.Following Saturday’s game, Eaves gave his thoughts on the Plymouth, Minn. native Besse, who played four years of high school hockey and only a handful of games at the junior level.“Good offensive players, it’s interesting. If you watch enough hockey, they make bad passes or they make bad decisions, but somehow, some way the puck goes back to them. How do you explain that? It’s the thing they have. You can’t explain that. Grant has that and it was a goal scorer’s goal,” Eaves said.“The seven games I played in the USHL really helped make the adjustment from the high school to the collegiate level, so I’m starting to feel more and more comfortable every shift out there,” Besse said.Meanwhile, the games also differed in that two different goaltenders were in between the pipes for each game. Junior goaltender Landon Peterson shouldered the load in net Friday, stopping 18 out of the 20 shots he faced from the Wildcats and earning him the game puck from his teammates and coaches. In Saturday’s game, Junior goaltender Joel Rumpel had similar numbers with 20 saves on 21 shots, but gave up a big goal halfway through the third that tied the score.That mistake was later bailed out by Besse with 3 minutes, 35 seconds left in regulation, as the Badgers started the season with a quick 2-0 start, much different than how things began against the Wildcats a season ago when the Badgers were swept.“There’s the psyche of winning that allows you to press forward with your coaching and your teaching,” Eaves said. “I think you can be more demanding because the kids feel good about the fact that they won.”last_img read more

Promotion and relegation blues dominate DOL

first_imgHasaacas and Okwawu United have picked up their play-off spots after the weekend’s round of matches in Division One.Aside the duo, the final stages of the league will reveal ten more candidates for the promotion league.Despite securing their play-off place, Hasaacas suffered their second consecutive defeat after losing 0-1 to Ajax in Sekondi in a Zone 2B fixture.In Zone 3B, Okwawu United booked their qualification for the promotion play-off after defeating Unity Stars 2-0 at Nkawkaw.The scramble for play-off places will continue as the league enters its final days.Full results after match-day-13 Zone 1AJuventus 1-0 Yassin FCGuan United 2-1 Toende UnitedBazooka 0-1 Galazy FCZone 1B Bofoakwa 0-1 B.A UnitedUnity 2-0 Sampa UnitedB.A Stars 2-1 Berlin FCZone 2AKFC Samosa 1-3 Rainbow FC Dunkwa United 4-0 Tarkwa unitedGold Stars 0-0 DeportivoZone 2BHasaacas 0-1 AjaxElmina Sharks 2-0 Wassaman United Windy Professionals 3-0 Brighton StarsEleven Wise 2-0 Metro StarsZone 3AIstanbul 1-0 Prestige FCGreat Olympics 0-0 Inter Allies D’International 2-1 RehobothNania 1-0 Sporting MirrenZone 3BDanbort FC 1-0 Red Bull AcademyKing Solomon 1-0 Pure Joy Okwawu United 2-0 Unity StarsMighty Jets 1-0 Zaytunalast_img read more

Novak Djokovic strengthens grip on No. 1; American Frances Tiafoe breaks into top 30 for first time

first_imgRoger Federer’s fourth-round exit to Tsitsipas at 2019’s first Grand Slam sees him slip three places to sixth in the world, with Alexander Zverev, Juan Martin del Potro and Kevin Anderson climbing above him.Tsitsipas’ reward for reaching the last four sees him move to 12th in the rankings, his personal best, while American Tiafoe, 21, has broken into the top 30 for the first time after rising nine spots.New Career-High Rankings for #NextGenATP Players12 @StefTsitsipas GRE 2028 @AlexdeMinaur AUS 1930 @FTiafoe USA 21118 Miomir Kecmanovic SRB 19124 @AlexeiPopyrin99 AUS 19182 Rudolf Molleker GER 18183 @W412Yosuke JPN 20194 @MikaelYmer SWE 20197 Jurij Rodionov AUT 19— ATP Media Info (@ATPMediaInfo) January 28, 2019It is all change at the top of the WTA rankings with Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova taking the top two places from Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber. Osaka has a 740-point advantage over Kvitova after winning their duel in Saturday’s Australian final, the Japanese becoming the first player since Jennifer Capriati in 2001 to win her first two Grand Slams back-to-back.Halep drops to third after her fourth-round defeat to Serena Williams, who rises five places to 11th.Semifinalist Danielle Collins jumps 12 to a career-best 23, a fine reward for a stunning performance in Melbourne that included wins over Julia Goerges, Caroline Garcia and Kerber. Novak Djokovic strengthened his grip on the world No. 1 spot with his victory at the Australian Open, while breakout stars Stefanos Tsitsipas and Frances Tiafoe earned career-high rankings.Djokovic cruised to a record seventh title in Melbourne with his straight-sets victory over Rafael Nadal in Sunday’s final, a win that saw him extend his advantage over the Spaniard by 980 points.last_img read more

Stanley Cup Final 2019: Three takeaways from Blues’ Game 7 win

first_imgThe Blues are the Stanley Cup champions.St. Louis took down the Bruins 4-1 in Game 7 on Wednesday to earn the first Stanley Cup title in franchise history. What happened to Pastrnak?When the season started there might not have been a more talked about young player in the NHL than David Pastrnak. The 23-year-old lit up the net at the beginning of the year and couldn’t be stopped from putting points up.But in these playoffs he had some serious struggles, as did all of the Bruins’ top line. That line was possibly the best in the NHL all season long, but it went through big stretches in the NHL playoffs where it didn’t do what it needed to, especially in five-on-five situations.In Game 7, Pastrnak drove home the point of his disappointing run by whiffing on three separate shots in the first period. Maybe Binnington would have stopped them, maybe he wouldn’t have. But it’s a lot harder to stop 15 shots in a period than it is to stop 12 and Pastrnak came up empty when his team needed him to make a statement. It wasn’t a great showing from the youngster.David Pastrnak Whiffs on the Puck Count: 3— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) June 13, 2019 Stanley Cup Final 2019: Blues GM exchanges words with Bruins’ ice crew A late shot from Matt Grzelcyk snuck in the corner to ruin the shutout but at that point it was too late. The Blues were the champs.Here are three takeaways from Game 7The easiest takeaway ever writtenIf there is no Binnington, the Blues trade Ryan O’Reilly. If there’s no Binnington, St. Louis has a top-10 pick in the NHL Draft. If there is no Binny, the Missouri team may have finished where it sat in January — in dead last. But unfortunately for the Bruins, there is Binnington and now the Stanley Cup is bound for St. Louis.The rookie goalie was absolutely phenomenal in Game 7. He stood on his head in the first period stopping all 12 shots he faced, including several which made virtually no sense.Yeah, @binnnasty came to play in #Game7 . #StanleyCup🇺🇸📺: https://t.co/x1v5IP9RaP @nbc🇨🇦📺: https://t.co/Ru1tdgCszT @Sportsnet pic.twitter.com/jNWUfR16xw— NHL (@NHL) June 13, 2019And he did all of this while his teammates were neither getting shots on goal nor giving him any help as they had several bad turnovers in the first period, as well. But that didn’t matter because he’s made of nails. Binnington held his ground long enough to give his teammates a chance and they thanked him with two late goals in the period.Those goals helped Binnington become the first-ever rookie goalie to win 16 playoff games in a single season. Binnington might be the best thing to ever happen to the Blues.A problem re-emergesBinnington also forced the Bruins into some old bad habits in Game 7. Because of the amazing stops he continually made in the first period, Boston looked like it was getting skittish.As a result, it started doing the one thing a team can’t do against an incredibly physical team like St. Louis — it started over passing again. Multiple times in the second period, Boston had chances to shoot but it didn’t take them. In one moment in particular, Brad Marchand had an open lane to the net and just didn’t pull the trigger.To steal an old saying: “You can’t win unless you score.” The Bruins didn’t score in those first two periods, and a big reason they didn’t score in the second was because they often wouldn’t shoot. And, while this was a dominating score well out of reach of the Bruins, this game was all about Jordan Binnington.The rookie goalie saw 32 shots and stopped 33 of them. Related Newslast_img read more