Batesville, In. — The eighth annual Community Tree Lighting in Batesville will be held Thursday, December 7 at 5 p.m. in the Bike Park area. The tree will be illuminated at 6 p.m.Please come downtown and join mayor Mike Bettice, Santa and his reindeer and lots of holiday cheer. The event includes refreshments, music, horse-drawn carriage rides, Elfie Selfies and vendors.The celebration is presented by the City of Batesville, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Batesville Main Street, Batesville Beautification League and Mayor’s Youth Council. Sponsors are Big Four Café, Pro-Prints, Assured Partners, Duke Energy, LaRosa’s, and Skyline. The 22ft Canaan Fir tree was donated by Sheets Tree Farm, Osgood, Indiana. The Christmas Tree at the Memorial Building is courtesy of Bohman Tree Farm.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — As she took her position before the second half in the crease, Kelsey Richardson looked into the net. With the shaft of her stick, she tapped the middle of the left post, the crossbar and finally the right goal post, and turned around.While Maryland outplayed SU on the rest of the field in the first half and held a 7-3 lead, Richardson owned her crease.Richardson kept No. 5 SU (5-2, 1-2) in its game against No. 1 UMD (5-0, 2-0), stopping a career-high 16 shots and preventing UMD from scoring on four of its six free positions. Her performance helped counter UMD outshooting Syracuse by 10 shots throughout the game.“I thought it was one of the best games she’s played,” Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said of Richardson. “Really saw the ball well, did her homework, had tendencies on shooters and I thought did a great job.”Just less than halfway through the first half, UMD midfielder Kelly McPartland lined up for a free position. The shot hit Richardson’s stick in the pocket and rebounded back into the stick of UMD midfielder Erin Collins.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCollins loomed on the edge of the crease and fired a point-blank shot that Richardson stopped, keeping the score 3-2 in favor of UMD. Richardson helped preserve a first half in which SU struggled to produce on offense.“She had an unbelievable game,” SU attack Kayla Treanor said. “She came up huge for us.”Richardson said she could tell where the Terrapins’ shooters were going on free positions. If they ran in with their sticks high, she anticipated a low shot and if they came in with their stick low, the shot was likely going high.Taylor Cummings was the only player to vex Richardson on free positions, scoring Maryland’s only two free-position goals of the game.Cummings would drop the ball, put her stick next to it and scoop it back up. She stood on the 8-meter arc for her free position and Richardson would counter with her own routine. Richardson tapped the post twice, put her stick by her ear and shuffled her feet.Richardson also picked up shots well in the flow of the game. Gait said she broke down film to prepare for the game this week. In particular, Richardson knew she had to pay attention to UMD midfielder Brooke Griffin because she faked a lot.“I really studied their shots and what their tendencies were… just really, really focused more on saving the ball rather than directing the defense,” Richardson said. “It was more personal lessons for me over this week.”A few times, a Terrapins player, usually Cummings, would get loose and streak to the net, creating a one-on-one situation for Richardson. UMD players would dodge their defender and then dodge the defender that picked them up.While Richardson stood tall for most of the game, Terrapins players slung the ball around for about the final five minutes of the game and SU couldn’t get the ball back for a last-second comeback.Richardson sat in the crease, alone. There would be no Maryland shots at her, no saves to make. Instead, the player that controlled the crease and kept SU in the game couldn’t control the final outcome.“It sucks. It sucks that that’s how the game has to end. It sucks that there’s no stall warning in women’s lacrosse yet,” Richardson said of the last few minutes. “My whole college career has been defined by that thing and so it sucks losing to them and by that many and we were right there and it came to that and them just standing out.” Comments Published on March 7, 2015 at 7:57 pm Contact Chris: firstname.lastname@example.org | @ChrisLibonati Facebook Twitter Google+
No. 20 Syracuse (9-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast) and No. 16 West Virginia (8-3, 6-3 Big 12) haven’t played a game in over a month. But on Dec. 28, the two will meet in the Camping World Bowl in Orlando, Fla. The Orange are playing in their first bowl game in five years and are one win away from its first 10-win season since 2001. The Mountaineers are coming off a high-scoring loss to Oklahoma, 59-56, and will be without their starting quarterback Will Grier, who is sitting out the game for his NFL Draft stock.Here’s who our beat writers have taking the win, and why.Andrew Graham (10-2)Country road, take me homeSyracuse 45, West Virginia 34Will Grier sitting out this game is about the best early Christmas present head coach Dino Babers could ask for: the opponent’s best player is not playing. In a game with two teams that love to air it out and score, this should still be an exciting evening. But for a West Virginia team that had legitimate playoff aspirations, this feels like more of a consolation. Syracuse, the team that hasn’t played in a bowl in half a decade, is hungry. The seniors have never played in a bowl, and it’s hard to imagine Eric Dungey and company don’t go out on a win against what may be an undermanned and unmotivated West Virginia side. SU will finish with 10 wins or more for the seventh time ever and the expectations for 2019 climb just a little bit higher.Josh Schafer (10-2)No will to win Syracuse 52 West Virginia 38AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn many ways, Syracuse plays Big 12 Conference style football. I’d expect that to pay dividends in this year’s Camping World Bowl. Both Syracuse and West Virginia ranked in the top-15 in scoring offense and allow more than 25 points per game. With WVU quarterback Will Grier sitting out because of his high draft prospects, the edge falls to Syracuse. The Orange seniors have waited their entire careers to play in a bowl game while the Mountaineers have played in one each of the last five seasons. In bowl season, sometimes it’s those random factors that matter. Syracuse’s offense will thrive against an exposable defense and hold off a second-string quarterback long enough to secure its first bowl victory since 2013.Matt Liberman (9-3)To the Mountains Syracuse 49, West Virginia 41This is a perfect matchup for Syracuse, which runs its offense like a Big 12 offense. The difference is Syracuse still has to play grind-it-out defense against offenses in the ACC like Pittsburgh and Boston College that rely on run-heavy schemes to advance the ball. West Virginia allows 26.5 points per game, meanwhile Syracuse boasts the No. 23-ranked defensive efficiency in the nation. Against truly capable passing teams, West Virginia never held them under 30. Syracuse has the offensive firepower to compete with anyone in the Big 12 aside from Oklahoma, and the intangibles on defense and special teams to stop them. Plus, without Will Grier, West Virginia may be searching for options against one of the best teams in the nation at turning people over. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 26, 2018 at 11:27 pm
For 20 years under Arsene Wenger, Arsenal enjoyed the riches and the glamour of the Champions League and the impact of missing out has had serious implications on the budget Emery has had to work with.In January, he revealed the club could not afford to make any permanent signings.Emery is a specialist in Europe’s second-tier competition, winning it three times when at Sevilla, and he is also well acquainted with Arsenal’s semifinal opponents, Valencia, who he managed between 2008 and 2012.Emery also did a stellar job at the Mestalla, leading Valencia to three consecutive third-placed finishes behind dominant Barcelona and Real Madrid sides managed by Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho.“Emery was inducted into the Valencia hall of fame as one of the managers to have spent most time at Valencia, qualifying the team for the Champions League and performing well in it,” Valencia-based journalist Luis Cortes told AFP.However, doubts remain over his ability to lead Arsenal’s rebuild back to the heights they once enjoyed under Wenger.The same defensive issues that haunted the Frenchman’s final years in charge have been in evidence in recent weeks, conceding three times in three consecutive league defeats for the first time since 1967.Emery has constantly changed personnel and formations, but is yet to find the right balance with one of his two star forwards Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang often left out.Yet, there have been notable successes. Top-four rivals Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United were all beaten at the Emirates this season and Emery’s men won home and away to Napoli in the Europa League quarterfinals.Arsenal go into the final two games of the league season just two points off the top four, compared to languishing 12 points behind in Wenger’s final season.“At the beginning of the season we knew it was going to be very difficult (to finish in the top four),” said Emery after the weekend’s chastening 3-0 defeat at Leicester.“We will continue, we will not look at the table, the Europa League is a big motivation for us.”Valencia find themselves in a similar situation to Arsenal in looking at the Europa League to save a disappointing domestic season.A shock 1-0 home defeat to Eibar on Saturday leaves Los Che sixth in La Liga and three points outside the top four with three games left.Former Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista will return to the Emirates on Thursday and wants to mark Valencia’s centenary year in style.“I want to be in the history of Valencia,” said the Brazilian.“It is the year of the centenary and in 100 years’ time I want people to remember that Gabriel Paulists won the Europa League with Valencia,” he told the club’s website.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Unai Emery’s first season in charge at Arsenal is in danger of imploding unless the Spaniard can again prove himself to be a Europa League specialist and cover up an alarming dip in the Gunners’ Premier League form.Arsenal have lost four of their past five league games to Everton, Crystal Palace, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City to slip down to fifth and relying on more favours from Chelsea or Tottenham to have any chance of a top-four finish.However, winning the Europa League would also offer a much-needed return to the Champions League next season after a two-year absence.
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has officially signed a GHS 2.1 million sponsorship deal for three years with a local bank, GN Bank as the headline sponsor for the second-tier Division One League.The lower league has over the past two years been without a major sponsor after Poly Tank’s deal elapsed.The unveiling of the new deal for the lower league was done on Wednesday.The wholly-owned Ghanaian bank becomes the second financial institution to bankroll a league in the country with First Capital Plus Bank sponsoring the Ghana Premier League.This year’s Division one League will have three Zones made up of 16 clubs each with the three winners of each zone qualifying automatically into the Ghana Premier League.GN Bank, formally First National Savings & Loans, is one of the fastest growing banks in the country.
LOS ANGELES — Doc Rivers was happy to revisit a “fun day” three years ago that will live forever in NBA – and social media – lore on Thursday, before his team tipped off against former Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, who was back to see his old team on his old home court for the first time.Rivers said he wasn’t yet hip to Twitter in 2015, so he didn’t realize the ruckus that was happening outside of the house where he and other important Clippers personnel were hanging out with (or holding hostage, depending on who’s telling the story) Jordan, the star center who this summer actually signed with the Dallas Mavericks whom he’d spurned back in July 2015.As was well-documented then, the Clippers really didn’t want him to sign with Dallas, so they visited him in Houston to let him know. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory “We had a good meal, food was great; D.J. went out and got fried chicken,” recalled Rivers, who was joined that day by Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, as well as Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and Paul Pierce. “It was funny watching Steve Ballmer eating fried chicken and collard greens.“It was a weird day, but I think it was far weirder on the outside of the room than on the inside of the room,” Rivers continued. “… on the inside of the room, there was not a lot of stuff going on. I mean, basically D.J. basically told us he was staying within five seconds.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“Paul Pierce came up with the grand idea, ‘OK, we don’t believe you and we’re just going to stay until it’s time to sign.’ I actually thought we were going to leave right away, and it was smart by Paul because D.J. had (already) proven he could change his mind. ANALYZE THISBilly Crystal is a Tony and Emmy-Award winning comedian, actor, producer, writer and director and a nine-time host of the Academy Awards – and on Jan. 31 he’ll finally have landed the role of Clippers color analyst.Crystal will join Ralph Lawler – the play-by-play broadcaster who plans to retire following this, his 40th and final season calling Clippers games – on the mic when they call the team’s game against the Lakers on Fox Sports Prime Ticket.“The fact that he decided he wanted to do this just tickled the heck out of me,” said Lawler, who said he was approached about the pairing recently by Gillian Zucker, the Clippers’ president of business operations.“Our team president came to me and said, ‘Ralph, I’ve got something I’ve got to ask you about.’ I said, ‘Yeah?’ ” Lawler said. “ ‘We have a season ticket holder who just loves you so much and would like very much to sit in with you on a broadcast.’Related Articles “It was a fun day. We actually watched the summer league games on TV, we ran out of things to watch. We ate two or three different times.”All the while, participants in the drama (and outside of it) tweeted a series of updates – using a creative assortment of emojis. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum “I was oblivious to the social media scene at that point,” Rivers said. “I didn’t know all that was going on until the next day when I got home and I saw. It was pretty funny.” Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters “I said ‘a season ticket holder? Is this important to the ballclub we do this?’“And she said, ‘It’s very important.’ And I go, ‘OK, I guess so.’“She said, ‘Do you want to know who it is? … Billy Crystal.’“I said, ‘Oh! That would work!’ ”Current Nets analyst Mike Fratello also will join Lawler on Jan. 23 in Miami and Basketball Hall of Famer Hubie Brown will do the same for the March 24 game against the New York Knicks.“I wasn’t looking forward to the farewell-tour kind of a thing,” Lawler said. “But it’s working out, and it’s going to be very, very nice.”
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — On the first night of the NBA playoffs, the Clippers took care of business.In a wild 118-110 win over the Dallas Mavericks, the Clippers were able to withstand Luka Doncic’s 42-point playoff debut, in part thanks to a controversial call that drew near-universal criticism.But what are the storylines to follow as the series unfolds? What might apply to the future games? A quick look at three trends to watch:Under the skinIt was a whistle that drew the ire of the Mavericks and the NBA world: Kristaps Porzingis stepped in to a fracas between Marcus Morris and Doncic, and received a technical foul for escalating the conflict. It’s a guideline that is explicitly spelled out in the rule book, but even Morris thought it was a bit much. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory “I didn’t think it was enough to get technical fouls,” he said. “I wish that Porzingis played because it’s playoffs, man. Nobody should get thrown out in the playoffs.”Doc Rivers and the Clippers coaching staff probably didn’t cry too much about it. Especially in a close game.But the incident illustrates an important experience disparity between the Clippers and the Mavericks: Porzingis is 25 and Doncic is 21. While both have playoff experience in other leagues, they’ve never been in the NBA playoffs before, where every possession matters. Minor dust-ups that aren’t a big deal in the regular season can end up being costly.The Clippers, on the other hand, are full of vets not afraid to get in a scrap, including Morris, Montrezl Harrell, Joakim Noah and instigator-in-chief Patrick Beverley. They provoke, play physically and understand getting emotional reactions out of their opponents can work to their advantage.“That’s what they do,” Porzingis said. “Not their main guys but some of their other guys, that’s their job, that’s part of their game. And we can’t fall into that.” Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 It’s not an every-game closing look, but it’s a strong one to have in pocket. Trading for Morris is paying off in a big way already.“The way Marcus played tonight, being able to switch on both defenders, being able to score rebounding, he just did a little bit of everything for us,” George said. Lesson learned? Porzingis said he wouldn’t fall for the bait again. But is he the one that might get hooked next?On the play in which Porzingis got tossed, Doncic was the one who approached Morris, not the other way around – it was clear throughout the night from his heightened intensity that emotions were welling up for him. By the final possessions, Doncic looked completely wiped. It’s going to have to be something he watches out for in future games.Defending LukaThe Clippers saw history made against them, but were also close to making history themselves: No player has ever scored more than Doncic’s 42 points in his postseason debut. But his 11 turnovers were one away from tying James Harden for the most in a playoff game.How exactly does one assess that performance? A mixed review.“I thought we guarded him pretty well,” Rivers said. “I thought what we did poorly, what shows his greatness, is every time we made a mistake on the weak side, he found that guy and that guy made a shot.”Doncic may just be a second-year player, but as a playmaker, he’s a surgeon. He can muscle his way inside and score, as he showed last night. But when the Clippers defense collapsed on him, he expertly picked apart backside openings. Mavericks guards Seth Curry and Tim Hardaway Jr. started a little hotter than they finished, but they did a lot of damage. Clippers like Beverley and Reggie Jackson got caught ball-watching on Doncic as the guys they were guarding either hit backside threes or cut in to take pocket passes.Early in the game, the Clippers had success smothering Doncic with selective double teams. But Doncic adjusted, giving up just four of his turnovers in the second half. The Clippers want to limit his playmaking – they’ll take the stepbacks and contested looks in midrange.“I didn’t mind his basket attacks,” Rivers said. “I didn’t mind his threes. I mind our help so he could get the assists. I’ll give up the points to him, I just don’t want to give up the points and the assists. I think we allowed him to have both tonight.”Going small with Marcus MorrisThe Clippers benefited from Porzingis’ absence in crunch time, if only because it gave a good look at their small lineup, which gave them the edge in winning time.The Clippers trotted out Morris at five alongside Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, plus Lou Williams and Patrick Beverley. For five minutes, that lineup outscored the Mavericks by seven in a critical fourth-quarter stretch. The Clippers’ best lineup by plus-minus was the one that started the game thanks to a crushing 10-0 opening run, but the small look was one that offered scoring, defense, and five 3-point shooters.It’s a variation on a lineup the Clippers have used at other times this year with Harrell in for Morris, a group that has a plus-14 net rating in the scant minutes they’ve been on the floor together. While the Clippers have played extremely well with Zubac on the floor this year, a switchable lineup has a ton of value depending on matchups. Harrell has been out of pocket for nearly a month, so Morris might assume the closing role depending on when Trezz can get his conditioning up.Related Articles Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Finland came from behind to beat Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) 81-77 in the second round of FIBA Basketball World Cup European Qualifiers on Monday in Zenica, a city located 75 kilometers northwest of Sarajevo.In the first minute of the first quarter, Emir Sulejmanovic scored three points for the BiH team, after which Finland missed two times. In third minute, Miralem Halilovic brought a 7-point lead to the host team. In the sixth minute, Halilovic scored his 10th point for the host team. The first quarter saw a win by the host team of 28-11.In the beginning of the second quarter, Almir Hasandic scores in the 12th minute for 20 points lead for the host team, after which Jamar Wilson scores three points, ending the second quarter with 22-20 for the host team.The third quarter saw more active play by both teams, following one another, after which Petteri Koponen in 23rd minute from the visiting team scores three points. There were several faults by both teams, after which the third quarter ended with 13-14 for the visiting team.The fourth quarter saw a better play by the visiting team, with Shawn Huff scoring three points in 33rd minute, narrowing the gap to 16 points. In only six minutes Sasu Salin scores 9 points for the visiting team. Finland got 36 points against 14 points of BiH in the quarter.Sasu Salin scored a game-high 19 points for Finland, while Miralem Halilovic had 20 points for BiH.In Group K, France is on the first place with 19 points, followed by the Czech Republic with 17 points. BiH is on the sixth place with 12 points, Xinhua reports.(Photo: bljesak.info)
The persistent battles that Liberians waged against backwardness, misrepresentation, mediocrity, misogyny and self-glorification in the past must not be abandoned until poverty is destroyed, former Labor and Public Works Minister, Atty. Samuel Kofi Woods has said.Despite the gains, including the exercise of political pluralism in the country, “We still have challenges and we need a government that will address miserable insufficiency that afflicts the people,” Atty. Woods urged.To do that, he said the people must be ready to recognize the “elites that are appearing in different forms, building alliances in the rank and file of our own. Their attitudes and their values must be defeated with the same conviction and passion of the 70s and 80s.” Speaking at the 46th anniversary of the Students Unification Party (SUP) of the University of Liberia recently in Monrovia, Woods said like years past, “you (students) are now seeking an agenda to deliberately and radically transform our country come 2017.” On the gains achieved so far, Woods recounted political pluralism in the country, evidenced by the 23 political parties of all forms, colors and limitations, adding that “this is the political marketplace where all formations are on display and we can and do make choices, sometimes bad ones, but choices nonetheless. We have a plethora of news outlets: more radio stations than we have ever had, more newspapers than we have ever had, and more television stations than we have ever had.”Woods said though freedom of speech thrives under intimidation from those who claim to be the custodians of power, “we will strive to consolidate and make it better. We can all appreciate the common heritage bequeathed by our forefathers. We want to build a country that is free and democratic where all of our people are provided an enabling environment to improve their material circumstances.”“Indeed we devote ourselves to a preferential option for the poor; the vast majority of our people, who go to bed each night on empty stomachs, who cannot read or write, who cannot access a hospital, a school or a court. It is our right, our obligation to build this new society. We will not waver, we will not cower, we will not betray the people.”To address poverty in the country, Woods hit upon the restoration of the family and its values, education and developing the total person.He said a formation process should involve the family, “our communities, our religious institutions, traditional African systems of training and discipline. We cannot depend on an educational system that does not transform the living conditions of our people; that prepares us to seek only self-glorification and crushes individualism, consumerism and materialism. It must be an education for service and integrity. Government officials must send their children to public schools as a matter of policy.”On the health system, Woods called for the building of a resilient health system; one that works and responds to the epidemiological problems that confront our people. In fact we might want to consider a policy measure that requires those who are duty bearers in our government to be required to seek treatment and care in our public health system or pay for their personal health care.”On food sufficiency, Woods called for “a path to the future that places the well-being of our people as the central focus of public policy; and food security questions must capture our every imagination and our every action.” Woods said infrastructural development, road networks and clean, affordable drinking water for “our people along with electricity are some measures that should be considered; and communication, be it road network or information technology, must be at the service of our people.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Twenty of Liberia’s twenty-two political parties have called on the Liberian government to set up a free hotline to help stakeholders monitor and report situations that have the tendency to derail the peace during and after the October elections.The appeal was made after the parties signed “The Farmington River Declaration” committing themselves to holding peaceful elections and judicial resolution of election disputes in Liberia, according to a release by the Governance Commission.ECOWAS and other world leaders witnessed the signing of the Declaration during the ECOWAS Summit held last Sunday at the Farmington River Hotel in Margibi County.The Declaration commits standard bearers and their political parties to ensure that the 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections are held within the confines of the law and other international standards pertaining to free, fair, and transparent democratic elections.The thirteen count resolution commits signatories to resolve election disputes through mediation and the courts; preventing election violence; peaceful political campaign activities; and to closely work with law enforcement agencies to ensure that they effectively perform their duties before, during and after the 2017 elections.The political leaders also promised to hold themselves accountable for promoting the effective political leadership of the campaign against electoral violence, impunity, and injustice.The leaders of the political parties have meanwhile mandated the mediation committee, which the Inter-Religious Council is a part of, to consult with the National Legislature to act with deliberate urgency to pave the way for the peaceful conduct of the 2017 elections.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)