Road Conditions Blamed For Fatal Franklin County Accident

first_imgAn 88-year-old woman died Sunday morning following a two-vehicle crash that is believed to be related to icy conditions in Franklin County.The crash occurred on Bath Road, approximately ¼ mile west of Harmony Road around 8:40 a.m.Marion Ponder, of Bath, was traveling west when authorities say she lose control of her 2000 Dodge Intrepid on the icy roadway.She went off the south side of the roadway, overcorrected and caused her vehicle to spin on the ice into the path of an oncoming vehicle, police said.The driver of the second vehicle, 43-year-old Jeffrey Coffey, of West College Corner told police he observed the out of control vehicle and attempted to stop his 2000 GMC Sierrra, however was unable to due to road conditions. His vehicle made direct impact on the driver’s side of Ponder’s car.Ponder was pronounced dead at the scene by the Franklin County Coroner.Coffey was transported to McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital for his injuries by Franklin County E.M.S.The crash remains under investigation.last_img read more

Girls Cross Country

first_imgThe two local girls cross country programs will start this season with totally different scenarios.  The Batesville Bulldogs return all of their key runners with the exception of Grace Yeaton.  Added to this they have some young talent from the Middle School that should help the Lady Bulldogs attain a very successful season.  They will be led by senior Kelsey Gausman.The Oldenburg Academy Twisters will enter their cross country season minus the Billingsley sisters along with other key graduation losses.  However, with the record that the Twisters have had in the past, I am willing to bet that they will still be very successful.Both of these squads finished very high in most of the meets they competed in last fall.  Coach Gausman and Coach Hines are both veteran coaches who have had many competitive teams in the past.  If you enjoy running, come out and see both of these squads perform this fall.last_img read more

William D. “Bill” Cochran, 92, Brookville

first_imgWilliam Dale “Bill” Cochran, age 92, lifelong resident of Fayette & Franklin Counties, died Saturday, June 16, 2018 from complications of dementia at Robin Run Health in Indianapolis where he had been a resident and under the devoted care of his daughter Donita K. Keidel.Born May 13, 1926 in Connersville, Indiana to Fred B. & Jessie (Ashba) Cochran, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Virginia, Erma, Joanne and Robert.He married Geraldine Mae Agnew in 1952, and helped raise & provide for children, Terry, Dennis, Donita, Fred and Robin.He married again in 1976 to the former Nadine Canada, the mother of daughters Lois, Debbie, and Donna, and was blessed in this marriage until her death on November 7, 2010.A veteran of the Korean War, he enlisted in the US Army in 1950 and served as a truck driver in the 45TH Infantry Division where he was awarded the Bronze Star. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, where he was past Commander.Raised & schooled in Connersville, Indiana he began his work as a paper boy in youth, and after opting out of school after 10TH grade, he worked in local factories and as a milk truck driver. After returning home from Korea he settled in the Casket industry first with Connersville Casket Company as a welder until its closing, then later at Brookville Franklin Casket Company, where he was supervisor and plant manager until his retirement. Throughout his life he enjoyed many hobbies and pastimes, including Indian & Harley Davidson Motorcycles, but his real passion was engineering and tinkering with mechanical innovations.Survivors include his daughter Donita (Jim) Keidel of Indianapolis, Indiana, three sons, Dennis (Connie) Cochran of Laurel, Indiana, Fred (David Scott) Cochran of Melbourne, Florida, and Terry (Pam) Cochran of Richmond, Indiana; step-children, Donna (Ted) Ertel, Debbie (John) McGuire, Lois (Glen) Hollowell, and Robin (Vickie) Beaty; grandchildren, Darrek (Amber) Cochran, Stephanie Lewis, Vince (Valerie) Cochran, Molly Cochran, Chris (Katrina) Keidel, Chris (Angel) Taylor, Ryan (Sabrina), Lisa (Will) Hudler, Kevin McGuire, Darren McGuire, Brent Ertel, Brandon Ertel, Katelyn Ertel, Aaron Beaty, Audra McGuire and several great-grandchildren.Family & friends may visit from 9:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville. Pastor Perry Booso of the Brookville Church of Christ will officiate the Funeral Services on Saturday, June 23, 2018, 11:00 A.M., at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home. Burial with full military graveside honors by the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion will follow in Dale Cemetery in Connersville, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion Firing Squad. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Cochran family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit .last_img read more

The Latest: Bettman says NHL might not finish regular season

first_imgShe added in another post that tickets already purchased “will still be good, once we pick a new date.”___FIFA has recommended that all player contracts be extended until the soccer season is able to finish.The world governing body also said it will allow upcoming transfer windows to be moved to new dates because of the turmoil caused by the coronavirus pandemic.FIFA said it hopes the decisions will “bring a measure of stability and clarity” at a time when soccer worldwide is at a near-total shutdown, with no clear timetable for games to resume. In Europe, most player contracts expire on June 30, but FIFA said they should be “extended until such time that the season does actually end.”The governing body also said it “will be flexible and will allow the relevant transfer windows to be moved so they fall between the end of the old season and the start of the new season.”___The Canadian Football League is the latest sports league to postpone play because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The CFL, which was scheduled to kick off the regular season on June 11, announced Tuesday that the season won’t start before the beginning of July. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has raised the possibility of not being able to complete the regular season, while stressing all options remain on the table, during an interview on NBCSN. ___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ___Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki’s farewell to tennis — an exhibition match against good friend Serena Williams — is being postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The last tournament of the 29-year-old Wozniacki’s professional career came in January at the Australian Open. The Dane won her Grand Slam title there in 2018.She was supposed to face off against 23-time major champion Williams in Copenhagen on May 18 in a match dubbed “The Final One.”Wozniacki wrote Tuesday on Twitter that their exhibition will be rescheduled because “the safety and health of everyone is most important.” In saying, “nothing has been ruled in and nothing ruled out,” Bettman noted the league requires a clearer picture on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, which he hopes will happen in the next few weeks.Bettman said the ideal scenario would be to complete the season to determine playoff seedings in fairness to teams involved in tightly contested races in both conferences. However, he adds: “We understand that may not be possible.”The live interview broadcast Tuesday marked the first time Bettman has mentioned the possibility of the league not being able to complete the regular season. There were 189 games remaining when play was postponed on March 12.With the pandemic affecting regions of the continent at different times, Bettman acknowledged the league’s options include the potential of playing games at neutral sites.Bettman can foresee games being played into the summer. He doesn’t expect the ability to maintain NHL-caliber ice to be an issue because of the league’s modern and air-conditioned facilities. “Like our fellow Canadians, we in the CFL are striving to meet today’s challenges with both pragmatism and hope,” Commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in a statement. “We are pragmatic enough to see our country still has sacrifice and hard work ahead of it.”The announcement follows comments by Mayor Naheed Nenshi that Calgary’s ban on public events until June 30 includes CFL and NHL games, should those leagues resume before then.Toronto Mayor John Tory announced last week that Canada’s largest city is canceling events through June 30 that require city permission. That ban did not extend to sporting events, although provincial gathering bans would factor in.“We respect the decisions being made by the federal government, provinces and municipalities on behalf of our safety and we will continue to follow their directives,” Ambrosie said. “These include indications from Canadian cities that they will not allow sporting events to take place before the end of June.“While it is now clear that the 2020 CFL season won’t start before the beginning of July, we are committed to working with our teams, the Players’ Association, (The Sports Network and its French-language sister network) to play a full season or as close as we can come to one. We recognize this may require some creativity and we are preparing for multiple scenarios.” The Italian Grand Prix was scheduled for May 31 at the Mugello Circuit and would have been followed the next weekend by the race at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.Organizers say new dates for those races “cannot be confirmed until it becomes clearer when exactly it will be possible to hold the events.”___The president of the Spanish soccer league says he is not contemplating returning to action before the end of May.The country is expected to remain under lockdown until April 26.center_img ___Churchill Downs has delayed reopening stables at the track and training center to April 28 and postponed its spring meet that was scheduled to open April 25. The track last month postponed the 146th Kentucky Derby from May 2 to Sept. 5, the first time since 1945 the race will not be run on the first Saturday in May.Churchill Downs’ stables have been closed since Dec. 31 for winter renovations and were originally scheduled to open March 17 before being delayed in response to executive orders from Gov. Andy Beshear to contain and limit the spread of COVID-19.Track president Kevin Flanery said in a statement that Churchill Downs is following the lead of the governor and public health officials and added, “Our team will be ready to open under the relevant guidance we are given when the time is right.” April 7, 2020 The Jockey Club said a decision needed to be made on postponing the meetings as trainers wanted to know whether to step up preparations for the races.Racing has officially been suspended until the end of April, and the British Horseracing Authority was hoping for a resumption on May 1.___The Italian and Catalan MotoGP races have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The motorcycling series has yet to start its season. Eight MotoGP races have now been called off because of the virus. ___Two of the biggest meetings in the British horse racing calendar have been postponed amid the coronavirus outbreak, despite previous hopes that the sport could return by the start of May.The Jockey Club says the Guineas Festival at Newmarket on May 2-3 and the English Derby Festival at Epsom on June 5-6 will not be staged on those dates.Organizers are looking at alternative dates for the meetings “given the importance of (them) to the careers of that generation of horses, and the racing and bloodstock industries as a whole.”The Derby is the most prestigious flat race in Britain, while the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas take place at the Newmarket meeting in early May. The Latest: Bettman says NHL might not finish regular season Javier Tebas says other scenarios are also being studied. They include having the European competitions restarting only by the end of June and not conflicting with the domestic leagues.Tebas says it is very likely the league will restart with games in empty stadiums and that matches in venues with reduced capacity will also eventually be an option.The league president says it has been “impossible” to reach a deal with players on the salary reductions needed to reduce the financial impact of the crisis but he expects the majority of the clubs to reach agreements with players.___South Korea’s professional baseball league says it hopes to start practice games between teams on April 21 before possibly opening the season in early May. The Korea Baseball Organization says the plans are contingent on the country’s coronavirus caseload continuing to slow.The KBO will advise players to wear face masks in locker rooms and require them to download smartphone apps to report their daily health status to league officials.South Korea reported 47 new cases for the second consecutive day as infections continued to wane in the worst-hit city of Daegu. Those are the smallest daily jumps since Feb. 20. The country was reporting about 500 new cases per day in early March.But there’s still concern over infections linked to passengers arriving from overseas.The KBO announced last month that it was postponing the start of its season but that it still hoped to maintain a 144-game regular-season schedule. It then said it could ban spectators from games when infection risks were high.last_img read more

Herald powerhouse ready to take on Daily Cardinal

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald file photoHatfields and McCoys, Bloods and Crips, Rosie O’Donnell and The Donald (really all men for that matter) — all are iconic rivalries part of the American fabric.The mere mention of one in the presence of the other is sure to incite aggression and virulent anger. But while they historically have dominated feud-related headlines, another tiff has been brewing for nearly 40 years right here in Madison.The Badger Herald and The Daily Cardinal — respectively the titans and Tinkerbells of typeset on this campus — go at it every day in print. Tomorrow in Vilas Park, the two sides will meet on the gridiron for their annual game.“My friends, nothing against anyone on their side, but have you ever walked past that wing of Vilas Hall? Heavens, it smells,” BH Editor in Chief Tom Schalmo said. “No wonder why they put out such a stinky publication.”But on this day, newsprint takes a momentary back seat.The Herald could be slightly shorthanded. Last year’s game MVP, Nick Penzenstadler, has been limited in practice with what Herald Belichick-disciple Schalmo cryptically described as an “upper body situation.” Penzenstadler, who caught the game-winning point after touchdown as time expired last year, is officially listed as doubtful. The Herald is otherwise fairly healthy, but Associate Sports Editor Jonah Braun (hangover), City Editor Becky Vevea (mud wrestler’s rash) and News Content Editor Beth Mueller (carrot addiction) are all probable. Business Manager Justin Dahnert (paper cut) will play.Just a year ago, the Herald stunned the Cardinal with a last-minute touchdown drive to steal a come-from-behind win in a thrilling 35-34 shootout. Orchestrating the drive was then-Sports Editor Ben Voelkel, who will be back behind center for a second game.Voelkel, now a sports columnist, is excited for the challenge.“We’ve got a good team; we’re just hoping to go 1-0 and give this campus some winning Badgers,” Voelkel said.Voelkel will have plenty of weapons to throw to, highlighted by Sports Content Editor Derek Zetlin and Deputy Design Director Lee Dix.On defense for the BH, Ken “Papa Bear” Harris will pressure the quarterback into poor throws, as the ball flies into the waiting arms of Herald defensive backs.“We’ve just got more skills, plain and simple,” a bare, hairy-chested Harris said between drags of his Marlboro and pulls of Jack. “We’re too much man for them to handle. The Dirty Bird doesn’t stand a chance.”Multiple attempts to reach Daily Cardinal Editor in Chief Alex Morrell for comment this week went unanswered. Apparently he was having just as hard a time as his readers trying to decipher sports editor Crystal Crowns’ latest attempt at a column.Cardinal Page Two columnist Ashley Spencer was more than happy to offer her two cents on the game.“Like, OMG. Did I tell you I lost my big toe? For reals! So my friends and I, there’s this boy, and he is suuuuuuuper cuute! Like if Seth Cohen and the Bachelor had a boy, this guy would be cuter than that! LOL, that’s not actually possible.“What’s football? Oh, yeah, the guys with the tight pants and cute butts!”If Spencer’s focused intensity is any sign, the Herald should have no problem winning its second game in a row.last_img read more

Braun: Burress’ jail time unusually harsh

first_imgWhile New York fans were drooling over Eli Manning and the New York Giants yesterday after their 24-0 win over Tampa Bay, I couldn’t help but think of the former NFL wide receiver Plaxico Burress sitting in his jail cell.I mean, I’m not one to fret over a multimillion dollar star who illegally carried firearms and accidentally shot himself in the leg. How the whole situation continues to linger on in my mind — and many NFL fans’ minds — attests to the fact of how big of a deal him going to jail actually is.Now, again, I will admit Burress wasn’t right in carrying around his gun, and shooting himself with it probably wasn’t the smartest thing he could have done. Hiding it and not cooperating with the investigation gave him an even worse rep as the inquiry took place.What bothers me is not the fact Manning had to throw the ball to a receiver other than Burress (Travis Beckum even caught a couple passes), but simply that Burress’ star treatment was a little different than most athletes receive.That’s not to say I’m pro Dont? Stallworth getting away with murder (well, DUI manslaughter). In fact, if I had it my way, everyone would be treated like Burress was by the New York District Attorney Robert Morgenthau.“We’ve always taken the position that he’s going to have to go to jail, whether by trial or by plea,” Morgenthau told the New York Post during the trial.Obviously, in a normal Joe Shmoe case, Morgenthau’s statement would have probably been legitimate.However, in such a high profile case, putting a huge target on Burress separates him from the rest of the legal justice system. Seriously, what can set apart an athlete from any random case more than a DA calling for a more severe sentence than what most would get for the crime?Stallworth, though committing a crime that could be viewed as far more severe, was given the star treatment on the opposite side of the spectrum, reaching a financial settlement with the victim’s family and serving a 30-day jail sentence.Similarly, while Michael Vick served two years in prison, the fact that he’s actually playing in the NFL right now is absolutely ridiculous. His embarrassment to the Atlanta Falcons organization, all his fans, and the utter morose nature of his dog fighting ring has no place in any football organization.And now people are welcoming him and his mediocre quarterback numbers with open arms.Although I might sound pretty harsh on these athletes, my point is a simple one: Legal justice does not correlate with moral recovery. Just because Vick spent two years in prison doesn’t mean he learned his lesson, and just because Stallworth cooperated with authorities doesn’t mean he should be forgiven.Think about it: What’s a worse mistake? Hiding your gun from the police to avoid an arrest, or killing and torturing dozens of dogs to make money?I think everyone knows the answer to that question. Burress was targeted because of an actual mistake, while Vick, though he claims to be rehabilitated from his dog fighting “illness” is now on the Philadelphia Eagles’ active roster.What if this happened in baseball? Already, MLB players are ridiculed for their steroid use, as they should be. But, their choice to cheat is often viewed upon as a disgrace to not only the game itself, but to the entire country and its baseball fans.There’s a reason why nobody will welcome back Barry Bonds. It’s obvious he took steroids, and he’s also a moron when it comes to dealing with media. I’m a Bonds hater just like almost everyone else, but I won’t say he doesn’t deserve to play baseball. I mean, if Vick is suiting up, Barroid gets a pass in my book.But nevertheless, we continue to be hypocritical about football players’ actions, saying they “made mistakes” and deserve a second chance. I’m tired of that response, and I think most sports fans should be as well.Burress obviously made a mistake he wishes he could take back. He probably could have avoided most of the jail time he’s now receiving if he had cooperated with police, and he probably knows it too. But he, like every athlete, shouldn’t expect to receive special treatment when it comes to legal justice.Stallworth and Vick both took advantage of a system that gives extra legroom to athletes who cooperate with investigations. Burress didn’t, and therein lies the problem. Burress is being punished for a crime far less severe than both Stallworth’s and Vick’s.While Burress is contemplating his mistakes in a jail cell, Stallworth (though not currently playing) and Vick found a way out of a much deeper mess. Maybe before pointing the finger at the Giants’ receiver, we should start looking at the way we view athletes’ actions, and realize that a lot of the time, things aren’t always what they seem.Jonah is a junior majoring in journalism and Hebrew and Semitic studies. Think people’s perception of athlete’s is perfectly fine? Is the legal justice fair to high profile players? Send your thoughts to read more

Nicky Galasso finally performs at full strength for Syracuse after battling injuries for 3 straight years

first_imgNicky Galasso needed out of North Carolina.He was as talented as any college lacrosse player from the moment he took the field as a freshman. He won Atlantic Coast Conference freshman of the year and broke the Tar Heels’ freshman records for single-season points and assists.But the historical start to Galasso’s career was derailed by a broken fifth metatarsal in his foot going into his sophomore year. UNC was forced to try and replace his production, and Galasso quickly felt “pushed away” by a younger core of players.“You have to do what’s best for the team,” Galasso said of his reduced role. “If I’m not performing the right way, then I guess that’s what happens.”Galasso transferred to Syracuse as a junior before the 2013 season and was sidelined for all of it after breaking his other fifth metatarsal before the season. He then broke the hamate bone in his right hand and was forced to use a specially designed glove that threw off his shot.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNow entering his third season with the Orange, the injury hurdles have been leapt over. The fifth-year senior is finally healthy and has become a premier offensive threat for No. 1 Syracuse (7-0, 2-0 ACC). Though he played attack for almost his entire life, the senior midfielder has found his niche this season for SU and operates essentially as its fourth attack.Just seven games in, he’s already equaled his 13 goals from a year ago and has the highest shooting percentage on the team among starters. SU head coach John Desko understands the trepidation Galasso could have this season given his injury history, but he’s seen the senior play as freely as he ever has.“You’re coming off surgery in the summer time and wondering about your feet,” Desko said. “Now I think he hasn’t had to worry about that for a year or so, and he’s been able to play with it and run hard.”An elite player from his youngest days as a lacrosse player, expectations were always lofty. From becoming the first eighth-grader to play on the West Islip (New York) varsity team, being the No. 1 high school lacrosse recruit in the country, to now starting at midfield for the top-ranked college team in the country.Galasso hadn’t reached a level of lacrosse where he didn’t excel. But it was his injuries and months of rehab following his freshman season that forced him into unchartered territory.For the first time, there was a precedent he could not meet.“I think everybody expected a first-year, first-team All-American in college,” said Sal Galasso, his oldest of four brothers. “And even just getting second team was just like, ‘Really?’“I think he mentally just pushed through and had times where he doubted if he’d ever be able to play again.”Learning right before his first season at SU that he’d have to endure the same rehab process all over again, Galasso broke down in the trainer’s office.He spent the next four to five months on a hand bike in the training room repeating the routine from the year before — alternating riding forward for a minute, back for the next, for 20 minutes.Galasso spent practices on the sidelines and became accustomed to Syracuse’s offensive schemes just by watching and visiting with the coaches.A preseason conversation last year with SU assistant coach Kevin Donahue changed Galasso’s perception of who he can be on the field, and Donahue’s hopes have come to fruition this season as the Orange is off to a perfect start.Donahue told Galasso that he’s one of the best ball-handlers for Syracuse, and it was hurting the team to have him on the sidelines as a fourth-attack substitution with the starting trio of Kevin Rice, Randy Staats and Dylan Donahue rarely subbing out.The answer was a transition to midfield, meaning “two-step Nicky” — an old nickname from his brothers for cherry-picking goals as an attack while taking just two steps and shooting — would have to prove himself as a mobile player.“I just accepted it for what it was,” Galasso said. “I missed so much lacrosse the last three years because of injuries, there’s nothing that I won’t do to make the team better.”Over the years, Sal Galasso has seen most of his younger brother’s points come in transition as an attack. Galasso doesn’t see many transition chances now as a midfielder, and he’s had to learn how to succeed as a six-on-six, man-to-man player.Despite the resilience Galasso has shown in overcoming injuries and slotting into a new position, Sal Galasso thinks his brother is still trying to verify to himself that he can be the elite player he was before.“I’m sure any person would start to say, ‘Wow, how good am I still?’” Sal Galasso said. “And I think he’s got something to prove to himself.”In a 5-5 game against Johns Hopkins on March 14, Galasso dodged from behind the Blue Jays’ net. He sprinted in four steps before coming to a stop.He faked hard on his surgically-repaired left foot before going to his surgically-repaired right foot, as JHU defender Phil Castronova fell on the back of the net and Galasso coasted around to fire in the go-ahead goal.Galasso has no injuries to hide or young crop of players to worry about taking his spot, and his play this season reflects it.“I have more confidence now,” Galasso said. “I have the energy and especially with it being my last year and my last chance to get the national championship, a little injury or a nagging injury is going to be the last thing I worry about.” Comments Published on March 24, 2015 at 12:20 am Contact Connor: | @connorgrossman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Trojans close season at UCLA

first_imgFollow Darian on Twitter @dariannourian24 No. 2 USC travels to Westwood on Thursday to take on crosstown rival UCLA, in what will be the team’s last regular season game of the year and a crucial Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matchup heading into the conference tournament.Too little · Senior utility man Mace Rapsey scored a team-high four goals against Stanford in USC’s 17-16 overtime loss to the Cardinal. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe Trojans (23-3, 5-2 MPSF) will be matching up with the No. 3-ranked Bruins (26-2, 6-1 MPSF) for the third time this year. This game, however, is of utmost importance because of MPSF tournament seeding implications.The Trojans currently trail their rivals by one game in the MPSF standings and a win against the Bruins would allow them to clinch at least the No. 3 seed of the conference tournament. In order for the Trojans to achieve a higher seed, Pacific or Stanford would have to lose their final matches this weekend.The Trojans have gotten the best of the Bruins in four of their last five matchups, but each of those games has been extremely close.The last time the teams had a match decided by more than one goal was when USC defeated UCLA 7-4 in the 2011 national title game.In their last epic clash, USC defeated the Bruins when junior driver Kostas Genidounias netted a goal to allow the Trojans to prevail 12-11 in overtime. At the time, the Bruins were the top-ranked team in the country after beating USC 9-8 earlier in the season to snap the Trojans’ 41-game winning streak.“We’ve played them twice already this season,” redshirt junior driver Zach Lucas said. “We know what they have, we know what their strengths are so we are just going to have to focus on that.”With so many recent losses to USC, UCLA will be especially motivated to clinch the season series at their home pool.“They’re definitely going to be after us,” senior two-meter Jeremy Davie said. “It’s going to be their senior day at home and they’re going to be going all out, so we are just going to have to match their intensity.”Last week, the Trojans split a pair of matches at home, losing to No. 4 Stanford on the team’s senior day 17-16 in overtime before bouncing back to defeat the No. 8 Long Beach State 10-8. USC had previously defeated both squads at neutral sites earlier this season.The team’s loss to the Cardinal was a heartbreaker, as Stanford struck at the final buzzer to prevail over the Trojans. USC is determined to prevent any more last-second defensive breakdowns.“We have to focus a lot more, improve on our defense and helping each other out,” Lucas said.The Bruins played the Cardinal twice this season, defeating them 10-5 at the SoCal tournament but losing 8-6 in MPSF play.UCLA is led by junior Paul Reynolds, who leads the team with 40 goals on the year. They have five total players who have 30 or more goals. Redshirt freshman Garrett Danner has made 217 total saves in goal in his 25 starts.The showdown in the pool is set to start at 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcasted nationally on ESPNU.last_img read more

No kits, no money. But officials resist All Africa Games withdrawal

first_imgShould Ghana just withdraw from the upcoming All Africa Games?  With 36 days to go to the start, team Ghana still does not have kits for their respective disciplines.This anomaly is another in a long line contributing to what has been a shambolic preparation by the country. But one man believes despite the challenges, athletes must still be encouraged to do their best.“For the sake of the participants who have trained for almost a year, the country should give them the opportunity to go and compete.”The President of the Ghana Weightlifting Federation, Ben Nunoo-Mensah has noted that the various sporting federations have come very far with their training regimes and a withdrawal will be severely demoralizing.He argued: “If you have not received money from the ministry for four years and one day you receive a call to go for money from the Sports Authority, I think it is a good start.”Nunoo-Mensah confirms that his federation have been given GhS 6,000 for preps and though it isn’t enough to provide a place for camping, they can only be content.  But he had a warning, too.”Should Ghana do well in any of the disciplines, any credit given should go to the athletes who trained even though there were a lot of challenges.”Real fearsTo this end, the Weightlifting Federation boss has expressed fears that Ghana may suffer a repeat of the Maputo debacle of four years ago. “As at now the kit and monies from the ministry which has not been released made me make that statement,” he told Asempa FM in that same interview.The 2011 Maputo Games were characterized by incompetence at almost every administrative level as the post-events committee set up to investigate the fiasco found. “The committee believes that given the extent of management incompetence, institutionalised corruption and organisational rot that is going on at the National Sports Council, it is only a ‘roots and branches’ shake up of the entire set-up that will rid the organizsation of these ills.”Four years on, an encore looms.According to Nunoo-Mensah, the absence of basic needs Games participants must have like their kits and monies could be a big problem.Even though there’ve been assurances by sports minister Mustapha Ahmed, the contingent smell danger ahead because the days are drawing closer and the Ghana team still are very unprepared. –CLICK TO READ: “All Ghana’s governments have failed sports”CLICK TO READ: “NSA works by the grace of God” – Dep Dir Gen–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

A look at the Patriots’ Super Bowl rings through the years

first_img Super Bowl 51This ring commemorating the Patriots fifth championship comes in at 5.1 carats. It features 283 diamonds and the inscription “greatest comeback ever” to represent New England rallying from a 28-3 second-half deficit to top the Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Houston.  Super Bowl 39The Patriots’ third title came in 2005 in Jacksonville as they held off Donovan McNabb and the Eagles, 24-21. The ring boasts 124 diamonds, including 21 around the team logo to represent New England’s 21-game win streak from 2003-04. Super Bowl 38New England claimed its second championship two years later in a similar fashion. Vinatieri drilled a 41-yard field goal with four seconds left to give the Patriots a 31-29 win over the Panthers in Houston. This ring is adorned with 32 diamonds around the Patriots’ logo, one for each of the 32 NFL teams.  Production on the rings doesn’t begin until after the Super Bowl. The design phase can take up to eight weeks, and then it takes another 4-6 weeks to make the rings.LOVE, HATE & PLENTY OF -GATES The many twists of the Patriots’ dynasty timelineWith five Super Bowl wins, the Patriots have accumulated plenty of jewelry the last 20 years and have a shot to add a sixth against the Rams in Super Bowl 53. Here’s a look at how their rings have changed through the years.Super Bowl 36The Patriots won their first title on a 48-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri as time expired to give New England the 20-17 win over the Rams in 2002. This ring features 42 diamonds, symbolic of the team’s 42nd season. Super Bowl 49Just under 10 years separated New England’s third and fourth championships. The Patriots staved off the Seahawks 28-24 in Glendale, Ariz., thanks to a goal-line interception by Malcolm Butler.Each of these rings cost $36,500 to make and Patriots owner Robert Kraft footed the $5.5 million bill. According to CNN, the NFL contributes $5,000 per ring for 150 rings. The team is on the hook for the rest. Winning the Super Bowl brings fame, glory and rings — something Patriots fans know by now.Awarded to the players, coaches and other members of the winning team, the Super Bowl ring has become an iconic part of the game itself. (Courtesy of Jostens) read more