‘Handbags 4 Hope’ this weekend in Batesville

first_imgBatesville, In. — Tickets for the Handbags 4 Hope fundraiser for Safe Passage are limited, but there are still some available. The 6th annual event is Saturday, August 11 at Batesville Middle School.The event features a new and gently used purse auction, salad luncheon and a local domestic violence speaker, Dave Strouse, principal of the Batesville Middle School.Over 70 purses will be available, including brand names such as Michael Kors, Vera Bradley, Coach, Kate Spade, Dooney and Burke and Brahmin. New this year is a raffle table. Five dollar raffle tickets will be sold for the chance to win one of the 15 purses on the gently used display table.Doors open at 9:30 and the program runs until noon. The $8 tickets may be obtained before the event or a table of 6 reserved by contacting Safe Passage at 812 933 1990 or go online at www.safepassageinc.org  Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Safe Passage also welcomes guests to bring a salad to share, but it is not required.The members of the Community Church/Batesville are providing many volunteer hours to make the event possible.last_img read more

Costa Rica top Suriname, advance in CONCACAF Under-17 football

first_imgCOSTA Rica (2W-0D-0L, 6 points) became the first team to book a place in the Classification Stage of the 2017 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship with a 3-0 win over Suriname (0-1-1, 1) on Tuesday at the Estadio Maracana.Thanks to the result, the Ticos reclaimed first place in Group B by leapfrogging Cuba (1-1-0, 4), a 2-1 winner over Canada (0-0-2, 0) earlier in the day, and can finish no worse than second. The top two teams from each of the three groups advance.Julen Cordero gave Costa Rica a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute, when he ran onto Christian Muñoz’s perfectly played through ball and slotted past goalkeeper Fhabrisio Saling from nine yards out.In the 64th minute, Josue Abarca doubled the advantage with a hustle play. The Costa Ricans through numbers go forward as an overwhelmed Suriname defence struggled to clear.Andres Gomez got possession and crossed from near the right-end line. Saling got his fingers on the ball, but Abarca swooped in to finish from close range.Walter Cortes missed a penalty kick in the 73rd minute, but Costa Rica made it 3-0 seven minutes later through Justin Montero, who slammed home from three yards out.Tomorrow, Costa Rica return to action against Cuba in a top-of-the table clash, while now-eliminated Canada will face Suriname. (Sportsmax)last_img read more

Tough test: Stout Rutgers defense poses challenge for Syracuse

first_imgTwo weeks ago, Lewellyn Coker was a second-string linebacker whose principal game experience came on special teams. One week ago, Coker was an unsung hero as a smash-mouth fullback in Syracuse’s 14-13 win over Pittsburgh.This week, Coker is a confidence-oozing hitting machine on an offense that prepares to face the No. 2 rush defense in the country and No. 1 scoring defense in the Big East come Saturday.And with a smirk that broke out into a full-on smile, Coker prodded the beast that is the Rutgers defense.“We’ll see if they’re No. 1,” he said.A bold statement by a player with roughly 14 days of experience at a new position, but it’s one that encapsulates Saturday’s game between Syracuse (2-3, 1-0 Big East) and No. 20 Rutgers (5-0, 2-0 Big East). The Scarlet Knights defense has been nothing short of dominant in holding opponents to 10.8 points per game, and whether or not Coker and Co. can solve the most intricate puzzle put before them so far this season will likely determine which side remains undefeated in conference play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood explained during this week’s Big East coaches teleconference, his defense is an experienced one that benefits from upperclassmen leadership at all three levels on the field. There are two fifth-year seniors along the defensive line, one linebacker and three more in the secondary. Plus a sixth-year senior that doubles as a cornerback and punt returner.“If you’ve got that leadership on the back end of your defense and up front, it’s always a positive,” Syracuse offensive tackle Justin Pugh said of Rutgers’ defense. “Look at our (2010) team; we had a lot of fifth-year seniors. It just adds to that consistency.”And consistency is one thing SU’s offense has lacked through its first five games. Slow starts against Northwestern, Southern California and Stony Brook were offset by explosive second halves in which the up-tempo, spread offense looked unstoppable.But twice the deficit was too big to erase in losses to the Wildcats and the Trojans, while struggles against Stony Brook — even in victory — only cast doubt. Back-to-back poor performances since then against Minnesota (10 points, four turnovers) and Pittsburgh (14 points, one turnover) haven’t helped.Attempting to put together a complete game and find a rhythm against a team tied for second in the nation in interceptions is an uphill battle.“You’re going to have a difficult time if you’re playing a defense like this,” Marrone said during the teleconference. “That, probably, if you look in our past of when we played someone, is probably statistically the best defense we’ve played overall since we’ve been here in the four years that I’ve been here.“Easily.”Yet Flood billed this game as his defense’s most difficult challenge as well. He called SU quarterback Ryan Nassib “the best in the Big East” and labeled the Orange’s receiving corps the best in the league.And though it just made its debut last week against Pittsburgh, the “Tank” package already caught the eye of Flood and his staff, who view stopping the run as their top priority defensively.It sets the stage for what will likely be a battle in the trenches on Saturday, with whoever wins the line of scrimmage — Syracuse’s offense or Rutgers’ defense — having a great chance at coming away with a win.The Scarlet Knights bring a tremendous amount of pressure defensively that Syracuse offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said eliminates many of the short 3- and 4-yard gains. But it also leaves gaps vacant, which presents opportunities that he hopes to exploit when calling plays on Saturday.“Any time that you have a team that pressures, they void a zone,” Hackett said. “If they void a zone and we can expose that zone and find out where it is at that moment, then it can be a big play.”The return of big plays to the offense would be a welcome site for Syracuse, which managed zero plays of more than 25 yards against Pittsburgh last week and only one of more than 19 yards.But as long as the offense can get the ball close, Coker is confident that punching it in won’t be a problem. And he dared Rutgers to try and stop it.“They can try to talk about (the ‘Tank’ package) all day,” Coker said. “I ain’t trying to sound cocky or anything, but you’ve got to stop it. You can say anything you want, but you’ve got to stop it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 11, 2012 at 2:56 am Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more

Volleyball: Badgers bounce back at home against Indiana, Purdue

first_imgWhen asked how to rebound from back-to-back losses against Washington, Dana Rettke responded with the word “defense.” The Badgers backed Rettke’s claim with an impressive defensive performance, leading to wins against Purdue and Indiana over the weekend.The Wisconsin volleyball team (6-4, 2-0 Big Ten) needed that improved defense with the first two sets being decided by a combined five points. In the final set, the Badgers trounced the Purdue Boilermakers (8-3, 0-2) with a 25–15 set win.Rettke may have preached defense to her team, but her efficient offense is what ultimately carried the team to victory — she finished with 12 kills at a .476 hitting percentage and added an ace for good measure.The 6-foot-8 middle blocker also followed through at the defensive end with a game-high five blocks.Volleyball: All-American Rettke remains hungry following summer with Team USAJunior Dana Rettke has been one of the most intimidating forces in college volleyball for over two years now. A Read…Early in the first set, junior setter Sydney Hilley suffered a bloody nose which forced freshman Izzy Ashburn to play early. Ashburn recorded six assists before Hilley returned later in the set.Junior outside hitter Caitlyn Newton led the way for the Boilermakers with 13 kills, but also tallied seven hitting errors against the stout Badger defense.That Badger defense shut down Purdue’s consistent threat Grace Cleveland by holding her to six kills at a .037 hitting percentage.Wisconsin followed up their domination of Purdue with a 3–1 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers (11-4, 0-2).Volleyball: Badgers begin Big Ten play with much to proveLast season, the Wisconsin volleyball team faced consecutive losses just once during their impressive 25-7 campaign. This year, the No. Read…Outside hitter Molly Haggerty terrorized the Hoosier defense with a season-high 20 kills at a .327 hitting percentage. Rettke and junior Grace Loberg combined for 30 kills that night.Wisconsin’s heavy offensive attack combined with their 12 aces from the service line led to some lopsided set wins including a 25–15 fourth set victory.Freshman serving sensation Izzy Ashburn poured on five aces along with multiple lengthy serving runs. Her 0.63 aces per set continue to lead the Big Ten with a sizable lead between Ashburn and the second-highest mark.The Badgers thwarted Indiana sophomore Breana Edwards, limiting the Hoosiers’ top hitter to just six kills on 39 swings. Redshirt senior Kendall Beerman was the only Hoosier to reach double-digit kills with 11.Volleyball: Badgers end non-conference schedule with pair of lossesThe No. 9 Wisconsin volleyball team (4-4) is in unfamiliar territory. In a rare home and home against the No. Read…These wins could serve to settle the Badgers’ nerves following some rocky non-conference performances. But the Badgers next two contests are against No. 5 Penn State and No. 2 Nebraska, so they can’t afford to relax quite yet.In fact, when it comes to Big Ten volleyball, you can never afford to relax.last_img read more

Benitez reported to be taking over Magpies

first_imgCurrent boss Steve McLaren took training this morning however he’s said to be meeting the club’s hierarchy at some stage today.Some media outlets are reporting that Benitez has already agreed a 3 year deal.The Spaniard has extensive Premier League experience having previously managed Liverpool and Chelsea.last_img

Modric Ends Messi, Ronaldo Dominance

first_imgFemi Solaja with agency reportCroatia captain and Real Madrid midfielder,Luka Modric, yesterday won the 2018 Ballon d’Or, becoming the first player other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to claim the award in more than a decade.Modric, 33, won his third successive Champions League in May before helping Croatia to a first World Cup final. Former Brazil and AC Milan forward Kaka, in 2007, was the last player other than Messi or Ronaldo to win it.Ronaldo, who joined Real Madrid from Juventus in the summer, came second.Barcelona forward Messi finished fifth, with Atletico Madrid frontman Antoine Griezmann and PSG attacker Kylian Mbappe – both of whom won the World Cup with France – third and fourth respectively.Victory caps a stellar year for Modric, who also was named the world’s top male player at the Best FIFA Football Awards and received the Golden Ball award for the best player at the World Cup.“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” said Modric, who is the first Croatian player to win the award. “It’s a big pleasure to be here among all these players.“I am still trying to realise that I have become part of a group of exceptional players to win the Ballon d’Or throughout history.”“I just want to thank all those who helped me to be here tonight. I thank my teammates, my coaches, the staff and Real Madrid, all those who work there, the coaches and teammates in the national team, the ones who voted for me and my family, who allow me to blossom as a person.“Always have dreams, I wanted to play in a big club, win titles, the Ballon d’Or is all I could dream as a child, it’s an honor to win it tonight.“It’s a great pleasure to be here around his players. I keep thinking I’m trying to get used to being part of this group of exceptional players who have won the Ballon d’Or previously. It’s a great pleasure to be part of this group. It’s hard to say, throughout my career I understood that work, persistence, believing in yourself, is the basis for expressing your talent. I like the phrase: the best is never easy. For me, it was not easy. It was necessary to seize the opportunities.”The midfielder believes changing his role in midfield has been a turning point in his career, saying it all came together while he was at Tottenham.“Changing position allowed me to develop my game, before I was more an offensive player. When I retreated, I had a better vision of the game, I could better express my creativity, my game. In my second year in Tottenham, I played midfielder and I felt better in the middle.”Modric finished ahead of his former Madrid team-mate Ronaldo in the vote, making the Portuguese icon settle for second place for the first time in three years.France star Griezmann took third place in the poll, with fellow World Cup winner Mbappe was close behind. Messi, meanwhile, dropped outside the top two for the first time in 11 years and came in fifth this timeShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Ghana to buy 80MW power from Ivory Coast for football match

first_imgGhana will buy 80 megawatts of power from neighbouring Ivory Coast to ensure Ghanaians can watch the national soccer team’s match against Equatorial Guinea on Thursday, according to the country’s main power supplier.Ghana and Ivory Coast have arrangements to buy each other’s excess supply, Kofi Ellis, director, business development and sales at the Volta River Authority, said by phone in the capital, Accra.Ghana faces hosts Equatorial Guinea in the second semi-final of the African Cup of Nations.The winner will play Ivory Coast in the final on February 8.Ghanaians have been enduring a debilitating power crisis which has seen thousands of homes plunged into darkness for days.The situation has persisted since 2011 and only got worse this year despite repeated promises by the government that the power problems will be solved. Currently, large parts of the country have power for 12 hours and the next 24 hours are left without electricity.The demand for power far outstrips supply and electricity generators like the Volta River Authority are blaming their inability to generate more on the perennial problem of low water level and cuts in gas supplies from Nigeria.Government is in the process of procuring emergency power badges to help manage the situation.Until then, many frustrated Ghanaians will be forced to continue to endure the power rationing.last_img read more

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Confederate Flag question

first_imgShould government entities in the south be allowed to fly the Confederate Flag? Yes No It’s none of my business. View Results Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (13) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -4 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 267 weeks ago Wow. Just, wow. Report Reply 2 replies · active 266 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Home Town Boy · 267 weeks ago Come on Ted we know you have your basement covered with them. Report Reply 1 reply · active 267 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down SuCoPride · 267 weeks ago I have to admit that I was a little surprised by the results as well. I wonder if some vote YES simply because they don’t want to be told what to do. Would the results be different if the questions were “Do you feel it is appropriate for government entities to fly the Confederate Flag?” Report Reply 3 replies · active 267 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Guest · 267 weeks ago I’m no history buff but I can imagine there is more to the historical south than slavery. I think that they do have a right to remember and honor their history. Such as we honor Columbus Day when really it was the day that began centuries-long violent disruption to the Native American way of life. My NO vote is because the confederate flag is a historical flag. Only current flags should be flown at government buildings. Report Reply 0 replies · active 267 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 267 weeks ago http://m.snopes.com/2015/06/28/confederate-flag-h… Educate yourself. This coming from the somewhat left leaning “snopes”. Report Reply 0 replies · active 267 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Larry · 267 weeks ago Thank you JustMe, it explains a lot and just how wrong people can be when it comes to this flag. Very good information Report Reply 0 replies · active 267 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Ted logan · 266 weeks ago The story behind the flag is interesting, but just for fun, do a GIS for “kkk flag”. Report Reply 0 replies · active 266 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments  Loading …Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

“Without Serena or Sharapova women’s tennis would be unfeasible”

first_imgNevertheless, his statements rose in tone after saying that girls’s tennis would be unfeasible if it didn’t have large stars. “Males’s tennis is the boss. It has elevated its revenue and a spotlight for a very long time. Nevertheless, girls’s tennis is tougher to market and promote, and nearly unimaginable if there are not any large stars. With out sports activities or media stars like Sharapova or Serena, girls’s tennis is unfeasible “Safin stated.Youzhny additionally endorsed Safin’s opinion and warranted that he doesn’t know the highest 10 gamers within the classification regardless of persevering with on the circuit as Denis Shapovalov’s coach. “I would not be in a position to title the highest 10 within the WTA rating and that I always see girls’s matches.” Marat Safin has starred in some fairly controversial statements in regards to the proposal to unite the ATP and WTA circuits underneath a single establishment that Roger Federer proposed and that has the assist of different excellent gamers reminiscent of Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic.In an Instagram Reside that he made along with the ex-tennis participant Mikhail Youzhny, Safin was in favor of this union. “It looks like a good suggestion to me, union would deliver many advantages to our sport. It would be higher commercialized, it would be extra engaging to sponsors and it would assist girls’s tennis. “last_img read more