September 23

Two Southeastern communities awarded waste water grants

first_imgStatewide — Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced 24 rural Hoosier communities will receive more than $15.3 million in federal grant funding to improve water infrastructure. The State of Indiana distributes Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to rural communities, which assist units of local government with various community projects such as infrastructure improvement, downtown revitalization, public facilities, and economic development.The second round of the 2020 CDBG program begins on August 24, 2020, with proposals due on September 24 and final applications due November 20. Additionally, the suspension of the Blight Clearance Program, Main Street Revitalization Program, and Public Facilities Program will continue. Therefore, only Wastewater/Drinking Water and Stormwater Improvement Program applications will be accepted for round two.Two communities in the Southeastern Indiana region that were awarded grants include:Ripley County is awarded $550,000 for water and sewer improvements. This project will install a chlorine disinfection system at the wastewater treatment plant, install an updated contact tank, and construct a chemical building to house the feed pumps and storage tanks. Additionally, plant electrical improvements will be installed to include lagoon alarms and upgrading the plant’s electrical system to accommodate chlorine disinfection.The Town of Vevay is awarded $700,000 for water and sewer improvements. This project will rehabilitate the lift stations at the high school, the library, and Ohio Street, as well as upgrade the wastewater treatment plant. The goals of the Wastewater/Drinking Water Program are to protect the health and environment, reduce utility rates for low-to-moderate income communities, and improve rural infrastructure to enable long-term economic growth. Eligible Wastewater/Drinking Water Program projects include many aspects of wastewater improvements and drinking water system improvements.last_img read more

September 21

Big chance for Scintillula

first_imgJim Bolger will surely leave Leopardstown disappointed if Scintillula is unable to convert a golden opportunity in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden on Monday. She finished off her juvenile year with a creditable effort in the Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket and with a three-figure rating, this full-sister to the smart Cuis Ghaire should get off the mark. The Aidan O’Brien-trained Indian Chief is likely to be similarly well fancied in the opening Bulmers Live At Leopardstown Summer Racedays 2013 Maiden. Although beaten into second when an odds-on favourite for a Navan maiden last October, in hindsight that was an excellent effort. The two-and-a-quarter-length winner, Bolger’s Loch Garman, went on to claim Group One glory in France’s Criterium International the following month and Indian Chief will surely be difficult to beat on his return. The potential fly in the ointment is Bolger’s Tonabrocky, who ran a couple of sound races in defeat last year behind high-class colts in Zand and Foundry. It could turn into an excellent afternoon for the Coolcullen handler, with his Cork scorer Aurifodina the one to be with in the Student Betting Voucher Handicap. Patrick Prendergast turns Tantalising out just over a week after his Curragh win for the Spin 1038 Rated Race, while Dermot Weld’s Stuccodor has a good opportunity to register his fourth successive triumph in the Ross Nugent Foundation Handicap. Press Associationcenter_img The daughter of Galileo was far too green to do herself justice on her racecourse debut at the Curragh last August, finishing down the field in seventh. Despite that apparent no-show, Bolger had enough confidence in his youngster to throw her in at the deep end in the Moyglare Stud Stakes, faith that was rewarded as she ran a superb race to fill the runner-up spot behind Sky Lantern. last_img read more

September 21

Ulloa secures points for Leicester

first_imgLeonardo Ulloa gave Leicester their first Barclays Premier League victory for 10 years at Stoke. Press Association Two minutes later Crouch was yellow-carded for a lunging foul on David Nugent seconds after the striker was denied his own free-kick. Crouch responded in the right manner, though, and almost added another to his collection of spectacular goals with an acrobatic volley from Glenn Whelan’s cross that flew just over the bar. The former England man was in the mood and had Hamer scrambling in the 38th minute with a shot that just missed the far post. Leicester had been outplayed in the first half, even if the score did not reflect that, and boss Nigel Pearson made two changes for the second half. Esteban Cambiasso, who last season made 32 appearances for Inter Milan, replaced King while Danny Drinkwater came on for Riyad Mahrez. Cambiasso and Bojan found themselves on opposite sides again having met twice in Milan derbies in the 2012/13 Serie A season. Bojan had been neat and tidy without making too much impact, but he showed good feet in the 52nd minute to create a shooting opportunity, only to direct his effort straight at Hamer. Cambiasso’s presence certainly seemed to help Leicester take more control of the game, and they got their reward in the 64th minute. Ulloa and Drinkwater combined to tee up Paul Konchesky on the left, whose cross was guided home by the Argentinian striker. It was a decent finish from Ulloa, who had to pull the ball back from behind him. Stoke responded immediately and Bojan appealed after appearing to be tripped from behind right on the edge of the area, but referee Michael Oliver waved play on. The Potters continued to create plenty of half-chances but the ball just would not fall for them, while Leicester defended manfully. Diouf made his entrance in the 74th minute in place of Bojan while Jamie Vardy replaced Schlupp. Stoke were beginning to leave gaps at the back and, after Drinkwater was denied by a combination of Begovic and two defenders, Dean Hammond saw his fierce effort fly just past the post. Oussama Assiaid made his second Stoke debut on loan from Liverpool with eight minutes remaining but the Potters could not find a leveller. Hamer came to his side’s rescue in the 90th minute with crucial saves first from Diouf and then Moses. The Foxes had made an encouraging start to life back in the top flight with draws against Everton and Arsenal, and record signing Ulloa’s third of the season in the 64th minute earned them a 1-0 win at the Britannia Stadium. Stoke bossed the first half but were left to rue the lack of a cutting edge, while debutant goalkeeper Ben Hamer denied them a point with two great saves late on. Hamer was making his Premier League bow after Kasper Schmeichel suffered a knee injury on international duty, bringing to an end the Dane’s run of 141 consecutive league starts. Stoke’s match-winner against Manchester City, Mame Biram Diouf, was on the bench after his lengthy international trip with Senegal, so Bojan Krkic came into the starting line-up. The game had barely got started when there was a lengthy stoppage after Ryan Shawcross and Jeff Schlupp accidentally clashed heads. The Stoke skipper came off worse, sustaining a cut above his right eye, but he played on with a bandage wrapped around his forehead. After a quiet opening, the hosts began to exert more pressure on Hamer’s goal, with Steven Nzonzi the first to try his luck, but the midfielder’s impressive run was not matched by his finish. Probably the best chance of the half fell to Peter Crouch in the 18th minute, when he was picked out by Victor Moses from a corner but headed wide from eight yards. Hamer was handling most things well, although the 26-year-old summer signing from Charlton was slightly fortunate to get away with fumbling a Jonathan Walters cross. Leicester did not manage their first meaningful effort until the 27th minute, when Andy King let fly from 20 yards. Asmir Begovic dived but the ball was always going wide of the far post. last_img read more

September 18

The Latest: Badminton aiming to restart in mid-August

first_imgThe world tour would resume at the Taipei Open from Sept. 1-6 in an updated calendar released by the Badminton World Federation.The Thomas & Uber Cup Finals in Denmark are confirmed on the new dates of Oct. 3-11 and the World Tour Finals have been pushed back a week to Dec. 16-20.The season-ending Finals in Guangzhou is one of five tournaments in China at the end of the year. That is not including the Hong Kong Open in November.The Asia championships scheduled for April in Wuhan have been canceled and the European championships remain without a new date after being suspended since April.The BWF says it is still working on how to unfreeze the rankings and make necessary changes to Olympic qualifying. His foundation donated 2,300 masks and hundreds of meals to front-line workers in Washington and in his home state of North Carolina in April.___Novak Djokovic is planning to set up a series of tennis tournaments in the Balkan region while the sport is suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic.The top-ranked player’s media team says the Adria Tour will start in Belgrade on June 13 and end on July 5 with Djokovic’s exhibition match against Bosnian player Damir Dzumhur in Sarajevo. The other events are scheduled for the Croatian Adriatic resort of Zadar, Montenegro and Banja Luka in northern Bosnia.Djokovic will play in all of the round robin tournaments. The other participants are to include Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov. May 22, 2020 Associated Press Organizers left open the possibility that the “humanitarian” tour could be played in front of spectators.No professional tennis tournaments have been played since March. The French Open has been postponed and Wimbledon has been canceled because of the coronavirus.___More AP sports: and ___Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is starting the “202 Assist” program to help with paying rent for people in the nation’s capital affected by the coronavirus pandemic.The John Wall Family Foundation set a goal of raising $300,000 over the next month.The program is named for Washington’s area code and will work with the city to find those in need and disperse funds.Wall is a five-time NBA All-Star who was drafted No. 1 overall by the Wizards in the 2010 draft. He sat out all of the 2019-20 season after tearing his left Achilles tendon. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Badminton is aiming to begin its revamped schedule in mid-August at the Hyderabad Open in India. The Latest: Badminton aiming to restart in mid-Augustlast_img read more

September 17

F-M hockey stopped in sectional semis by West Genesee again

first_img Tags: F-Mice hockey It was by that same 2-1 margin that WG had defeated the Hornets in their lone regular-season encounter, but that was on Dec. 10, and both teams had changed and improved plenty in the 2 1/2 months since.From the opening face-off, F-M’s intent was clear – be physical every time it had the puck and plenty of times it did not. and use its speed to generate opportunities, which did lead to some early chances that the Wildcats turned back.But when the Hornets took its first penalty of the game, WG immediately capitalized, taking a 1-0 lead 5:32 into the first period as Jeremy Keyes skated around with the puck and, from the point, fired it past Konrad Walberger. Everyone on the Fayetteville-Manlius ice hockey team was convinced that this Section III Division I semifinal game against West Genesee would prove different than the one it lost to this same team, in this same round, 12 months ago.But the reality of what took place Wednesday night at Shove Park did not match the Hornets’ dreams as a couple of ill-timed mistakes and the fine all-around game of the Wildcats led to a 4-1 defeat.There was every reason for F-M to be more confident about this particular semifinal game. It had won nine of its previous 10 games, including a tough 2-1 decision over Rome Free Academy in the Feb. 20 sectional quarterfinal at Cicero Twin Rinks.center_img They remained 1-0 for a while, F-M only getting one man advantage and unable to do much with it, even as it killed off a pair of Wildcats power plays.But when F-M turned it over midway through the second period deep in its own end, Keyes scored again to make it 2-0, a goal the Hornets answered 79 seconds later as John Manzi tipped in a shot from the point, with assists going to Ben Hammond and Will Duncanson.Late in the period, the Wildcats attacked again, and a shot that Walberger was unable to hold on to got put home by Liam Sexton, so F-M found itself trailing 3-1 going into the third.Any hopes of a Hornets comeback got shut down by WG’s defense, who limited the visitors to just three shots in those final 15 minutes, even when F-M had a pair of power plays. Keyes would complete his hat trick by earning an empty-net goal with 1:26 left.As the Wildcats advanced to a sectional rematch against defending state champion Syracuse, F-M completed a 14-7-1 season. A fine senior class, led by Duncanson, Hammond, Josh Kuchinski, Mike Hockenberger and Colin Debejian, departs, with Walberger, Jackson Denton and Spencer Sasenbury among the returnees for 2020-21.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

September 17

The Galen Center has had its moments

first_imgThough fewer than 5,000 fans were on hand to see it, USC’s biggest win in the past three years came on Feb. 27, 2013, when the Trojans took down then-No. 11 Arizona.USC never trailed in the second half and shot a scintillating 61.1 percent from the field. It was the program’s lone home victory over a ranked team in the last three years. For those who were there to storm the court in celebration of last year’s upset, that night ranks among the most memorable basketball moments. Saturday marked the final home game of the 2013-14 season for the USC men’s basketball team, and with it the final home game I (and every other soon-to-be-graduate) will ever attend as a student.I must say, it’s been quite a ride.This is my third and final year at USC (I transferred in after one year at Arizona State), and over the past three seasons I have borne witness to some truly frustrating basketball.In the three years since USC’s last NCAA Tournament appearance, the Trojans have racked up a 22-27 home record, going 8-19 against Pac-12 foes, including three losses to rival UCLA by an average margin of 15 points.Three different head coaches have graced the sidelines, though none kept the Trojans relevant late into the season. The latest date USC has held a winning record in three years was Jan. 26 of this year, when a 79-71 overtime loss to Stanford dropped the team’s record to 10-10 and served as the first of 10 consecutive losses, a streak that is still going strong.Within the team’s current skid is the longest home losing streak at six games. USC’s average home attendance in the past three seasons is 4,189 people per game. Of the 49 home games in the last three seasons, only eight have filled the Galen Center to above 50 percent capacity.Now that all of that is out of the way, let’s stop dwelling on the program’s many low points and try to focus on the positives (a tall task, to be sure, but it can be done). Here’s a look at the top five men’s basketball/Galen Center moments of the past three seasons.5. Salute to a LegendOn Jan. 15, 2012, USC retired the jersey of its all-time leading scorer, Harold Miner. In his prolific three-year college career, Miner averaged more than 23 points per game and finished with 2,048 total points, both school records. Miner’s junior season, in which he averaged a single-season school record of 26.3 points per game, earned him the honor of being named Sports Illustrated magazine’s college basketball player of the year, beating out stars such as Duke’s Christian Laettner, LSU’s Shaquille O’Neal and Georgetown’s Alonzo Mourning.Despite this being such a momentous occasion for Miner, there was little to cheer about on this night, as USC lost to UCLA 66-47. Still, it was a meaningful gesture for the greatest player in program history.4. Top of the StandingsOn its surface, USC’s 71-69 win over Stanford on Jan. 3, 2013 doesn’t seem like a big deal. The team won a close game against a respectable program thanks to clutch plays down the stretch. But this victory would mark the only time in the past three seasons that the Trojans were undefeated in Pac-12 play. This also served as USC’s last home win under former head coach Kevin O’Neill, who  Athletic Director Pat Haden fired 11 days later.3. The First Step is the HardestIt took him six chances, but current head coach Andy Enfield finally notched his first Pac-12 victory on Jan. 22, 2014 with a 77-69 win over Cal, which was unbeaten in conference play at the time. The Trojans never trailed throughout the night and saw a stellar performance from freshman forward Nikola Jovanovic, who flashed the promise of becoming a consistent offensive threat for Enfield moving forward.Enfield has yet to reach his second win, but in a game that also saw key contributions from guards Byron Wesley and Julian Jacobs, the signs of hope for the future were on display.2. End on a High NoteIn the final home game of the 2012-13 season, USC held off a late ASU rally to seal a 57-56 victory. This game marked the last Galen Center appearance for several seniors, most notably point guard Jio Fontan.Fontan transferred to USC in January of 2010 and was integral in leading the Trojans to the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Fontan missed all of the 2011-12 season after tearing his ACL and had to watch from the bench as the team amassed a 6-26 record. He returned the next season and played in all 32 games, in which he served as a model team captain and beloved fan favorite.This game also proved to be former interim head coach Bob Cantu’s last victory. USC went 7-8 under Cantu’s lead, and after losing to Utah in the first round of the 2013 Pac-12 Tournament, Haden named Enfield as Cantu’s replacement three weeks later. 1. Court Storming I’ll be honest: Coming up with five joyful moments from home basketball games in the last three years was not that easy. There were plenty of blowout losses and comebacks that fell just short to sort through to find these five gems. But many of my fondest memories of my college experience took place at the Galen Center, even in watching the Trojans fight on in a losing effort. It might not have always been pretty, and at times it was downright painful, but I think there’s something to be gained from staying loyal to your team, even in defeat.Besides, patience is one of the best life lessons you can learn in college, and it’s safe to say that I gained plenty of that during my nights spent watching this hard-luck team. Nick Selbe is a senior majoring in communication. His column, “Inside the 20s,” runs Tuesdays. To comment on this story, visit or email Nick at read more

September 17

Trojans use Arizona State loss as motivation

first_imgThe Trojans are moving on from their latest defeat and have shifted their focus toward Saturday’s matchup with the undefeated Arizona Wildcats. A win against the Pac-12 foe would earn the team sole possession of first place in the south division.Seymour wins · Junior defensive back Kevon Seymour and the Trojan defense are aiming to put a last-second lapse against ASU behind them. Seymour has 18 total tackles this season, second on the team at his position. – Benjamin Dunn | Daily Trojan24-Hour Rule“After those 24 hours, get over it and move on,” sophomore linebacker Su’a Cravens said. “I was over it before the night was over. It is what it is and on to the next team.”Cravens’ mindset was shared among all of the players who are now focused on improving their game in preparation for a formidable opponent. Though Arizona has the capability to explode on offense, the Trojans are approaching the week as they would every week: just another game.“We’re going to remember [the loss] but we’re using it as motivation,” junior cornerback Kevon Seymour said. “You live and you learn.”With a play as devastating as the Hail Mary that beat the Trojans on Saturday, it is easy to see how that could affect their preparation going forward, but most players are using it as motivation.“You have to grow from it and make sure it doesn’t happen again,” senior linebacker Hayes Pullard said. “It’s something to learn from.”Defending WilcoxThere has been a lot of scrutiny from pundits and Trojan fans aimed toward defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox. Though his play-calling ability and game management have been targeted, his players have been quick to defend their coach, saying that it is their responsibility to make an impact on the field.“As players, we just have to go up and make that play,” Seymour said. “It’s not [Wilcox]’s fault. The defense is out there on the field, we have to make it right, it’s not the coaches’ fault.”Pullard is another player who has seen a lot of attention due to his involvement in the last play of the game against Arizona State. He has recognized his mistake and will use it to learn and to get better for the rest of the season.“I just saw the ball in the air, I made a mistake on not just jumping and going after it and getting it like what I’m supposed to be doing,” Pullard said. “Everyone has that play, you just don’t think it out.”Pullard seemed poised and confident when talking about his miscue, and he is focused on continuing to lead the team and bounce back.Finding an identity Due to a few big scoring plays last week, questions have been asked about the team’s defensive identity and many have wondered if defensive lapses will be a common occurrence for the rest of the year. Head coach Steve Sarkisian quickly praised his defensive players, both in their effort and their ability.“It’s unfortunate that the game ended the way it did the other night because we played really good defense against a really good offense for three and a half quarters,” Sarkisian said. “For whatever reason, we give up a 98-yard drive, we give up a 73-yard touchdown pass and then we give up a Hail Mary in three series in a row and that’s where the focus is. But I think we’re doing good things. I think we’re improving and I think we’ll continue to improve.”Sarkisian also provided praise for his defensive coordinator, whom he continues to stand behind amid all of the scrutiny.“I think he’s doing a really good job,” Sarkisian said. “Justin [Wilcox] is a very good coach and we’re lucky to have him.”Sarkisian made sure to mention that he appreciated the effort of his entire team, not just his defense, following a tough loss.“I loved what these guys brought today,” Sarkisian said. “They’re going to be challenged [against Arizona]. But we’re plenty capable.”last_img read more

September 16

USC will rebound from this disaster

first_imgThe USC football team must have thought Labor Day was Saturday. With the exception of a very solid first quarter, in which they somehow emerged with a 3-point lead, the Trojans essentially took the rest of the day off. When it was all said and done against the defending national champions in the most highly anticipated season opener in recent memory, USC left Dallas with nothing but a huge slice of humble pie — not even a touchdown scored or a minor moral victory included.At this point in the week, even after digesting the numbers “52-6” for a couple days, there still isn’t anything worth discussing about the Alabama game. It was awful. The Trojans looked terrible. I certainly didn’t go into the game with that much confidence, but this result was worse than anyone could have guessed. Clay Helton could not have failed his first test as the new permanent head coach more epically. In Clancy Pendergast’s first game back as the defensive coordinator, the Trojan defense put up its worst showing since Pendergast’s 2013 unit surrendered 62 points to Arizona State.That 62-41 debacle at ASU in 2013 is one that the Alabama offensive coordinator remembers all too well. It was 3:14 a.m. — that coming morning when then-head coach Lane Kiffin was relieved of his duties at LAX. Kiffin made sure to note that in a postgame tweet, hashtagging “#3:14AM-LAX” in a picture with the game ball. Luckily for Helton, though, witnessing such a comparable defensive collapse didn’t immediately cost him his job.Of course, it’s way, way, way too early to draw any conclusions about Helton after this beat down. His sample size is still microscopic. And from looking elsewhere around college football, it’s clear that everything is not lost just yet — not for the mid-term future of Helton’s head coaching tenure at USC and not even for this season.USC was close, but it probably didn’t even have the worst week out of any team in the AP Top 25. Oklahoma’s loss to Houston was huge, and LSU losing to Wisconsin throws another giant wrench into what we expected from potential playoff contenders.The Trojan’s performance was maybe the most abysmal, but the trajectory of the Trojan season didn’t really change that much with them coming out of the first week 0-1.USC’s loss arguably isn’t even the most interesting result out of the conference. With UCLA’s 31-24 loss at Texas A&M, that left the top-ranked team in the Pac-12 South according to the AP Poll — UCLA came in as No. 16 to USC’s No. 20, though both are now unranked — with a significant blemish on its record. The South division of the Pac-12 is now wide open, with none of the six teams cracking the Top 25. Luckily for both L.A. rivals, the non-conference losses don’t actually count for anything in the standings.What they do significantly affect is the chances that a team out of the Pac-12 South makes the playoffs, and the results are indicative of the fact that it wasn’t that likely of a scenario to begin with.With all that being said, week 1 shows that anything can happen in college football, especially given the possibilities from conference championship games and a four-team playoff. With the strength of USC’s schedule, the Trojans probably have another loss to spare before seriously discounting the possibility of a playoff appearance. Even with the Trojan’s toughest conference test coming in its first Pac-12 game — two weeks at No. 7 Stanford — they could still build enough momentum throughout the entire Pac-12 slate and find themselves at the conference championship game. Win in a rematch against Stanford and then earn a first-round playoff rematch with…?Again, after a game like that, even including the word “playoff” when projecting the rest of USC’s season seems a bit off. A team like Alabama will almost certainly be back to defend their national championship in January. The Trojan team we saw Saturday is on a level nowhere near that of Alabama. I seriously doubt that the performance we saw Saturday is anywhere near what we can and should expect from this USC team.Maybe we are that bad and liable on defense. Maybe we just gave up and checked out once the Tide starting rolling, indicating that we don’t have the mettle to make it through the hardest schedule in the nation. But I’d like to think that there will be significant improvement from all spots throughout the season. Quarterback Max Browne will hopefully find a rhythm, the defensive line will hopefully gel and Helton will hopefully be able to use this loss to create a feeling of humility and motivation rather than discouragement.While Helton lacks in his pedigree or his big game gusto, he makes up for it in his workman’s mentality. I’m tempted to start speculating at how Helton, Pendergast and the defensive staff will plan for stopping Stanford’s Heisman-favorite running back Christian McCaffrey two weeks from now. The Trojans first need to take care of Utah State, an opponent whom overlooking could prove to be really, really bad news for Helton and the team going forward. USC shouldn’t have a problem, though, and only need to come away with a W. No style points or margin of victory necessary.The game against Utah State has an 11 a.m. start time to placate the Pac-12 network’s daily programming schedule — and any frat star tailgaters looking for an excuse to take a sunrise shotgun.The Trojans shouldn’t need an early wakeup call before the game. They already got one last week.Luke Holthouse is a senior majoring in policy, planning and development and print and digital journalism. His column, “Holthouse Party,” runs on Wednesday.last_img read more

September 9

Borrisoleigh claim Johnny Ryan Cup

first_imgBorrisoleigh are celebrating after being crowned Division One club hurling Champions.The Mid Tipp side saw off Drom & Inch by 3-19 to 13 points on home turf last night to claim the Johnny Ryan Cup.Jerry Kelly took man of the match in the reasonably one sidded affair while Drom’s efforts were seriously hampered by a number of notable absentees. Photo © Tipp FMlast_img

August 28

Hearts board meets on Thursday over vacant CEO job

first_imgThe Board of directors of Accra Hearts of Oak will meet on Thursday to decide on the vacant position of Chief Executive at the club.Hearts have been without a substantive CEO after Fred Crentsil refused to continue after the expiration of his contract at the end of last season.The meeting will draft the criteria and terms of reference for the next administrative head and also open applications from interested candidates.Three key names have emerged in running for the job with Former supporters chief Neil Armstrong-Mortagbe reported to be the leading candidate for the job.Also, former management member Randy Abbey and AshantiGold CEO Kudjoe Fianoo are all reported to be in the running.last_img read more