Mrs. Walter named Franklin County Educator of month

first_imgBROOKVILLE, Ind. — Samantha Walter has been named as the Franklin County Schools Educator of the Month.Walter is currently a teacher at Brookville Middle School and teaches 6th grade.She started in August of this year at Brookville Middle School, but is not new to teaching.Prior to starting at Brookville, she was employed in Lawrenceburg School, and the Sunman-Dearborn Schools.Walter was nominated by one of her students.last_img

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Final day Bundesliga drama awaits Werder, Leverkusen

first_imgRelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal Kai Havertz takes Fikayo Tomori’s Chelsea shirt RB Leipzig get approval for some fans in stadium at season opening match Werder Bremen and Bayer Leverkusen are bracing for their most important games of the Bundesliga season.This is as relegation looms over the former and a highly lucrative Champions League spot is on the line for the latter in Saturday’s final match day. Champions Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig have secured three of the four Champions League spots and Leverkusen would have been in the driving seat for the fourth but for a shock 2-0 defeat at Hertha Berlin on Saturday.That loss allowed Borussia Moenchengladbach to leapfrog them into fourth on 62 points, two ahead of Leverkusen, who must now beat Mainz 05 on Saturday and hope Gladbach slip up at home against Hertha.Playing in Europe’s elite club competition had become even more important for clubs given sharp declines in revenues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Added the Germany international: “For Saturday,  there is only one goal and that is to win our home game against Mainz.“We must be fully alert from the start and hopefully score an early goal and add to that. “That can put Gladbach under pressure.”“The frustration of the Hertha defeat was big, but we must only look ahead now,” Leverkusen’s attacking midfielder Nadiem Amiri said.Leverkusen also have a German Cup final against Bayern to look forward to on July 4.The situation was far more critical at four-time German champions Werder, who took  on Cologne with the prospect of their first relegation since 1980 hanging over them.Werder had spent more time in the Bundesliga than any other club but on Saturday even a win against Cologne might not be enough to knock Fortuna Duesseldorf out of the relegation playoff spot. Werder, on 28 points in 17th place, trail Duesseldorf by two points.To make their task even more difficult, Werder could be without top scorer Milot Rashica after he picked up an ankle injury in Wednesday’s training.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Bayer LeverkusenBorussia DortmundRB LeipzigWerder Bremenlast_img read more

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Will 2020 US Open survive escalating Covid-19 health crisis?

first_imgBy Russell Fuller-BBC tennis correspondentTHE US Open is, for the moment, still on. And yet there is increasing pessimism within tennis that the tournament can survive the United States’ escalating health crisis.Lastuesday, the US reported more than 60,000 new coronavirus cases: a new daily record.Cases in New York have fallen sharply since April, but concerns over quarantine – both on arrival, and when travelling on to Europe to prepare for the French Open – have not yet been allayed.World number six Stefanos Tsitsipas could speak for many when he says: “I am 50:50.”“I personally would go and play, but if things get worse and our health is in danger, then the US Open and everyone involved should suspend the event for this year,” the 21-year-old told Sportsworld on the BBC World Service.“The mood has gone south in the last week or two,” was the way someone else put it, with one agent no longer expecting the championships to go ahead.The US Open is scheduled to be played behind closed doors in New York from 31 August, but if it is to be cancelled, the decision is likely to be taken by the end of this month.The governor of New York State, Andrew Cuomo, invested a lot of political capital in giving the US Open the green light last month, but in recent days has had to introduce a 14-day quarantine for travellers arriving from no fewer than 19 US states.Florida, which is either a home or a training base to so many professionals, is one of the states on the list. Will players be granted an exemption?And how will the Spanish, Italian and French governments view the arrival of players and their entourages from New York for the delayed clay court season?The European Union Council is still recommending a ban on non-essential travel from the United States. The advice will be updated every two weeks, although it is for member states to decide who should be exempt, and whether a period of self-isolation is required.Jamie Murray has won the US Open mixed doubles title for the past three years, and admits staying in Europe to play “seems like a less stressful option right now”.“I think that will potentially come to a head soon with the ATP and US Open,” he continued.“And I’d imagine for the ATP, it would be very difficult to support the US Open going ahead if the draw has to quarantine coming back to Europe where they have two Masters Series and another Grand Slam.“From my point of view as a player, you just want stability. Right now we don’t have that. There have been a lot of things changing with not that fantastic communication I’d say.”There is also the issue of fairness. If the EU Council’s advice is followed to the letter, then on the grounds of nationality, barely half of the women’s top 40 will be free to travel to Palermo and Prague for the resumption of the WTA Tour.Many are desperate to start playing again. The American number one John Isner has congratulated the US Tennis Association for their “forward thinking” in going ahead with the US Open, and Serena Williams committed to playing last month.Overseas players have been more circumspect, or in Nick Kyrgios’ case, scathing. “Selfish” and “stupid” is the Australian’s take on the US Open proceeding as things stand.Novak Djokovic – who has told Serbia’s Sportski Zurnal he has been the target of a “witch-hunt” for his part in the ill-fated Adria Tour – says he is “not sure” whether he will play.He has been more vocal in his opposition in the past, though, while Rafael Nadal – another to have expressed reservations – is officially keeping “all options open”.Both have said they will play in the Madrid Open the week after the US Open, with Djokovic making clear he wants to compete in Rome as well before the French Open gets under way on 27 September.In some ways, though, the prospect of a US Open without Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer – who will not play again this year – is the least of the USTA’s worries.The organisation has had to cancel all five ITF World Tennis Tour events scheduled to take place in the US in August “to ensure the health and safety of all those involved”.There is still no word on the entry deadline, which – in a normal year – would be just 10 days away.“I don’t think we know from day to day if it’s going to happen,” the 18-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert told Today on BBC Radio 4.“I mean, right now in Florida, it’s five times worse than it was two weeks ago.”last_img read more

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Laird Hamilton, Tom Barrack share strategies for taking risks

first_imgOn Wednesday night in Bovard Auditorium, the USC Marshall School of Business and the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies hosted Tom Barrack, founder of Colony Capital, and Laird Hamilton, big-wave surfer and innovator.  During the session, Barrack and Hamilton shared their views on risk taking and overcoming individual fears in order to live a more exciting and fulfilling life.Barrack is a USC alumnus and trustee of USC. As chairman of Colony Capital, Barrack has invested approximately $60 billion in assets around the globe, and was named the world’s greatest real estate investor by Fortune magazine.Hamilton is an American surfer who has conquered some of the most dangerous waves around the world. He has also popularized stand-up paddleboarding and invented several products and surfing techniques.The event was moderated by David Belasco, the co-director of the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, and part of his class, BAEP 470: “Taking the Leap: The Entrepreneurial Mindset,” which is offered every spring.The event started with the speakers sharing what they each have in common. Barrack, a businessman, and Hamilton, a top athlete, said that they have a similar mindset because every day they encounter risk-filled events.“I have more in common with Tom than I do with 90 percent of the people I surf with, and that has to do a lot with how our minds work,” Hamilton said.Hamilton grew up in Hawaii, but because he was born in California and did not look like his classmates, he had a difficult time fitting in as a child. He explained how surfing served as his emotional outlet.“The ocean was the only place where I could find equality,” Hamilton said,Barrack grew up with an inner struggle that urged him to become something more than ordinary.“You always have two options in life: if you like opera, you can either listen to the opera or you can play in the opera,” he said.Barrack said that he felt ordinary as a kid, because he did not have any exceptional talents.“I never had any of the tools [to amplify his talents], so I had to find other tools as I was moving along, and one of the tools I found was preparation and perseverance, and quite honestly, absorbing more pain than anyone else,” he said.Belasco asked the speakers how they looked at risk and what mental and physical preparations went along with risk.   “Risk is a moment,” Barrack said. “Fear is in every corner, and uncertainty is what governs every aspect of your breath, and risk is about taking that uncertainty and saying ‘That’s my advantage.’”Hamilton said that he has a similar approach to risk.  “Fear of what could happen stops people from doing almost anything … but the willingness to risk and put yourself on the line and be present — that is the key.”The speakers also talked about how taking advantage of the fears and embarrassments of daily life have made them more successful.“The most important thing with fear is its usefulness, what you do with it and how you use it,” Hamilton said.Daniel Park, a senior majoring in business administration, asked the speakers how they saw the light during their darkest times.“You don’t see the light in the darkness,” Barrack said. “You see the light whenever it comes.  You need to keep taking risks and defying resistance.”Eduardo Dillon, a junior majoring in industrial and systems engineering explained that this event encouraged him to learn to take risks.“The biggest takeaway I got from this event was that you need to take risks, and it goes along with a quote that I always go by which says, ‘Living a life without risks is living the safest and slowest suicide,’” Dillon said.last_img read more

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Hearts to float more Shares

first_imgThe Board Chairman of Accra Hearts of Oak, Togbe Afede XIV, has revealed that the Club will be embarking on another shares floatation exercise to attract more capital and resources into the Club.The Board Chairman said the floatation of the shares will further help the team get a strong financial backing in the near future, after the first one failed to meet its desired target.Though no date was given for the second floatation of shares, sources close to the Hearts of Oak management have revealed that the activity will take place within the next six months.Togbe Afede XIV also revealed that the Club will be embarking on a nationwide supporters registration exercise; one that will help them identify the number of supporters the Club has and what can be done for the Club in terms of funds generation.last_img read more

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Jordan Spieth: Unfair to compare me to Tiger Woods

first_imgJordan Spieth is trying to ignore the inevitable comparisons that are being made between him and former world number one Tiger Woods, the American whizzkid said on Wednesday.When the 21-year-old Texan won the US Masters in April he became the second youngest recipient of the coveted Green Jacket after Woods. Spieth followed up his pillar-to-post success at Augusta National by landing his second major victory in the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay last month but he said it was far too early in his career to mention him in the same breath as his compatriot.”I think the parallels that are drawn between me and Tiger are unfair,” the world number two told reporters on the eve of the 144th Open at St Andrews.”This is an early timetable. When people ask me about those kind of parallels I try and shake it off because it’s not the same.”The 39-year-old Woods has had a torrid time in recent months and goes into the year’s third major ranked 241st in the world. Spieth, however, said he was in awe of the 14-times major winner’s golfing achievements.”I certainly have an appreciation for how Tiger could continue to keep winning majors at just an unbelievable percentage of the amount that he played in because it’s not easy,” the youngster explained. “It’s very challenging. You have to be at the top of your game and the top of your mental game. All the skills have to be there and for him to consistently do it is a completely different level that nobody I think who is playing now has seen.”Jack (Nicklaus) coming before and Arnie (Palmer) and (Ben) Hogan, that’s the category that you should be paralleling.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Maxwell Konadu impressed with level of CHAN team

first_imgLocal Black Stars head coach, Maxwell Konadu has hailed the performance of the players at camp at the moment at Len Clay Stadium.The home-based Black Stars have started preparations for their upcoming 2016 CHAN qualifying first leg tie against Ivory Coast which will be played in Ghana on October 18 with the return leg in Abidjan a fortnight later.“From what we have seen, the players have been highly impressive in training,” he said.“Even the first division players who joined have been fantastic.”Despite the praise given to the squad, Konadu believes some members of the team were below par in the performances and as a result they had to be axed from the squad.“They are all doing their best but sometimes their best may not be good enough. And that is why we have to send some players home.” Konadu did not also rule out the inclusion of new faces in the team before the team plays the first leg.“We are still scouting for more players, some may come, some may go. We haven’t stopped. We are hoping to get an international friendly match to test our strength before the Ivory Coast match.”Ghana placed second in the last edition of the CHAN championship in South Africa losing to Libya on penalties.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Ralph Branca, who gave up famous Bobby Thomson HR, dies

first_imgAnd for years, the question remained: Did Thomson know the high-and-inside fastball from Branca was coming?Thomson firmly asserted that no, he didn’t get a sign in advance. A three-time All-Star himself, Thomson stuck to that claim until he died in 2010 at age 86.Branca, however, wasn’t so sure about that.In 2003, the Giants’ stealing operation was finally brought to light in full detail in a story in The Wall Street Journal.A little while later, Branca and Thomson saw each other for the first time at an event in Edison, New Jersey. They talked in private for five minutes, about a secret they’d both known about but never shared.Later, they spoke about their discussion.“It’s been a cleansing for both of us,” Branca said then. “He knew that I knew. It’s better this way.”“To me, it was a forbidden subject,” the right-hander said. “And I didn’t want to demean Bobby or seem like I was a crybaby.”Said Thomson: “It was like getting something off my chest after all those years. I’m not a criminal, although I may have felt like one at first.”And then, hour later, Thomson and Branca appeared together in Manhattan at the New York baseball writers’ dinner. In front of a ballroom full of fans, they took turns singing about the fateful pitch and swing, to lyrics written to the old standard “Because of You” — a reprise of the act they performed when the same dinner was held in January 1952.Branca was 88-68 with a 3.79 ERA in his career. He spent the first 11 years with the Dodgers, then played for Detroit and the Yankees before returning to Brooklyn for a final game in 1956.Branca made his debut as a teen and went 21-12 with 15 complete games in 1947, and posted another win that year at Yankee Stadium in the World Series. The line drive into the lower deck at the Polo Grounds prompted the frenetic call, “The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!” from announcer Russ Hodges and set off a wild celebration for the home team as Thomson breezed around the bases while Branca, wearing his unlucky No. 13 jersey, trudged off the mound.Thomson, who also homered off Branca in Game 1, capped a wild comeback for the Giants, who trailed the Dodgers by more than a dozen games heading toward mid-August.For the next 50 years, Branca and Thomson often appeared together at card shows, corporate events and baseball functions, re-telling the story of the home run that grew into a sports legend. They always were friendly at the affairs, sometimes even teaming up to sing about the big moment.But it wasn’t until many years later that it was revealed that the Giants had a little extra help, too.That’s when it came to light that the Giants employed a telescope-and-buzzer system that season to steal signs from opposing catchers. With that advantage, Giants hitters got a boost in their swings. RYE, N.Y. — Ralph Branca, the Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who gave up the famed “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” that still echoes six decades later as one of the most famous home runs in baseball history, died Wednesday. He was 90.His son-in-law, former big league manager Bobby Valentine, said Branca died at a nursing home in Rye, New York.Branca was a three-time All-Star and spent 12 seasons in the majors, but he will always be known for just one pitch.Brought in from the bullpen in the bottom of the ninth inning during the deciding Game 3 of the National League playoff in 1951, he gave up a three-run homer to Bobby Thomson that gave the rival New York Giants a stunning 5-4 victory.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Whicker: Dodgers are taking advantage of the helium era

first_imgEleven pitchers went on the disabled list between 2011 and 2016 with blister problems, most famously the Dodgers’ Rich Hill. This year the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard and Toronto’s Aaron Sanchez have been blistered out of action.It isn’t a time for thin pitching skin. Last weekend featured 153 home runs throughout baseball, 12 more than in any previous three-day span. The Dodgers had 15 blasts in the Mets’ series, a franchise record, and have scaled the fence 36 times in the past 14 games.The major league composite ERA is 4.37, highest in 10 years. But the power game isn’t pumping across a record number of runs. The 4.69 average this season (according to Baseball-Reference.com) is far off the all-time mark for a full season. That is 5.55 in 1930.There is a consequence to becoming as power-hungry as Frank Underwood. Teams are striking out an average of 8.22 times, ahead of the all-time record of 8.02, set in 2005. The number has been edging upward for a while. Twenty years ago the figure was 6.62.“There’s obviously a correlation between home runs and strikeouts,” Justin Turner said. “I’ve found that when I’ve had periods of home runs, the strikeouts have also gone up. I guess you’d have to check how many home runs are being hit with two strikes.”Turner was onto something.Last year there were 1,712 home runs in MLB with two strikes. This year, not quite halfway through, there have been 836, ahead of that pace. In other words, nobody is choking up, taking two and going to left, the way your first coach told you.The defensive shifts are causing some hitters to concentrate on loft, because it’s harder, theoretically, to sneak grounders through the infield.“But when you have swings like some of the young guys have,” Collins said, “you run into trouble pitching down. And everybody is so accustomed to pitching down that not many guys know how to pitch up.”Four of the 21 hitters who have 18 or more home runs also have 89 or more strikeouts. Five players have at least 95 strikeouts already, with Keon Broxton, the Milwaukee rookie center-fielder, leading with 99.Joey Gallo of the Rangers is hitting .197 with 45 hits and 98 strikeouts. Not that long ago, numbers like that got you sent to Dubuque. But 19 of those 45 hits are home runs, and Gallo’s OPS is .807. So that’s fine.Who knew that hardening the ball would create such softball? Don’t ask the pitchers to search for answers, not if it means looking up.Editor’s note: This article has been corrected to show the correct totla for home runs last year with two strikes. LOS ANGELES >> Grant Dayton, the Dodgers’ lefty reliever, got a nice harmless popup the other night from the Mets’ Michael Conforto.Or so he thought.He turned and watched the ball refuse to descend, like so many in 2017. For a second, Dayton was beginning to wonder if gravity itself had been hacked. The ball relented and fell to Chris Taylor, but all pitchers know that all the skies are unfriendly.Going into Friday night, teams were averaging 1.28 home runs per game, a significant spike over 1.15 in 2016. That was third-most in baseball history, behind 1.17 in 2000, when the game was besotted with performance enhancers. You don’t hear the same whispers this year, primarily because players look normal, also because there is a drug-testing program that everyone wants to think is working. But maybe those drugs weren’t the total culprit in Barry Bonds’ day either.“We’ve been talking to the Pirates and the Brewers, their pitching coaches,” said Mets manager Terry Collins. “The seams on the ball are definitely lower. I think that’s why everybody is having blister problems all of a sudden. And there’s no question that the ball is harder.”That would certainly do it. In a game preoccupied with power, with exit-velocity numbers on the scoreboards as well as pitch speed, a harder baseball would promote bigger numbers and draw more fans and viewers. The helium will intensify in the upcoming summer heat.Dayton is familiar with major and minor league baseballs.“The ones down there are sewn by machines,” Dayton said. “The seams are raised more than the ones here, but the main thing about them is they’re all the same. The ones here vary from ball to ball, and they’re hand-sewn. You really don’t know how they’re going to reach or what you’ll get. But they’re harder than they used to be.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Kerwin Roach to return to Texas for Big 12 Tournament

first_imgFollowing a less than ideal start to the month, no school may need a deep conference tournament run more than Texas (16-15) as teams make their final cases for the NCAA Tournament. But good news came Monday as the Longhorns sit on the proverbial bubble.Leading scorer Kerwin Roach will return to the team for the Big 12 Tournament following a suspension for violating team rules, coach Shaka Smart said on a Big 12 conference call. Texas guard Kerwin Roach will be available for the Big 12 Tournament, per Shaka Smart. Has been indefinitely suspended.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 11, 2019The Longhorns have stumbled to a 1-4 record since Roach’s suspension in late February, including losing to fellow bubble team TCU on Saturday. The return of Roach and his 15.0 points per game will be a much-needed welcome to a Texas team that needs a strong finish to the season to bolster its tournament resume.No. 6 seed Texas plays third-seeded Kansas in the second round of the Big 12 Tournament on Thursday. Roach will likely be inserted immediately into the starting lineup and be expected to play near his average of 31.2 minutes a game. MORE: SN’s March Madness 2019 bracket projectionslast_img read more

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