Tonight most high school football teams play a scrimmage game. Next week the real season begins. For us football fans, it means eating hot dogs or popcorn, watching the game, the half-time band shows, and cheerleaders.It also means people standing along the fences rather than sitting in the bleachers. Those of us who do this consider ourselves assistant coaches, of course! Tailgating has even reached the high school level, so the portable grills will be out on some of those cool Friday nights of fall. At this time of the season everyone is still undefeated, so the enthusiasm is running high.By the way, on Monday night I will be starting my Coaches’ Corner Show for another season. Tune in WRBI at 5:45 and see who my guests are.
Bath, In. — The 22nd Annual State Line Country Garden Club plant sale will be held May 3 and 4 at the Bath Store. There plenty of perennials, annuals, hanging baskets and great Mother’s Day gifts. All proceeds benefit local horticulture.
Liverpool appear to have overtaken Manchester United in the race for Lille star Victor Osimhen.The forward looked all set to join Napoli earlier this week until reports in Italy suggested Premier League outfits were aiming to hijack the bid. Reports from claimed one phone call from Jurgen Klopp has totally changed the state of play, with Liverpool now in pole position to land the 21-year-old.“New and perhaps decisive steps forward in Liverpool’s purchase of Osimhen,” an Italian journalist Ciro Venerato stated.Venerato added: “His new agent seems to have left little margin for the Blue management after a telephone talk.“There are signs of cosmic pessimism mixed with resignation coming from Castel Volturno. After Pépé, Osimhen seems to have vanished too.“The change of agent has proven decisive. But we mustn’t forget the past. The boy had long had doubts about his destination. He dreamt of the Premier League. “Naples was his alternative choice in the absence of concrete offers. Now that Klopp has officially asked for him, it’s all over.“The appeal of the European champions, the Reds is too strong, money aside. There’s not only economic reasons for Oshimen.“The Premier League is the dream of all Nigerian boys.”As mentioned, earlier this week it was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side that looked as though they would stop Napoli securing a deal.Venerato added: “A few hours ago Manchester United phoned Osimhen’s new agent to find out if he had signed with Napoli. “If an offer from United comes, there would not be many possibilities because they have an economic power superior to that of Napoli.”Osimhen recently changed agents following an incredible season in Ligue 1, which has seen him attract interest from across Europe.And Napoli chiefs admitted they may have to miss out on the player.“Osimhen is a very good player, but there are lots of other teams who want him and we’re working on other fronts too,” Napoli sporting director Cristiano Guintoli told Dazn.RelatedPosts Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says “He changed his agent, so now we have to start all over again.“It’s a complex and difficult set of negotiations.”Tags: Jurgen KloppLOSC LillePremier LeagueVictor Osimhen
Joe Schmidt believes England set the RBS 6 Nations “benchmark” with victory over Wales, leaving Ireland already chasing to keep up and hold on to their title. Ireland boss Schmidt believes his side must improve “between 30 and 40 per cent” from their 26-3 win over Italy to stand any chance of reaching England’s early level. Stuart Lancaster’s side set the standard with a 21-16 victory in Cardiff, and head coach Schmidt conceded Ireland are already playing catch-up. Former schoolteacher Schmidt offered up a must-do-better report after tries from Conor Murray and Tommy O’Donnell while Leonardo Ghiraldini was in the sin-bin sealed victory in Rome. “The benchmark was set by England last night: England just kept the pressure right on Wales and the physical nature of that battle means we’ve got a bit of work to do without a doubt,” said Schmidt. “And we’ll have to roll our sleeves up early on next week and hopefully put together a sufficiently-improved performance to be competitive against France. “We were between 30 and 40 per cent off that against Italy: we wouldn’t have lived with them last night. And I thought Wales were pretty good. “For us we certainly need to up our game. I do think that part of it was the pressure Italy put on us but, at the same time, I know we can do better than that and we’re going to have to. “I think Italy will improve through the tournament as well, they showed glimpses of what they are capable of. But you pick up two months after November with a number of changes: we had six of the starting 15 that we had this time last year, so that in itself presents a challenge.” Luckless flanker Sean O’Brien suffered a hamstring injury in the warm-up and was forced out of his first Test action since November 2013. Ireland boss Schmidt lamented O’Brien’s loss, with the Leinster back-rower only just fit after 14 months of shoulder problems. Press Association Schmidt remains hopeful that O’Brien will be fit to face France in Dublin next weekend however, with hooker Rory Best also expected to be available. Best was withdrawn in the second half as a precaution after taking a knock to the head. “It was the very last thing Sean did in the warm-up: he just put his foot down, it slid out from under him and he twinged his hamstring,” said Schmidt of O’Brien. “His power’s really good, it was probably a marginal decision at the time, but we didn’t want a repeat of what happened when we came here last time where we lost a few. “It was great he was able to be replaced by Tommy O’Donnell and the manner Tommy played. “I’d be hopeful, I’d be quietly confident, but we will scan him when we get back to Dublin, probably tomorrow evening. “Rory’s fine, he did get a knock and we decided to err on the side of caution with him as well. He’ll follow the return to play protocols, just because we want to be fairly careful there.” Schmidt admitted he felt 27-year-old Six Nations debutant Ian Keatley was “nervous”, but praised the Munster man’s flawless goal-kicking. Keatley’s four penalties kept Ireland in front in the stodgy, try-less first hour at the Stadio Olimpico. “Obviously he kicked 100 per cent from the tee and that allowed us to establish some scoreboard pressure, and without that it would have been difficult,” said Schmidt. “In the game I felt at times he was probably a little nervous at times and we’ll have a chat about that. “That experience will help him acquit himself in the future.” Flanker Alessandro Zanni and centre Michele Campagnaro are doubts for Italy’s clash with England next weekend. Italy bosses confirmed both men suffered knee problems against Ireland and will face further assessment. Italy captain Sergio Parisse called on the Azzurri to overhaul their failing lineout or face serious punishment against the English at Twickenham. “We only had 30 per cent possession and that’s not enough,” said Parisse. “I didn’t think Ireland put us under huge pressure but they were better in the lineout and they had the ball most of the time. “You can’t defend for 80 minutes against a team like Ireland. “Next week we must improve our lineouts and have more possession if we want to be competitive at Twickenham.”
ELLSWORTH — Chris Sarro of Ellsworth improved his Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship record to 2-0 with a win in his BKFC 11 bout Friday in Biloxi, Miss.The win came via a TKO of opponent Victor Jones of Ionia, Mich., with 10 seconds remaining in the opening round. Sarro delivered two powerful right-hand jabs in quick succession to send his opponent to the mat, and Jones was unable to recover in time to beat the 10-second count.The bout was Sarro’s second of a three-fight contract signed following a New England Fights win over Ras Hylton of South Portland last September. He made his BKFC debut Nov. 16 when he knocked out John McAllister of Follansbee, W.Va., with a straight right 1:32 into the opening round.BKFC is a mixed martial arts competition in which fighters are prohibited from taping hands within 1 inch of their knuckles. Bare-knuckle fighting is legalized in the states of Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Mississippi, New Hampshire and Wyoming.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textInformation about Sarro’s next fight will be made available at a later date.
Krishgiri, Aug 20: India A face a daunting task on the fourth and fil day’s play after the hosts, chasing a mammoth target of 444, were struggling at 73/2 in their second innings at stumps on Day 3 of their first four-day cricket match against South Africa A at the Krishgiri Stadium here on Thursday.Opener Abhiv Mukund (32 not out) and skipper Ambati Rayudu (13 not out) remained unbeaten. They need another 371 runs with eight wickets in hand on Friday.Resuming the day at 122/3 in the first innings, India A hoped to get somewhat close to South Africa A’s massive first innings total of 542. But some outstanding all-round bowling by the visitors in the first two sessions of the day helped them bundle out India A for 204 runs.Earlier, Omphile Ramela (121) and Quinton de Kock (113) helped the visitors cross the 500-run mark.Shreyas Iyer (49) and skipper Ambati Rayudu (46) were the top scorers for India A in the first innings. In total, only six players maged to score double digit figures. Wickets fell at regular intervals as South Africa A’s slower bowlers took the best advantage to bundle out India A and keep a handsome first innings lead.Right-arm spinner Dane Piedt made the best use of the conditions as he returned with figures of 5/88. Keshav Maharaj (2/13) supported him well.Openers Reeza Hendricks (61) and Stiaan van Zyl (38 not out) put on a quick fire 95-run partnership for the first wicket as the visitors declared their second innings at 105/1 and thus set India a challenging 444-run target.Brief scores: South Africa A 542 & 105/1 declared (Reeza Hendricks 61, Stiaan van Zyl 38 not out) vs India A 204 (Shreyas Iyer 49, Ambati Rayudu 46; Dane Piedt 5/88, Keshav Maharaj 2/13) & 73/2 in 29 overs (Abhiv Mukund 32 not out). IANS
New Delhi : England team were six down for 176 runs after 40 overs, chasing 233 runs against Sri Lanka. With Ben Stokes still at the crease, it looked, England will finish with an over or two to spare. However, in the 41st over, Dimuth Karunaratne introduced Dhananjaya de Silva into the attack, who produced two important wickets to put one-time champion Sri Lanka on the driver’s seat. In the end, Karunaratne’s men soared above the expectations and took the hosts down by 20 runs at the Headingley in Leeds.The toss fell in favour of Sri Lanka and seeing the conditions, Karunaratne opted to bat first. However, the Lankans got off to the worst possible start as the in-form Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera got out inside the first three overs. It required a 62-run stand between Aviskha Fernando, who returned from an injury layoff, and Kusal Mendis for the Islanders to make a comeback. Mark Wood got rid of Fernando for 49 to separate the duo. Angelo Mathews joined Mendis and carried on the good work.Angelo Mathews looked compact, being ably steady against pace and spin, but his inability to push the scoring rate made his long stay at the wicket a lack-lustrous experience, and in a way, allowed England to remain in the offensive at all points. Nonetheless, his 85* remained key in Sri Lanka posting 232 for 9.Lasith Malinga nipped out both James Vince and Jonny Bairstow to make it a dream start for the Lankans. Eoin Morgan also strained to find his time and he fell prey to Isuru Udana after scoring 21. Thereafter, Ben Stokes and Joe Root steadied the ship with a 54-run stand. Malinga delivered the blow as he got rid of Root, who looked threatening with 57. The pressure gradually shifted towards England.De Silva dictated terms and git rid of Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid. Meanwhile, Malinga pinned Jos Buttler in front to unfold more mayhem. At the other end, Stokes showed nerves of steel. With England needing 47 runs and one wicket in hand, he farmed the strike and remained not out on 82 off 89. Unfortunately, he didn’t get adequate support as England got bowled out on 212 in 47 overs. highlights Sri Lanka has won two out of six games in World Cup.England will play India, Australia, New Zealand in remaining three games. England has now lost two games in World Cup 2019. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
GREGORY DIXON/Herald photoYoung teams are supposed to be inexperienced. They’re supposed to make mistakes and fold under pressure. Someone forgot to tell that to the UW women’s basketball team Tuesday night as they squeaked by a very talented, veteran Western Michigan squad 80-77.Wisconsin’s sophomore forward Caitlin Gibson hit a free throw with six seconds left to put her team up by three. Seconds later, Western Michigan’s Nicole Watkins got a good look from downtown, but her shot clanked off the front rim and the Broncos were unable to get another shot off before the buzzer sounded and the Badgers improved to 2-0 on the season. “I’m proud of them, this is a winning team,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said. “They want to win and put the game away.”Badger standout guard Jolene Anderson stole the show with a team-high 26 points, including 5-of-9 from beyond the 3-point arc. She also tallied nine rebounds and six assists.The Badgers came out of the gate with a bang, scoring the game’s first eight points. It looked like they were going to run away with it. But when junior forward Danielle Ward picked up her second foul with 16:21 left in the first half, the Broncos, led by senior guard Carrie Moore, decided to turn up the heat.Moore went into the locker room with 17 points to her name on 6-of-10 shooting. She finished with a game-high 29.”What a great player Carrie Moore is,” Stone said. “[She’s] one of the finest.”Moore wasn’t the only Bronco to catch fire. Sophomore guard Tiera DeLaHoussaye was 9-of-11 from the field and finished with 23 points and six assists.With Ward on the bench in foul trouble much of the game, Gibson made her presence known in the post, finishing with a hard-fought 15 points and seven rebounds. Junior guard Janese Banks followed up her career-high 28-point performance against Air Force with another double-digit effort of 12 points.Freshman point guard Rae Lin D’Alie continued her impressive play as she scored a quiet eight points to go along with four assists and five steals.Although the Badgers never surrendered their initial lead, the game was back and forth, nonetheless. Anderson went on a scoring spree midway through the second half, but each time she hit a shot, Moore seemed to match it on the other end of the floor. Each time the Badgers had the momentum on their side, the Broncos stole it right back.Teah Gant, another freshman guard, had only three points but played tremendous defense one-on-one against Moore in the second half. She was a main reason why the Broncos were unable to tie the game at any point, no matter how close they came.With 0.1 seconds left in the first half, Western Michigan head coach Ron Stewart took a costly timeout to draw up a play from the opposite baseline, a timeout he could have used at the end of the game.”That put ourselves in a tough situation to finish a game like that with no timeouts,” Stewart noted. “I won’t do that again.”The Badgers may have a lot of youth, but Anderson has no lack of experience. With 1:16 remaining in the game, a nearly full shot clock and her team up four points, Anderson found herself wide open for a three pointer along the baseline, a shot that she usually buries. An inexperienced player would take that shot, but Anderson pulled it out to milk the clock. Just prior to that, Stone pointed to her head and said, “Think about it.” Obviously Anderson understood the message.Anderson and the other Badger veterans seem to be rubbing off on the younger players quite a bit. “I thought our freshmen [particularly Gant, D’Alie, Brittany Heins, and Sarah Ingison] made really, really good decisions,” Stone added enthusiastically. They’re just not playing like freshmen.As the game came down to the wire, Stone, her 13 players and the rest of the Badger fans in the Kohl Center seemed to hold their collective breaths. The Badgers will look to continue their perfect record Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at the Kohl Center against Central Connecticut State.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS), will on Friday, organize a National Conference on Sports Financing in Ghana on Friday, August 8, 2014 at the Movenpick Hotel at 10:00am.The Conference, under the sponsorship of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) and Coca Cola Bottling Company, Ghana will discuss among other things discuss a sustainable sponsorship for all the Sporting disciplines in Ghana for an enhanced performance.A statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of MOYS, Micheal Frimpong, said a number of corporate institutions and all the Sports Associations have been invited to participate in the Conference.It said dignitaries such as Steward Masela, Managing Director of EXP, South Africa who will speak on the topic; Why Corporate Bodies in Ghana Must Consider Sports Sponsorship, whilst Olusegun Odegbame, Ex Nigerian Footballer and International Marketer will also speak on the topic; Financing of Sports: Viable options for Ghana.The statement said other dignitaries such Stephen Appiah, Ghana and Juventus/Fernabache legend, Azumah Nelson, Ghana Boxing legend, Francis Dodoo- Chairman of the Ghana Olympic Committee & athletics legend, Samuel Osei Kufour-Ghana & Bayern Munich legend, Kwesi Nyantakyi – President, Ghana Football Association (GFA) and among many others.
Not much has been different in this first-round playoff series. Lillard missed 16 of 22 shots in Portland’s 102-81 Game 2 loss at Staples Center on Tuesday. He missed all six three-pointers. In Game 1, the Clippers held him to 7-of-17 shooting and considered themselves ahead of the game.“I thought they (Portland) rushed some shots tonight,” said Doc Rivers, dismissively. “I thought we were really good defensively in Game 1. I didn’t think we were very good tonight.’C.J. McCollum, the shot engineer from Lehigh who went 3 of 11 on Sunday, was 6 for 17 in Game 2. That means Portland’s top guns are shooting 32.8 for the series, which moves to Portland on Saturday and Monday.“The important thing is just go at them when we have the ball,” said Austin Rivers, who was part of the Clippers’ second wave that washed out Portland’s hopes in the fourth quarter.“Those guys have to carry a heavy load for that team. We’re being real aggressive on both ends. I’m not saying they can’t defend, but the last thing they want to do is chase somebody around on defense after they’ve been on the offensive end. That’s tough, man. We’ve been going at them downhill with the ball, and then on defense we’re just trapping them, getting the ball out of their hands, and trying to make somebody else beat us.” JJ Redick referred to it as a “soft blitz,” in which Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan come out to greet Lillard as soon as he gets the ball. The Trail Blazers haven’t found a way to counter, primarily because they don’t have consistent punch in their frontcourt.Still, the Clippers took their sweet time putting away Portland. A lot of it was the foul line. This was a night when Portland coach Terry Stotts could have employed Hack-A-Clipper, because the team went 14 for 25 while DeAndre Jordan was going 1 for 6.But the Clippers also missed enough no-footers and lost enough loose balls to allow Portland to hang close at the end of the second and third quarters. Blake Griffin had only four goals in his 31 minutes, and Jordan, even though he had 18 boards, was 1 for 4.So the story, again, was a Clippers bench that is becoming its own contiguous unit. And its shape can shift. In this game, Pablo Prigioni was merely a victory cigar and Paul Pierce didn’t play at all. The subs who found a way were Austin Rivers, Jamal Crawford, Wesley Johnson, Cole Aldrich and Jeff Green, and they shot 17 for 35. The L.A. bench buried Portland’s, 43-10.“Jamal’s pretty good,” said Gerald Henderson of Portland, wryly realizing he wasn’t breaking any new ground there. “He can come off screens, gets in there, get his own shot. Austin can be tough, too. We need to get into them better, play them more aggressively, make them shoot some contested ‘twos.’”Paul and Griffin re-entered the game with 7:38 left but postponed it because the Clippers bench was flying so high. The second unit began the fourth quarter intact, and the Clippers led by six. When they left, the lead was 15. The same thing happened in the second quarter, when the alt-Clippers took a 5-point lead and pushed it to 10.“As a group, we look at what the lead is,” Austin Rivers confirmed.“It’s a lot easier picking my spots now,” Crawford said. “I encourage those guys to be aggressive, because the more they do that, the more the floor opens up.”Lillard sounded the refrain of all good shooters who have bad nights.“My very first shot of the game, I got a clean pull-up,” he said, “at the free-throw line. It came out. Then I got a backdoor and got right to the rim and the ball slipped out of my hand. “There aren’t any excuses. Our coaching staff did a great job putting C.J. and I in positions where they couldn’t take a lot away from us. I just have to make the shots. As far as anything being missing, there is nothing missing. The ball just didn’t go in.”The Clippers fully expect Baby Dame to be cleaned up and ready for Game 3. But they don’t intend to Pamper him. You work your way out of Oakland and through Weber State and into Portland and finally into the world of the national commercial pitchman.And they put you in a stroller and get Kevin Garnett to tell the world you need a little fumigation.That’s not the worst thing about being Damian Lillard in this playoff series. The Clippers are.The guy who ranked No. 6 among NBA scorers might have had a premonition that he wouldn’t get to frolic against the Clippers, who aren’t exactly considered the Seven Blocks of Granite defensively. In four games against the Clippers this season, Lillard shot 32.4 percent and averaged 16 points, more than nine below his average. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error