Batesville, In. — The Southeastern Indiana YMCA in Batesville will hold a Women’s Self-Defense Class Saturday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to noon.Former Indiana State trooper, current NRA instructor and candidate for Bartholomew County Sheriff, Tami Watson and senior master George Dwenger will teach the basics in self-protection.Please R.S.V.P. to attend or volunteer by calling 812-934-6006 before February 12.
RelatedPosts Favre denies he wants to resign after loss to Bayern Munich UCL: Haaland double lifts Dortmund over PSG Favre extends Dortmund deal until 2021 There is ‘no substance’ to speculation that Jose Mourinho will be appointed as Borussia Dortmund manager, insists sporting director Michael Zorc.There is mounting speculation about a potential successor to Lucien Favre, who is under huge pressure, and the Portuguese has emerged as the front-runner.But Zorc moved to dismiss the Mourinho links, telling Sky: ‘We are not having a coach discussion and are happy to have Lucien Favre.Dortmund are in turmoil ahead of their Ruhr valley derby against Schalke on Saturday and as the club’s stock price fluctuates, so does the confidence in Favre.Dortmund’s share price shed 2.3 percent in early trade on Thursday, hours after the club lost 2-0 to Inter Milan in the Champions League that put a dent in their chances of advancing to the knockout stage.Any slip-up against bitter in-form rivals Schalke could prove costly in a tight title race.Dortmund are in fourth place, a point off the leaders, and nine teams are within two points from the top. Victory would also lift Schalke, who are seventh, above Dortmund in the table.Favre will be hoping his men can pull off a big win on Saturday that will end any internal turmoil and extinguish widespread speculation about his future at the club. Tags: Lucien Favre
Don’t look now, but the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team is getting some preseason attention. On the heels of picking up a No. 9 ranking in the preseason ESPN/USA Today coaches poll last week, the Badgers were lauded at the annual Big Ten media day in Chicago. Star forward Alando Tucker was tabbed preseason Player of the Year, and UW was picked to finish second in the league, only behind Ohio State.”It’s an honor, a great honor for me,” a very gracious Tucker said of his selection as the league’s preseason MVP, but he was quick to point out the importance of such preseason rankings. “We aren’t going to win anything for being picked high now. We have to be there at the end of the year.”Also announced was the preseason all-conference team headed by Tucker, who was joined by Penn State forward Geary Claxton, Iowa guard Adam Haluska, Indiana forward D.J. White and the nation’s most hyped freshman, Greg Oden of Ohio State. Tucker took home the Big Ten league scoring title in 2005-06, averaging 20 points per game and being named first team all conference. It was clear that players and coaches around the league have been thoroughly impressed by Tucker and supported his selection as the conference’s preseason Player of the Year.”For three years, he has been solidly, consistently a great player,” Minnesota head coach Dan Monson said. “You look at him at media day and you wonder, ‘How is he so good?’ Because he’s not 240 pounds, he’s not this ultra-strong player, he’s not 6’8″, but he’s just so relentless the way he plays … The word to describe him is relentless.””Now that he has a [better] shot, and as long as he continues to work hard, he’s pretty much unstoppable,” UW senior guard Kammron Taylor said.Bringing back 12 players from last year’s NCAA tournament squad (accounting for 90 percent of their scoring), Wisconsin was still picked to finish behind an Ohio State team that lost four starters, including the Big Ten Player of the Year Terence Dials.”I’m shocked,” Ohio State head coach Thad Matta said. “It’s almost comical to me in that regard.””Ohio State is relying on a lot of freshmen that were good in high school, but the Big Ten is tricky,” Tucker said. “When they get there, with the physical play it takes a toll. It’s going to be interesting to see how they react.”While Ohio State has been hyped since last season, when it was announced that Oden would head to Columbus as part of the nation’s best recruiting class, many Big Ten coaches stated that Wisconsin could be the team to beat.”I think Wisconsin is my pick,” Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo said. “The best team by the end of the year might be Ohio State … but Wisconsin has the experience; they’re well coached. They’d be my pick to win it right now.”The other mild surprise of media day was Oden being named to the preseason all-conference team, becoming the first freshman on record to be named to squad. He arrives on campus as perhaps the most hyped freshman in the history of college basketball, being openly discussed as the likely first overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft had the league not changed its rules to ban high school seniors from the draft.”I think he’s the best player in college basketball,” Purdue head coach Matt Painter said. “He’s unselfish, he’s humble, he’s huge, he’s quick, he changes the game defensively … I think he’s special; I think he’s a special kid.””Oden is a Magic Johnson. He’s that special of a player,” Izzo said.Indiana’s Roderick Wilmont might have explained the hype best.”If he was going to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, he better be the best player in the conference,” a smiling Wilmont chided. Wisconsin begins its season this week with exhibition games against Carroll College this Wednesday and UW-Stout on Friday.
John Zordani is a Big Ten anomaly.He is the sole representative of the senior class on a talented University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team. He’s been named Academic All-Big Ten twice and received the 2014 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.The Illinois native describes his strengths as “hitting big serves and looking to hit forehands.” This season he and UW head coach Danny Westerman have been working to apply his strengths more aggressively.As the oldest player on the team and the longest tenured member, Zordani weighed in on the upcoming challenges of being the Badgers’ leader this season.“I have more of a lead by example style I think, I kind of go about my business and work really hard every day and set an example,” Zordani said. “In that respect, we have a lot of players that are leaders on this team, a lot of the juniors. I think it’s good that we have it coming from a lot of players and not just one guy.”Men’s tennis: Learning experiences at UW go beyond the court for two seniorsThe University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team is slated for a decisive showdown against No. 33 Penn State Friday night, Read…He also reflected on the up and downs of last season, as well as his aspirations for the upcoming year.“Last year was a unique year, Danny [Westerman] was in his first year as the head coach,” Zordani said.The Badgers had the best start to a season in program history last year, but things started to slow down later down the road. The late-season skid may have been inadvertently been caused by that same start, where teams put the Badgers on their radar early on after noticing the jump, Zordani said.Regarding the team as a whole, Zordani said the Badgers all have slightly varied style of play. Yet, one unifying trait they’ve all been working on is their effort to be more aggressive and specifically to take the ball early and not be afraid to rush to the net.This season, Zordani’s goal, along with the rest of his team, is to make the NCAA tournament, and the best way for the Badgers to do that is to win the Big Ten tournament, he said.“We are working really hard for that goal,” Zordani said. “Even though I’m a senior I think the program is headed in a really great direction.”Men’s tennis: Badgers suffer early exit in Big Ten TournamentAfter failing to survive the first day of the Big Ten tournament, a less than stellar Nebraska team on Thursday Read…Growing up in the midwest, Zordani grew to know many of his Big Ten rivals through junior tennis. Especially when it comes to observing the evolution of his competition’s game over his three years in Madison, source said.“You don’t know what to expect because you can’t go off of how they were in juniors because they can get a lot better and — it’s fun to see your friends in tournaments and how their game evolves,” Zordani said.One of the more unique aspects of playing collegiate tennis is that player participates both doubles and singles matches. Nobody knows the difficulties of this transition better than Zordani, who has played more than 60 matches in singles and doubles each.“You have to really change your mind set very quickly,” Zordani said. “When I was younger I didn’t realize that, I thought, ‘oh its tennis it’s the same sport,’ but they’re really different.”The aggression required in doubles is much more intense than singles, he said. The emotions in a doubles match are also unrivaled in comparison to singles play, which is what Zordani loves most about having a teammate. Having another person that gets him fired up after each play is a unmistakable boost, he said.Watch for Zordani and the rest of the men’s tennis team to make a run at the tournament later down the road this year. In addition to the senior veteran, the Badgers also feature some young talent in sophomore Alan Sweet and freshman Chase Colton.In coach Westerman’s second season, fans will see if UW can take that next step and make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010.
One of Poland’s best known bookmakers STS has sponsored the esports team Izako Boars.Izako Boars currently has a roster in CS:GO. We spoke to STS’ Lukasz Swierk and enquired as to why the operator has decided to sponsor a team in esports: “It’s another milestone in our long-term strategy. In 2014 we decided to extend our offer to esports. Then we started working on dedicated part of the site, a unique event calendar and we began hiring people from the esports world who let us better understand this dynamic and the exciting communities within it.“Naturally we became a leader with the widest pre-match and live offer in Poland, live streams without delays and focus on esports communication channels. Now is the time to use our experience from traditional sports sponsorship.”As to why they established a partnership with Izako Boars, Swierk noted: “Izako Boars is a pretty young organisation but they’re a very well known team in Poland. We noticed their ability to combine significant results with huge media potential.”On a global scale, and in part of course due to the brand name, Team Kinguin are probably the best known Polish esports team. Swierk also discussed how much of a key market esports has become for STS. He stated: “Comparing 2014 to 2016 we observed a 313% wager growth on esports markets. It looks promising and our goal is to become the “first choice bookmaker” for everybody in Poland interested in betting on esports.This is of course is far from the first team and bookmaker sponsorship; we’ve seen Betway’s major sponsorship of NiP, multiple team sponsorships from GG Bet including Na’Vi, Alliance, Fnatic, and more. This is however STS’ first foray into the team sponsorship space. The bookmaker is well known in Poland, it has both an online and retail presence and recently expanded with the acquisition of Czech software provider Greep. STS join Sprite and Hylo-Care as the team’s key sponsors. Esports Insider says: Another igaming company gets well involved in esports and steps in as a team sponsor. STS has experience in sponsoring teams in traditional sports such as the football club Lech Poznan, and whilst we don’t know the full details of this deal with the size of STS in Poland, and the fact they’re only sponsoring the one team, we can assume it’s a healthy number. This should help Izako Boars push on in CS:GO.
MASON CITY — Prosecutors are requesting that charges against two men allegedly involved in a Mason City stabbing last month be dropped.35-year-old Antoine Rodgers and 37-year-old Marvell Rodgers both of Mason City were charged with willful injury causing serious injury. The two are accused of stabbing 34-year-old Benny Montgomery on the night of March 22nd in the 1300 block of North Federal. Montgomery suffered multiple stab wounds to his back, face, stomach, chest and hand that required four surgeries.The Cerro Gordo County Attorney’s Office has filed a notice with the court that it would be appropriate to dismiss the case against both men without prejudice. That means charges could be once again filed against the defendants at a later date. Prosecutors say that decision was made after holding conversations with law enforcement, but no other explanation was given.
– Eye-watering sums –If reports are correct, Tevez’s $42 million annual salary would make him the world’s best-paid footballer in terms of earnings from his club, catapulting him past the previous top three: Cristiano Ronaldo, said to take home $23 million a year after tax from Real Madrid, his teammate Gareth Bale, and FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.All top footballers pad their salaries with lucrative sponsorships, which can send their incomes even further into the stratosphere.Tevez is the latest international name, many of them South American, lured to Chinese football for eye-watering sums of money.Crosstown rivals Shanghai SIPG, coached by former Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas, last week agreed a reported £60 million deal ($73 million, 70.5 million euros) for Chelsea’s 25-year-old Brazilian midfielder Oscar.Before the Oscar deal Chinese Super League clubs had already splashed out more than $400 million on players this year, after President Xi Jinping laid out a vision of turning the country into a football power.Chinese teams broke the Asian record three times in just 10 days in the January-February transfer window, and moved it still higher when Brazil’s Hulk joined SIPG for 55.8 million euros in July.Significantly, Chinese clubs are now competing with European rivals for world-class players, who are opting for astronomical pay packets over the chance of a career in football’s top leagues.Fans welcomed the latest deal. “Shanghai’s football has had its spring,” said one poster on China’s Twitter-like Weibo. “Aren’t you looking forward to next season’s Shanghai derby?”Tevez, who has also played for Italian side Juventus during his career, has more than 70 caps for Argentina. He married the mother of his three children, Vanesa Mansilla, last week in Uruguay only to discover that his home had been burgled when he returned after the ceremony.Share on: WhatsApp Tevez signs for Shanghai Shenhua – clubShanghai, China | AFP | Argentina’s former Manchester United and Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has signed for Shanghai Shenhua in the latest big-money Chinese deal, the club said Thursday, reportedly making him the world’s best-salaried footballer.The acquisition of the 32-year-old from Buenos Aires side Boca Juniors will “greatly enhance” the team’s front line, Shenhua said on a verified social media account.“The club looks forward to Tevez helping Greenland Shenhua attack cities and strike stockades in Asian and domestic matches and contribute to more exciting games for fans,” it said, calling him “the most outstanding striker in Argentina’s history”.It did not put a value on the transaction, but Argentine media previously reported Tevez would make $84 million over two years under the contract — 20 times his previous earnings.In a statement Boca thanked Tevez, who was on his second spell with the club, scoring 25 goals in 56 matches, including a double in a 4-2 Clasico victory over their bitter rivals River Plate earlier this monthBoca wished him good luck, saying he had left fans with “unforgettable memories” and telling him they would be “dreaming of your return”.“We’ll work on bringing you back,” it added. “No effort is too great to have you wearing our shirt again.”After passing a medical Tevez will join the rest of the squad on the Japanese island of Okinawa, where they are holding pre-season training until late January, according to Shenhua.The side are coached by former Uruguay international Gus Poyet, who was installed last month after the club parted ways with his Spanish predecessor Gregorio Manzano despite finishing fourth in the Chinese Super League.
Entries open today for the 2019 English Disability Open, which is being run solely by England Golf for the first time.The championship takes place on the Gainsborough course at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club, Essex, over the weekend of September 7-8 and will be played under the modified rules of golf for players with a disability.Among those expected to enter are defending champion Mick Horsley, pictured, (Marriot Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire) and the current No 1 on the World Ranking for Golfers with a Disability (WR4GD), George Groves, of Addington Palace Golf Club, Surrey.Until now the championship has been run by England Golf in partnership with the charity Balasa Golf. Now in its fourth year, it is open to anyone with a visual, hearing or intellectual impairment, as well as players holding a European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA) Access or World Rankings Pass.Jamie Blair, Disability Manager for England Golf commented: “We want this to become an event which is about the golfing ability rather than the impairment. We’ve been working closely with EDGA to broaden the criteria and are proud that this event will be more inclusive than ever and is a national championship for golfers with a disability playing at our affiliated golf clubs and further afield.“As well as being open to anyone with an impairment, the event will provide points for the WR4GD rankings for qualifying players.“We have also adopted the rules modifications in all of our England Golf championships to encourage further participation in all of the events that we run.”Competitors will play for the overall gross prize, a handicap competition or a stableford event, depending on their golf handicap. Full terms of competition and online entry can be found hereThe event is free to spectate with full details of timings and live scoring to be published on the England Golf website in due course.The EDGA is the global body supporting the development of the game for golfers with a disability, working in partnership with The R&A, USGA and IGF alongside the national golfing federations.WR4GD was adopted by WAGR from January 2019 following its development and implementation by EDGA since January 2017Image copyright Leaderboard Photography 5 Mar 2019 Entries open for 2019 English Disability Open Tags: Championship golf, Disability Golf, EDGA
Coach Pat Narduzzi made the announcement on Friday.The Panthers went 7-7 this season and won the ACC Coastal Division for the first time but had trouble generating offensive against quality opponents, particularly through the air. Pitt finished 97th in the country in total offense, 93rd in scoring offense and 120th in passing offense.Sophomore quarterback Kenny Pickett struggled at times in his first full season as starter. Pickett completed 58 percent of his passes for 1,969 yards with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. Rafael Araujo-Lopes led the Panthers with 37 receptions. No Panther had more than 557 yards receiving.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/collegefootball and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25 Pittsburgh’s V’Lique Carter (19) gets encouragement from head coach Pat Narduzzi as he goes to the sideline during the second half of their NCAA college football game against Wake Forest on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Winston-Salem, N.C. (AP Photo/Woody Marshall)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh has fired offensive coordinator Shawn Watson and wide receivers coach Kevin Sherman in an effort to overhaul its beleaguered offense.
Virginia Tech’s Ahmed Hill (13) dunks between Pittsburgh’s Sidy N’Dir, left, and Terrell Brown (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) “I’m panicking, boy,” Blackshear said. “You’ve got to get that off me.”It was the first time all day the junior forward looked rattled. Blackshear poured in a season-high 29 points during a near flawless performance to lead the 22nd-ranked Hokies to a 70-64 victory over slumping Pittsburgh on Saturday. PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kerry Blackshear Jr. was mid-answer when the sight of a couple of Virginia Tech teammates recording his postgame interview with phone in hand became a bit too intrusive. The 6-foot-10, 250-pound Blackshear overwhelmed the undersized Panthers. He made 8 of 9 shots from the field, including all three of his 3-point attempts, and went 10 of 11 from the free throw line in addition to grabbing nine rebounds as Virginia Tech (20-5, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) reached the 20-win mark for the fourth consecutive season.The last three wins have come despite missing senior point guard Justin Robinson, who remains out indefinitely with a toe injury. After an initial wobble — the Hokies lost two of their first three without Robinson — they have found their footing behind Blackshear.“We have to play through him,” Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams said. “He’s our best defender. He’s our best scorer. He’s our best passer. He’s our best playmaker and he has the best basketball IQ on our team.”The Hokies relied on it when necessary against the Panthers. Blackshear scored a career-high 31 on 12-of-16 shooting last year against Pitt and was even more efficient this time around. Jumpers. Putbacks. Layups. Dunks. He was dominant from nearly start to finish no matter who the undersized Panthers put on him.“I think they did a really good job of throwing different looks,” Blackshear said. “A couple of times I was like, ‘Oh wow.’ I didn’t know who was guarding me. They did a really good job of monstering, double-teaming the post but I found whoever was open.”Though Pitt (12-14, 2-11) kept scrapping — at one point 6-3, 185-pound freshman Trey McGowens threw Blackshear to the floor as the two battled for a loose ball — the Panthers dropped their ninth straight.Xavier Johnson led Pitt with 18 points. Sidy N’Dir chipped in 12 points and six rebounds but every time the Panthers appeared ready to make a push, the Hokies responded. When Johnson’s 3-pointer drew the Panthers within 48-46 with 7:28 to go in the second half, Virginia Tech knocked down three straight 3s of its own —including one by Blackshear to extend the advantage to 59-47.“It’s an example of a veteran team, a team that’s been together and had some experience, that’s used to winning, to step up and make plays when we had momentum,” first-year Pitt coach Jeff Capel said.Pitt eventually cut it to 63-56 on a pair of free throws by Johnson with 1:58 remaining and created a turnover in the backcourt when N’Dir stepped in front of a pass. Panther guard Kham Davis drove to the basket for a layup but the bucket was waved off when officials called Davis for a charge.Blackshear immediately converted two free throws at the other end to make it 65-56 and Virginia Tech did just enough down the stretch to win its fourth consecutive meeting with Pitt.CAVALIERS AWAITThe Hokies’ poise down the stretch allows them to briefly exhale before a visit by fourth-ranked Virginia on Monday. The Cavaliers rolled in an 81-59 victory on Jan. 15. The Hokies know they need to be better in all phases this time around.“Got to keep our poise,” Blackshear said. “I think they score just as good as anybody in the country. Defend just as good as anybody in the country. It’s going to be a big game. Cassell is going to be rocking. We look forward to it.”STAYING UPBEATA year after going winless in the ACC, Pitt’s initially promising 2-2 start in the conference under Capel has faded though he remains impressed by his team’s effort.“I understand how hard this is going to be and it’s not a quick fix,” Capel said. “We won a couple of games early and it changed some expectations for all of us. I think I’ve had a pretty good perspective on this. It’s hard. It’s really hard. It’s frustrating. We want to be better, but we’re getting better.”BIG PICTUREVirginia Tech: The Hokies seem to have overcome the offensive issues that plagued them as they tried to deal with the absence of their second-leading scorer in Robinson. Virginia Tech shot 51 percent (21 of 41) from the floor and 10 of 21 from 3-point range after shooting 48 percent in a win over Georgia Tech on Wednesday.Pitt: The problem for the Panthers is in some ways a matter of mere physics. The Panthers lack the size to create any sort of offensive threat inside, allowing teams to play zone and force them to chuck it from deep. Defensively there’s little they can do against a legitimate post presence like Blackshear.UP NEXTVirginia Tech: The Hokies fell behind by 22 in the first half in the initial meeting with the Cavaliers and never recovered.Pitt: Visits Georgia Tech on Wednesday.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25