Marty Brennaman to Visit Franklin County

first_imgBROOKVILLE, IN — The Franklin County Baseball Team is holding a “Night with a Legend” featuring Marty Brennaman, voice of the Cincinnati Reds.This is a 21 and over event.The evening will start at 6:00 PM on December 10 at the Third Place Event Center in Brookville with a social hour.Dinner will be served at 7:00 PM and will include chicken, greenbeans, and appetizers.Brennaman will take the stage at 8:00 PM.Tickets are on a first come, first serve basis.General Admission tickets are $75, while VIP tickets are $125 and include a private meet and greet with Brennaman.Tickets can be reserved by emailing, or by calling Tammey Robben at 812.212.1702 or Andrea Miley at 513.503.8877.last_img read more

Precise Racing Products adding two $500 awards for IMCA RaceSaver Sprint drivers

first_imgWICHITA, Kan. – The company that sells speed adds a pair of $500 cash awards to its IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car contingency program this season.Both the national rookie of the year and the driver with the most 40-point feature wins as of Sept. 25 receive $500 in cash from Precise Racing Products.“I talked with Chris Archer at Precise about adding something exciting to our growing RaceSaver Sprint Car program and these two new cash awards certainly satisfy that desire,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “We’re gaining new members every day, and now potentially two of them will pocket a significant amount of extra cash at our national banquet. We’re very pleased with this addition and excited to make the announcement.”The Wichita, Kan., high performance parts supplier and Hoosier race tire distributor also gives $50 gift cards to state and series champions in the division and all IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car drivers are required to display two Precise Racing Products decals on their race car to be eligible.More information about Precise products is available by calling 800 651-5164 and at the website.Precise Racing Products has been an IMCA sponsor since 2011.last_img read more

Dr. Fauci Says In-Person Learning in Schools is Healthy Default

first_imgWith coronavirus death toll numbers and infections on the decline in South Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis says he wants school districts to be flexible in giving parents a choice on returning their kids to school. Doctor Anthony Fauci agrees. Fauci says that students are healthier mentally and physically with in-person learning where they have social interaction and balanced meals. He adds that proper mask-wearing and social distancing is still advised while students are in school. He also points out the adverse affects of children learning from home on parents’ schedules who are not able to go to work as a result.Martin County’s school year will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 11 with students either learning in-person or from home…parents’ choice.In St. Lucie County’s school year starts Monday, Aug. 24 with similar learning options.Meanwhile the private school, Berean Christian in West Palm Beach welcomes students back for in-person learning tomorrow.last_img read more

One for the record books — for now

first_imgWe’ve all heard it: A true freshman has never started a season at quarterback for the Trojans.But that will all change on Saturday, when No. 4 USC opens its season in historic fashion against San Jose State at the Coliseum in front of 90,000 screaming fans.When Pete Carroll chose Barkley to be his starter over redshirt sophomore Aaron Corp one week ago, many were shocked. Even Barkley admitted he was caught off guard.“I was speechless when coach told me,” the 18-year-old said.And even Carroll was at somewhat of a loss when trying to explain why he chose a freshman quarterback rather than going with his usual pick of a veteran to man the offense.“I can’t explain how a guy this young and this new could do that, but he’s done it,” the coach said.Carroll and his coaching staff clearly saw something they’d never seen in a freshman quarterback before. And I’m talking about more than his 6-foot-3, 220-pound frame and rifle of an arm.So now Barkley is set to start the season for the Trojans. And for the first time since a true freshman named Carson Palmer took the over the starting quarterback job from Mike Van Raaphorst during the last five games of the 1998 season, the quarterback position at USC may be occupied by one man for four seasons.So this brings up an interesting topic. If Barkley develops the way the coaches expect him to, he will have three to four full seasons at quarterback before entering the NFL draft.So while many people are focusing on the history Barkley will be making when he takes his first snap Saturday, I’d rather look at the potential history Barkley could make when he takes his last snap in what could be four years from now.Let’s take a look at what I consider the three gaudiest quarterback records and see what Barkley’s odds are of reaching them. This is, of course, assuming Barkley stays for his senior year with USC, just like Palmer, who holds most of USC’s passing records.The first number I look at is 11,818. That’s the record Palmer holds for most yards gained passing as a Trojan. It’s also a Pac-10 record.If Barkley stays a full four years in college, he would need to average 2,955 passing yards per season to pass Palmer as the all-time USC and Pac-10 leader.Just to put that number in perspective, look at how quarterbacks have fared under Carroll’s system during their first years in the starting role.Last season, Mark Sanchez threw for 3,207 yards. In 2006, John David Booty threw for 3,347 yards. And in 2003, Matt Leinart threw for 3,556 yards.In Palmer’s first full year as a starter in 2000, he threw for 2,914 yards.Simply put, the record is within reach.Palmer also holds the school and Pac-10 record for the most passes completed during a career with 927.In four years, Barkley would need to average 232 completions to top that record.Sanchez completed 313 passes in 2008, Booty completed 269 passes in 2006 and Leinart completed 255 passes in 2003. All of those numbers are higher than what Barkley needs to reach each season.Palmer himself only completed 228 passes his first full year, slightly lower than the 232 completions Barkley needs to average, but Palmer ended his senior year in 2002 with a whopping 309 completions.Barkley, like Palmer and all young quarterbacks, will be expected to gradually improve each season as well.That puts 938 in reach for Barkley.And the last number I want to look at is passing touchdowns.Leinart set the record at 99 during his time in college, both a USC and Pac-10 record.It’s not hard to do the math here. If Barkley averages 25 passing touchdowns over the next four seasons, he will reach the magical number of 100 only attained by six other college quarterbacks in the history of the sport.So one more time, look at the numbers.In each of their respective first full seasons starting, Sanchez threw 34 touchdowns, Booty threw 29 touchdowns and Leinart threw 38 touchdowns.Again, all of these numbers are higher than what Barkley needs to average in four seasons. The only difference for those previous quarterbacks is they did not have the opportunity to start four full seasons at quarterback for USC.Barkley will.Just by breaking it down, it’s easy to tell there is a solid chance, if Barkley stays, that he will own arguably the most prestigious of USC quarterback records when all is said and done.So when you step into the Coliseum or turn on the television to watch the game Saturday, you will be witnessing history right away as Barkley takes his first snap.But remember, it may not be the last time the true freshman puts his name in the record books.“Soft Hands” runs every other Thursday. To comment on this article, visit or email Jon at read more

Miller: U.S. pitcher Marcus Stroman shows some American know-how

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> He managed more than 3,500 games in the big leagues over 22 seasons, winning three pennants and a World Series.But now Jim Leyland was readying, at age 72 and on hiatus from his retirement job as a special assistant with the Detroit Tigers, to manage an exhibition.A well-dressed, noisy, partying, flag-waving, face-painted internationally televised exhibition, sure. But an exhibition just the same.“I’m stressed, I’ll be honest with you,” Leyland said Wednesday afternoon. “I’m stressed.” For a man who has seen so much in this sport, not even Leyland could have envisioned what he’d witness next.Just a few hours later, Marcus Stroman no-hit Puerto Rico into the seventh inning of what turned into a kick-back, no-worries 8-0 U.S. victory in the World Baseball Classic final.All that stress squeezed into nothing by the right hand of a 5-foot-8 pitcher who normally works for the Toronto Blue Jays, a pitcher who Friday gave up six consecutive hits to this same Puerto Rican team, an American who, because his mother is from Puerto Rico, could have pitched for the other finalist in this tournament.So, America, do you care about the WBC now? With all these juicy storylines? At least a little bit?Add in the fact Stroman told Fox Sports that his mom has been harassed on social media because of his decision to pitch for the U.S., and this was a performance truly from the heart, for both Stroman’s homeland and his home. Yeah, even for casual sports fans, this WBC finale was impossible to ignore.I had the opportunity to cover Leyland when he managed the then-Florida Marlins, and, I’ll be honest with you, too: I truly believe the man could chain smoke cups of coffee.Leyland, when on the job, appears just slightly more rigid than a foul pole, only the baseball itself wound tighter.So I believed him when he called the tension of competing in the WBC “unbelievable” and “right up there” with any other event in this sport, including the World Series.I also believed him when he added, “It probably sounds crazy.”It does sound crazy, at the very least, suggesting that a monumental game at Dodger Stadium in 2017 could feature any starting pitcher for the local team other than Clayton Kershaw.But that was Stroman out there Wednesday, firing up a Kershaw-like string of zeroes as the U.S. found one way to finally make Americans acknowledge the WBC in the middle of March Madness.Yes, this exhibition didn’t count, but it certainly didn’t lack meaning, the victory as real as the American high-fives and chest bumps that punctuated it, as sincere as the hugs Stroman received in the dugout after he was replaced.The country that calls baseball its national pastime had been no better than 10-10 all-time in the WBC, playing .500 no way to excite the fans or sell the experience to fellow players.Now, the U.S. has the title and the momentum that carries all defending champions.“I’m hoping in the future that a lot of the players have seen what’s happened here,” Leyland explained, “and will be a little bit more excited about playing in this event.”He said this before the game, the words only gaining significance with each out Stroman collected.Still, champs or not, the riddle remains unsolved, the WBC a tremendous concept that has every element necessary to succeed in this country – except for an ideal time to play it.Or, to be more precise, any time to play it.Cramming a 17-day tournament into a calendar year that already includes a 162-game regular season, a month of playoffs and six weeks of spring training is about as logical as trying to fit a Buick inside a batter’s box.Staging the event now means selling as authentically important games that feature something as artificial as pitch limits.Staging the event after the big league season would mean convincing exhausted players to ramp up things again — but this time with more feeling.Staging the event at midseason would mean asking a pitcher like Kershaw to expend some of his precious second-half bullets for a team other than the Dodgers.Timing, though, is only part of the quandary for the U.S. team, which won this title with — just as an example — Mychal Givens in the bullpen and Mike Trout in Arizona.There’s still the matter of trying to persuade our best players to participate in an event of supposedly profound international standing, knowing baseball’s global status is such that the sport can’t even consistently remain in the Olympics.But what happened here Wednesday night certainly won’t hurt the WBC movement for the U.S., Stroman giving up next to nothing, a starter so dominant that he was a reliever of stress, as well.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Steelers rookie Jones released from hospital, cuts announced

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) – Steelers rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones was released from the hospital on Sunday after being treated for a chest injury.The team said Sunday that tests were negative, but did not say what tests the first-round pick from Georgia underwent or whether he’ll play in the preseason finale Thursday at Carolina.Jones was hurt when he fell on the ball at the end of a third-quarter interception that was overturned against the Kansas Chiefs.He was on the turf for several minutes, but walked off on his own power. He was wheeled out of Heinz Field on a stretcher late Saturday night.Pittsburgh opens the season Sept. 8 at home against Tennessee. Jones has been sharing time with Jason Worilds at right outside linebacker.In other team news, Felix Jones hopes to make enough of an impression against the Panthers to earn the opportunity to play against the Titans.Acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles for linebacker Adrian Robinson on Friday afternoon, Felix Jones said he arrived in Pittsburgh at 11:15 that night.With Le’Veon Bell, LaRod Stephens-Howling and Isaac Redman missing Saturday’s game because of injury, Jones tied with Jonathan Dwyer for the most carries on the Steelers with eight. Jones had a team-best 29 yards rushing in the 26-20 overtime loss.“I felt like the coaches were just trying to see where I was at right now, and I felt good at it,” said Jones, a 26-year-old veteran of 64 games and 2,728 yards. “I felt comfortable, and I felt like I was doing what I was supposed to do.”Unhappy with the production of Redman, Dwyer and Rashard Mendenall last season, Pittsburgh allowed Mendenhall – like Jones, a first-round pick in 2008 – to leave via free agency and drafted Bell in the second round.But Bell has been nagged by a knee injury throughout much of training camp, and a foot injury he sustained in a preseason loss to the Washington Redskins Aug. 19 has left his status for the beginning of the regular season in doubt.Redman and Stephens-Howling were not in uniform Saturday because of less significant injuries. That left an opening for Jones to seize a dwindling chance to earn NFL carries.“We had an opportunity to acquire a guy that’s a known commodity in the NFL,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said. “We got him in here at the 11th hour. I thought he did a nice job in terms of preparing and being able to do something for us in the game. We’ll continue to get to know him.”Jones took a crash course in the playbook over the day leading up to his Steelers’ debut and said it will take him “a few days” to completely grasp it.Jones returned kickoffs for a Pittsburgh team that hasn’t settled on what players will handle its return duties. He had a pair of 7-yard carries – but at the end of the first one, Jones ran out of bounds on third down with 1:18 to play in the first half.The Chiefs had enough time left following the ensuing punt for their only touchdown drive of regulation.“I just got through and tossed into the fire like I’ve been here for a while,” Jones said, “It’s something I’m used to. I’ve been doing this for a few years now. I’ve just got to adjust on the fly and keep pushing.”Jones had mostly been a backup over his final two seasons in Dallas, accumulating 402 yards rushing on 111 carries last season.Amid reports he’d lost his burst, the Cowboys let him go and he had reportedly fallen down the depth chart with the Eagles.“I still think I’ve got it,” Jones said.His chances for making the Steelers’ season-opening roster improved Sunday evening when third-year running Baron Batch and rookie Jeremy Wright were among the team’s first round of cuts.Batch and linebacker Stevenson Sylvester were among the bigger names let go by the Steelers. Sylvester had appeared in 41 games over the past three seasons with Pittsburgh.Former Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson was also cut, along with offensive tackles D’Anthony Batiste and Mike Farrell, wide receivers David Gilreath, Tyler Shaw and J.D. Woods, cornerback Ryan Steed and tight end Peter Tuitupou.To get to the NFL-mandated roster limit of 75 before Tuesday afternoon’s deadline, the Steelers also placed rookie defensive end Nick Williams on injured reserve, linebacker Sean Spence on the physically unable to perform list and guard Justin Cheadle and cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke on the waived/injured list.___AP NFL website: Jarvis Jones (AP Photo/File)last_img read more

Mourinho reveals Kane could return this season in major Euro boost for England

first_imgmost read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kids4“But no, you have a break but then you play against Aston Villa Sunday, not Saturday or Friday, but Sunday.“So they gave you ten days of break, but then you play on the Sunday and the Tuesday. For me, the break doesn’t make any sense the way it is.”Spurs will assess Dele Alli to see if can face the Saints after Raheem Sterling’s horror tackle on him on Sunday. JOSE MOURINHO gave England a Euro 2020 boost by revealing Harry Kane COULD return this season.The Spurs boss had feared his striker might be KO’d this term which would have made the Three Lions skipper a huge doubt for this summer’s finals.4 Harry Kane is on the road to recovery for Tottenham – and could return in time before the end of the seasonCredit: harry kane4 The boss is backing his main striker to be back before the end of the seasonCredit: Rex FeaturesKane, recovering from hamstring surgery, may now feature in the final home game against Leicester on May 9.Mourinho said: “I hope he will be able to. Is that the best case scenario at the moment? Yes I think so.”Spurs wrap up their Prem campaign at Crystal Palace eight days later.And it means Kane could have a valuable 180 minutes of competitive action under his belt before Gareth Southgate’s men kick off their Euros against Croatia at Wembley on June 14.Kane ruptured a tendon in his hamstring in the 1-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day.They host Saints in an FA Cup fourth-round replay tonight.Asked when Kane could be back playing, Mourinho added: “Maybe Leicester.“Maybe we will need that match for something. To be fourth, to be fifth, to be sixth.“Maybe we need that match for something and maybe he can help us.”Tottenham initially feared he would not return to training until at least April.There’s no pressure, he keeps going, no setback. It’s just my feeling.Mourinho on Kane’s recoveryMourinho said: “It’s the first week of May.“There is not a setback. Nothing has happened. Everything is OK.“He’s having his treatment. There’s no pressure, he keeps going, no setback. It’s just my feeling.“It’s better not to put any kind of expectations, any kind of pressure. Let it go and let’s see.”The replay with Southampton has robbed both clubs of a winter break — not that Mourinho had planned to take his Spurs stars to sunnier climes.He revealed: “No. We would have been training. No time off.“Because I’ve been here for just ten weeks, I need to work, I need to prepare my team the best I can, so I wouldn’t give them the whole week.“So in terms of holidays it doesn’t change much.”But Mourinho, whose side do not play this weekend, slammed the winter break.His team will play at Aston Villa on Sunday week, before hosting RB Leipzig in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on the Tuesday.The Spurs chief added: “I don’t like the break especially because there is no attention to when you play Champions League.“It would be much more normal for us to be playing this weekend.4 Kane was forced to undergo surgery on his hamstring injuryCredit: Instagram @harrykanelast_img read more

The Chinese soccer Super League suspended for the coronavirus

first_imgThe Chinese Football Association (CFA, the national federation) announced today the suspension until further notice of all competitions nationwide, including the highest league division, the Super league, due to the outbreak of pneumonia caused by a new coronavirus that has already caused at least 170 deaths.In a brief statement on its website, the CFA said that “to cooperate with the prevention and control” of the outbreak and “to ensure the health” of players, employees and fans, the beginning of the 2020 season will be postponed for “football matches of all levels in the country”.This new season was scheduled to start on February 22.The agency did not set any calendar for football competitions and simply pointed out – like the rest of Chinese institutions that have announced closures or suspensions of services – that the information in this regard “will be published in a timely manner.”The Chinese federation said it will continue in “close contact” with the national authorities and that a calendar will be established for competitions with the necessary adjustments as the outbreak develops in the different regions of the country. Finally, the Chinese Super League – which achieved worldwide notoriety for five years for its star signings for exorbitant prices and salaries – cannot begin, and on Wednesday the CFA announced that the teams of that division participating in the Asian Champions League will play out the first three games they planned to play in their stadiums.In the first Chinese division is the Wuhan Zall, team of the city of Wuhan, epicenter of the outbreak and capital of the province of Hubei.This squad is led by the Spanish José González and arrived last night at the airport Malaga to continue in the south of Spain with its pre-season concentration, raising some fears that the Spanish health authorities were responsible for dissipating, since the team had been training outside of Wuhan since January 4, so that it greatly exceeded the incubation period.José González said, in statements to journalists, that his stay in Spain “does not pose a danger to anyone.”last_img read more

Ronaldo ends road scoring drought

first_imgROME (AP):Cristiano Ronaldo ended his away scoring drought with an impressive second-half goal as Real Madrid won 2-0 at Roma yesterday in the first leg of the Round of 16 in the Champions League.The victory also marked a successful debut for Zinedine Zidane as Madrid’s manager in the elite competition, with the 10-time champion taking a big step towards the quarter-finals.It was Ronaldo’s first goal on the road since November 29 when he scored a penalty against Eibar.”Everyone expects (Ronaldo) to score, and today, he was able to,” Zidane said. “I’m happy for these two away goals and that we didn’t concede any goals.”Shortly before the hour mark, Ronaldo collected a pass up the left flank from Marcelo, rapidly cut inside moving the ball with a deft flick of his legs and launched a powerful shot that deflected off Roma fullback Alessandro Florenzi.”He’s a player against whom you can’t concede anything. He can go right or left. It doesn’t matter which way,” Florenzi said. “I was also unlucky because I deflected the shot and the ball went in right under the crossbar.”After scoring, Ronaldo ran towards Zidane and hugged the French great, who replaced Rafa Benitez last month.Substitute Jese then sealed the victory with an angled shot four minutes from the end after Roma failed to take advantage of several opportunities for an equaliser.At the final whistle, Zidane congratulated each of his players one by one, including those who didn’t play.”I do it because the team is the most important thing,” said Zidane, who scored the winning goal for Madrid in the 2002 Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen. “It’s the players who make the difference, and today it was Ronaldo – it’s often him – but everyone’s contribution is important, even those who don’t play much. We win all together.”The night’s other first-leg match saw Wolfsburg beat AA Ghent 3-2 in Belgium.last_img read more

Female Juror Arrested after Allegedly Leaving Lawyer’s Office

first_imgA member of the Civil Law Court trial jury was last Tuesday night arrested by officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP), after she was allegedly spotted leaving the office of Cllr. Cooper Kruah, who is a lawyer for Embassy Suites Hotel. This hotel is seeking a US$3 million damages lawsuit against Ecobank-Liberia.The arrest of Juror Elizabeth Belleh, prompted Judge Johannes Z. Zlahn yesterday to disband the entire jury and suspend further hearing of the case, surprisingly without conducting any investigation into the allegation, as it had been done in previous jury tampering cases.Instead, the Civil Law Court Judge noted that his action was to avoid any doubt over whatever the outcome of the case could be.Juror Belleh was escorted from Cllr. Kruah’s office located on Benson Street, in Monrovia before she was subsequently arrested by the police, Ecobank’s lawyers told the court.They made the allegation when they filed their formal complaints before Judge Zlahn yesterday, informing him about the arrest and subsequent investigation of juror Belleh.In their complaint, the lawyers contended that they had been keeping surveillance on Juror Belleh even before she was removed from the case by Judge Zlahn.It was based on their intelligence, the Ecobank’s legal team claimed, that they and the police succeeded in arresting Juror Belleh.In counter argument, Cllr. Kruah denied the allegation, arguing that Juror Belleh was not arrested in his office; instead she was apprehended while she was walking around his office.“I was not in my office either when they claimed that they arrested Juror Belleh, she was only arrested while she walking around my office and not when she was leaving from there,” Cllr. Kruah further alleged.Besides, Cllr. Kruah argued that Belleh was no more a juror hearing the case and as such she should not be held responsible for anything relating to the case.His argument was ignored and Judge Zlahn went ahead and disbanded the trial jury.Initially, Belleh was dropped from the case, after she was accused by Ecobank’s lawyers of conversing with one of Cllr. Kruah’s witnesses, Aaron B. Solomon.  But Judge Zlahn chose to keep her as one of the jurors of the Civil Law Court.In his decision, Judge Zlahn said, “In order  to avoid appearing inappropriately, which may cast the cloud of doubt over what the outcome of the case may be, juror Elizabeth Belleh should be and is hereby removed from serving as jury on this particular case.”“Accordingly,” Judge Zlahn added, “she is hereby removed from the jury but may serve on another jury during this term of court, if she is selected.”A legal expert, who asked not to be named, told the Daily Observer that the law requires all jury proceedings be kept secret.  Secrecy allows witnesses and the jurors to speak freely and honestly as they discuss evidence and make decisions. “Each juror takes an oath that he or she will not disclose any proceedings among themselves or with any of the parties,” the legal expert noted. “The key responsibility of the jury,” according to the expert, “is to decide whether a party has enough evidence against a suspect to hold them liable for a commission of a crime.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more