Greg Pence Announces Details for Congressional Art Competition

first_imgThe photo from last year’s winner titled Boots by Molly Brandes.Washington D.C. – U.S. Congressman Greg Pence (IN-06) today shared details of the annual Congressional Art Competition.  The deadline to submit artwork is April 15th, 2020. The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in our District. The winning artwork of our district’s competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork is also featured on‘s Congressional Art Competition page, and the winner will receive two round-trip tickets to Washington D.C. to attend a reception and meet Congressman Pence.The Rules include artwork entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches, may be up to 4 inches in-depth, and not weigh more than 15 pounds. If your artwork is selected as the winning piece, it must arrive framed and must still measure no larger than the above maximum dimensions. Art can include paintings, drawings, collages, prints, mixed media, computer-generated art, and photography. All entries must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted. Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing). Click here to fill out the competition form. To arrange artwork submission, contact Liz Dessauer: 812-799-5230 or read more

Kinnear aiming to get fans onside

first_img Kinnear added: “When things are not going right, they stamp their feet – and so they should. It is part of the culture up there and you have to take the criticism when you do not do well.” Indeed, Kinnear insisted he still retains a huge affection for the club’s fans from his brief spell as manager at St James’ Park during the 2008-09 season, and reiterated his belief that he was doing a good job until health problems struck. However, he once again hit out at the north-east media, who he famously blasted in a foul-mouthed tirade. Kinnear said: “When I was there as manager, I was doing a great job. The team was away from the relegation area, but the media were on my back. At the end of the day I love the fans up there. I fell in love with them. “None of the media liked what I said to them. But I tell you, I did not say one bad word about the fans. You have to remember you are representing the fans up here. That is what I have to do – work hard to get the club going forward again.” Newcastle won five of the 26 games they played under Kinnear’s charge, and Shearer was unable to prevent them from slipping out of the Barclays Premier League after being drafted in for the final eight games of the campaign. Meanwhile, the club have announced that the team will travel to Scotland and Portugal as they prepare for the new season. Alan Pardew’s men will head for Motherwell on Tuesday, July 16 before jetting off to Portugal for a training camp which will include fixtures against Primeira Liga duo Rio Ave and Pacos de Ferreira on July 20 and 23 respectively. Blackpool will host the Magpies at Bloomfield Road on Sunday, July 28, and a Newcastle XI will play at St Mirren two days later. In their only home fixture of the pre-season campaign, they will welcome Braga to St James’ Park on Saturday, August 10 – a week before the new campaign gets under way, although they hope to arrange a further away game before the Portuguese outfit head for Tyneside. Press Association Joe Kinnear has attempted to build bridges with the Newcastle fans he last week claimed he was more intelligent than.center_img The 66-year-old has embarked upon a charm offensive of sorts after a difficult first few days in his role as the club’s new director of football. Despite rounding on the Magpies’ record goalscorer Alan Shearer over the weekend, he has attempted to establish a relationship with supporters angered by his appointment. He told the Chronicle: “They are like me up there – they appreciate hard work. I am from a council estate and I have been taught the values of hard work. A lot of the fans up there have that attitude. They want to see their team do as well as possible.” last_img read more

Judd Trump knocked out of UK Championship and double blow for Thepchaiya Un-Nooh

first_img World number six Trump looked to be on course for a commanding win at York’s Barbican Centre as breaks of 112 and 75 helped him open up a 3-0 lead, with Liang failing to pot a single ball. The 2011 champion and last year’s runner-up restored his three-frame advantage after his practice partner had pulled one back before Liang pulled off an astonishing comeback, with Trump making a series of uncharacteristic errors to hand the match to his opponent. Trump said on Twitter afterwards: ” Sorry for that performance. Feel like giving up after that!! Embarrassing!” China’s Liang said on “In the last frame my head was gone and if it had gone 5-5 I think I would have lost. To beat Judd gives me a lot of confidence for the next match.” Tom Ford will be Liang’s opponent in the last-16, after the Leicestershire potter’s shock 6-1 win over Shanghai Masters champion Kyren Wilson. Un-Nooh, meanwhile, missed the final black off its spot when set for a maximum 147 in what would have been a huge silver lining after a 6-2 defeat to 2013 champion Neil Robertson. Un-Nooh bowed his head after seeing his final pot of the sixth frame rattle the jaws of the pocket. He lost the final two frames and lamented his missed opportunity. Unaware that a maximum break would have earned him a big cash prize, the 30-year-old said: “I’m so disappointed. It’s a nightmare. There was a lot of pressure on the black because I had never made a 147 in a tournament before.” Robertson sympathised with his opponent, adding: “I’m gutted for him. The money would have meant a lot to him, it would have covered his expenses for the next two years.” The Australian will next play Stephen Maguire, who earlier beat Mark Davis 6-4. There was also a touch of late excitement in the match between Mark Joyce and Thailand’s Dechawat Poomjaeng, who hit back from 5-0 down to triumph 6-5. After winning the first five frames, Joyce then added just 66 points, 46 of them coming in frame 10, as Poomjaeng hit back in style. Tuesday night’s other contest saw Hong Kong’s Marco Fu defeat David Gilbert 6-3 to set up a clash with Shaun Murphy for a place in the quarter-finals. World number four Murphy coasted into the last 16 when he beat Ben Woollaston 6-2. Murphy, champion in 2008, opened up with break of 83 and never relinquished control of the match. The 33-year-old continued an impressive display of long potting as he went on to secure what was a comfortable victory with another impressive 106. “I am very pleased with my performance,” the 33-year-old said on the BBC. “Part of going for your shots is saying, ‘I am prepared to go for my shots, are you?’ “It sends a message out to your opponent. I have always gone for my shots and I always will.” Martin Gould defeated Mark Allen 6-4, which secured his place in the last-16 of the tournament for the first time. Judd Trump bowed out of the UK Championship after losing the final five frames to Liang Wenbo, while Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh missed out on a £44,000 windfall after failing to pot the final black when poised for a 147 break. Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: Churchill Downs delays reopening stables

first_img___The NFL’s Arizona Cardinals have made a $1 million donation to help those in the state affected by the coronavirus pandemic.The Cardinals are working with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to launch an initiative that will help fund protective equipment for medical personnel, support nonprofits like food banks and homeless shelters, and provide disadvantaged students with technology to help with online learning.Cardinals President Michael Bidwell said in a statement that “this unprecedented crisis has us asking what we can do to help and what might have the greatest impact. We are grateful for the creation of this relief fund, are proud to support its critically important mission and hope that others throughout the community can join this effort in whatever way that they are able.”___ ___The track world championships in Eugene, Oregon, could be moved from 2021 to 2022 after the Olympics were postponed.World Athletics says it is talking with organizers about “alternative dates, including dates in 2022.”The championships in Eugene are due to run from Aug. 6-15, 2021. That would conflict with the Olympics if the same July-August slot as originally planned for 2020 is used next year.World Athletics adds that it is looking at a new qualification system to account for the postponement and for the havoc wreaked on the 2020 schedule by the coronavirus outbreak. Sports leagues across Asia have been postponed or suspended because of the virus outbreak. The professional baseball and soccer leagues in Japan are aiming to start or resume their seasons in late April.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 IOC president Thomas Bach says he did not discuss new dates for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.One option would be July 23-Aug. 8. That is exactly one year from the now-postponed July 24-Aug. 9 dates.Bach says the exact dates is a question for the Tokyo organizing committee and an International Olympic Committee panel overseeing the preparations.Swimming and track have their biennial world championships scheduled to start in July or August 2021.___ ___The president of the International Paralympic Committee says postponing the Olympics and Paralympics to 2021 was “the only logical option.”The Paralympics are governed by the same contract as the Tokyo Olympics.IPC president Andrew Parsons says “by taking this decision now, everyone involved in the Paralympic Movement, including all Para athletes, can fully focus on their own health and well-being and staying safe during this unprecedented and difficult time.”___ The U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon, will be rescheduled in the wake of the International Olympic Committee’s decision to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Games because of the spread of the coronavirus.TrackTown USA, the local organizing body, announced Tuesday that is working with USA Track & Field and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee on rescheduling the event, which was originally set to start on June 19.“Although it is not yet clear how long it may take to finalize a new date for the event, our Local Organizing Committee stands ready to welcome the best athletes in the country to the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field once a decision is reached,” TrackTown USA CEO Michael Reilly said in a statement.TrackTown USA is working on procedures for fans who already have purchased tickets to either retain them or apply for refunds.The Olympic trials were among the marquee events set to showcase the newly reconstructed Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. Hayward Field has been expanded in anticipation of the 2021 world track and field championships. One of the key worldwide athlete groups that called for postponement of the Tokyo Games termed the IOC’s announcement a “bittersweet victory.”The group Global Athlete says it was appropriate for the International Olympic Committee to make the call Tuesday, instead of on a four-week timeline that it had suggested over the weekend. In a statement, the group said that while it commended the IOC for its decision, it also pressed the committee to engage with athletes while deciding on a new date for the Olympics.The statement said, “As shown over the past several weeks, no athletes, no Games.”___ “We understand how trying the impact of this decision is on our horsemen,” Churchill Downs president Kevin Flanery said in a statement.___Two U.S. senators are pressing for transparency after the International Olympic Committee’s decision to postpone the Tokyo Games over concerns about the coronavirus.Senators Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, and Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, are part of a subcommittee that handles issues related to the Olympics. In a joint statement, Moran, who’s the chairman, and Blumenthal, the ranking member, pushed for more clarity as the IOC decides when the games in Tokyo will be held in 2021.“Athletes deserve clear answers to when the games will be held and how their health will remain protected — not just at the Olympics themselves, but during the trials and training beforehand,” the statement read. “Clarity and transparency are vital steps to ensure the best possible outcome for the Tokyo Olympic Games.” ___The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers have done an about-face on cutting salaries for employees making more than $100,000. A day after announcing the temporary 20% pay cuts because of the economics effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the teams’ co-owners rescinded them.Co-owner Josh Harris says after listening to his staff and players, it’s clear that the pay cuts was the wrong decision.“This is an extraordinary time in our world — unlike any most of us have ever lived through before — and ordinary business decisions are not enough to meet the moment. To our staff and fans, I apologize for getting this wrong.”The teams did not say whether they plan to maintain a four-day work week, which was part of the cuts. Employees benefits were never changed and the teams plan on keeping their 1,500 hourly workers paid throughout the regular season. The NHL’s Devils and the NBA’s Sixers are owned by Harris and David Blitzer, who are the founders of Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment. IOC president Thomas Bach says “alarming figures” in the past few days about the coronavirus were key to deciding the Tokyo Olympics must be postponed.Bach cites the World Health Organization “saying in the last couple of hours that Africa has to prepare for the worst.”The IOC has been advised by the WHO, which said Monday the pandemic is accelerating.Bach says the original health issue for hosting the Tokyo Olympics was “could Japan offer a safe welcome” and the IOC was confident it could.___ The Latest: Churchill Downs delays reopening stables The Tokyo Olympics have been officially postponed until 2021.The International Olympic Committee along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and local organizers have decided that the Tokyo Games cannot go ahead as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak.The IOC says the games will be held “not later than summer 2021” but they will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.___Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed “100%” to his proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak. Moran and Blumenthal sent a letter to IOC President Thomas Bach on March 11 to ask about the committee’s plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the Tokyo Games. They also talked with U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee over health and safety of the athletes.___Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes are funding three intensive care units for coronavirus patients at hospitals in Portugal.A hospital in Porto said the contribution from the Juventus forward and his agent will pay for 15 intensive care beds fully equipped with ventilators and other necessary equipment. Another two units with 10 beds each will be set up in Lisbon.Media reports said Ronaldo and Mendes are contributing more than 1 million euros (dollars) for the three units. Bach had previously said the IOC would make an announcement about postponing the 2020 Olympics in the next four weeks.___Taiwan’s professional baseball league has set April 11 as the revised date for opening day.The start of the Taiwan-based Chinese Professional Baseball League’s season has been delayed twice this month because of the coronavirus pandemic.The CPBL’s website says the opening game would go ahead in a closed stadium but there could be up to 150 season ticket holders allowed entry under strict social distancing guidelines if the government approves. The statement added that the ”postponement of the Tokyo Games will make it possible to offer the athletes optimal conditions for preparation and competition.”___Road race world champion Mads Pedersen of Denmark says he is happy the International Olympic Committee made the decision to postpone the Tokyo Games on Tuesday rather than wait weeks or even two months.Pedersen would have been among the favorites to win cycling gold this summer. He says he’s sorry for the athletes who had planned their seasons around the Olympics. But he ultimately calls it the right decision, saying that “it shows that we are thinking above the sport and making everyone’s health the priority.”The world cycling calendar has been suspended since the outbreak of the new coronavirus. Officials have not decided whether the Tour de France will carry on this July, but most of the events leading up to the Grand Tour race have been canceled or postponed.center_img USA Cycling chief executive Rob DeMartini tells The Associated Press that athletes were surveyed over the weekend by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and that the consensus was that postponing the Tokyo Games was the correct call.DeMartini says “training disruption and qualification challenges are too big to overcome even if the environment returns to a degree of normal by late summer.”DeMartini says that he is a fan of a “soonest possible” reschedule but not until the situation is a bit more predictable. That could mean early in 2021 or an Olympics that is pushed into the fall of next year.DeMartini says “we just need to be sure everything is being done to protect their safety.”___ Walsh Jennings says she understands why the IOC wanted to wait to make the decision.“Can you imagine making this decision after how many years and how much blood and sweat on a global level? People are having a problem calling off weddings, and calling off little tournaments, so imagine with all the billions of dollars that’s gone into this,” she said. “They have a grieving process to go through. They have so many moving parts to think about.”___Organizers of the 2024 Paris Olympics say the IOC and the Japanese government have ”chosen the best possible scenario” in postponing the Tokyo Games until next year.The Paris organizers said in a statement Tuesday that “postponing the world’s biggest sporting event is not an easy decision,” but that the IOC did the right thing in listening to “the concerns of the sports world.” The Centro Hospitalar Universitario do Porto says the unit will be named after Ronaldo and Mendes and will be of “great use at a time when the country needs it the most.”___NASCAR has ordered staff pay cuts across its entire company until the series returns to racing.NASCAR President Steve Phelps sent a memo to employees Tuesday saying all officers will have a 25% reduction in salary, while all other employees will have their salary reduced by 20%. Budget expenses also have been frozen, and employees are being encouraged to use vacation.NASCAR currently is suspended until May 9, a span costing the series seven of its elite Cup races. Phelps has vowed all will be rescheduled. NASCAR was four races into the season — the longest in sports at almost 11 months — when the coronavirus brought the series to a halt. Associated Press ___The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame’s newest class won’t get inducted until next year.Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame officials have announced their scheduled June 13 induction ceremony has been postponed to June 12, 2021, at Knoxville, Tennessee, because of the pandemic.The induction class features Debbie Brock, Carol Callan, Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Sue Donohoe, Lauren Jackson and Carol Stiff. The 1980 U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team is to be honored as trailblazers of the game.___ March 24, 2020 ___The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers have cut salaries for employees making more than $100,000 and put them on a four-day work week as the franchises deal with the impact of the coronavirus.Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment CEO Scott O’Neil announced the move in a letter posted on the Devils’ website.The cuts are scheduled to last for three months and will amount to roughly 6% of the employees’ yearly salary if the pandemic subsides.The Devils of the NHL and the Sixers of the NBA are owned by Josh Harris and David Blitzer, who are the founders of HBSE. World swimming body FINA says it will talk to the Japanese organizers of the 2021 world championships about a possible schedule clash with the Tokyo Olympics.The championships are planned for July 16-Aug. 1 in Fukuoka.If an exact one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics is agreed upon, it would take place July 23-Aug. 8.FINA says talks with Japanese officials will “determine flexibility around the dates of the competition, if necessary and in agreement with the IOC.”The governing body cites priorities including “athlete wellbeing and maximizing opportunities for aquatics stars to compete at the highest level.” ___Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings says it was the “responsible choice” to postpone the Olympics.“When you do something on a grand scale, you want to do it right,” she told The Associated Press. “Give time for the world to heal. I can’t imagine the enthusiasm that’s going to be coming next year, with the whole world coming together to watch this. I know the Japanese people are going to make the best of this.”A three-time beach volleyball gold medalist, Walsh Jennings was in position to make the 2020 Games with new partner Brooke Sweat. They’re treating the coronavirus shutdown like an offseason, staying home with their families and working out on their own.California authorities have taken down the nets all along the Los Angeles-area beaches to discourage people from gathering. Walsh Jennings and her husband, beach volleyball pro Casey Jennings, put up a mini-net in their yard. ___The Montreal Canadiens are temporarily laying off 60% of employees while the National Hockey League season is suspended.Groupe CH, which owns hockey’s most storied club, says the layoffs go into effect March 30. Groupe CH also is establishing a $6 million assistance fund that will enhance employment insurance to make sure employees receive 80% of their salary for the following eight weeks and be available for loans to employees.Owner Geoff Molson says: “We are working extremely hard to limit the impact this situation will have on our employees.”___ ___Modern pentathlon has canceled the remainder of its World Cup season and postponed the world championships from May to September or October.The four remaining World Cups — two in Sofia, Bulgaria, another in Budapest, Hungary, and the final in Seoul — had already been pushed to May and June but have now been officially canceled.The worlds, relocated from Xiamen, China, to Cancun, Mexico, and set for May 25-31, were rescheduled. The new dates were to be determined.Governing body UIPM says it welcomed the decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics and will finalize plans to revise qualification. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:Churchill Downs has delayed reopening stables at its track and training center until April 14 because of public health concerns related to the coronavirus. A decision on postponing the scheduled April 25 spring meet opening will be made closer to that date.The storied track last week postponed the 146th Kentucky Derby from May 2 to Sept. 5, the first time the event won’t be run on the first Saturday in May since 1945. Churchill Downs’ stables have been closed since Dec. 31 for winter renovations, and many of the horses that would be there are at tracks including Fair Grounds in New Orleans and Gulfstream Park in Florida. Jacksonville’s Shad Khan is the latest NFL owner to donate money to help during the coronavirus pandemic.Khan committed $1 million to northeast Florida’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.He is giving Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund $400,000. He is giving $75,000 to Feeding Northeast Florida. He is giving $75,000 to The Clara White Mission to provide food and care for the city’s homeless. He is giving the Jacksonville Public Education Fund $50,000 to provide needed supplies and technology to students and teachers as they make the transition to digital home learning.He also is giving the local chapter of the American Red Cross $50,000 in support of Anheuser-Busch’s initiative to support the continuation of blood drives throughout the country.Additional allocations will be made as the pandemic evolves and its effects on Jacksonville and northeast Florida residents continue to be realized.last_img read more

StarTimes Excites Football Fans with Live Ligue 1 Games

first_imgStarTimes is set to keep football fans glued to their seats as it brings live coverage of France’s Ligue 1 clashes between PSG and Nice; Bordeaux vs Monaco; Caen vs Troyes; and other exciting matches to their living rooms.This weekend’s encounter will be more exciting as PSG and Nice will trade tackles at the Parc des Princes Stadium on Friday evening at 7:45pm.PSG is league leaders with 26 points from 10 matches while Nice is 14th on the table with 10 points from 10 matches. PSG heads into the game with a 2-2 result from its last weekend’s clash with Marseille. Nice has won just one out of its last five matches and will be heading into this game with the determination to upset PSG that is aiming to extend its unbeaten record.On Saturday, Bordeaux is to take on Monaco at 4pm while the Caen encounter with Troyes will also be shown at 7pm. The Dijon game against Nantes will go on live at 7pm.Speaking on these coming sporting actions, Brands and Marketing Director, StarTimes, Qasim Elegbede said PSG and Nice are a dominant force in terms of sports in France and the leading pay television network is ever committed to delivering quality sporting content to its subscribers.“Football lovers can also enjoy the thrills and action on ST World Football (Channels 244 and 254), ST Sport Premium (channel 246) and StarTimes Mobile App,” Elegbede added.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Women’s hockey sweeps Bemidji St.

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s hockey team completed the weekend sweep of WCHA rival Bemidji State on Sunday with a 2-0 shutout at the Kohl Center. Combining sound puck possession with stifling defense, the Badgers were able to control the pace of the game throughout, pouring in 43 shots on net. But unlike the 7-1 beating they gave the Beavers on Friday, the Badgers needed a patient attack against a very formidable goalkeeper. Zuzana Tomcikova, net-minder for the Beavers, kept her team in the game with big save after big save, holding Wisconsin to just a one-goal lead until late.At the 10:01 mark of the third period sophomore right-winger Breann Frykas beat Tomcikova on a two-versus-one that gave the Badgers the comfortable two-goal lead.“You have to be patient playing hockey… that last goal was crucial in the third period to kind of settle it, ” junior left-winger Carolyne Prevost said.Early in the game the puck spent most of its time in the Bemidji State defensive zone. The Badgers won the shot battle in the first period 13-4, but weren’t able to capitalize on the many scoring chances they had. Late in the period Prevost caught a pass through the crease on the far post and put it past the Beaver goaltender.“She’s a big tall goalie, get the forwards crashing to the net and hopefully there are some rebounds because there are not usually pretty goals against this type of goalie,” Prevost said.Due to Tomcikova’s remarkable play, the Badgers found themselves in a pressure situation, one that a lot of the young players will have to grow accustomed to as the season progresses.“It’s really important because the WCHA is such a strong league, it’s the strongest out of the whole NCAA, and it was a good practice for us to have that situation today,” Prevost said.The other positive to take away from this game was Wisconsin’s penalty killing ability. The Beavers had three power play opportunities but were never able to get anything going. The storyline for the first game of this two game weekend series ran much differently. The Badgers pounded the Beavers 7-1 at the Kohl Center on Friday behind a hat trick by Prevost and the strong goaltending of freshman Alex Rigsby.The turning point in the game was when the Badgers came up with a short-handed goal in the middle of the second period to put them up 2-1. From that point on they would never look back.“That was a big momentum change for the game because it was tied 1-1… I think a lot of people had less pressure off of their backs and then could just relax a little bit better,” Prevost said.The Badgers definitely relaxed, pouring in four goals in the second period to take a commanding 4-1 lead into the third where they would continue their dominating play.The start of the game was marred by several uncharacteristic penalties by the Badgers. It took the team most of the first period to get a handle on Bemidji State and find the rhythm of the game.After the Beavers scored at the 11:21 mark of the first period on a power play, the Badgers seemed to find the pace and intensity they had been without for the first few minutes of the game. They took control of the second half of the first period possessing the puck and keeping it deep within the Bemidji State end.The second and third periods were also completely controlled by the Badgers, as they outshot the Beavers 29-5 (36-11 overall). Once the Badgers took the lead on the short-handed goal, the game transformed into a track meet and Bemidji State could not keep up with the Badgers’ offense.“The last 50 [minutes] were good. We knew what Bemidji was going to bring to the table. We seemed to finally respond when they scored a goal, from that point on it was pretty good,” head coach Mark Johnson said.The Badgers capped off their impressive win with a hat trick by Prevost, who is the leading scorer for the team this year. “None of the goals were a single effort. The third goal Meghan (Duggan) made a great pass, the second was an open net because Brooke Ammerman made a beautiful pass and I was lucky that I was wide open, and the first goal just happened to be a deflection off their defense,” she said.last_img read more

Despite small stature, Morales owning court

first_imgDeme Morales doesn’t fit the typical mold of an outside hitter. Standing at just 5-feet 7-inches, she is the shortest outside hitter in the Big Ten by three inches. The average outside hitter in the league has a full six inches on Morales.But even as the shortest net player in the Big Ten, Deme Morales plays like a giant.In her junior year, Morales has broken out as one of Wisconsin’s best all-around players. She is averaging 2.34 kills per set and 2.31 digs per set on the season in a dual role of both outside hitter and defensive specialist.The Amherst, Ohio-native said she needs to use other techniques to be able to score at the net when she’s up against players who are as tall as 6-feet 5-inches.“With taller blocks, you can’t get around them straight ahead, so with shorter blocks, you have to find other ways to score off people,” Morales said. “Like tooling off blocks and finding open shots. Just being more aware of your surroundings is what I’ve had to become better at.”Morales hasn’t always been one of the shorter players. Playing on her junior high and high school volleyball teams, Morales manned the position of middle blocker and was one of the tallest players on her team. She said it wasn’t until she began playing for her club team did she start competing against girls who were 6-foot 3-inch.One attribute that has helped Morales get past her lack of height has been a strong intensity and toughness she brings to volleyball. Morales had to learn to be tough at a young age. At five years old, she started to play soccer, and eventually became the only girl on the roster of the boys’ team. She was encouraged by her coach to stick with the boys’ team because her aggressive nature.Morales also grew up with two older brothers, something that helped her develop thick skin early on and something that taught her how to play aggressively in her athletics.Freshman setter Lauren Carlini said the intensity Morales brings on the court is obvious.“She’s a fierce person,” Carlini said. “On the court, she’s just one of those people who loves to compete, who loves to just battle and grind.”Carlini said when she sets balls for Morales, she tends to place the ball a bit lower and faster so Morales will have time to work around the opponents’ block. She said Morales is most effective attacking the ball down the line to avoid the block, something she’s able to do because of her uncanny accuracy.Carlini also praised the athleticism of Morales — she is able to hang in the air to get off the shot she wants. Morales has a vertical leap that allows her to compete with blockers on the other side of the net who are 10 inches taller.Morales puts her leaping ability towards one of the most powerful jump serves in the Big Ten. She began using a jump serve and started hitting more aggressive attacks at the net while playing for her club team. However, it wasn’t until this season Morales felt like she’s become comfortable with the jump serve.“It was kind of embarrassing at first because it was so awkward,” Morales said. “It was erratic when I would hit the ball. I remember at club tournaments, parents would be behind me and you could hear them question what I was doing.”Morales said the pressure of hearing the whispers behind her back was part of the motivation she needed to perfect her serve and become more mentally tough.Along with her aggressive attacks, Morales shows her aggressive attitude on the court. She said it feels genuine to let out all of her raw emotion after a huge kill, something that helps her and the team get motivated.Off the court, Morales is a different person. She described herself as “shy” and “timid,” not at all like the person smacking jump serves and hitting powerful attacks at the net.“I’m a little more quiet,” Morales said. “I’m kind of slow to warm up off the court. On the court is kind of a different game. When [I] cross the line, [I’m] a different person.”Even though she’s not as outgoing off the court, head coach Kelly Sheffield said she is fearless on the court — claiming her intensity and competitive nature helps her succeed in the country’s best volleyball conference.“I’d rather wrestle a bear than Deme Morales,” Sheffield said.last_img read more

RSPH – New Gambling Health Alliance will support Watson’s tougher code

first_img Submit David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Consensus cannot be the hardest word February 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Cross-party think-tank calls for £100 monthly limit on gambling August 5, 2020 Share Winning Post: Political flip-floppery leads to uncertainty for casinos August 3, 2020 Niamh McDade – RSPHLabour Deputy leader Tom Watson’s call for a tougher regulatory code on online gambling services/practices has received the backing of the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH).In 2019, the RSPH is set to launch its ‘Gambling Health Alliance’, developed in partnership with industry charity GambleAware, as UK-wide gambling policy advisors push for problem-gambling to be treated as a public health concern.Issuing a statement, the RSPH states that it shares the concerns of Labour’s deputy with regards to a reported 400,000 11-16 year olds spending their own money gambling activities each week.Moving forward, the RSPH supports the implementation of the following discussed measures for UK overseeing gambling –A system for checking affordability before a gambler can start higher depositsStake limits on products linked to higher rates of problem gamblingThe integration of online games into the existing categorisation of gambling machines according to maximum stake and prizeNiamh McDade, Senior Campaigns & Communications Executive at the RSPH, said:“It is vital that regulations in the online world catch up with restrictions being introduced offline and we welcome the call to limit stakes in all online gambling. With 18% of the population gambling online, we must ensure that we identify and understand all sources of problem gambling. ”“We look forward to establishing the Gambling Health Alliance this year to provide a forum for all relevant stakeholders to collaborate and increase our understanding of the range social, economic and cultural factors that contribute to gambling-related harms.”Preparing to launch this 2019, the Gambling Health Alliance aims to better research gambling dynamics, habits and trends, bringing together wider organisations and individuals, with policymakers, who all have a shared interest in reducing the damage caused to health and wellbeing from gambling.last_img read more

Clippers notes: Doc Rivers does not like thought of Jamal Crawford being out until playoffs

first_imgMr. EverythingRivers would rather guard Darren Collison not start. With a healthy Crawford, that’s quite a one-two punch in reserve. But with J.J. Redick having missed so many games with a bulging disc in his back — he has played in only 31 of 77 games and started 30 — Collison has started quite a few games.Either way, he is doing everything Rivers wants.“I prefer him coming off the bench with Jamal,” Rivers said. “Health-wise, I don’t know if we’ll be able to do that or not. Bottom line is, he is ready either way. That’s what he has been all year for us. If there is an All-Star for a utility player, Darren Collison would be that for us. He’s been great.”Collison has played in 75 games, including 34 starts, and averaged 11.4 points and 3.6 assists. Redick has returned after missing two months. He came off the bench in his first game back in Thursday’s loss to Dallas. He did start Sunday’s game, however. Paul gets the businessGuard Chris Paul attended the Dodgers opener against the Giants on Friday with his son. He was wearing Dodgers gear, but that apparently didn’t matter because once it was made known he was there he was booed.“I expected that,” Paul said at Saturday’s practice, apparently knowing in spite of everything this still is more of a Lakers town. “It’s cool.”Rivers was asked what he thought about a Clippers player being booed at Dodger Stadium.“I don’t care, to be honest,” said a smiling Rivers, who said he is a baseball fan. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I’m hoping that’s not the case,” he said.Crawford had played in 66 games and recently missed eight of nine games with a strained left calf. He came back and played in five games, but had missed the past three before Sunday.Rivers believes Crawford not playing much near the end of the regular season should not affect him being voted Sixth Man of the Year. He is averaging 18.6 points.“It shouldn’t,” Rivers said. “The only way it would is if people forget about him and if they forget about him, that means you guys aren’t writing about him enough,” Rivers said. “I certainly think he should win it, and I certainly think you guys have to do your job to make sure people don’t forget about him.“I think he’s been great, he’s been fantastic.”center_img LOS ANGELES – Clippers coach Doc Rivers shudders at the thought of guard Jamal Crawford not playing again until the playoffs begin.It just doesn’t bode well for a player to miss so many games down the stretch of the regular season, then expect him to be all he has been with a flip of a switch.“I don’t know, I hope not. But, yeah, it’s looking like that,” Rivers said ahead of Sunday’s game against the Lakers. “I would hate that, personally. I think it’s hard to go into a playoff series and haven’t played in three weeks or whatever.”Rivers conceded there is nothing he can do about it.last_img read more