Silly Safari coming to Batesville Y

first_imgBatesville, IN—Southeastern Indiana YMCA is playing host to a Silly Safaris Family Fun Night on Friday, January 17th from 6:30 – 7:30 PM. The public is invited to this event to this free event.  There will be a live animal show with the perfect blend of fact and fun!  You’ll see a variety of reptiles, mammals, birds, and bugs for an experience everyone will remember. Limited space is available. Please RSVP to the Y Welcome Center at 812-934-6006.last_img

Tim Sherwood has his reasons for wanting Jack Grealish to focus on Aston Villa

first_img Villa want to keep him at the club to work on his match fitness after he missed most of pre-season with a hamstring injury and, ahead of Saturday’s visit of Stoke, Sherwood insisted it is the right call. He said: “He’s missed pre-season and the last international break when we wanted to get some training into him, he was injured. So we’re going to use this opportunity now. “If he was called up for the squad then he’d be going but he wasn’t. Roy asked me and said he would like to invite him there and introduce him to the boys and get a feel for St George’s Park. “I thought it was better for him to stay here and work hard. We’ll use this time to get him fit for the remainder of the season. He won’t be alone, a few of the boys are doing exactly the same.” But Sherwood warned the 20-year-old he must focus on his Villa form if he stands any chance of gatecrashing Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2016. He said: “He’s not playing for England unless he is playing for Villa. It goes for every player, they need to play for their club side and play well to get picked by the England manager. “Roy is at a lot of our games and he is always looking. He’s going to make that decision based on how Jack is playing for Aston Villa.” Villa are third bottom in the Barclays Premier League and two points adrift of fourth-bottom Stoke but Sherwood, who will be without Adama Traore (ankle) and has a doubt over Gabby Agbonlahor (calf), dismissed suggestions they are in a relegation scrap yet. “It’s too early to put us in a relegation battle. It’s not what we wanted for the return of points. We’re a young group, a new group and I’m confident we’ll be okay,” he added. Villa have not won in the league since the opening day of the season to put pressure on Sherwood after just seven games. The boss, though, insisted he remains unaffected by the spotlight and the “faceless” doubters ahead of the clash with the Potters, who beat Villa 2-1 in Sherwood’s first game in charge in February. He said: “I’d rather do without it to be honest but you come out fighting don’t you? “I don’t want be guarded, I want to be quite open as I’ve always been. It comes with the job and I knew that when I came into management. It’s never always going to be the honeymoon period is it? You have ups and downs don’t you, as with the wife! “It’s completely different as a player. When you’re a player you look after yourself. As a manager you’re looking after the expectation of the whole football club. “Even more so now it’s a tougher job with all the social media and the faceless people who have an opinion. They’re entitled to it, the world’s moved on. It’s a tougher job now than it was 10-15 years ago. “It doesn’t affect me because I don’t go on these sites (Twitter) to be honest. I listen to people talking about it. It’s different now, isn’t it? It used to be Saint and Greavsie and that was it.” The midfielder has pledged his international future to the Three Lions after choosing them above the Republic of Ireland. Birmingham-born Grealish represented Ireland at under-21 level as he qualified through his grandparents but after his decision national manager Roy Hodgson was keen on bringing him to train with England during the international break, with Grealish waiting for his new international registration. Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has defended his decision to ask for Jack Grealish to be left out of England training. Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News Good to be World Cup underdogs, says Pakistan captain Sarfraz

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Lahore: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said on Monday that being underdogs in next month’s World Cup eases the pressure on his young team, who leave for the tournament this week. Pakistan will play three warm-up matches before taking on joint-hosts England in a five-match one-day series and a Twenty20. The 1992 World Cup winners start their campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.Sarfraz he would prefer his side to go into the tournament under the radar.”Look, when we go as favourites, then it’s a problem, but if we go as underdogs then other teams feel the danger, so I think being underdogs is good for us and eases the pressure,” Sarfraz told a press conference in Lahore before they depart for England and Wales on Tuesday.Sarfraz, 31, was among five key players rested for the whitewash ODI series defeat by Australia last month to freshen up the squad before the competition. He was handed a four-match suspension in January by the International Cricket Council after he made a racist comment about South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo during an ODI.All ten teams will play each other in the tournament starting on May 30 with England taking on South Africa in the opening fixture. The top four teams will qualify for the semi-finals.The high-voltage clash between arch-rivals Pakistan and India scheduled for Manchester on June 16 promises to be one of the most tense of the tournament. Pakistan and India, who both possess nuclear weapons, came to the brink of all-out war recently after fresh sparring over the disputed region of Kashmir, adding to the intensity of the match.But Sarfraz played down the hype, saying all games are important.”For us all nine matches are important so we will take every match as a match against India,” he said of Pakistan’s bitter rivals — who have won all six of their previous World Cup clashes.But Pakistan took the Champions Trophy against India in 2017 with a stunning 180-run victory in the final. “We have beaten India in a bigger event recently so we will have that advantage,” said Sarfraz. last_img read more

Balotelli Hits Out at Reds, AC Milan

first_imgMario Balotelli has said that he plans an explosive return to the Italy national team in an interview in which he also hit out at former clubs Liverpool and AC Milan.Balotelli has not played for Italy since defeat to Uruguay in the final group match of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil sent the Azzurri crashing out of the tournament at the first hurdle.But he has enjoyed a lightning start with French Ligue 1 side Nice, scoring five goals in his first three league appearances to help them to the top of the table, above more-fancied Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain. The 26-year-old was not selected for Italy’s upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers at home to Spain and away in Macedonia, but on current form a return to Giampiero Ventura’s squad cannot be far away.“It was right not to select me because I didn’t deserve it,” Balotelli told Sky Sport Italia.“It’s better for Ventura to not select me this time around because when I return, I want to be at my best.”Known as one of the more controversial footballers of the past decade, Ballotelli appears to have turned over a new leaf.After a torrid end to a controversial three-year spell at Manchester City, Balotelli joined AC Milan in January 2013 before moving to Liverpool in 2014.Balotelli never settled at Anfield and returned to Milan on loan last season, only to struggle with a troublesome groin injury.And when Balotelli returned to Liverpool in the summer, manager Jurgen Klopp shot down his chances of regular football and advised him to move on.Balotelli said: “Klopp doesn’t know me, I spoke to him once, he told me to go somewhere else, work hard and then return. So I said goodbye to them, and that we wouldn’t be seeing each other again.”Balotelli claimed both Milan and Liverpool, “weren’t adapted to me”.“It wasn’t anyone’s fault. They weren’t ideal environments for me,” he added.“I didn’t make mistakes in terms of my game or my behaviour, but I did get injured and that’s not something I can control.”Balotelli said the climate at seven-time European champions Milan, who have struggled to qualify for Europe in recent seasons, was “confusing”.“The problem there is the administration,” added Balotelli.“There’s only one person who is phenomenal, and that’s (club CEO, Adriano) Galliani. All the rest is just… confusion.”Balotelli has six goals in five games in all competitions for Nice, where he has enjoyed a perfect start save for a red card right at the end of Sunday’s 2-1 home win over Lorient, shortly after scoring a superb late winner.He puts his current form down to feeling settled with his new teammates, and in his new surroundings on France’s Mediterranean coast.“At the start, I chose Nice for the climate, I wanted to be in a relaxing but beautiful place, where it’s difficult to get out the wrong side of the bed,” he said.“The other reason I chose Nice is because there’s a decent group of young players. We’re all about the same age.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

To go, please

first_imgAles Jablanscek, a junior majoring in physics and mathematics, eats lunch with a visiting friend in front of the Hahn Central Plaza Fountain after a fire alarm was triggered by event set up around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The alarm turned out to not be a fire, and students returned to the Ronald Tutor Campus Center shortly after.Razan Al Marzouqi | Daily Trojanlast_img

No. 1 USC kicks off MPSF tournament with big win

first_imgThe No. 1 USC men’s volleyball team beat No. 8 UCLA in the first round of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation on Saturday 23-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-21.With a raucous crowd and a dominant season thus far, the Trojans (21-2, 20-2) had momentum behind them.Dominant presence · Junior outside hitter Tony Ciarelli, who was named to the All-MPSF first team, had a match-high 21 kills against UCLA. – Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojan “This is the first playoff match we’ve ever hosted in my time,” said senior setter Riley McKibbin. “It’s awesome to have so much support.”With the odds stacked against them, the Bruins (16-15, 9-13) switched up their starting lineup, playing the 6-foot-9 Kyle Caldwell at setter, replacing  Alex Scattereggia in an effort to bring in tougher serving and bigger blocking.After the first set, it seemed to work. UCLA’s defense was rabid, evidenced by its 15 digs in the first set.“When you’re fighting for your lives in the playoffs, anything can happen,” McKibbin said. “They caught us by surprise.”Outside hitter Gonzalo Quiroga led the Bruin charge with 15 kills. Caldwell finished with nine kills for the night, most of them from the setter spot.“They served huge with Caldwell and got us out of system,” said USC coach Bill Ferguson. “We were guessing what they were going to do lineup-wise so we were a little off.”USC finished the first set with an atypically low .103 hitting average with seven errors.Senior opposite Murphy Troy faced a strong double or triple block almost every time he attacked and struggled to unleash his usually dominant attack. He finished with 12 kills earned at a .242 rate.“Our passing wasn’t as consistent as usual,” Ferguson said. “Murphy [Troy] saw a full block every time.”Notions of an upset would be quelled, however.Although the match wasn’t pretty, the Trojans’ cohesion and intensity helped them win the in-betweens, the chaotic plays, and eventually outlast the inconsistent and uncertain Bruins.“We made too many mistakes in the first set,” Ciarelli said. “In the second, third and fourth set we cleaned it up. That was the key.”Ciarelli led the match with 21 kills at a .375 rate, channeling his intensity and energy into a quick, powerful and crafty match.“He’s a big time player and great in big matches,” Ferguson said. “He’s been on fire the last few weeks and doing every thing we need him to do.”Shandrick led the match with six total blocks while helping to control UCLA’s physical middle blocking duo comprised of Thomas Amberg and Weston Dunlap.“Those two control their offense,” Shandrick said. “We got some great touches and worked off of that.”With Saturday’s victory, the Trojans will host UC Irvine in the semifinals next Saturday at 7:30 p.m.“It’s the first home playoff win for USC in God-knows-how-long,” Ferguson said. “We’re one step closer to our ultimate goal.”last_img read more

Blocking propels Syracuse volleyball to 5-set win over Louisville

first_imgMiddle blocker Santita Ebangwese and outside hitter Mackenzie Weaver crouched, preparing their bodies for whatever ball came over the net.As a hard spike came flying in from Louisville’s Tess Clark, the unit readied to defend the net at all costs after their team came out of a sloppy first set. Louisville was on the brink of getting within striking distance of tying the game at 8 and Syracuse knew it could not let the lead dwindle.With the Orange up by three, the duo of Ebangwese and Weaver rose together and blocked the ball straight down with authority to put Syracuse up 9-5 in the second set, giving SU a sense of control for the rest of the game.That block was one of five blocks in the second set and one of 14 in the game. The eventual 14-5 block advantage against the Cardinals (6-10, 1-5) was a positive leap from previous games this season. Led by Ebangwese, Weaver and Leah Levert, SU (4-12, 3-3 Atlantic Coast) beat U of L, 3-2, in five sets on Sunday afternoon at the Women’s Building.It represented a number in the box score more in line with last year’s Syracuse team that just missed out on the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Leonid Yelin was pleased to see his team dominate and improve upon a demanding skill that allows for little to no reaction time and limited ability to see the ball itself.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“You have to be absolutely perfect,” Yelin said of blocking, “if you’re getting in wrong spot you can’t overcome that … this is one skill that goes against human nature.”Ebangwese had eight blocks alone and said her success stemmed from opponent scouting and team communication that, while lacking at times, got the job done.“You know who your hitters are and you know their tendencies, where they like to hit, (where their) strong hits are, certain plays from watching film,” Ebangwase said of scouting the Cardinals. “But then, you also read the setter (and if) she’s going to lean forward, is she going to set back, who are her hitters … you kind of just take (all) that into account.”With knowledge of each other, Ebangwase (eight blocks), Weaver (two blocks) and Levert (six blocks) were on the same page throughout. They finished what they started in the second set and put an exclamation point on a sloppy, but hard-fought game with key blocks.With Syracuse leading 14-5 in a first-to-15 final set, Syracuse once again knew it must close the set. Against Notre Dame on Friday, the failure to close the second set put an end to coming back.Weaver, too, knew she must close out the set. The freshman had nine errors on the day including two in the final set.“Coach looked me in the eye and said, ‘If you miss this block, I’m going to kill you,’” Weaver said. “I’m like, ‘Oh, OK. Well I’m going to take an immediate step to the left.’ He’s like, ‘I want you to step over, I want you to find her number.’”Weaver returned her attention to the court and as Louisville’s Jasmine Bennett tried to spike the ball near the far sideline a combination of Weaver, Levert and Christina Oyawale jumped up and blocked the ball. The ball rose in the air and with anticipation from both sides fell to the hardwood bouncing off where the medal post and nettings meet midcourt.Syracuse had won.“It was a combination (of relief and joy),” Weaver said. “I knew I was going to get that block.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 9, 2016 at 8:34 pm Contact Jake: jafalk@syr.edulast_img read more

Hamilton closing in on Schumacher’s 7 F1 titles

first_img 10 months ago Iran marks 1979 takeover of US Embassy, hostage crisis Associated Press Television News COMMENT First Published: 4th November, 2019 15:45 IST FOLLOW US WE RECOMMEND Last Updated: 4th November, 2019 15:46 IST Hamilton Closing In On Schumacher’s 7 F1 Titles One by one, Lewis Hamilton has passed the great drivers of Formula One. Except one. And now Hamilton is quickly approaching the legacy of the great Michael Schumacher. LIVE TV 10 months ago MMA: Tito Ortiz is confident about defeating Alberto El Patroncenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — One by one, Lewis Hamilton has passed the great drivers of Formula One.Except one.And now Hamilton is quickly approaching the legacy of the great Michael Schumacher. His chances of catching him, once thought to be impossible, now look very, very good.Hamilton won his sixth career F1 championship Sunday with a second-place finish at the U.S. Grand Prix, leaving him one shy of the seven won by Schumacher in the German’s run of dominance between 1994 and 2004.Hamilton’s sixth title — his fifth since 2014 — moved the British driver past Argentina’s Juan Manuel Fangio, the “Godfather” of Formula One, who won five titles in the 1950s. Hamilton now stands alone behind Schumacher.“It’s an honor to be up here with these greats,” Hamilton said.Hamilton may be in a hurry to catch him.Although Hamilton has said he’ll most likely stay with Mercedes after his current contract expires in 2020, he’s 34 years old and one of the oldest drivers on the grid. Formula One will usher in some rules changes in 2021 that it hopes will bring big racing changes with technical tweaks to cars and a budget cap to constrain big teams like Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.And while Mercedes has won six consecutive constructor’s championships behind Hamilton, Ferrari and Red Bull have made enough strides that many see a wide open championship on the table next year.Many thought the same for 2019 until Hamilton and Mercedes lapped the field again. Hamilton has 10 wins this season, a figure that put him so far ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas he only needed to finish eighth or better in Texas to secure the title.Hamilton has arguably made easy work of the F1 grid the last three years. In 2017 and 2018 he clinched titles in Mexico City in races he didn’t even finish on the podium.He won the title on Sunday despite falling short of a win that would have put an exclamation point on the championship. Hamilton could have settled into an easy drive, but instead chased after a victory when he bolted from fifth to third on the opening lap. He later grabbed the lead and held it until Bottas passed him in the final laps.“You can see how motivated Lewis still is, he wants to win every race and get the best result possible,” Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff said.Hamilton won his first championship at age 23 with McLaren in 2008, winning by a single point with a pass on the last corner of the last lap in the last race in Brazil. He didn’t win another until hooking up with Mercedes.Mercedes’ early dominance in the hybrid engine era caused some to question whether it was the car or driver winning the titles.But Hamilton has been the pilot guiding those silver missiles around the racetracks and his driving has silenced much of that. He fought off challenges from former teammate Nico Rosberg in 2014 and 2015, then battled Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in 2017 and 2018.Serious talk of catching Schumacher began in 2017 when Hamilton matched Vettel’s four titles. After the race Sunday, Vettel came to the post-race cool down room to give Hamilton a handshake and a hug.Hamilton called 2019 one of the toughest championships yet. He’s started from pole position just four times and won from the front spot just twice. He also noted the death in May of friend and former F1 champion Niki Lauda, who had served as non-executive chairman of the Mercedes team and was a race fixture in the team garage.“I miss him so much. Today, he’d have taken his cap off. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without Niki,” Hamilton said.Now the chase for Schumacher is truly on. Hamilton just wants to slow it down for a few days or months.“Reaching Michael was never a target for me,” Hamilton said. “I definitely thought that getting anywhere near Michael was just so far-fetched. I remember having my one (championship) for a long period of time. And then getting the second and it was so far away. Now it seems so close and yet is so far away …“And I don’t want to build up the idea of trying to get to Michael’s seven, because at the moment, I’ve got to enjoy right now,” Hamilton said.___Follow Jim Vertuno at https://twitter.com/jimvertuno___More AP Formula One news: https://apnews.com/FormulaOne__More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports 10 months ago European airline giant buys Spanish carrier Air Europa WATCH US LIVE Written By 10 months ago Lewis Hamilton considers prospect of winning 6th F1 title ‘unreal’! 10 months ago UK lawmakers electing new speaker to replace John Bercowlast_img read more

Dunne well in contention at Scottish Open

first_imgPaul Dunne is well in contention as the Scottish Open enters the final day.The Wicklow native is in a tie for 5th on 6 under par, three shots behind joint leaders Callum Shinkwin, Ian Poulter and Andrew Dodt.Another good round for Dunne could see him secure one of the three available qualification spots for next week’s Open Championship. Photo © – Tipp FM Graeme McDowell is also well placed on 5 under while Padraig Harrington is back on 2 under.last_img

Flying! Asamoah Gyan set to launch airline.

first_imgRelatedAsamoah Gyan Rescinds Retirement DecisionMay 22, 2019In “Africa”Asamoah Gyan files for bankruptcy in Ghanaian courtDecember 27, 2018In “Lifestyle”Asamoah Gyan Announces Shock Retirement From Black StarsMay 20, 2019In “Africa” Asamoah Gyan is making good investments and preparing for life after football. The captain of the Black Stars of Ghana became one of the highest paid footballers in the world when he joined Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG in July 2015, receiving £227,000 weekly before moving to Turkish side Kayserispor in July 2017.The former Sunderland striker is definitely not one to hide his wealth as he owns a fleet of exotic cars, mansions and more. But the 31-year-old has other money-making ventures outside football. He owns a transportation company, started a boxing promotion company called ‘Baby Jet Promotions’, owns a Real Estate business and has a music band. The latest of all his ventures however looks like the biggest. Gyan has obtained a license to operate a private airline in the Ghana.The company, ‘Baby Jet Airlines’ is expected to commence operations soon, starting off with cargo handling before expanding to passenger service. President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, announced it on Wednesday at the African Airshow at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra.“I’ve been reliably informed that the Captain of our senior national football team, the Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan has obtained an air carrier license and is working feverishly to establish an airline called Baby Jet airlines. I want to call on other Ghanaians both home and abroad to invest in the rapidly growing aviation sector.”Asamoah Gyan is definitely flying. Literally.last_img read more