South Ripley holding celebration for Chris Perdue

first_imgVERSAILLES, Ind. — South Ripley Elementary School will be hosting a celebration for Chris Perdue after his recent Gold Medal win at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.The event will be held on April 5 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM and everyone is invited to attend. Early last week, Perdue competed against athletes from all around the world.In the Advanced Giant Slalom event, he challenged a total of eight athletes from New Zealand, Switzerland, Japan, Austria, Korea and fellow Team USA member Jeremy Beckham in his division.Chris will be showing a slide show of his experience in Austria.last_img

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Lawyers claim CEO statements set back resolution of Bravo, CWI matter

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) – Lawyers for estranged Test batsman Darren Bravo believe a resolution between the player and Cricket West Indies (CWI) could have already been reached were it not for ill-advised statements made by new CWI chief executive, Johnny Grave.Donna Symmonds and Leslie Haynes QC said “significant progress” had been made in negotiations with CWI over the impasse and they believed an agreement was close to being hammered out.However, instead of responding to a proposal on the one sticking point remaining, Englishman Grave gave an interview to noted cricket website, Cricinfo, which both lawyers argued scuppered any chance of a resolution then.“We had embarked on a process and as far as we were concerned, we thought that the process was working and going very well,” Symmonds told Massy Insurance’s Line and Length Network.“We had initial consultations on the article date of the contract between Darren and [Cricket West Indies] regarding the Zimbabwe 2016 tour, and we had made significant progress, we thought.“Then … an offer was made by the incoming CEO and it seemed again that we were right on the path of coming to some agreement. We had looked at drafts … I think everyone is very aware that it was agreed that certain statements would be made by the president and certain statements by Darren.”She continued: “We had agreed the draft of the texts, all sort of things and with regards to the tweet, Darren had agreed to do certain things as well.“But the sticking point was one other matter and we had made a suggestion as to how that could be resolved and we’ve had no response.”Haynes added: “Instead we had a statement being made to Cricinfo, a statement made by the present CEO Mr Johnny Grave, which was in our view incorrect and which set things back.“Quite frankly we were shocked when we read it because we were in the middle of negotiations, there was only one issue remaining and here it is Mr Grave is going to give an interview to Cricinfo which in our view set things back.”Left-hander Bravo was sent home ahead of the Tri-Nations Series in Zimbabwe last November after labelling CWI president Dave Cameron “a big idiot” in a Twitter rant.The Trinidadian has since been barred from selection until he removes the tweet and apologises, neither of which he has done to date.In an April interview, Grave said Bravo’s decision to seek damages from CWI for loss of earnings had frustrated CWI’s attempts to seek a resolution to the impasse as they had been under the impression an agreement had been reached.“I thought everything was agreed with his legal advisers,” Grave was quoted as saying.“We didn’t want this to play out publicly but yes, it is true, his attorney is asking for damages and West Indies supporters deserve an explanation as to why he is not in the squad in Jamaica [for the first Test against Pakistan].”Haynes also criticised public utterances on the matter from CWI Dave Cameron, who as recently as last week said Bravo would remained barred from selection unless the offending tweet was removed.“We have not spoken to the press since this incident has occurred and yet every week or thereabouts, we see statements being made by the president,” Haynes pointed out.“In fact, the last statement made by the president appeared in the papers [a few days ago] stating because you are a senior player, that does not make you eligible for an A contract.“Who is the president talking about? We interpreted it that he was talking about Darren.”With time ticking away on Bravo’s return to international cricket, the noted lawyer said they were now exploring another option presented by CWI for ending the standoff.“Darren’s contract provides a procedure to settle these matters and now Cricket West Indies has suggested another procedure which we are presently reviewing but we have to ensure that the alternative procedure suggested by Cricket West Indies does not operate to the detriment of our client,” Haynes stressed.last_img

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Playoff participants also contend for team recruiting title

first_img FOLLOW US Last Updated: 19th December, 2019 11:23 IST Playoff Participants Also Contend For Team Recruiting Title Teams competing for the national championship this season got good news well before the College Football Playoff — even if they didn’t have much time to celebrate. LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE Written By COMMENTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News First Published: 19th December, 2019 11:23 IST Teams competing for the national championship this season got good news well before the College Football Playoff — even if they didn’t have much time to celebrate. The early signing period opened Wednesday with three playoff teams — Clemson, LSU and Ohio State — landing eight of the nation’s top 16 prospects according to composite rankings of recruiting sites compiled by 247Sports.They worked to sign those recruits while preparing for playoff matchups, one consequence of the early signing period that arrived two years ago. Ohio State faces Clemson and LSU meets Oklahoma in the CFP semifinals on Dec. 28.“You have 14 guys coming in mid-year, you have award shows to go to and, by the way, once you get off the road you have two weeks to prepare to play Clemson,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. “That’s a very stressful time. But it is what it is and we’re keeping our head down and going.”Those busy schedules haven’t stopped the usual suspects from reaching the playoffs and topping the recruiting rankings each year.Many of the elite recruits that didn’t choose LSU, Clemson or Ohio State are instead heading to Alabama and Georgia, two other recent playoff participants. Those five programs have commitments from about half the top 50 prospects.Clemson tops the 247Sports Composite team recruiting rankings and was followed in order by Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia and LSU as of early Wednesday evening. Oklahoma’s class was ranked 11th.“More teams are recruiting at an elite level,” said Barton Simmons, the director of scouting for 247Sports. “Usually, it’s one, two or three (teams) tops. This cycle there’s legitimately four or five teams recruiting at a national championship level.”Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said he needed a big recruiting haul as he attempts to replace a senior class that is trying to help the Tigers win their third national title in four years.“When you graduate players like that, you better have quality coming in the door,” Swinney said.Clemson signed seven of the nation’s top 29 prospects according to the 247Sports Composite. That included No. 1 overall recruit Bryan Bresee, a defensive tackle from Damascus, Maryland.Ohio State’s class features wide receiver Julian Fleming (No. 2) and offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr. (No. 7). The Buckeyes landed the top uncommitted quarterback Wednesday when C.J. Stroud (No. 87) chose Ohio State.LSU signed two of the nation’s top 12 recruits in tight end Arik Gilbert (No. 9) and cornerback Elias Ricks (No. 12).The top two uncommitted prospects to sign Wednesday were Upland (California) linebacker Justin Flowe and Columbia (South Carolina) defensive end, Jordan Burch. Flowe, ranked fourth overall, picked Oregon. Burch, the nation’s No. 5 prospect, chose South Carolina.Here’s a rundown of some notable events on Wednesday:LSU WINS SOME, LOSES SOMELSU had one of the most eventful days of any program.The Tigers landed two previously uncommitted top-100 recruits in outside linebacker Phillip Webb (42nd) and offensive tackle Marcus Dumervil (97th) but also lost three players who had verbally committed to them.Wide receiver Rakim Jarrett (20th) made a switch to Maryland, wide receiver Jermaine Burton (52nd) opted for Georgia and four-star safety Malcolm Greene selected Clemson.TOP FLORIDA, CALIFORNIA PROSPECTS LEAVING HOMESeven of the top 10 prospects in Florida according to the 247Sports Composite picked out-of-state schools. Clemson landed three of Florida’s top four recruits in running back Demarkcus Bowman (No. 16), defensive tackle Demonte Capehart (No. 24) and cornerback Fred Davis II (No. 26). The top Florida prospect is the LSU-bound Ricks.The highest-rated California player to sign with a home-state school so far is Stanford-bound wide receiver John Humphreys, ranked 14th in the state and 114th nationally.NO EARLY SIGNING DAY SURGE FOR USCSouthern California lost out on the top California prospect when Flowe picked Oregon over the Trojans.USC’s class currently is ranked last in the Pac-12 and outside the top 75 nationally as the uncertain status of coach Clay Helton hindered the Trojans’ recruiting. USC still has a chance to move up in the next couple of months now that it’s announced Helton will be back next season.“They’ve got two years of uncertainty and instability with the coaching staff and two years of disappointing seasons,” Simmons said. “That’s catching up with them. So read more

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Isaiah Thomas excited for free agency: ‘I’m going to get back to the level that I was playing at’

first_imgThomas, however, was in and out of the rotation for the rest of the season and he did not see the floor in any of Denver’s 14 playoff games.“Denver allowed me to take really as much time as I needed, to get back to 100 percent health,” Thomas said. “Obviously I wanted to play and I thought I could’ve contributed in the regular season and playoffs, but I understood (the team’s) decision and I think I contributed in other ways as a leader, as someone who was there to answer the questions of the younger guys. I stayed ready and prepared to play. “I’m going to get back to the level that I was playing at,” Thomas told ESPN in a recent interview. “I’m excited to show what I can do again.”Thomas had hip surgery before signing a one-year, $2 million veteran’s minimum deal with the Nuggets last July. He missed the team’s first 56 games before returning in mid-February. Related News Isaiah Thomas is ready to bounce back.The 30-year-old guard has been limited to just 44 total games over the last two seasons because of injuries. But, he said he believes he can return to All-Star form beginning in 2019-20. Three reasons the Nuggets can be more dangerous next year Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr.: ‘I feel like I’m a better player than I’ve ever been’ NBA Draft 2019: Bol Bol slips to second round, eventually ends up with Nuggets “When I look at it from the outside, I understood it. I missed 50 games, the team was having a (great) season, and it wasn’t easy to just squeeze me in there when so many guys were playing so well. They didn’t want to mess up what they had going. I understood it.”Thomas made back-to-back All-Star teams and averaged 25.5 points per game over two seasons with the Celtics from 2015-17. He was sent to the Cavaliers as part of the Kyrie Irving trade and then played for the Lakers before joining Denver.”Nobody knew what to expect with me coming off hip surgery last year, and two summers of rehab,” Thomas said to ESPN. “Now I can go back to being a gym rat this summer, work on my game again and build my body back up ⁠— my muscle mass, my leg strength — all like I had going into the 2017 season.”last_img

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Ronaldo sets record with 100th Champions League goal for Real

first_imgMadrid, Spain | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday became the first player to score 100 Champions League goals for the same club when he found the net in Real Madrid’s last 16 clash at home to Paris Saint-Germain.Ronaldo reached the landmark when he converted a penalty on the stroke of half-time to equalise Adrien Rabiot’s opener.He then added a second on the night as his team won 3-1.Ronaldo now has a career total of 116 goals in the tournament.Leading Champions League scorers:1. Cristiano Ronaldo 1162. Lionel Messi 973. Raul 714. Ruud van Nistelrooy 56****Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid take control against PSGCristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid came from behind to stun Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in the first leg of their heavyweight Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday.Ronaldo scored his 100th Champions League goal for title-holders Real from the penalty spot late in the first half to cancel out Adrien Rabiot’s opener for the French side at the Santiago Bernabeu, set up by Neymar.The Portuguese star then turned the ball home from close range with seven minutes left before Marcelo secured what could turn out to be a decisive first-leg lead ahead of the return in Paris on March 6 and sent nearly 80,000 home fans into raptures.The late collapse for PSG brings back echoes of the way they fell apart to lose 6-1 in Barcelona on their way to a humiliating exit at the same stage of the competition last season. Neymar, in Barcelona’s ranks then, could not make the difference for PSG, who now have a huge job on their hands to turn the tie around.Having looked set to come away with a precious draw, the defeat piles the pressure on coach Unai Emery, but for Real the outcome is an enormous boost for their boss Zinedine Zidane.Under pressure himself with Real flagging domestically, he needed this win, and will earn praise for his substitutions, with Marco Asensio coming off the bench to set up each of the two late goals.That was after Zidane had taken a risk by leaving out Gareth Bale, a key element in the side that has won three of the last four Champions Leagues. The Welshman’s place in the line-up was taken by Isco.Emery went even further, dropping his captain Thiago Silva to make way for 22-year-old Presnel Kimpembe in the centre of the PSG defence.– Difficult night for Neymar –Real supporters chose an image of a famous fan in Rafael Nadal to adorn a display unfurled at the south end of the ground as the sides came out, hoping their team could draw inspiration from someone who has conquered Paris 10 times as French Open champion.The hosts started well too, while Neymar struggled, slipping when one pass was aimed towards him, complaining as a Luka Modric challenge sent him to the floor and picking up a yellow card for a foul on Nacho.Ronaldo, meanwhile, saw Alphonse Areola make a fine save from his net-bound shot after he had been released by Marcelo, and not long after that, in the 33rd minute, PSG scored.Neymar could claim an assist, although it didn’t look like the Brazilian meant to help Kylian Mbappe’s low ball across the box from the right into the path of Rabiot, who swept home unmarked.PSG had a precious away goal, but they could not hold their lead until the break as Giovani Lo Celso gave away a penalty for a foul on Toni Kroos.Areola, having just made a superb save from Karim Benzema, could do nothing to keep out Ronaldo’s spot-kick.The visitors had chances to go ahead again in the second half, Keylor Navas saving well from Mbappe and Sergio Ramos blocking bravely from Rabiot.Emery then surprisingly took off Edinson Cavani and replaced him with Thomas Meunier, a right-back. But it was Zidane’s decision to send on Asensio that proved crucial.In the space of three late minutes, Asensio saw one cross palmed out by Areola and then rebound into the net off Ronaldo’s thigh, before another assist was finished off by Marcelo, potentially finishing the tie in the process.Share on: WhatsApplast_img

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Estela, the Madrid CFF Police: “We are working in complete madness”

first_imgThe quarantine for Madrid CFF players has one major exception. Your player Estela Fernández Pablos will not be able to carry it out as she has to fulfill her other profession, that of the National Police. The Madrid footballer, who becomes one of the few players in the First Iberdrola who is not justly complying with confinement, confesses to AS that she is working “in complete madness.” The white attacker has been combining football for three years with her career as a National Police, a profession that he shares with his father, who also instilled in him a passion for soccer. “My father has been an example of life and since he was little he took me to watch his games. While he was playing I took my first steps with the ball,” Estela said. Estela, who also has a law degree, relates in statements to AS that her day to day in this health crisis is being a non-stop, interspersing his Police shifts with the physical training they have given him from Madrid CFF to stay in shape as an athlete. The player, who works at the Parla Police Station, also explains to this newspaper the security measures she is taking to protect herself from COVID-19. “I try to follow the recommendations of the Ministry of Health: mask, hand hygiene, protect our eyes, wash our clothes well, or shower as soon as the shift is over. We do not know if it will be enough or we will already be contaminated, but we do what we can,” he says. Estela, which adds: “They are complicated days in which many emotions come together but everything happens and the end is getting closer and closer.”It is not the first hole that the midfielder with an offensive profile of the Madrid CFF, team in which he ended up two seasons ago from Rayo Vallecano. Estela has suffered an injury this course that affected her regularity at the beginning of the course. Already recovered, she was pursuing her best level, the one that led her with ten goals to become top scorer for the Madrid team in the previous campaign. “Soccer is medicine for the head and, of course, this would be something else if I could vent myself with a ball. Now I have to settle for my gym attempt and team video calls, “she highlights about how she is carrying her quarantine, in which she has become yet another heroin to fight COVID-19.last_img

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Inter complicates the signing of Icardi for Juventus

first_imgJuventus and Icardi have been looking for years and in the next transfer market they will try to get together again, with the help of PSG. The French club took the Argentine from Inter on loan, with a purchase option of 70 million, and there the tip adapted well, with 20 goals in 31 games. However, his wish and that of his family is to return to Serie A, although Inter did not make it easy for him. CEO Marotta raised the purchase option price for PSG to 85 million if Parisians will sell the player to an Italian team: Juventus, if they want to get their services, must pay at least this amount.Negotiation is not easy and, therefore, Vecchia Signora studies alternatives: one of those is Arkadiusz Milik, from naples, who has not yet found an agreement to renew his contract that expires in 2021. Those of Turin, first of all, will have to solve the Gonzalo Higuaín case: the directive has decided that the former madridista is out of his plans for the 20/21 season and the player, for his part, would be evaluating not returning from Argentina when he arrives the go-ahead to resume training. Pipita has another year left with the Italian champion team.last_img

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Curry hobbled after Warriors roar back on Pelicans

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “It was a dumb play,” Curry said. “I got caught on E’Twaun’s shoe as I went by him and couldn’t catch myself. So, obviously, it hurt.”Curry scored 31 points, going 5 of 11 from 3-point range, and had 11 assists before his injury, and the Warriors outscored the Pelicans by 30 in the second half for a 125-115 victory Monday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkKlay Thompson added 22 points and Kevin Durant and Draymond Green each had 19 for the Warriors, who won their fourth straight. After it was over, Curry went for X-rays on his right ankle, which was surgicallyrepaired earlier in his career. Curry said the images “thankfully” came back negative.He also joked that his first thought after the injury was that he wouldn’t be able to play golf with his father on Tuesday in Charlotte, where the Warriors were headed next for a game on Wednesday night. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Wade, Love, James lead surging Cavaliers over Bulls New Orleans led by 13 late in the first quarter after a 6-0 mini-run featuring Holiday’s dunk and Cousins’ 3, but the Warriors responded with a 17-3 surge to take a 37-36 lead early in the second quarter.Curry scored the first six points of the spurt, starting with his 21-foot jumper as he was fouled by Tony Allen.Rajon Rondo, who had 10 points and 11 assists, helped New Orleans pull away again, assisting on two 3s by Holiday and hitting a pair of his own during a 25-5 run. Rondo’s 10th assist came on Moore’s 3, which put New Orleans up by 21 in the final minute of the first half.UP NEXTWarriors: Visit the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday.Pelicans: Host the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.___More NBA basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball___Follow Brett Martel at www.twitter.com/brettmartelSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?center_img LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, right, limps off the court to the locker room in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Stephen Curry was in good spirits, but a little annoyed with himself as he stood on crutches in Golden State’s locker room.After all the work he’d done to lead the Warriors back from a 21-point deficit in New Orleans, he went for a steal that his team didn’t really need in the waning moments, stepped on E’Twaun Moore’s foot and sprained his right ankle.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Especially somebody like Cousins. We know that he’s feisty. We know that he’s emotional. We know that he plays that way, so I can’t get involved with that.”Trailing 69-49 at halftime, the Warriors opened the third quarter with a 15-0 run, with Durant scoring six on two dunks and a fadeaway, while Thompson and Green each added a 3-pointer.From then on, the game was tight, with the Pelicans only briefly rebuilding a lead as large as 11 on Holiday’s back-to-back 3s late in the third quarter.Golden State regained the lead at 96-95 on Andre Iguodala’s steal and breakaway dunk with 8:31 left.New Orleans briefly went back up 95-92 when Darius Miller hit a 3 while being fouled by Curry for a four-point play, but Nick Young responded with consecutive 3s to give Golden State the lead for good, and Green added a pair of late 3s to help seal it.“As bad as this loss is — and I don’t look at anything as a moral victory — what we keep proving is that we have the ability to play extended minutes with the world champs,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “Now what we have to do as a team is that we have to now find a way to not do it for 32 minutes or 36 minutes, but we’ve got to do it for 48 because that’s the only way you can beat that team.”TIP-INSWarriors: C Zaza Pachulia missed read more

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Wife, husband hack each other to death

first_imgA rocky relationship ended bloody on Sunday evening after a wife stabbed her reputed husband about his body and he in retaliation hacked her to death.Dead are Kurt Reynolds, 37, of Silverballi Street, Meadow Brook, Georgetown, and Selima “Shelly” Norton, 45, of New Providence Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara. According to reports, the couple operated a grocery shop at Ekereku Top, Kamarang, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni). This newspaper was told that an argument ensued after the couple accused each other of infidelity on the night of the stabbing.Guyana Times understands that Norton and Reynolds were engaged in a heated argument, during which Norton collected a knife from the kitchen and dealt the man several blows to his body.However, the man managed to relieve Norton of the knife and in turn stabbed her several times to the chest, abdomen and arm. After stabbing each other, they both collapsed. This publication understands that persons in the area rushed to the scene where they saw the couple lying in pools of blood. The blood stained double bladed knife was recovered at the scene.Norton died almost immediately, while Reynolds died sometime after he related to the Police what had transpired.When contacted Divisional Commander Ravindradat Budhram confirmed the incident, while noting it is a clearcut case and not much investigation can be done.He also confirmed that after the matter was reported, Police responded and were given an account of what transpired. Persons in the area also told Police of the rocky relation that the two shared.When the media visited Reynolds’ home, his daughter from a previous relationship said she was not in a position to give any information of the incident. The bodies are presently at the Memorial Gardens Funeral Home awaiting post-mortems. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img

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