Sign Corner is getting an upgrade

first_imgGreensburg, IN—The construction of a new electronic sign at what will be known as Centennial Park, better known now as the sign corner on Lincoln and Main Streets started on Friday thanks in part to the Greensburg Rotary Club. The electronic sign has been funded by the Greensburg Rotary Club #3437 in District #6580 in honor of 100 years of service to Greensburg and Decatur County. Once completed, the City of Greensburg will oversee the marketing of area events on the sign.last_img

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Nigeria eyes Chelsea youngster Ike Ugbo

first_imgRelatedPosts Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Chelsea sink Brighton to make winning start Chelsea youngster Ike Ugbo has become the latest England prospect to be targeted by Nigeria.Nigeria have been running the rule over 21-year-old hotshot Ugbo who has caught the eye after making a prolific start to his loan spell at Roda JC this season.Ugbo scored his fifth goal in just eight appearances, six of which have been starts, for the Dutch side at Telstar on Friday night and Nigeria had officials at the game to watch him having stepped up their interest.Striker Ugbo was born in Lewisham, south London and is eligible for Nigeria through his parents.He has played for England at under-17 and under-20 level, helping the latter squad win the 2017 Toulon Tournament.Nigeria were dealt a blow last week when Ugbo’s Stamford Bridge teammate Tammy Abraham was recalled to the England squad when they were hoping to persuade him to switch allegiance.The Premier League’s joint top scorer Abraham has featured twice for England in friendlies against Germany and Brazil but will not be tied down until he earns a competitive cap, which could come in either of the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic or Bulgaria.Nigeria’s attempts to swoop for eligible youngsters with dual nationality show no sign of slowing down and could now continue with Ugbo, having recently persuaded the likes of Alex Iwobi, Ola Aina and Chuba Akpom, who all represented England at youth level, to make the switch.Ugbo has shown admirable maturity by refusing to let a bizarre pay dispute disrupt his scoring form and is determined to continue making his mark in Holland. Tags: ChelseaIke UgboTelstarlast_img read more

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Leicester keeper Schmeichel defends under-fire De Gea

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Foxes attack Burnley EPL: Underdogs tackle Leicester City EPL: Newcastle hammer West Ham away Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel says the criticism being levelled at his Manchester United counterpart David de Gea was building a “dangerous narrative”.Calls for De Gea to be dropped have grown after the 29-year-old’s mistakes in United’s FA Cup semi-final defeat by Chelsea last weekend, with Dean Henderson backed to take over after an impressive loan spell at Sheffield United. With Leicester set to meet United on Sunday, Schmeichel said media coverage of De Gea’s performances could give viewers the impression the Spaniard was constantly making mistakes.He said: “That’s sometimes quite a dangerous narrative because all of a sudden it starts building momentum and for someone like David.“I really feel for him because he’s been unbelievable for so many years and every goalkeeper goes through periods (of poor form).“There’s a lot of pressure also in the sense that you now have an England goalkeeper (Henderson) coming through and, like it or not, in this country when you have an English goalkeeper, that means so much and they do tend to build them up.“I genuinely hope for someone like Henderson, who’s had an amazing season, that he can be allowed to develop. “I hope… he gets another season, maybe two at Sheffield United and play the way he’s done and then he will be ready.“But for now De Gea is still a world-class goalkeeper. It’s a lonely position and those are the margins you play in … you simply can’t make mistakes because you will be punished.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: Dean HendersonFA Cup semi-finalKasper SchmeichelLeicester Citylast_img read more

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Dolan in charge for Reds clash

first_img Former Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio remains the favourite to take over at the Madejski Stadium with most bookmakers ahead of Roberto Di Matteo and Nigel Adkins, another man considered very unlucky to lose his job after securing promotion to the top flight with Southampton last season. With only nine games left to save themselves, time is of the essence for Reading, but they are without a game for a fortnight after Saturday’s clash with Manchester United because of international fixtures. It would be a surprise if owner Anton Zingarevich did not have a new man in place by the time Reading meet Arsenal on March 30 and the Russian has been at the club’s Hogwood Park training ground today working with director of football Nick Hammond on the recruitment process. Reading’s players have been queuing up to praise McDermott, who had been part of the staff at Reading since 2000. Captain Jobi McAnuff wrote a tribute to the former manager on the club website today and revealed he spoke to McDermott on the phone after his sacking on Monday. The winger said: “Obviously it was a difficult conversation but he handled himself with great dignity. He wished us all the best for the season, which is a mark of the man. He didn’t talk about himself or what had happened, he just had the players’ and the club’s best interests at heart.” Zingarevich addressed the squad on Tuesday and McAnuff stressed the players “fully respect his decision”. McAnuff continued: “Eamonn and I also spoke at length and I would like to wish him the best of luck and emphasise that he has the full support of the players as we concentrate on Saturday’s game.” Dolan, formerly the head of the academy, was placed in temporary charge following the sacking of Brian McDermott on Monday, while assistant manager Nigel Gibbs also left the club. Reading’s 2-1 defeat by Aston Villa last Saturday was their fourth in a row in the Barclays Premier League and left them 19th in the table, with only goal difference keeping them above QPR. Reading caretaker boss Eamonn Dolan is expected to take charge of the Royals for Saturday’s trip to Old Trafford with no permanent appointment believed to be imminent.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Duff eyeing summer move abroad

first_imgDamien Duff will end his five-year association with Fulham this summer, with the winger contemplating a move to Australia or the United States before returning home to Ireland. Press Association A knee injury has brought this campaign to a premature end and, once recovered from surgery, he is planning to move in search of “something new” at the end of his contract. “I’m up at the end of the season,” Duff told the Irish Times. “The club haven’t spoken to me and I haven’t spoken to the club but we don’t need to speak: I’ll be leaving Fulham. I’ve had a great time here but that’s football. “I’ve had a few whispers from here and there but I’m just trying to get this [injury] right first. “I’ve looked at the Australia or America thing for a bit, it would be a different way of life, a different league; I think life’s too short just to be stuck in the rat race, if that’s the right phrase, over here so I’d maybe like to taste something new before I go back home.” Duff would like to do a “year or two elsewhere” before plying his trade in the League of Ireland, with the winger admitting former Republic of Ireland team-mate Robbie Keane, now of LA Galaxy, has suggested a move to Major League Soccer. “We’ve had a bit of banter all right,” he said. “He obviously loves it and every six months I see he’s signed a new deal so he’ll be there for a good while yet. “We’ll see what happens but I wouldn’t mind trying it to be fair but I have to get back fit first, I’ve got a screw in my knee now and a screw in the knee of a jinky winger doesn’t really go hand in hand but we’ll see what happens. “We’d be up for it and we’d like to see the world but it wouldn’t be for a jolly up. I’m still as hungry as ever.” center_img After spells with Blackburn, Chelsea and Newcastle, the 35-year-old moved to Craven Cottage in August 2009 and that season helped the Whites to the Europa League final. Duff has made 173 appearances in all for the west Londoners, although February’s appearance off the bench in the FA Cup fourth-round exit to Sheffield United looks to have been his last for the club last_img read more

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Football News Belgium join France atop FIFA rankings

first_imgLausanne: Belgium have joined world champions France as joint leaders of the FIFA world rankings released on Thursday, the first time in the table’s 25-year history that top spot has been shared.Belgium have notched up a pair of wins, including victory over Iceland in the inaugural Nations League competition to bring them level with the French, the team who beat them in the World Cup semi-finals.Also Read | Congress slams Modi over BSF jawan’s killing by Pakistan, asks ‘where is the 56-inch chest?’The only other change in the top 10 sees Denmark (10th, down one place) slip below Spain (9th, unchanged).Outside of the top ten, two Nations League wins for Ukraine (29th, up six) over Czech Republic (47th, down three) and Slovakia (26th, unchanged) means that they are the month’s biggest movers, while Germany (12th, up three) have started to edge back towards a single-figure ranking after their World Cup debacle.Read More | Sonu Nigam and Talat Aziz gave a befitting reply to Anup Jalota’s trollersFIFA world rankings as of September 201=. Belgium (+1)      1,729 pts1=. France                1,7293. Brazil                    1,6634. Croatia                  1,6345. Uruguay                1,6326. England                 1,6127. Portugal                1,6068. Switzerland           1,5989. Spain                    1,59710. Denmark (-1)      1,581 For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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The Rogers City fall fest is back!

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. – As the red and orange leaves of autumn draws near, the 2018 Rogers City Fall Fest returns for another year.The festival begins Saturday at Westminster Park in the downtown area.The Kiwanis Club and Kiwanis Key Club Youth Group sponsors this free and kid friendly event to the public.All the fun kicks–off at 10 a.m. and concludes by 4 p.m. on September 15. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious ‘Mozart in the High School Years’Next What’s Trending for September 11last_img

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Angels’ Brian Goodwin says it’s important to continue the discussion about equality

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Keynan Middleton, right, celebrates with Max Stassi after the Angels defeated the Seattle Mariners 10-2 in a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)WHERE’S KEYNAN?Although many fans and analysts expected Middleton to be a part of the high leverage portion of the Angels bullpen, apparently Joe Maddon isn’t ready to put Middleton in that role yet.“I’d rather break him in slowly,” Maddon said Thursday afternoon. “He’s got the fine arm. There’s still some things I’d like him to settle in and at some point, yes, fold him into the latter part of the game. But right now we like earlier, or in the situations that you’ve seen him to this point.”Middleton entered in the seventh with a three-run lead in his first game, but his only other appearance was in the ninth inning with the Angels up by eight runs. He did not pitch in either of the two games that the bullpen let late leads get away.Middleton was the Angels closer just before undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2018. He has since worked to improve his changeup and slider, to go with his 97 mph fastball.“Keynan will get his opportunity,” Maddon said, “but for right now, though, it’s not necessarily high leverage.”ALSOThe Angels recalled reliever Kyle Keller from the Long Beach squad to take the roster spot of Mike Trout, who was placed on the paternity list…Julio Teheran was scheduled for a three-inning outing in a simulated game with the Angels reserve squad in Long Beach on Thursday afternoon. If he comes through that without any issues, he could be ready to join the Angels rotation next week. Teheran is behind the other starters because he missed the start of camp recovering from a bout with the coronavirus…Parker Markel has rejoined the Angels’ squad in Long Beach after being on the injured list for undisclosed reasons. The Angels don’t currently have anyone in their 60-player pool who is unavailable to work out.Related Articles On Opening Day this past Friday, Goodwin, Justin Upton, Keynan Middleton, Andrelton Simmons and Noé Ramirez all kneeled for the anthem. Since then Goodwin has continued to do so, while the others have either stood or been out of sight during the anthem.During the sport’s shutdown, Goodwin took part in some peaceful demonstrations in the wake of the George Floyd murder, which sparked a new wave of protests of systemic racism throughout the country.It’s been reflected around Major League Baseball, with players all around the majors kneeling during the anthem and wearing Black Lives Matter shirts, apparently with the support of the sport and the clubs.“This is kind of new territory, honestly, for me, and probably some of the other guys that are involved,” Goodwin said. “The main thing we have to do is keep bringing attention to the issue. We have to continue to use our voices the way we have been, and doing so collectively with everyone in sync and on the same page. I think it comes off as a stronger narrative when everyone is on the same page and doing everything together…“We have to keep bringing attention to the issue, keep peacefully protesting, keep using our voices the best we know how and keep making statements however we can, whether it’s on or off the field, on social media, even interviews like this.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone ANAHEIM — Brian Goodwin has continued to make a statement during the national anthem, even as some of his Angels teammates did so only on Opening Day.For a simple reason.The racism that Goodwin and other players have been protesting by kneeling during the national anthem still exists.“It’s an important issue,” Goodwin said Thursday. “It’s something that needs to be addressed, and when you have the stage to address it, I feel like you need to use it. And right now, I’m in position to have the stage and have the support from the Angels, so it would be a detriment to people who know me and my fans and people back home for me to not take advantage of it.” Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros last_img read more

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Purple & Bold: Lakers’ (new) Splash Bros.: JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the Wednesday, Jan. 8 edition of the Purple & Bold newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Exhale.Good news came from the Lakers’ camp Wednesday morning, when the team sent word that an MRI revealed that Anthony Davis’ scary fall Tuesday night resulted in a gluteus maximus contusion — plenty uncomfortable, surely, but not as serious or significant as everyone who saw the play feared.Davis officially is listed as questionable for Friday’s game at Dallas — about which Kyle Goon will have more shortly. Stay tuned for that. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBut know that if Davis’ injury does require he miss a game or two, or more, the Lakers are quite aware of the team effort it’ll take to fill the void he’d leave: The six-time All-Star is averaging 27.7 points and 9.5 rebounds in his first season and is the primary reason behind the Lakers’ swift rise to the top of the Western Conference.Dwight Howard thinks he and his teammates will be able to hold it down.Actually, specifically, he and JaVale McGee, because “me and JaVale got to get our 3s right!,” as Howard put it.From their perspective, the two basically have blossomed into bona fide big-man bombers. Basically. Sort of.McGee banked in a 3-pointer in the Lakers’ victory Sunday over the Detroit Pistons (his second made 3, in just three attempts, this season). And for your information, no he didn’t call “bank.” It was Sunday, after all, when brick-and-mortar banks are closed: “It was online banking,” he explained.center_img On Monday, Howard stepped up in rhythm and swished an open 26-footer from beyond the top of the arc. He’s now 2 for 4 in 3-point attempts this season — to improve to 8 for 67 (11.9 percent) for his career.McGee’s career 3-point shooting numbers are similar: 4 for 30 (13.3 percent), including Tuesday’s miss from deep.Neither player had made two 3s in a season before, which might be why coach Frank Vogel isn’t exactly insisting that they keep shooting: “Yeah, that’s not something that we want.”But, Coach, they’ve been working on their outside shot! Really!“During practice, we always have our individual workouts. We get ’em up during that time,” said Howard, who also can be seen putting up long-distance shots before and after games. “I think the last one … I demolished him. But JaVale is doing an amazing job. Tonight, he went for the 3. And, I think next game, he’s going to hit another one. I’m looking forward to that.”In fact, to hear Howard tell it, he’d rather participate in an All-Star 3-point-shooting contest than the dunk contest — which, by the way, he said he knew nothing about Tuesday night, despite reports that he could participate during the forthcoming All-Star festivities in Chicago.“They should put the bigs in the 3-point shootout,” Howard said. “We got CashApp; I’m CashApp, JaVale is Google Pay, A.D. is Venmo and LeBron is IOU.“Just kidding.”Yes, they’re amusing themselves putting up faraway shots — “More 3s I shoot, the more blocks I’ll get, I’m pretty sure that’s how it works,” McGee reasoned Sunday — but they’re also serious enough about it to get away with it. To earn it, even.“Those guys are doing the dirty work, so you got to have a little leeway sometimes to have fun with the game,” Vogel said. “They both practice them, so that’s the one thing. You’re like, ‘Don’t take a shot you don’t practice,’ but they do practice them, and you got to reward them a little bit for all their hustle and dirty work at times.”– Mirjam Swanson Editor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Reading the coverage‘He’s as tough as they come.’ – Locker room reaction after Anthony Davis’ scary fall in the win over New York.Walking on sunshine – Actually, make that “sunshiiiiiine.” Dwight Howard was feeling good after his contract was guaranteed Tuesday.A.D. declines Lakers’ extension offer – But don’t stress. It’s what was expected. Kyle Goon explains.Welcome to the block party – Goon also gets into why so much rejection is so good for the Lakers.Tis the season – Goon unpacks the trade rumors you want to know about.Doesn’t have to be pretty – The Lakers got it done against Detroit for their fifth straight W.Bradley scare – Plus a check-in with Svi Mykhailiuk. Money! – A La Habra man made a half-court shot at the Lakers game Sunday night to win $100,000.last_img read more

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Lakers’ Anthony Davis savors Chicago memories in All-Star homecoming

first_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe 26-year-old has a Hollywood life many people dream of, as a star on the NBA’s biggest franchise and a home in one of L.A.’s ritziest neighborhoods. But he’s never conquered certain deep Midwestern pangs: the familiar chill blowing in from Lake Michigan; Giordano’s deep dish pizza; the stone-stacked architecture in the neighborhoods where he went to school.That school – Perspectives Charter – was small enough that its gym was inside the Second Presbyterian Church near campus. Davis drove past it on Saturday morning, on the way to his seventh All-Star media availability.It made him reflect on a time when he was an up-and-coming prospect in Chicago, a strangely dominant basketball player from a school with no discernable athletic tradition. A growth spurt catapulted him from virtual unknown to eventually the top overall high school prospect in the nation entering his senior year.He hurtled so fast to the top, he was nearly scared out of the game when he joined the Meanstreets AAU team and realized that he was not the best player on his own squad. He thought he was one of the worst.“It kind of surprised me, kind of shocked me, and it scared me so much that I kinda didn’t want to play basketball anymore,” Davis said. “Then my father told me to stick with it. I went to play a tournament with those guys, I said, ‘This is going to be the test.’” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Davis played six minutes in one game before rolling his ankle to end his debut. But that quick look at one of the country’s biggest prep events was enough to send scholarship offers rolling in. It confirmed his father’s message: He was on the right path.Considering that in the last year Davis requested a trade because he was frustrated with not winning in New Orleans, it seems surprising that he stayed at Perspectives, where he was the only one of his teammates with serious college prospects. He said he considered Simeon, a Chicago prep powerhouse where Derrick Rose (one of Davis’ idols) came to prominence. But he said the decision to stay at Perspectives came down to “loyalty.”“My dad always gave me the same, ‘No matter where you are, they’ll find you.’ And I kinda just took it to heart,” he said. “I just kept doing what I was doing and working hard, and eventually someone, Coach (John Calipari) came to one of my games. And the rest is history.”Davis is the best thing that ever happened to Perspectives athletics: He donated an outdoor court after he first became a professional, and he donates basketballs, jerseys and shoes regularly to show his support. On Thursday, Perspectives announced that Davis was donating to form a tech lab on the Joslin campus of the school.He attended several local events, including an NBA Cares drive at the Greater Chicago Food Depository and a Boys & Girls club event where he introduced surprise guest and teammate LeBron James. The sweetest part of it, he said, was being able to play in Chicago in front of friends and family he sees only once a year.Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers center_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It’s worth remembering how fraught Davis’ situation was a year ago: He had gone public with his trade request, and he and New Orleans were at odds as to whether he should play in games at all the rest of the season. The Pelicans fired Dell Demps, the team’s general manager, during All-Star weekend in Charlotte. Davis barely played in the game despite being selected, and Commissioner Adam Silver struggled to settle questions about whether smaller markets could hang on to their star players.Much of that turbulence, at least for Davis, has been ridden out a year later.“Last year was kinda rocky, it was a lot of stuff going on with the trade and everything,” he said. “But this is a fun opportunity this year.”Indeed, Davis took center stage in Chicago, which he again called “the Mecca” of basketball. He scored 20 points, the last of which was the game-winning free throw.But he also said he was pleased as a spectator to see his hometown host a weekend that many felt was a strong All-Star event – giving the world a flavor of the city for which he still has a deep affinity.“Chicago held it down,” he said. Previous“I don’t get to see the snow as much now,” Lakers forward Anthony Davis said while reminiscing about growing up in Chicago. “Me and my cousin would go outside and have snowball fights when we got out of school. I kind of missed that.” (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)The Lakers’ Anthony Davis shoots the game-winning free throw during the fourth quarter of the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks) SoundThe gallery will resume inseconds“Last year was kinda rocky, it was a lot of stuff going on with the trade (request) and everything,” Lakers forward Anthony Davis said of the distractions he was dealing with at the 2019 All-Star weekend in Charlotte, N.C. “But this is a fun opportunity this year.” (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)The Lakers’ Anthony Davis looks to pass around Miami’s Bam Adebayo during the second half of the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday in Chicago. The entire weekend spent in his hometown stirred a lot of good memories for Davis. (AP Photo/Nam Huh)“I don’t get to see the snow as much now,” Lakers forward Anthony Davis said while reminiscing about growing up in Chicago. “Me and my cousin would go outside and have snowball fights when we got out of school. I kind of missed that.” (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 4“I don’t get to see the snow as much now,” Lakers forward Anthony Davis said while reminiscing about growing up in Chicago. “Me and my cousin would go outside and have snowball fights when we got out of school. I kind of missed that.” (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)ExpandCHICAGO — During a weekend when the Windy City dropped to single-digit temperatures and sidewalks were slicked with ice, there was plenty of grousing around the NBA’s annual assembly as attendees dreamed of warmer weather.Not from Anthony Davis.His basketball career has taken shape in Lexington, Ken., New Orleans and now Los Angeles – a steady progression toward a more stable and temperate climate. But the Chicago-born All-Star said his favorite memory of his hometown was of snow.“I don’t get to see the snow as much now,” he said. “Me and my cousin would go outside and have snowball fights when we got out of school. I kind of missed that.”last_img read more

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