Decatur County area power restored as of 4:30 a.m.

first_imgWestport, In. — As of 4:30 a.m. Saturday, January 13 the Duke Energy website reports the power in the Westport area has been restored. Original story:About 1,000 Duke Energy customers braved the latest winter weather event with no power. Volunteer fire departments in Westport and Letts were opened for some residents of Westport, Burnsville and Grammer on Friday afternoon.last_img

‘Leicester City have ‘fantastic chance’ against Man Utd despite Spurs…

first_img Loading… Leicester City’s season rests on a make-or-break game against Manchester United, and Brendan Rodgers has said his side will be “all in” for what is a “perfect” fixture. City lost 3-0 to Tottenham on Sunday to leave them hanging onto a top-four spot. Provided United beat West Ham in midweek, Rodgers’ men will have to claim victory on the final day to qualify for the Champions League. The City boss said his side were leggy against Spurs, owing to their tough encounter with Sheffield United on Thursday, and he was grateful for a week-long rest ahead of City’s biggest game since they were last in the Champions League. “I don’t want to be too negative,” he said. “We go into a game next week with a fantastic chance to get into the Champions League. “It will be absolutely perfect. It will be all in. The players have been fantastic, and we’ve got one last opportunity. Whatever the result was today, we needed a result next week. “We need to draw on everything. For media and telly and everything, it’s an incredible turn-out that that’s the last game with so much on it. “We’ve had two tough games. We need to get away and get a bit of recovery.” Rodgers is also aware that if City fall short, it will be seen as a disappointment by many, given their 14-point cushion inside the top four in December. “I always felt that no matter how well you do, there will always be a disappointment,” he added. “Others will be gratified with the work done over the past 17 months to be in this position. I know there will be both feelings. “The players, what they’ve done in the past 17 months, to put themselves in this position, it’s brilliant. read also:Arsenal vs Leicester City “The league is always over 38 games. It’s not just 20 games, that’s why with you guys I was always cautious. We had a fantastic first half of the season, but had some inconsistencies since.” As for City’s maiden game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Rodgers was frustrated by the result, but not the performance. “We started with confidence, he said. “Our shape was giving them a problem. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”10 Body Features That Are Extremely Rare But Very RemarkableCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Best Natural History Museums In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too Soon6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Timelast_img read more

Hughes keen on Stoke extension

first_imgStoke boss Mark Hughes has expressed his delight at the prospect of extending his time with the club. “Thankfully, that is what we have been able to do.” The news of Crouch and Whelan’s deals came as a welcome boost for Stoke in the same week that their influential playmaker Bojan Krkic was ruled out for the rest of the season after sustaining cruciate knee ligament damage in Monday’s FA Cup win at Rochdale. Hughes says the Spaniard, who will undergo surgery, is doing his best to stay upbeat and could be fit again in time for the start of next term. “I think he is very philosophical about it,” Hughes said. “He understands these things happen – I think his first words to me were “that’s football”, and that is what it is like. There is no rhyme or reason to the injury, it is just a million-to-one chance. “He is very positive. He is looking to be back for pre-season, and if everything goes well, that might be an outside chance. He is very strong mentally and will come through it and be stronger for it.” Another positive for Stoke to help counter the news about Bojan is the return of Mame Biram Diouf from African Nations Cup duty with Senegal. Diouf has trained with his club-mates and Hughes says the forward should be back in the matchday squad for the QPR game. The manager is keeping his cards close to his chest, meanwhile, over whether the loss of Bojan will lead to Stoke making a move in the remaining days of the transfer window. “We were looking at certain things, but I’m not one of those who jumps in the market and panic buys towards the end – I think that is the wrong thing to do,” Hughes said. “The circumstances of the team have changed somewhat, but I still think we have got a lot of good players who can come in and fill the void.” Hughes also dismissed talk of him being interested in Bolton winger Lee Chung-yong, and said he expects Potters defender Robert Huth to join Leicester on loan for the rest of the campaign. The chances of Huth completing a move may be complicated by the fact he was on Friday given a two-match suspension by the Football Association after admitting breaching rules in relation to social media comments. Preliminary discussions are under way between the Welshman – appointed Potters manager in the summer of 2013 on a three-year deal – and the Staffordshire outfit over a new contract. It has been a happy working relationship so far, with Hughes guiding Stoke to their highest-ever Barclays Premier League finish of ninth last season. Press Association They are currently 10th in the table ahead of Saturday’s home clash with second-bottom QPR – Hughes’ previous club, who sacked him in late 2012. And the 51-year-old has no doubt he and Stoke make a “good fit” for each other. When asked if he had been offered a two-year contract, Hughes said: “We haven’t done any details yet – you have more information than me if you are saying it will be two years! “But the owners have intimated they would like to sit down and discuss a new contract. “The length and terms will be discussed in due course I would imagine. But I’m delighted they want to do it. “I’m very happy here and it has been a good fit. If we can come to some agreement, I will be more than happy.” Stoke on Thursday announced two of their players had signed new contracts, with striker Peter Crouch and midfielder Glenn Whelan committing to the summer of 2017. Hughes said of Crouch, the club’s record signing who turned 34 on Friday: “I’m sure there was interest in him (from other clubs), but it never progressed to any great degree because I think Peter himself intimated to anyone he talked to that it was his hope he would be offered something here allowing him to stay. last_img read more

Cricket News Afridi claims he knew of SMS exchanges between bookmaker and players before spot-fixing scandal

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has claimed that he was aware of the exchange of messages between his teammates and a bookmaker before the 2010 spot-fixing scandal but then coach Waqar Younis refused to act despite being provided with evidence.Making another startling revelation in his autobiography ‘Game Changer’, Afridi said he stumbled upon a series of SMS messages between bookie Mazhar Majeed and some Pakistan players before ‘News of the World’ broke the story in a sting operation.The spot-fixing scandal happened in August 2010 during Pakistan’s tour of England and then captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were banned by the ICC for their involvement.Afridi claimed he had lashed out at the team management for turning a blind eye to the issue when he confronted them with evidence prior to the scandal that rocked world cricket. “…The management gave a damn… Typical obfuscation and delay tactics; the Pakistani management’s head was in the sand. Maybe the management was scared of the consequences. Maybe they were invested in these players as their favourites and future captains…I really can’t say,” Afridi wrote in the book.He said he was in Sri Lanka on a tour (Asia Cup in June 2010) when he received transcripts of the text messages from Majeed and Butt’s ‘agent and manager’, who was also prosecuted.”It is pure coincidence how I got hold of them. And it’s got something to do with a kid, a beach and a repairman,” said Afridi.The flamboyant cricketer said that Majeed and his family were in Sri Lanka and at one of the beaches there, the bookmaker’s young son dropped his father’s mobile phone in the water.”When Majeed went back to England, he took his phone for repair to a mobile fix-it. The phone stayed at the shop for days. In a random coincidence, the shop owner turned out to be a friend of a friend of mine (this may sound like too much of a coincidence but the Pakistani community in England is quite closely connected).”While fixing the phone, the shop-owner came across Majeed’s messages to the players of Pakistan team… It was that leak from him to my friend and a few others (whom I won’t name) that looped me in on the scam. Soon, word got around that something strange was happening with the cricket team.”Afridi said that the leak probably helped the reporting team of the ‘News of the World’ as well.The former captain wrote in his book that he brought up the matter with then coach and former fast bowler Waqar Younis.”When I received those messages back in Sri Lanka, I showed them to Waqar Younis, then coach of the team. Unfortunately, he didn’t escalate the matter and take it upstairs.”Both Waqar and I thought it was something that would go away, something that wasn’t as bad as it looked, just a dodgy conversation between the players and Majeed, at worst. But the messages weren’t harmless banter – they were part of something larger, which the world would soon discover.”He said during that infamous England tour in the summer of 2010, he again saw Majeed and his cohorts make a re-entrance, lurking around and hanging out with the soon-to-be-accused players.”For me, it was time to sound the alarm. I decided to take up the issue officially with team manager, Yawar Saeed. I put in a formal request that Majeed should be distanced from players, physically, and that no one in the team should associate with him even on a personal level.”When Saeed didn’t take action, I showed him the text messages – I’d printed them out on paper. After going through them, Saeed, taken aback, eventually came up with a dismal response: ‘What can we do about this, son? Not much’.”By now, the exchanges between Majeed and the players via text messages had leaked out to others. Those in the Pakistani and the larger cricketing community knew that something was up. This is probably the same period when the News of the World executed their sting operation.”Afridi was captain of the Pakistan Test team in its two-match ‘home’ series against Australia in England in July 2010. Pakistan were playing there home series in England after the terrorist attack on Sri Lankan players in Lahore in 2009.Pakistan lost the first Test at Lord’s against Australia by 150 runs and Butt became captain from the second match. Butt led the side in the subsequent four-match Test series against England in August till the infamous spot-fixing scandal broke out in the fourth match at Lord’s (August 26-30).”I came to England, I wasn’t over it, clearly. I had signalled to the boys to stay away from Majeed and the likes. I had tried to talk to coach and management. Then the first Test began. Nothing changed. I could still see them lurking around the players and being part of the dressing room too.”In that first Test, at Lord’s, I started doubting the whole project. What was wrong with Pakistan cricket? What was wrong with all of us? That’s when I decided to put an end to it, in my own way. In the middle of the match, around the fourth day, I told Salman Butt that he could take over.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Football News Beckham handed driving ban for using phone at the wheel

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. London : Former England footballer David Beckham was on Thursday disqualified from driving for six months for using his phone while behind the wheel.The 44-year-old admitted the offence after being spotted by a member of the public as he drove his Bentley in London in November. last_img

New coach leads UW into action

first_imgFor the Wisconsin men’s tennis team, it’s been an eventful summer. With new coach Greg Van Emburgh and a trio of highly touted recruits, Wisconsin enters the fall season rejuvenated.The nearly peerless resume of Van Emburgh provides great hope for future success with the Badgers. Van Emburgh spent four seasons at the University of Kentucky as an assistant coach before coming to Madison. During his time at Kentucky, the tennis team finished with a national ranking no lower than 15th.”Now being able to come into a great athletic environment like Wisconsin, it’s been a great transition for me and I’m really excited about it,” Van Emburgh said.UW’s tennis team added not only a new coach, but also three new players. One key addition is sophomore Nolan Polley. Coincidentally, Polley and Van Emburgh were part of the University of Kentucky tennis program last year, and both are now at Wisconsin. Polley was highly recruited and is a two-time Kentucky high school singles state champion.”I am really excited about Nolan coming with me to Wisconsin,” Van Emburgh said. “His upside is tremendous and over the next three years he will do some great things.” Joining Polley in Wisconsin’s strong recruiting class is Brennen Phippen, a transfer from Furman, and freshman Gian Hodson from Aruba.With the arrival of two sophomores and a freshman, the team is primarily composed of underclassmen. Despite the lack of experience, the team looks to build around sophomore standout Jeremy Sonkin. Earlier this week, Sonkin was ranked No. 80 in the country by’s stellar freshman year included an impressive 16-5 record during the spring of 2005. His tennis success dates back to high school. During his outstanding prep school career, Sonkin showed off his prodigious athleticism, compiling an astounding record of 116-14, while never finishing worse than No. 7 in the state of Illinois during his high school years. Coach Van Emburgh realizes Sonkin’s important role on the team.”He’s probably going to hold the No. 1 position,” Van Emburgh said. “And I think he’s a guy we’re really going to hope to kind of build a little tradition around.”As the No. 1 singles player, Sonkin will function as co-captain of the team with junior Lachezar Kasarov.The team officially starts the 2005-2006 season journeying to South Bend, Ind., for the Notre Dame Invitational this weekend. The team will participate in four other tournaments this fall, including the Wisconsin Invitational, Oct. 7-9 at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.”We have a young team and a young base and it’s exciting for me,” Van Emburgh said. “I think the guys are really ready and looking forward to this first event.”last_img read more

Women’s golf in third place after two days of play

first_imgPutting in Palo Alto · Junior Karen Chung is currently tied for 39th place at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto. Chung, along with three of her teammates, shot three birdies on the second day of competition. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports InformationJunior Karen Chung and freshman Robynn Ree lead the women’s golf team after the second round of the Stanford Intercollegiate on Monday in Palo Alto.The Women of Troy shot for par in the second round and enter Tuesday’s final round of play at 9-over 577. They trail the leading Stanford by nine and second place UCLA by six.Ree is tied for eighth place while junior Tiffany Chan is tied for 20th. Ree is shooting an even 142 while Chan is 3-over 145. Ree and Chan each had three birdies on the day to lead the Women of Troy to a third place finish.Senior Kyung Kim is tied for 26th at 5-over 147 while Chung moved up to a tie for 39th at 6-over 148. Kim and Chung followed suit and each shot three birdies as well to notch their 26th and 39th place finishes, respectively.The Women of Troy have moved up since the first round of play, when they were six back of Stanford, shooting a combined 9-over 293. UCLA and Washington were tied for second and Georgia held on to fourth place.The Women of Troy have a 9 a.m. tee time on Tuesday to conclude their play in Palo Alto.last_img read more

Hectic time on Tipp club scene

first_imgThere’ll be no let up in club action over the coming months, with all senior, intermediate and junior A fixtures having to be played by the latter stages of October.This weekend sees the third round of fixtures in the County Senior, Intermediate and Seamus Ni Riain hurling championships, with a number of crucial ties down for decision in each group.The winners from the groups, plus qualifiers will go into the County Quarter finals, with others coming from the Divisional Championships. Tom Meagher, who looks after match fixtures in the county, explains more.last_img

NSCDC, Ogun, Dominate Korea Ambassador Taekwondo Tourney

first_imgOgun State fighter, Richard Oyenusi, won the overall best male athlete award while his team mate Halimat Animasaun also of team Ogun emerged as the best female athlete of the entire championship. Nelson Oluigbo of Ogun state was adjudged as the best referee of the tournament while the best coach of the tournament award went to coach Samson Ajayi also of team Ogun.Over 300 taekwondoists drawn from 22 states and 25 clubsides from across the country and three international teams from west Africa featured at the three-day exercise at Molade-Okoya Thomas Multipurpose Hall inside Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.At the grand finale, Korean Ambassador in Nigeria, Mr Noh Kyu Duk said that the 7th Korean Ambassador’ Cup Taekwondo, marked the 30th anniversary of establishing Taekwondo in Nigeria to support the growth of the sport. He promised that Asian country will continue to support and encourage the development of the game in Nigeria. “That informs the decision of the Korean Government to send an expert in the art of taekwondo, Grandmaster Kim Jim Beorn to Nigeria to continue to train both the athletes and coaches”. Adding that, taekwondo is already being taught in some Nigerian, schools as extracurricular activity.“We have also noticed that Taekwondo as an Olympic event, is one of the most popular sports being practiced in Nigeria with over 250,000 youths involved in it hence our continous promotion for the growth and development of the game.“Hopefully, with our commitment coupled with the efforts of the sports ministry, Nigeria will not only qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Taekwondo event, but will go to Japan and win medals,” Mr Noh Kyu-Duk, concludes.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigeria Security and Civic Defence Corps and Ogun State were the dominant athletes at the just concluded 7th Ambassador’s Taekwondo tournament rounded up in Lagos last Saturday.NSCDC emerged top with four gold medals ahead of Team Ogun that came second with three gold, one silver and one bronze. The third position went to Team Kebbi that clinched two gold and three bronze medals.last_img read more

Oliver, Volier come to town in Frenemy

first_imgAudrey Reid After its South Florida stint, Frenemy will move on to Central Florida for two production dates. The play, a Whirlwind Entertainment production ends its successful two-month run in Jamaica on August 27. Jamaican theater giants Old sparring partners Oliver Samuels and Volier ‘Maffy’ Johnson reunite for the play Frenemy, which is scheduled for three shows in South Florida over the Labor Day Weekend. Tickets are now on sale for both Miramar and Coral Springs staging of Frenemy on Frenemy, which also features Audrey Reid, Lakeisha Ellison (who alternates with Reid) and Dennis Titus, plays at the Miramar Cultural Center on September 2 and the Coral Springs Cultural Center on September 3. Reid is also a theater veteran. She got her start in roots (low-budget, slapstick productions) plays in the 1980s. Her breakout role was in the 1997 movie, Dancehall Queen, in which she plays Marcia, a street vendor who rises to fame as a dancehall starlet. Johnson’s first appearance in a major theatrical role, was as the handcart man in the 1972 Jamaican hit movie, “The Harder They Come.” Samuels and Johnson are two of Jamaican theater’s giants. They have appeared in countless plays and movies, but made a big splash during the 1980s, appearing on the Jamaican television comedy Oliver AtLarge. In one memorable episode, Samuels appeared as a con pastor with Johnson as his sidekick named Maffy.last_img read more