Pacer’s New Coach

first_imgNate McMillan is the new coach of the Indiana Pacers.  Nate was an assistant with the Pacers the last couple of years.  McMillan started out his career at North Carolina State playing under Jim Valvano.  He was drafted by the Seattle Sonics and played for them 12 years and then remained in their system until he moved on to the Portland Trailblazers before coming to Indianapolis.It will be interesting to see how he gets along as the head coach under Larry Bird.  I feel you need two traits to succeed with the Pacers.  You must have complete conviction in your system and win with it.  The other trait is to get along with Larry Bird who does not want the day-to-day job of coaching, but still keeps his thumb on what is going on.We wish Nate McMillan the best in his new position.  Just win and you will be fine.last_img read more

Nwakali committed to help Huesca gain promotion to La Liga

first_img “The aim is to pick one of the automatic promotion tickets; we have a big game tomorrow against league leaders Cadiz. “It won’t be an easy match but the entire squad is very committed to ensuring we get back to winning ways.” Nwakali will be expected to play a part when Huesca take on Segunda Division leaders Cadiz on Wednesday. The midfielder burst into the limelight in the 2015 U17 World Cup where helped Nigeria win the title, scooping the Golden Ball award of the tournament in the process. read also:COVID-19: Nwakali allays fear over stint with Huesca Besides representing Nigeria at the U17 level, he has also played for the U20 side and currently has one cap for the Super Eagles. Nwakali will hope to play more prominently for his club in order to boost his chances with the three-time African champions. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Nigeria’s Kelechi Nwakali is committed to help Segunda Division side, Huesca secure promotion to La Liga at the end of this season. Nwakali The midfielder joined the Oscenses last summer from Premier League side Arsenal, where he failed to play a single game for the Emirates Stadium outfit. The midfielder featured for MVV Maastricht, VVV-Venlo, MVV Maastricht and Porto B on loan during his three-year stay with the Gunners. The Nigeria international could only make his debut for the Spanish division side on June 18 against Mirandes owing to visa issues and the outbreak of coronavirus across the world. Huesca are already in the playoff spot after securing 54 points from 34 games, following 16 wins, six draws and 12 losses. The 22-year-old, who has made two appearances for the Oscenses, has promised to give his best to ensure his side secures promotion to the Spanish top-flight. “I’m excited to be playing competitive football again. I have waited so long for this moment and I’m fully committed to helping the club achieve promotion,” Nwakali told AOI. Loading… center_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Characters Who Deserve To Be Official Disney PrincessesSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Animelast_img read more

William Jesse “Bill” Russell, Jr, 94

first_imgWilliam Jesse “Bill” Russell, Jr., age 94, longtime resident of Watervliet, Michigan, passed away April 7, 2020 at Morning Breeze Retirement Center in Greensburg, Indiana where he was resident for the last 5 years.Bill was born to parents William Jesse Russell, Sr, and Velma Vera Wallace on July 4, 1925 in Memphis, Tennessee. After spending his early years in East Prairie, Missouri and serving in the Civilian Conservation Corps he relocated to Watervliet, Michigan where he lived most of his adult life. It was there that Bill met and on May 23, 1948, married Leona Clinard, his wife of 66 years.Bill was preceded in death by his father and mother, his wife Leona, who passed away June 28, 2014, as well as by three brothers, two sisters, and one half-sister. He is survived by two sons; Richard E (Debra) Russell of Asheville, North Carolina and James G (Wendy) Russell of Greensburg, Indiana, six grandchildren; Bryan, Jennifer, Jason, Adam, James, and Erin, several great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and by one half-brother.Bill was retired from the Watervliet Paper Company and during his life in Watervliet he regularly attended the Watervliet First Methodist Church. He loved music and spent countless hours listening to, recording and cataloging his collection. He also enjoyed gardening, and traveling and was especially proud of his “R” tree; two maple trees he started as saplings and grafted together to grow into the shape of the letter R.There will be no visitation. Burial will be at Watervliet Cemetery in Watervliet, Michigan. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.comlast_img read more

Fry Given Decatur Award

first_imgDavid Fry, the 2020 Stephen Decatur Award recipient. Photo of courtesy of Effective Advancement Strategies.Greensburg, IN — Like most organizations this year, the Decatur County Community Foundation (DCCF) reached deep into their creativity pool to host their annual meeting.  This year, the meeting titled “Are You Smarter Than a Board Member?”, aired on Facebook live Wednesday afternoon and allowed the audience to interact live while staff members asked questions regarding the history of DCCF. During the “commercial break”, the foundation announced the 2020 recipient of the Stephen Decatur Award.  This award is given to Decatur County citizens that go above and beyond for their community.  The 2020 award went to David Fry. DCCF Executive Director Tami Wenning stated, “David has done so much for our community for so long and behind the scenes.  It’s not about him getting recognition, but has always been about making our community the very best it could possibly be for all those that live in it.”last_img read more

Aribo stars as Rangers record Scottish Cup victory

first_imgRelatedPosts Joe Aribo vows to bounce back from injury Joe Aribo out of Super Eagles friendlies Gerrard gets Aribo, Leon Balogun boost Rangers refused to be caught cold as they re-emerged from the winter break with a 2-0 William Hill Scottish Cup win over Stranraer. Twelve months ago, Steven Gerrard’s team saw their Ladbrokes Premiership title hopes falter as they suffered defeat at Kilmarnock in their first game back after the January shut-down. This time they were able to warm themselves back up for the second half of the season and the title race run-in with a fourth-round clash with Stevie Farrell’s League One part-timers. It took the Light Blues a while to get themselves back up to speed but goals from Scott Arfield and Jermain Defoe were enough to book their place in Sunday’s draw. Gerrard made seven changes to the side which claimed victory at Celtic Park three weeks ago but even with teenager Nathan Patterson making his debut at right-back it was still a fairly strong side for the visit of the League One basement boys. Stranraer have gone nine months without an away win while the only side in Scotland’s four senior leagues to have shipped more goals than Farrell’s men are Brechin City, who prop up League Two. But they deserve credit for frustrating Rangers for as long as the 44th minute after refusing to open up. At times they resorted to filling their own box with everybody bar lone striker Ryan Stevenson in a bid to block crosses and shots. Gerrard’s team broke through on occasion. Jordan Jones headed over early while captain for the night Ryan Jack could only prod against the base of the post after Defoe’s lay-off was caught underneath his feet. Joe Aribo took his frustration out on the ball moments after being clattered into by Carlo Pignatiello, stumbling back to his feet to unleash a strike that whistled just wide. But Stranraer’s resistance was broken a minute before the break. George Edmundson’s attempted flick from Steven Davis’ corner did not come off but Arfield did better as he took a touch before driving through a crowded six-yard box for the opening goal. Nikola Katic came close to repeating his Parkhead heroics with a header moments later but Max Currie sprang to his left to keep the hosts’ lead to one at the break. Only a finger-tip save from the Blues keeper denied Patterson his first Gers goal after 56 minutes as the youngster let fly from the edge of the box. But the game was put to bed in the 66th minute as Defoe dusted himself down after being tripped by Adam Cummins in the box, with the veteran Englishman rolling his penalty in off the post.Tags: Jermain DefoeJoe AriboRangersScott ArfieldSteven GerrardStranraerWilliam Hill Scottish Cuplast_img read more

De Boer to mull over Spurs job

first_imgAjax boss Frank de Boer is open to speaking with Tottenham about taking over as manager at the end of the season, although the north London club insist no official approach has been made. “I’m going to think about this possibility after the last league fixture on May 3,” he told “I’m going to talk and listen. “I would like to add something to a club, that people can say they see the hand of Frank de Boer. “There is a beautiful example at Liverpool. That is what Brendan Rodgers is doing now [making his mark].” De Boer, a product of the fabled Ajax youth system, went on to play at Barcelona, Galatasaray, Rangers and then in Qatar before rejoining the Amsterdammers as a coach following his retirement, and has been first-team manager since 2010. Bookmakers now make the Dutchman favourite to become Tottenham’s next manager, ousting previous front-runner Mauricio Pochettino of Southampton. Reports suggest it is a matter of when, rather than if, Tim Sherwood will be replaced at the White Hart Lane helm, with chairman Daniel Levy ready to tear up the 18-month deal handed to him in December. Spurs are understood to be concentrating on ending the season well before reviewing the progress made under the head coach, whose win percentage is better than any other Tottenham manager in the Premier League era. Should Sherwood get the boot, one of the legacies he will leave at Spurs is a focus on home-grown talent after his years of work within their youth set-up. Press Association The former midfielder has put his trust in the likes of Nabil Bentaleb and Harry Kane, although fellow academy graduate Andros Townsend has found his time restricted under Andre Villas-Boas’ successor. The 22-year-old exploded onto the international stage when rewarded for his fine form in October, netting on his England debut against Montenegro before helping overcome Poland as Roy Hodgson’s men secured a place in Brazil. However, Townsend has not enjoyed the best end to the campaign and last started a Premier League match in the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal on March 16. That lack of game time has seen his World Cup hopes weaken and, worse still, the winger sustained an ankle injury after coming on 12 minutes from time in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Stoke. Townsend left the Britannia Stadium in a protective boot and underwent an MRI scan on Monday, with further assessments taking place on Tuesday. Spurs released a statement on the winger’s condition on Tuesday evening, revealing they have yet to reach a conclusive prognosis. “Andros Townsend is continuing to be assessed by the club’s medical staff after suffering an injury to his left ankle during Saturday’s win against Stoke City,” the statement on the club’s official website,, read. “We shall provide further information once we have a definitive update.” De Boer led his team to a fourth successive Eredivisie title last weekend, further harnessing a burgeoning reputation that has often seen him linked with a move away from the Amsterdam ArenA. Reports on Tuesday claimed Spurs had contacted the 43-year-old and, although the Barclays Premier League club confirmed to Press Association Sport that there has been no official approach, De Boer would consider a move to White Hart Lane. last_img read more

Cricket News Who Is CM Gautam, The Biggest Name Caught In the Karnataka Premier League Spot-Fixing Scandal?

first_imgNew Delhi: The Karnataka Premier League match fixing and spot fixing scandal has gotten bigger and the arrest of two players in CM Gautam and Abrar Kazi has sent shockwaves in Karnataka’s cricketing fraternity. The arrest of CM Gautam, in particular, is massive considering the amount of experience and contributions that he has done for Karnataka cricket during their glory days. The arrest has come during the 2019 Karnataka Premier League in which they have been accused of involvement in match-fixing in the final between Bellary Tuskers, also known as Ballari Tuskers and Hubli Tigers. Both have been accused of accepting Rs 20 lakh each for slow batting. The charges on Gautam, who has been included in the Goa side for the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, is significant due to his experience in the domestic circuit. Known as Chidhambaram Muralidharen Gautam, he was born in Bangalore and made his First Class debut in 2008 for Karnataka against Uttar Pradesh. As a wicketkeeper, he was solid and filled up the void left by long-serving Karnataka keeper Thilak Naidu admirably. However, in 2012/13, he achieved his breakthrough year in domestic cricket.His contributions with the bat helped Karnataka go the distancen in the 2012/13 season. His 257 against Vidarbha and his 264 against Maharashtra was the pinnacle of his batting performances. Apart from big scores, Gautam showed that he could modify his approach to batting when the situation demanded. Against Tamil Nadu, he smashed 130 and scored 71 in a tense game against Delhi to help Karnataka win despite conceding a first innings lead. His 943 runs in the 2012/13 season at an average of 117 helped Karnataka achieve the double treble of winning the Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare and Irani trophy in two consecutive seasons. His performances in the Ranji Trophy helped him get a spot in the India A side for the series against Australia in 2013. Even in the Indian Premier League, he has been part of three teams, being selected for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians. He did not get a chance with RCB and had relative success in Delhi and Mumbai. Also Read | KPL Match-Fixing case: Ballari Tuskers Players Abrar Kazi, CM Gautam ArrestedIn 94 games, he had smashed 4716 runs at an average of 41 with 10 centuries and 24 fifties. In the 2019 seasons, after a decade with Karnataka, Gautam shifted to Goa where he struggled. In the KPL, he smashed 92* and 96 against Mysuru Warriors and Belagavi Panthers before his knock of 29 in the final against Hubli Tigers of 29 balls got him in the spotlight for slow batting. With so much experience, this arrest in the ongoing Karnataka Premier League comes as a body blow to his career. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Bielema backing Hampton

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald PhotoPunt returner Zach Hampton played poorly on an otherwise peerless Saturday, and was ultimately benched near the end of the game in favor of wide receiver Luke Swan. Hampton botched two punts against the Gophers, and most notoriously fumbled away a punt against the Wolverines.However, UW head coach Bret Bielema stated in clear terms that his confidence in Hampton has not wavered and that the fifth-year senior will retain his spot as the team’s punt returner against Purdue.”Zach has been our punt returner all year and he’s going to remain in that role; the thing that I thought was difficult for Zach on Saturday was the first two punts,” Bielema said.”The first one was a 24-yard punt and he wasn’t able to field it. He had trouble fielding the next one based off some wind conditions.”He further articulated that Swan was used late in the game more to secure possession off a punt, rather than to replace Hampton. “When I put Luke in, he has very sure hands; when we put him it’s pretty much a fair catch … [we’re] just making sure the ball was secure in our hands.” MVP update: Stocco shines againJohn Stocco was named Bielema’s offensive MVP of the week for the second time in three weeks.Bielema singled his quarterback again for his ability to lead the offense to another big day on the scoreboard, this time contributing a 48-point output.”John Stocco had another great performance,” Bielema said of his quarterback, who picked apart the Golden Gophers with four touchdown passes. “Going into that game, him being from the state of Minnesota, it meant the world to him to play a great game.”The head coach also heralded Jack Ikegwuonu’s role on defense. Ikegwuonu recovered a fumble 95 seconds into the game, and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown, giving the Badgers an early 7-0 lead.”Jack came up with a big play at the beginning, and really the biggest one at the end of the game, too, to defend that pass in the end zone,” Bielema said.Ikegwuonu’s deflection, although unimportant to the game’s outcome, put the finishing touches on Wisconsin’s dominating 36-point victory.Jason Chapman, who forced that aforementioned fumble, earned co-defensive honors with Ikegwuonu, due to his two sacks on the game that placed him atop the Badger sack leaders with four on the year.On special teams, kickoff return specialist Jarvis Minton received MVP accolades for his stellar performance, which was highlighted by a 25-yard kickoff return and two receptions.”It was great from a coaching standpoint to see Jarvis Minton rebound out there,” Bielema said. “Not only has he been doing a good job blocking for us as a wide receiver, but returned as a kickoff return man, doing a good job there.”John Moffitt and Joe Sibley received the offensive and defensive MVP honors, respectively, for UW’s scout team.Offensive confidenceThe Badgers have scored 141 points in their last three games, the most in three consecutive Big Ten games in school history. “As our players have become more comfortable with what’s happening offensively, their confidence has grown and they are able to execute that much better,” Bielema said. Wisconsin’s recent transformation into an offensive powerhouse over the last three Big Ten matchups has not only helped Stocco’s offensive passing statistics, but has catapulted P.J. Hill into the national spotlight. The freshman running back is already drawing early comparisons to Badger legend and Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne. Hill ranks fifth in the nation in rushing, averaging 144.4 yards per game.Offensive line coach takes temporary leave of absenceOffensive line coach Bob Palcic may not join the Badgers in West Lafayette this Saturday. The first-year assistant coach left for New York in order to be with his family and ailing mother.”Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bob (Palcic),” Bielema said. Palcic, an assistant coach in the National Football League from 1994-2005, replaced longtime Badger offensive line coach John Palermo this season.last_img read more

Wisconsin falters in home-opener, loses 2 of 3 to Iowa

first_imgThis weekend brought the warmest temperatures so far this spring, setting up nearly ideal conditions for the Wisconsin women’s softball team’s home opening series. After what seemed like an eternity on the road, the Badgers christened the home season hosting Iowa in a three-game series at Goodman Diamond, but the Hawkeyes played the role of spoiler, winning the series 2-1.In the first of a two game doubleheader Saturday, Iowa started off with a bang, getting three hits and two RBIs right away in the first inning. Wisconsin responded with a pair of hits in the bottom of the first frame, but wasn’t able to get on the scoreboard until the bottom of the third when junior Maria Van Abel stole home. Hawkeye catcher Holly Hoffman threw down to second base when Badger pinch runner Marisa Gonzalez stole from first, and the speedy Van Abel used the opportunity to take home.The only other hits of the game came in the top of the fifth inning. Iowa pitcher Kayla Massey led off the inning by hitting a homer to left field. Next up was cleanup hitter Megan Blank, who reached first on a single, and after advancing to second and third on a hit and wild pitch, scored the final run of the game on a sacrifice fly in the 4-1 Badgers’ loss.The Badgers didn’t let the loss discourage them, though. Van Abel mentioned that at this point in the season, the team is just trying to make adjustments and figure things out for the rest of Big 10 play.“We’re still putting a lot of the pieces of the puzzle together right now,” Van Abel said.The second game of Saturday’s doubleheader took off in the opposite direction as Wisconsin scored four runs in the second inning alone, with Marissa Mersch, Megan Tancill and Stephanie Peace all earning RBI with singles to the outfield.The Hawkeyes responded in the third inning with a run of their own, only to be outdone by the Badgers who tallied three more in the bottom of the inning when Mersch singled up the middle for another two RBIs, while Van Abel added one of her own.Later, Iowa made a run at a comeback when three more runs were batted in in the fifth inning, shortening the distance on the scoreboard to 7-4. But the Badgers held their ground as Mersch collected her fourth RBI of the game in the sixth inning, batting in Gonzalez for a final score of 8-4.Scoring eight runs after being held to just one in the first game might raise the question of where the Badgers’ sudden spark came from. Van Abel said she felt the hitting successes of the weekend were due to batting coach Randy Schneider having the team watch themselves bat to understand what needed to be worked on and watch out for Massey’s pitching, even if it took until the second game to really kick in.“Coach Schneider has really emphasized watching our film from last year, so we studied a lot this week on their pitchers,” Van Abel said. “I got a chance to look at my at-bats from last year just to get a better idea of what [Massey] threw me and what I struggled with. Having a game plan really helped me going into this game, and I think a lot of our hitters would say the same thing.”The third and final game of the series was played Sunday afternoon, and with the series being split to that point, neither team knew what to expect in the finale.After a tight first inning, Iowa’s Megan Blank homered to left field for the first run of the game, until a second run was earned moments later as teammate Whitney Repole walked her way around the infield.Wisconsin struck back in the bottom of the fourth inning when shortstop Sara Novak singled to right field, advancing Mersch from second to home and earning UW’s sole run of the game.Iowa, however, was only halfway done, and went on to send two more runners home, one on an error by the Wisconsin infield, taking home a second 4-1 victory.There are many external factors that can affect the outcomes of softball games, weather being a major one, especially when considering things from the pitchers’ point of view. Looking back on Sunday’s matchup, head coach Yvette Healy commented on the wind during the game, and how Iowa used it to their advantage.“We did have a little wind, and we’ve got some power hitters but we just weren’t able to connect,” Healy said.  “I think [Massey] did a nice job keeping the ball down, so our players couldn’t really get underneath it, and we left a couple pitches elevated and [Iowa] made that count.”While not necessarily satisfied with the weekend’s outcome, Wisconsin isn’t about to let a disappointing home opener affect the rest of the season.Healy went on to agree with Van Abel that right now, the team is more concerned with getting kinks out before facing some of the bigger competition.“Obviously you want to come out and get wins at home, so that’s not ideal, but I think this group just has to play another weekend,” Healy explained. “So more so than whether we win or not, it’s just about playing good softball, and we need to play better.”This week the Badgers will prepare for their weekend trip up to Minneapolis where they will take on the Golden Gophers in what is likely to be one of the more exciting conference games.last_img read more

QPR secure victory over Reading

first_imgThat one has an 8pm start. Former Galway man Ryan Manning set up Jamie Mackie for the game’s only goal, as QPR won 1-nil at the Madejski Two sides with designs on the play-off places meet at Elland Road tonight. Fifth placed Leeds entertain a Derby side seeking a first league win in three games. last_img