Baseball Replays

first_imgAre baseball replays too long?  I am in agreement with the idea that it is best to get the call right over the speed of the call; however, 4 minutes is way too long.  In some of the Reds recent games most of the replays were in excess of 3 minutes.Why not have the umpires in New York call the play as they see it without knowing how the umpires on the field call the play?  Then they can make the call and this should speed up the game.  Now they are trying to decide if there is enough evidence to uphold the call, reverse the call, or simple let it go.They should keep replay, but with technology today you could certainly add more cameras to watch plays.  With close-up cameras on the field the call should be evident in less than a minute.last_img

Legal aid clinic in Greensburg

first_imgGreensburg, IN—Legal Aid is hosting a free legal clinic for Decatur County community members on Wednesday, November 13 from 3 – 5 pm at the Decatur County Public Library.last_img

Sahara Group, Grandmaster Amin boost youth empowerment in Africa through Chess

first_imgLeading energy conglomerate, Sahara Group, and Chess Grandmaster, Dr. Bassem Amin, are set to unlock the “pursue your passion” gambit in young people in Africa through a Chess Masterclass session via Zoom to mark the International Chess Day that is celebrated every July 20.Scheduled to hold on July 24, 2020 by 5pm (WAT), the session will provide a platform for Dr. Amin to share insights on recent global trends in chess moves and how his passion for chess drove his desire to keep his dreams alive in the face of challenges and disruptions that life throws at people. An Egyptian chess player and medical doctor, Amin was awarded the title Grandmaster by the International Chess Federation (FIDE in 2006).Amin is the highest rated player of Egypt and Africa.“It is an established fact that pursuit is usually the proof of desire. Taking that step of pursuit is often where most young people run into hitches. Hopefully, the session with Dr. Amin and his chess story will rekindle the waning flame of pursuit and inspire African youths to take their interest in chess to greater heights,” said Bethel Obioma, Head, Corporate Communications at Sahara Group.Expressing delight at the partnership with GM Amin, Obioma said Sahara Group remained committed to connecting people with opportunities through the extrapreneurhip platform driven by Sahara Foundation.He said: “What we have here is a collaboration between a foremost energy conglomerate in Africa and the continent’s most decorated chess player to give African youths another reason to believe, innovate and deliver a resounding checkmate on all odds against their passion.” Amin said: “Chess is life, I do believe this. You must have goals and dreams and work hard to achieve them. Playing chess has helped me to realize this and enabled me to achieve my goals both over the board and in my life. I look forward to inspiring young people with my story through this collaboration with Sahara Group.”As part of the celebration, Sahara Group also plans to launch a #checkmatecovid19challenge to raise more awareness about the pandemic.The challenge will involve chess players sending in pictures of interesting checkmate positions via Instagram with the caption: “#checkmatecovid19 with clean hands, facemasks and social distancing.”Details of the competition will be on Sahara Group’s Instagram handles: @iamsaharagroup and @saharapcsr.In February, Sahara Group organized a #CleanLoveFeb Chess Competition as part of the energy conglomerate’s campaign against substance abuse, especially among young people. The competition was designed to serve as a platform to inspire young people to look to sports, books and educative web portals for recreation and academic excellence.The International Chess Day is celebrated annually on July 20, the day the International Chess Federation was founded in 1924.On December 12, 2019, the UN General Assembly unanimously approved a resolution recognizing the day, paving the way for more global impact for one of the world’s most ancient, intellectual, and cultural games.Chess also offers important opportunities in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.RelatedPosts NEC 10th Edition: UBA Foundation calls for entries, increases prize money by over 33% DigiConverge launches, signs exclusive content distribution partnership with VivaliveTV Standard Chartered, Airtel form partnership to drive financial inclusion across Africa “Chess for Recovering Better” is the theme for the 2020 celebration and over 605 million people who play the game regularly across the globe will be rooting for the values of fairness, inclusion and mutual respect, which chess promotes.Tags: africaBassem AminInternational Chess FederationSahara Grouplast_img read more

AFN Congress, Board deny amendment of 2017 Constitution

first_imgRelatedPostsNo Content Available Members of the Congress and Board of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria say they are flabbergasted by reports that the Constitution of the federation approved at its Congress in November 2017 has been amended without their knowledge and approval.The AFN President, Engr. Ibrahim Shehu Gusau, revealed this in a memo to the 37-member state associations, including Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, on August 7, 2020. Gusau said the 2017 constitution was amended at a congress of the federation in Awka, Anambra State on December 4, 2019, and that the constitution ‘”that was forwarded to the World Athletics (WA) was the AFN Constitution 2017 (as amended) during the Congress held in Awka, Anambra State.”Falilat Ogunkoya, reigning African 400metres record holder and Olympics 400m and 4x400m medallist, who is also the chairperson of Ogun State Athletics Association, rejected Gusau’s claim in the memo.Ogunkoya said: “Which constitution was amended?“I didn’t receive any proposal from the AFN to that effect.“The constitution of the AFN is clear on how and when the constitution can be amended.” The Chairman of Ekiti State Athletics Association, Samuel Fatunla, described reports of the purported amendment as a joke carried too far.Timon Gunen, reigning national 5000m record holder and Chairman of Plateau State Athletics Association, corroborated Fatunla’s claim and denied receiving any such proposal.Tags: AFN CongressBoard of the Athletics Federation of NigeriaDeny AmendmentEngr. Ibrahim Shehu Gusaulast_img read more

Mertesacker wants show of strength

first_imgDefender Per Mertesacker is convinced Arsenal have a good squad but still need to strengthen in order to last the distance as the Barclays Premier League title race hots up heading into 2014. “We want to go on another good run so at the minute we are really proud that we came back against West Ham and it shows our character.” Wenger hopes Podolski’s return can prove a big asset. “I try to get him slowly back to competitiveness and he has shown that he can have a huge impact because he can score and make you score goals, give assists,” the Arsenal boss said. Arsenal now travel to the north east for what is set to be another testing fixture of the hectic festive season. “It has been a difficult period but mainly down to our schedule,” said Wenger. “I completely think our schedule has been absolutely horrendous.” Arsenal will have midfielder Jack Wilshere back from a two-match suspension at St James’ Park, while centre-back Laurent Koscielny is hopeful of recovering from a gashed knee. Captain Thomas Vermaelen has performed admirably alongside Mertesacker on his return to the team. The 28-year-old Belgium international, whose current deal runs out in June 2015, has been linked with a January move away from the Emirates Stadium to secure regular football in World Cup year. Vermaelen, though, maintains he is only focused on helping achieve Arsenal’s collective ambitions. “I don’t like to talk about my situation. It doesn’t matter,” Vermaelen told Belgian TV station Sporting Telenet. “I am a player of Arsenal and I will do everything for this club. “We will see what happens. It makes no sense to speculate about my future. “We are still happy about our place in the table, to be title contenders we have to be very consistent. “In the Premier League, everything is possible.” Press Association German international Mertesacker feels being able to call on the likes of compatriot Lukas Podolski – who scored in what was a first appearance since August – again can prove a big asset in the coming weeks, with England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also closing in on first-team contention to boost Wenger’s options. “We need the right additions. We said that a lot in the summer then Mesut Ozil came, but at this time, in a very special period that only happens in England, you need to get the right additions with players who come back from injury,” Mertesacker told Arsenal Player. “We lost Aaron Ramsey [against West Ham] so a good player is maybe out for two or three weeks, so we need the right additions now. “We have a good squad and that is going to be vital in the next couple of weeks.” For a while it looked like Arsenal might be haunted by a string of missed chances at Upton Park, where Carlton Cole put the Irons ahead at the start of the second half following a handling error from goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. However, Arsenal’s pressure eventually told as Theo Walcott’s double turned the match around before Podolski’s sweet left-foot strike made sure of victory. Mertesacker felt the squad showed great character to come through what was a testing encounter against Sam Allardyce’s relegation battlers. “During the game we always believed in our strengths,” the German added. The Gunners moved back to the top of the table as they came from behind to win 3-1 at West Ham, where midfielder Aaron Ramsey limped off with a thigh strain which will see the Wales international miss the remaining festive fixtures. There is little respite for Arsene Wenger’s squad as they head to Newcastle on Sunday. last_img read more

Serena Halts Konta’s Run

first_imgWilliams is now two wins from claiming an Open-era record 23rd major title.“I was in the locker room watching her clean up her matches. She is a future champion here for sure, so I am pleased to get through this.“I got a little frustrated with my serve, but I told myself ‘don’t get Babyrena’ [Williams’ angry alter-ego] and focused on enjoying myself out here. Today I felt I can do this, it is such a great opportunity for me.”Konta had not dropped a set in her past nine matches before facing WilliamsIn a match of big hitting and small margins, it was Williams who established an early control she would not relinquish.The American’s usually dominant first serve faltered as she made just 45%, but she returned brilliantly to break the Konta serve – the best on tour this season going into the match – four times.Konta had the first chance but went long with a backhand on break point at 1-1, then found her second serve under greater pressure than at any stage of the tournament so far.Williams looked razor sharp on return, with two thumping forehand winners setting the American on the way to a 3-1 lead.More heavy blows brought a second break, and with it the set, in game eight to end a run of 18 straight sets for Konta stretching back to her warm-up win in Sydney.Konta showed why she had been seen as a real threat by recovering from 0-40 early in the second set and then breaking to lead 3-1, but a loose game handed the advantage back and Williams raced through five straight games to victory.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Six-time champion Serena Williams, yesterday outplayed Britain’s Johanna Konta to reach the Australian Open semi-finals.The American, 35, won 6-2 6-3 and will next play unseeded Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who beat fifth-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-4 3-6 6-4.Konta, seeded ninth, went into the quarter-final on a nine-match and 18-set winning streak but came up short in her first meeting with Williams.last_img read more

Orange bench held back from joining frenetic 2nd half brawl

first_img Comments Federico Agreda did not see what happened. What happened was a fight. Agreda wanted in. He was sitting on the Syracuse bench with 17:20 left in the match when, all of a sudden, he saw players from both Syracuse and Canisius sprint to the far right corner of the field. He sprung up to get in on whatever had just occurred in Syracuse’s defensive quarter, but he was held back by the SU coaches. He later found out SU defender Robbie Hughes had tackled Canisius midfielder Steve Mahon from the ground. Mahon then stepped on Hughes, and a shoving match, enhanced by some exchanged insults, ensued. Everyone on the field ran to the corner, creating a mishmash of blue and white jerseys. The sideline referee received help from some of the players, but others were less interested in breaking up the fight. ‘I was the first one to get up and go run,’ Agreda said. ‘I wanted to go kick some butt, but all the coaches held us, just in case we got red carded and we got kicked out of the game.’ In a game in which the Orange lacked some vitality, this confrontation may have proven too much excitement for the team. Canisius dominated the second half, particularly the 20 minutes that followed the incident.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Head coach Ian McIntyre continues to look for the spark that will ignite his team early in the game. An almost bench-clearing brawl, however, is not his method of choice. He is looking for a ‘controlled aggression,’ something between the slow first half and the overexcitement of the Hughes-Mahon face-off. ‘We need a little bit of spark,’ McIntyre said. ‘Maybe not to that extreme, but we need a couple of players at certain times in the game to inject a little bit of enthusiasm. It’s important that Robbie and other players don’t play on the edge, that they have that controlled aggression that will allow them to win their physical confrontations.’ Tuesday, a brawl was what McIntyre got. Hughes said the call could have gone either way because both players went in hard for the tackle, but Canisius was awarded the free kick. Both Hughes and Mahon were given yellow cards, but no scoring opportunities came as a direct result of the confrontation. Hughes said after something so heated, it was important to calm down quickly and focus on the rest of the game. He has the captain, goalkeeper Jeremy Vuolo, to thank for that. Vuolo pulled him away from the fray and talked him down. Defender Jakob Karlgren said it was important to move past emotional confrontations. ‘If you take it the wrong way, you’re going to try to get back at the players,’ Karlgren said. ‘But none of us did that, so it was no problem.’ McIntyre said the team was left frustrated because Canisius is 0-5 this season, and the Orange did not dominate play, let alone win the game. Syracuse itself has only one win so far this year. It has yet to score more than one goal in a game. This game seemed like a chance to change that. When the skirmish occurred, more than 70 minutes had passed, and Syracuse only had three really close chances aside from Nick Roydhouse’s goal on a free kick. Players had been getting into arguments throughout the game with members of the other team and the officials. Over the entire game plus two overtimes, the two teams combined for 18 fouls called. And though the Orange was unable to execute crisp play for most of the game, the confrontations with Canisius kept the game exciting. Exciting enough to have Agreda explicitly state that, yes, he wanted in on some of the action. He wanted a real fight after a bunch of smaller soccer ones with the Canisius defenders. ‘In the first half, the first 10 minutes, I was getting in fights with the defender,’ Agreda said. ‘So the whole game, (I) was fired up. It was a war. They had a bad record, and we needed a win. It wasn’t completely bad the whole game, but it fired us up.’ Published on September 28, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Libonati: MetLife series meets its necessary end

first_img Published on October 3, 2016 at 4:02 pm EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — After Syracuse and Notre Dame left MetLife Stadium on Saturday, the grounds crew took over the stadium. Workers took down banners for the SU-UND game and put up New York Jets banners on the walls around the field. They peeled back the turf with “Syracuse” and “Orange” on it in the end zones, replacing it with “Jets” in both. A MetLife light turned from orange to blue to off.It took only three hours to wipe away most of the physical residue from Syracuse’s series in East Rutherford.On Saturday, the MetLife series met its death. Syracuse (2-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) dropped its game against Notre Dame (2-3), 50-33, marking its fourth loss in the series by a combined 52 points — 13 points per game. Even as the game reached its start, few fans filled the stadium. The drizzling of fans who entered in the 11 minutes between the national anthem and kickoff were decidedly dressed in more green than orange. SU’s fourth loss in the series heaps another blow to the unsuccessful series.The series, started under former Director of Athletics Daryl Gross, has been long bemoaned by fans and those who follow Syracuse football. At a time when Syracuse needed its program to recover, the series has helped rebury the program. Director of Athletics John Wildhack and head coach Dino Babers have a chance to right the program minus a money grab (Syracuse made as much as $5 million per game and $3 million against Penn State, per holding SU back.“I get it that we get a lot of money and we’ll pay a lot of the bills and that’s really good. So that’s great,” Babers said. “I would hope that in the future that we’d get to play them in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“In the future, I’d hope to get teams like that in the Carrier Dome.”Jessica Sheldon | Photo EditorBabers said he wouldn’t hold his breath for a pro-SU crowd. It’s a good thing he didn’t. The announced attendance was 62,794, which is being generous (and maybe offensive to those who saw the crowd). At least 70 percent of the crowd was pro-Notre Dame. In 2012, the MetLife game drew 39,507 people, 61,202 attended in 2013 and 76,802 attended in 2014.The game was branded as the “Battle in the Apple” and “New York’s College Classic.” But “Over-hyped New Jersey Classic” would have fit just as well.Beyond the aesthetics of the game, the football aspect has been detrimental. The program played games against Southern California, Penn State and twice against Notre Dame. Each unsurprisingly have national brands, which is the only excuse to say the stadium was three-quarters full. SU, as a program, was only truly prepared to play USC at the time schedules were set. The Orange faced a weaker PSU team because of NCAA sanctions the season before the matchup. Maybe the series has given back what’s deserved. SU has served up games befitting of a contest that’s been misbranded.After four years of Doug Marrone’s tenure, when the football program appeared to be turning around, the game may have been appropriate. SU was good enough to play USC, then the No. 2 team in the country. With Marrone leaving, the games outpaced how good Syracuse could be under Scott Shafer.Kiran Ramsey | Digital Design EditorInstead of playing a game against a big-name team, it would have been valuable for SU to play a team it could manage. Next year, it’ll play Middle Tennessee State, the type of team the Orange should have been playing all along. SU will also play Louisiana State, another game against a big team for the Orange, the type of game SU doesn’t need. By no means is any game automatic, but getting a team on its slate that could get SU to a bowl game could have been more useful.Another win may have pushed SU to seven regular season wins in 2013 and could’ve earned SU a better bowl game than the Texas Bowl. Another win in 2014 could’ve helped SU blunt its loss to Maryland and get on track. With a team this season that’s on the fringe of a bowl game, another win could be key to SU making the postseason.Coulda, shoulda, woulda is gone now. SU played out its first contract with MetLife. And despite MetLife and SU saying it’d sign a contract to play 10 games over 20 seasons from 2019 to 2038, the two sides never did. As the workers cleared up those physical remnants, they scrubbed away only some of the series’ effects.The rest is left to Babers and Wildhack.Chris Libonati is an Asst. Sports Editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at or @ChrisLibonati. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Wisconsin back home at last

first_imgMorgan Paige and the Badgers will have their hands full Thursday night, as the team tries to shut down MSU’s hot shooting senior guard Porsche Poole.[/media-credit]The Wisconsin women’s basetball team returns to the Kohl Center Thursday night to play Michigan State, looking to end its three-game losing streak.Wisconsin’s last two losses came in tough road contests against No. 9 Ohio State and No. 12 Penn State – two teams that were able to capitalize on the Badgers’ mistakes.“We just have to play better,” head coach Bobbie Kelsey said. “We have to close out the games. We can’t make these silly mistakes and think they’re not going to capitalize on them. The good teams do, so we have to play perfect to win.”Wisconsin is looking to get a spark from junior guard Taylor Wurtz, who leads the team in scoring with an average of 16.2 points per game. The Badgers are also looking for sophomore guard Morgan Paige (9.6 points per game) and senior forward Anya Covington (10.5 points per game) to help the Badgers end their three game losing streak.The Badgers struggled shooting in their last game versus Penn State, making just 37 percent of their shots from the field (19 of 51), including 1-of-12 from the three. This was coming off a game where the Badgers set a school record in making 12 three-pointers in a loss against Ohio State.“It might’ve been one of those days,” Paige said of the shooting woes against Penn State. “We missed a lot of open looks against Penn State. I think it’s just getting that extra time in to work on those shots and having confidence to make those shots.“I would say we’re pretty optimistic.”Michigan State enters the contest having won three of its last four games. The Badgers will have to try and slow down one of the best players in the Big Ten when they matchup against Michigan State’s Porsche Poole. Poole, a senior guard for the Spartans, is averaging 24.4 points per game over the last three weeks, which is the best in the Big Ten over that span of time.“She’s a good player,” Kelsey said of Poole. “She’s going to get her shots up. We can’t let her get wide-open looks and layups. We have to get the ball out of her hands and make somebody else beat us.”Michigan State swept Wisconsin in both of their meetings last year, including a 73-70 overtime victory at the Kohl Center. This is be the only meeting between the Badgers and the Spartans this season.The Badgers are looking to get back on track since their three-game losing streak was preceded by a three-game winning streak. The Badgers are in the middle of a stretch of their schedule in which they play three out of four games against ranked opponents, with Michigan State being the only unranked opponent in that stretch.Covington, however, isn’t buying Wisconsin’s tough schedule as an excuse.“Our schedule is tough, but we just look at it one game at a time. Every opponent is worth preparing for and worth bringing our all, so that’s what we’re focused on against Michigan State.”Thursday night’s game will also feature Play 4Kay, a breast cancer awareness program supported by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. The idea is to spread the awareness of breast cancer in women’s basketball, campuses and communities. The game will also help support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.“It’s huge to play on a day where we can acknowledge cancer survivors and those we’ve lost to cancer,” Covington said about the game. “It’s an honor to play for that cause. It’s just amazing, and hopefully it will give us a boost.”Kelsey said she’s proud to support a cause that affects everybody.“I have had relatives beat breast cancer,” Kelsey said. “It’s important whether you have had a relative or not. It should be important to men, women and kids. Everyone is affected by it in some way, shape or form. It’s a great cause, and we need to find a cure because you never know when it might affect you personally.”last_img read more

Belt’s 3-run homer lifts Giants over Rockies 4-3

first_img WATCH US LIVE Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT LIVE TV Last Updated: 6th August, 2020 10:00 IST Belt’s 3-run Homer Lifts Giants Over Rockies 4-3 Brandon Belt extended his success against Colorado starter Jon Gray with a three-run homer and a double to lead the San Francisco Giants past the Rockies 4-3 on Wednesday nightcenter_img Brandon Belt extended his success against Colorado starter Jon Gray with a three-run homer and a double to lead the San Francisco Giants past the Rockies 4-3 on Wednesday night.Belt’s two hits raised his career average against Gray to .417 (10 for 24) and helped Logan Webb (1-0) get his first win in his fourth start of the season.Nolan Arenado homered for the third straight game for the Rockies, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.Colorado had scored five or more runs in eight straight games before being held down by Webb and the San Francisco bullpen. The three runs are the fewest since a 3-2 win at the Texas Rangers on July 25.Webb, making his first career start against the Rockies, kept Colorado in check in five-plus innings of work. He allowed two runs — one earned — and didn’t walk a batter before leaving after a leadoff single in the sixth.Caleb Baragar retired the top of the order to get out of the jam. Trevor Gott pitched the ninth for his third save in as many chances.The Rockies scratched across an unearned run in the first inning and added another in the third against Webb to take a 2-0 lead before the Giants rallied.Colorado shortstop Trevor Story misplayed Mike Yastrzemski’s grounder in the fourth, Donovan Solano singled and Belt followed with his first homer of the season.Belt doubled and scored on Wilmer Flores’ single in the sixth.Gray (0-1) allowed four runs — three earned — in six innings.Arenado led off the seventh with a homer to cut the lead to a run. It was his 31st career home run against the Giants.TRAINER’S ROOMRockies: RHP Wade Davis (right shoulder strain) has not started throwing yet, manager Bud Black said Wednesday. “No update on when he’s going to test the arm with a game of catch,” Black said. “He’s receiving treatment daily for the strain.” Davis was placed on the 10-day injured list on Saturday, a day after he blew his first save of the season.UP NEXTThe Rockies will send LHP Kyle Freeland (2-0, 1.50) to wrap up the four-game series.Image credits: AP First Published: 6th August, 2020 10:00 IST Associated Press Television News FOLLOW USlast_img read more