Staff ReportTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has officially announced its support for Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb in his bid for re-election in 2020.The chamber, in announcing its endorsement Tuesday, said in a news release that it is only the second time it has endorsed a candidate in a gubernatorial race, with the first one coming in 2008 for then-Gov. Mitch Daniels.The chamber’s executive committee approved the endorsement, which was recommended by the group’s political arm, the Indiana Business for Responsive Government.Kevin Brinegar, the president and CEO of the chamber, said that they only make endorsements in statewide races in “special circumstances.”“Governor Holcomb’s Next Level agenda has undeniably propelled the state forward in many meaningful ways. His leadership, drive and desire to bring people together to listen and learn have all been extraordinary,” Brinegar said in a release.In past elections, the chamber has endorsed other statewide candidates, including current Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick when she ran in 2016 and former Superintendent Tony Bennett in his bid for re-election.FOOTNOTE: TheStatehouseFile.com is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
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(REUTERS) – Former Pakistan one-day international captain Azhar Ali and wicketkeeper-batsman Umar Akmal are back in the squad for June’s Champions Trophy in England, the country’s cricket board said yesterday.Azhar stepped down as captain in February and was eventually dropped from the squad after Pakistan’s 4-1 series defeat in Australia but the 32-year-old batsman has been recalled for the squad which will be led by his former deputy Sarfraz Ahmed.Umar had also lost his spot after managing only 131 runs in the five-match series in Australia.“Ali is making his comeback after looking at his track record in English conditions, and Umar Akmal has brought improvement in his fitness,” chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said.“Shadab Khan and Fahim Ashraf are retained in the side to give the team variety in the shape of spin and fast bowling all-rounders, respectively.”Kamran Akmal, the leading run-scorer in the Pakistan Super League, is left out of the 15-strong squad after scoring just 68 runs in three ODIs against the West Indies earlier this month.Pakistan are in Group B of the Champions Trophy and will begin the tournament against defending champions India on June 4, before facing South Africa on June 7 and Sri Lanka on June 12.Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Fahim Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz.
Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland has signed a contract extension at the Britannia Stadium, the Premier League club have announced.The 22-year-old – who will be England’s third-choice keeper for this month’s games against Lithuania and Italy – has committed until the summer of 2019.Asmir Begovic remains Stoke number one but Butland, who joined the Potters from Birmingham for £4million two years ago, is a key part of manager Mark Hughes’ plans.Chief executive Tony Scholes told the club’s website, stokecityfc.com: “I’m delighted that Jack has decided to extend his contract with us. He’s a player that Mark Hughes holds in very high regard and (England manager) Roy Hodgson’s decision underlines his standing in the English game.“Jack is a very ambitious young man and wants to play first-team football on a regular basis for Stoke City.“There’s genuine competition for the goalkeeping spot at the club with Asmir Begovic, Jack and Thomas Sorensen, and Jack has made no secret of his desire to be our number one.”Butland will link up with England Under-21s during the forthcoming international break but will be elevated to the senior squad if Joe Hart or Fraser Forster suffer injury.Butland has made just seven senior first-team appearances for Stoke, with five this season in domestic cups. He also had a loan spell at Derby earlier in the campaign while he spent time at Barnsley and Leeds last season. Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland 1
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