Bonita Hellmich with the Decatur County Extension Office has released this year’s Decatur County Fair Baby Show results:Twins1st – Jack & Henry Dwenger, sons of Jason & Michele Dwenger2nd – Kylee & Kinlee Schutte, daughters of Julie & Gary Schutte3rd – Jazmyne & JaydeAnn Hendershot, daughters of Kevin & Shanna HendershotGirls 0-3 MONTHS:1st – Abbigehl Comer, daughter of Michael & KayLynn Comer2nd – Zoey Elaine Coomer, daughter of Morgan Fasbinder & Ty Coomer3rd – Serenity Farless, daughter of Kayla Farless3-6 MONTHS:1st – Norah Lynn Francis Pinson, daughter of Rebekah Pinson2nd – Abigayle Meyer, daughter of Jody & Justin Meyer3rd – BraeLynn Dawn Balser, daughter of DarinRae & Brandon Balser6-9 MONTHS: 1st – Skyla Moore, daughter of Christina & Derek Moore2nd – Brittany Bridgewater, daughter of Jeremy & Angela Bridgewater3rd – Grace Hensley, daughter of Brandon & Sam Hensley9-12 MONTHS: 1st – Baylen Palmer, daughter of Briana Palmer2nd – Maci Marie Kelley, daughter of Heather Branstutter & Daniel Kelley3rd – Allison Jo Miller, daughter of Courtney Nichols & Zachary Miller12-15 MONTHS: 1st – Anna Gatewood, daughter of Jennifer & Darian Gatewood2nd – Harper Ogden, daughter of Natasha & Scott Ogden3rd – Maddi Jo Koors, daughter of Jodi & Randall Koors15-18 MONTHS: 1st – Lia Edmondson, daughter of Sasha Edmondson2nd – Nora Rathburn, daughter of Crystal & Jeremy Rathburn3rd – Sophia Lea Nowling, daughter of Lean Nowling18-24 MONTHS:1st – Jaylee Roth, daughter of Taneisha & Matt Roth2nd – Lilly Morton, daughter of Ashley & Eric Morton3rd – Rebekah Henson, daughter of Brianna & Rick HensonMOST FEMININE:Navy Rayne Class, daughter of Allison ClassBoys 0-3 MONTHS:1st – Parker Schneider, son of Kody & Jackie Schneider2nd – Jacob Lee Crowell, son of Nathan & Lynsey Crowell3rd – Jasper Williams, son of Robin & Charles Williams3-6 MONTHS:1st – Louis Little, son of Helen Macaluso & Cody Little2nd – Ayden Davidson, son of Tyler Davidson3rd – Timothy Porter, son of Gary & Jenny Porter6-9 MONTHS:1st – Jax Thompson, son of Kayla Ortman & John Thompson2nd – Samuel Cole Black, son of Elizabeth Bowman & Cody Black3rd – Jake Wright, son of Brandon & Heather Wright9-12 MONTHS:1st – Brett Carl Noah, son of Scott & Brandi Noah2nd – Gus Lane, son of Michelle & Charles Lane3rd – Landon Matthew O’Dell, son of Matthew & Cheyenne O’Dell12-15 MONTHS:1st – Xavier Vires, son of Becky Vires2nd – Bentley Underhill, son of Josh & Heather Underhill3rd – Owen Jones, son of Daniel & Lindsay Jones15-18 MONTHS:1st – Landon Lee Dwiggins, son of Jenna Dwiggins2nd – Logan Rouse, son of Chassidy Hubbard3rd – Nathan Allen Bowen, son of Angel Hopper & Chad Bowen18-24 MONTHS:1st – Aaron Abplanalp, son of Brett & Amber Abplanalp2nd – Jonathan Arnett, son of Stephanie McConnell & Tyler Arnett3rd – Kyle Beltran, son of Paige BeltranMOST MASCULINE:Markus Friend, son of Megan & Lyle Friend
Greensburg, In. — As part of the 2018 Greensburg street overlay program these street closures will take place between Wednesday, October 3 and Friday, October 12:West Washington Street from Ireland Street to West StreetKathy’s Way from N. Michigan Avenue to Neil Solgere WayWilder Street from Main Street to S. Michigan AvenueMacy Lane from E Greenview Drive to Freeland RoadThe following street closure will take place beginning Monday, October 8th and last through Friday, October 12th:Davidson Street from Main Street to Central Avenue
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Nov. 8) – Jeremy Payne and Dominic Ursetta were IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified winners during a record-breaking Duel In The Desert program Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.The three-time and defending Duel winner, Payne paced the first of two qualifying features on the LVMS half-mile Dirt Track while Ursetta topped the second race.Tyler Frye scored the IMCA SportMod checkers.Both Modified features paid $777 to win, the SportMod feature $500. An event record 320 entries, including 247 Modifieds and 73 SportMods, have now competed at the 16th annual event.The top four finishers from each Modified qualifier advance to the outside row of Saturday’s $7,777 to win main event.Dustin Boney, Travis Sherfick and Zane DeVilbiss followed Payne across the stripe. Benji LaCrosse, Paul Stone and Tim Ward completed the top four behind Ursetta.Ward made his way to fourth from the 20th starting spot. Dean Abbey flew from 11th starting to second in the SportMod feature. Last-chance races will add the final 12 Modifieds to that starting grid. Another round of $777 to win action is on tap for the SportMods as well.Eleven states and one Canadian province are now represented in the Modified main event.1st Modified feature – 1. Jeremy Payne, Springfield, Mo.; 2. Dustin Boney, Gower, Mo.; 3. Travis Sherfick, WaKeeney, Kan.; 4. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M.; 5. Robert Hellebust, Minot, N.D.; 6. Tony Kinkade Jr., Pahrump; 7. Brad Pounds, Bakersfield, Calif.; 8. Russ Dickerson, Boone, Iowa; 9. Bob Moore, Sioux City, Iowa; 10. John Hansen, Brush, Colo.; 11. Joe Antonetti, Santa Cruz, Calif.; 12. Richard Papenhausen, Chico, Calif.; 13. Jared Hoefelman, Columbus, Neb.; 14. Rob Sanders, Bakersfield, Calif.; 15. Stacey Mills, Webb, Iowa; 16. Jesse Williamson, Coburg, Ore.; 17. Jeremy Frenier, Fort Morgan, Colo.; 18. Mike Mullen, Seymour, Wis.; 19. Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.; 20. Will Brack, Mead, Colo.; 21. Jason Beaulieu, Campbell River, B.C.; 22. Eddie Belec, Arvada, Colo.; 23. Mike Densberger, Lincoln, Neb.; 24. Alex Stanford, Chowchilla, Calif.; 25. Ryan Heger, Hugoton, Kan.; 26. Kevin Fitzgerald, Bakersfield, Calif.; 27. Jeremy Mills, Garner, Iowa; 28. Mark Wauge, Jacksonville, Ore.; 29. Brian Mullen, Seymour, Wis.; 30. Bradley Shelton, Fort Morgan, Colo. 2nd Modified feature – 1. Dominic Ursetta, Arvada, Colo.; 2. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay, Wis.; 3. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 4. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; 5. Joe Cleveland, Delphos, Kan.; 6. Jimmy Reeves, Hanford, Calif.; 7. Tim Setzer, Archie, Mo.; 8. Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; 9. Bobby Hogge IV, Salinas, Calif.; 10. Nick Nelson, Farmington, N.M.; 11. Spencer Wilson, Minot, N.D.; 12. Dustin Andersen, Omaha, Neb.; 13. Troy Foulger, Martinez, Calif.; 14. Cody Gearhart, Turpin, Okla.; 15. Chett Reeves, Bakersfield, Calif.; 16. Riley Simmons, Susanville, Calif.; 17. Chase Allen, Midlothian, Texas; 18. Jake Donnelly, Rigby, Idaho; 19. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha, Iowa; 20. Kevin Lisafeld, Lampman, Sask.; 21. Travis Hagen, Williston, N.D.; 22. Alan Sharpensteen, Amarillo, Texas; 23. Mitchell O’Patik, Lima, Ohio; 24. Brandon Blochlinger, Concordia, Kan.; 25. Mason Daughters, Polo, Mo.; 26. Shawn Anderson, Minot, N.D.; 27. Kellen Chadwick, Oakley, Calif.; 28. Jay Sears, Reno, Nev.; 29. Kevin Larkins, Greenwood, Neb.; 30. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, Iowa. SportMod feature – 1. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan.; 2. Dean Abbey, Waco, Texas; 3. Wayne Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 4. Jake Krone, Beloit, Kan.; 5. Ben Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.; 6. Chad Dolan, Gibbon, Neb.; 7. Chuck Delp, Rock Springs, Wyo.; 8. John Piker, Bakersfield, Calif.; 9. John Reid, Loving, N.M.; 10. Matt Mueller, Stamford, Texas; 11. Darren Thomas, Atwater, Calif.; 12. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan.; 13. Kruz Griffith, Bakersfield, Calif.; 14. Varion Hutle, Underwood, N.D.; 15. Allen Montgomery, Fort Worth, Texas; 16. Gauge Smith, Roosevelt, Utah; 17. Jordan Eddleman, Farmington, N.M.; 18. Robert Elliott, Clinton, Okla.; 19. Daniel Gottschalk, Ellis, Kan.; 20. Blain Petersen, Essex, Iowa; 21. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif.; 22. Jerry Hoffman, Oronogo, Mo.; 23. Shawn Harker, Nebraska City, Neb.; 24. Austin Theiss, Hockley, Texas.
Everton continued to snap at the heels of the Barclays Premier League top four after plundering three second-half goals at Craven Cottage that nudged Fulham closer to relegation. Having seen Fulham dominate the first 45 minutes, the Champions League-chasing Toffees responded with strikes from substitutes Kevin Mirallas and Steven Naismith and an own goal by David Stockdale. It was Stockdale’s unfortunate 50th-minute error that enabled Roberto Martinez’s men to open the scoring, and although Fulham rallied with an outstanding strike from Ashkan Dejagah, they were quickly overwhelmed. Press Association A rare moment of panic in Fulham’s defence came when Gerard Deulofeu crossed but the ball sped to safety with no Everton player able to reach it in time. The final chance of the first half arrived just seconds before the interval, but Dembele was unable to convert Lewis Holtby’s delicate chip. Fulham were left to rue the missed opportunity as just five minutes into the second half Everton edged ahead with a large slice of luck. A corner reached Naismith, who had replaced the injured Ross Barkley at half-time, and he drilled a low shot towards goal from the edge of the penalty area. The ball struck Fulham defender William Kvist before being diverted into the net by the blameless Stockdale, who had been deceived by its sudden change in direction. Everton went within a whisker of extending the lead when Romelu Lukaku narrowly missed Leighton Baines’ cross. Just as Fulham looked in danger of being swamped, they responded with Dejagah’s superbly taken goal that saw the Iranian cut inside two defenders from the left flank and beat Tim Howard at the near post with a powerful 20-yard effort. Inspired by Dejagah’s brilliant intervention, the Cottagers pressed for a second goal with Johnny Heitinga and Pajtim Kasami denied by successive saves from Howard. Instead, the next goal came from Everton with Howard pumping the ball upfield to Aiden McGeady who released Mirallas with a precise pass. There was still plenty of work for Mirallas to do, with the Belgium winger holding off Hangeland and planting the ball into the bottom left corner. Fulham’s defence was in disarray and could have conceded a penalty when Heitinga hacked down Mirallas, but the ball still squirted to Naismith who put the result beyond doubt. Only four points separate Everton from fourth-placed Arsenal – the rivals meet at Goodison Park next Sunday – with the Toffees also benefiting from having a game in hand. The result leaves Fulham rooted to the foot of the table, five points adrift of safety and with just six games to secure a 14th successive season in the top flight. That prospect appears bleak, even though Norwich, Hull and Crystal Palace are due to visit Craven Cottage over the coming weeks. Despite the spirit on display against Everton, who were unchanged following their 3-0 victory at Newcastle, it surely leaves manager Felix Magath facing an impossible mission. Magath took the gamble of starting 17-year-old French striker Moussa Dembele and the teenager showed enough promise to suggest he was worthy of the German’s faith. Dembele was little more than a spectator as Fulham made a lively start, Everton clearing a dangerous ball from John Arne Riise before Brede Hangeland sent a looping header narrowly wide. A glimpse of the ability that convinced Magath to start Dembele was evident in the 22nd minute when the French teenager raced clear and supplied a perfect pass to Kieran Richardson. The vision he showed deserved a better outcome than Richardson’s weak shot that meant the best move of the half went unrewarded.
Brendan Rodgers has told Simon Mignolet he has been dropped from the Liverpool first team “for an indefinite period.” Mignolet paid the price for his poor form on Sunday when he was dropped for Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat at Manchester United. Brad Jones started his first Premier League start since March 2013 and he will remain in goal until the Belgian convinces Rodgers he is worth recalling. Mignolet, signed to replace Reina at the start of last season, has made errors against Leicester and Ludogorets – among others – this term. Rodgers said the £9million former Sunderland stopper accepted the decision to drop him. “Simon has been fine. He is a really good pro,” Rodgers added. “I spoke to him and he accepted it. “I just felt after the Basle game that I needed to make the change. “We give the chance to every player. We had kept a few clean sheets but I felt it was something we needed to do.” Press Association When asked whether 32-year-old Jones was now his first-choice goalkeeper, Rodgers said: “Yes. I said to Simon it was for an indefinite period. Jones signed for Liverpool in 2010 after spells with Middlesbrough, Blackpool, Stockport, Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham. The Australian went on loan to Derby the year after signing for Liverpool and played seven league games for Rodgers when Jose Reina suffered a calf injury two seasons ago. Rodgers has every faith in Jones and insists giving Mignolet a break from first-team action is the right thing to do. “It is something that can happen to keepers, taking them out of the firing line to give them time to reflect,” the Liverpool boss said. “Brad is very experienced and was always going to play in the (League Cup quarter-final against) Bournemouth (on Wednesday). “He has played in a lot of games and Brad in my first year came in and did very well. “(Against United) he didn’t have much to do other than take the ball out of the net.”
Mourinho declined to say so due to his ongoing disciplinary disputes with the Football Association, but the under-pressure Blues boss intimated he felt the Brazil midfielder should have been sent off for a second yellow card with more than 20 minutes to go and the game level at 1-1. Clattenburg gave Lucas the benefit of the doubt – something Nemanja Matic was not afforded at West Ham, leading to Mourinho’s dismissal the previous week – and Liverpool went on to score two more in a second victory for Jurgen Klopp. “It’s still a lot of things to improve, but it’s better improving and winning.” Liverpool next play Rubin Kazan on Thursday and then Crystal Palace next Sunday, with Lucas looking to make it four straight wins prior to the international break. He added: “It was a massive win for us. After a few draws we needed these three points and hopefully the next two games, the Europa League and the Premier League, we get good momentum before the international break.” Klopp praised Coutinho for his decisive strikes, having also done the hard work. The German said: “Phil is a very good example of our situation. He’s brilliant, everybody knows he’s brilliant. “But there are moments in your life where you have to work so that it looks easy. “It was not easy but he was still in the game. He helped us and then he made the difference. That’s very important.” “(It) will probably be talked about. It’s normal, especially when you lose a game,” Lucas told Liverpool TV. “Sometimes in my position you make fouls, more to stop the game. I think it was a good decision from the referee, he controlled the game very well. “Other situations as well with the Chelsea players he dealt (with) really well. “I think it was a fair game. People will say this could change this game. In the end we were the better team.” Liverpool were a goal behind after four minutes when Ramires headed in, but the response was impressive, with Philippe Coutinho scoring twice and Christian Benteke coming off the substitutes’ bench to net a third. “The last few months showed if we concede our body language wasn’t the best,” Lucas added. “After the Southampton game the manager spoke to us and said ‘you can’t think too much about a goal if you concede, you just need to get back in the game’. “That’s what we did. The goal came at the right time for us, just before half-time, but even first half I thought we were the better team. Lucas praised the performance of referee Mark Clattenburg in Liverpool’s 3-1 win at Chelsea after being the subject of Jose Mourinho’s fury. Press Association
NEW DELHI: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday said that the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) National Centres of Excellence (NCOE) across the country will be opened in a “phased manner” starting on October 1.In a review meeting held by the ministry and SAI, Rijiju also said that the re-opening of the NCOEs will be done only in accordance to the COVID-19 situation in the respective state. Athletes who will be initially allowed for training apart from the elite athletes who are in the mix for the Tokyo Olympics would be juniors who have been shortlisted in the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) Junior scheme. Additionally, it has also been decided that the funds extended to all SAI NCOEs will be enhanced. “Funds will be provided to upgrade existing infrastructure and equipment or procure new ones, as per the need of athletes. We are ready to provide all support needed to ensure that athletes in India have the best facilities at par with the world,” said Rijiju. (IANS) Also Watch: #NewsMakers: Bharat Bhushan Dev Choudhury, Sec. General Administration, Gov. of Assam, Dispur
— The Patriots have promoted kicker Nick Folk and cornerback Myles Bryant from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. Folk handled kicking duties in their win over Miami, but was sent back down after the game. — Bills starting linebackers Matt Milano and Tremaine Edmunds missed practice, and their availability is uncertain for Buffalo’s game at the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Coach Sean McDermott wouldn’t provide an update on the players’ status other than to say they were receiving treatment after getting hurt in a season-opening 27-17 win against the New York Jets. NBA NEWSLeBron James makes All-NBA team for record 16th timeLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James now stands alone in All-NBA recognition history, getting there unanimously. James was revealed Wednesday as an All-NBA player for a record 16th time, breaking the mark he shared with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan. He was a first-team pick on all 100 ballots, joining Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo as the only unanimous first-team selections this season. Joining them on the first team: Houston guard James Harden, Lakers forward Anthony Davis and Dallas guard Luka Doncic, who got the nod in just his second season in the NBA. Washington coach Ron Rivera, Reid’s former coach in Carolina, gave him a strong endorsement Wednesday, describing him as “a heck of a teammate.” Rivera says his team is set at the position, otherwise he’d call Reid. And he hasn’t received any calls from other coaches or general managers inquiring about Reid.A first-round pick by San Francisco in 2013, Reid went to the Pro Bowl his rookie season. He joined with Kaepernick in 2016 when the former star quarterback took a knee during the national anthem to protest against police violence, racism and social injustice. Reid has also been a vocal opponent of the NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement.In other NFL news:— Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson are among 14 first-year eligible candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Joining the two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback and the star cornerback/safety on the ballot are receivers Calvin Johnson, Wes Welker and Roddy White; running back Steven Jackson; tight end Heath Miller; offensive linemen D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Logan Mankins; defensive linemen Jared Allen, Justin Tuck and Kevin Williams; linebacker Jerod Mayo; and defensive back Charles Tillman. In all, there are 130 nominees for five modern-era spots. Enshrinement at the hall in Canton, Ohio, will take place next August.In other NFL news: — The New York Giants have reached a multi-year arrangement with DraftKings that makes the Boston-based company the official sports betting, i-gaming and daily fantasy operator of the NFL team. The deal grants DraftKings access to official Giants marks and logos. There will also be a first of its kind virtual SportsLounge open on Giants’ game days, providing attendees access to all DraftKings platforms. The value of the deal wasn’t disclosed.— The Denver Broncos have placed injured linebacker Von Miller on injured reserve following his operation to repair a dislodged tendon in his left ankle. Miller was injured during a practice and is expected to miss the season, although there’s a chance he could return in December if his recovery is faster than anticipated. The Broncos promoted cornerback De’Vante Bausby from their practice squad with starter A.J. Bouye expected to miss a couple of weeks after injuring a shoulder in the opener against Tennessee. — San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman will miss at least the next three games after injuring his calf in the season opener. A person familiar with the injury says Sherman will be placed on injured reserve and won’t be eligible to return until after missing the next three weeks. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t made an announcement. Sherman is the latest key player on the defending NFC champions to be hampered by an injury so far this season. — Star receiver Allen Robinson said he expects to remain with the Chicago Bears the rest of the season, though he wouldn’t say if he requested a trade. Robinson is in the final season of his three-year, $42 million contract and is seeking an extension. He deleted references to the Bears from his social media accounts on Tuesday, and the Chicago Tribune reported he asked to be traded if they can’t agree to a new deal. He said Wednesday he is “not gonna get into that detail.” — Zach Banner’s season is over. The Steelers placed the right tackle on injured reserve two days after he tore the ACL in his right knee in a win over the New York Giants. Banner edged Chukwuma Okorafor during an extended training camp battle to earn the starting job. His season ended in the fourth quarter against the Giants when his knee appeared to give out while dropping back in pass protection. Okorafor, a third-round pick in the 2018 draft, figures to get the start when the Steelers host Denver in their home opener. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULEDodgers 1st team to clinch playoff spot, beat Padres 7-5UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers are the first team to clinch a playoff spot in the pandemic-shortened season. NHL NEWSSabres acquire Eric Staal in sending Johansson to WildBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres acquired veteran center Eric Staal in a trade that sent forward Marcus Johansson to the Minnesota Wild. The trade was the first completed by newly hired Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams, who took over after Jason Botterill was fired in June. Adams is very familiar with Staal, as they were teammates in Carolina and members of the Hurricanes team that won 2006 Stanley Cup. Big Ten changes course, will play fall football after allUNDATED (AP) — The Big Ten is going to give fall football a shot after all. Less than five weeks after pushing football and other fall sports to the spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference changed course and said Wednesday that it plans to begin its season the Oct. 23-24 weekend. Each team will play eight games in eight weeks and the conference championship game will be held Dec. 19 — if all goes well. That should give the Big Ten an opportunity to compete for the national championship.The Big Ten said its Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously Tuesday to restart sports. The vote last month was 11-3 to postpone, with Ohio State, Iowa and Nebraska voting against.The decision to play came after sharp pressure from coaches, players, parents and even President Donald Trump, all of them pushing for a Big Ten football season. The conference is home to a number of battleground states in the November election, and Trump swiftly applauded the move in a tweet. Nine-time Rome champion Rafael Nadal is set to make his return to competition after a seven-month absence against Pablo Carreño Busta. Other winners included Matteo Berrettini and Marin Cilic (CHIHL’-ihch).LUGE-WORLD CUP-LAKE PLACIDCoronavirus fears cancel Lake Placid’s luge World Cup stopLAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Lake Placid won’t play host to any major international sliding events this winter, after the International Luge Federation said Wednesday it will not hold a World Cup competition there because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The upstate New York village was supposed to host a luge World Cup in mid-January. It will now be held in Oberhof, Germany, meaning the entire sliding-sports season will be held in Europe and Asia — skipping North America entirely. — Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano each hit a two-run homer, and the Minnesota Twins denied the Chicago White Sox a chance to clinch their first playoff berth in 12 years with a 5-1 victory. Eddie Rosario also went deep and Minnesota pitchers retired their final 18 batters against the AL Central leaders. Chicago had won six straight and nine of 10. The second-place Twins moved within two games of Chicago in the division standings.— Rookie Luis García hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning and the Washington Nationals beat the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays 4-2. With Carter Kieboom on second base to start extra innings, the 20-year-old García hit a leadoff shot on the first pitch from Nick Anderson. Tampa Bay completed a stretch of eight consecutive games against last-place teams at 3-5. — Kyle Higashioka hit a career-high three home runs, DJ LeMahieu connected twice and the resurgent New York Yankees hit a season-best seven home runs in another Bronx air show, thumping the Toronto Blue Jays 13-2 to back another overpowering start by ace Gerrit Cole. Luke Voit lofted a three-run drive for his major league-leading 19th homer and Clint Frazier added a solo shot as the Yankees won their seventh straight game following a 5-15 slide. New York moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Toronto for second place in the AL East, with the top two teams ensured spots in the expanded postseason that begins in less than two weeks. — Javier Báez’s RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Chicago Cubs to their fourth straight win, 3-2 over the Cleveland Indians. Automatic runner Ian Happ advanced to third when Kris Bryant greeted Phil Maton with a groundball single to open the 10th. After an intentional walk and two strikeouts, Báez’s liner to left scored Happ and sent the Indians to their eighth straight loss, their longest slide since June 2013. The Cubs won their fourth straight and strengthened their grip on first place in the NL Central.— Brent Suter and three relievers combined on a two-hitter and Ryan Braun hit his 350th career homer, leading the Milwaukee Brewers over the St. Louis Cardinals 6-0 for a doubleheader split. The Cardinals took the opener 4-2 behind Adam Wainwright’s four-hitter. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt ran the team in the opener. He missed the nightcap while serving a one-game suspension, imposed by Major League Baseball after tempers flared during the Brewers’ 18-3 romp Tuesday night. Umpires warned both teams after Braun was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning. He was at the center of the trouble the previous night when he hit Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina in the wrist during a swing. Another factor in triggering the re-vote was the emergence of daily rapid-response COVID-19 testing, which wasn’t available when university presidents and chancellors decided to pull the plug on the season. The Big Ten said it will begin daily antigen testing of its athletes, coaches and staff on Sept. 30.The Big Ten’s plan to play also includes the establishment of a cardiac registry to study the effects COVID-19 has on athletes’ hearts. Dr. Leslie Cooper chairs the cardiovascular department at the Mayo Clinic in Florida. He says the registry can potentially close a gap in research when it comes to the new coronavirus.VIRUS OUTBREAK-PAC 12Pac-12 football plans remain in holding patternUNDATED (AP) — Any plans for the Pac-12 to join the Big Ten in returning to football are on hold due to health policies in two states within the conference. The Big Ten changed course and said it will begin an eight-game football schedule on Oct. 23. The Pac-12 has also reconsidered starting its football season this fall, but does not have approval from state and local health officials in California and Oregon to start contact practices. The Pac-12 has announced a partnership that would give the conference’s schools the capacity to perform daily, rapid COVID-19 tests on athletes. They beat the San Diego Padres 7-5 behind Dustin May’s gutty effort out of the bullpen and home runs from AJ Pollock and Chris Taylor. Will Smith drove in three runs for the seven-time defending NL West champion Dodgers, who opened a 3 1/2-game lead in the division by winning two of three in the matchup of the NL’s two best teams. San Diego is closing in on its first playoff berth since winning the division in 2006. It has lost two straight for the first time since mid-August.In other action:— Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Evan Longoria homered for San Francisco, and the visiting Giants playing at home beat the Seattle Mariners 9-3 in a game moved to the Bay Area because of smoky, dangerous air in Western Washington. Donovan Solano and Mauricio Dubon hit early RBI singles as the Giants snapped a three-game losing streak with a “road” victory at Oracle Park. One encouraging development: A familiar mist hovered over the outfield late in the game, not smoke.— Kole Calhoun hit his third homer in two games against his former Angels teammates, and David Peralta homered and drove in two runs in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 9-6 victory over Los Angeles. Nick Ahmed had a two-run single during Arizona’s four-run second inning against Dylan Bundy, who had the worst start of his strong season for the Angels. Max Stassi, Jared Walsh and Justin Upton homered for the Angels, who have lost two straight at home after an 8-3 surge briefly invited hopes of playoff contention. — Mike Fiers threw six sharp innings before turning it over to a lights-out bullpen and the Oakland Athletics snapped a six-game skid against the Colorado Rockies with a 3-1 win. Next up, a well-earned day off for the Athletics, who have played 16 games in 13 days. They finished the stretch 9-7. The Rockies were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position against the 35-year-old Fiers. — Brady Singer was stellar for a second straight start, allowing two hits in six innings, and the Kansas City Royals blanked the Detroit Tigers 4-0. The rookie right-hander struck out the first five Detroit hitters and retired the first 10. Salvador Perez homered and drove in three runs for the Royals, who have won seven of eight. MLB NEWSAP sources: MLB umpire tests positive for virus, crews shiftNEW YORK (AP) — Several people familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press that a Major League Baseball umpire has tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting a late shift in crew assignments in Florida this week. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE BASKETBALLNCAA basketball season set to open day before ThanksgivingUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball seasons will begin Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving. The Division I Council voted to push the start date back from the originally scheduled Nov. 10 as one of several precautions against the spread of coronavirus. The later start date coincides with the decision most schools made to send students home from Thanksgiving until January out of concern about a potential late-fall and early-winter flareup of COVID-19. Closed campuses could serve as a quasi bubble for players and provide a window for nonconference games. The maximum number of regular-season games has been reduced from 31 to 27. The minimum number of games for consideration for the NCAA Tournament was cut from 25 to 13. September 17, 2020 NFL NEWSEric Reid still hasn’t received an offer or workout inviteUNDATED (AP) — Despite setting two defensive franchise records for the Carolina Panthers last season, Eric Reid remains unsigned, like his close friend: Colin Kaepernick.Reid tells The Associated Press he has not received any offers nor been invited for a visit by any team since the Carolina Panthers released him in March. The 28-year-old safety had 130 tackles, four sacks, six passes defended, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble in 2019. The tackles and sacks are a franchise record for Carolina. The 170-kilometer (105.4-mile) trek’s grinding final ascent to the Méribel ski station was the high point of this year’s race at 2,304 meters. CYCLING-TOUR DE FRANCERoglic extends overall Tour lead; Lopez wins toughest stageMERIBEL, France (AP) — Colombian rider Miguel Angel Lopez has won the toughest mountain stage of this year’s Tour de France while race leader Primož Roglic added a few crucial seconds to his advantage over rival Tadej Pogacar. Roglic finished 15 seconds behind Lopez in second place and Pogacar trudged over the line 30 seconds behind Lopez in third. Roglic is 57 seconds ahead of Pogacar with four stages remaining while Lopez overtook Rigoberto Urán to move up to third place. Update on the latest sports Both players are in the final year of their contracts, with the cost-conscious Sabres saving $1.25 million in space under the salary cap. Buffalo, however, takes on a 35-year-old Staal, who is six years older than Johansson.TENNIS-ITALIAN OPENDjokovic behaves better in 1st match since US Open defaultROME (AP) — Novak Djokovic behaved better in his first match since being defaulted from the U.S. Open. The top-ranked Serb was mostly courteous with the chair umpire during a 6-3, 6-2 win Wednesday over local wild-card entry Salvatore Caruso in his opening match at the Italian Open. The performance came in sharp contrast to the scene in New York 10 days ago, when Djokovic was disqualified for unintentionally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball. Djokovic said earlier this week that the incident taught him “a big lesson.” Associated Press — Kyle Gibson threw a four-hitter and Joey Gallo hit a ground-rule RBI double with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Texas Rangers over the Houston Astros 1-0. It was the first career shutout for the 32-year-old Gibson and third complete game. The victory snapped a seven-game road skid for the Rangers, who are 5-18 away from home this season. — Cole Hamels finally got on the mound in an Atlanta uniform, allowing three runs to the Baltimore Orioles before reaching his predetermined pitch count in the fourth inning, and the Braves struggled offensively in a 5-1 loss Wednesday night. Rookie Keegan Akin struck out nine over five scoreless inning to earn his first big league victory and help the Orioles win the deciding matchup of a three-game set against the NL East leaders. — Jorge Alfaro homered twice before he took a foul ball to his helmet and the Miami Marlins beat the Boston Red Sox 8-4. Garrett Cooper also homered and scored twice for Miami, which moved within 2 1/2 games of first-place Atlanta in the NL East. — Jacob deGrom left after two innings with a right hamstring spasm, but the New York Mets rallied from four runs down to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4. Phillies reliever Hector Neris dropped the ball on the mound for a balk that moved the go-ahead run to second base in the ninth. Rookie infielder Andres Gimenez hit an RBI single to put the Mets ahead. — Luis Castillo threw seven shutout innings, Shogo Akiyama drove in the Reds only run and Cincinnati completed a four-game sweep of Pittsburgh with a 1-0 win that keeps the Reds in the postseason picture. Castillo (3-5), coming off his first career complete game, retired nine of the last 10 batters he faced and gave up only three hits and a walk with 10 strikeouts. The affected umpire wasn’t identified. He was not on the field when the result was learned. MLB medical experts didn’t believe the positive test represented a threat of infection or presented a risk to other personnel, according to those familiar with the matter. The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.Elsewhere around the majors:— The Colorado Rockies have shut down right-hander Jon Gray for the season due to a sore shoulder. The 28-year-old last pitched Sept. 1 before going on the injured list with what was described as inflammation in his shoulder. Gray finished the season 2-4 with a 6.69 ERA. Gray has a 45-37 career mark with a 4.59 ERA. His 692 career strikeouts are fifth-most in team history. — Umpires hastily cleared the field during a game between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs when a small drone flew into Wrigley Field over the bleachers and landed on the grass in deep left center. As Willson Contreras came to bat with two outs in the bottom of the fifth and the game tied at 2, the device was spotted over the left-center stands. Before the drone landed, umpires rushed players into their dugouts. The blinking drone took off, hovered at about 100 feet, then pulled away and vanished past the vintage center-field scoreboard.VIRUS OUTBREAK-BIG TEN
” …Sunday are you asleep?’Sunday? Was anyone pranking me? Then.“No sir, just finished watching the on going World Athletics Championship.”“The VP, sorry, Kyari said you are not doing well.”“Em…not really sir. The boys have not done well but I hope our girls will do better..,”“They had better. Everyone says you would use Sports to help my government to become popular and accepted. So far not much has been seen to that effect. The revolution man who was there before you made too much noise but did little….” A pause, …followed by a cough.Was I dreaming or did I just manage to stumble on a conversation between our President and his Minister of Sports? My heart was pounding and I feared I was going to get into a fit. Should I cut off or continue to scoop a story?“… the man was fighting everybody. Even that man that wants to put my name in the Guinness Book of boxing records..em em’“Bash Alli sir?’“Yes. Five times I wanted to sack him but I always forget. And when I remember, he would send delegations to come and beg me. They say you are better, that you will help me to be popular again using sports. But somehow I am worried.”“Your Excellency, I will do my best sir. I will…”“But this World Athletics Championships in Doha that I was watching. I see even India but Nigeria nothing, I know Amaechi says I don’t care but he is not correct. Sunday, you must not disappoint me. Anyway Kyari has helped me to prepare a brief on Sport you will get it tomorrow but because I want you to start now let me give you the highlights, Wait.” Some rustlings, indistinct background sounds.“Yes, I have it. This Doha thing is gone and I wonder why you can’t prepare enough bouncers to represent Nigeria at the Rugby World Cup. But Olympics next year must be different. I want at least 10 gold medals. You must make sure we continue to do well and even better in football. We must win the next AFCON, we must dominate Basketball, Athletics, Boxing Wrestling and Weightlifting. Kyari will make special arrangements for funds for you. If in one year you have…”Then another voice took over.“Daddy, you are snoring! Are you okay?”I was startled. No, confused is more like it. Guess perplexed would suit my state of suspended animation.” I will call you back” I managed to mutter.Was I dreaming or did I just eavesdrop on a telephone conversation between our President and his Sports Minister? Both scenarios appear possible except that I can’t imagine Buhari being awake at that time. And he sort of sounded different. I couldn’t feel the dialectical intrusion associated with his speech. And the sequence and pattern of his speech was unlike him. I could rationalize I was dreaming but …Whatever, I believe our Minister, who I have come to like (never disliked him except that I am not comfortable with his being a Jagaban man) is gradually finding his feet in the very murky waters of sport administration. One of the things I think he must learn to do is to try to cross check information he is given. I am not sure they told him that at Doha2019 we would have done well if we get into any finals of the events. This is because we have not created any atmosphere for a medal winning performance in Doha. Success in sports is 80% preparation 20% luck.I am certain we can win 10 gold medals at the Olympics. But this would only happen if we give more attention and support to Wrestling, Weightlifting and other combat sports. We can be more respectable in athletics if AFN is encouraged to sit down and work. And yes we can win the gold in football if we are determined to make things work for the team as soon as we qualify.I wish Sunday Dare becomes the first minister to supervise our nation win 10 gold medals at the Olympics. I am pained that we could not get into the men and women’s 100metres finals. More pained that official ineptitude was going to deny us the services of two of our best athletes -Blessing Okagbare and Divine Oduduru until IAAF accepted our appeal to allow them run the longer Sprint. By now our not so new Minister would have known his terrain a little more. Our expectations are that he would lead us to greatness in sports. We have been too long away from glory. I have a gut feeling Sunday Dare can make it happen for our country.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Tayo BalogunIt was one of those nights that I wished I had remembered to switch on my phones before allowing myself to drift into my sleep mode. But this particular Sunday was different. I was expecting two calls, one from a place that was nine-hour time zone away and the other has a time difference of five hours. I was determined not to fall asleep. Mercifully, the first of the two calls was prompt. And brief. Do I think government was right about Omoyele Sowore? Was Arsenal going to beat Man United at Old Trafford? How was I coping? These questions were quickly and briefly answered. Then the byes were said. Just one more call then I would drift to sleep and wake up to do some writing…Oh the phone was ringing!!!
Robin McGraw, wife of popular television host Dr. Phil McGraw, was initiated into the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority in a ceremony Tuesday. Robin McGraw has been a strong supporter of National Court Appointed Advocates, which trains volunteers to speak on behalf of abused children in court and is Theta’s national philanthropy. Dr. Phil attended the ceremony with his wife, and part of the event will be featured on the Dr. Phil Show.Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojan