Advance ticket sales for Batesville H.S. begins Thursday, December 5 at 8:00 am and continues weekdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 PM until the tournament begins on Tuesday, January 7th. Tickets cost $10.00 and are valid for the all varsity girls and boys basketball games.The Ripley County girls tournament will be at Jac-Cen-Del High School and the boys games will be played at Batesville High School. Doors open at 5:00 PM each night and the first game begins at 6:00 PMBatesville All-Sport Tickets, E.I.A.C. passes, and Senior Citizen All-Sport passes are NOT valid for Ripley County tournament play.All I.H.S.A.A. tournament rules and regulations are followed during Ripley County Tournament play.Game 1: Batesville vs. MilanGame 2: Jac-Cen-Del vs. South RipleySubmitted by Batesville AD Mark Ferguson.
By Rowdy BriggsPEORIA, Ariz. – After a small break in action, Canyon Speedway Park fires back up on Saturday, May 20 with the Kids’ Bike Giveaway Night. IMCA Modifieds will be returning to the speedway along with the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.Chaz Baca Jr. has dominated the IMCA Modified class at Canyon in 2017. In the six point races, Baca has picked up four wins and finished second in the other two feature events. Guy Norton and John Parmeley claimed the other feature wins this season.George Fronsman has owned the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car season as he leads the way in the point standings.The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks have put on some fantastic races this season and Merle Zachrison continues to lead the standings, although he has yet to claim a main event.At intermission, more than 20 bicycles will be given away to children ages 11 and under.Admission prices for the Kids Bike Giveaway Night are $15 for adults. Seniors (60-plus) and military are $12 and children 11 and under are free. All-access pit passes can be purchased for $35 for adults, while ages 7-11 are $20 and six and under are free.All minors under the age of 18 must have a minor release form filled out and notarized prior to entry into the pits. The form can be found on the track website.
Has the sensitivity issue gone too far? Just recently the women’s basketball coach at NKU has come under scrutiny. A former player has accused the coach of verbally abusing players. I want to point out that this is in the early stages and no charges have been filed. It is just a complaint at this time.However, every time you turn the TV on or read a paper someone is coming under scrutiny for something they have supposedly said or done. Coaches and politicians seem to be the most likely targets. In the case I listed above, 7 other players have come to this coach’s defense. In the case of politicians, it is just normal now for anyone in the spotlight to have someone complain about past behavior. You can no longer give a hand shake, a pat on the back, or put your arm around someone to offer support.For those who are really harrassed, it is a true shame. With so many complaints now a good majority of the people are doubting the accusers. Why does it seem we always go to one extreme or the other?
“Don’t forget that until they came to Bucharest, Northern Ireland were top of the group,” he said. “This is a team that cannot be talked of as a surprise, we must say they are confirmed as a team of quality. “You see their squad and you have several Premier League players, several from the top tier in Scotland and others from the Championship. We are not afraid of anything but we know it will be a second tough match.” Iordanescu is short of full strength for the encounter at Windsor Park, with playmaker Lucian Sanmartean and veteran Razvan Rat failing to respond to a left-field rehabilitation programme involving a Serbian healer known for her use of horse placentas. Goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, striker Ciprian Marica and midfielder Cristian Tanase are also out, leaving a couple of gaps to fill. “We are without five of our most important players due to medical problems,” the coach said. “Rat and Sanmartean tried to recover with some late treatment in Serbia but are not okay. We come here in a special situation.” Press Association Lafferty has had an up and down international career but is currently riding the crest of a wave, scoring five times to secure victories over Hungary, Greece, the Faroe Islands and Finland. The only time he has failed to find the net in the campaign came in Bucharest in November, when Romania moved top of Group F with a 2-0 success. Romania boss Anghel Iordanescu believes silencing Kyle Lafferty is the key to his side’s crunch Euro 2016 qualifier against Northern Ireland. While manager Michael O’Neill will be hoping to coax another totemic performance from the 27-year-old Kesh native, who scored a superb brace against the Finns in March, Iordanescu is planning another shutout. “Lafferty is a very good player, a strong man,” said Iordanescu, who was called out of retirement to take charge of the national side for the third time last year. “He has good quality and he can play across the full width of the pitch. “He is able to make the difference in a game, especially when they play the ball from deep. “We will see how we deal with him this time but we hope he will not find a path to goal this time. “But be sure of the fact that we treat every player seriously, nothing will surprise us.” Iordanescu, a 65-year-old whose diverse CV includes stints in military command and politics, also insisted Northern Ireland could no longer use the element of surprise to their advantage. Having entered the draw as a fifth seed following their dismal 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, few expected O’Neill’s side to open their account with three straight wins this time.
ANOTHER excellent St Lucia Zouks bowling performance ensured Roston Chase’s back-to-the-wall fifty was not in vain, as Chemar Holder bowled a brilliant last over to deny the Guyana Amazon Warriors, who looked to have recovered from a rocky start through the flashing blade of Nicholas Pooran.With all three previous games on this track won by the team batting first, Daren Sammy chose to set a target. Kimani Melius announced himself on Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) debut with a glorious Hero Maximum off Chandrapaul Hemraj, but was caught at mid-off trying to repeat the trick off Imran Tahir.Tahir didn’t stop there, as he had Mark Deyal dropped first ball and caught second, both by Ashmead Nedd. Nedd started solidly with the ball, but Chase clubbed Keemo Paul for six to add some gloss to the Zouks’ Powerplay score of 37/2.Amazon Warriors captain, Chris Green, used five bowlers in the first seven overs including two overs from himself, culminating in him yorking Andre Fletcher. Nedd got the deserved wicket of Najibullah Zadran, whose mishit saw him caught on the boundary for a duck.A lot now rested on Chase and Mohammad Nabi, and the Bajan took three boundaries off Odean Smith’s first over. The two were cautious initially against the spinners, and the Zouks were a middling 67/4 at halfway.Paul and Smith conceded just one boundary each, and Nedd finished his spell beautifully. Nabi briefly broke free with an enormous Hero Maximum and a powerful four off Green, but he was beaten in the flight by Tahir and gave the skipper a straightforward catch.Chase brought up his second T20 fifty off 40 balls, and in his first game for the Zouks, Javelle Glenn got off the mark with a lovely cover-drive. But Paul was dismissed for just two, and with four overs to go, the Zouks needed an acceleration. Chase provided it, launching Tahir straight and swinging Paul through square leg, and Glenn settled himself with a boundary of his own.Nicholas Pooran of Guyana Amazon Warriors is bowled by Kesrick Williams of St Lucia Zouks during the Hero Caribbean Premier League match 10 between Guyana Amazon Warriors and St Lucia Zouks. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20/Getty Images)”Green gave Smith the last over, and his pace proved effective as Glenn and Chase fell in consecutive balls. There was to be no hat-trick, but the over was reward for the bowler and captain’s persistence, and the Zouks’ total seemed below-par.Their bowling, however, was anything but. Nabi bowled a superb first over, and two Scott Kuggeleijn short balls saw King caught behind for 1 and Shimron Hetmyer top-edging to square leg for 4, to leave the Amazon Warriors two down in the second over.The Amazon Warriors predicament got even worse when Ross Taylor top-edged a reverse paddle-sweep off the back of the bat into his own helmet and was caught, giving Nabi a first wicket. Even a Hemraj six off Chase couldn’t put much gloss on a Powerplay of 19/3.Pooran was lucky to pick up four off a Kesrick Williams short ball, but there was nothing lucky about the authoritative pull for six that followed. Holder was wayward, with wides, a no-ball and a deft steer through third man, and a 15-run over took the Amazon Warriors to 59/3 at halfway.Hemraj struggled for timing throughout, and eventually spooned a leading edge off Williams which was well caught by Chase. Sammy showed faith in Holder, who recovered after being crashed for four by the promoted Paul, but two boundaries in a 12-run over from Pooran put a slight dent in Nabi’s still excellent figures.The Zouks got sloppy in the next over, as an overthrow brought up Pooran’s 50 off 32 balls and Sammy dropped a very simple catch. Pooran then top-edged over the keeper’s head for four to bring the required rate under 9.Chase ensured Pooran couldn’t find a boundary, but the Amazon Warriors’ number five made up for that off Williams to take his team into the last four overs needing 39. Paul clobbered a Hero Maximum off Chase’s last ball and brought up the 50 partnership, but he picked out Nabi at deep midwicket in the next over.Sherfane Rutherford blasted his second ball for six to dent Kuggeleijn’s figures. The equation seemed to have swung dramatically in the Zouks favour when Pooran bottom-edged a Williams slower ball onto his stumps, but the Warriors burgled 8 off the last four balls of the 19th, including a botched run-out to leave Rutherford on strike and 13 to win off the last over, to be bowled by Holder.Holder responded magnificently. He flattened Rutherford’s off-stump with a pinpoint yorker, then he had captain Green caught behind, and a bowler who’d gone for 30 off his first 3 overs sealed the win with 2/2, showing the world why West Indian cricket is so excited about him and giving the Zouks a third straight win ahead of the move to Port-of-Spain.
Freshman forward Penelope Hocking has contributed 3 goals so far this season. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)The No. 4 USC women’s soccer team is looking to add two wins to its undefeated season as it returns home this weekend to play University of Missouri and University of San Diego.Missouri is coming off a tough loss in its second straight overtime home game, falling 1-0 to TCU this past Sunday. Freshman Maddie Warren’s goal in the 95th minute helped the Horned Frogs defend their undefeated title. The majority of the game was a back-and-forth affair, with both teams offering strong defense and offensive attacks. Out of three shots on goal that evening, Tigers goalie Kelsey Dossey had five saves, only letting in Warren’s overtime shot. Mizzou has never beaten USC, going 0-2 in all-time play, which could be good news for the Trojans. However, the Tigers are coming off of a three-game losing streak and are looking to secure a win this weekend. They have a strong defense that has forced four of their five games into overtime, giving Dossey 16 saves this season. The Trojans will also take on University of San Diego, who last played at home against Utah Valley with a 4-1 win. The Toreros had a tough first half, struggling to find the net, but still managed to lead in shots on goal and corners. Their offense started to click in the second half with freshman Madison Louder back kicking off the 4-goal streak with a penalty kick rebound. The Toreros have an all-time record of 6-11-2 against the Trojans. In the last matchup between the two teams, the Toreros fell to the Trojans in a 3-1 loss. The last time the Toreros beat the Trojans was in 2012, and the last time they beat a top-10 team was against Pepperdine in 2014. Senior forward Summer Mason and sophomore midfielder Milan Moses have been the most dangerous up top, with Moses leading the team with two goals and five points. Mason is ranked first in the WCC in shots and shots per game, so the Trojans will need to work together to defend their goal. In its last game against No. 22 University of Florida, USC brought home a 3-0 win. Headed into the 66th minute of the game with no score, senior Leah Pruitt netted an unassisted goal, putting the Women of Troy in the lead. Freshman Penelope Hocking and sophomore Savannah DeMelo also had goals in the 80th and 82nd minutes, respectively, bringing the Trojans’ goal count to 3. All three players who scored combined for a total of 9 out of 15 goals this season with three goals each. The Trojans only allowed five shots all night, giving up no shots on goal to maintain their record of 1 opposing goal this season. The Trojans are looking strong heading into this weekend having outscored opponents 15-1 this season, the best goal differential in last five years of the program. But defense also forced another shutout in Sunday’s game. “That’s the way you win at the highest level,” head coach Keidane McAlpine said. “You’ve got to be able to defend and we’ve got a group that is gelling and starting to figure things out.”The Trojans will face off against the Tigers at 3 p.m. Friday and the Toreros at 1 p.m. Sunday, both on McAlister Field. Non-conference play will be over for the Trojans after their senior day game against Long Beach State on the following Friday.
TRADE DEADLINE: Date, time, latest rumorsEach player has value to the right team(s), as Woj noted, but there are limits. SN lays out some of those limits as it ranks the aforementioned foursome, from most to least tradeable asset: (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/9f/cf/steven-adams-getty-010920-ftrjpg_jjhd7sbur4km1gv26inmo4ykp.jpg?t=-1957266281&w=500&quality=80 1. Steven AdamsWhy he’s here: He’s 26, he’s on pace to average a double-double (11.9 points, 10.3 rebounds through Wednesday) for the first time in his career, and he hasn’t gotten any less intense in the paint. Those three reasons put the big man at the top. The one downside? He’s making lots of money (HINT: That’s going to be a theme in this list), with $25.8 million due him this season and $27.5 million due him next season. 2. Dennis SchroderWhy he’s here: Schroder, 26, has been a splendid sixth man while playing essentially starter minutes (30.6 per game) this season, with averages of 18.5 points and 3.7 assists. The quick guard also leads the team with a net plus-13.3 per 100 possessions (Adams is second at plus-6.7). Like Adams, Schroder’s contract goes through 2020-21, but he’s much more affordable at $15.5 million this season and next.3. Danilo GallinariWhy he’s here: Gallinari will provide outside shooting (39.2 percent from 3 this season) from the forward position, but his age (31) and injury history move him down this list. He’s day to day with a calf injury after missing Tuesday’s game against the Nets, and he missed four games in December because of a sore ankle. One selling point for teams looking to acquire him: He’s on an expiring contract, which is paying him $22.6 million this season.4. Chris PaulWhy he’s here: It’s the money, mostly. Paul’s contract is almost impossible to move, even if Thunder general manager Sam Presti has to wait until July to make a deal. Paul’s salaries over the remainder of his contract are $38.5 million in 2019-20, $41.36 million in 2020-21 and $44.2 million (player option) in 2021-22. One other problem: Paul will be 36 when the ’21-22 season begins. Presti will need to hope that at least one team is willing to bite on one of the best point guards in league history. The Thunder are, to the surprise of many, a playoff team as they prepare to welcome Russell Westbrook back to Oklahoma City on Thursday night. At 21-16, they’re 4 1/2 games ahead of the eighth-place Spurs and two games behind the sixth-place Mavericks after Wednesday’s games.Yet, OKC’s front office is reportedly prepared to weaken itself before the Feb. 6 trade deadline and into the offseason as it continues to pursue a rebuild. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday night that the Thunder are “open for business,” and he named four veteran players who are on the market: Chris Paul, Steven Adams, Dennis Schroder and Danilo Gallinari. That’s three starters and a top reserve.
The Nelson Leafs culminated a very successful season on the ice with its annual awards banquet ceremony.The Leafs finished the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League campaign strong, knocking off Castlegar Rebels before being ousted by Beaver Valley Nitehawks. Sawyer Hunt – Leading Scorer, Scholastic Player of the Year Devin Allen – Playoff Performer or Most Valuable Playoff Player Zach Morey – Defensemen of the Year Dale Howell – Most Valuable Player, Coaches Choice Jack Karran – Rookie of the Year Aigne McGeady-Bruce – Citizenship Trophy Brent Headon – Most Improved Player Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the Leaf award winners with Team of the Week honours.The winners included: Andy Fitzpatrick – Most Spirited Player, Most Sportsmanlike Player Sam Weber – Most Liked Player (voted by the players), Unsung Hero
HULL, England (AP):Ross Barkley headed a late equaliser to earn Everton a 2-2 draw with struggling Hull in the English Premier League yesterday.Hull captain Michael Dawson gave his side a sixth-minute lead, only for an own-goal by goalkeeper David Marshall in first-half injury time to make it all square.Robert Snodgrass restored Hull’s lead with a superb free kick in the 65th minute, but Barkley pounced with six minutes left to earn his side a point.Everton remained seventh in the standings, while Hull swapped the bottom of the table for 19th place ahead of the rest of the weekend’s matches.Hull attacked right from the start and were rewarded almost immediately. Curtis Davies rose to meet a corner taken by Snodgrass and flicked the ball on for Dawson to rifle a shot between Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles and the far post.Everton pushed forward in search of an equaliser and nearly found it in the 15th minute when Seamus Coleman sent a header against the base of the right-hand post.Though the hosts looked to have done enough to keep their lead until the interval, they conceded in agonising fashion in the first minute of added time.Kevin Mirallas sent over a corner and Marshall’s botched attempt to punch the ball clear in an aerial melee with teammate Dieumerci Mbokani saw it fly into his own net.GOOD ATTEMPTSLifted by the equaliser, Everton showed more attacking intent at the restart and nearly took the lead after just three minutes. Romelu Lukaku shrugged off Hull’s defenders and managed to unleash a deflected left-foot shot that was tipped onto the crossbar by Marshall.Soon after, it was Hull’s turn to be denied by the woodwork. Snodgrass drove a free kick over the Everton wall, only for the ball to slam against the post and crossbar with a helpless Robles rooted to the spot.Ten minutes later, Everton conceded another free kick and this time Snodgrass made the visitors pay. Robles got an outstretched glove to the ball after it curled over the wall, but couldn’t keep it out.Again, Hull just needed to hold on for a precious victory in its battle to avoid relegation.But watched by England coach Gareth Southgate, Barkley grabbed Everton’s equaliser with a downward header – meeting a perfect cross from left back Leighton Barnes, whose earlier foul had led to Snodgrass’s goal.
Dear Editor,The title of my letter today is kind of odd, seeing my main discourse centres around the latest court ruling, which in its truest sense gives power to the ruling dictatorship of David Granger, and not to the people of this country. So, the reader just having a cursory glance at my title would be a little befuddled at my choice of topic. However, in due course of my writings, you will eventually get the point and see where I am going with the above title.In the first place, I must say hoorah to the Attorney General, he has finally “won” a case in court; because with that limited mentality of his, this is a laudable achievement for him. Poor Basil, he could never amount to much, but with that batch of foreign input, he finally got there. Kudos to the guy! I propose a toast and a pat on the back!But is it really a commendation for Williams? I think not. I would rather take off my hat to the hapless people of this country, who continue to fund a sorry excuse for an attorney general, one who wastes their money on matters that suits himself and party. There is nothing in that ruling for the people, who bore the brunt of the costs for Williams’s shenanigans.He has used up valuable resources on high priced foreign attorneys, who really were not needed for that decision. Everything that the Attorney General has done marks overkill.Further to our discussion is the fact that we saw this coming. With a court that is under duress, any decision emanating therefrom is just another wry reflection of that disappointment. What is also clear is that the representatives of the people, through the Opposition, were only testing the integrity of the court system, to see if it would stand by them or stand by the dictatorship. Sadly, the court chose the latter.It is all about Granger and his PNC Party flexing their stolen power muscle on a powerless people. He is the one calling the shots; he is the one making all the decisions, contrary to the clear guidelines enshrined in the Constitution.There is nothing left to the imagination when you see the highhanded manner in which the President walked all over us in that unilateral appointment of a GECOM Chairman. That appointment is testimony to the free rein that he enjoys when important decisions are to be made.He may want to sugar-coat his decision by saying that the one selected would be impartial in his deliberations, so we have nothing to fear. But this is furthest from the truth, because the old buffoon has given his boss away. Patterson is already on the warpath with that obstinate, geriatric attitude of his, stifling dissent. Like his counterpart in Parliament, who is not entertaining comments from the Opposition’s chair.This is a clear sign of this guy’s intentions as to the way things ought to be done in “His GECOM.” Isn’t this a very backward development for a country that is supposed to be a democracy?So, back to my title. Power to the People come 2020, on or before. I call on the People of this great country to come out in their numbers and make that unequivocal decision. You see, in Granger’s scheme of things, the old Burnhamite con-artist tricks look pretty attractive: take complete control of the electoral machinery, and all will be well with thee. Of course it worked for Burnham then, but you are now talking about a new dispensation of things, when people abhor dictatorships and their bullyism.Granger has made that tactical error of taking Guyanese back down a road which we would never want to travel again. So foisting his military style on a country that has grown accustomed to democracy spells the end of him. Our country has no place for dictators, and in this regard we will exercise zero tolerance for them. We have done it in 1992, and will do it again.For a people who have had a sweet taste of democracy these last 23 years, we are not about to give it away; no, never! We have tasted, and I dare say grown accustomed to, democratic norms and values, hence this PNC backwardness we will not entertain.And this is a message for the CCJ as well: that nothing will block our path as we march forward to freedom. We, The PPP, stand on the side of the people. Spikes like horrendous court decisions were set on the road that blew out our tyres, but we are going to stay on our rims and limp to safety.Our safety is in numbers, people numbers, and power to the people! Let me assure this Government and its handpicked lackeys at GECOM that nothing is going to stop us achieving our goal. Once again, power to The People!Respectfully,Neil Adams