Mrs. Virginia Lee (Denny) Jester

first_imgMrs. Virginia Lee (Denny) Jester, age 82, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on March 24, 1937, in Madison, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late, Charles Gaylord and Lillian N. (Vestal) Denny. She was raised in Rexville, Indiana where she attended school. At the young age of 16, Virginia was united in marriage on March 13, 1954, in Madison, Indiana, to the late, Charles Fredrick Jester. This happy union was blessed with a daughter, Tammy Jo and four sons, Charles Wayne, Denny, Johnny and Randy. Virginia and Charles shared 56 years of marriage together until Charles passed away on February 7, 2010. Virginia was employed as a home health nurse for King’s Daughters Hospital in Madison, Indiana, for a few years. She was a member of the Long Run Baptist Church in Moorefield, Indiana and the Switzerland County Saddle Club. Virginia was a wonderful homemaker and farm wife and enjoyed cooking, fostering children and babysitting her grandchildren. Virginia passed away with her loving family by her side at 4:20 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, Indiana.Virginia will be lovingly remembered by her sons, Charles Wayne Jester of Madison, IN, Denny Jester of Madison, IN, Johnny “Turtle” Jester and his wife, Kelli of Madison, IN and Randy Jester and his wife, Mary of Vevay, IN; her grandchildren, Charles, Christy, Chasity, John Wilbur, Justin, Matt, Clint, Kati, Aaron and Nikki; her several great-grandchildren; her great-great-granddaughter and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Gaylord Denny, died in 1955 and Lillian N. (Vestal) Denny, died in 1999; her husband, Charles Frederick Jester, died February 7, 2010; her daughter, Tammy Jo Jester, died May 12, 2013; her grandson, Dana Gayle “Doodle” Jester, died June 9, 2015; her sister, Delta Cahall, died December 9, 1999 and her brother, Charles W. Denny, died December 30, 2015.Friends may call 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday, March 30, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, March 31, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., by Rev. Ron Lee at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Grandview Memorial Gardens, Madison, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be made to the King’s Daughters’ Hospital or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

Euro 2020 qualifiers: Hazard brothers shine as Belgium thump Russia

first_imgRelatedPosts Chelsea complete signing of German international Dortmund ease past Wolfsburg to stay in title hunt Dortmund explode back into action as Bundesliga restarts Belgium secured top spot in Euro 2020 qualifying Group I and stretched their perfect record to nine wins after a sparkling 4-1 win in Russia on Saturday. Two goals from Eden Hazard and one by his brother Thorgan inspired them to victory against home side Russia. With one round of games remaining, Belgium have a maximum 27 points and second-placed Russia 21, both sides having booked their places at next year’s 24-nation tournament. Although there was only pride to play for, the game got off to a pacy start and Thorgan Hazard fired the visitors ahead with a superb 19th-minute goal. Eden Hazard made it 2-0 in the 33rd with another fine effort, volleying a low drive past Russia’s Brazilian-born goalkeeper Guilherme after striker Romelu Lukaku headed a lofted pass into his captain’s stride. The livewire forward doubled his tally shortly before halftime from a brilliant move, with midfielder Kevin De Bruyne squaring the ball unselfishly for Hazard to stroke into an empty net from 12 metres. Only poor finishing by Lukaku and two good saves by Guilherme denied the Belgians a bigger lead in the opening hour as Russia failed to create anything in front of a partisan home crowd. Ruthless Belgium struck again in the 72nd minute as Lukaku made amends for his early miss, rifling a scorcher inside the near post from 16 metres with Guilherme clutching nothing but thin air. Georgi Dzhikiya finally gave the subdued home fans something to cheer about when he swept home a close-range rebound in the 79th. It was however scant consolation for a crushing defeat by last year’s World Cup semi-finalists. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Eden HazardEuro 2020Thorgan Hazardlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgTallon’s contract as president of hockey operations and general manager expired July 1. It was extended by Panthers owner Vincent Viola to get through the remainder of a season that was stretched out by the coronavirus pandemic. The Panthers were eliminated from the playoffs on Friday, falling to the New York Islanders in four games. In other NHL news:— The Rangers won the second phase of the NHL draft lottery and will have the first overall pick, giving them a shot at selecting Alexis Lafreniere. The Rangers were among eight teams that lost in the qualifying round of the playoffs with a chance to claim quite a consolation prize. The league’s bottom seven teams ended up not winning the first phase of the lottery in June. — The Hockey Hall of Fame has postponed its 2020 induction because of the pandemic. The ceremony was to have taken place Nov. 16 in Toronto. The 2020 class was announced in June and featured forward Jarome Iginla, winger Marian Hossa (HOH’-sah), defensemen Kevin Lowe and Doug Wilson, Canadian women’s goaltender Kim St. Pierre and longtime general manager Ken Holland. MLB-INDIANS-FRANCONAFrancona returns to Indians bench TuesdayUNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona will return to the team Tuesday against the Cubs after missing more than a week so he could deal with a gastrointestinal condition. Francona has missed Cleveland’s past eight games with the gastrointestinal issue, which has bothered him since spring training. The 61-year-old skipped the Indians’ weekend trip to Chicago to get extra rest. In other MLB news: — Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano says Astros hitting coach Álex Cintrón made a crude remark about his mother that prompted a benches-clearing incident Sunday. Laureano said Cintrón began jawing at him when Laureano reacted angrily after being hit by a pitch from Houston rookie Humberto Castellanos. Athletics manager Bob Melvin wants Cintrón punished harshly by Major League Baseball.— Diamondbacks ace Madison Bumgarner has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a mid-back strain. The left-hander allowed six runs on five hits in two innings against the Padres on Sunday to remain winless since signing a five-year, $85 million deal. The four-time All-Star has a 9.35 ERA after Sunday’s start.— Indians starter Mike Clevinger will be quarantined and undergo testing after violating COVID-19 protocols during the team’s weekend trip to Chicago. On Sunday, Indians right-hander Zach Plesac (PLEE’-sak) was sent home from Chicago in a rental car after he went out with friends following his start on Saturday, a violation of the team’s code of conduct.— The Rays have placed right-hander Charlie Morton on the 10-day injured list due to inflammation in his pitching shoulder. The move comes one day after Morton was removed from a start against the New York Yankees in the third inning. Morton is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in four starts this season. — Mets hurler Marcus Stroman has opted out of the rest of the season due to concerns over the pandemic. Stroman was recovering from a torn calf muscle and was in line to possibly make his season debut next week against the Marlins in Miami. He is scheduled to become a free agent after the season and is the second Met to opt out of the season, joining outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH’-nehs SEHS’-peh-dehs). — Jimmy Butler returned from a foot injury and contributed 19 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals in guiding the Heat to a 114-92 romp over the Pacers. Derrick Jones scored 18 off the Miami bench and the Heat kept T.J. Warren to 12 points on 5 for 14 shooting in 29 minutes. —The short-handed Mavericks rallied from a 22-point deficit in the second half to stun the Jazz 122-114. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Mavericks with 27 points and Seth Curry added 22. The Mavericks’ biggest comeback since 2016 means they still have a slim shot at earning the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.NHL-PANTHERS-TALLON OUTTallon, Panthers part waysUNDATED (AP) — The Florida Panthers will have a new general manager next season, making the announcement that Dale Tallon is leaving the franchise after 10 years. TENNIS-US OPEN WITHDRAWALSFormer champ pulls out of US OpenNEW YORK (AP) — 2004 U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova is adding her name to the growing group of players withdrawing from the Grand Slam tennis tournament because of the coronavirus pandemic.Three of the top seven women in the rankings, including No. 1 Ash Barty, have pulled out of the U.S. Open. So has defending men’s champion Rafael Nadal.PRESIDENTS CUP August 11, 2020 — President Donald Trump has joined Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse (sas) and a number of coaches in the push to save the college football season from a pandemic-forced shutdown. A growing number of athletes have spoken out in support of saving the season. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says the Wolverines have shown players can be safe after they return to school. Sasse wrote a letter to Big Ten school presidents and chancellors saying that players will likely be safer with football than without, because of the “structure and discipline of football programs.”— Old Dominion is canceling its fall sports season because of the coronavirus pandemic. President John Broderick said he knows student-athletes and fans will be disappointed, but playing “posed too great a risk.” MLB-SCHEDULENats batter Matz and MetsUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Nationals entered Monday’s action with a .236 batting average and were ranked next-to-last in the majors with 10 home runs. The defending World Series champs broke out in a big way by pummeling Steven Matz and the New York Mets. Associated Press Royal Montreal Golf Club to host 2024 Presidents Cup.MONTREAL (AP) — The oldest golf club in North America will host the 2024 Presidents Cup.Royal Montreal Golf Club was founded in 1873 and held the Presidents Cup in 2007. The U.S. won that edition in which Canada’s Mike Weir beat Tiger Woods in a Sunday singles match.Royal Montreal will become the second international venue to host the Presidents Cup more than once, joining The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia. Ayton sat out the first quarter after missing his coronavirus test on Sunday. He tested negative on Monday and helped the Suns dominate after they carried a 37-23 deficit into the second quarter.Phoenix was 26-39 when the season was halted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Suns now find themselves within 1 1/2 games of a Western Conference playoff berth.In Monday’s other NBA action:— Chris Boucher scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Raptors defeat the Bucks, 114-106. Rookie Matt Thomas scored a season-high 22 points and Norman Powell added 21 for Toronto. Bucks forward and reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) missed the game after undergoing oral surgery. — The Lakers’ three-game losing streak is over after Kyle Kuzma (KOOZ’-muh) drained a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds in a 124-121 thriller over the Nuggets. LeBron James pumped in 29 points, dished out 12 assists and hit two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Anthony Davis had 27 points and Kuzma 25 for Los Angeles.center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSMountain West delays football seasonUNDATED (AP) — Will there be any college football this season? — Kole Calhoun cracked a solo homer and had three RBIs as part of the Diamondbacks’ 12-8 pounding of the Rockies. Ketel (keh-TEHL’) Marte and David Peralta (peh-RAHL’-tah) each had four of Arizona’s 18 hits.— Nico Goodrum was 4-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored in the Tigers’ fourth consecutive win, 5-1 against the White Sox. JaCoby Jones smacked a two-run, inside-the-park homer in the seventh to cap the scoring.— Kevin Kiermaier hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the seventh inning and Manuel Margot (mahn-WEHL’ mahr-GOH’) had four of the Rays’ 16 hits in an 8-7 decision over the Red Sox. Kiermaier had three RBIs as Tampa Bay won for the fourth time in five games.— Eddie Rosario belted a grand slam in the third inning and the Twins stopped a four-game skid by downing the Brewers, 4-2. Randy Dobnak allowed a run and four hits over five innings to move to 3-1.— The Mariners rolled to a 10-2 win at Texas as Kyle Seager crushed a grand slam and Kyle Lewis added a three-run shot. Dylan Moore added a solo shot and three RBIs to back winning pitcher Justin Dunn, who gave up two runs over six innings. MLB-CARDINALS POSTPONEMENTSMore cancellations for the CardinalsST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals continue to have their schedule altered after eight players tested positive for the coronavirus.Major League Baseball has announced that the Cardinals’ scheduled Thursday doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers has been postponed. MLB and the Cards believe it is prudent to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. MLB has seen 29 games postponed by the coronavirus, 15 involving the Cardinals. All-Star catcher Yadier (YAH’-dee-ehr) Molina is among the Redbirds who have tested positive for COVID-19. Elsewhere around the majors:— The Angels ended the Athletics’ nine-game winning streak as Mike Trout ripped a solo homer in the eighth inning to lead Los Angeles to a 10-9 victory. Trout homered twice for the Angels, who also received two-run blasts from Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN’) and Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee).— Lance McCullers carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of the Astros’ 6-4 win over the Giants. The no-hit bid ended when Donovan Solano hit a two-out double to run his hitting streak to 15 games. Michael Brantley laced a two-run double, Carlos Correa drove in a pair and Martin Maldonado (mahr-TEEN’ mal-doh-NAH’-doh) smacked a solo homer for Houston.— Six pitchers combined on a four-hitter to carry the Padres past the Dodgers, 2-1. Austin Hedges tied it with a fifth-inning homer and Eric Hosmer singled home the go-ahead run in the sixth.— Didi Gregorius (greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs) launched a grand slam and Bryce Harper blasted a three-run shot in the Phillies’ 13-8 pounding of the Braves. Aaon Nola allowed one run and two hits while striking out 10 in eight innings of his first victory since last August. Update on the latest sports Asdrubal (as-DROO’-bul) Cabrera homered twice as part of the Nats’ 17-hit attack in a 16-4 thrashing of the Mets. Cabrera was 4-for-4 with five RBIs and three runs scored for the Nationals, who had scored just four runs in dropping their previous three completed games.Trea Turner and Juan Soto also homered for Washington.Matz was reached for eight runs over 4 1/3 innings, six days after the Nats tagged him for five runs in just three innings.Winning pitcher Patrick Corbin held New York to one earned run over six innings.Mets infielder Luis Guillorme (gee-OHR’-may) worked a perfect ninth. The Mountain West has become the second FBS conference to postpone its football season, punting on the fall with an eye toward playing in the spring.A person involved in the decision told The Associated Press the Mountain West would not play any sports in the fall. The 12-team Mountain West joins the Mid-American Conference as leagues from the highest tier of NCAA Division I football to bail on the fall season and hope to make a go of it in the spring. The Mountain West features Boise State, Air Force and San Diego State, each of which were ranked at some point last year.A Big Ten spokesman said no votes on fall sports had been taken by its presidents and chancellors as of Monday afternoon, and the powerful Southeastern Conference made clear it was not yet ready to shutter its fall season. However, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey posted on Twitter that he doesn’t know if college football can be played during the COVID-19 pandemic. In other college sports developments: — Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation. Kelly hasn’t allowed a run over 6 1/3 innings in seven games this season, allowing five hits and five walks. Lefty Adam Kolarek was recalled from the alternate training site to replace Kelly.NBA-SCHEDULEBooker’s 35 help Suns top Thunder, remain perfect in restartLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have continued their stunning winning streak since the NBA restart.The Suns are 6-0 at Lake Buena Vista following a convincing 128-101 thumping of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Devin Booker dropped in 35 points and Phoenix center Deandre Ayton finished with 10 points and six rebounds in just over 17 minutes. last_img read more

Under 20s hope to mount World Cup challenge

first_imgThere’s been one late change to the Irish side ahead of that match with winger Ciaran Gaffney missing out with an ankle injury , he’s been replaced by Jacob Stockdale with Fergal Cleary moved up to the bench.Ireland coach Nigel Carolan says they’re looking to improve on a disappointing Six Nations campaign that saw them beat Italy and France but lose to England, Wales and Scotland .last_img

Virus-stricken Marlins resume season with 18 new players

first_imgLast Updated: 5th August, 2020 06:16 IST Virus-stricken Marlins Resume Season With 18 New Players Scrambling for replacements following a coronavirus outbreak, the Miami Marlins added a Moran, a Morin, two pitchers named Josh Smith and a former Olympic medalist in speedskating SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT FOLLOW US Scrambling for replacements following a coronavirus outbreak, the Miami Marlins added a Moran, a Morin, two pitchers named Josh Smith and a former Olympic medalist in speedskating.Also among the 18 players joining the Marlins’ 30-man roster as they resumed their virus-disrupted season in Baltimore on Tuesday night were outfielder Monte Harrison and right-hander Jose Guzman, highly regarded prospects reaching the majors for the first time.Another newcomer was pitcher Richard Bleier, returning to his former ballpark after being acquired from the Orioles in a trade over the weekend.“We’re just excited to get back on the field,” president of baseball operations Michael Hill said.After the Marlins waited nine days to play following the outbreak, the start of the game was pushed back nearly an hour when their latest test results were delayed.Starting pitchers Sandy Alcantara and Caleb Smith joined Jose Urena on the injured list, leaving the Marlins without three-fifths of their rotation. Eight of their 12 opening-day relievers were also on the IL, as was shortstop Miguel Rojas.With more than half the team needing to be replaced, newcomers included infielder Eddy Alvarez a 30-year-old Miami native who won a silver medal in speedskating at the 2014 Winter Olympics and had yet to play in the majors.“A tremendous story on stick-to-it-iveness,” Hill said.And this: The Marlins technically began the game in first place in the NL East.At 2-1, Miami started the day with the best winning percentage in the division. Teams are scheduled for only 60 games each this season and it’s possible not every club will play that many because of disruptions.In that case, with 16 of 30 clubs making the playoffs, the postseason field would be determined by winning percentage.The Marlins’ revamped pitching staff includes right-hander Mike Morin and left-hander Brian Moran, and right-hander Josh A. Smith and left-hander Josh D. Smith, all recently acquired veterans.“I won’t say it was a call to arms,” Hill said. “It was a call in need of arms.”The Marlins put 17 players on the injured list, and starting second baseman Isan Diaz opted out for the rest of the season. Replacements included seven newly acquired players, and 11 players from the team’s alternate training site.Harrison was in the lineup in center field Tuesday night, as was 33-year-old newcomer Logan Forsythe as the designated hitter.The virus infected 21 members of the Marlins’ traveling party and forced the suspension of their season July 26 after just three games. The roster overhaul that has followed will test a farm system much improved since Derek Jeter’s group bought the franchise nearly three years ago.“We expect to win games,” Hill said. “We have been able to acquire layers of talent, and while you never anticipate having to replace 18 players, it’s a credit to the work we’ve done organizationally to build depth to absorb what we are doing today.“No one is making excuses. We know we have a job to do and we’re ready to go.”Image credits: AP LIVE TVcenter_img Associated Press Television News Written By WATCH US LIVE First Published: 5th August, 2020 06:16 ISTlast_img read more

Doc Rivers, Clippers are getting in the zone on defense

first_img Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory PLAYA VISTA — Congratulations to anyone who predicted the Clippers would dedicate a lot of their practice time this week to defense.Everyone who watched the Clippers relinquish 272 points in this past weekend’s split at Staples Center – spot on.Presented with the rare in-season opportunity to practice on back-to-back days – yes, Kawhi Leonard participated in both sessions – the Clippers spent the bulk of that time working to shore up “slippage” on the defensive end, Coach Doc Rivers said.Despite adding a pair of All-Stars with nine All-Defensive team selections between them this offseason, the Clippers (26-12) are allowing the 15th-most points per game (109.8) in the NBA. “But this year, it was just so obvious, with the size and the length. … We did it on the first day of camp and we reached out to different guys to see some thoughts.”Patrick Beverley, probably the Clippers’ most aggressive defensive bulldog, said he approved.“I love zone. I played zone in high school, played it in college, overseas,” Beverley said. “I really loved zone.”“Some of them think it’s still high school zone,” Rivers corrected. “It’s more of a flex zone. It’s a zone, but you’re switching. And then certain times it morphs into a man. We’re doing that to try to create confusion, obviously.“You gotta make sure you get to everyone,” Rivers added. “It’s rare that there’s a guy who can be (left) unguarded. In college, you can have three guys stuffing in the paint because you know, ‘These three guys aren’t gonna make a shot,’ and you can load up. You can’t load up like that in an NBA zone.”Rivers said his players are learning as much in live situations.Related Articlescenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum They know there’s work to do before they can be characterized as having a great defense, which Leonard said he’d define as a unit with the following attributes: “Basketball IQ. Playing hard. Knowing your rotations. Just everybody pretty much being on a string and knowing what they’re doing going into every game.”And so, the Clippers got down to defense before facing the for-now less-formidable Golden State Warriors (9-30) on Friday (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Prime Ticket). They’ll be without Paul George, who is listed on the injury report as having a strained left hamstring. The All-Star forward, who missed the first 11 games this season rehabbing from offseason shoulder surgeries, also missed Saturday’s loss against Memphis with tightness in the same hamstring.“You have two days, you can’t fix it all,” Rivers said of his injury-bitten team’s defense. “It’s almost like these two days we’ve re-introduced things that we did in camp, because now we have the whole arsenal to try to do it.”It was at training camp that Rivers let it be known that this was the season that he would, at last, seriously implement zone defense.“Every summer, I do the same thing,” Rivers said. “I go to Winter Park (Fla.) and spend time with (Rollins College coach) Tom Klusman. He’s the guy in Orlando that has only run zone for 30 years; he’s never run man. He laughs every year because it’s like ‘You’re never gonna do it.’ “We had one game recently where a guy just dribbled up and jacked it and made it,” he said. “Our guy was in his college zone and (the opposing player) brought the ball up with 20 seconds on the clock, the guy looked at him and just shot it. The guy looked at him like ‘you gotta guard me.’ That’s the difference.”It turns out the general lack of practice time in the thick of the NBA season can make a zone defense especially disruptive, Beverley said.“It just messes up rhythm,” Beverley said. “You don’t find yourself working on your zone offense that much because you don’t practice a lot. Throwing a zone in there, it kind of throws everything off a little bit.”Now, for the Clippers to get in sync on the same string themselves.ESPN ADDS GAMEAfter dropping Friday’s game at Staples Center against the Warriors to instead show the Lakers-Dallas Mavericks matchup, ESPN announced Thursday that it will broadcast the Clippers’ road game against the Miami Heat on Jan. 24. The network won’t air the Houston Rockets-Minnesota Timberwolves game that day.last_img read more

NFL rulemaking committee considering reviewing penalties, report says

first_imgIn this instance, the controversial play from the NFC Championship game in which Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman possibly interfered with Saints wide receiver TommyLee Lewis on a pivotal play in the closing minutes would not be reviewable. Related News “Most are uncomfortable with adding flags,” one source told the Post, “but I think most would support [the league’s officiating department in] New York reviewing pass interference and certain personal fouls, provided a flag has been thrown.” Rams CB Nickell Robey-Coleman admits he committed penalty on controversial no-call vs. Saints The NFL rulemaking committee is considering allowing penalties to be reviewed, but not in the way you would think.The committee is looking into allowing additional penalties to be reviewed, but only on a play in which a penalty already has been called, according to The Washington Post. The committee has power in the NFL and owners will consider its proposals and decide whether to implement them or not, but owners can also make enact changes on their own separate of the recommendations.For any rule change to be made, it must be approved by 24 of the 32 teams in the NFL.last_img read more

Marching toward Madness: Ranking the most compelling major-conference races

first_imgOf course, not all conference races are created equal. Some include more legitimate contenders. An imposing favorite in one conference is more imposing than the favorite of another.This is how Sporting News sees the 2019-20 races in college basketball ‘s biggest conferences. They are ranked not in in order of their relative strength, but how compelling and entertaining the competition figures to be:MORE: No safe bet to win Tournament in this crazy season10. Mountain WestFavorite: San Diego StateLeading contenders: Utah State, New MexicoSleeper: Nevada. The Wolf Pack have lost the majority of their most difficult games, but Eric Musselman left just enough talent for Steve Alford — who wouldn’t want Jazz Johnson on their side? — that Nevada will remain a threat.Spoiler: UNLV. After a tough experience in nonconference play — five losses in the first seven — the Rebels are starting to play well under first-year coach T.J. Otzelberger. Their 3-0 Mountain West record already includes some an upset: a 70-53 win over preseason favorite Utah State.Overview: It’s quite possible the Aztecs ended the league race when they went into Utah State and won on the league’s second weekend. That’s the kind of thing we analysts say … and then regret as the depth of February wears on even the best teams. But it’s going to take an exceptional performance from someone else to close the gap.9. Atlantic 10Favorite: DaytonLeading contenders: VCU, Richmond, Saint LouisSleeper: George Mason. They’ve lost to Maryland, TCU and at VCU. So the NFL Patriots aren’t the only Patriots not quite good enough to win their league this season. But Mason is good enough — with four regulars averaging double-figure scoring — to have a say about who does.Spoiler: Duquesne. It has been more than four decades since the Dukes last appeared in the NCAA Tournament. It’s been a decade since they even slipped into the picture for a moment, when Ron Everhart got them to the Atlantic 10 tournament final in 2009. But Keith Dambrot was a spectacular hire, and you can see that in the team’s start this year. They aren’t ready to make an at-large run, but do not be at all surprised if they shake things up at the tournament in Brooklyn.Overview: It seems unlikely anyone but Dayton will win the A-10. The Flyers have a tremendous homecourt advantage and an even better roster. But there is plenty of danger throughout the league. What others may not tell you: If Dayton romps through this league, it should be in the picture for a No. 1 seed.8. West CoastFavorite: GonzagaLeading contenders: Saint Mary’s, BYUSleeper: Pacific. One year removed from a 4-12 conference season, coach Damon Stoudamire has the Tigers at 2-0 in the WCC with a 14-4 overall mark. They avoided playing high majors in the pre-conference schedule and now have the confidence to close out a game like they did against Saint Mary’s late Saturday. They’ll be a threat at home to the league’s best teams.Spoiler: Santa Clara. Herb Sendek has wins over California and Washington State in the books and a 14-2 start. He has built the program gradually over the past four years and has the Broncos defending the lane fiercely, allowing only 42.2 percent shooting on 2-pointers.Overview: There were more than a few analysts who assumed that, once Gonzaga got ahold of the No. 1 ranking, it wouldn’t be threatened in a conference like the WCC. Three words for that: ho, ho, ho. This Zags team is better than it has a right to be, given that they lost two top-20 NBA picks from last year’s top West Region seed. And another rampage through the WCC would be, just that, another. They know how to travel this road. But there are better teams up and down this conference, including two legitimate NCAA Tournament teams in Saint Mary’s and BYU. The Zags will have to work for this title, which would be their eighth regular-season championship in a row and 19th in the last 20 years.MORE: SFA’s win over Duke shows November matters in college basketball, too7. ACCFavorite: DukeLeading contenders: Louisville, Virginia, Florida StateSleeper: N.C. State. There isn’t much to recommend the Wolfpack at the moment — not with losses to Georgia Tech and Clemson already on their record. They aren’t defending anyone, at any level, and it’s hard to win league games like that. They’ve got the No. 8 offense in Division I, though, and someone has to fit into this category. So there we are.Spoiler: North Carolina. The Tar Heels are flat broken right now. Will it stay that way? As long as freshman star Cole Anthony is out, the answer, to some degree, is yes. But remember: When he was healthy, UNC defeated Oregon, Alabama and Notre Dame. It would be nice to see him back in a Tar Heels uniform.Overview: It’s hard to see Duke not running away with this league title. The Devils don’t have the overwhelming talent in the starting lineup that last year’s edition did, but coach Mike Krzyzewski is getting contributions out of more players than in any season in memory: Ten guys average double-figure minutes (though Wendell Moore is now out after having surgery), with only point guard Tre Jones over 30. They have a top-five offense and top-five defenses and three double-digit, high-major road wins on their resume.6. AmericanFavorite: MemphisLeading contenders: Houston, Wichita State, SMUSleeper: Cincinnati. The Bearcats’ results have been woefully inconsistent through the first half of the season, but there have been moments — even within games they lost — where one could glimpse what this team has been before and might be again.Spoiler: Tulane. After half a season with the Green Wave, we’ve seen what a whole lot of high-major programs ought to have figured out by now: Ron Hunter is one of the best coaches in college basketball, and those who either passed on hiring him or failed to consider it missed a real opportunity.Overview: The beauty of this conference race is that we don’t know just how mighty Memphis is now that James Wiseman has chosen not to continue his college basketball career. The Tigers have been amazingly resilient, continuing to pile up victories with a young squad that is unable to rely on extensive experience and now can’t lean on the top-five NBA talent who was supposed to serve as the team’s foundation. Penny Hardaway is showing everyone he’s a legit coach, but Kelvin Sampson of Houston and Gregg Marshall of Wichita already have been to the Final Four. This battle is going to be a blast.5. SECFavorite: AuburnLeading contenders: Kentucky, LSU, ArkansasSleeper: Florida. It is a mark of how the Gators have fallen that they began the year in the top five of Sporting News’ preseason rankings and now are viewed as a team that could put enough together to be a factor in this race. Was their come-from-behind, double-OT home win over Alabama just another piece of evidence that they’re not very good, or a sign they will begin competing?Spoiler: Georgia. Going into Memphis and winning was a huge step for the Bulldogs. And yes, they put a Maui scare into Michigan State, but only after falling so far behind they seemed to have no chance. Otherwise, most of their wins seemed to be of modest consequences. Now teams in the league will look at UGA and the presence of uber-freshman Anthony Edwards with some degree of fear.Overview: Auburn entered the season without guard Jared Harper (currently averaging 20 points in the G League) but with a roster that still contained plenty of talent (Anfernee McLemore, Danjel Purifoy, Samir Doughty, Austin Wiley). And we don’t really know that much more about them even after 13 games, all victories. Except we know they won’t beat themselves. Richmond, N.C. State and New Mexico are quality opponents, and winning on the road at Mississippi State matters. But one imagines the folks at Kentucky and LSU are eager for their shots at the Tigers.MORE: Evansville’s upset of Kentucky sends clear message to top programs4. Big 12Favorite: KansasLeading contenders: West Virginia, Baylor, Texas TechSleeper: Oklahoma. This is not a great Sooners team, but it has the same great coach in Lon Kruger. Somebody is going to go into Norman and leave with an L, and the balanced Big 12 schedule gives everyone a more-or-less equal shot at that.Spoiler: Oklahoma State. When the Cowboys get beat, they don’t mess around. Their past four losses, coming within the last six games, were by an average of 22 points. The return from injury of guard Isaac Likekele didn’t stop that skid against Texas Tech or WVU, but those were some tough games for a guy just getting back. The Cowboys still could be dangerous.Overview: As much as those of us who analyze college basketball have said there are no great teams — and meant it — that doesn’t mean there will be no dominant teams, meaning one that wins a clear majority of its games. There is no certainty KU will be such a team, but it’s one of two or three with a chance. Perimeter shooting remains a periodic issue for the Jayhawks, but it’s not an overwhelming weakness. They feature one of the nation’s best defenses and can manhandle opponents along the baseline.Baylor is the team best situated to delay KU’s return to the top of the league, but the Bears haven’t won a regular-season conference title since 1950, as members of the Southwest Conference. That’s 70 years. Texas Tech has almost an entirely overhauled roster, and yet coach Chris Beard is likely to figure out how to make the Red Raiders relevant.3. Pac-12Favorite: OregonLeading contenders: Arizona, Colorado, WashingtonSleeper: Stanford. The Cardinal are defending at an elite level. That’s going to matter in a conference race, because it’s the easiest thing to repeat. Even great shooters will miss shots sometimes, but great defenders stick to their assignments and scheme. The question for Stanford is how well that will translate against the better teams in the Pac-12. It didn’t matter much in a 72-56 nonconference loss to Kansas. The good news for the Cardinal: There isn’t a team quite like the Jayhawks in this league.Spoiler: Oregon State. The Beavers’ victory at Colorado was one of the quietly shocking results in high-major basketball this season. Not loudly shocking like Evansville over Kentucky, and not shocking because the Beavs lack talent, but more so because the Buffaloes at home figured to be one of the few reliable bets in college hoops this season. Tres Tinkle is one of the nation’s most versatile players, the kind of guy who can mess up an opponent’s night on his own.Overview: The Pac-12 is better. We know that much. It’s fair to say it couldn’t get much worse, but this is more than that. There are quality teams here, though none is quite all the way there, and that could be dangerous to their ambitions. Washington, for instance, already has a loss to an in-development UCLA team on its record. Arizona has dropped its most difficult games; what if that’s the Wildcats’ ceiling? This kind of unpredictability is why the Pac-12 figures to be among the most fascinating leagues to follow this winter.2. Big TenFavorite: Michigan StateLeading contenders: Maryland, Penn State, Ohio StateSleeper: Iowa. Can you win this league with the 98th-ranked defense, give or take a few spots, in college basketball? It surely will not be easy, but the Hawkeyes also are ranked third on offense, so there seems to be a chance.Spoiler: Rutgers. This has a chance to be the best Scarlet Knights team in generations. Now, before anyone thinks that’s an unfair standard to present, understand how low a bar that is: Rutgers hasn’t been in the NCAA Tournament since 1991. Just making it to the show would be GIGANTIC. Fans have caught on to this team’s appeal and are making the Rutgers Athletic Center a beast of a homecourt. Teams that must go in there will not have an easy time getting a win.Overview: Michigan State is not the team that opened as a unanimous No. 1 preseason choice. Everybody picked the Spartans: Athlon. Lindy’s, Blue Ribbon, AP, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Sporting News. But that was before Joshua Langford was injured, and so before coach Tom Izzo needed to reconfigure the Spartans. At last, it’s working. They have one of the deepest teams and the No. 1 offense in college basketball.Michigan might have been among the top contenders were it not for the badly timed injury to key forward Isaiah Livers. When he is healthy, the Wolverines will win big games again.What is most interesting about the Big Ten is how many teams legitimately could enter the NCAA Tournament. It’s mathematically difficult to produce 10 entrants from a 14-team league; that’s 71.4 percent, even better than the Big East’s 2011 haul (11 of 16 members, 68.8 percent) though not up to the level of the 1991 Big East (seven of nine members, 77.8 percent.) But there seems a better shot at 10 bids this year than last, because Northwestern and Nebraska have yet to demonstrate they can consistently threaten the better Big Ten teams.1. Big EastFavorite: VillanovaLeading contenders: Butler, Seton Hall, XavierSleeper: Creighton. The Blue Jays have one of the nation’s most dangerous offenses and a defense that needs work. Defense travels better in conference play, but there’s always a chance.Spoiler: Providence. The Friars endured a miserable nonconference season, but everyone in the league recognized there was potential. Now they’ve won three of four. Overview: We are in the seventh season of the Big East as we know it now, and in five of the previous six the winner was Villanova. (Oddly, the year the Wildcats fell short was their best team, which became the 2018 NCAA champion). So unless the Wildcats show up with a substandard team … wait, no, because they kinda did last year and still won it. Yeah, it pretty much looks like Villanova is going to be the favorite in this conference for the foreseeable future.Seton Hall looked like a serious threat to take down Villanova before the year began, but injuries messed with the Pirates’ pre-conference schedule. Then they made Georgetown look really bad, and the Pirates appeared ominous once more. They very much have the ability to win the league. Xavier’s ability to contend will depend on how this rugged group polishes its offense.There is literally no team that could not potentially take a run at an NCAA Tournament bid, though Providence, because of a poor nonconference performance, would need to become a dominant team in a league that figures to permit few to reach that level. The most underrated portion of the college basketball season — at least to the portion of the world that foolishly chooses not to follow this sport closely — is conference play.Yes, March matters. March is a blast. March is where legacies are made. But conference play is a blast too, and anyone who says a league championship doesn’t matter ought to try selling that nonsense to former Purdue coach Gene Keady. He’s in his 80s, but I wouldn’t talk that mess around him.last_img read more

Thursday is Kids Day at the Thurston County Fair

first_imgFacebook65Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston County FairThursday is another day packed with events, entertainment and fun for the whole herd at the Thurston County Fair. Thursday is Kid’s Day at the fair, and that means you can save with the whole herd when you celebrate summer with Sammy Steer!Thursday, July 31 is the return of Kid’s Day when admission for kids ages 5 to 14 is just $2. Admission for kids age 5 and under is always free at the fair. July 31 is also Buddy Day, when you can get two carnival ride armbands for $24 if you and a buddy are both present at the time of purchase (no advance purchase available for Buddy Day special). The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 31.Thursday, July 31 is also the start of the Dessert of the Day contests, kicking off with the deliciously decadent Chocolate Cake Contest. All chocolate varieties are welcome… and encouraged! Bring your chocolate cake entry to the Thurston Expo Center between noon and 2 p.m. and get free admission to the fair for the day. All entries must include the recipe with contestant’s name, address, and phone number. Check the 2014 Exhibitor’s Guide for all of the Dessert of the Day contest rules at, July 31 is packed full of activities and entertainment for the whole family. More than 50 events, contests and performances are scheduled—dancing, music, art, animals, and much more. (Complete July 31 events schedule below.)For more information about these events and other fair entertainment, go to and click on “Daily Events Calendar.” July 31 Thurston County Fair Events8 a.m.4-H Equine Int. & Sr. Showmanship, Saddle Seat Equitation, Hunt Seat Equitation and Dressage Seat Equitation, Harness Reinsmenship, Precision Driving – Andrews Arena9 a.m.FFA Dairy Goat Fitting/Showing/Type – West Arena-110 a.m. 4-H Sheep Fitting & Showing followed by Type – Hicks Lake Barn4-H, FFA & Open Class Llamas/Alpacas Public Relations Contest – West Arena-24-H Dog Judging Contest (Part 2 of 2) – Chitty BarnHome Arts Demonstrations – Heritage Hall, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.4-H Dairy Goat Fit/Show followed by Type – West Arena-1FFA Beef Fitting & Showing followed by FFA Type – East Arena10:30 a.m.4-H Cat Judging Contest – Petersen BarnParamount Martial Arts – Main Stage11:30 a.m.Center Stage Academy – Main Stage, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Professor Bamboozle – Food Court Stage12 p.m.Kids Activities & Games – Heritage Green, noon to 3 p.m.Predators of the Heart – in front of Heritage HallEnter Chocolate Cake Contest – Thurston Expo Center, noon to 2 p.m.FFA Dairy Goat Fit/Show/Type Following 4-H – Hicks Lake Barn12:30 p.m.4-H Dog Obedience – Chitty BarnSpecial Features – Food Court Stage1 p.m.4-H Cavy Type Judging – Petersen Barn4-H Beef Type – East Arena, 1 to 4 p.m. (time approx. after FFA beef show)FFA Sheep Fitting & Showing followed by Type – Hicks Lake Barn 1:30 p.m.Professor Bamboozle – Food Court StageRonald McDonald – Main Stage2 p.m.4-H Cat Games – Petersen Barn4-H Meat Goat Fit/Show/Type – Hicks Lake BarnSlieveloughane Irish Dancers – Main Stage2:30 p.m.Cymantha Burkle School of Music – Food Court Stage, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.3 p.m.4-H Fleece Goats Type followed by Fitting & Showing – Hicks Lake BarnKid’s Tractor Pull – Main StagePredators of the Heart – in front of Heritage Hall4 p.m.  Slieveloughane Irish Dancers – Main Stage4-H Cavy Fitting & Showing – Petersen BarnChocolate Cake Contest final judging – Thurston Expo CenterFFA Dairy Goat Classes – West Arena4:30 p.m. FFA Meat Goat Fit/Show/Type Following 4-H – West Arena5 p.m.Debbi’s Dance – Thurston Expo Center4-H & FFA Rabbit Fitting & Showing – Petersen Barn, 5 to 8 p.m.6 p.m.4-H Cat Game – Petersen Barn4-H, FFA & Open Class Llama/Alpacas Handlers Class – Llama BarnProfessor Bamboozle – Food Court StageHigh Impact Dance – Main StageFFA Meat Goat Classes – West Arena4-H Goat Costume Class – East Arena4-H Equine Haul In & Out – East Arena, 6 to 9 p.m.Predators of the Heart – in front of Heritage Hall7 p.m.Open Class Sheep Haul Out – Barns4-H Silver Bucket Event-Dairy Goat Milk Out Contest – Willuweit Pavilion4-H Dog Activities – Chitty BarnLive & Local concert series: Red & Ruby – Food Court StageLive & Local concert series: Brittany Kingery – Main Stage center_img *Food Court Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. *Carnival Rides Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.last_img read more

Double fight for number one

first_imgTwo Spaniards have left this monday as numbers two of their respective sports activities: Jon Rahm, within the golf classification, and Rafael Nadal, within the tennis one. Each are preventing to take a seat on the world throne, which already says so much about its advantages, whether or not they occupy it or not. They’re very totally different circumstances, that of an athlete who makes the outward journey and that of one other who has already taken the return ticket.Jon Rahm has not but perched on that place, though on Sunday he savored it just about for a lot of the Mexico World Championship, who got here to guide in a number of phases. Ultimately he completed third, an excellent consequence that confirms the regularity of the Basque, however that didn’t serve to overthrow Rory McIlroy. The following alternative will are available in mid-March in The Gamers, the thought-about fifth main. And if it doesn’t attain there, there shall be extra probabilities. The Biscay of Barrika is 25 years previous, an age that opens an enormous future, though in golf you need to be very cautious, as a result of it’s a self-discipline through which the victories are distributed rather more than in different particular person circuits. Rafa Nadal is a daily on the worldwide cusp, which has tasted throughout 209 weeks, unfold over ten totally different years. Number one now not sees it as an goal in itself, has tasted it regularly, however stands because the fruit of excellent outcomes. As Rafa himself commonly repeats, solely if there’s well being you’ll be able to win tournaments, and solely with victories can the rating be topped. This latest week began, Nadal has choices once more Math to retrieve the chair. Novak Djokovic and he compete in tournaments ATP 500, in Dubai and Acapulcorespectively. If Nole misplaced within the quarterfinals and the Spaniard raised the trophy, Rafa would climb once more to the summit of tennis. Whether or not it occurs or not, the necessary factor is that it fights up there. Identical as Rahm.last_img read more