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John Michael Montgomery Concert Draws Thousands

first_imgJohn Michael Montgomery performed in Batesville Saturday.BATESVILLE – Organizers are calling the John Michael Montgomery concert in Batesville a success. It was the first large scale country concert ever in Batesville.“I feel the event went very smoothly. It was a very good crowd and everyone seemed to be having fun,” said Rural Alliance for the Arts President Regina Siefert said.“It was a relaxing evening and I just feel it was a success for the cityof Batesville and success for the organization, RAA,” Siefert added.There was an estimated 1400 people in attendance at the concert.last_img read more

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No sanction for Sakho

first_img Press Association Summer recruit Shaw was spotted sporting a heavy black eye following United’s victory after the hosts held on for three points despite Wayne Rooney’s red card. The 19-year-old former Southampton full-back came off the worse from the tussle with the Hammers forward, but the incident was missed by match referee Lee Mason. Shaw was seen talking to the referee’s assistant immediately after the incident, but no action was taken at the time and Mason made no mention of it in his post-match report. This allowed Sakho’s actions to be reviewed retrospectively and West Ham’s summer signing from Metz could have faced disciplinary action. The FA’s three-man panel reviewed television footage however, and decided Sakho’s challenge does not warrant further attention. The Senegal forward was thought to have clashed with England defender Shaw in an off-the-ball incident during his side’s Premier League clash at Old Trafford. Press Association Sport understands the incident was referred to a three-man panel of former referees, but after review the FA judged there was no further case to answer. center_img Diafra Sakho will not face any punishment from the Football Association for his alleged headbutt on Luke Shaw in West Ham’s 2-1 loss at Manchester United on Saturday, it is understood.last_img read more

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Ellsworth Eagles slip to 15th in baseball standings

first_img Bio The John Bapst Crusaders came up with a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to snap a 2-2 tie and edge the Eagles 3-2 in Bangor.The Crusaders took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but the Eagles knotted the score when Sid St. Peter drove in two runs in the fourth.Righthander Conor Maguire pitched six strong innings for Ellsworth, striking out 10 batters and scattering six hits.Maguire also had a double and two singles and St. Peter had a double and a single for the Eagles at the plate.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Latest Posts GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017center_img Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.com Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017last_img read more

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Cricket News India Will Play First-Ever Day-Night Test Against Bangladesh At Eden Gardens

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: India is set to play its first-ever Day-Night Test match at Eden Gardens against Bangladesh as newly appointed BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has convinced the BCB for the pink ball game, reported news agency PTI. The Test is scheduled to be held at the Eden Gardens from November 22-26 and will be the second game of a two-match series.In a surprising move, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had sent a proposal to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to play their first-ever pink ball Test during the upcoming two-Test series. The BCCI had proposed that the second Test between India and Bangladesh at Eden Gardens to be the day-night Test. According to reports, the Bangladeshi players were against the idea and the BCB sat for multiple meetings to convince them.The development ended days of speculation about India’s debut with pink ball after Ganguly first proposed the idea to the Bangladesh Cricket Board. “It’s a good development. Test cricket needs this push. Me and my team were bent on it and thanks to Virat (Kohli) also, he agreed,” PTI quoted Ganguly as saying.The Day-Night Test, played with a Pink Ball, came into realisation during the 2015 Test between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide. The success of the Test, with regards to attendances at the stadium and the television ratings, charted a new course for Test matches.Also Read | Shakib Al Hasan Banned For Two Years For Not Reporting Bookie Approach: ICCAfter being elected as the BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly had said that during his tenure, he will be pushing for the day and night Test. Ganguly said that the current Indian team under Virat Kohli was capable of doing well in the pink-ball Test format.”I must say that Virat Kohli is agreeable to it. There are reports that he does not want to play day-night Tests which is not the fact. So once the captain of India is agreeable to it, life becomes a lot easier. We will see how we can push it. The game needs to go forward. We all are thinking about this and we will do something about it. I am a firm believer in Day Night Tests. I don’t know when that will happen. But till the time I am around, I will be pushing for it,” Ganguly said.Bangladeshi team is scheduled to tour India for three T20 Internationals and two Tests, starting November 3. While the first Test will be played in Indore, Eden Gardens in Kolkata will host the second. last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgTennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley tells the Australian Associated Press that tournament organizers have “modeled everything.” He says the “worst-case scenario” is no tournament at all next year. He says the “best-case scenario at this point” is having an Australian Open with only Australian fans.More than 30 sanctioned tennis tournaments have been postponed or canceled so far because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The French Open was moved from May to September and Wimbledon was called off entirely for the first time in 75 years. A decision on this year’s U.S. Open is expected in June.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Germany’s Bundesliga soccer league has been given the go-ahead to resume this month. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN’-geh-lah MEHR’-kuhl) announced a loosening of a range of containment measures Wednesday after meeting with the country’s 16 state governors. Pressure to relax the rules had been growing as the rate of daily infections in the country has dropped. Soccer in the country’s top two divisions will be able to resume without spectators and with a range of other conditions designed to prevent another outbreak. Players will be tested and teams will also have to spend time in quarantine before games can restart. The earliest the league can resume is May 16.— Soccer players in Spain returned to their team’s training camps Wednesday for the first time since the country entered a lockdown nearly two months ago because of the coronavirus pandemic. Players for Barcelona, Real (ray-AL’) Madrid, Atlético Madrid and other clubs started preparing for the return to training this week. They are all expected to be tested for COVID-19 and should be cleared to practice once the results are back. Most clubs are expected to resume practicing by the end of the week. May 6, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSContingency plans being made for 2021 Australian OpenUNDATED (AP) — The head of the Australian Open says various contingency plans are being considered for the Grand Slam tournament scheduled for January 2021. They include scrapping it altogether because of the coronavirus pandemic or allowing just spectators from the host country. Associated Press center_img Update on the latest sports — The Spanish soccer federation is proposing an end to this season’s women’s league because of the coronavirus pandemic. The proposal is expected to be approved by the federation’s board on Thursday. Barcelona was leading the competition at the time it was suspended in March and will be declared champion. No teams will be relegated but the top two from the second division will be promoted. There will be no relegation in the third and fourth divisions but the promoted clubs will come from the winners of playoff matches played without fans.— Belgium’s prime minister says all sporting competitions in the country will remain suspended until July 31 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Belgian soccer league says it will respect the decision by the national security council. The league recommended last month ending its season with the current standings declared final.— The Turkish soccer league plans to resume on June 12, a month and a half after it was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. The president of the Turkish soccer federation says he hopes to finish the season by the end of July and host the Champions League final in Istanbul in August. The games will be played without spectators and the Turkish health ministry and its scientific advisory council will determine the conditions and guidelines under which the games will go ahead.— Two more international golf tournaments for amateurs have been canceled. The International Golf Federation says the World Amateur Team Championships for men and women have been scratched. It was scheduled over two weeks in October in Singapore. The IGF decided not to postpone it until 2021 because of the effect it would create with scheduling problems. Also, the R&A says it has postponed the inaugural Women’s Amateur Latin America Championship until next year. It now is scheduled for Sept. 2-5 in 2021 in Buenos Aires.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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World Vision ACT:S provides care for Africa

first_imgInterVarsity Trojan Christian Fellowship and World Vision ACT:S assembled 100 supply kits for those affected by HIV/AIDS in Swaziland Thursday night during IVTCF’s weekly Encounter meeting. The event was funded by the Undergraduate Student Government’s Philanthropy Funding Board.IVTCF holds weekly open Encounter meetings, which have recently focused on social justice through a series called “Breakthrough.”“[Christian faith and social justice] are deeply intertwined,” said sophomore neuroscience major Ifeyinwa Anene. “You can’t be Christian without seeing injustice and doing something about it.”On Thursday night, Encounter attendees “did something about it.” Attendees assembled kits of basic supplies intended to improve and prolong the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS as well as to prevent the spread of infection. The kits included rubber gloves, soap, medical tape and individually handwritten notes.All the regular Encounter attendees were encouraged to participate actively in the project.“It’s pretty cool because a lot of the time at church it just ends up being, ‘You should make kits,’ or, ‘Bring the kits you make here,’ but [at IVTCF] it’s up close and personal,” said Jeffrey Wang, a freshman majoring in biological sciences. “There’s not a connotation of participation being optional,” Wang said.The kits will be donated to international Christian nonprofit World Vision. World Vision has sent more than 77,000 volunteer caregivers to Africa, Asia and Latin America to provide       home-based comfort and care for victims of HIV/AIDS and other serious health conditions. The kits created Thursday night will go directly to volunteer caregivers in Swaziland. Swaziland has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the world.“The event is really about equipping caregivers in Swaziland, Africa with proper resources and encouragement,” said Adam Joe, a junior majoring in  film production major and co-president of World Vision ACT:S, said. “What’s really cool about this event is that students can tangibly help AIDS patients.”World Vision is the parent organization for World Vision ACT:S, which was founded at USC last year by current juniors Adam Joe and Michelle Lau. Now, World Vision ACT:S is a branch of IVTCF’s social ministries branch, and also recently became part of the Political Student Assembly within Program Board. World Vision ACT:S is dedicated to creative activism, with the mission to “create to inspire action.”“For me, it’s more of a direct impact we can have on big systemic issues like HIV/AIDS,” said Neriah Yue, acting president of IVTCF.World Vision ACT:S, which advocates in the issue areas of human trafficking and urban poverty as well as HIV/AIDS, has plans to expand its social justice campaign campus-wide. World Vision ACT:S is collaborating with nonprofit iEmpathize and other student organizations to hold an Empathy Week on campus in March.“As a Christian, I think justice is part of our faith,” Joe said. “In the Bible, we see a theme of justice from beginning to end.”last_img read more

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Syracuse makes 7th-inning comeback but loses to Binghamton, 2-1, on walk-off double

first_img Published on May 3, 2016 at 10:08 pm Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edu VESTAL, N.Y. — Corinne Ozanne threw her glove into the dugout as she walked away from first base. Rachel Burkhardt, who had held a smile just 10 minutes prior, looked around at her teammates with a blank face as she slowly walked in from right field. Syracuse head coach Mike Bosch stood watching his team shake hands with Binghamton, slowly making his way to the back of the line himself.As Carrie Maniccia sprinted home moments earlier, players spilled onto the field from the dugout. This time, unlike a half-inning prior, it wasn’t from Syracuse’s.The Bearcat players celebrated, having just set the record for most Division I wins in a season in Binghamton softball history (31) with the walk-off win.Syracuse (27-25, 9-14 Atlantic Coast) eventually lost to Binghamton (31-13, 12-3 American East), 2-1, Tuesday at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Orange was unable to muster momentum from Burkhardt’s home run and allowed a walk-off double from Jessica Rutherford to end the game just a half-inning later in the bottom of the seventh. With the loss, SU will ride a four-game losing streak into the ACC tournament, which is set to begin on May 12.“They didn’t put any pressure on themselves going into that last inning,” Binghamton head coach Michelle Burrell said of her players. “I think they just trusted each other and stayed relaxed.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the top of the seventh, Rachel Burkhardt represented one of Syracuse’s last chances to score a run. The Orange trailed by one and only had two hits to that point. Two outs separated the Orange from being shut out.Burkhardt dug into the right hand box, drilling the first pitch of the at-bat to deep left-center field. The ball carried over the net protecting Vestal Parkway and nestled against the small plastic fence bordering the freeway, where it still sat an hour after the game ended.“That was a big hit. That’s a big motivator, to get a big home run,” Bosch said. “We gave ourselves the opportunity to at least compete and win.”And while Burkhardt’s home run gave SU an opportunity late in the game, the Orange failed to fully capitalize.The home run was just Burkhardt’s second of the season, and her only hit of the game. Heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Orange had shifted the momentum after a lackluster first six innings.But Burrell said the Bearcats weren’t worried even as AnnaMarie Gatti headed back to the mound after allowing no runs in five innings of relief work.On her way, Gatti stopped to talk to Bosch. As the two parted ways, Gatti began to limp toward the circle, picking up the ball from the ground and beginning her warmup.After surrendering a single to Maniccia, Gatti was removed from the game and Jocelyn Cater re-entered after not pitching since the first inning.“(Gatti) had tweaked her foot, she limped out there a little bit,” Bosch said. “That’s not really a risk I was wanting to take in that situation.”Cater struck out the first hitter she faced, but a sacrifice bunt by Stephanie Bielec put Maniccia on second base with two outs.With the game on the line, Jessica Rutherford stepped into the batter’s box as Cater went into her windup. Rutherford drilled Cater’s pitch to the centerfield wall, over the head of Orange outfielder Maddi Doane, driving in the winning run.“I thought they did a really good job trusting each other,” Burrell said. “(Bielec) had a nice bunt to move (Maniccia) over, and (Rutherford) came through with a big hit.”The game had come full circle for Binghamton — the Bearcats scored runs in the first inning and the last.“At the end of the day if you think you’ve competed, played hard,” Bosch said, “then win or lose at least you can go home and feel that way.”But, as important as it is to Bosch, competing and playing hard just wasn’t good enough for the Orange to get the win. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Sharks could make a playoff run

first_imgAfter the San Jose Sharks jumped out to a 2-0 series lead over the Los Angeles Kings, the images of the 2014 first-round matchup likely came flooding back into hockey fans’ heads.The Sharks were off to a flying start in the series, having stolen both games at Staples Center and playing quite well in the process. But Sharks fans had seen this horror film before. In 2014, their team was leading 3-0 in the series and proceeded to lose the next four games. It was an epic collapse — just the fourth time in history an NHL franchise had squandered a three-game postseason lead.This Sharks team was clearly not in the mood to experience such agony again. San Jose clobbered Los Angeles, downing the Kings in five games.Los Angeles generated a number of quality scoring chances in this series, but head coach Darryl Sutter’s team was denied time and time again by former Kings goalie Martin Jones. The 26-year-old Jones posted a .912 save percentage in the series, averaging nearly 23 saves per game against his old team. Standout play from the Sharks’ netminder, as well as the veteran attacking corps really gelling, ought to have fans wondering if this team could win it all this year.Aside from Jones’ sound goaltending, the obvious reason to consider the Sharks a contender is because of the top line. Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton and Tomas Hertl compose one of the most formidable trios in the league.The Pavelski-Thornton-Hertl line plays approximately 30 percent of the time. When those three are on the ice, the Sharks seem to have no trouble keeping the puck and pinning opponents in their own territory. Thornton’s composure on the puck played a massive role in San Jose’s dismantling of the Kings. San Jose enjoyed a healthy amount of possession, as Thornton continued his outstanding run of form. While Jumbo Joe only scored once during this series, he facilitated play and set the tone of the game.Pavelski, who racked up 78 points in the regular season, scored 5 goals in the first round. The Kings had no response for Pavelski. He continues to dominate alongside Thornton and Hertl. Pavelski also leads the charge on Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer’s top power play line, in which he plays alongside Thornton, Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau.Hertl has thrived alongside veterans Pavelski and Thornton. While he only scored 1 goal in the Kings series, Hertl showcased his playmaking abilities. If Thornton and Hertl can begin to find the back of the net with regularity this postseason, slowing the Sharks’ offense may be virtually impossible.This organization has managed to retain seasoned players like Thornton and Pavelski, but San Jose qualifies as a legitimate contender to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup this season also because of remarkable depth.Couture and Marleau anchor the second and fourth lines, respectively. It is hard to think of another playoff team with a fourth line that has a player as talented as Marleau. Pittsburgh comes to mind, with Phil Kessel playing on the Penguins’ fourth unit, but the Sharks’ depth looks like the best in the west at the moment.Assuming the Sharks can stay healthy, this team looks poised to make a serious run. Elite goal tending and a deep, versatile attack are necessities in terms of winning the Stanley Cup. And after doing quite the opposite of blowing a series lead against the Kings, the 2016 San Jose Sharks have turned a few heads with their convincing play. One of the league’s biggest underachievers from the past few seasons has put the pieces together.Maybe, just maybe, the Warriors will not be the only title contenders from the Bay Area this year.Josh Cohen is a sophomore majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. His column, “Cohen’s Corner,” ran Tuesdays.last_img read more

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Liberia, World Bank Sign US$30M Financing Deal

first_imgThe World Bank Group and the Liberian Government have penned two financing agreements extending US$30 million to the Government of Liberia to help with the country’s recovery program through the budget, amidst the Ebola outbreak.The money will also help support Liberia’s medium-term strategy to strengthen its transparency and accountability mechanisms, expand the economy, increase access to quality education and improve health services that are critical to fighting the current Ebola epidemic.The financing, which is also expected to support the Second Poverty Reduction Support Operation (PRSDPO II), includes a US$20 million International Development Association (IDA) credit and a US$10 million grant allocated from the World Bank Group’s IDA Crisis Response Window. The IDA is designed to help low-income [poorest] countries respond to exceptionally severe crises in a timely, transparent and predictable way. Speaking at the signing ceremony in the conference room of the Ministry of Finance &Development Planning (MFDP) in Monrovia on Thursday, November 20, World Bank Country Manager, Ms. Inguna Dobraja, said the Second Poverty Reduction Support Operation is the second in the programmatic series of four single trench operations to support the implementation of the government’s programs approved by the World Bank Board of Directors on November 12, 2014. She explained that although the original amount of this World Bank budget support operation to Liberia was US$10 million, the Bank realized the enormous economic challenges the Ebola outbreak has created on almost all government development programs and activities. “Therefore, the Bank decided to increase the amount of budget support to US$30 million, including US$10 million grand funding from a special IDA Response Window,” said Ms. Dobraja. “The World Bank is mobilizing nearly US$1 billion in financing for the three countries hardest hit by the Ebola crisis: US$518 million for emergency response and to help speed up the development of foreign health workers to affected countries. The funding is helping the three countries hardest hit by the epidemic to contain the spread of infections, help communities cope with the economic impact of the crisis and improve public health systems,” she added. “Of the US$518 million,” Ms. Dobraja said, “US$117 million is already disbursed to countries and implementing agencies, including US$52 million for Liberia.” The World Bank Country Manager pledged the Bank’s commitment to continuing its financial support to Liberia during and after the Ebola crisis.The Liberian economy has been hit hard by the Ebola epidemic and the related health crisis, significantly slowing down economic activities, declining investments in various sectors and increasing unemployment. “Our economy is struggling to adjust to the impact of the Ebola epidemic and this budgetary support provided by the World Bank Group is going to help us finance budget deficit and get the economy running,” said Finance Minister Amara M. Konneh. Minister Konneh disclosed that government and partners have re-adjusted the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) downward for 2014, from 2.5 percent to 0.4 percent. With economic growth now in negative, Minister Konneh called for increased fiscal discipline in government and increased external budgetary support to finance the deficit. “Our economy is at crossroads. It now calls for strict adherence to fiscal discipline by public officials,” he said. Mr. Konneh, however, clarified that economic decline is not due to bad government policies, but the Ebola virus outbreak. “We appreciate the World Bank Group’s support to the worst Ebola-affected countries-Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone amidst the huge fiscal deficit, declining revenues and increased public spending caused by the Ebola outbreak,” he added. Konneh acknowledged the World Bank as the largest donor to the Government of Liberia during this Ebola epidemic.The nearly US$1 billion that the World Bank Group is mobilizing for countries hardest hit by the Ebola crisis, includes more than US$500 million for the emergency response and to help speed up the deployment of foreign health workers to the countries, and at least US$450 million from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, to enable trade, investment and employment in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.The US$10 million grant agreement signed on Thursday is part of the PRSDPO II part of previous pledges from the Bank Group for the emergency response to Ebola.The Ebola epidemic, centered in West Africa, has infected more than 13,000 people and killed nearly 5,000.The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), which was established in 1960, helps the world’s poorest countries by providing grants and low to zero-interest loans for projects and programs that boost economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve poor people’s lives.IDA is one of the largest sources of assistance for the world’s 77 poorest countries, 39 of which are in Africa. Resources from IDA bring positive change for 2.8 billion people living on less than US$2 a day. Since 1960, IDA has supported development work in 112 countries. Annual commitments have averaged about US$18 billion over the last three years, with about 50 percent going to Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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