Brookville, IN—Fairfield Causeway Road over Brookville Lake in Franklin County is scheduled to reopen today following a $2 million bridge rehabilitation project that began this past spring. The project included waterline maintenance, roadway resurfacing, and bridge painting.
Philip “PJ” Metz, an alumnus and current teacher at North Decatur, has been named the new varsity boys basketball coach beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. Metz both played for and coached with Kyle Nobbe, who stepped down as varsity coach after 17 years in the position this past April. Metz served as a varsity assistant, C-team coach, and most recently as the junior varsity coach for the past six years under Nobbe. Metz graduated from North Decatur in 2007 and then earned his teaching degree from IUPUI. “We are very excited about naming PJ Metz our new Boys Varsity Basketball Coach,” said Scott Johnson, North Decatur Athletic Director. “With him being both a very successful coach in our system and also a staff member in our corporation the decision to hire him was a win-win for everyone involved. Add in the fact that he is a Charger alumnus and that is just icing on the cake! There is no doubt PJ will do a tremendous job as our new coach. We are very fortunate to have him at North Decatur.”
Batesville, IN — One of the newest shelters at Liberty Park in Batesville is actually a recycled piece. Previously, it was a shelter at the city’s old dump that was disassembled, moved, reassembled, and installed by the Batesville Park & Recreation Department.Another portion of the old shelter was moved to Brum Woods. The city is looking for sponsors for the shelter to help fund concrete sidewalks and a pad for the shelter itself. For more information on being a sponsor, contact Mike Baumer at the Batesville Park & Recreation Department at 812-934-4560 or click here for information online.
Connersville, IN — The Whitewater Valley Railroad has announced that tickets are now available for their 20th Annual Easter Bunny Express Family Event. Originally, the event was scheduled for April 11th but was postponed due to COVID-19. A new date of this Saturday, September 26th, has been selected for this annual family event.Trains will depart from Connersville’s Grand Central Station and make four round trips south to the Easter Bunny Patch two miles away. If you attend, bring a basket, as there are over a total of 12,000 eggs to hunt. You can also see the Easter Bunny and hunt for his Golden Egg. The egg hunt is open to ages 9 and under.Reservations are recommended. Prices are $10 per person for anyone ages 2 and up. The train departs at 10:01 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:30 pm. Trains will operate rain or shine and tickets are limited. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Whitewater Valley Railroad at 765-825-2054 or by visiting www.whitewatervalleyrr.org.
RelatedPosts Gundogan tests positive for coronavirus EPL: Foxes attack Burnley Chelsea capture £50m Chilwell Youri Tielemans capped an inspired individual performance with a fine second half winner as Leicester City came from behind to beat Burnley 2-1 at the King Power Stadium after the visitors had a late equaliser controversially disallowed by VAR.Former Leicester striker Chris Wood, who had put Burnley ahead on 26 minutes, thought he had scored for a second time on 80 minutes before technology intervened to rule that he had fouled Jonny Evans in the build-up.Burnley manager Sean Dyche was furious that his side left with nothing from a game marked by much emotion on the first anniversary of the death of former Leicester chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others in a helicopter crash.Jamie Vardy equalised Wood’s opener with a superb header just before the break, rising high to powerfully meet Harvey Barnes’ cross from seven yards out for his sixth goal of the season. Substitute Demarai Gray had an effort rightly disallowed for offside before making a telling contribution on 74 minutes when he centred for Harvey Barnes to pick out Tielemans, who crashed the ball home at the far post.The win moved Leicester second, ahead of Manchester City’s late kickoff against Crystal Palace, on 17 points, while Burnley are eighth on 12.Tags: BurnleyEPLLeicesterVARYouri Tielemans
RelatedPosts Jighere tops 2017 WESPA championships qualifiers list Nigeria has reclaimed the team title at the WESPAC World Scrabble Championship in Goa, India.A team of 11 Scrabble players captained by the African Champion Moses Peter achieved the feat, edging out Malaysia with a mean total 22.36.Nigeria won 214 games, losing 142 over the three-day event.Reflecting on the victory, National Coach Tony Ikolo attributed victory to hard work and serious preparation by the team: “For the last few months we had been preparing for the Indian tournament. My players were remarkable sacrificing so much to ensure that we remain the world’s best.”Meanwhile, Nigel Richards of New Zealand – the greatest Scrabble player of all time – won the singles title to become the world champion again beating Jesse Day of the United States 4-3 in the final match up.Richards – a multiple world champion in both English and French lexicons – is also the holder of another Scrabble “major”, the coveted King’s Cup that was held in Bangkok, Thailand in July.He is now the undisputed world champion having taken the two recognised world title events – the MSA World Scrabble Championship in England last year and now the World English Scrabble Players’ Association title.Jesse Day had led 3-2 in the best of seven final but Richards won the last two games to take the title.Nigel sealed the win in Goa with a “nine-timer” avoiders that netted him 167 points and an unassailable lead.Nigeria’s best performer came from 23-year-old Enoch Nwali who finished fifth overall. The other player in the top ten was Ben Quickpen.Tags: Tony Ikolo
RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Liverpool moved to within three wins of claiming a first league title in 30 years after passing another test of character to beat struggling Bournemouth 2-1. A huge favour from arch-rivals Manchester United in Sunday’s derby could bring a long-awaited championship even closer as Jurgen Klopp’s side extended their lead over City to 25 points. Mohamed Salah’s 80th goal on his 100th Premier League appearance made him the first Liverpool player since Michael Owen in 2002-03 to score 20-plus goals in three successive seasons, while Sadio Mane’s coolly-taken effort turned around Bournemouth’s controversial early lead, given to them by Callum Wilson. Salah’s strike, his 16th in the league this season, also took him past Luis Suarez as the club’s leading overseas scorer in the top flight. The win ended a run of three defeats in four matches in all competitions and was the ideal morale-booster before Wednesday’s pivotal Champions League last-16 tie at home to Atletico Madrid, in which they trail 1-0 after the first leg. Liverpool’s bright start belied their recent difficulties but somehow they still went behind. On this occasion, however, Klopp got the desired response, which was missing against Atletico, Watford and Chelsea. There was more than a whiff of a foul when Wilson appeared to shove Joe Gomez, who he targeted physically all game, but referee Paul Tierney started as he was to go on and allowed play to continue. That ultimately resulted in Jefferson Lerma crossing for Wilson to sidefoot home, and when VAR did not come to Liverpool’s salvation, Klopp was apoplectic. It was the fourth time in the last five matches his side had conceded the first goal, having not gone behind in the previous 14 – excluding the youth team’s League Cup defeat at Aston Villa. With an unexpected lead Bournemouth sought to capitalise and Nathan Ake’s header was pushed onto the crossbar by Adrian. Unlike in previous weeks, Liverpool found a response and turned the match around in an eight-minute spell. An injury to centre-back Steve Cook had a hugely disruptive effect on the visitors as his replacement Jack Simpson was like a rabbit caught in the headlights as he dithered before trying to dribble past Mane just 15 yards outside his own penalty area. The Senegal forward easily nicked the ball, and while his pass to Salah was behind his teammate and left him with more to do than he would have liked, the Egyptian quickly recovered control to tuck a shot inside Aaron Ramsdale’s left-hand post. It was Salah’s eight goal in six appearances against the Cherries, scoring in every game, his 14th in as many Premier League matches at Anfield and ended Liverpool’s longest goal drought (124 minutes) since February 2019. Mane put them ahead when Virgil Van Dijk’s interception and through-ball sent the unmarked Mane clear to bend a shot past Ramsdale, and James Milner should have made it three but his cushioned shot from Salah’s cross carried neither the weight nor direction to trouble the goalkeeper. Further Milner intervention in front of that same goal, albeit in the second half, prevented his side conceding an equaliser as Ryan Fraser’s lob over Adrian was certain to go in until the 34-year-old midfielder, playing at left-back after Andy Robertson was rested as a precaution, raced back to clear two yards out. With Liverpool only threatening in fits and spurts, Mane’s first-time shot from 30 yards deserved a goal, but rebounded back off the angle, while Ramsdale’s fingertips kept out Salah’s near-post effort. Klopp, sending a message to his players by furiously jabbing his temples with both index fingers, showed how conscious he was of the need to see out the final 10 minutes. The return of Klopp’s three fist pumps to the Kop – and then again to the Main Stand – was a release of his pent-up frustration as much as a celebration. By contrast Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe trudged down the tunnel after a ninth defeat in 10 away games, a run of just three victories in 18 league matches leaving them stuck in 18th and in real danger of being relegated.Tags: Eddie HoweJurgen KloppManchester UnitedMohamed SalahSadio Mane
RelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Son set for South Korea military service Everton’s Gomes to have surgery on broken ankle Tottenham forward Son Heung-min has travelled back to London ahead of a possible return to training.The 27-year-old spent time in Seoul after completing his compulsory national service in the South Korean Military Corps, where he finished among the top five performers. He made his way back to London on Saturday and will not have to self-isolate unless he tests positive for coronavirus, in line with Premier League and Government protocols.That means Son is set to be back at the club’s Hotspur Way training ground next week for solo sessions and could be free to join in group training as and when the Premier League allows it.The coronavirus pandemic has allowed Son to fully recover from a broken arm, which looked set to rule him out for the season, while also giving him a chance to carry out his national service without it impacting on his career.He was due to serve 21 months but earned an exemption after being part of his national team which won the Asian Games in 2018 and, as a result, only had to complete three weeks.Tags: Hotspur WaySon Heung-minTottenham Hotpsur
Rayo Vallecano beat Albacete 1-0 on Wednesday as Spanish football returned in bizarre circumstances from its COVID-19 hiatus.They won the second half of a match which first kicked off six months ago but was suspended due to offensive chanting. The second division encounter, played without fans in attendance, was the first Spanish football match to take place since March after all football was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Only 45 minutes were played and Albacete lined up with 10 players as midfielder Eddy Silvestre had been sent off when the first half of the match was staged on December 15.That game’s first half, played at the Vallecas Stadium, was abandoned at half-time as the home fans had accused Albacete forward Roman Zozulya of being a Nazi.It was the first time a Spanish football match had been called off due to offensive chanting.Zozulya had little impact on this second half of the match, however, which was settled by a brilliant strike from Rayo Vallecano’s Peruvian right-back Luis Advincula. The defender found the net on the hour mark with a superb curling strike from outside the area.The win kept up Rayo Vallecano’s hopes of earning a play-off spot and lifted them up to seventh in the standings.It also left struggling Albacete 18th, level on points with the final spot in the relegation zone.Spain’s top flight La Liga resumes on Thursday with a local derby between Sevilla and Real Betis, with the second division starting up again properly on Friday.A minute’s silence was held before kickoff in memory of the 27,000 people in Spain who have died from COVID-19. Flags displayed across the empty stands also honoured the victims, reading: “We’ll never forget you” and “Always in our memory”.The other seats stood bare, save for a handful of journalists, substitutes and reserve players.But a father and his young daughter, both clad in Rayo Vallecano shirts, could be seen watching the match from their balcony above the stadium.“It was very strange to play without fans. That’s what was missing the most – the support and noise of our people,” said Rayo Vallecano’s coach Paco Jemez.RelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Premier League, La Liga back on DStv, GOtv Ukrainian forward Zozulya has had a long-running dispute with Rayo Vallecano ever since he signed for the club in January 2017.But he left after fans turned up at his first training session and accused him of belonging to far-right groups in his home country.Zozulya has repeatedly denied belonging to the far-right movement.Even though fans could not enter the stadium due to safety reasons, Rayo Vallecano’s hardcore supporters hung up a banner outside the ground bearing an offensive message about Zozulya.Reuters/NAN.Tags: AlbaceteEddy SilvestreLa LigaRayo VallecanoRoman Zozulva
RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ NBC Code and non-exclusivity provision, by Kunle Osisanya-Afolabi Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid SuperSport viewers on DStv and GOtv enjoyed three terrific seasons of football in the 2019-20 Premier League, La Liga and Serie A.All three leagues made a successful return from pandemic-enforced breaks and reminded us of how central football is to our lives. SuperSport is your #HomeOfFootball and the only place to enjoy truly unrivalled coverage of “The Beautiful Game” from all around the world.It’s also the only place to get English commentary on Spain’s La Liga.With a New Football Season for 2020-21 just around the corner, we take a closer look at the match-ups in the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A which will get our blood pumping through another thrilling campaign of “The Beautiful Game”.Premier League Liverpool v Manchester City These two teams have dominated the Premier League in the past three seasons and there is no reason that should not continue to be the case. Liverpool’s incredible start to the 2019-20 campaign broke the spirit of Manchester City, but manager Pep Guardiola will be determined to return the Citizens back to the summit of the log and win his battle of wits against the Reds’ Jurgen Klopp.Manchester United v Leeds United Leeds United are back in the Premier League after 16 years absence and if one were to ask any of their fans which matches they are most looking forward to, it will be the clashes with Manchester United in the Yorkshire v Lancashire (War of the Roses) rivalry. The last competitive meeting of the teams brought a shock 1-0 win for Leeds in an FA Cup clash back in January 2009 – you can bet fans of the Whites will still be rubbing that in the faces of their Red Devils counterparts. Chelsea v Arsenal Not only a London derby and the match-up for the FA Cup final earlier this month, but Chelsea and Arsenal are two teams managed by former players – Frank Lampard and Mikel Arteta respectively – which are looking to step up toward Premier League title contention… or at least to be the ‘best of the rest’ behind the dominant pair of Liverpool and Manchester City. The Blues and the Gunners almost always produce dramatic clashes and their rivalry is set to run strong in the 2020-21 season.La Liga Barcelona v Real Madrid After Real Madrid dethroned Barcelona and ended the Catalan club’s recent dominance of La Liga, you can bet this rivalry will step up even further in 2020-21. The clubs’ fortunes will be very much dependent on their transfer market work in the offseason, with Barca in need of reinforcements to bolster a thin squad, while Real could do with some fresh legs to back up key players such as Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema, who are all into their 30s. Los Blancos defeated Barca 2-0 in the last ‘El Clasico’ and the teams’ meetings will again be vital in determining the title race.Sevilla v Real Betis The Seville Derby, which brought back football to Spain post lockdown in June, remains an absolute highlight of the calendar, even though the clubs seem to be on very different trajectories. Sevilla have qualified for the UEFA Champions League under Julen Lopetegui and are angling to join Atletico Madrid as legitimate challengers to Real Madrid and Barcelona, while Betis finished just five points above the relegation zone. Yet the good news for Los Verdiblancos is the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini as manager, with the Chilean hoping to restore the Beticos to a loftier position on the log.Real Sociedad v Athletic Bilbao The classic Basque Derby is set to be played at least three times in the 2020-21 season, as the two scheduled La Liga clashes between the teams will be joined by the Copa del Rey final – which has been delayed indefinitely in the hopes that it can be played in front of at least some fans, if not a full capacity, at Estadio de la Cartuja in Seville. Sociedad finished higher up the log (sixth to Athletic’s 11th) and took four points off their Basque rivals in league meetings last season, which will surely fire up Bilbao to hit back in 2020-21.Serie A Juventus v Atalanta While Juventus racked up a ninth straight Serie A title in 2019-20, they will be looking nervously over their shoulder at the growing strength of the chasing pack – especially Atalanta, whose relentlessly attacking style of football has propelled them into a position where they are considered legitimate challengers for next season’s title. “Juventus have the Scudetto, they’re not going to let it go. But we deserved to win when we last played against them [2-2 draw in July],” warned La Dea manager Gian Piero Gasperini. Internazionale v Milan The classic Inter v Milan rivalry is set to burn as bright as ever in the 2020-21 Serie A season, with the Nerazzurri looking to further strengthen and challenge Juventus for the title, while the Rossoneri have made a massive improvement under manager Stefano Pioli and their exciting young team will be eager to establish themselves as the best in the city of Milan. Inter have bossed the Derby della Madonnina in recent seasons (four straight Serie A wins through 2018-19 and 2019-20) but may find the going tougher this time around.Roma v Lazio The Derby della Capitale remains one of the most fiercely contested rivalries in Serie A, and has even more added spice now that Lazio have risen to become one of the leading teams – though the added burden of UEFA Champions League next season will further stretch a squad which had its depth found wanting post lockdown. Roma, meanwhile, seem uncertain of their identity under manager Paulo Fonseca, but have a promising crop of youngsters coming through, led by the outstanding Nicolo Zaniolo.Tags: DSTVGoTVLa LigaPremier LeagueSerie ASupersport