Travel center fire started in utility room

first_imgSeymour, IN —According to the Seymour Police Department, an early morning fire on Monday appears to have started in an electrical utility room near the kitchen, that consumed a portion of the T/A Travel Center off of I-65 in Seymour.Firefighters from the Seymour Fire Department were able to contain the blaze, limiting damage to the west side of the building.  No injuries were reported and damage estimates are not yet available. The investigation into the fire is ongoing.last_img

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Aguero: I’m sticking with City

first_img Press Association Both Barcelona and Real Madrid are reportedly eyeing the former Atletico Madrid striker as they look to bolster their ranks this summer, but Aguero has no intention of leaving the Etihad. He told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope: “There’s lots of talk about Real Madrid and Barcelona. It’s always the same every year, but the truth is that I’m going to stay at City. I’m very happy and I’m going to continue there.” Sergio Aguero insists he is staying at Manchester City amid speculation linking him with a move back to Spain.center_img The 26-year-old Argentina international has been a huge hit at City since moving to England from Atletico in 2011, and has helped them win two Barclays Premier League titles in three years. last_img read more

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McIlroy aiming for hat-trick

first_img Press Association Six years on the pair have joined 10 members of that beaten side – only Soren Hansen and Oliver Wilson have not qualified – in Louisville, with Kaymer the reigning US Open champion and McIlroy fresh from winning his last two events, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the Open Championship. Victory on Sunday took McIlroy back to the top of the world rankings and there are three other European players in the top five in Sergio Garcia – runner-up to McIlroy at Royal Liverpool and Firestone – Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose. All four of them, plus world number two Adam Scott, could end the week as world number one if they are holding the Wanamaker Trophy aloft on Sunday, but McIlroy is a hot favourite to deny them that opportunity in style with a third-straight win and fourth major title. The 25-year-old acknowledged fatigue, following his recent exploits, could be a factor by giving himself a day off on Monday, but could do so safe in the knowledge that the 7,458-yard par 71 is expected to play right into his hands. “I feel like the guys who hit the ball high and soft have a distinct advantage because you’re hitting to a small section of the green,” Phil Mickelson said. “Almost every shot into the green is a full shot, bringing it in as high and soft as you can.” The statistics are also on McIlroy’s side, with all three major winners so far this year having won one previously; Bubba Watson won his second Masters title, Kaymer added the US Open to his US PGA win in 2010 and McIlroy completed the third leg of a career Grand Slam by lifting the Claret Jug. Since 1934, there have only been three occasions when all the winners of the year’s majors have been repeat champions. “I think experience and knowing what it feels like to be in that position is a huge thing,” McIlroy said. “It’s a great thing to be able to fall back on and that’s what you’re seeing with some of the guys coming through now. They have got that experience and they have got a little bit more know-how into how to handle that situation better. But they have rarely been in better shape to turn team disappointment into individual glory, in a year which has already produced major champions in Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy. Kaymer narrowly missed out on qualifying for a place on the team at Valhalla in 2008 but was invited by European captain Nick Faldo in order to gain experience of the event, while McIlroy had only turned professional the year before. “It took me a couple of goes to get comfortable with the position of being in the mix in a major in the back nine on Sunday. You need those experiences to try and help you and I think it’s a very important part of trying to close out tournaments, having the experience to fall back on.” The US PGA has produced surprise winners in the past with the likes of Rich Beem (2002), Shaun Micheel (2003) and YE Yang (2009) claiming the title, but the recent trend has seen the cream rise to the top. Since Darren Clarke and Keegan Bradley won the last two majors of 2011 when 111th and 108th in the world respectively, the lowest ranked winner of any major has been Ernie Els, who was 40th when he won the 2012 Open at Lytham. Last year, Scott was ranked seventh when he won the Masters, Rose fifth before his US Open triumph at Merion and Mickelson also fifth before his Open victory at Muirfield. Jason Dufner was 21st when he won the US PGA at Oak Hill. So far in 2014, Watson was ranked 12th before claiming his second green jacket, Kaymer 28th before winning at Pinehurst and McIlroy eighth before winning at Royal Liverpool. Now back as world number one, McIlroy is such a strong favourite that Garcia was asked if being one shot ahead of McIlroy on Sunday night would be enough to win. “Obviously’s it not easy to win three times in a row,” the world number three said. “The way he’s playing he might be able to do it. I just want to play as well as I can and the future will tell me where I should end up. “If you’re one shot ahead of him, you should be up there, but I don’t know if it will be good enough. There’s a lot of other great players that are playing here.” Europe’s golfers have returned to the scene of their only Ryder Cup defeat this century for the 96th US PGA Championship, which gets under way on Thursday.last_img read more

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Wisconsin guards too much for Tigers

first_imgOn paper, the nonconference matchup between Wisconsin and Grambling State appeared to be a mismatch between the Badgers’ size and Tigers’ speed.The Badgers boast five athletes 6-foot-8 or taller whereas the Tigers have just two. As the game played out, Wisconsin’s size did prevail, but it was that of the guards, rather than the UW forwards that really made the difference.Wisconsin was especially successful against the Tigers when they had three guards — sophomore Jordan Taylor and seniors Jason Bohannon and Trevon Hughes — on the floor.Hughes, Taylor and Bohannon — all 195-pound guards — stand at 6-foot, 6-foot-1 and 6-foot-2, respectively, which posed significant matchup problems throughout the game to the Tigers’ Donald Qualls (5-foot-7), Kevin Loyd (5-foot-9) and Ariece Perkins (5-foot-10). “We’ve got four guards in the game, so it really doesn’t pose any problem,” Grambling State head coach Bobby Washington said of UW’s three-guard lineup. “They could just handle our little guys; they really could. We’re small. … Their size of course wore us down. They are the strongest guards physically, and even mentally that we’ve faced this year.”Head coach Bo Ryan’s squad used its superior size and strength to control the guard-heavy game against Grambling State, outscoring the Tigers 34-16 in points in the paint. Many of those 34 points came as Hughes and Taylor slashed through the smaller Tiger defense.Along with their size, Hughes and Taylor read the Tigers defense well throughout the game, which allowed the Badger guards to find holes and lanes to the basket.“We’re a little bit bigger than them at the guard spot,” Taylor said. “I think we can match their quickness, I think we just used our size and strength. Also coach just saw some voids in the lane in their defense, and he made some adjustments in the huddle during timeouts and made it easier for us to get it in the paint.”Hughes finished with a game-high 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor while also tying for a game-high seven rebounds. Taylor added 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting while dishing out five assists to zero turnovers and matching Hughes with seven rebounds.Ryan attributed the guards’ high rebound totals to the Tigers’ poor shooting Saturday.“Well when you shoot 29 percent, there are a lot of balls coming off the rim to where guards could get them,” Ryan said. “Our guys understand that everybody stays to rebound on the defensive end. We’re not looking to leave anybody. Our guards stay in to rebound.“That doesn’t surprise me with the number of rebounds available in that game because maybe they weren’t shooting it that well.”Beyond the physical attributes of the Wisconsin guards, they also showed a lot of focus and determination to follow up the big win over then-No. 6 Duke with an equally impressive performance, regardless of the abilities of their opponent.Hughes, Taylor and Bohannon controlled the GSU guards throughout on the defensive end, limiting them to just 31 percent shooting from the field and 27.3 percent from 3-point range. Qualls led the way for Grambling State with 15 points on 4-for-8 from the field and 3-of-7 from beyond the arc.Bohannon noted after the game it was important not to let up after the win over Duke.“No matter who comes in or wherever we go, every team is capable of beating anyone,” he said. “They came in and they ran some good offense — they made us play a lot of defense. They ran the shot clock for 30-plus seconds on each and every possession.When we’re on defense for that long, we pick up a lot of different things, and I think that helped us quite a bit tonight.”One particular play that epitomized the effort shown Saturday by Wisconsin came late in the second half with under five minutes to play.On a loose ball near midcourt, Hughes dove over the courtside media table, landing on top of a radio announcer in front of the first row of seats. Although Hughes stayed in the game, he was noticeably holding his side after the play.“Just playing until the horn blows,” Hughes said of the play. “I just got a scratch, a little scratch.”last_img read more

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Syracuse midfield provides 1st-half offense while Siena hones in on attack, guides SU to win

first_imgSiena head coach John Svec knew he had to change his approach from last year.Six of Kevin Rice’s eight assists were to Dylan Donahue in Syracuse’s 2014 season opener against the Saints, so Svec decided to hone in on Rice to try to reverse the 19-7 result from a year ago.But it didn’t even come close to working on Saturday.“We wanted to try and take Kevin Rice out of it since he’s clearly their feeder,” Svec said. “But we didn’t quite seem to get that today.”Instead of the Syracuse attack giving the Orange a sizeable first-half lead, it was SU’s midfield that handled the majority of the scoring load while the visitors tried to shut down Rice, Donahue and Randy Staats up top. Midfielders Hakeem Lecky and Nicky Galasso led a unit that accounted for six of Syracuse’s nine goals in the opening 30 minutes, and one that ultimately provided a second dimension too hard for Siena (0-1) to defend in No. 4 Syracuse’s (1-0) 21-7 win in front of 2,740 in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We knew after last year, some of the stat lines from last year’s game, they probably would play us a little differently,” Rice said. “They were hesitant to slide from down low and Lecky’s going to draw a slide every time and that left Nicky open.”With eight minutes left in the opening quarter, Lecky took the ball from midfield and sprinted down the left side before lofting a high pass toward the middle to Galasso, who corralled the ball and scored from 7 yards out. Four minutes later, Lecky darted down the left alley, leaving his defender in his tracks before bouncing one into the back of the net while tripping over himself on the edge of the crease.“Yeah, I just lost my foot a little bit,” Lecky joked. “I saw the opening so I tried to beat the guy that was supposed to be sliding.”All half, the speed of Lecky – who tallied three of his four assists in the first two quarters – exposed a Siena defense that was unable to adjust from its original game plan, and one that was ultimately too slow to shift over from covering SU’s attack.“We needed to slide,” Svec said. “We can’t have a kid like Hakeem Lecky coming flying down at your goalie and shooting from 7 yards and not slide.”Throughout the first half, Siena defender Pat Killeen bodied Rice around the goal, making Syracuse’s go-to attack fight for every opening as he often stumbled and was pushed off balance when he got the ball.Rice’s only first-half tally came with significant physical contact, as Killeen threw Rice off balance before falling on top of him while Rice rifled the ball into the back of the net.And even though SU’s primary goal-scorer – and his two other attacks – were held largely ineffective early on, the Syracuse offense’s depth and versatility still allowed the Orange to jump out to a lead it wouldn’t come close to relinquishing.“Some of the guys mentioned earlier how focused the Siena defense was on the attack and trying to take Kevin out of the game by shutting him off and really focusing on Randy and Dylan,” SU head coach John Desko said. “We’re just comfortable if they’re going to do that.”As time ticked on in the second half of a game that was already decided, midfielders Tim Barber, Ryan Simmons and Joe Gillis scored their first career goals for the Orange.It was a luxury Desko was glad to have, and one that was largely enabled by a midfield unit that made an already potent SU offense that much harder to defend.Said Rice: “It made (Siena) have to respect the middies and it’s just a good, well-balanced team offense.” Comments Published on February 7, 2015 at 10:02 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Pac-12 Digest

first_imgPac-12 signs DishMuch to the delight of fans around the country, Pac-12 Enterprises and Dish Network has reached a deal, the conference said in a statement Saturday.The network will be distributed to millions of people around the country.The station, which began broadcasting in mid-August, had received criticism for not being widely available to those who wanted to watch the network. The only carriers for the station currently are Time Warner Cable, Cox, Comcast and Brighthouse, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. Notable carriers missing include DirecTV and Charter Communications.The Pac-12 Network will show more than 800 events a year, including several events that will not be available through other stations, including the USC-California game on Sept. 22 at the Coliseum.Huskies on the pitchPac-12 soccer was dominated by a pair of players from Washington last week, as sophomore forward Jaclyn Softli and senior goalkeeper Karli Davidson won conference player of the week honors for women’s soccer, the Pac-12 announced Tuesday.A backup, Softili helped the Huskies improve their record to  7-0 on the season by scoring a goal against Notre Dame and another against Gonzaga. Washington is ranked No. 23 in the country.Davidson, on the other hand, did her damage on the defensive side of things. She had four saves against Notre Dame and a whopping 11 against Gonzaga. She did not give up a goal last week. The Huskies next game is against Utah State in Logan, Utah, on Thursday.Teeing it upThe USC women’s golf team began its quest for a national championship this week, finishing in third place at the College of Charleston Cougar Classic in South Carolina.The Women of Troy were led by junior Sophia Popov, who finished the tournament 1-under-par 215. Sophomore Doris Chen finished with the same score.As a whole, the team finished at 1-under-par 863. Florida won the tournament, finishing 12-under-par.USC finished last season the season No. 3 in the country, behind Alabama and UCLA.Though women’s golf is majorily a spring sport, USC plays in three tournaments during the fall. It will next play in the 2012 Fall Preview at the University of Georgia starting Oct. 5. They will wrap up the fall season at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif.Big time playersUCLA senior running back Johnathan Franklin and sophomore linebacker D.J. Welch were named Pac-12 Player of the Week for the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, respectively, the Pac-12 announced earlier this week.In an upset of then-No. 16 Nebraska, Franklin rushed for 217-yards, leading UCLA to a 36-30 victory at the Rose Bowl. Franklin is currently the nation’s leading rusher, having run for 431-yards in two games. UCLA is ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press poll.Welch had seven tackles in the Beavers upset victory of then No. 13 Wisconsin. It was the Beaver’s first game of the season, as their scheduled season opener against Nicholls State was postponed because of Hurricane Issac.Special teams Player of the Week honors went to Arizona kicker John Bonano, who three field goals in an upset over then-No. 18 Oklahoma State.last_img read more

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Maher believes in U21 spirit

first_imgThe ‘attitude and spirit’ in the Tipperary U21 hurling panel will be key to their chances of lifting the Munster title tomorrow evening.Manager William Maher believes those qualities have to be on show again in the provincial decider against Waterford at Walsh Park.Tipp have already shown what they’re capable of by beating defending Munster and All-Ireland champions Limerick in the semi-final. Maher says a similar display against the Déise is needed if the Premier County want to claim the silverware.Throw in tomorrow night is at 7 o’clock and Tipp FM will have full live coverage, getting underway with our build up at 6.45…in association with Kevin O’Leary Group, Clonmel.last_img read more

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French ANJ unified gambling authority inbound for spring 2020

first_img ANJ reveals new leadership team for French gambling July 6, 2020 Share FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles FDJ focuses on delivering ‘2020 savings plan’ as covid drains momentum July 30, 2020 StumbleUpon Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, State Councillor for France’s ‘National Commission for Data Protections’, has announced that her department will soon unveil its new government structure managing regulatory oversight of French gambling.Regarded as France’s leading civil servant on digital enterprise and consumer ethics, last October the En Marche government appointed Falque-Pierrotin to spearhead the development of L’autorité Nationale des Jeux (ANJ) – French gambling’s new regulatory body.In her remit, Falque-Pierrotin has been tasked with developing a new French gambling authority which will absorb the responsibilities of regulatory incumbents the French Treasury (land-based gaming), ARJEL (online gambling) and the Department of Agriculture (horseracing).Issuing an update, Falque-Pierrotin department detailed that ANJ had begun its takeover of ARJEL responsibilities, with the new authority aiming to be officially launched by spring 2020.Once established, Falque-Pierrotin will be retained as first President of the ANJ monitoring a unified French gambling sector.In 2018, France’s Senate ordered a restructuring of gambling’s regulatory frameworks as a requisite for allowing En Marche to sell lottery operator Francaise des Jeux (FDJ), floating the state asset on the Paris EuroNext Exchange last November. securing the government a €2 billion windfall.France’s Upper House had deemed that the nation’s gambling laws had been disrupted by a fragmented framework, which saw licensed incumbents frustrated by adhering to ‘double guardianship’ requirements set by separate regulatory authorities.Despite the restructuring, the French Treasury has maintained that it will continue its oversight of certain tax requirements related to land-based casino licensing.last_img read more

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Ronaldinho crowned 2013 South American best player

first_imgVeteran former Barcelona player, Ronaldinho was Latin America’s best player of 2013 according to a poll of 200 sports journalists from the region which was undertaken by Uruguay’s El País newspaper. The Brazilian star was already honoured by the “America and Europe respond to El País” poll – which started in 1986 – on three other occasions, although as ‘The King of Europe’ for his performances at Barcelona between 2004 and 2006. Ronaldinho, currently at Atlético Mineiro received 156 votes, ahead of Brazilian Neymar – crowned King of the Americas for the past two years – with 81 votes and Argentina’s Maximiliano Rodríguez with 79.last_img read more

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NBA Draft 2019: ‘We haven’t seen the best’ of Zion Williamson, his HS coach says

first_img#3peat Couldn’t think of a better way to end my high school career. Built a lot of friendships over my four years @spartanburgday time really does fly. Proud to say I was a GriffinA post shared by Zion Williamson (@zionlw10) on Feb 25, 2018 at 4:20pm PSTSartor got a closer look when he worked Williamson ahead of his ninth-grade year in South Carolina — and it was then that he first asked him to dunk.”One drill was just a simple drill where he would attack the basket from the wing area going to the baseline,” Sartor recalled.”I remember asking him if he could dunk. He said, ‘I think so.'”That feat became much easier when he grew to 6-3 as a 15-year-old in ninth grade, when his physicality started to set him apart.”He was always an engaged player, a perfectionist,” Sartor said.”He wanted to make sure he mastered a drill. He was driven, very self-motivated. Didn’t mind working hard. He was the first person in the gym and the last to leave.”As he got older and started getting taller and gaining mass, he was not only the best player from an IQ perspective but physically he was just dominating.”I remember sending one of his dunks to ESPN and it ended up in the top three (on “SportsCenter”). Of course, with social media he started blowing up on the internet. We kept sending in his plays, and they were posted on YouTube. It ballooned up to where he had millions of followers.”Our games started selling out. I knew that Zion had arrived when we went to Illinois, which is several states over, to play in a Thanksgiving tournament and all of those games had sold out. Everybody just wanted to be able to witness his greatness.”Soon those attending NBA games will be able to witness Williamson, too, with Sartor confident his former player can make the step up and transform the Pelicans’ fortunes. He has come a long way from the 11-year-old that his future Spartanburg Day School coach Lee Sartor first encountered.”He was learning the game, but you could just tell from a basketball-IQ perspective that he was just a little bit ahead of the other kids,” Sartor told Omnisport. “He was just an average height of a fifth grader, nothing overwhelming.” The hype surrounding Williamson, who left Duke after one year, has been fueled by a series of monster dunks and highlight-reel plays and is akin to the excitement that surrounded LeBron James before he entered the NBA in 2003.Except Williamson’s story is playing out in the social-media age. The 18-year-old already has more than 3 million Instagram followers and his presence on Duke’s team meant the cheapest available tickets for their game against North Carolina in February cost $2,500.  Related News NBA Draft 2019: 6 things we learned from Zion Williamson’s pre-draft interview NBA Draft 2019: Here’s how Zion Williamson will fit with the Pelicans “We haven’t seen the best that he has to offer yet because that moment hasn’t happened yet,” Sartor said. “I think the more he’s challenged, the higher the level he will rise to.”The first time I worked him out I told him he could be the best player in the country as a high school player. If he continues to work hard and God blesses him without any injuries, I think he’s got a chance to be the best player on the planet one day.”There are players that come along once in a lifetime — a generational player, that transcend the game. And what he brings to the game is unique. I think Zion is that player for now.” Zion Williamson can become the best player in the world and will relish the challenge of stepping up to the NBA, his high school coach predicts.The  Pelicans are expected to select 6-foot-7, 285-pound forward with the first overall pick on Thursday having won the NBA Draft Lottery last month. NBA Draft 2019: Zion Williamson and 3 other instant-impact picks View this post on Instagramlast_img read more

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