The 7th Grade Batesville Bulldogs Basketball team lost to Franklin County Monday night by a score of 43-25.The Wildcats went up early and Batesville was never able to recover. The Bulldogs did show some heart and were able to outscore the wildcats in the 2-4th quarters, but the early deficit was too big to overcome.Leading in scoring for Batesville was Lyle Oesterling with 8 who was followed by Willy Sherwood, Grant Peters and Cole Pride with 4 each.The 7th grade Bulldogs are 0-4 on the season.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Ben Pierson.The 8th Grade Bulldogs lost a tough game in overtime last night to Franklin County 52-45.The Dogs were led in scoring by Cole Werner with 10. Ian powers added 8, followed by Eli Pierson and Zach Wade with 7. Ean Loichinger and Travis Lecher both had 5 , with Hunter Laudick and Cooper Wilhelm rounding out the scoring with 1 apiece.The Bulldogs will look to get back on track next Monday at Connersville. GO DOGS!!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Clint Pride.
A Tennessee woman says she contracted flesh-eating bacteria from a nail salon and is using her story t warn other women.Jayne Sharp claims she contracted necrotizing fasciitis during a manicure at the Jazzy Nail Bar in Turkey, Creek Tennessee, this spring.Sharp says it all began during a manicure when she was pricked in the thumb.“While I was there, I got stuck on my thumb, and I went ‘ouch,’ but I went back to looking at my telephone,” said Sharp.Following her visit, Sharp said her thumb began to throb and that she experienced difficulty sleeping.At the time she believed she was experiencing symptoms of the flu.The next day, Sharp told her daughter, who is a nurse, about her symptoms, and her daughter encouraged her to go to the doctor.After her flu test came back negative, Sharp said she was told: “You might be getting these symptoms from your thumb.”Sharp’s thumb continued to swell, and she was admitted to the hospital later that day.Shortly after, she was diagnosed with the sporadic flesh-eating disease, which affects fewer than 20,000 people in the US per year.However, health officials noted that a compromised immune system could make you more likely to contract it.“Sharp who is diabetic could have lost a finger or an arm if she was not diagnosed properly,” Dr. Udit Chaudhuri told First Coast News.Currently, she is still attempting to regain feeling in her hand after multiple surgeries to curb the infection.A manager of the nail salon at the center of the controversy said they passed a state inspection days after Sharp’s visit.Also, that salon employees clean their tools in a state-mandated method.A spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance also said no problems were found at the salon during its annual inspection and a follow-up inspection after Sharp’s complaint.Sharp says her life has “taken a total turn” since the diagnosis.
When asked about his new defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox in a press conference Monday, University of Wisconsin head football coach Paul Chryst said the same thing time and time again to describe Wilcox.“I really do think it’s a great fit for our staff and for our players and for this program,” Chryst said.That “great fit” that Chryst described numerous times has some big shoes to fill after the highly-touted and successful defensive coordinator Dave Aranda left to take the same position at LSU.Football: Wisconsin to hire Justin Wilcox as new defensive coordinatorThe Wisconsin football team is close to finalizing a deal to hire former University of Southern California defensive coordinator Justin Read…But for Wilcox, he’s not going to let those lofty expectations affect how he approaches the job.“I think when you start adding in external things you might lose track of what’s really important and that’s just preparing the team as best you can,” Wilcox said. “There are great coaches on the staff, again, I’m just a piece of it.”Any adversity Wilcox may see in his first season as the Badgers new defensive coordinator will be nothing that he hasn’t seen before.After finding success as a defensive coordinator at Boise State, Tennessee and Washington, Wilcox hit a rough patch when holding the same position at USC for the past two seasons. Not only was his head coach Steve Sarkisian forced to step down due to substance abuse problems, but Wilcox was also fired before the team’s bowl game.Wilcox, however, is looking at the situation he’s been in optimistically. He’s embracing it as just another chapter in his life, and he is more than ready for what is to come next.“That’s life in general,” Wilcox said. “Rarely do [things] go exactly how you planned them to go, so it’s when you do have a little adversity here or there that really makes you who you are.”In terms of what Wilcox is expected to bring to the team’s defensive system, Chryst hopes he will bring in a similar strategy to that of Aranda.Not only does the new defensive coordinator plan on implementing the same 3-4 defensive scheme that Aranda had in place, but the two also have a history together, according to Wilcox.When Aranda was coaching at Hawaii and Wilcox was at Boise, they had been in constant communication for a number of years and shared thoughts regarding “football things.”“I watched a lot of tape, we had shared ideas and things like that,” Wilcox said. “There is a lot of similarity. Some of the language may differ a little bit, but they played excellent defense. There is no doubt about it.”And while the current and former defensive coordinators see eye-to-eye, Chryst believes that he and his new assistant see eye-to-eye as well.Wilcox was not on top of the head coach’s list of potential replacements once Aranda told Chryst he was leaving, but Chyrst had heard enough about Wilcox that he wanted to find out more.What he found out was that Wilcox was a “great fit” for what he and the program were looking for.“The more I talked to people, and specifically when I talked to Justin, I got more energy,” Chryst said. “I’m excited for him to be coaching our kids.”
“I am proud that today, May 7, 2020, is Miami-Dade County Day of Prayer. In these difficult times, we join communities of faith across our County in starting a new tradition. As we unite in on this Day of Prayer, let us pray for each other, and especially our heroes on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic,” Commissioner Bovo said. Part 1 MIAMI-DADE – On May 5, 2020, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners approved Commissioner Esteban “Steve” Bovo’s resolution recognizing today, May 7, 2020 as the National Day of Prayer and declaring May 7, 2020 as Miami-Dade County’s Day of Prayer. Below is a video compilation of residents from all faiths of our community discussing why they pray by using the hashtag #PrayForMiamiDade. Part 2
Troy Tulowitzki was among the best hitters in the National League when a request from the Colorado Rockies’ front office reached Manager Walt Weiss: use Tulowitzki as his leadoff hitter.Weiss didn’t bat an eye.“I wasn’t on board with that,” he said. “I get the concept that (Tulowitzki) was going to get more plate appearances over the course of time (batting leadoff), but I wanted him coming up with guys on base, where a home run is two or three points, not just one. There’s a couple different ways to look at it, but it’s an interesting conversation or debate.”Weiss is the Atlanta Braves’ bench coach now. If you needed one team to gauge the state of the Troy Tulowitzki Debate, it might be the Braves. On April 12, Ender Inciarte led off their game against the New York Mets. It was the 470th time that Inciarte, a speedy center fielder with 36 home runs in his six-year career, batted leadoff. It was also the last. The next day, Braves manager Brian Snitker penciled Ozzie Albies into his leadoff spot. The move was motivated in part because Albies, a switch-hitter, was making improvement against right-handed pitching. Albies is still only 22 years old, and Snitker needed time to gauge where Albies was on his learning curve.Two weeks into the season, Snitker had seen enough.“I like him there,” Snitker said of Albies. “I like the fact that he can start a game 1-0.”Albies is not a traditional leadoff hitter in the mold of Inciarte. He hit 24 home runs as a rookie in 2018 and stole 14 bases, fewer than Inciarte and talented outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. When the week began, he was leading the Braves in home runs with seven. His next stolen base will be his fifth.If anything, the Braves were late to embrace the idea. Their opponent Monday, the Dodgers, had their two leading home run hitters – Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson – batting second and first, respectively. Pederson has drawn the plurality of leadoff assignments this year. Last season he set a franchise record by beginning eight games with a home run; this season he’s done it twice. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Across baseball, research and development staffs crunched lineup-optimization numbers like these long before I did. Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos jumped to Atlanta from Los Angeles, where he worked with Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi in one of the game’s most analytically-driven outfits. When I ran my numbers past him, Anthopoulos pushed back slightly against the idea that teams are operating under a new set of hard-and-fast rules for lineup construction.Teams are platooning hitters more than ever, Anthopoulos said, which makes lineups less consistent from day to day. In the American League, where the number-9 hitter is less of an automatic out, lineup construction is a slightly different science than in the National League. And maybe traditional leadoff hitters – such as Rickey Henderson in the 1980s and 1990s, or even Chone Figgins a decade ago – would still be batting leadoff if more of them existed.“The true table-setter type guy? There are none,” Anthopoulos said.A fleet-footed outfielder who rarely hit home runs, Roberts batted first all but 19 of his 657 career starts.Where would he slot into the Dodgers’ lineup in 2019?“I might be hitting eighth,” Roberts said. Harvard-Westlake alum Lucas Giolito throws no-hitter for White Sox The idea of favoring power at the top of the lineup is nothing new. Weiss might not have been sold on the Tulowitzki idea, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was. During his first spring training, Roberts made headlines by floating the idea of batting Andre Ethier first, something Ethier had never done in 10 major league seasons. A former 30-home run hitter who never stole more than six bases in a single season, Ethier never got the chance to bat leadoff. Injuries reduced him to a pinch-hitting role in 2016 and 2017.Elsewhere, however, the seeds of change had been planted. What’s remarkable about this trend is how quickly, dramatically, and imperceptibly it’s changed the nature of lineup construction – and by extension the game itself.Consider that the single-season record for home runs by a leadoff hitter has stood for 13 years. Alfonso Soriano hit 39 home runs batting leadoff for the Washington Nationals in 2006, breaking the record he set four years earlier. The Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon (in 2017) and the Cleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor (in 2018) each came close recently, with 37 home runs apiece. To see the trend in full you need a much wider lens.Measured by plate appearances that ended in home runs, the average leadoff hitter had less power (1.57 percent) than only number-9 hitters (1.07 percent) as recently as 2014. Through Saturday, leadoff hitters (3.20 percent) this season had nearly as much power as number-6 hitters (3.23). To put that in perspective, consider that clean-up hitters ended 3.24 percent of all plate appearances in 2014 with a home run.But then, power numbers are up across the league in 2019. Allegations of juiced baseballs are flying nearly as much as the balls themselves. At an average of 1.3 home runs per game, hitters are on pace to shatter the record of 6,105 home runs hit in 2017. The home run is changing the game, but lineup construction is changing the frequency of home runs too.With the Joc Pedersons and Ozzie Albies of the world leading off more than ever, we can attempt to quantify just how much the growing home-run rate is owed to managers who, like Snitker, enjoy an immediate 1-0 advantage.If plate appearances were distributed equally from one through nine over the course of a game, every batter would hit 11.1 percent of the time. But that’s not how baseball works. The essential challenge of lineup construction is scoring the most runs when your number-1 hitter bats more often than your number-2, who bats more often than your number-3, and so on down the order.The frequency of plate appearances is fairly steady from year to year. From 2002-19, leadoff hitters variably received 12.20 to 12.25 percent of all plate appearances; number-9 hitters received between 9.91 and 9.97 percent. A manager can greatly increase his team’s chances of getting a home run simply by batting his best home-run hitters – “my hairy guys,” Weiss calls them – closer to the top of his lineup.Yet from 2002 (the heart of the steroid era) until 2017 (the record year for home runs), managers simply didn’t care to maximize their home-run luck.In a hypothetical game that allowed plate appearances to be distributed evenly, leadoff hitters in 2002 would have hit 365 home runs at their actual rate (1.76 percent). They were able to hit an extra 36 homers – 401 total – simply by virtue of batting-order luck. If we calculate that figure out for every position in the batting order, we find that managers gained an extra 24 home runs in 2002 simply by batting-order luck. That’s a relatively minuscule gain, only 0.68 percent.Looking at the 2017 season, the distribution of home runs was similar. If all plate appearances were distributed evenly, given the actual home run rate at each batting order position, 6,063 home runs would have been hit by the end of the season. The actual total of 6,105 home runs was 42 more than our hypothetical, an additional 0.69 percent.So what about 2019?So far, the change in lineup-construction theory has been without precedent. Through Saturday the actual number of home runs was 1,272. In a hypothetical game of even plate-appearance distribution, given the same HR/PA at each batting order spot, a total of 1,258 home runs would have been hit. That’s a gain of 14 home runs – an additional 1.11 percent – simply by virtue of batting-order luck.Maybe 14 home runs over five-plus weeks doesn’t seem like a lot. Project that out over a six-month regular season, however, and you can expect an additional 70 home runs this season to result from batting-order luck. Even in 2017, the most prolific home run year in history, managers weren’t optimizing their lineups for power like this.Roberts has done more than see the pendulum swing. He’s moved it with his own hand.“Obviously the game is continuing to evolve,” he said. “Guys who can get on base and slug, you just see that increases your chances of winning a game.”Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren, who managed the Oakland A’s from 2007-11, was more blunt.“We’re getting smarter,” he said.As Weiss can attest, the shift in thinking isn’t coming from the dugout. 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Four plead guilty to 2019 Masters ticket scam, agree to pay $275K in restitution Putting your phone on silent.A fan tutorial with @WestwoodLee 🤳 pic.twitter.com/lW8Z5hEuks— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) June 21, 2019Westwood, a 24-time European Tour winner, is in good position heading into the weekend. He is currently tied for fifth place (7 under) and just four strokes back of the solo leader Martin Kaymer.Westwood last won at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in November and is currently ranked as the eighth winningest golfer across the pond. The European Tour event features some notable international players including Lee Westwood, who had to stop mid-swing during the second round of the tournament after hearing a patron’s ringer.While he seemed visibly upset on the course, Westwood said “that’s all right, just turn it off,” and continued his round. Related News There’s quite a few rules in golf, but one of the biggest rules spectators must follow is turning their phones on silent while following their favorite golfers at a tournament.One fan forgot to do that at the BMW International Open. Phil Mickelson’s realization: ‘Probably … not going to win the U.S. Open’ After he completed play at Golfclub München Eichenried in Moosinning, Germany, he gave a quick tutorial in case anyone was confused on course etiquette.”Much like golf, people overcomplicate things, but it really is this simple,” Westwood says before silencing his own phone. Gary Woodland’s U.S. Open win puts Americans close to first major sweep since 1982
NORA SPRINGS — State-level sexual abuse charges have been dismissed against a Nora Springs man so that federal charges can be filed against him.35-year-old Aaron Olson was arrested in November at the Nora Springs Motel at 825 West Congress Street after being accused of showing a five-year-old pornography and performing sexual acts with the victim on three different occasions between January 1st and November 8th of last year.Olson was charged with three counts of second-degree sexual abuse as well as first-offense possession of marijuana. He was scheduled to go on trial this month on those charges, but they’ve now been dropped and Olson has been indicted on federal sexual exploitation of a child charges.His federal trial is scheduled to start on November 18th.
England A squad player Josh Hilleard is the man of the moment with four wins in the space of just 22 days.He claimed his latest title at the weekend with a comprehensive, eight-shot victory in the West of England Championship at Royal North Devon.The 21-year-old from Farrington Park in Somerset adds it to his other April successes: the Berkhamsted Trophy, the Faldo Series Wales Championship and the Hampshire Salver.“It’s going well at the moment,” he remarked with a degree of understatement, after beating par in all four rounds at Royal North Devon and finishing on 10-under (70 68 71 69).“I feel as though there’s a target on my back! All the guys get on well and we’re really friendly, but you know they can all turn up and shoot 65 as easily as the next person. So, I’m just enjoying it and taking nothing for granted.”Hilleard’s all-round game in in very good shape, but he was particularly pleased with his putting at the weekend, which helped him to 13 birdies and two eagles.He’s benefitting from the confidence and belief that comes with winning and he said: “I’ve found a way of relaxing and playing my best in this scenario, it’s just understanding myself.”The championship was played in demanding conditions, with wind and rain on the first day and chilly temperatures for the next three rounds.Hilleard was in the mix from the start and after the second round he held or shared the lead. He was five clear going into the final round, but with England international Paul Kinnear moving up the leaderboard with a third round 69, he said: “You had to think the gap wasn’t as big as it sounded.”However, Hilleard continued to move away from the field in his final round, with the boost of an eagle three on the 9th, where holed a 35-footer. “That helped massively,” he said.The runner-up was Cameron Long (Burton on Trent) who scored four-under 68 in the last round to finish on two-under. James Newton (Prestbury) was third on one under.Image © Leaderboard Photography 25 Apr 2016 Fourth win makes Hilleard the man of the moment
as accusations of conflict of interest continued to be levelled against Junior Minister of Natural Resources Simona Broomes over her mining interests and current oversight of the mining sector, the minister came out to defend her integrity and declared that she did nothing wrong by transferring her mining interests to her two children.Broomes’ mining interest came under scrutiny over the weekend after information surfaced suggesting she was granted another Mining Permit H43/MP/000 by the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission.However, the Minister during a news conference at her Brickdam office on Monday morning, claimed that what is being pedalled in the media is part of a “deliberate attempt to besmirch” her character and that of her children.“Why would one want to drag my children through the mud, my children have committed no crime,” she declared and clarified that no new mining permit was granted but rather it was a transfer of her dredge to herJunior Minister of Natural Resources Simona Broomesson, and daughter whose name is also Simona Broomes.“All I have done is transfer a dredge that was in existence for decades. It has nothing to do with a permit… I have done nothing wrong,” the minister declared, adding that she was not responding to any individual attack on her, but rather was just giving clarity to the Guyanese people.“I think that what is circulating out there at this time it is deliberate attempt to besmirch me,” said Broomes.The minister who spent some 28 years as a miner said that while her children continue to operate in the mining sector, there is no preferential treatment, rather, her children are “towing the line.”She noted that should a situation arise which could be deemed a conflict of interest, it will not be handled by her, but will be passed to senior Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman.Broomes boasted that prior to becoming a minister, she maintained a spotless character and it is her intention to continue to maintain that character and leave a legacy of transparency and accountability.“It is not an easy task but I have committed. I am one of the female ministers that will stand tall and I will not buckle,” she said.But, while the minister is maintaining there is no conflict of interest since her mining interest are now being handled by her children, many still believe that the fact she is a government minister and more so responsible for the mining sector, it is already a factor that could influence decision in her children’s favour as they remain in the industry.Some transparency and accountability advocates are maintaining that the minister’s decision to transfer her mining interests to her children does not remove the cloud of conflict of interest, since they are in essence managing her business.Many say that Broomes seems to be in breach of the government’s highly-touted Code of Conduct for Ministers, Parliamentarians and other public officials, even before its implementation.The Draft Code of Conduct says that, “a conflict of interest situation arises when the private interests of the public office holder compete or conflict with the interests of the State.”“Private interests” mean both the financial and personal interests of the official and staff or those of their connections including, family and other relations; personal friends; other companies or business interests which they hold or own (both in part or in whole); other clubs and societies to which they belong; and any person to whom they owe a favour or are obligated in any way.On Sunday, political commentator Dr Henry Jeffery contended that the only way those concerns can be eliminated is by completely removing the Minister from the Natural Resources Ministry.“I don’t think Minister Broomes understands clearly what conflict of interest means. I can understand her dilemma being in mining all this time and you know it’s a family business and she is now in the Ministry involved with mining. What she should be asking is for government to remove her from there and put her somewhere else. She could be in another ministry,” Dr Jeffrey stated.Meanwhile, another political commentator and economist Ramon Gaskin reasoned that Broomes’ decision to transfer her mining operations to her children does not put to rest conflict of interest concerns.“That doesn’t solve the problem because when the children go into Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) to do business, they know that the children’s mother is the minister, so that really don’t solve the problem,” he explained.Gaskin suggested that the best way to settle the conflict of interest concerns is to set up a blind trust: “You don’t hear from them and they don’t hear from you.They just running it for you and you have nothing to do with it. That’s how you deal with those kinds of situations. Not by giving it to your children and all that nonsense, that doesn’t solve the problem.”A blind trust protects an investor from charges of conflict of interest and other improprieties because its specific assets and trading practices are unknown to the investor.In modern societies, corporate employees and public officials often use blind trusts to avoid charges of insider trading and corruption, respectively.Despite these allegations against the minister, there has been no official statement from government regarding this issue.
Drama unfolded yesterday at Criminal Court ‘C’ when a female bailiff (court officer), Bendu Dukuly, openly accused members of the Jury Management Team of conspiring with her to bribe the sequestrated jurors to influence the outcome of the ongoing economic sabotage case involving former National Port Authority (NPA) Managing Director Matilda Parker and her Comptroller Christiana Kpabar Paelay.Dukuly’s allegation comes immediately after prosecution asked the court to disband the jury, arguing that they have documentary evidence to establish that the defendants had tampered with the panel.Prosecution claimed that its request was based on a four page letter intercepted between two of the bailiffs that are assigned directly with the sequestrated jurors.After learning about the alleged jury tampering, Judge Blamo Dixon yesterday questioned each of the bailiffs about whether they had been approached on the case.Dukuly and Roland Nyankun admitted that they received four separate letters from the Jury Management Team on January 30. Both Dukuly and Nyankun were responsible for the welfare of the jurors who had been sequestrated in the basement of the Temple of Justice since November 2015.Bailiff Dukuly alleged that two of the four letters came from the Jury Management Team and the others were given to her by Madam Jenneh Kamara, an employee of the Judiciary who was assigned as a cook for the jurors.“After I received the letters, one Winston Fayiah who is believed to be the deputy director of the jury management team called me in caucus in his office and set me down,” Bailiff Dukuly further alleged.“While we were in Fayiah’s private office,” Dukuly said, he asked her if she knew two of the jurors Melvin and Kebbeh.“I said I know the girl and I do not know the boy and there he told me that the discussion was a secret one and he never wanted anybody to know about it. This is why we are coming into business,” Dukuly quoted the conversation she held with a member of the Jury Management Team.According to Dukuly, after two days Fayiah called her and they went back to their secret place in the office of the Jury Management Team.“In our meeting he asked me again whether I know Melvin and Kebbeh and I said to him yes,” the Bailiff narrated.She said during their meeting Fayiah allegedly told her that he had a note for her. “He gave me the note and asked me to take it secretly to the two jurors and that the office should not know about it. He gave me five hundred Liberian dollars,” bailiff Dukuly further explained.She alleged that after she left Fayiah’s office she went straight to the police and gave the note to them.“The officers received the note from me and they said what I did was right,” she said.According to her, the second letter she received from the kitchen she also took to the police.As for Bailiff Nyankun, he alleged that he received the note but it was Madam Dukuly who gave the letters to him.“While I was sitting outside of the jury’s quarters I heard Dukuly arguing on certain things. Later she called me and said that she got something to show me, but was afraid,” Nyankun explained.“She late told me that she received the letter from the kitchen and she said she received five hundred Liberian dollars and another letter from Fayiah and later police came and intercepted the letter,” Nyankun explained.The Jury Management Team was established in early 2015 in an effort to revamp the judicial system with the mandate to monitor the number of available grand and traverse jurors to establish the need to develop new juror lists.They are also to conduct juror orientation; monitor judges’ court schedules, identify the number of trials scheduled and determine the appropriate number of jurors to summon for jury duty, among others.The case continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)