Flood conditions reported throughout central Indiana

first_imgBatesville, Ind. — Area law enforcement officials are cautioning motorists about flooded roadways.In Ripley County water and debris have been reported in the Versailles area, including US 50 at the Ripley County line.Officials from Decatur County Emergency Management are advising motorists to watch for flooded roadways. The following list of Decatur County Roads has been released:Completely under water • 400 Block​ W Main – Greensburg • 421 N in St Omer Area • 1500 Block E CR 150 N • I-74 near mile marker 124.5 Right lane completely under water • 450 W between 200S – 300S • 700 E / 200 S • N. Kentucky Ave – Westport • Main St – Westport • 100 S / 700 W • 650 W / 700 N (mud over roadway in curve)last_img read more

A Remade McEvoy

first_imgAndy FateJust moments after Wisconsin beat BYU 27-17 last Saturday — in which transfer quarterback-receiver-safety Tanner McEvoy made his first career interception — Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal queried head coach Gary Andersen about McEvoy’s prospects as a quarterback, either now or in the future, at Wisconsin.It seemed like an odd question to ask, given the context. Andersen was succinct, saying he hadn’t contemplated McEvoy at the quarterback position, which felt like an obvious response. Thoughts of McEvoy playing quarterback this season were dispelled months ago when he faded in the quarterback race and started catching passes more often than throwing them.And it wasn’t long — no more than a few weeks and a few game reps — before his stint at receiver was over following a surgery to repair a broken wrist. It would be a defining moment in McEvoy’s first season at Madison.“He was going to miss a lot of reps because he couldn’t do anything,” safeties coach Bill Busch said. “That’s when it kind of clicked.”McEvoy, at 6-foot-6, 223 pounds, lauded for his speed and overall athleticism, was going to be relocated to the sidelines because his broken wrist impeded his offensive effectiveness. Wisconsin’s noteworthy sophomore transfer was trending down Danny O’Brien’s path as opposed to Russell Wilson’s.Then an idea arose where McEvoy could use his extraordinary frame on the other side of the ball as a safety.“I mean, when you’re 6-foot-6 and can move like that, definitely people notice you,” redshirt freshman safety Nate Hammon said.And so McEvoy found his way onto the field for Wisconsin, even if he intended to play quarterback all along. In just a few short weeks, he had a package of third down plays where he was used. Then Ohio State happened.McEvoy’s role was expanding each week, but following a first drive where OSU quarterback Braxton Miller effortlessly escorted the Buckeyes to a 7-0 lead, largely through the air, Andersen knew McEvoy — who played safety in high school — was needed more than ever.“We needed to get some athletes on the field. We really thought that,” Andersen said following the 31-24 loss. “To throw him in the moment was definitely risky, to say the least. That’s what we felt we needed to do.”Wisconsin fans saw McEvoy’s No. 17 jersey — different from the No. 5 he wore as a quarterback — on the field for most of the remaining minutes in Columbus, Ohio. What they didn’t see was any big plays or mistakes on McEvoy’s behalf.And since then, there wasn’t much for news on the McEvoy front.“I haven’t done anything wrong, but I haven’t done anything great,” McEvoy said, describing his first four games with an ingrained role in the defense. That’s why this past weekend against BYU was important for him.McEvoy was the benefactor of redshirt senior line backer Chris Borland’s pressure on BYU quarterback Taysom Hill, who hurriedly lofted a pass well beyond his receiver, tumbling into McEvoy’s basket. It was an important moment that McEvoy would eventually downplay the significance of. He knew he had another interception opportunity on the last play of the game, where he crossed the field to break up a final Cougar pass attempt.Those two plays are largely why McEvoy has remained a part of the Wisconsin secondary; he can flat out cover ground and stalk the football. Add in his abnormal height and wingspan, and McEvoy becomes quite the asset in any secondary. He says he just likes making plays on the football field, something that his favorite player, Ed Reed, made an NFL career of.Hammon said that one week McEvoy made something “like 11 interceptions in practice.” Each day athleticism is readily apparent. Back in August, backup quarterback Bart Houston likened McEvoy’s speed to a deer. However, it’s more his placement within the secondary than his athleticism that has helped Wisconsin the most.Earlier on this season, redshirt sophomore safety Michael Caputo was forced to guard receivers out of sheer necessity. With McEvoy in the mold, Caputo now generally spotlights opposing tight ends and aids the front seven in run defense, where he made 12 tackles against BYU.With McEvoy on the field, senior safety Dez Southward was able to play man coverage on BYU’s physical receiver Cody Hoffman, a matchup the Badgers defensive coaches sought out. McEvoy has really opened up the options for Busch.With just five weeks of safety game snaps under his belt, there remains plenty for McEvoy to learn and gain from the safety position. Week-by-week the coaching staff warmed McEvoy into the mix.“They kind of eased me into it,” McEvoy said. “They didn’t throw the kitchen sink at me.”Week-by-week he’s gained confidence in his play recognition and tackling tendencies. Week-by-week he plans for safety and covers the back end of the Wisconsin defense. While it seems like he’s a full-fledged safety this week, the question in Andersen’s press conference relayed a bit of uncertainty about McEvoy’s future spot.Andersen ended his answer with, “He’s a safety next week, and we’ll move on from there.”Busch said, “This week, he’s in my room, so we’ll get him ready to play.”So whether he’s a quarterback or a safety right now or if in the future he’s a quarterback or a safety, it doesn’t really matter. McEvoy thinks he can still play quarterback at Wisconsin, but will happily settle with safety.“As of right now, in this season, in this week, I’m focusing on what we have to do against Indiana,” McEvoy said. “I’m just going to stick to playing safety until they tell me to do otherwise.”last_img read more

Ruthless Nadal Beats Raonic to Hit Semis

first_imgRafael Nadal reached his first Grand Slam semi-final since 2014 with a superb 6-4 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 victory over Canada’s third seed Milos Raonic.The 14-time Grand Slam winner, who has been troubled by injuries in recent years, saved six set points in the second set before dominating the third.Nadal, the 2009 champion, faces 15th seed Grigor Dimitrov tomorrow after the Bulgarian beat David Goffin. The Spaniard, 30, remains on course to meet Roger Federer in Sunday’s final.Federer, 35, will play his fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka in the first semi-final today.Nadal is attempting to become the first man in the Open era – and only the third man in history after Roy Emerson and Rod Laver – to win each of the four Grand Slam titles twice.The ninth seed’s victory means six of the eight players in the men’s and women’s semi-finals are over 30.Nadal lost here in the first round to Fernando Verdasco 12 months ago and admitted to wondering if he may never again challenge for major honours.“I think I am not a very arrogant person so I always have doubts,” he said.“Even when I was winning I had doubts and even more so when I had injuries. But doubts make you work harder.“I have had a great career but I had some tough moments so that makes me enjoy moments like this even more.”Nadal last reached a Grand Slam semi-final when he won the French Open – his last major title – three years ago.A wrist injury in 2016 raised serious concerns about his future but he looked close to his very best against Raonic.He broke the big-serving Canadian once in the first set to take the lead but Raonic, who was the highest seed left in the men’s draw, looked like he would level the match in the second.Raonic needed a medical timeout midway through the set for an abductor problem, but seemed to come back stronger and had three set points on Nadal’s serve at 5-4.Nadal saved them all, then saved two more in the tie-break before Raonic double-faulted on the sixth set point, and the former world number one took the set with his first chance.Nadal took advantage of Raonic’s lack of mobility in the third set to wrap up an impressive victory, his 50th since making his debut in the tournament in 2004, with a hold to love.His win came after two hours and 44 minutes on court and he celebrated with a huge leap before falling to his knees as emotion took over.Nadal was reluctant to talk about a possible dream final against Federer.“Let me enjoy today, the victory, and being in the semi-final,” he said. “For me, it is great news. It is a good start of the season and now I have a very tough match against Dimitrov.”Federer, who won the last of 17 Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon in 2012, has only just recovered from a knee injury that kept him out for six months.“It is great for tennis that Roger is there again after an injury, after a lot of people talk about that probably he will never be back,” Nadal added.“The real thing is that he’s back and he’s probably ready to win again, fighting again to win a major. And that’s good for the fans because Roger is a legend of our sport.”Dimitrov, who works with Dani Vallverdu, former coach of Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych, had earlier beaten 11th seed Goffin 6-3 6-2 6-4.The 25-year-old began the year with a title in Brisbane and has now won 10 matches in a row.“The last two years have been a rollercoaster for me, but I’m happy with the way it happened,” said Dimitrov.“I’m appreciating things much better now. To be back in the semi-finals of a Slam means too much for me right now.”He will be appearing in his second major semi-final, having made it to the same stage at Wimbledon in 2014.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Whicker: Kobe Bryant captivates us because we watched him grow up as a Laker

first_imgOn a recent Sunday, the Lakers played Washington in Staples Center. Their record was 15-50. The game moved absolutely no needles, and yet there was a full house of 19,887. Yes, they chanted Kobe’s name and went delirious when he hit three jumpers in the first quarter. But they also pleaded for Julius Randle and D’Angelo Russell, when Bryant sat. Fans held signs proclaiming they had come from China, Japan or Australia to see Bryant wind it down.You can legitimately criticize Bryant for turning this season into a “This Is Your Life” episode and stunting the development of those Lakers who must handle the future. You can smile when you see that Bryant, the grimmest reaper,is a smiling raconteur these days, and that he hugs his opponents and pretty much practices and plays when he wants to, and performs more self-indulgently than ever. He averages 16.3 shots in 28.2 minutes per game, and shoots 35 percent from the field and 29 percent from three.But Bryant is also giving Lakers fans, in their third year of torture, what they want, which is every second he can give them. He has always been a master of stagecraft. After he was charged with sexual assault in Eagle, Colo. 13 years ago, he stood beside his wife, Vanessa, in front of every TV camera imaginable, confessed to infidelity and begged for her forgiveness. It was a contrivance that most Lakers fans accepted happily. Particularly when Bryant kept flying back from the Colorado courtroom and playing, and playing well, in postseason games at Staples.In West’s playing days and even in Magic Johnson’s, you just played. You weren’t your own dramatist. You didn’t sculpt your ongoing saga, the way LeBron James had. By bumping up against Shaquille O’Neal and Phil Jackson, and by adopting the image of the deadliest snake in the world, Bryant turned every season into a siege. Nothing about him was Everyman. That was fine with L.A.Ultimately you have to be a nightly warrior to make all that egocentrism and irascibility worthwhile. Four times he played all 82 games, often with significant injury. Five times he averaged over 40 minutes a game. Bertka thinks his 2006 season, when Bryant averaged 35 points and 10.5 trips to the foul line, was his best. He dragged an undermanned team into the playoffs.“I don’t know how he ranks among all-time Lakers, but in terms of a guy who could always get his own shot and could get any kind of shot he wanted, there was nobody better,” Bertka said. “And nobody will play 20 years for the same team again.”No other place would instinctively understand Kobe Bryant, understand his glorious excess, as L.A. has. Perspective, structure, acceptance … none of them are us. They were never him. High school players who skipped college were considered to be poorly advised daredevils. But West didn’t become what he was by listening to everybody.“You mean to tell me you’re thinking about trading a good young center in this league for a 17-year-old kid?” Bertka asked West.West replied that he absolutely was. “He’s the best player in this draft,” he said.So the Lakers sent Vlade Divac to Charlotte, where Bryant had no intention of playing, for the rights to Bryant. It was a nice, intriguing subplot to the Summer of Shaq, when the Lakers signed O’Neal as a free agent and he did a cannonball into the waters of the Atlanta Olympics to announce it.How Bryant went from there to here, how he became the most charismatic athlete in the history of Los Angeles, has been the story of our lives for 20 years now. They gathered at the Inglewood YMCA. General manager Jerry West and his assistant, Mitch Kupchak, were there. So was Bill Bertka, the scouting lifer who had been Pat Riley’s assistant coach.Michael Cooper and Larry Drew were there as human thermometers, getting a reading on a 17-year-old from a suburban Philadelphia high school, a kid just wide-eyed enough to call people “Mr,” just ambitious enough to cut in line and join the NBA.“Not many people were quicker than Michael Cooper,” Bertka said. “Not many people in the NBA were. This kid was.”No Laker executive had seen Bryant in person. He had played in the high school All-Star games, but he had spent much of his childhood in Italy, where his dad Joe played, and joined Lower Merion High, on the decidedly benign streets of the Main Line. When he practiced at the St. Joseph’s gym, he always sought out coach Phil Martelli and thanked him afterward.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Farmers died from gunshot injuries – autopsy

first_imgPomeroon execution…3 remain in custody, Police awaiting ballistics testThe autopsy conducted on the bodies of the two coconut farmers from a Pomeroon riverine community in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) who were allegedly shot has confirmed that the men died from gunshot injuries.The autopsy was conducted on Thursday by Government Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh.Three persons remain in Police custody as investigations continue into the execution-style killing that took place in the Lower Pomeroon River. A third person was pulled in for questioning late Tuesday evening –wife of the deceased Ambrose Baharally – and she remains in custody along with a farmer.Close relatives’ hands were swabbed and the swabs were sent for relevant testing.Detectives from G Division are currently awaiting a result from the ballistics test that will ascertain if the weapons they recently found was associated with the crime.Investigators late Monday evening found weapons, ammunition and a quantity of narcotics that are assumed to be related to the crime.One 9mm pistol and magazine; one .38 revolver; 16 live 12-gauge cartridges; 21 live .38 rounds; a quantity of .32 rounds; two 9mm spent shells, and 51 and one-half grams of cannabis were found. These items were recovered in close proximity to where the incident occurred at Grant Stelling, Lower Pomeroon.The Police had deployed a high-level investigative team to the area to assist with investigations. Up to press time, two persons were in custody, including Cilicia Williams, the wife of Ambrose Baharally. Baharally, called “Jadge,” of Grant Stelling Hope, and 23-year-old Martin Goddete of Friendship Canal, Lower Pomeroon River, were said to be imbibing when, at about 15:30h, they were shot to the head by two men known to them.Williams, a mother of six, told Police that Goddete had visited their home at about 09:30h, and after some time, he and her husband began to drink “High Wine” on a culvert by the river.At 15:10h on Sunday, she saw the suspects drive up in a boat, and they subsequently shook the hands of her husband and his friend. She said the group of men were having a conversation, and were in high spirits when she left the men and went to tend to her children. She then heard two loud bangs and then discovered her husband and his friend had fallen to the ground.The gunmen reportedly headed east on the river immediately after the act. However, contrary to the widow’s report, a farmer, who is a witness in the case, told Police that he did not see any men in a boat, as the woman had said.His story was quite different from that of Williams. He reported hearing a third gunshot after the two men had fallen to the ground.Meanwhile, Police continue to comb Pomeroon riverine communities in an effort to find leads that may solve the case.Baharally had been a father of six, while Goddete had lived with his parents.The mother of Goddete has told media operatives that she just wants her son’s soul to rest in peace, and would leave everything in the Hands of the Almighty. She said she was not aware that her son had had any old grievance with anyone at any time, and recalled that he had left to spend the day with Baharally.Police from G Division are currently hunting for one suspect called “Wood” from Shell Beach, Essequibo.last_img read more

ULSTER GAA RELEASE BRILLIANT PROMOTIONAL VIDEO ON WHEELCHAIR HURLING

first_imgSPORT: Ulster GAA have released a new promotional video to promote Wheelchair Hurling in the Province, this follows on from last year’s major success of being the All Ireland League and Championships winners.  Ulster GAA are very committed to this exciting programme and have just purchased 2 new vans & 30 new sports wheelchairs and this will enable them to deliver following initiatives throughout Ulster.Provincial Team eventsTraining Hubs across the ProvinceNational League events throughout IrelandAll Ireland ChampionshipsAll Star AwardsRegional Leagues throughout UlsterAble bodied Inclusion eventsFamily blitz daysSchool & Club Give It A Go Road showsCoach Education courses/workshopsUlster GAA have a Wheelchair Training Hub in Magee University and this is for anyone with a Physical Disability and you don’t have to be a wheelchair user to play, contact information can be found at the end of the video. ULSTER GAA RELEASE BRILLIANT PROMOTIONAL VIDEO ON WHEELCHAIR HURLING was last modified: May 24th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAAPromotional VideoSportUlsterwheelchairlast_img read more

DONEGAL MAN ‘WRESTLING’ WITH HIS CONSCIENCE OVER CAREER CHOICE!

first_imgA young Donegal man has entered the Irish professional wrestling circuit and dreams of becoming the best in the world.Steve Campbell, who is from Falcarragh, returns to his hometown this Saturday night at 6pm in the PCC Falcarragh to star in a wrestling event.Steven, who now lives in Goath Dobhair,plans to go to the top in the IWW wrestling world. The well-known Falcarragh man admits that some people are skeptical about wrestling.However he says that unless someone jumps into the wrestling ring, they will never know how toiuh the sport is.‘’Theres no easy match in IWW. The roster is full of talent and former champions. Every training session can be a real tough battle but I love the challenge.“I need to prove myself against the best wrestlers in Europe like Mandrake, Captain Rooney or the IWW International Heavyweight Champion, The Supermodel. I don’t just want to be a pro wrestler, I want to be the pound for pound best wrestler ever one day and IWW best place to start.,” he said. Steven says he thinks he got the inspiration for wrestling from watching the other stars with his brother Bryan on TV.The former LYIT student, whose wrestling name is Cambo, is certainly no flash in the pan.He spent seven years learning mixed martial arts and also kickboxing.He says he is hopeful a large crowd comes out to Falcarragh to cheer him on come Saturday.‘’I like to think that all of Donegal is my home, not just one area. I live in Gweedore, went to secondary school in Falcarragh, I’d always hang out with my friends in dunfanaghy and I went to college in Letterkenny. IWW holds shows all over the country but I can’t wait to wrestle in front of my friends and family in my hometown area.’’ DONEGAL MAN ‘WRESTLING’ WITH HIS CONSCIENCE OVER CAREER CHOICE! was last modified: April 30th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more