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23Sep/20

Girls Area Basketball Sectional Pairings Released

first_imgThe opening week’s pairings were announced this afternoon for the 45th Annual IHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament presented by the Indiana Fever and Indiana Pacers.Sectional games are scheduled to begin Tuesday, February 4, and run through Saturday, February 8, with the regional round slated for February 15 and semi-states on February 22. The four state championship games that make up the state finals will be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday, February 29.Area SectionalsClass 1A-Sectional 60 @ WaldronTuesday (2-4)Game 1 @ 7 PM. Morristown vs. Rising SunWednesday (2-5)Game 1 @ 6 PM. Hauser vs. OldenburgGame 2 Follows. Waldron vs. Southwestern ShelbyFriday (2-7)Game 1 @ 6 PM. Jac-Cen-Del vs. Tuesday’s WinnerGame 2 Follows. Wednesday’s Winners.Saturday (2-8)Championship @ 7:30 PM. Friday’s WinnersClass 2A-Sectional 45 @ Switzerland CountyTuesday (2-4)Game 1 @ 6 PM. South Ripley vs. MilanGame 2 Follows. Southwestern Hanover vs. North DecaturFriday (2-7)Game 1 @ 6 PM. Switzerland County vs. Tuesday’s Game 1 WinnerGame 2 Follows. South Decatur vs. Tuesday’s Game 2 WinnerSaturday (2-8)Championship @ 7:30 PM. Friday’s WinnersClass 3A-Sectional 29 @ South DearbornTuesday (2-4)Game 1 @ 7 PM. Batesville vs. ConnersvilleWednesday (2-5)Game 1 @ 6 PM. Greensburg vs. RushvilleGame 2 Follows. South Dearborn vs. Franklin CountyFriday (2-7)Game 1 @ 6 PM. Lawrenceburg vs. Tuesday’s WinnerGame 2 Follows. Wednesday’s Winners.Saturday (2-8)Championship @ 7:30 PM. Friday’s Winners.Class 4A-Sectional 14 @ Bloomington SouthTuesday (2-4)Game 1 @ 6 PM. Martinsville vs. East CentralGame 2 Follows. Columbus North vs. Bloomington NorthFriday (2-7)Game 1 @ 6 PM. Bloomington South vs. Tuesday’s Game 1 WinnerGame 2 Follows. Columbus East vs. Tuesday’s Game 2 WinnerSaturday (2-8)Championship @ 7:30 PM. Friday’s Winnerslast_img read more

26Aug/20

UFC Phoenix: What if Cain Velasquez had stayed healthy?

first_imgEven though Cormier no longer plans on retiring when he turns 40 next month, the current heavyweight champion isn’t going to stick around too much longer, which would clear a path for a healthy, active Velasquez to once again challenge for championship gold, but that’s getting ahead of ourselves.First, let’s see what he looks like this weekend against Ngannou and whether he can emerge with a clean bill of health.If he clears those two major hurdles, then we can start discussing whether 2019 is the year Cain Velasquez returns full-time to potentially fulfill his destiny as the greatest heavyweight in UFC history. Join DAZN and watch Paul Daley vs. Michael Page at Bellator 216 on Feb. 16Unfortunately, it’s a familiar position to be in when it comes to Velasquez, as the now 36-year-old heavyweight has spent far more time dealing with injuries and extended absences over the last half-decade than he has contending with actual opponents.Velasquez has fought just twice in the last five-plus years, as his triumphant return at UFC 200 came after a 13-month layoff following his submission loss to Fabricio Werdum at UFC 188 in Mexico City. That fight was preceded by a 20-month hiatus that started after he wrapped up his rubber match with Junior dos Santos in convincing fashion at UFC 166.It seems absurd even as I write it — going three fights back on Velasquez’s resume takes us all the way to October 2013, when Lorde burst onto the music scene with “Royals” and her debut album Pure Heroine and Gravity was enjoying another week atop the box office charts.To put it into perspective, the whole of Ngannou’s UFC career has transpired in the time since Velasquez’s loss to Werdum, with “The Predator” making nine appearances in the Octagon to the former champion’s one.Between the injuries and the layoffs, there is no way to know how Velasquez will look on Sunday because while he showed no signs of rust or decline when taking Browne to the woodshed at the UFC’s bicentennial show, that was still well over two years ago and not only is he that much older, but he’s also stepping in with one of the most dangerous threats in the division.But as Velasquez’s return draws closer, it’s impossible not to wonder what the landscape of the heavyweight division might look like had the ultra-talented former champion not lost so much time to injuries.A Dominant ForceBefore delving into what might have been, we first have to remember what we know to be true and that is that for a two-year, four-fight stretch between his losses to dos Santos and Werdum, Cain Velasquez was one of the most dominant forces to ever grace the heavyweight division.Velasquez was a new breed of heavyweights — a 240-pound attack dog with the skill set and conditioning of a lightweight. Sure, he could knock you out with a single clubbing blow like the majority of elite heavyweight competitors, but he could also bury you with volume, maintaining a ridiculous pace for a man his size, all the while threatening to dump you to the canvas and maul you from top position as he did Silva, twice.He was heralded as a something different when he arrived in the UFC with a first-round finish of Brad Morris at UFC 83 and validated his advanced billing by steamrolling the competition on the way to snatching the heavyweight title from Brock Lesnar in a one-sided beatdown that lasted four minutes and change at UFC 121.Even after losing the belt to dos Santos in November 2011, Velasquez returned to re-affirm his standing as the best heavyweight in the sport over the next two years. In twin fights with both Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and dos Santos, the former Arizona State Sun Devil crippled the wills and stole the souls of the two Brazilians.Silva was never the same fighter following his second fight to Velasquez, which lasted just 81 seconds, while “Cigano” alternated wins and losses over his next four appearances, battling myriad injuries of his own. It wasn’t until the second half of this year that the former champion returned to looking like a potential title threat.Unfortunately for Velasquez, he would spend the better part of the next two years on the sidelines before losing the heavyweight title to Werdum, followed by another extended layoff before returning to beat Browne.Even then, despite all the time off, the numerous surgeries and various other injuries, Velasquez still looked like a force to be reckoned with in the heavyweight division.What Might Have BeenGiven that he’s never been anything other than a champion or elite contender over the last decade, let’s start by agreeing that had Velasquez remained healthy and active in the time since his title loss to Werdum at UFC 188, he would have remained in the championship conversation.His performance against Browne is the only evidence needed to support this assumption.That puts Velasquez competing against the likes of Werdum, Stipe Miocic, dos Santos, and Alistair Overeem, with the possibility of him facing newer additions to the contender class like Ngannou, Curtis Blaydes, Derrick Lewis or Alexander Volkov as well.His history with dos Santos plays a big part in trying to determine what the division may have looked like had Velasquez been active because while the possibility existed, as it does for every heavyweight and every fighter, that he could get caught with something that puts him down, the truth is that Velasquez would have been no worse than a coin flip against all of the top competitors in the division.A rematch with Werdum never materialized and would have been truly compelling, as the Brazilian’s submission skills would have given Velasquez pause when it comes to pursuing takedowns, especially given how their first encounter ended. That said, a healthy Velasquez was far quicker, far sharper and more of a finisher on the feet than Werdum, so meeting him in the center of the cage and turning it into a slugfest would have been a viable strategy.Overeem would have been the inverse of Werdum — a threat on the feet thanks to his assorted weapons, quickness and power, but could he had prevented Velasquez from bullying him the way he did dos Santos in their second and third meetings? It would have been an interesting pairing, but chances are bettors would install Velasquez as a clear favorite.The most intriguing matchup of the bunch is a potential pairing with Miocic, who took over as the division’s well-rounded cardio freak in Velasquez’s stead and possesses the talents and intangibles to match the former titleholder shot-for-shot. In another lifetime, they could have been what the UFC envisioned Velasquez and dos Santos being — the well-matched rivals who pushed it each other to new heights, trading the title back-and-forth in a series of massive pay-per-view main events.As for the new crop of contenders, the results of some of their most recent outings illustrate how hypothetical encounters with Velasquez would have most likely played out.Against Ngannou and Lewis, he replicates the tactics deployed by Miocic and Daniel Cormier, respectively, wrestling each to the canvas and working them over where they’re least comfortable. The same goes for Volkov, who struggled in a clinch-heavy contest with Timothy Johnson. While Blaydes has the wrestling pedigree to potentially stop an onslaught of takedowns, he’s still too hittable to hang with powerful heavyweights on the feet, so a slightly less violent, less rapid replica of his losses to Ngannou serves as a pretty sound template for the approach Velasquez would take.The Daniel Cormier RippleThe most interesting part of a hypothetical “What if Cain stayed healthy?” thought exercise is trying to figure out what becomes of his close friend and training partner Daniel Cormier?“DC” famously departed the heavyweight division in order to stay out of Velasquez’s lane, despite being 13-0 and looking like a mortal lock to eventually challenge for the heavyweight title. With Cain out of the picture, Cormier made the move back to heavyweight last year for a superfight with Miocic, claiming the heavyweight title and successfully defending it against Lewis at UFC 230 in New York City.Now as Velasquez prepares to return, Cormier is once again serving as his biggest cheerleader, telling anyone who will listen that Velasquez is the same fast, strong marauder that once dominated the division.But had he not been limited to just one appearance since losing the belt to Werdum, Cormier’s current situation likely never would have come to pass.Maybe they would have sat down and talked about Cormier returning to the division, depending on whether or not Velasquez had the title and the results he had against the other top contenders, but a healthy Velasquez being in the thick of the title chase or reclaiming the throne probably results in Cormier staying at light heavyweight and never becoming the “Double Champ.”Current Legacy and What’s Still to ComeRight now, Velasquez is the Bill Walton of UFC heavyweights — a dominant force, but someone whose brilliant career was beset by injuries and ultimately cut short.He’s a two-time champion with victories over divisional stalwarts like Cheick Kongo, Ben Rothwell, and “Bigfoot” Silva, as well as former champions “Minotauro” Nogueira, Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos. He was the prototype for a new wave of heavyweights — a little smaller with well-rounded striking, excellent wrestling, smooth footwork and elite conditioning. He was a nightmare matchup who could beat you in numerous ways and whose only career losses came in championship fights where he was dealing with injuries.Although it’s impossible to say for sure what the heavyweight division might have looked like had Velasquez remained healthy, his return this weekend against Ngannou is an obvious peak into what might have been.Despite returning from a 952-day layoff, Velasquez is nearly a 2-1 favorite heading into Sunday’s main event and a victory over Ngannou, who rebounded from poor showings against Miocic and Lewis with a 45-second knockout win in November, would put him right back into the thick of the title conversation. 952 days — that’s how long it will have been since Cain Velasquez last set foot inside the UFC Octagon by the time he marches to the cage to face Francis Ngannou on Sunday night in Phoenix, Arizona.Two years, six months and 16 days will have passed since the former heavyweight champion collected a first-round stoppage win over Travis Browne at UFC 200 and as he readies to return, there is absolutely no way to know with any certainty what to expect from the American Kickboxing Academy product.last_img read more

13Aug/20

Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris beats Mo Farah!

first_img31382Paul Kipkemoi CHELIMOUSA13:33.30 POSBIBATHLETEMARK 1402Ryan HILLUSADNS 12734Birhanu BALEWBRN13:43.25 5893Selemon BAREGAETH13:35.34 7852Aron KIFLEERI13:36.91 8950Andrew BUTCHARTGBR13:38.73 2954Mohamed FARAHGBR13:33.22 11655Patrick TIERNANAUS13:40.01 Athletics: Farah denied final gold by Ethiopian EdrisLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  British athletics legend Mo Farah narrowly failed to complete a fifth successive global double on Saturday when he finished second behind Ethiopian Muktar Edris in a thrilling 5,000 metres world final.The 34-year-old, whose winning run in the 5,000m at Olympics and world finals stretched back to 2011, fought desperately to claw back the deficit in the finishing straight but Edris held on to win in 13min 32.79sec.Farah, a two-time double world champion and two time double Olympic champion, finished in 13:33.22.Farah, who had won the 10,000m last Friday to open the championships with a bang, said he couldn’t have given it more but added he had proved that it was possible to break up the Ethiopian and Kenya hegemony over the distance races.“I gave it my all, 110 percent,” said Farah.“I don’t think there was any more I could have done. They (the Ethiopians) run as a team.“Never feel like you can’t beat the Kenyans and Ethiopians — anything is possible.”American Paul Chelimo added world bronze to his Olympic silver, timing 13.33.30. 4899Yomif KEJELCHAETH13:33.51 RACE PREVIEWLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  British track legend Mo Farah sauntered into the 5,000 metres world final early in the week looking good to sign off his brilliant track championship career with a fifth successive global title double.The 34-year-old — who has two Olympic and two world championship doubles to his credit — showed no sign of a hangover from the 10,000m victory last Friday, which saw him emerge with a badly cut calf, as he finished second in his semi-final at a rain-sodden London Stadium.Farah, who is unbeaten in 5,000m global finals since winning the 2011 world crown, admitted to being tired but said he took his lead off a Kenyan catchphrase.“Anything is possible — train hard and win easy, that is what the Kenyans say,” said Farah.“I’ve been given a chance in life. For all the young kids out there, you should believe that you can do it as well.”However, he may need to be on his guard as at the opposite end of the age spectrum 17-year-old Ethiopian Selemon Barega caught the eye in winning his semi-final.Farah was content to hang out the back in the early stages but moved onto the fastest man in the world this year Muktar Edris’s shoulder with 10 laps remaining.Up front was Spain’s Morocco-born Illias Fifa ahead of 16-year-old Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo who then took on the pace with seven laps to the tape — Farah moving up to second behind the youngster.A welcome sudden injection of pace came from Tanzania’s Emmanuel Gisamoda with Farah looking relaxed in fourth alongside Hayle Ibrahimov of Azerbaijan.However, they bunched up again and a fair few elbows came to the fore as runners tried to hold their position.As they took the bell there were a dozen runners in contention for the five automatic places but Farah was never in danger of missing out and content to finish second.However, the biggest cheer of all came for Mauritania’s Mohamed Sambe who valiantly battled on despite being tailed off from early on and being lapped twice.The 34-year-old had his own ‘lap of honour’ on the final circuit of the track being cheered to the rafters and raised his arms as he crossed the line in celebrating having completed the course in his own time.The second semi-final saw Ethiopian tyro Barega take on the pace setting duties after a very pedestrian opening four laps swapping the lead with Ugandan Stephen Kissa.There were casualties though as the pace slowed and they bunched up with Kenyan-born American Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo going down after being clipped by Kenya’s Cyrus Rutto, who also came to grief.Chelimo recovered quicker regaining his place in the main pack whilst Rutto took his time but with two laps to run he too was back in contention.However, Chelimo ran out of puff when the final sprint took place with Barega coming home first and his former compatriot now running for Bahrain Birhanu Balew was second with Rutto doing brilliantly to take third.There was a happy ending for Chelimo though as he made the final as one of the five fastest losers. 101076Kemoy CAMPBELLJAM13:39.74 6749Mohammed AHMEDCAN13:35.43 Farah and his team-mate Andrew Butchart had tried to break up the field with 600 metres to go in a race that had been run at generally a very slow pace.However, Edris and team-mate Yomif Kejelcha seized the initiative as the bell went and Farah struggled to go with them.He fell several metres behind them going down the back straight.Edris led round the final bend with Farah under pressure from Kenyan-born Chelimo as they hit the straight.Edris gritted his teeth and set sail for home with Farah moving down the inside to try and engineer a remarkable final burst but the gas just wasn’t there. 1896Muktar EDRISETH13:32.79 Share on: WhatsApp 131147Cyrus RUTTOKEN13:48.64 ***** 14850Awet HABTEERI13:58.68 9758Justyn KNIGHTCAN13:39.15last_img read more

12Aug/20

Laura Ellis Shares Why She Races for the Cure

first_imgThe 29th annual Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure® will take place on Saturday, January 25 along Downtown West Palm Beach’s waterfront.Runners, walkers, corporate, school, and community teams and individuals of all ages are welcome to join the event that puts dollars to work and helps to make an impact on those touched by breast cancer.Raise funds to find a cure and help save lives right here in our own communities of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties.Click here to register yourself & your team for Race for the Cure!last_img read more

12Aug/20

Man Ubers dead girlfriend to hospital after assault over text

first_imgForman has since been arrested and is charged with first and third-degree murder. A Pennsylvanian man is currently facing several charges after authorities say he beat his girlfriend to death over an alleged text message she received from her ex-boyfriend.The incident occurred Sunday at the suspect’s Perkiomen Township home.According to the report, the suspect 23-year-old Nicholas Forman, drove the body of his girlfriend  22-year-old Sabrina Harooni to a hospital in an Uber.Nurses immediately began working on Harooni whom they say was ice cold, had bruising around her neck, and who’s pupils were described as “blown out.”Officials also said that Harooni was dressed only in loose sweatpants and a puffer jacket and that when her pants were later removed, wood chips spilled out.As authorities were investigating the incident, an Uber driver who drove the couple home the night before told them that the couple had gotten into an argument after Harooni joked about receiving a text message from her ex. The driver told authorities that Forman became increasingly aggressive and at one point, Harooni claimed that he was scaring her. The driver told authorities that he dropped the couple off and drove up the street but returned later with his window’s down so he could hear the argument. The driver says Forman demanded Harooni’s phone and would not let her in the house until she gave it to him. The driver says he waited until he could no longer hear arguing and then drove away.The next morning Forman called another Uber and rushed Harooni to the hospital.During a police interview, Forman told authorities that Harooni had gotten into an argument with three girls at a bar and gave the girls his address to come fight her later. Forman also told authorities that he did not want to get involved in the altercation because he was on probation for a 2017 DUI but that though his girlfriend was beat up, she went to bed fine.It wasn’t until the morning that he realized something was wrong.During a search of the property and of Harooni phone, however, authorities found evidence that Forman was actually behind Harooni’s death. In addition to hair matching Harooni’s in the driveway and her blood and dirt on clothing and different items in the house, authorities also found a video of Forman on Harooni’s phone yelling at what seems to be her unconscious body. In the video Forman can be heard saying ” that’s what cheaters get.”Officials also say that Forman claimed that Harooni was still breathing when he brought her to the hospital which differed from what both nurses and doctors told police.(Viewer Discretion Advised.)last_img read more