Indiana has top government in the country

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A new study by US News and World Report ranks Indiana’s Government the best in the Country.Audio Playerhttp://wrbiradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Sen-Leising.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.That’s Senator Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg).The study ranked all 50 states in seven different categories.Indiana ranked first in Government and fourth in Opportunity.Overall Indiana ranked 22nd in the study, mainly because the Hoosier state ranked 41st in Health Care, 33rd in Crime, and 27th in Education.More weight was given to some measures over others, based on a survey of what matters most to people.Health care and education were weighed the heaviest.You can see the full study here.last_img read more

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Kelly, Wood stampede to checkers in Sprint Series of Oklahoma at Ardmore

first_imgChris Kelly was the winner when the Sprint Series of Oklahoma opened Friday night at Southern Oklahoma Speedway. (Photo by Mike Howard)By David Smith Jr.ARDMORE, Okla. (March 9 and 10) – Chris Kelly and Joe Wood Jr. followed different lines to the same destination when the Sprint Series of Oklahoma opened as part of Southern Oklahoma Speedway’s Southern Stampede special.Kelly found the bottom before all others as he took the lead near midway point and never looked back to claim the Friday feature and $700 in the IMCA RaceSaver series presented by Smiley’s Racing Products/Hoosier Racing Tires Southwest lidlifter.Wood took the lead early and cruised along the top side to Saturday’s $750 checkers.Running fourth on lap 10, Kelly quickly disposed of Blake Daccus for third and moved into the runner-up position by passing Gary Owens on lap 12. One lap later, Kelly powered past two-time defending series champion Andy Shouse.Not even a heavy dose of lapped traffic on lap seventeen could detour Kelly as he would go on to claim his second career SSO victory by eight car lengths over Shouse. Kevin Ramey settled for third while Owens came home fourth and Daccus rounded out the top five.Night two of the Southern Stampede saw Joe Wood Jr. collect the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car checkers. (Photo courtesy of Southern Oklahoma Speedway)On Saturday, Wood got a run on the top side following an early yellow of and motored by Cody Whitworth for the lead. Michael Day made his way into the runner-up spot on the restart as well but by lap nine, Wood had opened a half-stretch advantage.Caution flags on laps 14 and 15 slowed the pace before the last 10 laps went green-to-check­ered. Wood went unchallenged for his fourth career win with the series.Day held off Ramey for the runner-up position while 18th starting Shouse came home fourth. Jus­tin Melton rounded out the top five for his best feature finish with the series.Next up for the Sprint Series of Oklahoma will be the only scheduled appearance at the Garfield County Fairgrounds and Enid Speedway in Enid on Saturday night, March 31.Feature ResultsMarch 9 – 1. Chris Kelly; 2. Andy Shouse; 3. Kevin Ramey; 4. Gary Owens; 5. Blake Daccus; 6. Michael Day; 7. Austin Mundie; 8. Shane Sellers; 9. Brandon Jennings; 10. Shane Kleochler; 11. Loyd Clevenger; 12. Cody Whitworth; 13. Travis Scott; 14. Blake Scott; 15. Elliott Amdahl; 16. Duane Baker; 17. Dillon Laden; 18. Ty Williams; 19. Shayla Waddell; 20. Chad Koch.March 10 – 1. Joe Wood Jr.; 2. Day; 3. Ramey; 4. Shouse; 5. Justin Melton; 6. Jennings; 7. Sellers; 8. Mundie; 9. Taylor Courtney; 10. Jessie Graham; 11. Laden; 12. Kelly; 13. Whitworth; 14. Chas Wilson; 15. Michelle Melton; 16. Daccus; 17. Travis Scott; 18. Tanner Conn; 19. Owen; 20. Bryson Oeschger.last_img read more

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Gerrard more relaxed over Suarez

first_img However, he accepts next summer could be a different matter if the Reds have not qualified for the Champions League. The England midfielder admits he spent much of pre-season wondering whether the Uruguay international would remain at Anfield, especially after Arsenal’s £40,000,001 bid and the player himself claiming the Reds had reneged on a deal to allow him to join a Champions League side. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard expects to have a worry-free January as he believes striker Luis Suarez is committed to the club. Press Association That is why Gerrard rates the 26-year-old as the best player he has played alongside. “Yes. Simple. He’s out on his own,” added the midfielder. “The only player who comes close to producing what Luis produced in a red shirt is Fernando Torres but Luis just pipped him for me.” Since returning from his ban, carried over from the previous season for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, Suarez has shown no signs of unhappiness over what happened during the summer. To the contrary, he has frequently made encouraging noises about how happy he is and how well the campaign is going with Liverpool third in the Premier League, five points behind leaders Arsenal. “We’re doing well right now but we need to carry on that form into the Christmas period,” he told Match magazine. “I think our best is yet to come, which hopefully means well for the end of the season and our chances of making next season’s Champions League. That’s one of our aims. “It’s good to be playing well and contributing with goals, but the most important thing is getting three points every week. “I wouldn’t be scoring without the help of my team-mates, so thanks to them.” Fellow striker Daniel Sturridge, who himself has scored eight times in 10 league matches, recently described his partnership with Suarez as “a beautiful thing”. Suarez repaid the compliment by saying: “He’s a fantastic player and strike partner and we get on very well. “I hope we continue to score goals and win more awards, but it doesn’t matter who gets the goals or awards as long as we keep winning games.” Suarez has since revealed Gerrard’s words of persuasion were a significant factor in him not pressing further for a move. Liverpool’s captain said he is not as concerned about the coming transfer window as he was during the last one but admits familiar problems may resurface next summer, especially if the Reds do not re-establish their place in the top four. “I don’t feel like that about January… January will be different because I think Luis is committed,” he told ESPN. “I think he is happy. I think he is pleased with the decision he has made to stay around. “He is in good form. The team are playing well so I think January won’t be a problem. “But come the summer, I think depending how Liverpool have done will determine what goes through Luis’ mind. “He is the key. His goals, his performance and his form will be the key whether we finish in the top four or not.” Suarez scored 30 goals in all competitions for the Merseysiders last season and he has already found the net six times in five league matches in the current campaign after missing the start through suspension. last_img read more

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Tillman leads No. 16 Spartans to comeback win

first_imgTillman leads No. 16 Spartans to comeback win “If you take care of your own business, then you deserve to have something happen,” Izzo said. “Until we beat Iowa, Maryland and Penn State, we didn’t deserve it. We dug ourselves a hole.”Rocket Watts added 18 points, Cassius Winston had 14 and Aaron Henry scored 12 for the Spartans (21-9, 13-6 Big Ten) who erased a 46-31 halftime deficit to win their fourth straight.But they kept digging that hole beforehand.The Spartans trailed by as many as 19 with 4:15 left in the first half, but scored the first nine points to start the second.It sparked a dominant stretch of play in the paint for the Spartans who took their first lead of the game with 14:29 to play when Tillman dunked to make it 51-49. Michigan State dropped 44 points in the paint to Penn State’s 20.TOUGH SENIOR NIGHTStevens, who made his program-record 134th career start, entered his final game inside the Bryce Jordan Center 39 points shy of Talor Battle’s all-time mark of 2,213.After a pregame video lit up the arena with Stevens’ career highlights, all eyes zeroed in on No. 11. Each of his early behind-the-back or crossover dribbles seemed to elicit “oohs” and “aahs” from the 13,437 fans on hand, but they began to get restless as Stevens came up short on his first 10 shots.He barely missed what would’ve been a monstrous one-handed, put-back dunk late in the first half, and shook his head in frustration after missing a free throw early in the second. As a quiet crowd started cheering him, Stevens made the next one and added 12 points the rest of the way. March 3, 2020 Meanwhile, the Nittany Lions, who made 10 of 17 3-pointers in the first half, went 0-for-10 from long distance to start the second.The Spartans continued to keep Penn State (21-9, 11-8) at bay from there and used a 14-6 run to take their biggest lead of the night, 65-55 with 9:41 left. John Harrar made back-to-back layups to pull Penn State within two with 4:56 to play, but the Nittany Lions wouldn’t get any closer.Myreon Jones led Penn State with 16 points while Lamar Stevens had 15 and Mike Watkins had 12.“It’s exciting to be on that level now and that can’t drop,” Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. “We’re a damn good team. We just haven’t played 40 minutes yet.The Nittany Lions used a pair of first-half runs to take control early. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Tom Izzo thought his No. 16 Michigan State squad lacked toughness earlier this season.To his pleasure, the Spartans played their grittiest game all year and gave themselves a chance to win what Izzo calls the most physical conference.Xavier Tillman Sr. scored 23 points and had 15 rebounds to lead Michigan State over No. 20 Penn State 79-71 on Tuesday night. After No. 9 Maryland’s loss to Rutgers, the Terps and Spartans are tied for the top spot in the Big Ten with one game to go.center_img They opened with a 10-2 advantage that featured two high-amplitude, alley-oop dunks from Watkins and a pair of 3s from Jamari Wheeler and Seth Lundy.Michigan State cut it to 12-11, but Penn State made seven 3-pointers over the next 7:47 as part of 29-11 run that made it 41-22 with 4:15 left.The Spartans scored the next eight points before Jones added his fourth 3-pointer of the half and Watkins jammed in his third alley-oop dunk of the half to make it 46-31 at halftime.GET INSIDEWhile Penn State owned the perimeter in the first half, the Spartans took control of the paint in the second. Izzo heaped praise on Stevens after the game for his entire body of work.“Stevens will never ever have a game like that again,” Izzo said. ”He just missed some shots, some good shots.”THE BIG PICTUREMichigan State: The Spartans’ looked like a completely different team in the second half to hold on to their current momentum. Their movement away from the ball kept Penn State’s athletic defense guessing and helped Michigan State avoid what could’ve been an embarrassing loss.Penn State: A startling trend has shadowed the Nittany Lions for a few weeks now. They can’t hold onto a lead no matter how big. They needed a last-minute 3-pointer from Dread to win their last home game after leading by double-digits at halftime and had all the momentum in this one until they went into the locker room. Associated Press UP NEXTMichigan State: Hosts No. 19 Ohio State on Sunday.Penn State: Visits Northwestern on Saturday.last_img read more

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Sarwan to miss Jamaica Tallawahs CPL season

first_imgFORMER West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan will not serve as assistant coach for the Jamaica Tallawahs in this year’s edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) after being given leave to return home.The entirety of this season’s tournament will take place on the island of Trinidad and Tobago as organisers, like many around the globe, operate with an abundance of caution due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.The six CPL franchises and match officials reported to the twin-island republic a week ago where they have been quarantined at the Hilton Hotel in St Ann’s.  The tournament will get under way on August 18.Tallawahs CEO Jeff Miller confirmed that Sarwan, who was appointed to the post two years ago, was not among that number.“Mr Sarwan requested leave for personal reasons and that was granted,” Miller said in an interview with the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.“It’s a big loss, Sars (Sarwan) brings a lot to the game – his knowledge, his experience and the way he has dealt with the players over the years, so it is a great loss,” he added.Sarwan will be replaced by former West Indies spinner Ryan Austin. In April Sarwan was in the news after a public spat with former teammate and then Tallawahs batsman Chris Gayle.In a Youtube rant Gayle blamed Sarwan after he was released by the team.  Sarwan denied having anything to do with Gayle’s release. (Sportsmax)last_img read more

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Mayo trounce Rossies

first_imgPhoto © Tipp FM Mayo are into their seventh All-Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final in-a-row.Cillian O’Connor, Keith Higgins, Kevin McLoughlin and Andy Moran scored goals as they beat their neighbours Roscommon by 4-19 to 0-9.Next up for Mayo is a last-four clash with Kerry Meanwhile holders Cork will play Galway in the quarter-finals of the All-Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship.Eimear Scally and Orla Finn scored five-points each as the got past Monaghan by 0-14 to 1-10 in Tullamore.last_img read more

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Jorge Couto Joins Barca Academy Nigeria as Technical Director

first_imgJorge Couto, a Portuguese, a widely travelled experienced FC Barcelona camp coach has replaced Bernat Villa as the new technical director for the Barca Academy Group Nigeria, which is also doing excellently very well in terms of living her vision in Nigeria and in the sub – Saharan Africa being the first of its kindCouto’s appointment was recently confirmed by the global body after a rigorous and thorough screening exercise and trial sessions in Barcelona, Spain, as recommended by the Academy’s World Technical Board.Couto, like Villa, a very well honed, experienced and seasoned professional, undoubtedly well-schooled in the academics and technical rudiments and the arts and science of the round leather game is acclaimed to be a stickler of discipline, reputable for excellence and professionalism, a great teacher of values and a good role model to emulate. A father figure with humane heart. During his meeting with the Academy’s Technical Team in Nigeria, he told the media, that he is very humbled and highly honoured to be selected from scores of highly experienced, skillful and talented coaches with far better and excellence performance to succeed Villa who is now in the United State of America. An appointment he strongly believed is solely informed by Villa’s amazing projects seen to light in Nigeria, which the world governing body is now boldly and proudly using as reference and model for all her academies.Furthermore, he argued that his appointment is a very challenging one and would not betray the trust of his predecessor and that of the promoters of the Academy in Nigeria. ‘The confirmation of my engagement by Blaugrana Group International, promoters of the academy in Nigeria is an honour and working to keep the standard of the former Technical Director is a challenging task and I believe with the support of the technical hands and other staff involved we would strive to maintain the degree o f the successes achieved so far and work harder to do even more…’ he said.He added that the good works Villa and his team did stood him and the Academy in Nigeria out, and winning a tournament even the Americans nor the Europeans had never won beamed a brighter and stronger limelight on the Academy in Africa and the whole world. And to keep been in the biggest league of the academies worldwide, we must keep our game tick and tight, driven by positive ambition, respect, teamwork, effort in every sense of humility, with excellent (sportsmanship) as our guiding mantra. ‘With committed efforts and impactful ambition, working as a team, with the highest degree of sportsmanship we are bound to conquer new grounds, hoisting our flag high up on the mask of victory and learning, while molding character, teaching acceptable global values that would stand our brought ups out of the crowd of legends, anywhere, any time in the world….. We are here to make a positive difference…’ he emphasised.In his remark, Leslie Oghomienor, chairman, Blaurana Group International facilitators of the Academy in Nigeria, said that the parent body is very particular and conscious of the importance of keeping at par with global acceptable standards, process and procedures, compliance and values as may be tuned by the voice of the authorities who dictate the pace of doing things in the world game space. Thus, we have the best in Jorge Couto. Here we cannot in any way compromise excellence, professionalism or universally acceptable standards and values.‘Our main intent is to serve humanity in our own little ways and means possible. And embarking on this journey before we pulled up, a lot of lives, would be making great impacts, in their own spheres and space of life. That is a dream we are striving to live. This can only be achieved with the best and we will not rest until that is done for the interest of the future – our dearest and beloved young children. Like Villa, we believe Couto is here to help us actualise this vision. He is the best among the best, with him and the technical and the supporting staff, we are sure to live up, if not beyond the expectations of our stakeholders who believed so much in us,’ Oghomienor stated.He revealed that the new technical head will soon embark on a tour of the Academy’s facilities in Nigeria, and explore new grounds for possible expansion. The FC Barcelona the global giant Football Academy is here to stay.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers shutout by Chicago Cubs in NLCS Game 6

first_imgCHICAGO >> It took so long. Then it happened so fast.The Chicago Cubs scored twice in the first inning and never trailed — never gave the curse a ghost of a chance to resurface in Game 6 of this National League Championship Series. They battered Clayton Kershaw for five runs in five innings and went on to beat the Dodgers 5-0 Saturday night at Wrigley Field.The victory set off a party in Wrigleyville the likes of which haven’t been seen since 1945. That’s the last time the Cubs had advanced to the World Series. The victory over the Dodgers sends them there to face the American League champion Cleveland Indians beginning Tuesday.The Dodgers, meanwhile, enter another offseason with their own wait extended. Four consecutive division titles with two trips to the NLCS in that time are unsatisfying consolation prizes for a franchise that still has not been to the World Series since 1988. “It’s not a good feeling in your stomach,” Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson said. “We worked really hard this year, overcame some obstacles. It’s a tough loss to come so close.”Held scoreless for a stretch of 21 innings at one point and trailing in the series 2-1 after the Dodgers’ victory in Game 3 at Dodger Stadium, the Cubs outscored the Dodgers 23-6 while winning the final three games of the series.“Yeah, it’s a little bit of a sour taste,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Obviously, if we play a clean three games in 4, 5 and 6 there could have been a different outcome.“You know what — I think that they beat us. We made mistakes and you hate to have sour grapes. But the better team won the series. That’s why you play seven-game series and they showed it.”The Dodgers could muster nothing offensively against Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks. He gave up a single to Andrew Toles on the first pitch of the game, then retired 20 of the next 21. The only baserunner in that stretch came in the second inning when Josh Reddick reached on an error. Hendricks didn’t allow another baserunner until Reddick’s one-out single in the eighth inning. It was the Dodgers’ second hit of the night — and last hit of the season. “He’s been doing it all year,” Pederson said of Hendricks. “He kept the ball down in the zone, changed speeds and didn’t make mistakes. That’s why his ERA was so low.“It is what it is. They got to (Kershaw) and we didn’t get to Hendricks. No excuses.”Hendricks’ gem — “Kyle pitched a perfect game,” Roberts said — was the kind of performance Kershaw has been unable to summon when needed most.If any ghosts were resurrected at Wrigley Field on Saturday night, it was those legacy-bruising numbers that Kershaw seemed to have buried with his heroics in the NL Division Series against the Washington Nationals and seven scoreless innings in Game 2 against the Cubs.This was not that Kershaw and it was evident from the start.Dexter Fowler led off with a double against Kershaw and scored on an RBI single by Kris Bryant. Seven pitches into the game, the Dodgers were trailing. It didn’t get any better.Roberts had moved Toles to the leadoff spot in the batting order for Game 6, dropping a slumping Chase Utley to eighth. He did it, in part, because Toles “doesn’t get rattled” by the moment.With Bryant on first, however, Toles dropped a fly ball from Anthony Rizzo, putting runners at second and third and setting up another run for the Cubs on a Ben Zobrist sacrifice fly.“It went up in the lights and it looked like Joc was coming and I couldn’t hear him call it,” Toles said. “So I looked kind of on my peripheral and I looked back in the lights.”That was all the damage the Cubs did in the inning against Kershaw. But they forced him to throw 30 pitches. Only one of those was a curveball and only seven of his first 62 pitches were curveballs and none of them were thrown for strikes. Deprived of one of his best weapons, Kershaw’s fastball and slider were not sharp either. Willson Contreras hammered a first-pitch slider for a home run in the fourth inning. An inning later, Kershaw tried his new toy — a sidearm delivery — and Rizzo hammered that 93-mph fastball into the right-field bleachers.The ball disappeared into a gleeful mosh pit of Cubs fans, the Dodgers’ hopes along with it.“This day is never fun, the ending of a season,” Kershaw said. “You kind of look back on the season. It’s tough to swallow tonight. But I’d rather be in that situation and have a chance to fail than never get to be there.”It is a feeling with which Kershaw has become all too familiar. The “best pitcher on the planet” has yet to have the planets align in his favor in October. He has started a game with the Dodgers facing elimination from the postseason five times since 2013. In those starts, he has a 6.21 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP and a 1-3 record.This one was different, though. It came after a heroic return from a herniated disc that sidelined him for 75 days during the regular season — a fact that seemed to get forgotten during his 10-day impersonation of a superhero this fall.“I cannot say enough about what Clayton did,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. “Most guys would not have come back at all from what he suffered.”“Being down then coming back, getting re-started — it was a major accomplishment I think in itself, just for him to help us down the stretch and get us to this point in time of the season,” Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt agreed. “Who can say (why he didn’t pitch well in Game 6)? Everybody behind you can whatever. The fact of the matter is, he’s our best and just got to take what it is.”Kershaw would not cite the back injury, the relatively cold weather, cruel fate, fatigue or any other explanation for Saturday’s disappointment.“It’s tough to talk about and not sound like you’re making excuses,” he said. “I felt good tonight. I just got beat.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Women’s World Cup 2019: Netherlands defeats Italy to advance to semifinals

first_imgVivianne Miedema and Stefanie van der Gragt headed the Netherlands to a 2-0 win over Italy on Saturday and into the Women’s World Cup semifinals for the first time.Miedema and Van der Gragt scored on two Sherida Spitse free kicks in the space of 10 minutes in the second half to break the stubborn Azzurre resistance. Women’s World Cup 2019: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels, results for every match Women’s World Cup 2019: Megan Rapinoe addresses criticism after President Trump’s tweets That finish by @VivianneMiedema tho #ITANED  pic.twitter.com/R4LzhESs7I— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) June 29, 2019The Netherlands were given an early reprieve when Valentina Bergamaschi spooned a tame finish into Sari van Veenendaal’s gloves following Barbara Bonansea’s flick-on header.Bergamaschi scuffed a second scoring chance two minutes later as European champions Netherlands struggled to make use of its possessions.The first cooling break brought little disruption to the nature of proceedings, Valentina Giacinti firing wide off her left foot in the moments that followed.Lieke Martens, who overcame a foot problem to start for the Orange, tested Laura Giuliani with a well-taken volley in the 50th minute. The second strike extended Netherlands’ tournament-high haul of headed goals to five and confirmed its passage into the final four, where it will face either Germany or Sweden.Clear-cut chances had been rare throughout a match played in stifling heat in Valenciennes, but the Netherlands established control after halftime. Related News That effort marked the start of a better period for the Netherlands during which Danielle van de Donk hit the crossbar with a classy curling effort from beyond the box, before Spitse arrowed a low free-kick against the outside of the left post.4 – Sherida Spitse has provided more assists than any other Netherlands player in Women’s World Cup history (4), with all four of them coming via set-pieces. Delivery. #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/SCYdodHsRi— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 29, 2019Spitse instead turned provider as the breakthrough eventually came in the 70th minute.Spitse delivered an inviting free kick from the left, and Miedema guided a glancing header beyond the outstretched Giuliani, with the sealer from Van der Gragt following in similar circumstances 10 minutes later as Italy’s impressive run came to an end. Women’s World Cup: USWNT focused on England, says Megan Rapinoelast_img read more

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