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Sep
23

Steve “Smokey” Hounchell, 75, Brookville

first_imgSteve “Smokey” Hounchell Jr., age 75, of Brookville, Indiana died unexpectedly Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at his residence in Brookville, Indiana.Born May 7, 1945, in Manchester, Kentucky he was one of three children born to the late Steve Sr. & Tracy (Jones) Hounchell.Smokey owned & operated Nixie’s Billiards & Burgers in Brookville for many years.  In his leisure time he enjoyed golfing and fishing.Survivors include a daughter & son-in-law, Lisa & Ron Murphy of Cincinnati, Ohio; three grandchildren, Bradley, Megan and Ronnie; two great-grandchildren, Peyton & Jayden; a sister, Carrol Ruth of Manchester, Kentucky; as well as three step-children.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife Margaret Hounchell who died December 25, 1988; his second wife Beverly Hounchell who died July 27, 2019; and a sister, Brenda Johnson.Services will be private with burial Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society.  The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home are honored to serve the Hounchell family, everyone is encouraged to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences to the family via www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

Sep
20

Ranji Trophy: Nagaland bounce back against Meghalaya

first_imgA ReporterShillong: Nagaland tried to bounce back after follow on as they took the their Ranji Trophy plate group match against Meghalaya into a fourth day at the MCA Cricket Ground here today.After being bowled out in their first innings for just 106 in response to Meghalaya’s 389, Nagaland began the third day on 31/0 and finished on 332/8, a lead of 49, with Abrar Kazi leading the resistance to the hosts with a fine innings of 129 not out.Openers Nitesh (38) and Sedezhalie (68) picked up from where they left off yesterday to put on 67 for the first wicket.But it was the fifth wicket partnership between Kazi and Paras that was truly invaluable for the visitors. The pair put on 140 runs together before Paras was caught by wicketkeeper Punit Bisht off the bowling of Gurinder Singh for 57.Kazi has peppered his innings with 15 fours and three mighty sixes and Nagaland will hope that he will be able to continue to remain at the crease, though Meghalaya will certainly be attempting to dismiss the two remaining tailenders cheaply tomorrow, the last day of the match.Among Meghalaya’s bowlers Aditya Singhania has figures of 3/46, while Dipu Sangma (2/47) and Gurinder (2/102) bagged a brace of wickets each and Raj Biswa has picked up one (1/32). Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

Sep
19

Johnson’s X1 beat Singh’s X1 by 90 runs in second practice match

first_imgCONTRASTING half-centuries from Anthony Bramble, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Christopher Barnwell piloted Leon Johnson’s X1 to a comfortable 90 runs win over Vishaul Singh’s X1 in the second practice game played yesterday at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.The game was part of the Guyana Jaguars preparations ahead of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Super50 which will commence on January 24 in Barbados and Antigua.Batting first, Johnson’s X1 reached 289-8, with Bramble smashing his way to a 67-ball 95, inclusive of seven fours and five sixes, while the veteran Chanderpaul made 87 off 115 balls, and Barnwell 56 off 76 balls.The 42-year-old Chanderpaul shared in two crucial partnerships after his side lost openers Assad Fudadin (5), Shimron Hetmyer (11), Leon Johnson (0) and Raymon Reifer (2), early.Chanderpaul who hit five boundaries, first shared 90 for the sixth wicket with Barnwell before adding an even 50 with Bramble to boost the innings.Fast bowler Romario Shepherd was the pick of the bowlers, with figures of 4-62, while there was a wicket apiece for Keon Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Royston Crandon and Raun Johnson.In the run chase, Singh’s X1 were bowled out for 199 in 45.3 overs. Opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul made 85, with four fours and two sixes, while skipper Singh contributed 49.Left-arm spinner Anthony Adams (3-26) and left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer (3-32) were the most successful bowlers. Veerasammy Permaul and Barnwell had a wicket apiece.Singh’s X1 won the first game by 49 runs on Wednesday. The Guyana Jaguars will depart for Barbados on January 21.last_img read more

Sep
19

The Latest: French Open tennis now set for September start

first_imgThe men’s and women’s European gymnastics championships have been canceled.The European Gymnastics Union says it tried to find ways to keep its events going despite the spread of the coronavirus but found it impossible because of government restrictions and travel bans.The events offered Olympic qualifying spots.The women’s championships were due to be held in Paris from April 30-May 3, and the men’s championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, from May 27-31.Also called off are European rhythmic gymnastics championships in Ukraine and the European trampoline championship in Sweden, both in May. March 17, 2020 Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi, four other judokas and five staff members have closed themselves in at a training center in Peja, 85 kilometers (50 miles) west of Pristina.Kelmendi is the first athlete from Kosovo to win an Olympic gold medal.Coach Driton Kuka is among the group. None of them has been infected by the virus.Kosovo has had 16 coronavirus cases. All sports and other entertainment or cultural activities have been suspended in the country and schools, cafes, restaurants, gyms and pools have been closed.___ The International Olympic Committee says financial interests will not dictate its decisions “thanks to its risk management policies and insurance.”The IOC says 43% of places at the games have yet to be confirmed.___2:25 p.m.This year’s European Championship has been postponed for one year. The UEG says it hopes the events can be rescheduled for the second half of the year.___12:10 p.m.Formula One CEO Chase Carey has apologized to fans for the early part of the series being called of by the coronavirus outbreak.The Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne wasn’t canceled last week until teams and drivers forced it. A McLaren team member had tested positive and some drivers had already flown home, but F1 still waited to cancel until just before practices were scheduled to start. ___1:40 p.m.The Kontinental Hockey League and the VTB United League in basketball have suspended play.Both leagues say they will stop until at least April 10.The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL. It had previously said it would pause for a week to draw up a new playoff format. It’s been left with six Russian teams in an eight-team bracket after Finnish team Jokerit and Kazakh team Barys withdrew. 9:55 a.m.The Diamond League has called off its first three track meets of the season.The Diamond League was scheduled to start in Qatar next month. Two meets in China in May were to follow. The Diamond League says travel restrictions and disrupted preparations caused by the coronavirus outbreak have made it impossible to stage those competitions on time.The season is now tentatively set to begin in Stockholm on May 24.Only one of the three canceled meets has been rescheduled. The event in Shanghai is now set for Aug. 13. The meet in Qatar and the second Chinese meet have been postponed indefinitely but could be restaged after the Diamond League final in September. The distribution of tests began last Thursday as part of the league’s actions to support its clubs during the pandemic. ___1:05 p.m.All horse racing in Britain will be suspended starting Wednesday.It was the last remaining major sport to be continuing in the country amid the coronavirus outbreak. 10 a.m.The Kentucky Derby has been postponed from May to September because of the coronavirus pandemic.Churchill Downs officials said Tuesday the race will move from May 2 to Sept. 5, marking the first time in 75 years it won’t be run on the first Saturday in May.The last time the first leg of the Triple Crown wasn’t held on the first Saturday in May was in 1945, when the federal government issued a ban on horse racing because of World War II. The ban was lifted on May 8, and the Derby was held on June 9. The only other year the Derby wasn’t held in May was in 1901, when it was raced on April 29.The date change still must be approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission at its meeting Thursday. ___1:45 p.m.UK Athletics says all clubs and groups should not be training or taking part in competitive races amid the coronavirus outbreak.The guidance follows directives outlined by the British government about limiting social contact.UKA said the suspension also applies to coaching and officiating. 2:15 p.m.The Copa America has been postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak.South American soccer body CONMEBOL says the tournament in Colombia and Argentina will be played between June 11 and July 11.CONMEBOL President Alejandro Domínguez says “it is an extraordinary measure for an unexpected situation, and it answers the fundamental need to avoid an exponential development of the virus.”___ ___1:10 p.m.The Spanish soccer league has offered about 500 coronavirus tests for its clubs.The tests have been distributed prioritizing teams that traveled to risk areas or already have players infected.Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay on Sunday became the first Spanish league player infected with the virus. Associated Press The 2020 season was supposed to see a shift in how the Diamond League is run with an extended 15-meet season and fewer events at each.China has already resumed a partial track and field schedule after the virus outbreak subsided. It was supposed to host the world indoor championships this month in Nanjing but that event was moved to 2021.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The following three races in Bahrain, Vietnam and China have all been postponed.In an open letter on the F1 website, Carey wrote: “We apologize to those fans affected by the cancellation in Australia, as well as the postponement of the other races to date. These decisions are being made … in rapidly changing and evolving circumstances, but we believe they are the right and necessary ones. We also want to extend our thoughts to those already affected, including those in the Formula 1 family.”On Monday, tire provider Pirelli said one of its staff tested positive for the virus and was undergoing treatment in Melbourne.___11:45 a.m. The Latest: French Open tennis now set for September start Hertha doctor Uli Schleicher says “the player complained about the usual symptoms and we immediately separated him from the group. A test then produced a positive result for the virus. All players in our squad must now stay at home for the next two weeks.”Hertha general manager Michael Preetz says “it was to be expected that the virus would reach the team sooner or later. The most important thing now is that everyone sticks to the rules.”___10:10 a.m.The Kosovo judo team has been self-isolating as it prepares for the Tokyo Olympics. Soccer in Russia has been suspended until April 10.The Russian league was the best attended sports competition still operating in Europe last weekend with more than 33,000 fans at one of its games.The Russian Football Union says its board agreed to immediately suspend all competitions at a meeting Tuesday.That follows a wave of tighter restrictions on public gatherings and events across Russia and a decision by CSKA Moscow to cancel its upcoming game against Zenit St. Petersburg.Fans made ironic references to the virus outbreak at games last week. Fans of Zenit chanted “we’re all going to die” on Saturday and CSKA supporters displayed a banner on Sunday with the club crest and the message: “This virus is inside me. I’m its carrier.” The French Open has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The French Tennis Federation announced Tuesday that the clay-court event will run from Sept. 20 to Oct. 4. It is the first Grand Slam tennis tournament affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Main-draw competition was supposed to start in Paris on May 24.___3:20 p.m.The IOC says there is “no need for any drastic decisions at this stage” about staging the Tokyo Olympics with more than four months until the opening ceremony.After consulting with sports bodies about the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, the IOC says “any speculation at this moment would be counter-productive.” UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the spreading coronavirus “makes football and all life in Europe quite impossible.”UEFA plans to play the tournament next year from June 11 to July 11. The 24-team competition is being hosted in 12 different countries.The postponement clears space to give national leagues and the Champions League and Europa League a chance to finish their seasons by June 30.European soccer is in a shutdown and it is unclear when games can resume.___ ___10:35 a.m.Hertha Berlin’s players and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after one of the players tested positive for the coronavirus.The Bundesliga club doesn’t say which player was affected.The team had been due to return to training on Tuesday after three days of individual exercise. But the British Horseracing Authority says the race meetings in Wetherby and Taunton — being staged without fans on Tuesday — will be last until the end of April.The BHA says the decision was taken “to protect essential emergency services and the health and welfare of staff working in the racing industry.”BHA chief executive Nick Rust says its “first duty is to the health of the public, our customers and to racing industry participants and staff,” while saying it will do its best to support those whose livelihoods depend on what Rust said is a “4 billion pound industry.”___1 p.m. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):___11:50 a.m.last_img read more

Sep
17

Badgers back in WNIT

first_imgWisconsin heads the WNIT field a year after losing in the tournament’s championship game.TheBadgers were one of 16 teams to receive a first-round bye in the WNIT.Wisconsin lost in the WNIT championship game to Wyoming last season.The Badgers were runners-up in 1999 before winning the tournament in2000.Other notables in the tournament, which begins Wednesday, include North Carolina State, Villanova, and Florida.“Weare very excited about the opportunity to continue our season andcompete for a championship,” Florida coach Amanda Butler said. “We knewearly during the year that we were a postseason team and theannouncement of the WNIT bid makes that a reality. We’ve worked hardall season for this chance and hopefully, we’ll take advantage of theopportunity in front of us.”The Gators had a remarkable turnaround finishing at 18-13, a year after going 9-22.The16 first-round games include Prairie View vs. Texas State, Idaho Statevs. Boise State, UC Davis vs. Gonzaga, American vs. Villanova,Creighton vs. South Dakota State, Wisconsin Green-Bay vs. Drake,Western Carolina vs Middle Tennessee, Radford vs. James Madison, VCU vsCharlotte, Arkansas-Little Rock vs. Southern Mississippi, SoutheastMissouri vs. Evansville, Dayton vs. Bowling Green, Iona vs. Quinnipiac,Dartmouth vs. Vermont, North Carolina A&T vs South Carolina, andSouth Florida vs. Florida Gulf Coast.Texas Tech, TCU, Colorado,Marquette, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi State,Kansas, Michigan State, St. John’s, Boston College, N.C. State, andFlorida also received first-round byes.The 48-team tournamentfield featured five Big 10 schools, four Big East and SoutheasternConference teams. The tournament awards automatic bids to the teamsthat finish highest in their regular season conference standings.The championship game will be played April 5.last_img read more

Sep
16

Dundalk get tough Europa League draw

first_imgManchester United will face Fenerbahçe of Turkey, Feyenoord of the Netherlands  and Zorya of the Ukraine.Southampton have been drawn against Hapoel Beer Sheva of Israel, Inter Milan and Sparta Prague.The Europa League kicks-off on Thursday September 15th.last_img

Aug
30

Degree 53 revamps Betfred Lotto dynamics

first_img Share Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020 Related Articles Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon Andrew Daniels – Degree 53Industry, design and innovation studio Degree 53 continues its legacy partnership with Betfred, announcing that it has redesigned the ‘Lotto section’ of the Betfred.com website.  In its update, Degree 53 details that it has revamped frontend and backend capabilities with a ‘mobile-first strategy in mind’ delivering a fully responsive experience across web, tablet and mobile devices.Product upgrades see Degree 53 improve Betfred Lotto ‘betslip engagement’, which will now include more cross-selling points for players, combined with the option to ‘play the same numbers’.The Degree 53 team has also added numerous info points across the product to help novices understand the terminology easier.Chris Young, Head of Lotto, Virtual Sports & Esports at Betfred comments: “I am very pleased with the work the Degree 53 team have been delivering. Since the relaunch, we have seen record sessions and improved conversions on the product. Feedback has been very positive and we can see that many of our customers have started using the new apps. Overall, the improvements the team made have generated fantastic results and I expect this to continue going forward. Thanks to the team’s expertise, we’ll carry on making small improvements to optimise the user experience and create a fun and exciting product.”In addition Degree 53 has significantly expanded Betfred Lotto backend capabilities; updating betting functionalities, improving content management options and optimising the responsive build of the product.The native iOS and Android apps have been updated to a web container, which includes the latest native app features, such as Touch ID and Face ID, as well as onboarding, tutorials and push notifications.Andrew Daniels, managing director at Degree 53 says: “I’m happy to hear the positive response from the Betfred team and it’s great to see the new Lotto design live. This redesign marks our ongoing partnership with Betfred to continue evolving their product portfolio through UX optimisation and modernising the design. It’s important to track any obstacles in the user journey and make improvements in these areas to increase conversion. Our knowledge of the gaming industry helps us to implement the latest design and technology trends to our clients’ products to facilitate that. We have a number of other projects with Betfred in the pipeline and I’m very excited to see them roll out in the near future.”last_img read more

Aug
28

John Terry and Steven Gerrard net in Chelsea-Liverpool draw

first_imgLiverpool’s Champions League hopes are all but over despite earning a hard-fought point at Chelsea. Steven Gerrard scored his first goal against the club that tried to sign him in almost 10 years to cancel out John Terry’s early header.The celebratory atmosphere seemed to overawe Liverpool’s players, who allowed Chelsea to impose themselves on proceedings.John Terry headed the home side into an early lead from a Cesc Fabregas corner, and they had opportunities to double their advantage, carving Liverpool out numerous times down the right hand side.They should have gone into the second half ahead, but lax marking from a Jordan Henderson free kick gave Steven Gerrard a free header from six yards out to level maters.Both sides came close to winning the game through Philippe Coutinho and Cesc Fabregas, but it finished honours even.Liverpool are now six points behind fourth placed Manchester United, who have a +14 superior goal difference, with two games of the season remaining. –last_img read more

Aug
26

Ohio State quarterback Matthew Baldwin plans to transfer

first_img“My family and I have prayed and talked a lot about where I belong and what is best for me,” Baldwin said, in part, in his statement. “In the end, we feel like it would be better for me to step away from Ohio State. I want everyone to know this isn’t done out of anger or frustration, but I’m not just a football player.”pic.twitter.com/SekgqQlPTo— Matthew Baldwin (@matthewb_12) April 19, 2019The redshirt freshman, who suffered a torn ACL his first year in Columbus, had been expected to compete with sophomore transfer Justin Fields for the starting quarterback role with the Buckeyes. Baldwin shared first-team snaps with Fields during spring drills and in Ohio State’s spring game Saturday, Baldwin completed 20 of 36 attempts for 246 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions.”I loved getting to know Justin and competing with him was an incredible experience for me,” Baldwin said of the former five-star recruit and Georgia transfer who was granted immediate eligiblity.Baldwin is the second Ohio State quarterback to transfer since coach Ryan Day, entering his first season as Buckeyes coach, persuaded Fields to transfer to Ohio State. Tate Martell, who was the backup to departed starter Dwayne Haskins last season, left Ohio State for Miami.Day said Saturday he wasn’t prepared to name a starter but told reporters he is looking to add another quarterback to the roster before the season.”I don’t think right now that we’re going to make a decision. It’ll continue through the preseason,” Day said. “These guys have to keep going. They’ll probably all have to play in some way, shape or form along the way.”ESPN reported that Baldwin, a native of Austin, Texas, is looking to transfer to a school closer to home. Ohio State quarterback Matthew Baldwin plans to enter the NCAA’s transfer portal, he announced on Twitter Thursday.Buckeyes coach coach Ryan Day confirmed the decision to ESPN.last_img read more

Aug
14

Goaltender Marcus Hogberg aims to prove future is now with Ottawa Senators

first_imgEither way, Senators’ general manager Pierre Dorion will have a decision to make when Nilsson is healthy enough to return to the fold. Does he re-assign Hogberg to Belleville where the B-Sens sit fifth the Eastern Conference, or keep him with the big club?The goalie tandem of Joey Daccord (6-2-2, 2.52 goals against average, .914 save percentage) and Filip Gustavsson (9-5-1, 3.54 GAA, .884 SV. PCT) are capably holding down the fort in Belleville in Hogberg’s absence, which may influence the decision..Ultimately, it’ll likely come down to what Dorion chooses to do with veteran backstop Craig Anderson. At age 38 and in the final year of his deal, the prospect of Anderson — the Senators’ franchise leader games (422), wins (197) and shutouts (28) — being traded prior to the Feb. 24 deadline is growing significantly by the day. Thomson is slated to play for the club’s American Hockey League affiliate in Belleville. Bernard-Docker will likely join Thomson after a sophomore campaign at the University of North Dakota, while his Fighting Hawks freshman teammate Pinto may not be too far behind.NHL MOCK DRAFT: Senators select phenoms Lafreniere, Rossi; LA Kings get goalie of futureWhile the recent world juniors stars may still be a ways off from contributing in Ottawa, the future appears to be now for Senators’ goalie Marcus Hogberg. After a cup of coffee (four starts) in 2018-19, the 25-year-old is turning heads in a slew of starts since his first recall Nov. 27.After a stellar performance in a 3-2 shootout loss Friday in Detroit — one that included a fantastic sequence of saves in overtime — Hogberg was rewarded with another start the next night versus the Senators’ arch rival Montreal Canadiens.Head coach D.J. Smith didn’t think the young netminder was overly-worked the previous evening, and wanted to see how Hogberg would fare in a difficult situation.“With the process of a rebuild, and these young kids, we want to get as many looks as well,” said Smith prior to Saturday’s game.Playing in his second game that went into overtime within 24 hours, the Senators’ 2013 third-round selection held his own. Hogberg stopped seven shots in the three-on-three before being beaten by an Ilya Kovalchuk wrister that gave the visiting Canadiens a 2-1 win.Hogberg has only one win — a 5-4 OT victory over the Predators Dec. 19 — in his short NHL career to date. However, his 1-2-4 record this season, earning points in five of seven starts for his team, is a positive in that the lanky 6-5, 217-pound goalie displays the ability to keep his club close in tight games.One Senator who is impressed with what he’s seen of Hogberg over the past month is Brady Tkachuk.“I knew a little bit about him. It’s only my second season, too. He played a couple of games last year. This year compared to last year, he’s gotten so much better,” commented Tkachuk after Saturday’s game. “I’m excited to see how great of a goalie he’s going to become. I believe that everyone thinks he’s going to do just that.”Drake Batherson, who spent the majority of his rookie campaign in Belleville last season, isn’t surprised with how well Hogberg’s been playing for the parent Senators.“Last year we went on a win streak (winning nine of 10 games), he was unbelievable. He played every game. Ever since he’s been up here, he’s played great. He’s my neighbor in Belleville, so we spent a lot of time together. He’s a great guy and a great goalie,” Batherson said. “He’s a really good pro. He comes to the rink every day. He’s one of the hardest workers. He’s in here getting treatment two hours before practice. He’s the first one out there working with the goalie coach down there (Belleville) and up here (Ottawa). I think he’s going to be a big part of the future.”For his part, Hogberg is a man of few words, choosing to let his play do the talking. “I felt good. Yesterday helped me to be confident out there, ” Hogberg said after Friday’s game in Detroit. “I like to play a lot of games, and back-to-back is fun way to play. I like them.”In fact the heavier the workload, the better the Orebro, Sweden, native performs. Hogberg was a prime reason Belleville flirted with a playoff berth last season as the Baby Sens were 19-23-2 on Jan. 19, 2019, prior to finishing 18-8-6 down the stretch — with Hogberg starting 24 of 25 games at one juncture.Unfortunately for Belleville, the Baby Sens’ rough start was too big to overcome and they fell just two points short of the postseason. Regardless, Hogberg showed he could play big minutes when called upon.MORE: Senators have decisions to make ahead of trade deadlineNow in the NHL, one would expect Hogberg to draw more starts while compatriot Anders Nilsson recovers from a concussion suffered Dec. 16. Senators management definitely wants to see how he handles NHL competition long-term, and may now get that chance. Even if it goes swimmingly for Hogberg, who has a one-way contract in 2020-21, the netminder will still likely play second fiddle behind Nilsson next season. Ottawa Senators fans recently caught a glimpse of their team’s future, with defensemen Jacob Bernard-Docker (Canada), Lassi Thomson (Finland) and forward Shane Pinto (USA) all taking part in the World Junior Championship.However, all three young men are unlikely to crack the Senators’ lineup next season.last_img read more