Local Football Teams Get Love In State Pre-Season Polls

first_imgThe Indiana Football State Coaches Pre-Season Polls have been released.The defending 4A State Champion East Central Trojans start off at #1. Their season opening opponent for The Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown, The Lawrenceburg Tigers, is ranked in The Top 10 of 3A at #8. The Milan Indians start off The 2A Polls at #13.The best of luck to our area Football teams this season!last_img

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Women’s hoops falls to UCSB by 11 points

first_imgHowever, the Trojans struggled to run offense and keep possession of the ball all night, finishing with 19 turnovers, one lower than their season high mark of 20, and 9 more than UCSB’s total.  Trakh commended his team for its continuous effort despite being so shorthanded. Freshman guard Endyia Rogers posted 10 points and six rebounds with just one turnover against UCSB. ( Yannick Peterhans | Daily Trojan) The shorthanded Trojans were undefeated before the road contest in Santa Barbara, posting a 3-0 mark following a trio of comfortable wins to open up the 2019-20 campaign.  The USC women’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season Monday, falling to UC Santa Barbara 57-46.  Trakh also added that a recent slew of injuries have forced the young Trojans into a “baptism by fire,” as they’ve been forced to adjust to the speed and intensity of the collegiate game on the fly.  Trakh attributed USC’s free throw woes to inexperience.  The Gauchos made USC pay for its turnover woes, winning the points off turnover battle by a mark of 22-5, a gap of 17 points in a game that was decided by 11. “I don’t fault the young kids at all — there’s going to be a learning curve, and they’re a talented group that’s working hard,” Trakh said. “We’ve just got to keep moving in the right direction and being very patient with them.” Injuries and mistakes killed the Trojans, who were without standout graduate transfer guard Stephanie Watts and senior forward Kayla Overbeck due to injuries. They remain without freshman guard Madison Campbell and redshirt sophomore guard Shalexxus Aaron, who have yet to make an appearance this season due to their own respective ailments.  The Trojans’ late push fell short, however, as the Gauchos pulled away in the late stages to bring the lead to double digits. The Gauchos were 1-2 heading into the matchup, coming off a tight loss to San Jose State. A strong stretch from the Trojans gave them the lead following a 5-0 personal run from Rogers, but the Gauchos answered back with an 11-0 run to jump out to a lead they did not relinquish.  “I think how we bounce back and what kind of heart and desire we play with will give me a barometer on this team,” Trakh said. “The future is bright — we just have to be patient.”  “I think that’s youth and understanding; you’ve gotta be ready to play and understanding that teams are going to come after you,” Trakh said. “I think that’s a learning experience.” The previously mentioned comeback effort nearly came to fruition as freshman guard Alyson Miura sank a clutch 3-pointer to bring USC within 2 points with four and a half minutes to play.  USC women’s basketball is back in action against star junior guard Chennedy Carter and No. 6-ranked Texas A&M Saturday at Galen Center at 5:30 p.m. Santa Barbara was also led by junior point guard Danae Miller, who filled the stat sheet with six rebounds and four assists to go along with 12 points.  The offensive struggles would continue for the Trojans, as a dismal 20-point second half ensured UCSB never had to look back. The Gauchos won the game comfortably despite a late push from head coach Mark Trakh’s unit.  Stout defense from UCSB limited the Trojans to 3 points for the final five minutes of the first half, and the Gauchos carried a 34-26 advantage into halftime.  Saturday will certainly be an early test for Trakh’s young squad, and the Trojans will be eager to make a statement against a premier opponent following their first loss of the season. The Gauchos were also spurred by a dominant performance from freshman forward/center Ila Lane, who had a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds, including five offensive rebounds. The win moves UCSB to an overall mark of 2-2 on the year. As for his expectations for Saturday’s big matchup, Trakh said he’s looking forward to seeing how his team responds to the UCSB defeat and competes against some of the top talent in the country.  The freshman duo of forward Alissa Pili and guard Endyia Rogers shouldered the offensive load. The two built upon strong starts to their Trojan careers; each posted 10 points, and they combined for 11 rebounds.  The Trojans shot just 25% from the free throw line, on 2-of-8 shooting. In the Trojans’ first three games, which were all wins, they shot over 90% from the charity stripe in two games and 78% in the other. While not the only issue in USC’s first loss, this would be troubling for the Trojans should the trend continue. last_img read more

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British Open 2019: Jon Rahm feels at home at Royal Portrush

first_img“The first year I didn’t expect it. I didn’t expect the support. And I think Spanish people have a lot of pride about the country of Spain, and being Basque, Basque people have a lot of pride in being Basque, and especially in my city. I think Northern Irish people are really proud of their country and to be where they’re from. I feel that’s a similarity and have a similar feel.”When I’m walking around my hometown in Spain, for the most part of the year we get similar weather. Summer is a little bit better. We’re right on the coast, fishing villages. It’s just a very similar feel to what I had growing up. So, it’s a lot of home feel, too, without being at home.” Rory McIlroy: 2019 British Open in Northern Ireland ‘is bigger than me’ Rahm comes from Barrika, a town in the Basque Country in northern Spain, and enjoys a strong feeling of familiarity in Northern Ireland for the 148th Open Championship this week.  “I just like it. Ever since the first time I played here, in Portstewart two years ago, the Irish crowd is treating me very, very specially,” he said. “I’ve had a great support. And it’s the closest I’ll ever feel to playing at home, without being at home, really. That’s what I think makes it so special. Related News PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — Playing at Royal Portrush this week will have a home-away-from-home feeling for Jon Rahm, who hopes his previous successes at The Irish Open can lead to a major breakthrough.The Spaniard claimed his first Irish Open victory at Portstewart two years ago and earned a confidence-boosting triumph in Lahinch at the start of this month.center_img British Open betting tips: Odds favor Rory McIlroy, but Royal Portrush field is wide-open Irish Open Champion at Lahinch #TheOpen Champion at Royal Portrush?  pic.twitter.com/D8hnB2s6AW— The Open (@TheOpen) July 17, 2019Rahm is taking plenty of confidence from his previous moments of glory on Irish soil and links golf courses as he aims to win his first major.”There are definitely a lot of positives to take from it,” he said. “If I ever have doubt, which I shouldn’t, I can always remind myself that I’ve been able to win twice here. That’s the reason why I can get it done.”There’s a lot of positive in that sense. A lot of confidence in knowing that I’m more than capable to win an Open Championship, to win on a links golf course.”last_img read more

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Jon Rahm moves past penalty, claims world No. 1 spot with Memorial win

first_imgJon Rahm was assessed a two-stroke penalty for a violation of Rule 9.4 after a ball at rest moved.His score on the par-3 16th has been adjusted from a 2 to a 4. pic.twitter.com/HWbIN2woTr— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 20, 2020Rahm accepted his penalty, saying: “I didn’t see it. I promised open honesty and I’m a loyal person, and I don’t want to win by cheating.”And (when) it kind of happened a couple years ago, I basically told the officials to make the decision they wanted, I just explained my side and I wasn’t given any penalty. And today I see it, and the ball did move. It’s as simple as that.MORE: Woods takes positives from rough weekend; PGA plans unclear”The rules of golf are clear. Had I seen it, I would have said something. But you have to zoom in the camera to be able to see something, and I have rough, I’m looking at my landing spot. I’m not really thinking of looking at the golf ball. I’m one of those where I’m looking down but my awareness is not on the ball.”As unfortunate as it is to have this happen, it was a great shot, serious. What it goes to show is you never know what’s going to happen. I’m glad I grinded those last two up-and-downs because had I missed both of them, plus the penalty stroke, maybe [runner-up] Ryan [Palmer] finishes strong, I would be in a playoff, and I’m glad I finished it off good.”I want everybody to hear it — it did move. It is a penalty. As hard as it is to say for how great of a shot it was — as hard as it is to say that, I won’t finish double digits under par. But it did move, so I’ll accept the penalty, and it still doesn’t change the outcome of the tournament. I’m going to stay with that.”The three-stroke victory moved Rahm (9 under for the tournament) to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, making him the second Spaniard to reach the top. He joins the great Seve Ballesteros in achieving the feat.”I don’t know how to describe it. It’s been a goal since I was 13, 14 years old,” Rahm told a news conference after surpassing Rory McIlroy as No. 1. The new No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking. ☝@JonRahmPGA joins @SeveBallesteros as the only Spaniards to claim the top spot. 🇪🇸🇪🇸 pic.twitter.com/AzNi6Lxm5O— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 20, 2020″I remember I heard a story on the radio from my swing coach back in Spain, Eduardo Celles,” Rahm continued. “We were driving somewhere and he asked me what my goals were and my ambitions and this and that, and I remember telling him, I think 13 or 14 years old, it’s like, ‘I’m going to be the best player in the world,’ and that’s what I set out to be.”Every day I wake up trying to be a better player, a better person, every single day, a better husband, and that’s how I can sum it up.”Any time I can join my name to Spanish history or any kind of history, it’s very unique. Seve is a very special player to all of us, and to be second to him, it’s a true honor.” Jon Rahm was in control for most of his final round Sunday at Muirfield Village, where he won this year’s Memorial Tournament, but there was controversy toward the end.Rahm was assessed a two-stroke penalty after he chipped in from the rough for birdie at 16. PGA Tour officials determined his ball moved.last_img read more

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Amidst Revelation of Alleged Plans to Islamize Liberia, West Africa:

first_imgIn the wake of a publication unveiling an alleged plan by Saudi Arabia to Islamize Liberia and nine other West African countries, Liberian Ambassador Wesley M. Johnson has called on government not to treat the issue lightly but to take precautionary measures to prevent any occurrence that would undermine the peace of the state.The former Liberian Ambassador to the Court of St. James in London, who walked into the offices of the Daily Observer on May 5, 2014 upon reading our initial story on the alleged Saudi plan, acknowledged that Muslims are spreading all over the world with activities impeding the existence of peace.While some Liberians are by faith Muslim, the Liberian Ambassador cautioned that state security has to work hard to prevent in Liberia activities carried out by Boko Haram, Al-Shabab, al-Qaeda and other religious extremist and militant groups in Africa and other parts of the world.Although the authors of the document unveiling the plan to Islamize Liberia and West Africa are unknown, which in some   ways makes the analysis to be unbelievable, Ambassador Johnson said it is difficult to rule out the report considering the prevailing activities of some Islamic believers around the world.As the Muslim population grows in Liberia, he noted, it serves as a blessing for those perpetrating evil in other parts of the world because it will serve as strength for them. “It would be good for government and citizens to put measures into place to prevent such a thing from happening here.  It is certain that what happens in other places could   happen here, too, but we must be eternally vigilant and take nothing for granted,” Ambassador Johnson added.   He said the information brings to mind the need for citizens to help security with information about suspicious activities of foreigners entering Liberia, including those coming through the country’s porous borders. Unlike the past when Muslim women wearing black veils covering their faces were very few and far between, their numbers in Liberia have significantly increased, with many of them living in Monrovia.Amidst this concern, the Ambassador told the Daily Observer that government also has to handle the matter with care to avoid internal conflict between Muslims and Non-Muslims. It may be recalled that in 2011 conflict sparked up between Mandingos and other tribal groups in Lofa County, which led to deaths and destruction of properties.  A similar incident occurred at Paynesville Red Light in 2004.Following the Voinjama event, a member of the Muslim community wrote a letter to Saudi Arabia complaining to Muslims of that country that Liberian Muslims were not treated with dignity, requesting Arabian Muslims to assist Liberian Muslims tackle the issue.Considering these instances and others that may possibly happen in line with perception created by this published Saudi  information, Ambassador Johnson indicated that Liberians need to be bold to admit their faults and truly reconcile to be together rather than harbor divisive minds. He also clarified that he had not resigned as an Ambassador as the information in the said article indicated, but confirmed that he is no longer an accredited ambassador to London.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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