Franklin County, In. — A Brookville resident was flown to University of Cincinnati Hospital following a Wednesday morning crash on St. Mary’s Road.A report from the sheriff’s department says a vehicle driven by Douglas Flaspohler, 60, was westbound near Alley Road around 8:20 a.m. when he lost control on a patch of ice. The vehicle went off the right side of the roadway and rolled down an embankment and rolled upside down into a creek.No word on the condition of the victim. The accident remains under investigation.
Indianapolis, In. — According to the Indiana State Department of Health, there was a 52-percent increase in opioid deaths from 2015 to 2016. It’s clear our state and country are in the middle of an opioid epidemic and more must be done. This year, the Indiana General Assembly made great strides in expanding treatment options, reducing the supply of addictive medications and strengthening criminal enforcement to curb opioid deaths.As part of our continuing effort to provide more addiction treatment options for all Hoosiers, up to nine additional opioid treatment centers will be opening throughout the state. Strategically placing these programs in underserved areas will ensure every Hoosier seeking treatment is within an hour’s drive from receiving help. These new facilities will greatly improve access in specific areas of the state, such as rural communities.To monitor the supply of addictive medications in circulation, a new law requires physicians and pharmacists to check the state’s prescription monitoring system, INSPECT, before prescribing and dispensing addictive drugs. By consulting INSPECT, pharmacists and doctors will be able to determine if a patient is “doctor shopping” for multiple, simultaneous prescriptions, which could be dangerous and even deadly if combined. A similar database, NPLEx, has been instrumental in the fight against meth labs because it tracks and enforces Indiana’s cold medication purchase limits, helping prevent meth cooks from obtaining crucial meth-making ingredients.While addiction treatment and stricter prescribing guidelines are essential, we must also continue to attack the opioid epidemic through law enforcement. Drug dealers and those who illegally manufacture drugs will now be subject to a felony-level sentence enhancement if the drugs they manufactured or sold resulted in the death of the user. This puts accountability on the shoulders of the manufacturers and dealers who intentionally prey on those susceptible to or suffering from addiction in our communities.With accurate, complete data, county coroners will further investigate suspected overdose deaths and will consult INSPECT to gather more information about any potential opioid use. Additionally, the new law requires them to conduct post-mortem toxicology tests and blood screenings and forward those results to the Indiana State Department of Health. Indiana will now be better able to respond to drug overdoses by identifying geographic hotspots.By attacking this public health crisis from every angle, hopefully we can prevent addiction before it starts, keep drug dealers off our streets and get more Hoosiers into lifesaving treatment. For more information on these new laws, visit iga.in.gov. You can also contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-234-3827.
A very high-class performer over timber, winning last year’s Galway Hurdle, Rebel Fitz was beaten at long odds-on when switched to fences at Killarney but returned to the same venue to score easily last week. Among the huge entry for the valuable two-and-three-quarter-mile handicap chase are defending champion Bob Lingo, Hidden Cyclone and the crack hunter chaser Mossey Joe, who was extremely impressive in the recent championship event at Stratford. Rebel Fitz has been allotted top weight for the www.thetote.com Galway Plate on July 31. Paul Nicholls, who won the 2008 Plate with Oslot, could send Prospect Wells across, while other British entries are The Disengager, Bobowen, Quincy Des Pictons, Shoegazer, Kian’s Delight and Paddy The Hare. Dermot Weld, the master trainer at Ballybrit, could again field Majestic Concorde. So Young leads a formidable Willie Mullins challenge for the Guinness Galway Hurdle on August 1. The seven-year-old has struggled at championship level but has always fared well in lesser events, meaning he would have to carry top weight of 11st 12lb if he were to take part. The champion trainer can also call upon the likes of Drive Time, Midnight Game, Make Your Mark, Rattan, Sweet My Lord, Pique Sous and Midnight Oil. There are plenty of fascinating other entries for the valuable prize, with Weld’s Rock Critic unbeaten in two hurdling starts, Tony Martin’s Ted Veale already a Cheltenham Festival winner, and John Ferguson’s smart ex-Flat recruit Sea Lord leading a good British challenge. Press Association
City have been rampant in attack of late, scoring a total of 22 goals in their last four home games in all competitions. But Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini criticised his side’s defending after they laboured to a 4-2 Champions League win over Group D basement boys Viktoria Plzen at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. And on that December 10 contest, Richards said: “The match against Bayern is going to be a tough game. They are a strong team. “If we win we could top the group but it is going to be very hard to go to their place and win. “They have got special players there and, in my opinion, they are the best team in the world. “I think we have got to be careful in defence but we have got to go and attack because we have got to win. It will be a good game.” Next up for City, who are fourth in the Premier League, is a top-flight encounter with Swansea at home on Sunday. Pellegrini would not say on Wednesday whether goalkeeper Joe Hart will be retained in the side for that fixture or if Costel Pantilimon will come back in. Hart was restored to the team for the Plzen game after a spell on the bench following a series of errors. The England stopper made some good saves and, importantly, no mistakes on his return, with there being no blame on his part for the goals conceded. It also remains to be seen whether or not Richards keeps his place in the first XI from the Plzen match. On his battle with Pablo Zabaleta for the starting right-back berth at City, the 25-year-old England international said: “Zaba is playing well but you have to keep going, keep knuckling down, work hard. “Then when I get a chance I’ll take it. There is nothing more I can say really.” It is an area in which City – who have been without injured defender and captain Vincent Kompany for several weeks – have excelled in recent seasons. In each of the last three Barclays Premier League campaigns, no other side have conceded fewer top-flight goals than them. Richards is well aware of that fact and the City defender said: “We are playing some great stuff – at the weekend against Tottenham (a 6-0 top-flight home win on Sunday) we were outstanding. “But we have just got to sort out the goals against now. “We want more clean sheets. In the last three years we have had the best defence. “We have been a bit shaky this season but hopefully we can put that right now.” Getting things right at the back as well as going forward is exactly what City, who qualified for the Champions League knockout stages before the clash with Czech outfit Plzen, will have to do if they are to finish top of their group. It is a tall-looking order to say the least – in their final Group D game against leaders Bayern Munich away they will have to better the 3-1 win the German side achieved against them at the Etihad Stadium. Micah Richards is keen for Manchester City to get back to showing the kind of defensive solidity they have displayed over the last few years. Press Association
Press Association United dominated the opening 20 minutes, but failed to score on a frustrating afternoon for Louis van Gaal’s team. After a week in which they failed to land former target Pedro, United lacked a cutting edge up front. Manchester United’s need for attacking reinforcements was laid bare at Old Trafford as they stuttered to a goalless draw against Newcastle. The Newcastle boss had every reason to be worried. His team were creaking under pressure from United’s relentless attacking play. Mata and Rooney tested Krul again and Depay then rounded the Magpies’ goalkeeper but was unable to finish. As the first half progressed, Newcastle started coming back into the game. Out of nowhere, Aleksandar Mitrovic leapt high to beat Matteo Darmian to the ball and rattle the bar. Ayoze Perez then drilled a low shot wide after a mistake by Daley Blind. United failed to take a grip of the game after the restart. Depay wasted a good chance by firing a free-kick into the wall. Van Gaal brought Michael Carrick and Hernandez on for Bastian Schweinsteiger and Januzaj. Rooney dropped into the number 10 position, leaving Hernandez up front. The Stretford End yelled “Attack! Attack! Attack!” Van Gaal’s men obliged, but there was no breakthrough. Steven Taylor blocked Rooney’s volley in the box and Mata blazed way over the bar after being found by his captain with a deep cross. Luke Shaw played a neat one-two with Morgan Schneiderlin before driving a low shot at Krul. The Newcastle goalkeeper then pulled off the save of the match to deny Hernandez from eight yards. Fabricio Coloccini blocked Antonio Valencia’s shot, Chris Smalling struck the woodwork and a screamer from Carrick flew inches wide as United looked for another late goal at Old Trafford. But it never came and Newcastle could have snatched all three points at the death had Papiss Cisse’s cross been converted on the counter. TWEET OF THE MATCH Racing pundit and Newcastle fan John McCririck @RealMcCririck “Krul + the Gang stirring defence. Toon @NUFC grabbing pt miraculous Best 0-0 draw of whole season? #HowayTheLads ! Brill Watch out Gunners!” PLAYER RATINGS Manchester United: ROMERO: 6 out of 10 DARMIAN: 7 SMALLING: 8 BLIND: 6 SHAW: 7 SCHWEINSTEIGER: 6 SCHNEIDERLIN: 6 MATA: 6 JANUZAJ: 6 DEPAY: 6 ROONEY: 5 Substitutes: CARRICK: 7 HERNANDEZ: 6 VALENCIA: 6 Newcastle: KRUL: 8 MBEMBA: 6 TAYLOR: 7 COLOCCINI: 8 HAIDARA: 8 COLBACK: 7 ANITA: 6 PEREZ: 6 WIJNALDUM: 6 OBERTAN: 5 MITROVIC: 7 Substitutes: THAUVIN: 6 TIOTE: 6 CISSE: 6 STAR PLAYER: Fabricio Coloccini: Newcastle looked inept at the back against Swansea last week but today they were rigid and never lost concentration. Coloccini was the stand-out performer in the back four, throwing his body on the line when it mattered, particularly in the dying stages. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Tim Krul’s save from Javier Hernandez. Krul was just as key to the result as Coloccini’s efforts in front of him. The ball fell to Hernandez in the box in the 79th minute as United launched attack after attack but Krul came storming off his line and stretched his arms to deny the Mexican. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Steve McClaren resisted the temptation to give Florian Thauvin his full debut and instead chose to pack the midfield, with Aleksandar Mitrovic playing as a lone striker. The move paid off as Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin had little impact on the game. Van Gaal bemoaned his team’s failure to break down well-organised defensively-minded teams when they came to Old Trafford last year and he is yet to find a solution. Memphis Depay threatened occasionally but the hosts rarely looked like they were capable of scoring. MOAN OF THE MATCH Wayne Rooney: Failed once more in front of goal. Van Gaal insists Rooney is capable of leading the line for United, but he has now failed to score in 10 matches. Van Gaal’s faith in the striker is admirable, but on this evidence the skipper is not up to the job. WHO’S UP NEXT Manchester United v Club Brugge (Champions League, Wednesday 26 August) Newcastle v Northampton (Capital One Cup, Tuesday 25 August) Wayne Rooney’s goal drought now stretches to 10 games. The captain thought he had put United ahead early on but his effort was ruled out for a marginal offside call. The England captain had a shot blocked inside the area after the break, but otherwise failed to show he is the answer to United’s scoring troubles. It was not just Rooney who struggled in front of goal, however. Juan Mata and Memphis Depay also missed chances while Tim Krul performed some late heroics to deny substitute Javier Hernandez. The result ended United’s perfect start to the season and provided yet more evidence that Van Gaal needs to add more attacking players to his squad before the transfer window shuts in 10 days’ time. Rooney, who had scored 11 in 17 previous starts for United against Newcastle, looked to have ended his wait for a goal in the fourth minute when he latched on to Mata’s through-ball and lifted the ball over Krul, but the goal was ruled out for offside Despite his indifferent start to the season, Rooney’s confidence was high. He drove a low shot at Krul from distance. The Dutchman then pulled off a top save to deny Mata from a free-kick. Steve McClaren, worried about his team’s poor start, came down to the touchline from the directors box.
Chris Cheng and Nehi Ogbevoen were declared the winners of the Undergraduate Student Government presidential election Tuesday, according to preliminary results.Elected · Chris Cheng (right) is congratulated by Alex Bozzo, a junior majoring in political science and manager for Cheng’s campaign. Cheng, currently USG’s director of outreach, will be the next USG president with Nehi Ogbevoen as vice president. – Nathaniel Gonzalez | Daily Trojan Cheng, a junior and USG’s current director of outreach, and Ogbevoen, also a junior, earned 2,100 votes — 45.3 percent of the total votes. They were followed by junior Dylan Dann, a current Greek senator, and junior Addison McCaleb, who earned 1,429 votes; junior Jonathan Munoz-Proulx and sophomore Ryan Walsh, who had 615 votes; and junior Andrew Matson, USG’s director of academic affairs, and sophomore Juan Orjuela, currently a residential senator, who earned 407 votes.Cheng said he was “ecstatic” that his ticket won.“We worked hard for every vote we got,” Cheng said. “We were out there for two weeks shaking people’s hands in the dining halls and on Trousdale. We didn’t really have any expectations; we just worked our hardest.”Ogbevoen, who rushed to the Senate meeting from a basketball game to hear the results, was equally excited.“It hasn’t hit me yet, it’s surreal,” Ogbevoen said. “In about 10 minutes, I’ll be screaming like a girl.”Cheng and Ogbevoen credit their success to the amount of work they put into their campaign.Munoz-Proulx said he wasn’t surprised by the results, adding that he is “very thrilled with the candidates that have been elected.”Other candidates expressed similar views on the election.“I think they’re going to lead USG with a lot of strength,” Matson said. “They’re really going to be able to connect with the students.”USG Vice President Ashlie Chan said she was happy with this year’s election season.“I’m really glad that the [voter] numbers have increased from last year,” Chan said. “I think the numbers reflect what the students want.”Scott Hummel, co-director of elections and recruitment, said he was “impressed” by all the campaigns.“They were all just really impressive students,” Hummel said. “They were all well-spoken, involved and interested in making USG better for USC students … These candidates bring to light how students should have the biggest say.”Cheng and Ogbevoen are already making plans for the weeks before they take office. Among these tasks include building an “awesome and amazing” cabinet and talking to the administration, according to Cheng.“We just want to start meeting with the administrators as soon as possible,” Cheng said. “We really want to fulfill all the promises that we’ve made. We’ve already met with the administrators beforehand, which was a huge help, and so we already established a good relationship with the administrators which I think is really important. So now we have to meet with them again and say, ‘Hey, we won so lets try to get this done for next year.’”Ogbevoen also hopes to talk to the current USG president and vice president to gain insight from their experiences.“I’ve done a lot of research in the past two months about the current administration” Ogbevoen said. “I really just want to dive in and talk to Ashlie Chan about being vice president and Holden Slusher and see what struggles they faced last year so that we can keep moving forward.”During the campaign season, complaints were filed against Cheng and Ogbevoen for using the USG listserv to e-mail students. The elections commission ruled it a minor offense and ordered the ticket to remove 10 campaign signs from Trousdale Parkway. The other candidates brought the issue to the judicial board, which ruled that Cheng and Ogbevoen could not campaign until 3 p.m. on the third day of voting. No further action will be taken.Co-director of Elections and Recruitment Emiko Suzuki said the whole election season went well and that it was a fair election.“The atmosphere when the results were announced, everyone was still in good spirits and were all shaking everyone’s hands, and I think that shows that this was a good election and that nothing went terribly wrong and that nobody won by dirty means,” Suzuki said.The official results of the presidential and senatorial races will be announced next Tuesday after the elected candidates have been determined to be in good standing and have completed their budget proposal.
After an illustrious football career in which he bowed to injury at 33, Emmanuel Amunike’s profile has been on the rise. He led Nigeria to win the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2015 in Chile, had a stint with Sudan’s Al Khartoum SC before quitting the job. Recently, he was appointed by the world football governing body in the panel set up by FIFA to shortlist the 2017/2018 season men’s footballers and coaches of the year. On Monday, the former Super Eagles player was appointed head coach of the Tanzania national team. How far can he turn around the fortunes of the Taifa Stars, asks Kunle AdewaleCurrently ranked 140 in the world by FIFA, Tanzania is not a superpower when it comes to African football. Their only Africa Cup of Nations appearance was in the 1980 edition hosted and won by Nigeria, in which they failed to qualify from the group stage. The challenge before Amunike now, therefore, is how to turn around the fortunes of the Taifa Stars and ensure a second AFCON appearance in Cameroon next year- a tall order by any standard.Tanzania on Monday unveiled former Nigerian international Emmanuel Amunike as their new head coach. The Tanzania Football Federation confirmed the appointment on their official Twitter handle, with Amunike being unveiled by TFF President Wallace Karia in Dar es Salaam. The 47-year-old signed a two-year deal with the East Africans, replacing Salum Mayanga, with the primary task to qualify Tanzania for the 2019 AFCON. They were held by Lesotho in their opening qualifier, and will also face Uganda and Cape Verde in a tricky qualifying group.After his unveiling, an elated Amunike said he is beginning a new chapter in his career with his appointment as coach of Tanzania. “This is a new page of my career. I am a professional coach who believes any professional should be able to work anywhere. I am happy with the contract and I am ready to give my best as a coach in any place I find myself. It’s a new page, a new environment but the same philosophy of the game,” he declared after he was announced as coach of the Taifa Stars.In a chat with THISDAY, Nigeria’s female U-17 Coach, Christian Obi said it was just unfortunate that Nigerian coaches are not given the respect they deserve on the home front, but optimistic that Amunike would do well in Tanzania.“A prophet is not without honour except in his own country. It is just unfortunate that we don’t appreciate what we have in this country. Nigerian coaches are very good if given the right atmosphere to work. Amunike is a very good example. He is technically and tactically sound and he also has his coaching Grade A license,” Obi said.The 1985 U-20 World Cup bronze winner indeed charged the eggheads of the Nigeria Football Federation to reconsider their stand on Nigerian coaches.“It’s high time the NFF started reconsidering its stand and attitude towards Nigerian coaches. It should start by giving them the respect they deserve. Given the necessary support, Nigerian coaches would take the country’s football to a position of envy,” the former Heartland of Owerri goalkeeper trainer opined.Asked if the job of Tanzania was in the best interest of Amunike considering the low level of football in that country, Obi reacted thus: “I must emphasise that Amunike is not the first Nigerian coach that would take appointment outside the shores of the country. When Adegboye Onigbinde took over as manager of Trinidad and Tobago, their football was in crisis but he (Onigbinde) gave them some time to stabilise their football and before the expiration of the date he gave them, they had begotten for them a good and stabilised the national team.”Obi is indeed optimistic that Amunike would do well with the Taifa Stars.“I know Amunike very well; I have worked with him before. He knew his onions and he would impart his knowledge on the players,” Obi said. Speaking in the vein, the National PRO, Nigeria Coaches Association, Etta Egbe expressed that Amunike’s appointment as Coach of Tanzania national team is a good omen for Nigerian coaches.“It only goes to show that Nigerian coaches are being monitored and appreciated worldwide and this would pave the way for more Nigerian coaches to be appointed head coaches of more national teams,” the former Calabar Rovers safe hands said.Against the insinuation that most Nigerian coaches are technically deficient, Egbe said: “A lot of Nigerian coaches are technically inclined, but we are being undermined by the football federation. You cannot because one coach failed; you then rub it on every other coach that is very wrong. If one coach disappointed there are several good coaches that could be turned to,” Egbe said.Egbe said Amunike would be given the necessary backing by the Nigeria Association of Coaches. “Though we trust that he has the quality and the technical know-how to take Tanzanian football to a new height, we would not leave him all by himself as he would enjoy our support and encouragement,” he said.Meanwhile, Amuneke has stated that he shared the same ideas with the Tanzania Football Federation.“I am grateful to the Tanzanian people. I’m also grateful to the President and General Secretary of the Tanzanian Football Federation for giving me the opportunity to coach their teams.“We are happy that the ideas that they have is the same with what I have in mind. Hopefully and collectively, we will be able to see how Tanzanian football can grow and develop,’’ he said. “African football is laying emphasis on developing young players and that is the direction the Tanzanian football have taken to develop. They have good players. Some are playing in Europe and others are playing at home.“ We have our first game against Uganda in September and we will look at our team to improve on it. Work has already started and we will do our best,’’ he said.He assured that through hard work, discipline and collective efforts, he would move Tanzanian football forward.Interestingly, the former Barcelona winger has started work immediately and has picked former Flying Eagles goalkeeper trainer, Emeka Amadi as one of his assistants.“We have started work already as we don’t have time on our side we have an AFCON qualifier against Uganda away from home and we need to start in earnest and that is why I am not going back to Spain for now,” he told ScoreNigeria.Amunike was at the 2018 World Cup in Russia as a member of the panel set up by FIFA to shortlist the 2017/2018 season men’s footballers and coaches of the year. He was joined in the panel by retired footballers Ronaldo Nazario de Lima, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba,Lothar Matthaus and Alessandro Nesta.Other panelists include Sami Jabar, CHA Bum-Kun, Andy Roxburgh, Kaka, Wynston Rufer andCarlos Alberto Parreira and coach Fabio Capello.Amunike and his co-panelists will shortlist nominees for the 3rd edition of the Best FIFA Football Awards.Ten nominees in each of the categories were announced on July 23, with voting expected to commence on the same day and will end on Friday, August 10.Speaking to www.scorenigeria.com.ng, Amunike said, “As a player, I was privileged to have participated in the 1994 World Cup and now in 2018 I am privileged once again to participate this time, not as a player but as a fan and also one of the people going to make some major decisions.”On his appointment to the FIFA Russia 2018 Technical Study Group, the former Africa Footballer of the Year said, “This role is a good one for me and Nigeria football as it goes to show that our football has grown.”Amunike who was part of the first ever Nigeria team to feature at the FIFA World Cup talked on the team experience going into that tournament in 1994 saying, “We were excited in the first place for being part of the 1994 World Cup but ahead of the first match against Bulgaria, there was a lot of excitement, a lot of uncertainty, a lot of doubt, a lot of questioning mindset but most importantly we were very confident in our ability as a team and we played as a team, which was the secret behind our little success.”On having several players he coached in the Golden Eaglets representing Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup, he said: “As a coach, it is a thing of pride to see the players you coached at the U-17 level after few years playing for the senior national team, that is pretty much what player development is all about and with FIFA’s main priority being development, Nigeria as a nation should not be left behind.”In his playing days, his goals were always crucial and had given Nigeria victory on a number of occasions. From the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia to the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, to the Afro-Asian Cup at the National Stadium in 1998 and many others. Many soccer fans were bemused that daredevil winger was kept on the bench by Dutch tactician, Clemence Westerhof for almost the entire duration of the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia. But in the final game against a stubborn Zambian side, the former Julius Berger of Lagos player was introduced and he scored the two goals that secured Nigeria’s second Nations Cup victory after winning an earlier one in 1980 on home ground.“No player worth his salt likes to warm the bench but I’m the kind of person that respects coaches’ decisions. Even when such decisions are against my desire, I still abide by it. I must confess I was not really pleased that I was not featured in most of the matches of the Nations Cup in Tunisia, especially when I knew within me that I deserve a place in the team but the coach has the last say. And I was very glad that when I was eventually featured in the last game, I was able to prove a point not only to the coach but to the watching world,” he noted.Against the backdrop of calls in some quarters that new Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rorhshould inject an appreciable number of home-based players into the national team, the former Nigerian international has a different opinion.“The team still needs the services of the foreign professionals. If the coach should feature a good number of home-based players and fail to get the desired result, he would be heavily criticised for excluding the professionals. Though it is a good move to restoring the confidence of the local players, it is going to take a lot of time and exposure to meet up with the challenges. He still needs the experiences of those foreign-based players that are willing to give their best, not only putting on the national jerseys,” the former Barcelona of Spain player said.The former African Footballer of the Year, who moved to Spanish giants FC Barcelona in 1996 for a fee of $3.6 million had his career at top flight cut short after he suffered a serious knee injury which in the process denied him a regular place in the Catalans team and also deprived him of a second consecutive World Cup with the Super Eagles. Amunike never fully recovered from his injury and was released by Barca to play for Spainish second division side, Albacete, Busan l’Cons of South Korea and Al-Wahdat SC of Jordan before retiring from football at the age of 33. He also spent some time as an assistant coach at Saudi Premier League side, Al-Hazm, but left the club to become a scout for Manchester United of England.“It was very painful that the knee injury came at the time it came, especially after moving to one of the best clubs in the world and already had a wonderful season with them. It was a moment of despair in my football career having to watch my colleagues in the national team play in France in 1998. After our impressive outing at the ’94 Mundial, most of us had moved to big clubs in Europe, played alongside the best players in the world and were really looking forward to the France 1998 World Cup. Unfortunately, injury denied me of my dream but I took solace in God like I always do in every situation I find myself,” he said.Speaking further, the two goals hero at USA ’94 said: “After being voted as the second most entertaining team in the ’94 Mundial and winning the Atlanta Olympics in a spectacular fashion, defeating football giants-Brazil and Argentina in the process, Nigeria cannot pretend to be minors in football any longer. Therefore, we were the team to beat and we paid the prize. Getting to the top is easier than staying at the top. After the Atlanta feat, the Nigerian team was like golden fish which has no hiding place.”It, however, remains to be seen if Amunike would be able to transform his success as a player to the coaching line as all eyes are on him.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Michigan has the nation’s No. 8 recruiting class. More importantly, it has the top class in the Big Ten for the first time since 2007.Now, it’s on fifth-year coach Jim Harbaugh to use this class to get the Wolverines back to the top of the conference for the first time since 2004. As far as a timetable to deliver those expectations, you can start that four-year clock now. The Wolverines can’t be expected to do all that in the next five years, but a Big Ten championship and CFP appearance aren’t out of the question for a program with expectations of getting back to the top. That starts with closing that gap with Ohio State, and landing the top class in the Big Ten is a start.When will you know if Harbaugh has done that?Check back here in four years. MORE: Zach Harrison to OSU shows Michigan still has ground to coverIs that fair? Shouldn’t Harbaugh be on the hot seat now? After all, the Wolverines are 0-4 against rival Ohio State under his tenure, the last loss an embarrassing 62-39 blowout at Ohio Stadium that preceded another flop in the Peach Bowl against Florida. Harbaugh is 1-9 against top-10 teams. You will hear that all day, every day until the opener against Middle Tennessee State on Aug. 31 — and probably after that, too.What do the last four years mean for Harbaugh’s job security and the direction of the program? Not much.Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel continues to support Harbaugh at every opportunity. Harbaugh has not interviewed for NFL jobs since coming to Michigan, despite constant speculation he might head in that direction. Those four years were spent trying to bridge the gap with Ohio State, which had the top recruiting class in the Big Ten every under Urban Meyer from 2012-18.There is still a talent gap between the Buckeyes and Wolverines, and that was the reason for the freakout after Michigan hauled in the nation’s No. 22 class — according to 247Sports’ Composite rankings — in 2018.Harbaugh has elevated Michigan’s talent with the last four cycles, which have produced an average national ranking of 10.8 and Big Ten ranking of 2.0. That’s better than the four cycles under Brady Hoke from 2012-15, which produced average ranks of 16.8 nationally and 2.8 in the Big Ten. From 2009-11, Rich Rodriguez’s classes had average ranks of 19 nationally and 3.0 in the Big Ten.Harbaugh has brought the recruiting back to where Lloyd Carr had it. Michigan had the No. 1 class in the Big Ten in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007.The 2001 class — led by Braylon Edwards — were were part of a run that included back-to-back Big Ten championships in 2003-04.The 2003 class featured five-stars LaMarr Woodley and Prescott Burgess. The 2004 class featured five-star quarterback Chad Henne. They were part of teams that were Big Ten contenders, but couldn’t beat Ohio State on the field. Carr’s last No. 1 class featured five-star quarterback Ryan Mallett, who transferred to Arkansas when Rodriguez took over.The recruiting wasn’t the same again until Harbaugh arrived. Harbaugh has brought that kind of talent back to Michigan. Devin Bush, Rashan Gary and Chase Winovich will be part of a strong 2019 NFL Draft class. This year’s recruiting class features defensive end Chris Hinton and safety Daxton Hill.There’s less fanfare, too. The days of the Signing of the Stars are over. Other than a social media video that played off the old sitcom “Family Matters,” there wasn’t much promotion for this class — Harbaugh’s most important class to date.MORE: Michigan ‘has to win’ for next chapter of OSU rivalry to startWhat do the next four years mean for Harbaugh’s job security and the direction of the program? Everything.Meyer retired and was replaced by first-year coach Ryan Day. The Wolverines have lost seven in a row and 14 of the last 15 meetings to the Buckeyes. Michigan last beat a ranked Ohio State team 35-21 in Ann Arbor on Nov. 22, 2003. It’s not a coincidence that came after two No. 1 Big Ten recruiting classes in three years.This is the breakthrough Harbaugh must make with the help of this class. Michigan is 38-14 under Harbaugh, which is the eighth-best record among Power 5 schools, behind only Alabama (55-4), Clemson (55-4), Ohio State (48-6), Oklahoma (46-8), Wisconsin (42-12), Georgia (42-13) and Stanford (40-14).Michigan is still looking for a breakthrough that would change its big-game reputation. It’s the same breakthrough Clemson made under Dabo Swinney, who was 47-20 from 2009-13 and had to break a five-game losing streak to South Carolina. The Tigers are 65-7 with two national championships in the last five years — and have a five-game win streak over the rival Gamecocks.
Our second #FIBAWC title defense has us facing off against Turkey, Czech Republic & Japan 👊🏽A post shared by USA Basketball (@usabasketball) on Mar 16, 2019 at 5:01am PDT”It’s exciting to learn the makeup of our preliminary round pool and to know we will be playing our first three World Cup games in Shanghai,” Popovich said. “I think all of the pools are well balanced and I know very well there are many national teams who have a legitimate shot of winning the 2019 World Cup.”Our group, Group E, features Czech Republic, Japan and Turkey, so we’ll face three well coached teams and a variety of playing styles. Selecting and preparing the USA team in a short amount of time will be a challenge and repeating as gold medalists for a third straight FIBA World Cup is something everyone associated with the USA team will embrace.”Since their 101-95 defeat to Greece in the Semi-Finals of the 2006 World Cup, the USA have not lost in the competition en route to titles in Turkey (2010) and Spain (2014). Adding to that success the three straight gold medal achievements at the Beijing (2008), London (2012) and Rio de Janeiro (2016) Olympic Games and the Americans have been on quite a roll.”OUR GROUP, GROUP E, FEATURES CZECH REPUBLIC, JAPAN AND TURKEY, SO WE’LL FACE THREE WELL COACHED TEAMS AND A VARIETY OF PLAYING STYLES.”- PopovichWhile the tournament tips off on August 31, the USA’s first game won’t be until September 1 when they take on the Czech Republic in Shanghai. At the same venue, the Americans will go up against Turkey on September 3 and Japan on September 5. View this post on Instagram USA Basketball and national team coach Gregg Popovich have a better idea of the challenge that awaits the country when it goes after a FIBA Basketball World Cup three-peat this summer in China.At the live draw, the USA were drawn in a competitive Group E with Turkey, Czech Republic and Japan. The USA won’t be announcing their squad for some time but James Harden, a star in the 2014 title-winning team, has already stated that he wants to play in China. The past two @FIBAWC’s, we rolled with some young guys. You may have heard of them.In September, the USA Men go for a third straight gold in China. Who should suit up this time around? pic.twitter.com/NvwKjT1Q5T— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) March 18, 2019The United States, coached by Jeff Van Gundy, won 10 of their 12 games in the Americas Qualifiers to book a spot in this year’s 32-team World Cup.
TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO — Minnesota Twins at Pittsburgh — pre-game 5:30, first pitch 6:05 CEDAR FALLS — University of Northern Iowa officials have the go-ahead to create a “team room” for the Panther football team inside the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.“To the extent there are corners in a round building, it’ll go in the northeast corner of the UNI-Dome. It’ll add 120-140 seats and that can be divided in two for offense and defense or whatever. It’ll also serve as premium seating on game day and other special events,” says Michael Hager, a vice president at the University of Northern Iowa.The board that governs the state universities approved the project at its meeting in late July. The project will cost about $2 million and Hager says it will be financed with private contributions.“There’s no public funds, no general fund dollars going to this,” Hager says. “It’s entirely private gifts from generous donors will pay for this.”The UNI-Dome was built in the mid-1970s and is the home for Panther sports as well as the Iowa High School Football Championship games. DES MOINES — There won’t be fans but there will be a track meet at Drake Stadium later this month. The Blue Oval Showcase on August 29th will be a one-day meet featuring professional athletes. Blake Boldon is Director of the Drake Relays, which was cancelled this year due to COVID-19.KGLO News · 8 – 5-boval – 1Boldon says the meet will follow all safety protocols.KGLO News · 8 – 5-boval – 2Boldon says the meet has been in the planning stages for several months.KGLO News · 8 – 5-boval – 3Boldon says they are thrilled to host a meet like this in a year they were forced to cancel the Drake Relays.KGLO News · 8 – 5-boval – 4The schedule of events for the Blue Oval Showcase includes sprints, hurdles, field events, and the USATF 1 Mile Road Championships. The competitions exclusively occurring inside Drake Stadium are ones deemed low risk by USA Track & Field. The USATF 1 Mile Road Championships, previously scheduled as part of the Grand Blue Mile races in April, will be limited to approximately 10 male and 10 female participants and will finish on the Blue Oval MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — José Berríos pitched six innings, Nelson Cruz had three hits and the Minnesota Twins beat Pittsburgh 7-3 for their fifth straight win. Minnesota improved to 9-2 for the second time in the team’s 60-year history. The other was 2001. The Pirates lost their fifth in a row and have baseball’s worst winning percentage at .182. The game was delayed for nine minutes in the fifth inning and players were pulled off the field when an unauthorized drone flew over center field at Target Field. A few pitchers in the bullpen threw balls at the drone but missed. AMES — There’s at least a temporary delay in planning for more upgrades to Hilton Coliseum in Ames, the home floor for ISU basketball, volleyball and gymnastics.The original schedule had called for Board of Regents approval last week, to kick off the process of seeking bids for designs that would expand the arena’s north and south concourses.“It was to be funded by athletic department operations and private giving. This is an excellent project and will greatly enhance this facility,” said Milt Dakovich of Waterloo, an ISU graduation who is a member of the Board of Regents. “Exercising an abundance of caution in these uncertain economic times, we have deferred this project two months, to our September meeting.”The board will review all the athletic budgets for Iowa State, Iowa and UNI at that meeting. The board cited the “volatility surrounding college sports” as the reason for not conducting that review at its July 29 meeting. EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — J.T. Miller had a goal and an assist and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 to even their qualifying series at a win each. Tanner Pearson, Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat also scored for the Canucks, and Jacob Markstrom made 32 saves. Kevin Fiala had two goals and Luke Kunin scored for Minnesota. Alex Stalock made 24 stops. Game 3 is Thursday, when lower-seeded Minnesota will be the home team for the first time in the series. Matt Dumba continued to raise his right fist on the Wild’s bench through the pregame anthems to bring attention to racism and social injustice.