24 Sep


first_imgWhat a pleasant feeling it is to experience one of those rare May days where the weather is perfect. With a temperature in the 70’s, the fresh smell of the new plants and trees, and the fragrance of the blooming flowers, it is as close to Eden as you can get. This is the time you want to be a kid with few cares and some type of athletic contest to play. It is easy to get loose and perform well. It is not too hot, so you do not tire out as quickly. I played baseball and ran track in high school, so I experienced a few of these days. Then, if you won and had time to linger at a soda shop/restaurant, it was even better. School would soon be out so you could see the end, and if you were a good student, you did not worry very much about your upcoming exams. This is why I will never understand why a kid would not come out for a spring sport–especially when they were successful at it in the past. Of course, there were the other times in May when the temperature was more like March, and you tried to perform in the cold. It is not fun running two miles into a headwind with an air temperature of 50. Hitting a ball with a wooden bat on a day like this was about as much fun as going for your flu shot. As I am writing this, the temperature is 77, the wind is light, and the sun is shining. This is about as good as it gets. Be sure to get outside on a day like this as often as you can.last_img read more

24 Sep

Investigators: Alcohol may be factor in Versailles crash

first_imgVERSAILLES, Ind. – Ripley County detectives say alcohol may be a factor in a crash that hospitalized a Milroy man.Crash investigators say Merle Mcfadden, 44, was traveling southbound from Versailles on S.R. 129 on Friday afternoon when the 1989 Chevrolet pickup left the roadway.The vehicle came back on the road crossing the northbound lane before leaving the road and flipping on its top.Deputies said McFadden was flown to St. Vincent in Indianapolis for treatment of serious injuries including head trauma.The Ripley County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash.last_img read more

17 Sep

Zone-buster Nicky Galasso looks to continue high-volume scoring in NCAA tournament

first_imgIt’s all been well-documented. The standout freshman season at North Carolina, the injuries, the senior season resurgence.Nicky Galasso’s path through college lacrosse is interwoven in success, frustration and relief. But with no more than four games left in his career, the storylines have thinned. It’s tunnel vision for the fifth-year midfielder looking to avenge his team’s early exit in last season’s NCAA tournament.“Last year we lost in the first round and that’s pretty unheard of with Syracuse,” he said. “We’re just excited to get Marist.”Galasso is riding a three-game streak with three or more goals, the longest such run of his five-year journey in college. As opposing defenses have recently slowed the Orange down with zones early in games, it’s been Galasso to come in from the midfield and find the seams to exploit those zones.And starting on Sunday night, especially if the Red Foxes come out without a man-to-man, Galasso will rely on his recent effectiveness to jumpstart second-seeded SU (12-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) against Marist (14-3, 6-0 Metro Atlantic Athletic) in the second round of the NCAA tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Nicky’s a great player and he’s been doing that all season,” fifth-year midfielder Henry Schoonmaker said. “…so I think it was pretty easy for him to pick apart the defense and get the shots that he always gets.”Against North Carolina in the ACC tournament semifinals, Galasso kept Syracuse afloat with three of the team’s five first-half goals while the Tar Heels slowed down the rest of the Orange with a zone. Facing Colgate last weekend, it was Galasso who overcame the Raiders zoning SU’s first-line midfield to score the game’s final two goals in a 9-7 win.He found an opening from 10 yards out in between two defenders and slotted the ball top right. Then to give SU its first cushion of the day with minutes remaining, he put the ball in the same spot in between two defenders again from distance.“He’s a great shooter and he has an awesome feel for the game,” Kevin Rice said.In last year’s first-round loss to Bryant, Galasso scored two goals but the Bulldogs stifled SU with a zone and slowed down the pace of the game. Marist zoned Bryant in its play-in game on Wednesday, but SU head coach John Desko said the Red Foxes have done a good job varying their defensive sets this year.If the Orange does see a zone on Sunday, the formula to beat it isn’t too complicated now that the Orange is fresh off knowing what it takes to beat one.“I think just patience and finding the holes,” Schoonmaker said. “I think those are two main things that we have to do a little better, just figuring out where the holes in the defense are and then being patient and waiting for those to pop up.”It’s something Galasso has done effectively, and something that may be the key to finally putting one of Syracuse’s worst tournament losses ever in the past 364 days after the fact.But before the Orange can move onto the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament, it may have to execute against a defensive scheme that has at times been a weakness as of late.“Once we put that first goal in, that’s when things are going to start flowing for us,” Galasso said. “We just have to listen to the schemes and everything that’s going on with the coaches.“They’re setting us up for greatness.” Comments Published on May 10, 2015 at 9:08 am Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

16 Aug

Chris Paul trade rumors: ‘There’s not a team in the league’ willing to deal for Rockets guard

first_imgCharania reported:”There’s not a team in the league right now that is (willing) to trade for Chris Paul. Even teams that they’ve called, I’m told, as just a (salary) dump, like ‘We’ll give you Chris Paul for free,’ those teams are like ‘No, we’re good.’ The value just is not there right now.”Paul averaged 15.6 points, 8.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds in 58 games for the Rockets last season. He shot 41.9% from the field and 35.8% from 3-point range. Related News NBA trade rumors: Celtics have ‘checked in’ with Rockets about potential deal for Clint Capela NBA Draft 2019 rumors: Rockets may be looking to trade into top 20 “I can promise you, we’re going to win some championships with James Harden, because we are not going to sit here,” Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta told reporters last month. “We will go to battle every year. We’re going to have a strong offseason, and we’re going to do whatever we can to be a better team. We are not going to sit on our hands, I can promise you that.”Meanwhile, coach Mike D’Antoni has reportedly had contentious talks with the Rockets about a contract extension. He has one more season remaining on his current deal. Rocket GM Daryl Morey dismisses reported James Harden-Chris Paul tension “James Harden loves the isolation game….Chris Paul and other members of that team have gone to Coach D’Antoni and said, ‘Listen, we have to include more play sets, we have to include more ball movement.'”- @ShamsCharania joins #T2S to talk Rockets and upcoming NBA free agency. pic.twitter.com/ZC5wfnZkGW— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) June 18, 2019The 34-year-old guard, who signed a four-year, $160 million extension with Houston in July 2018, denied Yahoo Sports’ report in an Instagram comment.Chris Paul has logged on pic.twitter.com/hmk7C95Y9G— Devin Grainger (@devlightyear) June 18, 2019The Rockets finished 2018-19 with a 53-29 record but fell to the Warriors in six games in the Western Conference semifinals. Golden State has eliminated Houston from the playoffs in two straight seasons.Houston is “actively exploring the trade market for Clint Capela, Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker” and is “operating under the belief that at least one of those three” players will not be on the team next season, according to an earlier report from the New York Times. The Rockets may not have many options if they decide to trade Chris Paul.Paul has asked Houston to move him because his relationship with star James Harden is “unsalvageable,” according to a report from Yahoo Sports . But, Paul does not have much value on the trade market because of the $125 million remaining on his contract, The Athletic’s Shams Charania said Tuesday during an appearance on CBS Sports Network.last_img read more