Current finds victory lane at Maquoketa

first_imgBy Rob HinckleyMAQUOKETA, Iowa (July 14) – The crowd probably could feel Tim Current’s sigh of relief as he exited turn four.Current crossed by the checkered flag first and won the 15-lap Ueland Auto IMCA Stock Car feature Saturday evening at Maquoketa Speedway.“This was a long time coming,” Current said and then laughed. “I had to use a GPS to find victory lane.”Current had come close several times in three different racing classes, including leading two features in the same night earlier in the season. Both came to an end early with mechanical issues.This night he would not be denied.“Winning here is great. The track was really racy. I was able to run low and glad (car owner) Scott Fjelstul lets me drive this thing,” he said.Terry Neal charged to the Andover Meat IMCA Late Model victory, his first of the season. Bryce Garnhart swept the QCJeeps.com IMCA Modified show, winning his heat and the 20-lap feature.Jerry Miles is another driver who flirted with victory earlier in the season. This was his night as he passed Gage Neal and cruised to the B&D Pit Stop IMCA Northern SportMod 15-lap main win.Twenty-five SportMods were on hand.With Independence Motor Speedway rained out, Leah Wroten made the trip again to Maquoketa and pulled off her third victory at the track. She raced from ninth starting.last_img read more

Two-run Single in 6th Lifts Narraguagus Past Sumner

first_imgHARRINGTON — A two-out, two-run single by Colby Tucker in the bottom of the sixth inning lifted the Knights to a 7-5 win over the Tigers on Monday.It was the fourth single of the day for Tucker.For Sumner, Jacob Knowles had four singles, Matt Boyle had a homer and a single and Matt Dyer singled twice for the Tigers. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Bio State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Latest posts by admin (see all) admin Latest Posts This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015last_img read more

Cummings defeats arch-rival Green in Roger Bishop Linden TT Championships

first_imgMAURICE Cummings stormed to a 3-1 victory over arch-rival Shavin Green in the final of the Roger Bishop Linden Table Tennis Championships, which was held on Saturday last at the MacKenzie High School auditorium in Linden.The competition, which was staged by the Linden Table Tennis Steering Committee and sponsored by Roger Bishop, attracted some of the top players in the region.Marlon Washington and Ray Anderson were number one seeds, advancing out of the group stage (two groups, five players each) after defeating all comers to advance to the semifinals.In the first semifinals, Shavin Greene, who came out second in group 1, defeated Washington by a 3-0 margin in the cross over of top seed versus second place in groups.In the second semifinals, Cummings, who advanced as the second-seeded player in group two, defeated Anderson by three matches to zero to set up a final between himself and Green.Greene and Cummings, over the last few years, have emerged as Linden top threats and have shared the spoils in different competitions.  In a very competitive and entertaining encounter, the dreadlocked Cummings took his game up a notch and proved that he wanted the title more than Greene with some dazzling display of third ball attacks. In the end, he won by a 3-1 margin (11-9, 8-11, 11-9, 11-7).Washington and Anderson secured joint third positions.In a simple Presentation Ceremony, Mr Haslyn Small, head teacher of Mackenzie High, presented the prizes to the winners.The committee’s next engagement will be the Linden Schools Table Tennis Team and Individual Challenge scheduled for May 24 to 26.last_img read more

‘Disappointed but satisfied’

first_img… Johnson turns attention to Nations League following a commendable Gold Cup performanceBy Rawle Toney in Kansas City (Compliments of Let’s Bet Sports)GUYANA finished third in Group D of the CONCACAF Gold Cup behind USA and Panama while Trinidad and Tobago finished at the bottom of the table. But for the Golden Jaguars head coach Michael Johnson, while things could have been better, he’s happy with the team’s overall showing and progression under his watch. The Golden Jaguars, playing in their first Gold Cup in the team’s history, in the first game of the tournament, fell 4-0 to 2017 Gold Cup champions, USA when the two collided for the first time in a senior International match at the Allianz Field in Minnesota.In their following game in Cleveland at the FirstEnergy Stadium, Guyana fell short 4-2 to Panama and later drew 1-1 with ‘Soca Warriors’ Speaking at the post-game press conference following their unfortunate result against Trinidad and Tobago, Johnson was blunt in his summary, telling reporters, “We never got started; it was slow, it was pedestrian and I said to the players: ‘well done for what has been a wonderful tournament, but to end on a performance like that is a bit of sour note’.”Keanu Marsh-Brown, despite not finding the goal, enjoyed a fruitful tournament. (Samuel Maughn photo)“You have to be honest, it was nowhere near what I expected, it was nowhere near the standards where we set ourselves for the first two games. So it’s disappointing to end like that but if I take the whole competition into context, it has been historical. It’s our first point. We scored three goals, (Neil) Danns has been fantastic throughout the tournament, so there’s something for us to celebrate and enjoy,” Johnson said. ‘MAGNIFICENT DANNS’Neil Danns accounted for all three goals scored by Guyana in the tournament. The 36-year-old ‘midfield ace’ is coming off a sensational season with Bury FC in the English League Two, where he captained the club  to second place and promotion to League One.For Guyana, Danns’ 54th minute beauty scored against Trinidad and Tobago was his 9th in 11 outings on the international scene. Johnson, like the rest of fans who were all thrilled by Danns’ play in the tournament, was full of praises for the former Leicester City, Crystal Palace and Colchester United player, stating, “We’re talking about a guy who is 36. He trains like he’s an 18-year-old, and I encourage the younger players and I know staff do as well, to go and watch this guy.He’s in the gym, every morning he’s doing his runs, he looks after himself and that’s why he’s still playing at this level, also a good level back home in England because of the standards he sets himself.” The former Jamaican International admitted that he questioned if Danns, with his age and the intensity of the Gold Cup, “could’ve lasted three games with his age in eight games (but) he was brilliant. So everything that he gets, he just deserves because you want people like that to do well. He deserves it. It’s unbelievable.”At the end of the group stage, Danns was the lone Guyanese player named in the tournament’s ‘Best XI’ and was the only player who was listed amongst an illustrious group, who will not be featuring in the knockout round of the Gold Cup. Also, only Canada’s Jonathan David (5) and Mexico’s Uriel Antuna (4) scored more goals than Danns (3) in the Group stage from the players named as part of the tournament’s best.Danns, at 36, is also the oldest player on that list and was the Golden Jaguars’ best player in the tournament. GETTING THE FIRST POINTHead Coach Michael Johnson addressing the media at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. (Samuel Maughn photo)Meanwhile, Johnson said he was happy to not walk away from the tournament without securing a point, adding, “For us it’s fantastic. For us, number one is not finishing at the bottom of the group, so it’s great to finish in third place. It’s great to score and we will move forward … the dream, the belief of this nation (Guyana) is that it’s not just a one-off.”“In any sport, the higher the level you play at, the better you’ll be for next time because you now understand what’s expected of when you’re playing on the World stage.“Some of our players maybe all of them, this is the first time ever that they’ve been on a stage like this, and I would like to think that over the course of the three games, they’ve done themselves really proud,” said Johnson.The 45-year-old Guyanese coach who had an great career as a player with Birmingham City and Derby Country, with all smiles, said, “Yea, we can get swallowed up in this (game against Trinidad) 90 minutes, but when I reflect on the whole calendar year, and what we’ve achieved, actually being here (at the Gold Cup), scoring goals, getting our first point and finishing third, I see it as a real positive and as a real giant step forward.“Now we can go and have these games against the bigger nations and get a little more respect as against 18 months ago when everybody thought little Guyana will get turned over 9 to 10-nil against the USA”. NATIONS LEAGUEWith the GOLD Cup now over, Johnson and his troops will turn their attention to the CONCACAF Nations League, where Golden Jaguars will open their campaign on September 6 when they travel to ‘The Kingdom of The Netherlands’ territory of Aruba.By virtue of finishing seventh in the qualifying stages of the competition, Guyana were pitted in League B alongside Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba and Jamaica in Group C.Following their September 6 encounter, Guyana will return home to host Jamaica on September 9, followed by a trip to Antigua and Barbuda on October 11 to finish off the first leg of the home-and-away formatted league.Guyana will host Antigua and Barbuda on October 15, Aruba on November 15 and will travel to Jamaica on November 18 for their second clash with the ‘Reggae Boyz’.The home-and-away group stage of the 2019 CONCACAF Nations League will be played on FIFA match dates in September, October and November 2019, while the Final Championship will take place in 2020.At the conclusion of the round-robin group stage, the winners of each League A group will qualify to the Final Championship, while the League B and C group winners will be promoted to League A and B for the next edition of the competition.Additionally, the teams at the bottom of each League A and B group will be relegated to League B and C respectively.last_img read more

Men’s hockey: Looking back at how UW has fared since early December

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team has without a doubt experienced some trials and tribulations against fierce competition since a home series split against then-No. 6 Penn State in early December. With 12 pivotal conference games remaining in the 2018-19 season, it’s worth looking back at what the team has accomplished over the past six weeks as the Badgers prepare for a push to earn themselves their first postseason bid since 2014.Dec. 7-8: Michigan State @ Wisconsin (2-0-0)Coming off the series against Penn State, the Badgers were able to take the first two wins against conference rival Michigan State in regulation to the tune of 5–3 and 3–0, respectively. In the first game of the series, Wisconsin got off to a hot start with three goals in the first period courtesy of sophomore forward Jason Dhooghe and freshmen forwards Mick Messner and Ty Emberson. After Michigan State turned in a three-goal period of their own in the second period to tie the game, Wisconsin was able to avoid a comeback loss thanks to goals from senior defenseman Peter Tischke and sophomore defenseman Wyatt Kalynuk in the third period.The team was able to win handily the following night as well, outshooting the Spartans 43-21 with goals from sophomore forward Sean Dhooghe, freshman defenseman K’Andre Miller and senior forward Seamus Malone.Men’s hockey: Badgers hope to gain momentum on road against rival MinnesotaThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (8-10-4, 4-4-4 Big Ten) will look to bounce back after a disappointing weekend Read…Jan. 4-5: Denver (No. 8) @ Wisconsin (0-2-0)Following the holiday break, the Badgers had a less than ideal start to 2019 with a home series against now-No. 4 University of Denver. While the Badgers lost the first game 6–3 in regulation and the second 4–3 in overtime, positives from this series can be easily overlooked. The box score for the first game is a bit misleading — while Wisconsin ended up losing the first game by three goals, the two teams were quite even on most accounts. Goals from sophomore defenseman Tyler Inamoto and Malone led to a 2–2 tie entering the third period, but the Badgers were not able to keep up with a potent Denver offense in the third period as the Pioneers rattled off four goals to close out the game. The Badgers ended up losing the shot battle 33-28, though shots were even in the second and third periods.Despite jumping out to a quick 2–0 lead in the first period the following night off of goals from freshmen line-mates Dominick Mersch and Brock Caufield, the overtime loss was surprisingly lopsided. Denver was able to battle back with two goals in the second period, ultimately outshooting Wisconsin 40-16 in the contest. While a powerplay goal from senior forward Matthew Freytag put the Badgers up 3–2 with 10:52 remaining in regulation, the Badgers were unable to fend off Denver’s high-powered offense and fell in overtime.Jan. 12: U.S. National Under-18 Team (exhibition) @ Wisconsin (0-1)Wisconsin’s 6–2 loss to the U.S. National Under-18 Team was a bit bittersweet. While the team was outscored and outshot 36-23, watching three future Badgers perform at a high level on the college stage — Cole Caufield (two goals, one assist), Alex Turcotte (one goal, one assist) and Owen Lindmark (8-12 on faceoffs) — was a special moment.According to Central Scouting midterm rankings for the 2019 NHL Draft, Turcotte — a center — rounds out the top-five ranked North American prospects for the upcoming draft. Turcotte has recorded an impressive 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) in 13 games with the team this season.  Cole Caufield — a right-wing —is not far behind him, as the 18-year-old winger is ranked 15th among draft-eligible North American skaters, amassing 46 points (31 goals, 15 assists) in 35 games with the team this year.Jan. 18-20: Notre Dame (No. 12) vs. Wisconsin (0-1-1)A win has still eluded the Badgers in 2019, following a 6–4 home loss and a 2–2 tie on neutral ice at the United Center to No. 12 Notre Dame, now No.  11 in the country. In the first game at the Kohl Center, goals from Miller, freshman forward Roman Ahcan, sophomore forward Tarek Baker and senior forward Will Johnson made for a 4–4 tie entering the final seven minutes of regulation. But a Notre Dame goal 13:36 into the third put the Fighting Irish up by one and gave them the opportunity to score an empty net goal with 1:17 remaining.On the Chicago Blackhawks’ home ice this past Sunday, the Badgers battled hard to tie the Fighting Irish 2–2 in regulation thanks to first period goals from Mersch and Ahcan. Unfortunately, Wisconsin was unable to secure the point in the Big Ten standings, as they were unable to capitalize on a plethora of scoring chances in the second, third and the three-on-three overtime period.Women’s hockey: No. 1 Wisconsin returns to LaBahn Arena for first home series of the year against St. Cloud StateThe No. 1 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team (21-3-0, 11-3 WCHA) welcomes the St. Cloud State Huskies (8-16-2, 3-12) Read…Jan. 25-26: Wisconsin (1-1) vs. MinnesotaAt first glance, the Badgers’ 9–4 loss to Minnesota Friday night gave the impression of a blowout. The reality, however, is that the Badgers were only down one goal heading into the final five minutes of regulation. A late second-period goal from Messner and three third period scores from Jack Gorniak, Brock Caufield and Malone brought the score to 4–5 before Minnesota rattled off four goals in the final minutes of the game. The battle was truly lost on special teams, as Minnesota was able to capitalize on three power plays and also added a shorthanded score.But the Badgers secured their first win since Dec. 8 Saturday night in a 4–3 defeat of the Golden Gophers. Goals from Mersch, Linus Weissbach and Messner allowed for a 3–3 tie game entering the third period. Tischke — the team’s captain — notched the game-winner four minutes into the final frame. While Minnesota was able to add another three goals on the odd-man advantage Saturday, the Badgers’ penalty killing unit was able to hold strong when it mattered most. Daniel Lebedeff was fantastic in the contest, killing the final two power plays and stopping all 12 shots in the third period.Coming UpWhile Wisconsin’s overall record (9-11-4) could be better, there is still a lot of Big Ten hockey to be played. With series against top programs like Michigan, Michigan State, No. 11 Notre Dame, No. 3 Ohio State and No. 15 Penn State still on tap, there is an open opportunity to move up in the rankings if Wisconsin can get hot at the right time. Additionally, strong play against these top conference teams can only help the Badgers’ chances of earning an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament by winning the Big Ten tournament.last_img read more

CNW90 May 11, 2020

first_imgWith a look at some of the top stories making the news today, May 11 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90. Coming up in the newscast, Florida’s salons and barbershops to reopen today May 11, re-entry flights from the United States to Jamaica begin this week and Trinidad announces reopening of their economy. For more information on these and other stories, visit CNWNETWORK.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet. DeSantis also announced Palm Beach County will be included in the Phase One reopening as of today, while Miami-Dade and Broward Counties are still excluded. According to DeSantis, the inclusion is as a result of the decline in the county’s rate of positive COVID-19 cases, from about 18% two weeks ago, to 9.3% on Friday. Palm Beach County will join 64 other Florida counties where the restrictions on restaurants, retailers, elective surgery and routine dental care have been lifted. The Palm Beach County Commission has also agreed to reopen county beaches on May 18. As of today, May 11, Florida’s nail and hair salons and barbershops can resume operations under the governor’s phase one plan of reopening the state. Governor Ron DeSantis announced last week that the aforementioned facilities will be allowed to reopen “with enhanced safety protocols”. The protocols include the wearing of masks by all employees, a ban on group appointments and the removal of unnecessary items that are frequently touched, like magazines and newspapers. In the meantime, Jamaican Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks announced that Jamaican nationals stuck in the U.S. will begin returning to the island this week. Under the island’s re-entry program, the first two flights will return nationals that have been stuck in the country for over a month. Marks said that priority was given to the most urgent cases. As Jamaica begins to flatten the curve, there will be an increase in the number of returnees to the island in coming weeks. Over the past three days, less than 30 COVID-19 cases have been reported on the island, representing a massive decline in the rate of daily increase when compared to April.center_img In Caribbean News, The government of Trinidad and Tobago has announced a phased re-opening of the country. Prime Minister Keith Rowley said that under the first phase of the re-opening exercise, from May 12-23, food establishments will be allowed to open, but there would be no in-house dining and no gatherings of more than five people. Rowley said that while the government is reopening the economy in stages, the island’s borders would remain closed at least until June. As of May 10, Trinidad had 116 COVID-19 cases including eight deaths. Today’s newscast is brought to you by the Florida Department of Health; Now for the news in the detail To help stop the spread of COVID-19, The Florida Department of Health in Broward County reminds everyone to practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.last_img read more

Post your FREE ad for your garage sale on May 17-19 here…

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (8) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 379 weeks ago OK, gang, this is all you have to do. Write up your garage sale and submit it as a comment. Write as much as you like and you won’t pay one cent! Example: Joe Blow at 100 North New York Avenue is having a garage sale for the Wellington Citywide. We will start the sale at 6 a.m. and run through noon Saturday. We will be offering a variety of stuff including clothes, furniture and a beautiful hand-woven rug. We will also be giving out free lemonade. Call us at 888-888-8888 if your have any questions. Hope to see you there! Report Reply 0 replies · active 379 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Camille Maxwell · 378 weeks ago Multi family sale 921 E 10th Avenue…it’s the 4th house east of the turnpike. Saturday May 18th from 7:00am to ? Lots of stuff. Lawn mowers, tools, fishing equipment, household items, clothing and too much more to mention Report Reply 0 replies · active 378 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Kelly · 378 weeks ago MAYFIELD: 306 Washington St (just south of ball field), Saturday May 18th from 8-2. Lawn mower, kitchen items (old dishes), home decor, some furniture, fishing and hunting items, ceiling fan, electronics (cell phones, PS2 and games), few pieces of clothing and shoes, Coca Cola and Jeff Gordon/Nascar items, a few antiques and MORE. Report Reply 0 replies · active 378 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down billie rivers · 378 weeks ago multi family yard sale, Sat. May 18th 309 E Olive, Oxford, ks lots of kids clothes and toys, crochet, crossitch, and quilt patterns, lots of misc. Report Reply 0 replies · active 378 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Linda Metzen · 378 weeks ago BIG BIG BIG- SALE 107 NORTH WASHINGTON…..EVERYTHING MUST GO! I HAVE RENTED MY BUILDING AND I HAVE TO CLEAN IT OUT! FURNITURE SOME OLD AND A VERY NICE COUCH-LOVE SEAT AND MORE TO FIT IN YOUR LIVING ROOM! DESKS-ANTIQUES-CLOTHING-GLASSWARE-APPLIANCES AND MUCH MORE. THURSDAY ONLY 11:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M. NO REASONABLE OFFER REJECTED! Report Reply 0 replies · active 378 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down D&Tk · 378 weeks ago South Haven: YARD SALE…. 104 Fredrick… Fri & Sat. 10:00 till ? … Some old, some new Furniture, Old sewing machines, Lighthouses, several wood chairs, tools, books, 5th wheel hitch, misc. kitchen items…. Report Reply 0 replies · active 378 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Michael · 377 weeks ago Garage Sale – 1416 Superior Court. Friday, 6-8pm and Sat., 7-12. Lots of girls clothing sizes 2T to 6. Bow Flex Extreme 2 in great condition and other exercise equipment plus some misc. items. Report Reply 0 replies · active 377 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Michael · 377 weeks ago Garage Sale at 1416 Superior Court has been postponed to tomorrow, May 18 only. Report Reply 0 replies · active 377 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is a garage sale weekend. And the world needs to know you are having one. Go ahead and post your garage sale in the “comment” section below. We will remind the shopping troops on Friday about your sale.Happy bargain selling and hunting!last_img read more

Kevin Warren’s role as Big Ten’s bad news bearer isn’t his fault, but it is his problem

first_imgIt has been a hell of a first year for Warren.Yeah, that word fits in every sense.MORE: Big Ten commish Kevin Warren makes right call, but did it come at wrong time?Warren began working at the Big Ten last September and officially became commissioner on Jan. 1. What has happened since? The cancellation of the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament. The cancellation of 2020 spring sports. Now, perhaps the biggest of all: postponement of 2020 fall sports, which includes the most significant of all the competitions the conference conducts. Warren’s predecessor, Jim Delany, insisted he wasn’t retiring upon announcing he would leave the job that had been his for three decades.Whatever he calls it, he certainly had excellent timing.This is what the job has been for Warren: planning, then canceling those plans. Less than a week earlier, the Big Ten released a modified conference-only football schedule for 2020 that was ingeniously designed, with each team having multiple bye weeks that coincided with recent opponents’ in case games had to be postponed on account of the virus. Warren cautioned at the time the league still might not compete in 2020, but the speed with which those plans were undone was unfathomable.Warren chose not to explain exactly what occurred in that brief period to cause the Big Ten to make such an extraordinary change in direction. Now, there’ll be still more planning: what to do about two-semester sports, particularly men’s and women’s basketball and wrestling, whether a spring football season is plausible and how to handle eligibility issues if a season is not contested.If there is to be football in the spring, how will the league’s television partners desire to adjust their schedules? The Big Ten has contracts with ESPN, Fox Sports and BTN. How would such a season be greeted by the participants — and the public? These are all issues Warren and his team will need to consider, and it’s at least a possibility they could do all that work only to be in position to conduct another several sorry-it’s-canceled interviews.MORE: College football cancellations, explainedWhat is being lost with this decision was so obvious from the B-roll shots that aired during the BTN broadcast: 107,601 at the Big House; 104,944 at the Horseshoe and 106,572 in Happy Valley. We understand those crowds would not have been in place this autumn, but those are the enduring pictures of a college football autumn in Big Ten country.As well, there are the great players who might not be compelled to compete in a spring season in such proximity to the NFL Draft and the 2021 NFL season: Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, Penn State tight end Pat Freiermuth or Buckeyes lineman Wyatt Davis.Warren defended the decision to withdraw the Big Ten from fall sports competition on the basis of the medical advice provided to the league’s 14 members.“As things began to evolve, you look at the number of cases that are spiking, the number of deaths — not only in our country, in our states, where many of our schools are located, but worldwide — is that promise, that all the decisions we make during my tenure here at the Big Ten will always put the mental and physical health of our student-athletes at the center,” he said. “We just believe, collectively, there’s too much uncertainty at this time to really encourage our athletes to participate in fall sports.” Over the summer months, many who desired to see college football in its proper place in the calendar publicly pleaded for the public to follow the best public health guidance for control of the virus. We all have seen photographs and videotape from various states in Big Ten country illustrating the scores of people unwilling to accede to those appeals: a race track, a lakeshore, a beach.It is impossible to conceive this country making so little progress in battling a virus — a virus that has been controlled, contained and even conquered by myriad others — that five months to the day after Warren explained why there would be no more Big Ten men’s basketball, he was back again explaining why there would be no Big Ten football in 2020.Literally none of this is Warren’s fault. It is his problem, though, and will be for a while. Kevin Warren had officially been commissioner of the Big Ten Conference for less than three months when he climbed onto a podium in the press area at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. It was just about noon on March 11. He did not break any news when he began to speak into the microphone; everyone assembled already was aware the Big Ten Tournament had been canceled.We all knew what was coming, again, when he appeared Tuesday afternoon on Big Ten Network. Word the league was postponing its fall sports season — perhaps to the spring, perhaps to never — had leaked out all over Twitter during the half-hour before he was interviewed by host Dave Revsine. Those holding out faint hope those reports might be premature had their illusions shattered when BTN co-host Mike Hall made it official with a report directly from conference headquarters.last_img read more

Property tax reform a key issue for GOP legislative leaders

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa GOP legislative leaders say they plan to go into the 2019 session challenging the way things are done in state government several issues including property taxes.Senate Republican leader Jack Whitver said Thursday at a legislative forum hosted by The Associated Press that Iowans expressed confidence in his party by returning it to power again and that means keeping campaign promises.One of those promises is a thorough review of property taxes during the session which starts Monday.Gov. Kim Reynolds said at the forum she’s interested in looking at what lawmakers come up with. As a former county treasurer she said she heard for years complaints from business owners and individuals about rising property taxes.Senate Democatic Leader Janet Petersen says her concern is that local governments including counties, cities and schools aren’t harmed in the process by taking away funding they need.last_img read more