INDOT Forces One Lane Traffic On I-74 Thursday

first_imgIndiana Department of Transportation is closing the right lane of westbound Interstate 74 approaching the 154 mile marker. INDOT maintenance crews are setting barrels and placing signs east of Batesville this afternoon to route traffic around a section of failed pavement. Single-lane traffic will be maintained for approximately half a mile in the westbound left lane.Plans are being made at this time for scheduling emergency repairs at the I-74 site where a slab of concrete pavement has dropped several inches below grade. Meanwhile, lane restrictions will continue until repairs can be finalized.last_img read more

Football prepares to stop Arizona’s Khalil Tate

first_imgSenior linebacker Porter Gustin leads the Trojan defense with 4.5 sacks so far this season. (Sarah Kim | Daily Trojan)Throughout the opening four games of this season, the weakest link for the Trojan football program has been the defensive secondary. With sights set on Arizona — and the team’s explosive quarterback, Khalil Tate — head coach Clay Helton emphasized mental toughness as the Trojans hit the field for practice on Wednesday.Helton acknowledged that Tate has a versatility of strengths, including the ability to drop balls deep, forcing defenses to spread thinly across the field to adapt to the quarterback’s wily triple threat on the ground, in both the short passing game and deep in the field. “[We need to keep] contain on probably the most dangerous quarterback that we’ll face all season,” Helton said. “You see some of the dimes he’s dropping in on deep balls once the play is broken down … [and it] is unique. We’ve got to be able to keep him in the pocket and keep him contained.”The Wildcats are averaging over 270 passing yards per game, and Tate posted close to 350 passing yards against Houston and Southern Utah. Although he has been held to less than 20 yards rushing per game, Tate is known to rip off big gains on his feet when given a big enough hole to blast through.“You put [redshirt sophomore running back] J.J. Taylor with 260 yards of passing, and that’s a dangerous offense,” Helton said.Tate has yet to notch a victory over the Trojans, however, suffering a loss on his home field and in the Coliseum. As he prepares to host USC for his team’s first home field game against a Pac-12 opponent on Saturday, the junior quarterback will be anxious to even that record.“A dual-threat quarterback is always tough,” senior linebacker Porter Gustin said. “But we know what he can do and we know what he’s capable of. We’ve got to prepare for that. It’s like they’re playing with an extra man out there.”This will be a major test for the Trojans, whose main struggle so far this season has been to create a solid passing defense. The team allowed Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew II to throw for 344 yards and three touchdowns last week, failing to pick up an interception and allowing the quarterback to throw 71 percent.“When you play man coverage, you don’t see a ton of picks. You see a lot more in zone coverage,” Helton said. “We do have a lot of past break ups, hopefully we’ll get our hands on the ball a little more. It also comes with tipped balls. … Hopefully we’ll get some more of those too.”The secondary in particular struggled with deep passes, allowing Cougars receiver Easop Winston Jr. to average almost 24 yards per carry and grab a 59-yard touchdown lob. Against Tate, the unit will be forced to tighten up or pay up.The Trojans also struggled to challenge the passer and collapse the pocket, with Gustin recording the lone sack in the game against Washington State. Without heavy pressure in the face of the quarterback, Tate will be free to pick off receivers left and right, leaving the secondary wide open.One key change could be the introduction of true freshman corner Olaijah Griffin to the starting lineup. Griffin has slowly made his way into a regular rotation for the Trojans, standing out in last week’s game against Washington State. During Wednesday’s practice, the freshman earned first-team reps. He finished practice with a pick-six, earning howls of approval from his teammates on both sides of the ball. Griffin could provide a much-needed spark to the Trojan secondary.Injury reportRedshirt freshman defensive lineman Jay Tufele, who blocked the game-winning field goal attempt in Saturday’s game against Washington State, returned to action. Gustin and sophomore offensive tackle Andrew Vorhees both participated in practice, but on a limited basis. Gustin is still nursing a knee injury, and Vorhees is recovering from a sternum contusion. Both are expected to make full returns by game time on Saturday.Freshman receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown remains limited with an AC shoulder sprain. Redshirt freshman outside tackle Jalen McKenzie also sat out practice with a strained back.last_img read more

Keeping Arsenal Job is My Last Worry, Says Wenger

first_imgThe 68-year-old Frenchman signed a new two-year contract in May 2017 after leading Arsenal to a third FA Cup triumph in four seasons, although they missed out on Champions League qualification for the first time in 20 years.“I’ve turned the whole world down to respect my contracts,” he added.“My position is the last worry I have at the moment. My worry is to get the team focused and ready for Thursday’s game.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Arsene Wenger has said that keeping his job as Arsenal boss is his “last worry” after losing six of their 12 games in 2018.The Gunners host leaders Manchester City in the Premier League today, four days after a 3-0 defeat by City in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley.Arsenal is 27 points behind City and 10 adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham in the race for a Champions League place.Wenger, Arsenal manager since 1996, said he is “amazed I still have to answer these kinds of questions”.last_img read more

Evans injects dose of reality into Leicester fans’ title dreams

first_img0Shares0000Leicester fans should wait till after the hectic Christmas series of matches before perhaps beginning to dream of a second Premier League title says defender Jonny Evans © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 11 – Three-time Premier League-winning defender Jonny Evans moved to calm rising expectations among Leicester fans that the club can repeat their fairytale title win of 2016, saying the hectic Christmas period will give a more realistic picture.The 31-year-old Northern Irish international — who won his three league winners medals with Manchester United — has played an integral role in the Foxes’ superb form this term under compatriot Brendan Rodgers. Their impressive 2-0 win over an out-of-form Arsenal on Saturday lifted them to second in the table, eight points off leaders Liverpool.However, Evans — who joined Leicester from West Bromwich Albion for £3.5 million ($4.5 million) in June last year — is too experienced a head to allow early season form to lull him into believing a genuine title challenge is a cast-iron certainty.“I don’t think you’ll be able to judge that until after Christmas when we’re getting into it,” he said.“We know how seasons can finish. It’ll be tough. We need a big squad to do that, and all firing in the right directions.“We’ve shown we can battle games out but we’ve just got to do what we’re doing and see where it takes us.“It’s still really early on in the season. If you look at it there’s still teams like Sheffield United sitting fifth. So we know it’s going to be a long season and every team can beat everyone.”Evans, capped 83 times, said comparisons should not be drawn between the present team and the one that landed the title having been originally 5,000/1 to do so.Were the Foxes to go on and win the league crown this season it would be even more emotional than the previous triumph due to the death in a helicopter crash in October 2018 of their much-loved Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.“I think it’s hard,” said Evans.“What they did that year was incredible. I suppose it’s a compliment, really, to be compared to that team.“I think teams disrespected Leicester that season, in terms of probably not really realising how good they were, and kept being caught short.“After that, teams tried to become aware that they played on the counter-attack and not over-commit.“I’m sure teams realise we are a good side and in every game I think we’ve played well, given everyone a test.”0Shares0000(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Sony Teaches Old AIBO RoboDog New Tricks

first_img Robot’s best friend is coming out of retirement.Sony this week unveiled a new version of AIBO—more than a decade after we last saw the domesticated bot.The company introduced its AIBO prototype in 1998, and launched the first consumer model in 1999. New configurations were released every year until 2005.AdChoices广告Marketed as “entertainment robots,” AIBOs (which translates from the Japanese to mean “pal” or “partner”) were popular with educators and researchers, and have featured as futuristic pets in movies, music videos, and advertising campaigns.In early 2006, Sony announced plans to discontinue the product line, gradually withdrawing customer support through 2013.He speaks, he sits, he wags his tail. But he doesn’t poop (via Sony)But even the multinational conglomerate couldn’t resist those digitally enhanced puppy-dog eyes and that mechanical tail wag.Built with a “natural curiosity,” the brown-and-white pup can form an emotional bond with people, “providing them with love, affection, and the joy of nurturing and raising a companion,” according to Sony.Plus, you don’t have to clean up its poop.Despite its cold, polished body and rigid extremities, AIBO is undeniably cute; the way it moves along 22 axes to shake its head or scratch its ear is oddly compelling.The robo-dog can also detect words of praise, smiles, petting, and other human interactions, and will become aware of its environment to the point where it can walk around with confidence and respond to situations.Fun for the whole family (via Sony)“This adaptable behavior is made possible through Sony’s well-cultivated deep learning technology, in the form of inbuilt sensors that can detect and analyze sounds and images,” the company boasted.AIBO also comes with two fish-eye cameras (one in its nose), mapping technology, and a slew of sensors, all powered by a 64-bit quad-core CPU processor.Oh, and an exclusive “aibone” toy to “spice up your life with AIBO.”If Nintendo has shown us anything, it’s that nostalgia sells.Online pre-orders of the ¥198,000 ($1,735) AIBO sold out in a day, leaving sentimental customers and a new generation of fans in the dust. Folks can keep an eye on the Sony store for more details, or sign up to receive an email with sales information. Stay on target Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more