Deadline approaching for not-for-profit grant

first_imgMilan, IN—The Chester and Ruth Baylor Family Foundation is reminding area not-for-profits of the upcoming deadline for applications for the 2020 grant cycle.  All applications are due by 5 pm on Friday, January 31st. Applications cannot be accepted after the due date.  Applications must be submitted online via the Foundation’s website by clicking here. The Chester and Ruth Baylor Family Foundation is interested in funding projects that serve Milan and surrounding communities.  Preference will be given to projects that address the foundation’s 2020 funding priorities: education, beautification, meeting the needs of underserved populations, and leadership training for not-for-profit organizations.last_img read more

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Remy warns against complacency

first_imgFew look capable of preventing Chelsea winning the Premier League title at a canter but Loic Remy knows overconfidence is a “trap” they need to avoid. “For me, it is a real opportunity to win a trophy or something here,” said the France international, who was twice part of a title-winning squad with Lyon. “Every player is conscious that we can really win something this year, but the most important thing is to stay focused about the same thing and don’t think the league is already won. I think it is a trap if we think that. “We just have to try to win game after game and we know there are a lot of games coming so we have to be careful and play the same way we are playing at the minute.” Remy is loving life at Stamford Bridge thanks to Chelsea’s successful start to the campaign and the chance to learn off Diego Costa and fans’ favourite Didier Drogba. The 27-year-old striker can certainly allow himself a wry smile given how things have panned out since Liverpool pulled the plug on a move for him. A failed medical saw Remy return to QPR but a £10.5million move across west London eventually came through. “Everything happens for a reason so I am very happy to be here,” he said. “The past is the past so now I forget it and I am just concentrated on my team and, yes, winning the title with my team. Press Association “For me the past is the past. We are just looking forward.” That focus on the future includes a tilt at Champions League glory, with Chelsea able to secure a place in the last 16 on Tuesday at Schalke. “We have to finish the job because we know the situation,” Remy added. “We can still finish third or second. This game against Schalke is really important. “Now that we have done the job (by beating West Brom 2-0 on Saturday) we are all focused on the game on Tuesday, which is very important. “I think the quality of the squad says enough, though. We have enough quality to win this game. I think it is going to be tough but I think we can win this game.” It may only be November but Jose Mourinho’s side already boast a comfortable lead at the top of the table, performing so impressively that one bookmaker has already paid out on them winning it. The fact the west Londoners’ traditional rivals are faltering has made things even more comfortable, yet summer signing Remy knows they cannot afford to be complacent. last_img read more

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Syracuse hopes to continue improved communication at draw circle against Boston College in NCAA quarterfinals

first_img Published on May 16, 2014 at 7:03 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Out of its 21 games this season, Syracuse has been outscored in the draw circle just four times. But when the Orange played at Boston College on Feb. 26, it had to find other ways to win. Kailah Kempney struggled in the circle, as Syracuse corralled just 10-of-22 in an 11-9 win.“They just kind of out-hustled us around the circle and got to the ball first,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “I think we’ve developed our communication a little better with our circle players and our draw players.”Now, No. 2-seed Syracuse (19-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast) is making adjustments as Kempney and Co. prepare for a rematch against No. 6-seed Boston College (15-5, 3-4) in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals in the Carrier Dome on Saturday at 1 p.m. SU ranks second in the conference with 14.9 draws per game, just .5 ahead of the Eagles.When Syracuse has won this year, it has usually been on the backs of its star players, Alyssa Murray and Kayla Treanor. The two Tewaaraton Award finalists have combined for 41 percent of the team’s scoring. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut much of the Orange’s success is rooted in the team’s ability to win in the draw circle, an aspect of the game that Syracuse has dominated this season.“We always say, ‘Win the draw, win the game,’” Murray said.Kempney and Kirkland Locey, who also sees significant time in the draw circle, watched tape the entire week of Syracuse’s first game against Boston College, and also other games BC has played since. Both are trying to pick up on the tendencies of Mikaela Rix, who has taken the majority of the Eagles’ draws this season. “It’s so we really are prepared with knowing so-and-so’s going to be in and she likes to do this, so we’re going to counter it by doing this,” Locey said. “We’re really just doing our homework on any possible situation and knowing how to react.”Kempney said Rix is effective at grabbing the ball straight up, as well as her ability to play up and down the field, and on the draw circle. She scored three goals against Syracuse the last time they played, and collected two draws.“For us, it’s all about going out and winning the draw and playing as a team on the draw,” Rix said. “I think that’s what kept it a close game.”Although Syracuse lacked in its communication with the wings against Rix, that’s something the Orange has improved on throughout the course of the season.Locey said Syracuse has succeeded virtually all year in the draw circle because of its play around the circle. She added that she and Kempney constantly communicate with their wings, usually Kelly Cross and Maddy Huegel, to make sure everyone is on the same page.Locey said she has secret signals with her wings that help her direct them on the field. “Nothing’s really pre-planned, just because it’s so situational,” she said. “It’s really spur-of-the-moment. Just quick communication. Head nods, whispers, stuff like that.”But even though Kempney and Locey have thrived all season as spur-of-the-moment players, their success is also a result of thorough preparation. Syracuse was able to grind out a win against Boston College in February despite struggling in the circle. With a spot in the final four on the line, the Orange hopes that it can rely on Kempney and Locey — just like it has all season — to get it there.“This is a very good team,” Gait said, “and we’re at a point now where anybody can beat anybody if you don’t show up and play your best game.“We’ll do a much better job of getting the ball to our players.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Stephen Appiah urges Hearts fans to support Kenichi

first_imgFormer Ghana Captain Stephen Appiah wants the fans of Accra Hearts of Oak to be to be modest with their expectations from the team despite an opening day victory.The Phobians began their campaign with a 1-0 win over bogey side New Edubiase after which optimism has risen in the Phobian rank.The followers of the team have lauded coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi with some even branding the Japanese American as the best thing that has happened to the club in a while.But Appiah who played Hearts in the early stages of his football career has stated it is still early days yet.“We have played just a game and the fans are singing praise on coach Kenichi but one thing we should know is that we have a long way to go,” Appiah told Joy Sports“They have lots of matches to play and perform as well but i have been hearing good things about the coach especially with his work ethics so i pray this year will be Heart of Oak’s year.” ‘But i think in all these we should measure our expectations- in as much as we are all hoping for the best we shouldn’t do things that will put pressure on the coach.Hearts play Medeama this weekend on matchday two of the Ghana Premier League at the Tarkwa T and A park.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Angels expect Andrelton Simmons back this month

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Ausmus said the Angels will be closely monitoring the workload for young pitchers Griffin Canning and José Suarez, although they have no firm innings limits for either. Canning has already thrown 60-1/3 innings this season, between Triple-A and the majors, which is more than halfway to his total of 113-1/3 from last year. Suarez, who missed the start of the season with a shoulder problem, has only thrown 33-1/3 innings, compared to his career-high of 117 last year. “We are extremely aware of their innings,” Ausmus said. “No one has told me, ‘We don’t want them going over this number,’ but we’re going to be practical about it.” …Trevor Cahill played catch on Thursday after taking four days off to rest his sore back. …Ausmus said Shohei Ohtani is “getting close” to being ready to throw off a mound, perhaps within a matter of weeks. It is not expected to affect his availability as a hitter.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Andrew Heaney, 0-1, 5.40) at Rays (LHP Blake Snell, 4-5, 3.50), Friday, 4 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AM Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Andrelton Simmons seems to be headed back to the Angels’ lineup faster than expected.Manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday that he expected Simmons to be back sometime in June, which would be only five or six weeks after suffering a Grade 3 left ankle sprain.The Angels never publicly gave a timeframe for Simmons, but that type of injury normally requires eight to 12 weeks to heal. It is possible that Simmons’ injury all along was not as severe as a typical Grade 3 sprain, many of which require surgery.Simmons has been running, taking ground balls and taking batting practice. Ausmus said Simmons is expected to face some live pitching early next week, although not yet as part of a rehab assignment. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield The Angels are likely to get Justin Upton back even sooner. Upton had 14 plate appearances in the first four games of his rehab assignment at Class-A Inland Empire. He was expected to play again on Thursday night.Ausmus said Upton could be activated when the Angels are in Toronto for a four-game series starting on Monday.After missing Shohei Ohtani for more than a month, Upton for more than two months and Simmons for more than a month, the Angels could have all three back by the end of June.“It’d be nice to get the band together,” Ausmus said. “I don’t want to say back together because they haven’t really been together. But it’d be nice to get them together. We’ve had some guys step up a little bit in the interim. Brian Goodwin has done a nice job, we had (Cesar) Puello come up and he’s done a nice job. There’s been contributors who have helped but it’d be nice to get the regular nine or eight back together.”RAMIREZ UPDATEJC Ramírez, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, threw 84 pitches at Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday night and reported feeling good, Ausmus said. Ausmus said the Angels still haven’t decided if Ramírez will come back as a starter or reliever. Ramírez is out of options, so the longest the Angels can keep him in the minors is June 29, which is when he will have used up all 30 days of his rehab assignment.So far, Ramírez has allowed 10 earned runs in 10-2/3 innings in his three rehab games.Keynan Middleton, who is also rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, is throwing off a mound but still hasn’t faced hitters. Although he’s significantly behind Ramirez now, it will take him less time to get ready once he’s in games, because he is a reliever.ALSODavid Fletcher was a late scratch because of continued trouble with his left shoulder. Fletcher, has not started since Friday, but he came in for defense on Tuesday and he played two innings of defense and batted once on Thursday night. He said he’s hoping to be able to start on Friday. …Related Articleslast_img read more

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Country Rocker and Fiddler Charlie Daniels Dies at Age 83

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Charlie Daniels, who went from being an in-demand session musician to a staple of Southern rock with his hit “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” has died at 83.A statement from his publicist said the Country Music Hall of Famer died Monday at a hospital in Hermitage, Tennessee, after doctors said he had a stroke.He had suffered what was described as a mild stroke in January 2010 and had a heart pacemaker implanted in 2013 but continued to perform.Daniels, a singer, guitarist and fiddler, started out as a session musician, even playing on Bob Dylan’s “Nashville Skyline” sessions. Beginning in the early 1970s, his five-piece band toured endlessly, sometimes doing 250 shows a year.“I can ask people where they are from, and if they say `Waukegan,′ I can say I’ve played there. If they say `Baton Rouge,′ I can say I’ve played there. There’s not a city we haven’t played in,” Daniels said in 1998.Daniels performed at White House, at the Super Bowl, throughout Europe and often for troops in the Middle East.He played himself in the 1980 John Travolta movie “Urban Cowboy” and was closely identified with the rise of country music generated by that film. Some of his other hits were “Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye,” “Boogie Woogie Fiddle Country Blues” and “Uneasy Rider.”“I’ve kept people employed for over 20 years and never missed a payroll,” Daniels said in 1998. That same year, he received the Pioneer Award from the Academy of Country Music.He is survived by his wife, Hazel, and his son, Charlie Daniels Jr.“There are few artists that touched so many different generations in our business than Charlie Daniels did,” said Sarah Trahern, CEO of the Country Music Association, in a statement. “Today, our community has lost an innovator and advocate of Country Music. Both Charlie and Hazel had become dear friends of mine over the last several years, and I was privileged to be able to celebrate Charlie’s induction into the Opry as well as tell him that he was going to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.”Contemporary country artists like Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean also paid tribute to Daniels on social media. “What a hero. A true patriot, Christian, and country music icon. Prayers to his family,” said Bryan in a tweet.In the 1990s Daniels softened some of his lyrics from his earlier days when he often was embroiled in controversy.In “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” a 1979 song about a fiddling duel between the devil and a whippersnapper named Johnny, Daniels originally called the devil a “son of a bitch,” but changed it to “son of a gun.”In his 1980 hit “Long Haired Country Boy,” he used to sing about being “stoned in the morning” and “drunk in the afternoon.” Daniels changed it to “I get up in the morning. I get down in the afternoon.”“I guess I’ve mellowed in my old age,” Daniels said in 1998.Otherwise, though, he rarely backed down from in-your-face lyrics.His “Simple Man” in 1990 suggested lynching drug dealers and using child abusers as alligator bait.His “In America” in 1980 told the country’s enemies to “go straight to hell.”Such tough talk earned him guest spots on “Politically Incorrect,” the G. Gordon Liddy radio show and on C-Span taking comments from viewers. Later in life, he wrote frequently about his conservative political views on his website and on Twitter, issuing daily tweets aimed at Hillary Clinton about the 2012 attack on an American diplomatic compound in Libya, but also bringing attention to veteran suicides.“The Devil Went Down to Georgia” was No. 1 on the country charts in 1979 and crossed over to the pop charts. It was voted single of the year by the Country Music Association and earned his band a Grammy for best country vocal performance by a duo or group.In the climactic verse, Daniels sang:“The devil bowed his head because he knew that he’d been beat.“He laid that golden fiddle on the ground at Johnny’s feet.“Johnny said, ’Devil just come on back if you ever want to try again.“I told you once you son of a (gun), I’m the best that’s ever been.’”He hosted regular Volunteer Jam concerts in Nashville in which the performers usually were not announced in advance. Entertainers at these shows included Don Henley, Amy Grant, James Brown, Pat Boone, Bill Monroe, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alabama, Billy Joel, Little Richard, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eugene Fodor and Woody Herman.Daniels, a native of Wilmington, N.C., played on several Dylan albums as a Nashville recording session guitarist in the late 1960s, including “New Morning” and “Self-Portrait.” He also played on albums by Marty Robbins, Claude King, Flatt & Scruggs, Pete Seeger, Leonard Cohen, Al Kooper and Ringo Starr.He also performed gospel music, which earned him Dove Awards as well. He co-founded a veterans charity called The Journey Home Project.Eventually, at the age of 71, he was invited to join the epitome of Nashville’s music establishment, the Grand Ole Opry. He was inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.He said in 1998 that he kept touring so much because “I have never played those notes perfectly. I’ve never sung every song perfectly. I’m in competition to be better tonight than I was last night and to be better tomorrow than tonight.”Daniels said his favorite place to play was “anywhere with a good crowd and a good paycheck.”last_img
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Liverpool draw Bayern as United face PSG in Champions League last 16

first_imgBundesliga leaders Dortmund will meet Tottenham Hotspur for the second season in a row, having faced each other in last year’s group stage, while Roma meet two-time former champions Porto.“We’ve already met them (Tottenham) twice. A strong opponent, the chances are at 50-50. The team has top players. We are also strong, it will be interesting,” Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told Sky.United, at a low ebb after Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, meet PSG for the first time and a formidable task awaits against a side featuring Neymar and Kylian Mbappe — the world’s two most expensive players.“It’s always difficult to play Manchester United,” said PSG boss Thomas Tuchel.“They have lots of experience in this competition, they’ve won it numerous times. It’s always difficult to play at Old Trafford, it’s always a big challenge.“It’s the same thing against Mourinho. He has lots of experience in this competition and you must have respect,” he added.– ‘Winter break’ boost –Manchester City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain warned the English champions will not have it easy against a Schalke outfit languishing in 13th place in Germany following a nightmare start.“Teams that have been struggling in their leagues have still they’ve done very well in the Champions League,” said Begiristain.“Schalke will be difficult. After a winter break, German clubs are always very dangerous.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Nyon, Switzerland | AFP | Liverpool will take on fellow five-time winners Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League, while Jose Mourinho’s struggling Manchester United face French giants Paris Saint-Germain.Holders Real Madrid were paired with Ajax in Monday’s draw in Nyon as the Spaniards attempt to lift the trophy for the fifth time in six seasons, while Lionel Messi and Barcelona will play Lyon.Both Liverpool and Bayern have a rich tradition in the competition, with Jurgen Klopp returning to his homeland to face the side that beat his Borussia Dortmund team in the 2013 final.Liverpool, defeated finalists last season, are the current form side of the two and sit top of the Premier League while Bayern have been far short of their own high standards in the Bundesliga this term.“That’s the team of the hour, the league leaders in England, they are playing really good football, very physical, really stepping it up. We are looking forward to it,” Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said of the tie with Liverpool.“A tough cookie, but that’s something to look forward to as a player.”Klopp said: “It will be a tough one, an interesting one, and I am looking forward to it.”– Ronaldo awaits –Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City take on German side Schalke 04 while Atletico Madrid, runners-up in 2014 and 2016, come up against Cristiano Ronaldo and Italian heavyweights Juventus.“A very difficult match, with few goals,” Juve vice-president Pavel Nedved predicted.“No doubt Cristiano is the man of the Champions League, he has always shown that, with goals and victories. Our team is very strong and we can be calm and confident.”last_img read more

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Charlie Batch, Steelers “steal” a road win over Ravens

first_imgREDEMPTION IN BALTIMORE–Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch congratulates running back Jonathan Dwyer, right, after Dwyer’s 16-yard touchdown run during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore, Sunday, Dec. 2. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) by Perry GreenAFRO Sports Editor BALTIMORE (NNPA)–The Baltimore Ravens gave up a late 20-13 lead and let their arch rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers come back to steal a 23-20 road victory on Sunday Dec. 2 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.The loss snapped the Ravens’ 15-game home winning streak, which was the longest home game winning streak of any active team in the NFL. It also marked only their second loss in the last 24 contests played at M&T Bank stadium. The Steelers sealed the win when kicker Shaun Suisham nailed a 40-yard field goal to push Pittsburgh ahead, 23-20, as the game clock expired to zero. Steelers back up quarterback Charlie Batch led his team down the field after starting from their own 20-yard line with seven minutes left in the game. The Steelers used up all seven minutes on their drive before setting up for the easy game-winning field goal.Most Outstanding Player(s) of the Game:Hats must go off in salute to Charlie Batch, who was just carrying a clipboard as the third-string quarterback just a few weeks ago. But when second-string quarterback Byron Leftwhich got injured and normal starter Ben Roethlisberger couldn’t go because of his own injury, Batch stepped in and played well for the Steelers. Batch completed 25-of-36 passes for 277 yards and a touchdown and a passer rating of 89.6. He threw two weird interceptions, but also made a few big passes on the final game-winning drive that set up the easy field goal for Suisham.Steelers tight end Heath Miller was the target of most of Batch’s catches; he caught five passes for 97 yards and a short touchdown that tied the game at 20 late in the fourth quarter.Unsung Hero of the Game:Steelers starting cornerback Ike Taylor left the game early with an injury, but his replacement, Cortez Allen, filled in very well. The Ravens’ offense usually is unstoppable at home but Allen came in and kept veteran receiver Anquan Boldin pretty quiet for most of the game. With Boldin and the rest of the receivers struggling to get open, the Ravens offensive attack sputtered and Pittsburgh was able to steal a win.More Game Notes:Batch has had plenty of success prior to coming off the bench for an injured Roethlisberger. He led Pitt to a 4-0 start just two seasons ago when Big Ben was suspended to start the season, so Baltimore was expecting him to play decent today. It’s too bad Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco didn’t play to his normal home-game standards. Flacco usually puts up huge numbers at home but today he completed only 16-of-34 passes for 188 yards, one touchdown, an interception and a dismal passer rating of 61.9. He also was sacked hard and fumbled the ball late in the fourth quarter, giving the Steelers the ball in prime scoring position. That ultimately led to the Steelers’ comeback victory.Ravens running back Ray Rice ran for 78 yards and a 34-yard touchdown on 12 carries.On defense, the Ravens were led by cornerback Corey Graham with nine tackles and an interception. Ed Reed also recorded an interception, his 61st of his career.Steelers’ linebacker James Harrison led his team with six tackles, including a sack.My Take:This was a bad loss for the Ravens. It not only ended their dominant home game winning streak, but it also came against their hated rivals, the Steelers. Unlike most fans watching, I’m not surprised at all that Charlie Batch was able to make some big plays in the game. He has done this for the Steelers so many times before. But I am very surprised that Flacco and the Ravens offense didn’t play better. This was a home game and this team doesn’t lose home games. The loss will make things more difficult as the team tries to maintain its control over the AFC North division. They’re still 9-3 overall, which is impressive for any team. But 10-2 would have been a lot better.NOTES: Pittsburgh CB Ike Taylor hurt his right ankle in the first quarter and did not return. … Tomlin said FB Will Johnson “probably has a concussion.” … Brown has thrown two passes this season. The other one was incomplete. … Baltimore missed a chance to go 10-2 for the first time in franchise history. … Rice’s 32nd rushing touchdown broke a second-place tie with Willis McGahee on the team’s career list.(Perry Green is sports editor for the Afro American.)last_img read more

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Ice brass continues to prepare players for upcoming BCMMHL season

first_imgThe Kootenay Ice Major Midget squad was back on the ice this weekend at the NDCC Arena gearing up for the upcoming season.The Ice, part of the 11-team B.C. Major Midget Hockey League, is coached by Mario DiBella and assistant Sean Dooley.The staff put the team through practice Saturday before the players was split up for the intra-squad game Sunday morning.More than 50 players attended the three-day camp earlier the month.Following the tryout camp some players were released as the coaching staff looked to get down to a manageable number.Some of the players signed include Cole Arcuri of Nelson and Scott Davidson and Jake Lucchini of Trail.Other committed to the program include Seth Schmidt and Jason Richter of Cranbrook, Quinn Klimchuk and Darren Medeiros of Castlegar, Colby Livingstone of Creston, Mitch Foyle of Beaver Valley, Jeremy McGregor of Grand Forks and Craig Martin of Trail.The B.C. Major Midget Hockey League is for players 15, 16 and 17 year old.In 2010-11 the Kootenay Ice finished 10th overall with an 8-25-7 record. DiBella said the coaching staff is looking for a few exhibition games against Okanagan competition during the Labor Day weekend.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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