Host families are needed for the 2014-2015 school year. Students are available from many different countries and families choose their student based on common interests, religious preferences, gender, or other characteristics.To become a host family, one only needs to be able to provide room and board and transportation to school, including the school bus. On-line applications are available at Council for Education Travel website or by contacting local coordinator Betty Bourquein at 934-4454.Students come with a proficiency in English, their own insurance, and their own spending money. They are to become a member of your family responsible for following the house rules, maintaining grades at school, doing light chores, and participating in family activities.“One needs to think globally but act locally to enjoy the benefits of this lifelong relationship with someone from another part of the world,” Bourquein said.
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Aurora, In. — The Purdue Extension will offer a Local Government Finance Workshop at The Dearborn County Extension Office in Aurora Friday, May 18 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.The workshop will help residents understand how the works- from appropriations and to tax collection.For more information please call 812-926-1189.
Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 George Stevens Academy’s Jarrod Chase shoots the ball in the Eagles’ 68-53 win over Searsport on Monday in Blue Hill.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSBLUE HILL — The George Stevens Academy boys’ basketball team won its first game of the season on Monday against Searsport.The Eagles outscored the Searsport Vikings 22-9 in the third period en route to a 68-53 win. GSA improved its record to 1-3.“For the first three games, we just couldn’t put it together,” GSA coach Dwayne Carter said. “Tonight, I’d say we had it together almost the whole game.”Nick Szwez powered the Eagles with 20 points and 12 rebounds.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“He played a monster game,” Carter said of Szwez. “They had no one to match up with him. He rebounded well, and he made great post moves and finished at the rim.”Momentum didn’t begin on GSA’s side. Carter said Searsport — a team of strong shooters — maybe missed one shot in the first quarter to lead GSA 16-13 after the opening period.Searsport’s Troy Reynolds scored a game-high 25 points, including seven three-pointers for the Vikings.“Reynolds was a key player we really had to try to stop,” Carter said. “Jarrod Chase guarded him most of the game, and he did a really good job.”After taking a three-point halftime lead, GSA came out strong in the second half to outscore Searsport 41-29.“Our defense started to pick up, and we began to execute on offense,” Carter said. “We also ran the floor really well, and they couldn’t keep up with us.”Kelsey Allen added 18 points and Taylor Schildroth 14 for the Eagles.“We can play with anybody. We just hadn’t really gelled yet in those first three games,” Carter said. “But I’d be really worried if we gelled this early in the season. We’ll just keep improving every day.”George Stevens Academy’s Kelsey Allen jumps up for the shot in the Eagles’ 68-53 win over Searsport on Monday in Blue Hill.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSGSA was scheduled to play at Deer Isle-Stonington Wednesday night.Sumner 71, Deer Isle-Stonington 41At East Sullivan, Joey Lamoureaux scored 18 points, and Sam Smith added 15 to propel the Sumner Tigers by the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners on Monday.Alex O’Hara and Issiac Christianson each added 10 points for Sumner.Ethan Shepard sparked the Mariners with 12 points, and Jared Gove added nine.The Tigers improved their record to 3-2, and the Mariners dropped to 2-3.DI-S was scheduled to host GSA last night, Wednesday, and Sumner will host Searsport on Saturday.Central 60, Bucksport 46At East Corinth, Andrew Speed and Kyle Ham scored 13 and 12 points to pace the Central Red Devils to their fifth win of the season on Monday.The Golden Bucks were led by Carter Deredin with seven points.Bucksport dropped to 3-1 and was scheduled to host Washington Academy Wednesday night.Deer Isle-Stonington 70, Jonesport-Beals 44At Deer Isle, Jared Gove scored 20 points to lead the Mariners by the Jonesport-Beals Royals on Saturday.Krisford Melanio added 18 points for the Mariners.Sterling Beal led Jonesport-Beals with 13 points.Ellsworth 44, John Bapst 24At Ellsworth, Nicholas Bagley scored 12 points and Griffin Nightingale had 11 points to pace the Eagles to a 44-24 win over John Bapst.Nathan Smith led the Crusaders with six points.Sumner 86, Jonesport-Beals 45At Jonesport, Sam Smith recorded 32 points to lead the Sumner Tigers to an 86-45 win over the Jonesport-Beals Royals on Friday.Sumner’s Joey Lamoureux netted 12 points, and Shawn Welch added 10 points for the Tigers.For Jonesport-Beals, Osmond Kelley and Mike Gebo each scored 10 points while Darrin Peadon and Austin Grant had nine points apiece.Sumner 58, Narraguagus 56At Harrington, Shawn Walsh tipped the ball in at the buzzer to lift the Sumner Tigers to a 58-56 victory over the Narraguagus Knights on Thursday.Maverick Ecklund paced Sumner with 14 points, and Sam Smith scored 13. Walsh finished with nine points.Brettin Dinsmore scored a game-high 18 points to lead Narraguagus. Hayden Pineo netted 13, and Nicholas Kennedy added nine for the Knights.Bucksport 59, Deer Isle-Stonington 34At Bucksport, Asher Bowden scored 18 points to help lead the Bucksport Golden Bucks to a 59-34 win over the DI-S Mariners on Wednesday.Alex Dyer chipped in with 10 points and eight rebounds for the Golden Bucks. Tyler Pye added nine points while Hayden Craig and Austin Mason each notched four assists.Kris Menario led DI-S with seven points.Ellsworth 46, Hermon 40At Hermon, Derek Look scored 14 points to pace Ellsworth to a 46-40 victory over the Hawks on Wednesday.Bryce Harmon and Nicholas Bagley each added eight points while Mitchel Domagala chipped in seven.Hermon’s Joe Plummer netted a game-high 17 points, and Donte Bennett had eight points.Washington Academy 80, GSA 60At Blue Hill, Austin Seavey, Gage Feeney and Kyle Taylor scored 26, 23 and 16 points to lead Washington Academy to an 80-60 win over GSA on Wednesday.The WA Raiders shot 65 percent from the floor.Taylor Schildroth led GSA with 20 points, and Kelsey Allen contributed 12. GSA dropped to 0-3, and WA improved to 2-1. EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Bio Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Latest Posts Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013.
___ 10:25 a.m.Baylor University says it has told its entire baseball team and staff to self-quarantine after learning that three TSA agents in San Jose, California who tested positive for COVID-19 had “indirect contact” with the school’s travel party earlier this week. Baylor said the team will self-quarantine in Waco, Texas, or at their permanent residence. The school said no players, coaches or staff are showing any symptoms of the coronavirus. ___4:55 p.m.Russia is offering to host more European Championship games as UEFA considers whether the tournament can go ahead. Two more clubs said some players or staff would isolate. Bournemouth said Friday that reserve goalkeeper Artur Boruc and four members of staff had symptoms consistent with the virus. Leicester said Thursday that three players had “extremely mild illness” and would self-isolate as a precaution.___10:30 a.m.The England cricket team’s test series in Sri Lanka has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The England and Wales Cricket board says it made the decision for the players to return home after discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket. ___11:50 a.m.Soccer in Scotland has been suspended following a similar move in England.The Scottish Football Association and Scottish Professional Football League say games are off until “further notice.”Six first-division games were scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including the Old Firm game between Glasgow rivals Rangers and Celtic. Associated Press Writing in a Facebook post, government commissioner Mariusz Revesz says the decision came because of the coronavirus crisis in Italy and Hungary’s declaration this week to ban large outdoor sporting events.Revesz says Hungarian and Italian race organizers would seek contract modifications so the Giro can start in Hungary some other time.___1:20 p.m.German club Nuremberg says its whole team and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after defender Fabian Nürnberger tested positive for the coronavirus. The rest of the Bundesliga’s 26th round was due to be played without fans present.___1:45 p.m.The Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix races have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Bahrain GP was scheduled to be held next week — at an empty track — and the inaugural Vietnamese GP was set to be held in Hanoi on April 5. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko says Russia, which hosted the 2018 World Cup, could hold more than its scheduled three group games and one quarterfinal match in St. Petersburg.According to state news agency Tass, Chernyshenko says “we absolutely could expand the tournament program.”He adds that “Russia is ready for however the situation develops, we have plans.”___2:50 p.m. The second-division club decided to conduct tests after two players from previous opponent Hannover tested positive for the virus.Nuremberg was due to play St. Pauli on Sunday but the club has asked the German soccer league to postpone the game.Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday was called off after Hannover decided on Thursday to quarantine its players for 14 days.___1:55 p.m. The French soccer league has suspended all matches indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.Matches were scheduled to be held in empty stadiums but the French league made its decision in an emergency meeting a day after President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation on television.No indication has yet been given as to when the league could resume. The league says it will next meet on Tuesday following a UEFA meeting.___9:55 a.m. England was set to play the first test of its two-test series on Thursday, with the second test set for March 27.The ECB says “we look forward to returning to Sri Lanka in the very near future to fulfil this important Test series.”The decision was announced with England playing in a test warm-up match against the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI.England also has tests scheduled at home against West Indies in June and Pakistan in late July and August.___ 11:15 a.m.UEFA has postponed all Champions League and Europa League games because of the coronavirus outbreak.The quarterfinal draws in both competitions, scheduled for next Friday, have also been postponed.The decision comes four days ahead of a meeting to decide the European soccer calendar, including the possible one-year postponement of the 2020 European Championship.___ ___10:40 a.m.The German soccer league says it will play this weekend’s games as planned without spectators but may suspend the league as of Tuesday.The league board says it will propose a suspension through April 2, to be voted on by member clubs on Monday.All of this weekend’s games are due to be played in empty stadiums. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the world (all times local):___10:45 a.m. The Greek Olympic committee says it is suspending the rest of its torch relay because of the “unexpectedly large crowd” that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.The Hellenic Olympic Committee says a large crowd had gathered to watch the flame for the Tokyo Olympics pass through the southern Greek town of Sparta. The flame was lit Thursday at the birthplace of the games in Ancient Olympia in a pared-down ceremony.The committee says it took “the difficult but essential decision to cancel the rest of the program of the flame relay on Greek territory.”It says the decision was taken in coordination with the health ministry and the International Olympic Committee.The handover of the Olympic Flame to the Tokyo organizing committee will go ahead as scheduled on March 19 at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896. 11:10 a.m.The English Premier League has been suspended after three clubs put their entire playing squads in self-isolation because of coronavirus.The league had expected to continue with a full schedule this weekend with fans, but later decided to suspend all matches until April 3 “at the earliest.”The same suspension applies for the three lower divisions overseen by the English Football League and to England’s top two women’s divisions.Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, leading to the cancellation of the match against Brighton on Saturday. Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi also had a positive test on Thursday, while Everton said Friday that a player had reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus and said its squad was self-isolating. March 13, 2020 The first Bundesliga game has been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bremen senator for the interior Ulrich Mäurer says Werder Bremen’s home game against Bayer Leverkusen on Monday won’t be played as scheduled.The game was supposed to be played without any fans in the stadium, but Bremen mayor Andreas Bovenschulte says the decision was taken to call it off because of fears that several thousand fans would have gathered outside the stadium.Thousands of Paris Saint-Germain fans gathered outside the stadium on Wednesday during a Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund.Events with more than 1,000 participants were already banned in a bid to contain the virus outbreak. India and South Africa have called off the two remaining one-day cricket internationals and decided to reschedule the series.The second ODI was scheduled to be played in Lucknow on Sunday and the third game in Kolkata on Wednesday. The first game was washed out by rain in Dharmsala earlier this week.___10:30 a.m.The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia, has been postponed until a later date. Augusta National did not indicate when the Masters would be played. That means there will be no golf at least for the next month. The Masters began in 1934 and only World War II has kept it from being played. This was the biggest shoe to drop for golf. The PGA Tour already canceled the next three events leading up to the Masters. Tiger Woods was to be going after his sixth green jacket. The Latest: India and South Africa scrap cricket matches Borussia Mönchengladbach played Cologne on Wednesday and although there were no fans in the stadium, hundreds assembled outside.The league asked fans “not to gather in front of the stadiums and to do their part to protect the population.”Second-division club Hannover has put its players into self-isolation after two tested positive for the coronavirus. Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday has been called off.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Everton has become the third Premier League soccer club to put its entire playing squad in quarantine after a player reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus.Arsenal and Chelsea announced similar measures on Thursday.Everton says the club is in regular contact with the player in question and is monitoring the wellbeing of all players and staff. Its training complex has been closed down along with its stadium, Goodison Park.Everton is scheduled to play Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Monday.However, it is increasingly likely all Premier League matches will be suspended. League officials are holding an emergency meeting to discuss future steps. 3:35 p.m.The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to delay the start of the Indian Premier League T20 tournament by two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament will now start on April 15 instead of March 29.___11 a.m. The Giro d’Italia cycling race has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The first three stages of the Italian race were scheduled to take place in Hungary in May but the country has banned large outdoor sporting events. Race organizer RCS Sport says the entire race was postponed after they were informed by the organizing committee of the Hungarian stages that those three legs could not be held on the scheduled dates.RCS Sport says “all parties have agreed that they are determined to work together to enable the Giro d’Italia to depart from Hungary at a later time.”___2:10 p.m. ___12:40 p.m.The Paris-Nice cycling race won’t finish in Nice because of the coronavirus outbreak, and will instead be stopped one day early at the end of Stage 7 on Saturday.The final stage would have taken the race on a 113.5-kilometer (70.5-mile) loop north of Nice. Instead, the race will stop in Valdeblore la Colmiane.___ The first four races of the Formula One season have all been called off. The season-opening Australian GP and the China GP were previously postponed.No new dates have been set for the races but governing body FIA says it expects to begin the F1 season in May when it reaches Europe with the Dutch GP.___1:25 p.m.The first three stages of this year’s Giro d’Italia cycling race in May will no longer be held in Hungary.
Photo courtesy of Sports InformationWindy and wild · Senior Gabriella Then was the top scorer (-4) for the women’s golf team at the Windy City Collegiate on Monday and Tuesday.The No. 3 women’s golf team entered the final round of play at the Windy City Collegiate in Chicago Tuesday in second place (-8) — trailing then-tournament-leading Georgia (-12) by four strokes. As a team, USC would collectively shoot 3-over in the final-round Tuesday to finish the tournament third overall with a team score of 5-under.“We just didn’t get off to the start that we knew we needed to today,” head coach Andrea Gaston said. “The team really did hang in there today, and I was proud of the way they kept themselves in it. Today just wasn’t as good a day for us.”The team’s top scorer at the tournament was senior Gabriella Then, who finished with an overall score of 4-under after shooting for par in the final round. Then finished the tournament tied for fourth (-4) in the individual standings.“I just felt like today I played much more consistent overall, and I was getting onto the course more evenly,” Then said. “I was able to take advantage of the birdie holes and opportunities and sticking to the gameplay made things much easier out there for me.”Senior Karen Chung also recorded a top-10 finish at the Windy City Classic, as she finished ninth overall (-2) after shooting 1-over in the final round.Golfers played a total of 36 holes in the first two rounds on Monday before the final day of competition on Tuesday. “I think that as teams go throughout the second and into the third round, [the ability to play through fatigue] ends up separating the good teams from the bad teams,” Then said. “To be able to stay up near the top was definitely something good for our team.” For the second consecutive tournament, sophomore Robyn Ree recorded the top-score in the final-round of play for USC; she shot 1-under on Tuesday. Overall, Ree tied for 16th overall (+1). Another USC underclassmen finished in the top-20, as freshman Allisen Corpuz would also tie with Ree for 16th overall (+1) after shooting a 3-over in the final round. Redshirt senior Victoria Morgan finished the tournament tied for 32 (+5). Senior Elizabeth Doty, who was playing in the tournament individually, tied for 64 (+13).Following the third place finish in Chicago this week, the Women of Troy now look onward to the Stanford Intercollegiate, which will be played Oct. 14-16 in Stanford, California. The tournament will be held at the Stanford Golf Course.
Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share More than 120 operators, 75 top level affiliates and 80 suppliers will be joined by some of the biggest sports organisations in Europe at this year’s Betting on Sports conference, held from 12-15 September.Among the 120 operators at #boscon2017 will be the recently merged Paddy Power Betfair, a premium sponsor of the event, and Ladbrokes Coral, which will be represented on the agenda by the company’s Director of Player Protection Graham Weir on the first day social responsibility session.Weir added: “It’s important for betting operators to engage with a wide range of stakeholders to allow us to explain the investment being made by the industry to improve player protection. It’s equally important for us to listen to others views on ways in which we can be better.”Joining them at Olympia Conference Centre will be premium sponsor bet365, first-time exhibitor Mr Green, Sky Bet CEO Richard Flint and BetStars Managing Director Zeno Ossko, who will be speaking in the ‘Leaders on Betting’ track just a year after he joined the Amaya subsidiary from mybet.Ossko said: “Betting on Sports has a packed agenda, which reflects the challenges and opportunities that the industry currently faces. Of course, I will be keenly interested to hear what my competitive peers are doing, but mostly I’m looking to learn on two fronts: how cutting edge legislative developments and new technological developments may open new markets and opportunities.”Flying the flag for the affiliate sector will be LiveSport Media and OLBG, alongside a trio of star-studded conference speakers. Rebel Penguin CEO Jonas Warrer Petersen will be speaking on protecting revenues via diversification, while the session on ‘Super Affiliates’ will be headlined by XL Media CEO Ory Weihs and Jesper Soegaard, CEO for Better Collective.Soegaard commented: “Betting on Sports is the most valuable sports betting conference, so I’m excited to share Better Collective’s viewpoint to contribute to the event and the industry as a whole.”On the supplier side, SBC Events has attracted 80 of the biggest names in the industry, including platinum sponsor OPTIMA, whose CEO Jacob Lopez is speaking in the live betting session in ‘Betting on Racing’, and SBTech, represented by CPO Ian Bradley in the first day’s ‘Betting on Innovation’ track.There will also be appearances for Sportradar Head of Esports James Watson and Vahe Baloulian, CEO for premium sponsor BetConstruct, while gold sponsor Golden Race will be at the ‘Golden Race Bar’ ahead of the official networking party on Wednesday 13 September.Watson added: “I’d like to explore the role of esports tournament organisers and rights holders in the world of data and how they can play their part in maximising exposure for their tournaments, using regulated betting as a mechanism, and making a few smart and simple decisions along the way.”The strong sports focus for the event is emphasised by the second day ‘Sport in Focus’ track, headlined by Leicester Tigers’ Chris Rose, Head of Brand for the 10-time English rugby champions, and Jaap Kalma, Commercial Director for the second most successful side in European Cup history, AC Milan.Rose commented: “Leicester Tigers lead the way in professional rugby, and have recently agreed the largest club betting partnership with Leo Vegas. I will be talking about why rugby and betting have been behind football in the past, what opportunities there are for the future, and why Leo Vegas are great partners to do it with.”Helping Rose and Kalma to put ‘Sport in Focus’ at #boscon2017 will be Tottenham Hotspur, a new sponsor for the event, PAOK Basketball President Bane Prelevic and Simon Schleich, Managing Director at e|motion sports GmbH Germany, the tennis event organiser, as well as Phil Suddick, Integrity Manager at the Tennis Integrity Unit.Right now, tickets for the event are available at a fantastic 25% Group Discount when buying 3 or more – get them HERE.Betting on Sports is organised by SBC Events, part of the SBC Global group of companies which works with industry leaders to develop the sports and sports betting industries. Services include news coverage, knowledge creation, marketing and product consultancy, conferences, seminars and industry awards. Share Submit ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020
Robin Van Persie is facing a possible three-match ban after being accused of elbowing Yohan Cabaye – as Manchester United hit top form and demolished Newcastle.Alan Pardew called for the FA to look at an off-the-ball clash between Van Persie and the French midfielder, who collapsed in a heap clutching his head.United boss Sir Alex Ferguson praised his Wayne Rooney-inspired side as being back to their best, as goals from Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra and Tom Cleverly, his first for United in the Premier League, sealed the game.Van Persie could be hit by an FA charge today, because referee Howard Webb did not appear to see the 84th minute incident, and if found guilty he will face a ban.Pardew said: “He has looked at Yohan and elbowed him. That needs to be looked at. There was history from last year and I don’t know if Robin has got caught in that. That was a bit of unsavoury-ness in the game.“I thought Yohan would not have gone down if he has not done something. I did not see myself it at first but have looked at it on the replays and it looks like he looked at him then has then put his elbow there. “Should the FA look at it? That is for them to look at, not me.”Webb will have to decide today whether, using video evidence, he would have sent off Van Persie.Ferguson who was not asked about the incident during his immediate post match Sky Tv interview said: “The best we’ve played all season? I’d agree. In the second half against Spurs we were terrific, that was an absolute brilliant performance, but for the whole game today we were on the top of our game.“Last time we came here (in January for a 3-0 defeat) we were second to every ball. That didn’t happen today. There was a bit of pressure on us with City and Chelsea winning because you don’t want to fall far behind.“If we hadn’t won we would have been seven points behind Chelsea. We’re in the frame, we’re up there and obviously every game is important now because we want to stay up there and I think we can do that. “There was concentration and determination, everything you want to see in a team that’s going to win. Concentration is so important, the concentration and how we played in the first 20 minutes. It’s strange because for all of the good football we played we scored from two set-pieces. We’ll take it anyway.“Patrice has only scored two goals and Jonny Evans has only scored two, we’ll take it because these are the important games. All in all, I think the football was really good, the concentration was terrific and the determination was there.”Asked about Rooney’s string-pulling performance, Ferguson said: “He’s getting fitter all the time, with about 20 minutes to go I could see signs he was tiring a little bit, he’d put so much work into it. So I took him off. Some of his football was terrific.“He likes to work a bit more forward, but we set up the diamond with him in the middle of the pitch. It gives different options for us.”Rooney, whose form is good news for England in the World Cup qualifiers, said: “Everyone knows that coming here to Newcastle will always be one of the toughest games of the season. We came here and defended brilliantly and scored a few goals as well. “I’m OK playing where I am because I am involved in the games.”Cleverley said: “I meant that goal. I did. I meant to put it in the far corner. It’s a massive win here. With all the balls Newcastle put into our box, our goalkeeper and back four were fantastic.”Pardew added: “They had a golden 15 minutes when we could not see the ball. The goals are two set plays and we are very disappointed with them.”Newcastle thought Papiss Cisse had scored but David De Gea scooped it out. Pardew said: “We came out second half and you are talking inches away from scoring. I am still not sure whether it is all in, or it has stayed out. I might think it is a goal. But you’d like it conclusive.”
Sekondi Hasaacas welcomed their star player signings at their training on Monday afternoon as Eric Bekoe and Ernest Papa Arkoh together with the promising youngster, Saliw Babawo joined the team at their Chapel Hill training park as they prepare for the forth coming league season.The trio arrived in Takoradi on Sunday evening, building the fans’ anticipation to visit the team’s training to catch a glimpse of their big name players and some did turn up. The media attendance was also massive which showed a new ambience on the day.Bekoe, a former top scorer of the league with Kotoko signed a one year contract with the Giants of the West to revive his career and his new coach, Yusif Basigi is happy about Bekoe and the others who have joined his team.”In fact it’s exciting that Eric Bekoe and Papa Arkoh has joined the team because looking at the time some of our key players left the team, many were those who were disappointed because they realized we have lost a lot of good or quality or key players but when these players joined we’ve had some sort of relief which I believe with little time they will blend and cope with the rest of the team” he intimated.Basigi is also looking forward to a season of attacking fire power with the recruitment made. He said “Now we have Eric Bekoe, Samuel Afful is also around, we have Prince Papa Arkoh, then Fatau Mohammed will come and Kojo Poku is there too so I think we have a good bench in terms of attack and its good we have strengthen the attack”.For now Basigi is awaiting the arrivals of Philip Boampong, Fatau Mohammed, Eric Adu Poku and Michael Abu to have his full squad. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySports
AUBREY BRUCE When it comes to hoops, Slippery Rock University was very slippery when it came to competing in the first exhibition game against the Pitt Panthers as part of the University of Pittsburgh’s 2009-2010 men’s basketball schedule. Pitt won the game 75-64 but Slippery Rock came to play and gave the Panthers a lot more than they bargained for. The Panthers appeared to enter the game, taking “The Rock” a bit lightly but at times it seemed as if Pitt had been hit in the head with a brick. With 9:42 remaining in the first half, Slippery Rock led Pitt by seven, 20-13, and seemed to be poised to pad that lead. As the game neared intermission, “the Rock” had out-rebounded on the offensive boards but it was the defensive rebounds that were ultimately Slippery Rock’s downfall at the end of the first half because the Panthers had taken a 40-31 lead, outscoring “the Rock” 27 to 11 to end the half.The Slippery Rock squad started the game with a 3 guard, 2 forward lineup, complete with a couple of tenacious rebounders. They passed fairly well and two of the “Rockets” that caught my eye immediately, did so that we were not in the least intimidated by competing against one of the most powerful basketball programs in the country.One of the first players to catch my attention from the Slippery Rock team was No. 55 forward Jade Burka, who was feisty and relentless on the inside along with No. 30 Maron Brown, who is such a leaper and can play on the inside comfortably because of his jumping ability.On the Pitt side of the ball forward Dante Taylor is a mere freshman who seems ready to make some noise in the Big East. Taylor appears to be the complete package, a player who can score, play defense and rebound. Also, center Gary McGhee who has been chosen to replace departed Panther center DeJuan Blair, the Schenley High school product who opted to “go pro,” has toned up and now brings a few more pounds of muscle for those “gimme” inside-the-paint field goals. He also brings an above average shot blocking ability. McGhee will get at two or three additional offensive and defensive “boards” just by putting that 6-10,” 250-lb. body in the right position. His footwork still leaves a bit to be desired so positioning will be the key for McGhee. Although he didn’t see as many minutes against Slippery Rock as he normally would, rest assured that if he can avoid foul trouble during the 2009-2010 campaign against teams like Georgetown and Louisville, he will be a force to be reckoned with coupled with the aforementioned Taylor who may in some instances be utilized at the “small” center position.On the coaching side of the ball, head coach Kevin Reynolds, who is entering his second season, leads Slippery Rock. In his first season as the head coach for the program, he is credited with turning around a program that had experienced only one winning season in the past 20 years.Back for his seventh season as head coach of the Pitt Panthers for 2009-10 season is Jamie Dixon who was named the 2009 Naismith National Coach of the year after he guided the Panthers to a 31-5 mark and their first NCAA regional final since 1974. In 2009 he finished his sixth season as head coach of the Panthers with 163 wins and 45 losses, setting an NCAA record for the most wins after six seasons.The AFC North division has now become a battle between man and nature. Steely McBeam and the Pittsburgh Steelers must now get ready to face and defeat the eye pecking birds and bloodthirsty tigers if they plan on spending the first week of February in Miami. It looks as if the AFC championship could wind up with two teams representing the conference, mirroring the Pittsburgh, Baltimore match-up for the 2008 AFC title.If it seems like zookeeper McBeam is missing two exhibits from the Black and Gold zoo. The pride of the Steel City Aviary, a flock of Baltimore Ravens has flown the coop and a pride of rare and endangered “Cincinnati” Bengals somehow escaped from their enclosure sometimes during last weekend. These are very crafty and scavenger like carrion crows and dangerous cats, predators whose appetites can only be satisfied by winning.Pittsburgh has to play Baltimore, its AFC North colleague, twice before this season concludes and must also play the rubber match against the Bengals in Pittsburgh. The Steelers lost to the Bengals in Cincy earlier this season. The Baltimore Ravens beat the fight out of the Steelers next opponent Denver Broncos, 30-7, last Sunday. Instead of the bucking broncos that they had been for most of the season, Denver was a team that played as if it were the one that was kicked in the noggin. When Pittsburgh plays Denver on Monday night in the mile high city we will see if Big Ben Roethlisberger and the remainder of the Pittsburgh squad has truly ascended to the next level.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.)