Batesville, In. — The public is invited to upcoming rummage sales in Napoleon and Osgood in support of Relay for Life.In Napoleon at the St. Maurice Catholic Church on Friday, May 10 from 8 a.m. to noon and Saturday, May 11 from 8 a.m. to noon. Two-dollar bags will be available Saturday.In Osgood on Thursday, May 9 & Friday, May 10 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 11 from 8 a.m. to noon.Relay for Life will held June 15 and 16 at the Batesville High School. The event begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday and concludes on Sunday at 1 a.m. Register online here.
China wants to control the narrative. Even outside the country, China can do just that through its harsh penalties for those who dare to speak against the government. Blizzard’s decision tells e-athletes, “Keep your mouth shut and play.” Blizzard also stated that the content of Blitzchung’s message did not have an effect on the penalties enforced. Given the recent events concerning the NBA and China, that’s hard to believe. As his punishment, Blitzchung had to forfeit all of his current season prize earnings and was issued a year-long suspension. These are private entities, and if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell doesn’t want players kneeling during the national anthem, he can make that law if he wants to. Blizzard made Blitzchung an example. He is an example for professional players to limit themselves to solely the game when they are “on the clock.” This situation shares some similarities with the recent NBA controversy of the past week. Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey received harsh criticism after he tweeted in support of the Hong Kong demonstrations. The difference: It was the Chinese government and sponsors taking action against Morey and the Rockets, the NBA and commissioner Adam Silver. Silver actually backed Morey’s right to voice his opinion. Several days after handing down the ban, Activision Blizzard issued a statement in an effort to clear the air around the actions of pro players. Sam Arslanian is a junior writing about esports. He is also a former sports editor of Daily Trojan. His column, “Plug & Play,” runs every other Wednesday. “Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution of our time,” Blitzchung said in Mandarin in an interview while wearing a gas mask and a pair of goggles. “Esports exist to create opportunities for players from around the world, from different cultures, and from different backgrounds, to come together to compete and share their passion for gaming,” the statement read. It’s the same argument as the Colin Kaepernick kneeling situation. How much authority does the league or company have? Technically, all of it. Above all, it must ensure that it doesn’t disturb or attempt to influence the gaming community. The difference between the NBA and Activision Blizzard is that Silver backed free speech, citing that it is not the NBA’s place to police what its people say. This portion of the statement sounds harsh, but the company’s intent is understandable. Foremost, Blizzard doesn’t want to look like it supports what its players say, and it is willing to limit its players to just playing the game to ensure that it doesn’t cross any boundaries. What this likely comes down to, as everything in the modern world does, is money. Activision Blizzard has a massive player base in China, and a significant portion of its professional players are from there. Activision Blizzard needed to act fast; it did that with a snap-call ban. No warnings, no discussions, nothing. It sounds like Blizzard will only limit what players say when they are appearing on official Blizzard content. What happens if the protests continue or grow and more players start speaking out? Does Blizzard let them do that on their own time? Will Blizzard want outspoken activists on its roster? How will it react if the Chinese government pressures it? While everyone was focused on the situation between China and the NBA over a week ago, esports had its own controversy. Activision Blizzard, the maker of Hearthstone, banned Chinese Hearthstone player Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai from competitive play after he verbally supported the Hong Kong protests on a Hearthstone official stream. Silver’s decision tells players, “We want you here for who you are.” “Moving forward, we will continue to apply tournament rules to ensure our official broadcasts remain focused on the game and are not a platform for divisive social or political views,” Blizzard’s statement read. In the same way, Activision Blizzard can prevent players from supporting the Hong Kong protests if it chooses to do so. It may not be morally right, but it’s not illegal. The answer is unknown, but Blizzard needs to make it very clear to its players what they can and cannot say and when they can and cannot say it. The last edition of this column discussed the importance of community within the burgeoning industry of professional esports. Blizzard’s short-fuse reaction has damaged its reputation — even though it later reduced the ban to six months and gave Blitzchung his prize money. Players shouldn’t have to look over their shoulders every time they speak their minds.
Danny Garcia was in a must-win situation in his main event tilt against Adrian Granados at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., on Saturday. He had lost two of his last three fights, to Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter. Another loss would have put him in the back of the line in a crowded welterweight division.Instead, Garcia came out as a man on a mission, scoring three knockdowns and becoming the first man to finish Granados in 28 career bouts when the referee stopped the fight in the seventh round after a barrage of heavy shots. “When Danny Garcia is at his best, no one can beat him,” Garcia said in his postfight interview. “I got a little comfortable in the past and didn’t give it the extra mile.”Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearGarcia usually comes out slowly and tries to gauge what his foe is going to do. “Swift” flipped the script Saturday and made it a point from the opening bell to be the aggressor. He fired off the jab and hit Granados with his patented left hook to wobble the Chicago native. Garcia brought the momentum into the second round. Granados made a tactical error when he went to throw a left hook, but it came in slow. Garcia was quicker to the draw and threw a short left uppercut to send Granados to the canvas. As soon as Granados got back to his feet, Garcia looked to put his foe away. With 19 seconds left in the round, Garcia threw a massive looping right hand to send Granados back down.The onslaught continued in the fifth round. With Granados’ back against the ropes, Garcia unloaded to the body and clipped Granados with a right to send him to the canvas for the third time.After Granados started to have a little success on the inside in the sixth round, Garcia (35-2, 21 KOs) put a halt to the momentum in the seventh round. Garcia connected on a straight right hand to snap Granados’ head back. Granados backed up into the ropes, and that is all Garcia needed. The former two-division world champion reeled off a lightning-quick four-punch combination. The referee had seen enough and stopped the fight at the 1:33 mark.Now that he is back in the winner’s circle, what’s next for Garcia? Earlier Saturday, Manny Pacquiao told the Los Angeles Times he would be returning in July against either Garcia or WBA titlist Thurman, depending on how the former looked against Granados. The 31-year-old Garcia thought he put on a good enough showing to step inside the ring with boxing’s only eight-division world champion. He hopes he didn’t look too good.”I definitely feel like I did enough. I hope I didn’t scare him away,” Garcia said jokingly.Andy Ruiz Jr. demolishes Alexander Dimitrenko Ruiz inched one step closer to getting another shot at a heavyweight title, defeating Dimitrenko by fifth-round TKO when Dimitrenko failed to come out for the sixth round.The theme of the fight was Ruiz continuing to walk through Dimitrenko’s lazy jab and throwing every punch with evil intentions by using a left jab and then either a vicious shot to the body or the head.In the third round, Ruiz (32-1, 21 KOs) connected on a hard overhand right followed by a right to the body that forced Dimitrenko’s right glove to touch the mat. That should have been considered a knockdown but the referee failed to call it. Much of the same happened in the fifth round when Ruiz blasted Dimitrenko with another overhand right hand. When the round came to a close, Dimitrenko was wobbly walking back to his corner. After talking with Dimitrenko’s corner, it was decided he could no longer continue.Danny Garcia vs. Adrian Granados results— Brandon Figueroa def. Yonfrez Parejo by knockout at 3:00 of the eighth round to become the interim WBA super bantamweight champion.— Raymond Muratalla def. Jose Cen Torres by knockout at 2:58 of the third round; lightweights — Shon Mondragon def. Hugo Rodriguez by knockout at 1:55 of the third round; featherweights— Nelson Hampton def. Naseem Asad by unanimous decision (40-36, 40-36, 40-36); lightweights— Ricky Lopez and Joe Perez fought to a split draw
Simona Halep outplayed Serena Williams to win her first Wimbledon title on Saturday.Halep won 6-2, 6-2 on Centre Court over Williams making history as the first Romanian in to win the competition.The victory stopped Williams’s bid for an incredible 24th major victory and is the third major final defeat in 12 months for the 37-year-old.Both tennis stars are expected to compete next at the US Open.Local 15-year-old tennis player Coco Gauff will also compete at the US open.Related content:Local tennis star Coco Gauff back home in Soflo
Amateur Champion Scott Gregory and British women’s stroke play champion Sophie Lamb are England’s top golfers of 2016, having each won their Order of Merit.Gregory, from Corhampton in Hampshire, is the runaway winner of the England Golf men’s title, while Lamb, from Clitheroe in Lancashire, came through a tightly-contested race to the top of the women’s table.Gregory has enjoyed a spectacular year and his standout moment was winning the Amateur Championship at Royal Porthcawl. “It’s a moment in my career I will never forget,” he said.“In terms of how it’s changed my life, it’s been huge. I’ve played in The Open and The British Masters, and will receive invites to the Masters and US Open because of it! Any golfer would dream of that and it’s made me work even harder than before to get better. I want to do well in these opportunities, the Amateur Championship is a great thing to win but it’s what you do after that counts and that’s what I’m working hard on.”His other two highlights both involved team selections. Gregory made his GB&I debut in the winning St Andrews Trophy team and he helped England to win the world championship silver medal at the Eisenhower Trophy.“I’m incredibly proud to be part of the team to get the first medal for England at that tournament, and hopefully the beginning of something great!”Gregory is the second member from his club to win the Order of Merit and he laughed: “It also means Neil Raymond has one less thing to joke with me about. We are always having a joke about what we have/haven’t won!”Next year his goals include following Raymond again, this time into the GB&I Walker Cup team. “I would love to finish my amateur career in that team,” he said.Sophie Lamb puts her name on the Order of Merit alongside those of previous winners such as world number two amateur Bronte Law and Solheim Cup star Charley Hull.“Looking at the names of the women who have won this gives me something to strive for, but also makes me feel proud to have my name next to theirs,” she said.She cemented her place at the top of the table with victory in the British stroke play championship, which put her out of the reach of Cornwall’s Georgia Price.Lamb, who was the only player to beat par in the tournament, remarked: “I had a lot of top 10 finishes but this was my first women’s individual win which made it very special.“It was also one of my last events of 2016 so I was really pleased to be able to get a win in the season.”She had challenged for a big win all season, having been leading qualifier in the English women’s match play championship, tied fourth in the English women’s amateur and sixth in the English stroke play. She also helped England to win the Women’s Home InternationalsNext season the 18-year-old is aiming to win another big event, play her way into the GB&I team for the Vagliano Trophy match against Continental Europe, and to improve her world ranking.Leading final placingsMen:1 Scott Gregory (Corhampton, Hampshire) 109627.071pts2 Alfie Plant (Sundridge Park, Kent) 61113.3993 Josh Hilleard (Farrington Park, Somerset) 57301.7504 Jamie Bower (Meltham, Yorkshire) 56569.6675 Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood, Sussex) 53010.888Women:1 Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe, Lancashire) 79961.250pts2 Georgia Price (Bude & North Cornwall) 78666.6333 Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest, Cheshire) 69688.2504 Emily Price (Cleobury Mortimer, Worcestershire) 50021.7505 Bronte Law (Bramhall, Cheshire) 44717.688Image copyright Leaderboard Photography 18 Nov 2016 Gregory and Lamb are England’s top players for 2016
19 Jun 2017 World rankings boost for Martha England teenager Martha Lewis has given her world ranking a boost with an overall win in the combined Critchley and Astor Salvers. The Surrey 17-year-old had a six-under par total for the two events and beat Hampshire’s Kerry Smith by two shots. This is the first time the prestigious scratch events have been paired, creating a 72-hole tournament which attracts world ranking points. The result has helped Lewis improve her ranking by almost 200 points. In the Critchley Salver at Sunningdale, Lewis (St George’s Hill) was in a three-way tie on six under-par with Durham’s Jessica Hall (Bishop Auckland) and Yorkshire’s Rochelle Morris (Woodsome Hall). Hall won the salver by virtue of her second round of five-under par 69 on the Old Course. In the Astor Salver at The Berkshire, the trophy was won by girl international Lily May Humphreys (Stoke by Nayland) on six-under par. Lewis, a fellow member of the England Golf girls’ squad, was level par for the two rounds and placed fourth. Kerry Smith (Waterlooville) was fourth in the Critchley Salver on five-under and tied fifth in the Astor Salver on one-over. Lewis’s success continues her good form of 2017, having been fourth in the Scottish U18 girls’ championship and runner-up in the Doral Publix tournament in Florida. She has previously represented England at U16 level. Five tournaments, each attracting world ranking points, have been created by combining existing 36-hole scratch events. The timings and dates of the existing 36-hole events do not change, but a leaderboard shows overall results for the paired tournaments. The other four events are: Comboy Leveret, won by Lily May Humphreys, combined the Comboy Scratch at Delamere Forest, Cheshire and The Leveret at Formby Ladies’, Lancashire. The Gold Rose, won by Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer) combined the Roehampton Gold Cup at Roehampton, Surrey and the Hampshire Rose at North Hants, Hampshire. Frilford Jackson, combines the Frilford Heath Scratch, Frilford Heath, Oxfordshire on 2 June; and Bridget Jackson Bowl, Handsworth, Warwickshire on 4 July. Birkdale Putter, combines the Pleasington Putter, Pleasington, Lancashire on 12 July; and Royal Birkdale Scratch, Royal Birkdale, Lancashire, on 25 August. Click here for the combined Critchley Astor results Click here for the Critchley Salver results Click here for the Astor Salver results Caption: Martha Lewis (image copyright Stills Photography)
“What do you want me to say about him (Balotelli)?” Cellino said on the sidelines of a Lega Serie A assembly on Monday.“That he is black, he is working to clear things up, but he has a lot of difficulties.”Cellino was making a play on the Italian words ‘nero’ which means ‘black’ or ‘gloomy’ and ‘schiarirsi’ to ‘lighten up’ or ‘clear up’.Brescia later said in a statement that Cellino’s comments were “obviously a paradoxical joke, clearly misunderstood, made in an attempt to defuse excessive media exposure and intended to protect the player himself”.Balotelli, who was born in Sicily but adopted and raised just outside Brescia, agreed a three-year deal with the Serie B champions after being released by Marseille last June.But it has been a difficult start to the campaign for the 29-year-old with two goals scored in seven matches.Earlier this month the former Inter Milan, Manchester City and Liverpool striker was also targeted by racist chanting during defeat at Hellas Verona, where he threatened to walk off the pitch.Cellino, meanwhile, said that the striker was not to blame if the team are bottom of the table fighting for top-flight survival.“We cannot think that a player alone will save the squad, that would be wrong for the team,” continued Cellino.“I signed him because he’s 1.90m, he’s an animal and he is still of an age to give something on the football pitch, not on social media.“But he cannot be made the scapegoat for the difficult situation in Brescia. If we continue to talk about Balotelli, we hurt him and we hurt ourselves.”0Shares0000(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Brescia striker Mario Balotelli returned to his hometown team this season. © AFP/File / Marco BertorelloMILAN, Italy, Nov 25 – Brescia president Massimo Cellino came under fire on Monday after he described Mario Balotelli’s difficult situation at the promoted Serie A club as “black”.Balotelli was dropped for Brescia’s 3-0 defeat at Roma on Sunday after clashing with new club coach Fabio Grosso for his lack of commitment during training during the week.