Harold Black, 77, of Pensacola, Florida, formerly of Cincinnati passed away Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at the West Florida Hospital in Pensacola. He was born near Pleasant in Switzerland County on January 8, 1937 the son of Ernst and Margaret Harper Black. He was married to Judith Lester on August 23, 1958 and his wife of 57 years survives. Other survivors include one son Jeffery (Lori) Black of Cadiz, Kentucky; two daughters Debra (John) Weale of Columbus, Ohio, and Teresa (Mike) Varner of Pensacola; five grandchildren; four brothers Dilver Thayer of Lake City, Florida, David (Rita) Black of Cincinnati, Richard (Mary) Black of Cross Plains, and Roger (Terry) Black of Ft. Wayne; two sisters Phyllis (Harold) Taylor of Cincinnati, and Marilyn (Jerry) Wisher of Covington, Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Black was a 1957 graduate of Cross Plains High School and a 1962 graduate of Ball State University where received his BS degree in education. He was a 10 year veteran of the US Air Force during the Vietnam Era where he rose to the rank of Captain. During his stay in the Air Force he was stationed in Enid, Oklahoma, Amarillo, Texas, the United Kingdom, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco. For his service Harold received the National Defense Service Medal, USAF Outstanding Unit Award, and the USAF Longevity Service Award. In civilian life Harold worked for 25 years as a supervisor for Avon Manufacturing in Springdale, Ohio. He also worked as a purchasing manager for Cincinnati Machine Tool Services from 1996 to 2001 and from 2008 to 2009 worked for the Kentucky State Park Service as a camp ground director. He retired from Merchant Security in 2013. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 15 at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Jerry Brooks of the Benham United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Benham Cemetery with military graveside services by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 11am until time of services.Memorials may be given to the Versailles American Legion in care of the funeral home.
Versailles, In. — The Ripley County Sheriff’s Office “Mums for Education Program” is in full bloom.The mums were grown by the female Ripley County Jail inmates in order to fund the scholarship program. The scholarships are given to Ripley County students who are pursuing a career in the criminal justice field.The mums come in a variety of colors and can be purchased at the Sheriff’s Office for $5.00 each. Sheriff’s Office hours are Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm.
A federal court judge in California has dismissed the team’s claim of unequal pay in a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation. However, U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner has ruled that claims of unequal travel and medical staff can go to trial.Players claim they have not been paid equally under their collective bargaining agreement to what the men’s national team receives under its labor deal. The women’s team filed suit in March 2019, asking for more than $66 million in damages under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.Klausner left intact claims the USSF discriminated in its use of charter flights, hotel accommodations, medical support services and training support services.Players intend to ask the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn Klausner’s decision, a move that could delay the trial into 2021 or later.A trial is scheduled for June 16 in federal court in Los Angeles. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSAP sources: MLB, umpires reach pay dealUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball and its umpires have worked out a salary restructure in a deal that could put instant replay on hold this season.Two people familiar with the agreement tell the Associated Press that the agreement includes a 50% cut in May and nothing more this year if no games are played. The deal covers a pay structure during a coronavirus pandemic that has delayed the start of the season.Umps generally make between $150,000 and $450,000. They already have been paid from January through April. If even one regular-season game is played this season, the umps are guaranteed about one-third of their salaries. Update on the latest sports DOPING-STEVENSAmerican sprinter Deajah Stevens suspended in doping caseMONACO (AP) — American sprinter Deajah Stevens has been provisionally suspended for repeatedly being unavailable for doping tests.The Athletics Integrity Unit said Stevens amassed three whereabouts violations in a year.The AIU said similar suspensions were imposed on American sprinter Gabrielle Thomas and Kenyan distance runner Alex Korio Oliotiptip. It didn’t specify when or where the violations occurred. Associated Press — Indianapolis Motor Speedway could host the first major sporting venue to have fans back in the stands this summer. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has announced a five-stage plan to reopen the state with the final phase tentatively scheduled to include a return to sporting venues on July 4. That’s the very day an IndyCar-NASCAR Xfinity Series doubleheader is scheduled to be run on the sprawling track.— Major League Soccer is allowing players to return to outdoor team training fields for voluntary individual workouts starting next Wednesday. MLS suspended the season because of the coronavirus pandemic on March 12, closing all team facilities but asking players to remain in market with their teams. The league-wide moratorium on group and team training remains in effect through May 15. MLS says individual workouts must follow certain detailed health and safety protocols.— Three people at German soccer club Cologne have tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest blow to the league’s hopes of resuming games this month. Cologne didn’t name the people who tested positive and didn’t say whether they were players. Tests have been carried out this week on players, coaches and other staff at various clubs ahead of a planned return to full team training, then to competition.— Former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque (zhorj luh-RAHK’) has tested positive for COVID-19. Laraque played 12 NHL seasons, including eight with the Edmonton Oilers and two with the Montreal Canadiens. He also suited up for the Phoenix Coyotes and Pittsburgh Penguins.— The European Masters golf tournament scheduled for late August in Switzerland has been canceled. Organizers say the decision came after the Swiss government extended a ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people through August. However, organizers say the course at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club will open to the public on May 11 as part of the easing of social restrictions. Athletes are required to provide regular updates on their whereabouts to make it possible for anti-doping authorities to carry out surprise testing outside of competition.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 In other NFL news:— The Jaguars have declined to pick up the fifth-year option in running back Leonard Fournette’s rookie contract. The decision was not surprising after the team tried to deal Fournette over the last month. The former LSU star is coming off a career year. He topped 1,600 yards from scrimmage in 15 games last season, carrying 265 times for 1,152 yards and catching 76 passes for 522 yards.— The Bears have signed veteran safety Tashaun Gipson to a one-year contract, three days after he was released by Houston. Gipson has intercepted 23 passes and returned three for touchdowns over eight seasons with Cleveland, Jacksonville and Houston. The 29-year-old Gipson had 55 tackles and three interceptions in his lone season with the Texans, starting 14 games before landing on injured reserve because of a back injury.— Backup quarterback Nick Mullens has signed his exclusive rights tender with the 49ers. He was tendered a one-year deal in March. Mullens showed promise in place of injured QB Jimmy Garoppolo in 2018 and is eligible to become a restricted free agent next offseason.— The Packers have signed well-traveled defensive lineman Treyvon Hester, who is joining his fourth team in as many seasons since being taking in the 2017 draft. Green Bay’s only draft addition on the defensive line last week was the seventh-round selection of Miami end Jonathan Garvin. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSOCCER-US WOMEN’S TEAM LAWSUITJudge strikes down part of USNWT suitUNDATED (AP) — The US women’s soccer team has suffered a partial loss in court. Clase was acquired from the Texas Rangers this winter in Cleveland’s trade of two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber. The hard-throwing right-hander was expected to have a major role at the back end of the Indians’ bullpen this season.Clase was 2-3 with a 2.31 ERA in 21 games after making his debut with the Rangers in August.MLB-DRAFTMLB owners to discuss upcoming draft next weekNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball owners are about to hammer out details for the upcoming amateur draft. NFL-NEWSNFL owners to meet via video conferencesUNDATED (AP) — The NFL has switched its mid-May owners meeting to remote video conferencing because of the coronavirus pandemic.The league previously canceled its annual meeting in March in Florida, where owners would have voted on potential rules changes. Those votes were expected to occur at the California meeting in two weeks. Among the rules to be discussed is allowing pass interference to be part of the video review system. That rule was adopted for one year and has gotten poor reviews from coaches and players.The NFL continues to plan for a preseason and regular season as scheduled. A person familiar with the deliberations told The Associated Press owners will discuss a length for the draft next week and are likely to start the selections on the original date of June 10.Teams and the players’ association agreed March 26 to a deal that allowed MLB to cut the draft from 40 rounds to as few as five this year and 20 next year. The reduction is part of a plan to deal with the coronavirus pandemic that delayed the start of the season and slashed revenue. As part of the agreement, the sides agreed to leave the assigned slot values of draft signing bonuses at the same level in 2020 and 2021 as they were last year.That left the total of slot values for a 10-round draft this year at $265.5 million, including $29.6 million for rounds six through 10.NBA-BULLS-EVERSLEYBills unveil Eversley As part of the deal, MLB has the right not to use instant replays of umpires’ decisions during the 2020 season. Most calls have been subject to video review since 2014, but MLB is considering playing regular-season games at spring training ballparks that are not wired for replay.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The NBA has announced the postponement of its upcoming draft lottery and draft combine amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Both events were scheduled to take place in Chicago this month. The NBA said it will provide more information on each event at a later date as the league continues to monitor the pandemic and consult with infectious disease specialists, public health experts and government officials.— The Oakland Athletics say former minor leaguer Miguel Marte died this week of complications from COVID-19. Marte was 30. The Dominican-born first baseman, catcher and right fielder played in the Oakland farm system from 2008-12, going as far as Class A.— Denver Broncos star linebacker Von Miller says he has tested negative for the coronavirus, two weeks after he said he had tested positive for COVID-19. The Super Bowl 50 MVP is an asthmatic and was under the care of team doctors and quarantined at his Denver area home over the last two weeks. — The Dolphins have traded former first-round draft pick Charles Harris to the Falcons for a seventh-round pick in next year’s draft. Harris was the 22nd player taken in the 2017 draft before recording just 3 ½ sacks for Miami, including a half-sack last year.— A person familiar with the matter tells The Associated Press the Broncos have declined the fifth-year contract option on left tackle Garett Bolles. A fifth-year option for Bolles would have been worth about $11 million, guaranteed against injury. He has logged 46 holding penalties in 48 NFL games to earn the wrath of Denver fans.MLB-INDIANS-CLASE-DRUG SUSPENSIONIndians reliever Clase suspended 80 games for PED violationCLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Indians reliever Emmanuel Clase (klah-say) has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug. UNDATED (AP) — North Carolina State signee Josh Hall is staying in the NBA draft, announcing that he has hired an agent.Hall played at Moravian Prep in North Carolina for his senior season as well as an additional year of prep school. Prep players are eligible for the draft if they’re at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft and at least one NBA season has passed since their graduating class from high school.Hall is a top-25 recruit for Rivals and a top-35 pick for 247sports.In other college basketball news:— Former tournament champion Notre Dame and Oregon headline the 2021 Maui Invitational field. The bracket was announced Friday and includes Butler, Houston, Saint Mary’s, Wisconsin, Texas A&M and host Chaminade. North Carolina, Indiana and Texas headline the 2020 Maui Invitational, scheduled for Nov. 23-25. May 2, 2020 CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls have introduced new general manager Marc Eversley at a news conference Friday.Eversley agreed to take the job earlier in the week. He succeeds the fired Gar Forman and will work under new top executive Arturas Karnisovas. Eversley spent four years in Philadelphia’s front office — the past two as the 76ers’ senior vice president of player personnel.The Canadian-born Eversley becomes the Bulls’ first black general manager.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSNC State recruit to stay in NBA draft
Published on February 21, 2015 at 11:39 am Facebook Twitter Google+ Phil D’Abbraccio (20-6): Syracuse 65, Pittsburgh 61Playing the handOn the heels of its 69-59 upset of Louisville on Wednesday, Syracuse has picked up some momentum heading into the final five games of the season. It finally notched its marquee victory and the swagger that comes with that makes this final stretch much less bleak for the Orange. When SU went down to Pittsburgh on Feb. 7, Syracuse played essentially as well as it could’ve without walking away with a win. Replace the Oakland Zoo with the Carrier Dome atmosphere, and we’re looking at a flipped script Saturday afternoon.Jesse Dougherty (21-5): Syracuse 68, Pittsburgh 60The Syracuse zooOK, the Carrier Dome is far from “The Pete” as far as hostility goes, but being away from the Oakland Zoo is just what Syracuse needs to beat Pittsburgh. The Orange came close to edging the Panthers at their place in early February, but faltered down the stretch like it has throughout the season. That won’t happen this time, as SU builds a sizable lead it can lean on in the guts of a game that won’t provide too much heartache. Coming off the best game of his career, Rakeem Christmas shines against a Pittsburgh team not too equipped to shut him down. Jacob Klinger (21-5): Pittsburgh 62, Syracuse 58Panthers have clawsAnd while none of them will prevent Rakeem Christmas from getting his customary double-double, the Syracuse backcourt won’t keep up. It’s not that Pitt’s is anything special – just it’s hard to see Michael Gbinije’s unreal run continuing and, I mean, maybe Trevor Cooney’s due. But I just don’t see it. Who knows. Maybe B.J. Johnson lights it up. That’d be as fun as it is unlikely. Comments
Ghana’s Thomas Partey put in a spectacular performance on Tuesday, as Atletico Madrid beat holders Liverpool 1-0 in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie.Partey was a beast in midfield, dominating the Red’s usually unbeatable middle line of Fabinho, Wijnaldum and Henderson.He broke up play constantly, ensuring that Liverpool were never able to get a stranglehold on the game.His magnificent passing on the night was a highlight, as he switched play from side to side effortlessly.Partey was also at the center of Atletico’s numerous counter-attacks, passing the ball forward to his strikers with unnerving precision.Saul Niguez’s strike eventually settled the first leg of the tie in favour of the Spanish side.This match against the would-be Premier League Champions was just another highlight in a stellar season for the Black Stars midfielder.He has already dominated games against Barcelona and Real Madrid this season, leading to strong suggestions that he could find himself playing for either of those two clubs next season.There’ve been whispers about a potential move to the Premier League as well with Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea rumoured to be interested in the player.And based on his performance last night, Atletico will have a fight on their hands to keep Partey as teams will be lining up to sign the Ghanaian this summer.Take a look at his Man of The Match performance against Liverpool below Thomas Partey vs Liverpool (H) pic.twitter.com/sbugxeVkCq— TJ (@CohleRust11) February 19, 2020
Yesterday, Lorient striker Jordan Ayew and his father Abédi Pelé spent three hours with Lorient Sporting Director Christophe Le Roux and Vice-President Alex Hayes to discuss a €10m plus €2m bonus offer from Aston Villa. Lorient rejected the proposal.Jordan Ayew had the following to say to L’Équipe:“It is incomprehensible. I was told that I could leave for €12m, but now they are asking for 10 million, in pounds, with 2 million in bonuses, which makes up about €17m! What the hell! This meeting finished very badly. I am really very annoyed, but it is incredible what they are doing to me.”They were telling me about how much Amavi was bought for by Aston Villa, but I am not Amavi. We are two different players who have two different situations. They are basically saying that English clubs can only pay more, because they have money.“It is finished for me, they bought me for €5m and they are blocking me. Today, I am in Brimingham, I am on my way to Aston Villa. Nothing will change my decision. I told them: ‘But why do you want to keep me at this point?’ “I won’t forget that last season, I did not play a single pre-season match and that I was quite badly criticised at the beginning of the season, but nobody at the club defended me. Members of staff would apparently reply by saying: ‘It is the President who bought him…'”Also, my whole family wants to go to England… It is the right moment, my wife speaks English.”In any case, I am no longer going to training. It is finished for me. It is true that I have a contract, but I had a good year, they will make a good profit and you cannot change the rules of the game like that.”I can leave for one sum, but if it is Aston Villa, I am worth more. In my head, in any case, I have left.”CLICK TO READ: What Aston Villa get from Ghana’s Jordan Ayew –
“He might end up starting, that could happen,” Williams said. “I don’t want to say he’s going to start Game 1 today, but it’s been enjoyable to see what Dwayne Haskins has done.”Washington personnel exec Doug Williams has been impressed with rookie QB Dwayne Haskins, but has Haskins been good enough to possibly start Day 1? @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/NWJ27Ju9WB— Steve Wyche (@wyche89) June 25, 2019Haskins, 22, has impressed in his short time with the Redskins, according to Williams. The team’s first-round pick will be competing with Colt McCoy and Case Keenum for the starting job. Related News “It’s been a great offseason,” Williams said. “To be on the sideline during OTAs and minicamp and see the young guy do what he’s done and take command of the opportunities he’s had.” Could rookie Dwayne Haskins be the Redskins’ starting quarterback in Week 1?According to senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams, that could happen. Redskins’ Alex Smith reflects on horrific leg injury, says he has to learn to run again Redskins’ Dwayne Haskins is ‘for sure’ a contender to start at quarterback, Jay Gruden says At Ohio State last season, Haskins threw for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns while completing 70% of his passes — which ranked fourth in the country.The Redskins’ struggles at quarterback are well-known — in the span of a few weeks least season, the team lost both starter Alex Smith and then McCoy to brutal leg injuries. While McCoy is expected to be 100%, Smith still is rehabbing his leg, which was a similar break to Washington legend Joe Theismann’s.The Redskins open the season Sept. 8 against the Eagles.
Germán will not appeal the suspension.The ban is retroactive to 2019, during which he served 18 games, leaving 63 games left in Germán’s suspension in the 2020 season.Germán will also donate to Sanctuary for Families, a New York City-based non-profit organization dedicated to aiding victims of domestic violence, per MLB’s release. “My office has completed its investigation into the allegations that Domingo Germán violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said via news release. “Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Germán violated our Policy and that discipline is appropriate.”MORE: 20 things to watch in 2020The Yankees added: “We remain steadfast in our support of Major League Baseball’s investigative process and the disciplinary action taken regarding Domingo Germán. Domestic violence — in any form — is a gravely serious matter that affects every segment of our society. …”We are encouraged by Domingo’s acceptance of his discipline, and we sincerely hope this indicates a commitment to making a meaningful and positive change in his personal conduct.”Germán was placed administrative leave after a Sept. 16 incident in which he allegedly hit the mother of his children at teammate CC Sabathia’s charity event.No charges were filed, and no police report was made. MLB was notified through a third party and the league conducted its own investigation into the incident. MLB has levied an 81-game suspension on Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán.The league announced Thursday that it found the New York right-hander in violation of its joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.
After announcing their 24-man squad in Samoa on Friday morning, officials were given the belated news that Newcastle Knights skipper Mata’utia and Knights-bound Brisbane centre Moga have been ruled unfit.Mata’utia had been told he would be fine to play in the tournament but the Samoans were advised by the Knights after further tests that he should not play following a concussion in the last NRL match of the season. Moga has been directed to have off-season shoulder surgery.Their replacements are two in-form NRL players from this season in Lafai, the St George Illawarra Dragons’ three-quarter, and Manly back-rower Winterstein – neither of whom missed a club match in 2017.“While it is disappointing, especially at this late stage when we were led to believe both players were fit, I am really delighted that we have such depth to bring in Frank and Tim who were both disappointed not to make the initial squad,” said Parish.“Tim has played eight times for Samoa and both were valuable members of our 2013 World Cup squad. “They have proved to be consistent good performers in the NRL this season and I know how much this opportunity will mean to them.”Frank Pritchard was earlier named as captain in a squad which includes Canberra Raiders powerhouse Josh Papalii, who is playing for Samoa for the first time at the World Cup,Papalii will play alongside Canberra teammates Junior Paulo and Joey Leilua in a strong Toa Samoan side with extensive NRL and Super League experience but a blend of youth.Zane Musgrove, Jazz Tevaga and Jarome Luai are other newcomers to the Toa Samoa squad, while Joseph Paulo returns to the side for the first time since 2010.Ben Roberts, Leeson Ah Mau, Peter and Sione Mata’utia, Sam Tagataese and Tautau Moga add further experience to the squad.Samoa squadFrank Pritchard (captain)Bunty AfoaLeeson Ah MauFaámanu BrownHerman Ese’esePita GodinetTim LafaiJoey LeiluaRicky LeuteleSam LisoneJarome Luai **Suaia MatagiPeter Mata’utiaKen MaumaloZane Musgrave **Josh Papalii **Joseph PauloJunior PauloBen RobertsSam TagataeseJazz Tevaga **Young TonumaipeaFrank WintersteinMatthew Wright
1 France international Blaise Matuidi Paris Saint-Germain star Blaise Matuidi has his heart set on a move to Manchester United.The 29-year-old’s future with the French champions is currently uncertain after new manager Unai Emery revealed talks about the midfielder leaving had taken place.Manchester United are keen on the France international and the club have been linked with a £20million bid.And now, according to L’Equipe, Matuidi has informed PSG that Old Trafford is his preferred destination.Juventus are also interested in the Frenchman, while Chelsea have been keeping tabs on the player’s availability.But Matuidi has marked Manchester United as his first choice and it is now up to them to firm up their interest with a concrete offer.