Hoosiers are being encouraged to venture beyond their homes and offices this month, and head into the state’s outdoors during National Park and Recreation Month, running throughout July.Ginger Murphy, assistant director for stewardship with Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs, says there are more than 32 state parks across Indiana for people to enjoy. Despite the summer heat, she hopes residents will get outside for some family time, exercise, and to explore the state’s natural settings. “Summer is a good time to learn about and appreciate the incredible natural resources we have available to us in this country,” says Murphy. “Summer is also a good time to learn about our cultural resources. There’s a lot of history tied to our state parks and our reservoirs.”A recent study shows about 30 percent of Americans don’t spend any time outdoors on a daily basis. The same study found that even those who manage to get outdoors are typically there for less than 30 minutes per day.Murphy says there’s something for almost everyone at Indiana’s state parks, including swimming, fishing, hiking and camping. For those who aren’t used to spending time in the outdoors and don’t really know where to start, she suggests taking a short day trip – and asking for help.“Pack a picnic lunch, plop down and enjoy being outdoors,” says Murphy. “Maybe take a short hike. Stop in the park office, stop in the nature center and ask questions and get to know people. They are the experts and can tell you all the good things to see and do.”Lauren Hoffman, director of marketing and communications with the National Recreation and Park Association, says the hope is that promoting outdoor activity in July will help people develop and enjoy the benefits of a more active lifestyle all year long.“There are various studies showing parks and outdoor time can really help improve your mental health and reduce stress,” says Hoffman. “Parks and recreation provide the opportunity to get outside and get physically active.”Hoffman says another major challenge to getting young people and adults outdoors is so many are glued to their smart phones and tablets.She encourages contacting your local parks and recreation department to learn more about the programs and services offered in your area.Mary Kuhlman
MANDAN, N.D. – North Dakota race fans should get plenty of opportunities to see this year’s Sybesma Graphics Facebook Fan Favorite winning driver in action next season.Travis Ulmer’s IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified was the top recipient in voting to determine monthly contest winners. As a result, the driver from Mandan gets a complimentary 2014 competitor’s license from contest sponsor Sybesma Graphics.“I’m planning to race at Dacotah Speedway here in Mandan and Southwest Speedway at Dickinson full-time, and once in a while Sundays at Nodak Speedway in Minot,” said Ulmer. “We’ll follow the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour, too. I’d like to get at least 30-35 Modified shows in next year if I can.”Ulmer had won the non-fendered class contest in May.His crew included his father Dennis, mother Barb, wife Shaneille, son Caden and daughter Joslyn, Taylor Sager and Chris Barros.Sponsors were Kupper Chevrolet and Barney’s Tesoro, both of Mandan; Red’s Inspection, Perry Roofing & Contracting and R & A Lot Rentals, all of Dickinson; and Full Throttle Graphics of Clark, S.D.Runner-up was IMCA Sunoco Stock Car driver Mitch Dowhower of Sioux City, Iowa. He’d won the fendered contest in July.
Batesville, IN— The Batesville Community Education Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2020 recipients have been selected for a sponsorship program that assists Batesville High School students who want to study abroad during high school, according to BCEF executive director Anne Wilson. BHS students Zoe Peters and Kayla Stone were chosen to each receive $2500 toward program fees for the Indiana University Honors Program in Foreign Language. This program sends students to foreign countries for the summer to further their study of foreign language and to be immersed in another culture.“Our selection committee chose these two students to support financially,” Wilson explained. “Both students will be living in Spain for six weeks—Peters in Ciudad Real and Stone in León. This sponsorship from BCEF pays for more than one-half of their program fees.”The Andy Koors Legacy Fund was created by the Batesville Community Education Foundation after the nonprofit received the proceeds of a life insurance policy held by the former BHS German teacher who passed away unexpectedly in February 2017. The BCEF board of directors manages this fund to promote initiatives that it believes reflect the values displayed by Koors during his life, such as his dedication to foreign language and generosity to students. This sponsorship program, in its third year, is one of those initiatives, along with the multi-purpose Bulldog Center at BHS.
Statewide — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has reported that 755 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday. A total of 106,540 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. To date, 1,247,293 individual tests have been reported to ISDH at an 8.5% positive rate and 2 new deaths were reported for a total of 3,215 Hoosier deaths.Dearborn County has a total of 608 cases and 28 deaths reported (up 6 new cases), Decatur County has a total of 446 positive cases and 38 deaths (up 4 new cases), Franklin County has 288 positive cases and 25 deaths (up 1 new case), and Ripley County has 267 positive cases and 8 deaths (up 2 new cases). Locally, this is an increase of 13 new positive cases.
Rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire (heh-LEHR’) ran through the rain for 138 yards and a touchdown in his first game since the Chiefs grabbed him in the first round of the NFL draft out of LSU. The pint-sized dynamo unleashed a wicked stutter-step before running 27 yards for his first career TD.Meanwhile, the Chiefs’ aerial attack is as potent as it was during their Super Bowl run. Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’) Jr. threw for 211 yards, including scoring strikes to Travis Kelce (KEHL’-see), Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill.The Chiefs have won 10 straight dating to last season, including their come-from-behind 51-31 victory over the Texans in the divisional round of the playoffs.Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score, but he also was under relentless pressure and was intercepted once. David Johnson provided the biggest bright spot for Houston, running for 77 yards and a score.The game was attended by a socially-distanced crowd of about 17,000 due to the coronavirus pandemic. In other NFL news:— The Jets have signed former Rams and Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree to their practice squad. The 28-year-old Ogletree adds depth to the Jets’ inside linebacker spot. — Black and white Dolphins players and coach Brian Flores have released a video on social media saying they’ll protest racial injustice by remaining in their locker room during the national anthem. The two-minute, 15-second video features nearly 20 players trading stern rhymes about the nation’s social protest movement. — Forbes estimates the Cowboys are the NFL’s most valuable franchise at $5.7 billion. It’s the 14th consecutive year they’ve held that distinction. According to the magazine, Jerry Jones’ team is also the most valuable franchise in the world. On average, each team in the NFL is worth $3.05 billion, an increase of 7% from last year. The Cowboys, Giants, Patriots and Rams are worth at least $4 billion.NBA PLAYOFFS-LAKERS/ROCKETS — Wilsson Contreras tied a career high with four hits and rookie Nico Hoerner added three RBIs as the Cubs topped the Reds, 8-5. Ian Happ drove in two runs and Hoerner, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Cameron Maybin each had two hits as the Cubs broke out of an offensive funk.— The Athletics knocked off the Astros, 3-1 as Sean Manaea (mah-NY’-ah) carried a perfect game into the sixth inning to win his fourth straight start. Matt Olson’s two-run homer helped Oakland move 6 1/2 games ahead of second-place Houston in the AL West.— Rafael Devers (DEH’-vurz) slammed a two-run homer and provided a tie breaking, RBI single in the seventh inning to push the Red Sox past the Rays, 4-3. Bobby Dalbec also went deep for the fifth straight game to help Boston overcome home runs by Hunter Renfroe and Brandon Lowe (low).— Brady Singer fell four outs shy of a no-hitter before the Royals completed an 11-0 thumping of the Indians. Maikel (MY’-kehl) Franco and Adalberto (ad-ul-BEHR’-toh) Mondesi each hit three-run homers and Edward Olivares added a solo shot to back Singer, who left after Austin Hedges broke up the no-hitter with a single.— The Yankees and Orioles were postponed by rain in New York. The game has been rescheduled as part of a Friday doubleheader. Update on the latest sports Associated Press TENNIS-US OPENAzarenka knocks out Serena; Osaka advances.NEW YORK (AP) — Victoria Azarenka is the latest player to step in between Serena Williams and a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title.Azarenka beat Williams for only the fifth time in 23 meetings, shaking off a poor start before earning a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory. That puts Azarenka into the final for the first time in seven years.Williams appeared physically worn as she completed her fourth consecutive three-set match, two weeks shy of her 39th birthday. She took a five-minute medical timeout for a tape job after clutching her left ankle. EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The NHL has slapped Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn (kih-LOHRN’) with a one-game suspension that will be served during Game 3 of the NHL’s Eastern Conference final on Friday.Killorn was punished and issued a one-game suspension for his blindside hit that rammed New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson face-first into the boards. Killorn was issued a match penalty and ejected for the hit 5:55 into the game.The Lightning won the game, 2-1 and own a two-games-to-none lead in the series.In other NHL news:— Sean Couturier (koo-TOOR’-ee-ay) is the third Flyer to be chosen as the league’s top defensive forward. The center was revealed as the Frank J. Selke Trophy recipient Thursday, finishing ahead of four-time winner Patrice Bergeron of the Bruins and Ryan O’Reilly of the Blues, last season’s winner. Couturier received 117 first-place votes and was named on 163 of the 170 ballots cast by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. UNDATED (AP) — It’s been a rough two days for the Detroit Tigers. About 24 hours after absorbing a 19-0 loss to the Brewers, the Cardinals tagged them for a 12-2 setback in Game 1 of a doubleheader.Yadier (YAH’-dee-ehr) Molina crushed a go-ahead, two-run homer in the second inning while wearing No. 21 in honor of fellow Puerto Rican, Roberto Clemente. Molina jumped into the air after passing first base and appeared to wipe away a tear with his uniform sleeve as he approached home plate.Lane Thomas, Tyler O’Neill, Paul Goldschmidt and Rangel Ravelo (RAHN’-hehl rah-VEH’-loh) also homered for St. Louis, which has won five of seven. Ravelo’s estimated 487-foot blast is the longest in Cardinals history since the Statcast era.Jeimer (JAY’-mur) Candelario homered for the Tigers.Detroit gained a split by scoring five times in the seventh and final inning to beat the Redbirds, 6-3. Candelario homered in both ends of the doubleheader and put the Tigers ahead with a two-run single in Game 2 Jorge Bonifacio (boh-nih-FAH’-see-oh) smacked a two-run homer in Detroit’s third win in 10 games. The Rockets showed fortitude after trailing by 23 midway through the third quarter. An 18-2 run got Houston within 103-96 as the Lakers turned the ball over on four consecutive possessions during that stretch. L.A. recovered to take a 3-1 lead in the conference semis.Game 5 is Saturday.NHL-STARS/GOLDEN KNIGHTSStars get OT win, take 2-1 series leadEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Dallas Stars had to go into overtime to take a 2-1 lead in the NHL’s Western Conference final against Vegas, but the extra session didn’t last long. September 11, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-CHIEFS/TEXASChiefs open title defense with winKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs appear to have another offensive weapon after opening their Super Bowl title defense with a 34-20 win over the Houston Texans. Elsewhere around the majors:— Carson Kelly launched a two-run homer and Christian Walker added a two-run double as the Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers for the first time in eight meetings, 5-2. Madison Bumgarner surrendered back-to-back homers by Corey Seager and AJ Pollock but worked through five innings to help Arizona win for only the third time in 21 games overall.— Jorge Ona (OHN’-yuh) socked his first big league homer and Manny Machado also went deep in the Padres’ 6-1 win at San Francisco. Mitch Moreland put San Diego ahead with a two-run double in the first before scoring on Austin Nola’s two-bagger later in the inning.— The Braves fell behind 5-0 before Freddie Freeman homered twice and Dansby Swanson belted a tie breaking shot in the eighth inning of a 7-6 triumph over the Nationals. Ronald Acuña (ah-KOON’-yuh) Jr. also hit a two-run homer for the Braves, who weathered another ineffective outing from their makeshift rotation.— Jorge Alfaro capped a two-RBI night by slashing a walk-off, RBI single in the ninth to complete the Marlins’ 7-6 comeback win over the Phillies. Starling Marte tied it with a three-run double in the eighth and finished with four ribbies to help Miami win the opener of a COVID-induced, seven-game series. Next up for Azarenka is Naomi Osaka, who is in the final for the second time in three tries.Osaka finally surged ahead midway through the last set with the only service break she would get to beat Jennifer Brady, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3. The 2018 Open champ got a little help from a fortunate net-cord and an incorrect line call to oust the American in the first semifinal match of the day.Each player hit 35 winners and combined for just 42 unforced errors in the 1-hour, 45-minute match.MLB-SCHEDULETigers hammered again LPGA-ANA INSPIRATIONKorda leads LPGA majorRANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Nelly Korda is the first-round leader at the ANA Inspiration.With heat-baked greens so firm she couldn’t find pitch marks, Korda hit hybrid off the tee on the par-5 18th with a front pin. That set her up for a wedge to 3 feet below the hole for birdie and a 6-under 66, giving her a one-shot lead.Two-time major champion In Gee Chun had to scramble for par on the 18th for a 67. Madelene Sagstrom of Sweden matched that score with a par on her closing hole. Alexander Radulov (RAD’-yoo-lahv) scored 31 seconds into OT to give the Stars a 3-2 win over the Golden Knights. Radulov tallied on the only shot of the period, beating Robin Lehner (LEH’-nur) with a wrist shot for his third career overtime goal.The Knights tied it twice in the third period before falling. Shea Theodore and Mark Stone sandwiched goals around Jamie Benn’s score to extend the game. Vegas outshot the Stars 18-4 in the third period and 40-23 for the game.Anton Khudobin (hoo-DOH’-bihn) stopped 38 shots for the Stars, who resume the series on Saturday.NHL-LIGHTNING-KILLORNKillorn suspended for hit on Nelson MLB-NEWSAnother Braves pitcher hurtUNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Braves’ banged-up starting rotation suffered another setback Thursday when left-hander Tommy Milone was placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation.Milone has a 14.90 ERA in three starts for NL East leaders since being acquired from the Orioles at the trade deadline. He allowed eight runs in 3 1/3 innings in the Braves’ 29-9 victory over Miami on Wednesday night. The Braves recalled right-hander Huascar Ynoa to the active roster and outrighted utilityman Charlie Culberson to the team’s alternate training site.Atlanta has six pitchers on the IL, including ace Max Fried (freed). CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bubba Wallace is leaving Richard Petty Motorsports at the end of the season. NASCAR’s only full-time Black driver told the team Thursday that he would not sign a contract extension. He will finish the final nine races.The 26-year-old Wallace has driven Petty’s iconic No. 43 the last three seasons. He has a career-best five top-10 finishes this season and is ranked a career-best 23rd in the Cup Series standings. Wallace did not make the playoffs in any of his three Cup seasons and is winless at NASCAR’s top level. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWSGeorgia State quarterback cleared to play, no virus issues In other MLB news:— The Giants have released Pablo Sandoval, parting ways for a second time with the former fan favorite and 2012 World Series MVP. The 34-year-old Sandoval was batting .220 with one home run and six RBIs in 33 games.— Former All-Star infielder Jake Lamb has been designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks after struggling for nearly three straight seasons. The 29-year-old looked like a future star at third base just a few years ago. He made the NL All-Star team in 2017 before setting career-highs with 30 homers and 105 RBIs that year. Since then, he’s battled injuries and inconsistency while hitting just 12 homers over the past three seasons. NASCAR-WALLACEWallace leaving Petty Motorsports Davis, Rockets hold off RocketsLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Anthony Davis has powered the Lakers to within one victory of a potential all-Los Angeles Western Conference finals in the NBA playoffs.Davis had 29 points and 12 rebounds while dominating the paint in the Lakers’ 110-100 win over the Houston Rockets. Davis also helped Los Angeles compile a 52-26 rebounding edge.Houston also had trouble stopping LeBron James, who finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists.Alex Caruso chipped in 16 points and Rajon Rondo (RAH’-zhahn RAHN’-doh) had 11 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. UNDATED (AP) — After initially being ruled out for the season with a coronavirus-related heart condition, Georgia State freshman quarterback Mikele Colasurdo has been cleared to play. The school says follow-up cardiac evaluations showed Colasurdo does not suffer from myocarditis or any other heart ailment that would prevent him from taking the field. Colasurdo initially planned to sit out the season after being stricken with COVID-19 over the summer break. In other college football news:— The University of Texas will require students to pass a COVID-19 test funded by the school before they’ll be allowed to attend the No. 14 Longhorns’ season opener against UTEP on Saturday night. Texas has up to 3,000 student tickets available for the football game. To claim a ticket, a student must pass a university-provided rapid test the day before the game. PGA-SAFEWAY OPENKnox leads through 18NAPA, Calif (AP) — Russell Knox shot a 9-under 63 to take the first-round lead in the Safeway Open, the first event of the new PGA Tour season.After missing the FedExCup playoffs by two spots to close last season, Knox had seven birdies and eagled the 550-yard, par-5 fifth hole.Sam Burns, Cameron Percy and Bo Hoag are a stroke back. The Chiefs lined up along the goal line about 30 minutes before kickoff and watched a video of Alicia Keyes performing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which is often considered the Black national anthem.The Texans had already left the field when the demonstration occurred. They remained there until R&B duo Chloe x Halle finished a virtual performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” then ran onto the field to a chorus of boos from fans. NFL-NEWSJags try to solve RB issuesUNDATED (AP) — Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton injured his right shoulder while landing awkwardly after catching a high pass in practice. Sutton’s injury occurred 48 hours after the Broncos lost star linebacker Von Miller to a serious ankle injury on the final play of another practice.
Syracuse entered Thursday’s ACC tournament first-round matchup against Duke likely needing a victory to continue its season. Last time the conference foes met, Duke won at J.S. Coyne Stadium. SU failed to record a shot that day for the first time in 13 years. Within five minutes on Thursday afternoon, Duke scored, and the Orange never recovered. No. 3 Duke (15-4, 5-1 Atlantic Coast) scored two goals in the opening nine minutes, defeating No. 17 Syracuse (8-8, 1-5), 4-1, to advance to the ACC semifinals. Before the game, Syracuse’s seniors, Jamie Martin, Caroline Cady and Roos Weers all stressed the implications of this game in Chapel Hill. All three agreed that a win against Duke, a team safely in the NCAA field, would give them a good chance at the NCAA tournament.All three also agreed that a loss likely meant that Thursday’s game would be the final one of their careers. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We need to focus on getting one more,” Martin said Tuesday. “If we lose Thursday, I think we’re done.”Less than five minutes into the game, Duke’s Caroline Andretta corralled a pass from Erin Scherrer and finished her 12th goal of the season. Scherrer added a goal herself five minutes later to double the Blue Devils’ lead.Duke continued its barrage of shots on goalie Borg van der Velde, until eventually, a third goal came. Sixteen minutes into the second half, Haley Schleicher converted a penalty stroke from a foul right in front of the SU goal.Weers scored a goal of her own from the penalty spot eight minutes later but it was merely a consolation score. On Duke’s 21st and final shot of the game, Rose Tynan capped off the four-goal outburst. The loss means that SU has now conceded at least three goals in its last four games. Syracuse is now forced to wait. Sunday night at 10 p.m., the NCAA tournament bracket will be revealed. It’s an 18-team field, with 10 automatic qualifiers. SU will have to hope it’s one of the eight at-large teams. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 1, 2018 at 4:26 pm Contact Anthony: email@example.com
Isco scored twice as Real Madrid defeated Espanyol Sunday night to secure their first La Liga home win of the season.The champions, who had failed to win three league games at the Bernabeu, took the lead when Isco converted Cristiano Ronaldo’s through ball.He then curled home Marco Asensio’s pass in the second half to seal the win which takes Real up to fifth place.Espanyol had chances – most notably when Gerard Moreno hit the post after a Casemiro mistake.The hosts dominated the first half, but the game was more even after the break with Espanyol having chances before Isco sealed the win.Half-time substitute Marc Navarro fired a shot straight at Keylor Navas, while Moreno and Leo Baptistao missed chances.Real gave 18-year-old Achraf Hakimi a debut at right-back, with Dani Carvajal missing out with a viral heart problem.Gareth Bale also missed out with a calf problem, just before Wales’ two crucial World Cup qualifiers.Real squandered plenty of first-half opportunities. Isco went close after 23 seconds and again in the fourth minute, twice forcing saves from Pau Lopez, who also tipped a Sergio Ramos header over the bar.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Ghana bring closure to their opening draw with DR Congo and now focus on the next challenge as they bid to progress at the Africa Cup of Nations, according to coach Kwesi Appiah.The Black Stars allowed the Congolese to tie the Group B game 2-2 on Sunday after shockingly allowing a 2-0 lead to slip.But Appiah has urged his side to look ahead to their match against Mali on Thursday rather than dwell on their opening game.“Yesterday [Sunday], the players met to try and find out what happened. It was like a forum where everybody had to say what he thinks,” Kwesi Appiah said.“They tried to psyche themselves up. We have also had discussions. The most important thing is after today[day after the match], we don’t want to talk about Congo anymore.“We need to concentrate on the game ahead of us. And we started the psyching already and everything is working very well.” The lesson handed out has given Appiah some ideas about his team and he believes they can recover from this setback.“It’s always good that you look at your team and look at where there are loopholes and stop them from scoring,” he said.“Once you are leading and concede two goals, it’s not the best but normally what you need to do is to psyche everyone up.“It’s important that whatever happens, you put it behind and look forward to the next game, which is very, very important. You learn from it and develop from there.”Ghana play Mali, leaders in the group on Thursday at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
The chairman of Ghana U17 team Fred Crentsil believes the performance of the Black Satellites at the just ended African youth tournament will motivate his side as they prepare for the African Junior Championship in Morocco.The Black Satellites won silver after losing 5-4 on penalties to Egypt in the final after 1-1 draw after extra-time.The Black Starlets are currently in Italy on a training tour to fine tune preparations.Crentsil, who doubles as the vice president of the Ghana Football Association, says the Under 20 teams silver-winning feat will not put pressure on his side.“I don’t think it put pressure on any of us rather it’s going to motivate us to ensure we get to the finals and at least succeed to bring the cup home,” Crentsil told Joy Sports.“We have missed out on two tournaments and this is the time that we going in there to ensure we bring back the trophy. “We have won it before and I believe with the support and prayers of Ghanaians we can go places.”Ghana will face West African neighbours, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Congo in Group B.
It’s only fitting that the best team of the 2018-19 NHL regular season scores the first goal of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, but to do it on a shorthanded breakaway is just showing off. It seems no one told Alex Killorn as that as that is just what he did to net the first goal of the postseason Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Columbus Blue Jackets matchup. Facing a penalty kill with just over four minutes gone in the first period, the seventh year forward stole the puck from Seth Jones at the Lightning’s blueline and broke in alone on Columbus’ goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to ignite the offense for Tampa Bay.Killorn now has 21 goals in 65 playoff games. This was his first shorthanded goal in the postseason and the 13th in Tampa Bay playoff history.