Over 40 new cases locally over weekend

first_imgStatewide—The Indiana State Department of Health has reported that 1794 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 over the weekend. A total of 62,372 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. To date, 701,311 tests have been reported to ISDH at an 8.9% positive rate and 19 new deaths were reported for a total of 2,706 Hoosiers have died to date.Locally Dearborn County has a total of 398 cases and 27 deaths reported (up 19 new cases, 2 deaths), Decatur County has a total of 277 positive cases and 32 deaths (up 6 new cases), Franklin County has 173 positive cases and 8 deaths (up 8 new cases), and Ripley County has 179 positive cases and 7 deaths (up 8 new cases),. This is an increase of 41 new positive cases locally.last_img read more

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NFF hails Olympic Eagles

first_imgRelatedPosts Ministry reads riot act to NFA, Clubs over resumption of league Super Eagles to unveil new Nike jersey in Portugal CAF, NFF celebrate Enyeama at 38 The Nigeria Football Federation has praised the performance of the U23 National Team, Olympic Eagles, in qualifying for the 3rd Africa U23 Cup of Nations after a 5-0 mauling of their Sudanese counterparts, just as it noted the impressive streak of the National Teams in qualifying for major competitions. NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said on Thursday that the Federation was elated at the performance of the U23 boys, not only for the high score win, but also for the steel, savvy and smoothness with which the performance was delivered. “The 5-0 victory was very sweet, but what made it sweeter was the way it was delivered. And from that game and from the delivery of the Super Eagles in the friendly with Ukraine later that night which ended 2-2, we can confidently say that the future of the Nigeria senior team is bright. “We had a very young team out there in Ukraine as a result of the forced withdrawal of some of the old breed, yet they delivered a heartwarming performance that everyone was proud of.” Sanusi noted that the qualification of the U23 boys for the Olympics qualifying tournament in Egypt meant that none of the National Teams had failed to qualify for a major tournament in the past 18 months. “The last Nigeria team to fail to qualify for a major competition was the U17 girls, when they lost to Cameroon on the away goal rule in January 2018, in the final qualifying round for the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup. “Since then, the Super Eagles have played at the FIFA World Cup in Russia; the Falconets have played at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in France; the Golden Eaglets have won the WAFU Cup in Niger Republic; the Super Falcons have played at and won the Women AFCON in Ghana and; the Supersand Eagles have qualified for the FIFA Beach World Cup from the African finals in Egypt. “The Flying Eagles have qualified for the FIFA U20 World Cup and played at the finals in Poland; the Golden Eaglets have qualified for the FIFA U17 World Cup taking place in Brazil later this year and; the Super Eagles have played at the biggest –ever AFCON and came back home with the bronze medals.” The NFF scribe assured that the Football House is alive to its responsibilities and will ensure that the teams keep shining and bringing honour to the country. “Apart from the U23 AFCON in Egypt, we have the FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil; the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Paraguay and; the WAFU Nations Cup in Senegal. We also have the 2021 AFCON qualifiers and the CHAN 2020 qualifiers, and the Super Falcons are in the race for the ticket to next year’s Olympics women’s football tournament. “We have all these matches and championships in focus. Our objective is to ensure quality preparation for each of the teams involved in order that they will be good ambassadors of our nation both on and off the pitches in all these programmes.”Tags: Mohammed SanusiNFFOlympic Eagleslast_img read more

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Why I gave Aribo starting role against Benin — Rohr

first_imgRelatedPosts Rohr lists Musa, Ekong, 23 others for Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia friendlies Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Gernot Rohr has revealed he had a change of heart and picked Joe Aribo because his father was watching from the stands when the Super Eagles took on the Squirrels of Benin Republic in Match Day 1 of the African Cup of Nations 2020 qualifiers.The Rangers ace helped the Super Eagles beat Benin 2-1 as he continued to impress for his country following his debut earlier this season.Rohr had earlier insisted he wouldn’t consider Aribo from the start because he only arrived in Uyo, where the game was being staged, a few hours before kick off, having played and scored in Rangers’ 2-0 Premiership win at Livingston on Sunday.But a familiar face watching from the stands changed his stance.He said: “Joe Aribo told me he was not tired, despite the long flights to get here and I have confidence in my players when they tell me they are ready to play.“Also his father was here at the stadium and this was only his second time coming into the country, so it was important for him to play.“And I think we can all be happy he was able to play because he contributed a lot to this win.”Aribo has become an instant hit with Nigeria and netted in the win over Brazil in September. Tags: Gernot RohrSuper Eagleslast_img read more

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Son set for South Korea military service

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Trio of signings make instant impact as Everton stun Spurs EPL: Spurs, Everton light up London Heung-Min Son is working with Tottenham over the possibility of completing his mandatory four-week military service during his return to South Korea. The 27-year-old was given exemption from the extended 21-month military service after he won the gold medal with South Korea in the 2018 Asian Games. However, he still needs to complete a four-week service and that could begin if the Premier League confirms the season is suspended beyond April 30. The top flight has been halted since March 9 and league chiefs have agreed with English Football League counterparts and player representatives that a resumption will take place only when “safe and appropriate to do so”. Son was given permission by Spurs to return to South Korea for “personal reasons” last weekend as he recovers from a fractured arm he suffered during their 3-2 win against Aston Villa in February.Tags: 2018 Asian GamesSon Heung-minSouth KoreaTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

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Ferguson hails Giggs’ longevity

first_imgManchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson does not believe the incredible feats of Ryan Giggs will ever be repeated. The club have confirmed Giggs – who will make his 1,000th senior competitive appearance if he features against Norwich on Saturday – has signed yet another one-year contract extension. The new deal will take the Welshman beyond his 40th birthday and is a reward for his recent stellar performances, including a goal in last week’s win at QPR that kept him in line to land a record 13th league championship. “What an incredible career,” said Ferguson. “He seems to reach a new milestone every week. It’s unique in the modern game, but I think it’s more than that – I don’t think it will ever be achieved again by anyone.” Other than legendary AC Milan duo Paolo Maldini and Alessandro Costacurta, it is difficult to think of anyone who has remained at the very highest level for quite so long, and, as Ferguson has previously pointed out, the physical demands on a defender do not compare to those made on an attacking player. “Twenty-three years in the first team is unbelievable,” said Ferguson. “He is an example to all in the way he looks after himself. I told him this morning I expect a bill from his mother for all the sandwiches and teas she used to make for us when we went to his house every week when we were trying to get him to sign schoolboy forms. “It seems a long time ago. He will be involved (against Norwich) tomorrow and on Tuesday (against Real Madrid) so somewhere along the line he is going to play his 1,000th game this week.” Giggs has always said he was never in a rush to determine his short-term future. There have been points this season when he did not appear to have one. However, he has rediscovered his most effective form over recent weeks and now has a major part to play in United’s treble quest. “I am feeling good, enjoying my football more than ever and, most importantly, feel I am making a contribution to the team,” said the veteran Welshman. “This is an exciting team to be part of, with great team spirit, and we are again pushing for trophies as we head towards the business end of the season.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Adams queries ‘different mentality’

first_imgFormer double-winning Arsenal captain Tony Adams believes the number of foreign players in the Barclays Premier League means loyalty to a club is becoming increasingly infrequent. Adams spent just under 20 years representing the Gunners, collecting four league titles and three FA Cups during a glittering career that saw him captain Arsene Wenger’s side to the double. In recent seasons Arsenal fans have had to endure seeing their most prized assets sold to other clubs, with a high number remaining in England and representing major rivals. The likes of Emmanuel Adebayor, Samir Nasri, Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas have all been allowed to leave the Emirates, with only the latter moving abroad, and Adams said: “The game and society have both changed in that respect. When a foreign player comes over to play here it is natural maybe that he goes back.” Press Associationcenter_img He added: “Cesc, it was a natural progression to go back because he thought Barcelona are bigger than Arsenal. “I don’t know what he is talking about because I’m an Englishman who wouldn’t even go to Manchester. “What would I go to Manchester for? Arsenal are massive to me and that proves there is a different mentality in the people that are now playing in the top league in the world.” Former England international Adamson Sunday offered his services to Arsenal to assist in any way they deem fit, whether it is sitting on the board and making the tea. The 46-year-old has also backed the board to properly fund Wenger in the transfer market this summer but admits he would rather see a large fee splashed on a marquee signing rather than bringing in a number of targets. “In the last few years we have let our better players go and they need replacing,” he added. “What I hope they are doing is not gambling so much on three or four players but bring one player in who is going to make the difference. I don’t think we have time for a ‘maybe’ player to come through.” Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain is believed to be on the verge of a move to Arsenal, whilst there remains a strong link to a bid for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney. last_img read more

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Hughes welcomes Huth injury news

first_img “He found an issue with the knee that needed addressing and repairing and that’s been done. By all accounts prior to the operation, the best-case scenario was what we found. “Thankfully, if everything goes well, he could be back in three or four weeks. “Knowing Robert, he continues to surprise me in terms of how well he gets back from little niggles and he will always put his hand up if there’s any opportunity to play. “That’s a great trait that he has. Maybe in the past it has been to his detriment because he’s probably played and compromised himself.” Huth’s deputy was Marc Muniesa, whose Premier League debut did not go as he would have hoped. Hughes must now decide whether to stick with the former Barcelona man against Cardiff. Full-back Geoff Cameron plays at centre-back for the United States and could move into the centre, while Marc Wilson is another option. Hughes was keen not to blame Huth’s absence for the scoreline, saying: “It’s too easy and too convenient to say that because we didn’t have Robert, that was the reason we got beat. Stoke boss Mark Hughes welcomed the news Robert Huth could be back before Christmas after going under the knife. “There were other parts of our game we didn’t execute well enough. You’ll always miss Robert’s experience and his presence, and he comes across to the opposition as a huge barrier to overcome. “I thought Marc did okay. I thought it was important that I tested Marc at Premier League level. “Obviously Brek Shea got a little bit bit of the game as well, so it was a case of making sure everybody has an understanding of the Premier League. We’ve got lots of games coming up so we’re going to have to use everybody. “Marc certainly wasn’t the reason we got beaten, I thought he was one of our better performers in the back four. We just need to be a little bit better collectively.” Stoke are also expected to be without forward Marko Arnautovic, who is still recovering from a hamstring strain, while striker Jonathan Walters is a doubt with a thigh problem. Remarkably, the Republic of Ireland international has started Stoke’s last 102 Premier League games. Whoever plays, Hughes is confident the side will react in the right way to their Goodison Park mauling. The Welshman felt the timing of the goals was the biggest factor, with Everton opening the scoring just before half-time and then adding a second four minutes after the break. “There are key moments and periods in games where you have to make sure you’re nice and solid,” he said. “Everton on the day were probably better than us and deserved to win. The scoreline didn’t make great reading for us but that was because we were trying to get into the game and they hit us on the break. “We’ll get a response on Wednesday. It’s a key game for us, a big opportunity to get more points on the board and we’re looking forward to it. “We’ve had a good reaction. They were a little bit quiet on Monday but that’s understandable because we were disappointed. They’ve trained well the last couple of days and now the key is that we pick ourselves up and get going again.” Stoke ended a run of eight league games without a win by beating Sunderland in their most recent outing at the Britannia Stadium and go into Wednesday’s clash level on points with Cardiff just above the relegation zone. The key defender had exploratory knee surgery and was badly missed as the Potters lost 4-0 at Everton last Saturday. Hughes said: “We’re really pleased. It’s as good as we could have hoped for. We didn’t know the extent of the injury until the surgeon actually went in and had a look. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Mullins dominates again at Navan

first_img The Grade One feature had been reduced to a match after the late defection of the Noel Meade-trained pair Apache Stronghold and Very Wood, but the winner could be very good. Bearing the perils of a tactical race in mind, Ruby Walsh decided to make the pace on the Andrea and Graham Wylie-owned five-year-old and despite having to do the donkey work, Briar Hill’s class shone through. “The way he races you probably wouldn’t back in trip but he’s not slow. I suppose we’ll leave every option open. I’ll leave it up to Willie. He’ll find the races for him.” Mullins had earlier struck with Sizing Tennessee as the 9-4 favourite made a winning debut over obstacles in the Irish Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle. The five-year-old pulled three and three-quarter lengths clear of market rival Rock The World to score cosily under Andrew Lynch. “I couldn’t get him fit and I feel he’ll improve quite a bit. He came in very strong from grass,” said Mullins. “He’s a natural jumper being by Robin Des Champs. He disappointed at Cheltenham last year (in the Champion Bumper) but he might be back on track now. “He’s starting to show what he shows me in his homework. He’s a horse that could easily go out in trip.” Mullins’s three-timer was sealed in the Grade Two ‘Future Champions’ INH Flat Race by Royal Caviar, ridden by his son Patrick, though the 1-4 shot had to survive a stewards’ inquiry after his hard-fought success over Fine Rightly. Eventually Patrick Mullins was handed a five-day ban for careless riding. Lynch completed a double in the Alan and Ann Potts colours when partnering Sizing Gold to victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase. The 9-10 chance, trained by Henry De Bromhead, made a promising debut over fences as he accounted for Mullaghanoe River by four lengths. “I’ve always liked him. His form is good when you look at the horses he has beat and the horses that beat him,” said De Bromhead. “He was a bit disappointing at Fairyhouse so we backed off him. He’s such a big horse and probably had enough racing last year. “He’ll maybe have one more run after Christmas and then we’ll look at the spring. There is a three-mile race in Naas and a two-mile-five in Leopardstown in January. “He was deadly there and this is his game. I couldn’t have been anymore pleased with him.” Jarlath Fahey’s Jennies Jewel (10-1) kept He’llberemembered at bay by half a length to take the Tara Handicap Hurdle in the hands of 3lb claimer Ian McCarthy. Britain’s 18-times champion jockey Tony McCoy was out of luck as he took a fall at the fourth flight from the 100-30 favourite Colbert Station. Arthur Moore’s Hop In (7-2 favourite), ridden by David Casey, ended a frustrating run of four seconds to open his account in the Beauparc Handicap Hurdle. Briar Hill easily shrugged aside his solitary rival Azorian to land the Navan Novice Hurdle at the County Meath track. Press Association Azorian tried to put it to the Cheltenham Champion Bumper scorer, who had made a winning debut over hurdles at Wexford four weeks earlier. However, the 1-4 shot found more when challenged and pulled away between the last two flights to win in pleasing fashion by four and three-quarter lengths and be part of a treble for trainer Willie Mullins. “It was a tactical race and we weren’t sure if Azorian would jump off in front or drop in. Our fellow proved in Wexford that he was able to jump in front,” said Mullins. “He’s a lovely relaxed individual and he stays. He could go out to three miles if we want. I’d imagine we’ll be looking at two-and-a-half miles or longer. He seems to have loads of stamina. “Christmas might come a bit too soon and we could possibly look at the Slaney Hurdle at Naas in January. “He’s closely related to Boston Bob. Last year he showed nothing at home but this year he’s showing at home what he’s doing on the track.” Walsh was happy with the performance, telling At The Races: “He only does the bare minimum and I suppose that’s a good thing. “I thought I was riding the best horse so I tried to keep it as simple as I could. last_img read more

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Wenger happy with Gunners response

first_img Two goals in the space of one first-half minute from Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud at Villa Park proved enough for the Gunners at despite a late Christian Benteke reply. The result lifted Wenger’s men back to the top of the Barclays Premier League and provided a good riposte after the other members of the top seven won over the weekend. Arsene Wenger felt his Arsenal side answered the latest questions thrown at them by their title rivals as they held on to beat Aston Villa 2-1. Press Association “It was a nervous finish but overall you have to say Villa did fight until the end and were committed for every single ball. “You have to give them credit for that. It is why it was a difficult game for us but I like the fact we are mentally ready for a fight.” England midfielder Wilshere showed his class by finishing off a neat move in style to open the scoring and then providing a perfect pass for Giroud to double the lead. Wenger said: “He has found his change of pace again. “I would say his game is about that and his penetration. He is not only a passer but is a guy who is incisive with the ball. It is his strength. “For that you need to be at the top of your game physically. He is coming back to his best.” The concerns for Wenger were injuries to Tomas Rosicky, who took a blow to the face in a challenge with Gabriel Agbonlahor, and Nacho Monreal, hurt when fairly tackled by Ron Vlaar. Wenger said: “Rosicky has a bad nose. I don’t know if it is broken or not but it looked bad. “I didn’t see it (the incident) and Tomas doesn’t know if he did it on purpose or not. “Monreal I think was an accident. We have to check his metatarsal tomorrow morning. He got a kick on the top of the laces.” Villa defender Nathan Baker suffered a sickening injury in the first half when he was struck in the face by a shot from Serge Gnabry. Baker hit the ground and hardly moved before being carried away on a stretcher wearing an oxygen mask several minutes later. It was later reported he had suffered mild concussion and was not seriously hurt. Manager Paul Lambert said: “He is a little bit groggy but he is okay. He can’t remember a thing about what happened. “That certainly threw us. You work all week on what you want to do and we lost him at a vital time.” Villa overcame that but were stunned by Arsenal’s quickfire double in the 34th and 35th minutes. It was not until the second half that they threatened again and Lambert thought their efforts might have deserved more. He said: “That was more like it in the second half. I don’t think if we’d got an equaliser anyone could have begrudged it. “They responded fantastically and you could hear the crowd’s reaction. “The goal certainly gave us a huge lift to go again. “We were playing against a top side with great ability – they are vying for the title and the Champions League – but we certainly gave them a fight.” Benteke again looked ineffective until putting Villa back into contention with a back-post header. He then looked a different player and Lambert hopes there is more to come. He said: “About this time last year he started to hit the goals. It is quite uncanny. It will certainly give him a big lift.” Lambert played down rumours linking Villa with a loan move for Wigan striker Grant Holt. He said: “Holty was fantastic for me at Norwich. He is a proper guy. I have just heard the rumours are everywhere but until something is concrete then I won’t say.” Wenger said: “It was a big win for us tonight. We had to give a strong response. “Everyone looks at you to see if you drop points because they have made their points over the weekend. “You are a bit more under pressure when you play last because you know you are not allowed to drop points. “You can only give one answer – to win the game.” Arsenal looked to be cruising towards victory until Benteke, after four months without a goal, suddenly rediscovered his scoring touch 14 minutes from time to set up a frantic finish. Wenger said: “There were two different halves. The first half was about playing well, the speed of our passing and control of the game. The second half was more about fighting. “Villa played straight through the middle, a very direct game. “Maybe we were a little bit too cautious just to keep the 2-0 and it was then about fighting. Our defenders kept us in the game. last_img read more

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Mourinho: It’s different for me

first_img Mourinho, who introduced himself as ‘The Special One’ on his arrival in English football in June 2004, and Wenger cross swords for the 11th time at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in a contest which could have a significant say on the destination of the title, with Liverpool and Manchester City also in contention. The Portuguese, who has continually played down Chelsea’s title chances, described Wenger as a “specialist in failure” after the Frenchman commented that anyone ruling themselves out of the title race was doing so out of a fear of falling short. Mourinho’s ‘bad guy’ image was given further credence when he was charged by the Football Association this week for improper conduct in relation to his dismissal by referee Chris Foy towards the end of last Saturday’s controversial loss at Aston Villa. “Look, you see the charges from the last match, and you see that I’m different than anyone else,” said Mourinho, whose opposite number Paul Lambert was not charged despite also encroaching on the pitch. “In the eyes of people, I am different. That, I think, is obvious. “It’s obvious there’s a measure for some, there is a measure for me. “There is a way where I can feel the differences, all the time.” The Portuguese will contest the charge, which could see him hit with a £10,000 fine. He said: “It can be £1. It’s the principle.” Mourinho, who has never lost in 10 previous matches with Wenger and in 75 Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge, stopped short of a glowing tribute to the Arsenal boss on the eve of his landmark game. Press Association “There are many ways of paying tribute,” Mourinho said. “For me to pay tribute is to say that he’s in a position where everybody would like to be. “I love my career and the experiences I’ve had in my career, but he’s in a position where everybody would love to be.” The renewal of hostilities has coincided with an Arsenal renaissance – they are FA Cup favourites after reaching the semi-finals – and Mourinho believes Wenger’s men are performing well this term. “This season they are better than last season,” he said. “Last season, in this moment, they were struggling to finish top four. This season they are safe in a top-four position and in condition to fight for the title.” Jose Mourinho has long had the belief that he is special, but now the Chelsea manager claims he is under more scrutiny than other Barclays Premier League managers as English football praises Arsene Wenger’s longevity ahead of his 1,000th match as Arsenal boss.last_img read more

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