first_imgSouth Ripley defeats South Decatur 17-7 in 6 innings.Raiders busted open a 7-7 tie in the 4th inning and scored 10 unanswered through the final three frames to get the win.Ellie Waldron and Alexa Heidt each with their first varsity home runs. Halee Smith was 2-for-3 with a triple, a run and 2 RBI’s.Heidt and Hailey Brown each with 2 runs scored.Mady Tompkins winning pitcher. 6 IP, 7 Runs (3 Earned) on 8 hits with 11 strikeouts and 1 Walk .Raiders, now 3-0, host Switzerland County on Monday.Courtesy of Raiders Coach Rob Lafary.last_img read more


first_imgAccording to the document, 12 of the 24 teams in the competition would be European, four or five from South America, two each from the rest of the Americas, Asia and Africa, leaving the Oceania to battle for the last place with a South American team.The winners of the four previous Champions Leagues would be guaranteed places.The European participants could make between $50 million and $80 million each.Already some clubs have voiced their support.Barcelona’s board of directors said the tournament would be “exciting, dynamic, inclusive and prestigious.”They added that it would “create a global platform for clubs to contribute to the growth of their brands.”Emilio Butragueno, Real Madrid’s head of public relations, told his club’s TV station: “We think that for fans it could be a very interesting competition.”— 60-day deadline —Infantino says he needs agreement soon because the consortium gave FIFA a 60-day deadline and after that the money will vanish and hopes to get approval at the FIFA conference in Moscow in June ahead of the World Cup.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Lausanne, Switzerland | AFP | A united response to FIFA’s plans to enlarge the Club World Cup to 24 teams will be the subject of debate on Wednesday at a meeting of football power brokers organised by UEFA.Ahead of the Europa League final in Lyon, the governing body of European football is holding a meeting of its “Council of UEFA” and FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s plans are the main topic on the agenda.Many of those participating have already expressed hostility to the plan.The council, chaired by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, brings together the European Club Association (ECA), the recently renamed European Leagues (EPFL) and the players’ union (FifPro).Infantino is pushing to revamp the Club World Cup, boosting it from seven clubs to 24 in a four-year format. At the moment it is played every year.At the same time, he hopes to launch a biennial league tournament for nations, the Global Nations League.Infantino says he has an offer of $25 billion over 12 years for the two competitions from a group of investors, which the Financial Times has identified as SoftBank from Japan and the governments of China and Saudi Arabia.That is allowing FIFA to dangle enormous amounts of cash in front of the biggest clubs.For the club competition alone the consortium “guarantees minimum revenues of $12 billion for the four editions from 2021 to 2033”, according to a document, which AFP has read, that FIFA presented to seven big European clubs including European Champions Real Madrid, Spanish champions Barcelona and German champions Bayern Munich.last_img read more


first_imgJames Franklin answers questions from reporters after he was introduced as Penn State’s new football coach during a news conference on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014, in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/John Beale)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Penn State football coach James Franklin did nothing “inappropriate” when he contacted the woman who claims four of Franklin’s former players at Vanderbilt University raped her last year, a Tennessee prosecutor said Thursday.“I can’t comment on it much other than to say the statement we’ve always made is there is no indication that coach Franklin did anything inappropriate in this investigation,” Nashville Deputy District Attorney Tom Thurman told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1lDBY8Z ) in a telephone interview.Any contact Franklin had with the woman wasn’t significant to the case, Thurman added.Franklin denied wrongdoing earlier this week when attorneys for a former Vanderbilt player charged with raping the woman along with three former teammates accused prosecutors of mishandling evidence in the case.Thurman told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the filings by defense attorneys for Brandon Vandenburg were “an obvious tactical ploy by Mr. Vandenburg’s attorneys to intimidate the victim and malign veteran prosecutors.” The filings could also taint the jury pool and prevent a fair trial of the charges, Thurman said.Vandenburg’s attorneys contend prosecutors have concealed evidence from them, including text messages, phone records and call logs from Franklin.The defense filings said the alleged victim told detectives that Franklin contacted the woman days after the alleged June assault, telling her “they cared about her” because she assisted with recruiting.The defense attorneys also claim that Franklin had previously “called her in for a private meeting and told her he wanted her to get 15 pretty girls together and form a team to assist with the recruiting even though he knew it was against the rules.”“The allegations I did something wrong are simply not true,” Franklin said in a statement Tuesday, when the contents of the documents were first reported. “I have cooperated fully with the authorities in this matter, but, out of respect for the legal process, I am not able to comment any further.”___Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.comlast_img read more


first_imgFacebook69Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Harlequin Productions Harlequin Productions own comedy troupe, Something Wicked, will be just one of the acts during the 2nd Annual South Sound Improv Comedy Festival.Harlequin Productions is gearing up to present The 2nd Annual South Sound Improv Comedy Festival April 3rd and 4th at 8:00 p.m. at the State Theater in downtown Olympia. This festival will feature some of the most acclaimed improv troupes from the Olympia area and the Puget Sound region.Troupes set to perform include Unexpected Productions, Jet City Improv, Fools Play, Olyimprov, Hat Trick Pony, Generation Friends, and Harlequin’s own improv troupe, Something Wicked. Local favorite stand-up comedian Morgan Picton will serve as Master of Ceremonies.“This festival aims to celebrate extraordinary improv in our area,” said festival organizer and Harlequin development manager Mark Alford. “I think a lot of people don’t realize how vibrant our local improv scene is.”Last year the 1st annual festival sold out completely, forcing the theater to turn many patrons away at the door. This spurred the Harlequin staff to make this year’s festival a two-night affair.“The festival last year was Harlequin dipping its toe into Olympia improv,” commented Harlequin managing artistic director Scot Whitney. “We couldn’t fit the audience inside the theater! So this year we’ve added another night, two more troupes, and the amazing Morgan Picton. We’re preparing for a nice long swim in deep water.”Modern improvisational theater became a popular form of live comedy in the United States in the 1970’s and 80’s. However, it is still predominately confined to large cities. A scattering of improv troupes can be found among smaller cities and towns, but a festival of this size in a smaller city is not a common occurrence. “This is not some small-town, knock-off version of a big city festival,” Alford said. “We’ve got some of the most popular troupes in the state coming to perform. It’s really cool to be able to present this right here in Olympia.”“Unexpected Productions is the longest-running show in Seattle. Ever. And Hat Trick Pony is headed by the people behind the popular film series The Gamers and the web series JourneyQuest. Meanwhile, Jet City Improv is one of the most popular improv companies in the Pacific Northwest. Fools Play has been doing comedy in the South Sound for over 21 years. OlyImprov has been a local favorite since 2006. And in my opinion, Generation Friends is one of the best college improv groups in the nation. We’ve got an incredible lineup set to perform.”Friday April 3 will feature performances by Generation Friends, Hat Trick Pony, Olyimprov, and Something Wicked. Saturday April 4 will showcase Fools Play, Jet City Improv, Unexpected Productions, and Something Wicked.Harlequin is offering single-day tickets for $20 and two-day passes for $30. Patrons can find more info and purchase tickets by calling (360)786-0151, or by visiting harlequinproductions.org/something-wicked-improv.Alford summarized his excitement by saying, “This truly is a collection of some of the best improv our region has to offer. They’re gonna blow the roof off the place.”last_img read more