Replica of a gaga ball pitBatesville, IN— Please join us for a celebration and unveiling of the new Gaga Ball Pit at Liberty Park at 3 p.m. today. Gaga is a fast-paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit that is a popular attraction for local teenagers.The project was a partnership between high school students, Parks Department, Mayor’s Office, and Batesville Schools Resource Officers. Students voted on an amenity they would like to add to the community and once Gaga was selected City Council funded the project and it was built by the Parks Department.
Katlyn Lee | Daily TrojanJunior guard Elijah Stewart declared for the NBA Draft without an agent on Tuesday. The move was first reported by DraftExpress and confirmed by USC.Joining sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright and redshirt sophomore guard Shaqquan Aaron, Stewart is the third USC player to declare without an agent after the Trojans’ surprise run to the Round of 32 in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Like his teammates, Stewart can withdraw from the draft before May 24.Stewart is not projected to be selected according to most experts’ mock drafts, making a return to USC likely. However, he turned heads during March Madness, pouring in 22 points against SMU and draining the game-winning shot. Six of Stewart’s baskets came from behind the arc, proving his duality across the court as a threat from outside and driving to the basket.Stewart also added 12 points and four 3-pointers against Baylor, and he was the Trojans’ leading 3-point scorer throughout the 2016-17 campaign, sinking 78 threes. The total led the team by more than 30, with Boatwright and junior guard Jordan McLaughlin in second with 47 3-pointers each. Stewart was also one of the most efficient Trojan shooters from beyond the arc, trailing only McLaughlin in 3-point percentage.The junior averaged 12.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game last season while acting as a veteran presence on a team with just five upperclassmen. Stewart’s 175 career 3-pointers is sixth all-time in program history, just one bucket short of tying Harold Miner for fifth. A repeat of last season would catapult him to the top of the list; Lodrick Stewart is currently the all-time leader with 232 made threes from 2004 to 2007, a number that Stewart could catch up to if he continues to heat up from behind the arc.With a new contract extension and a strong incoming recruiting class, head coach Andy Enfield would surely like to retain Stewart and build on the promising 2016-17 season. Although three Trojans have declared for the draft so far, none of these players have taken on an agent, meaning that they are still flexible in their decision making. Additionally, none of these three players are predicted to go even in the final round in expert mock drafts. This could change, however, with their performance at the NBA Combine, which will take place in Chicago from May 9 to 14. The combine gives athletes a chance to showcase their abilities in a series of drills, interviews and tests. The results of those five days will be one of the key deciding factors for Stewart and the rest of the players who have declared. From there, each of the Trojans will have to make a decision to stay or go by the deadline in May. If they decide to stay, they will return to summer ball with the Trojans and look to help Enfield return his team to the NCAA tourney for the third time in a row. If not, Stewart and his teammates will head to the NBA Draft, which will take place on June 22.
CAF CONFED CUPÂ By Femi SolajaNigeria’s quest for glory this year in continental football may have vanished following Rivers United’s disappointing 0-2 loss to visiting Club Africain of Tunisia in the CAF Confederation Cup Group A match at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt yesterday.The Nigerian team needed an outright win to move to the top of the log on nine points but the result has given the Tunisian side the chance to hit the summit while Rivers United are rooted to the bottom of the table on six points.The home side started brightly with Bernard Ovoke looking lively for Rivers in the Africain half in the first 20 minutes.Africain were then awarded a free-kick in a promising area in the 28th minute after Manoubi Haddad was fouled.Oussama Darragi then stepped up and forced Rivers goalkeeper Olufemi Thomas into a brilliant save from the set-piece.Haddad tried to send Darragi through on goal in the 38th minute, but Thomas came out to gather the ball.The hosts pressed Africain towards the half-time break and Bolaji Sakin’s header narrowly missed the target.Nevertheless, the score was 0-0 during the half-time break following a relatively quiet first-half for Rivers United.Mohammed Lukman was introduced by the Rivers bench seven minutes into the second-half as the home side looked to break the deadlock.However, it was Africain, who got in front through Haddad’s powerful free-kick which beat Thomas to make it 1-0 in the 62nd minute.Riversâ€™ midfielder Ayobami Asekunowo then found himself unmarked outside the Africain boxÂ ten minutes laterÂ and he fired inches wide of the target.Pressure was mounting on the Africain and Ovoke outpaced the visitors’ defence in the 76th minute, but his shot at goal narrowly missed the target.But a late counter attack led to Mokhtar Belkhiter scoring with a deflected shot – sealing Africain’s hard-fought 2-0 away victory.RIVERS:Â Thomas, Festus, Ojobo, Nweke, Doumbia, Saka, Egbuonu (Lukman 52′), Obomate (Asamoah 54′ Kuemian 87′), Ovoke, Asekunowo, Sakin.AFRICAIN:Â Dkhili (Yeferni 86′), Ifa, Jaziri, Abdi, Dhkilalli, Zemzemi (Kchok 79′), Ben Yahia, Darragi, Chenihi (Agrebi 60′), Belkhiter, Haddad.Â Â Â Â Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Meralco suffered another heartbreaker in the continental stage after losing to B.League’s Alvark Tokyo, 84-73, in the Fiba Asia Champions Cup Friday at Nonthaburi Province Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham put up 31 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Bolts while fellow import Diamond Stone added 28 points and eight boards.Alex Kirk led Alvark with 23 points and 11 rebounds while Daiki Tanaka added 17 points, five boards, and seven assists.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Eyes on gold: High hopes for PH delegation in Asian Para Games The Bolts are now at 0-2 in Group B and will now hope for the other teams in their pool to lose their respective games for them to have at least a chance of entering the semifinals.Only the top two-teams in the group will advance to the next round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMeralco managed to hold on to a 60-60 tie early in the fourth but Alvark got on a small 6-0 run to take a 66-60 lead after Milko Bjelica’s free throws at the 6:57 mark of the quarter.That small scoring spurt proved to be enough separation for the Japanese club as it held on for the win. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum
0Shares0000Tusker FC’s Mike Madoya (left) and Luke Namanda (right) scored as Tusker whipped Sofapaka 3-1 in Machakos on Saturday September 28, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 30 – Sleeping giants AFC Leopards seem to have finally found their mojo back after a second successful Kenyan Premier League victory took them second on the standings with seven points.Ingwe who started their season with a 1-0 loss to Kakamega Homeboyz have picked back to back wins against Wazito and Chemelil Sugar, their four-star weekend performance against the sugar millers in Mumias earning them the plaudits. Slowly but surely, leopards seem to be getting their act together, with not much of side show dramas that have punctuated their seasons year in year out since they last won the league title in 1998.John Mark Makwatta, a deadline day signing for Ingwe after turning down rivals Gor Mahia has proved a bargain after his brace against Chemelil took his tally to three this season, having scored the lone goal in the win over Wazito.Tusker FC players celebrate one of their goals against Tusker FC during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on September 28, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, Robert Matano’s Tusker FC have also stepped up from their opening day hangover. The brewers have won back to back matches against Zoo Kericho and Sofapaka, recovering from the opening day 5-2 spanking they suffered at the hands of champions Gor Mahia.The brewers were in destructive form, hitting Sofapaka 3-1 in Machakos on Sunday, a result that sent a statement of intent.“We started the season slow because we had so many injuries and for the opening game, up to six first team players were missing. We have some players back and also we have worked to correct our weaknesses and that is why you see the results have improved,” Matano stated.“Winning back to back is great for us because it improves our confidence. But we have to remain consistent and work harder. We need to focus on our next game and look for this same performance,” the tactician stated.Sofapaka meanwhile under their new coach Divaldo Alves have not yet quite gotten off the ground with the Portuguese tactician decrying gift goals to Tusker in the loss.“We had a very good first half and then in the second half, we conceded in the same way. The defense was slow to react and we were punished. Also, the chances we created in the first half and missed came back to haunt us,” Alves pointed out.Sofapaka have won just one game, a 4-0 spanking of Chemelil Sugar while they picked a point away to Ulinzi Stars in a 0-0 draw.Wazito FC’s Victor Ndinya (centre) celebrates his goal against Zoo Kericho with Derrick Onyango (left) and Paul Acquah. PHOTO/Wazito/TwitterWazito FC finally won their first Kenyan Premier League match in the fourth time of asking after laboring to beat Zoo Kericho 2-0.The high spending Wazito had drawn back to back matches against Nzoia and Western Stima before losing to Leopards, but the win away to Zoo will go a long way in improving their confidence.Western Stima meanwhile retained their unbeaten start to the season after a 2-1 win over Kisumu All Stars in the ‘Mboka Derby’ with the league newcomers still winless after four games.Elsewhere, the much talked about ‘Slum Derby’ pitting Kariobangi Sharks and Mathare United ended up being a stale affair, the two sides firing blanks in a 0-0 draw in Machakos.It was yet another game that lacked the explosiveness of a derby, both sides being afraid to have a go at each other and playing with caution in their breast pockets.0Shares0000(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)