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Columbus lawmaker wants refunds for offended Colts fans

first_imgColumbus, In. — (Nicole Darrah-Fox News)Indianapolis football fans who want their money back when Colts players kneel during the playing of the national anthem could soon get their way — if legislation filed this week by a state lawmaker is approved.Republican Rep. Milo Smith, who represents the Columbus area, told the Indianapolis Star kneeling during the national anthem is disrespectful to the government, and when he witnessed it himself at a game in September, “it didn’t sit right with me.”“To me when they take a knee during the national anthem, it’s not respecting the national anthem or our country,” Smith told the news outlet. “Our government isn’t perfect, but it’s still the best country in the world and I think we need to be respectful of it.”Smith explained his proposed bill wouldn’t be breaking any laws as it wouldn’t stop players from kneeling, but would require the Colts to refund fans who wanted their money back. He also explained it wouldn’t require the team to refund sports fans if members of the opposing team were to kneel during The Star-Spangled Banner.The conservative legislator’s proposal comes months after Vice President Mike Pence walked out of a Colts game against the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 8 after opposing team players knelt during the anthem.Pence tweeted soon after he “will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.”“I left today’s Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.”Earlier this month, a New Orleans Saints season ticket holder filed a lawsuit in Louisiana judicial district court claiming an alleged demonstration during the team’s Sept. 17 home game against the New England Patriots created an angry atmosphere that’s since made his tickets unusable.The fan is seeking attorney’s fees and a refund for his tickets, which The New Orleans Advocate reported cost around $8,000.last_img read more

Whitetails Unlimited awards $2,000 to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Whitetails Unlimited has awarded Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry a grant totaling $2,000 to fund processing fees on donated large game and livestock.  “We are very excited about our “Meat” the Need program, “said Debra Treesh, Executive Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, “and pleased that this Whitetails Unlimited is continually making an investment in our community.”These funds will be used to assist Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry in paying processing fees for donations of large game and livestock within Indiana. Founded in 2011, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry encourages the donation of large game and livestock to our “Meat” the Need program, raises financial support to pay processing fees on these donations, and gives this nutritious meat to hunger relief-agencies within Indiana. Hunters and farmers may donate, at no cost to them (farmers may also write-off fair market value on taxes), by taking their large game or livestock to a participating meat processor in their area.  The donation will be processed, packaged in 1- to 2-pound packages and frozen. Local hunger-relief agencies will be contacted for pick up and distribution of this nutritious protein back into the community. The individuals and families that Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry serves are reached through food banks and other hunger- relief agencies whose services are strictly for low income and poor populations.“The grant provided by Whitetails Unlimited will pay for approximately 1,500 pounds of donated large game and livestock, which will then be distributed to area hunger-relief agencies – providing almost 6,000 meals to residents in need within our communities,” said Treesh. Even as the economy is improving, many hardworking Hoosiers are still living paycheck to paycheck. Indiana residents who must regularly choose between paying bills and buying groceries, continue to struggle to stay afloat but become even more in debt. In Indiana, approximately 1 out of every 4 households with children – report an inability to afford enough food to feed their family. Those affected by food insecurity are often at high-risk for obesity and diet-related diseases due to the lack of quality in the foods that they can afford. Protein, one of the most important nutrients for brain and body development in children and young adults, is also the hardest commodity for food banks to obtain. Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry assists in meeting basic needs within each county we serve. By assisting individuals and families that are struggling with this situation, the organization gives families the ability to avoid hunger and not have to choose between bills and groceries – allowing those aging and vulnerable populations to get back on track to hunger-free, independent living.“To date, we have 83 participating meat processors working within 85 counties in Indiana to ensure residents in need are served,” shared Amber Zecca, Fund Development Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry. “In the last six years, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry has helped to distribute over 1,123,000 pounds of meat to Indiana food banks, providing approximately 4.5 million meals to Hoosiers in need.”Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry is accepting donations to fund our “Meat” the Need program throughout Indiana and is continuously looking for volunteers to help us in our efforts to feed the hungry and reduce hunger issues throughout Indiana. For more information on the Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry program, its services and to find participating meat processors in your area, or to find out how you can help, please visit www.HoosiersFeedingtheHungry.org.last_img read more

Rohr: I’ve hired an international lawyer to get NFF pay my outstanding $100,000

first_imgRelatedPosts Rohr lists Musa, Ekong, 23 others for Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia friendlies Ministry reads riot act to NFA, Clubs over resumption of league Super Eagles to unveil new Nike jersey in Portugal Super Eagles’ manager, Gernot Rohr, has raised alarm over the sum of $100,000 owed him in bonuses and allowances by the Nigeria Football Federation.The Franco-German coach, who made this claim in chat with insideworldfootball on Tuesday, said he had hired Jean-Jacques Bertrand, who served as the lawyer of Manchester United legend, Eric Cantona, to negotiate with the NFF on his behalf to get the arrears paid.Rohr said: “I preferred to get Jean-Jacques involved because it got to a stage that I didn’t want to be speaking to the federation about money all the time. It got tiring… I wanted to take my mind away from money and simply focus on my job and let him deal with the issues off the field.“While I have had a good time with my players and staff over the last three years, I have to say that relations with the administration have not been very easy, especially when it comes to the payment of my wages and that of the bonuses and allowances of my players and staff. There needs to be a lot more respect in this regard.”Nigeria, under Rohr, won a bronze medal at the last Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt and have made a strong start in the 2021 AFCON qualifying campaign, winning their first two matches against Benin Republic and Lesotho.“We have made a very strong start to the campaign and we hope to continue with that when the qualification series continues in August. Hopefully, I will still be here by this time,” Rohr laughs.The manager’s contract terminates in June 2020 but discussion for a new deal is slated for January 2020, with the NFF President,.Rohr said: “The President of the Nigeria Football Federation has told me that we will sit down in January 2020 for a discussion and the conclusion of the extension of my contract, which runs out on the 30th of June.“To be very honest, I have enjoyed the last three years with the national team of Nigeria, because I can see the progress that I have made with the players over this period.“I think that I have the chance to do something with this group for the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The players are young, disciplined and willing to learn. I am very happy with them and my staff. We have formed a strong team, a strong unit.“But I am surprised that the federation are taking their time to conclude a contract. And to be honest, I am also surprised that when I was given a contract extension after qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, it was only extended until July 2020, which is right in the middle of qualifiers for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. That is not normal and it is only the federation that can explain the reason for this.“According to the provisions of my current contract with Nigeria, I am free, from January 1st 2020, to enter into a pre-contract agreement with any club or national team, to start work with them on the first of July 2020. That is my right.“After the AFCON in Egypt, I was approached by some national teams but I made it clear that I was still under contract with Nigeria and was happy to continue with my work here.“I will wait for my conversation with the President of the Nigeria Football Federation in January, when he says that we shall arrange a time to sit down and talk. We shall see what happens.” Tags: Gernot RohrNFFlast_img read more

Kidney support for captain Heaslip

first_imgCoach Declan Kidney is impressed by the way Jamie Heaslip has approached the Ireland captaincy amid difficult circumstances, insisting he is making “strong decisions”. Heaslip has come under close scrutiny so far this RBS 6 Nations, with the Leinster number eight receiving criticism for providing a lack of leadership during the defeats by England and Scotland. But Kidney accepts Heaslip has inherited the post at a challenging time, and said: “When things aren’t going as well as you want them to, you push the comments that are out there to one side and get on with your job. Jamie has done that and done it very well.” He added: “There’s a bit of adversity around the place and it’s the measure of a man as to how he deals with that. “Jamie’s making strong decisions for us and all we need to do is execute on those decisions.” Kidney denies Heaslip is struggling to stamp his authority on the team due to the presence of predecessor Brian O’Driscoll, who has been relieved of the captaincy but continues to play at outside centre “I would say quite the opposite actually, Brian being there has been a huge help. Now we have a couple of leaders speaking up,” Kidney said. “There have been times in the past when I’ve been prompting other players to speak up. Now Jamie and Brian do that role.” Kidney’s own position is the subject of doubt and his chances of earning a contract extension beyond the summer appear to have died alongside Ireland’s chances of winning the Six Nations. “In rugby terms this has been the most challenging Six Nations I’ve experienced,” Kidney said. “There have been a lot of things happening outside our control that we’ve had to deal with. But I couldn’t ask any more from the players. “The frustrating thing is that we’ve put ourselves in positions to win matches. As a result of not taking one or two chances, we are where we are.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News Kurtis Patterson added to Australia squad for two-Test series against Sri Lanka

first_imgSpeaking about his selection to ESPNCricinfo, Patterson said he had no expectations coming out of the game in Hobart. “You want to be picked when playing well and I feel I am. Obviously, there’s some hard work to be done this week, but if I get that opportunity, I’ll be really looking forward to it,” Patterson said.Patterson’s addition continues the selection of a new crop of batsmen in the Test squad following the bans on Steve Smith and David Warner. Will Puckovski, Marnus Labuschange and Marcus Harris are the new bunch of youngsters to get a chance in the series against Sri Lanka which will begin with the Day-Night Test in Brisbane on Thursday. The series will end with the second Test at Australia’s newest Test venue in Canberra.For Sri Lanka, they will be aiming to break their jinx Down Under and secure their first-ever win in a Test in Australia. However, they have been in woeful form heading to Australia, having not won a single game in New Zealand and recently being whitewashed 3-0 at home against England. Their chances have taken a bigger hit with seamer Nuwan Pradeep ruled out of the series due to a hamstring injury.Pradeep, who has been suffering from hamstring injuries and has not played a Test since October 2017, bowled only two overs and did not play any further part in the warm-up game in Hobart and scans revealed a grade one strain on his hamstring muscle, putting him in doubt even for the three Tests against South Africa after the Australia tour. New Delhi: Kurtis Patterson, the left-hander who played a vital part for the Australia U-19 team during the 2012 edition, slammed 157* and 102* in the warm-up game for Cricket Australia against Sri Lanka in Hobart. Although this match did not have First-Class status, Greg Chappell, the national selector and Australia skipper Tim Paine were in attendance and impressed by the knocks, Patterson was drafted as the 14th member of the Australia side for the two-Tests against Sri Lanka. National selector Trevor Hohns said Patterson had been “pushing his case for selection for some time”.  “We have been asking batters around the country to score hundreds if they want to be considered for selection.  Given Kurtis’ consistent performances for NSW and his two unbeaten centuries in last week’s tour match against our upcoming opponent, Sri Lanka, we believe he deserves to be added to the Test squad,” Hohns said in a statement.Australia had a poor Test series with the bat against India and no Australian reached triple figures at home in a series of four Tests or more for the first time since 1882-83. They also lost a Test series at home to an Asian nation for the first time. Patterson’s performances are a continuation of the consistency he has shown in the last couple of games, where he smashed 107* and 43 against Western Australia and 45 against South Australia playing for New South Wales. Earlier, Patterson had scored 167 in a New South Wales Premier Cricket Game. highlights Kurtis Patterson was part of U-19 squad for 2012 World Cup.Sri Lanka have never won a Test in Australia.Nuwan Pradeep out of series due to a hamstring problem. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Hoosiers hand Badgers eighth Big Ten defeat

first_imgMEGHAN CONLIN/Herald PhotoUW women’s basketball head coach Lisa Stone started her 12th different lineup of the season Thursday night, and despite a 71-64 loss to Indiana, this starting five may be the one.Guard Janese Banks shined in her return to the Kohl Center — and to the starting lineup — in her third game back from a foot injury.Banks was all over the place — diving on the ground for loose balls, penetrating to the basket, creating steals in the full-court press and hitting clutch shots.”It’s certainly nice to have (Banks) back out there,” Stone said. “It takes a lot of pressure off of Jolene (Anderson). She’s had to carry the weight for quite a while.”Banks and Jolene Anderson — dubbed the “Dairyland Duo” — scored 19 and 20 points, respectively.But it was Indiana’s one-two scoring punch that was the premier duo of the night in Cyndi Valentin and Jenny DeMuth, who scored 25 and 19 points, respectively.The game was tightly contested for much of the second half, but a Hoosier run in the last 10 minutes of the second half, sparked by back-to-back 3-pointers by Leah Enterline and Cyndi Valentin, helped put it away.”We were able to get a little run going in the second half,” Indiana head coach Sharon Versyp said. “We were finally playing some good defense and getting some rebounding and run in transition, and that’s our game. We were able to hold on at the end, but they just kept on battling back. It was a really good basketball game.”Wisconsin had a 10-point lead with 16 minutes remaining in the second half, but Stone said the team simply did not know how to play with the lead.”In the second half with a 10-point lead, we didn’t use the clock real well and our shot selection was not the best,” Stone said. “With the lead, we sped up and we needed to be more patient. When we’re not shooting the ball real well in the second half, we needed to find easier opportunities by going to the post.”Post touches in the second half were minimal for the Badgers. Stone said she counted a mere five post touches, and that alone contributed to the shooting-funk offense.In a game expected to be dominated by the guard play of Wisconsin’s Banks and Anderson and Indiana’s Valentin and DeMuth, Stone was hoping she could find an “X-factor” to give the Badgers an edge.However, the lack of post touches in the second half left Wisconsin relying too heavily on its perimeter play.”I think we would’ve had that X-factor had we gone inside a little bit more,” Stone said. “We need more than two scorers, and it can come from anywhere else. The game had their two players scoring and we had two players scoring. I was hoping that we would have one more and that would throw them off.”Banks attributed the lack of looks inside to the pesky Hoosiers’ “one”-zone defense — it took away the post-entry passing lanes and allowed good looks outside, but always contested with a hand up.”They wanted to force us into taking a lot of outside shots,” Banks said. “You just have to be smart and learn — penetrate gaps and know when to do it and try to get the ball in to the post players. It’s not going to happen probably on the initial pass, but off a few reversals. We can’t just settle for the first wide-open jump shot we get because we might get that same shot a few more passes down the line.”Despite the Badgers’ continual woes this season, Stone insists nothing major is wrong with the team — they just need to get the job done in crunch time.”It feels very interesting how people will try to say what’s wrong with the team or whatever when you’re having a season that we’re having — that there seems to be problems,” Stone said. “Well, there are no problems. We just have to get it done and learn how to win and play with the lead and so forth. No more yelling. We just have to execute.”It’s time to play basketball and get out there and get the job done.”Notes: Janese Banks wasn’t the only one to make her home return from injury — senior Annie Nelson also got back to action after missing several games with a nagging shoulder injury. Nelson played eight minutes, collecting two points and two rebounds.Akiya Alexander — currently on academic probation — was not on the Badger bench Thursday night and will not be practicing in the near future due to academic reasons.”She’s not putting all of her efforts right now into academics,” Stone said. “Everything is in academics. She won’t be practicing with us for a little while because everything is academic-oriented and she is in complete understanding of that and we want her back on the court.”last_img read more

Clonmel RFC ‘blessed’ with talent in playing pool

first_imgDenis Leamy’s team go in search of their second Round Robin series victory against Enniscorthy in Ard Gaoithe tomorrow.The Tipp club opened their promotion campaign with a 38-0 win away to Westport last weekend.Denis, who played for both Ireland and Munster, is delighted with the players he has at his disposal.last_img

Big Blow! Butland Suffers Broken Finger.

first_imgStoke City have been dealt a big blow after their first choice goalkeeper Jack Butland was ruled out for at least four weeks with a broken finger.Butland, 24, injured his finger while on England duty ahead of the upcoming international friendlies against Germany and Brazil.This injury setback will come as a personal blow to Jack Butland, who spent more than a year on the sidelines after he suffered ankle injury while on international duty in March 2016.Jack Butland is now expected to miss a minimum of five games namely Brighton (a), Crystal Palace (a), Liverpool (h), Swansea and Tottenham (a).RelatedLuke Shaw Makes England Squad For September GamesAugust 30, 2018In “England”England Recall Forster And Delph Ahead Of Slovenia, Lithuania ClashesSeptember 28, 2017In “World Cup”Premier League Clubs Suffer Big Blow On International DutyOctober 9, 2017In “England”last_img read more

STS Poland strengthens broadcasting content by 20,000 events with IMG

first_imgShare Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance  August 17, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Polish bookmaker STS has announced a fresh deal with sports media rights provider IMG to significantly expand its content of ‘broadcast sporting events’ via its website and mobile app.Under the terms of the new deal, which is to run until the end of 2020, the firm is to enhance its offering by approximately 20 thousand sporting events, including streams of football, handball, volleyball, basketball, tennis and hockey, amongst others.The service is available free to all adult users and builds upon its current free broadcast service of over 2,000 sporting events each month. All games can be followed on its sts.pl website and through the bookmakers app, while a selection of streams are also available throughout the country on stationary STS betting points. Mateusz Juroszek – STSMateusz Juroszek, CEO at STS, commented: “We are observing a growing interest in live betting among the customers. For this reason, we are investing in the broadest possible offer of sporting-event broadcasts, in various disciplines from around the world.“STS is the biggest legally operating bookmaker in Poland, and it has been systematically strengthening its leading position in this challenging local market. “In fact, as much as 60% of the Polish market is covered by non-licensed operators, who do not pay taxes or comply with the strict Polish bookmaking law. “Despite such an adverse competitive environment, we keep expanding our offer and offering new functionalities to our clients. Our aim is continued organic growth that will allow us to respond even better to our clients’ needs.”This deal builds upon a deal held with Eleven Sports Network Group, which sees the provision of broadcasting space to Eleven, Eleven Sports and Eleven Extra in all STS owned venues. Sts.pl broadcasts are available to all registered users, regardless of whether or not they are active players, with registration available for free to all adult users via its website. New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020 Share Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Submitlast_img read more