first_imgThe National Clubs’ Commission, which represents the teams in the top four divisions, said that with Brazilian football suspended indefinitely the players should take time off between April 1 and 20.The players would be paid during that period but the commission said future salary reductions were possible if football does not restart soon.Topics : Footballers in Brazil were told to take a three-week paid holiday due to the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday, with professional clubs asking them to return on April 20.All four divisions in Brazil’s national championships are due to start in early May. The state championships that began in January were suspended earlier this month.Brazil has reported 2,915 cases of the coronavirus, with 77 fatalities.last_img read more

first_imgJohnny Wilson, better known as “Jumpin’ Johnny Wilson” was the 1946 Mr. Basketball in the state of Indiana.  The Anderson High School graduate was barely 6 foot tall but he had amazing jumping skills. Recently Anderson honored him with a statue in front of the high school.  Johnny is the oldest, living Mr. Basketball in the state of Indiana.  The 88-year old was one of the first to break the color barrier of “whites only” in basketball.Johnny led Anderson to a state basketball title by scoring 30 of his team’s 67 points in their victory over Ft. Wayne Central in the championship.  He wanted to play basketball at IU, but they had no blacks at that time, so he went to nearby Anderson College.  I was only 7, so I only heard about Johnny Wilson in later years.Wilson is a good friend of Carl Erskine, another Anderson legend, who played baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers.  Both are still living.  Recently, Johnny Wilson played golf with Glen Butte at the Legends Golf Course in Franklin.Part of this information came from an article in the Indianapolis Star.last_img read more

first_imgPlainfield, In. —  Duke Energy announced today it is awarding $3.2 million in grants to support 131 innovative K-12 education programs across the communities served by the company. Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky will share more than $700,000.“Bright futures begin in the classroom, and every child deserves a fair chance at academic success,” said Cari Boyce, president of the Duke Energy Foundation. “The grants we are making today are focused on providing equal opportunity for all students to have the strong educational basis that has proven to be a key determinant to future success.”The 2019 Powerful Communities grants, from the Duke Energy Foundation with support from Piedmont Natural Gas, aim to close the achievement gap that often separates low-income students from their peers by funding programs that prevent summer reading loss and out-of-school programs.“Funding provided by Duke Energy helps to support the YMCA Camp Readers Program,” states Joanna Castle, district vice president of the Citrus Memorial Health Foundation YMCA. “Our goal is to serve 500 children in Citrus County Y Summer Camps through Camp Readers, which provides a minimum of 30 minutes per day, five days a week of purposeful reading activities throughout the summer at camp.”Grants also support energy, engineering and environmental education programs to equip students with the skills needed for successful careers in the energy sector.“Florence 1 Schools is very excited to partner with Duke Energy to provide the Clean Energy curriculum to our students,” said Chris Rogers, Director of STEM Education for Florence District 1 in South Carolina. “This four-course curriculum will expose our students to real-world problem solving. Our students will work with Duke Energy engineers to develop a better understanding of the work they could possibly do if they decide to pursue that career path.”The grants are part of Duke Energy’s new Powerful Communities philanthropic program, which award strategic charitable grants to nonprofit organizations working to build powerful communities by bolstering education, developing the future workforce of the energy sector and conserving and protecting our environment.In 2018, Duke Energy Foundation invested more than $31 million to support communities throughout Duke Energy’s seven-state service area.A complete list of the 131 grant recipients and summaries by state can be found here:North Carolina – $1,345,727 to support 46 projectsSouth Carolina – $485,000 to support 13 projectsFlorida – $669,000 to support 21 projectsOhio and Kentucky – $264,168 to support 21 projectsIndiana – $448,250 to support 30 projectslast_img read more

first_imgThis passage of play suggested Chelsea were beginning to assert themselves but Palace’s belief had clearly been strengthened by their victory at champions Manchester City eight days previously.The home side appeared happy to concede territory in the hope of hitting Chelsea on the break and it was little surprise the game remained locked in stalemate at half-time.It did not take long, however, for Sarri’s side to breach the Palace defence at the start of the second half with Luiz injecting the moment of creativity needed to find a way through.The centre-back was allowed time to pick his pass and his perfectly weighted chip fell into the path of Kante who had made a positive run towards the penalty spot.The France international controlled the ball on his chest before hitting a left-foot shot that flew wide of Guaita’s dive.Having dominated long periods of the game before the goal, Chelsea assumed total control after Kante’s opening goal.Guaita was called to save yet again from Willian after the Brazilian was set up by a clever Hazard backheel before Giroud saw his second effort of the game ruled out for offside.Wickham’s 89th-minute chance gave Sarri’s side a late scare but this was a comfortable Chelsea win. London, United Kingdom | AFP | N’Golo Kante showed signs he is growing into his more advanced midfield role with a composed finish that gave Chelsea a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday.Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has been criticised for moving Kante out of his more familiar position in front of the back four, with Jorginho filling the holding role.As a result, Kante’s effectiveness this season has been questioned, but the former Leicester City man impressed as he struck the 51st minute match-winner that helped the Blues tighten their grip on fourth by opening up a five-point gap to Arsenal.Kante followed a perfectly timed run to meet David Luiz’s chipped pass with a clinical finish to cap a dominant display by Sarri’s side against London rivals Palace.Chelsea’s failure to add to Kante’s third league goal of the season will have given Sarri some concern, though, and would have proved costly had Palace substitute Connor Wickham not skied a late chance over the bar.The Italian manager reshaped his forward line by including Olivier Giroud as the central striker — a decision that handed Alvaro Morata another reminder of his place in the strikers’ pecking order at Stamford Bridge.The Spaniard was among the substitutes, while Giroud’s inclusion freed Eden Hazard from his recent duties as a false nine, allowing the Belgium international to return to his more familiar position on the left of the front three.But despite dominating, particularly in the second half, Chelsea’s chances remained limited.– Hazard warning –Hazard quickly made the most of his freedom to drift in from the flank, testing the Palace defence with a number of runs from deep.The Belgian’s 34th-minute run towards the home penalty area drew a foul from Cheikhou Kouyate and led to the game’s first real opportunity.Willian’s curling free-kick from 25 yards took a deflection off the defensive wall before clipping the outside of Vicente Guaita’s right-hand post.The Palace goalkeeper did well to punch the resulting corner clear, but Willian almost caught the Spaniard out with a fierce low shot from distance. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more