Osgood Man Recognized With Golden Hoosier Award

first_imgPeace is recognized for his contributions to local veterans.A Ripley County man is one of just 18 individuals in Indiana to be recognized with the 2014 Golden Hoosier Award. The honor celebrates senior citizens who have dedicated their lives to the improving their cities and towns through community service.Joseph “Wayne” Peace of Osgood received the honor for his work with veterans. A decorated Vietnam Veteran himself, he received two Combat Wounded Purple Heart awards while he served our country. Today, Joseph continues to give back to his community as he assists Ripley County Veterans applying for health care benefits.For over 25 years, he has logged countless hours and miles as he travels to meet with Veterans. His name is popular amongst his peers and he is known for his dedication, compassion, and extensive knowledge of the VA system.The awards have been presented by the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s Division of Aging since 2008.Award recipients were nominated by members of their communities who were impacted by their volunteer efforts. The recipients and their nominators attended the luncheon where the winners received an award and recognition for their commitment to serving their communities from Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann.The Vietnam Veteran received the Golden Hoosier Award from Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann“The individuals who receive this award have spent countless hours volunteering in their communities to make Indiana a great place to call home,” said Lt. Governor Ellspermann. “These selfless individuals are role models to many and I challenge Hoosiers to follow their examples.”last_img read more

Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp Arsenal have signed goalkeeper Alex Runarsson on a four-year contract from Ligue 1 club Dijon.Runarsson will wear the number 13 shirt and is expected to deputise for first-choice goalkeeper Bernd Leno, replacing Emiliano Martinez who left Arsenal for Aston Villa in a deal worth £17 million. The 25-year-old Iceland international joined the Ligue 1 club in July 2018 and made 13 appearances in all competitions last season.“I’m just extremely happy, extremely proud, it is a big day for me and my family. I can’t wait to get started,” he told Arsenal’s website.“It is one of the biggest clubs in the world – they’ve won the Premier League (top division) 13 times, the FA Cup 14 times, it is a huge club and obviously playing in the Premier League as well, it is a win-win situation.“I know it is going to be a lot of hard work, but I am ready to do everything I can to get the most amount of minutes as possible.”Technical Director Edu said: “We’re very pleased to welcome Alex to our squad. We have been monitoring him for some time and from the analysis, he has strong attributes that we look for in a goalkeeper and as a person.” Mikel Arteta added: “We want to create healthy competition for places and we look forward to seeing Alex bring further depth to the goalkeeping position.”Brentford goalkeeper David Raya was another option for Arsenal but the Championship club are refusing to sell any member of their squad other than Ollie Watkins, who joined Villa, and Said Benrahma.—Tags: Alex RunarssonArsenalAston VillaBernd LenoEmiliano Martinezlast_img read more

Fewer than 10 percent of champions retain title

first_imgBy Mitch PhillipsRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) – Usain Bolt has somewhat skewed the picture by making it look so easy but when it comes to retaining an Olympic athletics title, history shows that it is an extraordinarily difficult thing to achieve.Four years ago Bolt became the first man to win back-to-back 100 metres gold on the track (1984 champion Carl Lewis was awarded the 1988 gold after Ben Johnson was disqualified) then repeated the deal with the 200m and 4x100m relay.Mo Farah shows his joy as he wins the men's 5 000m final at the London 2012.Mo Farah shows his joy as he wins the men’s 5 000m final at the London 2012.He, along with compatriot Shelly-Anne Fraser-Price (women’s 100m), Tirunesh Dibaba (women’s 10,000m), Valerie Adams (women’s shot put) Tomasz Majewski (men’s shot) and Barbora Spotakova (women’s javelin), will be seeking to make it three in a row in Rio, while several other 2012 champions will seek to retain their titles.British athletics fans will forever remember 2012’s ‘Super Saturday’ when Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah won gold within 45 minutes on a landmark night and all three are in Rio and could produce similar fireworks on August 13.Farah is bidding to become the second man after Finn Lasse Viren (72-76) to retain both the 10 000m and 5 000m titles but the figures suggest the chances of all three Britons standing on top of the podium again are slim.Famed track and field statistician Mel Watman took a close look at the situation for Britain’s Athletics Weekly magazine and revealed that since 1948 fewer than 10 percent of individual events have been successfully defended.In that time there have been 58 back-to-back winners in 612 events (373 for men, 239 for women).Lewis in the long jump (1984-96) and American discus thrower Al Oerter (56-68) are the only athletes to have won four in a row.Soviet triple jumper Viktor Saneyev (68-76) and Polish racewalker Robert Korzeniowski (96-04) managed three but nobody has done it on the track.In each of the Games of 1972 and 2004 there was only one successful defence, whereas in 2012 there were seven, with the six athletes responsible (two for Bolt) all gunning for a third in Rio. The figures are slightly thrown by the boycotts of 1976, 1980 and 1984, but the general message is clear — it is not easy.One man who knows how tough it is, because he achieved it, is IAAF president Sebastian Coe, who won the 1500m in 1980 and again in 1984.“There will be some great defences here but it is extraordinarily tough,” he told Reuters. “You have to retain your form and your health.“For someone to complete a treble you are effectively talking about eight years or more at the top and that’s what makes the difference between the good and the great.“Daley Thompson (who won back-to-back Olympic decathlons in 1980 and 1984) was undefeated from 1978 to 1987. That is gripping it by the throat and making the event your own.”last_img read more

Three medals for BiH athletes in Mersin

first_imgBiH judokas, Amel Mekić and Larisa Cerić won the medals at the Mediterranean Games which are being held in Mersin, Turkey, reports sportsport.baMekić won silver medal in the category up to 100 kg, and Cerić won the bronze in the category up to 78 kg.Mekić defeated in semi-finals Tunisian judoka Anis Ben Khalid while in the finals he lost to Ramadan Darwish while Cerić defeated Algerian judoka Sonia Asselah.BiH boxer Džemal Bošnjak has qualified to semi-finals and thus secured yet another medal to BIH.The semi-final match will be played on 25 June and the possible final on 26 June.last_img

Fenerbahče To Offer Teletović Three Million Euros a Year?

first_imgBosnia’s best basketball player, Mirza Teletović, who plays for the Brooklyn Nets,could be back in Europe.Dnevni Avaz writes that Turkish Fenerbahče is ready to offer Teletović a contract worth three milion euros a year.Dnevni Avaz also writes that Fenerbahče with Željko Obradović wants to create a team that will be on the top of the European qualification and the possible activation of our representative in this team was mentioned.However, the transfer is still far from realization because Teletović has a contact with the Brooklyn Nets until the summer of 2015.(Source: SportSport.ba)last_img

Mistake by the lake

first_imgLate Sunday morning when photographer Tom Sabol and I pulled into the parking lot at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Steelers fans were tailgating at warp speed. One inebriated fan wearing a very seasoned number 92 shirt along with flip-flops and a Siberian fur hat, grabbed a hot sausage sizzling from a “smoking grill.” You can visualize what happened next. The suspect said aw, sh-t after dropping the volcanic piece of smoldering meat onto the semi-frozen turf. He took some bottled water, rinsed the meat off, threw it back onto the grill to sterilize it and gobbled it down a few minutes later.Bragging Pittsburgh fans fondly refer to Cleveland as the “mistake by the lake.” Alas after five fumbles, and three interceptions by Steelers starting QB Charlie Batch they should henceforth forever more refer to the fiasco at the Browns “crib” as the “mistakes by the lake.” I have covered the Black and Gold in the 80s, 90s and the new millennium. However I cannot at least in my long term memory recall a single contest in which the Steelers had eight turnovers.I am very much aware that the Steelers running backs fumbled five times, but I must say this. In past seasons Batch provided a viable option subbing for Ben Roethlisberger. But hear this. This is not a critique of a disgruntled, player hater, grizzled sports writer. What I am about to say to you are mere facts. I like Charlie Batch as a humanitarian, philanthropist and role model for urban youth. His communal spirit should not be questioned but football is football and facts are facts. At this stage of his career, Batch does not deserve an NFL paycheck. He was beyond horrible, he was downright terrible. You have rookie quarterbacks that read and react to defenses better than this “seasoned” veteran. Ninety percent of the time he was ultra “skittish” in the pocket appearing to be dazed and at times confused. The offensive playbook of the Steelers should not have to be scaled back or watered down to accommodate Batch. He has been around long enough to do what he is supposed to do when called upon. It is not acceptable for Batch to throw three picks in 34 attempts with a quarterback rating of 38.7. I am puzzled. Even though Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden is technically a rookie at age twenty nine I can still stomach him being less aware of various defensive schemes than the Steelers veteran.I was not surprised at the veracity of the Browns young and hungry defense. However, I was perplexed at the performance of the Pittsburgh offense. Don’t wah, wah, wah, whine, whine, whine about injuries because hey, they play in the NFL; everybody has injuries.After the ugly loss, Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton had this to say on the subject of injuries: “Guys get healthy, and if they don’t get healthy we have to find a way to win. You can’t count on guys if you don’t know if they’re going to be there or not. We have a good enough football team to win those types of games and we have to do it. We have to take care of the ball; we have to force more turnovers on defense. Just like they got how many turnovers they got, we have to do a better job of getting turnovers ourselves.”Steelers’ tight end Heath Miller who was one of the bright spots had this to say in regards to moving on to the next [thing] game: “I think certainly after this loss, I think everybody should have a resolve about themselves to play better. I think sometimes it’s harder to do when you win a few games; you play well, it’s easy to overlook some things. I don’t see how we can overlook what we need to do to get better at this point. We dropped two in a row now, both division games. We have to get ourselves together in a hurry and figure out a way to get some wins.”The defense was awesome because their offense gave up 8 turnovers and the Steelers still only lost by six points, 20-14. James Harrison said it best in regards to the defense: “Once we (the defense) get out there we have to do a better job of stopping them and holding them to three points and not letting them kick threes when they are further out.” According to Chris Strauss of USA TODAY, “the Steelers became the first team to commit eight turnovers in a game since the St. Louis Rams did it in 2001.” I said it before and I’ll say it again I thought it was an ill-advised personnel decision to allow their young and healthy backup quarterback Dennis Dixon to depart the hallowed halls of Heinz Field. The great “Tarmac” has a vision. The Steelers had better, pick this “game” up off the turf, brush the dirt off and kiss it up to God and eat it.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected]­pittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741. Bruce can also be heard on the ‘Odd Couple Sports Show’ where he is the AFC North and NFL analyst. The show is hosted by Adam Ragle streaming live on the WCWA Fox Sports Toledo 1230AM. Bruce is featured on Tues. from 10-11 a.m. Listen to Aubrey’s archived “Odd Couple” segments on: www.world­speak­connnection.com click on ‘Fair Catch’)last_img read more