Alvin J. Blanken

first_imgAlvin John Blanken, 84, of Oldenburg, Indiana, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2017, at St. Andrew’s Healthcare Campus in Batesville, Indiana. Alvin was born on May 20, 1932 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Leo and Geneva (Nee: Barry) Blanken. He married Shirley Prakel on October 8, 1955, and they enjoyed over 61 years of wedded bliss together. The couple is blessed with five sons and one daughter: Greg (Cathy), Doug (Kathryn), Kelly (Millie), Jeff (Vicki), Eric (Kelly), and Tracy (Hans-Werner), as well as being survived by brother Jerome; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by sister Evelyn Pierson and brothers Leo, Melvin and Elmer.As a Staff Sergeant in the United States Marines, Alvin’s life and world view were deeply impacted by his time served in the Korean Conflict. Similar to the landing at Inchon and the battle of the Chosin Reservoir, Alvin continually showed his perseverance and dedication to all causes near and dear to his heart. Furthering his dedication to the marines, he routinely hosted or attended monthly breakfasts with his fellow marine buddies and their spouses.  In spite of his military discipline, Alvin thoroughly enjoyed a good caper with his fellow family and neighborhood cronies.He believed in supporting local businesses and could be spotted in town wearing his “CHOSIN FEW” baseball cap at The Pub, Brau Haus, and the Batesville and Brookville Farmer’s Markets. When able, Alvin regularly attended Mass in Oldenburg.Alvin and Shirley enjoyed travelling to distant destinations such as Germany, Denmark, Austria, and the Netherlands. When they were stateside, they enjoyed coastal living in Hilton Head, South Carolina and the mountain life of Park City, Utah. But most importantly, they cherished time spent with family and friends. We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Alvin, among them …”There is no atheist in a foxhole.” Alvin, a gentle giant, will be missed by all who knew him.Visitation is Thursday, May 11th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home with a rosary service at 4 p.m. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, May 12th, at Holy Family Church with Rev. David Kobak O.F.M. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites conducted by the Brookville V.F.W. Post #2014. Memorials may be made to the Holy Family Church Capital Fund or the Wounded Warriors Project.last_img read more

Thornton stars at Central Arizona

first_imgJeremy Thornton won the Saturday main event for IMCA Modifieds at Central Arizona Speedway. (Photo courtesy of Central Arizona Speedway)By Jeff McSpaddenCASA GRANDE, Ariz. (May 19) – Jeremy Thornton was the IMCA Modified star Saturday at Cen­tral Arizona Speedway.Starting seventh in the sixteen car IMCA Modified field, Thornton quickly made his way into the fourth spot diving low on the speedway entering turns one and two after the drop of the green flag, sixth starting Trevor Miller also made a bold move into the second spot behind pole starter and early leader, Mike Strobl.Trevor Miller drove by Mike Strobl for the lead on lap two while Thornton was working his way up from seventh starting to third. Thornton made quick work of Strobl for the runner up position and set out after Miller.Taking advantage of a lap five restart, Thornton pulled even with Miller and edged ahead as the sixth lap was scored. Thornton got a great jump on the next restart and began to put some dis­tance between himself and Miller, with Tyler Mecl climbing into the third position.Thornton’s advantage of better than a second held up until the caution waved again with two laps left. Another yellow set up a one-lap dash to the finish and Thornton held his line to win ahead of throughout the remainder of the last lap and crossed the finish line just .737 seconds ahead of Miller and Mecl.last_img read more

Ighalo wants to extend Man U loan deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp Odion Ighalo hopes his loan deal at Manchester United is extended until the Premier League season is completed.The Nigeria striker, 30, moved from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in January and has a contract until 31 May. Premier League bosses hope to resume the season in June, but with China’s Super League also intent on a restart, Ighalo may have to return to Shanghai.“I would like to finish the season if it’s possible,” Ighalo told BBC Sport.“I was in good form, good shape, scoring goals and now we’ve stopped now for over a month. I’ve given it my best and hopefully we’ll come back to play.“The team had a good momentum before the pandemic started. At the moment I’m on loan, and this will cut short my time at the club.”BBC Sport understand United are keen to extend Nigeria international Ighalo’s contract. He has scored four goals in eight games in all competitions for United, including once in the 5-0 Europa League last-16 win over LASK on 12 March, a day before the Premier League season was suspended.“The club, myself, every footballer is going through a lot because we can’t do what we love and what we know how to do best, so we’re just thinking about that for now and to finish the season before we start thinking about the contract,” said Ighalo.“I just want everyone to be safe and see what the future holds.”United are fifth in the table with nine games remaining.Ighalo said the Premier League will make the right decision in order to ensure players are “safe and healthy” if and when play resumes. Premier League clubs will meet on Monday to discuss a resumption to the season.The Chinese Super League is hopeful of restarting in late June.The Chinese football association has made a proposal for all professional clubs to cut the salaries of players and coaches by up to 50% to help combat the financial impact of the pandemic.Tags: English Premier LeagueLoan DealManchester UnitedOdion Ighalolast_img read more

Johnson bailed in child sex probe

first_imgSunderland midfielder Adam Johnson has been released on bail after he was arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16. Press Association Durham Constabulary said a 27-year-old man arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16 years had been released on bail “pending ongoing investigations”. A statement from Sunderland said: “Sunderland AFC has confirmed that Adam Johnson has been suspended from the club, pending the outcome of a police investigation. No further comment will be made at the present time.” Johnson, who was questioned at Peterlee police station in County Durham, had been due to travel with the Sunderland squad to east Yorkshire on Monday ahead of Tuesday night’s Barclays Premier League fixture at Hull. Sources had earlier confirmed that the former Middlesbrough and Manchester City star had been arrested and remained in custody helping Durham Police with their inquires. Easington-born Johnson began his career at Boro, where he emerged from the club’s academy to win a £7million switch to Manchester City in February 2010. However, after a difficult final few months in the blue half of Manchester, Sunderland persuaded him to head back to the north-east as they clinched a £10million deal in August 2012. Johnson, who has 12 senior England caps – the last of them in a friendly victory over Italy in August 2012 – has struggled to reproduce his best form on a sustained basis on Wearside. He has endeared himself to Black Cats fans with goals in each of the club’s three derby victories at Newcastle in as many seasons, though, including a late winner at St James’ Park on December 21 last year. center_img The England international was questioned by police on Monday following the allegation involving a girl who is believed to be 15 years old. He has been suspended by the club, pending the outcome of the police investigation. last_img read more

Ga. State looks to sweep La.-Lafeyette

first_img February 5, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, Associated Press Ga. State looks to sweep La.-Lafeyettecenter_img FEARLESS FRESHMEN: Louisiana-Lafayette’s Jalen Johnson, Mylik Wilson and Cedric Russell have collectively accounted for 52 percent of all Ragin’ Cajuns scoring this season, though that figure has dropped to 28 percent over the last five games.DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENTS: The Ragin’ Cajuns have given up only 70.8 points per game to conference opponents thus far, an improvement from the 78.2 per game they allowed in non-conference play.WATCH OUT FOR WILLIAMS: Kane Williams has connected on 37.8 percent of the 82 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 7 of 23 over the last five games. He’s also converted 73.7 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: Louisiana-Lafayette is 0-9 this year when it scores 65 points or fewer and 9-5 when it scores at least 66.UNDEFEATED WHEN: Georgia State is a perfect 10-0 when it holds an opponent to 73 points or fewer. The Panthers are 5-8 when opponents score more than 73.DID YOU KNOW: The Georgia State offense has scored 79 points per game this season, ranking the Panthers 22nd among Division I teams. The Louisiana-Lafayette defense has allowed 73.8 points per game to opponents (ranked 263rd overall). Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditGeorgia State (15-8, 8-4) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (9-14, 4-8)Cajun Dome, Lafayette, Louisiana; Thursday, 8 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Georgia State goes for the season sweep over Louisiana-Lafayette after winning the previous matchup in Atlanta. The teams last met on Jan. 9, when the Panthers outshot Louisiana-Lafayette from the field 54.2 percent to 28.8 percent and made five more 3-pointers en route to a 38-point victory.last_img read more

Ball State seeks revenge on BG

first_img February 13, 2020 STEPPING UP: Ball State’s Tahjai Teague has averaged 15 points and nine rebounds while Ishmael El-Amin has put up 13.8 points. For the Falcons, Justin Turner has averaged 18.6 points and 4.7 rebounds while Daeqwon Plowden has put up 12.9 points and 8.2 rebounds.CREATING OFFENSE: Jarron Coleman has been directly responsible for 43 percent of all Ball State field goals over the last three games. The sophomore guard has 12 field goals and 14 assists in those games.SLIPPING AT 70: Ball State is 0-6 this year when it allows 70 points or more and 14-4 when holding opponents to fewer than 70.STREAK STATS: Ball State has won its last six home games, scoring an average of 75 points while giving up 59.DID YOU KNOW: The steady Ball State defense has held opponents to 61.8 points per game, the 18th-lowest mark in Division I. Bowling Green has allowed an average of 72.9 points through 25 games (ranking the Falcons 240th). Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBowling Green (18-7, 9-3) vs. Ball State (14-10, 7-4)John E. Worthen Arena, Muncie, Indiana; Saturday, 1 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Bowling Green goes for the season sweep over Ball State after winning the previous matchup in Bowling Green. The teams last met on Jan. 28, when the Falcons shot 36.7 percent from the field en route to a six-point victory. Ball State seeks revenge on BGcenter_img Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Warner hails ‘world-class’ Archer

first_imgBy Peter HallLEEDS, England (Reuters) – Australia batsman David Warner described England fast bowler Jofra Archer as “world class” after he picked up his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket to help dismiss the touring side for 179 in the third Ashes Test yesterday.Barbados-born Archer, who made his Test debut in the last match at Lord’s, ripped through the Australians with figures of 6-45 on a weather-affected opening day to put England in command as they look to level the series at 1-1.Warner, who scored his first half-century of the series before falling to Archer for 61, was full of praise for the 24-year-old, comparing him to Dale Steyn, South Africa’s all-time leading wicket-taker. “That was incredible Test bowling,” Warner said. “England put the ball in the right areas.“He bowled at bit like Dale Steyn with the new ball, tried to use the conditions and ramp it up when he needed to. It was world-class bowling at its best.” Archer struck early to remove opener Marcus Harris in damp, overcast conditions, but Australia recovered after a rain-affected morning session to 136-2.Backed up by Stuart Broad, Archer then turned the match in England’s favour. Bowling at a slightly slower pace than he did at Lord’s, Archer said his style reflected the conditions.“I don’t need to run in and bowl 90 (miles per hour) every spell to get wickets,” Archer said. “It has shown that today.“There will be times in Test matches you have to focus on hitting your length. There will be times to ramp it up as well but you don’t have to go into it every innings. “These are things you train for. If you train hard you will be rewarded. We bowled well as a team at Lord’s, luckily enough for us it happened today.”Australia need one more win in the five-match series to retain the Ashes urn for the first time in 17 years. But, in the absence of the tourists’ leading batsman Steve Smith, England are looking to seize their chance to restore parity, and former Australia paceman Glenn McGrath believes Archer can be the difference.“I dare say Jofra Archer will be getting a fair few more five-fors in his career,” McGrath told the BBC. “With him, England could win this inside three days.”last_img read more

Rufai Drums Support for Eagles against Indomitable Lions

first_imgDodo Manyana, as Rufai is better known told THISDAY in Lagos yesterday that the World Cup games with the Indomitable Lions were going to be explosive as clashes between both countries hold so much promises.“I see very explosive matches ahead between Nigeria and Cameroon. We should not use what happened between Nigeria and South Africa in the AFCON 2019 qualifier to judge the Super Eagles. They are two different matches. I however believe Nigeria will come out of the double header matches with Cameroon with better results,” observed Rufai.He insisted that the fact that Cameroon is the current African champions is not enough to write off the Super Eagles. “In the past, playing Cameroon used to strike fears in the minds of Nigerians but not anymore. The situation is now different from when the Lions were almost insurmountable,” stressed the ex international.Against a backdrop of concerns being raised by Nigerian football fans on the quality of goalkeepers available for selection for the crucial World Cup matches in the absence of Carl Ikeme who is undergoing treatment for leukemia, Rufai insisted that there is no need to fret.“Nigeria is a big country with so many potentials capable of picking up the Number 1 jersey in the Eagles. Between now and the match in September is enough time for handlers of the team to pick suitable replacement for Ikeme. I have seen some wonderful goal keeping in the Nigerian topflight league and we equally have players doing very well in their clubs in Europe. It is the duty of the technical department of the federation (NFF) to give us somebody we all are going to be proud of after the qualifiers,” he noted.Rufai said Daniel Akpeyi should not be blamed entirely for the 2-0 Eagles suffered against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in the AFCON 2019 qualifier played in Uyo.“Football is team work. I don’t think it is fair to heap Eagles 2-0 defeat against South Africa on Akpeyi. I also don’t think it is enough to dismiss him as not good enough for the team again because of that defeat. The entire team should take the blame for the defeat. My philosophy in life is not to dwell on past mistakes,” Rufai stressed further.He however advised the senior team players to take the game with all seriousness in order to exorcise the ghost of invincible Cameroon from the minds of Nigerians once and for all.Nigeria currently leads Group B with six points from two games while Cameroon is second, four points behind the Super Eagles while Zambia and Algeria make up the rear on one point each.FIFA brought back the dates for the double header from August 31 for the first game in Uyo to September 1 with the reverse leg taking place on September 4.As also stated on the official FIFA website, the game in Uyo is billed to kick off at 7pm local time at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.A win for Nigeria will see the Super Eagles take a giant step towards qualification for the FIFA World Cup 2018 to be held in Russia.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram WORLD CUP 2018 DOUBLE HEADER*Says Akpeyi not to blame entirely for Nigeria’s defeat to S’AfricaDuro IkhazuagbeAhead of Nigeria’s double header FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying matches against Cameroon, former Super Eagles influential goalkeeper and Captain, Peter Rufai, on Tuesday advised football fans and purists in the country to stop dwelling on the team’s last failure against South Africa.last_img read more

Syracuse ice hockey plays dodgeball to fire up before home games

first_imgA whiteboard in the locker room tracks the wins for each side. Despite being outnumbered 12-11, the defense and goalies currently hold the season series lead, 7-4. Costales described them as “cocky,” but blueliner Megan Quinn prefers to be called “just better.”Maybe the defense and goalies hold the lead because the team boasts the two players most frequently credited as the entire hockey team’s best: Derrer and Abbey Miller.Both players possess a softball background, Miller as a catcher and outfielder while Derrer played shortstop. The defender even considered college softball locally at Michigan State or Central Michigan.“Abbey Miller and Dak have the strongest arms on that team,” Costales said. “They whip people’s heads off.”The strength comes from some atypical training. Over the summer, Miller coached at a summer hockey camp and led off-ice training, where she somehow found herself playing dodgeball daily.“I would go pretty hard against, like, 10 year olds,” Miller said.To avoid the ringers, forwards occasionally take cover behind a refrigerator on their end of the locker room. The opposition may yell at them for hiding, but at least it provides protection. The defense itself uses tactics considered ethically ambiguous. A door sits propped open on their end that balls occasionally soar through, and then the forwards shout back.Derrer alone has hit two players — senior forwards Heather Schwarz and Jessica Sibley — in the face before games. Once, such a hit swelled one of Sibley’s eyes shut prior to the game. The team worried one of its captains wouldn’t be on the ice in time, but the swelling subsided just before the puck dropped. To date, no one has missed any time for the Orange because of dodgeball.“It’s all fun and games,” Derrer said.Even errant throws create hazards for players as sometimes skates fall from the tops of lockers. But the threat of injury deters no one. The players agree that dodgeball is a fun and unique pregame preparation. The balance of healthy adrenaline and danger helps hone a winning mindset.“It gets pretty rowdy,” Derrer said. “Sometimes coach can tell when we’re really pumped before a game when there is a big dodgeball game in there.“It carries on to the ice sometimes.” Comments Published on February 14, 2017 at 10:00 pm Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Graham the boys are rolling to Buffalo for the CHA semi finals!! #ppw #chemistry #WEARE— alysha burriss (@beebopburr) March 3, 2016 Paul Flanagan struggled to focus on the recruit and parent in front of him. He couldn’t figure out the origin of that loud noise emanating from his team’s locker room.Over the years, pregame volume usually stemmed from an unusual tradition on his squad, one that no one truly knows the origins of and that also often leaves team pictures askew. But that thought didn’t enter his head then. He was only thinking one thing.“What the hell is all that noise?”Dodgeball has been a mainstay for Syracuse (11-12-5, 10-4-2 College Hockey America) in preparing to take the ice at Tennity. The team plays the gym class classic before every home game. Even though it causes the occasional minor injury, Flanagan pays no mind to it and players say it helps them get fired up and focused.“It is really, really aggressive,” junior forward Emily Costales said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe pregame ritual has happened at every Tennity home game for as long as any player can remember. Best the head coach can recall, and he’s been here all nine years of the program’s existence, it started in the team’s second or third year. But he can’t be sure.The odd tradition stuck out to now-junior defender Dakota Derrer on her official visit to Syracuse three years ago. The team played before its game as the recruit watched. All she could think was, “What’s going on?”She saw forwards on one end of the locker room and goalies and defense on the other. A line of squishy, rubber balls lay between them, on and around the sacred “S” in the middle of the locker room. Stepping on that “S” incurs a $5 fine.Games usually last between five and seven minutes and are accompanied by music like “Broccoli” by D.R.A.M. Hurling a foam sphere at your teammates, Costales said, amps up the team, engages a competitive mindset and creates important pre-game “sparks.” Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

ARC acquires Belle Vue and Perry Barr

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Arena Racing Company (ARC) has strengthened its commitment to greyhound racing, after confirming the acquisition of both Perry Barr and Belle Vue greyhound stadia from the Greyhound Racing Association (GRA).The two stadia have been long-standing members of the Bookmakers Afternoon Greyhound Service (BAGS) to betting shops. Manchester-based Belle Vue and Perry Barr in Birmingham host 103 and 208 BAGS fixtures annually. The new agreement is therefore expected to host approximately 50% of the 1619 annual BAGS fixtures at ARC-owned stadia – which also includes Newcastle and Sunderland. ARC Group Corporate Development Director Kevin Robertson said: “We are delighted to have reached agreement with GRA to bring Perry Barr and Belle Vue into the ARC group.  We have a strong commitment to invest in British Greyhounds, and we look forward to working with the teams at both Belle Vue and Perry Barr.”Both Belle Vue and Perry Barr have both been in partnership with The Racing Partnership (TRP) since 1 January 2018.Chairman of GRA, Clive Feltham, added: “It’s been a pleasure running GRA having been involved for forty years.“I am delighted to be handing over Belle Vue and Perry Barr to a professional and progressive company in ARC.  I have had some great people working for me and attached to the stadia and I am sure they will continue to do a fantastic job under new owners.”The future of Belle Vue has long been under review, following controversial plans proposed by the Manchester City Council to build houses on the historic site. Having first been built in 1926, the infrastructure is synonymous with the Belle Vue area and is one of the country’s oldest and most well regarded greyhound stadiums. Related Articles ARC temporarily suspends ‘uneconomical’ Belle Vue meetings  June 10, 2020 Submit ARC confirms Belle Vue closure August 3, 2020 ARC continues financial support for greyhound trainers during COVID-19 shutdown April 15, 2020 Sharelast_img read more