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first_imgPlease take time and read our feature articles entitled “BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS, YESTERYEAR, COMMUNITY AND LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections. We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE that the University of Evansville has advised longtime basketball coach Marty “The Mule” Simmons that his contract will not be renewed putting Coach Simmons on the job market?…Coach Simmons has become a fixture around Evansville that many people will miss as he has reached out to the community for his tenure as the #1 Purple Ace?…very few people who discussed this with the CCO were not surprised by the news since under Marty’s leadership there have been no NCAA tournament appearances for the Aces?…there have also been no NIT (second tier tournament) appearances either during the last 11 years?…Simmons was a good player at Evansville and will be leaving with plenty of friends in Evansville, but if UE wants to have a Division 1 basketball program, the time to make a change at the top is now and should have been several years ago?…during the last eleven years the performance of the team has suffered and the attendance has too in spite of the opening of the Ford Center in downtown Evansville which was touted by former Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel to be the magic elixir that would draw fans from miles around and resurrect the golden years of Purple Ace basketball?…while Weinzapfel may have been selling snake oil, Coach Simmons was not?…Marty did the best he could with what he had to work with?…if UE is seriously more than a coaching change is needed? IS IT TRUE that Marty Simmons has been the lowest paid coach in a second-tier conference since the day he was recruited to bring the Aces back to glory?…Simmons was earning a respectable $250,000 in a conference that has several coaches earning well over a million dollars per year?…Simmons was also strapped with a starvation budget when it comes to Division 1 basketball with respect to recruiting, travel, and even with practice facilities?…Marty even had difficulty signing players who wanted to stay local and lost some to Division 2 teams?…UE needs to realize that being competitive in Division 1 basketball requires paying a real Division 1 salary and providing a Division 1 budget?…it is blatantly obvious that a $127 Million arena is not the magic bullet?…the only thing close to a magic bullet is winning games against Top 40 teams and that takes players?…getting such players takes a coach who has a track record of developing NBA talent?…anything less will be futile?IS IT TRUE that many names have been floated in the local media including Rick Pitino, Bruce Pearl, and local celebrity and former national college player of the year Calbert Cheney?…that the dreams of getting a big dollar proven coach are probably just dreams but the Calbert Cheney possibility is intriguing?…Cheney would immediately bring NBA credibility to UE and should certainly juice up the ticket sales that have been falling as quick as the season ticket holders pass away?…Cheney should be able to sign some real Division 1 players and have some winning seasons?…the disaster scenario is if UE gets a person like Cheney and puts him on a starvation budget like they have with every coach in two decades?IS IT TRUE Division 1 basketball is not something that can be done successfully on a skinflint budget and sorry folks, $250,000 for a Division 1 coach is cheap?…UE made the mistake of trying to get a coach on the cheap with Simmons and with Steve Merfeld before him?…UE got what it paid for and that was a bunch of losses to the few good teams they played and no national respect even when they won 25 games over a bunch of lightweights?…it is time to perform or get off the pot?…either UE needs to make an investment in real Division 1 basketball or just go back to Division 2 which is where the championship banners were won?…a seriously competitive team year after year may help the Ford Center succeed but everyone with two brain cells who follows Aces basketball already knows that an expensive venue will not elevate a team?IS IT TRUE it may well be that the University of Evansville and the City of Evansville are just too small to compete in Division 1 basketball?…UE has the 16 smallest enrollment of all of the teams that play Division 1 basketball?…there is a team called Gonzaga that was ranked #1 last year and made it to the final with an enrollment of 4,906 (double UE) and there is this small school called Duke that seems to compete every year?…the coach at Gonzaga makes $1.6M and the Duke coach makes $7.2M and is the highest paid coach in the country?…Duke University has only 6,484 students and also plays Division 1 football?…it is time for UE to stop pretending to be something they haven’t been in decades and either step up to the plate and compete or just live to beat USI and the rest of Division 2 as they once did on a regular basis?…that particular model won and filled up Roberts Stadium on a regular basis? IS IT TRUE that this year’s awards luncheon will be held at Tropicana-Evansville Walnut rooms A and B. The registration begins at 11:30 am, the event officially starts at 12 noon on March 19, 2018? …this event is sold out.  If you have any questions about this event please call the Event Coordinator, Karen Selzer at 812-430-9304 or 812-909-2361?Today’s READERS POLL question is:  If the Republicans primary for Vanderburgh County Commission was held today who would you for? If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] 2015 City-County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Stop staffing White House with ex-military

first_img“When a reporter pointed out just minutes ago that Kelly had gotten his facts wrong about this speech, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said one of the most shocking things I’ve ever heard from that podium – she suggested that journalists cannot question generals,” he said.“That’s not how we do it here in the United States.”But then, Trump has made destruction of democratic values and institutions a feature of his presidency.The press puts out “fake” news.The special prosecutor is on a witch hunt. The courts have no power to second-guess the president on the travel ban.It’s all part of Trump’s imperiousness and determination to delegitimize all independent sources of information and criticism.Kelly, rather than restrain these authoritarian impulses, fuels them. We don’t believe in the divine right of kings or the infallibility of military or civilian leaders.And Kelly, now in a civilian role, certainly should not be permitted to deploy his military service record, no matter how admirable that may have been, to deflect criticism and shut up the press.Kelly and Trump seem to actually have a lot in common.They both display disdain for the press and contempt for critics.Kelly rails at treatment of (“sacred”) women but enthusiastically serves a president who serially insults and abuses women.Rather than address criticism, Kelly and Trump both like to pull rank, treat critics as their lessers and react indignantly when anyone questions their motives.CNN’s Jake Tapper had it exactly right in his appearance Friday afternoon. Kelly deemed it appropriate to restrict questions to reporters with a connection to a Gold Star family, as if one group of Americans (and their readers and viewers) is more worthy than another.However, when White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders warned reporters not to criticize Kelly (or his slander of Wilson), the administration took on the creepy aura of a military junta. In defending his boss, White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly gratuitously attacked Rep. Frederica S. Wilson, D-Fla., derisively referred to her as being like “empty barrels,” misrepresented her conduct at a dedication of an FBI building and, even when film of the event showed his characterization to be utterly false, did not apologize. Conventional wisdom has been telling us that Kelly has created a more disciplined and effective White House.He’s supposed to be taking his shifts for supervision of an erratic, irrational president. I don’t see it.Since Kelly’s arrival, Trump has ignited explosive cultural confrontations, failed again to repeal Obamacare and looked thoroughly hapless in his inability to articulate or stick to any position for more than an hour or so.Trump blusters and threatens North Korea; he alarms European allies by threatening to trash the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.Trump under Kelly’s “day care” still has not filled a slew of top-level posts.Trump is not becoming more competent, more focused, more civil or more respectful of others under Kelly’s tutelage.In fact, he’s getting worse on all four counts.center_img The Washington Post reported:“Instead of backing down, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders piled on Friday and said Kelly was justified in accusing the lawmaker of grandstanding, despite erring on the facts. ‘As we say in the South: all hat, no cattle,’ Sanders said of Wilson, an African-American who is known for wearing brightly colored cowboy hats.“Sanders also attempted to shift the debate away from Kelly’s inaccuracies to instead focus on his personal integrity.“’If you want to get into a debate with a four-star Marine general, I think that that’s something highly inappropriate,’ she said.”No one in service of our country is beyond reproach or immune from criticism.Generals get criticized and every day must answer to politicians, who in turn are responsible to the public.(Trump, by the way, routinely demeaned generals – whom he claimed had been “reduced to rubble” – in the presidential campaign.) Categories: Editorial, Opinion Kelly’s eagerness to defend the president’s unconscionable behavior and Kelly’s own lack of respect for civilian politicians simply feed Trump’s demons.Kelly should be replaced by someone who actually understands democratic governance and can deliver bad news and honest criticism to the president.Going forward, Congress needs to stomp out creeping military authoritarianism.Congress should start by barring generals from acting in civilian capacities in the White House.Jennifer Rubin writes the RightTurn blog for The Washington Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

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Cricket News IND v AUS: From MS Dhoni’s magical keeping to Rohit Sharma’s monster sixes – Some key numbers

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The India vs Australia series is very important for Virat Kohli and his team. This is their last bilateral series before the ICC Cricket World Cup 20189 which will be held in England from May 31. The two-match Twenty20 International series and five ODIs gives India the chance to settle down on their batting and bowling compositions ahead of the tournament. The Indian team are on a roll, winning three consecutive bilateral ODI series. This included a win in Australia for the first time ever and winning a series in New Zealand after 10 years in addition to securing a win against the West Indies in the five-match series. India have won three consecutive bilateral series at home against Australia and they will be determined to extend their domination in the upcoming series. Here are some of the key numbers for both sides in India vs Australia contests in India.3 – Number of consecutive series India have won against Australia at home in last 10 years. 26 – Number of wins for Australia in India in 56 ODIs. India have won 25 encounters.  159 – Number of runs required by MS Dhoni to reach 1000 runs in ODIs against Australia in India.RELATED  13 – Number of sixes needed by Rohit Sharma to hit 50 sixes in ODIs against Australia in India.  2 – Number of centuries required by Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli to hit the most number of centuries against Australia in India. Sachin Tendulkar has most with four centuries.  4 – Dhoni needs just four more dismissals to break Adam Gilchrist’s record of having the most number of victims in India vs Australia ODIs in India.  8 – Number of bilateral ODI series played between India and Australia in India. Both sides have won four series apiece.  9 – Number of 300+ scores by India in ODIs against Australia at home. Their highest total is 383/6 in 2013 in Bangalore.  12 – Number of 300+ scores for Australia in ODIs against India in India. Out of this, they have three 350+ scores while India have four 350+ scores. 1 – Number of Twenty20 International games won by Australia in India. They had secured the victory during the game in Barsapara in 2017.  182 – Number of runs scored by Aaron Finch in T20Is against India in India, which is the most from players of both sides.  1 – Number of ducks for Virat Kohli in T20Is and Australia dismissed him for the first time in the 2017 series. 9 – Total T20I wickets taken by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah in games against Australia. Bhuvneshwar has the most with five wickets. HIGHLIGHTSAustralia have won 26 out of 56 games against India in India.India have won three consecutive bilateral series against Australia at home.Australia last won a series in India in 2009 when they won seven-match series 4-2.last_img read more

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Kawhi Leonard not interested in joining LeBron James, Lakers, report says

first_img Lonzo Ball injury update: Lakers guard will miss rest of season, report says When ESPN’s Michael C. Wright was asked about whether or not Leonard would sign with the Lakers he responded “I do not,” via The Hoop Collective podcast.”That’s just what I’ve been told. It’s what I’ve been told going back to last summer. I don’t see that as something that’s happening.” Related News Kawhi Leonard doesn’t seem likely to sign with the Lakers next season.The Raptors forward was traded by the Spurs in the offseason, but was reportedly interested in returning to his home state of California. Meanwhile, the Lakers have lost four straight and could miss the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.Los Angeles has publicly gone after the NBA’s top talent in recent years, and they could already be out of the running for one major piece this summer.center_img Lakers to put LeBron James on minutes restriction, report says According to Wright, who covers the Spurs, the Clippers are more likely to land the superstar.Leonard will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2018-19 season. He is averaging 27 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a Raptor.Toronto is 46-19 and second in the Eastern Conference standings.last_img read more

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Cavs’ Green appreciates NBA Finals run after heart surgery

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments “My concern was health and getting back on the floor,” Green said. “After I got back on the floor, the main goal is to be able to compete in the finals and win a championship. And I’m here.”It makes playing for a title that much sweeter when his career came so close to ending at age 25.“I’ve battled. I’ve worked my (rear) off each day since January 9, 2012, to get back on this court and now compete for a championship. I almost lost it all, and now to talk about the NBA Finals and playing in it, I’ve been truly blessed to be able to step foot on this court, to play this game.“Each day I give it my all, whether good or bad. I live with the results. But I am enjoying it, every single moment of this. I don’t take nothing for granted. Nothing.”Green returned to a reserve role with Love completing concussion protocols ahead of Thursday’s NBA Finals opener, but his enthusiasm boosted teammates seeing a fourth consecutive finals trip through fresh eyes.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Cavs’ Love, Thompson avoid suspension for Game 1 altercation Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ “It’s fun. I’m going to enjoy every moment,” Green said. “I’m truly grateful to be here.”Green scored seven points and passed out five assists over 36 minutes in Cleveland’s 124-114 overtime loss to Golden State in the finals opener Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe former Georgetown University standout was selected fifth overall by Boston in the 2007 NBA Draft and quickly traded to Seattle. He was traded to Boston in 2011 and was with the Celtics on December 17, 2011, when he was diagnosed with an enlarged aorta.After surgery, Green missed the remainder of the season but worked to regain his fitness and re-signed with the Celtics seven months later. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “What he does on the basketball floor is extra credit,” Cavaliers star LeBron James said. “This guy had open-heart surgery a few years ago. The game was basically taken away from him and they said it’s possible you’ll never play the game of basketball again.“The fact that he can put on a uniform every day and do the things that he does out on the floor — I don’t care if he makes a shot — it’s the cherry on top because the game was taken away from him.” Green inspires LeBronGreen bounced around to Memphis, the Los Angeles Clippers and Orlando before joining the Cavaliers last July as a free agent. He averaged 10.8 points and 3.2 rebounds a game for Cleveland, playing nearly half the game every night.It’s a comeback tale that humbles even James, a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player in his ninth career NBA Finals and eighth in a row.“I’ve always kind of had aspirations for Jeff, especially when he went through the heart surgery,” James said. “To see the game be taken away from someone so young, I was like, wow, this is a reset for me personally to never take the game for granted.“It gives you an opportunity think (about) the situation you’re in. It was always great to compete against Jeff, especially after he was able to get back on the floor. None of us can actually know unless we’ve been through that, but you can be inspired by it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jeff Green of the Cleveland Cavaliers controls the ball against the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFPWhen Jeff Green underwent open heart surgery in January 2012 to repair an aortic aneurysm, doctors said he might never play basketball again. Now he’s playing in the NBA Finals.The 31-year-old Cleveland Cavaliers forward scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds in place of injured Kevin Love in a seventh-game Eastern Conference victory over Boston that lifted the Cavs into their fourth consecutive championship series and Green into his first.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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