Leadia “Pat” Lorraine McCluskey, age 78 of Indianapolis, Indiana, passed away on Monday, January 13, 2020 at St. Francis Hospital. The daughter of John and Edith (Moody) Warram was born on March 29, 1941 in Versailles, Indiana.Pat worked as a hair dresser for many years. She will be dearly missed by her friends and family.She is survived by her children Richard (Belinda) Hager, Alan (Melody) Hager and Stephanie (the late Tony) England; six grand children and one great grandchild; along with one step brother, three step sisters and her adopted sister, Mable Owens.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Francis Hager and Jerry McCluskey, sister, Denise Warram and one grandchild.There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 4-6pm at the Faith Assembly of God, 186 Royal Rd., Beechgrove, IN 46107.Meyers Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers hailed Steven Gerrard’s enduring quality after watching him complete a century of Barclays Premier League goals at Newcastle. He said: “It’s a monumental contribution. I have watched him play for many years as a young player and probably for me, his best Premier League goal came at this ground when he played against Newcastle. “He scored an absolute screamer here from a free-kick. But he’s an incredible player and I am fortunate enough that I get to know him as a man as well. “As a captain, he has been brilliant for me. He understands the manager’s role and respects it. “He is a great player who has got many more goals to come as well. You see his fitness level – people talk about him and his fitness and how is he at 33? “Well, he’s played two really tough international games, played at a high level and he has also got a really good performance in, so he is still fresh and looking very, very good.” A thrilling encounter lifted off after 23 minutes when Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye smashed a dipping 30-yard shot across goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and inside the far post. However, the Reds were back in it before the break when central defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa hauled back Luis Suarez inside the box and referee Andre Marriner, for the third successive time in a Newcastle game, produced a red card. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew said: “I thought it was a tough call. I don’t think Mapou really pulled him down in a manner that was a definite sending-off. “He got a little piece of him, he was the last man and I suppose by the letter of the law, he had to go. I haven’t got a massive problem with it.” Gerrard calmly dispatched the resulting penalty and the visitors looked to be set fair. However, substitute Paul Dummett, a home-grown left-back who had been asked to plug the gap in central defence, turned up at the far post 12 minutes after the restart to side-foot home a Cabaye free-kick and restore the Magpies’ lead. Liverpool laid siege to the home goal and finally got their reward 18 minutes from time when Daniel Sturridge headed Suarez’s cross past keeper Tim Krul, and it took a superb injury-time save from the Dutchman to keep out Suarez’s free-kick. Pardew was delighted with the resilience shown by his team in front of an appreciative home crowd on a day when several hundred fans had earlier staged a march to protest about owner Mike Ashley’s running of the club. He said: “We showed that, that is in the group, that we can fight when we need to and therefore I am immensely proud of the whole day, really. “Our fans were brilliant – Steven Gerrard coming to take a corner and being applauded by our fans and stuff like that, it was just a great day for football. “If Brendan is slightly disappointed, he shouldn’t be because he’s got a good team and I think we perhaps just deserved the point. “I enjoyed Paul Dummett’s goal because we have had him since he was nine. “Paul has had to come through some really good class players here to get as close as he has to get that opportunity he got. “It’s great for the academy and great for us that he scored that goal, and his little bunny-hop after was even funnier, so he’ll get a bit of teasing about that.” The 33-year-old England captain scored his 100th league goal from the penalty spot three minutes before the break as the Reds twice came from behind to claim a point in a 2-2 draw with the 10-man Magpies. Rodgers later saluted Gerrard, who led his country to qualification for the World Cup finals in Brazil during the international break, and predicted there is still more to come. Press Association
The top two leagues in Germany have been given the go-ahead to play in empty stadiums following a meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and state governors.The 10 remaining league matches in France were canceled last week. Paris Saint-Germain was declared champion and Lyon finished outside the European places in seventh.Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says on sports daily L’Equipe’s website “it might not be too late to imagine … something coherent on a political level.”He adds that “by adapting our methods we could probably have finished the league.”Aulas argued for a playoff system to end the league by late August and reserved the possibility to claim damages he estimated at tens of millions of euros (dollars). Soccer clubs from Germany’s top two divisions will discuss setting a date to resume the suspended season amid the coronavirus pandemic. It could be as soon as next week.The German Football League’s board reportedly favors a start date of May 15 but some clubs want it later.Werder Bremen sporting director Frank Baumann backs a May 23 start to “reduce the injury risk” with more training and because some clubs were cleared to return to training earlier than others. Mainz wants two weeks to prepare.The league was given the go-ahead Wednesday to play in empty stadiums following a meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and state governors.More teams are returning to full-team training instead of working in small groups. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ___The Kontinental Hockey League says it will not name a champion after it stopped the season part-way through the playoffs because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Russia-based league shut down in March but didn’t immediately decide how the final standings would be determined. The league is widely considered to be the strongest outside the NHL.The KHL says the eight teams still in the playoffs at the time the season ended will be ruled as jointly finishing in the top eight positions.___ May 7, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The president of French soccer club Lyon says he hopes the resumption of the German league can prompt a reversal of the decision to end the season in his own country. The Latest: Lyon president hoping to reverse cancellation Most clubs in the Italian league are resuming training on an individual basis this week but last-place Brescia is one of the holdouts.Brescia is one of areas hit hardest by the virus but Gastaldello says he was never tested.He says “we’ll know if we’ve had it only once they test us before training.”Brescia president Massimo Cellino has also been a vociferous opponent to resuming the season but says it’s not because he wants his club to avoid relegation.The Italian government has not yet approved the resumption of the season. Borussia Mönchengladbach is resuming full training despite what it called “very weak positive” coronavirus tests for one player and one staff member. The club says the player has since tested negative twice and the staff member is isolating at home after one negative test.___Brescia captain Daniele Gastaldello says his entire squad opposes resuming the Serie A soccer season amid the coronavirus pandemic.Gastaldello tells Italian daily La Repubblica “we don’t feel safe. They’re asking us to resume training and to get back out onto the field right away … It’s putting all of the players’ safety on the line.”He says “I’m speaking for me and for my teammates” and adds it’s not worth it “if the price of resuming is us getting seriously injured.” Associated Press
According to the Chief Executive Officer of Afa Sports, Ugo Udezue, the company is excited to work with Olalade Ibrahim whose Nigerian background not only confirms the abundance of talent herein, but consolidates the brand’s mission to project the originality, creativity and uniqueness of the African culture to the rest of the world.“We are excited to work with Ololade. Her pedigree in the fashion industry speaks for itself and her roots bring originality to our concepts,” he said.Speaking on this recent milestone, Ms. Ibrahim expressed happiness at the opportunity to be a part of a solely indigenous outfit, noting that she could not be prouder to showcase to the world clothing that represents her African roots.Her words, “Afa Sports has done Nigeria proud and I am happy to be a part of this great achievement. I have been on the international scene but doing this for my own indigenous brand attaches a sense of belonging to it”She added also that she is especially impressed by the fact that the apparel caters to the form and feel of the African climate with a look that is all style and comfort.“Their collections and designs are comfortable and eco-friendly. It is everyone’s brand with everything from stylish jackets to casual fixtures. Being a part of this coming from a country where I was born and raised is huge.”Afa Sports is an indigenous brand vested in the design, production, marketing and sales of athleisure outfits as well as sneakers.The company has been keenly promoting the African culture through all its products as it believes that Africa has the potential to counterbalance other continents in every ramification.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s foremost sportswear brand, Afa Sports, recently concluded its partnership deal with international model, Ololade Ibrahim.Afa Sports is the official sportswear of Tokyo Olympic-bound Nigeria’s male and female basketball teams.This development adds to the portfolio of the 23-year-old Nigerian born model, who has modelled for universal fashion brands including Armani, Off-White, Nike, Thom Browne, Each Other, Yves Saint Laurent Beauty and many more. She has also been on the runway for Adidas, Victoria Beckham, Bulgari, Sergio Rossi, London Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week and covered popular fashion magazines including Vogue, Town & Country and Lampoon amongst others.
Annalise Mantz and Yasmeen Serhan contributed to this report. It was nearly midnight on Wednesday when Autumn Battani, a freshman majoring in psychology, heard several loud sounds while standing by the center of campus — a Halloween prank, she thought at first.“And then all of the sudden everyone around us got on the ground,” Battani said. “Then they all got up and started running. It happened so fast, I didn’t even know what happened or why everyone was running, so I ran too.”Like hundreds of other students and guests, Battani was waiting in line to enter “Freak or Greek,” an on-campus Halloween party. Then, several gunshots rang out, sending a mass of panicked students running in all directions.The Los Angeles Police Department has detained two suspects — both unaffiliated with USC — related to the shooting, which left one victim in critical condition and three other victims injured. The shooting occurred about 100 yards from the campus center.As students ran for cover after the shooting, the party underneath in the Campus Center basement continued because the area was on lockdown.“Music continued to play, and they continued to party,” LAPD Cmdr. Bob Green said during a briefing early Thursday morning.The event, which began at 9 p.m. and hit an attendance of about 400 students, was planned as an exception to the university’s scheduling rule — events taking place past 10 p.m., play loud music or serve alcohol are required to take place on weekends.“In this case, the event in question was approved as an exception to the university’s date and time requirements because no alcohol was to be served and to allow the student group to hold an event on Halloween,” Vice President of Student Affairs Michael Jackson said in a statement.An outside promoter, LA Hype, advertised the event on social media and event pages. Admission was free for USC students, according to an advertisement on the online aggregator AllEvents, and discounted for guests who were members of fraternities or sororities, or in costume.Though alcohol was prohibited, the advertisement AllEvents told students to “PreGame before the party” and “not bring any substances on campus” because of citations.LA Hype could not be reached for comment.Eleven Dept. of Public Safety officers were sent as security for the event, according to DPS Capt. David Carlisle. In addition, students confirmed that at least two Contemporary Services Corporation officers checked IDs, searched for alcohol and conducted pat-downs. DPS uses CSC officers to provide security checks at events.DPS uses a special events coordinator to recommend the amount of security personnel necessary at events, Carlisle said.As more people flocked to the Campus Center for the event, DPS deployed three additional officers to organize those waiting to enter the party. More than 100 people were lined up outside moments before the shooting, according to eyewitness reports.“They were a large mass of people trying to funnel into the entrance of the ballroom,” Carlisle said. “And we were in the process of trying to line them up on Trousdale [Parkway] when the shooting occurred.”The party, having been advertised heavily on the Internet, attracted students who were not affiliated with the university, such as Rayamen Middlebrooks, a 21-year-old community college student. Middlebrooks said he knew the event might get out of hand.“Honestly, from the beginning, I knew how the crowd was,” Middlebrooks said. “Things were going to happen.”The university required attendants to show an ID from USC or another university, according to a statement from USC President C. L. Max Nikias.Following the shooting, Middlebrooks and his friend Andre Shields, a 20-year-old community college student, were in disbelief that gunshots would be fired at USC.“And you just don’t think it was gunshots on the USC campus, out of everywhere else,” Middlebrooks said. “But yeah, gunshots on USC campus.”Law enforcement officials are not aware of the reason behind the altercation that led to the shooting. LAPD’s investigation is ongoing.BSA Executive Director Lamar Gary declined to comment for this story. Undergraduate Student Government, which oversees BSA, also declined to comment.
Click here to explore our Spring 2016 supplement, “It Takes a Village: USC and the Community.”With roots in a crowded, historic community, USC is not just located in South Central L.A. — it is partnered with it. Given its recent surge in fundraising and expansion via the USC Village and push toward greater prominence in Southern California, the University’s impact on the surrounding area is more significant than ever.With youth educational opportunities, outreach initiatives and Dept. of Public Safety patrols of the neighborhood, USC takes an active role as a positive influence. But gentrification, rental prices and the University’s massive appetite for space and housing, while in the best interests of the student body, can take its toll on local businesses and families. As USC spends more than half a million dollars on a major redevelopment project and aims to raise $6 billion by 2018, its momentum as a major educational and cultural hub in Los Angeles will only increase. And as the largest private employer in the entire city, USC fosters a community that extends far beyond student life.In this supplemental issue of the Daily Trojan, we look at USC’s impact on local families and businesses. We consider the effect of the University on housing and rental prices, and its initiatives to improve the health, safety, and educational opportunities of the local community. Most importantly, we ask the question of what we can and should do in order to create a better environment for the Trojan Family that surrounds our campus.Burke Gibson & Julia PoeFeatures Editors, Spring 2016
After three straight home games, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team will travel to New York City to play in Madison Square Garden as part of the this year’s 2K Classic.The Badgers are one of four teams participating in the tournament, and they will kick off the event Friday when they take on Georgetown. Here is a breakdown of the other three teams Wisconsin could potentially face this weekend.Men’s basketball: Wisconsin tops North Dakota behind big day from HappThe Wisconsin men’s basketball team had one final tuneup Tuesday night before hitting the road to New York, and they Read…Georgetown (0-2)This is the one team Wisconsin is guaranteed to play this weekend, and despite the Hoyas’ disappointing 0-2 start, the team is nothing to scoff at this early in the season. While the double overtime loss to Radford in their season-opener surely came as a shock and disappointment for the club, their effort just three days later on the road against No. 3 Maryland showed Georgetown has some fight in them — as they fell by just four points.A pair of seniors, center Bradley Hayes and guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, will lead the Hoyas. After appearing in just 17 games his junior season, Hayes’ senior campaign has been off to a great start, averaging a double-double of 17.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game through the team’s first two outings. Standing at a massive 7-feet, 275 pounds, he could create real issues for an undersized Wisconsin frontcourt.Smith-Rivera, on the other hand, was a pivotal part of the Hoyas’ offense attack last season, and he put on a show against the Badgers in the Bahamas last season when he shot 61 percent from the field and scored 29 points. As both a slasher and shooter, he’ll look to wreak havoc on the Wisconsin backcourt, which has at times struggled this season from keeping guards out of the paint.VCU (2-0)The Rams have cruised through their first two games of the season, defeating Prairie View A&M and Radford by a combined 43 points. It is the team’s first season under head coach Will Wade, who replaced Shaka Smart after he lead the program to tremendous success. But Wade was Smart’s first assistant coaching hire at VCU and the personality of the program has mostly remained unchanged.Aggressiveness is at the foundation of the Rams’ game plan, with senior guard Melvin Johnson leading the way, who leads the team in both points (18.5) and steals (3.0) per game. In fact, three different VCU players have recorded six steals in their first two games, as the team will always look to make a living off turnovers and fast break points.This will be the biggest issue Wisconsin could potentially face, as other than junior guard Bronson Koenig, the Badgers are very light on true ball handlers. The team’s current guard rotation other than Koenig consists of redshirt junior Zak Showalter, redshirt sophomore Jordan Hill and freshman Khalil Iverson — all of whom have very limited experience running UW’s offense.But if VCU’s aggressive play has a kryptonite, it’s Bo Ryan’s methodical offensive approach. Rarely does a Ryan-coached team turn the ball over and lose control of the game. Should the Badgers face the Rams on Saturday, that ball control will most certainly be put to the test.Duke (2-1)If the Badgers and Blue Devils meet Saturday, it will be the third time in a calendar year that the two programs will square off against each other. While Duke won both meetings last season, both squads bring an entirely new rotation to the table after sending a combined six players to the NBA.The Blue Devils are coming off a loss to a revamped Kentucky team, but are still looking to prove that they are one of the most dangerous teams in the country once again. Despite losing their four best players from last year’s team, a familiar face — especially for Wisconsin — is leading the way for Duke through their first three games.Grayson Allen, the hero of last year’s national championship game, is currently averaging 20.0 points in 30 minutes through three games this season. After hardly seeing the court last year, Allen is taking full advantage of his expanded role, displaying his good outside touch and his overwhelming athleticism in the open floor.In addition to Allen, Duke boasts a legitimate threat in the post on both ends of the floor in Amile Jefferson, who is averaging 15.3 points and 12.7 rebounds per game, and Matt Jones, a sharp-shooting guard who is averaging 15.0 points per game and shooting a remarkable 56.3 percent from three. They also possess a standout freshman, Brandon Ingram, whose athleticism allows him to be equally gifted on defense as he is on offense.Duke brings a lot of firepower to the table, and while they may not have the talent of last year’s team, they will surely look to give these inexperienced Badgers more than they can handle should the two face off.
Turtle Beach Corporation, one of the largest headset and audio accessory makers has announced a partnership with Astralis. The deal will see Astralis use Turtle Beach’s new Elite Pro-PC Edition gaming headset and other accessories when competing in Counter-Strike Global Offensive tournaments. In addition, the new partnership reveals that members of Astralis, one of the world’s best CS:GO teams will play a key part in Turtle Beach’s future product development process — ensuring the needs of the best pro players are being met by the company’s products. According to Dot Esports, the long-term partnership could be worth a staggering seven-figure sum. That would rank it amongst the largest deals in esports to date. It’s the second big deal in a week for Turtle Beach as they revealed sponsorship of Splyce’s console gaming teams which are amongst the most popular and successful in the world. Astralis are no strangers to big brands either. Heading over to the Major, the crest of world renowned car-maker Audi was emblazoned on their jerseys. “I can’t think of a better way to strengthen our presence in the PC gaming market and to fortify the foundation for sustained success, than by joining forces with one of the most preeminent esports organisations in the world and arming them with what’s arguably the best gaming headset available,” said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation in the press release. He continued: “With so many console gamers, pro players and teams already enjoying the Elite Pro since its debut last year, we knew we needed to extend this offering to gamers playing on PC too. This new partnership with Astralis continues to show that the best gamers in the world choose to work with Turtle Beach, and not only are we excited to jointly debut our new Elite Pro – PC Edition together, but we’re looking forward to working with them to bring even more groundbreaking gaming headsets to the PC space in the future.”“Whether it’s about facilities, equipment, training or events, at RFRSH we’re always working to achieve the optimum and to improve further – and this was a key mindset as we were looking to optimize the teams’ and players’ audio equipment,” said Jordi Roig, Chief Commercial Officer, RFRSH Entertainment – Astralis’ management firm. “We were looking for a company that was not only dedicated to excellent performance, but one that would also be a true partner in every sense of the term, and after an exhaustive search for a new audio partner for Astralis, we’re very pleased to welcome Turtle Beach to the team. The Astralis players and staff have tested the Elite Pro equipment extensively, and we truly believe, together with Turtle Beach, Astralis will become a major part of creating a new standard of PC audio products.”Esports Insider says: Huge deal for both Astralis and Turtle Beach if the figures are to be believed. Turtle Beach have traditionally been very well known in the console area but with this sponsorship it won’t be long before everyone’s rocking Turtle Beach peripherals instead.
UnikoinGold, the crypto token launched by esports dedicated bookmaker Unikrn has now been listed on Bittrex, “the fastest and most secure digital currency trading platform in the world”. The news was revealed by CEO Rahul Sood in a Medium post just before the New Year and follows the earlier news that UnikoinGold was listed on both CoinHub and Braveno. The news surrounding Bittrex was much better received though, with the trading platform clearly held in higher regard by crypto traders and investors alike. Sood stated in his post: “Putting our token on an exchange like Bittrex is a privilege, and we want to send our users to platforms we — and they — can trust. As always, we will continue to be working day and night with our global team for improvements, expansions and use cases to help meet and exceed our road map. There’s a reason our users saw UnikoinGold as the decentralized token of esports and gaming during our unprecedented sale”. The release also quotes Bill Shihara, CEO of Bittrex. He commented: “We see Bittrex as a crucial incubator for the growth of the blockchain’s best technology and business models. Unikrn definitely fits that bill: they’re a pre-established, venture-backed business at the heart to two of the world’s fastest-growing spaces: esports and crypto-currency.”The Unikrn token, $UKG, is still touted as a “utility token” above all, and whilst the value has struggled to climb back to the ICO value, the launch of UnikoinGold betting will be an intriguing one and may make or break the crypto. There has been no official date announced yet for when UKG will be accepted as a valid wagering token, but the Unikrn team has teased several announcements in the first quarter of 2018. Esports Insider says: Undoubtedly good news for those who hold UKG and are interested in the token. As aforementioned, the overall success of the token will come down to what the Unikrn team unveil in coming months. For now, though, they’ve eased unrest amongst those who partook in the ICO and saw little to no immediate action taken. Congrats to Rahul and the team on more big news.
Returnee Andre Ayew has admitted it was difficult for him to stay away from the Black Stars for six months.“It was something I missed a lot. I learnt how it is important to play for the country,” Ayew exclusively told Joy Sports.The Olympique Marseille ace took a temporary break from international football in February after he was dropped from the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations squad.The 23-year-old failed to meet the reporting time for pre-tournament camping in Abu Dhabi, UAE.He later announced his resignation after claiming he had a strained relationship with some management members.Ayew announced his availability two weeks ago and was named in Kwesi Appiah’s 26-man squad for the crucial assignment against Zambia in a final Group D 2014 World Cup qualifier. “What happened has happened. It is passed and now we are going forward to win the game,” he said.