When Will It End?

first_imgIt seems that almost every day when you pick up a newspaper or tune in to ESPN you find another athlete, either collegiate or pro, who is being investigated by some policing agency.  I just noticed that the San Francisco 49er quarterback was cleared of charges relating to some type of hotel room activity last April.  No details were released, so we will be left to our own imagination on what might have happened when pro athletes meet the young ladies out on the town.  At almost the same time, an LSU football player has been released from that football team for taking part in some illegal activities concerning alleged assault.  We are left to our own imagination again.Not too long ago two Indiana University basketball players escaped severe punishment when their alleged off-court behavior put them in trouble with the Bloomington Police Department.  Just 3 years ago at a 21st birthday party Purdue lost a starting basketball player and had several others suspended for an out-of-hand bar party.You would think that athletes who are getting their college paid for while following their athletic dreams might just stop and think before they act. When will it end?last_img read more

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Jerry Gene Perkins

first_imgJerry Gene Perkins, 45, of  Rising Sun, IN, passed away at 4:50 AM, Monday, July 8th, at his residence. Jerry was born in Carrolton, KY on May 3, 1974, a son of Tamra and Elmer Doke of Rising Sun, IN. Jerry was a graduate of the South Dearborn High School, Class of 1993. He worked as a supervisor in the paint department for Swiss Caps and later went on to work as a card dealer at Belterra Casino and Grand Victoria Casino.In his free time, he enjoyed many outdoor activities such as fishing, camping, and driving his truck in the woods. He was known for his “expertise” on grilling and cracking jokes. His biggest focus and joy in life was his family.In addition to his parents, Jerry is survived by daughter Emma Perkins of East Enterprise, IN, son Gavin Perkins of East Enterprise, brothers, Fred (Aleshia) Perkins, of Madison, IN, Kurtis Doke, of Aurora, IN, and David (Martha) Perkins, of Carrolton, KY, grandson, Noah and was looking forward to the arrival of his next grandbaby. Jerry is also survived by many nieces and nephews and longtime companion, Trina Estes of Eminence, KY.Funeral services will be Friday, July 12, 2019, at 1 PM at Markland Funeral Home followed by burial at Riverview Cemetery, Aurora, IN. Visitation will be Thursday, July 11, 2019, from 5-8 PM at Markland Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to the family to assist with funeral expenses (checks made payable to Markland Funeral Home). Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

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Slow start by offense costs Syracuse in 42-29 loss to Southern California

first_img Published on September 9, 2012 at 12:04 am Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Related Stories DOWNPOUR: Syracuse fails to contain USC playmakers in 42-29 loss at MetLife StadiumGallery: Southern California 42, Syracuse 29Storify: Southern California 42, Syracuse 29 EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Jeremiah Kobena chuckled when he thought back to the play he didn’t make in the remaining seconds of the first half.Syracuse had a first-and-10 on Southern California’s 20-yard line, and quarterback Ryan Nassib lofted him a pass as he crossed into the end zone. The ball hit Kobena, but Trojans defensive back D.J. Morgan batted down the arching pass. Instead of its first touchdown of the game, the Orange had to settle for a field goal.“I know I should’ve made a play on that ball,” Kobena said. “It wasn’t necessarily miscommunicated; the rule is: if the ball’s in the air, it’s mine.”It was a miscue that reflected Syracuse’s first-half offensive struggles that precluded the team from delivering an early punch to No. 2 Southern California. The Orange (0-2) stuck with the Trojans (2-0) for three quarters, but the team couldn’t overcome the offense’s slow start in a 42-29 loss at MetLife Stadium on Saturday night.When it was over, Syracuse had a four-hour trip home to consider how the early interceptions, dropped passes and inconsistency on offense derailed its upset bid.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We’ve got to start faster. You could sit there and say it was another great performance, it was great this and that, but that’s coming in the second half,” offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said. “We’ve got to do that right out of the gate, and I think that’s the biggest thing now is, ‘let’s just go.’”Hackett said there wasn’t an extra emphasis on scoring early because the opponent was USC. That’s simply part of the game plan, regardless of who’s on the other sideline. But against the Trojans, a team that would capitalize on any mistake, it could have changed the game.Especially on a day when USC was sluggish early.On Syracuse’s third play of the game, Trojans linebacker Dion Bailey intercepted a Nassib pass. Then, on the second play of the Orange’s next drive, wide receiver Marcus Sales had a pass slip right through his hands.Syracuse’s ensuing possession ended with a three-and-out after wide receiver Jarrod West missed a catch. The miscues saw Syracuse finish the first half with just three points from a field goal by kicker Ross Krautman.The Orange had the chance to make a statement early, but went into halftime trailing by 11.“There were some situations out there you just wish, ‘Golly, you just make one play here or there, it could really change it,’” SU head coach Doug Marrone said. “We felt we were in it. We were in this football game.”Through two weeks, Hackett said the inconsistency of his offense has been a recurring problem.Hackett called them “mishaps.” He said Nassib played a great game, but he made some mistakes. As did Sales and the SU running backs. The mishaps built up, the hole got deeper and the Orange suffered its second loss of the season.In the bowels of the stadium after the game, Hackett could only shake his head when he thought back to the first half. Southern California piled up 102 more yards of total offense and held the ball for nearly twice as long.“We just got off to a slow start, and what we needed to do is just come together, and just get a good drive going,” Kobena said. “And you see how that worked out for us in the second half.”After a long halftime due to a weather delay, the Orange offense ran more efficiently. A well-balanced attack moved the chains, with touchdowns by Sales and running back Prince-Tyson Gulley cutting the deficit to a mere five points heading into the fourth quarter.USC answered with two quick touchdowns to put the game out of reach, but the Orange tacked on two more scores in the final period. Sales hauled in another touchdown and Nassib finished a 19-play, 70-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run late to make it 42-29.All told, Syracuse scored 26 second-half points compared to a measly three before the half.The SU offense found a brief rhythm, but the slow start doomed the team in another loss. If inconsistency hadn’t plagued his unit again, Hackett said he could see a different scene playing out on the field.The Orange fell by 13 points, but it could’ve been closer.Said Hackett: “I’d love to play this team again.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Dexter Fowler, Carlos Martinez help Cardinals snap Dodgers’ win streak, 2-1

first_imgMartinez allowed only four hits, struck out nine and was still hitting 100 mph on the radar gun in the eighth inning.“He’s their best pitcher and he was executing his pitches tonight,” Gonzalez said. “He isn’t a pitcher who’s going to blow you away. He’s going to try and pitch and he has the ability to pitch in the low to mid-90s. But when he needs to, he can ramp it up and you saw that tonight.”Ryu also ramps up his fastball – in a much different neighborhood.Restored to the rotation after being briefly moved into a long relief role, though, Ryu matched Martinez for six innings, holding the Cardinals to three hits and a walk.But it was Ryu who stumbled first. He allowed a run in the second inning on a two-out RBI double by Paul DeJong. After that, though, he retired 13 of the final 14 batters he faced, allowing an assortment of soft contact through six innings.“Tonight, he came out really focused,” Roberts said of Ryu. “He came out aggressive, filling the strike zone. You like to think every time they take the mound guys are focused. But he did have a really good look in his eye. The change(up) was really good. He was throwing a little cutter in on righties. And the fastball played up. It was as much velocity as we’ve seen this year from Hyun-Jin. He matched that pitcher pitch for pitch.”Ryu made it through six innings on an efficient 77 pitches. He was set to pitch into the seventh inning of a start for the first time since 2014 – before shoulder and elbow surgeries sidelined him for most of two seasons. But when Kiké’ Hernandez doubled with two outs in the top of the seventh, Roberts called Ryu back and sent up Austin Barnes as a pinch-hitter. Barnes struck out.“In that seventh inning, we had to take a chance on scoring a run,” Roberts said. “So we fired that bullet.”Stripling came in and handled things until falling behind in the count, 2-and-1, to Fowler.“I wanted it up but I wanted it in on his hands,” Stripling said of the errant pitch. “It was in between being on his hands and being a back-footer and just kind of fizzled out over the plate.“Out of my hand, I kind of knew where it was going to be. I was hoping he’d take it. … I executed all of my pitches except that one.”With Alex Wood ineligible to return from the DL until Tuesday, Ryu figures to get one more start before the Dodgers will have to reevaluate his role again.“Obviously his outing tonight was very encouraging,” Roberts said. “We’ve always considered him a starter and we’d like to continue to give him opportunities. But I think right now it’s still contingent upon Alex and his health.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error They did pitch well – both Martinez and Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu.Martinez did give a hint of his dark side. The same pitcher who shut out the Giants two starts ago and struck out 10 Cubs on opening day without issuing a walk is also the pitcher who struck out 11 and walked eight – throwing 118 pitches in only 5-1/3 innings — in a start against the Yankees.He threw five consecutive balls to start the game Wednesday and allowed the first two Dodgers to reach base – a walk to Logan Forsythe and a single by Corey Seager.“It definitely gave you a good feeling,” Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said.It was just a tease. Martinez retired 15 of the next 17. The Dodgers didn’t get another runner to second base until pushing across their run in the sixth inning when Seager walked (the last of three by Martinez), went to third on a single by Yasmani Grandal and scored on a sacrifice fly by Adrian Gonzalez.center_img ST. LOUIS >> Sometimes Carlos Martinez’s evil twin shows up and makes life easier for opposing hitters. The Dodgers probably should have left a ticket for him.The offense that had averaged 6½ runs per game during their six-game winning streak went silent against Martinez on Wednesday night and that streak came to an end as the Dodgers lost to the St. Louis Cardinals, 2-1.Dexter Fowler struck the decisive blow when he sent a cutter from Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling into the seats with two outs in the eighth inning.“You want to win them all,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, a damper put on his 45th birthday. “They pitched well and they beat us tonight.”last_img read more

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