Hoosiers warned on a recent scam alert

first_imgIndianapolis, IN—The U.S. Marshalls in the Southern District of Indiana are cautioning Hoosiers about a phone scam. Investigators say scammers are “spoofing” their number and demanding money from unsuspecting people. Marshal Dan McClain says, “Spoofing is when scammers use technology to make it appear to impersonate someone you know, or in this case law enforcement.”He says government officials will never call asking for money via a prepaid debit card, iTunes cards, or other forms of automatic payment. Even if an agent of the court calls and provides a court order, you should take steps to verify the information before any payment is made. Questionable calls should be reported to law enforcement immediately.last_img read more

Florida man arrested after threatening mass shooting at Publix

first_imgThe Highlands County Sheriff’s Office says a man threatened to shoot up a grocery store because not enough people were wearing masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (Health officials have recommend using face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.)Authorities say 62-year-old Robert Kovner posted the threat on social media. Investigators say he threatened to carry out the shooting at a Publix, but didn’t say which specific store.Kovner was arrested Tuesday and charged with making a written threat of a mass shooting.last_img read more

Syracuse forced to adjust as the season shifts outdoors

first_imgInside Drumlins Country Club, it can be difficult to remember that Syracuse is among the snowiest cities in the United States.The seven courts, situated under an airplane hangar-type roof, remain dry year round as Syracuse is barraged with snow, rain and wind, allowing tennis players to enjoy controlled conditions.But, through April, SU balances two different schedules: the home, indoor circuit and its southern, outdoor destinations.The Orange enters the outdoor-heavy portion of its season Friday with a matchup at No. 19 Florida State (12-7, 4-5 Atlantic Coast), where Syracuse (14-3, 6-3) must adjust to the different pace of outdoor courts down south. Three of SU’s final five matches will be outdoors, including the ACC championships in Cary, North Carolina. Playing in Syracuse, SU has had little opportunity to practice outside due to unfavorable conditions.The adaptations players make for the wind and sun, combined with the differences in court speed, make the adjustment to southern play difficult, SU head coach Younes Limam said. Limam intended to practice outdoors starting April 2, but the rain, wind and cold forced SU to remain indoors. Syracuse is the only ACC school that doesn’t have outdoor courts available for matches.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen SU arrives in Tallahassee, Florida, on Thursday, it will have light practice to acclimate to the differences of the outdoor courts. Because of Syracuse’s outdoor restrictions, the Orange hasn’t played outside since March 13, when it defeated Florida Atlantic 6-1.Against FAU, the wind frustrated Gabriela Knutson, forcing her to adjust her ball toss on her serve, she said, opting to toss the ball lower than usual, which sacrifices power for placement. Knutson lost to the nation’s No. 6 player, her only singles loss of the season.“When I toss it high, the wind and the sun bugs me,” Knutson said. “I’m not saying it’s why I lost, but it was difficult.”Most of SU’s players, including Knutson, Dina Hegab and Miranda Ramirez, grew up playing on outdoor hard and clay courts. They prefer playing outdoors, they said. Adjusting to faster indoor hard courts isn’t the tough part, Limam said.“There is quite an adjustment you have to make going from indoors to outdoors,” Limam said. “It’s a lot easier to come from outdoors to indoors.”Players like freshman Sofya Golubovskaya, who hits a flat ball with little spin and a lot of pace, face a bigger adjustment to outdoors where the wind messes with the ball before and after it makes contact the racket, making timing shots hard, Limam said.Hegab counters the wind and higher bounce by playing more conservatively, she said. Instead of trying to hit winners from all over the court, she uses improved fitness and consistency to force opponents into errors. Ramirez uses her footwork to prepare for potential late deviations to the ball’s path.“We try to remind them to put more spin on the ball, be a little more patient,” Limam said. “When you play indoors, you can finish points in two or three shots, outdoors the ball comes back.”Last season, the Orange finished 1-4 in outdoor matches. Limam is hoping that this year, his team is ready to deal with leaving Drumlins.“Being outdoors in the wind can be difficult,” Limam said. “We have to be ready to dig in and make a few extra shots.” Comments Published on April 5, 2018 at 10:25 am Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

2017 CAF Champions League: Holders Mamelodi Sundowns Booted Out

first_imgRelatedCAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Top 4 emerge as champions bow out.September 25, 2017In “Features”CAF CL: Hilal Shock Etoile, el Kaabi Hat-trick Powers Wydad Past Petro LuandaDecember 29, 2019In “Africa”CAF Top Eight TeamsJuly 11, 2017In “Africa” Defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa have been eliminated from this year’s CAF Champions League after they lost 4-3 on penalties to Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca in the second leg of their quarter-final tie at the Prince Abdellah Stadium in Rabat.Sundowns led 1-0 from their home leg but failed to keep out hosts Wydad as Salaheddine Saidi’s first half strike was enough to force the dreaded penalty shooutout. The home team then went on to emerge 4-3 winners thus sealing a semi-final meeting with USM Alger of Algeria.USM Alger eliminated Mozambique champions Ferroviario Beira on away goals after a 1-1 aggregate scoreline. Both teams played out a goalless draw in their second leg clash in Algeria with the hosts moving to the next stage having secured a 1-1 draw in the first leg.Egyptian giants Al Ahly are also through to the last four of the competition following a 4-3 aggregate win over Esperance of Tunisia. After an event-filled 2-2 draw from the first leg in Cairo, Al Ahly showed why they are one of the favourites to win by producing a comeback victory against their hosts.Al Ahly won 2-1 courtesy second half goals from Ali Maaloul and Nigerian forward Junior Ajayi as they recovered from going down to a 40th minute penalty from Tunisian international Taha Yassine Khenissi. They will next face the winner of the tie between Al Ahli Tripoli of Libya and Etoile du Sahel from Tunisia for a place in the 2017 CAF Champions League final. Al Ahli and Etoile meet in Tunisia on Sunday with the tie delicately poised at 0-0 from the first leg.last_img read more

Long hours, sleepless nights helped Angels win Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — When Shohei Ohtani decided to sign with the Angels, it was a win-win for Billy Eppler.Not only did the Angels’ general manager essentially win the lottery by getting the Japanese two-way star, but the resolution of the process meant Eppler could finally get some sleep.On the first day of the Winter Meetings on Monday, Eppler gave further detail into the courting that landed Ohtani, including 4 a.m texts to his staff and shortened vacations.The process of wooing Ohtani began in earnest when his agent requested that clubs put together presentations detailing why Ohtani should pick them. Eppler said producing that presentation, and the accompanying video, was such an all-encompassing project that he had members of the front office, some of whom had traveled across the country, interrupt their Thanksgiving vacations to work on it. In the end, whatever the Angels did worked. Ohtani picked them because of the connection he made with Eppler and the rest of the group who met with him.“I love my guys,” Eppler said. “They worked their tails off so we can make this a reality.”The process was also unique because money wasn’t a factor. The financial packages teams could offer were limited by international spending pool rules. That also means that teams were expressly prohibited from making any promises of compensation beyond that, or trying to circumvent the rules in any way.Just last month, Major League Baseball banned former Atlanta Braves GM John Coppolella for life and granted free agency to 12 of their prospects after the Braves violated international signing rules.While there would be natural scrutiny over the Ohtani recruiting process, Eppler said it never became an issue because money wasn’t discussed. He is not expecting any sort of audit of the process.“There was never a forum for that to even get opened up,” he said. “All of the talk centered around the development and how (we’re) going to use him. It never went anywhere else, which was comfortable.”Eppler also said the Angels never made any guarantees about how he would be used, as a pitcher or hitter, in the long-term.“I think (Ohtani) felt he was always going to empowered in the discussion,” Eppler said. “Right now we’re going to bring him and he’s going to do both, and let’s just see where it goes. We didn’t make any promises, but he knows our position at the outset, and he knows our commitment to his development. We know he’s not a finished product.”center_img “My whole group locked in,” he said. “It was all hands on deck.”Toward the end, he said he was sending late-night texts to assistant GM Jonathan Strangio, who was providing some final edits.“It was 3 or 4 in the morning and we were still working,” Eppler said. “I would imagine that was true of a lot of clubs.”Eppler got word about 11:15 a.m. on Dec. 3 that the Angels were one of the seven teams that made the first cut, earning the right to come in and have a face-to-face meeting with Ohtani. That meeting was set for 7 p.m. the next day, resulting in another long night of preparation.“Three and a half hours of sleep,” Eppler said.last_img read more

Video: Vin Scully leaves the press box for the last time

first_imgVin Scully leaves the press box for the final time after a 67-year career.See videoMore Vin Scully • Thank you note and farewell from columnist Tom Hoffarth• How we’ll remember Vin Scully• Vin Scully’s career in photos Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

NCAA Tournament 2019 bracket tips: Play the odds when picking Final Four, national champs

first_imgNCAA Tournament 2019 bracket tipsOdds to make the championship game by seed No. 1: 50.0 (34 of 68)No. 2: 17.7 (12 of 68)No. 3: 14.7 (10 of 68)No. 4: 4.4 (3 of 68)No. 5: 4.4 (3 of 68)No. 6: 2.9 (2 of 68)No. 7: 1.5 (1 of 68)No. 8: 4.4 (3 of 68)Bracket tip: Don’t pick a team lower than No. 8 to make the championship game. They might make the Final Four in rare instances, but 82.4 percent of the championship game participants – including all eight participants the last four years – were seeded No. 3 or higher.  Odds to make the Final Four by seedNo. 1: 41.2 (56 of 136)No. 2: 19.9 (27 of 136)No. 3: 12.5 (17 of 136)No. 4: 9.6 (13 of 136)No. 5: 4.4 (6 of 136)No. 6: 2.2 (3 of 136)No. 7: 2.2 (3 of 136)No. 8: 3.7 (5 of 136)No. 9: 0.7 (1 of 136)No. 10: 0.7 (1 of 136)No. 11: 2.9 (4 of 136)Bracket tip: No. 1 and No. 2 seeds have accounted for 61 percent of the Final Four appearances since 1984-85, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a chance on a lower seed. There has been one Final Four team seeded No. 7 or lower each of the last four years in Michigan State (No. 7, 2015), Syracuse (No. 10, 2016), South Carolina (No. 7, 2017) and Loyola-Chicago (No. 11, 2018).  Odds to make the Sweet 16 by seedNo. 1: 85.3 (116 out of 136)No. 8: 9.6 (13 out of 136)No. 9: 5.1 (7 out of 136)No. 16: 0 (0 out of 136)No. 2: 62.5 (85 out of 136)No. 7: 19.8 (27 out of 136)No. 10: 16.9 (23 out of 136)No. 15 0.7 (1 out of 136)No. 3: 51.4 (70 out of 136)No. 6: 30.9 (42 out of 136)No. 11: 16.2 (22 out of 136)No. 14: 1.5 (2 out of 136)No. 4: 47.1 (64 out of 136)No. 5: 33.8 (46 out of 136)No. 12: 14.7 (20 out of 136)No. 13: 4.4 (6 out of 136)Bracket tip: Last year was as wild a year as could be and half of the Sweet 16 was seeded No. 5 or lower. Still, half of the chalk – seeds No. 1-4 – reached the second weekend. It does not hurt to have 10 or more chalk picks in the Sweet 16 in your bracket given the percentages. SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQPredictor tool | Best bracket names | TicketsA No. 1 seed has won 21 of those 34 tournaments, including three of the last four with Duke (2015), North Carolina (2017) and Villanova (2018)  Of the 68 championship game participants, a total of 34 — or 50 percent — were No. 1 seeds There will be upsets for sure, but the safest bet to keep your bracket instact for the Final Four remains chalk.  Here’s a seeding breakdown of the participants in the Sweet 16, Final Four and championship game in the expanded bracket era. Print your NCAA Tournament bracket hereYou can get an updated, printable NCAA Tournament bracket here to fill out before the tournament begins. Sporting News will continue to update the bracket as games are played. Download a printable NCAA Tournament bracket (PDF) above. The 2019 NCAA Tournament bracket is out, and you can make winning your March Madness pool a 50-50 proposition with the right No. 1 seed.  Consider our point when it comes to top-seeded teams in the men’s college basketball tournament. Since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1984-85, there are two stats that matter when talking about the last 34 NCAA tournaments.  last_img read more

Jarrell Miller reportedly failed a second VADA test for another banned substance

first_imgJoin DAZN to watch Anthony Joshua and 100+ fight nights a yearOn Friday, ESPN reported that Miller failed a second VADA test. The second failed test is reportedly for HGH, ESPN reported further. This comes after Miller’s positive test for GW1516 (a banned substance) was found in a urine sample that VADA collected last month.Following the adverse finding from the first drug test, Miller broke his silence Thursday by posting a lengthy message on his Instagram account, denying knowingly taking any banned substances. Eddie Hearn already said that a new opponent will be named for Anthony Joshua next week for his June 1 U.S.-debut fight after Jarrell Miller was refused a boxing license for an “adverse finding” in a drug test.Well, it just got reportedly even worse for “Big Baby.” I want to thank all of my supporters who have stood by me since day one and especially during this extremely difficult time. I have not been tuned in to social media and any other media outlets to focus and channel all of my energies into working hard with no distractions. I am absolutely devastated upon hearing the news my boxing license has been revoked in NY State and I will be vigorously appealing this decision. I have NEVER knowingly taken any banned substance and when I found out the news last night I was totally shocked. My team and I stand for integrity, decency & honesty and together we will stand to fight this with everything we have! This was a voluntarily test that I was very happy to do and these results came just one week after another voluntarily test that I had taken which was completely clean. I refuse to just lie down and let my dream be taken away from me when I know in my heart that I’ve done nothing wrong. 15 years of hard work. I’m WARRIOR .. I don’t need a banned substance. Remember don’t believe everything you hear and see. The facts will prevail and I shall be vindicate. I don’t have anything to hide and the truth will make itself known.A post shared by JARRELL BIGBABY MILLER (@bigbabymiller) on Apr 17, 2019 at 4:45pm PDT Like Joshua, Miller (23-0-1) is an undefeated fighter who had generated plenty of heat around the June 1 fight for pushing the unified world heavyweight champion across the stage during a colorful New York City press conference at Madison Square Garden back in February.center_img View this post on Instagramlast_img read more

Sumner County under high wind advisory today

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — The National Weather Service in Wichita has issued a “red tag warning” for extreme grassland fire danger that includes Sumner County…in effect from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today. This is a red flag day.For Sumner County this means it is highly recommended  NO OUTDOOR BURNING ALLOWED. But the Sumner County Sheriff’s office cannot enforce it, because a burn ban can only be proclaimed by the Sumner County Commissioners during a severe drought. Strong west to northwest winds of 20 to 30 mph will develop during the morning hours and spread eastward through the afternoon.These winds combined with low relative humidities and very dry vegetation will elevate the Grassland Fire Danger Index into the extreme category for central Kansas and very high for the southeast corner of the state.last_img read more

Remaining Seeding Scenarios Entering Final Weekend of Southland Men’s Basketball Regular Season

first_imgSaturday’s Southland Conference Men’s Basketball ScheduleNorthwestern State at Central Arkansas – 3 p.m. CTHouston Baptist at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – 3:30 p.m.Abilene Christian at UIW – 4:15 p.m.McNeese at Lamar – 4:30 p.m. (ESPN3)Sam Houston State at Stephen F. Austin – 4:30 p.m. (ESPN3)Southeastern Louisiana at New Orleans – 6 p.m. There are four schools who have secured their spot in the tournament field including outright regular-season champion and No. 1 seed Stephen F. Austin, Abilene Christian, Nicholls and Sam Houston State. Men’s Seeding Scenarios The document outlines the possibilities for the nine men’s basketball programs who have clinched or are still in contention heading into the final slate of conference games Saturday. With the conference title and top spot in hand, the ‘Jacks receive a double bye in the single-elimination tourney that will determine the Southland’s automatic qualifier for the 2020 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship field.center_img FRISCO, Texas – The remaining seeding scenarios for the 2020 Hercules Tires Southland Conference Basketball Tournament are listed in the link above. The tournament, which features the top eight teams from the regular season in each bracket, commences next Wednesday, March 11, in Katy, Texas, at the Leonard E. Merrell Center. This year’s tourney will mark the 13th consecutive year the Southland Tournament is in Katy. Meanwhile, five schools are vying for the four remaining slots: Central Arkansas, Lamar, McNeese, Northwestern State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.last_img read more