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Nationwide provides humanitarian relief in Vermont to Hurricane Irene victims

first_imgWhen: Nationwide will have a humanitarian relief team in Vermont to provide aid to Hurricane Irene victims. The team will have much needed water, ice, snacks and some first aid supplies. William Perkins Agency 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, 2011 Where:center_img 124 N. Main Street Policyholders with storm damage should call the Nationwide claims hotline at 1-800-421-3535 or contact their local agent.About NationwideNationwide, based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by A.M. Best. The company provides a full range of personalized insurance and financial services, including auto insurance, motorcycle, boat, homeowners, life insurance, farm, commercial insurance, administrative services, annuities, mortgages, mutual funds, pensions and long-term savings plans. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com(link is external). Rutland, VT 05701last_img read more

The Latest: Miami, Notre Dame optimistic for football

first_imgAurier posted a picture on Instagram on Tuesday appearing to show off a new haircut and sitting next to a stylist who was tagged in the post.The Premier League club says it is “investigating the circumstances and will deal with the incident appropriately.”The 27-year-old right back has been forced to apologize twice for breaking lockdown rules during the suspension of the Premier League because of the coronavirus pandemic. He posted a video of himself running with a friend and also training with Tottenham teammate Moussa Sissoko.___French rugby club Toulon plans to resume training next month in small groups of three players amid the coronavirus pandemic. Appearing on CNN, Miami’s Dr. Julio Frenk says he hopes the Hurricanes can play this fall and that safety would be the top priority.“They will probably play in empty stadiums, like so many other sports,” Frenk said. “But we hope to have a season and we hope to have a winning season.”Speaking on MSNBC, Notre Dame’s the Rev. John Jenkins says he expects to have clarity on how — or if — football season can happen in the next few weeks.“The team itself, I feel we can manage that one,” Jenkins said. “Then the question is people in the stands. We have an 85,000-person stadium. Can we get 85,000 people in there? That will be a big challenge to do that. But could we get a smaller number — 10,000, 15,000, 20,000? I don’t know. I don’t know the answer to that question. That’s something we’ll have to think through.”___ The tournament is a huge annual event in Japan and is followed much the way Americans follow the college basketball tournament.The Japanese High School Baseball Federation says the cancellation was the first since World War II.Asahi newspaper president Masataka Watanabe says “the decision is needed to protect the health of the players, officials and fans.”The high school tournament has showcased some of the biggest stars in Japanese professional baseball. They include major leaguers like Ichiro Suzuki, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Matsui.The summer tournament was scheduled to start in August at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya. A smaller spring tournament was canceled earlier. The Portuguese league was set to resume at the end of May but its start was delayed until June 4 so there was time to rigorously inspect stadiums and conduct medical tests on all professionals involved in the matches.The league was stopped with Porto leading Benfica by one point with 10 rounds to go.___Soccer players in Africa and the Americas are receiving food packages from their union while the sport is shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.Players in Botswana, Egypt, Colombia, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay were identified as getting food aid by world players’ union FIFPro. Watford defender Adrian Mariappa says he is one of the six people to test positive from the first round of coronavirus checks in the Premier League and is surprised that he contracted the disease.Mariappa says on the websites of British newspapers The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mail he has been “scratching my head to try to work out how I might have got coronavirus” because he hasn’t “really left the house apart from some exercise and the odd walk with the kids.”The 33-year-old Mariappa says he hasn’t had any symptoms and has felt “as fit as ever.” He says he has spent lockdown dividing his time between homeschooling and following Watford’s fitness program.Two members of Watford’s staff also tested positive for COVID-19. Burnley said assistant manager Ian Woan has also contracted the virus.Tests on 748 people were conducted from 19 of the 20 Premier League clubs on Sunday and Monday. The 20th club started testing on Tuesday. ___Rayo Vallecano players have returned to training after the Spanish soccer club accepted some of their salary demands.The players from the second-division club had not practiced this week as a protest for not being taken off furlough. They had only trained individually at home.The club says it met with players and decided to change their furlough conditions now that group sessions have begun and their workload increased.Most soccer clubs in Spain used government furloughs to reduce their labor costs during the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press The Latest: Miami, Notre Dame optimistic for football The three-time European champions say their players and coaching staff will have blood and heart tests next week at their training center.The groups of three will jog, do bodybuilding and work on their fitness levels in specially marked zones to avoid contact with others.France came out of lockdown on May 11. Toulon hopes players can train in groups of 8-12 in July and return to full training in August.___Japan’s beloved high school baseball tournament has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. FIFPro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann says some players “are being stranded in terms of income.”FIFPro represents players in 65 countries. The union says most players have contracts paying them salaries comparable to national averages.Baer-Hoffmann says the vast majority of soccer players are “under the same financial pressures as the rest of society.”___Tottenham is looking into whether defender Serge Aurier has broken social-distancing rules for the third time. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The presidents of the University of Miami and Notre Dame say in separate interviews that they expect the football season to be played, though both raised the very real possibility of crowds being much smaller than usual or eliminated entirely. ___The Portuguese soccer federation says six of the 15 stadiums seeking to host matches when the league resumes next month amid the coronavirus pandemic have failed health inspections.All stadiums must comply with a series health measures established by local authorities to be able to host matches.The federation says the stadiums for league leader Porto and second-place Benfica were among the nine stadiums that passed the inspections conducted by local health authorities.The stadiums that failed belong to smaller clubs. They will be allowed to make changes to their venues before another inspection is conducted. Players from second-division club Elche also refused to practice at the team’s training center last week and the club also eventually complied with their demands.The Spanish soccer season is expected to resume on the second weekend of June.___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 head of the organizing committee for the 2022 World Cup says a global recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic could affect the ability of fans to afford to travel to Qatar.The World Bank is forecasting a deep recession caused by the shutdown of economic activity around the world.Organizing committee secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi says he is hopeful the tournament will be an opportunity for the world to come together again in November 2022. But he says there are “concerns about the global economy and the ability of fans to be able to afford traveling and afford coming and participating and celebrating the World Cup.”Al Thawadi says organizers want a “a price range that is affordable for fans and a price range that is workable, functionable for the industry, for service providers, for the supply chain that is responsible for delivering the World Cup.”___ May 20, 2020last_img read more

New wide receivers compete for starting jobs

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald PhotoThe Wisconsin faithful at Camp Randall Stadium likely won’t recognize the starting wide receivers in cardinal and white this fall.With Brandon Williams, Jonathan Orr and Brandon White all lost to graduation, quarterback John Stocco might not even recognize his own mates in the passing game.While that last statement is a bit of an exaggeration, there’s no denying the inexperience that UW wide receiver coach Henry Mason has to work with this spring. The current corps of wideouts combined for two catches and 23 receiving yards in all of 2005, both coming in the Badgers’ easiest win of the season — a 65-0 thrashing of Temple.But with a mere five practices under their belt, Jarmal Ruffin and Marcus Randle El — a couple of strong candidates for starting jobs this year — have developed motivation out of their current situation. Both have said that fans and media can think what they want, but they’ll be surprised to see the results this August when the 2006 season is under way.”Looking outstanding,” Ruffin said with conviction, when asked about the state of the wideouts. “This season, you got to watch out for receiving. A lot of people are having doubts, [but] we got a lot of talent, and a lot of people for us are hungry, so just watch out.””I think the passing game is going to be nice next year,” Randle El added. “I think a lot of people don’t know about everything. I just think they look at it, you know, we lost a lot of players, so they kind of downgrade us a lot.”But that’s for us to come out and show them, because if we don’t show them, then they don’t know.” Along with Ruffin and Randle El, guys like Paul Hubbard and Luke Swan will have the chance to make impressions on Mason and new head coach Bret Bielema to find their way onto the starting lineup in spring practices.Jarvis Minton also figures to be in the mix this fall, but he will miss the remainder of UW’s spring session with an undisclosed injury, according to Bielema.Hubbard represents an interesting contender for playing time, as the junior — who also competes for the UW track team — has garnered some attention on the gridiron, but comes with concern about his ability to withstand the physical edge of football.”We’re not playing a game for a while, so we’ve got some time to really work with him,” Mason said. “He’s been with us for a couple of years, hopefully he’ll be able to turn a corner and get himself on the field.”I think it’s a constant battle for a guy like that all the time,” Mason continued, speaking of Hubbard’s durability. “But there [have] been guys that have had that and gone on and been pretty good football players. I have no questions about his intensity, I’ve got no questions about his courage and he just has to learn how to play football.”In terms of consistency, Mason singled out Randle El and Swan — at just 5-foot-11 and 6-foot — as a couple of guys who have shown that strength thus far.”I don’t think they’ve had one [dropped ball] in any competitive situation yet, so they’ve been very consistent to this point through five practices,” Mason said.But while either of those two receivers could be capable replacements for a Williams-like wideout — a shorter, shiftier option who can easily get open for Stocco — the Badgers could also use another player like Orr, who carried a 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame onto the field at Camp Randall in his final season for Wisconsin.Enter Ruffin, who holds a one-inch, 15-pound advantage on the ex-Badger whom he hesitated to immediately compare himself with at the beginning of spring ball.”It’s hard to say because we both have long strides, but JO’s a hard person to follow in the footsteps,” Ruffin said. “He’s a great athlete, extremely fast, talented, good jump, great hands. It’s an honor to even be in the same sentence as JO. Similarities, I really can’t say. I still have a long way to go.”Mason was hesitant to make quick comparisons between past and present players, even though a Randle El-Ruffin duo would appear — at least physically, if nothing else — to mirror that of Williams and Orr.”Two different kinds of guys, two really different types of players, about the only thing that’s the same are [their] size,” Mason said, referring to Williams and Randle El. “Obviously, that’s the direction that Marcus is trying to go, but we’ll have to see. It’s way too early to start comparing those guys to [players] that just left.”Needless to say, Randle El disagreed.”Yeah, I think Brandon and I have a lot of similarities,” the Markham, Ill., native said. “[As for] my goals, whatever stats he had, I’m going to try to get more than him, just continue the [success].”Randle El was sure to credit Williams, a Second Team All-American in 2005, with helping him to learn the ropes for the UW offense.”I learned how to run routes. I don’t think I’m a master yet, but he gives me a better idea,” Randle El said. “We have a lot of the same strategy and stuff like that. … I called him on the phone a couple of times, and he gives me great advice, how to come out and run my routes.”It’s obvious that the graduating wide receivers have made impacts on the current ones. Whether the 2006 corps back up their own talk and help UW make a potent passing game remains to be seen, but after covering them in practice, defensive back Joe Stellmacher has confidence that Randle El, Ruffin and the others will make it happen.”That’s a tough group to replace. Those are guys that are going to be taken maybe in the first day of the NFL draft,” Stellmacher said of Williams, Orr and White. “[The new guys] are going to have their work cut out for them to replace guys like that. … They certainly have the potential to do so, and Coach Mason will have them ready to go.”last_img read more

Black Stars Farewell Match: Madam Doris Quaye wins 40-inch Samsung TV as highest texter

first_imgMadam Doris Quaye was on Tuesday adjudged the highest texter of the Black Stars Farewell Match text and win promotion.The event which was put together by Primeval Media, organizers of the Farewell Match was to reward the highest texter of the SMS program which was to select players into the ‘Dream Team’ to play against the Black Stars before their departure to Holland on Saturday.After weeks of serious texting from Ghanaians from all over the country, Madam Doris Quaye emerged as the highest texter as she managed to send more SMS’s.For her prize, she took home a Samsung 40-inch flat screen television.Madam Doris who spoke sportscrusader.com after the event mentioned that she was thrilled with her prize adding that until she gets home to plug and switch on the tv, she will not recover from the shock as she never believed in ‘text and win’ programs.“Actually I didn’t want to participate but I just wanted to text so that my player (name withheld) will just be part of the Black Stars Farewell Match and here I am with a television set. I was shocked when I received the call from the organizers that I had been adjudged the highest texter and until I get home and switch on the TV, I don’t think this shock will leave”, Madam Doris mentioned on a lighter note. She praised Primeval Media, the organizers of the Farewell Match for coming up with the idea and gave special praise to its CEO, Larry Opare Otoo for the manner in which he has organized the entire program and prayed for its success.last_img read more