As I was reading an article in the Indy Star, the idea of putting in a Mercy Rule in Indiana football is being discussed. What do you think?The IHSAA would favor it, but most coaches do not. They do not like a “give up” attitude. This was brought about by the number of early season high school games that resulted in margins over 40 points. You may remember last year New Palestine averaged over 60 points a game during the regular season. Most of their games were over after the first quarter.Twenty states have adopted a Mercy Rule that when a team is ahead by 40 points at half time, you use a running clock for the second half. A similar number of states have a stoppage rule, but the number of points at which the game is terminated is not consistent among those states. I have seen mutual agreement rules between coaches that they start a running clock when the game is obviously out of hand.People my age remember the Batesville/North Decatur game about 40 years ago, and I think Batesville scored 114 points in the game. A running clock would not have helped in that game, because almost every Batesville touchdown in the second half was a one-play touchdown. In this game, it would have taken a stoppage rule.I think the running clock is one option that I could support, but I do not want a system which does not allow younger players their chance to play in a varsity game. Some schools put in the younger players but they do not allow them to do anything but run straight ahead into the line so they won’t score any more. This does not help the younger athletes learn the speed of a varsity game. This is worse than a Mercy Rule.
President and CEO Michael W. Schwebler cuts the ribbon signifying the rebranding of Dearborn County Hospital to Highpoint Health. Angela Scudder, Highpoint Health Vice President of Patient Care Services (left), and Dr. Nancy Kennedy, Highpoint Health Chief Medical Officer (right), assist by holding the ceremonial ribbon.Lawrenceburg, In. — Tuesday marks a new beginning for healthcare in Southeastern Indiana. After almost 59 years as Dearborn County Hospital, the hospital, inclusive of its physician and provider practices and outpatient services, is now Highpoint Health. The announcement was made today at a celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony where the new name, logo, mission and vision statements and brand promise were revealed to an excited crowd of invited guests and members of the public. Hospital employees, who were also in attendance, had been introduced to the new brand two weeks ago at a special in-house unveiling.“We are all extremely excited about our new brand,” said Michael W. Schwebler, Highpoint Health President and CEO. “Rebranding is so much more than just changing your name, logo or colors. While the changing of logos or corporate colors may be included in rebranding, that is only one small part of a much more in-depth and comprehensive process.“To make our rebranding successful, we need to enhance the way in which we interact with our community and with each other,” he emphasized. “In addition to creating a new, more accurate identity for the hospital, rebranding is establishing core values and systemwide principles which are adhered to 365 days a year. These are expressed in our new mission and vision statements and brand promise.“At the heart of our rebranding efforts are three simple words: hearing, helping and healing,” continued Mr. Schwebler. “These words are part of our brand promise. They very accurately and succinctly define what we do and they represent our renewed commitment to our patients and the community.”Rob Moorhead, Secretary of the hospital’s Board of Trustees, voiced his approval of the new brand. “As this hospital organization has evolved over time, the previous name and logo no longer accurately reflected our facilities, our wide range of providers and services or even the geographic area in which our patients live and work.“Dearborn County Hospital, now Highpoint Health, encompasses more than 45 healthcare providers with offices located in Dearborn, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland Counties,” Mr. Moorhead noted. “In addition, we have convenient community settings such as our two outpatient physical therapy and sports medicine facilities in Bright and Versailles. Highpoint Health also offers a wide range of home health and hospice services in five Southeastern Indiana counties, sponsors area WIC and PATHS programs and holds the licenses for a number of long-term care facilities located throughout the state.”“For more than a year, our rebranding team worked closely with Madison Design, who are specialists in brand strategy, creation and implementation,” explained Dr. Nancy Kennedy, Highpoint Health Chief Medical Officer. “Focus groups, comprised of participants representing a wide cross-section of our community, were convened and asked to convey their thoughts and perceptions of the hospital’s brand. Overwhelmingly, the participants felt the existing brand did not accurately represent the depth and scope of our facilities. Additional focus groups were then utilized to explore potential new names and logos. This inclusive process allowed us to make our new brand even more representative of the thoughts and shared visions of those we serve.”The Highpoint Health logo mark is a unique “H” that consists of two progressively taller upright rectangles, communicating that we are a grounded and trustworthy healthcare partner: advising, advocating, communicating and explaining; and a tapered diagonal that moves up and to the right, emphasizing our commitment to continuously advancing quality of care. The use of color strengthens the symbolism of these components. The uprights are grounded by a familiar navy and the motion and intent of the crossbar are emphasized by an energetic teal.“It’s always a little bittersweet to close out one chapter and begin a new one, however, we are extremely excited about the new brand and the future of Highpoint Health,” said Sandy Hoff, Highpoint Health Laboratory Director and a 40 year employee of the hospital. “Nowhere is change more evident than in healthcare and we are thrilled to be entering into this new era under strong leadership and with a vibrant new brand which truly exemplifies our position in the community.”“As Sandy noted, many things have changed in healthcare since our facility first opened its doors to the community in the spring of 1959, but the fundamental message remains the same: we are neighbors who are devoted to hearing, helping and healing our fellow neighbors, regardless of the distance,” concluded Mr. Schwebler. “Our staff is proud of the many individuals they have helped and the many lives they have saved as Dearborn County Hospital, but they are even more elated about what the future holds as together we embrace the mission, vision and promise of Highpoint Health.”Highpoint Health, formerly Dearborn County Hospital, is comprised of an independent acute care hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana; Highpoint Health Physician Partners, a network of more than 45 specialist and primary care physicians and providers; and numerous outpatient services and facilities located in Dearborn, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland Counties in Southeastern Indiana. Highpoint Health also sponsors area WIC and PATHS programs and holds the licenses for a number of long-term care facilities located throughout the state of Indiana.The Highpoint Health MissionOur mission is to deliver quality and affordable care, improve the health of our community and embody excellence in all we do.The Highpoint Health VisionOur vision is to be independent and the healthcare provider of choice in our region.
The 22-year-old only arrived at Stamford Bridge from Basle last January, but has struggled to make an impact under Jose Mourinho. Salah will now spend the rest of the campaign in Serie A with La Viola, who sold Juan Cuadrado to the Blues just a matter of hours earlier. The Colombia forward’s transfer is likely to be the biggest deal of deadline day, joining for a fee which will reportedly rise to his £26.8million release clause. The move for Salah will help the void left by Cuadrado at Fiorentina, while striker Stipe Perica has also moved to Italy. The Croatia Under-21 international has been on loan at Dutch club NAC Breda and will spend the next 18 months on loan at Udinese. Mohamed Salah has followed Andre Schurrle out of Chelsea, joining Fiorentina on loan until the end of the season. Press Association
In the build-up to the match Palace manager Alan Pardew spoke of his admiration for Vardy, who like himself reached the top flight relatively late in his career after progressing through non-league football. By his recent standards it was a relatively quiet afternoon for the busy striker but there was much to admire about the finish from Vardy that won the contest. However, Pardew would have found little to like about his team’s defending which presented him with the chance to score his 10th goal of the season. Press Association The England striker had to make sure the ball reached the net, blasting it home from inside the six-yard box. Kasper Schmeichel preserved Leicester’s lead with a superb reaction save with 12 minutes remaining to keep out a header from substitute Patrick Bamford. Home hearts were in their mouths in the final minute when another Palace sub Wilfried Zaha went down inside the penalty area but referee Mike Dean booked the winger for diving. Leicester had to survive some late Palace pressure but a first clean sheet of the campaign in the week he celebrated his 64th birthday was a welcome present for Ranieri. TWEET OF THE MATCH ”Hands up if you’ll be celebrating lcfc’s win with pizza tonight” – official Leicester City Twitter account on Ranieri’s promise to get the pizzas in should his side get a clean sheet. https://twitter.com/LCFC/status/657949830766067713 PLAYER RATINGS (Out of 10) Leicester Kasper Schmeichel – 8 Danny Simpson – 7 Wes Morgan – 7 Robert Huth – 7 Christian Fuchs – 7 Marc Albrighton – 7 Danny Drinkwater – 6 N’Golo Kante – 8 Jeff Schlupp – 7 Jamie Vardy – 8 Riyad Mehrez – 6 Subs Shinji Okazaki – 5 Nathan Dyer – 5 Crystal Palace Wayne Hennessey – 6 Martin Kelly – 7 Scott Dann – 7 Brede Hangeland – 6 Adrian Mariappa – 7 Yannick Bolasie – 6 Jason Puncheon – 6 James McArthur – 6 Yohan Cabaye – 6 Bakary Sako – 6 Frazier Campbell – 5 Subs Patrick Bamford – 6 Wilfried Zaha – 4 Mile Jedinak – 4 STAR PLAYER Ngolo Kante: Ranieri said last month that Kante could be as good as Claude Makelele and performances like this from the Frenchman make it easy to see why. Kante was a rock in front of the defence, breaking up Palace attacks, retaining possession and setting his team on the offensive. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Vardy’s goal saw join Ruud van Nistelrooy, Daniel Sturridge, Mark Stein, Ian Wright, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Emmanuel Adebayor in becoming only the eighth man to score in seven successive Premier League matches. The England striker also became the first Leicester player ever to score in seven straight top flight fixtures. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Ranieri recalled Mahrez but started him behind Vardy rather than out wide, preferring to trust Albrighton to do the defensive side of the job with the threat of Puncheon and Bolasie in the Palace attack. Mahrez struggled to get on the ball as Leicester bypassed him with direct passes up to Vardy. Ranieri changed it as half-time approached but we still did not see the best of the little Algerian, although some credit for this must go to the visitors. MOAN OF THE MATCH Zaha’s dive in the final minute was not good to see. WHO’S UP NEXT? Hull v Leicester (Capital One Cup, Tuesday October 27) Manchester City v Crystal Palace (Capital One Cup, Wednesday October 28) Jamie Vardy scored the only goal of the game and created a little piece of history in the process as Leicester edged to a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace. In reaching double figures, Vardy found the back of the net for the seventh successive Barclays Premier League fixture, adding his name to an elite group which includes Ruud van Nistelrooy, Daniel Sturridge, Mark Stein, Ian Wright, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Emmanuel Adebayor. While manager Claudio Ranieri will be delighted for his fifth-placed side, a first clean sheet of the season – at the 12th time of asking – will please the Italian most. Given the attacking talent on display in both teams, the first half was surprisingly low on action. Leicester went close after seven minutes. Marc Albrighton cut inside from wide on the right and hit a shot with his left foot. It was a tame effort but the way Wayne Hennessey casually left it had you believe it was well off target – it was not. The ball struck the inside of a post, much to the goalkeeper’s relief, and Riyad Mahrez put the rebound wide as Jeffrey Schlupp lurked at the far post. Palace threatened for the first time in the 19th minute as Robert Huth made a vital i nterception to prevent Bakary Sako from laying on a tap in for Fraizer Campbell inside the six-yard box. Another timely tackle from N’Golo Kante shortly before half-time snuffed out a dangerous-looking counter-attack from Palace which was led by Campbell. Vardy struck the decisive blow in the 59th minute. After a loose defensive header, Brede Hangeland then mis-hit a clearance straight to Mahrez, who sent Vardy racing through on goal for a lovely lofted finish over Hennessey.
A 13-year-old girl was shot on West 16th Street Wednesday afternoon, according to Riviera Beach Police.They say she was shot inside a house and sustained non life-threatening injuries.The circumstances that may have led up to the shooting are unknown at this time.Police spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown says they do not yet have a suspect in custody.This is a developing story.
As visitors from around the country and beyond descend on South Florida this week for the Super Bowl, doctors at one local hospital are implementing new guidelines in order to screen patients for the deadly Coronavirus.The flu-like illness originated in Wuhan, China. Cases have been confirmed in Australia, Germany, France, Canada, and the United States.There are no known cases in Florida.“We are on the side of caution in order to provide the best care for our community,” says Dr. S. Raymond Golish, who practices at Jupiter Medical Center. “Know there are no known cases here at this time, but we are prepared in the unlikely eventuality that such a case occurs.”He adds that the hospital is now following new CDC guidelines to conduct additional screenings for patients who display flu-like symptoms such as fever and coughing.Those patients will be asked to answer questions about their travels and contact with others during the previous two weeks.If doctors suspect the Coronavirus, those patients will then be placed in isolation and local health officials will be notified immediately.Dr. Golish says a sample would be sent to the CDC for testing.There is currently no antiviral treatment for the virus and no vaccine to prevent it.So far, there are more than 6,000 cases in China, and 132 deaths.
RUSSIA 2018 QUALIFIERSDuro Ikhazuagbe with agency reportIndomitable Lions Head Coach, Hugo Bross, has insisted that Algeria and not Nigeria that is the real threat to Cameroun’s qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Nigeria, Algeria, Cameroun and Zambia were paired in Group B of the Russia 2018 qualifier at the draws made last month in Cairo, Egypt.But the Belgian remains unfazed by the presence of the Super Eagles in the same group with the Lions.The Belgian told Cameroon Tribune wednesday that he is happy at playing away to Algeria in the first group fixture on October 3 – and Nigeria in Cameroun’s third game on August 28, 2017.“I am satisfied with the draw since we will be meeting Algeria and Nigeria at home first,” the 64-year-old former Anderlecht defender was quoted by Tribune.“This will enable us to readjust if necessary at home. But for the first game against the Fennecs, I think the pressure will not be on our side. Algeria knows they cannot afford to drop points at home, especially against direct rivals like us. It is for us to exploit this advantage to get a good result. Anyway, we must be in our best shape to face each of our opponents, especially mentally,” observed coach in his assessment of the chances of the Indomitable Lions.Similarly, veteran Cameroun defender, Henri Bedimo, believes the Lions, who stopped Nigeria from qualifying for Italy ’90, can secure their eighth World Cup berth and pile more misery on the Eagles.Led by the amazing Roger Milla the Lions snuffed Super Eagles out, including a 3-0 flattening.The Super Eagles are to start their round robin play on October 3 against Zambia which on paper will be their easiest match.With Nigeria’s five appearances at the World Cup, ball followers in the land are now apprehensive of what to make of the team’s fate in the quest for a sixth in Russia.Poor funding, organizational hassles and the inability to hire a coach to replace Sunday Oliseh, months after he quit the Eagles job, are some of the problems creating fears as the qualifiers are months away.Yet many of the green-white-green faithful remain optimistic and point out that Nigeria always performed better when either written off or with their backs up against the wall.They will also point out that, head to head, the Eagles have the edge having beaten the Central Africans 10 times and drawing six while losing only four out of the 20 times they have met.The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced last week that the list of shortlisted coaches to be interviewed for the Eagles job is to be released tomorrow with all eyes on Frenchman Paul Le Guen seen as the front runner.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
There?s a saying in sports: act like you?ve been there. Purdue fans, take note.After watching the Badger basketball team get ?upset? by the Boilermakers 60-56 Saturday, I was just as surprised to see the students rush the court as I was by the final score.If history tells us anything, this home victory shouldn?t have come as much of a shock for Purdue. After all, Saturday marked the 31st time in 32 tries that UW walked out of Mackey Arena on the losing end, with their only win coming in 2005. Talk about domination.And it?s not as if this was a David-versus-Goliath matchup that would warrant the type of post-game celebration that we saw Saturday. The Badgers carried the No. 11 ranking into West Lafayette, but let?s be honest here: they just don?t have the look of a top 10 team. Without the big-game players like Alando Tucker and Kammron Taylor of last year?s squad, it?s tough to see them ever reaching the rankings they did in 2007.The Boilermakers, on the other hand, are now 15-5 and 6-1 in the Big Ten, exceeding many people?s preseason expectations. And they?re doing it without a real marquee name on their roster now that Carl Landry, brother of Wisconsin?s Marcus, is gone.Given their record, one could argue that Purdue?s victory over Wisconsin was a much needed ?r?sum? win,? much like the Badgers? upset of Texas was. But if you truly want to be among the conference elite, you have to act as if you belong there.When you storm the court, you clearly don?t.While I appreciate the love the ?Paint Crew? (aptly named after head coach Matt Painter) has for their Boilermakers, I completely disagree with their method of celebration Saturday.In my opinion, there are only a select number of instances where it is appropriate to jump from your seats and run out onto the middle of the court. Obviously, the aforementioned David slaying Goliath example holds true here. And by Goliath, I don?t mean the 11th-ranked team in the country and the third-best team in the conference.Last season, when the Badgers had the No. 2 ranking and a 17-game winning streak, they traveled to one of the most historic venues ? Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind. ? to take on the No. 25 Hoosiers. The winning streak came to a screeching halt when Indiana prevailed 71-66.Did this win merit a storming of the court? No. Granted, the Badgers were the second-best team in the country, but the Hoosiers were ranked too.When Kentucky ? a program that has struggled in recent years ? defeated No. 5 Tennessee last Tuesday, I was half-expecting the Wildcat faithful to rush the floor. Certainly, a win like this ? more of an upset than either of the Badger losses mentioned ? was worthy of such action.But they didn?t. As the players celebrated in jubilation at midcourt, the fans remained in their seats.The only other time it should be appropriate for students and fans to do what the Boilermakers did is if the win means something. For instance, when the Badgers clinched the Big Ten title at home in 2003, players were swarmed by adoring fans. Makes sense here, as they not only clinched the conference crown but it was also senior Kirk Penney?s last game at the Kohl Center.The same thing happened to Wisconsin on the road last season against Ohio State. The Buckeye fans rushed the floor after OSU’s victory earned them the Big Ten title.Moments like this are good cause for celebration, but they don’t come along often for any team.I guess you could consider it somewhat of an honor when the opposing team?s fans rush the court after they beat you. It means you?re a team everyone wants to be (and beat). If the fans are ho-hum after a victory over you, it probably means you?re just not that good.When Purdue comes to the Kohl Center Feb. 9 for a rematch, I can guarantee you none of the Grateful Red will rush the court if and when the Badgers avenge their loss.We?ve been there before.Tyler is a junior majoring in journalism. If you?ve ever stormed the court or field after a win, let him know your reasoning at email@example.com.
The University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team (13–11, 5–6 Big Ten) will kick off the Big Ten Tournament versus Nebraska (11–14, 1–10 Big Ten) from Iowa City, Iowa.The Badgers enter the conference tournament ranked as the No. 6 seed where the Cornhuskers are No. 11. This will be the second time the two teams will face each other this year with Wisconsin taking the first matchup 4–3.Though the Badgers won their last decision, it was too close for comfort for Wisconsin as the two teams split their singles matches 3–3 with the winning point coming down to doubles where Chema Carranza and Josef Dodridge took care of business yet again in the No. 1 slot 6–1.Softball: Badgers finish off Boilermakers at home Sunday to win seriesThe University of Wisconsin Softball Team (22–17, 6–6 Big Ten) played host to Purdue (13–34, 4–10 Big Ten) in a Read…The Carranza Dodridge duo could very easily be a factor again in this one. Though they’ve faced some tough matches of late, the doubles team is still ranked No. 8 in the nation on the ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings with a 27–3 overall record.Carranza also looks to be a factor in singles play, going 8–2 in his last 10 matches with the second most wins on the team at 20–13. Daniel Soyfer is the only player on the Badgers who had a better record this season at 23–11 overall.On Nebraska, Toby Boyer and Linus Erhart will be taking on Carranza and Dodridge in the No. 1 doubles slot with an impressive 11–7 overall record going 3–2 in Big Ten matches.Boyer is also their top player in singles, going 11–8 in the No. 1 slot on the year for Nebraska. But Erhart will also be an issue in the No. 2 slot as the senior is 18–7 on the year.Women’s Tennis: Badgers halt seven-game skid in time for end of seasonThis weekend the Wisconsin Women’s Tennis Team was matched up with the University of Iowa and finally stole a “w.” Read…If Wisconsin can get past their first-round matchup versus Nebraska, they’ll face No. 3 Michigan tomorrow. Though they are ranked No. 12 in the nation, the Badgers played Michigan tightly in their first contest two weeks ago and should make for an entertaining match if Wisconsin can advance.Opening serve will begin at 2 p.m. today from Iowa City.
“Urgency to the shooters is what our coach has been preaching,” Caldwell said. “Everybody’s a shooter on both Colorado and Utah, so just getting to them with a lot of urgency and try to make them alter their shot.” “We definitely are fine with playing at a fast pace,” Caldwell said. “But if we do get a half court situation, we know that we can execute our offense. So either way, we’re ready to battle.” Whether Utah attempts to implement the same high-tempo strategy it used against ASU or if it tries to slow the game down with halfcourt sets, USC expects to be prepared for whatever the Utes bring. USC will face Utah at Galen Center Friday afternoon and Colorado at noon Sunday. Friday’s tip-off is at 6 p.m. Sunday’s tip-off is at 12 p.m. Sophomore guard Desiree Caldwell has cooled down offensively since the last time USC faced Utah. (Ling Luo | Daily Trojan) USC was led by a career shooting performance from sophomore guard Desiree Caldwell, who finished the game with 14 points after sinking four 3-pointers on just seven attempts. Associate head coach Aarika Hughes said she and head coach Mark Trakh expect everyone who plays to be ready to share the burden of the scoring load given the extra attention they expect Pili to receive. “Clearly, the goal is to get out and run and slow the other team down,” Hughes said. “Utah is an offensively focused team. So slowing them down in transition and matching up and slowing the game down on the defensive end is crucial.” In Friday’s matchup against the Utes, USC will face a familiar foe. The Trojans’ last matchup with the Utes ended in heartbreaking fashion for USC: The Trojans hung with Utah despite a seemingly unstoppable barrage of 3-pointers before ultimately falling 67-65 at the hands of a last second basket. Standout freshman forward Alissa Pili heads into the game averaging a team-high 15.6 points and eight rebounds per game on the season. Pili recently enjoyed a career-high 32-point scoring performance during a 66-60 win in Pullman, Wash., against Washington State. Both teams shot the ball exceptionally well, combining for 20 3-pointers over the course of the afternoon. In her first career meeting with the Utes in January, Pili led the Trojans with 16 points along with eight rebounds. In that same game, five Trojans scored in double digits — the first time that had happened all season. The Utes were led by an excellent performance from redshirt senior wing Daneesha Provo, who had 17 points to go with three buckets from behind the arc. Freshman guard Kemery Martín also chipped in 12 points for the Utes. Over the last 12 games, Pili has averaged a stellar 19.7 points per game. Pili is the Pac-12 freshman leader in rebounds and scoring and looked more and more like a rising star each time out for the Cardinal and Gold. Utah travels to Galen Center with a bit of momentum after snapping a three-game losing streak with a home victory against Arizona State Sunday. The Utes currently sit just under the Trojans in the Pac-12 with an overall record of 13-14, but the teams share conference records of 6-10. The USC women’s basketball team will play host to Utah and Colorado at Galen Center this weekend. The Trojans currently sit at 14-13 on the season and hope to improve their chances of making the NCAA Tournament with a pair of wins over the two teams. Pili’s strong scoring performance against the Cougars was complemented by 12 rebounds, good for her 10th double-double of the season. Hughes echoed Caldwell’s sentiment. “Alissa Pili is driving us right now,” Hughes said. “She is our scoring force. We want to give her just as many looks every game, but everyone needs to be ready and willing to knock down shots and have that confidence because the coaching staff believes that they can do that as well.” Caldwell believes containing Utah’s shooters will be key to more success on the defensive end this time around.