Jackets return home after achieving roadtrip goals

The Columbus Blue Jackets’ (3-1-0) Monday morning practice at the Dispatch Ice Haus was full of smiles, and for good reason.The 2009-10 squad returned to Ohio over the weekend after winning two out of three games in its first West Coast road swing of the season. The Blue Jackets now prepare for a hard-hitting game tonight against the Calgary Flames (4-1-0) in a 7 p.m. faceoff at Nationwide Arena.“We have a great group in this locker room, and guys were having fun out there in practice with good hard work,” said captain Rick Nash, who leads the team with six points, including two goals and four assists. “It’s a good team to be around right now. Everyone gets along together and when you’re winning it makes everything comfortable.”The Blue Jackets are showing the rest of the NHL that the franchise’s first playoff appearance a season ago was not an accident. On the road against opposing-team home openers, Columbus defeated Vancouver, 5-3, on Oct. 5 before shutting out the Phoenix Coyotes, 2-0, last Saturday in Phoenix.“The start has been great and two out of three road wins are huge,” Nash said. “We just want to keep this going and we’ll be fine. [Calgary is] a good team and they made some huge trades in the summer with signings. We are going to have our hands full, but we’ll have our home fans behind us.”One of Calgary’s main offseason additions was defenseman Jay Bouwmeester from the Florida Panthers, who was considered one of the top free-agent signings in summer 2009. Standing at 6 feet 4 inches, the native of Edmonton, Alberta, has claimed 206 points in 476 career NHL games and will look to cause problems for Columbus offensively.“It’s going to be a rough game and they are a big tough team,” forward Derek Dorsett said. “We are just going to have to match it. We have to worry about our game and go after them.”  On the defensive side, the confidence the Blue Jackets have begins with their success at goalie. Starter and 2008-09 Rookie of the Year Steve Mason is 2-1 in front of the net with a .906 save percentage, and veteran backup Mathieu Garon won in his Columbus debut against the Coyotes, claiming a shutout with 36 saves.“Having a goalie back there is like your quarterback,” defenseman Marc Methot said. “Usually the outcomes of the games rely on your goaltender and having that backup you can really trust and not worrying about when he gets in between the pipes is huge. As a defenseman, we can’t ask for more. It makes us more comfortable back there and we don’t play as tentative.”Against the power play, the Blue Jackets have killed 17 of 18 penalties.“We know we can kill penalties and a good penalty-killing team can go real far in season,” said Garon, who signed a two-year contract last July with Columbus. “I think when you can get out of situations like that without getting scored on, it’s a plus for the team and a way we can be successful.”With one of the youngest squads in the league, the Blue Jackets will need to be physical from the start and look for an early lead in tonight’s Western Conference matchup.“It’s big for our confidence,” Methot said. “We can go out there and play with a little bit of swagger and our offense can really get things going. They’re not worried about getting yelled at or making too many mistakes.” read more

Ohio State softball seniors reflect on great four years

It’s almost over for four seniors on the Ohio State softball team. OSU will play its final home series of the season this weekend against Iowa and senior pitcher Mikayla Endicott, senior shortstop Alicia Herron and senior outfielders Katie Simonton and Vanessa Spears, will play their final games at Buckeye Field in scarlet and gray. The foursome has started a combined 158 games this season and helped the Buckeyes to a 28-20 overall record, including a 10-6 record at home. Herron has been a consistent starter for OSU since she began her career in 2009. The speech and hearing science major has started 206 games in her four years as a Buckeye and is a career .368 hitter with 47 home runs and 173 RBI and plans to join the team at the end of the Buckeyes’ season. She said her experience at OSU has been a great one and feels like her time as a Buckeye went by quickly. She feels lucky to have had such great people surrounding her and said that made it easy for her to succeed. “It’s been a really great four years. It’s gone by very fast,” Herron said. “I’ve made great friends, I’ve met really great people. I’m just really thankful and grateful I got to be a part of an institution like the Ohio State University.” Endicott has been the No. 1 pitcher on the staff for OSU this season in her only year as a Buckeye. The transfer from Oregon has started 25 games and compiled a 16-12 record with 165 strikeouts. Endicott aspires to be a Division I pitching coach some day and will be a part of the OSU team next season as a graduate assistant while she continues working on her degree in sociology. Although she spent three years as a Duck before joining the team this year, Endicott said she feels as if she’s never played anywhere else. “My experience here has been great. I feel like I’ve played here all of my years of college,” Endicott said. “The girls and I have a really good relationship. I’ve enjoyed my short period here in Columbus.” Spears has been a mainstay in left field this season for OSU. She started all 48 games this year, and is hit .309 with a team-high 10 doubles from the second spot in the lineup. Spears said she hasn’t fully considered what it would be like playing at her last game at Buckeye Field. “I really haven’t even thought about it,” Spears said with a smile. “It’s not really real until it actually happens, but I’m obviously gonna be sad that it’s over. It’s a good field to go out on, that’s for sure.” Simonton has made her way back onto the field in 2012 after missing the entire 2011 season with an Achilles tendon injury she suffered during fall practice. The Dublin Scioto graduate has started 39 games in right field for the Buckeyes and hit .295 in her final season. Simonton, like the other seniors, said she has enjoyed her time at OSU and is sad to see it go. She said being around her teammates and being able to get to know about them and their lives is something that she will always cherish. “Getting to know a whole different group of girls every year is something you can’t really do anywhere else,” Simonton said. “Getting to meet a whole bunch of different people from different places who have different life experiences is probably what I’ll miss the most.” Coach Linda Kalafatis said this group of seniors has been through almost everything during their collegiate careers and seen good times and bad. “They’ve seen some of the best years in Ohio State softball history and maybe one of the worst last year,” Kalafatis said. “They’ve run the gamut and they personally certainly have all been through some real tragedies and some real obstacles and injuries. It’s part of the business.” Kalafatis described the exit of the seniors and the addition of the incoming freshmen next year as a “rebirth” of sorts. She acknowledged that losing the seniors is part of being a coach, but that it’s still tough to deal with. “It’s always hard to believe when you get to this point that it will be the last games on these fields for the seniors,” Kalafatis said. “It will be very difficult to see them go.” read more

Paul Pogba still has a lot to prove yet warns Ian

first_imgArsenal legend Ian Wright feels that Paul Pogba still has a long way to go yet to prove himself in the Premier LeaguePogba’s Manchester United future has been cast into doubt amid reports linking him with a surprise move to Barcelona for next summer.Former club Juventus have also been reportedly linked with a move for Pogba.But Wright feels that Pogba is yet to prove himself in English football suggested that his World Cup win with France could have given him a sense of false security.“Who knows what will happen in the near future,” Wright told Sky Sports.“He’s a great player, and he’s a World Cup winner. He has come back and has proven that he is that guy.“But if Paul Pogba left in January, and we looked back at his Premier League CV, would you say he has been brilliant here? He still has a lot to prove!“I think he’s fantastic, that picture of him dabbing with the World Cup is brilliant, it’s going to be iconic, but at the same time, in the Premier League he hasn’t done it properly, consistently enough yet.“Coming back with a World Cup medal has given him a false sense of security, in thinking that: ‘I’m bigger than this now.’ We need to see more from him and what he’s capable of doing.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.I’ll always give my best to the fans and my teammates no matter what’s going on. #pogfeelings pic.twitter.com/naT9hLHomG— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) August 10, 2018The former England striker added that Pogba’s dispute with United boss Jose Mourinho would be resolved if the Frenchman consistently produced the kind performance that warrants his £89m price tag.“I think what’s happening is two massive egos, and [neither] of them are backing down right now,” said Wright.“I think Paul Pogba is the person who could just really blast this out of the water by playing well.“But if he continues to play like he is playing, where we’ve seen a little bit of it, not enough of it, and we’re not seeing it consistently enough, Mourinho would be well within his rights to say: ‘We’re not getting enough!’“But then you have Ed Woodward saying: He’s our man, he’s our talisman, you have got to play him!”Pogba featured in France’s goalless draw with Germany on Thursday night.last_img read more

Bus Driver In Fatal 2015 Crash Arraigned On Charges

first_imgAccording to the Alaska State Troopers, the investigation into the crash indicated that the tour bus, driven by Curtis, with multiple passengers was northbound on the Seward Highway and struck another northbound vehicle stopped waiting for cars to turn into the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Charles Curtis, 63 of Wasilla, was operating a Premier Alaska Tours Inc. bus when it was involved in a fatal collision. John Zollner III, then 55, died as a result of injuries he sustained in the wreck, on July 31, 2015. According to Troopers, the assault charges include two counts of second-degree assault for Amy Zollner, and her daughter Elko Benefield who were injured in the same vehicle with John Zollner. Nine additional counts of fourth-degree assault were charged in connection with others injured during the incident. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The tour bus driver involved in a fatal collision on July 31, 2015, on the Seward Highway, has been charged with criminally negligent homicide and 11 counts of assault. According to court documents, Curtis told AST he saw the stopped truck and tried to stop the tour bus, but the brakes didn’t work. Troopers noted the absence of brake marks on the road from the bus prior to the crash location. center_img Curtis was arraigned in Anchorage, on Thursday, May 3. That crash resulted in a multi-car crash which included the tour bus and seven other occupied vehicles, two of which were towing trailers. The Seward Highway at Mile 80 was closed for roughly 10 hours while troopers conducted their investigation and emergency responders remained on scene.last_img read more

OBITUARY Florence M Sudsbury Boutwell 99

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Florence M. (Sudsbury) Boutwell fondly known as “Sister” to her family and friends, age 99, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on July 29, 2018.Sister was born on March 26, 1919, at home in Wilmington, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Floyd and Margaret Boutwell. Sister was also raised and educated in Wilmington.She married the “love of her life” Albert Boutwell, Jr. in 1944; the couple raised three children and shared nearly 50 years of marriage before his passing in 1993. Sister was very attentive to her family; she was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and an excellent homemaker. Sister treasured the time that she spent with her children and grandchildren; they spent many holidays, special occasions, or just family gatherings at her home which was always filled with love and laughter. Sister enjoyed traveling every summer to Nova Scotia with her husband and children to visit family and they also had many great times camping at their place in Henniker, NH.In her spare time, Sister, enjoyed crocheting and knitting; she made countless hand made gifts that were shared with family and friends. Sister was also a very talented baker and cake decorator for many years; Sister’s creations were as beautiful as they were delicious and they made every occasion special.Sister will be remembered as a kind and loving woman; she was quite and gentle in nature but always made others feel welcomed and loved. Sister will forever be in the hearts of her family, friends and those she touched.Florence was the beloved wife of the late Albert E. Boutwell, Jr., devoted mother of Margaret “Anne” Fisher of Lowell, Mary Lou Govoni of Burlington and the late Albert E. Boutwell III. Loving “Nana” of Jeff & his wife Leigh, Lisa, Michelle, Scott, Kelly, Chris, Kenny & his wife Carmen, Sarah & her husband Matt, Aron, Tristan, Chris and the late Allan as well as many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Cherished daughter of the late Floyd and Margaret (Surette) Sudsbury, dear sister of the late James W. “Jeff” Sudsbury.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, August 2nd for Visitation from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.Memorial donations in Florence’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.Florence M. (Sudsbury) Boutwell(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Janet (Colucci) O’Connor, 86In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Susan A. (McNeil) Roy, 49In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Oyo secures 1 billion in fresh funds to drive China expansion

first_imgOYO RoomsReutersHotel booking startup Oyo said on Tuesday it’s raising $1 billion (Rs 7,282 crore) in fresh funding. The bulk of the funds will be used to drive expansion in China, where the company started operations about ten months ago.The billion dollar boost comes from existing investors such as SoftBank Vision Fund, Sequoia Capital and Lightspeed Venture Partners Bloomberg reported.It was widely reported earlier this month that China’s Didi Chuxing was likely to make a huge investment in the company.As much as 60 percent of the new money will be spent for expanding Oyo’s Chinese operations. “With this additional funding, we plan to rapidly scale our business in these countries, while continuing to invest further in technology and talent. We will also deploy fresh capital to take our unique model that enables small hotel owners to create quality living spaces, global.” Oyo founder Ritesh Agarwal said in a statement.The fresh round of funding has taken Oyo’s valuation to $5 billion, making it India’s second most valuable startup after Paytm. Flipkart, the biggest ever startup success story in India, was acquired by Walmart Inc. earlier this year. OYO Rooms founder Ritesh AgarwalOyo, which was launched by the college dropout Agarwal in 2013 in Gurgaon, now has a network of 125,000 rooms across the country. In China, Oyo has expanded into 171 cities and has now 87,000 rooms, Bloomberg reported.”In the last 12 months, we have increased our international footprint to five countries – India, China, Malaysia and Nepal, and more recently in the UK. With this additional funding, we plan to rapidly scale our business in these countries, while continuing to invest further in technology and talent,” Agarwal added.last_img read more

Baltimore City States Attorneys Race Heats Up

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comIvan Bates, the defense attorney, former prosecutor and candidate for Baltimore City State’s Attorney, has been on the campaign stump incessantly attacking State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and her record. Mosby says her office’s 92 percent felony conviction rate speaks volumes about her record.Mosby, Bates and former Maryland Deputy Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah, another candidate for the State’s Attorney’s Office, will have at least three opportunities in person to debate the pressing issues confronting the SA’s Office and the city.Last week, Mosby’s office said she will participate in three debates. The first debate will be at WYPR and the Midday show hosted by Tom Hall (the specific date in May or June has not been announced yet). On June 7, Mosby will also participate in the Baltimore Sun/WJZ debate and on June 13, Mosby will take part in the WOLB debate on the Larry Young Morning Show.Marilyn MosbyMosby graduated magna cum laude from Tuskegee University and obtained her law degree from Boston University. While in law school, she clerked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston and Washington, D.C., as well as the Homicide Unit of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston.Marilyn Mosby (Facebook Photo)A native of Boston, and a resident of the Reservoir Hill neighborhood of West Baltimore, Mosby was sworn in as Baltimore’s 25th State’s Attorney January 8, 2015, after what many characterize as a surprising almost 10 point victory over incumbent Gregg Bernstein.In the wake of the homicide of Freddie Gray April 19, 2015 and the subsequent uprising, Mosby charged the six officers connected to Gray’s death on a variety of charges on May 1, 2015 (the officers were officially indicted by a grand jury May 21, 2015). The move sparked the ire of many law enforcement agencies across the nation and the praise of law enforcement reform advocates and people who have been victims of police misconduct around the country and the world (The first trial, William Porter was declared a mistrial, Brian Rice, Caesar Goodson and Edward Nero were found not guilty by bench trial, and all charges against Alicia White, Garrett Miller and Porter were dropped). Beyond the 92 percent felony conviction rate touted by Mosby, her office also argues it has convicted every public enemy number one brought to trial since 2015.Mosby is married to Baltimore City Delegate Nick Mosby (D-40).Ivan BatesBates graduated with honors from Howard University and subsequently obtained his law degree from William and Mary. After law school, Bates clerked for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. After moving to Baltimore in 1995, Bates also clerked for the Hon. David B. Mitchell in the Circuit Court of Baltimore City. He is a U.S. Army veteran who served in the 32nd Air Defense Artillery unit.Ivan Bates (Twitter Photo)A veteran trial attorney, Bates has worked as a prosecutor in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office led by Patricia Jessamy, in the Juvenile Crime Division and later in the Homicide Division, where he says he never lost a murder trial.Bates is a former president of the Monumental Bar Association. He is a senior partner at the law firm of Bates and Garcia, which he started in 2006.last_img read more

Cardinals Picked Second in Atlantic Division by ACC Coaches

first_imgStory Links The Cardinals, ranked 14th in the United Soccer Coaches preseason poll, totaled 48 points in the ACC voting, while Wake Forest was chosen as the favorite in the Atlantic Division. North Carolina was tabbed as the favorite in the Coastal Division and was selected to win the league championship. The Tar Heels North Carolina received nine of the 12 first-place votes to win the 2019 championship. Duke, Virginia and Wake Forest each garnered one vote. The Cardinals enter their sixth season in the ACC after an 11-5-3 season in which the Cards captured their first ACC title in program history. Louisville has advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championship five times in the last nine seasons, and has made the NCAA Tournament 11 of the last 12 seasons. Senior midfielder Lamine Conte was named to the ACC Preseason Watch List. 2019 SOCCER SEASON TICKETS ON SALE NOWSeason tickets and single match tickets for the 2019 University of Louisville soccer season are also on sale now through the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office. The 2019 Louisville soccer season tickets can be purchased online at GoCards.com/soccertickets. Atlantic DivisionWake Forest, 64 (9)Louisville, 48 (1)Syracuse, 42 (1)NC State, 38Clemson, 36 (1)Boston College 18 The ACC has sent an NCAA-record nine teams to the NCAA Championship for three straight years. All nine teams advancing to the second round and four teams advanced to the Sweet 16. The ACC Championship begins Nov. 5 and 6 with first-round matches. The quarterfinals are slated for Sunday, Nov. 10 and the semifinals for Wednesday, Nov. 13. After the preliminary rounds are contested at campus sites, the ACC Championship match will be held Sunday, Nov. 17 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. Louisville has two exhibition matches remaining, including Wednesday’s match with No. 2 Indiana in Westfield, Indiana, and against UAB on Aug. 24 at Lynn Stadium. The Cardinals will kick off the 2019 season against Cleveland State on Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m., inside Lynn Stadium. For the latest on Louisville men’s soccer, visit GoCards.com, or follow the team’s social media accounts on Twitter @UofLMensSoccer, Facebook /UofLMensSoccer, and Instagram @UofLMensSoccer.center_img GREENSBORO, N.C. – The University of Louisville men’s soccer team was picked to finish second in the ACC Atlantic Division in 2019 in a vote of the conference’s 12 head coaches released Monday, August 19, by the league. Wake Forest claimed nine first-place votes and 64 points to serve as the favorite in the Atlantic Division. Louisville, Syracuse and Clemson each received one first-place vote. The 2018 ACC Champion, Louisville, totaled 48 points to stand second in the division in the preseason poll. Syracuse (42), NC State (38), Clemson (36) and Boston College (18) comprise the third through sixth slots. Coastal DivisionNorth Carolina, 65 (10)Virginia, 46 (1)Duke, 45 (1)Virginia Tech, 38Notre Dame, 36Pitt, 16 Season tickets packages include all UofL men’s and women’s soccer regular season matches at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium. For more information on Louisville soccer season tickets, visit GoCards.com/soccertickets, call 502-GO-CARDS or email tickets@gocards.com. Print Friendly Version Reserved chairback tickets are priced at $106 for adults $85 for faculty/staff, and family of four or more $85 a ticket. General admission/berm seating is priced at $53 for adults and families of four or more $40 per ticket.  Overall ChampionNorth Carolina, 9Duke, 1Virginia, 1Wake Forest, 1 2019 ACC Men’s Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll First-place votes in parentheseslast_img read more