Lady Chargers Fall To Lady Panthers In VB

first_imgND lost to Knightstown on Thursday, Sept 11th in 4 sets in varsity volleyball action 15-25, 18-25, 25-22, 25-27.The ND JV team won against Knightstown in 2 sets 25-17, 25-24.A sluggish start frustrated the Lady Chargers. Both teams were hitting the ball hard. The difference in the game was North’s struggle in accuracy of serve receive. Knightstown was in system most of the night.When North Decatur was in system, they out hit the Panthers for several kills. However, the unforced errors in all 4 areas of serve receive, passing, setting, and hitting were the death of the Chargers.The Lady Chargers serve well, just like they did against South Decatur when they only had 3 service errors in 67 serves. They just didn’t clean up the errors until the 3rd game.Courtesy of Chargers Coach Mark Burry.last_img read more

Police Arrest Man Accused of Killing Dog, Smashing Girlfriend’s Car with Sledgehammer

first_imgA Lauderhill man who is accused of using a sledgehammer to smash his girlfriend’s car and then kill a dog is now behind bars in Broward County.Police arrested 33-year-old Darrien Gyrone Green late last week. Court records show that he is facing charges of animal cruelty causing death, robbery with a weapon, aggravated assault, and probation violations for prior stalking charges.The arrest affidavit states that Lauderhill police responded to the 700 block of Northwest 34th Avenue just before 6:30 p.m. on February 1.That is when Nikia Gethers-Ponder told them that Green, the father of her child, had shattered the windows of her BMW, but she did not want to discuss it with them any further.According to the affidavit, two other women were walking their dogs in the area at the time of the incident and heard the sound of banging. They saw a man, who was later identified as Green, smashing a car and then running past them while holding the sledgehammer.As one of the women took a photograph of Green with her phone, he approached her and shouted, “You taking pictures of me?” That is when Green reportedly raised the hammer above his head in a threatening manner and took away her phone.The other woman’s two-year-old female Yorkie/Poodle mix started barking, and Green struck the dog with the sledgehammer before running away, the affidavit states.The dog was gasping for air and bleeding from its mouth. Police say the pet was dead by the time it arrived at Coral Springs Animal Hospital.Although officers set up a perimeter around the area, they were unable to find Green at the time. He was arrested last Friday at a house in the 2300 block of Northwest 15th Street in Fort Lauderdale.Green was ordered held without bond in the Broward County Jail during his first court appearance.last_img read more

WAFU Cup: Super Falcons Promise to Sweep aside Niger Challenge

first_imgToday’s clash should be even easier for the nine-time African champions, but they are determined not to take anything for granted as football has continued to prove to be unpredictable.“We want not just to win, but to win well so that we quickly seal a place in the quarter-finals,” said Captain Evelyn Nwabuoku.A high-score win today will earn the Falcons an early ticket into the semifinals, take confidence to the maximum level and set them in good mood for the concluding stages of the sub-regional championship.Against the Burkinabes, Uchenna Kanu opened scoring as early as the eighth minute, before Captain Nwabuoku and Amarachi Okoronkwo converted penalty kicks. Kanu scored two more goals in the second period before Charlotte Milogo pulled one back for Burkina Faso.After today’s clash with the Nigeriens, the FIFA World Cup-bound Falcons will tackle high-scoring Mali on Tuesday evening.According to the team’s programme, the Falcons will fly out of Nigeria to Austria on 21st May, where they will spend two weeks at the world-renown Avita Resort in Bad Tatzmannsdorf perfecting strategies for the 8th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals. They will arrive in France on June 4.At the World Cup finals, holding June 7 – July 7, the African champions will file out against Norway in Reims on June 8, take on Korea Republic in Grenoble on June 12 and tango with host nation France in Rennes on June 17Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram African champions Nigeria intend to take all their opportunities when they clash with the senior women team of Niger Republic in Abidjan today in order to seal a place in WAFU Women’s Cup Tournament.The Nigeriens are the standout whipping team of Group B after a 10-0 bashing in the hands of Mali on Thursday evening, just after the Falcons thrashed Burkina Faso’s girls 5-1 at the same Parc des Sports in Treichville.Former junior international Uchenna Kanu bagged a hat-trick and was named Woman-of-the-Match. The Burkinabes prosecuted most of the encounter with 10 players after Salimata Simpore was sent off in the 16th minute for the foul that led to the first penalty kick.last_img read more

Dodgers, Angels notes: Some Dodgers pitchers owe much to Frank Jobe

first_imgThe odds have increased in the players’ favor over the years. Jobe originally gave John 100-to-1 odds of making a return to the major leagues. John went on to a long and storied career in baseball. Currently, the surgery carries a 95 percent success rate.Dodgers head athletic trainer Stan Conte said that even Jobe was slow to come around as a disciple of his own work.“He was strong enough to critique his own surgeries,” Conte said. “The willingness to risk his ego and reputation for the good of the player doesn’t happen very often.”Conte noted that Jobe only performed 16 Tommy John procedures between 1974 and 1986, “because he wasn’t quite sure it would work.”Besides Billingsley and Elbert, Dodgers pitcher Brian Wilson and outfielder Carl Crawford owe their careers — at least, their speedy recovery from elbow injuries — to Jobe’s pioneering surgery.Their stories are part of the strong testament to Jobe’s skill and legacy.“There’s no question he’s a pioneer,” Conte said. “I think he would appreciate that title.”Dodgers beat RangersHanley Ramirez’s two-run homer in the first inning paced the Dodgers to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Texas Rangers at Camelback Ranch. Zach Lee threw two scoreless innings after allowing a double to Shin-Soo Choo to begin the game. Lee, whose Cactus League debut was delayed when he strained his right latissimus dorsi muscle early in camp, walked none and struck out one.Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig did not play because he was excused to deal with a “personal matter,” according to the club. He’s expected to return Sunday. Angels drop twinbillHector Santiago pitched four scoreless innings in the Angels’ split-squad loss to the Cubs, 3-2, at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The right-hander and projected fourth starter allowed one hit, walked none and struck out five facing a lineup of mostly minor leaguers.Michael Kohn and Buddy Boshers each threw a scoreless inning of relief. C.J. Cron and Raul Ibanez hit RBI singles, and Howie Kendrick went 2 for 3. Chris Valaika’s RBI double and Jorge Soler’s RBI triple in the ninth inning off Josh Wall gave the Cubs the lead in the ninth inning.Joe Blanton started the Angels’ other split-squad game, and allowed seven runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings of a 7-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields. Troy Tulowitzki hit two of the Rockies’ four home runs off Blanton.The right-hander, who is fighting for a job in the second year of his two-year contract, saw his Cactus League ERA rise to 14.29 in his second start.Matt Long (3 for 3), Tommy Field (2 for 3) and Andrew Romine (2 for 3) accounted for seven of the Angels’ nine hits.NotableZack Greinke will face live batters for the first time since straining a calf in his Cactus League debut Feb. 27. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Greinke will pitch against minor-league hitters at Camelback Ranch. … The Dodgers still have not scheduled Tommy John surgery for pitch Ross Stripling, who underwent a procedure Monday to remove bone spurs from his right elbow in an attempt to alleviate swelling. Stripling said the swelling has subsided already and he hopes to have the ligament-replacement surgery within two weeks. … Baseball’s new instant replay rule (7.13) will be in effect for the Angels’ next four games, beginning with today’s contest against the Arizona Diamondbacks. GLENDALE, Ariz. — Only a handful of current Dodgers players knew Dr. Frank Jobe as the club’s top physician. Some, like pitcher Clayton Kershaw, only remember Jobe issuing a routine physical after they were drafted into the organization. Being poked in the arm isn’t a powerful memory.Jobe, who died Thursday in Santa Monica at age 88, ceded the title of team doctor to become a special advisor to the chairman in 2008. Only nine current players (Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Scott Elbert, A.J. Ellis, Andre Ethier, Javy Guerra, Matt Kemp, Scott Van Slyke and Chris Withrow) were drafted or added to the Dodgers’ major-league roster prior to Jobe’s promotion.Two of those players owe Jobe a tremendous debt of gratitude, however, and they know it. Billingsley and Elbert both had Tommy John surgery to replace a ligament in their elbow last year. Jobe invented the surgical procedure in 1974 in order to repair a ruptured tendon in the left elbow of John, then a Dodgers pitcher. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “Neal ElAttrache did my surgery and he works at Kerlan-Jobe (Medical Center) in L.A.,” Billingsley said. “I can’t say enough about what (Jobe) has done for guys’ careers, inventing the surgery.”Billingsley, a first-round draft pick in 2003, didn’t know much about Jobe when he was given the standard physical after being drafted.“I was an 18-year-old kid, just graduating high school,” he said. “I’m just on cloud nine from being drafted in the first round. What the Dodgers really put in guys’ minds is the history of the organization. (Jobe) was definitely one of the guys you would hear discussed from the instructors, people in the organization. His name would come up all the time, just what he’s done for the Dodgers.”Both Billingsley and Elbert knew they were in good hands by trusting ElAttrache, a Jobe protege, and the surgery to do their work.“There’s a percentage that don’t come back from it but (the odds) were definitely in my favor,” Elbert said. “I put in the work, they’ve got it down to a science.”last_img read more

Suspect Arrested in Fatal West Palm Beach Hit-and-Run Crash

first_imgWest Palm Beach Police say the victim of a hit-and-run crash died Saturday, and one person is in custody.The pedestrian in the crash was identified by police as 35-year-old David Dering.The crash happened Friday night just before 9 p.m. at 45th Street and Broadway Ave.According to officers, Dering was crossing west to east at the intersection, when an SUV struck him and fled south on Broadway.Shortly after 11:30 a.m. Saturday, police announced that they have located the driver of the vehicle. He is identified as 23-year-old Juan Castanon Perez, and is now in custody.Charges are pending.last_img

New Alliance Aims to Bring State Health Dollars to South Sound,…

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston CountyCascade Pacific Action Alliance seeks state grant for Health Care Innovation PlanStakeholders and community partners from 10 counties gathered Wednesday, May 21 in Tumwater to form the new Cascade Pacific Action Alliance—a coalition of private and public organizations that is working to improve community health, and working to get more state healthcare dollars invested in South Sound and coastal communities.The meeting gathered representatives from a broad spectrum of industries and organizations that are involved in healthcare and community health throughout Western Washington. People from state agencies, school districts, hospitals and clinics throughout the region joined numerous elected officials and representatives of public health departments and other government agencies to formalize an alliance that would help direct funding and resources from the Washington State Health Care Authority and other state programs that are part of the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act.At the end of the meeting, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Thurston and Wahkiakum counties were the first five to have signed on to the Cascade Pacific Action Alliance to form an “Accountable Community of Health”—a term the state has developed to refer to regional collaboratives formed around improving healthcare and building healthier communities. Representatives from five additional counties were also invited to participate and potentially join the alliance—Clallam, Cowlitz, Jefferson, Kitsap and Pacific.The state is encouraging public and private organizations in Washington to form regional collaboratives like the Cascade Pacific Action Alliance to help identify ways to improve how we pay for health services, ensure health care focuses on the whole person, and build healthier communities through collaboration in order to be more competitive when the state begins awarding Health Care Innovation Plan grants.In a letter sent to state representatives to declare the alliance’s intent to apply for a Health Care Planning grant, CHOICE Regional Health Network Executive Director Winfried Danke wrote:“We believe that the state’s Health Care Innovation Plan and the development of Accountable Communities of Health like the Cascade Pacific Action Alliance represent a huge opportunity for our region to substantively improve our communities’ health by engaging a broad range of diverse stakeholders in charting a course that better integrates our health system and leads to improved health outcomes for our residents.” Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more