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Jay Leslie Droege

first_imgJay Leslie Droege, 63, of Dillsboro passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at U.C. Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Jay was born Friday, July 20, 1956 in Milan, Indiana, the son of the late Roy and Catherine (Witte) Droege.  He was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Farmer’s Retreat.  He graduated from Dillsboro High School in 1974 and was an FFA member.  He was a farmer and had a love for John Deere Tractors.Jay is survived by his brother Jeff Droege of Dillsboro; cousins; aunts; uncles; numerous friends and neighbors.  He was preceded in death by his parents Roy and Catherine.A service celebrating his life will be held 11 AM Monday, June 15, 2020 at Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home in Dillsboro.  Burial will follow in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery at Farmer’s Retreat.  Family and friends may gather to share and remember him 1 – 3 PM Sunday, June 14 also at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given in honor of Jay to the Dillsboro Food Pantry or The American Cancer Society.  Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 12887 Lenover Street, Box 146, Dillsboro, IN 47018, (812) 432-5480.  Please reach out to the family through our website at www.filterdevriesmoore.com to leave an online condolence message or memory of Jay for the family.last_img read more

Alumni survey shows increasing satisfaction

first_imgA recent survey by the USC Alumni Association found that graduates are becoming increasingly more satisfied with their college and alumni experience, though there are still improvements to be made.The USC Alumni Association conducted an online survey in the fall of 2009 to evaluate alumni involvement and college experience, including factors such as alumni attitudes and behaviors. Though the results of the 2009 survey illustrated significant gains in certain areas, the Alumni Association realizes it still has areas that need to improve.“There has been a tremendous progress in various areas, including career services and the Trojan Network,” said Cheryl Collier, director of communications and marketing for the USC Alumni Association.Collier said 7,441 alumni participated in the online survey, which consisted of questions divided into four areas: demographics, student experience, alumni experience and loyalty. Questions surveyed involvement on campus, student commitment to education and overall preparation to receive a college degree. The main objective, Collier said, is to help determine how USC is viewed by previous generations of Trojans.The results have improved over the years, with an overwhelming 95 percent of alumni reporting in this year’s survey that their overall experience at USC was satisfying and successful.Many alumni said they were not surprised by this statistic.“I definitely loved my experience at USC and being a Trojan for life,” alumna Trina Saunders said.Still, the Alumni Association sees room for improvement. Based on the fact that most of the respondents were older, Collier said the Alumni Association plans to focus more efforts on targeting young alumni.“In 2007, we needed to improve in career services and made significant gains after we developed our alumni services study group,” Collier said. “We now plan to dedicate more resources to the area of social media.”Collier said the Alumni Association will also work on developing a relationship with Trojans before they graduate.“We have the opportunity to enhance the affinity of undergraduates by associating with undergraduate organizations and community services. It’s mainly about working together with the students,” she said.One example of an undergraduate organization that works in forming the relationship between undergraduate students and alumni is Society 53. Members of the society are the student liasons between alumni and students. Their goal is to have students’ first exposure to the alumni network be right after graduation.USC alumna Syreeta Greene Aboubaker was one of the many alumni who completed the survey, and she said she agrees that a stronger connection with younger alumni and students would be a great improvement.“I definitely could have benefitted from more advisement from the association as a student,” she said.Though USC Alumni are greatly satisfied by their experience at USC and have received the adequate attention and education to receive a college degree and a promising career, the Alumni Association plans to continue distribution of the survey every two years to improve its operation.last_img read more

Event covers transition from grad student to professor

first_imgThe Center for Excellence in Teaching hosted a seminar Monday to inform graduate students about teaching strategies and time management.Making the Transition from Graduate Student to Professor, held at Doheny Memorial Library, focused on necessary preparations for graduate students interested in becoming professors.Prepared · Michal Temkin Martinez, a USC alumna and recently hired professor at Boise State University, spoke about her transition to teaching on Monday. – Priyanka Patel | Daily TrojanMichal Temkin Martinez, a USC alumna and a newly appointed professor at Boise State University, said her path to success in teaching was knowing her expectations, documenting her progress and making sure she balanced activities in three areas: teaching, research and service.“Colleges actually have very specific guidelines — make sure you know what is expected of you and be aware of the policies that are going to affect you for tenure and promotion,” Martinez said. “I actually have two friends who were denied tenure because they were promised things but didn’t get it in writing.”Martinez said some of the challenges of being a professor include whether to accept students’ friend requests on Facebook and applying for tenure“You’ll need to make a decision about whether or not you add students and colleagues to your social network,” Martinez said. “I was really conflicted about it — I ended up making a second Facebook profile.”Jeff Laguna, a graduate student and teaching assistant studying gerontology, said the most rewarding part of the presentation was the reassurance that a teaching position isn’t out of reach.“I’m a little nervous because it’s going to be about a year before I have to make this transition,” Laguna said. “Martinez’s story lets us know that it can be done — she’s a recent USC grad working at her dream job.”last_img read more

Combine ruled by perception not fact

first_imgPete Carroll always used to joke that he refused to divulge Taylor Mays’ 40-yard dash time because no one would believe him if he did.I guess now we’ll never know the truth.The answer was supposed to be finally revealed once and for all Tuesday at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. It looked for a minute as though Mays had delivered that jaw-dropping moment when it was announced he had recorded a 4.24 second 40-yard dash, which would have tied the record mark set by Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson in 2008.But that listing was unofficial. Mays true mark was announced as 4.43 seconds, leaving everyone in the Lucas Oil Stadium befuddled. Timing can vary by a few hundredths of a second depending on who’s holding the stopwatch. But how does someone’s speed vary by two-tenths of a second?There was a certain disappointment that lingered once the more reasonable time was announced. If the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Mays had truly run a 4.24, he would have gone down in history as one of the best combine performers of all time. Now he only gets the benefit of being labeled as one of your run-of-the-mill elite physical specimens.Mays’ mark was still the best among defensive backs, but it’s easy to see why he would be disappointed with the new mark. It’s the equivalent of getting a 101 on your test only to have your professor take it back and regrade it as an 89. Sure, there’s some estimation involved, but there’s no accounting for such a discrepancy.Cameras superimposed Mays’ run against those of other speedy prospects, leading to the conclusion that the former USC safety had to have run faster than the official time with which he was credited. In all likelihood, it will be a great mystery until everyone forgets about it in roughly a week.But “40-gate” reinforced an important point: The NFL Draft focuses more on a collection of perceptions than it does exact information.From the outside, the NFL draft is a neurotic organizer’s dream. Everything has to be categorized, ranked and sorted. Teams and analysts ramble about what they claim to definitively know. If someone is picked too high or too low or above another player, there must be immediate, inherently justified outrage.But the truth is that there is no true sorting system for the NFL draft. The lack of predictability is what makes the event, when stripped of its hype, so enjoyable.Many of our perceptions are not entirely based on criteria that accurately predict the success of future NFL players. How else would you describe JaMarcus Russell’s ascension to No. 1 overall draft pick despite a litany of questions about his ability to lead a team and make good decisions? Oh right, you could account for it by mentioning that he was drafted by the Oakland Raiders.But there are plenty of other examples. The Miami Dolphins drafted wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., ninth overall despite the fact that he had the notable handicap of struggling to catch the ball, which ranks pretty highly on the things you would want from a player of his position.Teams, fans and analysts develop perceptions of players that evolve throughout the draft process. Of course, teams get in trouble when their perceptions of a flawed but talented player begin to drift away from the facts.When looking at a player with an obvious upside but significant problems, teams almost act like girls who think they can fix that troubled guy they like so much. He’ll change, they say, once I get a crack at him. And of course, they end up getting burned.But no matter what the team’s objective, it’s clear those perceptions matter more than the raw data.So what’s the perception that followed Mays after the draft? Well, it is probably that he is capable of moving extremely fast in one direction, especially for a player of his size ­— insightful analysis, right?I limit the statement at that because there are still questions about Mays that concern teams. Tony Pauline of Sports Illustrated wrote that Mays “was in bad form” during defensive back drills and showed poor fundamentals. And fairly or unfairly, Mays is now battling the reputation that he’s a workout warrior who still needs polishing.Mays will get another chance to change teams’ opinion of him when he performs at USC’s pro day at the end of the month. The comfortable setting should give him the opportunity to show off his skills in the best possible context.At the very least, he should give us another 40 time to talk about.“Tackling Dummy” runs Thursdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Michael at middlehu@usc.edu.last_img read more

Dougherty: Expectations for Syracuse fluctuate with each passing game

first_img Published on October 11, 2015 at 9:07 pm TAMPA, Fla. — It took three and a half hours, stretched out by humidity and hard-to-watch football, for Syracuse’s season to change course.On Saturday, the Orange jogged onto the field at Raymond James Stadium as the team that heavily competed into the fourth quarter in a 10-point loss with then-No. 8 LSU two weeks before. A bye week welcomed back two of its most promising offensive players: freshman quarterback Eric Dungey and sophomore hybrid Ervin Philips. The expectations for this season had ballooned and a win at South Florida seemed attainable, if not imminent.But after four quarters, a 45-24 loss to the Bulls (2-3, 0-1 American Athletic) became Syracuse’s (3-2, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) freshest team-defining result. The Orange looked sluggish and underprepared in its first road game of the season, and had a third-quarter comeback effort squashed by USF’s 35 second-half points.So the narrative shifts, yet again, as SU closes up nonconference play and looks ahead to the seven ACC games that will characterize 2015. The unpredictability of college football makes it so every game can completely shift the outlook of a season. We’re seeing it with Michigan in Ann Arbor, Texas in Austin, USC in Los Angeles and — maybe most drastically but with much less national significance — Syracuse in central New York.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the six weeks since opening against Rhode Island on Sept. 4, Syracuse’s annual roller coaster ride has included major injuries, positive signs, a questionable win and one very encouraging loss.Before you buckle into conference play, let’s look at how sharply the perception of Syracuse has changed, week-to-week, good to bad, and everything in between.Preseason: Coming off a 3-9 season, it looks like Syracuse’s best-case scenario is scratching into a bowl in spite of itself. The team graduated eight defensive starters and Terrel Hunt is coming off a season-ending injury. But it’s always fun to look at a blank slate, and you won’t know if the shoe doesn’t fit until you try it on.After Week 1 win over Rhode Island: A loss in a win. No plainer way to say it. On the third offensive possession of the season, Hunt tears his right Achilles. Deja vu. Getting the 47-0 win over Rhode Island was good and all, but now Tim Lester’s offense is going to be run by a true freshman. How many days until basketball season?After Week 2 win over Wake Forest: This Eric Dungey kid is it. He can run the option, looks comfortable in the pocket and just took down Wake Forest, 30-17, to push Syracuse to 2-0. Things are starting to look up and Dungey has time to get his feet wet before conference play. He just has to stay healthy, which should be easy enough.After Week 3 win over Central Michigan: Or not. A late hit knocks Dungey out of the game in the second quarter against Central Michigan — an eventual 30-27 overtime win — and the Orange is going to trot out sophomore walk-on quarterback Zack Mahoney against LSU. Mahoney led the Orange to the game-winning touchdown against the Chippewas and SU is 3-0 for the first time since 1991. But leading DuPage in the North Central Community College Conference is a lot different than facing a Southeastern Conference opponent with inexperienced parts all around you. There’s also that Leonard Fournette guy. It’s going to get ugly in the Carrier Dome.After Week 4 loss to LSU: Who are these guys and what did they do with Syracuse? The Orange, despite letting Fournette rush for 244 yards on 26 carries, was down one score in the fourth quarter and came within a pair of secondary miscues from having a chance to tie the game. Mahoney was under center but there’s a good chance Dungey and Philips get healthy during the bye week. Moral victories don’t show up in the standings but they can say a lot about a team, and this 34-24 loss spoke volumes to the Orange’s potential. Three wins for a bowl? Check that box.After Week 6 loss to South Florida: Well, that was quite the setback. Syracuse was out-muscled, out-coached and outrun by a team that had limited ways to win heading in. But South Florida stuck to a concentrated game plan of testing the Orange defense on the edge, and SU never adjusted. Syracuse collected 305 yards in 67 plays. USF used 69 to collect 540. Can this team get the three ACC wins needed for bowl eligibility if it doesn’t belong in the same stadium as a middling AAC team?We won’t know until next week, when the season could look a lot different than it does now. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

LA Lakers’ Kobe Bryant credits Spurs’ consistency for shaping his success

first_img“They forced me to raise my game to a championship level very quickly because of the way they played,” Bryant said of the Spurs. “The systematic approach to the game, their thinking on sequences, they play such a mental game. They play such a mistake-free game. It forced me at a really early age to step up to their level.”The Spurs still have the main cast of characters that fueled Bryant’s internal hunger. They featured Gregg Popovich’s commanding and innovative presence as head coach. They had Tim Duncan’s longevity, though he will sit out with knee soreness. They had Manu Ginobili’s competitiveness and clutchness, though he will also miss the game while recovering from surgery in his groin area. They had Tony Parker’s creativity. All of which helped the Spurs, including Duncan, tie Bryant’s championship ring count (five). The Spurs also eliminated the Lakers in the 2003 Western Conference semifinals and beat the Lakers in a four-game sweep in the first round in 2013, the latter series coinciding with Bryant sitting out with a season-ending injury to his left Achilles tendon. San Antonio did the same to the Lakers in 1999 in the Western Conference semifinals. The Spurs may have beaten the Lakers only by an average of seven points per game. Bryant may have averaged 21.25 points on 44.7 percent shooting during that matchup. But Bryant lent credence to the perception that San Antonio relied on substance over the Lakers’ flashy style.So Bryant spent the following offseason limiting his ball handling so he could become a more efficient player. Nearly 17 years later, Popovich called Bryant “one of the most fundamentally sound players we’ve ever seen.” Popovich added that Bryant and Jordan “are in a class by themselves.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error SAN ANTONIO >> For one last time, Kobe Bryant will step foot in a city that almost became his second home during the playoffs. The Lakers’ star will also face a team that both brought elation and sorrow during his NBA career.When the Lakers (11-41) visit the San Antonio Spurs (41-8) on Saturday at AT&T Center, the game itself will not have as much significance as when the Lakers won four out of seven playoff series against the Spurs between 1999 and 2013.But the moment will conjure up memories for Bryant, whose latest stop on his farewell tour elicited reflections on how the Spurs significantly shaped his quest toward achieving greatness. So much that Bryant ranked the Spurs among the top toughest opponents he’s faced. The other teams included the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls, the Sacramento Kings in the early 2000s, the Detroit Pistons in the 2004 NBA Finals loss and the Boston Celtics in the 2008 NBA Finals defeat. Quote box: “They forced me to raise my game to a championship level very quickly.” – Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on the San Antonio Spurs “You look at those guys who really understood footwork and balance and timing and an uncanny intelligence for the game,” Popovich said. “When you add his abilities and competitiveness, you got quite a package. So I don’t think it had anything to do with San Antonio. He was of the mindset that he wanted to be great and he did it.” Either way, it did not take long for Bryant to offer San Antonio some payback. The Lakers swept the Spurs in four games in the 2001 Western Conference Finals, which included a 45-point effort in Game 1 that still remains a Spurs opponent playoff record.“When I saw him doing what he was doing, I said to myself, I am witnessing basketball greatness,” said Lakers assistant coach Mark Madsen, who played with the Lakers from 2000 to 2002. “He was making shots, going around people and dunking on them. He was finishing over the length of David Robinson and Tim Duncan. He was doing a little bit of everything that game and making his teammates better. It was a special to watch.” But not for the Spurs, who also lost to the Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals in 2002 (4-1) and 2004 (4-2) as well as the Western Conference Finals in 2008 (4-2). Bryant felt the same way when he recalled how “awesome” it was Derek Fisher hit a game-winner with .04 seconds remaining in Game of the 2004 West Finals. But Popovich dreadfully recalled more images of Bryant “fading on the baseline and sticking it to us, dunking over us and guarding somebody when he decided he wanted to stop somebody.” Ginobili described Bryant as “a killer.”“It’s funny you get to see both sides. I heard everything that goes on from Coach Pop and how much he hated the Lakers and how much he hated Kobe Bryant,” said Time Warner Cable SportsNet analyst Robert Horry, who played for both the Lakers (1996-2003) and the Spurs (2003-08). “He thought Kobe was so arrogant. It wasn’t arrogance in the sense that ‘I’m better than you.’ It was arrogance in the sense that ‘I got to have this attitude because I want to be successful and kick people’s butts. I want to be a champion.’”Nonetheless, Bryant and Popovich both gushed about having extended conversations when Popovich coached Bryant in three NBA All-Star games (2005, 2011, 2013), a partnership that will continue in the 2016 NBA All-Star game on Feb. 14 in Toronto. Popovich admitted wishing he could have coached Bryant somehow. Bryant expressed a desire to have spent his career with one established coach.“I’ve been a big fan of his for a long time,” Bryant said of Popovich. “There’s so much mutual respect”Bryant and former Spurs guard Bruce Bowen viewed each other the same way amid. While Bryant averaged 28.6 points on 46.8 percent shooting against Bowen in 22 playoff games, Bowen held Bryant to 26.3 points per game average on a 42.6 percent clip through 32 regular-season contests. Hence, Bryant called Bowen a “great defensive player”“He was angular and extremely intelligent. He understood when to give me a shot, when to trap, when to contest, when to trip me,” Bryant said, laughing. “He was extremely savvy. I looked forward to those matchups because I understood that aside from the physical standpoint, he really did his homework.”Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson dismissively nicknamed Bowen “Edward Scissorhands,” but Bryant insisted “that’s a compliment because of how he uses his hands.” Meanwhile, Bowen said he and Bryant never talked trash. Instead, the two played what Bowen called “a game of chess.” Bowen tried to avoid falling for Bryant’s pumpfakes. He remained mindful Bryant would attack the basket if Bowen fell in foul trouble. Bowen consistently reminded himself all “Kobe needs is a layup” to fuel a scoring outburst. “I respect Kobe more than any other player. He knew I wasn’t out there trying to hurt him. He knew it was about competition,” said Bowen, who played for the Spurs from 2001-2009 and is currently an ESPN NBA analyst. “The most critical aspect of Kobe’s game for me was his mental focus. It was comparable to mine to not allowing things to get to the point where you lose focus off of what’s at hand.”Bryant kept that focus partly because of the Spurs, their enduring consistency driving the Lakers’ star to do the same. All of which partly helped Bryant last 20 NBA seasons. last_img read more

Amar Krajina is the New Footballer of the FC Igman from Konjic

first_imgFormer player of the Youth representation of B&H and member of the teams Slovan Liberec, Mlade Boleslav and Sarajevo found a new club.Next season, he will be playing in Igman from Konjic. As he stated, he is very glad he arrived in Konjic and that he is well accepted after only few trainings.I have been training for a couple of days with the Igman team. It is really a good team. The players accepted me and everything is great for the moment. I hope this season will be successful for the club and for me. I am, so far, very satisfied here in Konjic” – said Krajina.(Source: Sport Centar)last_img read more

2019 Emmy Awards Promise Political Bent with Kaepernick and De Niro Nominated

first_imgThe hope for a light-hearted, non-politically charged Emmy Awards Show in 2019 went out the window with the nomination of former 49’ers QB Colin Kaepernick for his Nike commercial, “Dream Crazy” and actor Robert De Niro for his SNL performance. The Nike commercial “Dream Crazy” features Kaepernick along with other famous athletes like Serena Williams and LeBron James, who have made advancements in political and social causes.Nike’s stock value hit an all-time high after debuting the “Dream Crazy” ad in 2018.The commercial is nominated alongside entries from Netflix and Apple.The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards will honor the best in United States prime time television programming from June 1, 2018 until May 31, 2019, as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The ceremony will be held on September 22, 2019, at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, California, and will be broadcast on Fox.last_img read more

Competition confirms the sanction of a match to Piqué

first_imgThe Royal Spanish Football Federation announced this afternoon the sanctions of First and Second Division. Following the decision of the Competition Committee, Pique The next day of the championship will be lost due to the completion of the card cycle. Barcelona claimed the withdrawal of the yellow that saw its central, but the agency has decided to dismiss its appeal. You could now claim the Appeal or the ADT, although it is normal that you do not transcend your request beyond the first instance.In addition to Piqué, the appointment will also be lost due to card accumulation Iñigo Martínez, Awaziem, Aridane Hernández, Felipe, Kevin Vázquez, Francis Coquelin, Daniel Wass and Zambo Anguissa. Daniel Alberto Pendin Sánchez, member of the bench of Mallorca, will miss the next two meetings for vigorously protesting the referee. In LaLiga SmartBank they receive a card sanction match Juan Torres, Ignasi Miquel, Johan Mojica, Carlos Hernández, Juanjo Nieto, Alberto de la Bella and Curro Sánchez. By expulsion, they miss the next day Sanabria, Cristóbal Márquez and Curro Torres (Lugo coach). Miguel Alberto Chamorro, a member of the Fuenlabrada staff, is punished with two. The same as Serge Tchaha (Lugo) and one less than Roberto Fernandez (three games). Lomotey, of Extremadura, has been sanctioned with an encounter.last_img read more

Hi-five for Jamaica athletes

first_imgThere were five wins for Jamaican athletes at the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet at the National Stadium on Saturday night, with the Stephen Francis-coached Janieve Russell and Elaine Thompson leading the way with big wins, while there were also wins for Kemar Bailey-Cole, Asafa Powell, and Javon Francis.There were also top-three finishes for Jamaican females Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, Novlene Williams-Mills, Danielle Williams, and Stephenie-Ann McPherson.A finalist in the women’s 400 metres hurdles at last year’s World Championships in Beijing, China, Russell ran a well-controlled race and hit top form in the latter stages to get by early leader Leah Nugent of the United States, to win in a personal best of 54.61 seconds, the second-fastest time this season. Ristananna Tracey finished strongly for second in a season best 55.31 seconds, while Nugent was third in 56.24.”I am feeling extremely happy after my performance, knowing that I did a PR so early in the season, and this has set the tone for the rest of the season. (The) fast time was not on my mind as I ran to the instructions of my coach, to take it easy, as I went out a bit slow and finished strong at the end as the objective was to finish among the top three, and this is telling me and Jamaica that something special will happen this year as for the first time, I am running injury-free early, and I am very excited,” said Russell.Thompson, the World Championships 200m silver medallist, defended her JII 100m title with a big performance, clocking a wind-aided 10.71 seconds (+2.4 metres per second wind reading). American English Gardner was second in 10.85 seconds, with third going to Trinidad and Tobago, Michelle Lee-Ahye, in 10.98 seconds.Defending champion Shaunae Miller of The Bahamas, the world leader in the women’s 400m, cantered away from rivals to win the 200m in 22.14 seconds (+2.2 mps), with McLaughlin-Whilby second in 22.70, and the United States’ Shalonda Solomon third in 22.80 seconds.NO START FOR SHELLYJamaica’s World and Olympic champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who was expected to compete, did not start in the event.Billed as the female race of the meet, the women’s 400 did not disappoint. It was close going all the way before 2014 winner and last year’s second-place finisher Francena McCorory of the United States won in 50.52 ahead of Williams-Mills, 50.87, while McPherson placed third in 51.20.Competing in her first race at home since winning the 100m hurdles World title a year ago, Williams, in a blanket finish, was nipped for third in 12.55 seconds. The United States pair of Brianna Rollins, 12.52 and Queen Harrison (12.54) took first and second, respectively.Among the men, Bailey-Cole, who was missing from the track most of last year due to injury, won a close 100m in 10.01 seconds. The United States’ Mike Rodgers was second in 10.03, with local Julian Forte third in 10.06.”I am happy going into the Trials this year as I didn’t have a win on my mind as I just came out to see where I am because of the hamstring injury I had, but definitely, this win has really boosted my confidence for the remainder of the season,” said Bailey-Cole.Powell led from the start and took the men’s 200 metres in 20.45 seconds.Beejay Lee of the United States was second in 20.52, the same time done by third-place Jamaican Rasheed Dwyer.Francis closed the show by winning the men’s 400m in a season best 44.85 seconds, getting the better of Vernon Norwood of the United States (45.00) and Kevin Borlee of Belgium, 45.17.Earlier, there was a vintage performance from World Junior 400m hurdles champion Jaheel Hyde. He upstaged his more senior rivals, only to be edged out by Bahamian Jeffrey Gibson (48.96).Hyde clocked a season best 49.16 seconds, with experienced American Bershawn Jackson third in 49.29 seconds.- R. G.last_img read more