Area Basketball ScoresThursday (1-11)Boys ScoresGreensburg 69 Batesville 61East Central 56 Franklin County 41Girls ScoresSouth Dearborn 44 Oldenburg 40South Ripley 58 Rising Sun 32Greensburg 60 Columbus East 50SW Shelby 52 North Decatur 43Waldron 64 South DEcatur 30SW Hanover 50 Switz. County 43Brownstown Central 42 Hauser 22Crothersville 75 Edinburgh 45
Burnley have had an offer turned down by Dundee United for midfielder Stuart Armstrong. He said: “Different offers have been in for players. One’s been rejected today. “He was more of a development style player in our world – a good young player we think who could learn with us. That won’t happen now, by the looks of things. “We’ve had offers in for more recognised players that haven’t got over the line at the moment, but we’ll see where that takes us.” Burnley’s only deal so far this month has been the signing on a permanent basis of defender Michael Keane, who had been on loan at Turf Moor from Manchester United. “If you’re a club that can constantly throw money at things, it usually gets to happen,” said Dyche of the transfer market. “There is a limit to certain players and how much we can pay for them. We’re trying to be realistic within that. We’re not going for players who are way out of our league and hoping for the best. “I’ve been through it a few times now. It’s been quite quiet really, certainly in the middle market. Sometimes it takes one to knock another situation on so we’ll see how it develops over the next few days. “There’s no guarantees to it. We’ve been confident before. We were confident during the summer on certain things, even to the point of being told that it was definitely going to happen and then things change.” Manager Sean Dyche does not now expect to pursue a deal for the 22-year-old, with Celtic also reported to have had a bid turned down. Dyche is still hoping to add to his squad before Monday night’s deadline and has several irons in the fire. Dyche’s side will play their first game for two weeks when they visit Sunderland on Saturday. The break has meant they have had to wait to try to make amends after letting two-goal leads slip in successive defeats by Tottenham and Crystal Palace. Dyche insisted the disappointment is firmly behind them but admitted two weeks off was not something they particularly welcomed. “It’s parked, it’s gone, we move forwards,” he said of the two losses. “We like to play, we like the idea of the games spinning around. We had it last year and you get used to that. “It’s just finding that balance between rest, recuperation but also the work that needs to be done to make sure the players are topped up. “We know how good they are physically. It’ll probably be a surprise to people the amount of rest we do give them.” Press Association
Houston Rockets’ James Harden recorded his 31st consecutive 30-point game on Thursday, tying Wilt Chamberlain for the second-longest streak in the NBA.Harden, 29, the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, scored 42 points in a 121-111 defeat by the Minnesota Timberwolves.Chamberlain, who also holds the top position, scored at least 30 points in 65 consecutive games in 1961-62, his run of 31 started that same season.Thursday night also marked Harden’s 22nd 40-point game of the season.No other player in the NBA has more than seven 40-point games.The Rockets, who are currently fifth in the Western Conference, have won 16 of their games when Harden scores 40 points. Is Harden more dominant than Chamberlain?His 30-point streak, which started on 13 December, looked in doubt after he finished the first quarter with just five points, but an emphatic 15-point second quarter followed and he hit the 30-point mark in the third quarter.Harden faces a week-long wait in his bid to pass Chamberlain, with the Rockets returning from the All Star break on 21 February to face LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers.Chamberlain’s record 65-game run was ended on 24 February, 1962 when the Boston Celtics held him to just 26 points. The next day he scored 67 to start a 31-game streak of 30-point games.
Monaco, Principality of Monaco | AFP | Monaco insisted on Wednesday that no deal with Real Madrid has been reached for teenage French international striker Kylian Mbappe.Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev also said in a press conference the principality club were in discussions with Mbappe over a new contract extension.The 18-year-old has been the subject of intense transfer speculation linking him to a world-record 180-million-euro ($210m, £160m) move, with Spanish sports daily Marca reporting on Tuesday that a fee had been agreed between Real and the French Ligue 1 champions.“I have read a lot of things in the press,” said Vasilyev.“So far we have not signed any agreements with Real or any other club. All big clubs want him, he’s the great hope of European football.“We are in discussions over a contract extension with Kylian and we hope to reach an agreement.”When pushed further on whether Mbappe, whose current contract runs until 2019, would leave or sign a new deal, the Russian said: “No, he should not go.“Why should he do it? He is a player that everyone will want, even if he has a year left, everyone will be on him.”Mbappe burst onto the scene last season as he helped Leonardo Jardim’s side claim their first French league title since 2000 and reach the Champions League semi-finals.The pacy forward scored 15 Ligue 1 goals and six in as many starts in Europe, all of which came in the Champions League knock-out stages.Having been linked with possible moves to a host of top clubs, Real had appeared to be on the brink of getting their man.But Vasilyev insisted that Mbappe needed to be given time to make a decision of that magnitude at such a young age.“There is too much media pressure around him,” he added. “It’s not easy for him, but he handles it well… We want to take the time to chat quietly with the player and his family.“You have to give him time, do not rush things too fast.”Mbappe has been wooed so hard by some of Europe’s top clubs that Monaco raised the red card and warned the circling predators that they could be reported to FIFA, world football’s governing body.“Top European football clubs made contact with Kylian Mbappe and his entourage without our authorisation,” Monaco said on their website on Tuesday.Mbappe is one of two players who is reported to be close to a world-record breaking move, with Monaco’s Ligue 1 rivals Paris Saint-Germain hoping to seal a 220-million-euro capture of Brazilian star Neymar from Barcelona.“I think it would be a good thing if Neymar played in Ligue 1, it would be great for France,” Vasilyev said.Portuguese coach Jardim has already lost several key players that helped his young side to their amazing successes last season.Portuguese attacking midfielder Bernardo Silva left for Manchester City, before being followed to the Etihad Stadium by full-back Benjamin Mendy, as he became the most expensive defender of all-time for £52 million.Defensive midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko also moved to the Premier League to join champions Chelsea, while forward Valere Germain was snapped up by Marseille.At the press conference Monaco unveiled their own new close-season recruits though, including former Switzerland goalkeeper Diego Benaglio and Belgian international midfielder Youri Tielemans.And Vasilyev insisted that the club would continue to look to youth to provide success.“We will not change our goals,” he said.“We are talking about progression and moving forwards, but always in the economic interest of the club, I hope we can do that.”Share on: WhatsApp
“I would like to finish my job well,” Wenger had said on Wednesday. “I believe a man has to give his best as long as he is somewhere.“With all my commitment and energy, I would like to walk out of Arsenal one day knowing that until the last day I focused only on Arsenal.“When my job at Arsenal is finished I will see where I go from there but I want to finish this love story well.”Despite his domestic achievements, Wenger has never won a European trophy with Arsenal.Share on: WhatsApp Long-time fan Kagame with former captain Tony AdamsKigali, Rwanda | THE INDEPENDENT | Arsene Wenger will not get the happy ending he had wished for, and Rwanda President Paul Kagame, a long time fan has said ” this should not have been the kind of ending of an era.”Diego Costa killed Arsene Wenger’s last hope of a glorious Arsenal farewell as his goal sent Atletico Madrid through to the Europa League final 2-1 on aggregate on Thursday.Wenger’s 250th European fixture with Arsenal also to proved to be his last, decided by a typically ruthless finish from Costa, who delivered the sort of barnstorming display defenders must have nightmares about.Soon after Kagame tweeted: “My take on my beloved Club Arsenal- a very good one at the game and a very good coach like a.Wenger ,this should not have been the kind of ending of an era. The coach is leaving and club trophy-less it was long coming! I am still a committed fan going forward :). Blame the owners.”He added that “As I had said way back and just as a good observer…something fundamental needed to change at/about the club. But if anything changed it was not the right one. All the best to all involved! We still need Arsenal to go back where it belongs- up there among the best in the game!”
BILLY KISNER (Photos by William McBride)Penn Hills quarterback Billy Kisner rushed for two touchdowns and threw a touchdown pass in the Indians 55-28 win over Seneca Valley, The Indians will have a showdown against rival Woodland Hills on Friday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m.ISIAH JONES of Penn Hills sprints 70 yards for a touchdown in the Indians 55-28 win over Seneca Valley TE’SHAN CAMPBELL of Penn Hills rushed for two touchdowns to help the Indians to a 55-28 win over Seneca Valley in WPIAL action. (Photos by William McBride)
In the third Nelson ran into penalty troubles allowing the Storm to cut the lead to 3-2 in the final two minutes.But a seeing-eye empty net goal by Carsen Willans ended any hopes of an amazing comeback.“Carsen’s goal was a relief because Kamloops was coming hard so that goal was big,” confessed Soles, who faced 14 shots int the period.Austin Braid and Spencer Schoech scored for Kamloops.Saturday’s win completes a six-game in nine-day stretch for the Leafs, a time frame that saw Nelson win five of the games.“We’ve come together a lot more,” Soles explained when asked about the recent hot streak.“We started only .500 but lately we’ve been battling hard and we’re winning games because of it.”Nelson, finishing the month of October 8-3, host Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. No doubt the Hawks will be looking for some payback after getting hammered by Nelson 10-3 last Tuesday.The Leafs then face Sicamous Eagles Sunday at 2:30 p.m.LEAF NOTES: Matthew Naka had an early night as the Leaf center got involved in a fight during the first period. . . . Defenceman Cole Arcuri missed is expected to be back in the lineup after recovering from an injury suffered earlier this month against Fernie. . . .New Leaf Kyler Wilkinson saw his first action for Nelson coming to the Heritage City franchise last week in a trade that saw Matti Jmaeff go to the Creston Thunder Cats. Brett Soles didn’t have a lot of work to do during the first 40 minutes of Saturday night’s Kootenay International Junior Hockey League game against the Kamloops Storm.Soles saved his best saves for the third period, stopping all but one shot to power the Leafs to a 4-2 decision over the Kamloops Storm at the NDCC Arena.The win, the fifth straight for the Green and White, allows Nelson to remain in top spot in the Neil Murdoch Division, four points in front of the idle Castlegar Rebels.Castlegar hosts Kamloops Sunday in the Sunflower City.“The boys kept it easy for me through the first two periods . . . I only had 13 shots,” Soles said from outside the Leafs dressing room. “In the third Kamloops came out hard and was battling but we managed only to allow them one goal in the third so it was good.”Nelson controlled most of the play through the first two periods, but ran into a hot netminder in former Leaf Marcus Beasley.Beasley, who was traded to Kamloops last season after failing to latch on with Prince George of the B.C. Hockey League, kept the game close as Nelson fired 30-plus shots at the Storm net through 40 minutes.Still Nelson was able to beat Beasley three times on goals by Jacob Boyczuk, Colton McCarthy and Kevin Bow to lead 3-1.
For the first time in the entire Murdoch Division Semi Final against the Spokane Braves, the real Nelson Leafs stepped up.Travis Wellman scored three times and Kootenay Ice netminder Jason Mailhoit was solid between the pipes leading the Leafs to a convincing 7-2 shellacking of the Braves in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff action Tuesday night in Spokane.Nelson wins the best-of-seven Murdoch Division Semi Final 4-2 and now hosts Beaver Valley Nitehawks in Game one of the divisional final Friday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Game two is Saturday in Nelson.After failing to score in five periods of hockey, Nelson took a 2-1 lead after one period.The Leafs extended the lead to 5-1 after two before out scoring the Braves 2-1 in the third.Wellman, finishing the game with five points, snapped a three-game goaless streak with the trick Tuesday. Darnel St. Pierrie, Austin Seaman, Carsen Willans and Connor Tetlock also scored for the Leafs.Willans has four points while Linden Horswill also broke out of a point slump, finishing with three assists.Tyler Peltram and Tanner Stolz replied for Spokane which loss all three games at home.Nelson’s special teams also broked out of a slump, going 5-for-7 on the power play. At one point of the game, the Leafs were 4-for-4 with the man advantage.Mailhoit, back up for the Leafs throughout the series due to an injury to starter Brad Rebagliati, was thrust into the starting role when Nelson goalie Adam Maida injured a knee during Game five of the series Monday.Mailhoit, who played the season in the BC Major Midget League with the Ice, finished the game with 33 saves as Nelson out shot the Braves 42-36.Maida is out for the remainder playoffs.The status of Rebagliati is also questionable, forcing Leaf management to put in a call to Castlegar Rebels to see if rookie netminder Patrick Zubick was available.Zubick, who played two games for Castlegar during its series against Beaver Valley, lost both starts.The Leafs were once again without the services of leading scorer Jamie Vlanich, who suffered an upper body injury February 14 against Grand Forks.Status of Vlanich remains questionable for Friday’s opener.
In the final game Saturday, Van Kozak provided steady play for the Chill to lead the Kootenay squad to a narrow 40-36 win over DiPP Basketball academy from Kelowna.Once again, the Chill got off to a quick start going up 16 points in the first half before the DiPP squad made a comeback late in the second half.Pulling within two points, DiPP put fullcourt pressure on the Chill who easily broke the man-to-man coverage and converted on easy transition.The win allowed Kootenay to capture the Co-Tournament Championship.Kootenay is back on the road this weekend, travelling to Kelowna to compete in the Kelowna Minor Basketball Association tournament.Chill U13 squad finish with 1-2 markKootenay Chill U13 Club team coached by Mike Nagle finished the Pro-Hops tournament with a 1-2 record.This was the first sanctioned tournament for many of the players.“The coaching staff and parents were very proud of the squad and the experience gained,” Phelan said.First game the Chill played the U12 DiPP Academy of Kelowna. After going up by 10 points in the first half, the Chill’s shooting cooled off and ended up dropping a hard-fought game 36-30. Second game the Chill played Pro-Hop U12/U13 of Kamloops and came away with the win, 46-20, with even contributions from the whole team. Third and final game, the Chill were up against a young but talented Kamloops Hoops team. The game was back and forth for much of the first half with each team taking leads, until the Kamloops Hoops squad implemented full court pressure.The inexperienced Chill had trouble getting the ball up the court with turnovers leading to layups in transition. In the end the Chill dropped the game 58-39. The Kootenay Chill Club Basketball Team continues its impressive run on the hardwood after finishing 3-0 at the Pro-Hops Spring Tournament this past weekend in Kamloops.The Chill, consisting of players from the Trafalgar Thunder High School program, posted wins against opposition from host Kamloops, Gibsons from the Sunshine Coast and Kelowna.Club basketball is played outside the high school season, allowing players and coaches to gain more experience in preparation for the next season beginning in the fall.Travelling with only eight players, the Chill gained some revenge on a Pro-Hops team from Kamloops that posted a 19-point earlier in the season by winning 56-26.“After preparing all week to play what we thought was going to be the same team Friday night at the Tournament Capital Centre (TCC), we played their U14 team and dominated start to finish,” said Chill coach Jeremy Phelan.Kelton Forte paced the Chill attack and was named Kootenay player-of-the-game.Second game Saturday morning, Kootenay overcame a strong pressure defence to defeat Gibsons 48-39.“After going up 16 points in the first half, SCBC made a comeback to tie the game at 32-32 late in the second half,” Phelan explained.“However, we ended up breaking their press and scoring easy baskets en route to the win.”Phelan said Mateo Katoaka and Nathaniel Pan earned player-of-the-game honours for Kootenay.
MILLER’S CALIFORNIA DIAMOND & O’NEILL’S CROSSCHECK CARLOS FIGURE PROMINENTLY IN SUNDAY’S $70,000 SPEAKEASY STAKES FOR 2-YEAR-OLDS AT SIX FURLONGS
SILVER ASSAULT: Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, this Kentucky-bred colt by Maclean’s Music was an impressive gate to wire winner of his five furlong debut at Santa Anita on June 25. In his next start, the Santa Anita Juvenile, he stumbled leaving the gate and was subsequently third, beaten 3 ¼ lengths at 5-2, by California Diamond. Idle since, he appears fresh and ready with Norberto Arroyo engaged to ride for the first time. Owned by Harvey Clarke and Paul Braverman, Silver Assault is a colt with considerable promise. Crosscheck Carlos–Jamie Theriot–122Right Hand Man–Rafael Bejarano–120Bernin Sensation–Stewart Elliott–120Marchtothemusic–Jose Verenzuela–118California Diamond–Kent Desormeaux–122Silver Assault–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–120First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. BERNIN SENSATION: Trained by Bob Baffert, this highly regarded Kentucky-bred by Bernardini just missed at first asking, finishing second, beaten a nose in a six furlong maiden special weight at Del Mar Aug. 26. Owned by R.D. Hubbard, his son Shaun and Black Gold Racing, he was a prompt one length maiden special winner gong the same distance at 4-5 on Sept. 24 at Los Alamitos. Bernin Sensation, who will be ridden back by Stewart Elliott, is one of several Speakeasy runners who appear to have any kind of future. ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 13, 2016)–Peter Miller’s California Diamond and Doug O’Neill’s Crosscheck Carlos renew their fledgling rivalry and figure prominently among a wide open field of six juveniles in Sunday’s $70,000 Speakeasy Stakes, to be contested over six furlongs at Santa Anita. RIGHT HAND MAN: Trained by Jeff Bonde, he was an impressive gate to wire winner of his five furlong debut here on June 10. A Kentucky-bred colt by Street Boss, Right Hand Man went head and head early and finished sixth, beaten 5 ½ lengths by California Diamond in the SA Juvenile on July 9. Following that, he ventured to Santa Rosa on Aug. 14, where he was a handy 2 ¼ length winner of the Cavonier Juvenile going six furlongs on Aug. 14. Owned by Blinkers On Racing Stable, Bonde, Wagner and partners, he be ridden for the first time by Rafael Bejarano. CALIFORNIA DIAMOND: This California-bred colt by Harbor the Gold overcame trouble to prevail by 1 ¼ lengths over Crosscheck Carlos in the 6 ½ furlong Barretts Juvenile on Sept. 18 at Los Alamitos. A close second in the six furlong I’m Smokin Stakes versus state-breds two starts back on Sept. 2, California Diamond, who is owned by Rockingham Ranch, has a solid resume that includes three wins and two seconds from five starts. A winner of the 5 ½ furlong Santa Anita Juvenile versus open company in his second start on July 9, he has earnings of $212,100 and will be ridden back by Kent Desormeaux, who has been aboard for his last two races. THE $70,000 SPEAKEASY STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 5 of 9 Approximate post time 2:30 p.m. PST CROSSCHECK CARLOS: Breaking from the rail in the Barretts Juvenile, he made the early lead and was head and head until collared by the winner late on Sept. 18. Louisiana-bred, he was an impressive 6 ¾ length first-out maiden $50,000 winner here on June 12. He then shipped to Evangeline Downs, where he prevailed by a head among a field of 12 state-breds in a $100,000 stake over a sloppy track going 5 ½ furlongs on July 16. He was subsequently a well beaten second going six furlongs in a $100,000 open stake at Arapahoe Downs on Aug. 14, which preceded his run in the Barretts Juvenile at Los Alamitos. Owned by ERJ Racing, LLC, Slam Dunk Racing and Neil Haymes, “Carlos” is 4-2-2-0, with earnings of $117,600. –30–