LazyTown? I call bulls***

first_imgI have two children, ages 6 & 4. I’m not going to lie: they’re a handful. But they’re mine and I love them. They watch appropriate kids’ shows on TV. One of these is LazyTown and it’s on the Sprout network. In brief, the show is about a girl that lives in the fictional hamlet of LazyTown. You know the deal. She goes on adventures, gets into trouble, gets out of trouble, etc.Again, the show is called LazyTown. But there’s nothing lazy about it. Honestly, I get exhausted just watching it. The action never stops. They sing, dance, become pirates, ride rocket ships, and on and on. There’s no sleeping, no resting, nothing that would come close to being described as lazy.This isn’t a rant about what I consider to be an egregious misnaming of a kids’ television show. Well, the first part of the post is. (Note to self: Sean, get a life!!)But I digress.Laziness is one of those culprits that can ruin an organization. And it’s not a fast-moving killer. Indeed the very nature of laziness is lethargic, snail’s pace, and glacier-like withering of progress. And it’s extremely contagious! continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Vera Dagnon

first_imgVera Dagnon, 99, of Aurora, Indiana passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016.She was born Saturday, October 28, 1916 in Gays Mills, WI, daughter of the late Erick Erickson and the late Gertrude Fuss Erickson.Vera used to work at the polls; she had very strong political views. She sold AVON for several years, but spent most of her time raising her 9 children. She was a hard working woman and was an excellent cook and baker. She will be greatly missed by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren.Surviving are children, Nancy (Roy) Whitaker of Hebron, KY, Mary (Lowell) Buck of Merritt Island, FL, Spencer Dagnon of Aurora, IN, Johnny Dagnon of Aurora, IN, Gloria (Bruce) Compton of Terre Haute, IN, Steve (late Melissa) Dagnon of HVL Lawrenceburg, IN, Tess (late Bob) Johnson of Aurora, IN, Jayne (Gary) Granatir of Aurora, IN; 22 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, 4 great, great grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents; husband John; son, Mike Dagnon; brothers, Robert, Donald and Alvin Erickson.Friends will be received 12:00 – 2:00 PM, Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Graveside services will be held at River View Cemetery, Tuesday at 2:30 pm.Contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or Ridgewood Legacy. If unable to attend, please call the office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.www.Rullmans.comlast_img read more

Eagles Ambush Squirrels at the Nest in Uyo

first_imgLast term, Nigeria had smooth ride, qualifying for AFCON 2019 with a game to spare.Now, with a team brimming with youngsters hungry to express themselves after distinguishing at club level, Eagles will have no choice but start this journey at home on a good note.One of the star players to look out for today is Victor Osimhen who emerged from Nigeria’s post-AFCON 2019 success.The Lille forward has scored nine goals in 17 appearances for the French club across all competitions this season.Also expected to be a thorn in the Squirrels’ defence will be Samuel Chukwueze of Villarreal in the Spanish Laliga.The exciting lad has continued to confound watchers of the Laliga with his incredible display of talents.No doubt, Nigeria will be overriding favourites to progress as Group L winners, as Eagles set their sights on qualifying for Cameroon a few months after finishing third at the 2019 AFCON showpiece hosted in Egypt.In Rohr’s squad at the Uyo camp are others like returnee Ahmed Musa, Kenneth Omeruo, Ola Aina, Samuel Kalu and Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.On the other hand, the visitors from neighbouring Benin should not be underrated. The Squirrel will be no pushovers, though, having proved their potential in reaching the quarterfinal stage at AFCON 2019.The Squirrels have been able to keep the core of that team with the experienced Stephan Sessegnon spearheading their charge.Irrespective of the ranking of Eagles as third on the African continent in the latest FIFA rankings (35th in the world) while Benin are placed 18th in Africa (82nd in the world), this evening will be full of fireworks at the Nest of Champions in Uyo.The 66-year-old Franco-German, though, has expressed hisRohr’s concern regarding the quick turnaround time between this month’s double headed qualifier with Nigeria to face Lesotho in Maseru four days after this clash in Uyo should be no excuse for Eagles to bungle this opening round home game.“Our players from Europe will only get to us a day or two before the first game, so there is no time to adapt to the African conditions,” Rohr had complained when the fixtures were released.“After this game on Wednesday we travel to Lesotho away on Friday to play on an artificial surface on Sunday. This is not ideal for any team.“We’ve spoken to CAF about this but nothing has been done,” he concluded.Apart from claiming bronze in Egypt, Nigeria showcased her powers with encouraging displays in recently friendly internationals against Ukraine and Brazil respectively.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AFCON 2021 QUALIFIERDuro IkhazuagbeAs Super Eagles file out this evening against Squirrels of Benin Republic in the opening game of their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying series at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Gernot Rohr and his wards will be aiming for a perfect start to their campaign.last_img read more

Messi: I was targeted by doping control

first_imgLionel Messi has claimed he was subjected to more rigorous anti-doping controls than his Barcelona team-mates ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.Officers from AETSAD (Spanish Agency for Protection of Health in Sport), who work in conjunction with Uefa, visited Barcelona and conducted tests on five players – Messi, Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic, Claudio Bravo and Jordi Alba – prior to Monday morning’s training session.Afterwards Messi took to his Instagram account to reveal he came under particular scrutiny. “Doping control. Of the five chosen, I was the only one who had to give urine and blood samples… bit strange isn’t it?” he wrote.On Saturday, Messi grabbed another hat-trick – his 21st in La Liga – as Barca thrashed city rovals Espanyol 5-1. The Argentina forward has scored 13 goals in 14 La Liga appearances this term, while netting an additional seven goals in five Champions League appearances. On Wednesday, Barca have the chance to secure top spot in Champions League Group F by beating PSG at Camp Nou.last_img read more

Inside the Dodgers: Taking stock of Dustin May’s first two starts

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Editor’s note: This is the Thursday, Aug. 8 edition of the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To get the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.I saw Dustin May pitch in person Wednesday for the first time in a year. I’m not a scout, so I’ll let the results speak for themselves. On July 8, 2018, May allowed five runs in his first two innings against the Class-A San Jose Giants. Yesterday he limited the St. Louis Cardinals to one run in 5 ⅔ innings. In a short time, the 21-year-old right-hander traveled the long journey from “top pitching prospect in the organization” to “viable member of a major league rotation.”As much as any individual Dodger, May’s progress over the next two months deserves careful scrutiny. It will form the basis of how the Dodgers construct their postseason pitching staff, a group we can safely assume will consist only of pitchers currently in the organization. (A quick aside: Yesterday Bill Plunkett got the closest thing I’ve heard/read to an on-the-record gripe from a current Dodger player about the front office’s inactivity at the trade deadline.) You could say the same of Tony Gonsolin, Caleb Ferguson, and others who began October on the bubble of a possible 25-man postseason roster. When your team’s magic number is 29, it’s OK to talk about postseason roster bubbles on Aug. 8.In the case of May, the evaluation is intriguing because he began August with a blank slate. He eventually could settle into the Dodgers’ October rotation or bullpen. Either way, May’s getting a long runway – a deliberate departure from how Walker Buehler was handled late in 2017. Not every starter can transition smoothly to the bullpen. And not every good regular-season pitcher can transition smoothly to the postseason. May will face better lineups in October than he will in August and September, so his regular-season stats will only be able to tell us so much. Wednesday was encouraging but the Cardinals are not, for example, the Yankees. In this scout’s opinion, the Padres were a tough matchup for May. They willingly trade strikeouts for home runs, so May’s pure-power profile was less likely to work against them. “They knew he wasn’t going to beat them soft so they sat hard,” the scout said.May showed the Padres all of three changeups in his debut, according to Brooks Baseball. He didn’t throw his changeup against the Cardinals at all. Catcher Russell Martin said after the game that May didn’t need a changeup because all his other pitchers were effective. That’s not a red flag. A pitcher’s job is to get outs, and if he only needs four pitches (four-seam fastball, sinker, curve, cutter) to get outs, throw four pitches. It is a yellow flag, however, if the changeup becomes a needed weapon in the postseason and May never throws one between now and then. If the Padres – a team that had never seen May up close – knew they could safely ignore the off-speed pitch, certainly May’s postseason opponents will have this intel tucked squarely into their scouting report.Without taking anything away from May’s sky-high potential, his 3.18 earned-run average and almost-a-batter-per-inning strikeout rate, he still has room to improve.-J.P.Editor’s note: Thanks for reading this edition of the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To get the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.More Dodgers readingWaste of Gatorade – The Dodgers won a game in their final at-bat for the 10th time this season.Paddles up – Clayton Kershaw’s annual Ping Pong challenge is back, and the celebrities are turning out.Socializing – MLB went out of its way for players (and their agents) to create better social media posts more easily. It’s working.Measuring sticks – The Dodgers’ schedule is about to get tougher. Dreams come true – MLB is constructing an 8,000-seat stadium in an Iowa cornfield for a regular-season game between the Yankees and White Sox.Strikes on strike – Pitchers are avoiding the strike zone more than ever in the year of the juiced ball.  center_img Significantly, bringing May up from Triple-A when the Dodgers did allowed him to face two very different lineups in his first two starts. The Padres are one of the best home-run-hitting clubs in baseball; the Cardinals are among the worst. The Padres are more prone to strikeouts than any team. The Cardinals are exceptional baserunners; the Padres are not. These are still worthwhile experiments from an evaluation standpoint.May’s next start will probably fall somewhere during the Dodgers’ series in Miami next week. The Marlins are a different team from the Cardinals and Padres. To show how, I created a customized report on FanGraphs breaking down each team’s strengths and weaknesses by pitch type. (For the Cardinals and the Padres, I derived numbers from only the actual hitters May faced in those games. For the Marlins, I used their probable group of eight position players against a right-handed starter.) The Marlins are a comparatively weak opponent across every pitch type, but history says they might fare better against May’s changeup than the Padres did, and against his slider than the Cardinals did.May, for his part, can only benefit from testing his repertoire against a variety of opponents.“Right now I would classify him as hard, harder and hardest. It’s pure power,” said one National League scout who’s seen May this month.In May’s debut against the Padres, he said, “I thought the changeup was below average. You can go change-of-speed with the curveball or you can go change-of-speed with the changeup, but it’s hard to go off-speed with the slider.”last_img read more

Knicks president Phil Jackson downplays leaving NY before contract expires

first_img“I wanted to accomplish we got accomplished this last year,” Jackson said. “We got a competitive team. I feel like every game we have a chance to win.And yet …“I’ve never been in these positions before,” Jackson said. “It’s like going on spring break and I don’t have any place to go.”But Jackson said that place is not Los Angeles, even if he will stay here this weekend to see Buss and see the Lakers host the Knicks on Sunday at Staples Center.“The energy that I have is directed toward turning this team around,” Jackson said. “That’s taken my full effort.”Personality changeIn other years, it became dangerous to be around Kobe Bryant following debilitating losses. Bryant unleashed on teammates if he did not like their attitude and work ethic. Bryant became moody with reporters if he heard questions either uniformed or aimed to spark controversy. But this season, Bryant has taken on Magic Johnson’s personality through the good and the bad. “I’ve always been a smart [aleck],” Bryant said. “Now it’s a little different. It’s not the championship at the end. I don’t play around with that.”Bryant then explained why he needed that mindset.“I understand what’s at stake and it’s not funny to me,” Bryant said. “It’s not a game to me. It’s very serious to me. That’s why I’m not up here smiling and joking around. I have a job to do. We can smile after we win a championship.” “I’m still in it,” Jackson said. “I’m in it to win it.”Buss has stayed firm she would make changes if the Lakers could not meet brother Jim Buss’ self-imposed timeline set in 2014 that called for the team to become a Western Conference contender by next season. But the Lakers are not expected to make any front-office changes this summer.Meanwhile, Jackson has experienced more misses than swings as NBA executive. The Knicks retained Carmelo Anthony in the 2014 offseason and followed up with the drafting of Kristaps Porzingis, who could win the NBA’s Rookie of the Year. But Jackson struck out on the hiring of former Lakers guard Derek Fisher, who was fired as head coach last month. The Knicks also took a short-term hit last season when Jackson traded All-Star center Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert in various deals to secure draft picks and cap space. But Jackson expressed confidence in interim coach Kurt Rambis. He reported having amenable conversations with Anthony about the team’s direction. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The warmer climate appeals to Knicks president Phil Jackson. So does the proximity to Jeanie Buss, the Lakers president and his longtime companion.All of which has sparked one question that has never gone away. With the Knicks likely to miss the NBA playoffs for the second consecutive season under his tenure, would the former Lakers coach ever feel tempted to leave before his completing five-year, $60 million contract?“Well I’m in L.A. right now,” Jackson said before the Knicks played the Clippers on Friday at Staples Center. After saying those words, Jackson paused for dramatic effect. The silence lasted for several seconds. But before anyone could follow up on if he would try to restore the Lakers after coaching them to five NBA championships, Jackson dismissed that scenario. last_img read more

Mexico and Wales play out scoreless draw

first_imgMexico 0 Wales 0: Dos Santos brothers play part in draw Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 11:00 5/29/18 GiovanidosSantos - Cropped Getty Images Mexico were held to a goalless draw by Wales as they continued their World Cup preparations. Giovani dos Santos came off the bench during Mexico’s 0-0 friendly draw with Wales as he tries to prove his fitness ahead of the World Cup.Dos Santos, 29, and his brother Jonathan have battled injuries at LA Galaxy this season, leading to some doubts over their places in Russia.Giovani was introduced for the final 20 minutes at the Rose Bowl, with Jonathan playing the final half-hour. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now While their fitness gave Mexico a boost, neither could provide a breakthrough for the hosts.Mexico had the better of the encounter, but struggled in the attacking third, while Wayne Hennessey made several decent saves to see Wales earn a draw.World Cup places were still up for grabs for Mexico after Juan Carlos Osorio named an initial preliminary squad.Hugo Ayala and Oswaldo Alanis formed their centre-back pairing, while Javier Hernandez started up front.For Ryan Giggs’ Wales, who failed to qualify for the World Cup, Premier League duo Ashley Williams and Aaron Ramsey were in the starting XI, but the former was substituted in the first half due to injury.Both teams started brightly in California, with Jesus Corona forcing Hennessey into a diving save from 25 yards in the opening stages.Mexico controlled play after an even start and went close to an opener midway through the first half, but Hennessey denied Javier Aquino in a one-on-one.At the other end, Wales almost struck through Harry Wilson, but the Liverpool attacker curled his effort just wide after cutting inside from the right.Hennessey was again called into action to keep the visitors level approaching half-time, the Crystal Palace goalkeeper tipping over a Hector Herrera strike.Mexico – who face Germany, Sweden and South Korea in Group F in Russia – continued to struggle in the attacking third, Herrera’s poor touch on the penalty spot costing him a chance at a shot on goal before the hour-mark.Jonathan and Giovani dos Santos came off the bench as Mexico continued to search for a breakthrough, but they kept breaking down in the attacking third throughout the second half.Giovani almost scored the winner in the closing stages, but Hennessey came to Wales’ rescue once more. read morelast_img read more

a month agoChelsea boss Lampard rules Rudiger out of Valencia clash

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard rules Rudiger out of Valencia clashby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed Antonio Rudiger will miss Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Valencia. The defender made his return from a long-term injury in Saturday’s win over Wolves.But Lampard says he suffered a groin injury in the clash and could potentially be out long-term once again.”Toni is injured,” Lampard confirmed. “At the weekend he bothered a small groin problem that he has been carrying the last couple of weeks so he is out. “He will have a scan later today to see where he is at. Hopefully it is not long-term.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos: Atletico point doesn’t mean a lot

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos: Atletico point doesn’t mean a lotby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was left frustrated with their 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid.Los Blancos went into this weekend as LaLiga Santander round as leaders and Ramos wanted them to prove their strength by beating Los Rojiblancos.”These games against Atletico are very physical,” he said to Movistar afterwards.”It’s one of the most difficult stadiums we have to visit throughout the season and it’s important to keep a clean sheet.”But in attack it’s hard to create chances because they don’t leave much space.”This point doesn’t mean a lot because we wanted three.”Madrid have improved at the back in recent weeks, and Ramos admitted it’s something they’ve been aware of.”It’s something we’ve been working on, being forceful,” he explained.”Everything adds up and I think we’re enjoying a good spell.” last_img read more

Stars To Appear At National Memorial Day Concert

first_imgOn the eve of Memorial Day, the 24th annual NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT will bring to life the moving stories of America’s servicemen and women who have given so much to preserve America’s freedoms.The inspiring television event will pay tribute to the profound heroism of all who served during World War II, salute the valor of our Korean War veterans, and honor the sacrifices of our National Guard heroes and their families.The multi award-winning program will be co-hosted for the eighth year by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna (CRIMINAL MINDS) and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise (CSI:NEW YORK), two acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veterans causes and supporting our troops in active service. Opening the show, with a special performance of the National Anthem will be the season 12 winner of AMERICAN IDOL. The all-star line-up also includes: distinguished American leader Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); two-time Golden Globe award-winning actor Ed Harris; DANCING WITH THE STARS finalist and classical cross-over artist Katherine Jenkins; singer-songwriter and THE VOICE finalist Chris Mann; and acclaimed Tony award-winning tenor Alfie Boe; in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.This American tradition will air live on PBS Sunday, May 26, 2013, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.The 2013 NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT will feature: • The moving story of twin brothers who served in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan with the National Guard, that focuses on how multiple deployments tragically can impact both those who serve as well as their family members; • A tribute to the Greatest Generation featuring the stirring remembrances of decorated World War II veteran Charles Durning, the renowned actor and longtime contributor to the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT, who passed away last December; and • On the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, the broadcast will honor the profound sacrifices of the proud veterans who fought and perished in this “forgotten war.”Also participating in the event are the U.S Joint Chiefs of Staff with The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Chorus, The Soldiers Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, The U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, The U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, the Armed Forces Color Guard and Service Color Teams provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.The broadcast will be supported by a comprehensive social media campaign and resource-rich website at www.pbs.org/memorialdayconcert. Highlights will include: a “Virtual Wall of Remembrance” where viewers can share tributes to our veterans and fallen heroes; plus suggestions on what you can do to support veterans and their loved ones; as well as resources for service members and their families.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more