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I-74 traffic switch Tuesday, let the work begin

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Indiana Department of Transportation will move all westbound traffic to the south side of the median on I-74 near Batesville between mile marker 143 and mile marker 156 beginning Tuesday, April 16, at 6 p.m., weather permitting. Both east and westbound lanes will be restricted to single lanes with concrete barriers until approximately Nov. 1.All I-74 exit and entrance ramps will be open to traffic.The westbound rest area at mile marker 153 will be closed starting Monday, April 15, and will remain closed until Nov. 1. The eastbound rest area at mile marker 153 has been permanently closed since Feb. 2019.Follow @INDOTSoutheast on Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more

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Governor Holcomb and INDOT Award Nearly $100 million through Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative

first_imgDearborn CountyCounty $999,884.00AURORA $611,447.16GREENDALE $610,794.94LAWRENCEBURG $556,834.67 Switzerland CountyCounty $189,150.00 Madison,IN— Governor Eric J. Holcomb and Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe McGuinness announced 229 Indiana cities, towns, and counties received a combined $99.2 million in state matching funds for local road projects through the Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative.“High-quality local roads and bridges are an important part of our formula for attracting jobs, growing our economy, and building strong communities,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Our fully-funded Next Level Roads plan and record-breaking level of construction has gained Indiana national recognition for our approach to infrastructure, and Community Crossings takes that commitment to the local level all across the state.” The Community Crossings Initiative has provided more than $612 million in state matching funds for construction projects. The latest round garnered more applications than dollars available—making the call for projects highly competitive. In response to local requests to help manage project flow, INDOT now accepts applications in both January and July, with a $1 million cap annually per community. An estimated $100 million will be available for communities opting to apply during the January 2020 call for projects.“Efficiently and safely moving people and commerce is vital to the quality of life and vitality of our communities,” said McGuinness. “INDOT is excited to partner with communities through this matching grant program to make infrastructure investments that contribute to the success of all Hoosier cities, towns, and counties.”To qualify for funding, local governments must provide local matching funds, 50 percent for larger communities or 25 percent for smaller communities, from a funding source approved for road and bridge construction. They must also submit an INDOT-approved asset management plan for maintaining existing roads and bridges. State law requires annually that 50 percent of the available matching funds be awarded to communities within counties with a population of 50,000 or fewer. State lawmakers identified long-term funding for Community Crossings as part of House Enrolled Act 1002, passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Holcomb in April 2017.The list of all communities receiving matching funds in the 2019 July call for projects can be found here.  The following are award winners for southeastern Indiana:Bartholomew CountyCOUNTY $591,796.00COLUMBUS $1,000,000.00ELIZABETHTOWN $118,730.12EDINBURGH $639,075.00HOPE $189,401.25 Franklin CountyCounty $905,710.07BROOKVILLE $216,860.25LAUREL $145,747.50 Jefferson CountyCounty $987,940.90center_img Decatur CountyGREENSBURG $504,601.86WESTPORT $107,175.75 Ripley CountyMILAN $258,286.09OSGOOD $737,849.70VERSAILLES $316,371.49 Rush CountyCounty $935,918.72last_img read more

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Main Street Greensburg hosting kids art contest

first_imgGreensburg, IN— Main Street Greensburg is host an art contest for kids in grades 1-6.  The winning art will be featured on banners that will be displayed in the downtown square. The topic is “What does Greensburg mean to you” and the deadline doe entries is March 6.  The artwork needs to be submitted on an 8.5″x11″ piece of paper with information on the back including name, age, grade, phone number, and email.  The art can be dropped off at City Hall, Magnolia Merchantile, Denim & Honey, or Paint the Town.last_img read more

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Franklin Co. now has 20 COVID-19 cases

first_imgBROOKVILLE, Ind. – Franklin County health officials announced 11 new confirmed positive coronavirus cases Thursday which brings the total to 20. “All eleven new cases are adults. No further information about the patients will be released due to privacy laws,” the press release stated.Officials said they expect an increase in positive cases as the results of tests conducted last week to week and a half get reported to the Health Department.Citizens are urged to stay at home as much as possible. Follow the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and Franklin County Health Department on Facebook for the latest updates.last_img read more

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Franklin County Fair has gone virtual

first_imgBrookville, IN —The Franklin County 4-H fair has gone 100% virtual for 2020. While it is understood pictures and videos cannot fully replace live exhibits, the virtual fair environment is intended to allow a judge to see and learn about the skills a 4-H member has developed throughout this past year resulting from their 4-H experiences. Fair Entry will be open for these Franklin County exhibits to be uploaded from July 1- July 10, then closed for judging. Judging of the projects will take place between July 13 through July 19 and results will be available on July 20.Animal Projects were also presented virtually and those projects were all due by Sunday night. The all the livestock events will be conducted through Virtual Cattle Battle.  Those shows are:​​​Beef ShowDairy ShowDairy Goat ShowHorse & Pony ShowMeat Goat ShowPoultry ShowRabbit ShowSheep Show​Swine showlast_img read more

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Brown County State Park launches auto tour

first_imgNashville, IN — If you are looking for a fun, family day trip, Brown County State Park has created a way for guests to experience Brown County State Park’s unique cultural and natural history from the comfort of their own vehicle.The park’s Auto Tour guides guests to five stops along the park’s south loop. Signs will be posted at each location. Guests will start at the Nature Center and journey along the main park road to learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp area, the two nature preserves in Brown County State Park, the state-endangered yellowwood tree, and Kelp village. There are several vista overlooks along the drive.To access this tour, go to the Brown County State Park website and click on Photos, Video & Audio at the bottom of the page. The link includes audio for the tour as well as a map to help you navigate.In total, the tour should take about an hour, longer if you decide to get out and look around at each stop. Please adhere to park speed limits and other park signage throughout the tour. This tour can also be completed on a bicycle if you’re looking for more exercise.last_img read more

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EPL: Ljunberg leads Gunners to Norwich City

first_imgRelatedPosts Gunners, Reds battle for Community Shield glory Ljungbjerg resigns as Arsenal’s coach Arsenal sign Brazil winger Willian on three-year contract Norwich City vs. Arsenal Venue: Carrow Road Kick off: 1:30PMArsenal take on Norwich City in the Premier League this afternoon with Freddie Ljungberg taking charge of his first game since replacing Unai Emery on an interim basis. After a run of two wins from 11 matches in the Premier League and no victory in seven games in all competitions, there was little surprise when Emery was removed from his position on Friday morning. Letting slip a half-time advantage against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League proved to be decisive, with the Gunners opting to hand the reins to assistant coach Ljungberg on an interim basis. While speculation regarding a potential long-term successor to Emery will continue, the former midfielder now has an opportunity to show what he can do with what remains a talented, well-stocked squad. Ljungberg’s priority is to ensure that Arsenal return to winning ways as soon as possible, with their recent run leaving the club eight points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea. However, while also wanting to showcase his style of football, the Swede needs to identify a number of reliable leaders in the camp to help the team move forward. Given the multiple changes of captaincy under Emery, that may prove easier said than done, but a united response is vital if Arsenal are going to maintain any hope of qualifying for next season’s Champions League through their Premier League position. With Brighton & Hove Albion and West Ham United to follow, the fixtures are in Ljungberg’s favour, but failing to pick up at least four points from the upcoming triple-header may lead to a further change in the dugout. Much will also depend on the availability of Arsenal’s preferred managerial targets, although Ljungberg must ignore any ‘noise’ surrounding the role and focus on finding solutions to many of the club’s ongoing problems. Meanwhile, the Canaries are attempting to build on last weekend’s 2-0 victory away at Everton, a result which moved the club into 18th position in the standings. Ever since their famous win over Manchester City in September, Norwich have struggled to replicate the same level of performances in games which they would have felt were opportunities to pick up points. However, despite remaining in the relegation zone, Daniel Farke will hope that the win at Goodison Park is a step in the right direction for his team. While Everton had chances throughout the 90 minutes, keeping a shutout was a big plus for the Canaries after conceding 12 goals in their previous five outings. Their failings in defence have come at a time when the goals have dried up for Teemu Pukki, although the Finland striker did play his part in setting up his team’s opener against the Toffees. The performances of the backline and Pukki will almost certainly prove pivotal as the campaign progresses, and Farke will be eager to see that high-quality displays can be produced more than just once every few games. Last week’s success has come at a time when Farke will be relieved to see less of his players spending time in the treatment room, although consistency from whoever has been given time on the pitch has been a problem. Todd Cantwell has been one of a number of players whose level has dropped in recent weeks, although his goal on Merseyside could act as the catalyst for him to regain his influential presence in midfield. The energy which the Englishman provides could be key on Sunday as Norwich look to avoid a fourth successive defeat in front of their own supporters. Norwich City possible XI: Krul, Aarons, Zimmermann, Godfrey, Byram, Stiepermann, McLean, Trybull, Cantwell, Hernandez, Pukki. Arsenal possible XI: Leno, Bellerin, Chambers, Sokratis, Tierney, Torreira, Guendouzi, Pepe, Willock, Aubameyang, Lacazette.Tags: Arsenal FCFreddie Ljungberglast_img read more

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EPL: Dele Alli, Son fire Spurs to first 2020 league win

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Trio of signings make instant impact as Everton stun Spurs EPL: Spurs, Everton light up London Heung-Min Son’s late header helped below-par Tottenham pick up their first league victory of 2020 with a 2-1 defeat of Norwich – but Jose Mourinho will know there is plenty of work to do if his side are to further close the six-point gap on the top four. Dele Alli tucked in Tottenham’s first Premier League goal of the year from Serge Aurier’s low cross on 38 minutes after both sides had spurned good chances in the early exchanges but the hosts failed to kick-on. Teemu Pukki made bottom-of-the-league Norwich’s second-half dominance count, squeezing his penalty past Hugo Lloris – who had made a surprise return from injury to start – but Son’s header from Alli’s deflected shot ended the visitors’ hopes of a turnaround. The result moves Spurs to within two wins of fourth-placed Chelsea, while Norwich have a six-point gap of their own to overcome if they are to escape relegation. Tottenham had failed to find the net in their past three Premier League games but were immediately on the front foot, with Erik Lamela following up an early free-kick attempt by drawing a sharp save from Tim Krul with a volley on 10 minutes. However, Norwich showed their own attacking intent on the quarter-hour mark, when Todd Cantwell capped an impressive spell of possession with a neat pass through to Pukki from the edge of the area but the Finn was surprisingly wasteful, snatching his shot wide.Tags: Dele AlliHeung-Min SonNorwichTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

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NFF disowns story on appointment of Amokachi as Technical Director

first_imgRelatedPosts Nigeria plan Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia friendlies Nigeria’s former U-17, U-20 goalkeeper dies at 26 NFF top shot dies The Nigeria Football Federation has stated that Bitrus Bewarang remains the Technical Director of the football-governing body. It said at no time has the body called for applications from candidates for Bewarang’s position, not to talk of appointing anyone into the post. “This clarification becomes necessary against the background of wide-circulating but totally misleading reports of the appointment of Mr. Daniel Amokachi, a former Super Eagles captain and coach, as head of NFF technical department,” Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, Alhaji Yusuf Ahmed Fresh, said in Abuja on Wednesday. “The NFF has been bemused by this unfounded story, which no doubt must have embarrassed Mr. Amokachi himself.” Yusuf Fresh, who is also member of the CAF Technical and Development Committee, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Amokachi as ambassador of Nigerian Football, saying: “Mr. Amokachi richly deserves this appointment as someone who served our dear nation meritoriously on the field of play as a player and coach.” NFF’s Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire, added: “While the NFF does not and will not foreclose the possibility of a major role for Ambassador Daniel Amokachi in the federation in the future, the truth is that presently, such an appointment has not been made. “Ambassador Amokachi no doubt deserves all the regard and respect befitting his new role as an ambassador. He should not be dragged into needless controversies such as this. “The NFF, once more, enjoins the generality of the media to retain the important work ethic of fact-checking and verification, and beware of empty wildfires lit by obscure online cells that lack any iota of credibility.” A sports news website had earlier published the appointment of Amokachi by the NFF as its Technical Director, a story from which several newspapers took a cue.Tags: Ademola OlajireBitrus BewarangDaniel AmokachiNigeria Football FederationYusuf Ahmed Freshlast_img read more

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Benfica players’ houses vandalised after bus attack

first_imgRelatedPosts UCL: Benfica kicked out by player who left club one week earlier + other results Champions League: PSG challenge Bayern crown, road to final, possible line up Mourinho rejects Benfica job  The houses of several Benfica players were vandalised hours after the Portuguese champions’ bus was attacked following Thursday’s goalless draw with Tondela, a local newspaper, Tribuna Expresso, reported on Friday.The report said the vandals had spray-painted threats against the players on the houses, adding that one of the homes targeted belonged to star midfielder and Portugal international Pizzi. Benfica did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The team bus was attacked by people throwing stones from a motorway as it was returning from the Estadio da Luz to the club’s training ground.German midfielder Julian Weigl and Serbian winger Andrija Zivkovic were taken to hospital as a precaution after being hit by broken glass.The match was Benfica’s first since the season resumed after being disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.Although they could only draw against lowly Tondela, they returned to the top of the table on goal difference, but failed to open up a gap on title rivals Porto. Fans were unable to enter the stadium to prevent further spread of the virus, although supporters still greeted the team’s arrival before the match.The Portuguese league’s organising body condemned the attack, which has marred what should have been a triumphant return of the season.“Liga Portugal strongly condemns the cowardly attack on the Benfica squad,” the league said in a statement.“The stoning of the team’s bus is deeply regrettable, especially at a time when Portuguese football has joined forces to resume an activity that means so much to millions of people in our country.”Reuters/NAN. Tags: Andrija ZivkovicEstadio da LuzJulian WeiglSL BenficaTribuna Expressolast_img read more

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Arsenal to sack 55 staff

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Arsenal have announced their intention to make 55 members of staff redundant due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.The Gunners’ head of football Raul Sanllehi announced the news in a detailed statement to fans on Wednesday. Sanllehi also outlined the impact COVID-19 has had on the club.He said: “It is now clear that we will be facing more significant and longer-lasting reductions in our revenue than we all hoped.”The statement read: “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic we have been working hard to ensure that Arsenal Football Club emerges in a robust and strong position for the future.“In line with other football clubs and many other businesses operating in the sport, leisure and entertainment arena, we have been impacted directly by COVID-19.“Our main sources of income have all reduced significantly. Revenue from broadcasters, matchday and commercial activities have all been hit severely and these impacts will continue into at least the forthcoming 2020/21 season. “The pandemic represents one of the most challenging periods in our 134-year history and we have responded promptly by implementing wide-ranging measures to reduce our costs.“Our players, senior football staff and executive team have volunteered pay cuts, we have stopped pretty much all of our capital spending, and our discretionary operating expenditure has been strictly controlled.“We have also received significant financial support from our owners, Kroenke, Sports & Entertainment in terms of refinancing our stadium debt.“These steps have all reduced the impact of the pandemic on the club and have helped us continue to maintain investment in the team. This will continue to be a key priority.”Tags: ArsenalCoronavirusRaul Sanllehilast_img read more

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Mancini eyes winning run

first_img They cut the gap to leaders Manchester United to 12 points as Carlos Tevez scored the only goal against Aston Villa on Monday night but Mancini knows his side face an uphill battle to reel in Sir Alex Ferguson’s men. The Italian said: “It is difficult because we have 30 points to play for and we need to try to win. At the end, we will see what happens. In football everything can happen right up to the last second. We probably need to win all 10 matches that are left. We need to win all the matches.” He added: “If they (United) lose three or four or five games… is difficult because they are too strong for this. “When you have to win always, it is difficult to win every game. But last year we did this. Why can’t we do it this year?” Villa remain in the bottom three and manager Paul Lambert admitted a mistake by defender Ciaran Clark proved crucial in the build-up to Tevez’s decider. Lambert said: “I thought we were well in the game. The goal is a mistake. I wouldn’t have minded if someone had put one in the top corner with a bit of skill. “But it’s a mistake by us. It is easy to be critical of Ciaran. The lad has been excellent all season. He will learn from it, he won’t make the same mistake again.” Midfielder Fabian Delph will be suspended for the next two games against Reading and QPR after collecting his 10th booking of the season for handball. Lambert said: “He’s playing extremely well, really well. You are pressing forward, to try and get a goal back and things like that happen.” Boss Roberto Mancini admits Manchester City probably have to win their 10 remaining games if they are to have any chance of retaining their Barclays Premier League title.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Sigurdsson seeks extended run in team

first_imgGylfi Sigurdsson hopes to keep on delivering the goals for Tottenham after finally starting to live up to the hype which caused the club to out-bid Liverpool for his signature last summer. Andre Villas-Boas made Sigurdsson his first acquisition as he wanted him to replace Hamburg-bound Rafael van der Vaart, but the 23-year-old struggled to replicate the kind of form which saw him score eight goals for the Swans last term. The forward has now broken into the first XI, though, and – after two goals in his last three games against West Ham and Inter Milan – he aims to keep finding the net in order to retain his place in the team. “It’s important for every player to get a run in the team,” said Sigurdsson, who also set up Gareth Bale for Tottenham’s first goal in Thursday night’s 3-0 Europa League win over Inter. “You see Gareth now, he’s got a lot of confidence and he’s scoring every game. “I know he’s got an unbelievable amount of talent, but it’s different when you’ve got confidence; you can do those things you wouldn’t do without it. It’s really important. “I think (the Inter game) was my best game for Spurs. It is good to get two starts in a row and these are the games you want to play in.” Sigurdsson says he chose Spurs ahead of Liverpool because he was convinced the north London club’s recent Barclays Premier League finishes indicated that they were more likely to achieve success, and a quick glance at the table suggests he was right. Press Associationcenter_img Liverpool were clear favourites to sign Sigurdsson because of the Iceland international’s close relationship with Reds boss Brendan Rodgers from their time together at Swansea, but he opted instead to move to White Hart Lane. Sigurdsson said: “It was really important to get my first league goal (against West Ham). Now I’ve got my second European goal. It gave me a bit of a lift and hopefully we can continue that run and build on it.” last_img read more

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Rio will answer England call – Ferguson

first_imgManchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that defender Rio Ferdinand will join up with the England squad on Monday. Press Association The 34-year-old earned his first England call-up under manager Roy Hodgson for the World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Montenegro later this month. There were reports on Saturday morning that Ferdinand could yet turn down the chance to represent his country again, either in response to being left out by Hodgson until now or in order to prolong his club career. However, Ferguson – asked on Saturday night if the defender would be joining up with England on Monday – told ESPN: “Yes.” center_img Hodgson cited “footballing reasons” for Ferdinand’s exclusion in his squad for the Euro 2012 finals and he has remained out of his plans until now. Ferdinand impressed in the Barclays Premier League match against Reading, setting up the only goal of United’s 1-0 Old Trafford win for Wayne Rooney. Ferguson, who reported no casualties following a win which extends his team’s lead at the top of the table to 15 points, was pleased with Ferdinand’s contribution. He said: “Rio has always had the ability to break into midfield. He doesn’t do it as much as he used to but he did today and got us a goal. Most of the time this season we’ve played well. The performance today doesn’t reflect the 15 points ahead we are. “I thought some of Reading’s football was quite good but they didn’t really make any chances. I expected danger from set-piece play but we did defend quite well.” Ferguson acknowledged the deflection which Rooney’s shot got off Reading defender Alex Pearce helped his team. He added on ESPN: “I don’t know if the goalkeeper would have saved it or not but it was a bad deflection and went over his head.” last_img read more

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Laudrup warning for Swans

first_imgMichael Laudrup has warned Swansea they must retain their motivation until the end of the season despite having already secured silverware and 40 Premier League points. Saturday’s 2-0 defeat against Arsenal, courtesy of goals from Nacho Monreal and Gervinho, was Swansea’s second defeat in the three games since their Capital One Cup final success over Bradford. The Swans have not added to their league tally since reaching the 40-point mark which is generally seen to earmark safety, and Laudrup said: “It is important to always try – as individuals and a team – to find motivation in each game. We compete at the highest level, even in training everyone wants to win.” Press Associationcenter_img He went on: “If you want to move on and have that ambition to move higher in the coming years, you have to be up for every game. “Even if you have done well yesterday, you have to do well today and tomorrow, but I cannot say anything about the attitude of this team. They have been excellent. “The three games since the final have all been tight. “Against Newcastle and West Brom a draw could have been a fair result and this game could have been 0-0. “So in terms of points it would have been the same, but I would have preferred three draws to one win and two defeats. “But it’s part of our education. It is not often a smaller club is in this situation. To have 10 or 11 games before the end of the season, and already have a trophy and 40 points, but we have to carry on. “Some of my players may end up at a top club one day, and then they will need to win every game, so we have to stay motivated.” last_img read more

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Howley: Best to come from North

first_imgRob Howley has declared that the British and Irish Lions have yet to see the best of George North after the Wales wing was passed fit for Saturday’s first Test against Australia. Howley added: “He’s probably one of the best athletes I’ve been involved with as a coach. He can change direction very quickly, has a great step, power and speed. “You can bring him in the 10 or 13 channel, or keep him out wide for the passing game. His work rate off the wing is phenomenal. “We want our wings to be involved because you want your best players on the ball as often as possible. He works tirelessly hard at his game and it’s good for the Lions to have someone like him available.” North’s presence has taken on greater importance with centre Jamie Roberts and wing Tommy Bowe almost certain to miss the series opener because of their respective hamstring and hand problems. The shock and awe game plan of head coach Warren Gatland is heavily reliant on the power running of North, Roberts and Bowe, with Jonathan Sexton and Brian O’Driscoll providing the subtlety. Losing all three wrecking balls would have been a significant setback that Howley admitted could possibly have forced the Lions to rethink their game plan. Further firepower could be provided by Manu Tuilagi after Howley revealed he has an outside chance of facing the Wallabies this weekend, potentially forcing Gatland to choose between him and Jonathan Davies to partner O’Driscoll in the centres. Press Associationcenter_img Just hours after being deflated by their 14-12 defeat to the Brumbies in their first loss Down Under, the tourists were told that North has made a complete recovery from his hamstring injury. The Lions team for Saturday’s first Test will be announced on Thursday. The 21-year-old had been in magnificent form prior to limping off against the Combined Country XV and Lions assistant coach Howley said: “It’s great to have someone like George available because of his physicality, power and speed. I believe we’ve only seen glimpses of him, he’s a phenomenal athlete and hopefully he’ll have that opportunity to show it over the next few weeks.” last_img read more

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