HydroPlane Officials Say No Hydroplane Racing This Year

first_imgHydroPlane Officials Say No Hydroplane Racing This YearMAY 23RD, 2019 TYRONE MORRIS EVANSVILLE, INDIANAEvansville HydroFest will not feature actual Hydroplane racing this year. The Board of Directors of the Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau announced on their Facebook page: FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The Board of Directors of the Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau voted yesterday afternoon to NOT continue with Hydroplane Racing at Evansville HydroFest. Our Race Director did not attend the meeting nor was involved in the decision. We regret to inform our Fans, Race Teams, Vendors, Volunteers, and Sponsors there will be no Roar on the River in 2019.The event is expected to kick off on Friday, August 16th through August 18th.44News reached out to the Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive-Director for comment. They released this following statement:It is the recommendation of the Executive Director and legal counsel of Evansville Events, Inc. that hydroplane racing for 2019 not be pursued. A contract with the hydroplane racing organization of choice has not yet been finalized and it is unlikely that sufficient sponsorships can be raised to cover the costs of the event, thus risking a deficit for a second year in a row.It is further recommended that the barbecue festival and concert elements already being planned be reformatted into a yet-to-be-named event in downtown Evansville on the same dates. This new downtown event offers the unique opportunity to take advantage of the large crowds attending the Saturday night, August 17 Toby Keith concert at the Ford Center.While many details are admittedly yet to be worked out, making the change now allows time to plan, market and produce the alternative event.last_img read more

Denmark speeds up reopening as virus spread slows

first_imgMuseums and zoos began reopening in Denmark on Thursday, as the country decided to accelerate its exit from lockdown and health officials said the spread of the new coronavirus was slowing.The original plan for Denmark was to keep museums, zoos, theatres, cinemas and similar attractions closed until June 8. But after a deal was struck in the country’s parliament late Wednesday they were instead allowed to open immediately. Under the deal agreed in parliament, the Danish border remains temporarily closed, but starting next week the list of exceptions allowing travel to Denmark will be expanded to include permanent residents of all the Nordic countries and Germany wanting to visit relatives, loved ones, or homes they own in Denmark.High school students will also begin returning to classrooms shortly.Also on Wednesday, the Danish health agency SSI, which operates under the health ministry and is responsible for the surveillance of infectious diseases, released a report indicating the spread of the disease seems to be slowing, even as the country had started opening up.SSI said that as of May 18 the infection rate, or reproduction rate, was estimated at 0.6, compared to 0.7 on May 7.A reproduction rate of 1.0 means that one person with COVID-19 infects on average just one other, while a rate of below 1.0 indicates that the spread is declining.On April 15, the country started reopening pre-schools and resuming classes for the youngest primary school children — under strict social distancing and hygiene guidelines.Danish middle schools followed suit this week.Another report this week by SSI, however showed that only one percent of Danes carried antibodies for the virus, raising concerns that the country could be vulnerable to a new wave of the virus. “It was pure cheer. Finally, we can get started,” Peter Kjargaard, director of the Natural History Museum of Denmark, told broadcaster DR. Kjargaard added that he was excited to show off the museum’s new dinosaur exhibit, even if it wouldn’t be ready for another month.But not all museums reopened their doors on Thursday.Some said they would start receiving customers over the weekend or next week.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Syracuse’s zone defense holds Pitt to under 40% shooting in 69-61 win

first_img Published on January 25, 2020 at 4:22 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+ With just over a minute to go, Syracuse sat in its patented zone and waited for a different variation of the same thing it had seen all game long. In a methodical and slow way that only Saturday’s game could produce, SU’s lead had shrunk to just five points. Xavier Johnson jab-stepped. Not there. Ryan Murphy caught it at the top of the 3-point line. He raised the ball above his head. No shot. Murphy swung it to Trey McGowens, who teased a shooting motion. But that hadn’t worked all game. The same action, the one that further eliminated another chance for the Panthers to cut into the deficit, had happened several times earlier in the game. Pittsburgh threatened to shoot, and the Orange called their bluff.Elijah Hughes said after the game that the goal coming into the game was to prevent Murphy, the Panthers’ best shooter, from finding his range and hurting SU. But when it came to the other players on the floor, SU’s approach was to hope for just the opposite. In its 69-61 win, Syracuse (13-7, 6-3 Atlantic Coast) urged Pittsburgh (13-7, 4-5) players to beat them from the outside. Syracuse forced the typically interior-oriented Panthers to score more than half its points from outside the paint — a result that led to a 38.9% clip from the field and several shot clock violations. “Let them beat us from the outside,” Bourama Sidibe said. “Because we know they’re a good team. Sometimes, a lot of good teams don’t make a shot against the zone.”When Pittsburgh went inside initially, the Orange not only limited them but embarrassed them. Syracuse had five of its six total blocks in the first eight minutes of play, establishing a defensive presence at the rim and in the paint. Hughes (3 blocks) and Sidibe (2) in particular anchored the bottom of the zone, while Marek Dolezaj (1) also routinely altered shots at the rim.So, McGowens and Pitt’s slashing guards stretched out a little further. For the remainder of play, Syracuse bothered Pittsburgh’s guards by forcing them to take jump shots, bringing them out beyond their comfort zone. After the threat of blocks had been established, including two out by the free-throw line, Johnson stepped in toward the free-throw line for another pull-up jumper.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJohnson’s low and slow release with a hitch rarely allowed him to create the necessary space. As he tried to beat the Orange from a range inside the 3-point line, all Sidibe needed to do was step up to bother it. Syracuse’s offense capitalized, and before Pittsburgh had a chance to find openings, Buddy Boeheim burst for 18 first-half points to establish a lead SU never lost. The Orange kept an eye on Murphy, the only player that the Orange thought could counter the 2-3, and forced the rest to make plays they rarely are asked to make.“(Johnson)’s not really a big-time shooter, but he can make shots,” Hughes said. “So we tried to really contain him, keep him out of the paint.”Perhaps the most dangerous part of the game was when SU lost sight of that. Johnson and McGowens still struggled, but the zone pushed forward and allowed offensive rebounds. To further add to a slow and steady game all along, Pittsburgh surged closer to SU with missed shots and follow 2-pointers. Pitt shrunk the lead to eight and then later to just three. But the success keeping Pitt’s guards out of the paint helped the Orange stay afloat. By the time Murphy had hit a late-game 3-pointer, the pace had already been set, and there was little time for the Orange to lose control.Late in the second half, with a chance to tie the game when that had previously seemed impossible, Johnson stepped back and air-balled a 3-pointer wide well to the left side of the rim. But the ball fell into the hands of a Pittsburgh player underneath, and the Panthers got another opportunity. When the game resorted to that play, when the Pitt offense went to its shooters, the put-backs and second chances were its best offense. But it wasn’t enough. And Johnson was reminded each time he touched the ball.“AIR-ball!” yelled the crowd, in unison.“AIR-ball!”“AIR-ball!” Commentslast_img read more