After devoting years to building an energy-efficient house of the future for the University of Georgia, Craig Kvien has a better understanding of conserving and saving energy. These tips, based on his work, could help Georgia residents save money during the upcoming holiday season.“Some people think that, by ‘energy-efficient home,’ you mean putting on a jacket in the winter and shorts in the summer, but energy-efficient homes are more comfortable to live in than your standard house. They hold the temperature better and don’t leak as much,” said Kvien, a UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences professor who spearheaded the Future Farmstead project on the university’s Tifton Campus.Kvien said that money could be saved during the upcoming cold winter months by adding proper insulation to the attic.“If homeowners look upstairs and see that there’s not much insulation up there, (they should consider adding insulation). That’s another good way to save financially. You want to try to get at least an R30 rating up in your attic, and an R13 (rating) in your wall if you can,” Kvien said. “Along with getting insulation in there, make sure you don’t have any gaps in the insulation.”The “R” rating refers to insulating power. The higher the value, the more effective the insulation will work in keeping heat in or out of the house.Proper insulation will allow for a more comfortable living space, he said. Though Georgia doesn’t experience the same wintry conditions that blanket states in the Northeast, power usage in December and January reflects Georgians’ willingness to heat their houses.“Power usage in Georgia is primarily driven by the weather,” said John Kraft, a Georgia Power spokesperson. “For instance, a cold November could easily result in higher energy usage than a mild December, even with holiday lighting.”Kraft said that heating and cooling represent 25 to 35 percent of a house’s energy use.Holiday decorations are on display as Georgia residents celebrate the holiday season during November and December. Kvien stresses that simple fixes can be made to adjust for the added cost of holiday lighting.“Lights are a good place, a simple target. Start with one, start with 20, whatever works,” Kvien said. “Replace your incandescent lights with compact fluorescent or LED lights, which are a little more efficient and last longer. If you shop around, you can find some pretty good prices.”Other lighting tips from Georgia Power include using timers to turn off displays after several hours and replacing old light strings or displays with mini-lights or fiber optic displays. Kvien only has one recommendation that is 100-percent guaranteed against incurring additional costs: “Cut your power way down, set your thermostat to maybe 55 degrees (Fahrenheit) and go visit the kids,” Kvien said.For more information about the Future Farmstead, visit future farmstead.org.
Milton CAT was the recipient of a Vermont Governors Council 2007Gold Award for Work Site Wellness, Physical Fitness & Sports. At thestart of each workday, employees of this Caterpillar equipment dealer do a 10minute stretch routine led by their supervisors. An annual Health RiskAssessment checks employees blood pressure and body composition. Wellness Coaches, USAprovides weekly confidential health counseling. And the Milton CATcorporate office launched a Biggest Loser contest among its 12sites to encourage healthy weight loss. The Richmond site winner lost 50 pounds. H. 887 and S. 283 build on the groundbreaking reforms included inHealth Care Affordability Acts of 2006, including the new Catamount HealthPlans and Governor Douglas forward-thinking Blueprint forHealth, which is helping Vermont lead the nation in efforts to change our health care systemto one focused on preventing illness and complications, rather than reacting tohealth emergencies. Governor Douglas will highlight innovative wellnessprograms, such as Milton CATs, that are following the Blueprint model. Jason GibbsGovernorsCommunications Director109 State Street ¨ The Pavilion ¨ Montpelier,VT 05609-0101 ¨ www.vermont.gov/governor(link is external)Telephone: 802.828.3333 ¨ Fax: 802.828.3339 ¨ TDD: 802.828.3345 WHAT: Governor to Sign Health Care Bills While not as sweeping as the 2006 Health Care Affordability Act, thetwo bills the Governor will sign tomorrow are significant next steps inimproving the cost and quality of our health care system. Among otherprovisions, the legislation:increases access to Catamount Health for more Vermonters by alleviating some of the pre-existing condition concerns and by allowing people with high deductible individual market plans to purchase Catamount Health Plans without having to be uninsured for 12 months;relaxes the 75 percent rule for small businesses so they can continue to offer coverage even when their employee situations change;enhances the focus on chronic care and prevention at the local and community level, with a special focus on healthy weight and obesity;provides increased support for health care providers and takes further steps to promote the use of cost-saving information technology;moves forward with initiatives that encourage Vermonters to make healthier lifestyle choices; andworks to improve immunization coverage rates among the youngest children in Vermont and reduce the likelihood that children will acquire or spread a vaccine-preventable disease. ### WHERE: Milton CAT, Route 2, One Cat Lane, Richmond, VT 05477 (Take Exit11 offI-89. Head North on Route 2 toward Williston andMilton CAT will be on your right, before the bridge. ) WHEN: Tuesday, June 10, 2008 10:00 a.m. Montpelier, Vermont Tomorrow (June 10, 2008), Governor Jim Douglas will visit Milton CAT, a business withan award-winning worksite wellness program, to sign two health care bills intolaw. Governor Douglas will be joined by legislators, advocates, insurancecompany representatives and others as he signs H. 887 and S. 283.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State has created a website and hotline to educate residents on gun control laws recently signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.The website, established by the governor’s office, provides details about the New York Safe Act for gun owners and licensed dealers and features frequently asked questions and a list of weapons banned under the new law.The site provides a list of questions and answers pertaining to assault weapons, magazines, antique guns and magazines, private sales, safe storage, dealers and crimes.New York State also created a hotline for the public to call. The phone number is 1-888-LAW-GUNS and will be activated Jan. 21. The hotline will run during normal business hours Monday through Friday and will be staffed by state police.Cuomo signed the bill into law Tuesday, the same day that the state legislature approved the measure.The legislation calls for an immediate ban on assault weapons and all magazines that hold more than seven rounds.Under the legislation, semi-automatic pistols and rifles with detachable magazines and one military-style feature will be considered assault weapons. The bill also considers semi-automatic shotguns with one military-style feature an assault weapon.
22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Olga Zakharenkava Olga Zakharenkava is the VP, Demand Marketing at Doxim, a leading provider of cloud-based customer engagement solutions for credit unions and wealth management firms. Find out more at www.doxim.com Web: www.doxim.com Details Wouldn’t it be great if your credit union had a way to reach all its members with marketing messages that didn’t increase distribution costs? And what if over 90% of your members opened the messages? Even better, what if they actually read them? Think these are fantasies of frustrated marketers? Think again.Your credit union is already sending monthly statements – a highly successful communication channel for regularly reaching members. On average, members open their account statements 95% of the time, and they usually spend from one to three minutes reading, a rate no other channel can match.Because delivering statements to members is a regulatory requirement, you’re already paying to connect with them every month or quarter. If your credit union views statements only as a compliance box to be checked off, you’re missing an excellent opportunity to strengthen member ties and deliver targeted marketing messages via a communication channel you know members use.Redesign your statements to add a personal touchDid you know account statements can be a revenue center instead of a cost center? By carefully designing statements and using an effective analytics program, they can become an essential part of a member engagement strategy, boosting cross-selling success as well as increasing member loyalty and giving that personal “credit union touch.”. Whether digital or paper, well-designed statements can help reach members more effectively by delivering useful offers pinpointed to their needs and interests. In turn, you’ll remind members that their credit union pays attention and knows who they are. At Doxim, we have identified several key recommendations for designing compelling statements that will actually gain a return on providing statements: Analyze your current statement. Who is the audience and how will they use the information contained? Are there helpful facts, tips or recommendations you’d like to include? How could your messages be tailored to reach key demographics? What might grab one member’s attention? Focus on a clean, professional design that’s easy to understand. Discussions with our clients have shown that 15-20% of the questions bank and credit union call centers receive are for statement-related issues A well-designed statement, like the example above, clearly and succinctly presents the relevant information and can reduce those calls. To increase reader comprehension, make sure your layout has lots of white space, displaying only what’s necessary and useful to the member. Include an account summary on the first page. Members expect companies they do business with to provide clear, simple statements with useful information that goes beyond a logo and a list of transactions.Include contact information. Prominently display the location, hours and contact information of the member’s local branch. Feature the name, photo and contact information of a local service representative to increase the member’s sense of personal connection. Reinforce brand identity. Use strong branding features, with consistent corporate colors, so members can easily identify that the statement came from your credit union. Use the same fonts, lines and styles throughout the statement to reinforce consistency. Incorporate an area for marketing messages. For years, credit unions and other businesses have included advertising inserts in their statements or invoices. Studies have shown that many of these are discarded immediately, making no impact on the consumer except possibly irritating them with the amount of wasted paper. Instead, include informational and marketing communications right on the statement so the member will definitely see it. You can reduce expenses by eliminating pre-printed inserts, while also decreasing the carbon footprint.By using analytics software to personalize offers based on demographics or other segmentation data, your credit union can increase marketing effectiveness as members respond to offers tailored to their needs. Also, placing a specific, descriptive call to action will produce better results for marketing campaigns. In other words, “Activate your Eligibility for this Lower Rate Now” is much more effective than simply saying “Find Out More.” Of course, with a digital statement, there’s the bonus of having a hyperlink to more information that the member can click. For printed statements, keep the URL short to make it easy for members to enter or write down.Attract and engage members’ interestToday’s consumer is hit with thousands of advertising offers every day, via their smartphone, television, radio, billboards newspapers or other media. No one can pay attention to all of them, so people learn to tune out.Statements are expensive to produce and distribute. But most people open – and read – their account statement, recognizing it’s an important money-management tool. You have members’ attention, so why not capitalize on that focus? Ask, if our statements aren’t strengthening relationships through targeted messages, lowering costs by eliminating paper inserts and encouraging e-statement adoption, and increasing revenues through cross-selling, what are they doing for the credit union? They meet regulations, but do they bring a return or just cost your credit union money? If it’s the latter, then it’s past time to get your statements working for you.
Mr. Harold R. Sims, age 93, of Vevay, Indiana, was the first son of a southern preacher. He was born September 27, 1924 to Alfred E. Sims and Grace (Firebaugh) Sims during their ministry in Chester, West Virginia. Harold and his brothers, Earl and Ralph and his sister, Margaret grew up in Charlottesville and New Port News, Virginia and Eustis, Florida. He graduated from Atlanta Christian College and attended Cincinnati Bible Seminary. During World War II, when he registered, he was told to finish his degree and sign up as a Chaplain. The war was concluding when he graduated. He was recruited to go to Japan as a missionary. Although he had other plans, he concluded that if his Eustis High School friends had given their lives in the Pacific theater that he would go for a different reason. Only after his decision did he learn that years before, his father wanted to go to Japan as a missionary and couldn’t. He had been praying that one of his children or grandchildren would be a missionary. In November 1947, Harold and his bride, Lois Lutton from Pittsburgh, sailed to Japan.They had to take food and supplies for a year with them to the war torn country. All five children, Hope, Sylvia, Jonathan, Robert and Daniel were born in Japan. They served in the greater Tokyo area until 1997. When they retired the churches in Nakano and Mejirodai had self supporting ministries. They moved to Tavares, Florida for retirement and enjoyed their church in Eustis. Lois Sims passed during a trip back to Japan in September 2001. Harold lived in Florida until May 2008, when he moved to Mt. Healthy Christian Home in Cincinnati, Ohio. When he needed nursing care, he moved to Swiss Villa on April 1, 2010 where Sylvia was employed. Harold was known for his smile and will be missed by his loving family and friends. Harold passed away at 11:25 a.m., Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana. Harold will be missed by his daughters, Hope Schmidt and her husband: Thomas of Kendallville, IN and Sylvia (Ken) Byars of Florence, IN; his sons, Jonathan Sims and his wife: Verla of Troy, OH, Robert Sims and his wife: Helen of Shelbyville, IN and Daniel Sims and his wife: Jeannie of Lake Forest, CA; his 13-grandchildren, Rebecca, Melinda, Heidi, Wendy, Rachel, Josh, Suzanne, Benjamin, Joel, Amanda, Joanna, Lara and Michelle; his 23 great-grandchildren, Jason, Adam, Kendra, Blake, Derek, Ayda, Garrett, Wyatt, Isaiah, Samuel, Levi, Aaron, Abigail, Kassie, Nathan, Lexie, Bella, Jake, Jessie, Luke, Brooklyn, Quinn, Ezra and Frances expected to arrive in May; his sister, Margaret Cunningham of PA; his sister-in-laws, Norma Fowkes of Erwin, PA and Willa Sims of Mason, OH; his several nieces, nephews and many friends across America and in Japan.He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred E. and Grace (Firebaugh) Sims and his brothers, Earl and Ralph Sims. Friends may call 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Sunday, January 14, 2018, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. A Celebration of Harold’s life will take place at a later date in the Spring.Memorial contributions may be made to a mission of your choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.
A 24-year-old YouTube star plead guilty to receiving child pornography charges and was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday.Austin Jones will serve ten years in prison with eight years of supervised release for convincing underage girls to send him sexually explicit photos and videos.Jones admitted to persuading underage girls to send him explicit videos to “prove” they were his “biggest fan.”He released a lengthy statement following his conviction.Jones also gave a lengthy statement of his own. Part of it here: pic.twitter.com/443alumZ0i— Sam Charles (@samjcharles) May 3, 2019 Jones rose to YouTube stardom with his music and covers of popular songs having more than half a million subscribers on the famous site.Last year, he was charged after two 14-year-old girls came forward with allegations against Jones in which he confessed to a year later.Authorities say both of the victims had previously told Jones how old they were.Jones’ attorney says the former YouTube star has been in therapy, “those ideations have stopped entirely.”On Monday, another hearing will take place to determine when Jones will be taken into custody.
DARREN Sammy has lashed out at the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for ending Phil Simmons’ contract by stating “if the blind leads the blind they are bound to fall into a pit.”The WICB announced on Tuesday that head coach Simmons’ tenure had come to an immediate end only five months after he guided the Windies to the World Twenty20 title.That announcement was made just a week before the first game of the Windies’ tour of the United Arab Emirates to take on Pakistan.Simmons’ exit came a year after he was suspended for criticising the selection of the one-day international squad to tour Sri Lanka and the WICB put his departure down to “differences in culture and strategic approach”.Sammy was sacked as West Indies T20 captain last month and the former skipper made it clear what he thought of the decision to axe Simmons.“So after the publicity stunt in Fort Lauderdale (where the Windies played two T20s against India last month), the first so-called plan to move West Indies Cricket forward is to fire the coach just two days before a tour .. just proves to me what I already knew,” the all-rounder posted on Facebook.“If the blind leads the blind they are bound to fall into a pit.”The Windies will be managed by Joel Garner in the UAE, with Henderson Springer and Roddy Estwick coaching.(Sportsmax.com)
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The Australian cricket team is undergoing tough times. Tim Paine’s side lost the Test series 1-2 against Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team, making them the first side to ever lose a Test series to an Asian nation. The team has been undergoing plenty of problems with results on the field due to the absence of their star batsmen in Steve Smith and David Warner. Looking at the performance of the batsmen in the series against India, Cricket Australia has decided to bring in some fresh faces as Australia aims to enter a transition phase in the New Year and show the door to some of the other veterans in the side.Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Marsh have all been shown the door for the two-Test series against Sri Lanka which will begin on January 24 with a Day Night Test at the Gabba followed by the inaugural Test in Canberra. In their place, the selectors have included Will Pucovski and have recalled Joe Burns and Matt Renshaw for the series.Read More | Vohra – Living life out of comfort zone and being ‘Royal’ly gratefulSpeaking about the selection, chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns spoke about the criteria behind the selection of the three players. “Joe Burns has had strong performances in first-class cricket this season, and we believe he can contribute strongly if given the chance in the series. Renshaw is a player with the ability to make big scores, and at 22 years old has 10 first-class centuries. He also performed extremely well in England during the County season. We see him as a long-term prospect as a Test player. Pucovski is an exciting young player who is making his mark in the Sheffield Shield. He is another player with a track record of making centuries. We look forward to him joining the squad and congratulate him on his first national call-up,” Hohns said to Cricket Australia’s official website.Read More | Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul issued showcause notice by BCCIHohns also said the senior batsmen in the India series had failed to live up to expectations. “Aaron, Peter, Shaun and Mitch have not produced the performances expected of them with the bat at the Test level. They have been given good opportunity, but have not produced the scores we need. All four are very good players, and the door is by no means closed for them to return to play Test cricket for Australia. They will all feature in the ODI Series against India, and each of them forms an integral part of our white-ball strategy and set-up at the moment as we also focus on our journey to the 2019 Cricket World Cup,” Hohns said.Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, who were all part of the India series and bowled plenty of overs, make it to the side despite questions about whether they should be rested ahead of the 2019 World Cup and the Ashes.Sri Lanka will play one warm-up game with the Pink Ball which will be against Cricket Australia XI in Hobart. It will be the game where all three players picked in the Australia squad will also feature. The first Test will be in Brisbane from January 24 to January 28 while the second Test will be from February 1 to 5 in Canberra, which will become the newest venue for Tests in Australia.Sri Lanka, who has never won a Test in Australia, will be aiming to break the jinx but they face an uphill task, having lost four out of five Tests against England and New Zealand recently.SquadsAustralia: Tim Paine (c/wk), Josh Hazlewood (vc), Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Will Pucovski, Matt Renshaw, Mitchell Starc, Peter SiddleSri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (c), Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dhananjaya de Silva, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Perera, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara, Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Rajitha
Muller said he received a congratulatory message from Julien, who is back home in Montreal after having a stent placed in a coronary artery. Julien experienced chest pains following Wednesday’s loss to the Flyers. The Canadiens played inspired hockey on Friday as Tomas Tatar (tah-TAHR’) and Jesperi Kotkaniemi (yehs-PEHR’-ee kaht-kan-YEH’-mee) each scored twice in the Canadiens’ 5-0 victory. Max Domi (DOH’-mee) had three assists for the Habs, who went ahead on Tatar’s goal just 62 seconds into the game.Carey Price turned back 30 shots in his seventh career playoff shutout.In other Friday action:— Andre Burakovsky (bur-ah-KAHF’-skee) scored with 2:53 remaining to lift the Avalanche past the Coyotes, 3-2. Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Jost (johst) also tallied for the Avs, but the Coyotes tied it twice on goals by Clayton Keller and Michael Grabner. Philipp Grubauer made 30 saves for Colorado, which has taken the first two games of the NHL opening-round series. The completion of the game allowed the Birds to run their winning streak to six games.MLB-NEWSCardinals to resume SaturdayUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball has announced that the St. Louis Cardinals will return to the field tomorrow in a doubleheader against the White Sox in Chicago. The Cardinals haven’t played since July 29 after numerous players tested positive for the coronavirus, including All-Star catcher Yadier Molina and infielder Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG’). MLB also rescheduled the Cardinals’ postponed series against the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh, Minnesota and Detroit, leading to a host of late-season doubleheaders. Cardinals coach Willie McGee has opted out of being with the team for the rest of the season. He told the St. Louis Dispatch he has high blood pressure and doesn’t want to risk contracting the coronavirus with three older daughters and five grandchildren living at his family home in California. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL-PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULEFlyers win for Julien, rout FlyersUNDATED (AP) — Montreal Canadiens acting coach Kirk Muller dedicated Friday’s win over the Philadelphia Flyers to ailing head coach Claude Julien. Magic say Mo Bamba out for yearUNDATED (AP) — The Orlando Magic will play their postseason schedule without Mo Bamba.The team has announced that he has left the bubble for testing related to his previous bout with coronavirus.Bamba was diagnosed with COVID-19 on June 11. The 22-year-old appeared in 62 games with the Magic this season, averaging 5.4 points and 4.9 rebounds. He was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2018 draft. In other NBA news: Officials are allowed to opt out under the protocols negotiated by the NFL and NFL Referees Association (NFLRA) because of the coronavirus pandemic.In other NFL news:— Browns starting center JC Tretter underwent a surgical procedure on his knee and could be out for an extended period. First-year coach Kevin Stefanski didn’t provide many details. — The Raiders have taken edge rusher Maxx Crosby off the reserve/COVID-19 list, allowing him to practice on Friday. The list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected person.— The Dallas Cowboys are holding training camp in the Texas heat because the pandemic kept them from traveling to cooler California. It’s the first Cowboys camp to be held entirely in the Dallas area. Nuggets fall againLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Denver Nuggets won’t carry much momentum into the NBA Playoffs.The Nuggets dropped their third in a row as Stanley Johnson scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half of the Raptors’ 117-109 victory against Denver. Johnson hit three 3-pointers and a floating bank shot within a four-minute span of the fourth quarter, helping the Raptors push their lead to 103-92 with six minutes to go. Paul Watson finished with 22 points and Norman Powell had 15 for the Raptors, who have won four straight to finish 7-1 in the league’s Florida restart. Denver never pulled closer than seven points after that and lost its third straight to fall to 3-5 in its final eight regular-season games that were played in the NBA’s “bubble” in the Orlando area. In other MLB news:The Mets scratched two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom from Friday’s start against the Phillies. DeGrom says he has neck tightness, but “everything is fine structurally” and he doesn’t plan to go on the injury list. The right-hander felt soreness playing catch after his last start. — The Indians have sent pitchers Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac (PLEE’-sak) to their alternate training site after the two broke team rules and Major League Baseball coronavirus protocol last weekend in Chicago. Clevinger and Plesac drove to Detroit separately with their baseball equipment on Thursday for an “open forum” meeting at the team’s hotel before the Indians opened a series with the Tigers. The pitchers broke the team’s code of conduct implemented during the pandemic by leaving the team hotel last weekend and having dinner and socializing with friends of Plesac’s, risking contracting the virus.— Oft-injured Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge was placed on the injured list with a right calf strain before Friday’s game against Boston. Manager Aaron Boone described the injury as a mild strain and is optimistic Judge will not miss significant time. Judge began the day leading the majors with nine homers and tied with Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon for the major league lead with 20 RBIs.NBA-SCHEDULE Update on the latest sports Charleston Southern suspends 2020 footballUNDATED (AP) — Charleston Southern is suspending its 2020 football season. The school is part of the Division I Big South Conference and competes in the Football Championship Subdivision. The school said Friday the environment with COVID-19 was too “uncertain” to go forward in the fall, and the decision will let the football team prepare for games in the spring. In other pandemic-related sports news:— The ASUN Conference says it is postponing all fall sports. The nine-team league, formally known as the Atlantic Sun Conference, operates mostly in the Southeast and does not play football. Friday’s announcement from the ASUN’s Presidents’ Council says that providing a spring season for men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball is a priority. PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIPKelly leads by 3AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Jerry Kelly was the only player at par or better after two days on Firestone’s difficult South Course in the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship.Kelly shot an even-par 70 on Friday in tricky wind conditions to remain 2 under, three strokes ahead of Steve Stricker, Colin Montgomerie, Rod Pampling and Robert Karlsson,VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTS Associated Press PGA-WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIPHoge still owns share of leadGREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Tom Hoge continues to own a share of the lead through two rounds of the PGA’s Wyndham Championship.Hoge shot a 2-under 68 Friday to get to 10-under, leaving him tied with Si Woo Kim, Talor Gooch and Billy Horschel. Hoge opened the round tied with Harold Varner III and Roger Sloan.Horschel birdied four of his last six holes for a 64. Kim and Gooch each shot 65 to move up. August 14, 2020 MLB-SCHEDULEBirds finish off Nats in completion of suspended gameBALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles finished what they started after Sunday’s game against the Washington Nationals was suspended in the sixth inning.The Orioles came away with a 6-2 victory before starting Friday’s scheduled game against the defending World Series champs. Bryan Holaday had two RBIs, including a run-scoring single shortly after the game resumed.Before the rain came Sunday, Baltimore got two RBIs apiece from Hanser Alberto and Anthony Santander in a five-run fifth against Stephen Strasburg. Paul Watson scored 22 points and Normal Powell 15 for the Raptors, who’ve won four straight and seven of their eight regular-season games in Central Florida.The Nuggets finished 3-5 at Lake Buena Vista. They have the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs, while Toronto is No. 2 in the East.In other NBA action:— Doug McDermott scored 23 points and the Pacers completed their restart schedule by defeating the Heat, 109-92. The game was delayed for several minutes late in the third quarter when Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. was carted off the court. Jones was attempting to get around a screen when he collided with 6-foot-11 Indiana center Goga Bitadze and fell to the floor.NBA-NEWS — The Bulls have fired coach Jim Boylen after the team missed the playoffs again. The Bulls were 22-43 and were one of the eight teams that didn’t qualify for the NBA’s restart at Walt Disney World. Boylen finished 39-84 as Bulls coach. — Kobe Bryant and the rest of this year’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class won’t be inducted in 2020 — or at the birthplace of basketball. The Hall announced Friday that the enshrinement ceremony will be held May 13-15, 2021, and the entire festivities will be moved from Springfield, Mass. to Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut.NFL-NEWS5 NFL officials take a leave of absence for 2020 seasonUNDATED (AP) — The NFL’s longest-serving on-field official is among five who have opted to take a leave of absence for the 2020 season. Line judge Jeff Bergman headlined the list released Friday by the NFL. Bergman was entering his 29th season as an official.
PINEHURST, N.C. — Zaire Franklin sat with his hands behind his head, motionless and wordless, looking at a room full of commotion.Reporters from every walk of life in the Atlantic Coast Conference fought for seats to ask players questions. They interrupted each other and pushed past one another just to get their recorder in.Each player was brought around like a show pony during ACC Media Day on Monday at Pinehurst Resort. They got pulled in different directions and to different people. From 8:15 to 3:30 there was hardly a break.But for the Syracuse players, there wasn’t the same pull. Expectations for SU’s success are largely internal. Following a 3-9 season, featuring a roster full of mostly unproven players, confidence proved to be the buffer against negativity.“If you don’t believe you’re the best in the ACC, why are you playing,” Franklin said. “I believe I’m one of the better linebackers in the ACC, Terrel feels like he’s the best quarterback. Y’all should feel like you’re the best writers in the ACC. If you don’t feel like you’re the best, you should at least work toward it. That’s how you should feel.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFranklin and Hunt were honest on Monday — Franklin about the youth of a defense that will rely on an experienced few and Hunt about the struggle of watching more than half a season instead of playing in it.Franklin was asked of head coach Scott Shafer’s old mantra of locking opponents in the Carrier Dome and throwing away the key, before being reminded that the team finished 1-5 on its home turf.“We definitely want to play better in the Dome,” he said. “The Dome is our home. Maybe that could be our new mantra.”Hunt was asked how the players reacted to finishing the season on such a negative note.“Last year is last year,” Hunt said. “I’m not thinking about it. They aren’t. We know what happened. We know we went 3-9.”On a day when most questions were either reflective or forward looking, Hunt and Franklin heard them all. And then they heard them again.But the pair absorbed every one and answered with quick and shameless confidence, acknowledging the problem, but insisting it’s in the past.They still had five minutes to kill at the podium in between the media’s last question and their required time slot. They spent it joking about getting their names in video games and the second season of Game of Thrones.A swarm of reporters from Florida State stood patiently waiting for the Syracuse players to get up and go. It was clear SU wasn’t the table everyone wanted to be at, but in Hunt and Franklin’s mind, it didn’t really need to be.“I really don’t care what anybody says,” Hunt said. “Media can write what they write. Fans can say what they say. But my team believes in me. And I believe in them. It really doesn’t matter what’s being said.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on July 20, 2015 at 5:10 pm Contact Sam: email@example.com | @SamBlum3