Greensburg, IN—Decatur County Prosecuting Attorney Nate Harter, together with Sheriff Dave Durant, Greensburg Mayor Joshua Marsh, Greensburg Police Chief Brendan Bridges, and President of the County Commissioners Rick Nobbe, issue the following statement regarding enforcement of recent emergency declarations by the Decatur County Commissioners, the Decatur County Health Department, and the Decatur County Emergency Management Agency.The County Commissioners have issued a declaration of local disaster emergency and local travel warning under Indiana Code 10-14-3-29 and -29.5. This severely limits travel to include only the most essential functions such as emergency management workers, healthcare providers, and food providers. Individuals are directed torefrain from all travel, except as permitted in the declaration;comply with necessary emergency measures;cooperate with public officials and disaster services forces in executing emergency operations plans; andobey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers.Pursuant to Indiana Code 10-14-3-34, knowing, intentional, or reckless violation of this emergency order is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by 0-180 days in the Decatur County Jail, and a fine of up to $1,000.00.As the chief law enforcement officer in the county, it is the job of the prosecuting attorney to enforce the above laws. Law enforcement agencies in Decatur County will continue their hard work to disrupt criminal activity. Officers are not out looking for violators of the above declarations and ordinances, but if- while investigating traffic violations, existing curfew violations, or crimes- they happen to find that the subjects are in violation of the travel restrictions, they will report those violations to the prosecuting attorney, who will review the facts for filing criminal and/or civil charges. There may be occasions in which law enforcement investigate gatherings and activities that pose a danger of spreading the disease. The criminal justice system is not looking for arrests, but residents who break the law are putting others at risk. There must be accountability and consequences to such recklessness in order to protect our vulnerable populations and the public servants who risk their health for our safety.Decatur County Prosecuting Attorney Nate Harter wants to recognize the County Commissioners, Health Department Director Sean Durbin, Decatur County Memorial Hospital CEO Rex McKinney, and Emergency Management Agency Director Brad Speer for their hard work toward containing this outbreak. Making the conscious decision to limit the freedom of their friends and neighbors cannot have been an easy decision, or one they took lightly. Harter further wants to express his gratitude to the dispatchers, EMTs, doctors, nurses, firemen, jailers, law enforcement, and others who continue to serve, even at the risk of their own health, in order to protect our safety.Said Harter, “This community faces a tremendous challenge, and we will be measured by how we come together and unify behind caring for our friends, family, and neighbors. While there will be suffering ahead of us, we must address this hardship together, with grit and grace toward one another. In a time of crisis, the rule of law becomes even more important. That is why I am dedicated to enforcing the restrictions enacted by our locally elected officials. If you have to be out for essential purposes like obtaining food or medical treatment, at least do so using social distancing and proper hygiene. If you don’t have to be out, stay home. It’s temporarily the law, and it is also the right thing to do.”
Associated Press Rose is taking over what has become one of the NBA’s worst franchises, headed toward its seventh straight season out of the playoffs. Teams such as Golden State and the Lakers have found success handing their basketball operations to an agent.Rose is the former co-head of the basketball division at CAA Sports. He replaces Steve Mills, who was fired early last month.NHL-GM MEETINGSGMs seem prepared to keep status quo on emergency goaliesBOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — NHL general managers seem unlikely to suggest changes to the emergency backup goaltender policy, even after 42-year-old Zamboni driver David Ayres became one of the biggest stories of the season by winning a game for Carolina last month. The thumb began to bother Doncic during Friday’s loss to Miami, prompting the team to keep him out of last night’s win at Minnesota. The second-year player is averaging team highs of 28.6 points and 8.8 assists per game this season.The Mavericks held out Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) against the Bulls a day after he tied a season high with 38 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-GEORGIA TECH-PENALTIESTech drops appeal of NCAA penaltiesATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech has withdrawn its appeal of NCAA penalties against its men’s basketball program and will not lay in this month’s ACC Tournament. Bellinger is 4 for 13 with two doubles.PGA-JOHNSON-0LYMPICSDustin Johnson decides against playing in the OlympicsUNDATED (AP) — U.S. golfer Dustin Johnson will not compete in the Tokyo Olympics, according to his manager. Johnson’s name was removed from the Olympic golf ranking Monday afternoon.At No. 5 in the world ranking, he currently would have been No. 3 among Americans behind Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) and Justin Thomas. Update on the latest in sports: In a memo sent to teams on Sunday and obtained by The Associated Press, the NBA has offered 10 recommendations to players with hopes of decreasing risks of getting the virus. Those recommendations include not taking items such as pens, markers, balls and jerseys from autograph-seekers.The NBA also told teams that it is consulting “with infectious disease experts, including the Centers for Disease Control” and infectious disease researchers at Columbia University in New York.NBA-MAVERICKS-DONCICDoncic back in lineupCHICAGO (AP) — All-Star guard Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) is back in the Dallas Mavericks’ lineup tonight against the Bulls in Chicago after missing a game because of a sprained left thumb. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-VIRUS OUTBREAKWith Virus outbreak, NBA tells teams to keep distance from fans, strangersUNDATED (AP) — The NBA has told teams to avoid high-fiving fans and strangers and avoid taking any item for autographs. It’s the league’s latest response in its ongoing monitoring of the coronavirus crisis that has spread to most corners of the planet. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-POLLKansas is number oneUNDATED (AP) — Kansas is the unanimous No. 1 in a week of upheaval in men’s college basketball.The Jayhawks received all 64 first-place votes from the media panel in The Associated Press poll. Gonzaga was No. 2, with Dayton, Baylor and San Diego State rounding out the top five.Sixth-ranked Kentucky is followed by Florida State, Seton Hall, Maryland and Louisville. Ngakoue has 37 1/2 sacks and 14 forced fumbles in four seasons. The speedy strip-sack specialist made the Pro Bowl in 2017 and had been seeking around $22 million a year to remain in Jacksonville.MLB-DODGERS-BELLINGERBellinger out of the lineupGOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — NL MVP Cody Bellinger was scratched from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting lineup for a spring training game Monday against the Cincinnati Reds.The outfielder took part in a charity event on Sunday night at a Topgolf facility in Scottsdale, and a video showed him hitting a long drive off a tee. Manager Dave Roberts says golf swings aren’t believed to be the reason for his injury. The Aztecs, Terrapins and No. 18 Iowa were the only teams to hold their place after a week in which nine Top 25 teams lost to unranked opponents.Dayton has its highest ranking since reaching No. 2 in 1955-56 after stretching its winning streak to 18 games.Virginia, Illinois and Wisconsin moved into the poll. West Virginia, Colorado and Texas Tech fell out.NORTH CAROLINA-AGENTS PROBEMistrial declared for ex-football player in NC agent’s case HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — A Superior Court judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a former college football player charged with violating North Carolina’s sports agent law nearly a decade ago.Christopher Hawkins faced four counts tied to providing cash to three former Tar Heels football players in 2010. But after more than seven hours of deliberations Friday afternoon and Monday, the jury informed the judge that it couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict on any charge.NBA-KNICKS PRESIDENTKnicks hire longtime player agent Leon Rose as presidentNEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks officially have named Leon Rose as their president, hoping the longtime player agent can be just as successful as an executive. The issue was among the discussion points during the first three days of GM meetings. The apparent consensus was that emergency goaltenders are called upon so rarely that any reaction now would likely feel like an overreaction.NFL-JAGUARS-NGAKOUEPass-rusher Ngakoue no longer wants to re-sign with JaguarsJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Standout defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (yah-NEEK’ en-GAH’-kway) no longer wants to sign a long-term deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.Ngakoue announced his desire to play elsewhere via social media. It could force Jacksonville to place the franchise tag on the 24-year-old disgruntled defender and trade him. The Yellow Jackets received a one-year ban on postseason play as well as scholarship reductions and limits on official visits. By saying Monday it would accept those penalties this year, Georgia Tech is assured of being eligible to compete in the postseason next year and beyond.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-ILLINOIS-COACHUnderwood gets extensionCHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois says it has rewarded basketball coach Brad Underwood for a significant jump this season, giving him a three-year contract extension through 2026.The move comes with the 23rd-ranked Illini challenging for the Big Ten Conference championship in Underwood’s third season after going 26-39 during his first two years at the helm. They are 20-9 overall and tied for second in conference play with Michigan State and Wisconsin at 12-6, a game behind Maryland. March 2, 2020 Countries are allowed a maximum of four players in golf provided they are among the top 15 in the world ranking.
Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly quoted Robynn Cox as saying researchers need to look more closely at “housing and security.” Cox was actually referring to “housing insecurity.”This post has also been updated to clarify that homelessness caused by substance abuse and serious mental health issues is an incorrect perception, not a “stigma.” The Daily Trojan regrets these errors. A core team of five USC professors partnered with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority to conduct the annual homeless count in L.A. County. This marked the first time USC was involved in the LAHSA count. More than 350 volunteers, including students and alumni, assisted in collecting the data for the three-day count in January.Professor Benjamin Henwood from the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work led USC’s consulting role on the initiative after the University’s provost office launched an all-school initiative to end homelessness last summer. Henwood is a co-leader of the Grand Challenge to End Homelessness through the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. He partnered with professors Robynn Cox and Karen Lincoln from the School of Social Work as well as professor Jennifer Ailshire from the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, to make up the core team of consultants. Cox said the multifaceted nature of the team, which comprised faculty from four different departments, was key to their success.The results of the study, which were released earlier this month, show a 23-percent increase in the L.A. County homeless population from last year. Other notable statistics included a rise in first-time homelessness as well as a 64-percent increase in homelessness among youth and a 63-percent increase among the Latino population. Henwood also said significantly more members of the homeless population indicated having fled from violence.“It speaks to the need of trauma-informed care when working with this population,” Henwood said. “I think there is a recognition that this is an issue that does exist and we don’t know a whole lot about.And we probably need to do more.”Cox said the perception of homelessness being driven by substance abuse and mental health concerns is simply not true. Only 30 percent of all homeless people are reported to have a serious mental health concern, and a mere 18 percent reported to have substance abuse issues.“To me, that seems to suggest that [substance abuse and mental health concerns are] not really what’s driving the homelessness,” Cox said. “We have to look more generally at housing insecurity and [understand] what causes people to end up in homelessness so we can catch them before they get to the most extreme form of what we would consider housing insecurity.”Though the study does not conclude on a source of homelessness, both Henwood and Cox said they believe housing costs are a contributing factor. “I would expect the number to go up next year too,” Henwood said. “We are as a county providing more and more housing. But at the same time I think what we’re seeing is a rental market where affordability is nonexistent.” Henwood cites data showing a drastic increase in rent compared to the slight increase in income. Many are a paycheck away from homelessness, he said. A 2016 pilot program estimated a homelessness prevention plan would spend $12,000 per family and $7,900 on each individual. LA County passed Measure H, allocating $40 million over the next three years for homelessness prevention, in March 2017. Moving forward, Cox said USC will continue supporting social workers in their efforts to eradicate homelessness. A number of clinical faculty members are looking for new ways to address the issue of homelessness, and countless students are out in the field training as well.“I think there’s a lot that we’re doing,” Henwood said. “I know that there are also a lot of resources at the University that are being pulled together to try to figure out how to form a collective impact and I think that’s still an ongoing effort.”
Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/9b/1c/raheem-sterling-manchester-city-2019-20_1fa9wetpckuv61hqfrw9fyy567.jpg?t=1113557966&w=500&quality=80 Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling is confident that Saturday will be the day he finally breaks his duck of having failed to score against Manchester United.Initially criticised at the beginning of his career for lacking killer instinct, the forward, who will celebrate his 25th birthday on Sunday, has become increasingly efficient in front of goal and last term notched 25 strikes in all competitions as City won the Premier League title. “We’ve got to keep focused and keep the belief – even if the manager doesn’t say it. “It’s a long season and they are far ahead, credit to them, but it’s the Premier League. That’s why we’ve got to be prepared and ready as there’s some tricky games ahead for them. We’ve just got to keep focused and win our games to be with a shout if they do slip up.”Sterling has 15 goals in 21 appearances for City this season, including eight in 14 Premier League outings. Third-placed City face an immense challenge in retaining their Premier League title, having fallen 11 points behind Liverpool, but Sterling is not ready to give up on another crown yet – even if Pep Guardiola has gone public to say his side are no longer thinking of that target.“It’s one that none of us at the club are happy with but it’s happening now,” he said. However, the former Liverpool man has not scored against the Red Devils in 16 previous attempts, making them the only side that he has played more than seven times without scoring.Nevertheless, he is confident that run can come to an end in Saturday’s derby as he aims to quieten his critics once again.“It was a subject I kept hearing after games; that I don’t score enough and I’m not good enough in front of goal,” he told Sky Sports.“When I first came onto the scene I wanted to show I had ability and that I was a good player. But I was never trying to be greedy in trying to win matches by myself. “It was a wake-up call hearing all the critics saying he can’t score goals, so I thought I’d show them that I can. It’s something I started to work on and have belief.“It’s a shift in mentality: in the dressing room I’d always think: ‘What am I going to do to the right back today – shall I nutmeg him? Maybe a step over?’“But now it’s a straight mentality of trying to score and where a goal can come from.”
Conference Player of the Year Cassidy Barrios was the engine for Nicholls in the opening half, going 5-for-9 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line for 14 points. While plagued by early missed shots in the paint and 12 turnovers, Nicholls held its own on the boards with a 21-17 overall rebounding advantage. Another run by the Colonels capped by another Barrios three with 1:59 to go in the third gave the Colonels the largest lead for either team at 57-44. Kinard would pull the Cardinals closer with a three-pointer of her own to end the quarter but LU would still enter the final period of play down by 10. To start the second half, nine straight points from the Colonels gave them their first lead since early in the first quarter at 39-38. The run was pushed to 18-0 and a 47-38 Nicholls lead before Kiandra Bowers finally put up a layup and one for LU. Barrios answered with a trey with 5:00 on the clock to push the lead back to 50-41 Cardinals before the media timeout. LU’s offense started to click as the first quarter wound down. Both Kinard and senior Baileigh O’Dell knocked down a pair of threes and were 3-4 from the field to lead the floor with eight points each. The Colonels were unable to sustain their opening run and went the final 5:40 of the quarter without a field goal, entering the first intermission down 21-11. Behind strong rebounding and a pair of threes, Nicholls jumped out to an early 6-2 lead before Lamar began to find its stride. The Cardinals knotted the game at 8-8 behind five points from junior Moe Kinard at the first media timeout. The Cardinals were led by all-conference first team guard Kinard with 13 points while O’Dell also notched double figures with 10 points. Nicholls will face the winner of today’s second semifinal between No. 2 Stephen F. Austin and No. 3 Central Arkansas tomorrow at noon on CBS Sports Network for the tournament championship and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Led by a masterful scoring performance from conference Player of the Year Cassidy Barrios (27 points), the fourth-seed Colonels took LU out of its element and became just the fourth Southland team to hold Lamar under 70 points this season. Kinard led LU with 21 points while O’Dell added 18. Bowers racked up 14 points and 18 rebounds for her 12th double double of the season. “We knew it had to be all about us,” Plaisance said. “It’s the high character, it’s the grit and tremendous leadership we have. I always tell my team that the opponents can’t scout what’s in your head and your heart.” On the return possession, Barrios came up with a massive block on O’Dell’s three-point attempt, which teammate Marina Lilly gathered to force a foul from Lamar. After a missed three-pointer from Freshman of the Year Jadyn Pimentel, Tykeria Williams was fouled on her way to the basket on the other end and canned both free throws, making it a four-point game (72-68) with 19.8 on the clock. “Everything was set up for us to succeed,” Harmony said. “We just unraveled, lost our composure and couldn’t make it happen down the stretch.” Senior Tia Charles and sophomore Tykeria Williams each registered 17 points to lead a well-rounded Colonel attack which averaged just 65.3 points per game in the regular season. Lamar would open up a scoring spurt to close the first half but the Colonels remained in striking distance, finishing the second quarter with the score 38-30 in favor of LU. The Cardinals flirted with single-digit deficits as the final quarter wore on and pulled within six on a jumper from Kinard with 3:21 to go. With 1:46 on the clock, O’Dell drained her third three-pointer of the night to bring the top seed within three points at 68-65. With a minute to play, O’Dell came through with another trey to knot the game at 68 and end another 8-0 Colonels run. Barrios wasted no time on the other end, putting up an off-balance layup to push Nicholls back ahead 70-68. “We knew the third quarter had to be our best quarter,” said Charles. “Our third quarters had been our worst quarters all season, so we had to make a change.” The Cardinals, who were outright Southland Conference regular season champions for the first time in program history, made their 13th straight appearance in the conference tournament, but have not won the title since 2010. Colonels’ senior Tia Charles was fouled on the Nicholls-end inbound play and made 1-of-2 from the line to make the score 73-68 with 8.3 on the clock. Williams was then put back on the line, also going 1-for-2 to make it 74-68 for good. Kinard’s final three-point shot fell short and the Colonels punched their ticket to the championship game for the first time in program history. The fourth-seeded Colonels started a run of their own in the second period, sparking an 8-0 clip before Southland Coach of the Year Robin Harmony called a timeout with her side leading just 25-22 with 6:11 to play. “Don’t panic,” was Plaisance’s mantra. “We’ve been in every possible situation this year,” said Plaisance. “Never having the lead, never losing the lead, everything. We’ve seen it all, so there was no pressure.” They did just that, as the Colonels held Lamar to just nine points in the third period while putting up 27. Box Score | Photo GalleryKATY, Texas – “We are all that we need,” Nicholls head coach DoBee Plaisance said to her team in an early timeout with No. 4 Nicholls trailing No. 1 Lamar in today’s Southland Women’s Basketball Tournament semifinal. She couldn’t have been more right, as the Colonels survived everything the Southland champions threw at them to earn a 74-68 victory and a spot in their first ever Southland Tournament title game. We’re just taking it one game at a time,” Barrios said. “We’ve already made history and we’re ready to make more history tomorrow.”