Strike out! Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum to close indefinitely

first_imgThe Hall of Fame is doing this as a precautionary measure in accordance with recommendations given by the Center for Disease Control. Stay with 12 News as we continue to get updates on this story. For more coverage of the coronavirus, click here. The Hall of Fame will give updates about the closure every Sunday at 12 p.m. starting March 22. The updates will be shared on their website and their social media platforms. center_img COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (WBNG) — The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum made an announcement involving coronavirus concerns on Sunday. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum said they will close to the public indefinitely beginning Sunday, March 15 at 5 p.m.last_img read more

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Down nationwide, study abroad still strong at USC

first_imgWhile some students are staying close to home to save money, Trojans continue to traverse the globe, defying a national trend.A recent survey conducted by the Forum on Education Abroad found that overseas study enrollment is down for the first time in decades. USC, however, does not seem to have followed suit.Overseas · Kamisha Brooks (right)and Jordann Zbylski (left), both sophomores majoring in theatre, speak with representatives from USC’s Office of Overseas Studies about the opportunities available for study abroad and the expenses associated with the programs. – Amaresh Sundaram Kuppuswamy | Daily TrojanAlthough exact numbers for USC’s study abroad program are not yet available, Overseas Studies Program Assistant Veronica Gomez, said, USC’s attendance numbers “don’t appear to match [the study] now.”The study, conducted between August and September of this year, surveyed the study abroad percentages for 165 colleges, including public, private, international and US-based provider organizations. Sixty-six percent of all schools, and 58 percent of private universities, reported plunges in study abroad enrollment.“This could be fairly typical — in a given year you might have certain institutions that have decreased enrollment — but it does seem the majority are reporting a downturn in enrollment,” said Brian Whalen, president of the Forum.Gomez said she thinks USC may be going against the grain because of its study abroad financial aid policy — unlike at many other schools, students are able to use their financial aid abroad.Study abroad costs differ from country to country, according to Gomez. Australia, New Zealand and Ireland are among the cheapest, while the UK is one of the most expensive.Caitlin Chang, a junior majoring in history, said she had applied for spring study abroad in Greece, which would be cheaper than a semester at USC even with living expenses. Chang speculated that other students might be forgoing study abroad opportunities because of political and economic reasons.“People have this perception that it’s a tough traveling climate — though now America’s more popular with other countries because of our president,” said Chang “[But] I think it’s mostly money … I guess it’s hard for people to imagine spending money in a foreign country when we need to stimulate our own economy.”But some students are not letting costs stand in their way.Michael Blong, a junior majoring in philosophy, said he will be spending the spring semester in Madrid, having decided that the experience was worth the expense.“Studying abroad is an experience I’ve wanted to have since I was a kid, really,” said Blong. “For me the expenses were going to happen regardless.”last_img read more

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Badgers seek revenge in home opener

first_imgSenior defender John Ramage will help Wisconsin try to defend its home ice for the first time this year against a Colorado College team currently on a three-game slide.[/media-credit]Fifty years ago, the Badgers played their first season in the modern era of Wisconsin men’s hockey. But in the very season they’re celebrating that landmark, they have yet to skate in front of their home crowd – until now.This weekend, Wisconsin (1-2-1, 1-0-1 WCHA) finally returns home to a welcome befitting of 50 years. Before the Badgers face off with Colorado College (3-3-0, 0-0-0) Friday night, the Kohl Center ice sheet will be dedicated to former Wisconsin hockey coach, the late “Badger” Bob Johnson.The iconic coach, who spent 15 seasons with Wisconsin from 1966 until 1982, left for a chance to coach in the NHL only after he built the program into one of the most successful in the nation with its first three NCAA titles in 1973, 1977 and 1981.Head coach Mike Eaves, who was captain of the 1977 national championship team, knew Johnson through his NHL days as well. The rink dedication this weekend has allowed Eaves a chance to reflect on his own experiences with his former coach.“It’s allowed me to walk down memory lane in three different factions, if you will,” Eaves said. “One as a college hockey player, two as a professional hockey player and three as a retired hockey player starting out in the coaching business. So I got the three different veins in the three different time periods of my life and I got to appreciate all three and it’s been really fun to do that.”Eaves admitted in his Monday press conference he didn’t fully appreciate everything he learned from Johnson until much later in his professional career. But now as a coach, he has realized one of the greatest things he learned from Johnson was the need to look at the positives and simply enjoy what you do.“Some days its not so easy to do that, but you have to find that thing and say ‘You know what, I’m going to make this day good. I’m going to make it count, no matter what the situation,’” Eaves said.Friday night, Johnson’s 5-year-old grandchild Brodie McConnell is expected to drop the ceremonial first puck. Originally, his wife, Martha, was going to do the honors, but due to recent poor health, she decided she couldn’t.But regardless of all the ceremony, what Johnson did for Wisconsin isn’t lost on the current Badgers.“Obviously there’s a lot of history and tradition with that, with the amazing job he did here. That’s carried over to this,” junior forward Mark Zengerle said. “That’s why this place is such a prestigious place and program. He started all that. … That’s pretty cool.”After the puck is dropped and the ceremonies are over, Wisconsin will look to avenge some recent embarrassment against Colorado College. Last season, the Badgers and the Tigers only met for two games in Colorado Springs, Colo. While UW’s offense stumbled, CC managed eight goals on the weekend, sweeping the Badgers by scores of 4-2 and 4-1.Only a year before that, the Tigers knocked the Badgers out of the postseason by winning the final two games of a best-of-three series, once again, in Colorado Springs.While the 2012-13 squads are starkly different on both sides of the ice, the Badgers haven’t forgotten about their recent history with the Tigers.“It leaves a bitter taste in your mouth,” senior defenseman John Ramage said. “Whenever you get beat by a team multiple times for consecutive years, you really don’t want it to happen again. This year we’re really looking forward to playing them and give them our best hockey.”Colorado College has found a substantial amount of success against Wisconsin, even before its more recent success. Since Eaves took over, CC boasts an 18-9-4 record against UW, with a 6-4-4 record at the Kohl Center.But the Badgers may be catching the Tigers at just the right time. The Tigers are currently in the middle of a three-game losing streak and have struggled to create any offense, with only three goals during that streak.Wisconsin, on the other hand, is coming off a big three-point road series in Duluth, Minn., where it earned its first win and shutout of the season Friday night, followed by a come-from-behind effort Saturday to earn a tie.While the Badgers expect the Tigers to come out with an extra edge looking for a win, they are concentrating on staying consistent and building upon what they did last weekend.“That’s something we talked about a little bit last weekend, but even this weekend, just consistency is all aspects of our game,” Ramage said. “With doing that will come more goal scoring and open up the game a lot more for us.”last_img read more

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Wisconsin stuns No. 3 Michigan in OT, 65-62

first_imgView Gallery (4 Photos)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EToxE0eD2YwTim Hardaway Jr. hit a big three to put the Wolverines on top, but Ben Brust had the answer.Wisconsin players and coaches rock out to Kesha in the locker room postgame.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YwBmN387oEWisconsin head coach Bo Ryan talks with ESPN after the game.When Michigan’s Tim Hardaway Jr. sunk a three-pointer with Mike Bruesewitz in his face and less than three seconds on the clock, it appeared to be the shot of the game. But the Ben Brust Show had yet to complete its opening act.With 2.4 seconds on the clock, Bruesewitz lasered a pass to a cutting Brust, who took two steps and a dribble before launching a 45-foot Hail Mary at the basket that somehow found the bottom of the net. Michigan guard Caris LeVert tossed up his hands in disbelief and walked back to his bench.“It was awesome,” Brust said of the shot. “Something I’ll remember forever and I’m sure a lot of people will.”UW head coach Bo Ryan credited Traevon Jackson – the other cutter on the play – for clearing out the defenders and said Bruesewitz’s pass was “right on the dime.” Then it was time to refocus, to end the short-lived celebration and prepare for overtime.“If we lose this game, that shot just goes in SportsCenter Top 10 and then we kind of all forget about it,” senior forward Mike Bruesewitz said. “That was my thought process, we just needed to get back and win it.”After his teammates cleared the floor and overtime began, Brust pulled up and hit a critical three-pointer with LeVert again facing him up to hand the Badgers (17-7, 8-3 Big Ten) the 65-62 lead. Ryan Evans missed a critical free throw to seal the game but Trey Burke was off the mark on his own three-point try. Pandemonium ensued at the Kohl Center as students stormed the court after unranked Wisconsin had taken down No. 3 Michigan (21-3, 8-3).“We put Caris in for defense and he’s a very good defender, just happened to make a little bit of mistake,” Michigan head coach John Beilin said of Brust’s three-pointer in overtime. “Maybe the kid … takes a step-back shot, but he was not a guy you want to give that type of room to.”It was a remarkable turnaround from Hardaway’s own highlight-worthy basket that nearly kept Michigan from dropping its third game of the year.The comeback may not have ever happened, however, without a ferocious dunk by Wisconsin big-man Jared Berggren. With 31 seconds left and the Badgers down three, Berggren drove through the paint before taking off and sailing over Burke, hitting the and-one free throw to tie the game.Having just enough lift to make it to the hoop, he tumbled to the hardwood with the crowd roaring. Game on.“I took a few threes before that, so I knew [forward Mitch McGary] was coming hard on the close-out, probably expecting me to shoot it,” Berggren explained. “I saw an opening, attacked the rim and was just able to finish the play.”While the late-game heroics consumed the game, an efficient offensive performance combined with making Burke fire up less-than-favorable shots kept the Badgers alive against one of the most talented teams in college basketball. Brust – who managed only three points in the first half – led UW’s effort with 14 points (4-of-7 from three-point range) as the Badgers shot 43.9 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from long range. Burke scored 19 points but had only four assists, well below his season average of 7.2 per game. After shooting just 37 percent from the field in the first half, Burke took the Kohl Center floor with renewed fury in the second, scoring 11 points on a combination of pull-up jumpers and deceptive moves through the lane.“He hurt us a little bit early on coming off those ball screens and we talked about just squeezing toward him, making him throw it to someone else,” Berggren said. “He hit a couple of those little runners or floaters in the lane. We just tried to make the shots as difficult as possible for him.”Burke did miss his two three-point attempts in overtime and Michigan managed only one basket in the extra five minutes of play.Playing with surprising flashes of speed at points given UW’s notoriously slow pace of play, Sam Dekker energized the Badgers with nine quick points in the first half. The Badgers picked up a few baskets on fast breaks as the Kohl Center grew louder as the home squad bolted out to a nine-point lead with 7:54 left in the opening period.But Michigan slowly climbed back as halftime neared. The Wolverines went on a 15-5 scoring in the final 7:54, enough to carry a 29-28 advantage into the locker room.The two squads traded leads for much of the final 20 minutes before a 10-2 run put Michigan up by six – its biggest lead of the half – with 6:34 left in the game. It was a three-pointer that came from the Energizer Bunny himself, Dekker, that reversed the momentum.From there emerged one of the most exciting finishes in recent Kohl Center history, a game that will forever be tied to the unbelievable heave from Brust, a game immortalized along with upsets over Duke and then-top-ranked Ohio State in the last several years.“That one wins by far, by a long shot actually,” Brust said when asked if it was the best shot of his career at any level. “Then to be able to win the game in overtime makes it that much sweeter.”The victory over a team tied for first in the Big Ten standings placed Wisconsin squarely back into the conference title race. The Badgers now sit a half-game out of first place after their third win in six days and second-straight overtime win.“We’ve got a bunch of dudes who are gritty, tough and just want to play the game the right way,” said Bruesewitz, who compensated for scoring only five points by grabbing eight rebounds. “When we win it’s a great feeling and I like playing with the dudes in our locker room, that’s for sure.”last_img read more

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England forge ahead in Euro Challenge Trophy

first_img12 Jul 2012 England forge ahead in Euro Challenge Trophy England is in pole position after the opening day of the European Men’s Challenge Trophy in fine conditions at the Keilir club in Iceland. Thanks to 68s from Jack Hiluta, Garrick Porteous and Ben Stow, England finished day one on 352, three strokes ahead of the Netherlands and nine clear of Portugal and Iceland in joint third place. The event is a qualifier for next year’s European Men’s Team Championships in Denmark, a title England won as recently as 2010. But a 15th place last year means they must finish in the top three this week to qualify for the main event in 2013. Having recovered from a back injury, Hiluta had four birdies in his three under par return while Porteous and Stow signed for six birdies apiece. Callum Shinkwin finished on two-over-par 73 while Craig Hinton returned 75 and Ben Taylor a non-scoring 76. Scores and results for the European Challenge Trophy (Image of Garrick Porteous © Tom Ward)last_img read more

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Get No-Cost Back-to-School Immunizations September 21 In Olympia

first_imgFacebook7Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston County Public HealthThis year the Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps is partnering with Group Health Cooperative to expand the annual no cost Back-to-School Immunization Clinic. The clinic is now providing the recommended immunizations, including seasonal flu, along with the immunizations required for schools.Date: Saturday, September 21 from 9 a.m. to noon Location: Group Health Cooperative, 700 Lilly Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98506Who: Students entering pre-school through age 18What: Vaccines required for school entry and vaccines recommended for childrenCost: No cost, please bring immunization records if available.A parent or legal guardian must accompany children to the clinic. No pre-registration is required, and immunizations are available on a first come first serve basis. Parents and guardians should bring immunizations records. No immunizations wavers will be signed. Information about vaccines required for school entry and the waiver process can be obtained from your school or on this website.For more information download a clinic flyer (available in English and Spanish) or call 360-709-3080 (TDD 360-867-2603).last_img read more

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