Facebook Google+ WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – February 20, 2021 0 161 Previous articleIMS President: Still too early too tell about fans at The 500Next articleMishawaka restaurant suffers damage from invading mob Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. WhatsApp CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSports Pinterest Facebook By Batistaya (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons The NCAA will allow a limited number of fans at the 2021 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, including all rounds and the Final Four. The decision to allow up to 25% capacity with physical distancing was made in conjunction with state and local health authorities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The event capacity will include all participants, essential staff and family members of each participating team’s student-athletes and coaches and a reduced number of fans. All attendees must wear face coverings and physically distance during the event. Thorough cleaning, disinfecting and safety measures will be a priority in all venues.“This year’s tournament will be like no other, and while we know it won’t be the same for anyone, we are looking forward to providing a memorable experience for the student-athletes, coaches and fans at a once-in-a-lifetime tournament,” said Dan Gavitt, NCAA senior vice president of basketball. “After the cancellation of the 2020 tournament, we are happy to welcome some fans back to all rounds of the Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.”The entire Division I tournament will be played in Indiana, at Purdue’s Mackey Arena and IU’s Assembly Hall, along with Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse, the Indiana Farmers Coliseum at the State Fairgrounds, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and Lucas Oil Stadium. Twitter Google+ Pinterest Twitter NCAA to allow limited number of fans during March Madness
St. Leon, In. — The East Central FFA Chapter in St. Leon has won a $3,000 grant as part of the “Yearlong Living to Serve Grant” program. The nationwide program directs money to FFA chapters that have a community focus on safety, environmental responsibility, hunger, health, nutrition and community engagement.FFA members from East Central will examine ways to address invasive species with EC Re-Leaf campaign, remove Ash trees infected with the emerald ash borer and replace them with other native species and educate the public on the importance of planting and maintaining native plants.The “Yearlong Living to Serve” program has sent almost $338,000 to chapters in 35 states and Puerto Rico. Corporate sponsors of the program are Tractor Supply Company and CSX Railroad.There’s more information online at ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants.
WINDIES star Chris Gayle blasted a quick-fire 38 from 27 to lead Rangpur Riders into the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) playoffs following a 19-run win over Carlos Brathwaite’s third-placed Khulna Titans at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday.Batting in his usual spot in a re-tooled line-up the big West Indian slammed four boundaries and two big sixes. The batting shuffle did not necessarily pay off for Rangpur, however, as Ziaur Rahman was quickly out for eight. Brendon McCullum added a quick 15 runs after joining Gayle, but Rangpur failed to build upon a promising start.Shaiful Islam and Mohammad Irfan brought the Khulna side back into the game, however, as they dismissed McCullum and Gayle respectively and Rangpur floundered in the middle overs. Mohammad Mithun recovered the innings for Rangpur but was dropped twice as he pushed the team to 147-6 with a well-paced 50 off 35 balls with two fours and four sixes.Titan openers Nazmul Hossain Shanto(20) and Michael Klinger (44) gave their team the ideal start as they put together a 60-run partnership and it looked like Khulna were running away with the match.The team found their run chase ground to a halt when Nazmul fell prey to his namesake, Nazmul Islam’s bowling in the eighth over. His dismissal started a landslide for the batting order of the Khulna side that had no end.