Napoleon, In. — In a very unique fashion, the Ripley County Community Foundation awarded three grants to agencies that work to improve the lives of families and children in the county. Phi Beta Psi XI Chapter received a $1,500 grant, Samaritan’s Hope Chest was awarded a $1,000 grant and the Batesville Memorial Public Library receives a $500 grant.Executive director Amy Streator says attendees at the “Queen of Hearts” luncheon at the St. Maurice Hall in Napoleon decided which organizations got the grants.Allowing participants make funding decisions allows donors to be closer to the ward process.
The way the season has gone for Serena Williams, there was only one fitting way for it to end.Williams capped a career year in style Sunday, earning her 11th title by coming from behind to beat Li Na 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 for her second straight WTA Championships crown.Williams became the eighth woman to win 11 or more titles in a year and the first since Martina Hingis had 12 in 1997. The American also is the first to repeat as champion at the season-ending WTA Championships since Justine Henin in 2007.”It was an awesome year of tennis,” said Williams, who sank to her knees after firing a backhand winner on her second match point.The victory brought Williams’ prize money total for the year to $12,385,572. The only player, male or female, to earn more in a year was Novak Djokovic with $12,803,737 in 2012 and $12,619,803 in 2011. Williams won the event for the fourth time, having captured the elite tournament for the top eight players also in her debut in 2001 and in 2009 and 2012.Williams has won 78 of 82 matches this year and will finish the year as the top-ranked player for the third time in her career after 2002 and 2009. Williams’ titles this year included the French and U.S. Opens for a total of 17 Grand Slam crowns. Her winning percentage of .951 is the best on the tour since 1990. Martina Navratilova had an 86-1 record and a .989 percentage in 1983.Still, Williams said she would have preferred to have won at least one more Grand Slam title.”I live to win slams. I mean, obviously I’m so excited to be the WTA champion,” Williams said. ”I can’t say it’s the best (season). I can’t say it’s not the best. I don’t know. I really don’t know.”Li was in her first WTA Championships final and will finish the year at a career-high No. 3. The final featured two players above the age of 30 for the first time in the championships’ 43-year history. Williams is 32 and Li is 31 but both are playing some of their best tennis.Li got off to a better start over a sluggish-looking Williams, who struggled a day earlier to beat Jelena Jankovic and complained later of being exhausted after a long season.”I felt good this morning, much better than I did yesterday, but then in practice I was like, ‘Oh, no.’ I was a little worried, but I just hung in there and just kept going and going,” Williams said.The Chinese player was quick to break serve for a 2-1 lead and rolled through the first set, which ended with Williams netting a forehand and hitting a backhand passing shot wide.Williams won a key game at the start of the second set that went to nine deuces and lasted nearly 12 minutes as the American fended off two break points before finally prevailing with a service winner. View gallery.” ”I guess looking back it was definitely a very important game for me to win,” Williams said. ”She had been on a real roll. I guess I was determined to win that game at any cost.”Li blasted an ace, her only one of the match, to level at 3-3. But she produced a double-fault and a forehand error to give Williams a chance to serve out the set. Williams needed three set points to close it out. ”After a set and a half, I was feeling no more energy left. It’s a tough tournament, because I played five days in a row,” Li said. ”Every opponent (is in the) top eight, so you never have an easy match in this tournament.”It was another double-fault by Li that gave Williams a break of serve at the start of the third and the American pulled away.Williams did have to save five break points, the last one with her sixth ace, before wrapping up the title.Li, the 2011 French Open champion, fell to 1-10 against Williams. She lost a set at 6-0 for the second straight time they played. She won only three games in her loss to Williams in the semifinals of the U.S. Open.”I have a little bit bad taste, because it’s at love, but I still feel more positive things,” Li said. After three years in Istanbul, the tournament moves to Singapore for the next five years.
“I remember walking to the school, and I remember hearing absolutely nothing,” Wade said. “I remember thinking to myself, ‘I’ve never felt … never heard this kind of silence before in my life.’ … I remember being so nervous to see and meet everybody. What would I say? I grew up in the inner city of Chicago and I’ve experienced a lot of awful things. But I’ve never experienced anything to the magnitude that you guys have just experienced.“What started going through my mind was how do I dare come in here and act like I know what you guys have been going through? How narcissistic of me to think I can come here and make a difference because I’m good at my sport. I remember walking slowly to the cafeteria. As I was walking in, students started seeing me, I remember seeing smiles, people running, pulling out their phones. … I remember thinking, ‘Wow.’ It was packed. I didn’t expect that.” Related News Dwyane Wade surprised the graduating class of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School over the weekend.The recently retired NBA star was a guest speaker Sunday at the school’s graduation ceremony. He was met with cheers and gave a speech where he recalled how nervous he was to meet students after the on-campus mass shooting last year that killed 17 people. Dwyane Wade: Miami ‘forever going to be my home’ ESPN, TNT recruiting Dwyane Wade as analyst, report says Wade retired after the 2018-19 season following 16 years in the NBA. He spent the bulk of his career in Miami, a place he said will “forever” be his “home.” “I have no idea what I am going to say” @DwyaneWade in @DouglasHigh Don’t you worry Dwayne spoke from the heart and knew exactly what to say…guaranteed pic.twitter.com/a4XllKZqWq— Safeer Bhatti, Ph.D. (@drsafeerbhatti) June 2, 2019Wade continued: “I’m so proud to say the words ‘MSD Strong. Today, you will close a chapter in your lives and embark on new experiences and journeys and memories. And it’s a time to celebrate and be proud of everything you’ve done to make it to this moment. As you know, I, too, recently closed a pretty significant chapter in my life. So in a way I feel like I can relate to what’s going on in your minds right now.”“It’s time to celebrate and be proud of what you have done” @DwyaneWade @DouglasHigh @BleacherReport @espn @wsvn pic.twitter.com/G1Zkv3eZY4— Safeer Bhatti, Ph.D. (@drsafeerbhatti) June 2, 2019Wade’s visit, like the one the day after the school reopened following the Feb. 14, 2018 shooting, was not made public. He has been vocal about that day and remains an advocate for better school safety. Wade even swapped jerseys with one of the shooting victims, Joaquin Oliver, in an emotional tribute before his final game in Miami.
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Romeo Travis vs Kevin racal–PBA ImagesSteadier down the stretch, Magnolia averted a huge fourth-quarter collapse to carve out an 83-73 decision of Alaska at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night, practically clinching a twice-to-beat advantage in the first round of the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs.“We just want to win more games and see where we will wind up (at the end of the elimination round),” said coach Chito Victolero after his wards rose to 7-1 and remain in the solo lead.ADVERTISEMENT “We kept our flickering (playoff) hopes alive,” Meralco coach Norman Black said after appearing for the customary winning coach’s interview for the first time since a 109-106 nipping of lowly Columbian at Ynares Center in Antipolo on Aug. 17, the tournament’s opening day.“I’m really glad to see you guys. It’s been a long time,” he told reporters with a smile.Amer first completed a three-point play after picking up NLEX import Aaron Fuller’s sixth foul, before making a smart play by calling for a timeout while on the way down on the baseline that enabled Black to set up the game-winning play.He finished with 22 points, all but five of them coming in the fourth quarter where the Bolts erased a 16-point deficit. He topped off his offensive brilliance by nailing the wide-open trey with the shotclock winding down.Amer didn’t score in Meralco’s 94-99 loss to NorthPort on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham scored 36 points, had 18 rebounds and seven assists, finally getting a win after another brilliant all-around effort that saw the Bolts rise to 2-6.Meralco remained way out of the circle of eight teams that will advance to the playoffs. It must win all its remaining three games and hope that others in the bottom half start losing to have a chance of advancing.NLEX is one of those clubs that Meralco could catch after the Road Warriors lost for the third straight time to go down to 4-5.Meralco plays Magnolia on Friday at Ynares Antipolo.“We needed this (win) badly,” he said. “Let’s move on to the next game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Ateneo rises Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Romeo Travis had 19 points and 17 rebounds in his first game against his former team while Jio Jalalon, coming off a first career triple double, chalked up 18 and nine as the Hotshots extended their winning run to five while snapping Alaska’s two-game streak.It was just the second loss in seven games for the Aces, who were very much in the fight with under three minutes remaining after rallying from several huge deficits.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissEarlier, Baser Amer was at the center of every play in the stretch for Meralco and the Bolts finally held it together to stay in the running for a playoff berth with a 108-105 win over NLEX.Held scoreless in their previous game, Baser hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 13.6 seconds remaining. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Be very surprised if any of the top 6 don’t go for Harry Maguire, been absolute quality defensively, superb on the ball and a threat at set pieces— paul bedwell (@bedders06) July 4, 2018 Get in there!! Great character shown from the lads. We go again. @England 🏴🦁🦁🦁 pic.twitter.com/hG9lzSrD74— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) July 3, 2018Two years ago, at Euro 2016, the defender travelled to France with his friends to watch the team play as a fan. Now he is a key man in their run to the quarter-finals where they face Sweden, live on talkSPORT.It will be the first time the team have featured in the last eight of a World Cup since 2006 when Portugal sent them home after a penalty shoot-out.Here, talkSPORT.com looked at a selection of tweets from impressed supporters both during and after England’s dramatic last 16 win and one theme in particular was clear. Had no faith in Southgate when appointed but fair play to the man he has got us playing with a bit of quality and pride. Done far better than I thought we would have. He’s brought in guys like Trippier and Maguire who are there on merit as well as playing the young lads 👍— Charlie Rogers (@rogers_c24) July 4, 2018 Harry Maguire – brick wall. Won everything tonight, true lion behaviour 🦁 🏴— Lloyd Kempson (@LloydKempson) July 3, 2018 I have to say a few years back I remember all you Blades going on about Harry Maguire and thinking here we go again. I have to admit he is the real deal. Man mountain last night who does the right thing at the right time 👍 #quality #itscominghome— 🦉 Andy Stevenson 🦉 (@AndyStevenson20) July 4, 2018 Maldini has posters of Harry Maguire on his wall— Thomas Place (@tomplacee) July 3, 2018 1 Can we all just stop for a second and take a minute to think about that performance from Harry Maguire. Might be the best performance I’ve seen at a World Cup in my lifetime. pic.twitter.com/cYPktcdSGP— ً (@StokeGeorge) July 3, 2018 Maguire is such a wall, everyone that touches him falls over— •Baggy (@Stokesy619) July 3, 2018 England’s ‘Great Wall’ aka Harry Maguire Franz Beckebauer has posters of Harry Maguire on his bedroom walls pass it on— Adam James (@adamjames949494) July 4, 2018 He’s built like a landmark. I’m surprised tourists weren’t talking pictures next to him with the caption “the Great Wall of maguire.— Gerard Saint-Etienne (@saintgerard81) July 3, 2018 England v Sweden is live on talkSPORT at 15:00 (UK time) on Saturday 7 July here.What a performance, Harry Maguire.That’s what almost every England fan was saying during the win against Colombia and then at work the following morning. Even people who only watch football every four years will have been impressed by that display from the Leicester centre-back.Harry Kane took many plaudits, and rightly so, but the defender was equally immense, as you can see from these tweets below. Maguire was a beast when England’s backs were to the wall. Anyone who says he isn’t good enough is off their heads; and £13m a year ago was an absolute steal.— Tom F (@13thoughts) July 3, 2018 Sir Harry Maguire. Absolute brick wall last night. ❤🔥 https://t.co/k2bkepTMxn— Ed (@Head_Langdon) July 4, 2018 Rather run into a wall than Harry Maguire, what a man— Ashley Sandiford (@ashsandiford90) July 3, 2018