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first_imgThe Sunman-Dearborn Middle School Trojans hosted the Franklin County Wildcats for two explosive football games on Tuesday evening.The 7th grade squads were first to battle, but it ended up being a one sided fight. The Trojans had 257 total offensive yards on the night. The Trojan quarterback was 4 for 4 in the air with 87 yards, and the ground game saw 22 carries for 170 yards. Leading rusher was Devon Donawerth who averaged over 11 yards per carry. Four Trojans found the end zone; Devon Donawerth (2TD), Andrew Struewing (2TD), Trevor Becker (1TD) and David Badescu (1TD). The Wildcats did score one touchdown on a long run, however when the clock finally ran down, the Trojans had won the contest 40-6.Up next was the 8th grade teams and the result was much the same as the 7th grade. Isaiah Wheat led the offense to 265 total yards to the Wildcats 76. Wheat completed 6 of 11 passes for 142 yards, and handed to ball off 18 times to multiple Trojans for another 123 yards. Four Trojans punched their way into the end zone; Alex Maxwell (2TD), Liam Jones (1TD), Eric Rosemeyer (1TD) and Jack Hutchins (1TD). The Wildcats showed signs of scoring late in the game with great efforts, notably from Adam Mohr, but the Trojan defense was too much to overcome. The night ended with a 34-0 Trojan victory.Both teams face very tough Ryle, Kentucky, teams this Thursday.Courtesy of Trojans Football Director of Operations Stewart Durham.last_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton EPL: Saints tackle Mourinho’s Spurs EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Danny Ings capitalised on calamitous Crystal Palace defending to earn Southampton a 1-1 draw and a precious point in the fight for Premier League survival. In-form Ings, who was coveted by Palace boss Roy Hodgson before joining boyhood club Saints in 2018, slotted home his 12th top-flight goal of the season with 16 minutes remaining following a dreadful pass from Eagles defender Martin Kelly. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s hosts had looked in danger of slipping to a seventh St Mary’s defeat of the campaign after James Tomkins nodded the opener early in the second period. Palace were also left to rue a disallowed first-half strike from midfielder Max Meyer, which was chalked off by VAR due to a narrow offside call against Wilfried Zaha. Saints, who sit four points above the relegation zone, are now three games unbeaten on the back of vital victories at Aston Villa and Chelsea, while Palace remain comfortably in mid-table. After an uninspiring opening 15 minutes, the game looked set to be sparked into life when the unmarked Meyer emphatically fired home Zaha’s pull back. The goal was celebrated exuberantly among Palace’s healthy away following but their joy was quickly cut short as a VAR check deemed Zaha’s left shoulder was marginally offside when he received the ball from James McArthur. The exceptionally-tight call was a major let off for Saints in their attempt to rid themselves of the worst home record in the division and build on crucial away wins either side of Christmas. Palace perhaps enjoyed their own moment of fortune in the 32nd minute when captain Luka Milivojevic escaped an early dismissal after furiously shouting at referee Andy Madley having been booked for bringing down Sofiane Boufal. Milivojevic’s angry reaction risked lightning striking twice for the Eagles, who last season had Zaha dismissed on this ground for sarcastically applauding a yellow card from referee Andre Marriner. Saints defender Jan Bednarek then squandered the best opportunity of an opening 45 minutes devoid of a shot on target when he fired over at the back post following James Ward-Prowse’s inviting free-kick from the right. The game was in desperate need of a breakthrough and it arrived five minutes after the restart. Milivojevic lifted a delightful curling free-kick into the box, allowing Tomkins to rise and nod his first goal since January into the bottom-right corner via the underside of the crossbar. Palace appealed in vain for a 59th-minute penalty after Ward-Prowse clumsily clattered into Meyer following Zaha’s powerful surge down the right. Saints were struggling to breakdown stubborn opposition until they received a helping hand in the 74th minute. Kelly’s sloppy backwards pass rolled behind team-mate Tomkins, allowing the prolific Ings, who had been rested at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day, to run in on goal and coolly slot beyond Vicente Guaita. Hodgson, who awarded Ings his solitary England cap back in 2015, admitted in the build-up to the match that he still had ‘a bee in his bonnet’ about failing to take the player to Selhurst Park. Things almost became worse for the 72-year-old coach moments later when only a sensational one-handed save from Spanish goalkeeper Guaita denied Saints substitute Moussa Djenepo to prevent a quick-fire turnaround. Southampton edged the closing stages but were unable to force a winner.Tags: Danny IngsRoy HodgsonSouthamptonWilfried Zahalast_img read more

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJanuary 10, 2014; Bureau of Labor Statistics In the midst of the confusing muddle of statistics in the December jobs report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, almost nothing has been written about the disturbing trend concerning the employment conditions of persons with disabilities. Between December 2012 and December 2013, the labor force participation rate of men with disabilities between 16 and 64 years of age declined from 34.2 percent to 30.6 percent. For women, the labor force participation rate declined from 28.6 percent to 27.7 percent. The labor force participation rate for all persons with a disability 16 and older declined from 20.5 percent to 18.7 percent. The fact that so many persons with disabilities are leaving the work force reflects just how “rocky” the job market is for the disabled, according to Shaun Heasley writing for Disability Scoop. Conservative critics have been writing about the increase in the number of persons receiving disability benefits as a reflection of the welfare state’s disincentives to work. In fact, the number of disabled workers receiving support from the nation’s Disability Insurance Trust Fund reached 8,942,584 in December 2013, an increase of 1.3 percent from the previous year, but an increase of 52.2 percent over the decade. The notion that an average monthly payment to a disabled worker—in December, $1,146.43—is a substantial distinctive to avoid work is hard to imagine, but that is the concept that animates the critics.More troubling was last week’s 205-count indictment of 102 New York City firemen and policemen for participating in a massive Social Security fraud, faking psychiatric illnesses over a 26-year period. Some of the alleged perpetrators claimed disabilities incurred from their roles as first responders to the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on September 11, 2011. Eighty of the 102 were police and fire department retirees, rather than current workers unable to work due to their disabilities. The coverage of the New York indictments has provoked almost giddy reactions on the parts of critics of employment compensation that the disability insurance system is one of rampant fraud. In truth, the system is one of stringent eligibility, requiring recipients to be both “fully insured” (having worked for at least one-fourth of their adult lives) and “disability insured” (having worked in at least five of the previous ten years), severely impaired (suffering from a physical or mental disability that has lasted at least five months and is expected to last at least 12 months), and unable to perform “substantial work” (meaning earning more than $1,040 a month—or $1,740 for the blind). The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities explains the growth in the numbers of people receiving disability insurance payments as due not to a flood of fakers, but to the aging of Baby Boomers (now reaching their 50s and 60s, the peak ages for disability insurance) and the increase in the participation of women in the labor force overall. How then to explain the latest proposal of the U.S. Senate—concocted in this case by Democrats, the generally reliable Jack Reed of Rhode Island and supported by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid—to pay for a one-year extension of unemployment benefits by cutting benefits for persons with disabilities? This would be part of the budget “offset” that Republicans are demanding in return for the extension of unemployment benefits that were eliminated in the federal budget agreement last month. The notion is that workers who collect disability payments but also earn a tiny amount of wages or receive other benefits are “double-dipping.” Oddly, President Obama proposed the same in his FY2014 budget proposals. A coalition of nonprofits, including the Arc of the United States, Goodwill Industries, Easter Seals, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the National Disability Rights Network, issued a letter last week condemning the offset proposal, noting that less than one percent of disability insurance recipients “double dip” and receive unemployment insurance benefits as well, and that this practice has been accepted by both the Social Security Administration and the courts as legitimate. As the letter explains, “Individuals who do receive concurrent benefits do so because they have significant disabilities that make them eligible for DI, and because they have also attempted to work at a low level of earnings but have lost their job through no fault of their own.” Nonetheless, the double-dipping argument has gained traction among our nation’s legislators, including Senator John McCain’s support for the offset idea and Senator Chuck Schumer’s declaration that the idea of people receiving both DI and UI is simply “wrong.” The critics of double-dipping are operating under a major misunderstanding of both programs. Disability insurance and unemployment insurance are meant as bridges to employment, not substitutes for jobs. For the 117,000 persons who receive both disability and unemployment benefits, the average combined annual benefit is all of $13,200—hardly a mammoth disincentivizing alternative to a decent job’s paycheck. But critics will use the increase in the DI rolls and the scandal of New York scammers to buttress their arguments that it is okay to cut disability payments—unless more nonprofits than just the disability advocates speak up with the facts. They had better speak up fast, because it looks like the Senate could agree to cut disability insurance payments today.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more