The trash generated by the average American household jumps by 25 percent during the holidays. ( Photo: earl53/morguefile.)INDIANAPOLIS – The end-of-year holidays aren’t just a time filled with more cheer, but also are a time filled with more trash – although some simple tips can help keep that to a minimum.Dan Goldblatt, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Environmental Health, said the best way to cut down on the garbage generated is through what’s known as “pre-cycling,” and thinking ahead before you purchase a gift.“Look to see if it’s made from material that has been recycled, and you can also see if it is recyclable,” he said. “You can also look at the packaging and find out if that is made of material that can be recycled, as well.”Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, Goldblatt said, the average household produces about 25 percent more waste than normal.When it comes to wrapping paper and greeting cards, Goldblatt said much of it can be recycled. If new electronics are on the gift list, he advised planning ahead for what to do with the old ones. By Indiana law, any retailer that sells electronics is required to accept them for recycling.“So, your Best Buys, Home Depot, Walmart, Target – all those places are going to accept old electronics for recycling,” he said. “We do encourage people to keep those out of the landfill and to get those recycled.”For those who have live Christmas trees, Goldblatt said many communities will have post-holiday recycling programs for their disposal.“They will come by and take your tree and turn that into mulch,” he said. “Some trees can be sunk into lakes and used for fish habitat, and some communities will even recycle the tree and use it in parks.”Old garlands should be donated or go into the trash, not the recycling bin, he said, and the same is true for strands of Christmas lights.Mary Kuhlman
Press Association Reds boss Brendan Rodgers’ former side were a shadow of themselves – distracted by Sunday’s Capital One Cup final at Wembley – as they were dispatched 5-0 at Anfield. The home side need goals on Thursday to overturn a 2-0 deficit against Zenit St Petersburg in order to reach the last 16 in Europe. And having suffered back-to-back defeats, including a home loss to West Brom last Monday, Lucas thinks the goal rush provided the perfect antidote to a disappointing few days. “We started the week thinking it could be a really good week for us,” said the Brazil midfielder. Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva believes the morale-boosting demolition of Swansea was the ideal preparation for their Europa League tie later this week. He added: “But we had the defeat to West Brom and then the Europa League loss but we have finished the week off in a positive way by scoring five goals and keeping a clean sheet. “We know we still have to improve a lot but this victory will give us confidence going into Thursday to try to get through against Zenit. With the way we played over there, we created a lot of chances, if we do that again and take them then we’ll have a great chance of getting through to the next stage.” Captain Steven Gerrard’s 34th-minute penalty provided the crucial breakthrough, succeeding from the same spot from which he had failed against West Brom. Lucas felt they had learned from the chastening Baggies experience, when they dominated but conceded twice in the last nine minutes. “Unfortunately we couldn’t score early but we kept going then towards the end of the first half we got the penalty. The second half we started really brightly and getting the second goal so quickly (after just 16 seconds) was very important and after that we just needed to make sure we controlled the game.” Inconsistency has dogged Liverpool for well over a year, preceding the reign of Rodgers who left Swansea to take over from Kenny Dalglish in the summer. “It’s difficult to explain. As players you get frustrated a lot of times as well,” added Lucas. “When you think we are starting to get some good momentum we have a defeat and a setback. “But there is still time to get that consistency. Our league position is not great (seventh, nine points off the top four having played one match more) but we must keep fighting and see what happens. If we can get that consistency then we can finish this season on a high.”
New Delhi: Veteran India batsman Suresh Raina and his wife Priyanka on Monday welcomed a new member in their family. The couple has become parents for the second time as they were blessed with a baby boy, Rio.“The beginning of all things – wonder, hope, possibilities and a better world! We are proud to welcome our son & Gracia’s little brother – Rio Raina. May he flows beyond boundaries, bringing peace, renewal & prosperity to everyone’s life,” Raina said in a tweet posting a picture of his new born baby.Their daughter Gracia was born in May 2016.Raina’s Indian Premier League franchise, Chennai Super Kings, also welcomed the news with a tweet saying: “Hello Rio.”The left-handed batsman is the second highest run-getter in the IPL behind India captain Virat Kohli with 5,368 runs in his kitty from 193 matches.“It’s very important that we understand the need of social isolation to break the chain, don’t spread information from unreliable sources, don’t ignore the health advisories & for sure follow the hygiene measures.#coronavirus” he tweeted. IANSAlso read: Suresh Raina warns against spreading misinformation on COVID-19Also Watch: Coronavirus update: Buddhist Monastery in Naharkatika take extra prevention measures
British number two Kyle Edmund also progressed after beating Renzo Olivo 7-5 6-3 6-1.The 22-year-old Yorkshireman will next play South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, who beat Australian Nick Kyrgios 5-7 6-4 6-1 6-2.Del Potro, seeded 29th after his own injury struggles, went through when his opponent Nicolas Almagro retired at one set all.Asked about facing former US Open champion Del Potro as early as the third round, Murray said: “It’s a tough match. In my opinion he’s one of the best players in the world.Murray needed three hours and 34 minutes to see off Klizan, the world number 50, and claim his second four-set win of the week.The Scot, 30, could again be heard to complain he was struggling with his movement, but once again his form improved as the match wore on.“I’m playing way better than I was two weeks ago, and today’s match will have done me a lot of good,” said Murray.“Physically I pulled up well and felt good, so I will gain a lot of confidence from that. And also, I hit a lot of balls out there today, more than the first-round match.”Murray occasionally appeared frustrated with movement in the crowd in the early stages of the matchIt could have been a much quicker afternoon on the Suzanne Lenglen Court had Murray completed a comeback from a break down in the first set.Having weathered the expected early storm from his big-hitting opponent, Murray drew level at 5-5 only to play a poor tie-break and fall a set behind.Klizan, 27, began the match with his left calf heavily strapped and it was no surprise that his level dropped in the second set.Murray raced through seven straight games and when he made it 11 out of 13 to take a two-sets-to-one lead, there looked no way back for the Czech.He was offered a lifeline early in the fourth thanks to a wayward Murray forehand and made it through to 5-3, only to fail once again when trying to serve out the set.Klizan was broken for the sixth time when he framed a smash over the baseline and, despite brilliantly saving one match point, saw his challenge end in another tie-break.Murray lunged to his right to send a superb volley past the Slovakian on the second match point.“Consistency is definitely what I’m looking for,” Murray told BBC Sport.“I felt a little bit more in control of the first-round match than I did today. At times today I played some very solid stuff.“The most positive things for me are physically I felt good after a pretty long match in tough conditions, and also I made some quite significant changes during the match to my tactics.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram World number one Andy Murray came from a set down to beat unseeded Slovakian Martin Klizan in the French Open second round.The Briton won 6-7 (3-7) 6-2 6-2 7-6 (7-3) and goes on to face Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro.It was Murray’s 18th win of a season that has been interrupted by illness and injury.
Published on March 18, 2017 at 6:45 pm Comments No. 1 seed Syracuse’s (19-15, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) season ended as fifth-seeded Mississippi (22-13, 10-8 Southeastern) defeated the Orange, 85-80, in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. Our beat writers, Connor Grossman and Paul Schwedelson discuss the loss, Boeheim’s infamous preseason proclamation and recap the season. Facebook Twitter Google+
The Forward Madison FC soccer team was announced as the newest professional sports team in Wisconsin May 17. Playing in the U.S. League-League One, this is the first professional soccer team to ever call Madison home.The team will kick-off their inaugural season against the Chattanooga Red Wolves SC April 6. The club’s first home game will take place April 2 against the Greenville Triumph at Breese Stevens Field.The team was founded by the ownership group Big Top Soccer, which includes Steve Schmitt, Vern Stenman and Conor Caloia. The group also owns Big Top Baseball and the Madison Mallards, and along with Jim Kacmarcik, the owner of the Lakeshore Chinooks and a minority owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, they will bring a professional soccer team back to Wisconsin for the first time in 15 years.USL-League One is a new league in American soccer, one tier below the USL-Championship League, founded in 2010. The new league will feature ten teams in their inaugural 2019 season, and hopes to have 24 teams for the 2021 season. Most teams are located in markets similar in size to Madison, such as Chattanooga and Richmond.Men’s basketball: Badgers fall 69–74 to in-state rival Marquette in overtimeThe 125th chapter of the I-94 rivalry took place this Saturday, this time in the brand-new Fiserv Forum that is Read…FMFC spokesperson Jason Klein said the team hopes to have a full roster of about 23 players, with four players having officially been announced at this point, including Josiel Nunez (Panama), Don Smart (Jamaica), Danny Tenorio (Ecuador) and Jeff Michaud (Florida). Smart and Michaud both previously played in the USL-Championship League.Klein also said the franchise’s goal is to “cultivate a local audience and community,” specifically with regards to University of Wisconsin students. With the team starting play in late spring and the season going through mid-fall, students from UW will have the opportunity to witness the first professional soccer team ever to play in Madison live and in-person.The franchise is already deeply rooted in UW, with their logo featuring the infamous “Bascom Hill flamingo” from the 1979 prank planted by the Pail & Shovel Party. The team will play their home games at Breese Stevens Field, the home stadium of the UW men’s and women’s soccer teams until the early 1990s.Breese Stevens Field has major renovation plans that are already underway with the season just a few months away. The renovation, which will cost approximately $2.4 million, includes installation of bleacher seating as well as field-side suites. According to the FMFC website, Breese Stevens Field will be the most impressive soccer-specific venue in the entire state of Wisconsin.Wisconsin rugby caps off season with Big Ten ChampionshipThe University of Wisconsin club rugby team has taken the 2018 Big Ten Rugby Championship, their second championship in school Read…It was also announced that there will be an affiliation with Minnesota United FC for the 2019 season, according to a FMFC press release. This agreement will allow for Minnesota to loan players to Madison, and will also set up the potential for an exhibition match between the two teams.Minnesota United Sporting Director Manny Lagos said Minnesota will likely use the agreement to loan talented prospects and starters coming back from injury to Madison.When asked about the hopes and expectations for FMFC in 2019, Klein explained the franchise’s ultimate goal is to win the league. But Klein also wants to integrate the soccer team within the greater Madison community.“The focus is on getting a solid footing, both in the community and in the soccer league.” Klein said.Badger fans love him, but the rest of college basketball? Not so muchIt was only a matter of time before the University of Wisconsin produced yet another player unconditionally loved by Badger Read…Forward Madison FC will hopefully provide new excitement in the Madison community, specifically among UW students.You can purchase season tickets now on the Forward Madison FC website. Single-game tickets will range in price from $16-$45 and will be available in early 2019.As soccer continues to grow among a younger demographic in the U.S., Madison and the urban Midwest just may be a new hotspot for the sport.
After a challenging weekend against the University of South Florida and the University of Florida, the No. 11 Women of Troy return home to Marks Stadium Friday in a nonconference match against the No. 1-ranked Cal.The Golden Bears are undefeated on the season, and have moved up to No. 1 in the rankings after winning the ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championship. The Women of Troy had a commanding 6-1 win over USF with the lone loss due to a retirement from Rianna Valdez. The next day was a different story, with Florida, a team many consider the favorites for the national title, completing a 7-0 sweep against the Trojans.USC will be playing its first match in the newly renovated Marks Stadium, which was dedicated and officially completed on Tuesday. Both the men’s and women’s team received upgraded locker rooms as well as meeting rooms and lounges. For fans, canopies were added across the seating area to provide shade, and new entrances enhance the aesthetics of the stadium.Coach Richard Gallien noted the difference between his team this year and last year at this point.“We got to the top of the nation quickly, but there was always a bulls-eye,” he said. “[This year], we are the hunter.”Cal comes in strong with four players ranked in ITA’s top 125, but USC counters with five. The Golden Bears have the two top-ranked players in the matchup, senior Klara Fabikova and junior Maegan Manasse, ranked an impressive fifth and 13th in the nation, respectively. Freshman Olivia Hauger and junior Denise Starr come in ranked 102nd and 121st, giving the Trojans a challenge across the board for singles. In addition Cal will try to get on the board early with the second-ranked doubles team of Manasse and Starr, which will be a difficult task for the 11th-ranked USC team of senior captain Giuliana Olmos and sophomore Gabby Smith.The Trojans will be up for the challenge, with five players ranked in the top 100 this week. Olmos leads the way for the Women of Troy at No. 38, followed by sophomores Madison Westby at No. 62 and Smith at No. 87. Two freshmen also cracked the rankings: Rianna Valdez and Jessica Failla at 90 and 95. Junior Zoë Katz will likely be the sixth Trojan singles player to complete a solid lineup.“Playing on a team is a new deal [for the younger players] … and although we have the right type of character, there is still some adjustment,” Gallien said.The skill levels of both teams should bring an exciting match for fans between two of the nation’s top teams and the two teams at the top of the Pac-12 standings last season. Last season’s matchup between these two teams resulted in Cal’s only loss in the conference on its way to a 9-1 Pac-12 record, falling short only to the 10-0 Trojans in a thrilling 4-3 USC victory.“We have a motivated and positive group that is focusing on what we can control and trying to get better day by day,” Gallien said.While Friday’s contest is not a conference match, a win would be crucial for the Trojans’ confidence in their quest to repeat as Pac-12 champions for the 11th straight time, and jump back into the top 10 rankings.
Still, 90 percent of the NBA these days is just showing up. Kevin Durant veered from stiff-upper-lip protocol the other day when he basically said, look, dummies, the Thunder started out behind because Durant and Russell Westbrook had missed time.Pro basketball stars are involved in a higher percentage of plays than NFL, NBA and NHL stars are. At some point reality takes over. Remove one of the Splash Brothers for a significant amount of time and see if the Golden State Warriors can stay afloat.But the Grizzlies, who have played 55 games, have only one player (Zach Randolph) who has missed as many as 10 games.“We’re a game-at-a-time team until Blake gets back,” Doc Rivers said.Paul wound up with 30 points and 10 assists, as the Grizzlies kept ducking behind screens and he kept shooting. But he got to the free-throw line only twice. While that was happening, the four other shooters — Matt Barnes, JJ Redick, Jamal Crawford and Spencer Hawes — were 15 for 46 overall. The Grizzlies also limited Jordan to three offensive boards.“I only got 17 rebounds,” Jordan said, straight-faced. “I can do better.”The Clippers won the 2012 playoff series over Memphis primarily because of their bench, and that was before they acquired Crawford. Now the Grizzlies have acquired Jeff Green to play small forward, which means Allen can join the game in progress and spread his defensive stickum. Memphis got outstanding minutes from Nick Calathes, Kosta Koufos and Beno Udrih, who will not be in demand in FanDuel but enabled the Grizzlies to lose the bench war by only one point (23-22). Which is a win for any team that opposes Crawford.The Clippers go to Houston, which still doesn’t have Dwight Howard, and then Memphis. By then Paul might have forgiven himself. But he won’t forget.“The play before the last one, I probably had Spencer open, who I could have hit,” he said. “A game comes down to a few plays and execution. I didn’t execute the last play.”Meanwhile, someone asked Marc Gasol about the truculence of the Clippers-Grizzlies rivalry.“We have a history with a few teams now,” he said. “But there are no hard feelings. Never. The game of basketball is a beautiful game that should never have hard feelings.”He said that hypothetically. The Grizzlies don’t play beauty-contest games. But winning improves their congeniality. Paul was being guarded by Courtney Lee, with the Clippers down by one point. JJ Redick came toward Paul, which brought Conley into the play. Lee sneaked up from the backside to flick the ball away. Clippers coach Doc Rivers later said that L.A. was supposed to be “flat,” meaning more of a 1-4 set that would have kept the Grizzlies’ help defenders far away from the ball. Instead, a couple of Clippers were near the foul line, and that was that.It was typical, Rivers said, of a disjointed offensive performance against the most grudging defense in the NBA, at least if you judge things by the non-analytic standard of points scored.But there are few alternatives when Blake Griffin is out with a staph infection and is not particularly close to returning. The Clippers shot 12 free throws to Memphis’ 26 and gave up 40 points in the paint — again, Memphis sets the league standard in that department. The Clippers shot 27 3-pointers and several other long 2-pointers, and DeAndre Jordan had four field goal attempts, all of which he made.“We will see them (the Grizzlies) again Friday,” Jordan said soberly. Nobody knows when the Clippers will see Griffin.Memphis is 41-14 now, the second-best record in the NBA. On Sunday night it surged at the end to win at Portland. On Monday it surged at the end to beat the Clippers. LaMarcus Aldridge did not play for the Blazers and Griffin was out here, but there is no column in the standings for that. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error MWhicker@langnews.comLOS ANGELES >> In the aftermath, Chris Paul imagined he was sofa-bound, watching the Clippers’ final possession.“I’d be the one saying, ‘You dummy, you’ve got to get a shot off in that situation,’” he said.We can safely assume that Paul has said exactly that when watching other guards get stripped on the game’s essential play. Paul will be no easier on himself, as he tries to reconstruct what led to Mike Conley’s steal, which preserved a 90-87 victory for Memphis over the Clippers on Monday night.
MORE: Newton’s Patriots contract looks awfully familiarNewton earned a total of $121.934 million from the Panthers in nine seasons with Carolina, which selected him with the first pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He has not played a season for less than $15 million since the fourth year of his rookie contract in 2014, right before he signed a five-year extension with the Panthers and immediately led them to the Super Bowl.Even if Newton were to somehow repeat the brilliance of that MVP season with the Patriots this year, he would earn less than a third of the $24 million he was paid in 2015. MORE: Cam confuses fans with ‘tired of being humble’ postESPN’s Field Yates on Thursday shared the complete breakdown of the $6 million-plus worth of bonuses and incentives built into Newton’s contract. Included is an All-Pro bonus of $500,000. (The report did not specify whether Newton needs to be voted first-team All-Pro by The Associated Press specifically, rather than AP second-team All-Pro or Sporting News All-Pro.)Newton has been voted first-team All-Pro once in his career, in 2015, when he also was voted NFL MVP and earned one of his three career Pro Bowl nods. With the Patriots, Newton also would get a bonus of $500,000 for making the Pro Bowl in 2020.Below is the breakdown of the bonuses and incentives Newton has a chance to hit with his one-year contract in New England.Per-game roster bonuses: $43,750 per game (up to $700,000)Playing time incentives:13 percent: $250,00020 percent: $500,00030 percent: $750,00040 percent: $1 million50 percent: $1.25 million60 percent: $1.5 million ($2.25 million if Patriots make playoffs)70 percent: $1.75 million ($2.25 million if Patriots make playoffs)80 percent: $2 million ($3 million if Patriots make playoffs)90 percent: $2.25 million ($3.75 million if Patriots make playoffs)Pro Bowl bonus: $500,000All-Pro bonus: $500,000Playoff wins: $250,000 per win (if he plays 50 percent of game)Newton’s base salary in 2020 is $1.05 million, which is the minimum for a player who has been in the NFL seven years or longer, but he was guaranteed just $550,000 at signing.”The Patriots are shrewd when it comes out handing low-risk, high-reward contracts to fallen big-name players,” SN’s Vinnie Iyer wrote last week. “Given Newton was a free agent for nearly 100 days since his release from the Panthers, the Patriots likely sensed they were the only team willing to offer Newton a deal to stay in the NFL in 2020, allowing them to set his market.”With Newton’s durability issues, there was even more reason, in Patriots’ minds, to justify the cheapness.” We already know Cam Newton’s contract with the Patriots is a shockingly cheap deal for the team. We also know that, in the mind of the 31-year-old quarterback, the one-year contract “is not about money. … It’s about respect.”Fair enough. But now we know the complete details of the deal that will pay Newton no less than $550,000 and no more than $7.5 million after he collected almost $17 million from the Panthers last season before he was released in March. Newton could be named first-team All-Pro in 2020 — in other words, the best quarterback in the NFL — and still not earn the maximum amount of money his contract offers.
UCLA coach Mick Cronin told Sporting News the most important thing to the Bruins is having some level of certainty about the coming season. UCLA basketball is one high-major athletic program that did not have its players return to campus during the summer months. In the Bruins’ regular Zoom calls, Cronin said, the players are asking questions about the 2020-21 season that he struggles to answer.Now, he can tell them it’ll be the 2021 season.MORE: Kevin Warren’s role as Big Ten’s bad news bearer isn’t his fault, but it is his problem“To me, you’re better off knowing,” Cronin told SN. “The players want to know: ‘When are we going to play?’ It helps their mental state, to know when the season is starting.“At least now, I have an answer. We’ll start our workouts soon. We’ll start practicing on whatever date the Pac-12 gives us, usually 40 days before your first game but maybe there’ll be some accommodation because of this situation. But at least you’ll know. We’ll be able to give them some direction. To me, that helps a guy. They’re sitting around, like: ‘Coach, are we playing this year or not?’”The Pac-12 statement included word from its medical advisers that rapid testing — results in hours rather than days — should be available in the coming months, which will help sort out who does and does not belong on an athletic field at any given moment. And, “We will have a greater understanding of potential short- and long-term health effects of COVID-19 to better inform medical decision-making.” Like a solid screen that came from the blind side, the basketball teams of the Pacific-12 Conference learned on Thursday they would not be playing games until Jan. 1. At least.The Pac-12’s announcement it would postpone competition in fall sports included a declaration the conference would stage no intercollegiate competition until 2021. Men’s basketball has a nationwide starting date of Nov. 10, which NCAA vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt said earlier this month he expected would hold. The Bruins finished last season with a 19-12 record and 12-6 mark in the Pac-12, missing a conference championship on a buzzer-beating jumper by crosstown rival Southern California. They have their entire lineup returning from that team, including leading scorer Chris Smith, who entered the NBA Draft but withdrew before the NCAA’s deadline to retain college eligibility.Cronin does not know for certain what a January start would mean to the college basketball season, but anticipates the possibility of playing only conference games, possibly expanding to a full double-round-robin of 22 games.“They’ve got time to work on it, and they’ve been working on it,” Cronin said. “The Pac-12 has had a committee working for three months on: If we don’t play until January, what’s the best way to do it? I think they’re trying to do what’s the safest play.”