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Garbage truck involved in Sunman accident

first_imgSUNMAN, Ind. — A garbage truck was involved in an accident in Sunman yesterday morning.The accident occurred on State Road 101 just north of State Road 48 around 6:00 am.According to the Ripley County Sheriff’s Department, nobody was injured in the accident, but State Road 101 had to be shut down for around 2 hours for crash investigation and clean up.last_img

Dosu Joseph: Winning Atlanta Olympics Gold Remains Nigeria’s Greatest Feat

first_imgJoseph would not forget the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games in a hurry. He described the Dream Team gold medal feat in the football event of the games as the golden moment of Nigerian sport.Asked if qualifying for the second round of the USA `94 and being voted the second most entertaining team after Brazil was not Nigeria’s greatest moment in football as opposed to winning the Olympic gold medal in the soccer event in Atlanta `96, the former Regina goalkeeper said.“There is no doubting the fact that Nigeria could boast of a lot of talented players during the 1994 Mundial but I don’t really see what the team achieved. I believe our feat in Atlanta was the best achievement ever by any of our national teams in the country. The Olympics is the next competition to the World Cup in FIFA`s calendar and Nigeria is the first African country to win the competition. That’s not a small achievement by any standard. Maybe if you ask some of the players that played in 1994 and were not part of the Olympics they might have a different view. I’m sure those of them that participated in both competitions will tow the line of my reasoning.”“We did not only win the Olympics gold, we also played entertaining football. All the countries; everybody that came to watch our games, accepted the fact that Nigerian team was the best. Before we left for Atlanta, people doubted our ability after losing to Togo by 3-0 in a friendly game. We did not only go to the Olympics as dreamers but we turned the dream to reality.”The Olympian said he would always recall the moment Nigeria defeated the Argentines in the final with nostalgia. “I was proud to be an African; we wanted to be champions forever and when we arrived the country the atmosphere was unforgettable. People came out in their thousands to welcome us at the airport and it was as if that moment should last forever. But then, celebration must end one day,” an elated Dosu added.On why most Super Eagles players are not playing for top European teams unlike in the past when Nigerians could boast of players in big teams in Europe, Dosu said, “Generations differ; our own generation is different from this generation and we have different mentality to the game. If you look at this generation of players, they may not be playing in the best clubs but they are still playing regularly in their clubs. Some of them are playing in the English Premiership, which is the toughest league in the world. We have the best legs that can play for this country, but the most important thing is the individual character and determination of the players. It does not really matter where they are playing. A player may be a reserve in his team but when called upon to play for his national team, you will marvel at his performance and start asking yourself why he is not playing regularly for his team. It all depends on the players’ attitude towards the national team. If players have the right attitude towards the green-white-green shirt they will surely do well not minding where they plying their trade.”The former Julius Berger goal tender is of the opinion that Nigeria should stop crying over the fact that the country is in a difficult group for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, noting that any country that wanted to win a championship must be ready to face any opposition.He said, “To be the best, you have to beat the best. So, Nigeria cannot expect to be in Niger Republic’s group and expect to be called the best, being drawn in the same group with Zambia, Cameroon and Algeria should bring out the best in us.“If you want to win the World Cup, you must be ready to beat the likes of Brazil and Argentina at any stage. But if you are lucky to play them at the beginning, why don’t you oust them from the championship. During the Atlanta `96 Olympics, we had the opportunity of eliminating Brazil in the group stages of the competition but we lost and Jo Bonfere was so mad at us, saying, ‘If you guys had won the game against Brazil you would have knocked out the South American giant out of the competition and thereby moving closer to winning it. Now you’ve given them an opportunity to go further in the championship.’ But along the line, we met again and we were lucky to knock them out of the competition.”Dosu helped Julius Berger win the Nigerian FA Cup in 1996, by keeping a clean sheet in the finals against Katsina United. His career came to an abrupt end after a car accident in Lagos in 1997, almost left him paralysed.After the 1996 Olympics, Dosu signed with Serie A club Reggiana, but never got to make an impact in Italy and was forced to hang his boots at a young age of 23, due to the career-ending accident.He was the only home-based player to be included in Nigeria’s I996 Olympic team, where despite being the least experienced of the three goalkeepers, ended up as the team’s first choice. He then went on to play three more international games for Nigeria– 1998 World Cup qualifiers against Burkina Faso, which the Super Eagles won 2–0 in Lagos, the friendly against Morocco in 1996, where he kept another clean sheet, and the FIFA World Cup qualifier against Kenya in 1997, which was his last game for the NigeriaShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Today, many Nigerians recall the Clemence Westerhof era with nostalgia, especially the feat achieved in 1994 World Cup with the Super Eagles. The team, under his management, won the Africa Nations Cup and was voted the most entertaining team at the World Cup hosted by the United States. Notwithstanding these achievements, former Super Eagles Dosu Joseph, believes winning the gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics is the greatest moment in Nigeria’s football history. Kunle Adewale reportsMost of his contemporaries chose to play in Belgium which was then the Mecca for Nigerian footballers. He, however, elected to ply his own trade in the Italian Serie A, a league that is not only noted for its defensive tactics but boasts of great goalkeepers. Yet, Dosu Joseph was able to command a regular shirt with his club, Regina. Unfortunately, however, an automobile accident on Ikorodu Road shortly after the Atlanta Olympics football victory cut short his career.last_img

Graves, Molke reflect on Syracuse careers while qualifying for Olympic Trials

first_imgRobert Molke excitedly scanned the competition at the starting line.There was Meb Keflezighi, the reigning Boston Marathon champion and former silver Olympic medalist in the marathon. There was 2012 Olympian runner Diego Estrada. There was Sarah Pagano, a collegiate All-American runner — and also Molke’s girlfriend, so he wasn’t as surprised to see her.But Molke’s other fellow Syracuse graduate at the starting line, Griff Graves, was the most unexpected one. Molke didn’t know it, but his former teammate had scheduled to run in the race as well.On Jan. 18, Molke, Graves and Pagano each qualified for the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials with their performances at the USA Half Marathon Championships at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon. Graves and Molke finished at 1:03.27, just below the required bar of 1:05.00, and Pagano will join them in February 2016 in Los Angeles when they run at the Olympic Trials.This race wasn’t just proof of their training, but a testament to the familial atmosphere of SU running and an extraordinary friendship between Graves and Molke. Syracuse head coach Chris Fox introduced them when Molke was considering coming to Syracuse for the fall of 2009.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Wow. This guy’s really tall. He’s got really big ears,” Graves said he thought of Molke. “… I could tell immediately after meeting him, he’s the type of person you want to be around.”Before the race on Jan. 18, the trio formed a prayer circle. They used to do this before every race in college.To Pagano, Houston suddenly felt like Syracuse.“To feel that camaraderie… It was really cool,” she said. “It’s like a family, it’s comforting.”Those prayers are old habit.Freshman year, Graves joined an on-campus chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and, by the end of sophomore year, Molke joined him for the group’s regular meetings.Their faith and friendship grew stronger.They leaned on one another when obstacles emerged. Molke struggled physically to improve and Graves’ running growth stagnated due to nagging injuries.Fox praised their work ethic and reliance on another to move through those tough times.Graves and Molke earned multiple all-conference and all-regional honors. They held instrumental roles in Syracuse’s first cross-country Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in 2013. That race was also their last cross-country meet together, as they both graduated the following spring.And they finished within 10 seconds of one another in that race.At the starting line in Houston they joked, “We should run together again, like old times.”The meeting in Houston was less coincidental than initially thought. They were both around the same point in their own training schedules, so as the race progressed they were sticking to the same pace.“We hadn’t seen each other in so long,” said Molke. “Yet there we were working with each other to get to the finish, just like we were back in Syracuse.”Their plan to run together was in jest, but as they reached the last few checkpoints of the 13.1-mile race, they were still together.Molke had trained for this moment, the final stretch, since summer. To build his endurance, he increased his mileage during his time at SU from around 70 miles per week to 115 miles. He ran to and from his job with the New York Road Runners, a running organization in New York City.Molke was the only one of the trio who wasn’t running professionally. Searching for a sense of team, he joined the New York Athletic Club and came to visit Fox in August. They mapped out a training routine, communicating regularly, and Molke said Fox’s help was instrumental.Then as the two men approached the finish line in Houston, Molke began to pull away from Graves.Graves caught up, grabbed Molke’s arm and they held hands as they crossed the tape together, finishing with the exact same time.“It felt like old times, running and racing together,” said Molke. “We’re not on the same ‘team’ anymore, but we’re still able to share the awesome feeling of qualifying for the Olympic Trials.”“I told Rob,” said Graves, “‘it’s a memory I’ll have for the rest of my life.’” Comments Published on January 28, 2015 at 12:03 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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