AC/DC Bassist Cliff Williams Is Retiring After Current Tour

first_imgAC/DC fans have had a rough go of things as of late, as the band has lost a handful of their core members over the last few years.First it was founding member, rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, who was unfortunately diagnosed with dementia back in 2014. Then it was drummer Phil Rudd, who was arrested in New Zealand over murder threats. Most recently it was lead singer Brian Johnson, who’s hearing issues had progressed to the point where touring was impossible for him. Now, it seems that bassist Cliff Williams is the next to leave the group. Unlike the afore mentioned trio of musicians, Williams came to the decision on his own free will, saying, “It’s been what I’ve known for the past 40 years, but after this tour I’m backing off of touring and recording… Losing Malcolm [Young], the thing with Phil [Rudd] and now with Brian [Johnson], it’s a changed animal. I feel in my gut it’s the right thing.”The quote comes in an interview with Gulfshore Life, where Williams says, “When you start out, you kind of hope for success… That’s what you are working for. But you never really know. It’s been surreal, really.” The bassist has been with AC/DC since 1978, recording a total of 11 consecutive albums with them. With his departure, only Angus Young remains at the band’s core.With this news, it seems that AC/DC’s Rock or Bust tour may be their last ever. We salute you.last_img read more

Bulldogs Battle Greyhounds

first_imgThe Batesville Middle School 7th grade basketball team won against Brookville on Thursday night by a score of 38 to 29.Batesville held a slim four point lead going into halftime, and after Brookville cut the lead to 2 points in the 3rd quarter, built on the lead in the second half and played great defense during the game overall. The Bulldogs were led by RJ Powell with 10 points, Calvin Sherwood and Pros Moorman each scoring 6 points, Mason Barker, Jaden Peetz and Austin Cornn each scored 4 points and Ethan Brewer and Trey Peters each had 2 points. With the victory, the 7th grade improves to 6-8 on the year.Batesville’s next game will be on Monday when they take on the Greensburg Pirates at Greensburg starting at 5:30.Score By Quarter:Batesville: 1st- 8, 2nd-9, 3rd-12, 4th-9, Total-38Brookville: 1st- 2, 2nd-11, 3rd-10, 4th-6, Total-29Individual Shooting:  Mason Barker: 2FG-2, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-4; Pros Moorman: 2FG-3, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-6; Calvin Sherwood: 2FG-2, 3FG-0, FT-2 for 3, Total Points-6; RJ Powell: 2FG-4, 3FG-0, FT-2 for 2, Total Points-10; Ethan Brewer: 2FG-1, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 1, Total Points-2; Damon Grieshop: 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0; Trey Peters: 2FG-1, 3FG-0,  FT-0 for 0, Total Points-2; Matthew Meyer: 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0; Jaden Peetz: 2FG-1, 3FG-0, FT-2 for 5, Total Points-4; Nathan Villani: 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0; Austin Cornn: 2FG-1, 3FG-0, FT-2 for 2, Total Points-4; Alex Siefert: 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0; and Bristol Davies: DNP (Illness).Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Luke Williams.Brookville 8th Grade Boys defeats Batesville 54-45.Score by Quarters:  1st Batesville 8, Brookville 9; 2nd Batesville 21, Brookville 31; 3rd Batesville 29, Brookville 44; Final Batesville 45, Brookville 54.Individual Stats:  Seth Gausman 6 pts, 7 ast, 6 TO’s 5 rbs; Clayton Grunkemeyer 3pts; Shane Meer 5pts; Colt Meyer 12 pts, 3 rbs, 3 asts; Drew Kiefer 1 pt; John Thompson 1pt, 5 rbs, 3 TO’s; Bill Lynam 1 pt, 2 rbs, 1 TO, 1 ast; Cory Ralston 3 pts, 2 rbs, 2 TO’s; Alex Smith 2 pts, 1 rb; Dempsy Bohman 7 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast; and Jake Cruse 4 pts, 1 rb.Coach’s Comments:  “We came out tough and ready to play, but it wasn’t enough for a very skilled and physically tough Brookville team. We were down as much as 16 midway through the 4th quarter and fought our way back to get as close as 7. It was good to see everyone get in the game and score, even though we didn’t come away with the win. Despite our 8-6 record I feel the boys are continuing to improve individually and as a team.”  Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Bradford.last_img read more

Local Schools receive STEM grants

first_imgIndianapolis, IN—The Indiana Department of Education recently announced recipients of K-12 STEM grants, which help certain districts accelerate, scale, or implement STEM curriculum. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.In an effort to ensure a wide field of STEM practices for research purposes, a variety of awardees implementing various state and nationally recognized curriculum options were selected as grant recipients. IDOE received a total of 77 proposals for the competitive grant, with 34 school districts receiving Indiana’s STEM Acceleration Grant for the first time.Area school systems that received 2019 STEM Acceleration grants include Jennings County School Corporation, Jac-Cen-Del School Corporation, Greensburg Community School Corporation, and the South Dearborn Community School Corporation. A portion of the funds is used to improve elementary and secondary student participation in STEM-related projects.“A STEM education is vital to preparing our students for an ever-changing technological global economy,” said State Superintendent Dr. Jennifer McCormick. “I commend our awarded schools for their commitment to STEM and for their dedication to equipping students with the 21st-century skills necessary to thrive and be successful.”last_img read more

Anita has sights set higher

first_imgVurnon Anita has urged Newcastle not to allow the momentum to slip as they head into the festive programme with their sights set on the top six. Press Association The Magpies travel to Crystal Palace next week having been denied a sixth Barclays Premier League victory in seven games by a spirited Southampton fightback which saw the visitors claim a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park on Saturday. On the balance of play, a point apiece represented a fair distribution of the spoils, although Alan Pardew’s men were left kicking themselves after striker Loic Remy uncharacteristically passed up two glorious chances to score. The contest became increasingly heated as time ran down with Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko accidentally leaving referee Mike Jones with a bloody nose and goalkeeping coaches Andy Woodman and Toni Jimenez being sent to the stands after a flare-up between the two benches, but Anita was able to take positives ahead of the trip to Selhurst Park. The 24-year-old Dutchman said: “We have won a lot of matches and the spirit is very good. But we must keep it up, work hard and the next game, hopefully we win. “I think it will be tougher than this game because they need the points and so do we, so it will be a hard game.” Newcastle enjoyed the better of the first half despite being without suspended playmaker Yohan Cabaye, and took a deserved 28th-minute lead when Yoan Gouffran latched on to a Mike Williamson header and rounded goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga to score for the fourth successive home game. But Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino made a significant change at the break when he brought on Adam Lallana, who had been left out of the starting line-up because of a niggling injury, and he belatedly sparked his side into life. It was he who started the 65th-minute move from which Jay Rodriguez exchanged passes with Steven Davis before sliding the ball past keeper Tim Krul to level. However, Remy, who had seen a first-half effort cleared off the line by full-back Calum Chambers, should really have restored the Magpies’ lead after being presented with the ball by Gazzaniga’s blunder, but he shot wastefully wide with just the goalkeeper to beat. Asked if it was just not the usually free-scoring Frenchman’s day, Anita said: “Indeed, indeed, he was unlucky. But he is a good player, so he will get over it and in the next game, he will score. “It’s two points dropped because we had a lot of chances, and a big one with Loic and he didn’t score. But we worked hard today and we got one point. “In the Premier League, you never know. You must keep on fighting until the end, and we did. “But they scored. We worked hard to score another goal, but unluckily, we didn’t.” Things rather got out of hand deep into stoppage time with Pardew later describing the scenes on the sidelines as “panto season”, although he played down the incident. The 52-year-old said: “It was because both teams were pushing for the win. That’s what you want, a bit of passion. I don’t think there was too much damage done there, really.” Southampton left Tyneside with just a second point from their last five games, although that run has included trips to Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle and a home clash with Manchester City. Midfielder Davis told the club’s official website: “We always knew it would be a difficult period and against the top sides, we were disappointed not to get any results for a couple of games, but the belief has always been there in the way we play. “It’s always important to keep that momentum through good results, which we have now done back-to-back, and even though we would like to have won them, we are looking forward to the festive period now where the games come thick and fast. “Maybe on the outside people are taking note a little bit more now, but we knew that the closeness and quality we have got in the squad. “Obviously it’s difficult for the players who haven’t been playing, but the ones that have are picking up results, so you can’t really have any grievances as far as that goes.” last_img read more

Tough pill to swallow but right call to postpone Olympics – Duffy

first_imgHAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC) – Bermudan triathlete Flora Duffy says the decision to postpone this summer’s Olympic Games for 12 months was the right call but admits it was a tough pill to swallow after battling back from injury to be fit for the showpiece.Organisers of Tokyo 2020 and the International Olympic Committee made the decision to delay the Games on Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic that has killed almost 20 000 people worldwide.Duffy, who was hoping to double Bermuda’s medal tally in Tokyo in July, said she will now have to significantly change her triathlon trajectory with the Games to be held no later than the summer of 2021, media here reported.The 32-year-old had intended to wind down her career after the Olympics and bow out at the ITU World Triathlon Series (WTS) grand final in Bermuda in September next year, but those plans have been adjusted to accommodate her ambitions of winning an Olympic medal.“In my little triathlon world it is a tough pill to swallow hearing the 2020 Games will be postponed until 2021,” Duffy wrote on her social media site yesterday.“Everything has been geared towards that race, I’d envisioned a very different 2021, but given the current situation in the world, it is the right call, and sport/prioritising training at the moment feels trivial. “Sending my thoughts to anyone COVID-19 positive and encouraging everyone else to stay inside and do your part to stop the spread.”Organisers faced mounting pressure to call off the Games after Australia and Canada pulled out on Monday because of the acceleration of the COVID-19 virus.The Olympics have never been delayed in their 124-year modern history, but were cancelled in 1916, 1940 and 1944 because of the two World Wars.Duffy was ruled out for eight months last season because of a career-threatening foot injury before making a superb return to competitive action, winning a fifth Xterra world title in Kapalua, Hawaii, in October last year.The two-time world champion was confident of carrying her strong form into the new campaign but now faces an uncertain year, with the opening two races on the WTS calendar, Abu Dhabi and Bermuda, both being postponed indefinitely because of the pandemic.Duffy had stitches removed from her hand last week after snapping a fifth metacarpal during swimming training this month.Heavyweight boxer Clarence Hill’s bronze at the 1976 Montreal Games is Bermuda’s only Olympic medal to date.last_img read more

LA Dodgers’ Trayce Thompson and brother Klay are enjoying bigger spotlights, at a distance

first_imgThompson has 15 hits in his first 24 games of the season. Six of those hits have gone for extra bases, and his .446 slugging percentage ranks third on a team surprisingly short on pop.“He’s been huge for us,” Roberts said. “He’s learning, he’s getting better, the game’s slowing down every day for him.”Thompson started three consecutive games to begin the week. He’s never started four in a row — more because of pitching matchups, and Roberts’ mandate to judiciously divide the available at-bats, than Thompson’s learning curve. In theory, Van Slyke and injured left fielder Andre Ethier are still ahead of Thompson on the Dodgers’ depth chart. Already, however, the 25-year-old understudy is more than a prospect.“There are numerous players that, with respect to numbers, you have to do things for roster construction,” Roberts said. “That doesn’t mean they’re not major league players. I’m not saying that something’s going to happen (with Thompson). My point is that I think he’s a major league player and there is something to performance. I’m sure that he wants to show that he belongs, because you have to kind of prove it to yourself too.”Maybe that’s why Trayce decided Wednesday to ascend Catwalk C to retrieve his home run ball. It’s not often a ballplayer can get one back. Unfortunately, he wasn’t allowed to try. Players are banned from perusing the Tropicana catwalks.If there’s a bittersweet aspect to the Thompson Brothers’ moment, it’s the timing. The never-ending cycle of games and practices and travel limits Klay and Trayce from watching each other play in real time. It’ll probably stay that way until the Warriors’ season ends, whenever that is.Trayce hasn’t attended any of his brother’s games in person since the Dodgers played a series in San Francisco about a month ago. As he unwound in the visitors’ clubhouse at Tropicana on Tuesday, Trayce tuned in to watch Klay drop 27 points in a Game 2 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.Credit a big assist to the time zone differential there. The Dodgers recorded their final out in St. Petersburg only minutes only before the Warriors tipped off in Oakland. That’s also why Klay was able to watch Trayce’s second-inning home run and quiz reporters after his game.But these moments are rare. The Warriors’ game on Tuesday “was the first game I really watched” since Curry’s injury, Trayce said. “It’s been tough because we’ve been on the West Coast.”And perish the thought of Trayce attending a Warriors game now. Even on travel days, he said, “that’s not even realistic. I have a job to do. I have to get my rest and stuff.”At least one member of the Thompson clan is taking it all in.“I don’t miss a minute of the Warrior games,” Mychal said. “I don’t miss a minute of the Dodgers.”The long-limbed patriarch has a morning sports-talk radio show on the local ESPN affiliate. You get the sense he could fill two hours talking about Klay and Trayce, save for the fact neither of them plays for the Lakers.“Obviously I’m very proud, as any parent would be, to see both accomplishing their dreams in their respective sports, playing for two of the best organizations in all of sports,” Mychal said. “I’m even more proud of the young men they’ve turned out to be.” ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. >> One of the first things Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman remarked about Trayce Thompson was his “long” body type. That was months ago, when the Dodgers traded for a developing outfielder who’d played 44 major league games with the Chicago White Sox in 2015. A month into the new season Thompson is not as raw, but his frame is still as long. You notice it when he roams the outfield like a gazelle, and you notice it even more at the plate. When Thompson stretches his Gumby arms at just the right moment, big things happen and people notice. “Did anybody see Trayce Thompson’s home run tonight?” his brother Klay asked Tuesday, exiting a podium after the Golden State Warriors’ latest playoff victory. “Man, he hit that thing like 550 feet. That was unbelievable.”Klay wasn’t kidding. In the Dodgers’ game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Thompson turned on a Matt Moore fastball and sent it catapulting onto a catwalk high above left-center field. It was his second home run this season. They’re still waiting for the ball to land in the Tropicana Field bleachers. Official distance? Use your imagination. Both Klay and Trayce inherited their length from their father, Mychal, who stood 6-foot-10 and backed up Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the Showtime Lakers. Lately the gift has served them well, as the brothers are thriving under bright spotlights. Klay Thompson is leading the Warriors in points per game since star Steph Curry was sidelined with a knee sprain in their first-round series against Houston. The Warriors set an NBA record with 73 regular season wins. Now they’re in the second round of the playoffs, and Klay is carrying the momentum for a team expected to reach the Finals. The Dodgers have leaned on Trayce Thompson a little more since Scott Van Slyke went on the disabled list less than a week into the season. When healthy, Van Slyke capably filled the role of a southpaw-crushing mercenary, floating between the three outfield positions and first base as matchups dictated his presence in the lineup.But Van Slyke’s lower back injury is not healing as quickly as expected. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday that Van Slyke “would realistically be back” in the “early part of June” in a “best-case scenario.” Van Slyke initially was not a candidate for the 60-day disabled list, but logically that would seem to be an option if the Dodgers need room on their 40-man roster sometime in the next month.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more