first_imgBatesville, IN—Thrive Market co-founder and CEO Nick Green will be making the generous contribution of the rest of his salary for 2020 to the Thrive Market COVID-19 Relief Fund to help meet the overwhelming need and ensure that every deserving family who applies for a grant can become a recipient. Thrive Market COVID-19 Relief Fund has raised over $350,000 to fund grocery grants for families directly affected by COVID-19.In a letter to customers, Green stated his gratitude to all the customers for patience with shipping delays, for support in implementing enhanced safety measures for employees, and for the generosity of donors that will help all those that apply for the grant. The Thrive market COVID-19 Relief Fund provides $150 grocery stipends to any family facing health or financial hardships due to COVID-19. Thrive Market member donations at checkout will go toward this effort and we will match every donation dollar for dollar.last_img read more

first_imgCardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed a contentious first-half penalty for Stoke galvanised his players into the recovery act that could help secure Barclays Premier League survival. Peter Whittingham’s 50th-minute spot-kick cancelled out a Marko Arnautovic strike – the first penalty Cardiff have conceded this season – that was converted during the dying seconds of an opening 45 minutes the hosts shaded with regards to possession and territory. It appeared to be a harsh decision by referee Howard Webb, who punished Kim Bo-Kyung for his challenge on former Cardiff player Peter Odemwingie, while the Bluebirds also saw a later Juan Cala effort ruled out for offside in the 1-1 draw. The result kept Cardiff in the relegation zone, but they are now just two points behind Norwich, who host title-chasing Liverpool on Sunday. “I felt what I felt at the time, that it was not a penalty, but I accept that Howard has got to make a decision there and then,” Solskjaer said. “He (Webb) hasn’t got the advantage of all the replays that we have. “For us, it galvanised everyone in the dressing room. We felt hard done by. “I didn’t have to say a lot at half-time, apart from maybe trying to control the emotions, because that is important when you get decisions like that against you. You can’t make him change his mind. “The players were very close to it, and the players said ‘let’s make sure we use this to gain some momentum and get some energy’. “The way we came out second half and put them under pressure, got the goal, got a disallowed goal, got the crowd going – they were fantastic again – and it was just what we wanted. “But then again, they (Stoke) took over the last 10 or 15 minutes. Press Association “The first 75-80 minutes I thought we deserved maybe more than a draw. Towards the end, you might just say we didn’t deserve anything. “But we have got a top, top goalkeeper, and he saved that point for us. “We lost the momentum. We had so much of it, especially the first half-hour. We were getting a bit anxious towards the end, and they had chances. “The chance ‘Marshy’ (goalkeeper David Marshall) saved (from Oussama Assaidi) should have been a goal, and we should have sat here with no points, but we have to thank him again.” Cardiff head to fellow strugglers Sunderland next weekend, which is followed by an away clash against Newcastle before their season finale at home to title-chasing Chelsea on May 11. “Two wins I think would be enough, but then again you never know in this league. You never know what the outcome is going to be in any of the games,” Solskjaer added. “We are two points behind Norwich. We’ve got to have one more win than them in the last three games and get more points than Fulham and Sunderland. “It is not a miracle needed, but it is two very good performances needed in the next two games to give us a chance in the last game against Chelsea.” While Cardiff face a continued fight to avoid a quickfire Championship return, Stoke can reflect on just one defeat in their last eight games that has helped secure mid-table comfort. “The neutrals in the ground would think they were a couple of soft penalties,” Stoke boss Mark Hughes said. “I am not going to surprise you by saying I thought ours was a valid penalty and rightly given. “My view on Cardiff’s penalty is that it was very soft and the lad has looked for a movement from Steve N’Zonzi that would allow him to go down. “I think he was always looking to go down in that situation – he drew the movement from Steven. There was very minimal, if any, contact, and it is difficult for Howard Webb when players go down in those situations. “That was the only period in the game where Cardiff created a bit of momentum and created some opportunities for themselves. “In the second half we were in the ascendancy from Assaidi, which if we had converted that chance it would have won the game for us. “But we will take the point.” last_img read more

first_imgHanoi: The Vietnam Football Federation and German football club VfL Wolfsburg have signed a two-year deal aimed at promoting the development of football in Vietnam, local media reported on Thursday. The partnership will focus on organizing friendly matches and training courses in Vietnam and Germany, developing professional youth football, and exchanges of specialist staff, the Vietnam News quoted the federation’s general secretary Le Hoai Anh as saying. Wolfsburg promised to send their fitness and goalkeeper coaches to work with junior Vietnamese teams. The two sides are also set to work together on marketing and sponsorship activities, according to the federation. IANS Also Read: Ex-India Football Captain Krishanu Dey’s Biopic In The Makinglast_img read more

first_imgTHE Guyana Amateur Boxing Association (GABA) will step up preparations for this year’s Caribbean Schoolboys and Juniors tournament with an encampment of young boxers from Friday to Sunday.This was revealed yesterday by the association’s president, Steve Ninvalle, who confirmed that approximately 20 fighters would be housed at the National Gymnasium for the three-day exercise.The encampment is the first this year for the national nursery and is scheduled to be a weekly event.A battery of experienced coaches will be in charge headed by Sebert Blake, Clifton Moore, Lennox Daniels and Clive Atwell.Ninvalle said that the GABA would be leaving no stone unturned in its attempt to whip the youngsters into shape ahead of an expected stern test at the Championships.With that in mind, GABA executive member Dexter Patterson has been appointed as chairman of the local boxing’s Youth Commission.Patterson has since planned a meeting with parents and guardians of the athletes.Guyana will host the fourth edition of the Caribbean Schoolboys and Junior Championship from August 16 to 18 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.Guyana hosted all three editions of the tournament so far and the team have been crowned champions on all three occasions.Ninvalle extended gratitude to the Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, for approving to have the competition shifted from the Gymnasium to Sports Hall and for accommodating the encampment at the Gymnasium.last_img read more

first_imgMembers of the 2006 University of Wisconsin volleyball team are entering the season with high goals for themselves and higher expectations for their fans. After two consecutive years of making it to the Elite Eight and finishing second in the Big Ten last year, the Badgers aim to go one step further.”We all work hard in practice for our goal of being Big Ten champions and doing well in the [NCAA] tournament,” senior outside hitter Maria Carlini said.In order to do that, UW will have to replace two graduating seniors in two-time all-Big Ten middle blocker Sheila Shaw and outside hitter Aubrey Meierotto.”Everyone needs to step up their game that much more because we did lose two great, phenomenal athletes,” said the team’s floor captain Carlini.However, the Badgers are returning four offensive starters from last year in Carlini, junior middle blocker Taylor Reineke, junior setter Jackie Simpson, and sophomore opposite hitter Audra Jeffers, while also returning the libero, junior Jocelyn Wack.To replace Shaw and Meierotto, UW head coach Pete Waite will have to turn to his bench and the incoming freshmen. Senior Amy Bladow, who mostly came off the bench last year, figures to see a lot of playing time in 2006. Sophomore outside hitter Morgan Salow will see her playing time increase as well, and redshirt freshmen Katherine Dykstra should also provide some help in the middle.The incoming freshman class of Brittney Dolgner, Caity DuPont and Nikki Klingsporn will be looking to make an impact on this season, with Dolgner likely to crack the starting lineup. This group was ranked the No. 5 recruiting class in the nation by Volleyball magazine.But according to Waite, the group’s high ranking does not translate to added pressure for the freshmen to perform well.”When they come in the gym with us and realize it is a huge step up, they definitely forget about those rankings because they know they’ve got a lot to learn,” Waite said.As a team, Wisconsin entered the season ranked ninth in the CSTV/AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 preseason poll. They were also predicted to finish second in the Big Ten this year by league coaches. Jeffers was chosen as the only Badger on the preseason all-Big Ten team.”It just goes to show that [at] Wisconsin, we are a team,” Carlini said. “I think that with other schools that have a couple players [on the preseason All-Big Ten team], it shows that they only have one or two strong hitters or strong players and we are a team. “That’s awesome, having a balanced attack; you never know where to go.”Wisconsin opened the season by hosting the AVCA College Volleyball Showcase with No. 8 Texas, No. 15 Ohio and the defending national champion, No. 3 Washington.”It’s fantastic to be able to host this tournament,” Waite said. “It’s a great honor that the AVCA selected us. There are some great teams here. It gives us an NCAA tournament atmosphere right away.”The Badgers opened up the tournament losing to Texas 30-28, 30-18, 30-22. They rebounded the next night and beat Ohio (24-30, 32-30, 30-32, 30-17, 15-11) in come-from-behind fashion in the consolation match.”It was an exciting match; it was a great win,” Waite said after the victory. “It was good for our team to come from behind like that and start fighting.”During the tournament, Wack extended her NCAA record streak of double-digit digs to 66 matches.From the AVCA Showcase, Wisconsin will go on to play in the Panther Invitational in Milwaukee and the University of San Diego Invitational before beginning Big Ten play.While every match is important to the Badgers in trying to win the Big Ten title, they know there are some teams they will have to beat in order to achieve that goal.Three-time defending Big Ten champion Penn State is one of those teams. The Nittany Lion squad won both meeting with the Badgers last year.”If we want to be one of the top teams in the Big Ten, we have to beat Penn State,” Carlini said.last_img read more

first_imgWisconsin’s junior point guard, Jordan Taylor is second on the team with 18 points per game and first with 4.8 assists per game. His plus-3.9 assist-to-turnover ratio leads the natoin, as does UW’s.[/media-credit]On Valentine’s Day, Jordan Taylor sauntered into the Kohl Center media room for his scheduled press availability with a smile on his face and a certain spring in his step.Taylor strolled to the table where interviews are typically conducted, humming some indiscernible tune as he sat down and waited for the usual throng of reporters to gather around him. The Wisconsin junior point guard sat patiently, continued his cheerful half-hum, half-song, checked his phone and looked up when a reporter finally spoke up.“You in a good mood since it’s Valentine’s Day”?Of course, Taylor had every reason to be chipper – and not just because it was Valentine’s Day. In fact, he could have skipped into the room in full song and dance, and nobody would’ve been too surprised.After all, it’s a good time to be point guard of the Wisconsin Badgers, No. 10 in the nation and fresh off a rousing 71-67 dethroning of the previously undefeated and No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes last Saturday at the Kohl Center. Taylor himself was stellar, finishing with 27 points, seven assists and four rebounds. He scored 21 of those points in the second half, during which the Buckeyes opened up a 15-point lead.Yet, that lead was eliminated in under four minutes, as Taylor had a direct hand in 34 of Wisconsin’s final 39 points (by scoring or assisting). For his teammates, though, Taylor’s performance was merely typical.“I knew he was going to take over the game,” senior reserve guard Wquinton Smith said. “Sometimes, he needs to be a little more assertive in order for us to win, and that’s exactly what he did. He was hitting shots I knew he could hit. He took the team under his wing – people helped him out – but Jordan was the first person just to get it going. Everything else fell into place.”Typically, Taylor deflected the praise.“I was just being aggressive. I never really felt like, oh, I need to take this game over or do this or do that,” Taylor said. “I think that my teammates stayed aggressive, and that was huge. … The game kind of flowed and the momentum started coming in our favor. Everything just kind of happened in the flow of the game.”Taylor averages 18 points, 4.8 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. From the floor, Taylor shoots .464 percent, including .420 from three-point range and .844 from the free throw line. Against Ohio State, the Bloomington, Minn. native shot .615 from the field (8-for-13), .625 from behind the arc (5-for-8) and .667 from the charity stripe (6-for-9).Yet, arguably the most impressive part of Taylor’s game versus the Buckeyes was his efficiency. With his seven assists, Taylor turned the ball over only once against OSU. For the season, his 3.9 assist-turnover ratio leads the nation. As a team, Wisconsin is also first in the nation at 1.76.“He’s not just going to come down and fire up a bad shot,” senior forward Jon Leuer said. “He’s going to make a good decision. But if he has his shot, he’s going to take it. When he’s on fire like that, nobody can slow him down, nobody can do anything to stop him. You try to take away his space and frustrate him, but you just can’t do it. When he’s like that, just look out.”Coming from Leuer, that comment speaks volumes. Currently Wisconsin’s leading scorer and rebounder with 19.2 points and 7.2 boards per game, Leuer is accustomed to playing the star role for the Badgers. Last year, on a team that featured then-senior co-captains Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon, Leuer still managed to lead UW with 15.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Taylor was fourth on that team in scoring with exactly 10 points per game, but his 3.6 assists per game were the most by far (Hughes was second with 2.6).“He’s just more assertive,” senior forward Keaton Nankivil said of Taylor, compared to last year. “He has the ball more, which when you’re that good, that’s obviously going to make a big difference. He’s a natural leader, and playing with him kind of brings out the best in everybody. It’s hard to describe, but you can really tell – just his presence and with the ball, his composure, everything. He’s just kind of got that kind of personality where you just have to respect him.”Respect isn’t an issue for Taylor – at least not in Wisconsin. His performance ever since his freshman year, when he didn’t start a single game but appeared in all 33, has certainly demanded it.Yet, nationwide, respect for Taylor is a bit of a different story. Last week, when the finalists for the Bob Cousy Award – given annually to the nation’s top point guard – were announced, Taylor was conspicuously absent. Others like Illinois’ Demetri McCamey (14.5 ppg, 6.3 apg, 3.2 rpg) made the list, and Madison was outraged.UW coaches played the “it doesn’t matter” card, while Taylor’s teammates were willing to acknowledge he was snubbed. Regardless, both groups didn’t hesitate to acknowledge his impact on the team. They must have been heard, as by Wednesday Taylor had “played his way” onto the list as its 11th finalist, the overseeing Basketball Hall of Fame decided.“The first time I saw him, he had a real high basketball I.Q.,” Smith said. “Now, it’s just off the charts. He’s shooting a whole lot better, dribbling it better. He made leaps and bounds; mainly, you can see it in his offensive game. He was already smart when he got here, but his offensive game wasn’t that polished. But now, he’s one of the best in the country.”last_img read more

first_imgAlthough Wisconsin may have underperformed within the grassy realm of the McClimon Complex this season, one final test awaits the Badgers as Northwestern travels to Madison for the second-to-last Big Ten game of the season. And a daunting test it shall be.The No. 24 Wildcats (10-4-2, 3-1 Big Ten) trail only Penn State in their hunt for a conference title, so anything other than a victory against the Badgers will likely halt their championship dreams. Wisconsin (6-7-3, 1-3) will have extra motivation as well, hoping to play well in front of its final home crowd of the season.Both teams, however, seem to be moving in opposite directions. The Badgers have won three of their last four games with victories over UW-Green Bay, Michigan and, most recently, Missouri-Kansas City.A pair of victories in the season’s final two games would vault the Badgers above .500, a mark they have been chasing since August.Northwestern, on the other hand, has lost two straight games for the first time since September 2011. The Wildcats lost control of their undefeated conference season last weekend against Penn State but still trail the Nittany Lions by just half a game in the standings.With Northwestern reeling, the Badgers may be able to pounce on a top 25 conference team like they have each of the past two seasons at McClimon. In 2010, Wisconsin won just four games all year, but its last home victory came against No. 22 Penn State. The same occurred last season, as No. 6 Indiana strolled into Madison and left with a surprising 2-0 defeat.Northwestern will be just the second ranked team to play at McClimon this season after then-No. 13 Georgetown played Wisconsin to a 1-1 tie. Although the results may not hint as much, head coach John Trask and the Badgers have come a long way since that early September game.The Badgers’ defense has improved greatly, allowing just four goals in their last five games. However, one uncertainty remains on the defense – the goalkeeper position.In its last three games, Wisconsin has used three different goalies, all in different situations. Last week against Green Bay, junior Max Jentsch started and handed over a shutout to sophomore Jameson Kronser for the final minutes. Then, in the weekend loss to Michigan State, freshman Chase Rau started as the Badgers lost 2-0.At the beginning of the season, Trask noted the goalkeeper position is not one he tends to like swapping players in and out of, but the season has taken a different course than the team had originally hoped.Thus far, Rau has been the starter in every Big Ten match, but mixed results have given Jentsch the advantage in playing time in nonconference affairs. The Wildcats will provide the Badgers their best test in weeks, so Trask’s goalkeeper decision will likely play an integral role in the outcome of the match.Sunday’s game kicks off at 12 p.m. at the McClimon Complex.last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool, together with three other clubs, has agreed to sign Nicolas Pepe from French Ligue Un side, Lille this summer.According to L’Equipe, four clubs have met the demands of Liile to acquire the services of Ivorian forward, Nicolas Pepe.Reports claim that Liverpool, Inter Milan, Arsenal, and Napoli have all accepted the demands to sign the 24-year-old.Pepe has emerged as one of the summers most sought players as he had a sterling season in the French league.He bagged 22 goals and assisted 11 times last season, a tally only bettered by Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe.The Ivorian represented his country in the recently ended Africa Cup of Nations where he featured in three games but did not score in any of them.His performance in the 2019 AFCON, however, did not affect Lille’s pricetag for their star player.All deals are believed to worth £72million (80 million euros) and all four clubs are ready to pay the amount to sign him.Lille president, Gerard Lopez confirmed there were four offers for Pepe but withheld the names.“For Pepe, we received four acceptable offers from four big clubs. Napoli has made a bid for Pepe which satisfies our £72million (80 million euros) demand. He said.“Up to the player now to decide where to go, with the contract offers made by the four clubs.Pepe will come back from holiday on Monday and I think he’ll in the middle of the week”Manchester United was also reported to be in pursuit of the 24-year-old’s signature but their bid was rejected as they did not match up the price tag on the player.Pepe is expected to make a decision soon as the Premier League transfer summer transfer window draws to an end.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement 1wNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs45zjpWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ex( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4mlb2Would you ever consider trying this?😱nycCan your students do this? 🌚xg9eRoller skating! Powered by Firework The star Tennis player of India, Leander Paes came in the record books after the doubles match win the Davis Cup Tie against Pakistan. Leander Paes came back in the Davis Cup team of team India after one and half year. It was an unexpected return for the star Tennis player in the Davis Cup circuit.Advertisement India thrashed Pakistan in this Davis Cup Tie by a margin of 4-0. It was an easy encounter for India to deal with. Now they will face Croatia to qualify for the World Group in Davis Cup. At the beginning, no Indian players were ready to go to Pakistan to play this tie. The non playing captain of Indian Davis Cup team, Mahesh Bhupati was sacked for that reason. However, the tie was shifted to a neutral place and Leander Paes agreed to play in this tie.Advertisement Leander Paes is currently at the fourth position jointly with Santana in all time win list in Davis Cup. He is holding the record of 92-35 in Davis Cup while Santana is having the record of 92-38. Leander Paes is still going strong in this age and he should be an iconic figure to the young aspiring tennis players of team India.MS Dhoni the golfer shows up the day after returning to the cricket netsAdvertisement   Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgImage Courtesy: IANSAdvertisement 1eccNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs0vWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1024356( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7uj1nWould you ever consider trying this?😱bCan your students do this? 🌚lhwRoller skating! Powered by Firework In addition to causing some major disruptions to a number of football leagues and tournaments and affecting many footballers, the novel Coronavirus pandemic has caused many clubs to struggle financially, and FC Barcelona is one of them. The La Liga elites are aiming to raise €70 million in sales before the financial year ends on 30th June, and are open to offers to offload some of their veteran and high-waged players.Advertisement Image Courtesy: IANSAfter an initial suspension of two week back on 12th March, the 2019-20 La Liga season faced an indefinite suspension on 23rd March, which worked detrimental towards Barcelona’s target of generation a revenue of over €1 billion by the end of the 2019-20 season, as no deals came in for the players.According to a recent statement by Barça’s vice president Jordi Cardoner, the COVID-19 crisis has already cost them somewhere from €120 to €140 million.Advertisement However, the defending champions are going all out to recover the losses with some hefty transfer fees and reduction of wages, and are ready to accept offers for some of the biggest names of the club – Ivan Rakitić, Arturo Vidal, Arthur Melo as well as Philippe Coutinho, the Brazilian who is currently out on a loan spell to German giants Bayern Munich.Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembélé, the superstar French duo of Camp Nou- are also on the transfer list of the Blaugranas. Dembélé, who joined the Catalans back in 2017 for an astounding fee of €105 million with add ons, has been listed for just €41 million, and Umtiti has been recently rumoured with a link to Arsenal.Advertisement However, the club is yet to receive offers from any of the heavyweights across Europe, as a number of big names in European football have also suffered similar financial crisis. Additionally, there has is an uncertainty on the opening of the transfer window, as the Spanish top flight is expected to be back in action next month.Although, Real Betis is reportedly eyeing a number of Barcelona youngsters for the coming season, and is ready to land them either on loan or permanent transfer. Aleña, Riqui Puig, Ansu Fati and Junior Firpo are currently on the watch list of Los Verdiblancos.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Here’s why Zlatan Ibrahimović might be ruled out for the rest of the season!UFC to Continue the Pay-Per-View Hot Streak with UFC 250 on June 6 Advertisementlast_img read more