The Indiana Department of Education issued the long-awaited accountability grades for Indiana Schools. The “A-F” ratings have been delayed for months following a state-ordered review of the system.Within Ripley County, nine of fifteen schools earned an A rating. For the second consecutive year, all schools in the Batesville Community School Corporation received an A grade.South Ripley Junior High School, South Ripley Elementary School, Jac-Cen-Del Elementary, Sunman Elementary School and St. Louis School also received the top grade.Four of seven Decatur County Schools received a B grade and one school received an A. Greensburg Elementary was the lone school to receive the highest grade, while South Decatur Elementary School, North Decatur Elementary School, North Decatur High School and Greensburg Jr. High received a B.In Franklin County, Brookville Elementary School received an A grade for the second year in a row. While other schools ranged from a B to C rating, Laurel School approved accountability rankings by posting a C grade opposed to an F in 2012.Two schools in Dearborn County showed improvements this past year. Lawrenceburg Primary School and Central Elementary School had a D ranking in 2012, however, increased school performance to an A grade in 2013. Overall, seven of fifteen Dearborn County schools had an A ranking this year.View a complete list of accountability grades here.Indiana’s A-F model holds schools and corporations to higher standards and provides a more accurate picture of their performance .
Bogut was a 2005 No. 1 draft pick by Milwaukee and won an NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2015. He has played for Sydney in the National Basketball League the past two seasons.NASCAR-VIRTUAL RACINGByron makes it 2 straight winsCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — William Byron won his second consecutive NASCAR virtual race by holding off Timmy Hill in a drama-free event at virtual Richmond Raceway.The most excitement came when Matt DiBenedetto was parked for intentionally crashing Ryan Preece and the two then engaged in a Twitter spat. The iRacing Series has had a sour taste since Bubba Wallace lost a sponsor for quitting a game in a rage and Kyle Larson was fired for using a racial slur. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSSports leagues seek return to play but with no guaranteesUNDATED (AP) — Sports fans hoping for a fast return to the games they love might need to temper their expectations. Although sports leagues talk publicly about their desire to return to competition before summer, those are best-case scenarios. April 20, 2020 — Soccer has resumed in Turkmenistan with spectators as the Central Asian nation lifted a suspension of its national league. Around 500 people attended Sunday’s game in a 20,000-capacity stadium in the capital. The crowd size was broadly in line with typical domestic league games in Turkmenistan and as usual attendance was free. The game ended 1-1. The eight-team league was suspended on March 24 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Turkmenistan is one of the few countries in the world not to have reported any cases of the coronavirus.— The stadium of English Premier League club Brighton has been converted into the south coast’s biggest drive-in coronavirus testing center. The appointment-only center has been put in place at the American Express Community Stadium as part of the drive to increase testing for National Health Service staff and other key workers. Officials say the center was scheduled to see more than 50 NHS frontline workers on Saturday, and they will have the results of their tests within 48 hours. Within a few days, the site should reach its capacity of up to 1,000 tests a day.— Players and coaches for Italian soccer team Roma have waived their salary for four months. The team hasn’t played a competitive match since March 1 because of the pandemic, so the players and coaching staff will forgo salaries due to them for March, April, May and June.— British horse racing’s most successful flat trainer of all time is recovering after contracting the coronavirus. Mark Johnston has been isolating since having the symptoms confirmed and his family says he is making good progress. In 2018, Johnston celebrated his 4,194th winner, which is the most of any trainer in British flat racing.— A Japanese professor of infectious disease says he is “very pessimistic” the postponed Tokyo Olympics can open in 15 months. Kentaro Iwata of Kobe University says, “To be honest with you, I don’t think the Olympics is likely to be held next year.” The CEO of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee expressed similar reservations 10 days ago. Since then, the organizing committee and the International Olympic Committee have said there is no “Plan B” other than working for the Olympics to open on July 23, 2021. Update on the latest sports Associated Press — Australia’s top rugby players will demand a greater say in the future of the sport after agreeing to pay cuts designed to allow the game to weather the financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. Some players reportedly will give up as much as 60 percent of their income in the short term as Australian rugby faces uncertainty with major competitions shut down, perhaps for the rest of the year.NBA-BOGUT FUTUREFormer NBA top pick Bogut unsure about playing futureUNDATED (AP) — Andrew Bogut (BOH’-gut) is close to making a decision on when to end his career after 15 years in professional basketball.Bogut was planning to retire after playing for Australia at the Tokyo Games this summer. With those games delayed until July 2021, the 35-year-old is debating whether to wait it out. He says he probably needs to decide by mid-May. Behind closed doors, they are hatching different potential plans: all 30 baseball teams playing in Arizona; home run contests to decide tie games; the Stanley Cup being hoisted in an empty arena that neither team calls home; end-of-season soccer standings decided by vote; college football games in spring.Over the past week, The Associated Press interviewed more than 20 policymakers, coaches and players across the globe for their assessments of the situation. They all conceded that sports may not restart for months, if at all this year. Most agree that what’s needed is a drastic ramp-up in testing, a vaccine or some type of improved treatment to make players feel safe to compete.Dr. Anthony Fauci (FOW’-chee), the infectious disease expert, has suggested that sports could conceivably return with no fans in arenas and constant testing for the players, who would likely need to be quarantined in hotels for weeks or months. Not all players are on board.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Wayne Gretzky is optimistic the NHL will be able to resume at some point this summer. He tells The Associated Press he’s hopeful hockey and other sports will be able to come back from the coronavirus pandemic and serve as a sign that conditions are improving. Gretzky says he believes leaders in the U.S. and Canada will find a way to bring back hockey and other sports in June, July and August. The league is considering several options on trying to resume this season, including going directly to the playoffs at several neutral sites. FORMULA1-VIRTUAL RACINGLeclerc wins virtual GP, againUNDATED (AP) — Charles Leclerc has won his second straight Formula One Virtual Grand Prix, taking the Chinese GP from the pole position.The Ferrari driver finished ahead of Red Bull’s Alex Albon and Guanyu Zhou (gwahn-yoo zhoo), who races in Formula 2.The 22-year-old Leclerc has won two actual F1 races and only started playing the video game at the start of the month. The actual Chinese GP originally was scheduled for April 19 but was postponed in February due to the coronavirus pandemic.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
Monday’s slide would have been less dangerous if Utley had slid outside the baseline. Norris was mandated to give him the outside line under a two-year old rule (7.13, the so-called “Buster Posey rule”) that prevents catchers from blocking a runner’s path to home plate.Was this another typical Utley play? Sure.Was it a dirty tactic? Depends on who you ask.Woodward, for one, said he’d like to see it more often.“We’re desperately trying to get the rest of the team to buy into a similar style,” he said. “If that’s the case, we distinctly have an advantage over most teams, because most teams don’t run the bases that way, that aggressive, with that attention to detail that (Utley) has.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The name on Utley’s jersey, and the circumstances of the play, conspired to obscure the strategy that Woodward admired in the moment. Any perceived controversy – sliding into the catcher with an open lane on the other side of home plate — was the end result of a series of calculations that Woodward believes few players can make.“(Utley) had a feeling when he was about halfway that a good throw would beat him,” he said. That’s when Utley shifted his path inside the baseline.“His mindset was, if he was going to beat the play, he just would’ve gone to the outside and been safe,” Woodward said. “But since it was in the back of his mind that there was going to be a play, he got in line with where the catcher was trying to receive the throw. If the throw was a foot more to the right, it would’ve actually hit him and he would’ve been safe.”Ramirez’s throw was perfect, so Utley was out.“Chase is a great baserunner, and I love all the little things that he does on a consistent basis,” Woodward said. “We are trying to preach to the rest of the guys, those are things that will get us extra bases. It will help us win games.”Norris agreed with Woodward in one regard. Most teams, and most players, don’t run the bases the way Utley does. The reason, he said, is simple.“That if you’re given a lane to slide you have to slide in your lane,” Norris said. “Subject to the umpire’s opinion is the only thing that would change that. He was trying to make a play on the ball. I was trying to make a play on the ball. So it is what it is. When someone changes their lane to slide, and you’re giving them a lane to slide – given the rules, it’s almost common courtesy to slide in the lane you’re given. But it is what it is. He’s got a style of play that he likes to play, and he’s not going to change according to the rules.”If Woodward has his way, more players will change the way they run to match Utley. He doesn’t need to file away video of Utley’s slide for reference.“We talked about it in spring training a lot,” he said. “In fact, we had just talked about it probably two weeks before we got here. We sat down and showed the video of how to get in the lane.”AlsoYasmani Grandal and Howie Kendrick will play simulated games Thursday in Arizona, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. Kendrick will play three games – two at second base and one at third. … Hyun-Jin Ryu is scheduled to throw a two-inning, 40-pitch simulated game in Arizona on Thursday. … Carl Crawford will get his first day off in the opener of the four-game series in San Francisco. SAN DIEGO >> Chase Utley probably won’t complain if he never gets another question about his baserunning style, which led to another collision Monday night. This one was easy to miss, given that no legs were broken on the play and no games hinged on its outcome.The play received some attention anyway. It was Utley after all, and it was the first runner that new Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward waved into the teeth of a waiting baseball.Here’s what happened: With one out in the third inning, the Dodgers were leading the Padres 2-0. Utley was on first base when Justin Turner sent a line drive into the left-field corner. Melvin Upton Jr. relayed the ball to Padres shortstop Alexei Ramirez, who threw a strike to catcher Derek Norris. Norris tagged out Utley, who slid inside the baseline – exactly where Norris stood to receive Ramirez’s throw.The sequence served as a reminder that Utley broke the leg of then-New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada in last year’s playoffs on a dangerous slide into second base.