Although signs are posted at Liberty Park, an ordinance is not in place.The proposed ordinance to ban smoking at Liberty Park was struck down by Batesville City Council Monday.Before council weighed in on the issue, a revised draft excluding information on who would enforce the ordinance was introduced by City Attorney Lynn Fledderman.Several council members indicated that while they themselves may not be smokers, enforcing the ordinance may not be a good use of police time nor government policy.District 2 Council Member Kevin Chaffee said he routinely walks through the park and rarely sees anyone smoking.Fellow council member Bob Narwold said, “I still think were going overboard, its open air, you don’t like someone smoking walk away from that person, I just think were getting carried away.”After council voted against the ordinance, Mayor Rick Fledderman said he would like to meet with organizations that utilize the park to attempt to cut down on smoking and littering. The ordinance could be revisited this summer.
highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Mitchell Starc, who roared back to form with a blazing haul of 10 wickets in the Canberra Test against Sri Lanka, has been ruled out of the limited-overs series against India due to injury. Jhye Richardson, who took Virat Kohli’s wicket in all the three ODIs and also made a sparkling debut in the series against Sri Lanka, has been included in the side. Peter Siddle, Mitchell Marsh have been omitted while the side sees the return of Shaun Marsh, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Kane Richardson. D’Arcy Short has also been included as cover for Shaun, who will join the side for the third ODI as he expects the birth of his second child.In a Cricket Australia statement, national selector Trevor Hohns said Starc suffered a pectoral tear during the Canberra Test and he might be available for the ODI series against Pakistan, the final bilateral assignment for Australia before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. “Scans have revealed that Mitchell Starc sustained a substantial tear to his left pec muscle while bowling on the final day of the Test match in Canberra,” Hohns said.Coulter-Nile had missed the ODI series after he complained of back soreness while Kane Richardson’s good form and experience in playing in Indian conditions sees his inclusion in the side as the five-time world champions look to pick their winning composition for the World Cup. “Kane performed well for his country when given the opportunity. Nathan Coulter-Nile provides us with another quality bowling option, he brings good energy in the field and can also score runs in high pressure situations,” Hohns said. Australia will play five ODIs and two T20Is in India.Australia’s final assignment before World Cup will be five ODIs against Pakistan.Jhye Richardson impressed on his Test and ODI debut against Sri Lanka and India respectively. The first Twenty20 International will take place at the ADA-VDCA stadium in Vizag on February 24 followed by the second T20I at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on February 27. Following the end of the T20Is, the ODI series will be played.The first match will take place on March 2nd in Hyderabad, followed by a game on March 5 at the VCA stadium in Jamtha, Nagpur. The series will then shift to Ranchi for the third ODI on March 8 while the fourth game will be played at PCA stadium in Mohali on March 10. The series will then end with the fifth and final ODI at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. This series will be the last international fixture after which the IPL will begin from March 23 and will be played in India.
PAKISTAN beat Sri Lanka by 67 runs in the second day-night international on Monday as Karachi staged its first ODI for 10 years.Pakistan hit 305-7 in their 50 overs with Babar Azam notching a brilliant 105-ball 115 and Fakhar Zaman scoring 54.Sri Lanka were bundled out for 238 in 46.5 overs with Usman Shinwari taking 5-51, giving Pakistan a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.The Green Shirts had won the toss and opted to bat first against the visitors.After starting strong, Pakistan lost their first wicket in the 15th over, when Imam-ul-Haq (31 off 41) was trapped leg before wicket by Wanindu Hasaranga.Fakhar Zaman (54 from 65) was next to go, getting caught by Isuru Udana off Hasaranga in the 21st over.Haris Sohail (40 off 48) became the casualty of a run out off Nuwan Pradeep’s bowling in the 40th over.Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed was run out after scoring eight runs and Babar Azam, who smashed a 105-ball 115, was caught off Lahiru Kumara in the 46th over.Imad Wasim was caught out after contributing 12 runs and Wahab Riaz (2) was run out at the non-striker’s end on the last ball of the innings. Pakistan thus finished their batting with 305-7 at the end of the 50 overs.The long-awaited first ODI between the two sides was called off due to heavy rain in the metropolis on Friday. The second ODI, which was originally scheduled for Sunday, was rescheduled for today and the third match will be played on Wednesday.Monday’s match was the first ODI played in Karachi after a yawning gap of exactly 3,901 days, equivalent to 10 years, eight months and six days.The two teams will also play three Twenty20 internationals in Lahore next month.(AFP)
Mark Mentors Basketball Club of Abuja is the reigning champion of the DStv Premier Basketball League organised by the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) but did not start the current season with a team that come close to the one that lifted the league trophy in 2015 in Lagos no thanks to players’ exodus that hit the team.With the exodus the team management led by Igoche Mark went to work immediately before the commencement date of the new season with the injection of some fresh hands that have struggled to place second on the log of the Savannah Conference with nine wins from 11 games played so far. Mark Mentors was formed few years ago as a result of the success story of the annual Mark D’Ball camp and tournament staged every December in Otukpo, Benue State and has since become a force to reckon with in the Nigerian basketball scene.The Coach Adeka Daudu-led technical crew of the Abuja side has been able to mould something out of nothing as evident in week-6 of the regular season where Mark Mentors inflicted defeat on star-studded Kano Pillars Basketball Club at the Sports Hall of the Abuja National Stadium.Kudos must be given to team captain Stanley Gumut who has been able to rally other younger players to rise to the occasion as they went past the Pillars winning by 70-69 points at the buzzer.Coach Daudu though not ruling out any surprises of retaining the league title but was emphatic when he said that the team’s ambition in the current season is to rebuild the squad ahead next season which was corroborated by Gumut.“Honestly, our primary objective this season is to rebuild the team after the exodus of some of our best players who contributed immensely to our winning the league title last season to join Kano Pillars and Royal Hoopers now Rivers Hoopers as the only teams to have won the DStv league diadem.“I am optimistic that we can challenge for the title next season though we are not giving up totally this term because in basketball the playoffs is usually a different ball game altogether,” Daudu concluded.Club Chairman, Mark believed the team is on the right path of rebuilding and would definitely bounce back.The team management is very happy with the technical crew and the players for still keeping us among the title contender this season even though that is not our main objective this term.“Yes, it was devastating at the begging when most of our top players left but I am particularly happy that we are still a force to reckon with even when we might have been given any chance.“The club management is not holding anything against the players that left but their departure actually became a blessing of sort as some younger players discovered at the 2015 Mark D’Ball programme have perfectly fit into the system and the management is indeed proud of the technical crew for a job well-done.“People should watch out for Mark Mentors again as we will always provide that competitiveness in Nigerian basketball, Mark said.Mark Mentors BC will play a double header against Gombe Bulls Basketball Club and Bauchi Nets Basketball Club in Week-8 of the DStv Premier Basketball League in a bid to guaranty its place in the Final-8 playoffs billed for June this year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram