Switzerland County, In. — Contractors replacing two bridges for the Indiana Department of Transportation on State Road 56 in Switzerland County will begin operations in mid-September.Milestone, INDOT’s contractor for the $3,695,455 project near Lamb, plans to clear the S.R. 56 Tucker Run site during the second week of September. Once cleared, temporary signals will be installed before actual construction—replacing one-half the bridge at a time—starts on or after October 1. Single-lane traffic flow will be controlled by the temporary signals.The new S.R. 56 Tucker Run bridge will be a 3-span concrete bulb-T structure measuring 200 feet in length with almost 33 feet of clear roadway side-to-side.A second S.R. 56 bridge located less than a mile west of the Tucker Run structure will be removed and replaced after the first of the year. The S.R. 56 Green Valley Creek bridge is a single-span I-beam structure measuring 68 feet in length and 30 feet side-to-side. Clearing should begin this October, followed by utility relocations. Actual construction activities are slated to start in January.Approximately 1000 feet of new pavement will be put in place to realign S.R. 56 north of the current Green Valley Creek structure. This will allow continuous free-flow traffic at the site until pavement tie-ins occur. At that time, a 14-day closure will be imposed to complete the connection.S.R. 56’s traffic count is 2,257 vehicles per day.
By Nick MulvenneyADELAIDE, Australia (Reuters) – England finally got the pink ball to swing on the third night of the second Ashes Test yesterday but it still looked too little, too late and Australia will go into day four on 53 for four with a lead of 268 runs.Australia skipper Steve Smith elected not to enforce the follow-on after the tourists were dismissed for 227, a first-innings deficit of 215, and probably rued his decision as England attacked under the Adelaide Oval lights.James Anderson led the way with the wickets of Cameron Bancroft (four) and Usman Khawaja (20) while Chris Woakes removed David Warner with a delivery that moved off the seam and got an edge to fly to Joe Root in the slips.That the usually free-scoring Warner took 60 balls to eke out 14 runs was an indication of how tough the conditions were and captain could have followed vice-captain in the following over when Smith was given out lbw for a three-ball duck.For the third time in two days, however, Anderson was denied an lbw decision by the DRS system with tracking suggesting the ball had pitched fractionally outside leg.NO REPRIEVE Smith only survived to make six runs, though, before he was given out lbw to Woakes and this time there was to be no reprieve from the technology.“We’ve pushed Australia back tonight,” Woakes said. “Australia are obviously still ahead in the game but it was important that we bowled well, showed some character and pushed them back.”Nightwatchman Nathan Lyon survived to the end of the day and will resume with Peter Handscomb. Both were three not out.“We know the night session is toughest to bat, as we saw tonight,” Starc said.“With a lead of 260 going into the day session, we’re in the drivers’ seat. There’s no reason why we can’t build a really big lead and then have England on the ropes in the night session.”Lyon had earlier taken 4-60 as he and the pace trio of Pat Cummins, Starc and Josh Hazlewood combined to humble England’s top order and build on the 442-8 declared the hosts accumulated in their first innings.England, 1-0 down in the five-match series after a 10-wicket defeat in Brisbane, had resumed on 29-1 only to lose James Vince for two in the second over.Desperate for a decent partnership to bolster the top order, expectations were high when Root came out to join Alastair Cook in the middle.Root made just nine before he got a thick edge to a Cummins delivery, however, and Cook departed for 37 prodding at a Lyon tweaker with Smith gobbling up the catch at first slip.AUSTRALIA 1st innings 442 for 8 decl. (S. Marsh 126 n.o., T. Paine 57, U. Khawaja 53) ENGLAND 1st innings (o/n 29-1)A. Cook c Smith b Lyon 37M. Stoneman lbw b Starc 18J. Vince c Paine b Hazlewood 2J. Root c Bancroft b Cummins 9D. Malan c Paine b Cummins 19M. Ali c & b Lyon 25J. Bairstow c & b Starc 21C. Woakes c & b Starc 36C. Overton not out 41S. Broad c Paine b Lyon 3J. Anderson lbw b Lyon 0Extras: (lb-15, w-1) 16Total: (all out, 76.1 overs) 227Fall of wickets: 1-29, 2-31, 3-50, 4-80, 5-102, 6-132, 7-142, 8-208, 9-227.Bowling: M. Starc 20-4-49-3, J. Hazlewood 16-3-56-1, P. Cummins 16-3-47-2 (w-1), N. Lyon 24.1-5-60-4.AUSTRALIA 2nd innings C. Bancroft c Bairstow b Anderson 4D. Warner c Root b Woakes 14U. Khawaja lbw b Anderson 20S. Smith lbw b Woakes 6P. Handscomb not out 3N. Lyon not out 3Extras: (lb-2, w-1) 3Total: (for 4 wickets, 26 overs) 53Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-39, 3-41, 4-50.Bowling: J. Anderson 11-7-16-2, S. Broad 7-2-14-0 (w-1), C. Overton 1-0-8–0, C. Woakes 7-0-13-2.
Stapleton believes the newcomers are capable of making a positive contribution to the upcoming campaign. Selector Shane Stapleton feels ‘they’ve added a lot to the panel’.This is despite two heavy McGrath Cup defeats to Cork and Kerry over the space of four days and a growing injury list Tipp are continuing preparations for their first National League match of the year against Antrim at the start of next month.
James DeGale has announced he is to split from manager Frank Warren, who insists the Harlesden boxer remains under contract with him until April next year.DeGale, 25, joined Warren’s promotional stable after winning gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.DeGale had an eventful 2011.“I think it is time for both of us to move on,” DeGale said in a brief statement.But a statement from Frank Warren Promotions Limited read: “We have seen the press reports today in which James DeGale states that he is to split from his manager Frank Warren.“This is not true; James DeGale is in fact under contract until 14 April 2013.”Last May, DeGale suffered the first defeat of his professional career when he lost the British super-middleweight title to bitter rival and fellow West Londoner George Groves on a disputed points decision.Groves, also the Commonwealth champion, later signed with Warren – a move DeGale told West London Sport he was initially unhappy about.DeGale bounced back from the loss against Groves to win the European title, which he was expected to defend against Cristian Sanavia, the mandatory challenger, early this year.But no date has been set for that fight, and a clash with Spaniard Jose Maria Guerrero in December was moved from London to Liverpool and then scrapped altogether.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Benfica lost the Europa league final 4-2 on penalties against SevillaSports fans are by nature a superstitious lot and are no strangers to their clubs being “cursed.”It took the Boston Red Sox 86 years to break the Curse of the Bambino, while for the Chicago Cubs, it’s 104 years and counting. So in the annals of great sporting hoodoos, Portuguese football club Benfica has a way to go.However, after eight defeats in European finals since 1962, it becomes harder to deny that the club’s Bela Guttman curse lives on.The Portuguese club was arguably the better side over the 120 minutes of Wednesday’s Europa League final, but ultimately lost 4-2 to Sevilla on penalties after the match ended goalless.It is the second successive year that Benfica players have had to console themselves with runner-up medals, after losing to Chelsea in the final of the same competition last season.”The players fought but they lacked a bit of luck again,” Benfica captain Luisao said. “Once again, in a final, the ball just didn’t go in.”Benfica coach Jorge Jesus and several of the players laughed off talk of the infamous curse in the buildup to the final, but it has now been 52 years since coach Guttman stormed out and the club has failed in every single one of its subsequent European title clashes.Known as the Jose Mourinho of his era, Guttman had just led Benfica to back-to-back European Cup victories and the Portuguese club looked set to rule the international stage for years to come.However, shortly after steering his side to victory over Real Madrid in 1962, Guttman quit when his request for a pay rise was turned down.On leaving he allegedly cursed the club, declaring “not in a hundred years from now will Benfica ever be European champion.”And so far it hasn’t.It has lost to AC Milan (twice), Inter Milan, Manchester United and PSV Eindhoven in the European Cup and Anderlecht, Chelsea and now Benfica in the Europa League or UEFA Cup as it was formerly known.The last European Cup final it was involved in was held in Vienna, where Guttman is buried, and legend Eusebio even went to the grave of his former manager to pray for the curse to be lifted.It had little effect and Benfica remains jinxed.Jesus bullishly said in the pre-match press conference that he didn’t believe in any sort of hoodoo, adding: “most of the players don’t even know about these statistics. It’s folklore.”However, after once again bemoaning his team’s poor luck in a final and saying “the best team did not win the Europa League,” Jesus may be rethinking his opinion on the curse.Benfica fans will be consoling themselves that there only 48 years to go.