East Central volleyball swept the Batesville Bulldogs in EIAC action tonight. The Lady Trojans defended their home court in commanding fashion defeating the Bulldogs 25-10, 25-13, and 25-11.EC vs. Batesville Varsity VB (8-28)East Central Junior Varsity against Batesville.The game started off slow with the first 3 servers missing their serve but the next few servers got the rhythm and EC took control of the game. With control of the serve the plays on the court ran smooth with kills and blocks at the net, the game became East Central’s. EC won in 2 games with the score 25-17 and 25-15 with the record 7-0.Top servers for EC were Breanne Fox 14/14 with 1 ace, Becca Eckstein 7/8, Therese Greg 6/7 with 2 aces. Attacks Therese Greg 17/17 with 7 kills, Breanne Fox 10/13 with 4 kills, Brianna Hart 7/9 with 4 kills.Assists Becca Eckstein with 20.East Central Junior Varsity next game is 9/2/14 at Oldenburg Academy.East Central Freshman won in two: 25-22, 25-22. The team is now 4-0.‘Its exciting for us to see the work and focus from practice paying off in matches. The team’s technical skills are improving every game and I love hearing the girls excited about how those improvements impact their performance. We were really strategic about positioning tonight, but also continue to strive to be multifaceted players. I am proud of their progress and for staying up while we make and learn from our mistakes.’ EC Coach Rachel James. ‘We had a very specific game plan coming into this match, and we followed it better than I had hoped. Everyone played great tonight. I can’t single one player out specifically because everyone did exactly what was asked of them. I am very proud of the progress we made tonight.’ EC Coach Cassie Laker.EC Varsity is now 6-1 on the season and 4-0 in conference play.Next up for EC Varsity: Tournament Saturday, August 30 at Columbus East.Next up for Batesville Varsity: Saturday, August 30 at Connersville.Courtesy of Trojans Coaches Cassie Laker, Bernice Rosemeyer, & Rachel James and Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas. Next game for EC Freshman is at home vs. Colerain on Tuesday, September 2nd at 4:30 PM.
The 24-year-old held a press conference on Monday, one day after lifting the Confederations Cup with his country, to confirm he is leaving the Sao Paulo club. Corinthians also said in a statement on their website that Spurs are set to pay 20 millions euros (£17m) to release the player from his current deal. “It’s hard to say anything at a moment like this, but I am sure those were three wonderful years in my career, with many titles and working with the right people, who always helped me,” Paulinho told reporters. Press Association Brazil midfielder Paulinho has announced he has played his final match for Corinthians, amid speculation he is set to join Tottenham. “What I have to say to Corinthians is ‘see you soon’. Pretty soon I’ll be back, owing to everything you have done for me.” The statement from Corinthians thanked Paulinho for his contribution to the team, with the midfielder helping them win the Campeonato Brasileiro in 2011 and both the Copa Libertadores and the Club World Cup last year. He scored 34 goals in 167 appearances for the club and was also instrumental in Brazil’s 3-0 victory over Spain in the final of the Confederations Cup. Spurs were unwilling to comment when contacted by Press Association Sport.
The Italy international was hauled off at half-time against Real Madrid after another lacklustre performance and with his side 3-0 down in their Champions League tie. He may have compounded the criticism coming his way by swapping shirts with opposing defender Pepe – for which he will be disciplined – but Souness believes manager Brendan Rodgers has a much bigger problem. “Roberto Mancini twice, Jose Mourinho had one look at him and very quickly said ‘I can’t work with this guy’, Cesare Prandelli said after the World Cup he made a giant mistake taking him to Brazil. “What makes you (Rodgers) think you can get something different from him? “You are talking about a complete sea-change – not just his time at Liverpool but his time at Inter, Milan and Manchester City. “He has to have a personality change. He is in fantastic shape as a footballer and he is quicker than anyone he gets in a race with but be might not be seeing the picture and that is a hell of a worry.” Balotelli arrived back in England with a reputation for being an oddball and Souness believes the disruptive element he brings could be damaging for the dressing room. “This is a 24-year-old man, not a 16-year-old boy. The problem you have with that is you are talking about him too much. “You ending up spending a lot of your days defending him if you are his manager. “Anyone would tell you the most important thing in that football club is the group and working collectively. “If Mario turns up and doesn’t train properly then on match day doesn’t give 100 per cent what a great excuse it is for five players on the fringes who are not playing as much as they think they should be not to give 100 per cent. “That is the problem you are faced with. You will never have everyone in the whole group happy so within that group if you have a few people who are unhappy they will latch on to that.” Souness felt there were not big enough characters in the dressing room to exert some peer pressure to bring Balotelli into line “As a player you could not have been like that in my generation, not just at Liverpool but anywhere because players would not have tolerated it,” said the former Scotland international, who won three European Cups and five league titles at Anfield. “I don’t see anyone having a moan at players – not just Balotelli – today. “They don’t dig each other out, it is all left to the coaching staff to deliver the bad news but in my day it was the senior players – on a daily basis until the message was lodged in your head.” :: Graeme Souness was speaking on behalf of Capital One, credit card company and sponsor of the League Cup. Former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness has questioned the existence of Mario Balotelli’s “football brain” and believes the misfiring striker has to undergo a personality change to survive at Anfield. Press Association “The criticism is for him not showing any enthusiasm,” Souness told Press Association Sport. “He must do all the training all the other boys do and he looks physically fit and powerful so I am just wondering if he doesn’t have a football brain. “He is just not seeing the picture of when he should be running in behind centre-halves or when he should be running towards the ball. “I don’t know whether he has any brain to make the right decision. “You never watch Mario Balotelli and think ‘Wow, he’s put a real stint in’. “There has to be something more than ‘I just can’t be bothered to run around’.” Souness said the striker’s attitude was at odds with the team ethic but he questioned whether anyone would ever get him to alter his mentality. “It was a very brave move to take him on because you look at the quality of managers who have tried and given up on him,” added Souness, speaking on behalf of Capital One, credit card company and sponsor of the League Cup.