Rooney magic continues to revitalise DC United

first_imgWhen former England captain Wayne Rooney was unveiled as DC United’s marquee signing in June they were bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference with two wins in 14 matches and had been eliminated from the U.S. Open Cup.The arrival of the ex-Manchester United and Everton striker on a 3-1/2-year deal reportedly worth $13 million, making him the highest paid player in the club’s history, was greeted with great fervour in Washington.Most pundits thought Rooney, as with many players who head across the Atlantic to finish their careers in Major league Soccer, was a long way past his peak.The 32-year-old is certainly not the same man who broke the all-time scoring record for club and country, picking up Premier League titles and a Champions League crown along the way.But he has helped trigger a DC United revival and they are now eyeing a place in the end-of-season playoffs.The 2-0 victory against New England Revolution on Sunday was their third successive victory in a remarkable eight-day period – one that featured a play of the season contender from Rooney.Their 3-2 win over Orlando City a week earlier resulted from Rooney’s last-ditch sliding tackle on an opponent bearing down on DC’s open goal near the halfway line before he delivered a perfect crossfield ball for Luciano Acosta to head in.DC are now unbeaten in their last five matches, with Rooney scoring three times and getting two assists – all of them with the former Everton man as captain.Their three successive wins in August equals the number they managed in the first 15 games of the season.MORE RESPECTDC United were seen as one of the league’s underachievers – they last won the MLS Cup in 2004 – but there is now a sense that Rooney is turning them into contenders.“I think what you’re seeing now is teams respecting us a bit more,” he said after the win over New England and before DC face the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.“I think in previous games New England have pressed a lot… I think today you could see their hesitancy in doing that and leaving the space for us to get on the ball.“I think you’re seeing teams showing that little bit more respect to us and the Red Bulls, I’m sure they’ll have more to think about than they did last time.”United’s last clash with the Red Bulls was a 1-0 defeat in Rooney’s third game in DC. Now, with his side eighth in the Eastern Conference, six points off the top six and the playoff places with games in hand, the season looks more promising.DC fans saw Rooney’s commitment to the cause last month in his fourth game when he scored his first goal for the club before breaking his nose in a 2-1 win over Colorado Rapids.The supporters have seen his blood and sweat and now they are hoping for tears of joy from the Mersysider as the season heads towards the MLS Cup climax beginning in October.last_img read more

Nuggets beat LeBron James-less Lakers for 6th win in row

first_imgNo need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption “Our last homestand gave us confidence to come on the road and win,” Millsap said. “We have so many weapons.”The Nuggets had six players in double figures. Gary Harris added 19 points, Nikola Jokic had 18 points, Malik Beasley had 16 points and Will Barton III had 14 points and a career-high-tying 13 rebounds for the Nuggets, who pulled away to a 23-point lead early in the fourth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“It feels good to get a win in L.A. even if LeBron wasn’t playing,” Jokic said.James missed his first game of the season because of a thoracic muscle strain. That left the Lakers without his 25.8 point average and 10.6 assists. The Lakers can’t afford to have Davis go down at the same time as James with a Christmas game against the Clippers looming. The Western Conference-leading Lakers have lost three in a row since winning seven straight.Kuzma returned after missing five games with a sprained left ankle.“This is probably the healthiest I’ve been all season,” he said. “Just got to get my legs back a little bit.”Millsap was questionable to play because of a left knee contusion, but he consistently scored with Davis and Kuzma in the lineup late in the second quarter. His 3-pointer put the Nuggets up 55-53 at the break.Denver scored 73 points in the second half while holding the Lakers to 51 points.“It was the best game we’ve had from start to finish this season,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “Our starters played well and our second unit played outstanding. When we do that we are hard to beat.”The Lakers successfully challenged a goaltending call against Davis midway through the third that took a basket away from the Nuggets. But Denver responded with a 23-11 run to take a 91-78 lead into the fourth. Seven players scored during the spurt, led by Millsap with seven.“We came out more aggressive in the second half and got rebounds and knocked down our shots and played excellent defense,” Millsap said.The Nuggets opened the fourth with a 17-7 run with Harris and Beasley doing all the scoring that gave them a 108-85 lead. Beasley had nine points, making two 3-pointers, and Harris had eight.“We played a great team basketball game,” Jokic said. LATEST STORIES TIP-INSNuggets: Improved to 4-0 in the first game of a back-to-back. … Their three-game road skid ended.Lakers: They fell to 10-3 at home. … Rajon Rondo made his first start of the season and had five points and eight assists. … There was a pregame moment of silence for JoAnn Buss, the former wife of late Lakers owner Jerry Buss and mother of their four children, who now own the franchise. The team said she died last Monday at 86. Jerry Buss died in 2013.UP NEXTNuggets: At Phoenix on Monday in the second game of a back-to-back to conclude a two-game trip.Lakers: Host the Clippers on Christmas in a match-up of the top teams in the West standings. The Clippers won by 10 points as the home team on opening night in October.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘People evacuated on their own’ “It’s kind of hard to next-man-up LeBron,” said Kyle Kuzma, the only other Laker in double figures with 16 points. “He does so much. Shots come easier when he’s on the floor because everyone just looks at him.”With James looking on in street clothes, Anthony Davis did his best to make up for it with 32 points and 11 rebounds. He scored 11 points playing all 12 minutes of the first quarter.“It’s tough when he’s out but we still got to find ways to win,” Davis said. “We lost our energy defensively. We got to continue to defend and once we get that edge back we’ll be fine.”Davis slipped and tweaked his right leg in the third quarter, but felt good enough to play 7 1/2 minutes in the fourth.“Hopefully nothing significant happens,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Los Angeles Lakers guard LeBron James, left, talks with guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. LeBron James sat out the game because of a thoracic muscle strain. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)LOS ANGELES — Buoyed by a perfect five-game homestand, the Denver Nuggets hit the road and kept on winning.Paul Millsap scored 21 points and the Nuggets dominated the second half in defeating the Los Angeles Lakers, who were without LeBron James, 128-104 on Sunday night for their sixth win in a row.ADVERTISEMENT When Pops met Martin’s son Santino NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas MOST READ Real Madrid lose ground in Spanish title race after draw View commentslast_img read more

The many faces of murder

first_imgWith the definition of taking lives with intent, how does one who has a highly-contagious disease that is a certain killer, such as HIV/AIDS, who knowingly and deliberately infects others who are unaware of their ailment rate in this equation?While one could empathise and sympathise with someone who is ill, especially with a life-threatening disease, one cannot condone – certainly one can scarcely forgive someone who deliberately infects another with a deadly disease.Contracting HIV is in effect a death sentence, with lifestyle changes and proper medication with optimum care – later rather than sooner, but definitely one that heralds a contracted lifespan, with death imminent through unavoidable medical complications.  One can only agonise over the unnecessary loss of lives.However, there are umpteen cases – registered and unregistered, known and unknown, where innocent persons have been infected by persons whom they have trusted implicitly.  Marital partners, for instance, have, in many instances, engaged in extramarital relationships without considering the consequences of their lust. Although fully aware of the danger they can bring to their marital bed, they engage in normal conjugal relationships with their spouses.Sometimes, in macabre irony, the one who infected his/her partner is saved for years from getting full-blown AIDS, long after the partner dies, and many times the guilty party accuse the innocent one of infecting them.There are countless persons with such sad stories, with variations, but with the same outcome, all over the world.Wikipedia reports that in many English-speaking countries, and in most of the states that have signed the European Convention of Human Rights, knowingly infecting others with HIV can lead to criminal prosecution. In a 2004 survey of the latter group, the Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS found that at least one prosecution had occurred in about half of these countries, and that in Finland, Sweden and Slovakia, about 0.5 per cent to one per cent of all people reported to be living with HIV/AIDS had been prosecuted for alleged intentional or “negligent” transmission of HIV. In many developing countries, such as Thailand, where the HIV/AIDS pandemic has been much more serious, laws regarding criminalisation of intentional transmission have been either weak or non-existent. From a global perspective, the US and Canada account for the vast majority of reported prosecutions.In Guyana, there was a controversial motion (July 2010) that sought to amend laws in order to make persons criminally responsible for wilfully infecting others with HIV; as well as to allow for pertinent information to be used by prosecution, if so required; and for hospitals, clinics and such agencies that need relevant information that could help in the treatment of an infected person.That motion also sought to have instituted a charge of attempted murder against any individual found to have knowingly endangered the life of another.Murder One is defined as the taking of the life of another human being with intent.  The unintentional loss of a life as a result of another’s actions can be deemed manslaughter, or Murder Two, by the institutions of the law.Many lives are lost or compromised as direct and indirect consequences of deliberate and intentional actions of carriers of infectious, life-threatening diseases, whose actions are just as effective as if they had put a gun to the heads of their victims and blown their brains out, which may have been a merciful death.  They are no lesser criminals than convicted killers and they should be prosecuted as the murderers they are.last_img read more

Animal Welfare Bill includes draconian penalties – Seeraj

first_img…Opposition arguments prevail, Bill sent to select committeeThe motion for the second reading of the Animal Welfare Bill 2016 quickly dissolved into a war of words, as the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) accused the Government of copying and pasting the Bill’s “draconian” provisionsPPP/C MPDharamkumar Seeraj, without considering the needs of local farmers.According to the PPP/C’s point man on agriculture, Dharamkumar Seeraj, the Bill is a “pie in the sky” initiative. He emphasised that as the Bill never made it to the Cabinet level during the previous Administration, it could not be termed a “PPP bill”.This, Seeraj explained, was as a result of the consultation and feedback gathering phase not being completed. Decrying the additional bureaucratic nature and penalties of the Bill, he called for it to be sent to a parliamentary special subcommittee.“We intend to move for this bill to go to a select committee so as to benefit fully from the participation of the target groups. The consultations were not completed. And that is why it did not come before this House and that is why it did not reach the Cabinet level.”Seeraj encouraged Agriculture Minister Noel Holder to concentrate on addressing issues related to infrastructure. According to the Member of Parliament, transportation is not the central issue with farmers, but rather issues of productionAgriculture MinisterNoel Holderincentives. He stated that the Bill was just addressing legal requirements, while the physical infrastructure was not in place to give effect to these measures.“The Minister recently gave approval for increases in pasture rentals from $200 to $1400. And now we’re being asked to approve a bill that is piling on the agony on livestock farmers, who are not better off because conditions are not better for them and the Government seems not inclined to address the concerns on the ground.”Seeraj denounced the Bill as draconian, observing that instead of leniency, the Bill was proposing a draconian fine and even imprisonment, for first-time offenders. Part VIII, Penalties, of the Animal Welfare Bill 2016 reads;“Where no penalty is provided for an offense committed under this Act, such offense shall upon summary conviction be punishable by a fine of $60,000 and imprisonment for four months.”Some provisions of the Bill guard against animal owners giving animals food or substances of an unnatural nature, except scientifically justified; and restrict the movement of animals in any way that causes it pain, suffering or injury.The Bill also provides for penalties against anyone who neglects an animal in terms of health, housing, nutrition and care; and use of unauthorised stimulants or substances to enhance growth and weight gain.“Drunken drivers are afforded leniency in a first offence. And we are seeking to impose, on livestock producers, draconian fines and penalties like imprisonment. On producers who are seeking to make an honest living to provide food security for our country,” Seeraj observed.The parliamentarian stated that the Bill’s provisions demonstrated the Administration’s aloofness to the plight of the farmers, noting that the Bill talks about the animals and consumers and little was said about the welfare of the farmers. He was critical of the Government’s “detachment from reality” and their justification that the measures were to support requirements from First World countries.“It seems to be to satisfy conditions in First World countries that we, here, in a Third World reality, will be hard pressed to realise. And it will be burdensome for farmers and livestock producers.”Minister Holder, who moved the motion for the Animal Welfare Bill’s second reading, had stated that the Guyana Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA) had the Bill expertly reviewed. He had also argued that the Bill was a prerequisite before Guyana could export animals and would improve trade.But eventually Seeraj’s arguments and the arguments of his fellow PPP/C parliamentarian Collin Croal prevailed, with the Government side agreeing to have the Bill sent to a special select committee.Under Section Two ‘Protection of Animals’, the Bill includes provisions for prohibited acts and protection of animals while kept or raised; obligations to render assistance; protection of animals during health care provision and zoo technical interventions; interventions to protect animals; protection of animals at the time of humane killing; humane killing without delay; protection of animals during transport; humane transportation of animals and protection of wild animals.The Bill is considered a follow-up to the Cruelty to Animals Bill passed under the previous Administration. While there is legislation catering for the treatment and handling of animals, enforcement of these Acts has always been a matter of contention.The GSPCA has been outspoken about the need for implementation and enforcement of legislation to specifically ensure that owners of dangerous dogs manage them responsibly. But according to the Opposition, the Bill’s focus is too limited to central locations and does not address concerns in outlying areas among farmers.last_img read more

Exclusive – Ameobi: ‘Newcastle players have had to stick together and fight’

first_imgSammy Ameobi feels that Newcastle are ready to kick on after he saw his side come from a goal behind at White Hart Lane to win 2-1 and stretch their unbeaten run to three games.Ameobi came off the bench at half-time and scored within six seconds to kick start a second half revival which takes the Magpies out of the bottom three.Following the 2-1 win in north London, Ameobi told Call Collymore: “It was always going to be a tough game coming to White Hart Lane to play a Tottenham team that has been playing well, we’ve had to fight through. It was a tough first half and the manager just said we had to give it our all, and we did that and we are really happy with the result.”The win at White Hart Lane means the Magpies have won back-to-back games for the first time since December 2013 and Ameobi believes the unity amongst the squad has helped turn their poor form around.“We knew we were under the cosh a little after a poor start to the season, we have had to stick together and fight and we’ve done that and we’ve ended up with two wins from two games – hopefully we can kick on now,” Ameobi said.Alan Pardew turned to youth in an attempt to turn form around, and Ameobi was quick to praise the impact young Spaniard Ayoze Perez has had at St James’ Park after the former Tenerife forward scored his first goal for the club.“Ayoze has been brilliant since he joined, it was tough for him in the first half up front on his own against two big centre-halves but he pushed through and got his goal and we are really happy for him,” Ameobi added.With Manchester City next on the horizon in the League Cup in midweek the 22-year old is daring to dream they can continue their mini-revival.He said: “We are going to take confidence from this, hopefully we can take that to Manchester City and anything is possible if we go out with the right attitude. We are looking forward to it.”last_img read more

CONFIRMED! Blow for Liverpool as Sadio Mane is ruled out for rest of the season

first_imgLiverpool have a suffered a major blow with news injured Sadio Mane has been ruled out for the rest of the season.It is understood the Senegal star will undergo surgery in London on Tuesday on the knee problem he suffered during the Reds’ Merseyside derby win over Everton earlier this month.Mane suffered meniscus damage after feeling awkwardly under a challenge from Toffees defender Leighton Baines.He will be out of action for two months after the operation, which means he will miss the remainder of the Reds’ Premier League run-in.It’s a big blow to manager Jurgen Klopp and his side’s push for Champions League qualification, as the Reds have struggled for goals without Mane in their team this season.Mane moved to Anfield for £30million from Southampton last summer and is the club’s top scorer, having netted 13 league goals in 27 appearances.The Reds had initially been hopeful that surgery would not be necessary, but Klopp was less optimistic and admitted last week that it was “pretty much impossible” Mane would play again this term.And now it has been confirmed Mane will now undergo a procedure on Tuesday and miss the final six games of the season.Klopp did try to look on the bright side of the injury blow, and insisted the winger will be back to his best next season following his recovery.“He will get a longer break and will be ready for next season,” the German said. “That is the only good news.”Liverpool currently sit third in the Premier League table, but are only two points above fourth-placed Manchester City who have a game in hand, while fifth-place Man United have two games in hand and trail by six. Liverpool star Sadio Mane 1last_img read more

Fantasy Premier League tips: The transfers you should make in Gameweek 34

first_img 10 In: Alvaro Negredo (Middlesbrough) – £6.2m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Boro have a double gameweek and play out of form Bournemouth and Sunderland in gameweek 34. Negredo will almost certainly start both games and is good for at least one goal. Out: Manuel Lanzini (West Ham) – £6.2m – Click the right arrow for more advice – He may be a cheap option but he’s not getting big points with enough regularity. The Hammers also have a tough few fixtures ahead so drop the Argentine is our advice. 10 In: Michael Keane (Burnley) – £5.1m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The Clarets don’t have a double gameweek but Keane is a cheap and solid option with a decent run-in after their match with Manchester United. He’s an aerial threat too so there is a chance he could score against his old club. 10 Out: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) – £7.5m – Click the right arrow for more advice – As the Jacks lose form, so has the Icelandic star. He’s not scored above three points since gameweek 28. 10 Out: Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace) – £4.8m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The Eagles may have a double gameweek, but Sakho doesn’t. He’s ineligible for their clash with his parent club Liverpool. 10 10 10 As we reach the business end of the Fantasy Premier League season, every transfer made can be crucial, and this week is more so than others.It’s the first of two double gameweeks, so you need to have your team in tip-top condition, it’s important to structure your teams and plan transfers ahead of time in order to gain an advantage over your opposition.Also, make sure you don’t forget to use all three of your bonus chips before the end of the campaign. The extra points gained from them could be decisive.Check out the Fantasy Premier League transfers you might need to make this week by clicking the right arrow above… 10 In: Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) – £7.1m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Okay, the Eagles have a double gameweek. They face both Liverpool and Tottenham, which will be tough, but if anyone can get a goal it’s the Belgian striker. Out: Salomon Rondon (West Brom) – £6.3m – Click the right arrow for more advice – The Baggies have no game this week, despite some teams having two – get rid of your West Brom players. 10 In: Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) – £5.6m – Click the right arrow for more advice – In and out of the team recently, Lingard has shown signs of sparking into life. He looked good combining with Marcus Rashford against Chelsea and is likely to see game time in their matches against Burnley and Man City. Out: Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) – £7.6m – Click the right arrow for more advice – With no goals in eight games, it’s time to ditch the Black Cats star. 10 In: Heung-Min Son (Tottenham) – £7.3m – Click the right arrow for more advice – Replace Sigurdsson with in-from South Korea sensation Son. He’s had double digit points in the last two gameweeks and has got either a goal or an assist in his last four. last_img read more

World Modeling agency closing

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Tom Hymes, publisher of the industry trade magazine XBiz, which first broke the news of the closure, said World Modeling had an unparalleled business reputation. As a journalist with a long tenure covering the industry, he said that though he discouraged would-be performers from going into adult entertainment, he referred them to World Modeling if they insisted. “Their reputation precedes them,” Hymes said. “In this business, if you’re not taking care of people, there’s so many ways for the word to get out. They actually cared to take care of people in an industry where there’s a lot of risk.” Though many of the performers on South’s talent list have representation by multiple agencies, Chelsea Zinn, a Northridge-based actress, said he’d be missed. She described him as a visionary who’d never let greed corrupt his business practices and called him a rare, trustworthy operator. “There’s a lot of bottom feeders in this business, but I never felt that way about Jim,” Zinn said. “He’d send me on things where I felt like I was too old, but he’d always say, `C’mon, baby, you can act.’ If you treated him right, he’d do right by you. They really broke the mold when they made Jim.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SHERMAN OAKS – World Modeling Talent Agency, a stalwart of the adult-film industry, will close its doors this week, owner Jim South confirmed Monday. Approaching his 31st year in the business, South said he’d become burned out by the daily grind and needed some time off. He’s placed the company up for sale and will cease daily operations Wednesday, though he said he’d keep his phone line active as he ponders his future. “I’ve been working since I was 13 and I’m kind of a workaholic, so I don’t know how long I could be gone,” he said. South built a reputation as an honest agent willing to give young actors their start in an often murky industry. Working with his son, Jim Jr., he managed more than 150 clients and served as an entry point to a business that operates largely out of the mainstream. last_img

Arsenal vs Brighton teams: Aubameyang, Ozil and Lacazette all start

first_img Alexandre Lacazette will be supported by Mesut Ozil in attack Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? gameday cracker ADVICE REPLY Arsenal boss Unai Emery has named a strong side to face Brighton on Sunday.The Gunners need to win to keep alive their top-four hopes heading into the final day of the season next weekend. tense Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won center_img Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions shining 1 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REVEALED BEST OF Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Alexandre Lacazette leads the line and will have an attacking trio of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang behind him.Lucas Torreira returns to the Gunners’ midfield after dropping to the bench for their 3-1 Europa League semi-final first leg win over Valencia on Thursday.Veteran right-back Stephen Lichtsteiner starts for the first time since February 24. no dice Meanwhile, the pressure is off Brighton after Cardiff’s relegation was confirmed with a 3-2 home defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.Chris Hughton’s men, who have scored just one goal in eight Premier League games, will be looking to test a leaky Arsenal backline.Arsenal: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, Mustafi, Monreal, Torreira, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Aubameyang, LacazetteSubs: Cech, Koscielny, Kolasinac, Elneny, Guendouzi, Iwobi, NketiahBrighton: Ryan, Bruno, Dunk, Duffy, Bernardo, Stephens, Bissouma, Gross, Jahanbakhsh, Murray, MarchSubs: Button, Bong, Balogun, Kayal, Knockaert, Locadia, Andonelast_img read more

BALLOU NAMED HEAD FOOTBALL STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH

first_imgIn Ballou’s lone campaign in South Bend, the Fighting Irish went 10-3 with a victory over LSU in the Citrus Bowl. ND posted a 4-8 record prior to his arrival. He helped develop the recipients of the Joe Moore Award, honoring the best offensive line in the country. “David Ballou is one of the more highly-respected strength coaches in the country,” Allen said. “I have known him for many years and have followed his work at both the high school and collegiate levels. We are looking forward to him working with our program and helping us achieve our goals on and off the field.” Indiana head football coach Tom Allen announced today that David Ballou (buh-lou) will serve as the program’s head strength and conditioning coach. A former Hoosier fullback, Ballou spent 2017 as the University of Notre Dame’s co-director of football strength and conditioning. Ballou was a part of the 2016 and 2017 NFL Combine Training at IMG. Over these two years, he trained 26 players that were drafted into the NFL. Ballou is married to the former Leah Horn, a Bloomington native, IU pole vaulter, two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and Indiana graduate. The couple has two daughters, Mallory (13) and Aubrey (10). Ballou spent 14 years as head strength and conditioning coach at Avon (Ind.) High School. He lettered with the Hoosiers in 1997, 1998 and 1999, and was recognized as the Hoosier Strength Challenge Champion. Ballou graduated in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and is looking forward to his return to Bloomington.center_img In 2016, seven IMG players were laser-timed at under 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash one year after having no players achieve that benchmark. Twenty-one of the 22 season-opening starters also started in the final game of the season. During Ballou’s tenure at Avon (2002-14), teams won six state championships in multiple sports and seven others were finalists. He assisted in the development of 80 NCAA Division I athletes.Ballou was a finalist for the 2014 NSCA National High School Strength Coach of the Year Award. He has held the credential as a certified strength and conditioning specialist (with distinction) since 2001.In 2009, Ballou earned his master’s degree in human movement from A.T. Still University. Prior to his arrival in South Bend, Ballou worked as the head football strength and conditioning coach at IMG, where the program made huge strides in speed and injury preventions. The 2015 team went undefeated (9-0) and ranked No. 4 in the country (USA Today). IMG also went unblemished (12-0) in 2016 and rated No. 1 nationally (MaxPreps).  “It’s great to come back home,” Ballou said. “I have loved this university and football program for as long as I can remember. It’s very special to me. I could not be more excited to get a chance to work for Coach Allen, a man of high integrity and a great person. I am committed to helping this program win football games consistently, year after year, and winning a Big Ten championship.”last_img read more