Jennings County, In.— Indiana Department of Transportation’s contractor plans to make full- and partial-depth asphalt patches on U.S. Highway 50 between U.S. 31 and the roundabout construction site at the west end of the North Vernon bypass—beginning next Monday, June 11.Motorists will encounter flaggers at worksites during daytime hours.Dave O’Mara, INDOT’s contractor for this $1.9 million rehabilitation project, will mill and resurface along an 8.3-mile section of U.S. 50 once these pavement repairs have been completed. The project calls for road/drive approaches to be paved and centerline sinusoidal waves cut to warn drivers of cross-lane drifting.The contract completion date is September 30.U.S. 50 has a traffic count of 12,980 vehicles per day.
Dushanbe: India escaped with a 1-1 draw after an injury-time goal saved them the blushes against lower-ranked Afghanistan in their FIFA World Cup Qualifier match in Dushanbe on Thursday. The result meant the 106-ranked India remained winless in their qualifying campaign so far. When the visitors seemed headed for their second defeat, substitute Seiminlen Doungel (90+3) provided India with a lifeline, outjumping his markers to head one into the far post. Afghanistan had taken the lead through Zelfagar Nazary’s strike (45+1), putting India on the backfoot. India remained at the fourth position in Group E with three points from four matches, while Afghanistan continued to be on the third with four points.Starting the away game, being played in extremely cold conditions at the Central Republican Stadium, on a bright note, India conceded a goal in the first half’s injury time (45+1). Afghanistan went into lead after a fine move saw David Najem play a square ball to Zelfagar Nazary at the centre of the box, and the mid-fielder’s attempt breached the Indian defence before finding the back of the net.It wasn’t really a home match for Afghanistan either, but wins here against Cambodia and Bangladesh, followed by draws with Tajikistan and Jordan have given them much-needed confidence ahead of the clash against Igor Stimac’s 106-ranked India. And the 149-ranked Afghanistan carried that confidence into the game on a chilly evening when the temperature dropped to nine degree celsius. The hosts looked the better of the two sides in the first half and the goal, in the added time of first session, was not inappropriate.On and off, Afghanistan managed to put pressure on the Indian defence manned by Mandar Rao Desai, Adil Khan, Rahul Bheke and Pritam Kotal. With their enterprise, the likes of striker Ahmad Omran and mid-fielder Faysal Shayesteh kept India on their toes, forcing Bheke and Adil to make a few clearances in the first quarter. India looked to take on the opposition but they could not create any clear chances, and the couple of half chances in the opening minutes failed to test the Afghan custodian. There was a change straightaway for India after the break as Stimac substituted Mandar with Farukh Choudhary.Also Read | FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Sunil Chhetri Promises Best Foot Forward Against Afghanistan, OmanThe visitors showed urgency and looked desperate for an equaliser. They had a chance in the 58th minute but skipper Sunil Chhetri’s header off a cross from right back Pritam Kotal was saved by Azizi. At the other end, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu made a diving save. While he will be disappointed to end the match in a stalemate, Stimac’s decision to bring in Doungel in place of Kotal paid dividends. Stimac made three changes to the line-up that drew against Bangladesh last month, starting with Kotal, Brandon Fernandes and and Pronay Halder in place of Anas Edathodika, Anirudh Thapa and Manvir Singh. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Women’s soccer makes a pair of short trips to Long Beach State and Pepperdine this weekend, as the Women of Troy seek their first two victories of the season. After suffering a tough overtime defeat at Santa Clara to open the season last week, USC will look to rebound with strong showings.Despite opening the year with a narrow loss, the Women of Troy were arguably the superior team against Santa Clara. USC pulled ahead of the Broncos twice before eventually losing 2-3.“We played really well for the first 30 minutes,” head coach Keidane McAlpine said. “Then we got away from some of the things we wanted to do tactically throughout the rest of the game.”Redshirt senior goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme agreed with her coach and was confident that the Women of Troy would iron out their issues by Friday night. Prudhomme was encouraged by the team’s early season friendlies (two wins by a combined score of 9-1), and she said the squad would improve as it logged more minutes as a unit.“There were just a couple breakdowns on defense that we need to clean up, and I think we’ll be OK,” Prudhomme said. “The more we play and the more we’re together, it’ll feel more like an exhibition when we go out for a normal game.”The loss to Santa Clara stings, but McAlpine said he was happy with his squad’s opening to the season.“All in all, it was a good start,” McAlpine said. “We learned something by playing a team of that caliber early. Hopefully we’ll continue to grow and build off of that.”There is still much growing left to do for USC. Ranked No. 11 in the nation in the preseason coaches’ poll, the Women of Troy harbor high ambitions for this season after making it to the Sweet Sixteen in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.“Our goals are to win the Pac-12 championship and to win the national championship,” Prudhomme said. “I don’t think they’re unrealistic … if we do what we need to do.”McAlpine was similarly excited about his team, but he knows that USC’s tournament run last year now puts a target on the Women of Troy’s back.“This team has better talent than we had a year ago, but you still have to play the games,” McAlpine said. “This year, we’re not an underdog; people know that we’re talented and what we’re capable of. So we’re going to have to be a little bit more focused every game.”The Women of Troy kick off at Long Beach State at 7 p.m. on Friday, and they take on Pepperdine in Malibu at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
1 Liverpool and Chelsea target Lucas Ocampos has sealed a permanent move to Marseille, according to sources in France.The 20-year-old spent the second half of the season on loan at Marseille after failing to break into the first team at Monaco.Ocampos impressed, scoring twice in 14 Ligue 1 appearances, and now manager Marcelo Bielsa has decided to land him permanently.Chelsea and Liverpool have both tracked the young winger for some time but it is thought his desire to stay in France – and his loan success – eased the permanent switch through.Monaco paid around £10.5m to sign him from River Plate in 2012 and they appear to have taken a financial hit on the Argentinian, who will reportedly join Marseille for just £5m. Lucas Ocampos in training for Monaco