The games off the field

first_imgHarvard welcomed 700 of its neighbors from Allston, Brighton, and Cambridge to the annual Community Football Day, held in bright sunshine on Saturday.For more than 20 years, Harvard has hosted neighbors on both sides of the river with game tickets as well as lunch, free of charge. This year’s game was Harvard vs. Lafayette.A pregame community tent, set up behind the Murr Center, provided visitors with family activities, including coloring. Members of the Harvard Crimson Dance Team painted faces and applied temporary Harvard tattoos.Coach Renel Jean of the undefeated Brighton High School Varsity football team brought dozens of players to the event. “This is a good thing for the community,” Jean said. “This is [the team’s] first time attending a division-one football game. Harvard is undefeated too, and we’re looking forward to watching them win another one.”Michael Dereus, a Brighton High wide receiver, leads the division in touchdown receptions. He was looking forward to seeing Nnamdi Obukwelu play for Harvard. “He was my mentor at Harvard Crimson Summer Academy,” Dereus explained. Dereus has a 3.9 GPA, and hopes to attend and play for Harvard.Jean also brought junior varsity players to the game to give them an experience and inspire them to come back next year. Junior varsity receiver Dexter Andrews said he wants to play for Harvard, too.Many of the team’s players come from Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury. They are leading their division in touchdown passes, rushing touchdowns, and receiving touchdowns.Lindsey Waters ’14 was one of the Harvard Crimson dancers on face-painting duty. “This makes us so happy,” said Cristina Ullmann of Cambridge as her two children proudly showed off their tattoos and excitedly pointed at the football players walking by.Thirteen-year-old Tommy Connolly brought his mother and his two younger brothers to the event. “This is exciting,” he said. “I play football, and I like to watch it live in the neighborhood.”Campers and staff from Camp Jabberwocky, one of the nation’s oldest camps for people with disabilities, were also enjoying the afternoon with a picnic. Steven Gardner, assistant professor in internal medicine at Harvard Medical School, has been the volunteer camp doctor for the last 18 years, and brought many local campers to the game.There was also a raffle in the community tent for tickets to Harvard games against Dartmouth and Penn, as well as an athletic swag bag filled with goodies for a fun day in a stadium, including a foam finger and water bottle.The Harvard University Band made a semicircle around the community tent and played “Ten Thousand Men of Harvard” to the delight of the families and neighbors inside.“This is another beautiful day for community football. We’re happy to welcome our Allston-Brighton and Cambridge neighbors,” said Maile Takahashi, director of community programming for Harvard’s Public Affairs & Communications Department.Many neighbors were happy to see friendly faces from last year, including Jim Barrows, Harvard’s director of community relations and civic engagement. “I remember you!” half a dozen said to him as they picked up their tickets outside the Murr Center.“We are so glad to see so many families and individuals come out and enjoy community football day,” said Kevin Casey, associate vice president for public affairs and communications.  “This is a wonderful opportunity for folks from Harvard and the community to get together and simply enjoy a beautiful day with a mutual interest in supporting great football and friendship in the fall.”To cap off the beautiful day, Harvard won, 35-16, and so continues undefeated.last_img read more

Husband, Wife Jailed After Police Make Steroid Bust

first_imgImage: Rush County JailRUSHVILLE – Local and federal authorities raided a Rush County home Tuesday which resulted in what investigators say is the largest steroid bust in state history.Authorities searched a home in the 1200 block of E SR 44 in Rush County around 1:30 p.m. The warrant was a result of allegations that illegal steroids were being produced and distributed from the home.Officials say the raid turned up components capable of producing mass quantities of illegal steroids.David Starkey, 39, and his wife Holly Starkey, 34, were arrested and booked into the Rush County Jail and preliminary charged with Dealing a Controlled Substance, a Level 2 Felony.Police hint that more charges are likely.The Rushville Police Department and Rush County Sheriff’s Department were assisted by the DEA and the US Postal Inspector’s Office.Federal agents believe this is the largest illegal steroid lab seized in Indiana, Rushville Police Chief Craig Tucker said at a press conference Tuesday.Authorities were able to display a quantity of evidence they say they retrieved Tuesday.“At this time we are not entirely sure how the whole operation worked, but it would be safe to say, our understanding is part of the distribution at least was being used through the U.S. Postal Service,” Police Chief Tucker said.“I appreciate the manpower and investigative assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the US Postal Inspection Service.  I also appreciate the continued excellent working relationship we have with the Rush County Sheriff’s Department.”“The collaboration and information sharing that went into this investigation by these agencies was immense and directly correlates to its successful outcome.”More arrests are possible as the investigation unfolds.last_img read more

Enyeama Welcomes Burkina Faso’s Koffi to Lille

first_imgKoffi, 20, left Ivorian giants ASEC Mimosas and penned a long-term contract with the three-time French champions on Wednesday.Enyeama, who joined Lille in June 2011 and has made 164 appearances, said he was delighted with the arrival of another African goalkeeper.“Koffi is a fantastic young goalkeeper and I’m very proud to see another African come to the club,” Enyeama told BBC Sport yesterday.“It’s heart-warming to see a young African goalkeeper earn a move to Europe; it says a lot about his qualities.“My advice to him is that he should focus on what has brought him to France, keep working hard and concentrate on his job.“I’ll be available to help him settle and give him all the necessary support he needs.”Koffi arrives in Lille with a solid reputation as one of the continent’s finest goalkeepers when it comes to one-on-one situations.Other African players who have used Lille as a springboard to bigger things include Ivory Coast forward Gervinho, Nigerian Osaze Peter Odemwingie, Senegal striker Moussa Sow and Cameroon’s Jean Makoun.Koffi joined ASEC Mimosas from Racing club de Bobo-Dioulasso in his native Burkina Faso in December 2015 and helped the club to the 2017 Ivorian title.Then his country third-choice goalkeeper, Koffi made his international debut as a late substitute against Uganda in March 2016.He eventually took over the number one jersey from veteran Daouda Diakité in October last year.Koffi has kept goal for the Stallions in their last nine internationals and played all six matches as the Burkinabe finished third at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram TRANSFERFormer Super Eagles goalkeeper and Captain, Vincent Enyeama, has welcomed the signing of Burkina Faso international Herve Koffi by the French Ligue 1 side, Lille.last_img read more