As you have noticed by now, the boys basketball schedule has changed the most and the girls somewhat. The IHSAA was directed by a Title IX ruling that boys and girls schedules must be equal. This means that girls get the same availability for weekend games as the boys do. Since schedules are made several years in advance, this meant much juggling by athletic directors around the state of Indiana. In the case of Batesville, it was further complicated by the addition of Connersville and Rushville to the conference schedule. You will now find the boys playing on Tuesday and Thursday nights, and the girls playing on Friday and Saturday nights. This, of course, does not mean every week you will find this schedule, but it will occur. For example, Batesville boys played New Castle on a Tuesday and then the girls played on Saturday of that week. This will continue to occur during the remainder of the 2014 schedule and for years to come. Batesville boys will play at least three Thursday games the second half of this season and a Saturday afternoon game. For the most part, when the final schedule is completed each year, girls will no longer be playing all week games and the boys will no longer have just weekend games. Now the numbers must be as even as humanly possible.
Here’s everything to know about betting on Bengals vs. Steelers, including updated odds, trends and our prediction for “Monday Night Football” in Week 5.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds at Sportsbook ReviewBetting odds for ‘Monday Night Football’Spread: Steelers by 3Point total: 45Odds: Bengals +105, Steelers -115The Steelers have remained basically a home-field advantage favorite since the line was first released. With them starting Mason Rudolph instead of Ben Roethlisberger and the Bengals being coached by Zac Taylor instead of Marvin Lewis, it brings an unfamiliarity to a predictable matchup from years past.Bengals vs. Steelers all-time seriesThe Steelers have dominated over the years with a 64-35 record, and they are looking to add the 100th meeting to the win column. They have won eight straight in the rivalry, dating back to December 2015. But seven of the past nine games between them have been decided by one possession.Three trends to know— 52 percent of spread bettors like the Steelers to cover at home, but 54 percent of the moneyline bettors like the Bengals to win outright.— The Steelers are 35-19 against the spread vs. the Bengals since 1996, and 4-2 over the pass three seasons.— The Steelers are 6-0 against the Bengals over the past three seasons and only one of those games went over the expected point total.MORE: 18 incidents that have inflamed Steelers-Bengals rivalryThree things to watchJames Conner vs. the Bengals’ run defenseCincinnati is the second-worst team against the run, only behind Miami, giving up nearly on average 169 yards rushing per game. Pittsburgh ranked 31st in the NFL with 90.3 rushing yards per game in ’18 and despite being ranked 29th so far this season, has been worse at 64 yards per game.The Steelers have a good offensive line and Conner is a more than competent back. The Bengals have a bad front seven. This screams breakout game for the Steelers on the ground.Tyler Boyd vs. the Steelers’ pass defenseThe Steelers have been destroyed in slot coverage this season. Julian Edelman and Tyler Lockett were difficult coverage assignments and they also had trouble with the 49ers spreading the ball around in the middle of the field. Boyd has been very efficient with his routes, with 24 catches on 33 targets for 250 yards.In his last outing against the Steelers, he caught 7 of 9 targets for 62 yards and 2 TDs. He needs to have another big game for the Bengals to have a chance. This time, the Steelers have Minkah Fitzpatrick to try to contain him.Taylor vs. TomlinTaylor has brought some innovative passing concepts to the Bengals and they aren’t afraid to be aggressive throwing with Dalton. The Steelers have given up a ton of big plays this season and the Bengals have been living off those, namely to speedy wideout John Ross. The Steelers started to clean up things up under coach Mike Tomlin and defensive coordinator Keith Butler, but they need to keep everything in front of them this week. When the 0-3 Bengals play the 0-3 Steelers on “Monday Night Football” (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN), the loser of the game knows they will have little chance to rally to win the AFC North this season. The winner, however, will be very much alive, just a game back of the Browns and Ravens, both 2-2 after Sunday.Who will come out with the better performance to save their season, and who will fade further toward the top of the 2020 draft? Let’s set the stage for how the latest chapter in the heated rivalry may play out. Stat that mattersThe Bengals have allowed Dalton to be sacked 11 teams as their offensive line continues to be a big weakness. The Steelers have been slow with their pass rush out of the game, with only 6 sacks over three games. T.J. Watt and Pittsburgh’s edge rush should rev up this week.Bengals vs. Steelers predictionThe Steelers need to grind out this game by running often with Conner and shortening it for their defense. They cannot trust Rudolph to throw too much, nor should they, in a matchup where they will face little resistance with the power rushing attack. That’s what Tomlin would like to do, anyway. The Bengals’ mostly one-dimensional attack can be prolific, but it’s also bound to be more mistake-prone on the road against na emotional defense that rises to prime time.Steelers 20, Bengals 17
With seven months of the year now past the Donegal Sport Star committee will soon begin to step up their preparations for the 41st Awards.So it’s now time for sporting organizations in the county to make a note of the significant highlights so far in 2016 and be ready to submit names of teams and individuals when nominations open in the late Autumn.The Donegal Sports Star Awards July review reveals an array of successes at national level as well as on the European stage. The gold medals won by Show Jumper Gavin Harley and Transplant Athlete Ciaran Murray at European competition finals have to be at the top of the list. At the end of the month Rathdonnell man Harley claimed a gold medal as part of an Irish team at the international U21 Championships, which were held at Millstreet in Cork. It was the first time that Team Ireland had won this age group title. Gavin who rode 12-year-old stallion Undergone van de Kapel was the anchor man for the Irish team and jumped the winning clear round to seal victory for the home nation.Two time Donegal Sports Award winner Ramelton man Kieran Murray won a gold and bronze medal at the European Transplant & Dialysis Championships in Vantaa, Finland. Despite a chest infection Kieran won the golf competition and finished third in the 800m final. Mark English wound up his preparations for the Olympic Games by running a season’s best 1:45.36 at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in London. It was a massive 2 minutes and 18 seconds better than the 1:47.54 that he clocked in an 800m in Hungary earlier the same week. At the European Youth Athletics Championships in Tibilisi, Georgia Sommer Lecky (Finn Valley AC) and Brendan O’Donnell (Lifford-Strabane AC reached the finals of the High Jump and Hammer respectively. O’Donnell recorded a new Personal Best of 70.06m in Tibilisi while Finn Valley girls Arlene Crossan and Janine Boyle got to the semi-final stages of the 200m and 400m Hurdles respectively. A late injury meant that Crossan missed out on a possible chance of place in the final. Earlier in July, Crossan had won the 400m Hurdles Junior U-20 Final in TullamoreThere was double delight for Donegal GAA at Croke Park on the last Saturday in July as both the senior and minors won their respective All-Ireland Football Championship quarter-finals.The Minors defeated Cork 2-13 to 0-13 points in the curtainraiser. After a sluggish first half, which saw them trail by four points Sean Paul Barrett’s boys produced a much better performance after the break to setup a semi-final meeting with Galway. Earlier in the month the Minors had triumphed in the Ulster Final by defeating Derry.The Donegal seniors played well in spells on their way to a 0-21 to 1-15 win over Cork with Paddy McBrearty in sparkling form, hitting 11 points in one of the best individual displays witnessed at GAA Headquarters for many years.Letterkenny 24/7 club member Aidan Callaghan produced a great performance in his first ever Iron Man event in Bolton to qualify for the World Triathlon Championships in Hawaii. Burtonport’s Joe Duffy got back to winning ways taking only 25 seconds to see off the challenge of Canadian Mitch Clarke at the MCM Grand in Las Vegas. It was fourth fastest submission in UFC Lightweight history. It was also Duffy’s 13th win from 15 professional bouts. It was a good July for the Irwin brothers from Kilmacrennan with podium finishes for Caolan and Rhys during Round 5 of the British Championships at Oulton Park at the beginning of the month. Rhys followed that up with a great weekend at the Irish Masters Championships held at the Mondello National Race Track. On an Aprilia the 14-year-old won his own 125cc category and was also the overall class winner getting the better of the higher powered 300cc Kawaskis while also breaking the lap record. Rhys is now the holder of both the Irish and International records at the Mondello Track. Another Kilmcarennan lad Richard Kerr had 3rd and 8th place finishes at the British Superbike Championships at Snetterton. Kerr followed that up a the next round of the championships in Thruxton with 10th and 5th places. The Magee siblings Chloe and Sam made the quarter-finals of the US Open Grand Prix Gold event in Los Angeles. Chloe reached the last eight in the singles and along with her brother Sam also made it to the mixed doubles quarter-finals. Donegal retained their All-Ireland U21 Hurling C title with a 3-7 to 1-2 win over Fermanagh in Omagh. In athletics Christopher Doherty from Tirconaill AC won the Pole Vault at the Irish U23 and Junior Championships in Tullamore. Two of his club colleagues Kate McGowan and Kelly McGrory both had second places in the Junior U-20 400m Hurdles and U23 400m Hurdles Finals respectively in Tullamore.There was disappointment for Donegal Town man Karl Griffin who failed to qualify for the European Championships 800m Final in Amsterdam but he did run a season’s best time in his heat. Letterkenny AC’s David Smith won gold in the U15 800m Final at the All-Ireland Juvenile Championships in Tullamore while Oisin Kelly of Cranford AC took silver in the U13 600m event. Dylan Kearns of Finn Valley AC won two silver medals at the All-Ireland Juvenile Championships in Tullamore. He was a member of the 4x100m relay team who came second and also finished runner-up in the Javelin.The Donegal Gaeltacht Riding Club performed well at the Generali Open World Club Team Show Jumping Tournament in Lamotte-Beuvron, France finishing fourth behind the host nation. The team included Cassandra McGee, Derrybeg; Mickey McHugh, Falcarragh; Trish Warren, Falcarragh and John McDaid, Creeslough. The Chef d’Equipe was Lawrence Smyth, Falcarragh assisted by Frances McGee, Derrybeg. Sisters Geraldine and Nicole McLaughlin were members of the Kerry Donegal team that won the New York Championship.In Motorsport at the start of the month Declan and Brian Boyle finished third at the Lurgan Park Rally on a Saturday. And the following day the cousins in their Ford Fiesta WRC won the Smartpart ALMC Rally in Trim in the fifth round of the Triton Showers National ChampionshipAfter a good start to July by Finn Harps when Ollie Horgan’s side made it three wins in a row thanks to a 1-0 victory over Galway Utd in Ballybofey there followed successive 1-0 defeats at the hands of both Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds and Wexford Youths in Ballybofey. After an outstanding career Shay Given announced his retirement from international football after 124 appearances for his country from when he made his debut in March 1996.For further details on the Donegal Sports Star Awards go to go to donegalsportsstarawards.ie or visit us on Facebook at Donegalsport Starawards. 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