John F. Cornett, 68, of Versailles passed away at 4:38am, Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born at Columbus on July 4, 1950 and was raised by his grandmother Sarah Coldiron. Survivors include his companion Brenda Sanders; one son Jeff (Aimee) Cornett of Versailles; one daughter Jenna (Nathan) Homola of Holton; 11 grandchildren; three sisters Carol Sue Burnett of Columbus, Sharon Street of North Vernon, and Pam Trent of Greensburg; two aunts Jen Horner of Dayton, Ohio, and Irene Lewis of Booneville, Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his uncles George and Taylor Coldiron, and his aunt Lurie Coldiron. Mr. Cornett attended Holton High School and upon its consolidation was a 1970 graduate of South Ripley High School. He was a veteran of the US Air Force where he served with the rank of Sergeant from 1972 to 1976. He spent 32 years as a tree trimming foreman with the Southeastern Indiana REMC in Osgood. John was a member of the Holton Christian Church, the Holton Masonic Lodge, and the Versailles American Legion. John’s wishes were to be cremated and a celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, November 10th from 4pm to 7pm at the Holton Christian Church. Memorials may be given to the Tyson Activity Center in Versailles in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home.
Femi SolajaDespite Super Eagles absence from the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, Nigeria still made an appreciable upward movement to the 41st position in the February FIFA global rankings released yesterday.The latest ranking is the best by Nigeria in recent time.The Super Eagles were ranked 51st in January rankings but this month, they moved a staggering ten places up despite their absence at the African soccer show piece.However, current African champions, Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, whom Nigeria will meet next in the ongoing FIFA World Cup qualifying round of matches later in the year are ahead of Super Eagles.Nigeria occupies seventh in Africa behind Egypt, Senegal, Cameroon, Tunisia, Congo DR and Burkina Faso. The Indomitable Lions, who silenced the Pharaohs to win their fifth African title climbed up 29 place to occupy number 33 in the world, though third in Africa.Meanwhile, embattled Argentina in the ongoing South America World Cup qualifying round of matches lead the world ranking with 1635 points, followed closely by rivals Brazil in second and reigning world champions Germany in third place.The next FIFA ranking update will be announced on March 9.Africa’s Top Ten 1 (3) Egypt 2 (1) Senegal 3 (12) Cameroon 4 (4) Tunisia 5 (6) DR Congo 6 (8) Burkina Faso 7 (7) Nigeria 8 (9) Ghana 9 (2) Cote d’ Ivoire 10 (10) Morocco *January rankings in bracketShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
It has been five seasons since the men’s basketball team made the NCAA tournament, but the Trojans are finally returning to the Big Dance.The selection committee named the Trojans (21-12) as an 8th-seed in March Madness in the East region, where they will take on Providence (23-10) in the first round on Thursday in Raleigh, North Carolina.The winner will likely play No. 1 seed North Carolina in the second round.In a renaissance season, USC finished with a 21-12 record, its first 20-win season since 2009. The Men of Troy were 9-9 in conference play, notching their first non-losing record in the Pac-12 since the 2010-2011 campaign. In addition, the team started the season 15-0 at home for the first time in school history and their 16 home wins tied a record set back in 1961. The 2015-2016 campaign was filled with signature moments. The Trojans beat UCLA three times, upset No. 20 Wichita State last November in the AdvoCare Invitational, pulled out a thrilling four-overtime victory over No. 7 Arizona on Jan. 9 and made a 15-point second half comeback to defeat Colorado on Feb. 17.USC was bolstered by the additions of freshmen forwards Chimezie Metu and Bennie Boatwright along with the growth of sophomore guards Jordan McLaughlin and Elijah Stewart, junior guards Julian Jacobs and Katin Reinhardt and junior forward Nikola Jovanovic.Jacobs was named to the Pac-12 All-Conference First Team while McLaughlin was named honorable mention. Boatwright received an honorable mention on the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.USC was eliminated in the second round of the Pac-12 tournament, falling to Utah 80-72 last Thursday after beating UCLA the day before.The game against Providence will begin at the conclusion of the North Carolina game at 4:20 p.m. PST and will be broadcast on TBS.Editor’s Note: This post was updated at 6:54 p.m. to include the location of the game against Providence.
Mas-Ud ‘Didi’ Dramani has hinted that Kotoko were wrong to axe him four months ago.Dramani fell short of blaming new man David Duncan and believes Kotoko’s problems are more systemic.Having won back-to-back league titles with the Reds, Dramani was bundled out last February, just seven games into the new season. The official reason was for under-performance. But many felt the decision was ill-timed as the coach had said many times that his team’s dip was temporary after dominating for so long.“All that I want to say is that if you fail to identify a problem, it is difficult to solve it,” Dramani says.Although he’s never gone into specifics, the former U17 national team coach appears to have been vinidicated because of the current shambolic state of the team.Try as he might, Duncan has been unable to inspire a revival, despite starting with a few good results following Dramani’s departure. Dramani told Sports Crusader: “[Kotoko’s current struggles now] are not my concern. My concern was that if really I was the problem then it was better for me to leave. It is important for you to find the problem and know its roots.”Didi won five trophies in two seasons with the Porcupine Warriors.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith