Bulldogs C-Team Baseball Results

first_img5-8-18BHS C-Team @ Franklin CountyBatesville got behind early and made a valiant attempt to regroup and catch back up, but ran out of time losing 11-6Nolan Williams got the start on the mound striking out 8 thru 4 innings. Cory Ralston came in for 2 innings of relief.Batesville managed 8 hits on the day. Ben Obendorf lead the team with 2 hits, Nolan Williams, Cory Ralston (2B), Jonathon Hoff, Tyler Schaeffer, Justin Heiser and Owen Fitzpatrick each had 1 hit. Batesville C-Team currently has a 3-7 record and looks to close the season out against the South Dearborn C-Team on 5/15 in Aurora. Game #2Batesville exploded in the second game with more great offense and pitching, winning 14-9Cory Ralston got the start on the mound, going 3 2/3 innings striking out 2. He was followed by Austin Cornn who struck out 2, and Tyler Schaeffer came in for the final inning. Tyler walked the first 2 batters, but thru excellent defense, Jeremiah Lemmel caught the lead off batter trying to steal and then Tyler was able to settle down and strike the last 2 batters out for the win.Batesville bats were alive, going for 12 hits. Cory Ralston lead with 3 hits, closely followed by Jeremiah Lemmel, Justin Heiser and Conner Roleson with 2 each. Tyler Schaeffer also had a clutch triple in the top of the 7th inning. Aggressive baserunning also allowed Batesville to steal 14 bases. 5/5/18BHS C-Team @ Seymour (doubleheader)Game 1Batesville lost a heartbreaker to Seymour, being down several times in the game but never giving up. Unfortunately running out of innings and lost 10-9.Batesville had 7 hits in the game, with Ben Obendorf having 2. Other key hits were Nolan Williams, Cory Ralston with a double, Jeremiah Lemmel, Tyler Schaeffer and Justin Heiser.Conner Roleson got the start going 5 innings, striking out 5 and only allowing 2 walks. Nolan Williams came in for relief and struck out 1. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Brian Roleson.center_img Game 2Batesville was unable to get a lot rolling as Seymour scored early and often. Final score was Seymour 19 and Batesville 6 in 5 innings.Batesville managed 5 hits in the game, 1 each by Conner Roleson, Jonathon Hoff, Cory Ralston and Ben Obendorf with 2.Owen Fitzpatrick got the start on the mound and struckout 2 thru 1 1/3 innings of work. Austin Cornn came in for relief and struck out 3 while walking 4. 5/3/18BHS C-Team @ East CentralEC had too much offense for the C-Team, going for 16 runs across 5 innings. Final score was 17-7Ben Obendorf, Jeremiah Lemmel, Nolan Williams and Tyler Schaeffer had the lone 4 hits for Batesville in the loss. Nolan Williams and Cory Ralson each pitched 2 1/3 innings with 7 strikeouts while only giving up 3 walks between them. 5/12/8BHS C-Team vs Madison (doubleheader)Game #1Batesville got behind the great pitching of Nolan Williams with 9 hits and was able to pull away from Madison winning a great game by the score of 7-5.Nolan Williams thru a complete game striking out 9 thru 7 innings of work.The bats were lead by Ben Obendorf with 3 hits (1 double) and Conner Roleson with 2 hits. Nolan Williams, Cory Ralston, Tyler Schaeffer, Justin Heiser and Austin Cornn each had 1 hit.Batesville was also alive on the base paths, stealing 6 bases. Nolan Williams and Conner Roleson lead the team with 2 each.last_img read more

Unified basketball a positive addition for Ellsworth, Bucksport

first_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 ELLSWORTH — As an errant pass sent a basketball flying out of bounds, a group of students in Ellsworth’s Katsiaficas Gymnasium couldn’t be bothered. Instead, they had their eyes on something else.Toward midcourt was something shiny that clearly didn’t belong on the gym floor. It was a can of spinach that belonged to one of the school’s most legendary figures, Brian Higgins. For whatever reason, Higgins had taken it onto the court with him and set it down during a play.“T him up!” one of the students yelled. It was senior Scott Firley, a member of the school’s unified basketball team. Although there wasn’t a referee — it was, after all, an exhibition game between the team and Ellsworth High School staff members — the scoreboard operator stopped the clock immediately to assess Higgins the technical foul as the players and fans laughed.Firley, of course, was merely jesting. So too was the scoreboard operator, who had been teasing the teachers throughout the game by awarding points to the unified team when they weren’t looking. Unified basketball is about having fun, and when these players are on the court, they’re doing exactly that.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“This was just a really cool way for us to wrap up the season,” Ellsworth head coach Matt Wibberly said. “Just to see those kids’ faces light up, it’s really special. Every single person who came out here had a blast today.”Ellsworth and Bucksport have recently concluded their first seasons of unified basketball, which pairs players with developmental disabilities — “unified” players, hence the name — with partnership students. In the eyes of nearly everybody involved, the unified version of the sport has been a success.Games are scored the same as they are in regular basketball games, though unified players must score at least 75 percent of a given team’s point total. Unlike Ellsworth’s exhibition game between the team and staff members last week, only students are allowed to participate in official games.The Maine Principals’ Association first sanctioned unified basketball in 2015, and it has already become popular throughout the state. Forty-five schools currently have teams, and after Mount Desert Island became the first in Hancock County to sponsor the even last year, word of its success spread to other schools in the area.“Once you have the kids who want to play, it’s so worth it,” Bucksport Athletic Director Ed Hatch said. “Everyone involved gets into it. It’s probably the only sport I’ve ever watched where all the fans are cheering on every player for both teams.”One benefit unified basketball has that isn’t available in other sports is the fact that athletic directors can choose which teams their schools play. Both Bucksport and Ellsworth played each other and MDI twice each this season to help each other fill out their schedules and make travel times for each team much more convenient.“The most important thing about it is that we give kids opportunities, and that’s what we have in mind when we schedule,” Hatch said. “When you’re able to put together your own [schedules], you don’t really have to worry about going far to play games and wondering how you’re going to cram in certain games and all that. It doesn’t matter who you’re playing as long as you’re giving kids the chance.”Standings are kept using the same Heal system the MPA uses for other events. Unlike other sports, though, there are no class sizes — just Northern and Southern Maine regions.Teams play between five and eight games per season, which runs from early February through mid-March. From there, teams that are eligible for the playoffs compete for state and regional championships, the latter of which Bucksport won when it defeated Foxcroft 59-54 to claim the Northern Maine title March 21.As the team bus arrived back home upon its return from Dover-Foxcroft that evening, a motorcade consisting of police cruisers and fire trucks was there to guide it back to the school to greet the fans. Bucksport celebrates every championship that way, and this time was no different.“I thought [the players] were going to tip the bus over because they were jumping up and down and hanging out the windows,” Hatch said. “I’ve never seen a group of kids so excited about anything. They were fired up.”Win or lose, players leave games with smiles on their faces. Because games are eight minutes longer and more loosely officiated than in varsity play, most end with every player on both teams having scored at least once.Partnership players make sure of that, too. Regardless of which team is on offense or defense at the time, it’s a common sight to see players on both teams giving the ball to one another near the hoop so that every unified player on both teams can make a basket.“It’s been pretty neat to see the friendships that develop and the support that exists between [the partnership players and unified players],” Ellsworth Athletic Director Josh Frost said. “Both of them, when they leave after the game, they’re grinning from ear to ear.”For now, basketball is the only unified sport that has become official at the MPA level. Yet Hatch said the MPA is planning to add unified track next season and plans to consider other sports in the future.“At this point, [unified basketball] has been a success everywhere, and we know it’s possible to make unified sports even bigger,” Hatch said. “Every time we host these games, it’s the highlight of the day for me.”That’s true everywhere. The joy unified players experience when they see and hear coaches and fans cheering them on is something you don’t see every day, as was the look on Wibberly’s face when one of his players, Alysse Frye, made a pair of NBA-range 3-pointers in the second half against the EHS staff.Although Mr. Higgins finished the game with just two points, his opponents fared much better. Even when the added points were taken away, the unified team still outscored the EHS staff 78-56. Better yet, every player scored.“What matters more than anything is your character,” Wibberly said. “Every one of these kids has more of it than anyone can ever know.” Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio Latest Postslast_img read more

Surgeon says Neymar’s recovery is ‘going well’

first_imgNeymarParis, France | AFP | Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said on Tuesday that Neymar’s recovery from foot surgery “is going well”, as the star forward bids to be fit for the World Cup in Russia.Lasmar, who operated on Neymar on March 3, said he speaks “two or three time a day” with the physiotherapists working with the Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain player.“For now, everything is going well, they tell me every detail of Neymar’s recovery,” Lasmar told French sports daily L’Equipe.“They are working hard and in a very professional way so that he can return as quickly as possible and, above all, so there won’t be any further problems for his foot or posture.”He added that he planned to reassess the injury in mid-April. Neymar, who missed Brazil’s 7-1 semi-final thrashing on home soil by Germany through injury four years ago, is key to his country’s hopes at this year’s World Cup, which starts on June 14.At the time of the operation, Lasmar said Neymar would be out for between “two-and-a-half to three months”.The 26-year-old, who joined PSG for a world-record 222 million euros ($264 million) from Barcelona last year, suffered a fractured bone in his right foot last month in a match against Marseille.Record five-time winners Brazil open their World Cup campaign against Switzerland in Rostov on June 17, ahead of further Group D matches with Costa Rica and Serbia.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

South Africa fields strong team at Davos 2011

first_imgAgainst a backdrop of snowy Swiss slopes,a billboard in Davos invites delegates atthe 2010 event to experience South Africa.(Image: World Economic Forum) MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa  +27 11 483 0122• Zanele Mngadi  Chief director, Presidency communications  +27 12 300 5431 or +27 82 330 1148 RELATED ARTICLES • SA’s BRIC membership to boost country• Team SA punts country in Davos • Zuma welcomes world at Davos • SA hosts World Economic Forum • South Africans leading the worldMediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterThe World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting runs from 26 to 30 January in Davos, Switzerland, and as was the case in previous years, South Africa is well represented in 2011.Team SA 2011 is headed by President Jacob Zuma, who is accompanied by key delegates from the private and public sectors, including finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk, and energy Minister Dipuo Peters.Brand South Africa’s CEO Miller Matola, chairperson Anitha Soni and marketing manager Sophie Masipa, among other Brand South Africa personnel, are also attending the high-powered gathering of political and business leaders.The 2011 WEF meeting convenes under the theme Shared Norms for the New Reality, and will address a number of concerns facing world leaders today. They include the rise of digital media and technology; the emergence of blossoming superpowers such as China and India; debt, joblessness and decreased growth in Western countries; and the failure of the global economic system to successfully address issues such as poverty, inequality and the environment.South Africa’s agenda runs on three levels. On a national scale, the aim is to promote the country as a competitive nation, and to attract investment to boost economic growth and create more jobs.At a regional level, the country will drive relevant issues of concern to the continent, and on a global scale, the delegation will promote South Africa as a competent player on the world stage.South Africa’s Presidency describes the four central pillars of the 2011 meeting as: • Responding to the new reality; • Economic outlook and policies for defining inclusive growth; • Supporting the G20 agenda; • Building a risk response network.Zuma is scheduled to host a dialogue with some 60 CEOs of international corporations, where he and his ministerial delegation will discuss opportunities in South Africa.Attractive investment and tourism destinationAccording to Matola, the country has already demonstrated its capabilities to the world, and although Brand South Africa’s representation at Davos 2011 consequently doesn’t need to be as big as the previous year, the organisation will continue to position South Africa as an attractive investment and tourism destination.Soni said that private-public partnerships were all-important.“At Davos 2010 our partnership with the private section saw South Africa represented at most panels and plenary sessions. We flew the flag high, but ongoing partnerships are vital if we are to successfully focus on what we want to achieve.”In 2010 Brand South Africa ran a successful campaign, titled Experience South Africa, to promote the country, which included huge, visually stunning billboards, featuring South African scenery, at Zurich airport and in Davos, and branding on buses in that town.Welcoming the worldZuma is expected to punt South Africa’s hosting of the 17th UN Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP17), which takes place in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province, from 28 November to 9 December 2011. Zuma and Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón will lead a discussion on lessons taken from the COP15 (Copenhagen, 2009) and COP16 (Cancun, Mexico, 2010) conferences, and expectations for COP17.As busy as always, the South African president will also co-chair a discussion featuring the UN secretary-general’s high level panel on global sustainability, together with Finland’s President Tarja Halonen. This event will focus on climate change as a sustainable development challenge, and the related issues of poverty alleviation, food security, and energy management.The annual Davos gathering will lay the foundation for this year’s World Economic Forum on Africa, which takes place in Cape Town from 4 to 6 May. The theme is Shaping Africa’s Role in the New Reality and will explore ways in which the continent can play a bigger leadership role in the new reality.last_img read more

How late is too late for corn?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension CCAAs I write this it is obvious that the majority of the corn crop this year will be planted after May 20. I sat last Thursday with a grower from Miami County. We figured the days it takes him to dry out, then to plant first corn and then soybeans and determined that at least some of his crop will be planted into June no matter what. Yields are likely to be reduced. We do know that with good growing conditions and timely late-season rains, we can still produce a decent crop. Consider the economics of your decisions during this season, make those applications that can make you money and skip those that only make you feel good.Frost worries? Or just wet corn? The corn plant has the ability to adapt to later planting by advancing more rapidly through the growth stages. Work done at Purdue and Ohio State by graduate students of Bob Nielsen and Peter Thomison, show that the number of growing degree days (GDD) needed from planting to maturity decreases by about 7 GDD per day of delayed planting. So a hybrid planted on May 30 needs about 200 less GDDs to achieve maturity than a hybrid planted on May 1. I think this ability of the corn plant to adapt is why we can still have decent yield expectations.We don’t have much nitrogen on yet for corn, and some are even struggling to get it on their wheat. In corn, our recommendation is to evaluate the crop and look for any visual symptoms of nitrogen deficiency (general chlorosis or yellowing). If you somehow applied early N, but not sure how much is left you can use the worksheet from our Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Forages Field Guide (page 81, and here below) to evaluate the risk of nitrogen loss.1) What N source was utilized?1 point – Anhydrous ammonia with nitrification inhibitor2 points – Anhydrous ammonia3 points – Other fertilizer banded4 points – Other fertilizer broadcast 2) When was the N applied?2 points – After April 205 points – Before April 20 3) How much N has been applied?1 point – >200 lbs/A2 points – 150-200 lbs/A3 points – 100-150 lbs/A6 points – <100 lbs/A 4) What has been the predominant soil moisture status in the field this spring?1 point – Normal2 points – Wet4 points – Excessively wet (saturated – standing water) 5) What is the crop’s condition?1 point – Green plants> 12” tall2 points – Green plants < 12” tall3 points – Chlorotic plants < 12” tall5 points – Chlorotic plants > 12” tall Total the score and use the following guidelines:Less than 13 – Additional fertilizer not recommended13-16 – Evaluate again in 4-7 days17 or greater – Add an additional 40-70 lbs N/A Some producers may consider the use of the pre-sidedress soil nitrate test (PSNT) to determine if additional N fertilizer is warranted. This can work well if manure is in your mix, or you did apply pre-plant anhydrous. To attain a representative soil sample, collect 15, 1-foot deep random cores from a field and mix them thoroughly. Submit a grab sample from the composite to a reputable lab. You may want to contact the lab to learn their turn-around time — you want it back quickly.If the nitrate level in the soil is between 25 to 30 ppm then no additional N is warranted.If nitrate levels are lower than 15 ppm then normal N rates should be applied.If between 15 and 30 ppm then a reduced rate is likely all that is needed. Some suggest 50 to 70 pounds of nitrogen per acre additional would make sense.Got manure still in the lagoon? It can provide an excellent source of nitrogen. Consider top-dressing or side dressing that nutrient source. See this Ag BMP here: https://agbmps.osu.edu/bmp/crop-application-manure-sourced-nutrient-maximize-crop-uptake.last_img read more

Caste certificate not a must for SEBC students: Vinod Tawde

first_imgHigher and Technical Education Minister Vinod Tawde announced on Wednesday that caste validity certificate for the Socially and Economically Backward Class (SEBC) category students was not mandatory for admissions to engineering and other professional courses.Mr. Tawde made the announcement in the Assembly when Jayant Patil (Nationalist Congress Party) raised the issue after question hour.The move will benefit hundreds of students from the Maratha community, declared as socially and educationally backward class by the government.“The meeting of the admission controlling authority was held on Wednesday morning under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The issue of caste validity certificate for the newly-created SEBC was discussed during the meeting. There was a shortage of staff for providing the caste certificates. As a result, if a student from SEBC category has already applied for caste certificate, then it will not be mandatory on the student to submit the caste validation certificate,” he said.Mr. Tawde informed that this will be applicable to engineering and other professional courses, the admission process for which has already started for the academic year 2019-2020. The SEBC category, he said, is not a part of the Maharashtra Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), De-notified Tribes (DNT), Nomadic Tribes (NT), Other Backward Classes (OBC), Special Backward Category (Regulation of Issuance and Verification of) Caste Certificate Act, 2000.“Hence, caste validity certificate for SEBC category students should not be insisted till further instructions. For non-SEBC students, there will be relaxation as per the Supreme Court directives,” Mr. Tawde said. While the Bill proposing 16 % reservation in education and government jobs for Marathas was passed by the Assembly in November last year, it was passed unanimously in the Council last week.last_img read more

Citizenship Bill will balkanise Northeast: rights group

first_imgThe Central government’s move to push a revised Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in the winter session of Parliament will have repercussions across the north-eastern states and balkanise the region, according to Delhi-based rights group Rights & Risks Analysis Group.The bill, if passed, would throw out some 10 lakh people from Manipur and three north-eastern States, where inner-line permit (ILP) was applicable besides Manipur, the group said on Friday.Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland are governed by the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR) of 1873, under which Indian nationals from other parts of the country have to possess an ILP to visit temporarily. In 2018, the Manipur Assembly passed the Manipur People’s Protection Bill that seeks to expel people who or whose forefathers were living in the State before 1951.The Ministry of Home Affairs and the ruling BJP had, in reaction to vociferous protests against the CAB in the Northeast, proposed to tweak the bill so that it does not override the BEFR. If this is done, more than 10 lakh people can be identified as illegal residents and dumped on Assam. “Instead of expelling the alleged foreigners, Assam will end up receiving more than a million people before 2024,” said Suhas Chakma, director of the rights group.The BEFR, Mr. Chakma said, was enacted to insulate the tribal areas and all non-tribal people who could not establish their descent from 1873 may be identified as illegal residents. The 2011 census said Mizoram had 61,091, Nagaland 2,67,529 and Arunachal Pradesh 4,31,906 non-tribal people, while Manipur had lakhs of people who might not have documents to prove their residence prior to 1951. “All these people are expected to be dumped on Assam.” Religious minorities who fled alleged persecution in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan were being “fooled” with the CAB promise. There was no guarantee that if it was enacted, the citizenship applications of those excluded from the National Register of Citizens would be processed by Assam or the Centre, it said.last_img read more

Ferrer on Rice ejection: ‘I didn’t do anything’

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ The former UST forward claims he didn’t do anything dirty.“I was looking at their coaches and they were also restraining him. If I did something, I’m sure they will call me out, but they didn’t.”Emotions were on a high in the best-of-5 series and Ferrer thinks that Rice’s inability to adapt to PBA’s level of physicality led to his demise in what was an all-important Game 4 for TNT.“I didn’t say anything and I was just physical. I think he wasn’t really able to adjust to the style of basketball here,” he said.Ferrer and the Gin Kings were able to close out the KaTropa, 115-105, and advance to the best-of-7 finals against Meralco.ADVERTISEMENT “I didn’t do anything. All I’m doing is what Brownlee has been doing to him on defense,” Ferrer said in Filipino.Ferrer admitted he was caught by surprise with Rice’s actions with 1:41 left in the first quarter, especially with TNT firmly in control of the game early on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I was denying him the ball, and then he choked me. I was surprised,” he recalled, as the alleged choke saw him hit the floor after Greg Slaughter’s made basket that sliced the deficit down to 12, 23-35.Rice, then, threw the ball at Ferrer as Ginebra sued for time and a fracas ensued. View comments PH finishes 4th in Asian Baseball Championship Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “I’ll continue doing my part and and whatever role coach Tim (Cone) gives to me. We just have to show our never say die attitude always,” he said. LATEST STORIES Kevin Ferrer. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netKevin Ferrer said he did not do anything out of the ordinary that may have caused TNT import Glen Rice Jr. to reach his boiling point in Game 4.The Ginebra rookie thinks that it was just Rice’s frustrations that got the better of him and led to his early ejection.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Nextlast_img read more

Chinese Women Beat US, 1-0

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW ORLEANS — Abby Wambach walked off the field for the final time like a rock star — mic drop and all.It sounded as if she was ready to party like one, too.She wasn’t able to leave with a victory in her final game with the U.S. national team. China’s 1-0 victory on Dec. 17 — the U.S. team’s first home loss in more than a decade — wasn’t going to diminish the triumphant nature of Wambach’s extraordinary career.“Tonight is a celebration,” Wambach asserted. “The result, obviously, is annoying. It would be better if we had won, but the reality is I played in so many games. This result doesn’t shape or determine or define my career.”Wambach said her teammates apologized profusely to her afterward, but she told them, “There’s nothing to be sorry about. Today wasn’t about getting a result.”Wambach played into the 72nd minute, managing two threatening headers and a shot on goal from inside the penalty area before subbing out of a match for the final time.“It’s kind of symbolic; I get 70 minutes and we don’t score a goal,” Wambach said, alluding to why it’s time for her, at 35, to retire.The career scoring leader in international play — for men and women, with 184 goals— kicked off her cleats and hugged each teammate on the field before walking to the bench, smiling, to embrace her coaches and remaining teammates as the crowd chanted her name.“I love this team,” Wambach said in comments delivered on the field to fans after the game. “It has been my pleasure and my honor to represent you all, the fans, for as long as I’ve been able to. … The future is so bright. These women are going to kill it.”And she made it clear that, despite the loss, it was time to celebrate, saying, “Bourbon Street, watch out,” before dropping the microphone and walking off alone as her teammates waited behind, applauding with the rest of the crowd.China scored in the 58th minute, when forward Wang Shuang volleyed in a bounding cross from Wang Shanshan.The U.S., which won the women’s World Cup this summer, had gone 104 home games without losing since falling to Denmark in 2004.Kristine Lilly and Mia Hamm started that 3-1 loss Denmark in Philadelphia, while Wambach came in as a sub. The U.S. women had gone 91-0-13 since.The Americans nearly tied China in the 87th minute when Lindsey Horan beat goalkeeper Zhao Lina, but Horan was ruled just a step offside when she received the pass from Christen Press.That was the closest of several near misses.Horan’s header forced a diving save by Lina in the 82nd minute. In the 84th minute, Carli Lloyd’s pass sent Press into the penalty area for a hard drive from the left side. But Press, who had subbed in for Wambach, shot it right at Lina. In added time, Emily Sonnett’s header went just over the cross bar.The game wrapped up the U.S.’s nine-game “Victory Tour” in which it went 7-1-1, outscoring opponents 40-3.Wambach got her 10th start of the year in her send-off game and also was designated the captain.It was apparent from the outset that the Americans’ plan of attack was based in part on sending high crosses into the penalty area in hopes of connecting with Wambach for one of her trademark headers. She put two headers toward goal in the first 2 minutes, but both were blocked away by defenders.“We really wanted to get her a goal. She did well, had a few chances,” Lloyd said. “It’s unfortunate to lose the match but at the same time this is a celebration of Abby and what she’s done for the team and I think that’s what matters.”In the 30th minute, Wambach was able to sidestep a defender and attempt a lunging toe-poke from about 10 yards out, but couldn’t muster the power or placement to beat Lina.Some of the greats in women’s soccer were drawn to the Superdome for Wambach’s 255th game with the national team, including Hamm and Brandi Chastain, who starred on the 1999 World Cup-winning squad.A festive crowd of nearly 33,000 acknowledged Wambach at seemingly every opportunity.Official US Soccer banners lining field-level walls and covering the tunnels to the locker rooms read, “Only one Abby.” And when the teams took the field shortly before kickoff, fans along the sideline held up yellow and black cards with the same slogan.Before the starting lineups were announced, U.S. Soccer presented Wambach with a rendering of her famous, game-tying head-ball goal against Brazil in the 2011 World Cup. Just below the image was the word, “POWER.”U.S. coach Jill Ellis expressed confidence that the younger players for which Wambach paved the way will step up to fill the void as the team prepares to qualify for next summer’s Olympic Games in Rio. At the same time, she sounded certain she’d never coach another player quite like Wambach.“She does transcend soccer. It’s not just about her, the player. It’s been her, the leader; her the advocate; her, the spokesperson,” Ellis said. “What she has ahead of her is going to be remarkable. As brilliant as a soccer player as she is, she’s an even better person.”(BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more