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Daily Almanac for Monday, May 25, 2020: Happy Memorial Day

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MEMORIAL DAY

The custom of honoring ancestors by cleaning cemeteries and decorating graves is an ancient and worldwide tradition, but the specific origin of Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was first known, are unclear. In early rural America, this duty was usually performed in late summer and was an occasion for family reunions and picnics. After the Civil War, America’s need for a secular, patriotic ceremony to honor its military dead became prominent, as monuments to fallen soldiers were erected and dedicated, and ceremonies centering on the decoration of soldiers’ graves were held in towns and cities throughout the nation. No less than 25 places have been named in connection with the origin of Memorial Day, and for many years, states observed the holiday on different dates. By federal law, however, Memorial Day is now celebrated on the last Monday in May. Since it all started with the Civil War, you might want to brush up on your knowledge of this event by visiting the Library of Congress Civil War collection, which includes more than a thousand photographs.

 

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NHRA News

NHRA ANNOUNCES REVISED LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES SCHEDULE and JEGS SPORTSNATIONALS ADDED at NEW ENGLAND DRAGWAY
After suspending racing in early March, the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is poised to make a return this weekend along with a full slate of events across all seven divisions between June and November.
The series will return to action this weekend at Texas Motorplex with a Top Alcohol only regional event. Action will intensify early June at Atlanta Dragway and Tulsa Raceway Park as all categories restart their season.
In addition to the full slate of Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events, a JEGS SPORTSnationals event has been added at New England Dragway on August 21-22. This is in addition to the JEGS SPORTSnationals “double header” at National Trail Raceway on July 16-19. Competitors attending the JEGS SPORTSnationals events will have an opportunity to earn national championship points and a grade point.
Due to the abbreviated season, the championship structure for national, regional and divisional points has been adjusted.
Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car
· Alcohol National Championship – best 2 of 5 regional and best 5 of 7 national events
· Alcohol Regional Championship – best 4 of 5 regional events. No home regional
event minimum requirement.
Comp, SS, STK, SC, SG, SST, TD, TS
· National Championship – best 3 of 5 national and best 5 of 7 divisional events
· Division Championship – best 5 of 7 races. Must enter a minimum of 2 home
divisional events (need not claim home divisional events)
As officials built the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series regional/divisional schedule, careful consideration was taken on grade points for 2021. At this time, no final decision has been made. Once a decision has been made an announcement will follow.
This schedule is subject to change as the circumstances surrounding this pandemic continue to evolve.
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Ohio State Athletes performing well in Classroom

Ohio State Posts Outstanding APR Numbers

Ohio State notches 995 APR in 2018-19

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Programs in the Ohio State Department of Athletics have been outstanding in the classroom recently, as evidenced by Academic Progress Rate numbers released Tuesday.

 

In the 16th year of APR data for most teams, the scores provide a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for academic eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team’s academic performance. The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years.

 

Dr. John Davidson, Ohio State Faculty Athletics Representative, noted the impressive performance as a department overall.

 

“This was a remarkable year for the Buckeyes in the Academic Progress Rate, a key measure of student-athlete academic success. The most recent single-year statistics show that 21 Ohio State teams received all the points possible for academic eligibility and retention and our athletics programs as a whole averaged an amazing 995/1000 – by far the highest in recent memory.”

 

Among the highlights …

·       For the 2018-19 school year, Ohio State student-athletes combined for a 995 single-year APR, with 21 teams posting perfect 1000 scores.

o   Teams with 1000 scores: men’s basketball, men’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s gymnastics, men’s soccer, men’s swimming, men’s tennis, men’s track and field, men’s volleyball, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s fencing, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, women’s ice hockey, women’s lacrosse, softball, women’s swimming, women’s tennis, women’s volleyball and rifle.

·       Twenty-three teams either increased their single-year score or maintained a perfect score.

·       Looking at multi-year scores, 11 teams have scores of 990 or better and 23 are at 980 or higher.

o   990+ teams: men’s cross country, men’s fencing, men’s golf, men’s tennis, men’s volleyball, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, women’s soccer, women’s swimming, women’s tennis, women’s volleyball.

o   Teams with 980-989: football, men’s ice hockey, men’s lacrosse, women’s cross country, women’s rowing, women’s fencing, field hockey, women’s ice hockey, women’s lacrosse, softball, women’s track and field and rifle.

 

Last week, six Ohio State teams – men’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, women’s soccer and men’s tennis – were honored with Public Recognition Awards. The awards are given each year to teams scoring in the Top 10 percent in each sport based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR). All six had perfect 1,000 multi-year APR scores.

 

In 2019-20, the Buckeyes had an outstanding year in the classroom, with 647 named Ohio State Scholar-Athletes. In addition, 206 have received Academic All-Big Ten honors, with spring and at-large sports to be recognized later this spring. This spring, 172 current and former student-athletes earned degrees, joining 79 graduates combined from the Summer and Autumn 2019 terms.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Leann Parker; COURTESY OSU ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS

 

MLS issues update on league’s jewel events

Updates on All-Star Game,
Leagues Cup and Campeones Cup

NEW YORK – As Major League Soccer continues work on plans for a return to competitive play, the league has provided updates on the status of marquee events and competitions previously scheduled for 2020.

The following decisions were made to provide the most available dates for the remainder of the year for league competition:

MLS All-Star Game presented by Target: Originally scheduled to take place on July 29 at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, the 2020 MLS All-Star Game between the best of MLS and a team of LIGA MX all-stars has been cancelled. While tickets to the All-Star Game had not gone on sale yet, fans who purchased tickets to the All-Star Skills Challenge via Ticketmaster will be automatically refunded. Refunds will take up to two weeks to be processed by Ticketmaster. Tickets purchased at the stadium box office with cash will be refunded once regular business hours resume when the venue reopens. Fans can visit www.bancofcaliforniastadium.com for the latest information regarding All-Star Skills Challenge refunds and venue box office hours.

The 2021 MLS All-Star Game and festivities are expected to take place in Los Angeles at the same venue. MLS and LIGA MX will resume discussions regarding the event, and there is every expectation that next year’s All-Star Game will be MLS vs. LIGA MX in Los Angeles.

In addition, the league is reviewing proposals from three cities to host the 2022 MLS All-Star Game. Details regarding the 2021 and 2022 All-Star Games will be announced at a later date.

Leagues Cup: The second edition of the annual tournament between top MLS and LIGA MX teams, which was to take place between July and September, has been cancelled in a joint decision by both leagues. MLS and LIGA MX plan to play Leagues Cup in 2021.

Campeones Cup: The third edition of Campeones Cup, which features the reigning MLS Cup champion against the winner of LIGA MX’s Campeón de Campeones, has been cancelled by the two leagues. It was scheduled to take place on August 12 at CenturyLink Field, the home of the 2019 MLS Cup champions, Seattle Sounders FC. The event will return in 2021.

About Major League Soccer
Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer – celebrating its 25th Season in 2020 – features 26 clubs throughout the United States and Canada, in addition to future expansion teams in Austin, St. Louis, Sacramento, and Charlotte. For more information about MLS, visit www.MLSsoccer.com.

 

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Ohio State Women’s Tennis stars Fukuda, Wolf honored by Big Ten

Fukuda Named B1G Athlete of the Year, Joined by Wolf on All-B1G Team

Allen receives sportsmanship award

 

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Shiori Fukuda, a redshirt junior on the Ohio State women’s tennis team, has been voted the Big Ten Athlete of the Year and earned a spot on the All-Big Ten team, with redshirt senior Danielle Wolf also named All-Big Ten. The league’s coaches voted on the conference’s year-end awards and all-league teams. Buckeye sophomore Kolie Allen received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for Ohio State.

Shiori Fukuda

Danielle Wolf

Fukuda, from Tokyo, Japan, is the third Buckeye to earn Big Ten Player of the Year accolades, joining two-time winners Kristy Dascoli (2000, ‘01) and Francesca Di Lorenzo (2016, ‘17). Fukuda also earned B1G Freshman of the Year accolades in 2018. A unanimous All-Big Ten choice each time she has been selected, Fukuda is the fifth Buckeye to earn three First Team All-Big Ten honors and the fourth to be honored each of her first three years. Dascoli (1998-01), Gabriella De Santis (2014-17) and Anna Sanford (2015-18) were all four-time honorees, while Miho Kowase (2014, ’16-17) and Monica Rincon (2000-02) were both three-time selections.

 

Fukuda was named an ITA All-American earlier this spring. She ended the year ranked No. 11 in the ITA rankings, the highest spot for a Big Ten player in the 2020 year-end rankings. Fukuda rose from No. 79 in the 2019-20 preseason rankings to a then-career best No. 11 at the end of the fall. She then reached a high of No. 8 in February before ending 11th.

 

A two-time Big Ten Athlete of the Week this year, Fukuda was 9-3 in dual matches, all on court one, and was 24-7 overall, leading the Buckeyes in wins in both categories. In the fall, Fukuda was the singles runner-up at the USTA Fall Ranked Spotlight and a finalist in both singles and doubles at the ITA Midwest Regionals. She reached the doubles final and advanced to the singles quarterfinals at an ITF $15K in Lubbock, Texas, as well. A communication major, she is a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and is expected to earn Academic All-Big Ten honors for the third time.

 

Wolf, who hails from Cincinnati, moved up to court two this season and posted a 5-2 record at the spot. She was named the ITA Midwest Region Most Improved Senior award winner earlier this week. This season, Wolf, who clinched the Buckeyes’ win over Duke with a three-set victory, entered the national singles rankings at No. 99 Feb. 5, jumping to No. 60 and finishing at No. 62. She was 13-6 overall in 2019-20, posting a 7-2 dual record. She reached the ITA Midwest Regional quarterfinals out of qualifying in the fall. Wolf earned her bachelor’s degree in communication this spring. She is a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and is expected to be a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. She has also earned ITA Scholar-Athlete accolades.

 

Allen, a native of Lombard, Ill., was 14-8 overall this year, with a 7-4 record in dual matches, playing on court four. Among her singles wins was a three-set victory to clinch the Buckeyes’ victory over Florida State in a College MatchDay match. Allen ended the year ranked 61st in doubles and posted four doubles dual match victories. A speech and hearing science major, Allen is a two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and is expected to earn her first Academic All-Big Ten mention this spring.

 

As a team in 2020, the Buckeyes were 9-3 overall and 2-0 in Big Ten play before the remainder of the season was canceled. The squad reached as high as No. 2 in the national rankings, ending at No. 5.

 

#GoBucks

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Leann Parker; COURTESY OSU ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

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