North Vernon, In. — Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews plan to chip seal a 15½-mile segment of State Road 7 in Jefferson and Jennings counties, weather permitting, next Wednesday, June 13 and Thursday, June 14.Motorists may encounter short delays at moving worksites on S.R. 7 between S.R. 3 south of North Vernon and a terminus at Wirt—located 1.87 miles south of S.R. 250 north of Madison. Flaggers will direct single-lane traffic while pilot vehicles will lead vehicles past surface treatment operations.This chip seal will seal the SR. 7 pavement with liquid asphalt. It will be topped (and quenched) with small limestone chips. The operation extends service life and lowers maintenance costs while restoring surface friction for skid resistance, maneuverability and driver safety.
The former Parkhead youth recruit was signed by former boss Lou Macari in 1994 but failed to register a first-team appearance in his three-and-a-half years with the club. However, he still retains a soft spot for the Scottish giants and now cannot wait to see his current employers take on the 1967 European champions when the Hoops host the Northern Irish outfit at Celtic Park on July 16 or 17. Cliftonville first-team coach Gerard Lyttle admits he was left speechless after the Belfast side were paired with his former club Celtic in the second qualifying round of the Champions League. He told Press Association Sport: “It is unbelievable. There are almost no words to describe the draw against Celtic. I was a Celtic player and I’m still a supporter so it is a dream come true. Everyone here is so excited.” The Reds sealed their Champions League qualifying slot by winning the Danske Bank Premiership but the part-timers from Solitude will be rank outsiders when they face a Celtic side that stunned Europe last season by defeating Barcelona. And former Peterborough defender Lyttle admitted: “We will be big underdogs and everyone will write us off but we will go there with a game plan and I just hope the players don’t get stage fright. “We didn’t get together for the draw, there were lots of players working but with social media we all soon found out. It is everyone’s dream. We had a good season, won the double and got pipped at the post for the treble so this is just the icing on the cake. “When the draw was regionalised we knew we had a one in five chance of getting Celtic. We started pre-season on Saturday and will be working most of the week. I don’t expect the treatment table to be full. Everyone will be buzzing.” Should they overcome Cliftonville, Neil Lennon’s men will need to get through two more qualifying rounds to reach the group stage for the second year in succession, where they will hope to match last season’s achievement of reaching the last 16. And Lyttle admits the Celtic Tommy Breslin’s men will face is much changed from the club he left more than 15 years ago. “(First-team coach) Danny McGrain is the only one left from my time there, although (former reserve-team coach) Willie McStay has just recently moved on,” he said. Press Association
After a slow start following their nerve-shredding penalty shoot-out win over Wigan at Wembley on Saturday, which saw Giroud fluff a great chance to put the hosts ahead, West Ham took the lead through Matt Jarvis on 40 minutes. However, German forward Podolski quickly levelled before half-time, with Giroud’s superb control and close-range finish putting them in front on 55 minutes. “At half-time he came in, he was very, very down because he missed a great chance in the first half, but he responded very well in the second half because he’s mentally a strong guy.” Wenger hopes the manner of the performance can lift his squad for the run-in. He said: “Saturday and tonight improves the confidence of the team, but we know we have one advantage – the picture is very clear in front of us. “We know we have to win our games and hope that Everton will slip up somewhere, but let’s focus on our job and not look too much at Everton. “If we need that we will see when we need it, but at the moment we can only do it if we win our games, so let’s focus on that.” West Ham manager Sam Allardyce felt his side had been the architects of their own downfall after getting a foothold in the match. “We shoot ourselves in the foot,” he said. “Doing so well to get the first goal, we then could not get into half-time 1-0 up, which was a big disappointment. “We were then looking comfortable and the second goal sickened me off because the performance meant nothing after that. “All of our hard work has been wasted.” Jarvis was caught by Bacary Sagna as he ran into the Arsenal penalty area early in the match, for which Wenger said he was “grateful”. Allardyce believes his player’s “honesty” got no reward. “For years now, the facts are that when you stay on your feet, referees do not give penalties,” the Irons boss said. “For honesty, there is no reward, so what do I do? “A foul is a foul, it does not matter if you go down or stay on your feet. “We get slaughtered for diving or being dishonest, but when someone is honest and does not get what you should get…so then you should go down and make the referee’s mind up for him. “But we still got in front after that, so from then on it is us who have let ourselves down.” Another powerful strike from Podolski with 13 minutes left secured all three points which saw Arsene Wenger’s side move back up above Everton, who host Crystal Palace on Wednesday night. Wenger was impressed with the composure of Giroud’s finish, when he held off both Winston Reid and Andy Carroll to take down a high ball from Thomas Vermaelen on his left foot before rolling it between the goalkeeper’s legs with his right. “It was a perfect first touch,” said Wenger. “You need that if you want to score the goal. What I like is that he used his upper body first to make some space and, despite that, he managed to have a great first touch and after that he finished well.” Giroud paid his own tribute to the victims of Hillsborough when he kissed the black armband and looked to the heavens as the Arsenal players celebrated. “Olivier is a great guy with a great mentality,” said Wenger of the France forward whose personal life put him under media scrutiny earlier in the season. “He has gone through a difficult period, as you know, and I think it affected his game for a while and his confidence. “You could see that he was refreshed tonight and that he was up for it. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hailed the “perfect touch” of striker Olivier Giroud after his sublime finish and a double from Lukas Podolski gave the FA Cup finalists a 3-1 win over West Ham to move back up into the top four of the Barclays Premier League. Press Association
Zlatan Ibrahimovic performed last night for the last, 116th time, in the jersey of Sweden.Sweden was defeated by Belgium with the score 0: 1, which meant their farewell from the Euro where Zlatan did not manage to score a single goal, after the last three tournaments of the best European teams, when he entered the list of the best scorers.Zlatan got a huge applause after the match, and he decided to also thank the fans via Facebook.“I came from this place people call “ghetto Rosengard”, conquered Sweden and made it my country. My way. I am Sweden. A huge thank you to the Swedish people – without you I would never have been able to fulfill my dreams. You will always be in my blue and yellow heart. I love you,” stated Zlatan.Ibrahimovic scored 62 goals in the jersey of Sweden.(Source: E. B./Klix.ba/Photo: EPA)