James Miller, 68, of Osgood passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 1:35am at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. He was born in Napoleon on July 31, 1949 the son of Floyd and Phyllis Stone Miller. He was married to Ruth Ann Beetz on October 26, 1973 and she survives. Other survivors include one son Jared (Carrie) Miller of Holton; two daughters Rita Miller of Batesville and Brenda (Toby) Lewis also of Batesville; three grandsons Noah Lewis, Tyler Miller, and Bradlee Lewis; one brother Mark Miller of Florida; six sisters Donna Turi of Florida, Diane Moody of Nevada, Mary Stith of Michigan, Anita Chavez of Tennessee, Pattie Miller of California, and Judy Balcewicz. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers Danny and Larry Miller. Mr. Miller was a driver for Billman Trucking. He was also an excellent lawn mower mechanic and enjoyed wood working. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, April 6th at 10am at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Morris. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rosary Services beginning at 7:30pm. Memorials may be given to the St. Anthony Cemetery in care of the funeral home.
France have so many potential match-winners at their disposal that every one of their matches at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia has ended with a different hero. Taking his turn to step into the limelight against Belgium on Tuesday night was Samuel Umtiti, whose flashing header powered Les Bleus into the Final.The man of the moment was still high on emotion when he stepped off the pitch: â€œIâ€™m not going to get much sleep tonight,â€ he said. â€œItâ€™s going to be hard to nod off. But I donâ€™t need to anyway; Iâ€™m not tired. I donâ€™t care.â€ Franceâ€™s win recalled their 1998 semi-final triumph against Croatia, when another defender was the hero of the hour: Lilian Thuram. â€œI hope itâ€™s a sign,â€ smiled the Number 5, before adding: â€œIt is different, though. Letâ€™s take one thing at a time. We need to rest up for Sunday now.â€Umtitiâ€™s winner came just minutes after his misguided clearance gave Romelu Lukaku a clear-cut opportunity to give Belgium the lead. Asked if such mistakes can impact on a playerâ€™s performance, he said: â€œNo, not in my case anyway. When youâ€™re a footballer, you know that a thousand different things can happen in a match. As soon as one thingâ€™s gone, you have to move on to the next, no matter whether you got it right or made a mistake.â€ Just as in their quarter-final defeat of Uruguay, it was Antoine Griezmannâ€™s dead-ball skills that set Les Bleus on the way to victory. The striker has been involved in 13 of their last 20 tournament goals. As the Barcelona centre-half explained, a lot of effort has gone into making that stat happen: â€œWe work on a lot of set-pieces with Antoine, and my job is to run in front of the defenders and go to the near post. He hit a fantastic corner, I got round (Marouane) Fellaini and buried it.â€â€œYes, the aim was to hit the front post with Piochy (Paul Pogba) in front and Sam (Umtiti) coming in behind,â€ said Griezmann. â€œI canâ€™t remember in the end if Paul was in front, but Sam was definitely there.â€Still unbeaten at Russia 2018, Les Bleus continue to impress with their all-round firepower, which seems to grow with every passing game. Their hope now is that they can be equally clinical in their next outing, the most important one of all.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Facebook Twitter Google+ Daivon Ellison pointed his chin toward the ground, stared at his feet and wracked his brain. For about 10 seconds, he flipped through his rolodex of tackles this season. At the time, there were 37 to go through, the third most for a Syracuse player.He tried to find one that stood out. Last season, this would have been an easy exercise. Former head coach Scott Shafer handed his players freedom to light up opponents. But with Shafer’s departure, Syracuse’s high-risk, high-reward system that cut Ellison and other hitters loose departed, too.Dino Babers introduced the Tampa 2, which was supposed to reign in players’ aggression, hoping to limit big plays. Ellison has adjusted better than most, scaling back his armless, launching tackles. Now, he wraps up and drives through players for power.“Honestly, last year, I was a ‘take a shot’ type of guy, but with the new system our coaches put in, it’s like a lot safer,” Ellison said. “We hit with our shoulders now. It’s a lot more accurate.”Ellison has always been a big hitter. Mixed in with his high school highlight tapes is a 36-second YouTube video titled “Don Bosco DB Daivon Ellison lays a huge hit to cause fumble.” In limited action on special teams last season, he finished tied for second in special teams tackles with four and forced one fumble.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter starting safety Antwan Cordy went down during Syracuse’s matchup with Louisville, the Orange has needed Ellison to step up along with Rodney Williams. Safety Kielan Whitner also missed two weeks, forcing Ellison into increased action against South Florida and Connecticut. Since, Ellison has rotated in with Williams and Whitner. He led Syracuse (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) in tackles, with 11, in the Orange’s upset over then-No. 17 Virginia Tech.“Daivon was our defensive player of the game (against VT),” Babers said. “… You see the way he throws his body around on the football field absolutely unselfishly with no regard toward his own well-being.”The 5-foot-8 safety showcased his hitting against Pittsburgh last season. After Syracuse grabbed a 10-3 lead over the Panthers, SU kicked off to Pitt wide receiver Tyler Boyd. Ellison started on the left side of the kickoff formation and drifted to the right hash. As Boyd cut back to the middle of the field, Ellison sped up and bore down on Boyd.Ellison launched head first. Boyd’s body twirled a few yards above the ground and the ball popped in the air. It took two seconds to tumble down.Despite his hitting ability, Ellison came in as a 168-pound freshman. This offseason, Ellison wanted to up his weight to 180 pounds. He reached that number by the time summer practices started, but he got bronchitis and lost some of the weight he had put on. Instead of missing a few sessions, he played through the sickness. Now, he’s settled at 177 pounds.Jacob Greenfeld | Asst. Photo EditorEllison says his speed and strength both feel good with the added weight, which has made him more solid on tackles. In the last five weeks, he’s racked up 47 of his 48 tackles on the season. In addition to packing on nine pounds, he reigned in his tackles. He used practices to pull back his aggressiveness.“Every tackle isn’t meant for taking a shot,” Ellison said. “It’s OK to just secure the tackle.”Syracuse’s matchup with South Florida started the stretch for Ellison and was the first full game Cordy and Whitner sat out. In the first quarter, when SU had a 14-0 lead, USF ran a sweep with receiver Rodney Adams. He turned the corner before being tripped up and then held up by a Zaire Franklin arm tackle.Kiran Ramsey | Digital Design EditorEllison, who had been shaded between the numbers and hashes on the wide side of the field about 15 yards off the ball, measured out his approach until Adams was stopped by Franklin. The safety accelerated and wrapped up Adams. As Ellison reached his hands around the receiver, he punched the ball loose.Changing his approach has been key to getting playing time. SU players have had to rid themselves of Shafer’s defensive mindset. The Tampa 2 is typically meant to bend and not break. Players biting on play fakes and making aggressive plays has cost SU this season, especially against Louisville and Notre Dame, when the defense gave up 10 total touchdowns of 30 or more yards. Tackling is one slice of that adjustment and wrapping up is the physical tweak that can help SU players.In SU’s matchup against Wake Forest, running back Cade Carney rumbled for 14 yards with Ellison as the last line of defense. The two sized each other up, Carney dropped his shoulder and Ellison dipped low.Carney’s 5-foot-11, 215-pound frame looked as if it would steamroll Ellison, but the SU safety wrapped up and prevented the WFU running back from advancing any further.On Tuesday, after the safety had thought out which tackle stood out to him, he smiled, chuckled and said, “I’m not even sure.”Maybe that’s a good thing. Comments Published on October 18, 2016 at 11:05 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati
When discussing movies here at Geek HQ — almost exclusively Guardians of the Galaxy lately — the merits of doing a Minecraft movie have occasionally been brought up. The general consensus was that kind of movie would only work if done in the style of the recent Lego Movie, our overwhelming feelings for which we’ve made known. Well, it turns out Warner Bros. is developing a Minecraft movie and — surprise — it’s being produced by Roy Lee, who produced The Lego Movie.Unlike The Lego Movie, though, the Minecraft movie will be a live-action version, rather than a fully animated production. This could be troublesome, as the only way a Minecraft movie would conceivably work is if it were a lighthearted, cartoonish affair where the inherent wackiness of Mojang’s blocky world is believable. If not handled similarly to The Lego Movie, Mojang’s vehicle could end up like the Super Mario Bros. movie, which — regardless of how you feel about it now that you’re an adult who finds it funny and charming — was a financial and critical flop .In just three weeks since being released, The Lego Movie has grossed nearly $300 million worldwide. Minecraft is regularly referred to as a vast virtual Lego set, so perhaps the success of Lego film inspired Warner Bros. to milk that out of Minecraft as well. The live-action detail, though, is a little concerning, as Minecraft doesn’t have a true main character (every player controls “Steve,” a funny name to give to a nondescript block dude) or a (canonical) narrative of which to speak.There are no details regarding the movie, and just because real, live people are attached to the project doesn’t mean it won’t get stuck in development hell. However, Minecraft is a phenomena, a worldwide success, and it could financially succeed based on the enormous popularity of the franchise alone.