The class system is a definite benefit to the smaller schools. For instance, Jac-Cen-Del & South Decatur have both had state titles in basketball. Several other schools have had runner-up finishes. This is wonderful and it takes nothing away from their state titles. However, I personally feel that it should be one way or the other.One of the big reasons for the IHSAA’s opposition to classes in the open sports we mentioned a couple days ago is the cost involved with providing awards for these teams. Remember, in football there are 6 state champions and in most cases football teams have the largest rosters of any sport in Indiana. It does not seem to bother the IHSAA to shell out the money for the awards for 6 state football teams, but they don’t want to do it for track (generally the sport with the second largest roster).
1 Raheem Sterling Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has been pictured apparently inhaling laughing gas for a second time.The 20-year-old England international is seen in footage posted on The Sun’s website reportedly taking nitrous oxide – a legal high – while on holiday in Ibiza.Sterling was previously warned about his off-the-field conduct by Reds manager Brendan Rodgers, having been filmed taking the drug known as “hippy crack” during the football season.In April, Rodgers said: “For me it is something that when you are a professional sportsperson at the top level of the game, I don’t think it is something you should be doing. It is as simple as that.“As I have said before, young players make mistakes. As long as they learn from them, that is what is important.”After speaking to the player, Rodgers then told reporters: “It is [about] perspective as well. If you look at Raheem he didn’t do anything illegal.“It was something he will look back on in years to come and it probably wasn’t the wisest thing to do.”The revelation comes amid a contract wrangle between Sterling and Liverpool, who on Wednesday rejected a bid of around £40million from Manchester City with the club not inclined to sell for anything below their valuation of at least £50million.The Reds have always maintained they do not want to sell Sterling, who has two years remaining on his contract, but there is no doubt his situation on Merseyside has deteriorated since the youngster turned down a new £100,000-a-week deal in January.Agent Aidy Ward’s subsequent claim his client would not even sign for “£900,000-a-week” prompted Liverpool to cancel a scheduled meeting to reopen talks in May.He was then abused by Liverpool fans as he warmed up before the 6-1 defeat against Stoke on the final day of the Barclays Premier League season while he also given a rough reception by Irish fans during England’s recent goalless draw in Dublin.