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September 23, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgSOMERTON, Ariz. (Jan. 16) – The checkered flag flew Friday for Manny Baldiviez, on a night of firsts at Cocopah Speedway.Baldiviez won the first-ever weekly IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature held at Cocopah and in Arizona. The victory was also his first in sanctioned competition and followed an inadvertent 360 degree turn after the race was over. “The fans enjoyed it,” the Chula Vista, Calif., driver reported good-naturedly. “It was a pretty fun race and I really enjoyed it.” Baldiviez started fifth and had the lead midway through the 15-lapper. Nine cars comprised the inaugural field and runner-up honors went to Joey Essary. Local street stocks give way to IMCA Stock Cars this season at Cocopah. Just two points had separated Baldiviez from the final title awarded in that class last year. “I’m really going to focus on the championship this season,” said Baldiviez, a six-time street stock feature winner in 2014. “This track has been getting better every year. Their name has been getting out more in the racing world, which is great for them.” His wife Andrea and buddy Mike Harlan make up Baldiviez’ crew. Largely self-sponsored, he’s backed by Discount Tires and Chassis Dynamics, both of Yuma. “It’s tough but we make it work,” said Baldiviez, who keeps his Stock Car in a local shop. “What I like best about this class are the racers I race with. They’re friendly and they drive clean.” “This is a class you can get into and not have to spend a lot of money,” he continued. “I’ve only got a couple years under my belt so it’s a good place for me to start.” Stock Cars join race programs each night of Winter Nationals at Somerton on Feb. 6. 7, 13 and 14.Cocopah promoter Greg Burgess had announced his intention to sanction his Stock Car division with IMCA this season in April of 2012.last_img read more

September 23, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgBrookville, IN—The Franklin County Highway Department report Harmony Rd North of Bath Rd will be closed today for Chip and Seallast_img

September 22, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe Tokyo Olympics may have to be postponed again if the novel coronavirus mutates into a stronger pathogen, Kiyoshi Kurokawa, a prominent Japanese government adviser, said on Wednesday.He said a recent spike in cases in Tokyo is due to a failure to stick to guidelines to prevent contagion. A physician who served as a science adviser to the Japanese cabinet from 2006-2008, Kurokawa also headed an independent probe into the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.Currently, he is advising the government on the coronavirus pandemic.“I think the virus is mutating all the time … it may be a much stronger virus that triggers a second wave,” Kurokawa told Reuters. “The Olympics may be postponed again, but I can’t predict.”“I think it’s small incidents happening in Tokyo … new cases are because people are not abiding by recommendations,” Kurokawa said of the current spike in infections.“But if there are some mutations, that is a completely different story. That could happen anywhere in the world.” Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike told Reuters on Monday the Olympics, originally scheduled to start this month but put off to 2021 because of the pandemic, must go ahead next year.He had said this would serve as a symbol of world unity in overcoming coronavirus.The spike in infections in Tokyo, which accounts for more than one-third of Japan’s more than 23,000 cases, has prompted a backlash against a planned campaign to promote domestic tourism.Kurokawa said authorities were trying to balance priorities.“I think one of the concerns of this pandemic is how to prevent the spreading out of this corona infection. The other side of this issue is … how to promote the economy. Many people are losing their jobs,” he said. Kurokawa added that he thought the government was “carefully balancing” the two priorities.He was appointed last month to head a new panel to examine how to use artificial intelligence to fight the spread of the virus.His appointment to the four-person group, including a Nobel Prize-winning geneticist, came after Economics Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura abruptly announced he would dissolve a panel of scientific experts and remake it with new members.The move came amid reports of clashes between the health experts and politicians.RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Kurokawa said that whatever experts recommended based on science, political leaders had to make the final policy call.“The scientific community’s recommendations have to be fact-based, science-based recommendations, but politicians have to make the decisions,” he said.“Scientists give advice, but decision-making is not by scientists.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: Cases SpikeCOVID-19PostponementTokyoTokyo Olympicslast_img read more

September 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgA Fort Pierce teen who sustained burns to over 90% percent of her body in 2017 during a bonfire has passed away Friday.The family of Layne Chesney posted about her passing on a Facebook page titled: Pray for Layne Chesney. On it they wrote:“Layne was called home today by our creator. She fought a hard battle right until the end- never wanting to quit- because quitting was not in her nature…” says the post, which was published just before 12:30 p.m.“We are heart broken, but remain always grateful that she was a part of our lives and world- we just wish it had been for a lot longer with us here on Earth.“We ask that you give the family time to grieve. Leigh Ann has asked that contacts not be made as they all need time to grieve, process, and move through this terrible loss.“Thank you all for your love, prayers and support that you have shown for Layne and our family. We are broken.”Chesney was badly injured on December 31st after attempting to pour gasoline on a bonfire while at her friend’s home.Before the incident, she attended Lincoln Park Academy where she was a straight-A student and she also played softball.last_img read more

September 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgELLSWORTH — Bryce Harmon’s 25 points helped the Ellsworth boys’ basketball team to a 64-59 comeback win against the Houlton Shiretowners on Saturday.Ellsworth (6-4) trailed by 19 entering the fourth quarter but battled back and forced overtime when Harmon made a fadeaway jumper with one second left to play. The Eagles outscored Houlton (5-3) 14-9 in overtime to secure the win.Zach Harris was Ellsworth’s No. 2 scorer with 14 points. Jared Hamilton added 10 for the Eagles, and forward Dylan Taplin had nine. Cameron Graham led Houlton with 20.Ellsworth’s next game will be on the road against the Washington Academy Raiders (5-4) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

September 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Indian opener and World Cup hero Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. “After more than 15 years of cricket for my country, I want to retire from playing this beautiful game. The most difficult decisions are often taken with the heaviest of hearts. And with one heavy heart, I’ve decided to make an announcement that I’ve dreaded all my life,” Gambhir said on Twitter while sharing a video message.  Here’s the video message: The 37-year-old Delhi batsman played in 58 Tests between 2004 and 2016, scoring 4154 runs at an average of 41.95, with the help of nine hundreds and 22 fifties. He also played in 147 ODIs between 2003 and 2013, besides featuring in 37 T20 Internationals. The veteran Indian batsman said the Ranji Trophy game against Andhra Pradesh starting on Thursday will be his last competitive match. Gambhir will always be remembered for his match-winning 97 runs in the final of 2011 World Cup against Sri Lanka in Mumbai. He was also India’s top-scorer in the 2007 World T20 in South Africa and the 2011 ODI World Cup, both of which the country won. “The next Ranji Trophy game against Andhra will be my last day in the sun. It is coming to an end where it all started at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground,” Gambhir said in the more than 11-minute long video post. Gambhir, one of the most successful batsmen for India, has been out of favour with the national team for a while now after a dip in form and last played a Test back in 2016 against England. “The thought has been with me day and night. It has travelled with me on flights like an irritable excess baggage, it has accompanied me to practice sessions, mocking at me like a menacing bowler. On certain other days, it has made my dinner taste horrible,” Gambhir said, elaborating on his thought process leading up to Tuesday’s decision. The aggressive batsman, who courted controversy of late for his outspoken views on political issues as well, had a prolific first-class career, which spanned 197 matches and produced 15,041 runs. His List A run count stands at 10,077. “Each time I got out playing for India, or KKR or Delhi Daredevils, this thought would turn into a sharp disturbing noise and walk with me all the way to the dressing room shouting that ‘it is over Gauti’,” he explained. Gambhir said the thought became overpowering during the 2014 IPL, the lowest ebb being three successive ducks in the tournament and things only got worse for him after that. “I was searching for my confidence in that deep, dark pit but I could only lay my hands on the same sharp, disturbing noise. It said the same: ‘It is over Gauti’,” he said. Gambhir, who recently drew criticism for cherrypicking his Delhi Ranji appearances, said he tried hard to make a comeback in this year’s IPL but could not make it count. “After a decent 2017 domestic season, I entered this year’s IPL with confidence as my best buddy. I thought all those negative noises were dead. But I was wrong. Six games of IPL for Delhi Daredevils it was back. And this time it was louder than before. Perhaps, my time was up. Yes, my time was up,” he said. “So, here I am, after more than 15 years of cricket for my country I want to retire from playing this beautiful game,” he added.   (With PTI inputs) For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

September 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgAn official of the Owerri outfit, Solomon Onuh said the medics advised that the player be rested for the clash at the Oluyole Warriors to avoid worsening the shoulder injury.“Okpus is not on the trip to Ibadan for today’s NPFL Week 12 clash against Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC).“The doctors that treated him from the injury he picked in Sunday’s duel against Rivers United advised further rest to help the shoulder injury heal completely.“Okpus will just miss the clash at 3SC but will be available for selection against Sunshine Stars in Owerri.“Of course, the coaches know what to do in the absence of the rugged defender to ensure we get good result at 3SC.“Okpus’ absence will be felt in the game but will not affect the fortune of the side as there will always be replacements.“It will offer his replacements wonderful opportunity to raise their games as well as chance laying a permanent claim for the position.“Both teams have tradition and respect for each other it is certain to be an interesting game that the players will always want to go home with something positive,” said Onuh Naze Millionaires will be without their top striker, Fortune Omoniwari who picked a straight red card in matchday 11 clash against Rivers United.Heartland are 10th on the 20-team top flight on 14 points from possible 33 with a game to spare at champions and neighbours, Enyimba.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Heartland defender, Brownbraye Okpus will not be available for his side’s today’s top flight clash at Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan.Okpus picked an injury in his side NPFL matchday 11 clash 2-1 win against Rivers United on Sunday at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri.last_img read more

August 27, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgMore than 50,000 Chile fans say they are going to march on the national stadium and demand that Alexis Sanchez breaks up with his girlfriend Mayte Rodriguez. The Arsenal forward has come in for criticism this week over his performances for the national team this week, with a former coach claiming the player looked “fatter than normal”.And in a bid to get their star man back to his best ahead of next summer’s World Cup, supporters say they will protest on the streets of Santiago and call for his return to bachelorhood.A Facebook page organising the event has 55,000 members, with a further 13,000 who say they are “interested” in attending.“March for Alexis Sanchez to break up with Mayte Rodriguez and return to his best for the World Cup in Russia 2018,” the page reads. This is not the first Sanchez-related protest Chile fans have pledged to attend.More than 14,000 signed up for a march at the Emirates Stadium earlier this year demanding that the 28-year-old left Arsenal.last_img read more

August 26, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgHalf of the Elite Eight is set.Gonzaga, Purdue, Texas Tech and Virginia all picked up wins in the Sweet 16 on Thursday to advance to their regional finals. REVENGE FOR THE ZAGS!(1) Gonzaga takes the rematch with (4) Florida State and punches the first ticket to the 2019 #Elite8! #MarchMadness— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 29, 2019Meanwhile, the Boilermakers came away with a 99-94 overtime win over Tennessee in one of the best games of the tournament so far. The Volunteers erased Purdue’s 18-point second-half lead with a big rally and held an 82-80 advantage of their own when Grant Williams finished a put-back dunk with 10 seconds left.Tennessee, however, fouled Carsen Edwards while he was shooting a 3-pointer on the next possession. He made two of the three free throws, sending the game to overtime, where the Boilermakers secured the victory.Purdue with the SLAM! 😤 #Sweet16#MarchMadness | @BoilerBall— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 29, 2019Texas Tech shut down Michigan’s offense en route to a 63-44 win while Virginia’s Ty Jerome hit a deep 3-pointer late to help his team hold off Oregon, 53-49.Ty Jerome wants to keep dancing.— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 29, 2019Complete resultsWest RegionNo. 1 Gonzaga 72, No. 4 Florida State 58No. 3 Texas Tech 63, No. 2 Michigan 44South RegionNo. 1 Virginia 53, No. 12 Oregon 49No. 3 Purdue 99, No. 2 Tennessee 94 (OT)Studs of the nightPurdue senior guard Ryan Cline had a career game when his team needed him most. He tallied 27 points and hit seven of his 10 3-point attempts against Tennessee.Brandon Clarke recorded 15 points and 12 rebounds to help Gonzaga pick up a win.Jarrett Culver led Texas Tech to a win by scoring 22 points and adding four assists.Duds of the nightTerance Mann was 1 of 8 shooting and finished with five points against Gonzaga.The entire Michigan team was ice cold against Texas Tech. The Wolverines shot 16-of-49 from the field and hit just one of their 19 3-point attempts. Kyle Guy was 4 of 15 from the field and 2 of 11 from 3-point range in Virginia’s win. HighlightsPurdue’s Eric Hunter Jr. with the chase-down block.#Sweet16 is all about HUSTLE! 💨#MarchMadness | @BoilerBall— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 29, 2019Clarke finishes this huge put-back slam over a Florida State defender.Brandon Clarke flies in the BIG putback! 😤 #Sweet16#MarchMadness | @ZagMBB— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 29, 2019Cline ties it up late for Purdue.”YOU’VE GOT TO LOVE IT!”@BoilerBall answers to tie it up!#MarchMadness | #Sweet16— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 29, 2019Texas Tech guard Matt Mooney banks in the 3-pointer.Matt Mooney hits the crazy triple to give @TexasTechMBB the 6 point lead!#MarchMadness | #Sweet16— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 29, 2019Virginia’s Mamadi Diakite converts on the jam. Duke star Zion Williamson explains why he never considered shutting it down after injury March Madness 2019: 7 key stats from Purdue’s thrilling OT win over Tennesseecenter_img The Bulldogs controlled the opening 20 minutes of their matchup against Florida State in the first game of the night. The Seminoles made a run and cut their deficit to just four on a free throw by Trent Forrest with a little more than four minutes to play before Zach Norvell Jr. answered with a 3-pointer to help Gonzaga pull away for a 72-58 win.Florida State topped the Bulldogs in the Sweet 16 a season ago. Related News Mamadi Diakite throws it DOWN! 🔥UVA is on a 10-0 run! #MarchMadness | @UVAMensHoops— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 29, 2019Tariq Owens throws it down for Texas Tech. Tariq Owens AGAIN! 😱@TexasTechMBB is now up 36-18 over Michigan! 😳#MarchMadness | #Sweet16— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 29, 2019What’s nextNo. 4 Virginia Tech vs. No. 1 Duke, 9:39 pm. ET — It’s the Blue Devils vs. the Hokies, Round 2. In the first matchup, neither team was at full strength. Duke star Zion Williamson was sidelined with a sprained knee, while Hokies guard Justin Robinson missed his team’s 77-72 victory with a foot injury. This time around, both players will be on the court with a spot in the Elite Eight on the line.last_img read more

August 13, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgDECORAH — Governor Kim Reynolds was at an award-winning brewery in Decorah Tuesday for a ceremony to approve a law that will likely expand the variety of alcoholic beverages produced in the state.The new law, which takes effect July 1, lets state-licensed beer makers, wineries and distilleries get another license to make another kind of alcohol.“This is an opportunity for companies just like Toppling Goliath to continue to grow and expand and it’s my understanding that they’re ready to move into distilled spirits,” Reynolds said. “This is removing barriers so our entrepreneurs and our small business owners can continue to not only invest in their company, but invest in Iowans and their communities and that is certainly what’s happening here with Toppling Goliath.”Clark Lewey, founder of Toppling Goliath, said it means “job growth” for the state.“It’s pretty exciting for us,” Lewey said. “We’ve been thinking about distilling for some time and, of course, the obstacle in the way — or the ‘Goliath’ — was the Iowa law concerning brewers. If you had a brewers permit, you were not allowed to own a distillery, so that’s what this bill does. It changes that law and gives all Iowa breweries the opportunity to become a distillery as well.”According to the Iowa Brewers Guide, craft beer is being brewed at 80 different locations in the state today. There are more than 100 commercial wineries and, according to a state report, there are 10 Iowa businesses making vodka, whiskey, rye and other alcoholic spirits.last_img read more