Cole, McCarty continue Tri-State success

first_imgBy Rob NugentPOCOLA, Okla. (June 18) – Tate Cole took another Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified checkered flag Saturday at Tri-State Speedway, this time ahead of H. Palmer and Jake Davis.Ken McCarty notched IMCA SportMod victory number three in as many weeks, with Dennis Slader in second and Caden Ellis third.last_img

Reds fight back for point

first_imgA rare Anfield off-day saw Liverpool drop two points in the race for Champions League places as Luis Suarez found his integrity called into question again. The Uruguay international won a contentious second-half penalty which Steven Gerrard converted to make it 2-2, despite goalkeeper Brad Guzan and his Aston Villa team-mates protesting he had barely touched the striker. After nine wins and only one defeat at home, the Reds had found themselves trailing to goals from Andreas Weimann and Christian Benteke inside 36 minutes. Suarez, with 45 goals in his previous 49 league games, had probably never endured a half so bereft of personal chances at Anfield. He was also treated with contempt by Villa’s backline and was twice left in a heap after Ciaran Clark’s knee caught him in the back of the thigh and Leandro Bacuna’s elbow connected with his head. Villa almost went ahead when Clark lost Kolo Toure at a corner but headed against the post. That warning was not heeded as Villa’s opener highlighted all that was wrong with Liverpool’s set-up. As Agbonlahor raced down the left, Weimann cantered forward the best part of 60 yards virtually unnoticed to get on the end of the cross at the far post. A tactical change saw an immediate switch to a back-three, with Glen Johnson employed as a makeshift centre-half with Sterling and Aly Cissokho wing-backs. It produced a brief moment of positivity as Sterling fired an angled shot at Guzan, but more holes were picked in Liverpool’s defence for Villa’s second. Agbonlahor exploited the space behind the newly-advanced Cissokho, and when Mignolet and Johnson both got in the way of each other trying to reach the cross, Benteke headed into an empty net. The half was well into added time when the home side carved out their only genuine chance and it resulted in a very timely goal. Suarez picked up the ball on the edge of the area and threaded a pass through to Henderson, whose back-heel into the path of Sturridge produced only one outcome. Change was inevitable for the second half, and while there would have been no reason not to replace the under-performing Gerrard with Lucas, it would have been a bold one so Coutinho was sacrificed. With the back four reinstated and a defensive screen placed in front, the impact was immediate as Gerrard and Henderson both moved closer to Liverpool’s main weapons Suarez and Sturridge. The freedom now afforded to the Reds and England captain allowed him more space to operate in and, having dropped deep, his raking pass perfectly picked out Suarez, who skipped into the area and was brought down by Guzan. Contact looked minimal, especially considering what the Uruguay international had sustained in the first half, but referee Jon Moss was in no doubt and Gerrard expertly converted from the spot. It was his fifth goal of the season and his 12th league goal against Villa – he has scored more against them than any other top-flight side – and drew him level with Robbie Fowler on that tally against the midlanders. With their tails up, Henderson drilled in a low shot which Guzan did well to parry low to his right while Suarez was inches wide with a 35-yard free-kick. Frustrations began to grow and Sturridge was lucky not to be punished for lashing out at Bacuna as Liverpool eventually ran out of ideas against doughty opponents. Liverpool’s principal owner John W Henry, watching his first home game since appointing Brendan Rodgers in the summer of 2012, must have wondered quite what was going on. However, Daniel Sturridge pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time before Gerrard equalised soon after the break. For the first time in eight home league matches, 22-goal striker Suarez failed to score – missing the chance to equal Roger Hunt and Fernando Torres’ club record – but that was not Liverpool’s problem. Rodgers’ selection, dropping defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva to accommodate Sturridge’s first start since November 9, looked a bold one. With Gerrard and Jordan Henderson tasked with holding the midfield, it appeared Sturridge, Suarez, Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho were given licence to attack. It looked ambitious as what was effectively a 4-2-4 formation left Liverpool vulnerable to being dominated centrally. The portents were not good from the moment Gabriel Agbonlahor stabbed wide after just 48 seconds, with Ashley Westwood shooting straight at Simon Mignolet soon after. Villa seized what appeared an open invitation to dominate midfield and swarmed forward, giving their opponents no time on the ball. Press Associationlast_img read more

Canaries stinging after ref calls

first_img After a positive start by last season’s Sky Bet Championship play-off winners, when striker Lewis Grabban had a great early chance, Palace went ahead with a well-taken finish from Wilfried Zaha. The Eagles doubled their lead at the start of the second half through captain Damien Delaney. However, substitute Nathan Redmond gave the Canaries hope with a 25-yard strike after 69 minutes before striker Cameron Jerome thought he had hooked in an equaliser – only for the goal to be ruled out for dangerous play. After the referee also turned down a late penalty appeal when Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong looked to have been pushed in the back by Connor Wickham, Palace scored a third in stoppage time through Yohan Cabaye, condemning Neil to defeat in his first match as a Premier League manager. Hooper was taking charge of his first Premier League game. Neil said of the big decisions: “If the lad was going to be potentially hurt by Cameron’s leg, then I think it might have been a foul, but I don’t think that was the case. Hi s studs are no way any danger of hitting the lad, so as far as I am concerned it was a perfectly good goal disallowed. “I am not going to sit here and criticise the referee, because they have difficult jobs, but when it affects the game and you potentially getting a point or three points, then it is frustrating. “By all accounts Seb should have had a penalty towards the end of the game, but we did not help ourselves at time with defending, which was extremely sloppy.” Palace boss Alan Pardew could see the Jerome disallowed goal decision from both sides. Pardew said: ” To be fair to the referee, if that is anywhere else on the pitch, then you are going to get a foul – in the penalty box, with an overhead kick going in (the goal) you are going to feel hard done by, so I can understand Norwich’s frustration.” Neil felt Norwich should have made more of their early promise. Norwich manager Alex Neil was left frustrated after two controversial decisions by rookie referee Simon Hooper cost his side in their Barclays Premier League opening 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace at Carrow Road. He said: “We had enough chances, certainly in the first 30 minutes, but at this level it is about turning that dominance into goals, and when you do not do that you will get punished at times, which is what happened.” Norwich have been linked with a £10million move for Dynamo Kiev’s Congo striker Dieumerci Mbokani. “We are looking to add another forward. At this level, you need quality at the top end of the pitch,” said Neil. “We have got good players there, but the squad needs a bit of help as well.” Pardew was glad to have watched his side come through after a slow start. “After about five minutes I realised I had picked the wrong team and realised the balance of the team was not very good,” he said. “Norwich were brilliant in the first 20 minutes and should have gone ahead, so we adjusted the wingers and that helped us, but a fter our second goal we got a bit comfortable. “Although we got a third with the last kick, no doubt the score flattered us because this was a game which was even and we just had some nice quality moments. “Sometimes as a manager your players have to get you out of jail, and at the end I thanked them for it.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Second Martin County classroom must quarantine after student shows coronavirus symptoms

first_imgIn just the first week of school for Martin County students, two groups of students are being required to quarantine at home after a child showed possible symptoms of COVID-19.Officials say on Friday a student at a Hobe Sound Elementary School showed symptoms of the virus. On Wednesday, a school district spokesperson said 24 students in a classroom at Seawind Elementary School near Hobe Sound must quarantine at home for two weeks after a student showed possible symptoms of COVID-19.Under the Martin County School District’s policy regarding COVID-19, the students must stay at home for 14 days.The school year started on Tuesday with about 38% of students opting for virtual learning, according to Gaylord, and the rest taking traditional in-classroom instruction.last_img read more

Best nets twice to see off Fulham

first_imgNewcastle 2 Fulham 1Leon Best netted both Newcastle’s goals as Fulham slumped to a third consecutive defeat.Best broke the deadlock at St James’ Park three minutes after half-time when he followed up to score after goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer had saved Yohan Cabaye’s shot.AdChoices广告The striker then doubled the Magpies’ lead by firing home from Demba Ba’s cross.Fulham, again without injured forward Bobby Zamora, pulled one back when Danny Murphy’s late free-kick was headed in by Clint Dempsey – their first Premier League goal under manager Martin Jol.Beaten by Dnipro on Thursday and Wolves last weekend, the Whites did create chances and Magpies keeper Tim Krul produced a number of saves.Krul denied Murphy, Steve Sidwell and Chris Baird, while Fulham wide-man Damien Duff sent a shot into the side-netting.last_img read more

Donnacha Ryan misses out on Lions selection

first_imgThere are 11 Irishmen in total making the plane, Jared Payne , Robbie Henshaw , Johnny Sexton , Jack McGrath, Tadgh Furlong and Sean O’Brien are all down along with Rory Best – but Gatland’s stuck with Sam Warburton as captain. The Nenagh man may have narrowly missed out to Ulster second row Iain Henderson in the squad named for the summer tour to New Zealand.There are three Munster players in Warren Gatland’s selection with Peter O’Mahoney and CJ Stander making the cut along with Conor Murray.Keith Earls and Simon Zebo have also missed out along with Irish hopefuls like Gary Ringrose and Jamie Heaslip.last_img read more

Enyimba Condemns Rivers United Supporters, Urge LMC To Investigate Violence Against Players & Officials

first_imgEnyimba Football Club condemns in the strongest terms possible, the alarming conduct of supporters of Rivers United during our visit to the Yakubu Gowon stadium in Port Harcourt on Saturday for our training session ahead of the Week 35 NPFL game with the club.We are shocked and outraged that supporters of Rivers United chased our team out of the stadium, threatening to shoot them down. Our staff who captured these actions had their phones seized and pushed down staircases. This is totally unacceptable.Such abhorrent display of hooliganism has no place in our football and we call on the League Management Company to investigate the actions of these persons and ensure that the Rivers State Football Association provides great security on Sunday to prevent the loss of life.Already they have declared that there would be bloodshed and loss of lives if Rivers United do not win on Sunday. Should threat to life become a part of our football if a team is desperate to win? The referees have already been replaced.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.These are calculated attempts to win unjustly and unfairly and we must collectively condemn these actions of the supporters of Rivers United, acting in the full glare of their officials.That Rivers United are trying to escape relegation from the Nigeria Professional Football League does not give their supporters the right to threaten and physically assault our staff.Our players have been disturbed deeply by the actions of these hooligans and while this may be the purpose of Saturday’s hostility, we are demanding for a great security presence on match day.The situation at the stadium today was horrible and we are holding meetings right now to assess the situation and decide whether we would honour the game because the lives of our players and officials are in grave danger.Relatedlast_img read more

Miss Sunrise Side Pageant to Crown Another Winner This Weekend

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisIt’s that time of year again to crown another Miss Sunrise Side, and Miss Sunrise Side Outstanding Teen.The annual scholarship pageant is taking place this Saturday, November 11th at Alcona High School.23 girls will be competing for their chance to represent Northeast Michigan and win a scholarship to the college of their choice.The pageant isn’t just about being a pretty face and winning a crown, the girls competing also make an impact in the local community.“These girls come in and they work hard. They share their talent but they are basically giving back to the community. If you look at where we are at on the map as the ‘sunrise side’ we are in one of the lowest income areas in Michigan and if not in the U.S. Coming together and helping these individuals get an opportunity to earn a scholarship so they can further their education and they can get into a degree where they better themselves that’s what it’s about,” Executive Director, Ann Kramer said.Past contestants have moved on to become doctors, teachers and more serving, working, and returning to Northeast Michigan. The crown winner will have their chance to compete for Miss Michigan next year.Doors for this weekend’s pageant will open at 5:30 pm. The pageant will start at 6 pm.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Two Alpena Residents Arrested For Manufacturing Meth Inside Their HomeNext ‘Fall into Fashion’ with the Zonta Club of Alpena This Weekendlast_img read more

Cody Bellinger hits two home runs again as Dodgers beat Indians, 7-5

first_img“Absolutely not,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said when asked if this was expected of Bellinger, who inherits the first-base job full time with Adrian Gonzalez on the DL indefinitely.“For a young player to impact a championship caliber ballclub like this – on the defensive side, obviously in the batter’s box – I think exceeded all of our expectations. It’s scary. It’s easy to say he’s only going to get better. But he keeps getting better.”Bellinger was in a 10-game slump (5 for 35 with 17 strikeouts and only one home run) that seemed to indicate a course correction after his dynamic debut. Then he hit a home run on Saturday, two on Sunday and two more on Tuesday.Bellinger’s four multi-homer games make him the third Dodgers rookie to have that many during his debut season. Mike Piazza had five multi-homer games in 1993 and Corey Seager four last season.“That’s baseball,” Bellinger said of the mini-slump. “I’m going to probably go through something like that again this year. Unfortunately, that’s going to happen. You just try to ride the highs and when you’re not feeling well try to get yourself out of it.” Bellinger’s first homer Tuesday came against Miller, one of the best left-handed relievers in the majors. A star of the postseason last fall, Miller had not allowed a home run to anyone this season or an extra-base hit of any kind to a left-handed hitter.“For me, I had a lot of tips going into the game,” Bellinger said. “We focused on him a lot (in the hitters’ pre-game meeting), knowing we’re probably going to see him in all three games. He has nasty stuff. I just tried not to do too much.”When Bellinger led off the eighth in a 2-2 game, Miller threw him four consecutive sliders. Bellinger drilled the 2-and-1 offering for his first home run.An inning later, Indians manager Terry Francona went by the book again. After the Dodgers put two runners on against right-hander Dan Otero, he brought Logan in to face Bellinger. Logan also tried to fool the rookie with a slider. He wasn’t fooled.It was also the first home run Logan has allowed this season and only the second he has allowed to a left-handed hitter since 2014.“I don’t know. I see them well,” Bellinger said of his five home runs off lefties. “About two years ago, I worked on something to hit them and it just kind of stuck with me.”Bellinger’s two-homer game was impressive. But Puig managed to pack a home run and a double into the same at-bat.Puig said four fans in the dugout suites behind home plate had been riding him before the at-bat and continued even after he turned around a 96-mph fastball from Bauer for a two-run home run.On his way back to the Dodgers’ dugout, Puig directed an obscene two-fingered salute (the middle one in each hand) to those fans.“I reacted that way. I stooped to their level,” he said through an interpreter. “It happened suddenly. It’s something that came out. Nothing I can do about it now.”Puig said he “forgot” what they said that prompted him to react that way and said he was prepared if MLB decides to fine him for his action.“I know I did it,” he said. “What can I do now?” CLEVELAND >> Maybe, Cody Bellinger is just too young to know what he’s not supposed to be able to do. Yasiel Puig, on the other hand, has always seemed to know what he shouldn’t do — but can’t help doing it anyway.Those two combined for three home runs and drove in six runs as the Dodgers beat the Cleveland Indians, 7-5, Tuesday night.Bellinger hit his fourth and fifth home runs in the past three games, taking lefty reliever Andrew Miller deep in the eighth inning Tuesday night to break a tie and then adding a three-run home run in the ninth off another lefty, Boone Logan.The 21-year-old rookie now has 17 home runs in 45 games since his big-league debut on April 25, the most in the majors over that time. Not coincidentally – the Dodgers are a major-league best 31-14 since then, including a five-game win streak with Tuesday’s victory.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Weather Service will determine if fatal storm near Adair was a tornado

first_imgADAIR COUNTY, IOWA — What may be Iowa’s first tornado of 2019 claimed a life early this morning in the southwest corner of the state.National Weather Service Meteorologist Chad Hahn says there is severe storm damage in both Adair and Cass counties and at least one house was destroyed south of the city of Adair. Reports say several other homes were impacted.  “We’re still evaluating that,” Hahn says. “We have a storm team that’s out in the area evaluating and assessing the damage. The one homestead that we know was hit was close to the interstate, which was closed down for a time in the early morning hours.”Adair County authorities say 74-year-old Linda Brownlee was killed in the storm and her husband, 78-year-old Harold Brownlee, was seriously hurt and is hospitalized in Des Moines. Hahn says the team that surveying the wreckage will be working to determine whether the destruction was caused by a tornado or straight-line winds.The biggest signs that we look for is the damage pattern within the debris,” Hahn says. “We can evaluate whether there is a rotational component to that and that’s what they’re examining out there right now.” If it was a tornado, Hahn says it’s very unusual to have a twister strike at that hour, sometime between 12:30 and 1:30 a.m. He says only about five-percent of tornadoes hit during the nighttime.The risk of more severe weather today is low, but Hahn says the chances are higher Thursday, especially in southeast Iowa. “As we look into Friday, we can expect portions of the southeastern part of the state to be in that area where conditions will be favorable for severe weather,” Hahn says. “It’s late May. We know the conditions around here are becoming more susceptible to severe weather and we need to stay on guard.”last_img read more