INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (July 8) – Justin Kay came to Independence Motor Speedway with a chip on his shoulder Wednesday night.He left town with his fourth Deery Brothers Summer Series feature win of the season, a check for $3,000 and sole possession of first place in point standings for the IMCA Late Model tour.“I was a little disappointed after last night,” understated Kay, clearly on a mission after running an oh-so-close second to Brian Harris in the Tuesday Deery feature at West Liberty. “I pushed as hard as I could. When you have Jeff Aikey and Ryan Dolan behind you, you have to do that.”Aikey was the runner-up, two lapped cars and half a straightaway off Kay’s torrid pace. Dolan led most of the first half of the 40-lapper before ending in third, while Rick Wendling and Scott Fitzpatrick completed the top five.Brian Hunter drew the pole start and led the first three laps. Dolan was scored just ahead at the line the next time around.Meanwhile, Kay had raced from outside row four to second by lap six. He chased Dolan into lapped traffic before midway and led by a car length on lap 21.A three-car tangle brought out the only caution of the night on lap 22 and proved to be the only thing that could slow down Kay. He pulled away from Aikey and Co. to win handily.Independence was the site of Kay’s first Deery win, in 2013. The defending series champion now owns 13 career tour victories.“It never gets old winning anywhere. It’s neat to be able to do it again at Independence,” he said. “We had a great track tonight. I could run top, bottom, middle, wherever I wanted.”Andy Nezworski came into the night tied for the point lead. He qualified through his “B” feature and finished seventh.Todd Malmstrom was 20th after going above and beyond just to get to the track: Involved in a traffic accident in Moline, Ill., while en route that sent crewman Jim Irwin to the hospital and totaled his tow vehicle, Malmstrom borrowed a pickup from a friend to complete the trip to Indee and, despite bumps and bruises, qualified as the hard charger.Joe Zrostlik won the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing.Other feature winners at Indee were J.D. Auringer in the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, Tony Olson in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Quinton Miller in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.The 11th of 18 events on the 2015 Deery schedule is this Sunday, July 12 at Dubuque Speedway.Pit gates open at 4 p.m., the grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. and hot laps are at 6:30 p.m., with racing to follow.Feature results – 1. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 2. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 3. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon; 4. Rick Wendling, Hazleton; 5. Scott Fitzpatrick, Wheatland; 6. Tyler Bruening, Decorah; 7. Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 8. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 9. Brunson Behning, Davenport; 10. Rob Moss, Iowa City; 11. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove; 12. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo; 13. Andy Eckrich, Oxford; 14. Jay Johnson, West Burlington; 15. John Emerson, Waterloo; 16. Jon Merfeld, Dubuque; 17. Jeremy Grady, Story City; 18. Bobby Hansen, Center Point; 19. Jon Passick, Waterloo; 20. Todd Malmstrom, Silvis, Ill.; 21. Sean Johnson, Independence; 22. Curt Martin, Independence; 23. Kyle Hinrichs, Swisher; 24. Brian Hunter, Independence.1st heat (top three) – 1. Dolan; 2. Kay; 3. Behning; 4. Jon Merfeld; 5. Chad Holladay, Muscatine; 6. Scott Welsh, Cedar Rapids; 7. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 8. Tanner Allen, Springville; 9. Grady.2nd heat – 1. Aikey; 2. Bruening; 3. Sean Johnson; 4. Passick; 5. Jay Johnson; 6. Hinrichs; 7. Ben Seemann, Waterloo; 8. Malmstrom; 9. Russell Hesse, Waterloo.3rd heat – 1. Hunter; 2. Hansen; 3. Moss; 4. Martin; 5. Luke Goedert, Guttenberg; 6. Droste; 7. Emerson; 8. Greg Kastli, Waterloo; 9. Jason Rauen, Farley.4th heat – 1. Wendling; 2. Zrostlik; 3. Fitzpatrick; 4. Gustin; 5. Charlie McKenna, Clear Lake; 6. Nezworski; 7. Eckrich; 8. Luke Merfeld, Dubuque; 9. Robbie Jorgensen, Elkhorn, Neb.1st “B” feature (top four) – 1. Jay Johnson; 2. Hinrichs; 3. Jon Merfeld; 4. Passick; 5. Holladay; 6. Malmstrom; 7. Seemann; 8. Welsh; 9. Grady; 10. DeFrance; 11. Allen; 12. Hesse.2nd “B” feature – 1. Gustin; 2. Droste; 3. Martin; 4. Nezworski; 5. Eckrich; 6. Emerson; 7. Goedert; 8. McKenna; 9. Rauen; 10. Kastli; 11. Jorgensen; 12. Luke Merfeld.
White, 31, was singled out by Aston for his part in the Wolfhounds’ opening 32-14 defeat by Fiji, claiming he was the best player on the pitch “by a country mile”, and lavished praise on the former Kangaroo for defying an early head knock to lead their challenge in Saturday’s 42-0 loss to England, which effectively ended their hopes of qualification from the toughest group. “He went back on but it was probably tougher for him to come off in the first place,” Aston said. “He didn’t want to come off. We kept getting messages out to him and he said he was good. He’d have stayed out there if we had let him.” “That’s why I wanted to play in the last World Cup. Unfortunately I got ruled out late, so I was grateful I got the opportunity to be part of this one.” White is now set to face his fellow countrymen, including his Canberra team-mate Josh Papalii, as Ireland prepare for their final group game against Australia in Limerick on Saturday night. Aston’s men will need to pull off one of the biggest sporting shocks of all time if they are to topple the tournament favourites but captain Liam Finn insists his players will play with pride when they run out at Thomond Park. “That 20-minute purple patch by England killed the game off but you’ve seen 17 blokes out there have a dig,” Finn said. “They put plenty of pride in the shirt and that’s all we’ve asked for from day one. “We’ve got to do that again next week and, if we do that, we’ll walk away from the tournament happy with ourselves. “The most important thing is that we enjoyed the battle, even though we were on the wrong end of the score. We were still enjoying the game in the last minute so I couldn’t ask for any more.” Coach Mark Aston has publicly thanked Canberra Raiders prop Brett White for his bravery during Ireland’s difficult World Cup campaign. White, who qualifies through his Irish grandfather, was one of four NRL players recruited by Aston, who has been especially delighted by the contribution of the tough-tackling front rower. “He’s a champion,” Aston said. “He’s certainly come over here and set the tone for us. “The nice thing is that he’s mixing with the younger guys and giving them the experience he’s had. You don’t play at the level he’s played at for a lot of years and in Grand Finals and not be a real good bloke. “I know he’s helped (captain) Liam (Finn) really well. He just speaks sense and gets his point across. “There’s nobody more disappointed than him at the moment. He wants to win every single game. That will rub off. And over the years we’ll build the culture that we want in Ireland and hopefully take it on to another level.” White had put his hand up to play for Andy Kelly’s team in the 2008 World Cup but was ruled out by a foot injury. He went on to play for the Kangaroos in the 2009 Four Nations Series and was in the team that beat England 46-16 in the final at Elland Road but never gave up hope of representing Ireland in memory of his late grandfather, wh o went over to Australia in 1951 to work on the snow fields in the New South Wales mountain town of Jindabyne during the skiing season and settled there. “Growing up, I was very close to my grandfather,” White told Press Association Sport. “I had a really close relationship with him. Working on the farm with him as a kid taught me many valuable life lessons, the most important being the hard work ethic I learned from him. Press Association
Milan: Federico Santander scored the winner as struggling Bologna stunned Inter Milan 1-0 to pile the pressure on coach Luciano Spalletti as Roma rescued a point with a 1-1 draw to AC Milan at the Stadio Olimpico. Santander’s header gave new coach Sinisa Mihajlovic the perfect start as the relegation-threatened side earned their first win in over four months. But Spalletti’s Inter were booed off the pitch at the San Siro after their third-place cushion was cut to four points on city rivals AC Milan, who occupy the final Champions League berth, with Roma a further point back in fifth. Paraguayan forward Santander broke through after 33 minutes with his header enough to seal just a third win this season and first since September 30. Inter are still searching for their first win of 2019, being held to a goalless draw by Sassuolo and losing 1-0 to Torino in Serie A before exiting the Coppa Italia on penalties to Lazio in the San Siro this week. “Unfortunately when we have to fight or to cope with difficulties we lack something, that bit of dash that can make you make a difference,” said Spalletti. “In any case, I repeat, I don’t feel under scrutiny. The team is still behind me, I’m convinced,” added the former Roma and Zenit St Petersburg coach. The damage could have been worse but for a solid performance from goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, with captain Mauro Icardi proving wasteful, extending his goal drought in Serie A to six games. Bologna are currently in 18th spot in the Serie A.This was Bologna’s first win in over four months.Inter Milan are searching for their first win in 2019. highlights Andrea Ranocchia was denied a late equaliser by Bologna keeper Lukasz Skorupski as the northern side reignited their push for top-flight survival. ‘Slap in the face’ At the Stadio Olimpico, Roma eased the pressure on coach Eusebio Di Francesco still stunned by a 7-1 Coppa Italia whipping by Fiorentina. AC Milan’s Lucas Paqueta combined to set up fellow new boy Krzysztof Piatek to tap in after 26 minutes for his third goal in two outings. But Roma piled on the pressure with AC Milan saved by goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma’s heroics denying Patrik Schick and Edin Dzeko before the break.Just after the interval Nicolo Zaniolo equalised for the hosts who were boosted by the return of veteran midfielder Daniele De Rossi. Donnarumma again came to the rescue to frustrate Dzeko, while a searing Lorenzo Pellegrini header rattled the post, with Roma goalkeeper Robin Olsen denying Diego Laxalt late. “It’s a pity we need a slap in the face before waking up,” said Di Francesco. “This was a positive response to Florence, but could never wipe out that game, even if we had won. The lads showed character and I hope it is yet another starting point.” Both Milan and Roma edge closer to Inter but Atalanta and Lazio have a chance on Monday to close in on the top four against Cagliari and Frosinone respectively. Earlier Fiorentina battled back to share a point with Udinese. The match was halted at the 13th minute as the fans remembered former Fiorentina captain Davide Astori, who died before last year’s game in Udine. Danish defender Jens Stryger Larsen opened the scoring for Udinese in the 56th minute with Edimilson Fernandes levelling nine minutes later for a 1-1 draw. Fiorentina are ninth, just five points off the Champions League places.Paraguayan striker Toni Sanabria scored his second goal in as many games for Genoa since his loan move from Real Betis, in a 1-1 draw with Sassuolo. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Update on the latest sports Past champions Clijsters, Murray get US Open wild cardsNEW YORK (AP) — Past U.S. Open champions Kim Clijsters (KLY’-sturz) and Andy Murray received wild-card invitations for the Grand Slam tournament Thursday.Clijsters is a four-time major champion and former No. 1 who came out of retirement this year after already being elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The U.S. Open — which she won in 2005, 2009 and 2010 — would mark the 37-year-old Belgian’s first Grand Slam appearance since a second-round loss at Flushing Meadows in 2012.Murray, a 33-year-old from Britain who also has been ranked No. 1, won the first of his three Grand Slam titles at the 2012 U.S. Open. He is working his way back from two hip operations. The U.S. Open is scheduled to start Aug. 31 without spectators.TV-OLYMPIANS-DEPRESSION Notre Dame opens ACC play against Duke, won’t play NavyUNDATED (AP) — Notre Dame opens its season as an Atlantic Coast Conference football member against visiting Duke on Sept. 12. But the Fighting Irish won’t face Navy for the first time in more than nine decades as part of the ACC’s reconfigured schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic. The league has set up a 10-game conference schedule that includes a nonconference game, though that game must be played in the member school’s home state. The Fighting Irish and Midshipmen had been scheduled to play for the 94th straight year.In other college football news:— Miami star defensive end Gregory Rousseau has opted out of this college football season. He was second in the nation with 15.5 sacks last season. Rousseau would have been a third-year sophomore and is eligible to enter the NFL draft next year.— Penn State All-American Micah Parsons is opting out of the 2020 season because of concerns about COVID-19. The junior linebacker will be eligible to enter the 2021 NFL draft and is already expected to be high first-round selection. TORONTO (AP) — Scott Laughton scored two goals and Travis Sanheim added one to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday. The Flyers play Tampa Bay on Saturday and the winner will earn the top seed in the East. Kevin Hayes had three assists for the Flyers. Brian Elliott stopped 16 shots to keep the Flyers. Travis Boyd scored for the Capitals. NFL-OPT OUTS66 players opt out of NFL season due to coronavirus pandemicUNDATED (AP) — A total of 66 players have opted out of the 2020 NFL season due to the coronavirus pandemic, nearly half of them linemen.Twenty offensive linemen and 11 on defense opted out before Thursday’s deadline. Players with a medical opt out will receive a $350,000 stipend, whole those voluntarily opting out receive $150,000 as an advance against future salaries. MLB-SCHEDULE-RANGERS-ATHLETICSOlson homers, Fiers gets 1st win as A’s sweep RangersOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics are on a roll with the rival Houston Astros coming to town at last.Matt Olson homered to back Mike Fiers’ first win of the season and the A’s beat the Texas Rangers 6-4 on Thursday for their sixth straight victory and a series sweep.Khris Davis added a two-run single, Mark Canha had an RBI single and Stephen Piscotty a sacrifice fly as the balanced, first-place A’s won again with Houston on its way. Anderson Tejeda hit a two-run homer in his major league debut, chasing Fiers (1-0) in the seventh inning and pulling the Rangers within 5-4. Oakland’s Sean Murphy countered with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning. August 6, 2020 NASCAR-GIBBS-JONES RELEASEDErik Jones won’t return to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2021 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Erik Jones won’t return to Joe Gibbs Racing next season, ending his time with one of NASCAR’s top teams after three Cup seasons but several years in Gibbs’ driver development program. The 24-year-old was discovered by reigning Cup Series champion Kyle Busch when Jones beat Busch in the Snowball Derby late model race in 2012. Jones was 16 at the time and the victory opened the door for Jones’ rapid rise into NASCAR’s national series. TENNIS-US OPEN-WILD CARDS Houston would have played its first road game of the season at Oakland in late March before this season was delayed by the coronavirus.In other Thursday MLB action:—Shohei Ohtani homered in his first plate appearance since being shut down as a pitcher, Dylan Bundy struck out 10 in the third complete game of his career and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 6-1. Ohtani drove a 1-0 pitch from Seattle starter Taijuan Walker to the opposite field just beyond the leap of left fielder Dee Gordon leading off the second inning. It was Ohtani’s third home run of the season, all coming against the Mariners. NHL-PLAYOFFS-FLYERS-CAPITALSLaughton scores twice to lead Flyers past Capitals 3-1 No team has come close to New England in losing players for the upcoming season, which begins Sept. 10 with Houston at Super Bowl champion Kansas City. The Patriots, already minus several stars who left in free agency — including, of course, Tom Brady to Tampa Bay — saw eight opt outs: running back Brandon Bolden, offensive tackle Marcus Cannon, safety Patrick Chung, linebacker Dont’a Hightower, tight end Matt LaCosse, wide receiver Marqise Lee, offensive lineman Najee Toran and fullback Dan Vitale. Hightower, Cannon and Chung were key contributors in recent seasons.In other NFL news:—The Green Bay Packers say they won’t have any fans for at least their first two home games this season due to the coronavirus pandemic. That means there won’t be any spectators for their Sept. 20 game with the Detroit Lions and their Oct. 5 Monday night game with the Atlanta Falcons. Green Bay’s third home game is Nov. 1 against the Minnesota Vikings. Packers officials say any decision on whether to admit fans for that game would depend on the status of the pandemic at that time.—The New Orleans Saints have placed two players on their COVID-19 reserve list. Second-year linebacker Kaden Ellis and veteran long snapper Zach Wood are the first two Saints players to receive the designation since players began reporting to team headquarters early last week. The designation means the players had a positive or must isolate because of potential exposure.PGA CHAMPIONSHP Associated Press De’Aaron Fox had 30 points and 10 assists and Harrison Barnes added 22 points for the Kings, who got their first win in four tries since the restart. Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram each scored 24 points for the Pelicans. Williamson made his first eight shots and ended up making 10 of 12 overall in just under 22 minutes. JJ Redick scored 18 points and Jrue Holiday added 17 for the Pelicans, who fell to 1-3 in the restart.Both teams are chasing a spot in the Western Conference playoffs. The Kings pulled even with the Pelicans in the standings and now are 2 1/2 games behind eighth-place Memphis with four games remaining. A team needs to be in ninth place and within four games of the eighth-place team to force a playoff. In other hoop action:— Deandre Ayton had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and the Phoenix Suns continued their improbable run in the NBA bubble with their fourth straight win 114-99 over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday. Devin Booker added 20 points and 10 assists and Cameron Johnson had 14 points and 12 rebounds as the Suns pulled away with a 21-0 run that began late in the third quarter and carried over into the fourth. — Penn State says it’s not expecting to have fans at home football games this season, a decision that will cost the schools millions in revenue. Penn State has one of the largest stadiums in the country, holding more than 107,000 fans for big games. — BYU will play at Navy on Labor Day night in a matchup of teams that had openers against traditional rivals canceled as Power Five leagues rearranged their schedules. The Cougars were originally slated to open their season on Sept. 3 at Utah, but the Pac-12 has gone to a conference-only schedule to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is pushing to get the annual football game between Florida State and the University of Florida rescheduled. He said Thursday that keeping the famed rivalry going will be good for the state. The two schools have played each other every year since 1958— Ohio State is opening preseason training camp with strict coronavirus precautions in place and uncertainty about the coming season. The Buckeyes are scheduled to play a 10-game season against all Big Ten opponents starting Sept. 3. However, the season may still be canceled.— Two sons of pro football Hall of Famer Ray Lewis have announced on social media they will transfer to play at Kentucky. Rayshad and Rahsaan Lewis announced their decisions on verified Twitter accounts. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA SCHEDULE-PELICANS-KINGSBogdanovic’s career-high 35 lead Kings past Pelicans 140-125LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Bogdan Bogdanovic (BOY’-ahn bahg-DAH’-noh-vich) scored a career-high 35 points to help the Sacramento Kings beat the New Orleans Pelicans 140-125. Jason Day leads PGA as Koepka continues to be a major forceSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jason Day’s name hasn’t been on the leaderboard lately in the majors. Brooks Koepka’s is there all the time. Day opened the the PGA Championship with a bogey-free round of 5-under 65 at the TPC Harding Park. Right behind was Koepka, going after a third straight PGA Championship title. No one has ever won this major three straight times in stroke play. And only six players in history have won the same major three straight times. Koepka had six birdies and was among those at 66. Tiger Woods had a new putter and opened with a 68.Bulked-up Bryson DeChambeau, the longest driver on tour, broke his driver, which he has nicknamed “the Kraken.” It cracked when he bent over to pick up his tee, the club snapped under him. His support team fetched another shaft.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWS Phelps, Ohno open up about suicide, depression in new docLOS ANGELES (AP) — Olympians including Michael Phelps, Apolo Anton Ohno, Jeremy Bloom, Shaun White, Lolo Jones and Sasha Cohen are opening up about their mental health struggles in a new sobering documentary about suicide and depression among the world’s greatest athletes. Many of the athletes are sharing their pain for the first time in HBO’s “The Weight of Gold,” which aims to expose the problem, incite change among Olympics leadership and help others experiencing similar issues feel less alone. Phelps is a co-executive producer of the documentary. He says the need for change is what drove him to speak up. Phelps said the first step is “treating people like humans” instead of products.
NOTTINGHAM, England (CMC) – An upbeat and fully-fit West Indies will face a stern test in pursuit of their World Cup dream when they take on reigning World champions Australia in a hotly anticipated contest at Trent Bridge here today.After entering the tournament as rank outsiders, West Indies have seen their odds increase quickly especially after they amassed a mammoth 421 against New Zealand in their last official warm-up match in Bristol, and then crushed Pakistan by seven wickets in their tournament opener here five days ago.However, Australia are expected to provide their toughest opposition yet, and the fact veteran batsman Chris Gayle and explosive all-rounder Andre Russell have both been passed fit for the encounter after picking up niggles against Pakistan has provided a massive boost for the Caribbean side.Despite the long history of rivalry between the two teams, captain Jason Holder downplayed the meeting, stressing they would treat the encounter just like any other.“It’s always been a great rivalry between West Indies and Australia. I think everybody is expecting a really good contest,” Holder told media here yesterday.“We’re up for the challenge. I think they’re up for the challenge, as well. I wouldn’t really get too deep into rivalries, but we expect a really good contest from the Australians.”He continued: “We’re just taking it game by game. Tomorrow is our country versus Australia. We’ve got a hurdle to overcome. I think when we overcome that hurdle then we’ll move deeper into the tournament.“But I just don’t want to single out teams particularly. I think all teams are evenly matched and well-balanced, so it’s just a matter of playing good cricket on any given day. That’s our rule. We want to execute in all three departments.”Ever since their performance against the Black Caps, pundits have been raving about the West Indies’ powerful batting line-up. And with Gayle and Russell fit, Australia can expect to face all the firepower the Windies have to offer.Classy right-hander Shai Hope, with two hundreds and two half-centuries in his last six One-Day Internationals, will line up alongside the likes of opener Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer and Carlos Brathwaite, presenting a formidable batting order against any opposition.Holder said it was important his side executed their batting plans properly regardless of if they batted first or chased.“When we bat we just want to execute our batting plans. We’ve all seen the way the world cricket has gone the last couple months – well, last two years – and there have been some high totals and there have been some aggressive stroke play,” he pointed out.“We just want to be as positive as we possibly can be. I think whether we bat first or if we chase, we’ve got to show intent. Intent is something that we spoke about in the dressing room, and it’s something that we want to go about our goal with when we go into our innings.“I don’t want to get too caught up with the conditions, but at the end of the day I just want the guys to show intent and be fearless.”Trent Bridge has been notorious for large totals in recent times. Pakistan piled up 348 against England there two days ago to beat the hosts by 14 runs and three weeks ago, England chased down 340 to topple the same Pakistan.Most notably last year June, England piled up a mammoth 481 as they crushed Australia by 242 runs.Holder said having played their opening game of the tournament at the venue had given the Windies an excellent gauge of what to expect.“I made a remark to one or two of the guys, I felt like the ground was a little bigger than people think. There’s obviously a massive wind factor, as well, which tends to play on your mind, and obviously you have to account for it into your plans,” he pointed out.“We’ve played on a number of grounds with this short side, and this is something you’ve just got to cope with. I always back the guys to go with their strengths first, no matter the dimensions of the ground.“I think we’ve just got to hone in on our skills. The ground will be one way for both teams; that’s one thing guaranteed. That’s just our plan.”He added: “We’ve got a little bit of knowledge about the ground, how the wicket plays. But having said that, there are quite a few strips on this square. I’m not sure which one we’re on tomorrow.“I just think it’s a situation whether we bat or bowl first, we need to assess the conditions as early as possible and then play to suit.”West Indies have won just three of 14 ODIs against Australia since 2010 and lost their last World Cup encounter against them back in 2007, when the tournament was staged in the Caribbean.Australia won their opening match of the World Cup when they beat Afghanistan by seven wickets in Bristol four days ago.SQUADS:AUSTRALIA – Aaron Finch (captain), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.WEST INDIES – Jason Holder (captain), Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas.
By Abhishek TakleSUZUKA, Japan (Reuters) – Valtteri Bottas swept to victory in Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix as Mercedes clinched the Formula One constructors’ championship and guaranteed themselves an unprecedented sixth consecutive title double.The Finn crossed the line 11.3 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who made a hesitant start from pole position and had to fend off a charging Lewis Hamilton in the closing laps.The result moved Mercedes 177 points clear of Ferrari, allowing them to wrap up a record-equalling sixth consecutive constructors’ crown, with a maximum 176 points from four races still to be won.It also assured Mercedes of the drivers’ title with only Bottas now capable of challenging five-times world champion Hamilton, whose lead narrowed to 64 points.Mercedes have now equalled Ferrari’s record six constructors’ titles in a row between 1999-2004. The Italian team won five successive drivers’ crowns with Michael Schumacher from 2000-04.“Starting third is never easy here but there’s no point giving up,” said Bottas after his third win of the season and first since the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in April.“I had a really nice car and Sebastian had an issue, so it was good to get the lead. Really proud of the team, a sixth title in a row is so impressive.”Ferrari looked like they might delay the title celebrations after locking out the front row in a qualifying session held on Sunday morning, after being postponed from its traditional Saturday slot due to Typhoon Hagibis.But both Vettel and team mate Charles Leclerc ran into trouble at the start.Vettel launched off his grid spot a fraction too soon and slammed on the brakes before moving again. He was investigated for a false start but let off without a sanction because his car had not crossed the line.The momentary hesitation was enough to allow Bottas to sweep around the outside and into the lead.Leclerc collided with Max Verstappen as the Dutchman tried to pass around the outside, damaging the Ferrari and pushing the Red Bull, which later retired, into a spin.The Monegasque nevertheless carried on, crucially holding up Hamilton as his car shed bodywork in a shower of debris before eventually pitting for repairs at the end of the third lap.AdvertisementPENALTIES Leclerc, 21 and winner of two of the last five races, crossed the line sixth but dropped to seventh behind Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo after being slapped with two post-race time penalties.He collected a five-second penalty for the Verstappen incident and a further 10 seconds for continuing to drive a car deemed to be in an unsafe condition.Ferrari were also fined 25,000 euros ($27,600) for the latter offence while Leclerc was given two penalty points on his superlicence.Ricciardo and 10th-placed team mate Nico Hulkenberg could still drop back, however, with Racing Point lodging a protest against the French manufacturer for an alleged brake bias infringement.Slideshow (12 Images)“The lights were on but it was my mistake (at the start),” said Vettel, a four-time winner at Suzuka.“The Mercedes were difficult, they had more pace than us and Valtteri was flying. I’m not happy with the start of the race but everything else was fine, just lacked a bit of pace.”Hamilton’s joy at Mercedes’s success was muted after the team gambled on a one-stop strategy for the Briton, even as Bottas and Vettel opted for two.With tyre degradation higher than expected, the 34-year-old was forced to pit a second time and lost track position to Vettel.“Firstly, congratulations to the team,” said Hamilton, who can still clinch the drivers’ title at the next race in Mexico. “That’s the main point. I just wanted to bring home good points for the team.”LAP EARLY The race officially ran for only 52 of 53 scheduled laps after the chequered flag was shown a lap early on the digital displays around the track.Drivers, who did not see the chequered flag display on their steering wheel dashboards, continued to race around but the order at the end of the 52nd lap was declared as the result.As a result, Mexican Sergio Perez retained his ninth place finish for Racing Point, despite crashing out after contact with Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly at the start of the final lap.
Disgraced former FIFA boss Sepp Blatter defied a ban to attend World Cup matches and arrived in Russia yesterday at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin.“I’m not here to comment the game. I’m here to enjoy the World Cup,” Blatter told reporters before stepping inside a luxurious Moscow hotel.The 82-year-old is being investigated by Swiss prosecutors for alleged corruption during his 17-year reign as head of world football’s governing body. The Swiss national was suspended for six years by FIFA in 2016 from football-related activities over a 1.8-million-euro ($2 million) payment to former Uefa chief Michel Platini.Former FIFA spokesman Thomas Renggli told AFP that Blatter would meet Putin today.Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday he did not know whether any meeting had been planned.Last October Blatter announced he had received an invitation from Putin to attend the June 14 to July 15 showpiece which Russia is hosting..The two men developed a close relationship after FIFA’s disputed decision in 2010 to award this year’s tournament to Russia instead of England.FIFA said it had no comment to make on Blatter’s trip.Blatter is slated to watch Wednesday’s game between Portugal and Morocco in the Russian capital and might also attend Brazil’s match against Costa Rica in Putin’s native Saint Petersburg.Putin is not scheduled to be at either match.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Video Credit: Twitter.com – Deji Faremi Real Madrid forward, Vinicius Jr, scored a spectacular brace to get off the mark for Flamengo against Atlético Goianiense in the Brazilian Série A on Saturday.17-years-old Vinicius Jr signed for Real Madrid in May but won’t be eligible to make the switch to the Spanish capital until his 18th birthday on 12 July 2018. Known for his blistering pace, Vinicius Jr was an integral part of Brazil’s team that won the 2017 Under-17 South American Championship, scoring 7 goals and being named the tournament’s MVP.Vinicius Jnr scored a second. Again, blistering pace from the youngster. pic.twitter.com/huFgobYLaQ— Deji Faremi (@deejayfaremi) August 20, 2017 RelatedCristian Dell’OrcoJune 30, 2017Similar postVinicius Jr Reveals Reasons For Joining Real Madrid And Breaks The Ronaldo-Messi Comparison TableMarch 20, 2019In “Spain”Real Madrid Unveil Brazilian Starlet Vinicius JuniorJuly 20, 2018In “Europe”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe 2017 Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce has a new ‘Citizen of the Year.’ Over 400 people were in attendance at the Aplex to celebrate a night connecting the community.Important figures including Mayor Matt Waligora, and Senator Jim Stamas were in attendance for Thursday night’s presentation.The ‘Citizen of the Year’ winner went to, Bruce Anschuetz of Cliff Anschuetz Chevrolet.During his speech, Anschuetz told the audience that he was ‘shocked, and thankful.’ He even talked about his wife’s battle with ALS and his journey of moving to Alpena.Anschuetz said that he was mostly shocked that his family kept the award a secret for so long.“I couldn’t have been more shocked. My daughter, I can’t believe she didn’t tell me. My one daughter is from Kalamazoo, and my two granddaughters, when I seen them, I said, ‘I can’t believe my family and I are together tonight,” he said with excitement.Anschuetz added that he loves giving back to his community, and hopes to continue to serve Alpena well.Other awards that night included:7th Annual Culture Change Agent Award – Winner Mary Beth Stutzman6th Annual Up and Coming Award – Winner Harborside Cycle & Sport2nd Annual Ambassador of the Year Award – Winner JoAnn Dehring7th Annual Outstanding Customer Service Award – Winner The Drug Store7th Annual Business of the Year Award – Winner Omega Electric & Sign CompanyCitizen of the Year – Winner Bruce Anschuetz1st Annual Connecting the Classroom and Business Award – Elly DiamondMidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena 22nd Annual Health Leadership Award – Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union and City of AlpenaAlpena Community College’s 21st Annual Northeast Michigan Workforce Development Award – ESI AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, alpena chamber of commerce, Bruce Anschuetz, citizen of the year awardContinue ReadingPrevious Norway Party Store Kicking Off Upcoming Ice Fishing & Chili Cook-Off With Fireworks in Memory of 2 Time Winner, Justin WieschowckiNext Students Pitch in and Volunteer at the Foster Closet of Michigan Alpena Branch
Ghana defender John Boye will play in the Turkish top flight league this season after securing an exit from relegated Kayseri Erciyesspor.He leaves Kayseri Erciyesspor to Medicana Sivasspor after just a season with the side where he scored twice in 23 appearances.The former Rennes centre-back has successfully completed a mandatory medical and subsequently signed a two-year contract with an option to extend by another year with Sivasspor. Arwuah who has also previously played for Maritzburg United and SuperSport United was unveiled by the club on Wednesday and could be handed his debut in an away trip to Anorthosis this weekend. Boye was linked with a return to France with newly promoted AC Ajaccio at the beginning of the summer and in recent days, Caykur Rizespor.Arwuah goes to CyprusMidfielder John Arwuah has signed a two-year deal with AEL Limassol of Cyprus. The 29-year-old Ghanaian (above pictured) last played for South African side AmaZulu FC who got relegated to the National First Division at the end of the 2014/15 season. He arrives at the Tsirion Stadium as the second player from the ABSA Premiership following the loan signing of Senegalese striker Mame Niang from Mamelodi Sundowns. The former Bloemfontein Celtic defensive midfielder who joined AmaZulu in January 2014 had been released last week with a year left on his contract. Sivasspor beat the drop last season, placing 15th on the 18-team Turkish Super Lig table and have moved to shore up their backline with the 28-year-old Ghana international. He also becomes the second Ghanaian on the books of AEL Limassol. 22-year-old Carlos Ohene, a midfielder, has been with the side since 2012. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports