Three men sentenced to imprisonment following a drug bust earlier this week

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first_imgLocalNews Three men sentenced to imprisonment following a drug bust earlier this week by: – September 23, 2011 37 Views   one comment Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share Image via: mtn.18.comJimmy Alexander, Damian David and Oliver Benta have been sentenced to serve jail time following their arrest on Monday after a drug bust at sea in the North of the island.Public Relations Officer Sergeant Kenth Matthew reported to the media last week that about 8:30 pm on Sunday 18th September, the Coast Guard intercepted an open keel boat powered by two 40 horse power Yamaha outboard engines.He further reported that aboard the boat was a crew of two male adults, four male adult passengers and one male juvenile passenger and that Cannabis and cocaine were also found.Oliver Benta of Fond Cole was sentenced to 9 months imprisonment on charges of possession of cocaine and marijuana and possession with the intent to export cocaine and marijuana.Damian David of Goodwill received a 15 month jail sentence for possession of cocaine and marijuana with intent to export.Jimmy Alexander of Portsmouth the captain of the boat, pleaded guilty to all the charges was sentenced to an 18 month prison term.The fourth Defendant Lee Sylvester of Dublanc pleaded not guilty to the charge of possession of marijuana was fined $1000 to be paid by November 30; in default he will face three months jail imprisonment.Three other men who were arrested during the drug bust at sea were released for want of prosecution.The street value of cocaine seized is $15,800 while the marijuana is worth $3000.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Hawaii man nabbed over ‘extreme stalking’ case

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first_imgThe Gilmore family was “tormented”during the year-plus that the “extreme cyberstalking” endured, U.S. AttorneyJohn Huber said Tuesday at a news conference. WASHINGTON – United Sates prosecutors have arrested a Hawaii man they accuse of sending hundreds of unwanted service providers and others to a Utah home, including plumbers and prostitutes. It took investigators time to gatherenough evidence to charge Okamura because of his use of encryption and appsthat made him appear anonymous, Huber said. (AP) Investigators had been focused onOkamura as the suspect since January when the Gilmores were granted aprotective injunction in Utah. center_img Okamura, 44, targeted a father and her adultdaughter, sending the woman threatening messages and posting her picture andaddress online, authorities said. One posting said the homeowner wanted drugsand prostitutes at the house in a quiet, middle-class neighborhood in a SaltLake City suburb. Loren Okamura was arrested Friday inHawaii following his indictment last month on charges of cyberstalking,interstate threats and transporting people for prostitution, court documentsshow.last_img read more

No away fans, no beer as Bundesliga outlines plans for new season

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first_img Drinking beer at a game is also popular in Germany, but it will be off the menu until at least October 31, the DFL said. Clubs have agreed not to apply to their local authorities for licences to sell alcohol until that date. Fixtures for the new season, which begins on September 18, are set to be released on Friday. Clubs have been told they must show they are ready to play a key role in contact tracing, which will mean tickets are personalised in the new season to show who is watching the game and from what precise area of the stadium. “The professional clubs have undertaken to ensure in their games that in the event of infection the identity and contact details of possible and eventual affected stadium visitors can be determined,” read a DFL statement. German Bundesliga faces a dramatic cultural shift if fans are allowed back to stadiums next season, with away fans, standing and alcoholic drinks all set to be curbed. Elite clubs joined a key German Football League (DFL) meeting on Wednesday (AEST) where a set of strict rules were put in place to ensure uniformity in how the coronavirus crisis is handled. Read Also: Fulham players party inside Wembley after securing promotion “This is based on the consideration that the local health authorities can only interrupt existing infection chains early and effectively if they can quickly identify and contact the relevant people. “The precise arrangement of the regulation initially agreed for this calendar year remains the responsibility of the individual clubs, which have to include concrete measures in their location-specific plans.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Bundesliga clubs would be ready to welcome back fans if public health authorities consider it a safe step to take, having played out the final weeks of the 2019-20 season behind closed doors. In a statement, the league said it shared the view of clubs that away fans “make up an important part of German football culture that must be preserved”. Yet under the circumstances clubs from the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga agreed they will not sell tickets to supporters of visiting teams until the end of the year. The DFL said clubs had also agreed “on a voluntary basis” to forbid standing at games, for the purpose of making it “easier to monitor compliance with distance and hygiene standards in the stadiums”. That was another reluctant move on the part of the league, which stressed: “Completely unaffected by today’s decisions is the fundamental commitment of the DFL and its clubs to preserve standing room in the sense of football and fan culture in Germany.” Loading… Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe World’s 7 Most Spectacular Railway Stations10 Characters Who Deserve To Be Official Disney Princesses9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too FarThe 6 Weirdest Things You Can Learn On WikiHowCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?40 Child Stars Who Look Incredibly Gorgeous As Adults8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growthlast_img read more

EPL relegation and promotion must be decided on the pitch — Norwich

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first_imgEnglish Premier League clubs should be relegated only if both of the top two divisions restart and complete the season, Stuart Webber, the sporting director of Norwich City, says.The Canaries are six points below the safety line with nine games to play. Webber however said on Wednesday it would be unfair to relegate or promote clubs based on an incomplete season.“It’s fine if we restart and three clubs get relegated,” he said. “Football should be played on a pitch and not in the boardroom.“But the Championship (second tier) has to restart and play all their games also.“What we cannot accept is a situation where we play out all our games, get relegated but then the Championship can’t play… and then they automatically promote some teams who haven’t finished the season.”Premier League clubs are in discussions to finish the season, with the possibility of a restart next month given a boost when the government said elite sports could return after June 1. The fate of lower divisions remains uncertain.The media has since reported that top-flight clubs would have to spend a combined four million pounds ($4.92 million) on testing players for COVID-19.Such an outlay would likely be beyond the resources of smaller clubs who are reliant on gate receipts but have already furloughed staff and would not be allowed to admit spectators.Bottom side Norwich were among those who opposed plans for Premier League games to be held at neutral venues to limit the risk of supporters turning up.But clubs now hope such a measure can be avoided. Webber was critical of the way the debate had been framed last week.There had been accusations that those threatened with the drop were using concerns about neutral venues as an excuse to try and avoid relegation.“I’m just glad that’s been levelled up a bit this week and it’s no surprise that once bigger clubs than us talk about it suddenly people want to get around the table and don’t want to beat us up any more,” he said.“I think (the) most important (thing) is that we try and find a way of getting back (to) playing where it’s safe and where the competition is fair.RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend “What we can’t do is play it all out in the media and when an agenda suits us we beat up clubs for suggesting that playing in neutral venues might not be fair.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: Premier LeaguePromotionRelegationStuart Webberlast_img read more

Japanese star has Champion option

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first_img The race is the showpiece of the inaugural Irish Champions Weekend at the Curragh at Leopardstown on September 13 and 14, and if either he or compatriot Denim And Ruby take part, they will be the first ever runner in Ireland to represent the Asian nation. Just A Way is currently the top-rated racehorse in the world after his demolition job in the Dubai Duty Free, while Denim And Ruby was beaten a whisker by Gentildonna in the Japan Cup. In total, 22 individual Group One winners feature among the 61 entries, which include Cirrus Des Aigles, African Story, Magician, Al Kazeem, Ruler Of The World, The Fugue, Sky Lantern, Chicquita, Australia and Toast Of New York. Pat Keogh, Leopardstown’s CEO, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the initial entry for the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes, featuring the Japanese-trained highest-rated horse in the world Just A Way. “The increased prize-money for the race of €1 million, made possible by Qipco’s generous sponsorship and HRI’s financial support for the meeting, has enabled us to attract an international entry of outstanding quality, which has exceeded even our loftiest ambitions. “We hope that this will encourage many international visitors and domestic racegoers to book early for what will truly be a memorable day’s racing at Leopardstown on Saturday, September 13 as part of Irish Champions Weekend.” Press Associationcenter_img Japanese sensation Just A Way has been given an entry in the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes. last_img read more

The Latest: 3 stages of Giro d’Italia no longer in Hungary

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first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the world (all times local):___1:25 p.m. The England and Wales Cricket board says it made the decision for the players to return home after discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket.England was set to play the first test of its two-test series on Thursday, with the second test set for March 27.The ECB says “we look forward to returning to Sri Lanka in the very near future to fulfil this important Test series.”The decision was announced with England playing in a test warm-up match against the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI.England also has tests scheduled at home against West Indies in June and Pakistan in late July and August. Associated Press March 13, 2020 German club Nuremberg says its whole team and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after defender Fabian Nürnberger tested positive for the coronavirus.The second-division club decided to conduct tests after two players from previous opponent Hannover tested positive for the virus.Nuremberg was due to play St. Pauli on Sunday but the club has asked the German soccer league to postpone the game.Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday was called off after Hannover decided on Thursday to quarantine its players for 14 days.___ 11 a.m.The French soccer league has suspended all matches indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.Matches were scheduled to be held in empty stadiums but the French league made its decision in an emergency meeting a day after President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation on television.No indication has yet been given as to when the league could resume. The league says it will next meet on Tuesday following a UEFA meeting.___ The handover of the Olympic Flame to the Tokyo organizing committee will go ahead as scheduled on March 19 at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.___11:50 a.m.Soccer in Scotland has been suspended following a similar move in England.The Scottish Football Association and Scottish Professional Football League say games are off until “further notice.” More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 1:55 p.m.The Greek Olympic committee says it is suspending the rest of its torch relay because of the “unexpectedly large crowd” that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.The Hellenic Olympic Committee says a large crowd had gathered to watch the flame for the Tokyo Olympics pass through the southern Greek town of Sparta. The flame was lit Thursday at the birthplace of the games in Ancient Olympia in a pared-down ceremony.The committee says it took “the difficult but essential decision to cancel the rest of the program of the flame relay on Greek territory.”It says the decision was taken in coordination with the health ministry and the International Olympic Committee. However, it is increasingly likely all Premier League matches will be suspended. League officials are holding an emergency meeting to discuss future steps.___10:40 a.m.The German soccer league says it will play this weekend’s games as planned without spectators but may suspend the league as of Tuesday.The league board says it will propose a suspension through April 2, to be voted on by member clubs on Monday. Six first-division games were scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including the Old Firm game between Glasgow rivals Rangers and Celtic.___12:40 p.m.The Paris-Nice cycling race won’t finish in Nice because of the coronavirus outbreak, and will instead be stopped one day early at the end of Stage 7 on Saturday.The final stage would have taken the race on a 113.5-kilometer (70.5-mile) loop north of Nice. Instead, the race will stop in Valdeblore la Colmiane. The Latest: 3 stages of Giro d’Italia no longer in Hungary ___3:35 p.m.The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to delay the start of the Indian Premier League T20 tournament by two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament will now start on April 15 instead of March 29.___ ___11:15 a.m.UEFA has postponed all Champions League and Europa League games because of the coronavirus outbreak.The quarterfinal draws in both competitions, scheduled for next Friday, have also been postponed.The decision comes four days ahead of a meeting to decide the European soccer calendar, including the possible one-year postponement of the 2020 European Championship. The first three stages of this year’s Giro d’Italia cycling race in May will no longer be held in Hungary.Writing in a Facebook post, government commissioner Mariusz Revesz says the decision came because of the coronavirus crisis in Italy and Hungary’s declaration this week to ban large outdoor sporting events.Revesz says Hungarian and Italian race organizers would seek contract modifications so the Giro can start in Hungary some other time.___1:20 p.m. All of this weekend’s games are due to be played in empty stadiums.Borussia Mönchengladbach played Cologne on Wednesday and although there were no fans in the stadium, hundreds assembled outside.The league asked fans “not to gather in front of the stadiums and to do their part to protect the population.”Second-division club Hannover has put its players into self-isolation after two tested positive for the coronavirus. Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday has been called off.___ Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, leading to the cancellation of the match against Brighton on Saturday. Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi also had a positive test on Thursday, while Everton said Friday that a player had reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus and said its squad was self-isolating.Two more clubs said some players or staff would isolate. Bournemouth said Friday that reserve goalkeeper Artur Boruc and four members of staff had symptoms consistent with the virus. Leicester said Thursday that three players had “extremely mild illness” and would self-isolate as a precaution.___10:30 a.m.The England cricket team’s test series in Sri Lanka has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. 9:55 a.m.Everton has become the third Premier League soccer club to put its entire playing squad in quarantine after a player reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus.Arsenal and Chelsea announced similar measures on Thursday.Everton says the club is in regular contact with the player in question and is monitoring the wellbeing of all players and staff. Its training complex has been closed down along with its stadium, Goodison Park.Everton is scheduled to play Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Monday. ___11:10 a.m.The English Premier League has been suspended after three clubs put their entire playing squads in self-isolation because of coronavirus.The league had expected to continue with a full schedule this weekend with fans, but later decided to suspend all matches until April 3 “at the earliest.”The same suspension applies for the three lower divisions overseen by the English Football League and to England’s top two women’s divisions.last_img read more

The Latest: Grass fires break out behind Darlington Raceway

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first_imgThe Latest: Grass fires break out behind Darlington Raceway Tharp was visiting the Raceway Grill outside Turn 2, where team owners were setting up for a watch party. He says the cooperation in NASCAR was essential in setting up three races over four days.Xfinity drivers race Tuesday night, with Cup series racers going again at Darlington on Wednesday night.___11:30 a.m.NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France is at Darlington Raceway and will remain outside the infield. ___5:15 p.m.Ricky Stenhouse Jr. calls his opening-lap crash “pretty embarrassing.”Stenhouse crashed exiting the second turn on the first lap at Darlington Raceway. His crumpled car was spitting flames as he drove to the garage. He retired from the race without completing a lap. He finished last in the 40-car field. “Not really sure a whole lot what to say there about our first lap, first corner,” he said. “Pretty embarrassing for myself, our team, our crew guys. I feel awful for them. They put a lot of hard work into getting our cars ready.” — This is the first of 20 races across seven Southern states between now and June 21. Darlington is hosting three events in four days.— Roughly 900 people have been approved to be inside the gates, all considered essential.— Teams are allowed 16 employees per car, including the driver and owner. Most owners gave up their spot because they are either over the age of 65 and at high risk for COVID-19 or their role at the track is not considered critical to competition. Several team members are helping remotely, offering a peek into how sophisticated NASCAR’s technology has become.— The first race back is called The Real Heroes 400 and is dedicated to health care workers. Names of health care workers across the country have been substituted for the drivers’ name above car doors.___ Ryan Newman was in the car behind The Associated Press in the screening line. He leaned out his window for the temperature check and removed his hat so the thermometer could scan his forehead. Newman, wearing a camouflage face mask, was cleared to enter the track to prepare for his first race since he suffered a head injury on Feb. 16 in the season-opening Daytona 500.___12:30 p.m.Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp says he’s amazed at how quickly every part of NASCAR came together to bring back the sport.NASCAR’s top Cup series returns to the track later Sunday after 10 weeks off because of the coronavirus pandemic. His only victory of the season was a Truck Series race at Las Vegas the second week of the season.___2:30 p.m.South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster gave a brief welcome over video to NASCAR in a virtual version of the traditional pre-race driver meeting.The meeting was streamed on NASCAR.com, and McMasters thanked the stock car series for coming to Darlington for its restart. NASCAR President Steve Phelps is promising “the best race and racing experience possible every time we hit the racetrack.”Phelps released a letter to NASCAR fans Sunday, hours before the racing series returns to the track for the first time in more than two months.“Our drivers, race teams and officials have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to get back to the race track and we want to assure you that we have taken the return to racing very seriously,” Phelps wrote.NASCAR chose Darlington, the oldest speedway on the Cup circuit, as the safest place to restart the season after eight events were postponed and the series sat idle for 10 weeks amid the global coronavirus pandemic. NASCAR was facing a financial collapse if live races didn’t resume on national television. So the sanctioning body had its health plan approved in South Carolina and North Carolina and released an aggressive schedule that included 20 races across seven Southern states between now and June 21. Stenhouse said he’s looking forward to trying again at Darlington on Wednesday night. ___5 p.m.Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson wrecked while leading on the final lap of the first stage at Darlington Raceway.Johnson had passed Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman for the lead with 10 laps remaining in the opening stage of NASCAR first race in 10 weeks. Johnson was trying to earn his first stage victory of the season — and only his third ever under this system. William Coats, another member of the group, said the fellowship they’ll share Sunday is important.___12:45 p.m.The first sign that Sunday’s race wasn’t a normal one for NASCAR was the lack of traffic on the four-lane highway outside of Darlington Raceway.Traffic is always one of NASCAR’s biggest issues as thousands of fans descend on often rural areas not equipped for the overflow of cars. Participants then turned onto a gravel road guarded by four state trooper vehicles and entered a health screening area. NASCAR officials there checked names, administered a temperature check with a device pointed at the forehead and logged the reading on a chart. The 75-year-old France is considered high risk to contract the coronavirus. NASCAR executive Steve O’Donnell posted audio on Twitter in which France grabs the public address microphone in the scoring tower and thanks “the entire industry for their efforts to get us back racing.”Roughly 900 essential people have been approved to be inside the gates. NASCAR is returning to racing following a 10-week layoff amid the global pandemic. The Real Heroes 400 begins at 3 p.m.___11 a.m. 3:30 p.m.John Holland might have traveled the farthest to not watch a NASCAR race.Holland flew in from Chicago to tailgate with friends from Darlington. The group was at a home directly across from the track. Holland said he didn’t hesitate when the opportunity came up. He says he’ll be back to watch the Southern 500 here in September. ___3 p.m. 5:50 p.m.A caution has been called to remove a sticky sponsorship sign that came loose when Kyle Busch scraped the wall while riding the high line at Darlington Raceway. After Busch rubbed the Blue-Emu sign, it started peeling off the outside wall. A portion of it stuck to Denny Hamlin’s grill and another attached to Tyler Reddick’s front fender.It was a weird scene, even for NASCAR, and arguably as odd as racing without fans and with masks and social-distancing mandates. Blue-Emu, you might recall, is the sponsor that fired Bubba Wallace for rage-quitting during an iRacing event in which the topical pain reliever was sponsoring the driver. “I felt like I was going to be able to exit the corner side by side with them and things just went horribly wrong there,” Johnson said. “I feel terrible for my team and everybody at Hendrick Motorsports. We’ve got great race cars and things are coming in the right direction, but things just really didn’t turn out there on Turn 2.”Johnson arrived at Darlington with just 13 laps led in the first four events of the year. He is scheduled to retire from full-time competition at the end of the season. Johnson crashed as he was trying to put Chris Buescher a lap down. It ended his day.“I don’t want one single person to get down,” said Johnson’s crew chief, Cliff Daniels. “We’ve got a great race car, so don’t you get down.”William Byron won the opening stage.Ryan Newman and Chase Elliott were called for speeding on pit road following Johnson’s accident. Associated Press center_img ___4:45 p.mRyan Newman is running in the top 10 in his first race back since a horrific crash during the final lap of the Daytona 500.Newman suffered a head injury as he skidded across the finish line in the season opener. His return comes exactly three months after the Feb. 17 accident.Newman started 21st in a Ford for Roush Fenway Racing. Smoke rose above the advertising signs in the first corner of the iconic track.Safety personnel quickly arrived and extinguished the flames. A fire truck came a short time later to douse the hot spots, leaving two dark areas in the otherwise green grass.It wasn’t immediately unclear how the fires started.___6:10 p.m. May 17, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR’s return at Darlington Raceway (all times local):6:45 p.m.Two small grass fires broke out at Darlington Raceway behind Turns 1 and 2 during the final stage of the NASCAR Cup Series race. Drivers, crews and officials wore face masks during pre-race ceremonies, which were performed remotely. The Fox Sports booth, featuring Mike Joy and four-time champion Jeff Gordon, also was being broadcast remotely from Charlotte, North Carolina. Driver Clint Bowyer wore a mask during a pre-race TV interview. Here’s a quick primer of other things to know:— Ryan Newman is returning after a suffering a head injury in a last-lap crash in the Daytona 500 on Feb. 17.— Matt Kenseth is out of retirement and driving for Chip Ganassi. He replaces Kyle Larson, who was fired in April for using a racial slur. The 48-year-old Kenseth is racing in the Cup Series for the first time since the 2018 season finale. He is the oldest driver in the field.— NASCAR chose the oldest speedway on the Cup circuit as the safest place to restart its season after eight events were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. NASCAR had been facing a financial collapse if races didn’t resume on national television. McMasters said he was disappointed not to be at the track but vowed to be at Darlington’s first race with fans.“I love ‘The Lady in Black,’” McMasters said. After a video saluting healthcare workers, the rules for Sunday’s race were laid out. NASCAR used graphics to present virtual explanations for the racing procedures and the images included simulated fans in the stands. There are no fans permitted to attend a NASCAR race through at least June 21.At least one vehicle attempted to enter the property but was turned away at the only open gate outside the speedway.___ Meanwhile, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. crashed exiting the second turn on the very first lap of the race. His crumpled car was shooting flames from the back as he drove to the garage. He retired from the race without completing a single lap. He finished last in the 40-car field. ___3:55 p.m.NASCAR is back! The Real Heroes 400 is underway at Darlington Raceway, without fans and with masks and social-distancing mandates all around.The new protocols should matter little to the 40 guys who took the green flag for the first live NASCAR race in 10 weeks. 1 p.m.Kevin Nobles wasn’t going to miss a race at Darlington Raceway. It didn’t matter that he couldn’t get near the track. Nobles was part of a five-person group setting up a tailgate at an RV park outside the venue known as the the track “Too Tough To Tame.”Nobles, 56, from Aynor and on his way to Myrtle Beach, says he wanted to be close enough “to hear the engines and smell the gas fumes.”Nobles was excited that races were going live and believes it could be a big lift for fans following a 10-week hiatus amid the global coronavirus pandemic. The first event is called the “The Real Heroes 400” and is dedicated to health care workers fighting COVID-19. Health care workers will give the command to start the engines.Darlington is hosting three events over four days. Roughly 900 essential people have been approved to be inside the gates.___More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 “Help me, guys. I’m lost,” Keselowski said. “Let’s go racing.”___2:40 p.m.Kyle Busch’s car failed inspection twice before Sunday’s race at Darlington Raceway and the reigning Cup champion will drop to the back of the field at the start.Busch is planning to run the first seven of NASCAR’s races resumed schedule over the next 11 days. His No. 18 Toyota from Joe Gibbs Racing was originally slated to start fourth. Busch is winless in Cup through the first four events held before the season was suspended March 13. Because only essential personnel are allowed to attend Sunday’s race, drivers were on their own to prepare for 400 miles of action. They typically have a staff that manages their schedules, prepares their beverages for the race and other important details.Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson posted a photo of all the things he had to do himself at Darlington.“One of the perks of making it to the big time is showing up to the car with everything ready,” Johnson posted on Twitter. “Times R different right now & some of the responsibilities R mine again. Hopefully the drink bag won’t leak, visor doesn’t fall off, cool shirt is primed correctly & so on. #NascarIsBack”Brad Keselowski, the 2012 champ, also took to Twitter to show his new normal, a pre-race lunch he had to make for himself. It included a few raviolis, two hard-boiled eggs and a roll. He asked if water boiled differently in South Carolina. Brad Keselowski has won the second stage of NASCAR’s race at Darlington Speedway, the sport’s first live event in 10 weeks.It was Keselowski’s second stage win of the season. He led Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer to the checkered line as the stage ended.Keselowski started on the pole after qualifying was set by a random draw.The third and final stage will determine the race winner.___last_img read more

FB : Cohen: Poor attendance indicates lack of appreciation for exciting football

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first_img Comments Dyshawn Davis isn’t buying it, and neither am I. That the difference in attendance between Saturday’s sparse Carrier Dome landscape and the fairly-full season-opening win against Wake Forest was only 1,717 fans seems preposterous.Against Toledo, the portion of the student section adjacent to the band saw fewer than five full rows of students. The upper deck had a smattering of spectators. Hell, the lower level wasn’t even close to full.‘I was looking up at the stands, and I was like, ‘We had more fans than this for Wake Forest,” Davis said. ‘And I saw that it said 39,000, and Wake Forest was almost 41,000.’Sure, there might have been 39,116 tickets sold to Saturday’s 33-30 overtime win against Toledo, but the amount of people that actually showed up to watch was far fewer.Embarrassing, pathetic, shameful — whatever word you want to use is fine with me. Monster Jam — yes, that Monster Jam featuring monster trucks — drew a crowd of more than 35,000 people into the Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt just seems silly that a football program on the rise, coming off a bowl victory and with a winning record in 2011, struggles to be more attractive than Grave Digger.‘As long as we keep winning, hopefully more fans will come in,’ Davis said.Good luck, Dyshawn. I’m not sure what else you and your teammates can do.Start the season with a win at home: check. Prove it isn’t a fluke by winning your second game: check. Continue winning at home and open the year 3-0 in the Carrier Dome for the first time since 2001: check.Ah, but maybe the games weren’t exciting enough for fans. Maybe Syracuse was ho-humming its way to 12-3 victories dominated by placekickers with little offensive flair or sex appeal.Nope, wrong. In three games at the Dome this season, the Orange has come back from 10- and 15-point deficits to win in overtime and avoided an upset bid by intercepting a Hail Mary attempt in the fourth quarter.As a sports fan — regardless of whether you are loyal to the Orange, Demon Deacons, Rams, Rockets or the game of football in general — how can you ask for more?‘It was almost too exciting,’ SU wide receiver Dorian Graham said following the win over Toledo.Maybe Graham is onto something. Perhaps high-scoring overtime thrillers with dazzling plays by Van Chew, Chris Givens, Eric Page and Ryan Nassib aren’t enough to make the Syracuse community interested in coming out to watch a game.Or perhaps Syracuse fans are tempted, but somewhere between putting on their shoes and inserting the key into the ignition, they realize they’ve forgotten to complete their most important daily ritual. And by the time they’ve drawn the big red ‘X’ on their calendars to indicate that basketball season is one day closer, they’ve lost interest.‘That’s all I’m looking forward to, getting this Syracuse fan base back together and bringing this program back together,’ Davis said.Davis’ goal is certainly a good one, but I still want to make myself clear. My goal isn’t to vivify people in the Syracuse area regarding New York’s college team specifically.What I’m saying is that if East Carolina — a team that entered the weekend winless and has applied to join the Big East — can bring in 50,023 fans for its game Saturday against Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), there’s something seriously wrong with SU’s poor attendance.Any fan of college football should be excited to go to the Carrier Dome — a venue that has the potential to be an incredibly hostile environment — and watch a 3-1 college football team open Big East play next weekend against Rutgers.‘I appreciate the fans, they helped us win this game at the end,’ SU head coach Doug Marrone said following the season opener against Wake Forest. ‘And if you wound up leaving, you missed a great game.’There, that’s all the proof you need. Marrone didn’t explicitly say a true Orange fan stays until the end. He didn’t clobber the Syracuse faithful for leaving with their team down by 15 in the fourth quarter to the Demon Deacons.He made it simple: You missed a great game.I can only hope Davis is right and that fans of college football realize what they aren’t seeing. The first three home games have been nothing short of scintillating, especially given last year’s 17- and 31-point lopsided losses to Connecticut and Pittsburgh.Saturday, Antwon Bailey said close games in the Carrier Dome are ‘amazing.’It’s just too bad not many care to see them.Michael Cohen is the sports editor for The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at mjcohe02@syr.edu or on Twitter at @Michael_Cohen13. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on September 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more

Volleyball off to strong start with weekend sweep

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first_imgThe USC women’s volleyball team proved to be nearly unbeatable at home over the weekend, defeating all three teams it faced en route to winning the 2010 Luxe City Center Trojan Invitational.Sky high · Junior setter Kendall Bateman was named Most Valuable Player for the 2010 Luxe City Center Trojan Invitational, which USC won. – Daily Trojan File Photo The Women of Troy lost only one set during the matches, as they swept Loyola Marymount Friday night 3-0 before rolling to 3-0 and 3-1 wins Saturday against Bucknell and Cal State Fullerton, respectively.The most suspenseful match came Saturday night against Cal State Fullerton. The Women of Troy dropped the first set 25-22, forcing the team to overcome a deficit for the first time this season.USC then pulled out to a 23-19 lead in the second set before four unanswered points by Cal State Fullerton pushed the score to a 23-23 tie. But a game-winning kill delivered by freshman outside hitter Falyn Fonoimoana allowed USC to prevail in the end, 26-24.Riding their momentum from the second set win, the Women of Troy did not look back, winning the third set 25-18 and clinching the match and tournament title in the fourth set, 25-19.“After losing the first game, I didn’t know how we’d handle that,” said USC coach Mick Haley. “I thought we battled really well.”Overall, the primetime battle featured a number of long rallies and exceptional diving plays by freshman libero Natalie Hagglund that had the crowd applauding. Junior setter Kendall Bateman proved to be a catalyst for USC’s success as well, recording a career high 66 assists and 18 digs in the final match.After the match, when asked what he was most proud of regarding his team’s comeback, Haley was unable to identify a single factor.“They didn’t doubt themselves,” Haley said. “They picked each other up. They rooted for each other when they came out to rest.”Saturday morning’s match against Bucknell lacked the intensity of the final, but was successful for the Women of Troy nonetheless. USC dominated the first set with a convincing 25-7 victory, and followed with 25-18 and 25-13 wins in the second and third sets to clinch the match.On Friday against Loyola Marymount, USC once again started strong, winning the first set 25-12 and the second 25-18. In the third set, Haley took the opportunity to insert more freshmen into the lineup; and although the score was tighter at 25-19, USC again managed to finish on top.“I think whenever you do get to the third set you have to remember to always finish and the game’s never over,” Bateman said. “We’ll just have to work on that and keep our focus until the end of the match.”Friday’s victory was literally one for the books, as it marked Haley’s 1,000th victory in collegiate women’s volleyball. Despite the impressive milestone, he said he had not thought much about the numbers and did not attribute the victories to his coaching ability.“I don’t even know what it means to win 1,000,” Haley said. “You know, it just means that I’ve had awfully good players and been at awfully good schools, and for that, I’m extremely appreciative.”Although Haley chose to remain humble, his players could not resist the opportunity to praise him.“He’s done amazing things, and it’s just great to be here playing under him because you know he’s one of the best coaches in the nation, if not the best coach,” Hagglund said.Not only was Friday’s match a historic one for Haley; it was also the first collegiate game for the team’s six active freshmen. And though their play was highlighted, the nerves were present as well.“I was freaking out at first,” Hagglund said. “My hands were shaking every time I passed the ball.”Haley utilized his team’s youth and depth throughout the entire tournament — he used 14 players and repeatedly made rotation changes. In Saturday morning’s match against Bucknell, he sat junior outside hitter Alex Jupiter and junior middle blocker Lauren Williams until the third set.“So far, everybody’s just worked so hard that everybody deserved a chance to show me and show everybody else what they can do,” Haley said.Jupiter and Williams were both named to the All-Tournament team, and Bateman was honored with the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award.USC will next face action in a three-day tournament in Hawaii starting Friday. The Women of Troy will get a chance at a rematch against No. 5 Hawai’i, which ended USC’s run in the second round of the NCAA tournament at the Galen Center last year.last_img read more

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