Ding Junhui battles back at snooker World Championships

first_imgHe leads China’s Ding Junhui by 10-frames-to-7 ahead of this afternoons session at 2pm, and needs just eight more to clinch the title for the second time.Ding is looking to become just the fourth player from outside Britain to lift the trophy in Sheffield.last_img

Bolt, Fraser-Pryce shortlisted for Laureus award

first_imgTop Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce are among the athletes in the running for the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards 2013.Bolt and Fraser-Pryce have been shortlisted along with the world’s greatest Olympic and Paralympic stars.The list includes British lawn tennis player Andy Murray, Australian swimmer Michael Phelps and Serena Williams, the American lawn tennis star.Bolt is aiming for his third Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award after repeating his success in Beijing by winning gold medals in all three sprint events in London – 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay.The nominations for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award are all dominated by the Olympics.Fraser-Pryce, the fastest woman on earth after successfully defending her 100m Olympic title, is in competition with Britain’s Jessica Ennis, who won the heptathlon gold in front of an ecstatic home crowd. Also nominated are non-Olympians Sebastian Vettel, winner of a third-straight Formula One World Championship and charismatic footballer Lionel Messi, nominated for the fourth- straight timeThe nominations were announced during a ceremony here.The Laureus World Sports Awards, which recognise sporting achievement during 2012, are the premier honours on the international sporting calendar.The winners, voted by the Laureus World Sports Academy – the ultimate sports jury, made up of 46 of the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of all time – will be unveiled at a televised awards ceremony March 11.last_img read more

‘We love you, 45’ – Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs mourned and remembered

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Skaggs, a product of Santa Monica High who had spent most of his 10-year professional career in the Angels organization, was 27 years old. ARLINGTON, Texas — Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room on Monday afternoon, just hours before the club was scheduled to play a game against the Texas Rangers.The game was canceled just as the Angels released the shocking news at around 4 p.m. central time.MORE COVERAGE:Death of Tyler Skaggs is latest in long list of Angels tragediesAngels fans make an all-too-familiar tribute to Tyler SkaggsTyler Skaggs biography – Life and baseball career of Angels pitcherMike Trout, Jered Weaver react to Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs’ deathPhotos: Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs through the years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Skaggs was discovered in his room at the team’s hotel in Southlake, which is about 20 minutes north of the ballpark in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The Southlake police department announced that ­“at this time, no foul play is suspected.” The police also said suicide is not suspected.The police responded at 2:18 p.m. to a call of an “unconscious male” in a room at the hotel. Officers arrived and Skaggs was pronounced dead at the scene, the police said.The first of two Angels buses was prepared to leave the team hotel for the ballpark at about 3 p.m. when traveling secretary Tom Taylor boarded the bus and delivered the news. Players remained at the hotel and the few players and staff members who had come to the ballpark early returned to the hotel.“I’m in utter shock and disbelief,” General Manager Billy Eppler said in a phone interview from Southern California, as he prepared to join the team in Texas. “It’s just a very tragic day for the Angels. It’s a very tragic day for his wife Carli, and his mother Debbie. His father, Dan. … It’s just a tragic day for everybody. This young man touched a lot of peoples’ lives. I think you’re going to start to see the impact he’s had on people in the coming days.”PreviousThe Angels’ Tyler Skaggs poses during photo day at Tempe Diablo Stadium IN 2016. (PHOTO BYKEVIN SULLIVAN, Orange County Register/SCNG)Angels’ pitcher Tyler Skaggs poses during the annual Spring Training Photo Day at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws to the Oakland Athletics during a baseball game Saturday, June 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angeles’ Tyler Skaggs #45 during photo day at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws to the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs looks to the dugout against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs was on hand go give autographs to fans that came out for the Angels Moving Day event IN 2015. (Photo by PAUL RODRIGUEZ, Orange County REGISTER/SCNG)Joseph Silver, 8, of Victorville gets his opportunity for an autograph from Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs at the Angels Moving Day event in 2015. In addition to autographs, all fans received a coupon for a free ticket.(Photo by PAUL RODRIGUEZ, Orange County REGISTER/SCNG)Tyler Skaggs poses during photo day at the Angels’ Spring Training facility in Tempe, AZ on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Tyler Skaggs poses during photo day at the Angels’ Spring Training facility in Tempe, AZ on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Tyler Skaggs throws to the plate during workouts at the Angels’ Spring Training facility in Tempe, AZ on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Pitcher Tyler Skaggs poses during the Angels’ Photo Day at Spring Training in Tempe, AZ on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Pitcher Tyler Skaggs watches from the dugout during the Angels’ Spring Training home-opener against the Milwaukee Brewers at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, AZ on Saturday, February 25, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Tyler Skaggs poses during photo day at the Angels’ Spring Training facility in Tempe, AZ on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Pitcher Tyler Skaggs watches from the dugout during the Angels’ Spring Training home-opener against the Milwaukee Brewers at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, AZ on Saturday, February 25, 2017. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs, shown in a file photo, allowed three runs in a 19-pitch first inning on Wednesday night, be he retired 12 of the 13 batters he faced in the following four innings against the Indians. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs reacts after giving up a walk to Minnesota Twins’ C.J. Cron in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, May 13, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – APRIL 26: Starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after striking out Ryan O’Hearn #66 of the Kansas City Royals for the third out with the bases loaded during the 4th inning of the game at Kauffman Stadium on April 26, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs watches from the bench in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws to the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 28: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 28, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)TORONTO, CANADA – MAY 10: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim delivers a pitch in the third inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 10, 2014 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs works against the Toronto Blue Jays during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Saturday, May 10, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs winds up during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs (45) is taken out of the baseball game by manager Brad Ausmus during the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws a pitch during first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, June 23, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)Los Angeles Angels’ Tyler Skaggs pitches to the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs flips the ball to first in time to get Tampa Bay Rays’ Travis d’Arnaud out during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs during the second inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, June 13, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws to the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs, right, talks to catcher Dustin Garneau during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Saturday, June 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels stretches during spring training at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Friday, February 22, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Angeles’ Tyler Skaggs #45 during photo day at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Angeles’ Tyler Skaggs #45 during photo day at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Angeles’ Tyler Skaggs #45 during photo day at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Angels’ Tyler Skaggs poses during photo day at Tempe Diablo Stadium IN 2016. (PHOTO BYKEVIN SULLIVAN, Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 35The Angels’ Tyler Skaggs poses during photo day at Tempe Diablo Stadium IN 2016. (PHOTO BYKEVIN SULLIVAN, Orange County Register/SCNG)ExpandSkaggs and his wife, Carli, were just married in the past offseason. They did not have children. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Skaggs attended Santa Monica High, graduating in 2009. The Angels selected him that summer with the 40th overall pick in the draft. Mike Trout was selected in the same draft, and the two were briefly roommates during their first season as professionals.“Words cannot express the deep sadness we feel right now,” Trout said in an Instagram post. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Carli and their families. Remembering him as a great teammate, friend, and person who will forever remain in our hearts … We love you, 45.”The Angels traded Skaggs to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010 and re-acquired him in 2013. He was the most senior member of the pitching staff. Skaggs had a breakthrough in the first half of last season, pitching to a near All-Star level before injuries derailed the second half of his season.Having spent the bulk of his career with the Angels, Skaggs was a favorite of many throughout the organization.“Very well-liked among his teammates, the coaches the performance staff, the front office, ownership, everybody,” Eppler said. “The people who handle our food service and catering. Everybody enjoyed being around Tyler. He just had a very good way about him that was instilled from his upbringing.”Broadcaster Mark Gubicza, who was on the bus when Taylor delivered the news, said he and the other players he’d seen in the ensuing hours were still reeling.“It’s like it wasn’t real,” Gubicza said. “It hasn’t begun to sink in. The outpouring from people. They love him. He’s a funny dude. He’s a baby. He’s a kid.”News of his passing sent shock waves around the major leagues, starting with Monday’s scheduled opponent, the Rangers.“The Texas Rangers organization wants to express its deepest sympathies to the family of Tyler Skaggs and to the entire Angels organization on this shocking loss. The thoughts and prayers of every member of the Texas Rangers and all of their fans are with the Angels organization at this difficult time,” read a statement from the Rangers.Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said after they heard the news from Major League Baseball the decision to cancel the game was made quickly. Monday’s game will be made up when the Angels return to Arlington in August, the Rangers announced.As of now, the remaining three games of this series are still on schedule, but Daniels said they haven’t discussed any further postponements.“Whatever the Angels need at this point takes priority,” Daniels said.Rangers manager Chris Woodward said he called a meeting to break the news to his players.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros “There were a lot of pretty emotional guys in there,” Woodward said. “Some guys knew him. (Jesse Chavez) had played with him in L.A. Some guys were pretty visibly shaken. … It’s heartbreaking.”Woodward also said that he always admired Skaggs as a competitor, and from his reputation as a person.“I asked around personally about who he was and everybody spoke very highly about him,” Woodward said. “It’s just awful that he’s not going to be around anymore.”MLB commissioner Rob Manfred issued a statement.“I am deeply saddened by today’s tragedy in Texas. All of us at Major League Baseball extend our deepest condolences to Tyler’s wife Carli, their family, their friends and all of his Angels’ teammates and colleagues. We will support the Angels’ organization through this most difficult period, and we will make a variety of resources available to Tyler’s teammates and other members of the baseball family.”Skaggs is the third active Angels player to die in his 20s since 1978, when Lyman Bostock died. Bostock was also 27. Nick Adenhart died in 2009, at age 22. 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Alabama names Steve Sarkisian as OC, announces new coaching staff

first_imgSteve Sarkisian is back at Alabama.The Crimson Tide announced in a release that Sarkisian, who served as their offensive analyst in 2016, would serve as their offensive coordinator for the 2019 season. He comes off a two-year stint as the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive coordinator. He also served as head coach at USC and Washington.  Alabama also noted the hiring of six other coaches to its staff, including Pete Golding’s promotion to defensive coordinator from the co-defensive coordinator position he occupied in 2018.  MORE: Bama faces challenges, but dynasty is nowhere near done Other coaches on Nick Saban’s staff include former Rutgers coach Kyle Flood (offensive line), former Mississippi State running backs coach Charles Huff (associate head coach/running backs), and former Virginia Tech receivers coach Holmon Wiggins (wide receivers) on the offensive side.New defensive assistants include former MSU defensive line coach Brian Baker (associate head coach/defensive line), former Tennessee special teams coordinataor Charles Kelly (associate defensive coordinator/safeties) and former Florida defensive line coach Sal Sunseri (outside linebackers).Several Crimson Tide assistant coaches departed shortly after Alabama lost to Clemson in the national championship, including former offensive coordinator MIke Locksley and defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi. Saban’s staff in 2017 was his youngest ever at Alabama, though his newly announced staff is considerably older and features several coaches with NFL experience.last_img read more

Brandon Ingram’s sprained ankle leaves the Lakers short another ball-handler

first_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers LOS ANGELES — Once again, Josh Hart found himself employing the “next man up” mantra.After saying much the same when veteran point guard Rajon Rondo went down with a broken hand on Nov. 14, on Wednesday the Lakers were forced to consider what it might mean to move forward without their play-making forward Brandon Ingram, at least for a while.The starting forward will miss an indeterminate amount of time after he suffered a sprained left ankle with about 6:35 left in the first quarter of the Lakers’ 121-113 victory over the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center.Ingram will not join the team for the trip to San Antonio (Friday) and Memphis (Saturday) and is staying in L.A. for further evaluation. The team said he was scheduled to undergo a “precautionary MRI” to check for more serious injury. In his third year in the league, Ingram is averaging 15.2 points and shooting 47 percent from the floor as he’s adjusted to playing beside LeBron James.The ongoing development of their on-court chemistry was delayed four games early in the season while Ingram was suspended for his role in a melee during the Lakers’ home opener against the Houston Rockets.Lately, Ingram has found the mark offensively, shooting better than 50 percent in four of the past six games and hitting both of his jumpers to start Wednesday, when he seemed poised to use his length to pester the Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan (32 points) defensively.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“It’s always tough to see a teammate go down,” forward Kyle Kuzma said. “Especially B.I., who’s getting into a rhythm. But we’ve been in this situation before, with ’Zo going out (last season). B.I. went out for a long portion (last season). But it’s all about the team and next person.”With Ingram off the floor on Wednesday, and with versatile guard Hart also in foul trouble early, the Lakers “scrambled,” Walton said.Minus those ball-handlers (and Rondo) to turn to behind Lonzo Ball and LeBron James, the Lakers sent forth a motley lineup of Michael Beasley, Lance Stephenson, rookie Svi Mykhailiuk, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and JaVale McGee to start the second quarter.“We hit some mid-game adversity and it affected us, it knocked us off our normal rhythm,” Walton said. “But I thought we did a really good job of bouncing back from that. Guys started to play again and obviously, at halftime, we could regroup and pencil some different ideas … of when to get guys in and out, and making sure we always had LeBron or ’Zo for the most part on the floor.”Walton said that will be the basic plan for however long the Lakers are without Ingram – which, for now, will overlap with Rondo’s absence. Rondo has not been cleared for full contact yet.Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAfter Ingram landed on LaMarcus Aldridge’s foot following a jumper just outside of the key, Aldridge was assessed a Flagrant 1 foul for moving underneath Ingram while he was in the air without giving him space to land, which caused Ingram to roll his ankle.The Lakers immediately missed Ingram, whose X-rays were negative, the team said.“It will be evaluated tomorrow,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “There’s no timetable or anything like that, but I’d say he got it pretty good.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “We’re gonna have to start splitting LeBron and ’Zo a little more,” Walton said. “Get one of them out earlier than we’d like. Lance can run some point still, Svi ran some point with his national team, so he’s capable – but we’re going to try to have LeBron and ’Zo on the court for most of the game.”Ball said that’s fine with him.“Whenever Luke puts me out there, I’m gonna do whatever I can to help the team win, whether that’s with LeBron, without LeBron, with B.I., without B.I., I’m just gonna do my role,” Ball said, adding that the difference for him without those particular players on the court is that “I’ll have the ball in my hands more, initiating the offense, trying to get guys to the right spot.”Hart said it was hard to say, on Wednesday night, what Ingram’s injury will mean for the Lakers’ respective roles.“Might be more minutes, might be more shots, might not be – I don’t really know, that’s something that we’re gonna have to figure out,” Hart said. “First of all, we want him to get back as fast as he can, and we want him to be healthy, 100 percent.“But while he’s out, it’s just next man up.”ISAAC BONGA CALLED UPTo shore up depth along the wings, the Lakers called up rookie Isaac Bonga, who has yet to make his NBA debut.A German who was the Lakers’ 39th overall pick in the draft, Bonga has started 12 games with the G League affiliate South Bay Lakers, averaging 14 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals while shooting 44.4 percent from 3-point range. The 6-foot-8 wing, who just turned 19 last month, is the youngest player on the Lakers’ roster.Staff writer Kyle Goon contributed to this story. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more

Football: Boro smash club transfer record for Assombalonga

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Middlesbrough have broken their transfer record to sign striker Britt Assombalonga from second-tier Championship rivals Nottingham Forest for a fee in the region of £14 million (15.8 million euros, $18.2 million).Boro, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, are believed to have met a buyout clause in the 24-year-old’s contract.Assombalonga scored 14 goals in 33 games for a struggling Forest side last term and had also attracted the interest of Burnley, but Boro have got their man after outbidding the Premier League club.The fee surpasses the £12.7 million paid by the north-east club to Dutch side Heerenveen for Brazilian striker Afonso Alves in January 2008. “I can’t wait to get started and train with the boys,” Assombalonga told Middlesbrough’s club website.“There’s a good feeling around the place. From the minute I walked in it felt right.”The former Peterborough striker becomes Garry Monk’s fifth close-season signing since he took charge at the Riverside Stadium, following the arrivals of Martin Braithwaite, Jonny Howson, Cyrus Christie and Connor Roberts.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Profligate Arsenal punished by 10-man Atletico Madrid

first_imgAnd the hosts were given plenty of encouragement early on, even when still up against Atletico’s full complement.Lacazette volleyed off the outside of the post and forced Jan Oblak into the first of a series of fine saves with a header from close range.Vrsaljko had been booked within two minutes for bringing down Jack Wilshere.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 London, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsenal’s hopes of sending outgoing manager Arsene Wenger off with a trophy suffered a major blow as they could only draw 1-1 with 10-man Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday.The Gunners played with an extra man for over 80 minutes at the Emirates Stadium, with Sime Vrsaljko’s early red card handing them the initiative.However, they were made to rue a host of missed chances before and after Alexandre Lacazette headed them in front on the hour mark. “You don’t have any idea how hard it is to defend and defend and defend,” said Simeone.“You have to have huge balls to defend for more than 80 minutes like that.”There was a far more highly-charged atmosphere for Wenger’s penultimate home game in charge than there had been for last weekend’s match against West Ham United.center_img Atletico coach Diego Simeone was also sent to the stands shortly after Vrsaljko’s dismissal, but the Spaniards resisted manfully and pounced when their chance came as Antoine Griezmann prodded home a vital away goal eight minutes from time.“I feel we produced the performance we wanted to produce, but the result is not in line with the performance,” said Wenger.“We can only look at ourselves for tonight’s result because 1-0 is a perfect result at home, it was up to us not to make a mistake…it is a story we have seen before.”Arsenal now need to become the first away team to score in 12 matches at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium next week if Wenger’s last game in charge is to be the final in his homeland in Lyon on May 16.Moreover, Arsenal’s hopes of Champions League football next season also hang on becoming the first side other than Real Madrid to eliminate Atletico from Europe for five seasons.last_img read more

Information Regarding 2013 Grays Harbor County Fair Race

first_imgSubmitted by Grays Harbor RacewayElma, Washington- Although the Grays Harbor Raceway will be quiet this weekend next Saturday August 10th the 3/8-mile clay oval will fire back up with one of its most popular events, the Grays Harbor County Fair Race.  Classes that will be in action include the Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modifieds, USAC Ford Focus Midgets, Cut Rate Auto Parts Street Stocks, and Hornets.This event will be held in conjunction with the annual Grays Harbor County Fair and will have some different start times than normal races.  The fair itself will have a world class carnival, animal exhibits, as well as many more activities during the course of the weekend.  For more information on the GHR County Fair log on to their website at www.ghcfairgrounds.com or contact them at (360)-482-2651.Spectators wanting to watch the races from the grandstands will get in for FREE with paid fair admission while Season Pass holders will be allowed to enter the fair for FREE after 1:00 PM.  Pit Gates will open at 11:00 AM, Front Gates 3:00 PM, Qualifying at 4:00, Opening Ceremonies at 4:30, and Racing is scheduled to be completed by 8:30. We hope everyone can make it out and enjoy some great racing and a wonderful county fair at the same time.The Grays Harbor Raceway is known for its high speeds and side by side racing as well as its large track size. Hosting racing action from April to October regular classes include 360 Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, USAC Ford Focus Midgets, Street Stocks, Hornets, and for the first time the Northwest Extreme Winged Sprint Car Series. Special events include visits by the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series and American Sprint Car Series-Northwest Region. You can keep up on all the latest activity at www.graysharborraceway.com for the most-recent news and stories. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Pan Am Games silver for Dwyer, Facey gets bronze

first_imgJAMAICA increased its medal tally by two at yesterday’s Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada.Rasheed Dwyer picked up silver in the men’s 200 metres while Simone Facey captured the bronze in the women’s equivalent. With just one day of competition to go, the country’s medal tally stands at seven overall – three gold, two silver and two bronze. The country has six medals in track and field and is fourth overall behind the United States, Canada and Cuba.Facey, the silver medallist two years ago in Mexico, had to settle for bronze this time around. She clocked 22.74 as teammate Kerron Stewart finished a disappointing fifth in a pedestrian 23.07.The United States were one, two. Seventeen-year-old Kaylin Whitney captured the gold medal after winning in 22.65 seconds ahead of teammate Kyra Jefferson who finished second in 22.72.Following his record-breaking run on Thursday’s third day of competition, Jamaica’s Rasheed Dwyer went into the men’s 200m final as the howling favourite to capture the gold medal. Drawn in lane four, Dwyer came off the curve into the lead and, with less than 50 metres to go, looked all over the winner. However, this was not to be as Dwyer lost his form with less than 20m and 100m champion Andre DeGrasse, spurred on by his home-crowd supporters, came storming through in lane eight to score a close win in a bang-up finish. DeGrasse clocked a personal best 19.86 for the gold as he completed the sprint double.Photo finishIn a very tight photo finish, both Dwyer and Alonso Edwards of Panama werecredited with the same time of 19.9, but it was the Jamaican who was given the nod for silver.Competing in his first senior meet, last year’s world junior 110 metres hurdles silver medallist, Tyler Mason, had no luck in the men’s 110m hurdles final. Mason, who went into the final as the fourth-fastest qualifier after clocking 13.40 seconds in the preliminary round earlier in the day, could only manage seventh in 13.69.American David Oliver pocketed the gold medal, winning in a Games record 13.07seconds. He erased the old mark of 13.10 set by Cuba’s Dayron Robles two years ago in Guadalajara, Mexico. Miguel Francis of Trinidad and Tobago finished second in a personal best 13.17 while it was also a personal best for Shane Braithwaite of Barbados who captured the bronze medal in 13.21.The country will be hoping for more silverware today when track and field comes to an end. Both male and female 4x400m teams finished second in their semi-finals to advance to today’s final. The women clocked 3:30.29 , behind winners the United States, 3:28.15.The men also finished behind the United States in 3:03.72. The Americans clocked 3:02.99. The semi-finals of both the men’s and women’s 4x100m were scheduled for last night.last_img read more

Girls’ soccer: Desert Chr. going for ring

first_imgDesert Christian has won 16in a row, all by shutout. On a collision course: Hart of Newhall and Thousand Oaks began their seasons by scrimmaging one another in November. Now the teams are each one victory away from a rematch in the Div. II final. Thousand Oaks (21-4-3) brings a 16-match unbeaten streak into today’s semifinal at top-seed Temecula Valley (22-0-5). The Lancers last reached the final four in 2005, losing at Chaparral of Temecula. Hart (25-3-1), the No. 2 seed, plays host to Redlands East Valley (22-2-2) at 5:30p.m. at College of the Canyons. The Indians, seeking their first finals berth since 1999, have overcome several injuries to survive double-overtime battles twice in the first three rounds. “We’re on a roll right now, so we can’t think about the injuries,” Hart coach Louis Romero said. “I’m so proud of the girls the way they’ve battled and come back time and time again. They’ve showed that we want it, that we’re not just talk.” High five: Oaks Christian of Westlake Village will play in its fifth consecutive Div. V semifinal today against Notre Dame Academy at West L.A. College. The accomplishment is even more impressive considering the Lions (15-6-1) were in fifth place near the midway point of the Tri-Valley League schedule, and needed to win a wild-card match then knock off No. 4 Brentwood in the first round to keep their streak alive. “There were times when I had my doubts,” Oaks Christian coach Jan Hethcock said. “But these kids never quit and they never stopped believing in themselves and they’re playing their best soccer when it matters most.” erik.boal@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 GIRLS’ SOCCER SEMIFINALS Southern Section Div. II: Thousand Oaks (21-4-3) at Temecula Valley (22-0-5), 3 p.m. Redlands East Valley (22-2-2) vs. Hart (25-3-1) at Coll. of the Canyons, 5:30 p.m. Div. V: Oaks Christian (15-6-1) vs. Notre Dame Acad. (13-4-5) at West L.A. Coll., 3 p.m. Div. VI: Desert Christian/Lancaster (22-1-2) at Calvary Chapel/Murr. (20-5-4), 3 p.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Garcia and her teammates have used the disappointment from the past two years as their motivation this season. Desert Christian (22-1-2), the top seed in Div. VI, faces its toughest test of the postseason today in a semifinal showdown at Calvary Chapel of Murrieta (20-5-4). “Vanessa was a captain on that 2003 team and my mom was a coach, and I look up to my sister so much, so that’s my personal motivation,” said Garcia, a returning All-Southern Section honoree who has scored 20 goals this season. “But I also want to win for the seniors. They were the freshmen coming in after the championship team and they had a huge burden on their shoulders, so if I can get them a ring, I will be so pleased. “Plus, I’m a jewelry person and I want a ring, too.” Garcia learned that winning championships, even in Div.VI, didn’t come easy, with the Knights suffering heartbreaking quarterfinal losses her first two seasons. “Thinking about it now, it was not the right view to look at it with,” Garcia said. “Our freshman year was a very humbling experience.” center_img After watching her sister, Vanessa, lead the Desert Christian of Lancaster girls’ soccer team to the Southern Section Div. VI title in 2003 and a semifinal appearance in 2004 – losing to co-champion Windward of Los Angeles on penalty kicks – Jaide Garcia had visions of wearing multiple championship rings during her high school career. “(Junior forward Robyn Estrada) and I were talking about having rings on all our fingers,” said Garcia, the Knights’ junior captain. “We thought we’d have brass knuckles by the time we graduate.” last_img read more