September 23

Southern SportMod Nationals underway at HO’T

first_imgWACO, Texas (Sept. 6) – George Egbert, Jake Upchurch, and Dean Abbey took the top three spots in Friday’s qualifying feature at the Southern SportMod Nationals, at Heart O’ Texas Speed­way. Twelve previous feature winners earned starting positions in the All Star Invitational race that will kick off Saturday’s program. The Sprint Series of Texas and Winged Mini Sprints, A Class and Restrictors, will also be on the card on night two of the ninth annual event. Gates open at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 8 p.m. Results Qualifying feature – 1. George Egbert, Belton; 2. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie; 3. Dean Abbey, Waco; 4. Jon White Jr., Red Oak; 5. Kevin Rutherford, Flower Mound; 6. Chris Coburn, Robin­son; 7. Jarrett Roberts, Temple; 8. Justin Shaw, Sweetwater; 9. Brian Walker, Bruceville; 10. Cody Leonard, Sinton; 11. Keith McCullough, Denison; 12. Don Painter, Austin; 13. Tim McDon­ald, Keller; 14. Gary Fox, Joshua; 15. Kenny Ware, Belton; 16. Wes Cummings, Joshua; 17. Ja­cob Pirkle, Venus; 18. Alex Hickham, Conroe; 19. Albert McCall, Ennis; 20. Ted Thomas, Post; 21. Terry Buzbee, Waco; 22. Johnny Torres, San Antonio; 23. Adam Schwarz, Waco; 24. Sidney Kiphen, Gatesville. 1st heat – 1. Kiphen; 2. White; 3. Fox; 4. Cogburn; 5. James Blaylock, Altus, Okla.; 6. Mitchell Wachsmann, West; 7. Shane Priddy, Abilene; 8. Aaron Browning, West.2nd heat – 1. Ware; 2. McDonald; 3. Chad Hughes, Odessa; 4. Walker; 5. Rickey Morris, Den­ison; 6. Jay Coone, Burleson; 7. George Egbert III, Salado; 8. D.L. Faulkner, San Antonio.3rd heat – 1. Rutherford; 2. McCall; 3. Cummings; 4. Hickham; 5. Painter; 6. Torres; 7. Cody Shaw, Speegleville; 8. Scott Bradley, Belton. 4th heat – 1. Thomas; 2. Upchurch; 3. Justin Shaw; 4. Pirkle; 5. Dean Abbey; 6. Randy Doyle, Killeen; 7. Shane Helton, Artesia, N.M.; 8. Brandon Blaylock, Pflugerville.5th heat – 1. Roberts; 2. Jeff Shepperd, Elm Mott; 3. Leonard; 4. Michael McCullough, Denison; 5. John Freeman, Runaway Bay; 6. Schwarz; 7. Chris Cox, Thornton; 8. James Holder, China Spring. 6th heat – 1. Buzbee; 2. George Egbert; 3. Austin Theiss, Hockley; 4. Keith McCullough; 5. Greg Frazer, Joshua; 6. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche; 7. James Guyton, Moody. 1st “B” feature – 1. Pirkle; 2. Justin Shaw; 3. Dean Abbey; 4. Fox; 5. Cogburn; 6. Doyle; 7. Wachs­mann; 8. James Blaylock; 9. Browning; 10. Priddy; 11. Helton; 12. Brandon Blaylock. 2nd “B” feature – 1. Walker; 2. Holder; 3. Leonard; 4. Schwarz; 5. Coone; 6. Michael McCullough; 7. Hughes; 8. Cox; 9. Morris; 10. Freeman; 11. George Egbert III.3rd “B” feature – 1. Hickham; 2. Keith McCullough; 3. Torres; 4. Cummings; 5. Painter; 6. Frazer; 7. Jeffrey Abbey; 8. Faulkner; 9. Bradley; 10. Theiss; 11. Guyton; 12. Cody Shaw.All Star Invitational Heats 1st heat – 1. Egbert; 2. Michael McCullough; 3. Upchurch; 4. Cogburn; 5. Abbey; 6. Blaylock; 7. Pirkle; 8. Priddy.2nd heat – 1. Shaw; 2. Fox; 3. Torres; 4. Doyle; 5. Kiphen; 6. Thomas; 7. Kevin Rutherford; 8. Holder; 9. Coone.last_img read more

August 13

Nishikori ponders mixed doubles with Osaka at Tokyo Olympics

first_img“For me, I love tennis. Sometimes I feel like I don’t, but I wake up every morning and if I don’t play, I feel like I’ve done nothing during the day.“I just go out now every day trying to learn something new, trying to just do the best that I can.”Osaka resisted the notion her life is a dream made real, even with two Grand Slams and a top ranking before her 22nd birthday.“I’m really blessed to be in this position, and then there are bad things that come with that,” Osaka said. “I would never say anything negative about what’s going on in my life right now.“For me, when you say is it a dream, it’s like something fluffy, like you’re on the beach somewhere sipping a pina colada. I’m right here right now.”– Confident Nishikori –Nishikori pondered his own growth and fan base in Japan, wondering if he could have produced the same success under the attention and pressure of living in Japan.“I have to say, if I lived in Japan, I think I was going to have a different life,” he said. “There’s too much attention. I feel like I’m a star there. But I think it’s good thing that I live in States.”Nishikori says the US Open always brings excitement and nerve. He produced his best Grand Slam result here five years ago, losing the final to Marin Cilic, and reached the semi-finals in 2016 and 2018.“I feel a lot of confidence from that memory, playing final first time in Grand Slam. But also I always think that I could play a little better in a final. I lost straight sets. I didn’t do well. I hope I can come back to that stage again. I hope I can play differently.”Share on: WhatsApp Defending US Open champion Naomi Osaka, left, and US Open 2014 runner-up Kei Nishikori with the Japanese flag — which could fly for them in mixed doubles at the 2020 Tokyo OlympicsNew York, United States | AFP |  A Japanese dream duo of Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori could come together for mixed doubles at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.World number one Osaka, the reigning US and Australian Open champion, and Nishikori, the 2014 US Open runner-up ranked seventh in the world, could be a formidable combination in the fight for gold next year.But Nishikori, who addressed the idea Friday as he prepared for the start of the US Open, worried that adding the event to singles and men’s doubles might be too much in the Tokyo summer heat.“I will play men’s doubles, for sure. With that condition — very hot, very humid — playing singles and two doubles, I don’t know if I can,” Nishikori said.“I haven’t (had to) think too much yet honestly. I don’t know. I will talk to Naomi later.”Nishikori, 29, said it was understandable that 21-year-old Osaka has said this has been a tough year for her. She followed her US Open triumph with an Australian Open win, attained number one then lost and regained — enduring early exits at the French Open and Wimbledon along the way.“I’m sure it’s going to be OK. I think time will help her to get back to normal,” Nishikori said.“I think it’s normal to have that feeling. She suddenly gets number one, winning two Grand Slams, be number one like straightaway. She’s still young.“I’m sure she will think a lot of things — some things she doesn’t have to think. But if she can try hard practicing and play every match hard, I think she’s going to be OK.”Osaka said a recent break from tennis helped revive her outlook on the game and her place in it.“It has definitely changed for me,” Osaka said. “I took a break sort of and relaxed my mind and realized that you have to have fun doing what you love.last_img read more

August 13

Dismas Indiza shatters Ugandan golf course record

first_imgIndiza tees off powerfully. He had a dream day at Kigo but still five shots off the leader. PHOTO CASTLE-LITE MEDIALEADER-BOARD Muthiya Madalitso 72 66 69 (-9) Charamba Tongoona 70 71 70 (-5) Dismas Indiza 73 76 63 (-4) Stephen Ferreira 76 69 68 (-3) Meyer Breyten 75 67 73 (-1) Mazibuko Irvin Thato 68 73 74 (-1)Best placed Ugandan Phillip Kasozi 75 73 74 (+4)Indiza’s near perfect #UGGolfOpen19 scorecard!! birdies pars under Course record 63Par – SCORE 4 4 3 2 3 4 3 4 3 4 2 4 4 4 3 4 4 4LIVE UPDATES (click)DRAW DAY 4 (bottom)Kigo, Uganda | LOUIS JADWONG |  Defending champion Dismas Indiza bounced back into contention for the 2019 Uganda Open professional title by shattering the Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa course record on Friday.The Kenyan 50-year old golf veteran blazed to a bogey-free round, sinking birdies in all but three holes on the first nine, and sinking another three on the back nine for a record nine-under par 63.He will however have to hit another record run on Saturday, on the par 72 course that’s full of water hazards, to retain the title.“I am happy today for the round. I was enjoying the course, it was wonderful for today…I was hitting my ball on the fairway, second shot on the green, One put, two put,” he said.He however did not predict how the final day would go. “You never say anything about tomorrow before it comes, ” Ndiza said.The big hitter moved up 19 places into the top three gunning for a lion’s share of the $50,000 prize that is at stake. Indiza has a score of 212 strokes from the first 54 holes, five behind the Open leader.Another former champion Muthiya Madalitso from Zambia still leads overall by 4 strokes  (207 from 54) going into the final round. He had surged into the overall lead on day two Thursday after matching the course record 66 strokes set by Ugandan amateur Ronald Otile a week ago.The Open this year is Uganda’s first Safari Pro Tour event and has attracted a record number of foreign entrants.Players from 19 different countries including Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Botswana, Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, Seychelles, Swaziland, USA, Spain and Portugal are competing in the Safari tour event.The other Safari Tour events of the 12 in East Africa are scheduled for Entebbe next month, and next year at the Kitante UGC Open. (see full list bottom)The event marks the climax of an amazing three weeks of Uganda Open action that started with the Ladies, then Amateur, to the Professionals now. Nile Breweries under their brand Castle Lite, are the anchor sponsors of the Open. Co-sponsors are Absa,  UTB, Minet, Pepsi, NTV Uganda, DSTV, Serena Hotels, Timecop security, Isuzu, Britam Insurance and Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort and Spa.DRAW DAY 4Professional Event Draw Day 4 – Uganda Open 2019 by The Independent Magazine on ScribdPAST UGANDA PRO OPEN WINNERS2006 – Deo Akope (Uganda)2007 – Dismas Indiza (Kenya)2008 – Dismas Indiza (Kenya)2009 – Richard Ainley (Kenya)2010 – Jean Baptiste Hakizimana (Rwanda) Share on: WhatsApp 2011 – Dismas Indiza (Kenya)2012 – Dismas Indiza (Kenya)2013 – Vincent Byamukama (Uganda)2014 – Deo Akope (Uganda)2015 – Madalisto Muthiya (Zambia)2016 – Joshua Seale (South Africa)2017 – Stephen Ferriera (Portugal)2018 – Dismas IndizaSafari Tour Calendar 2019/20Event 1 Nyali Golf and Country Club 24th – 28th August 2019 (DONE)Event 2 Uganda Open (Lake Victoria Serena) 10th – 14th September 2019Event 3 Royal Nairobi Golf Club 12th – 16th October 2019Event 4 Entebbe Open (Entebbe Golf Club) 30th Oct – 2nd Nov 2019Event 5 Rwanda Open (Kigali Golf Club) 6th – 9th November 2019Event 6 Great Rift Valley Golf Club 23rd – 27th November 2019Event 7 Muthaiga Golf Club 14th – 18th December 2019Event 8 Thika Greens 4th – 8th January 2020Event 9 Sigona Golf Club 25th – 29th January 2020Event 10 Kitante Open (Uganda Golf Club) 12th – 15th February 2020Event 11 Karen Country Club 22nd -26th February 2020Event 12 Tanzania Open (Kiligolf) TBC 2019 Magical Kenya Open, Karen Country Club, 12th – 15th March 2020last_img read more

August 12

Americans Now Have Until July 15th To File Tax Returns

first_imgTreasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says the government is extending the deadline Americans have to file their tax returns to July 15th.Mnuchin has announced earlier this week that Americans had until that date to pay, but were still expected them to file by April 15th. Mnuchin said all taxpayers and businesses will have the additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.last_img

December 25

SO CLOSE BUT HISTORY-MAKER JASON DOES US PROUD WITH WORLD SILVER MEDAL

first_imgJASON Quigley has done Donegal and Ireland proud today – making history by taking a world championship silver medal.The Donegal boxer lost out to Zhanibek Alimkhanuly for the Middleweight World Title on his home turf in Kazaksthan in today’s final.Ballybofey’s Jason tried his best in front of the partisan crowd. But he can hold his head high after a stunning performance against a superb boxer.Jason was knocked to the ground half way through the first round and had to take a standing 8-second count.All three judges gave the first round to Alimkhanuly.Jason came storming out for the second round catching the Kazak with a great right to the head. Both fighters traded hard blows in a pulsating second round – and it continued into the third.The judges however gave the fight to the home town boy.Jason can hold his head high – he has done Donegal and Ireland proud today.Back home a huge crowd gathered at the Finn Valley centre to watch the fight.Everyone in Donegal is proud today of Jason. And there will be a celebration for his homecoming tomorrow night.SO CLOSE BUT HISTORY-MAKER JASON DOES US PROUD WITH WORLD SILVER MEDAL was last modified: October 26th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:boxingJason Quigleylast_img read more

December 20

A’s four-run lead goes poof as Red Sox take opener at Fenway

first_imgBOSTON – An early four-run lead was not nearly enough for the A’s on Monday night at Fenway Park as they dropped the opener of their three-game series versus the defending World Series champion Red Sox, 9-4.After a scoreless first, the visitors came out swinging in the top of the second inning, plating all four of their runs in the frame to gain the early advantage.Jurickson Profar sparked the rally with a pulled single into the left-field corner which one-hopped the Green Monster, scoring …last_img read more

December 19

Men Aren’t Going Extinct – Yet

first_imgNot long ago, evolutionary biologists were predicting the demise of manhood (see 11/01/2001, 03/31/2004).  The idea was that the Y chromosome, with no redundant copy (unlike the female’s two X chromosomes, and all others) appeared to be shriveling up and mutating itself out of existence.  Now that the chimpanzee genome has been published (see 09/01/2005 story), one of the many surprises that has come to light is that the human Y chromosome appears to have kept its store of genetic information better than the chimp’s.  Coupled with the discovery that the male chromosome protects itself with palindromes 06/18/2003), men seem to have a bright future ahead.  That the Y chromosome of humans, having emerged later than that of apes, should be in better condition than that of chimpanzees seems an evolutionary conundrum.Sources: MSNBC News, EurekAlert, Howard Hughes Medical Institute.Another evolutionary speculation has been shot down.  Keep up the good work.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

October 27

UNC Paid Duke Over $27K For Locker Room Damages, But AD Bubba Cunningham Clearly Isn’t Happy

first_imgNorth Carolina football spray painted 'UNC' in Duke locker room.Well, so much for UNC and Duke getting along. As a result of the damages the North Carolina football team caused to Duke’s locker room and facilities after this past November’s football game, the Blue Devils sent the Tar Heels a $27,140 bill. Head coach Larry Fedora and school AD Bubba Cunningham each wrote personal checks for $13,585 to split the cost, according to The Herald-Sun. But it doesn’t appear that UNC’s brass are necessarily happy about it. Cunningham, in a letter to Duke AD Kevin White, claimed that he didn’t understand the charges. He also made note of the fact that someone painted D-U-K-E on some of UNC’s pillars last year.“While I may not understand the charges assessed, we take complete responsibility for our students and our programs.” Laura Keeley, Duke beat reporter for the Raleigh News & Observer, also mentions that Cunningham was disappointed that Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe didn’t return Larry Fedora’s “apology call.”Bubba Cunningham also said he was disappointed Duke coach David Cutcliffe never returned Larry Fedora’s apology call— Laura Keeley (@laurakeeley) February 13, 2015Keeley also tweeted out a number of photos of the damages. Photo of said damaged locker room carpet in the Duke visitor’s locker room, which was replaced for $22,028.44 pic.twitter.com/qdcwqUP0LL— Laura Keeley (@laurakeeley) February 13, 2015Spray paint on Duke practice facility walls pic.twitter.com/XL3rzXVuCe— Laura Keeley (@laurakeeley) February 13, 2015More spray paint damage in Duke vistor’s locker room pic.twitter.com/ts55QzDWx6— Laura Keeley (@laurakeeley) February 13, 2015More spray paint damage in the Duke visitor’s locker room — repainting that & Wallace Wade billed at $4,470 pic.twitter.com/acJ3n1c7h2— Laura Keeley (@laurakeeley) February 13, 2015And, finally, the picture of Wallace Wade spray paint damage pic.twitter.com/fQdHYMip7H— Laura Keeley (@laurakeeley) February 13, 2015Duke and North Carolina renew their rivalry this November 7th in Chapel Hill.[CBS Sports]last_img read more

October 13

Cannabis company hopes to replace jobs lost in mill closure in small

first_imgMERRITT, B.C. — Arnold Meyer spent 40 years working at the Tolko Industries Ltd. mill in Merritt, B.C., but then he faced the reality of being laid off.The 62-year-old was one of about 200 employees who lost their jobs in 2016, crippling the economy of the small town in British Columbia’s southern Interior and prompting politicians to promise to restore the ailing forestry sector.Two years later, the province’s lumber industry is still facing challenges, but a new sector is revving up. A cannabis company hopes to build a grow facility in Merritt, replacing jobs, including Meyer’s that were lost in the mill closure.“It sounds good to me. They said they want me to be one of the first hires for when the plant opens up,” said Meyer, who held various positions at Tolko, where he mostly drove machinery.Emerald Plants Health Source Inc., or EPHS, purchased a massive chunk of land in the city and plans to build an initial 3,700-square-metre facility before building up to potentially more than 100,000 square metres.The facility would eventually employ more than 200 people in a range of jobs, from low-skill trimmer roles to higher-paid management jobs.Members of the company first learned about Meyer in a Canadian Press story on whether marijuana had the potential to revitalize small towns hit hard by resource job losses. In the 2017 article, Meyer said he hoped a cannabis company would create jobs in the community.“It just resonated with us as a group as we read that article, that this could really change people’s lives in Merritt,” said Jeff Hancock, executive vice-president of Emerald.“I think that’s really what Arnold Meyer symbolizes to us as a company.”Emerald also hopes to contact others formerly employed by Tolko. There are many transferable skills from mill work to cannabis and other skills can be learned, Hancock said, adding the company had good conversations with city staff and plans to put in its formal application soon.It aims to break ground in the second quarter of 2019 and plans to start production in the second or third quarter of the following year, he said.Newly elected Merritt Mayor Linda Brown said some younger Tolko employees left town to work at other mills run by the company or seek other employment, while some older employees found themselves retiring earlier than planned.Brown said she still has questions for Emerald, including whether the jobs will pay well, but she expects to support an application when it’s put forward.“We need industry. We need developments in there. That’s what I got elected on, was that kind of a platform, developing the city,” she said.The mill closure devastated the community and any company that wants to bring in jobs is welcome, said former mayor Neil Menard.“It’s a whole different industry for us. I don’t know much about it. I hope it would pay good wages and good benefits,” he said. “It can’t be anything but good.”Tolko did not return a request for comment but said in 2016 a lack of timber supply forced it to close the mill. The union that represented the employees declined comment.Emerald is a Health Canada-licensed producer that already has a facility in Montreal. Hancock and others with the company have energy industry backgrounds and have developed ways to reduce the energy costs associated with cannabis, he said.Merritt also provided the company with the “unicorn land” it had been seeking, in terms of zoning, size and energy assets, Hancock added.Meyer was skeptical when Emerald first contacted him but now he’s looking forward to meeting company representatives in Merritt soon, he said.Asked how it felt to be part of their inspiration for the project, Meyer laughed.“My chest got big and my head started to swell and I got a bunch more feathers in my hat,” he joked.— By Laura Kane in VancouverThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

October 13

Fire crews extinguish suspected dryer fire in mobile home

first_imgAccording to Blades, the cause of the fire is under investigation but is not considered suspicious. He said that the fire is suspected to have started inside the home’s dryer.The Fire Department was able to get home’s tenants set up with Emergency Social Services assistance since they did not have insurance. Blades said that at this point, it’s not clear whether the home’s owner had insurance, but that the fire department will continue to try and contact the owner.The Fire Department was also busy at around 3:15 Thursday afternoon responding to a transformer fire that occurred in the 9600-block of 103rd Ave. That fire cut power to 32 customers between 103rd and 104th Avenues, and between 94th and 96th Streets for roughly two hours. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fire crews in Fort St. John were busy on Wednesday morning extinguishing a fire inside a mobile home.Deputy Fire Chief Darrell Blades said that crews were called out to a report of a fire inside a single-wide mobile home in the Peace Country Mobile Home Park. Upon arrival, crews were able to extinguish the blaze, which had erupted inside the laundry room/washroom area of the home, in a matter of minutes.Blades said that fire damage was contained to the laundry room, while the rest of the mobile home suffered smoke damage and minor water damage. He estimated that value of damage to the home’s contents is estimated at between $15,000 to $20,000.last_img read more