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  • Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational to feature first Utah, Washington drivers

    first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Aug. 6) – The second round of voting for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational has produced the first-ever race starters from Utah and Washington. Chase Hansen of Myton, Utah, and Joe German of Aberdeen, Wash., were among the 13 drivers added to the field for the Friday, Sept. 5 All-Star race, during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. Three drivers from each of the five IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified regions were elected to start that event during the first round of voting; the next 13 All-Stars were elected at-large from among the next 50 drivers in vote totals in balloting that ended on Tuesday. Joining Hansen and German as the newest All-Stars are 2011 race winner Chris Abelson of Sioux City, Troy Cordes of Dunkerton, Jeremy Frenier of Fort Morgan, Colo., Jimmy Gustin of Marshalltown, Scott Hogan of Vinton, Mike Jergens of Plover, Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst, Calif., Jason Noll of Peoria, Ariz., Jared Siefert of Luxemburg, Wis., Dustin Smith of Lake City and Jesse Sobbing of Glenwood. Abelson will make his career fourth All-Star start, Gustin and Smith both their third. Second-time All-Stars are Frenier, Hogan, McDaniel, Noll and Sobbing. German, Hansen, Jergens and Siefert are first-timers. The All-Star field now includes drivers from 15 different states, the most ever in the 11-year history of the event. Completing the 30-car starting grid will be All-Star candidates with the top national point total and the most feature wins as of Aug. 28 competing at Super Nationals. Elected in the first round were Dean Abbey of Waco, Texas, Chris Fleming of Union Springs, N.Y., Cody Gearhart of Turpin, Okla., William Gould of Calera, Okla., Robert Hellebust of Minot, N.D., Corey Lagroon of Salina, Kan., Jason Murray of Hartford, Brad Pounds of Bakersfield, Calif., defending race winner Todd Shute of Des Moines, Kyle Strickler of Mooresville, N.C., Jeff Taylor of Cave City, Ark., Ricky Thornton Jr. of Chandler, Ariz., A.J. Ward of Ionia, Mich., Tim Ward of Gilbert, Ariz., and Keith White of Little River Academy, Texas. More than 120 drivers raced their way onto the 2014 All-Star ballot by winning features that paid $1,000 or more or by winning state or regional crowns.Taylor and White both make their career fourth All-Star starts, Pounds and Tim Ward both their fifth.All-Star drivers will draw for starting positions in the Fan Zone behind the main grandstands on race night. The feature pays $1,000 to win and a minimum of $200 to start, and is a qualifier for the 2015 ballot.last_img read more

  • City surpass 100 goals in Cardiff win

    first_imgManchester City smashed through the 100-goal barrier for the season as they overcame Cardiff 4-2 at the Etihad Stadium. City were in control for most of the game but it was not until Toure’s 76th-minute strike that the result was certain. Cardiff had been threatening an equaliser in the early part of the second half and that fighting quality will at least have pleased manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as his side slipped to the bottom. What Cardiff could have done without was the disturbance among the visiting fans during the first half, which stewards were required to quell. The situation did appear to become problematic at one point but it eventually settled down. The hosts made a bright start and Dzeko wanted a penalty in the second minute as he went down under a challenge from Kevin McNaughton, but referee Neil Swarbrick gave nothing and Navas shot wide. Dzeko went close again as he turned to shoot from a David Silva pass but David Marshall produced a fine save. Marshall was called into action again soon after, but to deny his own team-mate Ben Turner after the defender diverted a dangerous Navas cross towards the Cardiff goal. It was no surprise that City’s 100th goal of the campaign was not much longer in coming, although Dzeko had technology to thank for it being awarded. Swarbrick signalled goal after Dzeko’s scuffed shot from Silva’s pull-back crossed the line before McNaughton could clear. Cardiff players surrounded Swarbrick to complain. They could have had little argument over whether the ball had gone in but they may have been complaining about a possible handball by Silva in the build-up. There may also have been debate over whether City should have had a throw-in prior to Silva receiving the ball, but it all fell on deaf ears. Alvaro Negredo was booked for a heavy tackle on Aron Gunnarsson and moments later might have doubled City’s lead when he raced onto a Pablo Zabaleta ball but sliced wide. Cardiff did not have a shot until just before the half-hour when Jordon Mutch aimed weakly at Joe Hart. But it should have served as a warning for City as a minute later Gunnarsson fed Noone down the right and the winger cut inside, wrong-footed Vincent Kompany in the box and lashed in a fine equaliser. This time City did respond as Toure shrugged off the attention of Gunnarsson in his own half and powered forward to find Dzeko. The hard-working forward was robbed of the ball by Steven Caulker as he lined up a shot but it rolled on to Navas and the Spaniard snaffled the chance. City continued to dominate but could not find a way through as Cardiff and particularly Caulker, who headed away another tricky Navas cross, held firm. That may have given Cardiff encouragement at half-time that they could fight their way back into the contest again. They returned strongly after the break and Hart saved from Mutch before diving on a loose ball at a corner. Noone then brought the best out of Hart after a good run but City upped the tempo to put the game beyond Cardiff in the final 15 minutes. Silva went close when he shot inches wide after a neat lay-off by Dzeko and Aguero, fresh off the bench, shot over. The decisive goal came from Toure after the Ivorian set off on a rampaging run from deep inside his own half. Toure had regained possession after one of his own passes had gone astray and he charged upfield to fire past Marshall after playing a one-two with Aguero on the edge of the box. Cardiff were still reeling from that when Aguero stung them again after 79 minutes, twisting one way then the other to outfox Caulker and clip home the fourth. With the job done, City eased off in the latter stages and were caught out at a corner as Campbell knocked in a loose ball from close range. Press Association Late goals from Yaya Toure and fit-again Sergio Aguero ensured another victory for the Barclays Premier League title favourites. Edin Dzeko had brought up their century in the first half but Cardiff gave them a battle and equalised through Craig Noone before Jesus Navas grabbed City’s second. Fraizer Campbell claimed a Cardiff consolation in injury-time. last_img read more

  • Unions: 43,000 Additional Disney Workers Being Furloughed

    first_imgApproximately 43,000 additional Disney employees will be furloughed due to ongoing coronavirus closures, after an agreement was reached over the weekend with the unions that represent the workers.The agreement with the Service Trades Council, a coalition of six unions, was announced Saturday on Facebook Live. It is the largest number of furloughs since the theme park resort closed in mid-March.The workers will be out of the job beginning on April 19. Under the agreements, the workers will continue to receive health and educational benefits during furloughs scheduled to start on the day.According to the unions, impacted workers will be immediately eligible to enroll in unemployment benefits through the state.In addition, health care benefits will be available free of cost to workers for a year.Meanwhile, as those affected at Disney join the unemployment ranks, Gov. Ron DeSantis says he has hired 2,000 additional workers to sort through claims.He says the Department of Economic Opportunity is also working to increase its website’s capacity.Disney World and other theme parks across the country have been closed since mid-March, social distancing measures and stay-at-home orders have taken effect.last_img read more

  • USG inaugurates new leadership at Tuesday meeting

    first_img“I think I feel a little bittersweet to see the incoming Senate take over,” former Sen. Amy Chong said. “Words of advice I have for them is to collaborate with one another, have open communication and also to remember that the entire Senate is a team and they’re not working on an individual basis.” Sophomore Trenton Stone, junior Mahin Tahsin and the 12 senators-elect were inaugurated at an Undergraduate Student Government meeting Tuesday. Each member of the new administration swore an oath to serve USG’s Constitution, bylaws and Code of Ethics and USC’s student body to the best of their abilities. In the meeting held by the previous administration, the outgoing Senate voted unanimously to pass four resolutions, while one — the Von KleinSmid Flag Resolution — failed. After the outgoing administration concluded its final meeting, the inaugurated senators took the outgoing senators’ seats and began their first official meeting. “As we’re all aware, USC has encountered a few speed bumps and even roadblocks over the last few years,” Stone, now USG president, said during the meeting. “We’ve seen where, as students, our trust has been broken and where a few can take advantage of many. I want to emphasize that in our role, Mahin and I, as your representatives, will also act as your advocates.” The outgoing Undergraduate Student Government passed four resolutions, including the Terranea Resort Resolution, Learning Evaluation Resolution, Responsible Investment Resolution and Sanctuary University Resolution. (Aamani Ponnekanti/Daily Trojan) The University Sanctuary Resolution, which intends to push USC to become an official sanctuary campus, passed without discussion. The resolution aims to drive the University to create policies that would protect undocumented students. The Responsible Investment Resolution, which seeks to establish a University task force with student representation to promote transparency among University decisions, also passed. In addition, the Terranea Resort Resolution and the Learning Experience Evaluations Resolution passed. As the vice president, Tahsin will now lead every weekly USG meeting. According to Tahsin, the senators will dedicate the final weeks of the semester to budgeting. “I’m really looking forward to working with everyone else who I’m on Senate with,” Sen. Benjamin Shiff said. “Over the past month, in terms of getting ready, we had a lot of chances to talk about the initiatives we’re trying to start. We’re getting the wheels running on some projects that we want to do.” Proposed last week, the Von KleinSmid Flag Resolution failed, with four votes in support of the resolution and eight votes against it. The resolution proposed the inclusion of more flags for the countries not currently represented at VKC. Senators discussed their uncertainty about the vague state of the resolution and their desire for the upcoming administration to work on it further. During the meeting, Stone announced Jeffrey Cho, a junior majoring in linguistics, as the new Chief Diversity Officer. He also introduced the seven Advocacy Assistant Directors — Tommy Nguyen, Nhat Ngo, Andrew Fowler, Nate Manor, Julian Kuffour, Neal Sivadas and Laura Pearson. “I think this Senate is very qualified to be here,” Tahsin said. “I’ve watched them all work very hard to get here, and I’m sure their dedication to the position will follow through for the next year.” last_img read more

  • H2 adds IBIA alerts to Global Betting Summary Dataset

    first_imgShare Superbet highlights integrity commitment with IBIA membership July 9, 2020 Related Articles Svenska Spel urges government to ban lottery betting June 9, 2020 Submit Industry market insights provider H2 Gambling Capital has agreed to extend its ‘Global Betting Summary Dataset’ market data coverage to include data on suspicious betting reported by the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA).The new dataset tracks back to 2017 when 266 alerts were logged, to the 183 reported last year. H2 updates its breakdown coverage on a quarterly basis, categorising data by continent, country and sport.Tennis and football are currently the most targeted sports by match-fixers making up around 80% of all IBIA cases, albeit there have been alerts reported on 15 sports in total during 2017-19.David Henwood, Director at H2, commented: “We are committed to providing the best independent data and market commentary there is within the sector. We also want to highlight best practice where we see it, particularly when it comes to developing a safe betting environment in both sport and gambling regulation.“IBIA is world-leading in its work and a quality data provider in its own right so showcasing these numbers to our H2 Subscribers is a natural extension of our partnership going forward.”IBIA CEO Khalid Ali added: “The association is delighted to extend its ongoing collaboration with H2 and to be able to add its suspicious betting alert data to H2’s leading market analysis and intelligence.“As membership of the association continues to grow, so does its global market coverage, with IBIA data representing the most accurate picture of the impact of corruption on regulated betting markets. I hope that all H2 subscribers engaged in sports and/or the betting arena will find this data of interest.” IBIA: Australia has made no progress on safeguarding sports integrity   July 28, 2020 Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

  • Bubble Dribble: The return of NBA does not mean a return to normal

    first_imgEditor’s note: This is the Thursday July 30 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter from reporter Kyle Goon, who is among the few reporters with a credential inside the NBA bubble. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — There was a telling moment on Wednesday, the eve of the NBA’s return, that Danny Green stumbled for a moment.The Laker veteran said that without fans, the NBA might find itself without distractions. This, of course, was Green making the best of a strange situation.“We always look at the glass half full and be positive,” he said. “There are no distractions here, we’re able to lock in and just play basketball. Not worry about, think about anything else. Not have any outside distractions, whether it’s family issues or sicknesses or anything like that — even though a lot of people are going through that, and it sucks, but we’re praying for those people.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThat last part touched on something that can be tough to reconcile: The bubble is physically disconnected from the rest of the country. But the people inside it are still connected, in one way or another, to what’s happening on the outside.Thursday night is a momentous evening for the NBA. Of all the major sports leagues, the NBA looks like it might have the best chance to finish its season: Under the radar, the league announced Wednesday that all players within the bubble have tested negative for coronavirus, and more players who were once quarantined and cordoned off from their teams have come in to join. With Jazz-Pelicans and then Lakers-Clippers tipping off here at Disney World, literally thousands of people at the NBA and Disney will see months of work start to come to fruition.But many of those people are outside the bubble, too, living life remotely as we all have learned to do. They’re making logistical decisions, trying to help support those inside and keep everything going. They’re the people who help supply the bubble with testing, with food, with various technical equipment. They’re the ones who help create schedules and determine who comes and goes. They’re on Zoom calls, and sharing stories of what’s happening in here.All of those people are still out there, living in a pandemic that so far has claimed more than 151,000 American lives, according to the New York Times. And nothing will remind those in the arenas tonight of everyone outside the bubble, living at risk, more than a building with no fans — the people who help bring life and energy to the game, who have infused it with their money, their passion and their loyalty.“It won’t have that feeling,” LeBron James said. “Because our fans just give us so much energy, our fans give us so much support and we want to try to give that back to them on the floor. But also at the same time we know our fans back in L.A. and all over California, all over the world, want us to, are looking forward to seeing us play again. It’s still our job to go out and perform because they’re still supporting us behind their phones or tablets or TVs, laptops or whatever the case may be.” As I’ve written before: The bubble is a workplace. And while work can be fun, the people here I’ve met take this seriously. The NBA wants the game to look and feel compelling. And it wants people on the outside to know they can still have one of a healthy society’s creature comforts.The messaging that the NBA bubble still cares about what’s going on outside is often carried through the players’ messages about social justice: They’re still thinking about Breonna Taylor, about racial injustices and imbalances that have plagued the country to the point where even now, people of color are disproportionately hurt by the pandemic. The protests likely at the national anthem and “Black Lives Matter” written on the court are a direct reminder that the outside world is still in here.Players have also left to handle family emergencies (and yes, that includes Lou Williams), and they’ve had to make tough choices about staying behind for family events and memories in service of their jobs. They are trying as best they can to stay in touch with loved ones, especially children, from afar.The bubble is a strange environment, there’s no doubt. There’s a sense of insulation from the troubles that are consuming the country and world. But those troubles are not forgotten, even though basketball can be an escape and a joy. When these three months are up, the people in here will return to whatever the outside world is — and the hope is things are better.When you turn on the TV tonight, you may be rooting for the people inside the bubble. The people inside the bubble are still rooting for you.– Kyle GoonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter from reporter Kyle Goon, who is among the few reporters with a credential inside the NBA bubble. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.From the BubbleLeBron, the Lakers and time – The central question to the Lakers’ title hopes is if LeBron James can get to where he was in March.Anthony Davis should be back – An eye injury is better for AD now, even though he could wear rec specs against the Clippers.What about those Clippers though? – Mirjam previews their season as the other L.A. team faces off against the Lakers tonight.Staying in touch – How technology helps the Lakers connect with their families, but not completely.Markieff Morris gets in shape – The last missing Laker has finally taken the court and could be a piece of the rotation.The grind of the bubble – A piece on Lou Williams that reflects on life here, and won’t tell you how certain chicken wings taste.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

  • Sports today: Tournament wrap-ups, Duke girls go to Mulvane, wrestling stats and sports schedules

    first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Caldwell girls fall to Sedan in the SCBL Tournament Championship; Roadrunner Classic all-tournament teams announce; Wellington girls start Mulvane Tournament tonight, JV wrestlers go to Stafford; updated varsity wrestling stats, and the WMS sports schedules for Monday and Tuesday… It is a beyond busy time of year for sports.•••••Caldwell girls finish secondThe Sedan girls toppled the Caldwell Lady Bluejays in what was considered an upset in the South Central Border League Tournament Championship at the W.S. Scott Auditorium in Arkansas City Saturday.Sedan would beat Caldwell 56-33. Sedan opened an 18-12 first quarter lead and led 31-17 at the half. Sedan would outscore the Bluejays 12-9 and 13-7 in the third and fourth quarter. Scoring for Caldwell were: Rice 11, Isaacs 7, Arnold 6, Arnett 4, Ward 2, York 2, and Blake 1. Caldwell is 9-3 while Sedan is 9-2.In other games Saturday:Argonia would beat Central Burden 58-12 for third place.Sedan overpowered Cedar Vale Dexter 62-36 for fifth place.West Elk triumphed over Udall 45-33 for seventh place.Boys finals scores from Saturday night:Championship: West Elk 61 Udall 37Third: Caldwell 44 Argonia 41.Fifth: Oxford 40 Sedan 307th: South Haven 27 Cedar Vale/Dexter 21.•••••Wellington, Conway Springs all-tournament winnersThe Wellington boys not only won the Roadrunner Classic tournament in Chaparral but also had a couple of boys make the first- all-tournament team.Colin Reichenberger and Trevor Nance made the list. Other winner include: Skyler Bryant, Ark City; Garret Berry, Chaparral; Jaden Miller, Chaparral; Guner Lampe, Mulvane; Collin Dempsey, Mulvane; Johnny Becker, Clearwater, Collin Neises, Clearwater; Ross Rasmussen, Conway Springs; Michelle Packard, Kingman; Braxton Badgert, Kingman.As mentioned on our twitter feed, Conway Springs placed third beating Clearwater in an exciting 36-34 victory.Ross Rasmussin led Conway Springs with 12 points. Dawson Sones had 11.Belle Plaine lost to Arkansas City 63-47 giving the Bulldogs their first win of the year.Wellington boys, 6-6, are off this week and won’t get back into action until Tuesday, Feb. 4 when it hosts Rose Hill.•••••In case you were wondering…In Wellington’s 78-77 tournament championship victory over Kingman Saturday, Wellington shot 61 percent from the field. The Dukes were 26 of 42 overall. Kingman was 26 of 53 for 49 percent.It might have seemed like Kingman was unstoppable beyond the three-point arch, but the Eagles shot 45 percent going 11 of 24. Wellington was 4 of 7.Wellington out rebounded Kingman 26-17 in the game. The Crusaders had nine offensive and 17 defensive rebounds.Trevor Nance had 31 points, a career high. He was 13 of 18 from the field and 5-9 from the free throw line. He also had eight rebounds.Wellington head coach Brian Buchanan said the game scoring record was 40 points scored by Darin Miller in 1992.Buchanan joked at Crusader Club he was guarding Miller that game. Buchanan graduated from Goddard in 1992.•••••Wellington girls open tournament playThe Crusader girls basketball team will be traveling to Mulvane to play the host Wildcats tonight at 7:40 p.m. http://www.sumnernewscow.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/2013-Wildcat-Classic-Bracket.pdf.The Wildcats beat the Clearwater Indians Tuesday 40-39, but fell to Winfield 46-43.This will be an extremely competitive tournament. Six teams, including Wellington, have a chance to win the championship. Even Campus with just one win but playing a tenacious 6A schedule is considered a dark horse.•••••Wellington JV wrestlers The Wellington varsity wrestlers were off this weekend, but the junior varsity grapplers traveled to Stafford for a J.V. tournament.The records for the weekend are as follows:120 – Matt Mason – 2-2, fifth.126 – Chevy Nuss – 2-3, fourth.132 – Monty Bannister – 0-4, fifth.138 – Ian King – 2-3, fifth.145 – Skyler Struble – 3-2, fourth.152 – Zach Bodkins 4-1, second.152 – Chandler Hain 5-0, first.160 – Vincent Ast, 4-1, second.220 – Jace Lowe, 4-1, second.285 – Trey Coulter, 4-0, first.285 – Jason Norris, 2-2, third.•••••Varsity wrestler statsThe varsity records for the wrestlers going into Thursday’s important dual with Augusta for the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Div. IV championship are as follows:120 – Matt Mason 1-1.113 – Sage Ferguson 6-6.120 – Adrian Wiseman 2-7126 – Brad Wiens 13-15.132 – Andrew Horn 20-10138 – Graysen DeJarnett 12-8145 – Andrew Pelkey 18-3.152 – Ben DeJarnett 22-9.160 – Joey Haydon 15-13.170 – Chance Hain 12-7.182 – Aaron Fair – 23-4195 – Taylon Lamkin – 23-4220 – Dalton Holt – 15-7.285 – Tyson Hodson – 22-7.152 – Chandler Hain 0-1145 – Skyler Struble 0-1145 – Zach Bodkin 3-4160 – Vincent Ast 4-5220 – Mitchell Lowe 1-3.Total Wellington team: 204 wins, 122 losses, 119 pins, 203 takedowns, 138 escapes, 91 reversals, 44 2-point near falls, 59 3-point near falls, and 976 points.Total Wellington opponents: 61 pins, 244 takedowns, 109 escapes, 75 reversals, 57 2-point near falls, 64 3-point near falls, and 1053 points.••••WMS scheduleWellington Middle School basketball teams will be in action tonight. Wellington seventh and eighth grade girls are hosting Arkansas City. The seventh and eighth grade boys are traveling there.The WMS wrestling team starts its season. Derby and Maize South will be coming to Wellington. Matches start at 4:30 p.m.last_img read more

  • NFL, other leagues should dump pot testing

    first_imgSeattle Seahawks’ Jermaine Kearse catches a touch-down pass in front of San Francisco 49ers’ Carlos Rogers during the second half of the NFL football NFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)NEW YORK (AP) — Jermaine Kearse smiled before the question was even finished.Should the NFL — and all professional leagues, for that matter — stop testing players for marijuana?“Awww, man, why do you have to put me on the spot like that?” the Seattle Seahawks receiver griped.Persuaded this wasn’t one of those gotcha moments during Super Bowl week, Kearse tepidly came up with a reply.“Whatever is best for the players,” he said.The best thing for players in every league, be it the NFL, NBA, NHL or Major League Baseball, would be to remove pot from the list of banned substances. No one should ever have to endure what Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner is going through.Instead of playing in the biggest game of his life, he’s stuck at home, forced to watch the game on TV like most everyone else, because of a positive test for marijuana. Since he had also tested positive as a rookie back in 2005, not to mention some issues over whether he should have continued to be tested even when he wasn’t employed by an NFL team, Browner is suspended indefinitely and could wind up missing a full season.“If marijuana is legal in some states, I don’t understand how an employer has the right to control what an employee does after working hours,” said Peter Schaffer, Browner’s agent. “It’s just not right.”No, it’s not.Mason Tvert, right, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, prepares to deliver a petition to National Football League headquarters, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in New York. Kevin Fitzgerald, left, director of building security, waits for the handoff. T(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)The NFL Players Association needs to get crackin’ on this issue right away, even as it tries to reach agreement with the league on a matter that has gotten far more attention: testing for human growth hormone, a performance enhancing drug that is difficult to detect.As it stands now, pot is lumped with cocaine, meth, opiates and PCP as a banned “substance of abuse,” even though there’s no evidence to suggest that it’s nearly as harmful as those more powerful drugs. In fact, proponents of legalizing marijuana will insist that it causes fewer problems than booze, and they make a pretty compelling case.In the NFL, the first positive test for any of those drugs requires a player to enter the league’s treatment program. Subsequent violations result in a fine and then a four-game suspension.The NBA’s policy on marijuana is similar: treatment after the first positive test, a $25,000 fine if it happens again, a five-game suspension for the third violation.The NHL’s policy is a bit murky, with league and union officials giving conflicting answers over possible penalties for marijuana use. Essentially, it seems, if a hockey player has “dangerously high levels” of pot in his system during testing — whatever that means — he is placed in the league’s substance-abuse program.The guidelines in baseball are the most convoluted of all, setting different standards for major and minor leaguers. For those on the 40-man roster, the use of marijuana, hashish and synthetic THC is not subject to a suspension, and there have been no announced penalties of any kind for pot use since the Joint Drug Agreement went into effect more than a decade ago. For those with minor-league contracts, a second positive test brings a 50-day suspension, a third violation results in a 100-game ban, and a fourth gets you kicked out of the game for good.The issue of legalizing marijuana has come to the forefront since both Colorado and Washington took that very step, and the Super Bowl has become a convenient conduit for those on both sides of the issue since the AFC champion Denver Broncos and NFC champion Seahawks come from those states. Not far from MetLife Stadium, dueling billboards were put up by supporters and opponents of legalization.Some have dubbed it “The Stoner Bowl,” and even NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith has some fun with the issue.“What kind of joint is this?” he joked at his state-of-the-players-union news conference.But there are serious issues that need to be addressed, especially when it comes to studying the medicinal uses of marijuana. There are many who believe it can help players cope with pain in the short term and better deal with the long-range effects of their brutal game. To his credit, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league could consider marijuana as a possible treatment for concussions if there’s science to back it up.“These guys are hurting, they’re in pain,” Schaffer said. “They go through 60 or 70 train wrecks every Sunday.”While most players dodged marijuana questions during Super Bowl week — even the outspoken Richard Sherman — Schaffer has no doubt that a majority would be in favor of dumping pot from the testing program. In fact, he believes that might be a way to break the stalemate over HGH testing — the players could sign off on the league’s proposed policy in exchange for removing marijuana as a banned substance.Former NFL player Brendon Ayanbadejo — best known for his support of gay marriage — said he knew of teammates smoking marijuana right in the hotel before one of his Super Bowls.Most telling, he sounded like it was no big deal.“I would much rather have my teammates smoking weed,” Ayanbadejo wrote on Twitter, “than popping highly addictive narcotics!”___Paul Newberry is a national writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at pnewberry@ap.org or www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963last_img read more

  • WI Women hoping to break semi-final jinx

    first_imgMUMBAI, India (CMC):West Indies Women are determined to break their semi-final jinx when they clash with New Zealand Women in the second semi-final of the Twenty20 World Cup at Wankhede Stadium here today.The Caribbean side have never reached a T20 World Cup final, having fallen at the final four at each of the last three events, and captain Stafanie Taylor believes her side is poised to finally get over this mental hurdle.Taylor, meanwhile, has been the most consistent batsman with scores of 40, 40, 35 and 47 at the top of the order, while those around her have struggled.”Today in training, I actually said at the meeting that I think this is the fourth time that we will be in the semi-finals, and this time around it’s not actually against Australia, so I think maybe that’s a plus for us,” Taylor told a media conference here yesterday.”But we definitely want to cross this barrier. We’ve been here too many times not to know how to approach it, and today, at training, the vibes there was fantastic, and that’s what I want to see going into tomorrow’s game, so we just hope we can put our best foot forward and go out there hard.”UNDER-19 SUCCESSThis time around, the Windies Women have a special belief which has been further bolstered by the success of the Under-19 West Indies team at the ICC Youth World Cup in Bangladesh earlier this year.”We’ve been talking about since the time the Under-19s won the tournament. It’s more like an inspiration for us,” Taylor noted.”We know that we came close in the past and this is like more drive to actually go out there and do the job and to see that both men or in the semi-final, and playing at the same ground I think that’s fantastic. We definitely just want to go out there and do our best.”She added: “On Twitter and Facebook, it’s just blowing up to know that both of us are actually in the semi-finals. Everybody is just behind us a hundred per cent and giving us good feedback.”It’s about us going out there and actually doing it. I think it’s a mental thing tomorrow … they say 75 per cent of the game is played there (mind) and I think it’s on that day who is actually more composed. If we try to do that, we can pull this off.”last_img read more

  • Prez. Sirleaf to Speak at Ebola Conference Today

    first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will today deliver the keynote address at the First National Ebola Conference focusing on the perspectives of community leaders. The event will take place in the Bella Casa Conference Hall in Sinkor.  The two-day conference, planned for March 19-20, is organized by IREX and NAYMOTE, with funding from USAID. About 100 participants from across various communities in Liberia are expected to attend. Representatives from the U.S. Embassy, the Centers for Disease Control, USAID, traditional leaders, government officials, international NGOs among others will grace the conference.  Community members will share their experiences with officials of government, local and international organization actors under the theme “Ebola’s Impact on Communities:  Learning from Their Experiences to Plan for the Future.”Participants will reflect on the Ebola crisis, analyze its impacts, and highlight the mistakes, challenges and success stories.The conference is a result of 60 Community Leaders’ Forums organized by eight national NGOs through IREX/USAID grants. The input from over 1000 ordinary community leaders in thirteen of Liberia’s fifteen counties revealed common issues across the country and enlightening information on how the communities set about dealing with them.This week’s conference will host panel discussions on four thematic areas identified by the community leaders.  They are Government Communication and Engagement with Communities, Health Care Infrastructure, Social and Traditional Issues and Emergency Preparedness. Panelists will include community leaders, government officials, and representatives of international and local organizations.  In her remarks to US President Obama about the Ebola crisis, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said, “The one critical element in all of this was our people, particularly our community people … they took responsibility, they took leadership and they took ownership. And going forward, we want to strengthen them.”The conference’s goal is to facilitate the President’s desire to strengthen Liberia’s communities by providing them a forum for sharing their experiences and perspectives with all stakeholders.At the end of the first national Ebola Conference, the organizers will document lessons learned, best practices of community engagements  and recommendations by publishing a report to begin the process of national healing and planning the next steps toward post-Ebola recovery.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more