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  • Milner set to sign new City deal

    first_img Milner’s future had been the subject of speculation due to his lack of starts last season but his prominence this term – starting 13 times – appears to have changed that. The development comes after goalkeeper Joe Hart admitted this week he was also ready to sign fresh terms. Pellegrini said: “Milner, I hope that he will sign also. We will see, same as Joe, in the next days. “I don’t know how many days before we can have this as official news but I suppose that also he will sign and continue here because he also wants to stay.” Pellegrini first revealed that a deal with Hart was close a week ago but he could not confirm when anything would be finalised. The Chilean, speaking at a press conference to preview this weekend’s game at Leicester, said: “It is very close, I suppose. “As you know, Joe wants to stay here. We also want him to be our goalkeeper so I hope it will be ready as soon as possible. I don’t think that we are going to have any problems.” Pellegrini also had no news on a possible new deal for Frank Lampard, whose loan deal from sister club New York City expires at the end of the month. The former England midfielder has proved a success in his short stint at City, leading to speculation his stay could be prolonged to cover Yaya Toure’s involvement in the African Nations Cup. But, once again, Pellegrini would say nothing beyond the fact the matter would be looked at sometime in December. He said: “I said during December. For the moment, no (news).” Press Association Manchester City midfielder James Milner is poised to sign a new contract at the Etihad Stadium, manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed. The England international, who joined City from Aston Villa for £26million in 2010, is in the final year of his current deal. The 28-year-old has played a prominent role for the Barclays Premier League champions in the first half of the season, featuring in all but two of their 24 games in all competitions. last_img read more

  • Ruiz, Morgan named 2016 CONCACAF Players-of-the-Year

    first_imgMIAMI, USA – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced yesterday Bryan Ruiz and Alex Morgan, respectively, as the 2016 CONCACAF Male and Female Players-of-the-Year. Winners in ten additional categories for the annual CONCACAF Awards were also revealed.In an equally-weighted vote among member association, women’s and men’s national team coaches/captains, media and fans, Morgan captured the award for the second time, while this is the first honour for Ruiz.Ruiz enjoyed a successful 2016 campaign with club and country. The 31-year-old was key in Sporting Lisbon’s run to a runner-up spot in the 2015/16 Portuguese Primeira Liga and a berth in the UEFA Champions League.He also helped Costa Rica to a first-place finish in Group B in the fourth round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup — scoring in a 3-0 win over Jamaica — and played in all three of the Ticos’ games in the Copa America Centenario.Morgan – recipient of the inaugural CONCACAF award for the region’s top female player in 2013 – finished level with Carli Lloyd as the USA’s joint-top scorer in 2016 on 17 goals, including five in the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship and two in the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. She also netted four goals in 15 games for the Orlando Pride of the National Women’s Soccer League.Winners in other categories are: Goalkeepers-of-the-Year Keylor Navas and Ashlyn Harris; Coaches-of-the-Year Óscar Ramírez and Amelia Valverde; Referees-of-the-Year César Arturo Ramos and Carol Anne Chenard; Goal-of-the-Year – Jesús Corona, in the 80th minute of the Copa America Centenario match vs Venezuela.For the first time, the CONCACAF Outstanding Performance Award was presented by the Confederation to the team or individual that best exemplified excellence through performance, and in so doing helped to further elevate CONCACAF to the highest levels of the sport.This year’s Outstanding Performance Award went to the Canadian Women’s National Team and head coach John Herdman, medallists at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.The Best XI squads were also selected, with Costa Rica and the United States placing a total of six players on the Male and Female teams, respectively.The CONCACAF Awards are designed to honour the year’s outstanding performers and achievements in confederation-sanctioned competitions involving national teams at all levels and age categories, including FIFA World Cup matches and qualifying for both genders.Performances also eligible for recognition included those achieved in professional club football leagues within the CONCACAF Member Associations, as well as the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.The votes of three important stake-holding segments within the Confederation were counted in compiling the results. Member Associations’ national team coaches and captains (women’s and men’s), accredited media and fans each accounted for one third of the final vote.last_img read more

  • Principal’s Cup: A Great Revival in Delta State

    first_imgMay 20 is going to be a special day in Delta State. It is going to mark the consummation of the vision of the Ifeanyi Okowa led Delta State Government to restore the heritage of the Principal’s Cup, a platform which gave life to Nigerian football and empowered the youth to great career heights. The state’s Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chiedu Ebie, described the mission as: “one key area for us is in the improvement of schools sports. To this end, one area we focused on is football, and the Principals Cup. Our focus is long term and our plan is that it will serve as a breeding ground for discovering young footballing talents bearing in mind that Delta State is known for its sporting prowess and achievements”.This resonates succinctly with the cry by veteran David Aigbovo for the return of the competition. In the days of the old Bendel State, the goalkeeper won the competition thrice, consecutively, with New Era College, Benin, went on to join the Flying Eagles in 1981 and the Super Eagles thereafter, also playing club football for Flash Flamingoes, Bendel Insurance and Shooting Stars of Ibadan with which he won the CAF Cup in 1992. He once told The Guardian Newspaper that “for our schools sports system to thrive once again we have to go back to the basics and that means bringing back the culture of the Principals Cup”. In clear professional approach to the task, Ebie and his team determined not to make it a burden on the state, by seeking partnership with the private sector, retaining the services of a sports marketing firm, Hideaplux Limited, and, together, secured the sponsorship and partnership of Zenith Bank by which the competition is now titled “Zenith Bank Delta Principals Cup”. The revival kicked off in March with local government preliminaries where the winners, 19 public and six private schools, emerged from the zonal qualifiers which took place from May 4-7. The quarter finals began last Monday May 8 while the semis are equally scheduled for May 16 to set the stage for the grand occasion on May 20 at the recently commissioned Ozoro Polytechnic Stadium, a venue which now is a metaphor for the power of the Okowa government to achieve possibilities even in difficult times. The rekindled experience of the Principals Cup brings back glorious memories of life in the old Midwest, later Bendel, and now Edo and Delta States.Memories of great footballers who effectively combined education and sports to become national heroes, with many of them called into the Bendel Academicals and then to the national teams right from their secondary schools. Names like the Afejukus, Sam Okpodu, Ndubuisi Okosieme, Thompson Usiyen, late Stephen Keshi, Paul Okoku, Bright Omokaro, Franklyn Howard, Austin Eguavoen, Humphrey Edobor, Friday Elahor, Clement Temile, Edema Fuludu, late Osaro Obobaifor, the list is endless. They showed us the greatness in youth and the huge potentials of schools sport. No doubt, sports throws up new champions, but those who lived the tradition will be excited with the return of Hussey College, Warri, and Urhobo College, Effurun, to the Zenith Bank Delta Principals Cup. Those schools, alongside Sapele Technical College, Government College Ughelli, Ika Grammar School, St Patrick’s College, Asaba, Anglican Grammar School, Ubuluku, and others bore the flag of the Delta zone in contest against schools like New Era College, Western Boys High School, Edokpolor Grammar School, Eghosa Grammar School, Immaculate Conception College (ICC) and Edo College on the Benin axis. The 1975 finals of the competition was especially a tell-tale. Benin City and Warri Township were virtually shut down when Hussey College stormed the Ogbe Stadium to defeat Eghosa Grammar School 1-0 in the final. The excitement reverberated not only across Bendel as they awaited their champion but even to Lagos area as the likes of Keshi, Henry Nwosu, Okoku looked out from the windows of St. Finbars College and St. Gregory’s College for their possible opponent in the national finals. The following year, Hussey College met their Waterloo in the hands of New Era College which paraded Bright Omokaro, Humphrey Edobor and others who progressed to become big names for New Nigeria Bank (NNB), the Flying Eagles and the Super Eagles. Algerian national team icon, Rabar Madger, once confessed that, of all defenders in Africa, he dreaded Bright Omokaro the most. There was Prince Oritsuwa Afejuku. He started at Okpe Grammar School, Sapele, and proceeded to Edo Grammar School in 1977 to win not only the state but also the National finals of the Principals Cup. He was instantly invited into the Bendel State Academicals and scored the two goals in Academicals 2-3 defeat to Flying Eagles in a 1978 friendly to prepare the national youth team for an international competition. Still in secondary school, he was invited to Bendel Insurance where his performance earned him call up to the Flying Eagles in 1978 to team up with Stephen Keshi and other schoolboys.He emerged the hero in Bendel Insurance’s defeat of Sotema of Madagascar in the Africa Cup of Champions Cup, which ended in penalties at the National Stadium, Lagos. He became talk of the town with everybody wanting to touch him and in no time he was promoted to the Green Eagles to play alongside Christian Chukwu, Emmanuel Okala, Segun Odegbami, Adokiye Amiesimaka, Felix Owolabi, Muda Lawal and all those glorious compatriots. The school boy got a huge break with a scholarship to the North Carolina University at which, in his first year, he was voted MVP of the Atlantic Coast Conference of the U.S. Collegiate Soccer competition. He ended with a degree in Business Management and Economics. Then, there was Sam Okpodu. The mercurial winger kept opponents in trepidation. He got to Sapele Technical College to team up with Samson Ozogula and other mighty boys to thrash all challengers to the finals of the 1978 Principals Cup, defeating Urhobo College, Effurun, in the final right in their backyard at the Warri Township Stadium. Still in school, he was invited to join NPA FC and later, McDermott of Warri which matched up Bendel Insurance in the final of the state FA Cup. Insurance quickly snapped him up to win the 1980 National Challenge Cup, beating Stationery Stores in the face of their passionate and deafening crowd in Lagos. The exposures earned Okpodu an invite to the Flying Eagles in same 1978 but he was promoted in a few weeks into the Green Eagles to play alongside Odegbami and was privileged, as a secondary school boy in the national team, to share room with Amiesimaka who was then in the Law School.Like Afejuku, football took Okpodu to the United States where he trained as a coach and became national instructor, training coaches around the world in modern methodology of the game. He was appointed head coach of the Super Falcons to win the African Women Championship (AWC) title in Warri in 2002 and subsequently led them to the USA 2003 FIFA Women World Cup. The many veterans with remarkable career successes such as Ozogula, Bright Omokaro, Late Thompson Oliha and Austin Eguavoen who captained and coached the Super Eagles underline the power of the Principals Cup to sustain our football, shape the attitude of young persons to life pursuits, provide them opportunities to excel while also fostering friendship and unity among students across communities. With hindsight, we now know that the slaughter of the redneck lizard and the breaking of raw eggs on the pitch do not guarantee victory in football. What it takes are commitment to training and determination to win.Some of us who were only by the fringe of the school teams will at least remember those match days when we loaded ourselves in lorries and stormed other schools chanting songs of war like an Armada. Ask veteran broadcaster, Sonny Irabor who was the lead vocalist of ICC supporters in the late ’60s as they chanted the name of the school’s senior prefect and top striker, “Belafonte.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

  • MLAX : Orange’s Big East win streak ends in loss to Villanova; Harris a force at both ends of field

    first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 25, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Syracuse entered its game against Villanova undefeated in Big East play. The Orange had come out on top in all 14 of its previous conference games.That streak came to end Sunday when SU lost 11-10 to the Wildcats, a struggling team who had lost three of its previous four games.For Syracuse, the loss marks a departure from its dominant past. For Villanova, it serves as the biggest win in the program’s history.‘To beat a team like Syracuse at the Carrier Dome is about as big a win as we’ve had in our program,’ Villanova head coach Michael Corrado said. ‘Considering the way we’ve lost our last two games, to come up here and do what we did, I’m extremely proud of our guys. They just never gave up today, and it was just a great performance by them.’Like most Big East opponents, Villanova has had little luck against the lacrosse powerhouse Syracuse in recent years. The Orange has outscored the Wildcats 65-24 in their previous four matchups, with the closest loss coming last year when Villanova fell 5-4.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Wildcats finally got over the hump with the win, helping ease the painful memories of a 21-6 loss in 2008 and 20-6 blowout in 2010. The veterans on this Villanova team remembered those embarrassing defeats coming into this game, and Corrado said they talked about them during last week’s preparation.SU head coach John Desko and the Orange, meanwhile, will be challenged to get back on track. This year’s inexperienced group is struggling, and the road doesn’t get any easier. Syracuse goes to MetLife Stadium to face Duke next Sunday.‘We just have to roll up our sleeves and keep going,’ Desko said. ‘We’re going to break down the film, show them what we did right and wrong today on the film so the guys can see the mistakes.’Harris displays versatility with impressive performanceMatt Harris was all over the field Sunday. The Syracuse defender lined up on the wing on faceoffs. He matched up with Villanova’s leading scorer Jack Rice defensively. And he even got involved on the offensive end on multiple occasions.‘I thought Matt Harris, really we asked a lot of him today because he had to cover (Rice),’ Desko said, ‘which is a big job in itself because really you always have to know where he is and you always have to put yourself between the man and the ball.’Harris was up to the task against the Wildcats, finishing his day with an impressive all-around stat line. The sophomore picked up three ground balls, forced two turnovers and scored his first goal of the season in Syracuse’s 11-10 loss to the Wildcats at the Carrier Dome.Though Harris let Rice get free for two goals in the game, he did an admirable job on Villanova’s top scorer.Rice’s first goal knotted the game at two in the first period, and Harris was clearly disappointed, raising his stick in the air after the goal as his teammates watched the replay. On the second, he just missed tipping a pass intended for Rice but whiffed, and the Wildcats attack capitalized in the third period.Harris did some damage of his own on offense to make up for those mistakes. The defender scored a transition to put the Orange up 2-1. Harris worked his way down field and stood wide open from about 15 yards out.He took the pass, dropped his stick down and released a low shot that snuck by Villanova goaltender Dan Gutierrez.That goal, coupled with his physical presence on faceoffs and defense made for a standout game for Harris despite the loss.‘We’re asking a lot to take all those faceoffs, go down and cover No. 2 (Rice) and they do a good job with their picking,’ Desko said.Syracuse fails to capitalize on extra-man opportunitiesAt this point, Desko is bothered by what he’s seen from his team in man-up situations.After Syracuse failed to run the proper play, or even get a shot off in its first two man-up situations against Villanova, the team’s woes have become particularly frustrating for the Orange head coach.‘We worked on it Thursday, Friday, walked through it on Saturday and to not run the play the first two times was really pretty frustrating,’ Desko said. ‘Then we did get to it and got shots off, but we shot those like we shot in the game.’Even an added emphasis on the man-up situations in practice has not yielded results for SU. The Orange turned in yet another ugly performance with a man advantage going 0-of-5 in its man-up opportunities Sunday.Syracuse has now scored just three goals on its 17 opportunities over its last three games.Despite five separate 30-second calls against the Wildcats, the Orange failed to push a goal through. After the Orange struggled to muster a shot on its first two opportunities, things got a little bit better with two shots over its next three, but the result was all the same.And Desko is still seeking rapid improvement from his team in upcoming games despite its recent struggles in its man-up opportunities.rjgery@syr.eduadtredin@syr.edulast_img read more

  • Timberwolves G Derrick Rose on bounce-back season: ‘This is the happiest I’ve been in a long time’

    first_imgDerrick Rose is happy he is with the Timberwolves.The 30-year-old guard has had a bounce-back season after struggling with injuries throughout the last few years. Rose —  who won the MVP with the Bulls in 2011 — discussed his success with reporters Saturday after Minnesota fell to the Celtics 118-109. “With me coming off the bench, it’s kind of weird,” Rose said. “But at the same time that’s why I’m here — to do my job, and that’s to help the young guys. When I get in the game, make winning plays and figure it out with them while I’m out there.”The Timberwolves will host the Rockets on Monday. They’ll carry an 11-12 record into that matchup. Jimmy Butler on his future with 76ers: ‘I could see this being home’ “This is the happiest I’ve been in a long time,” Rose said (via the Star Tribune). “I’m coming in not worrying about the media like I did, like I had to worry about in Chicago. Or dealing with the front office like I did in Chicago, or just dealing with any problems.“I’m coming in worry-free, focused on the game that night, and that’s how it’s supposed to be.” Related Newscenter_img Derrick Rose discusses Timberwolves’ improved play since Jimmy Butler trade Rose has averaged 19.3 points and 4.4 assists in 29.5 minutes per game this season. He has come off the bench in 16 of his 21 appearances.“I would like winning Sixth Man of the Year,” Rose said. “I don’t think that’s anything bad to say or a bad goal with me coming off the bench. I want to be the best bench player. It’s just how I feel. If anything, I think it’d help the team.”Rose said he doesn’t mind not being in the starting lineup.last_img read more

  • Los Angeles Dodgers get first look at Sydney Cricket Ground

    first_imgAdrian Gonzalez ripped line drives to all areas of the park, often scattering his Dodgers teammates in the outfield from the safety of the batting cage. It was just a few hours after arriving in Australia, with his body thinking it was about midnight.Still, the first baseman who led the Dodgers in hits, home runs, RBIs and games played last season did a good job of making Sydney Cricket Ground, the home for two Major League Baseball season-opening games this weekend, sound and look like a real ballpark.The Dodgers and their weekend opponents, the Arizona Diamondbacks, arrived early Tuesday on separate jumbos from the U.S. west coast. It was a 15-hour flight and took the teams across the International Date Line, missing Monday altogether, and putting them in a time zone 18 hours ahead of the one they left behind.Hence Gonzalez in the batting cage was well past his usual bedtime, but looking pretty impressive. “We’re all very excited to be here,” Gonzalez said before the Dodgers’ workout. “We’ll have a few hits, see how the ball carries, but it all looks like a real ball park.”Vin Scully, the 86-year-old Dodgers’ announcer, proclaimed after he got off the plane that “it’s great to be here,” and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and his Diamondbacks counterpart Kirk Gibson later gave the ball field a similar thumbs-up.“No question, everyone is saying that having a chance to start the season here in Sydney, to be able to get out of spring training a bit early, it’s great,” said Mattingly. “Let’s get this thing started.”Gibson said he had fond memories of Australia because he spent his honeymoon here in 1985 “and that part worked out pretty good, so I hope this does.”“Of all the historic places we’ve played over the years, you walk in and you can see they’ve put a lot of work into the field,” Gibson added. “And I’ve been told by (Diamondbacks’ Australian relief pitcher) Ryan Rowland-Smith, it’s fair dinkum.” Translated, that means he thinks it’s a pretty good place to play baseball.Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was in the best position to judge the change to Sydney Cricket Ground, having been part of a promotional visit here last year.“When I was here it was set up for cricket matches, but you wouldn’t know that walking out there today,” he said. “Very impressed.”Goldschmidt said he was surprised by the distance in foul territory between the baselines and the stands. That’s in keeping with the natural shape of a cricket ground, where the batting “wicket” is usually closer to the center of the ground and the entire field is in play.“Foul territory, that’s going to be the big difference,” Goldschmidt said. “But baseball stadiums are different in the States, so it’ll just take some adjusting. We’ll work it out in the next few days.”The teams will only have one workout today before taking on Team Australia in a pair of exhibition games — the Diamondbacks on Thursday and the Dodgers on Friday.Clayton Kershaw, who spent time Tuesday stretching in the outfield bullpen, will start for the Dodgers in Saturday’s season opener. Left-hander Wade Miley replaces Patrick Corbin, who has a left elbow injury, as the Diamondbacks starter.Gibson said the Diamondbacks were still waiting for a second opinion on the severity of Corbin’s injury, which could require surgery and put him out for the season.The teams will close out the two-game series Sunday when the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu is slated to start against Arizona’s Trevor Cahill.The series marks the first regular-season games in Australia. Previous MLB season openers were held in Monterrey, Mexico (1999), San Juan, Puerto Rico (2001) and four times in Tokyo, most recently in 2012.The weekend games will mark the 100th anniversary of an exhibition game played by the Chicago White Sox and the New York Giants at the same stadium.Capacity crowds of about 40,000 are expected for both games at the historic ground where Australia’s cricket teams have played memorable matches for the past century and a half. In keeping with the theme, Goldschmidt and Gonzalez were presented with cricket bats signed by Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke.The two first basemen were asked to pose with the bats, and a few in the crowd chuckled when Gonzalez initially slung it over his shoulder in a very un-cricket like pose. But he quickly adopted an impressive Clarke-like stance for the cameras.Gonzalez also prompted laughter later when he answered a question in Spanish for about 30 seconds. When asked for a translation into English, his response took only several seconds. He smiled and said: “We’re ready to go.”Harvey aims for ’14No matter what the New York Mets think, Matt Harvey is convinced he can pitch at some point this season.The Mets ace had elbow ligament-replacement surgery Oct. 22 and hasn’t thrown a baseball from more than 60 feet off flat ground. New York doesn’t expect him to return until 2015.“I still have in my mind that I want to come back this year, and whether the doctors clear that or the people upstairs have other ideas, my mindset as a competitor is to get back on the field,” Harvey saidy. “Everybody’s always going to so cautious about the recovery, but as a competitor we’re always going to want to get back on the field. If the doctors at that point say it’s fine, my mind is always going to be on the baseball field.”Harvey went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and was the NL starter in last year’s All-Star game at Citi Field. Harvey has been making 20 tosses at a time from 60 feet since Feb. 22. The next step in the rehabilitation process is to throw from 75 feet, which he hopes to do by the end of the week.Bee gameA spring training game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees created a buzz.The game was delayed for seven minutes heading into the bottom of the third inning because of a swarm of bees in left field.Red Sox left fielder Mike Carp walked toward the infield to point out the situation to umpires at Steinbrenner Field, and they called out the grounds crew to address the matter.The grounds crew received a large cheer from the fans, who were told to be patient during the stoppage,center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

  • NASCAR at Martinsville: Start time, lineup, TV schedule, live stream for STP 500

    first_imgIt feels like we’re being repetitive, but can anyone stop Kyle Busch?All Busch has done lately is win, win, win as he has left each of the last two races victorious while taking home victories in the truck series and Xfinity Series over the last three weeks as well. And it’s bad news for everyone this week as the Series heads to the shortest track on tour in the half-mile Martinsville Speedway. Here’s a daily schedule of events leading up to the STP 500.(All times Eastern)Friday, March 22TimeEventChannel1:05 p.m.Truck Series first practiceNo TV3:05 p.m.Truck Series second practiceNo TVSaturday, March 23TimeEventChannel9:35 a.m.Cup Series First PracticeFS1/fuboTV10:40 a.m.Truck Series qualifyingFS1/fuboTV12:30 p.m.Cup Series final practiceFS1/fuboTV2 p.m.NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series Race at MartinsvilleFox/fuboTV5:10 p.m.NASCAR qualifyingFS1/fuboTVSunday, March 24TimeEventChannel2 p.m.STP 500FS1/MRNSTP 500 starting lineup, qualifying resultsBelow is the full starting lineup for the 2019 STP 500.StartingDriverNumberNo. 1Joey Logano22No. 2Aric Almirola10No. 3Brad Keselowski2No. 4Kevin Harvick4No. 5Denny Hamlin11No. 6William Byron24No. 7Kyle Larson42No. 8Chase Elliott9No. 9Martin Truex Jr.19No. 10Daniel Suarez41No. 11Clint Bowyer14No. 12Jimmie Johnson48No. 13Chris Buescher37No. 14Kyle Busch18No. 15Paul Menard21No. 16Ryan Preece47No. 17Alex Bowman88No. 18Ryan Blaney12No. 19Erik Jones20No. 20Kurt Busch1No. 21Ryan Newman6No. 22Matt DiBenedetto95No. 23Ty Dillon13No. 24Michael McDowell34No. 25Ricky Stenhouse Jr.17No. 26David Ragan38No. 27Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.43No. 28Landon Cassill00No. 29Daniel Hemric8No. 30Austin Dillon3No. 31Ross Chastain15No. 32Matt Tifft36No. 33Jeb Burton52No. 34DJ Kennington77No. 35Corey Lajoie32No. 36Cody Ware51 MORE: Watch the STP 500 live & on demand with fuboTV (7-day trial)Busch has two career wins and 15 top-5 finishes in his career at the track and he has the best car right now.Joey Logano is the defending champion on the track and is driving well with a win and three top-10 finishes in his last three races.Martin Truex Jr. doesn’t have a win yet this season, but he could look to avenge a bitter defeat in the playoffs last year that came at the hands of a bump from Logano.There’s sure to be fireworks once again this weekend in Virginia.What time does the STP 500 start?The STP 500 will take place Sunday, March 24. Live coverage begins on FS1 at 2 p.m. EST.STP 500 TV schedule, live streamThe STP 500 will be broadcast nationally on FS1. The race can also be live-streamed on the Fox Sports Go app or by subscribing to fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial. All of the events leading up to the week, including practices and races for the Truck Series can be seen on NASCAR.com, PRN, MRN and FS1.last_img read more

  • This random index card of NFL quarterbacks drove Twitter insane

    first_imgThe award was named “The Jake” after Browns legend Jake Delhomme to commemorate his 4 INT playoff game on his own birthday. This group of fans decided they would honor each weekly loser based on their poor play with bonus points being given to a player if his bad game happened to fall on his own birthday. The award then lived on Fark.com lure for years and years.So it seems one quarterback during this time frame earned extra points for earning the award on their birthday. It’s too much work to figure out which one, but the rules make it easy to assume that’s the case here.This also explains why there’s no Rodgers or Wilson on the list (as they throw few interceptions). And also why we see so many random quarterbacks (John Skelton, Christian Ponder, EJ Manuel) on it.The only question remaining is why were these quarterbacks put in this order? Considering the data goes back to 2011, why is Palko (who never played again after that year) written sideways, seemingly as a last thought? And why is Bridgewater (one of the newer QBs) in the first column? We may never know, but enough other facts line up to make this theory make sense. @BarstoolBigCat @PFTCommenter @PardonMyTake just found this in my coworkers paperwork that he left behind after retiring. What do you guys think it could mean? pic.twitter.com/MLfCi9GUxD— BRB (@NadsNotNerbs) June 13, 2019As you can see, each quarterback has at least one tally next to it. Philip Rivers leads the way with five while “Tono” Romo, Cam Newton and Eli Manning all have four. The mystery is trying to figure out what the hell these tallies mean. MORE: 5 crazy details from AAF’s lone dysfunctional seasonThere are very well known quarterbacks on this list, such as Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger and Peyton Manning. But then this person just throws everyone for a complete loop by tossing in a vertically written Tyler Palko. Palko has only played in eight career games. What could he have possibily done to land on this list?Also, how did Palko make this list but someone like Aaron Rodgers didn’t? What about Russell Wilson? NONE OF THIS MAKES ANY SENSE.The years don’t even add up, either. Palko’s final season was in 2011 and Teddy Bridgewater didn’t enter the league until 2014. What was worth keeping track of between all these years?Before we dive into some theories, here are some important numbers to know.38 quarterbacks 65 talliesInterceptions thrown to a player?An interesting theory had to do with interceptions thrown to a single player. The low tally markers make sense, as does the fact there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the quarterbacks listed. Charles Woodson fits well in theory as he has 65 career interceptions. Could it fit? No other players with 65-plus career interceptions played in the same period as these quarterbacks.The easiest way to go about this is to check Palko’s stats. He has such a small footprint in NFL history, so his numbers are the easiest to look up. Unfortunately, out of Palko’s seven career interceptions, none was to Woodson.Sacks on a quarterback?Similar to the theory above, this also makes sense. And also similarly, we’ll work backward from Palko. The former Chiefs quarterback was sacked 13 times in his career. Since he only has one tally, we should only look at players who have one career sack on Palko.The only player to have sacked Palko once and have 65-plus career sacks is Andre Carter. But Carter retired in 2013, and Bridgewater entered the league in 2014. Another dead end.Number of kids?Immediately when you see the five next to Rivers’ name, you remember he has a lot of kids. Could the tallies reflect that?Well …MORE: 7 stories we can’t wait to watch on Raiders stint on ‘Hard Knocks’We have an answerSorry to drag you through all of the theories, but you had to suffer like the rest of us.This explanation actually makes sense. No one on the list retired before 2011 and no one was drafted after 2014, so the time range fits perfectly. And if you count each season (2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15) you end up with four seasons. Multiply four seasons by 16 games and you get 64 games, just one short of how many tallies there are on the list. But the extra tally can be explained.Via Barstool Sports:center_img A Twitter user named simply “BRB” threw the website into a frenzy on Thursday when they tweeted out a photo of an index card with the names of 38 quarterbacks on it.last_img read more

  • Governor urging House to embrace judicial nominating changes

    first_imgDES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds is calling on her fellow Republicans to approve changes in the system for nominating Iowa Supreme Court justices.The Republican-led Iowa Senate endorsed a bill on the subject about a month ago. The House of Representatives, which is also controlled by Republicans, has yet to debate the bill on the House floor.“I absolutely feel those changes are needed, and I am hoping that the House can get this done,” Reynolds told reporters Tuesday afternoon. “This is a system that needs to better reflect all Iowans and we have made all kinds of compromises in working with both the House and the Senate, mostly the House, to address some of the concerns.”The plan that cleared the Senate would change who selects half the members of the state commission that nominates people for openings on the Iowa Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. The governor would continue to appoint eight members of the commission, but Iowa lawyers would no longer take a vote to decide the other eight commission members. Legislative leaders would appoint half the commission.Opponents of the plan say having statehouse leaders appoint members of the panel will politicize the process. Governor Reynolds and others say the process is already political and too heavily influenced by lawyers.“The basic change that we’re asking for is to have Iowans represented in this process,” Reynolds said.A constitutional amendment passed in 1962 set up the current system for choosing Iowa judges. The Judicial Nominating Commission interviews applicants and submits a slate of three nominees to the governor. The governor then appoints one of those nominees. Reynolds has appointed two justices to the Iowa Supreme Court in the past seven months.last_img read more

  • PBA: Magnolia clobbers NLEX in Govs’ Cup debut

    first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Magnolia played without star guard Paul Lee who’s in Indonesia representing the Philippines in the 2018 Asian Games but got a big boost from Mark Barroca, PJ Simon, and Bambam Gamalinda.Barroca finished with 13 points while Simon had 12 points under his name with Gamalinda, usually a substitute player in the previous conferences, had 10 points in his starting job.The Hotshots’ main man, however, was Romeo Travis who finished with 21 points and 13 boards.Oluseyi Ashaolu finished with 21 points and nine rebounds to lead the Road Warriors. ADVERTISEMENT View comments The Hotshots opened the floodgates as early as the first quarter building a 31-12 lead and never looked back.Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero said defense was their main priority in facing the Road Warriors who were on a tear in their first two games averaging 113 points per outing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Before this game we prepared hard for NLEX’ offense, and the battle cry was our defense versus their offense,” said Victolero. “We wanted to limit them under 90 points and I’m proud of my players for their defense and we were able to limit them.”“This was an overall team effort, we started strong, and the chemistry was there.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Magnolia started off its conference with a bang after steamrolling NLEX, 102-72, in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Divine Wally claims Asian Games bronze in wushu Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more