Softball Phenom

first_imgTen-year-old Lily Stewart of Greenfield, Indiana, is making quite a name for herself in softball circles.  This summer she was entered in the Pitch-Hit-and Run National Contest.  She was one of the finalists in her age group at the National League All-Star game in Cincinnati.  She finished 3rd of the 24 entrants at this event.Her dad is the softball coach at Greenfield Central High School.  He took her along to his practices, etc., and she started playing competitive softball at the age of 2.  She now plays on an elite team called the Pendleton Travelers.  She is a pitcher and an outfielder.  I am sure you will hear more from Lily as the years go by.last_img read more

Price is all right in PASS feature win at Port Royal

first_imgOnce the leaders entered traffic, Price’s lower line proved beneficial, as the second through fourth place runners were running high and struggling with a choppy cushion. At the checkered flag, Price led runner-up Dodson by two-plus seconds.  Thirty-eight cars were entered in the Port Royal show.  PORT ROYAL, Pa. (Aug. 24) – Seventeen-year-old Landon Price claimed his first IMCA Rac­eSaver Sprint Car victory Saturday in the Pennsylvania Sprint Series main event at Port Royal Speedway. Dodson was 1.5 seconds ahead of Price before a lap seven caution. On the restart, Dodson took the outside line through turns one and two and Price charged through the middle to take the lead. Rookie Garrett Bard passed Nick Sweigart for third place on the final lap and Devin Adams fin­ished fifth. Price, whose previous best finish was fifth at BAPS Motor Speedway (twice) and previous best at Port Royal was 13th, took the lead from Doug Dodson and scored a dominating win. By Frank Buhrman and Stephanie Stevens Dodson IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car career win number one for Landon Price came in the Aug. 24 Pennsylva­nia Sprint Series event at Port Royal Speedway. (Photo by Christi Baker) Feature results – 1. Landon Price; 2. Doug Dodson; 3. Garrett Bard; 4. Nick Sweigart; 5. Devin Adams; 6. Drew Ritchey; 7. Ken Duke; 8. Kassidy Kreitz; 9. Zach Newlin; 10. Kenny Heffner; 11. Erin Statler; 12. Cale Reigle; 13. Dylan Proctor; 14. Nathan Gramley; 15. Kruz Kepner; 16. Scott Ellerman; 17. Dave Grube; 18. Jonathan Jones; 19. Bob Garvey; 20. Dominic Melair; 21. Jake Waters; 22. Josh Spicer; 23. Dave Wickham; 24. Jake Frye; 25. Jimmy White; 26. Colton Hoover.last_img read more

Baggies peg back Magpies

first_imgNewcastle were left to rue a series of missed opportunities as they squandered a chance to pull away from relegation trouble after a 1-1 draw at West Brom. Press Association It was clear by the way they started they wanted to make amends for last week’s humiliating derby defeat to Sunderland. They could have had the game won by the break after creating numerous opportunities, many through their lively strike pairing of Cisse and Moussa Sissoko. But all they had to show for their dominance at the interval was Gouffran’s eighth-minute effort, which came after a neat pass from Yohan Cabaye and a good cross from Cisse. Cabaye also tested Ben Foster with a well-struck low volley from outside the box, while Sissoko broke clear down the left but his pass back for Cisse was scrambled clear by Jonas Olsson. Sissoko did head on a long ball into Cisse’s path soon after but Foster easily saved the Senegal forward’s header. Foster then dealt comfortably with a spectacular long-range effort from Cisse but he might have feared the worst as the striker seized on a poor pass by Olsson after 35 minutes. Cisse instinctively clipped the ball over the outrushing keeper but his contact was too strong and a fine chance dipped just over the bar. West Brom did manage to piece a good move together in the closing stages of the half but controversy followed as they were awarded a free-kick on right edge of the box. James Perch was ruled to have felled Jones after the referee had consulted his assistant but replays suggested the tackle had been clean – and inside the box. Within moments of the restart Marc-Antoine Fortune tested Elliot for the first time with a long-range effort. Elliot failed to grab the shot and was lucky to escape as substitute Shane Long seized possession but shot wide, while Lukaku gave the visitors another warning as he rose highest to head a Chris Brunt corner against the bar. Morrison shot wide as pressure continued to build and the hosts’ good work eventually paid off just after the hour. Morrison and Lukaku combined well before the striker turned in the area and picked out Jones, who coolly slid the ball beyond Elliot with a first-time shot. The game almost turned on its head completely just two minutes later as an unmarked Morrison headed powerfully at goal from a Goran Popov cross but Elliot saved well to his left, while Gareth McAuley won a header from another Brunt corner but failed to hit the target. West Brom continued to come forward and Lukaku sent over a dangerous-looking cross for Long but the striker was just unable to reach. center_img The Magpies dominated the first half of their Barclays Premier League clash at The Hawthorns and deservedly led through Yoan Gouffran’s early header. But after Papiss Cisse wasted another gilt-edged opening, the second half was a different story and West Brom hit the bar through Romelu Lukaku before Billy Jones equalised. After that West Brom looked the side most likely to claim a winner and Rob Elliot, in for the injured Tim Krul, made a fine save to deny James Morrison. Newcastle looked a tired side by the end and were obviously frustrated their early superiority had counted for so little. last_img read more

Mourinho hails Hazard

first_img Now in his third season at Stamford Bridge, the 23-year-old winger is playing better than ever and has netted four goals in his last seven matches. The Belgium international is set to be rewarded with a lucrative, long-term deal in west London, with reports suggesting he will become the Blues’ highest-paid player. Figures of £200,000-a-week have been bandied about and Mourinho confirmed Hazard will be imminently putting pen to paper. “He will [sign],” the Portuguese said. “I was never worried about it, since the moment I met his father. “Everything was very clear about their intentions and their happiness to stay with Chelsea. “After that, it becomes a numbers situation. When it becomes a number situation, I’m more than happy to be out. “But my club always told me that the situation would finish with a new contract, so I was never worried about that.” Hazard has certainly justified the £32million Chelsea paid Lille for his services in 2012, with his fine performances last term earning him the PFA Young Player of the Year award. That is one of a number of individual accolades the Belgian has picked up, although the only collective medal he has won with Chelsea is last year’s Europa League. More silverware looks set to arrive this season, though – the kind of success which makes Mourinho confident Hazard can enter club folklore. Eden Hazard is set to sign a new deal with Chelsea, where Jose Mourinho believes he can become an all-time great. “I think so, I think so,” Mourinho said when asked whether Hazard can become an all-time great at Chelsea. “He needs to win titles because titles make players’ history. “I don’t know players who are considered legends in clubs without winning titles, so he has to do that but the potential, I think, everybody knows.” Hazard will look to continue his fine form at Stoke on Monday, when Chelsea attempt to secure a fourth consecutive win in all competitions. Didier Drogba and Kurt Zouma can be called upon after overcoming knocks sustained in the Capital One Cup defeat of Derby, while Thibaut Courtois is in line to return at the Britannia Stadium. The Belgian goalkeeper has missed the previous two matches with a muscular injury, but looks set to come in for Petr Cech at the Britannia Stadium – a decision Mourinho says was easy, despite the Chelsea stalwart’s displays. “No,” he said when asked if it was tougher to bring Courtois back in. “Petr’s performances are the normal performances from one of the three best goalkeepers in the world, so simple. “I think [Courtois will be back]. I can’t confirm 100 per cent, but I think so.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Germany’s Sebastian Vettel to leave Ferrari at end of season

first_imgLONDON: Germany’s Sebastian Vettel’s future in Formula 1 beyond 2020 has been thrown into doubt after it was announced on Tuesday that he will leave Ferrari at the end of the season.”Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow and Sebastian Vettel have jointly decided not to extend the current contract covering Sebastian’s services as a driver with the team, beyond its current expiry date of the end of the 2020 Formula 1 season,” Ferrari said in a statement. Vettel had last month said he expected to sign a new contract with the team before racing resumes later this year amid the coronavirus pandemic, but talks appear to have stalled in the meantime. “My relationship with Scuderia Ferrari will finish at the end of 2020,” said Vettel. “In order to get the best possible results in this sport, it’s vital for all parties to work in perfect harmony.” “The team and I have realised that there is no longer a common desire to stay together beyond the end of this season. Financial matters have played no part in this joint decision. That’s not the way I think when it comes to making certain choices and it never will be. “What’s been happening in these past few months has led many of us to reflect on what are our real priorities in life. One needs to use one’s imagination and to adopt a new approach to a situation that has changed. I myself will take the time I need to reflect on what really matters when it comes to my future,” he added. Vettel has won 14 races for Ferrari but failed to add to the four titles he won with Red Bull between 2010 and 2013. He had initially joined Ferrari with the aim of emulating his childhood hero, Michael Schumacher, who won five titles in red in the early 2000s. IANSlast_img read more

Live Blog: Florida State crushes Syracuse, 45-14

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Three takeaways from the Eagles’ win over the Redskins

first_imgHere are three takeaways from the Eagles’ win over the Redskins.Quarterback woes continue for WashingtonInjuries have plagued the players under center in Washington and unfortunately, another Redskins quarterback went down at Lincoln Financial Field. Backup turned started Colt McCoy left the game with a serious lower leg injury in the first half.Early reports said McCoy, like starting quarterback Alex Smith, would be out for the rest of the season.This brought in the veteran Sanchez, who recently signed with the Redskins to serve as McCoy’s backup.But, Sanchez experienced his own woes. The one-time first-round draft pick — who was selected fifth overall in 2009 by the Jets — hadn’t taken a meaningful snap since 2016, so he rightfully had some rust to work through. He also had the pressure of this must-win game to deal with. These factors made for a less-than-ideal scenario for Sanchez, especially since he had been with the organization for two weeks.He showed flashes of what he once had while he was a starter with the Jets and Eagles, but all-in-all, the Redskins will have to make a serious adjustment if they want to have a chance at moving back into the wild-card race (more on that later).Sanchez ended the game completing 13 of his 21 pass attempts for 100 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. He was also sacked twice. Golden Tate finally showed upWe are used to big plays from Tate from his time with the Seahawks and Lions, but prior to this contest he only had 11 catches in three games with the Eagles. Sure, he is new to the organization but big-time players still make big-time plays, right?For Tate, that was finally the case Monday.He had a game-high 85 yards and one touchdown on seven receptions — he even wowed the crowd with his dance moves..@cj_wentz escapes and finds @ShowtimeTate for the @Eagles TD!What a throw! #FlyEaglesFly📺: #WASvsPHI on ESPN pic.twitter.com/znWBB4RSLV— NFL (@NFL) December 4, 2018It was the perfect time for Tate to show up and help out tight end Zach Ertz. His impressive touchdown grab put Philadelphia up early in what was a one-point game. He had some more touches late, including two catches on the Eagles’ final scoring drive.Meanwhile, Ertz finished with nine catches for 83 yards. He now has 92 receptions this season, which broke Brian Westbrook’s record for most receptions in a single season in franchise history — Westbrook had 90 in 2007.Sproles, who suffered a hamstring injury in the first game of the season, also returned and made an impact. He ran for 22 yards and one touchdown on four carries.Let’s talk playoffs We keep hearing “playoff picture” this, “playoff picture” that, but if any game had major playoff implications in Week 13, it was certainly this one.The Eagles victory moved Philadelphia to 6-6, a record Washington now also holds. Both teams sit one-game behind the division-leading Cowboys and the loss boots the Redskins out of the wild-card race … for now. In this Week 13 contest, little went well for the Redskins, who suffered yet another quarterback injury Monday against the Eagles.One of the only bright spots for Washington was a long touchdown by 33-year-old Adrian Peterson, who showed he’s in better shape than most by becoming the oldest player in NFL history to rush for a 90-plus yard score. Redskins QB Colt McCoy leaves game with leg injury, expected to miss rest of season NFL Week 13 Blitz Read: Rams first team to punch ticket to postseason, win NFC West titlecenter_img This was the Redskins’ only touchdown in their 28-13 loss to the Eagles.All Day. 90 yards. TOUCHDOWN. #HTTR📺: #WASvsPHI on ESPN pic.twitter.com/wRckQ3NtUm— NFL (@NFL) December 4, 2018Besides Peterson breaking records, there was also the return of quarterback Mark Sanchez, the resurgence of Golden Tate — and with it Darren Sproles, who returned for his first game since Week 1 — and playoff implications that will weigh heavily on both teams in the coming weeks. Related News Washington fans will have to put loyalties aside and cheer for the Eagles when they face the Cowboys in Week 14. In that same week, the Redskins will need a win over the 4-8 Giants. Wins from both squads and a Cowboys loss would put the three top teams in the NFC East at 7-6 entering the final few weeks of the season. The Redskins would have much rather enjoyed a win in this matchup, which would have effectively eliminated the Eagles and put all the pressure on the Cowboys, but now both Washington and Philadelphia will need some magic to happen.last_img read more

CALIFORNIA CUP TURF CLASSIC QUOTES – SATURDAY JANUARY 28, 2017

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES FLAVIEN PRAT, ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR, WINNER: “I had a good trip. It came really easy. Once he gets the lead he doesn’t want to open up, but he knows he has to keep at least a head in front.”TRAINER QUOTES             PETER EURTON, ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR, WINNER: “He got a perfect ride. I think they (Flavien Prat and the horse) are just getting to know each other. I think Flavvy was just a little bit nervous in the paddock, but the kid is so good, so good. Other than telling him the horse likes to be outside, I didn’t say anything. That was a nice, easy lead that What a View got. I didn’t think we’d get by him for a minute there, but Ashley’s got a lot of class.”As to what’s next: “He’s invited to go to Qatar, but I think he should stay here and run in two months in the mile and a half (in the Grade II, $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes).” JOE CIAGLIA, PART-OWNER/BREEDER ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR, WINNER: “I was so nervous today, it was crazy. The horse just won the 2016 Cal-Bred Turf Horse of the Year but What a View was second and we’re running against him today. It’s not trying to be competitive but we felt like we had to come right back out and prove that we are the best. We were the best Turf horse last year and now we’re getting to carry that over into this year.“It was very exciting to win this one, I was so nervous. We’ve been running in open company races and people think Cal Bred races are easy but Cal-breds are tough. I was more nervous about this than other races we’ve run in.”“We don’t have a plan. We just wanted to get to Cal Cup and that was our first plan.”center_img             NOTES: The winning owners are Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing, LLC. MIKE MELLEN, PART-OWNER/BREEDER ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR, WINNER: “The race was very scary there at the end. The other horse, What a View, is a very good horse and has a Grade I win. We knew it would be a tough race and the one hole isn’t his best position but he’s a great horse. What can you say? He never gives up.”last_img read more

Colonels’ Season Ends with 38-31 Loss to South Dakota

first_imgThe third quarter saw four touchdowns, with South Dakota countering each one by the Colonels with one of their own. Tahj Smith continued his outstanding play of recent, scoring on a 24-yard rush before Streveler hit Brandt Van Roekel for a 47-yard touchdown. Irvin found the end zone on a 2-yard rush to bring the deficit back to three points; however, Streveler answered right back with a 75-yard strike to Trystn Ducker. A costly pass interference on the Colonel defense gave USD a first down on a third-and-long, and Streveler went on to throw for a 10-yard touchdown pass to Van Roekel. The score turned out to be the game-winner as Nicholls suffered its first home loss of the year. Fourcade’s top target was freshman Dai’Jean Dixon, who had 80 yards receiving on a career-high five receptions. Jarrell Rogers added 62 yards on five catches. While the offenses shined for most of the second half, it was the defenses that led to points in the first two quarters. Two early interceptions by Chase Fourcade allowed the Coyotes to jump out to a 14-0 lead.  Nicholls was held scoreless until Austin Dickerson came up with a big play for the defense with just over a minute until the break, returning an interception 43 yards for a touchdown. The Coyotes closed out the half with a 39-yard field goal for a 17-7 lead. #FCS Play of the Week nominee: @Nicholls_FB Austin Dickerson returns interception 43 yards for TD. #PickSix #GeauxColonels pic.twitter.com/TN81PQwqPW— Chris Mycoskie (@mycoskie) November 26, 2017 Both teams had little trouble moving the ball, combining for over 900 yards of total offense. The Coyotes did most of their damage behind the play of Streveler, who threw for 378 and four touchdowns. Nicholls used a balanced attack, finishing with exactly 232 yards passing and rushing.  The Colonels (8-4) never led in the contest against South Dakota (8-4), but finally tied the game up at 31 when Lorran Fonseca made a field goal midway in the fourth quarter. The Coyotes then answered a Nicholls’ scoring drive for the fourth time on the night, using a touchdown pass by Walter Payton Award finalist Chris Streveler to regain the lead with less than six minutes to go. “I’m just very proud of the effort by our guys. I thought it was a fantastic finish and we laid it on the line,” said Nicholls head football coach Tim Rebowe. “Our guys fought; they kept scrapping and kept punching the whole way through. Hats off to them (South Dakota), they are an outstanding team. We all know how good they were on offense. We gave up some big plays to them, and right after we came back and tied it up, we gave up a big play down the field. We can’t do those things against a good team.” Fourcade finished 21 of 35 for 232 yards but had three interceptions for the second-straight game. He also ran for 77 yards, with Irvin finishing with 88 and Smith had 65 yards and two scores on 13 carries. In the fourth, a career-long 54 run by Fourcade before the end of the period set up a 1-yard score by Smith. On the next possession, Sully Laiche had the hit of the night, sacking Streveler on third down to force a punt. Fonseca would tie it up with his 19th field goal of the season, this one from 43-yard out.No quit in Nicholls! Chase Fourcade dashes for a HUGE run to set up a Colonels score?? #FCSPlayoffs on ESPN3: https://t.co/mH2cX0viHq pic.twitter.com/V1LT7gQEMA— FCS Football (@NCAA_FCS) November 25, 2017 Nicholls ends the year with eight wins, its most since the 1996 playoff team. The Colonels drop to 1-4 in their five playoff appearances and end the year with a 5-1 mark at home.Congratulations on a great season!#FCSPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/ByeHUj9O5c— FCS Football (@NCAA_FCS) November 26, 2017 THIBODAUX, La. – Playing in its first-ever home playoff game, the Nicholls State University football team fed off of its electric crowd to take South Dakota down to the wire, but a fumble at the goal line in the final seconds ended the game as the Colonels were defeated, 38-31, Saturday night at Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium. Nicholls got the ball back and moved deep into Coyote territory for a chance to even the game, but Phillip Powell forced a fumble on a Kyran Irvin carry at the goal line with 27 seconds remaining to seal the win for South Dakota in its first-ever playoff appearance.  Courtesy of Nicholls Athleticslast_img read more

Sport: Football World Cup Qualifiers to kick off in Oceania

first_imgTonga, American Samoa, Samoa and Cook Islands are all in Nuku’alofa, vying for one spot in next year’s Oceania Nations Cup.Samoa prevailed when the same teams met in Apia four years ago but head coach Phineas Young says the squad has a new look after being ovehauled in recent years.”Only three survived from 2011 but most of the players here, they were getting old – they were over 30 – so I decided I will bring in some new players to mix in with the old horses here. We’ve been starting development of players in the under 12s, under 15s and under 17s in the last three years. Most of these guys they play in the Premier League in Apia so we’ve been working with them starting from last year so most of the players here they’re under 21″.American Samoa made history at the last qualifier, beating Tonga to snap a 30-match losing streak at international level.Head coach Larry Manao says the goal this time around is simply to do better.”This year it’s young, inexperienced players but these are all building blocks which eventually will give us an opportunity to have a better team, better program in the future. Maybe not this year but we have to look just beyond the pre-qualification tournament – we have to look five years down the road. The goal is to do better of course but we have to look at it incrementally. I think we have reasonable expectations of what that growth and development looks like”.Cook Islands finished last in the previous qualifying tournament but coach Drew Sherman comes believes his team can be contenders this time around.”I think success for us is giving a good account of ourselves, in terms of the way in which we play and how well we execute that. We finished bottom last time around but we’re hopeful. We’re aiming to qualify [and] if we didn’t think we could realistically do it there wouldn’t be any point in sending a team and preparing them the way in which we have. We’re aware there’s three other teams with exactly the same expectation and it’s going to be tough for each of us”.Cook Islands face Tonga this afternoon before neighbours Samoa and American Samoa go head to head.last_img read more