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Clear sailing for Day in Sprint Series of Oklahoma at Ardmore

first_imgMichael Day raced to the Friday Sprint Series of Oklahoma feature win at Southern Oklahoma Speedway. (Photo courtesy of Mike Howard)By David Smith Jr.ARDMORE, Okla. (June 23) – Michael Day took the lead at the start and never looked back in topping the Sprint Series of Oklahoma feature Friday night at South Oklahoma Speedway.Day started on the pole for the 20-lap feature IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car main event, presented by Smiley’s Racing Products, and led wire-to-wire to capture his first career SSO victory.Third-starting Michelle Melton, who picked up her one and only series victory in Ardmore last year, held off repeated challenges from defending national and series champion Andy Shouse to finish second. Jake Martens and Gary Owens rounded out the top five.Feature results – 1. Michael Day; 2. Michelle Melton; 3. Andy Shouse; 4. Jake Martens; 5. Gary Owens; 6. Tristan Oakes; 7. Joe Wood Jr.; 8. Sterling Hoff; 9. Blake Dacus; 10. Cody Whitworth; 11. Loyd Clevenger; 12. Michael Scott; 13. Justin Melton; 14. Chad Koch; 15. Tanner Conn; 16. Dillon Laden; 17. Chris Kelly; 18. Josh Toho; 19. Warren Fields; 20. Chase Parsons.last_img read more

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Okowa to Flag off Warri Peace Marathon

first_img“It teaches us the art of time management and encourages us to eat right. Athletics also help us to cultivate the value of perseverance and give us unique opportunities to forge friendships across cultural and national boundaries,” the governor said.Speaking on the initiative of the Warri Peace Marathon, Okowa urged the youths and communities to live in peace and harmony.“Both in your conduct and speech consider it worthwhile to use whatever means necessary to draw attention to the ills of anti-social behaviour and the exigencies of peaceful co-existence and unity.“It is my sincere hope that in no distant time the Warri Peace Marathon will attract international recognition and draw global attention not just to the sporting talents that abound in Nigeria but to the tourism potentials that exist in our beloved Delta State,” concludes the governor.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, is set to flag off the Warri Peace Marathon billed for Saturday, May 28.The 10km race is first of its kind in Delta State and Okowa in a message to the participants and organisers, stressed the need for healthy living through exercise and perfect dieting.“Marathon races have become a growing part of the 21st century. The good thing about participating in sporting activities like this is that they help us stay in shape, instills discipline in us.last_img read more

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Scott Shafer on CMU quarterback Cooper Rush: “What a great football player”

first_imgCentral Michigan starting quarterback Cooper Rush barely completed half of his 34 passes, threw no touchdowns and took five sacks in a 40-3 drubbing last season against Syracuse. Yet, Syracuse (2-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) head coach Scott Shafer praised the signal-caller during his weekly teleconference on Tuesday.“What a great football player,” Shafer said of Rush, “All of his numbers are just extraordinary.”Rush is starting for the third straight season for the Chippewas and despite the beating he took last year, Shafer says he poses a threat this season. During his career, Rush has racked up 6,059 yards and 45 touchdowns through the air.  “I think we need to change things up, try to change the tempo of his mindset when he’s reading coverage, so one thing goes to another.”Shafer said that Rush is good at being flushed from the pocket and throwing across the field to receivers that are behind the coverage and added that he can see pressure coming.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThrough two games last season, Rush had completed 62 percent of his passes for 345 yards and four touchdowns when SU trounced CMU. Later in the season during the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, Rush connected for 493 yards and seven touchdowns against Western Kentucky, flashing his potential.This season, the junior has racked up 553 yards and three touchdowns, albeit on 30 more passes than the previous season, completing 69 percent of those passes. Last week against Oklahoma State, Rush didn’t throw for a touchdown, but got it done with a lesser known part of his arsenal: his feet. Rush took eight carries for 51 yards and a touchdown, and Shafer said he’s more mobile than people give him credit for. “You can tell he’s a very bright young man,” Shafer said. “We’ll have our hands full with him.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 15, 2015 at 2:44 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonatilast_img read more

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Angels bullpen fails to hang on against Astros, spoiling Jaime Barria’s strong outing

first_imgPreviousHouston Astros’ Jose Altuve connects for a three-run double during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton swings for a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsHouston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole stands on the mound as Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton, background left, rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton celebrates his two-run home run as he returns to the dugout during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout reacts after striking out during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria throws to a Houston Astros batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, watches as home plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth, left, is tended to by a trainer after Culbreth was struck by a foul ball hit by Ohtani during the third inning of the Angels’ baseball game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim checks his bat during an at bat during the third inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, talks to catcher Rene Rivera in the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Justin Upton #8 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a two-run homerun as Brian McCann #16 of the Houston Astros looks on during the first inning of a game at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa struggles with a single hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons slides into second base as Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa holds the ball in his glove during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. Simmons was out on the steal attempt. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons hits a single during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons watches after hitting a single during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman catches a foul ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Rene Rivera rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole stands on the mound after giving up a home run to Los Angeles Angels’ Rene Rivera, rear, during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Rene Rivera, left, celebrates his home run with Mike Trout during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Manager Mike Scioscia, Justin Upton #8 and Kole Calhoun #56 congratulate Rene Rivera #44 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after his solo homerun during the fifth inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria throws to the plate during the second inning of Tuesday’s game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium. Barria allowed one run and four hits in seven innings, striking out seven. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa takes off his helmet after striking out as Los Angeles Angels catcher Rene Rivera heads toward the dugout after the top of the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts to turning a double play during the second inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros pitches during the second inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Alex Bregman #2 is congratulated in the dugout after scoring on an RBI single by Brian McCann #16 of the Houston Astros during the fourth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Jaime Barria #51 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim looks on during the second inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a single during the fifth inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim fans hold signs in support of Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the third inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Evan Gattis #11 of the Houston Astros reacts to flying out during the seventh inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa takes off his helmet after striking out as Los Angeles Angels catcher Rene Rivera heads toward the dugout after the top of the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler, right, is tagged out by Houston Astros catcher Brian McCann while trying to score on a single hit by Kole Calhoun during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Umpire CB Bucknor calls out Ian Kinsler #3 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on the tag by Brian McCann #16 of the Houston Astros during the seventh inning of a game at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve follows through on a three-run double during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros slides safely at home as Rene Rivera #44 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim awaits the throw during the eighth inning of a game at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Josh Reddick #22 congratulates Alex Bregman #2 after he scored on a three-run RBI double hit by Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros as Jose Alvarez #48 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim looks on during the eighth inning of a game at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Alex Bregman #2 congraulates Josh Reddick #22 in the dugout after scoring on a three-run RBI double hit by Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros during the eighth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun throws the ball to first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve, right, slides into home plate against Los Angeles Angels catcher Rene Rivera in an unsuccessful attempt to score on a fielder’s choice during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve, left, is tagged out by Los Angeles Angels catcher Rene Rivera during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve, bottom, slides past home plate umpire CB Bucknor after he was tagged out by Los Angeles Angels catcher Rene Rivera during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Jim Johnson can’t make the catch on a throw to first during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. Josh Reddick was safe at first. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Houston Astros’ Josh Reddick, left, and Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Jim Johnson collide as Reddick reaches first base on a catch error by Johnson during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 15: Carlos Correa #1, George Springer #4 and Josh Reddick #22 of the Houston Astros celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5-3 in a game at Angel Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve connects for a three-run double during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)NextShow Caption1 of 45Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve connects for a three-run double during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ExpandANAHEIM — After their heartbreaking 5-3 loss to the Houston Astros on Tuesday night, the Angels turned their frustration toward José Altuve.José Álvarez had thrown a slider to Altuve that was down, probably not even in the strike zone, and Altuve did what few other players can do. He practically picked it out of the dirt and yanked it down the left-field line for a game-changing three-run double.“Altuve can hit everything,” catcher René Rivera said. “That’s a great player. He’s the MVP because of everything he can do up there. That pitch was down in the zone and off the plate. Sometimes you gotta tip your hat.”The hat-tipping to Altuve spoiled what should have been a night to celebrate Angels rookie starter Jaime Barría, who had pitched seven outstanding innings while allowing one run on four hits. But it didn’t go so well.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.He fell behind left-handed hitting Josh Reddick and missed with a 3-and-1 fastball, which Reddick hit into right-center for a double. Álvarez threw a 1-and-2 changeup off the plate away from pinch-hitter Yuli Gurriel, a righty, who singled into right, sending Reddick to third.At that point, the Astros had their four best hitters, all righties, due. Righty Cam Bedrosian was warming in the bullpen. Álvarez stayed in the game.Álvarez got George Springer on a fly ball to shallow right, not deep enough to score the run. He then walked Alex Bregman, despite getting ahead 0-and-2, to load the bases. He got ahead of Altuve, 0-and-2, but couldn’t put him away either.“If it’s another hitter, maybe he misses or rolls over,” Álvarez said. “He’s a good hitter. It was a good pitch. Nothing you can say about it.”Álvarez added that it was “just a bad game. I tried to hold the game there. Things went out of hand. I took the loss. I feel bad about it. Tomorrow is another day.”His performance cost Barría on a day that he could not have been much better. He struck out seven and did not walk any.“He threw the ball great,” Rivera said. “That’s a real good lineup and he kept them off balance and used all his pitches. He did a great job in seven innings.”Barría struck out Carlos Correa twice, each time with two outs and a runner on base. He got him swinging through a 92 mph fastball above the strike zone in the sixth. He also fanned Marwin Gonzalez three times, the last time on a nice changeup that dropped off the table.He worked through a perfect seventh, ending his night by continuing the Angels’ impressive run of starting pitching. It was the 15th straight game that the Angels’ starter allowed three runs or fewer.After Andrew Heaney gave up one run in eight innings, it was the second straight night the Angels’ starter had outpitched his counterpart from the Astros, whose rotation is considered the best in the majors.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Barría, in fact, had outpitched Houston’s Gerrit Cole, who was knocked out after allowing three runs in five innings.All the Angels needed for Barría to notch a victory against Cole were six outs from the bullpen, with a 3-1 lead.Barría had finished with 96 pitches after the seventh. Considering that he hadn’t thrown more than 89 this year, or 97 at any point in at least the last three seasons, it was understandable for Manager Mike Scioscia to go to his bullpen.Also, he had Álvarez, a lefty, fresh off four days worth of “recharge” rest, with two lefties due to start the eighth. Álvarez also carried a 1.47 ERA to the mound.“José is one of our most reliable guys down there, against righties or lefties,” Scioscia said. “He has good stuff to go against righties, a really good changeup.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Cole came into the game with a steak of 36 straight innings without allowing a homer, but the Angels took care of that quickly.Justin Upton blasted a two-run homer in the first inning, his seventh homer in May and 11th of the season. Upton’s 21 RBIs in May lead the majors.The Angels didn’t do much after that until Rivera blasted a first-pitch fastball from Cole out toward the rocks in center field, a 423-foot solo homer. Rivera’s third homer of the year put the Angels up 3-1. Reddick cost the Angels a chance at some insurance twice. The Astros right fielder threw Mike Trout out at third to end the fifth, and he nailed Ian Kinsler at the plate in the seventh.“He made two great throws,” Scioscia said. “We’ll stay aggressive on the base paths. We’ll try to keep pressing.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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CAAE-Ebola Massive Awareness Campaign Ends in Lofa

first_imgA massive awareness and sensitization campaign against the deadly Ebola virus under the banner of Citizens Action Against Ebola (CAAE) has  ended in seven administrative districts in Lofa County.However, initial preparations for the Ebola virus awareness and sensitization activities were characterized by some serious challenges and constraints that ranged from financial and logistical constraints in Monrovia and the various districts of Lofa County.The Ebola virus awareness and sensitization initiatives were carried out during the height of the medical crisis for almost six weeks by volunteers of the CAAE’s leadership in Lofa County.Historically, CAAE-Lofa Focus was organized to respond to emergency situations in all parts of Lofa County.During the month-long Ebola virus awareness, the CAAE-LF leadership and its dedicated volunteers were able to distribute dozens of anti-Ebola materials in highly entrenched cultural and religious communities.In addition, during the awareness activities, community residents and citizens were taught the uses of the different kinds of anti-Ebola hygiene and sanitation materials in all the seven administrative districts in Lofa County.Besides, during the Ebola awareness encounters with the weary citizens and residents of Lofa County, the CAAE-LF leadership was able to partner with the Ministry of Health and the medical authorities provided some technical and logistical assistance.The CAAE-LF was also able to secure minimum funding from the Lofa County administration and other locally based non-governmental organizations in some of the administrative districts.The CAAE-LF leadership told the Daily Observer in Monrovia that most of the funds generated came from their personal pockets and other generous prominent citizens, residents and well-meaning Liberians associated with the group.“We worked under very difficulties circumstances and with scarce resources in all the seven districts owing to the fact that our primary goal was  to eradicate this deadly disease that really killed many of our good citizens and residents in our county,” CAAE-LF Chairman Daniel Mulbah indicated.In a related development, in order for the CAAE-LF group to be able to carry out other sustained Ebola awareness during the post-Ebola period, the group has sounded an SOS appeal to all Lofa citizens and residents to contribute funds and materials for the pending proposed process.The group also explained that the post-Ebola challenges and constraints are so enormous to the extent that it would require lot of financial support to help citizens and residents to resettle in their socio-economic and agricultural undertakings.The CAAE-LF has also underscored the urgent need for consideration by Lofa citizens, residents and other Liberians residing at home and abroad to contribute whatever they can for the post-Ebola challenges among Lofa citizens.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more