Kasey Kahne ends victory drought at marathon Brickyard 400

first_imgKasey Kahne (5) kisses the yard of bricks on the start/finish line after winning the NASCAR Brickyard 400 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, July 23, 2017. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)INDIANAPOLIS — Kasey Kahne needed a break Sunday — and got it.The 37-year-old driver barely reached the overtime line before the last caution flag came out in a crash-marred Brickyard 400, allowing Kahne to complete a six-hour marathon and snap a long winless streak.ADVERTISEMENT Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Next Sunday, the series moves to Pocono, Pennsylvania, where Chris Buescher is the defending champion.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube View comments Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Jamaica stuns Mexico to reach CONCACAF Gold Cup final Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite The wacky race had a little of everything — 14 cautions and 55 caution laps, both race records, three red flags and a 1-hour, 47-minute rain delay. Nineteen cars did not finish. It lasted so long, drivers were racing against the impending darkness as much as they were themselves.For Kahne, his 18th career win might have been the sweetest of all.He had only three top-10 finishes in the first 19 races. His future with Hendrick Motorsports was in question, and after going almost three full years and more than 100 races without a win, he was finally back in victory lane.“It puts him in the chase,” team owner Rick Hendrick said after his 10th Brickyard victory. “It puts him in the playoff. We’re excited about that.”Kahne’s last win came in Atlanta in August 2014.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return He crossed the yard of bricks under caution with daylight fading and his muscles cramping, just ahead of Brad Keselowski and Ryan Newman.“I had a great car out front. I had a pretty good car all day long. I was really happy,” Kahne said. “Unbelievable to win in Indianapolis. Unbelievable to win a Cup race — it’s been a while. I know it’s great for my team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’But even before kissing the bricks and posing for photos, Kahne’s long-awaited victory celebration was put on hold as he dropped to the ground and his crew members tried to rub out the cramps he fought through late in the race.Afterward, Kahne went to the speedway’s infield medical center where he received intravenous fluids. Other drivers said temperatures inside the cockpits topped 130 degrees. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “As much as I didn’t need him winning I’m happy for @kaseykahne,” Clint Bowyer wrote on Twitter. “People have written him off lately. HUGE win under extreme pressure.”YOUNG GUNSThe next generation of Cup drivers struggled Sunday.Larson, who was a big mover early in the race, finished 28th. Chase Elliott was knocked out after 43 laps because of an engine failure and wound up 39th.Ryan Blaney also was knocked out in one of the late crashes and finished 23rd.EARNHARDT & DANICA RESULTSDale Earnhardt Jr. also had a tough day in his final Brickyard start. The 42-year-old driver damaged his radiator when he hit the back of Bayne’s car on Lap 77 and wound up pulling off the track and stopping underneath the Gasoline Alley sign. When he climbed out, Earnhardt received a loud roar.“There was just a bunch of cars slowing down, starting a chain reaction. We got into the back of (Bayne),” he said. “It just knocked the radiator out of us. We had a great car. We had a top-10 car. I thought we could finish there.”Former IndyCar favorite Danica Patrick received a penalty for a pit violation early in the race and finished 11th.UP NEXT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. By any measure, it was a wacky day.The two fastest cars on Indy’s 2.5-mile oval — Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. — went out in a crash with 49 laps to go. Truex’s car slid up the track going through the first turn and the Toyota teammates both wound in the wall. Busch led the first 71 laps, 87 of the first 110 and swept the first two stages ahead of Truex.“That’s the way it goes,” Busch said. “Just chalk it up to another one we found a way to lose.”The finish was even wilder.Over the last 16 laps, there were five crashes and two red flags.The craziness began when Kurt Busch, Erik Jones and Clint Bowyer got together coming out of the fourth turn. On the ensuing restart, Kyle Larson hit the wall on the front straightaway to bring out another caution.Things again went awry when Jimmie Johnson, Keselowski and Kahne went three-wide through the third turn on what was supposed to be the second-to-last lap. But Johnson’s smoking car started spinning and hit the wall to force overtime.“I wouldn’t call it an absurdity, I just think it was a crazy race,” Keselowski said. “There was some crazy strategy.”Trevor Bayne got into the mix with two laps in the first overtime when his car was bumped from behind, sending it sideways through the field. Six cars got collected in the crash, bringing out yet another red flag and adding more laps to the race.Kahne finally ended it by reaching the line just ahead of Keselowski as another multi-car crash occurred behind him.last_img read more

Can Liberia Answer the Agriculture Challenge?

first_imgYesterday the Daily Observer published an article quoting the Central Bank of Liberia’s 2014 Policy Statement which said that the only way for the Liberian Dollar to stabilize against the soaring US Dollar is for Liberia to produce goods for domestic consumption and export.  That same day, two things happened: the first was the grassroots campaign and advocacy organization One.org, along with some of Africa’s top music stars and with hundreds of African Civil Society Organizations who presented their “Do Agric, It Pays” petition to African leaders at the AU summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, calling on them to recommit to spending at least 10% of national budgets on effective agriculture investments. The second thing that happened yesterday was a conversation with one of our readers who could not help expressing his utter shock and disgust over a photo (see above) he had discovered, suggesting some brutal truths about Liberia’s attitude toward agriculture. The image is a 2014 Google Earth photograph of the Guinean and Liberian sides of the border (yellow line) near Gbedin, the site of major rice project during the Tolbert administration.  To our reader’s dismay, he saw a series of organized parcels of land – agricultural developments – along the Guinean side of the border, while on the Liberian side, the image shows only forested areas and settlements, hardly any farming activity to speak of.  Agriculture activities along the Guinea side of the border are purportedly part of that country’s ‘Agriculture, Trade and Foreign Exchange Strategy: Organized Farms near Ganta and Gbedin’.“This is where a lot of our foreign exchange is going!” he exclaimed.  “The Guineans have learned that Liberians are not serious about agriculture, since our market women go there every week to buy produce with which to supply the Liberian population.  So [by establishing large farms right along the border with Liberia], they are drawing our foreign exchange into their economy, while we have government officials being named African Minister of the year and so on.”The man’s discovery of the Google Earth image of the Liberia-Guinea border could not have been timelier, with the African Union Summit was just underway in Equatorial Guinea.  There, One.org together with Nigerian pop star D’banj and other African musicians and CSOs hand-delivered their petition to several African Heads of State including Presidents Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, Yayi Boni of Benin, John Mahama of Ghana, Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, and Macky Sall of Senegal. “It is time for our leaders to step up and Do Agric at this year’s summit during the AU Year of Agriculture. Millions of smallholder farmers are counting on you—including the over 2 million African citizens who have signed the Do Agric petition and the 400 million who live on less than a dollar a day,” said One.org’s Executive Director for Africa, Dr. Sipho S. Moyo, ahead of the summit.  Receiving the petition on June 10 in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, President Jakaya Kikwete promised to “champion this cause at the AU Summit. I will present this petition to the other Heads of State. We as African governments cannot succeed in taking agriculture forward unless we modernize it, instead of our people continuing to use the hand-held hoe and other farming implements from pre-biblical times.”Ghana’s President John Mahama accepted the petition in Accra, Ghana on June 20. He hailed the initiative and reiterated Ghana’s commitment to improving the lives of smallholder farmers, adding that “your campaign is preaching to the converted as we in Ghana are already stepping up the policies and investments in agriculture.”The Do Agric petition contains a bucket list of recommendations to AU members that, if adopted, could among other things boost yields for smallholder farmers and a reduced food import expense, which currently stands at about $25 billion annually. Africa could also benefit from increased food availability for the 265 million Africans who are under-nourished; increased intra-Africa trade benefits, estimated to reach $2 trillion by 2030; increased incomes for farming families through reduced post-harvest loss which today stands at $48 billion a year; and increased food production and agro-processing, providing millions of jobs for African youth.Noteworthy are Nigeria’s Coordinating Minister for the Economy Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and Agriculture Minister Adesina Akinwumi, both of who also received the petition. ONE.org officially launched its “Do Agric, It Pays” campaign on January 20, 2014 along the margins of the 22nd Ordinary Session of the AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in support of the 2014 AU Year of Agriculture. The campaign encourages African governments to keep their 2003 Maputo promise to invest at least 10% of national budgets in agriculture, and makes a case for better strategic policies and transparent public investments that will better support smallholder farmers, especially women, and lift millions of Africans out of poverty. Well over 2 million persons have signed the Do Agric petition so far, totaling 97% of the target number of signatures.  “We came together because we know Africa is rising,” says Nigerian recording artist D’banj. “Yet the farmers who produce most of our food still struggle to survive. 70% of Africans are employed in agriculture. This week’s AU Summit in Malabo is a historic opportunity for you to change the lives of millions of Africans and create a better future for our youth through better agricultural investment.” Meanwhile, back in rural Liberia, smallholder famers are still desperately yearning for the support of the Agriculture Ministry and other relevant functionaries of government to come to their aid.  They are haunted every year by lack of technical support to improve and maximize their output; lack of means (roads, etc) to get their produce to markets; as well as funding needed for acquiring more efficient farming methods and equipment.  Even though the Central Bank of Liberia has made available some US$7 million to commercial banks to help farmers, the banks are requiring Monrovia-based land as collateral, which is essentially a non-starter for most small Liberian farmers. There are no quick solutions or easy answers, the Central Bank has already noted.  Over the last three years, the Bank reported, some of the country’s top agricultural exports – rubber and cocoa – suffered, contributing to the hike in the exchange rate.  Although 2013 saw a slight rebound in cocoa exports, there is a need for serious investment in mechanized farming to give Liberian cocoa (and coffee) the attention it needs on the world market.There are, however, noteworthy sprouts of hope. The newly established Liberia Collateral Registry is expected to count “movable assets” as acceptable collateral for commercial loans, essentially allowing farmers to bank their enterprises using their projected harvests as potential collateral.  There is also the phenomenon of school gardens gaining traction around the country, nurturing a renewed passion for planting, targeting Liberia’s youth.  The school gardens are effective because the students are fed at school from what they grow, thus learning discipline, diligence and pride in achieving good results alongside core agricultural skills.  With guided practice as well as deliberate investment and encouragement from government and relevant stakeholders, this could be the window of opportunity for fighting poverty in Liberia. Like the youth themselves, such opportunities will take time to mature.  And then, with hard work, only time will tell.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Arsenal and Liverpool on alert as AC Milan put star striker up for sale at £25m

first_img Carlos Bacca in action for AC Milan 1 Arsenal and Liverpool have been put on red alert by the news AC Milan are willing to sell Carlos Bacca.The striker only moved to the San Siro last summer from Sevilla after Milan splashed out £21m to sign him.But the 29-year-old is reportedly unhappy at a lack of Champions League football and wants to leave after just 12 months.Milan, according to Corriere dello Sport, understand Bacca’s disappointment and are willing to let him go for the right amount.That news has sparked interest from both Arsenal and Liverpool, while Manchester United are also lurking.Milan are demanding around £25m from the sale of Bacca – with the player’s wages currently earning him over £50,000-a-week.last_img read more

Sociedad confident of sealing deal for Newcastle midfielder Mikel Merino

first_imgReal Sociedad are confident they will prise midfielder Mikel Merino from Newcastle’s grasp after just one season on Tyneside.The Spaniard, who turned 22 last week, has been persistently linked with a move back to his native country in recent months with Athletic Bilbao, Sevilla and Real Betis all having been credited with an interest in him. 3 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January However, Sociedad appear to have stolen a march in the race to activate a release clause in his contract which could see him leave for a little more than £10million.Asked if he had landed his target, head coach head coach Asier Garitano told Radio Euskadi: “Until it becomes official, no, and I think it still has not been finalised. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 crackers BIG PRESENTS UP TOP possible standings 3 RANKED REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT revealed Latest Newcastle United Newscenter_img The 22-year-old lost his place at the back end of the 2017/18 season smart causal Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics Merino began his professional career in Spain with Osasuna Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade He arrived from German side Borussia Dortmund in July last year, initially on a season-long loan deal.Merino started so well that Newcastle exercised an option to make the transfer permanent and handed him a five-year contract just three months later.However, injury and the form of Jonjo Shelvey and Mohamed Diame saw him limited to just seven league appearances and only two starts after the turn of the year. “He’s someone I’ve known for many years, when we played against Osasuna with Leganes in the Segunda Division.“It could be a good signing for us. He has been at important clubs like Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle and he has a great future ahead of him. We hope it can be completed.”Merino’s exit would come as a blow to both Magpies boss Rafael Benitez and fans who were hugely impressed by his early displays for the club. targets REVEALED 3 He spent one year in Germany before moving to St James’ Park What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won gameday cracker Benitez rates the player highly and wants to keep him but, given the clause in his contract, he will have little option but to let him go should Sociedad stump up the cash.The Magpies boss has only made one permanent signing this summer – keeper Martin Dubravka, who excelled on loan during the second half of last season – as he attempts to improve on a 10th-placed Premier League finish.last_img read more


first_imgSIX young cyclists taking part in a mini ‘Tour’ event in Co Donegal have been treated for various injuries after being caught up in yesterday’s freak downpours.All of the cyclists were hurt during falls at the first day of the event around Gartan.All were treated for their injuries – mainly broken bones – at Letterkenny General Hospital. The Errigal Youth Tour will continue today. YOUNG CYCLISTS HURT DURING GARTAN YOUTH RACE was last modified: August 3rd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:crashcyclistsgartanlast_img read more


first_imgGardai are investigating a break-in to a house in St Johnston yesterday afternoon.The burglary took place between 4pm and 4.30pm in the Tullyowen area, on the Lifford side of the St Johnston to Raphoe Junction.The owner of the house was only out for half an hour when the burglar struck. It is unclear at this stage what was taken in the raid.The burglary is understood to have gained entry through the backdoor.Gardai are viewing CCTV footage in a bid to identify the culprit.GARDAI INVESTIGATE ST JOHNSTON BURGLARY was last modified: November 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:burglarydonegalSt Johnstonlast_img read more

Rowing Opens Fall Season At Head Of The Rock Sunday

first_imgFollowing the Head of the Rock, Drake will compete at the Jayhawk Jamboree hosted by the University of Kansas on Oct. 23. ROCKFORD, Ill. – The Drake University rowing team is set to open the fall season at the Head of the Rock Regatta Sunday, Oct. 9 in Rockford, Ill. Drake had its first fall race, the Head of the Des Moines, back on Sept. 24 cancelled due to high water levels on the Des Moines River. Teams will compete on a 5,000-meter course (3.2 miles) on the Rock River using a staggered start with boats going every 15 seconds. The winner of each race is determined by the best time. Drake will have boats in the novice 4+, varsity 4+ and varsity 8+ races. “This is the longest time span at six weeks that we have trained without having a fall race,” said head coach Charlie DiSilvestro. “It has been a challenging fall for us with the highest water level I have seen in my 24 years here. We have only been able to race large boats due to the water conditions, but our team has done a tremendous job of working through the challenges that are out of our control and having great practices.” “The first race is always exciting,” DiSilvestro said. “It will be the first races for our freshmen and novices and we will have many family and supporters there. We are going over a day early to have a practice session on the water and it will be nice to have the smaller boats get out. This a great fall race that is easy for teams to attend and it will be a strong test for us against some very good teams.” Head of the Rock Schedule10:45 a.m. – Varsity 4+1:20 p.m. – Novice 8+4:10 p.m. – Varsity 8+ Print Friendly Version The Head of the Rock is a centrally located regatta for many of the top collegiate and club teams in the Midwest. Drake will be challenged by several top collegiate teams in Illinois, Marquette, Purdue, UIC and Wisconsin.last_img read more

Govt delays on bad building blocks report is unacceptable – McConalogue

first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue says Government delays in completing the MICA expert panel report are totally unacceptable.The expert panel was established to investigate the presence of Mica and defective blocks in Donegal homes.Deputy McConalogue says the Government is allowing the MICA issue to drag out longer than necessary as previous deadlines have not been met. In December 2015 Deputy McConalogue received correspondence from the then Minister for Housing Paudie Coffey stating that under the terms of reference a report was to be submitted by the expert panel by 31st May 2016. Minister Coffey extended the panel’s investigations by a further six months last April.Deputy McConalogue said, “The delay in finalising the work of the expert group and publishing its findings is simply unacceptable. Minister English must give the report his immediate and proper consideration and not allow it to sit on a desk.“Thousands of homes are thought to have been built with defective Mica blocks, which have now resulted in major structural problems. The families whose homes are affected by Mica are stuck in a very stressful situation and Ministerial intervention is needed in a bid to resolve it.“Many families have been living in unstable houses for years without any resolution in sight. We have seen a similar situation in Dublin and some commuter counties where pyrite has rendered many homes uninhabitable. The Government set up a compensation scheme to deal with that issue and I believe a similar scheme needs to be implemented for homeowners in Donegal. “This issue needs immediate action and I have called on Minister English to provide assistance as a matter of urgency and set a date for the completion of the panel’s report. It is a living nightmare for those families whose homes are affected and the Government need to address the issue immediately.”Govt delays on bad building blocks report is unacceptable – McConalogue was last modified: September 22nd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Red Bluff High girls basketball blows out Anderson, 84-35

first_imgRed Bluff >> Opening night of the Red Bluff High girls basketball team’s title defense in the 28th annual Holiday Classic seemed to be over at the closing stretch of the first quarter when the Spartans had a 22-4 lead on Anderson. Red Bluff extended it to 27-4 after one, then 49-10 at halftime en route to a commanding 84-35 victory over the Cubs in the second of two games Wednesday night at Red Bluff. Red Bluff (7-2) will play division VI Loyalton (2-1) at 7 p.m. Friday in its second game of …last_img read more

Ramón Laureano bat, arm back Aaron Brooks’ gem in A’s win over Red Sox

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — Ramón Laureano sensed his breakout was coming after a quiet slump through the A’s first six games of the season.He announced his presence in the seventh game.The A’s center fielder provided a reminder about the type of arm he possesses in the second inning of Monday’s 7-0 win over the Boston Red Sox. Laureano fired a seed from center to home plate to nail Xander Bogaerts trying to score from second base on a …last_img read more