Tuesday June 16th Local Sports

first_imgOSAGE — Sammy Kratz struck out 10 in four innings of work to give #3/1A Newman a season-opening win over Osage 8-0. The Knights host Alburnett tonight in a non-conference game that you’ll hear on AM-1300 KGLO starting at about 7 o’clock. IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa announced it has reached an agreement that will see Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Chris Doyle leave the school. Doyle has been accused of making degrading comments to black players on the football team.Athletic Director Gary Barta talked with the media Monday and says he came to the decision that Doyle should leave the team after emotional meetings with players to discuss the allegations of racial disparities within the football program. “As I was thinking through and trying to come up with the next steps — I did come to the conclusion that one of those steps — a separation with coach Doyle — was the thoughtful and sensible thing to do,” Barta says.Barta says he then discussed it with head coach Kirk Ferentz. “Kirk and I talked and we were both in full agreement that that was the case… I ended up speaking with Chris first and we moved through that process. I can tell you that this was not a decision that I made lightly. It is just one piece of the plan that is going to be needed for us to move forward,” according to Barta.Barta says some of the issues were already being addressed after a report on the entire athletic department found graduation rates among black athletes were lower than their white counterparts. “And while no teams or individuals were singled out in the report — it was reported verbally that many of these comments were coming from football,” Barta says. “So as a department, including football, we began to put a plan in place to address these issues.”He says part of the plan included hiring former football player Broderick Binns as the diversity coordinator. Barta got emotional and cried at a couple of points during the news conference when he talked about the impact of racism. He says they are taking other steps to improve. “I thought we were on a path of making things better and doing the right things. The things I’ve heard — in the last week-and-half especially — clearly they weren’t enough and weren’t happening fast enough,” Barta says.He announced the university has hired a Kansas City law firm to conduct an independent review of issues and allegations relating to racial disparities within the football program. “And from that review, we will receive a report, we will learn, we will determine any additional actions that need to be taken in response,” He says. “We will continue to listen. One of the things that I’ve known — this isn’t new — but we have to find better ways, and that is to make sure that people have a place to go.”Barta says coaches have been the first place athletes go to voice a complaint and he says they need to know they have another place where they can go if they have concerns that need to be addressed.Ferentz’s son Brian is an assistant coach and some allegations have also been made against Brian. Barta says he will see what the review determines about all of the other staff members of the football team. He did say he is confident in Kirk Ferentz’s ability to continue leading the football program based on what he has seen in 15 years and the last few weeks. )”I know how this is impacting him. I know what he is trying to do to move forward. And I know the difficult conversations he is having and his willingness to change. And those are the things that I am basing it upon,” Barta says.Barta did not say when he expected the review to be completed. The details of the agreement with Doyle says the university will pay him around one-point-one million dollars in two payments. WAUKEE — Mason City High split their season-opening doubleheader last night at 5th-ranked Waukee. Bradley Vaith pitched four shutout innings with Connor Wiemann picking up the win in a 2-1 win in the opener. Ben Pederson was 3-for-4 with the game-winning run batted in in the seventh. The Mohawks dropped the nightcap 2-1 in eight innings. Mason City will host Dowling in a doubleheader on Friday night that you’ll hear on KGLO starting at 5 o’clock TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — Newman baseball vs. Alburnett — 7:00AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — Clear Lake softball vs. Mason City High — 7:30center_img CLEAR LAKE — Clear Lake opened up the season with a win, downing Iowa Falls-Alden 15-0 in four innings, as you heard last night on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB. Eric Ritter struck out all six batters he faced to pick up the win, as the Lions plated five runs in the first, nine in the second and one in the third. Clear Lake travels to Dike-New Hartford tonight.— baseball scores from Monday nightGarner-Hayfield-Ventura 6, North Iowa 0Lake Mills 6, West Hancock 3Northwood-Kensett 14, North Butler 3St. Ansgar 10, Central Springs 5Dike-New Hartford 4, West Fork 1Algona 4, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 2St. Edmond 3, Humboldt 1 OSAGE — Newman opened up the softball season with a 15-1, five-inning win at Osage last night. The Knights scored seven runs in the fifth to wrap up the victory. The Knights host AGWSR this evening.— softball scores from last nightWaukee 12-10, Mason City 3-0 (second game five innings)Iowa Falls-Alden 4, Clear Lake 2Rockford 5, Nashua-Plainfield 4North Butler 4, Northwood-Kensett 2Central Springs 9, St. Ansgar 6Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 7, North Iowa 4Algona 12, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 0Webster City 10, Hampton-Dumont-CAL 3last_img read more

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Pitt signs Dixon to extension through 2022-23

first_imgby Will GravesPITTSBURGH (AP) — Jamie Dixon isn’t going anywhere but back to work.The Pittsburgh head coach signed a 10-year contract on Saturday that could keep him with the Panthers well into the next decade. The deal comes after speculation surfaced USC was targeting Dixon, a Southern California native, for its open job.“Pitt and Pittsburgh are home,” Dixon said in a statement. “My family and I feel blessed to be part of such a great institution and wonderful city. It is the people who truly make a place special. I could not be surrounded by better players, staff and administration.”Dixon is 262-86 in 10 years at Pitt and has the highest winning percentage of any coach in Big East history. The Panthers went 24-9 this season including 12-6 in their final year in the league before heading to the ACC this summer.Despite the gaudy conference record, Pitt was given a No. 8 seed by the NCAA selection committee, the school’s lowest since 2005.While the players expressed dismay over the seeding, Dixon pressed onward. Still, the Panthers were thoroughly outplayed by Wichita State in a 73-55 loss, the program’s worst in the tournament in 20 years.The defeat marked Pitt’s third straight early exit from the NCAAs. Dixon is 11-9 in the tournament but the Panthers — who missed the NCAAs entirely last spring — have not advanced past the opening weekend since 2009, when they lost to Villanova in the regional finals. Dixon expressed disappointment in his team’s play but optimism about the future in the immediate aftermath. Pitt loses just two players to graduation and has one of the most promising big men in the country in freshman center Steven Adams.Having Adams in the middle and Dixon on the sideline should help Pitt in its transition to the ACC. Dixon has been diplomatic about the move and joked earlier this month he didn’t have any family in Greensboro, N.C., the frequent home of the ACC tournament.Still, Dixon also understood the reasons behind Pitt’s decision and can now focus on how to elbow aside Duke and North Carolina for ACC supremacy much the way the Panthers have done to the likes of Syracuse and Connecticut over the last 12 years in the Big East.Dixon came to Pitt as an assistant under Ben Howland in 1999 and then took over in 2003 when his mentor left for UCLA. All Dixon has done is lead the Panthers to two Big East regular-season titles and a Big East tournament championship.Though Dixon has done nothing but continue to deepen his roots in Pittsburgh, he understands that his name is floated out whenever a high-profile job opens. He called it an annual rite of spring, earlier this week.Still, Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson acted aggressively to make sure Dixon remains as the face of one of the nation’s most consistently competitive programs.“In order to maintain and build upon our past success, it was important to our university and athletic department that we make a strong long-term commitment to Jamie,” Pederson said in a statement. “He has been far more than a basketball coach at Pitt and we are fortunate to have such a high-caliber person representing our university. I look forward to continuing to work with Jamie as he leads our program into an exciting new era in the ACC.” STAYING AT PITT–Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon shouts to his team during a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament against Wichita State in Salt Lake City, March 21. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)last_img read more

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SANTA ANITA HANDICAP QUOTES – SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017

first_imgJAMES JERKENS, SHAMAN GHOST, WINNER: “He was in a nice spot the whole way, and then when the leader kicked away a little on the turn, for a second it looked like he was getting a little discouraged.“Javier was able to head him to the outside, out of the dirt, and I felt good right before they turned for home. I felt like, ‘May the best horse win.’“It didn’t look on paper like there was much pace, so it didn’t surprise me that he was placed where he was. He’s been showing up in all of his races, so I think he should get some (respect) now.” FRANK STRONACH, OWNER/BREEDER OF SHAMAN GHOST, WINNER: “This is my third win in the Big ‘Cap (Frank Stronach also owned Milwaukee Brew who won the 2002 & 2003 Big ‘Cap’s.) Of course any time you win a Grade I it is a thrill, especially this race.“I was kind of sitting there quiet (watching the race.) He’s had a lot of bad racing luck and he’s better than what he has shown. Today it all worked out.” TRAINER QUOTES             NOTES: The winning owner/breeder is Frank Stronach. Shaman Ghost was bred in Ontario, Canada at the Stronach-owned Adena Springs North. RAFAEL BEJARANO, MIDNIGHT STORM, SECOND: “I didn’t try to send him right away, I just left him alone. At the first jump he was stepping slow but I didn’t rush him. I let him go and when I got him to the lead I tried to hold the pace, letting everybody follow me. It was good.“I stayed on the rail, and the horse relaxed. He was really, really relaxed the whole race. I tried to get the jump at the start and tried to steal the race, but the winner was much the best today.“With my horse, it was the first time running the mile and a quarter on the dirt. I think he did a really good job.” JAVIER CASTELLANO, SHAMAN GHOST, WINNER: “I knew there wasn’t a lot of speed in the race so I just wanted to focus on the horse on the lead, Midnight Storm, and keep track of him. (Shaman Ghost) was comfortable the whole way.“I knew I had it won at the eighth pole. I asked him for full speed at the eighth pole, and he gave it to me, right away. I said ‘Yes!’”“I tried to get away from Midnight Storm in the stretch. I could tell that my horse was a little sensitive to going by the other horse. I switched my stick to my left hand, tried to make him switch leads to go by and that’s what he did.“He’s a classy horse. With not a lot of speed in the race, I had to ask him a little, put him really close to the pace and he responded. Very classy horse.” JOCKEY QUOTESlast_img read more

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BC Transit adds new routes

first_imgThe two new bus routes in Fort St. John are displayed in this route map from B.C. Transit. – Advertisement -B.C. Transit has announced two new routes throughout Fort St. John.The new bus routes began Monday, April 4, and are the 4 Southeast and the 5 Southwest. Transit officials say the routes will help service the city’s elementary schools and North Peace Secondary School.In addition, the transit authority announced that it is also adjusting route schedules to ensure buses are on time, as well as removing detours in existing routes to ensure they are more efficient.The announcements come just one month after B.C. Transit held its 30th anniversary of transit in the city.last_img read more

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Young South Africans urged to learn fundamentals of NDP

first_img23 September 2015Speaking to Tshwane University of Technology students at the Ga-Rankuwa campus, Communications Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams reiterated the importance of the youth understanding that skills in addition to a qualification was key to finding employment in the South African job market.She was addressing young women and men at a university gala dinner, on 19 September, with the theme “Empowering young women and men to lead changes and social justice”.“You must be a different generation of cadres,” Ndabeni-Abrahams said, “cadres that understand what the market requires, cadres that understand that we have passed the revolutionary stage (now that we are in government).”The minister also said that acquiring an education was not only about getting employed but also about creating employment, stipulating: “We educate you so that you can gain knowledge, so that you can use to it to. contribute to the economic growth of the country.”Ndabeni-Abrahams urged students to be a forward-thinking generation, and use the National Development Plan’s Vision 2030 as a guide to making their success in the world a success for all the people of South Africa.While acknowledging that there were challenges at higher learning institutions, including access to education, the minister discouraged students from cheating the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). Cheating the system, she said, was depriving other young people of access to education. It was important for the beneficiaries of the NSFAS to pay off their loans when they were employed so that the budget for financial aid could be increased.“It is very important that, like the generations that came before us, we also make our own mark looking into the interests of the next generation,” Ndabeni- Abrahams said.Thabang Mashilo, the creative director of Young Minds Consultants, which specialises in training and preparing young people for the realities of the world around them, delivered the motivational address at the event. Mashilo echoed the deputy minister in stressing the importance of using the tools available to young people, such as education and skills development, to embrace their purpose and respect the gift of learning.“If you do not locate your gift,” Mashilo said, “if you don’t locate your talent, you will forever be faceless and when you are faceless, you don’t have foresight, when you are faceless you operate with intelligence and not wisdom.”Mashilo encouraged students to work hard towards achieving their dreams, adding “you need to control your expectations. Sometimes we expect 90% in greatness but we are not willing to work for it.”Education, as the most vital, overriding philosophy of the National Development Plan, together with job creation, is the key to finding successful national growth. And at the heart of creating that culture of growth and development, is the need for young people to understand the importance of the NDP.Source: SANews.govlast_img read more

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Children welcome CWG guests with Namaste; Hariharan performs

first_imgHundreds of schoolchildren attired in the tricolour welcomed the Commonwealth Games 2010 to Delhi on Sunday at a glittering ceremony with ace singer Hariharan leading the performance.Hariharan took the stage and rendered the song ‘Swagatam’ (welcome) which created an amalgamation of Hindustani and Carnatic and finally climaxed into Qawali, a form of Sufi music.Over 1,000 children from various schools in the national capital performed a choreography, creating a formation of ‘Namaste’ (folded hands) as Hariharan rendered the song for over five minutes. The Namaste is the sign of welcome and respect to the honoured guests from all over the world.One of the highlights of this performance was students’ painting images of hands with ‘mehandi’.As the students attired in tricolour choreographed the Namaste sign, the 40-crore aerostat welcomed the guests from abroad and various parts of the country in 23 different languages.last_img read more

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Cricket World Cup ticket sales expected to be up to Rs 150 cr

first_imgThe upcoming cricket World Cup being organised by the International Cricket Council in the Indian sub-continent is expected to rake in up to Rs 150 crore from ticket sales.According to industry sources, a total of about two million tickets will be available for the public in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh with the average price starting from Rs 250 onwards.The nearly 45 day long tournament will be held from February 19 to April 2.”It (prices) can go up to Rs five lakh for corporate boxes. Proceeds from the World Cup tickets will be anywhere between Rs 125 crore to Rs 150 crore,” a source said.When contacted, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO Neetu Bhatia of KyaZoonga — the official ticketing partner for the mega cricketing event — declined to share ticket sales expectations.She, however, said: “Gate proceeds (ticket revenue) is expected to be the second largest source of income for the tournament after sponsorships at the local level.”The three countries are co-hosting the tournament in which 14 cricketing nations will vie for the world cup in the 50 overs format of the game.KyaZoonga had kicked off the first phase for the ticket booking in June last year through online platform in the three countries simultaneously.While, KyaZoonga started the second phase of ticket sales in Bangladesh on January 2, the same would begin in India and Sri Lanka within this month.”In Bangladesh, around 150 retail counters sold tickets, while India being a larger country would see tickets being sold at around 400-500 retail counters very soon,” Bhatia said.advertisementIn Bangladesh, a majority of the tickets for the twelve matches to be held in the country have already been sold, she said without disclosing details.For India, she said, KyaZoonga will associate with ICC sponsors like Reebok, Hero Honda and money transfer company MoneyGram to make gate passes available at retail points of these companies.”Here in India it will be a city-by-city roll out,” she said, adding the response in Bangladesh has been encouraging and ticket sales in India and Sri Lanka are expected to a success as well.last_img read more

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ODI cricket struggling to survive, it needs proper contest: Rahul Dravid

first_imgRahul DravidFormer India captain Rahul Dravid on Saturday said of the three formats of the game, ODI cricket at present was largely irrelevant and struggling to survive and consequently there should be more tournaments like Champions Trophy or World Cup to give it a proper context.”I think one-day cricket is seriously struggling. One-day cricket, without a context, is struggling. One-day cricket, if you look at it from the point of view of Champions Trophy or the World Cup, is relevant,” he said at an interactive session after delivering the 6th Dilip Sardesai Memorial Lecture here.”I think all the other one-day cricket should actually be driven towards playing Champions Trophy and World Cup. I think there are meaningless one-day games and too many one day games can actually be a problem.”So, that is something that can be cut off and people can play less one-day (bilateral) cricket and more ODI tournaments,” Dravid said.”When you have three formats of the game and playing 10 months a year and playing different tournaments, it is going to be harder and harder on players to manage the workload,” the 41-year-old cricketer said.Speaking about the proliferation of illegal bowling actions with highly successful Pakistan off-spinner Saaed Ajmal having recently banned for it, Dravid said ‘chucking’ was not a crime but a technical fault that can be corrected.”The ICC has a rule in place. When they reviewed a lot of old film footage they actually found that having that elbow bent at 15 degrees was actually pretty normal. That is what everyone was doing. Glenn McGrath had a slight bend in his elbow but up to 15 degrees, so he was not chucking. They have a system in place.advertisement”What I am really glad about is that they are enforcing it strictly and they are reviewing it. I give them the benefit of doubt. The ICC is being more vigilant and they are not saying that once you have cleared in 2009, you can’t be checked again. So they have got to keep monitoring it and watching it closely and if bowlers develop different kinds of deliveries, then why not have them checked?”last_img read more

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Never played for records: Jhulan

first_imgKolkata, May 23 (PTI) Jhulan Goswami, the leading wicket-taker in womens ODIs, says she never played for records and feels that the teams triumph in the quadrangular series in South Africa was good preparation for the World Cup beginning next month. The 34-year-old had surpassed the record of 180 wickets, previously held by the Australian fast bowler Cathryn Fitzpatrick for nearly 10 years. She now has a tally of 185 after her match-winning 3/22 in their eight-wicket win over South Africa to win the Quadrangular Series, in Potchefstroom on May 21. “Individual records dont matter much in a team sport. I never played for records but for the love for sport. You achieve milestones when you keep playing,” Jhulan told reporters after her arrival from South Africa. Jhulan leads the list with the three names below her having already retired. In the list, the only Indian in the top 10 is the retired Neetu David (141 wickets) at No 4. “I am glad that I could achieve a few things on the way. I always played the game with love and passion, maybe thats why I could achieve the milestones,” she said. Captain Mithali Raj, who scored an unbeaten 62 to steer the side home along with Punam Raut (70*), became the first Indian captain to lead the side in 100 ODIs, and third overall behind Englands Charlotte Edwards (117) and Australian Belinda Clark (101). “The series was very tough. It was a hard and bouncy wicket. We played good cricket throughout the series. It feels great that we could win the trophy,” Jhulan said of the series that also featured Zimbabwe and Ireland. “We prepared for this series for six months and we have played well. It has really helped that we all could perform individually. Everyone tried to contribute.” But the real test for Indian side will be in the World Cup in England where they open their campaign against the host nation on June 24. “Its a long tournament and that too will be in England. It will be tough. You have to be mentally strong. We will see where we stand.” India are clubbed with defending champions Australia, New Zealand and the hosts England in a tough group A. “There we will see how much good cricket we have played over the month. World Cup is very important and the ultimate goal. The women cricketers want to do well in ICC tournaments so that a platform is created. “This series was planned so that we could get to play more and more matches before the World Cup… To give the young cricketers an experience of playing at least 25-30 ODIs. “This was a preparatory series. We would achieve the ultimate goal if we could play consistently in the World Cup,” Jhulan concluded. PTI TAP BS BSadvertisementlast_img read more

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Eagles Fans Praise Donovan McNabb During Retirement Ceremony

The Philadelphia Eagles honored Donovan McNabb by retiring his No. 5 jersey during halftime of their Thursday night game against the Kansas City Chiefs.The Eagles fans cheered loudly as the former NFL quarterback, who played 11 seasons in the city, entered the stadium.“I appreciate everything you’ve done for me,” McNabb told the audience at Lincoln Financial Field. “No. 5 will always love you.”The fans chanted “Donovan, Donovan” as some of them held up their No. 5 jerseys, which was followed by green fireworks which exploded in the air as a banner with McNabb’s name and number was unveiled.Brian Dawkins, who played in Philadelphia with the QB for 10 years, amped up the fans and introduced McNabb.“It was my pleasure going to war with you all those years,” Dawkins said. “From the bottom of my heart brother, I thank you.”McNabb finished his Eagles’ career as the franchise’s all-time leader in passing yards, attempts, completions and touchdowns.He was the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft back in 1999. read more

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