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Tubbs, Gottschalk repeat at Wakeeney Speedway

first_imgBy Mike HughesWaKEENEY, Kan. (May 4) – Daniel Gottschalk and Jeff Tubbs made repeat appearances in the Jason Oil Winner’s Circle at WaKeeney Speedway Sunday evening, May 4. Gottschalk only led one lap to win his second straight Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature but it was the one that counted. Brian Conness took the early lead, followed by C.J. Pfannenstiel and Dakota Sproul. The caution-plagued race kept the field close but each time Conness was up to the challenge.Gottschalk worked his way to second on the last caution on lap 13, then on the last lap, got under Conness in turn three and held on to the Crawford Supply flagstand for the win.Tubbs won his third IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature in a row at the 3/8-mile oval but it was anything but easy. After a multi-car crash on the opening lap, Jason Davis took the top spot on the opening lap before Tubbs took over the top spot. Tubbs continued to lead at the halfway mark of the 20-lap event with Davis and Shannon Maughlin close behind. The trio put on a show the final half of the race, running nose to tail and side by side. Davis got his front fender alongside Tubbs’ door several times but just could not make the pass and had to settle for second with Maughlin right behind. Cody Graham became the fourth different IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock driver to win at Wakeeney this season. Chris Heim led all 20 caution-free laps in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature. Kirk Pfannenstiel led all 10 laps to win the Mach-1 Sport Compact main event. Next up for Wakeeney Speedway will be the annual two-day Memorial Challenge on Sunday and Monday, May 25-26. All five divisions will be in action both nights starting at 6:30 with the 305 sprint cars joining the program on Sunday evening.last_img read more

Abbey back in Coronation habit

first_imgSt Nicholas Abbey will face a maximum of six rivals when he bids for a hat-trick of wins in the Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom on Saturday. The globetrotting Dunaden and Dandino look to be St Nicholas Abbey’s main rivals on paper. Dunaden was last seen finishing third in the Prix Ganay over a trip short of his best, while Dandino made a pleasing return in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket. Chapter Seven, in the same ownership as Dunaden, has been left in by Stuart Williams. Aidan O’Brien’s six-year-old entire proved he was as good as ever when victorious in the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan in March and the Ballydoyle handler could also be represented by Chamonix and Ernest Hemingway. Former O’Brien inmate Joshua Tree could run for Ed Dunlop after his first start for his new connections at York. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Defensive shortage for Sherwood

first_img Sherwood knows the importance of the clash and has issued a rallying cry to the club’s supporters. He said: “This game is huge. “The fans are going to be very important for us, especially this weekend. They can’t come with the expectancy that we’re going to roll teams over. We have to earn the right. “We are going to need them with us. We want to make it difficult for Swansea – and the fans can help us do that. “We cry out for them. We need them on Saturday with us to make it a real cup final atmosphere – because let’s face it, it is a cup final, it’s a pivotal game for us. “If we can win this one, there is a little bit of breathing space there. “We’re by no means done. But there’s that little bit of breathing space going into a long break for international duty. “We still have a lot of hard work to do.” Swansea manager Garry Monk admits he would swap the compliments being heaped on his team for a win against Villa. Monk’s men produced a stirring first-half performance on Monday night to shake Champions League-chasing Liverpool but failed to take their chances and ended up losing 1-0 to Jordan Henderson’s fortuitous winner. Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville said he had not seen the Premier League’s most in-form team “tested like that since Christmas” and Monk later revealed that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and skipper Steven Gerrard also showered praise on Swansea’s performance. “I spoke to Brendan after the game and he said that was the best performance against his side this season, especially during the first 45 minutes, which is a great compliment coming from him,” Monk said ahead of Swansea’s visit to Villa Park. “I don’t think he was saying it just to be nice. He genuinely meant it. “I know Steven Gerrard spoke to Jonjo (Shelvey) after the game and he pretty much said the same thing. “So it is pleasing to see hear that, but therein lies the balancing act. “You can play well and end up with nothing, or play poorly and end up with all three points. “It is a fine line and I would rather play well and win games. “But I’m not worried (about scoring goals) because the standard of performances has been good and we are creating chances. “Of course, you want to take them, especially against the bigger teams in those periods when you’re so dominant. “You must have something to show for such a good display because these teams will have a period in the game when they come back. “But we played fantastic and if we keep performing like that we will score goals and pick up more than enough points.” The captain remains sidelined with a calf problem and is out along with Philippe Senderos and Kieran Richardson (both calf), Nathan Baker (knee) and Aly Cissokho (groin). Libor Kozak is training with the first team after recovering from a broken leg but is not match fit although Jack Grealish is back from suspension. Alan Hutton will return to the Aston Villa squad for the visit of Swansea after completing his ban but Tim Sherwood remains without skipper Ron Vlaar. Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News Australia Maul Pakistan By 10 Wickets, Win Twenty20 Series 2-0

first_imgNew Delhi: Pakistan had been embarrased by Sri Lanka heading into the series against Australia. The 3-0 whitewash of the side ranked No.1 in the format in their own backyard was a wake-up call for Pakistan but in Australia, they did not learn their lessons. After rain saved them in Sydney, they were outclassed by a masterful knock from Steve Smith in Canberra. In Perth, their humiliation was complete as they lost by 10 wickets in the third and final Twenty20 International at the New Perth Stadium to lose the series 0-2. This was the third time Pakistan had been thrashed by 10 wickets in the format while for Australia, this was their second 10-wicket loss.Pakistan were never in the game once Australia won the toss and chose to bowl on a pacy wicket in Perth. Babar Azam, who has been the best Twenty20 Interntional batsman for Pakistan, was trapped LBW by Mitchell Starc for 6 and the left-arm pacer followed it up by getting rid of Mohammad Rizwan for a first-ball duck. When Sean Abbott got rid of Imam ul Haq for 14, all hopes rested on Iftikhar Ahmed who had impressed in the Canberra match.Iftikhar got going with three boundaries off Starc but his partner Haris Sohail struggled. Ashton Agar ended Sohail’s misery while Khushdil Shah, the debutant, also failed to impress when Kane Richardson sent him back for eight. Iftikhar continued on his merry ways and hit two fours off Richardson and he neared his fifty. However, Pakistan lost three quick wickets with Abbott getting rid of Imad Wasim. Richardson took Iftikhar’s wicket and Shadab Khan in the same over and it felt like Pakistan would not reach 100.Mohammad Hasnain hit a four and Mohammad Amir hit a six off Starc but Pakistan confounded the cricketing world when they managed just two runs in the final two overs. Hasnain, in particular, played out nine consecutive dot balls and Australia restricted them to 106/8. There was no such problems for Aaron Finch and David Warner and they demoralised Pakistan even further. Warner got going with a six and Pakistan missed a run-out of Warner when the keeper missed with the direct hit. Finch hit two boundaries off Mohammad Musa while he targeted the bowler with a four and a six. The Australia skipper continued to find the boundary and he launched Hasnain for another big six. Warner hit two fours off Amir to ensure Australia ended the powerplay on 56/0. Also Read | Nine Consecutive Dot Balls – Pakistan Score Just Two Runs In Final Two OversPakistan continued to leak runs and both batsmen neared their fifties with a six. However, it was Finch who reached his fifty and sealed the game in grand style when he lofted Musa for a boundary to give Australia victory and the series. With this win, Australia have ensured that they end 2019 on a high in Twenty20 Internationals, having not lost a single game. They have swept away all the sub-continent powers and they will be building good momentum heading into the World T20 that will be played on their home turf.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Eleven medals for Guyanese athletes at regional University Games

first_img-Chess team wins bronze in three categoriesGUYANA’s contingent to the 17th edition of the University Games for Central American and Caribbean nations, walked away with a number of medals, including two gold, five silvers and four bronze by the eight-member athletic team and a string of third-place finishes by the chess players.The May 20-26 event, which took place in Colombia, had all eight athletes winning medals.Guyana’s females led the charge in the jumps. Ruth Samagoon and Leoni Adams won gold medals in the long jump and triple jump respectively.Individually, Samagoon added a silver medal in the 200M and a bronze medal in the 100M. In total, the four girls (also included Jevina Sampson and Delina Clarke) finished with silver medals in the 4X100M and the 4X200M relays.Triple jump winner Adams also won bronze in the long jump.The four male athletes: Kevin Paul, Noelex Holder, Jovon Johnson and Shimar Velloza finished with a silver medal in the 4X400M and a bronze medal in the 4X100M.Paul also won a 400M silver, while Holder finished with a 200M bronze.Meanwhile, the chess team finished third in three time categories against Central American universities.CM Ronuel Greenidge (left) with members of the UG chess team and the team’s interpreter.The five UG chess players were the lone Caribbean representatives at the games.The males participated in classical division (with a time limit of 90 minutes), the rapid (15 minutes and 10 seconds) and a blitz (four minutes and two seconds). Guyana finished third in all team categories.The UG players were able to finish ahead of teams from El Salvador and Honduras.Costa Rica university students emerged champions in all three team divisions, while the home team Colombia finished with silver medals across the board.Candidate Master (CM) Ronuel Greenidge, who coached the side, told the Guyana Chronicle that he was pleased with the team’s performance.Current male chess champion at UG, Davion Mars, scored the most points in each of the categories.The other male players were Andre Jagnandan, Triston Carter and Sidney Nelson. The lone female representative was Anicia Patterson.last_img read more

Four years later, USC remains under Title IX investigation

first_imgThey never listened.In February 2013, Alexa Schwartz told USC’s Center for Women and Men, now the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services, that she had been sexually assaulted.Schwartz, then a junior majoring in theatre, waited three months and heard nothing back. No updates, no acknowledgement, no plan for action. When she returned to the center, she said that she found that the counselor she first spoke to hadn’t reported her case. Schwartz felt that her trauma had been forgotten.Her alleged assailant, she said, had remained enrolled at USC, on track to graduate two weeks later. The only option for recourse remaining would take place after his graduation. In Schwartz’ eyes, the case had simply slipped through the University’s fingers.Schwartz is one of many students who feel that the University didn’t listen to their stories of sexual assault. Now, she hopes to prevent this from happening to anyone else at USC.After her experience, she banded together with other students who went through similar experiences to seek justice under Title IX, a law that prohibits gender discrimination in education. A total of 16 students and alumni who alleged their cases had been mishandled by the Title IX office at USC filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, which agreed to investigate the University in July 2013.“We started as a small group and then pulled more people in over social media,” Schwartz said. “Just asking people to spread the word that we’re looking for anyone who experienced any kind of issues with their investigations, or any negative experiences with the University, and it really blew up.”Almost four years later, USC remains under federal investigation for alleged violations of students’ Title IX rights, facing accusations that it mishandled and underreported cases of rape and sexual assault.In those four years, the University implemented programs and procedures for preventing and reporting assault, some of which were direct responses to the investigation. But students and administrators still cite difficulties within the University, despite increased awareness about campus sexual assault.Under investigation  When the federal investigation of USC first began, Schwartz was joined by two other students — Ari Mostov and Tucker Reed. Both claim that they turned to their university following a sexual assault only to have their stories go ignored.The Title IX Office declined to comment on the investigations of Mostov, Reed and Schwartz.Mostov said an officer dismissed her rape when she first reported it to the Department of Public Safety. She said he argued that a rape couldn’t happen if the assailant didn’t orgasm, despite the fact that penetration occurred.“Because he stopped, it was not rape,” Mostov was told, according to the Title IX complaint. “Even though his penis penetrated your vagina, because he stopped, it was not a crime.”This does not align with the definition of assault provided by the Department of Justice, which states that sexual assault is any coercive, nonconsensual sexual contact. But because of an officer’s personal interpretation, Mostov’s case was left ignored.Reed’s experience followed the same pattern. She said that in 2013, she offered the administration an audio recording of her ex-boyfriend admitting to assault. Instead of offering a punishment, the university official informed her that their goal was to offer an “educative” process to students who commit assaults.“The problems are rampant within every department, pretty much every service on campus,” Reed told the Huffington Post. “There is an overwhelming disregard for women and students going through obvious trauma, and they traumatized them further.”The investigation spurred the University to improve systems to both prevent sexual assault and encourage victims to report incidents. This process included adding a coordinator to improve the training of campus security authorities, USC Title IX Coordinator and Executive Director Gretchen Means wrote in an email to the Daily Trojan in August 2016.Training and prevention programs are continually being refined and reworked. The administration coordinates with University organizations such as the Engemann Student Health Center and the Office for Wellness and Health promotion, along with student organizations and cultural centers.Yet despite these efforts, the federal Title IX investigation of USC continues, leaving the three women who first launched it to wonder if their stories will ever be heard.For Schwartz, the key to stopping sexual assault begins with reporting. Victims must feel safe enough to report their assaults to the University, she said, while the administration must be ready to listen and to help.Currently, only 20 percent of victims report assaults to the police, according to the U.S. Justice Department. This statistic makes prevention tricky, because a higher number of reports could reflect that students are comfortable speaking out about the issue.This means lower rates could indicate a more repressive environment rather than a safer one, according to Schwartz, who emphasized the importance of a climate in which survivors feel safe coming forward.“You’re never actually going to go down to zero any time soon, so you want to hear about the sexual assaults that are happening,” Schwartz said. “If you think that there are zero going on, then there might be a communication problem.”Data provided by Vice President for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry – Michelle Je | Daily TrojanThen and nowThe solution, however, doesn’t end with reporting. In the wake of the Title IX investigation, the University increased its focus on preventative programs. These include mandatory online courses such as “AlcoholEdu” and “On the Safe Side,” which new students must take before registering for classes.But Means believes that these programs cannot completely prevent assault on campus.“Effective prevention is multi-disciplinary, delivered in a variety of mediums and reinforced by cultural forces inside and outside of the University,” Means said. “Students come to school with diverse experiences and backgrounds, [which] means that we need to design prevention programs that meet students where they are. USC is working hard to create prevention programming that can meet this reality.”Schwartz also believes that the climate surrounding sexual assault has changed since 2013. She sees programs such as Violence Outreach Intervention and the Community Empowerment peer-to-peer education program as a sign that students are invested in prevention.“A lot of students really care about this issue, and want to make a positive change and get trained and help out,” Schwartz said. “That feels very different culturally than from when I was a student — [dialogue about sexual assault] was very taboo, and there was no such program.”After her assault, Schwartz learned firsthand the burden of reporting and sharing experiences with both the government and fellow survivors. But she feels the conversation is worth the effort.“Before we started with the activism, I felt pretty alone and I didn’t really hear people talking about this very much, and I didn’t really know how to talk about this myself,” Schwartz said. “I’m proud of what we’ve done and what I’ve done.”Yet, Carry believes that the momentum of the movement has begun to stall.“I want to get back to the days when students were banging down my door saying, ‘Let’s do something to end sexual misconduct on our campus’ — I miss it,” Carry said. “I really want students to get fired up about this again. I don’t want this to become, ‘Oh, that was important in 2013’ — until we get to zero, this is still important.”Shyann Murphy, the former director of the Women’s Student Assembly — now the Student Assembly for Gender Empowerment — agreed that, at the height of Schwartz’s case, activism was strong. But she believes the conversation has turned in a new direction rather than stalling.“I think that when I first came to USC a lot of the conversation was, ‘If someone’s drunk, they’re not consenting,’” Murphy said. “Now I see the conversation going toward, ‘how can we support survivors, how can we change these things, get bystanders to intervene.’ I think that conversation is evolving. I’d like to see it evolve even more so that people can … look at rape culture and look at how it’s so intersectional with so many other marginalities.”Chasing zeroThe ultimate goal, Carry says, is for sexual assault to never happen again.It’s a goal that Carry calls “chasing zero” — zero sexual assaults reported on campus for an entire school year. According to Carry, the preventative measures and programs already developed by the administration reflect this mission.“How do we stop these things from happening?” Carry said. “It’s bold, it’s ambitious, it’s crazy, some people might say, but we owe it to our students to chase zero in this issue. [Sexual assault] changes people’s lives in a very dramatic way, and I think we can be a better university than having more than one incident of sexual misconduct every year.”Despite this goal, the numbers of forcible sexual offenses — listed by DPS as rape, fondling, incest and statutory rape — reported by DPS have remained constant over the past four years. In its 2016 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, DPS reported that sexual offenses fell from 33 in 2013 to 31 in 2014 before rising to 41 in 2015.Carry and Means embrace the fact that the Title IX process still has room for improvement. The waiting period for victims typically lasts 60 to 90 days, according to Means, though the U.S. Department of Education recommends a 60-day turnaround. Understaffing may be one reason for the delay — the RSVP staff consists of three counselors, which Murphy says is not enough to help students in the way they deserve.“So many people need [RSVP’s help] and need those services,” Murphy said. “The counselors are really busy, and they’re also doing programming and educational workshops — [they] need more people, resources and money to program.”For Carry, a crucial solution to achieving the University’s goal of zero sexual assaults digs down to a more basic level — demanding that students live up to Trojan values.“If students saw everybody as their sister, their mom or their brother, and they intervened — what would you do if somebody was doing that to your sister? — you would intervene,” Carry said. “That shared responsibility for each other — that’s going to be a huge help in getting us to zero.”Every six months, Schwartz contacts the Office of Civil Rights for updates on the investigation, and asks when the investigation will be closed. The answers are always the same, always brief — the case is ongoing. In four years, she says, her case hasn’t changed.As years have passed, Schwartz has become increasingly doubtful about the direction and timeline of the investigation.“Now that there’s so many schools under investigation, it feels less likely they’re going to reach a new conclusion since they have such a small staff,” Schwartz said. “I’m wondering how much longer it’s going to take for this investigation to finish, because I’m not really sure what they’re still looking for.”She doesn’t know if her case will ever be resolved. But Schwartz hopes for a future where students like her will feel brave enough to come forward and where, this time, the University will listen.last_img read more

USG to offer free hygiene and testing products

first_imgUSG senators in a meeting. Photo by Cathy Liang | Daily TrojanStudents will soon have access to free testing materials and hygiene products thanks to an Undergraduate Student Government initiative. USG plans to provide free “blue books” and Scantron forms used in exams beginning next week, and free menstrual products may be available as soon as next semester, according to USG President Austin Dunn. The USG Facebook page will be updated with the pickup locations for blue books and Scantron forms on campus once they are confirmed.Marina Hrovat, director of wellness affairs for USG, has spearheaded the effort to implement free menstrual products on campus. She worked with USG to conduct a trial run of free menstrual products to gauge the idea’s popularity.A USG poll taken during the trial run found that 99 percent of student respondents believed that free menstrual products are necessary.Dunn explained that while products like Scantron forms and blue books may be affordable — most cost less than $1 at the USC Bookstore — they pose an inconvenience to students if they are not provided by the school.“There was no reason, whatsoever, that students should have needed to pay for a school supply that is required for exams,” Dunn said.While providing free blue books and Scantron forms is imminent, the same cannot be said for menstrual products. Dunn is aiming for implementation of these products in the coming months, but said the process is not entirely under USG’s control.“The goal [for free menstrual product availability] is next semester,” Dunn said. “I cannot put a hard deadline or prediction on when this will be completed because we do rely on outside companies to make these products free. We need to figure out if this is going to be a sponsorship or partnership with an outside company or if they will be provided by the University.”Dunn stressed his administration’s belief in keeping costs outside of tuition at a minimum, and that this was the primary motivation behind these measures. “College affordability and tuition transparency, those issues being an overarching topic, are things that [USG Vice President] Morgan [Monahan] and I have talked about from the beginning,” Dunn said. “We recognize how much of a burden finances can be at this University and we are just trying to meet that need in the best way that we can.”last_img read more

Syracuse football game day: Everything to know about matchup with Louisville

first_img Published on September 9, 2016 at 10:51 am Contact Jon: | @jmettus Syracuse plays host to its first ranked opponent with No. 13 Louisville coming to the Carrier Dome on Friday at 8 p.m. The Cardinals’ feature a staunch front seven and a dual-threat quarterback in Lamar Jackson that is capable of putting on a big show. Here’s everything you need to know for game day.How can you watch the game? On ESPN2 or WatchESPN.How much do student tickets cost? Nothing. All students get in free with a valid SUID.What is Babers saying before this game? See what he had to say at his press conference earlier this week.What should you know about Louisville? Everything you need to know can be found here.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIs this the first real test for Syracuse? Beat writer Matt Schneidman thinks so, even if Babers won’t say it.What do our beat writers think will happen tonight? Find out here in our beat writer predictions.What’s going on with the chain-gang controversy? Read more about it here.Who’s starting and who’s out? Check out our depth chart and injury report notes.Anything else you should know? Louisville beat writer Steve Jones of The Courier-Journal broke down the upcoming matchup in a question and answer with The Daily Orange. Comments Related Stories Lamar Jackson enters matchup with Syracuse as one of the nation’s hottest quarterbacksLouisville is Syracuse football’s first real test, even if Dino Babers won’t say itSyracuse football: Beat writers predict outcome of game against No. 13 LouisvilleSyracuse football opponent preview: What to know about LouisvilleQ&A with Louisville beat writer Steve Jones of The Courier-Journalcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

James Conner injury update: Steelers RB has a chance to play against Patriots

first_img Steelers looking into options to replace kicker Chris Boswell Conner has also been a receiving threat out of the backfield as he has recorded 467 receiving yards and a score this season.The Steelers will enter their game against New England with a 7-5-1 record. Conner has been sidelined since he sprained his ankle against the Chargers on Dec. 2.RB James Conner (ankle) had a productive week of rehab and coach Mike Tomlin is leaving the door open for Conner to potentially play vs. Patriots. A lot would have to go right but Tomlin said it’s possible.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) December 11, 2018Conner has had a breakout season filling in for Le’Veon Bell, who will miss all of 2018 after holding out over a contract dispute. The second-year back has averaged 4.5 yards per carry and tallied 12 touchdowns on the ground in 11 games for Pittsburgh. Ben Roethlisberger injury update: Steelers QB (ribs) plans to play vs. Patriotscenter_img James Conner has a chance to play Sunday.The 23-year-old running back has had a “productive week of rehab,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin told reporters Tuesday. Tomlin said “it’s possible” Conner could play in Week 15 against the Patriots, although a lot would have to go right for that to happen. Related Newslast_img read more