Yamada powers to victory in U.S.

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – Japanese recordholder Sachiko Yamada powered her way tovictory in the women’s 400-meter freestyle final onthe opening day of the U.S. Open SwimmingChampionships on Thursday. Sydney Olympian Yamadatouched the wall in 4 minutes, 10.04 seconds ahead ofAmericans Brooke Bennett, who clocked 4:12.69 and RachelKomisarz, who took third in 4:13.05. Japan’s Norie Urabewas eighth. In men’s action, World University Games goldmedalist Takahiro Mori produced Japan’s best finish bycoming third in the 200-meter individual medley won byBrian Johns of Canada. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

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Nippon Paper captures first title

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Former NHL forward Derek Plante set up all three goals by Sato, who also had a hand in a third-period goal from Ryan Haruo Kuwabara and was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img SAPPORO – Masashi Sato scored three goals in less than nine minutes in the second period as the Nippon Paper Cranes came from behind twice to beat Oji Paper 6-4 to win its first national championship title Sunday.With Nippon Paper trailing 2-1, Sato tied the score 9 minutes, 57 seconds into the second period and added two more goals in succession to give the Cranes the lead for good in the final at the Makomanai indoor rink.last_img read more

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Nakata takes lead at Katokichi Queens

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 “I sat at the top of the leaderboard for the first time in a while. I’ve been trying hard, but my work hasn’t really produced results,” Nakata said, who came second at the same tournament in 2003. “Today, I was able to recover from mistakes.”Bae, a rookie on the Japanese women’s tour, had a bogey-free round of 67 to place second, followed by Yuka Irie and Nahoko Hirao another stroke back.Yuri Fudo, who is aiming for her seventh straight money title on the JLPGA tour, carded a 70 to place her in a tie for ninth. Sakura Yokomine was tied for 16th at 71 with defending champion Midori Yoneyama, Shiho Oyama, the winner of last week’s Fujisankei Ladies Classic, and six others.Sunday’s winner will take home 10.8 million yen from the 60 million yen purse. TAKAMATSU, Kagawa Pref. – Mie Nakata fired a 6-under-par 66 to take a one-stroke lead over South Korea’s Bae Jae Hee after the first round of the Katokichi Queens on Friday.Looking for her first career title, the 29-year-old Nakata made seven birdies, including on the first two and final two holes, against one bogey at Yashima Country Club in Kagawa Prefecture.center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

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Spruce Beetle Activity Continues To Rise On Kenai Peninsula

first_imgThese aerial surveys are conducted by Alaska Division of Forestry and U.S. Forest Service Forest Health Protection staff and cover a subset of the state’s forests each year. Within these areas, over 500,000 acres of active spruce beetle damage were observed in the Matanuska-Susitna River valleys and about 48,000 acres of beetle activity were mapped on the northwestern Kenai Peninsula this year. Spruce beetles are native to Alaska and outbreaks have occurred regularly throughout history, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The recent spruce beetle activity is located primarily in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and on the northwestern Kenai Peninsula. For information on upcoming free public workshops, signs and symptoms of spruce beetle attacks, recommendations on mitigating spruce beetle, and more, visit www.alaskasprucebeetle.org.center_img FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Aerial surveys conducted this summer by state and federal forest health specialists documented nearly 558,000 acres of active spruce beetle-caused tree mortality in Southcentral Alaska, according to a release from the U.S. Forest Service. Landowners can help their trees be less susceptible to spruce beetles by keeping trees healthy and growing vigorously. Pesticides are available for protecting trees from spruce beetle attack, but are not effective on trees that are already infested.last_img read more

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Borough Continues Construction On Storm Surge Damage Repairs Near Lowell Point

first_imgThe storm created limited access to the roadways in Lowell Point that has gotten progressively worse since the storm. Long: “We are doing what we can do keep the road passable- the year round residents in Lowell Point use that road as their only access to and from where they live to town.” Each year, severe damage occurs in the area due to flooding around the City of Seward. Those areas suffer flooding and related severe damage caused by exceptionally heavy rainstorms. Seward City Planner at the time of the storm Roy Long: “A declaration of disaster or emergency declares that a state of circumstances exist that is beyond the capacity of the local government.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Seward has contracted with Hamilton Construction, LLC to begin repairing shoreline damage caused by a storm surge in December of 2017. Lowell Point Road will be limited to single lane traffic during construction and occasional closures may be required to complete the repairs. Crews will maintain as-needed emergency access. FEMA and the Alaska Department of Homeland Security funded the project through the City of Seward. The City of Seward declared a ‘State Of Disaster Emergency’ due to storm and tidal surge damage near Lowell Point in 2017. Lowell Point is located roughly 2 miles south of Seward. Governor Mike Dunleavy: “The Kenai Peninsula saw numerous disaster events in the last few years. In addition to this disaster, the Peninsula experienced damages to the Lowell Point area in Seward. The state is committed to helping the effected communities recover from this disaster.”last_img read more

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Honda reinforcing IndyCar aero kit after debris issues

first_imgHondas, like the one driven here by Takuma Sato in the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, are undergoing aero kit adjustments to try and keep debris from flying off the cars during on-track contact. (AP)Hondas, like the one driven here by Takuma Sato in the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, are undergoing aero kit adjustments to try and keep debris from flying off the cars during on-track contact. (AP)Honda will reinforce its aero kits before Sunday’s inaugural Grand Prix of Louisiana, Honda Performance Development executive Steve Eriksen told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday.The move comes in response to cars losing body parts after contact during the season opener at St. Petersburg, Fla., including an incident in which a fan suffered a fractured skull when she was hit by flying debris.Honda asked Verizon IndyCar Series officials for permission to reinforce certain parts of its aero kit, namely the lower portion of end plates on the front wing and the interior portion of the rear wheel guard, Eriksen said.It is not known if Chevrolet has similar plans.The reinforcement plan was approved by IndyCar, as was a proposal by chassis manufacturer Dallara to reinforce the main plane on the front wing. The story was first reported by Fox Sports.“We wanted to act quickly to remedy the situation,” Eriksen told USA TODAY Sports. “Obviously you don’t design a car to be crashed into, but when you see that there’s a fair number of repeated instances of parts breaking, you want to try to add some strength so you’ve got reliability even in the face of contact.”DEBRIS: IndyCar opener marred by cautionsThe first 36 laps of the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg were interrupted three times by caution periods for debris from the new aero kits.Honda and Chevrolet raced for the first time with the kits — multi-piece aerodynamic add-ons to the Dallara chassis that give the cars more downforce and make the manufacturers’ cars distinguishable from each other.A part believed to be from Gabby Chaves’ Honda flew over a grandstand and struck a woman in the head. She was identified by the Tampa Bay Times as Brigitte Hoffstetter. She sustained cuts and was transported to Bayfront Medical Center. Her husband told The Times she had sustained a skull fracture. Hoffstetter was standing near a concession area several hundred feet from the racing surface when she was struck.INJURED FAN: Woman hospitalized after being struck in headAnother fan told USA TODAY Sports that a portion of Marco Andretti’s wing landed four feet from him, and drivers complained after the race that parts from both manufacturer’s aero kits were breaking off the cars after contact. Andretti also drives a Honda, for Andretti Autosport.Pole-sitter Will Power, who drives a Chevrolet for Team Penske, told USA TODAY Sports after the race: “I know you don’t want to be knocking things off. That is one thing about this aero kit, a lot of stuff seems to be getting knocked off. … It was kind of wild.”Eriksen, HPD’s chief operating officer and vice president, said the added downforce and the faster speeds at the 1.8-mile St. Petersburg street course — the 12-year-old track record was broken during qualifying — may have added to the contact.“You’d be better off avoiding the car-to-car contact if you want to keep your aerodynamic elements intact and avoid injury,” he said. “But the reality of having more downforce means guys are going deeper into the corners and still getting used to how brave they can be.”Driver Sebastien Bourdais told the Indianapolis Star on Monday that the drivers, not the cars, were to blame for the trouble with debris.“It was the first race after a very long off-season, and everybody was too impatient, not focused and not in the rhythm of racing at such a high level,” Bourdais said. “The aggression level was pretty high. It was like the season finale, not the season opener.”IndyCar officials declined to comment Tuesday about the decision to allow Honda and Dallara to reinforce the cars.The reinforcement is a temporary solution intended to be implemented quickly, Eriksen said. A permanent fix will require another proposal to IndyCar.“This is a very quick turnaround patch, if you want to call it that,” Eriksen said. “It’s meant to be done quickly and provide an additional level of strength in the parts, but it’s not intended to be a long-term fix. A long-term fix would be to take the exact same homologated shape and further revise the internal construction to add even more strength than the original part had.“The long-term fix we will have to present to them and say, ‘OK, this is the way to get back to the original homologated shape, but with different internal construction. Do you accept this? Yes or no.’ ”last_img read more

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Lady Cougars in action today – Soccer & Volleyball

first_imgLady Cougar Soccer visits the Berean Eagles in east Knoxville this evening.  The undefeated Lady Cougar Volleyball team hosts Powell on Brown Court.  Both events start at 6 pm.  CLICK HERE to see Lady Cougar Volleyball play Union County.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/23/2018-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img

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Cricket in Kovid’s time is as follows; ICC announces new reforms…

first_imgICC officially announces new interim reforms The latest reforms announced by the ICC include the Kovid substitute for matches, the ban on spitting balls, the relaxation of the neutral umpire in the Test series and more opportunities for the DRS. The ICC said the changes would be made next year.Ban on spittingThe International Cricket Council (ICC) has officially approved an ICC Cricket Committee (ICC) committee headed by Anil Kumble to prohibit players from spitting on the ball. The ICC has given umpires the right to make some concessions in the initial matches of the spitting ban The umpires are allowed to continue playing after the ball has been cleaned and the team has been warned twice. If the mistake is repeated, five runs will be punished.Indigenous umpires who are not neutral umpires:Although it is legal for umpires to restrict Test matches, local umpires and match officials can be assigned to control the match in the context of Kovid.Covid substitute for player:Any player in the Playing XI during the match will exhibit Covid symptoms and will be transferred to Isolation, allowing teams to bring down another player.One more logo:In the new scenario, Test players will have the option to display one more logo on the jersey and chest area of ​​32 square inches. In the test, the logo on the chest of the jersey could not be displayed. This was allowed only in ODIs. Currently, only three logos are allowed to be displayed on a player’s jersey during the test.More Opportunity for DRS:Because of the cost of travel and the absence of experienced umpires, new umpires will have to restrict competition, giving each team three more DRS chances and two DRS opportunities in the ODI.last_img read more

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Jamaica’s national 400m champion for API

first_imgCurrent Jamaica national 400m hurdles champion, Rushell Clayton will compete at the Aliann Pompey Invitational set for Saturday at 15:00h at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora. According to a release, Clayton recently won the 400m hurdles at the Jamaican National trials with a time of 54.73s and is also the defending 400m hurdles champion of the AP Invitational.With Guyana now developing its 400m hurdles acumen, having the Jamaican national champion in attendance is definitely going to be a big boost to the Invitational.Further, Clayton is also ranked number 29 in the world and improving as she competes; a big win could mean rising in the world ranking for Clayton. Nevertheless, Guyanese athletes will be able to compete against a class performer and the ability to pick the brain of Clayton will foster development for that particular event.last_img read more

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Alex Ovechkin’s Hat Trick Carries the Caps Over the Wild

first_imgAlexander Ovechkin scored three times, Nicklas Backstrom added three assists, and Braden Holtby made 33 saves as the Washington Capitals overcame a chippy Minnesota Wild team and some questionable officiating to earn a 4-3 victory at the Xcel Energy Center.The Gr8 was dynamite in this contest scoring three times in the middle frame and generating 15 shot attempts, including 10 shots on goal in 19:47 of action. All three tallies were the result of Ovechkin going to the net, and the second marker came on the power play, which was important given the recent slump from that unit (0 for 19 before the Ovi Empty Net PPG in Nashville). Washington’s power play looked like its old self on that second goal.Backstrom is just a wizard on the ice. His play to keep the puck in on the third Gr8 marker was incredible (the Wild unsuccessfully challenged it too), and then he finished it off with some great wall work. The line of Ovechkin-Backstrom-Oshie was excellent and between the three of them, they had 16 of the Capitals 33 shots on goal.Holtby gave up two late goals after it was 3-1 and then 4-2, the first of which came on a power play that the Wild received when Justin Williams was called for cross checking right after Andre Burakovsky was flattened with a dirty hit from behind. Mike Leggo and Frederick “Ship him back to Quebec” L’Ecuyer failed to whistle the infraction against the Wild. They called a curious contest on Thursday, but once again Washington was too good for the opponents and the bad zebras. Both referees also missed a dirty butt end by Mikael Granlund to the face of Evgeny Kuznetsov after the second Minnesota goal on the neutral zone draw. #92 left the game and did not return, so his status for Saturday’s game in Dallas is up in the air.The last Wild tally came with four seconds left after Jason Chimera had made it 4-2 with an empty net marker with just 52 ticks remaining. That tally, Chimmer’s 15th of the season, was set up by great work from John Carlson in the corner and then Tom Wilson, who worked the puck out of the zone to spring the speedy #25.Carlson had his best game since returning from injury getting an assist and going +2 in 23:46 of ice time. He looked like his old self in this one and helped get the power play to finally score with a keeper in place. His hard shot went off of the back wall right to Ovechkin on the 2nd goal. He had his legs back and was really physical and strong on the puck in the corners.Ovechkin now has 34 goals and leads Chicago’s Patrick Kane by one in the Rocket Richard race. Holtby is now 27-1-3 in his last 32 starts and has 35 wins on the season.Wins are the important thing there, as both co-MVP’s and the others on this club only care about the “W’s.” Ovechkin has enough individual trophies, and at this point, he only wants that big silver one they give out in June. But make no mistake about it, this club still relies on him to lead the way when it comes to turning on red lights.Overall, the Caps played a very solid road game and when things looked to go off of the rails with some Minnesota dirty play and shaky zebra influence, Washington maintained their composure to hold off a desperate Wild team. Holtby made some big saves and Backstrom cleared a puck from the door step late in regulation en route to another Capitals victory.The Caps record is now an out of this world 40-9-4 (84 points) and they close out their three game road trip in Big D on Saturday night. Per CSN’s Chuck Gormley, the Caps are 0-6-1 against the Stars since 2008, OUCH! Washington has a chance to finally knock off a very fast Dallas squad, but they’ll need a really strong and disciplined game (stay out of the box!) plus good gap control to combat the likes of Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn on their home turf.Notes: Mike Richards, who was nicked up in the Nashville game, suited up and logged 11:03 on his 31st birthday…the Caps were destroyed on draws, 46-22, but Backstrom was 12-9…Zach Parise had three assists for the Wild…Minnesota out shot the Caps 36-33 and it was 72-56 overall in shot attempts…both teams were 1 for 5 on the power play…Karl Alzner was +2 in 22:07 of ice time. He had a strong game.last_img read more

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