Prevent Wildfires Around Your Home

first_imgJudy Reese said preventative measures, like the Funny River fuel break, can mean the difference between saving and losing a home… FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The weather has been damp lately, but the Division of Forestry says there’s still plenty of burnable fuel on the Kenai Peninsula. Homeowners are encouraged to take some early precautions. Judy: “Clear out fine fuels from around your home. Mow your grass. Cut up limbs on your trees, dispose of slash and water your yard. That’s what you can do in the meantime. Make sure you don’t have leaves in your gutters, and think where an ember can start a fire at your home.”center_img For more home defense information, click here.last_img read more

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T. M. Ocean captures Shukasho

first_imgKYOTO – Top favorite T. M. Ocean surged into the lead at the top of the final straight Sunday and then held off the challengers to win the sixth running of the Shukasho, the third leg of the triple crown series for 3-year-old fillies.T.M. Ocean, winner of the Okasho in April, completed the 2,000-meter test on turf at Kyoto Racecourse in 1 minute, 58.5 seconds with jockey Masaru Honda astride to claim the 89 million yen winner’s purse. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 It was T.M. Ocean’s third Grade One victory and second win in the triple crown races after the Okasho. She finished third in the second leg, the Oaks, in May.Rosebud, runnerup in the Oaks, made a late move on the inside but could not catch the leader, finishing second, three-quarters of a length behind. Oaks winner Lady Pastel finished third. center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

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K.T. Harrell named Auburn’s best all-around player at team awards

first_imgAUBURN — K.T. Harrell collected a bevvy of team awards, including the Paul Lambert/Tommy Joe Eagles Memorial Trophy as Auburn’s best all-around player, during the program’s annual awards banquet Sunday night.The Montgomery native also won the John Mengelt Free Throw Award for leading the Tigers with an 81.4 percent success rate from the foul line and an Iron Tiger Award. It was the second straight year Harrell, the SEC’s leading scorer (18.5 points), won both the Lambert/Eagles and Mengelt Trophies.Harrell, who is the sixth Auburn player to ever lead the conference in scoring, was also recognized for being Second Team All-SEC, SEC Player of the Week, SEC All-Tournament Team and as a member of the SEC Community Service Team.The Mike Mitchell Courage Award was given to Antoine Mason, who coped with the hospitalization and later passing of his father, Anthony, during the season. Antoine Mason averaged 14.4 points and missed just three games while traveling back and forth to New York to be with his family.Tahj Shamsid-Deen received the Coach’s Award as the player who faced adversity but returned with a positive attitude and contributed more as the season went on. Shamsid-Deen separated his shoulder during the season-opener and later separated his other shoulder, injuries that recurred and required season-ending surgeries.Cinmeon Bowers collected the Impact Player of the Year Award after finishing second in the SEC in rebounding (9.6) while adding 12.1 points per game. He finished the year with 14 double-doubles.Walk-on Devin Waddell won the Outstanding Defensive Player Award, Malcolm Canada received the Sixth Man Award and Jordon Granger and T.J. Lang shared the Most Improved Player Award.The Sonny Smith Most Outstanding Teammate Award and the Bill Lynn Academic Award went to freshman guard Patrick Keim, a walk-on and pre-civil engineering major with a 3.81 GPA.last_img read more

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IndyCar penalizes Helio Castroneves for GP of Indianapolis wreck

first_imgSeveral IndyCars are involved in a Lap 1, Turn 1 crash during the Grand Prix of Indianapolis (Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports)Several IndyCars are involved in a Lap 1, Turn 1 crash during the Grand Prix of Indianapolis (Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports)INDIANAPOLIS — Helio Castroneves was docked eight points in the drivers’ standings Wednesday by Verizon IndyCar Series officials for a crash at the start of Saturday’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.The decision didn’t affect Castroneves’ place in the standings — he’s still third — but it did move fourth-place Scott Dixon within nine points of Castroneves as they head into this weekend’s qualifying for the 99th Indianapolis 500.Castroneves’ car struck the rear of Dixon’s car as the two were following leader and pole-sitter Will Power into Turn 1 on the first lap of the race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Dixon’s car spun, while Castroneves continued. Dixon restarted, but had to pit to replace the front and rear wings on his car.HELIO: Not sweating possible penaltiesDixon said Wednesday he would’ve preferred a drive-through penalty during the race.“The penalty that fits the crime is a drive-through,” Dixon said before heading to the track for Wednesday’s practice session. “We would’ve been done and dusted with that in the first five or 10 minutes of the race and we wouldn’t be talking about it now. … They’re trying to do the best thing they can as a group, but it’s something that should’ve been addressed right away.”Castroneves finished sixth in the race, while Dixon, who started second, came back to finish 10th.While uncommon, post-race penalties for racing infractions aren’t unheard of. Earlier this season, Ryan Hunter-Reay was docked three points and placed on probation for three races after a collision with Simon Pagenaud that collected Sebastien Bourdais at NOLA Motorsports Park.GP OF INDY WRECK: Lap 1 incident draws firestormIndyCar president of operations and competition Derrick Walker said a review of different camera angles showed Castroneves was at fault.“With the benefit of additional camera angles during our post-race review of Saturday’s race, the stewards determined actions of the No. 3 car (Castroneves) were the cause of the first-lap incident,” Walker said in a statement. “This obviously changed our view of the entire incident. At the conclusion of every post-race review, all penalty options are available to the stewards and they determined an avoidable contact penalty was warranted.”Castroneves was not immediately available for comment after the announcement. Team Penske publicist David Hovis said he didn’t expect the team to make a statement.After Tuesday’s practice, Castroneves told USA TODAY Sports, “I know I’m right. I know what I did. I did everything possible to avoid contact.”Penalties were not issued to five drivers who used a runoff area to return to the track in a better position after the Castroneves-Dixon crash. Tony Kanaan, who narrowly missed the crash, complained after the race that Charlie Kimball, Sebastian Saavedra, James Jakes, Stefano Coletti and James Hinchcliffe gained positions illegally.Dixon also complained to series officials after the race about the lack of a drive-through against Castroneves, estimating that a drive-through penalty would’ve resulted in a 12th-place or higher finish for him.“The downside is that we’re talking about it several days later when we should be talking about the biggest race in the world that’s coming up,” Dixon said.Castroneves now has 153 points, 13 fewer than Team Penske teammate Power, who won Saturday’s race. Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya leads the standings with 171 points.last_img read more

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Alabama gets breather with FCS school Western Carolina

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Prashad prospering in unfortunate situation

first_imgFormer Guyana under-17 batsman, Marvan Prashad is currently trapped in the United States due to the Novel Coronavirus pandemic. However, the former Guyana under-15 captain is showing his worth in the ‘big apple’ scoring a blistering century lately. Prashad, who captained Guyana under-15 in 2017 stroked an impressive century in Everest ACS’ 111-run win over Hunters.The opener stroked 113 from just 72 balls, featuring 11 fours and four sixes to see Everest ACS reach 228 for six in their 23-over allotment. He added 48 for the first wicket alongside Troy Hayley (8) and went on to add 113 for the second wicket with Wasim Haslim who made a 29-ball 50, highlighted by five fours and one six.Jugray Singh and Bashir Noory picked up two wicets each for 39 and 57 runs respectively. In reply, Chirs Patandin kept Hunters out the hunt with figures of four for 24 and was supported by Damion Jacobs (2-22) and Devashwari Prashad (2-42). Only Arwinder Singh (37) and Jass Nav Singh (24) managed to get a decent start.Prashad returned in the following match against LI XI to score a fine half century and allow his side to secure a 193-run win.Everest ACS raced to 333 for seven in 30 overs with their top order blazing the trail. Prahsad smashed 70 from 39 balls, decorated with nine fours and two sixes. Alongside Hayley, who made 50 from 32 balls, the pair saw Everest to 116 in the 11th over before the first wicket fell. That foundation allowed Jeetendra Sookdeo to explode with a 53-ball 93. Sookdeo smashed six sixes and seven fours while adding 87 for the third wicket with Prashad who made 42 from 24 balls. Happy Singh baged two for 37 and Kamaljeet Singh picked up two for 63.Jacobs kept LI XI at bay, returning three for 26 while Prashad and Charlton Senior picked up two wickets each as Hardeep Sangha played the lone hand with 87 from 75 balls, featuring 12 fours and three sixes.last_img read more

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Yanda takes part in practice for first time this summer

first_img(This blog brought to you by Atlantic Remodeling. Visit www.atlanticremodeling.com to learn about their Red Cent Guarantee!)OWINGS MILLS, Md. — With plenty of uncertainty surrounding their starting offense, the Ravens received good news Monday with the return of Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda to the practice field.The 28-year-old took part in the workout in a limited capacity, doing individual work and taking some reps with the starting offense in the non-contact practice.“It was great to see him back out there in a limited amount in terms of what he was able to do,” offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell said. “It’s always great to have him out there. He’s a great leader. Obviously, he’s been in meetings and things of that nature, but he brings a lot of experience and certainly a lot of toughness to our guys upfront.”Sidelined for the entire spring after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery, Yanda was taking part in practice for the first time this summer. The seventh-year lineman had made good progress in his rehab and had been taking part in morning walk-throughs for quite some time, according to head coach John Harbaugh.Yanda hadn’t been in pads since Super Bowl XLVII in February as he underwent a procedure to repair a torn rotator cuff, forcing him to miss organized team activities and mandatory minicamp in the spring. However, the Ravens never expressed concern that the 2007 third-round pick wouldn’t be ready for the start of the regular season despite acknowledging that he’d miss a substantial portion of training camp before returning.“I don’t want to put an exact date on it, but it will be in training camp pretty good,” Harbaugh said about the standout guard on July 31. “We aren’t in a rush with him. [He is] very much on schedule. He’s doing certain things. He does things in the morning. He goes through the morning workout. He goes through some individual stuff, so he’s practicing. He’s just not going through the contact stuff, but he’s doing very, very well.”Yanda was working with the first-team offensive line in a lighter practice that featured helmets, shells, and shorts on Monday afternoon, but it would appear he won’t make his live-game debut until at least the third preseason game next week against the Carolina Panthers.Newly-signed veteran wide receiver Brandon Stokley was also taking part in his first practice after officially signing a one-year deal with Baltimore on Sunday. However, veteran tight end Dallas Clark was not on the field for the early portion of practice as he was undergoing a physical and finalizing his deal with the Ravens.Second-year running back Bernard Pierce (knee) also returned to practice after missing the last two workouts since the preseason opener when he injured his knee in the second quarter. Harbaugh said Sunday that Pierce has a chance to play in Thursday’s preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons.Linebacker Bryan Hall (hamstring) also returned to the practice field after being sidelined since the preseason opener.A number of players were still missing from the practice field on Monday including linebacker Courtney Upshaw, cornerbacks Chykie Brown (undisclosed) and Chris Johnson (undisclosed), defensive tackle Marcus Spears (undisclosed), wide receivers Deonte Thompson (foot) and Marlon Brown (undisclosed), offensive linemen Ramon Harewood (knee) and Ryan Jensen (foot), and tight ends Ed Dickson (hamstring) and Dennis Pitta (hip).Linebacker Jameel McClain (neck) remains on the active physically unable to perform list and defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore (knee) is still on the non-football injury list.Caldwell excited to have Stokley, Clark in foldJim Caldwell had his first opportunity to comment on the veteran additions of Stokley and Clark, who worked with the Baltimore offensive coordinator in Indianapolis.Stokley played with the Colts from 2003 through 2006 when Caldwell was the quarterbacks coach while Clark spent the first nine years of his career in Indianapolis, which included Caldwell’s three-year tenure as head coach. Despite being at the tail end of their respective careers, both players are expected to provide the Ravens with middle-of-the-field options they’re looking for with Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta no longer in the picture.“You can see that they’ve been productive,” Caldwell said. “Obviously, their roles have changed over the years — maybe haven’t played quite as much in certain situations. We have a good blend of personnel groupings that we use and we certainly would be able to get them in the mix and give them an opportunity to show what they can do.”Clark’s best season came in 2009 — Caldwell’s first season as the Indianapolis head man — when he caught 100 passes for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns to earn his first and only trip to the Pro Bowl.Caldwell had stayed in contact in recent days with his former tight end through text messaging but hadn’t spoken to Clark over the last couple days as an agreement was reached.“John [Harbaugh] and Ozzie [Newsome] take a look at all the possibilities and make determinations as such,” said Caldwell, who downplayed the impact of his relationships with Clark and Stokley in the Ravens’ decision to sign each player. “Every once in a while they’ll ask for what [my] opinion is on certain situations, but it does not carry the predominance of the weight. They look at it all, see if it’s a good fit for us, and make the decision from there.”Upshaw excused from practiceUpshaw’s absence from the practice Sunday M&T Bank Stadium remained a mystery until his social media activity early on Monday.The second-year linebacker wrote on his official Twitter account about a new addition to his family and defensive coordinator Dean Pees confirmed after Monday’s practice that the second-year linebacker was excused from the team for the birth of his son.Upshaw has worked as the starting strongside outside linebacker with veteran Elvis Dumervil serving as more of a pass-rush specialist to this point in the summer, which would also free him up to occasionally spell Terrell Suggs at the rush linebacker position as well.“They’ll all play. They all have a role on this team,” Pees said. “It’s a game-to-game thing, and a lot depend one the packages we have in and what we’re doing for that particular game. They’re all good players and they’re ll going to play.”Upshaw made two tackles against the Buccaneers in the preseason opener.Practice highlightsStokley worked with both the first and second offenses and ran a crisp sideline route to beat cornerback Corey Graham for a touchdown from quarterback Joe Flacco early in the practice session. However, the quarterback and receiver weren’t on the same page a few plays later as Stokley appeared to run the wrong route and the pass sailed into the arms of cornerback Lardarius Webb. Needless to say, Stokley was doing plenty of learning on the fly as he tried to get up to speed in Caldwell’s offensive system. … Webb still isn’t a full participant in team drills, but the fifth-year cornerback continues to increase his level of activity in team drills and recorded two interceptions on Monday. Pees was noncommittal about Webb’s potential participation in the preseason, deferring to Harbaugh and the training staff in describing where the cornerback is physically at this stage. … Wide receiver Torrey Smith made a nifty touchdown catch over cornerback Asa Jackson on a fade route during an 11-on-11 red-zone drill on Monday. … The practice marked the first time all summer that the projected starting offensive line was able to work together as left tackle Bryant McKinnie, left guard Kelechi Osemele, center Gino Gradkowski, Yanda, and right tackle Michael Oher worked a limited number of plays together in team drills.last_img read more

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Betting company hits Ghana

first_imgImageInternational Football Betting syndicate, Pinbridge, on Monday launched a football betting pools in Ghana ahead of the start of the Premier League season.The game will be known as Winner 1X2 and it will held as every week with fans predicting the outcome of of a list of 12 matches in Ghana, Europe or the African Premier Leagues.Players who predict all 12 matches will win a jackpot to be shared among them, while those who predict 11 to 9 matches correctly stand a chance of winning cash prizes.The Ghana Football Association has agreed a 10-year deal with Pinbridge as the only betting company in the country.“All over the world there’s this thing happening and the benefits that it brings to the game is what must be highlighted,” FA President, Nyantakyi told Ghanasoccernet.com“Our clubs stand a change of reaping and this happened to our clubs at the right time.We hope it runs smoothly in Ghana. “We hope they can address the social costs associated with betting.”Source: Ghanasoccernetlast_img read more

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Jazz will have their hands full with ‘best team in the league’ Rockets tonight

first_img Rodney Hood out, Raul Neto probable for Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets on Thursday night Related SALT LAKE CITY — Coach Quin Snyder calls his Thursday night opponent, the Houston Rockets, “arguably the best team in the league.” He also knows his team was blasted by the Rockets by 27 points when the two teams played earlier this season in Houston.So what does he expect from tonight’s game?“Any time you play that level of team, you’ve got to be pretty good,” he said.The Jazz will have to be very good to keep up with the Rockets, especially considering they are still short-handed with Rodney Hood missing his sixth straight game with soreness in his left ankle and Joe Johnson still out with his wrist injury. At least the Jazz get Raul Neto back after his missed three of the last four games.Snyder believes his team has improved since the Nov. 5 game in Houston when the Rockets prevailed 137-110 and the Jazz allowed the most points by far this season.“Hopefully that means we play better,” Snyder said. “We’ve been competitive with them before, our team can’t forget that, and we don’t need to forget they drilled us. There’s a balance there.”The Rockets are coming in on a seven-game winning streak winning by an average of 21 points. The Jazz won six in a row before losing Tuesday night in Oklahoma City.last_img read more

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