September 22, 2020

Katayama assured Masters spot

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Katayama has played in the major tournament at Augusta National five times, including his appearances there the last two years. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img Japanese golfer Shingo Katayama has secured a place in the field for next year’s Masters tournament after finishing the year in 24th place in the world rankings.Katayama, who won his third straight money title and finished fourth overall on the Japanese tour this year, moved up from 26th and qualified for the Masters along with the others in the top 50 of the year-ending world rankings.last_img

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September 22, 2020

Canada moves out to 2-1 lead on Japan

first_imgVANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Japan fell 2-1 behind in its Davis Cup World Group first-round tie against Canada on Saturday after Go Soeda and Yasutaka Uchiyama tasted a five-set defeat in the doubles.Soeda and Uchiyama put up a fight but were beaten 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 by Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil, the world No. 5- and No. 15-ranked doubles players. “We had good spells in the match and never felt the gap between us and the Canadian pair was as big as the rankings suggest,” said Uchiyama.Soeda added, “I was just thinking of how we could find a way to win. We showed what we are made of but a defeat is a defeat. The accuracy on our opponents’ returns was fantastic.”World No. 4 Kei Nishikori defeated Pospisil in straight sets to pull Japan level at 1-1 in Friday’s singles after Canada’s top player — No. 6-ranked Milos Raonic — had beaten Tatsuma Ito.Nishikori will be looking to make it all square again when the 2014 U.S. Open finalist takes on Raonic in the reverse singles on Sunday. The final match of the tie features Pospisil against Ito.Nishikori beat Raonic en route to the U.S. Open final last year and also prevailed in the final of the 2014 Japan Open. He holds a 4-2 record in their head-to-heads, but Raonic won their last meeting in Brisbane in January.Serbia, France advanceREUTERSLondon — Novak Djokovic spurred Serbia to a 3-0 win over neighbors Croatia in the first round of the Davis Cup on Saturday and it will be joined in the quarterfinals by an equally rampant France.Britain’s progress was put on hold after it lost an enthralling doubles to the United States on Saturday.Defending champion Switzerland, missing Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka, fell behind 2-1 at Belgium while the Czech Republic hauled itself back against Australia.World No. 1 Djokovic, who was a late replacement for Viktor Troicki, teamed up with Nenad Zimonjic to blow away Marin Draganja and Franko Skugor 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 in Serbia’s central city of Kraljevo.The home fans, who roared on the Serbs but also gave the Croatians a warm reception throughout the tie, were given a scare in the second set when Djokovic received medical treatment for a cut on his right hand.But they were relieved to see him carry on and produce one of his best doubles performances as 38-year-old Zimonjic rolled back the years.“Novak played unbelievably well today and we are delighted to have sealed a quarterfinal spot,” Serbia coach Bogdan Obradovic said.Djokovic added: “We decided that I should come in for Viktor because that was the best combination in this moment.“Being 2-0 up after the opening day was a massive confidence boost and we did everything right today, from the first to the last point.”Having won both its singles against the Americans after Andy Murray beat Donald Young and James Ward staged a comeback against John Isner on Friday, Britain nearly conjured another impressive fightback in the doubles.Murray’s brother Jamie and Dominic Inglot found themselves two sets down against the world’s top-ranked pairing of Bob and Mike Bryan but, cheered on by a boisterous crowd in Glasgow, the British duo fought back.As American captain Jim Courier watched on anxiously from the sidelines, the Bryan twins eventually stretched the tie into a third day with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-7 (8-10), 9-7 victory. Tough loss: Go Soeda serves as Yasutaka Uchiyama looks on in Saturday’s Davis Cup doubles match against Canada’s Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil in Vancouver. | AFP-JIJI Go Soeda, Yasutaka Uchiyama, Daniel Nestor, Vasek Pospisil RELATED PHOTOScenter_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES KEYWORDSlast_img read more

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September 21, 2020

Keep Up On Wildfire Smoke Predictions For The Kenai Peninsula

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享For real time forecasts of wildfire smoke predictions are available at www.smoke.alaska.edu. You can also click the link located on the right column of this blog. When possible, avoid outdoor activities and stay indoors to lessen the impacts of smoke.Use caution when driving through areas that may be impacted by smoke, adhere to road signs and yield to firefighters and first responders. Smoke from the Swan Lake Fire is visible from the Sterling Highway between mileposts 65 and 75. Motorists are advised to slow down and use caution driving through the fire area.Fire managers’ primary concern are protection of the community of Sterling, and mitigating smoke and fire impacts to the Sterling highway.center_img The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge experienced two days of thunderstorm weather last week, resulting in eight lightning-caused fires. Six of these fires are active on Refuge lands as of today.The other fires:177 – #WatsonFire (0.2 acre)178 – #Mile70PowerlineFire (0.1 acre)180 – #KolominLakeFire is 100% contained and controlled (1.2 acres)186 – #BearLakeFire (0.1 acre)189 – #PetersonFire had no heat or smoke detected as of 6/8190 – #KellyPetersonFire had no heat or smoke detected as of 6/8last_img read more

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September 19, 2020

Players told to be focused and committed

first_imgSoccer Yesterday’s announcement by Lae City FC franchise owner Ian Chow on the replacement of coach Peter Gunemba by Bob Morris is a lesson for players in the team. If players want to reach to the top of their sports they need to focus, commit, trian, learn, sacrifice and be disciplined. He said the problem in PNG is there are few truly natural athletes. “Just look at all the PNG players who made it overseas. Most of them got issues with drinking, assault, sex and crime. “Many Lae City players are very good but are getting old. Their hunger and commitment is no longer there. They are bad examples and toxic to other players in the camp. The coach could not control or say anything to them because they were all ‘his’ boys. They don’t show up for training or come late because they think they are too good already,” said Chow. He added that the team’s training and preparation has been half-hearted all season, especially prior to going to the OFC Champions League. It was revealed that Raymond Gunemba took the team to their family house with an attempt to try and get the team to walk out and support their family. Maybe they will see they have gone the wrong path and refocus for the rest of the season, especially with the injection of new experienced players. Chow said the message has been sent out and by 11am today, players not returning will be sacked. If other players decide to walk out of the team, there is still time to fill these players’ positions with other players from teams who have not completed payment to NSL. “Lae City FC has a vision of being the top team in the future Pacific Champions Cup. We need to show to PNG and the Pacific what it means to be in Lae City FC,” said Chow. A strong message to other players is simple – do not apply to Lae City FC if you are not prepared for discipline, sacrifice, hard training and pain. Our team culture of success has no room for wimps and bludgers.”last_img read more

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September 19, 2020

Justin Wilson’s widow: He was amazing on the track, but also with his family

first_imgWhen IndyCar gathers Tuesday to remember Justin Wilson, a family theme figures to resonate.IndyCar driver Justin Wilson rode with his wife, Julia, and daughters in the Indy 500 Festival Parade on May 23.IndyCar driver Justin Wilson rode with his wife, Julia, and daughters in the Indy 500 Festival Parade on May 23.“When he was at the track he was all about (racing), and when he was talking (with the team) he was very focused,” Julia Wilson told The Indianapolis Star on Saturday. “But I don’t know if it was me or him, but I could quickly switch him off and say, ‘Hey, I need help now. You’re back home, and I need you to do some jobs.’”The international driving talent did those jobs. And he was also fantastic with their daughters, Jane, 7, and Jessica, 5.“He could switch from one (role) to the other,” Julia said. “It was just funny because he was a famous race car driver and I never saw that myself, if that makes sense. I just saw him as my friend, my husband.”Justin died Aug. 24 of complications related to a severe head injury suffered the day before at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. Late in the IndyCar Series race, Wilson was struck in the head by flying debris. He never regained consciousness.Funeral for IndyCar’s Justin Wilson held in English villageThe message Julia wants others to know: It is possible to have a family as well as a career and to do both well as her husband did.“You can have it all; it’s just a juggling game,” she said. “Drivers kind of get a bad deal, really, (people saying) they’re playboys, whatever. Most of them are not. They’re family men, and when you get them all together like Justin, Scott (Dixon), Dan (Wheldon), they just want to be with their families.“I was very lucky because Justin used to hurry home and take over for me when I was going mad about the kids or whatever. He was always there for me. He really was a family man.”Justin also won seven IndyCar races, and he spent a season in Formula One, which is the sport’s top division. In 2004, he was an IndyCar newbie when he and Julia were invited to the home of mutual friends. Julia knew racing – she was working for a junior team in England – but the friend felt the need to brief her about Justin.“He’s a really shy, really lovely boy,” the friend said, then adding: “So don’t be your usual (outgoing) self.”Cavin: To Justin Wilson, the spotlight was to be sharedTurns out Justin was the one in the outgoing mood that night, and he stole the show.“It was hilarious,” Julia said of the way Justin acted out of character. “I loved him to bits (immediately). We talked all night long; it was really nice.”They married in Sheffield, England, in 2006. Justin was buried near there Sept. 10.IndyCar driver Justin Wilson rode with his wife, Julia, and daughters in the Indy 500 Festival Parade on May 23.IndyCar driver Justin Wilson rode with his wife, Julia, and daughters in the Indy 500 Festival Parade on May 23.Racing to helpJulia’s phone rang shortly after the Pocono accident; it was Heather Carpenter, a former IndyCar nurse who is married to driver Ed Carpenter. Julia remembers being in denial.“There’s me saying, ‘No, no, he’s going to be all right,’ and Heather’s like, ‘Julia, it’s very serious, I’m sending a plane anyway,’” Julia said. “She made me calm myself down and she got me on that plane.”From there, in the worst moment of the sport, the best part of IndyCar came into bloom. Support poured in. James Hinchcliffe was one of the first at Julia’s side.Pit Pass: James Hinchcliffe back in an IndyCar 4 months after near-death wreckJulia said so many people went over and beyond, including Scott Dixon and his wife, Emma. They were just six days from Scott’s chance to win the series championship, but they were at the Allentown, Pa., hospital when Julia arrived, and they, along with others in the IndyCar community, stayed well into the next day.These are the same Dixons who moved their family to St. Petersburg, Fla., in the weeks after Wheldon’s fatal accident in 2011 to help his family.“They’re just amazing; the whole (racing) community was amazing,” Julia said.Justin Wilson with his family in 2014.Justin Wilson with his family in 2014.Julia continues to regroup in Colorado, where the family lives, which has given her the necessary space. But IndyCar hasn’t forgotten her.“Every day they call, they text, they love us,” she said. “It’s really a beautiful family. Justin was very lucky.”Tuesday afternoon, the sport will gather at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a private showing of love for the Wilson family. An online auction benefiting the Wilson Children’s Fund has been going for more than a week, with helmets and racing gear donated by drivers all over the world.The goal is to raise $1 million for Wilson’s daughters. Julia has had trouble grasping the scope of it.“I’ve had messages and phone calls from India, Japan, all over,” she said. “Justin touched hearts. He touched everybody’s heart he met.”Follow Curt Cavin on Facebook and Twitter: @curtcavinlast_img read more

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September 18, 2020

Notre Dame starting quarterback still a mystery

first_imgNotre Dame coach Brian Kelly teased the media about the Fighting Irish’s starting quarterback situation when he popped into a meeting room unexpectedly and turned the table on reporters.“So, who’s the starting quarterback?” Kelly asked, referring to a decision he is set to make between veteran Everett Golson and sophomore Malik Zaire.Reporters had gathered to interview selected Notre Dame players about facing LSU in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Tuesday at LP Field.As Kelly, sipping from a cup of coffee, left the room he said he would be next door and hinted that he might make up his mind soon.“If I knock once, it’s Everett,” he said with a sly grin. “If I knock twice, it’s Malik.”Music City Bowl: Getting to know Notre DameMusic City Bowl: Getting to know LSUReporters aren’t the only ones still wondering which quarterback will start. The players brought in for interviews said they still had not been told.“I have no idea,” said sophomore receiver Corey Robinson, the team’s second-leading receiver with 40 catches for 539 yards and five touchdowns.Asked when he expected to find out, Robinson said: “Tuesday? I don’t know.”Robinson, the son of basketball hall of famer David Robinson, also said he hasn’t put much thought into it.“Either Malik or Everett can lead this team to victory,” he said. “So, quite frankly, I’m not concerned who it’s going to be.”After Notre Dame’s first practice in Nashville on Friday night at Father Ryan High School, Kelly said both quarterbacks were getting “quality reps” but he had not yet made a decision.“They’re both going to play,” he said, “and I’m going to have to just get a feel for it and the flow of the game.”5 things you might not know about the Music City BowlKelly’s next chance to make an announcement will be Monday at 1:30 p.m. when he and LSU coach Les Miles meet with reporters at LP Field for the final time before the game.Golson, a senior, started all 12 games in the regular season. Through the first 11 he was 243-of-398 passing for 3,280 yards, with 29 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.In the last game against USC, however, Golson was 7-of-18 for 75 yards. He was intercepted once and sacked three times before being pulled in favor of Zaire in the second quarter.Notre Dame went on to lose 49-14, but Zaire was 9-of-20 for 170 yards. He also ran for 18 yards on six carries including an 11-yard touchdown.“Malik is a guy who deserves a shot and deserves an opportunity,” said senior running back Cam McDaniel. “He can run the ball, so can Everett. I think it’s just going to be a great opportunity for (Zaire) to show what he can do in a game-time situation. They’ve both been splitting all the reps in practice.”Bowl fans can find music, more in downtown NashvilleTop 25 Nashville restaurants for Music City Bowl fansOne staying, one undecided: Left guard Nick Martin has decided to return to Notre Dame for a fifth year, while defensive tackle Sheldon Day is putting off his decision until after the bowl game.“I’m coming back to Notre Dame,” Martin said. “It’s the greatest place on earth.”Martin and Day had requested NFL evaluations along with Golson and tackle Ronnie Stanley. Golson and Stanley were not available for comment Sunday.Better prepared: LSU sophomore quarterback Anthony Jennings has been through the bowl season before, only this time he has a better idea of what to expect.Jennings, who appeared in nine games as a true freshman in 2013, made his first career start in last year’s Outback Bowl.He replaced Zach Mettenberger, an injured senior at the time, and racked up 199 yards passing and two touchdowns while leading the Tigers to a 21-14 win over Iowa.“It was very hard,” Jennings said. “It’s easier going into this bowl game knowing the things that I have to do. I didn’t really know anything going in, playing, starting last year, but now I have a whole season under my belt … The preparation is still the same, continue to hone in on the game plan, but I have more game experience this year.”Jennings has completed 104 of 213 passes for 1,460 yards with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions this season. He’s also rushed for 284 yards.John Chavis is LSU’s shutdown coordinatorLSU strength coach has Midstate rootsHilliard could play: LSU senior running back Kenny Hilliard is expected to suit up Tuesday.Hilliard had 431 yards and six touchdowns on 87 carries before suffering a shoulder injury in a 20-13 overtime loss to Alabama on Nov. 8.He remained sidelined for the final two regular-season games. The 6-foot, 232-pounder returned to practice last Monday.Shuffling the lineup: Sophomore Ethan Pocic has moved from right guard to replace Elliott Porter as LSU’s starting center.Porter fractured his ankle late in the regular season. Evan Washington is listed as the starter at right guard.Michael Murphey contributed to this report. Reach Mike Organ at 615-259-8021 and on Twitter @MikeOrganWriter.com.Music City Bowl results FRANKLIN AMERICAN MORTGAGE MUSIC CITY BOWL NOTRE DAME (7-5) vs. LSU (8-4)When: 2 p.m. TuesdayTV/radio: ESPN/102.5-FMlast_img read more

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September 8, 2020

Dressage World Cup Qualifier action in Stuttgart this weekend

first_img Tags: Team Ireland Equestrian’s Judy Reynolds will line out for the next leg of the Dressage World Cup Series at Stuttgart (GER) this weekend. On the showjumping circuit, action takes place at Stuttgart (GER), Vermezzo (ITA), Kronenberg (NED) and Opglabbeek (BEL). In eventing Ireland will be represented at Le Pouget (FRA) and in endurance at Pamiers (FRA).All Irish international entries for this week’s shows are now available to view by clicking on the individual shows under ‘FEI Entries & Results’. Live links to results from this week’s shows are also available. Follow your Team Ireland Equestrian riders on the HSI website, Facebook (Team Ireland Equestrian) and Twitter (@TeamIRLEq). Dressage World Cup Qualifier action in Stuttgart this weekend Home  »  Disciplines News  »  Other Disciplines  »  Dressage News  »  Dressage World Cup Qualifier action in Stuttgart this weekend 15 November 2018, 11:07last_img read more

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August 30, 2020

Salah Stars As Five-Star Liverpool Thrash Hapless Roma To Secure UCL Semifinal Advantage

first_imgEgyptian forward Mohamed Salah was undoubtedly the star of the show as he led Liverpool to a 5-2 win over Italian Serie A side AS Roma in their UEFA Champions League (UCL) semifinal 1st leg clash at Anfield on Tuesday night.Salah scored a first half brace to put Liverpool 2-0 ahead and take his season’s goal tally to an impressive 43 goals before he turned provider for both Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in the second half.Brazilian forward Firmino added another goal to make it 5-0 only for the visitors to produce a mini comeback with two late goals courtesy Eden Dzeko and substitute Diego Perotti.Both sides meet again in the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico next week Wednesday with Liverpool firmly in the driving seat.Relatedlast_img

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August 29, 2020

UK Labour Party call for ‘Gamer’s Consultation’ with relation to online gambling

first_imgTom Watson, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, will today give a speech to the Institute of Public Policy Research (“IPPR”) outlining the Labour party’s new policies on online gambling.From a gaming and esports perspective, Watson will announce he is going to undertake a ‘Gamer’s Consultation’ with the purpose of ‘gathering evidence’ about the relationship between gambling and gaming – with a particular focus on loot boxes and skins.The overall speech has a much more broad focus, and calls for a wide-ranging crackdown on online gambling – which he argues has a significantly poorer set of regulations than offline gambling environments. Watson argues that the 2005 Gambling Act is a piece of “anaologue legislation not fit for the digital age” before further expanding and labelling the online gambling industry as “totally lacking adequate regulation” which leads to “gross excesses, abuse and vulnerable problem gamblers being let down”.The ‘Gamer’s Consultation’ will see Watson & the Labour party reach out to gamers for their views on the ‘situation’ and what solutions are needed. The UK Gambling Commission previously provided views in March 2017 which called for parents to be aware of the risk of underage and unlicensed gambling relating to video games and esports.Lord Chadlington, Conservative Peer and former Chairman of Action on Addiction, will respond to Watson’s policy calls by confirming that the 2005 Gambling Act is not fit for purpose in the digital age – showing support across multiple big political parties in the UK. Tom Watson, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport stated: “Problem gambling is Britain’s hidden epidemic. We should treat it as a public health emergency.”He continued: “Our current gambling laws are completely unfit for the digital age. The 2005 Act was written so long ago it has more mentions of the postal service than the internet. Whereas gambling in the offline world is highly regulated, the lack of controls on online gambling is leading to vulnerable consumers suffering huge losses.Skin betting, although a lot less in the public spotlight – is still rife. Many sites still operate through the Valve Steam API and allow users to deposit skins and bet on a Roulette wheel at but a click of a button. Given these companies are completely unregulated, and the Valve API only requires users to be 13, concern remains about underage gambling on the aforementioned websites.Drama around Tmartn and ProSyndicate seem long in the past – as the craze around gambling videos seems to have subsided slightly. Governments around Europe have started to consider loot boxes and crates as gambling – with the Netherlands and Belgium crackdown so severe the whole Steam Market API was initially pulled before a slight backtrack. Users in the aforementioned countries are still not permitted to open crates in CS:GO.There was also a case around Craig ‘Nepenthez’ Douglas and his business partner Dylan Rigby who were handed hefty fines for a FIFA related gambling site. Esports Insider says: Although a ‘Gamer’s Consultation’ doesn’t have too much meaning of yet, this could have repercussions for companies that operate with a loot box or “luck based” model for items in game in the UK. The likes of FIFA Ultimate Team which are namely based on pack openings to gain players as well as Steam products which are luck based and then super easy to trade are likely to be most at risk. Here’s hoping the research done by Labour is undertaken with the right people & all relevant stakeholders have their voice heard.last_img read more

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August 28, 2020

‘Aquaman’ tops New Year’s Eve box office with $10 million, now at $200 million domestically

first_imgJasin Boland/™ & © DC Comics(LOS ANGELES) — Aquaman is king of the seven seas and the box office as well, grabbing $10 million on Monday to bring its domestic total over the long New Year’s weekend to an estimated $51.6 million.The sixth installment in the DC Extended Universe, starring Jason Momoa in the title role, has earned just shy of $200 million in just ten days of release, and now joins A Star Is Born as Warner Brothers’ highest-grossing domestic release of the year.Overseas, Aquaman has now earned a whopping $560 million, bringing its worldwide tally to around $748.7 million. It now ranks as the third highest-earning DC movie worldwide, surpassing Justice League, Man of Steel and Suicide Squad, and putting it just $72 million shy of Wonder Woman‘s haul of $821 million.  Domestically, Aquaman has about $212 million more to go before it matches Wonder Woman‘s total gross.  Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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