Expect shorter lines at airports this Thanksgiving holiday

first_img Twitter Facebook Expect shorter lines at airports this Thanksgiving holiday Google+ By Jon Zimney – November 22, 2020 0 200 Pinterest (“20120218 17 South Bend Airport” by David Wilson, CC BY 2.0) If you’re flying over Thanksgiving, you should find shorter lines than usual at the airport.Air travel has been down sharply because of the pandemic, and is expected to increase only slightly for the holiday. TSA Administrator David Pekoske says airlines are expecting a bump similar to Columbus Day weekend last month.The TSA has also made several pandemic-inspired changes over the last several months which have the side benefit of shortening lines. Pekoske says they’re opening more lines than they normally would, which, depending on the time of day, tends to make those lines shorter. The agency is assigning one screener specifically to make sure people stay six feet apart in line, with floor markings showing you where to stand.Pekoske says the TSA has also upgraded the software on the full-body X-ray machine, resulting in fewer pat-down searches. And screeners will no longer ask you to take liquids and laptops out of your bag.The screener will give you a mask if you show up without one. Airlines for America president Nick Calio says pilots and flight attendants remind passengers to stay masked on the plane. Calio and Pekoske say the vast majority of travelers have been complying with mask requirements, but Calio notes in those cases where someone has refused, airlines have turned planes around, or banned passengers from the airline until the pandemic is over.Pekoske says whether you fly at all is up to you. He says to consider advice from the CDC, your doctor, and the local health department — and says you should check on any restrictions not just at home, but where you’re going. Google+ Twitter Pinterest IndianaLocalMichiganNews Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleNovember is Military Family Appreciation MonthNext articleSearch for drugs halted in Cass County due to discovery of explosive device Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Young pioneers of science

first_imgThey created robotic insects, exploding Coke bottles, and a mini, mock Mars rover. They explored the boiling point of water, what colors absorb the most heat, and how a plant reacts to being watered with soda, milk, and just plain old H2O.Four hundred eighth-graders from Cambridge Public Schools descended on Harvard on Thursday (May 5) to showcase their science and engineering projects as part of a citywide science festival, an annual spring event that highlights Cambridge as a leader in science, technology, engineering, and math.Cambridge Public Schools Superintendent Jeffrey M. Young (left), Harvard President Drew Faust, and Cambridge Mayor David Maher gather in Sanders Theatre to speak to the youngsters.Throughout the day, the 13- and 14-year-olds explained their experiments and inventions, displayed under a tent beside Pierce Hall, to the Harvard community, including Harvard graduates, undergraduates, and members of Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The students also toured campus.“It was a really good learning experience to have a hands-on … experiment, learning what engineers actually have to go through to create some of the buildings we use,” said Sydney Fisher, a student at the Kennedy-Longfellow School.Fisher worked on a schoolwide project that required the eighth-graders to form teams and create a structure that could resist forces like tension and compression. She smiled as she stood proudly behind a table displaying her multicolored tower fashioned from Geomags, a type of high-tech LEGO consisting of small steel balls, magnetic bars, and plastic panels.Throughout the process, Harvard engineering students made regular visits to the school to test the students’ structures, using tools such as a small jack to measure their ability to withstand external pressure.Students show off their science fair projects under a tent near Pierce Hall. Samuelle Levy (left) and Tia Malan, both from Fletcher Maynard Academy, speak with Cambridge City Councilor Sam Seidel (right).“It wasn’t the best [at resisting compression],” said Fisher, “but we learned from our mistakes to create a better model.She eventually hopes to help people by becoming a chemical engineer, a career path inspired by a past visit to Harvard, where she encountered scientists working on cures for diseases. Already thinking about college, Fisher called Harvard “one of my top schools.”Harvard regularly hosts schoolchildren on campus for a range of academic enrichment and college readiness programs. More than 6,000 students from Cambridge schools take part in mentoring and enrichment programs, visit the University’s museums, and learn from Harvard educators each year.“You are the future, and I am inspired by the possibility of what the future holds in your hands,” said Harvard President Drew Faust, who welcomed the students to campus during a brief presentation in Sanders Theatre.That future will be shaped in large part by science and technology, said Faust, who encouraged the students to “embrace the study of science and technology so that you all can have a hand in shaping that reality. In the years ahead, you are going to have the opportunity to invent and to innovate in ways that will make this world we live in a much better, safer, greener, healthier place.”In Sanders Theatre, Cambridge Mayor David Maher addressed the energetic students, who were dressed in colored T-shirts that corresponded to their particular school. He called Cambridge a city of innovation.Cambridge Mayor David Maher also addressed the energetic students, who were dressed in colored T-shirts that corresponded to their particular school. He called Cambridge a city of innovation.“You don’t have to look further than Harvard, MIT, Kendall Square, and the surrounding companies working on solving problems like cancer, diabetes, and other diseases,” said Maher. “And it’s all of you here today who are going to solve those problems tomorrow.”Kathryn Hollar, director of Educational Programs for SEAS, helped coordinate the program with Cambridge Public Schools.Our job as educators, she told the students, “Is to help launch you into the stratosphere.”last_img read more

Vaccine rollout faces challenges in France’s poorest region

first_imgSAINT-DENIS, France (AP) — Many people lining up for vaccines in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis are particularly grateful for the injections. The surrounding region is the poorest in mainland France, with 130 languages spoken and the country’s highest rise in mortality last spring. Up to 75 percent of the population is made up of immigrants and those with immigrant roots. France’s already troubled vaccine campaign faces special challenges in this region. So officials are sending out a special bus to visit street markets and assigning “vaccination ambassadors” who speak several languages to provide vaccine information — and fight disinformation that spreads fast.last_img read more

Justice conveys Court’s modern role

first_imgThough the federal government has shut down, Notre Dame students studying in Washington, D.C. listened to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy speak about the Court’s role in contemporary U.S. politics at a University of California, D.C. (UCDC) event Monday. Before the event, students submitted questions for Kennedy via a Google Doc for pre-approval by the planning committee. Students were told they would be able to ask unscripted questions later in the program if the committee did not select their submissions. Junior Nicole Sganga said time constraints prevented the Notre Dame students from asking a question, though she wanted to ask him about civic discourse in the United States.  “I was aching to ask Justice Kennedy his position on the current state of civic discourse,” she said. “Luckily, the moderator sneaked in a question regarding the current state of American politics toward the end of the Q & A. Justice Kennedy responded with an eloquent plea for a higher discourse founded on fact and reason [addressed to] his counterparts in the executive and legislative branches.” Junior Szymon Barnas said he hoped to ask Kennedy to elaborate on his description of the Supreme Court’s place in contemporary U.S. politics. “Justice Kennedy has been on the speaking circuit the past couple of weeks and has commented many times on the Supreme Court becoming an arena to settle the hot-button political issues of the day because of our dysfunctional democracy,” Barnas said. “As I read about the cases on the docket for this upcoming Supreme Court term regarding issues like campaign contributions, public prayer and affirmative action, I felt that Justice Kennedy’s description of the Court was all the more accurate and hoped he would comment with some thoughts on the upcoming term.”  Barnas said he was impressed by Kennedy’s forthright answers and engaging speaking presence.  “Justice Kennedy gave very forthright and though-provoking answers,” Barnas said. “I found his observations on what it takes to be a good judge and how the Court is affect by cultural pressures to be very insightful. I enjoyed his thoughts on the Court’s role in democracy. Kennedy said laws and the Supreme Court are really a ‘narrative of our moral sense’ and that ‘injustice is really hard to see in the present.’  “As a student who is thinking about attending law school, these observations really made me consider the interplay between justice, equality and the rule of law, [as well as] the more noble responsibilities of lawyers and judges.” Sganga said Kennedy’s remarks on the current government shutdown resonated with her. “When addressing politics, Justice Kennedy was very careful not to criticize or weigh in too much on the current state of the administration and Congress,” Sganga said. “He mentioned earlier that he is not a political man. However, he did say this much, [loosely] paraphrased, ‘Right now the whole world is watching the United States amid this government shutdown. And for half of them, the jury is still out on democracy. The way we conduct ourselves is a reflection on the nature of our governmental institution.’” Sganga said before she attended the event, she was excited by the prospect of seeing Kennedy speak because of the essential role he played in recent Court decisions.  “I’ve done some research on Justice Kennedy and even read a few of the decisions on gay rights and marriage that he had authored,” Sganga said. “Going into the presentation, I knew he was the swing vote. So, I figured it would be interesting to hear from a justice with such a large sway.” Sganga said she felt Kennedy connected with the students on a personal level. “Here was a man with so many experiences, so much wisdom, and so much say in how our government operates. Yet, he was funny, witty and even charming,” Sganga said. “He had a way of making the students he spoke to feel comfortable and at ease. … He came across as just so thoughtful and well spoken, as if he had really reflected upon each word he communicated.  “I guess that’s what you would like to hear about a Supreme Court Justice, but it also made me wish that more politicians in Washington, D.C. acted and spoke with the same care.” Kennedy’s talk was the highlight among other experiences she had with the Supreme Court while in Washington, D.C. this semester, Sganga said. “On Sunday, I attended Red Mass at St. Michael’s Cathedral down the street and was lucky enough to sit through the same service as Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Scalia, Justice Thomas, Justice Breyer and Justice Kagan,” Sganga said. “It was the icing on the cake to hear from Justice Kennedy the next day. Six Supreme Court justices in one week – not bad. Our class visited the Supreme Court a few weeks ago. … A few of us vowed to return now that the court is in session, we would love to observe an oral argument in person.” Barnas said even among the Notre Dame in Washington Program’s various meetings with influential individuals in national politics, Kennedy’s talk stood out as a “surreal experience.” “A valuable part of the D.C. Program is meeting with individuals who have a big impact in the public policy arena, ranging from senators, to lobbyists, to White House officials and now a Supreme Court Justice. I want to find out what inspires and informs these people and how I should strive to be in their place in the future,” Barnas said. “Justice Kennedy is often seen as having a very powerful position on the Court as the ‘swing justice’ and many upcoming decisions will be contingent upon his interpretation of the Constitution and Court precedents.”last_img read more

Dry January

first_imgBy Pam KnoxUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia’s temperatures were close to typical last month. Most weather stations reported mean temperatures of only 1 degree Fahrenheit above normal. Macon had the highest departure at 2 F above normal. The Alma station reported the lowest departure of 1 F below normal. Temperatures during the month swung from cold to warm and back again as a series of fronts moved through the region, bringing Arctic and Gulf of Mexico air by turns into the state. These swings were consistent with the weather patterns expected during the neutral El Nino-Southern Oscillation phase, which was present at the beginning of the month. There were two temperature records tied or set last month. Alma tied a low temperature of 23 F on the Jan. 16. Columbus set a new high temperature of 75 F on January 6.The northwest corner received above normal precipitation. Rome reported a 24-hour total of 5.06 inches on Jan. 6 alone. It received 7.42 inches in total during the month, compared to a normal of 5.47 inches. However, rainfall for most of the state was below average.Atlanta reported 2.88 inches (or 2.15 inches below normal); Athens reported 2.70 inches (1.99 below normal); Columbus 2.49 inches (2.29 below normal); Macon 1.34 inches (3.66 below normal); Savannah 1.02 inches (2.93 below normal); Alma 1.47 inches (3.36 below normal); Brunswick 1.83 inches (2.03 below normal); and Augusta 1.52 inches (2.98 below normal). In some parts of southwest Georgia, rainfall was as much as 5 inches below normal. Drought conditions expanded last month slightly in the east and along the coast.The most active weather event in January was a strong frontal passage on January 5-6. It brought the first two tornadoes of the year. One was located near Chattoogaville in northwest Georgia, the other near Forsyth south of Atlanta. Both were small local tornadoes which did only minor damage to roofs and trees and destroyed one mobile home. A number of high-wind reports were also received from this frontal passage in southwest Georgia. The rainfall from the effects of the Gulf of Mexico low that rode up the front caused localized flooding in northern Georgia along some streams and caused water to almost overflow several small dams. However, stream flows fell quickly once the pulse of rainfall moved through the system, reflecting the continuing dry conditions. Cold temperatures in the second half of January slowed field work across the state. Farmers were concerned with the slow growth of forage and small grains. Blueberries in bloom in southern Georgia were damaged by low temperatures Jan. 21-23, as well as breakage due to the weight of water sprayed on the bushes, a practice farmers do to reduce the effects of freezing air.For more Georgia weather information, go to the Web site http://climate.engr.uga.edu.last_img read more

Klopp: Change in Africa Cup of Nations a ‘catastrophe’

first_imgLiverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has urged football’s governing bodies to ease the burden on the sport’s top players, calling the decision to switch the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations to January and February a “catastrophe”. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (left)  The European champions face losing African player of the year Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita for a significant spell next season after the AFCON, which will be hosted in Cameroon, was switched back to its former slot in the calendar. The tournament was moved to June and July for last year’s 24-team edition in Egypt, in large part to avoid clashing with the European club season. However, the competition, won by Algeria, was played in the searing heat of the north African summer. The same period coincides with the rainy season in Cameroon. Klopp said he understood the arguments for changing the schedule due to the tough conditions but criticised FIFA’s new 24-team Club World Cup, which Liverpool will be invited to after winning last season’s Champions League, in June and July of 2021 as further clogging up the calendar. “The first thing is that FIFA plans a tournament in the summer of 2021. A week later the AFCON would have started I think. Another tournament for a lot of world-class players,” said Klopp, who has been a persistent critic of fixture congestion. “These decisions are made without asking players, managers, without asking anybody. “FIFA, who should sort all of that as the head of these different associations, doesn’t look like being involved. They are still happy having their 2021 Club World Cup and offering a lot of money for all the clubs involved. Loading… “All of that leads to the AFCON going back to January and February, which is for us a catastrophe in that moment losing three players.” Klopp, speaking at the club’s training ground on Friday, added that while the rearranged timing of the AFCON would not affect the futures of the African players already at the club, it could put him off signing more in the future. “It doesn’t help African players,” he said. “We will not sell Sadio, Mo or Naby now because they have an extra tournament in January and February, but if you have to make a decision to bring in a player, it is a massive one because you know before the season for four weeks round about you no longer have him.” The German even indicated he would be willing to take a pay cut if it meant more protection for his players from burnout. Read Also:Klopp names three Liverpool stars in contention to face Man Utd “I know the discussions will start in the moment we ask for fewer games, everybody will tell us ‘take lesser money’, so I’m ready to do so,” added Klopp. “FIFA, UEFA and FAs (football associations) of all countries have to come together and finally sort that (out).” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Best 1980s Gadgets That Defined A DecadeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?15 Extremely Surprising Facts About Disney Princesseslast_img read more

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through May 12

first_imgXtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds – 1. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif., 775; 2. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 770; 3. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz., 705; 4. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif., 673; 5. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 662; 6. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 639; 7. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 611; 8. John P. Gober, Poolville, Texas, 573; 9. Cody Shoemaker, Paradise, Texas, 515; 10. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan., 512; 11. Jason Noll, Peoria, Ariz., 510; 12. Ricky Thornton Jr., Harcourt, Iowa, 506; 13. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif., 505; 14. Kyle Brown, State Center, Iowa, 494; 15. Tim Ward, Harcourt, Iowa, 483; 16. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo., 482; 17. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 452; 18. Darryl Campbell, Everman, Texas, 443; 19. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 441; 20. Zachary Madrid, Phoenix, Ariz., 421.IMCA Late Models – 1. Rob Toland, Davenport, Iowa, 227; 2. John Emerson, Waterloo, Iowa, 220; 3. Luke Goedert, Guttenberg, Iowa, 190; 4. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 168; 5. Ben Seemann, Waterloo, Iowa, 160; 6. Todd Cooney, Des Moines, Iowa, 153; 7. Jason Hahne, Webster City, Iowa, 152; 8. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, Iowa, 151; 9. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa, 150; 10. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, and Jon Merfeld, Dubuque, Iowa, both 148; 12. Tyler Droste, Waterloo, Iowa, 145; 13. Jeremy Grady, Story City, Iowa, 144; 14. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 142; 15. Travis Denning, Sterling, Ill., 141; 16. Jonathan Brauns, Muscatine, Iowa, 140; 17. Ryan Griffith, Webster City, Iowa, 139; 18. Randy Havlik, Ankeny, Iowa, 138; 19. Jeff Tharp, Sherrill, Iowa, 133; 20. Stephan Kammerer, Blue Grass, Iowa, 132.IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Michelle Melton, Flower Mound, Texas, 446; 2. Robert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas, 440; 3. Chase Parson, Abilene, Texas, 415; 4. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 364; 5. Logan Scherb, Decatur, Texas, 356; 6. Raven Culp, Mesquite, Texas, 352; 7. Andy Shouse, Mustang, Okla., 346; 8. John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas, 329; 9. Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas, 320; 10. Justin Fifield, Mesquite, Texas, 298; 11. Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan., 294; 12. Weston Gorham, Colleyville, Texas, 290; 13. Bryan Debrick, Irving, Texas, 281; 14. Chip Graham, Lewisville, Texas, 279; 15. Tucker Doughty, Heath, Texas, 273; 16. Clint Benson, Papillion, Neb., 269; 17. Justin Melton, Flower Mound, Texas, and Tommy Hall, Natchitoches, La., both 268; 19. Payton Williams, North Richland Hills, Texas, 264; 20. Junior Jenkins, Greenville, Texas, 260.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, 811; 2. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 793; 3. Eric Jones, Troy, Texas, 594; 4. Ryan Powers, Crowley, Texas, 580; 5. Gregory Gutt, Burns Flat, Okla., 577; 6. Steven Orebaugh, Fort Worth, Texas, 550; 7. April Phillips, Abilene, Texas, 546; 8. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 545; 9. Juston McCullough, Waco, Texas, 518; 10. Greg Gill, Muscatine, Iowa, 511; 11. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, 485; 12. Casey Woken, Norton, Kan., 467; 13. Jody York, Lubbock, Texas, 423; 14. Aaron Corley, Meadow, Texas, 421; 15. Manny Baldiviez, Yuma, Ariz., 412; 16. Derek Green, Granada, Minn., 406; 17. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan., 396; 18. Tyler Pickett, Boxholm, Iowa, 379; 19. Mike Wiseman, Muskogee, Okla., 372; 20. Jimmy Davy, Yuma, Ariz., 370.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Wesley Warren, Fairfield, Texas, 590; 2. Shannon Anderson, Des Moines, Iowa, 503; 3. John Watson, Des Moines, Iowa, 480; 4. August Bach, Newton, Iowa, 461; 5. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 456; 6. Jason Beshears, Yuma, Ariz., 453; 7. Brady Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 405; 8. Jim Robinson, Yuma, Ariz., 392; 9. Matt Bice, Austin, Texas, 386; 10. Eric Stanton, Carlisle, Iowa, 375; 11. Francisco J. Cordova, Somerton, Ariz., 374; 12. Cody Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, and Shay Simoneau, Damar, Kan., both 346; 14. Harvey Quinn, Yuma, Ariz., 332; 15. TeJay Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., 329; 16. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 321; 17. Roy Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., 316; 18. Tiffany Bittner, Hampton, Neb., 314; 19. Bryant Johnson, Graettinger, Iowa, 311; 20. Larry Underwood, Temple, Texas, 304.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Dennis Gates, Claypool, Ariz., 538; 2. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, 516; 3. Kyle Prauner, Norfolk, Neb., and Nelson Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb., both 502; 5. Chris Toth, Holtville, Calif., 466; 6. Jason George, Laveen, Ariz., 455; 7. Brandon Spanjer, Crete, Neb., 435; 8. Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 417; 9. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 408; 10. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, 406; 11. Brian Davidson, Bennington, Kan., 399; 12. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif., 395; 13. Johnathon D. Logue, Boone, Iowa, 392; 14. Ray Czumaj, Gold Canyon, Ariz., 384; 15. Ryan King, Montour, Iowa, 383;16. Adolfo Noriega, Yuma, Ariz., 381; 17. Daniel Gottschalk, Ellis, Kan., and Eric Winemiller, Casa Grande, Ariz., both 377; 19. Zach McKinnon, Antigo, Wis., and Miles Morris, Yuma, Ariz., both 370.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 873; 2. Ronnie Welborn, Princeton, Texas, 746; 3. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 739; 4. Kamera Kaitlin McDonald, Keller, Texas, 577; 5. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 545; 6. Thomas Walp, Olney, Texas, 437; 7. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 387; 8. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas, 377; 9. Robert Scrivner, Waco, Texas, 363; 10. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 357; 11. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 355; 12. Bradley Poor, Abilene, Texas, Frank Lackey, Joshua, Texas, and Lodi Mitchell, Abilene, Texas, each 310; 15. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 307; 16. Logan Ellis, Wagoner, Okla., 304; 17. Caden Ellis, Wagoner, Okla., 301; 18. Justin Long, Haslet, Texas, 299; 19. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 290; 20. Calen Mohler, Fort Worth, Texas, 285.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 498; 2. Scott Spellmeier, Beatrice, Neb., 434; 3. Levi Heath, Wilton, Iowa, 392; 4. Tyler Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 332; 5. Nick Lindblad, Beatrice, Neb., 326; 6. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 302; 7. Danny Baggerly, Joshua, Texas, and Shannon Pospisil, Norfolk, Neb., both 295; 9. Jake Benischek, Durant, Iowa, 289; 10. Lance Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., 284; 11. James Lochabay, Azle, Texas, 280; 12. Randy Nelson, Albion, Neb., 279; 13. James Roose, Grandview, Iowa, 276; 14. Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb., and Colby Kaspar, Columbus, Neb., both 274; 16. Jeff Toler, Cleburne, Texas, 272; 17. Daniel Campbell, Muscatine, Iowa, 264; 18. Julia Childs, Weatherford, Texas, 262; 19. Kimberly Abbott, Camp Point, Ill., 259; 20. Richard Crow, Grand Island, Neb., 247.last_img read more

Van Gaal bemoans festive schedule

Louis van Gaal described the second half of Manchester United’s goalless draw at Tottenham as “a struggle for life” after outlining his frustrations with a fixture schedule which demanded two Premier League matches in fewer than 48 hours. The visitors, who had not lost at White Hart Lane since May 2001, swept Newcastle aside in 53 minutes in the 3-1 win on Boxing Day. Had it not been for Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris United would have been out of sight at the interval after what Van Gaal believes was the best first-half showing by his team this term. Lloris saved twice from Radamel Falcao and denied Robin van Persie and Ashley Young and was complimented by opposite number David de Gea as the teams left the field at half-time. The one time Lloris was beaten Juan Mata’s deflected free-kick hit the post and Vlad Chiriches cleared the rebound off the line ahead of Van Persie. “When you play your best first half of the season as Manchester United, at White Hart Lane, a top six club of the Premier League and you play like that, create six to eight chances, open chances, you have to finish that,” Van Gaal said. “If you don’t reward yourselves then, normally the opponent wins. “You could see also the difference in the second half – it was not football any more, it was a struggle for life. Tottenham won the second balls and that’s why they were more dominating than Manchester in the second half. “You need also a little fortune. Tottenham could score also in the second half. I’m happy that they didn’t.” Van Gaal believes football’s authorities are culpable for intensity of the contest dwindling. “It’s scientifically proven that the body cannot recover within 48 hours,” he said. Press Association “When you, as an FA, allow that to play matches, you see what it’s like. “The second half was much different from the first half. And not only for Manchester United, also for Tottenham Hotspur. “I think Tottenham Hotspur can play much better than today. Also my team could’ve played in the second half much better. You cannot do that.” United named an unchanged starting XI for the first time since November 2012, in 85 Premier League games, but it was out of necessity, according to Van Gaal. The Dutchman made three defensive substitutions, but insisted Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling could not have played from the start having recently returned from injury. Van Gaal added: “You cannot play 90 minutes. Maybe you can play 20 minutes. I take the risk already with these kind of players, putting them on the bench. That’s why I could not change.” United have won just twice in nine matches away from home this term, with the wins at Arsenal and Southampton followed by draws at Aston Villa and now Spurs. But Van Gaal maintains the title is a realistic prospect as his side are improving all the time. He added: “I said this also in the dressing room: when you cannot win such a type of matches when you are the better team against Aston Villa and also now, it’s very difficult to be the champion at the end of the season. “Still (I think we can win). We are improving every week. I was very happy with the first half.” Asked if United will be improved in 2015 after a fraught last 12 months, Van Gaal added: “Of course. Of course. Of course, we shall be better. So, watch.” Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino felt his side were worthy of a draw after Lloris’ heroics. Pochettino said: “I think it’s a fair result. Lloris is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. It’s not new for me. We know the quality from Hugo.” Pochettino felt Spurs might have had a penalty in the second half following Wayne Rooney’s grappling on Harry Kane at a corner. “Maybe it was a penalty, from seeing the TV now,” Pochettino said. “But from my vision during the game it was difficult to identify if it was a penalty or not.” read more

Heaslip ready for Welsh test

first_imgJamie Heaslip shelved any fear that three cracked vertebrae would end his RBS 6 Nations campaign to complete his remarkable recovery to face Wales. Ireland’s most-capped number eight has long been famed for his ability to avoid injury, but now the Leinster stalwart can add quickfire recoveries to his catalogue of Test powers. Joe Schmidt’s side can take a giant leap towards their second Grand Slam in seven years with victory in Cardiff on Saturday, and Heaslip is in confident mood after beating his back problem to reclaim his starting berth. “I don’t personally listen to outside sources, I listen to our trusted medical team and they gave me some very good guidance,” said Heaslip of hints his back injury could have ended his Six Nations. “I live in a little bubble of day-to-day week to week so it makes life easy for me not to look too far down the line. “It was an injury where I had to go day by day and every day was getting really, really good and progressed really well. “We mapped out a really good, clear plan, in terms of ticking the boxes in recovery and I have ticked them along the way and now I’m good to go. “It’s great to be back, it’s not the easiest of things to stand on the sidelines being held on a leash a little bit, that was probably for my own good, but it’s great to get the opportunity to wear the jersey again. “I’m a stubborn git and Joe knows that better than anyone. Press Association The British and Irish Lions number eight wound up with three fractures after Pascal Pape’s crude knee to his back in Ireland’s 18-11 victory over France. The 31-year-old trudged out of the latter stages of that February triumph in Dublin, amid claims his Six Nations would be halted prematurely. “I want to live life at 100 miles an hour and sometimes that’s not the smartest thing to do, and all the medical staff and backroom staff were great in helping me get back on my own two feet.” Paul O’Connell will win his 100th Ireland cap in Wales, equalling Mick Galwey’s record as the nation’s oldest Test captain, at exactly 35 years and 145 days. Lynchpin fly-half Johnny Sexton is fit to win his 50th Ireland cap after hamstring trouble, as Schmidt’s side bid to close in on the Grand Slam. Cian Healy will also win his 50th cap if called into the fray from the bench, with Ireland gunning for a record 11th Test win in succession. Ireland boss Schmidt insisted he had no doubts on fly-half Sexton’s fitness, with the Racing Metro man having beaten his race against time to feature in Cardiff. Munster fly-half Ian Keatley is expected to travel with the squad as precautionary cover, given the Irish provinces are not in Guinness Pro12 action this weekend. Kiwi coach Schmidt also hailed evergreen lock O’Connell as the binding force of his side’s growing determination as he gears up to join Ireland’s century club. “Johnny’s had a very good run into the game, and he’s had no problems right through that,” said Schmidt. “I guess you’ll worry about all the players, about some returning from injury and if they get a knock and get compromised. “You can’t calculate for that, but you can make sure you have the cover prepared and ready to go. “There’s a part of Paul (O’Connell) that would love to play forever, but he’s pretty excited about right now too. “He’s been a fantastic leader, and we’ve got a group then who lead with him and the other players lead themselves.” France lock Pape was slapped with a 10-week ban for his agricultural challenge on Heaslip on attempting to enter a ruck as Les Bleus struggled at the Aviva Stadium. The Stade Francais second row had an appeal against that decision struck out, even though Heaslip fully accepted an apology sent via Twitter. Pape may now already have played his last Six Nations match, given he is set to retire after the autumn World Cup. In the immediate aftermath of the skirmish, Heaslip admitted he did not fret over the severity of the problem – instead taskmaster coach Schmidt’s training-ground orders blasted through his head. “At the time I just thought it was bloody sore, and I told myself ‘get up’,” said Heaslip. “I strangely heard Joe (Schmidt) in my head screaming at me to get up. “I didn’t know if it was a knee or a shoulder. “I tried to get on with it, but it stiffened up and I had to come off.” last_img read more

Nassib, Carter bounce back from setbacks to key SU win

first_img Comments Published on October 31, 2010 at 12:00 pm CINCINNATI — For Ryan Nassib and Delone Carter, two different kinds of 100 percent keyed Syracuse’s win over Cincinnati Saturday. Coming off a subpar five-completion performance against West Virginia last week, the 100 percent came in the completion percentage column for Nassib. The quarterback started the game 7-for-7 and helped Syracuse jump out to an early 17-point lead by the midpoint of the second quarter. For Carter, returning from an injury to his hip that kept him out of the second half of last week’s upset over West Virginia, he said he was 100 percent health-wise all game. Carter finished the game with over 100 yards, helping the Syracuse offense to 31 total points. Continuing with the theme for Syracuse all day, for Carter and Nassib, the outputs were all the Orange needed to do. ‘Yeah, I mean,’ Carter said when asked if he felt 100 percent during the game, ‘I guess so, that was enough.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text For each, it was a game in which they showed up after taking respective steps back last week. It wasn’t a game about huge numbers, as Carter rushed for 109 yards and Nassib threw for just 125. But the duo carried SU’s offense. ‘We were just trying to get the game rolling,’ Nassib said. ‘Trying to get the ball, trying to create a drive, just trying to complete each ball.’ Carter started the game after promising all week that he would play. For Syracuse, it was the opposite situation to Cincinnati’s, as the Big East’s best statistical quarterback in Zach Collaros couldn’t play after warming up with the team. Carter could go. And the senior running back had another performance that is beginning to become expected. It’s becoming the classic Carter output under the Doug Marrone-Nathaniel Hackett offensive system. And Saturday, Carter had Carter-like numbers. There were just 109 yards, 19 carries and no touchdowns. But there were 5.7 yards gained on average every time Carter took a handoff. That is the number the Orange has been able to rely on all season coming from Carter. Whether it was straight north-to-south or east-to-west, Carter was trying to keep the chains moving. And with SU nursing at least a 10-point lead from early in the second quarter on, he was trying to keep the clock moving. But it all started with him and Nassib managing Marrone-instilled game plan from the get-go. Even if Carter was hurt. ‘It’s just playing through the pain and focusing on the goal,’ Carter said. ‘You just have to want to win bad. Absolutely, (we) wanted to come out and start playing. That’s something we have to do on the road, and we did that.’ That is exactly what Nassib did as well. Carter was the clock-churner and the back eating up yards, and Nassib played the role of the primary manager. More important than that, he played the role of soother for the offense and manager in crucial situations early. On multiple third downs, Nassib used the patience afforded by his pocket to find secondary options, such as tight end Jose Cruz and wide receiver Alec Lemon, for short slant-route conversions to get needed first downs. A week after only completing two passes in the first half, Nassib managed short routes with ease. Even if it was apparent he couldn’t hit the intermediate and long routes against one of the country’s worst pass defenses. But it was enough. Just like it was for Nassib and tight end Nick Provo on one of the game’s biggest plays that led to SU’s first points of the game. It was fourth-and-three on the Cincinnati 36-yard line as the first quarter became the second quarter. With the Orange switching ends of the field and going into the wind instead of against it, Marrone decided to sit SU kicker Ross Krautman for a would-be 53-yard field goal attempt. Nassib trotted back onto the field, found Provo in the seam and converted another first down in his 100 percent start to the game. ‘I was happy with coach giving me the ball,’ Nassib said. ‘I felt (Provo) hit a great route, he got open and I hit him.’ [email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more