Dominant, disappointed: Denny Hamlin’s try for Daytona 500 three-peat falls short

first_imgDenny Hamlin had an elusive and exclusive share of Daytona 500 history in his sights. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver’s No. 11 Toyota had spent nearly half of the Great American Race in the lead, and his bid for an unprecedented third consecutive 500 victory was as promising as any of the three attempts that came before him.RELATED: Race results | History of Daytona 500 three-peat bidsInstead of hitting the trifecta that had escaped the other members of Daytona’s quartet of repeat royalty — Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough and Sterling Marlin — Hamlin was left irked by a fifth-place finish in the 2021 edition of the Daytona 500. The frustrated feelings stemmed from an unfortunate pit-road shuffle in the team’s final stop for service, but also from the way that any sustained challenges for the lead were slow to develop in the final laps.“I’m certainly disappointed, simply because I thought we had a dominant car, we won the stages and led a lot of laps,” Hamlin said after posting the seventh top-five finish in his last eight Daytona 500 starts. “But I hate being helpless. I hate not being able to do anything, not being able to use the skillset that I have to make moves.”Hamlin swept both stage wins and led 98 of the 200 laps, asserting the strength of his No. 11 Toyota from the outset and priming himself to be a late-race contender. After Ford teams then Chevrolet drivers choreographed their final pits stops in manufacturer-aligned groups, Hamlin led the contingent of Toyotas to pit road, handing the lead to Joey Logano on Lap 175.Once the pit-road exchange sorted out, Ford teams were in command with Hamlin needing to play catch-up as the Toyota brigade tried to reorganize. He managed to avoid the final-lap crash that snared several contenders and allowed Michael McDowell to grab his first Cup Series win.“We were too far out front. We got on and off pit road too good. I was just too far ahead of the pack,” Hamlin said of his pit-stop timing. “I figured the Chevys would make a move from two or three (laps) to go, because they are not going to win on the last lap from fifth or sixth. I was able to gain some positions. I think I was 12th and everybody was running single file, so it handcuffed me. I couldn’t really do anything. I hoped once I got to eighth as long as they make a move with two to go, I’m in the energy – in the area where I can make something happen.“Dominant car, just a dominant car. Just one of those things that executed too good.”Hamlin’s day was momentous for other reasons, as the 23XI Racing team that he co-founded with NBA legend Michael Jordan made its debut. Bubba Wallace spent time near the front of the pack, leading one lap before his No. 23 Toyota developed a late-race vibration that required an unscheduled pit stop to fix.Wallace dropped from the lead lap, and his race ended in a multi-car wreck that left him just shy of the checkered flag in 17th place.“I thought it was all good,” said Hamlin, who joined Jordan and Wallace in a pre-race interview with FOX Sports. “We worked together quite a few times, and I actually thought he was going to win the second stage, but kind of a teaching moment. I told them over the radio, he’s got to pull in front of me and just trust that I’m going to push there. … It’s good to see he was running up front and battling for stage wins. That’s what we want to see.”last_img read more

Curry’s return an important addition for the Gophers

first_img“My teammates helped me through everything,” Curry told the media. “My mom, my coaches — they kept me positive. There were times when it got really tough, and I was like, ‘I don’t know if I’m ever going to come back.’ But they just kept my head on straight.”As a freshman in 2016-17, Curry proved effective off the bench, averaging 5.5 points and 5.2 rebounds in 19.9 minutes per game. This season, head coach Richard Pitino has been careful not to rush Curry back, knowing he’s making steady progress toward becoming the productive player he was two years ago.“Slowly but surely,” Pitino told the media last week. “He’s not going to be ready 100 percent right away. That’s going to take some time, but I like what I’ve seen from him.”When he is on the court, senior Dupree McBrayer said that Curry brings energy and versatility to the lineup, adding a new dimension to the Gophers’ defense.“He talks a lot on defense, so that makes everything easier,” McBrayer told the media. “We definitely need that. We can switch a lot more things because [Curry] can cover guards. That gives so much more room to switch, so just having him out there we get different looks defensively.”Minnesota will need all the help they can get on defense and offense on Tuesday night when they travel to Ann Arbor to play Michigan, who suffered their first defeat of the season Saturday at Wisconsin. Curry’s return an important addition for the GophersThe forward is back on the court and playing well after missing over a year with injuries.Jack RodgersForward Eric Curry shoots the ball at Williams Arena on Saturday, Jan. 19. The Gophers defeated Penn State 65-64. Nick JungheimJanuary 21, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThree minutes and 45 seconds into the Gophers’ game against Mount St. Mary’s on Dec. 30, Williams Arena erupted into cheers as redshirt sophomore Eric Curry checked into the game. It was the first time in 654 days the 6 foot, 9 inch forward stepped onto the court in a competitive game.“It was amazing. I couldn’t even sleep at night,” Curry told the media after that game, a 71-53 Gophers’ victory. “I couldn’t wait to get back on the court in front of our fans. It was amazing seeing all the fans giving me a standing ovation.”In August 2017, Curry suffered a serious injury in his left knee, tearing his ACL, MCL and meniscus. He missed the entirety of the season, a disappointing 15-17 campaign in which the team was plagued with losses to key players. Curry was expected to make his much-anticipated return to the lineup at the beginning of this season. Unfortunately, after playing in a preseason scrimmage against Creighton, he experienced swelling in the same knee that kept him sidelined the year prior. Soon after, the team announced that Curry would require another operation that ultimately kept him out for the first 12 games of the season.Over the games Curry missed, Minnesota amassed a record of 10-2. The Gophers’ front court was still in good shape without him, thanks largely to All-Big Ten senior Jordan Murphy. Filling in for Curry at the five was freshman Daniel Oturu, a four-star recruit who quickly established himself as a rising star for the Gophers. Oturu’s play has steadily improved throughout the year. He currently averages 10.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.“[They are] two of the great players in the conference,” Curry told the media regarding Murphy and Oturu. “It’s been amazing going against those two guys in practice and they’ve been great helping me along the way, just like I’ve helped them along the way too.”While his minutes are still limited, Curry has been the first forward off the bench in most games since his return, adding much needed depth at forward. Entering the game to a chorus of cheers and applause on Dec. 30 was the culmination of a difficult path to recovery for Curry.last_img read more

Titan LNG: Adoption of LNG as Marine Fuel Significantly Accelerated in…

first_imgThe order book for LNG-powered ships grew substantially, the LNG bunkering infrastructure is maturing and the pricing of LNG has become structurally competitive versus MGO, Titan LNG said in a report.In 2017 around 11% of all new build contracts were LNG powered ships, a trend that we expect to continue during 2018, the company revealed.Titan LNG is very pleased with these developments and we are proud to be at the forefront of this market. LNG Truck-to-Ship bunkering, and from next year on with our LNG bunkering pontoon, the FlexFueler 001 makes LNG readily available, therewith paving the way for more orders of LNG powered vessel.“Ship owners are facing a choice with 2020 approaching: run on MGO, HFO with scrubbers, or go for LNG. Titan LNG believes that scrubbers can only be a temporary solution and that LNG fuelled ships, combined with power-to-gas or biogas offer a credible and cost competitive path to decarbonisation and improved air quality. We are confident that overcoming the barriers to scaling up LNG as a transportation fuel is worth it and we stand by our mission to help eradicate oil burn,” the report concluded.Sea News, January 1 Author: Priyanka Ann Sainilast_img read more

Is Bobi Mihailov starting work in Levski? The answer is clear

first_imgMore on the topicThe legend Borislav Mihailov will not start working in Levski, reports Blitz.More on the topicEarlier it was reported that the new strong man of “Gerena” Nasko Sirakov has invited the former goalkeeper to take a leading position in the leadership of the 26-time champion of Bulgaria.However, according to the information, such talks have not been held at all and will not be held.Until the autumn of last year, Bobi Mihailov was president of the Bulgarian Football Union. After 14 years at the helm of football, he resigned over a racist scandal during a humiliating 0-6 loss to England in Sofia.Otherwise, Nasko Sirakov is quite active in his attempts to bring legends back to Levski. Daniel Borimirov is expected to head the school again, the name of Georgi Ivanov-Gonzo was also associated with the “blues”.However, goal scorer №1 in the history of the Eternal Derby stated that he currently works at Lokomotiv Plovdiv and cannot surrender the club by leaving the post of sports and technical director.There will be changes in Levski at lower levels as well. Coach Petar Hubchev is about to leave. The post will be temporarily occupied by Georgi Todorov, and Yasen Petrov will most likely replace him permanently.last_img read more

Second chance for 2010 tickets

first_imgAn artist’s impression of Durban Stadium. (Image: City of Durban. For more free photos, visit the image library.)The second phase of ticket sales for the 2010 Fifa World Cup kicked off on Monday 4 May, with some 100 000 tickets up for grabs. These exclude tickets for the tournament’s two semifinals and the final – matches 61, 62 and 64.From this phase onwards tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications can be made at First National Bank (FNB) branches or via the Fifa website.South Africans applying for tickets at FNB branches will have to present a valid form of identification, and foreigners their passport. Those applying on behalf of friends or family will have to provide the details of these persons, including their identity numbers, names, dates of birth and nationality.Individual ticket applications are limited to up to four tickets per match, and up to seven matches in total, with prices starting at US$20 (R140). Applicants will be informed within 10 working days whether or not their application has been fully or partly successful.Tickets will be ready for collection at the Fifa venue ticketing centres from April 2010 onwards.For more information e-mail [email protected] or fax +41 43222 6800.Confederations Cup 2009Meanwhile, some 320 000 tickets are still available for the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, which runs from 14 to 28 June.To help boost ticket sales in South Africa, four ticketing centres have been set up in the tournament’s host cities of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Rustenburg. They are open from 9am to 6pm, seven days a week, and can be found at:Johannesburg: Sandton Isle, corner of Rivonia Road and Linden Street, SandownPretoria: Brooklyn Mall, corner of Middel and Fehrsen Streets, New MuckleneukBloemfontein: Lochlogan Waterfront Mall, corner of Charles Street and First AvenueRustenburg: Waterfall Mall, 1 Augrabies AvenueFrom 11 May, South Africans will also be able to buy Confederations Cup tickets by calling the Fifa ticketing call centre on 083 2010 010.Also from 11 May, four ticket collection points, two each in Johannesburg and Pretoria, will be provided in the following FNB branches:Johannesburg: Eastgate Shopping Centre, GardenviewJohannesburg: Maponya Mall, Old Potchefstroom Road, Klipspruit, KliptownPretoria: Sunny Park, corner of Esselen and Trevenna Road, SunnysidePretoria: Hatfield, Hillcrest Boulevard Shopping Centre, Lynwood RoadThese collection points will be open during normal FNB trading hours.At all locations customers need to bring their:Credit card (if they used the card to buy tickets via purchase card from their hard ticket application form (if they used the paper application form to purchase tickets)Proof of identity to confirm they are the person who ordered the ticketsDo you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesNo swine flu threat to Confed CupNo power cuts in 2010Ticketing centres for Confed CupFrom Finland to SA’s Fifa CupWorld Cup ticket frenzy Useful linksFifaFirst National BankSouth Africa – 2010last_img read more

Ready for CAG or judicial probe: Kalmadi

first_imgCornered by allegations of corruption in the Commonwealth Games’ preparations and isolated within his own party, under-fire Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi on Wednesday said he is ready to face any CAG or judicial probe into the financial transactions related to the event.”I, as Chairman of the Organising Committee, am prepared to face any scrutiny by (Comptroller and Auditor General) CAG or even a judicial probe for all financial transactions being reported by the media. All the people found guilty will be punished and brought to book,” Kalmadi said in a statement.Kalmadi’s statement came a day after more allegations of irregularities and the Indian High Commission’s e-mails being ‘doctored’ came to light. The Congress party also distanced itself from Pune MP.Kalmadi reiterated that the all transactions were carried out by the full approval of the OC’s various finance committee and he did not have any individual say on these matters.”The financial procedures at the Organising Committee are well laid down and transparent. Any proposal that is prepared by the Functional Area Head first gets vetted by the OC Finance Committee which has two representatives of Government of India, and after that it is referred to Finance Sub-Committee, comprising of three Senior representatives of Government of India,” he explained.”Thereafter, the proposals are submitted to the Executive Board for its final approval. Chairman OC, in his individual capacity, does not have any financial powers,” he added.Kalmadi said, nonetheless, he has taken note of the various reported bunglings. . “60 days are left for the start of XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 to be held in New Delhi and 43 days for Games Village to open when about 8000 athletes and Officials from all continents of the world start arriving to participate in the Games,” Kalmadi said. “During the last week, media has come out with various stories regarding the irregularities in the orders/ procurement etc. of QBR Launch Function at London/Overlays and association of M/S Sports Marketing and Management (SMAM) in obtaining the Sponsorship for the games.advertisement”I have taken a serious note of these reports and appointed a three member committee headed by Mr. Jarnail Singh, the Chief Executive Officer and two members, Mr. G. C.Chaturvedi, Special Director General and Ms. Gurjot Kaur Chief Vigilance Officer of Organising Committee to look into all the details of QBR Launch Function, Overlays and SMAM issues. The Committee has been asked to submit its report by August 5, 2010,” the statement read.The Indian Olympic Association chief was left red-faced on Tuesday when the Ministry of External Affairs said that the e-mails from the Indian High Commission that he made public to justify huge payments to a UK-based firm were ‘doctored’.His back against the wall, Kalmadi has been isolated in the OC as well with some his own colleagues demanding an emergency meeting to discuss allegations of corruption, which have also been highlighted in a Central Vigilance Commission report.last_img read more

Mood of the Nation Poll: BCCI identified more with business and politics

first_imgIndia’s greatest sport iconClick here to EnlargeHad this poll been conducted just after India’s 6-1 ODI series win over Sri Lanka, its results may well have been the reverse.For the moment, it is good news for Sourav Ganguly, bad news for the BCCI and further proof of the emotional nature,India’s greatest sport iconClick here to EnlargeHad this poll been conducted just after India’s 6-1 ODI series win over Sri Lanka, its results may well have been the reverse.For the moment, it is good news for Sourav Ganguly, bad news for the BCCI and further proof of the emotional nature of Indian cricket’s consuming classes. The BCCI and Ganguly may be closely linked today, but it is the cricketer who walks off with more sympathy votes than he probably could have got in a secret ballot in his dressing room.Opinion about his career is divided. The question: whether he deserves to be in the Indian team is met with ambiguity. Though 36 per cent say there is still room for him in the team and another 18 per cent add the rider of continued performance, India is largely undecided. Only a minority though believe it is time to haul him up one last time. The BCCI does not get off as lightly: the Board is strongly identified more with business and politics rather than cricket, with nearly half the respondents polled agreeing fully or to some extent that power play and business deals have taken precedence to the game.Much of this has to do with what must be the uppermost in public memory: the BCCI’s November elections and the sight of its chief Sharad Pawar and Ganguly smiling at the cameras four days before the selection of the team for Pakistan.Through all the controversy, one name continues to ring true. Sixteen years on, Sachin Tendulkar continues to rule-more than OK.72% Of West Bengal voters feel Ganguly should be in the indian team but 18 % of all voters say only if he performs.advertisementlast_img read more

Mamata Banerjee set to throw spanner in Lokpal wheel

first_imgWhile Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reaches out to the Opposition, it is his party’s own allies that might turn out to be difficult to appease. The Trinamool Congress as usual is leading the pack.Mamata Banerjee has moved fresh amendments on the Bill over the issue of Lokayukta. This one’s quite a surprise for the Congress since her party had earlier voted in support of the government on Lokpal in the Lok Sabha.The party, however, changed its stand in the Rajya Sabha.Trinamool’s new amendment is over the issue of the Bill attacking the federal structure. It is unhappy over the power vested in the central government to appoint the Lokayukta.Mamata feels governments at the Centre could misuse the provision to make life difficult for states ruled by opposition parties.This issue might also become the rallying point for other regional parties like the Samajwadi Party and the BSP that recently bailed out the Centre in Parliament over the controversial issue of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).last_img read more

Minister Pays Tribute To Sporting Volunteers

first_img“Volunteers are the heart and soul of Australian sport,” Senator Arbib said.“The majority of grass roots sport in Australia is organised by small organisations or clubs which depend on volunteers for their existence.”“They are the unsung heroes of Australian sport and we should this week acknowledge and thank them for keeping sport alive in Australia.”Senator Arbib said the Australian Government was developing a National Sport Volunteer Strategy to help maintain the sustainability of sports volunteering in Australia.“The strategy will align with the upcoming National Volunteering Strategy and will set out a vision and priorities for sport volunteering in Australia,” Senator Arbib said.“In order to engage volunteers in sport in Australia we need to ensure that we attract their interest and give them the support and encouragement that they need.”Touch Football Australia Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire, has praised the efforts of the volunteers involved in the sport of Touch Football, saying that their hard work is greatly appreciated.  “Volunteers are a valuable and integral part of any sporting association and on behalf of Touch Football Australia I thank each and every one for their contribution,” Maguire said. Touch Football is a sport that depends on volunteers at several levels. One of Touch Football Australia’s newest Board Members, Graham Quinlivan, is a great example of trying his hand at different aspects of the sport of Touch Football at a volunteer level. One of the great things about Touch Football is the ability to always improve and reach your full potential. Whether it be a player progressing to represent their permit, having a go at coaching, managing, refereeing or helping at their local affiliate, there is plenty of ways to get further involved in Touch Football. Quinlivan has also been a manager of several teams over his time involved with Touch Football, including managing the Queensland Spirit Women’s Open side in the 2011 Elite Eight series, and the Australian 18’s Boys team at the 2011 Youth Trans Tasman Series. “The Youth Trans Tasman Series was quite an experience, to see what that elite Touch at that level is actually like. I’m grateful for the experience, it’s something I never thought I’d get to do and I never ever imagined putting my hand up for something like that and to get the opportunity was fantastic.”In 2003, Quinlivan decided to represent his permit, the Brisbane City Cobras, for the first time at a National Touch League (NTL) level in the Men’s 50’s division. Quinlivan liked the idea of the challenge and has been playing at a NTL level ever since.“I started playing park Touch in the 70’s. I moved to Queensland in 1989 and there was a bunch of parents from our kid’s school, we used to go to a park and play on Saturday mornings. In the year that the World Masters Games were in Brisbane, we entered a team, and we got beaten in every game,” Quinlivan said.  “We decided if we were to ever do it again we’d have to learn how to play properly, so a few of us started to play in a Brisbane social competition. A couple of years later I thought ‘I might find out if I’m good enough to make a Cobras side’. I think they were short for numbers, so they picked me.”18-year-old Sofie Casson is another example of someone getting involved in Touch Football in a number of ways. In 2008, at just 16, Casson was the recipient of a Blues Award at the annual New South Wales Touch Association’s Awards night for her volunteer work. While still at school, she was refereeing junior and senior games at her local affiliate of Scone, had coached an under 10’s Boys team that participated at the Junior State Cup, as well as playing in various teams, from a local level to competing with her permit, the Hunter Western Hornets. Casson is still heavily involved in all aspects of the sport and says that while playing is currently her favourite thing to do, she enjoys coaching and refereeing as well. “I’d always go down to Scone Touch and see my parents play, then I always wanted to play. It’s such a good feeling to be a part of a good team.”Coaching is a way of giving back for Casson, who enjoys teaching others the skills that she has learnt over the four years she has been playing Touch Football. “You just see how they learn from their mistakes and see other people develop. I had been at that stage when I was 14, learning new skills and now that I’m 18 I’m able to pass down what I learnt,” she said.last_img read more

Kentucky vs. Stony Brook – Game Time, TV Channel, Announcers, Betting Line, Predictions

first_imgCoach Cal talking to Jamal Murray.LEXINGTON, KY – JANUARY 23: John Calipari the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats gives instructions to Jamal Murray #23 in the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Rupp Arena on January 23, 2016 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Tyler UlisTyler UlisThe 2016 NCAA Tournament Bracket was just revealed on CBS. The Kentucky Wildcats out of the SEC earned the No. 4 seed in the East region, where they will face the 13th-seeded Stony Brook Seawolves out of the America East Conference. Each team won its respective conference tournament. The winner of this match-up is rewarded with a meeting against the winner of fifth-seeded Indiana and No. 12 seed Chattanooga.Date: Thursday, March 17Time: 9:30 p.m. E.T. TV Channel: CBSLocation: Des MoinesAnnouncers: Nantz/Hill/Raftery//WolfsonOpening Betting Line: TBAkentucky logoPrediction: The Wildcats didn’t look like themselves for a while during the regular season, but boy did they finish on a tear. Guards Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray are studs, and freshman big man Skal Labissiere has gone from phenom to bust to bona fide contributor.If anything, this UK team is under-seeded. That might hurt them in round two against Indiana, but it shouldn’t deter them from winning this game.last_img read more