The Indonesian Military (TNI) is set to dismiss its personnel found to have been involved in a recent attack on the Ciracas Police station in East Jakarta, Army chief of staff Gen. Andika Perkasa has said.A mob reportedly comprising TNI personnel burned down two vehicles at the police station and vandalized nearby stores along Jl. Raya Bogor on Saturday. Authorities believe the attack was triggered by misinformation.Two police personnel were injured in the attack. “It’s better to lose 31 or any number of personnel who were involved in the attack rather than have the TNI’s reputation tarnished by irresponsible actions that do not represent the vows of the Indonesian Military,” he said.Andika also ensured that all charged personnel would compensate the victims for any injuries and losses they suffered.Read also: To close for comfort? BNPT wary of military’s proposed counterterrorism role“There would be a mechanism that ensures they pay for the damages. The Jakarta Military commander [Maj. Gen. Dudung Abdurachman] will calculate the damages caused by the incident and he will report it to me.”According to the TNI, the incident started after Second Pvt. MI was caught in a single-vehicle crash at the Arundina three-road junction in Ciracas on Friday.MI allegedly told 27 of his fellow officers that he had been physically beaten by the Ciracas Police, fueling their anger and instigating them to attack the Ciracas Police station.However, TNI Commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto said on Sunday that based on the testimonies of witnesses and CCTV footage, MI had sustained injuries “from the single-vehicle accident, not from a physical attack”, kompas.com reported.Saturday’s incident was not the first to have happened at the Ciracas Police station and it also came in the wake of a series of clashes involving military and police personnel in the past years.In 2018, dozens of TNI personnel reportedly ransacked and burned down part of the police station on Dec. 13, damaging police vehicles and leaving several officers and reporters injured. The attack was allegedly triggered by the mob’s disappointment over the police’s handling of an assault on TNI personnel in Ciracas.In February, some TNI personnel also attacked a police station in North Tapanuli regency, North Sumatra, following a traffic dispute.In September 2019, the two security forces in separate locations were involved in multiple clashes during mass protests. Police officers allegedly fired tear gas at TNI personnel and the two forces were seen involved in a verbal battle among protesters, causing speculation of the ever-increasing dispute between the two. (trn)Topics : The Military Police have questioned 31 TNI personnel as part of the investigation into the incident, including a low-ranking soldier identified as Second Pvt. MI, who was allegedly the provocateur of the attack, Andika said.Twelve have been detained at the Jakarta Military Command Police in Central Jakarta, while 19 others were sent to other detention centers belonging to the Army after being questioned, he said.”The results of the investigation so far show that all the questioned personnel could face dismissal, as mandated in the Military Criminal Code,” Andika said on Sunday.The four-star general further explained that each officer involved in the incident would be charged under different articles of the Military Criminal Code.
Primoz Roglic retained his lead on compatriot Tadej Pogacar atop the Tour de France standings after stage 18 as British outfit Ineos claimed a one-two finish on Thursday.Bedevilled by problems that saw them withdraw their captain Egan Bernal on Wednesday, team-mate Michal Kwiatkowski won the stage as Richard Carapaz took the King of the Mountains jersey with the pair crossing the finish line three minutes ahead of the elite pack.”I had the best legs ever, the way we rode together with Richard was just incredible,” said Ineos’s Polish rider who is a former world champion. Topics : “When Egan left the race he was very sad but wished us well, and now we have this wonderful day,” he said.”That’s the Tour de France,” he beamed.Giro d’Italia champion Carapaz has been a revelation over the three Alpine stages that culminated with the Ineos-led escape here as the Ecuadorian has relentlessly attacked, picking up climb points to take the polka dot jersey. Beaming with joy Carapaz was drafted into the race at the last minute as Geraint Thomas was farmed out to the Giro, but he fell on stage one in the deluge in Nice and is only finding his full form now.Carapaz and Kwiatkowski were clearly brimming with joy over the fruits of their partnership, which will have brought some relief for Ineos team principal Dave Brailsford, who had to pull out his protégé Bernal to protect him.”Adapting quickly to change is one of the main keys of success,” Brailsford said ahead of the Tour in Nice.”We worked so hard since we changed our objectives,” Kwiatkowski said fighting back tears.In the race for the overall standings only Saturday’s individual time trial presents a chance for the second-placed Pogacar to stage a coup.Roglic leads Pogacar by 57 seconds with Friday’s stage 19 and the culminating run up the Champs-Elysees on Sunday both set to be decided in a mass bunch sprint.Roglic once again looked at ease during the run over three major mountains.”I managed to relax, everything went fine, another good day for us,” Roglic said, as he grows into the role of leader which seemed to weigh on him when he took the lead in the first week.”I’ve been thinking about the time trial, I’ll make the decision how I play it on the day,” he said looking to Saturday’s decider.Stage 17 solo winner Miguel Angel Lopez of Colombia is still third 1min 27sec off the lead but is less of a time-trailer than his rivals.Often unlucky Australian Richie Porte survived a puncture atop the final plateau section where the peloton had to negotiate a gravel surface.Spain’s Mikel Landa rounds out the top five after Briton Adam Yates lost some time over the final climb.
NewsRegional Reflections by Comrade Fidel: World Peace Hanging by a Thread by: – January 18, 2012 13 Views no discussions Share Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Fidel Castro. Photo credit: globalresearch.caYesterday I had the satisfaction of having a pleasant conversation with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. I had not seen him since 2006, more than five years ago, when he visited our country to participate in the 14th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement of Countries in Havana. During the summit, Cuba was elected for the second time as president of the organization for a three-year term. I had become gravely ill on July 26, 2006, a month and a half prior to the summit, and could barely sit up in bed. Many of the most distinguished leaders who participated in the event were kind enough to visit me. Chavez and Evo visited me several times. One afternoon four visitors came by whom I will always remember: UN Secretary General Kofi Annan; an old friend, Abdelaziz Buteflika, the president of Algeria; Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran; and the vice minister of Foreign Affairs and current Foreign Minister of China, Yang Jiechi, on behalf of the leader of the Communist Party and the president of China, Hu Jintao. It was really an important time for me; I was in the midst of intense physiotherapy on my right hand that I had seriously injured when I fell in Santa Clara. With all four I spoke about some of the difficulties facing the world at the time; problems that have become progressively more complex. During our meeting yesterday, I noted that the Iranian president was absolutely calm and tranquil, completely unconcerned about the Yankee threats and, fully confident in the capacity of his people to confront any aggression and in the effectiveness of their arms —which, in large part, they produce themselves— to inflict an unpayable price on its aggressors. In reality, we hardly spoke about the topic of war. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was focused on the ideas he had presented at the Main Hall of the University of Havana during his conference on the struggle of humankind: “Moving towards reaching and achieving peace, security, respect and human dignity as a fundamental desire of all human beings throughout history.”I am convinced that Iran will not commit any rash actions that might contribute to setting off a war. If a war were to be unleashed, it would inevitably be completely as a result of the recklessness and congenital irresponsibility of the Yankee Empire. I believe that the political situation surrounding Iran and the associated risks of a nuclear war that involves us all —regardless of whether one possess nuclear weapons— are extremely delicate because they threaten the very existence of our species. The Middle East has become the most troubled region on the planet, the same region that produces the energy resources vital for the world’s economy. The destructive power and the mass sufferings caused by some of the weapons used in World War Two led to a strong movement to ban weapons such as asphyxiating gas and others. Nevertheless, conflicting interests and the huge profits made by arms manufacturers led to the production of crueler and more destructive weapons; modern technology has now added the means and material to build weapons that if used in a world war would lead to extinction. I support the opinion, undoubtedly shared by all those with a basic sense of responsibility, that no country big or small has the right to possess nuclear weapons.They never should have been used to attack two defenseless cities such as Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing and irradiating with horrible and long-lasting effects hundreds of thousands of men, women and children, in a country that had already been militarily defeated.If fascism indeed forced the allied nations against Nazism to compete with this enemy of humanity in the production of such weapons, once the war ended and the United Nations was created, the first duty of this organization should have been to prohibit nuclear weapons without exception.However, the United States, the strongest and richest power, forced the rest of the world to follow its lead. Today, they have hundreds of satellites that spy and monitor the entire world from outer space. Their naval, air and land forces are equipped with thousands of nuclear weapons; and they control the world’s finances and investments at their whim via the International Monetary Fund. Analyzing the history of each Latin American nation, from Mexico to Patagonia, by way of Santo Domingo and Haiti, one can observe that each and every country, without exception, have suffered for 200 years, from the beginning of the 19th century up until today. And, in one way or another, they are increasingly suffering the worst crimes that power and force can commit against the rights of a people. Brilliant Latin American writers are emerging in an increasing number. One of them, Eduardo Galeano, author of the book Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent that describes the aforementioned, has just been invited to open the prestigious Casa de Las Americas Awards as a recognition to his outstanding body of work. Events happen incredibly fast; but technologies report them to the public even faster. On any given day, like today, important news comes out a dizzying pace. A cable report dated from January 11 states: “The Danish presidency of the European Union confirmed on Wednesday that a new series of more severe European sanctions against Iran, because of its nuclear program, will be discussed on January 23. The new sanctions will not only target the oil industry but also the Central Bank.” During a meeting with international journalists, Danish Foreign Minister Villy Soevndal said that “We will increase sanctions against the oil industry in addition to sanctions against financial structures.” This clearly demonstrates that, in order to impede nuclear proliferation, Israel can go on accumulating hundreds of nuclear warheads while Iran is not allowed to produce 20% enriched uranium. Another article, from a respected British news agency, states that “China gave no hint on Wednesday of giving ground to U.S. demands to curb Iran’s oil revenues, rejecting Washington’s sanctions on Tehran as overstepping …”The sheer tranquility with which the United States and civilized Europe carry out this campaign with incredible and systematic acts of terrorism is enough to shock anybody. Just look at these lines reported by another important European news agency: “The murder on Wednesday of Iranian nuclear specialist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan [a scientist at the Natanz nuclear plant] was the fourth attack to kill a leading scientist in the country in almost exactly two years.”On January 12, 2010: “Massoud Ali Mohammadi, a particle physics professor at Tehran University is killed when a booby-trapped motorcycle explodes outside his home in the capital.”On November 29, 2010: “Two attacks target leading Iranian nuclear scientists on the same day. Majid Shahriari, a key member of Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency, is killed in Tehran by a limpet bomb attached to his car. His colleague Fereydoon Abbasi Davani is also targeted by a bomb attached to his car, but escapes.” The car was parked in front of the Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran where both men worked as professors. On July 23, 2011: “Gunmen shoot dead Dariush Rezaei-Nejad, a senior scientist who is reportedly associated with the defense ministry, and wound his wife as they waited for their child outside a Tehran kindergarten.”On January 11, 2012 —the same day that Ahmadinejad travelled from Nicaragua to Cuba to give a conference at the University of Havana—, scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, “a deputy director at the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, is killed in a car bomb blast outside the [Allameh Tabatabai] University in east Tehran.” As in previous years “Iran once again accused the United States and Israel.”The killings represent a systematic and selective slaughter of brilliant Iranian scientists. I have read articles by known Israeli sympathizers who write about crimes carried out by Israeli intelligence services in cooperation with the United States and NATO as if they were the most normal occurrence. At the same time, Moscow news agencies report that “Russia warned that in Syria a similar scenario is developing as to that in Libya, and added that this time the attack will be launched from neighboring Turkey. “The secretary of the Russian Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, said the West wants to ‘punish Damascus not as much for repressing the opposition, but because it is unwilling to sever ties with Tehran.’”“…NATO members and some Persian Gulf states, operating according to the Libya scenario, intend to move from indirect intervention in Syrian affairs to direct military intervention…This time the main strikes forces will not be provided by France, the U.K. or Italy, but possibly by neighboring Turkey.” “Washington and Ankara are now assumed to be negotiating a “no-fly” zone over Syria, where Syrian armed insurgents can be trained and concentrated, added Patrushev.” News is not only coming out of Iran and the Middle East, but also from other parts of Central Asia near the Middle East. These reports show the great complexity of the problems that can arise from this dangerous region. The United States has been led by its contradictory and absurd imperial policy to get involved in serious problems in countries such as Pakistan, whose borders with Afghanistan were drawn up by the colonialists without taking into account culture or ethnicities.In Afghanistan, which defended its independence against English colonialism for centuries, drug production has multiplied in the wake of the Yankee invasion. Meanwhile, European soldiers, supported by drone airplanes and armed with sophisticated US weapons, carry out deplorable massacres that increase the people’s hatred and ward off any possibilities of peace. All this and other dirty actions are also reported by Western news agencies.“WASHINGTON, January 12, 2012 – US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta called the actions of four U.S. marines who urinated on corpses in Afghanistan “utterly deplorable” The video of the act was circulated in the Internet. “’I have seen the footage, and I find the behavior depicted in it utterly deplorable…’ “’This conduct is entirely inappropriate for members of the United States military and does not reflect the standards of values our armed forces are sworn to uphold…’”In reality, Panetta neither confirms nor denies the action, and anyone, including the Secretary of Defense himself, may harbor doubt.But it is also extremely inhumane that men, women and children, or an Afghani combatant fighting against the foreign occupation, be murdered by bombs dropped by drone planes. Another very serious incident: dozens of Pakistani soldiers and officials who safeguarded the country’s borders have been killed by these bombs. Afghani President Karzai stated that the outrage committed against the bodies was “simply inhumane.” He asked for the US government “to urgently investigate the video and apply the most severe punishment to anyone found guilty in this crime.”Meanwhile Taliban spokespersons declared that “over the last ten years, hundreds of similar acts have been carried out that were not reported…”One even feels sorry for those soldiers, thousands of kilometers away from their family, friends and country, sent to fight in countries that they might not have even heard of during their school days, where they are assigned the task of killing or dying to enrich transnational companies, arms manufacturers and unscrupulous politicians who each year squander funds needed to feed and educate the uncountable millions of hungry and illiterate people around the world. Many of these soldiers, victims of the trauma suffered, end up taking their own lives. Is it an exaggeration to say that world peace is hanging by a thread?Fidel Castro RuzJanuary 12, 2012, 9:14 p.m.
Loading… Football legend, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, popularly known as Pele, has dismissed health fears, saying that they invented it that he was depressed’. Football fans around the world began to worry when reports emerged last month of Pele’s deteriorating health. According to his son, the 79-year-old – widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time – had become reclusive following complications as he recovered from hip surgery. Though Pele still requires the aid of a walking frame to get around, the Brazil great says he remains in high spirits and dismissed suggestions that his health had let him to be depressed. “This depression thing, I don’t know if they got it wrong because in the last two years I had a bruise, a femur operation and then, when I started training or making a commercial, I had to stop,” Pele told CNN Brasil’s Reinaldo Gottino. “They started to worry and I really appreciate it, but then they invented that I was depressed. I got here with a walker but, thank God, I only can’t ride a bike. Even some of the times when I was hurt, bruised, I did not fail to give an interview and I said that I was sad because I had been injured. “That is exactly what I am going to talk about now: I would rather have arrived here without a walker, doing a little training, playing ball. But I’m recovering and, thank God, after everything I’ve done in sports, I’m fine. Thank goodness I’m recovering.” So much has changed in football since Pele made his debut for Brazilian club Santos in 1956, though sadly, he says, racism is one thing that has remained constant.The past two seasons have seen a sharp increase in the number of footballers suffering racist abuse during matches, notably affecting leagues in Italy, England, Germany and Ukraine. Pele recalls occasions he was racially abused — by both fans and fellow players — while playing in South America and Europe, but says the media now plays an important role in bringing this incidents of abuse to attention.“I don’t think that much has changed today,” he says. “The only thing that must have changed, I think, was the press. When one player spoke nonsense to another (in the past), it was among us. “When I went to play in Europe it happened a lot. Playing here against Argentines, they called us apes, chimpanzees and creoles. See if there was any scandal — and they already said these things at that time.”Brazilian footballer Pele in training for Brazil's match against England in 1963. Pele spent all but two years of his career at Santos and scored more than 600 goals for the club, winning the Copa Libertadores twice and multiple domestic titles. He remains the only player in history to have won three World Cups and this year marks the 50th anniversary of Brazil’s 1970 World Cup final win, with that Brazilian team widely regarded to be the best of all time.Pele was a crucial member of the side that outplayed Italy to win 4-1 in the final on June 21, 1970. When asked at which point during his illustrious career — which spanned more than 20 years — he realized he would become one of the game’s greats, Pele admits his own success took even him by surprise.“This question is difficult to answer, I never thought I was going to be great. I swear to God,” Pele says. “I remember that Athiê Jorge Cury, Santos’ president at the time, talked to my father, who worked at the health station in Bauru. “He learned that at Baquinho [nickname of Bauru AC] there was a boy and asked if he could take his son, Pelé, to practice at Santos. I always thought it was a joke. I was 13 to 14 years old and I wasn’t even a main player at Baquinho.“Coincidentally, Athiê Jorge Cury was a friend of my father and I went for a trial at Santos and was approved. I thought it was a dream.“There are things I remember as if it were today … I remember my father taking me to the Bauru bus station to practice in Santos. It seemed like something out of this world that was happening to me, but today the player catches a jet plane. How funny life is.” Despite the vast improvements in technology and training, Pele believes modern day football is far more challenging than it was during his era.He says that while his generation and those that followed put on more of a performance for the fans, modern players who just want to “destroy” the ball, as he puts it, makes it more difficult for today’s artists to put on a show.“I think it is more difficult. Playing soccer today is much more difficult that in the past, no doubt at all,” he says. “Because in my time, with all due respect to colleagues, I think we had a little more freedom to stop the ball. Now there’s not so much anymore.“Therefore, even some players who are friends of mine at that time say that it is not so. I talk to Beckenbauer, Maradona and Cruyff. I say: ‘In the past, people used to play ball, now the guys don’t want to play ball, they just want to destroy it, they don’t want to let one play.’ Read Also:Pele suffers depression due to health issues, says son“It gets boring because those who pay to go to the stadium, pay to go to see a show. They don’t pay to be seen fouls every time. So, in our time I think that it was better for the fans because we gave more shows than the current soccer.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Best Cars Of All TimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. 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Loading… Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Superhero Castings That People Hated But Were Amazing10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The WorldSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith Chilean midfielder, Arturo Vidal, will, according to Sky Sport Italia, land in Milan tonight, before having his medical at Inter tomorrow. The broadcaster reveals Inter are close to completing a move for the Barcelona man, who will undergo the usual medical and sign with the Nerazzurri tomorrow. read also:Vidal declares Barcelona best team in the worldAdvertisement It means Vidal returns to Italy five years after having left Juventus and will reunite with former Bianconeri coach Antonio Conte at San Siro. The Nerazzurri reportedly reached an agreement with the Blaugrana on Saturday and the Spanish giants will receive variable compensation, ‘without the fixed base of €1m as initially agreed between the parties’. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
RaceSaver Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series opener April 30, $10,000-plus in contingencies given in inaugural seasonBy admin on September 23, 2020
BRIDGEPORT, N.J. – The stage is set. The schedule is official. Teams are anxious to start battling. The IMCA RaceSaver Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, with the headline sponsor Engler Machine and Tool at the helm, will start its points chase at the fastest track in the east, Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey, on Sunday, April 30.MASS Sprints can officially announce their schedule with stops in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, at tracks such as Bridgeport, Grandview, Delaware International, Big Diamond, Georgetown, Williams Grove and Susquehanna Speedways.This diverse schedule will test drivers’ skill and stamina as teams battle throughout the season to crown a champion. Drivers like Tim Tanner, Tommy Carberry, Bryant Davis, Stef Carberry, Joe Kay, Eddie Wagner, Jeff Geiges, Craig Pellegrini, David Bonner and Logan Diehl, among others, intend to fight for the crown.As the new series on the block, the management team has worked hard to make the first season start off with a splash. Their first task was to make sure the purse stayed true to RaceSaver roots with at least $300 to win and $150 to start for all races.MASS secured major marketing partners to come on board to help encourage MASS members to race as often as they can.Fifty dollars in cash will be paid to all heat race winners with multiple random cash awards. Most race nights will be sponsored by different companies that will offer parts giveaways, cash, fuel, tires, certificates and more.The best offers are from Engler Machine and Tool and DMI; these companies have given more than $6,500 worth of components to raffle off at the end of the year. Engler is supplying a new injection and DMI is handing out a brand-new XR-3 Bulldog rear end and complete front end kit. Raffle tickets will be distributed on Engler- and DMI-sponsored race nights. Additional tickets will be awarded to teams holding the top five spots in points and members who have raced in three consecutive MASS events.“We have surpassed over $10,000 in contingency awards for our first season. We owe a lot to our marketing partners that have come on board. The positive support and generosity are amazing,” says Jeff Geiges, MASS general manager.Erika Wagner, MASS marketing and PR manager, says, “We have all put in countless hours to make sure our vision for this series is set in motion.”Included in the ever-growing list of marketing partners are Mach-1 Chassis, Robison Racing Products, Thayer Performance Engines and Products, JDL Graphics, Bitner Automotive, Bruce’s Auto Body, Professional Design Services LLC, Todd’s Performance, Kelly Racing Fuel, Lawrence Collision, A Cut Above the Rest Excavating Maintenance and Trucking, Geiswite Creations, CSI Shocks, and ERK Steering.2017 Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series schedule – Sunday, April 30 at Bridgeport, N.J., Speedway; Saturday, May 20 at Susquehanna, Pa., Speedway (co-sanctioned with PASS); Sunday, May 28 at Grandview Speedway, Bechtelsville, Pa.; Friday, June 2 at Big Diamond Speedway, Minersville, Pa.; Saturday, June 10 at Delaware Speedway, Delmar; Saturday, June 17 at Bridgeport Speedway; Saturday, June 24 at Grandview Speedway; Saturday, July 8 at Bridgeport Speedway; Friday, July 21 at Bridgeport Speedway; Saturday, July 29 at Bridgeport Speedway; Friday, Aug. 18 at Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, Pa. (co-sanctioned with PASS); Saturday, Aug. 26 at Bridgeport Speedway; Friday, Sept. 15 at Grandview Speedway; Friday, Sept. 22 at Bridgeport Speedway.Non-points races are Saturday, Oct. 14 at Grandview Speedway; Saturday, Oct. 28 at Georgetown, Del., Speedway and Saturday, Nov. 4 at Bridgeport Speedway.
By Jeremy Fox OSKALOOSA, Iowa (June 25) – Jason Cook tuned up for next week’s Great American Budweiser Stock Car Shootout by winning Wednesday’s main event at Southern Iowa Speedway.Brandon Jay led early in the 18-lapper with Cook knocking on the door before the only caution of the race flew on lap two, when Damon Murty got sideways and collected Todd Reitzler, Doug Sylvester and Brock Welch. Murty got moving before the yellow came out, kept his spot for the ensuing restart and was briefly in second before Cook got the position back, then passed Jay for the lead on lap five.Cook appeared to be heading to the win but Murty and Cayden Carter didn’t make it easy for him. Carter grabbed the lead coming to the white flag but Cook took back coming to the checkered to pick up his first win at Osky. Carter, Murty, Corey Stout and Jay rounded out the top five. Rookie A.J. Johnson led the first lap in the Musco Lighting IMCA Modified 15 lap feature. Andrew Schroeder worked his away around on lap two. The only caution of the contest came on lap nine.Schroeder held on to take the win, Carter was second, and Johnson was third. Casey Greubel and Scott Dickey were fourth and fifth, respectively.Curtis VanDerWal paced the KBOE Radio IMCA Northern SportMods. Top Pepsi Cola IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock honors went to Mike Hughes and Shaun Slaughter won the Mach-1 Sport Compact main event.
By Simon Evans(REUTERS) – Australia and New Zealand were handed the right to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup soccer tournament by a comfortable margin after a vote by the FIFA Council on Thursday.Their joint proposal beat a rival bid from Colombia to host the tournament which is being expanded to 32 teams.Japan, who had also put forward a bid to stage the event, pulled out on Monday after they were ranked below the joint bid by world governing body FIFA’s evaluation report.The report highlighted the infrastructure and organisational advantages of the Australia/New Zealand bid which FIFA believed would make for a commercially successful tournament. “The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 in Australia and New Zealand will be ground-breaking in many ways,” said a delighted Chris Nikou, president of Football Federation Australia (FFA).“Not only will it be the first ever co-confederation hosted FIFA World Cup and the first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup in the Asia-Pacific region, but we will unlock the huge potential for growth in women’s football in the Asia-Pacific region.” There had been media reports that the vote could be tight with UEFA’s European representatives backing Colombia but in the end the margin of victory was wide with Australia and New Zealand gaining 22 votes to Colombia’s 13.INFANTINO SUPPORT The 2019 World Cup in France was hailed as a watershed for global interest in the women’s game and FIFA President Gianni Infantino personally drove the campaign to increase the field to 32 teams from 24 for 2023.Infantino had also expressed a preference for the successful Australia/New Zealand bid during the FIFA Council meeting.Colombia, who were hoping to become the first South American nation to hold the tournament, were disappointed at the decision but vowed to keep fighting to host a major FIFA event.“We wanted the seat of the Women’s World Cup 2023 for Colombia and we gave everything to get it,” the country’s sports Ministry wrote on twitter.“We will work more strongly to bring another World Cup to Colombia. With the efforts of all, women’s soccer (here)…will keep growing.” Infantino said the women’s tournament should head to South America soon and suggested that increasing the regularity of the tournament to every two years, instead of a four-year gap, was worth considering.“It is something we will look at,” he told reporters after praising the bid process’s transparency.FIFA published details of their bid evaluation process and released all the individual votes of members of the FIFA Council, in contrast to the secrecy of some of the hosting votes in the past.
Freshman forward Tyler Roberson has been academically cleared by the NCAA and is attending classes at Syracuse University, SU Athletics announced in a release.Roberson is now eligible to begin participating with the men’s basketball team.“I want to thank the NCAA staff for its help and work on reviewing and processing Tyler’s eligibility,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said in the release.Roberson, a highly touted 6-foot-7 forward attended summer classes at Roselle (N.J.) Catholic High School after the NCAA held his transcript for review last spring.He was ranked the No. 14 overall power forward by Scout.com in the Class of 2013, and a four-star recruit by Scout and Rivals.com.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRoberson chose Syracuse over Kansas and Villanova. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm Contact Stephen: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Stephen_Bailey1
The USC women’s soccer team couldn’t live on the edge any longer.After its last two games ended in a draw, USC found itself in the same position in the first-round NCAA tournament game against Oklahoma State. But this match needed a winner.Daily Trojan | Young KimOklahoma State was able to avenge a 1-0 loss to the Women of Troy back in September as the Cowgirls ended USC’s season with a 0-0 (5-4) victory.Junior Alyssa Dávila had a chance to keep USC’s hopes alive, but the sixth-round shooter’s shot was saved by Adrianna Franch. This is the first time that USC (12-6-3) has failed to advance past the first round of the NCAA tournament since 2004.“It’s hard to swallow and a very disappointing way to finish the season,” said coach Ali Khosroshahin. “[Penalty kicks] are not a fun way to determine the outcome of a game.”Khosroshahin put backup senior goalkeeper Brittany Massro in goal for the penalty kicks even though senior Kristin Olsen played the entire game. USC had a competition in practice the day before and Massro outperformed Olsen.The move appeared to pay immediate dividends, as Massro saved Oklahoma State’s first shot. But after trading scores for the next two rounds of shooters, Franch took away USC’s advantage by saving sophomore Carly Butcher’s shot. The teams again traded two rounds of scoring until Davila’s shot was blocked.“Brittany did a really good job and made a great save,” Olsen said. “She is really good at penalty kicks and as a goalie, anything you save is a bonus.”While USC’s defense didn’t allow the Cowgirls to score for the second consecutive time, the offense sputtered in the attacking third. Despite having the majority of possession during the second half, USC failed to put the ball in the back of the net.Sophomore Brittney Kerridge hit a rocket in the first overtime than Franch had to punch over the crossbar, but those kinds of opportunities were few and far between for the Women of Troy.“We couldn’t find any rhythm in the attacking third,” Khosroshahin said. “We were a better team in the second half but other than Kerridge’s shot, we weren’t very dangerous.”USC was called for 17 fouls while Oklahoma State was only called for three. While Khosroshahin isn’t one to make excuses, especially when it comes to officiating, he couldn’t help but wonder if the Women of Troy were ever going to get a break.“We play hard but I wouldn’t call us a dirty team,” Khosroshahin said. “The officiating didn’t help. I mean they had three fouls in 110 minutes.”Regardless, the Women of Troy know that the game rested on their feet – but as it has all season, inconsistent play let them down.They showed promise by beating No. 9 Santa Clara on the road earlier in the season in the midst of a nine game winning streak. But they only won two of their last seven games and had trouble putting together 90 minutes of solid play.“During this game, we were better in the second half than the first half. We had better control of the tempo and at times played good soccer and at times not so good,” Khosroshahin said.The Women of Troy will graduate three key players in Olsen, defender Meagan Holmes and midfielder Marihelen Tomer. After playing this season with a group of inexperienced players, the team will come back next year with more experience and look to improve upon this season’s performance.“I don’t think the outcome shows how we’ve grown,” said Olsen, who will enter the Women Professional Soccer draft next semester. “I think we did a good job dealing with [the inexperience] and the younger girls really took the older girls’ advice. They learned a lot.”