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Zlatan quits LA Galaxy

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not return to the LA Galaxy for the 2020 MLS season, the team said in a statement on Wednesday.The 38-year-old Swedish striker tallied 52 goals and 17 assists in 53 starts for the Galaxy, the team he joined in March 2018 from Manchester United.The charismatic Ibrahimovic, who has also played for some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Barcelona, Juventus, Paris St Germain, Inter Milan and AC Milan, said he was leaving Los Angeles on a high note.“I came, I saw, I conquered,” Ibrahimovic wrote on Twitter.“Thank you @lagalaxy for making me feel alive again. To the Galaxy fans — you wanted Zlatan, I gave you Zlatan,” he said.“You are welcome. The story continues … Now go back to watching baseball.”Despite Ibrahimovic being the highest-paid player in the league, pocketing $7.2 million for the 2019 campaign, the Galaxy won just one playoff game in his two seasons.The team fell to crosstown rivals LAFC 5-3 in the MLS Cup conference semi-finals last month.He was the team’s top goal scorer both seasons and was twice named in the MLS Best XI list.Few had expected him to return for a third season with his contract expiring at the end of the year and it is unclear what is next for Ibrahimovic, who has been linked in media reports with returns to AC Milan and Manchester United.“We would like to thank Zlatan for his contributions to the LA Galaxy and Major League Soccer,” LA Galaxy President Chris Klein said in a statement, which described the decision as mutual.“Since his arrival in 2018, Zlatan has positively influenced the sport of soccer in Los Angeles. We are grateful for his work ethic and passion. We thank Zlatan for his professionalism and immeasurable impact on the Los Angeles community and the soccer community in North America as a whole.”Tags: LA GalaxyManchester UnitedZlatan Ibrahimoviclast_img read more

WINGS CLIPPED: No. 6 Syracuse beats No. 1 Louisville 70-68 on road behind Carter-Williams’ clutch 2nd-half play

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 19, 2013 at 6:16 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edu Related Stories Freshman Grant continues stellar play, finishes with 10 points in win over LouisvilleTriche holds off Louisville early, earns praise from Pitino in upset of No. 1 LouisvilleDefensive struggle, late heroics mirror 2012 Syracuse win at LouisvillePoll: After upsetting No. 1 Louisville, where should Syracuse be ranked?center_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Syracuse needed someone to make a play. Precious seconds ticked away with the Orange trailing Louisville by one.Each second gone was another moment closer to defeat. Then Syracuse got the play it so desperately needed with 24 seconds left.Michael Carter-Williams played the hero, atoning for a brutal turnover-filled first-half performance, coming away with a steal and racing down the court for an emphatic two-handed slam over Louisville’s Gorgui Dieng.“He’s a big-time player and he’s got a lot of heart,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He’ll make plays and I knew when he got the steal, I knew he had to dunk it on Dieng and he did.”Carter-Williams’ clutch play in the game’s final moments was the defining play in No. 6 Syracuse’s 70-68 win over No. 1 Louisville on Saturday. It left the 22,814 once-raucous KFC Yum! Center fans in stunned silence, sealing a comeback victory for the Orange (17-1, 5-0 Big East), which trailed for the first 14-plus minutes of the second half. Carter-Williams’ play coupled with SU’s stingy defensive performance in the second half – limiting the Cardinals (16-2, 4-1) to 29-percent shooting – was the difference in a thrilling battle between the Big East’s elite.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They made some really terrific defensive plays down the stretch and that was the game,” Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said. “Give them credit, they made the plays; they made the shots when it counted and we didn’t.”The tough loss was even tougher to swallow for Pitino, who watched the Cardinals come up short despite controlling the game for the majority of the first and second halves.Syracuse came out strong, taking a 14-7 lead early behind eight quick points from senior guard Brandon Triche. The Orange held the advantage for the opening nine-plus minutes until Louisville ratcheted up the pressure.The Cardinals’ backcourt trio of Peyton Siva, Russ Smith and Kevin Ware hounded Carter-Williams throughout the half, greeting him with every inbounds pass and hassling him the length of the court. The pressure frustrated Carter-Williams, the nation’s leader in assists, into six first-half turnovers and threw a wrench into SU’s half-court offense.With Carter-Williams neutralized against the unrelenting defense, the Orange couldn’t find a rhythm and the Cardinals held a lead of nine twice.“They forced me to turn the ball over obviously and I just knew that I was better than that, better than I was playing in terms of turning the ball over,” Carter-Williams said. “It was tough but I didn’t lose faith in myself and I kept attacking.”Carter-Williams found some confidence at the end of the half, hitting a 3-pointer for his only field goal to that point to send his team into the break tied 38-38. Triche – who kept SU in it with 18 points in the first 20 minutes on 7-of-7 shooting – ran down the court with a display of emotion toward the bench as the final seconds ran out.Syracuse was right in it despite a rough performance from its star point guard.But the second half wasn’t any easier. Louisville quickly ran out to a 48-40 lead, while limiting SU to two free throws in the first four-plus minutes. Like in the first half, though, Syracuse never let the hole get too big.The Orange remained within at least six throughout the half before cutting it to one thanks to a couple defensive stops and a drive by Carter-Williams.It set the stage for his go-ahead 3-pointer from the left wing, giving Syracuse its first lead of the half at 64-62 with 5:28 to play. Running down the court, fists clenched, Carter-Williams and Syracuse could feel the tide turning.The next time down the court, the SU point guard saved a broken play, greeting a sloppy pass by Triche and firing it down low for an easy layup by Jerami Grant.“It’s not how you start all the time, it’s how you finish,” said Triche of Carter-Williams, who finished with 16 points and seven assists. “And I think he finished a game that he should, he finished in a way that pretty much won us the game.”He won it with his final clutch play on the steal and dunk with 24 seconds to go. Louisville owned the lead and controlled the game in the final two minutes until Carter-Williams streaked down the floor for the dunk and added a free throw.With one more play to be made, Carter-Williams came through again, tying up Dieng for the game’s final stop.“It was just all off adrenaline,” Carter-Williams said. “I just owed it to my teammates and to my coaches and to finish that play and to win the game.” Commentslast_img read more

Robert Washington, 4-star recruit, verbally commits to Syracuse for Class of 2016

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 25, 2015 at 2:52 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Correction: In the previous version of this article, the college where Robert Washington verbally committed to was incorrect. Washington has verbally committed to Syracuse. The Daily Orange regrets this error.It was reported by Bleacher Report that Washington was committed to the University of Florida, which was backed up by his statement in a video posted with the story. But that was recorded on Thursday, according to The Post-Standard, before Washington told multiple reporters that he flipped his decision to Syracuse after recording it and before his Saturday announcement.Four-star running back Robert Washington has verbally committed to Syracuse, he announced on Saturday.The Orange landed one of its top priorities of the Class of 2016 and third member of the class in one of the most highly anticipated recruitments in recent memory. Washington was recruited by Syracuse since his freshman year and received an offer from SU shortly thereafter, according to multiple reports.Washington is ranked as the 21st-best junior running back in the country and received over 40 scholarship offers, according to Scout. He chose Syracuse over Alabama, Michigan, Florida, North Carolina and Texas Christian, Washington.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOver the past several weeks, Washington revealed his final six options one by one on Twitter. When Syracuse was included, buzz from fans about his potential commitment escalated. Some SU fans on Twitter have associated him with the “Restore 44” movement to unretire the number worn by legendary running backs Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and Floyd Little.No. 44 has been retired since 2005 after Daryl Gross took over as director of athletics. In March, Gross stepped down and Pete Sala took over in the interim. Though no changes have been made to the status of the iconic number, SU Athletics director of communications Sue Edson told Syracuse.com that the number is “discussed often and will continue to be.”The 5-foot-10, 215 pound running back joins former Indianapolis Colt Delone Carter (Class of 2006), Doug Hogue (Class of 2007) and Averin Collier (Class of 2008) as the only four-star running backs to choose SU in the past 10 years, per Scout. Seniors Ron Thompson and Ashton Broyld are the only four-star recruits on the current roster and safey Marquise Blair is the only one in the Class of 2015.In his junior year at SouthLake Christian (North Carolina) Academy, Washington ran for 2,233 yards and 27 touchdowns on 239 carries, according to MaxPreps.com. As a sophomore, he ran for 2,512 yards and 28 touchdowns on 219 carriers, per Max Preps. Washington will transfer to East Gaston (North Carolina) High School for the next school year, according to The Charlotte ObserverWhen Washington arrives at Syracuse, he could make a case for early playing time. Senior Devante McFarlane, senior George Morris II and sophomore Ervin Philips are the only running backs currently on SU’s rosters, but coaches plan on making Philips a hybrid, in which he will play multiple roles. All three running backs in the Class of 2015 are three-star recruits.Here’s a list of Syracuse’s four-star commits in the past 10 classes, per Scout:2015 — Marquise Blair — safety2014 — K.J. Williams — wide receiver2012 — Ron Thompson — defensive end2012 — Ashton Broyld — wide receiver2008 — Averin Collier — running back2008 — Marcus Sales — wide receiver2008 — Romale Tucker — defensive end2007 — Doug Hogue — running back2007 — Jermaine Pierce — linebacker2006 — Delone Carter — running back2006 — Andrey Baskin — wide receiver Commentslast_img read more

Missing USC student reportedly sighted in San Diego County

first_imgDerek Adam Seehausen, a 26-year-old fourth-year medical student at USC who has been missing since Aug. 5, was allegedly seen on Sept. 10, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.A tip to LAPD on Sept. 10 described a man matching Seehausen’s description shuffling on the Pacific Coast Highway near Solana Beach, California. Seehausen has plantar fasciitis, a painful disorder affecting the heel and underside of the foot, which private investigator Thomas Martin, who was hired by Seehausen’s family, attributes to his gait.Seehausen was also reportedly sighted on Sept. 5, when an LAPD officer, while searching for a sexual assailant, reported he saw a man on foot with similar characteristics to Seehausen.At a press conference on Sept. 12 at USC’s Health Sciences campus, Jean Godra, Seehausen’s mother, made her first public appearance since her son’s disappearance. Godra said Seehausen posted a video of himself scuba diving through kelp on Facebook a week before he went missing. Her son also called her around the same time to tell her the dates of Keck School of Medicine’s spring graduation and ask about Christmas plans.“This is an unimaginable nightmare for our family. We don’t understand it. If you took a thousand people, Derek would be the last person that you would think would do this,” Godra said.After Seehausen had not attended class in two days, fellow students started to suspect that something was wrong. With the help of Martin, Seehausen’s family has photos of possible sightings and believes that he is still alive. Martin said that he hasn’t talked to any law enforcement officers who think that Seehausen is deceased.At 10:34 p.m. on Aug. 5, Seehausen was caught on tape at a Vons ATM withdrawing $200. Later that night at 11:54 p.m., Seehausen made a $2,999 payment to a friend via his iPhone. He was last seen at 12:02 a.m. Aug. 6 on foot northbound on Alvarado Street.Martin said that no foul play is suspected. He does not believe there is any connection between the payment and Seehausen’s disappearance.A family member told NBC San Diego that Seehausen has ties in San Diego County, where Solana Beach is located, and is a frequent visitor to the area. Seehausen supposedly was planning to visit his best friend in San Diego during the time of his disappearance. He has also been known to surf at nearby Mission Beach.Shuhan He, a close friend and USC student who spoke at the press conference, described Seehausen as intelligent, athletic and resourceful. He said Seehausen was top of his class and very motivated. He said he last spoke to Seehausen three days before his disappearance about plans for the weekend.Seehausen’s family and friends run a website, helpfindderek.com, hoping to expand their search by reaching out to the public for help.Seehausen is about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. According to the Los Angeles Times, he was last seen wearing a black sweater, maroon T-shirt, plaid shorts and colorful shoes. He has a distinct 5 cm flesh-colored scar on his right arm. Those with any information are asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department Adult Missing Person Unit at 213-996-1800.last_img read more

Annenberg signs open letter to Sinclair

first_imgThe Sinclair Broadcast Group required news anchors at its broadcasting stations to read a company statement on-air accusing other news outlets of publishing “fake news.” Photo from Sinclair Broadcast GroupThirteen university deans and department chairs from journalism schools across the country, including USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, signed an open letter to the Sinclair Broadcast Group Friday protesting Sinclair requiring news anchors at nearly 200 broadcasting stations to read a statement written by the company on-air. The statement accused other news outlets of publishing “fake news.” “The educators say requiring the anchors to read the company’s statement violates a tenant of the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics which is to ‘Act Independently,’” a Poynter article reported on April 6. “Unfortunately, some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control exactly what people think,” the statement Sinclair wrote said, which was read on-air by dozens of news anchors last month. Gordon Stables, the USC Annenberg School of Journalism interim director, said that the University of Maryland shared a draft of the letter that they were planning to send to Sinclair and asked USC if they would like to co-sign it. “Sinclair’s use of news personnel to deliver commentary — not identified as such — may further erode what has traditionally been one of the strongest allegiances in the news landscape, the trust that viewers put in their local television stations,” the letter, addressed to Sinclair Executive Chairman David Smith, read. Along with USC, heads of journalism schools at the University of Maryland, Syracuse University, Louisiana State University, University of Georgia, University of Mississippi, Temple University, Ohio University, University of Arizona, UC Berkeley, University of Illinois, The George Washington University and Morgan State University signed the letter. “We reached out to our faculty by email on Friday afternoon and evening and had a substantial and overwhelming response of the faculty strongly supporting us adding our signature to the letter,” Stables said.Sinclair Broadcast Group operates or owns 193 broadcasting stations across the country, and is the nation’s largest broadcaster. According to The New York Times, the company regularly sends out “must-runs” to the local news stations that they operate, which are video segments with content such as terrorism news updates, commentary and more. Stables said Sinclair is crossing a line when it comes to ethical reporting.“As a school that focuses on teaching journalism as a career and profession, there are some important professional norms,” Stables said. “One of them that you should not breach is the difference between reporting and commentary or opinion pieces and news coverage. And I think the Sinclair broadcasting decision to blur that line is really disturbing.”Scott Livingston, Sinclair’s vice president for news, issued a response to Poynter regarding the letter addressed by journalism educators. “We stand for accurate reporting first and foremost,” he said in a statement. “We understand that the promo prompted an emotional response, and we’ll learn from that in the future.” Sinclair has received criticism for the company’s most recent live must-read, mostly due to its eerily similar rhetoric to President Donald Trump’s censure of the American press, and the Trump administration’s refusal to condemn Sinclair. “So funny to watch Fake News Networks, among the most dishonest groups of people I have ever dealt with, criticize Sinclair Broadcasting for being biased,” Trump tweeted in defense of Sinclair on April 2.last_img read more

Juventus Star Lemina Set For Southampton Medical

first_imgRelatedSouthampton Sign Guido Carrillo In Club Record DealJanuary 25, 2018In “England”Kenyan Midfielder Named Premier League Goal Award RecipientMarch 9, 2018In “England”Five Players To Historically Play For Bayern Munich And JuventusJuly 31, 2017In “Europe” Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina is reportedly set for a medical with Southampton on Sunday after they agreed a £13.5m with the Italian champions.According to popular media outlet ESPN, sources close to the 23-year old revealed that Southampton have won the race for him ahead of league rivals Stoke City.The Potters were favourites for his signature before Southampton usurped them in the battle for the Gabonese international.Lemina is now expected to be Southampton’s second major signing of the summer after defender Jan Bedranek, who joined from Polish side Lech Poznan on a five-year deal.The midfielder signed for Juventus in 2015 and endured lack of playing time under manager Maximiliano Allegri prompting his desire to secure a transfer from the club.In two seasons with Juventus, he has won two Serie A titles as well as two Coppa Italia crowns and has scored 3 goals in 42 appearances in all competitions.last_img read more

Ronaldinho kicks Jesus in the face

first_imgNot many people would appreciate a kick to the face from an opponent, let alone offer to shake their hand afterwards… unless that opponent is Ronaldinho, of course. During a clash between Mexico’s Queretaro and Club America in the Liga MX on Friday night – which Queretaro won 3-2 – Jesus Molina was left seeing stars; but it wasn’t because he was in awe of the Brazilian World Cup winning hero.Half-way through the first half, Molina and the former Barcelona and AC Milan midfielder challenged for a high ball.Rather than using his head, Ronaldinho went in high with his boot, leathering the poor Club America player in the face  Interestingly enough Molina offered a truce with the culprit, who was not punished for his offence. Although the Samba star wasn’t on the scoresheet that night, his side were victorious with an injury time winner.last_img read more

Whicker: Running an NBA team is no Magic trick

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHe sounded like he didn’t want to make the tough calls that he always has to make in his businesses. He didn’t want a spat with Jeanie Buss because he loves Jeanie like a sister. Then he told the media he was leaving before he told Jeanie.Does this mean Luke Walton will coach the Lakers again next season? Nobody knows.Does this mean that free agents will be more or less likely to join the Lakers without Magic’s irresistible recruiting power? Hard to say.Where does this leave Rob Pelinka, the agent-turned-general manager who was the front man in the construction of this Erector Set roster? To be determined.Whatever happens, there’s a draft to evaluate and there’s a free agent market to explore, and Buss needs a chief of staff with spit-polish organizational skills. John Kelly and HR McMaster are still available. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers This wasn’t a basketball season. It was a Netflix series.And maybe it shouldn’t end just because the playoffs are starting and the Lakers aren’t in them.A couple more episodes and LeBron James might consider running for President. Alex Caruso could demand to be traded. Anthony Davis could become the national spokesman in the fight against load management.Until then, Magic Johnson has decided to curtail his two-year run as President of the Lakers. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img As everyone knows, Buss should have hired Jerry West to run the club in the first place. Instead, West is the consigliere of the Clippers, who are more of an Up With People show than a car-crash thriller, but who are somehow in the playoffs while the Lakers aren’t.The Clippers are functional enough to appeal to a free agent who wouldn’t have to minimize his game to accommodate James but can become the wheel around which Danilo Gallinari and the guys rotate.West has too much unfinished business, along with something called loyalty, to change offices in L.A.Buss would do well to contact David Griffin, who was the general manager when James was in Cleveland and engineered the trade that brought Kevin Love.Griffin worked for the Phoenix Suns for 17 years before he went to Cleveland. He knows the league, knows the executives, knows the indecipherable rules that make GMs feel like they have to be Supreme Court clerks.More than anything, Griffin knows James, and James knows him. They won a championship together. Griffin can make the Lakers more boring. It would be the best favor anyone could do.Magic Johnson might be the most beloved figure in the history of sports in Los Angeles. But he is not the first successful businessman to be mystified by the all-too-human workings of a sports franchise, and he won’t be the last.As he admitted, it is a far more constraining job than people think, which is why most GMs have the Advil within arm’s reach. The job never ends, it never follows a straight path, and it depends solely on human dynamics and a ball that no longer settles lovingly in the hands of No. 32.Magic didn’t want D’Angelo Russell because he didn’t like his immature attitude, and now Russell is a maturing potential All-Star in Brooklyn. That trade was saved by the draft choice that became Kyle Kuzma.Then the Lakers sent Ivica Zubac to the Clippers just as he was learning how to translate his hands into consistent points and rebounds. That, on top of letting Julius Randle leave as a free agent to join New Orleans.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Some of that was salary-cap strategy to accommodate James and the free-agent-to-be. The fact that the young players failed to react properly to the New Orleans trade rumors is their fault, or their agents’ fault, but Magic and James were far too public when they lusted for Davis.One forgets that the Lakers were beginning to roll when James hurt his groin on Christmas Night in Oakland. One can envision them contending in 2019-20 with the right newcomers. And it’s true that Walton rarely had a full team to coach, and Ball’s absence was painful, particularly when Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox has become such a force.Magic and Pelinka sat in Memphis during an NCAA Tournament regional and watched Kentucky’s Fox outplay UCLA’s Ball, but they mollified fans and media by taking Ball anyway. Still, he’s got a chance to be fine if he can stay upright.This might actually be remembered as a good day for the Lakers, since Magic saw there was a problem and removed himself more or less painlessly. And a fascinating sequel looms. It can become Return Of The King, or King Lear. We’ll be watching, a few rows behind Magic. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs last_img read more

Odds for NASCAR race at Homestead: Expert picks & favorites to win Sunday’s Cup Series race

first_imgThe odds for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway are based on the combination of past results at the 1.5-mile oval in South Florida and recent intermediate track racing trends. Our picks to win Sunday’s race at Homestead are fueled by the same factors.For example, two of the top three drivers on the odds board have won at Homestead over the last three years. Those wins, of course, made Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. NASCAR Cup Series champions in 2019 and 2017, respectively. Now the Homestead race will play out during the first half of the season with much less on the line. MORE: Full starting lineup for NASCAR race at MartinsvilleThe fact that the Homestead Cup event is now a day race is an interesting X-factor, as the 1.5-mile oval will be much slicker in the heat of June as opposed to conditions for a night race in November.Below are the complete Vegas odds to win Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead, plus our top three picks of drivers who could end up taking the checkered flag.NASCAR race odds to win at HomesteadKevin Harvick sits alongside Truex atop the odds board with good reason. Harvick, the NASCAR Cup Series points leader, has the best career driver rating at Homestead among those in Sunday’s field. This will be his 20th Cup Series start at the track in South Florida.Courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook, below are the complete odds to win Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead.DriverOdds to win Homestead raceKevin Harvick+470Martin Truex Jr.+470Kyle Busch+500Chase Elliott+800Joey Logano+850Brad Keselowski+1000Denny Hamlin+1000Ryan Blaney+1100Alex Bowman+2200Jimmie Johnson+2500Clint Bowyer+2800Kurt Busch+2800William Byron+4200Erik Jones+5000Aric Almirola+6500Matt DiBenedetto+6500Matt Kenseth+6500Austin Dillon+7500Ryan Newman+7500Tyler Reddick+7500Bubba Wallace+11000Ricky Stenhouse Jr.+12000Chris Buescher+14000Christopher Bell+18000BJ McLeod+20000Brennan Poole+20000Cole Custer+20000Corey LaJoie+20000Daniel Suarez+20000Garrett Smithley+20000JJ Yeley+20000Ty Dillon+20000Joey Gase+20000John Hunter Nemechek+20000Michael McDowell+20000Quin Houff+20000Ryan Preece+20000Timmy Hill+20000Below are the top 10 career driver ratings at Homestead among those in Sunday’s field:Kevin Harvick, 108.8Martin Truex Jr., 107.3Matt Kenseth, 105.2Kyle Busch, 102.3Denny Hamlin, 97.4Joey Logano, 94.2Jimmie Johnson, 93.7Chase Elliott, 91.8Brad Keselowski, 89.2Clint Bowyer, 85.9Denny Hamlin (2009, 2013) and Kyle Busch (2015, 2019) lead all active drivers in wins at Homestead with two apiece.There have been 21 NASCAR Cup Series races at Homestead, and six of them featured winners who started on the front row — two from the pole and four from second. Hamlin and Joey Logano will start on the front row for Sunday’s race.Below is the breakdown of wins from varying starting positions in the history of Cup racing at Homestead.Starting positionWinning %Wins1st9.5 percent2Front row28.6 percent6Top 561.9 percent13Top 1071.4 percent15Outside top 2028.6 percent6The top 10 starters for Wednesday’s race at Homestead are as follows: 1. Denny Hamlin, 2. Joey Logano, 3. Brad Keselowski, 4. Kyle Busch, 5. Chase Elliott, 6. Martin Truex Jr., 7. Kevin Harvick, 8. Alex Bowman, 9. Jimmie Johnson, 10. Kurt BuschMORE: Updated NASCAR schedule for 2020NASCAR at Homestead expert picks1. Kyle BuschCareer stats at Homestead:Two wins, five top fives, eight top 10sAverage finish of 16.333 (12th-best)Average running position of 11.913 (seventh-best)Driver rating of 102.3 (fourth-best)284 fastest laps run (second-best)3,014 laps in top 15; 75.2 percent (fourth-most)587 quality passes (eighth-most)Busch’s relative struggles this season were amplified by a bad race at Martinsville on Wednesday night, but his team likely will welcome its return to the track where it won a championship last season. Busch obviously has the speed and the talent to win; his team just needs to put together a complete race for him to finally notch a victory in 2020.2. Kevin HarvickCareer stats at Homestead:One win, 11 top fives, 17 top 10sAverage finish of 5.533 (series-best)Average running position of 7.886 (series-best)Driver rating of 108.8 (series-best)251 fastest laps run (third-best)3,401 laps in top 15; 84.9 percent (series-most)644 quality passes (sixth-most)Simply put: Harvick statistically is the best driver in the field at Homestead. And as evidenced by Harvick’s win last week at Atlanta, we know his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team has the speed it needs to succeed at an intermediate track on a hot day. 3. Chase ElliottCareer stats at Homestead:One top five, two top 10sAverage finish of 9.500 (fourth-best)Average running position of 11.296 (fourth-best)Driver rating of 91.8 (eighth-best)26 fastest laps run (15th-best)843 laps in top 15; 78.9 percent (14th-most)227 quality passes (14th-most)This is less about Elliott’s relatively short history at Homestead and more about Hendrick Motorsports’ speed in 2020. Elliott and his teammates have been competitive at all types of tracks this year, and the No. 9 team’s strong recent runs at Darlington, Charlotte and Atlanta suggest NASCAR’s most popular driver could be in for another big day at an intermediate track.(All NASCAR loop data stats are from 2005 through present.)last_img read more

Some Iowans seeing impact of federal government shutdown

first_imgKLEMME — The partial federal government shutdown is impacting Iowans from farmers to college researchers.While Farm Service Agency offices were initially open during the shutdown, they’re now closed in every Iowa county, cutting off some farmers from programs and payments. North-central Iowa farmer Brent Renner says he got his payment related to losses from the 2018 trade war, but other farmers were left waiting. Renner says the FSA runs all sorts of loan and payment programs.“There’s probably somewhere in the nation that has a different program that I have no clue of that is critical at this time of year that is affecting somebody directly that I’m not aware of,” Renner says, “but I would say, for most of us in Iowa, we’re not freaking out yet.” Renner, who farms in Klemme, filled out his paperwork for the Market Facilitation Program and says he received his check after the shutdown began but before year’s end. The original deadline was in January and he says some farmers had reason to wait.“There are some that were not wanting their money, for taxes purposes possibly, until after the first of the year, so they didn’t go in to turn in their production, not knowing that this situation might occur, the furlough or the closed offices,” Renner says. “That production is unable to be calculated and the payments are unable to be made.”Renner says there’s now no one to process applications or cut checks. He says farmers in his area remain hopeful the shutdown will be resolved soon, before anyone’s situation becomes dire.Meanwhile, faculty members and researchers at Iowa’s colleges and universities who planned to apply for federal grants and fellowships are seeing those options vanish. Amy Erica Smith, a political science professor at Iowa State University, expected to be spending time this month reviewing graduate student applications for a National Science Foundation fellowship.Smith says, “Right when the government went into shutdown, we got an email saying, ‘The government is officially in shutdown, the online system is off, stay put for further notice. We’ll let you know when it would be a good time to come back in and start reviewing applications’.” Smith says the government closure takes some extra work off her plate, so it’s not a hardship for her.“It’s only too bad from the perspective of the graduate students who will hopefully still have an opportunity to receive this fellowship, but certainly the decision is going to be delayed,” Smith says, “and there will be chaos when everything comes back online.” While the disruption means Smith has less work at the moment, it could also mean a tighter deadline later.last_img read more