Thursday August 6th Local Sports

first_imgTODAY:AM-1300 KGLO — Minnesota Twins at Pittsburgh — pre-game 12:00 noon, first pitch 12:35 PITTSBURGH (AP) — Minnesota’s Randy Dobnak dominated in his homecoming, allowing three hits in six innings as the streaking Twins topped the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 last night as you heard on KGLO. Dobnak, who grew up a half-hour south of PNC Park in the Pittsburgh suburb of South Park, didn’t walk a batter and struck out just one. The 25-year-old relied on a heavy fastball the Pirates pounded into the ground. Pittsburgh managed just four balls out of the infield against Dobnak, who dropped his ERA to 0.60. Marwin Gonzalez went 2 for 4 with two RBIs for the Twins. Max Kepler gave Minnesota some breathing room in the ninth with a three-run home run off Pirates’ reliever Dovydas Neverauskas. The Twins and Pirates wrap up the series this afternoon with a 12:35 start. The pre-game starts at noon on KGLO. IOWA CITY — Iowa will open the football season September 5th at home against Maryland. The Big Ten released a ten game, conference only schedule that gives each team two bye weeks and the possibility of moving the conference championship game two weeks to December 19th. Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren was interviewed on BTN.KGLO News · 8 – 6-kwbig – 1Warren says starting the season Labor Day weekend will provide the conference the flexibility it needs.KGLO News · 8 – 6-kwbig – 2Warren says football teams will be allowed to begin fall camp on Friday.KGLO News · 8 – 6-kwbig – 3Warren says all players and staff will be tested weekly beginning the week of the season opener.KGLO News · 8 – 6-kwbig – 4Additional home games for Iowa include Nebraska (Sept. 26), Northwestern (Oct. 3), Michigan State (Oct. 31) and Wisconsin (Nov. 14). Iowa travels to face Purdue on Sept. 12, and plays at Minnesota the following week on Saturday, Sept. 19. Remaining road games include at Illinois (Oct. 10), Penn State (Oct. 24) and Ohio State (Nov. 21). Iowa has open dates scheduled for Oct. 17 and Nov. 7. Iowa’s opening game marks the first time since 1980 the Hawkeyes will open the season against a Big Ten opponent. The Hawkeyes opened that season with a 16-7 win over Indiana in Kinnick Stadiumcenter_img BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Bridget Carleton scored a career-high 25 points, Lexie Brown had a season-high 15 points and career-best seven steals, and the Minnesota Lynx beat the New York Liberty 93-66. Amanda Zahui B. led New York (0-5) with 13 points. The Lynx (4-1) shot 51% percent from the field and hit 10 of 21 from 3-point range. They held the Liberty without a field goal for nearly nine minutes during a 20-1 third-quarter run that turned Minnesota’s two-point halftime deficit into a 24-point lead when Carleton made a basket with 1:33 left in the period.last_img read more

Uganda Cranes draw Egypt, Ghana in World Cup qualifiers

first_imgLIVE DRAWS Group  A :Libya, Guinea, DR Congo, TunisiaGroup B: Zambia, Cameroon, Nigeria, AlgeriaGroup C: Gabon, Morocco, Mali, Ivory CoastGroup D: Burkina Faso, South Africa, Cape Verde, SenegalGroup E: Uganda, Congo, Egypt, GhanaMatchdays1: Oct 3-11 20162: Nov 7-15 20163/4: Aug 28-Sept 5 20175: Oct 2-10 20176: Nov 6-14 2017Uganda has been drawn in one of the toughest groups in the Africa zone, 2018 World Cup qualifiers.  They are in Group E with Congo and African giants Egypt, Ghana.The qualifiers start in October, with Uganda away to Ghana.Cranes coach, Serbian Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic  was unfazed by the draw. He said success in the Africa Cup of Nations qualification will be the perfect launch pad for the World Cup qualifiers.” We are focusing first on AFCON qualifiers believing that we can qualify for the first time in 39 years. Once we finish that we shall fly on the wings of confidence go to play World cup qualifiers where we need to meet top class teams with no pressure on us,” Micho said.Uganda plays Comoros in September, a month before the World Cup qualifiers. Micho is looking to a win in that game and qualification for Gabon as a springboard.“Against these giants, the mental part is most important. We need to break jinx of Egypt. Technically we shall be up to standard but question is can the whole country stand behind us with just 10 percent of a budget compared to others  we are competing against?”The “group of death” is Group B, that has Zambia as the minnows. Others are Cameroon, Nigeria, and Algeria.The five group winners qualify for the World Cup finals in Russia.World Cup Group qualifying starts this October, continues in November and there will be four rounds between August and November 2017.Opening match of  Group E has Ghana vs Uganda : 10th October 2016. LIVE UPDATES** Draw starts:  Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny to help with the draw*****LIVE UPDATESUganda is in Pot 4, the weakest of the four pots. They have never qualified for the final before, but are in contention to make their first African Cup of Nations finals.Eighteen of the nations in the draw are among the top 20 in the rankings with Gabon and Libya the exceptions.Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Nigeria are seeking third consecutive World Cup appearances.Pot 1: Algeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Senegal, EgyptPot 2: Tunisia, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, CameroonPot 3: Congo Brazzaville, Nigeria, Morocco, Mali, South AfricaPot 4: Uganda, Burkina Faso, Zambia, Gabon, LibyaShare on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Bundesliga starts testing players amid restart hopes

first_imgPlayers would be subject to strict hygiene measures, including testing for the virus every few days.German Chancellor Merkel chairing a video conference with the premiers of 16 states on Thursday with the Bundesliga set to be discussed, but a final decision is only expected next week.According to German daily Bild, defending champions Bayern Munich, who were four points clear when the league was halted in mid-March, were among those who started testing Thursday.Other clubs are expected to start testing in the coming days. BVB captain Marco Reus Berlin, Germany | AFP | The German league confirmed Thursday that clubs have started testing players for the coronavirus as part of plans for the Bundesliga to resume next month.Testing for the virus, which has so far claimed over 6,000 lives in Germany, is a key component in the plans to restart the Bundesliga in stadiums without spectators.The DFL confirmed to AFP subsidiary SID that regular testing has begun in the top two leagues amid hopes matches could be played from as early as May 9 or May 16.However, the league still needs the go-ahead from Angela Merkel’s government to resume.The labour ministry, which has approved the plans, has demanded each player be tested twice before clubs resume team training, having so far trained mainly in smaller groups.center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Democrats to bring $15 minimum wage bill to House floor

first_imgDemocratic lawmakers are bringing a bill to the House floor to raise the federal minimum wage to 15-dollars.At Capitol Hill Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it would give millions of American women a raise. The legislation would increase the national minimum pay rate to $15 per hour over the course of five years through scheduled annual increases.It has more than 180 co-sponsors, including support from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.The current minimum wage is seven dollars and 25-cents per hour, which has not been changed since 2009.Republican lawmakers argue that raising the minimum wage would cause small businesses to suffer and millions of people to lose their jobs.This story is developing.last_img

Trump Retweets Conspiracy Theory About Epstein’s Death

first_imgPresident Trump retweeted a theory over the weekend from comedian Terrence K. Williams regarding the death of Jeffrey Epstein.According to federal officials, Epstein was not on suicide watch at the time of his death. He had been on suicide watch last month, but was later taken off, a person familiar with the matter reports.A Clinton spokesman responded on Twitter to Trump’s retweet: “Ridiculous, and of course not true – and Donald Trump knows it. Has he triggered the 25th Amendment yet?” The 25th Amendment spells out a process for the president’s Cabinet to remove him from office.White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said on “Fox News Sunday” that President Trump “just wants everything to be investigated.”She also criticized people who she says are “trying to connect the president to this monster from years ago where they are seen dancing in the video,” in reference to an NBC News video of Trump and Epstein attending a party at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on Palm Beach in 1992. Conway adds that those individuals “were actively, I suppose, flying around with this monster on his island…Perhaps there’s a public interest in knowing more about that.”Democratic Senator and Presidential Candidate Cory Booker, of New Jersey, says Trump is “using the same tactics and languages of the Russians, if you look at the intelligence reports about how they’re coming at our democracy.” Booker calls Trump’s actions “dangerous” and says the President has “been using the Clintons as a means for a lot of his false accusations.”last_img read more

Deadline to Register to Vote in August 18th Primary Approaching

first_imgYour deadline to register or change party affiliation for the August 8th primary election is Monday, July 20, 2020.Supervisor of Elections for Palm Beach County, Wendy Link told Jen and Bill that mail in ballot voting is very safe. and Bill will speak with the chief investigator for Judicial Watch at 8:35 about the concerns over mail-in ballots.IMPORTANT: Florida is a “closed primary” state. That means that only the voters registered within that political party may vote in that party’s Primary Election, unless a Universal Primary Contest (UPC)* occurs. You can change your party affiliation by submitting an updated Voter Registration Application at any time, but the change must be made 29 days before a Primary Election in order to be valid for that election. All registered voters, regardless of party affiliation, may vote on issues and nonpartisan races during a Primary Election. Your party does not affect your ballot for any election other than a Primary Election.*A Universal Primary Contest (UPC) occurs if all candidates for an office have the same party affiliation and the winner will have no opposition in the General Election. Early Voting: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday, August 3, 2020 – Sunday, August 16, 2020Vote By Mail: Due by 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 18, 2020Election Day: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 18, 2020During the Primary Election, electors will vote for representatives within their party affiliations. If opposed within their own parties, United States Senators, Representatives in Congress, State Representatives, and State Senators will be on the ballot. The five Constitutional Officers: the Clerk of Courts, Property Appraiser, Sheriff, Supervisor of Elections, as well as Tax Collector, will also appear on the ballot if they are opposed within their party. Voters may also see County Commissioners and precinct committee men and women depending on their jurisdiction. Because Florida is a closed primary state, voters may only vote within their party. The winning candidates of the Primary Election, who see opposition from another party, will then move on to the General Election in November.Universal Primary: A Universal Primary is a contest in the Primary Election in which all candidates have the same party affiliation, but will not see opposition during the General Election. During a Universal Primary, all qualified electors may vote regardless of their party affiliation.___________________________________________________________________________________________________________last_img read more

Casey and Crookall-Nixon off to Sage Valley

first_img Harry Casey (Enfield, Middlesex) and Seb Crookall-Nixon (Workington, Cumbria), current and former national junior champions, will represent England Golf in the annual junior Invitational at Sage Valley in Georgia on 20th – 22nd April. Casey, 18,  (pictured) is the reigning English boy champion following his victory in the Carris Trophy at Broadstone last year. He also won the Duke of York Young Champions tournament and finished tied third on the Lagonda Trophy, and fourth in the Hampshire Hog and the Fairhaven Trophy. These fine performances helped him finish third on the 2011 Titleist/FootJoy EGU Boys Order of Merit for the second successive year, having finished runner-up in the Carris Trophy in 2010. A boy international, Casey is a member of the England A squad for 2012. Crookall-Nixon, 18, has enjoyed some remarkable successes since landing the McGregor Trophy, the English Boys under 16 Championship at High Post in 2008 as a 14 year old. He retained the title the following year at Radcliffe on Trent after which he was capped at boys level, having already represented England in under 16 matches. He helped Workington to win the Champion Club Tournament in 2009 and was a member of the Cumbria team in the Boys County Finals at Goswick the following year. In 2011, he won the Henriques Salver as the best under 20 player in the Brabazon Trophy, when he finished fourth overall, and this year was an England team member in the Costa Ballena Tournament. Last year was the first time the governing body of English amateur golf sent players to the United States’ event, which is played over 54 holes of stroke play and attracts an international field of players under 19 years of age. The 7,344-yard Tom Fazio-designed Sage Valley course lies a few miles from Augusta National, home of the Masters Tournament, and is constructed through 10,000 acres of forest. 19 Apr 2012 Casey and Crookall-Nixon off to Sage Valley last_img read more

Arron storms to Faldo Series win – joy too for Burke

first_img Tags: Dorset, England Men’s Team, Essex 15 Nov 2019 Arron storms to Faldo Series win – joy too for Burke Arron Edwards-Hill produced a stirring final round fightback to win the overall 23rd Faldo Series Grand Final in some style.The England Men’s squad player carded a brilliant six-under par round of 64 to emerge triumphant in the event staged at the Al Ain Equestrian Shooting and Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates.There was also success for Dorset’s Louise Burke in the girls’ under 16 event when she claimed victory in her section thanks to a final round of 66.The course has proved something of a lucky charm for England Golf players in recent weeks. Josh Hill from the boys’ squad became the youngest ever winner of a ranking professional event when he won at the same venue on the MENA Tour last month.Now Edwards-Hill has joined his countryman in writing his own bit of history in the desert.Watched by six-time major champion and series founder Sir Nick Faldo, the Essex golfer started his third round four shots adrift of South Africa’s Dylan Melville.But Edwards-Hill showed no fear as he followed up two rounds of 68 with a 64 to post a winning total of 10-under par.The Chelmsford golfer fired seven birdies in his excellent final round.Five birdies in a row from the 10th hole proved to be the key to his success and allowed Edwards-Hill to motor past Melville and win by two shots.Burke’s four-under par final round blew away the rest of the girls’ field.A run of four birdies in five holes before the turn gave Burke – an England Under 16 player – final round momentum.The Broadstone GC member eventually won by six shots from Japan’s Sakura Kawakami.Photograph credit: Leaderboardlast_img read more

Pitt warily eyes Coastal title as uneven Hokies visit

first_imgPittsburgh fullback George Aston (35) celebrates a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 in Charlottesville, Va. (Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress via AP/File) PITTSBURGH (AP) — George Aston has seen a lot in five years at Pittsburgh. Two coaching staffs. A handful of big-time upsets that hinted at a turnaround. Just as many baffling losses that have ultimately prevented it from happening.Still, the burly fullback hasn’t seen this: it’s November and the Panthers are in first place in the ACC’s Coastal Division heading into a visit from Virginia Tech. Pitt’s first trip to a conference title game is within reach, an achievement that Aston and the rest of the 19 seniors who will play their final game at Heinz Field on Saturday know would leave a tangible lasting legacy.“We haven’t been in this position this late in the season before,” Aston said. “It’s pretty late in the season, we control our own destiny. We’ve just got to win.”Something the Panthers (5-4, 4-1) have managed to do with regularity over the last month, reviving what threatened to be a lost season. Pitt has won three of four — the lone setback a narrow 19-14 nonconference loss to unbeaten Notre Dame on the road — to move into the driver’s seat in the typically unwieldy Coastal, which could have its sixth different champion in as many years.“I felt like we put our mind to it, this team can do a lot of different things,” defensive end DeWayne Hendrix said. “Just us going through adversity as a team, losing games that we weren’t supposed to and now we’re finally starting to get into a groove. We always knew we should be winning those games. We just didn’t know when it was going to happen.”This might be the year. Emphasis on might. The Panthers, however, are wary. As promising as the last month has been, it can come undone very quickly. A team built on running the ball and defense understands it has little margin for error. Still, they like their chances.“A lot of people doubted us,” Hendrix said. “People are going to doubt you when you’re losing but when you’re winning, they’re going to jump on the bandwagon. We know how good we can be but we can’t be sidetracked on that. We’ve got to go out and grind each week just like everybody else.”Something Virginia Tech (4-4, 3-2) has been unable to do during a stretch in which it has dropped three of four. Still, the Hokies can revive their own chances at capturing the Coastal — and salvaging an uneven year — by beating the Panthers for the third straight time.“It’s not our job to be frustrated, it’s our job to try to fix, coach and mentor,” Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said. “Continuing to try to push these guys forward so that they can execute on a more consistent basis so that as a team we have a chance to have more consistent play against very good people.”VIVID MEMORYVirginia Tech edged Pitt 20-14 in Blacksburg last season thanks to a dramatic goal-line stand in which the Hokies stopped Pitt on four shots from inside the Virginia Tech 5 in the final minute. The loss ultimately cost the Panthers a shot at a bowl game and the near miss has come up frequently over the last 12 months.“We all know what happened,” Pitt sophomore quarterback Kenny Pickett said. “We remember it clearly. It’s extra motivation this week.”ROAD WARRIORSThe Hokies have been a bit of an erratic mess this season thanks in large part to an inability to get things done at Lane Stadium. Virginia Tech is just 1-3 at home — including 0-2 in the league — but has been solid on the road. The Hokies have won four straight ACC road games dating to a victory at Virginia in the 2017 season finale. Quarterback Ryan Willis has been a little more productive away from Lane Stadium. His road quarterback rating of 147.3 is a tick above what he puts up at home (134.9).TRYING THIS AGAINIn Boston College last week, the Hokies played the team whose style most resembles the very physical approach Pittsburgh takes offensively and allowed 219 yards rushing. That came a week after they allowed 465 to Georgia Tech. With perhaps his youngest defense ever, Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster hopes having played the Eagles will help. “Yeah, they’re going to be similar,” he said. “Big and physical up front. Big, physical, athletic tailbacks. They’re going to be very similar in a lot of ways. Maybe it will benefit us a little bit, but we’ll see.”___AP Sports Writer Hank Kurz in Richmond, Virginia contributed to this report.___For more AP college football: and read more

Pirates sign 3B Jung Ho Kang to 1-year deal

first_imgIn this Oct. 1, 2016 file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates’ Jung Ho Kang rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jung Ho Kang is staying with the Pittsburgh Pirates.The Pirates and the veteran third baseman agreed to a one-year deal Thursday that will bring Kang back for the 2019 season.The move comes a week after Pittsburgh declined a $5.5 million club option for Kang, paying him a $250,000 buyout instead. Financial terms on Kang’s new deal weren’t immediately available.“We feel that bringing Jung Ho back in 2019 will make us better as he will have the ability to make a positive impact on our lineup,” general manager Neal Huntington said in a statement. “Competition and options are important to any organization and this signing provides us with both.”Kang was a star in his native South Korea when the Pirates signed him to an $11 million, four-year deal in January 2015. He finished third in NL Rookie of the Year balloting after hitting 15 homers and driving in 58 runs in 2015, when Pittsburgh won 98 games. It would be the high point of Kang’s time with the Pirates.The 31-year-old Kang didn’t play in the U.S. between September 2016 and June 2018 because of visa issues connected to three DUI arrests in South Korea. He made it back to the majors with Pittsburgh in September, collecting two hits in six at-bats during the final weekend of the season.___More AP baseball: and read more