first_imgIt’s hard to stand in the cathedral of the woods and reconcile its perfection with the injustice unspooling the world over. The last day of the Before was March 12. Since then my emotions and activity have been dramatically up and down, but the birds have remained constant. On bad days, when I feel I am slipping into delirium, I squint into the trees and wonder what they are saying. Theoretically I write fiction, though I haven’t done much of that lately. Instead I stuff imagined lines of dialogue into their beaks: It’s mating season—privacy please! Have you seen Tiger King? Baked amazing sourdough bug bread today.  I zip down long, empty hills, the wind whipping against me. It’s scary to be alive. It’s overwhelming to be in the privileged minority, still employed and healthy. I think of all the planes we aren’t getting on, all the barrels of oil we aren’t burning, all the places we aren’t going. We are stuck, right here, right now. There’s something comforting in not making any decisions, in the surety that if there’s dinner tonight, it will come by my hands.  I was raised Jewish but it didn’t take. At Quaker school I learned the reverence and discomfort of silence. The woods seem holy now, a sacred vault of sanity. The pervasive deep silence feels like a prayer, or maybe it’s the homily—stillness is here for you. The silence is so sharp that thoughts evaporate from my skull, blown away on the breeze.  On my lucid days, I know the birds have no message for me, for any of us, except maybe We were here long before you and we’ll be here long after. They are simply following their bird programming, living their best bird lives, regardless of us, in spite of us. Nature doesn’t need us or even heed us, just keeps on. Some days I think we are the dinosaurs.  I am lucky to live across the street from a park. Past the padlocked tennis courts and caution-taped playground equipment are trails that lead away from the world, toward soft earth and a burbling creek. The forest is deep, a place you can wander for hours if you need to, if, perhaps, you have nothing better to do. The woods are where I feel best these days. After an early rain, the freshly leafed trees glisten a technicolor, hallucinatory green. A heron in the creek, excruciating in its elegance and unbothered by human stares, raises and lowers its stick legs, walking through the water so slowly, so carelessly it seems to be mocking us with its beauty and calm.  I miss a few things hysterically. Hugs. Sitting outside on a cool spring night eating a burger with friends. Swimming laps in the pool, my most treasured way to work my body and soothe my mind. Instead of swimming I ride my bike through the nearly carless streets of our little college town. Campus looks like a deserted movie set, needing only 40,000 extras to seem real.  Unemployment, hunger, mortality. As society disintegrated, wisteria bloomed, thrilled our nostrils, died away. Then the pollen explosion covered our undriven cars and clogged our throats, until it too faded. Now there’s the sweet smell of honeysuckle, climbing across fences and bushes. The trees, broad and leafy, throw shade in the original sense, the one Southerners are grateful for every summer. The earth, though throttled off her axis these last decades thanks to our idiocy, is still here, dying and birthing as it always has.  One day at least some of our daily rhythms will reprise. We will gas up our cars and pursue our pleasures, which will drown out the wind through the trees, the birdsong. The excellent soundtrack of this long, sad, scary movie will be out of earshot.   The woodpeckers are as loud as jackhammers. A hawk nesting nearby sounds warning squawks all the day long. Then there are the cardinals, the bluebirds, the sparrows, a Greek chorus emitting a constant din of cheeps and trills and tralalalas as they pose on the feeders and preen in the birdbath. Around here, it’s an endless bird rock show. Cover photo by Julia Green I listen to them while I walk through the neighborhood, when I sit in my house and Zoom the job I’m grateful to still have. While I cycle through despair and hope, while this universal undoing unfurls, they sing on. We grieve our losses, material and abstract, one long global funeral. Chirp chirp chirp.last_img read more

first_imgBTN: Can you tell me a little about the property? What is it that makes it so special?SEW: Bunaken Oasis is the first truly luxurious resort on Bunaken Island, offering stunning views across to the mainland, a five-star dining experience, a panoramic freshwater swimming, purpose-built spa and unparalleled levels of service.  Diving in the Bunaken Marine National Park is wonderful.  – Advertisement – The corals, and marine life – especially the turtles – justify the international reputation of this incredible area. However, at Bunaken Oasis, we are aiming to build on the reputation of the Marine Park even further, offering an exceptional holiday experience for non-divers and divers alike.  We are the first resort on Bunaken to have a truly modern infrastructure. For example with water makers and UV water treatment, meaning all the water in the resort is fresh water – including showers and the swimming pool.  However, beyond the physical design of oasis, it is the staff and their commitment to making every guest feel truly special, that elevates the Bunaken Oasis experience for all of our guests.BTN: How useful are accolades such as the World Travel Awards in promoting the property to a global hospitality audience?SEW: The World Travel Awards are universally recognised as a measure of exceptional standards.  To have won this award for the third year in succession is phenomenal for the team and it will be core to our marketing focus over the next 12 months.  All of our staff are incredibly proud of working for oasis, and receiving this reward for the third year will be valued be each and every one of themBTN: How would you describe the mood in Indonesian hospitality as we move into 2021 – have there been signs of a recovery as we look ahead?SEW: To be honest, internationally, it is all looking a little bleak at the moment.  However, we must assume that the travel industry will begin to return to normal in the next year or so, and we are working to ensure that we will be ready.We are all facing challenging times ahead.  However, we have taken the last few months to ensure that Bunaken Oasis is fit and well to face the coming months.  We all want the travel industry to recover, however, at oasis, our focus has naturally been on the safety of our guests and staff, and training for the “new normal” is the current primary focus at Bunaken Oasis, implementing special measure where necessary into our standard procedures, prior to our re-opening on December 1st.  We are extremely fortunate that, as we are an exclusive resort, we have always offered a distanced experience for all of our guests.  Our cottages, restaurant, bar and, most importantly, the diving or snorkelling experience were all originally designed to offer a spacious and special experienceBunaken Oasis is ready to welcome guests back to this incredible Marine National Park.More InformationBunaken Oasis redefines diving in Indonesia.Positioned very much at the luxury end of the spectrum, the aim of the hotel is to provide a five-star experience while keeping its ecological footprint to a minimum.Find out more on the official website. With Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort & Spa having been recognised as among the best in Asia by the World Travel Awards, Breaking Travel News here catches up with owners, Simon and Elaine Wallace, to discover more about this one-of-a-kind propertyBreaking Travel News: Congratulations – Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort & Spa has just been honoured with the title of Indonesia’s Leading Dive Resort at the World Travel Awards – how does it feel to have won?- Advertisement – Simon and Elaine Wallace: We are delighted to have won Indonesia’s Leading Dive Resort for the third year in succession.  In recent years, we have tried to raise the profile and reputation of Bunaken and to help to establish this incredible location as a luxury destination for divers and tech-divers, as well as non-divers.  This recognition from the World Travel Awards is fantastic, not just for us, but also for our staff, who are extremely proud of Bunaken Oasis. – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – OlderBreaking Travel News interview: Elena Muntoni, brand manager, Delphina hotels & resortslast_img read more

first_imgThe game should have ended with 12 seconds left and the Syracuse running backs should have never had a chance. But Villanova kicker Chris Gough pushed a 25-yard field goal wide right and the Orange was granted a second life.  In two overtime possessions, SU drove 24 yards to the goal line before Adonis Ameen-Moore was denied not once or twice, but five times. “We brought ourselves on the run so when we get to the 1-yard line we want to be able to run it in,” Syracuse offensive coordinator George McDonald said. “Unfortunately we didn’t. We’ll go back and look at the tape and we’ll see what happened. “Our M.O. is that we run the football so we should be able to get it in.”Instead of pounding it into the end zone, the Orange (1-0) used a fake-field goal pass by punter Riley Dixon to beat Villanova (0-1) in two overtimes at the Carrier Dome on Friday night. Aside from a 65-yard touchdown run by Prince-Tyson Gulley in the first quarter and a 2-yard touchdown from Ameen-Moore in the third, Syracuse’s run game was largely unimpressive. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith Terrel Hunt ejected from the game for throwing a punch and sophomore Austin Wilson leading the charge, the Wildcats’ defense was able to key on the run. But there was also a lack of push by SU’s offensive line — which was without Nick Robinson and Omari Palmer — evidenced by a lack of success up the middle. “We’ll have to see what happened and see what errors there were,” McDonald said of the goal-line struggles. “Maybe they just overloaded us and we didn’t have a chance. We just have to evaluate that.”One question leading into the season was how Syracuse would compensate for the loss of Jerome Smith. Smith was a downhill runner that could also avoid tackles in the backfield, a hybrid that hasn’t emerged in the Orange’s current group of running backs. In 2012, Doug Marrone used Ameen-Moore in the “Tank” package to alleviate a similar issue. Ameen-Moore rushed for five touchdowns on just 30 carries that season, and broke a slump on Friday after not finding the end zone in 2013.  But that doesn’t mean that the game was an ideal start to the season. In Syracuse’s first overtime possession, Ameen-Moore lost a yard at the Villanova 1 before losing three from the 2-yard line. In the second overtime, he lost 1 yard from the 2, gained 2 yards from the 3 and was tackled at the line of scrimmage at the 1 on three-consecutive plays. “We thought they were going to try and go downhill rather than going east and west like they did when (Hunt) was in there,” Villanova linebacker Dillon Lucas said. “Coming out of halftime we knew they just wanted to run the ball … so we focused on sitting on the run and went from there.”Away from the goal line, the Wildcats controlled the middle of the field. Gulley found a hole on the Orange’s first drive and shot through a whole in the line for a 65-yard score. But take away those yards and Syracuse ran up the middle 19 times for 46 yards — good for 2.4 yards per carry. Ameen-Moore went up the middle seven times for 10 yards. George Morris II, the team’s next biggest back, rushed up the middle twice and lost a total of three yards. After McDonald recognized what the running backs could improve upon moving forward, he found a silver lining in Gulley rushing for over 100 yards. When he was reminded that 65 yards came on one run, he smiled but his outlook didn’t bend. Said McDonald: “It still says 100 next to his name.” Comments Published on August 30, 2014 at 6:41 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgCollege fantasy football lives and dies with offense, and Week 11 has several games guaranteed to produce some offensive DFS fireworks. From LSU at Alabama to San Jose State at Hawaii to Iowa State at Oklahoma, there are plenty of great matchups and potential sleepers on this week’s DraftKings slate.Before getting into this week’s picks, just a reminder that if you’re looking for more help setting your season-long or DFS lineups, check out the comprehensive Week 11 college fantasy football rankings at CFBDynasty. Every week, CFBDynasty provides college fantasy football player rankings for each position based on projected fantasy points. Use promo code “sportingnews” to save 25 percent on your membership, which gets you access to all of their exclusive weekly content.WEEK 10 NFL DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPP Week 11 College Fantasy Football DFS Picks: QBsBest Start: Jamie Newman, Wake Forest at Virginia Tech ($8,400). Newman returned in Week 10 from a shoulder injury to put up 317 total yards and five TDs in less than three quarters. This week he gets to face a Virginia Tech defense that is giving up more than 400 yards and four TDs per game. That, coupled with a projected 63.5-point over/under, should give Newman plenty of opportunities for another big performance. Best Value: Brock Purdy, Iowa State at Oklahoma ($7,900). Purdy has been somewhat inconsistent this season from a fantasy perspective, ranging from 16 fantasy points in a game all the way up to 55. This week Iowa State goes on the road to take on Oklahoma in Norman. Purdy should have all the work he can handle as the Cyclones try to keep pace with the powerful Sooner offense. Best Sleeper: Kyle Trask, Florida vs Vanderbilt ($6,400). Trask has been very impressive since taking over for the injured Feleipe Franks, averaging 247 passing yards and at least two TDs over the past six games. This week the Gators host SEC rival Vanderbilt, whose defense currently 99th in passing and 103rd in scoring, should not provide much of a hindrance. Trask should be able to put up some big numbers.MORE: CFBDynasty player rankingsWeek 11 College Fantasy Football DFS Picks: RBsBest Start: Max Borghi, Washington State at California ($7,800). Borghi’s all around game is what makes him so valuable, both to the Cougars and fantasy owners. Last week Oregon held Borghi to only 54 rushing yards and one TD on eight carries, but he made up for the lack of rushing by catching eight passes for another 70 yards. This week Washington State goes on the road to take on California, whose early-season defensive dominance has slipped in recent games. Look for Borghi to be used all over the field as one of the Cougars primary offensive weapons. Best Value: Breece Hall, Iowa State at Oklahoma State ($6,800). Since being unleashed in Week 7, Hall has had three straight games with at least 30 fantasy points. This week’s matchup with Oklahoma will be against a much tougher opponent, but Hall’s big-game potential is definitely worth using. The Cyclones have found their bellcow RB and will continue to ride him.Best Sleeper: David Bailey, Boston College vs. Florida State ($4,700). While he is currently stuck behind superstar RB A.J. Dillon, Bailey has still put up solid numbers, including going over 170 yards and two TDs in two of the past three weeks. Boston College loves to pound the footbal,l and this week’s matchup against Florida State’s mediocre run defense will be a great opportunity for both RBs to do just that. Week 11 College Fantasy Football DFS Picks: WRsBest Start: James Proche, SMU vs. East Carolina ($7,300). Proche has been spectacular in the SMU offense this season, scoring double-digit fantasy points in every game this season, including seven games of over 20 fantasy points. The injury to fellow WR Reggie Roberson has increased his usage, and last week Proche took full advantage, turning 13 receptions into 149 yards and a touchdown. He will continue to the Mustangs’ primary target in Week 11 as SMU hosts East Carolina.Best Value: Devin Duvernay, Texas vs. Kansas State ($6,500). Duvernay has been a fantasy monster this season, averaging almost nine receptions for 100 yards and one TD per game. He should have another big game as QB Sam Ehlinger will continue to look his way this week in a tough matchup against Big 12 rival Kansas State. Best Sleeper: Corey Sutton, Appalachian State at South Carolina ($5,200). Sutton has been solid since returning from a two-game suspension to open the season, catching 28 passes for 345 yards and three TDs. The Mountaineers will need a huge game from his this week as they try to keep pace on the road with SEC opponent South Carolina. Look for Appalachian to throw to Sutton early and often.last_img read more

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Here are the sports scores for Wellington High School since Thursday. If you have a score to report, send it to [email protected] Softball Wellington varsity girls improved their record to 2-4 with a sweep against El Dorado.The Crusaders won the first game 7-6 and the second game 10-1. The line score and batting statistics are as follows:GAME 1: Wellington 7 El Dorado 6 EHS 0 1 0 0 0 5 0.    6 7 1WHS 1 0 2 1 1 0 2.   7 10 3Pitching:WP Lewellen 7I 7H 6R 3ER 2BB 6KLP OwensOathout 1/3 1R 1BB 1DBLAdams 1/4 1R 1DBLBuck 2/3 3R 1BB 1DBL 4SBE Goodrum 3/4 1R 3RBI 1DBLB DeJarnett 0/4A Goodrum 2/4 1R 1RBI 1ROEM Fink 0/2 1SAC 1SBLewellen 0/3Zimmerman 1/3 Boys baseballThe Wellington-Wichita Collegiate baseball double-header was postponed for 24 hours and will be played tonight. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down disappointed · 279 weeks ago JV softball girls won both their games last night. Thanks for reporting on them. Report Reply 1 reply · active 279 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 279 weeks ago Then someone needs to send me an e-mail. I’ll gladly put in the score. But you have to help me out. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments JV boys baseballWellington junior varsity swept Wichita Collegiate 6-5, 20-9.  Crusader D.J. Seyfert hit a two-out walk-off single game 1 for our third walk-off victory in six games. Wellington JV is 5-1 on the season.center_img GAME 2 – Wellington 10 El Dorado 1EHS   1 0 0 0 0 0 0     1 4 3WHS. 0 7 0 1 1 1 X.   10 7 2WP Dry 7I 4H 1R 1ER 2BB 2KLP BowlinEHS   1 0 0 0 0 0 0     1 4 3WHS. 0 7 0 1 1 1 X.   10 7 2WP Dry 7I 4H 1R 1ER 2BB 2KLP Bowlin Wellington track The Crusader track team opened its season last Thursday in the Clearwater participation Track meet. The results are as follows. (Special thanks to Steve Sturgis of Wellington.cc for typing up the results because Sumner Newscow editor couldn’t get his act together)BOYSLong Jump Mason – 19′ 10.5″ – 2ndGilkey – 19′ 1″ – 4th110 M HurdlesReichenberger – 14.92 – 1st100M RunRusk – 11.84 – 6thDiscusKop – 105′ 9.5″ – 3rdShot PutKop – 39′ 8″ – 3rdKing – 39′ ” – 4thPole VaultBeard (Lane) 11′ 6″ – 1stMason – 10′ – 2ndBeard (Levi) 9′ 6″ – 3rdSoria 9′ 6″ – 4th4 x 100M RelayWellington – 44.71 – 1stJavelinKop – 126′ 2″ – 5thNorris – 119′ 6″ – 6th400M RunTroutman – 53.55 – 1st300 M HurdlesReichenberger – 40.95 – 1st800M RunPfalzgraf – 2:08.05 – 1stMcDonald – 2:25.4 – 6th200M RunRusk – 23.83 – 3rdGIRLSShot PutMoore – 27′ 2.5″ – 6thHigh JumpCarstensen – 3″ 10″ – 6thLong JumpMcGlothin – 15′ 2″ – 1stPole VaultMcNamara – 7′ – 3rdDiscusWilliams – 88′ 3″ – 4thMoore – 87′ 9″ – 5th100M RunSchettler – 12.95 – 1st4x100M RelayWellington – 52.81 – 1st1600MTracy – 7:10.32 – 6th200M RunSchettler – 26.24 – 1stMcGluflyn – 27.98 – 2nd800M RunTredway – 2:43.67 – 1stBarker – 3:4.9 – 4thTracy – 3:15.2 – 5thFollow us on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates’ Marlon Byrd smiles as he rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the second inning of the NL wild-card playoff baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)  by Will GravesAP Sports WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) — Andrew McCutchen was in mid-answer when teammate A.J. Burnett stuck a bottle of champagne inside the jersey of the star Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder and turned it upside down.“Feels good,” McCutchen said with a laugh as the bottle emptied, further drenching his already soaked uniform. “I could get used to this.”So could the city he plays in.After an absence of two decades, playoff baseball is back in Pittsburgh. And it’s not going anywhere for a while.The Pirates are heading to St. Louis for the NL division series after drumming the Cincinnati Reds 6-2 in the NL wild-card game on Tuesday night, nine innings of dominance that also served as a coming out party for a franchise eager to escape a generation of misery.“There are mile markers along the road to get to the place you want to get to,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “There’s nobody in there that doesn’t want to win the World Championship for the Pirates organization.”Pittsburgh is one step closer after dispatching the Reds. The NL Central champion Cardinals await. A.J. Burnett will start for the Pirates against St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright in Game 1 on Thursday.Andrew McCutchen (22) walks to the field before the National League wild-card playoff baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)“They know us, we know them,” McCutchen said. “It’s going to be a battle. We want it to be a battle.”At least the Cardinals likely won’t face Liriano until Game 3 at the earliest, though Liriano’s teammates believe his performance set the tone for what they hope is an extended October stay.The veteran left-hander showed up at the park on Tuesday in a suit with his suitcase packed. The message was simple: the season wasn’t over yet.“He had the expectancy to win,” McCutchen said. “When he showed up with his suit on, that got me hyped up.”In front of a black-clad crowd savoring its first postseason game since 1992, Russell Martin hit two home runs, Marlon Byrd also connected and McCutchen reached base four times.“We’re for real,” McCutchen said. “We’re definitely for real.”You won’t hear the Reds arguing after Liriano continued his mid-career renaissance. The left-hander scattered four hits, struck out five and walked one to win his first playoff game and serve notice the Pirates have no intention of going quietly after spending two decades at the bottom of the standings looking up.Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto struggled in his third start since coming off the disabled list last month. Cueto gave up four runs in 3 1-3 innings and appeared rattled by a raucous ballpark that taunted him by chanting his name.“He couldn’t get the ball where he wanted,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “Usually he can throw that ball through the eye of a needle. Tonight he was up.”The 36-year-old Byrd, acquired by the Pirates in late August from the New York Mets, celebrated the first postseason at-bat of his 12-year career — 1,250 games — by sending Cueto’s fastball into the seats to give the Pirates the lead in the second inning. The shot sent another jolt through an already electric crowd, which began singing “Cue-to, Cue-to” in unison when Martin stepped in.“This is 20 years of waiting. You’re seeing it all come out in one night,” Martin said. “Hopefully we can keep this atmosphere till late October.”The catcher followed with a drive into the bleachers in left field. The Reds never recovered, ending a 90-win season with a six-game losing streak.  Three of those losses came at home against the Pirates in the final series of the season that determined the site of the win-or-die game.“It’s unfortunately been a bit like déjà vu,” first baseman Joey Votto said. “Really disappointing.”Baker backed Cueto before the game, saying his ace “thrives on this environment.” Maybe, but the right-hander never looked comfortable at a place where he has been nearly unhittable.Cueto, who came in 8-2 at the ballpark by the Allegheny River, even lost his grip on the ball while standing on the mound as the crowd serenaded him.A moment later, he lost his grip on the game.Martin’s 405-foot shot to left-center gave Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead and all the momentum Liriano would require.Signed on the cheap in the offseason after a mediocre 2012 split between the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox, Liriano has been reborn in Pittsburgh. He went 16-8 with a 3.02 ERA during the regular season, his devastating slider nearly unhittable against left-handers.The Reds proved no match. Votto went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. Jay Bruce produced an RBI single in the fourth but Cincinnati never really threatened on a night playoff baseball officially returned to Pittsburgh.“It’s definitely a good feeling,” Martin said, “but we’ve still got work to do.”Shin-Soo Choo homered in the eighth, a drive to right field that was upheld by video review. It did little more than slightly delay a party 7,660 days in the making.Pittsburgh’s 94-win regular season reignited a relationship sullied by years of mismanagement and miserable play. When the gates opened two hours before the first pitch, fans — most of them dressed in black at the urging of McCutchen, an MVP candidate — sprinted to their seats in anticipation of the club’s first postseason game since Atlanta’s Sid Bream slid into home ahead of Barry Bonds’ throw in the bottom of the ninth in Game 7 of the 1992 National League championship series.The victory sent the Braves to the World Series and the Pirates into an abyss that took an entire generation to escape.The first step came with victory No. 82 on Sept. 9. The next came two weeks later when a win over the Chicago Cubs assured a wild-card spot. The most thrilling yet lifted the team with the 26th-highest payroll in the majors ($73.6 million) into a showdown with baseball royalty.NOTES: Martin is the first catcher to homer for three different teams in the postseason. He previously connected for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008 and the New York Yankees in 2012 … Liriano is the first Pittsburgh left-hander to win a playoff game since John Candelaria in Game 3 of the 1979 World Series … The Reds have lost four straight playoff games and 11 of their last 13 … Pittsburgh is the first home team to win since the new wild-card format was introduced last season … The Pirates went 10-9 this year against St. Louis. … Byrd is the oldest player to homer in his first postseason at-bat, according to STATS.___Follow Will Graves at www.twitter.com/WillGravesAPlast_img read more

first_imgIn this Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 photograph, Tony Stewart stands in the garage area after a practice session for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Watkins Glen International, in Watkins Glen N.Y. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Tony Stewart pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen Sunday, 12 hours after the three-time champion struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the darkened dirt track trying to confront Stewart during a race in upstate New York.Greg Zipadelli, competition director for Stewart-Haas Racing, said at a news conference that Stewart “feels strongly” about not racing Sunday following Kevin Ward Jr.’s fatal accident. The decision was an about-face for the organization, which had said when the track opened that Stewart would be behind the wheel of his No. 14 Chevrolet when the green flag waved.“We gave Tony some time to sleep on it. He feels strongly this is the right thing to do,” Zipadelli said. “All you can do is what you feel is right, and we feel this is right. We get through today and do it the best we can as a group.“He’s going through a tough time. It’s emotional for him.”Regan Smith will drive Stewart’s car instead.Ward had crashed following contact with Stewart one lap earlier and got out of his car as it was stopped along the fence. Video of the incident showed Ward walking from his crashed car onto the racing surface as cars circled by, and, as he gestured at Stewart’s passing car, he was struck.Authorities questioned Stewart but said no criminal charges were imminent. Stewart traveled to Watkins Glen International following police questioning.Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said Stewart was “visibly shaken” and had been cooperative in the investigation. Authorities were asking spectators and others to turn over any video they recorded of the crash.“This is right now being investigated as an on-track crash and I don’t want to infer that there are criminal charges pending,” Povero said. “When the investigation is completed, we will sit down with the district attorney and review it. But I want to make it very clear: there are no criminal charges pending at this time.”A witness said it appeared Ward was trying to confront Stewart, the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion. The video showed Ward standing to the right of Stewart’s familiar No. 14 car, which seemed to kick out from the rear and hit him.Moments earlier, Ward and Stewart were racing side-by-side for position as they exited a turn. Ward was on the outside when Stewart, on the bottom, seemed to slide toward Ward’s car and crowd him toward the wall. The rear tire of Stewart’s car appeared to clip the front tire of Ward’s car, and Ward spun into the fence.Povero said Ward, who was wearing a black firesuit and black helmet, had walked into the racing area and one car swerved to avoid him before he was struck by Stewart.“The next thing I could see, I didn’t see (the other driver) anymore,” witness Michael Messerly said. “It just seemed like he was suddenly gone.”A spokesman for Stewart’s racing team called Ward’s death a “tragic accident.”The dirt track, about 30 miles southeast of Rochester, canceled the remainder of the race and later posted a message on its Facebook page encouraging fans to “pray for the entire racing community of fans, drivers, and families.”Ward’s website said he began racing go-karts in 1998 at age 4, but didn’t start driving sprint cars until 2010. The 20-year-old from Port Leyden, New York, was Empire Super Sprint rookie of the year in 2012 and this year was his fifth season racing the Empire Super Sprints.Stewart often competes in extracurricular events like the race on Saturday. The multimillionaire is known to participate in races with purses worth less than $3,000 and drive alongside drivers of varying ages and talent levels.The crash Saturday came almost exactly a year after Stewart suffered a compound fracture to his right leg in a sprint car race in Iowa. The injury cost him the second half of the NASCAR season. Stewart only returned to sprint track racing last month, and won in his return, at Tri-City Motor Speedway in Michigan.But the broken leg cost him the entire second-half of last season and sidelined him during NASCAR’s important Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Stewart wasn’t cleared to get back in a race car until February, the day the track opened for preparations for NASCAR’s season-opening Daytona 500 began.“Everybody has hobbies. Everybody has stuff they like to do when they have downtime, and that’s just what it is for me,” he said last month following his return to sprint car racing.  “That’s what I like to do when I have extra time. I don’t think there is anything wrong with doing it.  I feel like there are a lot of other things I could be doing that are a lot more dangerous and a lot bigger waste of time with my time off do than doing that.”Among Stewart’s many business interests is his ownership of Ohio dirt track Eldora Speedway, which last month hosted the NASCAR Truck Series, and his stake in Stewart-Haas Racing, which fields cars for Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Danica Patrick.He’s struggled a bit this year since returning from his leg injury, and heads into Sunday’s race winless on the season and ranked 19th in the standings.Stewart had been scheduled to start 13th on Sunday at Watkins Glen, one of just five remaining races for Stewart to either score a win or move inside the top 16 in points to grab a valuable spot in NASCAR’s Chase.The site of Saturday night’s crash is the same track where Stewart was involved in a July 2013 accident that seriously injured a 19-year-old driver. He later took responsibility for his car making contact with another and triggering the 15-car accident that left Alysha Ruggles with a compression fracture in her back.AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer and AP writer Mike Sisak contributed to this report.last_img read more

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Hume Brewers took advantage of a short-staffed Our Glass squad to cruise to a 33-6 victory Sunday in West Kootenay Flag Football League action at the Mount Sentinel Field. The game was only contest schedule in the WKMFFL.Leading 7-0 at halftime, the Brewers offence began to wear down the Our Glass defenders. Our Glass played the entire contest one player short.Hume quarterback Steven Doyle had a field day with the Glass defence, firing touchdown passes to Greg Kinnear and a pair to Jon Francis. Doyle also ran for a major score.The Brewers, 2-0 to start the season, will receive a major test Sunday when the club plays defending champion Castlegar Vikings at 11 a.m. In the second tilt of the day, Dam Inn and Our Glass both search for first wins of the season.The WKMFFL is a five-team league that plays every Sunday at Mount Sentinel. The teams include Dam Inn Mates, Our Glass, Hume Brewers, Castlegar Vikings and Nelson Impact.The league runs until November when playoffs are held to determine the league [email protected]last_img read more