Practice, opening night rescheduled at Thunderhill Raceway

first_imgBy Edward Anschutz STURGEON BAY, Wis. – With weather conditions being less than favorable, Thunderhill Raceway has been forced reschedule its planned practice session for April 29 while the season opener has been postponed to May 3.“While we want to get the 2014 season rolling, the biggest emphasis will be put on taking care of the drivers and their race cars,“ promoter Woody Wodack said. “We refuse to tear up equipment or the track just to get opening night in the books.” “The goal will to be to give drivers and race fans the best show possible,” he continued. “Mother Nature has played havoc in recent weeks so we are hoping for some sunshine and dry weather.”A second practice is also in the works. Five divisions do battle every Saturday night through the summer. IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Northern SportMods, IMCA Hobby Stocks and Street Stocks will compete on the 1/3rd mile clay oval.For more information, please visit the track’s website at www.racethunderhill.com Thunderhill is located at the John Miles Fair Park on Sturgeon Bay’s east side. Pit gates open at 3:30 p.m. racing starts at 6 p.m. For your social media outlet like Thunderhill Raceway on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_img May 26, 2020 Salaries in the major leagues range from $563,500 at the minimum to $36 million each for Trout, the three-time MVP outfielder on the Los Angeles Angels, and Cole, the pitcher signed by the New York Yankees as a free agent.According to a study by the AP, 369 of 899 players have salaries of $600,000 or less, according to the rosters frozen in March.In other MLB news:The Oakland Athletics are placing their scouts and selected other front office employees on furlough and cutting the salaries of other executives as part of a cost-cutting move in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.A person familiar with the plans said Tuesday that the furloughs will begin next week, although the team’s amateur scouts are expected to stay on through the draft June 10-11. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t announced the moves.The furloughs will apply to professional and amateur scouts and other front office employees on the business side. The A’s will continue to pay the health care, 401K and pension costs for their employees. NASCAR-BUSCH-MASKSKyle Busch supports wearing a mask in publicCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Busch says he supports wearing a mask in public so “we all can take care of our neighbor” amid the coronavirus pandemic. It’s a rare instance of the two-time NASCAR champion wading into a social issue. Busch entered the debate after images from short tracks over the weekend showed packed grandstands with little social distancing and few people wearing masks. He retweeted a photo from South Alabama Speedway in Ozark, Alabama, and added his own message. Busch applauded fans for supporting their local short tracks but suggested mandatory masks for admission for “healthier practices.” The reigning Cup Series champion rarely speaks on non-racing issues. In other developments related to the coronavirus:— Formula One carmaker McLaren says 1,200 jobs will be lost across its entire group’s operations because of the coronavirus outbreak. It was not immediately clear how the cuts would affect the group’s F1 operation. The sport has yet to start its 2020 season amid the pandemic. The cuts represent about a quarter of the group’s workforce. Update on the latest in sports: The decision, announced Tuesday by Commissioner Gary Bettman, is not a guarantee that games are coming back. The NHL and the NHL Players’ Association must still figure out health and safety protocols and solve other issues, including where to play.Still, ironing out the format represents significant progress since global sports were largely shut down in March as the coronavirus outbreak turned into a pandemic. Bettman has said the goal has always been to play again and award the Stanley Cup, but details remain uncertain.Instead of limiting the Cup chase to the usual 16 teams that qualify for the playoffs, the league and players agreed to expand the field to 24 of its 31 teams because of the unusual circumstances.The top four teams in each conference ranked by points percentage will play separate round-robin tournaments to determine seeding. The remaining 16 teams will be seeded by conference.Games are expected to be played in two hub cities and Bettman said and 10 are in the running: Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Dallas, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh and Minneapolis/St. Paul in the U.S. and Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver in Canada. VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFL-ROSSDolphins owner says there will be a 2020 seasonMIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says there definitely will be an NFL season in 2020.In an interview on CNBC, Ross says the question is whether there will be fans in the stadiums.The NFL has said it expects to play a full schedule beginning Sept. 10, but is preparing contingency plans in case the coronavirus pandemic makes venue changes or games without fans necessary. Ross says the NFL’s flexibility will allow the league to start on time. He says the country needs sports entertainment. VIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALLPlayers call MLB economic proposal `extremely disappointing’NEW YORK (AP) — A rookie at the major league minimum would make a higher percentage of his salary than multimillionaire stars like Mike Trout or Gerrit Cole under a sliding-scale proposal by big league teams that players found “extremely disappointing.”Major League Baseball made the proposal to the players’ union on Tuesday during a digital meeting rather than the 50-50 revenue-sharing plan that owners initially approved for their negotiators on May 11. In addition, the union said “the sides also remain far apart on health and safety protocols” aimed at starting the pandemic-delayed season around the Fourth of July. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-NHLNHL to move straight into playoffsUNDATED (AP) —The NHL will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams instead of 16 if it is able to resume play. Robert Repella pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Prosecutors are recommending a sentence of 10 months in prison and a $40,000 fine.Charging documents released Tuesday say Repella paid Georgetown tennis coach Gordon Ernst $50,000 in 2017 to get his daughter admitted as an athlete.Repella is the 55th person to be charged in the nationwide college admissions bribery scandal.NBA-WIZARDS-WALLWall says he’s fully recovered WORLD TEAMTENNIS-FANSWorld TeamTennis hoping to play before fans within weeksUNDATED (AP) — World TeamTennis says it is planning to allow up to 500 spectators at outdoor matches during its three-week season from July 12 to Aug. 2 at a resort in West Virginia.All tennis events sanctioned by the ATP, WTA and International Tennis Federation are on hold at least until late July because of the coronavirus pandemic. But World TeamTennis is not affiliated with those tours and no ATP or WTA ranking points are available for its matches.World TeamTennis is increasing its prize money to $5 million. That is $1.5 million more than for its 2019 season. — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted that as long as the NFL’s Giants and Jets and the NHL’s Devils follow health and medical protocols, they could open training camps or even hold competition. The NFL’s preseason and training camps wouldn’t begin until midsummer — teams are doing virtual workouts in place of the usual on-field activities because of the coronavirus pandemic.— The top men’s soccer league in Ukraine will resume Saturday in empty stadiums after a suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Ukrainian Premier League says it has received approval from the country’s health ministry to restart. No games have been played since March 15.COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERYProsecutors say guilty plea coming in college bribery caseUNDATED (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to bribing Georgetown University’s former tennis coach to get his daughter admitted as a fake athletic recruit. Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Wizards point guard John Wall says he is fully recovered after two operations that sidelined him for the past 1½ years. He also says he is “itching” to get back on the court next season.The five-time All-Star has not played in an NBA game since December 2018. Surgery for bone spurs in his left heel ended that season and while he was working his way back from that, he tore his left Achilles tendon and needed another operation in 2019.That held Wall out for all of the current season, which was suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.He spoke during a video call to discuss his relief program to help pay rend for people in the nation’s capital affected by the coronavirus pandemic.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img
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Pallone Wants To Return To DC; Still Has Work To Do

first_imgGiven that position, even as a member of the minority party, Pallone said “To me it’s all new in a sense.” With his seniority and working with his fellow committee members – both Democrats and Republicans – he believes “I’ve been able to accomplish more than I’ve ever been able to.”The congressman ticked off a series of legislation that had cleared the committee, some of which are on their way to the Oval Office or at least onto the House floor for further consideration.He pointed to the recently approved bill package addressing the national opiate epidemic, the president is expected to sign into law. A group of bills providing additional access to mental health treatment and services has recently cleared his committee.A big step forward was the recent House-approved revamped Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), offering tighter toxic chemical regulation. “It’s been 14 years we’ve been trying to get that done,” he said.These examples of work done goes to another point Pallone made about the House of Representatives. The public perception that partisan gridlock has gotten so severe that nothing is getting accomplished in the Halls of Congress. “That’s just not true,” he insisted.“I constantly try to debunk that,” maintaining that with the legislative branch controlled by one party and the executive branch by the other, compromise and cooperation is governmental life’s blood, approaching that middle ground for some matters. “To be honest there is a political side to this as well,” he acknowledged, suspecting it is in the Republican leadership’s advantage to work with the loyal opposition, given the criticism congressional Republicans have gotten for being obstructionist.Pallone said he had worked very hard, working with Republican Gov. Chris Christie in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy to secure federal emergency funding over the opposition of some western and southern Republican lawmakers. But Pallone acknowledged, regrettably, there are still too many still recovering. “I’ve been very critical of both the state and federal bureaucracy,” and said now “It has to be addressed on a one-to-one basis,” relying on strong constituent ser vices from his office to help the victims.He’s been working on obtaining additional federal funds for Super Fund and brown field contaminated sites, which he believes will be of a particular benefit to New Jersey areas. That legislation, however, isn’t likely to advance this term and will need to be taken up again next January – should he continue to hold his seat.Looking back over his career, he takes pride on two accomplishments. Long very active on the environmental front, Pallone points to his work on ending the practice of ocean trash dumping. When he first took office there were about 12 permitted sites off of Jersey Shore, all of which have been closed.The other is his work on drafting and campaigning for the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare. Pallone was a major architect on that defining – and highly controversial – law.“The goal was really to try to get as close as possible toward universal coverage” for health care for Americans, he said. It may not have reached that level, but it has had a profound effect for so many citizens, he stressed, and actually components are exceedingly popular for Americans – allowing children to remain on parents’ plans until they’re 26; prohibiting insurance providers to deny on the basis of preexisting conditions; expanding Medicaid coverage for many more citizens; the federal subsidies for those below an income threshold. “No question it has become part of the fabric of the health care system,” he said.“I have to say I still enjoy it,” he said, hoping to win reelection because, “I do think I can still make a difference.” By John BurtonAFTER NEARLY THREE decades in the U.S. House of Representatives, Frank Pallone still feels the passion that first inspired him to run.“I guess I just still feel that government can make a difference,” said Pallone, a Democrat, as he seeks reelection for the 6th Congressional District, which represents much of Monmouth County and portions of Middlesex. “And I like to think I’m an important part of that.“If I didn’t feel the passion I wouldn’t continue to do it,” he said. Besides, he added, “There’s a lot to do.”Pallone, 64, a Long Branch native, has served in the House since 1988, replacing long-serving Democrat James Howard who died in March of that year.In his most recent two-year term in Washington, Pallone became the senior ranking Democratic member of the House’s Energy and Commerce Committee, an influential committee that addresses among other things, health, environmental and energy issues – all areas of passion for Pallone during his legislative tenure.last_img read more

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Leafs remain alive in Cyclone Taylor Tournament, rally to pull out tie against Hawks

first_imgBeaver Valley regained the lead on the power play eight seconds after Jamie Vlanich was sent off for interference.Ryan Edwards first-timed a cross-ice pass past Rebagliati to restore the one-goal margin.But Vlanich was able to vindicate himself, drilling a sharp-angle shot past Clark to even the score less than four minutes later.Something Nelson was unable to do the night before against Victoria.”We took too long of a rest and just were not ready for game speed,” Willans said of the month-long hiatus Nelson players experienced after being knocked out of the playoffs by Beaver Valley.”But we got out of the rust out of our system (Thursday) and were ready to go.”Despite each team having genuine chances to score the winning goal, there was no scoring in the third leaving each team with a single point.“It was a good battle . . . . I thought both teams played hard,” Beaver Valley coach Terry Jones said after the game. “(Nelson) has got a lot of game in them and with their backs against the wall, really battled us hard.”By not closing out the Leafs, Beaver Valley faces a must-win situation to advance to the Cyclone Final.“Getting the single point forces us to win that game (against Victoria) tomorrow,” he said. “We had to win that game anyways but Nelson threw a lot at us tonight so we’ll have to be ready tomorrow.”Kodiaks manhandle CougarsAfter surrendering two goals in the opening four minutes Thursday, Aldergrove Kodiaks returned the favour to Victoria, scoring twice in the opening four minutes Friday to dump the Vancouver Island champs 4-1 during the afternoon tilt in the Cyclone Taylor Cup.Spencer McHaffie and Stephen Ryan scored 70 seconds apart to give the Pacific Junior reps a quick 2-0 lead.Nicholas Bower cut the margin in half with a goal late in the period. But Jonathan Philley restored the two-goal margin before the period ended for Aldergrove.There was no scoring in the second while Adam Callegari scored a third-period power play to in the third to put the game away for Aldergrove.TOURNAMENT NOTES:  Beaver Valley players had “NH” stickers on pasted onto their helmets saluting Trail Minor Hockey product Nolan Handley, who was killed in a car accident earlier this week in the Silver City. . . . Former Trail Smokie Dave Rusnell, joined by Dale Donaldson of Mallard’s Source for sports, during the ceremonial face-off before the Hawks/Leafs game. . . .MVP for the BV/Nelson game were netminders Brett Clark for the Hawks and Brad Rebagliati for the Leafs. . . .Both scoring stars for BV, Dallas Calvin and Ryan Edwards, did not finish the game. Calvin was helped off the ice late in the third period while Edwards lost a few teeth when a puck deflected in the Nitehawk bench, hitting the Beaver Valley forward in the face. The Cyclone Taylor Final is set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, but don’t expect any of the four teams to take a flyer during Saturday’s last day of round robin games.The jury remains on the two finalists for the championship following Day two action after the Nelson Leafs registered a bounce-back game, twice rallying from one-goal-deficits, to pull out a 2-2 tie against archrival Beaver Valley Nitehawks in Cyclone Taylor round robin action Friday night before large crowd at the NDCC Arena.The single point, believe it or not, keeps the Leafs alive in the hunt for the Junior B Hockey Championship heading into the final day of the preliminary round.“It feels good to still be alive in the tournament,” said Carsen Willans of the Leafs following the hard-fought contest.“We hoped to win (tonight’s) game. It was a good game for us . . . we gave it our all but just didn’t get the bounces.”Beaver Valley currently leads the four-team standings with a record of 1-0-1 good for three points.Aldergrove, after scoring a 4-1 win over Victoria Friday during the afternoon tilt, is tied for second with the Vancouver Island Champs — each with two points.Nelson sits in fourth spot with a single point in two games and will be pulling for the Hawks to win its game against Victoria — I bet you never saw this coming in a million years — to have a opportunity of advancing to the final by beating Aldergrove during Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. contest at the NDCC Arena.“It would be nice to have a KI final,” said Willans, hoping star align Saturday for the two Murdoch Division opponents to meet for all the marbles Sunday.Twice the Hawks looked to have the Leafs pinned on the mat.And twice the Leafs were able to bounce back.Sam Swanson, left all alone in front of Brad Rebagliati, gave the home side for this game a 1-0 lead in the second period.Brandon Sookro tied the game three minutes late when his slapshot surprised Beaver Valley netminder Brett Clark.last_img read more

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Hunt scores twice to spark Leafs past Braves; Hawks, Bruins break even in feisty contest

first_imgSawyer Hunt scored twice to spark the Nelson Leafs to a 6-2 trashing of the Spokane Braves in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday night in the Lilac City.Hunt, who came to Nelson in an off-season move from the Kimberley Dynamiters, scored twice in the second period to snap a 1-1 tie.The win allowed Nelson to gain a split during a two-game road swing to open the 2016-17 KIJHL season.Nelson lost 3-1 Friday in Fruitvale to defending Murdoch Division champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks.David Lenzin, 16-year-old Ryan Piva, Dale Howell and Sam Weber also scored for Nelson, which outshot the Braves 41-36.Hunt, Lenzin and Zach Morey all finished the game with two points.Jason Sandhu registered the win in goal for the Leafs. Nelson plays its home opener Friday when the Braves pay a return visit to the NDCC Arena.Game time is 7 p.m.Tight defence on display in Boundary CityThe two teams combined for 86 shots but could only muster two goals as Grand Forks and Beaver Valley played to a 1-1 tie Saturday in KIJHL action in the Boundary City.Jaxen Gemmell scored the tying marker five minutes into the third to pull the Hawks into the draw.Chad Grambo had scored in the first period to give the Border Bruins the early lead.Anthony Galliart was a busy man in the Bruins net as Beaver Valley fired 48 shots at the Grand Forks net.The contest, the home opener for the Bruins, was a feisty affair between the two division rivals as there were no less than 127 minutes in penalties handed out by referee Ross Macdonnell.Beaver Valley now leads the Murdoch Division with three points.Castlegar is winless in two starts after dropping a pair of Kootenay Conference games in Golden (5-2) and Kimberley (4-3).last_img read more

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Fishing the North Coast: Rockfish, tuna still viable options out of Eureka

first_imgEven though the calendar is creeping towards November, there’s still a few viable options for Eureka offshore anglers. A few boats ran for tuna out of Eureka on Monday, and even more made the trek out of Crescent City. Tim Klassen of Reel Steel Sport Fishing made the run from Eureka and found good conditions roughly 45 miles from the Humboldt Bay entrance.“The water color and temperature were good, but we didn’t find any big concentrations of fish,” said Klassen. “We got a handful on baits …last_img read more

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Takeaways: Giants halt August swoon behind pitching and power

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — When Jeff Samardzija gave up a homer to the third batter of the game on Saturday, you wondered what kind of afternoon the Giants’ right-hander was going to have..The next 20 hitters supplied the answer. Not a one reached base.Samardzija squared his record at 9-9 by mowing through the Phillies for eight innings, Evan Longoria and Kevin Pillar hit home runs, and the Giants beat Philadelphia 3-1 before 39,106 at Oracle Park. Will Smith pitched the ninth for his 28th save.It …last_img read more

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Will 49ers offensive line be at full strength to protect Garoppolo?

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. – Jimmy Garoppolo and his 49ers center, Weston Richburg, share a common bond beyond just the football snapped between them.It’s not their fashion flare, not when Garoppolo wears Jordans and Richburg pulls on cowboy boots. It’s not their facial hair, not when Garoppolo’s five-o’clock shadow is dwarfed by Richburg’s manly mustache. It’s not their demeanor, not when Garoppolo is more good cop and Richburg more bad cap.And yet, as the season opens Sunday against the Buccaneers, …last_img read more

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Adobe Acquires Omniture: It’s All About the Revenue Model

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts steven walling Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Adobe is looking to stall falling sales and profit by entering into a new market: analytics. But rather looking to R&D, Adobe is instead coughing up $1.8 billion for analytics leader Omniture. This is the largest acquisition by Adobe since the purchase of Macromedia for $3 billion in 2005.The acquisition has puzzled many, since Adobe and Omniture products really have no natural cooperation. There have been comments about the measurement capabilities that Omniture will give to content built with Adobe products. But in the end the entire deal revolves around two words: recurring revenue. Adobe’s quarterly earnings have fallen due to declining sales of software licenses, and the SaaS model of Omniture will bring the company a recurring stream of revenue.Omniture is a top dog in analytics. But even though it competes with just about everyone, including Google, in the measurement market, some industry analysts have pointed out that it’s really run out of new ideas. In trying to explain the acquisition during an earnings call, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen asserted that buying Omniture was meeting customer needs.What we found is that as we’ve been talking to our customers, it’s clear that they would like us to do a lot more. For example, the chief digital officers that we talk to at media companies have been telling us that they want to understand which content was performing the best so that they could feature it more prominently and increase their ad revenue.Advertisers and agencies were using Flash to produce rich ads but they were telling us that they really wanted to understand what the click-through rates of those ads were in real time, to be able to take more advantage of it.But few analysts have agreed that adding measurement power to content is really the core of this deal. Adobe announced the acquisition alongside a decrease in quarterly earnings. Even if Omniture is no longer at the forefront of innovation in analytics, its steady stream of revenue from SaaS subscriptions is a cash cow that Adobe can’t afford to pass up right now. center_img Tags:#enterprise#news 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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University of Calgary conflict report a vindication departed academic

first_imgA professor who left the University of Calgary over how the school handled a corporate-funded sustainability institute says he sees his concerned echoed in a report that found major problems with the centre.“What the report describes is factually accurate,” said Joe Arvai, who now teaches at the University of Michigan. “In that regard, it feels like a bit of a vindication of what I had said.”The head of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, which did the investigation, said problems with the university’s plans to create the Enbridge Centre for Corporate Sustainability should be a warning for institutions across Canada.On Wednesday, the association released a document that said the university president was in a conflict of interest, since she took part in planning the centre while holding a paid position on one of the Calgary-based energy company’s boards. The investigation also found the project was poorly administered and subject to influence by its donor.The university has rejected those findings and has referred to a 2015 report that cleared the school of wrongdoing. It declined to provide anyone for an interview.Arvai, who was the original choice to lead the centre, strongly supports the association’s conclusion that faculty and staff have been intimidated from expressing their concerns. He referred to a fellow professor who was dismissed as director of a research centre after opposing university administration on energy and environmental issues.“To me, (that is) telling of how I certainly felt when I was there — to go up against the University of Calgary would be to invite reprisals.”At least two other academics have expressed similar concerns in media reports.Arvai said that the wider academic community is starting to notice.“Absolutely, yes. I’ve heard from people who have been shortlisted for jobs there, and have been interviewed, who have declined an opportunity to pursue employment at the University of Calgary because these concerns were raised.”David Robinson, head of the teachers association, said Canadian universities are increasingly dependent on corporate support.Such collaborations can benefit all parties, including the public, he said. But they must be carefully structured.In 2013, his group surveyed 12 corporate/academic research and program collaborations from institutions across the country.It found only two of those agreements had public documents. Seven held no specific guarantees of academic freedom and only six had language ensuring academic matters remained under the university’s control.Just two forbade a financial interest by participating faculty in the corporate partner and one agreement required disclosure of conflicts of interest.“At the end of the day, it’s incumbent on universities to have effective self-policing mechanisms,” said Robinson. “These kinds of situations shouldn’t be allowed to happen in the first place.“We have to ensure that any corporate sponsorship puts academic values ahead of any public relations exercise.“The mission of the university is not to present good PR for companies. It is to pursue knowledge. It is to preserve knowledge. It is to disseminate knowledge.”— Follow @row1960 on Twitter.last_img read more

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