The Latest: NASCAR drivers having to fend for themselves

first_imgRyan Newman was in the car behind The Associated Press in the screening line. He leaned out his window for the temperature check and removed his hat so the thermometer could scan his forehead. Newman, wearing a camouflage face mask, was cleared to enter the track to prepare for his first race since he suffered a head injury on Feb. 16 in the season-opening Daytona 500.___12:30 p.m.Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp says he’s amazed at how quickly every part of NASCAR came together to bring back the sport.NASCAR’s top Cup series returns to the track later Sunday after 10 weeks off because of the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR’s return at Darlington Raceway (all times local):___3 p.m. The Latest: NASCAR drivers having to fend for themselves His only victory of the season was a Truck Series race at Las Vegas the second week of the season.___2:30 p.m.South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster gave a brief welcome over video to NASCAR in a virtual version of the traditional pre-race driver meeting.The meeting was streamed on NASCAR.com, and McMasters thanked the stock car series for coming to Darlington for its restart. “Help me, guys. I’m lost,” Keselowski said. “Let’s go racing.”___2:40 p.m.Kyle Busch’s car failed inspection twice before Sunday’s race at Darlington Raceway and the reigning Cup champion will drop to the back of the field at the start.Busch is planning to run the first seven of NASCAR’s races resumed schedule over the next 11 days. His No. 18 Toyota from Joe Gibbs Racing was originally slated to start fourth. Busch is winless in Cup through the first four events held before the season was suspended March 13. McMasters said he was disappointed not to be at the track but vowed to be at Darlington’s first race with fans.“I love ‘The Lady in Black,’” McMasters said. After a video saluting healthcare workers, the rules for Sunday’s race were laid out. NASCAR used graphics to present virtual explanations for the racing procedures and the images included simulated fans in the stands. There are no fans permitted to attend a NASCAR race through at least June 21.At least one vehicle attempted to enter the property but was turned away at the only open gate outside the speedway.___ NASCAR President Steve Phelps is promising “the best race and racing experience possible every time we hit the racetrack.”Phelps released a letter to NASCAR fans Sunday, hours before the racing series returns to the track for the first time in more than two months.“Our drivers, race teams and officials have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to get back to the race track and we want to assure you that we have taken the return to racing very seriously,” Phelps wrote.NASCAR chose Darlington, the oldest speedway on the Cup circuit, as the safest place to restart the season after eight events were postponed and the series sat idle for 10 weeks amid the global coronavirus pandemic. NASCAR was facing a financial collapse if live races didn’t resume on national television. So the sanctioning body had its health plan approved in South Carolina and North Carolina and released an aggressive schedule that included 20 races across seven Southern states between now and June 21. May 17, 2020 Associated Press The 75-year-old France is considered high risk to contract the coronavirus. NASCAR executive Steve O’Donnell posted audio on Twitter in which France grabs the public address microphone in the scoring tower and thanks “the entire industry for their efforts to get us back racing.”Roughly 900 essential people have been approved to be inside the gates. NASCAR is returning to racing following a 10-week layoff amid the global pandemic. The Real Heroes 400 begins at 3 p.m.___11 a.m. William Coats, another member of the group, said the fellowship they’ll share Sunday is important.___12:45 p.m.The first sign that Sunday’s race wasn’t a normal one for NASCAR was the lack of traffic on the four-lane highway outside of Darlington Raceway.Traffic is always one of NASCAR’s biggest issues as thousands of fans descend on often rural areas not equipped for the overflow of cars. Participants then turned onto a gravel road guarded by four state trooper vehicles and entered a health screening area. NASCAR officials there checked names, administered a temperature check with a device pointed at the forehead and logged the reading on a chart. 1 p.m.Kevin Nobles wasn’t going to miss a race at Darlington Raceway. It didn’t matter that he couldn’t get near the track. Nobles was part of a five-person group setting up a tailgate at an RV park outside the venue known as the the track “Too Tough To Tame.”Nobles, 56, from Aynor and on his way to Myrtle Beach, says he wanted to be close enough “to hear the engines and smell the gas fumes.”Nobles was excited that races were going live and believes it could be a big lift for fans following a 10-week hiatus amid the global coronavirus pandemic. Since only essential personnel are allowed to attend Sunday’s race, drivers were on their own to prepare for 400 miles of action. They typically have a staff that manages their schedules, prepares their beverages for the race and other important details.Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson posted a photo of all the things he had to do himself at Darlington.“One of the perks of making it to the big time is showing up to the car with everything ready,” Johnson posted on Twitter. “Times R different right now & some of the responsibilities R mine again. Hopefully the drink bag won’t leak, visor doesn’t fall off, cool shirt is primed correctly & so on. #NascarIsBack”Brad Keselowski also took to Twitter to show his new normal, a pre-race lunch he had to make for himself. It included a few raviolis, two hard-boiled eggs and a roll. He asked if water boiled differently in South Carolina. Tharp was visiting the Raceway Grill outside Turn 2, where team owners were setting up for a watch party. He says the cooperation in NASCAR was essential in setting up three races over four days.Xfinity drivers race Tuesday night, with Cup series racers going again at Darlington on Wednesday night.___11:30 a.m.NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France is at Darlington Raceway and will remain outside the infield. The first event is called the “The Real Heroes 400” and is dedicated to health care workers fighting COVID-19. Health care workers will give the command to start the engines.Darlington is hosting three events over four days. Roughly 900 essential people have been approved to be inside the gates.___More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Despite short stature, Lade excels in role as SU’s No. 1 defender

first_img Published on April 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm At first glance, John Lade doesn’t look like a defender to his own teammates.‘I’d say no,’ said freshman defender Brian Megill, taking second and third looks at Lade on the practice field Tuesday. ‘I mean, now that I see him now, I know John’s a great defenseman. But seeing him for the first time, I couldn’t see him being a defenseman, really.’Lade’s not a prototypical defender. Doesn’t look like one, at least. Coming in at 5 feet 11 inches and 190 pounds, Lade is a far cry from the 6-foot-plus, 200-plus-pound Megill and Matt Tierney that accompany him on the starting defensive line.Despite the lack of classic defender size, Lade has become the Syracuse men’s lacrosse team’s go-to defender. Since returning to the lineup after missing the Orange’s first three games with a thigh injury, Lade has keyed an SU defense that has allowed just 7.1 goals per game since his return.Case in point: Matched up with Princeton attack Jack McBride — who scores 2.4 goals per game — on April 10, Lade kept him scoreless. Matched up just three days later with Cornell attack Rob Pannell, who came into the game scoring more than five points per game, Lade held him to just three assists.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘You can see the difference,’ Megill said. ‘In the first three games, we gave up a lot of goals. When John came back, ever since then, me, him and Matt (Tierney) have just been really gelling.’But it wasn’t always this effortless for Lade, who had to work against odds stacked against him of becoming the go-to defender on the No. 1 team in the country. Odds that revolved around his frame.The questions started coming after high school, as Lade was overlooked by numerous Division I lacrosse programs. As his former Randolph (N.J.) High School teammate Mike Horowitz recalls, Lade’s recruiting visit to Penn State ended in head coach Glenn Thiel telling him he was too small. ‘And John basically told them,’ Horowitz said, ‘‘You’re going to be sorry.”Lade was frustrated at the coaches’ sentiments. So, he went to work to disprove them.‘Coming out of high school, it was definitely a little chip on my shoulder,’ Lade said. ‘I got overlooked by some of the bigger schools because of my size.’ Lade ended up at Villanova in 2007. That’s where Syracuse longstick midfielder Joel White first noticed him. Later on, White got a chance to play with Lade on the U.S. Under-19 team that won the gold medal in the International Lacrosse Federation Championship in the summer of 2008.White saw past Lade’s size. Despite being 3 inches shorter than any other defender on the team, Lade stood out the most to White.Syracuse was losing senior starting defender Kyle Guadagnolo and Evan Brady after its 2008 national championship season. So, White put in a good word.‘I started talking to him and got to know him,’ White said. ‘I knew we lost Kyle and Evan Brady that year, so I kind of told him, ‘Hey man, if you want to come over, we’re going to have two spots open.’‘He was hesitant at first, but I kept talking to him and was in his ear about getting him to come here. … I knew he would do great here.’And upon Lade’s transfer to SU before the 2009 season, White saw immediately just how Lade adjusts to the lack of prototypical size — through speed, instincts and a ball-hawk mentality. Speed, as in when Lade caught up to the Tigers’ McBride after McBride got by him and prevented him from getting off a shot. Instincts, like when Lade seems to know which way the attack wants to dodge toward the goal. The ball-hawk mentality, like when Lade jumped a pass to Pannell in the final seconds of the Orange’s game against Cornell and started SU’s game-winning sequence.And those have all led Lade to become the player he is today. In time, everyone learns there’s more to Lade than his frame.‘You know that cliché,’ Megill said. ‘It’s not the size of the dog. It’s the size of the fight in the dog. You don’t have to be the biggest guy on defense to cover the biggest guy. You just have to have good skills and good fundamentals. And John’s got all of that.’[email protected] Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

JUDGE FAILS TO SEE ROMANTIC SIDE AFTER WOMAN’S ST VALENTINE’S ROBBERY

first_imgA judge failed to see the romantic side when a young woman stole chocolates and teddy bears on St.Valentine’s Day.Lisa Mongan went on a robbing spree and stole a litany of goods including whiskey, bed linen, clothing, chocolates and toys from branches of Dunnes Stores, Tesco and Lifestyle Sports.Letterkenny District Court heard how Mongan, 22, even got a child to help her steal the goods. Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said Ms Mongan’s family had a history of theft but she had managed to avoid the family trait up until now.He also revealed that she was suffering emotionally as she had lost two children shortly after birth.However Judge Paul Kelly said Mongan, 22, of 61 Cashel Park, Letterkenny, was part of an organised scheme of shop-lifters.He said such thefts were having a huge affect on the economy.“These were automatic and organised crimes and she seems to have been up to her neck in it. Individually the items were small but we hear all the time about the cost to the economy – it appears as a victimless crime but it is not.“The rest of the community pays for these crimes. This lady is not the victim to the extent that you are portraying her. I do not accept that. She had her choice and there were incidents when she was on her own,” he said.He ordered a probation report and warned Ms Mongan that if she came before him again, it would influence his sentence.JUDGE FAILS TO SEE ROMANTIC SIDE AFTER WOMAN’S ST VALENTINE’S ROBBERY was last modified: March 16th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Judge Paul KellyLetterkenny District CourtLisa Monganlast_img read more

Apartment rents on the rise in Vancouver

first_imgPaying the rent just keeps getting tougher for Michelle McLaughlin, one among thousands of Clark County renters faced with a rate hike this year.At $699 per month, her rent is fairly low for a two-bedroom apartment in Vancouver’s Orchards area, she admits. But it’s about to nudge higher, said McLaughlin, who received notice of a $20 increase this month. She also just learned her $250 pet deposit is no longer refundable.It’s been less than a year since she and her 18-year-old daughter, Cora Hall, moved into the apartment, one of 334 units at Meadow Wood Apartments, a sprawling complex on the east side of Northeast 121st Avenue. Now, it has gotten to the point where McLaughlin, 42, dreads the newsletters that arrive in her mailbox from Meadow Wood’s management.“They say, ‘friendly reminder,’ but they are anything but friendly,” said McLaughlin, a compliance clerk for Evergreen School District’s special education department.Her experience is not unusual. Housing experts say rent concessions are all but nonexistent as the supply of rental units tightens in Portland and its suburbs. Local rents are expected to rise through the year, pushed by Vancouver’s low vacancy rate of 3.6 percent and the Portland metro area’s overall vacancy rate of 2.5 percent.The metro area rate is low compared with other West Coast cities, according to a survey released in February by the National Association of Realtors.Portland tied with Minneapolis for the second-lowest rate in the nation, coming in just behind New York City’s 1.8 percent rate. All three cities were well below the national average of 4.7 percent.last_img read more