Wednesday July 31st Local Sports

first_imgMIAMI (AP) — Jake Odorizzi was far from superb against Miami, yet more than satisfied compared to his last outing.Odorizzi followed his worst big league start by pitching one-run ball into the sixth inning as the Minnesota Twins beat the Marlins 2-1 Tuesday night.Odorizzi (12-5) allowed a run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five and was lifted after giving up his only walk to Neil Walker with two out in the sixth. The outing comes less than a week after Odorizzi’s four-inning effort against the New York Yankees on July 24, when he gave up nine runs and 10 hits.Byron Buxton gave the Twins a 1-0 lead with a homer in the third. Buxton drove the first pitch from Miami starter Zac Gallen over the wall in left-center for his 10th home run.Buxton’s blast was the Twins’ 206th homer of the season, matching their 2017 total and the third-highest in club history.Minnesota increased its lead in the fourth when Miguel Sano doubled, scoring Eddie Rosario from first.Tyler Duffey relieved Odorizzi and struck out two in 1 1/3 innings. Sergio Romo, acquired from Miami on Saturday, pitched a scoreless eighth and Taylor Rogers retired the three batters he faced in the ninth for his 16th save. DES MOINES — State baseball== 3A quarterfinals Tuesday#1 Xavier of Cedar Rapids 7, ADM 2#4 Marion 4, Bishop Heelan of Sioux City 0#3 Central DeWitt 11, #9 Centerville 1 (5 innings)#2 Assumption of Davenport 7, Boone 3== 4A quarterfinals today11:00 — #6 Dowling (30-11) vs. #3 Southeast Polk (30-13)1:30 — #1 Johnston (34-5) vs. Ankeny (21-17)4:30 — #5 Epworth Western Dubuque (32-9) vs. #9 Urbandale (28-14)7:00 — #2 Iowa City West (33-7) vs. Pleasant Valley (25-11) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have named Sachin Gupta their executive vice president of basketball operations, continuing the front office makeover under new president Gersson Rosas. Gupta was the assistant general manager last season for Detroit. He spent extensive time with Houston and Philadelphia, too, after first making a name for himself at ESPN. There, he developed the NBA Trade Machine for the network’s website that allows users to play general manager and see what trades would be legal. WEST DES MOINES — Sports betting rules were approved Tuesday in less time than you have to wait for a television timeout at a football game.The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission approved the rules at their meeting in West Des Moines. Commissioner Jeff Lamberti made the motion, and the rules were approved unanimously. Racing and Gaming Commission Administrator Brian Ohorilko says the casinos can begin offering sports betting at noon on August 15th.The commission also approved the sports gambling licenses for 18 of the 19 casinos Tuedsay, with the Casino Queen in Marquette the only one to not yet apply for a license. Ohorilko says the commission will be meeting with each of them during the next two weeks.“Those meetings are intended to work through every control that’s required in the rules to give feedback to the operators — so that they know if they are okay in certain areas — or there are areas where they still need to go back and beef up.” He says the IRGC has been moving forward quickly since the governor signed the law, with the public hearing on the rules earlier this month. “The industry really request a timeline that has been very aggressive, but the commission has been trying to keep up with that. We have been able to meet those deadlines, but we haven’t been able to meet with every applicant,” Ohorilko says.Ohorilko says the casinos have been developing their sports gambling aps and betting areas on site at their own pace. “We wanted everyone to have an opportunity to start on the same date. And that was important to that we were providing a fair opportunity for everyone. August 15th is that date,” Ohorilko says. “Some of the operators, August 15th isn’t as important of a date — maybe it’s college football season or pro football season. So,they’ll all have an opportunity to start on the 15th, but if they are not ready or chose to wait, they’ll have the opportunity to do that.”He says sports gambling is the focus right now in the gambling industry.“There are more and more states considering it. I believe Indiana is very close, similar to Iowa. So, we are starting to see the Midwest considering it. Illinois just passed legislation as well,” according to Ohorilko.Ohorilko believes there are 12 other states now that offer sports wagering.center_img MASON CITY — Longtime Mason City High School teacher and assistant football coach Ed Lenius has died. Lenius was an assistant coach under Barry Alvarez on Mason City’s 1978 state championship team. Lenius passed away on Sunday in Lawrenceville Georgia while visiting family. Services are pending through the Major Erickson Funeral Home in Mason City. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have fired general manager Paul Fenton after just one rough season, marked by the end of a six-year streak of making the playoffs and a disassembly of the once-promising core of forwards by trading Charlie Coyle, Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter prior to the deadline. Wild owner Craig Leipold said he told Fenton of his dismissal, a “difficult decision” made because Fenton was “not the right fit” for the organization.last_img read more

Advocates seek boost in state money for trails

first_imgDES MOINES — A coalition of organizations is lobbying legislators to expand the state’s trail system.Iowa Bicycle Coalition executive director Mark Wyatt says the governor’s plan to raise the state sales tax would place money in the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Fund.“Greater investment in trails through the ‘Invest in Iowa Act’ will only accelerate the community and workforce development that we do need in this state,” Wyatt says. “But most of all, Iowa trails make Iowa a great place to live.”Groups pushing to convert abandoned railroad lines to trails are joining with members of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and economic development officials to stress the need for improved access to spots for hiking, biking and swimming. Wyatt says many towns that have developed trail systems have seen the economic impact and health benefits.“Because people that get physical activity often are healthier,” Wyatt says.Mark WyattWyatt’s group did a study nine years ago found bicycle trails created an annual impact of 365 million dollars. Representative Andy McKean of Anamosa joined the groups at a news conference on the statehouse steps. He says investing in trails reaps tremendous dividends.“We’ve been chasing smokestacks and in many cases giving away useless tax credits instead of taking a good, hard look at the quality of life issues that attract and keep young people in our state,” McKean says. “And trails rank way up there in that equation.”Governor Kim Reynolds is holding a town hall meeting in Ankeny tonight to discuss her “Invest in Iowa Act” which includes more money for trails. It also would lower some taxes, but raise the state sales tax and it’s unclear if the legislature will pass the plan.last_img read more

Fire damages Clear Lake mobile home

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — A fire this morning damaged a Clear Lake mobile home. The Clear Lake Fire Department says they were dispatched to 1500 South Shore Drive Lot #27 shortly after 6:30 this morning. On arrival, heavy fire was showing from the roof and utility area of the home. Major damage was contained to the roof, utility area and bedroom portions of the home, with smoke damage throughout the structure. The property is owned by Joyce Knutson of Story City, but nobody was in the home at the time of the fire. The cause is still under investigation and no injuries were reported. The damage was estimated to be over $20,000.last_img

Tropical Storm Bertha Forms, Hits South Carolina Coast

first_imgMIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Bertha made landfall on South Carolina’s coast Wednesday morning shortly after it formed, becoming the second named storm before the official start of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season.A tropical storm warning was issued for South Carolina’s coast and the storm was expected to bring heavy rainfall, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.Bertha’s maximum sustained winds were near 50 mph (80 kph) as it came ashore but it was expected to weaken to a tropical depression after moving inland. The storm was centered about 20 miles (40 kilometers) east of Charleston, South Carolina, and was moving northwest near 9 mph (15 kph).Along America Street in Charleston, residents awoke Wednesday to an intersection that had become a water-filled canal. Cars parked on the curb had water up to their doors, The Post and Courier reported.Garbage cans had spilled over, and dirty diapers, magazines and food scraps clogged drains in the area, the newspaper reported.Earlier this month, Tropical Storm Arthur brought rain to North Carolina before moving out to sea. It was the sixth straight year that a named storm has developed before June 1, the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season.The last time there were two named storms before June was in 2016, according to Phil Klotzbach, a research scientist with Colorado State University’s atmospheric science department. It also happened in 1887, 1908, 1951 and 2012, he said.“Most of these early season named storms form, at least in part, from non-tropical or subtropical processes and don’t necessarily imply anything about the remainder of the season,” Klotzbach said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.last_img read more

Five things about Nigerian star Ahmed Musa

first_imgNigerian World Cup history makerHe announced himself to the wider world with a superb brace against Lionel Messi’s Argentina in a group match at the 2014 World Cup which Nigeria lost 3-2. One was especially memorable, with Musa cutting in from the left and unleashing a superb curling effort beyond Sergio Romero into the far corner. It was the first time a Nigerian had scored a double in a World Cup finals match.Gunners misfireMusa is an Arsenal fan, thanks to watching them when Nigerian striking great Nwankwo Kanu was playing for them. However, when the Gunners came knocking on his Dutch club VVV Venlo’s door in 2012 it was too late as CSKA had nipped in and had their 5 million-euro offer accepted. Venlo had spotted his talent early on and signed him as a 17-year-old, although they were made to wait until he was 18 to take him on.Mature beyond his years Prior to his World Cup starring role he had already been blooded in a major tournament having been part of the ‘Super Eagles’ squad that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013, coming on as a substitute in the final against surprise packages Burkina Faso. He’d already shone for the Under-20 side, scoring three goals in five games for them at the 2011 World Championships. That came a year after he had won his first cap for the senior national side who were then coached by Lars Lagerback, who led Iceland to the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.Captaincy controversyTo much surprise he was appointed Nigeria captain in 2015 by then coach Sunday Oliseh in preference to the vastly more experienced Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel after the retirement of goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama. However, when Oliseh left the post, Musa handed over the captaincy to Mikel, who had made his debut some five years before him. “There was a mix-up,” said Musa, who added Mikel was his ‘big brother’. Mikel responded by praising Musa: “It takes a man to come out and do what Ahmed Musa has done today.” London, United Kingdom | AFP |Five things about Nigerian international Ahmed Musa after English Premier League champions Leicester City signed him from CSKA Moscow for a club record fee of £16.6 million ($22 million, 20 million euros) on Friday: Foxes get their prey at second time of askingMusa was targeted by Leicester earlier this year, but the Foxes stalled at the £20 million asking price during the January transfer window. Despite the knock-back both parties were rewarded as the Russian side won their national title. Leicester didn’t have to wonder what might have been had he joined then as they progressed serenely to their own league championship. All’s well that ends well as they now have their man.center_img Ahmed Musa: “They are like a family. That’s why I joined #lcfc and I’m very excited.”???? pic.twitter.com/NKnb0Lb11u— Leicester City (@LCFC) July 8, 2016 Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Lacazette gives Arsenal injury scare after first home goal

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Alexandre Lacazette gave Arsenal an injury scare as the club’s record signing limped off after scoring his first home goal in Sunday’s 2-1 Emirates Cup defeat against Sevilla.Lacazette is under pressure to make an immediate impact after Arsene Wenger splashed out £52 million ($68 million, 58 million euros) to sign the France striker from Lyon earlier this month.The 26-year-old shrugged off an anonymous first half to mark his maiden start at the Emirates Stadium with Arsenal’s second-half equaliser after Joaquin Correa had put the Spaniards ahead.But Lacazette’s afternoon ended in pain when he was forced off in the closing stages of the pre-season friendly.With Arsenal due to face Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley on August 6 before opening their Premier League campaign against Leicester City five days later, Wenger will be hoping Lacazette’s injury is nothing serious.Wenger’s initial impression was that Lacazette would recover quickly.“He was ok. I took him off but it was not because of the injury,” said Wenger.“He suffered because we were a bit flat and he didn’t get much service. But when he was involved he was intelligent, he protected the ball well and he got his goal.“That’s him. To score goals is to be in the right place when the cross comes in and he has that quality.”Steven N’Zonzi scored Sevilla’s winner, but Arsenal finished top of the four-team group on goals scored to clinch the Emirates Cup for a fifth time.Having thrashed Benfica 5-2 on Saturday, Wenger was far more interested in his team delivering a positive performance than securing a meaningless pre-season prize.In the end, a sloppy defensive display meant it was a frustrating afternoon for the Arsenal manager. Egypt midfielder Mohamed Elneny had been deployed as one of Arsenal’s three centre-backs with only limited success during the team’s tour of Australia and China.Wenger again experimented with the positional switch and Sevilla almost took advantage of Elneny’s lack of experience in his new role when Ever Banega clipped a pass beyond the Egyptian to put Wissam Ben Yedder clear on the edge of the area.Ben Yedder took a touch before drilling a shot across Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech, only to see it hit a post and rebound to safety.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s future remains unresolved, with Chelsea and Liverpool said to be interested in the England winger, and he was by far Arsenal’s most impressive performer, with 17-year-old Joe Willock starting alongside him in midfield.However, Correa put the Spanish side ahead in the 49th minute with a cool finish after sprinting onto Ben Yedder’s smart reverse pass.Lacazette then shot tamely at David Soria before making amends with the equaliser in the 62nd minute.Oxlade-Chamberlain powered down the right flank before crossing into the six-yard box and, when Danny Welbeck mistimed his shot, Lacazette was on hand to slot home from close range.It was Lacazette’s second goal for Arsenal after he opened his account in a pre-season friendly against Sydney FC in Australia.Former Stoke City midfielder N’Zonzi restored Sevilla’s lead with a superb curling strike from the edge of the area seven minutes later.In Sunday’s other Emirates Cup match, RB Leipzig won 2-0 against Portuguese champions Benfica.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

UBA, Mastercard to reward Ugandan customers with trip to Champions League Semis

first_img“As we celebrate our 70 years of Banking and excellence, this is our way of rewarding customers for their continued patronage to the UBA brand. There will be many more this year as we want to continue to appreciate all our customers … for now. Customers who qualify should get a UBA Platinum Mastercard and spend a minimum of $10,000 or its equivalent in his or her local currency to stand a chance to win the all-expense paid package.To get your UBA Platinum Mastercard at any UBA Branch, a customer simply needs to contact his or her relationship manager at any UBA branch office” the Group Head, Marketing, UBA Plc, Dupe Olusola said.“The UEFA Champions League is the most sought-after trophy in club football competition, and one of the most followed sporting spectacles in the world. To this end, we decided to partner Mastercard and UEFA in bringing the most iconic and cherished moments in the history of football to our esteemed and loyal customers who are the reason we are so successful.”United Bank for Africa Plc is a leading pan-African financial services group, operating in 20 African countries, as well as the United Kingdom, the United States of America and with presence in France.Share on: WhatsApp UBA officialsKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Leading Pan-African Bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA) PLC in partnership with leading global payments and technology company, MasterCard, are giving away all- expenses paid trips to the Semi-Finals and Finals of the 2019 UEFA Champions League to 12 lucky UBA Mastercard holders.The participating countries are Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia. Ugandan customers will however be eligible only for the semi-finals, UBA said.Open to all existing and new UBA Platinum Mastercard holders,  the organizers said “this giveaway is an opportunity to pamper customers and give them a unique, unforgettable and priceless experience including flights, visas, 5-star accommodation, tickets to watch either the semi-finals or final matches of the UEFA Champions League and so much more with their MasterCard Platinum Access.”A total of 12 UBA Platinum Mastercard holders from Nigeria and 11 other African countries will share the enthralling experience of watching the finals live with a loved one as well as enjoy the great ambience of host city of the Semi-Finals or Finals (Madrid).last_img read more

It’s 2021 or never for Tokyo, confirms senior Olympic official

first_imgAccording to Beckers a final decision on Tokyo “will be taken in the spring if questions (over the global health crisis) persist.”He said he was optimistic over the staging of the Games, rejecting any notion that it would be held behind closed doors.In March, Tokyo 2020 was postponed one year over the coronavirus, which has killed hundreds of thousands around the world and halted international sport and travel.Beckers heads the IOC’s coordinating commission for the 2024 Games and he said he wanted Paris “to be different” to past editions.“We want to stage Games that are economically responsible, inclusive, sustainable and useful for society.“The IOC’s desire is that the Games adapt to the needs of cities, countries, and vice versa. Paris will be the first edition that will fully fit into this vision.”“We must fight against gigantism,” he continued.“In Paris, we will return to a budget lower than that of previous editions: 3.8 billion euros for operations and around three billion for all infrastructure.” Share on: WhatsApp Brussels, Belgium | AFP | High-ranking Olympic official Pierre-Olivier Beckers on Saturday made plain that the delayed Tokyo Olympics “will be held in 2021 or not at all”.The Belgian was reiterating the stance put forward by Japan and International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach that next year was the last chance to hold the Games postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.“Today everyone is sure that they will start on July 23, 2021,” he told Belgian newspaper L’Avenir.“We are convinced that the Games will take place in 2021 or they won’t take place.“It’s unthinkable to keep such a project on the go for any longer considering the enormous costs and all the thousands of people involved.”Beckers suggested it was “essential” that the traditional sporting calendar emerges from its COVID-19 lockdown before allowing major sporting events like the Olympics to be staged.“All the sporting federations have to adapt to the Games’ postponement.“We can’t envisage a similar upheaval a second time,” stressed the president of Belgium’s Olympic Committee.last_img read more

West Palm Beach plays ‘Baby Shark’ on loop to drive homeless people away

first_imgOfficials in West Palm Beach have found a creative new way to drive homeless people away which includes the children’s song “Baby Shark.”The extremely popular but also repetitive song can be heard playing on loop all night long around the city’s Waterfront Lake Pavilion.In addition to “Baby Shark,” the city is also playing another children’s hit, “Raining Tacos.”West Palm Beach parks and recreation director Leah Rockwell told The Palm Beach Post that they are trying to discourage people from sleeping outside the glass-walled Pavilion.“People are paying a lot of money to use the facility. Thousands of dollars,” Rockwell told The Palm Beach Post. “We want to make sure people paying this money had a facility that was clean and open and continue to use it in the future.”The city expects the event space to make about $240,000 this year.According to reports, the loop of “Baby Shark” and “Raining Tacos” is a temporary measure to keep homeless people off the patio as the city moves to formalize hours for the facility in an effort to make trespassing laws easier to enforce.This story is developing.last_img read more