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Social distancing takes a hit as Taiwan baseball teams brawl

first_imgPlaying to empty stadiums, Taiwan has managed to keep its baseball league running during the coronavirus pandemic — but social distancing went out of the window on Sunday when a game descended into an on-field brawl.The island has been held up as a model for how to battle the virus outbreak. Despite its close proximity and economic links with China, it has just 422 confirmed cases and six deaths. “For our international viewers, you need to understand that this never really happens in the CPBL,” he added, referring to the league’s formal name.”It’s usually a very conservative league. They don’t even argue balls or strikes or outs very often.”Taiwan’s new baseball season opened last weekend — although fans are not allowed into the stands in a bid to keep infections down.Rakuten made headlines after they unveiled a troupe of robots to bang drums and mannequins to stand it for real fans.Eleven Sports Taiwan said it had close to a million views during two games live-streamed with English commentary last week.Many other sports leagues have tough decisions to make on whether and when to let new seasons begin during the ongoing pandemic.Pro baseball leagues in South Korea and Japan are targeting starts in May and June respectively after delays.But the US Major League Baseball (MLB) may cancel the 2020 season altogether as America’s coronavirus deaths soar past 40,000.Topics : As a measure of its success, Taiwan has one of the few professional sports leagues in the world still operating, and a new international audience starved of games back home.We’ve got a benches clearing brawl in Taiwan!!! pic.twitter.com/gPvPvWtHSx— Baseball Quotes (@BaseballQuotes1) April 19, 2020But on Sunday night, fans following on TV watched as the Rakuten Monkeys against Fubon Guardians erupted in a bench-clearing brawl.The melee broke out after Fubon pitcher Henry Sosa hit in-fielder Kuo Yen-wen in the hip with an inside ball, the fourth inside pitch at Kuo.”There are some tempers exploding out there right now,” an English-speaking commentator said on Eleven Sports Taiwan, which has started broadcasting Rakuten Monkeys home games in English worldwide.last_img read more

Stock Car Challenge bragging rights belong to Nichols

first_imgBy Kelly NinasLEXINGTON, Neb. (Aug. 2) – Bragging rights belonged to Mike Nichols at Dawson County Raceway’s IMCA Sunoco Stock Car Challenge Sunday night.Nichols raced from 11th to win the pole dash, then from 12th to top the main event.He took home $2,360 for his efforts, an amount that included $1,500 for the main event victory, $500 when he agreed to invert the top 12 finishers from the pole dash and $360 in lap money.Kyle Clough led the first seven times around the oval from his pole start. Nichols passed his way toward the front on the high line, then went to the lowest line to drive by Clough.“B” feature qualifier Kyle Vanover raced from 14th starting to second but wasn’t able to catch Nichols. Jason Rogers also made the big show from his “B” race and made the most of the racy surface, driving from the eighth row to third.Casey Woken and Chad Sterling completed the top five.Nichols, who started last in his heat and just made the transfer, also pocketed a $150 bonus from Wade Cross and FX Suspension for winning the feature on four FX shocks.Kyle Pfeifer was the $500 IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock winner. He was leading and got caught up in a caution on the final turn. The finishing order went back to the last completed lap, with Kyle Bond scored second and Jacob Wolsleben third.Other feature winners were Colton Osborn in the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds and Jamey Kennicutt in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.Feature ResultsStock Cars – 1. Mike Nichols; 2. Kyle Vanover; 3. Jason Rogers; 4. Casey Woken; 5. Chad Sterling; 6. Kyle Clough; 7. Jeff Whiting; 8. Jason Davis; 9. Casey Werkmeister; 10. Jason Rold; 11. Ozzie Romero; 12. Mikey Dancer; 13. Elijah Zevenbergen; 14. Dana Morgan; 15. Bob Hoing; 16. Bob Chalupa; 17. Kurt Trusty; 18. Kyle Prauner; 19. Zach Zentner; 20. Brendan Eilts; 21. Robert Walker; 22. Lloyd Meeske; 23. Zach Canas; 24. Trevor Schmidt.Hobby Stocks – 1. Kyle Pfeifer; 2. Kyle Bond; 3. Jacob Wolsleben; 4. Sterling Sorenson; 5. Michael Zerr; 6. Nate Refior; 7. Larry Refior; 8. Tyson Canas; 9. Tyler Easterday; 10. Caleb Hetrick; 11. Jacob Olmstead; 12. Zach Olmstead; 13. Tyrel Smith; 14. Ryan Gardine; 15. Travis Kernick; 16. Chuck Ledbetter; 17. Brady Weinman; 18. Luke Wassom; 19. Jakob Egge.last_img read more

Pounds prevails in race for $3,000 Stormin’ Mormon checkers at Pahrump

first_imgBrad Pounds was the $3,000 IMCA Modified feature winner at Pahrump Valley Speedway’s Stormin’ Mormon special on Saturday night. (Photo by Judy Maughaun)PAHRUMP, Nev. (March 3) – Brad Pounds recalled finishing third in a street stock feature in his first visit to Pahrump Valley Speedway some 11 years ago.He has a lot more to remember from his second visit.Pounds led the last six laps in winning Saturday’s Stormin’ Mormon Memorial special for IMCA Modifieds, earning both $3,000 and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth.“This was one of my better paying wins, especially for this early in the season,” said the Bakersfield, Calif., veteran, who had taken the initial green flag from the 12th spot. “I had a good car. I could go wherever I wanted. I was able to get up to fourth really quick and then ran side-by-side with Bobby Hogge IV for about five laps before I cleared him.”With traffic running three and four-wide, Pounds caught R.C. Whitwell for second on the 32nd of 40 laps before setting his sights on pole starter and race-long leader Cody Laney.“I found a little cushion up top after the last restart, then passed Cody on the bottom,” said Pounds, who took the checkers three car lengths ahead of Laney.Whitwell, Alex Stanford and D.J. Shannon completed the top five.Shannon ran second in the early going. “B” feature winner Chad Reichenbach was sixth. Thirty Modifieds vied at the inaugural special.Saturday’s win was the second of the season and IMCA career 116th for Pounds. With twin sons Kasey and Cole turning two in April, he’ll race closer to home this season, with some more specials sprinkled “here and there.”Feature results – 1. Brad Pounds; 2. Cody Laney; 3. R.C. Whitwell; 4. Alex Stanford; 5. D.J. Shannon; 6. Chad Reichenbach; 7. Bobby Hogge IV; 8. Zach Olson; 9. Robby Sawyer; 10. Danny Lauer; 11. Josh Combs; 12. Rich Horibe; 13. Randy Thornell; 14. Casey Delp; 15. Joey Price; 16. James Thibodeaux; 17. Bryan Wulfenstein; 18. Rob Sanders.last_img read more

ICC World Cup India vs West Indies ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Nostalgia revisited after 36 years

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. West Indies has not beaten India since 1992 World Cup.India has beaten West Indies in 1996, 2011 and 2015.A loss for West Indies will see their elimination from the 2019 World Cup. highlightscenter_img New Delhi: Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team square off against the West Indies in Old Trafford, Manchester on Wednesday. The clash has a lot of weight on both sides. A win for India sees them come closer to the semi-final while a loss for the West Indies will result in their elimination. West Indies has not defeated India in a World Cup for 27 years, with their last win coming in Wellington in the 1992 World Cup. However, the clash between India and West Indies in England will be the first encounter since the glorious 1983 World Cup and fans in Old Trafford on Wednesday will experience some nostalgia.On June 25, 1983, West Indies were the supreme team in the world of cricket while India was making some small strides. West Indies possessed a team where batting and bowling were brilliant and intimidating. For India, there was individual brilliance. India had already made a mark by beating the likes of West Indies, England and Australia in the league stages and the team, which had odds of 33-1 to win the title, had stunned the world and reached the final for the first time.West Indies had won the 1975 and 1979 World Cup final and they were gunning for a hat-trick. India batted first and managed a total of 183 with Kris Srikkanth scoring 38 and some late order contributions from the tail giving the bowlers something to defend. Sir Viv Richards started well and he had smashed 31 in quick time. However, then came the moment. Richards top-edged a short ball from Madan Lal and Kapil Dev, running backwards took the catch which changed the match.Mohinder Amarnath took 3/12 and India won the match by 43 runs to break the West Indies dominance. The win put India on the cricketing world map. The win made cricket a religion for the billions of Indians. June 25 changed the way how cricket would be perceived.After 36 years, the tables have turned. West Indies are a side on the decline, with occasional spurts of brilliance. India is like a well-oiled machine who is capable of beating any team in any condition. However, the contest in Old Trafford will be remembered for what India achieved 36 years ago and the fans would be hoping the nostalgia is relived.last_img read more

Fruta Conquerors tangle with Santos; GPF battle GDF

first_imgIT’S now all down to the penultimate day of rivalry in the 2019-2020 edition of the GFF Super 16 Cup, today, at the GFC ground, Bourda where two potentially riveting semi-final clashes will unfold from 18:30hrs.The clash of the Armed Forces in the main attraction promises to be exhilarating with both teams boasting a number of experienced players who are definitely eyeing the first-place prize of $2M. The second place is worth $1M.Tonight’s curtain-raiser will also be a humdinger of a clash when Fruta Conquerors take on a resurgent Santos Football Club. At the end of it all, only two teams will remain standing and earn the right to face off in New Year’s Night Final. The respective losers will still be in the money as they would play for third ($500 000) and fourth ($250 000).The Guyana Police Force vs Guyana Defence Force match, according to secretary of the Police Club, Ronald Ali, “This is a battle of the Military and we expect a good game even though we are the underdogs.”Ali also informed that they are well aware of the strengths of the Army side and they have been planning to counter any hurdles they come up against, noting that with the players on their roster, they are capable of taking care of business.Santos FCThe likes of Trayon Bobb, Daniel Wilson, Pernel Schultz, Jamal Harvey, Jermain Junor, William Europe and Trevon Lythcott will hope to continue their good showing so far and deliver another victory for Police following their quarter-final downing of Western Tigers 2-1 and their round-of-16 whipping of Timehri Panthers, 6-2. Police have scored a total of eight (8) goals whilst conceding three (3).The Guyana Defence Force on the other hand have been almost flawless in the defensive third, scoring a total of seven (7) goals and conceding just a single goal in their quarter-final match against Buxton United bettering that with two goals.They’ll be led by the tournament’s joint leading goalscorer, Benjamin Opara (four goals) who’ll have a number of experienced players around him as they seek to match Police in every department.The experience of the soldiers might very well make the difference but it would not be an easy task against the law enforcement team. Opara will find able support form Sherwin Caesar, Olvis Mitchell, Kevin Layne, Amos Ramsey, Eusi Phillips, Delwin and Delroy Fraser and Shawn Arthir, among others.The round of sixteen saw a total of 41 goals in eight matches – just 13 in the four quarter-finals and it is anticipated that going forward, goals would continue to dry up as teams have been planning for opposing sides with a view of limiting goal-scoring opportunities.The Fruta Conquerors vs Santos showdown is expected to be a keen tussle with both sides yet to concede a goal in the two matches that they have played to date. Conquerors recorded respective 4-0 wins over Buxton Stars and Milerock FC while Santos clipped Eagles Football Club of Stewartville 4-0 and upset defending champions Den Amstel, 3-0.The confidence that they (Santos) are exuding at the moment under the guidance of coach Trevor Burnette would be seriously tested by the Tucville-based Fruta Conquerors.They’ll be buoyed by the fact that T&T-based Golden Jaguar Sheldon Holder is in the side and will combine offensive maneouvres along with Lavavghn Eniss, Marcus Wilson, Kester Jacobs, captain Kevin Dundas, Orin Yarde, Ryan October and Alex Murray who’ll be in goal once again.Conquerors head coach Sampson Gilbert disclosed that they are looking forward to this match with confidence while being very mindful of ability and level of competition they’ll have to put up with from the Santos outfit.“Our approach would be clinical in the execution of the various aspects of the game we’ve been working on in training, in order to proceed to the final of this year’s tournament.”           Fans are in for an entertaining evening of action.last_img read more

Croatia Sends England Back Home

first_imgEngland’s bid to reach a first World Cup final since 1966 came to an end in the last four as they lost in extra time to Croatia in Moscow.FC Juventus striker, Mario Mandzukic was the hero of the night after he scored the match winner in the 109th minute, connecting from left side from Ivan Perisic’s flick-on into the area.Perisic’s volley sent the match into extra time after Kieran Trippier had given England a fifth-minute lead with a sublime free-kick. Unfancied before the competition, Gareth Southgate’s young side defied expectations by reaching the semi-finals, but were undone by an experienced Croatia side.England, playing in their first World Cup semi-final since 1990, got the perfect start through Trippier’s brilliant free-kick and Croatia were finding it extremely difficult to deal with England’s high-tempo game.Harry Kane could have doubled the lead but was denied by goalkeeper Danijel Subasic and Jesse Lingard placed a shot wide from a good position.Croatia grew into the game in the second half and equalised through Perisic, and the Inter Milan winger hit the post with a low drive shortly after.In extra time John Stones saw a header cleared off the line, while Pickford made a brilliant save from Mandzukic’s close range effort – but the Everton man could do nothing about the winner.England will now play Belgium in Saturday’s third/fourth place play-off in St Petersburg.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Penn State : Normal Paternoville tailgate still goes on, but with somber tone after week’s events

first_imgUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. Though the landscape of tents remains the same, this was anything but an ordinary week in Paternoville.Dozens of tents were set up outside Gate A of Beaver Stadium in anticipation of Saturday’s game against Nebraska at noon. That part doesn’t change. The PSU loyalists who are equivalent to Otto’s Army at Syracuse never miss a week-long tailgate.But the horde of media lurking directly across the street and hovering 24 hours in a day was something new.‘Monday night you’re kind of sitting out here and you see a bunch of news crews and you’re kind of we’re all kind of stunned by it,’ Jeff Lowe, a junior broadcast journalism major said. ‘We get a lot of news out here, because people like covering us. But not to this level.’By Tuesday, the reason had become clear. A shocking, nauseating sex abuse scandal hit the Penn State football program, with one of legendary head coach Joe Paterno’s former assistants, Jerry Sandusky, allegedly committing numerous molestations of young boys over the years.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSo while Monday’s unusually large collection of television, print and radio reporters took the fans at Paternoville by surprise, the week had only just begun for the Nittany Lion community.‘We came into this week thinking it was going to be Joe Paterno’s last home game,’ freshman bio engineering major Paul Kucinski said. ‘And it’s turned into something much more than football.’The result has been a scaled-back version of the normally enthusiastic tailgate outside Beaver Stadium. For this week’s marquee matchup against No. 19 Nebraska, students still began camping out Monday night per the usual routine. But the events of Paternoville have changed and taken on a more significant meaning to the students, players and community as the week continues.On Thursday night, an impromptu vigil was held around Joe Paterno’s statue adjacent to the Paternoville camping area. Dozens of die-hard fans sat in silence to honor one of the greatest football coaches of all time as well as reflect on the week’s events in total.A few hours earlier, members of the Penn State football team had visited Paternoville to partake in a trash can football tournament. The game features four garbage cans two per team to be separated by roughly 30 yards. The object is for teams of two to throw a football into the opposing team’s trash cans.It’s a staple of the weekly tailgate, always drawing in some of the best Nittany Lion players. Matt McGloin, the starting quarterback for PSU, Nate Stupar, a linebacker, and Derek Moye, a wide receiver, turned out to play Wednesday night.‘They want to win it for Joe Paterno,’ Kucinski said. ‘I was talking to Derek Moye yesterday at Paternoville playing some trash can football, and he said he really wants to win the game for Coach.’And immediately after the players left Paternoville to head home, the news of Paterno’s firing broke around 9:45 p.m.The stunning turn of events since Paterno had announced he would retire at season’s end only a few hours earlier prompted the vigil and shook the campus again.‘You kind of wish everything was acted on quicker, because it let too much emotion build up of the past couple days,’ Lowe said. ‘And that’s why it exploded last night.’The residents of Paternoville are left waiting eagerly for the start of Saturday’s game. They share the belief that that once the team gets back on the field, where the community can focus on the players and not the coaches, the whole campus will be uplifted.But the reflection until Saturday’s kickoff remains most important. Though the players and coaches of the football team have certainly been affected by the week’s events, Lowe and the rest of the students at Paternoville want everyone especially the media to understand that the Penn State student body isn’t overlooking the victims. They remain a crucial part of the mourning and healing periods.‘It would mean a lot to the university to win the game,’ Lowe said. But again, the saddest thing is the victims, I just can’t stress that enough. But there is still an eerie, sad, depressing feelings.’Saturday’s game won’t be the majestic sending-off party for the legendary and iconic Paterno. But the bringing together of more than 100,000 strong in support of the same cause will be welcomed following a week where the Penn State community was torn in half.‘Penn State has always been about more than football,’ Kucinski said. ‘But if we can find a way to rally around something, pull the entire student population together everybody show the world that we’re still Penn State and we’re not going to let something that one man did affect everybody here.’mjcohe02@syr.edu Comments Published on November 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Men’s soccer to welcome Michigan State to McClimon, provided good weather

first_imgAlthough there might be storms rolling into the area, the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team is still preparing to welcome Michigan State to McClimon Saturday in what is sure to be a challenging match.Wisconsin (7-2-2, 3-1-0 Big Ten) has been off to a great start this October, earning four victories in a little under two weeks. The beginning of this season was rough for Wisconsin, with UW barely managing to keep their head above water during their first month of play.Men’s soccer: Badgers garner crucial win against in state rival MarquetteThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team wiped out their in state rival, the Marquette Golden Eagles, by a score Read…Now, Wisconsin seems to be finding their footing thanks in large part to Chris Mueller, Tom Barlow and Elan Koenig. All three have managed to score crucial goals for Wisconsin during the past few games, which have managed to garner more and more wins as the season continues.Wisconsin also has goaltender Philipp Schilling to thank for their recent success, and the fast-minded man has managed to hold opponents down to only three goals in the past four games. It is thanks to Schilling protecting the Badger net so well that his team has managed to excel to new heights in the past few weeks, and he is helping to lead the team throughout this trying month.Michigan State has also been off to a fantastic start this season, with a 9-1-1 record overall and a 3-0-1 record in the Big Ten. Michigan has managed to garner wins against teams like Rutgers, Michigan and Dartmouth. Although they did tie with Maryland at the end of September, they also managed to obliterate Ohio State the following weekend 5-1.The only team that has managed to hand the Spartans a loss was Akron earlier this week, but no Big Ten team has managed to defeat the Spartans. Wisconsin might be the team that can do the job, but only if they continue to build upon the success they have been creating as of recent.Men’s soccer: Badgers stumble against Rutgers, come out ahead in major Big Ten testIn a battle between Big Ten foes, the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team took down Rutgers by a score of Read…One thing is for sure, Saturday’s matchup between these two teams is sure to be a nail-biter, and the winner of the game will mostly likely be the best team in the Big Ten. Wisconsin seems poised to handle a team like Michigan State, and nothing would be better for the Badgers than handing the Spartans their first loss of the season at McClimon.Fans are encouraged to watch the UW Athletics website as this game approaches, since a weather cancellation might be possible. If not, the match will begin at 7 p.m. and all fans in attendance will get official UW scarves for free as a bonus for attending the event.last_img read more