Jim France follows brother as Le Mans’ starter

first_imgLE MANS, FRANCE (June 22, 2013) — It was cold and blustery Saturday afternoon, the day’s first smattering of rain riding the 30-mph winds as the 24 Hour of Le Mans start neared.Not really the best conditions for racing – or flag-waving, for that matter. But Jim France soldiered on – and held on – taking his place in the starter’s stand with a full-sized French flag. As if inclement weather really mattered on this day, when Jim France got to do what his late brother, Bill France Jr., did in 1976, right here at Le Mans.Now, two Frances have waved the French flag to start the world’s biggest sports car race. It’s unprecedented, this brotherly piece of Le Mans trivia. Flag passed from 1976 starter Bill France Jr. to GRAND-AM Road Racing founder last_img

Ambrosia beetle watch

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaThe next time you’re admiring a beautiful oak in your yard this spring, get face-to-wood with the bark and then look closer.Gnat-size insects, granulate ambrosia beetles, bore holes the size of pencil leads into hardwood trees in the spring. Since they attack 200 species, your favorite tree may be a target.“Ten ambrosia beetles can kill a tree, not due to damage from boring into the wood but by clogging up the circulatory system,” said Gretchen Pettis, an entomology graduate research assistant with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Early detection is critical. Other signs of infestations are frass toothpicks, 1- to 3-inch-long threads of mixed beetle excrement and sawdust protruding from a branch or trunk. However, strong wind or rain can easily brush off these toothpicks.Granulate ambrosia beetles used to be called Asian ambrosia beetles. They don’t feed on trees. But they do carry a fungus.“The beetles farm the fungus and feed on it,” Pettis said. “This is why using systemic insecticides such as imidacloprid simply doesn’t work.”Once your tree is infested with more than 10 to 20 beetles, she said, you’re down to one option.“There’s nothing you can do to kill the fungus,” she said, “once it’s in a tree. The only solution when a tree is that infested is a chainsaw and burning.”The burning is important. “If you don’t burn,” Pettis said, “the beetle could go to other trees.”If ambrosia beetles have hit trees in your area before, Pettis said, spray the trunks and branches of your trees with pyrethroid insecticide such as permethrin or cyfluthrin. This will kill a beetle before it can start digging.Apply the pesticide every two to three weeks for up to three times starting in early April. Check the Georgia Pest Management Handbook at www.ent.uga.edu/pmh/ for annual updates on pesticides and proper application rates.Another way to help keep ambrosia beetles at bay is to keep your trees healthy. This won’t completely protect a tree, Pettis said. But it’s a start.Granulate ambrosia beetles made their presence known in Georgia more than 10 years ago. For a while, they stayed confined to nurseries.“For some reason, in the late 1990s and early 2000s, they’ve really spread,” Pettis said, “mostly through nursery stock and wooden packing crates.”Young trees planted in new housing developments may be under transplant stress. This makes them more susceptible, she said. In new neighborhoods, watch your trees closely for signs of attack.Ambrosia beetles don’t just target landscape trees. In the United States, it was first noticed in South Carolina’s peach trees. Pine trees are safe from ambrosia beetles but may be susceptible to southern pine beetles, which look similar.A converted 2-liter bottle can help detect ambrosia beetles in early spring. Place traps as early as February and remove them in late May. Beetles rarely attack after that.Just get a bottle and its cap, a film canister or small medicine bottle, stake, soapy water, ethyl (grain) alcohol and a cotton wick. Cut several lengthwise holes 2 inches wide and 5 inches tall in the bottle. Then invert it and attach it to a 4-foot-tall garden stake.Secure a film canister inside one of the long sides and fill it with ethyl alcohol. Cap the canister and insert the wick through a hole in the lid. Finally, fill the bottle with soapy water to an inch below the canister.Check your trap weekly. The alcohol attracts many beetles, so if you catch something that looks like an ambrosia beetle, call your local UGA Cooperative Extension agent (1-800-ASK-UGA1) to positively identify it.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley will remain on staff but will take a pay cut and must undergo diversity training after being suspended for using a racial slur in a 2013 text message. Utah announced Scalley will participate in diversity and inclusion education, and have his salary cut from $1.1 million to $525,000. His contract also was trimmed from a multiyear deal to a one-year deal, and he will no longer be the designated head coach in waiting. Scalley was suspended last month when his use of a racial slur in a text message was posted on social media.WNBA-MAYA MOORE-PRISONERMissouri man freed from prison with help from WNBA’s MooreJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man was freed from prison Wednesday after a county prosecutor declined to retry his case, punctuating years of work by WNBA star Maya Moore and other supporters who argued he was falsely convicted of burglary and assault charges.Moore was on hand when Jonathan Irons, 40, walked out of the Jefferson City Correctional Center. She clapped as Irons approached a group of people waiting for his release. She then dropped to her knees at one point before joining a group hug around Irons. Update on the latest sports July 2, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-BASEBALL RETURNSMLB players begin reporting for tests as first workouts nearUNDATED (AP) — Baseball players began reporting to their teams Wednesday in the most significant step yet as MLB presses ahead with its plan for a 60-game sprint of a season. Most players underwent a battery of health checks, not only for COVID-19 but also for any other lingering ailments from spring training, ahead of planned workouts beginning Friday and Saturday. And one thing was clear: Despite rising numbers of positive tests and some players opting out, most players and executives are bullish about the season taking place in just a few weeks. – The Dallas Mavericks have signed guard Trey Burke as a replacement after center Willie Cauley-Stein decided not to rejoin the team for the planned resumption of the season.— The Brooklyn Nets don’t look ready for a restart, but general manager Sean Marks says there was no discussion of the team not traveling to Florida for the resumption of the NBA season. DeAndre Jordan and Wilson Chandler aren’t going, and Spencer Dinwiddie’s status is uncertain after both he and Jordan tested positive for the coronavirus. Marks also says neither Kevin Durant nor Kyrie Irving will return from injuries to rejoin the Nets this season. The GM says he will support any other players who choose not to play. Brooklyn is currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. NFL-PRESEASONAP Source: NFL cutting preseason in half, pushing back startUNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that the NFL will cut the preseason in half and push the start of exhibition play back a week to give players more time to get in shape. Teams haven’t been able to gather together since last season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league and the players association have been meeting to find ways to make sure they can have games in a safe environment. The exhibition slate will now begin Aug. 20 instead of Aug. 13. Teams will begin reporting to training camp July 28. The 34-year-old Smith hasn’t played in the league since November 2018, but the 2013 Sixth Man of the Year is a longtime trusted teammate of James. They won the NBA title together with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 and reached four consecutive NBA Finals.In other NBA news: — Houston’s Thabo Sefolosha is opting out of the NBA’s restart in Orlando. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity Wednesday because the decision hasn’t been announced. Sefolosha is in his first season with the Rockets. The 36-year-old is a 15-year NBA veteran who has also played for Utah, Atlanta, Oklahoma City and Chicago. The Rockets are schedule to resume the season on July 31 against the Dallas Mavericks.— Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers says Lou Williams is expected to join the team for the NBA’s restart in Florida. Williams has described himself as “50-50” on whether he would finish out the pandemic-interrupted season. Rivers says he doesn’t think any of the Clippers are opting out from resuming the season. The team heads to Orlando next week.— Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown says All-Stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are healthy for the NBA restart. Brown says Simmons is “good to go” following a lengthy layoff with a back injury. Embiid was recovering from surgery on his left hand and had just returned after missing five games with a sprained left shoulder at the time of the shutdown. Brown says he expects Embiid to return to play in the best shape of his professional career. — For the first time in almost a century, Mexico has cancelled its professional baseball season. It’s the first time in 95 years a whole season had been cancelled. The season was scheduled to start Aug. 7, but the 16 team owners decided that they could not guarantee the safety of fans and players. -If basketball icon LeBron James gets his way, NBA arenas and other sports venues around the country will be mega polling sites for the November general election. The Atlanta Hawks and the Detroit Pistons have already made deals with local elections officials in their cities. The effort will advise sports franchises around the country on how to follow suit.NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETESSankey: federal NIL law needed to ensure fair competitionUNDATED (AP) — Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey has told a U.S. Senate committee that there needs to be a uniform federal law to regulate the compensation of college athletes instead of a series of state-level versions with different requirements. In other baseball news:— An emotional Chicago Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy is recovering from a severe case of COVID-19 that quarantined him for 30 days. The former major leaguer learned he had the virus on the third day he felt ill following a nasal test. Hottovy tested negative about two weeks ago and still gets winded easily. Hottovy isolated in a spare bedroom with a relentless fever, difficulty breathing, dehydration and an increased heart rate. It was particularly bad at night, making sleep just about impossible.— The Kansas City Royals have launched what they are calling a “Fanbassador” program in which up to 500 fans may purchase a plastic cutout of their likeness for $40 apiece that will be displayed in a seat at Kauffman Stadium during the abbreviated 2020 season. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Royals Respond Fund.— Colorado Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich says he supports outfielder Ian Desmond’s decision to sit out the 2020 major league baseball season over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic and other issues in society. Desmond’s will be replaced by veteran Matt Kemp. The slugger has agreed to a minor league deal with the Rockies and could get the DH job.— Catcher Patrick Bailey has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants that includes a $3.8 million signing bonus. He was selected 13th overall in last month’s amateur draft, The 21-year-old hit .296 with six homers, including three grand slams, and 20 RBIs in 17 games in the pandemic-shortened season as a junior at North Carolina State. He earned the Johnny Bench award as the top Division I catcher, an honor also won the Giants’ Buster Posey in 2008 and Joey Bart in 2018. In other NFL news:— The Green Bay Packers have signed each of their two top draft picks: Utah State quarterback Jordan Love and Boston College running back A.J. Dillon. Green Bay gave the Miami Dolphins a fourth-round draft choice to move up four spots in the first round and take Love with the 26th overall selection back in April. The Packers chose Dillon with the 62nd overall pick. Both selections were somewhat surprising because the Packers already have two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers at quarterback and Aaron Jones at running back.— Some NFL players are raising concerns about playing football amid the coronavirus pandemic while others are ignoring advice of medical experts by working out with teammates. JC Tretter, a center on the Cleveland Browns and president of the NFL Players Association, wrote an open letter to players saying they have to fight for “necessary COVID-19 protections.” New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins said last week that “football is a nonessential business and so we don’t need to do it.” Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Cameron Heyward has asthma so he wants to “take every precaution” if he plays.NHL-COYOTES-KESSELHealthy Kessel expected to give Coyotes a boost in returncenter_img The Rocket Mortgage Classic’s latest policy change on the coronavirus means Cameron Champ can play the tour this week in Detroit. Champ tested positive for the virus last week when he arrived for the Travelers Championship. That meant he had to self-isolate for 10 days without showing symptoms. Champ was asymptomatic when he tested positive. The tour says he had three negative tests over the next three days. The tour consulted with the CDC on its policy change. Now, anyone who is asymptomatic and tests positive will be eligible to return with two negative tests at least 24 hours apart.In other coronavirus related sports news:— UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma is asking for federal help to get foreign students that include athletes back to campus. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said he and other members of Congress plan to press the Department of Homeland Security to grant exemptions for the students, similar to ones given to professional athletes last month.— Coach Dawn Staley would be prepping the U.S. women’s basketball team for the Tokyo Olympics this week if not for the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, she’ll hold a Zoom conference call with players who are vying for a spot on the roster in 2021, if the postponed Olympics are held next year. Staley’s focus these days involves getting her South Carolina women’s team back on campus in a safe environment. Her team finished No. 1 in the last AP poll and won the SEC Tournament before the NCAA Tournament was canceled because of the coronavirus.— Six players with FC Dallas have tested positive for COVID-19 and the entire team has been quarantined ahead of the MLS Is Back tournament. The team says the players tested positive upon arrival in Florida for a tournament that starts next week. All of the league’s 26 teams are sequestered in hotels in advance of the tournament played without fans at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World. The hearing came as three states have signed athlete-compensation bills into law, with Florida’s set to take effect next summer. Sankey said there’s a risk of states “one-upping each other” with their own versions without a federal law.In other NCAA news:— The NCAA’s infractions case against the University of Kansas men’s basketball program has been accepted into a newly created independent investigation process that was created to handle especially complex cases. It is the first step in a process that was created in August 2018 to deal with select cases and minimize perceived conflicts of interest. Kansas has been accused by the NCAA of committing five Level I violations, which are considered the most egregious, as part of the fallout of an FBI investigation into college basketball corruption. The case hinges on whether representatives of apparel company Adidas were acting as boosters when two of them arrange payments to prospective recruits.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-SCALLEYUtah defensive coordinator Scalley to keep job after review Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A healthy Phil Kessel should give the Arizona Coyotes a big lift when the NHL season resumes. Kessel labored during the first part of his inaugural season in the desert while battling injuries. The 32-year-old right wing suffered a groin injury early and didn’t have the same explosiveness he had in the past, scoring 14 goals with 24 assists in 70 games. The NHL’s shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic allowed Kessel to heal, giving the Coyotes hope of a deep playoff run.Elsewhere in the NHL:— Carolina Hurricanes president and general manager Don Waddell says executive Rick Dudley won’t return. The 71-year-old Dudley had worked as the Hurricanes senior vice president of hockey operations since 2018, part of nearly five decades in professional hockey. Waddell says the Hurricanes are still in talks with longtime TV play-by-play announcer John Forslund on a new deal.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKUNDATED (AP) — Webb Simpson is competing on the PGA Tour again after his family had a coronavirus scare. One of Simpson’s daughters tested positive for the virus, leading to him withdrawing from last week’s tournament as a precaution. Simpson says the daughter, along with his wife and other kids, later tested negative. Webb leads the tour in FedEx Cup points and scoring average. He is attempting to become the PGA Tour’s first player with three victories during this pandemic-interrupted year. Chad Campbell has withdrawn from the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit after becoming the sixth PGA Tour player to test positive for the coronavirus. — The baseball organization that presents the annual MVP awards will consider whether the name of former commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis should be pulled from future plaques. A longtime official of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America says the issue will be put up for discussion. Former NL Most Valuable Players Barry Larkin, Mike Schmidt and Terry Pendleton say they would favor removing Landis’ name because of concerns over his handling of Black players. Landis was hired in 1920 as MLB’s first commissioner and no Blacks played in the majors during his quarter-century tenure.NBA NEWSLakers add veteran J.R. Smith for Orlando championship pushLOS ANGELES (AP) — J.R. Smith has joined LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers for their championship push.The Lakers announced their long-anticipated signing of Smith as a substitute player. Smith is the Lakers’ replacement for Avery Bradley, who cited family reasons for his decision not to finish the season with the Lakers in Orlando. He had been serving a 50-year prison sentence stemming from the non-fatal shooting of a homeowner in the St. Louis area when Irons was 16. Moore and Irons became friends after meeting through prison ministry, according to the Times. The 31-year-old Moore, a Jefferson City, Missouri, native who starred at UConn before helping lead Minnesota to four WNBA titles, put her career on hold last season to help Irons.BOBSLED-WORLD CUPBobsled, skeleton still planning for full World Cup seasonLAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Bobsled and skeleton officials indicated Wednesday that they are still planning for a full World Cup season, releasing detailed schedules for eight races as well as the world championships that remain scheduled for February in Lake Placid, New York. Also still on the schedule: a season-finale at the new track built for the 2022 Beijing Olympics. The addition to the revised schedule released Wednesday was the addition of women’s monobob to the schedule for Lake Placid’s two weeks of world-title races. SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAK-OKLAHOMAOklahoma athletics cutting $13.7M from budgetUNDATED (AP) — The Oklahoma athletics department is cutting $13.7 million from its budget, blaming those cuts on fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.Budget cuts include a 10% salary drop for any employee earning at least $1 million per year. Athletic director Joe Castiglione said the moves were the “first steps” in responding to the financial losses associated with virus outbreak.last_img read more

Women’s lacrosse ready to build upon success

first_imgFour years ago, the Women of Troy made their debut as a program, finishing the 2013 season with an 8-10 overall record. In just four seasons, the Trojans have made tremendous strides as a team and as a program, ending their 2015 run with a 14-6 record and a Round of 16 appearance in the NCAA championship tournament.With 15 seniors on the roster this year and ten returning starters, USC’s 2016 campaign appears promising.“[The seniors have] been in it from day one,” head coach Lindsey Munday said. “They’ve really bought in from top to bottom; every single person in the senior class is just all in and I think that’s all you can ask for as a coach, to have that level of buy in and for them to translate it to the younger players.”Among the members of the senior class are All-MPSF First Team attacker Caroline de Lyra, who notched 38 goals last season and midfielder Amanda Johansen, who scored 40 goals of her own in the team’s 2015 season. Junior attacker and MPSF Player of the Year Michaela Michael will also be a key asset to the team’s offense, tallying 63 goals and 13 assists last season.On defense, the team will look to senior Courtney Tarleton and junior Nina Kelty who recorded 34 and 12 ground balls respectively. To protect the net, sophomore Gussie Johns returns as the Trojan goalie with an 8.68 goals allowed average.With a plethora of experienced upperclassmen and five new members to the squad, the Trojans look forward to beginning their 2016 season, kicking off their schedule with Stetson on Feb. 12th.“It’s just time to get after it. We’re excited for our first game and to see our growth on the field,” Munday said. “We’ve seen it outside of lacrosse, in terms of leadership, and bonding and having fun and being able to compete at practice, but to see it now on the field is going to be the last step.”In addition to the team’s experience on the field, the Trojans’ team chemistry will be beneficial, as the girls have gelled and gotten to know each other both on and off the field.“We have a huge senior class and the chemistry has been really great this season. We’re all best friends on and off the field so that really helps,” Johansen said. “The chemistry is definitely there and it’s really improved season to season so I’m excited to see how the chemistry looks out on the field this year.”After weeks of hard work in practice, the girls are looking forward to Saturday’s opportunity to translate their efforts into conference play. Looking ahead to the remainder of the season, the Women of Troy have a tough road in front of them, facing Duke on Feb. 20th, Stony Brook on Mar. 14th and Northwestern on Apr. 15th. Yet the Trojans are focusing on taking it one step at a time and one day at a time.“We’ve faced our hardest obstacles growing to the point we are now so I think the next step is really playing to our potential and playing to the hype and really showing everyone how good we are,” Johansen said. “So we have to be pushing it every single day.”For the seniors, this season provides an opportunity to leave their mark. Munday emphasizes that the girls have an ongoing legacy and that their commitment and dedication to the team began the moment they first put on that red and gold uniform.“With such a big senior class, there’s always that feeling of wanting to leave a legacy and wanting to leave it the best you can possibly be,” Munday said. “But we are just trying to convey to them that they’ve already done all that. They left their legacy, they’ve already put so much into this program, so now it’s just time to enjoy it.”The contest between USC and Stetson is slated for 3 p.m. Saturday Feb. 13th at McAlister field.last_img read more

Former Lakers center Dwight Howard shrugs off boos by Clippers crowd on first visit to L.A. with Rockets

first_imgDwight Howard returned to Los Angeles with the same reception the last time he stepped foot in Staples Center. The fans here greeted him with loud boos. Howard sparked outcry Monday when his Houston Rockets visited the Clippers in what marked his first game here since ignoring the Lakers’ billboards pleading him to stay. Howard heard the same disapproval six months earlier when he was ejected in Game 4 of the Lakers’ first-round loss to San Antonio, which marked the last time he wore purple and gold. Yep, plenty seemed unhappy for Howard passing up the chance to add to the Lakers’ 16 championships and litany of great centers named Mikan, Kareem, Wilt and Shaq.In the Clippers’ 137-116 victory Monday over Houston, Howard heard the shouts every time he scored one of his 15 points, went 5 of 10 from the free-throw line or committed one of his four fouls. “Fans are very passionate about their team, and unfortunately the Lakers have the most fans in the world,” Howard said. “It’s kind of a tough thing to let go and the way the season was last year, a lot of people don’t know what really happened on the court or in the locker room. They just know what was being fed to them, and they made their decision based off that.”Some of those listed reasons included Howard clashing with Kobe Bryant’s demanding leadership style and Howard irking Steve Nash for his reluctance to play pick-and-roll. Various former Lakers, including Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal, suggested Howard left to leave the brights lights of scrutiny that playing for the Lakers entails.“It’s over with. There’s no need to talk about it,” Howard said. “Things happen. It wasn’t the best situation for anybody. But it is what it is. I made a decision to move on with my life and I’m in a much better place than I was last season mentally and physically. I think I made the best decision for Dwight.”Perhaps that’s why Nash offered a sly smile when asked about the possible negative reaction. But one former teammate came to Howard’s defense.“I wouldn’t waste my money [booing],” Lakers forward Pau Gasol said. “You have to respect Dwight for choosing his own path and making his own decision, whether you like it or not,” The Rockets sure liked Howard’s decision.“Dwight has been great. He’s fantastic,” Houston coach Kevin McHale said. “Dwight is a very, very easy guy to coach, is fun to be around and has an unbelievable presence on and off the court. The defense is better when Dwight is out there. Guys turn the corner, you look out there and guys are like I’m not driving in there. He’s been wonderful.”McHale spent plenty of time following Monday’s morning shootaround going over post-drills with Howard. That stands in stark contrast to Mike D’Antoni’s fast-paced system that featured Howard more in pick-and-rolls.There marked a time, though, that Houston had concerns with Howard.“Last July, when we got him, he was not healthy,” McHale said. “We signed him, and our biggest fear was his health.”Concerns appeared wide-ranging, including his surgically repaired back, the labrum in his right shoulder, the strength in his legs and glutes, his flexibility. You name it.But with Howard entering Monday’s game against the Clippers averaging 15 points and 17 rebounds in the Rockets’ 3-0 start, McHale described his health as “100 percent different.”“I’m moving a lot better,” Howard said. “I’m going up to get balls I couldn’t get last season with rebounds, blocked shots, all that stuff is a lot different. I’m doing a lot of work in the offseason to get my body back right. I feel a lot better.”And even if he left in hopes of bolstering a young and promising team featuring James Harden, Howard offered some purple and gold diplomacy.“I will always be gracious and happy to have the opportunity to play with the Lakers,” Howard said. “It was a learning experience and I think it helped me with this team. So, I’m glad that I had the chance to play in L.A. even though it ended soon; it was a learning lesson for myself and for everybody else. I think this year you’ll see a different Dwight.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more