Ryan Blaney emerges for win in first Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte

first_imgCONCORD, N.C. – In a race that was as wild as advertised in the closing laps, Ryan Blaney sped past crashing Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr. in the final corner to win Sunday’s inaugural Bank of America Roval 400 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course.With his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season and the second of his career, Blaney advanced to Round of 12 in the NASCAR Playoffs.RELATED: Full results | Stage 1 results | Stage 2 results SHOP: Blaney gearJohnson wasn’t as lucky. The seven-time series champion was pressuring Truex on the final lap and powered his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 to the inside of Truex’s No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota Camry off the banking of Turn 15 coming into the frontstretch chicane.Johnson spun and collected Truex as he slid across the asphalt between Turns 16 and 17, knocking Truex’s Toyota toward the outside wall in the tri-oval. Blaney drove his No. 12 Team Penske Ford Fusion between the two wrecked cars and crossed the finish line .792 seconds ahead of runner-up Jamie McMurray. Because he had blown the chicane, Johnson stopped on the frontstretch as mandated by NASCAR before continuing across the finish line. He finished eighth and ended the event tied for 11th in the playoff standings with Aric Almirola and Kyle Larson, who completed the final lap in a car that had been all but destroyed in a Turn 1 wreck after a restart on Lap 104 of 109. MORE: Kes wrecks, takes Larson with him | Dillon wrecks out, ends playoff hopesAlmirola and Larson got the final two berths into the Round of 12 on a tiebreaker based on the best finish in the current round. Larson was second at Las Vegas, and Almirola took fifth place at Richmond. Johnson’s best result was the eighth at Charlotte, leaving him on the outside with Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin and Erik Jones, who also were eliminated from the Monster Energy Series Playoffs in Sunday’s cutoff race. RELATED: Playoff standings“Tough weekend, just kind of avoided some stuff,” Blaney said after he climbed from his car. “You hate to see two guys get into it there and take out two of the best cars all day. But that’s racing sometimes.“We were just at the right spot at the right time. It’s cool to be in Victory Lane and move on to the next round.”Truex, who led into the final chicane, was understandably disappointed with his 14th-place result.“Last corner, desperation behind us, that’s what you get,” said Truex, a four-time winner this season. “I gave him (Johnson) the inside lane, and he had the run through (NASCAR Turn 4), and I was real tight down there. I let him have the inside going down inside coming out of 4 there to the chicane.“He just over-drove it and was never going to make it and he used me as brakes and turned us both around. It sucks. We could have raced side-by-side off the last corner for a win, and that would have been cool. The fans would have been digging it, but instead we finished 14th and he’s locked out of the playoffs. I guess that’s what he gets.”Joining Blaney, Larson and Almirola in Round of 12 of the Playoffs are Brad Keselowski (Las Vegas winner), Kyle Busch (Richmond winner), Truex (locked in after Richmond) and Kevin Harvick (who qualified for the next round when he took the green flag on Sunday).Advancing on points were pole winner Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Clint Bowyer and Alex Bowman. Bowyer ran third on Sunday, followed by Bowman, Kurt Busch, Elliott and AJ Allmendinger.last_img read more

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“Riga” will play “Riga” in “Optibet” Premier League football championship –…

first_imgSunday “Valmiera” at 16. “Metta” will be hosted in the stadium of Vidzeme Olympic Center.“Valmiera” has not lost in the last six games in the Premier League, winning five victories during this time. The last of them at the end of August before the national team “window” was won by the guests against “Daugavpils” – 2: 0.“Metta” lost in the last three games. However, the opponents were also strong – RFS (1: 5), “Riga” (0: 3) and “Ventspils” (1: 2).Both teams have already met once this season, playing in a draw in Riga on July 21 – 2: 2. Rihards Ozoliņš scored two goals in the second half in five minutes, and the guests played only with a huge effort after the goal scored by Krišs Kārkliņš two minutes before the end of the game.The best sniper of the championship, Toluvalase Arokodare, who still scores 15 goals, is still at the disposal of the people of Valmiera, but recently he has paid more attention to the idea of ​​moving to the Belgian superclub “Anderlecht” as an opponent’s goal.Metta striker Raimonds Krollis is in sixth place with eight goals, but he has to miss the game.At six o’clock in the evening on the 18th floor of the stadium “Arkadia” will conclude the RFS meeting with “Tukums 2000” / TSS.RFS has not lost in the last seven battles in the Super League, winning six of them, winning the last five games, including winning the championship “Riga” in the last match “away” with 2: 0. Before that, there was a 0: 1 defeat in the away European League qualifying match against Belgrade’s “Partizan”.The people of Tukums have not won yet this season and are still waiting for their first victory in the debut of the Premier League. After two draws, they have suffered losses in the last five matches, in the last two games – devastating. With 2: 5 the guests had to make concessions to “Riga” and with 0: 5 in their field – “Liepāja”.In the previous meeting of both units, Rigans were superior with 3: 0 guests. By winning the Tukums team, RFS will approach the “Riga” team only two points away.Aleksandrs Solovjovs, who was disqualified for one game, will not be able to help RFS in this match, but Jānis Krautmanis has a similar situation for the guests. RFS coach Marjus Skinder was also disqualified for one match.In the tournament table, the first place with 48 points in 18 games is taken by “Riga”, which is five points ahead of RFS, which has less matches. “Valmiera” has 31 points in 17 games, followed by “Spartaks” with 27 points. “Ventspils” has accumulated 26 points in 18 fights. “Liepāja” follows the top five with 20 points in 17 dues, has gained four points less in “Daugavpils” 18 games and by five points – “Metta” in 17 matches. “Jelgava” follows with 14 points in 18 matches, but in the same games “Tukums 2000” / TSS has reached four points.This season, ten teams will start in the Super League, which is one more than last year and two more than yesterday. Also, this season in the Super League, the legionnaire limit has been raised to eight players. This means that there must be at least three players prepared for the association on the court at the same time. Last year, the limit was five foreign players.As in many other countries, the number of permitted substitutions has been increased from three to five after the coronavirus break in the regulations of the Premier League championship in the 2020 season.Due to the three-month forced break, three will be played instead of the four planned laps this season.Last year, “Riga” was crowned Latvian champion, but RFS won its first trophy in the history of the club, which won the national cup.Follow us too Instagram and find out first!last_img read more

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“Overboard” and “Bad Samaritan” among this week’s new releases

first_imgPhoto Credit: Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures / Pantelion Films(LOS ANGELES) — The following movies open nationwide on Friday:* Overboard — This reboot of the 1987 comedy of the same name stars Anna Faris as a working mother, unjustly fired by a spoiled, wealthy playboy — played by Eugenio Derbez — whose yacht she’d been hired to clean. When he loses his memory after falling of the boat, she exacts her revenge by convincing him they’re married and he’s poor like her. Also starring Eva Longoria, John Hannah and Swoosie Kurtz. Rated PG-13.* Bad Samaritan — A pair of small-time crooks — played by Robert Sheehan and Carlito Olivero — stumble upon a woman, portrayed by Kerry Condon, being held captive in a home they intended to rob. Rated R.* Tully — This dramedy, from Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody — the team behind Juno, Jennifer’s Body and Young Adult — stars Charlize Theron as a mother of three facing a mid-life crisis who benefits from the insightful wisdom from kind and caring a nanny, played by Makenzie Davis. Rated R. (TRAILER CONTAINS ADULT CONTENT)Opening in limited release on Friday:* RBG — This documentary examines the life and work of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Rated PG. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Russia banned from Pyeongchang Games

first_imgRussia has been banned from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after evidence emerged of widespread doping but some of its athletes will be allowed to compete under the tag of “Olympic Athlete of Russia”, the IOC said on Tuesday. The International Olympic Committee also decided to suspend Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) president Alexander Zhukov as an IOC member given that his membership is linked to his position as chief of the ROC who have been suspended from the Games.Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko was also banned from any future participation at the Olympic Games.The IOC told a news conference that the Schmid report confirmed “the systematic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russia.”Samuel Schmid, author of the report, told journalists: “The results are not based only on (whistleblower) Grigoory Rodchenkov’s testimony. There is scientific evidence, witness statements documents and correspondence.“The facts are that in Russia there was systemic manipulation of doping and the anti-doping system … that also took place at Sochi 2014 (Winter Olympics).”The IOC’s decision comes 18 months after it had refused an outright ban of Russian athletes at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and told international sports federations to decide individually on the participation of Russians in Brazil.While all the track and field athletes bar one and the entire weightlifting team were banned from Rio, around 70 percent of Russia’s original 387-strong squad ended up taking part at those Games.Tuesday’s decision, however, looks to have taken into account growing vocal protests from other countries, major national anti-doping agencies and individual athletes who felt they had been robbed by their Russian opponents for years and had demanded a full suspension of Russia.last_img read more

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Students confident ahead of NGSA in coming week

first_imgAs students prepare to write the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) next week, Guyana Times on Friday visited local primary schools, during which both pupils and teachers expressed confidence in their preparations.With less than a week remaining until the annual examination, classes were in session despite it being the last day of the school term.‘Ready’, ‘excited’ and a bit ‘nervous’ were some of the words used by the pupils ofGrade Six pupils of the Eccles Primary School during a class session on the last day of the school termPeters Hall Primary and Eccles Primary when describing their feelings towards the upcoming examinations.“I’ve been taking extra lessons from my teacher which helps me to prepare more, also by studying late at night and asking questions when I do not understand. And I feel like this exam, I will be confident and I will pass,” relayed Shekina Elliott of Peters Hall Primary, who also indicated that the preparations were initially challenging. Moreover, Akin Sanya Mwanza of Eccles Primary told this newspaper that, “Our teacher is giving us lessons, she’s working with us and I am ready. The schools I would like to go to would either be Queen’s, Bishops’ or St Joseph.”Also speaking to Guyana Times were the Grade Six teachers of two schools, who were confident in the efforts made to take the pupils to the finish line. However, they did indicate that it was no easy task.“It is tedious teaching Grade Six because you’re always at it, working consistently,” expressed Fazia John, level teacher at the Eccles Primary. On the other hand, Miss Karen Austin of Peters Hall Primary indicated that efforts are made to adapt new strategies to care for the weak pupils, especially in challenging subjects such as Mathematics.Move over, the teachers also addressed the changes made to the NGSA in the past year, while at the same time highlighting the contributions made by the Education Ministry. Austin noted that the Education Ministry aided in the preparation by sending mock examinations to be used as practice as well as giving the pupils a fair idea of what to except.John however commented on the new development of involving the regional entity, Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) in the marking of the examination scripts. Her thoughts on the recent change were, “In regards to CXC taking over NGSA, I don’t have a problem with that. It forces the child to be able to apply reasoning skills more, in terms of how they go about setting the questions.”With that, both of the teachers extended well wishes to their students and pointed out that they are confident that successful results are impending.The annual secondary school placement examinations is set for Wednesday, April 12 and Thursday, April 13, throughout the 10 region of Guyana. Over 20,000 pupils are expected to sit the assessment this year.last_img read more

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