Liberia’s last Ebola patient left hospital on Thursday to cheers of delight from friends and family, a year after the west African country reported its first case. The capital Monrovia was once at the heart of an epidemic that has killed nearly 10,000 people across west Africa. The country will be deemed officially Ebola-free once 42 days have passed with no new cases. CCTV’s Maria Galang reports.
Chaz Baca Jr. topped Canyon Speedway Park’s $3,000 to win IMCA Modified Desert Classic main event. (Photo by Taylor Brook Photography)By Tony SteelePEORIA, Ariz. (Feb. 24-25) – The 29th annual IMCA Desert Classic at Canyon Speedway Park is in the record book and Chaz Baca Jr. wrote his own chapter with the win in the 40-lap headliner for IMCA Modifieds.Baca powered his way from dead last in his heat race early in the night to victory lane in the $3,000 to win main event.“I’ve won at Canyon multiple times in a mod-lite but this is the first time in Modified,” Baca said following the top paying checkers of his career in the sanctioned class. “We had a caution with four to go and I was nervous because I knew Cody Laney was right behind me and Hunter Marriott was coming up quick.”After a post race tech violation had gotten Baca disqualified from his second finishing position in Friday qualifying, he started last in his heat race and 13th in the feature field. Picking off cars one by one, Baca set his sights on pole starter Brian Schultz.Schultz was strong early on, before the frontrunners caught up with the back of the field. The leader’s setup seemed to fade after halfway point as Schultz passed the lead off to Baca in the late stages of the race.Baca was not seriously challenged the remainder of the way and made his way to the winner’s circle. Laney finished in the runner-up spot while Schultz took home third after leading the majority of the race. Marriott had restarted at the back after getting sideways to miss a spinning car and charged all the way back to fourth while Marlyn Seidler rounded out the top five.Baca, piloting a Mark Stewart-owned ride, was already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. The win was also his first of 2017.“With 40 laps, I thought a top five finish would be great. Winning was feasible depending on the track,” he said. “As it became multi-laned I became more confident. It was nerve wracking there at the end because I didn’t know for sure where anybody else was but as it turned out I was able to win by about half a straightaway.”Jason George rebounded to take the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod race while George Fronsman dominated en route to sweeping the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. Joe Vlasity checked in for night two and checked out on the field in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. Feature Results Modifieds – 1. Chaz Baca Jr.; 2. Cody Laney; 3. Brian Schultz; 4. Hunter Marriott; 5. Marlyn Seidler; 6. Spencer Wilson; 7. Grey Ferrando; 8. Austin Kuehl; 9. Bryson Curry; 10. Steve Johnson; 11. Eric Center; 12. Garth Dushanek; 13. Bubba Stafford; 14. Michael Dotson; 15. Don Hagen; 16. Kenny Gill; 17. Jeff Stafford Sr.; 18. Kelsie Foley; 19. John Parmeley; 20. David Vennard; 21. Guy Norton; 22. Ryan Roath; 23. Cory Sauerman. Northern SportMods – 1. Jason George; 2. Dale Irby; 3. Mark Madrid; 4. Chris Caldwell; 5. Jim MacNeil; 6. David Harrington; 7. Dale Kunz; 8. Dennis Gates; 9. Nick Langer; 10. J.C. Parmeley; 11. Brandyn Johnson; 12. Billy Ayers Jr.; 13. Steve Duffy; 14. Ron Poe. Stock Cars – 1. George Fronsman; 2. Cody Center; 3. Tate Johnson; 4. Brent Hartmann; 5. Jason Suchta; 6. Glen Hatlestad; 7. Matt Short. Hobby Stocks – 1. Joe Vlasity; 2. Merle Zachrison; 3. Dean Zachrison; 4. Joe Peterson; 5. Paul O’Connor; 6. Kyle Cardinal; 7. David Kendall; 8. John Barron; 9. Ashley Stafford; 10. Bradley Stafford.
Press Association Ian Poulter believes Rory McIlroy needs to go his own way to rediscover the form which brought him two major titles by the age of 23. McIlroy missed the cut in last week’s Open Championship at Muirfield, labelling his own play “brain dead” following an opening round of 79. The 24-year-old Northern Irishman won five times last year, including his second major by eight shots in the USPGA Championship, to finish top of the money list on both sides of the Atlantic. But he has yet to record a win in 2013 since a controversial multi-million pound switch to Nike in January, also damaging his reputation by walking off the course during his defence of the Honda Classic and bending a club out of shape during the final round of the US Open last month. Asked if he had any advice for his Ryder Cup team-mate, Poulter said: “Stop reading the newspapers, stop listening to other people, go out there and do your stuff. “There is a reason he was sought after by a new manufacturer and why they pay the big bucks because he is that good. He’s just going to have to settle into the equipment, settle into himself being in a different environment now. “The expectations after winning both money titles, there is some comedown after that. He just has to go out there and be himself.” Speaking at Woburn during his junior invitational event, Poulter added on Sky Sports News: “He knows how good he really is and the second he gets comfortable again you are going to see him winning golf tournaments. “You don’t win two majors by the age of 23 and disappear. Rory is here for a long time and he is going to be back at the top very soon.”
“But as it stands I’m happy where I am, as a family we’re happy where we are and I am enjoying life. I like playing for the manager (Steve Clarke) and I am just concentrating on my football and hoping the rest takes care of itself.” Long had been set to join Barclays Premier League rivals Hull on transfer deadline day but the Baggies pulled the plug on the move at the last minute. And Long insists he has no regrets over his failure to land a move to the KC Stadium despite his current impasse at The Hawthorns. Long added: “I am not disappointed that I didn’t go. I’m happy here, the lads are great and I’m enjoying playing football here. “But at the same time what Hull were offering was promising and they’re a team on the up. Either way I was coming out a winner.” The Republic of Ireland international has nine months left on his current deal plus a one-year option in the club’s favour, but negotiations over an extension have stalled. Long told the Wolverhampton Express & Star: “I don’t want to go anywhere but time is running out on my contract and if an opportunity comes along that is right for me and my family, I will have to take a look at it. Press Association West Brom striker Shane Long has admitted his future is in doubt as he struggles to seal a new contract at The Hawthorns.
ELLSWORTH — All season long, Ellsworth’s Peyton Cole and Bucksport’s David Gross have dominated opponents on a weekly basis. Even against wrestlers from the biggest schools in the state, the two still couldn’t be beat.Cole and Gross added more hardware to their collections when they won their respective weight classes at Maine’s All-State wrestling tournament Saturday in Marshwood. Ellsworth and Bucksport brought a combined six wrestlers to the tournament, which pitted the top-four wrestlers from Class B against their Class A counterparts.Cole led Ellsworth with a hard-fought victory over Quinton Richards of Nokomis. The Ellsworth junior trailed for much of the 152-pound title bout but came back to win 15-13. Ellsworth’s Trent Goodman lost his first match of the season against Mount Ararat’s Robert Hetherman at 170 pounds, but his second-place finish was still good enough to earn a spot in the New England regional tournament.Gross won the heavyweight division by beating Cheverus junior Zeb Leavitt. Unlike his title-winning bout at the Class B championships one week prior, this one ended in the first period when Gross pinned Leavitt in just over a minute.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textCole, Goodman and Gross will now head to the regional tournament. That event begins Friday, March 3, and will continue through Saturday, March 4. It will be held in Providence, R.I.Correction: A caption in an earlier version of this story listed the incorrect weight class for Ellsworth’s Logan Lord. Lord wrestled in the 138-pound division.
Update on the latest in sports: The team agreed to a four-year, $64 million contract extension with McCaffrey on Monday, a person familiar with the contract negotiations told The Associated Press.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the Panthers have not announced the extension. Details on how much of the contract is fully guaranteed were unavailable.The $16-million-a-year deal eclipses Ezekiel Elliott’s contract with the Dallas Cowboys that is worth $15 million per season.The extension keeps McCaffrey, 23, tied to the Panthers through the 2025 season. The coming season would be the final year of his rookie contract, and Carolina had the option to pick up a fifth year in 2021.It appeared to a matter of when, not if, the extension was coming after Panthers coach Matt Rhule made it clear last week that he viewed McCaffrey as a vital part of the franchise moving forward. —Washington State athletic director Pat Chun, head football coach Nick Rolovich and men’s basketball coach Kyle Smith are taking voluntary 5% pay cuts through the end of the 2020-21 academic year due to revenue reductions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Chun says all Washington State coaches will voluntarily forgo all bonuses or incentives through the end of the next academic year.— New York Post sports photographer Anthony Causi has died from the coronavirus at age 48. Causi was an exceedingly popular sports photographer who covered the city’s teams for 25 years. He was married with two young children. Many of New York’s professional teams and several players posted messages on Twitter expressing sadness, condolences and paying tribute to him.— The Cleveland Browns will donate net proceeds from sales of their new jerseys to a fund aiding health care professionals, first responders and others who have selflessly served during the COVID-19 pandemic. The team launched the Hats Off to Our Heroes Fund on Monday, two days before it will reveal the new uniforms. The Browns said the team will commit 100 percent of the proceeds “for a significant period of time” to the fund.— Spanish soccer club Real Sociedad (ray-AL’ soh-see-ay-DAHD’) is going back on its plan to resume practicing at the team’s training center during the coronavirus pandemic. The club says it made the decision after discussions with the Spanish government. Spain is starting to loosen some of its lockdown measures this week by allowing non-essential workers to return to their activities while observing social-distancing guidelines.— IOC President Thomas Bach tells a German newspaper that the Olympic body will face “several hundred million dollars” of added costs because of the postponement of the Tokyo Games. Estimates in Japan place the overall cost of the postponement at between $2 billion-$6 billion. All of those costs will be borne by the Japanese side except for the IOC portion. Bach says he is confident the Olympics could be held in 2021 despite the current pandemic caused by the coronavirus. April 14, 2020 —The Los Angeles Rams have signed kickers Lirim Hajrullahu and Austin MacGinnis as potential replacements for longtime incumbent Greg Zuerlein. Hajrullahu has spent the past six seasons playing for three Canadian Football League teams. MacGinnis kicked in the defunct Alliance of American Football and in the defunct XFL over the past 14 months.XFL-BANKRUPTCYXFL files for bankruptcy, cites COVID-19 crisisUNDATED (AP) — The XFL has filed for bankruptcy, likely spelling the end of the second iteration of the league.The filing Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware estimates the organization has between $10 million and $50 million in both assets and liabilities. Former coaches Bob Stoops and Marc Trestman are among the creditors with the largest unsecured claims. In other NFL news:—Former NFL quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has died in a one-car crash outside Montgomery, Alabama. He was 36. The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro that Jackson was driving went off the road, struck a tree and overturned at 8:50 p.m. Sunday. Jackson was hired as quarterbacks coach for Tennessee State last season after a 10-year NFL career with the Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills.—The NFL and its players union have agreed to conduct “virtual” offseason workout programs until every team is permitted to open its facilities. Teams can hold classroom instruction, workouts and non-football educational programs using online platforms. The three-week virtual offseason starts on April 20 and runs through May 15. Teams with a new head coach have the option to also hold a fourth week for a voluntary veterans minicamp.—ESPN and NFL Network will join forces for this year’s NFL draft. They will produce a broadcast that will air on both networks over all three days. The April 23-25 draft was originally scheduled to be in Las Vegas but has been moved due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will now originate from ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.—The San Francisco 49ers have re-signed cornerbacks Dontae Johnson and Jason Verrett to one-year contracts. Johnson and Verrett played sparingly for San Francisco last season but were brought back for depth in the secondary. —The mother of Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns has died due to complications from COVID-19. Jacqueline Cruz-Towns had been fighting the virus for more than a month. The native of the Dominican Republic was a fixture at Timberwolves games from the start of her son’s NBA career in 2015. Karl Towns Sr., the father of the two-time All-Star, was also hospitalized with the virus but has since recovered.—The NBA has been sending evaluations to players considering leaving college early and entering the draft. The league will do so for all underclassmen who ask before Thursday’s deadline. The task falls to the league’s Undergraduate Advisory Committee, which understands that what it says in these uncertain times may carry even more weight than usual. No date has been set for the draft.—Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook has donated 650 computers to children in need so they can continue learning with schools shut down because of the new coronavirus. Westbrook’s Why Not? Foundation teamed with Comp-U-Dopt and Houston mayor Sylvester Turner’s office of education to provide computers to underprivileged children across the city.In NBA draft news:— Kansas guard Devon Dotson is entering the NBA draft after leading the Big 12 Conference in scoring his sophomore season. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 18.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.1 steals while helping Kansas go 28-3 and win its final 16 games. The WWE-backed XFL canceled the rest of its return season last month because of the coronavirus pandemic. It suspended operations and laid off its employees Friday.The XFL had eight franchises this season and played five games out of a planned 10-game schedule. It drew decent TV ratings early on and had deals with ESPN and Fox.NBA-BULLS-FRONT OFFICEBulls fire Forman, announce Karnisovas hire, reassign PaxsonCHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls fired general manager Gar Forman on Monday, while officially hiring Denver Nuggets GM Arturas Karnisovas as their executive vice president of basketball operations and moving John Paxson into an advisory role. The Bulls handed the keys to the 48-year-old Karnisovas last week, hoping he can spark a struggling franchise.Paxson is moving into a background role after nearly two decades as the top basketball decision-maker. He took over as general manager for Jerry Krause in 2003 and was promoted to vice president of basketball operations in May 2009 with Forman — who joined the Bulls as a scout in 1998 — becoming GM.But now, Forman is out. And the future of coach Jim Boylen remains unclear.The Bulls thought they were ready to contend for a playoff spot after combining for just 49 wins the past two seasons. Instead, they were 11th in the Eastern Conference at 22-43 when the NBA suspended play because of the COVID-19 pandemic.In other NBA news: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPANTHERS-MCCAFFREYAP source: Panthers make McCaffrey highest-paid running backCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have rewarded Christian McCaffrey for his production and versatility, making him the highest-paid running in the NFL. Without funding from McDonald’s and Credit One Bank, Ganassi seemingly will be forced to dump Larson in favor of a different driver.McDonald’s has partnered with CGR for nearly a decade and sponsors the team’s No. 42 Chevrolet in the Cup Series. Ending its relationship with Larson would make it next to impossible for Ganassi to stick with Larson behind the wheel. NASCAR ordered Larson, who is half Japanese, to complete a sensitivity training course before he can be eligible for reinstatement.Larson apologized in a video posted on his social media accounts.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSGet ready for the Madrid Virtual Open UNDATED (AP) — Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are among 12 players confirmed to play in the virtual Madrid Open tennis tournament, April 27-30.The online competition will be played from players’ homes and is expected to be broadcast live on TV and social media channels.There will be 150,000 euros ($164,000) distributed in prize money for each of the men’s and women’s events. The winners then decide how much they want to donate to tennis players who are having a hard time financially without any tournaments to play.Another 50,000 euros ($55,000) will be donated to reduce the social impact of the pandemic.In other virus-related developments: — Kentucky guard Immanuel Quickley will enter the NBA draft and sign with an agent, leaving school after a breakout season in which he was an honorable mention All-America selection by The Associated Press. Southeastern Conference coaches voted the 6-foot-3 sophomore Player of the Year after he wasn’t picked for any preseason all-conference teams. Quickley averaged a team-high 16.1 points per game last season with double-figure efforts in his final 20 contests.NASCAR-LARSON SLURKyle Larson suspended for racial slur in virtual raceCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Larson’s racial slur cost him his two primary NASCAR supporters. It likely will cost him his job soon.McDonald’s and Credit One Bank ended their sponsorship of Larson on Monday, a day after he used the N-word during a live stream of a virtual race. The decision came hours after NASCAR and Chip Ganassi Racing suspended Larson indefinitely, his team doing so without pay. Associated Press — Athletes completing doping bans over the next year will be eligible to compete in the postponed Tokyo Olympics. It’s an unintended effect of the coronavirus pandemic that has some crying foul. Irish race walker Brendan Boyce says, “It doesn’t seem like a fair punishment.” The 2020 Olympics were officially postponed last month for one year, with the opening ceremony now set for July 23, 2021.— Premier League soccer club Tottenham has reversed a decision to use government money to fund some staff salaries during the coronavirus pandemic. Staff put on furlough during the pandemic receive 80% of their salaries up to a maximum of 2,500 pounds ($3,000) per month from the government. And Tottenham had said non-playing staff not being furloughed would have their pay cut 20%.— A lower-level German soccer team has sold more than 125,000 tickets to a fictional game. Fourth-division club Lokomotive Leipzig says it has set an “attendance record” by selling so many tickets for a “virtual game against an invisible opponent on May 8.” The former East German league club has been selling symbolic tickets for 1 euro ($1.10).— Despite having no ice on which to perform, more than 40 figure skaters from nine countries will take part in a fundraiser Friday to help healthcare workers on the front lines battling the new coronavirus. Such Olympic and world champions as Scott Hamilton, Michelle Kwan, Brian Boitano, Kurt Browning, Ekaterina Gordeeva and Evgeni Plushenko have compiled videos as part of the one-hour event “Blades for the Brave.” It will be streamed on Bladesforthebrave.org as well as Americares’ Facebook and Twitter feeds and its YouTube channel.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
HEAD coach Wayne Dover, reflecting on Guyana’s campaign at the just-concluded CONCACAF U-20 Championship Qualifiers in Nicaragua, believes that there’s much to build on going forward for the country’s football programme, while showering his praise for their astounding performance. “To me, it was a good campaign. It went down to the last game in the group to determine the winners and it was very competitive,” Dover shared upon his return from the Central American country.Guyana had a exciting run in the qualifiers – whipping Montserrat 6-0 in their opening game, then they returned to out-play St Vincent and the Grenadines 3-0, and then played to an impressive 2-0 win against the US Virgin Islands, before going down hard to Nicaragua in their final game, 0-1. “A game that started at a very high tempo with both teams battling for supremacy,” Dover said, while being nostalgic about his game against Nicaragua.“It was Guyana who created the first opening when Osafa Simpson was fed a rich pass into the penalty box. He turned and was about to shoot to goal when he was kicked from the side straight to ankle and went down to the ground, with the referee totally ignoring the incident and waved play on,” Dover recalled.Dover pointed out that Guyana won the early tactical battle with the game plan employed – to be compact and squeeze the Nicaraguans in the midfield to prevent them time and space on the ball to play a long diagonal pass out to the wings, “which they mastered throughout the earlier group games to score eight of their 14 goals before the encounter with us.” mentorThe National U-20 coach said his side was able neutralise the Nicaraguans from making the play they were most comfortable with, adding, “We took their game away. Our play in the transition was effective where we made penetration to get behind them.“It was at a moment of defending in midfield in the first half, approximately 20 minutes in, that Jemar Harrigan blocked a pass low down with his thigh and subsequently got red-carded. Guyana played 25+ minutes with 10 men. That moment swung the game in Nicaragua’s favour giving them the upper hand in numbers.”Dover said that despite the numerical disadvantage “we continued to work hard and defended stoutly to deny them space. Eventually, the half ended 0-0”.Recalling the game’s second-half action, Dover revealed that Nicaragua came out and pushed forward relentlessly to try to break Guyana down, and the extra man provided the opportunity that the Spanish-speaking country took to score the only goal of the game.Guyana continued to fight, Dover said, “pushing higher up the field in search of a goal and during that period, we created two chances that we didn’t capitalise on to pull a draw or record a famous comeback win.”Dover thanked the GFF for affording him the opportunity to work with the talented group, while also thanking Technical Director Ian Greenwood for his support throughout the campaign.“I want to thank coach Márcio Máximo for his advice and support to merge many sessions with the seniors, which helped greatly. I want to thank all the technical staff members who worked with the team.“We were good team behind a great young team. I want to thank the players for the heart showed in all the battle they fought in this campaign,” Dover said.
DURHAM, N.C. — If there were any questions about Randy Staats’ health, he answered them pretty soundly Sunday.“I thought he had flashes,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “I think he did as well as anyone we had out there offensively.”It wasn’t a pretty day for the Orange (4-3, 0-3 Atlantic Coast) during its 21-7 blowout loss to Duke (8-2, 2-1) at Koskinen Stadium on Sunday, but Staats was the Orange’s sole takeaway. The junior attack netted a pair of slick goals and dished out an assist in his return to action after missing two games with a leg injury.Syracuse spent more time watching Duke’s offense than it would have liked — as the Blue Devils controlled the faceoff X — but Staats managed to be SU’s biggest standout in a game attack Kevin Rice called a “collective team loss.”“I was off the past two games and this game here helped me get back in the groove,” Staats said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textStaats didn’t start, but saw the field early in the game. It wasn’t until the second quarter, however, that the playmaking ability he showcased before his injury caught everyone’s attention once again.Dodging from the right wing halfway through the quarter, Staats reached the doorstep and flicked a crafty backhanded shot past Duke goalkeeper Luke Aaron, snapping a 10-0 Duke run.“He’s a great player. That’s what we expect from him,” Rice said.At the end of the first half, Staats hit a cutting Billy Ward across the middle for the Orange’s fourth goal of the game.With less than three minutes remaining in the third quarter, Staats again exercised his creativity inside the box. SU midfielder Scott Loy hit him with a pass and Staats fired a quick shot into the back of the net inside the right post.Despite missing Syracuse’s meetings with St. John’s and Johns Hopkins, Staats still ranks as the team’s No. 3 scorer and has 16 points on the season.As the Orange tries to learn how to win games without consistency at the X, Staats may soon rejoin the first-line attack as a potentially crucial piece to that puzzle.Said Staats: “I felt good out there and we’ve just got to move on now.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 23, 2014 at 6:50 pm Contact Phil: firstname.lastname@example.org | @PhilDAbb
The university recognized Dana and David Dornsife for their $200 million donation to the College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences in a re-naming ceremony at Bovard Auditorium on Wednesday.Honored · Howard Gillman (left), the dean of the College, Dana and David Dornsife, and President C. L. Max Nikias stand together in Bovard. – Tim Tran | Daily TrojanWith more than 1,000 people in attendance, President C. L. Max Nikias, members of the Board of Trustees, senior administration, faculty and staff of the College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences, students and alumni honored Dana and David Dornsife for their donation, which is the singe largest donation in the university’s history.“This moment in USC’s history is a connecting point when the College stands strong and is a mighty point of change,” said Edward Roski, Jr., chairman of the Board of Trustees.Howard Gillman, dean of the newly named Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences, expressed his gratitude for the Dornsife’s donation.“With more than 10,000 students, 700 faculty and 600 staff members, [the College] is really the beating heart of the university,” Gillman said.Scott Soames, USC professor of philosophy, said he came from Princeton to teach at USC because he liked the university’s vision. He said the Dornsife donation encourages faculty and students to continue in the right direction to make this vision become reality.Because of the nature and generosity of their gift, Nikias presented the Dornsifes with the University Medallion. In USC’s 164-year history, the only other University Medallion, awarded to those who have made incredible contributions to the university, was given to Walter Annenberg, who donated $120 million in 1993.Through their donation, the Dornsifes have demonstrated their confidence in the USC administration, faculty and students.“We’ve seen a continuity in the leaders of the university making the College a major part of USC,” David Dornsife said.Their donation is the single-largest donation to a college of letters, arts and sciences at any American university.“This unrestricted donation advances the cause of the College,” said Paul Barton, USC alumnus from the College’s class of 1984. “It’s always great to get another reason to love USC.”
Arsenal and Manchester United have both been linked with the France winger.Bilic says they don’t need to cash in on him.