Milan: German driver Sebastian Vettel has crashed his Ferrari into a barrier at a Formula 1 exhibition event here.The show was organised ahead of this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, which was also attended by Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson (Sauber) and Pier Gasly and Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso) on Wednesday.Hundreds of fans turned up to see the pilots drive the 2018 models, as well as enjoy a classic car parade and check out the F1 safety car, the Mercedes-AMG GT R, Efe news reported. The drivers also dedicated a few words to their fans, and Vettel said that they will participate in a “nice race” during Ferrari’s home Grand Prix. The German is coming off a victory last weekend in Belgium that left him 17 points behind Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) in the 2018 driver’s championship. IANS
One of the best players in Wisconsin football history is gone.After his record-setting junior season, Melvin Gordon has left for the NFL, leaving behind a huge shoe to fill at running back for Wisconsin.Additionally, the Badgers are looking to see improvement at the quarterback position and the wide receivers are also continuing to search for the next playmaker.All of these additions and subtractions are getting ironed out in Wisconsin’s spring practices, which will come to an end Saturday with the annual Spring Game.Here’s what to expect from the offense in Wisconsin’s Spring Game:This is part two of our Spring Game preview. The defensive preview can be found here:Football: Previewing the defense for the Wisconsin Spring GameThe Wisconsin football team is closing in on the first real test of how far it has come in the Read…QuarterbackIn terms of numbers, the quarterback position for Wisconsin is one of the deepest on the team. As far as talent? Well, that remains to be seen.Hayley Cleghorn/The Badger HeraldFifth-year senior Joel Stave was named the starting quarterback at the beginning of spring practices and it’s his job to lose. After an early battle with the “yips” last season, Stave came back to start the final nine games at quarterback, throwing eight touchdowns and seven interceptions with a 53.4 completion percentage.The backup spot behind Stave is less clear and far less experienced.Two quarterbacks, redshirt freshman D.J. Gillins and early-enrollee Alex Hornibrook have been most impressive through spring practices and are certainly in the mix for the second-string quarterback spot. Gillins, who enrolled early last season as a true freshman, has shown an increase in velocity and precision on his passes and the continued ability to escape the pocket and run.Hornibrook, who originally was committed to Pittsburgh, but came to Wisconsin once head coach Paul Chryst signed on, has been a surprise this spring. Many didn’t expect the left-handed pocket passer to contend for the backup spot, but Hornibrook has shown the ability to compete at the collegiate level early on, and is pushing for more reps.Football: Hornibrook takes unusual route to Madison, shines early in spring ballNever in a million years did Alex Hornibrook picture himself at University of Wisconsin. Over the course of a week Read…Redshirt junior Bart Houston may be the most intriguing option in the quarterback group. A four-star recruit out of high school, Houston has yet to find playing time while in Madison. But with Chryst at the helm — who recruited the Californian to Wisconsin – Houston has seen some first team reps in practice. With a strong spring game and fall camp, Houston could find his way toward the top of the depth chart as well.Arguably the most prized recruit in the 2015 class is Utah-native quarterback Austin Kafentzis. The 6-foot-1 true freshman, like Hornibrook, enrolled early to get a feel for things at the college level. While Kafentzis might be lower on the depth chart once the season begins, the promise and talent is certainly there for the dual-threat quarterback. Breaking numerous Utah high school records, Kafentzis threw for 13,079 yards and 115 touchdowns, and ran for 6,942 yards and 103 touchdowns in his career at Jordan High School in Sandy, Utah.Redshirt sophomore Thad Armstrong and redshirt sophomore Connor Senger round out the seven-man quarterback group.Running BackThe post-Melvin Gordon era is officially underway at Wisconsin with junior running back Corey Clement leading the charge. It’s no secret that Clement has big shoes to fill in Madison and after a 949-yard, nine-touchdown sophomore season, the Glassboro, New Jersey native will need to be bigger and better in his third season at Wisconsin. As in the past, the offense will roll through the running back spot and Clement will be carrying the load.Badgers football: Clement uses spring to adjust to starting role, new coaching staffRegardless of Corey Clement’s shoe-size, it’s probably not big enough. With the departure of Melvin Gordon, arguably Wisconsin’s best running Read…Behind Clement there are two viable options in redshirt junior Dare Ogunbowale and rising redshirt freshman Taiwan Deal.Jason Chan/The Badger HeraldOgunbowale made the switch from defensive back to running back before the Bowling Green game last season and surprised everyone with 94 yards in his first appearance on offense. Ogunbowale ended the season with 193 yards on 34 carries (5.7 average) and a touchdown. Ogunbowale has more confidence now in his first full season at running back and is the leading candidate to back up Clement this season.But pushing hard for the second running back spot is Deal, who has had a strong ending to spring practice. Deal was battling for the third running back spot as a true freshman last season before he injured his right hand in September, forcing him to take a redshirt. Because of the injury, Ogunbowale moved to running back, and both are battling for the second spot on the depth chart.Football: Ogunbowale trying to lock up running back spot in just his second season at the positionWisconsin redshirt junior running back Dare Ogunbowale will be the first to tell you that he is not the most Read…Redshirt freshman Caleb Kinlaw, redshirt sophomore Austin Ramesh and redshirt freshman Mark Saari fill out the rest of the running back unit for Wisconsin.FullbackAfter missing part of last season with an injury, redshirt senior Derek Watt is back on the field for the Badgers at fullback. In addition to his usual blocking duties, the versatile back can slide out to tight end to catch some passes. In his career, Watt has 15 receptions for 170 yards and a touchdown, but his most important responsibility will be paving the way for Clement and company in the backfield.Ramesh will back up Watt at fullback along with redshirt senior Derek Straus and redshirt sophomore D.J. Spurling.Wide ReceiverUndoubtedly, the positon with the most question marks is at wide receiver. The wideouts struggled to show any signs of consistency last season, with now-redshirt senior Alex Erickson leading the way with 772 yards and three touchdowns on 55 receptions. After Erickson, tight end (Sam Arneson) and running back (Gordon) rounded out the top three receivers for the Badgers. Of the top six pass catchers last season, only Erickson and Kenzel Doe were wide receivers.Joey Reuteman/The Badger HeraldErickson is back for his final season, and once again will hold the top wide receiver spot for the Badgers, as he did last season.Behind Erickson, it’s up in the air — to say the least.Junior Rob Wheelwright will be one player the coaching staff will call upon to step up next season. At 6-2, 201 pounds, Wheelwright has a good size for a wide receiver. He made the most of his one catch last season, hauling in a 17-yard touchdown pass against Minnesota.Alongside Wheelwright is redshirt junior Reggie Love, who is even bigger than Wheelwright at 6-3, 214 pounds. Love is most remembered for his 45-yard touchdown run against LSU in the season opener last season, but then went on to catch only two passes for 15 yards the rest of the season.Redshirt sophomore Jazz Peavy has made a name for himself in spring practices and is pushing for playing time at wide receiver. With no clear-cut favorite behind Erickson, the opportunity is there for Peavy to get into the rotation.Redshirt senior Jordan Fredrick, who is better known for his blocking ability on the outside, reached the 100-yard plateau last season for the third straight season, with 12 catches for 117 yards.As a freshman last season, George Rushing saw the most playing time at wide receiver among the freshman wideouts, and had five catches for 62 yards. Sophomores Krenwick Sanders and Rushing are both promising wide receivers, who could push for added playing time with solid spring games and fall camps.Tight EndWisconsin loses senior tight end Sam Arneson after he was the second-leading wide receiver on the team, with 29 catches, 387 yards and four touchdowns.Filling in at starting tight end for Arneson will be redshirt sophomore Troy Fumagalli and fifth-year senior Austin Traylor. Fumagalli will look to build on last season when he had 187 receiving yards on 14 receptions. He has good size, standing at 6-foot-5 and 246 pounds. Traylor, the smaller of the two, had just three catches for 24 yards last season, but should complement Fumagalli nicely at tight end.Regardless, the tight ends should see an increase in receptions this season with Chryst leading the offense. As offensive coordinator for Wisconsin, Chryst heavily relied upon his tight ends to catch passes, which barring any sudden changes, shouldn’t change this season with Stave under center and Chryst calling the plays.Offensive LineThe offensive line loses three starters from last season with the departure of right tackle Rob Havenstein, right guard Kyle Costigan and left guard Dallas Lewallen.Returning to the offensive line is redshirt junior center Dan Voltz and fifth-year senior Tyler Marz. Entering last season, both Voltz and Marz were preseason all-Big Ten selections and will be relied upon to pave the way for Clement and keep Stave standing on his feet.Filling in for the departed seniors is redshirt freshman Michael Deiter and fifth-year senior Ray Ball at guard and redshirt freshman Hayden Biegel — Wisconsin linebacker Vince Biegel’s brother — at right tackle.
Nutterz Putterz Minigolf Club has been crowned champions for this year’s Caesars Court Minigolf League Champions after 150 fixtures over five match days.They maintained their lead on the league log with 72 points to lift the giant trophy and other goodies at stake.Members of Nutterz Putterz comprised of Enoch Nyarko ( 2019 African champion), Hicham Chihadeh, Hala Fattal (lowest Female score), Kevin Wilson, Abdul Gadiri, Emmanuel Osei and Talal Fattal.It was Golden Putters Club who finished in second position with 61 points, while Kama, Power and Golden Putters clubs placed third, fourth fifth respectively.Nutterz’s ace, Nyarko won the league’s most holes in 1 award – 36 Holes while Kama Club Reuben Minko won the League’s lowest score award with 376 points.Last Sunday, the awards ceremony witnessed the presence of deputy Director General of National Sports Authority Saka Acquaye, who presented Nutterz Putterz Club with the trophy and commended Ghana Minigolf Federation for the achievements and milestones it has chalked since its inception four years ago.Final Standings:The event also saw Elwils Minigolf club also being crowned as champions of world’s first ever wheelchair GAWMA Minigolf League.The 2019 GMF events calendar witnessed four Knock Out galas, two National Leagues, African minigolf cup of Nations (AMCON) and two appearances of Ghana internationally at the world Cup WAGM in Sweden and the world championships in China.The GMF 2019 events calendar would be climaxed with the final Minigolf event of the season with Champion of Champions Knock Out Gala on January 11 and 12 in 2020.Meanwhile, GMF will take a three- month break to reorganize itself, hold AGM in February and launch its exclusive clubhouse for existing and new patrons to Register their GMF membership for season 2020. Executives of GMF have promised a competitive National, African and International Minigolf events in 2020.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisWest Nile Virus activity has been confirmed across the state and here in some parts of Northeast Michigan. According to the District Health Department #4, West Nile Virus has been confirmed in a number of birds and in some horses.Right now there has been no reports of the virus being spread to humans, but there are some cases in two counties that are currently in the area.“There are some infected birds in Montmorency and Otsego County that were found, but not in any of the other Northeast Michigan counties. There are no human cases right now in Northeast Michigan, but they have found positive birds and possible horse cases. When there’s a dead bird found and you send it to the state lab they can test to see if it’s infected with west nile virus or not,” Goike said.West Nile Virus is carried through mosquitoes, and due to heavy rain in the area, there has been a major increase of mosquitoes. Goike said the best way to prevent West Nile Virus is by avoiding mosquito bites.“Avoid any activities where there is a large mosquito population. Wearing appropriate insect repellent and covering exposed skin, you know wearing long sleeves when you’re outdoors can prevent those mosquito bites. Bird baths you need to clean those and refill them at least once a week so that they don’t have mosquito eggs and that kind of thing,” Goike said.If you are concerned and want more information about the virus in Michigan you can visit www.michigan.gov/west nile.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: West Nile VirusContinue ReadingPrevious NOAA & NEMIGLSI Currently Accepting Film Festival Ideas for StudentsNext One Local Business Donates Over 50 Pair of Shoes For Back to School
MORE: Ranking the top 79 free agents available in the 2018-19 offseason Free-agent outfielder A.J. Pollock has agreed to sign with the Dodgers, according to multiple reports.The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal was the first to report the deal and ESPN’s Jeff Passan quickly corroborated. #Dodgers in agreement with free-agent outfielder A.J. Pollock, pending physical, sources tell The Athletic. Terms of deal not known.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 24, 2019Free agent outfielder A.J. Pollock is in agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers, league sources tell ESPN. They have been discussing a five-year deal in the $60 million-plus range, though it’s unclear if those are indeed the final terms. @Ken_Rosenthal had the deal done first.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 24, 2019ESPN’s Buster Olney reports the deal is expected to be for five years, with the final year being a player option. Pollock could also leave after three seasons.AJ Pollock has already passed physical onhis Dodger deal. Slated to earn $55m in first 4 years, but could earn opt-out after Year 3 if he reaches set no. of PA. 5th year player option for $10m, w/ $5m buyout— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 24, 2019Pollock, 31, had spent his entire seven-year career with the Diamondbacks before becoming a free agent. He’ll stay within the NL West as he moves to LA.He hit .257 last year for Arizona with 21 home runs and 65 RBIs. He was named a National League All-Star in 2015.
The league has held Saturday games in late December every season but one (2013) since 1970. This year, the Saturday showcase features a tripleheader with major playoff implications in all three games.We start off with the Texans (9-5) visiting the Buccaneers (7-7), followed by an AFC East showdown between the Bills (10-4) and Patriots (11-3). Finally, the 49ers (11-3) take on the Rams (8-6) in the nightcap. All three games feature teams with a .500 or better winning percentage, including three playoff-clinched teams and one looking to stay inside the playoff picture.Here’s a guide to the NFL’s annual Saturday December tripleheader, including a full schedule, TV channels and start times for all three games kicking off Week 16.MORE: Week 16 NFL TV coverage mapNFL schedule Week 16: What games are on today?Here’s the full NFL schedule for Saturday, plus final scores and how to watch every game live.GameTimeTVTexans (9-5) at Buccaneers (7-7)1 p.m. ETNFL Network, fuboTVBills (10-4) at Patriots (11-3)4:30 p.m. ETNFL Network, fuboTVRams (8-6) at 49ers (11-3)8:15 p.m. ETNFL Network, fuboTVLIVE SCORES: Visit SN’s NFL scoreboard for game updatesSaturday NFL games TV channels, live streamHere’s how to catch every game on Saturday.Texans vs. BuccaneersKickoff: 1 p.m. ETTV (national): NFL NetworkLive stream: fuboTV (7-day free trial)The Texans head to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers in Week 16.Houston holds just a one-game lead over the second-place Colts in the race for the AFC South, and can move one step closer to clinching the division with a win on Saturday. Tampa Bay’s coming off a dramatic come-from-behind victory over Indianapolis in Week 15 and has crawled back to .500 thanks to four straight wins.The Texans can still nab the top seed in the AFC if they were to win out and get a little help over the final weeks of the season. Despite being eliminated from playoff contention, the Bucs are looking to finish the season strong and spoil the Texans’ playoff hopes in the process.NFL Network will broadcast the game with Rich Eisen, Nate Burleson and Joe Thomas in the booth and Melissa Stark on the sidelines.MORE: Texans clinching scenarios for Week 16Bills vs. PatriotsKickoff: 4:30 p.m. ETTV (national): NFL NetworkLive stream: fuboTV (7-day free trial)Buffalo looks to avenge its early-season loss to the Patriots as it heads to Foxborough, Mass. to take on New England. The Bills have already clinched their second playoff berth in the last three seasons after not making the playoffs for 17 straight years. In order for Buffalo to win the AFC East, it’ll need to win out and New England would need to lose out. Since their 8-0 start, the Patriots have been playing average football over the past few months. New England is 3-3 in its last six games with all three losses coming against playoff-caliber teams. While New England may look mortal for the time being, it does have a history of switching gears come playoff time, so don’t count Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and co. out just yet. Saturday’s game will be broadcasted by NFL Network with Mike Tirico and Kurt Warner in the booth and Pete Schrager on the sidelines.MORE: Patriots clinching scenarios for Week 16Rams vs. 49ersKickoff: 8:15 p.m. ETTV (national): NFL NetworkLive stream: fuboTV (7-day free trial)San Francisco looks to gain an edge and move past Seattle for the lead in the NFC West as it takes on Los Angeles.While the 49ers have already clinched a playoff spot, they hold the first wild-card spot in the NFC and face the reality of playing on the road to open the postseason despite their double-digit wins. A win coupled with a Seahawks loss would vault the 49ers into first place and move them closer to clinching a top seed in the NFC. Week 16 of the NFL regular season is upon us, and with it comes a slate of Saturday games in place of “Thursday Night Football.”MORE: Watch NFL games live with fuboTV (7-day free trial) Los Angeles’ playoff hopes aren’t dead just yet. With eight wins under their belts, the Rams sit just two games back of the Vikings for the final wild-card spot in the NFC. LA will need to win out and the Vikings to lose out if it wants any shot at a postseason berth.The game on Saturday will be broadcast on NFL Network with Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis on the call and Pam Oliver on the sidelines.MORE: 49ers clinching scenarios for Week 16
DIVISIONAL ROUND NFL DFS: FanDuel | DraftKings | YahooDraftKings Showdown National Championship DFS Picks: LSU vs. ClemsonCaptain (1.5x price, 1.5x points): WR Ja’Marr Chase, LSU ($12,900)Chase was LSU’s best receiver during the regular season, but it was Justin Jefferson who got all the semifinal love with his four touchdown catches in the first half. We’ll take a shot that Chase steps back into his leading role at a much better value than Jefferson for the title game.FLEX: QB Joe Burrow, LSU ($12,800)What fun would it be to make this lineup with the Heisman Trophy winner and likely No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft? That’s right — no fun. I’d have no problem paying down here to play Trevor Lawrence instead, but in a lineup I’m inclined to make LSU-heavy, might as well go for Burrow.SATURDAY NFL DFS LINEUPS: FanDuel | DraftKingsFLEX: RB Travis Etienne, Clemson ($9,400)Etienne is our only Clemson representation. LSU had a solid defense this season, and it seems like if one team gets slowed down in this one, it will be Clemson. Etienne is still too talented and will see solid touch volume regardless of the scoreline, so he’ll produce enough for playing him to be worth it.FLEX: WR Terrace Marshall Jr., LSU ($6,800)LSU’s third receiver occasionally pops for a big play or finds the end zone. With how much LSU will sling it around in this one, expect Marshall to get his fair share of targets, too.SUNDAY NFL DFS LINEUPS: FanDuel | DraftKingsFLEX: WR/TE Thaddeus Moss, LSU ($4,200) LSU vs. Clemson in the CFP National Championship game assures us of one thing: The Tigers will be national champions. Beyond that, though, it’s a game with two star QBs, two great RBs, tons of talented WRs, and lots of points certainly waiting to be scored. That means that putting together a DraftKings Showdown lineup provides a ton of different DFS approaches to making picks for the final game of the college football season.The approach we’ve taken is to put almost all our chips in on LSU. Besides Clemson’s Travis Etienne, it’s the Joe Burrow and Co. show. Clemson will provide a stiffer test than Oklahoma did, but there should still be playing of aerial success for LSU. Moss is listed as a WR on DraftKings but really fills the starting TE role for LSU. Randy Moss’ kid caught a touchdown in the semifinal and has at least four catches in three of LSU’s past four games, so there’s a decent floor here.FLEX: K Cade York, LSU ($3,800)The only players you can feel good about this cheap in college DFS contests are the kickers, because at least you know they’ll play. With so much LSU offense here, we’ll polish it off with York.
FOREST CITY — The Iowa Supreme Court has scheduled a special session to hear oral arguments in Forest City next month.The court will hear arguments in two companion cases that involve a Palo Alto county couple against the Iowa Utilities Board and that county’s board of supervisors. Bertha and Stephen Mathis have been challenging the rulings by both boards regarding a MidAmerican Energy wind turbine project.The proceedings will take place in the Bowman Fine Arts Center at 225 John K. Hanson Drive on Tuesday April 2nd at 7 o’clock. A public reception with the Supreme Court justices in the performing arts center will follow the oral arguments.
Court documents show that detectives searched Berrios’ home, as well as his Tumblr social media account, and found that he had 156 images and videos of girls between ages 2 and 13 engaged in sexual acts.They also discovered 41 pictures and videos that he had posted on Tumblr between September and November of last year. The site has shut down his account. Investigators from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested 32-year-old Weston resident Antonio Alejandro Berrios on July 17, after they received a CyberTip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The Broward School District confirms that Berrios worked as a non-instructional, part-time, temporary child care monitor between August 20, 2007 and June 30, 2012.District officials have not yet determined the status of his application to become a mental health counselor. During questioning, Berrios admitted to detectives that he owned the Tumblr account. He told them that the pornographic images would “pop up” whenever he searched for words such as “Lolita” and “Teen.” A Broward man who served as a school monitor for five years is behind bars for allegedly possessing child pornography. Broward Judge Jackie Powell has also ordered him to wear a GPS monitor, and to stay away from children outside his family. He is also not allowed to possess any device with internet access. Berrios is now charged with 11 counts of possessing child pornography and computer pornography. He was released from the Broward County Jail on a $55,000 bond on July 19, court records show. The arrest report also states,“It should be noted that Antonio Berrios is a licensed counselor who has a history of working as a child’s therapist. Furthermore, information has been received that Antonio Berrios is currently in the process of becoming a mental health counselor for children with the Broward County School Board.”
Tiger Woods of the United States looks along the third fairway during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland, Sunday July 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter throws before a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, July 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) • Derek Jeter, the New York Yankees Hall of Fame legend is simply going through what all men go through. It’s called “Karma” baby. Hey, “D.J.” remember the five or ten women you kicked to the curb along the way to superstar status? That’s why you keep getting injured. Don’t fight it Brother, just go with it. We’ve all been there!• So you think LeBron would never re-sign with Cleveland . . . and you probably think that “D” Wade, Ray Allen and Chris Bosh will play at this level forever, to which I suppose you think Cleveland signed Andrew Bynum because they had nothing better to do with their money. Wait . . . wait . . . wait and on top of all that, you truly believe LeBron James has no interest in setting it straight with his “Home Town” and bringing Cleveland its first ever world title in any sport?!?! Well if you believe all that, you probably believe that I’ll be waiting for you at your house when you get home with Halle Berry and Jennifer Lopez along with your favorite meal, CD, DVD, wine and a cool million in cash . . . huh? Look up my friend and see The Finish Line!Gabrielle Union, left, and Dwyane Wade, center, LeBron James and Savannah Brinson are seen in the audience at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) • Don’t quote me on this, not that it matters, but it is in fact possible that Tiger Woods doesn’t win another major. Not likely, but possible. But this is “The Finish Line” where in the end all that matters is the truth, whether it hurts or not . . . and the truth is . . . Tiger may be finished!• The Pirates drop 2 out of 3 to the Reds this weekend. A couple good reasons. On the road, still have to wake up the bats and the Reds might be just a little hungrier being behind by two games.• Bad news . . . summer is halfway over. Good news . . . Steeler training camp starts next week. A 10 and 6 season is not out of the question. Matter of fact, let’s go with that.