Lae Tigers thump Rabaul Gurias

Posted On Sep 19 2020 by

first_imgRUGBY LEAGUE By Benny Geteng Reigning premiers Lae Snax Tigers have secured another close win by overcoming Agmark Rabaul Gurias on home soil 10 – 4 in Lae on Sunday. Witnessed by a bumper crowd, the Tigers were struggling for ground in the first half and eventually in the 13th minute Gurias winger William Aquila went in to draw first blood. The conversion was however unsuccessful and the determined Gurias led at 4-0. A penalty was then awarded to the Tigers in the 18th minute and Tigers were able to secure the 2 points to trail Gurias 4-2 at the break. Coming back for the second half, the game grew tense with both sides showing enthusiasm in their defence. Star player of the day for Tigers, fullback Joe Joshua succeeded in scoring a try in the 61st minute to level the scores at 6-6 after a failed conversion attempt. The remaining minutes of the game saw both teams struggling to gain composure when Joshua through a clean step in the Gurias defence in the 20m mark, slid through the Gurias forward pack and sealed the win in favour of the Tigers. An elated Tigers coach Stanley Tepend said Gurias had shown class in the match and luck struck for them when Joshua made an impact with two tries to seal the win. “It is a good feeling to win the match at home soil and we are taking each game as it comes,” Tepend said. “We will at least try to stick to the similar game plan executed today (Sunday) and focus on next week’s game against Isou.” Tepend did not rule out the possibility of Gulf Isou as they have shown a team to be reckoned with and his side prepares to embrace once again in Lae come Sunday.last_img read more


Tennova’s new doctor is Historical Society’s guest speaker

Posted On Sep 18 2020 by

first_imgShare this:FacebookTwitter Dr. Michele PearmanLAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – This month’s guest speaker at the Historical Society is Dr. Michele Pearman. Pearman practices at the Tennova La Follette Medical Center Clinic – South, a department of La Follette Medical Center.  It’s in the former eye clinic building next to Woodson Mall and Food City Center.The community is invited to hear  Pearman on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 6pm, at the former Historic Wedding Chapel.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/15/2020-6AM)last_img read more


Pyro Shows has a fireworks show for you

Posted On Sep 18 2020 by

first_img(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/02/2020-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitter LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – La Follette based Pyro Shows lights up the Campbell County sky on Friday night at dark.Launch site is across the four lane from the Woodson Mall and Food City Center.Here’s where else the Pyro’s crews will be shooting shows in the local area:City of La Follette                                    July 3Deerfield                                                      July 3Anderson County                                   July 4Lenoir City “Rockin the Docks”      July 4Flat Hollow Marina                               July 4Pigeon Forge “Patriot Festival”     July 4Gatlinburg                                                 July 4last_img read more


Cricviz Analysis: Why Shimron Hetmyer is Special

Posted On Sep 16 2020 by

first_imgAcross a substantial career a batting average is an effective measure of a batsman in Test cricket. But across a handful of matches – although it remains illustrative of quality – we can be less sure of its results. Shimron Hetmyer has a Test batting average of 29.70 (and a first class average of 33.87) but to anyone who has watched him bat he is a clearly a very special talent with the potential to average significantly more by the end of his career. Hetmyer is one of those rare and precious players whose talents are seemingly impossibly self-evident. This is accentuated by his image. Hetmyer has that classical Caribbean swagger and the ineffable aura of a man for whom operating at an elite level appears to be almost effortless. Batting with a gold cricket bat chain round his neck, hatless or—like Desmond Haynes—in a floppy sunhat, Hetmyer has suddenly become the coolest man in cricket. But with Hetmyer there is substance to match the style.To those who have followed Caribbean cricket in the last few years Hetmyer has clearly been a player of great ability. After leading the West Indies Under-19s to the World Cup title in 2015/16, scoring consecutive fifties in the quarter-final and semi-final, Hetmyer made his international debut six months before his 21st birthday. At such a young age and with so little experience expecting him to immediately perform consistently was unrealistic but evidence of his talent was clear in a maiden Test fifty against New Zealand and a maiden ODI hundred against the United Arab Emirates in the World Cup Qualifiers. Autoplay Autoplay1 of 5It wasn’t until mid-way through 2018 that Hetmyer started to really translate his talent into performances. First came a breakthrough ODI Series against Bangladesh where Hetmyer scored 206 runs in three innings including a match-winning 125 off 93 balls marshalling a tight run chase on a difficult pitch. Then came the 2018 Caribbean Premier League, a tournament lit up by Hetmyer’s shot-making, particularly against spin. At 21 years old he became the CPL’s youngest century-maker. Hetmyer’s CPL exploits would surely have caught the attention of IPL franchises but when a sensational 106 was followed by a 94 in an ODI Series against India in October, an IPL contract was guaranteed. Two months later he was sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $596,000. As Hetmyer’s career has progressed some of his traditional numbers have begun to reflect his obvious ability. His ODI strike rate, for example, of 106.91 is exceptional and his T20 strike rate of 142.42 is also very good, especially considering he has played on some tough pitches in the Caribbean. However, it is detailed analytics – numbers that look beyond the scorecard, that break down his game into its component parts – that really show Hetmyer to be a player of astonishing potential.The basis of Hetmyer’s game is aggression. He is a player of the T20 age and his T20 approach is evident in his batting in all three formats.Hetmyer attacks a significantly greater proportion of his deliveries than the average player in Test, ODI and T20 cricket. In fact in Test cricket Hetmyer is the second most attacking batsman in the CricViz database, only behind the Sri Lankan Niroshan Dickwella.Hetymer attacks more than the average player because he’s better at it than the average player. In all formats Hetmyer scores significantly faster than the global average when he plays an attacking shot. The only two batsman to score faster than Hetmyer with attacking shots are the prodigiously talented Aidan Markram (188.64) and the godfather of attacking batting Virender Sehwag (176.62).Hetmyer’s power with attacking shots doesn’t compromise his consistency with them. His attacking shots per dismissal is better than the global average in all formats. Naturally this means his average runs per dismissal with attacking shots is significantly higher than the global average. Hetmyer is an attacking sensation.Hetmyer’s astonishing attacking strength enables him to score off good balls as well as bad balls. His effectiveness at doing this is conveyed by CricViz’s Expected Runs Model which calculates the runs we would expect to be scored off a delivery based on its ball tracking components. By comparing the aggregated expected runs total with a player’s actual runs total is an advanced form of analysis which evaluates players in great detail, not merely looking at what they’ve done but by placing it in context of the balls they have faced.By this measure, since Hetmyer’s Test and ODI debuts he has scored 249 more runs than expected in Test cricket and 118 runs more than expected in ODI cricket – this ranks him sixth in the world in both formats and mixing with some of the world’s very best players. Hetmyer’s aggressive approach makes him ideally suited to limited overs formats—especially T20 where since his debut he is the tenth best batsman in the world according to CricViz Match Impact—but his consistency when attacking means his approach could well be sustainable in Test cricket too.Traditionally the foundation of Test batting is said to be a solid defence, but as attacking batting—elevated and heightened by the T20 age—becomes more powerful and more reliable, Test cricket may find more players come at it from the other direction. Sehwag and David Warner were two early iconoclasts of the traditional approach and now with the likes of Hetmyer and also the similarly freakish Rishabh Pant bringing their aggressive methods to Test cricket we might be on the cusp of a coterie of players who turn Test batting on its head.A sound defence will still be needed at Test level but here too Hetmyer appears to at least have a strong foundation. His average of 69 defensive shots per dismissal is slightly below the global average of 71 but only marginally.Such is the strength of Hetmyer’s attacking game that his challenge will not be scoring runs but choosing when to score them. At the age of 22 that is not a bad problem to have. (reprinted from Windiescricket.com)last_img read more


Stanford uses late rally to subdue Washington 61-55

Posted On Sep 9 2020 by

first_imgLast Updated: 10th January, 2020 15:06 IST Stanford Uses Late Rally To Subdue Washington 61-55 Tyrell Terry hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with under two minutes to play and Stanford overcame a 12-point deficit to stun Washington 61-55 on Thursday night. Written By Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE First Published: 10th January, 2020 15:06 IST Stanford outscored Washington 26-8 over the final 11 minutes.“We did a good job finding the shooters in the first half; we made it very difficult for them,” Huskies coach Mike Hopkins said. “In the second half, we had a couple breakdowns and they made a couple of end-of-clock shots. Then we missed some free throws down the stretch. When you’re on the road, you’ve just got to keep scoring.”Elijah Hardy made his first career start in place of Quade Green, who was declared academically ineligible earlier Thursday. The Oakland native was part of a rotation at the point that also included McDaniels and Hamier Wright, among others.“We had so many different lineups in there that it looked like scrambled eggs at times,” Hopkins said. That’s what happens when you lose a guy like Quade. Elijah did a good job, on defense especially, but he had a couple breakdowns. It’s a tough situation to be in. It’s hard to lose your starter.”Stanford needed its own rotation in the post in an effort to combat Washington’s superior size advantage on both ends of the court. da Silva, Lukas Kisunas, Jaiden Delaire, Jones and Terry were each called for two fouls in the first half.Isaac White and Keefe were also utilized inside as the Cardinal fumbled around looking for ways to score. They shot 27.6% from the field and were 3-of-14 from long range in the first half.The Huskies led by as many as 12 before White hit an off-balance 3-pointer from the corner to bring Stanford within 28-20 at the half.BIG PICTUREWashington: The Huskies will be learning to play without Green. He recorded his eighth consecutive double-figure scoring game against USC on Sunday and has a turnover-to-assist ratio of 2.3 to 1. Green, who can still practice with the team, could potentially return in late March depending on whether Washington plays in a postseason tournament and how far it advances. Winter quarter at the school is scheduled to end on March 20, the week the NCAA Tournament begins.Stanford: Junior guard Daejon Davis was hit in the eye about seven minutes into the game. He was led straight to the locker room and underwent the concussion protocol before returning to the game just before halftime. “I willed myself to come back and do anything to help the team,” he said.UP NEXTWashington: Plays at California on Saturday.Stanford: Hosts Washington State on Saturday. COMMENT The halftime speech was reiterating the game plan. That seemed to jolt a second-half renaissance.Tyrell Terry hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with under two minutes to play and Stanford overcame a 12-point deficit to stun Washington 61-55 on Thursday night.“You have to have confidence to keep shooting,” said Terry, who finished with 11 points. “We can’t let missed shots discourage us.”Daejon Davis scored 12 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer, all in the second half for the Cardinal (13-2, 2-1 Pac-12), who have won six of seven.“We literally weren’t hitting shots,” Davis said. “The coaches talked about the game plan at halftime and just sticking with it.”Spencer Jones scored eight of his 14 points in the first half and James Keefe had seven at halftime to keep the Cardinal in it. Oscar da Silva scored all 11 of his points in the second half.“Our defensive performance was really good,” Stanford coach Jerod Haase said. “We were getting multiple stops in a row.”Jaden McDaniels produced his first career double-double with 18 points and a season-high 15 rebounds for the Huskies (11-5, 1-2), who were held scoreless over the final 3:12.Nahziah Carter added 16 points and Isaiah Stewart was held to a season-low four points, his first game under 12 points.last_img read more


Porsche partners with iRacing for $100,000 championship

Posted On Aug 29 2020 by

first_imgSports car manufacturer Porsche has launched the Porsche iRacing World Championship Series in partnership with online racing simulator iRacing.Competitors will race using the virtual 911 Cup car in a 10-round championship for their chance to win a share of $100,000 (£79,234). Qualification for the tournament will begin in January 2019.Dr. Kjell Gruner, Vice President of Marketing at Porsche commented in a statement: “Porsche is more and more involved with eSports and racing simulations. Putting together a world championship like this one is important evidence of our increasing commitment to the sport.”This isn’t the first result of the partnership between Porsche and iRacing. In November, the two parties launched the Porsche SimRacing Summit, which saw 32 competitors do their best to win the lion’s share of the €30,000 (£26,971.05) prize pool.Steve Myers, Executive  Vice President & Executive Producer of iRacing added: “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Porsche as a partner for the Porsche iRacing World Championship Series. This is a milestone year for our world championships – it is the 10th year we have hosted and sanctioned world championships and to be able to offer a $100,000 prize pool shows how far we have come. We wouldn’t be able to do this without the fantastic partnership we have with Porsche.”iRacing is involved with numerous esports initiatives within simulation racing, including the likes of six different World Championship Series and McLaren Shadow.Esports Insider says: Porsche getting more involved in esports by providing an opportunity for sim racers to win a good amount of money is a lovely sight. There are a number of different racing esports and with big players in racing getting more and more involved, the future looks good for this particularly niche.Subscribe to ESI on YouTubelast_img read more


Ratcatcher and Polka-Dot Man? We could see some REALLY strange characters in the ‘Suicide Squad’ sequel

Posted On Aug 28 2020 by

first_imgClay Enos/ TM & (c) DC Comics(LOS ANGELES) — It looks like the guy who made action movie stars out of a tree and a talking raccoon is flexing some similarly strange muscles on his sequel to Suicide Squad.If a report in Collider is to be believed, James Gunn, who is writing — and likely directing — the follow-up to the movie, is lining up some very unfamiliar supervillains for the next Suicide Squad film.Collider says the film, for which Idris Elba will be replacing Will Smith as Deadshot, will also feature super-obscure DC Comics characters like Ratcatcher, King Shark, and Polka-Dot Man.As his name suggests, Ratcatcher was an exterminator in Gotham City, who eventually raises an army of the rodents to do his bidding. Collider says Gunn has gender-swapped the baddie to be female.King Shark is a man/shark hybrid: He’s got a hammerhead shark’s head, and a human’s body.Polka-DotMan, as his name suggests, is a dude whose skin’s spots can become explosive devices — and he’s embarrassed about it.Also included will be Peacemaker, a militant so desperate to bring about peace that he’s willing to kill for it.But admittedly, this lineup is only slightly more odd than the baddies featured in the original film, like Slipknot, who was described as “the man who can climb anything.”The movie series’ premise is that comic book baddies are considered expendable by the U.S. government, and are forced to to carry out nearly impossible missions.Warner Bros. is slated to release The Suicide Squad on Aug. 6, 2021.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


.009 of a second the difference in Bowers’ $1,000 Mod win at Thunder Hill Speedway

Posted On Aug 28 2020 by

first_imgBy Larry Lowrey Jr.MAYETTA, Kan. (Aug. 8) – A $1,000 to win feature for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds had a million dollar ending Saturday night at Thunder Hill Speedway.Steven Bowers Jr. beat Josh Everhart to the checkers by all of .009 of a second for the Conle White Memorial win, the big money and a berth on the ballot for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Travis Neeley shot out to the early lead while Bowers and Everhart worked their way up from row five. Everhart moved up to third while Bowers got tied up in a battle with Tom Charles.On a restart, Everhart took advantage of a bobble by Neeley to take the lead while Bowers struggled, still battling with Charles as he fell back to fifth.The tight racing from second through fifth allow Everhart to get a big lead as the laps clicked away. Another caution, however, put Bowers right on his heels and the two went back and forth the remaining three laps.Bowers took the advantage into the final turn and Everhart drove in deep underneath in four. The high side belong to Everhart as Bowers stayed glued to this door in a finish that was too close to call.Electronic scoring determined Bowers to be the winner by the most miniscule of margins. Neeley put one of his best runs of the season together finishing third after fighting off Charles, who finished fourth. Allen Halderman rounded out the top five.Shawn Harker ended Tyler Frye’s string of eight straight victories with his first Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod checkers at Mayetta this season.Tommy Fose became a first-time winner at Thunder Hill in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks in 2015 and Jim Powell topped the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main event.Feature results – 1. Steven Bowers Jr.; 2. Josh Everhart; 3. Travis Neeley; 4. Tom Charles; 5. Allen Halderman; 6. Corey Burch; 7. Brian Murphy; 8. Jeff Jones; 9. Mat Stallbaumer; 10. Richard Spriggs; 11. Justin Becker; 12. Troy Baumgartner; 13. Robert Shepard; 14. Cliff Shepard; 15. Devin Stock; 16. Bill Carter; 17. Millard Gibson; 18. Billy Shepherd; 19. Anthony Tanner; 20. Larry Bouton Jr.; 21. Ricky Tanner.last_img read more


Orsburn tops IMCA Modifieds at Southern Oregon

Posted On Aug 28 2020 by

first_imgWHITE CITY, Ore. (June 4) – Duane Orsburn collected the checkers in Saturday’s 25-lap Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified main event at Southern Oregon Speedway.It was the first win of the season for Orsburn, a two-time street stock champion at White City.After his heat and trophy dash wins, rookie James Welshonse led seven laps of the feature. Rookie Daniel Herrera hit the turn four wall hard to end his race on lap six.Welshonse led the restart but one lap later, Orsburn made a turn four pass to grab the lead. Orsburn went on to victory as Welshonse settled for second ahead of Bo Shields.June 11 is the opening round of the Wild West IMCA Modified Speedweek. Karl Chevrolet North­ern SportMods will also be on the program.last_img read more


NBC names Hoda Kotb as Lauer replacement on ‘Today’

Posted On Aug 13 2020 by

first_img FILE – In this Nov. 29, 2017, file photo, Savannah Guthrie, right, and Hoda Kotb appear with the Rockettes during the 85th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in New York. NBC News opened the new year by appointing Kotb as co-anchor of the “Today” show’s first two hours with Guthrie, replacing Matt Lauer following his firing on sexual misconduct charges in late November. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) It will be the first all-female team headlining “Today” in the show’s 65-year history. Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts blazed that path for ABC’s “Good Morning America” in the 2000s, but morning shows have traditionally paired a man and a woman as host. With an audience dominated by women in an era where news of badly behaving men is frequent, the Guthrie-Kotb pairing may be particularly timely.“Today” won’t be an all-female zone in its first half, however, with longtime weather forecaster Al Roker and correspondent Carson Daly as regulars. Megyn Kelly hosts the show’s third hour.Lauer’s eventual replacement had long been the subject of internal angst but with a sudden decision forced upon the network, Kotb’s performance made it easier. She’s subbed for Lauer since the day he was fired and “Today” has won four straight weeks in the ratings, after having spent much of the past few years in second behind ABC.“Hoda has seamlessly stepped into the co-anchor role alongside Savannah, and the two have quickly hit the ground running,” NBC News Chairman Andy Lack said in a memo to staff on Tuesday. “They have an undeniable connection with each other and most importantly, with viewers, a hallmark of ‘Today.’”Lack said Kotb “has the rare ability to share authentic and heartfelt moments in even the most difficult news circumstances. It’s a tribute to her wide range and her innate curiosity.”It’s common for television shows with job openings to hold informal tryouts of potential hosts. With Kotb’s immediate success, potential replacements like Willie Geist or Craig Melvin didn’t get that chance.Lauer had been a fixture at “Today” since the mid-1990s before his abrupt firing for what NBC called “inappropriate sexual behavior” with a colleague. Other complaints and reports of crude behavior followed.He was the second television morning host fired in a week, after CBS News axed Charlie Rose just before Thanksgiving on sexual misconduct charges. Rose was one of three “CBS This Morning” hosts with Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell, and CBS has yet to name his replacement.Kotb joined NBC News in 1998 as a “Dateline NBC” correspondent, after working in local news in New Orleans. Her public profile increased with her wine-soaked pairing with Gifford on the show’s informal fourth hour.She was born in Norman, Oklahoma, to parents of Egyptian descent, and raised in Morgantown, West Virginia. NEW YORK | NBC News opened the new year Tuesday by appointing Hoda Kotb as co-anchor of the “Today” show’s first two hours with Savannah Guthrie, replacing Matt Lauer following his firing on sexual misconduct charges in late November.Kotb, 53, will continue to co-host the show’s fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford.last_img read more