Jerald Harris was the Virginia Sprint Series winner Saturday at Shenandoah Speedway. (By Jim Haines) By Jim HainesSHENANDOAH, Va. (June 3) – There was no catching Jerald Harris once he moved to the front of Saturday’s Virginia Sprint Series feature field at Shenandoah Speedway.The IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car win was his second this season at the paved speedway and came in front of Mike Leraas and Ryan Price.Mike Keeton took over the lead on lap three; Harris got by Bill Rice and began to close on the leader, finally finding his way to the front on lap 10.Leraas got to second after a restart. The top three were close as the laps clicked off and as the white flag waved, Leraas made a last corner charge but came up short by a car length.Feature results – 1. Jerald Harris; 2. Mike Leraas; 3. Ryan Price; 4. Mike Keeton; 5. Bill Rice; 6. Anthony Linkenhoker; 7. Tony Harris; 8. Chris Ware; 9. Bronzie Lawson.
Two Florida teens are facing several charges after investigators found that they were plotting to kill several of their classmates.The discovery was made last week at Avon park Middle School in Highlands County, Florida.According to the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office a teacher found a folder detailing how the two 14-year-old girls planned to kill at least nine of their classmates.The girls only identified as Delaney and Solange detailed how they planned to pick up, transport and kill three of the people on the list. While other notes inside the folder explained how they planned to carry and dispose of the bodies by burning or burying them at certain locations. The girls then details what they planned to wear during the murders, including “No nails,” and “no hair” showing.Both girls have since been taken into custody and have been charged with nine counts of conspiracy to commit a capital felony of premeditated homicide, and 3 counts of felony conspiracy to commit kidnapping after several people on the list reported that they would like to press charges.
NEW DELHI: The Minerva Academy Football Club and the Delhi Football Club have signed a multi-layered partnership, a statement said on Thursday. The aim is to develop local players, local coaches, and the overall football ecosystem in Delhi-NCR, opening new doors for football in the national capital region.Delhi FC powered by Minerva will promote local young talents and aspiring coaches and also will offer the chance to the locals who want to work in the football industry along with that it will offer opportunity to the players, coaches, and administrators to play, coach and manage. Owner of Minerva Academy FC Ranjit Bajaj announced a partnership to develop the football ecosystem in the capital of India. The partnership will work towards giving a platform to the local players, coaches, administrators, and other staff in Delhi to showcase their talent by playing and working at the senior-most level in a proper professional set up. Delhi FC is one of the few big clubs in Delhi. The club finished third in the Delhi League last season. Hem Chand, one of the oldest members of Delhi Football and the only member who has won 6 consecutive times in elections, is currently the senior vice-president in the MC of Delhi, will be among the board of directors of the new entity. IANS Also Watch: #NewsMakers: Exclusive chat with Jeevan B, DC, Lakhimpur with Oineetom Ojah
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Reuters) – New Zealand’s Ross Taylor will celebrate his 100th Test in the series-opener against India this week and the veteran batsman says he has no intention of winding down his international career as he nears his 36th birthday.Taylor became New Zealand’s leading run-scorer in Tests when he surpassed Stephen Fleming’s career tally of 7 172 against Australia in Sydney last month.In front of home fans in Wellington on Friday, he will become the nation’s fourth cricketer to play 100 Tests after Fleming, Daniel Vettori and Brendon McCullum. He will also become the first cricketer to reach the milestone in all three major formats.Far from seeing the finish line for his career, Taylor said he had been urged to reset his goals in a congratulatory call from former New Zealand Test opener and coach John Wright.“He said it was a nice time to relax, but at the same time nice to rejig those goals,” Taylor said in comments published by New Zealand’s Stuff media yesterday. “Give yourself something to chase … Goals aren’t everything but they’re a nice reminder when your mind is going in different directions, to bring you back on track and give you a focus.”Taylor said he was keen to be in the frame for New Zealand’s bid for a maiden T20 World Cup title when the men’s tournament kicks off in Australia in October.He would also not rule out the next one-day World Cup in India in 2023, having played in the heart-breaking defeat to hosts England in last year’s title-decider. “First and foremost I want to get to next year – the Twenty20 World Cup and then the home summer – and then I’ll have a good idea on how I’m placed at the end of next summer.“Whether there is still a drive, whether I’m good enough, whether I’m fit enough, and whether I deserve my spot in the side. If I can tick all those, then definitely 2023 is an option.”It will be a party atmosphere for Taylor at the Basin Reserve on Friday, with New Zealand Cricket offering dozens of free tickets for his extended family on the weekend of his sister’s wedding. “You always want to do well, and first and foremost the game is more important,” he said.“At the same time you can put extra pressure on yourself. “You’ve just got to go out and enjoy it and take it as another game. Hopefully I can contribute in any way I can.”
An innovative cybersecurity program established in fall 2003 has grown exponentially.The Viterbi School of Engineering’s master’s degree program for computer science with a specialization in computer security, which was established to help combat the growing threat of cyber attacks, is one of the country’s first programs focused on producing specialists in protecting and defending information and information systems.Cyber threat · In 2003, USC was designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research. — Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanIn spring 2008, four students graduated and increased to five students in the spring of 2012. Currently, 17 students are enrolled in the program.The program has proven essential in building a cyber workforce that has recently been lacking in numbers and earned the university a designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.Director of the USC Center for Computer Systems Security Clifford Neuman said the concentration teaches students how to keep information safe from hackers.“There is a need for extra focus on not just how to make the system work, but how to make the systems work in a more adversarial environment, which is what the Internet has become,” Neuman said.The program not only teaches students about the importance of cyber security through topics such as intrusion detection and ethical hacking, but it also provides students the necessary skills to become penetration testers and security engineers, among other roles.Many students have already benefited from the innovative program. Hardik Ruparel, a graduate student in the computer science masters program, emphasized the importance of security on the World Wide Web.“You cannot get away with not knowing about security,” Ruparel said. “It is fundamental in all aspects of computer science.Anand Narayanan, a doctorate candidate in computer science in the computer security program, said that the program has real world applciations that is becoming increasingly more important.“It is hard to establish a secret over the Internet,” Narayanan said. “It is not your friend and cannot always be trusted.”For example, in building an application, the user’s data is the responsibility of the person building it. However, any app on the Internet is vulnerable to be exploited.”The program is also offered to students nationwide through the university’s Distance Education Network, which allows students to work for corporations and other technology-oriented organizations that pay the student’s tuition.Vijaya Pillai, a software engineer at Cisco who took the class through DEN last fall, said the program fit into her schedule well.“The course opened me up to a lot of different aspects of security, such as different security devices, firewall and encryption,” Pillai said. “Learning the course through DEN was very convenient — I could ask the professors questions in real time by just calling in.”The university’s Information Sciences Institute is also the headquarters to the Cyber-Defense Technology Experimental Research Laboratory Testbed, known as DETER. The on-campus facility, funded by the Department of Homeland Security, specializes in cybersecurity experimentation and testing. A sealed-off “mini-Internet,” created in 2004, allows for safe experimentation in security issues and enables users to conduct Internet simulation experiments in malicious code and a wide range of other network security issues.Several students said the DETER lab is essential for hands-on education. Many graduates have gone on to work in companies such as Qualcomm, McAfee, Microsoft, Cisco and Symantec. Others students have gone on to work as IT consultants or develop security products.“We got to simulate the whole environment and write real-world exploits and write safeguards against them,” Ruparel said. “The labs made me a better programmer.”
Paul Acquah proved an unlikely hero with a crucial strike as Hearts of Oak this afternoon defeated New Edubiase United 2-1 in Bekwai the final game of match day 29 in the ongoing Glo Premier League.Acquah struck eight minutes from time to restore Hearts of Oak’s faint hopes of finishing in the top four places.Gilbert Fiamenyo had given the visitors the lead before New Edubiase United leveled through Alhassan Nuhu.The match was played on Monday afternoon after the original game was rained off 24 hours earlier.
Africans countries have been busy this weekend across the world in international friendlies. Gary Al-Smith has more.–Ahmed Musa marked his first game as Nigeria skipper with a superb goal as the Super Eagles drew 1-1 with South Africa in a friendly.It was played on Sunday at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.Musa, 22, struck on 84 minutes to give Nigeria the lead, but Mamelodi Sundowns star Bongani Zungu grabbed a last-gasp equaliser for the hosts.It was Musa’s 10th international goal in 43 appearances, while Zungu’s strike ensures Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba stays unbeaten against Nigeria after three encounters. Zambia ended their winless drought in 2015 when they beat Rwanda 2-0 at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on Sunday. The victory was Zambia’s first in 2015 after picking two draws and as many wins since the start of the year.Japan needed goals from substitutes Shinji Okazaki and Keisuke Honda to secure a 2-0 friendly victory over Tunisia.In France, Ghana were beaten 2-1 by Senegal, who have now eclipsed the Black Stars twice in a row following a same scoreline at the recent Afcon.Manchester City’s Yaya Toure says he will decide about his international future with the Ivory Coast this week after his country drew 1-1 with Equatorial Guinea.Tanzania’s Taifa Stars came from behind to draw 1-1 with Malawi in Dar es Salaam. FRIENDLY RESULTSJapan 2-0 TunisiaSouth Korea 1-1 UzbekistanGambia 1-0 MauritaniaCanada 1-0 GuatemalaTrinidad and Tobago 0-1 PanamaJamaica 2-1 VenezuelaHong Kong 1-0 GuamIraq 2 – 1 DR CongoMauritius 1 – 1 TogoMorocco 0 – 1 UruguayGhana 1 – 2 SenegalFT El Salvador 0 – 2 ArgentinaMexico 1 – 0 EcuadorTanzania 1 – 1 MalawiSouth Africa 1 – 1 NigeriaBotswana 1 – 2 MozambiqueBrazil 1 – 0 ChileZambia 2 – 0 RwandaIvory Coast 1 – 1 Equatorial GuineaFrance 2-0 Denmark–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith
Manager Louis van Gaal said he wanted to “kiss” Memphis Depay after the Dutch midfielder scored two and set up the third in Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Club Brugge in the first leg of their Champions League playoff at Old Trafford on Tuesday.Memphis, who was deployed in his favoured starting position on the left rather than as a traditional No. 10, showed the kind of form that led United to pay PSV Eindhoven a reported £25 million for the 21-year-old in May.”When you score a goal then you are the hero,” Van Gaal told reporters. “I want to kiss him tonight, because when you score two goals and give an assist also, then normally in the world you are the hero.”United left back Luke Shaw, who along with Memphis was one of the best players on the pitch, also praised his team mate’s performance and first goals for the club.”Of course I am really happy for him today,” the England international said. “Now he’s off the mark, hopefully it can bring him many more goals.”– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
While some have already found a new home, there are several remaining stars with unknown destinations.Here are the biggest names expected to be on the move in free agency: Related News NFL offseason 2019: 12 important dates to know NFL offseason 2019: 10 storylines to follow The market is nearly open.The NFL negotiation period allows teams and representatives of pending free agents to work out potential contracts, and there are plenty of players waiting on prove-it deals and lucrative paydays. The initial contract talks start Monday and the signing period officially begins Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET. Le’Veon BellThe Steelers running back has probably had this week circled on his calendar since last offseason.Bell held out all of 2018-19 amid his contract dispute with the team, and Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert confirmed the organization won’t use the franchise tag on him. Even if he falls short of the high expectations he set, Bell will likely come out with the long-term deal he wants that will make him one of the league’s highest-paid rushers.No matter the number, it will still be shy of Bryce Harper, who recently tried to recruit Bell to play for the Eagles in Philadelphia after signing a $330 millon deal with the Phillies.Earl ThomasThe veteran safety has been vocal about his unhappiness in Seattle, which was most evident when Thomas appeared to flip the bird to his team’s sideline while being carted off the field after breaking his leg.Nonetheless, the six-time Pro Bowl selection is expected to have multiple options in free agency now that he’s healed and healthy. There’s even been speculation he could get more than $13 million a year on his new deal.Widely considered one of the best in the league at his position, Thomas tallied 22 total tackles and three interceptions before being sidelined with the injury.Landon CollinsThe Giants declined to place the franchise tag on the safety, which would have cost the team around $11.2 million for the 2019 season.Collins tallied 96 total tackles and four pass breakups in 12 games for the Giants but suffered a partially torn rotator cuff in Week 13 requiring surgery after he was placed on injured reserve. Still, the Giants should have plenty of suitors, particularly Kansas City after it was reported the Chiefs expect to make Collins “a priority” this offseason.On the other hand, the Cowboys have already denied having interest in Collins or Thomas, citing their steep price tags.Teddy BridgewaterWith Joe Flacco headed to Denver and Nick Foles bound for Jacksonville, the Saints backup is arguably the best remaining quarterback available. Still, Bridgewater doesn’t come without baggage.In his first full season back after suffering a gruesome knee injury in training camp in 2016, Bridgewater impressed during the preseason with the Jets. However, he was traded to New Orleans ahead of the start of the regular season. He eventually got in some work in Week 17 after the Saints clinched the top seed in the NFC playoffs, though he put on a lackluster performance as he finished 14 of 22 for 118 yards.Eager to continue his comeback, Bridgewater can contribute to the team with the right needs under center. Tyrann MathieuThe Texans safety bet on himself last season by signing a one-year deal with Houston for a somewhat measly $7 million. The wager paid off as Mathieu helped lead the team to a division title and a season in which Houston finished 12th in the NFL in total defense, proving to be a valuable player once again on the back end.Last year’s safety market was bad. No one signed for what they should have. Whether that is because the players weren’t all that good or for another reason, no player made what they deserved.We’ll see if that changes this season given how young, athletic, productive and versatile Mathieu is. He also showed good leadership as he helped mentor rookie safety Justin Reid.
Lancashire were crowned English Senior Men’s County champions for the first time after a storm-hit, disrupted and shortened final day of a difficult week for weather at Hindhead in Surrey. Having gone into the final day on level terms with defending champions Kent, both counties claiming two victories, everyone was eagerly looking forward to a fitting climax. But it wasn’t to be. Although the foursomes were completed, albeit there was a ten minute suspension for thunder in mid morning, the singles were delayed, some were started, but after a further delay for lightning and several heavy downpours, play was abandoned. That meant, according to the Championship conditions, that the six singles were declared halves which meant Lancashire won 5-4 having edged the completed foursomes 2-1. “I’m delighted and proud that we have won this title at last,” said Lancashire captain Stuart Fawcett. “However, I’m disappointed that we didn’t manage to get the six singles away because I would have loved to have won it in a full match on the course. “But after five or six years of trying and never managing to pull it off it is great to be champions at last. My team has been as one. They have supported each other and all played their part. I know how Kent must feel as we were in the same position last year.” Kent captain Mark Singfield said: “It’s disappointing for us. Sometimes you are on the right end of a rules decision and sometimes you are on the wrong end. We wouldn’t have chosen to go into lunch 2-1 down but we were looking forward to a very competitive afternoon. In the end the weather won. “But I offer my congratulations to Stuart and his boys.” In a week of poor weather with frequent heavy rain and strong winds, it was a shame the climax of such an important event should be handicapped in such a way. But in the end the weather was the winner. Lancashire’s victory in the foursomes proved crucial in the end. They were indebted to Terry Brown and Glyn Rees who beat Ross Galgut and Phil Bramall 4 and 3 and to Alan Gillespie and Jeremy Morgan, winners by two holes against David Weighton and Bruce Hilsdon. Kent’s victory was secured by internationals Richard Partridge and Chris Reynolds, who beat Ian Crowther and Tony Holt by two holes. In the third place match, Gloucestershire and Nottinghamshire shared the foursomes 1½ – 1½ and despite starting some of the singles, they also fell foul of the weather. So it was agreed that all would be declared halves which meant their overall match was tied. 9 Oct 2014 Lancashire claim first title as weather wrecks final session Image © Leaderboard Photography