The 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs field was set on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the regular-season finale.Fourteen of 16 spots had been clinched in advance of the Brickyard 400, meaning two spots were available. Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman earned them.RELATED: Official resultsDaniel Suarez and Newman entered the day tied for the final position (Suarez held the tiebreaker), with seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson 18 points behind the cutoff line. A late wreck ended Johnson’s hopes, leaving Bowyer, Newman and Suarez to duke it out.Monster Energy Series Playoffs field1. Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing: 2,045 points2. Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing: 2,030 points3. Martin Truex Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing: 2,029 points4. Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing: 2,028 points5. Joey Logano, Team Penske: 2,028 points6. Brad Keselowski, Team Penske: 2,024 points7. Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports: 2,018 points8. Kurt Busch, Chip Ganassi Racing: 2,011 points9. Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports: 2,005 points10. Erik Jones, Joe Gibbs Racing: 2,005 points11. Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing: 2,005 points12. Ryan Blaney, Team Penske: 2,004 points13. William Byron, Hendrick Motorsports: 2,001 points14. Aric Almirola, Stewart-Haas Racing: 2,001 points15. Clint Bowyer, Stewart-Haas Racing: 2,000 points16. Ryan Newman, Roush Fenway Racing: 2,000 points Suarez slams hard into wall, damages right side of No. 4100:0000:0000:00GO LIVEFacebookTwitterEmailEmbedSpeedNormalAutoplay SEVEN-TIME OUT: Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet was darting through the field, showing plenty of speed in pursuit of a postseason berth. Those hopes ended, though, on the Stage 3 restart when Johnson and Kurt Busch triggered a multicar wreck, eliminating the No. 48 from playoff contention. Johnson, a seven-time Cup Series champion, had qualified for the playoffs every year since the inception of the postseason in 2004. He won six titles in previous playoff iterations, then a seventh in 2016 in the elimination era.OH, DANNY BOY: Daniel Suarez smacked the outside wall early at Indianapolis, sending him to pit road a couple of times to try and get his No. 41 Ford fixed. The impact sent him tumbling down the leaderboard — and, therefore, standings — and he was unable to recover to advance to the playoffs, especially after an untimely late caution during a pit cycle. CHAMP IS HERE: Kyle Busch won the regular-season championship for the second consecutive season by virtue of having the most points during the 26-race regular season. He clinched the title last week at Darlington Raceway. His reward? Besides the prestige and a pretty sweet trophy, that’s worth 15 playoff points that carry over into the postseason. Good thing he clinched last week, because “Rowdy” exited early after an incident with his No. 18 Toyota.TOP SEED: Kyle Busch is the top seed in the playoffs for the second consecutive season — he shared the honor with Kevin Harvick last year.NEXT UP: The Monster Energy Series Playoffs begin next Sunday, Sept. 15, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN/NBC Sports App, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League: Ambassador UCC Glanmire v IT Carlow Basketball, Mardyke Arena, 13:00; Basketball Ireland FixturesSaturday 20th January 2018 Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League: Pyrobel Killester v Belfast Star, IWA-Clontarf, 19:00;DCU Saints v Garvey’s Tralee Warriors, St Vincent’s, 19:00;Éanna v Moycullen, Colaiste Eanna, 19:00;Maree v UCD Marian, CC-Oranmore, 19:45; Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One: Marble City Hawks v Fr Mathews, O Loughlins GAA, 17:00;Fabplus North West v Meteors, Ballyshannon, 19:30; print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Sunday, 21st January 2018 Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League: KUBS BC v Griffith College Swords Thunder, Greendale, 15:00;UCC Demons v Black Amber Templeogue, Mardyke Arena, 15:15; Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One: GameFootage.net Titans v Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney, The Jes, 15:30; There’s another action-packed weekend of basketball in store this weekend, as the competition for top spots in the Men’s and Women’s Super League really begins to heat up. Speaking of Warriors, they will travel up to Dublin to face off against DCU Saints in what is set to be a very close battle between the two sides. Elsewhere, a strong Pyrobel Killester side will be aiming to secure a win against Belfast Star, while KUBS face Griffith College Swords Thunder.All eyes will be on Cork on Sunday meanwhile as UCC Demons welcome Black Amber Templeogue for the second time in three weeks (having already lost out to them in the Cup semi-final at the start of January). Templeogue will be hoping to bounce back after a tough loss against UCD Marian last weekend.In the Women’s Super League meanwhile, table toppers DCU Mercy travel to Clontarf to meet Pyrobel Killester in what is set to be an interesting battle. DCU had a much-needed weekend off last weekend off last week after a jam-packed Cup semi-final weekend in Cork which saw them qualify three teams for the Cup finals at the end of January. Killester meanwhile are coming into the game off the back of a comprehensive loss to Ambassador UCC Glanmire at home last weekend.Elsewhere, Maxol WIT Wildcats will be aiming to make it two wins in a row at home when they welcome Portlaoise Panthers to Waterford, while NUIG Mystics and Singleton SuperValu Brunell will do battle in Galway and Glanmire face IT Carlow Basketball as part of a double header with Demons at the Mardyke Arena UCC on Sunday. Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One: Paris Texas Kilkenny v EJ Sligo All-Stars, O Loughlins GAA, 15:00;LIT Celtics v Dublin Lions, SportsHub Limerick IT, 18:00;Neptune v IT Carlow Basketball, Neptune Stadium, 19:00;Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin v Ulster University Elks, Killorglin Sports Centre, 19:15;Fr Mathews v Ballincollig, Colaiste Chriost Ri, 19:15; Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League: NUIG Mystics v Singleton SuperValu Brunell, Colaiste Iognaid, 15:00;Pyrobel Killester v DCU Mercy, IWA-Clontarf, 17:00;Maxol WIT Wildcats v Portlaoise Panthers, Mercy Gym, 19:00; Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One: Ulster University Elks v UL Huskies, UUJ, 15:00; For men’s league leaders UCD Marian, there is a road trip to Galway ahead of them this Saturday as they travel down to face Maree. UCD are currently top of the table with two games in hand on nearest chasers, Garvey’s Tralee Warriors, and will be hoping to keep their recent winning form intact this weekend.
The Nelson Leafs reeled off its third consecutive Kootenay International Junior Hockey League win Friday night in Grand Forks, edging the home town Border Bruins 2-1.The 15-3-1-0-1 Leafs maintain its five-point lead in the Murdoch Division over Beaver Valley Nitehawks.The Hawks posted a 6-2 win Friday in Golden. Justin Podgorenko, finishing the game with two points to lead Nelson, and Jaiden LaPorte gave the Leafs a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes.Dalton Luce gave the Bruins some hope with a goal midway through the third period.However, Nelson’s Game Star and netminder Josh Williams closed the door on the Bruins, stopping nine of 10 shots in the period to preserve the win.Nelson, winners of both games this season against the Bruins, out shot Grand Forks 58-28 in the game.The Leafs are idle Saturday before completing weekend action Sunday in Castlegar against the Rebels.Castlegar won its fifth straight game Friday, 5-2 over Spokane Braves.
A five-mile stretch of I-40 westbound — from mile marker 20 to mile marker 15 — will be closed for up to five days as crews make emergency bridge repairs over Jonathan Creek and White Oak Road. Drivers wanting to reach points on I-40 west of the closure should take I-40 to Exit 53B (I-240 West), go five miles to Exit 4A (I-26 West) and follow that for 74 miles, crossing into Tennessee. They should then take Exit 8A for I-81 South and continue 57 miles to re-access I-40 near Dandridge, Tennessee. People who live in the area will still have access to their homes.
Four recent graduates from Monash South Africa – Kegaugetswe Pinky Motsomi, Mongezi Godfrey Lomo, Foundation Umaa Kundiona and Karishma Maharaj – will be using their skills, experience and qualifications to play their part and help make South Africa a better place to live, for all.Kegaugetswe Pinky Motsomi: Education is a weapon that can change the worldKegaugetswe Pinky Motsomi, graduate of leading tertiary institution, Monash South Africa, is a firm believer in her personal ethos that where a person comes from does not necessarily define where they are going. Furthermore, she is a shining example of her faith in the fact that “it is never too late to do something great”, and this is best evidenced by her recent achievement of an Honours degree in Public Health.“Growing up in Morwa Village, Botswana, both my parents were diagnosed with life modification diseases. As a result of this I always wanted to be a medical doctor, but because the opportunity to pursue this path was never afforded to me, I elected to study public health with the hope of entering medicine in the future,” explains Motsomi.She goes on to add that in the Motsomi family, it is believed that school only ends when life is drawing to a close. This is a motto that Motsomi has surely taken to heart, especially when one considers that her journey at Monash South Africa began with a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Development, as well as Criminology and that in addition to her Honours Degree she added a Postgraduate Diploma in Management (HIV/AIDS and Health) to her list of credentials. This means that Motsomi has applied herself in two areas of study, with her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees being completed at the Monash School of Social Sciences and School of Health Sciences respectively.Monash South Africa was always on Motsomi’s radar and she says, “I was well aware that Monash is a prestigious university and when it came to my attention that students from this institution were head-hunted I decided that I too wanted the same opportunity to prove myself. When I was approached at the youth desk where I worked as a deputy president in my community and given the opportunity to apply for a bursary, I knew my life was about to change.”It would seem that in the case of Kegaugetswe Pinky Motsomi, her parents’ teachings that education is a powerful weapon that can change the world are indeed true. Currently, Motsomi is publishing her thesis paper and that which she learned in her honours year at Monash South Africa is playing a large part in her manuscript. In addition, she has recently secured the position of provincial co-ordinator for non-profit organisation, Right to Care, which builds public and private capacity to treat and prevent HIV/AIDS.Mongezi Godfrey Lomo: Kanana township resident inspires his community by graduating with honoursFrom being raised by a single mother in Klerksdorp’s Kanana Township to helping the underprivileged acquire title deeds for their homes, Mongezi Godfrey Lomo has displayed immense determination and tenacity in overcoming his circumstances. Having recently graduated with Honours in Criminology, after acquiring a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, as well as Communications and Media Studies as a double major, Lomo is a source of inspiration to the youth of his community and beyond.With these achievements in mind, Lomo has more than lived up to the Napoleon Hill quote, which inspires him and he has always believed that, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe the mind can achieve.” This positive approach to life, coupled with the support of his mother, who he describes as his rock, have ensured that Lomo will always seek ways in which to drive change and ensure impact in marginalised communities.“My time at Monash South Africa saw me growing professionally and personally on many fronts. My course provided me with the foundation and knowledge for my degree, while my extracurricular activities as the manager of the soccer team helped me develop critical skills such as leadership, communication, teamwork and time management to name a few,” says Lomo.Having registered at Monash South Africa on a bursary, Lomo’s proudest moment was when he was recognised as the Best Sports Representative of the Year in 2014. His reputation and expertise as a sportsman and leader has resulted in him continuing to work on a local government project.His candid advice to other students: “Education is the key to your future. If you want to improve your circumstances, a solid education is your answer.” While the future does seem bright for Lomo, his five year plan includes pursuing an ambition to become an entrepreneur and establish his own security firm.”Foundation Umaa Kundiona: His path to achieving his academic aspirationsFoundation Umaa Kundiona, a Zimbabwean Monash South Africa graduate, is a leading example of the important role a strong foundation plays and how it can assist school leavers achieve their academic aspirations irrespective of their circumstances. Having completed the Monash South Africa Higher Certificate in Higher Education Studies, which in essence is a pathway, preparing candidates for the demanding requirements of a degree; Kundiona has since achieved his undergraduate degree, with a double major in Marketing and Management, and is currently pursuing his Honours in Marketing at Monash South Africa within the School of Business and Economics.Kundiona hopes to one day link his entrepreneurial ambitions with his passion for learning and he says, “Education inspires me, mainly due to my father who is my mentor and my inspiration. He has a Doctorate in education and he encourages and pushes me to achieve and be the best that I can be. From an academic perspective, my motivation to realise my goals is also drawn from my Monash academic supervisor who is really supportive and constantly encourages me to keep striving to reach my full potential.”Working as a Resident Advisor in Student Services while on campus has meant that Kundiona is already putting his educational aims and objectives into practice. He has also acted as a dedicated member of the Monash Residence philanthropist group focussing on social responsibility specifically. Furthermore, Kundiona is basing his Honours thesis on entrepreneurship and education; a topic he hopes to expand upon when he pursues his Masters and Doctorate degrees.Kundiona’s academic journey at Monash South Africa has also seen him travel to Malaysia as part the campus student exchange programme. “A true highlight of my time at Monash South Africa has been the opportunity to experience the Malaysian culture first hand. I had the privilege of meeting an inspirational lecturer at the Malaysian campus, who is passionate about demonstrating the practical aspects of her lectures to her students, and created fascinating excursions and activities for us to experience academic principles in practice. My journey made it clear to me that we have much to learn from other cultures, and many of the challenges we face in our communities are often experienced in other parts of the world too.”If education has the power to uplift communities, then the role of a strong foundation such as the one that Kundiona experienced, in ensuring more scholars are fully equipped to enter university cannot be underestimated. The Monash South Africa Higher Certificate in Higher Education Studies, by way of example, is one NQF level above matric and aims to ensure that individuals like Kundiona, who are filled with passion and potential, can achieve their academic aspirations.Karishma Maharaj: Humanitarian and Monash South Africa Public Health graduate sets out to change the worldWith her graduation taking place on March 28, 2015, Karishma Maharaj is already out in the field bringing about positive change for the mothers and children of our country. Graduating with her Honours in Public Health from leading tertiary institution, Monash South Africa, Maharaj has already secured a research post in the Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Unit of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and she is actively putting into practice all that she has learned.Growing up in Johannesburg, Maharaj dreamed of becoming a medical doctor or paramedic. A self-described humanitarian, Maharaj wanted to add value and be fulfilled by serving others and she says, “As the years progressed I set a new path, particularly when I saw the opportunities that were available to be involved in the medical field, but with even more impact and on an even larger scale than in curative care. What I do today entails not only treating or curing diseases, but also includes understanding the determinants and processes of illnesses to create bigger, better and more effective long-term solutions for hundreds or thousands of people, as opposed to one person at a time.”Maharaj’s time at Monash South Africa, during which she also achieved her undergraduate degree Cum Laude, no doubt contributed to this change of heart: “Throughout my studies at Monash, I grew to love public health and epidemiology. What’s more, my time at Monash really contributed towards my career in medical research, because the Bachelor of Public Health is designed as a very research intensive course. Although difficult at times, it really taught me the fundamentals of health research. I have also found that I am more advanced in terms of my research skills thanks to the excellent foundation Monash’s Public Health programme provides.”It would seem that Maharaj’s hard work has certainly paid off because in the short time that she has been working since she finished her course in 2014, she is already interacting with leaders in certain United Nations divisions including the World Health Organisation. “These are internationally recognised research organisations which I hope to be a part of one day. Being at the SAMRC for only a short time, I now know that my chosen path was the right one. It is a privilege working with the most vulnerable members of our society and ensuring that through my work I can have a direct and profound impact on their quality of life,” concludes Maharaj.In the case of Maharaj, the visionary Mahatma Gandhi who truly inspires her perhaps describes the hard-working graduate most accurately: “The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
JWALA GUTTA, BADMINTON PLAYER As a child, I remember riding with my father atop his old Bajaj Priya scooter to Lal Bahadur Stadium after school. The loyal two-wheeler served us till I was 18, and it was only then that my parents decided it was time for us to get,JWALA GUTTA, BADMINTON PLAYERAs a child, I remember riding with my father atop his old Bajaj Priya scooter to Lal Bahadur Stadium after school. The loyal two-wheeler served us till I was 18, and it was only then that my parents decided it was time for us to get a car. Growing up, owning a car was a luxury in Hyderabad, unlike now when it is a necessity. But it was never about making a statement. For most folks here, at least, that kind of image consciousness hasn’t been a part of what makes Hyderabad. In that sense, we can be called a laidback people.Warmth comes wrapped in many packages in this city-there are charmed and unending fables of the old city that every small or big seller around Charminar seems equipped with, reciting them to anyone who’s willing to lend half an ear; the enthusiastic willingness to help with directions to a place, and often even accompanying you two lanes away to make sure you reach the correct address; something as simple as an extra dollop of ghee in your haleem during the Ramzan season if you so much as utter two words of genuine appreciation.I revel in this charm of the city, and as much as I love coming home to Hyderabad, I also carry a little bit of Hyderabad with me wherever I go. The Hindi I speak is very Deccani. I don’t know any other way. It never fails to amuse people in Delhi or Mumbai, especially considering how I look. Somehow that makes it even more amusing and unexpected. But even this kind of acknowledgment of my Hyderabadi-ness is deeply heartening.advertisementHere, there is also a deep sense of security. One of my earliest memories of childhood is that of my first day at school. I happened to be standing at the wrong spot, and missed my bus back home. I waited a while, but the bus had already left. I flagged down an auto after a while, and travelled from school, which was in Bolaram, to my home, then in Begumpet. The auto driver-a no-nonsense sort of fellow-brought me straight home.My parents were understandably shocked and disturbed about me travelling all that distance alone in an auto. How safe is it for a five-year-old to travel in an auto all by herself today? In any city, including Hyderabad, this is a time when we protect our children from our own drivers and house help, even our own family members. Also saddening, is the growing indifference and cynicism that’s seeping into our society. And this is where, in my opinion, sport and sportsmanship can make a difference.My proposal to the state government for the adoption of stadiums to create academies where activities can happen regularly, is a step forward in the general direction of nurturing sporting talent. We have such wonderful stadiums like the Yusufguda Stadium, the Saroornagar and Gachibowli stadiums, worth crores, but how sad that they are so terribly under-utilised. Also, sports should be an affordable enterprise, rather than an elitist one. When I used to train at LB Stadium, I would pay close to Rs 50, and when I started playing at the nationals, even that was fee was waived. My dream is to create state-of-the-art academies for sports, which draw out talent and nurture it. I feel in turn, this will create stronger men and women. Individuals who believe in themselves and turn role models for others.Back in 2001, N. Chandrababu Naidu was among the first chief ministers to take an initiative to promote sports in a big way. The government’s support then was very important for my career.The new Telangana government, I’m hopeful, will show the same enthusiasm to promote sport in the long run. As a sportsperson and a citizen, this would be a way to give back to the city, which has given me so much.As told to Mona Ramavat
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Nuno admits Wolves waiting for ‘special player’ amid Abraham interestby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo says the club will only sign a “special” player during the winter transfer window.A move for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has been put on hold, although Wolves remain hopeful they will be able to sign the England international, who is currently on loan with Aston Villa.And Nuno says he will only bring in somebody who can dramatically change his team.”When you bring someone, you have to be careful what you bring,” he said.”It has to be something we don’t have already.”If someone comes, they have to bring something really, really special, because we already have something good.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea veteran Giroud: I’ve been helping Abrahamby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea veteran Olivier Giroud is not throwing his toys out of the pram at the club.The French striker has been struggling to get regular game time at the club this season.But rather than sulking about his position, he is taking steps to help his young striking teammate Tammy Abraham.The two may compete for a starting spot, but Giroud is happy to pass along what he knows to the youngster.”It’s true that competition at Chelsea is tough,” he told The Athletic.”But it’s good for the team, for us to be there to step up. It helps to have players like myself that want to be back in the team and never give up.”Tammy is doing very well now. He is very efficient up front. What can I say? I’m just waiting for my turn. I work hard in training with a good spirit. If the manager needs me, I will look to be efficient.”Have I been helping Tammy? Yes. He is still a young player and is having a good moment. I am happy for him. He reminds me of myself when I was starting out in my career. He is precocious. He is doing very well at a young age. I am delighted for him. If I can help him to carry on, I will.”But I will try to push him, again and again, not to be in the comfort zone. I will always try to score a lot. There is a good competition between us.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
New Delhi: The government on Thursday cleared investment proposals worth over Rs 31,560 crore in power projects, including two coal-based thermal plants and a hydro project on river Chenab in Jammu and Kashmir. The thermal power plants in Buxar, Bihar, and Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, are expected to become operational by 2023-24. Briefing media after the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said approval has been given to an investment of Rs 10,439.09 crore for the 2×660 MW Buxar Thermal Power Project (Buxar TPP) in Bihar. The Buxar project will be implemented by SJVN Thermal Private Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of SJVN, a mini-ratna CPSU. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”The project is expected to generate substantial direct and indirect employment apart from various other socio-economic development in the project area. The Buxar TPP will start yielding benefits from 2023-24,” said an official release. The CCEA, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also gave nod to the investment proposal for a 2×660 MW Khurja Super Thermal Power Plant (STPP) in Bulandshahr at an estimated cost of Rs 11,089.42 crore and Amelia Coal Mine in the Singrauli district of Madhya Pradesh. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe Khurja STPP, too, will start yielding benefits from 2023-24, the government said. Jaitley also said the CCEA gave approval to the investment for acquisition of Lanco Teesta Hydro Power Ltd (LTHPL) and the execution of balance work of the Teesta Stage-VI Hydro Electric Project by NHPC in Sikkim. This will be implemented at an estimated cost of Rs 5,748.04 crore (at July 2018 price level), which includes a bid amount of Rs 907 crore for the acquisition of LTHPL and an estimated cost of balance work of Rs 3,863.95 crore that includes Interest During Construction (IDC) and Foreign Component (FC) of Rs 977.09 crore. The project would generate 2,400 million units in a 90 per cent dependable year with installed capacity of 500 MW (4×125 MW). The finance minister further said the CCEA has approved the investment for the construction of Kiru Hydro Electric Project (624 MW) by Chenab Valley Power Projects Pvt Ltd (CVPPPL) in Jammu and Kashmir. The project will be implemented at an estimated cost of Rs 4,287.59 crore which includes IDC and FC of Rs 426.16 crore and an infusion of equity of Rs 630.28 crore by NHPC in CVPPPL. The government also approved recommendations of a group of ministers (GoM) on stressed power projects which include grant of coal linkage for short-term PPAs and increase in quantity of coal for special forward e-auction for power sector. Various stressed power projects that could benefit from the decision are of Adani, GVK, GMR, Jaypee and Essar groups. These assets were listed as non-performing assets or bad loans in a Standing Committee on Energy report. According to the report of a High Level Empowered Committee (HLEC) headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, 34 projects with total capacity of 40.13 GW were identified as stressed assets which were facing issues related to coal, slow power demand, delay in payments by discoms and slow development by developers.