Brad Keselowski wins at Richmond, earns Round of 12 berth

first_imgBrad Keselowski made good on a confident Babe Ruth-like prediction earlier this week when he said he expected to dominate and win Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 Playoff race at Richmond (Va.) Raceway.Dominate, he did. After leading a race-best 192 of the 400 laps at the three-quarter mile track, Keselowski scored an impressive 2.568-second victory over Martin Truex Jr. to guarantee his position in the next round of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. It’s Keselowski’s fourth win of the season in the No. 2 Team Penske Ford and 34th career victory.Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate Joey Logano was third, followed by Austin Dillon and Chase Elliott. Kyle Busch finished sixth, followed by championship points leader Kevin Harvick. Aric Almirola, Alex Bowman and Clint Bowyer rounded out a top 10 sweep of current playoff-eligible drivers. Although not a victory for the reigning series champion Busch, his top-10 finish was an achievement considering he started last in the field after failing pre-race inspection twice.RELATED: Race resultsDenny Hamlin, who finished 12th, still earned enough points to secure a spot in the next round of the playoffs. He led 45 laps and won Stage 1, but he was called for speeding on pit road and had to play catch up the rest of the night after serving the penalty.The only caution flags Saturday were for scheduled slowdowns – a competition caution and two stage breaks. And there were 20 lead changes among nine drivers.“It was a great race for us and the 2-team,” the 2012 series champion Keselowski said, noting he drove the same car Saturday as he used to win at New Hampshire earlier this summer. “I wanted to do a really cool burnout with it, but I want this car for (the championship race at) Phoenix.“I’m really pumped. I don’t want to look too far ahead. The next round is going to be really difficult, but still, I’m really pumped about this performance and the way we’ve run on short tracks.“If we can get to Phoenix, we’re going to be really good,” Keselowski promised, not wanting to look too far ahead despite his impressive performance Saturday.RELATED: Quick analysis of Richmond raceWhile Keselowski, 36, was clearly the class of the field, leading nearly four times as many laps as any other driver, Logano, Truex and Dillon did their best to keep him honest.Dillon’s 55 laps led was the most he has ever led in a single race in his seven-year full-time NASCAR Cup Series career. He missed pit road while coming to the pits for service late in the race – the only hiccup on his night. But his team recovered and it turned out to be of minimal consequence for an organization that has mightily impressed the first two weeks of the playoffs.Dillon finished runner-up to Harvick in last week’s Playoff opener at Darlington and now has a second top five heading to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway next week for the final race in this opening stage of the Playoffs.“To come from the back (after the speeding penalty) and finish second in Stage 2 was just so awesome,” said Dillon, driver of the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.“This race team is on fire right now and showing up when it matters.”Dillon, who won at Texas Motor Speedway this summer, has positioned himself to a much better playoff run than many may have anticipated heading to the Bristol cutoff race next week.On the other side, Truex kept up his consistent pace. His third-place run was his ninth top-five finish in the last 10 races,Only the top 12 drivers among the 16 playoff eligible will continue to contend for the season title following that Bristol race.After Richmond, the four drivers below that top-12 line include William Byron (-3 points), Cole Custer (-8 points), Matt DiBenedetto (-25 points) and Keselowski’s Penske teammate Ryan Blaney (-27 points).The series moves to Bristol for the Bass Pro Shops Night Race next Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).Note: The No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driven by Denny Hamlin and the No. 12 Team Penske Ford driven by Ryan Blaney were each found to have one lug nut not safe and secure. A fine to each crew chief (Chris Gabehart on the No. 11 and Todd Gordon on the No. 12) would come next week.last_img read more

‘Tiger King’s Joe Exotic Once Asked Marilyn Manson For Political Support

first_imgMarilyn Manson took to Instagram on Wednesday to reveal that Netflix documentary star Joe Exotic once came to him asking the musician to support his unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign.At one point when Tiger King star, whose real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was running for governor of Oklahoma, he reached out to the infamous shock rocker for political support. On Wednesday, Manson posted a screenshot of a Twitter DM he received from Exotic back on January 16th, 2018. In the message, Exotic asked for Manson’s endorsement, while maintaining he was “not asking for money. Just to use your name as an endorsement.”Related: Resurfaced Britney Spears VMA Performance Features ‘Tiger King’s “Doc” Antle [Video]For the few who have yet to watch Netflix’s Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem And Madness, Joe Exotic is a proud “gun-toting gay redneck” who operated one of the largest big cat private zoos in the United States. Throughout the seven-episode series, viewers are taken through the turbulent business of owning and breeding big cats, and meeting the colorful characters involved. At one point in the saga, which involved over five years of filming, Exotic decides to run for president in 2016. When that doesn’t work out, he turns his sights on running for governor of Oklahoma in 2018. Enter Manson.In Exotic’s pitch to Manson, he asserted that he is “Trying to speak for the real people for a change and get some people help with addiction in this State that no one cares about.”Why Exotic came to Manson for an endorsement is not entirely clear, though there are several plausible explanations. The first, and most obvious, is that they are both societal outcasts. Exotic and Manson both act in such outlandish ways that have removed them from the norm of society, whether it be Manson’s stage persona or Exotic’s larger-than-life personality (however real that may be). There are also some elements in Exotic’s pitch that seem to be tailored to Manson.Related: Artist Behind Beloved Joe Exotic Classics Eyes Music Industry Breakthrough Thanks To ‘Tiger King’ [Videos]One of Exotic’s main points in his 52-word pitch was that he plans to “Get some people help with addiction.” Manson has never been shy about his use of drugs, as he told Rolling Stone in 2017 that he has even smoked human bones to get high (though he does not recommend it). Although Manson hasn’t publicly sought treatment, it appears that Exotic thought that helping people with addiction would be a way to win Manson’s favor. There is also Exotic’s phrasing of “this state that no one cares about.” That could refer to the people struggling with addiction or the state itself. Either way, Manson was born Brian Warner in Canton, OH, another “State that no one cares about” that is also suffering an unprecedented drug epidemic. Perhaps Exotic hoped to touch Manson’s Midwestern heartstrings in an effort to gain his support.Whatever his motivations were, his move was ultimately unsuccessful. Manson captioned the Instagram post with a simple, “Nope. Don’t F*ck With Cats.”Read Exotic’s full pitch below and try for yourself to decipher his motives.last_img read more

Solicitor becomes Welsh government’s law officer

first_imgQualified solicitor Mick Antoniw has succeeded Theo Huckle QC as the Welsh government’s chief legal adviser.Antoniw (pictured) was reelected as the Labour representative for Pontypridd in May’s National Assembly elections.The counsel general’s role involves providing legal advice to the Welsh government and representing it in legal proceedings. Other responsibilities include responding to proposals or consultations that affect legal matters in Wales and referring a provision of an assembly bill, including a Welsh government bill, to the Supreme Court.First minister for Wales Carwyn Jones said: ‘I am delighted to welcome Mick to my government team. This is a critically important position, especially as we embark upon a new five-year term with a steadily increasing body of Welsh law underpinning our ambition to deliver on our commitments for the people of Wales.’Antoniw said: ‘This is a critical period in Welsh history as we continue on our journey of devolution and strive to secure a Wales bill which provides us with the tools we need to deliver for the people of Wales.‘There is much important work to do in a tight timescale.’Before becoming a full-time politician in 2011, Antoniw was a partner at trade union firm Thompsons. His predecessor Huckle, of Doughty Street Chambers, was not a member of the assembly when he held the law officer role.last_img read more

Chile using football to tackle social ills in Jamaica

first_imgThe government of Chile has long been using football to curb some of its social ills, and now, it is extending one of its social-intervention programmes, Fundacion Futbol Mas (Foundation Football Plus), to the borders of Jamaica. The programme was launched on National Play Day, November 20, at the Cockburn Gardens Primary School in Kingston by the Chilean Embassy with the objective of uplifting vulnerable communities through participation in football. The Chilean ambassador to Jamaica, Francisco Bernales, said that he hopes the Jamaican Government will support the programme so that it can be extended across the island. “We, the embassy, have been supporting Cockburn Garden Primary School, and we decided to start there, but we are hoping to extend it to other schools in the country,” Bernales said. “Our prime minister has been promoting healthy living through sports, and we have decided not just to do it there (in Chile), but in other countries as well.” In order to implement the programme, the embassy has invited coach at Foundation Football Plus Vicente Valdelamar to the island. “At the workshop, almost 150 students participated, and we used football to highlight the positive skills they have,” he said. “We chose football because it is a sport which allows one to work as a team to achieve one goal. And the goal here is for everyone participating to improve the communities through their various individual skills.” He said that special emphasis was made to teach the students and the participating adults how to become resilient. “We work to develop resilience in the kids, and also with the adults. We want them to understand that they have positive abilities to make their community better,” Valadelamar said. “We are not trying to develop these children [to be] the best players in the world; we are trying to make them better persons.” According to Valdelamar, Foundation Football Plus is in operation in over eight countries in the world, and it has received nothing but positive results. [email protected]last_img read more

Marshfield softball pounds out 17 hits, cruises past Wausau West

first_imgTigers now 3-4 in WVCBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Alyssa Ede went 4-for-4, scored three times, and drove in two runs to help the Marshfield softball team to a commanding 14-4 win over Wausau West in a Wisconsin Valley Conference game Friday at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.Marshfield had 17 hits in all as eight of the nine batters in the lineup had at least one hit, scored at least one run, and had at least one RBI in the victory.Kaitlyn Konrardy earned the win on the mound and had two hits and two RBIs for the Tigers. Jenna Jakobi and Emily Draeger each had three hits.Megan Donahue, Lexi Dupee, and Rhiannon Corozolla had RBIs in the first inning, Draeger and Donahue hit back-to-back home runs in the second, Konrardy drove in two runs with a single in the third, and Ede had a two-run single in the fourth to pace the Tigers’ offense.Marshfield (7-8, 3-4 Wisconsin Valley Conference) will play a nonconference doubleheader at Antigo on Saturday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 14, Warriors 4Wausau West 103 00 – 4 7 2Marshfield 323 33 – 14 17 1WP: Kaitlyn Konrardy. LP: Shaelyn Talley.SO: Talley (2 inn.) 0, Emily Gwidt (1 inn.) 1, Alicia Pfiffner (1 2/3 inn.) 0; Konrardy (2 1/3 inn.) 1, Megan Donahue (2 2/3 inn.) 6. BB: Talley 0, Gwidt 1, Pfiffner 1; Konrardy 2, Donahue 0.Top hitters: WW, Sami Brown 2×3, 2 runs; Olivia Mrotek 2×3. M, Jenna Jakobi 3×4, 2 RBIs; Emily Draeger 3×4, HR, 2 runs; Donahue 2 RBIs; Lexi Dupee 2B, 2 runs; Rhiannon Corozolla 2 runs; Alyssa Ede 4×4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs; Konrardy 2×2, 2 RBIs; Morgan Nordbeck 2B, 2 RBIs.Records: Wausau West 2-11, 1-8 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Marshfield 7-8, 3-4 Wisconsin Valley Conference.last_img read more

#NEXTCHAT: HR Leadership in the 21st Century: He Said — She Said

first_imgQuite often, we get stuck in quicksand in the human resources profession while we endlessly gaze at our navels and debate whether we are in the Strategic vs. Tactical, or the Traditional or Cutting-Edge camps. We read, we discuss, we talk…but at the end of the day it becomes the ACTION we take, as individual practitioners and leaders, that can define HR for now and the future. There are a number of authors, academicians and pundits who write about the human capital space. In June of this year, the group of Dave Ulrich, Jon Younger, Wayne Brockbank and Mike Ulrich released HR from the Outside In: Six Competencies for the Future of Human Resources, the latest book encapsulating research into HR competencies which they’ve undertaken over the past 25 years. The current book outlines what the authors have defined as the six competencies for HR professionals/leaders:  Strategic Positioner, Credible Activist, Capability Builder, Change Champion, HR Innovator and Integrator and Technology Proponent.  And while human resource professionals may sometimes be chastised for having too many self-indulgent discussions about what they do, or (heaven help us) where they want to sit, these conversations remain an important undertaking.  Without an awareness of what we as HR professionals must focus on to contribute to business (and people!) success, there can be no resulting ACTION! Several months ago Bill Boorman and I (Robin Schooling) began a series on our respective blogs (He Said/She Said: HR Edition) where we discuss an issue by approaching it from our specific frames of reference — SHE as an HR Leader working day-to-day for a mid-sized organization in the U.S. and HE as someone who lives in the global space where he sees and experiences firsthand the changes brought about by a connected world where people in HR and Recruiting are doing “cool things.”   At the intersection of traditional and cutting-edge lies the future of Human Resources, and so we’re asking, as we discuss HR leadership in the 21st Century:  “Is HR ‘New Cool’ or ‘Old School?” Please join @weknownext at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 3 for a “He Said/She Said” #NextChat with @BillBoorman and @RobinSchooling.  We’ll explore the questions surrounding HR’s movement along the continuum of change as the profession continues to evolve, as well as the competencies needed to deliver success. Q1.  Where does HR begin and where does it end? Q2.  Can a set of competencies be defined that covers ALL HR practitioners or does this vary based on location, size, or industry? Q3.  What should HR professionals be doing to create and deliver value?  How has this changed over the years? Q4.  How can HR pros simultaneously manage tactical duties while also responding to future strategic and technical expectations?  Q5.  Do today’s students want to work in HR? Do they consider it cool? Or do they view it as old school Q6.  Are there “cool” new ways of doing things that allow HR professionals to look forward rather than looking backward?last_img read more

10 months agoGuangzhou Evergrande table bumper bid for Barcelona attacker Malcom

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Guangzhou Evergrande table bumper bid for Barcelona attacker Malcomby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGuangzhou Evergrande have offered Barcelona the chance to make a quick profit on Brazilian winger Malcom.Signed in the summer for €41m from Bordeaux, Malcom is the subject of a &eur;50m offer from Guangzhou, reports AS.Barca are willing to sell, with it emerging that their South American chief Andre Cury offering Malcom to Guangzhou before Christmas.The two clubs enjoy a good relationship having both bought and sold Paulinho over the past 12 months. The midfielder is now back with Guangzhou.For his part, Malcom will take some convincing about quitting Europe with ambitions of breaking into Tite’s Brazil squad front of mind for 2019. last_img read more

Tennis Stars Pack Their Favourite Items in HEADRED Bag

first_imgHEAD Tennis is joining (RED) and the fight against AIDS with the launch of a HEAD (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition bag collection.Partnering to raise both awareness and money for the fight, 40% of the profits from each (HEAD)RED bag sold will go to the Global Fund To Fight AIDS.Tennis stars want to help create an AIDS free world.HEAD’s world’s best tennis players will showcase their support by carrying the (HEAD)RED Special Edition racquet bag on court at the upcoming French Open Grand Slam tournament in Paris.In addition, HEAD asked its stars Maria Sharapova, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, Marin Cilic, Gilles Simon and Sloane Stephens to pack their favourite items into one special (HEAD)RED bag which features in a unique viral video.Video: HEAD and (RED) Partner Up To Help Save LivesThe spot, which launched yesterday on www.youtube.com/headtennis, will promote the partnership across digital and social media. Furthermore, a bespoke app on www.facebook.com/headtennis gives tennis fans the chance to show their support and win the special (HEAD)RED bag with the personal items and signatures of the HEAD tennis stars.“We are extremely proud to join a family of leading global brands supporting (RED) in the fight for an AIDS free generation”, says HEAD CEO Johan Eliasch. “I would like to thank our players for their support and invite tennis fans and players around the world to join HEAD and (RED) in this worthy and important cause.”“It’s fantastic to see a brand as iconic as HEAD partner with (RED) raise funds and blow out awareness of the fight against AIDS at an event as high profile as the French Open. Tennis fans right around the world will love these fantastic bags!” says Deborah Dugan, CEO (RED).The new (HEAD)RED collection is the latest addition to the range of (RED) products. It includes a tennis racquet bag and a backpack, which will be available at selected retail stores around the world at the end of May 2013.Click here for a chance to win the signed bag.For more information please visit www.head.com/tennis and www.joinred.com.last_img read more