Louis among five dark horses for British Open glory

first_imgThe 148th British Open gets underway on Thursday for the first time in 68 years in Northern Ireland at Royal Portrush.Here are five dark horses who could challenge for the Claret Jug on Sunday:Xander Schauffele (USA)US golfer Xander Schauffele watches his drive during a practice session at The 148th Open golf Championship at Royal Portrush golf club in Northern Ireland on July 14, 2019. (Photo by Andy Buchanan / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEAge: 25World ranking: 11Previous British Open best: Tied-second (2018)— The American has produced the best performances of his career so far in the major tournaments, proving more consistent in golf’s biggest events than some of his more heralded counterparts. Schauffele announced himself at the top of the game with a top-five finish at the 2017 US Open, and finished in a tie for second at last year’s British Open behind Francesco Molinari, before matching that performance at the Masters in April.Gary Woodland (USA)US golfer Gary Woodland takes part in a practice session at The 148th Open golf Championship at Royal Portrush golf club in Northern Ireland on July 17, 2019. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEAge: 35World ranking: 12Previous British Open best: Tied-12th (2016)— The big-hitting American only finished in the top 10 of a major for the first time last year at the PGA Championship, but produced a magnificent display to hold off world number one Brooks Koepka and win the US Open at Pebble Beach last month. Ranked at a career-high 12th, Woodland has played only once since, missing the cut in Detroit. “I’m getting to a point now where I’m confident enough in my game, that gives me a lot of confidence, winning a major,” he said.Adam Scott (AUS)Age: 39World ranking: 16Previous British Open best: Second (2012)— The former world number one suffered a steady decline in form after anchored putters were banned in 2016. But Scott has rediscovered some strong form in recent months after slipping outside the world’s top 75, with a third-placed finish at last year’s PGA Championship the catalyst. The 2013 Masters champion has finished second twice this season. He could give himself a chance of banishing the memories of his Open collapse in 2012, when he bogeyed each of the last four holes to lose by a single stroke to Ernie Els.Tommy Fleetwood (ENG)England’s Tommy Fleetwood takes part in a practice session at The 148th Open golf Championship at Royal Portrush golf club in Northern Ireland on July 16, 2019. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEAge: 28World ranking: 20Previous British Open best: Tied-12th (2018)— Last year’s US Open runner-up has not hit the same heights in 2019, but remains a dangerous player and came close to sealing a maiden PGA Tour win twice earlier this season at the Memorial Tournament and the Players’ Championship. “Hopefully (I’ll) keep practising. Hopefully my form will come back to where I’d like it to be and I’ll keep challenging it,” said Fleetwood.Louis Oosthuizen (SA)Age: 36World ranking: 22Previous British Open best: Champion (2010)— The winner at Royal St Andrews in 2010, Oosthuizen has often been strong at links golf. He lost in a three-way playoff to Zach Johnson in 2015, also at St Andrews. Strong play in his native South Africa last December saw him climb back into the world’s top 25, and he narrowly lost out by one shot to Paul Casey at the Valspar Championship in March. For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

Blackhawks, Canadiens, Coyotes advance to NHL playoffs

first_imgChicago’s Dominik Kubalik scored the game-winning goal 8:30 into the third period to give the 12th-seeded Blackhawks a 3-2 upset over Western Conference bubble host Edmonton, a fifth seed, and a 3-1 victory in their best-of-five play-in series.The other rink stunners saw East 12th seed Montreal down Pittsburgh 2-0 to claim that series 3-1 and West 11th seed Arizona edge Nashville 4-3 in overtime, the Coyotes winning their first post-season series since 2012 in four games.The NHL return from a March 12 COVID-19 shutdown saw 12 teams each enter quarantine bubbles in Toronto for the East and Edmonton for the West — four top teams from earlier games deciding playoff seedings and eight others playing a qualifying round for playoff spots.Jonathan Toews cleared the puck from behind the goal to set up Kubalik’s decisive slap shot and the Hawks booked a date against the West top seed in the first best-of-seven round of the playoffs, which open Tuesday.Colorado and the Vegas Golden Knights meet Saturday with the winner taking the West top seed.Montreal’s Artturi Lehkonen opened the scoring with 4:11 remaining in the third period and the Canadiens, who had the worst record of the 24 returning NHL teams, spoiled the 33rd birthday of Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, a three-time NHL champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist.“It was an important goal for sure,” Lehkonen said. “We showed up to the camp ready to play and knew we would have a chance. Now we’ve just got to move on to the next one.”Carey Price made 22 saves for Montreal for his sixth post-season shutout, his first since 2015, the last year the Canadiens had won a post-season series.Shea Weber scored an empty-net goal with 32 seconds to create the final victory margin for Montreal, which faces a first-round playoff series against the East top seed, the winner of Saturday’s game between Tampa Bay and Philadelphia.Brad Richardson scored on a backhand shot 5:27 into overtime to give the Coytotes their first playoff berth in eight years.“It hit off my shin pad and kind of hung around,” said Richardson, who was camped out on the edge of the goal crease. “Luckily I got the rebound and put it in.”The Coyotes, who moved from Winnipeg to Arizona in 1996, won their only prior post-season matchups in 2012 and hadn’t reached the playoffs since.“It means a lot,” Richardson said of ending the drought. “It just feels like a lot of hard work came to fruition. We have a long way to go, but that’s a big hurdle for our team and it feels really good.“We’ve had a lot of adversity. We tried to put it in the back of our thoughts and keep playing. I think we did that and we had a great win.”Nashville’s Filip Forsberg scored with 31.9 seconds remaining in the third period to pull the Predators level and force overtime, but Arizona advanced to face the West second seed.Anthony Beauvillier scored two goals and Semyon Varlamov made 24 saves to spark the New York Islanders over Florida 5-1 to complete a 3-1 victory in their East qualifying series.The Islanders, rated seventh, will learn their next opponent after Sunday’s final seeding games.last_img read more

Aussie bowler Starc bulked up to challenge speed record

first_imgThe left-armer has used his unusually long lay-off due to the coronavirus pandemic to spend quality time in the gym ahead of an upcoming blockbuster summer against India.Only a handful of bowlers are in the 100 mph club, with Pakistan’s Shoaib Aktar considered the fastest ever with his 100.2 mph (161.3 kph) rocket in 2003 the world’s quickest delivery.Starc has been knocking on the door for years, with a 99.7 mph (160.4 kph) missile against New Zealand in Perth in 2015 his best effort so far.He hopes the extra work will not only make him quicker, but help stave off the injuries that have struck before when he strived to smash speed records.“It would be nice but at the same time the two occasions I’ve been up around that (160 kph) mark I’ve snapped my foot,” he told cricket.com.au late Wednesday.“Hopefully that’s not the case but when everything’s going well, that rhythm is happening and conditions suit, then I can get that speed gun up.“Perhaps that extra time in the gym and extra time off I might be able to push the limits again.”Starc added that he had tweaked his bowling action, which had helped him retain his extreme pace and hone his radar.“At the start of the (2019-20) summer and after that UK tour, I very much got in that line and length (and) consistency mindset that the whole (fast bowling) group were about through the Ashes,” he said.“That’s not to say that’s not important, but I think I’ve found a happy medium with this little tweak to still have that better consistency but still have my pace.“I still want to bowl fast and I’m not going to compromise that, but I had to find a way that I wasn’t expensive at the same time and I think that little tweak in the action has helped that.”Virat Kohli’s India are due to play four Tests in Australia from early December, although what venues are used remains uncertain due to the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

NFL trade rumors: Seahawks acquire safety Quandre Diggs; Lions’ Darius Slay instantly expresses displeasure

first_img Patriots finally confirm deal for wideout Mohamed Sanu from Falcons Seattle currently ranks 20th in total yards allowed and points per game.The Lions have had their struggles as well on the defensive end, so it appears this is a move meant to get some new blood into their secondary.However, their current blood in the secondary wasn’t too thrilled with the move as safety Darius Slay responded to the news on Twitter with a simple: “WTF.”WTF🤦🏾‍♂️ https://t.co/F0rlWJGz54— Darius Slay (@_bigplayslay23) October 22, 2019 Related News The Seahawks have added some help on the back end.Seattle has acquired safety Quandre Diggs from the Lions for a 2020 fifth-round pick, according to NFL Network. The Seahawks will also receive a seventh-round pick in 2021 in return. Trade! The #Lions are sending safety Quandre Diggs and a seventh-round pick in 2021 to the #Seahawks for a fifth-round pick in 2020, per sources.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 22, 2019Diggs, 26, was a sixth-round pick out of Texas in 2015. He has started his last 21 games played for the Lions and 32 games since 2017. He tallied three interceptions each of the last two years and has 20 tackles in five games (five starts) this season.While the Seahawks are a team known for defense, they have had their struggles this year allowing 28 or more points in each of their last three games. NFL news and notes: Emmanuel Sanders, Mohamed Sanu traded; Adrian Peterson will play Vikings NFL trade news: 49ers acquire wideout Emmanuel Sanders from Broncoslast_img read more

After another 74, Mike Weir seems unlikely to make cut

first_imgIt’s not official yet, but Utah resident Mike Weir will not be playing the weekend in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Kohler, Wis.Weir shot his second-straight 74 for a 4-over 148 total after two rounds of the PGA. Half the field — 78 golfers — was still on the course due to fog delays each of the first two days, and the projected cut is currently at 1 over par. The top 70 players and ties make the cut and Weir, who is in a tie for 104th place, has little chance to make it.In Friday’s round, Weir had four bogeys along with two birdies at No. 5 and No. 14.— Mike Sorensenlast_img

Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke plays well again, but coach Quin Snyder isn’t worried about who starts

first_img Marc Gasol leads Memphis to win SALT LAKE CITY — A couple of weeks ago, Jazz coach Quin Snyder had to field questions about whether Enes Kanter or Rudy Gobert should be starting down low. Lately the question’s been, who should start at point guard — Dante Exum or Trey Burke?Even though Burke has clearly outplayed Exum over the past five games — including Wednesday night when he scored 21 points to Exum’s zero — Snyder isn’t worried about who starts and is pleased with Burke’s play off the bench.“There is this fixation with the bench and starting,’’ he said. “But to me, what Trey Burke has embraced is not so much the bench, but I want him to do what’s best for our team. The point is, he has embraced being a better player. He had a good game tonight and what he’s done is put more focus on his defense, which is really concentration.’’As for Exum, who shot 0 for 5 and was held scoreless for the third time in five games, Snyder says he’s not worried.“He’s had off-nights when he’s come off the bench,’’ he said. “Ironically, I thought he played really well the first two or three minutes and was really attacking. I thought he was dynamic with the ball. As the game went on, I thought he (was) thinking a little more and being less aggressive.’’The offensive numbers between the two point guards couldn’t be more dramatic over the past five games. While Burke is averaging 16.6 ppg since a big win over Brooklyn, Exum is averaging 1.2 ppg over the same stretch on 2-of-21 shooting.Burke says he’s taking his coach’s advice and playing with more aggression and focusing on his defense when he enters the game, usually two-thirds of the way through the first quarter.“I’m just searching for opportunities to make plays for the team,’’ Burke said. “Coach tells me to come in and be aggressive and if the shot’s there, take it and if not look to get into the paint and create for others. It’s just a mindset to be aggressive.’’Exum admits it’s been tough going up against a bevy of the league’s top point guards, including Chris Paul, Steph Curry, Damian Lillard and Mike Conley in the past week. As a backup he didn’t have to go head to head with the elite point guards as he has recently.“I’ve been adjusting a lot,’’ Exum said. “Obviously you’re going against some of the best point guards in the world and it’s going to be a lot different going against the backup point guards. It’s a big step up. I’m just taking it game by game and trying to adjust.’’As for his poor shooting, Exum said, “I’m still trying to find myself in the offense and trying to find what works with the rotation, but that will come and I’ll find it.’’Burke started 68 of 70 games when he was healthy as a rookie last year and he can sympathize with Exum and the struggles he’s going through.“You’ve got to just play through it. I think everybody goes through it,’’ Burke said. “I went through it, everybody goes through it, some more than others. My advice to him is to continue to play through it, get better every day, watch film, and look for areas where you can improve. You have to ignore everything else and focus on the game.’’Snyder said he’s not worried about Exum, despite his 9.5 shooting percentage over the past five games.“It’s a process for him,’’ Snyder said. “As far as confidence I don’t lose confidence in him. I really believe in him and his ability to improve. I don’t think we can define Dante’s game yet.’’ Jazz have piled up impressive rebounding statistics Related Utah Jazz Analysis: Crisp execution, tough defense lead Memphis to 100-90 win over Utahlast_img read more

Utah Jazz fall apart in fourth quarter as Nikola Jokic passes out 16 assists in Denver victory

first_img David Zalubowski, AP AP David Zalubowski, AP Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio gestures after hitting a basket against the Denver Nuggets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, center, gathers up the ball as Utah Jazz forwards Jae Crowder, left, and Joe Ingles defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Snyder acknowledged that his team’s lack of offense, particularly in the final quarter, put pressure on the offense by not making shots.“It was three competitive quarters. We competed the fourth quarter, but the score didn’t reflect our effort. But, ultimately, you’ve got to put the ball in the basket. We weren’t able to do that in the fourth quarter, and I don’t think it was a reflection of our execution or anything other than we need it to go in.”The Jazz welcomed Donovan Mitchell back in the lineup after he missed Friday night’s game with hamstring tightness. He gave the Jazz a scare when he went down to the floor midway through the fourth quarter and had to be assisted off the floor. However, he returned a few minutes later after getting his ankle wrapped. 3 takeaways from the Utah Jazz’s 103-88 loss to the Denver Nuggets Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell rests on the court after being injured during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. Mitchell returned to the game later in the half. The Nuggets won 103-88. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) “I was just being a baby,” he said afterward. “I’m good. I’ve twisted an ankle before, it’s not a great feeling. That’s all it is, just day-to-day, nothing bad.”Mitchell finished with 16 points, five rebounds and five steals, but his shooting wasn’t very good as he ended up 7 for 22 from the field and 0 for 7 from long range.The best player for Utah Saturday was Jae Crowder, who came off the bench to score a game-high 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting and 4 of 9 from 3-point range. He also led the team with three blocked shots.Rudy Gobert came back from a slow start to get a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Derrick Favors was solid with 12 points in just 19 minutes, and Ricky Rubio had 11 points.For Denver, Gary Harris led the way with 20 points and Jamal Murray added 19 points while ex-Jazzman Paul Millsap had 13 and Malik Beasley scored 12 off the bench.The Jazz return home for three games this week at home, Monday night against Toronto, Wednesday against Dallas and Friday night against Boston in the homecoming game for Gordon Hayward. Grid View Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, left, fields a pass as forward Royce O'Neale, right, sets a pick on Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski, AP David Zalubowski, AP David Zalubowski, AP David Zalubowski Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, right, looks to pass the ball as Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Defense hasn’t been up to par in Utah Jazz’s slow start this season Utah Jazz forward Royce O'Neale, right, is defended by Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio gestures after hitting a basket against the Denver Nuggets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)center_img Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale, right, is defended by Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio, left, greets Denver Nuggets forward Juan Hernangomez, both of Spain, before an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski, AP David Zalubowski, AP Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder directs his team against the Denver Nuggets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, center, gathers up the ball as Utah Jazz forwards Jae Crowder, left, and Joe Ingles defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) DENVER — During his three years in the NBA, Denver’s Nikola Jokic hasn’t hurt the Utah Jazz too much. Last year, he averaged just 8.7 points and 8.7 rebounds in four games last year against Utah, well below his season marks.In Saturday night’s game, Jokic again didn’t score many points, finishing with just seven points on 3-of-9 shooting, well off his 19.4 average this season. Where the 7-foot, 250-pound center did kill the Jazz was with his passing as he dished out 16 assists, half of his team’s total, in a 103-88 victory over the Utah Jazz at the Pepsi Center.No wonder Jazz coach Quin Snyder calls him the perhaps best passer in the NBA.“He’s probably the best passing big man, maybe the best passer regardless of height,” Snyder said before the game. “He has such a feel for the game in that regard with the array of passes and the accuracy and the timing.”“It speaks to his greatness. Nikola can dominate a game without scoring at all,” added Denver coach Mike Malone. “The sign of greatness is he makes everybody around him better, and in my opinion does that better than anyone in the NBA.”I was just being a baby. I’m good. I’ve twisted an ankle before, it’s not a great feeling. That’s all it is, just day-to-day, nothing bad. – Donovan MitchellIn Denver’s 15-point victory, Jokic had more assists in the fourth quarter than the Jazz had baskets as the Nuggets turned a five-point deficit into a 20-point edge in the final quarter, outscoring the anemic Jazz 35-15.Up until that point, the Jazz looked like they might have put Friday night’s disappointing loss to Memphis in their rearview mirror against the team with the second-best record in the league, as they were playing some of their best defense of the season with 12 steals up to that point. Utah led by as many as nine points.However, it all fell apart in the final 12 minutes as the Jazz suddenly went cold from the field (23.5 percent), while the Nuggets shot 56 percent from the field with all 13 of their baskets coming off assists.With the loss, the Jazz fell to 4-5 on the season, well below expectations, but Jazz coach Quin Snyder wasn’t expressing any panic afterward. In fact, on the whole, he was pleased with his team’s performance, particularly their effort.“Tonight, I thought we were better defensively,” he said. “I thought we were focused on trying to play the way we’ve worked on who we are. You’ve got to demonstrate that and cling to it tightly, and I thought we did a much better job of that tonight.” Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, back, blocks the path to the rim for Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, left, fields a pass as forward Royce O’Neale, right, sets a pick on Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) David Zalubowski, AP Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder directs his team against the Denver Nuggets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, back, blocks the path to the rim for Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, right, drives past Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, right, looks to pass the ball as Utah Jazz forward Royce O'Neale defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Related Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, right, drives past Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio, left, greets Denver Nuggets forward Juan Hernangomez, both of Spain, before an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)last_img read more

Oxford goes into playoffs on hot streak; plays West Elk Tuesday

first_imgO — Vaughn 26 pass from Shimkus (Silhan run) OXFORD 46, CENTRAL-BURDEN 0 Receiving — Oxford, Carter 2-47, Vaughn 1-26, Hills 1-20. O — Shimkus 9 run (Silhan run) 14 — 32 Central-Burden O — Silhan 1 run (run failed) O — Carter 9 pass from Shimkus (Vaughn pass from Shimkus) 46 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — If someone was to ask at the beginning of the year which Sumner County team would end up being the only district champions here, it is doubtful many would have picked Oxford.But here we are. Oxford is Sumner County’s lone district champion. The Wildcats rolled Central-Burden 46-0 Thursday night. It had already clinched the district championship last week. But this one was to put an exclamation point to a great regular season.The Wildcats will now host West Elk Tuesday evening in the first round of the Class eight-man division 1 playoffs. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.Oxford has rattled off six straight games and was undefeated in its district. In the past two weeks, the Wildcats have outscored their opponents by a margin of 118-0.Here’s some history for you. This is the first time in Oxford history that the Wildcats have won a district championship in eight-man football and the first time a district was won since that talented bunch of Wildcats in 2006.Thursday’s game was over at halftime. Oxford opened up a 14-0 first quarter lead on the Raiders and then exploded in the second quarter with 32 unanswered points.Oxford opened with a Dalton Silhan touchdown run. He rushed for 77 yards for the night.The Cats then added a touchdown pass from Cal Shimkus to Tyler Vaughn for 26 yards and it was a 14-0 lead.Oxford would explode for four touchdowns in the second quarter as Shimkus ran for 9 yards. Ty Carter, just a freshman, caught the next two passes for touchdowns of 38 and 9 yards.Then Vaughn would seal the win with a 57 yard interception runback.Oxford will have its hands full on Tuesday. The Cats played West Elk in week 2 losing 68-20. But a lot changes from September to November. For the bracket of the state playoffs click here. Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.center_img — O — Carter 38 pass from Shimkus (Jordan pass from Shimkus) Oxford Individual Statistics 0 O — Vaughn 57 interception return (no attempt) Rushing — Central, Cook 6-26, Stephens 6-9, Haws 6-(-11). Oxford, Silhan 14-77, Hills 9-35, Shimkus 6-35. Passing — Central, Haws 0-4-1 0. Oxford, Shimkus 4-6-0 93. 0 0 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Explosion outside power plant left town without electricity for about an hour

first_imgVideo courtesy of Rachel Zoglmann Lansden…(Updated 2:37 p.m.) by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A fast moving squirrel that got himself caught up in the wiring of a transformer is being blamed for a citywide power outage that lasted almost two hours Thursday afternoon in Wellington.Wellington Fire Chief Tim Hay, said the explosion which people around the area heard, was probably a result of a fire that started and got out of control quickly in the transformer adjacently north of the Wellington City Power Plant at 504 S. Blaine. The fire created the outage at 12:30 p.m. today. Electricity was restored to most of the area by 2:45 p.m.Hay estimates the damage may be around $25,000.No one was injured in the incident. The road was closed off as city emergency and electric workers worked feverishly to solve the problem.Wellington City Manager Shane Shields confirmed that the cause of the power plant fire was due to a squirrel.Sumner Newscow spoke to a couple of people who were close to the incident. •Regina Gilbreth, who lives on 2nd and G Street, reported that she was busy communicating on Facebook with others when she felt what was a big earthquake and a big “kaboom” almost simultaneously. She ran out to see this huge black billowing smoke with an orange fireball in the middle.“I really thought a bomb went off,” Gilbreth said.•Rachel Lansden, who has the video above, said her house shook on 419 S. Blaine.“It sounded and looked like the crackling balls you see on the Fourth of July, but a lot louder,” she said. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (5) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +6 Vote up Vote down southside resident · 196 weeks ago I heard the cause of outage was a squirrel with a match. Report Reply 0 replies · active 196 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Turkeyleg · 195 weeks ago Hillary! Report Reply 0 replies · active 195 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Teresa Pierce · 195 weeks ago Maybe we need to reduce the squirrel population in Wellington. This seems to be a reacurring problem. Report Reply 0 replies · active 195 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Teresa Pierce · 195 weeks ago We needs to figure out how to control the squirrel population. This seems to be a reacurring problem. Report Reply 0 replies · active 195 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Homer · 195 weeks ago Some of the citizens need to be better control’d also. Figured it was someone trying to recreate the Grizzwalds christmas. Report Reply 0 replies · active 195 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Post-season honors: AV-CTL DIV, Central Plains, SCBL release their all-league lists for 2017

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail Div. IV, Central Plains and the South-Central Border League coaches revealed their 2016-17 all-league selections on Monday after the state tournament. Lauryn Snipes – AV-CTL DIV player of the year.Wellington girls were especially dominant on the AV-CTL DIV all league honors. Lauryn Snipes was named the league player of the year. Snipes scored 15.3 points per game in helping the Crusader girls team win the sub-state championship and a first round berth in the Class 4A State Tournament in Salina. Wellington’s Avery Rusk, a junior; and Shayland French, a junior, were also named to the first team AV-CTL IV. Wellington dominated the list getting three of the six nominations. Tayland French was named to the second team as a senior. MeKenna Adams, a junior, was put on the honorable mention list. On the boys side, A.J. Snipes, a junior, was named to the first team. He averaged 17.66 points per game helping the Crusaders to the sub-state championship. Ian King was a second team member and Cade Phelps was listed on the honorable mention list. Other first team Sumner County members included: Central Plains League boys – Bo Gooch, so., Belle Plaine; Josh Dugan, sr., Conway Springs; Jacob Winter, sr., Conway Springs. Central Plains League girls – Sabrina Bellar, jr., Conway Springs. SCBL boys – Colten Ward, sr. Caldwell; Dilyn Volavka, sr. Caldwell; Seth Hemberger, sr. Argonia. SCBL girls – Cora Vineyard, so., Argonia; Hanna Stuewe, sr., Caldwell. The full list of the three leagues for both boys and girls are as follow: AV-CTL IV – GirlsFirst team—Lauryn Snipes, sr., Wellington; Kylie Woods, sr., Rose Hill; Emma Chambers, sr., Mulvane; Anna Van Driel, sr., Rose Hill; Avery Rusk, jr., Wellington; Shayland French, jr., Wellington. Player of the Year—Lauryn Snipes, sr., Wellington. Coach of the Year—Greg Welch, Rose Hill.Second team—Jill Bergkamp, sr., Andale; MacKenzie Herman, sr., Rose Hill; Kayna Simoneau, sr., Rose Hill; Rachel Bergkamp, jr., Andale; Kennedy Brandenburg, jr., Collegiate; Tayland French, sr., Wellington.Honorable mention—Morgan Geist, jr., Andale; Tyler Winter, jr., Andale; Maddie Reed, so., Collegiate; Sydney Adler, so., Rose Hill; Mekenna Adams, jr., Wellington; Alli Klausmeyer, jr., Clearwater; Kirby Krumsick, so., Collegiate; Emily Adler, so., Rose Hill.AV-CTL IV – BoysFirst team—Cody McNerney, jr., Collegiate; Easton Hunter, fr., Andale; A.J. Snipes, jr., Wellington; Jayden Price, jr., Mulvane; Gabe Fisher, so., Collegiate; Parker Bruce, jr., Andale. Player of the Year—Cody McNerney, jr., Collegiate. Coach of the Year—Jeff Buchanan, Andale.Second team—Collin Ellis, sr., Clearwater; Ian King, jr., Wellington; Kincaid Liebenberg, sr., Clearwater; Kale Mills, sr., Clearwater; Nate Kelley, jr., Collegiate; Dalton Blaine, sr., Mulvane; Hunter Forsberg, sr., Rose Hill.Honorable mention—Drew Ellis, so., Mulvane; Cameron Cothran, sr., Andale; Grant Fairchild, jr., Andale; Brody Jobbins, jr., Andale; Koby Campbell, fr., Rose Hill; Cade Phelps, jr., Wellington; CR Curless, sr., Clearwater; Dalton Rapp, so., Rose Hill; Keandre Ashley, sr., Collegiate.CENTRAL PLAINS LEAGUE – BoysFirst team—Bo Gooch, so., Belle Plaine; Josh Dugan, sr., Conway Springs; Jacob Winter, sr., Conway Springs; Josh Turner, sr., Douglass; Luke Prohaska, sr., Trinity Academy; Caden Vanlandingham, so., Trinity Academy.Second team—Trent Scheer, jr., Cheney; Lakin Petz, jr., Cheney; Noah Finstad, sr., Conway Springs; Justin Turner, sr., Douglass; Nate Pauly, sr., Garden Plain; Drew Honas, jr., Medicine Lodge.Honorable mention—Peyton Nolan, sr., Belle Plaine; Cole Osgood, so., Belle Plaine; Denver Hartson, sr., Chaparral; Quinton Pfaff, so., Chaparral; Christian Hedrick, jr., Conway Springs; Alex Mannebach, jr., Garden Plain; Sam Thimmesch, jr., Garden Plain; Tanner Smith, sr., Independent; Jarrett Counts, sr., Trinity Academy.CENTRAL PLAINS LEAGUE – GirlsFirst team—Taylor Bergman, sr., Chaparral; Haley Albers, sr., Cheney; Sabrina Bellar, jr., Conway Springs; Taylor Joplin, jr., Garden Plain; Lea Coccetella, sr., Independent; Emily Hrencher, sr., Medicine Lodge.Second team—Kadie Smith, jr., Cheney; Kirstin Campbell, jr., Cheney; Kayla Koester, so., Conway Springs; Ryann Flax, sr., Garden Plain; Alex Bearup, jr., Trinity Academy; Ally Henderson, sr., Trinity Academy.Honorable mention—Amanda Hamersky, sr., Belle Plaine; Marissa Yoder, sr., Chaparral; Erica Ebenkamp, sr., Conway Springs; Katelyn Moore, so., Douglass; Shelby Little, fr., Douglass; Piper Bourne, jr., Garden Plain; Paige Hoheisel, sr., Garden Plain; Beets Petrakis, sr., Independent; Anna Riedmiller, sr., Independent.SOUTH CENTRAL BORDER LEAGUE – BoysFirst team—Kiefer Brewer, jr., Sedan; Colten Ward, sr., Caldwell; Seth Hemberger, sr., Argonia; Cade Miller, jr., West Elk; Kylar Walker, jr., Sedan; Dilyn Volavka, sr., Caldwell.Second team—Jacob Berkeley, sr., Cedar Vale-Dexter; Camren Clements, jr., Oxford; Dustin Handlin, jr., Central Burden; Jalen Risley, so., Caldwell; Braydyn Wilkey, sr., South Haven; Noah Rhodd, sr., Cedar Vale-Dexter.Honorable mention—Alex Burger, sr., Sedan; Cal Shimkus, jr., Oxford; Trevor Pierce, jr., Argonia; Stevie Becker, sr., Flinthills; Karsten Walker, jr., West Elk; Cody Jimenez, sr., Central Burden; Jaden Uhls, sr., Sedan; Steven Eichelberger, sr., Oxford.SOUTH CENTRAL BORDER LEAGUE – GirlsFirst team—Alyssa Howard, sr., Flinthills; Macy McClendon, so., West Elk; Haley Williams, sr., Sedan; Cora Vineyard, so., Argonia; Hanna Stuewe, sr., Caldwell; Breckyn Rowley, jr., Udall.Second team—Justin Sims, jr., Sedan; Payton Weber, jr., Udall; Ashley Melugin, jr., Flinthills; Jesse Tracy, sr., Argonia; Tylyn Ward, so., Caldwell; Megg Lebeda, so., Caldwell.Honorable mention—Hailey Grantham, jr., Cedar Vale-Dexter; Marissa Bratcher, jr., Cedar Vale-Dexter; Shaylie Hamilton, jr., Central Burden; Sarah Patterson, sr., Udall; Brooklyn Hilton, so., West Elk; Alyson Hurt, sr., Sedan; Megan McClendon, fr., West Elk.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. 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