United States’ Simone Biles performs on the floor during the artistic gymnastics women’s apparatus final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky) United States’ Simone Biles, gold medal winner, and silver medallist and compatriot Aly Raisman, left, wave after final results for floor routine during the artistic gymnastics women’s apparatus final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky) The medals gave the American women nine during the meet, the most ever by the U.S. at an Olympics. United States’ Simone Biles, gold medal winner, and silver medallist and compatriot Aly Raisman, left, wave after final results for floor routine during the artistic gymnastics women’s apparatus final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky) Amy Tinkler of Great Britain earned bronze, though the day — and really the Olympics — belong to Biles. While she admitted she was a bit tired on Monday after her only one real mistake of the games — a wobbly landing on beam that cost her a shot at gold — Biles hardly looked it during her signature event.Buoyant in a glittery red, white and blue leotard, Biles spent 90 seconds showcasing her talent. She doesn’t tumble so much as fly, her 4-foot-8 frame soaring over the white mat as if she was trying to touch the video board three stories above. She plans to take a break following the closing ceremonies and try to adjust to a life that will never be the same after nine days that elevated her from gymnastics’ best-kept secret to star. Amy Tinkler of Great Britain earned bronze, though the day — and really the Olympics — belong to Biles. While she admitted she was a bit tired on Monday after her only one real mistake of the games — a wobbly landing on beam that cost her a shot at gold — Biles hardly looked it during her signature event.Buoyant in a glittery red, white and blue leotard, Biles spent 90 seconds showcasing her talent. She doesn’t tumble so much as fly, her 4-foot-8 frame soaring over the white mat as if she was trying to touch the video board three stories above. She plans to take a break following the closing ceremonies and try to adjust to a life that will never be the same after nine days that elevated her from gymnastics’ best-kept secret to star.,RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Simone Biles put the finishing touches on one of the greatest Olympics by a gymnast, capturing her fourth gold of the games with a showstopping performance in the floor exercise on Tuesday.The 19-year-old American completed an extraordinary stretch that included a team gold for the “Final Five” as well as individual golds in the all-around and vault and bronze on balance beam. Her five medals tie the most for an American female gymnast in a single Olympics and her four golds tie an Olympic record shared by four others.Biles embraced her longtime coach shortly after her routine — which includes a tumbling pass named in her honor and a Brazilian-themed segment intended to play to the crowd in Rio — and beamed when her score of 15.966 was posted.Teammate Aly Raisman followed with a 15.500 to give her a third medal during Rio and six overall in her Olympic career. The 22-year-old team captain — who was second in the all-around to Biles last week — waved to the stands as she walked off the floor, likely for the final time as a competitor. RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Simone Biles put the finishing touches on one of the greatest Olympics by a gymnast, capturing her fourth gold of the games with a showstopping performance in the floor exercise on Tuesday.The 19-year-old American completed an extraordinary stretch that included a team gold for the “Final Five” as well as individual golds in the all-around and vault and bronze on balance beam. Her five medals tie the most for an American female gymnast in a single Olympics and her four golds tie an Olympic record shared by four others.Biles embraced her longtime coach shortly after her routine — which includes a tumbling pass named in her honor and a Brazilian-themed segment intended to play to the crowd in Rio — and beamed when her score of 15.966 was posted.Teammate Aly Raisman followed with a 15.500 to give her a third medal during Rio and six overall in her Olympic career. The 22-year-old team captain — who was second in the all-around to Biles last week — waved to the stands as she walked off the floor, likely for the final time as a competitor. The medals gave the American women nine during the meet, the most ever by the U.S. at an Olympics.
CEST Espanyol midfielder Victor Sanchez is ready to take on a bigger role this season after the departures of the likes of Sergio Garcia and Diego Colotto. If the two new captains are decided on how long the players have been in the first team, Victor Sanchez and Hector Moreno would be chosen. German Bona Victor Sanchez recognised that the absence of Sergio Garcia is an important one. “He was a reference on and off the pitch, even if he sometimes seemed a bit cool, it was the opposite, he’s always helped us. But without him and those that have left, those that have been here longest have to step forward.” 07/07/2015 “I’m not going to hide the face I would be really excited [to be captain], the team already know I’m open to the idea and it would be an honour,” Victor Sanchez explained after taking medical tests at Espanyol’s training ground. “We’re not going to cheat the socios and say that we will definitely make Europe or that three world-beaters will come in. They already know how it is and I think that we have a really good squad. We have demonstrated that we are competitive and we will try to be solid, to play well and to make out home pitch a fortress.” Upd. at 17:45 The midfielder maintained his enthusiasm and assured that the challenge is “to equal or improve on last season. Even though there are absences, we’ve maintained the majority of players and it’s important that we have the same manager.
CHRIS KELLY Raritan’s Matt Pendle tries to score a takedown against Manalapan’s Sean Burns during a 135-pound semifinal bout at Southern Regional High School, Manahawkin, on Saturday.
England ended a 22-year win drought against the Netherlands thanks to Jesse Lingard’s strike for a 1-0 triumph after a performance of composure and quality in a friendly on Friday.Gareth Southgate’s World Cup-bound England side were superior for much of the match, organised and in control even before Manchester United midfielder Lingard’s 59th minute goal secured their first win over the Dutch since Euro ’96.The Netherlands, still smarting from missing out on this year’s finals in Russia after a second straight failure to qualify for a major championship, were left with little to cheer at the start of reconstruction under new manager Ronald Koeman.The home side got lucky soon after halftime when a clear foul on Marcus Rashford in the penalty area was waved away.But the visitors were soon rewarded for their control and some neat passing movements when a loose ball fell to Lingard, who swept it home with a clinical right-foot finish from just outside the box for his first senior international goal.The result and, more importantly, the assured performances from some of Southgate’s supposed fringe players gave encouragement to the England boss, who was in the team that last beat the Netherlands 4-1 at Wembley in 1996.“It was a good test for us, we came away from home and controlled the game,” he told ITV Sport. “We used the ball really well for 60, 65 minutes. Maybe more quality in the final third was required but we were very solid.”He was also happy with the way his three-man defensive unit worked, even after he had lost Joe Gomez to injury in the opening 10 minutes and had to bring on Harry Maguire to join John Stones and Kyle Walker.“The back three were excellent and the goalkeeper (Jordan Pickford) too, the way they were able to play from the back,” said Southgate. “They played with real composure, and played with intelligence too.”He was delighted for his matchwinner Lingard too. “He’s a player we’ve worked with for three or four years from the Under 21s and this year he is starting to finish the chances,” the manager said.England captain Jordan Henderson enthused: “The three at the back, we look solid with that shape and it gives licence for us to pick up positions in midfield.”England, who had not won in Amsterdam since 1969, now have one more friendly against Italy on Tuesday before Southgate finalises his squad for Russia.Results from Friday’s international friendlies: ————————————————————— Japan (0) 1 Mali (1) 1 Russia (0) 0 Brazil (0) 3 ————————————————————— Cyprus (0) 0 Montenegro (0) 0 ————————————————————— Finland (0) 0 FYR Macedonia (0) 0 Friendlies 2 ————————————————————— Azerbaijan (0) 0 Belarus (1) 1 Friendlies 1 ————————————————————— Senegal (0) 1 Uzbekistan (1) 1 Bulgaria (0) 0 Bosnia-Herzegovina (1) 1 Friendlies 3 ————————————————————— Gambia () 1 Central African Republic () 1 ————————————————————— Norway (1) 4 Australia (1) 1 Turkey (0) 1 Republic of Ireland (0) 0 Hungary (1) 2 Kazakhstan (3) 3 Greece (0) 0 Switzerland (0) 1 Tunisia (0) 1 Iran (0) 0 Saudi Arabia (1) 1 Ukraine (1) 1 Serbia (1) 1 Morocco (2) 2 Scotland (0) 0 Costa Rica (1) 1 Germany (1) 1 Spain (1) 1 Netherlands (0) 0 England (0) 1 Poland (0) 0 Nigeria (0) 1 Argentina (0) 2 Italy (0) 0 Portugal (0) 2 Egypt (0) 1 Austria (2) 3 Slovenia (0) 0 France (2) 2 Colombia (1) 3 Curaçao (1) 1 Bolivia (0) 1 Peru (1) 2 Croatia (0) 0 Mexico (1) 3 Iceland (0) 0
Son Heung-min struck a stoppage-time winner after a dreadful error from Bjorn Engels as Tottenham Hotspur won 3-2 at Aston Villa on Sunday to move up to fifth in the Premier League.In an enthralling match, Villa went ahead in the ninth minute when Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld turned an Anwar El Ghazi’s cross into his own net.But the Belgian centre half made amends for that mistake when he fired Tottenham back on level terms with a superb shot on the turn from inside the box.VAR intervened to award the visitors a penalty after reviewing a challenge on Steven Bergwijn by Villa defender Engels and ruling that he had brought down the Spurs forward.Son’s weak penalty, after a stuttering approach run, was saved by Pepe Reina but the South Korean was quickest to react as he bundled home the loose ball to send Spurs in ahead at the break.Then it was the turn of Engels to cancel out his error – the Belgian rising to meet a Jack Grealish corner and power in a header to make it 2-2.Villa’s Spanish keeper Reina made three fine saves to deny the impressive Son but the South Korean was to strike the decisive blow in the final moments of the game.Engels ended the match in despair as he mis-kicked a long ball forward and allowed Son to race clear and fire past Reina to take the three points.“We were 1-0 down so we showed our character and we didn’t give up. I felt bad because I had a couple of chances to score but I got the winning goal which makes me very happy and I think the lads deserved the win,” said Son.The defeat left Villa in 17th place, just a point above the relegation zone, but victory was a major boost for Spurs in their bid for Champions League qualification.Spurs are a point behind fourth-placed Chelsea, who host Manchester United on Monday.Fifth may be enough to secure Champions League football if second-placed Manchester City’s two-year ban from the competition is upheld.The ban was imposed by UEFA on Friday after an investigation into alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play rules but the club are appealing the decision.ARSENAL 4-0 NEWCASTLESubstitute Alexandre Lacazette ended his goal drought as Arsenal secured their first Premier League win since New Year’s Day with a 4-0 victory over Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.Lacazette had gone nine games in all competitions without a goal before he found the target with a mis-hit shot in the final moments of the game.The win moves Arsenal up to tenth position and will give them hope they can make a late push towards European qualification for next season.After a goalless first half, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the Gunners in front with a powerful header from a Nicolas Pepe cross.Pepe himself added the second, from close range after good work from the impressive Bukayo Saka.Newcastle had opportunities to get back in the game, with Allan Saint-Maximin hitting the post and Ciaran Clark missing a great chance from close range.But Mesut Ozil put the game beyond the Magpies with his first goal of the season with a tap-in after a flowing Arsenal move involving 35 passes and touches from all 11 players — the most passes for any goal in the league this season.Lacazette, left on the bench with youngster Eddie Nketiah, finished off a smart move for Mikel Arteta’s side, who recorded just their second win since the Spaniard took over at the club.“We wanted to put draws into wins and the home form is going to be vital. It was a little bit slow and you can get frustrated but we started to manage the game better after 25 minutes, had a talk at halftime and improved in the second half,” said Arteta.“In the final third we were poor in the first 25 minutes. The most important thing is the reaction of all the players and staff towards him (Alexandre Lacazette), the players, everybody really like him, he works so hard for the team,” he added.The defeat ended an eight-game unbeaten run for Newcastle and left manager Steve Bruce surprised with their defending.“I didn’t see that coming in the second half. We gave bad goals away which isn’t like us. We usually don’t give much away. When that fourth goal happens you think it wasn’t our day,” Bruce said.
MOST READ Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 “This is just a parcel of our journey and we hope we continue this journey,” Pumaren said. “I think were the gatecrashers in this Final Four. With this opportunity, we’re hoping to make the most out of it.”UST further plummeted down the standings at 3-10 in a game where coach Boy Sablan withheld Louie Vigil, Marvin Lee, Renzo Subido, and Kent Lao in the first half.Jamil Sheriff topped the Growling Tigers with 13 points, six rebounds, and two assists, while Lao got 12 markers and six boards.The scores:ADAMSON 76 – Manalang 16, Ahanmisi 16, Manganti 9, Tungcab 8, Sarr 7, Mustre 7, Ochea 6, Espeleta 4, Bernardo 2, Camacho 1, Paranada 0, Chua 0, Ng 0.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Pacquiao still draws a crowd vs Vargas despite lack of interest UST 61 – Sheriff 13, Lao 12, Basibas 8, Vigil 6, Macasaet 6, Huang 4, Caunan 4, Afoakwah 3, Arana 3, De Guzman 2, Faundo 0, Lee 0, Subido 0.Quarters: 21-19, 37-32, 56-50, 76-61 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I think right now, we’re living the dream,” said coach Franz Pumaren. “I think we surprised a lot of basketball fanatics. We were able to fasttrack everything. We were looking at 2017, we just wanted this year to be competitive, but my players wanted to attend that advance party. They were able accept their roles and that’s why were here.”Manalang fired 16 points, two rebounds, and two assists, while Ahanmisi also got 16 markers and two boards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentSean Manganti chipped in five of his nine points in the fourth period in the win.At 7-5, Adamson clinched its first semifinals berth since 2011 when the team was still under coach Leo Austria while also eliminating semis hopefuls National University and University of the Philippines, both carrying 5-8 records, in the process. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson used a strong fourth quarter to secure the last Final Four seat, repulsing University of Santo Tomas, 76-61 Wednesday in the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.Leaning behind its two-guard combo of Robbie Manalang and Jerrick Ahanmisi, the Soaring Falcons fired an 11-2 run to start a fourth quarter breakaway and led, 67-52, with 6:16 left in the game.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND We are young Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports View comments As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine
UST assistant coach Alvin Patrimonio all smiles. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhen does a PBA stalwart admit that it’s time to put out the competitive fire inside for good and walk away from the adulation he gets for playing in the glamor league?Some have taken it in stride, but there are a few who refuse to read the writing on the wall and have instead extended their fading career using as an excuse their love and passion for the game.ADVERTISEMENT “That’s a no-no for me,” says Meneses, one of the league’s highest-paid players during his prime. “I never went into [gambling] because I knew that you would be one lucky guy if you get to play 15 years in the PBA. I invested my money wisely for my kids. But I never invested in anything that went beyond the contract that I signed [with my team].“I hope they [rumors] are not true because it’s just a pity,” Meneses adds. “The problem with us [pro players] is that we have short shelf lives, and there’s no second wind as far as our earning capacity is concerned.”The doting father to tennis aces Clarice and Christine, Patrimonio also made sure that his children received the best education and encouragement to pursue their chosen careers. He says he readily accepted the reality that retirement meant the end of a top-paying job.“You’ll be shocked because after a long career, when you were used to earning so much, you suddenly earn nothing, zero,” says Patrimonio, the first PBA player to be signed to a P500,000-a-month contract—a result of the celebrated attempt by the Pepsi ballclub to pry him out of Purefoods for P30 million, spread over five years.Patrimonio, Meneses and Ravena are still in basketball, although all three are now in the sidelines with a managerial or coaching job or another. Convinced that they stepped away from the game at the right time, they have no regrets.They all saw the sunset coming and faded away.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Senators to proceed with review of VFA We are young Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports MOST READ As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK Pingris on Star’s early struggles: ‘We have to trust each other’ Says Meneses, the 1995 MVP: “Retirement became inevitable when I started feeling that my role in the team was diminishing by the game. I knew it was time to go. Even if I practiced so hard and was still doing well, the coach didn’t have much use for me anymore.”Meneses eventually coped with retirement a couple of months after saying good bye to the league. The player whose one-on-one skills were nurtured and made famous by coach Yeng Guiao at Swift with the “iso [isolation] play” says retirement allowed him to refocus on coaching and to teaching talented younger players.Ravena says old or washed-up players who refuse to go are simply unwilling to “surrender their passion for the game.”“That’s why we play, anyway,” he says. “But it came to a point when I felt that even the passion and drive were not there anymore. That was the reason for my decision to retire. Plus, of course, the new players were coming in and I simply couldn’t keep up. The competitor in you simply has to accept certain signs. You really have to admit that it (career) can’t go on forever.”Patriminio, the PBA MVP in 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1997, saw the signs when he was relegated to Purefoods’ second string in his later years. “I realized that I really couldn’t help the team that much and I couldn’t accept being a third-string player when the next season came. That’s when I said that I was done.“When I decided to retire, James (Yap) and Kerby (Raymundo) were new to the team,” he recalls. “I saw in them Purefoods’ future, that the team’s winning tradition were in good hands. It was time for me to pass the torch.”Patrimonio says he got used to retirement “after a while” and found a way to enjoy the game by “just watching the new players” do their thing on the court: “There is also a thrill in that.”Ravena, the father of top amateurs Kiefer and Thirdy, says he didn’t take retirement hard because he knew he had done well taking care of his family. “I was smart with my money and really had no trouble walking away from the game,” he recalls.Believing he could still play for a couple more years, Meneses was initially upset that Talk ‘N Text, his seventh and last PBA team, could not give him a contract extension. “Of course it hurt at that time because I felt that I still had two to three seasons left in me,” he says. “But after a while, you realize that you’re OK, and that you have had one hell of a ride, a career. That gave me peace.”Patrimonio, Ravena and Meneses share the opinion that some ageing and “retirable” PBA players find it hard to go because they can’t hope to earn as much outside the league. They lament rumors that certain active and recently retired players have gravitated to gambling to “sustain their former lifestyles.” “It’s really tough, especially when you have to say goodbye to the fans,” says four-time PBA MVP Alvin Patrimonio, who ended his career in Asia’s first play-for-pay basketball league in 2005. “I cried because I treasured their (fans) love and support.“You really have to think it [retirement] over; in my case, a couple of years before I said it was all over,” adds Patrimonio, for 17 seasons the face of the Purefoods [now Star] franchise. “You can feel it, when the [playing] minutes are dwindling, and then you begin to say that everything has to come to an end—even this career.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliWith 857 games under his belt for Purefoods—his one and only PBA team, Patrimonio once thought he could play as long as the legendary Robert Jaworski did.“But he [Jaworski] was an exceptional case,” he says. “The old saying that ‘the mind is willing but the body is not’ was very true in my final years. The body simply refused to cooperate.” Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Before the PBA’s 42nd Season got under way two weekends ago, several players, former star or otherwise, knew the inevitable was at hand and took the cue to fade away. They had no other choice; teams wouldn’t give them contract extensions.Yet, several ageing stars now past their primes but are still very competitive kept their slots in their respective teams for the season or were traded to other teams. Heading the greying brigade are NLEX’s Asi Taulava, the oldest in the lot at 43, Phoenix’s Mick Pennisi (41), Barangay Ginebra’s Jay-Jay Helterbrand (40), TNT KaTropa’s Danny Seigle (40), Alaska’s Dondon Hontiveros (39), Star’s Rafi Reavis (39), and Mahindra’s Gary David (38).Vergel Meneses, the former Jose Rizal University Heavy Bomber in the NCAA who would go on to win a PBA MVP award and become one of the pro league’s 25 Greatest Players ever, admits to being in a state of denial for a while before hanging up his sneakers at the age of 36. That was in 2006, when the “Aerial Voyager” believed he still had a lot of high-flying moves left.Like Patrimonio, Bong Ravena recognized the signs in 2005 and called it quits, giving way to a new batch of talented rookies that seemed to sprout from the amateur leagues and from Filipino-American communities in the United States.“Younger players then were simply quicker and stronger than I was,” says Ravena, who beat Meneses for the 1992 Rookie of the Year award and played in the PBA for 12 seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
“Yes, she took a big step, and that’s great,” he affirmed, “and it’s at the right age, right maturity level, right focus, and we just got to keep that ride going to next season with the World Championships coming up and the Olympics and World Championships.” Her other big goal is to see Jamaica become powerful in the middle distances. “She would love to see 800 metres and up being one of those events that when you talk about it, Jamaica, it’s almost like sprints,” Elliot revealed. The vision is that her record run will inspire others. “It, hopefully, gives some inspirations to younger athletes that are in the high-school system at home and realise, ‘Hey, 800 is an event, too, and we can get there,” he said, “and there’s some of them who have stuck to the 400m who can say, ‘Maybe I can jump up and run 1.58’, and all of a sudden, you find another world beater in the group, and that’s the contribution she wants to make.” BIG STEP Six-time Jamaica 800 metres champion Natoya Goule has two goals. She wants to win medals and to help Jamaica become a world power in middle distance running. That’s the view of her coach, Mark Elliot, who believes that the next cycle of big championships will arrive at the perfect time for Goule. The former Manchester High School, South Plains Junior College, Louisiana State University (LSU), and Clemson University star stepped forward this year with personal bests indoors and outdoors, and Elliot believes there’s more to come from her. “If you plot the graph on Goule’s ascendancies, where she is,” analysed the Clemson head coach from his office on July 18, “she never descended. She was just stagnant at the two flat, 1.59 level, but she’s one of the most consistent.” The 27-year-old Olympian first broke the two minutes barrier in 2013, and this year in Paris, she cut Kenia Sinclair’s national record, one minute 57.88 seconds, to 1.57.69, and further to one minute 56.15 seconds in Monaco on Friday. Elliot, who has coached her since her days at LSU, says that she is maturing just in time for the 2019 World Championships, the 2020 Olympics, and the 2021 World Championships.
Drivers will then embark on Official Heats runs from 09:30 onwards.Throughout the day spectators will be kept in touch with fast and furious racing and results by a public address system. Refreshments will be available at reasonable prices. The format for the event will be a two car track whereby drivers will cover the same distance in simultaneous action.The 2WD Turbo, 2WD Non Turbo and 4WD Turbo classes will be the main crowd pullers with drivers anticipated to roar round the challenging black cotton gravel in a series of power slides, jumps and tear away bursts of speed along the short straights.The Pee Wee Class which is the newest Class on the KCB sponsored series and Bambino are expected to also treat spectators to some exhilarating displays of racing artistry. The diminutives in the two classes for small underpowered machines will be cheered on by fans while they go through their heats.Shaz Esmail in past action. Photo/COURTESYOfficial racing will feature four heat runs of which the best of three will count in the final classification with the Fastest Time of the Day (FTD) earning competitors two bonus points on the championship log.After the season-opening KCB Simba Autocross 1 in Mai Mahiu, drivers are itching to rev with 2WD T leader Kunal Patel from Nanyuki and his main rivals Imran Hakada and Shaz Esmail expected to return in their “Attacker 1” buggies. 2WDT leader Zameer Verjee will drive a Rage Buggy.Leader Illiyun Mughal, defending champion Yuvraj Rajput and Tesvi Soni are the drivers to watch in Bambino Class. Kiana Rajput and Tsirav Sink will also resume their fight for Pee Wee Class points.Posting of results will take place after the last heat with Prize Giving scheduled to happen after confirmation of results.KCB KENYA NATIONAL AUTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019 STANDINGS AFTER RD1 CLASS 1 – 2WD NON TURBO1 Zameer Verjee 222 Sameer Mehboob Nanji 173 Rajveer Singh Thethy 154 Sahir Mughal 145 Albert Kigen DNS 0CLASS 2 – 2WD TURBO1 Kunal Patel 222 Imran Hakada 173 Nazir Verjee 154 Shaz Ismail 145 Shalien Mughal 13CLASS 4 – 4WD TURBO1 Sahib Omar 222 Jackson Wandeto 17CLASS 5 – OPEN1 Imran Hakada 222 Shelien Mughal 173 Hamza Anwar 154 Kirit Rajput 14CLASS 6 – QUAD1 Wayne Fernandes 20CLASS 7 – BAMBINO1 Illuyun Mughal 202 Yuvraj Rajput DNF 03 Tsevi Soni DNF 0CLASS 9- PEEWEE1 Tsorav Soni 202 Kiana Rajput NE 0NE – Not Eligible for pointsDNF – Did Not FinishDNS – Did Not StartDNE – Did Not enter0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zameer Verjee in past action. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 16 – The KCB Kenya National Autocross Championship returns this weekend with the second round set for Nairobi’s Jamhuri Park race circuit on Sunday, February 24.The event, organized by Kenya Motor Sports Club (KMSC) will begin with Signing On and Scrutineering from 7:30am followed by Drivers Briefing at 8:30am and Official Practice at 09:.00.
Among the remaining elements of the “vision” plan promised to residents are covers for the pools at Marie Kerr and Oasis to allow from year-round activities. “We’re a couple of years from seeing the vision completed,” Ledford said. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – A recreation center that can double as an emergency shelter during a disaster will be the next major component of Palmdale’s “Vision for the Future” parks development plan. Palmdale is looking to get moving this summer on a $6.5 million construction project to build the 17,000-square-foot recreation center. The price tag includes construction of additional restrooms for the park’s amphitheater and making drainage improvements. “There are some significant improvements coming,” said Mayor Jim Ledford. The recreation center will be similar to one that opened in October 2005 at the Oasis Park at Avenue S and 40th Street East. The center will contain a gymnasium big enough for a regulation basketball court, a dance and fitness studio with wood flooring, a youth game area, a lounge, a kitchen and a multipurpose hall that can be divided into three separate rooms. City officials opted to make the center capable of serving as an emergency shelter or as an emergency operations center in the event of a disaster. The city now uses a training room in the administration building as the emergency operations center. About $1.5 million of the construction costs are for the restroom project. The city has wanted to move forward with the restroom project ever since the amphitheater opened in 2005. Restroom capacity at the amphitheater was reduced in order to keep the project within the available construction budget at the time. City officials put the restroom project out to bid last year, but bids came in too high for the project to go forward, about $475 a square foot. This time the bids came in at about $344 a square foot, according to Tim Hughes, the city’s deputy director of public works. The center is part of the city’s $43 million plan to create two “superparks,” the new Oasis Park on the east side and the expanded Marie Kerr Park on the west side. The park construction is largely funded through an assessment approved by property owners in 2002. The city has completed much of the plan already, including opening the Dry Town water park and the amphitheater at Marie Kerr.