Two in a row for Ward, Murty and Anderson

first_imgMARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (Aug. 4) – Three drivers matched last week’s trip to victory lane Friday at Marshalltown Speedway.Johnathon Logue returned to the winner’s circle in the IMCA Northern SportMod class. He started 12th in the line up, and was running a distant second to Adam Shelman, when a yellow with three laps remaining became the game changer. When the race restarted, Logue saw his chance and was able to move under Shelman and take the lead.The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks came to the track next for their feature event, and it was a familiar face back in victory lane as Shannon Anderson took the win. Anderson started 10th and had to battle by stiff competitors to get to the front.Damon Murty three-peated in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, sailing home to a comfortable win as he circled the rim of the track. Donavon Smith rebounded from a trip to the pits and having to tag the field, to finish in second place.Tim Ward went back-to-back in the IMCA Modified feature as he held off a hard-charging Joel Rust to seal the win. Rust started 10th and diced his way through the field but had to settle for second.The finale of the evening was the IMCA Late Model feature. Todd Cooney got back to his winning ways after a couple of weeks hiatus from standing in victory lane.last_img read more

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NBA voices continue to swell in support of protests for George Floyd

first_imgAmid a crowd of thousands making their way down an Atlanta street on Saturday afternoon, Jaylen Brown might’ve looked relatively anonymous among the masked crowd in his hometown.But the Celtics forward wasn’t anonymous or innocuous as he rallied protesters to a memorial dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr., and helped lead the march.Internet video showed Brown holding a sign that read “I CAN’T BREATHE.” It’s a sentiment being shared around the NBA, from players, coaches and even team statements, as protesters of police brutality against African Americans and law enforcement have clashed all over the country.The death of George Floyd has resonated in the NBA, not only because Floyd was a friend of former NBA player Stephen Jackson, but also because many of the league’s prominent voices have consistently spoken out for years against police violence against black people. “I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry,” he wrote. “I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough.”Related Articles Players also posted personal sentiments. Kyle Kuzma posted a picture of a protester kneeling before a line of police, with a caption that spoke to a “heavy heart.” Del Mar horse racing consensus picks for Sunday, Aug. 16 “We all say as public figures we need to use our platforms to help inspire & give positive messages, but I have to ask the question to myself. … Is it enough?” he wrote. “Yes there has been progress and we must recognize but we have been told that it takes time. Our great grandparents said it. Grandparents said it. Parents said it. WE ARE SAYING IT!! Enough is enough. Stand for something or fall for everything.”Frustration extended past just the player ranks. One of the most striking statements released by an NBA team over the weekend as protests boiled over in several U.S. cities came from the Clippers, who attributed a statement to coach Doc Rivers, who said his father, a 30-year police veteran in Chicago, would be “hurt and outraged by the senseless acts of racial injustice that continue to plague our country.”Rivers said he’d been called names and had his house burned down, and asked for understanding for protests, which he called “decades in the making.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersPlayers on the Lakers drew a clear line in their frustration about the issue, which many of them have said is rooted in institutional racism. On Sunday afternoon, much of the team, including LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Danny Green, Jared Dudley, JaVale McGee, Alex Caruso and Quinn Cook, shared the same post on Instagram and Twitter: “If YOU ain’t wit US, WE ain’t with Y’ALL.” UFC 252: Stipe Miocic retains heavyweight crown with decision over Daniel Cormier center_img For Clayton Kershaw and Mookie Betts, coronavirus pandemic affects charities Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Too often, people rush to judge the response, instead of the actions that prompted it,” he said in the statement. “We have allowed too many tragedies to pass in vain. This isn’t an African-American issue. This is a human issue. Our society must start getting uncomfortable with the uncomfortable conversation and do the right thing.”The Lakers released a team statement on Saturday night: “Everyone has the right to live free from fear and to be treated with dignity and respect. We hear the pain of our Black community and we will not stay silent.”One of the more surprising statements came from Michael Jordan, the Charlotte Hornets owner who has famously remained apolitical throughout much of his career. He called for people to put pressure on leaders to change laws, or vote for such change in response to Floyd’s death. UCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers Dodgers edge Angels in 10th to take first two in Freeway Series last_img read more

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Countrywide boss changed stock plan as company suffered

first_imgCalabasas-based Countrywide, the nation’s largest mortgage lender in terms of volume, faces a lawsuit claiming it failed to warn employees about the depth of its financial troubles, resulting in heavy stock losses in their 401k retirement accounts. The company recently said it will eliminate as many as 12,000 jobs in the coming months. Its stock, meanwhile, is off more than 50 percent from its $45.03 high on Feb. 2. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CALABASAS- Countrywide Financial Corp. Chairman and CEO Angelo Mozilo cashed in $138 million in stock options over the last year, switching his trading plans as the mortgage company went into a tailspin, it was reported today. Between November 2006 and August, Mozilo changed the plans outlining how many of his shares would be sold monthly, the Los Angeles Times reported. Mozilo unloaded 4.9 million Countrywide shares, most of which he bought through exercising options. Hundreds of executives use similar trading plans, approved by federal regulators in 2000 as a way to defend against insider trading allegations. While not illegal, it is highly unusual for the plans to be changed so often in a short period, experts said. “If a guy is changing his plan around, I would think that would send up a red flag. I wouldn’t allow my clients to do it,” said Thom F. Carroll, a financial planner with the Baltimore wealth management firm Carroll, Frank & Plotkin. Mozilo adopted a new trading plan, added a second one and then revised it while the housing and mortgage industry slumped, the Times reported, citing regulatory findings. The changes allowed him to sell hundreds of thousands of additional shares before Countrywide stock plunged. Sandy Samuels, Countrywide’s chief legal officer, said Mozilo’s stock sales were all “in accordance with company policy.” “The (trading) plans were put into place in consultation with Mr. Mozilo’s financial adviser, without regard to any non-public or market information,” Samuels said in a prepared statement to the Times. last_img read more

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Medical aid fraud ‘on the decrease’

first_img13 January 2012 The number of fraud cases in South Africa’s medical aid industry has decreased, according to a survey by consultancy KPMG.The Medical Schemes’ Anti-Fraud Survey, which covered the three years from 2007 to 2009, showed that the fraud-to-claims ratio had fallen by 0.15 percent, said national forensic director for healthcare Camilla Singh.“We can clearly see the ratio of investigated fraud to claims is dropping. This is an achievement for South Africa’s medical aid administrators,” said Singh.The survey was sent to 15 administrators and the eight respondents represented 84 percent of all principal members.Medical schemes which participated in the survey included Discovery, Medscheme, Metropolitan and Momentum, said Singh.She said the survey showed that the number of fraudulent claims by members was also at a low.This amounted to R67.3-million out of a claim value of R145-billion over the three-year period.The most common reason given for member fraud was non-disclosure of prior ailments. This amounted to about 92 percent of all cases, said Singh.However, service provider fraud was increasing. Code manipulation was the most common type investigated, followed by services not rendered, Singh said.“There has been a definite crackdown on fraud in this industry in the last decade.”In KPMG’s 2001 to 2003 survey, only 49 percent of medical aid administrators said they never kept quiet about fraud cases, said Singh.By 2009, this had risen to 100 percent.Sapalast_img read more

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Sharapova throws shade at Wozniacki: Where is she?

first_imgMaria Sharapova, of Russia, serves to Sofia Kenin, of the United States, during the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in New York. APNEW YORK—Maria Sharapova hit back at Caroline Wozniacki over a US Open scheduling row on Friday, saying of her bitter Danish rival: “I’m in the 4th round. I don’t know where she is.”Wozniacki was furious that her second round match was played on an outside court while five-time major winner Sharapova was playing all of hers in Arthur Ashe Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension NBA: Ever improving DeRozan looks to further develop ‘much better’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief On Sunday, she will face Latvian 16th seed Anatasija Sevastova for a spot in the quarter-finals.But she will need to cut out the errors that plagued her against 18-year-old Kenin, a fellow America-based player who was born in Russia.She was broken three times and her 38 winners just offset 33 unforced errors.“She had really nice words for me in the locker room, which was really nice,” said Sharapova, older than her opponent by 12 years and regarded as an idol by Kenin.“I wasn’t surprised with the way she came out and competed. She was down I believe a few match points in the previous match.“She’s a grinder. She’ll get many balls back. Despite not having the experience, she’s a tough player.” The Danish woman said it was “unacceptable and questionable” for Sharapova, who is playing her first Grand Slam since the end of a drugs ban, to be given the showpiece court.“With regards to scheduling, as you know, I don’t make the schedule,” said Sharapova after reaching the fourth round with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Sofia Kenin of the United States.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m a pretty big competitor. If you put me out in the parking lot of Queens in New York City, I’m happy to play there.“That’s not what matters to me. All that matters to me is I’m in the fourth round. Yeah, I’m not sure where she is.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Wozniacki, who has never won a Grand Slam, lost her second-round match to Ekaterina Makarova on Wednesday after being scheduled on Court 5 before getting bumped up to Court 10.“When you look on Center Court, I understand completely the business side of things, but someone who comes back from a drugs sentence — performance enhancing drugs -– and all of a sudden gets to play every single match on Center Court, I think that’s a questionable thing to do,” fumed the Danish former world number one.Sharapova, the champion in New York in 2006, returned from a 15-month doping ban in April but was refused a wildcard for the French Open while injury ruled her out of Wimbledon.Her world ranking of 146 meant she needed a wild card to get into the main draw at the US Open.But she has responded to the decision by the US Tennis Association by knocking out world number two Simona Halep in the first round and recovering from a set down to beat Timea Babos in the second.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Hamilton wins Japanese GP to move closer to F1 title

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain throws his trophy aloft as he celebrates after winning the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. Second placed Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands, left, and his teammate Daniel Ricciardo of Australia, right, was third. APSUZUKA, Japan — Championship leader Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday (Monday Manila time), taking a major step toward winning his fourth Formula One title.The Mercedes driver crossed the finish line 1.2 seconds ahead of Malaysia GP winner Max Verstappen to claim his eighth F1 victory of the season and third at the Suzuka circuit. Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo was third.ADVERTISEMENT Vettel’s early retirement put a serious dent in his fading hopes of coming back to win the championship. He also had mechanical issues at Malaysia and started at the back of the grid before working his way to a fourth-place finish.“It is obviously a pity the last two races with the reliability issues,” Vettel said. “But you know, it’s like that sometimes. Of course it hurts, and we’re all disappointed.”Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson also retired early when he ran across the gravel and dived nose-first into the barriers.Carlos Sainz lost control of his Toro Rosso, spinning across the gravel into the wall on the outside and retiring after the second lap.Mercedes also increased its lead in the Constructors’ standings to 145 points over Ferrari. Red Bull is in third place with 303 points.The next race is Oct. 22 in the United States. Read Next View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games NHL-less Olympics gives Europe-based players a shot at glory “The track was fantastic today and the team did an unbelievable job,” Hamilton said. “Max drove an outstanding race. Obviously, it wasn’t easy for us.”Hamilton moved 59 points clear of title rival Sebastian Vettel with four races left. Vettel was forced to retire on the third lap when his Ferrari lost power.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutStarting from pole position next to Vettel, Hamilton held the lead through the first turn.With Vettel out of the race, it quickly became a showdown between Hamilton and Max Verstappen. Hamilton built up a four-second lead over the Red Bull driver through the first 15 laps and made his only pit stop on the 23rd lap. Verstappen pitted a lap earlier than Hamilton, then produced some good laps to cut the lead to 1.7 seconds midway through the race.Verstappen closed to within a second at the start of the final lap but traffic allowed Hamilton to escape once more and seal the narrow win.“I was able to hold him behind me but he got very close,” Hamilton said. “We had a bit of traffic but it was very close at the end.”Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas was fourth followed by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. The Force India duo of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez was sixth and seventh, respectively.Haas driver Kevin Magnussen was eighth followed by teammate Romain Grosjean. Williams driver Felipe Massa rounded out the top 10.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

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The Stats Say Washington Should Have Signed Colin Kaepernick And Its Still

28Nick Mullens1700.1570.478 17Dak Prescott4180.2300.492 35Cody Kessler970.1190.491 15Mitch Trubisky3520.2480.522 47Sam Bradford81-0.1560.329 42Tyrod Taylor84-0.0010.354 27Matthew Stafford4640.1700.482 2Drew Brees4160.4320.589 30Colt McCoy520.1340.492 21Andrew Luck5330.2050.52 37Case Keenum4520.1060.449 39Josh Allen2280.0790.435 24Derek Carr4520.1760.511 Kaepernick has outperformed Johnson, tooAttempts, yards per attempt, expected points added per play, success rate and yards after catch EPA per play for Kaepernick and Johnson, 20tk-18 41Nick Foles800.0240.398 3Matt Barkley250.4310.44 Josh Johnson1936.1-0.040.46+0.60 Data includes two-point conversions but does not include kneel downs. 11Carson Wentz4000.2810.535 31Joe Flacco3770.1320.454 44Sam Darnold314-0.0600.427 1Patrick Mahomes4830.4410.561 Colin Kaepernick1,9417.2+0.170.45+0.67 22Cam Newton4440.2010.521 25Andy Dalton3620.1750.508 Show more rowsSource: Elias Sports Bureau So what about moving forward? Could Kaepernick help Washington win? Our best predictors of future performance at the QB position are career efficiency measures like yards per attempt and EPA per play — far more useful than looking only at Kaepernick’s most recent season.The table below shows every player who has attempted at least 20 passes this season, sorted by total expected points added per play. Total EPA includes both passing and rushing production, and gives a full picture of a player’s offensive contribution. Kaepernick’s career numbers would put him 26th among quarterbacks this season, ahead of Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins — who are being paid a combined $50.5 million. 7Russell Wilson3390.3210.513 PasserAttemptsYARDS/ ATTEMPTEPA/PLAYSUCCESS RATEYAC EPA/PLAY 5Matt Ryan5050.3290.547 The contest wasn’t a contest at all. Kaepernick is superior to Sanchez over his career by a large margin and across a wide spectrum of metrics. Kaepernick’s career yards per pass attempt is higher than Sanchez’s by more than half a yard. His career EPA per play is on the order of 40 times better than Sanchez, despite their yards after catch EPA per play being relatively close.Kaepernick has been far from perfect. His career yards per attempt is no better than league average, and his career completion percentage is low at 59.8 percent. His greatest flaws as a passer show themselves at the intermediate depths, where his completion percentage is well below average. Whether this is because he struggles to make reads or because his decision making on slower developing routes is poor is an open question. What is clear is that neither Kaepernick nor Sanchez is particularly accurate across most depths of target. 18Jeff Driskel1010.2140.46 34Ryan Tannehill1960.1200.479 13Deshaun Watson3970.2620.526 14Aaron Rodgers4940.2550.49 Most starting quarterbacks with NFL experience did indeed create value per play above what we might expect from Kaepernick, but Kaepernick’s worst season is still better than 26 percent of the quarterbacks who have attempted a pass in the NFL in 2018. Kaepernick may be a fringe starting NFL talent, but he is likely better than many of the quarterbacks who have seen playing time this season, including even Alex Smith.It’s probable that Kaepernick could start for Washington and produce enough with his arm and his legs to salvage their playoff hopes. There remains the opportunity for Washington to sign him and find out for certain. Instead he continues to languish in free agency.Check out our latest NFL predictions.CORRECTION (Dec. 15, 2018, 11:45 a.m.): A previous headline on this story misspelled Colin Kaepernick’s name. 51Mark Sanchez35-0.6270.361 26Colin Kaepernick1,9410.1710.464 50Nathan Peterman82-0.5890.315 19Eli Manning4610.2130.462 33C.J. Beathard1710.1220.463 43Blaine Gabbert61-0.0150.453 After starting quarterback Alex Smith broke his leg in Week 11, the Washington Redskins rode their journeyman backup, Colt McCoy, to two losses and a 7-3 deficit against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13 before he also broke his leg. Struck with misfortune at the most important position in professional sports, Washington trotted out Mark Sanchez, a player signed off the street to back up McCoy.This obviously didn’t work out well. Sanchez had not played an NFL game since 2015, and he went on to record the worst expected points added (EPA) per play (-0.627) of any NFL QB in 2018 with at least 20 pass attempts. This includes Nathan Peterman. Sanchez was promptly benched in a blowout 40-16 loss to the Giants in Week 14. His replacement: Josh Johnson, a 32-year-old journeyman who has played for 12 different NFL teams and who reportedly had to play Madden to learn the names of his new teammates.Hindsight is 20-20, but it’s worth asking if this skid could have been avoided — or at least somewhat mitigated — had Washington signed free agent Colin Kaepernick instead of Sanchez. It’s even worth wondering if they still should sign him. A playoff berth for the Redskins is highly unlikely, but they are still not mathematically eliminated. Could signing Kaepernick help the team win out, finish 9-7, and give them a shot at the postseason?Let’s look at this as a purely football decision and put aside any public relations baggage that would come with signing Kaepernick. Let’s also assume that Kaepernick is in decent enough shape to put on a jersey right now and play at the levels we have seen from him in the past. (For what it’s worth, he has said that he’s remained in game shape.)I looked at standard measures of quarterback performance like yards per attempt along with more advanced stats like EPA per play and success rate, which measures how often a player keeps his team “on schedule” or on track for a first down. The first question — “Should Washington have signed Sanchez or Kaepernick?” — is straightforward to answer.Using data from Ron Yurko’s EPA model, I analyzed both of the QBs over their careers to see which one has been better at creating expected value per pass. I also broke out the contribution of yards after the catch to help with the comparison. Yards after catch is probably best thought of as the product of scheme and wide receiver skill, but passes that are on time and on target from a QB surely help as well. 23Lamar Jackson1010.1910.519 Sanchez-0.05 4Philip Rivers4140.4240.541 29Kirk Cousins5250.1460.51 PasserAttemptsYards/ AttemptEPA/PlaySuccess RateYAC EPA/Play Career expected points added per rush for Colin Kaepernick and Mark Sanchez, 2009-18 32Baker Mayfield3790.1240.479 Kaepernick has easily outperformed SanchezAttempts, yards per attempt, expected points added per play, success rate and yards after catch EPA per play for Kaepernick and Sanchez, 2009-18 6Jared Goff4600.3280.517 9Tom Brady4760.2900.526 Mark Sanchez2,4036.6+0.000.45+0.60 12Ryan Fitzpatrick2480.2750.523 Kaepernick, however, has also affected game outcomes with his legs. He is not exactly young anymore, though, at 31 years old; we might expect a decline in rushing effectiveness that typically accompanies NFL QBs as they age. Still, Kaepernick’s legs are fresh, and Sanchez has never shown the ability to add value on the ground. 10Ben Roethlisberger5480.2830.517 8Jameis Winston2700.2910.542 38Brock Osweiler1780.1010.44 45Josh Rosen314-0.0870.425 49Derek Anderson70-0.3250.429 Kaepernick+0.21 EPA/Rush 20Marcus Mariota3000.2130.51 46Chase Daniel76-0.0960.47 36Alex Smith3270.1130.457 40Blake Bortles3700.0400.463 Colin Kaepernick1,9417.2+0.170.45+0.67 48Josh McCown109-0.2190.383 Meanwhile, Kaepernick adds roughly equal value to his team whether he runs or passes the football, making him a legitimate dual threat. It was this ability that took the San Francisco 49ers within 5 yards of winning the 2012-13 Super Bowl. What’s more, the league has become more open to the air raid concepts Kaepernick ran at the University of Nevada, as evidenced by the ascendancy of Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, who played in an air raid system at Texas Tech. There are legitimate reasons to believe that Kaepernick could still fit in the league.Kaepernick’s path to snaps in Washington is blocked by current quarterback Johnson, who has just 193 total career pass attempts to his name and, like Sanchez, is a year older than Kaepernick. When we look at his career efficiency numbers compared with Kaepernick’s, we can see why Johnson hasn’t been allowed much opportunity to throw. Plays with Johnson under center have resulted in negative value for his teams. Kaepernick would be in the middle of the pack this yearEvery quarterback with a minimum of 20 pass attempts this season in the NFL, compared with the career numbers of Colin Kaepernick PlayerPass AttemptsTotal EPA/PLAYSuccess Rate Data includes two-point conversions but does not include kneel downs.Source: Elias Sports Bureau 16Jimmy Garoppolo900.2310.52 read more

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