The chief operating officer (COO) of Sirius Petroleum, a company focused on oil and gas exploration and development opportunities in Nigeria, has suddenly passed away.Sirius said on Thursday that the company’s COO Peter Gregory died suddenly while at home in the UK.Gregory was appointed as the COO of Sirius on April 12 and was given a primary responsibility to handle operations at the Ororo field. He was not a member of the main board but the company said it considered him as an important member of the operational management team.Chairman of Sirius, Jack Pryde, said: “Peter will be greatly missed by us all at Sirius as a work colleague and a personality with great energy and expertise who commanded much respect by each member of the team. Our very sincerest thoughts are with his family at this time.”“While the company does have depth in its operational management team and of course the considerable support of its group of operational partners, the board is taking immediate steps to put in place an experienced COO with the requisite skill set,” the company added.Gregory’s career spanned over 40 years of continuous service in drilling and operations in the oil and gas sector, holding senior operational drilling roles with several companies including Lasmo, Premier Oil, and BG Group.Over the last ten years, he held senior roles on projects around the world such as drilling engineering and management positions and as a head of drilling for three independent international oil companies.
The Leinster loosehead was sin-binned by referee Greg Garner after a video review in the first half of Ireland’s non-cap international clash at Thomond Park. Ireland slumped to defeat in Limerick with Alex Cuthbert claiming two tries and Leinster full-back Zane Kirchner landing the Barbarians’ killer blow over many of his club-mates. Craig Gilroy and the returning Chris Henry claimed scores for a scrappy Ireland outfit. Paddy Jackson’s late converted try handed Ireland a sniff of victory, but the BaaBaas held out. Fly-half Ian Madigan escaped censure for stamping on Georgia lock Mikautadze when a maul collapsed in the 32nd minute, but McGrath was handed a yellow card for his actions at the same breakdown. The 25-year-old front-rower could face further retrospective punishment, however, and any eventual sanction could threaten his World Cup participation. France lock Pascal Pape was handed a 10-week ban for kneeing Ireland number eight Jamie Heaslip in the back during this year’s RBS 6 Nations. Any suspension for McGrath would not start until Ireland’s World Cup warm-up games in August. There is no suggestion McGrath’s actions equate to those of Pape, but a ban of four or more weeks would leave his World Cup participation in doubt. Ireland boss Joe Schmidt showed his immediate feelings on the matter by choosing not to send McGrath back into the fray at the end of his 10-minute sin-bin. While the BaaBaas entertained, Ireland were meant to be experimenting, blooding the young and untested and ushering experienced men requiring matches back towards full steam. Jack McGrath could be facing a ban to jeopardise his World Cup participation after kneeing lock Konstantin Mikautadze in the back during Ireland’s 22-21 defeat to the Barbarians. Uncapped centre Colm O’Shea, with just four Leinster appearances to his name, struggled but never folded, while flanker Henry impressed in his first international outing since November. The Ulster openside scragged and scrapped at every breakdown, exhibiting all the tenacity that drove him into Ireland’s starting side before his mini-stroke in the autumn. The 30-year-old even claimed a second-half try, and must surely have done enough in Limerick to convince head coach Schmidt he is ready for the World Cup. The Barbarians launched into free-spirited custom from the off, Wales wing Cuthbert coasting home after Ireland debutant O’Shea drifted too far infield. Ireland levelled the scores through Craig Gilroy’s smart finish, the Ulster wing cutting a tight line off a five-metre scrum. Madigan’s conversion handed Schmidt’s men a two-point lead, but probe as they might, Ireland could not increase that advantage before the break. McGrath’s yellow card stymied solid build-up at the death of the half, allowing the BaaBaas some respite, though the world-famous invitational outfit did suffer a sin-binning of their own. Prop Roberto Tejerizo was given his short-term marching orders at the end of the half, for persistent scrum infringement. The Barbarians reclaimed the lead after the turnaround, former All Blacks wizard Joe Rokocoko always to the fore with a flick here and a trick there. Leinster’s Zane Kirchner outsmarted O’Shea before chipping the cover to slide home in style. Jimmy Gopperth converted before slotting a penalty – with the crowd booing the pragmatism – to set the BaaBaas 15-7 to the good. Ireland rallied through Henry’s driving-maul score, but even with Madigan’s conversion still trailed by a point. The Barbarians fired another riposte, Cuthbert burrowing home with a good flanker impression for his second score of the night. Ireland pulled a last-gasp try out of the hat thanks to replacement fly-half Paddy Jackson, and Madigan slotted the drop-goal conversion to allow the game to restart. Ireland again trailed by one point, with the game sliding into its final minute as the Barbarians restarted the action. The BaaBaas were able to run out the clock, however, and claim a victory as much morale-boosting for their part as galling for Ireland. Press Association
“The whole idea he (the acting chairman) is coming up with is to lay a solid foundation for sports in the region. He wants to do it by putting in place sports infrastructures in all the nooks and crannies of the region. “Communities and neighborhoods would have recreational sports centres where the youths can go and train.“That way, the youths can engage in sports rather than idle away. This is a new direction that would see NDDC using sports to combat youth restiveness,” the source hinted.He stressed that NDDC has over the years been doing a good job in the area of road construction, provision of water and electricity to communities without paying much attention to sports.“Sports is going to receive good attention moving forward given the new blueprint the NDDC leadership is working on and they intend to get an expert who understands the sports terrain, especially in the area of sports facilities to partner it,” the informed source concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is planning big for sports, if the vision of the commission’s acting Chairman Prof. Nelson Braimbraifa is anything to go by.A competent NDDC source disclosed early this week that Braimbraifa, a lover of sports has identified the need to use sports to woo Niger Delta youths and harness their sports potentials.According to sources within the commission, the NDDC boss is coming up with a blueprint for sports with special focus on putting in place state of the art sports facilities in most Niger Delta communities. Nelson Braimbraifa
It feels good to be back in Madison after two-and-a-half months. Denver’s okay, but there’s not much going on in the summer.– I guess I’ll admit it right off the bat. I left town in May a Rockies fan in denial. I returned to Madison in August a proud supporter of the purple pinstripes. – Okay, they’ve slipped a bit since the break, and they appear to be headed for the golf course once again in early October.– But two things need to be said: It was a hell of a ride following the team this year, up until around Aug. 18, and I’ll go out on a limb and call the five Colorado starters the best staff in the National League.– Not that that’s saying much, but it’s something for Denver baseball fans to get excited about for 2007.– Most entertaining quote of the summer: “Can’t wait. Can’t wait! Next Monday! Get to coach football again! Yes!” — Indiana football coach Terry Hoeppner at Big Ten Media Day, Aug. 1.– Yes, Terry, we’re all excited too. Just maybe not that excited.– What in the world was Zinedine Zidane thinking?– Going into the FIFA 2006 World Cup Final, with Italy and France competing, I had heard of just one player on either team. And in the 109th minute, Zidane exhibited perhaps the most distasteful act I have ever seen in sports.– Keep in mind, this is coming from a lifelong Avalanche fan who still wants to see Todd Bertuzzi run over by a cement truck.– I don’t care what Italy’s Marco Materazzi said to Zidane in the heat of the moment. Headbutting an opponent right in the middle of the chest is beyond inexcusable.– And in the final game of his allegedly illustrious career, no less.– Everybody kept saying “Oh, he let his team down, he let his country down.” I say he let his entire sport down.– Seeing as soccer struggles with American popularity, and the World Cup — this year’s Cup, in particular — could have served as a fantastic opportunity to win over some fans, Zidane should be blamed for showing the United States — and the world — exactly what is wrong with this game.– Shame on Zidane. As it happens, I’m glad Italy won, just to kick — or headbutt — Zidane when he’s down.– Weirdest quote of the summer: “It was helpless to sit there and watch. We scored only one run. We have to be better than this to stay in the race.” — Joe Torre, after his New York Yankees lost to the Cleveland Indians 19-1, July 4.– I am starting to respect the Yankees at this point; following a five-game sweep of the rival Red Sox, the Yanks sit atop the AL East by a healthy six-and-a-half game margin. All things considered — namely injuries, old age and the merciless treatment of Alex Rodriguez — that’s pretty impressive, even to a Boston guy (since 2001) like myself.– But I still think it’s funny that Torre was concerned about his offense when his pitching staff gave up 19 runs in a game. Seems like some priorities were bent out of shape.– I will never — repeat, never — understand paintball.– On July 12, a high school football player died in the heat of a paintball battle in Oklahoma. Garrett Bennett, just 17 years old, was entering his senior year.– Here’s the kicker: a simple paintball war on foot wasn’t enough for these guys. The tragedy occurred as two cars were pelting each other at 75 mph on an Oklahoma highway, and one car swerved off the road, killing Bennett instantly.– Call me what you wish, because I know I sound like a cranky old man, but paintball seems like the absolute dumbest thing one can do with one’s time.– It is, put simply, a tragedy that a good kid was taken at such a young age because maturity was in short supply.– The Tour de France … No. I will not bring myself to comment on a bike race. Ever.– Most hilarious quote of the summer: “I think I farted twice on the couch during this series — and I was called for two fouls against Dwyane Wade.” — From a reader e-mail on the NBA blog of ESPN.com’s Bill Simmons, June 22.– That’s certainly one way to put it, isn’t it?– Well, put it this way: I’m not going to say that NBA commissioner David Stern was absolutely playing favorites during the Finals in June, when the Miami Heat defeated the Dallas Mavericks in six games for the title amid questionable officiating.– However, the fact that D-Wade shot 25 free throws in Game 5 — exact change for the number of trips to the charity stripe by all of the Mavericks combined during that game — is appalling.– I’m mad at the NBA, and only time will tell if I’ll follow the league for the 2006-07 season.– Whoops. Just for saying that, Wade’s going to the line for two shots.Aaron is a sophomore who is living in Liz Waters this year. Yes, for the 283rd time, guys do live there now. You can contact him at email@example.com.
Published on November 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse tips off its second game in Paradise Island, Bahamas at 3:30 p.m. against Connecticut on Thursday. The Huskies beat Michigan on Wednesday, 74-60.Here’s how our beat writers think Syracuse will fare against UConn in the Orange’s fifth game this season.Sam Blum (4-0)Connecticut 78, Syracuse 59SubmergedAtlantis is a land that is long considered to be lost at sea. Though Syracuse found its way through the trenches of the Battle’s first round, a matchup with No. 18 UConn will leave the Orange as isolated as the location it’s playing in. Syracuse’s big men get their first real test, and a Connecticut team that has Top-10 potential is just flat out better.Jesse Dougherty (4-0)Connecticut 68, Syracuse 59Needs more saltAdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse hasn’t seen a team this quick or this talented, and the No. 18 Huskies make the Orange wish it had a few more cupcakes before facing tough opponents. SU has trouble getting inside against UConn and, in turn, Syracuse mostly takes contested 3s. The Orange doesn’t get to eat any pie this Thanksgiving, but it is offered a slice of reality. And it doesn’t taste all that good.Matt Schneidman (4-0)Syracuse 71, Connecticut 66Humble pieA UConn team coming off a convincing win over Michigan gets brought down to earth in an upset. Seven-footer Amidah Brimah and Daniel Hamilton get their share of rebounds down low, but a hot-shooting Syracuse team does enough to stretch the Huskies out and advance to the Battle 4 Atlantis finals courtesy of the deep ball. Comments
Mikel remains bitter over refereeâ€™s refusal to give a second penaltyDuro IkhazuagbeÂ in St PetersburgAfter exiting the ongoing FIFA World Cup here in RussiaÂ on TuesdayÂ nightÂ with the 2-1 loss to Argentina, some members of the Super Eagles are expected to touch down in Nigeria today.Eagles who narrowly lost the Group D second ticket to the Lionel Messi inspired South American nation, left Moscow for Lagos yesterday morning via Dubai on an Emirates flight. Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) Second Vice President, Shehu Dikko, accompanied the players on the flight to Nigeria in company with some other top sports officials.However, it was not all the 23 players who were in Russia for the Mundial that are going to arrive in Nigeria today. Most of the Europe-based players, NFF sources here confirmed left for their respective cities to join their families on vacations before heading to pre-season training camps.Â â€œThe NFF will meet with the coaches of the team later next week to discuss the programme for the Africa of Nations Cup qualifiers starting next month.Meanwhile, Captain of the team, John Mikel Obi, remains very said over the decision of Turkish referee, Cuneyt Cakir not to award Nigeria a deserved second penalty.Â ”I don’t understand how that wasn’t a penalty, for me it was a clear handball, clear penalty,” Mikel said at the post-match press conferenceÂ on TuesdayÂ night.”If you watched the Portugal match, that wasn’t even close to this, this was even worse, this was open, clear case of a penalty. The ball hit Marcos Rojoâ€™s hand,â€ stressed the former Chelsea midfielder.Mikel said that the fact that Nigeria had been awarded a penalty earlier in the game did not over rule another one if it was a deserved one.”A penalty is a penalty, if you give the first one, you can still give a penalty, we have seen it again in the dressing room, it was a clear penalty, so there wasn’t any way the referee couldn’t give the penalty.”He (referee) looked at the VAR and told me the ball hit the player’s hand,” concludes the Tianji Teda player in the Chinese Super League.Â Â REACTIONS TO OUSTERâ€¦*GERNOT ROHRWe have a very young team that still lacks experience. We will come back strongerÂ in four years.Â (On VAR)I donâ€™t know why the centre referee didnâ€™t give Nigeria penalty for the ball handled in the box by Argentine Marcos Rojo. It was not different from the same handball that earned Portugal a penalty against Iran.(On use of Bryan Idowu)When you haveÂ Â players like Lionel (Messi),Â Â Sergio (Aguero),Â Â Higuain, Dybala etc, you need players who can withstand the pressure without necessarily getting booked. We had two penalties in our first two matchesÂ Â and tried to avoid having set pieces against us. Previous goals against Nigeria came from purely set pieces. We didnâ€™t want any foul in our goal area.Â (On Continuity)I hope I can still continue to be around. I have a fantastic team here that can be better with time.Â *JOHN MIKEL OBIÂ Young team. We did well but was unable to achieve what we wanted.Â In four yearsÂ the team will be better and ready for the world. Iâ€™ve never been part of such a fun squad with such great and sociable players before. Ever since the coach joined us, weâ€™ve had a great time. The players listen to him and want to improve, and thatâ€™s important for Nigerian football.*WILLIAM TROOST EKONGÂ Hard to describe in words how that felt. It was an emotional rollercoaster. We gave everything against Argentina last night. Iâ€™m grateful and proud to have represented Nigeria and all Nigerians at this World Cup. But most of all I am humbled and thank God for bringing me this farÂ *LEON BALOGUNÂ We showed the world that Nigeria has talented players. We showed that we are a footballing nation, and if the team stays together I hope that we can give an even better account of ourselvesÂ in four yearsâ€™ time.Â *VICTOR MOSESÂ A Sad, disappointing evening. Tough defeatÂ ODION IGHALOÂ Itâ€™s a sad day for me, the boys and the country because we went out in a bad manner and we deserved more in the game. Nobody criticised me, itâ€™s a teamwork. We are 23 players fighting for a single thing. Even if I am criticised, Iâ€™ll take it in good faith.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Submit Share Share Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Confirmation came this week that the licensing process for the new national gambling code in Sweden has been delayed until 1 August.SBC News took the opportunity to speak to industry consultant Ismail Vali about the number of operators he expects to populate the market, industry benchmarks for gaming legislation, and how to retain players when bonuses become non-permissible as a retention tool.SBC: At the recent Betting on Football Conference, you spoke about the rush to “get in before the gates close” in Sweden; how do you see the situation developing from the current position of around 500 casinos, and nearly 300 sportsbooks?IV: Sweden remains one of the world’s most attractive gaming markets, online and brick and mortar – that’s due to its status as a developed market with high disposable adult income. It has also acted as the Lone Star in the Nordics for many of the publicly traded gaming operators to be in, at least, to maintain the appearance of having “Nordic Operations”.Whilst regulation has been talked about for several years now, and the ex-monopoly operator, Svenska Spel, has done much to raise awareness, politically especially, about unfair competition and a lack of social responsibility from the “offshore operators” – both salient points to be fair – not much has, in fact, been done to legitimise and regulate the Swedish market.Many operators still labour under the misapprehension that offering betting and gaming to Swedish players, to date, was “illegal”. It is not and won’t be until active legislation is passed and enforced.Unlike the USA, there has been no discussion of “clean hands” operators, who did not offer service in Sweden prior to regulation, being the ones who will benefit from a future licensing regime. Many operators then went “all-in on Sweden” in the space of this regulatory vacuum, and offered all the products they could, via whatever media channels they could, somewhat regardless of costs, competitive advantage or any USP for being in Sweden.All this has combined to create the current free for all, prior to regulation, with a glut of operators across all products. The recently announced regulatory regime, with applications being accepted from August 1st, 2018, and enforced regulations from January 1st, 2019, now gives the market a clear finish line to cross, as the gates of gaming control are, clearly, about to close shut.This matters from a market presence and share perspective given the huge number of competing operators in Sweden currently. The period from now, until the end of the World Cup, itself just prior to the licence application date, means operators have to compete aggressively for players simply to prove their ability to stay in the Swedish market.Many firms, if failing in the imminent race to regulation, will not be given the internal sign-off to apply for regulated status in the market, especially since the discipline of being publicly traded means having to admit and forecast matters:How much of the market is aware of your brand(s)How much of the market you have gained, with what marketing budgetHow much you forecast to retain, for the next quarter, and how much you believe you can grow, beyond thatAt what profit margin are you running, with the added impact of taxation, and fees for regulation, compliance and social responsibilityThe costs for licence application in Sweden are not particularly high, which will likely encourage a glut of entrants by August 1st, in line with the huge number of current operators. This will, in my view, not be upheld over the long term, and the future regulated Swedish market. The gates will close, on New Year’s Eve this year, I believe, with a large number of operators, in the hundreds easily, for the first year of regulated Swedish operations.Thereafter? An amended marketplace, with advertising rules, fewer media channels openly available (via embedded deals for the big budget brands), and a brutal new discipline from bonus retention deals becoming unavailable, will, inevitably, lead to a thinning of the herd and a position likely by two years after regulation where the marketplace is populated by between 50-100 operators.In line with this, there will likely be a consolidated top 10 scenario for the operators who get the next eight months right, and succeed in being top of mind, and top of monetary performance, through adapting to the specific Swedish market conditions.SBC: Many countries have been inspired by Danish and UK models when enacting gaming regulation; how much of what we see in Sweden will be reflective of these regulatory successes?IV: Both the UK and Danish models have one unifying feature – listening to operators, respectfully.Of course, any imposed system, which needs to be mindful of player protection and social responsibility, is not going to be universally “admired” by the industry, but that is the historical position of our business since well before the online distribution channel emerged – we have to take regulation, taxation, player protection and social responsibility not just seriously, but to the heart of our business as usual approach to any market.In the short term, there is going to be a margin Impact – in my view, a good thing, since it returns the business to the historical constant of focusing upon ‘little but often’ revenue from your players and moves away from the boom/bust cycle of simply opening new accounts with unrealistic and disbelieved deposit bonuses.A hand-in-glove approach by regulators, where they work with the industry, to improve and perfect what become, I hope, industry benchmarks for operators is the ultimate goal of any of the new wave of gaming regulation – both the UK and Denmark have shown the path here, but much work remains to be done.SBC: What is your advice for retaining Swedish players without the promise of bonus money?IV: Many operators have been shocked by this draft legislation clause, stating that bonuses will not be permissible as a retention tool under regulation. That surprise is only a result, in my view, of our own me-too, copycat marketing efforts of recent years, as an industry.We all have the same games; similar or identical access to the marketplace for advertising and all copy one another’s offers, pretty much down to the terms and conditions.It is unsurprising that the audience respond to this as they did with banking – tons of offers for NEW customers lead to promiscuous account swapping; then impacting upon the retained base, who you need to then bonus to keep in the building.It’s no way to run a sustainable business.Coming from many years in the poker sector, with insane levels of competition from the early 2000’s when I experienced the shift from one operator – ParadisePoker – to hundreds in a matter of months, we learned to dedicate our marketing to as broad an audience as possible via “must play promotions” – similar to the concept of “must-see TV” that networks like HBO and Netflix have perfected.Analogous to US TV Networks, operators have to create in online betting and gaming, within their core markets, one of the biggest branded “TV Channels” around, in order to matter in the market and survive the post-regulatory shift.As an industry, what we need to focus upon now, I would suggest, is the quality and event status of our “shows” – in other words, our promotions are key.Every day, on every dot country variant of their sites, across all products, operators promotional offering needs to feature “must notice”, “must be able to find”, and “must play” potential, in the same way that shows like Game of Thrones are classed as “must watch TV”, and available across a number of platforms for viewing.Players have to feel they are, potentially, missing out on “something” by not locating, logging on, staying connected to, and playing with your brand.It’s not just about the cash they could win or lose…it’s about the culture they take part in by playing with your brand, and the cultural phenomenon you’re building with, and for, your growing audience.This commitment to the mass market, free to play offers and promotions to encourage awareness, trial and engagement, and segmented offers and incentives for the players once you had the data to really know them, was the only way to gain and retain “membership” of your brand, and target the top 10, and hopefully, the number one position, which with the teams and brands I had at the time I was Chief Marketing Officer, we were able to do with both ParadisePoker, and PokerStars, globally.I use the word “membership” deliberately – seeing the audience as just potential “customers” encourages the “get and go” attitude from many of today’s online gamblers, and our industry response to them as “new depositing customers”, valuable only for their first month’s activity, and largely seen as “lapsed or lapsing” thereafter. Seeing them as “members” of your branded entertainment offering, across all products, shifts the manner in which you meet, greet, gain and retain them.Ismail Vali can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Spelinspektionen reminds operators of AML responsibilities July 2, 2020
Here is the final lap of the Daytona 500 in which Ryan Newman’s car was flipped at the line.We will continue to keep you updated on his status as we learn more. pic.twitter.com/qkEwQBpoP0— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) February 18, 2020″[Newman] is in serious condition, but doctors have indicated his injuries are not life threatening,” Roush Fenway Racing said in a statement Monday night. “We appreciate your thoughts and prayers and ask that you respect the privacy of Ryan and his family during this time. We appreciate your patience and cooperation and we will provide more information as it becomes available.” Ryan Newman Continues Great Improvement: pic.twitter.com/66rToCHGsj— Roush Fenway (@roushfenway) February 19, 2020Roush Fenway also tweeted out a photo of a smiling Newman with his two daughters.Ryan Newman Continues Great Improvement pic.twitter.com/xIZRiaRApi— Roush Fenway (@roushfenway) February 19, 2020Tuesday, Feb. 183:45 p.m. ET — Ryan Newman is “awake and speaking with family and doctors,” according to the official Roush Fenway Twitter account. Update on Ryan Newman: pic.twitter.com/TdJHDZ3O7O— Roush Fenway (@roushfenway) February 18, 202011:51 a.m. ET — The president of Roush Fenway Racing said Newman remains hospitalized Tuesday morning, but a further update on the driver’s condition was not given.pic.twitter.com/WUaHmymRsU— Steve Newmark (@NewmarkRFR) February 18, 2020 Hamlin barely edged out Blaney to win his second straight Daytona 500 victory. It was the second closest race in the history of the “Great American Race.” Hamlin promptly celebrated with a fist pump and burnouts, but his focus quickly shifted when he heard the severity of Newman’s crash. “It’s a weird balance of excitement and happiness for yourself, but obviously someone’s health and their family is bigger than any win in any sport,” Hamlin said in an interview with ESPN. “We’re just hoping for the best.”First a foremost I want to give well wishes and prayers to @RyanJNewman . I had absolutely NO IDEA of the severity of the crash until I got to victory lane. There’s very little communication after the finish and i had already unhooked my radio. It’s not anyone’s fault. 🙏Rocket— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) February 18, 2020NASCAR hasn’t lost an active driver in its three major circuits since the death of Dale Earnhardt in 2001.Below are the latest updates on Newman’s condition.Ryan Newman updatesWednesday, Feb. 193:45 p.m. ET — There is no timetable for Ryan Newman’s return, Roush Fenway Racing said in a statement. Ross Chastain will fill in for Newman starting this weekend in the No. 6 Wyndham Rewards Ford. “First and foremost, our focus remains with Ryan and his family as he continues to recover,” said Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark in the statement. “We also want to express our sincere gratitude to all of those who have offered support and taken the time to send their thoughts and prayers to Ryan, his family and everyone at Roush Fenway Racing.”1:43 p.m. ET — Ryan Newman has been released from the hospital, according to a photo shared on Twitter by Roush Fenway Racing.Ryan Newman has been treated and released from Halifax Medical Center pic.twitter.com/J0twhGgQm7— Roush Fenway (@roushfenway) February 19, 2020Krissie Newman shared a video to twitter of Newman walking with their two daughters. Best sight ever!!! https://t.co/g1G3VDwpi1 pic.twitter.com/kMs4u8LjOL— Krissie Newman (@NewmanKrissie) February 19, 202011:50 a.m. ET — Ryan Newman is “fully alert and walking” at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, according to the Roush Fenway official Twitter account. Ryan Newman was in the lead in the final lap of the Daytona 500, just ahead of Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney heading into Turn 4. Blaney bumped the back of Newman’s car, sending Newman spinning into the wall. Another car then hit Newman’s No. 6 and launched him into the air and down the speedway. The No. 6 Ford came to a stop upside down and in flames. The AMR safety team was there within seconds and Newman was taken straight to Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach.
Ozil was equally profligate when he weaved through on goal, only to clip his shot too close to Karnezis.There was less assurance about Arsenal towards the end of the half and Cech had to plunge to his left to save Richarlison’s header.But Watford couldn’t take advantage and Granit Xhaka’s 20-yard blast after the interval almost deceived Karnezis before he grabbed the ball just before it crossed the line.With the momentum back in their favour, Aubameyang doubled Arsenal’s lead in the 59th minute.Mkhitaryan was the catalyst, slipping a pass to Aubameyang, who beat the Watford offside trap and rounded Karnezis before slotting in his third goal since his club-record move from Borussia Dortmund in January.There was more cause for Wenger to wear a rare smile a few minutes later.Ainsley Maitland-Niles conceded a penalty with a foul on Pereyra, but when Deeney stepped up to take the spot-kick, Cech made a fine save that preserved his 200th clean sheet in the Premier League.Mkhitaryan bagged his second goal in successive matches with a low strike that crept under Karnezis in the 77th minute.Share on: WhatsApp Shkodran Mustafi’s early opener and a cool finish from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put them in control.In a moment of sweet vindication, Watford captain Troy Deeney, who had questioned Arsenal’s spirit earlier this season, had a second-half penalty saved by Petr Cech.Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s strike wrapped up the points, but there was concern for Wenger as Mustafi limped off in the closing stages.Arsenal, who had lost eight of their previous 14 matches in all competitions, remain in sixth place and trail fourth-placed Tottenham by 10 points ahead of their rivals’ trip to Bournemouth later on Sunday.Winning the Europa League guarantees qualification for next season’s Champions League and, with Arsenal’s hopes of achieving that goal via a top-four finish looking bleak, it was no surprise Wenger prioritised the continental competition.With the second leg against Milan looming on Thursday, Wenger rested Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny and left Jack Wilshere on the bench.Aubameyang was one of the established stars who started for Arsenal and the Gabon striker should have opened the scoring when he raced onto Mesut Ozil’s pass and shot straight at Watford goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis. London, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsene Wenger received a welcome boost as Arsenal eased a little of the pressure on their beleaguered boss with a 3-0 win over Watford on Sunday.After a wretched run left Wenger fighting to save his job, a 2-0 win at AC Milan in the Europa League on Thursday offered the Frenchman temporary respite from the torrent of abuse he has endured this season.Maintaining the momentum from that last-16 victory in the San Siro, Wenger’s side ended a run of three successive Premier League defeats with a solid display at the Emirates Stadium. Deeney had infuriated Arsenal by accusing them of a lack of “cojones” after Watford beat Wenger’s men in October.Fuelled by that jibe, Arsenal took the lead in the eighth minute.When Ozil swung a deep free-kick towards the far post, Mustafi punished slack marking by Jose Holebas and Adrian Mariappa as the German defender powered a close-range header past Karnezis.– Rare smile –Watford weren’t fazed and Abdoulaye Doucoure’s low strike deflected off Mustafi to force a good save from Cech.Cech alertly kept out Richarlison’s dipping free-kick, but Roberto Pereyra should have done better than blaze the rebound over. For the second successive home game, a significant amount of seats were empty as fans stayed away in protest at Wenger’s woes.The subdued atmosphere lent an ‘end of an era’ feel to the match, but it didn’t bother Arsenal, who had a point to prove to Watford captain Deeney.
By John Burton Cyclists and runners now have a designated lane in portions of Fair Haven, Little Silver and Rumson, which local officials hope will be the beginning of a longer network of bike lanes. Contractors late last week and this week striped recently milled and repaved portions of Rumson and Ridge roads running through the three communities. As part of that work, the contractor, Traffic Lines, Inc., Farmingdale, is stenciling a cyclist silhouette – in traffic engineering lingo called a “sharrow,” a shared lane designation providing space for cyclists and those on foot – along the roadway.According to Monmouth County Freeholder Thomas Arnone, the freeholder board’s liaison for public works and engineering, the work along these county roads will continue through the week and will include accompanying bike lane signage.This is a major step forward for Fair Haven Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli and Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl, who advocated for the bike lanes and worked with county officials to win their support.“I think at the end of the day the idea is good,” to have these lanes, said Lucarelli.Since the sharrows first began being installed, Lucarelli said “ten people have come up to me to say thank you…They’re going out of their way to say thank you.”Lucarelli added, “What is really gratifying is seeing people use it.” With the unseasonably warm weather last weekend, he observed cyclists pedaling in the lanes. And with the formal designation “It raises awareness with cars and drivers,” he said.With the county’s plan to resurface those roadways early this fall, Lucarelli and Ekdahl saw an opportunity to get county government to allow the roads’ shoulders to have the official designation.The communities struck an agreement with county officials to equally share the engineering and installation cost.Workers this week installed bicycle lane stenciling on Rumson and Ridge roads through portions of Fair Haven, Rumson and Little Silver. Local officials hope this will be the first in an ongoing effort establishing a Two River bike lane connecting a number of local communities. Photo: John BurtonLucarelli said Fair Haven budgeted $49,000 for its share.On average, he explained, it costs roughly $1,800 to stripe a mile and about $285 for each sharrow, with signage an additional expense.Lucarelli is a cycling enthusiast who has been advocating for a Two River bike lane connecting from Red Bank east through the Rumson peninsula, on to Sea Bright and Ocean Avenue/state Highway 36. It would run through Monmouth Beach and Oceanport and loop back around to the Red Bank border. His support also had a personal and profound resonance, given Fair Haven Borough Councilman Jerome Koch was killed a little over a year ago when struck by a vehicle while out cycling in the borough.The state Department of Transportation will install bike lanes on Ocean Avenue throughout Sea Bright when it repaves the roadway in the near future, Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long said previously.The Two River Council of Mayors, an informal collection of 13 municipalities, which includes Rumson, Fair Haven and Little Silver, threw its support behind the efforts.Lucarelli and supporters see their effort as intended to encourage people to get out of their vehicles and take to bikes for transportation, recreation and for health and environmental considerations. That is the trend through much of the country and abroad, Lucarelli said in the past. But cyclists are entitled to the designated lanes for the safety of all using the roadways, advocates have stressed.Indeed, there is a considerable body of research that indicates that clearly marked lanes have a traffic calming effect. In general terms, even when no cyclists are present, drivers instinctively slow down, and cyclists, when on the roads, tend to stay in the lanes.Of those who have approached Lucarelli, “I think they all realize our leafy suburb is ripe for this,” he said.The local officials approached the county freeholders about supporting the project for the county roads, hoping the county would cover the expense. County officials were initially resistant to the idea, citing costs, liability and the complexities of having it cross multiple municipalities. Finally, both sides hammered out an agreement to share expenses, supported by Arnone who secured the remainder of freeholders’ support.“The county appreciates the commitment by the boroughs of Fair Haven, Little Silver and Rumson to advance the bicycle routes by committing to the engineering design and funding on the county roads in their towns,” Arnone said in an email response.Fair Haven resident Gail O’Reilly, a volunteer working with Lucarelli on garnering support for the lanes, said this week of this development, “I think it’s profoundly significant now that area residents have an option to travel more safely through and between our communities.”Cycling has yet to become the norm for most people’s transportation, O’Reilly acknowledged. “But it shouldn’t be the exception.”“And that’s one of our goals,” she said of the group working with Lucarelli, “to make it more readily available.”Bike lanes, under federal and state guidelines, are expected to be from 4-to-5 feet wide, depending on whether there is curbing on the road. Sharrows should be installed every quarter- to half-mile, and at every intersection, accompanied by signage.The lines and stenciling are done with a thermo-plastic compound that’s expected to last approximately three years, said Dave Cuje, a Traffic Lines, Inc. foreman overseeing their installation this week.– By John Burton | The Two River Times John Burton can be reached at email@example.com