Liverpool football routs CBA; C-NS runs past F-M

first_img Tags: C-NSfootballliverpool Mack’s third TD, on a run of 12 yards, expanded the Warriors’ lead further, and it was fitting that the defense closed out Liverpool’s scoring as Kyle Caves returned a fourth-quarter interception 39 yards for six points.What made Liverpool’s ground attack so effective was the way it spread the ball around. Sophomore Dakari Mack led with 20 carries for 92 yards, with Brendan Mancuso getting 72 yards on the ground and Jacob Vacco adding 70 yards on 11 carries.First place in the AA-1 division is at stake next Friday when Liverpool travels to Corcoran. The Cougars are 3-1 and coming off a 47-30 victory over Corning.C-NS and Fayetteville-Manlius both had lost their Class AA-2 division openers – the Northstars to RFA, the Hornets to Utica Proctor. Neither could afford a a second consecutive league loss and stay in the title race.With particular urgency, C-NS played strong defense from the outset, forcing F-M into bad field position, and the special teams earned the  first points when a bad Hornets punt snap led to a safety.  On the first play of the second quarter, J.J. Razmovski threw a 21-yard TD pass to Adron Padford.Then Washington took over, scoring on a 24-yard run less than three minutes after Padford found the end zone. This helped the Northstars withstand the Hornets’ lone TD on a pass from Alex Dauksza to Jordan Leuze and lead 15-8 at the break.Two minutes into the third quarter, any nerves C-NS may have felt dissipated when Washington broke loose and out-ran Hornets defenders 42 yards to the end zone. Minutes later, again the Northstars had the ball and again Washington made a big play, sprinting 58 yards for his third TD of the night.Taking over from there, the Northstars’ defense never let F-M answer. Now at 2-2 overall (1-1 league), C-NS hosts West Genesee next Friday, their first encounter since last November’s Section III Class AA final. Having not trailed this season, Liverpool finally did so in the first quarter against CBA, seeing a 3-0 lead built by Dominick Scro’s 39-yard field goal answered when the Brothers drove to the Warriors’ one and quarterback Travis Ward converted.Before the period ended, though, Liverpool had put together its own scoring drive that Bryce Mills finished off with a one-yard touchdown plunge, and unlike some of its previous games, the Warriors didn’t wait until the second half to seize total control.Twice in the second quarter, Liverpool put together scoring marches, each of them ending on short TD runs by Dakari Mack of one and four yards. Meanwhile, the defense settled down, stifling CBA and helping insure a 24-7 halftime margin. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Four games are in the books, and it’s four victories for the Liverpool football team as it heads toward what could be its toughest challenge in the quest for another Class AA-1 division regular-season title.The state Class AA no. 15-ranked Warriors went to Alibrandi Stadium on Friday and had little trouble against Christian Brothers Academy, making big plays on both sides of the ball to beat the Brothers 38-15.As this went on, Cicero-North Syracuse, rebounding from a shocking defeat at Rome Free Academy the week before, rode a big performance from Mike Washington to a 29-8 victory over Fayetteville-Manlius at Bragman Stadium.last_img read more

Los Angeles Dodgers’ bats fall silent against Pittsburgh Pirates’ Francisco Liriano

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PITTSBURGH — Before Wednesday, Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano had not pitched seven innings in a start since April 21. His record was 1-7 and, whether you believe in the validity of wins and losses or not, Liriano’s recent history didn’t suggest he was capable of no-hitting the Dodgers for four innings.So of course, Liriano didn’t allow a hit for four innings in the Dodgers’ 6-1 loss.For whatever reason, the Dodgers have struggled against left-handers this season. They scored 12 runs in the first two games of the series, but that was against right-handers Edinson Volquez and Vance Worley.A win Wednesday would have allowed the Dodgers to keep pace with the victorious San Francisco Giants, who they visit for a three-game series beginning Friday. Instead, they enter the series two games behind the Giants after entering the All-Star break in first place. So much for momentum.“At the end of the day, here’s what really happens,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “The guy who’s throwing that day controls the momentum of the game. You get somebody out there today that’s really good, making pitches, he’s going to make you look like you’ve lost your momentum again.”The Dodgers didn’t collect a hit until Miguel Rojas’ double in the fifth inning. They scored their only run as a result of a single by Justin Turner, a double by Dee Gordon, and an RBI groundout by Matt Kemp in the sixth inning.By then, the Pirates had already scored the game’s first five runs. That was more than enough for Liriano, who lowered his ERA from 4.43 to 4.18.“If it’s his night,” first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said, “he’s going to have a good night.”center_img At least the Dodgers can look forward to returning to the West Coast, where they’re expected to face three right-handers in San Francisco. Their top three starters — Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu — are lined up for the marquee matchup.After that, the future of the Dodgers’ rotation is murky.Mattingly wouldn’t indulge the question of whether Dan Haren (8-8) would take his next turn in the rotation after suffering his fourth straight loss. The Dodgers have an off-day today and another Monday, so they wouldn’t need a fifth starter until Aug. 3, a week from Sunday.Haren was more candid on the topic.“I would do anything for the team,” he said. “If it means for me to get skipped or something, I totally understand that. … I understand with the off-days and the way I’ve been throwing, the likely scenario is that I won’t pitch.”Haren allowed four runs in a disastrous first inning that forced the Dodgers to battle from behind all game. The right-hander settled down enough to pitch five innings, allowing only one more run.The Pirates began the game with a single, single, line-drive out, and a walk to load the bases. Typically known for his control, Haren then issued a bases-loaded walk to Russell Martin that drove in the Pirates’ first run. A sacrifice fly and a two-run double by Josh Harrison gave Pittsburgh a 4-0 lead.“Even when I was really successful early in the year, I would still have troubles the first time through the lineup,” Haren said. “Then the second, third times the batting averages would go down. That problem has been there for me all year.”A solo home run in the second inning by Travis Snider landed in the deepest row of right-field bleachers and gave the Pirates a 5-0 lead.Relievers Jamey Wright, Chris Perez and Paul Maholm had all pitched Tuesday, and each did something to help the Dodgers lose a winnable game. In a lifeless loss Wednesday with little on the line, each pitcher needed only to record three outs. Only one run scored, against Maholm.The result wasn’t in doubt when Yasiel Puig, who missed the last three games with a sore left hand, walked as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning. Puig then played his first inning in center field all season in the bottom of the inning. No balls were hit in his direction.“It was a good game to get him out there,” Mattingly said.last_img read more

Kyrie Irving free agency fits: Can Lakers, Knicks steal star guard away from Nets?

first_imgNBA FREE AGENCY: Latest news, rumors on Kyrie IrvingIrving is widely considered a lock to leave the Celtics, as is veteran center Al Horford. Boston is already preparing to chase Kemba Walker once free agency begins, so Irving will be joining the third team of his career this summer.But where exactly will he land? Based on all the reporting to this point, Irving should be wearing a Nets jersey when the 2019-20 season kicks off, though there’s always a chance he changes his mind. For now, let’s start with the favorite.Kyrie Irving signs with the NetsHello, Brooklyn. Here’s your new point guard.The Nets have been consistently connected to Irving, who could replace fellow All-Star D’Angelo Russell in the starting lineup. Brooklyn is already a playoff team with a terrific coach in Kenny Atkinson and intriguing youngsters at multiple positions, including Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen. After the disastrous Kevin Garnett-Paul Pierce trade, the Nets’ front office, led by general manager Sean Marks, has done an incredible job of recovering and rebuilding year by year.Brooklyn makes sense as a free agency destination. This may even be a done deal in Irving’s head. However, the move doesn’t come without some apprehension.Irving is a better player than Russell, but is the talent and production gap enough to outweigh fears of Irving’s impact in the locker room? And if the Nets’ plan is to sign both Irving and Kevin Durant, how will they handle a scenario in which Irving is on board but Durant stays with the Warriors or shifts elsewhere?To be clear, Irving wasn’t the only problem in Boston. It’s impossible to know how the Celtics would have fared with a healthy Gordon Hayward. Maybe Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier could have handled their roles better. Brad Stevens put plenty of the blame on himself for not fitting the puzzle pieces together.But Irving was certainly a significant part of the problem. Giving him the keys and sliding him into a leadership position might not be the wisest decision, especially considering the Nets had excellent chemistry last season. The bet here is that the Nets will offer Irving a max deal (four years, approximately $140 million), with or without a guarantee from Durant. Perhaps Irving will recognize this is his last chance to positively alter his reputation.MORE: Kevin Durant free agency fitsKyrie Irving signs with the LakersThis situation just got more interesting.The Lakers recently sent three players to the Wizards as part of the Anthony Davis trade, and Davis waived his $4 million trade bonus. That pushed Los Angeles to max cap space ahead of free agency, allowing general manager Rob Pelinka to target the likes of Irving and Kawhi Leonard. Marc Stein of The New York Times says the Lakers are “swinging for the fences.”Irving knows as well as anyone the highs and lows of playing next to LeBron James. There was plenty of drama in Cleveland, but the Cavs also reached multiple NBA Finals and famously overcame a 3-1 lead against the mighty Warriors in 2016 to win the title. Irving’s shot over Stephen Curry late in Game 7 remains the signature moment of his career.A trio of James, Davis and Irving? To use a basketball term, that would be really freaking good. It wouldn’t work immediately — it’s always a process, except when sliding Durant into Harrison Barnes’ spot — but the potential would be off the charts.Bigger question: What does Irving want? He won a championship. He is one of the most recognizable faces in the league. He’s got a signature shoe and starred in a feature film. The money is the same everywhere outside of Boston.Does it matter if he’s not “The Man” in Los Angeles? Maybe that’s the difference. That option is simply not available to him here with LeBron running the show. If Irving didn’t enjoy that failed experiment with the Celtics, though, the Lakers are suddenly a lot more attractive.MORE: Kawhi Leonard free agency fitsKyrie Irving signs with the KnicksIt wasn’t all that long ago the Knicks essentially had Irving and Durant on direct flights to Madison Square Garden.Unfortunately for Spike Lee and the rest of the fan base, the NBA landscape can change quickly.It’s possible the Knicks could sell Irving on being the face of franchise. He would be the No. 1 option, even if Durant joined him, because Durant’s recovery from a ruptured Achilles could take a full year. But there are concerns about leadership at the top of the organizational chart.From The Athletic’s Frank Isola:Irving is intent on living in the New York area and a person close to the All-Star point guard says he prefers the Brooklyn Nets over the Knicks because he has concerns about Knicks’ management, including ownership.Yes, as long as James Dolan is around, the Knicks will always be a step behind in attempting to sign marquee free agents. Players are too smart not to notice the influence of owners and the huge impact it can have throughout the franchise. Ownership is one of the biggest competitive advantages — and in this case, a major disadvantage — in the NBA. Living in New York City and getting the opportunity to create a winning atmosphere is appealing. There are a few fun prospects on the Knicks roster, too, including No. 3 overall pick RJ Barrett.Still, it’s difficult to envision how the Knicks can surpass the Nets on Irving’s list. Compare the stability in the front offices and current rosters. It shouldn’t be hard to follow Irving’s thought process. (Following his thought process on anything else is more of a challenge).New York could be looking at second-tier free agents and another lottery season. Kyrie Irving is entering free agency after a season in which he averaged 23.8 points, 6.9 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game while shooting 48.7 percent from the field and 40.1 percent from 3-point range. He made an All-NBA team, further solidifying himself as one of the league’s top guards.And yet, the Celtics’ 2018-19 campaign was a complete disappointment. Once considered the Eastern Conference favorite to reach the NBA Finals, Boston flamed out in the second round against a superior Bucks squad in a series filled with poor shooting and lackluster defense from Irving.last_img read more

Wellington Fire and EMS weekly log: Aug. 31 – Sept. 6, 2015

first_img6-Sep1:43 PMGrass Fire30th Avenue & Ridge Wellington Fire and EMS Weekly Run Log for Aug. 31 to Sept. 6, 2015 5-Sep9:13 AMMedical Emergency1000 College 3-Sep11:35 AMMedical Alarm400 block South C 5-Sep5:10 PMTransfer to Wichita 5-Sep2:45 PMMedical Emergency600 block Delrose 5-Sep1:25 PMMedical Trauma300 block S. Hoover 5-Sep2:48 AMLift Assist400 block South C 3-Sep8:54 AMTransfer to Wichita 6-Sep9:10 PMMedical EmergencyKansas Turnpike 6-Sep12:23 PMGrass Fire30th Avenue & Ridge 4-Sep11:07 PMTransfer to Wichita 4-Sep7:37 PMTransfer to Wichita Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 3-Sep12:44 PMVehicle Accident1800 S. Meridiancenter_img 2-Sep1:07 PMLift Assist200 block North A Wellington Fire & EMS Weekly Run Log 5-Sep1:40 PMMedical Emergency200 block E. Lincoln 2-Sep5:27 PMMedical Trauma200 block E. Lincoln 31-Aug1:17 PMMedical Emergency500 block N. Washington 5-Sep8:19 PMGrass Fire30th & Broadway 5-Sep10:23 PMCheck Oxygen500 block N. Gardner 6-Sep10:56 AMGrass Fire500 East 50th Avenue 3-Sep7:20 AMLift Assist100 block South G 4-Sep5:56 PMMedical Trauma1000 block E. 40th South 1-Sep10:15 AMMedical Emergency120th South & Seneca Follow us on Twitter. 1-Sep8:41 PMGrass Fire1100 East 90th Southlast_img read more

Friday June 28th Local Sports

first_img2019 SIXTH Iowa Girls High School Softball RankingsCompiled by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic UnionFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Thursday, June 27, 2019Class 1ASchool Record LW1 Collins-Maxwell 17-1 12 Lisbon 21-5 23 Clarksville 23-1 34 Newell-Fonda 28-5 45 BCLUW 20-9 66 Akron-Westfield 18-10 57 AGWSR 16-5 78 Lynnville-Sully 20-5 89 Bishop Garrigan 23-5 910 Janesville 13-6 1011 West Harrison 22-2 1112 South O’Brien 21-3 1413 Twin Cedars 24-3 1314 Westwood 22-9 1215 Belle Plaine 18-7 NRDropped Out: North Mahaska (15) Class 4ASchool Record LW1 Carlisle 23-3 12 Charles City 28-0 33 ADM 21-5 24 North Scott 18-8 45 Independence 25-10 76 West Delaware 22-8 87 Dallas Center-Grimes 17-10 58 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 23-3 69 Ballard 22-8 910 Cedar Rapids Xavier 19-9 1011 Norwalk 17-8 1112 Mount Pleasant 16-6 1313 Central DeWitt 22-7 1214 Winterset 14-12 NR15 Webster City 16-5 15Dropped Out: Boone (14) — high school baseball ThursdayNewman 9, Estherville Lincoln Central 2 == The Twins are off to Chicago to start a week-long road trip. They’ll face the White Sox at 7:10 tonight, with a 6:30 pre-game show on KGLO. Saturday’s start is at 3:10 with a 2:30 pre-game show. Sunday it’s Inside Twins at 12:00, the pre-game at 12:30, with the first pitch at 1:10, all on KGLO. FOREST CITY, Iowa – A legendary icon of success is leaving the Waldorf campus after 47 years in athletic administration with the Warriors as Director of Athletics Denny Jerome announced he will retire in August.The search for the next Director of Athletics at Waldorf is currently underway.A 1970 graduate of then-Waldorf College who earned his Bachelor’s at Concordia-Morehead (Minn.) and Master’s at University of Northern Iowa, Jerome served as the Warriors’ Director of Athletics from 1980-2010, then returned to that role from 2016-19.During his time leading the Waldorf athletic programs, Jerome created the Waldorf Athletic Department handbook, established the All-Sports recognition program, orchestrated the building project for the John K. and Louise Hanson Fieldhouse/Forest City YMCA, established the Waldorf Athletic Hall of Fame and served as the induction committee chair through 2019, orchestrated renovation of the Cycle Sat building to the Waldorf Athletic Center, and led the Warriors transition from a junior college to the NAIA and four-year competition. Class 2ASchool Record LW1 North Linn 30-3 12 Durant 21-6 23 Pleasantville 22-6 34 Jesup 21-6 45 West Monona 21-4 56 Central Springs 22-6 67 Wilton 15-11 88 Iowa City Regina 11-13 79 East Marshall 21-4 1210 Beckman Catholic 21-11 1111 Alta-Aurelia 15-6 912 West Sioux 21-5 1013 Mount Ayr 13-2 1514 Van Meter 20-8 NR15 Colfax-Mingo 18-4 NRDropped Out: West Lyon (13), Ogden (14) MINNEAPOLIS — Jorge Polanco is a bona fide candidate for the American League Most Valuable Player Award, on pace to shatter his career highs in nearly every offensive category and has been worth every penny of the five-year extension that he inked during the offseason.Now, Polanco can add All-Star starting shortstop to his growing list of accolades after he was announced as the winner of the Starters Election on Thursday.Polanco, who led AL shortstops in voting throughout the Primary round, also led the Starters Election from start to finish and earned 42 percent of the vote, winning the starting job by a comfortable margin over Gleyber Torres of the Yankees (31.2 percent) and Carlos Correa of the Astros (26.8 percent).Polanco is the first Twins player elected to start a Midsummer Classic since Joe Mauer started at catcher in the 2013 All-Star Game in New York. He could also become the first Minnesota infielder to start since Roy Smalley earned the start at shortstop in the 1979 All-Star Game.center_img TONIGHT:AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — Clear Lake softball at Clarion-Goldfield-Dows — 7:30 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Yandy Díaz hit a sacrifice fly for Tampa Bay in the 18th inning to break a tie that lasted since the second, and the Rays pulled away from Minnesota for a 5-2 victory to avoid being swept in a series by the Twins for the first time in 13 years. Ryan Yarbrough was the eighth reliever and 22nd player used by the Rays during the game that lasted 5:42 after rain delayed the first pitch by 57 minutes. Yarbrough threw three scoreless innings for the victory. Ryne Harper took the loss for the Twins. Class 5ASchool Record LW1 Waukee 26-3 12 West Des Moines Valley 22-5 23 Fort Dodge 21-5 34 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 26-2 45 Iowa City High 25-6 56 Indianola 21-4 67 Johnston 21-8 88 Ottumwa 24-4 79 Muscatine 19-7 1010 Pleasant Valley 17-10 911 Dubuque Hempstead 22-6 1412 Des Moines East 18-9 1513 Cedar Rapids Prairie 18-9 1114 Bettendorf 16-10 1315 Southeast Polk 17-12 12Dropped Out: None Class 3ASchool Record LW1 Davenport Assumption 26-1 12 Louisa-Muscatine 26-2 23 Humboldt 21-2 34 West Liberty 18-1 45 Waterloo Columbus Catholic 25-3 56 Treynor 20-1 67 Albia 18-3 78 Anamosa 23-3 99 Solon 20-12 810 Camanche 24-4 1011 Williamsburg 26-9 1412 New Hampton 22-5 1113 Mount Vernon 22-9 1214 West Burlington/Notre Dame 18-7 NR15 Atlantic 21-6 13Dropped Out: Spirit Lake (15) AMES — At least one college football preview magazine says the high expectations surrounding the Iowa State football program are justified. Phil Steele’s College Football Preview calls the Cyclones a dark horse in the Big 12 race. ISU has 16 starters back from last year’s team that finished 8-5 after a loss to Washington State in the Alamo Bowl, making the Cyclones one of the nation’s most experienced teams.“And that is despite losing David Montgomery and Hakeem Butler”, said Steele. “Brock Purdy is back. They have a veteran offensive line for once under Matt Campbell and defensively they are playing solid and have eight starters back.”The start of the Big-12 race will be crucial. Iowa State opens league play with three of four games away from home. Steele says Cyclone hopes for a trip to the Big-12 Championship game may come down to home games against Texas and T-C-U.“If Iowa State takes care of business in those two games I feel they will be in the Big-12 title game”, added Steele. “I did not call for it. I’ve got Oklahoma and Texas going back to it but I have got both of those games rated as toss-ups.”The Cyclones open August 31st against Northern Iowa.last_img read more

Spain leaves out Diego Costa

first_imgMADRID (AP):Diego Costa has been left out of the Spain squad because of an injury, coach Vicente del Bosque said yesterday. Del Bosque announced his squad for upcoming friendlies against Italy and Romania.”Diego came off from a match with an injury in his quadriceps muscle, but four days later, because Chelsea had much at stake, he was made to play again and finished in some pain,” del Bosque said. “Although the doctors said he was getting better, we have opted not to include him.”Last Saturday, Costa was sent off in Chelsea’s FA Cup loss to Everton for “improper conduct”. He was given a second yellow card after thrusting his head towards Gareth Barry before appearing to make a biting motion on the side of the midfielder’s neck. Both players later said there was no bite.Del Bosque said Costa’s behaviour was not a cause of concern.”There are two months to go before I choose my final squad for the European Championship and absolutely no one – not even Diego Costa – is currently excluded,” Del Bosque said.Costa’s place in attack was taken by Aritz Aduriz, who scored a hat-trick in Athletic Bilbao’s 4-1 win over Deportivo La Coruna and then clinched his team’s Europa League win with an away goal against Valencia.De Bosque said playmaker Andres Iniesta had also been left out because of a muscle problem.”He had discomfort and we considered it appropriate not to include him,” Del Bosque said.last_img read more

49ers Richard Sherman on Russell Wilson: ‘I’ve seen him throw 5 picks’

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — You just knew cornerback Richard Sherman could find a way to spice up Sunday’s return to Seattle, his home the previous seven seasons before defecting to the 49ers this year.First off, Sherman didn’t berate Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson the way he famously did former 49ers Michael Crabtree and Colin Kaepernick five years ago. But Sherman sure wasn’t offering praise Thursday about Wilson’s …last_img read more

Jeeps of joy

first_imgSreeraj Unnithan with his vintage jeepFlaunting their ageless charm and beauty, the jeeps of the bygone era are attracting Bangloreans. People here have always had a penchant for the old and rugged, but over the years new age machines and style has taken over substance, at least on the roads.,Sreeraj Unnithan with his vintage jeepFlaunting their ageless charm and beauty, the jeeps of the bygone era are attracting Bangloreans. People here have always had a penchant for the old and rugged, but over the years new age machines and style has taken over substance, at least on the roads. The last few years have seen that change with both youngsters and well as older and more experienced riders looking for, and taking pride in these tough machines that have weathered many storms.Agreed, the rugged CJs and Willys do not fit into definitions of conventional stunners. They lack the sensuous curves and sleek styling that the world drools over. But these vehicles were made for fighting battles. Like generals during war, they earn their spurs through sheer grit and passion, braving the storm without as much as a dent. They command a presence that is impossible to ignore. “I love the what-you-see-is-what-you-get honesty they exude,” says Sreeraj Unnithan, 34, a team leader in a software firm. “Look a jeep in the eye and you know it means business,” he adds.Suresh Kumar SP, 48-year-old senior scientist with the Defence Research & Development Organisation, stumbled upon his CJ 340 by accident. A free-spirited biker and nature lover, he chanced upon a stray entry in the local classifieds that offered security on four wheels minus the confinement that comes bundled with it. “I jumped at this best-of-both-worlds offer,” he says.But Kumar was lucky. These elusive vehicles don’t come so easy. They can’t be picked off showroom shelves and most enthusiasts either import or buy them from old garages and army disposal auctions. “You can choose to showcase them but these blue-blooded warriors are meant to rule the road,” says Rajesh Narayanan, clarifying that ‘vintage’ does not reflect snob value. Many of these vehicles are close to three decades old, and some date back much earlier.advertisementTextbook trivia goes that when Bantam introduced the first prototype during World War II, enamoured American soldiers informally christened the jeep after the popular cartoon character Eugene, Popeye’s jungle pet. And this was because; it was small, able to move between dimensions and could solve seemingly impossible problems. ‘Small’ is a subjective term, but the rest holds true to the many individuals who push these gentle beasts to the limit. Offroading or all-terrain riding, is a major draw to jeep communities across the country. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not always a ‘guy thing.’Rajesh Narayanan and Jayakrishnan MSapna Gurukar, 31, does not feel women look at offroading any differently from men. Drawn to the wheel watching husband Chandan in a few early tournaments, she confesses to being hooked by the sport. “You aren’t a speed devil on these tournaments, just a careful driver. That works perfectly for me,” she says. And the encouragement she has received from the word ‘go’ has been heartening. “I love the expressions on some of the men’s faces as they watch a woman step out of the macho machine. It’s a strange mix of incredulity and admiration,” she quips.Though from a distance they all seem alike-a hazy blur in military colours-owners believe each vehicle has a distinct personality. Jayakrishnan M, 34, a HR professional, calls his CJ 3B ‘Dwarf’. “It’s short-shafted, deceptively docile, and can surprise you with its temper,” he says. The other names are equally evocative. ‘Spidey’ crosses any obstacle in his path and ‘Gajini’ has inscriptions carved on his muscular frame.Buying one sets you back only by as little as two to three lakhs, but that’s just a fraction of the expense that goes into maintaining it. Very few mechanics are trained to handle breakdowns and spares, if available, come at steep prices. “On a lighter vein, if ‘jeep’ was an abbreviation, just empty every pocket wouldn’t be a bad option,” says Jayakrishnan.Despite the challenges, the thrills of a ride are incomparable. In some cases, functional modifications are made to make them slightly more comfortable, but don’t expect cushy leather upholstery or frilly makeovers. These are real men. Meant for the tough at heart. Once you step on it, life is never the same again. And who dares disagree. Vintage triviaCommon Vintage Military Models: Ford GPW,Willys MB,CJ2A,CJ3A.Willys: Willys built the first civilian Jeeps (CJ) soon after World War II.CJ 3B: This model has the maximum sale around the world. Close to 5,00,000 across companies worldwide.Cost of vinatge jeeps: Rs 3,00,000 lakhs.Cost of older models: Older models like the Ford GPWand Willys MB may fetch more than Rs 5,00,000 lakhs.Common Indian models: MM540 and MM550XD (Military).advertisementlast_img read more

Innovations and Opportunities to Achieve MDG 5: View the Live Stream Today!

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 14, 2010August 17, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Marie Stopes International and EngenderHealth invite you to view a panel discussion entitled, “Innovations and Opportunities to Achieve MDG 5”. Panelists include Pam Barnes (President, EngenderHealth), Michael Holscher (Senior VP, Marie Stopes), Monica Greene (Clinical Director, Marie Stopes) and Wendy Trumbull (Director of International Advocacy, (Population Action International).Join us for this session in the lead-up to the UN General Assembly Special Session. Key opportunities and challenges in scaling up family planning and reproductive health services are explored. View the live streaming video today at 2:30pm EST here.For more information go to www.engenderhealth.orgShare this:last_img read more

Australian squads in camp this weekend

first_imgThe Australian Men’s and Women’s squads will train in Sydney this weekend as they commence the new cycle in the lead up to the 2016 Trans Tasman Series. The squads will train together for the first time since their 2015 Touch World Cup wins in May last year, with the Mixed Open squad to train next weekend. The athletes have a busy start to 2016, with several playing in the TFA All Stars match in a fortnight, as well as the 2016 Harvey Norman National Touch League in March followed by the 2016 Trans Tasman Series in late April in Auckland. Stay tuned to the Touch Football Australia website and social media channels over the weekend for updates and contributions from our Camp Correspondents, as well as Tour Diaries next week:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia  Related LinksAussies in Camplast_img read more