Global equipment and engineering services provider Sparrows Group has acquired Danish wind energy specialist Alpha Offshore Service. According to the Sparrows Group, the acquisition took place in a move to grow the company’s international footprint.The company already supplies capital equipment to the offshore and onshore wind energy industries, and believes the deal will strengthen its operations and maintenance capabilities in the sectors.Alpha Offshore will continue to be run under the same management as a separate entity within the company, Sparrows Group said.“Alpha Offshore is well-respected in the industry and they are a trusted supplier to a number of wind farm operators and turbine Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Their specialist in-depth knowledge and experience of in-demand services such as blade and turbine generator repairs, inspections and upgrades makes them a valuable addition to our group,” Stewart Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer at Sparrows, said.The companies believe that Sparrows’ engineering and design capability in structural, mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and reliability disciplines, combined with its global network, will enhance Alpha Offshore’s existing capability and international presence.Mikkel Lund, Chief Executive Officer at Alpha Offshore, said: “Being part of the larger Sparrows Group delivers many advantages for us and our customers as we look to expand into new regions. Their worldwide footprint and reputation gives us access to skilled technicians all over the globe and will provide many opportunities, particularly in the US and Asia. The synergies between both organisations allow us to support each other’s plans for diversification and geographical expansion.”In February, Sparrows Group signed a contract to supply 103 cranes for installation at the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm, which is the company’s largest renewable contract to date.
NZ Herald 27 August 2014Labour wants drivers’ licences and passports in New Zealand to offer three gender options.It also wants laws changed so that couples in de facto relationships and in civil unions can adopt, whether same-sex couples or heterosexual couples.And it wants better support for young people who are bullied over their sexual identities.Labour MP Louisa Wall last night released the party’s rainbow policy, aimed at ending discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people (GLBTI).Since 2011 Australian passports have offered three gender options: male, female and indeterminate. Intersex people, who have both male and female features, and transgender people can put X instead of F or M in the gender question.Louisa Wall, whose same-sex marriage bill passed into law last year, said all people had the right to live in dignity, regardless of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11314694
BOONE, Iowa (Aug. 25) – Pre-entries for the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s were nearing 600 by early afternoon Friday.More than 20 states and Canada were represented by early entries for the Sept. 4-9 Super Nationals at Boone Speedway.“We will continue to take early entries right up until the close of the business day on Friday, Sept. 1,” noted IMCA President Brett Root. “Modified, Stock Car, Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod drivers who want to compete in the Sept. 2 Prelude at Boone must be pre-registered for Super Nationals to be eligible to do so.”Modified drivers pre-entered for the Sept. 4-9 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s now include:Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas; Coty Albers, Wellsburg; Mike Albertsen, Audubon; Ricky Alvarado, Delta, Colo.; Drew Armstrong, Alexander, Ark.; Robby Arnold, Marmaduke, Ark.; J.D. Auringer, Evansdale; Robert Avery, Des Moines; Trevor Baker, Omaha, Neb.; Josh Beaulieu, Bemidji, Minn.; Tommy Belmer, Evansdale; Tanner Black, Great Bend, Kan.; Josh Blumer, Marysville, Kan.; Steven Bowers Jr., Topeka, Kan.; Jason Brinkman, DeWitt, Neb.; David Brown, Kellogg; Kyle Brown, Madrid; Randy Brown, Chowchilla, Calif.; Ronnie Burkhardt, Topeka, Kan.; and Joel Bushore, Boone.Jeff Cardinale, Syracuse, N.Y.; Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; Drew Christianson, Minot, N.D.; Chad Clancy, Polo, Mo.; Duane Cleveland, Olivehurst, Calif.; Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; Kent Croskey, Fort Dodge; Bob Daniels, Des Moines; Cory Davis, Eunice, N.M.; Brenten DeYoung, Carson City, Mich.; Myron DeYoung, Stanton, Mich.; Russ Dickerson, Boone; Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; Scott Drake, Joplin, Mo.; Corey Dripps, Reinbeck; Tyler Droste, Waterloo; Darin Duffy, Urbana; Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.; and Bruce Egeland, Marshall, Minn.Chase Ellington, Iowa Falls; Eric Elliott, Boone; Robert Fleshman, Merrill; Josh Gilman, Earlham; J.T. Goodson, Little Rock, Ark.; William Gould, Calera, Okla.; Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; Wayne Graybeal, Springfield, Mo.; Rik Gropp, Lincoln, Neb.; Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas; Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown; Garry Hall, Rochester, Minn.; Larry Hall, Rochester, Minn.; Clint Hatlestad, Glencoe, Minn.; Colby Heishman, Brooklyn; Lloyd Henderson, Bouton; Shane Hiatt, Rising City, Neb.; Jason Hickingbottom, Ogden; and Michael Hines, Van Buren, Ark.Robby Hines, Mena, Ark.; Jesse Hoeft, Forest City; Scott Hogan, Vinton; Racer Hulin, Laurel; Mitchell Hunt, Greenville, Mich.; Gavin Hunyady, Fenton, Mich.; Vern Jackson, Waterloo; Mike Jergens, Plover; Aaron Johnson, Brainerd, Minn.; Adam Johnson, Independence; Kody Johnson, Vestaburg, Mich.; Wayne Johnson, Minot, N.D.; Matthew Kiner, Aurora, Neb.; Cody Knecht, Whittemore; Brian Knoell, Falun, Kan.; Corey Lagroon, Salina, Kan.; Keith Lamphere, Monroeton, Pa.; Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; and Dennis LaVeine, West Burlington.Cody Leonard, Sinton, Texas; Gatlin Leytham, Toledo; Mike Lineberry, Fremont, Neb.; Kristopher Lloyd, Peach Orchard, Ark.; Daniel Loggins, Sioux City; Brandon Long, Suamico, Wis.; Josh Long, Little Suamico, Wis.; Trent Loverude, New Ulm, Minn.; Clint Luellen, Minburn; Jim Lynch, Bloomfield; Joe McBirnie, Boone; Mike McCarthy, Hutto, Texas; Randy McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; Griffin McGrath, Cedar Rapids; Raymond McSpadden, Buda, Texas; Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; Matthew Meinecke, Jamaica; and Chad Melton, Mineral Wells, Texas.Dan Menk, Franklin, Minn.; R.J. Merchant, Sioux City; Nick Meyer, Whittemore; Rich Michael Jr., Ischua, N.Y.; Jeremy Mills, Garner; Clay Money, Penokee, Kan.; Bob Moore, Sioux City; Josh Moulton, Rush City, Minn.; Richard Mueller, Jackson, Wyo.; Joe Mullins, Boulder, Colo.; Jordy Nelson, Marysville, Kan.; Jay Noteboom, Hinton; Justin O’Brien, West Union; Scott Olson, Blairsburg; Colton Osborn, Lexington, Neb.; Chris Palsrok, Sibley; John Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz.; Jeremy Payne, Tucson, Ariz.; and Jason Payton, Fort Smith, Ark.Bobby Pearish, Oronogo, Mo.; James Peeler, Trimble, Mo.; Loren Pesicka Jr., Burt; Mike Petersilie, Hoisington, Kan.; Kurtis Pihl, Falun, Kan.; Bill Pittaway, Corpus Christi, Texas; Chad Porter, Madison Lake, Minn.; Joey Price, Great Falls, Mont.; David Pries, Medaryville, Ind.; Tyler Prochaska, Iowa Falls; Dan Ratajczak, Luxemburg, Wis.; Craig Reetz, Dunlap; Chett Reeves. Bakersfield, Calif.; Jimmy Reeves, Albert, Kan.; James Reichart, Des Moines; Terry Rentfro, Davenport; Jesse Richter, Great Bend, Kan.; Anthony Roth, Columbus, Neb.; and Josh Ruby, Lakota.Joel Rust, Grundy Center; Ryan Ruter, Clear Lake; Jaxon Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb.; Johnny Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb.; Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev.; Cory Sauerman, Johnston; Troy Schaberg, Amity, Ark.; Jason Schneiders, North Sioux City, S.D.; Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; Jeff Schroyer, Elkhorn, Neb.; J.J. Scott, Iowa City; D.J. Shannon, Merced, Calif.; Darren Shaw, Lawson, Mo.; John Shoptaw, Mena, Ark.; Kelly Shryock, Fertile; Todd Shute, Des Moines; Scott Simatovich, State Center; Riley Simmons, Susanville, Calif.; and Marvin Skinner, Mansfield, Texas.Andrew Smith, Rogersville, Mo.; Brad Smith, Horseheads, N.Y.; Jason Snyder, Dunkerton; Tony Snyder, Readlyn; Joe Spillman, Austin, Texas; Mat Stallbaumer, Tecumseh, Kan.; Jay Steffens, North Platte, Neb.; Ricky Stephan, South Sioux City, Neb.; Todd Stinehart, Waseca, Minn.; Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; Nicholas Stormzand, Lowell, Mich.; Jeff Streeter, Madera, Calif.; Stephen Streeter, Madera, Calif.; Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; Mike Streigel, Hermitage, Mo.; Tyler Sutton, Beloit, Kan.; Regan Tafoya, Farmington, N.M.; Peyton Taylor, Batesville, Ark.; and Wade Taylor, Spring Creek, Nev.And Chad Ten Napel, Sioux City; Ed Thomas, Waterloo; Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; Andy Tiernan, Madrid; Eric Tomlinson, Robinson, Texas; Josh Truman, Indianola; Mike Van Genderen, Newton; Harvey Vande Weerd, Alton; Josh Vogt, Canton, Kan.; A.J. Ward, Ionia, Mich.; Billy Ward, Cobleskill, N.Y.; Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz.; Will Ward, Cobleskill, N.Y.; Tim Watts, Beloit, Kan.; Chad Wernette, Sheridan, Mich.; Brandon Williams, Des Moines; Albert Wolfgram, Boone; Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; Cory Wray, Trenton, Mo.; and Jeremy Zorn, Russell, Kan.The list of pre-entered Stock Car drivers includes:Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas; Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas; Mike Albertsen, Audubon; Pete Alexander, Albert Lea, Minn.; Zachary Ankrum, Sioux City; Travis Baird, Sharon, Okla.; Kevin Balmer, Garwin; Travis Barker, Sioux City; Jayden Bears, Smithville, Mo.; Michael Bilyeu, Indianola; Brian Blessington, Breda; Randy Brands, Boyden; Josh Brauckman, Carroll; Tyler Brauckman, Carroll; Billy Briley, Midland, Texas; Kevin Bruck, Dunlap; John Bruegman, Elkhorn, Neb.; Shaun Bruns, Danube, Minn.; Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; Bob Chalupa, McCook, Neb.; Norman Chesmore, Rowley.Jeremy Christians, Horicon, Wis.; Ronnie Christopher, Forney, Texas; Tim Clonch, Quinlan, Texas; Brandon Conkwright, Wamego, Kan.; Caleb Crenshaw, Fort Worth, Texas; Larry Crocheck, Boone; Brandon Czarapata, Pulaski, Wis.; Russell Damme, Waterloo; Michael Dancer, North Platte, Neb.; Josh Daniels, Carlisle; Dan Day, Princeton, Texas; Mel Elsberry, Orange City; Robert Engelkes, Dike; Kyle Everts, Holland; Marcus Fagan, Adair; Kevin Flock, Muskogee, Okla.; Tommy Fose, Delphos, Kan.; Todd Gereau, Sioux City; Wayne Gifford, Boone; Joey Giles, Kaufman, Texas; and Mike Goodson, Overbrook, Okla.Craig Graham, Webster City; Derek Green, Granada, Minn.; Aaron Guillaume, Sioux City; Cody Gustoff, Scranton; Ryan Harris, Hubbard, Neb.; John Heinz, Green Bay, Wis.; Robert Hoing, Overton, Neb.; Paul Holschuh; Mitch Hovden, Decorah; Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill.; Troy Jerovetz, Webster City; Casey Jones, Sioux City; Ned Kalis, Wells, Minn.; Reid Keller, Webster City; Greg Keuhn, Trenton, Mo.; Dustin Larson, Worthington, Minn.; Jerry Leary, Little Suamico, Wis.; Chad LeGere, Ankeny; Jake Ludeking, Decorah; Les Lundquist, Sioux City; and Mathias Lux, Hartley.Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn.; Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas; Dustin Matlock, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Keith Mattox, Ray, N.D.; Kevin Mattox, Ray, N.D.; Derek Moede, New Franken, Wis.; Michael Murphy, Jefferson; Trent Murphy, Jefferson; Damon Murty, Chelsea; Justin Nehring, Storm Lake; Jake Nelson, Williston, N.D.; Mike Nichols, Harlan; John Oliver Jr., Danville; Aaron Olson, Mekinock, N.D.; Vernon Owens, Leander, Texas; Chad Palmer, Renwick; Donnie Pearson, Oskaloosa; Rich Pederson, Sioux City; Michael Pepper, Lakin, Kan.; Mike Petersilie, Hoisington, Kan.Tyler Pickett, Boxholm; Corey Piffer, Indianola; Brandon Pruitt, Stuart; Jason Purvis, Boone; Dustin Reeh, Council Bluffs; Scott Reinhardt, Baileys Harbor, Wis.; Todd Reitzler, Grinnell; Eric Rempel, Palmyra, Neb.; Ondre Rexford, Montezuma, Kan.; Rod Richards, Madrid; Bryan Rigsby, Topeka, Kan.; Anthony Ritterbush, Dunlap; Justin Roberts, Sachse, Texas; Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan.; Kevin Rogers, Mesquite, Texas; Kevin Rose, Waterloo; Matt Schauer, Arlington, Minn.; Jerry Schipper, Dike; Tony Schlei, Union Grove, Wis.; Allen Schmidt, Holstein.Jay Schmidt, Tama; Kellie Schmit, Britt; Jason Schoenberger, Russell, Kan.; Jason See, Albia; David Smith, Lake City; Devin Smith, Lake City; Donavon Smith, Lake City; Mark Smith, Hennessey, Okla.; Michael Smith, Hennessey, Okla.; Joe Spillman, Austin, Texas; Dusty Springer, Colby, Kan.; Corey Stapleton, Denison; Mike Stapleton, Denison; Josh Steele, Platte City, Mo.; Robert Stofer, Jefferson; Stephen Streeter, Madera, Calif.; Buck Swanson, Waterloo; Stefan Sybesma, Sanborn; Tobie Talk, Hawley, Texas; Brad Te Grotenhuis, Orange City; Justin Thornton, Chandler, Ariz.; and Christopher Toot, Albert Lea, Minn.; Darin Toot, Albert Lea, Minn.; Jeff Tubbs, Colby, Kan.;Mike Van Genderen, Newton; Dusty Van Horn, Atlantic; Travis Van Straten, Hortonville, Wis.; Kyle Vanover, Beatrice, Neb.; Don Vis, State Center; Mike Vondrak, Galva; Billy Wade, San Angelo, Texas; Shawn Wagner, Lena, Wis.; Barrett Wagoner, Colby, Kan.; Mathew West, Kellerton; Nathan Wood, Sigourney; Brett Woznicki, Minot, N.D.; Jason York, Boone; Elijah Zevenbergen Ocheyedan; Allen Zimmerman, Central City, Neb.; and Mark Zorn, Russell, Kan.Hobby Stock drivers who have completed the pre-registration process are:Gregg Anderson, Perry; Jeff Anderson, Atlantic; Shannon Anderson, Des Moines; Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb.; Paul Atchison, Webster City; Daniel Ayers, Webster City; Jim Ball, Independence; Nathan Ballard, Marengo; Drew Barglof, Sioux Rapids; Charlie Bartels, Lincoln, Neb.; Tommy Beekman, Otho; Solomon Bennett, Minburn; Luke Bird, Winthrop; Andrew Borchardt, Plymouth; Alex Boyden, Harveyville, Kan.; Austin Brauner, Platte Center, Neb.; Matt Brown, Dysart; Andrew Burg, Carlisle; David Castellano Jr., Des Moines; Andrew Claus, Spencer; and Chris Cox, Boone.Jacob Floyd, Cedar Rapids; Jason Fusselman, Shelby; Devon Gonas, Midale, Sask.; Cole Hanshew, Minot, N.D.; Carl Hanson, Estevan, Sask.; Tory Harazin, Redwood Falls, Minn.; Zach Hemmingsen, Marne; Sal Hernandez, Columbus, Neb.; Tyler Hinrichs, Americus, Kan.; Andy Hoffman, Sioux City; Chanse Hollatz, Clear Lake; Benji Irvine, Oelwein; Austin Jahnz, Lewisville, Minn.; Wes Jahnz, St. James, Minn.; Roger Jenniges, Echo, Minn.; Darin Johnson, Dickens; Tanner Jones, Oqallala, Neb.; Jim Kimmel, Norfolk, Neb.; Jason Kohl, Missouri Valley; and Marcus Kyle, Boone.Parker Larson, Granada, Minn.; Chad Lonneman, Adrian, Minn.; Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn.; Dustin Lynch, Boone; David McQuiston, Van Meter; Dillon Magnussen, Newell; Ross Marshall, Johnston; Anthony Melcher, Monroe, Neb.; Paul Menard, Merrill; TeJay Mielke, Norfolk, Neb.; Brandon Nielsen, Spencer; Matt Olson, Franklin, Minn.; Tyson Overton, Carlisle; Jack Phillips, Mitchellville; Allison Pierce, Corning, N.Y.; Scott Pippert, Elberon; Justin Rezabek, Wilber, Neb.; David Rieks, Eldora; Kenny Roberts, Lincoln, Neb.; John Ross, Rushmore, Minn.Keeran Sampson, Worthington, Minn.; Malik Sampson, Worthington, Minn.; Jamie Schirm, Dexter; Allyn Shiveley, Lincoln, Neb.; Jay Sidles, Emmetsburg; Shawn Slezak, Milligan, Neb.; Bryce Sommerfeld, Fort Dodge; Jamie Songer, Ankeny; Eric Stanton, Carlisle; Brian Stich, Topeka, Kan.; Adam Tiernan, Granger; Brett Vanous, Quasqueton; Justin Wacha, Vinton; Matt Wahl, Norwalk; Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb.; Adam Watson, Martensdale; Daniel Wauters, Iowa City; Derek Willert, Rockford; Shaun Wirtz, Boone; and Leah Wroten, Independence.Northern SportMod drivers with reservations made for Super Nationals are:Justin Addison, Norfolk, Neb.; Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb.; Paul Atchison, Webster City; Jeremy Baker, Nebraska City, Neb.; Austin Becerra, Bowen, Ill.; Jimmy Berkevich Jr., Watertown, Wis.; Keith Blum, Bettendorf; Adam Bohlman, Hinckley, Minn.; Alan Bohlman, Isanti, Minn.; Rich Bohlman, Tioga, N.D.; Lance Borgman, Beatrice, Neb.; Ethan Braaksma, Newton; Nicholas Carpenter, Leavenworth, Kan.; Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa; Ben Chapman, Clarence; Doug Cook, Algona; Bill Davis, Des Moines; Jeff Deal, Fort Dodge; Robert Draper, Valparaiso, Neb.; and Brian Efkamp, Ankeny.Thomas Egenberger, Des Moines; Timothy Elias, Chowchilla, Calif.; Vince Engebregtsen, Algoma, Wis.; Dennis Engelhaupt, Page, Neb.; Jeramie Faber, Burt; Daniel Fellows, Keokuk; Alec Fett, Thompson; Colby Fett, Algona; Eric Folstad, Glenburn, N.D.; Austin Frye, Taft, Calif.; Craig Garner, Clarinda; Joey Haase, Norfolk, Neb.; Jarred Hackler, Juniata, Neb.; Jacob Hagemann, Fort Ripley, Minn.; Derek Hall, Lincoln, Neb.; Shawn Harker, Nebraska City, Neb.; and Travis Hartman, Burlington.J.J. Hashbarger, Bonduel, Wis.; Kent Haugland, Wesley; Cory Hemphill, Yuma, Ariz.; Crystal Hemphill, Yuma, Ariz.; Jerry Hinton, Adel; Lonnie Hodges, Boone; David Hoover, Boone; Tim Judd, Wall Lake; Adam Kaltenbach, Strafford, Mo.; Dave Kennedy, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Ryan King, Montour; Brian Konz, LeMars; Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis.; Colby Langenberg, Norfolk, Neb.; Tom Lathrop, Ottumwa; Erik Laudenschlager, Minot, N.D.; Mark Leiting, Lincoln, Neb.; Jesse Levin, Salina, Kan.; Matt Lizotte, Minot, N.D.; and Johnathon Logue, Boone.Matt Looft, Swea City; Austin Luellen, Minburn; Jake McBirnie, Boone; Sean Manning, Bennington, Neb.; Dusty Masolini, Des Moines; Shane Meeks, Abilene, Kan.; Brett Meyer, Lytton; Cameron Meyer, Pierce, Neb.; Nathan Mumm, Harlan; Taylor Musselman, Urbandale; Christopher Myhre, Burt; George Nordman, Mason City; Zech Norgaard, Spencer; Dallas Nutt, Armstrong; Jared Nytroe, Brandon, S.D.; Kyle Olson, Cedar Rapids; Anthony Onstot, Norwalk; Jason Overholt, Arlington, Neb.; Hunter Parsons, Green Bay, Wis.; and Rodger Peck, Minneapolis, Kan.Cory Pestotnik, Boone; Dylan Petersen, Harlan; Jeremy Pittsenbarger, Cameron, Mo.; Austin Price, Alton; Bryan Rigsby, Topeka, Kan.; Danny Roe, Turlock, Calif.; Darin Roepke, LeMars; Cory Rose, Boone; Trent Roth, Columbus, Neb.; Darin Rothfus, Jefferson; Chase Rudolf, Prole; Chad Ryerson, Wellsburg; Jake Sachau, Denison; Joe Schidler, Omaha, Neb.; Arie Schouten, Blair, Neb.; Austin Schrage, Cresco; Brian Schrage, Cresco; Dakoda Sellers, Waverly; Chad Shaw, Trimble, Mo.; and Miles Shelman, Ames.And Jesse Skalicky, Fargo, N.D.; Doug Smith, Lanesboro; Tyler Soppe, Sherrill; Dakota Sproul, Ellis, Kan.; Tom Stark, Egg Harbor, Wis.; Mike Tanner, Smithville, Mo.; Robbie Thome, Spalding, Neb.; Cody Thompson, Sioux City; Cullen Thompson, Hermann, Mo.; Shawn Umentum, Green Bay, Wis.; Colten Van Hierden, Waupun, Wis.; Cameron Vande Weerd, Hospers; Connor Vande Weerd, Alton; Curtis Veber, Polk City; Nelson Vollbrecht, Stanton; Tyler Watts, Beloit, Kan.; Cole Wayman, Lincoln, Neb.; Bill Wears, Des Moines; Kyle Welch, Sioux City; Cody Werner, Clearfield; and Jaylen Wettengel of Topeka, Kan.Darrel DeFrance of Marshalltown is pre-registered for Thursday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series Late Model event.Sport Compact drivers who have pre-registered are:Kimberly Abbott, Camp Point, Ill.; Jake Benischek, Durant; Mitchell Bielenberg, Charlotte; Zach Bohlmeyer, Beatrice, Neb.; Jason Bolte, Odin, Minn.; Matt Brehmer, Sobieski, Wis.; Michael Brehmer, Oconto Falls, Wis.; Bubba Brown, Jackson, Minn.; Daniel Campbell, Muscatine; Jerry Coopman, Mankato, Minn.; Nate Coopman, Mankato, Minn.; Richard Crow, Grand Island, Neb.; Jay DeVries, Spencer; Kaytee DeVries, Spencer; Brandon Esparza, Phoenix, Ariz.; R.J. Esqueda, Madelia, Minn.; Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb.; Chuck Fullenkamp, West Point; Brad Havel, Iowa City; and Dennis Hopper of Fargo, N.D.Tim Hovick, Clearfield; Seth Keiser, Fruitland; Jeff Klinkefus, Golden, Colo.; Brandon Lambert, Carthage, Ill.; Brett Marshall, Maquoketa; Corey Mehrwerth, St. Stephen, Minn.; Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb.; William Michel, Muscatine; Riley Paysen, Wall Lake; Cory Peters, Spencer; James Roose, Grandview; Travis Thelander, Blue Hill, Neb.; Lezley Tubbs, Colby, Kan.; Tanner Uehling, Norfolk, Neb.; Ryan Westman, Ormsby, Minn.; Brendon Yamry, Rice, Minn.; and Mike Zitzer of Sheboygan, Wis.
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is hopeful Ashley Williams will soon make his return from injury, but cannot give a definite date for when the defender may complete his recovery from an ankle problem. Press Association While Williams sat out the international break, his club colleague Michu made his debut for Spain against Belarus, after being called up by Vicente del Bosque following an injury to David Villa. Laudrup believes the player and club should be tremendously proud of the achievement, and was delighted to hear the forward tell the Spanish media he plans to remain at Swansea. Laudrup said: “I’m happy he said he wanted to stay, but we at Swansea should be more happy with the fact he was there. “The day before Spain played I saw the squad and looked through the list of clubs their player played for. There was Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Chelsea, Valencia, then Swansea. “It sunk in that it was incredible, the best clubs in Spain, and England, and we were represented too. “It was a moment to be proud of that one of our players made it into that list.” Aside from the absence of Williams, Laudrup has had some good injury news with Michel Vorm (hand), Pablo Hernandez (hamstring) and Jonathan de Guzman (groin) all set to be fit to face the Black Cats, although Ben Davies is a doubt with a hamstring injury picked up in the defeat to Southampton. The 29-year-old centre-half has featured just once in Swansea’s last six games, and missed Wales’ World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Belgium with the problem. Laudrup has confirmed he will yet again be sidelined when Sunderland visit the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, which comes just 15 days before the eagerly-anticipated trip to face Cardiff in the south Wales derby. Williams could return to training in the coming days, but Laudrup admits he cannot yet set a date for when he will be match fit, and will continue to adopt a cautious approach in order to make sure the injury does not become more serious. He said: “If we are not careful it could become a chronic problem with him. “He has not been at 100 per cent and that’s not a good condition for a player to carry on playing because there are always doubts. “You could go on for months always playing at 85 per cent and we don’t want that, so it’s better to wait. “We wanted him back for this game against Sunderland but it is more important to get him back 100 per cent so he is comfortable when he is playing. “I don’t know when that will be. He’s been training with the physios but the only training he has done with the squad since playing against Crystal Palace has been for 30 minutes. “I will not force him to play because even if he is back training and no longer injured, to be fit to play 90 minutes is another thing, so he must come back when he feels ready to. “I think he would like to play before we play Cardiff and if everything goes well it could be on Thursday (against Kuban Krasnodar) – but we won’t risk anything and we’ve proven that already with him.”
Grove thump Diamond; Soesdyke edge Agricola in 7-goal thrillerWHEN competition in the GFF/NAMILCO Thunderbolt Flour Power National Intra Association Under-17 League continued yesterday at the Grove Playfield, Grove Hi Tech thumped Diamond United 5-0,while Soesdyke Falcons edged Agricola Red Triangle 4-3 in an exciting battle.Diamond was no match for the home team who were led to victory by their Captain, National Under-17 defender Kevin Padmore,who scored in the 4th and 42nd minute after also setting up the opening goal that was scored by Jammassi Benjamin from a Padmore corner.While only fielding 8-players, Diamond United still provided some stiff opposition for Grove who got their fourth and fifth goals from Jacob Garnet (49th) and Syshem Chisholm in the 50th minute.The opening match of the double-header provided end-to-end action from start-to-finish and it was the lads from Soesdyke, led by the Khan clan that prevailed over their counterparts from Agricola who had taken the lead in the 7th minute.Isaiah Moore had sent Agricola on their way but that lead was soon nullified when Captain Tyrone Khan scored from a corner kick,with Agricola’s goalkeeper Anthony Ifill misjudging the take and stepping over the goal line with the ball tightly in his grasp.Khan’s brother Tyrell sent his side into the lead with a beautifully taken free-kick that curled into the far corner from a side-on angle on the right side of goal in the 28th minute. It was a lead that the Soesdyke team defended up until the 67th minute when Agricola drew level on account of a Yupas Murray goal.Agricola once again took the lead two minutes later when David Correia tucked his shot into the back of the nets as custodian Deyonta Grant-Stuart paid for his lack of judgment. As the minutes ticked away, it seemed as if the match was petering out to a draw but constant offensive work from Soesdyke brought them the equalizing and then the winning goal.Raymond Khan,cousin of Tyrone and Tyrell,netted the third goal to even things up again in the 73rd minute before the winning goal was fired into the back of the net by Shannon Samnauth;a fierce right foot shot to the far post within the box in the 77th minute.One match is slated for today with Herstelling Raiders coming up against Kuru Kururu Warriors from 10:00hrs at the same venue.On the East Coast of Demerara at the Golden Grove ground, Victoria Kings will play Bachelors Adventure from 13:00hrs while Buxton United will oppose BV Triumph United from 15:00hrs.One match is also slated for the Den Amstel ground on the West Coast of Demerara with the home team down to play Eagles United from 12:00hrs.
New Delhi : The ICC Cricket World Cup is now just three days away and all team are making sure that they don’t keep any box unturned. Jason Holder, who will lead West Indies (Windies) into the World Cup for the first time believes that a successful campaign will not only end a four-decade long drought but will also unite the people of the Caribbean. “It would mean a lot to us if we were to win it. It’s something we’ve won before and it’s always said in the Caribbean that if West Indies cricket is doing well then the West Indian people are happy,” Holder told ‘The Guardian’.West Indies, who are the reigning Twenty20 champions, have a proud history at the ODI World Cup, winning the first two editions of the tournament in 1975 and 1979 and making the final of the third. However, after struggling for nearly two decades, a few stunning wins against England in Tests recently lifted their spirits.”You saw it in the recent England series.Everywhere we went in the Caribbean, people were full of high praise for our efforts and winning performances.”Success on the cricket field puts a smile on West Indian faces. Seeing us succeed and even dominate again gave the whole region a huge lift. Hopefully we can continue to bring the people of the region closer,” the 27-year-old said. highlights West Indies will play its first league game against Pakistan. Chris Gayle is plating his last ICC event. West Indies have won World Cup twice. Holder, who is West Indies’ youngest captain, believes that the return of big hitter Chris Gayle can boost the confidence of the side. “Chris is an excellent individual. Prior to the England series, I said I’ve never batted with him in a one-day game. Lo and behold I went in and he was at the crease. He gave me a big hug, and that meant a lot personally. He was an outstanding man of the series.”I batted with him when he got that 162. I’m sure the many batting partners Chris has had over the years would say it’s a great spectacle to see him flay bowlers all over the park. He can really fire us to the heights in this tournament.”West Indies were saved the blushes after heavy rain helped them qualify for the World Cup by the narrowest of margins against Scotland.”I never once thought it could slip away. We felt in control most of the games but, yes, it was a different dynamic. We had never played a qualifier tournament to reach a World Cup before.”Adding to the competition we had furious opposition who wanted to take us down. We also didn’t know much about them and it was a different challenge. Credit to our boys for coming through some high-pressure situations. We held our nerve and the cricket we’ve played this year gives me real confidence,” Holder said. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Croatia are preparing for their date with destiny as they aim for a first World Cup quarter-final place since their charge to third place at France 98.Luka Modric and Co trained at their base in Sochi on Wednesday as they fine-tuned preparations for the game on Saturday night in the south of Russia.But standing in their way of repeating the heroics of the class of 20 years ago, are the hosts, who will be riding the crest of a wave after their penalty shootout victory over Spain in the last-16. After scoring eight times in their first two group matches, the Russians turned in a defensive masterclass to keep out the Spanish in Moscow on Sunday.And Ivan Perisic insists the Croats will be ready for either approach from their opponents in Sochi this weekend.‘Yeah, we have watched almost all of their games,’ the Inter Milan forward said.‘Against Spain they used a different system, but you must adapt to every team you play against. So they thought it was the best tactics for them, and I think they made the right decision.‘We will prepare well for both versions. We still have a couple of days to prepare well.’Ante Rebic believes they must continue to focus on their own game: ‘I think we primarily must focus on ourselves because I think our team has bigger quality, we just need to show that on the pitch and we will be able to set the tone,’ Rebic said.Croatia progressed after a nervy penalty shootout win over Denmark in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday night.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Ghana forward, Asamoah Gyan, grabbed his league goal for NorthEast United as they edged Odisha FC 2-1 on Saturday.Gyan headed home a corner in the 84th minute to hand United the victory on the day and their first win of the new season.The match was levelled at 1-1 after Redeem Tlang and Xisco traded goals for NorthEast United and Odisha FC in the 2nd and 70th minutes respectively.The result sent NorthEast United to to the top of the league table on 4 points.Hero of the DayGyan was awarded the Hero of the Match and he walked away with a cheque of 50,000 rupees or USD 705. The money was donated by co-owner of the club John Abraham.The goal was well-received by fans of the club as it handed them their first victory of the season but more importantly, it gave them the chance to see Gyan score for the team.His arrival was greeted by a lot of excitement especially due to his scoring reputation in his professional career.
After scoring a sensational goal on Saturday that had pundits struggling to find enough superlatives, Wayne Rooney’s modest response was simply: “I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite.”“Wow. It’s a Beckham. It’s another Beckham one”Hull boss Steve BruceThe England striker’s lob from just inside West Ham’s half was reminiscent of a similar goal scored by David Beckham for Manchester United against Wimbledon back in 1996.But when asked if his was better than Beckham’s, Rooney quipped: “Of course.”On a day when 30 goals had already been scored in the Premier League, it might have been easy to believe that the late game between West Ham and Manchester United would be a case of after the Lord Mayor’s show. Evidently, Wayne Rooney had other ideas.Barely 10 minutes into the game, the England striker outmuscled James Tomkins on the halfway line and let the ball bounce in front of him before launching a pin-point lob from well over 40 yards into the back of the net. Hammers keeper Adrian, who had strayed off his line, was left scrambling back in vain, his face sporting a look of stunned disbelief.Cue photographers pointing their cameras up to the boxes where a watching David Beckham smiled wryly.What they said: “What a goal by Wayne Rooney!!! Everyone in the stadium was looking at each other in disbelief!! How…what the…no way….wow!!!” – Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand. Hull manager Steve Bruce was conducting his post-match media conference when he saw the goal on a monitor: “What a goal. You’ve gotta see that. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. You’re never gonna see anything like it again. Wait till you see this. That’s more important than me. Wait till you see this. Wow. It’s a Beckham. It’s another Beckham one. [Long pause] Awwww, no! Look at the goalie! He’s run the wrong way.Wow Wazza. Wow. Wow. Wow. Jesus! Jesus!David Beckham (Manchester United)Wimbledon 0-3 Manchester United, Premier League – 17 August, 1996 In United’s opening match of the 1996-97 season at Selhurst Park, Beckham spotted goalkeeper Neil Sullivan off his line to score a famous goal in United’s 3-0 victory.His response was to raise both hands in the air and understandably, smile smugly. It was a goal that would instantly turn the young, floppy-haired midfielder into a household name.What they said: “He just picked it up and hit it. I just realised it was going beyond me and it dropped under the crossbar and that was it. The whole Manchester United team at the time were special but but I didn’t expect anything like that. I made that boy, but I still think he would have done all right without me!” – former Wimbledon goalkeeper Sullivan.
So much so that the Lakers (11-43) enter Wednesday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers (37-14) at Quicken Loans Arena with Randle averaging 13.3 points and 12.1 rebounds. Nance Jr. will sit out the game with continuing soreness in his right knee.But presuming Nance Jr. returns after the All-Star break, will Randle keep his starting spot?“The only thing that’s changed my thinking with those two guys,” Scott said, “is I got two young power forwards that I love.”Yes, much has changed since Randle and Scott had continuous dialogue following last month’s outburst in Phoenix about his playing time. Now, Randle has credited Scott and his coaching staff for his improvement. “They’re always on me about getting better and helping me develop throughout the season when times are good and times are bad,” Randle said. “They do a great job in helping me develop and getting me better every game.” CLEVELAND >> The pouting Julius Randle showed as he went to bench left Lakers coach Byron Scott questioning the 21-year-old’s maturity. Randle’s inconsistency with his jump shot prompted Scott to express skepticism whether he could fix it before this summer. An injury to Larry Nance Jr. still left Scott in doubt as to whether Randle could reclaim his starting spot.But lately, Randle has given Scott a different impression. “He’s been fantastic,” Scott said of Randle. “He’s not going overboard as far as trying to go too fast. He’s picking his moments and he’s rebounded the hell out of the ball.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Randle attributed that improvement mostly to remaining confident in his jump shot through both hot and cold shooting streaks. “I’m still going to go in and work hard every day and listen to what my coaches are saying and give my all out there on the floor,” Randle said. “My energy level and my effort is never going to change, whether I make shots or miss shots.” Taking a standThe issue often made Kobe Bryant upset, as the Lakers guard saw his star teammate struggle with something so basic.Former Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal rarely could make a shot at the free-throw line. The same frustration emerged for Bryant when Dwight Howard struggled with the same thing during their lone season together with the Lakers three years ago. But even if his former centers’ struggles cost the Lakers some games, Bryant strongly argued against NBA commissioner Adam Silver abolishing the so-called “Hack a Shaq” tactic. That entails intentionally fouling poor free-throw shooters to send them to the foul line. “That sets a horrible example for the kids, honestly,” said Bryant, who is listed as questionable to play against Cleveland because of soreness in his right shoulder. “You can’t protect guys because they can’t shoot free throws. They’re getting paid a lot of damn money to make a free throw, dude. I think it sets a bad precedent. I wouldn’t change it.”Injury updateThe Lakers listed Roy Hibbert as probable to play against Cleveland after he missed Monday’s game in Indiana because of a sprained left ankle. The Lakers also consider Anthony Brown doubtful after he sprained his right ankle during Tuesday’s practice.