2018 team preview: Richard Childress Racing

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of 14 team previews on NASCAR.com. Next up: Wood Brothers Racing on Feb. 9. A list of team previews already published is at the bottom of this story.Richard Childress RacingManufacturer: ChevroletEngine: ECR EnginesDrivers Austin Dillon, No. 3; Ryan Newman, No. 31Crew chiefs: Justin Alexander (Dillon), Luke Lambert (Newman)2017 standings: Dillon, 11th in final standings (eliminated in Round of 16); Newman, 16th in final standings (eliminated in Round of 16)What’s new: Richard Childress Racing enters 2018 as a full-time, two-car operation. Paul Menard has moved on to Wood Brothers Racing, and the team elected not to fill his No. 27 Chevrolet full time. RCR finalized a new alliance with Richard Petty Motorsports during the offseason, with the iconic RPM shop relocating to Welcome, North Carolina so the teams can work in tandem. The team also dipped into the past by re-hiring Andy Petree, a championship-winning crew chief with Dale Earnhardt at RCR in 1993 and 1994. Petree, who told NASCAR.com that Childress is “totally committed to winning,” will serve as the organization’s vice president of competition.What to watch: Both Austin Dillon and Ryan Newman are confident in their respective team’s ability to build off 2017’s playoff runs. Dillon qualified the team’s performance in 2017 as modest gains; now, he’s looking to make a big one. Key question(s): How will the team dynamic change in going from three cars to two? Will that move — and the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 —  allow engineers to find the needed additional speed to compete for wins every week?DRIVERSAustin Dillon, No. 3 Dow Chevrolet: Dillon broke through for his first career win in 2017 — in the Coca-Cola 600, no less – and advanced to the playoffs for the second consecutive year. His finish of 11th in the standings is the best of his career. A surprise in 2017 was Dillon’s sharp dip in top-10 finishes, which went from 13 in 2016 to just four last year — tied for the lowest of his career.Jared C. Tilton | Getty ImagesThe new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 should bring immediate speed to match Dillon’s soaring expectations.“We got our win (in 2017), and that was huge,” Dillon said. “That was one goal I had last year. I love how we finished the year as far as a consistent team. We were a consistent threat at the end of the year and had consistent finishes. Our goal is the Championship 4 this year.”Ryan Newman, No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet: Like his teammate Dillon, Newman also found Victory Lane in 2017 following a dry spell. His win at Phoenix in the spring was his first since 2013 (a 127-race span), and the first for Richard Childress Racing since that same season.It was a special moment in Victory Lane, one that was repeated when Dillon won in Charlotte months later, but ultimately didn’t lead to success in the postseason.Jared C. Tilton | Getty ImagesThe veteran’s seven top-five finishes, though, are reason for optimism. It was his highest personal total since 2011.“From my standpoint, we had the opportunity to take the best of the best people, put them all together,” Newman said of the changes at RCR. “We have a couple small personnel changes on the 31 side, but the core group of guys as far as the crew chief and the race engineers are all the same. And our feather in our cap is the Camaro ZL1, because we feel as a design and development piece it is made to be better than what we had last year.”PREVIOUS TEAM PREVIEWSFeb. 1: Front Row MotorsportsFeb. 2: Richard Petty MotorsportsFeb. 3: Leavine Family RacingFeb. 5: JTG Daugherty Racing Feb. 6: Germain Racing Feb. 7: Roush Fenway Racinglast_img read more

Woman Reads to Shelter Dogs to Ease Their Loneliness—And Her Own

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIt all started because she missed her own dog.After 14 years with her beloved Welsh corgi, Sandy Barbabella was at a loss when he died last year—terribly lonely, yet not quite ready for a new four-legger in her life.So the mother of four and grandmother of six decided to volunteer at the local animal shelter in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and spend some quality time with furry friends who, like her, were missing their buddies.Her dog, Angus, had loved being read to, so she brought along a book.Clear Your Schedule: Baby Kitten Cuddling is a Real Volunteer JobIt’s now been 18 months since Barbabella first began settling into her chair beside the kennels every Tuesday at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society. Shelter workers say it really calms down the dogs, but Barbabella says it does more good for her than it does for the dogs.Barbabella was unaware that photos of herself reading to dogs were spreading on the internet until the media started calling. A fellow shelter volunteer was so touched by the sight of her reading ‘Biscuit and the Little Pup’ to an old pit bull that she snapped a photo (above) and posted it on Reddit.“She was so patient with the dogs—I watched her read to several—and they just loved being petted by her,” Kathleen Costello told TODAY.Inspired by Barbabella’s style of volunteering, the shelter has announced that a read-a-thon is being organized for September.The plan is to get kids involved, reading to the animals, with the added benefit of reading practice for the two-leggers, along with plenty of friendly companionship for the four-leggers.(READ more at TODAY) — Photos: Kathleen Costello; (left) Amy Crawford, West. PA Humane SocietyRead This Story Aloud… Or Just Share It, BelowAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Pretty Woman: The Musical Star Samantha Barks Is Broadway.com’s Next Vlogger

first_img Related Shows Talented Broadway newcomer Samantha Barks, who is delighting audiences as Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman: The Musical, will lead Broadway.com’s new vlog, Lady in Red, beginning on September 13. The vlog will follow Barks and her co-stars backstage and onstage at the Nederlander Theatre where the exciting new musical is thrilling audiences eight times a week.Based on the smash 1990 film, Pretty Woman: The Musical follows Vivian and Edward (played by Andy Karl), unlikely soulmates who overcome all odds to find each other. The principal cast also includes Orfeh, Jason Danieley, Ezra Knight, Tommy Bracco and Eric Anderson.In addition to her celebrated turn in Pretty Woman: The Musical, Barks appeared as Eponine in the 2012 big-screen adaptation of Les Misérables, as well as in the musical’s West End production and acclaimed 25th Anniversary concert. Barks also played the title role in Amélie at Berkeley Rep and Betsy in the U.K. premiere of Honeymoon in Vegas.Tune in and watch Barks take Broadway.com readers behind the scenes at the new musical that is playing to cheering crowds every night. Lady in Red will run every Thursday for eight weeks. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 18, 2019 View Comments Star Files Pretty Woman: The Musical Samantha Barkslast_img read more

Hemraj happy to represent GAW in CPL 2020

first_imgElectrifying opener, Chandrapaul Hemraj, is ecstatic about representing the Guyana Amazon Warriors in this year’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL). The 26-year-old left-hander, is one of six local players to be retained ahead of the CPL draft alongside three regional players and a local emerging player.Last season, Hemraj ended with 299 runs from 12 outings with a strike rate of 121. The explosive batsman also showed his worth with the ball, snapping up five wickets and an economy of 6.8 with his left-arm orthodox.In an invited comment, Hemraj explained: “I’m really happy to be back with the Warriors and I must say thanks to the management for showing that confidence in me.” The Strathavon, East Coast Demerara resident said that it is a “special feeling” being able to represent his home country at the ‘Biggest Party in Sport.’Hemraj, reflecting on last season, said that he  believes that he had a good run but wanted to produce more on this occasion and reignite a claim for West Indies selection particularly ahead of the T20 World Cup.“CPL is the premier T20 tournament in the Caribbean. Everyone plays to their best and I definitely will be bringing my ‘A-game’. Last season I did fairly well but I’m aiming to better that performance and hopefully, push for a spot in the West Indies side for the World Cup in Australia,” Hemraj, who has played six One Day Internationals said. With the world on lockdown due to the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Hemraj said that he has not eased on his training but is working diligently to be ready for the tournament.“The restrictions from the pandemic has limited my training from what I would have liked,” he stated while adding, “but I have been working along with a programme from the trainer and I have been doing a lot of work on my own, you know getting some batting practice with my family’s help and working on my strength and fitness.”The CPL is scheduled to take place between 19 August and 26 September but the tournament organisers are currently watching the current situation with COVID-19 closely and are liaising with medical advisors and governments. A decision on whether the tournament can proceed as planned, or at a different time, will be made as soon as possible. Caption: Chandrapaul Hemraj will turn out for the Guyana Amazon Warriors in CPL 2020last_img read more

Lionel Messi trains on his own as swelling in his right foot continues

first_img However, it appears to be good news that he is able to train at all, easing fears of a prolonged spell out.  Sport EN He may not be ready to play against Ecuador, though. Lionel Messi confirmed on Monday that he still has a pain in his right foot, forcing him to train on his own while in the United States with Argentina.  After beating El Salvador at the weekend, Argentina will take on their Sout Americam rivals on Tuesday at DC United’ stadium in New Jersey.  It seems strange that Messi has not been allowed to return to Barcelona, considering the injury.  Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET 30/03/2015 The Argentine media have even been asking the same question, although there are a few reasons why he may have stayed with his national team.last_img read more

Edinson Cavani, closer to Atletico than Inter Milan

first_img Cavani, más cerca del Atlético que del Inter He came through at Danubio in Uruguay, was transferred to Palermo in the middle of 2006-07, in the 2010-11 season he joined Napoli, where he played three seasons before heading to PSG. He’s scored 200 goals for the Parisians, in 301 games, winning 22 titles. Edinson Cavani’s future could take a twist. The PSG striker is close to Inter Milan but according to the Italian press, Atletico Madrid have come into the picture. Atletico insisted on him and seem to have changed his mind, with Cavani preferring a new adventure in Spain over returning to Italy. However he wants to finish the Champions League campaign with his current club before moving. Upd. at 15:51 07/06/2020 Rivaldo bets on Edinson Cavani for Barcelona CEST IN SPORT.ES RELATED STORIES Tuttosport say that the 33-year-old Uruguayan forward is going to head to join Diego Simeone’s Atletico when his contract runs out in June. He was said to have agreed a 7m euro per season deal with Inter Milan, half his salary in France.last_img read more

Moycullen’s Martin Mulkerrins wins Australian Open

first_imgMoycullen’s Martin Mulkerrins has been crowned the Australian Wall Ball Open Champion. Mulkerrins who is currently working in New Zealand travelled to Melbourne last Wednesday to play, and now win, the Australian Openprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The All-Ireland senior Wall Ball (One Wall) Champion had it all to do in Melbourne in the early hours of Sunday Morning, surviving a tie-break against Sydney’s Dylan King in the quarters, clawing back a 17-20 deficit in the semi to win 21-20, 21-4 to book a place in the final against New York’s Ed Dotsenko which the Galway and Moycullen ace won 21-17, 21-8.last_img

George McDonagh’s Greyhound Tips For The Weekend

first_imgFridayNight Racing Only This Week Due To Rugby On Saturday RACE 2 GALWAY GREYHOUND STADIUMUNRACED 350 SEMI-FINAL 20:07 = TRAP 1 Treanmanagh Boss RACE 3 GALWAY GREYHOUND STADIUMUNRACED 350 SEMI-FINAL 20:22 = TRAP 1 Pinnacle Blue RACE 4 GALWAY GREYHOUND STADIUMUNRACED 525 SEMI-FINAL 20:37 = TRAP 4 Claregalway Lad (NAP)RACE 5 GALWAY GREYHOUND STADIUMUNRACED 525 SEMI-FINAL 20:52 = TRAP 3 Malbay Lucy RACE 6 THE ONLINE DEAL OF THE MONTH350 21:07 = TRAP 6 Its My Angel RACE 7 THE ONLINE BOOKINGS S5 35021:22 = TRAP 6 Fast Fit Buddy RACE 8 THE UPCOMING EVENTS A7 52521:37 = TRAP 6 Rightyoube RACE 9 FUNDRAISING AT THE DOGS A3525 21:52 = TRAP 4 Portumna Zero RACE 10 RACING FRIDAY AND SATURDAYNEXT WEEK A2 550 22:07 = TRAP 3 Rockmount Touche RACE 11 THE HIT OR BUST 550 22:22 =TRAP 6 Pat Helpmeout print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email RACE 1 WELCOME TO GALWAY GREYHOUNDSTADIUM A4 525 19:52 = TRAP 3 Liscarra Bonus last_img read more

Tottenham plotting £15m bid for Norwich City star Max Aarons

first_imgTOTTENHAM could bolster their squad by making a £15million move for Norwich prospect Max Aarons.The right-back has been a revelation for the Championship promotion hopefuls despite only making his senior debut in August.3 Tottenham are plotting a £15m swoop for Norwich star Max AaronsCredit: Getty ImagesA string of teams are watching Aarons, 18, with Spurs attending all of his matches and they are considering a formal offer.German club Red Bull ­Leipzig are also keen.Norwich are under no financial pressure to sell, having pocketed £33m for James Maddison and Josh Murphy last summer.Spurs’ only hope of signing Aarons next month would be to then loan him straight back to the Canaries for their promotion push.3 The right-back has been a revelation for the Championship promotion hopefulsCredit: Reuters3 Christian Eriksen has stalled on talks with Spurs over a new dealCredit: PA:Press AssociationMeanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino says Christian Eriksen is not ­distracted by the uncertainty surrounding his future.The star has 18 months left on his current deal and talks over a new one have stalled.FOES REUNITED Tottenham contract rebel Mousa Dembele wanted by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry at MonacoBut boss Poch declared: “Players like him are always focused on trying to do a good job.“Football is so dynamic and changing every day. We hope in the future, whether it is in the summer, January or the next few days, we can take the best decision for club and player.”Danish schemer Eriksen, 26, is likely to face Bournemouth at Wembley today after scoring in their 6-2 win at Everton on Sunday.But Pochettino may give midfielder Moussa Sissoko a breather due to the impressive emergence of youngster Oliver Skipp.The teen, who made his full Prem debut against Burnley this month, looked assured again when he replaced Sissoko in the 79th minute at Goodison Park.Poch said: “You feel safe when he touches the ball. He is only 18 but when he has the ball you can relax.“He may give us the opportunity to rest Moussa, who has played a lot of minutes.”Jermain Defoe finally handed League Cup winners’ medal – 10 years after Tottenham’s win over ChelseaJERMAIN DEFOE has been handed a League Cup winners’ medal… 10 years after Tottenham’s win over Chelsea.The now-Bournemouth front man helped fire Spurs to Wembley in 2008 before he left for Portsmouth one month before the final.Defoe scored once in the competition which came in a fifth round win over Manchester City.He appeared in five cup ties altogether, making him eligible for a winners’ medal.After learning that Defoe was never awarded one, the EFL ensured he picked up the accolade to add to his collection.Click here to read more.last_img read more

World to serenade Madiba

first_imgHundreds of South Africans gathered on Nelson Mandela Square to sing and record the happy birthday song for the former president.(Image: Ray Maota) Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola speaks at the launch of the song.(Images: Cadine Pillay)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello Hatang, Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory+2711 547 5600RELATED ARTICLES• Madiba birthday song a group effort• How does Mandela Day inspire you?• Schools to benefit for Mandela Day• Brand SA plays its part for Mandela Day• Make every day Mandela Day’ in 2011Cadine PillayAs the one-month countdown to International Mandela Day 2012 kicked off on Monday 18 June, the video of the special birthday song for former president Nelson Mandela was launched.Mandela turns 94 on 18 July, and every year his birthday is celebrated around the world, with the date officially declared by the UN in 2009 as an internationally recognised commemorative date.“The countdown has started – there is one month to go,” said social movement Lead SA’s Yusuf Abramjee, who spoke at the launch at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.Last year, Lead SA, the Department of Basic Education and the foundation garnered the support of South Africans to sing to Mandela on his big day. This year they decided to go bigger by encouraging the whole world to participate in the singing – which will take place simultaneously, at 8am South African time.A special tributeOn 29 May hundreds of people, among them TV, radio and sports personalities, gathered in Sandton for the recording of the song. Also present were basic education minister Angie Motshekga; Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the minister of home affairs; and Anitha Soni, trustee of the board of directors at Brand South Africa.Lead SA, the department and the foundation, supported by the Shout Foundation, Proudly South African and Brand South Africa, partnered to get the world movement going to sing the song and engage in 67 minutes of community service.Mobile provider Vodacom has also donated their infrastructure to provide a platform for people to download the song – by texting ‘Madiba’ to 44009, people will be able to download the song via a link sent in a reply.“We are exploring the possibility of breaking a social media world record. We want to mobilise South Africans and the world to sing and pledge their 67 minutes,” said Abramjee.South African Rugby has also pledged its support, saying that national team the Springboks, along with thousands of spectators who will be present at the test match against England in Port Elizabeth on Saturday 23 June, will also sing to Madiba.Footballs fans will also be getting involved. The song will be sung ahead of matches scheduled on the day, as well as half-time on the following Saturday in Durban and Cape Town respectively, when local teams take on Manchester United FC.Viewers of DStv will also be treated to the song as satellite operator MultiChoice pledged to play the recording on all its channels at 8am on the day.“This is in the true spirit of doing it for our country and honouring Madiba,” said Abramjee, thanking Imitiaz Patel, CEO of Multichoice.Goodwill and support for MandelaOver 100 community radio stations will play the song, while the Caxton and Independent newspaper groups will lend their support by promoting the movement in the lead up to the day.Lead SA and its partners have further invited companies, universities, NGOs, government departments and individuals to join in, while also calling on foreign media to put aside the differences and support the initiative.They have also called on representatives of foreign organisations in South Africa to assist in getting 67+ countries to join the initiative and sing happy birthday at 8am, their local times, and also to get their people to do 67 minutes of community service.Mandela’s grandson Luvuyo Mandela said he and his family will hand out blankets and plant trees as part of their 67 minutes project. South African news presenter Leanne Manas also assured her 67 minutes of goodwill and encouraged others to do the same.CEO of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory Achmat Dangor said no government can meet all the challenges by itself and the citizens of South Africa need to be active in making a difference.“When civil society realises its strength, it can make a difference,” added singer Kabelo, who is part of Shout.Speaking at the launch, Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa, one of the biggest partners of the initiative, said that in the spirit of Ubuntu, the people in his organisation are ready to roll up their sleeves and do their part for Mandela.94+ schools projectThe primary objective of the 94+ Schools Project for Madiba is to celebrate Mandela’s 94th birthday by giving hope and dignity to children at at least 94 schools across South Africa, by improving school infrastructure.The campaign to alleviate the infrastructure backlog in primary schools in poor communities across the country will make a significant contribution to fulfilling Mandela’s dream for every child in South Africa to be educated.“Let’s make his 94th birthday the magic of legends and an enduring memory,” said Abramjee.“We want to give him his best birthday present ever – the love of the world.”last_img read more