Prison warning for sulky racers and drivers

first_imgNewsLocal NewsPrison warning for sulky racers and driversBy admin – December 21, 2012 923 Email Twitter Previous articleTurkey for ChristmasNext articleHow Nanny Twinkerbell broke the mould admin Advertisement WhatsAppcenter_img Linkedin A CLEAR message has been sent out to people who engage in or facilitate sulky racing on public roads – you can expect imprisonment if prosecuted. Judge Eugene O’Kelly was the man with the message at Limerick District Court last week when he heard evidence in a case where “support cars” were blocking a public road and “engaging in an extremely dangerous activity”. His comments came when 26-year-old Ian Butler of Downey Street, Garryowen narrowly escaped a prison sentence on a charge of dangerous driving as a result of representations by his defence solicitor.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The court was told that his car was one of 30 vehicles bound for Limerick in support of a sulky race that had “commandeered the public road for a private race”on the main road to Boher at 8.30am last New Year’s Eve.Inspector Paul Reidy said that Mr Butler was “engaged in an extremely dangerous activity while he had no insurance”.When defending solicitor John Devane, said his insurance was “just shortly out of date”, Judge O’Kelly replied that “it was not going to be any good to an injured person in the event of an accident”.“It’s extremely arrogant of people to think they can commandeer a public road for a private race. Your client and his colleagues, were putting unsuspecting drivers in extreme danger. Someone could have been hospitalised”, he told Mr Devane.Mr Devane said that sulky racing was part of his client’s background adding that it was “genetically inbred into a horsey background” to which Judge O’Kelly replied that it was “no problem if they wanted to race around the fields, but not on the roadways”.Imposing a four month prison sentence suspended for 12 months, Judge O’Kelly said he wanted to send out “a very clear message that if you do this, you can expect imprisonment from now on.”The defendant was also disqualified for eight years for dangerous driving and for two years  for driving without insurance. Print Facebooklast_img read more

Roberts feels weight of shock call

first_img Press Association Jamie Roberts reflected on his “huge position of responsibility” after his return to fitness resulted in Brian O’Driscoll being dropped for the British and Irish Lions’ series decider against Australia. He added: “It was probably the most nerve-wracking team selection I’ve ever had in my career. There were a lot of tight calls and none more so than Brian’s, “To show you what sort of guy he is, he was the first to come up to me at the end of training and ask if I wanted to do any extras. He’s one of the greatest players to have played the game.” On form O’Driscoll’s place in the team warranted scrutiny, but the backs have generally fed off poor ball while Davies has yet to fire in the Test series and could also have made way for Roberts’ return. Factor in O’Driscoll’s big-game temperament, leadership and determination to mark his fourth and final Lions tour with a first series triumph and he appeared an automatic selection for a match of such magnitude. “Surprise (at Gatland’s decision) is not the right word. Warren has made some big calls and ultimately you respect the coach’s decision,” Roberts said. “He’s picked a team that he believes can win on Saturday, whether that includes Brian O’Driscoll or not. Brian’s an incredible player and an asset to the squad who has played some wonderful rugby on this tour. “But the coach has made the decision and he’s picked the players he feels can deliver on Saturday. A lot of very, very good players have missed out on selection for Saturday.” center_img The shock omission of O’Driscoll from the 23 for the third and final Test at ANZ Stadium on Saturday is a controversial decision by head coach Warren Gatland, who has selected 10 Welshmen in his starting XV. Fit-again Roberts, who has been chosen at inside centre where he will renew his Wales midfield partnership with Jonathan Davies, said: “I now have a huge position of responsibility on Saturday and I have to thrive on that and deliver. That’s my job. Of course you owe it to the coach to show his selection was right – and you owe it to your fellow players as well. I owe it to guys like Brian as well.” last_img read more

Syracuse stays alive at ACC Tournament with 73-64 win over Wake Forest

first_imgNEW YORK — A little less than two weeks ago, Duke gave Syracuse an opportunity. In their Feb. 24 matchup in Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Blue Devils missed their first 15 3-pointers. It was probably the worst offensive effort from Duke all season.Syracuse lost that game because it too had an ugly offense. It finished with 44 points, its lowest total of the season. The shortage came because the man in charge of the other bench, Division I all-time wins leader Mike Krzyzewski, threw SU a defense it knows all too well — the 2-3 zone. He knew the blueprint to stopping Syracuse.And during the most worrisome periods of Tuesday night’s 73-64 Syracuse (20-12, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) win over Wake Forest (11-20, 4-14) in the ACC Tournament’s opening round at the Barclays Center, it was the opponent’s deployment of Boeheim’s patented zone that stifled his Orange. WFU’s own version of the 2-3 helped it climb back after Syracuse started well. SU’s ability to adjust in the second half landed it another game to play Wednesday night.“In the first half, we had a lot of good looks and just couldn’t make anything,” Boeheim said. “I think in the second half we attacked the zone better. I thought Frank (Howard) did a great job, Marek (Dolezaj) was tremendous getting into the open spots.”The win provides relief, albeit not much of it. SU entered this tournament knowing Day 1 was a stepping stone to the matchups that can boost its chances of making the Big Dance. But its first game was also as far as the Orange had ever been. Although it has played deeper in the ACC tournament thanks to a bye, Syracuse never won a game in this setting since joining the conference for the 2013-2014 season. Until now. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSo sixth-seeded North Carolina awaits. The Tar Heels came to the Carrier Dome a few weeks ago and survived a late push from SU. They are given the third-best odds of surviving ACC tournament, according to Kenpom.com, while SU has just a 17 percent chance of making it to the next round. In uncharted territory, the Orange will have to defy what the numbers say to avoid failing to make the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years — something that has never happened in Jim Boeheim’s 42-year tenure as head coach. Now, SU has the opportunity it missed out on at Duke.An opening similar to Tuesday’s wouldn’t hurt, as it appeared to be Syracuse’s game to lose from the get-go. A hot offensive start, highlighted by a sequence where sophomore guard Tyus Battle stole the ball, dunked it and converted an and-one on the next possession, gave the Orange a 20-4 edge before ten minutes could pass. Howard later said he warned his teammates that margin would shrink.“I told the guys they were going to make a run. They’re an explosive team,” Howard said. “… We knew what they did to us down in their place. We took an L to them.”On the other end, SU’s defense rattled Wake Forest early. The Demon Deacons hit just one 3-pointer before the half, even with some of their 13 attempts wide open. They mailed cross-court passes out of bounds and into the hands of Orange defenders.WFU’s ability to flip to zone made the rubber match between the two teams the close contest it was billed to be. Syracuse cooled, committing a bundle of its nine first-half turnovers. It grew stagnant, freshman forward Oshae Brissett said, because Wake Forest’s stationary zone egged them into it.“You see the defense there standing around,” Brissett said. “If it’s man, you feel like you could beat anybody. But in the zone, it’s like the whole team is guarding you once get the ball. We gotta move around a lot more.” The margin crept closer as Wake Forest attacked SU from the high post, often times with a smaller guard like junior Bryant Crawford. A jumper from him and a Doral Moore posterizing dunk on Matthew Moyer later, the flood of Orange in the seats lost its raucousness. They had a game. With about five minutes left, junior center Paschal Chukwu, at 7-foot-2, swatted a ball way out of bounds. The Barclays Center’s lower bowl full of Orange fans erupted. But the ref called goaltending and Wake Forest was awarded two. A 16-point lead had dipped to four points. From the sideline, head coach Jim Boeheim pushed his palms toward the hardwood and issued a directive to his team: calm down. They took that message to halftime along with a six-point lead.In the second 20 minutes, Syracuse found the movement necessary to best the defense it knows so well. Marek Dolezaj opened the second half with five-straight SU points to pad the lead to nine. The freshman forward had his best game with 20 points on 6-of-7 shooting. He operated within the paint using polished passes and a trigger quicker than it ever has been since he arrived in Syracuse. He dunked thrice.“It makes the game so much easier,” Battle said of Dolezaj’s contributions. “Especially when they’re in that 2-3 zone, teams extending out on Frank and I, trying to not let us shoot. When Marek sits in the middle and developed that 15-footer, he can shoot that shot and make the decisions down low. It makes the game so much easier.”Then Howard added an and-one floater. Battle answered a WFU 3 with one of his own — SU would finish with just four triples on the night. Again, the Orange came out of the locker room playing good basketball. With just over ten minutes to play, Howard ran the fast break. He had numbers. He looked to his left. The ball went the other way, right into the grasp of an ascending Brissett. The freshman forward didn’t have his best day, passing up some open jumpers and electing to drive into missed layups. He did not miss this time, dunking with so much momentum that he pulled his head above the rim. Syracuse led by 15.Wake Forest chiseled. It nailed its 3s and drew a few charges. The lead fell into single digits, but unlike during SU’s trip to Winston-Salem in January, the Orange had answers. It will need a few more on Wednesday to fend off concerns about the most important thing in March. Comments Published on March 6, 2018 at 9:22 pm Contact: [email protected] | @jtbloss Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Hoornstra: Baseball in the 2010s, according to Google

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Dodgers’ Will Smith: ‘I feel like it’s been five years’ since his 2019 debut Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Non-team-specific names revealed the fickle nature of fandom. “Twins baseball” enjoyed a surge in 2010, when the team won 94 games and the AL Central title, then dropped out of the Top 25 for the remainder of the decade. “Rangers baseball” and “Giants baseball” peaked in 2010, too. “Cubs baseball” peaked in 2016. Nothing terribly unpredictable there.Miscellaneous“Little League Baseball” retains a popular fascination, as the folks at ESPN might attest. Incidentally, “ESPN baseball” is popular among Googlers too. “Baseball cards” might have lost their luster if exposed to too much sunlight, but not on Google.The persistent popularity of “Angels baseball” might have something to do with Google’s fascination with non-baseball-playing Angels. “Mike Trout” was a more popular search term on its own. The baseball universe is a broad one – if you know where to look. Take Iowa. The state is home to several minor league teams possibly on the chopping block, and only one Division I program. Iowa’s number-1 baseball-adjacent search term, by far, was “Iowa baseball.”Within Iowa, according to Google, these terms dwarfed interest in “fantasy baseball,” “baseball scores,” or the nearest major league team, the Cubs. (Note that regional searches for “Cubs baseball” might be driven by the Iowa Cubs, a Triple-A team based in Des Moines.)On a national level, one college program stood above all as Google’s most popular. Color me purple, it’s …LSU baseballLSU first cracked the top 25 in 2015, at number 24. A number-23 rank followed in 2016, followed by 19th, 21st, and 18th.Success was loosely correlated to the Tigers’ popularity. They haven’t won a national championship since 2009. They only made the College World Series in two of the last five years. Baton Rouge is more famous for football, but its baseball audience might be even more captive, relatively speaking. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img My curiosity for baseball guides this column every week, for better or worse. Your curiosity for baseball appears to me as a mirage, changing its shape and form on a moment’s notice. Over a decade those moments can add up. What guided fans’ curiosity in the 2010s?To answer that question, I turned to Google. The 2010s were the first decade in which our inquisitive nature coalesced around a single online search engine. Search trends shifted with each new year. I used Google’s Trends tool to view how often we searched for “baseball” over the last 10 years. Then I looked at every related search term by year.The results were eye-opening, at least from this corner of the baseball universe. This method isn’t good at capturing the popularity of individual players or even individual teams (to a degree; more on that later). It excels at exposing regions of baseball fandom that are potentially overlooked from an MLB-centric viewpoint. Starting with …College baseballThis was the only baseball-adjacent query that ranked in Google’s top five every year this decade. It’s a testament to the enduring popularity of a game that’s long thrived regionally, if rarely on the national level. Google might also be offering us a clue to a question that has puzzled proponents of the minor league game. Namely: how would baseball survive in non-MLB markets if 42 minor league teams are contracted, as has reportedly been proposed? Only three other college baseball programs reached Google’s Top 25 in the 2010s: Arkansas at number 18 in 2018 (when it won the national title), Florida at number 23 in 2018 (when it was eliminated by Arkansas in the College World Series semifinals), and Michigan at number 24 in 2019 (when it lost the national championship game).One other college program might be even more popular than the mighty Tigers. Allow me to present the curious case of …Texas baseballThese terms graced the Google Top 25 in eight of the last 10 years. It’s the only state that so monopolized its baseball popularity. This could mean a lot of things.Texas is a hotbed for high school baseball. There are several outstanding college programs in Texas, too, and Texas, Texas Tech and Texas A&M each have “Texas” in their school name. Perhaps Google is lumping their search power into one Texas-sized result. Throw in the Texas Rangers, and it’s hard to tease out the individual threads of curiosity. I needed to dig deeper.When we look only at searches for “baseball” within the state of Texas over the last 10 years, a clearer picture emerges. The most popular region for baseball searches within the state was Lubbock, home of the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Austin, home to the University of Texas, ranked seventh. Dallas (sixth) and Houston (11th) generated a disproportionately small number of baseball searches in the 2010s.As with Iowa, it seems, we’re underestimating the popularity of Division I baseball in Texas’ non-urban pockets. All of which makes you wonder, is anyone searching for MLB teams?Of course!If I’m curious about, say, the Yankees, I’m not searching for “Yankees baseball.” The search term “Yankees” was more popular than “baseball” in October 2017 and 2019. (The Yankees were playing in the American League Championship Series both months.) Google queries for other team-specific names, like Dodgers and Red Sox, followed a similar pattern.Related Articles Harvard-Westlake alum Lucas Giolito throws no-hitter for White Sox Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more