Western RaceSaver Sprint Series Champion Blake Robertson. (Photo by Tom Macht, www.photofinishphotos.com)VISALIA, Calif. – Blake Robertson came as close to IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Car perfection as you can get in 2016.Robertson won 14 of his 15 Western RaceSaver Sprint Series starts this season, scooping up Allstar Performance California State honors in addition to the tour title.“We’ve never had a season like this,” he acknowledged. “When we needed luck it fell our way. The stars were getting in line at the Sprint Nationals before we ran out of time, but we had a very blessed season.”Robertson racked up all those wins at Thunderbowl Speedway, Bakersfield Speedway, Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairground and Santa Maria Raceway.The one race he didn’t win was the second of the season, when he tangled with a lapped car while running second at Kings and ended in 11th.The hands-on owner of BR Motorsports, a mail order parts supplier of parts for Sprint Cars and Midgets, and King Racing Products, which manufactures those parts, Robertson is from Visalia and began racing Sprint Cars more than 20 years ago.Always a fan and a regular at the track to cheer on his customers, he returned to the sport as a driver last season after a seven-year absence.He was runner-up in the Sprint Nationals main event and third in the Jake Ita Memorial Race of Champions at Eagle Raceway in September.“I don’t have a favorite. I like going to different tracks,” he said. “I really liked the banking at Eagle. You can be fast on the bottom and you can be fast on the top.”Starts: 15Wins: 14Additional Top Fives: 0HIS CREW: Father Brock, father-in-law Kyle Hartman, wife Kasey and children Kameron, Sara, Brock and Ally. HIS SPONSORS: Keller Auto Center of Hanford; and BR Motorsports and King Racing Products, both of Visalia.
UNC looks for home win vs No. 7 Duke February 7, 2020 YOUTH MOVEMENT: Duke has benefited heavily from its freshmen. Vernon Carey Jr., Cassius Stanley, Matthew Hurt and Wendell Moore Jr. have collectively accounted for 55 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 64 percent of all Blue Devils points over the team’s last five games.CREATING OFFENSE: Tre Jones has either made or assisted on 40 percent of all Duke field goals over the last five games. The sophomore guard has 26 field goals and 31 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: North Carolina is 0-7 this year when it scores 65 points or fewer and 10-5 when it scores at least 66.THREAT FROM DEEP: Duke’s Hurt has attempted 85 3-pointers and connected on 40 percent of them, and is 9 for 23 over the last five games.DID YOU KNOW: Duke is ranked third among Division I teams with an average of 82.5 points per game. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 7 Duke (19-3, 9-2) vs. North Carolina (10-12, 3-8)Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Saturday, 6 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: North Carolina looks for its fourth straight win over No. 7 Duke at Dean E. Smith Center. The last victory for the Blue Devils at North Carolina was a 74-73 win on Feb. 17, 2016. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press
Uganda’s Crested Cranes take on Tanzania Sunday in the CECAFA semifinals. PHOTO FUFA MEDIACECAFA WOMEN semifinals:SundayKenya v Ethiopia 1:30 p.mUganda v Tanzania 3.30pmFriday Tanzania 0 Ethiopia 0ThursdayUganda 1 Burundi 0Kenya 11 Zanzibar 0WednesdayEthiopia 3 Rwanda 2TuesdayUganda 9 Zanzibar 0Kenya 4 Burundi 0EarlierZanzibar 1 Burundi 10 Uganda 0 Kenya 4Rwanda 2 Tanzania 3GROUP A: Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, ZanzibarGROUP B: Ethiopia, Tanzania, RwandaThe Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura has hailed Uganda’s Crested Cranes ahead of their CECAFA women’s tournament semifinal clash with Tanzania.Kayihura met the players and officials in Jinja where the tournament is taking place. “We are very proud of you,” he said, adding, ‘Thank you for representing our country with passion and energy. I wish you the best in the upcoming matches.”Uganda qualified for the semifinals of the inaugural CECAFA women’s football tournament on Thursday when a Fazila Ikwaput first half goal handed them their 2nd straight win. Uganda were second in their group behind Kenya, who beat them in the opening match.The Uganda national women football team – Crested Cranes- take on Tanzania who topped their group courtesy of a throw of the coin after their final game with Ethiopia ended goalless on Friday.The tournament has attracted international and local attention, a fact that has had soccer governing body FUFA get praise from the Council of East and Central Africa Association (CECAFA) Secretary General Nicholas Musonye.“I want to thank everyone for their respective endeavors to make this tournament a complete success. FUFA took upon the initiative to host the tournament without any sponsorship and we commend them for taking the big risk,” Musonye told the press on Saturday.“The media has publicized the tournament so well. Government has provided the healthy political climate to enable the tournament progress successfully,” added Musonye, who was flanked by tournament chief organiser Rogers Byamukama and CECAFA media officer Rogers Mulindwa“To all the fans, you have exhibited a true CECAFA spirit of not only supporting the home team but attending each and every match that has been played.” Share on: WhatsApp
The Egypt team. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Egypt will compete at the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco, despite being eliminated in the qualifying competition two months ago.The Egyptians lost 4-2 on aggregate to Morocco, who are now automatic competitors in the 16-team event having replaced Kenya as hosts.This opened the door for Egypt to be reinstated into the biennial tournament restricted to home-based footballers.African football body CAF ditched Kenya as hosts last month for falling behind with preparations and Morocco were chosen to replace them at the weekend.Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Libya, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda and Zambia are the other finalists. A draw on a date to be announced will split the 16 countries into four groups, from which winners and runners-up advance to the quarter-finals.Democratic Republic of Congo (twice), Tunisia and Libya won previous Nations Championship tournaments.FIFA classify CHAN matches as full internationals with results counting toward the monthly rankings.Share on: WhatsApp
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — The Sharks have won games before without Joe Thornton. They’ve won games in the past without Logan Couture, and most recently, they’ve won more often than not without Erik Karlsson.But everyone in teal is still adjusting to not having Joe Pavelski available.The injured Sharks captain isn’t likely to play Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings, and he also might Friday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks. That …
During World Read Aloud Day in 2015, the Nal’ibali story reached the ears of nearly 166 000 children thanks to the efforts of parents and caregivers who took part. (Image: Nal’ibali)The Nal’ibali national reading-for-enjoyment campaign invites people from across the country to enjoy their story during this year’s World Read Aloud Day on Wednesday, 24 February.Reading out loud to your children is an important part of developing a young child’s understanding of language and this, coupled with a story that appeals to the child, can develop and reinforce a love of reading.To mark the day, the Nal’ibali campaign has issued a brand-new story for the enjoyment of adults and children throughout the country. It calls on parents and caregivers to read its new story out loud to the children in their care.This year the campaign has also called on the help of celebrated South African musician Yvonne Chaka Chaka to lend her support in making this year’s campaign a success.The Princess of Africa, as the singer is known, will be giving her own special reading in isiZulu to children at Orlando Stadium in Soweto together with players from the Orlando Pirates Football Club. The footballers will also launch their own reading club, the Orlando Pirates Reading Stars.This year the campaign has also called on the help of celebrated South African musician Yvonne Chaka Chaka to lend her support in making this year’s campaign a success.A READING NATIONDuring World Read Aloud Day in 2015, the Nal’ibali story reached the ears of nearly 166 000 children thanks to the efforts of parents and caregivers who took part.“If we want our children to grow up as strong and powerful readers, we must demonstrate reading for them,” said Jade Jacobsohn, the managing director of Nal’ibali.“When you read aloud to a child, you show them what reading looks like and how to make sense of text. Exposing them to new words and expressions used in stories helps to develop their vocabularies and provides a rich pool of language for children to draw from when they want to read and write on their own.”Carole Bloch, the executive director of Praesa, the Project for the Study of Alternative Education South Africa, said that the power of reading out loud was enriching for parents and children. It was a way of establishing foundational knowledge and motivating young children as they learned to read.Praesa was one of the bodies most heavily involved in the establishment of the Nal’ibali campaign as a co-founder and major contributor to the successes of the campaign.To boost the number of children who benefited from the event in 2015, the campaign sought the input of other organisations, such as partners Rotary District 9350, Western Cape; Love Life Nongoma; the Family Literacy Project and Zisize Ingwavuma Educational Trust in KwaZulu-Natal; and the Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal departments of education.As a collective, these organisations have pledged to read to as many as 100 000 children across the country.Now, Nal’ibali is calling on teachers, librarians, parents and grandparents, caregivers, reading club leaders and fellow literacy organisations to do the same.“Last year through a huge and wonderful celebration we created something very special: a joyful reading of the same story in 11 different languages to children across South Africa,” said Bloch.“There are over 17 000 000 children in South Africa with only around 5% being read to by their caregivers. World Read Aloud Day celebrates the joy of sharing a good story and we hope that even more adults in South Africa will join us this year.”GET READING OUT LOUDThis year’s story is entitled Neo and the Big Wide World, and is written by Vianne Venter. It is available for free for download on Nal’ibali’s website and mobile site.It has been translated into all 11 official South African languages as well as Braille and South African Sign Language to make sure everybody can enjoy the story in their preferred language.Members of the public are encouraged to sign up via either one of these sites and share how many children they will be reading to and add it to the national tally.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in developing South Africa and its citizens? If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.