17 January 2011South African driver Giniel de Villiers finished second in the 2011 Dakar Rally Argentina Chile on the weekend, sandwiched between his Volkswagen team-mates Nasser Al-Attiyah and Carlos Sainz.It was a third Dakar victory in succession for Volkswagen and the most dominant performance yet by the team’s diesel-engined Race Touareg. In total, Volkswagen won 12 of the 13 stages.Al-Attityah, thanks to some strong performances in the latter stages of the race and some bad luck on the part of defending champion Sainz, took a comfortable victory, finishing 49 minutes and 41 seconds ahead of De Villiers. Sainz was one hour 20 minutes and 38 seconds off the pace.Stages winsThere was some comfort for Sainz, who lost over an hour on the third last stage when he hit a hole and damaged his front suspension. He won seven stages, including the first two and the last two.Al-Attiyah, second in 2010, won four stages and De Villiers, the winner of the 2009 Dakar, won one to take his all-time number of Dakar stage victories to 13.Fourth overall and one hour, 33 minutes and 48 seconds off the pace was after a testing 9 000 kilometres through Argentina and Chile and 5 000 kilometres of special stage rallying was France’s Stephane Peterhansel in a BMW X3, which made it four Dakar winners in the top four finishers.The three-times Dakar winner (he last won in a Mitsubishi in 2007) took stage five.Sixth placeAmerican Mark Miller and his South African co-driver Ralph Pitchford finished sixth overall in the fourth factory Race Touareg, 41 minutes and 20 seconds behind the BMW X3 of Polish rally champion Krzysztof Holowczyc.They lost almost an hour when their car rolled on stage two and thereafter performed the role of backup to their team-mates, including stopping to repair Sainz’s front suspension on stage 11.“As you would expect from the Dakar, this has been a really tough rally, long and tiring,” said De Villiers.“My co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz and I are very happy to have finished second after our disappointing result last year when we were seventh after losing over two hours with electrical problems on the third stage.Strategy“Our strategy throughout the 13 days of racing was to push as hard as we could without taking any unnecessary risks.“The Dakar demands great respect and we are proud to have made it on to the podium for the third time in five years.“This is a great result for Volkswagen, who once again have proved they are the best team. Congratulations to Nasser on a brilliant race.”DisappointedPitchford, who was second with Miller behind De Villiers in 2009 and third last year, was disappointed to not make it into the top three for a third year in a row.“The Dakar is not regarded as the world’s toughest off road race for nothing,” said the former South African off road co-driver champion.“To finish is an achievement. We’re very proud to have been part of the best team in the race, for the third year in succession, and although we lost any chance of a good result after our roll on stage two we enjoyed our Dakar and were pleased to be able to help Carlos when he crashed his car.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The rainy weather did nothing to hinder the quality of the incredible pork being served up at the 2018 Ohio Pork Rib Off. It was high quality across the board according to the judges for the 22nd annual Pork Rib Off competition at the Ohio State Fair on Tuesday, July 31.Bark Bros. of Columbus was awarded Grand Champion Ribs and Reserve Champion Pulled Pork. Red Pig Inn of Ottawa was awarded Reserve Champion Ribs, while Kyptonite BBQ of Hartville was awarded Grand Champion Pulled Pork and best Soybean Oil BBQ Sauce. Hickory River Smokehouse of Tipp City took home the People’s Choice award. There were nine contestants from across the state competing in the annual event.The competitors were scored by a group of five judges, including: Virgil Strickler, Ohio State Fair General Manager; Senator Larry Obhof; State Representative Brian Hill; Matt Reese, Ohio’s Country Journal; and Steve Reinhard, Ohio Soybean Council.The annual Pork Rib Off is held on the first Tuesday of the Ohio State Fair and is hosted by the Ohio Pork Council, with generous support from the Ohio Soybean Council.“We are thankful to partner with the Ohio Soybean Council to host such a great event each year during the Ohio State Fair,” said Dave Shoup, President-Elect, Ohio Pork Council. “Every year, the Rib Off brings together a great group of barbeque experts from across the state for a fun, interactive competition.” The folks at Red Pig Inn from Ottawa were serving up delicious pulled pork and the Res. Champion Ribs. Hickory River Smokehouse from Tipp City Baney-Q worked in the rain to get ribs ready for the contest. Good ribs and mac and cheese at The Pit BBQ. Kryptonite BBQ had the Champion Pulled Pork in the Ohio Pork Rib Off. Smokem if you Gotem BBQ of Middleport OCJ’s Matt Reese had the honor of judging this year and he said it was a tight contest. Ty Higgins was the MC for the event Res. Champion Rib: Red Pig Inn- Ottawa, OH Champion Pulled Pork: Kryptonite BBQ- Hartville, OH
Location:FinlandN 65° 05.635 E 028° 54.329 One of the wonderful things about geocaching is how it leads you to locations you may have otherwise never heard of. Case in point: GC1D4ZP.Today’s Geocache of the Week takes us to a remote field in northeastern Finland. As you drive along Highway 5 and look to the east, you will discover an army of over 1000 scarecrows in a field. The peaceful mob is made of wooden crosses, decorated with straw hair and bright clothes, which are refreshed twice a year.The unusual figures are an art installation titled Hiljainen Kansa (“Quiet People” in Finnish) by dancer, choreographer, and artist Reijo Kela. They appeared just north of the town of Suomussalmi in 1994 after exhibiting in three other locations.The trail to the cache can be quite muddy at certain times of the year, so pack your boots or prepare to go barefoot. The description says it’s small, but there’s plenty of room for SWAG and trackables if you have any to trade.Visitors often speak of how walking amongst the figures can be calming and bring about self-reflection. A good thing when thinking about what to write in your log in addition to “TFTC”.Hiljainen Kansa — Silent PeopleView from the roadComing closerThe Quiet PeopleDifferent heights, clothes, and “personalities”Geocachers can blend right inPack your wellies!A birdseye viewA view from the nearby cafe Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Difficulty:1.5Terrain:1.5 SharePrint RelatedHaksulandia — Geocache of the WeekJanuary 9, 2019In “Community”RV 5.08 : Brugge — Geocache of the WeekFebruary 13, 2019In “Community””Screaming Skulls” GCPJNV GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – September 26, 2011September 26, 2011In “Community” TraditionalGC1D4ZPby woltti22
Mumbai, Sep 18 (PTI) Actress Soha Ali Khan is turning producer and her maiden project would be a biopic.Soha said she would be running the production house with husband Kunal Khemu.”We will open our next production company. Its called Renegate Films. We will be co producing films. We will co- produce films with others as we need people to back our creative ideas as we have wonderful ideas,” Soha told PTI.”The first film that we will be co-producing is a biopic. It is on a living legend. It wont be a biopic on someone from acting or sports field,” she said.The actress said they are yet to finalise the director and cast.When asked if she will be seen in the film, Soha said she had no plans of acting in her debut production.”I will not be acting in it. The idea is to open a production company to back our creative ideas. We did not open the company to create work for me or Kunal. The idea is to find great content.”Soha will be seen next in “31st October”, based on the aftermath of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhis assassination, opposite Vir Das. PTI KKP ARS BK
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure on Tuesday announced his retirement from international football.The Ivory Coast international said in a statement on his website: “Writing this note was probably ‘the most difficult match of my life’. After 14 years at the highest level, I’m sure this is the right time for me.””The fact that I am 33 now, the intensity of training and the multitude of games are not the reasons why I am making this decision.”The 33-year-old has been capped 102 times by his country, scoring 19 goals.The four time African Footballer of the Year was the captain of his national team and led the country to their second-ever African Nations Cup title in 2015.Toure made his debut for the Ivory Coast in 2004, and replaced Didier Drogba as captain when the striker retired following the 2014 World Cup.
Stuart Broad is all geared up for the Ashes which start on November 23 at Brisbane. Broad, who skipped the ongoing second warm-up match against Cricket Australia XI, said he feels like his “time is coming”.Broad is making his third trip to Australia for the Ashes and while he doesn’t have happy memories Down Under, he is hoping to turn things around this time. While his first tour in 2010-11 was cut short by an injury, he finished with 21 wickets in England’s 5-0 whitewash in 2013-14.”I think I do have a match-winning spell in me, yes. I feel like I’m ready for one of those spells again. I’ve done a lot of work over the last eight weeks and straightened my run-up a huge amount to get my seam and fingers right behind the ball for the bounce. I don’t want to swing it, it will be against my strengths to come here and bowl a full length looking to swing the Kookaburra. I want to do what McGrath and Josh Hazlewood do: bash away and bring in both sides of the bat. I’ve done some good work. I feel like my time is coming,” Broad said. (The Ashes: England want clarity on ‘complicated’ Ben Stokes situation, says Andrew Strauss)Broad knows he will be Australia’s enemy No.1 during the five-match series after he refused to walk when England hosted the Ashes in 2013. While Darren Lehmann accused the pacer of blatant cheating, an Australian daily, The Courier-Mail, referred to the bowler as ‘Stuart Fraud’ for the duration of the Ashes in Australia later that year.advertisement”I’m building myself up for it. I think I might miss it a little bit if nobody said anything. You’re better off getting jeered than nothing. At least if you’re jeered, someone has heard of you or you’ve done something in an Ashes series.”It feels different already on this trip. The day after we arrived I walked down to breakfast and there was a picture on the back page of the paper with me having a selfie with an England fan. So actually seeing my face in a paper over here was a new experience. The last time I was ‘Stuart Fraud’. So they are spelling my name right, we’re already on to a winner,” he said.”But yes, if you’re an England cricketer in Australia, you have to prepare yourself for a bit. Everyone has to brace themselves for it. It is a great part of the rivalry,” he added.
NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez homered for his 3,000th career hit and smiled all the way around the bases Friday night, the highlight so far in what’s become a resurgent season for the disgraced slugger.The New York Yankees star wasted no time, connecting in the first inning on a first-pitch, 95 mph fastball from Detroit ace Justin Verlander.Out of baseball last year while serving a drug suspension, Rodriguez became the 29th player in major league history to reach 3,000 hits. He was the first to do it since Yankees great Derek Jeter homered from the very same batter’s box in 2011.“It’s a magical number,” Rodriguez said after the final out of New York’s 7-2 victory. “I’m very happy to be in the club.”With the crowd at Yankee Stadium standing in anticipation, Rodriguez sent a high drive to right field. He held onto the bat as he took a few steps toward first base, and outfielder J.D. Martinez bumped into the wall as he backed up.Fans roared as the ball sailed a half-dozen rows into the seats.Rodriguez pointed to the crowd a couple of times and blew a kiss to someone behind the backstop after crossing the plate. He was greeted by Mark Teixeira and other teammates between the plate and the dugout, and got a big hug from manager Joe Girardi.The only other players to hit a homer for No. 3,000 were Jeter and Wade Boggs.Retrieving the souvenir ball might be harder for Rodriguez than hitting it. Zack Hample, a 37-year-old who describes himself as a professional home run ball catcher, wound up with the prized keepsake.Hample originally told the Yankees he had no intention of giving it back. He watched the ninth inning with team president Randy Levine and chief operating officer Lonn Trost, and said he’s considering what to do.“Now, I’m thinking about it,” he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.“There’s no right thing to do,” he said. “I want to enjoy the moment.”A day earlier, Hample tweeted that Rodriguez “deserves favors from no one, least of all a fan.”Rodriguez turns 40 next month. The three-time AL MVP launched his 13th homer of the season and has enjoyed a productive year as a designated hitter after returning from his suspension.Rodriguez hit his 667th career home run after beginning the day with a .299 lifetime average in 21 seasons. He joined Hank Aaron and Willie Mays as the only players with 600 homers and 3,000 hits.Earlier this year, Rodriguez passed Mays for fourth place on the all-time homer list and eclipsed Barry Bonds for second on the official RBIs chart.“I’m enjoying this season as much as any,” he said.Unlike with home run No. 660 that tied Mays, there was no marketing agreement between Rodriguez and the Yankees regarding this milestone — and thus, no potential squabble over $6 million. The team even tweeted updates throughout his pursuit, using the hashtag AROD3K.This hit was quite different from his first one — a four-hop, infield single on July 9, 1994, at Fenway Park against Boston’s Sergio Valdez. Back then, Rodriguez was an 18-year-old batting last for the Seattle Mariners, a young man with a big future.Friday night’s plate umpire, Ed Hickox, coincidentally was behind the plate for A-Rod’s first hit, too.“Is that right — 21 years apart?” Hickox said an hour before the first pitch. “I was aware he was a prospect for Seattle when he got the hit, but that’s all we knew then.”For all his achievements, A-Rod has been a polarizing lightning rod in recent years. While the crowd in the Bronx cheered him, there are many fans who will forever attach an asterisk to anything Rodriguez accomplishes.Such is the baseball world in the wake of performance-enhancing drugs, where RBIs, ERAs and other huge numbers have been tainted by PEDs. Bonds, Roger Clemens and Mark McGwire are among the many with Cooperstown-caliber credentials who haven’t come close to being elected to the Hall of Fame because of drug scandals.High school student Claire Campo, from Mission Viejo, California, bought a $135 Rodriguez jersey in the souvenir store an hour before the game.“I love Alex Rodriguez,” she said. “People need to get off his case. He’s done everything you could ask for on the field. What he’s done off the field, he apologized and paid the price. What more do you want?”Her grandfather, Larry Vastola of Morristown, New Jersey, said he completely agreed with her. But he said his wife — Campo’s grandmother — had a different view.“She can’t stand him,” he said. “When we get home, we’re going to tell her that they dislike him so much at Yankee Stadium that they were giving away these jerseys.”Rodriguez was the No. 1 pick in the 1993 draft. He became a star in Seattle, later joined Texas and was traded to the Yankees after the 2003 season. His 3,000th hit was his 1,465th with the Yankees.As Rodriguez ascended to becoming a perennial All-Star, many looked at him as a player who could help restore credibility to the record books while stars such as Manny Ramirez, Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro were caught up in drug scandals during the late 1990s and 2000s.But in 2009, Rodriguez admitted to using steroids while with Texas. His involvement in the Biogenesis drug investigation near Miami, where he lives in the offseason, was a low point and it got him suspended for a year after an acrimonious appeal.After suing MLB and the Yankees — all lawsuits have been dropped — Rodriguez returned to baseball with trepidation. But he has won back some fans in New York by being a productive player on the field and a model citizen off the diamond.Rodriguez homered on the birthday of late Yankees hero Lou Gehrig, and connected a day before Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Reggie Jackson, Boggs and other New York stars return for Old-Timers’ Day.Jeter finished with 3,465 hits. His milestone day was indeed monumental, when he went 5 for 5 with the deciding hit. The buzz leading up to his 3,000th became the talk of baseball and when he homered off Tampa Bay’s David Price — now with the Tigers — the crowd responded with a 4-minute ovation.As Jeter rounded the bases, first baseman Casey Kotchman doffed his hat and several Tampa Bay players came out of the dugout to applaud.Rodriguez came out for a curtain call after his homer, but there was nothing close to the outpouring of love that Jeter received. Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love and New York Knicks executive Phil Jackson were among those in attendance.Rodriguez homered off Verlander for the fourth straight game, and popped up and grounded out in his next two at-bats. A-Rod has tagged a lot of pitchers over the years, getting 26 hits off knuckleballer Tim Wakefield and 25 off David Wells.The pitcher who has held Rodriguez hitless the longest? Arizona lefty Oliver Perez, against whom Rodriguez is 0 for 11.Rodriguez tied the late Roberto Clemente with 3,000 hits, and can rapidly move up the list. Craig Biggio is 21st and reachable this year with 3,060, and Cal Ripken is 15th at 3,184.Pete Rose owns the career record with 4,256. As for who will next reach 3,000, it’s hard to say.Ichiro Suzuki, now a part-time player for the Marlins, is closest to Rodriguez and began the day with 2,886 hits. Adrian Beltre followed with 2,657 and Albert Pujols had 2,585. Tigers star Miguel Cabrera had 2,266 and is 32.Before Jeter, no player had gotten his 3,000th hit in a Yankees uniform. Now, the last two to accomplish the feat did so wearing pinstripes.BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer___AP Baseball Writers Howie Rumberg and Mike Fitzpatrick contributed to this report. TweetPinShare0 Shares
Chelsea Conte: Man City match not simple for tired Chelsea Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 08:30 1/10/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty Images Chelsea Antonio Conte Chelsea v Manchester City Manchester City Premier League The club’s less favourable midweek schedule was cited by their manager after his team dropped a result to Pep Guardiola’s side Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte suggested his team’s midweek workload at Atletico Madrid was a mitigating factor in the 1-0 Premier League loss to Manchester City.The English title-holders were magnificent in overcoming Atleti 2-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday but after the match Conte complained that City had been granted extra rest ahead of a crunch domestic clash – Pep Guardiola’s men having beaten Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 on Tuesday.Napoli 7/2 to beat Man City Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Kevin De Bruyne’s brilliant 67th-minute winner on Saturday ensured City returned to the top of the Premier League table, having dominated for long spells at Stamford Bridge.”It was a tough game but we know very well that Manchester City is a really big team and it’s very difficult, this type of game. The details move the result,” Conte told BT Sport.”I think we gave everything and I’m very happy for the commitment, desire and will to fight from my players against a really strong team.”I think when you play against Manchester City, for sure, usually they dominate the ball.”In this type of game you need a bit of time to recover, to run and put on pressure. If you are tired it is not simple to go box to box.”When pressed on the issue of fatigue following Chelsea’s exertions in the Spanish capital, Conte said: “About this issue I have already spoken. It is not important to repeat the same concept.”I am very proud to be the coach of these players.”We’ll be hearing from Antonio Conte shortly… #CHEMCI pic.twitter.com/qCg8OtlwVF— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 30, 2017Chelsea’s task was made more difficult by top scorer Alvaro Morata hobbling off with apparent hamstring discomfort after 35 minutes.Conte sent on Willian in place of the Spain striker, only introducing a recognised centre-forward in Michy Batshuayi after De Bruyne broke the deadlock.”We had to stay more calm during the game and wait for the right moments,” the Chelsea boss added.”We created chances and we didn’t take them. Manchester City created chances and scored. Great compliments to this team.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd U23s thrashed by Aston Villa to end streakby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United U23s were thrashed 4-1 by Aston Villa in the Premier League 2 clash at Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium on Monday night.The Red Devils were down 4-0 at the break having been reduced to ten-men after Di’Shon Bernard’s red-card.Aliou Traore scored a fantastic consolation goal in the second-half.The loss ended United’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season.
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: A general view of the stadium during the West Virginia Mountaineers vs. the Oklahoma Sooners game at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma fans are justifiably excited for this week’s match-up with Ohio State.Despite the Sooners’ 1-1 record, OU still has a shot at the College Football Playoff if it runs the table. The next step on that journey is Saturday night’s showdown against the Buckeyes.In anticipation of that, former Oklahoma center Ty Darlington has a message for the members of Sooner Nation. Darlington wants fans to make sure they have an impact this weekend and turn the game into a memorable one..@TyDarlington56 “Make these Ohio State players talk about this game for the next 20 years.”#surrOUNded pic.twitter.com/7OCIGA7GOf— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) September 14, 2016Here is what Darlington had to say to Oklahoma fans in that video:“Make these Ohio State players talk about this game and the time they came to Norman, Oklahoma. Make them talk about that for the next 20 years of their lives. And when you’re looking back on this 20 years from now, don’t tell your kids you watched this game or you were at this game. Tell them you were a part of this game, that you made an impact and you influenced the outcome. So Sooner Nation, let’s win this thing. Let’s do it all together: all 85, 000 (fans) plus the 105 (players) on the sidelines. Let’s get after it. This is going to be a lot of fun. Boomer Sooner.”Additionally, Darlington penned a (long) address to fans on his personal blog. The tone of the post is similar to the one in the video, and it is definitely worth a read if you’re an OU die-hard.The 14th-ranked Sooners take on the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday night from Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman. FOX will broadcast the game.