Not Just King of Yorkers, But also Australia’s World Cup Man

first_imgLondon: The last ball of the 36th over during Englands chase of 286 on June 25 in match 32 of the ongoing World Cup was no ordinary ball. It was a delivery which will remain in the minds of those who consider cricket a religion till eternity.A well set Ben Stokes was trying his best to get his team out of hot waters and keep them in the hunt against the mighty Aussies when pacer Mitchell Starc reached the top of his bowling mark. What followed as Starc hit his delivery stride and released the ball left Stokes stunned.A ferocious inswinging yorker from Starc at 145 kmph beat Stokes all ends up and sent the off-stump cart-wheeling. Not only did it bring an end to a brilliant 89-run knock from the stylished tattooed player, but also ended the hopes of the Three Lions to stay in the hunt in the game against the arch-rivals.Stokes could not have done anything apart from getting out to probably the best ball of the 2019 World Cup. Stokes stood there in disbelief, he was not even able to comprehend what just happened. He dropped his bat on the ground in disappointment, kicked it to express his anger and then made the long walk back to the pavilion amidst cheers from the fans for what was a brilliant effort from the tear-away Australian pacer.That delivery also sealed a berth for Australia in the World Cup semi-finals as with Stokes ended England’s hopes. For the Aussies, it was about proving the detractors wrong. After all, the last year has been the toughest for the Aussie cricketers thanks to the Sandpaper Gate fiasco and the effort to rebuild the team culture under new coach Justin Langer.Starc returned with figures of 4/43 in his 8.4 overs and along with Jason Behrendorff, helped Australia become the first team to qualify for the semis, that too at the Home of Cricket.In the ongoing World Cup, the left-arm tearaway pacer has been the go-to man for Aaron Finch whenever he is in search of wickets and Starc has delivered on almost all the occasions and has won matches for the defending champions. He is to Finch what Jasprit Bumrah is to Virat Kohli. Whenever there’s a need for a wicket, Starc chips in with one.Before the World Cup, there were doubts raised over his match practice, his form considering how less competitive cricket he had played in buildup to the tournament. Some thought that Starc had lost his pace and swing and was no longer the force he was around the 2015 World Cup when he decimated opposition batting line-ups as though he was taking a walk in the park.However, he has let his performance do the talking. Such has been his pace and swing that he has been almost unplayable in some of the matches. And his stats also state the same.With 19 wickets from seven games, Starc is currently the leading wicket-taker in the showpiece event. The destructive pacer has so far bowled 15 yorkers in the tournament and while he has not been able to pick too many wickets with his ferocious yorkers, the fear that he has generated in the minds of the batters has been something which has helped his fellow teammates pick wickets at the other end.Add to this his 22 wickets in eight matches in the previous edition of the World Cup and that makes it 41 wickets in 15 World Cup games.The staggering stats only prove that Starc has been the man for Australia when it comes to World Cup and other ICC events. While he was the Player of the Tournament in the 2015 edition, one cannot rule out the possibility that he might win the honours once again if Australia manage to win the title for the sixth time.Such is Starc’s record that he might be counted as the greatest white-ball bowler there has ever been. If not the greatest, he’s undoubtedly one of the most destructive pacers this generation of batsmen have faced. (IANS)Also Read: Spin Will Decide Australia’s Fate At World Cup: Ricky Pontinglast_img read more

NASCAR at Kentucky: TV schedule, lineup, qualifying drivers for Quaker State 400

first_imgQuaker State 400 schedule, how to watchHere’s a daily schedule of events leading up to the Quaker State 400.(All times Eastern)Thursday, July 11TimeEventChannel9:35 a.m.Truck Series first practiceNo TV11:05 a.m.Truck Series final practiceNo TV3:05 p.m.Xfinity Series first practiceNo TV4:05 p.m.Truck Series qualifyingFS1/fuboTV6 p.m.Xfinity Series final practiceNo TV7:30 p.m.Trucks Series Buckle Up In Your Truck 225FS1/fuboTVFriday, July 12TimeEventChannel11:35 a.mCup Series first practiceNBCSN1:35 p.m.Cup Series final practiceNBCSN4:15 p.mXfinity Series qualifyingNBCSN6 p.m.Cup Series qualifyingNBCSN7:30 p.m.Xfinity Series Alsco 300NBCSN/fuboTVSaturday, July 13TimeEventChannel7:30 p.m.Cup Series Quaker State 400NBCSN/fuboTVQuaker State 400 qualifying driversBelow is the entry list for the Quaker State 400.StartingDriverNumberTBDLandon Cassill00TBDKurt Busch1TBDBrad Keselowski2TBDAustin Dillon3TBDKevin Harvick4TBDRyan Newman6TBDDaniel Hemric8TBDChase Elliott9TBDAric Almirola10TBDDenny Hamlin11TBDRyan Blaney12TBDTy Dillon13TBDClint Bowyer14TBDRoss Chastain15TBDRicky Stenhouse Jr.17TBDKyle Busch18TBDMartin Truex Jr.19TBDErik Jones20TBDPaul Menard21TBDJoey Logano22TBDWilliam Byron24TBDCorey Lajoie32TBDMichael McDowell34TBDMatt Tifft36TBDChris Buescher37TBDDavid Ragan38TBDDaniel Suarez41TBDKyle Larson42TBDDarrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.43TBDRyan Preece47TBDJimmie Johnson48TBDTBA51TBDTBA52TBDQuin Houff77TBDAlex Bowman88TBDMatt DiBenedetto95 He will be one of the favorites to win again this week especially considering his four wins already this year — including one at an intermediate track in Charlotte — in addition to his past success at Kentucky.MORE: Watch the Quaker State 400 live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)This week will likely feature the usual suspects as Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski and Erik Jones will all probably factor into the top 10.It’s just a matter of who will win this week. But one thing is for sure, everyone is chasing Truex.What time does the Quaker State 400 start?The Quaker State 400 will take place Saturday, July 13. Live coverage begins on NBCSN at 7:30 p.m. ET.What TV channel is the Quaker State 400 on?The Quaker State 400 will be broadcast nationally on NBCSN. The race can also be live-streamed on the NBC Sports App or by subscribing to fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial. So last week was weird. Justin Haley won his first race in his third career start after rain shortened the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway.This week should be a little more predictable as drivers head to the 1.5-mile track in Kentucky where Martin Truex Jr. has won two straight races.last_img read more

Council member Valentine asks for independent audit; rest of council says no

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The depletion of the City of Wellington utility reserve fund has raised more than a few eyebrows (see story here), and councilman Jim Valentine’s motion for an independent audit may have raised a few more.Jim ValentineOn a night for which he was re-elected for another four years, Valentine during the council correspondence portion of Tuesday’s meeting made a formal motion:“I’ve got a lot of questions from people around town about the so called ‘lost money.’ So I’m going to ask for a motion for an outside audit of all expenses from 2011 to 2014 including 2012 and 2013. We need to to put this thing to bed.”The motion would eventually die from a lack of second. But before doing so, it still made for an interesting six-minute discussion.Wellington council member Vince Wetta asked Wellington City Clerk Shane Shields, if there was lost money, or was this a case of money being transferred from one account to the other.Shields said money transferred out of the utility fund was used for operating services as was outlined in the making of the 2014 budget. There was $600,000 transferred from the reserve fund for general operating expenses in one year. But there was no missing money, he said. “Every year the city has an audit contracted through an independent certified public accounting firm,” Shields said of Kenneth Cooper CPA Accounting Firm.“Well, you answered my question,” Wetta said.Shields said in years past, in order to maintain the mill levy at current status, the council was told reserves would have to be used in order to do so with no real explanation. Those funds were used for general operating expenses going to departments like fire and police.“I think there have been unfair innuendos leveled at the council when we made a conscious decision every year to determine whether or not to raise the mill levy,” said John Brand, Wellington Council member.Valentine then asked why Wellington Financial Advisor John Haas said in a work session a couple of weeks ago that $1.5 million was recorded as a loss, and when asked what happened to those funds, he said, ‘I don’t know.’Shields said it is not his job or responsibility of Haas to know where the money went. His job is to determine the city’s debt ratio coverage and the overall financial health of the city. He determined that the utility reserves fund is being diminished, but it is not up to him to know how that money is spent.Council member Jan Korte said she doesn’t believe there are any missing funds. Council member B.J. Tracy reiterated what Shields said that both the general and utility fund were audited annually and that is paid for by the city. There was no need for an independent audit.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (49) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +18 Vote up Vote down credence · 279 weeks ago I think what needs to be done going forward is a better explanation by the city as to how our money is being spent. Back approximately 12 – 15 years ago the “utility reserve” had a balance of over $13 million dollars and I think this is what Councilman Valentine is referring to in his request. If the funds were used to offset tax increases then I feel the citizens of Wellington should be told this is what it was used for so rumors or misunderstandings don’t become accusations. We, as the citizens and taxpayers, have a right to know where and how our money is being spent, whether from a “reserve account” or general outlays.. Report Reply 1 reply · active 279 weeks ago -23 Vote up Vote down Wheat · 279 weeks ago I question If Roy eckert has the experience to deal with this complex utility crisis. The Minutes on the city website seem to confirm eckert has been to 5 housing authority meetings that effects the lives of 100 residents but has been to 0 Health Care authority Meetings that effect the health care of at least 15,000 citizens, Report Reply 1 reply · active 279 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down craig · 279 weeks ago Then post the audits where *we* can see where it went and for what. Good job, Mr. Valentine. Keep digging. That is not “chump change” … we’re talking a boatload of cash – our cash. Either stay on budget or show us *above the table” where the errors are and where our cash has gone. Let us decide if it’s ok or not. Failure to 2nd the motion just smells more than a little weird. Report Reply 1 reply · active 279 weeks ago -22 Vote up Vote down Guest · 279 weeks ago I am not impressed with Roy Eckert, where did the city council get this guy? Report Reply 0 replies · active 279 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down guest · 279 weeks ago We were supposed to get a refund from Westar. Do we have it yet? Report Reply 0 replies · active 279 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Guest · 279 weeks ago The people need to know where every penny, the city spends Report Reply 0 replies · active 279 weeks ago +22 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 279 weeks ago Did anyone read my article I wrote a couple of weeks ago on this very subject? Judging from the comments, obviously not. Report Reply 0 replies · active 279 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down craig · 279 weeks ago Tracy, reading media reports does not an explanation make, despite cueball’s best intentions. Obviously, a lot of residents are not feeling okay with this amount of missing money and the lack of detail and transparency. The council’s terse responses and not wanting the books opened in a public – or investigative manner – is pretty su****ious. They brought this on themselves, sir. Report Reply 0 replies · active 279 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down casper · 279 weeks ago What is amazing about this is Valentine would have voted for or against any of these projects that would require money being moved. He calls for transparency but it is not like he is a new Comer to the council. Instead of calling for press conferences an audits how about we figure out as a whole what to do and the most economic way to do it. Also why not give the city manager a chance. He has even been here a year. Some of you are a little quick to judge.. Report Reply 0 replies · active 279 weeks ago +20 Vote up Vote down Reasonable Citizen · 279 weeks ago Tracy, they apparently did not read this one either. Your article clearly states that Mr. Shields advised where the money went, it was transferred to general fund to keep the city from raising the mill levy. The City already pays for an audit. Instead of throwing money for another audit, (which would likely be very expensive), the reasonable council members(and citizens) understand, there is no missing money or misappropriated money. City budgets are published and everything is above board, so get informed, but if you can not read a newscow article, its is doubtful you can read a budget or minutes from a meeting. Report Reply 1 reply · active 279 weeks ago 1234Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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Wellington/Sumner County CrimeStoppers offering $500 cash reward

first_imgFollow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more