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NAPF backs £65m hike in PPF charges for transitional arrangements

first_img“The NAPF recognises this redistribution is the result of moving to a more accurate measure of the insolvency risk of PPF employers, and, therefore, it could be argued that ‘losers’ have not been paying their fair share of the levy so far, and vice versa for the ‘winners’,” the response said.It found that transitional arrangements would see the scheme-based levy rise to nearly 20%, rather than 10%, of total levy income, taking it close to the current limit allowed and resulting in £135m of income stemming from the scheme-specific charges, up from £70m.The response said the redistribution could have “profound” consequences for a limited number of outlier schemes and that the PPF should engage with those most affected on a case-by-case basis.Nevertheless, the industry body concluded: “On balance, the NAPF supports the proposed transitional arrangements in the consultation.”The proposed transitional system would compare a fund’s 2014-15 levy score from the current Dun & Bradstreet system with that of the proposed Experian model, had it been in place for the same period.The PPF consultation said that, if the increase suffered because the Experian model exceeded 200%, then it would abate the 2015-16 payment.However, the fund also cautioned that the proposal should not be viewed as a hard, 200% cap, as any further deterioration in risk between the 2014-15 and 2015-16 levy periods would need to be accommodated.Consultancy Towers Watson raised further concerns with the PPF consultation, questioning whether the bespoke model was fulfilling its potential.Joanne Shepard, senior consultant at the company, welcomed changes to the way not-for-profit sponsors are assessed, the creation of which will offer a “fairer assessment of the overall risk of this group of employers” according to the NAPF.Shepard said it was unclear if standalone score cards for other types of sponsors had been considered, which she argued contributed larger sums toward the levy than the charity sector.“For example, should financial services companies be marked down for not holding any ‘stock’ to sell in future?” she asked. “Does this concept really make sense for their business?”The consultant also criticised the PPF for proposing restrictions on asset-backed contributions that would see a ban on assets outside of the UK.“The proposed restriction to UK property is too onerous,” Shepard said, as certain infrastructure or land assets could fall outside the strict definition.“Overseas property, receivables and in some cases stocks are assets worth considering for asset-backed funding, and the PPF appears to have excluded cash and securities purely because it has not identified any existing structures that use these assets,” she said.The new levy system, which comes into effect for the three-year levy period to 2017-18, will see the first year’s levy charges based on only six months of a scheme’s activity.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to NAPF consultation response A £65m (€82m) increase in scheme-specific payments should not deter the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) from offering transitional arrangements to schemes hardest hit by its new levy, according to the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF).The industry body also said it did not support introducing an override that would allow schemes with sponsors assessed by ratings agencies to use the firm’s creditworthiness in place of the lifeboat fund’s new, tailor-made levy formula, as it would complicate the system.Responding to a consultation on the new fund levy formula developed by Experian Credit Services, the NAPF said the impact of what the PPF viewed as a “material shift” in the ranking of plan sponsors should be offset by proposed transitional arrangements.It said that while scheme-based levy income would gradually fall by £20m under the new approach, there would be a redistribution of overall levy costs – covering both risk-based and scheme-specific charges – amounting to £200m across the entirety of the PPF universe.last_img read more

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U.S. Offshore WIND Act Back on the Table

first_imgU.S. Democratic Senators Edward Markey, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Congressman Jim Langevin have reintroduced legislation that would extend tax credits for the offshore wind industry beyond 2019. The Offshore Wind Incentives for New Development (Offshore WIND) Act would extend the 30 percent Investment Tax Credit for offshore wind through 2025.The 2015 omnibus bill extended the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for wind until 2019.But because of the longer planning and permitting times currently needed for offshore wind, the Department of Energy has found that no additional offshore wind projects are projected to be able to qualify for these tax credits before they expire.The first offshore wind project, developed by Deepwater Wind near Block Island, Rhode Island, began operations in December 2016 after being initiated nearly nine years ago.“The WIND Act puts the ‘win’ in wind energy,” said Senator Markey, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee. “Offshore wind projects are a crucial part of America’s energy future. Offshore wind has the potential to create tens of thousands of jobs in Massachusetts and up and down the East Coast, encourage local innovation, and reduce carbon pollution. But in order to realize this potential, we need to provide this nascent industry the long-term certainty in the tax code that it needs.”Other Senators co-sponsoring the legislation are Senators Jeff Merkley, Elizabeth Warren, Jack Reed, Cory Booker and Sherrod Brown.In April 2016, Senators Markey and Whitehouse led a group of Democratic Senators in calling on Senate leadership to extend tax programs to help spur the development of offshore wind energy.last_img read more

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WFN Strategies Nets EAUFON Subsea Cable Survey Deal

first_imgWFN Strategies has received a contract by Kativik Regional Government, Canada, to provide cable route survey for the proposed Eastern Arctic Undersea Fibre Optic Network (EAUFON) submarine telecoms cable system.EAUFON is a planned submarine cable with landing points at multiple communities in Canada’s Nunavik region.The EAUFON has an initial ready for service date of 2020 with multiple extensions planned subsequently, WFN Strategies informed.Although final funding has not yet been approved, initial work is already underway to expedite the process to have the route survey completed during the 2018 open water season.“We are excited to be working again with the Kativik Regional Government in support of the EAUFON submarine cable project,” said WFN Strategies managing director, Wayne Nielsen. “We look forward to supporting this new system and its goal of enhancing connectivity to the Canadian Arctic.”last_img read more

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Dutch Gate terminal receives two cargoes from Vysotsk terminal in Russia, plans new small-scale project

first_imgRail tank car small-scale LNG project Coral Anthelia at Gate (Image courtesy of Gate)Dutch Gate terminal in the port of Rotterdam has received two shipments of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Novatek-operated mid-scale liquefaction facility in Russia’s Baltic Sea port of Vysotsk.Novatek launched full-scale production at the Cryogas-Vysotsk project, jointly owned with Gazprombank, in April this year with Novatek’s Mark Gyetvay revealing on Monday that the company could even triple the capacity of the plant.The 6500-cbm Coral Anthelia brought two LNG cargoes from the Vysotsk facility to Gate “last weekend and the week before… It takes about eight days for a round trip voyage,” Stefaan Adriaens, Commercial Manager at Gate told LNG World News on Wednesday at the sidelines of the Flame conference being held in Amsterdam.The LNG coming from Vysotsk has been stored into Gate’s tanks, such as the majority of cargoes Gate received this year from Novatek’s giant Yamal LNG project in the Arctic.The Yamal cargoes have been previously mainly transshipped at Gate to other terminals all around the globe but since the last quarter of the last year, this changed quite a bit, mainly driven by gas prices in Europe.The reasons behind unloading Yamal and Vystosk volumes in Gate’s tanks is a huge increase in regasification activity at the Dutch first LNG facility.“Currently we are regasifying at full capacity, the first time in eight years since the facility launched. In April, we regasified 940 million cubic meters and May is so far even higher than April,” Adriaens said.Gate has currently an annual regasification capacity of 12 Bcm and three storage tanks.LNG throughput volumes at the Gate facility rocketed in the first quarter of this year, rising 143 percent compared to the same period in 2018.So far this year, Gate received 58 LNG carriers, of which two were these small-scale unloads from Vysotsk, Adriaens said. The facility also conducted one large LNG transshipment and fifteen small LNG loadings. Besides working on a feasibility study for the fourth jetty, the second small-scale dedicated jetty aimed at catering for the growing interest in small-scale services, Gate is also preparing a feasibility study for another project in this growing market.Gate shareholders, Gasunie and Vopak, approved a feasibility study looking into the transportation of LNG via rail tank cars and to make a connection with railways which are close by, Adriaens said.‘This would be an interesting addition as there are no many projects around the world transporting LNG via rail tank cars as most of the LNG rail transport is handled via ISO containers,” he added.center_img By Mirza Duranlast_img read more

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Pornography not an ‘overwhelming problem’ for NZ’s young – PM

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 9 March 2017Family First Comment: “Earth to Bill. Earth to Bill. Hello?”The Prime Minister doesn’t see pornography as being a significant problem for our young.Auckland Grammar has introduced a healthy relationships programme, tackling the sticky topics of online pornography and consent.The school started the programme last year, involving seminars for both teachers and parents, as well as their pupils.The news follows revelations this week that boys from Wellington College were posting inappropriate comments about women on a secret Facebook page.An investigation has been launched, and Rape Crisis and other agencies were called in to the school to educate pupils on healthy relationships and consent, after the posts were exposed.The morally conservative Prime Minister Bill English was asked questions about the issue today. He said schools and families are the appropriate people to deal with the issue.“Well look, it’s not an easy problem for people to speak about or to see,” he said.“We don’t see evidence of it being a fast-growing or overwhelming problem. Clearly there’s been a big increase in access to pornography through the internet.”READ MORE: http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/politics/pornography-not-an-overwhelming-problem-for-nzs-young-pm/last_img read more

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Satanist group launches campaign to buy warm clothes for the disadvantaged

first_imgNewstalk ZB 26 March 2017A “Satanic” campaign to buy warm clothes for disadvantaged people has been blessed by an Auckland reverend, while drawing the ire of Family First.Satanic New Zealand has launched a “Soles for Satan” Givealittle page to “buy new socks, hats, and warm clothing for homeless shelters and children living in poverty”.Co-founder Frankie Astro Seven Vegas said the group aimed to challenge religious authority while encouraging public good.“We’re not in any way anti-Christian, we’re just pro-Satan,” the Dunedin resident said.The clothes would be donated to KidsCan, Women’s Refuge and a number of homeless shelters.Reverend Frank Ritchie of the Wesleyan Methodist Church said he supported the campaign as a way of promoting public discussion.“We would entirely disagree on some world view stuff, but if they’re out there looking to help disadvantaged in New Zealand, then we’re entirely in agreement on that, and I would support it.”He said Satanists often had “humanistic” views, and he urged people to be open-minded.“I would encourage people, rather than embracing this in anger, to actually look at where the common ground is and applaud what the group are trying to do.”Family First director Bob McCoskrie was scathing of the idea. He said it was “no different to a ‘good cause’ promoted by gangs.”“Based on the little-known and questionable details of this group, they may struggle to win credibility and trust.”READ MORE: http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/national/satanist-group-launches-campaign-to-buy-warm-clothes-for-the-disadvantaged/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Batesville Youth Wrestling Camp

first_imgBatesville Wrestling is sponsoring a summer “Wrestling Camp”. The camp is open to athletes entering the 3rd – 8th Grade during the 2015-2016 school year.The camp will be conducted at the Batesville High School Wrestling room.2015 Batesville Youth Wrestling CampContact Chris Deal at 933-0259 or wjdeal@msn.com for details.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Deal.last_img

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Cricket News Not reading too much into India’s troubles in England: Stuart Law

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Rajkot: West Indies coach Stuart Law is not reading much into India’s recent troubles in overseas Tests and says his fast-improving team faces a huge challenge against the world number one side in the two-Test series starting here on Thursday.“We have spoken a lot (ahead of the series). We played two good home series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. At the same time, I don’t read too much into India’s form in England. I was there watching pretty closely. It was a lot closer than the 1-4 scoreline. England were just able to win the crucial moments,” Law said Tuesday.Also Read | Kisan Padyatra: Rahul Gandhi accuses BJP of ‘brutally beating up’ on non-violence day“India are the number one side, we are further down the ladder (at 8). We are playing in their own backyard, it is a huge task. Not many teams have come here and won. We understand that but on the flipside we are getting better and better,” said the Australian, who will join Middlesex after the tour of India and Bangladesh.The last time West Indies won a Test series against India was at home in 2002. The team has lost six straight series against India since then.Law, however, sounded confident going into the series opener.“We spent good eight days (in Dubai) before we came to India. It was 45 degrees during the day in Dubai so heat here won’t be an issue. Then we had a good couple of days in Baroda (only tour warm-up), the pitch was similar looking to what I see here today. Preparation has been good.“We have talked a lot but it is time now to stop talking. It is time the boys show what they have got on the field. Touring India has always been tough for teams, we have to show the world that we can play the game and grab hold of those opportunities,” said the 49-year-old cricketer-turned-coach.Read More | Tanushree Dutta denies receiving LEGAL NOTICE while Nana Patekar confirms; Who’s lying now?Indian openers struggled against the moving ball in England. Asked about the West Indies opening combination of Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieran Powell, Law said batting in the top-order is only getting tougher.“Look we are seeing a pattern arise that batting at the top three and four has become quite difficult. We are in a similar position. Kraigg and Kieran have opened the batting plenty of times together and they have been good so far here, they are in good head space.“We have got our plans obviously and the boys have to show it in front of fanatical crowds against the world number one team. Something we should enjoy and not fear,” he reiterated.Pace has been West Indies’ strength but Law is also relying on his spinners to trouble the Indian batsmen, like Moeen Ali did in England.“Moeen Ali really took to India in England, bowling into footholes. We got to use what is available. Roston Chase is a bit taller than Ali, bowls at similar pace. Devendra Bishoo and Jomel Warrican have got some good control as well. Pace has been our strong point but the spinners can also do the job.”Read More | Indonesia Tsunami: Desperation grows as death toll rises to 1,234Having said that, Law feels it will be tough bowling to Virat Kohli and Co.“He is great in other countries and not just in India. Kohli is a great batsman. Like I said it is not bowling to the name, it is about bowling to the batsman, then your job becomes a bit easier. And he is not the only one in the batting line up. You guys have got billions of people to choose from and the batters who are coming through are the best in the world.”Law joined the West Indies in February 2017. He got a tad emotional while talking about his time with the Caribbean unit.“It has been a fantastic two years. They are a great bunch of guys. I consider them as my sons if you like. They try, don’t shy away from hard work which we had to instil in them and it is beginning to show in results. But we would have liked far more positive results.“The result that I am actually seeing now is that we are preparing better and executing better. We have seen at U19 level that there is a lot of talent. It just has to be nurtured well back in the region,” he added. last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgF1-HAMILTON-ECCLESTONEHamilton saddened and hurt by Ecclestone’s racism commentsPARIS (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has criticized what he called “ignorant and uneducated” comments by former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.Hamilton, a six-time world champion and the only Black driver in F1, was dismayed by Ecclestone’s claim during an interview with broadcaster CNN on Friday that “in lots of cases, Black people are more racist” than white people.On Instagram, Hamilton called the comments “sad and disappointing” and said they “show us how far we as a society need to go before real equality can happen.” Update on the latest sports Referring to the actions of Carlos and Smith, the letter says “It is time for the Olympic and Paralympic movement to honor their bravery rather than denounce their actions.”Carlos joined the leadership of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s athlete advisory council in sending the open letter to the International Olympic and Paralympic committees on Saturday. The letter said the AAC had discussed the issue with the IOC’s athlete commission. SOCCER-NWSL-ANTHEM PROTESTNWSL players kneel during the national anthemPlayers for the Portland Thorns and the North Carolina Courage knelt during the national anthem Saturday when the National Women’s Soccer League opened the Challenge Cup tournament in Utah. Texas Rangers: Several positive testsUNDATED (AP) — The Texas Rangers say several of their employees have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last few days. The team said anyone who had direct contact with those affected was sent home from Globe Life Field. The Rangers said no one will be allowed back inside without receiving a negative test for the coronavirus. The club is set to begin another round of training at the ballpark next week.The team said pandemic protocols are in place for front office employees at the new ballpark that’s set to open when the season begins.WOMEN’S SOCCER-THORNS COURAGEWilliams’ stoppage time goal lifts Courage over Thorns 2-1 Associated Press KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles was in jail Saturday, charged with trespassing.The 28-year-old player was detained this week at the airport in Key West, Florida, by a Monroe County sheriff deputy. The Miami Herald reported he was found sleeping behind a Federal Express building at the airport and refused to move.Jail records show Toles appeared to be homeless when arrested Monday on the misdemeanor charge. His bond was set at $500 but he remained jailed and is scheduled for arraignment Thursday.Toles rose from the low minors to the majors in just months and became a postseason star for the Dodgers in 2016. He was the starting left fielder in the second half of 2016 and early in 2017. In May of that year, he tore a knee ligament and spent most of 2018 at Triple-A Oklahoma City. The team said Toles never reported to spring training camp in 2019 because of a personal matter. He did not play that year. LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Kevin Harvick snapped an 0-for-38 drought at Pocono Raceway, taking the checkered flag Saturday at one of two tracks where victory had eluded him.Harvick won the first of two NASCAR Cup races in front of no fans this weekend at Pocono and will start 20th on Sunday with the field set by inverting the lead-lap finishers.The 44-year-old California driver has won at every active track except Kentucky Speedway (nine tries) and the 2014 series champion has three wins overall for Stewart-Haas Racing this season.Harvick held off a hard-charging Denny Hamlin for his 52nd career Cup victory. He had 12 top-five finishes in his other 38 starts at Pocono.He held off on the celebratory burnout — Harvick needs the same car for Sunday’s race. The race was scheduled as the second Saturday, but rain washed out the Truck Series race. .”NASCAR-TRIPLEHEADER UNDATED (AP) — Presumptive top selection Alexis Lafreniere will have to wait a little bit longer to find out his NHL destination. Chaos reigned at the NHL draft lottery, with the No. 1 pick still up for grabs in a second lottery drawing. The eight teams that lose in the qualifying round of the playoffs have an equal chance of drafting first. The Kings got the second pick, the Senators the third thanks to 2018 trade with San Jose and the league-worst Red Wings dropped to fourth. Ottawa has the third and fifth picks and is the first team since 2000 with two selections in the top five.As part of the NHL’s 24-team playoff format if it resumes, 16 teams will play each other in best-of-five series to move on — and the losers of those matchups now have a major consolation prize looming: equal 12.5% odds of landing Lafreniere.NASCAR-POCONOLate scratch: Harvick knocks off Pocono from winless list Toles struggled with anxiety issues even before the Dodgers signed him to a minor league contract. He was Tampa Bay’s minor league player of the year in 2013 but was released in 2015. He was working the early-morning shift in the frozen-food section of a grocery store before the Dodgers recruited him. HORSE RACING-BELMONT-BARN QUARANTINEBelmont Park barn under precautionary quarantineNEW YORK (AP) — A barn at Belmont Park has been placed under a precautionary quarantine because of a suspected case of equine herpesvirus Type 1.New York Racing Association officials say a 4-year-old colt trained by Chris Englehart exhibited fever and neurological symptoms associated with EHV-1 on Saturday and is being treated by a private veterinarian. The colt named Freudnme last raced at Finger Lakes in upstate New York in June 2019. The players wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts in warmups before the game, which was nationally televised on CBS. In addition to the anthem, the players knelt for a moment of silence before kickoff. The NWSL is the first professional team sport in the United States to return amid the coronavirus outbreak. The monthlong Challenge Cup opened Saturday with a pair of games at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah. Megan Rapinoe, who plays for OL Reign but opted out of the Challenge Cup, was criticized when she knelt at a NWSL game and a pair of national team games in 2016. She said she wanted to express solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee during the anthem to bring attention to racial inequality.NFL-OBIT-KRUEGERFormer NFL, college coach Krueger dies at 90; Bucs’ 1st GM Sunday’s Cup race comes with a twist. The field will be set by inverting the lead-lap finishers from race No. 1.SPEEDWAY OWNER-ROPE ADSpeedway loses partnerships after ‘Bubba rope’ postPINE HALL, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina racetrack has lost some partnerships after its owner advertised “Bubba Rope” for sale. The online ad was posted days after a noose was found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in NASCAR’s top series.The racetrack owner’s post on Facebook Marketplace sparked a backlash on social media and condemnation from the North Carolina governor’s office. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that a concrete company and a driver series have ended their partnerships with the half-mile, dirt track 311 Speedway in Stokes County. June 27, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPGA-TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIPTodd matches Johnson’s 61 to take the lead; Mickelson drops to 7thCROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Brendon Todd and Dustin Johnson each shot career-low 61s at the Travelers Championship on Saturday, leaving Todd with a two-stroke lead over the 2016 U.S. Open champion. EHV-1 can cause upper respiratory infection in young horses. If a number of horses are housed together, they can become sick and then recover uneventfully. However, equine herpesvirus-1 can also cause a severe neurological disease that affects a horse’s brain and spinal cord, and may result in paralysis and death.NYRA says all 37 horses stabled in Barn 37 will be monitored daily for fever and other signs of illness. They won’t be allowed to enter races or train among the general horse population. The length of the quarantine will depend on the results of tests.Belmont’s current meet ends July 12. It is racing without spectators because of the coronavirus pandemic.Tiz the Law won the Belmont Stakes at the track a week ago. The 34-year-old Georgian, playing a couple holes behind Johnson, had a chance at the tournament’s second 60 of the week but missed a 10-foot putt to the left on the 18th hole. He finished with a 54-hole score of 192 after shooting 66-65 the first two rounds. Johnson, who is looking for his 21st win on tour, also has improved each day, opening with a 69-64. Both golfers shot bogey-free rounds, with Todd making five birdies on the front nine and Johnson five on the back. Kevin Streelman fired a 63 after two straight rounds of 66 and was just three shots back. Mackenzie Hughes, who led after a 60 on Thursday, shot his second straight 68 for sole possession of fourth place. Phil Mickelson, who celebrated his 50th birthday last week, began the day with a one-stroke lead, but struggled to a 71, finishing tied for seventh in a group six shots back. SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAK PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — Former NFL and college coach Phil Krueger has died. Krueger helped build a dominant defense as an assistant for 1967 national champion Southern California and later became part of the first coaching staff in Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ history. Krueger coached offense, defense and special teams during more than three decades in the NFL and college. He was the head coach at Fresno State and Utah State and an assistant at Illinois. Krueger was an assistant coach with the expansion Buccaneers in 1976 and later became their general manager.His family says Krueger died Monday at his home in Pembroke Pines, Florida. He was 90. MLB-TOLES ARRESTEDDodgers’ Andrew Toles jailed in Florida on trespass charge Ecclestone made his assertion when he was asked his opinion on Hamilton setting up a commission to increase diversity in motorsport.OLYMPIC PROTESTS-CARLOS LETTERCarlos, US athletes take stand to end Olympic protest ruleDENVER (AP) — John Carlos wants to abolish the rule that bans protests at the Olympics. The renowned Olympic protester has written a letter with an influential group of American athletes, calling on the IOC to put in place a new policy done in collaboration with athletes from across the globe. Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their fists on the medals stand at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics to protest racial inequality in the United States. They were sent home for violating rules that ban such protests. Those rules remain in place today, though in the wake of global demonstrations against racial injustice, the IOC has recently expressed willingness to rethink them. NASCAR set for Truck, Xfinity, Cup tripleheader SundayLONG POND, Pa. (AP) — NASCAR is set for a tripleheader of racing at Pocono Raceway from three national series on Sunday.Rain has washed out the Truck Series race on Saturday in what was already a packed schedule. Pocono is the site of a Cup Series twin bill, with one race on Saturday and one on Sunday. The Truck Series was scheduled for Saturday and the second-tier Xfinity Series was scheduled for Sunday. The rainout forced the Truck Series to run at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by 225 miles of Xfinity racing and a 350-mile Cup race.NASCAR says it’s the first time three NASCAR National Series races will be raced on the same day at the same track. It will be the fifth time three NASCAR National Series races will be run on the same day but those were at different tracks. HERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — Lynn Williams scored in stoppage time and the North Carolina Courage defeated the Portland Thorns 2-1 in the opening game of the National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup tournament. The NWSL is the first professional team sport in the United States to return amid the coronavirus pandemic. The teams had opened preseason training camps when the league shut down on March 12.Players from both teams collectively took a knee during the national anthem and wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts in pre-game warmups to protest racial inequity Players for both teams took a knee during the national anthem to protest racial inequality. NHL-DRAFT LOTTERYPlay-in round team wins draft lottery, shot at Lafrenierelast_img read more

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Dougherty: Desko deserves credit for saved season, not flack for sudden end

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 12, 2014 at 10:07 pm He was the same John Desko he had been all season. His team had just been upset in the first round of the NCAA tournament by a team it should have handled. His seniors — two of whom sat beside him at the postgame press conference, eyes red and directed at the ground — were now part of the second straight class to leave Syracuse without a national championship.Bryant marched into the Carrier Dome, embodied the parity of modern lacrosse and ended Syracuse’s NCAA tournament run 60 minutes after it started. Desko could have been mad. Desko should have seemed more mad. But he opted for his usual stoicism instead. “These guys played their guts out and we had a chance to tie it up at the end,” Desko said. “I’m not unhappy with our effort.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter second-seeded Syracuse’s (11-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) 10-9 loss to Bryant (16-4, 5-1 Northeast) on Sunday night, the apt question emerged from the crannies of social media. Should the Orange, after failing to capture a national title for the fifth straight year, part with its Hall of Fame head coach of 16 seasons? No. The premature end to Syracuse’s season is hardly Desko’s fault, and it could have ended even earlier had his steady approach not nursed his team through an early-season storm. Upsets — they happen. The run the Orange went on to earn the No. 2 seed in the tournament after dropping its first three ACC games — not as common. “We’ve always been able to adapt to the times of changing techniques or changing an offense,” Desko said in the week leading up the NCAA tournament. “The game doesn’t stay the same from year to year.” The loss to Bryant, in which SU never led but still could have tied in the final seconds, was entirely circumstantial. Just a week before, the Bulldogs traveled to Philadelphia and knocked off Sacred Heart and Hobart in a three-day span to win the NEC tournament. Syracuse was coasting to a 19-6 win over Colgate in the Dome, its reserves playing the whole of the fourth quarter. Then Bryant edged Siena, 9-8, in one of the NCAA tournament’s two play-in games while SU awaited its opponent. The last competitive game Syracuse had played heading into Sunday night was against Notre Dame in the ACC tournament final on April 27 — which it lost. Naturally, the Bulldogs pounced on the Orange’s rust. Its zone defense stifled the SU attack, goalie Gunnar Waldt played the game of his life and the visitors’ patient offense did just enough to build a lead onto which they would barely hold. It turned from a game that Syracuse should have won to one that it wasn’t supposed to. Bryant’s unmatchable momentum took the game out of Desko’s, and his team’s, hands. “If we played a seven-game series, I’d bet Syracuse,” Bulldogs head coach Mike Pressler said. “But we’re not playing seven games. It’s not the best team. It’s not the team with the marquee recruits. It’s the best team on that given day for 60 minutes.” That’s how it shook out and that’s how the season will be defined. Failed and too short. But what may be forgotten is that on March 23, when the Orange lost to Duke 21-7 to drop to 0-3 in the ACC, the season was supposed to be over. Telling losses to Maryland and Virginia spotted the early portion of SU’s schedule, conceivable losses to Notre Dame and North Carolina were ahead and the conference tournament, let alone the NCAA tournament, seemed like a pipe dream.At that time, Desko constantly talked about “the little things.” He continually declared his confidence in senior faceoff specialist Chris Daddio, said the Orange had to tweak its clearing, shift its defensive approach and sharpen its play in the net.“We get in the huddle and regardless of whether it’s the first media timeout in the first quarter or it’s 40 seconds left and we need a goal, it’s the same,” SU attack Kevin Rice said of Desko. He always said that Syracuse was close to breaking through and he was right. The Orange rode his absent skepticism by winning seven out of eight games before falling to Bryant in front of a shocked home crowd. That game will be remembered because expectations were appropriately high. What may not be remembered is that in what was once a lost season, Desko’s steadiness salvaged expectations and allowed them to soar.Jesse Dougherty is the sports editor at The Daily Orange where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at jcdoug01@syr.edu or on Twitter at @dougherty_jesse. Commentslast_img read more

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