Bubba Wallace is taking the high road after facing criticism from President Donald Trump.In a tweet sent out Monday morning, Trump claimed the 26-year-old NASCAR Cup Series driver should apologize for being part of a “hoax” after a noose was found in his Talladega Superspeedway garage stall last month. #WeStandWithBubba https://t.co/Jhg3SPycGT— NASCAR (@NASCAR) July 6, 2020Richard Petty Motorsports co-owner Andrew Murstein also issued a statement defending Wallace.”I find it hard to believe that the President would send out such a misinformed tweet,” Murstein said (via Fox Sports’ Bob Pockrass). “Perhaps one of his staff did it without his knowledge or he doesn’t know the facts. After all of the information that has come out regarding the noose incident, such a late, misinformed and factually incorrect statement seems completely unwarranted, especially after the photo came out.”I could of course go on and on, but a picture is worth a thousand words. Bubba has reacted in a truthful, professional, level headed and positive manner. The NASCAR community, and those in the know all stand by him.” Has @BubbaWallace apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX? That & Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 6, 2020MORE: The complete facts from the Bubba Wallace noose situationBoth the FBI and NASCAR confirmed in separate statements that there was a noose in Wallace’s garage stall ahead of the Geico 500, though the investigation concluded that the noose had been in place since at least last fall and was not targeting Wallace. A crew member of the No. 43 team first saw the noose and reported it, not Wallace, and NASCAR made it clear Wallace and his team had “nothing to do with this.”In addition to those factual inaccuracies, Trump also incorrectly claimed that NASCAR TV ratings had plummeted after the noose incident and NASCAR’s ban of the Confederate flag when they have been up since the sport returned following a brief hiatus.Wallace addressed the tweet, saying, “All the haters are doing is elevating your voice and platform to much greater heights.”His full statement:”Your words and actions will always be held to a higher standard than others. You have to be prepared for that. You don’t learn these things in school. You learn them from trials and tribulations, the ups and downs this crazy world provides. You will always have people testing you. Seeing if they can knock you off your pedestal. I encourage you to keep your head held high and walk proudly on the path you have chosen. Never let anybody tell you [that you] can’t do something! God put us all here for a reason. Find that reason and be proud of it and work your tails off every day towards it! All the haters are doing is elevating your voice and platform to much greater heights!”Last thing, always deal with the hate being thrown at you with LOVE! Love over hate every day. Love should come naturally as people are TAUGHT to hate.”Even when it’s HATE from the POTUS.”Love wins.”NASCAR reaffirmed its support for Wallace on Twitter and issued its own statement Monday afternoon.”We are proud to have Bubba Wallace in the NASCAR family and we commend his courage and leadership,” the statement read. “NASCAR continues to stand tall with Bubba, our competitors and everyone who makes our sport welcoming and inclusive for all racing fans.”
MASON CITY — MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center today is celebrating “Inspire Iowa to Donate Life Month” on the heels of a bill being passed by the Iowa legislature that encourages organ, tissue and skin donations.The House and Senate unanimously gave final approval this week to “Logan’s Law”, named after 15-year-old Logan Luft, a Charles City teen who died from head injuries sustained in an ATV accident in July 2017. Five of Logan’s major organs were donated after the accident. The bill would allow people to designate that they want to be a donor to make that designation on their hunting or fishing license.Logan’s mother Wendy Luft was the guest speaker for today’s event at MercyOne North Iowa. Luft says once doctors determined that Logan could not be saved, they talked about the possibilities of Logan’s organs being donated. At that time immediately we began to talk as a family about organ donation and we really had not had any experience about organ donation, so really didn’t know what to expect. They shared with us the opportunity to be able to save lives through his major organs and that’s when they sat us down and we went through the whole process.”Luft says it’s been very rewarding to see the impacts of Logan’s donations, including the first recipient they met, a 15-year-old Minnesota girl named Faith. “She happened to be in the hospital at Mayo Clinic at the time, she was fighting a virus. We went up to meet her family and just spent the day with them and it was awesome. The family is amazing and the connection we had immediately to little Faith was just, it was immediate, and just to be able to stand there and her mom showed us the incision where Logan’s liver was. The first comment she made to me was ‘you know from here on out, this little girl is just as much yours as she is mine’. I think as a mom I was just so overcome with that feeling of Logan’s not gone, you know he’ll live on forever.”Luft says her husband got the idea of allowing hunters and fishers to declare being an organ donor on their licenses after hearing about Minnesota passing a similar law last year. She says her entire family made several trips to Des Moines to talk with legislators about the bill. “A lot of it was clarification. They really didn’t understand why we were trying so hard to push for organ donation. Then we came upon a group that really felt like ‘yeah we all support organ donation but we don’t support tissue donation’. We feel like some people are going into it thinking they’re going to be an organ donor and really 97% into being tissue donors, so they wanted to make sure the education was as critical with tissue donation as it is with organ donation.”Besides designating that you want to be an organ donor on your driver’s license and soon to be on your hunting or fishing license, you can also register at iowadonornetwork.org.You can listen to our entire conversation with Wendy Luft by clicking on the audio player below
DES MOINES — Some stores in Iowa are already sold out of face masks, but a state health official says there’s no need for Iowans to be stockpiling masks over fears about coronavirus.Polly Carver-Kimm, spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Public Health, says while there are a few dozen confirmed cases in the U.S., the risk of catching the potentially-deadly virus in Iowa remains very low.“We can understand that people have seen photos and video of people wearing face masks in other countries, but the CDC specifically does not recommend the use of face masks as a prevention method for COVID-19,” Carver-Kimm says. “We don’t feel that anyone in Iowa needs to run out and buy face masks now anyway.”Unless you’re a health care worker, she says you don’t need to be wearing a face mask.“That’s a different situation because they’re in very close proximity to an individual who may be coughing or sneezing directly on them,” Carver-Kimm says. “Health care providers may, and we’d probably recommend they do use face masks just like they do when they have an influenza patient come in.”The health department does recommend Iowans make a plan, just as they would for severe weather, and assemble an emergency kit.“That involves things like making sure you have a supply of your medications on hand, making sure you have thoughts in line for, ‘What would I do if I couldn’t get to the grocery store?’ or ‘What will I do if the school is closed because of illness,’” she says. “We’re not saying that’s going to happen but it’s always best to prepare and that’s what we’re advising people to do right now.”That emergency kit need not include face masks, she says. So, millions of people in Asian countries who wear face masks are wrong?“There’s actually a very long cultural history behind that which has to do with societal norms and privacy,” Carver-Kimm says. “It’s not just about disease prevention and there’s a lot of history on that.”The CDC recommends health care workers who interact with coronavirus patients wear masks designated as “N-95,” which fit close to the face and include a respirator. That N-95 means they’re designed to filter out 95% of particles.
38Palestine0000 38Brunei Darussalam0000 38Guinea0000 23Guinea-Bissau1012 23Mozambique1012 6Algeria7121837 35Malaysia0011 7Morocco751426 26Pakistan0257 38Sierra Leone0000 8Indonesia6292055 29United Arab Emirates0134 14Iraq24410 12Jordan311115 11Kyrgyzstan34714 3Iran23253280 23Benin1012 1Azerbaijan653928132 38Niger0000 16Syrian Arab Republic22610 2Turkey645747168 18Tunisia12811 30Guyana0123 13Turkmenistan24612 21Gambia1102 38Yemen0000 20Senegal1113 Nakaayi gives chase in the final 100m. She settled for a silver behind Morocco’s Malika Akkaoui (R) at the Baku 2017 4th Islamic Solidarity Games at the Olympic Stadium in Baku on May 17, 2017.Uganda’s Nakaayi wins 800m silver medal, Jebet wins gold in SteeplechaseBaku, Azerbaijan | AFP-Services (text stories) | Uganda’s Halimah Nakaayi has won a silver medal in the women’s 800-metre final on the second day of athletics at the fourth Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku.The 22-year-old Ugandan Olympian, was beaten by Morocco’s Malika Akkaoui. Akkaoui outlasted Nakaayi by just over half a second to win in 2 minutes 01.04 seconds as Morocco secured their second athletics gold of the Games on Wednesday. (see video and table standings below)Nakaayi’s silver is only Uganda’s second medal at an Islamic Solidarity Games, while Noelie Yarigo picked up bronze for Benin, their first-ever medal in these Games. Uganda’s only other medal came at the inaugural Islamic Games in 2005.Nakaayi and Shida were expected back on track Thursday for the 400m heats, while Salim Mayanja will run the 800 and 1500m Thursday, Friday and Saturday.The Islamic Solidarity Games comprise 10 days of sporting competition by athletes from over 50 ISSF nations, in 21 sports with 270 medal events.Uganda is represented at the games by an athletics, swimming, tennis , weightlifting team and the sport of Zurkhaneh. Zurkhaneh ritual is a traditional heroic sport that has its roots in Iran. It combines martial arts, calisthenics, strength training and music. 35Lebanon0011 35Afghanistan0011 15Kazakhstan23914 RankCountry 28Nigeria0213 38Somalia0000 32Djibouti0112 33Uganda0101 34Côte d’Ivoire0044 4Uzbekistan15153060 30Suriname0123 38Tajikistan0000 38Albania0000 Uganda fielded two in tennis, Duncan Mugabe and Oringa in the singles and doubles. The were knocked out of the doubles contest but Mugabe won his singles opening game, beating Pakistan’s Khan 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(4).There are three athletes; Nakaayi was scheduled to run the 400m and 800m, Leni Shida the women’s 200m and 400m, and Salim Mayanja the men’s 800m and 1500.There were also three weightlifters, Hakim Ssempereza and Semei Kasumba in the 69kg division, then Kalidi Batuusain the 94 kg. Ssempereza and Kasumba were 12th and 13th overall out of 14 weightlifters. while Batuusain came 13th out of 13.In swimming, Uganda fielded Daisuke Ssegwanyi and Avice Michal Kakayi while Zurkhaneh has six, Robert Kizito, Okrah Stephen Kurikayo, Michael Kushemererwe, Kizza Lubega, MUGWISA Jonathan Mugwisa and Ivan Ssenyondo.Uganda’s Halimah Nakaayi (L), Morocco’s Malika Akkaoui (C) and Benin’s Noelie Yarigo (R) pose on the podium of the Women’s 800m of the Athletics events at the Baku 2017 4th Islamic Solidarity Games at the Olympic Stadium in Baku on May 17, 2017. AFP PHOTO Countries with medals out of 56 nations competing 16Qatar22610 38Chad0000 38Burkina Faso0000 38Gabon0000 27Oman0235 38Maldives0000 38Mali0000 10Saudi Arabia41611 5Bahrain115420 38Comoros0000 19Cameroon1258 9Egypt64717 21Bangladesh1102 38Togo0000 38Mauritania0000 Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2
13Northern Ireland4103143254-1112 0Grenada400480268-1880 0Sri Lanka4004141198-570 1New Zealand4400252811718 10Samoa420217216394 0Malaysia300369224-1550 4England4400242751678 9Fiji430110363406 8Trinidad and Tobago420255130-754 5South Africa430119294986 Position in WYNC2013FlagTeam NamePLWDLGFGAGDPTS 7Barbados400397212-1152 Position in WYNC2013FlagTeam NamePLWDLGFGAGDPTS 15Singapore400472259-1870 12Scotland4301150162-126 0Botswana4301212159536 3Jamaica4301159111486 Position in WYNC2013FlagTeam NamePLWDLGFGAGDPTS 2Australia4400297772208 Uganda 44 Jamaica ?? 39Quarterfinal fixtures THURSDAYNew Zealand vs South Africa 11amUganda vs Fiji 1pmScotland vs Australia 3pmJamaica vs England 5pmGabarone, Botswana| THE INDEPENDENT REPORTER | Uganda’s She Pearls lost their final Pool C game in the ongoing Netball World Youth Cup but still qualified top of the group for the quarterfinals that start Thursday.They will take on Fiji for a place in the semifinals at 1pm on Thursday. 15Uganda4301180102786 6Wales4103130147-172 0Cook Islands3003121145-240 0Zimbabwe4202199215-164 Position in WYNC2013FlagTeam NamePLWDLGFGAGDPTS VIDEO Jamaica vs UgandaTweets about @IntNetballShare on: WhatsApp
“It was definitely not the result we wanted but the performance was good and we have got to take confidence from that and take that into the away fixture,” the midfielder said.“It is half-time. We cannot be too disappointed. We created a lot of chances. If we create chances and put them away then we have got a chance.”Arsenal travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday but, with a top-four berth seemingly out of reach, Wenger will be focused on which players will feature in the Spanish capital four days later.Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin admitted Atletico are favourites to progress.“Atletico are a team that know how to make you suffer,” he said. “They know how to create chances and score goals.“It’s only 1-1, though, and the tie is still open. We know it will be hard playing in their stadium but there are positives that we can take.”An opportunity missed but we’re still in this tie – let’s learn from last night and stick together until the end ? #WeAreTheArsenal ? pic.twitter.com/ZhzukNbj7s— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 27, 2018Share on: WhatsApp United Kingdom | AFP | Jack Wilshere says Arsenal can take confidence from their Europa League semi-final draw against Atletico Madrid, despite the frustration of conceding a late away goal.With the visitors on the back foot for much of Thursday’s first-leg contest at the Emirates Stadium following Sime Vrsaljko’s early dismissal, the Gunners dominated the game and looked set to take a lead to Madrid next week when Alexandre Lacazette headed them in front.But Antoine Griezmann capitalised on weak defending to convert a late equaliser and secure a 1-1 draw.Diego Simeone’s side have lost only twice at home since moving to the Wanda Metropolitano last summer, one of those a Champions League group game against Chelsea.Atletico have also gone 11 home games without conceding a goal, and Arsenal head to Spain needing two to win the game. But, ahead of what could be Arsene Wenger’s last European match in charge as he prepares for the end of his 22-year reign in the summer, Wilshere believes there is reason for Arsenal to be positive.
Madrid, Spain | AFP | Clock-watching is an integral part of any Olympic Games but even the most eagle-eyed sporting anoraks might be forgiven for missing the fact that Sunday marks 600 days until the start of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.For most people, it is not actually a particularly significant milestone but for 160 people of 35 nationalities beavering away in a building overlooking a highway in Madrid, the pressure of organising the biggest television show on earth just went up a notch.These are the people of the Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), a wing of the International Olympic Committee responsible since 2008 for providing the pictures of every competition which are beamed around the world.The size of the audience is phenomenal as is the money that is generated.Over five billion viewers tuned in for the last Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 as opposed to 3.4 billion for this year’s football World Cup.Television stations from around the world have dished out more than six billion dollars for the rights to the Games in Tokyo — broadcasting the event is a complex, lucrative business managed from the Spanish capital.“Preparing and planning for the games is an ongoing function, so as we speak we are obviously very close to the finalisation of our plans for Tokyo,” says Yiannis Exarchos, the imposing Greek boss of the OBS.“But we have already started quite detailed planning for the winter games in Beijing (2022) and we have already started engaging with Paris (2024) and Los Angeles (2028).”– A ‘burden’ on host cities –The first time pictures were beamed live from the Olympics was Berlin in 1936. It wasn’t until the 1964 Games, also in Tokyo, that pictures went live around the world.Back then it was the responsibility of the host nation to provide the coverage and that is how it stayed until 2008.“During the games we employ a team of more than 7,000 professionals coming from 90 different countries, we have 1,000 cameras, hundreds of thousands of kilometres of cables,” says Exarchos. “This started to become a big burden for the organising committee as the Games grew bigger and more complex.“As early as the Games of Atlanta (1996), it was made clear that the IOC should do something to support the cities.”So it was that the IOC created OBS in 2001 to provide coverage of all Olympic and Paralympic Games.– Infrastructure –Beijing 2008 marked the OBS’ first outing and it comes as no surprise to discover that Sotiris Salamouris, who is in charge of technology at OBS, was back in Beijing last month to discuss the next Winter Olympics in 2022.“We need to have a good number of discussions with the organising committee in terms of the infrastructures they need to make available for us,” says Salamouris. “The IBC, that is the priority.”The IBC is the International Broadcast Centre, a bustling hub set up in each host city where television channels from all over the world get the signal from OBS to broadcast back home.“We need to work quite early with the organising committee to find this facility, to secure it, to agree about timelines, additional works necessary.“This is what we have begun with Paris,” says Salamouris looking ahead already to the Summer Olympics of 2024.Given that the IOC is based in Lausanne, it may raise an eyebrow to see that the OBS is centred in Madrid.“It does not come from heaven, it comes from (Manolo) Romero,” jokes IOC member Juan Antonio Samaranch Salisachs whose father served 21 years as president of the IOC.A Spaniard and in charge of radio and television coverage of the Games since Mexico in 1968, Romero was appointed head of OBS when it was created and insisted on the headquarters being in Madrid, where he lived.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2
Guardiola said that those players who had played on Saturday in the 3-1 win over Everton would probably have to shoulder the responsibility of backing up against Leicester due to a growing injury list.Belgian star Kevin de Bruyne returned against Everton and should play again whilst record goalscorer Argentinian Sergio Aguero could start after a four week absence through injury.“We don’t have many players,” said Guardiola.“We have a lot of injured players. Some players that played Saturday and in the last games have to play.“But it is a chance to reach a semi-final and since I’ve been here my teams have never dropped one game, not even a friendly game.“It is a competition, it must be respected, like we did it last season. We are going to try and win the game.”Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Holders Manchester City will take Tuesday’s League Cup quarter-final with Leicester City seriously, says manager Pep Guardiola, even though they are in a tight duel with Liverpool for the Premier League title.Guardiola — whose Premier League champions trail Liverpool by a point — says it is only by winning trophies the club can get better, even if the League Cup is viewed as the third most important domestic trophy in English football.The 47-year-old Spaniard concedes Liverpool may benefit from no longer being involved in the League Cup — their next match is against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday — and if City progress they will face a two-legged semi-final in January.“We could say yes,” said Guardiola, answering a question at his press conference over whether Liverpool had an advantage in having a lighter fixture list.“But I’d prefer to be in the League Cup than not.“I cannot imagine going into a game thinking, ‘Oh, it will be better to lose because then we’ll have more time to rest’. I have never thought in that way.“That is the only way a club like Manchester City — who 10 years ago were not in this position — can grow up, and get better and better. And that’s what we have to do.”
Paul Pogba quickly deleted a controversial social media post of him smiling with the message “caption this” in the hours after Mourinho’s departure.Restored to the starting line-up for the first time in four league games, Pogba was instrumental in setting up four of United’s five goals on Saturday.“No celebration at all. Absolute lies,” Young said at the suggestion players were delighted to see the back of Mourinho.“Obviously it was disappointing for the manager to get sacked.“In his two-and-a-half years he won trophies. We have to take some responsibility for that as we are on the pitch.“But we have to move on from that. As professional players we have to get on with the job in hand, and that is what we did here.”Share on: WhatsApp Cardiff, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United captain Ashley Young admitted the mood around Old Trafford has been instantly lifted by caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s smile, but denied there were any celebrations in the dressing room at news of Jose Mourinho’s sacking.Solskjaer was put in charge until the end of the season after Mourinho was dismissed on Tuesday with United 19 points off the top of the table.That change paid instant dividends as United scored five goals in a Premier League match for the first time since Alex Ferguson’s last game in charge back in May 2013, thrashing Cardiff 5-1 on Saturday.“I don’t think he (Solskjaer) has stopped smiling,” Young said after victory in the Welsh capital.“He was like that as a player. He always has a smile on his face and I think that can reflect down on to the team, which is a good thing.“Ole has come in and we were preparing in the right way for a game, even though it’s been a crazy week.”Mourinho clashed with a number of senior figures in the United dressing room over his two-and-a-half seasons in charge.
Less than a week after missing the opportunity to go seven points clear of City with a 1-1 draw against Leicester, Liverpool again let a lead slip as Michail Antonio quickly cancelled out Sadio Mane’s 22nd minute opener.Victory over Everton on Wednesday will now take City to the top of the table, while Tottenham are just five points off the top in third.It could have been even worse for Liverpool had Declan Rice and Mark Noble not failed to hit the target with huge chances to claim all three points for West Ham.Klopp was without the injured Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Trent Alexander-Arnold meaning James Milner started in an unfamiliar role at right-back, while the German was forced to name an experimental midfield three of Fabinho, Naby Keita and Adam Lallana.“Last night we trained and after we had to change three positions,” said Klopp.“It’s just a fact, it’s not an excuse. The preparation for the game was far from being perfect and we still got a point.”After posting a perfect record against opposition outside the top six in their first 23 league games, Liverpool have now slipped up twice in as many matches to mount the tension in their chase for a first title in 29 years.However, Klopp played down suggestions it is the pressure and the weight of history that has dragged his players down over the past week.“It’s not about pressure, it’s about enjoying the situation you are in,” added Klopp. “We have 62 points, have lost one game in the whole season so far which is very positive.“I think from your faces already you (the media) feel sorry for us. We are fine. Tonight was just a tough game.”Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini claimed it was “impossible to play worse” after his side’s 3-0 capitulation to Wolves last week that followed a deeply disappointing FA Cup exit to League One AFC Wimbledon. FILE PHOTO: Jurgen KloppLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Jurgen Klopp pinpointed a mounting injury list as the explanation for Liverpool’s sub-par performance in a 1-1 draw at West Ham on Monday that leaves the league leaders just three points clear of Manchester City. – lax set-piece defending –Even without the injured Marko Arnautovic, Pellegrini got the response he wanted in West Ham’s performance if not their end product and the Chilean was angered that Liverpool’s opener was allowed to stand despite Milner clearly being offside when he crossed for Mane to score his 12th goal of the season.“They have two clear chances, one that is one-and-a-half metres offside where they score a goal, and one in the last minute with (Divock) Origi in front of the linesman again one metre offside.“Of course, you must be disappointed,” said Pellegrini, who recalled a series of controversial calls that went in favour of Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund when they beat Pellegrini’s Malaga in the 2012/13 Champions League quarter-finals.“Klopp is used to win with offside goals. He beat me against Malaga with Borussia Dortmund with a goal seven metres offside, so he can’t complain about nothing.”Liverpool’s lead lasted just six minutes as the visitors switched off from a well-worked free-kick and Antonio drilled Felipe Anderson’s pass in off the far post.More lax set-piece defending should have cost Liverpool again three minutes before the break when Rice headed wide another wicked Anderson free-kick delivery wide when completely unmarked 10 yards out.Anderson continued to create problems in the second period and another positive break from the Brazilian should have created the winner when Noble fired over.Origi replaced the ineffective Roberto Firmino 15 minutes from time and the Belgian had a huge chance to make himself a hero as he did with a last gasp Merseyside derby winner against Everton in December.This time, though, Origi shot meekly into Lukasz Fabianski’s grateful arms with the final action of the match.kca/nr Share on: WhatsApp