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NASCAR driver, pilot killed in Connecticut plane crash – Fox News

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Modified championship racer Ted Christopher was one of two people killed when a small plane crashed in the woods in Connecticut on Saturday, officials said. The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that two people were aboard a Mooney M20C plane that went down near the North Branford-Guilford border shortly before 2 p.m.  Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO, said Christopher, 59, and the plane’s pilot both died. A witness…

The ‘miracle pill’: how cycling could save the NHS – The Guardian (blog)

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Imagine if a team of scientists devised a drug which massively reduced people’s chances of developing cancer or heart disease, cutting their overall likelihood of dying early by 40%. This would be front page news worldwide, a Nobel prize as good as in the post. That drug is already here, albeit administered in a slightly different way: it’s called cycling to work. One of the more puzzling political questions is…

Pigeon Battles of Cairo: Egypt’s High-Flying Sport – Aljazeera.com

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Koka is a respected figure in Cairo’s pigeon fighting world. His life revolves around preparing for the contests, in which whole neighbourhoods clash to hunt and capture each other’s pigeons.  Away from the duels, he spends his time caring for the hundreds of pigeons he rears in a ramshackle wooden tower he has built on his roof.   Like numerous other breeders, Koka treasures the pigeons for their…

NASCAR driver dies in plane crash – WLWT Cincinnati

Sunday, September 17, 2017

NORTH BRANFORD, Conn. — Modified championship racer Ted Christopher was one of two people killed when a small plane crashed in the woods in Connecticut on Saturday, NASCAR officials said. The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that two people were aboard a Mooney M20C plane that went down near the North Branford-Guilford border shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday, but they didn’t release the names of the victims. Brian France, NASCAR chairman…

NASCAR driver killed in small plane crash in Connecticut – CBS News

Sunday, September 17, 2017

NASCAR driver Ted Christopher was killed Saturday in a small plane crash in Connecticut, CBS New York reports. The Mooney M20C aircraft crashed in a wooded area near Guilford shortly before 2 p.m., according to the FAA.  Authorities said two people were on board the plane at the time. The second person’s name has not been released. Police said they do not yet know from where the plane took off,…

Nuclear tensions loom over upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea – New York Post

Sunday, September 17, 2017

All the world’s eyes are on the Korean Peninsula, but not only because of Kim Jong Un’s controversial nuclear missile tests. South Korea is set to host the Winter Olympics in February. Scheduled for Feb. 8-25, the games are planned to take place in Pyeongchang, a city of 44,000 people just 50 miles from the North Korean border. When asked if the host nation would be safe for the event,…

Creativity, timing and perseverence: How LA got the 2028 Olympics – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The afternoon had turned uncomfortably hot in Qatar as the two men stepped outside, away from the crowds at an international sports assembly. They needed to speak in private. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and his companion on that November day in 2016 — Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee — took off their jackets to walk along the edge of the Persian Gulf. Los Angeles was competing…

On your bike! Why Britain needs to do more to get children cycling – The Guardian

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Stored away on my phone is a brief video showing the day, a few years ago, when my son first learned to ride a pedal bike – more precisely, the moment he gained sufficient confidence for me to stop hovering and record the historic event for posterity. Looking back at the footage, what struck me was the meandering route he plotted. But this wasn’t beginner’s wobbling – it was a…

Make tracks: ride the world’s newest cycling routes – The Guardian

Saturday, September 16, 2017

England The eight mile, family-friendly Brean Down Way in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, opened in July 2017 after 18 months of volunteer work and fundraising. It follows a newly-opened sluice-top road, crosses the River Axe, skirts a wetland nature reserve and mud flats, and takes in numerous cafes, before finishing at Brean Down Fort. Originally built to defend against Napoleonic invasions, the fort is now a National Trust site documenting life on…

Kyle Busch tops speed chart in final practice at Chicagoland – Nascar

Saturday, September 16, 2017

RELATED: Final practice results | 10-lap averages | Full schedule at Chicagoland Coors Light Pole winner Kyle Busch backed up his show of speed in Friday qualifying by leading Saturday’s final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice at Chicagoland Speedway. Busch propelled the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota to a best lap of 180.252 mph in the 50-minute final session. He’ll lead the field to the green flag…

Martin Truex Jr., FRR begin NASCAR playoffs a clear-cut No. 1 – The Denver Post

Saturday, September 16, 2017

With a series-high 53 playoff bonus points, top-seeded driver Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 78 Toyota of Denver-based Furniture Row Racing enters NASCAR’s 10-race playoffs with an excellent chance to advance to championship weekend at the season finale Nov. 19 in Homestead, Fla. There could be disappointments in the first nine playoff races, beginning Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway, but it would have to take place multiple times in the…

Make tracks: ride the world’s newest cycling routes – The Guardian

Saturday, September 16, 2017

England The eight mile, family-friendly Brean Down Way in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, opened in July 2017 after 18 months of volunteer work and fundraising. It follows a newly-opened sluice-top road, crosses the River Axe, skirts a wetland nature reserve and mud flats, and takes in numerous cafes, before finishing at Brean Down Fort. Originally built to defend against Napoleonic invasions, the fort is now a National Trust site documenting life on…

‘NASCAR Heat 2’ Review: Major Improvements, But A Little Short Of The Winner’s Circle – Forbes

Saturday, September 16, 2017

NASCAR is my favorite brand of racing, but sadly, no developer/publisher has taken full advantage of the license. Monster Games is trying hard to change that narrative, and NASCAR Heat 2 is the beginning of a new chapter. Credit: Monster Games NASCAR Heat 2 After a rocky start with NASCAR Heat, Monster and 704 Games offer an imperfect but drastically improved sequel. Here’s the best, the worst and the bottom…

Major Link Soccer: Match dates set for 2019 Women’s World Cup – Sounder At Heart

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Seattle Brad Evans makes the list of the 11 most in-demand soon-to-be free agents in MLS at the end of this season. Major League Soccer RSL Soap Box is back again with their Power Ranking Averages, and the top three are holding strong, with Atlanta United making moves right behind. Atlanta United is looking to break some attendance records, including the single-match MLS record (previously held by LA Galaxy’s inaugural…

Love the Club. Loathe the American Owner. – New York Times

Saturday, September 16, 2017

On stage, Wenger expressed his amazement at the transformation. He could never have foreseen a time, he said, when Americans owned roughly a dozen of England’s clubs. He was, he said, delighted by it. Polite applause rippled among the guests. Outside that room, though, the picture is rather more complicated. Barzun might have wanted to celebrate the special relationship that had brought so much American influence into the Premier League,…

Camping World Truck Series playoff field set; Bell captures regular-season crown – Nascar

Saturday, September 16, 2017

RELATED: Playoff standings | Best track-worst track for field | Sauter wins at Chicago The field is set and a regular-season champion has been crowned. One playoff spot was on the line in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Chicagoland Speedway and Ben Rhodes claimed it, besting Ryan Truex for the final spot. Rhodes and Truex ended up tied in the standings and the tiebreaker goes to a driver’s best…

‘NASCAR Heat 2’ Review: Major Improvements, But A Little Short Of The Winner’s Circle – Forbes

Saturday, September 16, 2017

NASCAR is my favorite brand of racing, but sadly, no developer/publisher has taken full advantage of the license. Monster Games is trying hard to change that narrative, and NASCAR Heat 2 is the beginning of a new chapter. Credit: Monster Games NASCAR Heat 2 After a rocky start with NASCAR Heat, Monster and 704 Games offer an imperfect but drastically improved sequel. Here’s the best, the worst and the bottom…

Aric Almirola talks 2018 plans, Richard Petty | NASCAR.com – Nascar

Saturday, September 16, 2017

It’s been a particularly busy news week for driver Aric Almirola, as his Richard Petty Motorsports team announced neither he nor longtime sponsor Smithfield Foods will return to the organization next season. Speaking to NASCAR.com, Almirola said he was informed he would not return to RPM weeks ago and has been looking at employment opportunities with other Monster Energy Series teams ever since. “Actually I was rather shocked when I…

Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch engage in NASCAR Twitter war over Toyota speed – Autoweek

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Politicking in NASCAR isn’t exactly new. The way it’s aired and consumed in the social media era is. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has yet to officially take the green flag but a war of words has erupted between two of the favorites to contend for the championship. After four Toyotas led opening practice for the Tales of the Turtles 400, Brad Keselowski took to Twitter to…

Aric Almirola opens up: Nothing official for 2018, ‘an honor’ to drive for Petty – Nascar

Saturday, September 16, 2017

It’s been a particularly busy news week for driver Aric Almirola, as his Richard Petty Motorsports team announced neither he nor longtime sponsor Smithfield Foods will return to the organization next season. Speaking to NASCAR.com, Almirola said he was informed he would not return to RPM weeks ago and has been looking at employment opportunities with other Monster Energy Series teams ever since. “Actually I was rather shocked when I…