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FRANCE: Following a public consultation between March and July 2009, infrastructure manager RFF announced on November 26 that it is to launch formal design studies for the high speed line between Montpellier and Perpignan.According to RFF, the public consultation led to the emergence of a ‘preferred corridor’ in terms of impact on the local landscape and environment. The proposed line would connect the Nîmes – Montpellier bypass at one end with the Perpignan – Figueres line at the other. The line would be designed to carry both high speed passenger services and freight traffic, and would permit the construction of new stations in Montpellier and Perpignan. In the longer term, RFF plans to study the need for a new station to serve the suburbs of Nîmes.
NEOSI Staff Related Topics By: Mike HolzheimerWhat does it take to become a productive baseball pitcher at any level?One seeking to find an answer to such a question needs to look no further than watching the efforts day in and day out of the Cleveland Indians’ Corey Kluber. If an illustration were to accompany the definition of consistent within the pages of Webster’s Dictionary, it would have to be a picture of Kluber.The Tribe’s ace and two-time Cy Young Award winner is a true study of calm and steady nerves with the appropriate temperament each time he toes the rubber. Kluber is a craftsman, a surgeon, if you will, when he goes to the mound attacking a hitter’s weakness selecting the perfect pitch to deliver to the plate in just the right situation.His assortment of pitches results in many opposing batters scratching their heads as they head back to the dugout having failed again to figure out the offerings of Cleveland’s two-time American League all-star, who yearly ranks among MLB’s best in terms of earned run average. Kluber spots pitches better than anybody in baseball. His fastball moves so well, batters simply cannot time the speed to the plate, while his off-speed pitches have hitters so out front, it appears as if they started their swing 30 minutes ago.The Kluber slider and cutter are two of his better pitches amongst his awesome arsenal of choices. The cutter has batters ducking away from what appears to be a ball headed for their ribcage; then they watch as the ball breaks back to practically split the middle of home plate usually resulting in another called third strike. And all the batter can do is ask “what just happened’?Such hitters are not alone as Kluber leaves many a man stepping inside the batter’s box slightly confused, and certainly very frustrated. There is no confusion or debate, however, as to the mastery of Kluber-the numbers prove that.Following Wednesday’s victory over the Texas Rangers, Kluber’s career won-loss record elevated to 81-49 and an E.RA of 3.09, while his innings pitched (1,143.1) strikeouts (1,254) and walks surrendered (252) are true eye-opening accomplishments. These are the numbers any starting pitcher would take on his career resume, and certainly they are stats many starting pitchers can only dream about.Last season, Kluber was named the AL Pitcher of the Month for September, the fourth such award for the Tribe’s No. 1 starter in 2017. His 5-0 record and 0.84 E.RA plus 50 strikeouts cemented such an honor. Kluber was a fourth-round draft choice of the San Diego Padres in the 2007 June Amateur Draft from Stetson University (DeLand, Fl.), and made his major league debut against the Oakland Athletics on Sept. 1, 2011 at the age of 25. He was traded to Cleveland by San Diego in a three-team deal involving the St. Louis Cardinals with the Tribe sending Jake Westbrook to the Cardinals and outfielder Ryan Ludwick to the Padres. San Diego sent pitcher Nick Greenwood to St. Louis with Cleveland paying $2.7 million of Westbrook’s remaining salary. I’d say Cleveland made out on that deal.And speaking of deals, the Cleveland front office will have a major decision to make regarding its star player very soon. Kluber is signed through 2019 with a team option for 2020-2021. In my mind, and in the mind of most baseball experts, or simply those with solid vision, there is no decision to make here-you sign Kluber. Andrew Miller and Cody Allen will also have options coming soon. And while baseball economics would suggest the Tribe can’t sign all three, and they probably won’t, it is fairly safe to assume that when the time comes, a pen and contract will be put in front of Kluber at the signing table. Pitchers like Kluber just don’t come around that often. His talent speaks for itself but his demeanor is so perfect for a baseball pitcher. The next time Kluber takes the mound, watch closely and don’t watch the scoreboard. One would never be able to tell by Kluber’s facial expressions and body language that his team is winning or losing. And that is the trademark of a big league pitcher in that you never let them see you sweat. So much of the game is mental, and you can’t show negative emotions to the opponent because that’s when they know they’ve got you.“It’s a treat that we get to watch Corey Kluber every fifth day,” SportsTime Ohio and former Tribe outfielder Rick Manning said, during a recent broadcast.I couldn’t agree more. It is a joy and a treat to watch an artist at work. Kluber is a painter who creates portraits of near perfection with every starting assignment. Tribe fans can only hope that such art exhibitions will remain on display at Progressive Field in the many baseball seasons to come.
Feature Results Thornton led all but the first of 25 IMCA Modified main event circuits and all 20 times around the track in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature. Ever-consistent Taylor Kuehl was champion of the IMCA Arizona Dirt Track Tour for Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods. (Photo courtesy of USA Raceway) Alex Stanford was scored first on the opening lap of the Modified finale, but Thornton drove by in the first set of turns on lap two. He caught up with the back of the field on lap nine and led Stanford through traffic from that point. Stanford was second and Drew Armstrong held off Jake O’Neil for third. Chaz Baca started 13th and finished fifth. After a stoppage on the opening lap, the Stock Car feature ran green to checkered and Thornton and Zachary Madrid one-two across the stripe every time. Brendon LaBatte made his way to the podium following a long run in third. The race ran caution-free and Thornton avoided potential late drama with a nifty high side pass of two lapped cars. The $2,000 victory was Thornton’s second straight at Tucson, third of the tour and already Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying fifth of the season. The $750 checkers were Thornton’s fourth straight and fifth in six Stock tour outings. TUCSON, Ariz. (Feb. 15) – Ricky Thornton Jr. wrapped up two titles with feature victories while Brady Bjella became a first-time winner and ever-consistent Taylor Kuehl earned an IMCA Arizona Dirt Track Tour championship of her own Saturday at USA Raceway. Northern SportMods – 1. Brady Bjella; 2. Bo Partain; 3. Cory Hemphill; 4. Michael Egurola; 5. Justin Erickson; 6. Tate Johnson; 7. Taylor Kuehl; 8. Speedy Madrid; 9. Ben Stockton; 10. Ron Schreiner; 11. David Pitt; 12. Eric Folstad; 13. Dwayne Melvin; 14. Timothy Allerdings; 15. Terry Bahr; 16. Rick Akers; 17. Slade Pitt; 18. Scott Walker; 19. Chris Theodore; 20. Clay Erickson; 21. Rex Hasley; 22. Koty McGullam; 23. Kyler Reynolds. Modifieds – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 2. Alex Stanford; 3. Drew Armstrong; 4. Jake O’Neil; 5. Chaz Baca; 6. Jeff Taylor; 7. Casey Skyberg; 8. Grey Ferrando; 9. D.J. Shannon; 10. Bricen James; 11. Tim Ward; 12. Ryan Roath; 13. Joey Price; 14. Lance Mari; 15. Zachary Madrid; 16. Erick Thiesse; 17. Christy Barnett; 18. Kelsie Foley; 19. Jacob Pace; 20. Jon DeBenedetti; 21. Bryan Renken; 22. Garth Dushanek; 23. Jim Cocks; 24. Ryan Jenkins. Stock Cars – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 2. Zachary Madrid; 3. Brendon LaBatte; 4. Chanse Hollatz; 5. Kevin Roberts; 6. Andrew Burg; 7. Andrew Mathers; 8. Larry Leetch; 9. Wayne Clink; 10. Sean Gentry; 11. Craig Miller; 12. Robert Burchett. Seventeenth starting Bo Partain and Cory Hemphill moved up to second and third, respectively. Kuehl was seventh in her tour title-clinching run. Bjella started ninth and ran second to Austen Becerra the final 15 laps of the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature, then was promoted to the $750 top spot when Becerra was disqualified in post-race tech for a suspension rule infraction.
Real Valladolid with their next fixture against Villarreal at away stadium, while Osasuna will face Real Betis at home stadium. Upd. at 20:33 There were no goals during the first half of the game. Real Valladolid boosted the game in the second half, thanks to a goal from Pablo Hervías 65 minutes in the game. Osasuna gave an equalizer thanks to a goal from Robert Ibáñez 81 minutes in the game to establish the 1-1, which saw the second half to a 1-1. At the end of the match, both teams made 3 substitutions each. For Valladolid, Rubén Alcaraz, Pablo Hervías and Sandro Ramírez came on for Míchel Herrero, Waldo Rubio and Enes Unal, while Osasuna brought on Adrián López, Robert Ibáñez and Jon Moncayola to replace Brandon Thomas, Rubén García and Fran Mérida. SPORT.es Real Valladolid was held down on Sunday at José Zorrilla by Osasuna as the game ended 1-1. Real Valladolid arrived with the intention of regaining victory after losing against Levante 2-0 while Osasuna scored a 2 draw against Barcelona, adding a point in the last match played of the competition. As of today, Real Valladolid is 12th in the LaLiga, with 5 points from 4 matches, while Osasuna sits at 9th with 6 points after playing a total of 4 matches. The referee booked one player from Osasuna, Fran Mérida. CEST 15/09/2019
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Three Southland school picked up weekend conference sweeps Sunday with Sam Houston State sweeping Southeastern Louisiana, Nicholls taking three from New Orleans and McNeese State going perfect against UIW. The Bearkats and Cowboys kept pace with the Colonels, who took sole possession of first place after winning their sixth consecutive game. In other league action, Lamar took the series against Stephen F. Austin, Houston Baptist took the rubber match against Abilene Christian and Oral Roberts snapped Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s seven-game winning streak to salvage the series.Sam Houston State 4, Southeastern Louisiana 1HUNTSVILLE, Texas – The Sam Houston baseball team needed a big bounce-back weekend when they welcomed first place Southeastern Louisiana to Huntsville. The Bearkats did exactly that, sweeping the Lions in three come-from-behind wins. Hayden Simerly and Anthony Azar each hit two-run homers behind Sam Odom’s eight-inning gem to complete the sweep with a 4-1 win Sunday. | Sam Houston Recap | Southeastern RecapNicholls 4, New Orleans 3THIBODAUX, La. – Senior pitcher Brandon Jackson tossed a complete game on Sunday as the Nicholls State University baseball team defeated the University of New Orleans 4-3, to sweep the series and take sole possession of the Southland Conference lead. | Nicholls Recap | UNO RecapMcNeese State 9, UIW 0 (10 innings)LAKE CHARLES, La. – McNeese State baseball’s drama-filled weekend came to an exciting climax on Sunday afternoon when after a rain and lightning delay halted play for 50 minutes and the Cowboys trailing 6-3, McNeese scored two 2-out runs in the bottom of the ninth on a hit from Andrew Guillotte to extend the game, then got a bases loaded single by James Cantu in the 10th inning to lift the Cowboys to a 9-8 Southland Conference win over Incarnate Word and sweeping the weekend series. | McNeese Recap | UIW RecapLamar 5, Stephen F. Austin 4NACOGDOCHES, Texas – After dropping the first game the Lamar Cardinals rallied to take game three, and the series from Stephen F. Austin with a 5-4 victory at Jaycees Field in Nacogdoches Sunday afternoon. The Cardinals rallied from a 4-1 deficit to win their eighth game in their last 11 outings. | Lamar Recap | SFA RecapHouston Baptist 6, Abilene Christian 3HOUSTON, Texas – Houston Baptist staked Curtis Jones to a six-run lead, and the junior right-hander turned in another strong effort as the Huskies dropped Abilene Christian, 6-3, to claim the Southland Conference series finale Sunday afternoon at Husky Field. | HBU Recap | ACU RecapOral Roberts 17, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 6CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Big innings to start the game lifted the Oral Roberts University baseball team on Sunday afternoon as the Golden Eagles defeated the Islanders of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 17-6 in a mercy-rule victory. | ORU Recap | A&M-Corpus Christi Recap
By Josh Grossberg STAFF WRITER 2 p.m. Fujita Street, Torrance Everybody in the pool! Though summer may be reaching its symbolic close, at the VCA Kennel Club Resort and Spa the party continues. With the sun beating down on his black furry back, Maverick, a Labrador retriever, kicks his back legs, paddles his front paws and splashes enough water to soak the green AstroTurf surrounding the pool. He’s having the time of his life as he swims and frolics in the 15-foot round pool hidden behind the industrial-looking building. Too small for the Olympics and too big for a toddler, the above-ground pool is the perfect size for water-loving dogs. It’s filled with 4 feet of water, shallow enough for a medium-size dog to stand on its hind legs, but deep enough so they can’t stand on all fours. “They can swim a few laps,” said assistant manager Brian Spradlin. Generally open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the pool will likely remain open as long as the weather stays hot. It costs $12 for 15 minutes of playtime in the water. A ramp leads to the water’s edge, where dogs step onto a platform where only their paws will get wet. From there, they can take the plunge all the way in. Unlike in a pool for their owners, a heater stands at the ready to help dry the swimmers. But there are also accessories that any human would appreciate. “When it starts to cool off, we turn on the heater,” Spradlin said. “But most dogs don’t care about the temperature.” For some pooches, spending time in a pool is worse than a trip to the vet. First-timers are watched carefully to make sure they’re having fun. “Some we have to teach,” Spradlin said. “But some go crazy. If they like it, you can tell.” Water dogs like Labs generally love spending time in the pool, but other breeds enjoy it, too. Spradlin recalled a couple of dachshunds who liked swimming laps. “They looked like little logs in there,” Spradlin said. But swimming is more than recreation for some dogs. It’s also a valuable therapeutic tool, especially for dogs with bad hips. The pets are only allowed in the pool one at a time, but they’re not in there alone. Kayla Braun has spent her summer working as a “swimming instructor” at the kennel. She keeps them safe, helps them in and out and and tosses balls across the water. “Some splash and walk on the bottom” with their back legs, said the 17-year-old Gardena resident. “But smaller dogs like it, too. There’s a Chihuahua that’s really fast.” Some days only a handful of canines take advantage of the pool, but on other days, they’re waiting in line to get in. For Spradlin, who makes sure the pool is always clean, spending time in the water with a pooch is about as good as it gets. “I get paid to throw balls for dogs,” he said. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Former Aston Villa goalkeeper Mark Bosnich expects Jack Grealish to leave the club if they miss out on promotion to the Premier League.The 23-year-old midfielder, who is still being tracked by Tottenham, has been in sparkling form for the Villans this season, helping the club reach another play-off final.The boyhood Villa fan signed a new five-year contract and was made captain by Dean Smith earlier in the campaign, with the manager tipping him to be the long-term skipper. 2 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Jack Grealish celebrates Aston Villa’s play-off semi-final victory over West Brom REVEALED Getty Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ But Bosnich says the Birmingham-born star’s future at Villa Park will likely depend on whether the club can secure promotion back to the top flight.Villa came agonisingly close last season when they were beaten 1-0 by Fulham in the play-off final at Wembley.He was strongly linked with a move away the following summer but, despite interest from Spurs, he ended up staying at Villa Park.However, Bosnich believes his former club may be left with no other choice but to sell their star man if they again fail to climb back to the Premier League this season. However, Bosnich – who made over 200 appearances in goal for Villa – is confident his former club will make amends this season to seal their return to the top flight.Villa beat West Brom on penalties on Tuesday to go through to their second straight play-off final, where they will meet either Derby County or Leeds United, who play on Wednesday.“I think Aston Villa can go up this time,” added the former glovesman.“I watched them against Leeds in that famous game when Bielsa let Villa score that equaliser.“Leeds were a revelation at the start of the season, but they’ve really run out of gas towards the end and I really fancy Aston Villa to go through.”Listen back to Mark Bosnich on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won tense getty images gameday cracker huge blow REPLY Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Speaking on Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Australian said: “I thought he [Grealish] was going to move on after last season’s defeat to Fulham, especially with all the trouble Aston Villa had off the pitch“The fact he stayed says a lot about him, because it would have been easy for him to move on.“But if it happens again for the second season they may be left with no choice, both player and the club.” Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move shining ADVICE Grealish, here celebrating with goalkeeper Jed Steer, has six goals and eight assists for Villa this season no dice