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September 21, 2020

Doyle backs Gonzalez dismissal

first_img The 30-year-old Republic of Ireland striker left PPL Park in Philadelphia during the early hours of Saturday morning bloodied after Gonzalez had been sent off for elbowing him during a 1-1 draw which stretched the sentiment of the term “friendly”. Things came to a head when the pair, who had become embroiled in an increasingly physical battle, challenged for a high ball and the defender blatantly lashed out to leave Doyle bleeding heavily and referee Raul Castro reaching for a red card. Press Association The Irishman said: “If you are going to get that angry that quickly and do that, it’s not ideal in a World Cup. I think he just lost his head. “He was upset about an earlier challenge. He tried to win a ball down the side of me by ducking in with a header, and I have caught him totally accidentally. “I said ‘Sorry’ to him at the time and I thought that was the end of it. “A minute earlier, he had tried to do the exact same thing and missed, so he had gone back for a second go. “I was a little bit ready for it, but I didn’t protect myself. But I am glad he was sent off because he deserved to be.” Doyle left the stadium nursing a nasty cut, although not one which will prevent him from playing against Portugal in New Jersey during the early hours of Wednesday morning, if selected. He said: “It was very sore. It’s fine now, the doctor has numbed it up so I can’t feel a thing.” For all his discomfort, Doyle was able to reflect upon an impressive individual display and his first international goal for almost two years. He could also raise a smile about his injury when he was reminded that the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art made famous worldwide by the Rocky films, were just a few miles away. Doyle said with a smile: “It probably looked worse than it was, I don’t know. I haven’t been up to the steps.” The Republic weathered a lively start by the Costa Ricans, who were playing their final warm-up game before heading for Brazil, to take the lead when Doyle powered home a long-range header from full-back Marc Wilson’s inch-perfect cross. It was his first goal for his country since the 4-1 friendly victory over Oman in September 2012 and marked the latest stage in his rehabilitation after slipping out of the reckoning under previous manager Giovanni Trapattoni. Doyle, who was starting for the first time since O’Neill’s appointment said: “It was a great ball in from Marc Wilson, a brilliant ball. “He looked up and he saw me, and a lot of the time, they can see you and they don’t play it. He put in a great ball and I managed to get a big header on it, plenty of power. “They don’t go in all the time, but that one did. It was nice, it was nice to start. “When you come away at the end of the season, it’s obviously nice to get a start and great for me personally to score a goal.” However, Costa Rica showed their mettle after Gonzalez’s 41st-minute dismissal and got back into the game despite their numerical disadvantage when Celso Borges converted a 64th-minute penalty. Robbie Keane, back in the Ireland team after missing the last four friendlies, could have won it two minutes later when presented with a similar opportunity, but his spot-kick was well saved by substitute keeper Patrick Pemberton. Doyle said: “It was actually quite competitive. They were putting it about and you can understand it. “If we were going to a World Cup tonight and looking to play – from their point of view, it was a big game, I suppose, for a lot of the players wanting to be in the team in a week’s time. “They came out in the second half and even with 10 men, they played excellently, they really did, so it was probably a fair result with us missing the penalty, and we had a few chances as well.” Kevin Doyle insisted Costa Rica defender Giancarlo Gonzalez got exactly what he deserved after leaving him with five stitches in his head. last_img read more

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August 16, 2020

U.S. Open 2019: Rory Sabbatini bounces in hole-in-one

first_img An ACE at Pebble Beach Rory Sabbatini bounces it in from 202 yards.  pic.twitter.com/OF0LBkUyA6— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 13, 2019 The South Africa-born Slovakian made the hole-in-one at the 202-yard 12th hole at Pebble Beach on Thursday. Sabbatini saw his shot bounce twice on the green before bouncing into the hole to get him to 1 under.It was the 45th ace in U.S. Open history and first since Zach Johnson in 2014. Related News U.S. Open 2019: Co-leader Rickie Fowler encouraged by start Rory Sabbatini produced some magic with an incredible hole-in-one during the opening round of the U.S. Open.last_img

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December 28, 2019

Connector road gives truckers a dangerous detour

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAbout 2 million trucks a year pass through the Castaic inspection facility, also called the “scales,” and thousands of tickets written for safety violations account for millions in revenue. But Kappen said more truckers have trod a blocks-long city-street bypass off Interstate 5 in the four years since city engineers removed a sign prohibiting trucks weighing more than 15,000 pounds from doing so. Once the Cross-Valley Connector is complete, truckers will be able to leave the I-5 about 10 miles south of the scales and take the Antelope Valley Freeway to Golden Valley Road. Golden Valley and Newhall Ranch Road comprise the connector, and meet the I-5 just north of the scales, said Dwight McDonald, a commercial enforcement supervisor for the CHP Some truckers now find alternate though less direct routes, he added. CHP spokesman Humberto Jimenez said officers in McDonald’s unit are experts at enforcing laws aimed at commercial vehicles. Reasons for wanting to avoid inspections abound. Many drivers who exceed the number of consecutive hours they may drive scheme to avoid getting caught. “We check the log books … to prevent driver fatigue,” Kappen said. “Driver fatigue is a major cause of truck-involved collisions.” The majority of trucks inspected at the Castaic facility are on long-haul trips, he said. SANTA CLARITA – Northbound truckers, who face inspection by the CHP at its Castaic inspection station, will be able to bypass the stop when the city’s heralded Cross-Valley Connector is completed. The $245 million road will connect the Antelope Valley Freeway to Interstate 5 – allowing big-rig drivers to avoid inspection of their trucks and their log books, which detail mandated breaks. CHP inspectors weed out trucks with faulty brakes and drivers who need more shut-eye. But if the city fails to post signs prohibiting truckers from detouring off the freeway – and skirting the rules – it will cost money and could cost lives, a highway official said. “Our main function is to keep our highways safe,” said California Highway Patrol Sgt. Tim Kappen, a 27-year veteran of the agency. “Doing our part by inspecting these trucks has its impact on that.” Driver fatigue is hard to prove after a crash, so truckers often are cited for driving at unsafe speeds or making unsafe turns, said Officer Michelle Esposito. In the past couple of years, the two main causes of truck-involved collisions were speeding and unsafe lane changes. CHP records show trucks were involved in 456 collisions in the Santa Clarita area in 2005. In the 210 crashes where truck drivers were at fault, 41 involved injuries and one person was killed. This year, 135 crashes involved trucks. In the 60 cases where truck drivers were at fault, one person was killed and seven injured. For some, the penalty for driving too long justifies the risk of avoiding it. Truckers can be sidelined for 10 hours, fined $500 and ordered to face a judge. Other common violations include exceeding the maximum allowed weight, having faulty brakes, not being properly licensed or driving with a suspended license. Cargo cannot be stored at the Castaic facility, so drivers cited for overweight loads face the burdensome task of summoning other trucks to carry the excess weight. The consequences of driving with poorly maintained brakes can be more troublesome. “A car can stop faster than an 80,000-pound truck,” said McDonald.- Heavy or shifting loads that are not properly secured pose an added risk. cSD [email protected] (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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