Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger upbeat about Jack Wilshere’s Euro 2016 chances

first_imgArsene Wenger has revealed he has reassured England boss Roy Hodgson that Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will be fit and ready to go at this summer’s European Championship. The 24-year-old has not played for the Gunners this season having suffered a broken leg on the eve of the new campaign. Wilshere has endured a torrid time with injuries over the previous three years, with a number of ankle issues keeping him largely on the sidelines. But Wenger, speaking ahead of the Arsenal’s Barclays Premier League clash with Southampton on Tuesday night, played down suggestions Wilshere has suffered a setback in his recovery and has spoken to Hodgson about a player both managers admire greatly. “No. That is the wrong information,” Wenger replied when asked about a potential delay in Wilshere’s return. “He is looking good. I had a short chat with Roy Hodgson about him and reassured him that he is progressing well. I’m cautious but I will say (he will be back in) four weeks.” Even if Wilshere returns at the end of February, he faces an uphill challenge to be both fit and in-form in time for England’s opening Euro 2016 clash against Russia on June 11, with friendlies against Germany and Holland coming in March. His Arsenal and England colleague Danny Welbeck is in a similar position, as is Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge – but the trio are likely to be afforded as much time as possible to prove their fitness. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News With Sourav Ganguly At Helm, Will India Resume Cricketing Ties With Pakistan? His Response

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Newly elected BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Thursday said that resumption of bilateral cricket between India and Pakistan was beyond his decision and would need approval from the prime ministers of both countries. During a press conference in Kolkata, Ganguly was asked whether cricketing ties between India and Pakistan will resume during his tenure. “You have to ask that question to Modi ji and the Pakistani prime minister,” he replied.The BCCI president-elect said that the board would need a green signal from the Indian government for any bilateral series between India and Pakistan since international tours are all through governments. “Of course, we have (to take permission), because international exposure (tours) is all through governments. So, we don’t have an answer to that question,” the former India captain added.The ties between India and Pakistan have been complex and largely hostile over the last few years. The last time both countries played a bilateral series was some 7 years ago in 2012, when India hosted Pakistan for a limited-overs series. The BCCI had taken a strong exception to the February 14 terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama and asked the ICC to “sever ties with countries from where terrorism emanates”. The Indian cricket board had also considered asking the ICC to boycott Pakistan from the World Cup.Also Read | Cricket World Cup Every 3 Years? This Is What Ganguly Has To Say On ICC PlanEarlier on Wednesday, Ganguly had also spoken about the other aspect of the game — day and night Tests — and said that Indian team under Virat Kohli is capable of doing well in the format. “Day-night Test is the way forward. Every country has to play day-night Test, that’s a long-term future for Test cricket. They (India) are a good side, they will win day-night Test matches also. There is no difference in day-night Test matches and day Tests. It’s just a different ball. They are such class players, they can win,” Ganguly said. last_img read more

Cricket faces a ’70s-style moment of reckoning

first_imgBy Ian Chappell(The ongoing pay dispute between CA and the players shows how the greed of boards and the lure of T20 leagues could spell tricky times ahead)SUDDENLY it’s shades of 1977 in Australian cricket. The players’ association has rejected the financial deal proposed by the board and there is uncertainty surrounding the next television-rights deal.A similar formula in 1977 resulted in the advent of World Series Cricket. The players were agitating for better pay and conditions and Kerry Packer – the owner of the Nine network – was apoplectic when the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) refused his offer of substantially more money for the television rights, then held by the ABC network.Kerry Packer didn’t take rebuttal lightly and with his curse, “the devil take the hindmost”, ringing in their ears, he commenced a torrid legal battle with the cricket administrators. He found plenty of willing allies among the players, and worldwide more than 50 signed to play for the television magnate.The animosity towards the administrators had been building among the Australian players since the tours of India and South Africa in 1969-70. In 1974-75, Dennis Lillee – the premier fast bowler – had just returned after a serious back injury and described his displeasure at the pay scale (A$200 per Test), in a series of newspaper articles.The chairman of the ACB then, Tim Caldwell, pleaded with me as captain: “Tell your fast bowler to back off in his newspaper articles.” My response was simple: “Why don’t you tell him yourself, Tim, because I happen to agree with him.”From there it gradually went downhill, to the point in 1977-78 where WSC played its first season in direct competition with the ACB’s series between Australia and India.“I’m not suggesting it has reached that same stage in Australia again; the players are too well paid these days to seriously contemplate a strike against their major employer. However, the greed that has been palpable in cricket for the last decade looks like it might be coming home to roost.Worldwide, boards have been guilty of siphoning every last dollar out of their media deals. The result in some regions has been detrimental to the game, which is now only available on subscription TV in the UK. Indian viewers are entitled to complain that the cricket coverage gets in the way of them watching the ads.The television companies pay so heavily for the rights that, understandably, they then try to capitalise on any commercial opportunity in an attempt to recoup some of their investment.The players – in Australia at least – are so used to being well remunerated that they’re unhappy at any hint their livelihood may be curtailed. The difference now, compared to 1977? The players have lucrative T20 leagues as alternative employment if they’re unhappy with the board’s offer.This is a situation of the administrators’ making. They demand exorbitant prices for the media rights, so surely they must expect the players to be just as financially vigilant. And it was the administrators who devised the IPL and other burgeoning T20 leagues, which has increased the financial options for cricketers.The greed of the administrators – they claim it is money needed to run the game – has resulted in the players expecting regular pay increases every time a new media-rights deal is struck.In the meantime, there is a surfeit of one-sided Test and ODI matches, where the number of really competitive teams – especially away from home – is insufficient to keep up with the increased attractiveness of T20 games. The ability of T20 leagues to lure star overseas players and the relative shortness of the contest means they have serious advantages over the longer forms of cricket.T20 matches capitalise on the attraction of close finishes and possible upsets. In the shorter game, there is more likelihood that scores will remain close, and a favoured team can always lose to a less fancied side.For all but the marquee series and tournaments, this has meant that T20 leagues are growing in television value, while the longer versions of the game are in danger of receding. The current Australian wrangle could well be an insight into where cricket’s future is headed.(ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

West Indies crumble to Bangladesh

first_imgWEST INDIES innings Hope c Mosaddek Hossain b Mehedi Hasan 74 Ambris not out 69 Bravo not out 3Extras: (lb-2, w-3, nb-1) 6Total: (1 wkt, 24 overs) 152Fall of wicket: 1-144.Bowling: Mashrafe Mortaza 6-0-28-0, Mohammad Saifuddin 5-0-29-0, Mustafizur Rahman 5-0-50-0, Mosaddek Hossain 2-0-9-0, Mehedi Hasan 4-0-22-1, Rahman 2-0-12-0.BANGLADESH innings (target: 210 off 24 overs)Tamim Iqbal c Holder b Gabriel 18Soumya Sarkar c sub. Cottrell b Reifer 66Sabbir Rahman lbw b Gabriel 0Mushfiqur Rahim lbw b Reifer 36Mohammad Mithun lbw b Allen 17Mahmudullah not out 19Mosaddek Hossain not out 52Extras: (w05) 5Total: (5 wkts, 22.5 overs) 213Fall of wickets: 1-59, 2-60, 3-109, 4-134, 5-143.Bowling: Nurse 3-0-35-0, Holder 4-0-31-0, Roach 5-0-57-0, Gabriel 3-0-30-2, Reifer 3.5-0-23-2, Allen 4-0-37-1.Result: Bangladesh won by five wickets (DLS)Series: Bangladesh won Tri-Nations SeriesMan-of-the-Match: Mosaddek HossainMan-of-the-Series: Shai Hope (CMC) – LEFT-arm spinner Fabian Allen sent down a costly 25-run over as West Indies failed to hold their nerve when it mattered most, and slumped to a five-wicket defeat to Bangladesh under Duckworth-Lewis-Stern in the Tri-Nations Series final here yesterday.In their final competitive One-Day International, ahead of the World Cup beginning month end, West Indies struggled to contain a buoyant Bangladesh as the Asian outfit easily chased down a difficult revised target of 210 with seven balls to spare, in the contest reduced to 24 overs per side.Left-handed opener Soumya Sarkar struck a sparkling 66 off 41 balls but it was Mosaddek Hossain, batting at number seven, who turned the screws on West Indies with a breathtaking 24-ball unbeaten 52 at the end.With Soumya in full flight, Bangladesh were cruising to victory at 109 for two in the 12th over but lost three wickets for 34 runs in the space of 25 balls, to leave the result open.However, Mosaddek slammed a 20-ball fifty – the fastest by a Bangladeshi in ODIs – in a 70-run, unbroken sixth-wicket stand with Mahmudullah (19 not out) to snuff out any chance of a West Indies win.The game, though, was still in the balance at the start of the 21st over from Allen, with 27 runs required from 18 balls.But Mosaddek switch-hit the left-arm spinner over the point boundary for six off the first ball and then then cleared the ropes at long on with the second delivery. He dabbed the third ball to the third man boundary before lashing the fourth over extra cover for the maximum, to leave the Windies shell-shocked.All told, the right-hander smacked two fours and five sixes while Mahmudullah faced 21 balls and struck a single four.The defeat to Bangladesh was the third straight in the tournament for West Indies and seventh in nine meetings over the last 12 months.Man-of-the-Series Shai Hope had earlier top-scored with 74 while Sunil Ambris stroked an unbeaten 69 as West Indies finished on 152 for one after rain resulted in a five-hour break during their innings.Sent in, they had reached 131 without loss in the 21st over when the inclement weather drove players from the field.Once play restarted, following a series of inspections, West Indies found themselves with just 23 balls left in the innings and managed only another 21 runs.Neither batsman looked troubled by Bangladesh’s attack with Hope hammering six fours and three sixes off 64 balls and Ambris notching seven fours in a 78-ball knock.Hope was the first to his half-century off exactly 50 balls when he struck seamer Mustafizur Rahman for a straight six in the 18th over which leaked 13 runs.Ambris, who had earlier smashed three boundaries in the 12th over from Mustafizur, reached his second half-century in ODIs with a couple to wide long off leg-spinner Sabbir Rahman in the 19th over.When the rains arrived, Hope was perched on 68 and Ambris on 59 and on resumption, Hope added a further six runs before holing out to long on off off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz in the penultimate over.Needing to score at nearly nine runs an over, Bangladesh took command of the run chase early through Soumya, who played audaciously to belt nine fours and three sixes.He put on 59 for the first wicket with Tamim Iqbal (18) who was dropped on four off a sitter by Ashley Nurse running back from slip, with the score on 18 in the third over from seamer Kemar Roach.Left-hander Tamim eventually fell attempting a third straight four off speedster Shannon Gabriel (2-30) in the sixth over, caught at mid-off by captain Jason Holder, and when Sabbir Rahman was hit in front without scoring in the same over to the second ball he faced, West Indies were back in the game.However, Soumya put on 49 for the third wicket with wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim whose 36 came from 22 balls and included two fours and sixes.And even though left-armer Raymon Reifer (2-23) got rid of both to claim his first wickets in ODIs and spark a Bangladesh slide, Mosaddek kept his composure to finish the game strongly. SCOREBOARD last_img read more

England managers  Southgate  and  Neville to take 30% pay cut

first_imgEngland men’s manager Gareth Southgate and women’s boss Phil Neville are to take a 30% pay cut to their salaries as two of the Football Association’s highest earning employees.Southgate earns £3m a year while Neville reportedly earns up to £300,000 as head coach of the Lionesses.Chief executive Mark Bullingham said it was “challenging times” and did not “take these decisions lightly.”The government’s furlough scheme is being looked at as a contingency plan.The FA said employees earning £50,000 or more a year will take a temporary pay reduction of 7.5%, while senior management agreed a 15% cut.\Bullingham also said the financial impact of postponements including England international fixtures, FA Cup matches and Wembley events will contribute to a loss of about £100m, but it could increase to £150m depending on “the government’s necessary medical measures.”Bullingham, who earns about £800,000 a year, added: “Along with many other organisations across the country, we are currently reviewing our financial model during this challenging period.“We want to take prudent and appropriate steps to help protect and support the FA and our employees during this unpredictable time.”Meanwhile, West Ham boss David Moyes has told the Premier League club he is willing to a take a pay cut due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe and Brighton’s Graham Potter have already volunteered for a cut in salary as clubs try to find a way of limiting their losses amid games being suspended.last_img read more

Women’s hockey: Badgers win battle of the reds, sweep Cornell

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team dominated the Cornell University Big Red this weekend, beating the non-conference foe 3-0 and 5-2 Friday and Saturday night, respectively.During a weekend when most people were spending time with their family members around a dinner table, there was a family reunion on the ice of LaBahn Arena. Wisconsin captain Sydney McKibbon got a rare chance to play against the team of her cousin, Cornell head coach Doug Derraugh, for the first time in her collegiate career.Women’s hockey: No. 1 Badgers suffer first loss of season to Minnesota-DuluthThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team experienced their first loss this weekend against the University of Minnesota-Duluth — a dismal Read…This family reunion was bitter sweet for the Cornell coach as his little cousin would help lead her team to victory, complete with one shut-out for rookie goaltender Nikki Cece. Cece was the Badgers netminder for the second week in a row, and she managed to play with a finesse that is uncommon in a rookie goaltender.The Badgers (14-1-1-0, 10-1-1-0 WCHA) and their goaltender gained momentum Friday, when the Badgers would manage to ice out the Big Red (6-4-1, 2-4-1 ECAC) 3-0. This advantageous start to the weekend would help to extend the Badgers’ success, and the sold-out arena would provide all the enthusiasm this team needed.UW was led in scoring by junior forward Annie Pankowski, who has been having a productive two weeks. The Western Collegiate Hockey Association Offensive Player of the Week had a slow start to the season, not netting a goal until the Badgers matchup against the University of Minnesota-Duluth.Since then, Pankowski has netted a total of six goals in three games and doubled her points this season from six to 12. With Pankowski and the rest of her line finding their momentum, the Badgers proved to be a challenge too great for Cornell netminder Marlène Boissonnault.With a border battle between Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities looming on the horizon, it was important that this weekend was a successful one for the UW. With many things, including special teams finally falling into place for this team, Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson told UW Athletics that this weekend was more than just a win for this team.“We’ll gain a lot of things from tonight’s game other than the victory, which is obviously the most important part,” Johnson said. “It will help us become better and stronger.”The Wisconsin-Minnesota border battle begins Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Wisconsin will have home ice advantage in this series, which will be much needed in this heated contest.last_img read more

Celtic held to scoreless draw in Trondheim

first_imgPhoto © – pixabay Celtic will need to score away from home if they’re to progress to the playoff round of the Champions League.Last night’s scoreless draw with Rosenborg at Parkhead leaves Brendan Rodgers’ side needing to find the net in Trondheim (PR: Tront-hyme).===Everton return to European action for the first time in three years tonight. Ronald Koeman’s side play host to Ruzomberok (PR: Roo-zom-bare-ok) of Slovakia in the Europa League third qualifying round first leg.Kick off at Goodison Park is at 8.05.Aberdeen are also in action tonight, playing host to Apollon Limassol with kick-off at Pittodrie at 7.45.last_img

2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategy: Keeper/Dynasty leagues

first_imgYour prospect strategy in both dynasty and keeper leagues will depend on your league’s rules and format and how other owners tend to build their rosters. So, telling you to focus on nothing but getting all ace-caliber pitching prospects or all outfielders won’t do anyone any good, but realizing who people focus on can help you on goal two. If you know that owner A, B, and C all prefer to use their prospect spots on top-flight hitting spots but owners D, E, F, G, and H all go for pitchers and nothing else, you can see that you have a lot of trading partners by charting a course of mixing targets. It also allows you to really find the diamonds in the rough in positions the other owners aren’t going after, which will help you keep your success going.MORE: Fantasy Alarm 2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft GuidePlaying in these types of leagues can really grow your baseball acumen and be a great experience for those who are interested in being more of a GM then a one-year manager. These leagues also offer challenges not present in re-draft formats, but learning the skills of balancing one-year and multi-year goals will mean nothing but success for you as you dominate your league! Generally speaking, the main premise behind fantasy baseball dynasty and keeper leagues is simple: Each owner keeps a pre-determined number of players from year-to-year. That’s where most of the similarities end, however. The draft allows you to add fresh talent and perhaps even reserves in the form of minor leaguers each season, but for the majority of teams, the core players are already in place heading into draft day. For the purposes of this piece, we will stick to offering up draft strategy tips, though the number of keepers for each league, the “penalties” for keeping them (i.e. losing a pick in the round they were drafted last year or having their auction price increase), and the length for which you can keep them can all vary wildly and have a big impact on your specific draft.One basic tip: Knowing your league rules can’t be stressed enough. Yes, that’s true for every kind of fantasy league, but it’s especially true for dynasty/keeper leagues. The most common and easily fixable mistakes are drafting without an understanding of how players should be valued in each league. Keeper and dynasty leagues both involve needing additional years of value from potentially everyone you draft or bid on, so it’s important to know exactly how the keeper rules work. MORE: Fantasy Alarm 2020 Fantasy Baseball Draft GuideThe answer to most of these questions for a dynasty league is that there are no limits on how many players one can keep and no limits for how long you can keep them. You draft a guy and keep him until you decide you no longer want him. But that doesn’t mean that you can go drafting guys with reckless abandon and hope everything works out. That’s a recipe for disaster. It arguably takes more research and planning for dynasty leagues than keeper leagues because of how long you can keep a player.Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategies: Auction | PointsFantasy Baseball Draft Strategy: Keeper/Dynasty leaguesDrafting styles in Keeper vs. Dynasty leaguesDrafting in a dynasty league usually means there is greater value on the young players and even prospects if you are allowed to draft minor leaguers. The ability to have a guy on your team from the first or second year of his career into his prime is a great chance to really maximize your roster every season. The trick, though, is making sure you don’t miss out on a certain player. Whiffing on a big-name player in a dynasty league is akin to an NFL team missing on a QB in the first round: It can set you back a few years of being able to compete.If you have to give up something to keep players, like picks or auction dollars, that changes things, but it still makes sense to focus on young players and mix in the proven veterans to bolster the roster. In a league where giving up a draft pick one round higher than the round the player was selected to keep him the following year, it makes sense to take fliers at the end of the draft. For example, someone who took Ronald Acuna Jr. in the 15th-20th round his first year has him for his entire career.DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2020 Fantasy Baseball Cheat SheetKeeper leagues function a little differently since there is a finite amount of players who can be kept and for specific amounts of years. The year-to-year extra cost makes keeper league owners utilize a different kind of strategy than those used in dynasty leagues.In most leagues the keeper limit is in the range of three-to-five years, and each year there are increasing costs to keeping said player. Whether that be a higher cost in an auction format or a rise in draft pick in a snake format, it still must be considered when drafting the players in the first place. In a league in which a player can be kept for just three seasons including the draft year, an owner should try to maximize those years by focusing on potential prime years, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to do. Again, focusing on young talent that can be acquired cheaply is almost always key to sustained success in the league.2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfielder | Starter | Each teamConstructing a rosterAgain, we’ll go back to knowing the league rules and how many positions are on an active roster (and a bench for that matter). The point I’m trying to make here is that you don’t want to box yourself into a corner with the keepers you select by keeping too many at one position, for example. Every year someone lets a player go they shouldn’t have, but if you keep too many guys just to fill a position, then it’s more difficult to draft that breakout player who falls too far in the draft or gets underbid on in your auction. While knowing you don’t have to necessarily worry about a position heading into the draft can be nice, with the depth across the board at most positions, why take the chance on missing a guy you didn’t think would be there? This is more likely to happen in keeper leagues rather than dynasty leagues, but don’t you worry dynasty leaguers, we’re getting to you now.Many who have played fantasy football in dynasty leagues know that the most advantageous way to construct a roster is to focus on getting young talent at thin positions. Those who took Saquon Barkley in his rookie year are set for the next several seasons with a top running back in a position where there seem to be fewer each year. The same situations can arise in baseball. The guy or girl who got their hands on Gary Sánchez a few years ago will be set at catcher for a long time, too, and getting a player like that at a shallow position is key to winning a leagues year after year.2020 Fantasy Baseball Tiers, Draft Strategy:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | RelieverPitching is a slightly different story in these leagues, and one that takes a few different things into account. Obviously, no one wants to deal with a player that gets injured; however, having a pitcher who undergoes Tommy John surgery is less of an issue in a format where you can keep them forever rather than just a few years. Of course, there is always the option of dropping the oft-injured pitchers, but in keeper leagues the price is obviously higher for a guy missing a season than in a dynasty format.Opportunity cost in a keeper league is much more of an issue than in dynasty since there are generally no prices attached to keeping a guy from year-to-year in that format. Simply keeping an ace for the sake of it rarely makes a lot of sense unless the keeper price is an actual bargain. Fantasy Alarm readers will ask us if keeping a guy like Max Scherzer or Gerrit Cole at close to double their projected auction values or for a guaranteed first-round pick is worth it. Well, why give up more than is necessary is our general argument. Sure, having a potential top-five pitcher is great, but that doesn’t mean you have to hamstring yourself to do it. The best way to construct a roster in these leagues is to look for cheap, up-and-coming guys late in the draft.I know, I know — I sound like a broken record. But in all honesty, staffing your roster with just a bunch of solid mid-priced pitchers will not get you anywhere in a keeper format. They won’t carry keeper value from year-to-year since you will have acquired them for basically their cost year-after-year, and odds are they won’t demonstrably help you in any category more than a cheaper guy would.Over the past few seasons, it’s become a hot topic to debate whether you should punt or specifically target saves in drafts. Based on the “Drafting Closers” piece in the Fantasy Alarm Draft Guide, none of the top-seven saves leaders in 2019 were the same as the top seven from ’18, which muddies up this discussion for sure. The best strategy for dealing with relievers in terms of a keeper or dynasty format is to get one guy who has a firm grasp on the gig now, and then use late-round fliers or low-dollar bids on guys that have the upside to be a future closer or high-impact reliever.You do not, under any circumstances, want to invest in two high-priced closers in one year. They are just too fickle, and it will hamstring your roster for the upcoming season without giving you any keeper or holdover value going forward. Plus, who’s to say those high-priced guys will actually keep their closer jobs this year?2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300Sustaining your successEverybody wants to win — that’s the whole point of playing fantasy sports, isn’t it? But in keeper/dynasty leagues, unlike re-draft leagues, an owner has to have two distinct and somewhat divergent goals: Win now and build for the future. The paramount focus is winning in the year at hand, so let’s see if we can’t help you figure out better ways to keep your success going.Once again, it’s about the young, cheap players, but more than that, it’s about getting your hands on prospects. Most leagues nowadays have minor league drafts or sections on the bench to hold prospects for a length of time. If you are in a league that only lets you keep prospects for a certain number of years, getting guys that are closer to the bigs is important, but most leagues have an unlimited prospect timeline which opens the door to quite a few more options. The art of finding prospects involves more than just looking at numbers. Sure, a guy can put up huge stats in the minors, but if there isn’t a spot for him on the major league roster, he is nothing but trade bait.More 2020 Fantasy Baseball: Auction Values | Mock Draft SimulatorDrafting prospects in typically sparse positions can be a big benefit for you down the road, like Sánchez at catcher or Acuna in the outfield. If you had either on your roster for next to nothing, imagine the extra time you could devote to other positions. Maybe you could go for that top outfielder…or stack first and third base with top-tier players…or get two aces instead of one.Getting more extension on your budget or draft picks aren’t the only benefits to prospect-grabbing. They also give you trade pieces to help you win in the current season if you need help in a certain area. There will always be at least one owner who will buy the biggest hype about a guy and give you a very nice piece in return. Winning now is always the safer bet compared to banking on potential. last_img read more

Two Injured in Massive Fort Lauderdale Boat Fire; Officials Close Intracoastal Waterway

first_imgAlthough there is minimal impact to nearby roads, the intracoastal waterway is shut down as of about 3:30 p.m. The boat, a 60-foot sport fisherman, reportedly caught fire directly behind the Shooters restaurant, says Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Stephen GollanThe restaurant is located at 3033 Northeast 32nd Ave. just south of Oakland Park Boulevard. Gollan adds that two people were injured, but did not have any additional information on the extent of their injuries. A massive boat fire in Fort Lauderdale has shut down the intracoastal waterway in both directions as of late Sunday afternoon, and officials say two people are being treated for injuriescenter_img “FLFR is working a boat fire aboard and approximately 60 foot sport fishermen on the inter coastal and East Oakland Park Blvd.,” Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue tweeted at 3:08 p.m. The cause of the fire is not yet known, and it was unclear if there were any other injuries.last_img read more

Lacey Traffic: Marvin Road Overpass Gets Temporarily Reduced Lanes

first_imgFacebook349Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of TransportationTravelers who use the Marvin Road (State Route 510) overpass in Lacey are encouraged to plan ahead to help prevent delays when around-the-clock temporary changes begin as soon as the morning of Tuesday, August 20.Both directions of Marvin Road will be reduced to one through lane in each direction near I-5. The reduced lanes will be in place through mid-November. Lane reductions will return after the holiday season.The temporary changes allow crews to continue construction work that will turn the existing overpass into a diverging diamond interchange.WSDOT needs help from drivers to keep traffic movingAllow extra time to travel through the work zone.Travel early in the morning or later in the evening.Consider rescheduling discretionary trips.Additional information about this project available at I5exit111.com. All users of this overpass are also encouraged to sign up for project updates and check for advance notification of ramp and lane closures.Featured photo credit: Chris Hamiltonlast_img read more