Georgia game has become a knockout match, says Argentina’s Lobbe

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “I played against him when he was at Montpellier and it’s easier when you have him on your side. He’s dominant and pushes you forward,” Lobbe added. “He works very, very hard and just loves playing rugby.“He’s a very good player but we saw against Tonga, their whole team committed in defence. They have a good squad and a very good lineout. There’s a lot of things to think about when it comes to Georgia – Mamuka is one of them but we need to focus on the whole team.” Argentina’s Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe is not oblivious to the threat posed by Friday’s opponents Georgia Georgia’s victory over Tonga came off the back of a dominant display up front, with captain Mamuka Gorgodze putting in a man-of-the-match performance.And Toulon’s Lobbe knows just what a force his domestic teammate can be but knows the Eurasian side are not just relying on one player, with Georgia possessing a scrum that can more than match Argentina’s own. TAGS: Georgia When Argentina face Georgia at Kingsholm today (Friday) they know that a defeat will leave their hopes of progressing from Pool C in tatters.Defeat against reigning champions New Zealand leaves Argentina pointless and another loss to Georgia would leave the Pumas needing three wins from their final three games to have any chance of making the quarter finals.On paper it should be an easy win for the South American side, with Argentina ranked five places above their opponents in World Rugby’s rankings, but Georgia showed how strong their team is with an impressive win over Tonga on opening weekend.“For us it has become a knockout match. If we win, we stay in the competition – if we lose, it’s all over. It’s that simple,” Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe told ESPN. Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe last_img read more

Exxon caps difficult 2020 with $20.1bn fourth-quarter loss

first_imgNew board appointment as investors demand changeExxon has also announced a new appointment to its board of directors, following sustained pressure from investors to respond to a string of poor results.Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin, former head of Malaysia’s national oil company Petronas, joins the board – and Exxon said discussions with other candidates are ongoing “as part of its ongoing refreshment process”. It added the board expects to take further action “in the near term”.Activist investor group Engine No.1 last week nominated four candidates to the Exxon board who it said could “ensure a clean break from a strategy and mindset that have led to years of value destruction and poorly positioned the company for the future”.Among the changes demanded of Exxon are a stronger focus on climate issues, and a more comprehensive strategy to reposition the company for a low-carbon future.In its fourth-quarter update, the oil producer said it will pursue opportunities in carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology and target a reduction in flaring and methane intensity. Late last year, it announced new emissions goals which include lowering the intensity of its upstream greenhouse gas emissions by 15-20% by 2025.Responding to today’s results and board appointment, Engine No.1 said in a statement: “A board that has underperformed this dramatically and defied shareholder sentiment for this long has not earned the right to choose its own new members or pack itself in the face of calls for change.“For years ExxonMobil has pursued spending and strategic plans that position it to succeed only in the absence of a material long-term energy demand shift, and it remains positioned for continued value destruction for decades to come under alternate scenarios.“It is equally poor long-term planning to rely almost exclusively on the idea that carbon capture will become scalable and affordable soon enough to allow for continued oil and gas production growth for decades to come under a Paris-compliant trajectory.” The US oil giant reported a heavy loss in the final three months of 2020, driven by impairment charges related to North America dry gas writedowns Exxon joins oil industry peers in loss-making 2020Exxon is not alone among the oil majors to have suffered financially in 2020. Last week, US rival Chevron reported a $5.5bn full-year loss, while earlier today BP revealed its own $5.7bn hit. Royal Dutch Shell will publish a financial update on 4 February.Travel restrictions and an economic downturn caused by the pandemic took a huge chunk out of global oil demand, exerting pressure on crude prices throughout the year and forcing companies to aggressively cut costs.Exxon lowered its capital spending plans for the year by 35% to $21.4bn, and has budgeted for $16bn-$19bn in 2021, and then $20bn-$25bn annually through to 2025.It also plans to cut 15% of its global workforce by the end of 2021, accounting for roughly 14,000 people.The asset writedowns weighed considerably Exxon’s financial results for the final three months of 2020. The company has said it will offload “less strategic” ventures – including dry gas assets in the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas – in favour of focusing on high-value projects in Guyana, Brazil and the US Permian Basin.“We remain focused on increasing long-term value for our shareholders by investing in our highest-return assets, preserving the strength of the balance sheet, and paying a reliable dividend,” said Woods.“We’ve built a flexible capital programme that is robust to a range of market scenarios and focused on our highest-return opportunities to drive greater cash flow, cover the dividend, and increase the earnings potential of our business in the near and longer term.”center_img Like its oil industry peers, Exxon was hit by a collapse in oil demand and prices caused by the pandemic (Credit: Wan Fahmy Redzuan/Shutterstock) Exxon rounded out a difficult 2020 with a fourth-straight quarterly loss, totalling a huge $20.1bn.The US’ biggest oil company endured a torrid year amid the market disruption caused by Covid-19, and the latest update brings its full-year loss to $22.4bn.Included in the fourth-quarter financials was a $19.3bn impairment charge on asset writedowns across North America and Argentina. Excluding the charges, the company eked out earnings of $110m.It is the first time the Texas oil giant has posted a full year in the red. In 2019, it brought in profits of $14.3bn.“The past year presented the most challenging market conditions ExxonMobil has ever experienced,” said chief executive and chairman Darren Woods. He added the company has responded by improving its cost structure and targeting efficiencies across the business.“These improvements are expected to deliver structural expense savings of $6bn per year by 2023, relative to 2019,” he said.last_img read more

Russia: ASW Ship Admiral Panteleyev Escorts 5-Vessel Convoy

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Russia: ASW Ship Admiral Panteleyev Escorts 5-Vessel Convoy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: ship Pacific Fleet (PF) large ASW ship Admiral Panteleyev escorts a convoy consisting of five foreign vessels through the piracy-hazardous Gulf of Aden.“On October 16 at 9.30 pm (Moscow time) PF large ASW ship Admiral Panteleyev started to escort a 5-vessel convoy through the Gulf of Aden“, said official spokesman for the Navy.The Russian warship protects Singaporean-flagged tanker Ocean Tip An with 26 crewmen on board (including three Russians); Panamanian-flagged bulker Pioner Sky with 27-men crew (including one Russian); Indian-flagged tanker Prem Divya with 26 men onboard; Bermuda-flagged bulker Choulex with 25 crewmembers; and Greek-flagged tanker Maran Lyra with 28 men.PF task unit headed by large ASW ship Admiral Panteleyev arrived from Vladivostok in the Gulf of Aden to attend the international anti-piracy campaign and has already escorted the first 10-ship convoy in Oct.Meanwhile, Northern Fleet (NF) task unit headed by large ASW ship Severomorsk which had completed anti-piracy tasks prior to Pacific Fleet’s colleagues keeps on moving homeward; the unit is expected to arrive in NF main naval base Severomorsk on Oct 21.Russian warships have been securing commercial shipping off the Horn of Africa since 2008.Anti-piracy campaign off Somali is carried out under EUNAVFOR – Operation Atalanta launched in 2008 and NATO Operation Ocean Shield started in 2009. Apart from counter-piracy warfare, the latter operation also implies rendering assistance to regional countries in developing own ways to resolve the problem.[mappress]Source: rusnavy, October 18, 2011 Russia: ASW Ship Admiral Panteleyev Escorts 5-Vessel Convoy View post tag: Admiral View post tag: Escorts View post tag: Russia View post tag: Gulf of Aden View post tag: ASW View post tag: Naval View post tag: convoy View post tag: Panteleyev View post tag: Navy View post tag: 5-Vessel October 18, 2011 Share this articlelast_img read more

The Latest: T20 World Cup on agenda for ICC meeting

first_imgThe chief executives of the International Cricket Council’s 12 full members and three associate representatives also will discuss the rescheduling of series, the program of future tours and the key factors behind the resumption of international cricket on Thursday’s conference call.The T20 World Cup is scheduled for Oct. 18-Nov. 15 in Australia. It is cricket’s biggest global tournament this year and hasn’t yet been called off.ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney says the organization is continuing to “take advice from experts and authorities” about the T20 tournament.Sawhney says there is a need to “share knowledge and … build a deep understanding of what it will take to resume international cricket.”___ Aguero says “it’s a tough time for children at the moment, and also for parents trying to keep them focused on their education from home.”Aguero hasn’t played a competitive match since March 8 because soccer is shut down in England and across most of the world during the outbreak.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 German state and local officials could potentially veto games in their areas. Keller says unified rules for soccer around the country would help clubs “quickly and without bureaucracy.”___Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been using some of his spare time in lockdown to teach British kids how to speak Spanish.The Argentina international has been signed up by the BBC as part of its home-schooling initiative while educational establishments are closed during the coronavirus pandemic.Aguero is teaching kids how to count in Spanish. His lessons became available on a day kids in Britain would have usually returned to school after the Easter holidays. The president of the German soccer federation says resuming league play will not mean taking resources away from healthcare workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.Fritz Keller writes in Kicker magazine “we guarantee that resuming play … will not cause a burden for the healthcare system.”He adds that “there will be no use by sportspeople of testing capacity which would be missed elsewhere.”No top league games have been played since March 11.The German league has been more bullish than other major European competitions about the chances of resuming in May or June with widespread coronavirus tests for players. That push is partly driven by fears that several clubs face financial collapse without TV and sponsorship money. April 20, 2020center_img The Latest: T20 World Cup on agenda for ICC meeting Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Contingency planning for the men’s Twenty20 World Cup will be among the topics for discussion when the heads of the top cricketing nations hold a specially convened meeting this week about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the sport. Associated Press last_img read more

Official Presentation: Zukanović Reveals Why he has Chosen Serie A

first_img(Source: Sport Centar) The Chievo team from Verona officially presented  yesterday the Bosnian stopper Ervin Zukanović.Our player said at this presentation that it was the right time to change the scenery and explained why he chosen Serie A as his next stop.“I have been playing in Belgium for the last five years, it was time for me to leave that country because I felt I had the need for new challenges. My style of playing suits the Italian Championship. I am an intelligent player, I like to play with the ball, I have a good left leg and that’s it. Serie A is one of the strongest leagues in Europe. I have lots of friends who play in Italy so I know a lot about the league.” – said Zukanović.last_img

UPDATED: Bombers have chance to finish ninth at Soccer Provincials

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers are going to need a little help if the squad is going to advance into the Final Four at the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships in Penticton.The Bombers dropped a tough 3-2 decision to host Princess Margaret MustangsThursday afternoon to drop into fourth spot in Pool C standings.Despite dominating the play, LVR fell behind 2-0 to Maggie before Naomi Perkins scored her first of two in the game to put the Kootenay reps on the board.The Bombers fought to get back in the game, but the final result had the host school edging LVR by a goal in a very physically-played game.One Mustang player was ejected from the tournament after punching Bomber Emma Wheeldon in the face.A Bomber spokesperson said Wheeldon was tapped on the shoulder by the Mustang player, and when the Bomber player turned, the Maggie player sucker punched her.Earlier in the day, LVR rallied to tie Mark Isfeld of Comox 3-3.Perkins scored twice for LVR with Erica Augsten adding a single.After Day one of the tournament, Mark Isfeld leads the pool standings with four points. Smithers and Princess Margaret are tied for second, each with three points with LVR fourth.The Bombers finished the 2013 tournament in fourth spot.LVR faces Smithers at 9 a.m. Friday in the final round robin match before teams head into the playoff round. The L.V. Rogers Bombers meet Sands of Delta today in the 9th-10th game at the BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships in Penticton.The Bombers knocked off Crofton House of Vancouver 3-0 in consolation round action Friday.LVR won both games, but still were dropped into the 9th-12th seeding in the tournament after the Mark Isfeld defeated the Bombers on a penalty-kick tie-breaker. Both teams finished tied for second in pool play.LVR defeated Smithers 1-0 in the final game of the round robin.Princess Margaret won Pool C with six points. LVR and Mark Isfeld finished tied for second, each with four points.Princess Margaret meets Victoria’s Lambrick Park in the final Saturday.Rough opening day at soccer provincials for LVR Bomberslast_img read more


first_imgBob Baffert2052425%$216,560 Martin Pedroza71511117%$286,894 PROSPECT PARK RETURNS IN SATURDAY’S AFFIRMEDWhen last seen, Prospect Park was finishing a troubled fourth in the Santa Anita Derby behind front-running winner Dortmund. That was on April 4.Fast forward to Sunday morning, when the son of Tapit owned and bred by Pam and Marty Wygod worked five furlongs under Kent Desormeaux in 1:01.60 for next Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Affirmed Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.“It was a little slow,” trainer Cliff Sise Jr. said of the work, “but he came home the last three-eighths in 36. He had some kind of viral thing going on in the Santa Anita Derby. Two days later he popped a temperature.“He was flat. As soon as he went off in the post parade and he stayed with the pony, we knew we were in trouble. But this will be a good starting point back. He’s doing great, fantastic.”Named for the last Triple Crown winner, the Affirmed also could attract two from the Jerry Hollendorfer barn, California Derby winner Cross the Line (Corey Nakatani) and consistent Cyrus Alexander (Rafael Bejarano), who worked five furlongs Sunday in 1:01.Cross the Line, who worked seven furlongs Sunday in 1:26, also is being considered for the $500,000 Ohio Derby at Thistle Downs Racino on June 20.Also set for the Affirmed are Gimme Da Lute, Martin Garcia, and Om, Fernando Perez. Doug O’Neill701214617%$547,948 Carla Gaines1433021%$149,830 Philip D’Amato40126430%$678,540 Robertino Diodoro2042320%$143,840 NO GRADE I CELEBRATION FOR BALTAS AFTER BIG WINIt was business as usual for Richard Baltas Sunday morning after he saddled Spanish Queen to a three-quarter length victory in Saturday’s Grade I American Oaks as the odds-on favorite. Baltas, who turned 54 yesterday, barely took time to celebrate his birthday.“She ate good last night and she looks great this morning,” he said. “I celebrated a little bit, but I couldn’t stay out too late. My owners wanted me to come to their house in Chatsworth but I had to get up at 3:30 in the morning.“My wife (Debby) did plan a little birthday party, so we celebrated with a dinner in Pasadena. As far as Spanish Queen, we’ll just regroup and see how she’s doing before deciding on her next race.“I know there’s that big race in New York coming up (the Grade I, $1 million Belmont Oaks at 1 1/4 miles on turf July 4), but the owners are local and they might want to run her at Del Mar. The million dollar race is tempting, but we’ll have to see.”The American Oaks victory moved Baltas into a tie for the training lead with Doug O’Neill and Phil D’Amato at 12 each. Peter Miller is only one behind with 11.The success of Baltas is no surprise to Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella, who mentored Baltas for some two years circa 2003.“He paid his dues,” Mandella said of Baltas. “He’s very smart and a good horseman.”TOC HOSTS FREE SEMINAR ON JUNE 13The Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) will host a free seminar, “Demystifying the Racing Office,” at Santa Anita on Saturday, June 13, at 10 a.m. Panelists will include Rick Hammerle, Santa Anita Vice President of Racing and Racing Secretary, and David Jerkens, Del Mar Racing Secretary.Hammerle, known in racing circles simply as “Hammer,” has worked in racing coast to coast since attending the University of Arizona in 1986. He is on the Graded Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Selection committees and has been the racing secretary a record six times for Breeders’ Cup events. He is also a regular featured guest on Sirius/XM radio’s “At The Races with Steve Byk.”Prior to being named Racing Secretary at Del Mar, Jerkens worked at Golden Gate Fields and NYRA after graduating from Nassau College. The son of trainer Steven Jerkens and grandson of the late Hall of Fame trainer, Allen Jerkens, his background includes work as an entry clerk, racing official, assistant racing secretary and stakes coordinator.The seminar will be moderated by Richard Scheidt, TOC’s Northern California Director of Operations, and will cover the basic operations of the Racing Office, including: creating the condition book, stall applications, race types, working and training schedules, day-to-day operations, role of the racing secretary and other racing office staff, and TOC’s role in developing purse and stakes schedules.The event will begin 10 a.m. in the Baldwin Conference Room at Santa Anita, third floor Clubhouse. Santa Anita is located at 285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA 91007. Although it is free and open to the public, reservations are recommended and can be made by calling TOC at (626) 574-6620 or online at is the official organization serving new, veteran and future Thoroughbred owners in the state. It represents, advances, and protects owners’ interests and rights in legislative, administrative and business matters. SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Mario Gutierrez3343612%$219,028 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won William Spawr1932216%$92,090 Mike Smith3077323%$591,060 Tyler Baze12521142217%$1,164,430 FINISH LINES: Victor Espinoza takes a commercial red-eye flight from LAX to New York tonight as his pursuit of the Triple Crown begins in earnest. “I’ll sleep on the plane,” Espinoza said . . . Richard Mandella said Catch a Flight came out of his half-length victory in Saturday’s Californian Stakes in good order and will be pointed to the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 27 . . . Trainer Ted H. West hasn’t ruled out a start in the Gold Cup for bargain claim Motown Man, who won the $150,000 Tiznow Stakes on May 23 . . .Santa Anita clockers were busy Sunday morning as 236 works were recorded, including five on the training track . . . Agent Tom Knust reunites with 2012 Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Mario Gutierrez beginning Wednesday when the meet’s final condition book comes out, covering races through the last day, June 28 . . .The last names of the riders of the first three finishers in Saturday’s second race all began with the letter “P”–Fernando Perez on victorious Star of Munster; Martin Pedroza on runner-up Aiming Straight; and Flavien Prat aboard third-place Princess Kendra. The $1 trifecta returned a p-retty p-rofitable $171.60 . . . Santa Anita will host a book signing of John Perrotta‘s new publication, “Racetracker,” from 12 noon to 2 p.m. across from Champions! Gift Shop next Saturday, Belmont Stakes Day. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. DESORMEAUX ‘KEEN’ ON BELMONT UPSETPROSPECT WORKS FOR AFFIRMED STAKESFOREST CHATTER GOES THE EXTRA MILETRAINER BALTAS BASKS IN GRADE I GLORY Kent Desormeaux4858510%$258,404 Alex Solis2543416%$203,880 Vann Belvoir333659%$135,590 Elvis Trujillo585479%$269,290 Peter Miller521113321%$435,920 Rafael Bejarano9820221720%$988,792 Santiago Gonzalez6451358%$267,336 Jerry Hollendorfer45610613%$424,494 Felipe Valdez7471069%$300,700 John Brocklebank1132127%$142,490 Flavien Prat791616720%$1,016,660 Fernando Perez821512918%$560,300 Kristin Mulhall1332023%$77,200 Dan Hendricks1132027%$110,390 Eddie Truman1261150%$220,150 Ricky Agarie1431321%$113,020 Peter Eurton2833611%$224,636 (Current Through Saturday, May 30) Richard Mandella2876425%$610,410 Victor Espinoza2764522%$460,770 Richard Baltas37124432%$692,690 John Sadler4357812%$269,488 Gonzalo Nicolas7466138%$222,008 Mark Glatt3545711%$218,544 Mike Puype4047610%$336,540 Jeff Bonde1331123%$140,750 Edwin Maldonado61812913%$337,200 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Michael Machowsky1954226%$133,170 Drayden Van Dyke6899613%$419,592 DESORMEAUX IN SPOILER ROLE ON KEEN ICE            Kent Desormeaux hopes to play the role of spoiler next Saturday when he rides Keen Ice in the Belmont Stakes in an effort to prevent American Pharoah from becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.The 44-year-old Hall of Fame rider won the mile and a half Belmont in 2009 aboard Summer Bird, and missed the Triple Crown by a nose on Real Quiet in 1998.“Speed at this point is now irrelevant,” Desormeaux said of the Belmont’s testing mile and a half distance. “You’d need a horse that can stay, and the guy that I ride will be naturally closer because of the human element.”Keen Ice, trained by Dale Romans, closed from 17th after a half mile to finish seventh under Desormeaux in mile and a quarter Kentucky Derby, beaten nine lengths by American Pharoah, who was first by a length.“They’re not going to go 46 (for the half-mile) in the Belmont, otherwise you’d have no chance,” Desormeaux reasoned. “So they’ll slow it down and that will put me naturally closer and if Keen Ice finishes like he finished in the Derby, he has a chance, he’ll be competitive.“I’m looking forward to it. I like running out of horse at about the16th pole and then trying to carry him the rest of the way and win a race.“In the Derby, I went under the wire full of horse. After a mile and a quarter he was just as fresh going under the wire the second time.”            Fans are encouraged to join in the Belmont Stakes day festivities at Santa Anita Saturday and see if Santa Anita-based American Pharoah can win the Triple Crown.Santa Anita will celebrate the big day with live racing, an Infield beer festival, live music, a Chandelier Room party, and more. The “American Pharoah” trackside package includes a program, trackside seating with your first drink included and an exclusive American Pharoah cap all for just $20. Visit for full details and special promo codes.Gates open Saturday at 8 a.m. First post time is 11:30 a.m. FOREST CHATTER TO STRETCH OUT IN CRYSTAL WATERForest Chatter makes his first start beyond 6 ½ furlongs when he runs in next Saturday’s $100,000 Crystal Water Stakes at one mile on grass. The streaking son of Dixie Chatter, winner of his last four races as the heavy favorite, shouldn’t be hampered by the additional two furlongs.“I’ve never thought a mile would be too far for him,” trainer Richard Mandella said. “He’s awfully good on the hill,” referring to Santa Anita’s downhill turf course at about 6 ½ furlongs, where the Kentucky-bred gelding has won his last four starts. “But we’ll have to see about the mile.”Forest Chatter worked five furlongs on the main track Sunday in 1:03. Gary Stevens1743224%$457,350 Joseph Talamo861651719%$604,628 Tiago Pereira4069415%$289,490 Martin Garcia2463325%$156,710 Bruce Headley1031030%$76,450last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 15, 2016)–A dynamic force in the saddle, retired jockey Garrett Gomez, a two-time Eclipse Champion, was found dead Wednesday in Tucson, Az. at the age of 44. According to several media reports, Gomez, who had been living primarily in his native Tucson for the past two years, was found at a casino/hotel he had checked into on tribal land near Tucson.A phenomenal talent who was regarded as perhaps the strongest finisher of his era, Gomez was America’s leading rider by money-won for four consecutive years, from 2006 through 2009. He was voted America’s Eclipse Champion Jockey in 2007 and 2008 and was selected by a vote of jockeys nationwide as the winner of the Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 2011.Gomez, who dead heated with Victor Espinoza as Santa Anita’s Winter Meet leader in 2006-07, won 13 Breeders’ Cup races, highlighted by a dramatic head victory in the 2010 Classic at Churchill Downs aboard Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Blame, who handed the legendary Zenyatta her lone career defeat.The son of a jockey, Louie Gomez, Garrett Gomez, who last rode at Keeneland in October 2013, won 3,769 career races and along with agent Ron Anderson, set a single-season record in 2007 by winning 76 added-money races. The following year, his mounts accounted for a career-high $23,344,351–just $10,000 short of Jerry Bailey’s all-time single season record.An avid golfer, Gomez, who along with his second wife Pam, owned a home in nearby Duarte, devoted much of his time to the links when based in Southern California from the late 1990s until he stopped riding in 2013.Gomez, who would have turned 45 on Jan. 1, is survived by four children, a son, Collin, and a daughter, Shelby, from his first marriage, and by a daughter, Amanda, and son, Jared, from his second.last_img read more

BLM applies for grants to improve Samoa Dunes off-road areas

first_imgThe Bureau of Land Management held a meeting Wednesday evening to hear from the public about how they can better manage needs and projects related to off-highway vehicle recreation on public lands.The comments will be incorporated into the BLM’s preliminary grant application to the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Division, which disperses grants that help with the costs of law enforcement, maintenance and development of off-road vehicle recreation.Casey Hague, an outdoor …last_img

Count ex-49ers star Justin Smith among Nick Bosa’s admirers

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SANTA CLARA — The 49ers’ Nick Bosa is no mini-Justin Smith. So said Justin Smith.“I don’t think he’s too mini. He’s a big guy. He looks big as (expletive),” Smith said on the sideline before the 49ers’ hosted the Atlanta Falcons.Similar to how Smith was a defensive-line catalyst in the 49ers’ last playoff run from 2011-13, Bosa is flourishing as a rookie who arrived with the No. 2 overall draft pick. Smith, …last_img