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The International Motorsport Federation (FIM) has canceled the next stage of the World Motocross Championship in MXGP and MX2 classes, changing the race calendar, FIM announced on its website on Tuesday. Content will continue after the ad Advertising The next stage of the race after three races in Ķegums was scheduled for September 6 in Turkey, but then four stages had to be followed in Italy.The stage in Turkey, as well as the competitions in Portugal and Russia, is now postponed to 2021.Therefore, three stages will take place on September 6, 9 and 13 on the Italian track in Faenza. The next three stages will take place on another Italian track in Mantua (27 and 30 September and 4 October).After the race in Spain and the three stages on the Lomela track in Belgium in October, the athletes will return to Italy, where there will be three more races on the Piedmont track from 1 to 8 November.There is still an Argentine section on the race calendar that has no time yet.After five stages in the overall standings of the World Championship, the leader with 213 points is the Dutch Jeffrey Herlings, the second place with 167 points is taken by the Slovenian Tim Gayser, followed by Paul Jonas’ teammate Lithuanian Armin Jasikonis and Rockstar Energy Husqvaris.Pauls Jonas has 26 points and is in 22nd place, but Kārlis Sabulis is in 24th place with 16 points. In the MX2 class, in which Latvians are not represented, the leader in the overall ranking of the world championship is the Frenchman Tom Vials.The MXGP Motocross World Championship returned to Ķegums after a five-month break with three consecutive stages on the track. At the beginning of March, only two stages took place – the “Grand Prix” of Great Britain and the Netherlands.The stage of the World Championship on the “Golden Horse” track took place for the 12th time.
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Inappropriate / Offensive The League By Nate ThompsonLocalSportsJournal.comKENT CITY – The North Muskegon basketball team had its most dismal shooting night of the season on Friday, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time.Maybe more than anything, that was due to a stifling pressure defense posed by Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian, a style that the Norsemen hadn’t faced often this year.NorthPointe Christian went on a 9-0 run early in the second quarter to grab the lead and never relinquished it, posting a 60-49 upset victory over the one-loss Norsemen in the Division 3 district championship game at Kent City High School.The stunning loss prevented North Muskegon from capturing back-to-back district championships.The Mustangs improved to 13-8 overall and advanced to Tuesday’s regional semifinal on their home floor, where they’ll face Pewamo-Westphalia.TJ McKenzie brings the ball up the floor for North Muskegon. Photo/Jason GoormanNorth Muskegon, which captured the West Michigan Conference title this year, finished its season at 20-2. It’s only other loss was to league rival Montague midway through the season.Norsemen head coach Chuck Rypstra repeated the dismal stat of the night at least five times when discussing the loss – his team made only 3 of 27 shots from beyond the three-point line.“A lot of things went right for us, but the bad thing was, our shots just didn’t fall,” he said. “We’re not a 3-for-27 type of shooting team. But that’s a lot of credit to them. Again, you look up at that scoreboard, it’s 11 points. What’s 3 of 27? Nine percent? If we bump that up to 25 percent, we have a chance to win this game.“We rushed a lot of our shots. That’s the way they play (defensively). Ludington is similar. Muskegon Heights plays that way, where they force you to make play after play after play. We’ve only seen two teams like them all year, so maybe that’s why we struggled.”Both squads got off to a ragged start, combining for 14 turnovers in the first quarter, including nine by the Mustangs.But NorthPointe gave an early glimpse that it came to play when junior guard Sam Vasiu scored the last six points of the first quarter – all in the final 45 seconds – to trim North Muskegon’s lead to 12-11. He led all scorers on the night with 23 points.He then keyed the Mustangs’ full-court trapping defense, sparking a 9-0 run that put NorthPointe up 20-14 with 5:18 left in the half. North Muskegon turned the ball over five times during the spurt.The Norse’ John Hayhurst looks for the open man against the NorthPointe defense. Photo/Jason GoormanBut North Muskegon kept battling back, and a TJ McKenzie three-pointer helped the Norse claw to within 29-25 at halftime.But whenever North Muskegon appeared to be ready to grab the lead, NorthPointe would make clutch plays and even bigger shots. A strong drive from Vasiu and dish to wide-open teammate Luis Delvalle for a easy triple put the Mustangs up 37-28 midway through the third.NorthPointe led 40-36 entering the fourth quarter. While that was still a very close score, North Muskegon’s shooting woes preventing any late-game magic down the stretch.NorthPointe scored the opening two buckets of the fourth and then began to stall with under four minutes to play, forcing the Norse out of their zone defense and into pressure man-to-man.The Mustangs eventually forced North Muskegon to foul, and senior point guard Elijah Daley took advantage. The lefty sank 9-of-12 from the charity stripe in the final 2:40 and finished with 12 points.“They have four guys that are tough,” Rypstra said. “The other night, it was Delvalle who played big. But I saw (Vasiu) earlier in the year. He’s tough. 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International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) representatives Véron Mosengo-Omba and Marlon Glean, are visiting Guyana to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The MoU, which is geared towards fostering football development in the region, will be signed at the 31st meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) scheduled for Guyana and is aimed at fostering football development in the Region.“This initiative is a direct result from the inaugural visit to Guyana by FIFA’s President Gianni Infantino in 2017 who, along with President Wayne Forde, discussed a Regional School football programme with CARICOM Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque. The Secretary General gave a commitment to pursue this initiative, which was further advanced by Honorable Minister of Education Nicolette Henry who has successfully coordinated its inclusion on the meeting’s agenda,” a release from the GFF stated.A critical aspect of the MoU is placed on youth football development by providing support to CARICOM member states to strengthen their primary school programme and areas that are currently non-existent. This will comprise the provision of necessary equipment to facilitate these competitions and training.FIFA is also keen to build capacity among the technical staff of the Region, including coaches, match officials and administrators and seeks to assist with the development and training of all Physical Education teachers within the CARICOM region in football coaching and football management.“To foster the development of the sport, FIFA will engage CARICOM in assisting with hassle-free movement of all FIFA officials and FIFA Member Associations’ (MA) representatives, national teams and other MA officials as well as the reduction of travel and other related costs across the Region. COHSOD promotes human and social development among Member Countries of CARICOM and was established under Article 17 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas” the release concluded.
Businessman Lloyd Britton has partnered with the 8th of May organisation to host the Emancipation Football Cup set to start tonight. The tournament, which will see 12 teams battling at the Beterverwagting (BV) Community Centre Ground for the top prize of $350,000, concludes on 3rd September.Some of the East Coast villages slated to compete are Plaisance, Vryheid’s Lust, BV, Better Hope, Buxton, Golden Grove, Victoria and Ann’s Grove, along with a team representing the 8th of May organization.According to Chairperson of the BV/Triumph 8th of May group, Latecia Stuart, the competition was long in the making, however by virtue of not having secured any sponsorship, a request was made to Britton, who immediately jumped on board, offering a significant investment. “The support given by Mr Britton has set the ball rolling and we remain confident that a number of other persons and companies would step forward to play a part as we are certainly in need of support,” Stuart said. It was revealed that one of the primary goals of the competition is for community participation at all levels, thus forging inter-village relationships.Each team will comprise 18 players, a coach and a manager and will be required to pay an entrance fee of $20,000.No player in the Guyana Football Federation Elite League can compete in the competition.All the matches are scheduled to be played under floodlights at the BV Community Centre Ground and patrons will have to pay an admission fee of $500
The Dennis Pitta era has officially come to a sad end with the Ravens releasing the veteran tight end with an injury waiver on Wednesday.The 31-year-old dislocated his right hip for the third time in a four-year period during last Friday’s voluntary organized team activity, leaving his career in grave jeopardy after he had worked for nearly two full years to return to action in 2016. Pitta’s release was not a shock as he had signed an injury waiver, which absolved the Ravens of any financial responsibility in the event of a re-injury to his hip.His release saves the organization $2.5 million in salary cap space minus the cap figure of the player replacing him in the “rule of 51” rankings. The Ravens could have elected to wait for Pitta to officially announce his retirement, but it’s apparent that they wanted to create the additional cap space with their reported interest in recently-available veteran wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and Eric Decker.A fourth-round selection out of Brigham Young in the 2010 draft, Pitta finishes his time in Baltimore ranked fifth on the Ravens’ career receptions list (224), 12th in receiving yards (2,098), and 11th in touchdown receptions (13). Those numbers would have been even higher on the all-time franchise list had he not missed nearly three full seasons because of injuries. Pitta’s best work came in 2012 when he caught seven touchdowns during the regular season and added three more in the Ravens’ postseason run that culminated with a victory in Super Bowl XLVII.Despite most expecting his career to be over after his second hip injury in 2014, Pitta surprisingly returned to action last year to lead all NFL tight ends with 86 catches and caught his first two touchdowns since the 2013 season.
Mountain Dew has teamed with ELC Gaming, the company behind Big Betty, to host a new competition for amateur teams: the Game Fuel League.Played on Rocket League, this newly-formed league will take place in four countries around Europe – namely the United Kingdom, Denmark, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.Following from the four tournaments, the winning team from each will qualify to a European grand finale at Insomnia 63 – where the overall victor will win the opportunity to bootcamp with Team Dignitas at Philadelphia 76ers‘ training facility.Alexander de Boissezon, Business Development Manager for ELC Gaming told Esports Insider: “ELC is proud to have Big Betty decorated in Mountain Dew’s colours for the inaugural Game Fuel League tournament. We are all very excited to see some incredible stories created throughout this event, helping passionate amateurs have their chance to compete on the big stage and kick-start their aspiring esports careers.”The teams will be granted the opportunity to compete on Big Betty, a truck that can transform into an esports arena and streaming centre in no time at all. This imaginative initiative is the brainchild of ELC Gaming. Insomina 63 will take place on August 24-27th at the NEC in Birmingham. Tickets are available now.Mark Kirkham, Head of Marketing & Innovation for PepsiCo West Europe Beverages discussed the league: “With a recognised heritage in gaming, Mountain Dew is proud to partner with the award-winning game Rocket League to offer opportunities and access typically beyond the reach of amateur gamers. The campaign will drive forward the culture of gaming and help to further establish Mountain Dew as an authentic enabler in this space, playing a leading role in the lives of gaming communities across Europe.”Esports Insider says: Mountain Dew is a long-term supporter of esports, but it’s still a pleasant surprise to see the company invest in amateur gamers around Europe. The opportunity to bootcamp with Team Dignitas – the current world chmpions in Rocket League – is also a great opportunity for the winning team.Sign up to our newsletter!
He said he and his wife continue to work at reconciling their differences, and the divorce proceedings haven’t advanced.Zobrist admitted he “sparsely” paid attention to the Cubs during his time away. “I’d just check the scores and check on how guys were doing,” he said, “and I always have checked the standings and knowing kind of where the team is at and how they were doing.”The answer to that last bit is they’ve been up and down but entering September in the NL Central and wild-card playoff races. And now looking for a lift from Zobrist. “I didn’t want to give half effort while I was here and think about where my head and heart really were. So I knew that for at least a period of time I had to fully put myself back in Nashville at home with my family, doing everything I could to keep my family together. That was my focus.”That’s where my heart was at the time, and that’s where my heart remains. I’m here now because my heart feels like while I’m here at the field I can put 100% into it. And I can really get after it with my teammates, so I’m really looking forward to that push down the stretch.”Zobrist didn’t play Sunday against the Brewers, a 4-0 Chicago loss, and likely won’t start Monday’s game against the Mariners, manager Joe Maddon said Sunday. According to WSCR.com, he is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday and bat leadoff.The Cubs want to ease Zobrist back into the game after he missed so much time. A career .266/.356/.426 hitter capable of playing several positions, he batted just .189 in his minor-league rehab stint following the long layoff.Zo Day pic.twitter.com/Z6vQZMsVKm— Paul Sullivan (@PWSullivan) September 1, 2019Greeted warmly by his teammates and other personnel, Zobrist revealed that he came back secretly and spoke with the team in June, asking for their patience during his leave of absence.“The guys have been awesome,” he said.“They’ve been so supportive throughout this time but also just welcoming. Honestly, there’s a part of me that’s a little overwhelmed with how much it feels like they’ve wanted me back and wanted me here.“I don’t feel like I make that much of an impact in the clubhouse or with the guys, but they’ve certainly made me feel that way. This has always been a special place, ever since I came here in 2016. It’s a special clubhouse, special people in this organization, and the team in there are like my brothers.”They’re very supportive and just so encouraging and challenging at the same time. They bring out the best in me.”Maddon credited the top of the Cubs organization — owners the Ricketts family, team president Theo Epstein and general manger Jed Hoyer — for letting Zobrist put family before work. Ben Zobrist set to begin road to return as Cubs continue to struggle Ben Zobrist could return to Cubs this season, Theo Epstein says Dodgers’ Dustin May OK after 92 mph liner to head: ‘It really just frightened me’ Ben Zobrist was back with the Cubs on Sunday and speaking publicly for the first time since leaving the team in May and deciding in July that he wanted to return.The gist of his remarks: He doesn’t regret stepping away from baseball in the wake of divorce proceedings with his wife, Julianna. At 38, he isn’t sure this will be his last MLB season. And while he’s with the Cubs, he’ll give 100% as they chase the Cardinals in the NL Central. Justin Verlander pitches 3rd career no-hitter: ‘Let’s celebrate’ Welcome back, @benzobrist18! #EverybodyIn pic.twitter.com/Jfx0K9QDdE— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 1, 2019From his news conference at Wrigley Field, via the Chicago Tribune:“It was a very easy decision for me (to step away), very easy. Because I’m a 100% focus type of person and I knew at that moment there was no way I could be here and be focused while I was here. Related News
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WASHINGTON | Call it drugs for the departed: Medicare’s prescription program kept paying for costly medications even after patients were dead.The problem was traced back to a head-scratching bureaucratic rule that’s now getting a second look.A report coming out Friday from the Health and Human Services Department’s inspector general says the Medicare rule allows payment for prescriptions filled up to 32 days after a patient’s death — at odds with the program’s basic principles, not to mention common sense.“Drugs for deceased beneficiaries are clearly not medically indicated, which is a requirement for (Medicare) coverage,” the IG report said. It urged immediate changes to eliminate or restrict the payment policy.Medicare said it’s working on a fix.Investigators examined claims from 2012 for a tiny sliver of Medicare drugs — medications to treat HIV, the virus that causes AIDS — and then cross-referenced them with death records. They found that the program paid for drugs for 158 beneficiaries after they were already dead. The cost to taxpayers: $292,381, an average of $1,850 for each beneficiary.Medicare’s “current practices allowed most of these payments to occur,” the report said.Of 348 prescriptions dispensed for the dead beneficiaries, nearly half were filled more than a week after the patient died. Sometimes multiple prescriptions were filled on behalf of a single dead person.Investigators don’t know what happened to the medications obtained on behalf of dead people, but some may have been diverted to the underground market for prescription medicines. The report said HIV drugs can be targets for fraud since they can be very expensive; one common HIV drug costs about $1,700 for a month’s supply, it said.Medicare is the government’s premier health insurance program, providing coverage to about 55 million seniors and disabled people. Prescription coverage delivered through private insurance plans began in 2006 as a major expansion of the program. But it’s also been a target for scams.The report did not estimate the potential financial impact across the $85 billion-a-year Medicare prescription program known as Part D. But investigators believe the waste may add up to millions of dollars.“The exposure for the entire Part D program could be significant,” said Miriam Anderson, team leader on the report. “The payment policy is the same for all drugs, whether they are $2,000 drugs to treat HIV or $4 generic drugs.”In a formal response, Medicare agreed with the investigators’ recommendations.“After reviewing this report, (Medicare) has had preliminary discussions with the industry to revisit the need for a 32-day window,” wrote Marilyn Tavenner, the Obama administration’s Medicare chief.Medicare had originally maintained that the date of service listed in the billing records could instead reflect when a pharmacy submitted bills for payment. That billing date might have actually occurred after a prescription was filled, since some nursing home and institutional pharmacies submit their bills in monthly bundles.However, the inspector general’s investigators found that about 80 percent of the prescriptions for dead beneficiaries were filled at neighborhood pharmacies, undercutting Medicare’s first explanation. As for the remainder, the investigators said they didn’t see any reason pharmacies can’t report an accurate date of service.Investigators said they stumbled on the problem during an examination of coverage for AIDS drugs dispensed to Medicare beneficiaries. Sexually transmitted diseases are an increasingly recognized problem among older people.That earlier investigation raised questions about expensive medications billed on behalf of nearly 1,600 Medicare recipients.Some had no HIV diagnosis in their records, but they were prescribed the drugs anyway. Others were receiving excessively large supplies of medications. Several were getting prescriptions filled from an unusually large number of pharmacies.Prescription drug fraud has many angles. When the high price of a drug puts it out of reach for certain patients, it can create an underground market. And some medications, like painkillers and anti-anxiety pills, are constantly sought after by people with substance-abuse issues.___