FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBOISE, Idaho (AP) — Brett Rypien threw for 310 yards and a touchdown, Alexander Mattison rushed for 200 yards and three scores, and No. 21 Boise State beat No. 14 Utah State 33-24 on Saturday night.Boise State (10-2, 7-1), which has won seven straight since losing to San Diego State on Oct. 6, will host Fresno State for the Mountain West championship on Saturday in a rematch from last season.Utah State (10-2, 7-1) had its 10-game winning streak snapped as had its hopes dashed of earning a berth to one of the New Year’s Six bowls.The Broncos relied on a bend-but-don’t-break defense as the offense struggled to land a knockout blow in a tight game throughout.In a see-saw affair early, the game seemed to turn in Boise State’s favor after a big gamble by the Aggies.Trailing 10-7 early in the second quarter, Utah State faked a punt on fourth-and-1 from its own 34 on a direct snap to tight end Dax Raymond. But Boise State, which had its defensive unit on the field, stuffed Raymond at the line of scrimmage.Boise State promptly responded with a scoring drive that took seven plays and overcame a pair of personal fouls, culminating on a 1-yard run by Mattison.Despite a 348-yard passing performance by Jordan Love, Utah State never seemed to find a rhythm on offense.The Aggies stayed within striking distance late in the fourth quarter after Gerold Bright took a screen pass from Love and raced 83 yards for the touchdown.But Boise State drove right back down the field, scoring on another 1-yard run by Mattison to ice the victory.THE TAKEAWAYUtah State: The Aggies weren’t consistent on the road this season and it finally caught up with them. However, Love is only a sophomore and the future is bright for Utah State in the Mountain West.Boise State: The Broncos have yet to put together four solid quarters since early in the season, but they continue to find a way to win in close games down the stretch. While this hasn’t been Bryan Harsin’s strongest team, it has been resilient and could be a formidable foe in a New Year’s Six bowl should Central Florida stumble next week and open the door for the Broncos.POLL IMPLICATIONSUtah State: The Aggies will slide but shouldn’t fall all the way out of the rankings after losing a relatively close game to another ranked team.Boise State: The Broncos may move up a couple of notches but there isn’t much room to climb, as most of the teams directly in front of them won over the weekend.UP NEXTUtah State: The Aggies will await the bowl announcements on Dec. 2 to see where they will conclude the season.Boise State: The Broncos will remain at home next week to host Fresno State in a rematch of last season’s Mountain West championship game. Written by Tags: Mountain West/Utah State Aggies Football Associated Press November 25, 2018 /Sports News – Local Boise State beats Utah State, gets Mountain West title shot
Beau Lund Written by June 10, 2019 /Sports News – National Santa Anita to continue racing because reforms are ‘working,’ spokesman says FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMario Tama/Getty Images)(LOS ANGELES) — Santa Anita Park will not heed the California Horse Racing Board’s recommendation to suspend racing in the wake of two more horse deaths over the weekend because the reforms that were enacted earlier in the year appear to be effective, according to a spokesman. In March, the park announced a series of changes surrounding horse safety, including a “zero tolerance” policy for the use of medication on racing day in the wake of more than two dozen horse deaths since December 2018.The California Horse Racing Board further voted to limit whips on racing day as well, a rule that applies to Santa Anita.After the reforms took place, the park saw up to seven weeks of “clean racing,” Stefan Friedman, spokesman for The Stronach Group, a company that owns the park, told ABC News. In addition, the track has seen 50% fewer catastrophic breakdowns during racing and 84% fewer catastrophic incidents during training, Friedman said.There were no horse fatalities between April 1 to May 18, when the death toll remained at 23, Santa Anita said in a statement last month. But after that time, the number of horses dying began to climb once again.On Sunday, 3-year-old Truffalino collapsed in the final stages of the third race and died of a heart attack, Friedman said. The day before, 4-year-old Formal Dude broke down while nearing the finish line in the 10th race and was euthanized, he said.A total of 29 horses have died at Santa Anita since the start of the racing season.The chairman, vice chairman and executive director of the California Horse Racing Board recommended on Saturday that Santa Anita suspend racing for the seven remaining race days of 2019, which lasts until June 23, but continue training during that time period, according to a statement from Mike Marten, the board’s public information officer.“It is our understanding that Santa Anita management, after consultation with certain other industry stakeholders, believes that for a variety of reasons, the future of California racing is best served by continuing to race,” the California Horse Racing Board said in a statement over the weekend.Under current California law, the board does not have the authority to suspend a race meet or remove race dates without the approval of the race track operator or without holding a public meeting with 10 days’ notice, Marten said. Santa Anita’s decision to stay open was made after and “extensive consultation” among the The Stronach Group, the Thoroughbred Owners of California and California Thoroughbred Trainers, according to a joint statement from those organizations.Friedman described the most recent horse deaths as “really devastating,” adding that the decision to continue racing “was not made lightly.” The park and the California Horse Racing Board have a “really good relationship,” Friedman added.“The reforms that we instituted are working,” Friedman said. “Do we have a lot more work to do? Absolutely. And everyone at this track, whether it’s the Stronach Group or the horsemen or the trainers or the jockeys, are fully on board and committed to the goal of having zero catastrophic breakdowns.”In April, PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo told ABC News that the animal rights advocacy group supported the new rules that Santa Anita put into place, calling them the “first step in what needs to be an overhaul in racing nationwide.”“The reason that we take that perspective is that the broken bones in California are happening all over the country,” Guillermo said, referring to horse injuries.Friedman argued that if Santa Anita were to shut down the track, it would be a “terrible signal to everyone that these reforms were ineffective, and that’s just not correct.”“Secondly…to shut down racing and essentially shut down training, you’re taking about closing down a facility and the horses,” Friedman said. “There’s no place for them to go in this juncture in California,” he added.Nearly 2,000 horses live on site and hundreds of Santa Anita employees live and work on site as well, Friedman said.Guillermo said in a statement Monday that what’s happening at Santa Anita is a “microcosm of what’s happening in racing nationally: broken bones, death and public outrage.”“Their bodies litter tracks in New York, Kentucky, Florida, Texas and many other states,” she said, adding that PETA recently called for tracks nationwide to suspend racing until they can implement “long-needed and significant changes that will help end the cruelty and protect horses.”Santa Anita Park will host the 2019 Breeders’ Cup world championships on Nov. 1 and 2.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Written by Tags: Big Sky Conference/Garrett Lever/NCAA Tournament/Randy Rahe/Weber State Men’s Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Tuesday, Weber State men’s basketball assistant Garrett Lever left the program to take a position in business outside of coaching per an announcement from head coach Randy Rahe.Lever had spent the last seven seasons on the Wildcats’ staff. He had also spent two seasons as Weber State’s director of basketball operations and the other five as an assistant.During his tenure with the Wildcats, the squad won a pair of Big Sky Conference championships and made the NCAA Tournament on two occasions. Brad James July 9, 2019 /Sports News – Local Garrett Lever Leaves Weber State’s Men’s Basketball Staff
October 14, 2019 /Sports News – Local Weber State Football Remains No. 4 in FCS STATS Poll; No. 5 in AFCA Coaches Poll Tags: Northern Arizona/Southern Utah/Stewart Stadium/Weber State Football FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Monday, after dismantling Southern Utah 29-14 at Stewart Stadium Saturday, Weber State football remained ranked No. 4 in the FCS STATS poll and No. 5 in the AFCA Coaches poll.The Wildcats are currently 4-2 and 2-0 in Big Sky Conference play as they prepare to host Northern Arizona Saturday at Stewart Stadium as the conference season ensues.Saturday’s game against the Lumberjacks is Tackle Cancer Day at Stewart Stadium as part of breast cancer awareness month. Written by Brad James
Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailFARMINGTON, Utah-Southern Utah football redshirt safety Somtochukwu Achebo was named to the Big Sky Conference’s Community Service team for the 2019 season.The award recognizes football student-athletes who have dedicated their time to the service of others and have gone above and beyond in making an impact on their campus and community.The Nigerian national posted six tackles and assisted in another stop on the season for the Thunderbirds. Written by Tags: Big Sky Conference/Somtochukwu Achebo December 3, 2019 /Sports News – Local SUU Football’s Achebo Named To 2019 Community Service Team
Written by Tags: Roundup FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail2-A State Volleyball Tournament QuarterfinalsRICHFIELD, Utah-The North Summit Braves overpowered Kanab 3-0 Thursday in the 2-A state volleyball quarterfinals at the Sevier Valley Center. The Braves prevailed 25-21, 25-15 and 25-14 to obtain the straight sets victory. North Summit next faces Duchesne Friday at 12:00 pm in the state semifinals. Kanab next faces Layton Christian Friday at 10:00 am in the consolation bracket.RICHFIELD, Utah-The Duchesne Eagles surged past Layton Christian 3-0 in the 2-A state volleyball quarterfinals at the Sevier Valley Center Thursday. Duchesne prevailed 25-15, 25-14 and 25-13 to win the battle of the Eagles.RICHFIELD, Utah-The Enterprise Wolves downed Gunnison Valley 3-1 Thursday in the 2-A state volleyball quarterfinals at the Sevier Valley Center. The Wolves prevailed 21-25, 25-19, 26-24 and 25-19 to best the Bulldogs. Enterprise next faces Millard in the state semifinals Friday at 12:00 pm. Gunnison Valley next draws Altamont in the consolation bracket Friday at 10:00 am.RICHFIELD, Utah-The Millard Eagles downed Altamont 3-0 in the 2-A state volleyball quarterfinals at the Sevier Valley Center Thursday. The Eagles prevailed 25-19, 25-17 and 25-21 to down the Longhorns. October 29, 2020 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 10/29 Brad James
Written by January 16, 2021 /Sports News – Local Antecevic, Kelly help Cal rally, beat Utah 72-63 Tags: California Golden Bears/Grant Antecevic/Pac-12/Utah Runnin’ Utes Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Grant Antecevic scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half, Andre Kelly had 11 points and nine rebounds, and California rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat Utah 72-63.Makale Foreman had 12 points and Jarred Hyder scored 11 for Cal (7-8, 2-6 Pac-12). Ryan Betley hit a 3-pointer and then made 3 of 3 from the free-throw line to spark a 17-4 spurt that gave Cal the lead for good. Kuany Kuany hit a 3 to cap the spurt and made it 46-42 with 12 minutes to play. Antecevic scored 10 points — including back-to-back 3s — in a 14-4 run that pushed the lead into double figures with six minutes to go.Timmy Allen scored 26 points for Utah (5-6, 2-5). Associated Press
RUDDERLY MAD FINISH VIDEO – NEW WORLD RECORD 21 year old Jasmine Harrison of @rudderlymad completes #TWAC2020 in 70 days, 3 hours, 48 minutes and has become to youngest female to row solo across any ocean!A huge congratulations Jasmine! pic.twitter.com/hsRdvQZK7m— Atlantic Campaigns (@ACampaigns) February 20, 2021The organization gave regular updates on Harrison’s whereabouts. She accomplished the feat by rotating sleeping and rowing every two hours.Harrison also posted weekly updates on her Instagram page, sharing adventures such as when she came across a striped marlin and rowed through a stretch of water covered in seaweed.Harrison experienced a setback on Thursday when, with about 100 miles to go, her boat capsized, according to Atlantic Campaigns. At the time, she also informed her safety officer that she had injured her left elbow, and the race doctor went through the injury with her over the phone, the organization reported.Just hours later, Harrison told the race doctor that she was “much happier and calmer,” was working through the pain and would be able to finish the race unassisted.“Rowing an ocean is not over until you step safely ashore, the risks remain throughout, and there is no time to relax,” the organization said in a statement at the time.Upon approaching landfall, Harrison held up smoke signals in each hand, sporting a British flag once ashore.When asked by reporters what the first thing she wanted upon stepping onto land was, she replied, “Food. Definitely food.”Harrison’s adventures also raised more than $14,000 for disaster relief NGO Shelterbox.Before Harrison, the youngest woman to row across the ocean was American Katie Spotz, who crossed the Atlantic from east to west in 2010 at age 22.ABC News’ Christine Theodorou contributed to this report.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund February 21, 2021 /Sports News – National Jasmine Harrison becomes youngest woman to row solo across the ocean Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailitchySan/iStockBY: JULIA JACOBO, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — A British woman has become the youngest woman to ever row solo across the ocean by completing a 3,000-mile journey across the Atlantic.Jasmine Harrison, 21, was inspired to take part in the challenge after she saw a similar race in 2018, she wrote on Twitter. At the time, she was teaching swimming in the Caribbean and “decided there and then she wanted to do it.”This year, 21 boats from around the world took part in the challenge, which included some solo rowers and others with teams of up to four rowers, according to Atlantic Campaigns, which organizes “The World’s Toughest Row” challenge.Harrison began in Spain’s Canary Islands on Dec. 12 and arrived in Antigua on Saturday — 70 days, 3 hours and 48 minutes, according to Atlantic Campaigns.
The deal includes Total Gabon’s stakes in seven mature non-operated offshore fields as well as its interests and operatorship in the Cap Lopez oil terminal Perenco will pay $290-350m to acquire the assets. (Credit: Adam Radosavljevic/Pixabay) French oil and gas company Total’s 58% owned subsidiary Total Gabon, has agreed to sell its stakes in a portfolio of mature non-operated offshore assets to an Anglo-French oil and gas company, Perenco.Under the terms of the deal, Perenco will acquire Total Gabon’s stakes in seven mature non-operated offshore fields as well as its interests and operatorship in the Cap Lopez oil terminal.The fields include Grondin, Gonelle, Barbier and Mandaros in Grondin and Girelle, Pageau and Hylia in Torpille.Based on the future Brent prices, Perenco will pay $290-350m to acquire the assets, which recorded a production of around 8,000 SEC b/d of oil in 2019.The deal is subject to approval from the Gabonese authoritiesTotal Exploration and Production president Arnaud Breuillac said: “This transaction demonstrates our ability to high grade Total E&P’s portfolio by monetizing mature fields with high breakeven point.“We remain fully committed to Gabon through our operated production clusters at Anguille-Mandji and Torpille-Baudroie-Mérou, where we continue to maximize value for all stakeholders.”Furthermore, the company said that the deal is subject to approval from the Gabonese authorities.In 2018, Assala Energy, an oil exploration and production company, agreed to acquire Total Gabon’s remaining 32.9% stake in the onshore Rabi-Kounga field in Gabon.Recently, Total has agreed to sell the Lindsey refinery to a UK-based petroleum products company Prax Group.The deal includes the sale of the facility’s associated logistic assets, all related rights as well as all of the related rights and obligation.Located in Immingham (Lincolnshire) in England, the refinery has an annual production capacity of 5.4 million tonnes.
Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and JetBlue Airways are the first major US airlines to commit to adopt Neste’s SAF at SFO. (Credit: PRNewsfoto/Neste North America) Neste, the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) made from waste and residue raw materials, is supplying Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and JetBlue Airways with sustainable aviation fuel for flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The low-carbon and high-quality fuel will contribute to each airline’s efforts to reach their climate goals.Neste is now successfully delivering sustainable aviation fuel to SFO via pipeline, a milestone the airport has called a “climate quantum leap”. Once Neste’s SAF enters SFO’s fuel consortium, it is available to the commercial, cargo or business aviation entities that operate at the airport. Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and JetBlue Airways are the first major U.S. airlines to commit to adopt Neste’s SAF at SFO, building on their strong track records of sustainability. All three airlines took their first deliveries of Neste’s SAF at SFO within the last few weeks.“The aviation industry is not alone in its journey toward reduced emissions and increased sustainability,” said Chris Cooper, Vice President for Renewable Aviation at Neste North America. “Solutions like sustainable aviation fuel address both today’s needs and long-term goals, and collaboration is essential to enacting a greener future. Neste is proud to be taking a stand for sustainability through these partnerships with some of the most important airlines in North America.”In 2018, Neste joined SFO, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, other airlines and fuel producers in a groundbreaking agreement to increase the use of sustainable aviation fuel. Today, Neste and these partner airlines are delivering on that promise.“Alaska was the first North American carrier to commit to advancing and adopting the use of SAF, and one of the first airlines to demonstrate the use of SAF in passenger flying with nearly 80 flights using sustainable aviation fuel over the last 10 years,” said Diana Birkett Rakow, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of external relations. “As we return to and re-grow air travel, we’re thrilled to take this next step towards commercially viable supply and use of SAF. We have a long way to go. Being a responsible airline is critical to our employees, guests, communities, and our future — and using SAF is a key part of our strategy to reduce carbon emissions.”“Even in these difficult circumstances, setting up our airline to operate more sustainably is important to us, our team members and our customers,” said David Seymour, Chief Operating Officer for American Airlines. “We have a vision for the future of American that includes advancing the most promising options for reducing carbon emissions from air travel, and sustainable aviation fuel is chief among them. We have been working with Neste, a leader in renewable fuels, for a number of years, and we’re proud to take this step to boost the market for sustainable jet fuel.”“Air travel connects people and cultures and supports a global economy. As an industry, we’re working together to limit our contributions to climate change,” said Joanna Geraghty, president and chief operating officer, JetBlue Airways. “Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions is an important part of JetBlue’s business plan. We remain focused on long-term environmental opportunities, particularly lessening our largest impact – carbon emissions from flying. The airline industry is one of the few industries that has collectively committed to an international emissions reduction goal. Now more than ever, we must also support other industry-wide environmental improvements like sustainable aviation fuel in order to kick-start the market on these lower carbon fuels.”Neste’s SAF can be used as a drop-in fuel with existing aircraft engines and airport infrastructure, requiring no extra investment. In its neat form and over the lifecycle it helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% compared to conventional jet fuel. It is made from sustainably sourced, 100% renewable waste and residue materials.Neste’s sustainable aviation fuel annual capacity is currently 100,000 tons (34 million gallons). With the Singapore refinery expansion on the way, and with possible additional investment into the Rotterdam refinery, Neste will have the capacity to produce some 1.5 million tonnes (515 million gallons) of SAF annually by 2023.Prior to use, Neste’s SAF is blended with fossil jet fuel and is then verified to meet ASTM jet fuel specifications. In addition to helping customers reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions, Neste has committed to making its production operations carbon neutral by 2035.Neste has been at the vanguard of sustainable aviation fuel production for nearly a decade. Source: Company Press Release Neste is now successfully delivering sustainable aviation fuel to SFO via pipeline