Defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champ Martin Truex Jr. told an annual gathering of Toyota employees Thursday that he’s ready for a more aggressive approach depending on who he’s racing, saying, “it’s time to stop getting run into and start running into.”His remarks come four days after Joey Logano’s last-lap bumper nudge denied Truex a victory at Martinsville Speedway, and with it, a title berth in the championship race Nov. 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The comments from Toyota’s Plano, Texas, headquarters were first reported by Bob Pockrass of ESPN.RELATED: Playoff standings | Dale Jr.’s advice to TruexIn earlier comments, Truex said he’d exchanged text messages with Logano, reporting that his rival’s response was defensive in nature. Going forward, Truex added that he’d stay true to his sportsmanlike driving style, even with a chance at a second Monster Energy Series crown on the line. But he also said his gauge for how aggressive to be would depend on the situation and his competition at that moment.“I wouldn’t just wreck somebody to win a championship, just like I wouldn’t wreck somebody to win a race,” Truex told ESPN. “It might be cool for a couple of hours. In 20 years, you are going to look back and say, ‘Did I really win that race or was that cheap?’ Some people might be OK with that.”DEBATE: No more Mr. Nice Guy?Truex joined roughly 50 drivers from all forms of racing for Toyota’s Motorsports Day in Texas. The event is a prelude to Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM), the eighth of 10 races in the NASCAR Playoffs.
AFRICA: The Sheltam group has been rebranded as Traxtion Group, following a 30% investment from Harith General Partners’ Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund 2.Traxtion Group aims to partner with locomotive and wagon manufacturers, track construction companies, consulting engineers and project developers in the African rail market. Chairman Brian Myerson said the business could also expand into the mining and industrial sectors.The newly launched Traxtion Leasing business will focus on product innovation and flexible financing, with maintenance support from Traxtion Sheltam. ‘Leasing companies need to be so much more than financiers, and at Traxtion Leasing we have the experience and understanding to bring product innovation to complement flexible funding solutions’, said Traxtion Leasing CEO Willem Goosen. ‘With the support of the outstanding maintenance expertise in Traxtion Sheltam it is a really exciting value proposition.’The Traxtion Projects business aims to combine Harith’s financing experience with the operational and freight market expertise of Traxtion Sheltam, to support operating concessions, upgrading projects and new infrastructure. ‘In addition to what this offering brings Africa, as a black-owned infrastructure fund we believe that Traxtion Leasing and Traxtion Projects are perfectly placed to support the South African government with its public-private partnership drive’, said Emile du Toit, Head of Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund 2.
Related Topics After going 0-2 in their first day of preseason action, the Blue Jackets bounced back on Monday night with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Boston Bruins.The Blue Jackets played two split squad games against the St. Louis Blues on Sunday and it did not go well, as Columbus lost the first match 7-3 and was shut out 5-0 in the night game.Head coach John Tortorella did not jump to any conclusions after those two rough games.“The last couple of days, we’ve really pushed them,” Tortorella said. “It doesn’t make for great games, but we’ve pushed them. We’re going to go through the process and make sure our conditioning is there by the 13th.” Tortorella went on to say, “Let’s not make any judgments here as far as today, today was going to be a mess,” said Tortorella on Sunday night.So flash forward to Monday night, when the Blue Jackets had their full squad going on the road in Boston against the Bruins.After a scoreless first period, Sonny Milano put the Blue Jackets on the board, scoring with a wrist shot off of assists from Seth Jones and Alexander Wennberg.The Bruins answered back, but Daniel Zaar broke the tie at the 8:07 mark of the second period, giving Columbus a 2-1 lead.Sam Gagner and Brandon Saad were credited with assists.Danton Heinen tied it up for the Bruins early in the third period and neither side could score for the next 24 minutes.After a scoreless overtime, the game went to a shootout, and Gagner ended it with a wrister to give Columbus the 3-2 victory.Although the end result on the scoreboard is meaningless, it’s nice to see the Blue Jackets end a losing streak – preseason or not – and get in the win column.Especially considering the horrendous start they had in 2015-16, it’s a sign that things could be heading in the right direction.The Blue Jackets play their first full squad preseason home game on Thursday night against the Nashville Predators.*Matt McCague Contributed to this story* Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games. Matt Medley
RelatedCity approves drone programBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island City Council met Wednesday evening for their regular meeting. With the busy season in sight, the council addressed further infrastructure improvements and made preparations for Spring Break. During weekly Spring Break preparation meetings, city staff has been considering forward-thinking…February 5, 2016In “News”Spring BrouhahaImpassioned residents speak of importance of Spring Break By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Spring Break — it’s big business. And for the dozens of Island business owners, residents and others who crowded into the South Padre Island City Council Chambers Wednesday afternoon, that’s exactly what they came to…March 3, 2017In “News”Resolutions send message to Texas legeBy KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS In a special meeting of the South Padre Island City Council held Thursday, March 9, council members mulled five resolutions related to proposed state bills currently on the docket for the 85th Legislature. First on the agenda was Resolution No. 2017-08, supporting proposed legislation…March 17, 2017In “News” Island Council hears Spring Break crime, commerce stats during workshopBy KEVIN RICHSpecial to the PRESSOn Wednesday, June 14, the South Padre Island City Council held its second public workshop on the topic of Spring Break.Mayor Barry Patel was greeted with applause when he opened the meeting by announcing the passage of House Bill 4029, authorizing the City of South Padre Island to use Municipal Hotel Occupancy taxes for expenses directly related to construction, improvement, equipment, repair, operation and maintenance of City-owned coastal sports facilities.Patel went on to explain the bill covers the construction of boat docks, ramps and fishing piers that are used by hotel guests. “From our estimation, it should generate about a half a million dollars that can now be used on the bay side for sports fishing,” Patel said.Police Chief Randy Smith led off the City staff presentations of data collected on the impact of Spring Break. For the period of March 1 through April 30, the City experienced a 14.6 percent increase in police service calls in 2017 as compared to the previous year. Chief Smith’s data also showed an increase in the number of accidents — 234 in 2017 as compared to 191 the previous year.Traffic stops increased from 376 in 2016, to 509 in 2017, however, the number of traffic citations issued dropped slightly, from 96 citations issued in 2016 to 84 in 2017.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Share
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The legend of Bulgarian football Krassimir Balakov assisted in the transfer of the striker of September to Germany. This was revealed by the football player himself – Vladimir Nikolov. The 19-year-old talent has already been introduced as a new addition to the Second Bundesliga team – Würzburger Kickers, led by Felix Magath.✍️ A storm talent for the FWK! Welcome to Dallenberg, Vladimir Nikolov! 🙌 The captain of the Bulgarian U19 national team has signed a three-year contract with our Kickers: 👉 https://t.co/aUPcAmxiQU 🔴⚪ #WÜR2BURG ✌️ pic.twitter.com/iLRaGyY0ls– FC Würzburger Kickers (@ fwk_1907) September 10, 2020“Things developed very quickly. I was at a tournament with our youth national team in Croatia, when after our first match against the hosts my father called me and told me about the interest of Würzburger Kickers,” the youngster admitted to Blic.“He told me that they liked me, and two days later I flew to Stuttgart. I later found out that they had been watching me for several months. Balakov was largely responsible for my transfer. I appreciate everything he did for me,” Nikolov said gratefully. .“His son, Krassimir Balakov Jr., met me in Stuttgart and took me to Würzburger. He was with me the whole time,” said Nikolov, who has already signed a three-year contract and started training with his new team. Follow us anywhere and anytime with the mobile application of Gong.bg. You can download it from Google Play, App Store and AppGallery.
Grigor Dimitrov will face Gianluca Mager in the first round of the Masters tournament in Rome. This determined the draw drawn minutes ago for the race. The 25-year-old Italian currently occupies the 80th position in the rankings, and this will be the first match between him and Dimitrov.In case of a possible victory, the Bulgarian will face the winner of the match between Yoshihito Nishioka and Miomir Kechmanovich in the second round. In case the Bulgarian overcomes the first two rounds, we can see a very interesting clash between him and Stefanos Tsitsipas.Dimitrov is placed below №15 in the scheme and has the opportunity to accumulate a lot of points for the rankings, as last year he was eliminated in the first round.The draw for the doubles tournament, where Dimitrov participated together with Dan Evans, was drawn today. The two will face an all-Argentine tandem in the face of Diego Schwartzman and Maximo Gonzalez.Earlier today, two of the stars of the tour, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev, announced that they would not participate in the tournament in the Eternal City. The reason is that the two will meet in the finals of the US Open tomorrow night.TennisKafe.com