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first_imgThe injured people were transferred toseveral hospitals in the area, the operator of the bus Cruz del Sur said,adding the company would investigate the causes of the accident.(Reuters) The accident also left 42 othersinjured, including two Brazilians and two Americans, Colonel Carlos López, aspokesman for the national police, told Reuters. LIMA – At least 16 people, including twoGermans, died in a crash in southern Peru on Monday after a bus collided withother vehicles and rolled over, local police said.center_img Men stand near the wreckages of a passenger bus and a vehicle that collided in Arequipa, Peru on Jan. 6. REUTERS/JAVIER SANTIAGO last_img


first_imgGinny and Michaela Westerfeld, daughters of Mark and Debbie Westerfeld of Batesville, recently signed to run track at Huntington College in Indiana.  The two sisters ran sprints for Batesville High School.Ginny Westerfeld was the most successful of the two runners appearing in two straight track meets to one appearance for Michaela.  Ginny placed 8th in this year’s state 100-meter dash race.  She then was a member of the Indiana Girls All-State Track squad and competed at the Midwest Meet of Champions in Grandville, Ohio.   At the MMC, Ginny was 5th in the 100-meter dash, 8th in the 200-meter dash, and was a member of the second place 4 x 100 meter team.Michaela, slowed by injuries during 2 of her high school years, had a good senior year where she had her personal best times in the 100-meter, 200-meter, and 400-meter dashes this year.  Good luck to both of them as they begin their collegiate careers!last_img read more


first_img Published on April 7, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: [email protected] | @mark_cooperjr Comments Veronica Grant didn’t find out until Wednesday morning that she would be playing second base for Syracuse against St. John’s. In the doubleheader against the Red Storm, Grant moved from her normal position in center field.Stephanie Watts, SU’s normal second baseman, was unable to play. That meant a quick and unexpected turnaround for the freshman Grant. Before Wednesday, Grant had played middle infield in high school. But since arriving at Syracuse, she had not practiced at the position since the summer.‘Before the game started we sat down and had a little chat, and I said, ‘Roni, you’ve done this all your life, you know what you’re doing,” SU head coach Leigh Ross said. With the switch, Grant was out of position in the field. But she remained a natural at the plate.The freshman’s three-run home run in the fourth inning led the Orange (17-15, 3-2 Big East) to a 6-2 victory in game two against St. John’s (13-18, 2-3), finishing off a sweep of the Red Storm after a 3-2 win in game one. The Syracuse bats gave more than enough run support to freshman Stacy Kuwik, who improved to 4-5 on the season, winning her first start at home in her SU career. Grant did the most damage, finishing with three stolen bases along with the home run. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse jumped out to a quick start despite the domino effect in the field, scoring two runs in the first even with Watts’ absence. Usual reserve Meghan Boston started in right field — hitting a solo blast in the second to push SU’s lead to three. Lisaira Daniels moved to center and Grant occupied second. The quick start from the Orange bats allowed Kuwik to settle in amongst the shuffling of positions behind her and shut down the Red Storm hitters.‘It’s always good to have those insurance runs so that you can just keep your mind clear and cool,’ said Kuwik, who allowed one earned run while striking out five. ‘I knew I just had to get the ball over the plate.’Syracuse ran into some trouble in the fourth, though. With a runner on first, an Amber Curry chopper to second base caused trouble. The way that Grant fielded the ball shielded first baseman Kelly Saco from receiving Grant’s throw until it was too late. The mistake, combined with another error, led to a St. John’s run.Ross pulled Grant aside after the inning, making sure that she would not let that play at the new position linger in her mind. Her freshman was doubting herself.‘In the outfield they do a lot of talking, a lot of moving each other around,’ Ross said. ‘In the infield, they kind of know each other, so they don’t talk as much. Roni was kind of like, ‘I don’t hear anybody. I don’t know what to do.”Ross knew just what to say. For her freshman, she wanted to keep things simple. She wanted to keep things clear. All she needed was three more innings.‘I said, ‘Roni, you know what, I just need you to play second base a few more innings,” Ross said. ‘I’ll get you out of here, I promise.’The talk worked. With two on and two out, Grant drilled a pitch over the right-center field fence — the same place where she hit her first collegiate home run two weeks ago against Buffalo. The home run put Syracuse up 6-1, in a comfortable position with Kuwik in command on the mound.Finally, Grant had settled in.‘You just take the hard swings and you get the sweet part of the bat,’ Grant said. ‘All I’m usually looking for is just gap shots to move the runners over.’But even with the pressure gone, she wasn’t done yet.With just one out to go in the game, Grant snagged a hard-hit ground ball up the middle. She made the off-balance throw to first for the final out.Her time at second was finally over.A success.Said Grant: ‘I think I did OK today without practicing.’[email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_imgWith that, Marquez will finally get the chance to make an indelible mark on the sport. Make no mistake, Marquez, 33, has had a terrific career. He is 46-3-1 with 35 knockouts and has held the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation featherweight belts, as well as the World Boxing Organization interim featherweight belt. But whereas everybody knows Barrera, Marquez has had a much more difficult time becoming a recognizeable figure. He said he wasn’t thrilled with how Forum Boxing handled him, but there’s something else. Or, should we say, someone else. That would be his little brother, Rafael Marquez, who has stolen some of Juan Manuel’s thunder. All the time both were boxing out of the Forum, Juan Manuel was considered the better fighter. Rafael was known as the younger brother who was going to be good, but would never be his big brother’s equal. That’s why the opening of a conference call Tuesday promoting the Marquez-Barrera showdown was interesting, to say the least. Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy, said this is “a great matchup between the two greatest fighters from Mexico, Marco Antonio Barrera and Juan Manuel Marquez.” Oh? Well, Rafael Marquez, 31, is in the top 10 of every respectable pound-for-pound poll, in the upper half of many. The same cannot be said for Juan Manuel Marquez, though he is borderline top 10. Heck, Rafael Marquez is higher in some polls than Barrera. It would seem Schaefer’s statement was an insult to Rafael, who last Saturday moved up in weight and took Israel Vazquez’s WBC super bantamweight belt via seventh-round technical knockout. But Juan Manuel didn’t exactly see it that way. “Obviously, it’s arguable,” Marquez said. “There are people that feel that Rafael should be up there and I feel very proud and happy for that fact. And if Richard Schaefer makes a comment that it’s the two best Mexican fighters, then you can argue that fact as well. I don’t feel bad about it.” A little jealously, perhaps, on the part of Juan Manuel Marquez? No way, he said. “There is no rivalry whatsoever,” Marquez said. “It is motivation. We both work hard, we both want to be champions, we both want to win.” One thing is for sure, should Marquez beat Barrera (63-4, 42KOs), his place in boxing history will be secure. And it would not be an upset if Marquez does just that. Remember, their most famous common opponent is none other than Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao stopped Barrera in the 11th round in November 2003. Six months later, in May 2004, Pacquiao decked Marquez three times in the first round. But Marquez exhibited uncanny mettle, got up from the knockdowns and fought Pacquiao tooth and nail to a draw. Many ringside experts had Marquez coming back to win by a point or two. Marquez is no joke. But he probably hasn’t fully proven his worth in the eyes of many. “I have wanted this fight for over four or five years,” Marquez said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Then again, Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions doesn’t have a problem with it. The company now promotes Marquez and Barrera, and they will get it on next Saturday at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. At stake will be Barrera’s World Boxing Council super featherweight belt. It will be available on HBO pay-per-view. “We are looking to do the best fights with the best fighters,” said Eric Gomez, Golden Boy matchmaker and vice president. “That is what the public wants. These two warriors want to fight each other, want to face each other and give back to the boxing community.” center_img A fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Marco Antonio Barrera always seemed a natural. They are both from Mexico City, they’re the same age and have been in, or near, the same weight class. But they both made their bones fighting out of the Forum under the Forum Boxing Inc., banner in the 1990s, and it has never been common for fighters working for the same promoter to engage each other in a bout. A promoter isn’t going to go out of his way to get one of his star fighters knocked off. last_img read more

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