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IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through Feb. 05

first_imgIMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds – 1. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M., 220; 2. Jeffry Sheppard Jr., Golden Valley, Ariz., 183; 3. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz., 182; 4. John Parmeley, Phoe­nix, Ariz., 151; 5. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz., 149; 6. Lance Mari, El Centro, Calif., 145; 7. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif., 144; 8. Collen Winebarger, Corbett, Ore., 143; 9. Scott Sluka, Fair­banks, Alaska, and Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz., both 119; 11. Marlyn Seidler, Underwood, N.D., and Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif., both 114; 13. Tyler Mecl, Queen Creek, Ariz., 110; 14. Shawn Strand, Man­dan, N.D., 105; 15. Alexander Wilson, Salinas, Calif., 104; 16. Kellen Chad­wick, Oakley, Ca­lif., 100; 17. Eric Center, Mesa, Ariz., and Troy Foulger, Martinez, Calif., both 97; 19. Spencer Wilson, Minot, N.D., 92; 20. George Fronsman, Surprise, Ariz., 89.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Fred Ryland, Brentwood, Calif., 119; 2. Wayne Dot­son, Bakersfield, Calif., 103; 3. Richard Mueller Jr., Jackson, Wyo., 101; 4. Megan Ponciano, Oak­ley, Calif., 72; 5. Josh Hensley, Atwater, Calif., 70; 6. Jeremy Hoff, Copperopolis, Calif., and Al Johnson, Antioch, Calif., both 68; 8. Ryan Larimer, Merced, Calif., 62; 9. Matt Mayo, Bakers­field, Calif., 61; 10. Anthony Giuliani, Morgan Hill, Calif., 56; 11. Alan Pace, Riverbank, Calif., 54; 12. Chris Toth, Holtville, Calif., 40; 13. Austin Ruskauff, Santa Maria, Calif., 39; 14. Neill Barcel­los, Atwater, Calif., Bruce Nelson, Tur­lock, Calif., and Larry Wyatt, Imperial, Calif., each 38; 17. Jason Linn, Yuma, Ariz., 37; 18. Miles Morris, Yuma, Ariz., 35; 19. Kyle Smith, Yuma, Ariz., 34; 20. Steve Kihle, Williston, N.D., 32.last_img read more

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Pearce – United move hasn’t changed Zaha

first_img Press Association United announced in January that an agreement had been reached for them to sign Zaha from Crystal Palace, where the winger is remaining for the rest of the season before linking up with the Red Devils in July. Zaha was handed a one-match suspension by the Football Association on Wednesday for making an offensive gesture towards Leeds fans. Zaha apologised for his actions and Pearce said: “To be fair, I am quite delighted with how he has come in and been part of the squad. He seems really happy around the group and I think he is progressing just nicely, personally. I am seeing the same kid from a couple of months ago in how he is now. I don’t see any change in his demeanour at all.” England Under-21s boss Stuart Pearce feels Wilfried Zaha has a down-to-earth attitude which has not been affected by his move to Manchester United.center_img Pearce added: “I think Wilf is one of those nice and easy-going sort of lads. I don’t think too much worries him a great deal – that is the impression I pick up of him, and that is certainly what I am seeing in his football. “I think we elevate them (young players) very, very quickly. For me, Wilf is where he is at the moment – whether he has gone to Man United or stayed at Palace, I view him as the same player, who is learning the game, is maturing, will get better and better and hopefully will have a career with the seniors.” Zaha is part of the Young Lions squad Pearce has selected for friendlies against Romania at Wycombe’s Adams Park on Friday and Austria at Brighton’s Amex Stadium next Monday. After that double-header, the 50-year-old will name his 23-man party for this summer’s European Under-21 Championships in Israel. Pearce has made it clear that he already knows most of the players he wants to include in that squad. And he has indicated that Blackpool winger Tom Ince and Tottenham defenders Danny Rose, who is on loan at Sunderland, and Steven Caulker are among those players. Ince and Rose are each unavailable for the opening game of the Euros due to one-game bans that relate to the trouble at the end of the qualifying play-off second leg against Serbia last October. last_img read more

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Israel too strong for N.Ireland

first_imgNorthern Ireland’s Windsor Park woes continued as two late goals from Israel saw them defeated 2-0 despite dominating for much of the game. After disappointing home draws against Luxembourg and Azerbaijan in their last two World Cup qualifiers, they failed to convert possession and territory into goals before sucker punch strikes from Lior Refaelov and Eden Ben Basat cost them dear. Captain Steven Davis went closest to getting his side on the scoresheet, but with three points from five matches in Group F and a winless run of 13 games their prospects look grim from here. Davis was denied in unlikely circumstances just after the half-hour mark, his close-range shot deflected by goalkeeper Dudu Aouate’s face and he was almost on target in the second half with a powerfully hit effort from 20 yards. Other than that Northern Ireland’s positive play and hard work failed to yield enough clearcut opportunities. For Michael O’Neill, who has not won in nine matches at the helm, it was a bitter pill to take. Having restored Sammy Clingan and Martin Paterson to his starting XI, he will have been pleased by his side’s first-half display. Israel looked like they would grab the game by the scruff of the neck when Swansea striker Itay Shechter struck the outside of the post from a short-corner routine, but thereafter the hosts had much the better of things. Northern Ireland’s industry almost earned them a goal just after the half-hour mark when Paterson battled to win possession on the byline and cut back to Davis. The skipper looked sure to convert from six yards but goalkeeper Aouate saw a powerful shot hit him flush in the face before Shane Ferguson’s reaction header was swept from the line by Yuval Shpungin. The second half started slowly, Northern Ireland doing most of the pressing but without creating anything concrete. Then seven minutes after the restart, Israel almost caught their opponents out. Shechter intercepted a throw-in and when Ben Basat fed Maor Melikson, Roy Carroll needed to be alert to save at his near post. Davis then went close to a stunning opener in the 59th minute after Niall McGinn’s pacy counter-attack drove his side forward. The Southampton midfielder took down a loose ball with aplomb and then sent a 20-yard rocket inches wide of the top corner. Paterson twice appealed penalties unsuccessfully, Tal Ben Haim and Aouate both cleared by the referee after seeing the striker go to ground. Then, in the 77th minute, Israel defied the run of play to take the lead. Substitute Refaelov was the scorer with a delightful finish across Carroll, having been teed up by a smart one-touch pass from Shechter. The visitors then netted a second when Jonny Evans botched a defensive header, Shechter broke and Ben Basat finished clinically. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Crushing win for Scots

first_imgScotland hammered the Faroe Islands 9-0 in Motherwell to keep the pressure on at the top of Group 4 in the Women’s World Cup qualifying round. Press Association Substitute Stephanie Roche scored an injury-time winner as the Republic of Ireland kept their qualification hopes alive with a 1-0 win in Slovakia. Northern Ireland’s miserable campaign continued, however, as they were thrashed 4-0 by Poland. center_img Jane Ross hit a hat-trick, Rachel Corsie scored twice while Kim Little, Caroline Weir, Leanne Crichton and Jennifer Beattie completed the rout. To have a chance of topping the group and qualifying automatically, Scotland will need to beat Sweden in their final group match on Wednesday. last_img read more

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National U-15 footballers leave for French Guiana today … Parent-Player meeting to be held

first_imgTHE Guyana U-15 football squad depart the country, today, for French Guiana where they will participate in the Claude Elise Under-15 football tournament scheduled for December 17 to 22.On the eve of departure, the technical staff hosted a parent-player meeting to brief parents about the activities of the recently held camp and the upcoming tournament.Among the other activities conducted during the ten-day camp were two sessions facilitated by two GFF staffers. The topic, Laws of the Game, was done by Stanley Lancaster, head of Refereeing Department and Media Training by Debra Francis, Public Relations and Communications Officer.The full contingent who left via Moleson Creek this morning reads: Goalkeepers – Shawn Adonis and Oswin Fredericks (East Coast); Defenders Joshua Braithwaite and Jermaine Padmore (Georgetown), Wayne Da Silva (Rupununi), Cyrus Nicholson (Berbice) and Rickford Emmanuel (East Coast). Midfielders Shannon Samnauth and Tyrel Khan (East Bank), Orville Daniels (Rupununi), Derron Niles (Georgetown) and Okifi Patoir (Berbice). Forwards Omari Glasgow and Troni Semple (East Coast), Ken Salvador (Rupununi) and Jermaine Garrett (Georgetown). Technical staff: technical director Ian Greenwood; head coach Brian Joseph; assistant coach Challus McKinnon; goalkeeper coach Eon De Vieira and team manager Keith O’Jeer.The tournament will feature participation from French territories in the region and neighbouring countries including Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Suriname and Olympique de Marseille.last_img read more

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Luis Enrique followed Guardiola’s achievements but never got the same credit

first_imgBy Richard MartinBARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) – Luis Enrique’s announcement that he will quit Barcelona at the end of the season was expected, but the timing – at the end of a news conference after his side thrashed Sporting Gijon 6-1 – came as a surprise.In fact, he had first considered not renewing his contract beyond next summer during pre-season, he said, after a dramatic slide at the end of the second campaign. Barca had exited the Champions League and could only claim a league title that had looked to be sewn up on the final day of the season.That dip in form, which saw Barca lose three consecutive league games for the first time in 13 years, was the first sign that the wheels were starting to come off a spectacular machine that had rolled to the treble in his first season.Concern grew when Barca slumped to a 2-1 defeat at home against newly promoted Alaves after the coach made a string of changes. His much criticised squad rotation came back to haunt him in a 4-3 defeat at Celta Vigo.Barca remained in the fight for the league title and on Wednesday overtook Real Madrid at the top of La Liga, but they have also failed to convince against the top sides. Their decline culminated in a 4-0 thrashing at Paris St Germain that left them on the brink of an early exit in the Champions League.There was more than a hint of rumbling discontent in the dressing room. Heavyweights Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta publicly criticised the coach’s tactics in Paris, although the coach found an ally in Gerard Pique.The coach also looked rattled after the game in a tense exchange with a Catalan television reporter, whom he harangued for not giving him credit for the team’s successes.While Luis Enrique has long had a prickly relationship with the media, it was becoming clearer that the stress of a role which had worn out predecessor Pep Guardiola was finally getting to him.Barca failed to give a fitting response in their next game against struggling Leganes, rescuing a 2-1 win with a late penalty converted by Lionel Messi, which the Argentine chose not to celebrate.Luis Enrique’s uneasy relationship with Messi nearly cost him his job in January 2015 after the Argentine reacted badly to being left out against Real Sociedad. In general, he appeared to have little personal connection with his squad.These underlying tensions mean Luis Enrique will not be remembered with the same reverence as Guardiola, even though he has delivered a similar trophy haul as his old teammate, who was seen as the spiritual heir to Johan Cruyff, the godfather of the modern Barcelona.President Josep Maria Bartomeu, however, lauded Luis Enrique: “We’ve had a super coach in the last three years,” he declared. “No one can doubt he’s one of the best coaches Barcelona have had and who has fit with our ideas.”Sevilla’s Jorge Sampaoli and Athletic Bilbao’s Ernesto Valverde are the two main candidates to succeed Luis Enrique, although the outgoing coach is believed to want his assistant Juan Carlos Unzue to take over.Argentine Sampaoli has transformed Sevilla into one of the most exciting teams to watch in Europe with a dynamic, possession-based style of play reminiscent of the enthralling football Guardiola served up. He is seen as the fans’ choice, while former Barca player Valverde is reported to be favoured by the board.Messi’s bond with compatriot Sampaoli could be a deciding factor, however. Whoever Barca do appoint will have his work cut out in repeating Luis Enrique’s achievements, even though the coach never managed to satisfy everyone at the club.last_img read more

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2019 Guyana Cricket Year-in-Review

first_imgBy Clifton RossCRICKET continued to flourish in 2019 across all aspects as Guyana remained the new mainstay of West Indies cricket, while locally the sport has been growing from strength-to-strength. Regional 4-Day 2018-19 seasonThe Guyana Jaguars 4-Day team have etched their name in the history books as the most dominant franchise in the Professional Cricket League (PCL), ever since its birth in 2013/14 season. Guyana have won the title 5 stra-ght years and despite losing 3 of their 10 matches last season, they still managed to retain their Chip, heading into the 2019-20 period.Their sublime record in the longest format was achieved when they retained their crown on home soil after beating the Trinidad Red Force at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence in the last round.The headliners last year were wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble who amassed 580 runs with two hundreds and one half-century. The right-hander finished with an average over 50 while snapping up 43 dismissals by a gloveman, to end as the most successful wicketkeeper.Apart from Bramble, Guyana’s core players in Tagenarine Chanderpaul (542), captain Leon Johnson (480), Vishaul Singh (366), Chandrapaul Hemraj (350), Romario Shepherd (315) and Chris Barnwell (307) were the leading run-scorers and main catalyst with the bat throughout the 10 rounds.Seasoned left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul led with 42 wickets with the fast-bowling Shepherd bagging an impressive 37 wickets to end as the most successful pacer of the competition. Left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer was next with 26 wickets while Windies star Keemo Paul and Super50 pacer-of-the-tournament in 2018, Clinton Pestano, had 22 and 20 wickets apiece respectively.Players from the Jags set-up continued to break into the Windies team with Shepherd, Sherfane Rutherford, Shimron Hetmyer, Hemraj, Devendra Bishoo and Paul all becoming mainstays in all or either featuring frequently in the three formats of international cricket during the past 12 months.Regional Super50 2019-2020The Jaguars again failed to convert their stardom and class of the 4-Dayers to the 50-Over format, as their more-than-a-decade-long pursuit to reclaim the title proved futile despite playing well.Guyana were knocked out rounds before the semis by the United States of America (USA), but their positives coming out of the tourney, however, included the revival of the 50-Over careers for the senior pair of Chris Barnwell and Jonathon Foo, who almost fetched Guyana to a title.Barnwell led the batting charge for his country with 351 runs, smashing three successive half-centuries and missed out on a ton as he had a top-score of 99. Foo trailed closely with 334 runs including two fifties to his credit including an unbeaten 97, rescuing the Jags when needed with his power-hitting down the order.For the bowlers, Permaul, Guyana’s most experienced bowler across all formats, ended with a below-par 11 wickets while Reifer weighed in with support in both departments to end with 10 wickets and 172 runs.Guyana’s major setback from the Super50 was pacer Ronsford Beaton being sent home from the series due to umpires calling his action out for being suspect. Beaton, a repeat offender, was replaced by all-rounder Ronaldo Alimohamed.Guyanese Ashmead Nedd and Kevin Sinclair played huge roles in the West Indies Emerging Players’ upset in the region to win the 2019-20 Super50 title, after being thrown into a team with a number of talented players from across the Caribbean who were not first options for their country’s franchise.GCB Awards 2019, other notable achievementsApart from the on-field action, Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) held its annual awards ceremony to honour its players, officials, clubs and shareholders. Shepherd swept the major awards for the Male Cricketer-of-the-Year and Most Improved Male Cricketer-of-the-Year.Windies Women vice-captain Shemaine Campbelle was named Female Cricketer-of-the-Year while a number of other top awards were distributed. Cricket West Indies (CWI) vice-president Kishore Shallow, who was present for the ceremony, thanked Guyana and their players for keeping West Indies cricket alive and exciting, adding that other territories should pattern themselves with regard to Guyana’s elite developmental system.The fraternity also suffered mixed emotions  in the month of December as legendary Guyana and West Indies batsman Basil Butcher passed away overseas, a little before the Christmas holidays fully commenced. The upside, following Butcher’s passing is another Guyanese in the-now Sir Clive Lloyd receiving his knighthood for the immense contributions to West Indies cricket.Also, the junior players in Ashmead Nedd and Kevlon Anderson were named in the Windies U-19 squad for the 2020 ICC Youth 50-Over World Cup which gets underway in a few days.The Jaguars’ academy players, both old and new, continued to improve while GCB further kept emphasis on Secondary School and Kiddies School cricket across the entire spread of the country.last_img read more

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WSOC : Syracuse defense lapses, allows 4 goals in 2nd half in loss to No. 7 Marquette

first_img Comments For most of the first half, Syracuse’s defense bent but didn’t break. Marquette’s offense had its chances to take a lead going into halftime, but the Orange’s backline held firm.All that changed, though, in the second half. SU’s defense didn’t just break — it shattered.‘I just don’t think we did a good job of marking in the box,’ SU women’s soccer head coach Phil Wheddon said. ‘There was a focus in the first half in particular, and it’s been our focus this weekend is marking in the box. And we didn’t do a good job of that.’As a result of the Orange’s (7-6-3, 6-4 Big East) second-half defensive miscues, Marquette capitalized and exposed Syracuse. The No. 7 Golden Eagles (16-2, 9-1) netted four unanswered goals in a span of 29 minutes to move past the Orange on a soggy Sunday afternoon for a 4-0 victory in front of 224 at the SU Soccer Stadium. SU clinched a first-round bye to the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament, earning the third seed in the American Division despite the loss.But right from the start of the second half, the Orange’s focus fell off. Golden Eagles defender Ally Miller took a shot from distance that SU’s goalkeeper Brittany Anghel lunged at, sprawling out to her right. The ball went by her and hit off the post, deflecting directly to Marquette forward Maegan Kelly.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnghel couldn’t recover quickly enough after diving for the save attempt, and with no Orange player marking Kelly, she had a wide open net to give Marquette a one-goal lead in the 48th minute.The scoring didn’t stop there. Syracuse surrendered another two goals in less than seven minutes to give Marquette an insurmountable 3-0 lead.In the 53rd minute, Kelly nabbed her second goal of the game when there was a miscommunication between Anghel and one of her defenders. Kelly seized the opportunity and knocked in the easy score.Marquette added cushion off a perfectly executed corner kick that glanced off the head of Ally Miller into the top shelf of the net to give the Golden Eagles their third goal.Open Marquette players in the box was a trend all game long, but Wheddon doesn’t pin the poor defensive showing on just one player. For SU to slow down even a high-octane offense like Marquette’s, he said, it’s going to take all 11 Orange players.‘There’s no excuse for not tracking runners in the box,’ Wheddon said. ‘It’s a team thing, it’s not individuals. It’s a team thing, and we’ve got to be more disciplined.’Near the end of the contest, SU allowed Marquette more leeway with another goal when Britney Scott scored right in front of the net against a defenseless Anghel.‘All four of the goals were preventable with good marking,’ Wheddon said.Wheddon said going into the game he expected Marquette would be a defensive challenge. Wheddon said the Golden Eagles are a big, strong, physical team that keeps going for all 90 minutes.And from what he saw today, that’s exactly what his team faced.‘(Marquette head coach Markus Roeders) has got a farm somewhere where he’s growing these 5-foot-10 women,’ Wheddon said. ‘I need to get a pass to that farm.’Although Syracuse might have been undersized compared to its opponents, there were still spots throughout the game where it had its chances on the offensive end. The Orange registered eight shots and put three on net, but it couldn’t capitalize.That made the defensive lapses even more costly. Junior Amanda Hamilton said the team knows marking every player is something it is capable of.It’s just translating it onto the field that has proven difficult for the Orange throughout the season.‘I think we can do it,’ Hamilton said. ‘We just need to stay focused when we get tired and make sure we’re keeping it up and keep talking.’dgproppe@syr.edu Published on October 16, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO

first_img Share SIS grows Latin American footprint through Betcris deal August 12, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submit Richard FitzGerald, the chief executive officer of Racecourse Media Group (RMG), has confirmed that he will step down from the position after nearly 12 years in the role.Having joined RMG in 2008, FitzGerald has been responsible for a decade of year-on-year increases in licence fees payable to its racecourse shareholders.In addition, he oversaw the relaunch of Racing UK as a standalone channel, which became Racing TV. He secured the exclusive domestic TV rights deal with ITV from 2017 lasting through to 2023, as well as the roll out of the Watch & Bet service – a new streaming service which helps RMG generate ‘significantly increased turnover’.FitzGerald said: “It has been a fabulous and rewarding 12 years working for RMG. The business has flourished and delivered on the vision of the founding shareholders around a collective approach to commercialising their media and data rights.“There is never a good time to step down but with resumption of racing, the new Watch & Bet deals, the terrestrial TV renewal and launch in Italy of fixed odds, and a new cycle of renewals starting shortly, it seems the right time to step down.“It has been a great journey and I have enjoyed working with a strong, capable, committed and stable team to deliver the results we have been able to achieve consistently over the last decade.”FitzGerald will be stepping down gradually over the course of the next six weeks and RMG Finance Director, Martin Stevenson, has been named as the acting CEO.Roger Lewis, Chairman of RMG, added: “On behalf of the Board of RMG, I thank Richard for his exceptional leadership of the RMG team for almost 12 years. During this period RMG has produced great returns for our Racecourses, generating over £800m of licence fees during his tenure of office.“The recent renewal of the RMG contract with ITV until 2023, the successful launch of our new Watch & Bet Service in June, and ensuring RMG is fully operational following the Covid-19 outbreak and so generating significant revenues for our racecourses, has created the right moment for Richard to announce his decision to step down.“The achievements of RMG, which have driven its financial performance with Richard as CEO are significant, and include a ground-breaking data licensing and production service, an innovative LBO deal with SIS, the securing of the rights to Irish racing, the rebrand and launch of Racing TV, enhancing its HD service, and the expansion of RMG opportunities across the world.“Richard leaves RMG with our sincerest thanks and best wishes for having delivered an outstanding performance over a considerable period of time.” SIS adds Irish Greyhound Derby to its portfolio August 13, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUponlast_img read more

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NHL playoffs 2019: Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella hit with fans’ beer during goal celebrations, doesn’t care

first_imgTorts says he had two beers land on him from the crowd during goal celebrations. Doesn’t seem to mind. #CBJ— Jeff Svoboda (@JacketsInsider) April 17, 2019Tortorella’s reaction was in stark contrast to the last time he had beer spilled on him. In the 2009 playoffs, Tortorella was suspended for one game after throwing a water bottle into the crowd after a fan allegedly poured beer on the then-New York Rangers coach.The same Tortorella who once told a reporter on live television to “get the f— out of here” was just fine with getting drenched with beer on Tuesday, and all it took was a once-in-a-lifetime series win by his team. Has John Tortorella mellowed out?The mercurial head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets was in a jovial mood as his team pulled off one of the biggest upsets in sports history by completing the sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, suggesting that the man known around the hockey world as “Torts” has a lighter side. With Game 4 taking place in Columbus, the crowd was predictably energetic to start. With every goal of the Blue Jackets’ 7-3 series-clinching victory, the celebrations in the stands became more raucous as the realization that the team was on the verge of history became clearer.MORE: Hockey world reacts to Lightning’s shocking first-round exitIn the third period, some fans at Nationwide Arena took to tossing their beverages in the air during goal celebrations. After one such celebration, Tortorella could be seen wiping his head and face and laughing as a jubilant fan pounded on the glass behind the Columbus bench.No one is safe from airborne beer during goal celebrations in Columbus, not even John Tortorella. 😂(📽: @Sportsnet)pic.twitter.com/ORlUZUtjxI— Sporting News Canada (@sportingnewsca) April 17, 2019When asked after the game, Tortorella said he was hit twice with beer thrown by celebrating fans, and according to Blue Jackets’ in-house reporter Jeff Svoboda, the coach was OK with it.last_img read more