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NASCAR at New Hampshire: Starting order, pole for Sunday’s race without qualifying

The starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was set by applying the statistical formula NASCAR is using for the majority of the series’ races in 2021.

Drivers’ starting positions for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 (3 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) were based on four factors:

  • Driver’s finishing position from the previous race (25 percent)
  • Car owner’s finishing position from the previous race (25 percent)
  • Team owner points ranking (35 percent)
  • Fastest lap from the previous race (15 percent)

NASCAR is conducting qualifying and practice for just eight Cup Series races in the 2021 season. The remaining sessions will be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in August and at Phoenix for the season-ending Championship 4 race in November.

Below is the starting lineup, which was set without qualifying, for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race on New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s 1.058-mile oval.

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Who won the pole for the NASCAR race at New Hampshire?

Kyle Busch, who has won three times at New Hampshire in the Cup Series, will be on the pole for Sunday’s race. This is his first pole win of the season. He finished second to his brother, Kurt Busch, last weekend at Atlanta and his Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota team is third in the point standings after 21 races.

To his outside on the front row will be JGR teammate Martin Truex Jr., whose No. 19 team is seventh in the standings. Truex came home third at Atlanta. 

The second row will feature the Chevrolets of defending series champion Chase Elliott (third) and Kurt Busch (fourth).

Series points leader Denny Hamlin will start sixth. The driver of the JGR No. 11 car is still seeking his first win of the year. 

NASCAR starting lineup at New Hampshire

NASCAR used a mathematical formula to set the starting lineup for Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the Foxwoods Casino Resort 301. Thirty-seven cars were entered for the race.

Start pos. Driver Car No. Team
1 Kyle Busch 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
2 Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
3 Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports
4 Kurt Busch 1 Chip Ganassi Racing
5 Alex Bowman 48 Hendrick Motorsports
6 Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
7 Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penske
8 Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing
9 Christopher Bell 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
10 Kyle Larson 5 Hendrick Motorsports
11 Brad Keselowski 2 Team Penske
12 Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing
13 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
14 Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wood Brothers Racing
15 Joey Logano 22 Team Penske
16 William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
17 Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway Racing
18 Bubba Wallace 23 23XI Racing
19 Chase Briscoe 14 Stewart-Haas Racing
20 Ross Chastain 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
21 Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
22 Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
23 Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports
24 Erik Jones 43 Richard Petty Motorsports
25 Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty Racing
26 Corey LaJoie 7 Spire Motorsports
27 Anthony Alfredo 38 Front Row Motorsports
28 Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway Racing
29 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing
30 Justin Haley 77 Spire Motorsports
31 Daniel Suarez 99 Trackhouse Racing Team
32 BJ McLeod 78 Live Fast Motorsports
33 Garrett Smithley 53 Rick Ware Racing
34 Cody Ware 51 Petty Ware Racing
35 Josh Bilicki 52 Rick Ware Racing
36 Quin Houff 00 StarCom Racing
37 James Davison 15 Rick Ware Racing

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Inclusive baseball league starting in Encinitas

Alternative Baseball “provides an authentic baseball experience for teens and adults with autism & other disabilities for physical and social skills enrichment.”

SAN DIEGO — Anyone can play. Those three words are precisely what makes baseball so incredibly special. You don’t have to look very far for examples of this. New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is 6′ 7” and over 280 pounds while Houston Astros MVP, Jose Altuve is 5’6” and 165 pounds. The two couldn’t look any more different yet they both sit atop many Major League Baseball leaderboards.

Georgia native, Taylor Duncan has taken the “anyone can play” philosophy and ran with it. Duncan created his own league for those out there that just want to play ball, but haven’t been given the chance to. 

When Duncan was 4-years-old, he was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The developmental condition involves persistent challenges in social interaction, speech and nonverbal communication, and restricted/repetitive behaviors.

Eventually, Duncan felt forced out of competitive sports because coaches thought he was incapable of playing and some even said he was an injury risk. This meant Taylor could no longer play his favorite sport of baseball at the level he wanted. Taylor didn’t let that frustration keep him down for long. Instead, he created his own league where all are welcome.

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Alternative Baseball “provides an authentic baseball experience for teens and adults (ages 15+) with autism and other disabilities for physical and social skills enrichment in life on and off the baseball diamond.” 

In an interview with News 8, Duncan said, “A lot of people, I guess, don’t think we could do as much as those that are out there playing competitively. But let me tell you what – when we’re in an environment where we’re encouraged to be the best we can be and accepted for who we are, we can do just about anything that everybody else can do. We just want the opportunities just to go out there and get her done.”

Alternative Baseball follows the rules of Major League Baseball. 

Duncan’s league started with one team in a small town outside of Atlanta, but with determination and appearances on platforms like TEDx, The Today Show and ESPN, Alternative Baseball has exploded across the country. 

Taylor told News 8 that the league has expanded to over 70 teams in more than 30 states with a new club coming right here to San Diego! With a new manager already at the helm, Alternative Baseball is hoping to begin play in the Encinitas/Cardiff area by the fall of 2021. 

He had this message for San Diegans interested in taking part: “San Diego, we’re coming to you next. Encinitas, Cardiff by the Sea, we’re ready for you! We just got to find the players, the volunteers. We’ve got to find the field to be able to practice on. We need the community support now to make this happen. So what are you waiting for?”

If you want to learn more about Alternative Baseball or are interested (or know someone who may be interested) in joining the team heading to San Diego, click here. 

WATCH: Alternative Baseball: Making the sport more inclusive

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Thomas Cook chief predicts huge holiday breakthrough on way – ‘data is starting to speak'

At the last traffic light review, holidaymakers faced devastation as no new nations were added to the list, and popular Portugal was rapidly removed. With the next travel review just days away, expected on or around June 24, Thomas Cook’s chief executive has shared a sunnier outlook this time aro

Speaking on GB News, the travel boss said he on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the most positive outlook, his confidence in summer travel resuming sits at “an eight”.

“I think we will see, particularly people who have been vaccinated, able to travel to amber countries,” he explained.

“There will be, I think, some tests involved but I think that has got to be the direction of travel given the rate of the incidence of coronavirus.

“Given how much is coming back from amber countries at the moment.

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Should the traffic light list suddenly change, with more nations added to the green list, travel bosses are anticipating an influx in bookings.

According to Mr French, Thomas Cook is well prepared for this and is hopeful Britons will begin to book en masse.

“We can cope [with a surge in bookings],” he said.

“We are really hoping that will be the case and we would love to take people on holiday.

“I actually went to Portugal when it freed up and it was amazing just how cheerful everybody was.

“From the immigration officials when you arrived in Portugal who are actually genuinely pleased to see you to the hotel staff to the bar staff and everybody else.

“I really would like to see that come back again this summer.”

Unfortunately, as it stands, there is no clear indication as to if or when the Government will add more countries to the green list.

However, reports have suggested the Government is reviewing current restrictions and considering options when it comes to international travel.

This could mean the removal of quarantine rules in favour of testing instead, particularly for those who have received both COVID-19 jabs.

The Prime Minister said: “When it comes to travel we will certainly be looking at that, but I stress that this is going to be whatever happens this is going to be a difficult year for travel.”

He added: “There will be hassle, there will be delays, I am afraid, because the priority has got to be to keep the country safe and stop the virus coming back in.”

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England vs Scotland early team news 'leaked' as Southgate makes two changes to starting XI

Gareth Southgate looks set to make several changes to his England team tonight when the Three Lions host Scotland at Wembley. It’s only the second time the two home nations have met at a major tournament after their famous clash 25 years ago at Euro 96.

England could qualify with a victory as they look to build on the 1-0 win over Croatia on matchday one.

Meanwhile, Scotland need to pick up at least a draw to keep their qualification hopes alive following their 2-0 defeat to the Czech Republic.

Southgate is conscious of the workload his players are facing after a gruelling season and with 26 players at his disposal, the England boss is expected to shuffle the pack at full-back.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier will drop out of the starting XI tonight.

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There could also be further changes to Southgate’s team with news expected to filter through from the England camp throughout the day.

Kalvin Phillips should keep his place as he looks to build on his excellent tournament debut.

Declan Rice and Mason Mount are expected to join him in midfield.

Jack Grealish has explained he is desperate to get out on the pitch and show the country “how good he is” as he patiently awaits the chance to shine at Euro 2020.

The Aston Villa captain is not expected to start tonight against the Scots although he could feature from the bench.

Raheem Sterling will keep his place after he fired the winning goal last Sunday and he will be looking to get his name on the scoresheet once again.

Phil Foden and Harry Kane are expected to complete the Three Lions attack.

Harry Maguire has already declared himself fit for the contest but he is not expected to start the match.

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PS5 Restock: Argos, Amazon UK, GAME PlayStation 5 stock drops starting

UPDATE: While no new Argos stock drop has launched today, a GAME PS5 restock is expected to kick off very soon in the UK.

PlayStation 5 consoles are expected to go on sale via the official GAME site between 9am BST and 11am BST. It should be noted that most PS5 stock has been allocated to bundles rather than solo deals. More news on this week’s PS5 stock drops can be found below.

ORIGINAL: Thursday could prove to be a busy day for PlayStation 5 stock trackers looking to lock down a next-gen console.

Three major UK retailers have been linked to a new PS5 restock this week, but fans have been left waiting for several days for an update.

And having waited through new delays, it now looks like June 17 will be the day when the PS5 is back in stock.

It should be noted that this is based on stock tracker predictions, which have proven pretty reliable during 2021.

And based on the latest information, Amazon UK, GAME and Argos all could have stock ready in the next 24-hours.

Here is what we know so far about each stock drop and what we expect to happen during Thursday, June 17:

ARGOS

An Argos PS5 stock drop has been touted for some time and it appears the retailer will be ready to drop its latest shipment early on June 17.

From what has been shared so far, the Argos PS5 stock drop could start early, with gamers being warned to be ready to try and buy a console at around 1am BST.

This will make it the first drop of June 17 but there is also a chance that it will be delayed again.

If this happens, the next Argos stock drop is expected to happen next week, around June 22.

The Argos website is notorious for crashing and being unable to complete purchases when site traffic is high.

Stock trackers suggest using the mobile Argos app and keeping an eye on local store listings.

Argos usually chooses to release its stock regionally, meaning it can take hours for the right stock option to arrive in your local area.

This can lead to a lot of site traffic and issues buying a PlayStation 5 console in real time.

GAME

The next PS5 stock drop has been leaked for June 17 and we even have a rough idea what time it might start.

According to the latest news from stock tracker accounts, the new PS5 restock will start at 8:30am and is expected to last until consoles are sold out.

Gamers are also being warned that GAME are planning to sell a lot of bundles, with the PS5 Stock Alert account on Twitter explaining:

“GAME is ready with some new Ratchet & Clank bundles as well as the normal bundles they usually do. As we have mentioned since Monday this week with our strong source, GAME will drop these bundles June 17 (9-11am).

“We have realised the first half of this week hasn’t been what we expected compared to usual. Companies seem to be understaffed, and stock seems to be handled slower, in particular for PS5. As always, we’ll keep you updated with the latest whilst you go on with your day.”

AMAZON UK

Amazon UK has been linked to a PS5 restock on June 17 but could be the stock drop with the least chance of happening.

Having been delayed several times this week, it’s reportedly taking longer to process and might mean further delays.

If something does happen, Gamers are being warned that the new PlayStation 5 consoles will be sold during the morning, between 8am and 10am BST.

The Amazon UK site usually runs better under strain but still comes with a few kinks worth mentioning.

Having an account set up with your card details is a good start, and gamers should also try adding a console to their wishlist before checking out.

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Lewis Hamilton's cracks starting to show after Max Verstappen and Red Bull pressure

Lewis Hamilton’s words echoed around the streets of Baku on Sunday, as the seven-time world champion was gifted a golden opportunity to take back the lead of the championship in Azerbaijan.

“We’ve got to remember this is a marathon, not a sprint. Got to be measured, how risky we go,” said Hamilton on his Mercedes team radio before the restart after a lengthy red-flag period.

Main title rival and race leader Max Verstappen had hit the wall. Race control had halted the session, and there was about to be a two-lap sprint race to finish the race, with Hamilton sitting second.

Peter Bonnington, Hamilton’s race engineer replied: “Copy Lewis” with team principal Toto Wolff adding: “Absolutely agree, Lewis.”

As the lights went out, Hamilton had a clean run on Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, who had inherited pole position after his team-mate’s crash, but then it all came undone for the seven-time world champion.

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‘Brake magic’ is understood to be a setting used by Mercedes behind the Safety Car to help heat the brakes by altering brake bias settings, along with various other things.

But this wasn’t Hamilton’s first rodeo, he has been in these positions before and performed the unimaginable.

The 2020 Turkish Grand Prix, where he outclassed the entire field by managing to wring out his tyres without damaging them, passing several cars through without pitting, and taking the lead from Sergio Perez to ultimately finish almost 30 seconds ahead, can’t be forgotten. It was a performance that secured him a seventh world title.

But this felt different, this felt like Hamilton let the pressure get to him and it boiled over. No-one is suggesting it’s a rookie mistake, but it was a sloppy one that cost him and the team dearly.

The heartbreaking message came across the radio. “I’m so sorry,” said the Briton. “Don’t sweat it, Lewis,” came the response, a sign that maybe Verstappen and Red Bull are starting to flap the otherwise unflappable reigning world champion.

Hamilton explained: “Just on the restart, I think when Checo [Perez] moved over towards me.

“I clicked a switch and it basically switches the brakes off, and I just went straight,” he said. “I had no idea that I’d even touched it.

“So very hard to take, but mostly just really sorry to the men and women in the team who have worked so hard for these points, but we will regroup and come back stronger I’m sure.”

Hamilton now finds himself in a precarious position in the aftermath of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix after the uncharacteristic mistake. With no points gained he finds himself still sat behind Verstappen in the standings, despite the Dutchman not even finishing the race.

The last time F1 had two consecutive races without a Mercedes on the podium was the final two races of 2013, the US and Brazillian Grands Prix.

Rarely do we see Hamilton make mistakes, and even more rarely do we not see Hamilton bounce back stronger. He’s one of the most successful drivers in Formula One history for a reason, and in this case, maybe his error has the power to turn him into something even better than he was before in his quest for an eighth world title.

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Man City boss Pep Guardiola gives blunt response when asked about surprise starting XI

Pep Guardiola insists he did what was best for the team when quizzed on his Champions League final lineup. Manchester City fell short in Porto against Chelsea after Kai Havertz’s winner saw them record a famous night at the Estadio do Dragao.
Thomas Tuchel appears to have Guardiola’s number, having now beaten him three times since arriving at Stamford Bridge.

Guardiola has often faced scrutiny on the European stage with City for tinkering with his team in the crunch matches.

Frustrating defeats to Monaco, Liverpool and Lyon in the past have stopped his side from conquering the game on the continental stage.

Tonight Guardiola left out a defensive midfielder and instead brought in an extra attacker in Raheem Sterling.

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Not only has Sterling been out of form but City’s captain Fernandinho is the club’s most-experienced player who has been central to their success in recent times.

Rodri was also absent and named on the bench and the decision appeared to cost City.

Yet Guardiola insisted he made what he felt was the right call.

“I did what was best for the team,” he said to BT Sport’s Des Kelly when quizzed on the lack of a holding midfielder.

Despite falling short in Europe once again, Guardiola remains insistent that there is plenty to be proud of as he looks to rally his troops ahead of next season.

“Exceptional season for us, today we’re sad, but we’ll analyse how exceptional the season was for us. It was a tight game, we had almost first gear chances, they missed one with [Timo] Werner, in the second-half with [Christian] Pulisic,” he said.

“In the second-half, we were brilliant, we were brave but we could not convert the goals, because defensively they are so strong, so fast in the counter-attack. We didn’t allow them to make the process to play, the players were exceptional for them. Yeah, we’ll come back maybe one day again.

“He was injured, but it happened. This kind of competition, in these games, we need everyone, we need everyone to do it and Kevin was injured.

“The ambition now is rest. After we will prepare for the next season and try to recover with the players coming back in two or three months. Game by game, we will try to do it.

“It’s the first time we’re at these stages, for us, it’s a moment to be here and hopefully we will return in the future.”

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England squad: Expected starting XI for Euro 2020 from Gareth Southgate's 33-man list

Attack: Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane

Southgate has decisions to make in terms of his wide men, but captain Harry Kane is the first name on the team sheet.

The Tottenham Hotspur man both scored and assisted the most goals in the Premier League this season, ahead of a busy summer off the pitch.

Southgate may go with two City stars on either side, with Raheem Sterling tipped to start after playing a big role in the 2018 World Cup.

Marcus Rashford has enjoyed a brilliant individual campaign at United, but Phil Foden has emerged as Pep Guardiola’s most influential player this term.

He’s replaced club legend David Silva with ease, so Southgate could very well go with the front three he seemingly preferred during the last international break.

What do you make of Gareth Southgate’s provisional EURO 2020 squad? Have your say in the comments below.

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Austin Police to temporarily suspend motors unit starting in August

Austin Police to temporarily suspend motors unit
by: Jaclyn Ramkissoon, KXAN Staff Posted: May 20, 2021 / 09:13 PM CDT/ Updated: May 20, 2021 / 10:22 PM CDT

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department confirmed to KXAN Thursday that its motors unit will be temporarily suspended starting Aug. 1.

Officials said traffic enforcement will continue to be the responsibility of all officers.

They add the motor unit’s services, such as police escorts, will be available as needed.

But due to staffing reallocation because of budget changes, APD said it needs to move officers to support patrols.

“The Austin Police Department is committed to ensuring a prompt response to emergency calls to 911. We continue to evaluate our patrol staffing needs and reallocate officers from specialized units to support Patrol operations as needed. Several units have been impacted by this staffing reallocation. As of August 1, the Motors unit will be temporarily suspended, and traffic enforcement will continue to be a responsibility of all APD officers. Services provided by the Motors unit such as escorts will be available, as needed. The safety of the Austin community remains our top priority.”

-Austin Police Department spokesperson

The Reimagining Public Safety Task Force in April suggested using unarmed civilians to do traffic enforcement to prevent minor traffic stops from escalating. This would only be for minor traffic offenses, the task force said, explaining DUIs, stolen cars and speeding would still be handled by police.

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There are currently no plans to implement this idea, but Austin is not the first city to have talked about this.

Berkeley, California implemented a similar plan in 2020. The city is working to form a new transportation department to handle minor traffic stops, like running a stop sign or forgetting to use a turn signal.

Author: Jaclyn Ramkissoon
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Houston rent relief: There’s still $100M available, but applications are starting to die down

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — If you need help with May’s rent, there’s a program available which could give you money to cover way more than just a month.

The Houston-Harris County Emergency Rental Assistance Program kicked off a couple of months ago, but the amount of people looking for help is starting to lessen.

 

HOW MUCH HELP IS AVAILABLE?

The municipalities received $ 159 million from a federal stimulus bill to help people who are at risk of losing their home. So far, $ 57 million has been distributed.

However, there’s still $ 102 million available.

“It can cover overdue rent back to the start of the pandemic and then two months forward,” said Bart Ferrell, the COO of Catholic Charities. “We’re really committed to the stability and housing.”

HOW CAN I APPLY?

Start by visiting the program’s website. You’ll asked to answer a series of questions and upload a few documents.

After you apply, you can go back and check the status of your application.

So far, 50,239 have applied. A total 35,928 are currently in the queue and 14,311 applications are still waiting to start the process.
Lorena Cuatete, a single mom who needed help with four months worth of rent, applied for the program and was approved.

“Don’t stress,” Cuatete said. “You don’t have to cry behind closed doors. So your kids don’t see you crying and stressing over bills and everything.”

Applications are chosen at random so there’s no rush. As long as there’s money available, the program is open until the end of the year.

WHO QUALIFIES FOR HELP?

In order to receive the assistance, you must meet certain qualifications. Households must make 80% below the average income, which, for a family for four, is $ 63,050. You must also experience housing instability or be at risk of homelessness. Lastly, you must have experienced financial hardship as a result of the pandemic.

Although the number of applications coming in has slowed down, officials said they can’t expand eligibility.
“These funds are designated from Congress,” Ferrell explained. “The eligibility requirements were sent down from the [U.S. Treasury.] We’re required to abide by those.”

To get more people qualified, officials are also going to eviction courts to inform people about the program.

GETTING IN-PERSON ASSISTANCE

You don’t have to apply online. There are “navigator” agencies where neighbors can receive in-person assistance with the application process. Currently, there are 13 locations across the Houston area where you can get help. Starting next week, three additional agencies will welcome tenants to get in-person help.

To find a list of navigator sites, click here.

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