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Matt DiBenedetto drives No. 21 Ford Mustang to 15th-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway

first_imgMatt DiBenedetto finished 15th in the Alsco Uniforms 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday.DiBenedetto’s result added 30 points to his season total.DiBenedetto started in fourth position and led 10 laps in the race, holding the lead a total of two times. The sixth-year driver has accumulated four top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in his career.Thursday was DiBenedetto’s ninth career start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Though he’s completed six of those races, he has never finished inside the top 10 at the track.The Grass Valley, California native’s starting and finishing positions compared favorably to his career averages, starting 22 spots higher than his career mark of 26.4 and completing the race nine places ahead of his 24.5 career average finish.DiBenedetto competed with a field of 40 drivers on the way to his 15th-place finish. The race endured seven cautions and 37 caution laps. There were 14 lead changes.Chase Elliott earned the win in the race, and Denny Hamlin finished second. Ryan Blaney placed third, Ricky Stenhouse Jr secured fourth, and Kurt Busch finished off the top five.After Joey Logano won the first stage, Alex Bowman drove the No. 88 car to victory in Stage 2.Matt DiBenedetto Driver Page | Get DiBenedetto Gear | Race Centerlast_img read more

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Record year at Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville

first_imgSteel shipments at the gateway rose 72 percent year-on-year over 2013 levels. For the year, the port handled approximately 1,300 barges, 197,000 trucks and 18,000 railcars. “These robust year-end numbers illustrate the impact our port companies have on the region’s economy,” said Ports of Indiana ceo Rich Cooper. “We also had tremendous growth in the port’s ‘steel campus’ in 2014 as five companies announced over USD50 million of new investments related to steel processing. The port’s access to the Ohio River provides a sustainable competitive advantage for multimodal companies that want to reach world markets from the Midwest.” In 2014, Mill Steel Co. opened a new flat-rolled steel service center at the port; Diaz Group and Steel Technologies also established a joint venture to process aluminum, steel coils and other materials at the gateway. “This is a transformational time for our port,” said port director Scott Stewart. “The shipping records, major company investments and the construction of a new Ohio River bridge are all strong indicators of future economic growth in this region. When the new interstate bridge opens in 2016 just a mile away, this port will have significantly improved access to new markets in the region stretching from Louisville and Cincinnati to Lexington and Nashville.” www.portsofindiana.comlast_img read more

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Celtics pulls away from Memphis, 102-93

first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Celtics pulls away from Memphis, 102-93′ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=” av-medium-font-size-title=” av-small-font-size-title=” av-mini-font-size-title=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”][/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]MEMPHIS – Boston saw a lead that once reached 21 points, slip away in the third quarter, but the Celtics made sure they didn’t trail for long.On the short end of a 73-71 score after three, Boston opened the final frame with 16 straight points to pull away from the Memphis Grizzlies for a 102-93 victory on Saturday night. “We just stayed composed and went out and executed,” said Celtics forward Al Horford, who scored 15 points. “We got some stops on defense. On the offensive end, we moved the ball pretty well. I think that was the difference. We opened up the game after that.”Kyrie Irving scored 20 points, Jayson Tatum had 19 points and nine rebounds, part of six Celtics reaching double figures. The Celtics shot 49 percent, including 14 of 30 (46.7 percent) from outside the arc.Marc Gasol led Memphis with 30 points and 10 rebounds. Tyreke Evans added 25 points, and Dillon Brooks had 14 points, hitting a season-best four 3-pointers.Boston led by 21 in the first half, but Memphis used a 21-point third quarter by Gasol to take a 73-71 lead after three.And the Memphis crowd, which has suffered through the team losing 17 of its last 19, rose in enthusiasm with the comeback.The excitement was short-lived as Boston went on its rally to open the fourth.“Obviously, Gasol got it going. You’re going to take a team’s shot like that, but you have to weather that storm and stay the course,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said.There was little doubt about the way the game turned in the early minutes of the fourth, and Memphis expended a lot of energy getting back even with the Celtics before that point.“When you play a team like this with guys that can shoot and create the way that they can, they make you pay for mistakes,” Memphis interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said.“And you’ve got to give them credit, they created a lot of those mistakes,” he said. (AP)***[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

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Election video spurs angry responses

first_imgRelated posts:Viral election video urges Costa Ricans to reject the historically dominant parties WATCH: Costa Rican firefighters dance to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Costa Rica’s children cast symbolic votes 14 photos from Costa Rica’s election night A viral election video asking voters to reject traditional Costa Rican political parties set the Internet abuzz last week, and now the ruling party and allies are fighting back.“Our name is Costa Rica,” was released by anonymous University of Costa Rica students. The video criticized those who have been in power for the last 30 years, condemning them for everything from growing inequality to agricultural management. The video has more than 129,000 views on YouTube.Though the specific parties were not named in the video, the National Liberation Party (PLN) and Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC) have dominated the government for more than 50 years.On Dec. 30, three days after the first video was released, another anonymous group created a video using the same footage with a different narrator. The video, “We are also Costa Rica” touted the nation’s recent accomplishments, opening with the phrase, “Costa Ricans, proud of the Costa Rica that we already have.” As the video continues, the narrator accuses the opposition of lacking patriotism and supporting left-leaning ideologies (at the 0:37 mark).“They want to trick us, promising to create a Venezuelan and Nicaraguan model in Costa Rica where the poor, democracy, food and liberty all disappear,” said the video’s narrator.The ruling PLN party did not stay quiet for long either. They put a name to the face of their rebuttal featuring Liberationist Youth member Leah Netzer. (Liberationist Youth is a group for young PLN supporters).In the video Netzer referred to the original ad as a series of “baseless attacks” and asked the question, “Do you really believe we are worse off than we were 30 years ago?”Since the video’s release, Netzer has been attacked in video comments and on her Facebook. Some raised questions about her citizenship. Through a search of the Supreme Elections Tribunal, The Tico Times confirmed that Netzer was born in Guatemala but is a Costa Rican citizen, legally permitted to vote. She and the rest of the constituency can exercise that right one month from today.The presidential election is set for Feb. 2. The latest polls show ruling party candidate Johnny Araya and progressive Broad Front Party candidate José María Villalta moving toward a runoff. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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