LONG POND, Pa. – Even the drivers who beat him to the checkered flag acknowledged that Kevin Harvick had the fastest car in Sunday’s Gander Outdoors 400 at Pocono Raceway.But with a litany of issues to overcome, Harvick could do no better than fourth behind race winner Kyle Busch, runner-up Daniel Suarez and third-place finisher Alex Bowman.RELATED: Race results | Watkins Glen weekend scheduleAfter he posted the fastest lap in Saturday’s time trials, Harvick’s car failed inspection, and his time was disallowed, bumping the driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to 29th in the starting order.It didn’t take the six-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner long to race his way to the front. Harvick won the second stage, but pit strategy by the Toyota camp left him ninth for the final-stage restart on Lap 106.Contact with teammate Aric Almirola damaged the No. 4 Ford, and Harvick had to make multiple trips to pit road to repair the sheet metal. Though he raced his way to fourth at the finish—nearly catching Bowman on the last lap—Harvick was disappointed with the result.RELATED: See what happened on pit road | Harvick charges to lead in Stage 2“It was eventful,” Harvick said wryly. “I think we went to the back twice and made our way back to the front each time. We made a good race out of it, but it’s hard to swallow on a day like that when our Mobil 1 Ford was the class of the field.“You never know what is going to happen on these days. It’s hard to put them together, and you win some and lose some.”
APEM will complete a final survey over Vattenfall’s Norfolk Vanguard East site this month, as part of an eight month project to gather data on birds and marine mammals in the area.Eight surveys were flown out from Norwich International Airport at monthly intervals between September 2015 and April 2016 and the resulting images were analysed by APEM’s in-house ornithology team.They reveal data on the numbers and distribution of bird species throughout the non-breeding period in this area of the southern North Sea, including auks, gannets, kittiwakes and fulmars.Vattenfall will use analysis of the survey data as part of its environment impact assessment.The power company started developing the 1.8GW Norfolk Vanguard in mid-March. The wind farm is situated 47 kilometres off the coast at Winterton Ness, and is expected to enter the offshore construction phase by the early 2020s. It could comprise up to 225 turbines.Next year, Vattenfall will also commence development of the nearby Norfolk Boreas offshore wind farm with a capacity of another 1.8GW, for which it aims to get the irrevocable consent by 2021.
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“You can look at it two ways,” said Jones. “It’s a difficult pool or it’s a great pool that you’ve got to play well to get through. My experience of the World Cup is that to have two tough games is the best preparation for you to go through.”World No. 2-ranked England was handed the toughest-looking first-round assignment in Wednesday’s group-stage draw at Kyoto State Guest House, landing three-time runner-up France and 2015 semifinalist Argentina as well as one qualifier each from the Americas and Oceania zones.A difficult group that included Australia, Wales, Fiji and Uruguay sent England to an early exit two years ago, but Jones, who promptly led the team to a world record-equaling 18 straight top-tier wins after replacing Stuart Lancaster, has other ideas.“We want to win the World Cup,” he said. “We’ve said that right from the start. And to do that we have to be well prepared, and there are no better teams than France and Argentina.“France are probably the most improved team in the world, Argentina are improving rapidly, so it just puts the onus on us to keep getting better. It’s exciting. There’s no better rivalry than England and France, is there?”Jones’ World Cup pedigree is among the best in the business, having taken his native Australia to the final in 2003, helped South Africa lift the trophy in 2007 in his role as technical adviser, and masterminded Japan’s historic 34-32 upset of the Springboks in the 2015 tournament.Jones’ knowledge and experience of Japanese rugby dates back to his days coaching Tokai University in the mid-1990s, and the 57-year-old believes the first World Cup to be held in Asia will pose a unique challenge for every team.“I think the weather in the tournament is going to be very important,” he said. “If you haven’t played here before it’s going to be quite a shock, because in late September it can be very humid, very hot and can rain heavily. But then come October, the pitches will be quite hard and fast and the weather becomes a lot drier.“It will almost be two styles of rugby, and in that first couple of rounds you could see upsets if teams haven’t prepared as well or haven’t taken notice of the conditions as much.”England’s rapid improvement under Jones has installed it as one of the favorites to lift the trophy in 2019, but Argentina head coach Daniel Hourcade is keen to prove that his side’s current world ranking of nine is not a true reflection of a team that reached the 2015 semis.“I think it’s a really tough pool but we knew we would get that, given our world ranking,” said Hourcade. “I don’t know if it’s the Group of Death. No matches are easy in a World Cup.“We still have two-and-a-half years to go. One thing is how the team is today, and another is how it will be in 2019. I’m sure we will improve. I think all teams reach the World Cup at their peak, so what has gone before doesn’t matter. We are getting ready not just for two strong teams but four. It’s not just England and France but the other two teams as well.”France was thrashed 62-12 by New Zealand in the 2015 quarterfinals, but coach Guy Noves has overseen a revival that saw the team lose by only three points to England at Twickenham in this year’s Six Nations.“You have to be ready when the tournament begins,” said Noves. “It’s not like you go from an easy match to a complicated match. As soon as it begins, you have to be ready.”Jones, meanwhile, is determined to lift the trophy in the country that made him a superstar after Japan’s 2015 heroics, but the England coach is not about to extend a hand of generosity to his former players.“We intend to get to the quarterfinals, so Japan had better get to the quarterfinals to have any chance of playing against us,” he said. “You can dream and want all you want, and you can talk big, but you’ve got to get to the stage where you earn the right to play us. It’s quite simple.” England, Eddie Jones, 2019 Rugby World Cup KEYWORDS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 RELATED PHOTOS Eddie Jones | KYODO GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES KYOTO – England coach Eddie Jones laughed off suggestions that his team has been drawn in a 2019 Rugby World Cup “Group of Death” after being paired with France and Argentina in Pool C on Wednesday.“Who’s calling it a group of death? No one’s going to die,” scoffed the mercurial Australian, who has transformed England’s fortunes since taking over following a disastrous 2015 World Cup on home soil, where the 2003 champions became the first sole host nation to be eliminated in the group stage.
Both sides head into the mouth-watering Gallagher Premiership clash off the back of three successive wins in the competition, and Piutau says Stuart Hooper’s side will be ‘a different beast’ from the one they beat on the opening day of the season.“Playing local derby matches is obviously big for us as a club,” he said. “I think, as a team, it’s about nailing our jobs day to day and getting our preparation right. The coaches come with a plan, and as players we’re trying to build on that plan during the week and then execute it and have fun on gameday. Hopefully the result goes our way and fans enjoy their day too.“Our mindset is that we know they are a different team from the start of the season. They’ve grown and improved and shown that, especially at The Rec with only one team winning there in the league this season, so we definitely understand the challenge that is ahead of us and the level we needed to come away with a result.“Personally, for myself, playing the game, no matter who the opposition is, there’s always an aspect of fun. When I’m enjoying the game and having fun, that’s when I’m at my best. There are always different types of pressures and this week, we’ve spoken about the history between the two sides and the two cities, so it’s going to be a tough challenge going to The Rec.” Despite recording three successive Gallagher Premiership wins for the first time since April 2007, Piutau, who starred with another man of the match display in last weekend’s victory over Worcester Warriors, believes there is more to come from Bristol as they enter the business end of the season.“For us, even though we’ve won the last three, we feel like it hasn’t quite clicked yet and we’re still looking for that 80-minute performance.“For sure (there’s more to come). If you watch our games, there are a lot of individual errors, a lot of line breaks that we didn’t convert into points. So, there are still areas we want to improve as a side. But at the same time, we are happy with certain areas of our game that have helped us build momentum.“We’re in a good position at the moment, but as you can see in the table, it’s still so close, so a few games can change the table quite drastically. We’ll need to be at our best to continue our current run.”
Related Former Super Eagles head coach Berti Vogts has called on the German Football Association (DFB) to consult foreign-based German managers like Gernot Rohr, David Wagner and Jurgen Klopp after the World Cup debacle in Russia.The future of national team manager Joachim Low is in doubt following the holders’ shameful exit in the group stage of the ongoing tournament in Russia.Germany finished bottom of Group F behind South Korea, Mexico and group winners Sweden.Berti Vogts was speaking about the crisis in the German national team during an interview with Rheinische PostIn his words, he said: “It does not make any sense to take any quick shots now.”“It would make sense to embrace the knowledge of experts. Why not invite Jurgen Klopp, David Wagner, Gernot Rohr and others, simply have a conversation at the association headquarters and listen to their opinion?”Berti Vogts was in charge of the Super Eagles for one year before he resigned in February 2008 in the wake of the team’s failure to qualify for the semifinal of the 2008 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ghana.Gernot Rohr recently signed a new two-year deal to stay on as the Super Eagles head coach until 2020 having been appointed in 2016.