There are two active wildfires burning in the mountains of Western North Carolina.As of of Tuesday afternoon, a Burke County wildfire near the Linville Gorge Wilderness area had spread to 10 acres along Old N.C. 105 north of Lake JamesThe last official report stated that the fire was burning on the south end of the Gorge, adjacent to but not on the actual wilderness area.It was reported to the Grandfather Ranger District on Monday afternoon, and crews worked through the night to contain the blaze despite being impeded by strong winds.The 10-acre Burke County fire as seen on Monday, Oct. 24.A helicopter was also on the scene.An investigation into what caused the fire is still underway, but U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Lisa Jennings said that human error is suspected.Nantahala National Forest FireA second fire is burning in the Dicks Creek area of the Nantahala National Forest near the town of Sylva.While this fire is said to be sixty percent contained, it encompasses 374 acres, according to a news alert issued at 5 P.M. yesterday by the USFS.Smoke is visible on US 74 near Sylva and is expected to settle in to the valley as temperatures drop in the evenings.This fire was discovered on the morning of Sunday, October 23, and, like the 10-acre blaze threatening the Linville Gorge, it is believed to be human caused.“The public is encouraged to use extreme caution with outdoor fires this fall,” the USFS said in a statement. “Western North Carolina is currently in a severe drought and fire danger is extremely high. Dry and windy conditions are predicted to remain in the region through early December.”Click here for some valuable tips on outdoor fire safety.
All efforts to get the Queen’s Park Oval ready for play were given up in the very first hour of the fourth day. At around 10.25hrs, the fourth day was called off.Since the early morning on day two of the Test, there had been barely an hour of rain, but the outfield was in such a bad state that not a ball was bowled for three days.The ground was not fully covered, it didn’t have a super sopper, and Test cricket went through another surreal day of no action.With the Test certain to end as a draw, Pakistan were all set to become the new No. 1 Test team; India needed to win this Test to retain their top spot.(ESPN Cricinfo).
TAROUBA, Trinidad, (CMC) – Off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham’s hat-trick, coupled with fast bowler Chemar Holder’s late burst, brought to life an otherwise dull rain-hit day and left the third four-day “Test” intriguingly poised heading into Thursday’s penultimate day.The 30-year-old Gowtham claimed the wickets of Raymon Reifer (5), Holder (0) and Miguel Cummins (0) as West Indies A, replying to India A’s 201, crashed to 194 all out in their first innings at the Brian Lara Stadium.Gowtham ended with six for 67 while seamer Umesh Yadav supported with two for 29, ensuring India A secured a slim seven-run lead.Left-handed opener Jeremy Solozano snatched his share of the headlines when carried his bat for an unbeaten 69, while Sunil Ambris struck 43 and Jermaine Blackwood, 22.Holder then produced yet another fiery spell, claiming two for 14 as India A stumbled the close on 23 for three – a lead of only 30 runs.He removed Priyank Panchal for three in the fourth over, lbw on the back foot to one that came back and in his next over, hit the other opener Abhimanyu Esawaran (6) in front.Four balls later in the next over, Mayank Agarwal played back to pacer Miguel Cummins and lost his off-stump for five.Resuming earlier from their overnight 23 for one, West Indies lost nightwatchman Akim Fraser (1) in the second over of the day for one, plumb lbw to Umesh with just one run added to the total.And when Umesh found Brandon King’s (8) outside edge for wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha to take a low catch to his right, the hosts were reeling further at 36 for three.Solozano then repaired the damage, first in a 66-run fourth wicket stand with Ambris and then in a fifth wicket stand with Blackwood worth 32.The left-handed Solozano faced 208 balls in 4-¾ hours and struck seven fours while Ambris played freely with five fours in a 63-ball knock before playing around a straight one from seamer Dhivam Dube and falling lbw.Blackwood, too, was going well with three fours in a breezy 19-ball innings but attempted to force Gowtham through the off-side, found himself cramped for room and played on.On 134 for five, West Indies A were then dismantled by Gowtham who ripped through the middle and lower order.He had captain Jahmar Hamilton caught at the wicket for nine, essaying an uncertain defensive prod while pacer Avesh Khan removed Yannic Cariah for 17 to a catch at the wicket, trying to keep out a sharp, full length delivery. Gowtham’s hat-trick then arrived when both Reifer and Holder played down the wrong line and were bowled, and Cummins missed a heave and was adjudged lbw.INDIA A 1st Innings 201West Indies A 1st Innings(overnight 23 for one)M Hodge b Gowtham 15J Solozano not out 69A Frazer lbw b Umesh 1B King c wkp Saha b Umesh 8S Ambris lbw b Dube 43J Blackwood b Gowtham 22*+J Hamilton c wkp Saha b Gowtham 9Y Cariah c wkp Saha b Avesh Khan 17R Reifer b Gowtham 5C Holder b Gowtham 0M Cummins lbw b Gowtham 0Extras (lb1, w2, nb2) 5TOTAL (all out, 72.4 overs) 194Fall of wicket: 1-23, 2-24, 3-36, 4-102, 5-134, 6-150, 7-179, 8-194, 9-194, 10-194.Bowling: Yadav 16-4-29-2, Avesh Khan 14-6-34-1, Gowtham 23.4-5-67-6, Nadeem 13-3-28-0, Dube 6-0-35-1.INDIA A 2nd InningsP Panchal lbw b Holder 3A Easwaran lbw b Holder 6M Agarwal b Cummins 5S Gill not out 5S Nadeem not out 2Extras (lb2) 2TOTAL (3 wkts, 9 overs) 23Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-14, 3-14.Bowling: Cummins 5-2-7-1, Holder 4-2-14-2.Position: India A lead by 30 runs with seven second innings wickets intact.
Former Kotoko and now Sundowns of South Africa’s defender, Rashid Sumaila has thanked the people of Kumasi particularly Kotoko supporters, saying he would miss them now that he has left for South Africa. The centre back joined Kotoko from Ebusua Dwarfs on a season-long loan.A lot of Kotoko supporters at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium where the Porcupines took on Sundowns on Sunday, interestingly were touched by the true status of the hard working defender as his change of shirt from Kotoko’s red to Sundowns’ white evoked tears.Speaking to asantekotokosc.com after the game, Rashid Sumaila showered praises on the Kumasi fans for the support given him throughout his stay. “I am very grateful to the people of Kumasi especially Kotoko supporters. I will miss Kumasi and the supporters very much. I thank them for all the support they gave me. I promise to make them proud everywhere I go” said Rashid.“I am happy I won the league title with Kotoko. My move to Sundowns is another step in my football career. I am confident that with the exposure at Kotoko, I will succeed. I wish the club well and I wish to return to work either as a player or an official in future” he added.In quite an unforgettable last game for Rashid, the Porcupines lost 0-2 to Memlodi Sundowns in the international pre-season friendly game. Most of the fans bided an emotional farewell to Rashid Sumaila who has now officially joined the respected South African side. Smallboy Korbah scored an own goal to put the visitors in front in the 48th minute and Bongani Zungu made it 2-0 in the 81st minute to wrap up a game in which Kotoko was less impressive. Rashid was a pillar in Kotoko’s defence in the first half but as the players emerged from the changing room, he appeared in Mamelodi Sundowns’ all-white jersey and the supporters cheered the former Kotoko defender as he moved to Sundowns’ half.The first half was evenly played and with the scores ending goalless, both teams improved remarkably in the second half but it was the visitors who started to exert pressure on the host in the early minutes. In one of their quick moves, which was their third successive invasion of the Kotoko goal area in two minutes, a long pass was sent to the right side of attack to locate substitute Raymond Monama.He advanced with the ball and sent a cross into the Kotoko six-yard-box. In the haste of clearing the ball to safety, Smallboy Korbah’s touch unfortunately redirected the ball into the net. Then in the 50th minute, Teko Modise sent Luthberty Malatila through on goal on the left side.Unfazed by the challenge given to him by substitute Kofi Agyare, Malatila tried a low curler which Isaac Amoako was saved. Kotoko regrouped and for the first time in the second half, made inroads into the final third of Sundowns but tried as they did, the Porcupines could not surpass Rashid Sumaila and Alje Shut. Kotoko returnee, Albert Bruce managed to deflect Godfred Asante’s pass wider to the left in the 76th minute. Jafaru Samed and Joseph Ochaya combined beautifully to have the latter tear away dangerously towards the rear but Rashid Sumaila slid and kicked the ball to corner before the Kotoko could wreck havoc.With further cause for anxiety for Kotoko in the 79th minute, Thami Sangweni, who was presented with nice set up in the 18-yard box by Dowe Wome, could only shoot wide. Sundowns yet again took over the exchanges immediately after the restart. Gracefully, the visitors struggled to create the opening and so sent the ball back.The Kotoko midfield advanced forward and the ball was lopped behind them but only as far as Albert Bruce who was standing halfway into the Kotoko territory with only Kofi Agyare and Ohene Brenya behind him. The midfielder could not control the ball firmly before it was pounced on by Bongani Zungu, who ran with it towards goal with only Kofi Agyare confronting him. Bongani craftily placed the ball at the far lower corner to register Sundowns’ second goal.Kotoko pressed hard for a goal but Francis Adjei failed to utilize the glaring chance that fell his way in the 83rd minute. The youngster, with only Kennedy Nweene to beat, failed to take it early as he tried to dribble past the well-experienced Zambian goalie. Alhassan Bukari followed suit on the stroke of full time when his shot at the close range went over the bar. Kotoko lineup: Isaac Amoako/Felix Annan, Bobie Ansah, Joseph Ochaya, Smallboy Korbah/Ohene Brenya, Rashid Sumaila/Kofi Agyare, Michael Akufu/Godfred Asante, Issah Yakubu/Mickey Ofosu, Prince Baffoe/Albert Bruce, Seidu Bancey/Bukari Alhassan, Ransford Osei/Jafaru Samed, Michael Helegbe/Francis Adjei.Sundowns lineup: Kennedy Nweene, Bryce Moon/Rama Mphahehe, Tebogo Langerman/Elia Pelempe, Emmanuel Mathias/Rashid Sumaila, Alje Shut, Bongani Zungu, Teko Modise, Anthony Laffor, Thami Sangweni/Denise Onyango, Dowe Wome, Cathberty Malatila/Punch Senamela,