Vermont Agency of Transportation Secretary Brian Searles today reminded the public that “tremors” from Tropical Storm Irene in the form of sink holes and slope failures continue to occur across the state, especially in the southern tier. Recent rains continue to soften the state’s soil, intensifying the probability of such tremors. These dangers can occur on roads that previously experienced no damage. Travelers need to be on the lookout and drive with care. “We appreciate there are some long detours to take in light of roadway closures,” Searles said. “Trying to make the longer commute shorter by driving aggressively may cost you your life. Everyone’s focus needs to be on safety.” As for road recovery efforts, a temporary bridge along Route 125 in Hancock will be open for public travel by the end of the day. This temporary bridge restores critical two-way traffic along Route 125 between Hancock and Middlebury, which was severed over the weekend when a bridge was closed. Additional forces arrived as 149 crews from the Maine Department of Transportation landed in Vermont at about 4 p.m. with 145 pieces of heavy equipment including 10 road graders, seven large excavators, and dozens of back loaders and dump trucks. The Maine crews will be deployed on Wednesday to several locations including Route 131 in Cavendish where they will replace culverts, clear debris and repair shoulder washouts. Maine crews also will be dispatched to Route 100 in Jamaica and Wardsboro where two teams will reestablish ditching and repair shoulder damage. Other crews will conduct a variety of tasks along routes 100, 30, 11, and 10. Also, 10 New Hampshire crews with trucks arrived delivering 150 Jersey barriers to help cordon off dangerous roadway sections. The New Hampshire crews on Wednesday will also help repair segments of Route 131 and Route 106.
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Ralston Turner raised his eyebrows at the question in equal parts because of its obviousness and the possibilities it presents.T.J. Warren is the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, so he and the rest of the North Carolina State roster has to step up its play to match him, right?“I think so,” Turner said. “We know that he’s going to get a lot of attention and he can’t do it by himself, so we just have to give him some help.”Warren, the conference’s player of the year and a Sporting News All-American, is the center of attention for most of the Wolfpack’s opposition, and still managed to go off for more than 40 points in each of NC State’s last two regular-season games. He followed it up with a relatively paltry 24 against No. 10-seed Miami (Fla.) in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, but NCSU (20-12, 9-9 ACC) beat the Hurricanes 67-58, largely on the back of two scoring options.Warren did his usual thing but Turner also poured in 22 and drained five 3-pointers to send N.C. State to a quarterfinal matchup with No. 2-seed Syracuse (27-4, 14-4) at 7 p.m. Friday at Greensboro Coliseum. The No. 11 Orange eked out a one-point win against the Wolfpack in February when Warren scored 23, but Turner added a meek 13 in that contest.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBalance has become more of a necessity with a slew of double and triple teams Warren has drawn, but it’s also become more of a possibility.“Our players know T.J. is a great player,” N.C. State head coach Mark Gottfried said. “But he needs other people to help him score.”In each of his season-closing 40-point outings, none of his teammates scored more than 11 points. In both contests, NCSU only had one other player in double figures and Turner scored just nine combined points.North Carolina State can win some games when Warren goes off like that, but it has an easier time when its offense is clicking in multiple places.When a Davon Reed 3 put Miami up by two with 3:55 to go, it wasn’t Warren who lifted the Wolfpack out of the late hole — it was a collective effort. Warren hit one jumper. Turner scored six points. Desmond Lee added four more.“That’s a scary thing,” N.C. State center Jordan Vandenberg said after the win over the Hurricanes. “Teams should be a little worried because you’ve got Ralston coming off screens, T.J. scoring by himself. We’re setting them up and it’s not like we’re being greedy with our offense.“We’re doing it so they can score when they get on fire. Ralston’s had a couple games like this, but it’s good for him to be peaking now during the ACC tournament.”Gottfried used Thursday’s win as an example to shoot down the notion that NCSU is a one-man show with Warren as the sole attraction.Even though North Carolina State only has one other player that averages double figures — Turner scores 10 points per game — teams have frequently utilized a triangle-and-two to counter the Wolfpack in addition to the more common box-and-one.Of course, Gottfried knows SU won’t do any of that. It will stick with its 2-3 zone that held Warren below his season average on Feb. 15.“They adjusted some shots,” Warren said, “but you just got to stay with it.”So N.C. State will stick with what it does. Trying to get Warren some shots running along the baseline — a traditional weakness of the zone — and hoping some other guys show up to join him.Turner — another baseline staple — showed up against the Hurricanes, so NCSU will get another shot at Syracuse.“Tonight as a team,” Turner said, “we made enough plays to win.” Comments Published on March 14, 2014 at 1:55 pm Contact David: firstname.lastname@example.org | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+
1 Jack Goodall One down, four to go…The first Carlsberg People’s Pundit semi-final, held in Islington on Friday, March 13, was a huge success, with the standard of the six contestants extremely high.The dynamic half dozen were put through their paces by a number of high-profile judges, including Jeff Stelling, Ray Parlour and Ian Danter.Challenges included having to act as expert summariser to match commentator Danter, and having to talk live on stage for 30 seconds on a football topic thrown to them at random. Not easy, that!All six performed well but, in the end, the judges chose Ipswich fan Jake Goodall as the winner of the London heat. Jake’s friend suggested he enter the competition and he got his entry in with just 20 minutes to spare.He will join the four other winners of the regional heats at Bootcamp with Mark Saggers in London on Monday, April 20.And the final five will then battle it out in a series of challenges until a final winner is decided on Monday, May 18.Click here for details and venues of the remaining four People’s Pundit semi-finals
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