Press Association The five-year-old mare has made great strides forward this year and was sent off 9-4 favourite for the afternoon’s feature having narrowly missed out on a double at Listowel on her latest outing. Pat Smullen had his mount well positioned behind leader Hes Our Music turning for home and although Pat Flynn’s charge didn’t go down without a fight, the winner asserted close home for a two-and-a-half-length victory. Gussy Goose (3-1) improved on her Limerick second to land the Gowran Park Racing Club Membership From 100 Maiden. Enough Is Enough blazed a trail early doors but was swamped Frozen Lake and David Wachman’s filly over a furlong out and the latter pulled three lengths clear in taking fashion. Wachman completed a quick-fire double when Wardell powered home to justify 2-1 favouritism in the BBQ Evening August 12th At Gowran Park Handicap with two and a quarter lengths to spare from The Fairy. Social Climber (2-1) gave in-form jockey Chris Hayes another winner when getting up late to deny Brown Bee by two and a quarter lengths in the Live Music Sunday Sept 20th Handicap, while Snap Click (9-2fav) recorded a length-and-a-quarter verdict over Dixie Highway in the Gowran Park Golf Club Societies Welcome Handicap. Willie Mullins was in the winner’s enclosure at Royal Ascot during the week and the master handler recorded another victory on the Flat with Laviniad in the www.gowranpark.ie Handicap on Sunday. Smullen said: “I blame myself for the last day but in fairness she was labouring on the heavy ground and she was never travelling. “Ideally a mile is her trip but would get another furlong. “In fairness to her she is very consistent and runs to her mark every day.” Air Vice Marshal opened his account in the Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Maiden with the ease his odds of 1-4 suggested he would. Having kept on for third on his debut at the Curragh, the Aidan O’Brien-trained favourite relished the step up to seven furlongs and proved much too strong for pace-setter Hoppala in the closing stages. The War Front colt took it up a furlong from home and pulled two and a half lengths clear in good style. Lat Hawill ground out a determined success in the Follow Gowran Park On Facebook Race. With Royal Navy Ship a non-runner, Ger Lyons’ four-year-old was the evens favourite to defeat his two rivals and showed a good attitude to fend off the challenge of Clonard Street by three-quarters of a length after hitting the front a furlong out.
In every level of athletic competition, there is one core tenet coaches use when looking toward the future: To be the best, you have to beat the best.The USC men’s basketball team turned a corner in that regard with wins over non-conference foes like Texas and Tennessee in 2010, though the challenge of taking that next step toward national recognition requires a steadfast commitment to continuing the trend.Since Nikola Vucevic’s decision to forgo his senior season, many have said USC coach Kevin O’Neill’s 2011-12 squad will need to grow up in a hurry if it wants any chance of playing deep into March.With the loss of Vucevic and graduating seniors Alex Stepheson, Marcus Simmons and Donte Smith, the Trojans will enter their second straight season without four of their top six scorers from the previous year.Throw in the fact that next year’s replacements — transfers Aaron Fuller and DeWayne Dedmon and freshman recruit Bryon Wesley — have never played a single minute in cardinal and gold, and the prospects look bleak.O’Neill’s rough month on (being out-coached by Shaka Smart) and off (altercation with University of Arizona booster) the court makes it even harder to see how the puzzle pieces will fit together.Say what you will about the beleaguered coach and his mixed bag of players, but O’Neill might have just saved the season eight months before it even begins.How?By scheduling tough early season games against Kansas, North Carolina and potentially Duke, all of which will occur outside the friendly confines of the Galen Center.Playing non-conference games, whether they are in Kansas, Las Vegas or Durham, N.C., not only makes for a more battle-tested team come conference play, but it illustrates a willingness to compete against any team in the country, regardless of ranking or pedigree.Take a look at the teams that played in Monday’s national championship game.Aside from the fact it ended up being the worst title game in recent memory, both Butler and Connecticut remained unscathed through the first five rounds of the tournament in part because of their extremely tough non-conference schedules.Among the ranked teams the two faced on their paths to the first Monday in April were Duke, Louisville, Kentucky, Michigan State and Texas.For USC, scheduling games against three of the past four national champions lends credence to the idea the university is serious about its men’s basketball program, despite the common belief that the round ball plays second fiddle to the pigskin around these parts.What non-conference game is more exciting to you, USC football vs. Syracuse or USC men’s basketball vs. UNC?The trickle-down effect of a tough non-conference schedule can only be positive. Whether the team goes 2-1 or 0-3 against these elite opponents is almost of secondary importance.And O’Neill’s plan goes much deeper, from pleasing the tournament committee on Selection Sunday if the team falls on the bubble to promoting USC on a national level and impressing recruits who might want to one day don a Trojan uniform.The program, even as it tries to clean up its recently tarnished image, has received very little attention around the country, primarily because the team is never on national television. Outside of the play-in game against VCU and the ESPN circus that ensued after O’Neill’s one-game suspension, you’d be hard-pressed to find people on the East Coast who even know USC has a basketball team, let alone a promising one.O’Neill has used his connections in the coaching community for the long-term betterment of the program.I’m a fan of November and December victories against UC Riverside and Lehigh as much as the next person, but quality teams don’t mask their deficiencies with superfluous wins.Instead, they use the non-conference period as a meaningful, tournament-style barometer to gauge how far they still need to go. And, it’s just the right kind of test cable networks find attractive come the holiday season.That might mean a blowout loss to Coach K at Cameron Indoor or another gut-wrenching defeat to the Jayhawks, but looking at the big picture, it means a program cares as much about its future as its fans do.Isn’t that all you can ever really ask for? “For The Love Of The Game” runs Wednesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Dave at email@example.com.
The countdown began as soon as USC departed El Paso, Texas, on New Year’s Eve. The countdown continued in earnest as head coach Lane Kiffin announced a perhaps less-than-desirable recruiting class on national signing day. But the countdown to the 2013 season now takes a backseat.Cue spring practice.Battered and bruised after a 7-6 finish last fall, the Trojans return to Howard Jones Field on Tuesday for the first of 15 scheduled practices culminating with the annual spring game on April 13 at the Coliseum. It’s a chance to begin writing a new chapter, to turn the page and to begin healing the wounds following a nightmarish 2012 season that began with billboards of Heisman candidates on Broadway and ended with a now-infamous locker room brawl in the West Texas desert.So as the program regroups this spring, in anticipation for the season opener at Hawai’i in August, here are five storylines to monitor:A three-way quarterback battleThe race to replace Matt Barkley is on. The Trojans will look to settle on a successor for the former four-year starting signal caller this spring — though the competition could, of course, continue through fall camp. The contenders are redshirt sophomores Cody Kessler and Max Wittek, along with early freshman enrollee Max Browne.Wittek, who served as the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart a year ago and started games against Notre Dame and Georgia Tech, stands as the logical frontrunner. Measuring six-foot-four and 235 pounds, he certainly looks the part of a starter, a sort of throwback to the tall, strong-armed USC quarterbacks of years past a la Carson Palmer.But he struggled mightily in the Sun Bowl. The former Mater Dei High School standout — yes, like Barkley — completed just 14 of 37 passes with one touchdown and three interceptions, seemingly launching every pass all the way to New Mexico.Kessler stands as perhaps a safer choice, as he’s highly regarded for his accuracy and mobility, the former being a pressing need a year after the Trojans ranked 119th nationally in total interceptions with 20. Browne, the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year, is no doubt young, turning 18 in February, but is certainly capable as well.Injured players returnsSpring practice also marks the return of two key players who missed all of last season because of injuries: converted redshirt sophomore running back Tre Madden (a torn left knee ligament) and senior defensive end Devon Kennard (a torn pectoral muscle).Madden, who weighs 220 pounds, is a slightly more bruising tailback, the type of runner USC has lacked in recent seasons. He impressed coaches during spring practice a year ago before his injury. Kennard, meanwhile, started five games in 2011 and very well could be named a preseason All-American. Both should provide depth at the very least and warrant quite a bit of playing time. Kennard, in fact, could start.A revamped offensive lineUSC’s offensive line struggled so much in 2012 that it’ll now have two position coaches tasked with overseeing the group: offensive line coach Mike Summers, who had previously been at Kentucky, and returning offensive line coach James Cregg. It appears they have their work cut out for them.Gone is center Khaled Holmes, and there’s no doubt replacing the All-American captain stands atop the agenda. Redshirt sophomore Cyrus Hobbi is a candidate, having started last season’s game against Stanford. Then again, he might not be the staff’s first choice, having started last season’s game against Stanford. Other options include junior guard Marcus Martin, who reportedly has been playing the position during the team-only winter workouts, and incoming freshman Khaliel Rodgers, though he won’t arrive on campus until fall camp.Solidifying the left tackle spot is another challenge, as the team never was able to settle on a full-time starter last season, alternating between then-freshman Max Tuerk and then-sophomore Aundrey Walker.A young secondary How quickly a makeover for USC’s defense takes place largely hinges on how quickly its secondary can grow. Three of four starters from last season are gone -— safeties T.J. McDonald and Jawanza Starling and cornerback Nickell Robey.Enter a pair of freshmen early enrollees: Su’a Cravens and Leon McQuay III. Both played safety in high school and will get a shot to play immediately. Redshirt junior Josh Shaw also returns and has proven capable of playing both the cornerback and safety positions previously.A new staffKiffin’s staff has experienced quite a bit of turnovers in recent months. His father, Monte Kiffin, resigned as the team’s assistant head coach and de facto defensive coordinator. He’s now taken the same position with the Dallas Cowboys. In his place is Clancy Pendergast, the former Cal and NFL defensive coordinator. Others who have left include offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu, linebackers coach Scottie Hazelton and secondary coach Marvin Sanders.Newcomers, meanwhile, include Summers as well as running backs coach Tommie Robinson and linebackers coach Mike Ekeler. Getting everyone on the same page becomes an immediate priority, especially considering how disjointed the team looked over the final stretch last season, losing four of its final five games.As expected, USC’s to-do list for the spring is, no doubt, lengthy. Let the spring cleaning commence. “The 19th Hole” runs Tuesdays. To comment on this story, email Joey at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit dailytrojan.com.
Kieran Marmion, Craig Ronaldson and Aly Muldowney with the tries for Pat Lams side who trailed 16-7 at half time.Robbie Henshaw told TG 4 they had to work hard to deny Munster a losing bonus point in the final few minutes.
Related Articles Share StumbleUpon UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service August 20, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Submit Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share The UK tax authority HMRC has declared that it intends to implement new regulations relating to industry free bets, bonuses and ‘discounted’ gaming.Updating the industry, HMRC detailed that the government would proceed with a ‘slightly revised option’ of its initial proposals in its incoming 2017 ‘Finance Bill’ in which it aims to reduce stakeholder burdens, whilst still achieving its ‘original aim of levelling the playing field’.HMRC’s original consultation launched this summer addressed the idea of amending the definition of ‘free bets’ and ‘prizes’, as the authority wants operators to account for duty on discounted wagers placed by UK consumers. HMRC further states that gambling operators will not be able to hide taxable duty through ‘freeplays’ and free bets awarded as prizes or marketing costs for customers.HMRC explained the rationale behind the changes: “This will ensure where a customer makes use of an offer that allows them to gamble for free, or at a reduced rate, the operator will, in certain circumstances, be required to account for duty on the amount that the consumer would have paid without the offer.“The definition of ‘prizes’ will also be amended to ensure that operators cannot use the value of freeplays given as prizes to reduce their dutiable profit. These changes will have effect for accounting periods that begin on or after 1 August 2017.”The UK government aims to add these amendments for the accounting periods beginning 1 August 2017, with all UK licensed gambling operators set to comply with the new regulations regardless of product or vertical.In its document, the authority details that the new regulations could help generate an additional £45 million in tax revenue during the 2017-18 financial year, with a target of £110 million by 2020-21.“This measure is intended to bring the tax treatment of freeplays for remote gaming more into line with the treatment for free bets under GBD,” HMRC detailed in its industry statement. “The costing includes a behavioural effect to account for a change in the marketing strategy of affected operators as well as the potential for firms finding ways to mitigate the impacts of the measure.“The impact on individuals and households in the UK is expected to be negligible as this measure is not expected to have a significant impact on the availability, price and payouts of remote gambling.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — Cinema at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary returns this Friday with the film “Bag It The Movie: Is Your Life Too Plastic?”Each month the sanctuary features a film that looks at an environmental issue. The story of “Bag It” follows around a man who makes a pledge to stop using plastic grocery bags at the grocery store. Little does he know that the pledge he made would completely change his life and outlook on the environment.“Awareness about single use plastics is really important for our community these days when we use billions and billions of plastic bags,” said Coordinator Steph Gandulla. “These bags never go away. Single use plastics never goes away so, it’s very important for us to be aware of not only the problems with single use plastics but what we can do to stop using them.”The film was directed by Susan Beraza and, it took home one award from the Ashland Independent Film Festival. The screening takes place this Friday at 7:00pm at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center. Doors open at 6:30pm. For more information you can visit the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary by clicking the link here.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious What’s Trending for June 19Next Mock Accident Scene Created to Teach Medical Students Bad Choices & Consequences
Barcelona have unveiled plans to unearth future generations of African talent which they hope can one day follow in the footsteps of Samuel Eto’o, Yaya Toure and Alex Song.The Spanish champions have agreed to allow coaches from their world-famous La Masia academy to visit a number of southern African countries as part of a sponsorship deal with an African beverage company.The coaches will pass on their techniques to local coaches in countries including Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania and Zambia.It’s also hoped that the new link-up will give emerging talent the opportunity to develop in the surroundings that produced the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta. “This goes beyond just signing a sponsorship contract,” Barcelona financial vice-president Javier Faus told BBC Sport.“We know there is a lot of talent in Africa but we are happy to provide the expertise of our coaches to help the game develop in these countries. “We are doing the same thing in Israel and Palestine this summer and are also planning to bring coaches from Africa over to La Masia to see how things are done here.”He added: “In the last 20 years most of the talent has come from west Africa but I think in the next two decades the continent will become even more important in producing players. I’m sure that in that time we will see an African team winning the World Cup.”At the last count, there were approximately 20 African players on the books at La Masia, with the majority having arrived as a result of the link-up with former Barca striker Eto’o’s own foundation.Before the Cameroon star joined the Catalans in 2004, the famous academy had not produced any players of African origin but now teenage striker Jean Marie Dongou is on the brink of making the breakthrough to the first team having starred for Barcelona’s B side over the last two seasons.But of the current first-team squad, only former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song hails from Africa with Eto’o having left for Russia in 2009, Toure for Manchester City a year later and Mali’s Seydou Keita for China in 2012. Now Barcelona are hoping the new link-up will not only provide wider commercial opportunities but a pathway for future stars to establish themselves in one of the world’s biggest clubs.“This could be a great chance for some young players to develop in the best surroundings,” said Faus.“We have a lot of fans across the world but Africa is the final frontier. We want to spend time and effort to introduce ourselves to the continent. Our willingness is to tap into that market over the next decade because we know that is something that doesn’t happen overnight.”
“Getting to St. Louis and getting drafted by the organization, I grew up and pretty much and learned about the history and what kind of man (Musial) was,” he said. “It’s pretty special that the Lord allowed me the opportunity to spend some time with him before he left this Earth. He made a big impact on my life.”Judy Boen, along with her children, befriended Pujols in St. Louis years ago. She helped organize a cheering section for Pujols, called Christian Family Day, that has traveled to see him play on the road once a year in six of Pujols’ seven seasons with the Angels.In 2012, the maiden bus journeyed to Chicago to watch the Angels play the White Sox, Boen said. Trips to Kansas City, Atlanta, Denver and Cleveland followed. This year, about 45 fans were on the bus to Minneapolis.“Last year, they contacted the Down Syndrome Association, so they were able to bring kids with Down Syndrome to the game,” Pujols said. “The Boen Family, they were the first family when we got to St. Louis in 2001 to really open the doors to us and make us feel like (we were) home. It’s a relationship that we have since Day 1 when I stepped foot in the big leagues.”Boen said that Pujols volunteered to pay for the bus fare and a group dinner each time.“We didn’t ask for anything,” Boen said. “He’s giving it all to us.”Rain postponed the first pitch of Saturday’s game by four hours, so the annual group dinner took place a bit later than planned.With Pujols passing Musial, the timing of this year’s trip could not have been better for a group of Cardinals fans.“In St. Louis, Stan was the hero for everybody,” Pujols said.NATIONAL CONTROVERSYPujols is alternately listed as possessing either sixth place or seventh place on the all-time RBI list. Why?Hall of Famer Cap Anson began his playing career in the National Association in 1871. MLB does not officially recognize the National Association as a major league. Therefore, the 195 RBIs Anson collected before jumping to the National League in 1876 are not counted on MLB’s website.Other websites count all of Anson’s 2,075 RBIs toward his official total, which would rank fourth all-time and push Pujols down to seventh.ROTATION SETAndrew Heaney, “TBA” and Garrett Richards are listed as the Angels’ starting pitchers each of the next three days in Seattle. TBA ostensibly refers to “Time for Barría Again,” since right-hander Jaime Barría is the only healthy member of the Angels’ regular rotation who can start Tuesday on normal rest.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The first 1,329 RBIs of Pujols’ career came as a Cardinal. The last 625 have come as an Angel. MINNEAPOLIS – A little rain couldn’t spoil the weekend for Albert Pujols, or the bus full of fans that journeyed more than 500 miles to see him make history.On Saturday, Pujols hit the 623rd home run of his career. The solo homer allowed him to tie another former St. Louis Cardinals great, Stan Musial, with 1,951 career runs batted in.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Sunday, Pujols drove in three more runs. The 1,952nd RBI – a single off the end of his bat in the first inning – landed in center field, so Pujols was able to keep the historic baseball. In the ninth inning, he singled again to drive in the final two runs of the Angels’ 7-5 loss.Pujols said he kept that ball too, but he didn’t plan to hold onto either one for long. It’s the Angels’ first time through the rotation since losing Shohei Ohtani to a sprained right elbow ligament. Heaney will have an extra day’s rest since his last outing, a complete-game shutout against the Kansas City Royals last Tuesday.Richards and Barría will both start on four days’ rest. Richards tossed 5-1/3 innings against the Minnesota Twins on Friday. Barría would need to be recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake, where he threw 41 pitches over three innings Thursday in his most recent start against the Round Rock Express.ALSOAndrelton Simmons continues to make progress in his recovery from a sprained ankle, Manager Mike Scioscia said, but there is no timetable for his return. … Catcher Rene Rivera has resumed baseball activities, including throwing and hitting off a tee. Rivera has missed 21 games since undergoing surgery on the meniscus in his right knee.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Andrew Heaney, 3-4, 3.12 ERA) at Seattle (LHP Wade LeBlanc, 1-0 2.94), 7 p.m,. Fox Sports West Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “Both of the baseballs are going to go to (Musial’s) family, because I believe they deserve that,” Pujols said. Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield
Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start One of 10 Dodgers currently on their active roster who played in the 2017 World Series, Joc Pederson also acknowledged the memories that have been stirred up by this trip.“Definitely. The history obviously is out there, everyone knows what’s at stake and what happened,” he said.“But it’s time to show up here, just continue to win games. In a shorter season, you can’t really give up much. You got to show up every day ready to play. So I think there will be a rise in intensity and concentration.”ALSOA new program with “Home Plates” will give fans a chance to enjoy popular Dodger Stadium concession items like Dodger Dogs, micheladas, helmet nachos and garlic fries at home. The full menu and details can be found at Dodgers.com/HomePlates. The program is initially launching in the Hollywood and West Hollywood neighborhoods. Items will be prepared and packaged by Home Team Kitchens and delivered via Postmates. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “He just felt that he could continue to go through his workouts, in the weight room, bullpens and obviously make his start,” Roberts said Tuesday of starting Wood despite the shoulder issue. “Just after that start, he didn’t feel great and then also we were fortunate enough to have information on his arm slot dropping a little bit. That’s kind of a notifier.“We just felt that he could make it and wouldn’t compromise health. And so, so that’s why we decided to go ahead with it.”Wood underwent an MRI which showed no structural damage. Roberts said the timetable for Wood’s return is unclear at this point but “I expect him back soon.”Kershaw should be back even sooner, but he won’t be ready to fill Wood’s spot on Friday. Kershaw threw an extensive bullpen session in Houston on Tuesday, going through a typical pregame warmup and throwing more than 50 pitches in all.After the game, Roberts said Kershaw would throw another session on Thursday. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “He felt good with it,” Roberts said. “I think he’ll throw another one here on Thursday when we go to Arizona. And if he comes out of that then we’ll pencil him in somewhere.”Dustin May is scheduled to start Wednesday in Houston and Ross Stripling on Thursday in Arizona. Julio Urias would be starting on regular rest Friday, but Roberts said Urias would stay on five days’ rest and start Saturday.If Kershaw is not available, Roberts listed Mitchell White, Tony Gonsolin, Josiah Gray and Victor Gonzalez all as potential options to start Friday with a “piecemeal” approach likely. Gonzalez is in Houston, along with catcher Rocky Gale and utilityman Zach McKinstry, on the taxi squad.Right-handed reliever Josh Sborz was added to the active roster in Wood’s place. Wood stayed in Los Angeles and did not make the trip with the Dodgers.FLASHBACK SERIESThe Dodgers returned to Minute Maid Park in Houston on Tuesday for the first time since the 2017 World Series. It definitely “brought up some memories,” Roberts acknowledged.Those memories have only grown in intensity with revelations of the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.“I think everybody is going to feel differently,” the Dodgers manager said. “I know that both teams, both teams’ players were vocal this past winter. But a lot of time has passed. It doesn’t change the history, the past or what happened. I think right now, the focus is and has to be on whatever it takes to win (Tuesday) night.”Roberts was asked if retaliation would be on the minds of Dodgers pitchers in this series.“People have alluded to intentionally throwing at a player – I don’t see that happening,” he said. “I just don’t want to take away our focus from winning (Tuesday) night and (Wednesday).”Roberts said he still believes “that the result of ’17 would have been different” if not for the Astros’ sign stealing (for which they were disciplined by MLB).“But it’s hard for me to keep myself in that place because it doesn’t – it’s not too helpful,” Roberts said. “It doesn’t change it. I think that, yeah, when you get back to where all this stuff took place, it certainly takes you back to a few years ago. But I still don’t think I need to address it with our guys. They’re doing a good job right now, getting ready for the game and I don’t think there’s any chatter about 2017.”Related Articles Even with the subtraction of Hyun-Jin Ryu, Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda this offseason, the Dodgers frequently bragged about their starting pitching depth heading into 2020.But the subtractions have continued.Alex Wood became the third left-handed pitcher from their expected rotation sidelined when he went on the injured list with shoulder inflammation Tuesday. Wood joins Clayton Kershaw (back stiffness) on the IL. David Price has opted not to play this season.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Wood – who made just seven starts for the Cincinnati Reds last season due to a back problem – had been dealing with shoulder discomfort for “a couple weeks” before making his season debut Saturday. Wood was not sharp. His velocity was down, averaging less than 90 mph, and he allowed three runs while going just three innings. 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BALSAM LAKE, WISCONSIN — A Klemme man has been charged with vehicular homicide in Wisconsin after a crash that killed a woman. The Polk County Wisconsin Sheriff’s Department says 47-year-old Michael Barkema was driving a truck that was hauling a large trailer and was involved in an accident Sunday evening on County Truck Highway M just north of the Saint Croix and Polk County line, northeast of the Twin Cities metro area. Barkema is accused of turning in front of another vehicle, with a woman in the other vehicle being killed. Court documents say a responding officer said he could smell intoxicants on Barkema’s breath, said his speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot and glossy. When he was asked if he had anything to drink, Barkema allegedly responded that he had only one beer. Authorities say Barkema failed field sobriety tests and that a preliminary breathalyzer showed his blood alcohol content was at 0.28, three-and-a-half times above the legal limit. Barkema has been charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.