8 homes destroyed in Moab fire get green light for cleanup

SALT LAKE CITY — More than a week after a brush fire in Moab destroyed nine homes, eight of those property owners have received approval from state officials to begin cleanup efforts. Test results determined that of the nine homes destroyed in the Cinema Court fire, only one home had asbestos present, likely delaying the homeowner’s ability to begin the cleanup process. “We will work with the owner of the contaminated property to develop a mitigation plan for the cleanup,” Orion Rogers, environmental health director for the Southeast Utah Health Department, said in a news release. Owners were notified of the test results Thursday evening. The hazardous mineral asbestos —… Read More

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Canadiens select Jesperi Kotkaniemi No. 3 overall at NHL Draft

The Montreal Canadiens have selected Jesperi Kotkaniemi with the No. 3 overall pick of the 2018 NHL Draft. The team has long been linked to Kotkaniemi, who rose in the rankings this spring thanks to a strong showing during the Under-18 world championship. The 17-year-old Finnish forward has all the makings of an NHL centre despite suiting up on the wing this past season with Assat of Finland’s top-tier professional league. Though perhaps not known for his skating, Kotkaniemi has earned a reputation for being a smart, skilled two-way player who’s tough to knock off the puck. The Canadiens have been an intriguing team leading up to Friday’s draft, with… Read More

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Humboldt Broncos honoured with E.J. McGuire Award at NHL Draft

The Humboldt Broncos were honoured with the E.J. McGuire Award of Excellence shortly before the start of the 2018 NHL Draft. Team president Kevin Garinger accepted the award on behalf of the team. Commissioner Gary Bettman presented the Humboldt Broncos with the E.J. McGuire Award of Excellence before tonight’s #NHLDraft. pic.twitter.com/DVqX7era4L — Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 22, 2018 The award has traditionally been given to the “NHL draft prospect who best exemplifies the commitment to excellence through strength of character, competitiveness and athleticism as selected by NHL Central Scouting.” Past winners include Travis Konecny and Nico Hischier. …read more Source:: Sportsnet.ca       

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Hanley Ramirez reportedly eyed in federal and state investigation for possible ties to ‘substantial’ drug ring

Former Red Sox first baseman and current free agent Hanley Ramirez might be in serious hot water with the authorities, as the 34-year-old is “being eyed in connection with an ongoing federal and state investigation,” according to an ominous tweet from ABC News investigative journalist Michele McPhee. Hanley Ramirez and a ‘substantial’ drug ringRed Sox, MLB’s reactions to Hanley Ramirez report … …read more Source:: AOL.com       

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Sabres select Rasmus Dahlin with first-overall pick of NHL Draft

DALLAS — The Buffalo Sabres have selected Swedish defenceman Rasmus Dahlin with the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft tonight. Dahlin is considered far and away the class of the 2018 talent pool. The slick 18-year-old had seven goals and 13 assists in 41 games for Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League in 2017-18. Dahlin is the second Swedish-born player selected first overall. Mats Sundin was the top choice of the Quebec Nordiques in 1989. Dahlin also was named his country’s top junior hockey player last season. The six-foot-three, 185-pound Dahlin was honoured as the top blue liner at the 2018 world junior championship in Buffalo, registering six assists… Read More

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Barreto hits two 3-run HRs, Athletics top White Sox for 5th win in row

CHICAGO — Franklin Barreto hit a pair of three-run homers and the Oakland Athletics won their season-high fifth in a row, pounding the Chicago White Sox 11-2 Friday in the first game of a doubleheader. The White Sox have lost eight in a row, their worst skid since a nine-game rut last July. Barreto connected against James Shields to cap a four-run second inning, then went deep off Luis Avilan in the eighth. Barreto’s first career multihomer game gave him a personal-best six RBIs. It was quite a display for a player who came in with just three home runs since his debut last season. Both of his drives in… Read More

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B.C. securities regulator takes action in U.S. court to enforce major penalty

The B.C. Securities Commission has filed an application in a U.S. court to enforce a $21.7-million penalty against fraudster Michael Lathigee, who relocated to Las Vegas from Vancouver after he was sanctioned. In documents filed in the Eighth Judicial District Court of Nevada, Lathigee argues the BCSC is attempting to enforce a judgment that is “non-recognizable” under the laws of Nevada and the United States. The BCSC’s action against Lathigee is the latest among measures the regulator took after a Postmedia investigation, reported last November, revealed more than half a billion dollars of its penalties had gone uncollected in the past decade. During the period, the collection rate was less… Read More

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After 4-9 season, BYU football team focused on more winning, less hype

PROVO — During this year’s version of BYU’s annual Media Day festivities, there was a conspicuous dearth of hype. That’s not a surprise, considering the Cougars are coming off an abysmal 4-9 season — their first nine-loss campaign since 1955 — and facing uncertainty at the quarterback position where several candidates with varying degrees of experience will compete for the starting job. At this point, BYU would be thrilled just to get back to a bowl game. The Cougars’ streak of 12 consecutive postseason appearances was snapped last year. “Right now, there’s some changes that are going on to bring (BYU football) back. I like the kids and the coaches.… Read More

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