Wigan Athletic players celebrate at the end of the English FA Cup fifth round soccer match between Wigan Athletic and Manchester City at The DW Stadium, Wigan, England, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Wigan Athletic won the game 1-0. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City’s pursuit of a quadruple ended on Monday when it was surprisingly eliminated from the FA Cup by losing at third-division Wigan 1-0.Wigan beat City in the 2013 FA Cup final, but this was an even bigger shock. Will Grigg’s late goal was enough for the League One side to pull off the upset in the fifth round. They host Southampton in the quarterfinals next month.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano “Of course, we are sad and we want to go through because the FA Cup is a nice competition and you want to go to the quarterfinals. They score a goal, we were not able to. We congratulate Wigan for their victory.”While Delph’s red card led to Guardiola and Cook exchanging strong words on the touchline and in the tunnel at halftime, both managers said there wasn’t a problem.“From our point of view we’re trying to get every edge in everything we can,” Cook said.“We certainly wish them well fighting on all fronts because they represent English football so well.”City enjoyed 83 percent of possession and 29 shots to Wigan’s four, but could not take advantage. Sergio Aguero headed over early on and Ilkay Gundogan forced a good save from Christian Walton before miskicking from another good position.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We had to ride our luck with a couple of flashing crosses, but that’s what makes the FA Cup so special,” Wigan manager Paul Cook said. “Our lads deserve a lot of credit for the amount of work and the level of energy they put in. To beat a Man City team you have to do that.”City was forced to play the entire second half with 10 men after left back Fabian Delph was red-carded on the stroke of halftime for a strong challenge on Max Power.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCity manager Pep Guardiola accepted the referee’s decision and played down its significance.“We played good in the second half even with 10 so the influence in terms of the way we played wasn’t too much,” he said. “Of course, with 11 it’s easier. We conceded one shot on target in 90 minutes and we lost. Football is like this. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings MOST READ Lady Chiefs keep NCAA volley title UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Aguero looked like opening the scoring after breaking into the box just before the interval, but Walton produced another fine save.Controversy then erupted when referee Anthony Taylor dismissed Delph following a sliding challenge on Power.Taylor initially had a yellow card in his hand, but eventually brandished the red one, sparking vociferous complaints from City players, who felt the decision was harsh.Guardiola was also angered and encroached on to the field, his arguments with Cook continuing for some time afterwards.City was further frustrated after the break and Grigg capitalized on a Kyle Walker error to win it for Wigan 11 minutes from time. The Northern Ireland international seized possession on halfway and charged upfield before slotting a fine shot past Bravo from the edge of the area.Wigan survived a nervy finish, with the final whistle prompting a pitch invasion.Television pictures appeared to show a home supporter and Aguero involved in a physical exchange.Aguero appeared to strike the supporter after the latter said something to the forward, who had to be held back by his City teammates.Guardiola and Cook said they did not see the post-match incidents because they were in the changing rooms. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski celebrates his side’s second goal during the Champions League group E soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and AEK Athen in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)MUNICH, Germany—Robert Lewandowski scored twice for Bayern Munich to beat AEK Athens 2-0 on Wednesday and move even closer to the Champions League knockout stage.The Polish striker opened the scoring with a penalty in the first half and sealed the win in the second after a Bayern corner.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sterling earns farcical penalty, Man City wins 6-0 in CL LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “We knew it wouldn’t be easy but we’ve taken a good step forward,” said Lewandowski, who was already looking ahead to Saturday’s game at Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund. “We had the game in control for the decisive moments. So a win is good for confidence.”The home side had struggled to create any chances of note until Serbian defender Uros Cosic was penalized for pulling Lewandowski back before the half-hour mark, and Lewandowski scored from the spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBayern dominated possession and Lewandowski grabbed his fourth Champions League goal of the season after a corner from Joshua Kimmich with just under 20 minutes remaining.With 10 points from four games, Bayern is top of Group E. View comments “We deserved to win, I’m satisfied with the result,” said Bayern coach Niko Kovac, who is under pressure after a series of lackluster results. “There were no fireworks, but we have 10 points, it looks good.”Ajax, which drew at Benfica 1-1 in the other group game on Wednesday, is second on eight points with two games remaining, followed by Benfica on four. AEK is last after four defeats. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “This is a great place to work,” Rivers said.Rivers has coached the Clippers since 2013, compiling an 887-654 record. He also served as president of basketball operations for three seasons before ceding those duties to Lawrence Frank in 2017.The Clippers were 41-30 going into Tuesday night’s game against Indiana at Staples Center. They currently own the eighth and final Western Conference playoff berth.ADVERTISEMENT NBTC: Kai Sotto, Ateneo dodge upset, withstand Lyceum-Cavite Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Rivers and Clippers owner Steve Ballmer agreed to a shorter contract extension last year that included an opt-out after this season. Rivers said the opt-out existed to “make sure it was the right fit for everyone.”However, Rivers said that’s being replaced with a long-term deal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I have a job and the Lakers have a coach,” Rivers said. “Straight and upfront, I’m going to be here until Steve says ‘Get out.’”The coach said earlier this year he and Ballmer mutually agreed to remove the opt-out and make it an extension. Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers is escorted off the court after being ejected from an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Friday, March 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES — Doc Rivers denied rumors on Tuesday night that he’s interested in leaving the Los Angeles Clippers to coach the Lakers.The LeBron James-led Lakers are 31-39 under coach Luke Walton, whose job status is widely believed to be in jeopardy. Fueling the speculation involving Rivers is that he is close friends with Magic Johnson, Lakers president of basketball operations.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief
CONCACAF Nations LeagueGuyana’s national football team the Golden Jaguars are ready and rearing to have a taste of competition come next week, as they now have a newly outfitted team. Leading from the front is recently appointed Head Coach of the national team, Michael Johnson, who has announced the fresh-faced team that will come up against Barbados in the first encounter of the CONCACAF Nations League.The 30-man squad, inclusive of seven standby players, draw their members from nations all around the world, including Portugal, Canada, England and Trinidad and Tobago. Most of the players, however, hail from the Land of Many Waters, Guyana. The squad is equipped with three goalkeepers, eight defenders, six midfielders, and six forwards. The players on standby are all Guyana-based, and include one goalkeeper, two defenders, two midfielders and two forwards.Johnson, in an invited comment, said the squad is “strong and competitive.”“We feel it’s a strong and competitive squad, with a variety of options as we look to embark on the Nations League campaign. We have a positive blend of Guyana and international-based players in the squad, but they all understand they have to earn the right to wear the badge,” Johnson explained.Among the squad is the debutante Ronayne Marsh-Brown, an England-based solid left side defensive option, who played a season professionally for RKC Waalwijk in Holland. At that time, RKC Waalwijk were playing in the Dutch Eredivisie under former Tottenham Hotspurs coach Martin Jol.Marsh-Brown is known for his commitment to the game. He is the older brother of England Forwards Keanu and Ky Marsh-Brown.Technical Director of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), Ian Greenwood, gave a little insight into the purpose of the standby list, stating, “The recently-concluded preparatory Train and Play camp in Brazil enabled the technical staff to assess the players in the pool through a variety of exercises, including fitness. While it was a competitive process to shortlist the 23-man squad, it was felt that these players had enough of what is required to wear the badge at the highest level of football in Guyana, and therefore are being called to be available in the event of injury or any unforeseen circumstances.”The Golden Jaguars’ international-based players and the technical squad are scheduled to arrive today, while the Barbadian team is scheduled to land on Tuesday.The CONCACAF Nations League will kick off with the encounter between Guyana and Barbados at the Leonora Track and Field facility on Thursday, September 6.Guyana has been grouped with Barbados, Turks and Caicos Islands, French Guiana and Belize, and will play host to Barbados and Belize in September 2018 and March 2019 respectively, while Turks and Caicos Islands and French Guiana will host Guyana in October and November 2018.Early-bird tickets for Thursday’s event are available at the Guyana Football Federation Secretariat for one thousand dollars. Tickets will also be sold at the gate.
0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) More importantly, though, it means Pep Guardiola’s City team cannot now be caught at the top of the table, thus handing the Catalan coach his first Premier League crown in just his second year in English football.Realistically it was always a matter of when and not if City would become English champions for a fifth time following a dominant season from the blue half of Manchester.But, just a week after spoiling City’s title party by beating their local rivals 3-2 at the Etihad, the way United abjectly gifted the title to their neighbours will sting.United’s comeback at the Etihad from a 2-0 half-time deficit offered their supporters a rare fillip of flair and excitement after a difficult season where their style of play has hardly endeared Jose Mourinho to the club’s fanbase.And that was also the case on Sunday, as United failed to spark the imagination in any tangible way even though they were playing a side that had hadn’t won in the league since January.West Brom sacked manager Alan Pardew at the start of April after just four months following one win in his 18 matches in charge, but even a famous win at Old Trafford may be too little, too late for the Baggies as they still lie nine points off safety with just four games remaining.United dominated possession early on, but despite the efforts of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, precious little real impact was made by the home side.Lukaku saw one shot cannon back off the face of West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster, while Pogba’s desire to make a difference saw him booked after half an hour for attempting to steer the ball into the net with a very obvious, very deliberate handball.Prompted by the abject nature of the opening 45 minutes, Mourinho brought on Jesse Lingard at half-time and he was immediately in the heart of the action as United attempted to wake from their slumber.West Brom, to their credit, also kept probing forward but they lacked the class required to really open United up at the back.Mourinho attempted to end the stalemate – and the tedium – by introducing Anthony Martial with half an hour remaining and his introduction undoubtedly lifted the quiet Old Trafford atmosphere.Increasingly poor conditions and a general lack of thrust continued to inhibit both sides, but United did force Foster into wonderfully save on 66 minutes when he tipped a Lukaku effort around the post.However, the plucky visitors then sensationally seized their chance when Chris Brunt delivered a corner from the right with 17 minutes remaining. Nemanja Matic panicked at the delivery and headed back inside to Rodriguez, who could not miss from three yards out.United, sensing the impact of the result, threw everything forward but West Brom displayed some new-found defensive fortitude and held on for a famous victory.United will want to forget the result and its significance as quickly as they can.However, the fans of West Brom — and certainly Manchester City — are likely to remember it for quite some time. 0Shares0000West Bromwich Albion striker Jay Rodriguez celebrates after giving his side a shock lead over Manchester United on SundayMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 15- Manchester City were confirmed as Premier League champions without kicking a ball on Sunday as rock bottom West Brom stunned Manchester United with a 1-0 win at Old Trafford.United simply had to avoid defeat to keep the title race mathematically alive, but a late header from Jay Rodriguez gave West Brom a hugely surprising three points and finally gave their fans something to cheer this season.
Mousa Dembele could return for Tottenham’s clash with Southampton on Saturday.The Belgian midfielder has missed Spurs’ last two games with a foot injury but manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed on Friday that he’s line to face the Saints.Pochettino will, however, be without Ryan Mason and Alex Pritchard, who both have ankle injuries, while Clinton Njie is expected to be out for more than a month with a knee problem.“Dembele is close, we need to assess him now in training,” said Pochettino.“Clinton picked up a ligament injury in his knee and maybe we will miss him for a while. Mason and Pritchard are still out.”Pochettino was given a mixed reception last season at Southampton, after leading the club to an eighth-place finish in 2014 before leaving to take over at Spurs.“It wasn’t the whole stadium (cheering me) – only a few people,” Pochettino said.“I feel it’s not an issue because for me it was a big move coming from Spain and it is not easy to explain why we split our way but I feel very good things from Southampton.“I have a lot of people that love me and people I love there. It will always be an important club in my career.” 1 Mousa Dembele
The Irish Coast Guard, the RNLI and Irish Water Safety have issued a joint appeal to people to be cautious in or near water throughout the summer months.In Ireland, an average of 11 people die from drowning every month.The majority of drownings occur inland at rivers, lakes, canals and quarries, according to the organisation. In the 10 years to the end of 2014, 37 children in Ireland aged 14 and under drowned and IWS is warning people that the summer can be a particularly dangerous time, as half a million children are on holidays from school.It emphasised that people, especially children, can drown ‘quickly, silently and sometimes in only inches of water’.IWS is highlighting water safety among children as part of Water Safety Week, which runs until June 26.The IWS also asked national school teachers to provide water safety information to their classes. It said: “If you’re a schoolteacher, please give 45 minutes to water safety before the summer holidays – the free resources of our official curriculum are all online, you can teach it using the online guidelines and kids receive free certificates. It’s not a mandatory part of the curriculum so we rely on you to find the time in your busy day.”Parents and guardians were also warned to be vigilant.“Children are particularly at risk and need constant supervision near water,” it said.It is urging people to follow these steps:-Learn swimming, survival and water rescue skills-Swim at lifeguarded zones (these are listed on www.iws.ie).Swim in view of lifeguards and always follow their advice-Swim within your depth in case of cramp-Beware of currents-Swim in daylight, not in darkness-Pay attentions to signs on the beach-Avoid swimming in unfamiliar places-Always supervise children even if they can swim-Be aware of water temperature to avoid hypothermia-Swim parallel and close to the shore-Do not use inflatable toys in open water-If boating or fishing, wear a lifejacket with a crotch strap-Never swim alone.IWS is also appealing to parents to enrol their children in one of IWS swim weeks at open water venues nationwide. For details visit www.iws.ie. In good weather there is always a significant rise in maritime recreational incidents.Gareth Morrison RNLI Lifesaving Delivery Manager said: “As the weather improves we notice an increase in callouts for our lifeboats. Many of these incidents relate to leisure activities where a nice day out has unfortunately ended in a call for help.Seeking some simple advice before you take to the water or coastline could make all the difference. Our volunteer lifeboat crews are always on call but when every second counts in an emergency you need to be prepared. The RNLI urges everyone to Respect the Water.”Roger Sweeney, Deputy CEO of Irish Water Safety said that “Ireland averages eleven drownings every month and that constant responsible child supervision will help prevent further tragedies. Parents should check that their local primary school is teaching Irish Water Safety’s classroom based curriculum that instils good habits for a safe summer ahead.” • The temperature of the sea, lakes, canals and inland water ways is still pretty cold and waters users should exercise caution and be aware of cold water shock and hypothermia.• Swim with others, never alone, close and parallel to shore.• If walking on the beach be careful that you are not cut off by the tide. Seek local information about stranding risks.• Members of the public using recreational craft at the beginning of the season should check the seaworthiness of their craft before launching, particularly engines.• When departing check the weather forecast, tell someone where you are going and when expected back and wear a life jacket when going afloat.• For further information on safety on the water check www.safetyonthewater.ie.• If you see someone in difficulty in the sea, on the shore, cliffs, lakes or rivers dial 999/112 and ask for the Coast Guard.APPEAL MADE TO END THE DROWNINGS CARNAGE IN OUR WATERS was last modified: June 21st, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:appealcoast guarddonegalDROWNINGSIRISH WATER SAFETY
Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT FAREWELL silverware England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Should he refuse to sign, United will have the choice of either cashing in on David de Gea at the end of this season, or risk losing him on a free transfer at the end of the next.The Spaniard nearly returned to his home country with Real Madrid in 2015, though that transfer famously fell through and Los Blancos now have former Chelsea number one Thibaut Courtois between their sticks instead. REVEALED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland gameday cracker Latest Manchester United News According to the Telegraph, De Gea’s agent Jorge Mendes met with club officials in London on Friday.However, they have been unable to come to any agreement regarding a new long-term agreement and now face an uphill battle to do so.Talks are reported to be at an “impasse”/deadlock and the goalkeeper is reluctant to sign away his prime years at present.The current situation at Old Trafford amid poor performances, poor results and managerial uncertainty is understood to have left the goalkeeper, who is about to turn 28, uneasy about his future. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is said to be “reluctant” to commit his long-term future to the club.The Red Devils have reportedly activated an option to extend the Spain number one’s contract by an additional 12 months, though that will only secure his future until the end of next season, summer 2020. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade boost Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January IN DEMAND Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested REVEALED targets RANKED 1 deals David de Gea has started the season on traditionally good form for United Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder
Alemany High of Mission Hills squandered three first-quarter scoring opportunities, and visiting St. Francis of La Canada Flintridge capitalized en route to a 30-3 Mission League romp Friday night. Alemany recovered its short opening kickoff and scored on a 24-yard Kyle Strazzerri field goal, then recovered an onside kick. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week – Nate Brown Chaminade 24, Harvard-Westlake 12: Derron Juarez rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, and Dillon Moore scored the go-ahead touchdown to propel Chaminade of West Hills (6-1, 2-0) past Harvard-Westlake of Studio City (4-3, 0-2) at Pierce College. Harvard-Westlake took a 12-10 lead early in the third quarter on John Howe’s 69-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Sebastian. Chaminade responded with an eight-play, 49-yard drive capped by a 9-yard touchdown run by Moore. – Rob Moscato 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Fifth-ranked St. Francis (7-0 overall, 2-0 Mission) stopped the Indians (2-5, 0-2), then made another defensive stand after an interception put Alemany deep into St. Francis territory. Luke Collis came off the bench to throw three second-quarter touchdown passes. He completing 14 of 19 passes for 164 yards and rushed for 63 yards.
Honda debuted in the IndyCar Series in 2003 and won the series championship with Tony Kanaan in 2004 and Dan Wheldon in 2005. It also took the Indy 500 with Buddy Rice in 2004 and Wheldon this year. IRL and Indy rookie of the year Danica Patrick, the first woman to lead at Indianapolis, also used a Honda engine. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “Providing engines for the entire IndyCar Series field is a dramatically different role for Honda from that as one competitor in a multi-manufacturer championship,” said Robert Clarke of Honda Performance Development, which is based in Santa Clarita. “Certainly, manufacturing and preparing sufficient primary and backup engines for all 33 starters at the Indianapolis 500 will be a major effort.” Toyota said Thursday it decided to withdraw a year ahead of schedule to allow the IRL to move to a common engine for all teams in 2006. Jim Aust, Toyota’s vice president of motorsports, said winning the 2003 Indianapolis 500 with Gil de Ferran was Toyota’s greatest motorsports accomplishment. “We’ll forever cherish that victory,” he said. Toyota began supplying engines to the former CART series in 1996 and joined the IRL in 2003, winning 17 races since. Toyota-powered cars won six poles and four races last season. INDIANAPOLIS – Toyota power will be gone from the Indy Racing League a year earlier than planned, leaving Honda as the only engine supplier next season. IRL president Brian Barnhart said Thursday that having a single engine program would save teams money. He said there will be minimal changes to the technical specifications of the Honda Racing Indy V8 in 2006. “That is a tribute to the specs we have now,” he said. “The reliability and performance we have witnessed has been outstanding.” Toyota, which has not been as competitive as Honda the past two years, originally planned to withdraw from the IRL after the 2006 season. Chevrolet left after this season, and the elite Penske Racing team announced last month it would switch from Toyota to Honda, which has committed to remaining at least through 2009.