Iranian frigate “Jamaran” is seen during naval drills in December 2019. IRIB TV/AFP/File The incident involving the Konarak vessel occurred on Sunday afternoon near Bandar-e Jask, off the southern coast of the Islamic republic, state television’s website said. TEHRAN – An Iranian warship was hit by a friendly fire missile during naval exercises, killing 19 sailors, state media and the army said Monday, amid tensions with the United States in Gulf waters. Nineteen crewmen were killed and 15 injured in an “accident” during the exercises, the armed forces said, without elaborating. The vessel had been towed ashore for “technical investigations”, it said in a statement, calling on people to “avoid speculation” until further information is released. (AFP) “The vessel was hit after moving a practice target to its destination and not creating enough distance between itself and the target,” said the channel.
By Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. (April 2) – Cody Gearhart squeezed by race-long leader Beau Davis on the 17th circuit to capture his first local Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified victory since June of 2013, on opening night at Dodge City Raceway Park.“That really was a tale of two races,” Gearhart said in victory lane after the 20-lapper. “I was getting passed at one point, then things all worked out.”Gearhart spent the early portion of the race chasing Davis, who gunned into the lead from the front row outside.Gearhart briefly fell back a spot when William Nusser battled by to claim second at the midway point. Nusser looped it the next time around in turn four, collecting fourth-runner Cole Traugott in the process.Back up to second, Gearhart kept the pressure on Davis and capitalized when the leader bobbled in turns thee and four on the 16th lap. With the bobble, Gearhart was able to pull alongside and then motored ahead through turns one and two.Gearhart took the checkered flag ahead of Nick Link, who edged Davis at the line for runner-up honors. Ryan Heger and 13th-starter Brendon Gemmill rounded out the top five.Dakota Sproul took IMCA SportMod honors in the closing stages, Tyler Tipton topped the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Iowan Shannon Anderson bested the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.
Robin van Persie has travelled with Arsenal’s squad for Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 tie at Barcelona, while Cesc Fabregas is likely to be fit.Fellow midfielder Jack Wilshere has been passed fit but Alex Song (knee) is out along with Theo Walcott (ankle).Barcelona will field a makeshift central defensive pairing with captain Carles Puyol ruled out with a knee problem and Gerard Pique suspended.Eric Abidal is set to be paired with defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets.Abidal, normally a full-back, played only 19 minutes of Barca’s 1-0 victory over Real Zaragoza on Saturday, when striker David Villa (29 minutes) and midfielder Andres Iniesta (nine) were also used sparingly and other players were rested.Barca assistant coach Tito Vilanova, who gave the post-match conference to allow coach Pep Guardiola to nurse a back problem, said: “We will arrive at the match against Arsenal well prepared. “We rested some players and improved the physical condition of others. I think they will all be able to play on Tuesday without problems.”Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin came off the bench in the first leg at the Emirates to score the goal that gives the Gunners a 2-1 advantage going into the Tuesday’s game.Fabregas played in that victory but has missed the Gunners last three matches with a hamstring injury, while Van Persie injured his knee in the Carling Cup final on 27 February.Wilshere declared his availability on Sunday after recovering from an ankle knock picked up in the 0-0 draw against Sunderland on Saturday.With centre-back Thomas Vermaelen still out, Johan Djourou and Laurent Koscielny will be tasked with taming Lionel Messi, Villa and, in all probability, Pedro Rodriguez in attack. Barcelona, the Spanish league leaders, beat Arsenal 2-1 in the 2006 Champions League final and 6-3 on aggregate in last year’s quarter-finals.Source: BBC
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy set a new Premier League record for scoring in consecutive matches, but a 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United meant they relinquished top spot in the table to Manchester City on goal difference. Leicester took the lead in the 24th minute as Vardy scored for the 11th consecutive match, taking him past the record previously set by United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.Christian Fuchs played a superb ball down the line and into the box for the onrushing Vardy, who broke the offside trap and fired past David De Gea.United equalised in first-half injury time, Bastian Schweinsteiger heading home a Daley Blind corner.Leicester had the best chance to win the game after the break, but Leonardo Ulloa shot straight a De Gea after he had worked a great opening in the box. Manchester City got back to winning ways as they defeated Southampton 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium.City, who had recorded one draw and two defeats in their last three games in all competitions, took the lead on nine minutes when Kevin De Bruyne was presented with the simplest of finishes following good work from Raheem Sterling.They doubled their advantage when Fabian Delph, making his first Premier League start, sent a deflected shot past Saints keeper Maarten Stekelenburg.Southampton did not give up the fight, though, and after Virgil van Dijk sent a shot against the woodwork in the first half, Shane Long pulled one back with a header on 50 minutes.Dusan Tadic might have equalised for Saints but his chipped effort was clawed away by Willy Caballero in the City goal, and Long saw his shot blocked from the follow-up. The hosts then restored their two-goal cushion after De Bruyne set up Aleksandar Kolarov for a fine goal on 70 minutes.There was bad news for City as striker Sergio Aguero had to leave the field with an injury, but David Silva made his return as a late substitute.Bournemouth salvaged a point in a 3-3 thriller with Everton at Dean Court.Everton dominated in the early stages from the off and got their reward on 25 minutes when Ramiro Funes Mori powered home a header from a Ross Barkley corner. Gerard Deulofeu then provided a superb pass to set up Romelu Lukaku, who controlled neatly before hammering into the net for 2-0.Bournemouth, though, hit back late on, with Adam Smith smashing a shot into the far corner on 80 minutes before Junior Stanislas smashed home an equaliser.After Charlie Daniels had passed up a golden chance for Bournemouth in injury time, Barkley looked to have snatched it when he was able to turn in the box and squeeze a shot home in the 95th minute.However, the Cherries still had time to level as Stanislas powered home a header to secure a share of the spoils. Crystal Palace came from behind to beat Newcastle United as manager Alan Pardew secured a 5-1 victory over his former club.Papiss Cisse headed home the opener on 10 minutes from Daryl Janmaat, but Palace were soon level when James McArthur’s shot found the net via a deflection from Paul Dummett.Connor Wickham, who played a key role in the equaliser, was heavily involved again when the Eagles took the lead shortly afterwards, setting up Yannick Bolasie to rifle home at the far post.Wilfried Zaha then increased Palace’s lead, volleying home from Wickham’s cross, on 41 minutes.Bolasie added a fourth soon after the restart and McArthur completed his brace in injury time. The defeat leaves Steve McClaren under pressure as Newcastle dropped back into the relegation zone.Sunderland moved out of the drop zone as they scored two late goals to see off 10-man Stoke City 2-0.Jonathan Walters had the best chance of the first half but was denied by Sunderland keeper Costel Pantilimon, while Sunderland saw striker Jermain Defoe substituted through injury.Stoke saw Ryan Shawcross sent off at the start of the second half when the centre-back collected a second booking, and Sunderland were able to seize the advantage. Patrick van Aanholt broke the deadlock on 81 minutes following a free kick, and Duncan Watmore — who replaced Defoe — made the points certain from DeAndre Yedlin’s throw-in.Aston Villa boss Remi Garde is still searching for his first victory after a 3-2 defeat at home to Watford.Odion Ighalo opened the scoring when he pounced on the loose ball after Ben Watson’s shot had deflected into his path in front of goal.Villa hit back through Micah Richards, who headed home from Jordan Veretout’s free kick just before the break.Watford, who saw goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes stretchered off in the second half, restored their lead on 69 minutes when Alan Hutton diverted the ball into his own net from a Troy Deeney throughball.It seemed to be game over when Deeney made it 3-1 late on, and while Jordan Ayew gave Villa hope when he curled home on 90 minutes, they could not summon a third goal and Garde’s men were booed off after a defeat that leaves them remain firmly rooted to the foot of the table.–This game was live on SuperSport, your world of champions.