Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday accused Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan of igniting a conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, and said Ankara was sending fighters to the region.Turkey, a close ally of Muslim Azerbaijan, has denied sending mercenaries to take part in the fighting.Conflict over the region, which belongs to Azerbaijan under international law but is populated and governed by ethnic Armenians, began on Sept. 27 and has escalated to its deadliest level since the 1990s. Assad, in an interview with Russia’s RIA news agency, pointed the finger at Erdogan who has expressed solidarity with Azerbaijan and has rejected international efforts to bring about a ceasefire.”He (Erdogan) supports terrorists in Libya, (and) he was the main instigator and initiator of the recent conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh between Azerbaijan and Armenia,” Assad told RIA.Assad also said militants from Syria were being deployed in the conflict, an allegation first leveled by French President Emmanuel Macron, who accused Turkey of sending Syrian fighters to fight there, something Ankara and Baku have denied.”Damascus can confirm this,” Assad said of the allegations about Syrian fighters taking part in the hostilities.Topics :
ARLINGTON, Minn. – Arlington Raceway hosts the Josh Wren Memorial this Saturday, July 16, paying $1,000 to the winner of the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature.Fans are asked to wear blue, Wren’s favorite color, to do a “blue out” in the grandstand in his memory.All regular weekly divisions are on the program along with the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded.Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.Spectator admission is $12 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $25.Wren, who died last November at age 24 of colon cancer, had raced go-karts and later Modifieds at Arlington. He also crewed for his father, IMCA Modified veteran Jerry Wren, for many years.
Kyrie Irving: Knicks trade talk ‘nothing but a distraction’ The Celtics got another quality win Sunday.Boston has won four straight since losing to the Warriors in TD Garden and could not miss against the Thunder. The Celtics shot a season-high 59.3 percent from the field in a 134-129 victory against Oklahoma City. Kyrie Irving’s clutch gene kicked in again, as he beat the defense to score some important buckets throughout the game.ISO pic.twitter.com/wdF72SquJg— Boston Celtics (@celtics) February 3, 2019He also tipped the ball away from Russell Westbrook to force a turnover in the closing seconds. Related News Anthony Davis’ father would never want his son to play for Boston, report says Irving totaled 30 points and 11 assists on 14-of-19 shooting. Seven other Celtics scored in double figures.Paul George’s 37-point performance and Westbrook’s 22-point triple-double headlined for Oklahoma City (33-19), but its seven-game winning streak was snapped.Boston improved to 34-19 and will face the Cavaliers Tuesday.Studs of the NightMike Conley tallied 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the Grizzlies’ 96-84 win against the Knicks.Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors past the Clippers, 121-103, with a team-high 18 points in just 26 minutes.Duds of the NightGordon Hayward scored three points on 1-of-6 shooting for the Celtics.The Grizzlies’ Shelvin Mack scored two points on 1-of-8 shooting against the Knicks. HighlightGrizzlies rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. showcased his range by knocking down this contested step-back 3-pointer.Our rook> your rook pic.twitter.com/aucAKrDA8x— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) February 3, 2019What’s Next?Bucks (38-13) at Nets (28-26) 7:30 p.m. ET — Milwaukee has rattled off three straight wins since losing to the Thunder in Oklahoma City. Brooklyn has lost its last two contests. The Nets will have their hands full trying to take down the best team in the Eastern Conference.