Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits the humiliating 6-0 defeat at Chelsea was one of the lowest points of his career, but also feels it helped spark a remarkable recovery to end the season in FA Cup glory at Wembley. “It was a massive, massive disappointment, but on the other hand I must say that afterwards we showed great strength,” said Wenger, who marked 18 years at Arsenal earlier this week. “The way we responded until the end of the season would not have happened at many clubs. “I will never forget that day, but was very proud with how we responded.” Wenger continued: “It was the lowest point of the season. When we lost 8-2 at Old Trafford (in August 2011) we had no team on the day, with nobody at the back, so that was explainable. “The players will want to put things right after last season and will be up for it on the day.” Wenger maintains there is no reason why his team – who thumped Galatasaray 4-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday night – should not be confident of getting a positive result this time around. “In life you must always think you are there to change what happened before, or you are fatalistic,” said Wenger. “A competitive guy is somebody who wants to make history and change what happened before. Wenger’s 1,000th match in charge turned into a nightmare at Stamford Bridge last season, when the Gunners were 3-0 down inside 17 minutes and had Kieran Gibbs sent off. Although the final 6-0 scoreline was tough to take, it also proved a turning point for Arsenal, who won their final five Barclays Premier League matches to secure fourth-place and then came from behind to beat Hull in the FA Cup final, so ending a nine-season trophy drought. “We have an opportunity to do that. What counts is the performance on the day.” Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas moved to Chelsea from Barcelona before the World Cup. Arsenal held first option on the 27-year-old, who had left to rejoin his boyhood club for £30million in August 2011 having come of age under Wenger’s guidance after arriving in north London as a raw teenager. The Gunners boss insists there should be no animosity between either party. “I don’t see why he should not be happy with Arsenal or with me. We influenced his life in a positive way, that is what we are about. The most important thing is that he is happy,” Wenger said. “I always understood that he could go back to Barcelona, because he is from Barcelona. “It didn’t go as well as he imagined it, certainly, because I felt that when he goes back to Barcelona he will finish his career there or come back to Arsenal. “It was the fact that he left Barcelona much earlier than everybody expected. Why? I don’t know, he can explain that much better.” Fabregas has impressed in Chelsea’s new-look set-up this season alongside Nemanja Matic and helped provide a supply line for in-form striker Diego Costa. Wenger, though, is not surprised. “Cesc has always been a great player, look at the number of assists he had with us, it has not changed, even at Barcelona it has not changed,” the Arsenal boss said. “That was always the strength of his game and if you look at the number of assists he has had this season, it is like it was before.” Press Association
OAKLAND — The Athletics were resilient enough to come back Wednesday, but ultimately not good enough to close the deal.The Los Angeles Angels scored five times in the top of the 11th inning off reliever Lou Trivino (2-1) to beat the Athletics for the second straight day at the Coliseum before a crowd of 21,185.Twice the Athletics came back to tie it in a game that appeared lost. They erased a 5-1 deficit by scratching out two run in the seventh and then knotted the score in the eighth on …
South African sprinter Akani Simbine recently set a new record and now he is dreaming of Olympic glory. The 22-year-old, who broke the South African 100m record at a meeting held in Budapest, Hungary on Monday 18 July, beat Jamaican and Olympic favourite Asafa Powell. Simbine ran it in 9.89 seconds.Ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympics, Simbine speaks to Brand South Africa and shares ten things about himself.Watch Simbine set a South African record:Being a South African ambassadorMelissa Javan: Akani, this will be your first Olympics. Tell us how you feel about being an ambassador for your country.Akani Simbine: To be one of a few [people] to have all of South Africa’s hopes of medals on my shoulders. Not many people get this opportunity. It is a blessing, a great honour to be able to be an ambassador for South Africa.MJ: What does it mean to you to be an ambassador of South Africa?AS: You have to represent the country and all of the population well, [that means] to show the world that our country has greatness in it.Fellow South Africans supporting the Olympic teamMJ: You said in March this year that you hope to show South Africans “how a sub 10 second race is run”. How important is support from fans?AS: It’s very important to have the backing of fellow South Africans. They play a part in your drive to become better and faster.MJ: What else do you hope to show South Africans, especially your family, friends and the old community you grew up in?AS: Your dreams are possible to achieve. All you have to do is put in the work and don’t let anyone or anything stop you from achieving it.BackgroundMJ: Tell us about yourself.AS: I grew up in East Rand (Kempton Park). I really enjoy watching soccer. The teams I support are Kaiser Chiefs and Chelsea FC.MJ: You played soccer before you were an athlete. Who or what gave you inspiration to become a professional runner?AS: My coach Werner Prinsloo. I played soccer for school [Edenglen High School in Edenvale] and a club when I was told to try out running. It just worked out well for me. I started dreaming about being part of the South African team when I was 18-years-old.MJ: What position in soccer did you play?AS: Right wing.Rubbing shoulders with the big dogsMJ: In a recent interview you said you were “not phased” by running alongside athletes like Mike Rogers and Asafa Powell. What do you mean that?AS: That even though they are great sprinters, it doesn’t mean my race plan has to change. I must just come into the race with the same mentality that I go into every race – that is to just do me and run my phases as perfectly as possible.MJ: Do you think you can beat Usain Bolt?AS: Bolt is an amazing athlete and the greatest of all time. I want to be there when I get more mature and experienced in the game.MJ: What do you think of people calling you “the next Bolt”?AS: It’s a great honor to be mentioned alongside a great like him. I’m making sure that I put in the work so that I can live up to that title.MJ: What is it like to practice alongside team mates like Heinrich Bruintjies and Wayde van Niekerk?AS: It’s really great and always inspirational. We all want the best for each other and we all push each other to overcome our limits.MJ: Lastly, with regard to the Olympics, what is your message to South Africa?AS: My message to South Africa is that I hope their hearts and prayers are with us during the Olympic Games. I hope that we as the athletes are going out there to do our best, leave a mark and let the world know that South Africa is a nation filled of greatness.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See Using SouthAfrica.info material
The deal that you are working on is enormous. It’s not quite enough to make your number for the year, but it is enough to get you more than halfway there. The prospect is engaged and compelled to change, and you are excited. So excited, in fact, that you focus on nothing else. You give up prospecting. You stop following up on the early stage deals with the revenue that is a fraction of your big deal. And you put all of your effort into winning your big deal.There are days and weeks between meetings with nothing to do. Whenever you are asked about new opportunities, you hold up your big deal as proof that you are working, and your equally excited sales manager moves on without another question. During calls to review opportunities, you share the latest happenings on your big deal, and everyone seems pleased that things are progressing. And then, without warning, your prospective client has a change of initiatives, and like magic, your deal disappears.A big deal is not a shield that you can use to protect yourself from having to do the work of nurturing your dream clients, prospecting, and building your pipeline. Big deals are important, but they can cause the same psychological response as a lottery ticket when the dollar amount is ridiculously large. You massively overestimate your chances of winning, treating 1 in a 1,000,000 the same as 1 in a 1,000. Because the deal is big, you overestimate your chances of winning because the payoff is so much greater than an average deal. The difference is that when you buy a lottery ticket, you don’t quit your job.Here is a dose of truth. Big deals tend to take time to win. There are often big gaps between meetings without there being anything you can or should be doing to pursue the deal. This time is best spent prospecting and following up your other deals, hedging your bet on the one big deal and protecting you from harm should your big deal go South. Even if you win the deal, you will have built a pipeline that will serve you while you work on your big deal, as well as after you win it. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now
Polling passed off peacefully in six Lok Sabha and 42 Assembly constituencies of Odisha in the third phase of simultaneous elections on Tuesday.An average of 61% voting was recorded till 5 p.m., and it was likely to increase since voting was in progress, according to the Chief Electoral Officer, Odisha. The Lok Sabha seats where polling was conducted during the day are Puri, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Sambalpur and Keonjhar. The 42 Assembly segments came under these six Parliamentary constituencies.EVMs malfunctioningReports of malfunctioning of EVMs were received from some booths in the morning hours, but polling was resumed after replacing those machines. Polling was postponed in a booth under Sambalpur following error and wrong pairing of VVPAT.In another incident, a polling official passed away while on duty in Dhenkanal district. The official, Nabakishore Nayak, who collapsed inside the booth, was declared dead by doctors at Kamakhyanagar hospital.Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal president Naveen Patnaik was among the prominent leaders to cast their votes in the morning hours. After casting his vote, Mr. Patnaik exuded confidence that the BJD would perform well in the elections in the State.The prominent candidates who were in the fray for Tuesday’s elections include former IAS officer Aparajita Sarangi, former Mumbai Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik, former Director General of Police Prakash Mishra and BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra.4th phase on April 29 Polling is already over in nine Lok Sabha and 63 Assembly constituencies in Odisha in the previous two phases – April 11 and 18. The fourth and last phase polling in the remaining six Lok Sabha and 42 Assembly constituencies, for which campaigning is still going on, is scheduled to be held on April 29.On the other hand, Mr. Patnaik campaigned for party nominees in areas under the Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur and Kendrapara Lok Sabha constituencies later in the day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also addressed two public meetings at Balasore and Kendrapara during the day.
Manchester United v Manchester City Lingard’s United rallying call: Let’s make sure Manchester is red Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 06:30 12/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester United v Manchester City Premier League Manchester United Manchester City The Red Devils forward is felling upbeat heading into a derby date with City and sees no reason why Jose Mourinho’s side cannot come out on top Jesse Lingard has issued a pre-derby rallying cry, calling on United to “make sure that Manchester is red” following a clash with City.The next chapter of a famous sporting tale is set to be written at Old Trafford on Sunday.Pep Guardiola will take his Premier League leaders to the Theatre of Dreams boasting an eight-point lead at the top of the table, but aware that anything can happen in the Manchester melting pot. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Lingard sees no reason why Jose Mourinho’s side cannot claim a prized scalp and keep themselves very much in title contention, with the players fully aware of what is at stake.“I am confident,” the England international told United Review.“It’s two great teams going out there and you don’t know what the game is going to be like. It might be a battle; it might not be pretty. But if we come out on top, it’s always good for the city of Manchester. We need to make sure that Manchester is red at the end of the day. Like us, they have lots of big players.“When [Kevin] De Bruyne’s on the ball, he’s always got that eye for a killer pass that can put a player one-on-one with the keeper, and Raheem Sterling’s been popping up with the late goals.“It’s going to be full-on for 90-plus minutes. We need to be on point until that whistle goes, so everyone needs to stay highly-concentrated throughout. As long as we start the game well, like we did at Arsenal, I don’t see any reason why we can’t win.”Lingard netted twice in the aforementioned performance at Arsenal, with a 3-1 win helping to underline United’s claims to a sustained challenge for the top-flight crown.As a home-grown talent, a meeting with City means more to the 24-year-old than it does many of the global superstars that will be on display.He is, however, eager to ensure that there are no distractions, with emotion put to one side in the pursuit of precious points.“You know quite a lot of them [City’s Academy players] growing up, and through the England set-up as well,” added Lingard.“I’m good friends with Raheem [Sterling] off the pitch. But when you’re on the pitch, there are no friends and we’re there to do a job and win the game.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Here’s an e-mail I received from Time Out New York’s publicist, presented without comment:From: [FLACK REDACTED]Date: Tue, May 6, 2008 at 2:27 PMSubject: I see naked people.To: [REDACTED]Feeling hot and bothered? So are we, and we’ve got the boners to prove it. Check out Time Out New York’s horny issue, now online, featuring dozens of naked New Yorkers and an interactive pole, I mean poll, where you can vote on who you want to strip next. It’s hot and sweaty outside, but you can get hot and sweaty at your desk. We won’t tell.It’s worth noting that Time Out New York’s former editor, Brian Farnham, speaking at the 2007 American Magazine Conference, said he had one goal in mind when putting together the 2007 sex issue, his second as editor: Cancelled subscriptions.”If you do a sex issue and no one cancels, you’re probably not doing your job,” Farnham said.It’s also worth noting Farnham is no longer with the magazine.
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of March 3, 2019:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Carl W. Butler, Jr., 61Dr. Marie A. Chesnick, 63Marlene A. Cipriano-Pagliuca, 59Irene (Fishburne) Harris, 91Tracey A. (Ethier) Kliros, 49Paul MacDonald, 70Mabel Anne (Libby) Manning, 97Mary M. (Thompson) Nelson, 91Previously Lived In Wilmington:Joseph F. DeLucia, Jr., 73Dorothy A. (Doucette) Loder, 84Vincent “Jim” Parziale, 93Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:John F. Meehan, 66Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of June 30, 2019)In “Obituaries”
Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2018 Toyota 86 GT Black is tactile art 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 52 Photos More From Roadshow Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 Subaru Crosstrek plug-in hybrid gives up a lot for… Now playing: Watch this: 68 Photos 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 26 Photos Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2018 Ford EcoSport: Better late than never 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio. More From Roadshow 1 GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Subaru Toyota,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Subaru Toyota Comment General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 3 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Subaru Ascent review Subaru, Toyota Subaru and Toyota will partner to create a brand-new electric vehicle platform, both automakers confirmed Thursday. The Japanese companies will jointly develop a compact SUV on this architecture, a version of which will be sold under both brands.”The two companies intend to take up the challenge of creating attractive products with appeal that only BEVs (battery electric vehicles) can offer,” the automakers said in a statement.Subaru and Toyota say this collaboration will play off the strengths of both companies. Toyota will bring its vehicle electrification expertise to the table, while Subaru will provide the all-wheel-drive system. Following the launch of the upcoming compact SUV, the companies say the new electric vehicle platform will be flexible enough that it can underpin a range of C- and D-segment sedans and SUVs.This won’t be the first time Subaru and Toyota have partnered on vehicle development; the companies initially formed a collaborative partnership in 2005. The first co-developed vehicles were the small, rear-wheel-drive Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 twins (as well as the now-deceased Scion FR-S). Last year, Toyota applied its hybrid electric vehicle technologies to Subaru’s Crosstrek, resulting in the Crosstrek Hybrid.Neither automaker provided a timeline as to when this new vehicle platform will be finished, nor did they say when we could expect the first EV SUV to launch. But since we’re talking about ground-up development here, it’s reasonable to assume the fruits of this shared labor won’t arrive for quite some time. 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 12 Photos 25 Photos 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 10 Photos Electric Cars Car Industry 2018 Subaru Crosstrek: Just as good as before, only better Comments 69 Photos Share your voice 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Share your voice 18 Photos 81 Photos 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Tags 3:32 71 Photos Tags Car Industry 49 Photos
X – / 8There a lot of activity where 288 meets the 610 Loop. Commuters have probably noticed that the ground has been flattened out so crews can start building the toll lanes. The project also includes connector ramps at 610, Beltway 8, and the Texas Medical Center. Along with that, project spokeswoman Raynese Edwards hopes they can do something about the flooding that often causes problems on 288.“What you’ll see specifically at the Beltway and you’ll also see it at 610 is that we are putting in new ponds, retention ponds that will be able to hold the water, slow the flow,” explains Edwards. The 288 toll lanes will run a little over ten miles, from the Med Center to Brazoria County. And the free general-purpose lanes will stay open. Edwards says that should lead to an easier commute for everyone.“The benefit of it really is we’re not adding additional traffic,” adds Edwards. “We’re really diverting traffic that’s going from the south end to the north end.” The 288 toll lanes are expected to open in the middle of 2019. The cost is $815 million. 00:00 /01:03 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share