20-year IMCA sponsor Bassett Race Wheels gives Stock Car, SportMod track champion awards

first_imgBURLINGTON, Wis. – Bassett Race Wheels continues a contingency award benefitting drivers in three divisions this season, its 20th as a marketing partner with IMCA. IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod track champions all earn $60 product certificates, which can be applied toward the pur­chase of four wheels from the Burlington, Wis., manufacturer. National champions in each of those divisions also receive sets of four wheels. Equally of note, Bassett returns to the national decal program for both Northern SportMods and Southern SportMods and drivers in both classes must display two Bas­sett decals on their race car to be eligible for contingencies. Information about Bassett-made wheels is available at the www.bassettwheel.com web­site. “The pursuit of national championships is always very tight and one of the incentive programs we’re pleased to bring back is the set of wheels for our Stock Car and SportMod champs,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “Brandon Czarapata, Matt Looft and Gabe Tucker received their sets last season and we’ll see who rises to the top this year.”last_img read more

Misbah ‘most likely’ to face West Indies

first_imgMISBAH-ul-Haq has revealed that he is “most likely” to prolong his Pakistan career and play in the Test series against West Indies.The veteran Pakistan Test captain stated late in January that he plans to make a decision on his future within a month after he came in for criticism following a poor tour of Australia.Misbah was out of sorts with the bat against Steve Smith’s side, scoring just 76 runs across the three Tests.But Misbah said he would not make a call on whether to play on at international level before leading Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League [PSL].And the 42-year-old appears to have made his mind up ahead of a three-match Test series in the Caribbean – which gets under way on April 22.He told ESPNcricinfo: “It was tough on me recently with my form but now overall everything is going well so far [in the PSL],“I am spending time in middle, hitting the ball pretty well. Played practice matches before the PSL started and had sessions of range hitting so getting confidence with every passing game.“I am also enjoying the game so it’s most likely that I am going to the West Indies. I always believed if had to go [and play cricket] then I have to go with form and confidence otherwise there was no point of going.”last_img read more

AB de Villiers undecided on Test future

first_imgAB de Villiers remains undecided about his Test future after missing South Africa’s series defeat in England.The 33-year-old batsman missed the tour because he “needed a bit of time away from the game”.The Proteas unsuccessfully tried three different batsmen at number four in their 3-1 loss to England.de Villiers’ agent told BBC Sport nothing has been decided, but South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said he does not expect him to return.du Plessis, who had de Villiers as his best man at his wedding, said: “We spend too much time talking about if he is going to come back.“We have to move past the hope of his coming back and find someone who is going to fulfil that role. If he comes back it’s a huge bonus, but I don’t expect it.”de Villiers, who has more than 8 000 Test runs at an average of 50.46, has not played a Test since January 2016.South Africa’s next assignment is a home series against Bangladesh, starting on September 28.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Brown signs new Harlequins deal

first_imgFull-back Mike Brown has extended his Harlequins contract until 2014.Brown, who has three England caps, was Quins’ player of the year last season and has made over 150 appearances for the club, scoring 50 tries.“Mike embodies everything a professional rugby player should be and everything we want of a player here,” said Quins director of rugby Conor O’Shea.AdChoices广告“We are delighted Mike has committed himself to the club for effectively the next three seasons and look forward to helping him achieve his goals, both with Harlequins and England.”Brown added: “I am excited to have re-signed to a club that I am so enjoying being a part of.“Having Conor O’Shea has been great for the club and I believe he can improve my game even more, and hopefully I can look to achieve more international honours in the future.”last_img read more

Volleyball: No. 3 Badgers kick off conference play against Ohio Sate, Maryland

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin volleyball team opens up Big Ten play this weekend with a two-game stint against No. 19 Ohio State University and the University of Maryland. The No. 3 Badgers (8-1) return to Madison after two weeks of battling on the road.Wisconsin is fresh off one of its toughest stretches to date. The Badgers rose to the occasion with a 3-0 win at then-No. 16 Texas A&M University Friday, followed by a thrilling 3-2 comeback win at then-No. 2 University of Texas Sunday.Volleyball: Texas A&M and Texas Away Game RecapThe University of Wisconsin volleyball team made a commanding statement this weekend after sweeping No. 16 Texas A&M University and Read…UW finished non-conference play with four wins over ranked opponents and only one loss, which came on the road to a talented University of North Carolina team.The squad is hoping to secure two early wins in the Big Ten this weekend, but they will have to earn them given this year’s competition across the conference. In this week’s poll, the Big Ten boasts a total of eight teams ranked in the top 25, including all three of the top teams in the country.The first matchup of the weekend for the Badgers comes against the talented, but inconsistent Buckeyes (10-2) Friday night. Ohio State is traveling to Madison with the intention of extending a four-game winning streak. During this stretch, the Buckeyes have surrendered a grand total of only two sets and swept three of the four games 3-0 in dominant fashion.OSU has yet to play an away game against a ranked opponent this season, but back-to-back matchups at No. 3 Wisconsin and No. 2 Minnesota to begin conference play will prove an enormous test for the Buckeyes.The Badgers will close out their weekend in a showdown with the battle-tested Terrapins (8-4) Saturday. Unlike Ohio State, playing top talent on the road will be nothing new for a Maryland team coming off a recent stretch in L.A. where the Terrapins took down a strong Oklahoma team, but were swept by University of Washington and the University of Southern California.Wisconsin has high expectations to come out of the weekend unblemished, but the Badgers can’t overlook two teams hungry to notch their first marquee win of the season. With a lingering ankle injury to junior outside hitter Lauryn Gillis, freshman outside hitter Molly Haggerty has continued to shine in the starting position.Having already earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week and Big Ten Player of the Week this season, Haggerty was most recently named American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Week after setting a school-record 27 kills through three sets in the Badgers’ sweep of Texas A&M.The Terrapins and Buckeyes will have to neutralize Haggerty and company if they want to snag their first win over a ranked opponent this season. Both Friday and Saturday’s game will air at 7 p.m. on BTN Plus.last_img read more

Freeman’s legacy endures long after Sydney’s flame went out

first_img Associated Press Television News In a momentary pause between reality sinking in and her victory celebrations fully starting, Cathy Freeman looked toward a track official and twirled her index finger to signal a full circuit.It wasn’t a question of if, but for how long.Within seconds, she had an Australian flag and the Australian Aboriginal flag — black on red in the background, yellow sphere in the center —together in her hand as she started a barefoot, triumphant lap of Sydney’s Olympic Stadium.Six years after an aging team official threatened to send her home from the Commonwealth Games in Canada for running a victory lap with both flags, this was a poignant riposte.This was Freeman’s moment, which nobody could deny.She’d ignited the Olympic flame to open the Sydney 2000 Games and she’d returned 10 nights later to win a gold medal in the 400 meters that had been a long time in the waiting for her country.Freeman was the first Aboriginal person from Australia to win an individual Olympic gold medal. Carrying the Aboriginal flag was her dedication to First Nations people in Australia. And to the Australian nation.“I have tried really hard each day, each year I get older to really respect the way that people relate to that one race in September in 2000. It is so intense and it is so honest,” Freeman said in a reflection for the International Olympic Committee. “The whole story has become larger than who I am.”Two decades later, in the midst of a global Black Lives Matter movement, that victory and celebration remain Freeman’s enduring legacy.The crowd of 112,524, a euphoric mass of humanity, chanted her name. Freeman was given the flags by spectators. She draped them over her shoulders before she found her mother and her brother in the stands and blew kisses to them.John Coates, one of the key organizers of the Sydney Games and now an International Olympic Committee vice president, simultaneously saluted and breathed a sigh of relief. It was at his invitation that Freeman had agreed to light the cauldron, ramping up the pressure on her athletic performance.In the seating reserved for athletes, Australian hurdler Kyle Vander-Kuyp was so proud of his friend and long-time teammate that it almost exorcised his own disappointment at narrowly missing out earlier in the night on qualifying for another Olympic final.He said Freeman, a former housemate and a fellow Indigenous athlete, was instrumental in “setting the scene for Sydney.”“You run as an Australian, but if you’ve got a chance to express how proud of your heritage you are, and your identity … I think that’s what she was doing, saying ‘I’m Aboriginal. I’m Australian, but I’m also Aboriginal and I’m proud of it,'” he said.In the coaching area, Peter Fortune savored a once-in-a-lifetime victory. Her triumph was a first for Indigenous Australians and gave Australia its 100th Olympic gold medal.Since retiring as an athlete, Freeman has established a successful foundation dedicated to the education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.She is working on another project now, and wasn’t available to comment.Others closely connected to that night — Coates, Vander-Kuyp and Fortune — were unanimous in interviews with The Associated Press that Freeman’s signature moments defined the Sydney Olympics.“Certainly for me it did,” Coates said.Fortune, despite being Freeman’s coach, wasn’t foretold of her role in the opening ceremony but also didn’t get any sense she was under extra pressure.“There was a lot of hype, a lot of things going on. Given everything, it rates at the top … of Australian Olympic moments,” he said.Coates said Freeman’s celebration with both flags didn’t break any Olympic rules, which prohibit inside-the-lines demonstrations or political, religious or racial propaganda.He’d sought permission in advance from the IOC to have the Aboriginal flag flying as well as the Australian flag at Olympic venues, as it does now on public buildings.“It wasn’t a protest,” Coates said. “It had a lot to do with reconciliation.”Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands people comprise 2% of Australia’s adult population but 27% of the prison population. Since British settlement in 1788, Indigenous people in Australia have become the most disadvantaged ethnic minority and have higher-than-average rates of infant mortality and poorer overall health, as well as shorter life expectancy and lower levels of education and employment than other Australians.After some landmark moments in the reconciliation process in the 1990s in Australia, more than 200,000 people joined a reconciliation march across Sydney Harbour Bridge in May 2000, less than four months before the Olympic opener.Coates had asked Freeman over a dinner that same month if she’d be willing to light the cauldron, telling her “I think this would be important in history. You can play an important role.”Freeman, then a two-time world champion and Olympic silver medalist, suggested other candidates to light the flame but ultimately accepted.Coates recalled telling her: “Your primary purpose at this Olympics Games is winning the 400 — You’ve got to be satisfied that this isn’t going to upset your chances there.” She replied, he recounted. ”John, I love pressure. That’s when I perform at my best.”That she did.Aboriginal athletes had overcome discrimination and racism to become stars in rugby league, Aussie rules and boxing, and Evonne Goolagong Cawley is one of the international tennis greats after winning seven Grand Slam singles titles from 1971-80. The Olympics and the timing, though, gave Freeman a truly global forum.“I think it had a lot to do with changing people’s attitudes,” Coates said. “You couldn’t have got a more high-profile platform.”It took another seven years before an Australian prime minister made a formal apology to Aboriginal people for injustices and past government policies. Progress on the “closing the gap” process between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians has been slow.Vander-Kuyp, a finalist in the 1995 world championships and 1996 Olympics and now a member of the Australian Olympic Committee’s Indigenous advisory group, said the “conversations have gone a bit quiet” but Australians generally are gradually improving their knowledge and awareness of Aboriginal culture.Freeman helped break down some barriers, he said.“You hear of the current day Olympians who mention Cathy’s run, they say, ‘When I was a kid I watched the Sydney Olympics and I watched Cathy,’” Vander-Kuyp said. “If they were at the dinner table and they asked ‘What’s that flag? What’s Cathy got there?’ They’re the conversations that Cathy would have started.”NBA star Patty Mills, who was 12 in September 2000, is among those who were deeply inspired.The San Antonio Spurs guard is raising awareness of causes in his home country of Australia devoted to reducing Aboriginal deaths in custody and tackling racism. He’s has also recently created his Indigenous Basketball Australia to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youths.“I remember how she walked on the track and how she locked in at the blocks, how focused she was,” Mills said of Freeman in a recent TV interview. “I remember thinking, ‘I want to be like her. That’s who I want to be like. I want to be like her on the track, I want to be like her off the track.’”Image credits: AP SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT Last Updated: 15th August, 2020 09:17 IST Freeman’s Legacy Endures Long After Sydney’s Flame Went Out In a momentary pause between reality sinking in and her victory celebrations fully starting, Cathy Freeman looked toward a track official and twirled her index finger to signal a full circuit Written Bycenter_img FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE First Published: 15th August, 2020 09:16 IST LIVE TVlast_img read more

(UPDATED) Federal judge temporarily blocks Trump administration from cancelling Temporary Protected…

first_imgUpdate:  (October 5) A United States federal district judge has granted reprieve to tens of thousands of Haitians on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the country.Judge Edward M. Chen ruled that the Trump administration could not immediately end special protections for undocumented immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Sudan, whose countries have been ravaged by wars and natural disasters.About 59,000 Haitians have been granted TPS, which does not offer them a path to permanent residency in the US.Judge’s ruling“It is hereby ordered that defendants, their officers, agents, employees, representatives, and all persons acting in concert or participating with them, are enjoined and restrained from engaging in, committing, or performing, directly or indirectly, by any means whatsoever, implementation and/or enforcement of the decisions to terminate TPS for Sudan, Haiti, El Salvador, and Nicaragua pending resolution of this case on the merits,” he ruled.Take action to preserve the status quo“It is further ordered that defendants shall take all administrative actions needed to preserve the status quo pending completion of discovery and a ruling on the merits of the case,” the judge said, adding that the defendants should report to the court within 15 days of this order on the administrative steps taken to comply with this paragraph and otherwise preserve the status quo.Effective immediately“The preliminary injunction shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect pending resolution of this case on the merits or further order of this court,” the judge said, adding that a case management conference will be held on October 26.Judge Chen said the parties shall file a joint case management conference statement by October 19,  “and shall address, inter alia, the expedited setting of trial or other means of adjudication of the merits.”In his ruling, Judge Chen noted that Haiti was originally designed for TPS on January 21, 2010 based on the 7.0-magnitude earthquake on January 12, 2010 that prevented Haitians from returning home safely. He said the Haiti designation was subsequently “extended and re-designated four times by the Obama administration and once by the Trump administration.”The judge noted that, although the Trump administration extended Haiti’s TPS designation one time, the extension was for six months only, in contrast to the customary 12 months.He ruled that TPS beneficiaries and their children “indisputably will suffer irreparable harm and great hardship.“TPS beneficiaries who have lived, worked, and raised families in the United States, many for more than a decade, will be subject to removal,” Judge Chen said.“Many have US-born children; those may be faced with the Hobson’s choice of bringing their children with them and tearing them away from the only country and community they have known or splitting their families apart.”Failed to establish real harm In contrast, the judge said the Trump administration has “failed to establish any real harm were the status quo, which has been in existence for as long as two decades, is maintained during the pendency of this litigation.“Indeed, if anything, plaintiffs and amici (court brief) have established without dispute that local and national economies will be hurt if hundreds of thousands of TPS beneficiaries are uprooted and removed,” he said.On January 18, this year, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had announced that current beneficiaries of TPS under Haiti’s designation, who wanted to maintain that status through the program’s termination date of July 22, 2019, must re-register before March 19 this year.Marleine Bastien, executive director for the Family Action Network Movement (FANM) in Miami, Florida, issued the following statement after U.S. District Judge Edward Chen recently granted a preliminary injunction stopping the Trump administration from terminating temporary protected status, or TPS, for immigrants Haiti and other nations. The original TPS expiration dates by the Trump administration were: Sudan, 11/2/2018, Nicaragua, 1/5/2019, Nepal, 6/24/2019, Haiti, 7/22/2019, El Salvador, 9/9/2019, and Honduras, 1/5/2020Judge Chen ruled that the government must continue TPS, and employment authorizations for TPS beneficiaries from those countries, while a lawsuit challenging the government’s decision to eliminate their protections proceeds. Bastien said, “This decision is tremendous news. I commend Judge Chen for his courage and thank him for the sign of relief he brought to hundreds of thousands of families, including their American-born children, from the specter of family separation that loomed over them. Make no mistake, the Trump administration’s decision to terminate TPS was based on racism and xenophobia. Our hope is that this decision will hold to allow us to continue our efforts toward a permanent solution for those 300,000 deserving families. These immigrants and their families deserve better and we thank Judge Chen for his sensible decision.” FANM will hold a press conference in reaction to the ruling today, Thursday, October 4 at 11 a.m. FANM’s mission is to empower low to moderate-income families socially, financially, and politically and to give them the tools to transform their communities.last_img read more

Dodgers put Adrian Gonzalez on DL (back), activate Joc Pederson

first_img“It’s not something where right now we know that surgery is needed,” Roberts said. “A lot of it is just wear and tear from his workload over the years. So now with potential rest or an (epidural) injection, it’s managing it per his tolerance.”Gonzalez received an epidural injection early in the 2016 season and got a good deal of relief from it. He has not received one this year, according to Roberts.There is no timetable for Gonzalez’s return at this point.“I think right now we’re just going to wait for that second opinion and figure out what’s best for Adrian,” Roberts said. “Can I see it happening (before the All-Star break)? Yes. Is it probable? I don’t want to put Adrian or us in a corner. I’m hopeful.”The Dodgers already brought Gonzalez back faster than planned once. In early May, the 35-year-old Gonzalez went on the DL with a combination of issues — elbow tendinitis that began in the spring and discomfort in his back and neck that followed. He returned earlier than anticipated when outfielder Andrew Toles was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error CLEVELAND >> Adrian Gonzalez went nearly 14 years before going on the disabled list for the first time in his major-league career. He took less than four weeks to go back.The Dodgers placed their veteran first baseman on the DL on Tuesday with lower back discomfort. Gonzalez has been dealing with a herniated disc for some years and the issue flared up again Sunday. He was removed from the game against the Cincinnati Reds and underwent an MRI on Monday.The MRI examined by Dr. Robert Watkins showed the same herniated disc in Gonzalez’s lower back that he has been dealing with since his days with the San Diego Padres. Gonzalez did not travel to Cleveland with the team and was scheduled to get a second opinion from a doctor in San Diego on Tuesday before a recovery plan is put in place.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Gonzalez had “a bit of an exhale” after the MRI did not uncover a new issue or something potentially more serious.center_img In 20 games since returning, Gonzalez showed some improvement at the plate, batting .254 with six doubles, one home run and 12 RBI. But he is still on pace for career-worst numbers offensively with just that one home run in 182 plate appearances and a .643 OPS.Pederson planGonzalez’s second DL trip changed the Dodgers’ plan for outfielder Joc Pederson. He had been expected to spend as much as a week on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City – as much to complete his recovery from a concussion and neck injury suffered in an outfield collision with Yasiel Puig on May 23 as to have him work on the problems that led to a .200 average and only two home runs in his first 35 games this season. But he was activated from the DL to replace Gonzalez on the active roster.“I talk about being able to adjust in this game. It calls for that,” Roberts said. “Joc, physically, feels fine. Ideally, I would have liked for him to stay there and get more at-bats. But circumstances called for him to be here.”In three rehab games over the weekend with Oklahoma City, Pederson hit two home runs while going 3 for 9 with four RBI and said it was “extremely helpful” to have time to work with OKC hitting coach Shawn Wooten.“It was a good place to be – see some pitching, get some at-bats, get some innings in the field and get some work in,” Pederson said of his brief rehab assignment. “I feel like I’m in a good spot.”With Gonzalez out and Pederson back, Roberts said Chris Taylor will become the primary left fielder with Cody Bellinger moving back to first base.AlsoThe draft resumed with the third through 10th rounds Tuesday. The Dodgers continued to load up on college talent, taking catcher Connor Wong from the University of Houston in the third round and four college pitchers after that – Riley Ottesen (Utah), Wills Montgomerie (Connecticut), Zach Pop (Kentucky) and Connor Strain (Evansville) – as well as outfielder Zach Reks of Kentucky.Tuesday’s game in Cleveland began a stretch of 20 consecutive days before the Dodgers’ last off day before the All-Star break. They will play on 26 of 27 days before the break. Roberts said right-hander Kenta Maeda (bumped from the starting rotation last week) could make a spot start during this stretch to give the other starters an extra day off and to keep Maeda’s pitch count built up. “But most of all, he has to pitch well,” Roberts said.last_img read more

Two Assists and two Goals of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the Match against Reims (Video)

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic is, according to many, like wine – the older, the better.Popular Ibrakadabra from match to match continues to delight football public, regardless of his age.This time in the match against Reims  within the French national championship enrolled two assists and two goals.Take a look at his performance in our VIDEO.(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)last_img