Championship Saturday underway at Super Nationals

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 7) – Championship Saturday has arrived at the 31st annual IMCA Speedway Mo­tors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.Fifteen last-chance heats for Modifieds, the last-chance feature for Stock Cars and last-chance features for Modifieds get the Sept. 7 show started at Boone Speedway. The Karl Chevrolet Races of Champions for Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods, the Sunoco Race Fuels Race of Champions for Stock Cars and the Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions for Modifieds precede main events for all four divisions.Hobby Stocks, SportMods and Stock Car headliners are all 30 laps. The big dance for Modifieds is 40 laps. * Front row starters for the Harris RoC are Tim Ward and Dustin Smith, ahead of Ryan McDaniel, Jimmy Gustin, Clint Hatlestad, Brandon Beckendorf, Aaron Turnbull, Chris Abelson, Dylan Smith, Jesse Sobbing, Richie Gustin and Corey Lagroon.Scott Pippert will lead the Sunoco RoC field to the initial green, with defending race winner Donavon Smith to his outside. Brandon Czarapata, Abe Huls, Brian Irvine, Perry Misner, David Smith, Kevin Opheim, Jay Schmidt and John Heinz complete the lineup.Colby Langenberg has the pole start for the Hobby Stock RoC, with Randy Embrey to his outside. Tre­vor Holm, Brock Beeter, Corey Madden, Shannon Anderson, Jason Kohl, Chris Luloff, Bill Bon­nett and Justin Nehring complete the third through 10th spots on the starting grid. Front row for the Northern SportMod RoC has Bobby Anders on the pole and Joel Rust outside. Third through 10th starters are Eric Elliott, Tyler Frye, Nick Roberts, Clint Luellen, Austin Kaplan, Danny Dvorak, Robby Rosselli and Carter VanDenberg.*Two drivers with their share of career wins and then some were recognized during pre-race ceremo­nies this afternoon.Mike Nichols won for the 300th time in his IMCA Sunoco Stock Car career while Shannon Ander­son earned his career 200th IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock victory this season.Both are the career wins leaders in their respective divisions. *Sybesma Graphics best looking car contest winners were Gary Roberts in the Modifieds and Stef­fan Carey in the Stock Cars.Roberts’ ride promotes Goldenhar Syndrome. The wrap was done by his son (and fellow Modified driver) Matt.Carey pilots the original Witten’s Warriors car, promoting cerebral palsy treatment and aware­ness. *Another hotly contested rock, paper, scissors contest held during track prep determined the out­side row of tonight’s Stock Car main event. Steve Meyer will lead Jake Masters, Brian Irvine, Wayne Gifford, Ken Tietz, Damon Murty, Todd Reitzler and Dustin Larson to green.*The results of more rock, paper, scissors: Chris Mills will start at the front of the outside row in Saturday’s Modified dance.Jon Snyder, Ryan Watnem, Jason Cummins, Shawn Kilgore, Jeff Taylor, J.D. Auringer and William Gould are next on the grid. *last_img read more

Wenger: We’re no shrinking violets

first_img Press Association Wenger, though, has no issue with fair, robust challenges which the French coach feels are “a strength of the English game”. “I don’t think it holds players back. In fact, the opposite, the foreign players who come to England improve and you get that aspect of the game as well,” he said. “I have seen so many French players complain about the physicality when they arrived in England. I tell them it will take some time, but the intensity of the game will make them better players. “It was worse 15 years ago than it is now, back then no-one would have spoken about the (Andy) Carroll challenge (on David De Gea), now everything is analysed on television. Some players complained and then, after they moved away, they missed the English game.” Wenger added: “When you look at some players, you cannot say the physicality of the game stops them from displaying their talent. “When I brought (Robert) Pires here, he was not especially a physical player, but no-one could stop him from playing his game – (Marc) Overmars, (Dennis) Bergkamp, nobody could stop them. You cannot say it is physical or it is kicking, it is just that the commitment is high and that is what you want.” Wenger, though, knows from painful experience just what the result of poor tackles can be. He said: “What I regret is when it goes overboard and we lost some players like Eduardo and (Abou) Diaby, who paid a high price for that aspect. It is a fine line, that is why I say it is the intention that counts.” The Gunners boss was less than impressed by some of the challenges from Everton on Tuesday night. Wenger’s current side may not be full of no-nonsense characters, but the Frenchman insists suggestions Arsenal lack players capable of standing up for themselves in the heat of battle are no longer valid. “I had teams who were not vulnerable to that (physical side), but when we built the stadium here, we were much younger, and of course vulnerable,” said Wenger. “(With players like Cesc) Fabregas, at 17 years of age, we were a bit more vulnerable at Stoke than we are today, that is natural.” center_img Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger maintains his team are no longer “vulnerable” to physical intimidation as they look to cement a place in the top four of the Barclays Premier League.last_img read more

Assessing players’ fitness, techniques key upon return to action – Percival

first_img… Berbice cricketers keeping fit despite challengesBy Clifton RossFORMER West Indies Under-19 captain and Guyana all-rounder, Andre Percival, is rooting for action to return to the Ancient County of Berbice, following months of lockdown due to COVID-19.Percival, a hard-hitting all-rounder who represented Guyana from 1992 to 2009 and was arguably the most successful Regional U-19 captain, told Guyana Chronicle in a recent interview that things in the ancient county were quiet following months of inactivity but he was hoping for a swift, healthy return to action when time permits.With everything on hold locally and regionally, the 45-year-old pointed out that apart from missing the camaraderie the players will be hurt feelings-wise as most of them look forward to the Regional season as their own little tour.“It was unfortunate for them because we would normally have our Under-13, U-15, U-17, U-19 and senior Inter-county tournaments. I know most of the guys were looking forward to the national season because it’s like a tour for them,” he said.A former youth star locally and regionally with a total of 57 national appearances for Guyana in 50 Overs, 1st Class and T20, he was also a key part of the historic Guyana team who won the first Stanford T20 tournament.The burly left-hander, who turned national coach a few years ago, believed that training will be heavily affected by the downtime; as most of the youths don’t have access to proper training facilities/equipment.“As coaches we look at our young players as the future but because of COVID-19 there’s not much to do in Berbice right now. Some players would call and say coach can I have some balls to do a few throw-downs and so on but apart from that they still try to do their own personal workouts in the morning until things get better,” said Percival.A stalwart of Berbice county cricket as a youth then in his senior years, the medium-pacer said upon return to action, the first phase is to assess players’ fitness and technique by virtue of various cardiovascular tests and match simulations.“First we look at their fitness level, some yo-yo Tests to see their level along with some practice matches to see where their games are at. Other than that we will continue to stay close as a unit, wait until things get back to normal and ensure that Berbice cricket remains on top.” Percival ended.last_img read more

D’Tigers Jet out for 3×3 FIBA World Cup

first_imgThe senior men’s national 3×3 basketball team left Nigeria yesterday for the 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup holding in Philippines between June 8 and 12.The four-man team departed from the Murtala Mohammed International Airport aboard a Qatar Airways flight. It was led by the Director of 3×3 Nigeria, Frank Jituboh.The players for the competition include; Azuoma Dike, David Godwin and Lucky Subel all from Kano Pillars Basketball Club and captain, Yahaya Abdul. The captain expressed optimism that Nigeria, the current African champions can make an impression despite making their world cup debut.“We have been in camp in Abuja for the last 3 weeks and we are prepared for the task ahead. We are in high spirit and ready to bring more honor to Nigeria.”Yahaya said the experience they garnered in Togo during the FIBA Africa 3 Championship where they defeated Congo in the finals to win the title has prepared them for the challenges ahead in Manila, Philippines.Jituboh thanked the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) under the leadership of Ahmadu Musa Kida for total support given to the team.“Kida was the first person who saw the 3×3 vision and decided to invest in it through his AMK foundation when he was not even the President. I am not surprised that as the president of NBBF, he has continued to support the latest basketball format which has continued to grow.”The team is in Group D alongside Ukraine, Croatia, Jordan and Latvia.They are expected to play two matches against Ukraine and Croatia while on Sunday, it will be an encounter against Jordan and Latvia to determine their quarter final fate.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

FIBA Changes Headgear Rules to Allow Hijab in Basketball

first_imgOn Thursday, new rules were ratified that will take effect from October 1.“The new rule comes as a result of the fact that traditional dress codes in some countries – which called for the head and/or entire body being covered – were incompatible with previous headgear rules,” a FIBA statement read.FIBA began a revision process of its headgear rule in September 2014, with exceptions being granted at national level as part of a two-year testing period.Earlier that year, football’s governing body FIBA officially authorised the wearing of head covers for religious reasons during matches.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Basketball has changed its rules on headgear in a move that will allow players to wear the hijab during matches.Previous rules had banned the practice over what world governing body FIBA said was a safety issue.The Qatar women’s team withdrew from the 2014 Asian Games after being denied permission to wear the hijab – a head covering worn by many Muslim women.last_img read more

Three-peat? 3 straight bogeys leave Koepka in neutral at PGA

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Bogey, bogey, bogey.This was not what Brooks Koepka had in mind when he was thinking about three in a row at the PGA Championship.Now, if he’s going to become the first player to three-peat at the PGA since Walter Hagen did it in the 1920s, he’ll have to win his first in come-from-behind fashion. It’s all because of those three straight 5s he made — on the par-4 13th, 14th and 15th holes Saturday at chilly Harding Park.“I thought I played a lot better than the score reflected,” Koepka said. “I made one bad swing.”One bad swing and a couple of bad breaks led to the bogeys that undermined what was an otherwise solid day. He bounced back with a pair of birdies down the stretch to shoot 1-under 69 and finish at 7 under. He’s in the same spot he was coming into the day — two shots out of the lead. But instead of tied for second, he’s tied for fourth. And instead of chasing Li Haotong, he’s trying to catch his workout buddy, 2016 U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson, who shot 65.“I’ve been in this position before and capitalized,” said Koepka, who overcame a one-shot deficit for his first major victory, the 2017 U.S. Open. “DJ’s only won once. I’m playing good, so we’ll see.”Also in the group of 17 players within four shots of the lead are Justin Rose (6 under) and Jason Day (6 under), who have won one major apiece. Koepka has won four. Nobody else in that bunch has any.“A lot of experience is what I can bring to it,” Koepka said.He said the stiff hip that brought the trainer out to work on him during Friday’s second round is not an issue. If it was bothering him in the third round, it didn’t show.At one point late in the afternoon, Koepka was one of 15 players within two shots of the lead. He had pulled within one, and didn’t have a single bogey on his card, when he hit his approach shot out of the fairway long, and short-sided himself in back of the 13th green. He missed a 15-foot putt for par for his first bogey.His approach from out of the rough on 14 left him short-sided in a greenside bunker en route to bogey No. 2.Then, on 15, he short-sided his approach and followed with a delicate shot out of thick rough that did not reach the green. He almost chipped in to save par, but the ball slid barely past.“It’s mistakes you can’t” make, Koepka said. “I short-sided myself. If you’re going to miss here, you have to miss on the correct side.”By the time the bogey string was over, he was 1 over for the day, four shots out of the lead and in comeback mode. Now, he’ll be facing a Sunday unlike his last two PGAs. Last year, he went into the final round with a seven-shot lead and never let anyone near. In 2018, he came in with a two-shot lead over Adam Scott and ended up holding off Tiger Woods.This time — that same two-shot deficit he had coming into Saturday. But as he walked off the course, he made it clear he found neither the deficit nor that group clustered near the top of the leaderboard to be obstacles he couldn’t overcome.“It’s just a comfort level,” Koepka said. “I feel very comfortable around the lead in the big events. … It should be a fun shootout.”Image credits: AP Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 9th August, 2020 09:29 IST Three-peat? 3 Straight Bogeys Leave Koepka In Neutral At PGA Now, if he’s going to become the first player to three-peat at the PGA since Walter Hagen did it in the 1920s, he’ll have to win his first in come-from-behind fashion. It’s all because of those three straight 5s he made — on the par-4 13th, 14th and 15th holes Saturday at chilly Harding Park First Published: 9th August, 2020 09:29 IST COMMENTcenter_img Written By WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Popular Caribbean candidates win in New York elections

first_imgTwo Caribbean candidates – Jumaane Williams and Dr.Mathieu Eugene secured sound victories in New York City general elections on Tuesday.Son of Grenadian immigrantsWilliams, the son of Grenadian immigrants, and the Haitian-born Eugene will now serve another four-year term in districts in Brooklyn that are predominantly Caribbean.With 100 percent of the 121 precincts reporting, Williams, who represents the 45th Council District and ran on the Democratic and Working Families parties line, defeated Anthony Beckford, of the True Freedom Party, by a landslide.Williams – who currently serves as Deputy Leader of the New York City Council, chair of the Council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings, and co-chair of the Council’s Task Force to Combat Gun Violence – trounced Beckford in attaining 20, 347 votes. Beckford only received 613 votes.Williams, who is also among eight candidates vying to become Speaker of New York City Council in the Special Elections in January, had won the Democratic Primary in a landslide in September with 100 percent of the 121 precincts reporting. At that time, he received 8,588 votes to his then lone challenger, Lou Cespedes, who garnered 904 votes.First Haitian AmericanOn Tuesday, Democrat Dr. Eugene – the first Haitian to hold elective office in New York City and who represents the 40th Council District, juxtaposed to Williams’ 45th Council District – beat Brian Christopher Cunningham, the son of Jamaican immigrants in garnering 13, 840 votes.With 100 percent of the 104 precincts reporting, Cunningham, running on the Reform Party line, mustered 8, 370 votes. Another Eugene Challenger, Brian Kelly, who contested the seat on the Conservative Party ticket, received 767 votes.“I just want to say ‘thank you’ to the voters; ‘thank you very much,’” Williams told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) after Tuesday night’s victory. “It shows they’re [voters] happy in giving me a mandate to do what I’m doing. Now, I can focus on the Speaker’s race.”Eugene again attributed his success to God and his dedicated to community service. “Thank God for giving me the opportunity to be elected one more time, to continue do what I love doing – serving the people,” he told CMC after the results were announced. “I like to thank all the voters and supporters for putting their trust and confidence me.“I pledge to work harder, to continue to do what I can to address the issues and improve the quality of life for all, including those who did not vote for me,” Eugene added.He said, even though he has accomplished a lot in his district, his priorities are to “address the challenges facing the youth; to ensure quality education with smaller class size; to improve access to healthcare for all people; to expand employment opportunities; to improve public safety services and police/community relations; to improve affordable housing opportunities and support immigrant rights; as well as to provide strong advocacy for neighborhood preservation and homeowners.“I believe much more needs to be done, and I will do everything I can to address the challenges,” said Eugene, stating that he has been “well known and respected for more than a decade as a community leader, educator, health professional, local media personality and founder of the non-profit organization, YES (Youth Education and Sports).”For more on Caribbean-American elected official in New York, click the link: Caribbean American Congresswoman introduces body camera billlast_img read more

Prince of Darkness and Metal Casino join forces

first_img StumbleUpon GiG helps Metal Casino roll out new sportsbook June 5, 2019 Share Share Submit GiG repositions itself as a ‘sportsbook first’ operator with Guts launch June 7, 2019 Related Articles Twin aims for “unmatched casino experience” after CRM deal January 11, 2019 The ‘Godfather of Metal’ Ozzy Osbourne has signed a deal with Metal Casino, the self confessed “biggest, boldest and most hardcore online casino on the planet,” to become both a brand ambassador and part owner of the company.Launched in August of this year Metal Casino promises it’s players a harder rush through the use of the edgiest games, and by bringing fans closer to both their favourite bands and genre of music in general.Clas Dahlén, Chief Marketing Officer at Metal Casino, said: “Ozzy Osbourne is a legend and now he’s a partner with Metal Casino. As far as we’re concerned, this is the biggest sponsorship deal in the world and we’re still in awe that our all-time hero is on board with the project. “But the most important thing is, when we started Metal Casino, we knew it had to be more than just a casino, but a platform for a global community of metalheads and casino lovers to share their passion. With Ozzy’s help, we’re going to make this happen.”Metal Casino, who proclaim to be “the world’s first casino that embraces metal music fans and casino lovers,” partner with some of the biggest names in hard rock.Through these link ups players could be on the receiving end of a number of perks including merchandise, concert tickets and even backstage access, in addition to big cash prizes.Speaking about his latest collaboration, Ozzy added: “The guys at Metal Casino told me that their brand was all about being true, relevant and dedicated to the customer and that really resonated with me. “To me, that translated as keeping it real, keeping it original, and doing it all for your fans, and that’s all I’ve been trying to do my whole life.”The original Black Sabbath, with releases such as Paranoid and Master of Reality, were ranked as ‘The Greatest Metal Band of All Time’ by MTV, before Ozzy went on to sell over 100 million records and receive three grammy nominations in a hugely successful solo career.In 2006 Ozzy, along with Black Sabbath, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.last_img read more

“Kotoko had no excuse”: Chibsah on 2004 CAF Confed Cup defeat to Hearts

first_imgFormer Black Stars and Asante Kotoko midfielder, Yussif Chibsah has disclosed that his side had no excuse to have lost the 2004 CAF Confederations Cup to Accra Hearts of Oak.Kumasi Asante Kotoko lost 8-7 on penalties at the Kumasi Sports Stadium to their arch-rivals after playing out a 2-2 aggregate scoreline over two-legs.Speaking to Benjamin Nketsia on Citi TV’s, The Tracker, the former midfielder said the loss haunted him and made him stay indoors for days.Personally, I was off for three days. For three days I didn’t go out, I was just indoors. It was just unbelievable.We had Hearts of Oak, we had control of the game and we had no excuses to have lost that cup. But casting my mind back I think Hearts of Oak were destined to win that cup. Because if you look at the first leg in Accra, we took the lead and they equalized in extra time. And in Kumasi, we scored and they equalized and won penalties. In both games, we were on top and just like I say I think it was destiny. Hearts of Oak were just lucky to win that trophy.The former Asante Kotoko player also added that his side had no excuse considering the remunerations that awaited them.That trophy cost us a lot. Looking at the promises we had and our bonuses and other things we were supposed to get. If you look at that, we just had no excuse to have not won that trophy.last_img read more

Rob Segedin chasing MBA while in MLB

first_imgAt 27 years old and a veteran of six minor league seasons, Segedin committed to getting his MBA when the year began. His commitment didn’t waver when he was promoted to the majors, then proceeded to bat .295 with 12 RBIs in his first 19 games.Segedin said that studying was easier when he was playing at Triple-A, where the bus rides are longer and down time is more readily available. He would often enlist the help of his roommate, Oklahoma City outfielder Alex Hassan — “a smart guy, really knowledgeable,” Segedin said.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he couldn’t remember coaching or playing with someone who pursued a postgraduate education during the baseball season.“It speaks to his intelligence and drive,” Roberts said, adding that Segedin’s combination of intellect and athleticism “is something we’re trying to create.”The Dodgers’ next road trip is a 10-game swing through New York, Miami and Phoenix beginning Sept. 9. Segedin said his next semester begins three days earlier. DENVER >> August was a good month for Rob Segedin. He made his major league debut with the Dodgers, hit his first home run and became a father.Remarkable as all that is, it’s easy to forget he is also studying toward his Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. A couple of weeks ago before the Dodgers played a game in Cincinnati, Segedin took his final exam in his only class this semester: BUKD-C520, Quantitative Analysis.“I woke up one morning and thought, ‘I’m just going to take it.’ Whatever I get on it, I get,” he said. “I felt like I did well.”Before the Dodgers take the field Friday to play the San Diego Padres, Segedin will check his phone to get his test score. For those who deride the Dodgers’ front office as a “bunch of nerds,” at least spread the blame to the clubhouse. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “I’m talking to my teachers now, trying to get all my stuff early. During the (road trip), I can maybe knock out two or three weeks of classes when I’m not at home with my family. … By getting lectures to me early, I can knock out two weeks in one morning.”Call-ups comingTeams are allowed to have all of their 40-man roster players in the majors beginning Thursday. Roberts said the Dodgers will add at least three players — catcher Austin Barnes, and pitchers Louis Coleman and Josh Ravin — giving them a total of 29 active players for Friday’s game against San Diego.Coleman is on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder fatigue. Ravin is on the 15-day DL with right triceps inflammation. Left-handed pitcher Luis Avilan was recalled prior to the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Colorado Rockies, when the Dodgers were allowed to keep 26 players per MLB rules. He’ll stay on the active roster.AlsoPitcher Scott Kazmir, who threw a simulated game Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, will be activated from the disabled list within a day or two of his eligibility date Sept. 7, Roberts said. The veteran left-hander is battling discomfort in his neck and shoulder that impeded his delivery. … Kenta Maeda will likely start Saturday’s home game against the San Diego Padres, Roberts said, “but that is not a done deal.” … Three prospects from Double-A Tulsa — Cody Bellinger, Willie Calhoun and Alex Verdugo — were selected to play for the Glendale Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League. The prestigious short-season circuit begins play Oct. 11. … Dodgers prospect Chase De Jong was named the Texas League pitcher of the year. The Long Beach native went 14-5 with a 2.86 earned-run average with Tulsa. … Dodgers minor league pitching coordinator Rick Knapp was told his contract won’t be renewed when it expires in October.last_img read more