Holm handles Hobby Stock competition in Super Nationals qualifying

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 6) – After being challenged early for the lead, Trevor Holm ran away with the Tuesday qualifying feature for IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks at Boone Speedway.As a result, he’ll start on the front of the outside row in Saturday’s IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals main event.Holm dueled with Jason Kohl, who pulled into the infield, then returned and restarted at the back of the field.Second-running Justin Luinenburg retired on lap 18 and two-time and defending champion Jason Wilkinson exited from a transfer spot and followed him to the pits on the next circuit.Solomon Bennett, Matt White, Andrew Bertsch, Jeff Ware, TeJay Mielke, Andrew Borchardt and Bill Bonnett followed Holm across the finish line and will line up in that order behind him on Saturday.Holm is in the big show for the second time and Bonnett counts the 1998 championship among his nine previous Super Nationals appearances; the other six drivers start their first Saturday show. Justin Wacha was disqualified in post-race tech.Last-chance qualifying on Wednesday adds the last six Hobbies to the main event field.Qualifying feature results – 1. Trevor Holm, Chandler, Minn.; 2. Solomon Bennett, Minburn; 3. Matt White, Nashua; 4. Andrew Bertsch, Minot, N.D.; 5. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb.; 6. TeJay Mielke, Norfolk, Neb.; 7. Andrew Borchardt, Plymouth; 8. Bill Bonnett, Knoxville; 9. Dustin Lynch, Boone; 10. Chanse Hollatz, Clear Lake; 11. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer; 12. Myles Michehl, Fort Dodge; 13. Matt Olson, Morton, Minn.; 14. Wesley Warren, Fairfield, Texas; 15. Keith Burg, Adel; 16. Zac Smith, Mason City; 17. Jim Kimmel, Norfolk, Neb.; 18. Chuck Madden Jr., Avoca; 19. Jason Kohl, Missouri Valley; 20. Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb.; 21. Austin Brauner, Platte Center, Neb.; 22. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn.; 23. Patrick Pellman, Elkhart; 24. Tyler Saathoff, Hickman, Neb.; 25. Eric Cross, Salina, Kan.; 26. Daniel Ayers, Webster City; 27. Chad Lonneman, Adrian, Minn.; 28. Justin Wacha, Vinton. Trevor Holm had the field covered in winning the Tuesday qualifying feature for Hobby Stocks at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)last_img read more

Rodgers praises winning mentality

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits his side’s outstanding goalscoring exploits can occasionally work against them in terms of expectation but believes they have a real winning mentality and strong character. The Reds’ 2-1 win at home to Sunderland – a seventh successive league victory – produced a tense finish having seemingly been comfortable with two-goal cushion. Liverpool are the top-flight’s leading scorers with 84 goals and while a Steven Gerrard free-kick and Daniel Sturridge’s 20th of the season put them on track to regain second spot from Manchester City, Ki Sung-Yueng’s header set the nerves jangling and John O’Shea almost snatched a very late equaliser. Press Association “The perception is that we are going to get four, five and six goals each game – which is wonderful,” said the Northern Irishman. “We knew that this was a game that we knew we have to be patient with. “We were the dominant team but no matter how dominant you are when it gets to 2-1 it is going to be tight for that last 10 minutes or so. “I thought we showed great character and deserved to win the game. Credit to them they kept fighting because they are in a difficult position. “It shows the character of the team that we stayed with it and showed that winning mentality and finished with another great victory. It is more satisfying.” Rodgers is confident his players can cope with the pressure of the run-in as the club looks to end a 24-year drought without a title. “It is just reinforcing about calmness, we reinforce to the players to dominate the ball,” he added. “Our idea is to stay calm under pressure and it is important that they can think clearly under pressure. “We have had a wonderful season so far but there is still a way to go. “I felt in the second part of this season we would be stronger because of the nature of our game. “There were long spells that we were very good at that but as I said as the season goes on we will embrace that pressure and enjoy it.” Sturridge’s goals meant for the first time since Ian St John and Roger Hunt 50 years ago, the club has two players who have reached 20 league goals in a season. It has happened only six times previously and in four of those campaigns they went on to win a league title – twice in Division One and twice in Division Two. “It is a wonderful achievement from Daniel. Since January when he came in he has been exceptional,” said Rodgers. “He probably wasn’t at the top of his game so it was nice he comes out and gets his goal. “I don’t see him and Luis as a pair, they are both soloists, they have different qualities but long may it continue that they carry on scoring goals.” Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, whose side remain three points from safety, was pleased with the performance from his side. “We did something nobody expected. The game was set up for a big party, four or five goals (to Liverpool) and everyone celebrating after half an hour and the game went on and on and they couldn’t score,” he said. “The idea was always to stay in the game, not lose the shape, believe in the system which we’ve never played before. “It is all new but it shows when you understand the game a certain way you can put teams like Liverpool, in the kind of form they are, under pressure. “It was tense. Why we cannot do it at home, I don’t know and I will kick myself thinking. “All in all it was an unexpected performance from Sunderland.” last_img read more

Webb announces retirement

first_img Press Association Webb, 43, who refereeed the 2010 World Cup final and at the recent World Cup in Brazil, hangs up his whistle after 25 years. He has been appointed technical director of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), the Premier League announced. Webb said: “I am very excited to start this new chapter in my career after a wonderfully rewarding 25 years on the pitch. I have spent over a decade with the best seat in the house for Barclays Premier League matches, been lucky enough to be involved in nine major international tournaments, and taken charge of the UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup finals. “Refereeing has given me so much and I think it’s important that match officials who have had the rewards remain in the game to pass on their knowledge. “I also have much more to learn about the business of refereeing and I believe the best place for me to do that is with PGMOL. It’s an incredibly positive working environment and we all have a common goal of improving refereeing. “Over the last five years in particular we have made huge strides in terms of our accuracy, fitness and professionalism. “The current Select Group are the best referees this country has ever produced and I am thrilled that I not only get the chance to continue working with them but also the opportunity to help develop the next generation of Select Group officials.” Webb’s career reached a peak in 2010 when he became the first person to referee the Champions League final and the World Cup final in the same year. He also refereed at Euro 2008 and Euro 2012, and was widely-praised for his performances at the World Cup in Brazil. The Premier League said his new position would include a “public-facing role informing and educating on refereeing matters”. England’s top referee Howard Webb has announced his retirement to become technical director of the body that oversees professional officials. PGMOL general manager Mike Riley said: “Howard has been the foremost referee of his generation and an inspiration for match officials in this country and around the world. “We are very excited that Howard’s knowledge and skills are being retained and shared for them and the rest of PGMOL’s officials. “Last season we trebled the funding for referee coaching and training and we will continue to invest in match officials from the Premier League down to the contributory leagues. “We want to accelerate the development of referees from the semi-professional game so that we have an even stronger talent pool to pick from at Select Group level. There is no-one better to lead on that than Howard Webb.” Football Association chairman Greg Dyke paid tribute to Webb, who was awarded an MBE in 2011. Dyke said: “On behalf of The FA, I would like to pay tribute to Howard Webb for a magnificent and unrivalled refereeing career. “Howard has taken charge of the biggest games going – not least the 2010 World Cup Final. “It is no surprise that he was one of our most important ambassadors for The FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations in 2013.” last_img read more

Team Evolution continues to dominate the 2016 season

first_imgRaul Leal wins Reagan Rodrigues 50-mile road race title.TEAM Evolution Cycling Club has been dominating the local cycling activities over the past year and is continuing to do so despite the many challenges faced by its individuals riders.However, despite those challenges, the team has continued its dominance as withRaul Leal leding home two other teammates to cop the top spot in a shortened 12th Annual Reagan Rodrigues Memorial Cycle Road Race yesterday on the West Demerara. The race was sponsored by Ricks and Sari Agro Industries Limited.As a result of ongoing road works on the West Demerara, organisers and riders had to reduce the distance of the race, which normally turns back at Bushy Park on the East Bank of Essequibo.Yesterday, the race started as normal at Wales and proceeded to Leonora before the competitors returned, went into the new Parfaite Harmonie Road and then finish just before the Demerara Harbour Bridge.Last year’s winner of the original 50-mile event was Michael Anthony, who registered one hour,56 minutes and 35 seconds.Leal eventually won the shortened distanced in a time of one Hour, 27 Minutes and 02.98 Seconds, covering just around 30 miles or so.Leal’s team mate, Orville Hinds had to settle for second place while reigning National Junior Champion, Christopher Cornelius, just back from the Caribbean Junior Championships in St. Lucia, was third overall and the first junior to cross the line.Shaquel Agard of Linden placed fourth while Anthony, also of Linden had to settle for fifth, along with Ian `Dumb Boy’ Jackson closing out the top six places. Jackson was the winner of the veteran’s category that was held earlier in the day.Raphael Leung and Jornel Yearwood both of whom also competed at the Caribbean Junior Championships in St. Lucia last weekend, placed second and third respectively in the junior category.Following Jackson to the line in the veteran,s class were Raymond Newton and Paul Choo Wee-Nam, in that order.Ruling the roost in the mountain bike race was Mahaica based Sean Budhan, with the second and third place going to Keon Thomas and Stephan Gobin respectively.last_img

Melo only plays opening 4 minutes, Moussa Keita hauls in 8 rebounds; Michigan patient vs. zone

first_img The close games prove SU has struggled against what Boeheim calls good zone-offense teams. But SU’s veterans, including Kris Joseph, were impressed with Michigan’s approach. They even said it is good SU is facing deliberate offensive attacks early in the season. After those first four minutes, Melo’s fellow freshman center Baye Moussa Keita replaced Melo. From there on out, Melo sat on the bench while Moussa Keita played 26 of the game’s final 36 minutes. Moussa Keita finished the game scoreless as well, but was second on the team for rebounds, with nine. He added two blocks and didn’t turn the ball over once. ‘It helps us, especially when we play zone,’ Joseph said. ‘Teams are going to run offense against us, running the shot clock down to five seconds and then getting the shot. And that will do nothing for us but help us.’ For the first time Friday, though, that job included starting the second half at center. Through SU’s five games Moussa Keita has been entrusted with the bulk of the minutes at center, logging 21 minutes to Melo’s 12.6. Melo is averaging 1.6 points-per-game, as he has taken only eight shots on the season. Every time down for Michigan, Jim Boeheim expected the same thing against his 2-3 zone. Michigan head coach Jim Beilein drilled it into his young team. For the fifth consecutive game, the soft-spoken Moussa Keita said he was merely doing Boeheim’s prescribed job. The Wolverines would work the ball until the final five seconds of the shot clock. It would come thanks to Darius Morris passes around the perimeter, and Tim Hardaway Jr. slashes to the baskets. As a result, gaps would open up in the Orange defense. The Michigan guards would then occupy them, and pass the ball back out for an Evan Smotrycz or Stu Douglass 3-pointer. Joseph’s fellow junior, Scoop Jardine, was impressed as well. But not only about how well-executed the Wolverine offense was. Rather, the maturity of the approach of Michigan — despite its three freshmen and one sophomore starters – didn’t correlate with the senior-less team. For the fifth straight game, Syracuse shot below 50 percent from the field… Former NBA players Tim Hardaway, Allan Houston and Glen Rice were in attendance at Boardwalk Hall. Hardaway’s son plays for Michigan. Rice’s son played for Georgia Tech in the other semifinal. Hardaway Jr. scored eight points in the win… Georgia Tech defeated UTEP 71-61 in the earlier semifinal… Rick Jackson led SU with 12 rebounds… Jardine and Brandon Triche combined to go 5-of-17 from the field… No SU player had more than three fouls, yielding only four Michigan free throw attempts… SU walk-on junior guard Nick Resavy recorded a trick-shot video that hit the Internet Friday. It is a YouTube clip lasting 3:37 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-5PH70VVGo) featuring Gerry McNamara. It’s the same story the SU veterans, including Kris Joseph, are expecting. Michigan’s brooding offense another example of team playing well against zone Said Joseph: ‘We are going to need that from Baye.’ Moussa Keita has attempted 12 total shots, but is averaging 7.4 rebounds-per-game to Melo’s two. That is how the first half played out. Michigan led 32-29. It wasn’t a surprise to Boeheim, though. Teams have been doing it all year. He expects it, because the team’s Syracuse has faced play against his zone well.center_img ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. –– Jim Boeheim swears he doesn’t hand players minutes in order for them to progress. He reiterated that Friday after Syracuse’s 53-50 win over Michigan. ‘You can’t give people minutes. They have to earn them,’ Boeheim said. ‘And (SU freshman center) Fab (Melo) is not earning them right now. He has got to be good on defense. The guy beat him twice on two simple little moves. We can’t have that.’  In what is starting to become the same old story for the Orange after its first five games, the SU head coach mentioned his philosophy when speaking of Melo. Again, the much-lauded freshman failed to score. Melo earned four of Boeheim’s minutes Friday, without tallying a single statistic. The four minutes were the first four of the game, as the preseason Big East Freshman of The Year started in his fifth consecutive game. aolivero@syr.edu ‘Everytime that (Boeheim) calls me, I am ready to play,’ Moussa Keita said. Then, Michigan would crash the glass for one of their 13 first half offensive rebounds thanks to the exposed holes in the SU zone. ‘In a game like that, no matter if a team has no seniors, they can be patient because we are in the zone,’ Jardine said… ‘Michigan is a patient team and they found their shooters. They are a hard team to play against.’ Published on November 26, 2010 at 12:00 pm This and that Two was also the number of blocks Moussa Keita tallied Friday. And following his first second half start of the year, the freshman cemented his importance with a Boardwalk Hall-pleasing block. Over 20 minutes after Melo started the game whiffing on an offensive rebound attempt, Moussa Keita pinned a Wolverine lay-up against the backboard. The SU head coach said again Friday that the Orange is playing against smart zone-teams to start the season. He was most impressed in SU’s game last week against William & Mary, as the heavy underdog lost by only three. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘We are playing teams that are playing good against us,’ Boeheim said. ‘They have a good formula against us. They are teams that match up well against us with what we do.’ Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Backup QBs take reps but Daniels will start

first_imgSenior cornerback Iman Marshall squats alone in the middle of the AT&T Field during the Cotton Bowl last season. (Tucker Judkins | Daily Trojan)With rivalry week ramping up, the Trojans took the field to focus on discipline and tempo on Wednesday. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Matt Fink saw some action on Wednesday, splitting non-contact reps with redshirt freshman quarterback Jack Sears, but head coach Clay Helton made it clear that there is only one starting quarterback for USC.“We’re fortunate to have three great quarterbacks, but JT is the starter,” Helton said. “Last week’s stall was not the act of the quarterback.”The emphasis for the offense this week will be to sustain full drives, converting third downs in order to keep the UCLA offense off the field, and the team drilled third down situations throughout practice. The Trojans have just a 38 percent rate of effectiveness converting on third down so far this season, a statistic that barely ranks in the top 100 teams of the country. This inability to close third downs has forced the team to rely instead on breaking off large plays rather than building plays that march from one end of the field to the other. Although the team has slightly improved as the season progressed, Helton stressed that it will be vital for his team to find its rhythm on third down to last through all four quarters in the Rose Bowl.In the dependably competitive atmosphere of the crosstown rivalry game, Helton is also emphasizing the importance of cool heads throughout every level of his team. Against Cal, the Trojans suffered a critical penalty when senior cornerback Iman Marshall jawed at the Cal sidelines after an incomplete pass. Instead of forcing Cal to kick the ball away on fourth down, the penalty gave the Bears the first down necessary to pull out the win.“On Monday, I addressed the team and apologized for my actions,” Marshall said. “That did have an effect on the game.”Helton said that he was proud of Marshall. But apologies won’t be enough when the team faces UCLA; discipline will be necessary. “I don’t know what was said,” Helton said of the confrontation. “Usually it’s the second guy who gets caught. They need to learn that.”Injury reportRedshirt freshman defensive lineman Jacob Lichtenstein returned to practice after sitting out at the end of Tuesday’s practice with a shoulder tweak. Freshman cornerback Olaijah Griffin also returned to play after sitting out on Tuesday.Junior linebacker Oluwole Betiku and sophomore linebacker Juliano Falaniko both worked out with a trainer along the sidelines throughout practice, with Falaniko putting on a helmet to close out his one-on-one training on the way back to full-contact play.Offensive linemen senior Chuma Edoga and redshirt junior Clayton Bradley remain completely out of practice, along with defensive linemen sophomore Brandon Pili and junior Caleb Tremblay. Redshirt senior tight end Austin Applebee also remained out of pads for practice on Wednesday.last_img read more

Miami man charged with hate crime for hurling threats at mosque

first_imgA Miami man already charged with leaving recorded threatening messages at a mosque will also be charged with a federal hate crime.Court records released Thursday show that 35-year-old Gerald Sloane Wallace was indicted by a Miami grand jury on a hate crime charge for obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs. A grand jury charged him last month with making an interstate communication that threatened injury.State authorities had charged Wallace previously.The indictment says Wallace phoned the Islamic Center of Greater Miami, located in Miami Gardens, in February and left a message using profanity against Islam, the prophet Muhammad and the Quran. He also allegedly threatened to “go down to your center.”“I’m gonna shoot all y’all.”Wallace faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.last_img read more

Nigerian Youngster, Ebere Eze Joins Wycombe Wanderers On Loan From QPR

first_imgQPR starlet, Ebere Eze has joined League Two side Wycombe Wanderers on a season long loan from Queens Park Rangers.19-year-old Eze, who joined QPR in August 2016, has made just one appearance for The Hoops, starting the FA Cup game against Blackburn last January.Welcome to @EbereEze10, who joins on loan from #QPR! https://t.co/W1YCcX5d3Z— Wycombe Wanderers (@wwfcofficial) August 30, 2017“Ebere is very highly-rated at QPR and I’m delighted and grateful that they’ve entrusted us with another of their young talents.” Wycombe manager, Gareth Ainsworth told the club’s official website.Eze, whose parents are from Mbaise in Imo State, was invited for the Super Eagles canceled friendly against Burkina Faso in London earlier this year and is yet to make his international appearance for Nigeria.Relatedlast_img read more

National Youth Games: Solomon Dalung Calls For Replacement Of “Recycled Athletes”

first_imgMinister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung has called for the replacement of “recycled athletes” as the Ministry of Sports draws the curtain on this year’s National Youth Games in Ilorin today.The 2017 National Youth Games, which was held at the University of Ilorin, is the 3rd edition and featured over 5,000 athletes from 31 states of the nation.In a press release by Nneka Ikem Anibeze, SA to the Minister on media, Dalung said: “We have continued to recycle athletes over decades and now they have reached their peak.”The closing ceremony witnessed the handover of newly discovered talents to various National Sports Federations for proper development and monitoring by the Talent Identification Committee, a committee made up of grassroots coaches, ex-internationals, and technical officials.“We need to replace or augment with younger athletes so that as the older ones are slowing down with age, the next generation can understudy and step into their shoes.” the Minister added.The Minister also hinted that intensive training of the discovered talents will begin in earnest as Nigeria prepares for next year’s Africa Youth Games and the World Youth Olympics, in Algiers, Algeria and Buenos Aires, Argentina respectively. RelatedAUDIO: Sports Minister Charges Team Nigeria To Dominate African Wrestling ChampionshipsNovember 28, 2017In “Africa”Sports Ministry Promise Facelift of Lagos StadiumJanuary 5, 2019In “Nigeria”2017 Commonwealth Youth Games: Nigeria To Be Represented By Two Athletes In NassauJuly 20, 2017In “Sports”last_img read more

SIS and ATR granted exclusive media rights deal with Ascot

first_imgShare SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Ascot adds three-year extension to Sky Sports Racing deal August 14, 2020 SIS grows Latin American footprint through Betcris deal August 12, 2020 Share Racing content and data provider SIS (Sports Information Services) and At the Races (ATR) have both signed an exclusive media rights deal with Ascot Racecourse, which will allow racing coverage from Ascot to be broadcast internationally.Both SIS and ATR have been granted exclusive media rights for sports betting purposes, as well as for display across licensed betting premises within their respective territories. The two will work alongside one another as part of the split contract to broadcast race meetings from the East Berkshire course. The agreed upon deal is a similar arrangement to that in place at Chelmsford Racecourse, which left ATR to join Racing TV, unlike Ascot which conversely moved from RTV to ATR.Paul Witten, Commercial Director at SIS, praised the collaboration: “Extending our partnership with Ascot Racecourse is an important step, as we look to continually enhance our racing betting offer for our operator partners across the globe. “Ascot is world renowned for its thoroughbred horse racing, and is very popular with bettors internationally, so we are thrilled to be able to supply this to our customers via our 24/7 Live Betting Channels.”As part of the agreement, SIS have been awarded international fixed odds betting rights across the world, however this does exclude the UK, Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore. The data services supplier will have the ability to sell coverage to its customers, in addition to the exclusive right to represent Ascot rights in connection with pari-mutuel betting in Australia. Meanwhile, ATR has been granted international pari-mutuel betting rights across the world, also excluding the UK, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Australia. The broadcaster will be permitted to grant sub-licensees the ability to broadcast the coverage for use in licensed betting offices and the right to make the coverage available online for registered users.Matthew Imi, Chief Executive Officer of At The Races, added: “We are delighted to be working so closely again with Ascot in distributing their racing to the many important Tote wagering operators around the world. “It is a responsibility we take very seriously as Ascot is a premium brand which resonates globally. We are also pleased to have been awarded the streaming contract to deliver racing from Ascot to our UK and Ireland bookmaker partners via our Sport Mediastream platform.”Chief Commercial Officer at Ascot Racecourse Juliet Slot stated: “We have placed these two specialised international betting picture rights contracts with proven experts in their respective fields as part of our strategy to partner with entities that best suit each contract’s individual need. “It is fantastic to extend our relationship for delivery to international fixed odds markets with SIS, who we are already working with in the UK market as part of the retail betting distribution, in partnership with RMG and, for Tote markets, to start working again with ATR’s international team.“Separately, we also look forward to working with ATR, using their Sport Mediastream platform, for the streaming of our racing content to UK and Ireland bookmakers from March.”Slot’s optimism for the new deal was reaffirmed by Ascot Racecourse Chief Executive Guy Henderson who concluded: “Collaboration is key to the UK and International development of Ascot’s business. I would like to thank our two new partners for their support in working together to create a package which best serves our needs.”The new three-year deals will run from the 1 March 2019, lasting until 31 December 2021. They will cover the all major race meetings from the course, including Royal Ascot, with exception to British Champions Day.last_img read more