Pollard, Hibdon Top List of Winners At Independence Motor Speedway

first_imgHistory repeated itself with Mather’s win and it was very hard fought as Mather was able to hold off Jarrod Weepie and Chris Luloff at the finish line.  The headliner of the night was the 25-lap IMCA Sunoco Late Model main event. Eric Pollard shot to the high side of the speedway from his front row start and sailed to the win. Hometown favorite Curt Martin tried to reel in the quick running Pollard but was unable to mount a serious challenge in settling for second. Eric Pollard took the top side of the oval to victory lane in winning the Saturday eature for IMCA Sunoco Late Models at Independence Motor Speedway. (Photo by Scott Weber, Black Hat Photography) By Jerry Mackey  Twelfth starting Kolin Hibdon scored the win in the IMCA Modified feature. The 16-year-old from Nevada used every line on the track in making his way to the front. Hibdon overtook race leader Ronn Lauritzen near the midway point of the main and raced under the checkers ahead of Lauritzen and Jeff Aikey.  The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main event treated fans with a fierce battle for the lead which featured a pack of five drivers. Cole Mather emerged from the pack to score his fourth win in a row. Saturday night marked exactly five years to the date for Mather’s first-ever Stock Car feature win at Independence.  The Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main event turned into a battle of the Olson cousins. Tony Olson used a couple of late race slide jobs to hold off Kyle Olson for the win. Kip Siems ran a strong third.   INDEPENDENCE, Iowa – Saturday, July 4th saw 111 race cars take part in the Independence Motor Speedway holiday special.  The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main event saw Kaden Reynolds continue his mastery of the IMS high banks. Reynolds worked to the front from a third row start and shot by early leader Aaron Rudolph on his way to the win. Rudolph took second ahead and Miciah Hidlebaugh finished third.last_img read more

AquaTrojans Prevail Over Indians

first_imgEC AquaTrojans are undefeated after hosting the Milan Indians on Thursday night for Teacher Appreciation Night.   EC Girls won 121-52,  EC Boys won 129-51. Special Congratulations to Junior John Crawley for breaking the school record in the boys 1-meter diving (6 dive record).  Individual Winners include Ray Krider 200 Free; Matthew Badinghaus 200 IM, 100 Fly; Mackenzie Schantz 50 Free; Jackson Ketcham 50 Free, 500 Free; Aly Bailey 1 meter diving; John Crawley 1 meter diving ***NEW SCHOOL RECORD***; Kyra Hall 100 Free, 100 Breast; Nick Weber 100 Free, 100 Back; and Tara Hall 500 Free.  EC won all 6 relays.    On Saturday, December 14, East Central hosts its annual Relay Invitational.  Come out and support the AquaTrojans!!!Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless.last_img read more

Mossey in hat for July return

first_imgMossey Joe could go for a big prize next month if he recovers from his successful exertions at Stratford. The Summer Plate at Market Rasen on July 20 and the Galway Plate at the Ballybrit track on July 31 remain possible targets for the 10-year-old, who ran his rivals ragged to win the Stratford Foxhunters Champion Hunters’ Chase on Friday. However, trainer Declan McNamara will monitor Mossey Joe’s condition as the return journey from his County Clare base took a lot out of the horse. “He wouldn’t have travelled over great,” said McNamara. “We were a bit worried about him for the first couple of days. We took him over four days in advance. It was enough time for him to recover and he was OK on the day of the race. “The travelling took a fair bit out of him. It was to be expected as he’s a highly-strung horse, but he travelled well enough to win. “We probably won’t make any decisions for a week or two. He needs to put on a good bit of weight. “We’ll see if he recovers quickly enough or if he needs a break. If he bounces back, the Galway Plate would be a possibility or we might go for the Summer Plate in Market Rasen. “The original plan was for him to be ready to run back towards the end of July, so hopefully that plan will still work out. “He’s definitely a good-ground horse so we’d hoping he might pick up another race before the ground turns heavy.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

O’Neill: Keane loss would be a blow

first_imgIreland coach Martin O’Neill is hoping Roy Keane will continue as his assistant, despite the former Manchester United star being considered for the vacant managerial position at Celtic. “I think this issue will be resolved by Wednesday. “My asumption is that Celtic, amongst other clubs, are looking at potential candidates. “They have games coming up and they will want to make a decision fairly soon.” Keane, who finished his playing career with Celtic, has made a huge impact on the Irish national side since becoming O’Neill’s assistant in November. “We would all be very disappointed if he left,” O’Neill said. “My own view is that he has settled in very well indeed. “The players have really taken to him, something I knew would be the case. “He has been terrific. I think he is really enjoying this experience so it will be a disappointment if he left. The players would love him to stay. “But I reiterate that this situation will be resolved before we travel to the United States.” Press Association Keane is one of the candidates the Scottish champions are considering as they seek to replace Neil Lennon, who resigned as at the end of the season after four years in charge. “I have not spoken to Keane on this matter because we were focused on the game against Italy,” O’Neill said after his side’s goalless friendly draw with the Italians at Craven Cottage on Saturday night. Ireland head to their summer tour in buoyant mood after an impressive display against Italy. The Irish put in an improved performance against the Azzurri, following on from their 2-1 defeat against Turkey in Dublin last weekend. They created numerous chances and were unlucky not to come away with a win after Stephen Quinn’s effort hit the crossbar with 12 minutes remaining. “I thought we were excellent,” O’Neill said. “We could have scored a few goals. “I’m really pleased with the way we played against Italy. “I thought the game was very competitive from start to finish, just what both teams wanted. “Italy are preparing for the World Cup, while we were looking for a boost in confidence heading into our Euro 2016 qualifying campaign and we got that. “I think in the recent games that we have played, apart from the one against Poland (a goalless draw in November), we probably should have won all of them considering the scoring chances we’ve created. “I hope we are saving those goals for our European qualifying campaign.” Ireland will have Robbie Keane available for the friendlies against Costa Rica on June 7 in Boston and against Portugal three days later in New York. Keane, who is the country’s all-time scorer, is playing with club side Los Angeles Galaxy. last_img read more

Pellegrini: This season was easier

first_img Pellegrini said: “Maybe it is not the most important reason why we failed in this season, because we lost a lot of points against teams that are not stronger than our squad, but against Chelsea or Arsenal or Manchester United if you have restrictions and the other clubs don’t have them, of course it is an advantage. “This year we will all be in the same condition and we will see which is the team that works more to have a strong squad.” UEFA president Michel Platini has suggested FFP rules could be eased in future. This would be welcomed at City, who have found their Abu Dhabi-backed spending limited despite being completely debt free. Pellegrini said: “When we don’t have any debt with anyone, I don’t see why we have restrictions. It is the thing I am glad to review. I never understand the rules of Financial Fair Play.” Before looking ahead, City need to complete this season. Southampton are the final-day visitors to the Etihad Stadium and after five wins in succession to secure second place, Pellegrini wants to continue the run. He said: “We must finish here at home trying to win. “I said to the squad the second position is finished but I don’t think the season is finished. “We have the last game here at home and we must be motivated to win in front of our fans and have a good game and a good farewell to the season. The best way to do it is to win.” Pellegrini claims he had a tougher time in his first campaign as City boss and has just been let down by some rudimentary mistakes this term. Pellegrini’s side fell away badly in the second half of the season, tamely surrendering their Barclays Premier League crown to Chelsea after being joint-top in January. The Chilean is due to meet with club officials to analyse where things went wrong but he insists he has not found the going tougher. The 61-year-old said: “No, I don’t think so. Last season was for me harder than this one because it was my first season here in the Premier League. “This season, for different reasons, we are not the strong squad we played last year. We made a lot of mistakes – especially against teams who are not in a good position, the teams who are in the relegated positions, we lost nine points against them – and we lost at home in both cups. “Maybe we will continue being a high-scoring team but we must be a more consistent team that doesn’t lose points against teams in the relegated positions.” One area where City have been criticised since winning the title last season is in their recruitment, with none of their main summer signings last year having particularly impressed. Eliaquim Mangala has been the chief disappointment after his £42million move from Porto but Fernando and Bacary Sagna have also made limited impact. But City were also constrained by restrictions imposed on them by European governing body UEFA for breaking Financial Fair Play rules. Free of the limitations of a £49million net spending cap they could make a greater impression in the transfer market this summer. Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini does not think he has fallen victim to a managerial ‘second-season syndrome’. Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News Steve Smith makes superb Test comeback, slams century to boost Australia against England

first_imghighlights Steve Smith blasted his 24th century in Tests.Smith blasted his ninth century against England.Stuart Broad took 5/86, his fourth five-wicket haul against Australia. New Delhi: Steve Smith had arrived at the crease with Australia having their backs to the wall on the opening day of the Ashes contest against England. The top order was blown away by Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad and they were left reeling at 122/8. The partisan crowd at Edgbaston was booing and jeering the Australian players, mostly David Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft. However, Smith, playing in his first Test since the infamous ball-tampering scandal, produced a knock for the ages and smashed his 24th century and ninth against England as Australia were rescued to 284 all out at the end of day one. Smith shared an 88-run stand with Peter Siddle for the ninth wicket and a stand of 74 with Nathan Lyon for the final wicket as Australia had plenty of smiles. For England, Stuart Broad was the chief destroyer with 5/86.Australia chose to bat in overcast conditions on a brown pitch and was immediately in trouble. Warner was at the receiving end of England not taking the review but Broad made amends by removing Warner cheaply. Cameron Bancroft, who had struck two fours, fell to Broad as the pacer probed a steady line and length. There was some concern for England as James Anderson walked off the field after bowling only four overs and he did not return for the remainder of the innings. Scans revealed hamstring tightness and with his participation in doubt, England was pondering options. Travis Head and Smith shared a 64-run stand to revive Australia, with Head smashing boundaries confidently. However, when Chris Woakes trapped Head LBW for 35, Australia lost five wickets for 23 runs and was in danger of being bowled out cheaply. However, Smith batted confidently with the tail and Siddle gave him great support. Siddle shamed many of his top-order colleagues until he was caught at short leg by Jos Buttler off the bowling of Moeen Ali.Also Read | Ashes 2019: Can Warner, Smith, Bancroft rewrite already scripted 2018 nightmare?But soon afterwards Smith clubbed off-spinner Ali for a four and a six to go to 98 before a cover-driven boundary off all-rounder Ben Stokes saw him to three figures. Smith, amid a chorus of boos and cheers, celebrated by exultantly waving his bat after going to a hundred in 184 balls, with nine fours and a six. He was not finished, swinging Broad for six before the seamer bowled him.Also Read | Aussies might get a bit of stick on sandpapergate by the crowd: Joe DenlyEngland were 10/0 as bad light brought an end to proceedings but the day belonged to Smith, who played a dream knock for the ages.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Jovanovic to compete on All-Star team

first_imgThe Pac-12 Conference selected USC men’s basketball player Nikola Jovanovic to play for the Pac-12 All-Star Team that will travel to China this summer. The All-Star Team will play four exhibition games in China, one against a Chinese university all-star team and three against professional Chinese teams, on the trip.Lights out · Incoming sophomore Nikola Jovanovic played in all 32 games and averaged 8.0 ppg as a true freshman for the Trojans. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan The team will embark for the trip Aug. 10 and return Aug. 20. The group will leave from San Francisco for Shanghai and make stops in Nantong and Shenzhen.The three professional teams challenging the American team are the Jiangsu Dragons, the Shanghai Sharks and the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. The Tigers are one of the premier teams in the league, and former NBA All-Star Yao Ming owns the Sharks.Three years ago, the Pac-12 Conference launched a Globalization Initiative in order to help grow the brand of the conference in the international market. The initiative also hopes to give student-athletes participating in the program a tremendous educational experience by enabling them to interact with people of different cultures.The Pac-12 team features thirteen players representing ten of the twelve Pac-12 schools. Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Stanford, Washington and Washington State all have one player on the team, two members of Oregon State made the team and Utah is sending three players as part of the delegation. Jovanovic is the lone USC representative on the roster. Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak will coach the team. UCLA and Oregon are unable to send representatives due to the trip conflicting with the schools’ academic calendars.Four of the thirteen players on the Pac-12 team come from outside the United States, including Jovanovic, who was born in Belgrade, Serbia.Jovanovic, a 6-foot-10, 215 lbs. forward, played in all 32 of USC’s games last year as a true freshman. He averaged 8.0 points per game as well as 4.4 rebounds per game. Jovanovic earned starts in 24 of those 32 games.Jovanovic had a .516 field goal percentage and a .761 free throw percentage last season. He was awarded the Harold Jones Memorial Award by USC as the team’s most improved player. The team finished 11-21 overall and 2-16 in conference play, failing to qualify for the postseason.“I’m really excited to be selected to the Pac-12 team for this trip to China,” Jovanovic said in a USC press release.  “I am really honored to represent USC and the Pac-12 in the tournament and will give my best to help the team win every game.”last_img read more

GRH APPG urges BGC to increase safer gambling measures during lockdown

first_img Submit Share UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 BGC lauds success of whistle to whistle ban August 21, 2020 BGC calls for updates to ‘outdated’ payment regulations August 21, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Carolyn Harris MP has called for the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) to expand on its suspension of TV and radio gaming advertising during the COVID-19 lockdown ‘to truly protect vulnerable people at this time’.The Chair of the Gambling Related Harm APPG released a letter sent to Brigid Simmonds OBE, Chair of the BGC, which welcomed the recent decision but called for more measures to be put in place.In a series of bullet pointed requests, the GRH APPG called for the BGC to release the findings of its ‘evidence-based approach’ which informed the decision to suspend advertising.Among the other requests was a suggestion that the BGC should provide data on the uptake of online gambling over the past three months compared to the same three month period last year, and information on VIP status figures over the same period.The GRH APPG has also asked the BGC whether it will continue to restrict advertising once the lockdown has been lifted, and whether it will also restrict all advertising, promotion, marketing and sponsorship including on social media and affiliate marketing. Calls were also made to implement a £2 stake-per-spin limit during lockdown, as well as increase actions to end VIP accounts, all gambling advertising and sign up offers for bonuses. The cross-party group of MPs also urged the BGC to make data available to ensure independent research can be undertaken.Carolyn Harris is speaking at the inaugural SBC Digital Summit as part of the Gambling in Society panel on Friday 1 May. There is still time to register for the event, with company discounts available: https://sbcevents.com/sbc-digital-summit/tickets/last_img read more

Formula 1 Esports announce Pro Draft

first_imgFormula 1 esports moves up a gear as plans for the Pro Draft have been confirmed for Monday, July 9th in London.Representatives from nine of the F1 teams participating in F1 Esports Series 2018 will use the Pro Draft to select which drivers will join their esports teams.The four online qualifying rounds attracted over 66,000 players worldwide, with 111 territories represented from Albania to Zimbabwe. Racers from the UK lead the way with 23% of total participants followed by the USA at 16% and Germany with 13%.Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport, Red Bull Racing, Hype Energy eForce India F1 Esports Team, Williams, Renault Sport Team Vitality, Haas F1 Esports Team, McLaren, Toro Rosso Esports Team and Sauber F1 Team will be offering positions to the Pro Draft drivers, with each team required to select at least one driver from the Pro Draft. Teams such as Williams Racing have already signed drivers to their roster.The Pro Draft will see drivers from 15 countries – including the UK, Chile, Germany and Finland, amongst others travel to Silverstone ahead of the Formula 1 2018 Grand Prix on July 8th. The Silverstone trip will give drivers the chance to speak to with teams and undergo a series of tests, assessments and interviews to demonstrate why teams should select them.Once the teams have selected their drivers, they will represent the teams later in the season at three live events to determine the 2018 F1 Esports Series Teams’ and Drivers’ World Champions. A prize pool of $200,000(£151,000) will be allocated to teams based on their positions.Julian Tan, Head of Digital Growth & F1 Esports at Formula 1 said this about the announcement: “Last year’s series was a great success and based on the level of those who have qualified for this year’s Pro Draft, the 2018 season is shaping up to be even more exciting. The drivers will now battle it out for what is a truly incredible opportunity. With the F1 teams involved, we have been able to combine the power of Esports with the magic of Formula 1, establishing an authentic series that builds on what we have on the grid. We can’t wait to watch the action unfold”Mark Brittain, Chief Commercial Officer at Gfinity added: “The online tournament has seen a record number of competitors and the competition has been incredibly competitive. We now look forward to welcoming the top players and their potential Teams to the Gfinity Esports Arena for the Pro Draft as we enter the second phase of our activation.” The Pro Draft will be streamed online on Facebook and live TV.Esports Insider says: This is an exciting next step for all those involved, drafting seems to be the best avenue for matching players with teams when it comes to traditional sports taking on esports. We have seen similar things from the NBA2k Pro League.Sign up to our newsletter!last_img read more

“I should have stayed cool after going down”- Richard Commey on Lopez KO

first_imgFormer IBF Lightweight champion, Richard Commey, has admitted that he should have taken a breather in the ring after getting knocked down by Teofimo Lopez in their December 2019 bout.The two boxers were fighting for Commey’s belt and for a chance to face Vasyl Lomachenko for a unification bout.Lopez floored Commey twice but it was the first knockdown that did the most damage. Lopez caught Commey first with an overhand as the two boxers tried to land a punch and the weight of the punch sent Commey to the canvas and left him wobbling until the bout was stopped.Speaking in an interview with Real Ghana Boxing’s YouTube channel in March, Commey regretted his action of getting to his feet too quickly after the fall.“We all know the theory in boxing that says when you get caught, you need to be patient and recover fully. I did not follow that and it was my mistake.We all went for a punch and I got caught because was quicker than I was. I should have been patient but we all learn and the big boys in boxing fall and come back stronger and that is what I am going to do.”The loss was the 3rd of Commey’s professional career after previous losses to Robert Easter Jnr and Dennis Shafokov in 2016.last_img read more