Boone County to host Shane Thome Modified Mania on Aug. 22

first_imgBy Ryan ClarkALBION, Neb. (Aug. 15) – Less than a year after the death of IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified driver Shane Thome, his hometown track is planning a special event in his honor.Boone County Raceway will host the first annual Shane Thome Modified Mania special on Friday, Aug. 22 to remember Thome, who died as a result of injuries suffered in a car accident last September.The Modified division will headline the event with a $2,500 winner’s share on the line and a guaranteed $125 to start the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Jet Racing Central Region and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks will join the Modifieds in the draw/redraw special and each feature pays $600 to win.Pit gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6:30 p.m. Hot laps are slated for 7:15 p.m. with racing at 8 p.m. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and $6 for ages 9-17. Kids eight and under will be admitted free. Pit passes are $25. Entry fee for Modifieds is $100 and $65 for Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods. For more information, call 308 390-0525. The track website is www.boonecountyraceway.com.last_img read more

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Henderson: New deal no problem

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson insists agreeing a new contract at Anfield will not be an issue. “I am just concentrating on playing football. I am not worried about that,” said the England midfielder, who scored Liverpool’s winner against West Brom on Saturday. “I am enjoying my football, I love this club and I want to be here for many years so that shouldn’t be an issue. “I’ll let my agent sort that out, it’s nothing to do with me.” Raheem Sterling, who has reportedly attracted the attention of this month’s Champions League opponents Real Madrid, and Philippe Coutinho are next in line for new contract offers to reflect their growing importance to the team. Press Associationcenter_img The 24-year-old, who was named the Reds’ vice-captain last month and is viewed as the long-term successor to Steven Gerrard, has less than two years to run on his current deal. Striker Daniel Sturridge signed a new long-term extension last week and Henderson is expected to follow suit as low-key talks have been on-going for some time. last_img read more

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Grealish warned off Twitter

first_imgPaul Lambert has warned Aston Villa teenager Jack Grealish after the midfielder vented his frustrations on Twitter. The 19-year-old tweeted this week “can’t wait to be happy playing football again” after dropping out of the first-team picture at Villa Park. He is believed to have been disciplined by Lambert and the Scot has advised Grealish, who has made 11 appearances this season, to avoid the social media site. Carles Gil could make his full debut against the Cherries after signing from Valencia this month but Lambert warned the midfielder’s arrival could be the only one at Villa in January with their interest in Manchester City’s Scott Sinclair over. “Yes, there’s a good chance that could be, a good chance,” said Lambert. “I don’t expect much, that’s the reality of it, if something happens then great but it’s got to be right for this club, financially, to do it. “Scott Sinclair one is dead anyway. It’s not going to go anywhere.” Villa are looking to progress in the Cup after being dumped out by Sheffield United in the third round last season. Bournemouth have scored 57 league goals compared to Villa’s 11 as the country’s leading scorers go to the lowest. And Lambert has underlined the importance of the Cup after his comments about the competition being a “distraction” were misunderstood last season. He said: “I got pilloried last year. “The FA Cup is vital to this football club and we will go and try and win it. “We have to have a cup run. “If we can get a good cup run it is then in the memory for everyone. We would love to go to Wembley. “We will go as strong as we can to win the game. I have rarely picked a weakened team.” He said: “I think he should stay off tweeting. “Not everyone needs to know that he’s boiling an egg. “I just wasn’t happy about it.” Grealish has been linked with a loan move and Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Peace has confirmed the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international is on his radar. Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett has dismissed a move for Grealish and Lambert insisted he has had no approaches. “Not one club have asked me personally about him,” he said. Grealish would have been expected to start in Sunday’s FA Cup visit of Bournemouth but has been ill this week. “He’s had a virus this week and only returned to training Friday so we’ll see how he is,” Lambert added. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Women’s hockey: Badgers hit the road for top-10 battle with conference rival North Dakota

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s hockey team is coming off a very successful weekend, and, in what will be the third consecutive top-10 clash for the Badgers in just over a week, No. 9 North Dakota (10-6-2, 6-4-2 WCHA) is set to host No. 1 Wisconsin in a two-game series Friday and Saturday.Wisconsin made a statement last weekend with their victory against border rival No. 3 Minnesota.The Badgers swept the series for the first time in six years and held the Gophers, who have the highest scoring offense in the country, to only three goals in the whole series.Passing the halfway mark in the season after Nov. 4’s win, the Badgers are sitting atop the USCHO poll with a perfect record of 18-0-0.But if the top-ranked Badgers want to remain undefeated, they will have to put the celebrations after last weekend’s performance in the rear view window.They must do so quickly, as the hungry North Dakota team will be awaiting their arrival in Grand Forks this weekend.Recently, the Badgers have been dominant against UND, and Wisconsin is coming into this series having beaten North Dakota in their previous four matchups.But as the Badgers prepare, they may find themselves battling more than just their opponents on the ice this week.This series will be the last that the Badgers will play before taking their holiday break, and they will not return to the ice until January.Since the two-game road series falls between the an emotional, yet draining sweep over rival Minnesota and UW’s upcoming final exams week, managing off-the-rink distractions could prove key for success.These two programs last met during the WCHA conference tournament last season, where UW sent the Fighting Hawks packing after a decisive 4-1 victory.Even though this was only eight months ago, North Dakota has made significant changes since then. Come Friday, they will be returning with not only a new roster, but even a new mascot.One stellar matchup to look for this weekend is between North Dakota’s leading scorer, junior forward Amy Menke and Wisconsin’s star goaltender, Ann-Renée Desbiens.The first puck drops 7 p.m. Friday and then again 4 p.m. Saturday.last_img read more

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Packers CEO says team shouldn’t have to ‘stick to sports’

first_img Written By FOLLOW US Last Updated: 30th August, 2020 07:03 IST Packers CEO Says Team Shouldn’t Have To ‘stick To Sports’ Green Bay Packers CEO Mark Murphy takes issue with the notion that the team should “stick to sports” and discusses the team’s plans for addressing social justice concerns in video posted on the team’s website WATCH US LIVE COMMENT Associated Press Television News center_img First Published: 30th August, 2020 07:03 IST Green Bay Packers CEO Mark Murphy takes issue with the notion that the team should “stick to sports” and discusses the team’s plans for addressing social justice concerns in video posted on the team’s website.The video was released two days after the Packers canceled practice to discuss these matters and nearly a week after 29-year-old Jacob Blake, a Black man, was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. An attorney for Blake’s family has said Blake is paralyzed.“I often hear we should stick to sports,” Murphy said. “I have to respectfully disagree.”He cited the example of Vince Lombardi and noted that the former Packers coach was “ahead of his time in signing and supporting Black players when few in the league did.”“I also call on NFL owners,” Murphy said. “They are in powerful, privileged positions. They can make a huge difference and obviously have close relations with everybody in all their organizations. It’s time to make changes.”Murphy said team officials had “good discussions” with Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke. Murphy added that “I think our players will be meeting and discussing with them in the future.”“One of the things that’s very important to all of us is to get bodycams to police officers,” Murphy said.Murphy also noted that the Packers would be making the Johnsonville Tailgate Village outside Lambeau Field a polling station. Murphy said the Packers would be making a $250,000 social justice impact grant in addition to the $500,000 the team already has provided in social justice grants this year.Image credits: AP LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

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Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak calls Luke Walton ‘good bet going forward’

first_imgKupchak said Walton will not wait until after the Warriors season to fill out his coaching staff. That process, he said, has begun, and will likely focus on bringing experienced coaches to Walton’s side, including a “strong possibility” of hiring assistants with head coaching experience.Walton will be the Lakers’ youngest head coach, Kupchak pointed out, since Pat Riley was appointed early in the 1981 season. Like Walton, Riley was 36.“He did pretty good,” Kupchak said.Despite Walton’s youth and limited coaching experience, Kupchak said the former Lakers power forward is “a good bet going forward.”Hiring Walton reflects the current state of the Lakers: a young, developing team with plenty of potential and limited experience. The retirement of Kobe Bryant made it easier for the Lakers to shift gears, Kupchak said. EL SEGUNDO >> The Lakers’ new coach is on board, a person so familiar to the organization that when, during his interview, Luke Walton handed Mitch Kupchak a packet with the top page bearing his face and name, Kupchak asked, “Really, Luke?”The Lakers general manager chuckled at the memory during a news conference Friday, and said Walton responded, “This is something my agent made me do.”Absent from Kupchak’s appearance Friday was the man with the familiar face that had smiled back at him from that cover sheet. Walton, who agreed to terms of a deal on April 29 but didn’t sign a contract until Thursday, will finish the season as an assistant with the Golden State Warriors.“We’re hoping for Luke that he continues to play until mid-June,” Kupchak said. “Certainly we’d also like to have him here as soon as possible.” “For the last 20 years, we felt we needed a veteran coach,” he said. “This is really the first opportunity to have a rebuild – a fresh new start or a new chapter.”Walton is certainly a big departure from his predecessor, Byron Scott, who Kupchak said “did a wonderful job under very adverse circumstances the last two years.”Since his third-year option was declined by the Lakers on April 24, Scott has questioned the organization’s sense of loyalty and said he thought he would be given one more season at the helm.“That’s the business,” Kupchak said, “and when I spoke to Byron we kind of both looked at each other and said we’ve both been around long enough to know that this happens.”Walton was at the top of the Lakers’ list even before he impressed Kupchak and Jim Buss in their April 28 interview. Kupchak said Walton’s rising star in coaching circles, and the number of coaching vacancies around the NBA, influenced the Lakers decision to part ways with Scott after his teams went 38-126 in two years.After an impressive meeting with Walton, the Lakers canceled their other interviews.“With the openings in the NBA at that time,” Kupchak said, “and the openings that we thought might come about once we finished the interview, we decided quickly that he was our first choice, why wait? Just get it done.”Walton’s youth is viewed as a positive attribute. Just three years removed from his own playing career, he is expected to relate well with the Lakers trove of young players, a number that could grow, depending on the results of this month’s draft lottery.“I’m hopeful that Luke can turn it into a tool that not only helps him coach the players on the team but also helps us recruit players,” Kupchak said.That’s the next big question for the Lakers.Walton said last week he was impressed by the Lakers plans for the offseason, which he said included players they expected to target in free agency.While hiring Walton seems to set the stage for a slow rebuild, Kupchak said the Lakers will still approach the offseason with aspirations of a quick turnaround.“I’m hopeful that we can make a pitch (to free agents) that includes a dramatic improvement in the team,” he said, “and not just a slow build.”What remains unknown is whether players will be more receptive to that pitch now that Walton is on board. In past seasons, stars such as LaMarcus Aldridge and Carmelo Anthony have dismissed the Lakers overtures after taking meetings with the team.“You learn something every year,” Kupchak said. “Last year and the year before, we did not have as much to sell as we do this year… This year I think we have more talent on the court to convince free agents it might be a good place to come play.”Bryant’s departure changes almost everything. Kupchak said “it’s clear” that the Lakers are entering a new era.“We do want to begin to win as quickly as possible,” he said, “but first and foremost, we want to build a strong foundation. We want to make sure that we do this the right way.”That means preserving cap space when wise, spending when necessary and striking a deal when most timely.Walton is the first big piece of that.“Luke is on board is to do it the right way,” Kupchak said, “play exciting basketball and provide a product to our fans and our viewers and our supporters that they’re proud of.”Watch him coachWalton will have two opportunities to coach against the Warriors in the preseason: Oct. 15 in Las Vegas and Oct. 19 in San Diego.The Lakers preseason schedule, which was announced Friday, consists of eight games, six of which are in Southern California. They open Oct. 4 against Sacramento in Anaheim at Honda Center, then play Denver on Oct. 7 at Staples Center and Oct. 9 in Ontario. They host Portland at Staples Center on Oct. 11, before heading to Vegas for two games at the new T-Mobile Arena, starting with the Kings on Oct. 13.After the two games against the Warriors, they wrap up the preseason Oct. 21 against Phoenix back in Anaheim.After spending 10 days in Honolulu last year, the Lakers will return to their El Segundo practice facility for training camp. The regular season schedule will be released later this summer.NotesKupchak told Time Warner Cable SportsNet on Friday that he will represent the Lakers on the stage at the NBA’s draft lottery on May 17 in New York City. The Lakers have a 55.8 percent chance of landing a pick in the top three. If the pick falls outside of that range, it goes to Philadelphia.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Kootenay Glacier Kings

first_imgCastlegar’s Grant Apostoliuk scored the other goa for the West Kootenay/Boundary zone winner.The Glacier Kings opened the tournament by blasting Kamloops 9-0. Cox pitched a shutout in goal for the Glacier Kings.The Glacier Kings then edged Vancouver 4-3 before advancing to the final with a 5-0 victory over a chippy Prince George team.Brent Mason of Nelson was in goal for both round robins wins.The team,  coached by former Nelson Senior Maple Leaf skipper Marsh Severyn, consisted of players from throughout the zone.Mallard’s Source for sports wanted to add a little more to the celebration by selecting the Glacier Kings Team of the Week.The squad includes, back row, L-R, Craig Pickerell (Nelson), Grant Apostoliuk (Castlegar), Mike Grace (Rossland), Dave DeLong (Castlegar), Norm Deverney(Nelson), Doug Thomson (Nelson), Don Soroke (Castlegar), Mike Ramsay (Rossland), Rod Guimont(Cranbrook) and coach Marsh Severyn.Front, Kim Weberg (Nelson) Ron Dominici (Trail), Brent Mason (Nelson), Ron Cox (Rossland) Frank Curiston (Cranbrook/Nelson), Rob Wasilykiw(Trail), Pat Severyn and Terry Thomas (Trail). The Kootenay Glacier Kings took the much tougher road, but it was all worth it after the local squad captured the BC Senior Games Men’s 55-plus Gold Medal Saturday in Kamloops.Rod Guimont of Cranbrook scored twice, his second tally of the highlight reel variety, to pace the Kings past Zone 9 Masters from North Central 5-3.The Glacier Kings, entering the final undefeated, trailed 3-1 in the game.However, Norm Deverney of Nelson narrowed the margin to a single goal before Guimont tied the game and put the Kings ahead for good with a simply spectacular goal.Mike Grace of Rossland added an insurance goal making a winner out of netminder Ron Cox of Rossland.last_img read more

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LONGSHOT SI SAGE GOES GATE TO WIRE TO WIN GRADE II, $200,000 CHARLES WHITTINGHAM STAKES BY 2 ½ LENGTHS UNDER SMITH; CASSIDY TRAINEE GETS 1 ¼ MILES ON TURF IN 1:59.48

first_imgTWO-DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER INTO MONDAY OF $437,763; TOTAL PICK SIX POOL SHOULD APPROACH $2 MILLION ARCADIA, Calif. (May 29, 2016)–With Mike Smith at the controls, veteran Si Sage finally got a firm turf to run on and the 6-year-old French-bred did just that, as he seemingly relished a front-running trip en route to an authoritative 2 ½ length win in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Jim Cassidy and owned by Jed Cohen’s Red Baron’s Barn, LLC, Rancho Temescal and Vayaconsuerte, Si Sage, who was off at 11-1 in a field of 10 three year olds and up, got a mile and a quarter on turf in 1:59.48.“I thought it was a pretty fast dog (with regard to him telling Smith to ‘walk the dog’ during pre-race instructions) as I watched,” quipped Cassidy. “In between being on the outside and going down the hill (immediately after the start), that 47 half made me think we might be in trouble.“If he didn’t impress anybody today, shame on them. He certainly impressed me. I don’t think there’s any problem with him, no matter the distance. He’s just a very honest horse. (Former trainer) Darrell Vienna told me when he retired that this is a very nice horse and he couldn’t have been more right…It brings tears to your eyes to win a race named after such a great man, Charlie Whittingham. It brought a tear to my eye.”In his third start off a roughly one year layoff, Si Sage paid $25.00, $11.80 and $9.40. In winning the Whittingham, he improved his overall mark to 26-5-6-2 and with the winner’s share of $120,000, he increased his earnings to $381,795.“Jim told me he was going to run a big race today,” said Smith. “He got carried out a little bit when we were crossing the dirt (shortly after the start) and we went a bit quicker than I wanted to go, but in doing so he was well within himself, was comfortable, very relaxed and sometimes you’ve just got to let a fast horse be fast.”Although Si Sage carved out what appeared to be a legitimate fractions of 23.15, 47.02, 1:11.23 and 1:35.36, no one made a serious move from behind, including 7-5 favorite Bal a Bali, who appeared to be perfectly positioned while second turning for home, but flattened out through the drive and could only manage a fourth place finish.Completing the Whittingham exacta was another French-bred, Patentar, who swung three-wide turning for home, overtook the favorite inside the sixteenth pole and outran Montego Bay for the place. Ridden by Alonso Quinonez, Patentar was off at 32-1 and paid $25.40 and $11.80.“I saved all the ground (early) and I decided ‘If I’m gonna win it, I’ve got to swing out and take a shot,’” said Quinonez. “I really happy with the way he ran.”Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Montego Bay finished third, 1 ¼ lengths in front of Bal a Bali. Off at 20-1, he paid $10.60 to show.There is a two-day Pick Six carryover into Memorial Day, Monday at Santa Anita of $437,763. The total Pick Six pool on Monday is expected to approach the $2 million mark.First post time for a 10-race card on Monday is at 2 p.m. The Pick Six will begin with the fifth race and approximate post time for race five is at 4 p.m. PDT. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.last_img read more

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Gayle failure continues

first_imgBANGALORE, India (CMC):Chris Gayle’s batting failures continued as his Jamaica and West Indies teammate, AndrÈ Russell, upstaged him with an electrifying cameo to fire Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to an important win in the Indian Premier League here yesterday.Entering the run chase with KKR in a spot of bother at 69 for four in the 11th over – in pursuit of 186 for victory – the right-handed Russell reignited the innings with 39 off 24 balls as the visitors reached their target off the first ball of the final over.Yusuf Pathan finished on 60 not out off 29 deliveries, posting an invaluable 96 for the fifth wicket with Russell, who blasted a four and four sixes.Captain and opener Gautam Gambhir stroked 37 off 29 balls.The victory allowed KKR to move into second place on 10 points, ahead of Mumbai Indians, courtesy of a superior net run rate.Gujarat Lions remained clear at the top on 12 points.Sent in at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, RCB were powered by a joint top score of 52 from captain Virat Kohli and opener Lokesh Rahul, as they reached 185 for seven off their 20 overs.RUN OF LOW SCORESAustralian Shane Watson chimed in with 34, while the left-handed Gayle continued his run of low scores with seven.Subdued by Russell in the first over, Gayle seemed ready to explode when he struck South African seamer Morne Morkel straight overhead for six, off in the second over of the innings.Next ball, however, Gayle miscued a pull at a ball of shortish length and skied a catch to the wicketkeeper at eight for one.Gayle has scored eight runs in three innings for RCB this season and all told, has now failed to reach double figures in six consecutive innings since his hundred against England in the Twenty20 World Cup last March.Russell claimed one for 24 from four overs of pace, while West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine went wicketless from his four overs which cost 45 runs.last_img read more

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HARPS FIND IT THREE AND EASY AGAINST ROVERS IN TALLAGHT

first_imgFinn Harps secured their first away boys this afternoon and boy did they do it in style.Goals from Keith Cowan, Michael Funston and Pat McCann gave Harps a terrific 3-0 victory over Shamrock Rovers B at Tallaght.Cowan scored at the perfect time just before the break in the 4th minute. The central defender latched onto Damien McNulty’s cross and headed home into the top corner to make it 1-0.And they added to their lead in the 56h minute when Liam Traynor was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area and Fusnton calmly slotted home the penalty to make it 2-0.But if Funston’s job was taken with ease, Harps’ American midfielder Pat McCann showed a bit of class to make it 3-0.McCann let fly with a superb 20 yard volley to give Rovers goalkeeper Michael Kelly no chance. Credit to Rovers that they didn’t give up the ghost after that.Two great efforts from Daniel Purdy and a point blank effort from Chris Lyons should have perhaps put the home side on the scoreboard.Ruairi Keating, Harps on-loan signing from Sligo, enjoyed a great afternoon before being taken off.Rovers made a double substitution but Harps were never going to squander a three goal cushion.Ollie Horgan and the lads can enjoy a well-deserved Paddy’s Day after this performance. HARPS FIND IT THREE AND EASY AGAINST ROVERS IN TALLAGHT was last modified: March 16th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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