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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Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope finds 3-point shot

first_imgIn his past 30 games, Caldwell-Pope is averaging 14.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game while shooting 46.1 percent from 3. The league’s leader in 3-point percentage over the entire season is Indiana’s Darren Collison at 44.8 percent.Thursday marked the third time in his career that Caldwell-Pope buried eight 3s, including on Feb. 24, when he shot 8-of-14 in a win at Sacramento.Caldwell-Pope is shooting a career-high 39.6 percent from 3, up from his career average of 34.6 percent. He shot 35 percent from 3 last season with Detroit and said he is better this year because he is able to get “more repetition.”Too much to RandleBefore Thursday’s game got away from the Lakers in the final minutes, Julius Randle put together a sequence that perfectly embodies his on-court identity.It started with 4:47 left in the first quarter, when Randle blocked veteran Emeka Okafor’s dunk attempt, corralled the rebound and began pushing the ball the other way. In the open court, he crossed over Ian Clark, then blew by Jrue Holiday. By the time Randle got to the rim, Pelicans’ forward Nikola Mirotic didn’t even bother to contest the shot, and Randle dunked the ball with two hands.All of those elements transpired in less than five seconds.It was an exciting play, in one easily shareable video clip.“It shows what I keep telling him,” Coach Luke Walton said. “’You can be one of the best players in this league.’ … What he’s already grown into as a player, he’s still very young, it’s very impressive and the sky is the limit for him.”Randle finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds.He will be a restricted free agent this summer, although the Lakers can match any offer another team makes. He said Walton has been telling him he can be among the league’s best players “all this year.” And while his do-it-all series of plays was a distant memory by the time the Lakers had blown an 11-point lead to lose their fourth consecutive game, Randle was grateful for the vote of confidence from Walton.“I always take everything Coach says with honor and try not to let him down,” he said. “With me, I guess it shows both parts of my game that I try to take pride in. Defensive end and being able to push it and make a play for myself or others down the court.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error MEMPHIS – In the heat check world of the NBA’s most potent 3-point shooters, nothing gets the mercury rising faster than seeing the first shot from deep slice through the net.“I mean, some nights I know,” Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said after making eight 3-pointers Thursday against New Orleans. “Some nights it’s just the flow of the game. I took my first two shots (and they) went in. I took the third, went in.”Caldwell-Pope’s first 3 went in 78 seconds into the Lakers 128-125 loss to the Pelicans. In less than two minutes, he made two more, on his way to a blistering 8-for-11 night from beyond the arc and a team-high 28 points.“I just took what the game gave me,” Caldwell-Pope said. “On their defensive breakdowns, I was open so I just let it fly.”center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHis big game came as Lonzo Ball endured an agonizing 1-for-12 night from 3-point range. According to basketball-reference.com, Ball became just the ninth player since 1983-84 to make just one 3-pointer on 12 or more attempts.Fortunately for the Lakers, Caldwell-Pope was there to balance things out, helping the Lakers shoot a 43.6 percent from 3 as a team.The veteran swingman in his fifth NBA season was signed for $18 million last summer on a one-year, make-good deal. It was seen at the time as a win-win, with the Lakers overpaying for the “3-and-D” wing player on a team-friendly contract.On the day he was introduced in L.A., General Manager Rob Pelinka likened landing the swingman to the “time when the Israelites were wandering in the desert and all of a sudden bread came down from heaven.” For much of the season, Caldwell-Pope failed to meet the hefty expectations of both his contract and, inevitably, the biblical comparison.But since his release from a detention center in mid-January, a 25-day sentence imposed by a Michigan judge after Caldwell-Pope violated the terms of his probation, the 25-year-old has been among the Lakers’ most consistent players.last_img read more

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SC Villa mauled 7-0 in Morocco

first_imgIn the previous qualifying round of the secondary African club competition, the Ugandan outfit slashed costs by making a 25-hour bus and ferry journey to Zanzibar.Travelling by road from Central Africa to Morocco in the north west of the continent was not practical, though, and club president Ben Misagga has hailed the assistance of Museveni.“I thank President Museveni for coming to our rescue with his financial offer,” the official told reporters in Kampala. “We are flying the Ugandan flag in Africa.Seventeen of 56 football associations eligible to enter the Confederation Cup this year declined, largely due to financial constraints, and two clubs withdrew after the draw was made.Azam of Tanzania and Al Ahly Shendy of Sudan, the other East African survivors, enjoy home advantage first against Esperance of Tunisia and Medeama of Ghana respectively.OTHER FIXTURESSaturday 9 April15:00 Zanaco (Zambia) vs. Stade Gabesien (Tunisia)19:00 MC Oran (Algeria) vs. Kawkab Marrakech (Morocco)19:00 Club sportif Constantine (Algeria) vs. Maqass (Egypt)Sunday 10 April14:15 Azam (Tanzania) vs. Esperance (Tunisia)16:00 Mounana (Gabon) vs. ENPPI (Egypt)16:30 V.Club Mokanda (Congo) vs. Sagrada Esperanca (Angola)19:00 Ahly Shendi (Sudan) vs. Medeama (Ghana)Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO of Villa in actionFUS de Rabat (Morocco) 7-0 SC Villa (Uganda)Scorers: Mourad Batna 26, Ce As Mandaw 34, Abdessalam Benjelloun 40, El Mehdi El Bassil 48, Marwane Saadane 70, Youssef El Gnaoui 81, Mohamed Fouzair 90SC Villa’s CAF Confederation Cup trip to FUS Rabat in Morocco ended in misery, with the Ugandans being whipped 7-0.The first round, round of 16 result confirmed that North Africa remains the most feared destination for Ugandan clubs. It brings to memory a previous humiliation, this time by Tunisia’s Club Africain who whipped the then mighty SC Villa 6-2 in the first leg of the 1991 African Club Championship final. Football: Great goals as FUS hit Villa for sevenBrilliant first and last goals highlighted a 7-0 triumph for hosts FUS Rabat of Morocco over Villa of Uganda Friday in a CAF Confederation Cup last 16 first leg.Mourad Batna rifled a left-foot free-kick from well outside the box over the raised right hand of the Ugandan goalkeeper for the opener on 26 minutes.Mohamed Fouzair completed the rout at Stade Moulay Abdallah in the Moroccan capital with a solo goal a minute into stoppage time.He dribbled past four Ugandans to score as 2010 Confederation Cup title-holders FUS achieved the biggest win in the competition this season, bettering the 6-0 of Wits of South Africa over Light Stars of Seychelles.US Bitam of Gabon hold the winning margin record for the second-tier African club competition having trounced Guadalupe of Sao Tome e Principe 12-1 three years ago.Senegalese Sy Ass Mandaw, Abdessalam Benjelloum, El Mehdi El Bassil, Marwane Saadane and Youssef El Gnaoui were the other scorers for FUS, who led 3-0 at half-time.Villa only managed to make the trip this time after President Museveni’s intervention. The long-serving head of state has promised the cash-strapped Kampala club $120,000 (105,000 euros) toward the costs of the two-leg, round-of-16 tie.Villa are took only 16 players, two coaches and three officials to the Moroccan capital for the first leg. Villa coach Ibrahim Kirya had promised before the tie that, “we will not tremble at all and I believe my team can achieve a respectable away result.”The return match is scheduled for Kampala on April 19 or 20 and the overall winners book a play-off against a CAF Champions League last 16 loser.last_img read more

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Khan beats Lo Greco in 39 seconds on British return

first_img“Enjoy my victory. Khan’s back. I was a little nervous, but I am back with a big bang. I want to become a world champion this year or next year.”Khan, however, added: “I want to fight the best guys. If it means going up a division I will.” As for a bout with Brook, Khan, most famous recently for his ‘jungle’ appearance in the British television show ‘I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here’, said: “That fight is something I am not rushing and not running away from. I will fight Kell Brook and beat Kell Brook. Kell Brook has been living off my name for a long time. I am a stronger fighter, a better fighter.“I’m not a fighter to run away.”But an unimpressed Brook said: “He doesn’t want the fight, he just ran off.“Amir, all the fans want the fight, I want the fight, he can go in the jungle and chase stars but when he gets in there with me, I’ll make him see stars.”Share on: WhatsApp Khan then pinned Lo Greco to the ropes before the super-welterweight contest ended moments after it had started.Victory left Khan on course for his long-awaited showdown with British rival Kell Brook, who was among those watching at ringside on Saturday.“I have been out the ring for two years but I was still in the gym working hard, I have never taken a day off. I wanted to prove a point coming back — I was trained to fight for 12 rounds, I had to make some changes and Phil lo Greco is a dangerous opponent,” Khan told the BBC.center_img Liverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Amir Khan’s first bout in a British ring for five years saw him knock out Canada’s Phil Lo Greco in a mere 39 seconds on Saturday.The 31-year-old British boxer had not fought anywhere for two years since being beaten by Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in Las Vegas in May 2016.And the 2004 Olympic silver medallist wasted little time in sending Lo Greco tumbling with a quick one-two punch combination inside the opening 30 seconds.last_img read more

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