Top IMCA Modified, Stock Car rookies earn FAST awards

first_imgMEMPHIS, Tenn. – Fastest first-year drivers in two IMCA divisions earn awards from FAST again in 2019.  National IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car rookies of the year receive FAST ignition boxes from the Memphis, Tenn., manufacturer and third-year IMCA sponsor.  Information about that product line is available at the website, by calling 877 334-8355 and on Facebook.  Part of the COMP Performance Group since 2001, FAST is a leading developer in electronic fuel injection technology. In addition to ignition components, FAST manufactures a complete line of intake manifolds, throttle bodies and other EFI components. center_img The other four Modified and the other Stock Car regional rookie of the year get $100 product certificates. All FAST awards will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office. “The FAST awards are a nice complement to our complete rookie of the year program and something racers notice when making the decision to step into a new division,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Their support of IMCA adds depth to a solid program.”last_img read more

Hodgson hails Wembley success

first_imgRoy Hodgson hailed “a great opportunity” for England after Wembley won the right to host the final and semi-finals of Euro 2020. Press Association It will be the first time since Euro 96 that a major men’s football tournament has been held in England and Wembley’s bid was confirmed at a UEFA meeting in Geneva after Germany withdrew Munich’s rival bid just before the vote. Hampden Park in Glasgow and Dublin’s Aviva Stadium will both stage three group games and a last-16 match, but there was bitter disappointment for the Welsh after Cardiff’s bid was beaten by a single ranking point by the Scots. Dyke also praised UEFA for the idea of hosting the tournament across 13 cities in Europe and said hosting the final would be “a great incentive” for the England team. He said: “We would love to host the finals and semi-finals but we would also like to be there. “Some of the current players will still be around in 2020 and this will be a great ambition for them to take us to Wembley. It is a great incentive.” UEFA president Michel Platini said that Wembley would live up to expectation. He said: “I know how London can throw a party and the way the English welcome people. London will be up to the responsibility of hosting three exceptional matches in an extremely well-known stadium. “We know it very well after two Champions League finals and now it will receive the cream of the crop of European football.” The group game hosts will be guaranteed to play at least two games at home – if they qualify – but England’s group matches will be down to the luck of the draw, and they could even be drawn to play in Scotland. England will also have to qualify for the tournament. Dyke added: “I’m not sure we would have fancied playing in Glasgow on Thursday night but we would have no problem playing in Scotland or Ireland. If that’s where we play then that’s where we play, that’s football.” Hodgson said England had benefited hugely when it had previously hosted the 1966 World Cup and Euro 96. He said: “It’s a great reward for a lot of hard work which has gone into achieving this success. It is a major honour and great boost for us. “If we look back historically in ’66 it went very well for us when we hosted a tournament and in 1996 I thought we were very unlucky to lose the semi-final on penalties and we could quite easily have gone on to win it with Terry Venables’ team. “Young players of today have got to be thinking this is a great opportunity for us to not only to be a part of a wonderful tournament but maybe there at the end when the prizes are being dished out.” UEFA is staging the tournament in 13 cities across Europe to mark the 60th anniversary of the first European Championship. The quarter-finals and three group matches will be held in Munich, Baku, Roma and St Petersburg. The other host cities, which will hold three group games and a last-16 game, are Copenhagen, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Bilbao, Budapest and Brussels. Germany withdrew Munich’s bid just before the vote in order not to harm their chances of winning the right to host the entire Euro 2024 tournament, leaving the field clear for London. Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said: “We are delighted – it’s nice to win one! Wembley is a great stadium and we are delighted to be holding the finals of this tournament. “Wembley has been completely rebuilt since 1996 and it is a wonderful stadium.” last_img read more

Manuel Pellegrini predicts bright future for Kelechi Iheanacho

first_img Pellegrini said: “Sometimes you must show the red card immediately because you know the intention of the player, just to make him fall down. I don’t like protesting every decision, like Alan does from the first minute, but that was an important decision. “He (Pardew) came into my technical zone, complaining about every decision of the referee. I think the referee had made an important mistake but that doesn’t matter, it’s just part of the game.” Pardew, no doubt mindful of his history of touchline misdemeanours, said: “I was a bit incensed by the tackle, I went past Manuel’s box and he wasn’t very pleased. But I went back quickly like a very good boy.” Palace had chances to extend their fine run and draw level at the top with City, but Joe Hart denied Yannick Bolasie and Jason Puncheon while Bakary Sako put a presentable far-post volley wide. City new boy Kevin De Bruyne, on in place of Aguero, came up with one defence-splitting pass to send Jesus Navas clear but the Spaniard put his finish into the side-netting. That looked likely to be City’s best chance of registering a fifth straight win until Iheanacho’s unlikely heroics, which even had Pardew admitting he “had to check the back of his shirt to see who it was”. “Of course, we feel hard done by,” added Pardew. “To get so far in a real battle of two good sides and concede in the last minute really hurts. “Our goalie is kicking himself a bit but it was a good hit from Nasri and the young boy was quick to it. “But maybe they did enough to snatch a last-minute winner.” Aguero took to Twitter after the match to allay fears over his fitness and thank fans who contacted him on social media after he went off. “Thanks everyone for your concern. I got a hard hit and it prevented me from playing more. It doesn’t seem to be a serious injury though,” he said. The 27-year-old also congratulated his team-mates for securing the victory in his absence and reserved special praise for Iheanacho, adding: ” Great win and a brilliant job by the team on a difficult turf. Congrats @67Kelechi for the goal!” Press Association The 18-year-old Nigerian, thrown on as a substitute moments earlier, announced himself to the Premier League in style with the strike which sank Crystal Palace 1-0. And City boss Manuel Pellegrini said afterwards: “I told him to go on and score a goal!” Iheanacho, who only made his City debut against Watford a fortnight ago, reacted quickest to tuck in the rebound after Samir Nasri’s shot was blocked by Palace keeper Alex McCarthy. And Pellegrini is predicting a bright future for the previously unheralded youngster. “He’s just 18 and started working with our squad last season, but he was unlucky and had a big injury in the last three months of the season,” he said. “This year he started pre-season with the squad and will be a very important player for the future. He’s one of the reasons I didn’t bring another striker in when we sold Edin Dzeko. He deserves that chance.” Until Iheanacho’s intervention City were enduring a frustrating afternoon, having lost key striker Sergio Aguero to a first-half knee injury after a cynical trip by Scott Dann. The Palace skipper escaped with a yellow card for a tackle which set the tone for a feisty first half as moments later Yaya Toure clattered into James McArthur. That challenged incensed Eagles boss Alan Pardew, who stormed past Pellegrini and was tugged back by the City manager. Pardew, of course, has previous with the Chilean following an infamous, foul-mouthed touchline spat when he was in charge at Newcastle two seasons ago. But he was less industrial with his language this time before the minor skirmish ended with a handshake between the rival bosses. Kelechi Iheanacho followed his manager’s instructions to the letter by grabbing a dramatic last-minute winner to preserve Manchester City’s 100 per cent start to the season.last_img read more

Limited number of fans in the stands for Dolphins home opener

first_imgSports fans rejoice! The Miami Dolphins and the Miami Hurricanes have reported that they will be allowing a limited amount of fans in the stands during the season opener next month.According to the report, a maximum of 13,000 fans will be allow at the Hard Rock Stadium for their game against the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 20th.“The prospect of us having full stadiums in the fall was not very high,”  Vice chairman, President and CEO of the Dolphins Tom Garfinkel, said during a press conference on Monday.  ” So I asked the question of the team, I said, ‘You know, is it possible to create a stadium environment where people can be socially distant and socially present at the same time?”The Miami Hurricanes made a similar announcement stating that 13,000 fans will be allowed to attending their game against UAB on Sept. 10th.Those who decide to attend the games will have to abide by Hardrock Stadium social distancing protocols. Those protocols include wearing a mask when not actively eating or drinking, no tailgating, social distancing in seating clusters, and staggered gate entry times.The Dolphins also announced that season ticket holders will have first priority to purchase tickets to the game and that it is based on their tenure.  Ticket holders will also have the option to roll their payment into the 2021 season to keep their status.last_img read more

India surge clear after Black Caps collapse in Kanpur

first_imgBy Amlan Chakraborty, KANPUR, India(Reuters)-Spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin made the most of a turning pitch in Kanpur to rip through New Zealand as India racked up a commanding 215-run lead on day three of the first Test yesterday.Jadeja claimed his fifth five-wicket haul in Tests and Ashwin dismissed four frontline batsmen as New Zealand squandered a strong start, losing their last five wickets for seven runs to be all out for 262 and concede a 56-run first- innings lead.India scored freely to consolidate their position in the first match of the three-Test series, reaching 159 for one at stumps with Murali Vijay (64) and Cheteshwar Pujara (50) at the crease.Opener Lokesh Rahul (38) fell to Ish Sodhi just before tea, but Vijay and Pujara registered their second individual fifties of the match.The pair added 107 runs for the second wicket and never looked in trouble against New Zealand’s three-pronged spin attack, cutting with control and pulling with panache.“The four wickets that fell in the morning session was the real game-changer,” Jadeja told reporters.“On a turning track, whenever a new batsman walks in and discovers footmarks, it normally unsettles him. He can’t defend confidently.“All we needed was one wicket and luckily in the morning, Ashwin got that lbw (against Tom Latham) and wickets started tumbling.”Home captain Virat Kohli opted for spin from both ends to start the third day and New Zealand were soon robbed of the slight advantage they held after resuming on 152 for one in reply to India’s 318.LATHAM BREAKTHROUGHOff-spinner Ashwin provided the breakthrough by drifting one into Latham’s (58) front pad for an lbw decision to end the left-hander’s 124-run partnership with his captain Kane Williamson.Jadeja struck in the next over, dismissing Ross Taylor lbw for a duck with a delivery that appeared to be sliding down the leg side, but there was no such doubt when Ashwin bowled Williamson (75) with a ripper three overs later.India’s premier spinner pitched it slightly short and considerably outside the off-stump, prompting Williamson to rock back in an attempt to punch it through the covers but the ball spun spitefully to breach the right-hander’s defence.Luke Ronchi (38) added 49 with Mitchell Santner (32) but fell to a debatable leg before decision after Jadeja trapped him with a dipping delivery which may have been missing off-stump.Jadeja dismissed Mark Craig and Sodhi off successive deliveries. The left-arm spinner could not complete a hat-trick but claimed a third wicket of the over when he dismissed Trent Boult.Ashwin caught BJ Watling (21) off his own bowling to end New Zealand’s resistance.“It was a tough day,” Watling told reporters.“There was definitely a bit more turn. They have two quality spin bowlers and we lost wickets in clumps.“We talked about that, we know it’s tough to start in these conditions and we’ve definitely got to do that better in our second innings.”INDIA 1st innings 318 (M. Vijay 65, C. Pujara 62)New Zealand 1st innings (Overnight: 152-1)M. Guptill lbw b U. Yadav 21T. Latham lbw b R. Ashwin 58K. Williamson b R. Ashwin 75R. Taylor lbw b Jadeja 0L. Ronchi lbw b Jadeja 38M. Santner c Saha b R. Ashwin 32B. Watling c&b R. Ashwin 21M. Craig lbw b Jadeja 2I. Sodhi lbw b Jadeja 0T. Boult c Ro. Sharma b Jadeja 0N. Wagner not out 0Extras (b-8 lb-5 nb-2) 15Total (all out, 95.5 overs) 262Fall of wickets: 1-35 M. Guptill,2-159 T. Latham,3-160 R. Taylor,4-170 K. Williamson,5-219 L. Ronchi,6-255 M. Santner,7-258 M. Craig,8-258 I. Sodhi,9-258 T. Boult,10-262 B. WatlingBowling: M. Shami11 – 1 – 35 – 0,U. Yadav 15 – 5 – 33 – 1,R. Jadeja 34 – 7 – 73 – 5(nb-2),R. Ashwin 30.5 – 7 – 93 – 4,M. Vijay 4 – 0 – 10 – 0,Ro. Sharma 1 – 0 – 5 – 0.INDIA 2nd inningsL. Rahul c Taylor b Sodhi 38M. Vijay not out 64C. Pujara not out 50Extras (lb-7) 7Total (for 1 wickets, 47 overs) 159Fall of wickets: 1-52 L. RahulTo bat: V. Kohli, A. Rahane, R. Sharma, R. Ashwin, W. Saha, R. Jadeja, U. Yadav, M. ShamiBowling: T. Boult 5 – 0 – 11 – 0,M. Santner 13 – 5 – 33 – 0,M. Craig 11 – 1 – 48 – 0, N. Wagner 8 – 3 – 17 – 0,I. Sodhi 7 – 2 – 29 – 1, M. Guptill 3 – 0 – 14 – 0.last_img read more

Hampton, Winthrop meet in Big South finals

first_imgSAVVY VETERANS: Senior leadership could play a big role in this game’s outcome. Hunter Hale, Chandler Vaudrin and Josh Ferguson have combined to account for 41 percent of Winthrop’s scoring this season and 50 percent of the team’s points over its last five games. For Hampton, Jermaine Marrow, Greg Heckstall and Dondre Griffin have collectively scored 42 percent of the team’s points this season, including 49 percent of all Pirates points over their last five.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Marrow has either made or assisted on 60 percent of all Hampton field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has accounted for 31 field goals and 21 assists in those games.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Eagles are 14-0 when holding opponents to 41.7 percent or worse from the field, and 9-10 when opponents shoot better than that. The Pirates are 6-0 when the team blocks at least six shots and 9-18 when they fall short of that total.ASSIST RATIOS: The Pirates have recently created buckets via assists more often than the Eagles. Winthrop has 52 assists on 94 field goals (55.3 percent) over its previous three contests while Hampton has assists on 49 of 86 field goals (57 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Hampton offense has scored 77.8 points per game this season, ranking the Pirates 27th among Division I teams. The Winthrop defense has allowed 71.6 points per game to opponents (ranked 204th overall). Hampton, Winthrop meet in Big South finals Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditHampton (15-18, 10-10) vs. Winthrop (23-10, 17-3)Big South Conference Tourney Championship, Winthrop Coliseum, Rock Hill, South Carolina; Sunday, 12 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Hampton and Winthrop are prepared to face off in the Championship of the Big South tournament. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last met on Feb. 22, when the Pirates shot 54.4 percent from the field while limiting Winthrop’s shooters to just 42.4 percent en route to a six-point victory.center_img March 7, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Dedication ceremony commemorates opening

first_imgThe Ronald Tutor Campus Center officially kicked off its weeklong opening celebration with a dedication ceremony Thursday afternoon in International Plaza, attended by President C.L. Max Nikias, Vice President for Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson and USC Trustee Ronald Tutor.Fight on · USC Trustee Ronald Tutor and President C.L. Max Nikias watch as members of the Trojan Family celebrate the grand opening of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center on Thursday afternoon. The Spirit of Troy marching band played a new song, “Reign of Troy.” – Photo courtesy of Joel Zink “What a great day this is for USC. We are celebrating the reality of a long-awaited dream: a campus center that is the heartbeat of our campus,” Nikias said in his speech.Officiated by Jackson, the ceremony began with a few words from Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni.“This afternoon we stand together at this historic moment to consecrate the new center of our campus,” Soni said. “May this center be a destination for creativity and imagination, and a beacon for hope and possibility.”Nikias’ address followed Soni’s, where he spoke about the many features of the campus center and anticipated its role in the years to come.“Future generations of Trojans will say, ‘Well, I met my wife for the first time at the plaza of the campus center,’” Nikias said. “Here, conversation is encouraged. Here, learning takes place between faculty and students and between Trojans at all stages of their lives.”Nikias then introduced building namesake Tutor, as well as Tutor’s stepmother and children.“I’m sorry that I see some of your inheritance being invested at USC,” joked Nikias.Tutor reflected on his time at USC, and his experience becoming part of the Trojan Family after watching a football game at age 11.“I can’t tell you emotionally how strongly I feel about being part of this university,” Tutor said. “It’s an unimaginable experience to be feeling what I’m feeling. It’s almost surreal as I reflect back.”Throughout the dedication, planes in the sky spelled out phrases commemorating the occasion, such as “Trojan Campus Center,” “Trojan Family” and “Thank you Ronald Tutor.”The skywriting was given as a gift to Ronald Tutor by the Graduate and Professional Student Senate, said GPSS President Jenny Novak.Novak and Undergraduate Student Government President Chris Cheng gave Tutor a key to the campus center, in thanks for his contribution.“On behalf of the entire undergraduate student body, I want to thank you for this one-of-a-kind facility that will come to serve as the heart and lifeblood of the University Park Campus,” Cheng said.To conclude the ceremony, the Trojan Marching Band played a new song commissioned for the event called “Reign of Troy,” which was written by USC alumnus and film composer Mark Watters.last_img read more

Badgers prepare for Big Ten tests

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoAfter being on the road for the last five weeks, the University of Wisconsin volleyball team will make its long-awaited home debut this weekend against Purdue on Friday and Indiana on Saturday. The Badgers, who have not had a home game since the end of August are excited to play in front of their fans at the Field House.”We’ve had a really long road swing here, and just to be back at the Field House in front of our fans and friends — it’s going to be awesome,” co-captain Jocelyn Wack said. “It’s been a long trip, but we’ve got a lot accomplished on the road that we wanted to, and now, just establishing ourselves at home.”During their road trip, the Badgers suffered only one loss against BYU in early September. They have gone 9-1 on the road and are undefeated in Big Ten play with a record of 4-0. Wisconsin continues to hold its place at ninth in the CSTV/AVCA Coaches Poll.The main focus for the Badgers this week has been their defense. The UW offense, which ranks second in the Big Ten in hitting percentage, has been potent so far. The team is trying to work on the number of digs and blocks that it has per game. “Definitely our biggest focus right now has been our defense and block,” said senior setter Jackie Simpson. “Our offense has been clicking pretty well. Our passing has been great all season, but we really need to step up another level on our defense.”Head coach Pete Waite says his team will need good defense this weekend to combat the grittiness of both opponents. “We have been working on our defense quite a bit,” Waite said. “We know these teams are both scrappy and have good offenses, so we really have to dig more balls and match up with the blocks that we are getting now. So, that has been our biggest focus.”Purdue, whose record is 9-6, is ranked sixth in the Big Ten with a 2-2 conference record. The Boilermakers are led by junior outside hitter Stephanie Lynch. Lynch ranks 10th in the Big Ten in points, averaging 4.81 per game. They are also known for their defense.”Purdue is just a really scrappy team,” Wack said. “They have always been known for their good defense, and that’s really frustrating for hitters at times because they’ll be hitting balls as hard as they can and they will get dug up. So, it’s going to be a challenge to just keep swinging at them and out dig them, too. We want to have more digs on our side.”Indiana, which has a new coaching staff this season, is off to a surprising start. They have defeated annual Big Ten contenders Iowa and Ohio State. The Hoosiers are led by junior Erica Short, who had 27 kills and a .400 hitting percentage against the Buckeyes. “They’ve got a new staff, and so they’ve got a new energy and they have some new faces in the lineup,” Waite said. “I think they have two or three freshman on the court, so they are people that we haven’t played against yet. We have to get our tendencies down, and we have to match up with them pretty well.”This weekend will be the first time that the student body has been able to see the Badgers play. But there is excitement among the players as well. They look forward to taking to court to a roaring crowd and the support at home.”[We are looking forward to] being here in front of our fans. Five weeks on the road made us appreciate even more the energy that we get from our crowd,” Waite said. “A lot of people are saying they are coming out [Friday] and looking forward to seeing us again. We are especially excited to see the student crowd out there because they have not had a chance to see this team much at all.”last_img read more

Syracuse sizzles offensively in 2nd half after struggling in 1st

first_img Published on February 23, 2014 at 6:40 pm Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+ As miserably as Pittsburgh struggled to convert a basket in the first half, it wasn’t much prettier on Syracuse’s end of the court.The inconsistency that has head coach Quentin Hillsman feeling uncomfortable about SU’s chances of making the NCAA tournament allowed the Panthers to stay in the game for far too long.But after halftime, something clicked. Syracuse started hitting its shots.“Our team loves it when our shooters shoot,” sophomore Brittney Sykes said. “That’s what they do, and when they’re making shots it’s even better because now they’re opening the floor.”Syracuse tied a season-low with 26 first-half points and kept Pittsburgh — and its one basket — within 15 points at halftime Sunday. But the Syracuse (20-8, 9-6 Atlantic Coast) offense found a rhythm in the second frame behind Brianna Butler’s 11 points in the frame and sailed to a 67-36 victory over Pittsburgh (11-17, 3-11) on Senior Day in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe win clinched a first-round bye for SU in the ACC tournament, but Hillsman has his doubts about whether the Orange’s season will extend past that tournament. With one regular-season game remaining before the conference tournament, he’ll need his shooters to perform less like the 10th-ranked 3-point shooting team in the ACC and more like the unit that buried Pittsburgh on Sunday.“Shooters have to make shots,” Hillsman said. “And they did. As long as we make seven, eight 3s a game, I think that we’ll be OK.”Aside from a Sykes layup to end the stand-and-clap 1:13 in, the Orange blew layups, mid-range jumpers and 3s for a 1-for-9 record at the 13:53 point. Eleven offensive rebounds in the half offered Syracuse plenty of second chances, but more often than not the tip-ins and putback attempts were awry.Finally, Taylor Ford made a pair of layups within a minute of each other and added a free throw to break the low-scoring tie. La’Shay Taft and Butler drained back-to-back 3s 28 seconds apart for a 10-point lead nine minutes into the game.Briana Day’s two layups four minutes later spread the gap to 19 points, but from there just a Sykes transition layup fell through the hoop out of SU’s next nine shots the rest of the half. The Orange finished the frame converting just 30 percent from the floor and made 2-of-11 from deep for an 18.2-percent clip.“It was kind of one of those sloppy halves where obviously we didn’t shoot the ball very well,” Hillsman said, “and Pittsburgh wasn’t scoring also.”The second half was a different story — for Syracuse, at least. What was a 15-point game soon became a 30-point blowout.Out of the high post, Shakeya Leary hit Butler on the wing for a 3. Freshman Isabella Slim, a shooter Hillsman has maintained confidence in throughout her slumps, canned her first 3-pointer since Jan. 19.When Leary’s aggressive post moves forced the Panthers to offer help inside, the outside opened back up. Crisp ball movement around the perimeter led to senior Rachel Coffey’s 3 to put SU up 30.Butler, an up-and-down shooter SU might live and die by come playoff time, connected on the open looks she had missed prior in the game. A mid-range jumper and her third and fourth 3-pointers of the game wrapped up her game-high, 16-point day.“My teammates have set me up really well to knock down the open shot,” Butler said. “In the first half, I wasn’t shooting in rhythm. Second half, I came out knowing I needed to knock down shots.”Even Sykes, a slasher who attacks the rim much more frequently than she spots up, drained a 3 from the wing in the final minutes. When it was all said and done, Syracuse shot 55.6 percent from the floor and 58 percent from 3 in the second half.That’s the kind of shooting that just might be enough to give SU a shot at the NCAA tournament.“Once we see ‘Shay hitting a couple, Bri hitting a couple, we kind of feel bad for the other team,” Sykes said, “because now they’re on and we just keep giving them the ball knowing that they’re going to knock down shots.” Commentslast_img read more