Top drivers in four divisions featured in races of champions at Super Nationals

first_imgBOONE, Iowa – One of the premier races for IMCA Modifieds marks a milestone during the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.The 30th annual Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions will feature a dozen drivers battling for $1,000 to win and a career-type highlight on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Boone Speedway.Also on the championship day card are the 17th annual Sunoco Face Fuels Race of Champions for Stock Cars and ninth annual BSB Manufacturing Race of Champions for Northern SportMods and Stephenville Starter Race of Champions for Hobby Stocks.The Stock Car RoC pays $500 to win, while $300 is the top prize in both the SportMod and Hobby Stock events.SportMod and Hobby Stock RoC qualifying will be Tuesday, Sept. 4. Modified and Stock Car RoC qualifying is Thursday, Sept. 6.Drivers eligible to qualify for their respective events include former national and Super Nationals champions and race of champions winners, 2018 track champions/point leader or the second-place driver if the leader is not in attendance.Also eligible to qualify are former Modified (from 1993), Stock Car and Hobby Stock regional champions.A dozen Modifieds start the Harris Auto Racing RoC, with $100 paid to the leader each time around. Second place pays $800, third pays $600, fourth is good for $400, fifth for $300, sixth for $200, seventh for $175 and eighth through 12th $100 each. Non-qualifiers also get $100.The race winner is also added to the ballot for the 2019 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Ten cars start the Sunoco race. The runner-up gets $400, third place pays $300, fourth pays $200, fifth pays $150 and sixth through 10th each pay $100. Lap money is $75 and non-qualifiers get $50.Distances for both Northern SportMod and Hobby Stock RoC events are 10 laps. Runners-up earn $175, with $125 for third, $100 for fourth and $50 for fifth through 10th.2017 race winners were Kyle Strickler in the Modified RoC, David Smith in the Sunoco RoC, Dakota Sproul in the Northern SportMod RoC and Jason Fusselman in the Hobby Stock RoC.last_img read more

Burgtorf scores first CJ Speedway win

first_imgMark Burgtorf of Quincy, Ill., has amassed a career that includes hundreds of wins but Friday saw Burgtorf score his first-ever win at Columbus Junction. Burgtorf took advantage of a front row start to lead the IMCA Modified feature flag to flag. Derrick Stewart challenged Burgtorf late in the main before settling for second.   COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (July 31) – The month of July came to a close with another outstand­ing night of racing at CJ Speedway.  See caught Redman late in the race and made the winning pass to continue his winning streak. Redman held on for second ahead of Adam Bell.  By Jerry Mackey  The IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars never disappoint at CJ and Friday night’s main was another outstand­ing feature event. Jim Redman led early while 16th starting Jason See was steadily mak­ing his way to the front. Two-, three- and sometimes four-wide racing thrilled the fans through­out the feature. The Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature took the green with Dan Brockert taking the point position. Fifth row starter Logan Anderson chased down Brockert and took the lead and went on to score an impressive win ahead of buddy Colton Livezey, Brockert crossed under the checkers in third.   The Mach-1 Sport Compact winner has become a familiar face in victory lane. Cody Staley contin­ued his recent winning streak by capturing the main event ahead of Josh Barnes and Wil­liam Michel.last_img read more

Resilient Syracuse front 7 closes out Minnesota, veterans pass torch to younger players

first_imgHOUSTON — Marquis Spruill delivered the knockout blow to Minnesota via quarterback Mitch Leidner.Coming off the edge completely untouched, the Syracuse middle linebacker launched himself into Leidner’s abdomen and drove him into the turf with just under a minute left in the Orange’s 21-17 Texas Bowl victory over the Golden Gophers on Friday.“We played well, there were a few holes here and there, but our team didn’t (let up)” Syracuse linebacker Cameron Lynch said. “We won the game and that is all that matters.”The SU front seven’s play was representative of its performance throughout the game and the season. Defensive tackle Jay Bromley said the unit is used to having the weight of an inexperienced offense and depleted secondary on its shoulders.They’ve been resilient, reliable and ready. All season long Bromley and Spruill have paced the group with consistency while outside linebackers Lynch and Dyshawn Davis have provided explosiveness and disruption in the backfield.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Friday, the backbone of the team stepped up one last time as Bromley, Spruill and Lynch combined for three sacks, five tackles for loss and a forced fumble.“On defense we’re not just going to let nobody walk all over us, no matter what you do,” Bromley said. “We’re going to hold you to as little points as possible and give our offense a chance.“That was our defense, give our offense a chance. They may not be great right now, but give them a chance to put some points on the board. And that’s what we did.”After running out to a 14-3 lead courtesy of two lengthy offensive drives, Syracuse gave up a pair of long touchdown passes in a span of 2:21.First, Minnesota wide receiver Maxx Williams got behind safety Darius Kelly and Leidner found him for a 20-yard touchdown with 14:55 left in regulation.Then Golden Gophers wideout Drew Wolitarsky burned cornerback Brandon Reddish for a wide-open 55-yard touchdown as Minnesota went ahead 17-14 soon after.But the group didn’t allow Minnesota another first down in its next two drives as a sack by defensive end Robert Welsh ultimately forced the Golden Gophers to punt once more at the 2:03 mark.“We are passing the torch to these other guys, the younger defensive linemen,” Bromley said. “The Micah Robinsons, Rob Welshes, the Isaiah Johnsons. We’re passing the torch to these guys to become playmakers.”Bromley, undoubtedly the leader of the front four, said Eric Crume will fill his role next season. Lynch will be back, too.But the hope for Syracuse is the secondary and offense won’t need to rely on the front seven quite as much.They bent at times on Friday, but like they did most of the season, they played their best when it mattered most.Said Bromley: “We gave up some busted coverages and whatever, but we take those punches and we roll with them. We go back out and play the defense we know we can play.” Comments Published on December 28, 2013 at 3:35 am Contact Stephen: | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about Montana State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 21, 2015 at 1:24 am Syracuse (8-3) got back to its winning ways with a 67-46 win over Cornell on Saturday to push the Mike Hopkins era to 2-2. Two more noncoference games remain on the slate for the Orange, including a 7 p.m. matchup with Montana State (5-6) on Tuesday in the Carrier Dome.Here’s what you need to know heading into Syracuse’s game against the Bobcats.The Montana State ReportMontana State comes into its matchup with Syracuse having lost on Saturday just down I-90 to SUNY Buffalo. The Bobcats’ best win was an 83-82 victory over Wyoming, who it then lost to six days later. They also have two wins over San Jose State and a win over Utah Valley. Syracuse is the only team on Montana State’s schedule currently in KenPom’s top 100. The Bobcats have one of the worst defensive teams in the country, per KenPom, where they are ranked 342nd out of 351 Division I teams. They allow opponents to get up the court quickly and struggle to defend the paint.Last season Montana State went 7-23, and scored just 28 points in a 58-point drubbing to then-No. 1 Kentucky. This season, the Bobcats are led by Marcus Colbert and Tyler Hall, who average a combined 34.4 points per game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAll-time seriesThe Orange and the Bobcats have played once before, in the first round of the 1996 NCAA Tournament at a neutral site in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Syracuse won the game, 88-55, on its way to the NCAA championship game against Kentucky. That matchup served as the Bobcats last game in the NCAA Tournament. SU eventually lost to Rick Pitino and the Wildcats in the championship game.How Montana State beats SyracuseMontana State hasn’t proven that it can do much well defensively, but it has found some success guarding the perimeter. Opponents shoot just 32.7 percent from deep, which is below the Division I average of 34.2 percent. Inside the arc, opponents shoot 55.1 percent.The Bobcats grab about 34.2 percent of rebounds on the offensive glass, about four percent above the Division I average, which could provide some problems against Syracuse’s 2-3 zone defense. MSU needs Syracuse to revert back to the team that struggles to rebound and struggles to hit from the outside. Those strengths might play into Syracuse’s weaknesses.Fun statMSU ranks near the bottom of the NCAA in both blocks and steals. The Bobcats have recorded just 20 of the former this season and only 25 Division I teams have fewer — including Texas Southern (18), SU’s next opponent. Only 29 teams have fewer steals than MSU’s 46 this season.Player to watchColbert is Montana State’s best player, and he averages 17.8 points per contest. He’s good at getting to the rim and drawing fouls. His 47 assists lead the team, as do his 35 turnovers. He has the ball in his hands a lot, and can be hot and cold when he does. In MSU’s loss to Nebraska Omaha, Colbert had 35 points. Commentslast_img read more

Jamaica to Reopen Its Borders on June 1

first_imgNationals seeking to enter Jamaica from countries within this travel bubble may not need to be tested on arrival. They would, however, be subject to health status screening (including temperature checks, symptoms observation, etc.) They will also be subject to mandatory 14-day home quarantine. “Countries with similar management & profile result for Covid-19 regarding spread, death rate, infection prevention & control measures, contact tracing protocols & other such criteria could constitute a “travel bubble” that would determine the protocols applicable to their entry. Prime Minister Andrew Holness said that the reopening of the borders means greater personal responsibility for the returnees. The announcement was made tourism stakeholders in a letter signed by Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett. ALL Jamaicans will still need to apply to come home using the Over the last few weeks, as the COVID-19 numbers have declined, Jamaica has allowed the reentry of citizens stranded overseas under the controlled reentry program. Approximately 2,300 persons have entered Jamaica so far under the program. Jamaicans returning from countries not considered to be within the “travel bubble” and returning to high risk communities will be tested and quarantined at home with either phone or wristband geo-fencing.” As for non-Jamaican tourists: As of June 15, testing on arrival will be subject to the result of the public health screening at the port of entry. All tourists entering Jamaica, however, will be encouraged to undergo voluntary testing at the port of entry. The Jamaican government has announced that it will reopen its borders in June; first to repatriate Jamaican citizens beginning on June 1 and then to allow international travellers to visit, beginning on June 15. last_img read more

Howie Kendrick, Yasmani Grandal ready to return to Dodgers’ lineup

first_img“Both guys are texting me saying they’re anxious to get back, excited to see what we’re doing over here,” manager Dave Roberts said. “It’ll certainly be a boost.”There are two difficult but enviable decisions facing the Dodgers’ brass: who Grandal and Kendrick should replace on the active roster, and how to work them back into the lineup.The first decision is more straightforward, at least on paper. Second baseman Micah Johnson was recalled from Oklahoma City on Saturday and seems like a logical choice to head back to Triple-A since he and Kendrick share a primary position. Catcher Austin Barnes is batting .143 to begin the season and can easily swap roster spots with Grandal.Sunday afternoon, Roberts said those decision wouldn’t be made for another 24 hours.“We have to figure out what makes sense for this next series and the next series after that,” he said. “In the short-term, long-term type thing, weigh all these different options what’s best for our club.” SAN FRANCISCO >> Help is on the way.After losing three of four games to the San Francisco Giants, the Dodgers will welcome second baseman Howie Kendrick and catcher Yasmani Grandal back to their active roster following their minor league rehabilitation assignments.Kendrick, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf muscle, hit two doubles and played nine innings at second base Sunday for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. Grandal, on the 15-day DL with a strained right forearm, caught six innings of Triple-A Oklahoma City’s game in Nashville. He went 0 for 2 Sunday, and 3 for 9 with two walks in the series. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The Dodgers host the Arizona Diamondbacks at 1 p.m. Tuesday, the first of three games in the series. The Giants visit for a three-game series beginning Saturday, after which the Dodgers will fly to Atlanta.Grandal is expected to be the starting catcher once he returns. Kendrick is expected to start too, though veteran second baseman Chase Utley went on a surprise tear (a .394 OBP, with two doubles and a triple) to begin the season.The Diamondbacks will throw two left-handers (Patrick Corbin on Tuesday and Robbie Ray on Thursday) and one right-hander (Rubby De La Rosa) in the series, so the left-handed hitting Utley and the right-handed Kendrick might wind up trading off.Minor tradeThe Dodgers bolstered their minor league depth Sunday by acquiring outfielder James Ramsey and infielder/outfielder Zach Walters from the Cleveland Indians for cash. Ramsey and Walters were assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City, though neither player was in the lineup Sunday in Nashville. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers moved pitcher Josh Ravin and outfielder Andre Ethier to the 60-day disabled list.AlsoScott Van Slyke didn’t play one day after he was removed from a game with lower back pain. Roberts said that the 29-year-old outfielder is day-to-day. … A ceremony to re-name Vin Scully Avenue will be held at 11:15 a.m. Monday at the main stadium entrance. Scully, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo and Dodgers president Stan Kasten are scheduled to attend.last_img read more

Woman Accused of Selling Counterfeit High-End Items at Boca’s Town Center

first_imgA woman is accused of selling counterfeit high-end brand items at a store in the Town Center at Boca Raton.Police arrested 33-year-old Rose Yavru this week on a charge of selling or offering for sale counterfeit merchandise.The investigation began last September, when police say they received a tip about a store selling high quantities of fake Louis Vuitton items and other goods.According to the report, Yavru worked at Hamsa Shoes, which also operated at a different location in the mall under the name Hamsa Boutique.Investigators discovered that the store received a cease-and-desist letter last year from a firm representing Louis Vuitton and Chanel to stop selling items that infringed on their trademarks and copyrights. Additionally, the report states that officers and investigators with “A Action Investigations” managed to buy a Louis Vuitton jacket for $280. The company confirmed it was a counterfeit.A store employee told police that she needed to text or call Yavru in order to obtain a price on certain unmarked items in the store. Police wrote in the report that some customers would ask for products from the back, as if they were using a “secret code word.”Yavru told police that in her native country of Turkey, placing counterfeit items in store display window is not an issue. She later admitted knowing that it was wrong. “I thought so but I didn’t know big trouble, but I didn’t know it was this much trouble,” she told police.After using a search warrant, police ended up seizing more than 1,800 counterfeit items from the store, which included Fendi, Gucci, Chanel, Burberry, Kate Spade, Kors, Nike, and Tommy Hilfiger, among others.Police estimated the value of the counterfeit items to be worth more than $20,000. Courtesy: Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Officelast_img read more

Wewak bikers ride to Madang with a message

first_imgRBN Maintenance Limited, a local company in Madang town, came on board and supported the bikers with biscuit and water worth K500 and K100 cash to help them return to Wewak, East Sepik Province.The bikers came on August 11, into the second day of Momase Regional Besta Qualifiers, to support their teams from Wewak, Ambunit, Maprik, Hulupu and Passam. And also, for the first time, to see how the teams from other provinces of Momase compete.Team leader of the bikers, Sam Kang,i said they travelled on three dinghies with one carrying their bikes and two other boats carrying the bikers to Base camp in Bogia. From there they travelled to town.Kangi said the aim of the boys is to show Momase that Wewak town has the potential to host the Momase Regional Besta Cup.“We came here to show support and solidarity for our teams and at the same time, to show the people of Madang and Momase that the four corners of Wewak Urban are not what they see and have heard about.“We have changed from boys to men and the so-called big heads in Wewak are us, coming to show that we are ready to host any future Besta Cup or PNG Football sanctioned tournament,” Kangi said.He said the riders came from the 16 wards of Wewak Urban, forming up this Wewak Urban Bike Association. All are soccer players and lovers.“This is not our first time to travel a long way to watch soccer. We have travelled to Aitape this year to support and cheer for our teams taking part in Pruaitch Cup and through that, we have gained confidence to continue to advocate and play soccer,” he said.Kangi said Momase is a big region and such tournaments should be equally distributed in the provinces.He said such favouritism will only kill the spirit of soccer in youths.Kangi however, thanked the people of Madang for loving soccer and keeping soccer as the number one sport in the province. He further thanked RBN Maintenance Limited for their backing.RBN Maintenance Limited owners, Reuben Neiman and wife Lucy, said the donation was to show their support to help youths play soccer and be soccer fanatics to help develop a better society.last_img read more

To Build an Inclusive Economy Mills Jones Stresses Strong Leadership

first_imgLiberia’s Central Bank Governor has underscored the need for strong selfless leadership and bold vision to transform the country’s economy. Dr. Joseph Mills Jones said it is now time for the country to take appropriate measures to rebuild itself and grow an inclusive economy driven by Liberians—-one, he said, that creates opportunity for all Liberians. Dr. Jones made the statement on Monday, December 5 at a farewell dinner hosted in Monrovia in honor of two retiring members of the Board of Governors of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL).Governors Mildred B. Reeves, a former General Manager and Deputy chief executive officer (DCEO) of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) and David K. Vinton, a former National Bank Governor and former president and CEO of LBDI, ended their terms on the CBL Board of Governors last week after completing one and two terms, respectively.The two experienced outgoing CBL Board of Governors were praised by many including CBL staffers and other Board of Governors for the leadership role they played while on the Board. Dr. Jones, who chairs the Board of Governors of the CBL, also added his commendation to the two officials for playing key roles in the transformation of the CBL.“Governors Mildred B. Reeves and David K. Vinton are leaders and they proved their leadership capabilities on the Board of the CBL,” said Governor Jones. “Their leadership roles led to the transformation of the CBL to build an inclusive economy.”The CBL Executive Governor, who emphasized sound leadership across the country, noted there can be no successful transformation without bold vision and bold action “and this is what is needed for the growth of a strong inclusive Liberian economy… Governors Mildred Reeves and David Vinton played transformative leadership role on the CBL Board because they have characters and so they led by example,” said Governor Jones.According to the CBL boss, Mildred and David were already accomplished people before they came on the CBL Board. “And so it wasn’t difficult working with them because they knew exactly what to do to take the CBL and the economy to another level. This is because they came on the Board already prepared and accomplished,” Jones added.He insisted that institutions are built by individuals who are already prepared to lead and have the bold vision to succeed. Governor John G. Bestman, for his part, said he will miss Governors Mildred Reeves and David Vinton. The former Liberian Finance Minister, however, expressed the hope that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will appoint ‘experienced and accomplished’ individuals with strong character and to the task to replace the two retirees.“It was very wonderful working with Governors Reeves and Vinton,” said Mr. Bestman. “I know that they are not tired even though they have been retired,” Governor Bestman noted. Mr. Robert Sammy, secretary general of the Motorcyclists Union of Liberia in special remarks, commended the two retired Board of Governors and expressed the hope that President Sirleaf will nominate people who have the ‘common’ people’s interest at heart on the Board of the CBL.“The outgoing Board of Governors worked in the interest of the common people. They made decisions on the Board that benefitted both the minority and majority groups in the country including the haves and have-nots,” said Mr. Sammy as he bade farewell to Governors Reeves and Vinton.In brief remarks, LBDI CEO and president of the Liberia Bankers’ Association (LBA) Mr. John B. S. Davies, III lauded the CBL for exhibiting positive results and ensuring the attainment of macroeconomic stability.“It has been a gratifying experience working with Governor Jones and the retirees,” said Mr. Davies. “The journey isn’t over yet and there are challenges. But with the enhanced and robust risk management practices by the CBL, we shall surmount,” said the LBA president.Deputy CBL Governor for Economic Policy Mr. Boima S. Kamara and his colleague Deputy Governor for Operations Mr. Charles E. Sirleaf expressed their thanks and appreciation to the retirees for working to support the growth and development of the economy. “We have come to give your flowers while you are still alive,” said Mr. Kamara. “You’ve worked well for your country and people,” added Mr. Sirleaf in separate remarks.In response, the two retirees thanked President Ellen John Sirleaf for giving them the opportunity to serve on the Board of the CBL.“Serving on the Board of the CBL was a great honor for me because it gave me the opportunity to work with a very strong team and to make decisions that positively impacted the lives of ordinary Liberians,” said Governor Mildred Reeves, who served a single term on the Board.  “We must be flexible to apply our changes in the interest of our people,” she said amidst rounds of applause.The former LBDI Deputy CEO also lavished praises at the CBL staffers. “They are undeniably the best I have had the opportunity to work with,” she stated.Governor Vinton, for his part, said he was very pleased to have been a part of the reform process of the CBL.  A former National Bank of Liberia Governor, Vinton, who completed two terms on the Board, explained how the current CBL is building the economy with Liberians at the center stage of the process. “I thank President Sirleaf for giving me this opportunity to serve on the CBL Board. I also want to use this platform to thank the staffers of the CBL to continue to stay safe and stay professional,” Mr. Vinton concluded.Several dignitaries, public and private, attended the dinner. They include former Interim President and head of the Governance Commission (GC) Dr. Amos Claudius Sawyer; former Chief Justice Cllr. Henry Reed Cooper and his wife Dr. Mrs. Nadu Cooper; Ecobank Liberia Managing Director Mr. Kola Adeleke; Liberty Party (LP) political Cllr. Charles Brumskine and Mrs. Brumskine; and Montserrado Senatorial aspirant Mr. Christopher Neyor, amongst others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Deputy’s killer seeks forgiveness

first_imgForgiveness is something Teri March said she would work on. “I’m going to pray about that,” she said. “I’m going to work toward forgiveness. A year ago I hated him so much and that was my drive, to see him punished. He’s being punished now. I don’t hate him anymore. “It’s all so tragic. He threw his life away. He’s only 30.” Garcia shot March on April 29, 2002, in Irwindale when the deputy pulled over his black Nissan Maxima near Live Oak Avenue and Peck Road. Garcia – once one of the U.S. Marshals Service’s 10 most-wanted fugitives – fled to his native Mexico. He was handed over to the U.S. Marshals Service at the San Ysidro border crossing about 5:20 a.m. Jan. 9.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POMONA – Nearly five years after gunning down a sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop, the man who frustrated a nation by fleeing to his native Mexico to avoid prosecution pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder. Jorge Arroyo Garcia, 30, who killed Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy David March of Saugus, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole under an agreement reached after he was finally extradited earlier this year. Through an interpreter, Garcia begged March’s family in court for forgiveness. “I know someday you will forgive me,” he said. “If you see my face and I see your face again, I only want to ask for forgiveness for what I’ve done, and I know that you will forgive me at an appropriate time. “I know you don’t want to listen to me and you don’t want to see my face. I know that these words will not take the hatred that you feel for me.” As he spoke, tears ran down the face of March’s widow, Teri, who had driven from Santa Clarita to the hearing with an entourage of her slain husband’s colleagues. “I’m relieved beyond words,” she said after it was over. “I just never really believe it till it happens – and it happened.” Garcia’s demeanor surprised her. “I was somewhat surprisingly pleased by it,” she said. “It showed there was some heart there. I expected him to be callous and horrible and evil and wicked and he wasn’t. It might mean that he gets to live with some guilt the rest of his life in prison. I felt satisfied with that.” last_img read more