Andersen aces Eagle Modified main

first_imgBy Greg SoukupEAGLE, Neb. (May 7) – Chad Andersen got the lead back with eight laps to go in winning Satur­day’s Kaplan University IMCA Modified main event at Eagle Raceway.He was chased to the checkers by Dustin Andersen, Anthony Roth and Shane Hiatt.“I haven’t had that much fun racing in a long time. Dustin and I don’t get to start on the front row together very often. It was awesome racing with him like that,” Andersen said. “When he passed me I knew that whoever got out front and got to the top first was going to get the win.”After a complete restart, Mark Leiting checked out on the rest of the NAPA IMCA Northern SportMod feature field. The win was his second locally this season and came ahead of Gary Saathoff, Adam Armstrong and Joe Schidler.Damon Richards started inside row four and made rare use of the lower line in winning the Valen­tino’s IMCA Hobby Stock headliner. Rounding out the top four were Tyler Saathoff, Dave Carter and Roy Armstrong.Cole Krichau passed R.J. Maas with three laps left and drove to his first-ever Eagle Raceway Moun­tain Dew Kick Start IMCA Sport Compact victory. Maas, Spencer Pavey III and Kyle Owen were scored next at the finish.Lee Bowes became the RaceSaver IMCA Sprint Car winner when the first two cars across the line were disqualified when their engines were determined to be over the maximum valve lift limit.The victory was Bowes’ career first in the class. Ron Love, Ryan King and Matt Richards rounded out the top four. A first-lap incident saw Trevor Grossenbacher’s ride sustain considerable dam­age.One hundred and thirty-eight teams pulled into the pits for Moms Rock! Night, presented by Pepsi.last_img read more

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Ireland close to appointment

first_img Ireland have been without a permanent manager since the September departure of Giovanni Trapattoni, after which the experienced O’Neill quickly became the leading candidate. Former captain Keane – who infamously walked out on Ireland during the 2002 World Cup – has since emerged as the man O’Neill wants to serve as his assistant and an announcement could come later on Tuesday. The Football Association of Ireland has confirmed it is at an advanced stage of talks with regard to appointing Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane as its new management team. “We can confirm that the management appointment process with Martin O’Neill & Roy Keane is at an advanced stage.Updates from @FAIreland today,” the governing body said on its official Twitter account. O’Neill was identified as the FAI’s primary choice within days of Trapattoni’s departure following the defeats by Sweden and Austria which effectively ended Ireland’s hopes of making it to next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil. However, the FAI has allowed the 61-year-old, who has been out of the game since being shown the door by Sunderland in March, to take his time over his decision. In the meantime, former Ireland international Ray Houghton and high performance director Ruud Dokter were charged with the task of assessing alternative candidates. But all along, the power brokers have been hoping for a positive response from the Northern Irishman, and things have moved on apace since he gave the first indications that he was ready to commit himself to Ireland. While O’Neill’s appointment may have come as no surprise in the circumstances, the identity of his number two has raised eyebrows. Keane, of course, enjoyed a distinguished international career, but fell out spectacularly with then manager Mick McCarthy as they completed their preparations for the 2002 World Cup finals in the Far East and returned home without kicking a ball in anger. Time appears to have healed any lingering wounds and there is little doubt that a link-up between two men who as individuals enjoy popular support will capture the imagination of fans who became disillusioned with Trapattoni’s conservatism once results began to elude him. The 74-year-old spent five and a half years at the helm with businessman Denis O’Brien providing a significant proportion of the funding – he will continue his financial support – and that investment initially paid dividends. Trapattoni guided the nation to a play-off clash with France and only William Gallas’ goal, which came courtesy of Thierry Henry’s infamous handball on a controversial night at the Stade de France, denied them a trip to the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa. The Italian went one better in the following campaign when he safely negotiated a path through the play-offs to take his team to Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. But as fans travelled in their thousands in hope of a repeat of previous heroics on the big stage, Ireland were overwhelmed by Croatia, Spain and Italy and returned home without a point to their name. Undaunted, Trapattoni embarked upon the qualification process for Brazil with an unconvincing win in Kazakhstan, but a 6-1 demolition by Germany at the Aviva Stadium left him fighting for his job and although he survived another 11 months, the writing was on the wall. O’Neill and Keane, who also had a spell in charge of the Black Cats, will launch their reign with a friendly against Latvia in Dublin on November 15, when the FAI will hope the public vote with their feet by turning out in force, before heading for Poland four days later. The serious business will begin in September next year when Ireland set out on the road to Euro 2016 hoping they can once again compete for a place at the finals of a major tournament, the mission assigned to their new managerial duo. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Robbie Keane’s wife gives birth to second son

first_imgRepublic of Ireland skipper Robbie Keane was on his way to Dublin on Tuesday following the birth of his second son. Press Association Keane, who scored for his club the Los Angeles Galaxy in Sunday’s 1-1 draw in Seattle, was expected to arrive on Tuesday evening to join up with his international team-mates ahead of Thursday night’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Germany and the trip to Poland which follows it. Full-back Cyrus Christie, who missed training on Monday because of a slight groin problem, returned to action in the morning session but Everton counterpart Seamus Coleman once again trained with the medical staff as he works his way back from a hamstring injury. center_img The 35-year-old striker and his wife Claudine, who have six-year-old son Robert Jr, announced the news in a statement on his Facebook page. It said: “Robbie and Claudine Keane are delighted to announce the birth of their gorgeous baby boy, who was born at 7pm on the 5th of October weighing 8lbs at the Cedars-Sinai hospital LA. Mum and baby are doing great. Robert is already enjoying his new role as big brother.” last_img read more

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Miami Teen Accused of Hitting Officer with Skateboard at Protest

first_imgSeven people were ultimately arrested that night, some of whom authorities said had assaulted officers while they were trying to arrest several people for vandalizing Christopher Columbus and Juan Ponce De Leon statues in the area.Authorities go on to say that a police vehicle was also damaged during the protest.“The Miami Police Department remains committed to facilitating peaceful protest, but we continue to emphasize that violence toward civilians and officers, destruction of public or private property, and other forms of lawlessness will not be tolerated,” the department said in a news release announcing Marshall’s arrest Friday.It continued, “Such crimes will be investigated, and offenders will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly. “Anyone with further information on the case is asked to contact the Miami Police Department’s Assaults Unit at (305) 603-6940.Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous can contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-8477, or visit crimestoppersmiami.com and select “Give a Tip.” Miami Police say they have arrested a teenager who allegedly hit an officer in the head with a skateboard during a protest last month.According to the report, 17-year-old Michael Marshall was arrested last Friday on a charge of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer.Police had released photos of their suspect earlier this month.They add that a Crime Stoppers tip led to Marshall’s identification.The arrest affidavit states that Marshall attended Miami Norland Senior High School and played on their football team.Officer Raymond Washington suffered a concussion in the June 10 attack, his colleagues say.The incident took place when officers responded to the Torch of Friendship on Biscayne Blvd., as people were defacing public property during a protest, and “several members of the protest became violent and assaulted our officers,” police say.Anyone with information on other suspects who vandalized the statues or police vehicle is urged to contact the Miami Police Department at (305) 579-6111. Those with information who wish to remain anonymous may contact @CrimeStopper305 pic.twitter.com/x5r40UEQH5— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) June 11, 2020last_img read more

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No more officiating fees for Juvenile clubs – GFA President Kurt Okraku

first_imgPresident of the Ghana Football Association, Kurt Okraku has revealed that from next season, Juvenile club owners will no longer pay officiating fees.Speaking at the launch of the “Catch them young” refereeing initiative, which is aimed at training young referees, the FA president indicated that the move is to ease the financial burden of these clubs.Okraku is however hopeful that products of the initiative will be able to officiate in Juvenile matches across the country for the next season.“These kids will officiate in juvenile games across the length and breadth of Ghana. When the juvenile season starts, we should have juveniles being in the middle and on the lines of all juvenile games in this country.“From the next juvenile football season, juvenile club owners will not be paying officiating fees anymore.” He said.The Catch Them Young Policy is designed to identify, educate and train young talents between the ages of 13-16 to officiate juvenile matches within their regions.last_img read more

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Awako expects a difficult game against Zamalek

first_imgBerekum Chelsea midfielder Gladson Awako says they have resolved to die a little in Saturday’s important CAF Champions League against already eliminated Zamalek in Cairo.Chelsea can enhance their faint hopes of progressing to the semi-final of this year’s competition if they win their first away match.Chelsea’s Coach Hans Van Der Pluym has left-back Richard Kissi Boateng available for selection after missing their last match due to a card-related suspension. First choice goalkeeper Ernest Sowah has returned to the team after he was excluded from the squad against Al Ahly.“It is not going to be an easy game because we beat them 3-2 in the first leg and I’m sure they would also want to win at home but we have to try our best and take all the points Chelsea twice came from behind”, said Midfielder Gladson Awako in an interview with JOY Sports“This game is very important for us, we have to go all out and do our possible best to get the three points in Egypt”.Chelsea twice came from behind to beat Zamalek 3-2 in the first leg encounter at the Accra Sports stadium last month.last_img read more

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Women’s World Cup 2019: Film study shows England finally closing gap on U.S. dominance

first_imgUnless they’re discovered and get the chance to play in America.MORE: U.S. vs. England: How Megan Rapinoe, Lucy Bronze match upWow, things have changed fast.The soccer relationship between the United States and England, who will meet Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET in Lyon in a Women’s World Cup semifinal, is much different than two decades ago. Their ordering at the time — the U.S. as the established power, England still chasing despite having invented the game — remains in place. But it’s a lot closer now.England, which did not qualify for three of the first four Women’s World Cups, is ranked No. 3 in the world and finished third in 2015, behind the U.S. and Japan. They have scored 11 goals and allowed just one in this tournament, in the rivalry game against Scotland that served as their opener.The United States is the reigning world champion but, facing the most difficult draw of any tournament in which they’ve played, labored to 2-1 victories over Spain and France in the past two games.The people in England still seem to embrace the plot point of the Americans as the titanic power, though. English coach Phil Neville grumbled in his Sunday news conference because two U.S. Soccer officials were seen Sunday at the England team hotel; they were said to be checking the logistics of the property because the U.S. team will move there to stay if they reach the World Cup final.“I just thought: ‘What are they doing?’” Neville said. “It’s not etiquette, really. It’s not something I would allow from our organization.”The Daily Mail blasted from its pages Monday a story with the headline: “Are these American stars too arrogant?” It seemed a curious storyline so soon after they’d traversed other trifling controversies on the way to their valiant quarterfinal victory against France. And there was a blazing dose of irony in the sentence that called these U.S. players — litigating against their own federation for what they perceive to be a wage disparity relative to the men’s team — “all-conquering multi-millionaires.”MORE: What to know about, how to watch USWNT vs. EnglandSorry, mates. The Americans may be favored, but the English are not underdogs.Had England not outlawed organized women’s soccer until 1971, perhaps it would stand today where the Americans do because of the 1970s Title IX law that forced high schools and colleges to invest in girls’ and women’s sports, so long as they were so heavily invested in boys and men.Without all those decades of England’s intransigence, though, we would not have been blessed with the gem that is “Bend it Like Beckham,” made in 2002 and released in the U.S. in January 2003. Jess, the hero, is infatuated with Manchester United star David Beckham for reasons beyond what captivated many teenaged girls then. Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley play Jess and Jules, the two young women battling to play the game with the goal of gaining college scholarships to play in the U.S., perhaps a chance to play professionally there.That was the path taken by the greatest female player in England history, Kelly Smith, known to U.S. audiences for her work as a Fox Sports studio analyst on World Cup coverage. She attended Seton Hall and, upon finishing, decided to remain in the U.S. and played in the WUSA and WPS, two attempts at American pro leagues that preceded the current NWSL. She told the Sun newspaper at the time, “Women’s football in England is a joke.” Playing for Arsenal FC’s ladies’ team then, the team only was allowed to practice two days a week.This is no longer a problem, so the best English players need not follow that course.MORE: Phil Neville reveals admiration for ‘winner’ Megan RapinoeRight back Lucy Bronze, who scored the clinching goal in England’s 3-0 quarterfinal victory over Norway and will be tasked with controlling red-hot Megan Rapinoe, played a year at North Carolina, was named All-American and helped the Tar Heels win an NCAA championship in 2009. She returned home to play in England after one year, though. Because she could. The game had made significant advances in the decade after Smith’s time at Seton Hall. Bronze spent time with Everton, Liverpool and Manchester City before joining European power Olympique Lyonnais. Gifted young forward Nikita Parris, who might be a handful for U.S. left back Crystal Dunn, grew up in Liverpool, joined Everton’s youth club at 14, played for its senior team and Manchester City for a combined eight years and signed in May with Lyon.If they can defeat the United States in the World Cup semis, England will be the favorite to win their first Women’s World Cup against Sweden and probably even Norway, which eliminated the English from the most recent European Championship.Until then, “Bend it Like Beckham” will stand as the country’s most enduring contribution to women’s soccer. It’s a nice legacy, though not the one they’d prefer. Perhaps it was by coincidence that Starz showed “Bend It Like Beckham” on one of its channels on Sunday afternoon — or maybe there really was someone programming the channel who recognized it was an off day for the FIFA Women’s World Cup and decided a movie about women’s soccer might catch the attention of some ardent, idle fans.If you haven’t seen it, or haven’t in a while, it’s a lovely film about the drive of two young women in turn-of-the-century London to play the sport — despite societal norms discouraging it, despite the wishes of their families, despite the limited future available to them inside the sport.last_img read more

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Wellington Police Notes: Monday, Sept. 28, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes: Monday, September 28, 2015•9:35 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of an air conditioning unit in the 300 block S. Washington, Wellington by unknown suspect(s).•12:05 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the Wellington.•1:05 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the Wellington.•3 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a bicycle in the 800 block E. 16th, Wellington.•3:02 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of smoking items which were recovered in the 800 block W. Harvey, Wellington.•3:22 p.m. Officers investigated disorderly conduct in the 1700 block N. B, Wellington by known subject(s).•7:38 p.m. Officers investigated domestic battery in the 300 block E. Lincoln, Wellington by known suspect.•7:40 p.m. Juvenile female, 17, Anthony, was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight.last_img read more

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Time to Bolt! … Speed test for sprint king in London today

first_imgLONDON, England: It was almost as if royalty had walked into the tiny press conference room at London’s Grange Tower Bridge Hotel as Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt addressed the world’s media yesterday ahead of his appearance at today’s Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, London Diamond League, at the London Olympic Stadium. The only thing missing really was some entrance music. Still, truth be told, the sprint king’s crown has been a little dusty these days. The world 100m and 200m record holder was quite clear: He is expecting to leave next month’s World Championships in Beijing with double sprint gold medals around his neck. He is not in the least bit worried by the form of American Justin Gatlin, and the fast times are close – very close. “I never doubt myself. I look forward to competition. Beijing is a month away, so I don’t worry about that. I’ll take it a step at a time,” Bolt said. “I have to run tomorrow and get through these two races, and I have been training really hard and pushing myself, so it’s all about execution now, and if I can do that right, then I know I will run fast. It’s all about getting the timing right, and when Beijing comes, it will come, but I know I have to take it a step at a time. “For me, it just takes one run to get to 9.7 seconds, so I’m not worried about times. Everyone knows sometimes I struggle through the season, but it takes time, and sometimes it takes getting to the big moment to get focused, but I’m sure when I get to the championships, I will be ready, so I’m looking forward to it,” Bolt sought to assure. Bolt will feature in what will be only his second 100m this year, and he will be desperate to get things clicking in a season that has been shrouded in doubt after he was forced to miss a couple of Diamond League meets due to an injury concern. The six-time Olympic champion, who posted 10.12 in his lone 100m race this season, admitted that it will be important for him to execute properly and run a good time here, as he looks to build momentum heading into the World Championships. “It’s definitely one of my most memorable stadiums to run in. The crowd was great the last time I was here, the Olympics was just epic so I really enjoyed it and I am looking forward to competing here again,” Bolt stated. “I need to get my execution right. Most of my races have been poor, so its all about getting the right execution and getting it done. If everything goes right, and I execute right, then the times will come.” “I’ve always said that if my coach isn’t worried, then I am not worried, because he will always find a way to get me ready for the championships and he is confident that I can be ready and so am I. All we have to do is just work. I have been doing well in training. Everything has been going better and smoother so, hopefully, now I can go on the track and deliver,” Bolt said. The Jamaican will face countrymen Nesta Carter and Kemar Bailey-Cole as well as Mike Rodgers, Ryan Bailey, and Jimmy Vicaut in a heats-then-final system. The first of two heats will get under way at 8:17 p.m. (2:17 p.m. Jamaica time) with the final set for 9:29 p.m. (3:29 p.m. Ja time). Bolt has looked just as flat in the 200m, returning a best of 20.13 this season after three runs, but despite less than a month to go before the start of the World Championships, Bolt said he has never considered just focusing on one event this season and believes improvements in his 100m over the next few weeks will undoubtedly help his preparations for the longer sprint. “I need to run more 100m, if I do that, my 200m will come along because its always the first part of my race that needs work. The last part of my race always comes together and this is why I am working so hard and this is why I need to get some 100m races now and this has been our focus. We have been working hard in training and I know I will get it right,” Bolt said. “I’ve never thought of doing just one event.” He could not confirm if he will compete at next week’s Stockholm Diamond League, pointing out that the decision will be taken after his assignment here. The London Olympic Stadium is an old stomping ground of his but will it, again, prove a stronghold for the king of sprints? In this case, in more ways than one, time will definitely tell. andre.lowe@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

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Las Vegas marathon moves start line away from shooting scene

first_imgCruz said about 40,000 runners are expected for various races during the weekend marking the 51st running of a race that evolved from a flat, wind-swept desert event in 1967 to a glitzy and music-filled attraction.There won’t be the usual bandstands, musical groups and amplified sound for the first 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) of the marathon and half-marathon, in tribute to victims and affected families, he said. FILE – In this Dec. 5, 2010 file photo, runners fill the Las Vegas Strip in the shadow of the Mandalay Bay hotel, top left, during the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Las Vegas. The upcoming Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon on Nov. 12, has a new start line and race festival grounds. The race will start in front of the New York-New York resort on the Las Vegas Strip, about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) north of last year’s start near the Mandalay Bay. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)LAS VEGAS — The start line for the upcoming Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon has been moved away from the site of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, organizers said Friday.The Nov. 12 evening race will start in front of the New York-New York resort on the Las Vegas Strip, about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) north of last year’s start near the Mandalay Bay hotel, Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon series executive Josh Furlow said.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Efficient Fournier leads Magic rout of Spurs The Mandalay Bay was the hotel from which a gunman on the 32nd floor fired assault-style weapons Oct. 1 into a country music concert crowd of about 22,000 people, killing 58 and injuring almost 550.After using that same open-air festival ground for pre-race activities the last several years, the gathering spot for this year’s marathon and half-marathon will be between the New York-New York and Monte Carlo casinos and the T-Mobile Arena, said Dan Cruz, spokesman for race organizer The Competitor Group.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe overall 26.2-mile (42-kilometer) marathon and 13.1-mile (21-kilometer) half-marathon courses are still being finalized, Cruz said. But the new start line means runners will twice pass the site of the shooting as they run south on the Strip, loop around the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign and head north again past casino marquees.An on-course tribute is planned near the site of the shooting, including a #VegasStrong signing wall that people can sign during a race expo beginning Nov. 9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

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