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Sprint Series of Nebraska opener goes to Grossenbacher

first_imgBy Greg SoukupEAGLE, Neb. (April 24) – The main event distance was just right as far as Trevor Grossenbacher was concerned Friday night at Eagle Raceway. The Sprint Series of Nebraska opener ran green to checkered with Grossenbacher going up in a huge cloud of steam as his radiator hose blew coming out of turn four on the final lap. He limped to the Rumble in The Bullring win with Jake Bubak second, Clint Benson third and Adam Gullion fourth. “I love winning in any kind of car and I plan on being here quite a bit this year. I’ll also be running in the Eagle Nationals on May 30, too,” Grossenbacher said following his career-first IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Car victory. “It’s always best to start on the front row and I had to take advantage of it.” Grossenbacher had grabbed the lead on lap two as Benson moved into fourth. Bubak passed Brandon Horton on lap four; Benson moved around Horton on the sixth circuit. Gullion took over fourth on lap 14.last_img read more

September 23, 2020 0

Misbah backs Ireland Test claim

first_img He added: “They may struggle a little bit with their bowling line-up when they go out of Ireland but still they are a really mature side. We were really struggling.” Cricket Ireland’s ambitious chief Warren Deutrom has repeatedly stated his desire to do all that is possible to take the country to the top echelon. Deutrom has, however, previously sought to taper ambition by setting a target of 2020 to gain Test-playing status. “It is unrealistic in the short term but it is a realistic ambition,” he told Press Association Sport. “It is something that we have aimed for by 2020. “We are trying to address all of the rationale to be a full-member country. We have a strategic plan about where we are trying to go.” After the opening match ended in a dramatic tie Ireland looked set to claim a first series win over a full member when Pakistan crashed to 17 for four chasing 230 on Sunday. It took a stunning counter attack from eighth-wicket pair Kamran Akmal and Wahab Riaz, who crashed 93 from 62 balls, to deny them a famous triumph by just two wickets. After the match Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq admitted the International Cricket Council needed to consider Ireland for top-flight status, saying: “That’s purely on the ICC but they are a better team now so the ICC should think about that. If you look at their batting line-up that is good enough to do well anywhere.” Press Associationcenter_img Ireland’s long-term ambition to become a Test-playing nation was handed further weight after they narrowly fell short of an RSA Insurance one-day international series win in Dublin.last_img read more

September 21, 2020 0

Pardew wants Champions League push

first_img He told BBC Radio Newcastle: “If you don’t make the Champions League, then the big teams come for your players – look at Southampton. “We are pushing every year to try and build to hopefully get to a stage where we make it without losing our players. “We have pitched in and signed players that we think give us a chance to push for Champions League. “We have already shown we are much better covered offensively than we were after Yohan Cabaye’s departure. “We have options, more options to come in and it is going to strengthen my hand to tactically change the team.” The Magpies have lost France internationals Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy to Paris St Germain and Arsenal respectively since the turn of the year with both clubs able to offer them European football. However, Pardew is hopeful that the additions of the likes of Daryl Janmaat, Siem de Jong, Remy Cabella and Emmanuel Riviere will allow the club to compete for a top-four finish once again. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew admits teams have to be pushing for the Champions League if they are to retain their best players. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

September 21, 2020 0

Out of the Hunt: Sophomore quarterback regroups after losing starting job to Allen

first_imgScott Shafer brought Terrel Hunt into his office and sat him down. Decision day had come and Hunt wasn’t picked as Syracuse’s starting quarterback.Hunt and Shafer talked through tears, Hunt said, as they discussed the role he would inherit as a backup.Twenty-six years earlier Shafer was on the other side of that table. The balding, fiery first-year head coach was then an even fierier sophomore quarterback for Division-III Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio) University. When his head coach Bob Packard told Shafer he wouldn’t start, Shafer hurled a trash can across the room.That’s the story Shafer told Hunt, the redshirt sophomore, before informing him that he lost out to senior transfer Drew Allen for the Orange’s starting job.“It was a real emotional thing,” Hunt said. “I worked really hard to come up short, but coach told me he’s got my back and as long as I keep doing what I’ve got to do, I’ll get out there. I’ve just got to keep waiting.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor now Hunt is the backup. Allen, who transferred from Oklahoma April 12, started for SU in its season-opening 23-17 loss to Penn State on Saturday, completing just 16-of-37 passes for 189 yards and two interceptions. Hunt observed from the sidelines, hat and headset on for all four quarters as he watched a stagnant Orange offense stumble.A fitting culmination for likely the roughest stretch of Hunt’s on-field career — which started when Shafer told him the coaches picked Allen and dragged on as Hunt had to keep up the façade that the battle was ongoing.“I don’t like being fake, but for coach I told him I’d keep it on the hush,” Hunt said. “It was tough because you kept having to say you’re in the race when you already know that you’re not.”And tougher yet may have been warming up at MetLife Stadium, 30 miles from his hometown of Rosedale, N.Y. The small contingent of friends and family that came to watch him play were limited to those pre-game drills.“Terrel is a tough kid. He’s a really tough kid,” center Macky MacPherson said. “I know a lot of people who would break in a situation like he’s in. He worked his butt off in the spring, and he’s still working his butt off.“He’s going to get his chance someday, and I can’t tell you when because I don’t even know, but when that day comes I know he’ll do great for himself.”Just four months ago, Hunt was the front-runner for the Orange’s starting quarterback job. He dominated the first-team reps, earning the support of MacPherson and running back Jerome Smith, who lived across from Hunt at University Village.Hunt would walk across the hall every night with questions, always wanting to learn more, Smith said. Even when the rumors Hunt had heard about Allen became reality, he was still certain it was his job to lose.“After I started getting the first-team reps and I started working with the first team every day, that’s when I realized this was my team,” Hunt said. “Jerome and some other guys would tell me, ‘This is your team, take over now. This is when you separate yourself.’”But once Allen showed up to training camp, it quickly became apparent that this was not Hunt’s team. He and Allen would be in even competition for the spot.Quarterbacks coach Tim Lester said Day 5 of camp marked the start of the open competition as the two battled back and forth. One day Hunt would be better, the next Allen.On Days 8 and 9, though, Allen separated himself during scrimmages in Fort Drum, N.Y. And soon after, Shafer announced SU had a “direction” it was going. That would prove to be Allen.“It wasn’t so much that Terrel wasn’t emerging,” Shafer said, “it was just I felt like Drew had a little bit better handle on things at that point in time.”Hunt said it felt like the competition was neck-and-neck when the decision was made. When Shafer told him the choice was based on experience more than anything else, initially, he was frustrated.But sitting down with Shafer, Lester, Allen and senior quarterback Charley Loeb helped settle the situation, Lester said. Allen and Loeb were career backups until this season, with far more game time spent on the sidelines than Hunt.While advancing as the second-string quarterback was tough for Hunt, Shafer was impressed with the way he regrouped.Speaking at the last week of training camp, Shafer said he saw shades of himself in Hunt. Two and a half decades ago, he was in the same position.Now he looks back on his garbage-speckled outburst fondly. It was a learning experience.Maybe Hunt will experience the same emotional growth someday, too.“He’s never hung his head, he’s never pouted,” Shafer said, “and all I’ve told him is that he’s one play away from getting on that field.” Comments Published on September 4, 2013 at 1:38 am Contact Stephen: | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

September 17, 2020 0

Premier hammer Galway to reach All-Ireland semis

first_imgLiam Kearns side’s booked their place in the last four by beating Connacht champions Galway 3-13 to 1-10 at Croke Park.The Tribesmen made a bright start and build up a 0-4 to 0-1 lead by the 15th minute but Tipp soon got into their stride at Croke Park, although they did miss a number of apparently scoreable opportunities.A goal from the hugely impressive Michael Quinlivan was the key score during the Premier County’s period of dominance in the first half. However, Galway responded with a goal of their own from Damien Comer in stoppage time at the end of the opening period which meant that Liam Kearns’ side led 1-8 to 1-5 at the break.Tipperary weren’t fazed, though, and performed with great composure during the second half.Two goals from Man of the Match Conor Sweeney helped put the Premier out of sight and they coasted to victory despite getting their last score – through captain Peter Acheson – in the 56th minute of the match.Their cause was further helped when Galway sub Adrian Varley was black-carded.Tipperary will play either Mayo or Tyrone in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on August 21st.last_img read more

September 16, 2020 0

Broderick completes high finish at Grand Prix event

first_imgThis was a third top 10 placing for Broderick and the Irish Sport Horse gelding at the Spruce Meadows fixture where they knocked just one fence over six rounds of 1.60m five-star jumping. The 10-year-old by Quidan Junior is owned jointly by Broderick and Canadian Lee Kruger. Tipperary show jumper Greg Broderick has finished sixth in the $3 million CP International Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows in Canada with his Rio mount, MHS Going Global.In a field of 38 starters, Broderick picked up four faults in round one, where just four combinations jumped clear, but still progressed to the second round as one of the top 12. In round two, MHS Going Global left all the fences intact but incurred a single time penalty to finish sixth and collect $90,000 for his connections. In Irish horse racing action, Listowel hosts a seven-race card this afternoon, with the first off at 2.25.last_img read more

September 16, 2020 0

LA Clippers arena clears major hurdle as judge throws out lawsuit by Inglewood residents group

first_img Clippers vs. Mavericks: 3 trends to watch in their NBA playoff series Clippers see room to improve vs. Mavericks in Game 2 Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener Clippers mindful of Mavericks’ role players thriving in the bubble ‘Frustrating Catch-22’“This backward interpretation effectively guts the Surplus Land Act by only requiring localities to prioritize public land for affordable housing development once there is already a contract for sale in place on that piece of land — a frustrating Catch-22,” they said.The court’s decision clears a major roadblock for the Clippers project, which has been tied up by numerous lawsuits since it was announced. The Madison Square Garden Co., owners of the Forum concert venue, sued Inglewood almost immediately, alleging Butts tricked executives into giving up the land — which the Forum used for parking — through deception.The Forum’s owners believe the arena, which would be a direct competitor at nearby Century Boulevard and Prairie Avenue, is incompatible with the area because of the the traffic and parking needs already generated by the Forum and the new NFL stadium. That lawsuit is still pending.Butts has denied MSG’s allegations. He argues the Prairie Avenue corridor has always been traffic heavy because of the swarms of visitors to the closed Hollywood Park racetrack and the Forum.Uplift Inglewood, a group founded to fight the rising costs of living in the city, has indirectly received financial support from MSG, according to a court filing. However, Uplift denies their lawsuit is funded by the company.The agreement between the city and the Clippers potentially includes $100 million in community benefits, including $75 million for up to 400 affordable housing units, rent relief and first-time home buyer assistance. City officials say the 18,500-seat arena will generate 8,500 jobs and yield $190 million in tax revenues over the next 25 years.The Clippers project is still waiting on fast-track approval through the state’s environmental review process from the California Air Resources Board. The two sides have been unable to agree on the necessary environmental mitigations.Note: This article has been updated to clarify that Uplift Inglewood indirectly received financial support from Madison Square Garden.Related Articles Inglewood was not required to offer affordable housing developers the first right to land proposed for a $1.2 billion Los Angeles Clippers arena, a Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday.Judge Daniel Murphy denied the lawsuit filed by the citizens group Uplift Inglewood Coalition a day after hearing legal arguments from both sides. The group alleged city officials violated California’s Surplus Land Act, a law requiring cities to prioritize affordable housing when selling off public land, by entering into exclusive negotiations with the Clippers.Murphy sided with Inglewood’s argument that the land was not “surplus” because the city’s intended use for the property — for economic development and aircraft noise mitigation — was consistent with the state law. Inglewood purchased the properties with $120 million grant funding from the Federal Aviation Administration and LAX. The grant discourages residential uses and required Inglewood to relocate residents from the land originally.“Under these circumstances, the City did not abuse its discretion in determining the Property remains ‘necessary for the agency’s use’ and is not surplus land,” Murphy wrote in his ruling. Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell credits his grandmother for his love of basketball Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Even if the land had qualified under the Surplus Land Act, the ongoing negotiations with the Clippers haven’t been finalized and could still fall apart, according to the ruling. Negotiations alone are not sufficient “evidence of an intent to sell the property,” Murphy wrote.‘Tremendous victory’Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. called the ruling a “tremendous victory” in a statement.“The people of Inglewood have time and again stood up for, testified for, and voted in favor of this project,” Butts stated. “It would have been a travesty to allow a few malcontents to sabotage so much prosperity for this community.”Attorneys for Uplift Inglewood issued a joint statement saying the decision gives the city a pass at a time when California is dealing with a housing and homelessness crisis. The exclusive negotiating agreement with the Clippers included a $1.5 million payment to the city and has penalties for termination. Once the city sells the land, the Surplus Land Act is clear that it cannot reverse such a decision.The attorneys from three firms — Cozen O’Connor, Public Counsel and the Public Interest Law Project — questioned how the judge could rule that Inglewood can still negotiate “in good faith” with affordable housing developers, while legally bound to only negotiate with the Clippers.last_img read more

August 26, 2020 0

Atlético clings to solvency in the Metropolitan

first_imgAnd in Wanda Metropolitano Atlético is the irreproachable Jekyll. He has only lost a match in the League, against Barcelona. Accumulate four draws (Valencia, Madrid, Celta and Leganés) and six victories (Getafe, Eibar, Osasuna, Athletic, Espanyol and Levante). The rojiblancos at home have yielded only eleven points, while outside, where the strange thing is that this season is not Mr. Hyde, they have been 19. He has won only three rivals at home (Betis, Mallorca and Leganés) and has lost at the Bernabéu, Ipurua and Anoeta.Granada at homeBut on Saturday against Granada, against which he tied in the first round in Los Cármenes, play at home with only one intention: make pineapple to face everything that comes. It’s called climbing the Champions positions. It’s called Liverpool in ten days. The train of the season goes through that tie. Those of Diego Martínez have added eight points as a visitor this season with two victories (before Espanyol and Celta de Vigo) and two draws (Villarreal and Valladolid) and have accumulated seven defeats, quite the opposite of their home, where they won seven rivals this season back to First. This 2019-20 Atletico has two faces in many aspects. In the first parts, in the second. Outside the home, in his stadium. Mr. Hyde and Dr. Jekyll. The bad results of January, in which he only won a match, against Levante on day 4, have caused him to lose third place in the table he achieved at the end of the first round. At the moment it is sixth, out of the Champions League positions, and on Saturday receives a Granada, tired yes, for playing Copa during the week, but also euphoric, for his elimination to Valencia. And he plays in the Wanda Metropolitano.last_img read more

May 14, 2020 0

Extension for Herrera and Arias

first_imgIn this sense, the one-year extension could come in handy for Arias. He is one of the candidates to leave Atlético in the summer, as he has a difficult time becoming important under Cholo, although his individual performance has not been good when he has had to play. So, if he goes out and ends up in a team where he can exhibit his qualities, he will win back Queiroz’s trust facing the Playoffs and the Copa América 2021. So it seems the situation for Arias more complicated. The winger not only lost in direct competition with Trippierbut after the return of Vrsaljko, East it has also exceeded in Simeone’s preferences. The Colombian has only played in one of the last nine games (66 ’in Valencia) and, being the third right back, It will be tough until you enter the calls.Queiroz, without going very far, came to see him at Atlético-Liverpool, but Arias was one of the discarded. The rojiblanco is still a regular with Colombia, but the coach has other options on his mind. Ear, from Gremio, is postulated as the side of the moment in the coffee team, and even manages the idea of Stefan Medina, from Monterrey. Herrera is a landline with Mexico long before coming to Atlético, but he also played regularly at Porto. Now, with Simeone, although he had a lot and at a high level during a good stretch of the competition, he has run out of room. He was injured just before the Bernabéu derby on February 1, and since then, largely due to recovery, he hasn’t played for a minute. At Anfield, for example, he stayed in the stands.Not his fault, but it would have been difficult for him to imminently recover his position at Atlético and that could have affected him in the face of the Copa América. In fact, Tata Martino himself recently regretted the low participation of Herrera and several colleagues from El Tri. Between now and 2021, many things can change and perhaps the medium has recovered a more relevant role, the one it had until its injury without going any further: not indisputable, but important.center_img The break in the competition and the consequent America Cup postponement (and the Euro Cup) for 2021 the plans of all the coaches and many players have changed. Some of these, because they were seen in the final call; and others, on the contrary, because they saw that they were leaving the train. In Atlético, of the latter, there are the cases of Héctor Herrera and Arias.last_img read more

May 14, 2020 0

“Fall in love with your country” – Trotman to youths

first_imgTwenty-six youths were on Monday urged by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman to fall in love with their country as they embark on the second annual Youth in Natural Resources Apprenticeship Programme which kicked off at the Pegasus Hotel on Battery Road, Kingston, Georgetown.Minister Trotman is flanked by the excited participating youths and officials from the Ministry“Essentially, it is my hope that you fall in love with your country. Those of us who live in Georgetown only believe that Guyana is about a narrow strip of land. Those of you who live in the hinterland know that the real beauty is not only the coast, but also the hinterland — the savannahs, the mountains, the waterways, the animals,” the minister said.He also charged the apprentices to view the Natural Resources sector as a worthy endeavour, and pointed out that mining, forestry and oil industry are ‘healthy endeavours’.Twenty-six apprentices will participate in this year’s programme as compared to 14 last year. The programme kicked off on Monday and will wind down on August 30.A few participants from last year’s programme threw in a few words of advice for the new comers as they shared their experience.“Pictures could only say so much, (they) could only tell so much; but when you’re there originally, when you’re there fully and you actually see what it is like, it is even more breath-taking and nice. We went on a boat trip through the river, and we had caimans like swimming right alongside us… This experience, I am sure in this Apprenticeship Programme 2018, you will learn a lot and gain a lot of experience, and see a lot of places that most Guyanese can only dream about,” Noel Sukhai shared.The other participants of last year’s programme urged the new bunch to be bold and ask questions, so they can learn.This year’s excited team expressed their gratitude to the Minister and the sponsors for facilitating such a programme, as they noted how excited they are for the experience ahead.During this year’s Apprenticeship Programme, youths between the ages of 15 and 19 will get a first-hand glimpse of Guyana’s interior and other natural resources areas which will allow them to better choose a career among other benefits.The participants were selected using a strict criterion after the interested persons had submitted their applications.Several private sector entities have also sponsored the activity.last_img read more

January 12, 2020 0