IMCA Modifieds are new at Crowley’s Ridge Raceway

first_imgPARAGOULD, Ark. – The race track that’s been featured on the big screen and small screens all across the country will feature IMCA Modifieds beginning this season.Crowley’s Ridge Raceway opens Saturday, April 28. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Jet Racing Central Region, Arkansas State and track points will be awarded through Sept. 29.“My dad raced and when I came back to Arkansas in 1986, I decided to build a track,” explained Trent Francis, who now operates the quarter-mile red clay oval with his wife Brenda and daughters Paige and Peggy. “I went to the Race For Hope (at Batesville Motor Speedway) last fall and met with IMCA about sanctioning.”“We average 100 cars and have a capacity crowd every night,” continued Francis, who talks racing regularly with I-30 Speedway promoter Tracey Clay. “We have been a Modified track for 16 years but basically in the last five years guys have gotten crazy with big engines racing for $400 to win. I got tired of handing the check to the guy who spent the most money. IMCA keeps the costs down and keeps the class competitive.”New scales were installed and new pitside bleachers are already in place. Kenny Wallace will join the IMCA Modified field at Paragould on May 12.A frequent subject of articles in national racing publications Crowley’s Ridge Raceway recently hosted on-track filming for an episode of ABC Television’s The Bachelor.Scenes for the movie Ridge Runners, released earlier this year, and numerous commercials have been filmed there as well.“Crowley’s Ridge Raceway is a great addition to IMCA and to our Central Region. It’s been great to work with Trent and his entire family,” said Jim Stannard, vice president of operations for the sanctioning body. “I am extremely impressed by the facility and I look forward to many more visits there in the future.”last_img read more

Kelly content to bide his time

first_imgLiverpool defender Martin Kelly admits he will have to be patient as he looks to find a way back into first-team reckoning after regaining full fitness. The 23-year-old made a welcome return in last month’s Capital One Cup defeat at Manchester United, almost exactly a year after being sidelined by a cruciate knee injury. He suffered a minor setback after that game but insists he is now recovered and awaiting his opportunity. Press Association “He was always saying I had to be confident and the injury I had does knock your confidence but I’m past that barrier now and ready to push on.” Fellow defender Martin Skrtel had a similar problem in not being in the side for most of the second half of last season but that was down to form rather than injury. However, he has started the last five matches and has impressed, with the Reds’ new-look back-three bolstered by the gradual improvement of summer signing Mamadou Sakho from Paris St Germain. “He is still young but he’s an experienced player. He’s a French international and he’s played many games for PSG,” Skrtel told LFC TV. “In the games he has started he has shown how good he is, he’s fitted into the team well and he’s doing well at the moment. “I’m happy for him and happy for the team because he is a good player for us. I just hope things carry on this way.” “You have to have a lot of patience in football as well as knowing when you are given your chance you have to take it,” he said. “It has taken a long time to get back to full fitness. I feel really strong physically now and I am biding my time to get my chance and grab it with both hands. “It has taught me to look after myself in terms of what my body needs to cope with demands of the Premier League and over the past 12 months (I’ve been) getting myself to a physical condition which will cater for that and I’m raring to go to get that chance.” Kelly has had a couple of outings for the under-21s to help him get up to speed and that has been beneficial. “From a development (point of view) and confidence in terms of my knee it has been fantastic,” he added. “It is much more difficult playing in the Premier League and Capital One Cup than reserve team level. “I’ve done those few games as a physical aspect and I’m glad they’ve had me. It has been vital for my rehab. “It felt good to be back. It was long-awaited. I was not rushed into coming back by the manager. last_img read more

Sam Allardyce calls on Sunderland to play without fear

first_img The Black Cats head into Monday night’s match at Crystal Palace with only one Barclays Premier League win and having lost both matches before the international break. Allardyce, appointed at the start of October following the departure of Dick Advocaat, believes his team have not helped themselves to get the most out of some promising displays. “But there is only one thing which will build the confidence again, and that is getting results. So until that starts happening, confidence is bound to be a bit low.” Allardyce has been able to work with some of the squad during the international break, including captain Lee Cattermole who has resumed trained following treatment for a nerve problem in his back. The Sunderland manager, though, wants players to take more responsibility on the pitch when things are not going to plan. “Motivating each other is a good stimulant. As a squad if things aren’t going right you have to motivate yourselves especially on the field because you can’t do that from the sidelines,” he said. “It is about talking, and saying ‘well done’ when you have done well, but also saying ‘come on, you are not playing so well today, so buck your ideas up and pull your socks up’.” Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce urged his team to play without fear if they are to haul themselves out of a season-long relegation dogfight. The home defeat by Southampton last time out was a case in point, when midfielder Yann M’Vila needlessly felled full-back Ryan Bertrand to concede a second-half penalty, from which the visitors secured a 1-0 win. Allardyce believes with the right approach, the end product will follow. “Mistakes generally come through pressure and we have to be able to handle that,” he said. “We are under enormous pressure because of the position we are in, with people talking about us being relegation fodder, but we have to accept that and handle it in the right way. “We have to produce the performances we know we are capable of and not play with fear because fear is a terrible thing for a footballer. “If they are fearful before they set foot on the football field then they are never going to be able to perform to their best.” Allardyce, who oversaw a 3-0 win at Newcastle, added: “There is a lot of Premier League experience in the squad and a lot of players who have been in this position before so they know what it is about. “I don’t want them to play with fear, just to go out there and express themselves as they have over several years, that is what will get us out of trouble. Press Associationlast_img read more

Stock Market Takes Nosedive, Down 500 Points

first_imgThe Dow Jones Industrial Average is down more than 500 points in early trading on Wall Street. And #DJIA is down ~475 points just ten minutes after opening of Monday trading.— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) August 5, 2019 The trade war between the United States and China is heating up after President Trump announced last week the U.S. would impose a ten-percent tariff on 300-billion-dollars worth of Chinese imports.China has now allowed its currency to fall to its lowest level against the dollar in more than a decade.Shares of Boeing and Caterpillar are both lower by about two-percent as each company does business overseas.The Nasdaq is down more than 200 points and the S&P 500 is down around 60 points.last_img

US Soccer repeals national anthem policy for players

first_imgNEW YORK: The US Soccer federation has repealed its policy of requiring players to stand during the national anthem. “The US Soccer Board of Directors voted yesterday afternoon to repeal Policy 604-1, which required our players to stand during the national anthem,” the organisation said in a statement on Wednesday.”The policy was put in place after Megan Rapinoe kneeled in solidarity with the peaceful protest inspired by Colin Kaepernick, who was protesting police brutality, and the systematic oppression of Black people and people of color in America. “It has become clear that this policy was wrong and detracted from the important message of Black Lives Matter,” it added. IANS Also watch: Evening Bulletin | 8th June, 2020last_img

SkipperTaylor relieved following blip against Thailand

first_imgPERTH, Australia, (CMC) – Skipper Stafanie Taylor admitted there was some worry in the West Indies camp when her side lost three early wickets in pursuit of a modest 79 against Thailand, in their opening Group B match of the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup on Saturday.The Caribbean side lost Lee-Ann Kirby (3), Hayley Matthew (16) and Deandra Dottin (2) to slip to 27 for two in the seventh over but recovered courtesy of an unbroken 53-run third wicket stand between Taylor (26 not out) and Shemaine Campbelle (25 not out) to reach their target comfortably in the end.West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor.“It was a bit of a nervous moment,” a relieved Taylor told reporters after the contest at the WACA Ground here.“I think they’re (Thailand) really good bowlers. I reckon in a few years’ time, they’ll definitely give teams challenges … and I’m really pleased that we get to go over that hurdle today.“It wasn’t great being at the non-striker’s end and seeing wickets falling, so I’m really happy. I can smile now.”She added: “I think the way they’re playing, their bowling attack could definitely cause some trouble. I think they play consistently, bowl consistently. I think they might cause an upset or give teams a scare or scares.”West Indies are seeking their second T20 World Cup title following their success in India four years ago, when they upset multiple-times champions Australia in the final.However, they enter this tournament on the back of poor form, winning only five of their last 17 T20 Internationals and suffering embarrassing whitewashes to Australia and India in their last two bilateral series.Taylor acknowledged the need to improve going forward in the tournament, especially in the batting department.“We do have the batting there, no doubt about that. I think [this game] is definitely tricky,” she explained.“We played against Thailand. We have never played them before, so it’s more like you have to spend time at the crease and get used to their bowlers, which I don’t think we did that properly.“But yeah, it’s something that we go back to the drawing board and look at going forward.”West Indies take on Pakistan in their second game on Wednesday in Canberra.last_img read more

Notre Dame upset victory pushes Syracuse up to No. 2 in Top 20

first_imgAnother one-goal victory, this time over top-ranked Notre Dame, has pushed Syracuse up two spots to No. 2 in this week’s Inside Lacrosse Top 20.Syracuse (7-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast) staved off a Notre Dame comeback that included a late three-goal spurt to tie the game at nine entering the fourth quarter. But back-to-back goals from senior attack Nick Mariano pulled the Orange away. Mariano finished with a season-high four goals in the 11-10 upset win over UND, extending SU’s win streak to five games. Marcus Cunningham made a big stop in the game’s final seconds to seal the victory.The Orange played its seventh straight one-goal game, extending the program record. Sophomore attack Nate Solomon added a hat trick and senior midfielder Sergio Salcido had four assists in the win.Defensively, the Orange held Notre Dame 0-for-2 on its man-up opportunities and caused 10 turnovers. Scott Firman locked up star attack Ryder Garnsey to just one goal while the rest of the defense limited UND’s next best two offensive options, Sergio Perkovic and Mikey Wynne, to one and zero goals, respectively.Ben Williams still struggled at the X, ending the game 10-of-23 on faceoffs, under the .500 mark yet again. He did win four straight faceoffs in the second quarter.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange travels to Geneva, New York, to take on Hobart on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Statesmen (4-5, 1-1 Northeast) enter the matchup off a loss to Sacred Heart on March 25. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 3, 2017 at 10:18 am Contact Charlie: | @charliedisturcolast_img read more

Abbrederis becoming main cog in UW offense

first_imgOn a team stacked with offensive talent, redshirt sophomore Jared Abbrederis has carried the ball 43 times this year, behind only tailbacks Montee Ball and James White.[/media-credit]Walk-ons always make for an encouraging story in college sports, mainly because of their humble beginnings and goals.Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis certainly fits that storyline, but what sets him apart is the kind of impact he is making in just his third year in the program.The redshirt sophomore, who enjoyed an all-state career at quarterback in high school at Wautoma, has risen above the Badgers’ arsenal of offensive weapons to become one of its most sought-after ball carriers.Unsurprisingly, running backs Montee Ball and James White have carried the ball far more often than the rest of the team so far this year. But Abbrederis – who leads the team in receptions (30), takes end-arounds and acts as a return specialist – has carried the ball 43 times this year, third most on the team.And with that high a number of touches, Abbrederis is second on the team with 865 all-purpose yards, just 93 yards shy of first-place Ball.That is pretty good for guy who is still waiting for his scholarship – which will come in January.“Coming in (as a freshman), I just wanted to work as hard as I could to get the opportunities,” Abbrederis said. “I think with a lot of things, if you just work hard and you just keep improving, you’re going to get that opportunity and that chance.“I didn’t really know what the future held; I was just going to work and see what God had in store for me.”As a redshirt freshman last year, Abbrederis worked his way into a wide receiver rotation that was stacked with experience, finishing fifth on the team with 20 receptions and totaling 289 yards and three touchdowns.Once three of those wideouts graduated, experience in the unit suddenly became scarce beyond fifth-year senior Nick Toon. But Abbrederis stepped up in such a way that the Badger offense has been able to thrive without having to look beyond its top two targets at wide receiver.In leading the team in receptions, Abbrederis is second with 482 yards and has scored two touchdowns along the way.Based on what he saw during spring camp, Toon is not surprised with how Abbrederis has taken a featured role in the Wisconsin offense and special teams.“I knew that Jared had the capability to come in and fill the hole that was left when Kyle (Jefferson), David (Gilreath) and Isaac (Anderson) left,” Toon said. “Obviously he’s done a great job, and he’s been a big part of our success as an offense and in the passing game.”Understandably, the potential was not necessarily apparent from the beginningof Abbrederis’ career. Toon and offensive coordinator Paul Chryst both said they weren’t able to foresee what awaited him when he first arrived at UW. There were still things for the athletically gifted 6-foot-2, 180-pound wideout to work on.But wide receiver coach DelVaughn Alexander and Chryst don’t remember the former quarterback as a raw individual who needed an overhaul of work to make the transition.“I know raw, so I don’t remember him being that raw or that kind of raw,” Alexander said. “As the days went by, he learned pretty quickly. Sometimes you see raw and it takes months, years. But for Jared, his transition was pretty quick.”His natural athleticism has opened up other opportunities, as well. As a return specialist, Abbrederis currently leads the nation in yards per punt return with 22.3 and also zigzagged his way to a 60-yard return for a touchdown against Indiana.Chryst has also entrusted Abbrederis with taking the occasional end-around, a play that, by nature, is not always effective and is easy for a defense to sniff out once an offense runs it once. Nevertheless, Abbrederis has taken handoffs eight times this year and has averaged 9.1 yards on such plays.Sometimes, the demand can be a little taxing for the redshirt sophomore, but ultimately, it is no different than practice.“Once in a while, I can get a bit tired, but coach Alexander does a good job of getting me out if I need a water break or something,” Abbrederis said. “In practice, we do the same thing; we get a lot of reps, we do the special teams too, so practice prepares you for the game.”Against Michigan State alone, Abbrederis’ number was called 14 times – six receiving, four rushing and two each on punt and kick returns. He covered a total of 204 yards, and for the 10 times he received the ball on offense, he earned seven first downs.Overall, it was another productive night for Abbrederis. But if there is one play on offense he would still like to have back, it would be the deep pass he let slip through his hands in the fourth quarter.With less than eight minutes remaining and down 31-17, Wisconsin had the ball on its own 23-yard line. Quarterback Russell Wilson dropped back and heaved one downfield to Abbrederis, who had his man beat. But Abbrederis lost the ball as it floated past the lights and dropped a pass that would have put the Badgers at least within Michigan State’s 30-yard line.“Obviously it hurt, but you just move on from it,” Abbrederis said of the play. “Attacking it, attacking practice, going after every rep and trying to make the best of things.”The rest of the Wisconsin offense moved on from it, as well. Abbrederis caught one more first-down pass and took another end-around before game’s end.last_img read more

Ganapati Malta – Sponsor Profile – #bofcon2017

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Ganapati chooses iGaming Super Show to iGnite its latest game July 7, 2017 Related Articles Ganapati Malta: Finding a niche by capturing the Japanese culture December 19, 2017 Bookies launch 2018 World Cup masterplans July 4, 2017 Share Submit With just six weeks to go until Betting on Football 2017 (#bofcon2017), we caught up with Mark Rehorst-Smith, the Commercial Director for session sponsor and exhibitor Ganapati Malta.Ganapati Malta promoted its ‘powerful combination of Japanese design and technology’ at ICE 2017, during which time the games supplier also sponsored the seventh edition of London Baby.SBC: After the success of your debut exhibition at ICE, and the “freshen up your casino content campaign”, what can we expect from the Ganapati stand at Betting on Football?MRS: I think the approach we decided on to announce our entry to the industry really suited ICE and proved extremely popular, giving us a great start. For Betting on Football, we’re going to switch to a more subtle and intimate approach with a focus to our rapidly maturing technical and product offering.SBC: Having also sponsored the seventh edition of London Baby at Cafe de Paris, what is it that attracts you to events organised by SBC?MRS: The quality of the events is high and the attendees equally so. They offer a great opportunity to meet the key decision makers from alternative verticals in an appropriate setting.SBC: What are you most looking forward to at the conference?MRS: As above, the opportunity to meet the key decision makers from alternative verticals.SBC: Are there any specific operators or affiliates that you are looking forward to meeting at Stamford Bridge?MRS: There are many operators attending that we’ve started dialogues with. It will be good to continue discussions with them but also ignite new ones.last_img read more

Has President Trump Been Tested for COVID-19?

first_imgThe White House has stated that President Donald Trump doesn’t need a coronavirus test, despite several members of his political circle self-quarantining after they came into contact with a man later diagnosed with the disease.They include Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz, who rode in “The Beast” limousine with Trump in the Sunshine State on Monday, before climbing up the steps of Air Force One behind the President. Incoming White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is also staying home until Wednesday despite his test coming back negative.Another Trump friend, Rep. Doug Collins, a Georgia Republican, was pictured shaking hands with the President on Friday.Revelations that the disease was only one step removed from the President himself underlined how its advance could put any American at risk and are unlikely to quell public anxiety.They also underscore the elevated risk to politicians whose work necessarily brings them into contact with large numbers of people, especially in the heat of a general election year.The drama is focusing attention on the fact that the three men left vying for the White House are all in their mid-to-late 70s, a group with a high set of risk factors for coronavirus complications.Several members of Congress are self-quarantined after attending last week’s C-PAC conference – including Florida Congress man who came in close contact with President Trump. Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz flew to Washington with the President aboard Air Force one and rode with the President in his car. The Vice President Mike Pence told reporters that he has not been tested.Pence not testedThe White House has not said if the President has been tested nor did they address the testing of any staff or close advisors to the President.ABC News is reporting that the President had not been tested for COVID-19.President Trump may have been exposed to the virus when he went to the political conference, CPAC as did the Vice President went to CPAC. The ABC correspondent reported, “They’re like two degrees removed from this person that tested positive, and now it feels like it’s getting even closer to the President because of Matt Gaetz being on his plane yesterday.”The issue of Trump’s health coincided with an alarming day as the number of infected Americans rose above 700, hard-hit Italy went into total lockdown and Wall Street stocks crashed to their worst day since the Great Recession amid widening fears that the crisis could tip the economy into a recession. The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday asked all personnel based at its headquarters to work from home due to an employee who may have the virus, becoming the first federal agency to ask its Washington employees to stay home.Top White House officials tried to dispense calm amid rising panic, promising significant measures to stimulate the economy and pointing out that the risk to most Americans remained low.last_img read more