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Precise Racing Products gives cash awards, gift cards to IMCA RaceSaver Sprint drivers

first_imgBENNINGTON, Neb. – Cash bonuses of $500 and $50 gift cards go to IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car drivers this season, courtesy of Precise Racing Products.The Bennington, Neb., high performance parts supplier and Hoosier race tire distributor gives those hefty $500 cash prizes to both the national rookie of the year and the driver with the most 40-point feature wins a of Sept. 24.The eight-year IMCA sponsor also gives $50 gift cards to state and series champions in the divi­sion.IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car drivers are required to display two Precise Racing Products decals on their race car to be eligible.“We are excited to extend our relationship with the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car division for another season and look forward to an outstanding 2018!” said Precise’s Chris Archer.More information about Precise products is available by calling 800 651-5164 and at the website.National champion Marcus Thomas of Corsicana, Texas, collected the feature win bonus from Precise last season while national rookie of the year honors went to Grant Duinkerken of Riverdale, Calif.“The IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car division continues to be our fastest growing in recent years and support from companies like Precise Racing Products is a key factor in that growth,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder noted. “Our Sprint Car members can rest assured that companies like Precise will continue to target them with outstanding incentives.”last_img read more

World Juniors gold important to US, UW

first_imgIn case you missed it — and I know most of you did — the U.S. team won gold at the IIHF World Junior Championship. And yes, even though it is hockey, it’s still a big deal.Even though it’s not the senior squad — those guys will try for gold in the Olympics next month — any fan of USA Hockey has to be excited that the U-20 team won. Because internationally, America is an underdog in pretty much every major sport except basketball.See, the senior U.S. hockey team — which still is mainly remembered for the 1980 Olympics — has finished third or better just five times in 40 major international tournaments since the “Miracle on Ice.” If international hockey is Major League Baseball, then the Americans (at any level) are the Tampa Bay Rays and the Canadians are the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies all rolled into one.So when the JV boys in the red, white and blue knocked off Canada in a 6-5 overtime thriller, nobody was more surprised than the mainly Canadian crowd of 15,171 that packed the Credit Union Center in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Canada had won the World Junior Championship gold for the past five years and 12 times since 1990, when most of the players on either team were born.The United States on the other hand, had medaled just twice in the WJC since 2000, taking bronze in 2007 and winning the gold in 2004 — under current University of Wisconsin men’s hockey head coach Mike Eaves.So yes, this most recent American victory qualifies as an upset, and a big one at that. It was an instant classic as well, featuring four lead changes and two Canada goals in the last four minutes of regulation to force overtime.Too bad nobody saw it, since it was on the NHL Network in the States, and I’m willing to bet more people have Playboy TV than the NHL Network.But the best part of this for hockey fans in Madison? Three of those gold medal winners play here at Wisconsin.Sophomores Jake Gardiner and Derek Stepan, as well as freshman John Ramage were all key players for Team USA. Stepan and Gardiner were fourth and fifth in plus/minus for the tournament, both going plus-nine. In layman’s terms, the two were on the ice for nine more U.S. goals for than U.S. goals against.Stepan was named team captain and was the tournament’s leading point-getter. His 14 points (4-10-14) led tournament MVP Jordan Eberle of Canada (8-5-13), and he was second on the team with 29 shots on goal.Ramage and Gardiner played strong defense throughout the tournament, with the former posting a respectable plus-five mark. Ramage wasn’t called for a single penalty, and assisted John Carlson’s incredible game-winning goal in the gold medal game. Both defensemen had three assists each in the seven games played.And although the players at the WJC aren’t as old or strong as the competition in NCAA hockey, Eaves said the level of play is still even.“It’s right there,” he said. “And the pace of the game that was there was excellent.”Meanwhile, back in Madison the Badgers “struggled” and went 2-0-1 with a slapped together lineup that used essentially five defensemen.Stepan, Gardiner and Ramage had played in all 18 of UW’s games before missing the Badger Hockey Showdown and an exhibition game against the U.S. U-18 team. While it’s a testament to the depth of the team that Wisconsin beat Merrimack and No. 5 Yale despite missing its biggest playmaker and two regular defensemen, it also shows how important those three are to the Badgers.Stepan is second on the team with 22 points, even though he’s missed two games. While the offense managed to click without him, the defense looked a bit out of sync at times, which is understandable given they were missing two of six regulars.But as important as that trio is to this year’s team (Wisconsin is going to the Frozen Four and anything less will be a disappointment), UW will need them to continue to develop for the future.With a veteran roster that includes seven seniors, UW will need its young guns to keep producing next season and beyond. Wisconsin loses leading goal scorer Blake Geoffrion, shots leader Ben Street and gifted forward Michael Davies to graduation in the spring.If junior defensemen Brendan Smith and Ryan McDonagh bolt for the NHL after this season — and there’s a good chance they will — that leaves five big holes in the lineup, and even more importantly it’s a huge loss of experience.Luckily, despite rumors and reports that Stepan would leave UW for the New York Rangers after this season, Andy Baggot of has reported that Stepan is returning for his junior year.While only Ben Street remains from UW’s last national title team, the experience Stepan, Gardiner and Ramage gained in their gold medal run gives UW three more guys that know what it takes to win it all. Eaves said Stepan’s experience as captain will be especially beneficial.“If you’re dressing 20, you want 20 captains. You want everybody to take a piece of that rope and pull in their own way, accept their role,” Eaves said. “If [Stepan’s] role has accelerated where he’s more of a leader because of his experience, then accept that and do that part.”So for UW fans, it might be a coin flip as to who benefitted more from Team USA’s WJC gold — USA Hockey, or the Badgers.If the last few months are any indication, it doesn’t matter — the future looks bright for both.Adam is a junior majoring in journalism. Did you see any of the WJC games? Let him know at aholt@badgerherald.comlast_img read more

Syracuse head coach Boeheim declines comment on closing of Fine investigation

first_imgABOARD USS MIDWAY, SAN DIEGO, Calif. — One day after prosecutors announced former Syracuse associate head coach Bernie Fine won’t be charged in the criminal investigation of child-molesting allegations, his long-time boss, Jim Boeheim, declined to comment.After a 13-minute press conference in the media tent on the flight deck of the USS Midway, the last question was directed at Boeheim and asked if he had any comment or reaction to Friday’s news. The Syracuse head coach simply shook his head and brushed the question aside.“No,” Boeheim said. “No.”Boeheim and the Orange begin their season on Sunday in the Battle on the Midway against San Diego State at 1 p.m. PST. It will be the first full season in 35 years without Bernie Fine as a member of the Syracuse coaching staff. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on November 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm Contact Michael: | @Michael_Cohen13 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

X-FACTOR: Syracuse upsets Notre Dame 11-10 behind stellar performance from Daddio

first_img Published on March 29, 2014 at 2:23 pm Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbb When Syracuse flopped in its first three attempts at an Atlantic Coast Conference victory, Chris Daddio was always the scapegoat.Opposing faceoff specialists beat him time after time as the Orange never had enough possessions to compete with its new conference foes, let alone beat them, and the Syracuse defense spent too much time, frankly, playing defense.But when SU finally got over the hump for its first-ever ACC win Saturday, Daddio was the reason why. The SU senior captured 15-of-24 draws to lead No. 9 Syracuse (5-3, 1-3 ACC) to a potentially season-changing 11-10 victory over No. 7 Notre Dame (4-3, 2-1) before an ecstatic audience of 5,454 at the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon.“I just came out more confident, tried to forget about the beginning of the season. Obviously, I didn’t have the best start,” Daddio said. “I just tried to forget about that and come out confident like I’ve been having a great season the entire time.”Notre Dame came into the Carrier Dome with what was supposed to be the perfect formula to beat Syracuse, and officially squash SU’s hopes of an ACC tournament appearance. The Fighting Irish boasted the nation’s best faceoff percentage at 68.5, and the country’s No. 2 faceoff specialist in senior Liam O’Connor.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut Daddio pieced together his most impressive performance of the season at a time his team needed it most.At 1-3 in ACC play, the Orange sits at the dead bottom of the ACC standings. With enough fortune and perhaps a turnaround at the X, though, Syracuse might be able to sneak into the late-April conference playoffs.“Everyone pins it on the faceoffs,” attack Kevin Rice said. “We played awful last week in every phase of the game, but he gets the blame for it.“So I’m glad he came out here and played awesome today. He should get all the credit for the win, too.”In three of SU’s last five games, Daddio had been pitted against a faceoff specialist that now ranks in the country’s top 15.And the results showed. Daddio won just 5-of-17 against Maryland. Five-of-22 at Virginia. Three-of-16 at Johns Hopkins.At Duke on Sunday, SU head coach John Desko sent out an untested freshman in Daddio’s place to take the game’s opening draw. Daddio was eventually thrown out there, but won just 1-of-7 in a pitiful 21-7 humiliation.“What a difference a week makes,” Desko said after beating UND on Saturday.O’Connor took the faceoff to kick off the second quarter, and the Irish buried an equalizing goal six minutes in.But that was only temporary. The rest of the quarter was Syracuse’s.Daddio picked up his physicality at the X, boxing out O’Connor and throwing shoves to create space. He won 5-of-7 faceoffs the rest of the period, and with them the Orange attack capitalized to head into the locker room with a 7-5 lead.“I wasn’t winning them clean, but I was staying down on the ball and fighting,” Daddio said, “My wings helped me a lot, so it came together.”Daddio won 3-of-4 in a third quarter dictated by tough defense, while a score by Rice allowed SU to enter the fourth quarter up by one.A Dylan Donahue goal pushed Syracuse’s lead to two, and Rice capped off a possession won by Daddio with a score. The Orange was ahead 10-7, with 13:41 standing between SU and potentially its biggest win of the season.But Notre Dame grabbed two of the next three draws and strung together a 3-0 run to knot the score at 10, with 6:29 left on the clock and the game in the hands of whichever side would have the ball more.Daddio won the next draw, but Rice turned the ball over behind the cage. After getting a stop on defense, SU pushed it back the other way in transition.Quick ball movement within the box, from Randy Staats to Donahue to Rice, set up Rice for a shot from the left doorstep. After a hesitation move, he cut back toward midfield for a better angle and fired it inside the left post to put Syracuse ahead 11-10 with 2:05 left.Daddio won the next faceoff by violation, the SU defense got one more stop in the final minute and the Orange stormed the field having finally joined the rest of the ACC in the conference win column.“At that point, I thought it was the game,” Rice said of his fourth and final goal, “with the way that Chris was winning faceoffs and the way we were making them work for everything. Chris made it so they didn’t even get a chance.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Potential parking revenue prolongs lease negotiations

first_imgThe California Science Center Board of Directors could vote today on the latest terms of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum lease agreement with USC.Trouble in the arena · USC hopes to lease the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, but faces opposition from those who believe the switch of parking spots surrounding the Coliseum to the school will be debilitating. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanIf approved by the Board, the agreement would give USC full managing rights at the state historical landmark and guarantee the University 70 percent of the parking spaces in the Science Center’s deck on 25 event days per year (33 if the NFL uses the stadium temporarily). It would also extend USC’s lease from 2054, the expiration date agreed upon in a December 2012 plan, to 2111 — a 98-year deal.Opponents of the deal spoke out at public forums this week, saying that the loss of parking would take both revenue and visitors away from the California African American Museum, the California Science Center and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.“It goes too far,” said Charmaine Jefferson, CAAM’s executive director. The state cut the museum’s budget in half 10 years ago, and since, CAAM has relied heavily on revenues from the Exposition Park parking lot, which is owned by the state. She said the state currency divides the parking lot revenue among the museums, and that giving USC the excess revenue is “wrong.”Under this lease, USC will pay $10 — the standard weekday rate — for each parking spot on each day it controls the lot. But on special event days, the state has been able to charge as much as $16 for those spaces. And if USC raises prices, it can keep the profits, she said.The leaders of all three Exposition Park museums share Jefferson’s concern that the lease agreement is lopsided in USC’s favor.“[This deal] doesn’t adequately ensure the cultural integrity of Exposition Park,” said Kimberly Freeman, a CAAM board member. It requires all Exposition Park entities to schedule “special events” — those attended by more than 3,000 people — 24 months in advance, which is unreasonable for a small institution like CAAM, Freeman said. She added that CAAM projects a $31 million shortfall over 50 years because of lost parking revenue.“These are free museums and they will be clearly damaged from the loss of parking revenue and the loss of parking itself,” added Science Center Trustee Marvin Holen.Bobbie Jean Anderson, a Vermont Knolls resident, asked the Board to reject the deal and take more time to negotiate. As it stands, the deal would “surrender some of our most treasured landmarks for next to nothing,” she said.Further, the terms of the deal were published May 20, just 10 days before the first public hearing. Holen said community members hardly had enough time to review it and make judgments, and a Science Center Board vote today would be premature, Holen said. He has threatened to seek an injunction against the deal.“Secrecy … has been endemic in this entire process,” he said at the hearing.Generally, however, stakeholders agree that USC is best equipped to manage and repair the Coliseum, which needs $70 million to $100 million in renovations.Three current USC students, all alumni of the Neighborhood Academic Initiative, a seven-year pre-college enrichment program that rewards the neighborhood’s most successful students with full scholarships to USC, joined  current NAI students to defend USC’s record of acting in the neighborhood’s best interest.“We all want USC to manage the Coliseum. They will do this superbly,” Jefferson said. But she doesn’t think the deal is satisfactory yet. “I don’t think they’ll approve this on Wednesday.”State Sen. Curren Price, who will represent City Council’s ninth district, which includes the Coliseum, beginning in July, called the deal a “clear violation” of the board’s legal obligation to protect its and CAAM’s interests. State Sen. Kevin deLeon said he will ask the legislature to overturn the lease if approved. State Sens. Richard Polanco and Rod Wright have also voiced their dissatisfaction.last_img read more

Suarez key to Barcelona Champions League win

first_imgLuis Suarez played a vital role in helping Barcelona beat Paris St Germain 3-1 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie last night.The former Liverpool striker scored twice, nutmegging ex-Chelsea defender David Luiz on both occasions.Porto shocked the favourites Bayern Munich – also winning 3-1 – in the night’s other game. The second legs of those games take place on Tuesday.last_img

Nenagh and Cashel both fall to defeat

first_imgNenagh Ormond – who began the day as table-toppers – went down 23-17 to Sunday’s Well at Irish Independent Park.The North Tipp club picked up a losing point from the fixture and drop to third.Cashel suffered more late heartache against Highfield. The visitors ‘ripped’ the ball from a line-out the home side had and went on to score a try, which earned them a 13-6 victory.last_img

Jets’ Herndon focused on bouncing back from lost season

first_img Associated Press Television News Written By WATCH US LIVE Chris Herndon was all set for a big breakout season a year ago with the New York Jets. A four-game suspension and a few tough injuries put those plans on hold. Now, the third-year tight end is ready to make up for lost time.“My body’s feeling good,” the 24-year-old Herndon said during a video conference call. “I’m in a good space mentally. I’m excited to be back with my team and putting in work with them again.”As a rookie in 2018, Herndon flashed glimpses of tantalizing playmaking ability. The tight end, drafted in the fourth round out of Miami, finished with 39 catches for 502 yards and four touchdowns — including scores in three straight games — while establishing a solid connection with quarterback Sam Darnold.But, last season began with a suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy after he pleaded guilty in January 2019 to driving while intoxicated in New Jersey in June 2018. Shortly before Herndon was reinstated, he injured a hamstring and needed to sit out four more games.He finally made his season debut in Week 10 against the Giants and had a 7-yard catch — a play on which he also broke a rib. And just like that, after a mere 18 snaps, his season was over.“It was tough,” Herndon said. “It didn’t go exactly as planned, especially coming off suspension. It was a big learning year for me and kind of a chance to step back and watch from the outside and also made me appreciate it more because that was just a quick view of how fast it can be taken from you.“It wasn’t the best year, but I definitely learned a lot from it and grew as well.”Herndon recalled how much work he put in during his suspension, watching from afar as the Jets played their first four games, and again being forced to be a spectator while trying to rehabilitate his injured hamstring.”I felt like I was doing the right things to come back from suspension,” Herndon said. “I had a little fluke accident and the first game back I get injured. It was definitely tough at first. The first couple of weeks I was kind of accepting that the season for me was done and I couldn’t be out there with my team.”Ryan Griffin emerged as a reliable target for Darnold during Herndon’s absence, and the Jets signed the veteran tight end to an extension. New York also has Dan Brown, Trevon Wesco and Ross Travis at the position, but the return of Herndon has the Jets excited — again.”It’s going to be nice to see Chris Herndon be able to get out and practice and getting him rolling right from the beginning,” coach Adam Gase said shortly before the start of training camp.Herndon’s ability to catch the ball in the the middle of the field or down the sidelines should make him a frequent presence in Gase’s gameplans. He can also block a bit, and there’s the possibility Herndon and Griffin could combine on two-tight end sets that make it tough on opposing defenses.“Right now, I don’t want to look too far ahead,” Herndon said of his personal expectations. “I want to take things day by day, get into camp, start getting reps on the field and kind of go from there. I don’t want to put too much in the air right now.”Herndon has spent his first few weeks back at the facility getting reacquainted with the offense — and reestablishing his rapport with the quarterback.“That just comes with continuing to get reps and continuing to stay in the playbook and doing what I have to do, doing what my teammates and coaches are asking of me,” Herndon said. “That’ll put you in the right position to make plays and be on the field and help the team out as much as possible.”And, just as a reminder of how that connection can look on the field, the Jets posted a video on Twitter of Darnold throwing a deep pass to Herndon during a walkthrough earlier this week, with the caption: “Darnold + Herndon back together.”The Jets and their fans hope that’s the case for a long time to come.Image credits: AP First Published: 8th August, 2020 07:10 IST FOLLOW UScenter_img Last Updated: 8th August, 2020 07:10 IST Jets’ Herndon Focused On Bouncing Back From Lost Season Chris Herndon was all set for a big breakout season a year ago with the New York Jets. A four-game suspension and a few tough injuries put those plans on hold. Now, the third-year tight end is ready to make up for lost time COMMENT LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

Sportradar forms audiovisual & integrity partnership with Fortuna Esports

first_img James Watson, BetradarEuropean esports tournament organiser Fortuna Esports has announced that it will enter a multi-year audiovisual and integrity partnership with Sportradar.Forming the partnership, Sportradar will act as the exclusive global provider of betting and audio visual streams and transmissions for Fortuna syndicated matches and competitions.Fortuna, one of Europe’s leading esports tournament organisers, hosts events such as the new ‘Esports Balkan League’, which has a total prize pool of 23,000 EUR on offer – the largest prize funding in the history of esports within the Balkan region.Updating the media, Fortuna Esports CEO Mihajlo Jovanović Dzaril said the partnership came at an opportune time in the lead up to the launch of the all-new Balkan League: “This is a ground-breaking partnership for us in what is a very exciting time at Fortuna as we get set to launch the Balkan League. Sportradar are global leaders in their field and share our enthusiasm and passion for gaming. Their streaming, data and integrity services will offer crucial support in our efforts to promote the best professional players from our region whilst providing enthusiasts worldwide a truly enjoyable and credible esports experience.”Further to boosting its audio visual capabilities, moving forward Fortuna competitions will be monitored by Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System, which will monitor global betting activity across all the matches.James Watson, Head of esports at Sportradar, commented on the agreement: “This new relationship will allow us to add to our growing coverage of esports games and tournaments across the world. We are experiencing a real momentum in the market now, as tournament organisers are really engaging with our suite of services and realising how we can amplify their competitions in their region but also further afield. What Fortuna are driving is a real sea-change in the way esports is organised and promoted around the Balkans and we are really excited that we can do our bit to help and protect that growth.” Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Share Submitlast_img read more

GFA reinstate Phar Rangers to Division 1 after CAS ruling

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association has re-admitted Phar Rangers into the Division One League at its Extraordinary Congress held at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Accra.Phar Rangers regained their status as a Division One League club after winning their case against the Ghana Football Association at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).The Eastern Region based club finished 12th on the Zone III table at the end of the 2016/17 season.The club, despite their position, were relegated to the Eastern Region’s Division Two League, while Okyeman Planners, who finished 13th, maintained their status in the first division.This was because Planners won a protest against relegated Okwawu United for failing to pay a fine after their week 29 clash.Phar Rangers argued that since Okwawu United failed to pay their fine before their week six league clash, they lose all points in their matches from week 7 to week 30.This, Rangers believe, should have helped them survive as would have also gained from three points and three goals.It took the Ghana FA Disciplinary Committee 48 days to respond to Phar Rangers’ protest with the flimsy excuse that they have no jurisdiction over the case.Rangers exhausted all the judicial processes at the FA before heading to Switzerland for review.The CAS ruling read:”The appeal filled by Phar Rangers FC against the decision of the Appeals Committee of the Ghana Football Association of 23 February 2018 is upheld.“The decision of the Appeals Committee of Ghana Football Association of 23 February 2018 is set aside and replaced by this award.“In the game between Phar Rangers FC and Okwawu United of 16 July 2017, Phar Rangers FC is declared the forfeit winner by 3:0, Phar Rangers FC, therefore, remained in the GFA Division I League in the next football season“The costs of the arbitration, to be determined and served to the parties by the CAS Court Office, shall be borne by the Ghana Football Association.“The Ghana Football Association is ordered to pay an amount of CHF 6,000 to Phar Rangers as a contribution to the costs and expenses incurred by Phar Rangers FC in connection with these arbitration proceedings.”The readmission of Phar Rangers to the Division One League was confirmed during the Ghana Football Association Extraordinary Congress.last_img read more