JAMESTOWN, N.D. (Dec. 24) – Christmas came a day early for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified drivers in North Dakota. Jamestown Speedway owner Keith Veil announced the division would headline regular Saturday race programs at the ¼-mile high-banked clay oval beginning next season.Opening night for the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season is scheduled for May 14. Jamestown will be part of IMCA’s Belleville Motorsports North Central Region.Jamestown had sanctioned the division with WISSOTA since 1988. Veil told the Jamestown Sun that the move to IMCA had been in the works for at least the last four years, citing the growing number of sanctioned tracks in western North Dakota and neighboring Minnesota. Red River Valley Speedway at West Fargo announced earlier in the week it would re-open with sanctioned Modifieds, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks on weekly cards. Both affordability of the IMCA class and the ease drivers had in moving up to the class were also factors.“As a race track promoter, we’re a marketing agency and we sell to a certain group of people. The fact is we currently have a driver cry for IMCA A-mods,” Veil told the Sun. “Secondly, there’s the market area, and with Fargo re-opening as an IMCA track, it places us right in the middle of IMCA racing territory.” “One of the greatest fears we have is to be on an island,” he added.Track officials met with Modified drivers earlier this month to further discuss the switch and Veil believes most of the drivers who’d raced with WISSOTA would compete under the IMCA banner in 2016. IMCA sanctioned four weekly shows at Jamestown this season, including the 44th annual Stampede special in September. Veteran Marlyn Seidler earned the first-ever IMCA championship awarded there. “Jamestown is going to be a perfect fit with the area tracks that are already sanctioned,” IMCA Vice President of Operations Jim Stannard said. “Any time we can sanction a track with a rich history and tradition like Jamestown, it’s good for IMCA and it’s good for our drivers.”
SILVER BAY, Minn. (March 9) – The second year of IMCA.TV, the Official Network of IMCA Racing, kicks it up a notch with an impressive schedule of 50-plus races from all over the United States and Canada with a number available included in monthly and yearly subscriptions.A refresh of the service is set for May 23. The primary focus of the service will be hardcore IMCA racing coverage including full shows and feature races. In an effort to make live streaming more affordable to fans, a number of races will be included in the standard monthly and yearly subscription rates. Current subscribers will be locked in at the lower 2015 rate until cancel.The IMCA.TV coverage schedule includes a combination of all the big events, historic racing series, new shows, and weekly racing tracks that dot the racing landscape.Fans will be able to catch the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, the Duel in the Desert, Nights of 1,000, 10,000 and All-Stars, Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Modified Tour, Harris Clash, Cheesehead Triple Crown, Frostbusters, the national banquet and much more.“We are ecstatic that fans of IMCA will have one home to watch our events in 2016,” stated IMCA President Brett Root. “After a year of learning and understanding the desire of our viewing audience the service has been revised to include a wide selection of IMCA events, a focus on racing footage and much more complete resource promoting the IMCA tracks, racers, series, and sanctioning body in one spot.”All the events on IMCA.TV will be showcased with stunning TV-style production including multiple cameras, interviews, segments and instant replay.Select events will be available in Standard Definition, High Quality or High Definition (HD) streaming. Events will be available with a Monthly or Yearly Subscription or Premium Pay Per View.In addition, all IMCA.TV scheduled events will be highlighted exclusively on IMCA Official Social Media Channels for fans to enjoy. To get connected Follow/Like/Subscribe to @RACEIMCA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.To get more information on IMCA.TV visit www.imca.tv.com.
RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Leeds United returned to the Premier League after a 16-year absence on Friday as West Bromwich Albion’s loss at Huddersfield Town guaranteed them a top-two finish in the Championship.A huge favour from Leeds’ Yorkshire neighbours, who won 2-1, meant the celebrations could start in earnest at Elland Road. The club’s Italian owner Andrea Radrizzani will also be toasting promotion which is worth an estimated 170 million pounds.Leeds have 87 points with two games remaining, five more than second-placed West Brom who slumped to defeat at the John Smith’s Stadium on Friday with one game left.Leeds are six points ahead of third-placed Brentford, who have also played 44, and a point from their last two matches will ensure Marcelo Bielsa’s team rejoin the elite as champions.They could even claim the second-tier title on Saturday if Brentford fail to win at Stoke City.The success will be doubly sweet for Leeds who missed out on promotion last season in the playoffs despite looking favourites for automatic promotion for much of the campaign. It also comes less than a week after the death of one of the club’s greatest players — England World Cup-winning centre-half Jack Charlton.Three times English champions, Leeds were relegated from the Premier League in 2004 after hitting financial trouble and being forced to sell a host of big-name players such as Robbie Keane, Jonathan Woodgate and Lee Bowyer.The problems were only just starting though and after three years in the Championship they slipped to the third tier and into administration with the future of the club in doubt.While they eventually regained their place in the Championship in 2010 they never really challenged for promotion until the enigmatic Bielsa took charge in 2018.They have been transformed under the former Argentina coach and can now look forward to renewing old rivalries with the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Leeds UnitedLiverpoolManchester UnitedWest Brom
Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm Sales returns to the Carrier Dome turfAfter a brilliant three-touchdown, 172-yard performance in the 2010 Pinstripe Bowl, Marcus Sales was supposed to be Syracuse’s top receiver in 2011. But Sales missed the entire season after he was suspended indefinitely following his arrest in July on felony drug charges. The charges were dropped in October, and Sales was reinstated to the program for spring practice. SU returns its leading receiver from a year ago in Alec Lemon, but must replace Nick Provo, Van Chew and Dorian Graham as threats in the passing game.Changes in play-callingAt Syracuse’s lone open spring practice in Rochester on April 7, Doug Marrone said the team plans to utilize the quarterback position in its rushing attack this season. Ryan Nassib took all but three snaps under center for the Orange in 2011, but rarely displayed an ability to make plays with his feet. He finished the season with just 39 yards rushing on 65 attempts. Charley Loeb, John Kinder and Ashton Broyld all played at quarterback in Rochester, with the dual-threat freshman Broyld also taking reps at running back. Broyld, the 2010 New York State Class AA player of the year, spent last season at Milford Academy, where he threw for 427 yards and six touchdowns to go with 259 yards and six scores on the ground.Smith and Gulley take over in the backfieldAdvertisementThis is placeholder textAntwon Bailey replaced Delone Carter as the starting running back last season and turned in a solid campaign, rushing for 1,051 yards on 240 carries. This season, Syracuse must fill the starting spot again. Prince-Tyson Gulley and Jerome Smith combined for 55 carries in 2011 behind Bailey. Gulley had a promising start to the season, rushing for 89 yards in four games before seeing his season cut short after suffering a broken collarbone. Smith played in all 12 games, giving Bailey a breather throughout the season. His most impressive performance came in the regular-season finale against Pittsburgh when he broke through for 56 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.The performance of the secondaryThe Syracuse secondary was exposed by elite wide receivers Chris Givens, Robert Woods and Eric Page early last year. The Orange has to replace its top playmaker from that unit in Phillip Thomas. The safety led the team with 82 tackles and six interceptions before he was suspended and ultimately left the program. SU also lost Kevyn Scott to graduation. Scott played in all 12 games and registered four pass breakups and two interceptions. Shamarko Thomas will serve as the veteran of the unit this year, but young players like Durell Eskridge and Shu Mungwa could shine in the Spring Game.The growth of the defensive lineDefensive ends Chandler Jones and Mikhail Marinovich formed a formidable pass rush last season. Marinovich finished with two sacks and three tackles for loss in 11 games his senior year. Jones decided to give up his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL Draft, and he is currently projected to go in the first round later this month. Deon Goggins returns on the line and will play both defensive end and defensive tackle. The 6-foot-1, 272-pound lineman started all 12 games last season at tackle. He made 7.5 tackles for loss and recorded 1.5 sacks, emerging as a force at times for Syracuse. Jay Bromley will provide experience alongside Goggins at tackle, where he also played in every game. Bromley finished with 5.5 stops for loss to go with 1.5 sacks.-Compiled by Ryne Gery, asst. sports editor, email@example.com
A season of living on the edge finally caught up to the USC women’s basketball team.USC (13-7, 7-2), which has made a habit of coming back from second-half deficits, ran into one it could not overcome Saturday against Oregon. The Ducks (13-8, 4-5) opened up a 15-point lead in the second half before cruising to victory 85-77.Double-double· Sophomore guard Briana Gilbreath had a career-high 12 rebounds to go along with her 18 points in USC’s 85-77 loss. – Heather Lee | Daily Trojan The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Women of Troy and dropped them into a tie with UCLA for second place in the conference.“I thought we did well in the first to hold them to 38 points and we were right there in the game,” USC coach Michael Cooper said. “We just didn’t do it well enough in the second half.”USC trailed the Ducks 38-35 at halftime after a back-and-forth first half that saw 13 lead changes. The Women of Troy held Oregon — which entered the game leading the nation in scoring at over 86 points per game — to just 36 percent shooting in the half.The second half was a different story, however, as the Ducks ramped up their defensive pressure and started hitting shots. Oregon scored 47 points and shot nearly 50 percent from the field.“Our defense kind of collapsed a little bit [in the second] half,” Cooper said. “It could have been because of fatigue.”Relentless pressure defense from Oregon turned the game into a track meet and wore down the Women of Troy. USC shot just 32 percent from the field in the second half.“It’s not anything where they want to necessarily get steals, they just want to get you to play at a faster tempo than you want to,” Cooper said.Junior center Kari LaPlante said Oregon’s defense got the Women of Troy playing too fast and away from their game plan. USC turned the ball over 18 times in the game.The Women of Troy got solid contributions from several players but were unable to keep pace with Oregon, which got outstanding games from senior guards Taylor Lilley and Micaela Cocks. Cocks scored 24 points but was overshadowed by her backcourt mate, who put on a shooting clinic at the Galen Center.Lilley knocked down a school-record nine 3-pointers en route to a career-best 36 points. The diminutive guard repeatedly got free from larger defenders for wide-open shots from beyond the arc.“We know she can shoot very deep,” LaPlante said. “We’re used to putting our heels on that 3-point line, but she’s way farther back and she’s just launching them.”Lilley entered the day fifth in 3-pointers made in Pac-10 history with 146 3-pointers.LaPlante and sophomore guard Briana Gilbreath led the way for the Women of Troy. Gilbreath turned in another strong all-around performance with 18 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and four blocks. LaPlante had perhaps her best game of the season with a career-high 18 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.Sophomore guard Ashley Corral paced USC with 22 points but shot just 7 of 20 from the field and failed to record an assist. Corral came into the game leading the conference in assists with over five per game.USC looks to rebound this week with road games against California and No. 2 Stanford.
Keaton Nankivil and the Wisconsin Badgers allowed Shawn Vanzant (right) and the Butler Bulldogs to build a 20-point deficit that ultimately proved too dificult to overcome, despite a late comeback.[/media-credit]Try as they might, it was just too little, too late for Wisconsin.After 35 minutes of basketball that can only be described as ugly, the Badgers (25-9, 13-5 Big Ten) used the final five minutes of Thursday night’s Sweet 16 matchup with the Butler Bulldogs (26-9, 13-5 Horizon) to, at the very least, make the game interesting.After trailing by as many as 20 points, the Badgers slowly built a comeback run until they were down just seven with around two minutes remaining. Yet, the Bulldogs maintained their composure, sunk most of their free throws down the stretch and sealed the victory. They will face the Florida Gators Sunday in the Elite Eight while Wisconsin faces a long trip back from New Orleans.Below are the turning point, most valuable player, unsung hero and statistic of Wisconsin’s final 2010-11 season.Turning Point: 19:48, Second HalfIt wasn’t the most remarkable play of the game, nor it was the most significant by itself. Yet, Butler’s Shelvin Mack’s layup at the 19:48 mark in the second half was the first basket scored out of halftime. The Bulldogs held a 33-24 lead at the break, and Mack’s layup began a 9-0 Butler run that extended the lead to 42-24. UW’s Mike Bruesewitz finally put Wisconsin on the board in the second half with a jumper at the 14:03 mark.Yes, it took the Badgers nearly six minutes to score out of halftime.The stunning drought seemingly sucked all life out of Wisconsin, as Butler’s lead quickly ballooned to 20 points after Andrew Smith made a layup at the 11:34 mark. Trailing 47-27, the Badgers spent the remainder of the game attempting to crawl back. They ultimately came within four points of tying the game, but their ice-cold shooting for most of the game – they finished 17-for-56 (.304) from the field and 7-for-29 (.241) from 3-point range – made the deficit insurmountable.Point guard Jordan Taylor took 19 shots and made just six (.315). Leading scorer Jon Leuer (more below) was just 1-for-12 and finished with three points. In their final games as Badgers, seniors Tim Jarmusz (3-for-4, seven points) and Keaton Nankivil (3-for-7, nine points) had the best shooting nights for UW.Most Valuable Player: F Matt Howard, ButlerTaylor led all players in scoring with 22 points, but Butler’s Matt Howard was the most valuable player on the New Orleans Arena court Thursday night. Howard finished with a team-high 20 points on 4-for-8 shooting, including 3-for-5 from 3-point range and 9-for-10 from the free throw line. The 6-foot-8, 230-pound senior also pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds, contributing significantly to Butler’s rebounding 35-28 advantage over Wisconsin.Howard’s rebounds also highlight perhaps his most significant contribution – his hustle. In a game where his counterpart on Wisconsin struggled through one of the worst games of his UW career, Howard won nearly every battle with Leuer – corralling seemingly every loose ball and rebound over Leuer.Howard’s supporting cast was undoubtedly crucial in allowing the Bulldogs to build and maintain their lead – Mack finished with 13 points and Shawn Vanzant (see below) finished with 10 – but Butler’s leading scorer was trouble all game long for Wisconsin. As poorly as the Badgers shot the ball and ran their offense, they also had very few answers for Howard. With Leuer’s outside shots not falling and his inside game also not working, Howard was the better player on both sides of the ball.Unsung Hero – G Shawn Vanzant, ButlerThe senior guard filled in his role behind Matt Howard and Shelvin Mack for the Bulldogs nicely, scoring 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting from the field while also leading his team with four assists and two steals.On a night where both teams, at times, had trouble getting their offenses going, Vanzant remained a steady opportunist for the Bulldogs. Butler effectively translated turnovers into points in the first half, and Vanzant was one of the main nuisances for Wisconsin’s offense by translating both of his steals into breakaway layups in the first 10 minutes.All four of his assists came at critical moments for the Bulldogs, as well. Nine minutes into the game, Vanzant found Howard on the perimeter, who knocked down a trey to break the tie. That spurred a quick 7-0 run for the Bulldogs and proved to be vital in establishing a lead that would never disappear.Five minutes later, Vanzant found Khyle Marshall on an easy alley-oop pass to maintain the seven-point lead.In the second half, the senior again kicked it out to Howard on the arc, who executed a perfectly placed shot from deep behind the line on the right wing to give the Bulldogs an 18-point lead.But none were as important as his last when, in the midst of a late-game Badgers surge, he handed the ball off to Mack with 55 seconds left and screened his defender just enough to allow Mack an open fadeaway jumper from the right elbow that gave the Bulldogs a six-point lead. It was just enough to hold on and put the lights out on the Badgers’ season.Stat of the Game – 3 pointsThree points was Leuer’s scoring production for the game. Entering last night’s contest, Leuer had scored in double digits in each of his last 40 games and averaged 18.7 points per game during his senior season, tops on the team.Now, the All-Conference forward ends his accomplished career at Wisconsin with an undeserving stat line of three points on 1-of-12 shooting from the field, six rebounds and two turnovers before fouling out in the game’s final seconds. Leuer accepted handshakes from his teammates upon returning to the bench but seemed despondent all the same.The senior struggled to hit open looks all game, but his will to win never disappeared. He got into the mix of the Badgers’ last minute momentum swing by blocking a layup by Mack with less than two minutes remaining. The turnover eventually saw Taylor knock down a 3-pointer at the other end that cut the deficit to four points, the closest UW had come to regaining the lead since the 5:43 mark in the first half.But the senior failed to roll that key defensive stop into his own momentum, as he missed an attempt of his own from the perimeter on Wisconsin’s next possession that would have cut the deficit to three.He committed his fifth and final foul less than 20 seconds later in an attempt to get Butler to the line and the ball back to his teammates.
Ivory Coast forward Salomon Kalou has revealed that he’s still considering retiring from international football.Kalou was part of the Elephants squad that was eliminated from the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals following their 1-0 defeat to Morocco on Tuesday.The defending champions exited the prestigious tournament after finishing third in Group C and 31-year-old Kalou discussed his future with the Elephants. “It’s not the result I wanted in Gabon but after playing in two Nations Cup finals and winning in 2015, this is the end,” Kalou told BBC.“I have not decided whether to retire from international football completely,” the versatile attacker continued“I will go back to my club (Hertha Berlin) and take time to decide.”Kalou has represented his country at two FIFA World Cups, four AFCON tournaments and the 2008 Olympics.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNChicago’s bullpen has underwhelmed at times this season, particularly on the back end. With Brandon Morrow injured, the Cubs haven’t had a true closer, and their top setup man in recent years, Carl Edwards Jr., has slumped to a 6.23 ERA.Kimbrel gives the team an arm to rival Brewers left-hander Josh Hader as the best late-inning option in the NL Central, and someone equipped to handle the pressures of September and October. That provides immediate reassurance for fans on the North Side. In any case, Kimbrel will soon be the best reliever on his new team because, well, that’s just what he does. He has been the No. 1 bullpen man on every roster since his rookie campaign. His career ERA is 1.91, and he has racked up 333 saves in just nine seasons.Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz — who was a dominant closer in his own right for a four-year stretch — said he believes the Kimbrel addition could turn the tide in Chicago’s favor in the NL Central.”(They) were missing that ‘it’ factor,” Smoltz said on DAZN’s “ChangeUp.” “They’ve got that now . . . where it’s like, ‘OK we’ve got a guy for the end of the game.'”He’s not going to pitch in the seventh, he’s not going to pitch in the eighth. He’s pretty much locked down in the ninth.” Craig Kimbrel is now the presumed Cubs closer after reportedly agreeing to a three-year, $43 million contract with Chicago on Wednesday night. He’d gone the entire offseason and the first part of the regular season without a deal despite being widely regarded as one of the best relief pitchers in baseball.Can he perform at a high level right away given his extended absence from the mound? It might take a couple of weeks to become acclimated to MLB rigors again, but one would assume he has adhered to an extended offseason throwing program. It might even have been best for him to receive an extended break given the 10 2/3 high-stress innings he threw in last year’s postseason after the Red Sox rode him hard down the stretch.
Two B&H representatives Igor Laikert and Marko Rudić will perform today in slalom disciplines, at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.117 competitors are registered for the latest alpine discipline at the Olympic Games in Sochi. Laikert will start the race as the 73rd and Rudić will start with the number 89.First race starts at 13:45 ( Central European time).This will be the fifth performance for Laikert in Sochi and the best performance he achieved in super-combined, where he won the 27th place. So far, Rudić has performed in only giant slalom discipline, where he won the 49th place. Slalom is the main discipline for him, so he expects a better results in the race.(Source: Fena)
Stat that mattersAuburn is 7-1 against the spread as a home underdog under Gus Malzhan. That should at least make Georgia fans nervous. The Tigers are going to pull out all the stops here, so expect Malzahn to break tendencies on both sides of the ball to try to mix up Georgia.Auburn vs. Georgia predictionAuburn takes the early lead, perhaps on a trick play, and the defense gives Fromm problems in the first half. The Tigers, however, cannot capitalize on that early momentum and it’s a one-score game at home. Georgia stays patient in the running game, and D’Andre Swift — who had 25 carries for 86 yards against Florida — comes up with a few big runs in the third quarter. Georgia holds on in the fourth quarter to keep those Playoff hopes alive.Auburn vs. Georgia scoreGeorgia 30, Auburn 23 WEEK 12 PICKS: Straight up | Against the spreadAuburn, it’s worth mentioning, can still get to a New Year’s Day 6 bowl; this is its third matchup against a top-10 team this season. It’s the first one at home, however, and could set the tone for the Iron Bowl on Nov. 30.The Bulldogs and Tigers have a lot on the line here. With that in mind, here’s everything you need for Saturday’s matchup:Georgia vs. Auburn oddsSpread: Georgia -2.5Point total: 44Moneyline: Auburn-110, Georgia-110Georgia is a 2.5-point favorite, according to odds at Sportsbook Review, and 56 percent of the wagering has come in favor of the Bulldogs.MORE: Get the latest NCAAF odds and trends at Sportsbook ReviewAuburn vs. Georgia all-time seriesGeorgia leads the all-time series 59-56-8 and has won the last two meetings. Auburn won the last meeting at Jordan-Hare Stadium, 40-17, in 2017.Three trends to know— The Tigers are 14-7 against Georgia when both teams are ranked in the AP Top 25, but the Bulldogs have won two of the last three regular-season meetings in that situation.— The Tigers are 7-2 against the spread this season, including a 2-0 against-the-spread mark as an underdog. Those games were on the road.—Georgia is 9-4 against the spread as a road favorite under fourth-year coach Kirby Smart. The Bulldogs have been favored in every game this season and are 5-3 against the spread.WEEK 12 PROJECTIONS: Bowls | PlayoffThree things to watchThe running gameAuburn (219.3 ypg) and Georgia (215.9) are both excellent on the ground, and the team that wins the battle could run away with this game. On defense, however, the Bulldogs have been better at 74.6 yards per game (fourth in the FBS). That’s nasty, and if it travels that would put Auburn freshman quarterback Bo Nix behind the chains. There is more pressure on the Tigers to get a running game started.A better Bo NixIn the losses to LSU and Florida, Nix was 26 of 62 (41.2 percent) for an average of 146 yards per game with two touchdowns and four interceptions. If that happens again, then Georgia will cruise to victory. Nix’s numbers are better across the board at home, and he averages 5.0 yards per carry. Perhaps Auburn uses more designed quarterback runs early to loosen up the passing game.What did Fromm learn?The last trip to Jordan-Hare Stadium was a nightmare on all fronts for Jake Fromm, who was sacked four times and managed a 13 of 28 passing day for 184 yards and a touchdown. Georgia had 32 carries for 46 yards in a game dominated by the Tigers’ defensive front. Georgia has won the last two meetings since, but this was on the road. No. 5 Georgia (8-1) travels to No. 13 Auburn (7-2) in the marquee SEC game of the week at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday. The game will be televised at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry has SEC and College Football Playoff implications for the second straight season. Georgia can clinch a spot in the SEC championship game with a victory, and Auburn can knock the Bulldogs out of Playoff contention once and for all with a win.