Sawyer tops IMCA Modified thriller at Merced, Jernagan posts fourth straight Speedweek win

first_imgModifieds – 1. Robby Sawyer; 2. Bobby Hogge IV; 3. Troy Foulger; 4. Shane DeVolder; 5. Justin Dunn; 6. Collen Winebarger; 7. Jerry Flippo; 8. Jake Pike; 9. Kellen Chadwick; 10. Jim Pettit II; 11. Danny Wagner; 12. Bryan Clark; 13. Trevor Fitz; 14. Troy Morris III; 15. Mike White; 16. Gavyn Manning; 17. Danny Lauer; 18. Nick DeCarlo; 19. Austin Kiefer; 20. Paul Stone. He pulled away from the pack from that point, winning ahead of Hemphill and Chuck Weir. By Stephanie Deatherage Robby Sawyer collected the $1,000 checkers and 2021 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth by all of half a car length Thursday at Merced Speedway. MERCED, Calif. (Aug. 13) – In a word, the IMCA Modified feature in the fourth installment of California IMCA Speedweek presented by Hoppes Motorsports was a thriller. Shane DeVolder hit the line an extremely close second but was penalized two positions for jumping the start and scored in fourth. Bobby Hogge IV was promoted to second and Troy Foulger to third. Dunn completed the top five. Fifty-three IMCA Modifieds as well as 35 Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod drivers competed at Merced. Dave Pearson and then Cory Hemphill held the lead as Jernagan worked his way up from 10th starting. The final restart came on lap 16 and Jernagan passed Hemphill for the top spot four laps later.center_img Northern SportMods – 1. Garrett Jernagan; 2. Cory Hemphill; 3. Chuck Weir; 4. Fred Ryland; 5. Nick Spainhoward; 6. Nathan Rolfe; 7. Brent Curran; 8. Timothy Allerdings; 9. Doug Hagio; 10. Tanner Thomas; 11. Jarrod Mounce; 12. Markus Frazier; 13. Jason Bannister; 14. Tyler Thomas; 15. Sheyne Bradley; 16. Andrew Pearce; 17. Dave Pearson; 18. Aaron Farrell; 19. Ethan Killingsworth; 20. Justin Gonzalez. The fifth round of the California Modified Speedweek presented by Hoppes Motorsports is Friday at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, on Friday. Speedweek events have lap to lap coverage courtesy of FloRacing. Sawyer passed Justin Dunn for the front spot on lap eight, during a lengthy green-flag run.  A lap 23 caution brought about the only stoppage of the contest and despite a constant barrage of challenges, Sawyer held on by a slim margin to become the fourth different Modified winner in as many Speedweek races thus far. Feature Results Garrett Jernagan extended his Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod streak to four in a row with his latest $750 victory. Robby Sawyer won an IMCA Modified thriller, and $1,000, in the California IMCA Speedweek Thursday night show at Merced Speedway. (Photo by Tom Macht, www.photofinishphotos.com) last_img read more

GCC whip MSC in GCA Toucan U-15 100-ball cricket

first_img… Wins also for DCC, Bel Air RUBiS THE Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) whipped home team Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) while there were wins for the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) and Bel Air RUBiS in the Georgetown Cricket Association Toucan U-15 100-over cricket competition yesterday at various venues across the capital. At the MSC ground, the visitors won the toss and inserted Malteenoes to take first strike. None of the batsmen reached double figures as the visitors’ 13-year-old bowlers Joshua Persaud-Sooklall, Joash Charles and Vishwanauth Ram accounted for eight of the wickets, which saw Malteenoes collapse for 36 in 16.2 overs.Isai Throne led MYO with 22 runs before returning to bowl seven quick overs, which resulted in a wicket.Persaud-Sooklall led the attack with four strikes. The off-spinner, who grabbed two wickets in his first over, finished with 4-5 from three overs. Opening bowler Charles supported with 2-11 from five overs and Ram, with 2-9 from 3.2 overs. Wicketkeeper batsman Shahid Vieira was excellent behind the stumps as he accounted for four dismissals.Vieira then blasted a quick unbeaten 17 runs (2×4), which helped GCC overhaul the target in 12 overs. They lost one wicket in the process.At the Muslim Youth Organisation (MYO) ground, the home team went down to DCC.MYO batted first and scored 136 in 36.2 overs. National U-15 cricketer Isai Thorne scored 22 (2×4, 1×6), while Nicquan Samuels (4×4) added a similar score to led the home team’s charge.Wavel Allen finished with 3-35 from eight overs for the visitors, while Jaden Dowlin, Kareem Caesar and Jeremiah Hoenkirk supported with two wickets each.Romeo Deonarine then blasted a top score of 40, which pushed the visitors to a five-wicket win (137-5 from 38 overs).  The opener scored six fours in his innings. Support came from S.. Walters, who hit five fours in an unbeaten 27, and Premkumar Permaul, who laced the boundary twice in a score of 19.At the GNIC ground, Transport Sports Club won the toss and opted to take first strike. They looked solid as openers Ryan Latif and DeAndre Linton stroked the ball to all corners of the ground.Latif scored a game-high 37 (6×4) while Linton added 23 (4×4). When the 55-run partnership was broken Transport fell to pieces. None of the other batsmen finished with double figures, which left the side at 100 all out in 31.5 overs.Josh Alves led the way with 4-29 while Mohamed Juman and Nicholas Seepersaud, who did the damage late, finished with two wickets each.Bel Air RUBiS reached the target in 25 overs.  Opener Seepersaud, with three fours and a six, finished unbeaten on 43, while Omari Lallbachan, who belted four sixes and two fours, ended with a quick-fire 42.last_img read more

No Replacement for Etebo, Aina as Eagles Begin Training for Brazil

first_imgOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaSuper Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, opted not to replace Oghenekaro Etebo and Ola Aina who withdrew from the international friendly with Brazil scheduled for Sunday in Singapore.Stoke City’s Etebo was the last minute withdrawal from the friendly yesterday as the 21 Eagles in camp in the Asian city-state had their first training session. Gernot Rohr According to Media Officer of the team, Toyin Ibitoye, “all the 21 players here trained on Thursday morning and will train twice Friday. The official training session will take place on Saturday, with the match scheduled to kick off at 1pm Nigeria time on Sunday.”Rohr announced Aina’s withdrawal from the friendly on Wednesday as a result of injury.The Franco-German already replaced defender Kenneth Omeruo with Tyronne Ebuehi, while Efosa Solomon-Otabor joined the camp following France-based Samuel Kalu’s unavailability.Solomon-Otabor and forward Peter Olayinka are coming into the Nigeria senior camp for the first time ever while Ebuehi returns for the first time since the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.Former junior international midfielder Ramon Azeez also makes a return, and defenders Abdullahi Shehu and Chidozie Awaziem, as well as midfielder Wilfred Ndidi are back after missing the 2-2 draw with Ukraine in Dnipro last month.21 EAGLES TO BATTLE BRAZILGoalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Omonia FC, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); Emil Maduka Okoye (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany)Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (CD Leganes, Spain); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Tyronne Ebuehi (SL Benfica, Portugal); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England)Midfielders: Alexander Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Anderson Esiti (PAOK Salonica, Greece); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Ramon Azeez (Granada FC, Spain)Forwards: Victor Osimhen (Lille OSC, France); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Efosa Solomon-Otabor (PFC CSKA Sofia, Bulgaria); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium); Emmanuel Dennis (Club Brugge, Belgium); Peter Olayinka (SK Slavia Prague, Czech Republic)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Danny Drinkwater Hands Transfer Request To Leicester City Amidst Chelsea Interest

first_imgEngland international Danny Drinkwater has reportedly submitted a transfer request to Leicester City as he tries to force a move away from the King Power Stadium.27-year-old Drinkwater, who was an integral part of Leicester’s fairy tale title triumph in 2015/2016 season, have been linked to Chelsea all summer and has yet to play this season due of a thigh injury. Although Leicester City has reiterated that Drinkwater is not for sale, Sky Sports reported that both clubs are in talks over a possible transfer of the Englishman, with Leicester demanding a £40 transfer fee which is way over Chelsea’s £30m valuation.Drinkwater formed a formidable midfield duo with Ngolo Kante when the Foxes’ shocked the world by winning the Premier League in 2016 and hopes to join his former team mate at Chelsea as the Blues look for Nemanja Matic’s replacement.RelatedVardy Defends Former Club Teammate Over England SnubNovember 13, 2017In “England”Could the Bridge be falling?November 3, 2017In “Features”Shock! Chelsea Star Snubbed England Call-Up – ManagerNovember 9, 2017In “England”last_img read more

Kanu Begs NFF to Mediate in Keshi, Odemwengie Issue

first_imgFormer international star Nwankwo Kanu has tasked the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to end the cat and dog relations between Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi and Osaze Odemwengie.Kanu told reporters Wednesday night that Odemwengie, who was omitted from the Eagles roster for the Africa Cup of Nations campaign after he fell out with Keshi, still has role in the national team.He said the NFF has a duty to help in patching up whatever differences was existing between Keshi and Odemwengie who plays for English top side West Bromwich Albion in the interest of the national team.The former Arsenal striker and Nigerian team captain, however, insisted that Keshi remains the boss and reserves the final say on which player he will like to work with.“They (Keshi and Osaze) have to sort it out and the NFF has to be involved and make sure that is resolved. This is a matter between the player and the coach and whatever decision the coach takes is final but Osaze is a very good player who is still needed by Nigeria. There is a deep problem now and the NFF has to come in and make sure that the issues are settled,” Kanu said.Despite Kanu’s peace making initiative, it is unlikely Keshi will shift ground by re-admitting Odemwengie to the national team fold after he recently slammed the player for not having the right attitude required in the national team. Keshi braved the odds when he ended Nigeria’s 19-year wait for an Africa Cup of Nations title after he omitted Odemwengie and a host of established regulars, including Taiye Taiwo, Obafemi Martins and Yakubu Aiyegbeni from his plans towards the tournament.The victory at South Africa 2013 without some of the old band vindicated Keshi in leaving them out and has stoked the debate that their services are no longer required in the national team ahead of the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil in June.Giving further insight on the exclusion of the senior players, Kanu, who represented Nigeria in six Africa Cup of Nations finals, said the import of the triumph in South Africa without the aid of some regulars is that the country is blessed with a glut of talent.“I won’t say they are no longer needed. What it means is that Nigeria is blessed with players and nobody is indispensable and bigger than the country. A national call is an honour which you have to appreciate by making yourself available if your country invites you,” Kanu said.last_img read more

Is Verstappen’s arrogance a help or hindrance?

first_imgThere are many things that Max Verstappen has in abundance; talent, fans, podiums, pace, passion. Oh, and arrogance. Lots of arrogance. When he burst onto the scene as a bright-eyed 17-year-old, the only thing that gave away his age was his baby face. He seemed unconcerned by the pressure, unawed by the esteemed company with an unrelenting belief in his own abilities.Five years on though, and that belief has come back to bite him on various occasions; just look at the penalty-inducing press conference after qualifying in Mexico. This begs the question, is his arrogance a help or hindrance, both for himself and the sport?HelpHe may be getting a lot of flak at the moment, but the fact remains that, for a 22-year-old, he’s achieved a remarkable amount already.In his first season on the grid, many believed he was too young. When he hit Romain Grosjean at the Monaco Grand Prix, Felipe Massa dubbed him as “pretty dangerous”, adding that “experience counts in F1”. The Dutchman simply shrugged off the criticism though, pointing to Massa’s similar incident with Sergio Perez the previous year before saying “what happened will not change me as a racing driver”.This is a philosophy that Verstappen has kept ever since. His toughest spell came at the start of 2018 when, in his second full season at Red Bull, he was involved in incidents in five of the opening six races. Most were his fault. By the end of the Monaco Grand Prix, he was 37 points behind team-mate Daniel Ricciardo and had countless critics saying he had to change his style if he wanted to succeed in F1. “He’s too impatient,” said Helmut Marko. “He needs to learn from his team-mate”, said Christian Horner. Did Verstappen listen? Nope. How did that work out for him? Pretty darn well.In the year between the 2018 and 2019 races in Monte Carlo, Verstappen didn’t once finish a race lower than where he started it, taking 11 podiums and two wins before getting two more in Austria and Germany this season.He achieved this incredible run of form the only way he knew, driving to the absolute limit, pulling off some incredible, if aggressive, overtakes and showing blistering pace. Would he have done as well if he listened to critics and changed his style? Probably not.Even when his arrogance doesn’t help him out on the track, it’s hard to argue that it’s not good for the sport. In an era dominated by two corporate giants in Mercedes and Ferrari, and two seasoned, media-trained drivers in Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, things off-track can often seem rather dull. Having a head-strong youngster throw himself into the mix, challenging them and rubbing them up the wrong way in the process, is something most fans love to see.HindranceWhile it may have proven to have worked out pretty well for him on track, there are unquestionably times where Verstappen has been made to pay for his arrogant nature. The “red mist”, as Ross Brawn calls it, has descended on the Dutchman various times. An early example of this was at the start of his second season in the sport. Verstappen was angry that strategy had led to him being behind Toro Rosso team-mate Carlos Sainz, who he believed he was vastly quicker than. He tried to pass the Spaniard with three laps to go and ended up spinning and losing a position.It’s off the track, however, where his attitude has mainly come back to bite him, with the most obvious example of this being in the post-qualifying press conference in Mexico.Replays had shown that the Red Bull driver ignored yellow flags on his final lap in Q3, failing to slow down when passing the crashed Mercedes 0f Valtteri Bottas. He initially seemed to have got away with it, but the stewards decided to investigate and subsequently penalise him following his comments to the press.With his ‘Yeah I ignored the rules, so what?’ mentality to the press, he threw away his pole position and the hopes of a win with it. Marvelling in the fact that even his second-best time would have got him pole, he felt no need to apologise or even try to deny his mistake, failing to consider that the FIA would do more than delete his illegal lap time.Perhaps a bigger concern though, were his dismissive comments regarding safety – “Do we have to go there? To safety? I think we know what we are doing” – painted the picture of a man who is so confident in himself that he doesn’t worry about crashing or making mistakes. This is an attitude that could endanger himself and his colleagues. If he made a mistake on his final run when passing the Mercedes wreckage, himself, Bottas and the marshals assisting the Finn could have been in serious danger, and that is quite simply not good for himself or the sport.It’s undeniable that Verstappen would benefit from some humility. With it, he’d probably have picked up some better results at times and would be more popular throughout the grid.The fact is, though, he’s not in F1 to win popularity contests – he’s in it to win races. He’s never crumbled in the face of criticism or listened to said critics and, as his pre-summer break form showed, that works out just fine for him.At 22 he’s obviously not the finished article, but who was at that age?Michael Schumacher at 22 was more arrogant if anything and made equally big, if not bigger mistakes, and his career ended with a stacked trophy cabinet. As Verstappen matures, he’ll most likely learn his lesson and cut out the mistakes and rash comments typical of a youngster. If so, his unwavering self-belief is likely to prove to be another weapon in his ever-growing arsenal.last_img read more

Greg Zuerlein injury update: Rams kicker played through NFC championship game with foot sprain

first_imgRams kicker Greg Zuerlein made a 57-yard field goal in overtime of the NFC championship game against the Saints to secure a trip to the Super Bowl, but what many don’t know is he made that kick with a sprained foot.Rams special teams coach Jim Fassel revealed Zuerlein hit a steel plate in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome turf during halftime, but the kicker didn’t tell Fassel he was injured until after the game. Zuerlein said he kept it a secret because telling Fassel about the pain wouldn’t have accomplished anything in the moment. When asked how much pain he was playing through, Zuerlein said: “I don’t really know. It hurt, but not enough to stop me from playing, obviously. I guess that’s really all I can tell you.” Related News Nickell Robey-Coleman says pass was tipped during controversial no-call play in Rams-Saints game Zuerlein missed practice Friday and didn’t participate in the portion open to the media Saturday, but he is expected to be ready to play in the Super Bowl on Feb. 3 against the Patriots.”One day at a time, but he’s feeling good,” coach Sean McVay said Saturday. “No setbacks with that, so all things are pointing in the right direction for us.” “Hit something hard in the ground. Just warming up at halftime, landed on something that didn’t give as much as turf and then that’s when it started hurting,” Zuerlein told reporters, via the team’s official site. “But, hopefully, a few more days of treatment and it’ll be good to go.”last_img read more

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Aleix Vidal: “Before direct rivals we are getting results”

first_imgThe Catalan analyzed the 2-1 win against Éibar in Mendizorroza. “We are happy for the victory. The league told us with time that the game was going to be advanced although just playing on a Friday night makes you weird. You have to think about Mallorca, next week, “said the Tarragona.“The most important thing is that against theoretically direct rivals we are getting good results. Now we have to play Mallorca and we will also try to win, “he added. Before the gunsmiths, the Alavés has won two victories so take the particular average goal in favor, circumstance that will be very good for him at the end of the season. The two teams fight for permanence. Aleix returned after his absence in Sánchez Pizjuán because of the fear clause. Vidal is ceded by Sevilla to Alavés until the end of the season Y It has the full confidence of Garitano. “It is something that had been elaborated since the beginning of the season and it had already given me the idea. The team played a spectacular game in Seville and the coach felt it was convenient to put me and Camarasa behind Joselu and reserve Lucas. The coach is the one who makes the decisions because he knows more about football than the players “he sentenced.last_img read more

Harbour View’s Brian Brown back with a bang in RSPL

first_imgStriker Brian Brown looked like his old self on Sunday night as he marked his return to the Harbour View Stadium with one goal as the ‘Stars of the East’ recorded a rare win, 3-1 over Cavalier.The 2013-14 Golden Boot winner, who had 18 goals that season, had his 57th-minute goal sandwiched by Jorginho James’ 52nd-minute opener and substitute Kevaughn Frater’s 88th-minute finish, helping to bring back the attacking presence Harbour View lacked for most of the season.As he did in that season, Brown made it clear that he is ready to shoulder the attacking burden of his team.”Coming home to help Harbour View get to the top of the table and, hopefully, win the championship is where my mind is at right now, and then we will see what happens from there,” said the player who spent the last season and a half on loan to MLS club Philadelphia Union and NASL team Indy Eleven, respectively.Sunday night’s win followed four previous matches which were divided equally between draws and losses and helped them to narrow the gap on fourth-placed Humble Lion to two points, while keeping them firmly in fifth.DOWNINTHESTANDINGSThe vanquished Cavalier, on the other hand, who were let down by uncharacteristically poor defending, slipped a position to seventh as they were overtaken by UWI FC.The last season, Brown said, was not the greatest for him, and the rest of the season at Harbour View will be used to rebuild his game and confidence.”It wasn’t one of the greatest seasons for me, but going there (Indy Eleven) was a great experience. I learnt a lot. I played about 24 games and scored five goals.”The aim right now is to get back sharp, rebuild myself one step at a time, day by day and get my fitness up, and everything else will follow,” said the player who has been capped once by the national team.After the Indy Eleven season, Harbour View was what Brown needed.”I am great here. Harbour View is my home. It is not hard for me to fit in. These are guys I have played with before, mostly, and I have a great relationship with them, and to deliver in front of my home fans in only my second game back was special.”I plan to get one goal a game for the remaining games in the competition. I know I am one behind that target now, but I can catch up,” the player, who is eyeing more national caps, stated confidently.last_img read more