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first_imgVINTON, Iowa – With the biggest divisional increase attributed to the Sprint Cars, a record 102 IMCA drivers earned Allstar Performance State championships this season.Thirteen Sprint Car drivers were crowned state kings, eight more than in 2014. Modified champi­ons were named in 26 states, the most since 2001.Myron DeYoung ruled the Modifieds in Michigan for the fifth time in his career. Ricky Stephan re­peated in South Dakota; he’s also won the Iowa state crown three times..Drew Armstrong will hang a fourth Arkansas state plaque on his wall. Drivers winning career se­cond titles were Dean Deming in New Mexico, Mike Densberger in Nebraska, Jeremy Meirhofer in Montana, Robert Miller in Nevada and Spencer Wilson in North Dakota.First-time title winners were Jason Barnhill in Florida, Justin Elmer in Wyoming, Van Gemmill in Oklahoma, Kevin Green in Texas, Daryl Hay in Missouri, Scott Hogan in Iowa, Jeff Hunter in Colo­rado, Jake Donnelly in Idaho, Justin Jones in Minnesota, Keith Lamphere in New York, Jesse Richter in Kansas, Dusty Safley in Utah, Brian Schultz in Arizona, Eric Scribner in Wisconsin, Scott Sessions in Alabama, Matt Werner in Illinois, Alexander Wilson in California and Collen Wine­barger in Oregon.Densberger and Meirhofer are repeat champions in their respective states. Barnhill is the first Flor­ida state champion since 2005, Sessions the first Alabama state champion since 2010.If not already qualified, all Modified state champions become candidates for the Fast Shafts All-Star invitational.National rookie of the year Paul Nagle paced Iowa state standings for Late Models. Matt Ryan led the way in Illinois; he’d been first in Hawkeye State points in 2009.The parade of first-ever champions in the Sprint Car division includes Blake Carrier in Louisiana, Mike Downs in Ohio, Mike Haggenbottom in New Jersey, Matt Hope in North Carolina, Jesse Mack in California, Zach Newlin in Pennsylvania and Eric Smith in Indiana.Also winning career first state titles were Doug Lovegrove in Nebraska, Chad Wilson in Texas and Matt Ziebarth in South Dakota.Jerald Harris and Matt Moro won back-to-back crowns in Virginia and Iowa, respectively. Brandon Al­len now owns Minnesota awards from 2001 and 2015.Dan Mackenthun adds a seventh career and third consecutive Minnesota state Stock Car plaque to his collection while Jason Ward paced standings in South Dakota for a sixth straight season.Damon Murty won for the fourth time in his career, and for the third consecutive season in Iowa.Gregory Gutt repeated in Colorado. Other two-time Stock Car state champs are Aaron Corley in New Mexico, Ronald Hurt in California and Kirk Martin in Texas.Winners of career first crowns were Manny Baldiviez in Arizona, Joren Boyce in North Dakota, James Lynch in Illinois, Jason Rogers in Kansas, Travis Van Straten in Wisconsin, Mike Wise­man in Oklahoma and Zach Zentner in Nebraska.Baldiviez is the first Arizona state champion in the division. Van Straten is a former Northern SportMod champ in Wisconsin and Boyce is an eight-time North Dakota Modified state king.John Cain’s Hobby Stock title in South Dakota is his career fifth. Shannon Anderson aced Iowa for the third season. Tiffany Bittner topped the state points race in Nebraska and Cory Probst led the way in Minnesota, both for the second consecutive season.The eight Hobby Stock drivers winning first state crowns were Gary Goudy Sr. in North Dakota, Leonard Jones in Arizona, Wesley Mayer in New Mexico, Marcus Moede in Wisconsin, Shane Oknewski in Colorado, Jeremy Oliver in Texas, John Produit in Wyoming and Tyrel Smith in Kan­sas.The Minnesota state championship for Northern SportMods went to Matt Looft for the fifth straight year. Robby Rosselli reigned in North Dakota for the third consecutive season.Repeat champs were Rex Higgins in New Mexico, Lucas Lamberies in Wisconsin and Chris Toth in Arizona. Kenny Vollmer’s Idaho title was his career second.Drivers winning career first state titles in the class were Wayland Duncan in Utah, Jarett Franzen in Illinois, Michael Medel in Oregon, Kayden Menasco in Oklahoma, Clay Money in Kansas, Rusty Montagne in South Dakota, Ryan Moser in Colorado, Tony Olson in Iowa, Fred Ryland in California, Nelson Vollbrecht in Nebraska and Kevin Wright in Wyoming.Higgins is a four-time Stock Car state champion. Rosselli has also won twice in the Stocks, Monta­gne twice in the Hobbies.Jeffrey Kaup’s Kansas state crown was his Southern SportMod career fourth in a row. Travis Gray raced to his fourth career championship in Utah.Career-first titles went to Jeffrey Abbey in Texas, Brock Aeschbacher in Idaho, Jesse Baldwin in Colorado, Logan Ellis in Oklahoma, Shane Helton in New Mexico and Kyle Menlove in Wyoming.Cody Thompson’s Sport Compact championship was his fourth in a row in South Dakota while Nate Coopman won for the fourth time in his career in Minnesota.Shannon Pospisil repeated atop the Nebraska point standings. Scott Johnson becomes the first Wisconsin champion crowned in the 4-cylinder class.The first-time champions were Kimberly Abbott in Illinois, Brandon Anderson in North Dakota, Jay DeVries in Iowa, Bryan Moore in Colorado, Randy Murphy in Kansas and Danny Sims in Texas.IMCA began crowning state champions in 2000. The previous single-season record of 91 state champions was set last year.State champions will be among the drivers honored during the national awards banquet on Nov. 28 in Lincoln, Neb.last_img read more

first_imgWRBI received the following release from the IHSAA at 12:08 p.m. Friday, March 13…Due to the number of schools closing after today for an extended period of time, it has become apparent the IHSAA boys basketball tournament series cannot be completed as scheduled. Subsequently, the boys basketball tournament is postponed immediately.Saturday’s girls gymnastics state finals at Worthen Arena in Muncie will continue as scheduled with no spectators in attendance. Competition will begin at 1 pm ET / 12 pm CT.last_img read more

first_img Pennant produced a wonderful 82nd-minute strike that curled over the wall and beyond goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen to secure a 1-0 victory in their Barclays Premier League clash at Upton Park. The 30-year-old winger’s contract was due to expire in the summer and he was expected to leave having been marginalised under former boss Tony Pulis, only for Hughes to give him a 12-month extension. “Jermaine has been excellent since I came to the club. I’ve always admired his talent, but he’s had his own problems and will tell you that himself,” Hughes said. “When I came in and there was a real possibility he could leave the club, I felt like I couldn’t allow that to happen. You don’t want him turning up at Stoke in a different shirt. “I felt it made sense to keep him at the club and work with him to see what he’s like as an individual and player. He hasn’t disappointed me. He comes in every day with a smile on his face. “His work’s good and you don’t score a goal like he did without putting extra work in on the training ground, which he does every single day. “In the past maybe he’s been judged before he’s had the chance to show what he can do. He’s let himself down probably as well, which he’ll admit to. “He’s in a different place in his life now and is enjoying his life. I’m delighted for him.” Pennant’s goal was the highlight of a frustrating match that dominant Stoke should have won more comfortably with Kenwyne Jones, Marc Wilson and Jonathan Walters failing to convert first-half chances. “I think everybody would agree that we deserved to win,” said Hughes, who is hoping to bring in an attacking player before the transfer window closes on Monday. Stoke manager Mark Hughes claimed Jermaine Pennant’s match-winning free-kick against West Ham proved why it was vital to keep him at the club. “From the first minute until the last we got the ball down, passed and moved. Overall we always looked a threat and the only criticism I’d have is we should have won more comprehensively. “We had to wait until the latter stages of the game and that great finish from Jermaine, but from our point of view it was almost the perfect away performance.” West Ham manager Sam Allardyce acknowledged it was a poor display after watching his side fail to seriously trouble Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic. “At home, I haven’t seen us play that badly since we’ve been back in the Premier League, sadly,” Allardyce said. “We have to accept that at this moment in time it looks like we’re still establishing ourselves in the Premier League. “We still can’t quite reach the level of consistency this league demands. It was a really off day for us, a bad day. Our back four limited Stoke very well. “But the front six in terms of creativity really wasn’t there. It really wasn’t good enough and we played poorly, individually and collectively.” Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img Press Association But as formal consultations are still to take place, let alone any planning permission being granted, Chelsea cannot take their discussions forward at this point as the exact dates they would need to occupy another stadium are not yet known – although a three-year period has been mooted. Tottenham have also looked into the prospect of moving into Wembley as their new stadium is built in the shadow of current home White Hart Lane. One issue for both clubs would be the cap on Wembley’s 90,000 capacity – with the stadium only licensed by Brent Council to host a certain number of full-seater events each year. Spurs have also looked at spending the 2017/18 campaign at stadium:mk – the home of Sky Bet Championship side MK Dons. But if both clubs decide Wembley is their first-choice option it is likely the period of time they require the site will clash – meaning one of them would miss out. Chelsea have only held preliminary discussions with Wembley about using the national stadium whilst their Stamford Bridge home is redeveloped, Press Association Sport understands. center_img Some reports on Tuesday suggested an eight-figure fee had already been offered by the reigning Premier League champions as they look at options for a temporary home. Wembley is seen as Chelsea’s preferred option but there are other venues, such as Twickenham, which could host their fixtures and are being looked at. last_img read more

first_img A neatly-taken drop goal from Rory Clegg, adding to his haul of six penalties from seven attempts, had put the under-strength Warriors on the cusp of victory but Keatley had the final say for the Irish province three minutes from time. Anthony Foley’s men went in at the break leading 13-9, with young flanker Dave O’Callaghan crossing for the only try of the first half while his opposite number Tyrone Holmes was in the sin-bin. Press Association Clegg’s reliable right boot kept Glasgow in touch and he added three more penalties to put his side 18-13 ahead after 66 minutes. However, BJ Botha scored his first try in over two years, converted by Keatley, and Munster’s greater experience ultimately told in a real grandstand finish. The hosts held the early initiative but failed to profit from a couple of lineout opportunities and the Warriors duly scored from their first visit to the Munster 22 via Clegg’s 12th-minute penalty. A Munster surge on the back of successive scrum penalties set up the leveller from Keatley but Glasgow continued to make headway with their high tempo play until Jack O’Donoghue won a relieving ruck penalty. Gerhard van den Heever had a free-flowing try ruled out for a slight knock-on from Mark Chisholm, but the penalties were beginning to stack up against the Scots, particularly at the scrum where 20-year-old tighthead D’arcy Rae endured a difficult night. Glasgow then lost blindside Holmes to the sin-bin for collapsing a maul five metres out, and from the ensuing drive CJ Stander and Chisholm burrowed up close before O’Callaghan reached over for a simple try which Keatley converted. The 14-man Warriors knuckled down again with Grayson Hart getting his lively back-line moving, and two crisp place-kicks from Clegg closed the gap to a single point before Keatley replied with a monster effort in first-half injury time. The Munster out-half fluffed his lines by missing an easier kick on the resumption and Glasgow, with teenage lock Scott Cummings and man-of-the-match Adam Ashe carrying strongly, edged back in front courtesy of a quick-fire Clegg brace. Ian Keatley landed a decisive late penalty as Munster kept up their unbeaten start to the Guinness PRO12 season with a 23-21 victory over Glasgow Warriors at Thomond Park. Gregor Townsend’s supremely fit side – missing 21 players on Rugby World Cup duty – built further pressure, eking out another three-pointer which Clegg slotted for an 18-13 lead before he missed a difficult 46-metre shot from the right. The second-half penalty count was 7-2 against Munster at that stage but the impact of their bench, and the front row trio of Botha, Mike Sherry and Dave Kilcoyne in particular, was hugely important in the context of such a tight game. Kilcoyne’s ball-carrying grunt was in full effect as Munster went the direct route, chipping away at the Glasgow defence during a 20-phase attack that finished with prop Botha piling over to the right of the posts in the 66th minute. Keatley’s conversion was cancelled out eight minutes later when Mike Blair fed Clegg for a well-struck drop goal and a 21-20 advantage. However, Glasgow were punished for going offside by Keatley’s penalty and James Eddie’s yellow card for taking Andrew Conway out in the air signalled the end for the Scots. last_img read more

first_imgThe Minnesota congresswoman has repeatedly drawn controversy over comments on Israel, which some lawmakers from both sides have condemned as anti-Semitic.“The House has passed two resolutions that served as rebukes of her remarks, one specifically rejecting anti-Semitism and another combating hate speech,” reports say.Related content:Trump blasts Rep. Ilhan Omar for 9/11 remarks, Dems fire back Rep. Ilhan Omar said she had received an increase in direct threats against her life after President Trump tweeted a video mixing footage of her giving a speech with footage of the 9/11 attacks.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Sunday that she is seeking protection for the Minnesota congresswoman due to increased death threats following tweets from the president.President Trump took to Twitter to respond following Pelosi’s announcement citing Omar’s “anti-Semitic” statements as an issue.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ With two key players out due to injury, Syracuse head coach Leonid Yelin had to create a variety of lineups for Wednesday’s home opener against Binghamton.Sophomore setter Emily Betteridge, who leads the team with 363 assists, watched from the sidelines with her foot in a boot while senior middle blocker Lindsay McCabe was out with an ankle injury.The two injuries proved costly for the Orange (7-7) down the stretch of its 3-2 loss to Binghamton (3-12) at the Women’s Building. Syracuse jumped out to a two-set lead, but the Bearcats took advantage of McCabe and Betteridge being on the bench to win the final three sets.“You’re always going to struggle when you have to rearrange things,” assistant coach Stephanie Cantway said. “We tried multiple lineups tonight, so we’re still trying to find that niche.”Betteridge said she wanted to be on the court to help her team win a game that was in Syracuse’s favor. She believes the Orange lost as a result of more than just the injuries.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s definitely hard being on the bench,” she said. “You want to be in there every point and play for your team, but I don’t think that one person makes a team. I think all of us have worked so hard and we could have won it out there. But unfortunately it didn’t go the way we wanted it to go.”Freshman Monika Salkute played a vital role in filling in for the injured setters. McCabe said the team needed Salkute to step up when it matters most.Betteridge noted the depth of the bench, saying role players can be relied on when starters are sidelined with injuries.“I think that we have a deep bench and we’ll always have people that can go on the court,” Betteridge said. “So I don’t think it was just the two of us that could have made a difference. I think we could have done it together.”Cantway said the atmosphere for the team’s first home game was overwhelming. The nervous energy led to sloppy play that resulted in losing the final three sets.The assistant coach said the coaching staff is still trying to build a winning atmosphere in its first season leading the program.“We just have to believe that when we are up 2-0, the third game is to finish,” Cantway said. “It’s not that you got lucky. You won the first two, you’re ahead 2-0 and it’s time to finish the third.“I think it’s more of not being used to winning, and that’s what we are trying to develop. You’re up two games to zero and that’s your game to win.”With Betteridge and McCabe sitting on the bench, Syracuse was forced to test multiple lineups in order to find the best combination for winning. Cantway said the injuries were frustrating but the players must remain confident.After trying multiple lineups, Yelin said his team has to hang in until McCabe is back.“(McCabe) is the most talented middle blocker,” he said. “We will overcome this somehow.” Comments Published on September 20, 2012 at 2:32 am Contact Austin: arpollac@syr.edulast_img read more

first_imgMariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanProspective students and their parents gather around an informational tent in Hahn Plaza at USC’s Discover USC Fall Open House, a day-long event held on Sunday. Information sessions were held on campus life, the process of admissions, academics and financial aid. Attendees could also go on tours of campus and meet with faculty.last_img

first_img Comments Syracuse football wrapped up its spring practice with a Spring Showcase on Friday evening. Former SU player Julian Whigham joins the show to weigh in on SU’s spring. He talks the biggest takeaway from spring ball (1:00-4:00) and what it’s like to be a player during spring practice (5:30-12:40). Then the hosts dive into a stock up stock down segment (12:40-23:00) before discussing the biggest thing to be excited about and biggest hole headed into the summer (23:00- 33:27).Listen to the podcast here: Published on April 16, 2018 at 10:40 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI, FL-February 1, 2020 –– AFRICA UMOJA The Spirit of Togetherness, a story of the African continent and its unbreakable spirit, is set to arrive in South Florida for its one and only American appearance Tuesday, February 25th through Sunday, March 1st 2020 at the Miramar Cultural Center in celebration of Black History Month. Sponsored by Cox Media Group and Aetna, the production is presented by and benefits The Embrace Girls Foundation, Inc.“All children should have access to opportunities that will help them thrive academically and socially. The Embrace Girls Foundation fills this need in underserved and low-income communities, ensuring that the students they serve are exposed to important and meaningful academic, wellness and enrichment programs,” said Richard Weiss, Aetna’s market president in Florida.“Aetna is proud to support this organization while building on our longstanding commitment to celebrating Black history.”Aetna is not alone in its support. The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives; The Links, Inc., Miami-Dade Chapter; Black Professionals Network (BPN); WMBM-Gospel AM 1490; and Jesus People Full of Faith Ministries all have committed to hosting shows encouraging their members to support. WPLGTV Local 10 and Miami-Dade County District 1 Commissioner, Barbar J. Jordan are sponsoring students to attend Educational Day Shows and Commissioner Jordan is also sponsoring a pre-retirement evening show for her Miami Gardens constituents.“We are extremely humbled to have the support these individuals and companies,” says Velma R. Lawrence, CEO/Founder of The Embrace Girls Foundation, Inc., a South Florida based charity that provides after and during school academic, social, cultural and life skills training for girls who reside in underserved communities, at-risk homes or, attend low performing schools adding “many of the families and students attending these shows may not have had the opportunity to share in this amazing cultural experience that embraces family, unity and most of all a cultural experience unmatched.”Conceived by Todd Twala and Thembi Nyandeni and produced by Joe Theron, Africa Umoja was developed to educate a new generation of South Africans about their rich heritage and the power of unity (Umoja is the Swahili word for unity) by showcasing the glory days of South African music and dance, that persisted even during the country’s hardships. However, the show has become much more than either of its founders could ever have imagined, dazzling audiences and receiving standing ovations and breathtaking reviews in more than 50 countries across the globe over the last two decades.Fueled by history, the cast of 33 young adults are arguably South Africa’s most versatile and dynamic singers, dancers and drummers, drawn from the myriad of cultures that compose their rural worlds. The production will feature traditional love songs, lullabies, and internationally acclaimed choreography that narrates in passionate song and dance the moving tale of love and community that helped Black South Africans triumph during some of their country’s stormiest passages.Audiences will experience life in townships through authentic tribal dancing, joyous gospel singing, explosive drumming and heartfelt performances in an exciting tribute to South Africa and the Zulu heritage. Africa Umoja also celebrates South Africa’s freedom and democracy through a tribute to Nelson Mandela. The production includes the song “Long Road to Freedom,” which was written in Mandela’s honor and performed to visuals of Mandela in jail on Robin Island and his release from Poslmor Prison in 1990. In addition, there is a jaw-dropping tribute to America’s civil rights legend, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Africa Umoja carries the audience on a musical journey right up to “Kwaito,” the equivalent of American hip-hop in culture, fashion and expression that is the dynamic club climate of South Africa today. The authentic pride spilling off the stage is utterly irresistible and a refreshing change to the norm of manufactured performances. Africa Umoja is a pulsating celebration of Black History from then until now, telling a story that every family anywhere can embrace.The Miramar Cultural Arts Center is located at 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar, Florida 33025.Multiple performances are scheduled as follows: Evening performances are Tuesday through Sunday at 7 P.M.; Matinee performances are Saturday and Sunday at 2 P.M.; Group Performances Booked at include; Educational Student performances @ 10:30 A.M. designated days; Weekends from 11A.M. – 4 P.M., the Miramar Cultural Center will be transformed into the Africa Umoja Family Fun Village featuring the Island Boys Seafood Trucks Festival and a host of free family-friendly vendors and activities.All seats are reserved. Tickets are VIP Opening Night Gala: $100, $75 and $50; Weekday Nights: $60, $50, $25; Weekend Nights: $75, $65, $40; Educational Student Days: $15.last_img read more