• Ashley returns to Cottage Grove on Fan Appreciation Night

    first_imgBy Ben DeatherageCOTTAGE GROVE, Ore. – IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds make their return to Cottage Grove Speedway this Saturday, May 2 for Fan Appreciation Night presented by Huddle Automo­tive Repair.One of the drivers who will be shredding the clay at the 1/4-mile clay oval will be Jasper’s Eric Ashley. It will be the first start of the season for the Furniture Options, Ashley Family Racing, Hanke Racing-sponsored number 84 entry.“I’m pretty excited to get back out there after helping my dad out a little bit this year,” commented Ashley. “I also have to give credit to Ray and Shannon Hanke for their support of my team this season.”Ashley has spent the season wrenching for his father Gene and his friend Jesse Williamson. Both those drivers have visited victory lane once this season, Gene in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Williamson in the Modifieds. Will it be Ashley’s turn to win this weekend?  The last time Eric raced he posted an impressive fifth place on September 20th last season in only seven starts the whole year.“It would be nice to come out of the box and get a win,” he said.Also on the card are 360 Sprints, Late Models, Street Stocks, and the Quality RV Repair Hornets. Pit gates open at 2 p.m. and the front gates open at 4 p.m. Qualifying is at 5:30 p.m. and racing begins at approximately 6:45 p.m.last_img read more

  • Watchmen on the Wall hold free presentation in Greensburg

    first_imgGreensburg, In. — The Watchmen on the Wall will present Pastor Tim Throckman Friday, May 17 at 9 a.m. in the First Christian Church on N. Broadway Street in Greensburg.The free event includes coffee and donuts before comments and a question and answer session following. Faith leaders, pastors and the public are welcome.The program will focus on the responsibilities of Christians in relation to public service and civic duties. Romans Chapter 13 is a guide.last_img

  • Dzeko double cheers champions

    first_img Aguero needed just one touch to shoot across McGregor and into the corner. Four minutes later Dzeko lashed in the second, collecting David Silva’s pass and turning Liam Rosenior before expertly finding the top corner. Although early, it looked to be game over, as minds immediately turned to the visitors’ 7-0 thrashing of Sheffield Wednesday and whether it could be repeated. But Hull’s response was emphatic. Clichy, notionally supported by Silva, was an obvious target and was exposed as the hosts hit back in the 21st minute. Ahmed Elmohamady linked well with Rosenior before the latter breezed past Clichy and crossed from the right. There were plenty of blue shirts on hand but the first, Mangala, lost his bearings completely as he sent an unstoppable header arrowing into his own net. Aguero nearly dampened the celebrations when he went straight up the pitch and slotted an inch or two wide on the counter but Hull were not finished either. Diame began to boss the midfield, Toure and Fernandinho dropping deeper and deeper, while Elmohamady and Rosenior continued their assault on Clichy. The reward came in the 32nd minute, Diame chipping to Hernandez only for the striker to be taken out by Mangala’s wild high-footed challenge. The Uruguayan sent Caballero the wrong way and the champions were glad to hear the half-time whistle. But the balance shifted again soon after the restart, Toure clattering the post from long distance. Pellegrini’s men were back on the front foot, Silva re-emerging after a quiet period and Aguero always nagging. But with the scores still tied the ineffective Fernandinho gave way for Jesus Navas for the last 25 minutes. It was a risky switch that left Manchester City light on ball-winners but they regained the lead in a matter of minutes. Silva was the driver, cutting inside and riding Diame’s challenge before freeing Dzeko on the left. The striker finished clinically, sliding his shot past the outstretched McGregor and in at the far post. Hull had not given up, Gaston Ramirez working Caballero after stepping off the bench alongside Hatem Ben Arfa, and Tom Huddlestone seeing his 20-yard drive loop up off Kompany and over the crossbar. But there was just enough time for Lampard to add to his remarkable scoring sequence, arriving with a typical late run to convert Zabaleta’s cut-back. Edin Dzeko’s wonderful double and Frank Lampard’s fourth goal in three games sealed victory for Manchester City despite the champions at one stage surrendering a two-goal lead over Hull. The Frenchman, so impressive on debut against Chelsea last weekend, headed a calamitous own-goal past Willy Cabellero – handed a Barclays Premier League debut ahead of the dropped Joe Hart – and then gave away a penalty with a reckless high tackle on Abel Hernandez. Hull’s record signing converted the spot-kick and at half-time it was the hosts who seemed likelier winners. But Manuel Pellegrini’s visiting side regained control after the interval and sealed victory through Dzeko’s clinical finish and a trademark strike from the evergreen Lampard. For Pellegrini a first win in four league matches will be relief, but there was plenty of room for improvement. Gael Clichy was a near liability at left-back and the expensively assembled midfield pairing of Yaya Toure and Fernandinho was frequently cowed by £3.5million man Mohamed Diame. The game began at a furious pace, Aguero charging at goal and testing Allan McGregor at the near post with just 40 seconds on the clock. Hull wasted little time making inroads of their own, Jake Livermore sending a devilish cross into the six-yard box where Nikica Jelavic just failed to make contact having slipped between Vincent Kompany and Mangala. It took just seven minutes for the opener to arrive, Hull having twice failed to get the ball clear. They left Aguero criminally unmarked as Pablo Zabaleta battled hard to head back into the danger zone. City looked to have pocketed the points early on as Sergio Aguero and Dzeko both found the net inside 11 minutes, the Bosnian hitting a stunning strike from the edge of the penalty area. But Hull wrestled their way back into contention with a helping hand from £32million centre-back Eliaquim Mangala. Press Associationlast_img read more

  • Cricket News Test cricket is living life over five days and should not be tinkered with, says Virat Kohli

    first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The skipper of Indian cricket team Virat Kohli said that Test cricket said he does not see the longest format of the game getting shredded to four days and added it should not be “tinkered” with as the International Cricket Council (ICC) is considering different ways to modernise the traditional format of cricket. “It’s the most beautiful format of the game. I don’t think it’s going to go anywhere. I don’t even see it getting compressed to four days. It’s literally living life over five days. There are so many ups and downs and even when you’ve done well you’ve got to keep coming back and doing it all over again, Kohli said.The 29-year-old swashbuckling batter, who has been one of the top run scorers in recent times, said that the satisfaction level is unexplainable when a player does well in Test cricket.ALSO READ: India vs Afghanistan, Asia Cup 2018: Rohit and co eye win before finals “I cannot explain to you the job satisfaction that you get when you do well in Test cricket, because you know how demanding it is,” Kohli told ‘Wisden’.When asked about if the proposed four-day Test matches are a backward step, he said, “definitely. It should not be tinkered with.”The growing number of T20 leagues across the world has put the longest format of the game in danger.“In a few countries, yes. It all depends on the awareness of people who watch the game. If you take a country like South Africa or Australia or England, they have big crowds for Test matches because people understand the sport.ALSO READ: Virat Kohli, Mirabai Chanu to receive Khel Ratna; Check complete list of Khel Ratna and Arjuna Awardees 2018 “I think that if you really understand the sport, if you really love the sport, you understand Test cricket and you understand how exciting it is. The ICC is set to introduce a nine-team two-year Test World Championship in 2019 and the Indian skipper is in favour of it.“I think that is going to give a huge push to Test cricket. It makes every series more competitive, and there’s going to be ups and downs throughout the Championship, which I really look forward to. The teams that love playing Test cricket are always going to be passionate about it. Virat Kohli has scored 593 runs at an average of 59.30 in the recently concluded five-match Test series against England. last_img read more

  • Cricket News Are Zimbabwe cricketers ready to play for free?

    first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Barred from competing in any ICC event, Zimbabwe’s cricketers are willing to play “for free” to keep the game alive in the country, expressing their desperation to compete in the upcoming World Twenty20 Qualifiers. The ICC had recently banned Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) on grounds of government interference.The women’s T20 qualifiers are slated to be held in August while the men’s qualifiers will be held in October.”We will play for free. As long as we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Our next assignment is the qualifiers. We will play for free,” a senior squad member told ESPNcricinfo.Neither of the two senior national squads have been paid in the last two months, and the men were not paid match fees during their recent tour of Netherlands and Ireland.The suspension, though, does not bar them from competing in bilateral series and the ICC can even appoint match officials for bilateral series they host.However, without ICC funding, it will be difficult for them to host any series.According to the FTP, Zimbabwe are to host Afghanistan in August and the West Indies in October and November before travelling to India for a three-match T20 series in January 2020.Meanwhile, the interim committee running Zimbabwe Cricket has warned its employees to report for work on Thursday or face “legal and disciplinary” consequences.Zimbabwe Cricket’s (ZC) directive is meant for all employees and primarily it is meant for ZC’s administrative and logistical staff.The captains of the men’s and women’s nationals teams recently wrote to Sports Minister Kirsty Coventry, expressing their interest to be allowed to play cricket again as soon as possible.What was the matter? The ICC on Thursday suspended Zimbabwe Cricket with immediate effect for violation of global body’s constitution which doesn’t allow any government intervention. The current elected members of Zimbabwe board were suspended by government agency Sports and Recreation Committee (SRC) which was violation of articles 2.4 © and (d).“Zimbabwe Cricket has been suspended with immediate effect. The ICC Board unanimously decided that Zimbabwe Cricket, an ICC Full Member, is in breach of Article 2.4 © and (d) of the ICC Constitution which imposes an obligation on Members to provide a process for free and democratic elections and to ensure that there is no government interference in its governance and / or administration for cricket respectively,” the ICC said in a statement.As a consequence of suspension, ICC funding to Zimbabwe Cricket will be frozen and representative teams from Zimbabwe will not be allowed to participate in any ICC events. The ICC has directed that the elected Zimbabwe Cricket Board be reinstated to office within three months, and progress in this respect will be considered again at the October Board meeting. last_img read more

  • FAU, FIU meet in conference play

    first_img Associated Press SENIOR STUDS: Florida International’s Osasumwen Osaghae, Devon Andrews and Trejon Jacob have combined to account for 49 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 54 percent of all Panthers points over the last five games.RAMPING IT UP A NOTCH: The Owls have scored 72.2 points per game across 10 conference games. That’s an improvement from the 67.7 per game they managed over 10 non-conference games.TERRIFIC TAYLOR: Cornelius Taylor has connected on 36.6 percent of the 145 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 16 of 40 over his last five games. He’s also made 74.4 percent of his free throws this season.SPREAD IT AROUND: Florida International is 7-0 when at least five of its players score 10 or more points and 8-8 when any fewer than that achieve double-figures. Florida Atlantic is 7-0 when four or more players score double-digit points and 7-9 on the year, otherwise.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Panthers are 7-0 when at least five of their players score 10 or more points and 8-8 when any fewer than that achieve double-figures. The Owls are 7-0 when at least four of their players score in double-figures and 7-9 on the year otherwise.DID YOU KNOW: Florida International is ranked first among CUSA teams with an average of 79.4 points per game. February 4, 2020 FAU, FIU meet in conference playcenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditFlorida Atlantic (14-9, 6-4) vs. Florida International (15-8, 6-4)Ocean Bank Convocation Center, Miami; Wednesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: CUSA foes meet as Florida Atlantic battles Florida International. Florida Atlantic won 91-73 over Marshall in its last outing. Florida International is coming off an 81-76 win over Western Kentucky in its most recent game. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

  • Syracuse men’s cross-country captures 2nd consecutive ACC championship; Orange women’s team place 8th

    first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The Syracuse men’s cross-country team won its second consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference championship and its fifth in the last six years, at Panorma Farms in Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday. The Orange totaled 32 points, nearly three times better than runner-up North Carolina State, which finished with 90. The women’s team finished eighth overall with 162 points.Syracuse junior Martin Hehir was the top overall finisher with a time of 23:15.2 in the 8K as the SU men’s team put five runners in the top 11 spots.“They got out aggressively and stayed in the front,” SU head coach Chris Fox said. “They let the race come to them. They raced really smart.”The victory gives the Syracuse men’s team a great shot at qualifying for the NCAA championships, but first the Orange competes in the NCAA Northeast Regionals in the Bronx, New York on Nov. 14.After Hehir came senior Max Straneva in third place, followed by freshman Justyn Knight in eighth, sophomore Joel Hubbard in ninth and sophomore MJ Erb finished 11th.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse dominated throughout the race as, midway through at the 4K mark, six of the top nine runners were from SU, which included all of the top three slots.Syracuse’s team total of 32 points is the best score for any ACC men’s team since Virginia put up the same score in 2007.Margo Malone paced all runners on the SU women’s team with a third-place overall finish, clocking in at 20:01.6 in the 6K.“They had a really, really bad day,” Fox said of SU’s women’s team. “They’ll have to run decently at regionals to make the NCAA tournament.”The top five finishers for the women were Malone, senior Jessie Petersen at No. 20, junior Maura Linde coming in 40th, sophomore Rebecca Skodis finishing 49th, and senior Haley Cutright at No. 50.Sophomore Sydney Leiher, competing as the third runner on the SU team, finished seventh for Syracuse and 79th overall.“Sometimes the star basketball player shoots 2-for-15, sometimes he shoots 11-for-15,” Fox said. “It was a bad day. They’ll re-group. They’ll make nationals.” Comments Published on October 31, 2014 at 1:35 pm Contact Sam: | @Sam4TRlast_img read more

  • Amanda Vestri is making waves in her first year at Syracuse

    first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ School was over, but Amanda Vestri stayed at Iowa State past the end of the semester. She was set to compete as the only ISU women’s track and field runner at the NCAA Championships.Vestri shone that season — her second for the Cyclones — repeating as an All-Region and All-Big 12 performer. She went on to finish 90th at the NCAA Championships and was named an All-American.But for three weeks, she was alone on campus. Her father, Steve Vestri, said that’s when his daughter had decided to leave. Despite her success in competitive action, Vestri struggled on a personal level.“That seemed like the tipping point to me with her,” Steve said. “But leading up to that there were those times where you could tell she wished she was home.”A native of Rochester, Vestri decided to move closer to home and transfer to Syracuse. At every level, Vestri has had success since her first introduction to running in sixth grade. Whether it was getting called up to the varsity team as an eighth grader, being heavily recruited in high school or being a top performer at Iowa State, Vestri has proven herself every level. Fresh off a transfer to Syracuse, she’s continued that form, vaulting herself as one of Syracuse’s top performers through the first half of the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I feel like me and some other older girls on the team are definitely pretty level-headed,” Vestri said. “We want to help everyone out and show them, this is what we need to do, this is how we need to do it, to get them where we want to be ultimately at the end of the season.”Since she began running, Vesti has always been an overachiever.At Webster Thomas (New York) High School’s annual “pumpkin run,” Vestri lined up with her sixth grade classmates and other older kids. In a race designed to find future runners, Vestri ended the race in third.When Vestri was called up to Webster Thomas’ varsity cross country team in eighth grade, she impressed coaches from the onset. But Vesti stopped progressing in her sophomore year. Her times stagnated, and she was no longer making the strides she and coaches expected.Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorVestri began to work with Paul Dick, a physical strength coach that allowed her to build her speed and endurance to compete with older runners around New York. Her times started to drop again and Vestri gained national attention in the following years. She finally broke through during her senior year and led Webster Thomas to a New York Section V cross country championship.ISU coach Andrea Grove-McDonough became the first coach to reach out. Vestri always planned on staying close to home in college, but she didn’t ignore the commitment that Grove-McDonough showed her during recruiting. Among other possible destinations for Vestri were Providence and Syracuse, but the bond that was formed between Vestri and Grove-McDonoughwas enough to sway her into a commitment to the Cyclones.During her first year for Iowa State, Vestri continued on an upward trajectory. Along with the freshman accolades, she even qualified for the IAAF Under-20 World Championships in Finland for Team USA.“Just to race on the world level against a lot of great athletes, it definitely set me up for future races,” Vestri said. “Being able to stay a little more relaxed for those races, being on that kind of stage is the biggest you can get.”After freshman year, though, Grove-McDonough left and Vestri almost did too. She was unsure of her future with the program. Despite that, Vestri was determined to honor her commitment and give new head coach Fletcher Brooks a chance.While she succeeded running, she wasn’t happy and thought about transferring the whole year. Being 1,000 miles away from her family in Rochester compounded with Grove-McDonough’s departure pushed her back home.Vestri entered the transfer portal and officially moved closer to home, as she had expected before she initially committed to Iowa State. Syracuse, having demonstrated their interest in Vestri two years prior, was her choice among a handful of teams vying for her commitment.“Syracuse was an option the whole recruiting process,” Vestri said. “I thought that Iowa State was going to be the place I would go for four years…I decided that it was time to move on.”In her first few months at Syracuse, Vestri has had an immediate impact. In Syracuse’s first two races of the season, Vestri has finished in the top spot for SU in both meets, including a second-overall finish at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown which she led Syracuse to their first win since 2011.“She was a great, motivated, strong willed woman, who wanted to be great and chose another school,” head coach Brien Bell said. “I mean you only get to choose one.” Comments Published on October 23, 2019 at 10:37 pm Contact Eli: last_img read more

  • Sky orders strict protocol to significantly reduce gambling advertising

    first_img Sky Sports grows American football offering with NFL channel August 14, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Cross-party think-tank calls for £100 monthly limit on gambling August 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Share Submit The leadership of Sky UK has confirmed that it will introduce new rules that will significantly reduce its output of betting/gambling related adverts across its digital TV network.Addressing head-on public and political concerns related to the over-saturation of gambling-related content on UK TV, Sky leadership details that in 2019 it will enforce drastic reduction measures across its programming.Sky reveals that from the start of the Premier League season 2019/2020, it will allow ‘only one betting/gambling advert to be broadcast per commercial break‘.The policy will be introduced across its entire TV network, covering sports, entertainment, lifestyle, news and HD channels, applying to – sportsbook, poker and online casino advertising content.Further supporting its upcoming policy, Sky leadership details that it is developing new capabilities through its AdSmart technology, which will enable audiences to block gambling-content be viewed on Sky and Virgin Media digital platforms.At present, Sky targets June 2020 as the target period in which its aims to launch AdSmart viewer blocking capabilities.Stephen van Rooyen – Sky UKUpdating stakeholders, Stephen van Rooyen, Chief Executive of Sky UK & Ireland stated that the broadcaster was committed to supporting the UK’s safer gambling infrastructure through its upcoming policies.“Our customers are worried about gambling ads on TV, and we understand their concerns. That’s why we’ve committed to limiting the number of gambling ads on Sky and better protecting those vulnerable to problem gambling.”A key corporate directive for 2019, Sky leadership details that it will implement its gambling reduction measures, regardless of whether the UK government moves to implement a much-debated 9pm watershed on gambling advertising.Reacting to Sky’s upcoming policy, Jeremy Wright Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS), described the broadcaster’s action plan ‘as a welcome move to protect vulnerable people from the impact of problem-gambling harms’.As head of DCMS department, Wright called for further UK broadcasters to follow Sky’s protocol on gambling related content.last_img read more

  • “Africans should be proud of Asamoah Gyan” – BBC’s Isaac Fanin

    first_imgThe BBC’s African football expert, Isaac Fanin, believes Asamoah Gyan’s legacy in African football should not be tainted by his infamous penalty miss against Uruguay at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.Thursday July 2, 2020, marked ten years since the unforgettable night in Johannesburg.With renewed conversation around the game, Gyan’s status in Ghana football has come under scrutiny again.Now 35, the former Sunderland striker is Ghana’s record goalscorer with 51 goals, and Africa’s top scorer at the world cup with 6 goals.However, the penalty miss in South Africa has remained an episode his critics reference to question his status in the game.Fanin, who published an article where Ghanaian players, Hans Adu Sarpei and John Painstil, said they would never be able to forgive Suarez for the handball incident, contends that Gyan’s consistent top performances for the Black Stars over the years have cemented his legacy.“Asamoah Gyan was the main man for the Ghanaian team every time he went to the world cup and represented the country. I think his legacy is set,” Fanin told Citi Sports.“This is a really sad way for him to be remembered but even at that world cup, in the Round of 16, he scored an amazing goal against the United States.“He had a track record of coming up big for Ghana. His legacy should not be tainted by this difficult momen,” Fanin continued.“He tweeted that his family is proud of him and I think as Africans, we should be proud of him because he may have given us a difficult moment in African football history, but he also gave us amazing moments,” Fanin concluded.Background With the game heading for extra time, a goal bound short from Dominic Adiyiah was scooped out of goal by Uruguay’s Luis Suarez.The then Ajax striker was shown a red card and Ghana awarded the penalty.Asamoah Gyan stepped up, and missed, breaking Ghanaian and African hearts.The game went into extra time and then a penalty shoot out which Ghana subsequently lost.last_img read more