• Biggest dirt track event on the planet has super-sized purse

    first_imgBOONE, Iowa – A super-sized purse will be paid to competitors in the biggest dirt track event on the planet, the Sept. 4-9 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’sThe 900-plus drivers coming to Boone Speedway from coast to coast and border to border, as well as Canada, earn shares of a purse nearing $300,000.Another $60,000 or so in contingency awards is at stake so there is no question the 35th annual version of America’s Racin’ Vacation will contin­ue to be the most prestigious, top-paying event for grassroots racers.“We have always had the goal of maintaining reasonable entry fees and admission prices while provid­ing the best possible purse structure at Super Nationals,” explained IMCA President Brett Root. “We have been able to accomplish that in conjunction with a lot of contingencies given by great IMCA spon­sors.”The Saturday, Sept. 9 Modified main event boasts a potential $7,000 paycheck for the winner. That includes a guaranteed $2,000 plus a $100 bonus for each of as many as 50 sanctioned starts made during the season.Saturday’s Stock Car main event carries a $3,500 top possible check. The winner goes home with $1,000 plus a bonus of $50 for each of as many as 50 sanctioned starts.Winning the Deery Brothers Summer Series main event could also be good for as much as $3,500. The regu­lar Late Model tour event pays a guaranteed $2,000 to win, plus a bonus of as much as $1,500 based on $30 for each of as many as 50 starts.Potential payday for the Northern SportMods is $2,250. That main event pays a guaranteed $1,000 to win plus a bonus of $25 for each of up to 50 starts this season.Top prize for the Hobby Stocks could reach $1,850. They’ll race for $600 to win their Saturday night main and the bonus of $25 per start up to 50.And the champion of Tuesday’s Sport Compact main event could bank as much as $500. They’ll get a guaranteed $250 plus a $5 bonus for each of up to 50 starts.Modified drivers are guaranteed $300 providing they race each night Wednesday through Satur­day. Stock Car drivers are guaranteed $200 if they race Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.All purse money is posted and paid at the event; Super Nationals bonuses will be presented during the national awards banquet in Lincoln, Neb., in November.last_img read more

  • Gatsby guns down Australia

    first_img Press Association There had been two lengths between the pair when dual Derby hero Australia had been the impressive winner of the Juddmonte International at York. It looked as if Aidan O’Brien’s 30-100 favourite was bound for another Group One victory when striking the front inside the final furlong, but Moore had been stoking the Kevin Ryan-trained winner (7-1) along at the rear and swooped on Joseph O’Brien’s outside to lead at the post. “He won’t go to the Arc. He could go to Ascot on Qipco day (Champion Stakes) and if he did that would be his last run. We’ll start off next year in the Dubai Duty Free.” Moore said: “He ran a very good race in the Juddmonte, we knew Australia would be hard to beat but he had come on a little bit from York. The race set up nice for him and he really tries hard. He puts his head down and I think they pulled nine lengths clear, I’d say both horses have run very good races to pull that far clear. “Every race you just have to see how it unfolds and it looked like they’d go fast. We planned to be patient and to have him where he’s comfortable. The horse travels well, you give him a target and he’ll chase it. “When he won the Dante I really liked him, and when we went to France I thought he could run well but he surprised me with how well he won and I thought then this is a very good horse. He’s proved it today.” Ryan Moore and The Grey Gatsby collared Australia in the final strides of the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. The Grey Gatsby is a Classic winner himself, having collected the French Derby under an inspired Moore back in June. He was one of those in no hurry during the early stages, as Australia’s pacemaker Kingfisher and the Hamdan Al Maktoum pair Alkasser and Mukhadram formed a leading pack. O’Brien was forced to go quite wide around the home bend, while Moore saved ground on the inner and used that momentum to take him on to yet another major success. The winning trainer said: “Ryan went out with a plan. He thought they would go very hard, so he was going to hang on to him. I said to him that was Plan A, but if he had to revert to Plan B or C, so be it. You don’t tell Ryan Moore how to ride. “He’s a great racehorse and I’m very proud of him. I’ve felt all along that he’s never had the credit he deserves and if he doesn’t now it will be unbelievable. The horse has done his own talking. “Hughesie (Richard Hughes) said at York that Australia just got first run on him. On the day I don’t think he would have beaten him, but Hughesie thought he would have been a lot closer and given him a harder race. “Today we had him in a little bit better shape as we were always conscious of this race. Turning in I was thinking he had a lot of ground to make up, but in fairness to Ryan he was saving ground while Australia had to go wide. He made up the ground well and when he passed one and picked up, I thought he would go very close. “He’s a horse that has taken us on a great journey, both me and the owner. He’ll stay in training next year and will get stronger and better. We’ll hopefully have another great year. last_img read more

  • -Terrence Ali National Open Boxing.. Joint Services ready for fireworks

    first_imgTHE talk among boxing fans is that the Guyana Defence Force, the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Prison Service are all set to come out with guns blazing this weekend when the Terrence Ali National Open Boxing gets underway.The three military organisations all have their eyes on grabbing the coveted Champion Gym title and the Prison Service have gone as far as having an `AK 47’ in their corner, leaving fans to believe it will be a Joint Services firearm competition.Dennis ThomasDennis ThomasNational heavyweight champion Jason `AK 47’ Barker will lead the Prison Service team that includes talented welterweight Joshua `JJ’ Joseph, a ‘Best Boxer’ at the last Andrew Lewis National Novices Championships.The 27-year-old Barker has not lost a fight since Quincy `Biggie’ Small had the better of him on points at the East Ruimveldt Community Centre in October 2014.Since then, the `AK 47’ took aim and secured a Gold medal at the Caribbean Development tournament in 2015 and earlier this month had his first overseas engagement, when he travelled to Barbados to stop his opponent in the first round.His attention is now turned to the GDF, the reigning Champion Gym. The last time the Republicans (Prison Service) and GDF met, the former won the competition for most supporters and the beating of drums.In order to retain the title the army has packed its team with seasoned campaigners, with 24-year-old light-heavyweight Desmond Amsterdam spearheading the soldier’s quest for honours.Jason BarkerJason BarkerThe hard-hitting Amsterdam is a Caribbean Development Tournament Gold Medalist and has lost only once in 16 fights. He would be ably assisted by national bantamweight champion Clairmont Gibson. Meanwhile, The Guyana Police Force is relying on the experience of Dennis `Menace’ Thomas and Diwani Lampkin to secure gold medals.Thomas is the national middleweight champion and has represented Guyana at most major international tournaments except the Olympic Games.The Terrence Ali National Open tournament will punch off tomorrow evening at 7 pm. It concludes on Sunday, the same day that the Guyana Boxing Association holds a fund-raising take-away lunch.The weighing-in of boxers will take place this afternoon at the Andrew `Six Head’ Lewis gym commencing at 17.00hrslast_img

  • Nominations Open for 2018 Nigerian Sports Award

    first_imgNominations are now open for the 2018 edition of the prestigious Nigerian Sports Award as entries from the general public for the various categories start on May 23 and runs till October 7, 2018.Speaking at a press conference to herald the commencement of activities for the 2018 edition, the Chairman of the award panel who is also the Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr. Kweku Tandoh, explained that 2018 edition of the award promises to be more exciting especially with the performances of Nigerian athletes in their various sports from 2017 till date and even as the country prepares for participation at the World Cup in Russia.According to Tandoh, there are 21 categories of awards that are open for nominations this year and the list include; Racket Sports Person of the Year tennis, (table tennis, badminton and squash, tennis) Team Sports Person of the Year, Coach of the Year, Combat Sports Personality of the Year (karate, judo, taekwondo, wrestling, wrestling and boxing), Wrestler of the Year, Discovery of the Year, Footballer of the Year (Women), Footballer of the Year (Men), Athletics Star of the Year, School Sports Award, Sports Administrator of the Year, Sports Governor of the Year and Para Sports Person of the Year. He noted that the new categories introduced for in the 2018 edition of the award was in line with new development and exemplary performances recorded by athletes in recent competitive games.Speaking on the nomination process and the mechanics, the Executive Director, Unmissable Incentives Limited, Mr. Kayode Idowu, revealed that the nominations can be done through website – and via the various social media platforms including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook in order to drive massive participation from the public.Idowu explained that the sport lovers and the public have the opportunity to nominate via Twitter using the hashtag for each category.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

  • Unified Badgers off to hottest start under coach Stone

    first_imgEven before this season began, UW women’s basketball head coach Lisa Stone had a feeling that this year’s team was special and unique. “They’re young,” Stone said. “The element of unknown is a good thing. Every game to them is a big game. The personality of this team is competitive. They want to win. They’re energetic, emotional.”That energy and emotion has led the Badgers to an 8-1 start, the best in Stone’s four year career.”[They’re a] very funny group,” Stone added. “They like to be around each other.”According to junior tri-captain Jolene Anderson, camaraderie is something that may have been missing is years past.”We’re a lot closer this year,” Anderson said. “Our team chemistry is great off the court as well as on the court. What we do off the court obviously represents what we do on the court.””When [we know each other] better off the court, there’s a better understanding [on the court],” agreed fellow tri-captain Danielle Ward. “If this were my freshman year, I’d feel a lot more comfortable talking. We talk all the time off the court. We’re kind of like sisters.”This group may be friendly among themselves, but they certainly haven’t been friendly to opposing teams, especially in the Kohl Center where they are a perfect 5-0.”Their talent level is awesome,” Stone exclaimed. “They get better every day; they want to get better every day. They come to work. I really, really enjoy being around them.”An 8-1 team with eight new players on the roster must have some exceptional leaders. Something Stone’s squad has plenty of.”These freshmen really need someone to lead them,” said sophomore forward Caitlin Gibson, the third tri-captain who has assumed one of these leadership roles. “Getting them prepared for [the Big Ten season] is going to be important.”With all the hype about the newcomers on this team, the veterans have begun to slip under the radar.”Those three juniors (Janese Banks, Ward and Anderson) have really elevated their game,” Stone said of her top three leading scorers. “Jolene is Jolene. She leads us in every category.”Despite the fact that there are so many freshmen and no seniors on this year’s roster, all three captains agreed that the transition from being underclassmen to leaders was an easy one.”The hardest part was [teaching the freshmen drills in practice],” Anderson said. Every member of this Badger roster is extremely focused on the task at hand: winning now. But because there are no seniors on the team, all of them should be returning next season.”This year is our learning year. And the way we’ve started out, it’s really exciting to think about next year,” Gibson noted enthusiastically.”Building up this year is going to help us for next year,” Anderson added. “Having everyone for the next two seasons is going to help us in the long run.”Illinois-Chicago Comes to TownWisconsin will square off against Illinois-Chicago (3-4) Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the Kohl Center. The Flames are in the midst of a three game losing streak, but took Illinois, another Big Ten opponent, down to the wire, losing by a mere six points.Senior forward Jacquay Holmes is the Flames’ leading scorer, averaging 12.7 points per game. Gibson and Ward will do what they can to keep her off the blocks.Senior guard Krystal Hugelier is the Flames’ most consistent three-point shooter while averaging 11.4 ppg this season. Stone said Anderson will be given the grueling task of trying to slow her down from beyond the arc.”We recruit the same players [as Illinois-Chicago],” Stone noted. “They’re very athletic; they’re young; they’re going to come to battle. They’ll give us a good challenge.”Fans should also expect to see the same starting lineup for the cardinal and white they have used all year.”We got a good thing going, and we want to keep it going,” Stone added with a smile.last_img read more

  • BGC members to donate virtual grand national profits to NHS charity

    first_img Share UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submit Related Articles Members of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) have committed to donating all profits from this weekend’s ‘Virtual Grand National’ to NHS Charities Together.The initiative has the backing of BGC members including bet365, William Hill, Flutter Entertainment, Sky Bet, GVC, BetFred, Betway, BetVictor, JenningsBet and Inspired Entertainment.Commenting on the initiative, BGC Chief Executive Michael Dugher said: “With the UK understandably and rightly in lockdown, unfortunately the Grand National can’t take place; however the virtual Grand National will be the closest we can get to creating one of those moments when we can all come together in celebration, not just for the world’s greatest sporting events, but for the NHS heroes working on the front line to keep us all safe.“I am delighted that our members have stepped up in this way to support the national effort to combat COVID-19 by contributing all of their race profits to NHS Charities Together. Millions of us love a flutter on the Grand National. For many, it’s the only time of the year they place a bet. This year, the big winner will be our NHS.”Stakes will be limited to £10 per horse per customer, or £10 each way per horse. In addition, the Tote will be providing a pool on the race and donating profits to charity.The pre-recorded race, which will be broadcast on ITV at 17:00 on 4 April, will include the 40 runners who would have been most likely to take part using CGI technology and special algorithms.The offer comes days after the BGC launched a 10 pledge action plan in response to the COVID-19 crisis which includes a commitment by members to support the Government’s ‘National Effort’ by encouraging staff to volunteer for community service, as well as offering premises where possible for use by those supporting the effort to tackle the Coronavirus.last_img read more

  • St. Louis Blues trade Robby Fabbri to Detroit Red Wings in exchange for Jacob de la Rose

    first_imgThe Blues selected Fabbri, 23, in the first round (No. 21 overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft. In four seasons with St. Louis, the Mississauga, Ont., native scored 32 goals and added 41 assists in 164 games, but he never posted more than the 37 points he put up in his rookie campaign of 2015-16. Fabbri also played in 10 games during the team’s Stanley Cup run last spring.De La Rose, 24, joins St. Louis after playing in 76 games (four goals, nine assists) with the Red Wings, who acquired him on waivers from the Montreal Canadiens in October 2018. The Swedish forward was a second-round selection of Montreal (No. 34 overall) in the 2013 draft. He contributed eight goals and 11 assists over 119 games with the Canadiens. He won a gold medal with Team Sweden at the 2018 World Championships. The St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings swapped depth forwards in an early-season trade Wednesday night. St. Louis dealt center Robby Fabbri to Detroit in exchange for left winger Jacob de la Rose. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong announced the trade after his team’s 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.last_img read more

  • PICTORIAL: MP Nsereko the star as Uganda into EAC parliament finals

    first_imgShare on: WhatsApp MP Prossy Karungi in netball action.PICTORIAL: Uganda’s Parliament football and netball teams have qualified for the finals in the ongoing East African inter-parliamentary games in Mombasa. Uganda beat the EALA team 3-0 in the football semifinal at Mbaraki Sports grounds Thursday with two goals from Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko. Uganda will play Burundi in the final on Sunday. Burundi eliminated Tanzania 1-0 in the first semi final. The Uganda netball team defeated Tanzania Parliament 35 – 25 at Makande gymnasium in Mombasa. MPs Babirye Kityo Sarah and Amero Suzan led the scoring.MP Obua spurred the football team (above) while MP Babirye the netball team below. COURTESY PHOTOSlast_img read more

  • Bearkats Lifted to Southland Conference Title After Thrilling Final Round

    first_imgPHOTO GALLERY | LEADERBOARDMAGNOLIA, Texas – In what seems to be typical fashion, the 2019 Southland Conference Women’s Golf Championship came down to the wire Wednesday afternoon at High Meadow Ranch Golf Club in Magnolia, Texas. The tournament was decided on hole No. 18 where Sam Houston State’s Kenlie Barrett registered her 12th par of the afternoon. Barrett’s consistency secured her the individual title while also clinching the Southland Conference title and an automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division I Golf Championship for the Bearkats. SHSU was pushed to the very end by the Bears of Central Arkansas, who entered the final round in third place.Sam Houston State claimed the team championship on the shoulders of Barrett, who finished tournament play three strokes under par for a 213. Including Barrett, the Bearkats concluded their week with three competitors finishing among the top 10 individuals.Following the conclusion of round two, Central Arkansas found itself nine strokes out of first place but managed to piece together a furious comeback over the final 18 holes. The Bears’ performance culminated in a team score of 283 (-5) in the final round and 882 (+18) for the tournament, earning the runner-up trophy for the third consecutive season. Senior Emma Svensson led the charge for UCA, tying for third individually with a 218 (+2). Central Arkansas knocked down 37 birdies throughout the tournament, with 16 coming in their final round.Finishing the tournament in third place was Houston Baptist, a team that was in the hunt for the championship until the final three holes where Sam Houston State and Central Arkansas were able to pull away. The Huskies rounded out the championship combining for 884 (+20). HBU also landed a trio of competitors among the top-10 finishers, including Kaity Cummings who tied for third overall, Lexi Brooks who finished sixth and Sara Zrnikova who tied for seventh place.Lamar finished the three-day stretch in fourth place with an 899 (+35). The Cardinals scored 302 on day one and 304 on day two but managed to drop eleven strokes on the final day to conclude the third round with a 293. Elodie Chaplet led the LU squad, tying for seventh place individually with a 221 (+5). Chaplet was one of three players to shoot a 69 in round three and one of six competitors to record an eagle for the tournament.Stephen F. Austin’s Erica Lautensack concluded play notching a 215 (-1) to join SHSU’s Barrett as the only other player to shoot under par for the tournament. Lautensack’s effort placed her second overall and led the Ladyjacks to a final score of 908 and a fifth-place team finish.Senior Erica Lautensack closes out her Ladyjack career in style!How about a program record and a second place finish at the @SouthlandSports Championship ?? ??#AxeEm— Ladyjack Golf (@SFALadyjackGolf) April 17, 2019McNeese (920, +56) jumped one spot in the final day to conclude the tournament in sixth place. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (926, +62) finished in seventh overall, while Incarnate Word (942, +78) took eighth place.Sam Houston State will now await placement in NCAA Regional competition, which will take place May 6-8.last_img read more

  • Real Madrid-Sevilla The blessing is Casemiro

    first_imgIt was the afternoon of Casemiro, the tribute to a footballer that coaches hug more than the headlines, the industrial estate that allows a Bolshoi around it to be sustainable. He knocked down Sevilla as a guard nine in a close game between two teams that produce little above. Too it was a VAR afternoon, which got in the way when nobody called him to cancel a goal against Sevilla and then covered himself to grant another after Munir’s previous hand.Ten titles and an almost supernatural condition (fallen from the sky, according to Florentino Pérez’s revelation) offer Zidane a license for everything, including put a bizarre attack with Lucas Vázquez, Jovic and Rodrygo. A trident full of messages. The first is that Benzema arrived at the miracle match. The second, that Vinicius travels as a squad, seen unfairly. The third, that Bale is in the last. Leaving it in the stands on an afternoon of so many straits sounded like throwing the towel with a player who has been losing attributes rapidly: he started for health, followed by appearances and ended up with the goal, his nail burning. The punch and expectations are gone.That eleven took off the middle of the field, the only truly classic of the lineup, and there he wanted to strain Lopetegui Sevilla, by adding a second means of containment, Gudelj, to give even more flight to its sides, Navas and Reguilón, the most active of the championship, and greater freedom to Banega, the hand that rocks this cradle.The Madrid accused the lack of vital organs: Ramos, at the exit of the ball; Valverde, whose absences are already perceived as energy crises; Benzema, without which he loses associative property; Hazard, his touch of distinction. Everything was extremely expensive for Madrid, which won the bet of the ball and lost that of the depth. Lucas Vázquez seems to have lost his extreme powers, Rodrygo starts much more than he ends and with Jovic insistence therapy doesn’t work with which Zidane tries to return him to the surface. Everything that Madrid undertook before the break died on the edge of the area.Back, however, even without Ramos or Mendy, remains intact. He protected the bands well and allowed Sevilla little, which in half an hour of play saw how the VAR ran to the aid of Madrid to cancel a goal to De Jong, with a spectacular header to the corner kick taken by Banega. The Dutchman saw himself favored by a basketball blockade with a slight movement from Gudelj to Militao, a semi-personal pivot almost in the small area. A play of grays that fell outside the limits of video arbitration at the beginning. Today that border is very blurred and, therefore, the complaints of Seville are more than justified. The feeling that remains is that Militao wanted to cross a wall and that it was necessary to go to the microscope to discover the infraction. ChangesBenzema (61 ‘, Jovic), Vinicius Junior (61 ‘, Rodrygo), Youssef En-Nesyri (65 ‘, Munir), Ferland Mendy (70 ‘, Marcelo), Óliver Torres (74 ‘, Franco Vázquez), Marcos Lopes (79 ‘, Banega) Goals1-0, 56 ‘: Casemiro, 1-1, 63 ‘: Luuk de Jong, 2-1, 68 ‘: Casemiro Then, the game had already changed hands because Madrid was lost in that heavy industry led by Fernando. The white trident was ghost, without overflow, without arrival, without spark. And nothing came from the bands either, because Carvajal was inaccurate and because Marcelo has lost bells. Only Modric held the team flag.Casemiro changes everythingAnd at the worst moment, Madrid found an almost unusual goal. Jovic, heel, in his only notable action, put Casemiro ahead, which he defined with the finesse of a nine, saving Vaclik’s exit with a chopped touch. For the first time since he was a widower of Cristiano, Madrid feels that the midfielders are for the cause. The match seemed downhill for Madrid, especially with the arrival of reinforcements (Benzema and Vinicius), but Sevilla immediately tied with another court play: De Jong applied a great left-footed shot taking advantage of the fact that Munir had killed his ball from the ground with his elbow. An involuntary hand but, for being played goal, clearly punishable. It was the parenthesis on the afternoon of glory of Casemiro, the guard nine. There, in the field of the best Christian, he applied a header at the center measured by Lucas Vázquez, who again put Madrid ahead. It was the first double in the career of a diamond football player for all who have trained him. The good is not always beautiful.Sevilla then recalculated the route, packed the team in a 3-5-2 and lent itself to a more open match, the perfect habitat for Vinicius, now several steps above its competitors except for Zidane. He cheered the end of a match that Casemiro will keep in the memory because he is also a blessing from heaven. CardsReferee: Juan Martínez MunueraVAR Referee: César Soto GradoModric (36 ‘, Yellow) Banega (53 ‘, Yellow) Carvajal (86 ‘, Yellow) Casemiro (87 ‘, Yellowlast_img read more