Murty motors to Border War win at Chateau

first_imgBy Ryan ClarkLANSING, Minn. (Sept. 13) – Damon Murty took advantage of a late restart to drive to victory in Friday’s Border War special for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars at Chateau Raceway. Murty, who started seventh, raced the low side into third place six laps into the event before a caution slowed action.After working his way through traffic racing the low groove, Murty restarted on the outside of row two following the final stoppage just past the midway point of the 20-lapper. He shot to the inside of race-long leader Scott Pippert when the frontrunner pushed entering turns one and two after the green flag was displayed.Murty escaped down the back stretch with the lead and then paced the field for the remainder of the event to earn the $1,000 payday.The event was originally billed as the Spring Challenge, but was rescheduled numerous times throughout the season due to inclement weather. Feature results – 1. Damon Murty; 2. Lynn Panos; 3. Shay Curtin; 4. Andy Altenburg; 5. Chad Palmer; 6. Dan Mackenthun; 7. Jeff McCollum; 8. Ryan Goergen; 9. Scott Pippert; 10. Chris Adams; 11. Heath Tulp; 12. Travis Shipman; 13. David Moriarty; 14. Blake Cole; 15. Austin Curtin; 16. Kellie Schmit; 17. Brandon Vogt; 18. Mike Jergens; 19. Chris Wiltse; 20. Kevin Vogt; 21. Larry Portis.30last_img read more

Path, Port make for first PASS double

first_imgThe 1/4-mile mountainside Path Valley track at Spring Run will see IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars in an action-packed Saturday, June 13 program. Gates open at 4 p.m. with warm-ups beginning at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $3 for students 10 and under. By Frank Buhrman Social distancing norms will be observed at the Port (masks optional), but no waivers will be required.  COVID-19 waiver forms will be required Saturday and may be printed out from the track website and completed in advance. Social distancing standards will be observed with masks optional. This will be the first of five Path Valley races on the 2020 PASS schedule; early registration showed 26 teams already planning to attend.center_img Port Royal Speedway will be hosting its first races this weekend at the historic Juniata County Fairgrounds in Port Royal. Gates open Sunday, June 14 at 3 p.m. with racing set to start at 6 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for students. Pit passes are $30. SPRING RUN, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Sprint Series will race at both Path Valley Motor Speedway and Port Royal Speedway this weekend, its first “double” in the corona virus-delayed 2020 season. This race will make up for one of the Port dates lost during the virus shutdown for sports; Port Royal generally draws the largest average fields of any regular PASS track.last_img read more

Henrietta maul Good Hope 19-0 in GFF/NAMILCO Under-17 football

first_imgHENRIETTA FC completely dominated their counterparts Good Hope FC with a convincing 19-0 defeat during the 6th round of the GFF/NAMILCO Under-17 football tournament played on Sunday at the Anna Regina Community Centre ground.Watched by a fair-sized crowd, Henrietta FC opened their account in the 7th minute when Jemain Bowen netted one of his two goals. The consistent Christian Bacchus then followed in the 15th to register his first of four goals. The onslaught continued when Denzel Haynes scored in the 16th while top scorer Ariel Chester registered his first of six goals in the 19th minute.Bowen was again on the score sheet in the 21st minute while Ezekiel Scott found the net in the 23rd. Chester was unstoppable and scored again in the 26th and 37th minutes while Bacchus enjoyed further success in the 41st and 43rd minutes to give Henrietta FC an unassailable lead of 10-0 at halftime.When play resumed, Scott pierced the net in the 47th minute and Chester in the 49th. Bacchus then had his 4th in the 58th minute before an injury caused him to leave the field for medical attention.However, the goal spree continued with Leonard Smith striking in the 60th while Scott had another 7 minutes later. Chester capped an outstanding day with his fifth in the 72nd and another in the 75th to be the leading scorer with six goals.Scott fired in another in the 76th to end with four goals while Clifton Boston registered the final goal in the 80th minute to completely humiliate Good Hope FC, 19-0.The next round will be played this Saturday at various venues across the Essequibo Coast.last_img read more

Man Utd boss blames official

first_imgManchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was an angry man after the 3-3 draw at Chelsea despite his team’s dramatic fightback from three down.He was furious United were not given a penalty when the game was finely poised at 0-0.Gary Cahill appeared to foul Danny Welback but referee Howard Webb did not award a spot-kick.AdChoices广告“It’s two points dropped because we played so well, other than the 10 minutes after half-time. It’s not easy getting back from 3-0 down – that’s a massive effort from my players,” Ferguson told Sky Sports.“It was a sending off. The linesman has given two penalties against us at Old Trafford in the last two years – one against Arsenal and one against Liverpool – from 45 yards away, but he can’t see that? I don’t blame Howard Webb. I blame the assistant.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Schelling: Spring game squads uneven

first_imgIn summer, there’s baseball; in fall, you get football; and in winter, it’s basketball. But what about spring?Spring and… football? They’re two words that just don’t seem to go together, unless of course you happen to be a part of a Division I college football program.The annual spring football games are nothing more than glorified scrimmages in which teammates go head-to-head in an effort to showcase their comparative talent.Still, thousands of fans flocked to stadiums across the country this month to catch even the slightest glimpse of what their respective teams might look like in the fall. In return, the teams give the fans what they want: football.It seems people in this country just cannot get enough of football these days. Even on a day in the middle of April when they could be enjoying the outdoors, hitting the links or taking in a ballgame, many Americans apparently would rather watch their favorite college program’s first string dismantle the backups.This is the biggest problem in the spring football game at the University of Wisconsin. Rather than pit offensive and defensive starters on opposite teams, they put them together to run up the score against the second-stringers.So really, when you have a guy like Zach Brown racking up 110 yards on just 14 carries Saturday, can you really learn anything from such a feat?The short answer is no.Sure, Brown can carry the ball for nearly eight yards per carry against guys that aren’t likely to start a game all season, but can he do it against a Big Ten-caliber defense? Well, the first step in figuring that out would be to have him face the No. 1 defense.And it’s not like they don’t practice against the defensive starters in a regular practice setting anyway. So, if the offense is used to going against a tougher caliber of defender to begin with, why make it easy on them in the spring game?Perhaps, it’s done to build the confidence of the No. 1 offense. Or, perhaps, they believe the No. 2 line will learn more from facing the first-string than the first-string will lose from facing the second-string.Regardless of the basis of such a decision, it seems to be a poor one.Likewise, the Badgers’ No. 1 defense impressed in Saturday’s outing, not allowing a single offensive touchdown while recording seven “sacks.” But does it really matter if J.J. Watt and O’Brien Schofield can get two hands on backups Jon Budmayr and Scott Tolzien?Or would it be more useful for everyone involved to see how Watt and Schofield fare against the No. 1 offensive line and quarterbacks Curt Phillips and Dustin Sherer?It’s likely the latter would be more effective practice for all players involved, and though there may not be nearly as many points scored, it would be more exciting for fans as well.Aside from the lack of marquee matchups (Jaevery McFadden versus John Clay, anyone?), the biggest hole in the concept of the spring football game is the game atmosphere.Fans who want to watch their teams scrimmage in the month of April still appear to be in the minority, leaving two-thirds of Camp Randall Stadium roped off and empty for the game Saturday. And when it started raining in the second quarter, many in the (roughly) estimated crowd of 23,500 at the free event headed for cover, and eventually the exits.With what appeared to be fewer than 5,000 fans remaining for the second half, the “game” then felt exactly like what it really was: the 15th of 15 spring football practices.Still, fans can’t be blamed too much for leaving early. With kickoffs eliminated and punt returns limited to fair catches, all the intensity that usually surrounds a change of possession was stripped from the game in the name of safety.Maybe, instead the Badgers could have instituted a similar rule on kickoffs as they had with quarterback sacks. Rather than risk injury with a tackle, blow the play dead when a defender touches the ball carrier.Sure, this might eliminate some of the more impressive returns that come after initial contact, but if a returner manages to sprint down the sideline untouched, it will bring immensely more excitement to the spring game than starting each possession at the 30-yard line.Unfortunately, because of the nature of the game of football, we’ll have to wait until September to see any real-game action. Until then, there’s always baseball, right?Jordan is a junior majoring in journalism and political science. Think Saturday’s spring game could have been better? Let him know at read more

Culture chop

first_imgJohn Carlson (left), a junior majoring in biochemistry, and Iris Ryu (right), a junior majoring in industrial systems engineering, make mochi Thursday in front of Tommy Trojan to celebrate Bunjasai Day. The event, hosted by the Japanese Student Association, was part of the International Student Assembly’s Culture Month.Priyanka Patel | Daily Trojanlast_img

USC playwright honored for his written works

first_imgBrian Polak, a third-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in dramatic writing, is well on his way to becoming one of the United States’ most acclaimed young playwrights.Write stuff · Third-year graduate student Brian Polak will travel to the 2014 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival to see two of his plays performed. – Photo courtesy of Brian Polak Polak  was recently recognized for his written plays by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The aspiring writer entered two of his works — a full-length play and a short play — in the 2014 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. The festival, which will take place April 14-19 in D.C., is a national program involving 18,000 students from more than 600 academic institutions.Polak’s full-length play, Henry and the Hippocampus, has already been awarded the festival’s Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award for an outstanding                student-written script exploring the experience of living with disability.The play, originally inspired by a National Public Radio story about a man who spent the last 50 years of his life unable to create new memories, tells the story of a man named Henry who has a similar affliction. The story follows the journey that Henry, his wife and his doctor take to try and rebuild his ability to form memories.Polak said that writing the play was challenging due to Henry’s neurological state.“When we watch plays or movies, we like to watch a character kind of go on a journey, change and become a different person,” Polak said. “But here we have this character who medically cannot do that.”When Polak attends the festival in April, in addition to accepting his award, he will have the opportunity to see an excerpt of Henry and the Hippocampus performed.Polak’s short play War Profits will also be performed at the festival. War Profits was loosely inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children, and follows two U.S. soldiers in Iraq in 2007 who become disillusioned with the war they agreed to fight and decide to go AWOL.“One of the themes that I’m exploring in several of my plays right now is my relationship to my country,” Polak said. “War isn’t what we see in the news every day. It’s much more complicated … so I decided to create these characters who, once the dirtiness and the scariness and the messiness was revealed to them, they were like, ‘I don’t like this, I can’t do this anymore.’”Polak’s success as a playwright stemmed from his foray into theater shortly after receiving his B.A. in philosophy from Marymount University. When he was working full-time, Polak started to get involved in acting classes, improvisational comedy and traditional theater on the side.“I’m not actually very good at acting,” Polak said. “It became my creative outlet, but I never felt comfortable doing it because it never felt right; something felt amiss.”Once he realized this, Polak started searching for alternative creative outlets and he soon found himself writing.“I didn’t really know what I was doing,” he said. “I just knew that I was doing plays as an actor, so why not try to write them?”While still in the early stages of pursuing a writing career, Polak met his future wife who encouraged him to take writing more seriously.“[My wife] was a writer, and all her friends were writers, and they were like serious, dedicated writers,” Polak said. “I learned [from her] what it really meant to be a writer … It’s a serious art form.”Several years later, after Polak had spent time developing his craft, he and his wife moved to Los Angeles. Shortly after the move, Polak wanted to study playwriting in a formal academic setting.“I never had anything I wanted to study before,” he said. “It took me many years to realize that there is this thing that I care about and I love, and it’s playwriting.”During his time at USC, Polak has been free of the many distractions that would otherwise take him away from what he loves best: writing.“[Being at USC] has helped me focus my attention on my writing in a way that I wouldn’t be able to do as the writer I was before I came to grad school, where I was writing in the morning and then going to work,” Polak said.In addition to the time he has to work on his own writing, Polak says he also has time to engage with professors and other students who can offer him feedback and additional readings to fuel his growth as a writer.“Writing gives me this closeness to the world,” Polak said. “My hope is that when I graduate I’ll be able to start living a life in the theater and presenting these plays publicly for an audience, with the hope that the audience will feel that same closeness to the world that I’m feeling writing.”USC audiences can hear a reading of Henry and the Hippocampus presented at McClintock Theatre as part of the School of Dramatic Arts New Works Festival on May 28-31.last_img read more

IGT moves to restructure board responsibilities

first_img Share StumbleUpon Submit Share Related Articles Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 IGT sanctions capped $300m senior debt note sale June 9, 2020 The board of IGT Plc has moved to strengthen its corporate governance structures, confirming three separate committee appointments that will be sanctioned following the firm’s annual general meeting (AGM).The New York-listed gambling technology group confirmed that Professor Alberto Dessy, a company independent director since 2015, will take a seat on the firm’s Audit Committee.The appointment sees Dessy ,a key advisor of IGT’s Lottomatica division, transfer his responsibilities on the firm’s Nomination and Group Corporate Governance committees to Beatrice Bassey.IGT’s latest board appointment, Bassey is an emerging markets legal expert who joined the firm in March serving as an independent advisor to IGT’s General Counsel and providing further governance oversight on developing market strategies and compliance.Completing its roster of appointments, IGT confirmed that cybersecurity expert Dr Samantha Ravich will take a seat on the firm’s Audit and Compensation Committees.A leading figurehead in, IT defence, cybersecurity and IP protections for large scale government and business organisations, Ravich has served as a IGT independent director since 2019.She will take over the governance responsibilities of long-term IGT director Paget Alves, who last March confirmed that he would be standing down from all committee responsibilities. Svenska Spel delivers major venue upgrade by going cashless with IGTPay  May 21, 2020last_img read more

Is the Cubs’ Javier Baez the next breakout baseball star? We may be seeing it now

first_imgJoe Maddon hadn’t even buttoned up a Cubs jersey when he went to Puerto Rico.In the fall of 2014, the new manager saw 21-year-old Javier Baez and made his first call.“We’re better off with him on the field,” Maddon said.That’s anywhere on the field. Baez was a catcher in high school, at times. He was drafted as a shortstop. This year he was mostly at second base and third base, particularly when Kris Bryant would play left field. “This time, as soon as the ball was hit, I saw Pederson getting out of the box hard. I saw Gonzalez coming back to the base. You obviously don’t want to show anybody up, but it’s fun to have a play like that.”Baez is known as the quickest tagger in the game. Tim Wilken is the Arizona scouting director who had that position with the Cubs in 2011 and drafted Baez. He’s just as impressed with Baez’s sliding.“There’s been three times this year when he slid into a base and they said he was out and the call got overturned,” Wilken said. “He’s got that great swim move. He reaches out with his right hand and brings it back and reaches over with his left. Everybody’s got a 20-to-80 scouting system. He’s 70 in almost everything, but he’s off those charts in instincts.”“When I see the guy has the ball and is waiting to tag me, I’m not giving up,” Baez said“He’s a young colt,” Wilken said.The Cubs are baseball’s Calumet Farm. Eight of their essential offensive players are 26 or younger. There are seeds of a dynasty here. Baez was planted in 2011, the No. 9 pick in that draft.His family moved to Jacksonville, Fla. from Puerto Rico. Francisco Lindor, the Cleveland shortstop, made the same trip and landed in Orlando. The two met on the diamond when Baez’s Arlington Country Day High played Lindor’s Montverde Academy. “A little high school stadium and 150 scouts,” Baez said, smiling. “I hope we’re both in the World Series. It would be great for Puerto Rico.”By then, Arlington Country Day’s team had been banned from the state playoffs because of basketball irregularities. “So they barnstormed,” Wilken said. “They were kind of like the Globetrotters against the Washington Generals.”The Cubs’ area scout was Tom Clark, who’d coached several Puerto Ricans at a junior college and knew Baez’s occasional flamboyance was harmless. Wilken eventually told Clark to quit attending Baez’s games, that he was already sold and he didn’t want other clubs to get wise.Baez debuted in 2014, as his sister Noely was beginning to lose her fight against spina bifida. Preoccupied and struggling, he struck out in 42 percent of his plate appearances. This year he cut it down to 30 percent, and he hit .273 with 59 RBIs.“Teams are seeing the value of good young athletes who can move around,” Zobrist said. “They’re controllable pieces. Ten years ago, it was the oldest guy who was a former starter who got turned into the utility guy. That’s changing.”And the tattoo on Baez’s neck, the one that says “MVP”? He got it seven years ago.“The first one I ever got,” he said. It’s not officially licensed, but it’s authentic. Basically he’s the queen of the chessboard for the Cubs, who engage the Dodgers in Game 3 of the N.L. Championship Series Tuesday night.“It’s incredible, how quickly he makes decisions,” said Ben Zobrist, another multi-tasker who settled into left field for Chicago. “If you’ve never seen a lot of baseball and you’re watching it now, you need to know that what you’re watching is pretty special.”Baez made Clayton Kershaw’s cold, cold heart skip a beat when his Game 2 drive sent Joc Pederson to the track. He got trapped off third base in Game 1 and turned it into a steal of home. He won Game 1 of the Division Series with an eighth-inning homer off Johnny Cueto. He clinched the Division Series with an RBI single.In Game 2 Sunday, with Dodgers on first and second and one out, Pederson sent a soft liner toward Baez. Instead of catching it, Baez let it drop and turned to get a force play at second. Then Baez started yelling “3, 3,” at shortstop Addison Russell, who turned and got Adrian Gonzalez in a rundown between second and third, vaporizing a Dodger rally in what turned out to be a 1-0 Cubs loss.“I tried that once before, in Triple-A,” Baez said. “The runner wound up scoring. You make a mistake and you learn from it.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Bowl season betting guide: Odds, lines, picks for Saturday’s college football games

first_imgCelebration BowlNorth Carolina A&T -2.5 vs. Alcorn State, O/U 51.5Florida A&M would have been the MEAC representative in this game if not for a postseason ban levied by the NCAA in the summer. Instead of seeing the Rattlers in the Celebration Bowl for the first time, we will see the North Carolina A&T Aggies making their fourth trip in five years, and they will be facing the Alcorn State Braves for the third time in that span.North Carolina A&T has had its way with the SWAC champion in the Celebration Bowl, winning all three of its previous appearances here. However, the Aggies are the weakest they have been in some time. They no longer have extremely gifted athletes like Lamar Raynard or Tarik Cohen, and the offensive line is not as strong without Brandon Parker holding down left tackle. The third time should be the charm for Alcorn State provided Felix Harper doesn’t turn the ball over, making the Braves a nice moneyline play.New Mexico BowlSan Diego State -3.5 vs. Central Michigan, O/U 40.5Buyer beware … this game is going to be tough to watch. The New Mexico Bowl has the lowest total of any game during bowl season, as San Diego State pairs the 127th ranked offense in the nation with the 11th best defense by SP+. Central Michigan is ranked outside the top 70 in both phases of the game by SP+, but there’s a good reason to like the Chippewas here.Aztecs’ head coach Rocky Long is 4-9 all-time in bowl games during his coaching career. Many of those losses weren’t against great teams, and San Diego State is 3-5 ATS under Long in bowl games.MORE: Picking all 40 bowl games in 2019-20Cure BowlGeorgia Southern -4 vs. Liberty, O/U 58.5Hugh Freeze has taken Liberty to a bowl game for the first time in school history, but the Flames played the softest schedule in the country to get to Orlando. Only their win against Buffalo looks good, as their other six victories came against two FCS schools, UMass, New Mexico, and New Mexico State (twice).The conventional wisdom is that triple option teams underachieve in bowl season considering opponents have time to prepare for the scheme, but that hasn’t played out. Since 2007, the true triple option teams (Army, Air Force, Navy, Georgia Southern, and Paul Johnson’s Georgia Tech) are 28-18 ATS.Boca Raton BowlSMU -3.5 vs. Florida Atlantic, O/U 68.5The Owls have the benefit of playing a home game on Saturday, but it’s hard to know how motivated Florida Atlantic will be for this game. Teams that are playing under an interim coach have a mixed track record in bowl season, and FAU played in the weakest conference in the FBS this season.We should see plenty of points since SMU is involved though. Sonny Dykes has built the Mustangs in his image, and the average SMU game has seen almost 75 points scored in 2019. Lane Kiffin may have left Boca Raton, but plenty of offensive minds remain and this game is the most likely shootout on the board.Camellia BowlArkansas State -2.5 vs. Florida International, O/U 60.5We have yet to see a blowout in the Camellia Bowl. The largest margin of victory in the history of this bowl was five points, and the five bowl games played thus far have a total MOV of 17 points. Accordingly, the college football betting line for this game is under a field goal, and this is the biggest toss-up on the board for Saturday.Las Vegas BowlWashington -3 vs. Boise State, O/U 49Chris Petersen will call it a career in Sin City on Saturday with a fitting final game. He will be facing the program he helped put on the map in Boise State, and there are sure to be emotions displayed on the sidelines and in the stands. This Saturday is the busiest day remaining for college football. The Division II Championship Game between West Florida and Minnesota State and the FCS Semifinals will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks, but the games most people are jonesing for are the seven bowl games scheduled to take place throughout the day. This is one of the last days to lean back in your recliner and let the college football wash over you all day, so here’s a primer for those games.MORE: Get the latest NCAA odds & betting advice at Sports Insider The Huskies will be short-handed though with tight end Hunter Bryant declaring early for the NFL Draft and star left tackle Trey Adams sitting out his final collegiate game. Adams has kept Jacob Eason relatively untouched in the pocket, while Bryant has been his favorite receiver throughout 2019, leading to questions surrounding Washington’s offense.New Orleans BowlAppalachian State -17 vs. UAB, O/U 47.5When the opening bowl game betting odds were released two weeks ago, Appalachian State was the biggest favorite on the board. UAB looked lost in the Conference USA Championship Game against Florida Atlantic, and the Blazers sputtered over the second half of the season.Although Eli Drinkwitz left Appalachian State after one season to take the job at Missouri, the Mountaineers are still heavy favorites in this game. They have an elite defense that made App State one of the best Group of Five teams in the country, and Zac Thomas is a very good dual threat quarterback. App State has continually showed up in bowl games, winning four straight bowl games coming into the New Orleans Bowl, and their last two victories were by a combined 66 points.last_img read more