Smalling: United can overhaul City

first_img United are now two points behind City, who lost to Burnley on Saturday, and they are just one point adrift of third-place Arsenal, who visit Old Trafford on the penultimate weekend of the season. And Smalling is convinced finishing second above City is not just a pipe dream. “Yes, I think we could (finish second), especially after City’s result on Saturday,” the United defender said. “It is all very close. “I think it’s very open all the way up to second place and we will be aiming for that, especially when we are playing those teams coming up. “We want Champions League football back here. It’s a must. Fourth is the minimum but when it’s there, second is a realistic target and if we keep on performing like that I don’t see why we can’t give it a good push.” United face Liverpool, Aston Villa, City and Chelsea in the next four weeks. Many viewed the difficult run-in as a reason why United could fail to qualify for the Champions League, but Smalling views the situation differently. Press Association Chris Smalling insists Manchester United are capable of overtaking bitter rivals Manchester City and finishing second in the Barclays Premier League. “These games are six-pointers,” the England centre-back said. “We can do ourselves a favour and do our rivals big damage as well. “Sunday was the first step. It was the perfect time to put in a performance like that, especially with our run of fixtures. “Confidence will be good it’s one of the biggest games of the season and hopefully we can play like that again.” For Michael Carrick, it felt like old times at Old Trafford on Sunday. The midfielder has become irritated at the lack of big mid-week action against top clubs at United this season and is pining for the return of Champions League football. “For this club it’s the place to be isn’t it? We had been in it for so long and not being involved on the big nights makes you realise what it is all about,” said Carrick, who scored the second goal against Tottenham. “Hopefully when that pressure kicks in, and it goes up and up, then we perform even better and we’re going to have to in the weeks to come.” Louis van Gaal’s methods had come into question after a series of slow, unimaginative displays, but Carrick says he and his team-mates support their manager. “The players are behind him, of course,” Carrick said. “It is just that results prove everything don’t they? “We can improve on the training pitch, we can get better there, but it is all about what we do on game day really. “And Sunday was a big step for us. “I think it will give everyone a big boost and big shot of confidence. “And it shows we are moving in the right direction, which is good.” United put on their best display of the season on Sunday as they swept aside Tottenham in a near-effortless 3-0 victory at Old Trafford. The impressive performance raised hopes and expectation levels at the club and Smalling thinks United are well-equipped to maintain that performance level for the rest of the season. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img May 24, 2020 Kurt Busch won the pole for the Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Busch ran a lap at 181.269 mph to earn his first pole of the season and third top-10 start of 2020.Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson qualified second and was followed by Hendrick Mototsports teammate Chase Elliott.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says teams in his state can return to their facilities for training after a pause of more than two months. The New York City area was one of the hardest-hit parts of the U.S. by the coronavirus pandemic, but COVID-19 deaths and new infections in the state have been trending downward. Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NHL are discussing the resumption of their seasons with their players’ unions.— The president of the Spanish soccer league says its schedule could restart as early as June 11 with the Seville derby (DAHR’-bee) between Sevilla and Real Betis. The announcement comes a day after Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said that the league would be allowed to resume from June 8 provided the country continued to keep the coronavirus outbreak in check. — Formula One driver George Russell has won the virtual Monaco Grand Prix on the day the iconic race would have been held if not for the pandemic. Russell finished 39 seconds ahead of former F1 driver Esteban Gutiérrez of Mexico. Formula One’s first 10 races have been either postponed or canceled.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OBIT-EDDIE SUTTONEddie Sutton, Hall of Fame basketball coach, dies at 84UNDATED (AP) — Hall of Fame basketball coach Eddie Sutton has died of natural causes at 84, according to his family.Sutton led Kentucky, Arkansas and Oklahoma State to the Final Four and was the first coach to take four schools to the NCAA tournament. He was 806-328 in 37 seasons as a Division I head coach, not counting vacated victories or forfeited games. Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNASCAR takes the spotlight with no Indy 500 or Monaco Grand PrixUNDATED (AP) — NASCAR continues its frantic return tonight with its third Cup race in seven days, the Coca-Cola 600.center_img — A Bournemouth soccer club player in England is one of two positive tests for COVID-19 to emerge from the Premier League’s second round of testing. The club says “medical confidentiality means the player’s name will not be disclosed.” The team says the player will self-isolate for seven days before being tested again at a later date. The league tested 996 players and club staff on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.— English soccer’s Hull has announced it is the League Championship club with two personnel who have tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 1,014 players and staff from all 24 clubs in England’s second tier were tested for the coronavirus over the last 72 hours. The results reflect an almost identical ratio of positive results to that found in the Premier League’s second wave of testing. It had been announced that the two individuals were from the same club, without naming Hull.— BATE Borisov has won the Belarusian Cup with thousands of fans watching in a rare case of a soccer trophy being decided during the coronavirus pandemic. The Belarus soccer federation said that 5,761 tickets were sold for the game. That was only a fraction of the stadium’s capacity so that fans would be spaced around the arena. Many supporters ignored the seating arrangements to sit in groups and most did not wear masks. BATE beat Dynamo Brest 1-0.— The coach of one of Florida’s top high school football programs has been suspended, and an investigation has been launched into whether the team that has won state championships in each of the past three seasons broke policies by practicing during the pandemic. Miami Northwestern High coach Max Edwards has been suspended, pending the result of the investigation, according to a school district official who spoke to The Miami Herald. The district says football practice at this time would be an “unauthorized athletic activity” and parents of players who may have taken part were being interviewed by school officials as part of the investigation.— Youth sports organizations across the United States have come together to form the PLAY Sports Coalition to push for federal help with the coronavirus crisis. The leaders of the coalition are trumpeting the importance of youth sports and sounding the alarm about the future of their organizations. The fate of providers in low-income communities is of particular concern. Nearly 60% of local sports leaders expect to lose at least 50% of their revenue over the next year, according to an Aspen Institute for Sports poll. Associated Press Sutton won two SEC titles with Kentucky but had to resign in 1989 after the NCAA announced 18 allegations against the program. Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on April 3, Sutton fell short as a finalist six times before finally being selected. He had said he believed that a scandal that ended his stint at Kentucky was likely the culprit for his lengthy wait.He was Associated Press Coach of the Year in 1978 at Arkansas and in 1986 at Kentucky.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

MBB : Return fire: Hazell bounces back from injury, gunshot wound to lead Seton Hall

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Jeremy Hazell never stopped running. The thought to slow down never crossed his mind.It wasn’t as if he really had a choice, though. The Seton Hall star shooting guard was walking home in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood in the early morning hours of Dec. 26 when he was approached by four men who attempted to rob him. Resistant, Hazell didn’t allow it to happen.‘I wouldn’t let them,’ Hazell said, ‘so I tried to run, and they started shooting.’Hazell ran from the gunshots. The bullet that penetrated Hazell’s side didn’t even stop him. He just kept running until he saw an ambulance and flagged it down.The thought of Hazell — Seton Hall’s leading scorer before the injury — returning to the court this season seemed bleak at first. Even more so considering the fact that the SHU (8-12, 2-6 Big East) senior was already rehabbing a broken bone in his left wrist, suffered in a game against Alabama on Nov. 19.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut a little more than two weeks after that fateful Sunday morning, Hazell was running again. Only this time, he was with his teammates during Seton Hall’s game at DePaul. Seventeen days after getting shot in the side, Hazell scored 23 points in a Pirates win against the Blue Demons, snapping a three-game losing streak in the process. And with that performance, Hazell achieved the most improbable of returns. The senior made a speedy recovery from the broken bone in his wrist — only six weeks — despite dealing with the gunshot wound as well.Hazell missed 13 games between the Alabama and DePaul games, including a 61-56 loss to Syracuse (18-2, 5-2) on Jan. 8. But Hazell will be playing for SHU in its rematch against the Orange as the two teams square off at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Carrier Dome.The senior has averaged 15.5 points per game in four games since returning to the court.‘It feels great coming back, playing with the team,’ Hazell said. ‘I really miss playing with these guys, and they miss me.’Prior to the doctor’s decision that cleared Hazell to play almost three weeks ago, the 24-year-old was considering a medical redshirt that would allow him to play for the Pirates next season. And there were plenty of incentives for Hazell to take the rest of this season off to prepare for next year.Hazell would have had more time to heal from his broken wrist. He wouldn’t have to worry about getting back on the court too soon for a Pirates team mired at the bottom of the Big East standings. He could have come back next season to a team with a clean slate, as well as a clean slate for himself.He also would have likely broken the Seton Hall all-time scoring record with another full season. He would have needed to score 633 points to do so next season, a total he surpassed in both his sophomore and junior years.But Hazell decided to get back on the court this season.‘It was a family decision,’ he said. ‘Once the doctor told me I had a chance to come back, I took the opportunity to come back.’Hazell also turns 25 in March, so staying an extra year could have had negative effects on his potential professional career. Ultimately, though, this season has put a dent into his NBA prospects.‘It’s going to make it a lot tougher for him to get drafted, no question,’ said Aran Smith, president of NBAdraft.net. ‘The real turmoil that he has gone through, I think he’s seen as an undrafted guy.’Hazell said his time on the bench was sobering. The Pirates were 5-8 with him out. It was tough to sit and watch his team’s season go downhill, he said.Herb Pope was there to help Hazell cope with both his injury and time on the bench. He was the perfect candidate to help Hazell get by because Pope, Seton Hall’s junior forward, has dealt with his share of adversity in life as well.Pope averaged a double-double last season, but in April the junior suddenly collapsed on Seton Hall’s weight room floor. He was found to have a heart defect that disrupts regular blood flow.And Pope, like Hazell, beat the odds by making it back onto the court. So Pope was there for Hazell, especially after the attempted robbery and shooting.Because Pope, too, has been shot. Four times. All during his high school career in Aliquippa, Pa.‘I just called him, asked him how he’s doing and told him I’ve been through worse,’ Pope said. ‘He chuckled and laughed.‘I just kept telling him he’s going to be all right.’Under first-year head coach Kevin Willard, Seton Hall has not had as successful a season as anyone around the school would have hoped for. But it is not for a lack of effort. Hazell was SHU’s leading scorer in each of the past two seasons. His injury was a backbreaker to the team.Seton Hall was 2-1 under Willard with Hazell in the lineup early in the season. The Pirates are just 1-3 since the senior has returned, but Willard already sees the effects of having his leading scorer back.‘Having Jeremy Hazell back has obviously been huge,’ Willard said in the Big East coaches’ teleconference Thursday. ‘Now it’s just a matter of getting everybody working together for the last half of the season.’Of the Pirates’ 12 losses, nine are by single digits — including the first matchup with Syracuse, a game in which Seton Hall shot 3-of-26 from 3-point range but lost by only five. Hazell is back to sure up that dismal outside shooting.The senior isn’t a great percentage shooter — just 35.4 percent from beyond the arc this season — but he isn’t afraid to shoot from anywhere on the court.Not being afraid. That’s something both Hazell and Pope can attest to. So much has happened to these two Seton Hall players off the court that any controversy on the court isn’t all that controversial to them.‘We’re the only two guys in America on the same team that have been shot,’ Pope said. ‘And that’s (affected) how we play. Trying to stay calm, it’s not taken as seriously.’Hazell agreed with Pope’s sentiments that his off-the-court problems have yielded a different mindset. It isn’t that basketball is no longer important, but perhaps it has been given a greater value.The senior’s near-death experience has obviously affected his values. And the game is a safe haven. A place where he can run free.‘I’m a humble kid right now because of the two things I went through,’ Hazell said. ‘It was probably life threatening. I wouldn’t be here right now. I’m just happy right now that I was blessed and rooting for Seton Hall.’mcooperj@syr.educenter_img Published on January 24, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjrlast_img read more

Home crunch triggers FTSE bookmakers’ Australian arms race

first_img FTSE bookmaker William Hill Plc has lit-up the Australian gambling market, by confirming that it has entered ‘in-depth discussions’ with Crown Resorts to acquire its controlling 62% stake in online betting subsidiary Crownbet.The cumbersome merger of Tabcorp-Tatts has dominated the Australian betting industry’s agenda and context in 2017, however, seeking to expand its international assets William Hill may have moved to trigger an ‘Australian arms race’, as FTSE betting giants are pressured to deliver international growth.Closing on Friday, UK news sources revealed that FTSE competitor Paddy Power Betfair (PPB), was also in discussion with James Packer’s Crown Resorts with regards to acquiring Crownbet, an asset deemed ‘non-core’ by Packer who has chosen to focus on Crown Resort’s new Australian casino developments.Moving forward, PPB governance desires to support its ‘fast-growth’ Sportsbet Australia division, which reported a 29% revenue uplift during Q3 2017, becoming Australia’s leading online wagering destination.Outgoing PPB Chief Executive Breon Corcoran has labelled Sportsbet Australia, as the betting group’s ‘shining star’ for international development and growth a key corporate objective for inbound PPB leader Peter Jackson (former WorldPay CEO).Facing tougher UK home market prospects, with significant incoming regulatory change, stricter advertising standards/practices, increasing costs, and all-around domestic GDP and Sterling forecasts downgraded (Brexit impacts). FTSE betting governances are being pressured by investors to deliver true international enterprises, making Plc bookmakers less reliant on home comforts.Ladbrokes Coral which is currently ‘reviewing all strategic options’ with regards to its corporate future, has fresh eyes on the Australian betting market, having appointed Jason Scott as new Ladbrokes Australia CEO this August.The lucrative Australian betting market, will not only become a ‘FTSE bookmaker playground’. As last week, the governance of Stockholm-listed European online gambling firm Kindred Group Plc revealed that it would significantly increase its marketing spend and coverage within Australia.Henrik Tjarnstrom, Kindred Group CEO stated that his company would now seek to expand its Australian digital services, as the established multi-market operator aims to enhance group revenue channels by creating lucrative assets ’beyond Europe’.Though Tabcorp governance, may have finally gained the ACT merger approval to combine its enterprise with Tatts, Australian analysts’ are all in agreement that the legacy operator faces its biggest threat from digitally shrewd and well-funded European players.Nevertheless, although Australia may appear a golden destination for FTSE players, industry stakeholders have been warned that regulatory concerns are growing with regards to betting exposure, much like home these concerns have become a political point of contention and conflict.The increased international attention is welcomed by industry investors and analysts seeking new ground. However, as market activity heats up, it is unlikely that all European players will survive the rugged and brutal reality of Australia’s betting terrain. Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Share Related Articles GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020last_img read more

FCP League: Kotoko open 10 points lead after 2-1 over Dwarfs

first_imgKumasi Asante Kotoko after beating Ebusua Dwarfs 2-1 on Sunday at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in an outstanding First Capital Plus Premier League match, have a sovereign 10-point lead on the table.Two goals from striker Abdul Aziz in the 17th minute and defender Smallboy Korbah, six minutes later, were exactly what the Porcupines needed to push the struggling Dwarfs deep into the relegation pit.Kotoko therefore went 2-0 up in the first half before the Mysterious Dwarfs pulled one back through Richard Gaize in 63rd minute. Dwarfs piled pressure on Kotoko in the closing stages of the game but Kotoko’s defence remained resolute.The Porcupine Warriors after their exit from the CAF Champions League have given clear indications of their intent to win the Premier League title to appease their disappointed supporters.Right from their loss to Liberia’s BYC in Afrcia, Kotoko camped in Takoradi for four days ahead of their outstanding league game away to Medeama, which they won 1-0 with a goal from Amos Frimpong.Now with a commanding ten-point lead, Kotoko must continue to winning and that could hand them their third successive title weeks before the season close. Rivals Hearts of Oak are second on the league table with 30 points while have 40 points.last_img read more

Yankees trade rumors: New York ‘willing to consider’ moving Clint Frazier, Miguel Andujar for starter

first_img Yankees place CC Sabathia (knee) on 10-day IL The Yankees may be open to dealing some of their top assets this month.New York is “willing to consider” moving Clint Frazier or Miguel Andujar in exchange for a starter, according to a report from MLB Insider Jon Heyman. The Yankees had been in “regular contact” with the Blue Jays about a potential trade for Marcus Stroman, according to MLB.com, but he was sent to the Mets on Sunday. The Braves, Astros, Padres, and Twins, among others, had also been linked to Stroman.The Yankees entered play Sunday in first place of the American League East with a 66-38 record but have dropped three straight games to the Red Sox. They’ve given up nine or more runs in all three of those losses. Andujar appeared in just 12 games this season before being shut down with a shoulder injury and undergoing surgery in May. He hit .297 with 27 home runs and 92 RBIs for the Yankees in 2018.The Yankees are expected to upgrade their rotation before the July 31 deadline and have reportedly checked in on deals for multiple top-level starters — including Trevor Bauer, Robbie Ray and Noah Syndergaard. Yankees seem willing to consider Miguel Andujar and/or Clint Frazier in deals for the starter they need. Deivi Garcia appears to be off limits, except possibly for Syndergaard (which is a long shot for other obvious reasons)— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 28, 2019Frazier, who was demoted to Triple-A after the Yankees acquired Edwin Encarnacion last month, is slashing .283/.330/.513 with 11 home runs and 34 RBIs in 53 MLB games this season. He has struggled defensively in the outfield during his time with New York.“This is the reality of things,” Frazier told reporters after he was sent down. “Guess I’m facing reality right now. It’s a tough pill to swallow. It’s never fun, especially with how much I’ve felt like I’ve contributed to this team.” Related Newslast_img read more

Craig Ehlo ‘shocked’ by Ron Harper’s ‘Last Dance’ comments on guarding Michael Jordan

first_imgCould history have been rewritten? “The Shot” never having existed?Maybe. Ron Harper was savage for this 😂 pic.twitter.com/6nUz4Qi9tx— Jonathan Peterlin (@JPeterlin) April 27, 2020On Wednesday, Ehlo offered some insight to Harper’s comments, per Cleveland.com:I never said I was a Jordan stopper like Gerald Wilkins or anything. But back then Harp and me were on the court at the same time and he was our big offensive threat. So, when I came in it was a no-brainer that I would guard Jordan so Harp could rest on defense and play on offense.Harp had never really talked about defense or guarding people. He wasn’t a bad defender, I will give him that much, but I think those years with the Bulls where he got those championships, he was definitely third or fourth fiddle, so all of a sudden he becomes this lockdown defender, apparently. I don’t really remember him during our time wanting to play defense that much. He kind of shocked me with those comments, saying he wanted to guard Michael.So, in summation: Ehlo was perfectly fine guarding Jordan, while calling into doubt Harper’s real desire to want to defend him. Seems like something that’s festered to this day.Whatever the case may be, “The Shot” lives in fame as one of the first true iconic Jordan moments, and whether it was Ehlo or Harper, destiny likely wouldn’t have been rewritten. On Sunday’s Episode 3 of the “The Last Dance,” Michael Jordan’s iconic shot over Craig Ehlo in the 1989 NBA Playoffs was put under the microscope. Jordan famously sunk a series-clinching shot over Ehlo, securing the second playoff series win of his career. Ron Harper, also a member of those Cavaliers teams, voiced his displeasure during the episode for Cavs coach Lenny Wilkins putting Ehlo on Jordan for that shot instead of him.MORE: Ken Burns says “The Last Dance” can’t tell full storylast_img read more

Denny Hamlin wins eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series finale at virtual North Wilkesboro Speedway

first_imgDenny Hamlin’s bump-and-run virtual victory in the North Wilkesboro 160 at historic North Wilkesboro Speedway on Saturday afternoon bookended an impressive showing by him in the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series.The race also served as a competitive send-off before the marquee NASCAR Cup Series resumes next weekend at the very real Darlington Raceway (Sunday, May 17 at 3:30 p.m. ET on Fox, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Hamlin, who drives the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, also won the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series inaugural race at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway seven weeks ago. That event kicked off a fun, well-received series of virtual races as the sport took time off during the COVID-19 pandemic.HAISLOP: ‘Cars 3’ brought the ghost of North Wilkesboro back to lifeThis weekend, Hamlin had to nudge Ross Chastain’s car in the waning laps to take the checkered flag, holding off one of iRacing’s best, Timmy Hill by 0.914 seconds to claim a dramatic second win. Hamlin joins Hendrick Motorsport’s William Byron, a three-time race winner, as the only two multiple-time race winners during the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series competition.”Talk about a bump-and-run, it’s a textbook way to do it, move him out of the groove but you don’t wreck him,” Hamlin said of his battle with Chastain, who spun Hamlin in retribution on the virtual cooldown lap.🏁🏁🏁 Virtual victory lane was loud! pic.twitter.com/juJNJNeWsT— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) May 9, 2020NASCAR Cup Series rookie and Richard Childress Racing driver Tyler Reddick finished third. Chastain rallied to fourth and Austin Dillon outdueled another iRacing star, Garrett Smithley, for the fifth position.Smithley, Brennan Poole, Parker Kligerman, Kevin Harvick and Landon Cassill rounded out the top 10 in what was a high-action day at the historic venue’s iRacing debut. The race was essentially made possible by Dale Earnhardt Jr., who led the charge in getting the 0.625-mile oval on the iRacing platform, which opened it up for its first competition Saturday.Earnhardt finished 15th on Saturday. NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon, who won the last North Wilkesboro Speedway NASCAR Cup Series race on Sept. 29, 1996, finished 18th.It was a busy day on the track, with eight caution periods for 53 laps. NASCAR Cup Series rookie Christopher Bell led a race-high 61 of the 160 laps before finishing 14th in the Leavine Family Racing Toyota. Chastain led 31 laps and Hamlin was out front for 24 laps.That was fun! It was awesome to be a part of this series. Thanks to @iRacing for putting it together and my partners @FedEx @CocaColaRacing @ToyotaRacing @Jumpman23 for being a part of it. Had a solid team too @SimCraft @KeeganLeahy @3widemiddle. On to Darlington! pic.twitter.com/5EjQR7V5dm— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) May 9, 2020Hamlin conceded that getting the last win before returning to regular-season competition was a boost in confidence. Prior to the break in the series schedule, Hamlin had already earned his third Daytona 500 victory in the season opener and was ranked 11th in the championship points standings with his Playoff ticket already punched.“I can only speak for me, but yeah, sure, I’m way more excited than if I wouldn’t have won,” Hamlin said. “Winning the last iRace, the first and the last one, it’s significant.”We have millions of people watching. It’s good publicity for my sponsors. It’s good for me and my confidence.”We know, every driver knows, that everything is equal. There is no advantage for anybody. It’s about who can hone their craft in iRacing.”IRacing, we can always talk about it doesn’t relate, this, that and the other. In some ways it won’t and it doesn’t. But you have to use the same techniques that make you good in iRacing that make you good in real life. It’s not like playing Madden or NBA 2K where you’re using your hand-eye coordination pushing the buttons. You’re using the gas, brakes, running two at the same time, steering wheel. Everything is the same.””I take pride in that,” Hamlin continued. “Hey, if everything is equal, [and] I’ve won a couple times, [then] I feel pretty good about where I’m at as a driver. Certainly, I think there’s some confidence that will spill over for a few weeks.”Hill, who started 25th in the 29-car grid Saturday, earned his sixth top-three finish in the seven eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series events.”Well, it’s been a fun experience, we had the best average and capped the finish off finishing second at North Wilkesboro,” Hill said, adding, “We can’t wait to get back to racing at Darlington next week. I’ve really enjoyed what this was but can’t wait to get back to driving what we normally do.”Regular competition will resume with a 400-miler on Darlington’s egg-shaped oval. Harvick, who finished ninth Saturday, leads the NASCAR Cup Series championship standings by a single point over Joey Logano, who has won twice in the four races to date.Hamlin was, as expected, extremely eager to get racing again. No fans will be allowed at Darlington and social distancing standards will apply to teams, drivers and crews. But Hamlin is optimistic that the racing at one of NASCAR’s most historic venues will be as good and compelling as ever. “I think, all in all, it’s going to be like an old shoe,” Hamlin said. “I don’t think from the TV’s perspective, fans will see anything different than just a normal race that they would normally see at Darlington.”After the Cup Series race on May 17, NASCAR will race at Darlington Raceway in a 200-mile NASCAR Xfinity Series event on May 19 (8 p.m. ET; FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and a second Cup Series event (500 kilometers) on May 20 (7:30 p.m. ET; FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).Holly Cain writes for the NASCAR Wire Service.last_img read more

NASCAR lineup at Bristol: Complete starting order, pole for Sunday’s race without qualifying

first_imgThe starting lineup for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol on Sunday was set by the same procedure that will determine the starting lineup for the next five Cup Series races, all of which will be run without prior practice or qualifying sessions.The starting grid for Sunday’s race at Bristol, scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. ET and broadcast live on Fox, features a handful of Fords at the front of the field as a result of the procedure that utilizes a combination of points standings and a random draw to set the lineup. MORE: Updated NASCAR Cup Series schedule for 2020As for pit stall selection for the next five Cup Series races being run without qualifying, it will be ordered based on finishing positions from the series’ previous race, followed by new entries in order of points.Below is the starting lineup for Sunday’s Bristol race and how it was set.Who is on the pole for the NASCAR race at Bristol?For the second time since the NASCAR Cup Series returned from its coronavirus-promoted hiatus, Brad Keselowski won a random draw to earn the pole position to start a race.No matter which lane Keselowski chooses to start Sunday’s race, he will have a Team Penske teammate behind him, as Joey Logano will start third alongside Ryan Blaney in fourth based on the results of the draw. Aric Almirola will roll off second. Below is the protocol for how the Cup Series field was set at Bristol.Positions 1-12: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 13-24: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 25-36: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner pointsPositions 37-40: Open teams in order of owners pointsNASCAR starting lineup at BristolThe same protocol that set the lineup for Sunday’s Bristol race will be used to set the lineup for the upcoming Cup Series races at Atlanta (June 7), Martinsville (June 10), Homestead-Miami (June 14) and Talladega (June 21). All of those races also will run without prior practice sessions with the exception of Talladega, which will have an hour-long practice session the day before the race.As for Sunday’s race at Bristol, the draw for the starting lineup took place Friday. Below are the results.Pos.Driver1Brad Keselowski2Aric Almirola3Joey Logano4Ryan Blaney5Martin Truex Jr.6Chase Elliott7Kyle Busch8Kevin Harvick9Matt DiBenedetto10Denny Hamlin11Alex Bowman12Kurt Busch13William Byron14Matt Kenseth15Erik Jones16Ricky Stenhouse Jr.17Ryan Newman18John Hunter Nemechek19Chris Buescher20Austin Dillon21Tyler Reddick22Cole Custer23Clint Bowyer24Jimmie Johnson25Michael McDowell26Bayley Currey27Joey Gase28Quin Houff29Ty Dillon30Gray Gaulding31Garrett Smithley32Corey LaJoie33Ryan Preece34Brennan Poole35Christopher Bell36Bubba Wallace37Daniel Suarez38Timmy Hill39BJ McLeod40JJ Yeleylast_img read more

Alberto Perea: “Let’s go for the direct ascent”

first_imgPerea took advantage of the interview to urge the union of the team and the fans“We are going to give our all, we have to go back to the routine we had two months ago.” The left-handed end, Alberto Perea has shared his impressions about the season at the Radio Cádiz gathering in El Faro. Recognize that the team is going through a bad streak, but despite that they are still in direct ascent “We continue upstairs next to Almeria. We have to think about the game against Racing to change the dynamics. ”The cadista player claims not to know the reason for the last bad results, but acknowledges that there has been a loss of identity “It is costing us more to arrive. We have to go back to before, now they arrive to us more times and they make us more goals, we do not arrive as before. We have to correct mistakes and try to pass the bad streak. ” As for the ascent, the manchego has been clear, “Let’s go for the direct ascent. The play offs are a good prize, but we are up and we will fight ” and adds, “I want to reach the first division and I hope it is here and this year.” LaBiga SmartBank* Data updated as of January 21, 2020 He also commented to the microphones of Cadena Ser that He is very comfortable in Cádiz, “it is the season that is best for me. I was lucky to start playing and the coach has given me confidence. I have adapted well to what Cervera asks, here we have to run and defend. ” Perea acknowledges that, sometimes, he has risked too much, “sometimes I have abused the last cut or dribling, but the one who does not risk does not win. I have enough left over but I think I’m doing well. ”The player has assessed the injuries suffered by the team during the season, calling it “an ordeal”. Now the infirmary has been free, and Perea is confident that this will help to reverse the bad streak that the team is going through. He states that they have accused the casualties a lot, especially that of Jose Mari, “it is important for the team. We miss him, has control of the ball and gives the team time. ”last_img read more