Van Pay races to first career feature win at 141 Speedway

first_imgBy Greg AregoniFRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (May 9) – Van Pay is a name that has numerous feature wins and a name that is highly regarded in the area racing family.A new Van Pay has put his own tally in the win column after the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature Saturday night at 141 Speedway. Race Van Pay joined the ranks of feature winners earning his first career win in a highly contested race.All 20 laps of the feature belonged to Van Pay, who had his share of challengers along the way but held all of them at bay.A three-lap dash to the finish was the final test that Van Pay passed. He stayed true to his line and picked up his first career feature win.Shawn Kilgore won again in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds after starting 10th. Devin Snellenberger, who got on his roof last week, dominated the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.Shaun Bangart gained the lead with three laps left and won the Mach-1 Sport Compact main event.last_img read more

United still in title hunt – Wenger

first_img Press Association “It is too early. They are not out of the title race,” Wenger said. “We are only two points in front of all the others. “Are Man United out of the title race? No, but of course 10 points starts to be a little gap.” Wenger continued: “If you have the choice, you want to be in the race at the top, but you cannot rule Man United out today. “They have big players, big experience and they are a big club. “It (points advantage) is three games basically, that is very quick in our league.” Wenger has a wealth of options in midfield, with the return to match fitness of Santi Cazorla following an ankle injuring meaning Aaron Ramsey could be rested to the bench against Norwich. The Wales international replaced Mathieu Flamini just before half-time after the French midfielder suffered double vision following a clash of heads with Alex Tettey and is now a doubt for Tuesday night’s Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund as a result. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is not about to write off Manchester United’s Barclays Premier League title challenge just yet. Wenger knows he will need to fully utilise the group if Arsenal are to mount a sustained push for honours in 2014. “We have a squad that is, number and quality wise, very, very good. After that in January we are not desperate (to buy) now,” the Arsenal boss said. “If there is a good opportunity (to buy), why not? But if you know who is out injured now, they will come back in November, the beginning of December, then you have a really massive squad.” Wenger added: “With the number of competitions involved, everybody thinks they have a chance to play. That is what is the most important. “As long as you fight for things, everybody keeps the focus.” Wenger revealed England forward Theo Walcott would need a couple more weeks of recovery time following a minor surgical procedure on an abdominal problem. “Theo had a set-back on Thursday. He had to stop, to jog again, I don’t think we will see him against Dortmund, nor Crystal Palace nor Chelsea (in the Capital One Cup),” the Arsenal boss said. “He is at least two weeks away now.” The Gunners moved clear at the top of the table following their 4-1 victory over Norwich and are now some eight points ahead of David Moyes’ side after the Red Devils conceded a late equaliser at home to Southampton. Wenger, though, is refusing to get carried away with league positions just yet, as Arsenal are set to travel to Old Trafford next month the weekend after they host fellow pacesetters Liverpool. last_img read more

Tragedy-hit Chapecoense to redevelop stadium

first_imgRio de Janeiro, May 5: Grief-stricken Brazilian football club Chapecoense has received a grant from the Brazilian government to help upgrade its stadium. President Michel Temer on Thursday pledged $5 million in public funds to the project, which previews the redevelopment of the southern and western stands of Are Conda, in the southern Brazilian city of Chapeco.Seventy-one people died, including 19 Chapecoense players and all of their coaching staff, when the LaMia charter plane in which the team was traveling slammed into a hillside near Medellin, Colombia, last November. There were just six survivors, reports Xinhua news agency.“The team no longer belongs just to this city, but to the world,” Chapeco Mayor Luciano Jose told reporters on Thursday. “Starting with the solidarity shown by Colombia, Chapecoense has become dear to all of Brazil and the world.”The stadium refurbishment plans include provision for a new museum, featuring a memorial section paying homage to victims of the air disaster.Officials said the venue’s current capacity of around 23,000 spectators would be maintained. IANSlast_img read more

No medals, but Dabo wins admiration for sportsmanship

first_imgBy Steve KeatingDOHA, Qatar (Reuters) – Guinea-Bissau’s Braima Dabo will not win any medals at the world championships but he won the admiration of the crowd yesterday by helping exhausted Aruban Johnathan Busby across the 5 000 metres finish line in an astonishing display of sportsmanship.It was an agonising and heartwarming end to the opening heat of the men’s 5 000m as a distressed Busby, near collapse, was rescued on the final lap by Dabo and helped home, with the two men crossing the line to a rousing ovation at Khalifa Stadium.“The main objective was to represent my country as well as possible and I’m happy I could help the other guy,” Portuguese-speaking Dabo told Reuters. “I saw he was not running in the right way, he was leaning, I realised he wasn’t going to finish.“I knew I wasn’t going to beat my personal record, so when I realised that, it was better to go for the main aim, which was to finish the race. My thoughts were to help him finish, that is the point of the race.”Despite the searing temperatures in Doha, the race was run in pleasant spring-like conditions thanks to the innovative air-conditioning system at the Khalifa stadium.The heat was won by Ethiopia’s Selemon Barega in a time of 13 minutes 24.69 seconds but it was the heroic effort unfolding behind the winner that brought the crowd to its feet.As the pair crossed the finish line nearly five minutes later, Dabo held Busby until emergency personnel appeared, with the Aruban put in a wheelchair and taken from the track.There was no immediate word on 33-year-old Busby’s condition.“He thanked me and he was suffering, he couldn’t really speak … in any case, we don’t speak the same language so our conversation was never going to be very long,” said Dabo.Asked about the crowd’s reaction to his gesture of sportsmanship a humble Dabo, 26, said nothing had changed.“I continue being the same as before – I’m proud to be here representing my country.”last_img read more

Cazenovia hockey season ends in loss to CBA/J-D

first_imgAs expected, the Brothers swarmed the Lakers’ net throughout the first period, taking 20 shots, all of them stopped by Cy McCrink, and the game stayed 0-0.Cazenovia then got on the board in the second period with Forrest Ives’ goal, but CBA/J-D converted twice to go in front.All of that pressure from the Brothers started to take a toll by the third period, where the Lakers surrendered three straight goals, leading to a 5-1 defeat as McCrink finished the night with 54 saves. CBA/J-D’s attack was diverse as five different players – Isaiah Raby, Tanner Burns, Matt Walker, Simon Lesser and John Greenwood – had their five goals, with Kodi Dotterer and Seamus Nicholson each earning two assists.Of the Lakers’ 20 shots, 19 were stopped by Brothers goalie Joe Salvador as it advanced to face West Genesee in the sectional quarterfinals.This was a young Cazenovia roster with just two seniors, Andrew Parkhurst and Nick Korosec, so a large returning cast for the 2020-21 season could produce plenty of improvement.When the sectional All-Star teams were announced, seven Lakers – Parkhurst, McCrink, Ives, Josh Donlin, Jake Owens, Josh Whaley and George Labinski – earned Honorable Mention status.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story What the Cazenovia ice hockey team will remember its 2019-20 season for is the way it responded after losing its first seven games by a combined 53-11 margin.A mid-season stretch of four wins and a tie in seven games followed, and though there were some late struggles, a 3-2 victory over Watertown IHC meant that the Lakers got to enter the Section III Division I playoffs.In Tuesday night’s opening round at Onondaga Nation Arena, the no. 10 seed Lakers met no. 7 seed CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt, whom it had played Dec. 17 and lost by a 6-2 margin.center_img Tags: Cazenoviaice hockeylast_img read more

Shafer excited about addition of ‘hard-nosed’ Bullough as defensive coordinator

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 11, 2013 at 6:33 pm Contact Chris: | @chris_iseman Related Stories Shafer hires Chuck Bullough to be Syracuse defensive coordinatorShafer officially named as Syracuse’s next head coach; Spent last 4 seasons as defensive coordinatorShafer sheds light on offensive coordinator search during introductory press conferenceShafer to lead Orange with intensity, put ‘fear of God’ into opponentscenter_img Scott Shafer announced his first move as Syracuse’s head coach Friday, hiring Chuck Bullough as the Orange’s defensive coordinator.When Shafer was Western Michigan’s defensive coordinator, Bullough was his linebackers coach for the 2005 season. Shafer said at his introductory press conference Friday that Bullough shares his values and is familiar with Shafer’s defensive philosophy and schemes.“There’s only a handful of people in the business that you trust like a brother. There’s a lot that you respect, but there’s only a handful that you trust,” Shafer said. “The highs and lows of all the years being a coach, the guys that got your back all the way through and those are usually the guys that you have an opportunity to work with.”Bullough said in a statement that he and Shafer connected immediately at Western Michigan, and he’s excited to continue that at SU.“The game of football is about enthusiasm, integrity and toughness,” Bullough said in the statement. “Coach Shafer and I grew up in the game of football with our fathers and coaches. We were taught from a young age to enjoy and respect the game. From just about the moment we met at Western Michigan, we had an instant connection because of our philosophy and values.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBullough spent the last two seasons as a defensive assistant for the Cleveland Browns, who had the No. 5 defense in the AFC last season.Before working for Cleveland, Bullough was UCLA’s defensive coordinator in 2009 and 2010. He also worked on the coaching staffs at Michigan State, Lake Forest College and the Chicago Bears.The Bruins’ defense struggled in 2010 under Bullough, finishing the season 108th in the nation against the run and 116th against the pass. Then-head coach Rick Neuheisel fired Bullough at the end of the season, but said at the time Bullough was a 4-3 coach and UCLA’s players didn’t fit the scheme.Syracuse runs a 4-3. Shafer said Friday he will help out on defense, but will give control to Bullough.“I will also keep my hand in the scheme, especially on the defensive side of the football,” Shafer said. “Chuck and I have been together and we come from the same sort of scheme as well as philosophical viewpoint. That’s how we’re going to go about it.”Bullough was a two-time All-Big Ten Conference linebacker at Michigan State before being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the eighth round of the 1992 NFL Draft. He spent time with the Eagles, Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts, before returning to Michigan State as a defensive backs coach in 1997.Shafer said Bullough is one of his closest friends and someone he idolized as a coach, and is also the right person to take over as Syracuse’s defensive coordinator.“He’s a hard-nosed guy,” Shafer said. “I trust him like a brother.” Commentslast_img read more

1 all draw in Southampton Europa league clash

first_imgThe Saints needed a second-half penalty from Jay Rodriguez to avoid a shock defeat, which leaves the tie delicately balanced ahead of the return-leg in Denmark.last_img

Chroma Sports – Sponsor Profile – #bofcon2017

first_img StumbleUpon Share Chroma Sports is sponsoring Betting on Football 2017, the fourth edition of the largest international football and betting trade conference at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge.Ahead of the 3-5 May event, we spoke to Chroma Head of Business & Product Development Yosef Salameh about why football is such an attractive sport for betting, how the market is changing from a consumer perspective and how betting and football stakeholders can work more effectively together.SBC: Why is football such an attractive sport for betting?YS: The amount of televised coverage that there is of football plays a part in why betting on it is such an attractive proposition. The sheer volume of available markets for a host of games also makes it an appealing sport to bet on. There are often over 100 markets for any given big match, with a number of variations to get involved in. Because a number of these can last/continue to the end of the match (unlike a simple correct score or result bet which can be down within five minutes), there is appeal to stay engaged with both the live sport and the bet you have placed. The intrinsic nature of live football and social media platforms have allowed the betting companies to interact with customers to promote, engage and market their products, and often displays of punters winning large sums against these bookies is an attractive proposition for potential consumers. SBC: From a consumer perspective, how is football betting changing?YS: Gambling on football has changed hugely over the last five years. Whereas going into a bookmakers still has its own appeal, having everything you need on your phone or device makes it a very swift process and one you can get involved in at any point during a match. Features such as in-play and cash-out have helped the market grow into what it has become. Another key element is the activation tools which some companies promote and allow fans – and even non-fans – to be a part of. These games and apps have grown in popularity over recent times, with cash incentives offered without a stake even having to be placed in a number of cases. Such games have allowed a new target market and customer base to be reached and have allowed the betting companies to grow their brand in return for a fun, easy and appealing game. In fantasy sport, a move away from the classic format of season-long games have been replaced by daily fantasy and short form games, which are easy to play, don’t necessarily consume huge amounts of time or effort and can be resolved and resulted quickly. This has allowed for a just-as-interested audience to thrive, without feeling like they have to commit hours of time per week to play the games. SBC: How can betting & football stakeholders work better and more effectively together?YS: Statistics and data are such a huge part of how the new breed of football fan engages with the sport. As the client demographic for bookmakers changes, the need for richer content and analysis, rises. The peripherals to any good sportsbook are becoming more and more important and the need to create a “destination site” for football fans is there for all to see in a crowded marketplace. SBC: What new technology do you feel will have the biggest impact on football betting?YS: Being able to create your own bespoke betslip is a big change in the industry. Being able to create your own betslip based upon whatever obscure outcomes you can think of has become extremely popular, as have the messenger services that allow you to do this. The slicker this process becomes, the more value there is to the end customer. The ability to converse in a personal way with your customer base will aid retention, and as we all know, retention is key in this industry. SBC: What key agenda, debate or discussion do you want to hear at BOFCON 2017?YS: The specialism that Chroma holds in the world of fantasy gaming makes the session on DFS and customer engagement especially relevant for us. Chroma products are all about using data and statistics to create engaging products for our clients and the rise of DFS has been a large part of defining our strategy. SBC’s Year In Review: March 2019’s big betting news December 23, 2019 David Webb, BetConstruct: Why meeting new regulations is the industry’s big challenge for 2019 April 4, 2019 Related Articles 10bet announce Drogba as brand ambassador September 13, 2019 Share Submitlast_img read more

Open letter to Coach Kwesi Appiah

first_imgDear Kwesi, I bring you greetings from “dumsoric” Accra, a complete departure from the bright sights of Miami. Camping there must be a team member’s delight huh, I bet it is. You know, there’s a part of me that slightly desires, just a teeny weeny bit, to be in your big shoes, but then the other part screams danger!! Yes, absolute danger! How else could I describe events of the past week; events that have rocked fan confidence to the core! But Kwesi, like we say down here “I like your matter” and as Ghana prepares for the upcoming friendly versus South Korea at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami on June 9, 1900 GMT, I will like to review the events of the past week and offer you my unsolicited advice.Kwesi, before we get to the Koreans, let’s look back (Nkrumah isn’t always right you know) and pick out the pitfalls from the Netherlands friendly and use that as a base to strategize for the big assignment at hand. Kwesi, wherever you are in Miami; be it on the training ground or just taking a hike along Ocean Drive, kindly pause for a minute and hear me out, it might do you a whole Florida of good. Now, what’s that high sounding line again? Oh Yes! Let’s cut to the chase!The Holland “Joke-ly”Well, well, well…so what? It’s a play on the words joke and friendly but l am sure you get my drift; joke sums up the friendly international versus the Netherlands, especially from a Ghanaian perspective. Kwesi, do you know that last Saturday, I witnessed Ghanaian football passion assume another dimension.I completely under estimated the interest average football fans had in the game. I was inundated with calls and messages enquiring about kick off time. But even that didn’t prepare me for the queries during and after the game. Kwesi, the people of Ghana were livid and continue to ask questions. Why did you start with what was in essence, an experimental side? I have heard the wild theory that you didn’t want spies to spy on your “A” team. Well, I think that is hogwash, complete balderdash, and I will not even entertain the thought.But Kwesi, with all respect ooo, “s3bi taflats3” wouldn’t it have been wiser to start with the “A” team; build chemistry and momentum ahead of the World Cup proper, considering that the Black Stars aren’t the most cohesive of teams these days? I mean really, Kwesi, even teams with bigger pedigree found the need to field their big boys and tie their teams’ loose ends in their friendly matches. The same Netherlands we played, fielded their starting 11, Brazil have done so, Germany and France too, but no, not that country south of the Sahara… hmm!  We haven’t particularly seen the Black Stars play to a set pattern in recent times; this was a big opportunity to start our big boys and then fade them out in the second half with the fringe players who by the time they would have been introduced, would not have had the jitters and be reckless like Rashid Sumaila and co did. Kwesi, I know you have always suffered from the perception that you do not have a handle on the team, well, I think that’s unfortunate, but events during and after the friendly didn’t help matters. We all saw the laxity on the bench; captain on the day, Michael Essien’s back was nonchalantly turned towards the field while he engaged in idle chatter. Then we also saw players hesitate to warm up when Akaminko was to be replaced. Then there was the chopping of 3 players from the 26 man squad after the game; David Accam, Jeffrey Schlupp and injured Akaminko.Their dropping seemed convenient and populist because really and truly, you should have called Kwabena Adusei from the standby list as a like for like replacement for Akaminko, unless Adusei’s position as standby was just cosmetic. As for Schlupp, it was understandable because he didn’t look the part, but it also raised concerns since his cut meant you were now going with only 6 defenders than the standard 8 to the World Cup; it seemed cutting Schlupp and Accam, who you didn’t even offer 10 minutes “p3” to prove himself, would have raised little trouble, so you went with that easy route thus making the team mid heavy and lopsided with 11 midfielders (yes I am counting Kevin Prince Boateng as a midfielder, he’s no striker). Hmm Kwesi, you know you are one of us, we would want to support you, but some of the decisions you took; before, during and after the Netherlands game “dier”, “ebi some way bi”. At this point, Nkrumah’s voice grows louder in my big head, so maybe we should just look forward to the South Korean game. Shall we? Pacific friendlyWell Kwesi, we can now put behind Netherlands and look forward to South Korea. Going into this friendly on Monday, June 9, I think I speak for many Ghanaians when I ask for some form of pacification. If you don’t start with the “A” team or give us a semblance of the starting line-up…. Ok, that’s sounding like a threat, none of such intentions though, but against South Korea, we would expect that you learnt from your mistakes in the Netherlands friendly and field the starting 11 especially the central defense pairing, I have repeated on different platforms that we need Michael Essien at the back for his leadership and organization; so pair him with John Boye or Jonathan Mensah; start Daniel Opare at right back and Harrison Afful at left back; we would expect that you would pair Afriyie Acquah and Kwadwo Asamoah in the heart of midfield with Andre Ayew on the left and try Abdul Majeed Waris, who is quite pacy, on the right wing with Asamoah Gyan to lead the line and Kevin Prince Boateng in the hole; we would expect to see some pattern, be it defensive play, counter attack, wing play; whatever play, we desire to see some identity against the Koreans and oh, with Adam Kwarasey carrying an injury, kindly share the goalkeeping duties between Fatau Dauda and Steven Adams in the 2 halves. We do not ask for much do we? Times are hard and most Ghanaians are looking for an escape through football. Our demands are fairly reasonable, satisfy us and we would rally behind you regardless of the score-line, but try another experiment and your “sins” will continue to rise like the Cedi to the Dollar!!!last_img read more

Lakers’ Russell, Clarkson picked to play in Rising Stars Challenge

first_imgIt sounded like it.“I have the ability to be an All-Star caliber player one day,” Clarkson said. “I’m definitely working toward that.”“Some people will be competitive and some people won’t be,” Russell said. “I know I’m going to be competitive and try to win.”Clarkson, Russell and Scott sounded surprised that Lakers second-year forward Julius Randle did not make the cut. Rnadle has recorded a team-leading 16 double-doubles and ranks first among his class in both that category and total rebounds (431). The U.S. team will include Karl-Anthony Towns and Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel of the Philadelphia 76ers, Rodney Hood of the Utah Jazz, Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics, Elfrid Payton of the Orlando Magic and Jabari Parker of the Milwaukee Bucks. Russell and Clarkson became the eighth and ninth Lakers elected to the game, joining Jordan Farmar, Andrew Bynum, Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Travis Knight, Eddie Jones, and Nick Van Exel. Despite averaging 14.6 points on 47 percent shooting in the past eight games, Russell has averaged only 3.1 assists during that stretch. Russell narrowed in on his 2.8 turnovers during that sample size that he blamed on being “too nonchalant.”“It’s not like the teams are forcing me into the turnovers,” Russell said. “It’s my turnovers.”Meanwhile, Clarkson has gotten better after making the NBA’s All-Rookie first team last year as the Lakers’ 46th overall pick. He has scored in double figures in 24 of the past 25 games despite having diminished ballhandling duties.“I’m coming here to hoop and play. I just want to be good,” Clarkson said. “I just want to be great one day. That’s all I work for. I don’t work for no awards. The biggest award I want is a championship one day.”Upon further reviewThis will hardly assuage the frustration the Lakers felt over their two-point loss on Tuesday to Dallas. But the NBA determined officials incorrectly called Lakers guard Lou Williams for an offensive foul on Mavericks guard J.J. Barea before making a floater that would have given the Lakers a 92-90 lead with 13 seconds remaining. Injury updateRandle received an MRI and CT tests that showed no stress reaction in his tibia, though he has soreness in his left knee. The Lakers listed Randle as probable for Thursday against Chicago. The Lakers also listed Bryant (sore right shoulder) and Williams (upper respiratory infection) as questionable to play. Amid a season full of losses and fluctuating roles, Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell and second-year guard Jordan Clarkson will soon experience something to celebrate.Both will participate in the Rising Stars Challenge on Feb. 12 in Toronto as part of NBA All-Star weekend, a game that will feature 10 American rookie and sophomore players competing against 10 foreign rookies and sophomore players.“A lot of people see a lot of promise in them,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “They still have a ways to go. They have to continue to work.“You don’t want to stop at the Rookie-Sophomore Game. You want to get to an All-Star Game. Hopefully that’s those guys’ dream and ambition.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more