Relay for Life Cancer Awareness Pink Night Saturday at Independence

first_imgBy Ryan ClarkINDEPENDENCE, Iowa – The tradition of opening the month of June with a splash of pink continues this season at Independence Motor Speedway. The Saturday, June 7 program is the annual Relay for Life Cancer Awareness Pink Night at the Races.Race fans are encouraged to wear pink to the races that evening to help promote cancer awareness. Members from the area chapter of Relay for Life will be on hand selling merchandise to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Also a tradition, the annual helmet drive will again be held this season. A handful of drivers will make their way through the grandstands during intermission to help raise money for the cause. As an added bonus this year, the Saturday, June 7 program is also billed Fan Appreciation Night. After fans toughed out two lengthy rain delays during the May 31 race program, promoters Darin Burco and Todd Summers of S&B Promotions are showing their appreciation by cutting the general admission price in half for this Saturday’s show. Grandstand admission June 7 will be $5 for everyone ages 12 years and older. Kids 11 and under will be admitted free if accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $25.Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps scheduled for 6 p.m. and racing to follow.last_img read more

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Ivan Toney admits to homesickness following switch to Newcastle

first_img “My mum’s not there to do everything for me, so I’ve got to be a big man for myself. “The football’s obviously a bit different tempo-wise but I’ve managed to adapt to it and I’m enjoying it.” Regarding homesickness, he added: “(There has been) a little bit, (and) missing my family a lot but other than that it’s all right.” Press Association Toney left the Sky Bet League Two Cobblers, his home-town club, for the Magpies in August and has since had one Barclays Premier League run-out – coming off the bench against Chelsea – as well as making two substitute appearances in the Capital One Cup. The 19-year-old told BBC Radio Northampton: “It was my first time away from home. center_img Teenage striker Ivan Toney has revealed he has had to contend with some homesickness since his summer move from Northampton to Newcastle.last_img read more

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Guyana and Windwards to clash in Regional U-19 50-Overs final

first_imgBy Brij ParasnathDEFENDING champions Guyana will get the opportunity to defend their West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Under-19 50-Overs title after they defeated Barbados by 85 runs in the decisive seventh round encounter at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex in St Vincent yesterday.Guyana advanced to the final which is scheduled for tomorrow at the Arnos Vale SC and they will do battle with Windward Islands, who rallied to beat Trinidad and Tobago by three wickets in a high-scoring match at the Park Hill playing field.At the end of the seven-team round-robin series, Windwards maintained their place atop the standings. Guyana finished second while Barbados had to settle for the third spot.Jamaica moved to fourth overall with an easy 72-run win over Leeward Islands at Sion Hill playing field while Trinidad and Tobago were relegated to fifth.Leewards and the ICC Americas teams occupied the minor placings at sixth and seventh respectively.For the third consecutive match, the Guyanese players demonstrated great fighting spirit and resolve to defend small totals and emerge victorious.The bowlers also produced excellent spells that confused their opponents and chartered some exciting victories that have now placed them in a position to successfully defend their regional limited-overs crown.Batting first at Arnos Vale SC, the venue for the grand finale; Guyana’s openers Ronaldo Renee and Sherfane Rutherford started well with Rutherford the aggressor who counted one six and two fours off 12 balls before he departed for 16.Renee and Raymond Perez were initially subdued but gradually got the measure of their opponents and shared a 38-run second-wicket stand. Renee made 25 with three fours off 62 balls.Perez was joined by West Indies Youth player Keemo Paul who produced a 33-run cameo that contained two sixes and two fours and a resultant 53-run third-wicket stand.Bhaskar Yadram (3) and Perez 37 (1×6, 2×4, 99 balls) departed at 121 and 122 and Guyana seemed to be in serious trouble, but Joshua Persaud (16), Ronaldo AliMohammed (15) and Marlon Hubbard (15) rallied the lower order and closed the innings at 183 all out in 49.5 overs.Tremaine Harris (3 for 34) and Nicholas Kirton (3 for 15) were the leading wicket-takers.Guyana bowlers Marlon Hubbard(4.5-1-11-4), Looknauth Chinkoo (8-0-30-2), Kheshram Seyhodan (7-2-18-1), Keemo Paul (5-0-17-1) and Sherfane Rutherford (6-1-13-1) played important roles in stifling the Barbados free-scoring batsmen and they folded up meekly for 98 in 37.5 overs with Shian Brathwaite 35 the top-scorer.In the other key match, solid contributions by Emmanuel Stewart (92), Johann Jeremiah (61) and Alick Athanaze (45) helped Windwards celebrate a famous victory against Trinidad and Tobago who must have felt that they would finish the tournament on a high, when they posted a challenging total of 258 all out in 48.3 overs.However, Windwards, spearheaded by talented 16-year-old Stewart, whose 92 came off 88 balls that included two sixes and nine fours; rallied to an exciting victory at 263 for 7 in 42 overs.Joshua DaSilva had top-scored for T&T with an attractive 88 that was decorated with three sixes and nine fours off 99 balls. Keagan Simmons and skipper Kirstan Kallicharan were the other leading scorers with 32 and 38 respectively.Jamaica tallied 167 runs for 8 wickets in their 50 overs with Brad Barnes 34, Dominik Samuels 32 and Andre Bailey 28 being the main scorers.Jamaica bowlers, especially Tyrone Daley (10-3-23-3), Jeavor Royal (10-2013-2) and Brad Barnes (8-2-18-3); were frugal and effective as they destroyed Leewards for 95 all out in 42 overs. At the end, it was a comfortable 73-run victory that propelled Jamaica ahead of Trinidad and Tobago in the final points standings.last_img read more

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Cricket News Happy Birthday Virender Sehwag – India’s Path-Breaker To Aggressive Cricket

first_imgNew Delhi: In Test matches prior to 2001, the openers had a blueprint of batting. They would stonewall and see out the new ball and then lay the base for the middle order to ensure they would carry the team to a great total. However, post 2001, a young Delhi opener changed the entire dynamics of batting. Employing the simple mantra of ‘See ball, hit ball’, this right-hander decimated bowlers in the opening spells of a Test. The aggressive batting at the top, which was more familiar in ODIs and T20Is, was possible only because of one man. Virender Sehwag changed the way how batting developed in Tests and his presence at the top gave India an intimidating edge.Sehwag turns 41 and with each passing year, his contributions to Indian cricket are remembered fondly. In Tests, along with his aggressive batting, he laid out the original benchmarks and records that every Indian has tried to overhaul. The first Indian to score a triple century in Tests, the only other player after Sir Don Bradman to hit two triple tons in Tests and his penchant for big scores on a regular basis.When he burst onto the scene in 2001 in Bloemfontein against South Africa, he had Sachin Tendulkar at the other end. In domestic cricket at that time, there was talks that there was a Tendulkar lookalike who was batting very much like how Tendulkar used to. The back-foot punch straight down the ground, the flick and the drive were all played like Tendulkar. It was no secret that Sehwag revealed that he had copied Tendulkar. Looks wise, you could not distinguish the two.He had not started well in his international career in Mohali against Pakistan in 1999. However, following the 105 in Bloemfontein on a seaming pitch and his century off 75 balls against New Zealand in an ODI at the SSC in the same year, Sehwag showed that he belonged on the big stage. In 2003 and 2004, Sehwag had a golden year, creating new ground in Australia and Pakistan as his contributions played a big part in India securing a draw in Australia and winning for the first time in Pakistan.His aggressive blueprint laid the base for India’s finest Test wins in 2008. In the aftermath of the Mumbai Terror attacks, Sachin Tendulkar’s epic 103 in the Chennai Test against England is remembered for how the nation healed after the deadly attacks. Many do not factor in Sehwag’s brutal 83 off 66 balls that laid the base for the fourth-highest chase in Test history.Also Read | If MS Dhoni cannot contribute, then selectors should tell him: Virender SehwagHis simple mantra and combined with the ability to back himself in any situation made Sehwag special. It is no surprise that today, future India players want to be aggressive just like Sehwag. Happy Birthday, Viru. Thank you for your contributions to Indian cricket. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Volleyball preps for San Diego opponents

first_imgSophomore outside hitter finalist for 2015 and 2016 Gatorade Texas Player of the Year (Sarah Kim | Daily Trojan)The No. 16 women’s volleyball team will head to San Diego this Friday to take on Louisiana and No. 23 San Diego in the SDSU/USD Challenge.The Trojans are coming off of a rough weekend in Milwaukee where they lost to then-No. 3 Brigham Young University and tournament host Marquette but secured a win in their third match of the weekend against Syracuse. This pair of losses came in spite of some impressive performances, including 13 kills each in the BYU match by three Trojan outside hitters: sophomore Brooke Botkin and juniors Khalia Lanier and Emily Baptista. The Women of Troy finished out the tournament in a positive fashion by winning three sets in a row against Syracuse by large margins. Another tournament away from home provides a challenge for the Trojans, especially considering that their second opponent, the University of San Diego, has the advantage of playing in front of its home crowd. The Toreros’ poor overall record of 2-4, including a 2-2 record at home, doesn’t seem to fit its Top 25 NCAA ranking. This apparent contradiction in record and ranking is indicative of the formidable opponents which they have already faced, including UCLA. This weekend, USD will be seeking to prove themselves deserving of the No. 23 spot after conceding a match to unranked Tennessee last weekend.The Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana are not to be ignored, as they have bolstered their squad with the addition of seven new players in the offseason. Louisiana has posted a record of 7-4 so far this season, although this match will be their first of the season against a Pac-12 team. Among the leaders of their attack is sophomore outside hitter Hali Wisnoskie, who garnered several awards for her standout performance last season, including Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year. Wisnoskie currently boasts 131 kills among 378 total attacks.The Trojans aim to combat the potent offenses of the San Diego and Louisiana squads with the talent and athleticism of their own players. They will look to freshman setter Raquel Lázaro, a two-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week, as the linchpin of their defensive effort once again. The leadership of Lanier, who earned an MVP distinction for the Trojan Invitational, will also remain essential for a young team playing away from home.The SDSU/USD Challenge this Friday marks the end of tournament play for the Women of Troy this season as they begin to face Pac-12 opponents. So far, the Trojans have earned a record of 6-3 in tournament play while facing fierce competition such as No. 1 BYU.After Friday’s tournament, the Women of Troy will return home to play UCLA on Sept. 19. The Bruins are tied for the No. 16 in the NCAA rankings with the Trojans, after being swept by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in a two-game series on the road. Last season, USC defeated UCLA in their first meeting, while they lost in three sets at the Galen Center two months later. This season, the Bruins are also a young squad with two freshman starters: setter and opposite hitter Hawley Harrer and setter Devon Chang.The Trojans will face Louisiana at noon on Friday before playing San Diego at 6 p.m. They then face their toughest opponent of the week, UCLA, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Mayo’s Keane cleared for Dublin clash

first_imgThe defender has successfully appealed against the red card that he was shown during the quarter-final win over Donegal.The GAA’s Central Hearings Committee last night downgraded the punishment from a red card to a yellow card offence.last_img

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CAF Champions League: Mazembe, USM prepare for entertaining final

first_imgEven though USM Alger coach Miloud Hamdi said before his team’s home fixture against TP Mazembe in the first leg of the CAF Champions League final that they were capable of winning away from home, there is little to suggest that they will become the fourth Algerian team to lift the trophy, thereby earning the right to represent Africa at the FIFA Club World Cup later this year in Japan.Although Mohamed Seguer’s late goal left a glimmer of light in the 2-1 scoreline after Rainford Kalaba and Mbwana Samatta scored for the visitors in the first leg, history clearly favours TP Mazembe.The Congo DR side have not only won the show-piece event of African club football four times already, they also have a famous home record to ease any nerves.Since the competition started in 1965, the club, which started campaigning as TP Englebert, has played 77 matches at home. Of those, the Lubumbashi-based team have won an astonishing 59, drawing 15 and losing just three.The last time they lost at home w as in 2009, when they were beaten 2-0 by Sudanese club Al Hilal in the semi-finals. However, Les Corbeaux had already won the first leg 5-2 in Omdurman and were confident of advancing. Mazembe went on to win the competition, beating Nigerian club Heartland in the final. The defeat against Al Hilal brought an end to a 21-year undefeated run. In 1988 (when interestingly, Heartland made their only other appearance in the final), Mazembe lost 1-0 in Lubumbashi against Petro Atletico. This time though, the defeat was painful as it saw the Congo DR side crashing out, having already lost the first leg in Angola 2-1.USM, on the other hand, have not been the best travellers in this year’s competition – winning just once outside of their country, though they did win both away games against Algerian opposition in the group phase. However, that lone victory outside of Algeria came when it really mattered – in the semi-final at Al Hilal, when they won 2-1If overcoming a goal deficit and potentially the away goals on the road in Lubumbashi wasn’t hard enough, Alger and Hamdi will be without Youcef Belaili and Hocine El Orfi. Belaili has received a lengthy ban for doping, while El Orfi was sent off in the first leg in Algeria. Well-known USM official and former player Hadji Adlene remained upbeat though. “We did not play well in the first leg, but it is still possible to win the trophy. We have a good team, a team that has secured several good away results,” he said.For Ghanaians, key interest will be on how our quintet of Yaw Frimpong, Richard Kissi Boateng, Daniel Nii Adjei, Solomon Asante and Gladson Awako fare. Frimpong and Kissi Boateng started the 1st leg in Algiers.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Bonsignore: Best Clippers roster will require best from Doc Rivers

first_imgAnd for now, there was no talk about too few touches, not enough minutes, or disappointment about how anyone’s role had changed.“There will be a time or two during the regular season. I’m sure someone will come out and say they’re upset,” the Clippers coach said.And as Rivers balances his own roles, his ability to manage and squash it all will be one of the keys within the keys to the Clippers season.As president of basketball operations, Rivers has helped build the greatest roster in franchise history. On paper anyway. Basketballs bounced in the foreground at a recent Clippers practice. Players laughed good naturedly as they went through warmups. Off to the side, Doc Rivers smiled broadly.The level of happiness was through the roof at USC’s Galen Center, where the Clippers were holding a free practice for fans.Of course, it was mid-October. The weather was warm. The Clippers’ record stood even at 0-0. Everyone was happy with their roles. It’s deep, talented and versatile.The starters are among the best five in the game. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAnde Jordan are as good at their position as anyone in the league.But it’s on the bench where Rivers really did his best work, bolstering the Clippers’ reserve ranks so impressively you can argue the roster is the best from top to bottom in the NBA.Veterans Paul Pierce, Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, Pablo Prigioni, Wesley Johnson and Cole Aldrich were added to join carryovers Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers. During training camp, players described scrimmages as virtual All-Star games, the talent that deep and apparent.For a team whose reserve corps was so thin a season ago, and one of the obstacles that tripped up the Clippers on their way to a longer playoff run, the work Rivers did improving the bench might make all the difference in the world.Some Clippers players complained of being tired in the postseason. First came a grueling seven-game series against the San Antonio Spurs. Next was a roller-coaster ride in the semifinals against the Houston Rockets in which they opened a 3-1 lead but flamed out during an epic collapse in which their stamina, durability and focus were sapped.Provided everyone remains healthy, the Clippers can no longer use lack of depth as an excuse. The roster is obviously built for the long haul of the regular season.But it’s very much constructed to deal with the mental and physical intensity of the playoffs.“All the pieces are in place,” Paul said.Thanks to the work Rivers did over the summer, including saving Jordan from abandoning ship for the Dallas Mavericks. Rivers had pledged a long-term commitment to Jordan during the free-agency period before he and a collection of teammates flew to Texas for a daylong sit-in to persuade Jordan into a change of heart.• HEISLER: Happily, they’re still the ClippersNow it’s on Rivers the coach to mold this talented group into a productive, cohesive unit. And that means getting everyone to buy into their roles.And that could prove a major headache, if dynamics and egos aren’t managed correctly.When the weather turns cold and an inevitable losing streak occurs and feelings get frayed, cooperation in October can turn to dissension in January. And minutes and roles will be the biggest sore points.It’s inevitable, especially with the kind of head-strong roster Rivers built.“Everyone wants to play,” Rivers said. “Just because you come to a team where Chris Paul is there, or Blake Griffin is there or (DeAndre Jordan) is there, that doesn’t mean you still don’t want to play. Sometimes they’re very competitive.”Having coached deep Boston Celtics clubs with Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, Rivers understands the balance between players wanting prominent roles and fitting those personal needs into the grand scheme of a cohesive team.And part of him not only welcomes the competitiveness, he prefers it. “I want that,” Rivers said. “I’d rather have that than someone high-fiving me on the way back to the bench saying. ‘Thanks, Coach, I appreciate you taking me out.’”Nothing about the Clippers roster suggests guys being thrilled with playing fewer minutes.But thrilled and accepting are two entirely different things.A little bit of both is never a bad thing.“As long as they understand they’re on a team. That it’s not about that. As long as we keep it like that, we’ll be pretty good,” Rivers said.Which beings up an entirely different dynamic.The roster Rivers built is championship caliber. The ability of Rivers to coach and orchestrate it will determine their playoff success.One critical part of the equation has been eliminated: no more excuses.The Clippers are out of them now, provided everything goes smoothly.But first things first, and that is Rivers’ ability to maintain the happiness in October through the next several months.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Some Iowa farmers back crop buffer law to protect water

first_imgCEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s farmer-dominated conservation districts are calling for a state ban on planting crops within 30 feet (9.1 meters) of streams to improve water quality, but the state’s top agricultural official opposes the idea.The Conservation Districts of Iowa isn’t the first group to push for a buffer law, but it’s the first time a group made up mainly of farmers and retired farmers has advocated for something more stringent than voluntary action, according to the Gazette.“I think there’s a growing realization what we’re doing isn’t getting us the results we need to have,” said Dennis Carney, a Mason City farmer and president of the Conservation Districts of Iowa. “Some rules might be in order.”The group, which includes 500 elected soil and water conservation district members, voted at its annual conference in August on a resolution titled “Require Permanent Buffer Strips to Protect Streams.”The resolution passed with a supermajority. It calls for legislation similar to Minnesota’s buffer law, which requires buffer strips or comparable conservation practices.Laura Krouse, an eastern Iowa farmer who serves on the Linn Soil and Water Conservation District, said taking buffer space out of corn production would come with a cost for farmers, but there are other ways to make money off the land.Hay, perennial crops and fruit or nut trees could be planted in the buffer strips, she said. The state and federal government also offer subsidies for perennial buffers.Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig said he opposes a buffer strip requirement. Naig said installing buffer strips is a good conservation practice with a long history in Iowa, but he doesn’t want to mandate it. He also questioned whether the conservation district reflects the views of most Iowa farmers.“This calls for regulation, a requirement for buffers, and that’s not the approach we’re taking here,” Naig said. “It’s counter to our philosophy.”last_img read more

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Uber passenger run over by police while attempting to flee fight

first_imgAuthorities in California are reporting that the passenger of an Uber vehicle was fatally run over by a responding police officer while trying to flee a physical altercation with another passenger.The incident was reported Monday around 3:30 am in Encino, California.Officials say the received a call from the Uber driver claiming that he was forced to pull over onto the side of the road because his two passengers began fighting and it was affecting his ability to drive.The driver who only identified himself as Randy said the two passengers began arguing and that at one point, the passenger in the backseat began choking the passenger in the front seat.As police approached the scene, one of the passengers went running across the freeway and hopped the concrete wall. At that point, he was struck by a police vehicle.The driver told authorities that he picked both of the men up in West Hollywood and that neither of them seemed to be drunk at the time of the argument.The name of the deceased has not been released, however, authorities did say that the victim is an adult male believed to be in his 30s.last_img read more

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