first_imgLEXINGTON, Neb. (July 10) – Jake Bubak made the trek to Lexington Raceway and picked up his first United Rebel Sprint Series win of the season on Sunday.Brian Herbert taking the early lead and showed the way with Bubak drawing closer each lap. Bubak finally got around for the top spot on lap seven, then began building onto his advantage following a lap eight restart.Luke Cranston headed the pursuit and was close behind Bubak by lap 13. Lap 20 saw the caution wave for the last time and set up a five-lap dash for the win.Tyler Drueke slipped past Cranston for the runner-up spot after the restart.Cranston, Jed Werner and Jeremy Huish made up the rest of the top five. Jeff Radcliffe picked up the Keizer Aluminum Racing Wheels hard charger award, coming from his 13th starting spot to finish sixth.Feature results – 1. Jake Bubak; 
2. Tyler Drueke; 
3. Luke Cranston; 
4. Jed Werner; 
5. Jeremy Huish; 
6. Jeff Radcliffe; 
7. Brian Herbert
; 8. Doug Lovegrove; 
9. Zach Blurton
; 10. Lance Davis; 
11. Darren Berry; 
12. Nate Berry
; 13. John Webster; 
14. Craig Jecha
; 15. Zac Taylor; 
16. Nick Bryan
; 17. Aaron Ploussard
; 18. Tom Belsky
; 19. Richard Weers
; 20. Howard Van Dyke
; 21. Michael Beckerman.last_img read more

first_img Press Association Garcia chased McIlroy all the way at Hoylake before eventually finishing joint second, recording his 19th top-10 finish in his 64th major championship. But the Spaniard has the opportunity to put that near-miss behind him by claiming his first World Golf Championship title at Firestone Country Club, despite suffering from a lengthy weather delay in Akron. The former US Open champion parred the final four holes either side of the delay to card a round of 70 and join Scott and Keegan Bradley on eight under, six off the pace. Garcia had started the day with a three-shot lead after a sensational second round of 61, the Spaniard equalling the course record thanks to a back nine of just 27 shots which featured eight birdies, seven of them in succession from the 12th. He was soon back into his stride when play resumed on Saturday, picking up shots on the second, fourth and sixth to reach the turn in 32. The 11th was the only hole Garcia failed to birdie on the back nine on Friday, but the world number five made amends with a superb approach to two feet to move to 15 under par. That was briefly good enough for a six-shot lead when McIlroy, who had also gone out in 32, missed from similar length on the 11th and followed that with a bogey on the 12th after failing to get up and down from a greenside bunker. However, Garcia then carded his first bogey since the 12th hole of his opening round when he pulled his approach left of the 14th green, the siren sounding to suspend play after the final group had completed the 15th. Defending champion Tiger Woods had already struggled to a 72 to lie one over par for the tournament, further reducing his slim chances of qualifying for the FedEx Cup play-offs. The 14-time major winner needs the equivalent of third-place finishes here and in next week’s US PGA Championship to move from 215th in the standings into the top 125. Woods carded one birdie, one bogey and a double bogey on the sixth. A fortnight after trying to catch Rory McIlroy at Royal Liverpool, Sergio Garcia will attempt to hold off the Open champion in the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday. Tee times had been brought forward several hours due to forecast thunderstorms, but the final group had just finished the 15th hole when the threat of lightning forced players off the course. Garcia held a five-shot lead over McIlroy and Marc Leishman at the time, but when play eventually resumed three hours and 15 minutes later, the 34-year-old struggled to recapture his rhythm and had to battle to par the final three holes. In contrast, McIlroy missed a good birdie chance on the 16th but picked up shots on the 17th and 18th to card a third round of 66 and finish 11 under, three behind Garcia, who returned a 67. “I came here this week talking about wanting to just keeping the momentum going and not really dwell on The Open too much and keep moving forward and I have done that really well this week,” McIlroy said. “I’m obviously really excited to give myself another chance to win a tournament tomorrow. “I drove it great at the Open as well and have been driving it great all year and that’s why my results have been pretty good. Driving is the foundation of my game and if it’s good it seems like everything feeds down from there and I’ve never driven the ball better than I am right now.” Leishman and world number one Adam Scott were two and three shots behind McIlroy respectively, the Australian pair having finished joint fifth together in the Open. “It’s great to see all the guys continue their good play,” McIlroy added. “Sergio was chasing me down at Liverpool, I’m going to try and chase him down this week and we’ll see what happens. It’s a great leaderboard with a lot of good names and hopefully it will be a good battle tomorrow.” Justin Rose had been Garcia’s closest challenger when he recovered from just his second bogey of the week on the eighth with birdies on the ninth and 10th, but then three-putted the 13th from 20 feet and did the same on the next, amazingly missing from no more than 12 inches. last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian womens football team completed back-to-back victories over hosts Hong Kong, with the second coming thanks to a well fought 1-0 win on Wednesday.The only goal of the game was scored by forward Pyari Xaxa, as the Indian eves now set off for Indonesia for a couple of more preparatory friendlies.This 1-0 victory comes on the back of a 5-2 triumph over the same opposition on Monday. Also Read – Meghalayan mid-fielder Phrangki Buam joins ISL side FC Goa India got off to a good start as forwards Dangmei Grace, combined with Indumathi and Anju Tamang to produce swift attacks, while the home side depended on set-pieces in an effort to inflict damage on the Indians.Coach Maymol Rocky’s team earned a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box in the 17th minute, but Ratanbala Devi’s shot was well negotiated by the Hong Kong defence.Hong Kong goalkeeper Yuen Ki NG was on top form in this match, as she made save after save on both sides of the half-time whistle, to deny India the lead. Also Read – COVID-19: Football team observes ‘social distancing’ during match, loses 37-0However, a substitution at the stroke of half-time seemed to do the trick for coach Maymol and her girls. Pyari Xaxa’s introduction after the changeover completely changed the tempo of the game, as India launched a flurry of attacks.Yuen Ki NG made as many as six saves after half-time, before Sanju was finally able to unlock the Hong Kong defence in the 68th minute, setting Xaxa through with a delicate pass, which the latter put into the back of the net with great aplomb. Also Read – Big push to sports infra in Mizoram, gets Khelo India State CentreUnfortunately, Xaxa hobbled off with an injury in the dying moments of the match, and had to be replaced by Sandhiya Ranganathan.The women’s team is now set to travel to Indonesia, where they will face off against the Indonesia Women’s National Team on January 27 and 30. (IANS)Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Ice Hockey Association of India (IHAI), who had recently conducted its Annual General Assembly and Elections for the new Executive Council at the Muse Sarovar Portico, New Delhi, have completed the process of electing the new council. Dr SM Bali was elected as the President of IHAI, with Harjinder Singh getting re-elected as the General Secretary for another term.Dr SM Bali, the newly elected President of IHAI is also the current Joint Secretary of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).“All efforts would be made to get the only international ice rink at Dehradun opened, which would help the Indian Ice Hockey Team to train in the country, instead of going abroad for training,” said the newly elected President of IHAI Dr SM BaliHarjinder Singh was also the the Chef De Mission of the Indian Contingent at the XXIII Winter Olympics at PyeongChang in South Korea. Whereas, Gyapo has been taking care of the nursey of Ice Hockey in Leh-Ladakh since the start of the sport in India. Rajat Malhotra, former Indian player from Simla was elected as the Join Secretary, whereas Major KJS Gurna (retd.) is the new Treasurer.“The Indian Men’s team secured 2nd position in the Challenge Cup of Asia in Kuwait, in 2017. The same year, the Indian Women’s team, which debuted internationally in 2016, won its first international match in 2017 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia in Thailand to secure 4th place amongst 7 participants,” said Harjinder Singh at the event.The 4 Members of Executive council are Gurpreet Singh Bakshi and 3 players – Tundup Namgail (former Indian Men’s Team Captain ), Amit Belwal and women representative Noor Jahan.A total of 9 member of the Executive Council has 4 athletes, which is around 45 per cent representation of athletes in the council.Ice Hockey Association of India, the governing body of the Olympic Winter Sport – Ice Hockey in India, is member of the Indian Olympic Association and International Ice Hockey Federation. For all the Latest Sports News News, Hockey News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

first_imgAfter injury shattered his dream of being part of Super Eagles’ party to the World Cup in Russia, Moses Simon seems to have picked up the pieces as he dumped FC Gent of Belgium for Levante UDMoses Simon moved to Levante UD for about five million Euros, which is a figure far from the 20 million Euros a top official had predicted KAA Gent will eventually sell him.Gent sports director, Michel Louwagie, proudly predicted that his club with break transfer records when they eventually sell the Nigerian winger after they bought him from Slovak club AS Trencin for 650,000 Euros in January 2015. “The transfer record in Belgium will have to be shattered when we sell Moses. We will be talking of about 20 million Euros,” Louwagie predicted. The prediction was prompted by the fact that Moses was an instant sensation in Belgium.But the player will go on to suffer injuries and lack of consistency for such huge hope not to be fulfilled in the three and a half seasons he was there.Altogether, he scored 21 goals and provided 18 assists in 136 appearances for ‘The Buffaloes’.He has now been handed a five-year deal by Levante to finally live up to his potentials in Spain.Levante were locked with French Ligue 1 Saint Etienne in the chase for the KAA Gent winger, who missed the recent World Cup in Russia no thanks to a thigh injury.He was also linked with clubs in England and Germany.Gent have already signed a direct replacement for the fast wide man, who has made it very clear that he wishes to move on.He won the Belgian league with Gent in his first season after his transfer from Slovak club AS Trencin.Meanwhile, KAA Gent, have paid glowing tributes to Simon after the player secured a move toSpanish club, Levante on Monday. “Moses Simon leaves KAA Gent after 3/12 seasons to try his luck in the Spanish League. He signs a contract for 5 seasons with Levante UD,” reads a statement on Gent official website.“Moses Simon transferred from Slovakian AS Trencin to KAA Gent in January 2015 and played 136 matches for Gent in which he scored 21 goals and gave 18 assists.“He leaves the club with his head up and will forever belong to the select group of players who won the first league title in the history for our club and then became part of a historic Champions League campaign stamped in the collective Belgian football memory. The following season, he was also a member of the group of players that beat Tottenham at Wembley in the Europa League.“Immediately after his transfer, he was the only player who spoke openly about obtaining the title “with the help of God”. It turned out to be prophetic words.“Moses started as a whirlwind in the Belgian league and played regularly for KAA Gent from January 2015 until the start of the playoffs in the same season in the race for the championship.“During his time at the Buffalo’s, he was feared for his vicious dribbles, his incredible speed and his hard shot and loved because of his cheerful personality and his generous smile. He was often the creator of important goals, like last season when he scored the only goal in the penultimate match of the playoffs in the 1-0 victory against Anderlecht.“KAA Gent congratulates Moses on Levante and thanks him for the beautiful and successful years that he experienced here in Ghent. Once a Buffalo, always a Buffalo!When Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr rolled out his 30-man provisional list for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with Simon included, the player believed he was just inches away from achieving his long-time dream of playing in the World Cup. But it was not to be as injury has ruined his dream.Simon sustained a thigh injury in his second training session with the Super Eagles in Uyo and report of the scan carried out on Simon revealed the extent of the injury. “It is unfortunate Moses Simon will not be travelling with the team to London because he is down with an injury. The nature of his injury is such that he won’t be recovering quickly enough to make the World Cup. We are looking at three to four weeks and thereafter, rehabilitation training will start before getting to match fitness level. You can see that the situation is not good for him and for the team as well,” Rohr had said.In an interview with THISDAY, Nduka Ugbade who led Nigeria to win the maiden edition of the U-16 World Youth Championship in China admitted that missing out of the World Cup with few weeks to the kickoff could be very devastating and an unforgettable trauma.“For a playing player to be ruled out of a major competition like the World Cup when he is already dreaming it could be very devastating and the memory is not always a good one.“It’s something I don’t always like to talk about because it was a painful experience. I was really looking forward to the 1994 World Cup, but, unfortunately, some people actually gathered against me to ensure that it never happened. In fact, I never knew that there would be many more World Cups for me to be involved in because I was so pained that I left football for almost three years.“I feel very sorry for Simon. I hope he would shake it away with time. But the truth is that it’s not a palatable experience. It was one I went through and till today, it still pained,” Ugbade said then.Former Nigerian international, Waidi Akani said he felt pained that Simon sustained the injury at such a crucial time in his career.“Playing in the World Cup is the dream of any player because it remains the pinnacle of football. It is where great players like Pele, Diego Maradona, Bobby Moore and many others made their marks. No other football competition had been able to match it, not even the UEFA Champions League in spite of all the packaging given to it. Therefore, it could be very cruel for a player to miss out with just a few days to the competition due to injury,” Akani, who also missed out of the USA ’94 Mundial said.Continuing he said, “When Mohamed Salah was injured in the finals of the UEFA Champions League, he was crying because of the possibility of missing out of the World Cup and not for anything else because his mind was already set for Russia.“For Simon, he had worked hard to deserve a place in Russia but the injury has been most unkind to him. I just hope he would not allow it to affect his career. I felt for him really,” Akani opined.Former Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, said Simon was a big miss for the Super Eagles in Russia.Simon scored one goal and provided two assists for Nigeria as they qualified for their sixth FIFA World Cup from a group that had Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia.Born in Jos, Simon is a product of the famed GBS Academy, the same football academy in Nigeria that produced the likes of Ahmed Musa. In 2013, he signed a pre-contractual agreement with Dutch club, AFC Ajax, in pre-season training.  He made his first appearance for Ajax on 13 July 2013 in a pre-season friendly match, coming on as a substitute.He received his first call-up by Coach Daniel Amokachi in 2015 and made his debut in an international friendly against Uganda.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s golf team wiped the mud from their soft-spiked shoes and exhaled a collective sigh of relief looking toward the optimistic weekend weather forecast at the Lady Northern Invitational. The Penn State courses are expecting considerably less rain than what University Ridge received prior to the start of the Badger Invitational, Wisconsin’s first tournament of the year. Although the majority of the Invite was a washout, there were glimpses of sunlight, accompanied by the brilliant play of Natasha Lopez-Moreira Barudi. Barudi, a junior transfer student from the University of Richmond, tied for seventh overall to lead the team. Six more Badgers placed in the top 40, including all-Big Ten senior Katie Elliot, junior Jeana Dahl and freshman Carly Werwie. “The one thing you take out of [The Badger Invite] is that you see that [the team] will receive contributions from a number of different players throughout the season,” head coach Todd Oehrlein said. The depth of this team will be invaluable as the team approaches the season, and more specifically, the upcoming Lady Northern Invitational.”No one player has to feel that they have to carry the team,” Oehrlein said. “That’s going to be an important part, that everybody’s comfortable, feels relaxed.”An aura of comfort and relaxation on the fairway will be put to the test as the Badgers approach a very tough course. Embedded with bunkers, laden with tight-to-the-course timber, and owner of two distinct water hazards, the Penn State course offers a formidable challenge to the team.Challenges are easily overcome with the presence of strong leadership, however, and veteran golfers Elliot and Dahl are up to the task. “We need leadership from [Elliot and Dahl], and you know they’ve done a great job in providing that leadership, that direction,” Oehrlein said. “They’ve played consistently throughout their time here.”Although leadership stems from experience, every individual plays an important role — yet another depth factor. “We all contribute in certain areas,” sophomore Kelsey Verbeten said. “We are good at picking each other up when it’s necessary and taking care of things as they come.”A strong core of players acts as an additional source of confidence for the team. “We expect to have a better balance and better consistent contribution out of a number of players,” Oehrlein added. “Overall, that depth should translate into more confidence and better production across the board.”Talent and depth will be welcomed with glove-covered hands as the Badgers face off against nearly the entire Big Ten conference as well as a handful of other schools from across the nation. “You know the field will be strong; you know the field will be deep,” Oehrlein said. “Eastern Michigan is very competitive; Penn State is annually one of the top 25 teams in the country.”However, as is the nature of golf, success is measured only by the performances of individuals. The Badgers’ only real opponent is themselves, and of course, the surface from the back tee to the green, between clubhouse and finishing hole.Since little can be done about another team’s success, Oehrlein wants the team to be ready and confident in themselves. “I’m concerned about just being as prepared as we can be to move into this year’s Lady Northern,” he said. Fifth place at the Badger Invite is far from a sour taste in the mouths of the women golfers. Being the first tournament of the young season, the Badgers got their feet wet. Oehrlein was only slightly disappointed due to the well-played holes that were, later that day, discredited due to rain. Although potential good scores were wiped clean, the resulting confidence was not, as it joins the Badgers en route to Penn State. “I think this year we have all matured as players and are all playing with a little more confidence than last year,” Verbeten said. “We are all ready to play and make the best of the fall season.”last_img read more

first_imgUPDATED: Nov. 10, 2011, 7:38 p.m.STATE COLLEGE, Pa. Despite a sign one block away indicating the road is closed except for local traffic, Joe Paterno’s modest ranch house was surrounded by media the morning following his dismissal from Pennsylvania State University.Multiple television crews and other media waited patiently outside Paterno’s home at 830 McKee St.The legendary head football coach of the Nittany Lions was fired late Wednesday night after the Penn State Board of Trustees voted unanimously to terminate Paterno’s 46-year career. Penn State President Graham Spanier was also fired Wednesday night, and the Board of Trustees felt both moves were in the best interest of the university.The moves were made in response to the sex abuse scandal involving former PSU assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Paterno’s lack of action following an initial meeting with Athletic Director Tim Curley to report his knowledge of an alleged molestation by Sandusky contributed to his firing.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the early morning on Thursday, media waited outside his home in hopes that the winningest coach in college football history would comment.Paterno received multiple visitors this morning, including most of his former assistant coaches. Dick Anderson, Kermit Buggs, Galen Hall, Larry Johnson, Bill Kenney and Jay Paterno all paid their respects.Two of the assistants who did not to stop by the house as of 12:15 p.m. were Tom Bradley, who was preparing for his initial press conference as interim head coach of the Nittany Lions, and Mike McQueary.McQueary witnessed an alleged molestation by Sandusky of a 10-year old boy in a shower at the Penn State athletic facility in 2002 when he was a graduate assisstant. He is the one who first reported any such actions by Sandusky to Paterno, who in turn told Curley.Paterno was informed via phone call shortly before 10 p.m. on Wednesday informing him of his termination. Thousands of students responded by rioting on College Avenue on the PSU campus.Two street lamps were toppled, rocks were thrown at police officers and chants of ‘F*** Sandusky’ rang out. Police officers were forced to use pepper spray to subdue the crowd.Paterno, 84, issued a statement last night after the news broke.‘Right now, I’m not the football coach, and that’s something I have to get used to,’ Paterno said according to the Associated Press.While the media waited for Paterno Thursday morning, the new interim head coach for the program Paterno built held his first press conference as the leader of the Nittany Lions. Tom Bradley, who was in charge of the defense and took over for Sandusky, will lead PSU for the remainder of the season.‘I take this job with very mixed emotions, due to the situation,’ Bradley said. ‘I grieve for the victims. I grieve for the families. … Our thoughts and prayers are with them.’Members of the McKee Street neighborhood echoed similar sentiments. A woman who lived across the street from Paterno at 815 McKee St. repeatedly asked all of the media to go home and allow the community to heal.She didn’t want her name published, but was very outspoken in front of the media about how she felt the press put unnecessary pressure on Penn State to fire Paterno.Other residents and PSU students passing through the neighborhood shook their heads in disapproval of the group of 20-30 media standing for more than five hours outside Paterno’s home. One man gave the media the middle finger as he drove by in his car, yelling ‘F*** you guys!’But after more than five hours this morning, Paterno still did not make an appearance in front of the media. He remained inside his house, and it is unclear whether he will offer a statement.The former head coach has made it very clear he wishes to clarify several things to the media, but the legality of the situation may prevent him from doing Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: | @Michael_Cohen13center_img Commentslast_img read more

first_imgFormer Ireland international Stephen Hunt has praised the performance of James McClean in the win over Austria on Saturday.The West Brom winger hit the only goal of the game in a crucial victory that leaves Martin O’Neill’s side top of their World Cup qualifying group.Hunt says McClean’s performance was ‘exceptional’.last_img

first_img“I knew it was a big London derby but I felt the magnitude of what it means to the Tottenham fans when I started here and felt how the fans feel,” he said.A win for Tottenham will see them heap more pressure on Chelsea as the Premier League race reaches its final stretch whilean Arsenal win will boost the Gunners fading Top Four dream.Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele faces a race against time to be fit for the crucial north London derby as he’s struggling with an ankle injury. Danny Rose is unlikely to feature for the hosts, despite returning to training after three months out with a knee problem.Erik Lamela (hip) and Harry Winks (ankle) are both unavailable but goalkeeper Michel Vorm has recovered from a knee injury and is available again.Wenger could be without Koscielny at White Hart Lane. The defender suffered a knee injury in Wednesday’s win over Leicester and is rated at only having a 60 per cent chance of playing.Fellow defender Shkodran Mustafi (thigh) is out for another two weeks while David Ospina (back), Lucas Perez (thigh) and Santi Cazorla (Achilles) are all absent.Tottenham are unbeaten in each of their last five league encounters with Arsenal (W1 D4); they’ve never gone six consecutive league games without defeat against the Gunners.Pochettino’s side have now won eight consecutive league games for the first time since October 1960, when they secured 13 successive victories.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal faceoff sunday in a Super Sunday clash at White Hart Lane in a match bound to have implications beyond bragging rights. Tottenham have not finished above their neighbours in the Premier League since 1995 but Mauricio Pochettino’s side can break that run if they beat their visitors.“It’s certainly one of the few times where, if you look at people’s opinions, Spurs are favourites,” Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said. “It looks a bit like that but it doesn’t matter too much to me. It’s true that always in our press conferences we have to respond, if the worst happens what do you do? But let’s make sure that the best happens and give absolutely everything to make sure that we finish in a very strong way our season.”Tottenham boss Pochettino insists he “doesn’t think” about Arsenal’s position and says his focus is to “try to win every game and try to win the Premier League”.last_img read more