IMCA Modifieds chase $2,000 top check at Illinois’ Sycamore Speedway

first_imgMAPLE PARK, Ill. – An Illinois speedplant celebrating its 54th season welcomes IMCA Modifieds for a $2,000 to win main event during the Memorial Weekend.Sycamore Speedway at Maple Park hosts what is believed to be the first-ever appearance by the division, on the half-mile clay oval on Saturday, May 27.A minimum of $150 will be paid to start the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot-qualifying event. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Side Biter Chassis North Central Region and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded.There is no entry fee. Pit passes are $30.Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $5 for kids ages 5-11 and free for four and under.Gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. The drivers’ meeting also starts at 6 p.m. and racing follows 6:30 p.m. hot laps.More information is available from General Manager Tiffany Gerace at 815 895-5454 and on Facebook. The track website is“Fans have been asking for years for us to host a Modified event. We figured this would be a great weekend for an IMCA show,” Gerace said.last_img read more

Rummenigge: Van Gaal has ‘huge ego’

first_img “As soon as he presented his autobiography in a snobby restaurant, I knew hard times were ahead,” Rummenigge told Germany’s Spiegel magazine. “Louis van Gaal was not always easy-care. He wanted to ‘Vangaalise’ our club. He has a huge ego.” Rummenigge did pay tribute to a “good and successful coach”, but claimed that current coach Pep Guardiola is a much better fit for the club. “Pep’s a genius,” Rummenigge said. “He’s made Bayern a bit more professional. “He’s got high expectations, but he also respects the culture of this club. He has many ideas, sometimes unusual ones, but never crazy.” Guardiola won the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and FIFA Club World Cup in his first season in charge, and then strengthened the squad with the signings of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski from league rivals Borussia Dortmund. Although both transfers were controversial – the first for its timing on the eve of Dortmund’s Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid and the second being one of the game’s worst-kept secrets with Bayern agreeing terms with the Polish striker even before they were permitted to speak to him – Rummenigge says they did German football a favour. “If we hadn’t signed them, they would now be playing abroad somewhere,” he said. “Both make the league attractive. “Gotze had an incredible offer from Manchester City while Real Madrid desperately wanted Lewandowski, and would that have been better for the Bundesliga?” Rummenigge hired the current Manchester United manager in 2009, and Van Gaal subsequently led Bayern to a league and cup double in his first year in charge, missing out on a treble by losing the Champions League final to Inter Milan. He was dismissed towards the end of his second season in charge with Bayern sitting fourth in the Bundesliga and already out of the DFB-Pokal, bringing to an end a relationship which had not always been easy according to the Bayern chairman. Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has described Louis van Gaal as a high-maintenance coach with a “huge ego”. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

FC Goa book AFC Champions League ticket

first_imgJAMSHEDPUR: FC Goa scripted history by becoming the first-ever Indian club to secure a spot in the AFC Champions League group stage following a 5-0 win against Jamshedpur FC in their final Hero Indian Super League group stage clash at the JRD Sports Complex here on Wednesday.Ferran Corominas (11′), Hugo Boumous (70′, 90’), Jackichand Singh (84’) and Mourtada Fall (87’) made it a five-star affair for Goa as they also became the first-ever side to record 50 ISL league wins. They also broke their own record and ended the league stage with 46 goals – an all-time high.The win ensured that Goa finished the league stage as toppers with 39 points from 18 matches, claiming the Hero ISL League Winners Shield in the process. Jamshedpur finished their season eighth with 18 points. With the top spot and an AFC Champions League group stage entry at stake, Goa started the game on a positive note. There were no signs of complacency and it took the visitors just 10 minutes to break the deadlock.Boumous initiated a counter-attack for his team after Mobashir Rahman missed his kick from a Jamshedpur corner. The Goa midfielder set Corominas free into open space and with the Jamshedpur defence caught unawares, the striker executed a fine finish into the net past goalkeeper Rafique Ali.Jamshedpur, who were playing for pride after having lost out on a playoff spot, were unwilling to sit back after going behind. Davide Grande missed a sitter in the 26th minute as the hosts took Goa on. From an attack down the left flank, Sumeet Passi crossed into the box for an unmarked Grande at the far post but the striker hit it wide from close range. The tempo of the game was slower after the restart. Ahmed Jahouh nicked the ball off Monroy in midfield and fed Corominas who charged at the defence. The striker laid the ball off for Doungel whose shot had to be deflected by Memo Moura.A brilliant effort by Boumous nearly doubled Goa’s lead after the hour mark. The Frenchman dribbled towards the edge of the box from the left flank before hitting a terrific shot that ricocheted off the woodwork. Boumous, who has been in supreme form this season, provided the much-needed second goal in the 70th minute. Boumous dribbled into the box from the centre, found Doungel to his left who chipped the ball right back into the path of the in-form attacker who smashed the ball into the net from six yards out.With Jamshedpur looking tired, Goa added three more goals towards the end of the game to script a fitting finish. Boumous picked up his 10th assist of the season with a good through-ball for Jackichand who lobbed the goalkeeper and found the net. Minutes later, a chipped cross from the left flank by Edu Bedia found Fall who nodded the ball into the net to make it 4-0. Then, Boumous picked up the ball from the left flank late on, dribbled towards the byline, beating a couple of defenders in the process, and found the net from a narrow angle to score Goa’s fifth goal. The Gaurs will be awarded the League Winners Shield in their home leg playoff game. (Agencies)Also Read: Churchill Brothers FC Goa face Aizawl FC at homeAlso Watch: ‘Dehal Kasirodam Utsav’ by Karbi Community observed in Guwahatilast_img read more

Lucas hat-trick in Basel seals top spot for Arsenal

first_img(REUTERS)-Arsenal’s Spanish striker Lucas Perez seized his chance to shine with a Champions League treble as they outclassed Basel 4-1 away to steal the Group A top spot from Paris St Germain yesterday.The Gunners enter the last 16 as group winners for the first time since 2011 and at least know they cannot face favourites Barcelona, who won their group, in the first knockout round.Lucas, making only his fifth start since joining from Deportivo La Coruna for about 17 million pounds ($21.55 million)in August, struck twice from close range inside 16 minutes.He netted again two minutes after the break to become only the sixth Arsenal player to score a hat-tick in the competition.Alex Iwobi made it 4-0 after 53 minutes and it could have been even better for Arsenal as Alexis Sanchez rattled the crossbar with a fizzing free kick.The St Jakob-Park crowd finally had something to warm them on a cold night when substitute Doumbia flicked in a consolation goal after a skilful turn in the area.Arsenal topped the group with 14 points because PSG, on 12, were surprisingly held 2-2 at home by Bulgarians Ludogorets who qualify for the Europa League last 32 at the expense of Basel.PSG would have guaranteed top spot had they won but instead had to snatch a last-gasp equaliser from Angel Di Maria.COMMITTED PERFORMANCE“I thought Ludogorets were a good side — they made a great result that helps us top the group, which was what we wanted,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.“We did the job in a convincing way, we were mobile and overall had a committed performance.“I think (Lucas) Perez took advantage of the fact we created good chances – he is a goalscorer you know, he has shown tonight he has a good smell for the goal.”Lucas’s only goals since joining Arsenal were a brace in a League Cup win over Nottingham Forest in September, since when he has rarely featured because of an ankle injury.It did not take him long to double that tally though as Arsenal tore into their hosts.Lucas opened the scoring after eight minutes when Sanchez’s chipped pass found Kieran Gibbs and his low cross was missed by Eder Balanta, giving the Spaniard the easiest of tap-ins.Eight minutes later Arsenal were cruising when Gibbs’ cross-shot was parried by keeper Tomas Vaclik and Lucas swept home following a move involving 33 passes – the most in the build-up to a goal so far in this season’s competition.Basel captain Matias Delgado wasted a chance to halve the deficit shortly before halftime with a wayward header.Vaclik was then unable to keep out Lucas’s shot two minutes after the break as the Arsenal striker emulated Mesut Ozil’s hat-trick in a 6-0 home win against Ludogorets in October.Iwobi’s close-range goal was his first in Europe.last_img read more

Wagner looks to end streak vs Mt. St. Mary’s

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMount St. Mary’s (10-16, 6-7) vs. Wagner (5-19, 2-11)Spiro Sports Center, Staten Island, New York; Tuesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Mount St. Mary’s looks to extend Wagner’s conference losing streak to eight games. Wagner’s last NEC win came against the Long Island-Brooklyn Sharks 72-64 on Jan. 20. Mount St. Mary’s fell 70-55 at home to St. Francis (Pa.) in its last outing. TEAM LEADERS: Wagner’s Alex Morales has averaged 13.2 points and 5.3 rebounds while Curtis Cobb III has put up 15.9 points. For the Mountaineers, Damian Chong Qui has averaged 12.3 points while Malik Jefferson has put up 9.4 points and 7.5 rebounds.DOMINANT DAMIAN: Chong Qui has connected on 38.6 percent of the 83 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 5 of 12 over the last three games. He’s also converted 83.2 percent of his free throws this season.STREAK STATS: Wagner has lost its last three home games, scoring an average of 64.3 points while giving up 73.3.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Mountaineers have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Seahawks. Wagner has an assist on 40 of 76 field goals (52.6 percent) across its past three contests while Mount St. Mary’s has assists on 38 of 59 field goals (64.4 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Mount St. Mary’s has committed a turnover on just 18.1 percent of its possessions this season, which is the second-best percentage among all NEC teams. The Mountaineers have turned the ball over only 11.8 times per game this season.___ Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img Wagner looks to end streak vs Mt. St. Mary’s February 17, 2020last_img read more

Rain delays US Open

first_imgThey’re playing catch-up at Flushing Meadow today, after rain scuppered most of yesterday’s play on the outside courts.Roger Federer has survived a scare to remain in the hunt for his third Grand Slam title of the year.The 36 year old struggled to beat American teenager Frances Tiafoe in the first round of the U-S Open in New York. Federer came from behind to win the match in the deciding set.Rafael Nadal eased into the second round with a straight sets win over Dusan Lajovic.Defending champion Angelique Kerber has crashed out of the Women’s Singles.The German was beaten in straight sets by 19 year old Naomi Osaka of Japan.Maria Sharapova is due back in action today.The Russian faces the world number 59 Timea Babos. Photo © Pixabaylast_img

Meijer’s Simply Give Campaign provides 874,000 meals for local St. Vincent de Paul in 2017

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena- In 2017, Meijer’s Simply Give Campaign was able to raise $87,400 for St. Vincent de Paul’s Emergency Food Pantry.According to Feeding America, $1 equals 10 meals so that equates to 874,000 meals provided by the generous Alpena community. The way that the Simply Give campaign works is that customers at Meijer purchase $10 gift cards that go directly to St. Vincent de Paul. Three times a year, the campaign is active for weeks at a time.Of the three Northern Michigan Meijers, Alpena’s Meijer was able to raise the most money for this campaign. Both Meijer Store Director Warren Richter and Food Pantry Coordinator Cathy McClure mentioned the giving attitude of the Alpena community and when residents are called to action, they act, donate, and work to make a better community.Since the campaign started in 2008, over $37,000,000 has been donated to local food pantries throughout the USA.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Michiganders ready to celebrate Winter free fishing weekendNext ‘Deer’ fourth grade scientistslast_img read more

Simone Manuel, first African American woman to win swimming gold, ties with first ‘millennial’ winner

first_imgSimone Manuel made history on Thursday night (11 August), winning the 100m freestyle to become the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming.The 20-year-old Manuel upset world-record holder Cate Campbell of Australia and tied with Penny Oleksiak of Canada.Campbell was on pace to take her world record even lower when she made the turn out front, with little sister Bronte right behind her. But the Aussie siblings, who teamed up to lead their country to gold in the 4×100 freestyle relay, couldn’t hang on. Bronte faded to fourth, and Cate dropped all the way to sixth at the finish.Instead, it was Manuel who touched at the same time as 16-year-old Oleksiak, the youngest swimmer in the field. The Canadian became the first swimmer born in the 21st century to win a gold medal in any Olympic sport.Manuel and Oleksiak shared the top spot on the medal podium, with the US anthem played first followed by the Canadian anthem. “I hope that I can be an inspiration to others, so this medal is for the people who come behind me and get into the sport and hopefully find love and drive to get to this point,” Manuel said.—last_img read more

Džeko keen to see Pjanić at City

first_imgEdin Džeko hopes Manchester City can reach a deal to sign his Bosnia and Herzegovina team-mate Miralem Pjanić, reports newspaper L’Equipe claimed earlier this month that City were keen to land Roma midfielder Pjanić as a replacement for Samir Nasri, and suggested he would be available for around €25 million.Pjanić told recently that “it’s nice when your name is linked with big clubs in Europe”, and Džeko has now confirmed that City are considering a move the 23-year-old.Asked whether City could sign Pjanić, Džeko was quoted as telling “I sincerely hope so.“I have recommended Pjanić before to Manchester City – they know all about him. On one occasion, the manager, Roberto Mancini, asked me whether Pjanić was Bosnian. I said: ‘Of course he’s Bosnian!’ I wouldn’t be surprised if Pjanić came to City, and I sincerely hope he does.”Džeko’s own future is the subject of significant conjecture, and he talked up the possibility of a move back to the Bundesliga earlier this year, but it would appear his decision may be influenced by the possibility Pjanić could arrive.He added: “If ‘Mire’ came to City then I would certainly not want to leave the Etihad.”last_img read more