“We are very excited to continue our partnership with Arnold Motor Supply and provide this tour for our IMCA Modified division again this season,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “The 2019 schedule is one that aligns with the foundation of the tour and visits tracks throughout the region located near Arnold Motor Supply store locations. We are anxious to get the season underway.” The Spencer, Iowa-based auto parts supplier provides a portion of the $10,000 point fund to be paid to drivers in final top 10 point standings and awards a Traeger Lil’ Tex Elite Pellet Grill to the series champion. In addition to two shows at Benton County Speedway, Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour dates also include events at Marshalltown Speedway, Park Jefferson Speedway, Hancock County Speedway, Buena Vista Raceway, Kossuth County Speedway, Clay County Fair Speedway, Fairmont Raceway and 34 Raceway. In its 92nd year of business, Arnold Motor Supply has 57 auto parts stores and 21 machine shops located in communities represented on the upcoming tour schedule and across the Midwest. Arnold Motor Supply became title sponsor for the tour in 2017. “We are thrilled to be partnering with IMCA for another year,” said Brad Edwardson, vice president of business development for Arnold Motor Supply. “It’s another way we can give back to our loyal customers, team members and race fans in the communities we serve.” Information about auto parts store and machine shop locations is available by calling 712 262-1141, on Facebook and at the www.arnoldmotorsupply.com website. SPENCER, Iowa – One of IMCA’s most popular partnerships continues in 2019 as Arnold Motor Supply returns as title sponsor of the Dirt Knights Modified Tour. Drivers are invited to join Team High Gear, the Arnold Motor Supply loyalty program that ‘rewards race teams for buying the parts you need anyway.’ See how Team High Gear can equip your race team with the right parts and out-of-sight perks like discounted auto parts, paint discounts, and other pit crew specials. Sign up today at racethg.com http://racethg.com. The 10th annual tour opens on May 21 at Sports Park Raceway in Fort Dodge.
Press Association The 20-year-old Millwall frontman struck after 20 minutes and then again three minutes before the break in a remarkable first half at the Showgrounds in Sligo. Samir Carruthers had given Ireland a 17th-minute lead before O’Brien opened his account, and a third from Jack Grealish had the game all but won with just 25 minutes played. Aiden O’Brien claimed a double as Ireland Under-21s staged an early blitz to see off the Faroe Islands 5-2. But Gunnar Zachariasen pulled one back for the visitors within seconds, and the Faroes’ hopes of mounting a fightback improved significantly when defender Ragnar Nattestad was fouled by Republic skipper Shane Duff inside the box and referee Alexandr Aliyev pointed to the spot. Zachariasen duly obliged from 12 yards to make it 3-2 with eight minutes of the opening 45 still to play. However, Noel King’s men regained a measure of control within two minutes when Anthony Forde’s first goal for the Under-21s gave them breathing space once again, and O’Brien’s second sent them in at the break with their three-goal advantage re-established. The second half proved to be something of an anti-climax by comparison as both sides had chances, but respective keepers Sean McDermott and Teitur Gestson escaped without further mishap. Victory completed a double for the Irish over the Faroes and took their Group 6 points tally to seven from five games on a day when runaway leaders Germany needed a late equaliser in Montenegro to snatch a 1-1 draw as they surrendered their 100 per cent record.
Press Association This afternoon’s meeting at Limerick has been abandoned due to a waterlogged track. Officials will now check the track at 8am on Sunday ahead of that afternoon’s meeting. The feature Shannon Airport Novice Chase, a Grade Two which had attracted classy types like Avant Tout, Free Expression and Outlander, has transferred to Sunday’s meeting to form an eight-race card beginning at noon. Officials assessed conditions at 8am but found the course to be unraceable. Horse Racing Ireland tweeted: “Limerick cancelled today. Track unfit for racing due to waterlogging.”
By Rajiv BisnauthHEAD coach of the Guyana Amazon Warriors, Roger Harper, has said that losing the toss and consequently the top order failure played an inordinate role in the result of the HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) final, which the local franchise lost by nine wickets to Jamaica Tallawahs last Sunday night. The Warriors were bitterly disappointed that after topping the league and beating the Jamaica Tallawhas in the first playoff, they saved their worst-ever batting performance for the final, and were dismissed for just 93, with only Sohail Tanvir making a significant contribution with the bat.Harper lamented the fact that while they played some good cricket leading up to the final, his charges just did not show up at the final hurdle.“We were not just up for it, especially when we lost the toss; it just appeared that our spirits went down,” Harper, a former West Indies vice-captain stated.He added “The toss is part of our preparation leading up to a game, but having said that we were not competitive. It was a big occasion, big game and you look for your big players to perform, but the top four batsmen failed us.The 53-year-old divulged that while the final was disappointing, it was a total team effort up until the final.Harper said that despite this loss the team can take a lot of positives about how well they have played throughout this edition of the Hero CPL.This was the third time that the Amazon Warriors have lost in the final and it will be one of the more painful defeats, but as Harper says they are ready to try again next year.
Olawale AjimotokanÂ Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has congratulated British-Nigerian boxer, Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua, on clinching the unified world heavyweight title.This was made known via a statement released by his Special Adviser on media and publicity, Turaki Hassan, in Abuja on Monday.“I would like to congratulate the world heavyweight champion, Anthony Olaseni Joshua, for this great feat that he has achieved. His dedication, discipline and commitment to boxing has paid off, as his is now a household name.” “The young man’s affinity for Nigeria is also apparent and commendable, as he has acknowledged his Nigerian roots in interviews and fully embraced the Nigerian identity.”The Speaker then called on sports development authorities in the country to seize this challenge as impetus to identify and develop home grown talent so that Nigerian athletes may compete on a global scale.“Anthony Joshua’s success should be taken as an indication of what’s possible if we devote the required resources to training our athletes and offering all the support that they need. Many athletes of Nigerian origin represent and win medals for other countries because the environment which we offer is not very conducive, and now is the time to change that.”“Tales of our athletes being owed what’s due to them and the gruelling circumstances in which they have to prepare for tournaments discourage many from engaging in sports, and in cases where they do, we lose such talents to other countries, which are serious about capacity development.“This calls for deep introspection on our part, as there are career opportunities for our teeming youth population outside academic institutions and white collar jobs that corporate entities have to offer.“Young Nigerians have excelled in entertainment, for instance, and gone on to build enviable careers in the creative industry. This, they have managed to achieve without deliberate effort on the part of government and one can only imagine the heights which our youths would attain if we took deliberate steps towards genuinely supporting them in their chosen fields.”“I would like to, once more, congratulate Mr. Joshua, while calling on the Executive (arm of government), through the relevant agencies, to implement policies which would help greatly with developing home grown talent,” concludes the Speaker.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Related Articles SBC Events has increased its focus on industry leading content and thought leadership debate at this year’s Betting on Sports conference (#boscon2017 13-15 September) to meet the demands of organisations sending staff from multiple areas of the business.The second incarnation of the largest international sports and betting trade conference will introduce no fewer than eight conference tracks combined with a larger dedicated space for innovation showcase, product display and networking.To accommodate more than 1,000 senior executives, the event will be taking place at the Olympia Conference Centre in West London, incorporating three conference rooms, reception and exhibition area for 50+ exhibitors, meeting rooms, and a dedicated area for the newly integrated Betting on Esports event.Conference day 1 (Wednesday 13 September) opens with the ‘Leaders in Betting’ track that covers key aspects around sports betting business and management such as trading, marketing and affiliates, while ‘Betting on Esports’ – sponsored by Millennial Esports – will explore brand ambassadors, data issues and moving into a more regulated future. At the same time, ‘Betting on Racing’ will be assessing media rights and international racing from the UK perspective.After the break, delegates will be treated to more leadership updates around social media responsibility, as well as the best ways to embrace the challenge of an increasingly global industry. Betting on Racing, in conjunction with the Racing Post, will continue with a look at in-running opportunities and the future model for greyhounds, while ‘Betting on Innovation’ will take over from Esports to provide a detailed look at new themes and products across the industry.Conference day 2 (Thursday 14 September) will also feature four new tracks across the three conference rooms. The day starts out with ‘Sport in Focus’ which will cover integrity in tennis, cracking the cross-rugby code, courting appeal for basketball and the value of sponsorship and promotion around the biggest fights in boxing.However, for those delegates prepared to pass up this opportunity for specialist sports insight, the morning’s ‘Betting on Regulation’ will engage in a high level discussion around regulation, compliance and data protection, while ‘Betting on Esports’ resumes with a quest to stamp out the cheats, and figure out how to work with land based casinos in Las Vegas.Given the increased focus on political betting markets in 2017, with punters trading huge amounts of money around the elections in France, UK and the US, ‘Betting on Entertainment’ will provide a fittingly topical start to the final afternoon, before exploring the art of creating a good entertainment or ‘novelty’ market.The second afternoon will also see the bet365 sponsored ‘Betting on Affiliates’ track, focused on channel diversification and selling your affiliate business. For the affiliate and media companies, which accounted for more than 15% of the senior delegates at the Betting on Football conference at Stamford Bridge in May, this leads nicely into a data session covering the impact of the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on affiliate-based businesses.Tier 1 and Tier 2 operators such as Bet365, Betcart, BetStars, Betway, ComeOn, Danske Spil, EnergyBet, Intertops, Mr Green, Mybet, LeoVegas, Paddy Power Betfair, Sky Betting & Gaming and William Hill provided an example of how to embrace this range of content at the recent Betting on Football conference, by sending staff from multiple departments to attend concurrent sessions and make use of an exhibition area populated by more than 1,000 delegates from over 40 countries.Mr Green commented: “For us, SBC Events like Betting on Sports have become a platform for education, knowledge, business deals and networking. Their conference first approach has proven valuable to us, and we realise that we need to send several people to maximise ROI from all the content, as well as benefit from networking activities and explore new products and services available to us.”Andrew McCarron, SBC Managing Director, added: “It’s important for operators, supplier and industry stakeholders to embrace the Betting on Sports conference as a platform of opportunity. We emphasise the importance of high level content and knowledge, but this year we are also growing the number of networking activities and exhibition space. 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SEATTLE — The Angels are still hoping they can get Shohei Ohtani back this year.“We all feel the prognosis is good and hopefully in three or four weeks we can evaluate him and see where he can at least come back to hit, and what the prognosis is for when he can get back out there and pitch,” Manager Mike Scioscia said Monday.After Monday’s widespread repeating of a Sunday night report that Ohtani would “probably” need Tommy John surgery, General Manager Billy Eppler said such news is premature.Eppler said there has been no change in the diagnosis or the treatment plan for Ohtani since the team announced on Friday that he has a grade 2 sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. “I think Jaime definitely has pitched himself onto our depth chart, from spring and continuing to perform well here,” Scioscia said. “We’re encouraged at how much he’s grown and where he is right now, and how much he’ll help us this year. There is no doubt he’s pitched his way into more looks for us now.”The Angels have off days each of the next two weeks, so they can still have five starters and have the pitchers mostly get an extra day of rest. Scioscia said they still might periodically add a sixth starter in order to provide the extra day of the rest when there isn’t an off day.“There are definitely going to be times we would consider adding a guy because the rest of the guys have pitched at a higher level with the added rest here or there,” Scioscia said.The Angels have Parker Bridwell at Triple-A, although he has struggled to an 8.68 ERA in six starts. The best starter at Triple-A has been left-hander John Lamb, a former top prospect who is working his way back from multiple years of back injuries. Lamb has a 3.44 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 49-2/3 innings.ALSOJabari Blash was recalled from Triple-A and Michael Hermosillo was optioned. Blash was hitting .324 with 18 homers at Triple-A. “Jabari is swinging the bat very well down there,” Scioscia said. “We’re going to try to give him a look. We’ve got some left-handed pitchers coming up.” He was in the lineup on Monday night against left-hander Wade LeBlanc. The Mariners are scheduled to start another lefty, Marco Gonzales, on Wednesday. …Andrelton Simmons (sprained right ankle) has begun playing catch and hitting off a tee, Scioscia said. He has done some cardio on an elliptical trainer, but he hasn’t run yet. There is no timetable for Simmons’ return, but Scioscia said “he’s made a lot of improvement the last couple days.” …Kole Calhoun (strained oblique) is hitting in Arizona, at the Angels spring training complex. Scioscia said they’ll keep evaluating him to determine if he needs a rehab assignment. …The Angels signed second-round pick Jeremiah Jackson for a bonus of $1,196,500, which is the exact slot value for his pick. They have also reached agreements with first-round pick Jordyn Adams and fifth-round pick William English, but they aren’t finalized yet.UP NEXTAngels (Jaime Barría, 5-1, 2.48) at Mariners (Mike Leake, 6-3, 4.46), Tuesday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM) Ohtani underwent platelet-rich plasma and stem-cell injections, and the Angels are “hopeful,” Eppler said Friday, that those will be sufficient for Ohtani to avoid surgery. Scioscia said Ohtani has started undergoing therapy after a few days of rest.Historically, many pitchers who have grade 2 sprains of their UCL do end up having Tommy John surgery, so it remains a possibility.But they aren’t there yet.And, if Ohtani does avoid surgery, it’s possible the Angels could get him back as a hitter sometime this season, even if he’s not able to pitch.In the meantime, the Angels will fill the immediate void in the rotation by bringing back Jaime Barría to start on Tuesday. Barría had been on a shuttle between Triple-A and the majors, posting a 5-1 record with a 2.48 ERA in seven starts. He had been going back to Triple-A whenever the schedule provided an off day so the Angels didn’t need six starters. Now, it’s likely he will remain in the big leagues indefinitely. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
After a dramatic collapse over the final two weeks of the season, the Cubs and manager Joe Maddon announced Sunday that the skipper would not return in 2020. Maddon’s contract expires after Sunday’s finale.Chicago must now select a new skipper at a critical juncture. Most of its stars will become free agents in the next couple of years, meaning there is urgency for the new hire to return to the postseason right away. The role will not be easy, then, and will require someone capable of handling scrutiny during down stretches.MORE: Where will Joe Maddon manage in 2020? Here are six possibilitiesHere are some of the main candidates the Cubs could consider as they prepare for a new era:Experienced Cubs managerial candidatesThe benefit of this group, of course, is the time they’ve already spent leading playoff contenders. Rather than making first-timer mistakes, in theory they can use the errors they’ve made in the past to carve a smooth path through the 2020 season. Plus, a veteran-heavy clubhouse would presumably respect them right away.Joe Girardi Most recently the manager of the Yankees, Girardi is probably the top candidate among the known commodities. He led New York for 10 seasons and won a World Series in 2009. He has a .554 career winning percentage. And while he left the Big Apple amid a wave of in-game management criticism, which culminated in a 2018 ALDS replay review flub, he’s still generally regarded as a wise, tested tactician.Girardi has spent the past few years as a TV pundit, keeping himself in the public eye. He’s openly discussed a desire to return to the dugout.His experience with the late-2000s Yankees, and the pressure of that moment around the club, make him a high-quality fit for the Cubs. With several job openings around the league, though, it’s possible he takes a position elsewhere.Mike SciosciaScioscia headed the Angels for 19 years, leaving the franchise after the 2018 campaign with 1,650 wins and a World Series title under his belt. At 60, he’s six years older than Girardi and carries a reputation of being old-school in an era that worships analytically driven decisions. But he’s also one of the most successful managers this century and is extremely respected within the game. The Cubs, then, could look to Scioscia in a medium-term caretaker role before reassessing things when Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and others enter free agency.Bob GerenGeren is one of the few managers in the Billy Beane era not to win with the A’s. Oakland went 334-376 under his stewardship, and it made the postseason the year before and year after he was on the job. As an assistant, however, Geren has earned acclaim for his recent work in New York and Los Angeles with the Mets and Dodgers. He’s currently LA’s bench coach. The 58-year-old is considered to be a blend of old- and new-school styles, able to work under the guidance of a hands-on front office while equipped to call on-the-fly shots from the dugout.Based on rumors surrounding him and other openings, it appears Geren is positioned to get a second chance at managing from somewhere this offseason. He might not be the first choice in Chicago, but he’s nonetheless a solid candidate with a deep resume.Other rumored names here: Bruce BochyFirst-time managerial candidatesIf the Cubs truly want a fresh start, perhaps they’ll hire (or promote) someone who has never been an MLB manager. These candidates are likely to command lower salaries than their more experienced counterparts and, in theory, bring fresh ideas to the table.Another advantage to these candidates is the possibility of finding someone who can stick with the club for five or more years and become a long-term fixture. Such managers are becoming less common, it seems, and their decline in number may make them more valuable. Having a steady face of an organization provides inherent stability and culture.Mark LorettaLoretta is already the Cubs’ bench coach, and he once played in president Theo Epstein’s organization in Boston. Because of those factors, he’s an early frontrunner to replace Maddon despite never managing at any pro level. Before becoming Chicago’s bench coach this year, he served as special assistant in the Padres’ baseball operations department. He’s also a candidate, then, for the Padres’ vacancy. Hensley MeulensThe Giants will have Meulens’ attention first after Bruce Bochy’s retirement, but if the longtime San Francisco assistant is not picked by the team to take over there, he’ll likely be a major player in high-profile hiring searches. A three-time World Series winner from the dugout, Meulens has interviewed with the Reds and the Yankees in the past. Expect the Cubs to have him on their radar should he have an avenue out of the Bay Area.Ryan ChristensonChristenson is an under-the-radar candidate who has worked his way through Oakland’s minor league system as a manager and is now the bench coach for a playoff-bound A’s team. A former big league player, Christenson possesses plenty of MLB clubhouse experience. Learning how to be a player-first manager from Bob Melvin has perhaps accelerated his development, and it wouldn’t be surprising for the Cubs to be one of several teams to give him a ring this offseason.Other rumored names here: David Ross
BOB BAFFERT, CALLBACK, WINNER, AND MAYBELLENE, EIGHTH: “We’ve always been pretty high on her. They were high on her when they sent her in. I wanted to run one-two. My other filly (Maybellene), she just didn’t kick today.“You train them for two turns; I knew she was going to be forwardly placed and she worked really well coming into it. I thought her last race was really good. She was a little bit intimidated down in the one hole and with the blinkers. The first time I ran her, she was the heavy favorite, she didn’t run well, but I think she bounced.“It was nice to get a win for Wayne Hughes. He couldn’t make it today. He was ill with a little cold (in Malibu). Yeah (the Santa Anita Oaks, Grade I, $400,000, 1 1/16 miles on April 4) would be considered, unless the earth moves or something.” KENT DESORMEAUX, LIGHT THE CITY, SECOND: “In hindsight maybe I should have switched posts with the winner, then they might have been taking my picture. I think that situation might have been the difference. With that being said I couldn’t be more proud of her; she ran an incredible race. I’m thinkin’ she’s got a few Grade I’s with her name on them.”RAFAEL BEJARANO, MAYBELLENE, EIGHTH: “She broke really good from the gate. I was right behind the speed and I followed the winner. I had a perfect trip, but at the three-eighths (marker), I was done. I didn’t have enough horse.”TRAINER QUOTES NOTES: The winning owner is B. Wayne Hughes of Lexington, Ky., and Malibu, CA, who races as Spendthrift Farm, LLC. This is Baffert’s fourth Las Virgenes win–Excellent Meeting, 1999; Composure, 2003; and Eden’s Moon, 2012. JOCKEY QUOTES -30- MARTIN GARCIA, CALLBACK, WINNER: “I was just cruising all the way around there. I asked her a little going into the far turn and then again when Light the City came back at us, she took off. There was no way they were going to go by us.“I don’t see why stretching out further would be any problem; she’s a good filly. She can do anything you want.”