Ricketts stars in IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Smackdown

first_imgJohn Ricketts earned $1,200 for his IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car Smackdown win Saturday at Lone Star Speedway. (Photo by Mike Petty, Mike Petty Photos)KILGORE, Texas – John Ricketts was the winner when a pair of former national champions bat­tled it out Saturday at Lone Star Speedway.Ricketts caught up with Chad Wilson 17 circuits into the 25-lap Smackdown main event for IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, then worked lapped traffic en route to the $1,200 checkers.“With the people in front of me, I didn’t think I had a shot at winning but we had luck on our side,” said Ricketts, who had started seventh. “It’s not every day you can pass Chad in clean air. Usu­ally when he gets up front, he’s gone.”Wilson, IMCA’s 2015 national champion, was running second when the lead car and a lapped car tan­gled and restarted at the front.Ricketts stayed in the high line to chase down Wilson and get the lead two laps later. He passed two cars on the final lap and had a half a straightaway advantage at the end.“We had a good car and we’re excited about the win,” said Ricketts, the 2013 national king. “Get­ting $1,200 was definitely a good way to start the season.”Michael Day, Gary Floyd and defending national champion and two-time Smackdown winner Marcus Thomas rounded out the top five.Feature results – 1. John Ricketts; 2. Chad Wilson; 3. Michael Day; 4. Gary Floyd; 5. Marcus Thomas; 6. Channin Yankersley; 7. Logan Payne; 8. Alan Ray Myers; 9. Chad Koch; 10. Josh Hawkins; 11. Claud Estes III; 12. Shane Gloecker; 13. Regan Hawkins; 14. Shane Thompson; 15. Rob­ert Vetter; 16. Logan Scherb; 17. Chance McCrary; 18. Boddy Middleton; 19. Tommy Hall; 20. Aus­tin Mundi; 21. Mike Scott.last_img read more

Martinez signs new Everton deal

first_img Martinez, 40, began his managerial career at Swansea and came to Everton’s attention during a successful four-year stint at Wigan, which was capped by last year’s stunning FA Cup victory. He initially moved to Everton on a four-year contract and immediately promised to bring Champions League football to the club, a target he narrowly missed out on in his first season. His efforts, however, did secure European competition for the first time since 2010 via the Europa League. Martinez’s new deal commits him to Everton until 2019, on presumably improved terms, and ends immediate speculation linking him with a move elsewhere. Martinez said: “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to make a further commitment to Everton. “I loved my first season at the club. I could not be more proud of the way Everton performed throughout the entire season and the memories we were able to make together. “I am really excited about next season. I knew from the moment I arrived at Everton that this was a special place and I’d like to thank everyone associated with the club, the board, all the staff, the players and our brilliant supporters for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to build on the traditions and success of this great club.” Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright was reluctant to lose Moyes to Manchester United last year but believes he has found a superb replacement. Press Association Everton manager Roberto Martinez has signed a new five-year contract, the club have announced. Kenwright said: “In many commentators’ eyes, Roberto Martinez is the best young manager in Europe. We agree. “He took on an unfamiliar challenge for most managers – to take something really good and make it even better. “He has succeeded. In his debut season he broke our Premier League record points haul, got us back into Europe and developed some of the most exciting young footballers in the game. “He conducts himself off the pitch in the same way. He undertakes his business with great style, confidence, positivity and class. He is an Everton man. “There is no magical ingredient to what we do at Everton. We’re a football club and we recognise the fundamental importance of our manager. “And, when we find our man, we empower him. We support and provide him with everything at our disposal. We commit to our managers, and we’re immensely pleased that Roberto has committed to us. We want the best because only the best will do. “Unswervingly, we trust Roberto Martinez to take our club forward.” The Spaniard, who took over from David Moyes at Goodison Park last summer, has been rewarded for an impressive first season in charge. Under Martinez, Everton finished fifth in the Barclays Premier League with their record points tally in the competition. last_img read more

Rohit Sharma Interviews Antigua Heroes Jasprit Bumrah & Ajinkya Rahane

first_imgAntigua: Star India batsman Rohit Sharma, who had to warm the bench during the first Test against West Indies, donned the interviewer’s hat to question Jasprit Bumrah and Ajinkya Rahane on their efforts in the opening Test of the series. The duo played vital roles in India’s emphatic 318-run victory in Antigua.While Rahane scored a total of 183 runs in the Antigua Test, Bumrah picked up six wickets to help India kick of their World Test Championship campaign in style.Following India’s victory, Rohit interviewed Bumrah for the BCCI.TV and asked the leading pacer: “You made the ball move away from the batsman which isn’t your natural tendency. We generally see you bowling from wide of the crease and make the ball come into the batsman. But today (Monday), the batsmen were getting beaten outside the off-stump. So, have you worked on that or were you just trying to take the help of breeze for movement?”“I always try to use out-swingers as much as possible but tried harder today because of the breeze. I had used out-swingers a lot in England so that helped my confidence. I was also mixing (deliveries) around a bit to confuse the batsmen,” Bumrah replied.“Jassi took 5/7 and it was a magical spell from him,” Rohit signed off Bumrah’s part of the interview.Rohit Sharma also interviewed Rahane and asked: “There were many people saying you have not been able to perform. Do you think about what people say about you?”“I try not to get too affected by the criticism. It’s an unwanted thing which I cannot control,” Rahane responded.“Personally, you get very happy whenever you score a hundred. It was a very satisfying innings in which I had to grind a lot.”Rohit ended the conversation with the duo by saying that both Bumrah and Rahane are important members of the team and have contributed a lot towards the team. “We, as members of Team India, always try to take the team forward,” he signed off.India, with a 1-0 lead in the two-match series, will now take on West Indies in the second Test beginning August 30 in Jamaica. IANSAlso Read: Virat Kohli-Rohit Sharma Rift Stories are Here to Stay, Feels Sunil GavaskarAlso Watch: House Arrested Charaideo youths in Tamil Nadu seek help from Assam Govt via Social Medialast_img read more

CORRECTS Haskell winner

first_img Associated Press July 19, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditStations: Please note that the most recent version of Sports Right Now includes a significant correction; the winner of yesterday’s Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park was Authentic, not Dr. Post.center_img CORRECTS Haskell winnerlast_img

Ronaldo’s Bicycle Kick Goal Voted UEFA Goal of the Season

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s stunning overhead kick for Real Madrid against his current club Juventus has been announced as UEFA Goal of the Season.Ronaldo lit up the Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie against Juventus with his remarkable bicycle kick to put Madrid 2-0 up and in a commanding position to progress to the semi-finals.And his effort – which was even applauded by the Juventus faithful inside the stadium back in April – topped the poll with nearly 200,000 of the overall 346,915 votes. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner succeeds his now Juventus team-mate Mario Mandzukic, who won the award last year following his bicycle kick in the Champions League final in 2017 in Cardiff against Madrid.Ronaldo’s special goal beat Gareth Bale’s bicycle kick against Liverpool in Kiev and in fact, the Welshman’s effort wasn’t even one of the 11 nominations for the award.Ronaldo’s jaw-dropping strike is widely considered to be his very best and he has even admitted as much, before claiming the reaction from Juventus fans after his goal played a major factor in him deciding to move to Turin.After hearing the news that he won the UEFA award yesterday, Ronaldo took to Instagram to thank his fans for voting for him and gave a special shout-out to the Juventus supporters inside the stadium that night.The Portugal international wrote: ‘Thanks to everyone who voted for me.‘Will never forget that moment, specially the reaction of the fans in the stadium. #UEFA Goal of the Season #SpecialMoment’.Dimitri Payet’s goal in Marseille’s 5-2 UEFA Europa League defeat of RB Leipzig came second, while Eva Navarro’s effort for Spain in their Women’s Under 17 Euro final victory against Germany finished third.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Ex-Golden Eaglets Star, Philip Osondu is Dead

first_imgFormer Nigeria’s Under-17 Golden Eaglets’ star boy, Philip Osondu is dead. The Canada ’87 U17 player was reportedly died in Belgium at the age of 48 after taking self to the hospital to be examined on Thursday.Osondu was said to have felt unwell at work and decided to visit the hospital where he subsequently died.Osondu played regularly for the youth teams of Nigeria, but never featured for the senior team.In 1987 he participated in the World U-16 tournament in Canada in which Nigeria reached the final, but then lost on penalties to the then Soviet Union. He was voted the best player of the tournament of the competition and was awarded the Golden Ball.Osondu was born on 28 November, 1971. He played in Belgium for teams, including RSC Anderlecht and RWDM.Osondu played in his native Nigeria for El Kanemi Warriors when RSC Anderlecht brought him to Belgium in 1988.The attacker was seen as an emerging football talent and was transferred to Anderlecht that was a promising team. A year later, the 18-year-old striker made his debut at the highest level in an away match against Germinal Ekeren in 1989 playing under Coach Aad de Mos.However, there was a lot of competition at Anderlecht with players like Luc Nilis, Luis Oliveira, Marc Van Der Linden and Gert Verheyen which made Osondu appear barely at the games. Between 1990 and 1992 the Nigerian was also loaned to neighbors RWDM.When RWDM got Osondu, Coach Hugo Broos gave him more playing opportunities. For the first time in the First Division, he also found the back of the goal. Osondu scored his first goal in a 4-1 win over Beerschot VAV.A year later Broos left for Club Brugge and was succeeded by Ladislav Novák. This led to fewer opportunities to play for Osondu, which in the summer led to his return to Anderlecht.In 1994, Osondu moved to second division club La Louviere, where the small and technically gifted striker scored five times in 20 matches.A season later he swapped La Louvière during the winter break for Union Saint Gillis, where he completed the rest of the season. Afterwards he played several years for Diegem Sport and FC Merchtem 2000.Osondu, who was regarded in his own country as a great talent and also received high praise as a youth international, could never fulfill his potential in Belgium.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

NRG and San Francisco Shock partner with UC Berkeley

first_imgAn interesting partnership has been announced between NRG Esports and San Francisco Shock and University of California, Berkeley. Announced on ESPN today, Berkeley will launch a community center and ‘several esports initiatives’ on the university’s campus.One of the academic centers in one of the campus halls of residence will be renovated and sponsored by the two teams. The NRG and the Shock logos will also feature on UC Berkeley’s Cal Esports kit. It’s key to remember here that the Overwatch League team, known as the Shock, shares ownership with NRG – which includes celebrity involvement such as Shaquille O’Neal as Co-owner, plus the likes of Jennifer Lopez amongst the investors. Morever, Andy Miller, NRG Esports Chairman, is also a co-owner of the Sacramento Kings as is Mark Mastrov, another Co-owner who is also the Founder and CEO of 24 Hour Fitness. The SF Shock and NRG esports are incredibly proud and excited to announce a first of its kind partnership with the #1 Public University in the country. We can’t wait to see what the future holds with @UCBerkeley!!!For more information: https://t.co/EuS498cR3W pic.twitter.com/tzJbV4JkFk— San Francisco Shock (@SFShock) April 18, 2018Miller said of the news: “By investing in this esports program, we’re investing in the future: technology, reinvented community, new learning models, and of course, the students.“Not only is UC Berkeley one of the most prestigious institutions for higher learning in the world, but it also runs the best collegiate esports program in the country. We look forward to the many things we can do together not just in our Northern California market, but hopefully throughout the esports community as well.”The renovated centre will feature ‘academic, health and wellness programs for student gamers, as well as host regular events.. These will include watch parties for San Francisco Shock and more. Furthermore, as expected, there’ll likely be some academic collaboration too with potential opportunities to tie in esports with academic courses, according to ESPN’s Jacob Wolf. Speaking to Wolf, UC Berkeley Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Stephen Sutton said: “We’re just growing this set of partnerships now. We’re starting with this community center, as we’re calling it, rather than an arena, because we really want to focus on the concept community where a lot of things happen there; even things like TED Talks, for example, where people come in and talk about the gaming industry and jobs in the gaming industry.“From our perspective, this is designed to be a holistic community environment rather than just a place where students compete.”As another string to the bow of this partnership, UC Berkeley, and the two teams will be kicking off a student-led women in gaming initiative with the goal of promoting diversity and opportunities for female students keen on esports and gaming more widely.UC Berkeley Student and Gaming Community Leader Cherie Lin commented: “Thanks to the new center and our partnerships, we can build on that dedication to promote gender equality in the gaming community, in addition to creating new opportunities for the entire student body.”Esports Insider says: With San Francisco Shock looking for a venue to call home for future seasons of the Overwatch League, could the UC Berkeley campus provide a smart option? Generally speaking this is a fantastic partnership, UC Berkeley is a world-renowned university with an incredible history. Any academic esports focused additions to courses here would be hugely positive for the industry. Hopefully all the initiatives they have planned prove popular, starting with the viewing parties on-site.last_img read more

Angels again struggle against a lefty in loss to Mariners

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak The Angels are 7-17 in games when the opponent starts a left-handed pitcher.“We’ve looked at everything,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “Historically we have some guys that are really, really dynamic hitters against left-handed pitching that just haven’t gotten into their groove for whatever reason. We’ve struggled against left-handed pitching for sure.”Gonzales retired the first 10 hitters of the game before Andrelton Simmons hit a line drive that deflected off the pitcher, for the Angels’ first hit. Mike Trout followed with a bloop single.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.With two on and one out, the Angels had a threat. But Justin Upton was called out on strikes and Albert Pujols grounded out.The Angels hit four balls with exit velocities over 100 mph against Gonzales, and they were all outs. In the seventh, Upton hit a ball 109.8 mph right at shortstop Jean Segura, and then Pujols hit one 102.1 mph to right field. Angels starter Jaime Barría wasn’t at his best, but still gave up just three runs in five-plus innings.All the damage came in a short stretch in the third and fourth innings.Barría had retired the first eight hitters before left a fastball over the middle that David Freitas belted just over the fence in right center. Trout leaped at the fence and nearly robbed the homer, but the ball ticked off the end of his glove. An inning later, Barría gave up a two-run single to Nelson Cruz.Barría got out of that inning with a double play and then he worked a scoreless fifth, with three strikeouts, before getting chased after allowing the first two hitters to reach base in the sixth.Related Articles PreviousThe Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout jogs to the dugout after lining out to center fir the last out of the game against the Seattle Mariners in Anaheim on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. The Angels lost 3-0. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria throws to the plate against the Seattle Mariners in Anaheim on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria prepares for the first pitch of the game against the Seattle Mariners in Anaheim on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. 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(Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani watches form the dugout after pinch hitting in the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners in Anaheim on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout jogs to the dugout after lining out to center fir the last out of the game against the Seattle Mariners in Anaheim on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. The Angels lost 3-0. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria throws to the plate against the Seattle Mariners in Anaheim on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 44The Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria throws to the plate against the Seattle Mariners in Anaheim on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)ExpandANAHEIM — The Angels are not going to get back in the race until they can figure out how to hit left-handed pitchers.The Angels were once again stymied by a lefty in their 3-0 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.Marco Gonzales held them to just two hits after he had allowed just one run against them last week in Seattle.The Angels came into the game ranked 25th in the majors in OPS against left-handed pitchers, which is difficult to explain because most of the Angels’ best hitters swing from the right side.last_img read more

Riverhounds extend unbeaten streak to eight, draw 1-1 with defending USL PRO Champs

first_imgPittsburgh – On a gorgeous night in Station Square, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and the Charleston Battery end in a 1-1 draw in front of a crowd of 3,464 at Highmark Stadium. Jose Angulo’s second-half goal leveled the score against the defending USL PRO Champions, extending the Riverhounds unbeaten streak to eight games.From the opening whistle, the game was filled with excitement as both sides received multiple scoring opportunities throughout. The Riverhounds and Battery exchanged quality chances in the first five minutes, but neither side was able to find the back of the net.The Riverhounds Seth C’deBaca rattled the crossbar when he struck a bouncing ball inside the Battery’s penalty area in the 17th minute. A combination between five Riverhounds players down the right flank found Kevin Kerr overlapping Matt Dallman. Kerr delivered a cross for a slashing Angulo at the near post, but his service deflected off of Angulo’s heel. Following the play at the near post, C’deBaca cleanly shot a right-footed half volley the whistled past Battery goalkeeper Odisnel Cooper, but his attempt was denied by the woodwork.Twenty minutes later, a wonder-strike by Jose Cuevas would provide the visitors with the lead. Battery Captain Colin Falvey played a long-diagonal ball for Cuevas on the left flank. Taking a first touch inside past his closing marker, Cuevas provided himself with enough space to penetrate Riverhounds defensive third with speed. Picking his head up to gage his range, Cuevas bent his shot perfectly around Riverhounds goalkeeper Hunter Gilstrap and into the top right corner of the goal.Following the break, the Riverhounds elevated the pressure on the Battery, resulting in a flurry of chances. The pressure finally paid off in the 72nd minute off of back-to-back set pieces. Taking a corner from left-to-right, Matt Dallman picked out a streaking Angulo at the near post. Beating Cooper to the ball, Angulo flicked the ball past the keeper into the back of the empty net. With the goal, Angulo raised his team-leading tallies to seven and Dallman raised his league-leading assists to eight.Both sides pushed forward to find the game winner, but neither side could find the back of the net in the final eighteen minutes. The Riverhounds travel to Harrisburg next Friday night for the second-leg of the Keystone Derby. The game against the Harrisburg City Islanders is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. kick off at Skyline Sports Complex on City Island. The Battery travel overnight to meet the Rochester Rhinos at Sahlen’s Stadium tomorrow afternoon. Their game is slated for a 4:05 p.m. start.The Riverhounds return to Highmark Stadium next Sunday, June 23, when they host the Antigua Barracuda FC for the second leg of the 2013 regular season. During the game, the Riverhounds are hosting the ‘Hounds Beach Bash’ to celebrate the start of summer. A variety of fun free activities will be available for kids in attendance. To purchase tickets, visit Riverhounds.com or call the Highmark Stadium Box Office at (412) 224-4900.last_img read more

2020 starts on the slope for Madrid: Getafe is waiting for you

first_imgBordalás intends to play little today. Nyom will play for the sanctioned Olivera and the team will rise on the 4-4-2 classic. However, Jason’s gastroenteritis and Kenedy’s physical condition have complicated eleven. Both are doubt. Portillo and Antunes they are in the bedroom. Jason He is the team’s top assistant and a crucial piece in the ball game, a pillar of the team’s successes. his absence would condition the eleven a lot.Madrid offers even more unknowns. Casemiro returns, it is certain that Valverde will remain and that almost invites a center of the field of four, with Isco and Modric for a place. James, which has been training normally for two weeks, did not even enter the list. It takes two and a half months without playing a minute. Above, Benzema needs a partner and, at the moment, is not stable: the thing is between Vinicius (the best of the last days), Rodrygo and Bale, who has played 13 games and has only scored in one. He no longer justifies his express effectiveness to make many goals in a short time.The Getafethat lLena the Coliseum, comes sixth. He was fifth last year (he stayed two points behind the Champions League) and eighth the previous one with a picturesque recipe: It is the team with the least possession, the one that passes the least passes on average, the one that dribbles the least, the second one that plays the longest and the second one that knocks the least at the door There is no one more comfortable without the ball or more lethal in the strategy: 12 goals to the ball, 46% of the total. “They say we are blocking the matches, but we are the bravest team in the championship,” says Bordalás, who drinks at the sources of Jürgen Klopp. “Modern football does not need long possessions. You can create occasions with three or four touches. All styles are worth to win and all are colorful,” he concludes. The plan hasn’t given him yet to Bordalás for beat a big, but feels close to doing so. Leftmost Third, prematurely removed by injuries, movie buff, Cruyff fan, one point quarrelsome (he is known as a row with Vicente Berza, Quique Pina, Joseba Arrasate …), placed in eleven clubs, rookie in First with 52 years, worshiped in Getafe and recognized in the rest of Spain. José Bordalás has made Getafe an author team, a successful flag of the other football, an art of play without the ball, a toothache for rivals of all conditions (follow the match live on As.com). For his consultation happens today Madrid, with three draws, two of them without a goal, which tarnish their general well-being, and without Sergio BouquetsNo player in LaLiga that rretrieve more balls that the captain of Madrid, which gives an idea of ​​the importance of his absence. Zidane has not taken a minute in the competition despite that vocation to shake the template to keep it always fresh. Today Militao will relieve him with Varane as a couple. They clicked in Paris (3-0) and resulted in Witches (1-3). Zidane goes slowly with the Brazilian, who took a month to debut and has barely played eight games. Too little for the most expensive defender in club history. With only 21 years he was chosen for five months best defender of the Portuguese League and played the last two friendlies with Brazil. He even had 13 minutes in the Copa América final. Such decorations are not enough to raise the holder in Madrid.Today passes a demanding exam. Bordalás has squeezed like no one before at his four points, all with more than 30 years and irregular careers in tow. Mata and Molina they form the first option, Enric Gallego It is marginal (not playing since October, although the club paid Huesca the six million of its clause last summer) and Angel has become the point of the League. 13 years ago he went through Castilla and then toured Spain until two years ago he scored 21 goals in Zaragoza in his last year of contract. Ángel Torres went ahead of Osasuna and signed him. This season he has 12 goals, eight of them in the League, six coming off the bench. His figure explains, in a way, that Getafe has put almost half of the goals in the last half hour of his matches. “My career has gone from less to more“, acknowledges the canary. Last season he was tempted to leave to go from revulsive to indisputable elsewhere, but the swollen Azulona shouted for him to continue and convinced him:” Something like this had never happened to me. “last_img read more