By David Smith Jr.OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Sprint Series of Oklahoma IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car Series presented by Smiley’s Racing Products rolls on Saturday night, Aug. 12 as the tour will make its first and only scheduled appearance at Enid Speedway.Courtesy of co-promoter Kip and Heidi Hughes, this event will pay $1000 to win, up from the standard $750 to win.This event will be the fifth weekend in-a-row the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car series, presented by Smiley’s Racing Products, will be in action. After the conclusion of this event at the Garfield County Fairgrounds, three more dates are scheduled before the end of August.Jake Martens comes in as series point leader but is looking over his shoulder as inaugural series champion Danny Shouse, winner of a tour-best four features thus far this season, is closing the gap. Coming into last Saturday night’s event in Ada, Oklahoma (won by Shouse), Martens had a slim 18-point-lead. With Shouse’s win and Martens sixth place finish, unofficially the lead is now down to 13.Official point standings will be released by IMCA on Friday.Touring regulars also expected include Chris Kelly, Cody Whitworth, Loyd Clevenger, Justin Fisk, Josh Toho, Justin Mowry, Dillon Laden, Blake Scott, Blake Daccus, Jerry Jumper, Blake Robertson, Tristan Oakes and Cody Jarvis.With the United Rebel Sprint Series having no races scheduled, several Kansas drivers are expected to make the tow and obtain both national and SSO points as well as contend for the $1,000 paycheck.The Backhand Band will perform during pre-race festivities from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Gates open at 3 p.m. with hot laps set for 5 p.m. Heat race action is slated for 6 p.m.Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, military and students ages 12-15. All pit passes are $30.There will be an open practice session Friday, Aug. 11 from 7-10 p.m.
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoEven against the likes of Idaho State, Bo Ryan’s brand of basketball is rarely pretty.The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team squeaked by the Bengals last night despite shooting just 22.7 percent from beyond the arc and 37.7 percent overall.“We stuck it out,” senior Marcus Landry said. “We ended up on the left hand side, but like [Jason Bohannon] was saying, we have got to get a lot better. We have to focus on the things that we can get better at.”UW’s seventh win of the season came by the virtue of strong rebounding and out-hustling the Bengals.In other words, typical Badger basketball.“You win games by rebounding the ball better than we did tonight,” Idaho State head coach Joe O’Brien said. “Fifteen offensive rebounds is unacceptable.”Ryan’s team finished with a 33-26 rebounding advantage, including 15 offensive rebounds to the Bengals’ five. Part of the Badgers’ advantage can be attributed to the ISU zone, a defense O’Brien’s team rarely plays.“I just don’t think we were doing a very good job of blocking out,” O’Brien said. “It’s harder to block out in a zone than it is man-to-man. Every coach will tell you that, but we have played enough zone in our basketball career that at least we can make an attempt, and I didn’t think we made an attempt to put bodies on people in close.”UW was led by senior Joe Krabbenhoft with nine rebounds, while Landry and sophomore Jon Leuer chipped in eight and seven, respectively. Considering the Badgers were outrebounded by one against Marquette on Saturday, the turnaround on the boards shows significant improvement.“That was huge,” Krabbenhoft said about the rebound discrepancy. “I thought we did a great job. Marcus really set the tone, and Jon came off the bench and had some nice offensive rebounds.”Contributing to the advantage on the boards was a newfound aggressiveness in the second half. After shooting 15 3-pointers in the first half, the Badgers only shot seven after halftime, instead choosing to feed the ball into the post.“Just improvements made at halftime,” Krabbenhoft said. “We try to do that every game, and if you count the post touches in the first half, we had to have doubled it.“That is our mindset; inside-out, and I thought we did a better job of that in the second half.”Though UW rebounded the ball well throughout the game, Ryan called a timeout 1:38 into the second half noticeably upset with his team. Ryan said the timeout was used simply to emphasize the importance of hustling.“I didn’t say anything; I just wanted a timeout,” Ryan said. “It was just a little adjustment we had to make. Two times a ball was on the floor, and a white jersey didn’t dive on it. You can’t play for me. Those kind of guys can’t play for me.”According to Krabbenhoft, from that point on the Badgers played with a new sense of urgency.
Pirates were the first South African club to be crowned African champions, stunning ASEC Mimosas 1-0 in the Ivory Coast to win the 1995 African Cup of Champions Clubs.They came close to further CAF titles this decade, finishing runners-up in the 2013 Champions League and 2015 Confederation Cup, the second-tier competition.But the 2016-2017 domestic season was a disaster as the “Sea Robbers” ended a humiliating 11th in the 16-club Premiership and failed to win any of three cup competitions.Poor results have been blamed partly on “prima donnas” reportedly dominating the changeroom, reducing various coaches to helpless onlookers.A club insider told AFP this week that Jonevret was a good coach but lacked the man-management skills to rein in a group of big-headed players.Sredojevic came to Africa in 2001 and coached clubs in Uganda, Ethiopia, South Africa, Tanzania and Sudan and the national teams of Rwanda and Uganda.He ended a successful spell as coach of Uganda last weekend having failed to secure $64,000 (54,000 euros) in unpaid salaries.[View the story “Former Uganda Cranes coach Micho moves to Orlando Pirates” on Storify]Share on: WhatsApp Orlando Pirates chairman Khoza welcomes Micho. PHOTO @Orlando_PiratesSredojevic named coach of struggling PiratesSoweto, South Africa | AFP | Serb Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic was confirmed Thursday in Soweto as coach of popular but underachieving South African club Orlando Pirates.“There is huge room for improvement,” said the 47-year-old of a team that has won just one trophy in five seasons.It will be a second stint in charge of the “Buccaneers” for the slightly-built European, whose previous spell lasted just seven months.During that time, Sredojevic took Pirates to the 2006 CAF Champions League semi-finals, but indifferent domestic form cost him his job.He has signed a three-year contract as successor to Swede Kjell Jonevret, who quit Wednesday after winning only six of 18 matches since taking over early this year.“I am a changed, calmer and more confident coach that when last at Pirates,” stressed the Serb during a media conference at the Orlando Stadium home of Pirates.“My biggest motivation for rejoining Pirates is the talent at the club. I see huge room for improvement.“It is totally unacceptable that this great club has not being winning trophies. We must become a team of winners.”