Park Jeff hosts Sept. 15, 16 Iron Cup

first_imgJEFFERSON, S.D. – The fourth annual Iron Cup presented by J&J Fitting will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15 and 16 at Park Jefferson Speedway.On Thursday, the track will host a test and tune session that incorporates makeup features in the Schaeffer Oil IMCA Northern Sport Modifieds, J&J Fitting IMCA Stock Cars and the SignMasters IMCA Modified divisions.These features will award Allstar Performance State, regional and IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National points. The races will be made up from the Aug. 19 event that was rained out. Drivers in any class can also take advantage of the test session. Grandstand admission will be free and pit passes are $10. There will be a buy-in option to the feature events for drivers who did not qualify on Aug. 19.On Friday, all six IMCA divisions including the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars will be joined by the Nebraska Modified Lites in a full night of racing.Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. Modifieds, Sprint Cars and Stock Cars all pay $500 to win, SportMods and Hobby Stocks pay $400 to win and Sport Compacts $100 to win.Adult tickets are $15, seniors $10 and children ages 6-16 $5 with children five and under free. Pit passes are $30. National, regional and state points will be on the line for all IMCA divisions.On Saturday, Park Jefferson will host the same six IMCA divisions along with the final visit by the Nebraska 360 vs MSTS shootout. Modifieds, Sprint Cars and Stock Cars all pay $1,000 to win, SportMods and Hobby Stocks pay $700 to win and Sport Compacts $300 to win.Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing slated for 6 p.m. Adult tickets are $15, seniors $10 and children ages 6-16 $5 with children under five getting in free. Pit passes are $30. National, regional and state points will be on the line for all 6 IMCA divisions.Drivers can register now through the website. Registration is non-refunda­ble. Payment will not be due until Friday, Sept. 15.last_img read more

Keeping Suarez is key – Rodgers

first_img The controversial Uruguay forward has made clear his desire to leave Anfield in a series of interviews over the summer and the consequent speculation over his future has been intense. Real Madrid have regularly been linked with the player, valued at at least £40million by Liverpool, but the only positive move to date in the saga has been a rejected £30million bid from Arsenal. Liverpool also have a strong hand having agreed a four-year contract with Suarez only last August. Rodgers told talkSPORT: “Over the course of the last few months and towards the end of the season there has been a lot of speculation with Luis. But the fact is it remains the same – we value the player. He had a terrific season for us last year and showed his qualities. “Since then I’ve been in communication with him through texts and conversations on the phone and it (the situation) is pretty much the same. He is a valued player. He is an absolute magician on the field. “Luis is a real competitor, a real winner. He wants Liverpool to do so well but, like every player, every manager, and more importantly every football club, they want to be working at the very highest level. “At the minute he is on a break, he is relaxing with his family. We are in constant communication. He has got three years left on his contract, we don’t want to sell him, and we hope everything will be fine for the summer. We want to bring in a few more players to reinforce the group and we think we can put up a real fight next season.” Suarez scored 30 goals for Liverpool last season but his campaign ended controversially after he was handed a 10-game ban – six of which he is still to serve – for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during a match at Anfield. That was merely the latest in a series of incidents concerning Suarez and the 26-year-old has since criticised the British media for their portrayal of him. He has encouraged interest from Madrid and his representatives this week held discussions with Liverpool about his situation. But as yet there has been no approach from the Spanish giants while Liverpool have made their position clear, suggesting Suarez would have to formally request a transfer to have any chance of a move. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers remains determined to keep wantaway striker Luis Suarez.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Tropical Storm Watch Issued For Palm Beach County

first_imgA tropical storm watch has been issued from Jupiter Inlet south to Ocean Reef near Key Largo after tropical depression 19 formed at 5 PM on Friday.Tropical Depression 19 currently has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and is moving WNW at 8 mph.The system is expected to bring occasional heavy rainfall and possible tornado activity to our area over the weekend as the system moves in from the Bahamas over the next 6-12 hours.The storm is forecast to move into the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday where further strengthening is expected.September is considered the peak of hurricane season and there are currently 6 active systems in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico including Tropical Storms Paulette and Rene.Stay with 850 WFTL for the latest.last_img

His Ball

first_img Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Julian Whigham received a text message from defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough at 5:30 a.m. similar to others he received throughout the summer.“It’s your ball,” the text read.Whigham doesn’t respond with a message of his own, but instead heeds Bullough’s advice on the practice field.“It just kind of gets your mind right when you get up out of bed,” Whigham said.Whigham’s all about football from the moment he wakes up, and the texts justify his overhauled lifestyle this offseason. Everything he’s done has been to change what happened last season and Bullough’s texts serve as the reminder: Last year, it wasn’t his ball.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhigham structured his routines off the field in order to regain his confidence on it. How Whigham, a cornerback, matches up against the conference’s best receivers will determine if it paid off.Logan Reidsma | Photo Editor“My focus was that much more intense knowing this is my last go-round being a senior,” Whigham said.Last season, Whigham wasn’t physical enough. He was inconsistent with his stance at the line of scrimmage and failed to make enough plays on the ball. Receivers attacked the ball with more power and got to it first.“When there’s no consistency, you end up with games that I had,” Whigham said.By the end of the year, his confidence was shot and he felt like he let the team down. “‘Man, I really need to get my mind right,’” wide receiver Steve Ishmael recalled Whigham telling him at the end of the season.He hid his PlayStation in his closet and stopped watching TV. Whigham hit the weight room instead of sleeping in on Saturday mornings. He put Netflix aside to go to the practice field and work on his technique.“It kind of clicked once the season ended like I need to do more,” Whigham said. “… I finally focused up, put it together and I’ve come out an entirely different person.”Whigham added 15 pounds of muscle, and when he went home to Florida in May and saw his close friend Bobby Puyol for the first time since Winter Break, Puyol said, “Dang Julian, you’ve gotten so much bigger!”If you watch the film, Julian is right there … It’s not like he’s busting (the coverage) and the guy’s 10 yards in front of him. He’s right there. He’s just got to concentrate on making the play.Chuck BulloughPart of the issue for Whigham was becoming comfortable with the shadow technique, a type of stance he said Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer implemented in the spring of his sophomore year.Whigham spent his junior season trying to figure out what was most comfortable for him — feet spread wide or narrow, hips lifted high or knees bent low. It all contributed to the season Whigham had.But he’s decided the stance he will use this upcoming season and said he’s perfectly comfortable with it.Off the field, Whigham completely altered his eating habits. He cut down visits to his favorite restaurants: The Cheesecake Factory and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. He learned how to cook a few meals in his apartment so he didn’t have to go out. Whigham substituted the 20-piece Chicken McNugget meal for a bowl of homemade pasta.In the past couple years, Whigham’s mother, Wanda, talked to him about cutting down on fatty foods. Whigham’s attitude was that he would just burn off the calories when he worked out, but now with his back against the wall, he conceded his favorite delicacies.“It stresses his mom out when she looks at his Twitter and sees pictures of a Cheesecake Factory bag,” Wanda Whigham said of her son’s previous eating habits. “Or I see him tweet out that he’s happily going to Five Guys for burgers because that’s not healthy weight.”Despite all the adjustments Whigham made, Shafer didn’t guarantee him a starting spot at Atlantic Coast Conference Media Day in July. It was another effort to eliminate his complacency and Whigham said it was the best thing Shafer could have done for him.“Last year, it was just kind of handed to me,” Whigham said, “and I just kind of sat around, did what I had to do and I didn’t get as good as I could have been last fall.”Whigham still had an occasional lingering thought about 2014 during the spring and summer, but at the start of training camp, he washed them out. He changed his routines in order to help put it behind him.Syracuse has an annual tradition to kick off training camp called “Burn The Shoe,” in which players toss shoes into a fire pit and seniors give speeches to teammates. Whigham offered advice about “the little things,” since that’s what Whigham focused on himself entering the season.“I made sure that when I threw those shoes in there, everything from last year was gone,” Whigham said.Now Whigham has just one season left to prove it. He’s done everything he says he could in order to make Bullough’s texts ring true.“The ball is mine,” Whigham says before pausing, preparing to finish his sentence like he hopes to do with pass breakups.“At all times.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ cognac 5yr Published on September 3, 2015 at 4:24 am Contact Paul: | @pschwedscenter_img This is placeholder text Advertisement Senior cornerback Whigham transforms offseason lifestyle to improve play on field for Syracuse another mediocre seasonlast_img read more

Syracuse drops one spot to No. 9 in latest rankings

first_imgSyracuse (5-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) dropped one spot in the Inside Lacrosse media poll this week to No. 9 in the rankings. The drop comes after the Orange won at a neutral site against Harvard, 20-13, on Friday.SU had spent the previous two weeks ranked at No. 8, not moving in last week’s poll as a win over then-No. 4 Florida and a loss to then-No. 5 Maryland evened each other out. Florida, which now checks in at No. 6, is the only currently ranked team that the Orange has beaten. Oregon, another of Syracuse’s wins, received votes this week.Both teams that have beaten SU so far are ranked: Maryland now at No. 4, and Virginia at No. 10. Four ACC teams currently slot in the Top 10, with Boston College at No. 2, North Carolina at No. 5, SU at No. 9 and Virginia at No. 10.The first through sixth spots in the poll did not change this week from last. Stony Brook is the No. 1 team in the country still with a 7-0 record. No. 2 BC, No. 3 James Madison and No. 6 Penn also remain undefeated.Syracuse heads on the road to face Cornell in Ithaca on Tuesday at 5 p.m. The Big Red received votes in the poll this week. The next difficult on-paper stretch in the SU schedule comes from Mar. 26 to Mar. 31, when the Orange plays three ranked teams in the span of six days: No. 11 Northwestern, No. 17 Princeton and No. 19 Duke.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 19, 2018 at 11:43 am Contact Billy: | @Wheyen3last_img read more

Colin O Riordan named u21 footballer of the year

first_imgEx Kerry player Dara O’Cinneide  has been assessing where Eamon Fitzmaurice’s side need to improve on from their league campaign. Despite picking up a hip injury in their opening round win over Waterford O’Riordan is expected to feature for the Tipp seniors this Sunday when they face Kerry in the Munster semi finalTipperary under 21 manager Tommy Twoomey says Colin is fully deserving of the award Meanwhile center_img Throw-in is at 3.30 in Semple Stadium on Sunday and Tipp FM will have full live coverage of the game in association with O’Donovan Marquees, Birdhilllast_img

Bottas Caps Off Fantastic 2017 For Mercedes With Abu Dhabi Victory

first_imgValtteri Bottas held off Lewis Hamilton to claim a morale-boosting victory over 2017’s world champion as Mercedes dominated F1’s season finale in the Abu Dhabi GP.It was Bottas’ third win of the year, but first since July, as the Finn made up for being beaten from pole in Brazil and denied his team-mate a perfect ending to his fourth title-winning campaign.Hamilton applied pressure on Bottas after the one round of pit stops but was unable to get close enough to the back of the sister Mercedes to attempt an overtake and had to settle for second place, eventually finishing three seconds behind.“Impossible to pass here man!” said Hamilton to Bottas as he congratulated his team-mate in the pre-podium holding room. “I was like ‘where are all the backmarkers?’ I think they’ve got to change this track!”Ferrari had run Mercedes close for much of 2017 but were no match for the world champions in the Yas Marina desert as Sebastian Vettel finished 19 seconds adrift in third place.But Bottas’ victory was not enough to deny Vettel the runner-up position to Hamilton in the drivers’ standings.“It was a bit lonely,” admitted Vettel. “We were in no man’s land. I would have liked to be in the hunt but I’m happy with the podium.”Like Ferrari, Red Bull endured a muted final race with Max Verstappen only fifth behind Kimi Raikkonen after failing to jump the Finn through the pit stops.Daniel Ricciardo had been running fourth in the other Red Bull but his race unravelled within a matter of laps just after half distance. A brush with the wall triggered an emergency pit stop and then the Australian promptly retired when his car developed a hydraulics fault.The DNF, Red Bull’s 13th of the year, also cost Ricciardo fourth place to Raikkonen in the drivers’ championship.It has been a season split in two halves with regards to dominance. Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari looked like he was cruising to the driver’s championship until the summer break from which point Hamilton took the title race by the scruff of the neck.Mercedes may have been pushed like never before in the hybrid turbo engine era this year, but 12 race wins and a fourth consecutive title double underline that they remain the team everyone has to try and catch when F1 2018 begins in earnest in Melbourne in four months’ time.RelatedFormula One Set For Exciting Grand Finale In Abu DhabiNovember 26, 2017In “Formula One”Hamilton Wins Again To Egde Closer to Fourth TitleOctober 8, 2017In “Formula One”The 2017 Formula 1 Pirelli Magyar Nagydij ReviewJuly 31, 2017In “Sports”last_img read more

Bellator 215: Matt Mitrione vs. Sergei Kharitonov fight date, price, how to watch, live stream

first_img• Meet DAZN, the first dedicated live sports streaming service• Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWhere can I stream DAZN online?DAZN can be live-streamed via smartphone, computers/laptops, tablets, smart TVs, set-top boxes and video game consoles. Here is a list of DAZN-supported devices: Mobile DevicesTV & Streaming DevicesGame ConsolesiPhone, iPadAmazon Fire TVPlaystation 3Android phones, tablesAmazon Fire TV StickPlaystation 4, ProAmazon Fire tabletAndroid TVXBox One, One S..Apple TVXBox One X..Google Chromecast….LG Smart TV, Smartcast….Panasonic Smart TV….Samsung Smart TV….Sony Smart TV.. Mitrione (13-6) looks to get back on track after losing a lopsided decision to the new Bellator heavyweight champion and grand prix winner, Ryan Bader, in the semifinals of the heavyweight tournament at Bellator 207 in October to snap a four-fight winning streak.Kharitonov (28-6, one no-contest) is on a fantastic run. He’s gone 10-1 with no-contest since June 2011 and nine of those wins have come by stoppage. The bruising Russian last stepped into the cage for the co-main event of the aforementioned Bellator 207 and battered Roy Nelson to a pulp to win by first-round knockout. Here’s all the information you need to watch Bellator 215, including how to access a live stream of the fight for free online.Join DAZN and watch Bellator 215 plus more than 100 fight nights a yearHow to watch Bellator 215 for freeIf you haven’t subscribed to DAZN yet, the sports streaming service is free for the first 30 days. That means you’ll be able to watch Bellator 215 for free by downloading the DAZN app and signing up.What time does Bellator 215 start?The undercard for Bellator 215 is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET followed by the main card at 9 p.m., live from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Expect Mitrione and Kharitonov to walk into the ring for the main event around 11:30 p.m.Get DAZN (US) Today On Your Phone, Tablet, Game Console, or Smart TV!Start Your Free One-Month Trial 👉— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) December 4, 2018What other sports are on DAZN?In addition to boxing, DAZN also live-streams mixed martial arts (MMA), offering over 100 fight nights per year between the two sports in the United States. MMA includes Bellator MMA and Combate Americas events.The sports streaming service also live-streams soccer and cricket matches and a Major League Baseball show is planned for 2019.Globally, DAZN has rights to other major sports, depending on the region. For example, in Canada, DAZN offers the NFL, Champions League, MLS and MLB Network, along with other sports.How much does DAZN cost?Following the 30-day free trial, DAZN shifts to $9.99 per month. A yearly DAZN subscription costs about $120. By comparison, UFC 234 was $64.95 on pay-per-view.MORE ABOUT DAZN Bellator begins a busy weekend on Friday, Feb. 15 when Bellator 215 takes place at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The main event features a battle of hard-hitting heavyweights when Matt Mitrione takes on Sergei Kharitonov. You can watch the bout and the entire card online, exclusively on DAZN. last_img read more

After years of unspeakable tragedy, Fresno State’s Jeff Allison will soon experience glory

first_img (Getty Images) With pain serving as inspiration, Allison recorded 120 tackles and two interceptions. He earned the Mountain West’s top defensive accolades to power the Bulldogs to a conference championship and 12-2 record. Allison tallied at least 10 tackles in six games, including 15 vs. Minnesota in the second week of the season and 11 in a victory over Arizona State in the Las Vegas Bowl that capped his career. His 246 tackles over his final two seasons rank fifth in the nation. LSU’s Devin White, a likely top-10 pick, is fourth with 256. Despite bypassing his senior season, he ranks 10th in school history in tackles.”Honestly, I feel like my instincts are my strongest point,” he said. “I know how to find the ball and I get to the ball. That’s my main point. There’s a lot of things I can improve on, but my instincts will show up.”That see-ball, get-ball ability is why he is on the precipice of fulfilling a lifelong dream — one that Jaelan won’t be there to enjoy.”He’d be proud of me,” Allison said of his brother. “He always said he was proud of me and always looked up to me. He’d probably tell me he’s super-proud of me.”How has he done it? How has he accomplished so much? How has he handled so much agony?”Prayer, trusting God, knowing that he has a very supportive family that’s going to raise him up and not allow him to lay down,” Ponton said. “We’re there to help him stand up, be courageous and be bold, knowing that he can do anything that he puts his mind to.”But it was a hard cookie for him to swallow. The fact of it is, Jeff started playing football at the age of 5. It’s always been a dream. The people that he has lost were always people that told him that he can do it and would always tell him that, ‘One day, you will be on TV on Sundays.’ His mind-set was, ‘Even though they’re in heaven, they’re watching down to see if I’m going to fulfill the dreams and the things that they told me I can do.'” For once, the tears that will flow from the eyes of Jeff Allison’s family will be tears of joy.Allison, the Mountain West Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year and a prospect in this month’s NFL Draft after two huge seasons as a linebacker at Fresno State, has had to deal with unspeakable sorrow. Jeff Allison (No. 9) intercepts a pass in front of Fresno State teammate Anthoula Kelly in the third quarter of a 38-14 win over UCLA. (Getty Images)Ponton, whose leukemia is in remission, has taken enormous pride in watching her son flourish on the field and grow off the field. Her emotions — a mother’s joy, pride and pain — were evident at several points in the interview.”I would have to write a book to tell you what it’s meant to me,” she said. “I’m so very proud of him because he has turned into a man. He had to grow up very fast. He had to be strong. He was that rock. I have four boys, and he was the one that would come home from football, ‘Mom, do you need anything?’ To watch him get up at 4 o’clock in the morning to go to training and to go to football practices, and then rush home to see if I’m OK, and then go back to training, and to see where he is at today just makes my heart flutter.”I’m overwhelmed. I’m totally overwhelmed that he, through adversity, through death, through hurt, through pain, through his mother being on her death bed three times, was able to conquer everything and still be determined, still be dedicated. To be where he is today, I couldn’t even give you words to express what I feel right now.”MORE: Australian punters are changing the NFL, and Mitch Wishnowsky is next (Getty Images) In September 2016, he lost two of his cousins in a car accident. In July, a younger brother, Jaelan White, drowned.All the while, his mother, Shynita Ponton, has battled leukemia and two lung diseases.MORE: All you need to know about the 2019 NFL DraftWhen Allison lands in the NFL this month, either as a late-round draft pick or an undrafted free agent, it will be a story of triumph over tragedy.”It’s going to be glorious,” Ponton said. “It’s going to be a moment of tears, but tears of joy, not pain. He’ll be able to say that he conquered everything that he went through. It’s just going to be a day of emotion and tears.”People could probably come in and make millions off us from water from the tears. It’s just going to be such a joyful day. Just such a joyful day. Oh, Jesus, just joyful.”Allison was born in Miami but moved to Atlanta before high school. His freshman season at Fresno State was blindsided by the loss of his cousins.Because of a lack of playing time, a coaching change and his mom’s illness, he considered transferring. Instead, he stayed at Fresno and changed his jersey to No. 9. For Allison, it was simple, meaningful math: One of his cousins wore No. 8, and the other wore No. 2. When they died, Allison lost a part of his life. He honored them on the field, too, with 126 tackles.”They were my best friends,” Allison said.MORE: Sporting News’ latest NFL mock draft for 2019Not only did Allison have a breakout season, but so did the Bulldogs, who surged from 1-11 in 2016 to 10-4 under new coach Jeff Tedford in 2017.Trying to build upon that success, Allison and his teammates were going through conditioning inside Fresno State’s Bulldog Stadium on July 4 in anticipation of the 2018 season. That’s when Ponton called her son’s close friend, running back Dejonte O’Neal, with the devastating news of 16-year-old Jaelan’s drowning.She wanted to make sure Allison was not alone when she called him.”I think about him every day,” Allison said. “There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about my brother. He made me appreciate life every day and to not take for granted.” Faith has carried the family through unimaginable times. Every day, Ponton said, the family exchanges prayers. Allison, also a two-time member of the Mountain West’s all-academic team, has provided a welcome beacon of hope for a family in dire need of it.”That beautiful smile that he has, he could have always had a face of sorrow, but he allowed God to illuminate him through that smile, through that personality,” Ponton said. “Every tear turns into joy. Every pain turns into joy. The best part is, he’s always at peace.”Except when he’s on that football field. That’s when he turns into a beast.”last_img read more