While the grandstand will be closed, fans will have the opportunity to watch the night’s racing action by logging on to Speed Shift TV to watch from the comfort of your living room. Sunday’s opening night main event for IMCA Sunoco Late Models at 34 Raceway pays $1,500 to the feature winner. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars race for $1,000 to win. Pits open at 4 p.m. and hot laps are scheduled to take to the track at 6:15 p.m. with racing to follow. Additional information is available on the track website at www.34raceway.com or on their Facebook page. Drivers are also asked to print and sign the pit release in advance and bring it with them. The release can be found at http://www.34raceway.com/downloads/get.aspx?i=580646. WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa – Two days remain before the IMCA Sunoco Late Model and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car openers at 34 Raceway and officials are encouraging racers to get pre-registered now at https://www.myracepass.com/tracks/2697/registrations/. Pre-registration is $200 per car and that includes eight pit passes per registrant. Upon arrival to the track drivers will receive a personalized envelope with eight wristbands inside. Driver and crew are asked to arrive together if possible.
Owen added: “If he signed tomorrow I’m sure it would all be fine, but I do think now that it’s gone a bit too far. “If he was in two minds then probably the reaction of the fans at the moment, and probably with a sour taste in his mouth about everything that has happened, then he would probably look into starting afresh again.” One player coming into Liverpool is striker Danny Ings, who will join the club on July 1 subject to a medical. Ings, who scored 11 goals for bottom club Burnley last season, is considered one of the brightest young forwards in the country but Owen has warned the 22-year-old about the pressures of playing for a top club. “It’s a whole new ball game when you go to a club like Liverpool,” said Owen, who scored 158 goals for the club in 297 appearances. “Then the scrutiny is on. Any weaknesses that you have in your game will be exposed at a top club. “I know a lot of people think that if you are at a club like Liverpool or Man United then you should score 20 goals a season because you are getting all the chances. “It’s true if you are good enough, but if you are not good enough then you get exposed really quickly and it’s not pleasant. “Talking of Danny Ings, he’s a goalscorer, he’s put in some really good performances. “He will have to make that step up into a team where things are expected of you, not just nicking a goal every so often and you make the headlines. “This is, if you play poorly once, you get plenty of criticism, so it’s a different challenge he has taken on.” Michael Owen has told Liverpool fans not to lose sleep over Raheem Sterling’s uncertain future, insisting the midfielder is replaceable if he leaves Anfield this summer. Sterling, who has two years left on his contract, turned down a new deal worth £100,000 a week in January and relations have soured after Liverpool cancelled a meeting to restart negotiations. Losing Sterling would represent another blow to the Reds, who sold Luis Suarez last summer and will be without talisman Steven Gerrard next season. Liverpool finished eight points adrift of the top four and it is believed Sterling is eager to join a club in the Champions League, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal all linked with the 20-year-old. “I think he is a very good player but, put it this way, a year ago they lost Suarez, he is irreplaceable, you cannot replace someone that good,” said Owen, speaking at the launch of BT Sport’s European football coverage. “If Liverpool lose Sterling they can replace him. Certainly with the money that they would get I think you can replace Sterling. “I think he’s a very good player, got loads of potential, but you can replace him and you can’t replace Suarez. “If I was a Liverpool fan I would obviously want an answer, but I wouldn’t be losing sleep if he did leave and you got a fair old chunk of money for him because I think he is replaceable.” Sterling was jeered by some fans during England’s goalless draw with the Republic of Ireland on Sunday, less then a month after he was booed by Liverpool fans as he collected the club’s Young Player of the Year award. “I expect him not to be a Liverpool player because if he was, and was pushing the boundaries for a better contract, you would probably think it’s gone a bit too far now,” Owen said. “Public opinion has counted against him, so you would have thought he would be leaving. That would be my inclination.” Press Association
Cricket News ICC rejects Pakistan Cricket Board’s compensation claim against India over bilateral series issue
New Delhi: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has rejected the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) compensation claim against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for failing to honour a Memorandum of Understanding on bilateral series. In a tweet put out by the ICC, the Disputes Resolutions Committee (DRC) stated that the case against BCCI (is) dismissed by the dispute panel. The judgment is binding and non-appealable.” The ICC’s three-member dispute resolution committee was formed in 2017 to look into the PCB’s compensation claim. The hearing took place at the world body’s headquarters in Dubai from October 1-3.Read More | Steve Smith, David Warner and Bancroft bans to stay: Cricket AustraliaThe dispute between the Indian and Pakistan board dates back to 2014 when the-then BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel signed a one-page document which BCCI had a termed as a ‘proposal letter’ to play six home-and-away series against Pakistan from 2015 to 2023. The first of the proposed series was planned in November 2015 in the UAE but BCCI didn’t get permission from the government which is mandatory for any bilateral cricketing engagement with Pakistan.Read More | India in Australia: First whitewash, ODI glory and historic twin tonsThe PCB had demanded compensation of Rs. 447 crore after alleging the BCCI didn’t honour the MoU which required India to play six bilateral series. The Pakistan board claimed the compensation for losing out on TV revenue for that particular series. The BCCI, on its part, maintained that the alleged MoU was not binding and did not stand as Pakistan failed to honour a commitment to support the revenue model suggested by India for the ICC. The Indian cricket board also said bilateral cricket with Pakistan was subject to government clearance, which has not been easy since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.Read More | India in Australia: Virat Kohli’s side face an uphill number’s gameSpeaking to PTI, Committee of Administrators head Vinod Rai said the BCCI’s stand was vindicated. “What PCB termed as Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was just a proposal letter,” Rai said. He also added that the BCCI were also looking at legal options against Pakistan. “We will make a presentation to the panel and demand entire cost of compensation to be borne by the PCB for the arbitration where their claims have been dismissed,” Rai added.India and Pakistan have played just one bilateral series in the last 10 years which was three ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals in 2012. The last time India played a series against Pakistan was in 2007 which was won 1-0 by India. Both countries play each other in multi-nation tournaments like the Asia Cup and ICC events. Ever since the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008, relations between India and Pakistan have hit an all-time low. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
(REUTERS) – India coach Anil Kumble urged his team to move on from the debacle in the opening Test against Australia as the hosts seek a series-levelling victory in the second match starting tomorrow.On a raging turner in Pune, Australia triumphed by 333 runs inside three days, snapping India’s 19-Test unbeaten run stretching back to their tour to Sri Lanka in 2015.While Virat Kohli’s men won in Sri Lanka and West Indies, they also vanquished South Africa, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh for six straight series victories.“You can’t keep winning every game. It has to come to an end at some point of time,” Kumble, 46, told reporters yesterday.“Twenty games in current scenario of Test cricket, it’s quite challenging for an international side to keep going out there and winning. That’s what this team has been able to do across conditions.“We have adapted to various conditions and various situations and that’s what we didn’t do in the last game. That’s why the result didn’t go our way.”The former spinner, also India’s highest wicket-taker in Tests, said Pune was just a blip in an otherwise bumper home season.“I don’t want to look back. We are here to look ahead. As a coach it’s more important for me to look ahead,” said Kumble, who took over the coaching reins last year.“It was one of those games where things didn’t go our way and we just need to move on. Another three Test matches in the series and we are really looking forward to that.“We have had a fantastic home season and it’s just one of those games where things didn’t go our way.”Kumble said Australia were a quality opposition but India did not play to their potential.Asked about the nature of pitch to be used for the second Test, the Bengaluru native said: “It’s generally been a good batting surface and I’m sure it’s going to be a result wicket.“That’s exactly what we want in a Test match.”
Super Eagles defender, Leon Balogun and Alex Iwobi were picked on Wednesday night for the mandatory random dope test after the 2-1 win over South Africa at the Cairo International Stadium.Just like it happened to Kenneth Omeruo and Chidozie Awaziem, the two players did not travel with the team to the hotel after the match and were made to face the tournament anti-doping team.The match which ended at about 11pm Egyptian time made the duo to stay late till early hours of Thursday after the process. Sadly, the duo were not part of celebration party of the team in the dressing room as they were among the players selected randomly after the match for test. Interestingly just like in the second round match in Alexandria, Balogun was late substitute for Iwobi at a time Super Eagles had the job done and wanted to sit behind the ball to kill time.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Sam Mellinger went 6.82 seconds to beat out Liverpool’s Ryan Dewan (6.93) and win the 55-meter dash, while David Mahar was eighth as he, along with Kenneth Svitak, Malik Davis and Robert Thompson, were a close second in the 4×200 relay in 1:37.44 to F-M’s 1:37.23.Aidan Priest cleared 11 feet in the pole vault for second place. Michaels ran 1,600 meters in 4:36.35 to finish secon as Colin Delaney got third place at 3,200 meters in 9:52.66 as Solomon Holden-Betts was ninth.Waldron, Quinn Peters, Logan Hayes and Nate Hludzenski were second (3:40.74) to F-M (3:39.17) in the 4×400 relay, while Thompson was fourth in the long jump with 19’9 1/2”. Steven Miller threw the shot put 43’1 1/4” and finished second, with Adam Graham third thanks to a toss of 39’9 3/4”. In the weight throw, Miller finished third with 51’3” as Alex Boak was fifth with 48’11” as Owen Weaver had a third-place triple jump of 39’1 1/4”.Tom Hagopian finished eighth and James Cary ninth in the 1,000-meter run, with Tom Bernardin seventh and Bradford Doubleday ninth in the 55 hurdles and Kenneth Svitak ninth in the 300-meter dash.In the girls SCAC Metro meet, B’ville earned 84 points, fourth behind F-M, C-NS and Liverpool, but still earned a string of victories in individual events.Lauren Addario won the 55 sprint by going 7.48 seconds to the 7.62 by Liverpool’s Riley Norris as Karen Ekure, in the 300, went 43.51 seconds to get past F-M’s Fiona Mejico (43.74) and prevail.Ekure, Addario, Hannah Johnson and Courtney Bostic were seconds (1:49.64) to F-M (1:48.15) in the 4×200, Addario adding a third-place triple jump of 34’6”.Allyson Surowick, fifth in the triple jump, earned third place in the 55 hurdles in 9.40 seconds, with Courtney Bostic 10th as Surowick also got a third-place long jump of 16′ 3/4”, Johnson (14’3”) in sixth place.Kathryn Mitts earned second place in the weight throw with a top toss of 32’9 1/2”, while Sarah Smiley was fourth with 27’10 1/2”. Ekure tied for third in the high jump, clearing 4’8”, and Ella Smith tied for second in the pole vault with 7’6”.Madison Kennedy, Carlie Desimone, Avamarie Davis and Hannah Johnson took third in the 4×400 in 4:22.91, Kennedy also taking seventh in the 600 as Anna Conklin was ninth.Bailey Nicholson was sixth in the 1,000 in 3:35.98 and Catherine Thompson ninth, with Lily Horan sixth in the 1,500-meter run, edging Annabelle Horan in seventh place.Lauren Shaler was sixth in the shot put with 25’4”. Sarah Fawwaz and Sage Springsteen were seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 3,000-meter run, and helped the Bees to fifth in the 4×800.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story By only a couple of spots in a couple of different events, the Baldwinsville boys indoor track and field team was denied a victory in last Thursday’s Salt City Athletic Conference Metro division championships at SRC Arena.Still, the Bees earned 100 points, topping everyone except Cicero-North Syracuse, who had 110 points, and beating out Fayetteville-Manlius (92 points) for that runner-up spot.Connor Waldron, at 600 meters, went 1:28.15 to top C-NS’s Evan Breitbeck (1:30.38) by more than two seconds. Waldron, Jack Michaels, Colin Delaney and James Cary went 8:29.05 to pull away from F-M (8:34.04) and win the 4×800 relay. Tags: Baldwinsvilleindoor track
Three consecutive road matches against three top-ranked teams could not deter the USC men’s tennis team from its undefeated start to the spring dual match season.Aces · Senior Daniel Nguyen and the Trojans are 7-0 this season. They are currently on a 26-match winning streak that extends back to February 2011. USC has won three national championships in a row. – Mannat Saini | Daily TrojanNo. 1 USC extended its record to 7-0 after a 6-1 victory over the No. 12 Pepperdine Waves (3-3) in Malibu on Friday. The clash against the Waves comes after road wins over No. 6 Stanford and No. 13 California last week and precedes the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Virginia next weekend.After the Trojans narrowly escaped with the doubles point against the Waves, USC garnered the victory with five consecutive singles wins, all in straight sets.USC sophomore Ray Sarmiento, ranked No. 12, took down No. 49 Mousheg Hovhannisyan 7-5, 6-1 to give the Trojans a 4-0 advantage and to guarantee USC’s seventh win of the season.Before Sarmiento’s clincher, senior Steve Johnson gave USC its first singles point with a 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 21 junior Sebastian Fanselow, followed by a 6-4, 6-3 decision by No. 33 freshman Yannick Hanfmann over No. 106 senior Hugh Clarke.“[Clarke] was serving and volleying, and I hit good returns so I got him out of his game,” Hanfmann said.USC sophomore Emilio Gomez, ranked No. 48, and freshman Roberto Quiroz finished off their opponents to round out the final points for USC and earn their sixth and ninth consecutive singles wins, respectively.Pepperdine scored its sole point off No. 35 Finn Tearney’s 6-3, 7-6 (5) upset over No. 16 senior Daniel Nguyen, which came after the Trojans had pulled ahead 6-0.Prior to USC’s singles wins, both sides battled for nearly an hour and a half in doubles action.Each squad took a doubles win, setting up a battle for the doubles point between USC’s Johnson and Hanfmann and Pepperdine’s Tearney and Alex Llompart.“We knew it was going to be on us to clinch it,” Hanfmann said. “We had some close games until the tiebreak. It was really tight but really good.”Looking poised to notch their fourth straight doubles win, the USC pair quickly pulled ahead to a 5-2 lead.A late rally by the Pepperdine pair, however, forced the match into a tiebreaker, which Johnson and Hanfmann escaped to finalize a 9-8 (7-1) victory and USC’s first point of the match.“We let it slip, but once it got to the tiebreaker, we really fought together,” Johnson said. “It was good to see Yannick and I forget about the opportunity we had at the beginning and focus on the task at hand.”After a week of rest, the Trojans will take their 26-match winning streak to Virginia and will participate in the National Team Indoor Championships, which pits 16 of the best teams in the nation in a four-day tournament from Feb. 17 to Feb. 20.“Every match is a stepping stone to get better, and we’re getting hot at the right time,” Johnson said. “I think we’re in a really good position to make a good run in Indoors.”
Danladi said that the separation of both parties was mutual, cordial, without any acrimony and all speculation on social media that Dogo resigned over any issue should be regarded as nothing but mere speculation.“His contract expired. That is what happened. He had a one season contract with us and it expired after we crashed out of the Aiteo Federation Cup semi finals against Rangers. So the contract was not renewed because we did not offer a renewal and he did not expect a renewal. So in simple terms, we severed relationship, he maintained.“It is not true he resigned because if you say someone resigned, it means he has a subsisting contract but his contract expired. I emphasize on this because we heard on different social media platform that he said he resigned which is not true,” He said.Speaking in a separate interview, Coach Dogo also confirmed that he parted ways with the club because his contract recently expired and in the courseof the disengagement, no misunderstanding took place.“Nothing bad happened. I had a good working relationship with the management. I don’t have problem with anybody. It is just that my contract has expired. So I need to move forward. We had a mutual understanding. So there was no problem,” Dogo concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Kabiru Dogo Emmanuel Ukumba in LafiaThe Nasarawa United Football Club and its Head Coach, Kabiru Dogo, have confirmed parting ways due to non-renewal of the coach’ contract which recently expired.Chairman of the Nasarawa United FC, Isaac Danladi and Coach Dogo both confirmed the development to journalists in Lafia yesterday.
Samuel Osei Kuffour has urged the government to step into the management of football in Ghana even at the risk of a two-year FIFA ban because he thinks such intervention will, in the long term, be beneficial to the country.The former Black Stars defender was scathing in his criticism of the Kwesi Nyantekyie administration in an interview on TalkSports on TV3 and said it was time for him to go as GFA president.“I think the government should step in. The money that pays is from government. The money doesn’t come from Nyantakyie, George Afriyie, Mr Ansong or any management member. Even though we are playing cup of Nations matches and winning, that is not enough. How many people have now rejected the Black Stars; how many people don’t care anymore about the Black Stars? We have showed that the people up there don’t care anymore”, he slammed.“I think it is time for government to step in for FIFA to give us a ban for two years to really search ourselves again because it will be a shame that our league is not being played and we are going to the Cup of Nations. I think it is time for the GFA to move ahead.”Kuffour’s anger stems from what he calls a disgraceful world cup campaign and claims officials have taken their turns at the 2014 world cup commission of inquiry to tell lies. “Look at the commission. Everyone comes there and tells a lie because they know they cannot judge them. Maybe in the future judgement will come. “ Kuffour’s most damning words were reserved for Nyantekyie who has been at the helm of Ghana football since 2005.“It is a disgrace for the whole country; what is going on with our football and our plans. It is dying, but it is a pity that people are not telling us the truth. How long can we wait to know the truth?, Kuffour said.“Everything has its own time. Nyantekyie has done great for Ghana soccer; taking us to the world cup three times in a row but I think the ideas is getting less. He himself knows it. Nobody should tell him. If I were him, I will step out because there is nothing he can do more.”Kuffour also mounted a strong defence on behalf of players of the Black Stars against growing allegations that they have become too obsessed with money and are allowing that to ruin their commitment to the nation.“At the end of the day for me it all goes down to management. Ghanaians are putting the blame on the players. That is sad. Why should the players not demand their money? Have you seen any player finish their career and get a pension scheme? Have you seen a player get that? When you finish your national team career nobody cares. The players deserve it. The squads of 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982; when did they get their money? It was three months ago. Some people suffered from their sweat for this country [and] died before the money came. “People are always saying footballers are useless, don’t know what to do with their money, [they] are illiterates. If you know the money belongs to the footballers, why don’t you give it to them?” he asked.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A group of top state officials has approved payments of nearly $400,000 to continue a lawsuit defending former Gov. Terry Branstad. A jury found in July he discriminated against former Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey because he is gay and awarded him $1.5 million. State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald and Auditor Rob Sand refused to approve the payment. They say taxpayers shouldn’t continue paying. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Secretary of State Paul Pate and Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig approved the bills, bringing total court costs to more than $8 million, which will climb since Reynolds is appealing the case.