Jackson Motorplex postpones IMCA Frostbuster to May 5

first_imgBy Shawn MillerJACKSON, Minn. – Jackson Motorplex officials have postponed the IMCA Frostbuster one week because of the recent snow accumulation as well as an impending snow storm later this week. The marquee season-opening event during Bank Midwest Night presents the Double Down Showdown will now be contested on Saturday, May 5.IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts are on the card to compete with a unique opportunity for all divisions.The winner’s payout in the respective main events will be doubled if 24 or more cars show up in a given class. Without the bonus, Modifieds will race for $600 to win, Stock Cars and SportMods for $500 to win, Hobby Stocks for $300 to win and Sport Compacts for $100. Those figures will double if at least two dozen drivers compete. Pits will open at 3 p.m. with the main gates opening at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled for 7 p.m. with racing to follow.Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students ages 13 to 18. Kids and younger get in free. Pit passes are $30 per person. All IMCA divisions will have a $10 draw fee.There will be a test and tune session for all divisions on Thursday, May 3, from 6-9 p.m. Pit passes are $20 per person and there is no fee for grandstand admission.last_img read more

3 from 3 for Sammy B

first_imgSam Bennett notched up his hat-trick of stage wins at the Tour of Turkey today.The Carrick on Suir rider once again proved fastest at the end of the 130 kilometre third stage of the World Tour event.The Bora Hansgrohe sprinter also extended his lead in the overall classification to 14 seconds over Edward Theuns of Trek Segafredo. Bennett is likely to relinquish the leaders jersey on tomorrow’s mountain stage but will be hoping to get back to winning ways before the race finishes in Istanbul on Sunday.last_img read more

Irish Greyhound Board orders Sportech Tote upgrade

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Share The Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) has sanctioned racing systems provider Sportech Plc to upgrade its Tote wagering services operating across its syndicated Ireland track portfolio.Securing a multi-year agreement with the Sportech Racing and Digital division, IGB upgrades its current ‘Series 7 Tote’ to Sportech’s state-of-the-art Quantum™ System.The agreement sees IGB partner with the ‘most widely deployed’ Tote betting system, thereby optimising the Irish greyhound racing wagering capacity with new pool bet types, increased market options and unmatched global pool commingling capabilities.Joe Lewins, Director of Tote and Wagering at Irish Greyhound Board, stated: “The Irish Greyhound Board is happy to be making this important investment in our betting operation with the upgrade to Sportech’s Quantum™ Tote and look forward to delivering an overall improved betting experience to our players. Sportech have been an excellent technology partner to IGB for many years and we look forward to a continued productive relationship.”Further developments will see Sportech’s Racing and Digital team develop tailored products and features for Irish greyhound racing to optimise its operations and customer engagements.Bruno Gay, Sportech’s Vice President of Sales and Business Development EMEA, remarked: “Sportech are very pleased to extend the power of Quantum™ System to IGB and to offer them the pools, market reach, and operational tools to help them maximise their potential. We look forward to a continued strong business partnership with IGB that harnesses Sportech’s technologies to elevate the betting experience for their players.” Submit Paddy Power to reopen English & Irish betting shops in Royal Ascot week June 10, 2020 Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders June 17, 2020 Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Theophane’s reign ended by shock defeat

first_imgAshley Theophane lost his British light-welterweight title to late stand-in Darren Hamilton in a big upset in Liverpool.Hamilton, a replacement for Steve Williams, who pulled out for medical reasons, won a unanimous points decision to dethrone the Kilburn fighter.It was the third defence of the title for Theophane and a victory would have seen him keep the coveted Londsale belt outright.A win would also have boosted his chances of securing a shot at a world championship, making it a painful as well as surprise defeat for the 31-year-old.He never got going against the Bristolian, who was determined to seize his chance and did enough to sway the three judges, who scored the bout 117-112 115-113 118-113 in his favour.See also:Hatton: Theophane deserves world title shotFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Promoting Constitutional Awareness with Play Your Part Ambassador Sihle Ndaba

first_imgOne of Brand South Africa’s domestic campaigns is the promotion of constitutional awareness, especially targeted at the youth. As such last week Brand South Africa visited Katleho Mpumelelo High School, in the far South of Johannesburg to share information on constitutional awareness. Accompanied by Play Your Part Ambassador, Sihle Ndaba, a multitalented, activist and actress,  who gave great emphasis on the importance of young people knowing their rights and understanding what the country’s constitution has to offer.           “The Constitution is the supreme law of our country – that is why it is essential that we all familiarise ourselves with its contents. It’s our goal that young people know and exercise these rights”, said Sihle in her welcome address to the learners.          The activation was an opportunity to engage learners on what the 16 days of activism campaign is all about and how learners need to  speak up against any form of abuse or violence whether  at home or at school so that they can get help. This is their constitutional right.“These kinds of activations are very important especially towards the festive season to motivate young people to understand their rights and taking care of each other. We are all aware of the social ills that young people face and this was to say to them they are not alone, they have the constitution on their side but everyone has to play their part and be willing to help,”, said Brand South Africa’s Stakeholder Relations Manager Ms Toni Gumede.Follow @PlayYourPartSA #Inspiredbymyconstitution #GetInvolved  to find out which school will be next and also share your thoughts.About Play Your Part:Play Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.last_img read more

Maharashtra sees rise in infant deaths in three years

first_imgThe State witnessed the higher number of infant deaths in the last three years with 2018-2019 alone accounting for the death of 16,539 new born babies due to infection, pneumonia, low birth weight and breathing defects.Public Health Minister Eknath Shinde, said in a written reply in Assembly, according to Health Management Information System (HMIS) report, the number of new born babies who died in 2016-17 was 10,348, and in 2017-18 it was 13,069.The State has set a target to reduce infant mortality rate at 10 per 1,000 live births by 2030 under the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). The IMR in Maharashtra was 22 in 2014, and has come down to 19, he said.The minister said the deaths have not taken place due to lack of facilities such as incubators, ventilators, expert medical attention or facilities. “These deaths have taken place due to infection, pneumonia, less weight and breathing defect at birth. As per the HMIS report, in the period of April to August, 2017, Solapur district alone saw 309 infant deaths,” it said.The state has 1,828 primary health care centres, 10,668 sub-centres, 462 Ayurvedic dispensaries, and 108 mobile health squads which provide primary health care, he said.last_img read more

Manny Pacquiao awaits Adrien Broner bout in crossroads fight at age 40

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Money talks: UFC reaches ESPN with first fight of $1.5B deal Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES MOST READ He fights Saturday night against Adrien Broner in a true crossroads bout that will determine a lot about his future in the ring. Chasing a second fight with Floyd Mayweather, Pacquiao will be tested by a younger and talented fighter who has a lot to prove himself.He’s 40 now, an age where fighters either have long stopped lacing up the gloves or are very careful in picking opponents. Pacquiao is not only still fighting, but willing to take on a 29-year-old who thinks of himself as a young Mayweather.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAnd he’s not terribly concerned about the possibility he might lose.“I still have that killer instinct and the fire in my eyes is still there,” Pacquiao, who weigh in at 146 pounds the day before the fight, said. “That aggressiveness, the interest in this career is still there 100 percent. The speed and the power are still there.” View comments Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “Manny’s a great guy to have on your side,” Roach said.Indeed, Broner has done his part to sell the fight by acting boorish and flashing money around like his mentor, Mayweather. At this week’s final news conference, Broner went into a profane rant about Showtime announcer Al Bernstein, though his comments about Pacquiao were more respectful.“Pacquiao’s a legend,” Broner, who came in at 145.6 pounds, said. “He’ll always go down as one of the best in the boxing business. But I just feel like it’s my time to take over this sport and I’m coming to take the throne from Pacquiao.”Broner (33-3-1, 24 knockouts) certainly has the skills to do just that. He has long been considered an elite fighter, though he has lost most of his bigger fights and tends to be undisciplined in the ring.To beat Pacquiao he will have to use his speed to match that of the Filipino senator, and figure out a way to deal with an unorthodox style that has puzzled opponents since Pacquiao began fighting for $2 purses so he could help his mother feed the family.“Adrien Broner is not a tuneup fight,” Pacquiao said. “He’s a former champion. He’s fast, he moves fast and he’s a good boxer.”Unfortunately, a lot of fans won’t be watching. The fight is on Showtime pay-per-view and the price ($74.95) is lofty for a fighter a few years removed from his prime.Still, Pacquiao will make millions, and Broner will have a big payday of his own. Both would also profit with a win, with Broner regaining some of his reputation and Pacquiao putting himself in line for another possible huge payday against Mayweather, who still says he is officially retired.Pacquiao blamed an injured shoulder for his poor performance in the 2015 bout, a lackluster affair won by Mayweather. A second Mayweather fight would cap Pacquiao’s career and put him closer to retirement and full-time duties in the Senate in his home country. It’s on Pacquiao’s mind, as well as the mind of his millions of fans.“You cannot avoid people will ask if there’s a rematch with Floyd Mayweather,” Pacquiao said, “because I think they have a big question mark in their mind and also in their heart about what happened in that fight.” That showed in a gym session this week in Hollywood, where Pacquiao looked sharp and fast while hitting the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach. The two have reunited for the fight, Pacquiao’s first in the U.S. in more than two years.But while Pacquiao is favored, there’s always a chance in boxing that age often catches up to a fighter in the wrong place — the ring.And that adds some intrigue to seeing a fighter who has been so much of a part of the fabric of boxing for the last 15 years.“He’s unbelievable,” Roach said. “His work ethic is great, he has fast hands and he still hits hard. I think he actually wants to knock this opponent out.”That may be asking a lot since Pacquiao went nearly a decade without knocking anyone out before stopping Lucas Martin Matthysse in a fight in Malaysia last July. But if Pacquiao needed any more motivation he got it after Broner mocked the Parkinson’s that Roach has.ADVERTISEMENT Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner face off during the weigh in at MGM Grand a day before fight night. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOLAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao has been beating the odds since he was a teenager in the Philippines stuffing his pockets with metal at weigh-ins so he wouldn’t look like a 98-pound weakling.Nearly a quarter century later, Pacquiao is still up for a challenge.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH THE TFA WEBSITES

first_imgThe Touch Football Australia websites are breaking new records at this year’s 2006 National Touch League.The TFA website www.austouch.com.au broke the all-time visitors website with the last 3 days all climbing to new levels. Finals day for the NTL saw over 1600 people view around 10,000 pages on the website, equating to around 110,000 hits for the day.Tuesday (travel day and rest day) saw another 1300 people visit the site and view around 9,000 pages, while day one of the seniors saw around 1500 people reading the stories and news on approximately 9,500 pages.The TFA Sporting Pulse results website TFA SPORTING PULSE WEBSITE is also breaking all records during the 2006 NTL. It seems that Touchies Australia wide are beginning to make use of the website which lets you view pages and pages of draws, results, ladders and also statistics for touchdown scorers.Sporting Pulse contacted TFA staff yesterday to let us know that the TFA Sporting Pulse results website was the most requested Sporting Pulse website Australia-wide, with over 22,000 pages visited (equating to 100,000 hits).It’s fantastic to see people at home using the TFA website and the TFA results website in tandem.The TFA website is providing great stories, daily summaries and also images from photographers Sporting Images, while the TFA Sporting Pulse results website is updated after every round and provides up to date results and ladders for everyone watching from home.If you’re interested in keeping up to date on the news after the NTL, simply sign up to the ‘Subscribe’ section on www.austouch.com.au. This will enable you to receive by email TFA newsletters, information, special offers on merchandise and other member-only information. Unlike many other subscribe sections, you will not be bombarded by junk emails, it will be kept to a minimum with only important information distributed.Finally, why not join the TFA Tipping Competition? There is a link on the front page where you can join to tip in the NRL and AFL against your Touch-mates Australia wide.Prizes will be announced soon, but in the meantime, sign up, the NRL has only just begun and the AFL kick-off is just a few weeks away.So sign up and keep in Touch post-NTL!last_img read more

Tall Players Like Joel Embiid Are More Prone to Injury

This was never supposed to be Joel Embiid’s draft. College stars Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins were expected to be the frontrunners for 2014. But as the NCAA season began, Embiid, a center for Kansas, amazed, prompting his coach to compare him to Hakeem Olajuwon. He was ascendant — the kind of guy an NBA team tanks for.Then came the injuries. Embiid sprained his left knee early in the season and suffered a bone contusion, missing only one game. Later, right before the Big 12 tournament, doctors diagnosed him with a spondylolysis, a stress fracture in his lower back. The injury forced him out of the NCAA tournament but not out of the NBA draft. Many draft boards had him going first, convinced that teams would see the potential beyond the injuries.But last week Embiid had surgery to repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone of his foot. He’s reported to be out four to six months, and with the draft on Thursday there’s no telling where he’ll fall. USA Today now projects that Embiid will be the third pick and an NBA.com consensus mock draft projects him at fifth.Teams may be right to show concern about Embiid’s injuries, in part because of his height. Embiid is listed as 7’ tall by ESPN. Examining recent high draft picks reveals that taller players have gone on to miss a larger percentage of games than their shorter peers. Since 2000, 97 players 6’9” and taller have been drafted by teams with lottery selections (the first 13 or 14 picks in the draft, depending on the year). These players missed 17.9 percent of their potential NBA games (regular season and postseason, where appropriate) to injury over the course of their careers, while the 95 players 6’8” or shorter missed just 13.5 percent. The percentage of games missed generally increases as height increases. Players 7’0” or taller have missed nearly 24 percent of their games.That doesn’t factor in Embiid’s specific injuries. The navicular bone injury is the most troubling. The navicular is one of the tarsal bones located in the mid-foot, and an injury to the area is significant. In Embiid’s case, it required surgical intervention.Other players have had navicular fractures (it was the only injury to sideline Michael Jordan for an extended period of time in Chicago), but it’s been fairly uncommon the last few years. I keep a database of every injury in the NBA for any player who’s played since 2009, including each player’s entire injury history, even if the injury took place before 2009. Only seven affected NBA players out of a possible 900+ in my data set had a navicular fracture.Perimeter players including Jordan and Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin both fared well following navicular fractures. But unfortunately for Embiid, the precedent set by big men to suffer the injury doesn’t inspire much confidence. In three of the seven navicular cases (including for perimeter and post players), the fracture reoccurred or additional surgery was needed. All three players (Curtis Borchardt, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Yao Ming) stood 7 feet or taller. There’s another seven-footer, too, whose prognosis we’re not sure of yet: Brendan Haywood suffered a navicular fracture in October 2013 and didn’t play a minute this year for Charlotte. We’ll have to wait to see how his foot holds up.Small sample size, of course, but it begins to tell us what teams might be able to expect from Embiid. And there are always outliers. The careers of Kevin McHale (who played too long ago to be included in my database) and Ilgauskas provide some optimism. McHale bounced back following his injury in the 1987 postseason and played seven more seasons, including four at an All-Star level. Ilgauskas also went on to have a productive career.Then again, that only happened after his third foot surgery, a procedure that involved reshaping multiple bones in his foot. read more

WhackAMole Buckeyes pound Golden Gophers to remain undefeated

Last Tuesday’s win over Iowa was the 110th in the career of Ohio State forward David Lighty, tied for the most in school history. Sunday, with his team trying to hold off a furious comeback from visiting Minnesota, Lighty fouled out with two-and-a-half minutes remaining in the game. Now relegated to the bench, the fifth-year senior could only watch as his teammates tried to clinch his record-breaking victory. It was “the most nervous I’ve probably ever been because I can’t do anything about it,” Lighty said. “I can’t get back in the game to help my team win.” When junior William Buford blocked a potential game-tying shot as time expired, the No. 2 Buckeyes (16-0, 3-0 Big Ten) sealed a 67-64 victory, despite nearly blowing an 18-point, second-half lead. Lighty finished with a game-high 19 points. As is often the case in the Big Ten, the game featured a slow, bruising pace for most of the afternoon. Both teams had stretches in which they struggled to score and both committed a lot of fouls, combining for 44 overall. After finishing his third conference game of the year, freshman Jared Sullinger said he’s learned a lot about what it takes to succeed in the Big Ten. “For me, it’s physicality,” Sullinger said. “It’s real physical down in the paint and the refs just look at you like, ‘Uh, this is the Big Ten,’ so I’ve learned that you have to be physical.” Early on it was hustle, not physicality, that Sullinger used to spark OSU. Midway through the first half, Sullinger dove to the floor on the defensive end to force a jump-ball. Although Minnesota retained possession, it left the Gophers with little time on the shot clock and forced them to take, and miss, a contested, low-percentage shot. More importantly, Sullinger’s play ignited the near-capacity crowd at the Schottenstein Center for the first time all afternoon, and the Buckeyes responded. Starting with a 3-pointer from Buford on the ensuing possession, OSU went on a 10-0 run, culminating with a 3-pointer from freshman Aaron Craft. The Buckeyes opened up a 12-point lead and eventually went to the break up 10. The Gophers cut the lead to eight with just more than 11 minutes to go. But 3-pointers from both Craft and senior Jon Diebler, coupled with two from Lighty, sent the Buckeyes on a 12-2 run. The run gave OSU a 16-point lead, its biggest of the game. However, the Gophers answered with a run of their own, cutting the lead to seven with less than six minutes to play. Several Buckeye turnovers and missed free throws, to go along with Gopher baskets down the stretch, shrunk the OSU lead to just four with less than two minutes to go. An Al Nolen 3-point play with a minute to go cut the lead to three. Senior Dallas Lauderdale then missed two free throws, giving the Gophers possession with a chance to tie the game. “One thing happens on one end and you can’t run to the other end and compound the mistake,” coach Thad Matta said of his team’s struggles down the stretch. “We’ve got to continue to look and learn and make sure our execution should be at an all-time high.” On the final possession, when the Buckeyes most needed a stop, the execution was just as the coach wanted. Lauderdale denied Minnesota’s Blake Hoffarber the ball, forcing freshman Austin Hollins to take the desperation 3-point shot, which Buford blocked to preserve the win. “I was about as proud as I could be of our defense for probably the first 32 minutes of the game,” Matta said. “There were a couple plays that happened and really, really turned the momentum, and we have to be tougher and play through that.” Forward Trevor Mbakwe led the Gophers with 16 points, but several Gophers made big shots down the stretch. Minnesota made all 19 of its free throw attempts in the second half, and finished 24-27 from the line overall. It was one of the few times all year that the Buckeyes have been challenged down to the wire, but despite not executing to perfection, Lighty said he was happy with the perseverance his team showed. “It got a little hectic and we just had to keep our heads,” Lighty said. “Things didn’t go our way, but we stuck in there and found a way to win.” Sullinger finished the game with 15 points and 12 rebounds, his eighth double-double of the season. Craft, who played 34 minutes off the bench, finished with 11 points and a team-high seven assists. The Buckeyes will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to play Michigan at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. read more