Three drivers provided most of the action upfront for much of the race as Joel Bushore, in a new ride after his rollover last week, led the field as the race went green. BOONE, Iowa (Aug. 8) – Dylan Thornton prevailed in a 20-lap IMCA Modified feature decided by inches in a mad dash to the finish line that had the crowd on its feet Saturday at Boone Speedway. Johnathon Logue took the comfortable win in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods. There were two 1-lap dashes for the Northern SportMods. The top 12 finishers from the heat races ran the Elmquist Towing Dash with $400 going to the winner. Logue cashed in there. The Walters Sanitary Service Trash Dash was for the 12 drivers finishing fourth through sixth in their heats. Garrett Nelson took home the $300 prize in that one. By Joyce Eisele Racing continues next week at the Boone Speedway when the green flag will drop at 7 p.m. Thornton, who is from California, is spending the summer back here in Iowa and, ironically enough, staying with second place finisher Gustin. The victory marked the first time Thornton has visited the winner’s circle at the speedway. Donavon Smith was back in victory lane after winning the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car 20-lapper and David Rieks stepped into victory lane for the first time in several years when he won the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main event. Thornton was quick to join in and then 14th place starter Jimmy Gustin joined in to make it a trio of fun. The closing laps saw the three drivers go at it in a spectacular dash to the finish line. Thornton had just enough momentum coming out of the final corner as the checkers unfurled, taking the win by inches over Gustin. Bushore finished a close third. After measuring his margin of victory lane in inches, Dylan Thornton displayed the checkers and IMCA Modified trophy Saturday at Boone Speedway. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)
The 25-year-old England international has yet to play this season after struggling to overcome two similar foot injuries, with the Hammers badly missing his contributions. Without Carroll, West Ham have slipped to 19th in the Barclays Premier League and have been on the receiving end of cup thrashings from Nottingham Forest and Manchester City in the last week. The former Liverpool man, who was initially on loan at Upton Park last season, is likely to be in the squad which travels to face fellow strugglers Cardiff on Saturday and Allardyce is looking forward to getting his talismanic figure back amongst his squad. “I always say that in the end the most important thing is that your leading front man will be 50 per cent of your team or more,” he said. “It was proven to be the case for me when I signed Nicolas Anelka from Fenerbahce for Bolton. That was more than 50 per cent of the continuing success we gained from there on. “In some cases, the squad behind Nicolas got a bit weaker than it used to be, by players getting older and retiring, like Youri Djorkaeff and Jay-Jay Okocha, but with Nicolas there we ended up competing in the Champions League spots. We’ve been without Andy all season. With him, we’d be an awful lot better.” Allardyce made comparisons to other Premier League clubs, in particular Manchester United, who have suffered a downturn in form with both Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie sidelined with injuries. He said: “If United’s demise is down to some of the results not going for them, it’s because Van Persie and Rooney haven’t been there. “[Manchester] City’s whole team is brilliant, but they’ve got so many great finishers it makes it easier for them to win matches. They put the ball in the net more than anyone else. “You can’t find more than one great finisher if you’re us. Even Arsenal, with [Olivier] Giroud, don’t have too much more after that. What would Liverpool be without Luis Suarez? They coped very well before that, but have scored even more since he’s been back. How difficult would it be without him?” Press Association West Ham have been fighting for survival with “50 per cent” of their team missing according to manager Sam Allardyce, who played up the impact of Andy Carroll’s injury on the club’s current fortunes. Carroll has not been rushed back into first-team action despite the Hammers not winning a league match since November but could be on the bench for the crunch match at Cardiff. Allardyce believes Carroll is champing at the bit to return and, if he does feature, will not shirk the physical challenge of being back in action. “Mentally he’s fine,” Allardyce added. “He is frustrated and eager to get back as quickly as he can. We’ve had to keep him calm and focused on the time it’s going to take to make sure it’s right. “I don’t know whether Andy can play ‘within himself’. When he’s on the field, he’s on the field. All thoughts of injury leave him. It’s about passion for playing football.” A win would see West Ham move above Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Bluebirds in the table but would not necessarily take them out of the relegation zone. The Hammers are coming to the end of a full-blown injury crisis, with Carroll’s return coinciding with James Tomkins and Ricardo Vaz Te approaching full fitness. Allardyce has cited his long injury list over the festive period as the main reason for West Ham’s plight and believes, with a few January additions, that his squad is good enough to survive. “If I’d had a fully fit squad for the Christmas period and the cup games and the results had gone badly, I’d be really, really worried then,” he said. “But I’m confident we’ll get the players back fitness and add to that. We’ve got Roger Johnson in with all his experience from the Premier League, and he knows what the task is and how difficult it is at this level. He’s experienced it with Birmingham. He can also draw on his experience at Wolves.”
highlights New Delhi: Sri Lanka’s head cricket coach Chandika Hathurusingha has been asked to step down after the ongoing ODI series against Bangladesh. Sources in Sri Lanka Cricket said SLC Secretary Mohan de Silva has written to Hathurusingha asking him to resign. Hathurusingha was under pressure to quit after Sri Lanka’s dismal showing in the recent World Cup.The island nation won just three preliminary round games and failed to make it to the semifinals. However, after returning to the country, Hathurusingha said he was keen to continue until the expiry of his contract, which was until the end of the next year.The 51-year-old was appointed in December 2017 after he left his job with the Bangladesh team. However, he was not able to turn around Sri Lanka’s dismal performances and the team lost 13 out of the 20 ODIs played in the run-up to the World Cup under his charge, which left them at No.8 in international rankings.Sources said Hathurusingha was expected to return to coaching Bangladesh after the sacking of Steve Rhodes by that team. Sports Minister Harin Fernando had earlier announced that he expected the entire Sri Lankan coaching staff to step down, taking responsibility for poor World Cup performance.Sri Lanka speedster Nuwan Kulasekara who has featured in over 260 International games has officially called it a day. Kulasekara, who made an instant impression in his first ODI, against England at Dambulla in November 2003, after being selected from relative obscurity has alway been skipper’s trump card.Having featured in the International set up in 2017, the future for the 37-year-old was looking slim. Sighting this, on Wednesday Kulasekara announced retirement from International Cricket. Reportedly, he requested SLC for farewell game. Sports Minister gave the green signal but selectors weren’t convinced as he hasn’t played domestic cricket for longtime. Nuwan Kulasekara announced retirement from International Cricket.Lasith Malinga is set to retire from International Cricket post first ODI against Bangladesh.Chandika Hathurusinghe was asked to quit after World Cup stint. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Logan O’Connor’s second goal of the season broke a 1-1 tie in the second period of the Avs’ 2-1 triumph at Detroit. Vladislav Namestnikov (nah-MEHT’-nih-kahv) also scored and backup Michael Hutchinson faced just 18 shots in picking up his fifth win in 15 decisions.Each of Colorado’s last six wins have been by one goal.NHL-GM MEETINGSGMs seem prepared to keep status quo on emergency goaliesBOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — NHL general managers seem unlikely to suggest changes to the emergency backup goaltender policy, even after 42-year-old Zamboni driver David Ayres became one of the biggest stories of the season by winning a game for Carolina last month. TOKYO-POSSIBLE POSTPONEMENTJapan Olympic Minister: Games could be held any time in 2020TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Olympic minister says the contract to hold the Tokyo Games only specifies the event has to be held during 2020.Seiko Hashimoto’s response to a question in the upper house of parliament implies the Olympics could be held later in the year and would not have to start on July 24.Hashimoto told parliament “the IOC has the right to cancel the games only if they are not held during 2020.” She says “this can be interpreted to mean the games can be postponed as long as they are held during the calendar year.” Baylor, Duke winUNDATED (AP) — Baylor and Duke were able to earn bounce-back wins. The fourth-ranked Bears had dropped two of three since a Big-12-record 23-game winning streak, and the No. 12 Blue Devils were losers in three of their previous four games.In Waco, MaCio Teague hit a 3-pointer with 1:13 left in overtime to help Baylor escape with a 71-68 triumph over Texas Tech. Teague stepped back behind the line and just beat the shot clock to put the Bears ahead 69-65.Baylor sealed the game with Jared Butler’s steal and his two free throws with 11 seconds remaining.Devonte Bandoo had 18 points and Butler 17 for the Bears. In a memo sent to teams on Sunday and obtained by The Associated Press, the NBA has offered 10 recommendations to players with hopes of decreasing risks of getting the virus. Those recommendations include not taking items such as pens, markers, balls and jerseys from autograph-seekers.The NBA also told teams that it is consulting “with infectious disease experts, including the Centers for Disease Control” and infectious disease researchers at Columbia University in New York.NBA-KNICKS PRESIDENTKnicks hire longtime player agent Leon Rose as presidentNEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks officially have named Leon Rose as their president, hoping the longtime player agent can be just as successful as an executive. Associated Press The Bucks established a season-low for points, with Brook Lopez providing a team-high 21. Giannis Antetokounmpo grabbed 15 rebounds but matched a season-low with 13 points on 6 for 18 shooting.Checking out Monday’s other NBA action:— Malcolm Brogdon scored 26 points and T.J. Warren added 23 to push the Pacers past the Spurs. Indiana squandered a 15-point, second-half lead before earning its fourth straight win, putting the Pacers in a fifth-place tie with Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference. The Spurs lost for the eighth time in 11 games despite going ahead 102-98 with 6:44 remaining.— The Bulls eked out a 109-107 win over the Mavericks behind Otto Porter Jr., who delivered 18 points in his return from a broken left foot. Coby White scored 19 points to help Chicago win without leading scorer Zach Lavine (lah-VEEN’). Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) scored 23 for Dallas but missed a potential game-winning, 3-pointer at the buzzer.— The Jazz got their four-game road trip off to a good start as Bojan (BOY’-ahn) Bogdanovic provided 28 points and Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) added 20 in a 126-113 victory at Cleveland. Donovan Mitchell had 19 points and nine rebounds for Utah, which made 20 3-pointers while staying in the fifth playoff spot out West. Bogdanovic buried a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch to help the Jazz won for the second time in six games. — C.J. McCollum poured in 41 points and Gary Trent Jr. added 24 in the Trail Blazers’ romp over the Magic in Orlando. Hassan Whiteside had 16 points and 13 rebounds as Portland ended a 3-game losing streak. The Blazers took control by outscoring Orlando 38-19 in the final period.— Gorgui Dieng (GEER’-gee jehng) contributed 17 points and 10 rebounds while the Grizzlies were holding the Hawks to 32% shooting in a 127-88 dismantling of Atlanta. Jonas Valanciunas (YOH’-nuhs val-ehn-CHOO’-nihs) had 15 points with 15 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who had nine players score in double figures. The Hawks were denied their first three-game winning streak of the season and suffered the third loss in their last 11 home games.NBA-VIRUS OUTBREAKWith Virus outbreak, NBA tells teams to keep distance from fans, strangersUNDATED (AP) — The NBA has told teams to avoid high-fiving fans and strangers and avoid taking any item for autographs. It’s the league’s latest response in its ongoing monitoring of the coronavirus crisis that has spread to most corners of the planet. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEKnicks surprise Rockets, Heat beat Bucks againUNDATED (AP) — The New York Knicks have pulled off one of the most impressive wins of their otherwise forgettable season. Sixth-ranked Kentucky is followed by Florida State, Seton Hall, Maryland and Louisville.The Aztecs, Terrapins and No. 18 Iowa were the only teams to hold their place after a week in which nine Top 25 teams lost to unranked opponents.Dayton has its highest ranking since reaching No. 2 in 1955-56 after stretching its winning streak to 18 games.Virginia, Illinois and Wisconsin moved into the poll. West Virginia, Colorado and Texas Tech fell out.NHL-SCHEDULE March 3, 2020 The issue was among the discussion points during the first three days of GM meetings. The apparent consensus was that emergency goaltenders are called upon so rarely that any reaction now would likely feel like an overreaction.NFL-JAGUARS-NGAKOUEPass-rusher Ngakoue no longer wants to re-sign with JaguarsJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Standout defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (yah-NEEK’ en-GAH’-kway) no longer wants to sign a long-term deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.Ngakoue announced his desire to play elsewhere via social media. It could force Jacksonville to place the franchise tag on the 24-year-old disgruntled defender and trade him. The move comes with the 23rd-ranked Illini challenging for the Big Ten Conference championship in Underwood’s third season after going 26-39 during his first two years at the helm. They are 20-9 overall and tied for second in conference play with Michigan State and Wisconsin at 12-6, a game behind Maryland.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-POLLKansas is number oneUNDATED (AP) — Kansas is the unanimous No. 1 in a week of upheaval in men’s college basketball.The Jayhawks received all 64 first-place votes from the media panel in The Associated Press poll. Gonzaga was No. 2, with Dayton, Baylor and San Diego State rounding out the top five. ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech has withdrawn its appeal of NCAA penalties against its men’s basketball program and will not lay in this month’s ACC Tournament.The Yellow Jackets received a one-year ban on postseason play as well as scholarship reductions and limits on official visits. By saying Monday it would accept those penalties this year, Georgia Tech is assured of being eligible to compete in the postseason next year and beyond.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-ILLINOIS-COACHUnderwood gets extensionCHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois says it has rewarded basketball coach Brad Underwood for a significant jump this season, giving him a three-year contract extension through 2026. Ngakoue has 37 1/2 sacks and 14 forced fumbles in four seasons. The speedy strip-sack specialist made the Pro Bowl in 2017 and had been seeking around $22 million a year to remain in Jacksonville.NORTH CAROLINA-AGENTS PROBEMistrial declared for ex-football player in NC agent’s caseHILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — A Superior Court judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a former college football player charged with violating North Carolina’s sports agent law nearly a decade ago.Christopher Hawkins faced four counts tied to providing cash to three former Tar Heels football players in 2010. But after more than seven hours of deliberations Friday afternoon and Monday, the jury informed the judge that it couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict on any charge. IOC officials and Tokyo organizers have repeatedly said they expect the Olympics to open on schedule, in spite of the fast-spreading coronavirus.PGA-JOHNSON-0LYMPICSDustin Johnson decides against playing in the OlympicsUNDATED (AP) — U.S. golfer Dustin Johnson will not compete in the Tokyo Olympics, according to his manager. Johnson’s name was removed from the Olympic golf ranking Monday afternoon.At No. 5 in the world ranking, he currently would have been No. 3 among Americans behind Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) and Justin Thomas. Update on the latest in sports: Draisaitl, McDavid erupt against Predators…Avs creep closer to BluesUNDATED (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers’ dynamic duo of Leon Draisaitl (DRY’-sy-tul) and Connor McDavid collected five points apiece at the expense of the Nashville Predators on Monday.Draisaitl added to his NHL-leading point total by furnishing four goals and an assist as the Oilers blew out the Predators, 8-3. McDavid added a goal and four assists in a game that was tied 3-3 until Edmonton erupted for five goals in the third period.Draisaitl’s team-high 43rd goal of the season chased Pekka Rinne (PEH’-kuh-REE’-nah) from the nets midway through the third period. Draisaitl has 107 points, 13 more than No. 2 McDavid in the league points race.Meanwhile, the St. Louis Blues’ lead in the NHL’s Central Division is down to one point over Colorado after the Avalanche eked out their seventh straight win. Rookie guard RJ Barrett tied his season high with 27 points as the Knicks downed the Houston Rockets, 125-123. Julius Randle added 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Knicks, who held on after building a 21-point lead.New York ended Houston’s six-game winning streak and beat the Rockets at Madison Square Garden for the first time since January 2009.James Harden missed his first eight 3-point attempts before finishing with 35 points and eight assists for the Rockets. Russell Westbrook had 24 points and nine rebounds but missed a pull-up jumper on Houston’s final attempt.Meanwhile, the Miami Heat are the first team to beat the Bucks twice this season.Jae Crowder and Jimmy Butler each scored 18 points in the Heat’s 105-89 downing of Milwaukee. Bam Adebayo had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who improved to 39-22 and matched their win total from last season with 19 games remaining. The thumb began to bother Doncic during Friday’s loss to Miami, prompting the team to keep him out of last night’s win at Minnesota. The second-year player is averaging team highs of 28.6 points and 8.8 assists per game this season.The Mavericks held out Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) against the Bulls a day after he tied a season high with 38 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.In other NBA injury news:— Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) missed Monday’s game against San Antonio after experiencing swelling in his right knee following the morning shootaround. Oladipo returned to action Jan. 20 from a ruptured quad tendon that forced him to miss more than a full calendar year. Pacers coach Nate McMillan said it’s too early to know how long Oladipo will be out.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE In Durham, freshman Cassius Stanley scored 14 of his 18 points after halftime as the Blue Devils beat North Carolina State, 88-69. Fellow rookie Vernon Carey Jr. added 17 points for the Blue Devils, who shot 63% after halftime and had a run of 17 straight scoring possessions to build a big lead.Duke’s last meeting with the Wolfpack was an 88-66 loss at Raleigh two weeks ago, coach Mike Krzyzewski’s (shuh-SHEHF’-skeez) most lopsided loss to an unranked opponent in his four decades leading the program.N.C. State managed one field goal over the last four minutes of the first half before shooting just 38% after halftime.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-GEORGIA TECH-PENALTIESTech drops appeal of NCAA penalties Rose is taking over what has become one of the NBA’s worst franchises, headed toward its seventh straight season out of the playoffs. Teams such as Golden State and the Lakers have found success handing their basketball operations to an agent.Rose is the former co-head of the basketball division at CAA Sports. He replaces Steve Mills, who was fired early last month.NBA-INJURIESDoncic back in lineup…Oladipo sits one outUNDATED (AP) — All-Star guard Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) was back in the Dallas Mavericks’ lineup tonight against the Bulls in Chicago after missing a game because of a sprained left thumb. Countries are allowed a maximum of four players in golf provided they are among the top 15 in the world ranking.
The Fever will delay their travel by at least five days to self-quarantine in case any of them came into close contact with the infected players.The WNBA hopes to start training camp later this week, with the regular season set to begin around July 24.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports July 6, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell says shortstop Luis Urias and pitcher Angel Perdomo tested positive for COVID-19 before the intake process. The Latest: 2 Brewers test positive; Nats cancel workout Counsell says both players are asymptomatic.This marks the second setback for Urias since the Brewers acquired him from San Diego in November. Urias, who is expected to compete with incumbent Orlando Arcia for the starting shortstop job, underwent surgery in January to repair a broken bone in his left hand.Major League Baseball and the players’ association announced Friday that 31 players and seven staff members tested positive for COVID-19 during intake for the resumption of training, a rate of 1.2%. Teams resumed workouts Friday for the first time since the coronavirus interrupted spring training on March 12, two weeks before the season was to start.___The Washington Nationals have canceled Monday morning’s team workout because of COVID-19 testing delays. Associated Press Players and staff were tested Friday, and general manager Mike Rizzo says the team still hasn’t received its results. Rizzo said it’s not safe to continue holding camp without accurate and timely testing and that the workout was canceled to prevent putting players and staff at risk.Rizzo says: Major League Baseball “needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab. Otherwise, summer camp and the 2020 season are at risk.”___Two players on the Indiana Fever were among the seven positive tests for the coronavirus across the WNBA, the team announced.The league and teams didn’t reveal who the players were. All 137 WNBA players were tested over the past week as the teams prepared to head to Florida on Monday for the upcoming season, which will be played at IMG Academy.
NO CROWD, NO PROBLEMWhile there have been times when the behind-closed-doors environment has felt eerie and lifeless, a day when the two sides arm-wrestled for the initiative has set up what could be a grandstand finish.England deserve credit for the way their batting improved from their first-innings 204 all out, albeit in conditions where they would have had no excuse for failing again. There were times when West Indies were forced to retreat, but they never lost control, meaning they were only ever one or two wickets away from being on top.This morning will see England wanting to eke out as many runs as they can, but, whatever they set West Indies, all four results will be possible.The final day will also reveal if England’s strategy of batting first and omitting Stuart Broad was correct.By choosing to bat on a damp first day, the hosts hoped they would reap the benefit of bowling last on a dry surface that would suit the extra pace of Mark Wood and Jofra Archer, and turn for off-spinner Bess.We will soon know if they were right.WEST INDIES REWARDED LATE ONWest Indies started the day in a strong position – England were 99 behind with all 10 second-innings wickets in hand.If the tourists were hoping to ram home their advantage, they were thwarted by some dogged England resistance in lovely batting conditions. West Indies maintained their discipline, though. All of Holder, Kemar Roach and off-spinner Roston Chase kept a lid on England’s scoring, and the rewards came.Rory Burns was fluent for his 42 before he spooned Chase to point. Dom Sibley scored almost exclusively off his pads and was eventually caught down the leg side off Gabriel for 50, while Joe Denly’s surrender to Chase was a gift.When Crawley and Stokes were together, West Indies began to look tired and frustrated in the heat, but found inspiration when Holder got Stokes for the second time in the match.Joseph yorked Buttler and could have had Bess twice, only for the fiery Gabriel to swing the match in his team’s favour with a double strike.CRAWLEY MAKES HIS CASEWith captain Joe Root isolating after being at the birth of his second child, England’s choice between Kent team-mates Denly and Crawley – both part of the team that won in South Africa last winter – was delayed.Denly, who kept his place at number three, appeared to be the man in possession, yet he failed to capitalise on another start, while Crawley went on to make the highest score of the match – and his Test career.Denly, aged 33 and playing his 15th Test, veers from looking composed to edgy. When he tamely chipped Chase to short mid-wicket for 29 it was the sixth time in eight innings that he had passed 25 but not reached 40.Crawley can be loose, but has youth on his side. His strokeplay is elegant, and this innings was built on on-drives, back-foot punches and the occasional reverse sweep.He added 98 with the typically authoritative Stokes, but when Stokes pushed a Holder wide one to gully and Crawley was sharply caught and bowled by Joseph in successive overs, West Indies grabbed control.‘It’s going to be a riveting last day’WHAT THEY SAID:Former England captain Michael Vaughan on BBC Test Match Special: “I wouldn’t want to chase over 200 on this wicket. I think 171 will be difficult with England’s bowling.“If one player gets you 60 or 70, West Indies should win the Test match.“It’s been a terrific Test. I’ve loved it and just wish there was a crowd here to watch it.”West Indies limited-overs all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite:“West Indies have their noses in front. They will sleep sweeter tonight than the England team would.“I think 200 seems to be the target. Any less than that, West Indies will be happy. If not, England will feel like they have a chance. It’s just going to be a riveting last day of Test cricket.” ENGLAND lost five wickets for 30 runs late on the fourth day to leave West Indies as favourites to win the first Test at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.Zak Crawley’s 76, allied to 46 from Ben Stokes, looked to be batting England into a winning position.Both fell in successive overs to begin the England slide as the tourists lifted themselves with the second new ball late in the day.Pace bowler Alzarri Joseph removed Crawley and Jos Buttler after Jason Holder struck another blow in his battle with fellow captain and all-rounder Stokes.Dom Bess survived being dropped and a tight lbw shout, only to be bowled by Shannon Gabriel, who had Ollie Pope play on four balls later.Overall, England fell from 249-3 to 279-8, ultimately closing on 284-8 – a lead of 170.With the pitch showing some uneven bounce, particularly from one end, England will have a chance of defending whatever target they set.However, West Indies have been impressive throughout the match, and they have a superb opportunity to go ahead in the three-match series.
While Super Eagles players and top team officials will pocket $15,000-a-match win bonus in the first round of the World Cup in Russia next year, teamâ€™s Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr will earn double that amount.SCORENigeria has further gathered that both Rohr and the rest of the team will be entitled to an additional bonus for advancing to the Round of 16 with the Franco-German coach again getting twice what each player will get.And a win in the Round of 16 will see Rohr pocket an additional $40,000, while the players and officials are paid $20,000 each.That will be the template for subsequent rounds of the World Cup should the Eagles make the expected progress at Russia 2018. Rohr only recently agreed a new two-year contract with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) with President Amaju Pinnick revealing his monthly salary of about $50,000 was also reviewed upwards.Each player will earn a bonus of $15,000 for a win in the first round of the World Cup, where they are drawn against Argentina, Croatia and Iceland.Meanwhile, Croatia national team manager, Zlatko DaliÄ‡, has clarified his comments about knowing the starting line-up that will take to the Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad pitch against Nigeria on June 16.The Croatians are aware that Argentina are nailed-on favourites to top Group D of the World Cup, so they are focusing their attention on the next strongest rival on paper, Nigeria, in the buildup to the Mundial.”I got a clue in my head. I think every coach knows the first 11 for the World Cup. But certainly there is space for one or two changes. You have to have a vision, so you can do it,” said Dalic to Sportske Novosti.Croatia has already lined up friendlies against Peru and Mexico during the next FIFA window, and are wrapping up talks to face an African team with the same playing style as Nigeria in June.”That’s my plan to check in early June, and then on June 8 or 9 before leaving Russia. The other should be an African national team with a similar style to Nigeria,” added Dalic.The Super Eagles are due to take on Poland in a friendly on March 23, and proposed warm-up matches with England and Egypt are still in the works.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
This past weekend, sandwiched around men’s hockey winning its national championship, Phil Mickelson not blowing a Master’s title (while Tiger Woods did) and the Brewers losing their first game of the year, Brett Favre made his way into the headlines yet again, calling for a press conference basically to say that he hasn’t made a decision.Now, I realize Brett Favre is quite the touchy topic in the land of milk and Honeyweiss, so I’ll have to tread carefully while I tackle the subject of Favre, Wisconsin’s adopted son of football, and No. 1 write-in ballot winner of any state election.So, speaking of write-ins, that is exactly what this will be. Write your own column on the future for Favre:Brett Favre is such a ________ (noun). Do you know what kind of ________ (noun) it takes to call a 7:30 a.m. press conference in ________ (Tunica, or description of your choice), Miss., to discuss your future, ensuring every major media outlet would be there, and then just basically say that you haven’t decided yet? It’s pretty ________ (adjective), keeping his Packer nation ________ (verb).This whole Favre situation has me ________ (verb). If Brett comes back, the Pack could compete for ________ (your choice).If I had things my way, Favre would be sporting ________ (clothes, color, etc.) and ________ (clothes, color, etc.) on opening day, Sunday, Sept. 10, throwing ________ (noun plural) for the ________ (team, person, etc.), just the way it was meant to be. Surely, Dan Marino’s all-time TD record of 420 would be _______ (adjective, verb), while Aaron Rodgers’ record of consecutive games started on the bench by a first-round pick would ________ (adjective, verb).The problem is ________ (adverb) Favre loves ________ (noun) too much. How could he ________ (verb), when he still has so _______ (quantifier) left in the ________ (noun)? Sure, Favre had a down season, but half of those interceptions were just as much the fault of ________ (perpetrator). It also didn’t help that half of Green Bay’s starting lineup was ________ (your choice) last season, or that the Chicago Bears had the best ________ (your choice) in the division.The sad fact is that Favre will probably ________ (verb), and go spend more time with his ________ (noun plural).Regardless though, Favre’s legacy will live on, and to me he will always be ________________ (your choice expression… Make it good!).Just for the record, here’s how mine would look.Brett Favre is such a meanie. Do you know what kind of gumption it takes to call a 7:30 a.m. press conference in middle of nowhere (Tunica?), Miss., to discuss your future, ensuring every major media outlet would be there, and then just basically say that you haven’t decided yet? It’s nice though, keeping his Packer nation well informed.This whole Favre situation has me bored to tears. If Brett comes back, the Pack could compete for third place in the North. Woohoo.If I had things my way, Favre would be sporting PJs and a beer belly on opening day, Sunday, Sept. 10, throwing half-eaten bean burritos at the TV for the constant close-ups of Packers’ general manager Ted Thompson, just the way it was meant to be.Surely, Dan Marino’s all-time TD record of 420 would be as untouchable as the 56-game hitting streak of baseball while Aaron Rodgers’ record of consecutive games started on the bench by a first-round pick would continue, after JT O’Sullivan beats him out in camp.The problem is Favre loves throwing the ball up for grabs too much. How could he throw touchdowns, when he still has so many defenders left in the buff, they are so wide open?Sure, Favre had a down season, but it wasn’t all his fault, as half of those interceptions were just as much the fault of opposing defensive linemen double-daring him to throw with his eyes closed. It also didn’t help that half of Green Bay’s starting lineup was a J.V. unit last season, or that the Chicago Bears had the best quarterback and defense in the division.The sad fact for Packer fans is that Favre will probably run for governor — in Missisippi, and go spend more time with his Dungeons and Dragons buddies at 7-11.Regardless though, Favre’s legacy will live on, and to me he will always be the guy who backed up Chris Miller and Billie Joe Tolliver in Atlanta.Dave McGrath is a senior majoring in English and journalism. Please send your filled out column to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former Wisconsin offensive lineman and NFL Hall of Famer Michael Webster starred on the Super Bowl-winning Pittsburgh Steelers teams of the 1970s, and with 177 consecutive games played to start his career, was best remembered for his grit and toughness — two golden adjectives when it comes to football.“Iron Mike” died at age 50 from a heart attack after suffering complications from the multiple concussions he sustained in his playing days. By the end of his life, the brain damage to his frontal lobe had led to unemployment and debt, significantly deteriorating his quality of life.Former Wisconsin wide receiver Al Toon left Wisconsin as one of the most prolific pass catchers in school history to become a first-round pick in the NFL.After playing eight years in the pros, nine total concussions forced him to retire at age 29.In more recent Wisconsin history, Kyle Jefferson suffered in 2007 one of the most gruesome concussions that ESPN has ever shown on “SportsCenter” — type Kyle Jefferson into YouTube to view the carnage — and the now-junior receiver has seen his playing time severely decline ever since.Like most schools, Wisconsin has seen its fair share of problems caused by brain injuries.This year, the Badgers’ list of victims felled for at least one game by a head injury include All-Big Ten tight end Garrett Graham, running back Zach Brown and full back Bradie Ewing.“I see myself watching ESPN, and then, if somebody has a concussion, I may look into it,” Brown said. “It just sticks out to me more when I see somebody get a concussion where before, I didn’t really think nothing of it.“I was nervous to get out there and see how that first hit feels. Just to make sure that I’m OK, because you always hear about how if you get hit again that can put you out for the rest of your career and stuff.”The processSo, what is the difference between a hit that just leaves you stunned and one that puts a permanent mark on your brain?Unfortunately, players rarely know the difference.In Brown’s case, the junior running back played for two more quarters against Ohio State before permanently being pulled from the game.“The hit that caused the concussion was real early in the game,” Brown said. “It really didn’t put me out until the second half when I got hit again. At first, I definitely didn’t know I had a concussion.”According to Dennis Helwig, the assistant AD for athletic medicine, Brown’s case is more the rule than the exception, and continuing to play with a concussion before noticing is not uncommon.“A lot of times we see it first,” Helwig said of concussions suffered during a game. “We are observing the athletes as they come off the sidelines after they collide heads and watching their movements. Sometimes then athletes will self-report.”“With me, they just noticed I wasn’t the same,” Brown added. “I guess they saw me rocking side to side, not able to focus.”The treatmentAt Wisconsin, treatment for concussions starts the day an athlete dons the cardinal and white.Along with adjusting to a new city, new classes and new teammates, UW players are given a simple test to be kept on record for their next four years — a neuropsych exam called an “ImPACT test.”“For all of our contact sports, we do a neuropsych testing called ‘ImPACT,’” Helwig said. “We pre-baseline test all of our athletes that are any way involved in contact sports. So, if they do have an injury, we can go back and look at what their baselines are.”The day after a brain injury starts a process of checking on symptoms typically associated with concussions, stimulating the body and brain through exercise, and then repeating the whole process over again.Depending on how severe the injury is, the process can repeat itself multiple times a day for up to a week.“I just took one test where you rate from one to 10 how your symptoms are feeling,” Brown said. “It’s a one to 10 on certain questions like ‘Are you dizzy, feeling nauseous, headache?’ — stuff like that. Then I would ride the bike for 10 minutes. Then tell them my symptoms.”After an athlete “passes” the symptoms check, it is time to take yet another “ImPACT test.”“What we have been finding is a lot of brain activity after a concussion can actually increase your symptoms,” Helwig said. “What we do is monitor the reporting of the symptoms. When those symptoms seem to level off, that is when we will administer the ‘ImPACT’ test again, and we will take a look at that, which really tells us more about how the brain is functioning and how far they are away from baseline. That is usually done after the first 48 hours.”Once symptoms have returned to normal levels, UW athletes are gradually allowed to return to practice — but only after passing another test each step of the way.Finally, when the symptoms have completely subsided, the player is allowed to return to full contact.“Bigger changes over the last five years is there have been some changes in how we manage [concussions],” David Smith, an MD serving a two-year fellowship in sports medicine with an emphasis on concussions, said. “There used to be a couple of rules that we had to follow. … Basically, what they tried to do before is if someone has symptoms ‘x,’ ‘y’ and ‘z,’ you would hold them out longer or shorter. We looked back at those rules and they really aren’t based in anything. Now, if you have a concussion, you will be held out until symptoms are completely gone.”For Brown, it took a week to return to the practice field and three games before he touched the ball again.The junior laughed when he recalled all the tests he had to go through before being cleared to play again.To this point, Brown says he hasn’t felt any recurring symptoms.“With me, I waited a whole week [before contact],” Brown said. “It took a whole week for my symptoms to go away and for me to feel like I was ready to hit again.”Hopeful preventionPleasant for most of the discussion, Helwig only flares up when it is suggested concussions becoming a recent “hot button” issue in the media has spurred athletic medicine to start taking the injuries more seriously.A part of the UW staff for 20-plus years, he says brain injuries have been an important ongoing concern from day one.“Understand that we have been concerned about this for a long period of time, not just since it entered the popular press,” Helwig said. “It doesn’t raise anymore concern now than it did before. We have always been concerned about it.“I certainly have been going to professional meetings where this has been the big topic for a long time.”So, what has been coming out of these meetings?The effects of multiple concussions, for one.“In general, the question of multiple brain injuries is kind of interesting,” Helwig said. “One has to look at concussions as a single event. In and of itself, the brain is very sensitive and what we have to determine and do a better job of is where in the brain has the injury occurred. It would be like saying, this football player has had multiple bruises. OK, well is one bruise on his thigh and the other on his shoulder? Now does all of that add up to something that’s bad? The brain has a lot of different areas, and it depends upon the type of force and the resultant injury that takes part in a very specific part of the brain. Just saying they have had multiple concussions in and of itself doesn’t tell you anything.”According to Helwig, there have been two important advancements to help prevent brain injuries in football — the sport receiving the most notoriety right now in the “popular press.”Advancement in helmet technology — the materials used, the helmet shape and the way it fits — have led to more-protected players.More importantly, helmets at Wisconsin are fitted by the equipment staff, not allowing players to choose how loose they would like it as is allowed in the NFL.“We are in the best situation possible with full-time equipment managers who fit the helmets, and the helmets are obviously certified with all the research that is going into the new technology,” Helwig said.Helwig also happily concedes that with concussions becoming a big issue recently in the mainstream media, high school sports have begun to look at the issue more seriously.According to Smith, the more attention the “concussion issue in football” receives, the more money is poured into research and prevention.Giving high school athletes more information has been a big key for limiting permanent effects from brain injuries.“Before, we would have no idea about these kids’ histories, but now, high schools are doing a much better job treating it and testing for it, and that kind of thing,” Helwig said. “If we can see their baseline in high school, that gives us more information for how serious the injury is.”Still, with all of the attention paid to concussions in the past five years, our knowledge about the long-term effects of these brain injuries remain woefully incomplete.Although diseases such as dementia, schizophrenia and the extremely vague “post-concussion syndrome” have all been linked to concussions, no definitive data has come to light yet.“The simple answer is we really don’t know,” Smith said about the aftereffect of concussions. “Concussions are very common — I believe it’s around 300,000 a year in U.S. sports. But how many of those lead to more problems we don’t know yet.”
Arthur John “Jack” Langguth, professor emeritus at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, died on Monday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 81.Front line · Professor emeritus Arthur Languth, 81, served as the Saigon bureau chief for the New York Times in 1964, during the Vietnam War. – Courtesy of USC Annenberg Langguth died of respiratory failure, his close friends told the New York Times.After growing up an only child in Minneapolis, Langguth went on to graduate from Harvard College in 1955. As a journalist, Langguth reported on the front lines during a turbulent period. He covered John F. Kennedy’s 1960 presidential campaign for Look magazine before joining the New York Times. During the Vietnam War, he served as a Southeast Asia correspondent for the newspaper in 1964 and the Saigon bureau chief in 1965.Langguth authored more than a dozen books, including Our Vietnam: The War 1954-1975 and Patriots: The Men Who Started the American Revolution. His latest book, After Lincoln: How the North Won the Civil War and Lost the Peace, about the Reconstruction period in America, will be released by Simon & Schuster in September.Former students and colleagues shared their memories of Langguth on social media.Annenberg professor Joe Saltzman, who first met Langguth in 1962 at the Valley Times Today in Los Angeles, reflected on his friendship with Langguth in a series of posts on Facebook and in an article on the Annenberg website.“Jack was the kindest man I know when it came to anyone who asked his help,” Saltzman wrote. “He was mentor to dozens of young writers — looking over their work, making razor-sharp suggestions for improvement, helping them get a publisher or an agent. And he was as loyal a friend as anyone could ever have.”A former student, Elson Trinidad, now a writer for KCET.org, took to Twitter to voice his sadness.“The greatest thing Dr. Jack Langguth taught me at @USCAnnenberg was confidence in my own writing. Thanks & RIP, sir,” Trinidad wrote.Langguth left no surviving family members.