KENNEDALE, Texas (March 1) – Glen Hibbard checked out on everybody before taking the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified checkers Saturday at Kennedale Speedway Park.Hibbard started the Spring Kick-Off main event from outside row one and led all 20 circuits to take the $600 victory and career-first Texas Lone Star Series win.“We hit the set up dead on,” said Hibbard, who piloted a new Phoenix Race Chassis across the stripe. A couple restarts and lapped traffic didn’t slow Hibbard much as he won comfortably ahead of Jeff Emerson, Keith White, J.P. Dowell and Chris Elliott. Also winning tour features were defending champion Gabe Tucker in the Southwest Racing Specialties Southern SportMod Lone Star Series main and Kirk Martin in the Wild Child Race Cars Stock Car headliner.Tucker wheeled the same Express car he won the 2013 Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod national title in to his first triumph of the new season.He started seventh, was running at the front by midway and held off Justin Cass and Jake Upchurch following restarts with six and then four laps left.“It was good to get the win but we didn’t do anything wild to celebrate,” Tucker said. “We checked the nuts and bolts and went over the car to get ready for the next race.”Cass, Upchurch, Jon White Jr. and Alex Hickham rounded out top five. Planning an ambitious 2014 season, Martin started fifth and reeled in long-time leader Tucker with a lap and a half left to prevail in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature. “I was racing against the best of the South. It was very exciting for me to win that race,” said Martin, powered by a new motor package provide by Tanglewood Oil Field Services. “We changed our setup on our (2012) Medieval Chassis and it was the best, fastest car we’ve ever had.”Tucker, Jay Bransom, Matt Guillaume and Jeremy Carter completed the top five.After an early spin, Chad Wilson took home the $800 IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Car win.Wilson started eighth and was quickly into second before spinning. He got moving again before the yellow flew for an incident elsewhere on the track, got his spot back and led the last 15 of 20 laps.Working traffic on the high side, he put some distance on his nearest challengers following a restart with three to go. Jeff Day, Josh Hawkins, John Ricketts and Claud Estes followed at the finish.“It was a pretty cool night for us,” Wilson said. “My dad passed away a year ago this weekend. This was pretty special for all of us.”Sunday’s Lone Star Series program was lost to inclement weather. Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Glen Hibbard; 2. Jeff Emerson; 3. Keith White; 4. J.P. Dowell; 5. Chris Elliott; 6. Josh McGaha; 7. Chris Bragg; 8. Jay Bransom; 9. Matt Martin; 10. Justin Radcliff; 11. Chad Melton; 12. Dean Abbey; 13. Kevin Rutherford; 14. Ronnie Welborn; 15. Ben Ketteman; 16. Thomas Walp; 17. Tommy Williams; 18. Marvin Skinner; 19. Robert McKinney; 20. Travis Mosley; 21. Don Chamblee; 22. David Cook; 23. Jack Sartain; 24. Chase Allen; 25. Richard Walp; 26. Jeremy Willis. Southern SportMods – 1. Gabe Tucker; 2. Justin Cass; 3. Jake Upchurch; 4. Jon White Jr.; 5. Alex Hickham; 6. Michael Martin; 7. Brad Shirley; 8. Cory Williams; 9. Allen Montgomery; 10. Jeff Reynolds; 11. Jarrett Roberts; 12. Justin Long; 13. Jeffrey Abbey; 14. Jay Coone; 15. Chris Grusendorf; 16. Jacob Pirkle; 17. Randy Doyle; 18. Justin Shaw; 19. Preston Manka; 20. James Skinner; 21. Bobby Ortega; 22. Wes Cummings; 23. Duain Pritchett; 24. G.W. Egbert IV.Stock Cars – 1. Kirk Martin; 2. Gabe Tucker; 3. Jay Bransom; 4. Matt Guillaume; 5. Jeremy Carter; 6. Colby Deming; 7. Tyler Muirhead; 8. Kevin Sustaire; 9. Levi Hodges; 10. Michael Sheen; 11. Doogie Hauser; 12. Jason Batt; 13. Steven Orebaugh; 14. Billy Wade; 15. Randy Martin; 16. Roman Garcia; 17. Mart Wampler; 18. Thomas Schmidt; 19. Damon Hammond; 20. Duain Pritchett; 21. Tristan Carman; 22. David Bissonnette; 23. Bob Staiert; 24. Brandon Williams; 25. Willie Cook; 26. Adam Schwarz. Sprint Cars – 1. Chad Wilson; 2. Jeff Day; 3. Josh Hawkins; 4. John Ricketts; 5. Claud Estes; 6. Jeb Sessums; 7. Justin Fifield; 8. Michelle Melton; 9. Logan Scherb; 10. Jeff Emerson; 11. Scott Petersen; 12. Shawn Mize; 13. Colby Estes; 14. Chipper Wood; 15. Marcus Thomas; 16. Regan Hawkins; 17. Elizabeth Richardson; 18. Shane Redline; 19. Tony Dowd; 20. Ryan Hall; 21. Bobby Ruffin; 22. Chase Brewer; 23. Kyle Jones; 24. Justin Melton; 25. Anton Hernandez.
The Varsity Lady Cats fell to Hagertown in 3 sets. 25-17, 25-15, 25-7Kelaey Vail had 1 ace serve and 2 digs. Rachel Bischoff lead the team with 3 kills, 1 block and 1 dig. Charlotte Barrett, Rae Ertel and Anna Sacksteder each had 1 kill. Makyah Richardson had 2 blocks, 1 dig and 1 assist. Audrey Reister had 2 assists. Kelly Layton had 1 assist. Jalynn Rogers had 3 digs.‘We are still trying to find our momentum. The girls played well the first 2 sets and by the 3rd one, I’m not sure what actually happened. We are a talented team and we just need to get in sync and get rowdy. We ate playing are very somber pace. Volleyball needs enthusiasm and excitement along with talent. We will get there, just need to light the fire.’ Wildcats Coach Jill Mergenthal.We are on the road to EIAC Connersville Sat. Aug.24th. JV start time is 11am. Come out and cheer on your Lady Cats. WE ARE FC!!!Our junior varsity fell short to Hagerstown losing in two sets. 25-12, 25-13The girls put up a great fight playing hard until the end. Alex Gillman and Josie Rolfes played strong defense at the net with blocks and touches. We had good passes and serving all around as well.I have high hopes as our team travels to EIAC opponent Connersville this Saturday. Go Cats!Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Logan Allen. read more
Osgood, IN —Ripley County Food Pantry in Osgood will be hosting a Mobile Food Pantry Givaway at the Fairgrounds today from 4-6 pm or until all food is gone. The event is a drive-thru style event. Please stay in your car and food will be brought to you by a volunteer.
He added: “Firstly they forced the player to travel, then they forced him to play 90 minutes after being injured and had a centre-back on the bench who did not play at all, in a friendly game knowing they do not even go to the European Championship. For me, that is difficult to understand.” Wenger continued: “The friendlies are becoming more and more difficult to accept for everybody. “I was always in favour of using the players for official games and I never asked any player not to go 100 per cent for his country when it is a qualifier or a big competition, but the friendlies are becoming more and more difficult, especially in this period.” Arsenal played Spurs at Sunday lunchtime, and will host AC Milan for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday night, which is all but over following a 4-0 defeat in Italy a fortnight ago. Wenger believes such a schedule makes it “impossible” to get the best out of players for both club and country, and said: “For us it is vital we do not lose the players now. If you go into a period like that with players already touched (by injury) you have more chances to lose the players. “We are the only team in the world who had that schedule so it is very difficult to understand that our players had to go injured to Greece and play 90 minutes for Belgium. That’s frankly not defendable. “It is disrespectful to the players as well as me.” ARSENE WENGER has hit out at the international friendly schedule and revealed Arsenal are considering lodging an official complaint against the Belgian association after the Gunners boss claimed they “forced” injured defender Thomas Vermaelen to play a full match in midweek. The Gunners head to Liverpool on Saturday for what is a key clash in their quest to maintain a top-four place in the Barclays Premier League, having thrashed arch-rivals Tottenham 5-2 last weekend. Like most Premier League clubs, Arsenal’s squad have jetted around the globe during the latest round of international friendlies, but Wenger was left seething at the use of Vermaelen for their game in Greece, and said: “It looks like Belgium has made a decision which I still do not understand and we will look to see if we can put a complaint in.” Press Association read more
With the World Cup less than a year off McClean decided he needed to act and ensure he played first-team football on a regular basis, eventually settling on a move to the Latics. Following Sunday’s Wembley encounter with the Premier League champions, McClean has linked up with the Ireland squad preparing for Wednesday’s friendly against Wales in Cardiff, and is competing with Jon Walters and Robbie Brady for a starting spot. And the former Derry City man has no doubt he will remain part of Giovanni Trapattoni’s plans following his move to the DW Stadium. He said: “I don’t see it as a step down, it might be in terms of leagues but it is still a very hard competition. “I see it as two steps forward. It was about moving my career on and there is a good squad there. “Hopefully at the first time of asking we can go back in the Premier League and I’m sure we will. “It was great to get some game time under my belt after a pre-season without much game time but it’s now that you want to be hitting your stride and hopefully I can build from here. “I want to play as much as I can.” Press Association James McClean has no fears dropping down a division will harm his international aspirations. The 24-year-old Ireland international took a pay cut to move from Barclays Premier League side Sunderland to relegated Wigan, making his debut in Sunday’s Community Shield defeat by Manchester United. The winger looked to have dropped down the pecking order at the Stadium of Light following Paolo Di Canio’s acquisitions of Emanuele Giaccherini and David Moberg Karlsson during the summer. While McClean has been an established part of the Ireland set-up since Euro 2012, Yeovil’s Paddy Madden is taking his first steps in international football. The uncapped Glovers forward, who top scored in League One to help the club reach the Sky Bet Championship, has been called up after Trapattoni was hit by a spate of injuries to attacking players. The 23-year-old said: “It’s an amazing feeling. It is something you dream about and I am here now and want to enjoy it. I feel comfortable here, the lads have been great to me. “I can see the standard of the players here, that extra bit of quality you need to play at the highest level. I am just happy to be here and it would be fantastic if I get a run-out on Wednesday.” read more
“We had a little bit of a setback and we are a bit worried with the knock he picked up against Hull,” said the Toffees boss. “I am a bit concerned with his knee because he is someone who gets through anything. “Little niggles will never stop him from playing or being available and I have never seen him like this. We need to make sure we get to the root of the problem. “We are going to assess him again and see because it is a little bit more serious than expected. “He has over-extended the knee. It is something we need to find out about over the next couple of days. “We have to do a couple more tests to see how the knee is reacting.” Kone’s former Wigan team-mate Antolin Alcaraz, who has yet to make his Everton debut after being sidelined by a hernia problem since signing in the summer, will be available for selection later this month. “Antolin is progressing really well but he is not going to be ready until the next international break,” added Martinez. Everton manager Roberto Martinez admits he is worried by a knee injury to striker Arouna Kone. The Ivory Coast international sustained the problem in the 2-1 win over Hull on October 19 and missed last week’s win at Aston Villa. He is set to miss Sunday’s visit of Tottenham but Martinez does not yet know how long the forward, whose Everton career has yet to take off after following his manager from Wigan in the summer, will be out for. Press Association read more
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights While a decision like this is never easy, I also feel that it is the right time for me to pass on the baton. I will still be available to play international and domestic T20 cricket, but would also like to invest more time towards my growing family, who are my number one priority. I have been privileged to live out my dream playing a sport I love, and I am forever grateful for the support I have received from my teammates, coaches, family, friends, and fans throughout the years.Duminy has played 193 ODIs so far – scoring 5047 runs at an average of 37.39 – in addition to bagging 68 wickets. The 2019 World Cup will be Duminy’s third appearance in the tournament, having featured for South Africa in 2011 in the subcontinent and in 2015 in Australia and New Zealand. The announcement comes close on the heels of Imran Tahir’s, who also revealed that the mega-event in England will be his last in ODI colours.Meanwhile, South Africa will be up against Sri Lanka in the last of five-match series on March 16. The ODI series is scheduled to be followed by the T20 International series which will begin on March 19. South Africa will play their first World Cup game against India on June 5 at the Rose Bowl, Southampton. Duminy set to retire post-ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. South Africa will play Sri Lanka in a one-day International game today. South Africa will play their first World Cup game against India on June 5 at the Rose Bowl, Southampton. New Delhi: JP Duminy, who has been as successful as anyone in the middle-order for South Africa is set to hang his boots from one-day International cricket after the conclusion of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 which is scheduled to happen later this year. The left-handed batsman, however, will be available for selection for South Africa for T20 Internationals. Duminy had earlier announced retirement from the longest format of the game in September 2017 after donning the white jersey in 46 International games for the Proteas. “The last few months on the sidelines have given me an opportunity to re-assess my career going forward and to plot some goals I’d like to achieve in the future,” he said about his decision.” read more
Duro Ikhazuagbe The silent revolution started by Chinese football authorities is spreading like fire in harmattan season. Odion Ighalo’s 20 million pound move to Changchum Yatai last night on the transfer deadline day capped the drift to the Far East. Before Yatai secured the signature of the Super Eagles forward, Shanghai Shenhua was also reported to have tabled offers for the 27-year-old Nigerian forward.Three other clubs from the Chinese Super League were also linked to the striker who dropped out of the pecking order at Watford.Before Ighalo’s move, his Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi had left Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge recently to pitch tenth with Tianjin Teda in the early days of the January winter window.Other Nigerian players like Anthony Ujah, John Utaka, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Obafemi Martins, Garba Lawal and several others had gone to the Asian country to earn some of the mouth-watery wages they are paying.Before the sudden rush of Nigerian players for the cash on offer in China, the likes of former Manchester United star, Carlo Tevez had ‘seen the light’, moving to the CSL for a record transfer fee of $41million-a-year contract at Shanghai Shenhua.Tevez sealed a two-year deal with the Chinese Super League team, which paid an $11 million fee to his former club Boca Juniors for the transfer.According to reports from China, the breakdown of Tevez’s enormous new earning power makes for eye-watering reading; his contract nets him a gross $808,000 a week, $115,000 a day, $4,800 an hour or $80 a minute! Although he has since denied the figures but those close to the Argentine international insists the figures are very close to the fact of the matter.Officially, Tevez has become the world’s highest-paid footballer!Italy’s Grazziano Pelle, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Gervinho, Hulk, Alex Teixeira, Gael Kakuta, Demba Ba, Carlo Tevez, Ramirez, these are just some of the other top players whose skills will be on display when the new season kicks off early February. Brazil international Oscar moved from Chelsea to Shenhua’s city rivals Shanghai SIPG for a reported £60 million ($73 million).But what exactly is the pull why big players from the European league are trooping to China? Qasim Elegbede, Content Marketing Manager of StarTimes pay TV channel that has the broadcast rights to air the Chinese Super League in Nigeria and other countries in Sub Saharan Africa told a select sports writers at the weekend that the desire to bring quality to the league is what is behind the high wages attracting most of the big names in Europe.“The reason for the influx of foreign players into the Chinese Super League is not far-fetched. The Chinese want to improve their league, starting with some of the best quality players they can get. Mind you, when the Chinese set their mind to get something they get the job done. It is with that spirit that they want to succeed with this football league they have started,” observed Elegbede, a former sports journalist with Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports titles.He insisted that Nigerians should not forget that China is the most populous country in the world and has a very strong economy.“We should not forget that they are the most populous nation in the world and they are passionate about football. So this is why they are luring the big boys from European leagues, from the South American leagues and others around the world to come and teach their boys how to play. And of course in a matter of time I believe the league will become one to reckon with. Make no mistake, when the Chinese set their mind on something, they often get it done. They achieve their goal,” he noted.Despite the fears in certain quarters that the high wages may not be sustainable, Elegbede begs to differ. “It is an interesting model right now. When compared with players’ wages in Europe and South American countries, it is outrageous. But one fact we should not forget is that; In the last seven years why are the big teams in Europe rushing to do their preseason training Asia? Why do they go there? They all know that the population is there, the purchasing power is there also. They know also that they have the money to spend. So I am not really surprised at the sudden rush for big players to go to China. I believe they have the economy to sustain it.”He expressed his satisfaction with the fact that StarTimes has the right to showcase the CSL to Nigerians. “Speaking from StarTimes perspective, it is good that we are starting with them very early in the life of the league. We believe that in the next couple of years from now, the Chinese League will become so big like the German Bundesliga, the English Premier League or even the Spanish La Liga that the struggle to get a piece of the action will become very stiff. We are lucky to be with them as the only platform to see the league in Sub Sahara Africa. Take for instance, John Mikel Obi is captain of Nigeria’s Super Eagles. Where does he play now? He plays in China. How can Nigerians monitor his progress if this platform for the Chinese League is not here? How do you know if he merits being called to play for Eagles if you don’t see his play? This does not apply to just Mikel. The Chinese League now has a chunk of players in the diaspora. There are players from Europe, South America, Africa and from other continents. I can go on to reel out some of the popular players in Europe who are now regular part of the league. “You can see that it is not just a place for players on the verge of retirement to go and earn pension. You can see both old and young players who are playing there and earning good wages. The very essence of bringing big players to the Chinese League is for their young players to learn and become skillful.While admitting that such players as Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka may have had not too satisfying time in the CSL, two previous World Cup winners Marcelo Lippi and Filipe Scolari are working to improve the quality in China.The StarTimes executive dismissed Gernot Rohr’ warning to younger Nigerian players to forget playing for Eagles if they go to play in China.“Such a generalized statement ought not to come from an experienced coach of Rohr’s calibre. Do you remember former Indomitable Lions of Cameroon player Patrick Mboma where he was playing when he led his country to beat Super Eagles in the final of the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations at the main-bowl of the National Stadium in Lagos? He was playing in Japan’s J-League. It is not right for anyone to say that because you are playing in the Chinese League it is not proper to play for the national team. Mboma was playing the J-League yet caused Nigerians heartaches when Cameroon defeated us to lift the trophy. I believe that if Rohr sees a good Nigerian talent in the Chinese League he will not hesitate to invite him to Eagles.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram read more
AFCON 2019Says future of Nigerian football looking brighterFormer Super Eagles Captain, Nwankwo Kanu has hailed the amazing display of the Dream Team VII after they overturned a 2-0 first leg deficit to wallop Libya 4-0 in Asaba on Monday, saying they should be given opportunities in the senior national team.Having led Nigeria to her first Olympic football gold medal in 1996, the former African Footballer of the Year has now thrown his weight behind the trio of Kelechi Nwakali, Samuel Chukwueze and Victor Osimhen to step up and also rub shoulders with the Super Eagles. Nwankwo Kanu Papilo, who spoke to AOIFootball.com exclusively, stated categorically that Coach Gernot Rohr must give the trio an opportunity to showcase their talents with the senior side whilst heaping special praises on Nwakali whom he believes would be a positive addition to the Super Eagles ahead of this year’s AFCON.“I was very impressed with the overall performance of the team on Monday. The boys reenacted the spirit of the Dream Team and fought till the end, showing class over their opponents. Now it’s time for them to build on it and ensure they qualify for the tournament proper.“Again Kelechi Nwakali showed his worth and dominated the midfield, I believe he has come of age and should be given a chance with the senior national team. The AFCON is just three months away so we must select our best legs in the tournament.“Also, Chukwueze showed he has plenty to offer and the hat-trick boy, Osimhen also showed good promise. I believe the future remains bright for Nigerian football,” Kanu concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram read more
INDIANAPOLIS — Despite a career-best performance by junior guard Alyssa Karel and a close matchup throughout, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team lost Saturday to Ohio State for the third time this season.The Buckeye duo of Samantha Prahalis and Jantel Lavender combined for 56 points to propel top-seeded Ohio State to an 82-73 victory over Wisconsin in the semifinal round of the Big Ten Tournament in front of 7,471 fans at Conseco Fieldhouse.Ohio State improved to 29-4 on the season and went 34-of-38 (89.5 percent) from the free-throw line compared to Wisconsin’s 14-of-19 (73.7 percent). The Badgers fell to 21-10 overall.Karel led all players with a career-high 31 points for Wisconsin, going 10-of-15 from the field, including a perfect 5-for-5 from 3-point range and 6-of-7 from the free throw line. The junior guard was just four points shy of tying the Big Ten Tournament record of 35 points.Junior forward Lin Zastrow finished with 14 points and five rebounds for the Badgers, while senior guard Teah Gant had 12 points, four boards, five assists, three blocks and one steal. Senior guard Rae Lin D’Alie had seven points, seven boards, three assists and one steal.The game pitted the Big Ten’s top scoring offense in Ohio State (78.1 points per game) against the top-scoring defense in Wisconsin (55.1 points allowed per game).Wisconsin led for most of the game until Prahalis hit a three with 9:19 remaining to give Ohio State a 62-60 lead, the team’s first lead since holding a 2-0 advantage just 14 seconds into the game.Neither team pulled away by more than three points over the next 5:27. Lavender went to the line with 3:52 remaining and made both to put OSU up 73-72. The Buckeyes rattled off three more buckets to string together a 7-0 run.Karel went 1-of-2 from the line with 1:34 remaining and trimmed the deficit to five at 78-73, but Ohio State made four straight free throws to seal the victory. The Badgers missed their last six shots of the game as OSU outscored UW 11-1 over the final 3:52.Both teams had seven turnovers, tying Wisconsin’s season low. The Buckeyes out-rebounded the Badgers 39-31.Wisconsin shot 26-of-57 (45.6 percent) from the field to Ohio State’s 21-of-54 (38.9 percent). The difference in the game was free throws, though, as the Buckeyes got 34 points from the line, including 11-for-11 by Prahalis.The Badgers led 41-37 after a tight first half. The score was tied six different times in the opening half, but the lead only changed once — when Tara Steinbauer hit a three to put the Badgers up 3-2 just 31 seconds into the game.Wisconsin’s largest lead was seven at 41-34 with 1:20 remaining in the opening half. UW used a 9-2 run to break a 32-32 tie with 4:03 remaining to take the seven-point lead before the Buckeyes used a three-point play by Tayler Hill to come within four to close the half.Wisconsin shot 16-of-29 (55.2 percent) from the field in the first half, including 4-of-5 (80 percent) from 3-point range. Meanwhile, Ohio State was 12-of-29 (41.4 percent) and 5-of-10 (50 percent) from beyond the arc.Karel led all players with 14 points in the first half, while Prahalis had 11 points and four boards for OSU. D’Alie posted seven points and six rebounds.The Badgers opened the second half with a layup by Zastrow to extend their lead back to six, but Ohio State quickly tied it up at 46-46 with 16:17 remaining.Wisconsin answered with a 9-2 run, capped by a Karel 3-pointer with 13:18 remaining to tie UW’s largest lead of the game at seven, 55-48.A 7-1 OSU run cut Wisconsin’s lead to one at 58-57 with 10:33 on the clock. The Buckeyes took the lead on a Prahalis trey with 9:19 remaining and Wisconsin could not regain more than a one-point lead. The Badgers’ last lead was 72-71 with 4:17 to play.–UWBadgers.com read more