Big Daddy now has new, big role in Southern Hobby Stock Region

first_imgNORFOLK, Neb. – Every driver in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock division will be in the running for post-season cash awards from Big Daddy Race Cars.The Norfolk, Neb., chassis builder becomes title sponsor of the division’s Southern Region while returning for a fourth season in the same role in the Northern Region.Big Daddy will furnish a portion of the point fund to be paid to the top five drivers in the respective regions. All drivers must display two Big Daddy Race Cars decals to be eligible for point fund shares; those decals will be included in packets mailed beginning in March.“Adding this title sponsorship helps us gain exposure and hopefully sell more cars in another region, while giving something back financially to more drivers,” said Big Daddy owner Dale Bittner. “Our cars have finished consistently in the top 20 national standings. When I get on the IMCA website to check out points we typically have between five and eight cars in the top 20.”The first car Big Daddy built in 2005 was actually a Stock Car. Big Daddy-made Hobby Stocks have since raced to national, regional, state and special series titles in addition to numerous track championships.Tracks in the Big Daddy Race Cars Southern Region are in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Northern Region tracks are in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.Point fund checks will be presented during the national awards banquet in November.Information about Big Daddy-built chassis is available by calling 402 371-1927 or 402 841-4119, and on Facebook.“The success of the title role in the North has parlayed itself into expanding that footprint to the Southern region,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “Big Daddy Race Cars has been very supportive of our Hobby Stock drivers since they began and this is just another step to demonstrate that support.”last_img read more

2019 Indiana State Fair theme ‘Heroes In The Heartland’

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — To pay tribute to the heroism of everyday Hoosiers, the Indiana State Fair announces that its 2019 theme is HEROES IN THE HEARTLAND presented by Indiana Donor Network.  Throughout the 17-day event, slated for August 2 -18, the Indiana State Fair will salute Hoosier farmers, first responders, educators, members of the Armed Forces, and many others who keep us safe and make us proud. The Fair will celebrate our nurturers, protectors, guardians and, guides. Additionally, each day during the fair, Super Heroes featured in box office movies will be highlighted.“We’re proud to honor individuals whose exceptional commitment and caring enrich our lives,” said Cindy Hoye, executive director, Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center. “The Indiana State Fair is uniquely positioned to offer connections and experiences that recognize and celebrate our state’s Heroes in the Heartland.”Kellie Hanner, Indiana Donor Network president and chief executive officer, stated, “Indiana Donor Network is excited to present the 2019 Indiana State Fair theme, ‘Heroes in the Heartland,’ which is so appropriate for our cause. Each day, we honor our donor heroes and their families, the professionals that make donation happen, our volunteers and advocates, and the 115,000 men, women and children who are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. This year’s fair will help us shed more light on the important issue of donation and inspire more Hoosiers to be someone’s hero and register as organ, tissue and eye donors.”As part of the fair’s theme activation, Hoosiers are encouraged to click here to honor their personal heroes. The State Fair will include these stories in their 2019 Fair campaign, “Who’s Your Hero?” For more information, view the fair’s theme announcement video here.last_img read more

Lewandowski is Germany’s ‘Footballer of the year’

first_imgRelatedPosts Record-breaking Lewandowski sparkles as Bayern Munich win again Bayern down Dortmund, close on Bundesliga title Thomas Muller extends Bayern deal until 2023 Polish forward Robert Lewandowski has been voted Germany’s “Footballer of the year” for helping Bayern Munich to a Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble.Kicker magazine announced Sunday that Lewandowski received 276 votes in a poll among sports journalists for the prize, significantly more than his next-placed teammates Thomas Müller (54 votes) and Joshua Kimmich (49). The 32-year-old Lewandowski finished the past season as top scorer in the Bundesliga (34 goals), German Cup (six) and Champions League (15).“I worked hard on my performances and for the whole team, which played brilliantly, nationally and internationally,” said Lewandowski, who scored 55 goals in 47 competitive games last season.Bayern coach Hansi Flick was voted “coach of the year” for his part in helping the Bavarian powerhouse to the treble.Tags: Bayern coach Hansi FlickGermany’s Footballer of the yearJoshua KimmichLewandowskiThomas Mullerlast_img read more

England Aim To Continue Dominance Against West Indies

first_imgSouthampton: Tournament favorites England will look to continue their dominance when they take on power-packed West Indies in their fourth encounter of the ongoing World Cup at The Rose Bowl, here on Friday.England, who started off their campaign in an impressive manner winning comfortably against South Africa, faced a shock defeat at the hands of Pakistan in their second encounter. However, they came back strongly and aced every department against Bangladesh as they first put up 386/6 on board and then bundled them out for 280 in the 49th over.The hosts would want to continue with the crucial form of Jason Roy, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan.In bowling, they have the likes of Jofra Archer who can bamboozle any opposition with his extreme pace and bounce. In Ben Stokes, they have an all-rounder who can give them priceless overs in the middle and score brisk runs whenever required. Also, they have Adil Rashid and Mark Wood who are more than capable of taking wickets at any stage of the game.Meanwhile, wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler has been declared fit to play against the West Indies. Buttler, who scored 64 from 44 balls in Saturday’s win, did not take the field after suffering heavy bruising to his right hip with Jonny Bairstow taking over as wicketkeeper.On the other hand, Windies will hope that their bowlers come with a much improved performance as compared to the one they came out against Australia where they squandered the early advantage and conceded a total of around 300. Their batsmen also need to come to the party and make sure they play with application and concentration. Their shot selection was poor against the defending champions and that would be something which Jason Holder would desperatley want them to work on.England, with two wins in three matches, are sitting at the third spot in the points table whereas West Indies are at the sixth position with three points. And a loss in Friday’s match would make the journey tougher for both the teams in the upcoming matches. IANSAlso Read: World Cup 2019: England ride Jason Roy’s ton to script big win over Bangladeshlast_img read more

Freshman takes quick route to starting job

first_imgGREG SCHMITZ/Herald photoSome football players wait years for their chance to come in and make a difference. For some, the process is gradual, but for others, like Badgers freshman wide receiver Kyle Jefferson, it can be both abrupt and surprising. “For me, I have to look at it like I’m the next man in,” the 6’5″ Ohio native said. Being “the next man in” in his situation, however, is a little different than a normal drill or substitution.When senior wide out Paul Hubbard, one of the last year’s most important gameday performers, went down in the second half of the UNLV game Saturday, Jefferson was tapped to come in and fill the hole left by the starter.Hubbard tied for the team lead last season in touchdown receptions (5) and finished second in catches (38) and yards per catch (16.5). His exceptional play in the Capital One Bowl versus Arkansas was one of the biggest reasons the Badgers came home from Orlando with a win.Sensing the difficulty of the situation the freshman has been placed in, Hubbard has made sure that Jefferson knows that he and the rest of the offense are behind him.”[Hubbard] told me that I need to just stay focused, take things one at a time, breathe some deep breaths, and when you get your opportunity in the game, just run fast, and if you can make a play, make the play,” Jefferson said.Hubbard’s reassurances were echoed in the huddle as well. “When [Jefferson] came in, everybody looked at him and said, ‘Alright, we’re going to help you out; you can do this,'” senior receiver Luke Swan said. “Kyle has worked really hard so far this year. He’s got good ball skills and can run real well, so I think he has a really good possibility to come in and have a lot of success for us.”As if he didn’t have enough support behind him here at Wisconsin, Jefferson has also been in contact with former Ohio State Buckeye standout Ted Ginn Jr. since he arrived on campus. Jefferson and Ginn, now a member of the Miami Dolphins, played together at Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio. “(Ginn) was like a big brother to me,” Jefferson said. “Playing with him and seeing where he is now and knowing that I came from where he did has helped me out a lot as a player.”Although Jefferson hasn’t talked to Ginn since his ascension to the top of the Badger depth chart, the receiver plans on calling him soon, if only just for “ten minutes of advice” from the longtime friend, who has often told him that the most important thing a player can do is to “go out and perform to your best ability, no matter what.”Lucky for UW coach DelVaughn Alexander and the Badgers, Jefferson has been blessed with plenty of physical abilities that will allow him to do just that. “Kyle got here even before I did this summer doing workouts. When he came back for the start of camp, he was very focused and confident about the things that he could bring to the table as a receiver,” Alexander said.With his tremendous height and sprinter speed, Jefferson needs only game experience to transform himself into the downfield threat he has the potential to be. In terms of his arrival to the top of the wide receiver pecking order, it couldn’t have come at a better time on the schedule. With major conference foes such as Ohio State and Michigan looming in the last three weeks of the season, the offense will not only have time to work with and further develop the wide receiver, but also wait for the return of Hubbard, who has been pegged to miss anywhere from six to eight weeks of the season.Giving Jefferson his chance to develop certainly is the silver lining in the whole Hubbard situation in the eyes of Alexander. “For right now, Kyle needs to approach Citadel on this weekend like it is a Michigan or an Ohio State. … We want his best game to come Saturday,” Alexander said.”But if his best game doesn’t come on then, whether it be because of less production or too many mistakes, we want to have the same person that he always is — the person that, week in and week out, is going to grow more as a player every day he goes out on the field.”If all goes well on Saturday, who knows? Maybe Ten Ginn Jr. will be the one calling Jefferson for ten minutes of advice next week.last_img read more

On The Beat: men’s basketball preseason

first_imgThe Daily Orange men’s basketball beat writers Brett LoGiurato, Tony Olivero and Andrew L. John kick off the season with this preseason edition of On The Beat. Includes major players this year and what to expect from the team overall. Check back at or for more on the team as they continue on this season. Comments Published on November 12, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

Syracuse-Marquette: The matchups, numbers and what to watch for in the Elite Eight Big East duel

first_imgBig number24Points scored by point guard Michael Carter-Williams in Syracuse’s 61-50 win over Indiana, a career high.Free throwSyracuse forward James Southerland’s sister, Sabrina, was named 2013 Girls Athlete of the Year by the Armory Track and Field Center on Thursday.These two teams last met in the NCAA Tournament in 2011 when the Big East had 11 schools selected, forcing a second-round matchup between the No. 3-seed Orange and the No. 11-seed Golden Eagles.The MatchupsStats in 2013 postseason playAdvertisementThis is placeholder textPoint guardMichael Carter-Williams6-6 185 So.10.1 ppg 6.7 apgJunior Cadougan6-1 205 Sr.8.8 ppg 1.0 apgCarter-Williams is as hot as he’s ever been while Cadougan’s tapered off in terms of raw production since the postseason’s started. If the Syracuse point guard shows the same range he did last game, the Orange becomes nearly impossible to defend.Shooting guardBrandon Triche6-4 210 Sr.13.4 ppg 2.9 apgVander Blue6-4 200 Jr.17.8 ppg 1.3 apgUnlike Jordan Hulls, Blue can matchup physically with Triche. That doesn’t mean Triche should stop driving, though. When he does, SU’s offense transforms from predictable pass-and-shoot to a dynamic maze of slashes, dumps and kicks.Small forwardJames Southerland6-8 215 Sr.12.9 ppg 5.5 rpgTrent Lockett6-5 210 Sr.7.0 ppg 8.5 rpgSoutherland’s quiet showing against the Hoosiers hints he’s due to drop a few 3s on Marquette. Ability to stretch the opposing defense aside, this matchup is most crucial on the boards where Southerland is severely underrated.Power forwardC.J. Fair6-8 215 Jr.14.0 ppg 6.4 rpgJuan Anderson6-6 210 So.0.5 ppg 1.8 rpgAnderson’s likely to give way to Jamil Wilson as he only played six minutes against Miami in the Sweet 16. The struggle for either player will be to keep track of Fair around the lane and limit his deadly mid-range jumper.CenterRakeem Christmas6-9 242 So.2.8 ppg 2.6 rpgChris Otule6-11 275 R-Sr.7.0 ppg, 5.3 rpgWhile Otule plays more significant minutes than Christmas, the real center battle will be fought by Baye Moussa Keita and Davante Gardner where Keita, and Christmas, will be tested by an even stronger physical presence than Indiana’s Cody Zeller.CoachesJim Boeheim919-31337 seasonsBuzz Williams136-706 seasonsThe two coaches are no strangers and the Orange zone will surprise no one. Both teams roll about eight-deep. Boeheim’s biggest game planning will have been done on shutting down Davante Gardner and Williams will push his player to hit the defensive glass and keep SU out of the transition play it revels in. Comments Published on March 30, 2013 at 12:48 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

After a long eight months, we’re back

first_imgUntil Thursday, the USC football team hadn’t played a game for exactly 250 days.Long time, isn’t it? Dec. 26, 2009 to Sept. 2, 2010.Really quite a bit of time. So much happened between those two games, too.Don’t believe me?Let’s get to it. I think you’ll find the course of the events resembles a wooden roller coaster.So, the Trojans won that game in December against Boston College in the Emerald Bowl. Of course, even playing in that game was fairly out of character for USC, which had won seven consecutive Pac-10 championships and thus qualified for seven consecutive Rose Bowls.Fast forward two weeks to get the first shock of the offseason, quarterback Aaron Corp, who, just five short months earlier, was slated to be the Trojans’ starting signal-caller. On Jan. 8, Corp announced plans to transfer to the University of Richmond, where he would go on to win the starting job.Little did Corp know that if he had only waited until June, he would’ve been able to freely transfer to any out-of-conference school in the nation without being forced to sit out a year.But we’ll get to that.Anyway, Corp transferred on a Friday. By Sunday, rumors were floating — no, swirling — that then-coach Pete Carroll would resign to coach the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.On Monday, the first day of the spring semester, those rumors were confirmed. Carroll held a final press conference in the Heritage Hall auditorium, where he defended his “business” decision.By Wednesday, former Athletic Director Mike Garrett — we’ll get to him soon — had named a replacement, former USC assistant Lane Kiffin.Kiffin, of course, brought with him a significant following —both bad and good — frenzied by his whirlwind departure from Knoxville, Tenn. Death threats to Kiffin and his wife occurred. In one memorable moment, a Tennessee transplant observing his opening press conference outside Heritage Hall expressed a lack of understanding to how Kiffin could so openly betray Volunteer fans.Kiffin had three weeks to re-recruit the Trojans’ 2010 class, and he did so with gusto — securing the commitments of Seantrel Henderson, Nickell Robey and Markeith Ambles, among others.All-everything freshmen Kyle Prater and Dillon Baxter even enrolled early.The next month, a number of current and former USC staffers met with NCAA investigators in Tempe, Ariz., for an official hearing relating to the Reggie Bush case and a supposed lack of institutional control.Present that weekend were Carroll and then-running backs coach Todd McNair, who brought along his legal counsel. We wondered why at the time.Also at that time, I wrote in this very column: “The worst-case scenario … is some combination of sanctions that force the football team to vacate the wins from past years, lose scholarships and a ban from postseason play for the next few seasons.”Whoops.Anyway, the NCAA was expected to report back with their findings sometime in mid-April. The Trojans proceeded with spring practice, which came and went without too much hullabaloo — although hotshot then-freshman quarterback Matt Barkley did hurt his hand (gasp!) on teammate Jurrell Casey’s helmet during the spring scrimmage at the Coliseum. Senior defensive tackle Christian Tupou, the backbone of the Trojan defense, also went down in that game and was lost for the season with a knee injury.That was May 1.On June 10, the NCAA report was finally released — slapping USC with a two-year bowl ban, a loss of 30 scholarships that takes effect next year and a vacation of past wins.The Trojans were placed on four years’ probation — and all USC juniors and seniors were allowed to transfer to Football Bowl Subdivision schools without sitting out a year. Many of them would do so over the next two months.As far as a response, Kiffin announced immediate plans to appeal, Garrett told a reporter he wasn’t worried about his job but the reporter should be worried about his own, and USC fans grieved.At one point, Thursday’s game wasn’t even supposed to happen. The NCAA threatened to take away the Trojans’ 13th game because of stated penalties limiting teams on probation to only 12 games a season.But it stayed.Then, on a lazy Tuesday in mid-July, news broke that new university president C.L. Max Nikias would replace Garrett with former Trojan quarterback Pat Haden.Haden brought with him a scot-free reputation for success in many ventures of life — giving USC a positive spin heading into fall camp, set to begin on Aug. 4. Before that, however, two other things had to happen.Kiffin made news again with the hiring of Tennessee Titans running backs coach — and USC alum — Kennedy Pola, allegedly going behind Titans’ coach Jeff Fisher’s back to do so.Tennessee actually filed a lawsuit, which brings us to the second thing that happened: Pac-10 Media Day, where Kiffin wore shades at the podium on the Rose Bowl field and limited the shock value of his remarks — until late in the lunch session with reporters, when he dropped the nugget that he thought the Titans sued simply because of the state in which they were located.That gave sports talk hosts material for a couple days.Things that made news during camp: Senior fullback Stanley Havili was suspended for a day for his role in an altercation with junior cornerback T.J. Bryant, freshman defensive back Patrick Hall was suspended indefinitely for unspecified reasons and Kiffin made practices tackle-free to limit injuries.An eventful eight months for sure — all leading up to Thursday.Voilá.“Looking Past the X’s and O’s” runs every other Friday. To comment on this article, visit or e-mail Pedro at read more

Women’s hockey: Badgers head west to start 2015-16 campaign

first_imgAs the summer becomes a distant memory, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team heads west to start the season.With the calendar marching toward October, the realities of fall are setting in, and the Badgers are ready for the autumnal awakening. The end of September means the beginning of a long journey for head coach Mark Johnson and his team.Entering his 14th season at the helm, Johnson was optimistic about the start of the regular season, he said at his news conference Monday afternoon.“We have been practicing for eight or 10 days, and certainly as a coaching staff excited about the way the players came back in to start school,” Johnson said. “They spent the summer working out, conditioning and are in a good place right now, so the fun part is to get ourselves organized for game week.”Coming off a successful season that saw UW bested by Minnesota in the Frozen Four, the Badgers enter the season younger and with minutes to fill. This poses a challenge for Johnson and his staff, but the early indications look positive.“We have everybody except one of our incoming freshman able to spend the summer here, and it showcases it,” Johnson said. “They took that seriously, put themselves in a position to start the season in a good place.”With a large youth movement, the Badgers will look for a veteran presence to lead them. To guide the relatively inexperienced squad, Johnson has tapped senior Courtney Burke as captain.To open the season, the Badgers will ditch the surprisingly cooperative Madison weather this week and instead fly to San Jose, California, to prepare for their season opening showcase series against Providence.UW faces off at 9 p.m. Friday night and will make the quick turnaround for their final tilt against the Friars at 5 p.m. Saturday.The trip to the West Coast offers the Badgers the chance to not only get their feet wet as a unit, but to act as ambassadors for women’s hockey. Johnson was excited for the exposure players like Annie Pankowski — a Laguna Hills, California native — will receive.“A lot of young players look up to her, and I’m sure she is going to need a few [tickets],” Johnson said.Instead of flying back to Madison right away, the team will remain in the Golden State until Sunday to put on a youth clinic for girls in San Jose and the surrounding areas.“It gives the players a chance to show some of the tips that got them to be a Division I player to these young kids,” Johnson said. “And hopefully it inspires them to continue with their careers and maybe one day get the opportunity to play college hockey.”last_img read more

Wike Bags Africa Power of Sports Award

first_imgErnest Chinwo in Port HarcourtRivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has been nominated for the prestigious International Sports Press Association-Africa (AIPS) Africa Power of Sports (POS) Award.In a nomination letter to the Rivers State Governor, dated 26th March, 2018, President AIPS Africa, Mitchell Obi, said Wike is being recognised for his remarkable fidelity in raising the bar of sports matters and using sports as a catalyst for development. The AIPS Africa also recognised the role of Wike in Nigeria through the use of sports as a tool to effectively engage the youth population in the continent.“The decoration of this badge of honour will take place at the continental meeting in Brussels on the 8th/9th of May 2018,” the letter stated.The AIPS Africa also stated that Wike is expected to deliver a lecture on the topic: “Peace and Progress through Sports in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria ” to the full house of the 94-year old International Sports Press Association (AIPS) comprising no fewer than 108 countries.While congratulating the Rivers State Governor, the AIPS Africa President praised his commitment to the growth of sports in the continent.Rivers State recently hosted the African Wrestling Championship considered the very best by most analysts.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more