Nezworski nabs Deery finale, Kay tops tour, Hurst takes national IMCA Late Model prize

first_imgAndy Nezworski earned his career third IMCA Late Model tour victory Friday at Davenport Speedway, leading every lap of the green-to-checkered main event. (Photo by Alan Goacher)DAVENPORT, Iowa (Sept. 21) – Andy Nezworski won the main event, Justin Kay won the tour title and Jeremiah Hurst won the IMCA Late Model championship when the Deery Brothers Summer Series concluded Friday at Davenport Speedway.Nezworski led every lap of the 40-lap, $2,000 to win caution-free Governor’s Cup feature. Chuck Hanna got close in lapped traffic but couldn’t find a way around the leader. Kay, who’d won the IMCA Modified feature earlier in the program, and Ryan Dolan both passed Hanna on the final lap; ‘B’ feature winner and hard charger Tyler Bruening rounded out the top five.The victory was Nezworski’s Deery career third and first since July of 2015.“This was great,” said Nezworski, whose best finish in five previous Deery starts this season had been ninth. “We’d had some struggles this year before we put in ‘old reliable,’ a motor I paid $3,500 for, and I think we’ve won five or six races with it.”“We’ve been decent here at Davenport,” he added. “We won a couple times here earlier in the season. This was a very good way for us to end the season.”Nezworski drew the outside pole and had a half a straightaway advantage on Richie Gustin just five laps in. He’d caught the back of the field by the time the 11th lap was scored while Hanna slipped into the runner-up spot at midway.Kay was up from seventh starting to third by lap 24. He’d clinched his career third tour crown by qualifying for the main event and motored past Hanna for second on the white flag circuit.“It’s nice to get it,” Kay said of his latest title. “We had a lot of good runs this year.”With Deery Series points counting toward national standings, numerous scenarios were in play should Hurst, Matt Ryan and/or Todd Cooney finish in Friday’s top three.None did as Hurst’s eighth place run was the best of the three. Unofficially, he’ll earn the national championship with 803 points while Cooney, who was 15th, and Ryan, who was 16th at Davenport, both finish with 802 points. Both had 10 40-point finishes during the season so Ryan’s nine to eight edge in 39-point finishes gives him the edge for national runner-up.The 43 Late Models entered for Friday’s finale were the most for a Deery event this season. Darrel DeFrance was 14th in extending his perfect record to 490 series events and Dolan was the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing winner.Chad Coyne won series rookie of the year honors by a margin of eight points over Tim Simpson.Kay’s $1,000 Modified win put him on the ballot for next year’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Tyler Soppe earned $500 for his Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod victory.Feature ResultsDeery Series – 1. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo; 2. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 3. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon; 4. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill.; 5. Tyler Bruening, Decorah; 6. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 7. Chad Holladay, Muscatine; 8. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque; 9. Luke Goedert, Guttenberg; 10. Jeff Tharp, Sherrill; 11. Andy Eckrich, Oxford; 12. Nick Marolf. Moscow; 13. Darin Duffy, Urbana; 14. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 15. Todd Cooney, Pleasant Hill; 16. Matt Ryan, Davenport; 17. Curt Martin, Independence; 18. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove; 19. Eric Sanders, Sherrard, Ill.; 20. Tim Simpson, Iowa City; 21. Chad Coyne, Orion, Ill.; 22. Joel Callahan, Dubuque; 23. Joe Ross, Thomson, Ill.; 24. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin.Modifieds – 1. Justin Kay; 2. Darin Duffy; 3. Brandon Durbin; 4. Austin Moyer; 5. Kelly Meyer; 6. Matt Werner; 7. Chris Zogg; 8. Joel Callahan; 9. Nathan Hall; 10. Travis Denning; 11. Mike Goben; 12. Greg Durbin; 13. Kyle Madden; 14. Jaden Fryer; 15. Rob McDonald; 16. Chris Lawrence; 17. Steve Johnson; 18. Eric Barnes; 19. Rick Hixson; 20. Bob Dominacki; 21. Derek Wilson; 22. Bruce Hanford; 23. Tony Von Dresky; 24. Tim Hamburg.Northern SportMods – 1. Tyler Soppe; 2. Tony Olson; 3. Gage Neal; 4. Jarrett Franzen; 5. Austen Beccera; 6. Jacob Ellithorpe; 7. Garrett Nelson; 8. Kevin Goben; 9. Randy Lamar; 10. Jake Morris; 11. Jeremy Gustaf; 12. Aaron Mitchell; 13. Justin Beckler; 14. Dwayne Smith Jr.; 15. Mike Adam; 16. Doug Burkhead; 17. Joe Grant; 18. Jacob Arp; 19. Ryan Schilling; 20. Dave Engelkens; 21. Dan Anderson; 22. Bryan Moreland; 23. Rance Powell; 24. Keith Blum.last_img read more

Obama attracts Trojans at LA Live

first_imgPresident Barack Obama stopped in Los Angeles on Sunday to speak at his star-studded “30 Days to Victory Concert” at LA Live.More than 6,000 people packed the Nokia Theatre to hear an all-star lineup of musical acts including Katy Perry, Jon Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind & Fire.Actor George Clooney, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and San Antonio, Texas Mayor Julian Castro — the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention — also spoke.“They just perform flawlessly, night after night,” Obama said of the performers. “I can’t always say the same.”He was referring to his debate performance last week with Republican challenger and presidential candidate Mitt Romney.With that comment Obama joined a large group of politicians, comedians and critics who have poked fun at his lackluster debate routine.Obama gave his standard campaign speech — slamming Romney for proposed tax cuts and plans to end funding for public broadcasting. He also highlighted the new 7.8 percent unemployment rate as the lowest during his presidency.“Everybody always remembers the victory, but they don’t always remember the bumps in the road. … Things always look good in retrospect,” Obama said, reminiscing on his 2008 campaign. “But in the middle of it we made all kinds of mistakes. We goofed up. I goofed up. But the American people carried up forward.”Tickets for the “30 Days to Victory Concert” ranged from $44 to $2,500 each. The concert’s affordability and its proximity to USC attracted several students.Kaya Masler, president of Trojans for Obama, attended the event with about 20 other USC students, some who earned volunteer tickets from the Obama campaign.“Moving forward from last week was good,” she said. “It was great that he was able to acknowledge his own goof but continue to pound his message and motivate his base.”Campaign officials announced that free transportation, gas and hotel stays would be provided to any groups of 12 or more that would canvass for Obama in Nevada.Nevada is a key swing state that Democrats and Republicans need to clinch a victory in November.Trojans for Obama, a USC student organization, will be traveling to Las Vegas the next two weekends to canvass and register voters.Joshua Carroll, a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism, immediately bought his ticket last month for the “30 Days to Victory Concert” with about five friends.“This event was so close to campus that I knew I couldn’t miss it,” Carroll said.Carroll, his roommate and a few others rode the Metro train line Downtown to attend the event.“This was my first time seeing the president, and this election will be my first time voting,” Carroll said.It is estimated that Obama’s L.A. events pulled in as much as $7 million. He will inaugurate the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument in Kenne, Calif. on Monday afternoon, then travel to San Francisco for another star-studded concert with John Legend.last_img read more

Jevon Rockwell, Aug 8

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I would say we have not been this dry in 10 years. We had two tenths last Friday from a really quick shower and that was all we have had in the last two weeks and we’ve had less than a half-inch in the last month. And it has been so hot every day. It doesn’t get a break and it is killing the crops. Yesterday and today are the first where we had some slightly cooler weather.The corn looks bad. Right at the home farm looks OK and it is holding in there, but corn two and three miles away looks rough. It is fired up just below the ear. Even on our good corn, the ears never filled out to the end. It was too hot and dry when it pollinated. It has been so dry that most of the damage has been done.Spider mites are moving in from the edges of our soybean fields. We sprayed the perimeters of fields. Our beans look good yet. Today they are turning a little bit on the high sandy spots. They are filling and there are a lot of pods out there. There is a chance of thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon, but I don’t get too excited about the chances of rain. Out of our eight fields of double-crops there are maybe three we think can turn into something. The rest really have not changed in height for a while.In talking to people around the state, it sounds like a good portion of the state is dry. But with seeing these market prices, there must be good crops to the west.There was a shower just a mile east of our farm that was 1.5 inches. There are places catching these pop-up storms but as far as general storms we haven’t seen anything. I think it will be an early harvest because stuff is burning up.last_img read more

ABL: Alab Pilipinas rebounds with Macau win, stays perfect at home

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Puerto Rican tandem of Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos combined for 58 points and 23 rebounds for the Philippine side, which went on a 16-3 blast late in the fourth quarter to break the game wide open.Balkman fired a game-high 37 points on 14-of-19 shooting from the field that went with nine rebounds and four steals while Ramos added 21 points and 14 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLeague-leading Alab stretched its undefeated home record to 6-0, six days after falling 1-2 on the road following a 73-72 setback at the hands of Formosa in Taiwan.A dunk by Balkman with 1:50 remaining made it 106-91 to cap Alab’s run after Macau pulled to within just two. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ONE: Edward Kelly out to prove he can beat Christian Lee the conventional waycenter_img LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Alab Pilipinas scores another home win. Photo from ABL WebsiteSan Miguel Alab Pilipinas sure felt good to be back home.Alab Pilipinas bounced back from a heartbreaking loss after beating the Macau Black Bears, 106-99, in the 2019 Asean Basketball League Friday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ray Parks posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 assists while Lawrence Domingo had 13 points on 6-of-6 shooting off the bench. Ethan Alvano also dished out 10 assists on top of his seven points and five rebounds.Alab shot an impressive 52 percent from the field thanks to their unselfish play. The team assisted on 36 out of its 41 made field goals and turned the ball over just 11 times.Ryan Watkins and Anthony Tucker each notched a double-double for the Black Bears, who have now lost three in a row and slipped to seventh in the standings with a 6-5 card.Watkins had 24 points and 15 rebounds while Tucker collected 22 points and 10 assists.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READlast_img read more

Khushbir Kaur bags Asiad silver, sets national record in race walk

first_imgThe 21-year-old from Amritsar clocked 1:33:07 to improve on her previous personal best of 1:33:37Khushbir Kaur on Sunday became the first Indian woman to clinch a 20km Race Walk silver medal in the Asian Games by bettering her personal best and setting a new national record in the process.The 21-year-old from Amritsar clocked 1:33:07 to improve on her previous personal best of 1:33:37, which was also the national record, to finish second at the Marathon Course in Incheon.Khushbir was a little over two minutes behind gold-medallist Lu Xiuzhi of China, who clocked 1:31:06.Indian was consistently third till the 18km mark before going up a position in the final two kilometres, thanks largely to the slowing down of second-placed Chinese Nie Jingjing, who eventually finished fourth.Khushbir was a little over two minutes behind gold-medallist Lu Xiuzhi of ChinaThe bronze medal went to local favourite Jeon Yeongeun, who also clocked a personal best of 1:33:18.This is the biggest triumph of Khushbir’s nascent career after the bronze medal she won at this year’s Asian Walking Championships bronze in Japan. She was the first Indian woman to achieve such a feat.Khushbir burst into the scene after winning a bronze medal in the 10,000-metre walk race at the 2012 Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Colombo.last_img read more

County Ground

first_imgThe County Ground Taunton, home of Somerset County Cricket Club, will host three ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 fixtures.The County Ground Taunton is overlooked by the towers of three churches, with the towers of St. Jame’s, St. George’s and St. Mary’s churches rising behind the pavilion and the Quantock Hills overlooking the other fourth end.The County Ground Taunton has been in use since 1882, and staged one game in the 1983 World Cup and two in 1999, including India’s clash with Sri Lanka.Taunton was unveiled as the official home of English women’s cricket team in 2016 and in the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup, the County Ground Taunton was host to seven fixtures.Opened:1882Capacity: 6500Known as: Athletic Ground, The Cooper Associates County GroundEnds: River End, Old Pavilion EndLocation: Taunton, EnglandICC Cricket World Cup 2019 matches -18:00 IST: AFG vs NZ, Match 1315:00 IST: AUS vs PAK, Match 1715:00 IST: WI vs BAN, Match 23STATS – ODITotal matches: 10Matches won batting first: 3Matches won bowling first: 7Average 1st Inns scores: 219Average 2nd Inns scores: 194Highest total recorded: 373/6 (50 Ov) by IND vs SLLowest total recorded:101/10 (40.3 Ov) by SLW vs RSAWHighest score chased: 231/5 (41 Ov) by ZIM vs KenLowest score defended: 269/10 (48.3 Ov) by AUSW vs RSAWlast_img read more

Video: Up Close Look At Auburn Football’s New Metallic-Finished Helmet

first_imgAn Auburn supporter waves the flag on the field for the Tigers.AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 30: A member of Auburn Tigers cheer team waves a flag during their game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Auburn’s football team will be sporting new helmets this season. They’re not very different than the helmets they’ve sported in the past. The design is the same, but the finish is different – it’s metallic. A photo of the helmets came out in early August, but now we’ve got a video of the helmet. It looks great. Really good look at the metallic finish to the new facemask and helmet stripes for Auburn football @PhilHecken— Clint Richardson® (@Clintau24) September 1, 2015Looks good, Tigers. Auburn opens its season Sept. 5 against Louisville.last_img read more

Yamal LNG Simultaneously Transferred in Zeebrugge

first_imgLiquefied natural gas from Sabetta on the Siberian peninsula Yamal was for the first time transhipped simultaneously in Zeebrugge from an ice class vessel (ARC7) into a conventional LNG carrier for further transport to Asia on May 1.The Russian ice class vessel Eduard Toll transfered simutaneously LNG into the LNG tanker Pskov via shore pipes.The operation took place at quays 615 and 616 of the Fluxys terminal in the outer port.Fluxys was selected as transhipment hub for liquefied Siberian natural gas from the Yamal gasfield in 2015.The contract constitutes for Zeebrugge an annual transhipment of 107 LNG loads from ice class vessels to conventional LNG vessels or 214 vessel movements in the port.In winter time, when the northern sea routes are frozen in Siberia, the ice class LNG vessels will shuttle from Sabetta to Zeebrugge.Image Courtesy: Port of Zeebruggelast_img read more

Oilrich South Sudan faces fuel shortage as people suffer

first_imgJUBA, South Sudan – “In September there was no fuel anywhere,” Samson Kamuya says.The exhausted 45-year-old hangs his head. He’s been waiting four days at a gas station in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, to no avail.Wedged among hundreds of cars, trucks and desperate civilians carrying empty jerry cans, he says the fuel situation is unlike anything he’s seen in his eight years as a driver.It is a cruel irony in the world’s youngest nation: Ninety-eight per cent of South Sudan’s economy comes from oil, but the country faces one of its worst fuel crises since civil war began in 2013.South Sudan has Africa’s third-largest oil reserves, with 3.5 billion barrels. Based on government figures, current production should bring in hundreds of millions of dollars a year. But without refineries, the country exports crude oil and must import fuel.Some observers blame the government and Nile Petroleum, the sole state-owned oil company, for nationwide fuel shortages.The situation deteriorated when the government “started monopolizing the fuel trade” by kicking out private oil companies to control access to U.S. dollars, says Edmund Yakani, executive director of the non-profit Community Empowerment for Progress Organization.Nile Petroleum says it can afford to bring in only enough fuel to serve one-third of South Sudan’s population. It denies expelling private companies, saying the economic crisis forced them to leave.“NilePet became responsible for the whole country,” says Yiey Puoch Lur, its public relations director.However, some say the numbers don’t add up, accusing government corruption of worsening the country’s overall crisis. South Sudan soon will enter its fifth year of fighting amid starvation, mass displacement and allegations of war crimes.“Instead of using oil revenue to provide public services and improve the livelihoods of South Sudan’s population, the ruling clique has used these funds to procure weapons, finance a horrific civil war and enrich themselves,” says J.R. Mailey, director of the investigative team at The Sentry, a Washington-based group that has reported on links between corruption and mass atrocities.“The money’s being kept abroad,” a member of South Sudan’s parliament, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of his safety, told The Associated Press. The money the government should be receiving for oil exports is enough to fuel the entire country, the lawmaker says.Nile Petroleum denies wrongdoing, blaming the lack of funds on a reduction in South Sudan’s oil production from almost 300,000 barrels a day before the civil war to roughly 130,000. It says declining global oil prices and the civil war’s damage to oil facilities have hurt.As South Sudan held its first oil and power conference on Wednesday, Minister of Petroleum Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth said the government is moving “aggressively” to produce more oil, with target production of 280,000 barrels per day in the coming year. The minister said four refineries would be built in the country, with one in Bentiu underway.Gatkuoth welcomed foreign investors, saying they would team up with NilePet, then quipped that he wasn’t “encouraging them to leave — immediately”.Civilians feel the brunt of the crisis. Drivers like Kamuya often hire people to sleep in their parked cars at the pumps while they borrow other transport to keep working.Kamuya says he has been forced to buy fuel on the black market for almost 10 times the usual price. Instead of paying 1,200 South Sudanese pounds ($6.50) for 60 litres at the pump, he has paid up to 10,800 South Sudanese pounds ($58) for just 20 litres.In addition, government soldiers have been accused of threatening civilians at gas stations and cutting in line to stock up on fuel to sell illegally.“If someone tells you to move with a gun you can’t argue,” says Simon Kinuthia, a driver in Juba.The army denies the allegations. Other than a few isolated incidents soldiers “don’t break the rules,” says spokesman Lul Ruai Koang.Last month the Trump administration took initial steps to target those responsible for undermining stability in South Sudan, imposing sanctions on two senior members of government, the former military chief of staff and three local companies.“Corrupt officials and their facilitators that participate in the oil sector should be subjected to targeted network sanctions,” says Brad Brooks-Rubin, policy director for The Sentry, adding that an embargo should not be placed on South Sudan’s oil industry as a whole.“Fuel is connected to everything,” Kinuthia says. “And right now, it’s making people suffer.”last_img read more