It’s no retreat, no surrender for Liverpool loanee Awoniyi

first_img Loading… The national Under-23 forward promised to remain focussed for the club and country as he attributed his recent breakthrough to hard work. He was able to break his duck with Mainz upon the Bundesliga’s return. Awoniyi joined the Bundesliga club last summer on a season-long loan from Liverpool. He had played just 146 minutes prior to Mainz’s clash with FC Koln under a fortnight ago. It was the first Bundesliga match since the coronavirus pandemic froze the competition in March, and Awoniyi made the most of his rare chance. The Nigerian forward was brought on as a substitute for Dong-won Ji after 56 minutes, and with his side down 2-0, Awoniyi latched onto Ridle Baku’s pass to score his first goal for the club. Speaking about the goal to, the 22-year-old said: “Glory be to God, I felt very happy about the goal, but the most important thing is the success of the club. It was really a great feeling for me due to reason best known to me. “As a player the only thing you just have to do, keeps working very hard, and hopefully your chance will come by. You cannot give up. “It was a normal player and coach reactions. We were 2 – 0 down and ended up drawing the game. Everyone was happy.” The moment vindicated Awoniyi’s decision not to leave Mainz in January, which he confirms was an option for him. He added: “I had quite some options to leave in January but I personally chose not to leave.” Awoniyi joined the Reds in 2015 but has been unable to obtain a work permit ever since. During the last five years he has spent time on loan at FSV Frankfurt, NEC, Gent and two spells at Royal Excel Mouscron. Taiwo Asoniyi in action for Flying Eagles The Merseyside club remain in regular contact and Awoniyi says he will decide on his future at the end of the season. “We are always in contact but presently I’m a player of Mainz05 and that’s where my focus is now and we will see what happens at the end of the season.” Despite his goal, Awoniyi failed to win a start in Mainz’s following match on Saturday, a 5-0 loss to RB Leipzig. But Awoniyi is staying strong about his appearances from the bench. “Like I said earlier the most important thing is for a player to keep working very hard, whether he is a striker or goalkeeper and leave the rest in God’s hands. God controls everything. read also:Amuneke to Rohr: Chidera Ejuke, Awoniyi deserve Eagles chance “I believe in life that there are things you can’t control, but you can always control yourself in terms of your goals in life and just remain focused. “In terms of form, I just have to continue working very hard and see where it leads at the end, but it was a great time in Mouscron in Belgium.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Nigeria’s Taiwo Awoniyi has vowed to continue to blaze a trail in his quest for the top and he believes nothing will stop him. Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWorld-Ending Scenarios: This Is How The Apocalypse May HappenWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careerslast_img read more

Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour online entries accepted starting June 1

first_imgMANDAN, N.D. – IMCA Modified and Stock Car drivers planning to follow the upcoming Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour can go on line to complete the early registration process beginning Wednes­day, June 1.The 27th annual tour opens July 9 at Jamestown Speedway, then travels to Nodak Speedway on July 10, Estevan Motor Speedway on July 11, Williston Basin Speedway on July 12, Southwest Speedway on July 13 and Dacotah Speedway on July 14.All Modified features pay $2,200 to win, a minimum of $300 to start and are Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional ballot qualifying events. All Stock Car features pay $800 to win and a minimum of $125 to start.“We set car count records of better than 90 Modifieds and more than 38 Stock Car entries a night last year and are confident of meeting or exceeding those numbers again this year,” Tour Director John Gartner said. “We’re asking drivers to help us with the entry process by going to the website and completing the online form.”“This helps us get the most accurate information to each track and local media ahead of time,” he added. “Drivers’ paperwork will be done when they get to Jamestown for opening night and all they have to do that evening when they get to the track is pay for their pit passes.”A record 128 different Modified drivers competed over the course of the 2015 tour. Those who race in at least three events this summer become eligible to qualify for the $10,001 to win Legendary special on Friday, July 15 at Dacotah Speedway in Mandan.“We certainly anticipate that more drivers will compete at more events to make themselves eligible for The Legendary,” said Gartner. “This will be the biggest-paying IMCA event ever held in North Dakota and the quality of drivers who will follow the tour ensures that it will be one of the best as well.”All six Dakota Tour events as well as The Legendary will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.Tour title sponsor Kupper Chevrolet of Mandan provides point funds of $2,000 for the Modifieds and $1,000 for the Stock Cars.  A generous number of contingency awards will also be given by IMCA and local sponsors.More information about the tour is available from Gartner at 701 202-6075.last_img read more

EngineQuest IMCA program includes return to Stock Car regional title sponsorship roles

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. – EngineQuest returns this season to a familiar and much appreciated role as title sponsor of Northern and Southern regions for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars.  Two hundred dollar cash bonuses go to eligible Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Kus­toms Northern SportMod and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod drivers who win two or more track championships while competing with built engines.   The Las Vegas, Nev., cyl­inder head and engine component manufacturer again provides a por­tion of $3,750 point funds to be paid to top 10 drivers in each region. The EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region includes tracks in eastern Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kan­sas, Minnesota, Missouri, Ne­braska, North Dakota, Oregon, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Wiscon­sin and Wyoming; the EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region is com­prised of tracks in Ari­zona, California, western Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.  Now in its 14th year as an IMCA sponsor, EngineQuest also continues a contingency program that in­cludes cash bonuses, product certificates and product awards.  “EngineQuest’s long partnership with IMCA has been very beneficial for many years and we look forward to continuing this relationship for many more years to come,” said EngineQuest’s National Sales Manager Eric Haugland. Fifty dollar product certificates will be awarded to all eligible built engine-powered drivers in those divisions who win track titles.The national Stock Car champion and Hobby Stock, Northern SportMod and Southern SportMod drivers finishing highest in national standings and competing with EQ heads each receive a set of EQ cylinder heads. Highest finishing Mopar engine drivers in the Stock, Hobby and both SportMod divisions also earn sets of EQ-manufactured cylinder heads. Information about EQ-manufactured cylinder heads is available at the web­site or by calling 702 649-7776 or 800 426-8771.  “We’ve built a very successful partnership with EQ over the years and will do everything we can to protect that relationship,” observed IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Their core values align with those at IMCA and the EQ cylinder heads are fundamental to IMCA racing across multiple divisions.” Drivers must display two EngineQuest decals on their race car to be eligible for point fund shares, which will be distributed during the national awards banquet in November or mailed from the IMCA home office beginning the following week. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— An attorney for New Orleans’ Roman Catholic archdiocese is strongly defending the Saints’ public-relations help in dealing with the clergy sex abuse crisis. He says the legal effort to unseal emails between them is aimed at trying to shame those “who had the audacity” to back the church. Thursday’s hearing comes amid claims the Saints joined the church in a pattern of concealing sexual abuse, an allegation the team denies.— Dan Radakovich, who starred as a linebacker at Penn State in the 1950s before winning two Super Bowls as an assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s, has died. Radakovich was 84.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEGonzaga continues winning streakUNDATED (AP) — Second-ranked Gonzaga earned its 19th straight victory and clinched at least a share of an eighth consecutive West Coast Conference regular-season title. Realmuto will get a raise from $6.05 million to $10 million instead of his $12.4 million request.Realmuto was acquired from the Marlins just before spring training last year and earned its second straight All-Star selection. He finished the season batting .275 with 25 home runs and 83 RBIs.In other MLB news:— Yankees right-hander Luis Severino has been shut down from throwing for the second consecutive spring training, this time because of right forearm soreness. Severino, who turned 26 on Thursday, was sidelined until the final weeks of the regular season last year.  — Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco felt discomfort in his right leg during a spring training workout and is having tests. The 32-year-old Carrasco made an inspiring comeback last season after being diagnosed with leukemia. The team plans to provide an update on his status on Friday. — Luka Garza scored 24 points and 20th-rated Iowa opened on a 27-8 run in an 85-76 win over No. 25 Ohio State. It was his 12th consecutive game of 20 points or more in Big Ten play, the longest streak for an Iowa player in 49 seasons and the most by any conference player in the last 20 years.— TJ Haws had 28 points as 23rd-ranked Brigham Young won its seventh straight game, defeating Santa Clara 85-75.— No. 24 Arizona rolled to an 89-63 rout of Oregon State behind Josh Green’s 18 points. Nico Mannion added 16 points and six assists for the Wildcats.NHL-SCHEDULECaps fall despite Ovie’s 699th UNDATED (AP) — Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving will have arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder and miss the rest of the season. The Nets made the announcement Thursday before playing the Philadelphia 76ers in their first game after the All-Star break. Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said this week that Irving was still having trouble with the shoulder that sidelined him for 26 games earlier this season. Irving said pain in the shoulder initially worsened after a game on Nov. 4. He was limited to just 20 games after signing with the Nets in July.Also, in the NBA:— Warriors guard Klay Thompson will not play this season, though it has not been ruled out that he could still compete in the Olympics this summer. It was expected that Thompson would miss the entire season as he recovers from a torn knee ligament.— Timberwolves forward Jake Layman has been cleared to return to practice, but star center Karl-Anthony Towns remains sidelined. Towns is awaiting clearance for a sprained left wrist. Layman already has missed 39 games and will miss at least four more with a sprained left toe suffered Nov. 18 at Utah. The 6-foot-8 Layman was averaging a career-best 10.5 points over the first 14 games in his first season with the Wolves.— Dwyane Wade is about to get the highest honor the Miami Heat can bestow on a former player. Wade will become the fifth Heat player to get his number retired by the team, joining Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway, Shaquille O’Neal and Chris Bosh. A three-day celebration of Wade’s time in Miami starts on Friday, a weekend highlighted by his No. 3 formally going to the rafters on Saturday night when the Heat play host to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Killian Tillie scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Bulldogs whipped San Francisco, 71-54. Filip Petrusev delivered 16 points and Ryan Woolridge 12 for the Zags, who squeezed out a four-point win over the Dons on Feb. 1.Gonzaga trailed by nine at halftime before outscoring San Francisco, 49-23 the rest of the way.In other top-25 finals:— Alonzo Verge Jr. scored 26 points and Rob Edwards added 24 in Arizona State’s sixth straight win, 77-72 versus No. 14 Oregon. The Ducks blew an 11-point, second-half lead before Edwards drained a 3-pointer to highlight a 6-0 spurt that put Arizona State ahead for good.— McKinley Wright IV had 15 points and Tyler Bey added 14 with 11 boards as No. 18 Colorado eked out a 70-66 win against Southern California. Shane Gatling chipped in 13 points as one of five Buffaloes to score in double-figures. — The 76ers are an NBA-best 26-2 at home after Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) provided 39 points and 16 rebounds in a 112-104 overtime win against the Nets. Alec Burks added 19 points, including a pair of layups in overtime that gave Philadelphia the lead for good.— The Kings were 129-125 winners over the Grizzlies as Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 32 points and matched his career high with seven 3-pointers. De’Aaron Fox added 26 and Buddy Hield (heeld) chipped in 20, including four free throws in the final seconds.— Malik Monk dropped in 25 points and Miles Bridges contributed 22 in the Hornets’ third straight win, 103-93 at Chicago. Charlotte let a 21-point lead in the third quarter shrink to two before hanging on.NBA-NEWSIrving done for season Update on the latest sports TENNIS-FEDERER-SURGERYRoger Federer has knee surgery, will miss French OpenBASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Roger Federer will miss the French Open and no fewer than three other tournaments while he is sidelined for at least four months after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday.The 20-time Grand Slam champion posted on Facebook Thursday that his knee had been bothering him for a while. It’s only the second operation for the 38-year-old Federer. Wimbledon starts June 29.NCAA-PITTSBURGH-VIOLATIONS UNDATED (AP) — Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) finally moved closer to the 700-goal plateau, but the Washington Capitals failed to regain first place in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division.Ovechkin ended a five-game point drought by netting his 699th career goal in the Caps’ 4-3 loss to Montreal. The left wing fired up the crowd by scoring in seven minutes in and came close to reaching 700 goals on a bang-bang play in the third period. Instead, Ovechkin continues his quest to become the eighth player in NHL history to get to 700.Ben Chiarot (sheh-RAHT’) scored his second of the game 58 seconds into OT to send the Capitals to their fifth loss in six games.The Caps grabbed a share of the division lead with the Penguins’ 4-0 loss to the Maple Leafs. Jake Muzzin (MUH’-zihn) had a goal and two assists to back Frederik Andersen, who made 24 saves in his second shutout of the season and 18th of his career.William Nylander (NEE’-lan-dur), Kasperi Kapanen (kas-PEHR’-ee KAP’-ah-nehn) and Zach Hyman also tallied as Toronto regained third place in the Atlantic Division. February 21, 2020 — Gabriel Vilardi had a goal and an assist in his NHL debut to carry the Kings past the Panthers, 5-4. The 11th overall pick in the 2017 draft scored the fastest rookie debut goal in Kings history when he fired a wrist shot past Florida’s Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHV’-skee) 86 seconds into the game and 10 seconds after hitting the ice.— Mackenzie Blackwood won his fifth straight start by making 36 saves in the Devils’ 2-1 verdict over the Sharks. Defenseman P.K. Subban (SOO’-ban) scored the winner on a power play early in the third period.MLB-NEWSPhils beat Realmuto in arbitrationUNDATED (AP) — The Phillies won their arbitration case against All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh), putting teams ahead of players 7-4 this year and ensuring clubs will finish with a winning record. A second bye week to go with a 17th game is also being considered, although almost certainly not for the 2020 season. The expansion of the playoffs easily could occur this year, however.In other NFL news:— Browns Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry has undergone hip surgery after initially opting not to have the operation. Landry was bothered by his hip all last season, but still finished with a team-leading 83 catches for 1,1174 yards and six touchdowns.— The Bears have signed tight end Demetrius Harris to a one-year contract. The 6-foot-7 Harris has 72 receptions for 754 and nine touchdowns over six seasons with the Chiefs and Browns. He was released by Cleveland this week.— Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen will become a free agent for the first time in his 11-year career. Griffen has chosen to exercise his option to void the remaining three years on his contract. The move will clear more than $13 million off the books for 2020 for the salary cap-strapped Vikings. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEGreek Freak, Bucks roll past PistonsUNDATED (AP) — The NBA’s top team and the reigning MVP showed no rust following the All-Star break. Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Tampa Bay’s team-record, 11-game winning streak is over after Alec Martinez had a goal and an assist in his Vegas debut to guide a 5-3 victory over the Lightning. Paul Stastny (STAS’-nee), Mark Stone, Ryan Reaves and Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-REH’-tee) also scored as Vegas won its fourth in a row and improved to 8-3-2 under coach Pete DeBoer (deh-BOHR’).— St. Louis posted a 1-0 win over the Coyotes as Jordan Binnington needed to stop just 14 shots for his second consecutive shutout and eighth of his career. Antti Raanta stopped 45 of the Blues’ season-high 46 shots, surrendering only Ryan O’Reilly’s goal with eight minutes remaining.— The Flyers erased a two-goal deficit before Kevin Hayes scored 3:51 into overtime to send Philadelphia past Columbus, 4-3. The Blue Jackets led 3-1 until Nicolas Aube-Kubel (oh-BAY’ koo-BEHL’) and Claude Giroux (juh-ROO’) tallied 1:26 apart to tie it.— Mark Scheifele (SHY’-flee) snapped a 12-game scoring drought with three power-play goals in the Jets’ 5-1 thumping of the Senators. Kyle Connor and Nikolaj Ehlers (NIH’-koh-ly EE’-lurz) also scored for the Jets, who improved to 7-2-1 over their last 10 to move into the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference. PGA-MEXICO CHAMPIONSHIPMcIlroy sizzles in Mexico CityMEXICO CITY (AP) — Rory McIlroy is the leader through one round of the Mexico Championship, two strokes ahead of Bubba Watson and Justin Thomas.McIlroy ripped a 4-iron from 275 yards into the thin air at Chapultepec to 15 feet for eagle on his second hole Thursday, made five more birdies and opened the Mexico Championship with a 6-under 65. This is the only World Golf Championship that McIlroy hasn’t won as he tries to join Dustin Johnson as the only players to win all four of them.Bryson DeChambeau and Billy Horschel are tied with Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST’-hy-zehn) and Corey Connors at minus-3, while Hideki Matsuyama (maht-soo-YAH’-mah), Paul Casey, Patrick Reed and Lee Westwood are among six players at 2 under. RUNNING-HALF MARATHON-WORLD RECORDYeshaneh sets world record in half marathon in Nike shoesRAS AL KHAIMAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Ababel Yeshaneh set a world record in the women’s half marathon in the latest breakthrough by athletes wearing high-tech Nike shoes. The Ethiopian runner won the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon in 1 hour, 4 minutes, 31 seconds. Her time knocked 20 seconds off the previous record set by another runner in 2017. The men’s and women’s records in both the marathon and half marathon since 2018 have all been broken by athletes in Nike shoes. World Athletics cleared athletes to keep using Nike Vaporfly-style shoes last month. But it warned that new shoe technology could threaten the sport’s integrity. NFL-NEWSNFL owners approve negotiated terms for new labor agreementNEW YORK (AP) — NFL owners have voted to accept the negotiated terms for a new collective bargaining agreement, putting the onus on players who plan to hold a conference call Friday.Team representatives were summoned to New York to discuss the proposal with the league eager to reach a collective bargaining agreement with the players in the next few weeks. The current deal runs out in March 2021.Among the items in that proposal are a 17-game schedule, a reduction of the preseason and an increase to the current 27% share of revenues for the players. Associated Press Pitt hoops, football placed on 3 years’ probation by NCAAINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Pittsburgh football and men’s basketball programs have been placed on probation for three years by the NCAA.The organization says both programs committed a series of violations between 2015 and 2018. The violations centered around both programs exceeding the number of allotted practices during that time.Former men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings was given a three-year show-cause order, meaning he must sit out 30% of his new team’s games if he is hired during the three-year window of the show-cause order. Stallings is currently out of coaching. Former director of basketball operations Dan Cage also faces a three-year show-cause order.UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN DOCTOR-INVESTIGATION University of Michigan investigates doctor sex abuse claimsANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — An Olympic wrestler is accusing a University of Michigan doctor of touching him inappropriately during medical exams at the school. Andy Hrovat says the physician’s reputation for such conduct was well known among his teammates in the 1990s. Hrovat competed for the U.S. in the 2008 Summer Olympics. He tells The Associated Press that the encounters with the late Dr. Robert E. Anderson happened during his freshman year in 1998. He is the first athlete to make public accusations against Anderson following complaints this week from other former students that the doctor sexually abused them decades ago.SOCCER-EQUAL PAYAmerican women seek more than $66M in damages from US SoccerUNDATED (AP) — Players on the U.S. women’s national team are seeking more than $66 million in damages as part of their gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation. The damages were revealed in a slew of court papers filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles ahead of a scheduled May trial. The women’s national team sued the federation last year alleging unequal pay and treatment than players on the men’s national team. Among the dozens of documents were the separate collective bargaining agreements of the U.S. men’s and women’s teams. The collective bargaining agreements showed a disparity in bonuses but also highlighted the different pay structures between the two teams. Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had 33 points and 16 rebounds as the Bucks mauled the Detroit Pistons, 126-106. Antetokounmpo was 13 of 18 from the field and played just under 32 minutes with the game well in hand by intermission.The Bucks led 70-41 at halftime and by as many as 34 in the second half of their 15th win in 17 games. Former Piston Khris Middleton added 28 points and Eric Bledsoe chipped in 18 as Milwaukee improved to a league-best 47-8.Checking out Thursday’s other completed NBA action:— James Harden’s 29 points and 10 assists were among the Rockets’ highlights in a 135-105 dismantling of the Warriors. P.J. Tucker was 5-for-5 from 3-point range as Houston set a team-record with 25 buckets from beyond the arc. Russell Westbrook had 21 points and 10 assists before being ejected.— Trae Young poured in a career-high 50 points and the Hawks closed on a 10-0 run to beat the Heat, 129-124. Young made 18 of 19 free throws and 8 of 15 3-pointers to help Atlanta overcome Bam Adebayo’s (ad-ah-BAY’-ohz) 28 points and season-high 19 rebounds for Miami.last_img read more

The Latest: Browns place 2nd-round tender on RB Kareem Hunt

first_imgThe Latest: Browns place 2nd-round tender on RB Kareem Hunt The Cleveland Browns opened free agency by placing a second-round tender on running back Kareem Hunt, who played eight games last season after returning from an NFL suspension.Hunt is a restricted free agent and can negotiate with other teams about a contract. If he reaches an agreement elsewhere, Cleveland can match any offer. If the Browns decide not to match the offer, they would receive a second-round draft pick from the team that signs him.The Browns also released veteran safety Morgan Burnett, creating another need as the team moves into free agency amid nationwide shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Burnett suffered a torn Achilles tendon last season and missed the final six games.Cleveland also tendered exclusive tags to free agents Pharoah Brown, Dontrell Hilliard and KhaDarel Hodge. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBy The Associated Press (AP) — The Latest on NFL’s free agency. Teams were required to use franchise tags on players by noon EDT Monday. Teams can negotiate with representatives of free agents for the next two days but cannot finalize any agreements. (all times local):___11:30 a.m. March 16, 2020center_img Associated Press Hunt was banned from the first eight games last season by the league or two physical altercations while he was with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Cleveland-area native was primarily a blocker for Pro Bowler Nick Chubb, but he rushed for 179 yards and scored two touchdowns. He also caught 37 passes for 285 yards and a TD.With more than $60 million of salary-cap space, Cleveland is expected to be active in free agency, with offensive tackle a priority.___More AP NFL: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

F1’s managing director weighs in on Williams, positive COVID-19 tests

first_img(BBC) – A driver could have to miss part of a race weekend if one of his mechanics tested positive for coronavirus when the season resumes, Ross Brawn says.Formula 1’s managing director said the chances of a positive test were “very low” because of the health and safety protocols that have been set up.“If somebody comes down with the symptoms, you’d have to deal with it straight away,” Brawn said.“We would have to isolate that group until they could all be tested.”In a wide-ranging interview with BBC Sport, Brawn discussed the medical protocols that have been set up by F1 so it can start its season in Austria on 5 July, the first of eight European grands prix that were announced this week.He also discussed the problems F1 has in trying to build a calendar of races further afield than Europe, the possibility of further grands prix in Europe if long-haul races cannot be held and his frustration with Mercedes at their decision to veto qualifying ‘sprint’ races.He also expressed his confidence in F1’s ability to ride out the coronavirus crisis and his concerns for the future of Williams.The impact of a positive testBrawn says Williams – run by Frank Williams ad daughter Claire – are very “close to my heart”F1 has plans to create what Brawn has dubbed a “biosphere” environment to minimise the risk of spreading the coronavirus by re-starting its season, including extensive testing for everyone involved, medical support with every team, and an on-site test facility for rapid response.Part of this plan is to create what Brawn calls “families and sub-families within teams” to limit contact between people as much as possible.“If we do get a positive case then we can isolate that case and people who have been in contact with that person very quickly,” Brawn said.He added: “A group of mechanics working on a car, while they will be wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), it will be very difficult to socially distance.“But there is no reason why that group of mechanics will necessarily be part of another family of mechanics working on the other car.“So if we have somebody test positive in one of the groups, then we would have to isolate that group until they could all be tested. We would have to isolate that group until we could be sure the virus hadn’t spread but the rest of the team could still function.”The testing procedures in place will take up to two hours to return a result, and anyone within a test group would have to isolate until the results come through.And would this mean a driver could not take part while that was happening?“Yes it would,” Brawn said.This could mean a driver sitting out part of or even a whole practice session, but it is very unlikely a race would have to be missed in these circumstances.That’s because no work can be done on cars after qualifying unless they are damaged, and teams could switch around mechanics to fulfil any essential tasks.Calendar difficultiesBrawn believes the eight European races announced this week are “pretty firm”, although he admits “if something erupted in one of the countries we’re going to, we’d have to adjust our plans again”But F1 faces a difficult conundrum in trying to build a calendar outside Europe, because as Brawn puts it “different countries are at different stages of their situation with the virus”.He adds: “There is still quite a lot of volatility in the situation in different countries, so until that stabilises and we can see where the situation is, it’s difficult to commit.“Brazil is in the middle of a very difficult period. Mexico is in the middle of a very difficult period. But we’re optimistic that those situations will improve and therefore we will be able to build a programme around that.”There are two concerns – whether the virus situation in a particular country allows F1 to feel confident it is safe enough to go there; and whether countries such as Japan and Vietnam that have the virus under control want to risk letting F1 in.The US, Brazil, Mexico and Russia are in the first category and Brawn admits: “If we judge the health and safety risk is too high, even if we can meet the obligations of the country, then we may not go there.“We can’t operate at a level that is worse than the country needs. Our standards will always exceed the standards of the country we are going to.”There is the added complication of street races such as Baku and Singapore, where months are needed to set up the track.Brawn admits “it is coming to the point where decisions will have to be made” on these events.And he says having further races in Europe “is an option if we can’t have the overseas or flyaway races we’d like to have”.Sprint-race frustrationIn recent weeks, F1 has revived an idea of trying out sprint races with reverse grids in place of qualifying at a couple of events this year.Brawn said this came up again because there will be two races at at least two venues this year – Austria and Silverstone – and F1 wanted to introduce some variability.But the idea needed unanimous agreement and it has been killed by Mercedes, who were opposed.Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff cited a survey that showed the vast majority of fans were opposed to the idea. Brawn said F1 “can’t find” that survey, although the idea was strongly opposed in two separate polls in 2015 and 2017.Wolff said on Wednesday that he was against the proposal because F1 is a meritocracy and doesn’t need gimmicks; the races are open to being ‘gamed’ by teams wanting to ensure their driver starts the main grand prix at the front; and it penalises the quickest team because they will generally start behind the second and third fastest.Brawn says it is “a shame” the idea can’t be tried out, but Wolff’s objections clearly still rankle.Brawn says Williams – run by Frank Williams ad daughter Claire – are very “close to my heart”Brawn said: “In the first instance, Toto was very frank and said: ‘I think I’m in a very strong competitive position and I don’t want anything that is going to upset the chances of me winning races.’ And that’s fine. That’s his prerogative.“Since then, all sorts of things have come out as to why we shouldn’t do it. I still prefer to stick to his first reasons, which I respect, and I might even be the same in his position.”The future of WilliamsWilliams have put their team up for sale after a £13m loss last year forced them to look for external investment.Brawn says F1 are “concerned” about the situation and “have been supporting them in many ways”, although he won’t explain how.“They are a team with a great heritage,” Brawn says. “I spent a lot of my career at Williams, certainly my formative years were at Williams, so they are close to my heart, and it’s saddened me to see the level of performance they had the last few years.“Their situation reflects their poor performance. You can’t get around it. There is a price to pay when you’re performing that badly.“With fresh investment and involvement I’m optimistic they can get into a more competitive position.”Brawn emphasises that the new rules being introduced in 2022 with the aim of closing up the field “will be very helpful to a team in Williams’ position in terms of the increased prize money there will be next year, the reduction in cost, the increased competitiveness of a smaller team”.The future of F1The European races announced so far will all be held without spectators and F1 will not be receiving fees for many of them, although that situation will change when it moves on to government-backed events later in the year in places such as Russia, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.The entire sport is facing a financial shortfall but Brawn says: “It can certainly sustain it for this year.“A large part of our income comes from broadcast rights. A large part of our income comes from sponsorship. Those are things we can fulfil whether the fans are there or not.“We want races with fans as soon as we can but we can’t do it unless we can do it safely. We will be making a call on all the races with or without fans but for me it is sustainable for the rest of the year if we had to have the majority of races without fans.”last_img read more

3 things we learned from Mark Coyle’s introductory press conference at Minnesota

first_imgMinnesota was the right — the only — fitIn the opening remarks at his press conference, Coyle prompted himself to answer the question, “Why Minnesota?”“I’ve been in this for a long time, we love this place,” Coyle began. Then he fell silent, looking out into the crowd, and down at his family. He tried mentioning his kids, before becoming emotional and pausing for 17 seconds, only breaking to say, “Excuse me.”He then told a story about his daughter, Grace, and her third birthday party while Coyle was the associate AD of external affairs. Goldy the Gopher, Minnesota’s mascot, appeared at the party and Coyle’s daughter began singing the school’s fight song. He chose that moment to represent his time with the Gophers from 2001-2005, and the one that drove him back to his former employer.“There was one place I was going to leave Syracuse for,” Coyle said, “and it’s Minnesota.”The move to Minnesota also brings Coyle geographically closer to mentor and former Gophers athletic director Joel Maturi.Sam Blum | Senior Staff WriterCoyle’s ties to the Midwest ultimately prevailedThe 47-year-old Coyle hails from Waterloo, Iowa. He went to Columbus (Iowa) High School and won a football state championship in his senior year as a stud wide receiver. He still considers his high school history teacher and assistant football coach a life-shaping mentor. He even stayed in Iowa to pursue his football career, playing for four years at Drake.Iowa is home for Mark Coyle, but as evidenced by his past career stops in Minnesota, Kentucky and even earlier at a public relations firm in Illinois, the Midwest is his home and comfort spot.Said Coyle: “I can’t tell you how excited we are to be back close to our family and have a chance to do something I love, close to my family.” Comments Published on May 11, 2016 at 7:57 pm Contact Connor: | @connorgrossman Facebook Twitter Google+ On Wednesday morning it was announced that Syracuse athletic director Mark Coyle was the lone finalist for the same position at Minnesota, and roughly seven hours later he arrived at a press conference at TCF Bank Stadium to publicly accept the position.His departure from SU leaves the school without an athletic director for the second time in as many years. He lasted just 311 days on the job after starting on July 6. Here are three things we learned from Coyle’s press conference to join the Gophers’ staff.He regrets the timing of his Syracuse departureCoyle leaned back on the statement a handful of times in the 25-minute press conference: “I regret the timing.” The first-year athletic director oversaw a Syracuse Athletics program that experienced one of its best years ever. Four teams advanced to their respective Final Fours, and SU field hockey and men’s cross country garnered national championships. Yet he didn’t make it through to the end of the athletic year, with both Orange lacrosse teams about to embark in the NCAA tournament.He thanked Syracuse for the opportunity the school allowed him, and specifically his superior, Chancellor Kent Syverud.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s a very special person, and I was so grateful for the opportunity he gave me at Syracuse, and that’s a first-class institution,” Coyle said. “They treated me and my family so well, and I regret the timing. I am so grateful or the opportunity Chancellor Syverud gave me and the people at Syracuse, they walk with me and my family.“We’ve had tremendous success because there’s great people back there. So I hope he knows how much I appreciate he did for me and my family during my time in Syracuse.”MORE COVERAGE:SU Athletics emails season-ticket holders following Mark Coyle’s departurePoll: Are you understanding of Mark Coyle’s rationale for leaving SU?Jim Boeheim and Dino Babers surprised by Mark Coyle’s departure Related Stories Syracuse Athletics emails season-ticket holders following Mark Coyle’s departurePoll: Are you understanding of Mark Coyle’s rationale for leaving Syracuse?Insight on Mark Coyle’s decision to leave Syracuse from former Minnesota director of athleticsStorify: Syracuse community reacts to AD Mark Coyle’s departureTop 3 moments from Mark Coyle’s time at Syracuselast_img read more

Jack Dempsey vs. Jess Willard at 100: Looking back at one of boxing’s landmark fights

first_imgThen, like Jess Willard before him, Dempsey retreated from the ring in pursuit of an easier life. He moved to Los Angeles and signed a contract to star in 10 feature films for a minimum guarantee of $1 million. Three years passed before he returned to combat, this time against Gene Tunney. On Sept. 23, 1926, the extraordinary total of 120,757 spectators filled Sesquicentennial Stadium in Philadelphia to witness the end of The Manassa Mauler’s reign. One year later, 104,943 fans crammed into Soldier Field in Chicago for the legendary Tunney-Dempsey “long count” rematch, and Tunney prevailed on the scorecards again.Most former heavyweight champions fade from view. Dempsey remained a public figure all his life and kept his dignity as he aged. Even today, memories of him defy the erosion of time. He is still vivid in the imagination of fight fans, an iconic figure and enduring symbol of boxing glory.Thomas Hauser’s new email address is His most recent book – Protect Yourself at All Times  – was published by the University of Arkansas Press. In 2004, the Boxing Writers Association of America honored Hauser with the Nat Fleischer Award for career excellence in boxing journalism. Putting matters in perspective for sports fans, Harvard finished in the top spot that year in five college football national championship polls. Babe Ruth led the major leagues with 29 home runs. His closest pursuer, Gavvy Cravath, had 12. Neither the National Football League or its forerunner (the American Professional Football Conference) existed. Rocky Marciano had yet to be born.MORE: Join DAZN and watch classic fights plus more than 100 fight nights a yearDempsey-Willard is an important milestone in the history of boxing and symbolizes the essence of the sport. It doesn’t have the social and political significance of Jack Johnson vs. James Jeffries, the rematch between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling or the first encounter between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. But it’s 100th anniversary is an appropriate time for remembrance.Dempsey was born in 1895 in Manassa, Colo. For five years beginning at age 16, he was what he later described as a “wandering man.”Dempsey biographer Randy Roberts says of those years, “There was no romance in the life. He lived in mining camps and hobo jungles, rode the rods, and more than once begged for food. What separated him was his willingness, even eagerness, to work. He accepted any type of employment from washing dishes, cutting lawns, and scrubbing floors to the harder work of coal-mining, digging ditches, and picking fruit.”Dempsey later recalled, “On the banks of the railroad tracks, generally near a fresh-water stream, hobos, tramps, and others who had fallen on hard times would gather, bundled up in layers of old clothing and newspaper, warming themselves and whatever food they pooled over a fire. As long as you threw a donation in the pot, you were welcome to eat. Moving was part of the business of survival. When all the peaches had been picked in one town, we’d hear that the beets were coming in a hundred miles away. I was a dishwasher and a miner. I dug ditches, punched cattle, and shined shoes. I went hungry for days rather than steal. I begged for any kind of job to earn a flop and a meal.”During those years, Dempsey began fighting to make money. He later estimated that he had 100 fights under the name “Kid Blackie” in Colorado, Utah, and Nevada between 1911 and mid-1914.“There were days when fighting only got me a buck or two,” he remembered. “I was knocked down plenty. I wanted to stay down; I couldn’t. I had to collect that two dollars for winning or go hungry. I had one fight when I was knocked down eleven times before I got up to win. I had to get up. I was a hungry fighter. When you haven’t eaten for two days, you’ll understand.”MORE: Book review of “Smokin’ Joe: The Life of Joe Frazier”Meanwhile, by virtue of his 1915 victory over Jack Johnson, Willard had become one of the most famous men in America. But rather than stay active as a fighter, Willard transitioned to the vaudeville circuit and “Wild West” shows where he could make as much as $6,000 a week. He fought only one official title defense in the 51 months after beating Johnson, winning an unimpressive “newspaper decision” in 1916 over Frank Moran.Finally, in 1919, Tex Rickard (America’s premier boxing promoter) lured Willard back into the ring with a $100,000 guarantee to fight an opponent of Rickard’s choosing. The promoter wanted a challenger who could beat Willard and would be a marketable champion. Dempsey was his man.It was a time when the sweet science was emerging from the shadows in America. Religious reform movements were weakening. As the prohibition against boxing was lifted from state to state, fights were becoming cause for celebration and Fourth of July prizefights were common.Tommy Burns had successfully defended the heavyweight championship against Billy Squires in California on July 4, 1907. More famously, on July 4, 1910, Jack Johnson devastated James Jeffries in Reno, Nev. Two years later, Johnson fought again on “America’s birthday,” knocking out Fireman Jim Flynn in New reports that, in addition to Dempsey-Willard, there were fights at 62 other venues in the United States on July 4, 1919. Most notably, Sam Langford lost a decision to Harry Wills in St. Louis; Jack Britton decisioned Johnny Griffiths in Canton, Ohio; and Harry Greb decisioned Bill Brennan in Tulsa, Okla.Dempsey-Willard was contested in Toledo, Ohio, in a temporary arena constructed from unpolished pine boards replete with splinters and oozing sap. The temperature was 110 degrees when the bout began at 4:09 p.m.Four years earlier, Willard had been 33 years old and weighed 238 pounds when he defeated Jack Johnson. Johnson, well past his prime by then, was four years older than Willard and had entered the ring at a career high 225 pounds, an indication that he wasn’t in the best of shape.Now Willard was 37 years old and weighed 245 pounds. Dempsey was 13 years younger and weighed 58 pounds less.Dempsey-Willard was a brutal fight. One minute into Round 1, the challenger landed a series of blows to the champion’s body followed by a left hook that all but caved in the right side of Willard’s face. In 1919, a fighter who knocked an opponent down could stand over him and attack as soon as his opponent’s knee left the canvas. Dempsey downed Willard seven times in the first round, smashing him to the canvas again and again while the champion was in the process of rising but not yet ready to defend himself. Willard suffered a horrible beating. His jaw and nose were broken. Six teeth were knocked out. There were cuts above and below both eyes. He was unable to answer the bell for round four.Dempsey’s victory over Willard heralded the dawn of a new era in sports and was a harbinger of things to come in boxing. His wild brawling fighting style captured the imagination of America.In the ring, Dempsey attacked with unrelenting ferocity, moving forward, chin tucked in, throwing punches with all-out aggression with both hands from the opening bell. Every punch he threw had the power to hurt his opponent. If he was knocked down, he got up and started punching again. He was the ideal vehicle for the implementation of Tex Rickard’s master plan.“Rickard’s goal,” sports historian Randy Roberts explains, “was to make boxing a thoroughly respectable sport that would toss together wealthy heiresses, rich businessmen, members of the middle class, and strong-armed laborers in arenas.” In pursuit of that goal, he was aided by a new media that fueled the commercialization of sports through more compelling sportswriting, more sophisticated film techniques and radio.Prior to Dempsey-Willard, the record gate for a prizefight had been $270,755 (generated by Johnson-Jeffries). Dempsey-Willard drew $452,224 in gate receipts.Then Dempsey and Rickard took boxing to new heights. Dempsey vs. Georges Carpentier was contested on July 2, 1921, in a temporary arena on the outskirts of Jersey City, N.J. More than 80,000 spectators (the largest crowd in America to witness a sporting event until that time) attended. The aristocracy was represented at ringside by Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, Whitneys, Fords, Harrimans, Biddles and Astors. The United States Senate and House of Representatives adjourned in anticipation of the event because 12 senators and 90 congressmen had tickets. The fight was also attended by a significant number of women. Ladies had been present at Willard-Dempsey but were confined to a special section. At Dempsey-Carpentier, they mingled freely with the men.MORE: How music has become an important part of the fight night experienceThe live gate for Dempsey-Carpentier was $1,789,238 (equivalent to more than $25 million today). It was also the first world championship match to be broadcast blow-by-blow on radio.Two years later, on Sept. 14, 1923, more than 88,000 fans jammed into the Polo Grounds in New York to see Dempsey defend his championship against Luis Firpo. An estimated 35,000 fans were turned away. One hundred years ago — on July 4, 1919 — Jack Dempsey battered Jess Willard over three brutal rounds to claim the heavyweight championship of the world.The world was very different then. Women were denied the right to vote in many states. Five months earlier, the 18th Amendment to the Constitution had outlawed the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages in the United States.last_img read more

Study finds vaping boosts risk of dental disease

first_imgIOWA CITY — A study on electronic cigarettes done in part by a University of Iowa researcher finds vaping significantly increases the risk of dental disease.UI Professor Sukirth Ganesan says he was stunned by how quickly the use of e-cigarettes impacted good bacteria, leaving users’ mouths teeming with infection-causing organisms and at a substantial risk for ailments ranging from gum disease to cancer. “All of these patients are using e-cigarettes for anywhere between three months, four months to a year,” Ganesan says. “Within a year of use, the e-cigarette vaping is messing up the oral bacteria, their functions and everything around.”The study found those who vape had oral bacteria that resembled periodontitis, a gum infection that can lead to tooth loss and, left untreated, is a risk factor for heart and lung disease.  “This is kind of alarming that these changes are happening within a year,” Ganesan says. “We have to follow up and see what happens to these people who are using e-cigarettes.”When vaping first gained popularity seven or eight years ago, it promised to be a viable alternative that could help people quit smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes, but Ganesan says that’s clearly no longer the case. “I’ve had patients tell me, ‘Oh, doc, I’m using this vaping to try and quit smoking and it’s working great,’ and I’ll be like, ‘Fantastic, go for it,’ because we had no idea what it was doing,” Ganesan says. “Now, yeah, definitely not. Sometimes I feel bad that in 2012 and ’13, that I didn’t know and I would just say ‘yes’ if someone asked me because I didn’t know what was going on.”Vaping continues to gain popularity in Iowa, especially among youth. An American Lung Association report last year found 16-percent of Iowa adults smoke cigarettes while about five-percent vape, versus Iowa high schools where four-percent of 11th graders smoke cigarettes and more than 22-percent vape. Ganesan’s research was published in the journal Science Advances. read more

Cranbrook consultant shoots for Million

first_imgThe Nelson Daily has learned a Cranbrook sales consultant could be humming the tune to the Barenaked Ladies “If I had a Million Dollars” song very soon. Barry Epp of the Key City was selected at random as the winner of TSN’s fifth annual, international award-winning million-dollar giveaway, the Chevrolet Cruze Million Dollar Shootout.On New Year’s Eve, during the first intermission of the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Buffalo, NY., between Canada and Sweden, Epp will attempt to score 15 or more goals into the net from the far blueline within the allotted time to win $1 million in a one-time payout.Epp, 63, has 20 pucks to shoot in 24 seconds.As part of the contest, Epp will also have the chance to win up to three all-new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Sedans for himself and two friends — son Shane Epp and friend Chris Kirwan — during the group shoot from center ice.The trio will each have 15 seconds to shoot 10 pucks at an open net (30 pucks in total).Depending on the number of total goals scored as a group, prizes will be awarded as follows: Five to nine goals – Epp wins a new Chevrolet CruzeTen or more goals – all three take home a new Chevrolet CruzeImmediately following the group shots at centre ice, Epp will move back to the far blue line for the Million Dollar Shootout.
 Epp is very familiar with the Chevrolet Million Dollar Shootout promotion.In 2008 Epp was in attendance at General Motors Place in Vancouver when Darwin Head of Prince Albert, SK, won it all during the Chevrolet Malibu Million Dollar Shootout in 2008, netting four Chevrolet Malibus and $1 million live on TSN.The day prior to the shootout, the Cranbrook trio receives a special one-hour private practice session with Hall of Fame defenceman and Chevrolet Hockey Ambassador Bobby Orr at HSBC Arena in Buffalo.Epp was randomly chosen from nearly 7.2 million total online entries. With files from TSNlast_img read more