Williamson dominates at Cottage Grove

first_imgWilliamson grabbed the top spot on lap four and never gave it back to win his first ever Modified race. Jake Mayden was second and Paul Rea third. In the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods a number of different drivers paced the field but it was Jorddon Braaten obtaining the lead on lap 15 with a late-race pass. By Ben Deatherage COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (June 8) – Kevin Williamson dominated the Mohawk Metal IMCA Modi­fied main event Saturday at Cottage Grove Speedway. Braaten parked his mount in victory lane for the second occasion of the 2019 season at Cottage Grove. Braedon Hand and Doug Coffman were next across the stripe.last_img

Odemwingie to return after quit threat

first_img Press Association Odemwingie made the comment on Tuesday during the latest in a string of Twitter outbursts directed against his employers. On Sunday, the Nigerian used the social networking site to hit out at being a substitute in recent games, a move which followed his failed attempt to engineer a move to QPR in January. The 31-year-old, West Brom’s top scorer for the past two seasons, has 15 months remaining on his four-year deal but may seek to force the issue over his future when the squad reconvenes for training following two days off. Odemwingie, who joined West Brom in 2010, said of himself in a tweet posted on Tuesday: “I see a free player. A player who buys out his contract soon. Or a retired player. Does he look like he cares much? They made him not to.” Article 17 of FIFA’s transfer regulations states players over the age of 28 can end their contracts two years after signing for a club by paying a compensation figure arrived at by taking into account their wages and transfer fee. Albion have already confirmed Odemwingie’s recent outbursts will be dealt with internally. Press Association Sport understands he is likely to face another fine, having received the same punishment over his antics during the January transfer window. It is also understood the club will not sack the player, who was the subject of a £2million bid from QPR in January, as they still view him as a saleable asset. center_img Peter Odemwingie will return to training at West Brom on Wednesday despite hinting that he could attempt to buy out the remainder of his contract at the Hawthorns.last_img read more

Martinez expects Man Utd comeback

first_img Martinez still puts them in the fight for fourth, even though United are 10 points adrift of current incumbents Arsenal with only five games to play. And asked if he expected United to be in the mix next season, the Toffees boss said: ” You have to because of the history, the finances, the expectations. “Manchester United will finish the season strong, I’ve got no doubts about that. Their next few games, I’m sure they’re going to fight for a European place and to finish as high as they can. “Even at this stage, they should be fighting for fourth place. It’s ingrained in the DNA of Manchester United. It’s not in doubt that they will be doing that and they will be challenging for the title next season. “I expect Spurs as well to be fighting for the top four. When we started the season there were six football clubs who purely down to the finances were forced to fight for the title. We gatecrashed the party.” There has been little to cheer for Moyes this season but away form has been one plus point. United have the best record in the division on the road and are looking for a fifth straight away league win. Martinez said: “There is always a bit of a transitional period when you get a new management team in place but you need to remember this team won the championship last season and you don’t become a bad team overnight. Press Association “We know now they’ve got a bit of stability, in the league they’ve been very strong and we expect a really tough game on Sunday. “It’s not about what we’re going to face, we know we’re going to face a very strong team, it’s more about how we can perform and how good we can be on the day, and that’s where the focus is.” Everton’s Champions League charge stalled in midweek when their run of seven consecutive league wins was ended by a home loss to Crystal Palace. That left them a point behind Arsenal, but Martinez is confident his side have learned from the experience. The Spaniard said: ” When you get into a position where it’s in your hands, you want to win so much, and you need to have that knowhow and experience that you don’t get exposed. “On Wednesday we were focused on trying to break down probably the strongest defensive system in the league, and we succeeded in it because we scored two goals, but the only part of the plan that didn’t work was we conceded three, and that’s not us at all. “I don’t think the awareness was there that we were going to get hurt in the other box. That’s what we need to learn as we go along and as we grow. “You cannot forget the basics in any game. I think we’re a stronger team now than we were on Wednesday and we’re going to use that in the next four games.” Phil Jagielka has an outside chance of being involved for Everton. A behind-closed-doors match has been arranged next week to give the Toffees captain some game time after a hamstring problem but he could make the bench this weekend. James McCarthy was only a substitute against Palace but has now recovered fully from a muscular injury. Fellow midfielders Steven Pienaar and Darron Gibson (both knee) miss out again. United striker Wayne Rooney has overcome a toe injury and is fit to play against his former club. Fellow forward Robin van Persie (knee) remains sidelined, but midfielder Marouane Fellaini has recovered from a calf injury that kept him out of United’s trip to Bayern Munich last week. Defender Jonny Evans is a doubt due to a long-term calf problem and right-back Rafael (thigh) is unavailable. David Moyes makes his first return to Goodison Park as United manager on Sunday for a match that could go a long way to deciding the Champions League qualifiers. But it is Everton, the club he left after 11 years in charge last summer, who are fighting for the top four while United languish in seventh place. Everton boss Roberto Martinez has no doubt Manchester United will be Premier League title challengers again next season. last_img read more

Dominican Republic to host Caribbean Club Championship – CONCACAF

first_imgMIAMI, United States (CMC) – The Dominican Republic’s Felix Sanchez Olympic Stadium will host the CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship this year.CONCACAF announced here Tuesday that the semifinals, third-place match, final and playoff match will be staged at the venue in Santo Domingo from May 8 to 13.Five clubs are participating: Arcahaie FC (Haiti), Cibao FC (Dominican Republic), Club Atletico Pantoja (Dominican Republic), Waterhouse FC (Jamaica), and the to-be-confirmed 2020 CONCACAF Caribbean Shield Champions“The Flow CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship is the pinnacle of club football in the Caribbean, providing fully professionalised leagues and their teams with a clear pathway to Confederation-wide tournaments,” said CONCACAF General Secretary Philippe Moggio.“After an exciting group stage in Jamaica earlier this year, we are pleased to bring the finals to the Dominican Republic capital of Santo Domingo for what should be a thrilling fourth edition of this important championship.”The group stage of the 2020 Flow CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship kicked off on January 29 in Kingston, Jamaica, with six teams battling for four semifinal spots.Group A saw Jamaican club Waterhouse power to a first-place finish with a draw versus Cibao FC of the Dominican Republic and a win over Haitian club Don Bosco. The Dominican club claimed the second place in the group, with two ties.In Group B, Atletico Pantoja of the Dominican Republic finished top of the group, with victories over reigning FCCCC champions Portmore United of Jamaica and Haiti’s Arcahaie. The Haitian side secured a semifinal spot with a win over the Jamaican co-hosts.The group winners will face the second-place finishers of the opposite group. The two semifinal matches are scheduled for May 8. The third place-match and final, which will determine the Caribbean representatives in the 2020 Scotiabank CONCACAF League and 2021 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, will be played on May 10.Once the 2020 CONCACAF Caribbean Shield Champions fulfil the CONCACAF Regional Club Licensing criteria required to participate in a Confederation-wide club competition, an additional playoff match will be disputed on May 13, between the fourth-place finishers of the Caribbean Club Championship and the Shield Champions.The winners of that game will claim the last spot for Caribbean clubs in the 2020 Scotiabank CONCACAF League.last_img read more

World Rugby begins investigation of Fiji Chair

first_img(BBC) – WORLD Rugby has begun an investigation into the chairman of the Fiji Rugby Union (FRU), which has backed Sir Bill Beaumont’s bid for re-election as boss of the world game.Francis Kean is under pressure to stand down amid accusations of homophobia and discrimination, as revealed by the Sunday Times.The allegations against Kean, who was convicted of manslaughter in 2007, are being taken “extremely seriously” by World Rugby, the sport’s governing body.The FRU seconded Beaumont’s nomination to stand again as World Rugby chairman.Kean is also attempting to secure a place on World Rugby’s executive committee, but is now under pressure to withdraw from that process.World Rugby has stressed that Beaumont’s nomination came from the Fiji Rugby Union, rather than from the chairman individually.However this development threatens to disrupt his campaign, with Beaumont and rival Agustin Pichot entering their final week of campaigning before the vote opens on 27 April.“World Rugby notes allegations in the UK Sunday Times about Fiji Rugby Union chairman Ratu Vilikesa Bulewa Francis Kean and takes them extremely seriously,” a statement said.“Rugby is a sport built on strong and inclusive values and World Rugby does not in any way condone any abusive or discriminatory behaviour, as outlined within its bye-laws.“World Rugby is currently in dialogue with the Fiji Rugby Union about the nature of the allegations and it would be inappropriate to further comment at this time.”Kean currently represents Fiji on the World Rugby council.World Rugby say a place on the council is awarded to the Union – in this case the FRU – rather than any individual, and that Fiji met the relevant criteria under the revised governance process launched in November 2015.Beaumont has pledged a full governance review if he is re-elected, including a ‘fit and proper persons’ test.The election result will be confirmed at a World Rugby council meeting on 12 May.last_img read more

Trojans begin three-game homestand against TCU

first_imgAs the USC baseball team enters the final month of its baseball season 11 games under .500, it can at least feel good that it isn’t having the year Texas Christian is.Upswing · USC freshman outfielder Timmy Robinson (center) has had plenty to cheer about after his recently snapped 12-game hitting streak. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanTCU actually has a better record than USC this year. But while the youthful Trojans (16-27, 8-13) were expected to struggle, the Horned Frogs certainly were not. They started the season ranked No. 14 by Baseball America, fresh off a 2012 campaign that saw them come within two games of making the College World Series. But TCU comes to Dedeaux Field tonight  just 21-23 on the season and just 8-10 in the less-than-stellar Big 12 conference.The reason for the Horned Frogs’ woes is the team’s struggles at the plate. As a team, TCU is hitting just .242 this season and has 355 hits in 44 games. The main victim of poor run support has been No. 2 starting pitcher Brandon Finnegan, who has a 2.12 ERA this year but a stunning 0-6 record.“Their pitching numbers are just stupid,” USC head coach Dan Hubbs said. “[Finnegan] touches 95 [miles per hour] and he’s their second-best pitcher.”On the mound in game one for TCU will be Morrison Preston and his 1.31 ERA. USC will counter with junior ace Bob Wheatley, who has a 1.84 ERA — impressive in its own right.With the dominant pitching of TCU, runs will be at a premium all weekend. As such, added pressure will be put on USC’s pitching staff to limit the opportunities for the Horned Frogs. That might not sound too difficult against a team struggling at the plate the way TCU is, but that doesn’t mean Hubbs isn’t worried about it.“We cannot give up free bases,” Hubbs said. “We can’t afford to give them any extra opportunity.”Though TCU might struggle to create runs, USC has been prone to “gift” runs to its opponents, as Hubbs put it. The Trojans have given up at least 283 so-called “free bases” this year — 190 walks, 50 hit batsman and 43 errors. For comparison, USC’s opponents have given the Trojans 190 “free bases.”In the seventh inning alone of Tuesday’s 9-5 loss to Pepperdine, USC surrendered six runs (six unearned) as a result of three walks, two errors (including a passed ball), a hit batsman and a wild pitch.“It was disappointing,” Hubbs said of USC’s defense. “That’s a game that we should win.”All season, the Trojans have found themselves out of games that they should be in, including a memorable six-error afternoon against Oregon.“It’s tough to say what’s been going on,” USC junior infielder Kevin Swick said. “At a certain point, it becomes a lack of confidence, but I really don’t know what’s causing the problems. We’ve just got to be better and mentally stronger and figure it out.”With games this weekend expected to be close, low-scoring affairs, the Trojans cannot afford unforced errors. With only a handful of upperclassman pitching regularly for USC, the youthful pitching staff has been prone to bouts of major inconsistency and control issues — especially the bullpen.“Wheatley doesn’t walk a lot of guys,” Hubbs said. “And [Friday starter sophomore] Wyatt [Strahan] has had his issues but he’s been much better lately. So that will be good for us. The key will be the bullpen. We’re going to need to find some guys who can be consistent and reliable.”The same has been said all season, and not just about the bullpen. There is a lot of talent on this Trojan team, but not an awful lot of experience. And it takes both to win at this level.But a number players have made tremendous strides. Freshman outfielder Timmy Robinson, for example, has been the embodiment of this freshman class. Robinson started his year off 2-for-25 and batting .080. Before last weekend, he had a 12-game hitting streak and had raised his average to .248. The hitting streak ended at the hands of No. 5 Oregon State this past weekend, but the improvement hasn’t been lost.“If you look at Timmy at the beginning of the season, he just couldn’t figure it out,” Swick said. “But now he’s really catching on, which is great to see. There’s been improvement all around.”With the season more or less a lost cause for USC, the team’s focus has shifted to finishing this year on a strong note and building momentum for next year.“Coach Hubbs always says, ‘Get better a little bit every day,’” Swick said. “If we do that, it’s going to give us some momentum for next season.”As the 12-time national championship program closes in on its ninth non-winning season in the last 10 years, Hubbs reflected on the state of his program.“We’ve been talking as a team about the higher level of performance we need to have,” Hubbs said. “There’s a higher level of performance we have to maintain, or rather attain, to get the program back where it needs to be.”First pitch for tonight’s game at Dedeaux Field is scheduled for 6 p.m.last_img read more

Wayne Rooney clinches Man United win, Arsenal go clear, Liverpool beaten

first_imgWayne Rooney’s 188th Premier League goal earned Manchester United a first win in nine attempts in all competitions as they beat Swansea 2-1 at Old Trafford.After a goalless first half, United broke the deadlock two minutes into the second period when Anthony Martial headed in from Ashley Young’s cross.Gylfi Sigurdsson made it 1-1 for Swansea when the midfielder connected with Modou Barrow’s cross to send the ball beyond goalkeeper David De Gea.United hit back thanks to fine work by Martial who found Rooney, with the striker’s smart flick beating goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.Wayne Rooney’s 188th Premier League goal earned Manchester United a first win in nine attempts in all competitions as they beat Swansea 2-1 at Old Trafford.After a goalless first half, United broke the deadlock two minutes into the second period when Anthony Martial headed in from Ashley Young’s cross. Gylfi Sigurdsson made it 1-1 for Swansea when the midfielder connected with Modou Barrow’s cross to send the ball beyond goalkeeper David De Gea.United hit back thanks to fine work by Martial who found Rooney, with the striker’s smart flick beating goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.Arsenal opened up a two-point lead at the top of the table as they claimed an unconvincing 1-0 win over Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium.Petr Cech made some vital saves for Arsene Wenger’s side, with Newcastle’s Georginio Wijnaldum frustrated by the goalkeeper.The Gunners took the lead against the run of play when Laurent Koscielny bundled in from close range after Olivier Giroud won a header in the penalty area. Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero both scored in a three-minute span to spark Manchester City to a 2-1 win at Watford on Saturday.City had fallen behind 10 minutes after half-time thanks to an Aleksandar Kolarov own goal following a Watford corner.And the hosts held City at bay until the 82nd minute when Toure reacted first to volley in a corner kick at the near post.The comeback was quickly completed as Aguero hung in the air to redirect a cross with his head for his first Premier League goal away from home this season. Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll scored headed goals as West Ham United defeated Liverpool 2-0 at Upton Park in the day’s early kickoff.West Ham took the lead in the 10th minute when Antonio headed in powerfully from Enner Valencia’s fantastic cross.Manuel Lanzini then struck the woodwork for the Hammers with a swerving effort, and then up the other end Emre Can’s effort clipped the top of the crossbar before half-time.Carroll put West Ham 2-0 up 10 minutes into the second half with another superb header from Mark Noble’s delivery into the box. Riyad Mahrez failed to score a second-half penalty as high-flying Leicester City were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Bournemouth.Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc denied Mahrez from the penalty spot after Jamie Vardy was adjudged to have been brought down by Simon Francis, who received a red card.The Foxes are now three top-flight games without a win after losing at Liverpool and drawing at home to Manchester City.An injury-time goal from Jonny Evans saw West Bromwich Albion beat in-form Stoke City 2-1 at The Hawthorns. West Brom broke the deadlock on the hour mark when Stephane Sessegnon received James Morrison’s pass and then powered home.Jonathan Walters equalised for Stoke with nine minutes left on the clock, heading in Joselu’s cross from the left.Stoke were reduced to 10 men when Geoff Cameron reacted to a challenge from Claudio Yacob, and West Brom struck late with Evans scoring from close range.Sunderland ended a run of five straight losses with a 3-1 triumph over Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light. Villa went behind on 30 minutes when Patrick van Aanholt’s deflected shot beat goalkeeper Brad Guzan.The visitors responded through Carles Gil who met Adama Traore’s cross to the back post with a tremendous volley on 63 minutes.Sunderland retook the lead in the 72nd minute when Jermain Defoe latched onto Adam Johnson’s pass before finishing into the corner.Defoe grabbed his second of the game in injury time to wrap up the three points as he finished in clinical fashion.Norwich City made it back-to-back wins with a 1-0 victory over out-of-form Southampton at Carrow Road.Shortly after Southampton’s Victor Wanyama received a second yellow card, Norwich made their numerical advantage pay as Alexander Tettey found the top corner.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Stevanović to leave Sevilla

first_imgAs Spanish press stated, BiH football player, Miroslav Stevanović could leave Sevilla in summer transfer term, reports sportsport.baSince he hasn’t been playing as much as he would like, Spanish media stated that Stevanović will probably leave the team in summer.Stevanović was born in 1990 in Zvornik and befor coming to Sevilla he played in Vojvodina, Borac Banja Luka, and since 2012 he’s been playing for BiH National team.(photo: fifa)last_img

Joonas Korpisalo, Blue Jackets agree to two-year contract extension

first_img📝 The #CBJ sign Korpi to a two-year contract extension.https://t.co/0wR6MXYx4u— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) April 17, 2020Korpisalo, a third-round draft pick back in 2012, has been steadily improving since he entered the league in 2015. He’s played the best hockey of his career this season, posting career-highs in wins (19), shutouts (two) and saves (938) and matching his best goals-against average (2.60). From Nov. 1 to March 12, he was also fifth in GAA (2.31) and tied for ninth in save percentage (.920) in the NHL.  “Joonas had the opportunity to play a lot of games for us early in the season before he was injured and responded by playing at an All-Star level,” Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in the team press release. “He is a young, talented goaltender with a great work ethic and desire to succeed and we are very excited to see his continued development and improvement moving forward.”The extension locks up Columbus’ new No. 1 netminder after the team lost long-time starter Sergei Bobrovsky to the Florida Panthers via free agency last summer. Since being handed the starting role, Korpisalo has backstopped Columbus to a 19-12-5 record in 2019-20 despite being sidelined for almost two months after undergoing knee surgery in late December. He was named to the 2020 NHL All-Star Game for the first time in his career, although he missed out due to his injury.With the rest of the season hanging in the balance, Columbus currently sits in the final wild-card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, just one point ahead of the Islanders. With Joonas Korpisalo in the midst of his best NHL season yet, the Blue Jackets have made sure he’s not going anywhere.Columbus signed the Finnish goalie to a two-year contract extension on Friday, ensuring that his short-term future will be with the team. According to The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline, the deal has an AAV of $2.8 million per year, with Korpisalo making $2.2 million in 2020-21 and $3.4 million the following year. The 25-year-old netminder was set to be a restricted free agent at the end of this season.last_img read more

“We are proud to be able to give footballers the working conditions they deserve”

first_imgThe president of Futbolistas ON, Juanjo Martínez, was “proud” to be able to give the players of the First Iberdrola “the working conditions they deserve”, after signing the first Collective Agreement for women’s football, although They hope to continue “improving issues” for the next season.“We have signed for this season, so it will be a short tour. Therefore, we have to sit, both unions and employers, to see the issues that we can improve, especially economic, day and salary where the players can have that improvement they deserve. From here, we will continue to improve, “said the president of the union after presenting the agreement to the president of the CSD, Irene Lozano.“We are very proud to be able to give the players the working conditions they deserve. The players of this country from today will have those conditions and those rights that have demanded so much. Thanks to that strike we have come to fruition, and that is why they will be able to enjoy what any worker enjoys today, “he added about the break-up day the players made to express their discomfort at the delay in signing the document.Further, The CSD considered “an ideal scenario” to confirm a signature of the Collective Agreement that “has cost so much”. “We signed it on Tuesday at the headquarters of the other signatory union (AFE) and that is why the CSD wanted to know how the text was written, and today was an ideal day to present it and dialogue for the future,” he said. Further, confirmed their attendance at the protocol signing of the Agreement in the Congress of Deputies that will take place this Wednesday at 6.30 pm, where you can “expose the great success of the players in this country.” “It is a day of celebration of the Agreement that in the end has taken a lot, too much, but that in the end has been possible”he added.“We have laid a foundation and a very good tool for the growth of women’s football and there is nothing better than talking to Congress to improve it in the future and for soccer players to have better conditions, “he said.The president of the union sees a “fundamental and vital” right of the Collective Agreement “automatic renewal due to pregnancy”, which ensures the job in the event of this circumstance. “This measure is to look very much for the players that can happen this in the last year of the contract,” he said.For its part, the manager of Footballers ON, Tamara Ramos, encouraged “all athletes”, reminding them that “if you fight and work, you can get everyone to be recognized as workers, which is what they are.” “From Futbolistas ON we want to recognize the soccer players who have been the true architects of our being here now,” he concluded.last_img read more