EDNA, Texas (Feb. 26) – Interest generated by a Modified race held at Edna last fall led to the IMCA division being sanctioned there this season. IMCA Modifieds join Saturday programs at Texana Raceway Park beginning with opening night on March 30. Another 13 events are scheduled at the 5/16-mile clay oval through season championship night on Sept. 28. Located approximately 100 miles southwest of Houston, Texana Raceway Park will field a strong group of local Modified drivers while getting cars from the San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Houston areas. “This is another great addition to our South Central Region,” noted IMCA Vice President of Operations Jim Stannard, “and a great track for RaceSaver Sprint Car events as well.” Specials on the 2019 schedule are the Aug. 30-31 Jim Scribellito Memorial, held in honor of the former Shady Oaks Speedway promoter, and the Oct. 25-26 Aaron Hudgeons Memorial. Texana, which was sanctioned in 2005 and 2006, will be part of IMCA’s Razor Chassis South Central Region for Modifieds and will also host a number of IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car events. “There was a lot of interest. We polled the drivers and it was unanimous that they wanted to go with IMCA,” said promoter Rachel Densman, who purchased the track two years ago with her husband Kenny, a former Modified driver. “IMCA is a well-known organization. We like the rules and we like that our drivers will be eligible for point funds.”
Governor Emmanuel had promised the players the sum of $10,000 for every goal, two days before their clash with the African champions, whom the Eagles walloped 4-0 in Uyo on the first day of September, before earning a 1-1 draw with the Lions in Yaounde three days later.Yesterday, the football-loving governor and great host of the Super Eagles in this qualifying campaign, said there is more where the money came from, if the team earns a sixth FIFA World Cup appearance by winning tomorrow.â€œI know you have the quality to overcome in this important match, but I donâ€™t want you to under-rate your opponents. I love the professionalism and dedication to the cause that you have shown since the beginning of this qualifying campaign. Those efforts have putNigeria at the top of the table.â€œI want to commend the NFF, your coaches and the support staff for the great job they have all done in support of your efforts to get to this position. You are just one win away from achieving your goal. The Zambians are taking this game as a do-or-die affair, so we need to be totally focused and play like soldiers.â€Responding on behalf of the team, Captain John Mikel Obi thanked the governor and pledged to him and indeed Nigerians everywhere that the Super Eagles will not disappoint on Saturday.â€œWe very much appreciate the role Your Excellency, the Government and good people of Akwa Ibom State, the NFF and Nigerians from all walks of life have played to get us to this position in this campaign. We know how much this match means and we will go out there and do the job.â€Table-toppers Nigeria will qualify for a sixth FIFA World Cup appearance with the minimum victory on Saturday. The match kicks off at 5pm.Meanwhile, President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, has asked the Super Eagles to be calm but clinical in Saturdayâ€™s showdown with the Zambians.â€œThe tendency is for teams to get uptight and tensed for this kind of match. I have spoken to them and the approach should be to take full control from the beginning and take the chances that come without being too anxious.â€œWe defeated the African champions, Cameroon, by maintaining focus and with the team imposing its game and taking the chances that came their way. That should be the approach for Saturday.â€Zambia last tasted victory against Nigeria in a competitive football match at senior level 32 years ago.There have been 18 matches in all, with the Eagles winning seven, Zambia winning five and six draws. But this is only the second FIFA World Cup qualifying match between the two teams, the first won by the Eagles in Ndola last year.NIGERIA & ZAMBIA AT SENIOR LEVEL15 July 1973: Zambia 5 Nigeria 1 â€“ Lusaka (AFCON Qualifier)29 July 1973: Nigeria 3 Zambia 2 â€“ Lagos (AFCON Qualifier)14 Feb 1976: Zambia 1 Nigeria 3 â€“ Lusaka (Friendly)10 Mar 1978: Zambia 0 Nigeria 0 â€“ Accra (AFCON)25 July 1981: Zambia 3 Nigeria 0 â€“ Lusaka (Friendly)13 Mar 1982: Zambia 3 Nigeria 0 â€“ Benghazi (AFCON)10 Aug 1985: Nigeria 0 Zambia 0 â€“ Lagos (AFCON Qualifier)18 Aug 1985: Zambia 1 Nigeria 0 â€“ Lusaka (AFCON Qualifier)12 Mar 1990: Zambia 0 Nigeria 2 â€“ Annaba (AFCON S-F)10 Apr 1994: Zambia 1 Nigeria 2 â€“ Tunis (AFCON Final)15 Dec 1997: Zambia 2 Nigeria 0 â€“ Lusaka (Friendly)18 Dec 1997: Zambia 0 Nigeria 0 â€“ Kitwe (Friendly)13 Jan 2001: Nigeria 1 Zambia 0 â€“ Lagos (AFCON Qualifier)24 Mar 2001: Zambia 1 Nigeria 1 â€“ Chingola (AFCON Qualifier)6 Jan 2010: Zambia 0 Nigeria 0 â€“ Durban (Friendly)25 Jan 2010: Zambia 0 Nigeria 0 (4-5 penalties) â€“ Lubango (AFCON)25 Jan 2013: Nigeria 1 Zambia 1 â€“ Nelspruit (AFCON)9 Oct 2016: Zambia 1 Nigeria 2 â€“ Ndola (World Cup Qualifier)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram WORLD CUP QUALIFIERÂ Promises more largesse if Zambia falls on Saturday in UyoOkon Bassey in UyoAkwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel on Wednesday redeemed his pledge of $10,000 per goal for the matches against Cameroon to the Super Eagles, while calling on the three-time African champions to go all out for a win against Zambia on Saturday and expect â€˜a handsome rewardâ€™ from him.
Ghana’s Christian Atsu, will be unable to shake hands with his teammates and staff of his side, Newcastle United, after their manager Steve Bruce banned the act.According to Bruce, this has become necessary due to concerns over the coronavirus.Other Premier League sides like Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have also put identical measures in place in an attempt to curb the spread of the disease.Ahead of Newcastle’s game against Burnley on Saturday, Bruce said, “There’s a ritual here that everybody shakes hands as soon as we see each other every morning – we’ve stopped that on the advice of the doctor.“Thankfully, we’ve got a superb doctor here and he will keep us informed of what we have to do.”Confirmed cases of the disease in England has put authorities on high alert ahead of a busy week of Premier League action.Atsu has struggled to cement a place in the Newcastle side this season, making only six starts in the Premier League this season.
NFL playoff odds 2020TeamVegas oddsRegular season recordRavens+22514-2Chiefs+30012-449ers+35013-3Saints+35013-3Packers+70013-3Seahawks+90011-5Patriots+180012-4Bills+350010-6Vikings+400010-6Texans+400010-6Eagles+45009-7Titans+75009-7 The Ravens are the Super Bowl favorites entering the NFL playoffs for good reason.Baltimore finished the season with 12 straight wins, including a victory Sunday against Pittsburgh in which the Ravens played their second-stringers. Quarterback Lamar Jackson is expected to claim MVP honors. Twelve of their players were named to the Pro Bowl. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/cc/39/lamar-jackson-112519-getty-ftrjpg_8gquwpsi7o5p1xw30dbu26got.jpg?t=-1547830282&w=500&quality=80 Baltimore’s status as Vegas’ first choice means longer odds for other strong Super Bowl contenders such as the Chiefs, 49ers and Saints. It’s an opportunity for bettors dubious of the Ravens to put their money where their mouths are and potentially reap a substantial reward.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting trends at Sports InsiderWhen Super Bowl odds opened Sunday night after the 49ers beat the Seahawks, Kansas City was considered to have the second-best chance at making a championship run. San Francisco followed just behind, and New Orleans and Green Bay rounded out the top five.Below is a full list of opening Super Bowl 54 postseason odds (via Caesars):Who’s the favorite to win Super Bowl 54?Baltimore is considered the favorite, with Caesars giving the Ravens a +225 opening line. A $100 bet would net a $225 return should the team win the Super Bowl. The Ravens, who went 14-2, get a first-round bye and will host the lowest remaining seed in the divisional round. They would also host the AFC championship game should they advance that far.MORE NFL PLAYOFFS:Full TV schedule | Playoff picture analysis