Jones captures Thunder Hill Modified checkers

first_imgBy Bill Grit MAYETTA, Kan. (July 19) – Jeff Jones started 11th and finished first in the Saturday main event for BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modifieds at Thunder Hill Speedway.Richard Spriggs and then Dave Conkwright set the fast pace as Jones worked his way toward the front. With racing three and four-wide throughout the field, Jones finally got the edge and took the checkers ahead of Conkwright, Brandon Blochlinger, Danny Holt and Mat Stallbaumer. Mike Nichols was the winner in a Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Car feature that ran caution free while Dusty Leonard prevailed in the Belleville Motorsports IMCA Northern SportMod feature.Top Bad Boyz Bail Bonds IMCA Hobby Stock honors went to Adam Armstrong and Austin Um­scheid got his third Casey’s General Store IMCA Sport Compact victory.last_img read more

Grabouski sweeps IMCA Modified, Stock Car features at Gage County Fair

first_imgBEATRICE, Neb. (July 29) – A pair of blue ribbon runs put Jordan Grabouski in victory lane twice Sunday night, during the Gage County Fair special at Beatrice Speedway.Grabouski got the best of Kyle Vanover in a back-and-forth IMCA Sunoco Stock Car headliner, than checked out for the $1,000 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying IMCA Modified win.Grabouski drew the pole for the Stock Car main but it was Vanover who was fastest much of the distance. The two swapped the front spot several times before Grabouski got the lead for good in the late going.Vanover ended in second with Jed Williams third.The national point leader led every circuit in the 20-lap Modified feature, pulling ahead after each restart. Jordy Nelson and Jaxon Saathoff completed the top three. Brandon Spanjer was fourth while Randy Foote made his way from 13th starting to fifth.Brady Bencken raced from 11th starting to win the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature ahead of Kevin Vanlaningham and Jesse Vanlaningham.Lance Borgman outran Rick Rohr and 10th starting Lee Horky in the race to the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod checkers.Ninth starting Drake Bohlmeyer was the Mach-1 Sport Compact winner. Nick Lindblad and John Martinez rounded out the top three.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Jordan Grabouski; 2. Jordy Nelson; 3. Jaxon Saathoff; 4. Brandon Spanjer; 5. Randy Foote; 6. Steve Swarthout; 7. Trevor Baker; 8. Bob Zoubek; 9. Aaron Pella; 10. Robert Brinkman; 11. Scott Smith; 12. Dan Nelson; 13. Nathan Meyer; 14. Kale Smith; 15. Brandon Conkwright; 16. Andy Eickhoff; 17. Jacob Hobscheidt; 18. Johnny Saathoff.Stock Cars – 1. Jordan Grabouski; 2. Kyle Vanover; 3. Jed Williams; 4. John Meyer; 5. Dan Nelson; 6. Jordan Junker; 7. Mark Ronnebaum; 8. Garrett Freese; 9. Joe Hancock; 10. Eric Bartels; 11. Paul Burck; 12. Tyler Phelps; 13. Kyle Pfeifer.Hobby Stocks – 1. Brady Bencken; 2. Kevin Vanlaningham; 3. Jesse Vanlaningham; 4. Travis Blythe; 5. Ryan Gilland; 6. Taylor Huss; 7. Dillon Richards; 8. Jacob Harms; 9. Eric Chab; 10. Jeremy Brandt; 11. Shelby Barnard; 12. Cody Green; 13. Jeff Watts; 14. Cody Williams; 15. Ryan Roschewski; 16. Randy Garrison; 17. Daron Williams; 18. Roy Armstrong; 19. Brendon Stigge.Northern SportMods – 1. Lance Borgman; 2. Rick Rohr; 3. Lee Horky; 4. Tyler Nerud; 5. Devyn Peterson; 6. Matt Andrews; 7. Taylor Metz; 8. Austin Svoboda; 9. Cole Wayman; 10. Justin Svoboda; 11. Travis Runcie; 12. Eric Wilcox; 13. Trey Duensing; 14. Travis Patterson; 15. Jeremy Down; 16. Jeremy Inderlied; 17. Nick Focken; 18. Lane Malchow; 19. Dalton Blow; 20. Adam Armstrong.Sport Compacts – 1. Drake Bohlmeyer; 2. Nick Lindblad; 3. John Martinez; 4. Trenten Fugett; 5. Jeff Creek; 6. Nick Snyder; 7. Brock McDougall; 8. Shawn Hein; 9. Terry Tritt; 10. Jeremy Shell; 11. Nathan Wahlstrom; 12. Jeffrey Scott; 13. Jamie Deutsch; 14. Noah Boller; 15. Josh Black; 16. Joshua Young.last_img read more

Permanent hair dye and straighteners may increase breast cancer risk

first_imgScientists at the National Institutes of Health found that women who use permanent hair dye and chemical hair straighteners have a higher risk of developing breast cancer than women who don’t use these products. The study published online Dec. 4 in the International Journal of Cancer and suggests that breast cancer risk increased with more frequent use of these chemical hair products.Using data from 46,709 women in the Sister Study, researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of NIH, found that women who regularly used permanent hair dye in the year prior to enrolling in the study were 9% more likely than women who didn’t use hair dye to develop breast cancer. Among African American women, using permanent dyes every five to eight weeks or more was associated with a 60% increased risk of breast cancer as compared with an 8% increased risk for white women. The research team found little to no increase in breast cancer risk for semi-permanent or temporary dye use.An intriguing finding was the association between the use of chemical hair straighteners and breast cancer. Dr. White and colleagues found that women who used hair straighteners at least every five to eight weeks were about 30% more likely to develop breast cancer. While the association between straightener use and breast cancer was similar in African American and white women, straightener use was much more common among African American women.Co-author Dale Sandler, Ph.D., chief of the NIEHS Epidemiology Branch, cautioned that although there is some prior evidence to support the association with chemical straighteners, these results need to be replicated in other studies.When asked if women should stop dyeing or straightening their hair, Sandler said, “We are exposed to many things that could potentially contribute to breast cancer, and it is unlikely that any single factor explains a woman’s risk. While it is too early to make a firm recommendation, avoiding these chemicals might be one more thing women can do to reduce their risk of breast cancer.”last_img read more

Two arrested on drug charges during traffic stop

first_imgGreensburg, IN — On August 7, an officer with the Greensburg Police Department observed a motor vehicle that had committed both traffic and equipment violations. During the initial stop, the officer began speaking with the two occupants of the vehicle.The investigation turned into a narcotics investigation. As officers were speaking with the two occupants, narcotics were allegedly located. The driver of the vehicle, Kendra McDaniel, 28, of Greensburg, and passenger Jessica Pugh, 40, of Greensburg, were taken into custody and officers continued with the investigation.McDaniel and Pugh were transported to the Decatur County Jail where they were processed. Kendra McDaniel was charged on allegations of Possession of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession of a Hypodermic Needle. Jessica Pugh was charged on allegations of Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of a Hypodermic Needle, and Unlawful Possession or Use of Legend Drug or Precursor.last_img read more

Eberechi Eze’s Spurs move doubtful

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Tottenham qualify for Europa League Pochettino’s 19-year-old son signs new deal at Tottenham Former Spurs boss Pochettino open to Premier League return QPR midfielder Eberechi Eze’s move to Tottenham may now be off. The Sun said Eze’s hopes of landing a dream move to Tottenham could be scuppered by the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino. The £20 million-rated midfielder has been tracked by the majority of Premier League clubs after making a huge impact in the Championship with Queens Park Rangers. Spurs were at the head of the queue after Pochettino instructed his scouts to make detailed assessments of his game ahead of a potential bid in January. But now that move is under threat following the club’s decision to axe the Argentine boss last month.Tags: Mauricio PochettinoQueens Park Rangers of England playerlast_img read more

Sole turns on Power for Hughes

first_img “Sole Power is the best sprinter in Europe, we just can’t beat him – we’re not far behind him, but I thought we’d beaten him today. I don’t know where we’ll go next.” Olly Stevens said of Extortionist: “He’s very good. The rain yesterday was no help as he wants it rattling fast and I’m just glad we got so close to the winner. He’ll be a real horse next year as it’s so hard for three-year-olds, the programme and weight-for-age scale is all against them. “We might try six next. He’s in at Haydock and the Ascot race.” Four years ago, Eddie Lynam’s gelding claimed the same race as a 100-1 chance, but after he successfully defended his title in the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot, he was the 11-4 favourite this time. Hughes had to make a dramatic move to switch Sole Power as he had nowhere to go with just over a furlong left, but they dived through a gap to pinch the race from Stepper Point, eventually scoring by a half-length margin. Extortionist was third, another short head back. As expected, the fleet-footed Take Cover broke smartly and attempted to repeat his recent front-running success at Goodwood, but he could not sustain the gallop. Moviesta and Stepper Point were duelling up front, and Extortionist was beginning a late charge, but Sole Power’s turn of foot was simply far too good. It means, after the feats of Slade Power, that Lynam and the Power family have won all four British Group One sprints so far this season. Hughes said: “He’s brilliant, he’s made for me. When I was 14 or 15 I dreamed about riding horses like this, and doing it like that.” Lynam added: “Two weeks ago, he had American ringworm, we had to get him right for it and we had only 10 days to train him. “He’s a super horse, a horse of a lifetime, it’s just the way he does it. He was about 97 points lighter than he was four years ago! “We haven’t run him in Ireland for a good few years. There’s a race on Irish Champions Weekend and we’d like to support it. We’ll give him a blow-out in Longchamp in the Abbaye, keep him ticking over, and then Hong Kong. I’d love another go at that.” Trainer William Muir said of the gallant Stepper Point: “I know how good he is, but he’s always overlooked. We know what he likes and doesn’t like, but we keep running him and he always runs his race. Richard Hughes squeezed Sole Power through the eye of a needle to claim his latest Group One success in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York. Press Associationlast_img read more

O’Neill focus on Scotland qualifier

first_imgRepublic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is refusing to allow the furore surrounding FIFA’s controversial loan to distract him from his Euro 2016 mission. But as they went about their business, FAI chief executive John Delaney was facing calls to stand before the Irish parliament and explain the situation, although the man he appointed as Giovanni Trapattoni’s replacement in November 2013 was focusing solely on football. Asked for his reaction to the latest development, O’Neill said: “Exactly the same as I had yesterday. I don’t know what else has happened to it. That’s an issue at this minute outside my jurisdiction. I genuinely don’t know enough about the ins and outs of it. “Someone asked me yesterday would I make a comment on it at some stage or another – I’m sure that possibly will be the case. “But really in essence, I am here for one major thing: my job here is to try to prepare these players for this match and I don’t think that anything else, from my viewpoint, should be distracting from that.” If O’Neill’s stance was convenient it was also necessary, with few within the Ireland camp doubting the significance of Saturday’s game. Win and the Republic are right back in the hunt for automatic qualification; lose and France will seem beyond them, and that could spark a clamour for fundamental change. O’Neill, however, remains hopeful his team can emerge from a tough group to achieve its objective. He said: “If you were speaking to [Scotland boss] Gordon [Strachan], I think we find ourselves in a pretty difficult group. We are in with the world champions, who would be expected to go and win the group, then it seemed as if it was going to be a real scramble for second place. “Poland are very, very strong and Scotland, there seems to be a renaissance there, which is good for Scottish football in that sense. But yes, it’s been difficult – but nothing is impossible yet and there’s a distance to go. “We are only halfway through the group.” Ireland lost by the only goal in the reverse fixture in Glasgow in November, and O’Neill is aware there could once again be a fine line between success and failure. To that end, he will hope to have skipper Robbie Keane, who was due to arrive in Dublin on Monday afternoon after playing 90 minutes for the Los Angeles Galaxy in their 1-0 home defeat by Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday evening. Keane’s 65 senior international goals mark him out as one of the top marksmen in world football, but the 34-year-old is nearing the end of his career and the lack of an obvious replacement is a concern. O’Neill said: “It’s been an ongoing problem for a long time, hence the importance, of course, of Robbie Keane over the years, who you would have to say has been the most natural scorer that we have possessed. “It’s not just a problem peculiar to ourselves. Other nations suffer from it and if you don’t have a natural scorer in your side, then regardless of what happens, even if you create chances in the game, taking them is the big thing at the very, very top of the game. “You see the Champions League final there, where you know you have got three players there capable of scoring a goal. It’s a lovely feeling to have when you have got world-class players being able to take defences apart. “If you haven’t got that, then you have to use other methods to try to win games.” Press Association The 63-year-old started preparations in earnest on Monday morning for this weekend’s key Group D clash with Scotland in Dublin, as the Football Association of Ireland struggled to escape the glare of the spotlight under which it was thrust when news of a five million euro payment from the game’s governing body was confirmed last week. O’Neill and his coaching staff took to the training field at Gannon Park with those players who were not involved in Sunday’s 0-0 friendly draw with England, while those who did play headed off for a pool-based recovery session. last_img read more

Norwich boss Alex Neil keen to pit his wits against Arsene Wenger

first_img At 34, the Scot is the youngest of the head coaches in the top flight, his star swiftly on the rise after guiding the Canaries to promotion via the play-offs at Wembley having only been appointed in January. Neil, though, is the first to admit a maiden campaign among the elite of English football has been a steep learning curve. After a positive start, Norwich have lost five from the last six league matches as they edge ever closer to the relegation zone. Nevertheless, the former Hamilton player-manager cannot wait to go up against Wenger, the 66-year-old who has transformed Arsenal since arriving at the club in September 1996 – when Neil was still an apprentice at first club Airdrie. “Arsene Wenger is extremely experienced, he has been there, seen it and done it, but in terms of using modern methods and techniques Arsenal would be one of the pioneers of that and trying to take the game forward,” said Neil. “In terms of his style and how he does things, he is very up-to-date. “The reason he is regarded as one of the best-ever managers who has been in the game is that ability to keep turning teams around over a number of years and still be successful and challenging at the top end, yet keep that philosophy and build on it and grow. “It is a tough task for us on Sunday, but one I am looking forward to and so are the players.” Neil hopes he can enjoy as long a coaching career as Wenger, and produce teams who are capable of such impressive displays. “It is not even the longevity that I admire. It is the way his teams play, it is fantastic to watch as a football fan,” Neil said. Rookie Norwich boss Alex Neil accepts he will have to think of something different to get the better of Arsene Wenger when the Barclays Premier League’s longest-serving manager brings his side to Carrow Road on Sunday. Press Association “You want to see teams be expressive and expansive and open the game up to entertain. I don’t think there is any better than Arsenal.” Neil has adopted a more pragmatic approach in recent away games against the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea, while also grinding out a 1-0 win over Swansea in the last home match at Carrow Road. The Norwich manager knows it will need just the right game plan to both nullify the Gunners’ potent attacking threat while also remaining positive if they are to get anything out of Sunday’s televised encounter. “Arsenal are probably one of the most difficult teams in terms of figuring out how to come up against, certainly out of the ones I have looked at so far,” Neil said on Canaries TV. “It is about trying to make sure we curtail them as much as we possibly can, but also to try and expose the weaknesses that they have got. “It will be a really good test for us, but we have been working on a few things and hopefully we can put it into a plan.” last_img read more

Drogba’s election hopes suffer serious blow

first_imgABIDJAN (Reuters) – Didier Drogba’s hopes of becoming the next president of the Ivory Coast’s football federation has suffered a serious setback after the failure of his fellow players to support his candidacy.Drogba, 42, is one of three candidates standing for election as president of the Ivorian Football Federation in September but is yet to win the endorsement of any of the five special interest groups needed to get onto the ballot.He was expecting to be backed by the footballers’ union, headed by former team mate Cyrille Domoraud, but they are supporting Idriss Diallo, one of the two other candidates.“The majority of our members decided to grant our endorsement to the list led by Mr. Idriss Diallo,” said a statement by the Association of Ivorian Footballers, adding they were remaining loyal to a grouping formed three years ago to contest the elections, before Drogba had declared his candidacy.Diallo had also previously received the backing of the local coaches’ association.Drogba has also failed to win the endorsement of the referees and the association of former professionals, who are supporting rival Sory Diabate.The former striker must now receive the endorsement of the association of football medical practitioners to be able to stand in the election on Sept. 5. Their decision is expected in the coming weeks.On top of the endorsement of one of the special interest groups, candidates must also nominated by three of the 14 Ligue 1 clubs and two from the lower divisions.Drogba played in three World Cups with the Ivory Coast and twice helped them to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations, also earning cult status among fans for his exploits with Chelsea in the Premier League and Champions League.last_img read more

Saraki: Poor Sports Funding Unacceptable

first_imgHe also hinted that with the amendments to the National Lottery Trust Fund bill, sportsmen and women in the country were going to get better funding when fully operational.The Senate President said Nigerians who opted to compete for other countries are doing so because of the better funding and welfare packages offered by those countries. “We must do everything to encourage and keep them at Nigerian athletes.”Earlier, SWAN National President, Honour Sirawoo, announced the appointment of Saraki as National Patron of the body for his contributions to sports development when he was Governor of Kwara state.“What you did for sports development in Kwara State where you set up football academy and brought former Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Clemens Westerhof as coordinator, what you did to put the Kwara stadium to the beautiful edifice it is now, shows your passion for sports and youth development and your commitment to sports development in the country. The NEC has approved your award as national patron of SWAN. We would pick a date for your investiture,” Sirawoo said.The SWAN President, who commended the Senate for commencing amendment of the Nigerian Football Association (NFA) and the National Sports Commission (NSC) bills, however tasked the Senate President and the National Assembly to make laws that would move sports forward in the country, while calling for a bill that would create national sports university in the country.“SWAN was established in 1964 to coordinate and manage activities of sports writers and promote sports growth in the country. Sports play unique role in the development of any society through unity and wealth creation. We are blessed in Nigeria with huge potential and population but we have not build on the potential to take sports where it should be.“Nigeria faces several challenges in sports development, the NFA bill when amended would help government to provide enabling environment and allow private sector to run it. The NSC bill would enable the commission to be managed by professionals and technocrats. Nigeria needs a sports university to help promote sports,” concludes the SWAN president.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Appointed Ntional SWAN PatronDuro IkhazuagbeSenate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, yesterday described as totally unacceptable and embarrassing the situation where teams travelling out of Nigeria to represent the country in global sports competitions beg for funds.Speaking when he received the National Executive Committee of the Sportswriters Association of Nigeria (SWAN) at the National Assembly in Abuja yesterday, the Senate President insisted that sports as a tool for national unity, cohesion and social development deserves to be treated better.“We are committed to make the needed change in sports in the country with the NFF and National Sports Commission bills before the Senate,” stressed Dr Bukola who was supported in receiving the sportswriters by Chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports, Senator Obinna Ogba.last_img read more