Cassell looks to defend IMCA Modified Oregon state title in 2015

first_imgBy Ben DeatherageALBANY, Ore. – Craig Cassell of Albany enters this season as the defending Allstar Performance Oregon State champion. In 2015 he will try his very best to defend that IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified crown.In two starts this season he managed a 15th place finish at Cottage Grove on April 4 but was very im­pressive last weekend at Sunset Speedway Park, ending the evening second in the feature.“Last weekend we were a little off but we learned some stuff with this car,” commented Cassell. “We were good toward the end so I’m not going to complain.”“We had to make a lot of small changes to the car this year, so the balance of the car is still a little off of where it needs to be,” he added.Cassell will visit Willamette Speedway in Lebanon this Saturday, April 25 in hopes of collecting his first triumph of the season.  It is a venue where he has graced victory lane on five occasions while finishing runner-up in the points table the last two consecutive campaigns.  It looks like this year he’ll be visiting Sunset Speedway Park in Banks a little bit more often but the “Two-Five Ex­press” will be at Willamette a fair amount of times this year.“One of our goals is to defend our title but my main goal is to race every week and run every race in Oregon and win races and just let the points take care of themselves,” he explained.Something else to note for Cassell are two sponsors hopping on board this season, Corvallis Seed & Feed and American Hero Carpet Cleaning.He now chauffeurs the Ester Lee Motel of Lincoln City, Corvallis Seed & Feed, Dr. Mary Harada Breast Cancer Specialist, Debra Herndon Family Nurse Practitioner, Mid Valley Farms, Trevor Glaser Motorsports, American Hero Carpet Cleaning, Arco AM/PM of Stayton, CRD Race Bodies and Fabrication, Beakbuilt Race Cars, Driving Force Graphics, Frank’s Fabrication & Auto of Browns­ville number 25 Rocket by Ruhlman entry.He also has acquired crewman Shawn French. Both crewed on Bob Jeffrey’s late model team several years ago, and with help in the pits it will eliminate Cassell working on the car all by him­self.“It’s cool to have new sponsors on the car helping the team out financially as well as Shawn help­ing in the pits,” he said.last_img read more

EPL: Leicester beat Sheffield, boost top-four hopes

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Foxes attack Burnley EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Leicester City boosted their hopes of finishing in the Premier League top four as goals by Ayoze Perez and substitute Demarai Gray secured a 2-0 home win over Sheffield United.The result left Leicester fourth on 62 points from 36 games, three ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United who were visiting Crystal Palace later and one behind Chelsea in third. Sheffield United stayed eighth on 54 points, two behind sixth-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers who occupy a Europa League qualifying spot.Having won only one of their last six league games, Leicester needed a victory to get back on track in their bid to secure a berth in next season’s Champions League and they delivered with a dominant performance.Perez fired them ahead in the 29th minute with a crisp low shot from 14 metres after a fine cut-back by 19-year-old debutant Luke Thomas and Gray sealed the contest in the 79th with a clinical finish.The Foxes missed a string of chances to win by a bigger margin as visiting goalkeeper Dean Henderson made several reflex saves while top scorer Jamie Vardy hit the outside of the post shortly after halftime.Tags: Ayoze PerezCrystal PalaceLeicester CityManchester UnitedSheffield Untiedlast_img read more

Baines is vital – Martinez

first_img Press Association Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes Leighton Baines is vital to the club’s future and has warned Manchester United he will fight to keep the England international. The Spaniard described the 28-year-old defender as “phenomenal” and said the standard he had produced over the last couple of years made him the best left-back in the country. Everton have turned down a £12million bid from United after David Moyes returned to his old club in an attempt to cherry-pick one of their prized assets. While that offer was rebuffed, the Old Trafford club are expected to come back with a significantly improved figure but Everton have stressed Baines is not for sale and want him to extend his contract beyond the existing two years he has remaining. center_img Baines is about to enter his seventh year at Goodison Park and Martinez believes the Kirkby-born player has become the standard bearer for everything the club represents. “Leighton is a phenomenal performer and has become a very consistent player for Everton,” he said. “A lot of people get upset when other clubs show interest in their players but I feel it is compliment. Leighton is vital for our future and what we are going to achieve at the club. “The level that he has been reaching over the last few years consistently shows me that he is the best left-back in the country.” Martinez is focusing on making additions to his squad not worrying about potential departures. The Spaniard is keen to bring in the right characters and while he insists he will not be rushed in that search two arrivals are imminent. Press Association Sport understands deals for his former Wigan players Arouna Kone and Antolin Alcaraz are almost done. Striker Kone is likely to cost the Toffees £5million but centre-back Alcaraz will arrive on a free transfer once his contract has been finalised. “They are players that I know really, really well. I worked with them really closely and they are players that are used to the Premier League and the British game,” he told evertontv. “You will always get those sorts of situations but at the moment we are still looking to try to bring the right characters to the football club. “We need to remember that we have a very strong team at the club, but in the same way we don’t want to close the window without feeling stronger than we were when the window opened. I’m sure that we will have many other names mentioned and hopefully we are going to get the right characters to represent our football club.” last_img read more

Gibson raring to go for Ireland

first_img He said: “Being out for 10 months last season gave me a lot of time to think about things, and I think this is now or never, really, to be honest with you, so I am looking forward to the task ahead. “It just made me realise that I’m not getting any younger. I need to start playing games and I need to start doing well for myself. It’s a big opportunity for me.” Gibson’s misfortune struck in October last year when he collapsed in agony during the first half of Ireland’s 3-1 World Cup qualifier victory over Kazakhstan and was carried from the field on a stretcher. Scans quickly confirmed damage to his anterior cruciate ligament, condemning him to surgery and a lengthy period of rehabilitation. The former Manchester United midfielder had only just returned to the Republic fold having been recalled by caretaker manager Noel King following Trapattoni’s exit. Gibson travelled to the Euro 2012 finals, but did not taste a single minute of action in Poland and Ukraine, and his response was to reluctantly make himself unavailable to his country. As a result, he is eager to make up for lost time with the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign due to get under way in Georgia on Sunday. Gibson said: “It was the second game back, wasn’t it? It was tough for me, I was devastated when I did it. But the staff and players at Everton helped me through it. Darron Gibson admits it is a case of “now or never” as he attempts to establish himself as a regular in the Republic of Ireland team. The 26-year-old Everton midfielder will pull on the green shirt for Wednesday night’s friendly against Oman at the Aviva Stadium 10 months after his last appearance there ended in agony as he suffered the cruciate ligament injury which has sidelined him for much of the intervening period. Injuries and Gibson’s disenchantment with former manager Giovanni Trapattoni have limited the senior international career to 21 caps, and he knows his latest opportunity under current boss Martin O’Neill is one he cannot afford to pass up. “Being out for 10 months is tough. The hardest thing was going every week to Goodison [Park] and watching the lads knowing I should have been playing, and there was not really much I could do about it. “But the physios are good there and the staff are good, and they helped me through it. “It is very hard. You want to be playing and training every day. It takes a bit of getting used to, but after a couple of months, I got round the idea that it was a long-term injury and I just got my head down and focussed on getting through it, and thankfully I’ve come out the other end.” O’Neill, who replaced Trapattoni in November last year, will have Gibson at his disposal for the first time on Wednesday evening, and he is looking forward to having another potential key player in his squad. The 62-year-old said: “He’s obviously a very, very decent footballer. He hasn’t played that much, but he’s a very, very talented player. He looks comfortable, he looks in really decent shape. I am actually looking forward to seeing him play. “Whether he thinks half of a game or something like that is enough for him, I don’t know – most players always feel they are properly fit and fine. These are the sort of decisions that the two of us will consider, maybe not just necessarily for this game, but for the tournament ahead. “Ideally, he would like to break in and get into Everton’s side – I think he is pretty well close to that – and that would be good, that would be great. But he is just coming back from long-term injury, so I think it’s just a matter of taking a little bit of time.” Gibson, who has spent the last few days working with boyhood hero Roy Keane in Malahide, could be forgiven for dreading a return to the spot on the Aviva pitch where injury struck, but he insists it will not be on his mind at all. He said: “I have thought about it, to be honest with you, but no, I don’t think there’s any point. I am past the injury and my knee feels good, so I will not be thinking about it when I get on to the pitch. “I know exactly where it is, but I will not be thinking about it.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Blatter appears at CAS for appeal against ban

first_imgBy Cecile MantovaniLAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter appeared before sport’s highest tribunal, the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS), yesterday to appeal against his six-year ban from soccer.The 80-year-old, who headed soccer’s global governing body for 17 years until he resigned in June last year, was banned from all football-related activity last December along with the-then European soccer boss, Michel Platini.“My name wouldn’t be Sepp Blatter if I didn’t have faith, if I wasn’t optimistic,” he told reporters as he arrived for the hearing. “I will accept the verdict because, in football, we learn to win, this is easy, but we also learn to lose, but this is not good, I wouldn’t want to lose.”The bans were imposed for ethics violations related to a payment of two million Swiss francs that FIFA made to Platini with Blatter’s approval in 2011 for work done a decade earlier.“I’m sure at the end …. that the (CAS) panel will understand that the payment made to Platini was really a debt that we (owed) him and this is a principle, if you have debts, you pay them,” Blatter said.Both men, who have denied wrongdoing, were initially banned for eight years, later reduced to six by FIFA’s own appeals committee. Platini has already taken his case to CAS, who rejected his appeal but reduced his ban to four years.CAS have not said when its final decision on Blatter’s appeal will be announced.Blatter resigned in the midst of a FIFA corruption crisis only four days into his fifth term.Several dozen football officials, including former FIFA executive committee members, and entities were indicted in the United States on corruption-related charges last year.Switzerland, for its part, opened a criminal investigation into the decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively.last_img read more

The herd takes over Pardee Plaza

first_imgOn the eve of the USC-Colorado showdown, Colin Cowherd made his annual trip to USC, where he produced his national radio show “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” in Pardee Plaza. Cowherd’s show brought up several different topics including Rex Ryan and the Jets, Jameis Winston and his autograph scandal as well as student attendance at college football games.Cowherd started his show off talking about the New York Jets and their close loss to the New England Patriots. He blamed Rex Ryan for the Jets being in last place by stating that he has been complacent with the defense and that his team lacks talent. Cowherd is right that when a team is losing as a bad as the Jets, people can blame the head coach but not because of the lack of talent.The lack of talent of this team is not the fault of Rex Ryan but of the general manager John Idzik. Ryan during the draft process, is the guy who always want to bulk up a defense while Idzik and the rest of the Jets staff have full reign of the offense. Being in New York where there is a lot of scrutiny, the Jets have reached on several draft picks and it has cost them.Idzik, being in his second year as the Jets general manager has so far underperformed. During last year’s draft, Idzik drafted Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner, who can’t say healthy, and struggling quarterback Geno Smith. Even though Idzik hasn’t been with the Jets organization long, he should be fired well before the more popular Rex Ryan.Cowherd continued his rant by touching upon the Jameis Winston saga involving autographed memorabilia. Cowherd described his situation as a 19-20 year old living in the Garden of Eden and not being able to grab the fruit. Even though Winston has been in trouble with the law and the NCAA, eventually college athletes making money will be a thing of the past.In a time, where prices are increasing and living expenses are getting to be astronomical, Winston has every right to sell his likeness. Florida State and the NCAA receive money from Winston’s likeness and there isn’t any reason that Winston can’t do the same thing.Stipends are far from coming down the NCAA pipeline and while athletes wait, they continue to fall deeper and deeper into debt. Their tuition and books are covered but off campus housing is not and neither is their food if they want to go out to eat. In Winston’s situation, he did not come from a rich family and he struggles to get by on what Florida State gives him.There is nothing wrong with making a few extra dollars to support yourself if you have the opportunity to do so. Athletes have to keep hiding in the dark from the NCAA when they sign those autographs. Until, the NCAA is out of the picture and athletes are getting their stipends, will public autograph signing be okay.In Cowherd’s last segment, he spoke about improving the football environment at college’s to bring students back to the game. He stated that universities should allow a beer garden and make the tickets free instead of making students pay even more. This statement is spot on, especially at USC.Students around the country make a statement about their team and how they were performing by not showing up to the game. USC experienced this at the beginning of last season when Lane Kiffin was still the head coach. Not only did USC have a tough start to last year but they also had the Coliseum at half capacity.Cowherd presented good ideas that are plausible and it would allow many more students to attend the game. With roughly three sections to fill in the Coliseum, USC needs as many students as possible and sometimes 35 dollars to a broke college student is a lot.Paying 42,000 dollars in tuition and then spending 175 more dollars to get football tickets is outrageous. If tickets were free, it would remove the secondary market for student tickets and make them more available to kids who actually have passion for their football program.The idea of having beer in the Coliseum would increase revenue tremendously even though the PAC-12 will never allow it. All of the PAC-12 schools agreed not to sell alcohol at their stadiums but they continue to miss a large revenue stream. With USC not allowing beer, students who want to drink would rather go watch the game at the 901 Bar and Grill instead of going into the Coliseum.Near the end of Cowherd’s show, he showed his love for USC by picking the Trojans to defeat the Buffalos in a lopsided affair. Cowherd also announced that he will be writing another novel, which will be released sometime next year.last_img read more

Maher captains U21 for Munster Semi Final

first_imgRonan Maher at centre back captains the side in his 4th year in the grade while it’s a third term for Tom Fox and Barry Heffernan.Billy McCarthy and Willie Connors are the other stalwarts from last year. Josh Keane who was in the senior football squad is at wing forward.And the team in full is  1.            Brian Hogan – Lorrha-Dorrha2.            Paul Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash3.            Tom Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty4.            David Sweeney – Kiladangan5.            Barry Heffernan – Nenagh Éire Óg6.            Ronan Maher (Capt.) – Thurles Sarsfields7.            Sean Ryan – Sean Treacys8.            Billy McCarthy – Thurles Sarsfields9.            Andrew Coffey – Nenagh Éire Óg10.          Jack Shelly – Mullinahone11.          Stephen Quirke – Moyle Rovers12.          Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle13.          Conor Lanigan – Thurles Sarsfields14.          Mark Russell – Lattin Cullen15.          Willie Connors – KiladanganIts 6 years since Tipp claimed silverware at this grade and Captain Ronan Maher is expecting a tough and tense match…Tipp FM will have live commentary on the game, which gets underway at 7.30pm.  Our coverage will be brought to you in association with Kevin O’Leary Motor Group, Main Opel Dealers, Clonmel.last_img read more

2019 AFCON: Uganda Shock DR Congo 2-0 to Lead Group A

first_imgKaddu’s strike partner Emmanuel Okwi doubled the lead for Uganda with a glancing header in the 48th minute.Substitute Jonathan Bolingi had the best opportunity for DR Congo but the Belgium-based forward’s header struck the top of the crossbar.The News Agency if Nigeria (NAN) reports that Uganda will go on to face Zimbabwe on Wednesday in their next match, with DR Congo taking on Egypt later that day.(NAN)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Cranes of Uganda beat DR Congo 2-0 on Saturday in Cairo to shoot to the top of Group A table at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).The win placed the East Africans level on points with hosts Egypt who beat Zimbabwe 1-0 on Friday in the opening match, but they are ahead on goal difference.Patrick Kaddu opened scoring for the Cranes with a header from a corner kick, following a well-timed run to the near post after just 14 minutes.last_img read more

Betfred extends Rugby League’s Championship and League 1 sponsorship

first_imgShare Submit StumbleUpon Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Related Articles Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Betfred has strengthened its commitment to the Rugby League’s Championship and League 1 competitions after extending its sponsorship with the tournaments for a further two years. As part of the sponsorship extension, the bookmaker has pledged to ‘more than double’ its financial contribution to the game outside of the Super League, confirming that it will sponsor all three professional tiers of the sport, including the Betfred Super League, until the end of the 2021 season.Betfred boss Fred Done commented on the sponsorship extension: “We’ve enjoyed a great relationship with Rugby League and its supporters and therefore I am delighted that we are now able to further extend our sponsorship of the Championship and League 1 in line with our recent Super League and Women’s Super League agreements.“Sport provides tremendous content for our digital platforms and we are delighted that through deals like these we are able to be a part of it.”All Betfred Championship play-off games are due to be played at the home ground of the team ranked highest in the league at the end of the regular season. Meanwhile, Sky Sports will show play-off action on their various channels, as well as round-the-clock updates via the Sky Sports app and Sky Sports News.   Rugby Football League Chief Executive, Ralph Rimmer, added: “Betfred have been supporting our Championship and League 1 competitions since 2018 and I am delighted that they will continue that support for a further two years. “Their energy and enthusiasm off the field mirrors the product on the field, where clubs and players are beginning to gear up for what will be a thrilling play-off series in two vibrant competitions.”The news follows on from the announcement that Betfred’s sponsorship of Rugby League will incorporate the women’s game for the first time as the inaugural title partner of the burgeoning Women’s Super League (WSL). EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Two Spanish sports journalists die from coronavirus

first_img Tags: Coronavirus Source: Marca Sports journalism is in mourning after José Maria Candela, who has featured prominently on Radio Nacional de España for the last decade, and Tomás Díaz-Valdés , a motorsport reporter, died from COVID-19José María Candela had been unwell for about a week with fever and other symptoms of the disease.Radio Nacional confirmed the news on Twitter and immediately there was an outpouring of grief from colleagues and fans.center_img Chema Candela covered Atlético de Madrid for the station, a team he followed for many seasons.Tomás Díaz Valdés, a pilot and journalist, was one of the leading figure in motorsport journalismThere were numerous messages of condolence Díaz-Valdés, who worked for many years with Spanish newspaper AS, after his death was confirmed.Spain is one of the countries highest-hit by the disease in Europe with over 20,000 cases and over 1,000 deaths.Football in the country has been suspended, as well as other sporting activities.last_img read more