Engine parity addressed in Modified rules

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – Engine parity along with body issues are addressed in IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified rules for 2014.Maximum height for rear spoilers on Modifieds powered by a crate engine was reduced from three inches to two.“We were reluctant to make any changes on the fly or any drastic changes in 2013,” IMCA Vice President of Operations Brett Root emphasized. “That is how we decided to make the small reduction in the spoiler height. It’s inexpensive and easy to fix. It was the most logical step for us to take.”“With all that being said,” he continued, “if we experience a parity issue between the crate and claim engine options and if there is a need to do so, we reserve the right to further adjust during the racing season in 2014.”Rules for IMCA’s largest division are published in this month’s newsletter. They’ll be posted on the IMCA website in early January.“Parity between the two engine options continues to be extremely important to IMCA. The crate motor is not going to make any more horsepower,” said Root. “We are matching the known variables with the crate motor with the unknown and changing racer-to-racer variables regarding the claim option.”Clarifications to body rules specify that the nose extend no higher than the front of the hood; that the hood must cover the radiator; no complete car covers are allowed, while rear tail covers are permitted only in the personal pit area; and solid sail panels are required.All shocks must completely collapse at any time and no suspension stops of any kind are allowed.Also clarified was the rule stating no adjustable throttle bore or sleeve-type carburetor spacers can be used.2014 procedures, which include the higher penalties for attempting to cheat the crate engine seal, will also be posted on the IMCA website early next month.No change will be made in the bonus point system employed in 2013.“This year, we had some of the tightest national points battles in years,” Root noted. “It’s clear the bonus point system is not something that needs to be messed with.”last_img read more

Hagerstown hosts East Coast Nationals for IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars May 24-25

first_imgHAGERSTOWN, Md. – All roads lead to Hagerstown Speedway for the May 24-25 East Coast Nationals for IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars.  Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. both days. Hot laps are at 7:30 p.m. with racing to follow. The Hampton Inns on Interstate 81 and on Interstate 70 are the official hotels for Hagerstown Speedway and reservations can be made by calling 301 739-6100 or 240 420-1970.  IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and E3 Spark Plugs State points will be awarded. Two $300 to win, $150 to start features will be held if there are 70 or more entries on Friday.  The event is co-sanctioned by the Virginia Sprint Series, Pennsylvania Sprint Series and Laurel Highlands Sprint Series, and also features Carolina Sprint Tour and Mid Atlantic Sprint Series competitors. center_img Saturday’s main event pays $1,000 to win and $500 to start. Spectator admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, students ages 13-17 and military, and free for kids 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 and there is no entry fee. The track website is www.hagerstownspeedway.com. Grandstand tickets can also be purchased online.last_img read more

Spurs quartet closing in on return

first_imgTottenham could be near to full strength for next week’s game against Manchester City after Jan Vertonghen, Paulinho, Sandro and Younes Kaboul all came through a friendly against West Ham. Kaboul had been sidelined for two months with a thigh problem while the other three had not played since December. All four are now closing on in a return to competitive action ahead of Wednesday’s huge match against Manchester City at White Hart Lane. Press Associationcenter_img Sandro came off at half-time during the behind closed doors friendly on Thursday while Kaboul, Paulinho and Vertonghen all played an hour before being substituted. Manager Tim Sherwood, who was at Upton Park to watch the 3-0 win, was happy to see the quartet back in action. “It is great news to see so many lads returning from injury at such a crucial time,” Sherwood told Spurs TV. “They have come through okay and it’s good to see them get some minutes under their belts. There is nothing like playing. “With players of this quality coming back to fitness it reinforces the fact that we have strength and depth in the squad. They are players with real quality and ability. That’s what I look for.” The only two players who have also been sidelined through injury of late – Andros Townsend and Erik Lamela – did not feature. Harry Kane scored twice and Milos Veljkovic also found the net in the 3-0 win. Germany midfielder Lewis Holtby, who may leave Spurs this month, provided all three assists. last_img read more

Ferris forced to retire

first_img Press Association The 35-cap back-rower had hoped to shake off the problem once and for all and secure a new Ravenhill deal, yet he has now been forced to admit defeat. “It is every young rugby player’s dream to represent their province and their country and I have been enormously privileged to have done both,” said the 2009 Grand Slam winner in a club statement. “I have shared a pitch with so many talented players over the past nine years and I want to thank my team-mates at Ulster and Ireland for the support that they have given me. “I also want to thank the IRFU as well as the strength and conditioning coaches and medical team at Ulster Rugby, for all their hard work, patience and backing over the past year and a half. “I have had a great career, met many wonderful people and I hang up the boots with no regrets.” Injury robbed Ferris of a Test place on the 2009 Lions tour to South Africa, one of few gaps in an impressive CV. Ferris made his senior Ulster debut in 2005, quickly establishing himself at both provincial and international level. And Ulster rugby director David Humphreys admitted the bullish back-rower was earmarked for stardom from the very start. “I would like to thank Stephen for the outstanding contribution that he has made to Ulster Rugby,” said Humphreys. “We knew from the day and hour that he walked into the Academy that he was an exceptional talent. Through dedication and hard work he developed into one of the best forwards in the world game. “He has always played an important leadership role within the squad and he helped mentor and inspire others. “While we are sorry to be losing Stephen, we recognise and celebrate the exceptional rugby career that he has had and wish him every success in the future.” While Ferris calls time on his career, his former Ireland colleagues are preparing for the first of two Tests against Argentina this month. Argentina are resting many of their frontline players for the matches, with the opening Test taking place at the Estadio Centenario in Resistencia this weekend, but Ireland prop Mike Ross believes the Pumas will still provide stern opposition. On what Ireland can expect from their hosts, Ross said: “The same thing we always get from Argentina, a hard physical performance. “I know they are missing a lot of their big names but the team they have got has just come off a good run of six or seven victories in a row against teams like the Waratahs A and a good few professional sides. “They won’t have the Lobbes or some of the big names you come to expect when you are playing Argentina in Argentina but it doesn’t make it an easy game by any means. “We have got some video of some of their games so we will be looking to go with that over the next couple of days and make sure we know what each player is going to bring.” The British and Irish Lions loose-forward suffered serious ankle damage in PRO12 action for Ulster against Edinburgh in November 2012. The 28-year-old fought back to make three Ulster appearances this term, but has since suffered a recurrence of the same issue. Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris has been forced to retire after the ankle problem that sidelined him for 16 months struck again.last_img read more

Bruce rubbishes Fulham speculation

first_imgHull boss Steve Bruce has ridiculed reports linking him with a summer move to Fulham. With his mind firmly on Tuesday night’s crucial home clash with Aston Villa, Bruce is determined to give short shrift to the latest suggestions and said they were disrespectful to current Cottagers boss Kit Symons. Bruce said: “I was getting the sack the day before, and then Fulham want me. “Unfortunately with the media today I can’t do anything about it. The biggest problem I’ve got with the whole thing is they’ve got a manager in situ at Fulham and I’ve got huge respect for Kit who is new to the job. “I can’t comment on it because if I comment on it it just fuels it even more, and as far as I’m concerned it’s rubbish journalism.” Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Manchester City has provided a timely confidence boost to the Tigers camp and Bruce knows the next month could shape the club’s top-flight future. Games against QPR, Stoke and Sunderland follow Villa and the Hull boss has demanded his players replicate their form against the big clubs in these crucial relegation scraps. “This cluster of games we have coming up are going to be crucial to us,” added Bruce. “We’ve got to show the resilience and attitude we had at Liverpool and Arsenal and Manchester City. “That’s where we were very good last year – we beat the teams around us and unfortunately this season we haven’t done that, and we have to address it over the next few weeks.” Bruce has grown used to hints of his impending departure from the KC Stadium having been strongly tipped to succeed Alan Pardew at Newcastle earlier this season. And just last week Bruce was fielding questions about his future in charge of the Tigers after a 3-0 home loss to Newcastle dumped them in the relegation zone. Bruce could call both new boy Dame N’Doye and fellow striker Nikica Jelavic to his starting line-up for the visit of shot-shy Villa after both started on the bench against City. Jelavic is still struggling to shake off a long-term knee injury and Bruce is keen to protect his Croatian striker. Aston Villa chief Paul Lambert has defended Tom Cleverley but insisted the Manchester United loanee is not guaranteed a starting spot. The midfielder was substituted to ironic jeers from a section of the home supporters in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea. Cleverley is on a season-long loan from Old Trafford and his contract at United expires at the end of the season. Lambert said there is no agreement with United that the England international will start and he picks Cleverley on merit. He said: “No, I don’t judge whether somebody is on loan. You try and pick a team you think will win a game. I don’t pick it through anything else, that is nowhere near it. “Tom is one of these guys who never hides from the ball. I never criticise anybody for looking for the ball if they make a mistake. It is the same with Carlos (Sanchez) as well and the Arsenal game. “Tom never hides. He gives it everything he has got, everything to try and do well. He wants to do well here and sometimes that is part and parcel of football. It is not nice to hear.” Cleverley has struggled to make an impact at Villa, with Lambert’s side 16th in the Barclays Premier League. Villa have won twice in 20 league games and Lambert feels Cleverley may be trying too hard to improve his and the team’s form. “Tom has played in massive games, he is no novice. Confidence goes when you don’t want to take the ball,” he said. “He has got confidence, it is nothing to do with hiding from the ball, the boy takes the ball and gives everything he has got. I don’t think it is that. “He may be trying too hard which can go against you. He keeps on going with the ball and that is a big testament for him that he keeps doing it.” Christian Benteke could return after he was benched against Chelsea. The striker has scored just three times this season and Lambert dropped him after his run of poor form. Philippe Senderos (calf) and Libor Kozak (broken leg) remain Villa’s only absentees after Ron Vlaar returned to the Villa squad at the weekend following a knee problem. Press Associationlast_img read more

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal: ‘I’m not a dictator – I’m a communicator’

first_img “I went to the dressing room, analysed the situation for them to give it a place. After that the atmosphere was much better and after that we won again.” Van Gaal denied he was placing too much pressure on his players with the number of meetings held at Carrington. “When you have professional behaviour, you know there are a lot of meetings,” he said. The United boss insisted only serious suggestions would be welcome, however. He added: “It is still better than every other job. Still better, because, as a player, you can work with your hobby. Or you have to change your attitude to a professional attitude. So you want change something in that process? Then you need fantastic arguments.” To press home the idea that he retained the full support of his players, Van Gaal banged a fist into his palm midway through the press conference, and recited a song often heard on the United terraces. An animated Van Gaal yelled: ”The fans are shouting every week ‘Louis van Gaal’s army! Louis van Gaal’s army!’. They are very satisfied with Louis van Gaal and the players are also satisfied with me.” With the number of incomings and outgoings at the club this summer, Van Gaal always felt there would be a couple of bumps in the road when it came to his players adapting to his management style. ”I can say only that I have a very good relationship with my players, but it is logical now that only nine are left from the initial group,” the former Barcelona manager said. ”The others I have bought will not say I am a lousy manager.” The captain and vice-captain had become worried about morale within the squad and felt they had to transmit that to the manager. ”Rooney and Michael Carrick came to me and said: ‘The dressing room is flat.’,” the Dutchman said. Van Gaal was irked by the fact that the story had leaked to the media. But there was no anger towards the players. In fact, the manager was happy his two most senior professionals approached him as he feels his working practices have now improved for the better. “It’s a positive thing that the players are coming to me and not only Carrick or Rooney, other players,” Van Gaal said. “But now it was Carrick and Rooney and that was alarming for me because they are the captains. That’s why I went to the dressing room. “But all the players are communicating with me. They are coming to my office. Believe me, it is like that. I am not a dictator – I am a communicator. “I have changed the way that I say the game-plan to them, for example. Now I ask in advance and they can say what they want. Most of the strategy is always the same because they like the way we have done it. Louis van Gaal has mounted a staunch defence of his management style, insisting: “I am not a dictator – I am a communicator.” Press Association After accusations of rifts and a player mutiny in some quarters, Van Gaal came out fighting at his weekly press conference at Carrington on the eve of Manchester United’s home game against Liverpool. The 64-year-old admitted Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick came to him after the opening match of the season against Tottenham to air their concerns. last_img read more

VIDEO: Officers Doused with Water While on Duty in New York

first_imgNYPD Chief Terrence Monahan responded to the incident on Twitter. “The videos of cops being doused with water and having objects hurled at them as they made an arrest in #Harlem is reprehensible,” Monahan wrote. “NYC’s cops & communities have made remarkable progress — together — but EVERY New Yorker MUST show respect for our cops. They deserve nothing less.”Another video, taken in Brooklyn on Saturday and posted on Instagram Monday, shows two drenched officers walking away from a group of people, who follow them and continue to pour buckets of water over the officers’ heads. The officers involved in the incident were responding to a call about a disorderly conduct.Mayor Bill de Blasio also responded to the incidents on Monday night. “Throwing things at NYPD officers is not only not acceptable, it can lead to charges. All of those actions can lead to charges.” No arrests have been made in either cases, and the NYPD is investigating. Two stunning videos one shot in Harlem, the other in Brooklyn has surfaced online showing NYPD officers under attack.The videos show New York City police officers being doused with water while responding to calls over the weekend and have gone viral.The behavior has sparked widespread outrage in the city.One video, taken in Harlem over the weekend, shows two officers being doused with water and pelted with empty buckets while making an arrest.RESTRAINT pic.twitter.com/MhvXjceiI6— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) July 22, 2019last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-NEWSWolves send Wiggins to Warriors for RussellUNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have traded Andrew Wiggins to the Golden State Warriors for D’Angelo Russell in a swap of high scorers. The trade deadline for all squads ended today. Associated Press February 6, 2020 MLB-NEWSMax Muncy, Dodgers agree to $26 million, 3-year contractLOS ANGELES (AP) — Infielder Max Muncy and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a $26 million, three-year contract that avoided salary arbitration. Muncy gets a $4.5 million signing bonus and a salary of $1 million this year. The Dodgers have a $13 million option for 2023 with a $1.5 million buyout.Muncy hit 35 home runs last season despite missing a lot of time in September because of a broken wrist. The 29-year-old’s offense has made him a mainstay in the lineup, and he can also play a variety of positions.In other baseball news: Female athlete to launch Olympic torch relay for 1st timeATHENS, Greece (AP) — For the first time, a woman has been chosen to launch the torch relay for the 2020 Tokyo Games at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics in Greece.Greece’s Olympic committee says it has picked Rio de Janeiro shooting gold medalist Anna Korakaki as the first torchbearer following the flame-lighting ceremony in Ancient Olympia on March 12. The torch relay will course through Greece for a week before the flame is handed over to Tokyo organizing officials at a ceremony in Athens.BOSTON MARATHON-START TIMESBoston Marathon tweaks start times to emphasize women’s race BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Marathon is tweaking its start times to send the elite men off before the women for the race’s 124th edition this year, a reversal that organizers hope will give the women’s race more attention.The men will leave at 9:37 a.m. for the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Boston’s Back Bay, with the elite women leaving eight minutes later. Update on the latest sportscenter_img Weddle made his long-expected retirement announcement on Twitter, although the hard-hitting safety with the big beard didn’t use the specific word.Weddle played nine seasons for the San Diego Chargers and three more for the Baltimore Ravens before spending last season with the Los Angeles Rams. He said in December that he didn’t expect to return for the second season of his contract with the club.The 35-year-old Weddle became one of the NFL’s toughest and most durable safeties after San Diego drafted him out of Utah in the second round in 2007. Weddle was a Pro Bowl selection in 2011, 2013 and 2014 for the Chargers. He joined Baltimore in 2016 and earned three straight Pro Bowl selections.In other NFL news:— Mike Vrabel (VRAY’-bul) has finalized his Titans coaching staff by hiring Jim Haslett as Tennessee’s inside linebackers coach. Haslett was Vrabel’s defensive coordinator in Pittsburgh between 1997 and 1998. He has been a defensive coordinator for 12 seasons. The deal was first reported by ESPN and confirmed to The Associated Press.Russell, a dynamic point guard in his fifth NBA season, has been on Minnesota’s radar for months. He averaged 23.6 points per game for the injury-wrecked Warriors. Wiggins was averaging 22.4 points per game for the Wolves in his sixth season in the league.In other NBA news:— The Atlanta Hawks have requested waivers on center Nenê (neh-NAY’), one day after he was acquired from Houston as part of a four-team trade. The 37-year-old hasn’t played this season due to a left adductor strain. The Hawks have also acquired center Clint Capela from the Rockets in a four-team trade involving 12 players. In the deal. Atlanta sent guard Evan Turner and a conditional 2020 first-round pick to Minnesota and a 2024 second-round pick to Houston.— A person familiar with the trade says the Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to acquire center Andre Drummond from the Detroit Pistons. Cleveland is sending forward John Henson, guard Brandon Knight and one of its two second-round picks in 2023 to the Pistons. The Cavs are just 13-39 under first-year coach John Beilein (BEE’-lyn). — Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich (ryk) has added three assistant coaches to his staff and reassigned two others. The Colts announced the hiring of Brian Baker as defensive line coach, Mike Groh as receivers coach and Tyler Boyles as assistant to the head coach. Kevin Patullo, the receivers coach the last two seasons, will now become the Colts’ passing game specialist. And Parks Frazier takes over as offensive quality control coach. Indy finished 7-9.NHL-BLACKHAWKS-SEABROOKBlackhawks Seabrook undergoes right hip surgeryCHICAGO (AP) — Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook is expected to be ready for the start of next season after he had right hip surgery. The 34-year-old Seabrook also had right shoulder surgery in December and left hip surgery last month. Team physician Michael Terry said Seabrook will be ready to return in five to six months. Seabrook is under contract through the 2023-24 season at an average annual value of $6,875,000.TOKYO GAMES-TORCH RELAY — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says talks have ended over the proposed sale of a controlling share of the New York Mets from the families of Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz to hedge fund manager Steven Cohen. The Mets said in December that the contemplated deal between Sterling Partners and Cohen would allow 83-year-old Fred Wilpon to remain as controlling owner and chief executive officer for five years.— Dozens of students welcomed Hank Aaron to their Atlanta college as the school named a building for the baseball icon on his 86th birthday. Atlanta Technical College christened the Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron Academic Complex for the Atlanta Braves slugger Wednesday. Aaron, who is 86, is a longtime financial supporter of the college.NFL-NEWSSafety Eric Weddle says he’s done after 13-year NFL careerUNDATED (AP) — Six-time Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle says he is done with his 13-year NFL career. — Dewayne Dedmon is returning to the Atlanta Hawks in a trade that sends center Alex Len and forward Jabari Parker to the Sacramento Kings. The trade satisfies his wish to leave Sacramento. Dedmon was fined $50,000 last month for making a public request to be traded.—The Philadelphia 76ers have acquired Glenn Robinson and Alec Burks from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for draft picks. The Sixers will send Golden State a 2020 second-round pick via Dallas, a 2021 second-round pick via Denver, and a 2022 second-round pick via Toronto. The 76ers made room at the deadline when they traded James Ennis III to the Orlando Magic for a future second-round pick.— Andre Iguodala’s (ihg-ah-DAH’-lahz) is heading to Miami after the Heat and Memphis Grizzlies agreed to terms on a six-player trade. The portion of the trade involving Iguodala was agreed upon Wednesday night.In other NBA news:— A person with knowledge of the details says a public memorial service for Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others killed in a helicopter crash is planned for Feb. 24 at Staples Center. The date corresponds with the jersey numbers he and 13-year-old daughter Gianna wore — 24 for him and 2 for her. The Staples Center has played host to other memorials, including for Michael Jackson.last_img read more

Canada beat New Zealand to secure place in last 16

first_imgTeams in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup are: CANADA enjoyed a comfortable victory over New Zealand to secure their place in the last 16 of the World Cup.Canada dominated in Grenoble, with record scorer Christine Sinclair hitting the crossbar on 18 minutes.Jesse Fleming then broke the deadlock just after half-time, before Nichelle Prince ensured Canada maintained their winning start.The 2015 hosts face Netherlands in their final group game to see who will go through as winners of Group E.New Zealand, who have never gone beyond the group stage, had only two shots on target and lost right-back Catherine Bott to an early hand injury.Moments later a Canada corner saw Sinclair head against the woodwork, with Kadeisha Buchanan’s follow-up being scrambled off the line.Canada, who drew 0-0 with New Zealand in the group stage in 2015 before losing to England in the quarter-finals, had 13 shots in the first half but only two were on target.Fleming struck within three minutes of the restart, though, as Prince was released down the left wing before cutting back for Fleming to side-foot inside the far post.Sinclair spurned a chance to double Canada’s lead two minutes later, shooting over from 12 yards, before Prince fired a 20-yard strike straight at Erin Nayler.The New Zealand goalkeeper produced a fine save to push Prince’s glancing header over the bar on 72 minutes, but Prince was on hand to poke in the rebound after Sinclair headed against the post with 11 minutes left. England, Germany, Italy, France, Netherlanda, Canada.last_img read more