IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through Sept. 1

first_imgLate Model points are unofficial for 2016IMCA Late Models – 1. Rob Toland, Davenport, Iowa, 800; 2. Luke Goedert, Guttenberg, Iowa, 797; 3. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 793; 4. Tyler Droste, Waterloo, Iowa, 786; 5. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa, 779; 6. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 760; 7. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 754; 8. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, Iowa, 752; 9. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa, 743; 10. Allan Hopp, Harlan, Iowa, 742; 11. Jason Hahne, Webster City, Iowa, 726; 12. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, Iowa, 718; 13. Nick Marolf, Wilton, Iowa, 711; 14. Ryan Griffith, Webster City, Iowa, 702; 15. Curt Schroeder, Newton, Iowa, 692; 16. Ben Seemann, Waterloo, Iowa, 690; 17. Jonathan Brauns, Muscatine, Iowa, 685; 18. Travis Denning, Sterling, Ill., 681; 19. Randy Havlik, Ankeny, Iowa, 680; 20. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, Iowa, 677.Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds – 1. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 1,200; 2. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,192; 3. Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev., 1,183; 4. Eddie Kirchoff, Gillette, Wyo., 1,167; 5. A.J. Ward, Ionia, Mich., and Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, both 1,162; 7. Matt Cole, Vestal, N.Y., and Ricky Stephan, South Sioux City, Neb., both 1,156; 9. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D., 1,154; 10. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup, Iowa, 1,153; 11. Jacob Murray, Hartford, Iowa, 1,148; 12. Steven Bowers Jr., Topeka, Kan., 1,143; 13. Will Ward, Cobleskill, N.Y., 1,139; 14. Dustin Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,137; 15. Rob VanMil, Barnesville, Minn., 1,136; 16. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan., 1,133; 17. Tim Ward, Harcourt, Iowa, 1,129; 18. Kyle Brown, Madrid, Iowa, 1,126; 19. Mitch Morris, Long Grove, Iowa, 1,125; 20. Myron DeYoung, Stanton, Mich., 1,114.IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Andy Shouse, Mustang, Okla., 769; 2. Michael Stien, Ceylon, Minn., 759; 3. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 758; 4. Tyler Drueke, Eagle, Neb., 757; 5. Jason Martin, Lincoln, Neb., 751; 6. Clint Benson, Papillion, Neb., 743; 7. Robert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas, 740; 8. Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan., 730; 9. Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas, 729; 10. Colin Smith, Sheldon, Iowa, and Raven Culp, Mesquite, Texas, both 728; 12. Kenneth Duke, Selinsgrove, Pa., 723; 13. Scott Lutz, Jonestown, Pa., 714; 14. Brandon Allen, St. Peter, Minn., 712; 15. Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pa., 710; 16. Dalton Stevens, Scurry, Texas, and Tyler Russell, Abbott, Texas, both 707; 18. Michelle Melton, Flower Mound, Texas, 706; 19. Luke Cranston, Holcomb, Kan., 694; 20. John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas, 691.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 1,200; 2. Travis Van Straten, Hortonville, Wis., 1,191; 3. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 1,183; 4. Derek Green, Granada, Minn., 1,180; 5. Dustin Larson, Worthington, Minn., 1,169; 6. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,165; 7. David Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,164; 8. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,159; 9. Chad Bruns, Wakefield, Neb., 1,151; 10. Kyle Pfeifer, Hill City, Kan., 1,144; 11. John Oliver Jr., Danville, Iowa, and Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., both 1,141; 13. Brian Blessington, Breda, Iowa, 1,140; 14. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan., 1,139; 15. Casey Woken, Norton, Kan., and Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, both 1,138; 17. Matt Speckman, Sleepy Eye, Minn., 1,134; 18. Chris Mills, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,133; 19. Ron Pettitt, Norfolk, Neb., 1,119; 20. Greg Gill, Muscatine, Iowa, 1,116.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Shannon Anderson, Des Moines, Iowa, 1,196; 2. Cory Probst, Brewster, Minn., 1,193; 3. Cody Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 1,192; 4. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 1,190; 5. Damon Richards, David City, Neb., 1,162; 6. Eric Stanton, Carlisle, Iowa, and John Watson, Des Moines, Iowa, both 1,156; 8. Andrew Bertsch, Minot, N.D., and TeJay Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., both 1,155; 10. Roy Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., and Brady Bencken, Oakley, Kan., both 1,149; 12. Tiffany Bittner, Hampton, Neb., 1,135; 13. Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 1,131; 14. Drew Barglof, Sioux Rapids, Iowa, 1,130; 15. Austin Jahnz, Lewisville, Minn., 1,127; 16. August Bach, Newton, Iowa, 1,124; 17. Dave Riley, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,120; 18. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 1,119; 19. Jeremy Hoskinson, Norfolk, Neb., 1,118; 20. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb., 1,116.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Daniel Gottschalk, Ellis, Kan., 1,200; 2. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1,197; 3. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, 1,196; 4. Kyle Prauner, Norfolk, Neb., 1,189; 5. Doug Smith, Lanesboro, Iowa, 1,184; 6. Matthew Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 1,167; 7. Clinton Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 1,161; 8. Robby Rosselli, Minot, N.D., 1,160; 9. Jared VanDeest, Holland, Iowa, 1,157; 10. Johnathon Logue, Boone, Iowa, and Jesse Skalicky, Fargo, N.D., both 1,152; 12. Nick Meyer, Whittemore, Iowa, 1,148; 13. Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis., 1,147; 14. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, 1,146; 15. Joey Gower, Quincy, Ill., 1,141; 16. Karl Brewer, Vermillion, S.D., and Nelson Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb., both 1,133; 18. Erik Laudenschlager, Minot, N.D., 1,131; 19. Kelly Jacobson, Fargo, N.D., 1,128; 20. Randy Roberts, Boone, Iowa, 1,124.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,190; 2. Ronnie Welborn, Princeton, Texas, 1,155; 3. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 1,130; 4. Kamera Kaitlin McDonald, Keller, Texas, 1,059; 5. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 998; 6. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 947; 7. Dustin Leatherman, Muskogee, Okla., 942; 8. Thomas Walp, Olney, Texas, 930; 9. Robert Scrivner, Waco, Texas, 924; 10. Cullen Hill, Healdton, Okla., 869; 11. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 862; 12. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 781; 13. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 780; 14. Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, and Jessie Hoskins, Longdale, Okla., both 776; 16. T.J. Green, Robinson, Texas, 759; 17. Logan Ellis, Wagoner, Okla., 755; 18. Austin Gooding, Fort Worth, Texas, 731; 19. Garett Rawls, China Spring, Texas, 718; 20. Scott Gray, Vernal, Utah, 699.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Nate Coopman, Mankato, Minn., 1,194; 2. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 1,185; 3. Brendon Yamry, Rice, Minn., 1,170; 4. Tyler Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,148; 5. Scott Spellmeier, Beatrice, Neb., 1,142; 6. Shannon Pospisil, Norfolk, Neb., 1,137; 7. Cody Van Dusen, Atalissa, Iowa, and Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, both 1,133; 9. Richard Crow, Grand Island, Neb., 1,131; 10. Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb., 1,127; 11. Jake Newsom, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,120; 12. Lance Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., 1,116; 13. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,111; 14. Luke Jackson, South Sioux City, Neb., 1,099; 15. Levi Heath, Wilton, Iowa, 1,098; 16. Joe Bunkofske, Armstrong, Iowa, 1,093; 17. Dustin Jackson, Oneill, Neb., 1,088; 18. Jed Trebelhorn, Winthrop, Minn., 1,086; 19. Randy Nelson, Albion, Neb., 1,069; 20. Colby Kaspar, Columbus, Neb., 1,062.last_img read more

Windies head coach hints at giving reserves a run in final T20

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts, (CMC) – Head coach Stuart Law says West Indies will consider giving their reserve players a run in today’s final Twenty20 International against Afghanistan, but remain keen on making a clean sweep of the series.West Indies won the opener last Friday by six wickets at Warner Park and took an unassailable lead in the three-match series when they pulled off a 29-run victory in a rain-hit affair at the same venue on Saturday.With the likes of uncapped pacer Ronsford Beaton yet to feature, Law said consideration would be given to exposing the untested players.“We’ve won the series [but] that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. We have to start digging in and make sure we get that ruthless streak. Three-nil is a lot better than 2-1,” the Australian said.“It’s an opportunity too for us to have a look at some other players. We’ve got Ronsford Beaton who’s sat on the sideline and I would like to see what he’s got out in the middle.“[I would like] to continue to give Rovman Powell a go. He’s been travelling around with the team but has not played many games.”He continued: “It’s nice to be in this position, the luxury you have to see the young kids. I would like to see them get out there and enjoy the atmosphere and enjoy the moment.”Powell is an extremely talented all-rounder but only played in the two games because of illness to Kieron Pollard.As expected, West Indies have dominated the Afghans, with the Asian side showing little sign of fight in the two games so far.They suffered a shock defeat to the ICC Associate side in last year’s T20 World Cup in India but have quickly made amends with victory in both matches in the series.Law said while the hosts could have been more convincing in winning the opener, he was thoroughly pleased with the professional manner they had gone about their assignment.“The first game I thought we could have been a little bit more clinical but the way the boys played and the way they responded to the challenge that we set out … we’ve done that so far,” Law explained.“The batters in the first game probably needed to dig in and be ruthless and be not out but they came here [in the second T20] and got us off to a great start. Rain curtailed an innings where I think we were probably on target for 180 and the bowlers stood up and did a great job.“The spinners are doing a great job – (Samuel) Badree and (Sunil) Narine and you’ve got Kesrick Williams and everyone else chipping in with wickets which is a good team performance.”last_img read more

Minute man: Jackson assumes fresh role in senior year as Syracuse’s tireless early-season MVP

first_img Comments For three long years, Rick Jackson says Jim Boeheim’s words have echoed in his thoughts. ‘Be in shape to play 40 minutes.’ Forty minutes: An entire game of the power forward Jackson lumbering up and down the Carrier Dome court. Talk of playing 40 minutes would have been blasphemy when watching the 240-pound Jackson trudge through 26.3 minutes per game as a junior last year. Jackson simply couldn’t do it. He couldn’t run for more than 35 minutes in a single game last year, never mind 40. He wasn’t in shape. ‘Me losing that weight was key,’ Jackson said after Syracuse’s 78-58 win over Cornell Tuesday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Forty minutes in 2010, though — if needed, it’s expected. Through No. 8 SU’s first seven games of the season, Jackson has played a full 40 minutes twice. Thanks to shedding 25 pounds, Jackson has pulled a 180-degree turn with regards to how many minutes he can provide. He never played a full 40 minutes prior to this season. Talk of him playing a whole game has gone from profane to predicted. He is averaging 34.6 minutes per game, and as a result, his production has improved. He is the undeniable MVP of the Orange through a rocky start to the season. Jackson has been the sole bright spot in Boeheim’s eyes. Jackson will have to continue to play close to 40 minutes Saturday, as North Carolina State (4-2) comes to the Dome (5:15 p.m., ESPN2). Despite Jackson’s affinity to play entire games, Boeheim’s 2010 team has grown notorious for not putting together a full 40 minutes. He and SU’s players have let it be known at various points. ‘We have a lot of work to do,’ Boeheim said after the Cornell game. ‘We can’t seem to get it together for 40 minutes.’ Tuesday, it was a case of a poor second half for the Orange. Cornell outscored SU 41-40. In the first four games of the season, the problem was the first half. SU’s initial problem was a lack of an animalistic mindset from the outset. In its last game, it failed to finish the game the way the team started — like animals muzzling the Big Red with its 2-3 zone, running Cornell out of the Dome. Jackson, however, has been the animal. He’ll say as much. There is no other way for him to play the game now. ‘Right now,’ he said Tuesday, ‘down on the defensive end is being an animal around the basket.’ The animal is the MVP, the most important player on the floor for Boeheim. He’s needed for the entire game. Sometimes, even, an entire tournament. Or close to it, as Jackson garnered Legends Classic MVP honors this past weekend. He played 78 of 80 minutes at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., carrying SU to wins that should have been much easier against Michigan and Georgia Tech. Much like Jonny Flynn in the 2008-09 season — a season that was highlighted by Flynn’s 181-minute instant-classic performance at Madison Square Garden — Jackson is needed for every vital minute for the Orange. The numbers say that. And they are numbers that have come not in a frenetic Big East tournament run. Rather, against seven menial opponents. In SU’s last five games, Jackson has played 180 of 200 minutes. There is where that 180-degree turnaround surfaces. Almost literally. Like Flynn then, Syracuse can’t win without Jackson now. ‘He’s really established himself as our enforcer,’ SU guard Scoop Jardine said. ‘Every game he plays, he leaves everything out there on the floor.’ Jackson is third in the nation, averaging 13 rebounds per game. He is also second on the team in points per game with 12.7 and is first in field-goal percentage, shooting 57 percent. But of all the numbers, the number that matters is 40. For the former role player, he knows that is his role this year. Jackson, though, will still tell you he is still a role player. This year is just a case of a player inhabiting a different role. His role now is what Flynn’s formerly was. The numbers reflect that, and he isn’t surprised. Unsurprised, much like he was in Atlantic City last weekend, reckoning he would lay claim to the Legends Classic MVP award. Minutes after his head coach played him for 40 minutes against Georgia Tech, Jackson needed less than a second to answer a question regarding the MVP honor. It echoed in his thoughts for a split second. Not three years. Did he expect the MVP award? Said Jackson: ‘I’m not surprised at all.’ Published on December 1, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Teach for America serves as popular choice for ’SC grads

first_imgThursday marked the final deadline to apply for the 2014 Teach For America corps. Last year, more than 100 students were accepted into the corps from USC.Teach For America is a nonprofit that places recent college graduates as well as professionals in low-income classrooms for a two-year period in an effort to reduce educational inequity across the nation. The organization’s purpose is based on the connection it sees between economic inequity and educational inequity in America.“[The fact] that 92 percent of kids who grow up below the poverty line return to poverty for a second generation is just completely unacceptable,” said Carrington Bester, recruitment manager for TFA Los Angeles and a 2011 Houston TFA corps member. “The more allies [these kids] have, the better off as a culture we are at eradicating the achievement gap in this country.”Joining the TFA corps has become a popular option for many USC graduates. Last year, 109 Trojans were offered the opportunity to join the corps. Not only does this mean that USC received more TFA offers than any other campus in the nation, it also makes TFA the top post-graduate option for USC students.Lexine Cudjoe, a senior majoring in political science, believes that USC’s engagement with its surrounding community encourages students to pursue such options as TFA.“We’re very familiar with the inequalities and discrepancies on the perimeters of our school, and I think it’s very healthy for USC to continue to engage in the community around us,” Cudjoe said.Cudjoe will be joining the 2014 Houston TFA corps, but she has already had a lot of experience with TFA. She attended USC’s                           TFA-sponsored Alternative Spring Break trip to Baton Rouge, La. last year and since then, has also interned for TFA in Mississippi and served as a campus campaign coordinator.Cudjoe was inspired to get involved in TFA because of her own educational background. When she was in seventh grade at Foshay Learning Center, a nearby school located about a mile west from the University Park campus, she enrolled in the USC-sponsored Neighborhood Academic Initiative program that ultimately enabled her to attend a four-year university.“In seeing the kind of impact that college has made on my social mobility, I want to, in turn, reach back into other students’ lives who would not have this opportunity to move out of poverty without education being the pathway,” Cudjoe said.Zade Shakir, a senior majoring in biology and international relations, said he is excited to join the 2014 Bay Area corps because of his own experience with academic inequity in high school.“Just because the high school near my house had a poor science program, I left high school hating science,” Shakir said. “Then I came to USC and took the science general [education] class here and I had a great professor. Now I can’t imagine my future without science.”Shakir hopes by being part of TFA he can encourage other students to follow their dreams.“I think of all the students that could be missing the opportunity to find their dreams,” Shakir said. “I want to be a part of the change for the future and to change this educational system that marginalizes some people.”Shakir is not currently planning to pursue a lifelong career in education, but he believes that his time in TFA will both affect change for his students and will equip him with the skills necessary for his future career.Milly Shah, a 2013 USC graduate and a member of the 2013 Charlotte corps, echoed Shakir’s beliefs. Shah currently hopes to go to physical therapy school after her two years in the corps, and noted that being a corps member is an opportunity for growth.“It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but it’s immensely rewarding,” Shah said. “One thing I definitely did not think I was going to experience was immense corporate growth and growth in my leadership skills.”Besides providing her with practical skills, being a member of the TFA corps has also been very personally rewarding for Shah.“One moment that really stands out is when one of my students accidentally called me ‘Mom,’” Shah said. “As a teacher, you tend to forget that you are this consistent adult in an adolescent’s life … [Being called mom] reminded me that I’m so much more than just a teacher.”last_img read more

High-powered men’s water polo prepares for two games

first_imgThe No. 3 men’s water polo team will have an opportunity for revenge against the No. 2 Cal Bears (15-2) on Saturday following a nonconference matchup with the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags (10-12) on Thursday night.Emily Smith | Daily TrojanThursday night lights · Junior driver Matteo Morelli and the No. 3 men’s water polo team host two games this weekend, starting with Claremont on Thursday at 5 p.m. They play No. 2 Cal at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.Coming off a big 13-8 win over No. 6 Long Beach State this weekend, USC (16-1) has rattled off eight straight wins, seven of them thanks to double-digit scoring.Against the 49ers, the Trojans were outscored early 3-2, but were able to bounce back and obtain an 11-6 lead going into the final frame despite a raucous Long Beach State crowd.“It was a really tough game in the beginning,” junior driver Matteo Morelli said. “As the game went on, we scored a couple goals, and the momentum went our way. That is a tough pool to play in. It’s a good crowd.”USC got out of Long Beach with a 13-8 victory. Nine different Trojans scored goals, including four who had two goals.With the momentum gained from their latest top-10 win, the Men of Troy have a chance to make a legitimate claim for the nation’s No. 2 spot versus Claremont and Cal.At 10-12, Claremont has experienced adversity against talented teams this year, sporting a 2-12 record against teams in the top-25.With just 19 players to mix in and out of the pool, the Stag’s lack of roster depth has troubled them, especially late in games.In terms of USC’s game plan for Claremont, the Trojans are playing with the same attitude as every other contest this season.“We just need to be ready to win the game,” senior driver Nick Bell said. “We go into every game like it’s the championship game; we can’t think about anything else. Cal’s coming up, and it will be a fun game.”After their meeting with Claremont on Thursday, USC will play host to Cal, the same team that gave USC its first and only loss in September at Cal’s invitational tournament earlier this month.Ten games later, the Trojans are preparing for a similar offensive assault that downed them earlier in the season.In a close 10-8 loss, the Trojans mounted a furious five-goal comeback after being down 6-2 at halftime. By the end of four periods, the Bears and their six different scorers proved to be too much for the USC defense.“I was a little disappointed we weren’t able to pull off first place, but it’s difficult playing away games, and playing Cal at Cal is difficult with their home crowd,” junior driver Grant Stein said. “To get back up, we try and motivate each other with support to lift each other’s spirits in that huddle.”Cal’s Johnny Hooper, the former MPSF Newcomer of the Year and current leading goal scorer, has fired in 50 total goals in 2016, including three goals against USC.Along with Hopper’s 50, Safak Simsek (20) and Odysseas Masmanidis (17) can each provide scoring support should the Trojans bottle Hopper up.If the Men of Troy survive Saturday’s contest, a No. 2 spot in the national rankings is imminent. But before they take on Cal, the Trojans need to take care of business against the Stags. Thursday’s game is at 5 p.m., and Saturday’s contest begins at 6:30 p.m.last_img read more

Sports betting Hall of Fame to induct 5 new members at Natural History Museum

first_imgShare Rasmus Sojmark – SBCThe Sports Betting Hall of Fame recognises those people who have made an outstanding contribution to the betting and gaming industry over their careers.This year’s Hall of Famers will be recognised as part of the Betting on Sports Week with the evening event taking place at the prestigious National History Museum on the evening of Thursday 20 September.Betting on Sports Week delegates are all invited to this magnificent event, but if you for some reason cannot attend Betting on Sports during the day or want to invite your colleagues, there is still a chance for this. You can book tickets at £150 each for this special evening event, which includes:Access to Sports Betting Hall of Fame Awards night and Betting on Sports Closing Party from 8:30pm – 2amOpportunity to network and make new contacts underneath the giant historic whale in the Natural History Museums Hintze HallComplimentary beers and wine until around midnightComplimentary canapes, snacks and refreshments BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW!This year will see the number of Hall of Fame inductees increase to five:Norbert Teufelberger, Co-founder & Former CEO, BwinPontus Lindwall, Founder & CEO, Betsson ABConstantinos Antonopoulos, Co-founder and Former CEO, IntralotFabio Schiavolin, CEO, SnaitechWarwick Bartlett, Former Chairman of ABB, Founder of Global Betting and Gaming Consultants (GBGC)ABOUT THE SPORTS BETTING HALL OF FAMEThe Sports Betting Hall of Fame has been curated in order to recognise the individuals who have contributed a great deal to the industry over the course of their careers with a lasting legacy. It honours, preserves and perpetuates the names and outstanding accomplishments of personalities who have brought lasting fame to the sports betting sector.The Natural History Museum in the heart of London is one of the most iconic buildings in the capital. Entering through the spectacular main into the magnificent Hintze Hall, a drinks and canapes reception will be held for all attendees of the Betting on Sports Week 2018, in what will be a truly memorable closing party.Previous inductees include Pinnacle CEO Paris Smith, Sportingbet Founder Mark Blandford, Sportradar Founder Carsten Koerl, Betfred Founder Fred Done, BetConstruct Founder Vigen Badalyan and Bookmaker Technology Consortium director Howard Chisholm.Constantinos Antonopoulos commented: “The industry brings a lot of joy and entertainment to its customers, but also needs to protect them through integrity transparency and social responsibility. So it is only right that the pioneers are called to pass their foresight and experience towards this great balance. It is for this reason I am thrilled to be asked to join the Sports Betting Hall of Fame and honoured to join the existing members.”SBC CEO & Founder Rasmus Sojmark commented: “We have secured the iconic and beautiful Natural History Museum to celebrate the industry’s most iconic names. I am literally beyond words to describe how honoured we are here at SBC to be able to put together such an incredible experience for the industry, and at the same time close off the Betting on Sports Week in style.”Entry to the Hall of Fame is included in every ticket for the Betting on Sports Conference and additional tickets for the extravaganza are also available from The next Sports Betting Hall of Fame event will be held in 23 April in New York as part of the Betting on Sports America conference & exhibition.For more information about Betting on Sports week, visit __________________________________ Submit Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

PL Week 28: Liverpool, Arsenal, Man United and Chelsea grab wins

first_img–Source: talkSPORT Chelsea put their Carabao Cup Final defeat behind them by claiming London bragging rights against rivals Tottenham Hotspur.Elsewehere, Manchester City kept the heat on Liverpool after their emphatic win over Watford by dispatching West Ham at the Etihad.Manchester United and Arsenal also picked up wins in the capital, while Southampton piled on more misery for hapless Fulham.ARSENAL 5-1 BOURNEMOUTHThe hosts broke the deadlock after just four minutes when the recalled Mesut Ozil slammed home his fifth goal of the season.Sead Kolasinac played the German in and he clipped the ball over the onrushing Artur Boruc.Henrikh Mkhitaryan doubled Arsenal’s advantage in the 27th minute after some brilliant link-up play with Ozil.But Bournemouth pulled a goal back on the half-hour mark when Lys Mousset fired in after Dan Gosling had taken the ball from Matteo Guendouzi.Arsenal made it 3-1 less than two minutes after the restart, with Laurent Koscielny grabbing the goal.Shortly after Ozil had hit the woodwork, Arsenal made it 4-1 through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.A free-kick from substitute Alexandre Lacazette put Arsenal 5-1 up 12 minutes before the end.SOUTHAMPTON 2-0 FULHAMSouthampton forward Charlie Austin put the ball in the net in the early stages, nodding home from close range, but it was disallowed after he was adjudged to have barged Fulham goalkeeper Sergio Rico.However, the hosts did go ahead in the 23rd minute when Oriel Romeu drove home from the edge of the box after keeper Rico punched away a right-wing corner.James Ward-Prowse put Southampton 2-0 up in the 41st minute.Nathan Redmond’s shot from the edge of the box was kept out by Rico but Ward-Prowse was alert to tap home the rebound.LIVERPOOL 5-1 WATFORDLiverpool reminded everyone they are still firmly in control of the title race with an emphatic win over Watford at Anfield.The Reds, who had drawn four of their last five fixtures in all competitions, needed just nine minutes to open the scoring.The hosts had enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and territory in the early stages and were rewarded when Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross was expertly headed into the top corner by Sadio Mane.While Origi seemed to be a little rusty on the left wing, Mane was taking full advantage of being given a central role in the absence of Firmino.The Senegal international doubled the home side’s lead in the 20th minute following another Alexander-Arnold ball into the area.Salah, as is so often the case, was proving a handful on the right channel for Liverpool and the 26-year-old again tested Foster from an acute angle after jinking his way into the area.A last-ditch block from Craig Cathcart stopped Mane from potentially sealing his hat-trick.But Origi cut in from the left and drove low beyond Foster at his near post to put Liverpool 3-0 ahead in the 66th minute.Mane took a touch and then, with his back to goal, lifted the ball over a flummoxed Ben Foster with an audacious back heel that nestled in the net.The influential Alexander-Arnold had his third assist of the evening, curling a free-kick to the back post, where Virgil Van Dijk thundered his header across Foster with 11 minutes remaining.Van Dijk got his second of the evening moments later with a glancing header from Andrew Robertson’s ball into the area.MANCHESTER CITY 1-0 WEST HAMCity ensured they kept the pressure on leaders Liverpool with a comfortable win at the Etihad against West Ham.Manuel Pellegrini surprised plenty of fans at the Etihad by giving defender Ben Johnson a start at left back in place of the injured Aaron Cresswell.City and West Ham went in at half-time with the score 0-0 after the hosts had bossed possession but failed to make the most of it.The closest Pep Guardiola’s men went to scoring was in the fourth minute when David Silva met Kevin De Bruyne’s delivery and sent a shot against a post.City took the lead in the 59th minute through a Sergio Aguero penalty, awarded after Felipe Anderson brought down Bernardo Silva.Aguero sent Lukasz Fabianski the wrong way as he registered his 18th league goal of the season.CHELSEA 2-0 TOTTENHAMChelsea may have left Kepa Arrizabalaga on the bench for the visit of Tottenham, but it was their attackers who made the headlines at Stamford Bridge.Gonzalo Higuain hit the post after half an hour when he sliced a volley from the edge of the area.Spurs striker Harry Kane was involved in an altercation with Cesar Azpilicueta, appearing to move his head towards the Chelsea defender, but referee Andre Marriner took no action.It was Spurs’ turn to hit the woodwork on the stroke of half-time as Harry Winks sent a dipping shot crashing onto the crossbar, but the first half ended goalless.Chelsea went in front in the 57th minute as Pedro got in behind Toby Alderweireld and fired through the legs of Hugo Lloris.The hosts sealed the win when a defensive mix-up saw Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier turn the ball into his own net six minutes before the end.CRYSTAL PALACE 1-3 MANCHESTER UNITEDAn injury-ravaged Manchester United were able to put Crystal Palace to the sword, despite their weakened side.United broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute when Romelu Lukaku fired the ball into the corner of Vicente Guaita’s net.Having missed an earlier opportunity in the box when unmarked, the Belgian curled home a sumptuous right-footed effort after a rampaging run from the impressive Luke Shaw.Lukaku got his and United’s second goal of the night in the 52nd minute when the Belgium international volleyed home in the box after a goalmouth scramble following Ashley Young’s corner.Palace reduced the deficit to a single goal when Joel Ward made it 2-1, heading home in the 66th minute.Ashley Young gave United breathing space when he made it 3-1 in the 83rd minute.last_img read more

‘Game boy’ Tagoe after WBO eliminator against Ryan Garcia

first_imgIBO Lightweight World Champion, Emmanuel ‘Gameboy’ Tagoe, is pushing for a WBO lightweight eliminator, which could take him closer to mandatory status for the world title.Ukrainian, Vasyl Lomachenko, currently holds the WBO belt and is preparing towards his unification bout with IBF champion Teofimo Lopez.With the winner of the above bout set to take home all the belts, the WBO would enforce a mandatory challenger, which could serve of benefit to a top contender who could benefit from the profile.Ghana’s Emmanuel Tagoe, although further down the current WBO rankings, despite reaching the top in May last year, seems the only viable candidate to be next in line for that chance.Wales’ Lee Selby who is above Tagoe in the WBO rankings, has an upcoming commitment in the IBF.This leaves Tagoe and American, Ryan García, as the only boxers without any contractual obligations.“Emmanuel Tagoe has been ready to take on any challenge for the past year,” a senior member of Tagoe’s team, Peter Kahn, told “He was training for a fight in March that would have strengthened his case to challenge for the WBO title, but was canceled due to the (ongoing) coronavirus pandemic. “Right now, Ryan García has a clear path to challenge for the WBO title sooner than he would the WBC, considering recent history.”“For whatever reason, it seems that somebody wants Ryan out of the way with the WBO.“Either way, Emmanuel Tagoe is the benefactor and we’re here ready to take on whoever is named,” he added.Tagoe is on a 31 fight winning streak, since losing his professional debut back in 2004.last_img read more


first_imgSANTA ANITA AUTUMN STAKES SCHEDULE UNVEILED IN ADVANCE OF SEPT. 27 OPENER; A TOTAL OF 43 STAKES, INCLUDING 14 BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS NOV. 1 & 2, TO BE OFFERED OVER 23-DAY MEETING OPENING DAY TO BE HIGHLIGHTED BY TWO GRADE I, $300,000 BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ QUALIFYING STAKES, IN ADDITION TO THE GRADE II, $200,000 EDDIE D. STAKES ARCADIA, Calif. (Aug. 8, 2019)–With opening day set for Friday, Sept. 27 and the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships returning for a record 10th time on Nov. 1 & 2, Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet, which will conclude on Nov. 3, will offer fans and horsemen a full complement of world class racing highlighted by a total of 43 graded stakes–18 of which are Grade I events.For the first time ever, a total of three graded stakes, two of them Grade I Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” qualifying events, will be carded on opening day.  In addition to the traditional meet opener, the Grade II, $200,000 Eddie D. Stakes, the Grade I, $300,000 American Pharoah Stakes, for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles and the Grade I, $300,000 Chandelier Stakes, for 2-year-old fillies at the same distance, will no doubt help to make Santa Anita the focus of the racing world on Sept. 27.“We’re excited to get the meet started with these two outstanding Grade I races on opening day,” said Santa Anita Vice President, Racing and Racing Secretary Steve Lym.  “It will get the ball rolling in a big way.  In addition, the Eddie D. has been upgraded to a Grade II and we’ve also doubled the purse on it, so we’re expecting an outstanding field at five furlongs on turf, which will serve as prep for many horsemen who are hoping to run under the same conditions in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on Nov. 2.“The American Pharoah and the Chandelier are both traditional preps for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and we’re confident both of these races will attract big, competitive fields that our fans across the country will enjoy playing.”(Lym also noted that while there will be no downhill turf sprints at 6 ½ furlongs, Santa Anita will for the first time, offer a limited number of 5 ½ furlong turf sprints, with the starting gate set on the main track. The utilization of the downhill course will be revisited in advance of the 2019-20 Winter Meeting).Santa Anita will present five stakes on opening weekend, Sept. 28 & 29 and three of them, the Grade I, $300,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes and the Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes on Sept. 28, and the Grade II, $200,000 Zenyatta Stakes on Sept. 29, will serve as Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” qualifiers.Additionally, the Grade II, $200,000 John Henry Turf Championship, for 3-year-olds and up at a mile and one quarter, and the $75,000 Unzip Me Stakes, for 3-year-old fillies at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, will also be run on Sept. 28, making day two a thoroughly compelling afternoon.Santa Anita’s final 2019 Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” qualifier, the Grade I, $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, will be run on Saturday, Oct. 5.In conjunction with the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Santa Anita will again offer a pair of $200,000 stakes for horses bred or sired in California–the Golden State Juvenile and the Golden State Juvenile Fillies, both at seven furlongs on Friday, Nov. 1.Santa Anita’s complete 2019 Autumn Meet stakes schedule is now available at For additional information, please call the Santa Anita Racing Office at (626) 574-6352.last_img read more

Vibrant Enterprise Sector Unlocks Jobs

first_imgWorld Bank president Jim Yong KimThe fear of losing or not finding a job is a primary concern for most people. According to the World Bank Development Report (WDR) 2014, about three quarters of respondents in developing countries worry a “great deal” about being unemployed. The survey notes having a job is indeed valuable: it produces income to support consumption and to help meet important goals, such as providing education, health care, and assets for family members.A job also contributes to self esteem, a sense of personal security, and even social cohesion.The Bank insists these benefits are pillars of resilience and prosperity for households and communities alike. The WDR, however, notes that not all jobs are the same for purposes of risk management.From the perspective of workers, jobs that provide secure and increasing income and a safe working environment are preferable to jobs that do not carry those benefits. Moreover, jobs that produce goods and services that consumers want and can rely on and jobs that respect and conserve the environment are better from society’s perspective, the report observed.The Bank argues that a vibrant enterprise sector is best situated to provide such jobs through its potential to mitigate the risk of unemployment, reallocate resources to create opportunities, and contribute to worker, consumer, and environmental protection.The Bank further argues that two characteristics—flexibility and formality can greatly help enterprises support people’s risk management.The WDR highlights two examples of continents apart and illustrates how flexibility and formality can improve the enterprise sector’s capacity to foster people’s resilience and promote prosperity.The first example illustrates the importance of flexibility. In Europe, Denmark, Germany, and Spain are among the many countries hit hard by the recent global economic and financial crises: Denmark from an overheated labor market, Germany from a shock to global demand, and Spain from a popped real estate bubble.“By the beginning of 2013, more than 25 percent of Spain’s labor force was unemployed. Denmark’s unemployment rate also increased, but to a much lower 7.4 percent. In Germany, the rate was just 5.3 percent,” the WDR stated.According to the WDR, many factors explain the different experiences of these three countries. For one thing, the shock that hit Spain was larger than those affecting Denmark and Germany.But explanations of the widely different unemployment outcomes should also consider the flexibility of the labor markets in those countries.Labor market reforms in Germany, the report explains, helped moderate wage increases before the international crisis and enabled employees and firms to adjust hours worked through work sharing without the need for layoffs.In Denmark, job separations were high, but unemployment spells were short and eased by a robust safety net and retraining programs for the unemployed.In Spain, in contrast, where a high percentage of the workforce was employed in the hard-hit construction sector, stringent employment regulations with significant severance costs, along with other structural factors such as the relatively high share of unskilled young labor, have added to the high and persistent unemployment.The second example shows the benefits for enterprises of becoming formal. In Peru in recent years, informal mines have sprung up in response to rising gold prices. Ignoring existing regulations, these informal mines have caused significant deforestation, notes the WDR.The mercury used in the extraction process has contaminated rivers and the atmosphere and threatened human health. In the La Libertad region, according to the report, the Poderosa Mining Company took an innovative approach to the problem after informal miners invaded one of its mining concessions.The Bank explained that the company began to formalize the invading miners, signing agreements that allowed them to continue mining under its direction. The agreements, which meet international environmental management quality standards, have increased the small miners’ income and decreased the harm from deforestation and mercury contamination.These two stories convey the main message that flexibility and formality enhance the enterprise sector’s ability to contribute to people’s resilience and prosperity.An enterprise sector that is flexible is more capable of responding to shocks by reallocating resources within and across enterprises and of innovating in an ever-changing world, the WDR adds. “An enterprise sector that is formal is better situated to take advantage of legal protection and contract enforcement and to make better use of public infrastructure.”In addition, formal enterprises can be more easily held accountable for their impact on worker safety and on consumer and environmental well-being. There are both synergies and trade-offs between flexibility and formality.In countries with responsible and strong state institutions and streamlined regulations, formality enhances flexibility.In countries with weak state institutions and cumbersome regulatory regimes such as Liberia, however, the cost of formality can be too large for the majority of enterprises and workers. In this case, “informal is normal,” and informality is a means for the economy to achieve a certain degree of flexibility and for workers to access a practical safety net.A diverse array of workers and enterprises then remains informal because they are excluded from or choose not to join a formal sector that offers limited benefits.Informality is often a second-best response, however. The majority of the poor work in the informal sector out of necessity rather than choice.In Ghana, for example, more than 60 percent of informal salaried and self-employed workers without employees would rather have formal wage jobs. Informal mechanisms may be effective for small firms and simple transactions, but are insufficient for larger firms and complex relations with workers and markets.That may be why wage employment as a share of total employment increases as a country develops.Notwithstanding significant variation across and within regions, self-employment—a large part of which is likely of a subsistence nature—is widespread in the developing world. If the enterprise sector is to fulfill its role in supporting people’s risk management, public policy for the sector requires reforms that balance the economy’s need for flexibility with society’s need for legal and regulatory protections.The WDR argues for a combination of reforms to help the enterprise sector become flexible as it gradually becomes formal.These reforms, according to WDR, include improving the basic foundations of the enterprise sector by strengthening property rights and reducing uncertainty about government policy; implementing and enforcing sound regulations; and providing inclusive social protection.In the longer run, when sound regulations for flexibility are in place, the government can pursue reforms that encourage both flexibility and formality by spurring innovation; increasing the skill level of the labor force; and enhancing worker, consumer, and environmental protections.These reforms are necessary not only to increase growth but to enhance people’s resilience and to promote prosperity.Although the risks that enterprises themselves face and their risk-taking decisions are very important aspects of a vibrant enterprise sector, the WDR maintains its focus on risks faced by people. It thus focuses on the enterprise sector as a sector and on its function of supporting people and society in managing risk in different ways.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more