Hurst scores first of season at West Liberty

first_imgBy Jerry MackeyWEST LIBERTY, Iowa (May 28) – Jeremiah Hurst scored his first win of the season in the iWire­less IMCA Late Model division Saturday at West Liberty Raceway.Hurst inherited the lead when the no. 39 of Rob Toland developed an engine misfire. Hurst took the lead with less than five laps remaining. Kevin Kile made a late-race charge to finish second ahead of Jonathan Brauns.Larry Herring scored his second consecutive feature win in the Performance Concepts IMCA Modi­fied class. Herring took the top spot from Jerry Luloff on lap 10 and went on to score the 20-lap feature win over Bruce Hanford and Dakota Hayden.Dalton Simonsen took command early and went on to score an impressive feature win in the Weik­ert Iron & Metal IMCA Northern SportMod division. Simonsen led the caution-free main event from laps two through 15. Tyler Soppe advanced from deep in the field to take runner-up honors ahead of Logan Anderson.Nate Wood took the checkers in the Kile Motorsports IMCA Stock Car feature. A late race caution allowed Wood to score the win ahead of Tom Cannon and David Brandies.Defending US 6 Bodyworks IMCA Sport Compact track champion Jason KlerkDereus scored his first win of the 2016 season. KlerkDereus scored an impressive win over Cody VanDusen and Ja­cob Smith.Racing went on as scheduled Saturday despite rain all around the area. Fans were treated to an exciting night of racing with the final checkered waving just prior to the 10 o’clock hour.last_img read more

Van Gaal: Falcao has point to prove

first_img ”You have to prove yourself. A player of £95million has to prove himself also.” Falcao’s agent Jorge Mendes rejected to opportunity to quash speculation on his client’s future this week. ”The truth is, right now we don’t know what will happen,” Mendes said. ”What we do know is that he will play in one of the very best clubs in the world next season, whether that is Manchester United or not.” For Van Gaal, the situation is much more clear – a return of three goals in 13 appearances is not good enough. Van Gaal insists he has no option but to take a hard-line stance with the forward, who has suffered with injury problems since his move. ”If I am not like that, maybe he has less motivation,” Van Gaal said. ”I have to be like that.” It was also clear that Van Gaal is becoming annoyed by the subject of Falcao’s future. Almost half of the questions at his weekly press conference were on the subject. Most enquiries about the Colombian were greeted with a short response. ”That is not for you, that is not for the media. That is for the player and his manager. I’m sorry,” Van Gaal said when asked about how Falcao had responded to being dropped. When asked whether Falcao’s morale was okay, the Dutchman said: ”I think so.” And when quizzed on whether Falcao would feature against QPR on Saturday, Van Gaal said: ”You have to wait and see, because when I say that a part of my line-up is known I make it easy for my opponent and I don’t want to make it easy.” Falcao’s chances of starting at Loftus Road looked to have been strengthened when Robin van Persie hobbled off in the second half of the loss to Saints with an ankle injury. But Van Gaal said the striker’s injury was not serious, so he has an outside chance of playing this weekend, it seems. “It is a minor injury. I don’t think it’s a great problem,” Van Gaal told MUTV. United’s defeat to Southampton meant they dropped to fourth and the manager is demanding an improvement. “When you want to be champion you have to win matches against Southampton and Aston Villa,” he said. Speculation has been rife Van Gaal could boost his squad by signing the likes of Kevin Strootman, Seamus Coleman and Mats Hummels this month. But Van Gaal played down talk of a January spending spree. ”I don’t think that we shall be very active as not many players of a certain level are available,” he said. ”When we buy a player he has to be better than the players that are playing now and that is a difficult job.” United were hailed as the big winners on deadline day last September when they beat a host of their rivals to sign Falcao on a £6million loan deal from Monaco. United chartered a private jet to fly the coveted striker over from the principality and the two-time Ballon d’Or nominee was given a standing ovation and a loud roar from the United fans when he made his debut against QPR. Going into the reverse fixture this weekend, the tables have turned somewhat. To the bemusement of many fans, a fully-fit Falcao was left out of the squad for last week’s 1-0 defeat against Southampton, with Van Gaal preferring to put three centre-backs and 19-year-old James Wilson on the bench instead. Van Gaal stands by his decision and at a frosty press conference on Friday warned Falcao he still has to demonstrate he is worth more game time, and a permanent move to Old Trafford. ”He has to prove himself, that we have agreed,” said the United manager, who has the option to buy the striker for £43.5million at the end of the season. “We have made this deal and everything is clear and it is not the end of the year so he has the chance for that.” In 2013 Monaco paid no less than £50million to sign the striker, who is reported to be on around £280,000 a week at Old Trafford. Van Gaal could not care less about how much the player is worth though. ”If a player costs £95million or £5,000 it’s not any difference for me,” the Dutchman said. Press Association Louis van Gaal has ordered Radamel Falcao to show him why he deserves a future at Manchester United.last_img read more

Cricket News NN Cricket Trivia: When Bermuda shook the cricket world!

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Historical moment Yes, you guessed it right – Malachi Jones (Bermuda) was bowling to opener Robin Uthappa, and the flamboyant batsman nicked it, only for a roly-poly player to take a blinder standing in the slips. The player was none other than Dwayne Leverock.After that stunner, Leverock ran blindly around the whole field, and other team mates followed him.At the 2007 World Cup, Leverock made the likes of Kumar Sangakkara and Yuvraj Singh his victims. But what stood out for him and his nation was the catch.”Before the delivery was bowled, I stood there and told the wicketkeeper, Dean Minors, next to me that we will get a wicket this over. We didn’t talk after that but the first ball Malachi bowled, Robin Uthappa went on the drive and the ball flew away from me. I just dived to my right and got the ball in my hand. I got up and ran off to celebrate, and the rest of the team joined me,” Leverock had told ESPN Cricinfo.But it was not just about the catch for Leverock, he took nine wickets in the six-nation 2004 ICC Americas Cricket Championship in which they finished third and qualified for the 2005 ICC trophy and 2007 Cricket World Cup alongside Canada and United State.Well, these are the moments which keep the fans and players going, and these are the moments which make cricket a special game. New Delhi: Magical moments, shots that come from the middle of the willow, rippers from the bowlers, swinging red cherry and fiery bouncers, and blinders taken by the fielders, the game of cricket is special, special as it gives a reason to smile for millions and billions on this planet.Adam Gilchrist’s magical century in the 2003 World Cup final, Javed Miandad’s last ball maximum against India, Yuvraj Singh’s six consecutive sixes, Mitchell Johnson’s 2013/14 spell in the Ashes, or Sachin Tendulkar’s historic Sharjah Cup (Coca- Cola Cup), and there are many such incidents that make a place in your mind which you can never erase.One such exciting incident in a cricket field is a catch, a special catch taken by a player whose name you probably would have forgotten by now. But you will remember the catch because it was taken against one of the biggest teams in cricket – against India – and that too at the grandest stage of all – the World Cup. Cricket – a game of uncertainty In 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup, India had Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bermuda in Group B. Sounds easy huh? Team India lost their opening game against Bangladesh by 5 wickets and the group suddenly looked tough as Sri Lanka were a pretty decent side at that time.In the second game of the group, India faced Bermuda and won the match by a mammoth 257 runs, where India batted first and scored 413/5 and bundled Bermuda for a mere 156 runs.However, India lost their final game and a must-win one against Sri Lanka by 69 runs, and the Men in Blue’s dreams were shattered.But in between India’s torrid run, one thing stood out and that was cemented in the minds of the cricket fans and that was in the second game against Bermuda.The blistering innings by Virender Sehwag, Saurav Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh was overshadowed by a catch. A blinder which no one thought he could have taken it.last_img read more

Volleyball: Badgers cruise to sixth straight Sweet 16 with wins over Green Bay, Pepperdine

first_imgAfter receiving a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament, the University of Wisconsin volleyball team had to defend home territory two more times to stay alive in the big dance. The Badgers did so by taking down UW-Green Bay and Pepperdine over the weekend to advance to the Sweet 16.Their first battle came against in-state rival Green Bay Friday night. The Badgers got off to a quick start, jumping to a 10–5 lead before Green Bay called a timeout to think of a way to shut down Dana Rettke and company in the front row. But whatever Green Bay tried to do to disrupt a near-perfect Badger offense didn’t work. The Badgers rolled to a 25–9 opening set win without a hitting error through the set.The Badgers started out the second set cold, dropping the first five points to Green Bay. After a rally, the Badgers reclaimed the lead 7–6. The score would stay close throughout the whole set, but it took a couple extra points for the Badgers to win by two. After both defenses caused some long volleys, the second set ended in the Badgers’ favor 27–25.Volleyball: Wisconsin to take on UW-Green Bay in first round of NCAA TournamentThe No. 6 University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team (22-6, 15-5 Big Ten) is preparing to take on UW-Green Bay Read…“I liked how our mentality was just kind of staying with it,” head coach Kelly Sheffield said when asked about the team’s response to the second set.The third set went more as Wisconsin had planned as they got off to another great start leading 9–2. Molly Haggerty tacked on three more kills to put her at a match-high 10 kills on the night. With the help of both Haggerty’s offense and defense, Wisconsin opened the tournament with a clean sweep, earning a 25–15 third set victory.Haggerty led the Badgers in both kills, with 10, and digs, with 15. Tiffany Clark also had 15 digs in a defensive battle of liberos. Rettke and Tionna Williams both stuffed five blocks, and Sydney Hilley had 36 assists.The next Badger opponent came Saturday as the Pepperdine Waves, who beat the Northern Iowa Panthers in a four-set battle Friday night, visited Madison.A Clark ace and back-to-back Haggerty kills established an early lead for Wisconsin in the first set. The rally continued for the Badgers with Grace Loberg getting a kill on four of the next six Wisconsin points for a 25–16 set win.The next set was all Badgers and then some. Williams, stepping up in her last home game as a Badger, recorded back-to-back kills to put Wisconsin up 7–4. Thanks to another impressive night from Haggerty, the Badgers cruised to a 25–15 second set win.Volleyball: Wisconsin closes out regular season with critical road victories against Rutgers, Penn StateThe No. 8 University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team (22-6, 15-5 Big Ten) wrapped up their regular season with an Read…With their backs against the wall and their season on the line, Pepperdine dug deep and fought with everything they had left. The amazing serving team found their niche as Blossom Sato and Hannah Frohling served an 11–1 rally, helping force a fourth set with a 25–15 third set win.But the Badgers were looking to bounce back on their path to yet another Sweet 16. The team quickly put set three behind them and came back out to dominate in set four. With more great hitting from Loberg and Haggerty, the Badgers packed their bags for the next round with a 25–12 match-winning set.Leading the way for the Badgers was Williams with 14 kills. She received a standing ovation from the Badger crowd as she exited the UW Field House for the last time.“It was just incredible, the amount of support I have had over the four years being here. Going to the Sweet 16 with my teammates again is just incredible,” Williams said.Sydney Hilley had a big night leading in both assists and digs, recording 48 and 19 respectively, and recording six blocks alongside Rettke.The Badgers advance to the Sweet 16 for the sixth year in a row. They will take on the University of San Diego in Illinois Friday at 1:30 p.m. The game will stream online through ESPN3 with live stats at UWBadgers.com.last_img read more