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New qualifying format in place for historic 32nd annual Deery Brothers Summer Series

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – A new qualifying format employing passing points will be used at Deery Brothers Summer Series events this season.It’s the first time in the 32-year history of the IMCA Late Model tour that passing points have been used.All heat race winners and the next combination of drivers with the highest passing point totals will comprise the first 12 main event starters, with heat winners redrawing for the front rows.“B” feature grids will be lined up from the remaining high to low point totals. Series point provisionals will be awarded to drivers to drivers not qualifying from their heat or “B.”The upcoming Deery Series opens with the $5,000 to win Rebel 5K at Davenport Speedway on Friday, April 13.last_img read more

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Sr. Justin Louise Stiker O.S.F.

first_imgSr. Justin Louise Stiker, age 94 of the Sisters of St. Francis in Oldenburg, died Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at the convent. Born April 29, 1925 in Indianapolis, Indianapolis, she is the daughter of Louise (Mann) and Justin Stiker, the second of four children.“Let the little ones come to me” was the common thread woven throughout Sr. Justin Louise’s life.  As a young student at Holy Name School in Beech Grove, Indiana, she met the Franciscans and Sr. Donald Fischesser made a lasting impression upon Justin Louise as her first grade teacher and she knew she wanted to be just like her and teach the little ones.Following graduation from Immaculate Conception Academy in Oldenburg, Justin Louise went on to graduate from Marian University and began her teaching ministry in Princeton, Indiana, as well as Streator, Illinois and Shelbyville, Indiana.  Although teaching was her dream, as years the passed she found herself increasingly nervous and anxious in the classroom environment and returned to the Motherhouse.  In 1985 she was diagnosed with Panic Disorder and after working through years of therapy, Justin Louise regained her independence and returned to teaching and tutoring the little ones she so treasured as she taught at Bedford, Indiana until her retirement.When interviewed about her life, Justin Louise noted, “I have learned to speak up and stand up for myself.  I know what I enjoy, and I plan to continue being true to myself.  I get up in the morning feeling good, and I thank God for another day – and thank Him for all whom have supported me along my life’s journey.”Sr. Justin Louise is survived by her brothers Robert and Joseph Stiker, both of Indianapolis. She is preceded in death by her parents and her eldest brother Eugene Stiker. Visitation is Tuesday, July 30th from 1-3 p.m. in the convent chapel. Funeral services follow at 3 p.m. with Rev. Neri Greskoviak, O.F.M. officiating followed by burial in the convent cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, Indiana, 47036 (www.OldenburgFranciscans.org). For online condolences go to www.weigelfh.com.last_img read more

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QPR slap N8.1b on Eberechi Eze

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Leeds record first Premier League win in seven-goal thriller Leeds host first Premier League game after 16 years Leeds United is among a number of Premier League clubs chasing Queens Park Rangers star Eberechi Eze and the Championship side will reportedly hold out for a £16 million fee (N8.1 billion).Fulham, West Ham, West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa have all been mentioned as interested parties, while Crystal Palace have had a £12 million offer rejected. QPR boss Mark Warburton recently left Eze out of the club’s pre-season friendly game against AFC Wimbledon, claiming it was a measure to “look after” the player amid the ongoing speculation surrounding his future.“There is a lot going on with Ebere,” Warburton said. “He has been lauded by many football people and did exceptionally well for us last season.“But, being brutally honest, he’s an asset. Ebs knows that’s how football works. And that asset has a value. If that value is met then that asset moves on.“But he is a QPR player, he is a very talented boy and a pleasure to have around the group.“Today the right thing to do for Ebs, with lots going on, was to look after him. He is back in training on Monday morning.” Meanwhile, the Hammers have been urged to sign Eze by club legend Frank McAvennie, who told Football Insider : “I am fed up of West Ham just competing to stay in the division.“A club like West Ham need to be at the top, the supporters deserve to be.“We need players that are going to strengthen the starting eleven. We have attacking midfielders but if we offload Anderson then that deal is possible. We can then get Eze in.“Moyes knows he has to change the squad because right now, it is not good enough.”Eze notched 14 goals and eight assists for QPR last season. Tags: Aston VillaEberechi EzeFulhamLeeds UnitedQPRWest Bromwich AlbionWest Hamlast_img read more

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FSF criticises ticket prices

first_img The FSF wants a £20-cap to be imposed on away tickets in the Premier League and for all away matches to be classed as Category C fixtures – the cheapest category available. Miles, who was part of the delegation, said: “It’s not about the numbers going through the gates, it’s about making sure football doesn’t just become an elite sport reserved for the privileged. “Football clubs have a different relationship with their fans than businesses do with their customers because fans don’t have a choice of going elsewhere. “Managers, players and owners come and go but fans stick with their club for life. “To exploit that loyalty, passion and commitment for commercial gain – it stinks and it’s dangerous for the future soul of the game.” The Premier League will earn £5.5billion from television companies between 2013 and 2016, a deal that represents a £2.1bn-increase on the previous agreement. This season, the average low-price adult season ticket in the Premier League has gone up 6.5 per cent to £526 while 11 of the 20 top-tier clubs have made their cheapest season ticket more expensive. “We want football to be affordable for all,” Miles continued. Around 100 fans carrying banners and chanting songs marched on the league’s headquarters in London on Thursday before an FSF delegation met with Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore. Top of the delegation’s agenda was the price of tickets for away supporters, who currently pay according to criteria set by the home team. The Football Supporters Federation (FSF) chief executive Kevin Miles believes high ticket prices in the Premier League threaten to kill the “soul of the game”. “At a time when there’s more money in football than there ever has been before with the incredible television revenues coming in, it is ridiculous that fans are still being squeezed. “There has to be some of that money available to subsidise tickets rather than creating a climate where prices are constantly going up.” For any new ruling to pass, 14 of the 20 Premier League clubs would have to approve. Last year’s protest did achieve some success as all 20 clubs were given £200,000 each to subsidise fans travelling to matches. FSF chairman Malcolm Clarke said: “We are beginning to see a little bit of movement. “It’s nothing like enough and that’s why marches like today are needed so we can keep making progress. “I’m an optimist and I’m hopeful we can turn this around. The one thing I can say with absolute certainty is the overwhelming majority of supporters are behind us on this. “For every supporter that’s here in the middle of London, in the rain, on a working day – there will be thousands who are behind what we’re doing.” Clubs are unlikely to lower the cost of tickets while supporters continue to pay the current prices. “Some people have stopped going and that would have a dramatic effect but why should we?” Clarke said. “It’s our game, we were here before the owners came and we’ll be here after they’ve gone. “We don’t feel we should have to stop going to matches in order to affect change so we’re trying to achieve it by other ways.” A statement from the Premier League read: “The Premier League today met with a representative group from the supporters who took part in a demonstration outside our offices. “We had a worthwhile and constructive discussion that identified a number of areas where we can continue to meet with the Football Supporters’ Federation and see if any progress can be made.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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The Latest: Italy approves plan for soccer league

first_img June 8, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Italian soccer federation has approved plans for a playoff or the use of an algorithm with no champion declared if the season is stopped again. Associated Press Serie A has been suspended since March 9 because of the coronavirus outbreak. It is scheduled to resume on June 20.The plans were approved by an 18-3 vote at an FIGC council meeting. Italian soccer clubs had asked for no champion or relegations unless mathematically certain.Playoffs are the preferred idea but an algorithm will be used to determine the final standings if matches cannot be held because of time restrictions or the worsening of the pandemic. But there will not be a champion if the algorithm is used.The top two men’s divisions are the only ones set to resume their regular seasons. The women’s Serie A will not restart.___ English soccer club Brighton is offering fans the chance to have cardboard cutouts of themselves in the stadium when the Premier League resumes.Games in the league will be closed to spectators for the remainder of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.Five of Brighton’s nine remaining games are at home. The first is on June 20 against Arsenal.Fans need to send in a photo wearing a Brighton jersey and pay $25.___center_img Italy’s female soccer players are against the possibility of a playoff format to finish their season.A decision on whether and how the Serie A women’s league will resume is expected to be made during an Italian soccer federation meeting.One of the proposals is to have playoffs. That would involve half of the 12 Serie A teams.A statement by the Serie A women’s players says they are against it because “it doesn’t guarantee true fairness.”They say “we all go out on the field or no one does.” The Latest: Italy approves plan for soccer league Juventus, AC Milan and Sassuolo are the only three clubs which have managed to resume training. Many of the clubs also have players who are still abroad.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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James Peters Slams Falconets over Poor Tactics against China

first_imgThe Nigerians will confront Spain in one of the quarter-final matches to be played in Concarneau on Thursday.But giving his assessment yesterday, Peters, said the team should put its act together, improve on its tactic rather than depend on luck.“If we play like this without tactics- just keep hoping that if they score- we will score, then we will be out. We are not playing tactically. Rather, we are playing, ‘if God gives us victory, we will take it’. That is what we are playing –no tactics,” Peters said.Nigeria progressed into the quarter-finals after grabbing a 1-1 draw with China on Monday with the equaliser coming in the last minute of the added time the efforts of Aishat Bello and Rasheedat Ajibade. China right-back, Jiaxing Dou deflected the ball into the net for an own goal.While offering insights into the performance of the team which lost 1-0 to Germany and edged Haiti in the other group fixtures, Peters said it amounted to bad tactics on the part of the team to always wait until the last minute before scoring.Peters advised the team to be more tactical against Spain and exhibit instinct to score goals instead of playing attacking football only when they are pegged back.“Waiting until the last minute to equalize is a bad tactics. I expect them to be a bit tactical when we meet Spain. They should know what they are doing as a team. What are they doing up front when they lose the ball and how do they defend when the opponents take the ball? Are they doing pressing, or doing middle pressing and what are they going to do when they have the ball?” Peters asked.He said the whole team handled by Christopher Danjuma, should adopt the pressing from the backline approach against the Spaniards and stay behind the ball when they lose possession and defend as a whole team.Meanwhile, substitute Aishat Bello whose last-gasp effort earned Falconets the one-all draw that qualified Nigeria for the quarter final has admitted that she thought the campaign was all over for her and her colleagues.With Nigeria trailing 1-0 deep into second-half stoppage time the 17-year-old got in behind the Chinese backline on the right flank before playing in a well-driven cross towards Ajibade to finish up.But in the haste to clear it away, the ball bounced on China right-back, Jiaxing Dou, before resting in the net for the equaliser that broke the hearts of the Far Easterners!“It was not easy. I was on the bench and I was thinking that maybe we had lost the game,” Bello told FIFA.com after Monday’s game at the Stade du Clos Gastel.After the Falconets has booked their passage to face winner of Group C, Spain, on Thursday, Bello took a deep breath before insisting that she knew Nigeria was not going to exit the tournament in the group stage.“But I gave myself confidence that we were not going to lose this game and that I have to do my best when I get on to get the result,” stressed Bello who from playing together with the rest of the team anticipated one of Nigeria’s forward liners to latch up to her cross to finish up.“The good thing was my player (Ajibade) was there to finish for me, so I was very, very happy.”Though it was a tough contest for Christopher Danjuma’s side against their Asian opponents, Nigeria’s motivation never waivered, full in the knowledge that one goal would change their fortunes.“The match was very important and we wanted to win the match,” said Super Falconets midfielder Peace Efih. “We wanted to make sure we went through, that’s why we fought to the end. In the second half, we just had to push and keep the spirit of the team moving. It’s all about winning, it’s all about fighting to the end.”With that level of desire, Nigeria heads into their next challenge in Concarneau on Thursday, as Falconets meet Spain in the quarter-finals. “The quarter-finals won’t be easy, but we will fight to the finish,” Efih said. “We believe in putting out our best every time. With our togetherness, we believe we will get somewhere.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram UNDER-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUPOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaFormer Technical Director of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), James Peters, has declared as negative the tactics adopted by the Super Falconets at the on-going FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France.last_img read more

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Fritz, Ritch win 2020 USG election

first_imgThe Truman & Rose ticket received 1,522 votes — 32% of total voter turnout — while the Sara & Rohit ticket received 1,427 votes, the Christopher & Trinity ticket received 847 votes, and the Christine & Miles ticket received 812 votes. More than 4,700 votes were cast this year, with 142 students abstaining.  Fritz said the USG executive team focused on unity throughout the organization this year, which improved the relationships between candidates for this election cycle, a departure from the tensions from last year. The USG 2020-21 Senate will comprise Isabel Washington, Dario Arganese, Trinity Moore, Alexis Areias, Mayra Rodriguez, Max Gomez, Lennon Wesley III, Ruben Romeo, Kevin Gutierrez, Cathy Ding, Gabriel Savage and Julian Lin.  The Truman & Rose ticket won the 2020 USG presidential election with 32% of the total voter turnout, comprising 1,522 votes, and beat out three other tickets. (Emily Sagen | Daily Trojan) “One of the things that we implemented this year that I advocated for was the voluntary well-being pact, which I think actually did help … being able to have a work-life balance,” Fritz said. Fritz, a junior majoring in business administration, currently serves as the USG senior director of communications. Ritch, a junior majoring in law, history and culture and sociology, is currently a senator. Fritz and Ritch emphasized student well-being, inclusion, administrative accountability and sustainability in their presidential campaign. They cited the lack of student representation in administrative circles as a cause of some of the problems on campus in recent years. The 2019 election cycle became contentious in its final weeks and generated political tension between candidates, Fritz said. According to a previous Daily Trojan article, last year’s presidential candidates Meagan Lane and Michaela Murphy believed the write-in campaigns — including winning candidates Trenton Stone and Mahin Tahsin — violated Elections Code because their names were provided on the ballot despite being write-in candidates. “We had a phenomenal team — we could not have been more grateful [for them],” Ritch said. “It took a village sort of effort for this, absolutely.” Truman Fritz and Rose Ritch will serve as Undergraduate Student Government’s 2020-21 president and vice president after defeating three other tickets in the race, Director of Elections and Recruitment Vaanyasri Goel announced Tuesday.  “Last year was really political,” Fritz said. “And we didn’t want to see that same process play out in this election cycle or in future election cycles.”  “I think my big thing is getting a student on the Board of Trustees because that’s really the key to unlocking everything else we can achieve in USG,” McMorran said.center_img The 2019 election saw a similar turnout of more than 4,000 voters, though only three presidential tickets were open compared to four. The amount of abstaining students almost halved since last year. Candidates Christopher McMorran and Trinity Lee included a similar emphasis on accountability in their platform. According to McMorran, USG requires final approval from the Board of Trustees to enact its legislative resolutions but believes the lack of student representation within the governing body hinders important progress.  “I would really encourage [Fritz and Ritch] to get down on the ground [and] be at student events, go to student organizations and be really visible,” McMorran said.  Along with election results, Goel also discussed unofficial voter turnout numbers and the winners of the senatorial election at the USG meeting.  According to Fritz, the election process requires a significant time commitment — with candidates orchestrating their campaign in December — and constant engagement with the campaign. The time-consuming process took away from the personal lives of the candidates and their campaign teams, Fritz said. Ritch said this presidential election process became one of her most demanding yet important experiences in her time at USC, which required countless late nights and meetings with nearly 70 student organizations within four weeks. Fritz and Ritch commended their campaign team for its invaluable contributions to their presidential campaign through social media promotion and on-the-ground campaigning on Trousdale. CORRECTION: A previous version of this article miswrote Alexis Areias’ name. It has since been updated with the correct spelling. The Daily Trojan regrets this error. McMorran advised the incoming president and vice president to increase USG involvement with student groups on campus.  “Administrators do not have a student-first mindset,” Fritz said. “And we want to not only establish advisory councils … to bring students at large directly into the conversations and have them advise on [University policy making] decisions, but also, we want to be able to establish a better connection between USG [and the] student body.”last_img read more

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NCF Hosts Rwanda Female National Cricket Team on a Bilateral Tour

first_img“The relationship we have with Rwandan Cricket is the first of its kind for Nigerian cricket and it is mutually beneficial. We are looking forward to extending it in all ramifications, by exploring different ways we can leverage to grow the game; on the field, including technical and the management capacities for both federations. We also hope the effect would impact the growth of the game across the continent,” he said.In preparation for the Tour, the Nigeria female national team has been camped in Kaduna State for the last three weeks for players to jostle for slots in the team that will engage the Rwandan team in the six encounters scheduled during the visit.Vice President of NCF, Uyi Akpata, stressed that the Rwandan Tour of Nigeria provides an opportunity for the national female team to be tested in skill and depth ahead of the busy schedule they have this year.“We had 24 players camped in Kaduna with the full technical team to train, select and possibly inject newness in the national female team that we are preparing for major events later in the course of the year”To shore-up credibility of the encounter, the NCF has also invited technical officials from Ghana to be part of the technical team for the Series. The Ghana Cricket Association has also acknowledged and confirmed availability of their officials for the Series.Among other things, the Rwandan Tour will also be a boost for the growing interest in the female cricket across the country with 25 states currently involved in grassroots development as well as active participation at intermediary and senior level.Most of the players presently in camp for the Nigeria’s team are drawn from the National youth games for U-15, The National U-17 girl’s championship and that National women’s championship across the country.The Rwandan Tour of Nigeria will see the visiting team take on the home side on six different occasions. The 6-match series will consist of two (2) ODI 40 overs matches and Three (3) T-20 matches.The Nigeria National Female team has also been invited for the first time by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take part in the ICC Women’s World Cup Africa Qualifier later in the year in Zimbabwe.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) is scheduled to host the Rwandan Female National Cricket Team on a one-week Tour of the country from Wednesday January 23rd to Wednesday January 30th 2019. This is the first time ever they will be coming to Abuja.The Tour is the first leg of a bilateral international friendly series between both countries and would take place at the newly constructed wicket pitch inside the National Stadium in Abuja. The return leg is schedule for June 2019 in Kigali.President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, Professor Adams Yahaya Ukwenya, yesterday described the development as a major achievement for Nigerian cricket and a pointer that the strides being made back home by the federation were been noticed across the continent.last_img read more

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Online Chess Olympiad: India notch up three easy wins

first_imgLast Updated: 22nd August, 2020 11:25 IST Online Chess Olympiad: India Notch Up Three Easy Wins A dominant India notched up three easy wins against Zimbabwe, Vietnam and Uzbekistan respectively in the the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad on Friday Written By Press Trust Of India A dominant India notched up three easy wins against Zimbabwe, Vietnam and Uzbekistan respectively in the the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad on Friday.India defeated Zimbabwe 6-0 and rolled over Vietnam 4-2 but the highlight certainly was win against Uzbeks by 5.5-0.5 margin.Winning each round got India two pointstaking them on top of the pool with six points while they also have the best game points 15.5 after 18 matches.India is on top of the standings followed by China with an equal number of round points (6) but fewer game points (13.5) and Germany in third also with 6 points (11.5 game points).A formidable China led by world No.3 Ding Liren could only beat Indonesia 4-2 as women’s world No.1 Yifan Hou was held to a draw as were three other teammates.Former world champion Viswanathan Anand, who made his first appearance after sitting out the first two rounds, was held to a draw by Nodirbek Abdusattorov in a 76-move game.P Harikrishna, R Praggnanandhaa, Koneru Humpy, D Harika and Vantika Agrawal registered fluent wins to secure a massive win for India.Earlier in the first round, the strong Indian team routed Zimbabwe 6-0 with captain Vidit S Gujrathi leading the way.In the second round match against Vietnam, young Nihal Sarin registered a crucial win over Anh Koi Nguyen as the Indians won 4-2 as Gujrathi and Harikrishna were held to draws and Divya Deshmukh went down to Ngoc Thuy Duong Bach with white pieces.Sarin had also won his match in the first-round encounter against Zimbabwe.India with an average ELO rating of 2419 is seeded seventh in the championship.The Olympiad is being played online as the scheduled event could not be held in Russia owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.The event has a different structure with each team comprising six players, including at least two women. And, a male and a female player have to be 20 years and less.Results: First round: India beat Zimbabwe 6-0 (Vidit S Gujrathi beat Mwadzura Roy; VR Aravindh Chithambaram beat Cyril Chigodo; Bhakti Kulkarni beat Linda Shaba; R Vaishali beat Charinda Kudzanayi; Nihal Sarin beat Hamandishe Farai; Divya Deshmukh beat Mudodo Rafiloe Hazel).Second round: India beat Vietnam 4-2 (Vidit Gujrathi drew with Liem Quang Le; P Harikrishna drew with Ngoc Truong Nguyen; Koneru Humpy beat Le Thao Nugyen Pham; D Harika beat Thi Bao Tram Hoang; Nihal Sarin beat Anh Khoi Nguyen; Divya Deshmukh lost to Nogoc Thuy Duong Bach).Third round: India beat Uzbekistan 5.5-0.5 (Viswanathan Anand drew with Nodirbek Abdusattorov; P Harikrishna beat Nodirbek Yakubboev; K Humpy beat Irina Gevogryan; D Harika beat Sarvinoz Kurbonboeva; R Praggnanandhaa beat Javokhir Sindarov; Vantika Agrawal beat Nilufar Yakubbaeva). FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img First Published: 22nd August, 2020 11:25 IST LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE COMMENTlast_img read more

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Ghana U23 coach attributes Olympic Games exit to fatigue

first_imgGhana Under-23 coach David Duncan has attributed his team’s inability to progress to the next round of London 2012 Olympic Games qualifiers to fatigue.The former AshantiGold coach believes the congested local fixtures physically drained his locally-based players who failed to meet expectations.Ghana was booted out of the summer Games on a 2-1 aggregate scoreline after a one-all draw in Khartoum on Saturday night.Duncan claims he knew his side’s chances were slim after losing the first leg 0-1 on home soil.“I think we lost the qualification slot in the first leg. I attribute the loss in Accra to the fatigue on the part of the players because they have been going in and out of league competitions and re-assembling and so putting a team like that together was quite difficult,” Duncan told the BBC.“Quite a number of the players had also played in the CHAN competition [and were] good enough to be part of the Olympic team so it was like they had suffered some degree of burn out but they were the best on the local scene and that to some extent contributed to the loss in Accra which was a little bit too late.” Ghana together with Cameroon have both exited the competition.Source: Ghanasoccernetlast_img read more

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