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World Nationals Hangover has $1,000 top prize for IMCA Modifieds

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – IMCA Modifieds are in the running for $1,000 to win at Benton County Speedway’s Sunday, April 2 World Nationals Hangover.The feature is a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot-qualifying event. IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods are also on the card.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded.Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and hot laps are at 5 p.m. with racing to follow. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and $5 for kids. Pit passes are $25.More information is available from Promoter Mick Trier at 515 201-5526 or Manager Mike Van Genderen at 641 521-0330.last_img read more

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Maine is the main man in Raceway Park Sport Compacts

first_imgBy Bob ConeyJEFFERSON, S.D. (June 26) – Raceway Park hit the halfway point of its 2016 IMCA racing sea­son with the KPTH Fox 44 mid-season championships Sunday night.The KISS 107 FM IMCA Sport Compact division saw a tangle at the initial start that took point leader Ramsey Meyer out of contention for the remainder of the evening. On the restart, Lewis Maine took control of the lead from his front row starting spot and held off a challenge from Luke Jackson with two laps remaining to take his first feature win. Behind Maine and Jackson, Andrew Harris and Tracy Raml rounded out the top four.The CarQuest IMCA Hobby Stock division also saw a first-time winner when Steven Pierce made perseverance pay by holding off most of the field from his front row starting position. He picked up his first career win when the first car under the checkered flag failed post race inspection.Behind Pierce, Aaron Shearn finished second followed by Tony Fetterman and Matt Baker.In the MOPAR IMCA Northern SportMod division, Karl Brewer jumped to the early lead in the fea­ture only to be chased down and passed by Rusty Montagne on the fourth lap. Montagne held on for the win followed by Brewer, Keith Sanders and Arie Schuten.Todd Gereau jumped out front in the early going of the Casey’s General Stores IMCA Stock Car feature only to be chased down by Chris Mills at the end of the fourth circuit. Mills held off Gereau for the remainder of the feature followed by Jason Ward and Aaron Cain.The Total Motors IMCA Modified feature saw Jason Schneiders take control of the lead off the start, being chased closely by Bob Moore. While most of the field was fighting for the moist inside groove, Chris Abelson put his Mod to the far outside berm, eating up traffic lap by lap.Coming out of the fourth turn with nine laps remaining, Abelson split the lead duo, jumping from third to the lead that he would extend to the checkered flag. Schneiders and Moore finished se­cond and third followed by Jim Thies.The crowd enjoyed a great fireworks display from Thunder Fireworks at the conclusion of racing.last_img read more

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Jaguars take control on rain-hit second day

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts, (CMC )– Out-of-favour West Indies opener Kieran Powell hit a solid half-century but his Leeward Islands Hurricanes struggled against two-time reigning champions Guyana Jaguars on the rain-hit second day of their second round Regional Four-Left-arm spinner Gudaesh Motie has so far taken three for 43.Left-arm spinner Gudaesh Motie has so far taken three for 43.Day clash here yesterday.Replying to Jaguars’ first innings of 293, the hosts closed on 157 for nine – still 136 runs adrift heading into the penultimate day at Warner Park.The left-handed Powell played a captain’s hand, carving out a well-compiled top score of 79, his 23rd first class half-century.He faced 191 deliveries in nearly 4-1/2 hours at the crease and struck five fours and a six before he was seventh out, caught and bowled by left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie after being deceived in flight.Jeremiah Louis, batting at number eight, was unbeaten on 23 but was just one of three batsmen to reach double figures.Motie did the damage, claiming three for 43 while left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer picked up two for 22.Resuming the day on four without loss, Hurricanes made slow progress as they battled rain interruptions which accounted for the loss of 90 minutes all told.Montcin Hodge fell in the day’s third over for eight with the score on 15 and Akeem Saunders followed with the score on 37, lbw offering no shot to seamer Chris Barnwell for seven.Powell was then forced to carry the burden of the innings with no support and he did so admirably, reaching his half-century in style by clearing the ropes at long-off with Motie.JAGUARS 1st Innings 293Hurricanes 1st Innings(four without loss)*K Powell c and b Motie 79M Hodge c Johnson b Reifer 8A Saunders lbw b Barnwell 7C Hughes c wkp Bramble b Reifer 1N Bonner run out 13+J Hamilton lbw b Permaul 4R Cornwall c Johnson b Permaul 8J Louis not out 23H Walsh c Barnwell b Motie 0G Tonge not out 3Q Boatswain c Hetmyer b Joseph 6Extras (lb1, w3, nb1) 5TOTAL (9 wkts, 76.2 overs) 157Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-37, 3-44, 4-69, 5-92, 6-109, 7-138, 8-142, 9-156.Bowling: Joseph 14.2-3-26-1 (nb1), Motie 17-5-43-3, Permaul 24-6-44-1, Reifer 10-5-22-2, Barnwell 11-3-21-1.Position: Hurricanes trail by 136 runs with one wicket intact.last_img read more

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3rd T20I at Providence| India complete Windies whitewash with 7-wicket victory

first_imgWORLD T20 champions West Indies have suffered the embarrassment of a whitewash at the hands of India after losing the final game of the three-match series yesterday by seven wickets at Guyana National Stadium, Providence. This is India’s fourth clean-sweep of a three-match T20I series.Rishabh Pant makes an unbeaten 65.Playing only for pride in the dead rubber, after India won the first two games in Florida over the weekend, the Windies were again outplayed in all departments of the game. The result yesterday is the West Indies second consecutive whitewash in T20I, after they were beaten in similar fashion by England earlier in the year.After restricting the Windies to 146-6, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant then struck commanding half-centuries to seal the win, with India reaching 150-3 in 19.1 overs.Both Kohli and Pant played a well-measured and well-calculated innings after they were in a tricky position at 27-2.Pant ended with an unbeaten 42-ball 65 with four boundaries apiece, while Kohli struck 59 off 49 balls, inclusive of six fours.Earlier, Kieron Pollard played the sort of innings that has made him a multi-millionaire, and one of the game’s foremost Twenty20 freelancer. The right-hander was at his brutal best, hitting six maximums in his knock of 58. Pollard’s blitz, along with Rovman Powell’s cameo 32 towards the backend of the innings, gave the Windies some hope at the halfway stage of the game.Kieron Pollard is bowled by Navdeep Saini.After the game was delayed for more than an hour due to a wet outfield, the Windies were asked to bat first, a decision which saw their top three falling in the powerplay – all to pacer and man-of-the-match Deepak Chahar.Openers Sunil Narine and Evin Lewis, as well as local star Shimron Hetmyer, were the batsmen dismissed to yet another dismal top order batting display in the three-match series.Narine was caught at mid-on, while both Lewis, who unsuccessful challenged the on-field umpire decision and Hetmyer went leg-before-wicket.It was a period which brought the innings close to stagnation, However, the veteran Pollard and Nicholas Pooran (17), then steadied the ship with a substantive half-century partnership to lift the Windies innings.After 14 overs, West Indies were hovering at around six per over, but a late flourish has meant that their score is above-par on a tricky surface. However, Navdeep Saini accounted for both set batsmen, Pollard and Pooran, and just when, India looked to finish on a high, Powell’s cameo powered the hosts to a decent total.In the chase, India lost their openers early. Shikhar Dhawan hasn’t had the best of series and his poor run of form continued yet again. He was sent back in the second over by left-arm seamer Sheldon Cottrell, while spinner Fabian Allen outfoxed KL Rahul.At that point both Kohli and Pant paced their innings beautifully, bided their time, played risk-free cricket for a while before stepping on the gas. They stitched a 106-run partnership for the third-wicket and notched up their respective fifties before Virat threw it away towards the end.But Pant took it till the end and polished off the target with five balls to spare. There is nothing much to write about West Indies’ bowlers who were really pinned to the mat by that spectacular partnership and they were left gasping for breath.While next year’s T20 World Cup is 14 months away. both West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite and head coach Floyd Reifer did hint towards long-term planning, where more young talent will be exposed. They had made one change to their lineup, with the big-hitting Fabian Allen replacing left-arm spin-bowling all-rounder Khary Pierre.On the other hand, leg-spinner Rahul Chahar made his debut, while Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja were rested. Krunal Pandya was named player-of-the-series.Guyanese were in full support of the game yesterday.After the game Brathwaite said: “I think we didn’t start off well with the bat, but kudos to Polly. As a team, I think we are still progressing. I thought 146 was a bit below par but the bowlers fought. Today (yesterday), we finished well with the bat. We didn’t play well as a unit. We are still trying to find out the perfect combination.”The two teams will be in action again tomorrow in the first One Day International here.SCOREBOARDWEST INDIES innings Lewis lbw b D. Chahar 10 Narine c Saini b D. Chahar 2 Hetmyer lbw b D. Chahar 1 Pollard b Saini 58 Pooran c Pant b Saini 17 Powell not out 32 Brathwaite c Washington Sundar b R. Chahar 10F Allen not out 8Extras: (lb 4, w 4) 8Total: (6 wickets, 20 overs) 146Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-13, 3-14, 4-80, 5-105, 6-119.Bowling: B. Kumar 3-0-19-0, D. Chahar 3-1-4-3, N. Saini 4-0-34-2, R. Chahar 3-0-27-1, W. Sundar 3-0-23-0, K. Pandya 4-0-35-0.INDIA innings Shikhar Dhawan c Cottrell b Thomas 3 Rahul stp. Pooran b Allen 20 Kohli c Lewis b Thomas 59 Pant not out 65 Pandey not out 2Extras: (w-1) 1Total: (3 wickets. 19.1 overs) 150 Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-27, 3-133.Bowling: S. Cottrell 4-0-26-0, O. Thomas 4-0-29-2, F. Allen 3-0-18-1, S. Narine 4-0-29-0, C. Brathwaite 2.1-0-25-0, K. Paul 2-0-23-0.last_img read more

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Wydad Return to CAS over CAF Champions League

first_imgThe second leg of May’s Champions League final ended in controversy as Wydad Casablanca refused to continue playing after a row over the Video Assisted Referee (VAR) system.Play was halted when VAR was unavailable to judge a disallowed equaliser.VAR had been set up on the side of the pitch, but the players had not been told it was not working, although officials were aware.The referee then awarded the victory to three-time former champions Esperance.The Tunisian side were leading 1-0 (2-1 on aggregate) in Saturday’s final, which was played over two legs. VAR had been used in the first leg.But in the second leg, Walid El Karti’s header for Wydad was disallowed for an infringement.Both sides then lodged complaints with CAF following an initial ruling from CAF that the second leg should be replayed.The court’s first ruling in August said that CAF’s executive committee “did not have jurisdiction” to order that the final be replayed.Following that decision from CAS, the disciplinary committee at CAF ruled Esperance to be the winners of the African Champions LeagueWydad then lodged a further case with CAF and its Appeal Board, which on 15 September rejected the Moroccan club’s request.“…the Board underlined the fact that the absence of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) has no legal effects whatsoever and that its sole purpose is to aid the referee to take the correct decision…,” the CAF Appeal Board decision explained.“That the referee is vested with the power to have the final decision on the field of play since the start of the game, and that his decision is not up to review by the Appeal Board.“The match officials’ reports were very clear that the Wydad Athletic Club’s players refused to resume the match even after several attempts conducted by the referee, to the point that the referee waited almost 90 minutes before he whistled the end of the match.“The Appeal Board has noted that the stoppage of almost 90 minutes was due to the Wydad Athletic Club’s players’ failure to resume the match, the players were then instructed to resume play by the referee who has seen his attempts fail to no avail.“Therefore the Appeal Board confirms that the match was forfeited by Wydad Athletic Club because their players refused to resume the match.”The Appeal Board added that according to CAF’s own statutes, a case would be allowed to be lodged directly with CAS before the 25 September.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Wydad’s President Said Naciri confirmed on Monday, as he was re-elected as the president of the Moroccan Football League, that they would go to CAS to contest the decision to award the disputed CAF Champions League to Tunisia’s Esperance. He insisted CAF’s statutes permits it.“We will defend our rights until the end. For two months we have been fighting this “oppression”. Esperance don’t deserve to win the cup in the way we witnessed in Rades,” he told BBC Sport.“Our next step is to take the case back to CAS to seek fairness.”last_img read more

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Grades: Badgers ace final exam in Orlando

first_imgWisconsin was strong in all facets of the game against Miami, despite poor performances from the receivers and secondary.[/media-credit]Every week, Herald Sports takes a look back at the Wisconsin football game and grades the position groups on a scale of zero to five.Here is how the Badgers fared in the Champs Sports Bowl versus the Miami Hurricanes:Quarterbacks — 3.5 of 5With the cornerbacks from “The U” all but shutting down his receivers on the perimeter, it would not have been surprising if junior Scott Tolzien struggled to find anyone open in the Badgers’ bowl game. What the Hurricanes forgot, however, was how big of a factor tight ends can be in the game plan for head coach Bret Bielema’s squad.Tight ends Garrett Graham and Lance Kendricks caught a combined 13 passes for 205 yards to comprise the majority of the UW passing game. On the day, Tolzien finished with 260 yards on 19-of-26 passing with one interception.Running backs — 5 of 5Considering sophomore John Clay was named game MVP, this one is a bit of a no-brainer. Clay tallied 121 yards on the ground against Miami on 22 carries while also finding the end zone twice.When Clay was out of the game, however, the team really never missed a beat. Freshman Montee Ball stepped up as he has in the past, carrying the ball 15 times for 61 yards in the game and keeping the Wisconsin offense going in the third quarter.The Badgers’ third option out of the backfield, junior Zach Brown, did not carry the ball in the game, but caught one pass for nine yards.Wide receivers — 1 of 5This number would be lower, were it not for the fact that Miami’s cornerbacks are among the best in the nation. Still, only two catches for 26 yards is a terrible performance, and Nick Toon was the only Badger receiver to pull in a pass.Aside from those three plays, though, the UW receivers were generally nonexistent in the game. Freshman Kraig Appleton did make an impact, but it was not a positive one. Appleton was called for a pair of bad penalties that hampered the UW offense.Tight ends — 5 of 5This group did everything the Badgers needed in the Champs Sports Bowl. They caught passes when no one else was open and they provided excellent blocking up front for Clay and Ball out of the backfield.Perhaps more importantly, however, Kendricks showed everyone just what he is capable of as a pass-catching tight end. The junior hauled in seven passes from Tolzien, picking up 128 yards and helping the Badgers move the ball down the field.Graham, on the other hand, ended his career at Wisconsin with a typical understated performance. The fifth-year senior caught six balls for 77 yards, but went largely unnoticed due to the strong play of Kendricks and Clay.Offensive Line — 5 of 5If the UW running backs had reached 200 yards on the night, the Badgers’ front line might have gotten a perfect score. But since they posted just 182 yards on the ground, they get a respectable 4.5.Overall, the O-Line was too much for the smaller, faster Miami defensive front, and its dominance was reflected in the words of John Moffitt, who acknowledged it was running pretty simple plays by the end of the game with Miami’s defense worn down by the Badgers’ size.Defensive Line — 5 of 5While everyone looks at the Wisconsin offense responding to being down by seven in the opening minute, it was the defense that really kept the Badgers in the game. On that defense, no other unit performed as well as the line, which ensured Miami quarterback Jacory Harris never got comfortable in Orlando.Defensive ends J.J. Watt and O’Brien Schofield combined for three of Wisconsin’s five sacks, as well as four of the Badgers’ nine tackles for loss. Patrick Butrym and Louis Nzegwu combined to add 1 1/2 tackles for loss, while Nzegwu added a half sack.Linebackers — 4 of 5If it wasn’t Watt or Schofield getting to the quarterback, it was probably linebacker Chris Borland, who added two tackles for loss and a sack in the game.Senior linebacker Jaevery McFadden tied for second on the team with five tackles in his final game as a Badger, while Culmer St. Jean and Borland added three and two, respectively.Secondary — 2 of 5By pure statistical analysis, it would appear as though the Wisconsin secondary performed relatively well. Harris completed just 16-of-29 passes on the night for just 188 yards and a touchdown.The reason for Harris’ poor numbers had more to do with the Miami quarterback, however, than Wisconsin’s secondary. Several times Harris overthrew wide open Hurricane receivers who had beaten a Badger cornerback.Considering UW’s starting cornerbacks and safeties make up four of the Badgers’ top five tacklers in the game, it’s clear they performed best in tackling their opponents rather than preventing completions.Special Teams – 4 of 5At least one reporter at the Florida Citrus Bowl voted for punter Brad Nortman as game MVP and with good reason. When the Badgers’ offense struggled, Nortman proved invaluable, putting three punts inside the Miami 20, including one that was downed at the 1-yard line.Even kicker Philip Welch was fairly reliable on the night, connecting on a pair of extra point attempts and two fields goals from 37 and 29 yards.As usual, David Gilreath called for a fair catch five of six times while picking up just one yard on his only return. On two kickoffs, the junior picked up 40 yards with a long of 21 yards.last_img read more

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RUNNING WITH THE PACK: Syracuse turns to running game to beat North Carolina State 24-10

first_img Published on October 12, 2013 at 6:49 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 RALEIGH, N.C. — As the final moments of the first half ticked away, an already ugly battle between Syracuse and North Carolina State threatened to devolve into something even more unwatchable.Terrel Hunt heaved two interceptions in the final minutes of the second quarter. Pete Thomas tossed one, too. On a rainy Saturday afternoon in Raleigh, N.C., neither team proved capable of doing damage through the air.Prince-Tyson Gulley’s coaches weren’t shy about telling him that. As the first 30 minutes came to a close, the call came down from his coaches in the booth. This one was on the running backs.“We went into halftime and they just told us straight up that this game was going to come out of the backfield,” Gulley said.Both the Orange and Wolfpack offenses were sloppy and disjointed for most of the day. Hunt struggled to throw the ball. Thomas struggled to do much of anything. But the Orange had a trump card — the three-headed, ground-based monster of Hunt, Gulley and Jerome Smith.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHunt handed the ball to his two backs — “horses,” head coach Scott Shafer called them — 28 times and tucked the ball to run 11 more for 362 total yards. As Hunt floundered with his arm, SU turned to the staple of the offense, the running game, to carry Syracuse (3-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) to a 24-10 win against N.C. State (3-3, 0-3) in front of 56,639 on Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium.As afternoon turned to evening, the Orange’s running game seemed to be drawing closer to exploding. In a wet, turnover-filled game, the times that momentum actually surfaced were rare. Each boneheaded mistake by one team was met with an equally head-scratching gaffe by the other.Through it all, though, SU had a recipe that was working. Syracuse rushed for more than 200 yards in the first three quarters against a top-20 rush defense, but had just 10 points to show for it.“I think any recipe we can think of in our game plan will be the best recipe,” Shafer said, “but I like those two horses.”Nearly every time the Orange picked up a chunk of yardage on the ground — including a 30-yard run by Smith in the first quarter and a 55-yard run by Gulley in the third — SU failed to punch it into the end zone. Syracuse went three-and-out after Smith’s big gain and settled for a field goal after Gulley’s.The plays were happening — just not in succession.“We thought we could rush the ball on a good rush defense,” Shafer said.In the first half, though, the Orange let Hunt try to make plays. He threw the ball 13 times in the first half, culminating with his two interceptions. So SU turned back to what it does best — running the ball. And in the fourth quarter, the big ones finally strung together.With the game tied at 10 and the Carter-Finley crowd almost entirely devoid of energy, Smith cracked a 57-yard run up the middle. On the next play, Gulley scampered in from 18 yards out to give Syracuse a 16-10 lead.On the next possession, the ground game iced it. This time, Gulley broke off the long run, a 48-yarder to the North Carolina State 5. Two plays later, Hunt took his 11th carry in from 8 yards out to move past 90 rushing yards on the day.“They have two really good backs,” N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren said. “They did well, but mostly it was those two (long) runs. Those runs they cracked up the middle.”Gulley compared Saturday to last year’s Pinstripe Bowl — a snowy December afternoon when the Orange’s running game turned in a historic performance. On that day, even Ryan Nassib was felled by the conditions — unable to carry the offense as he did through much of the season — and the burden fell on the running backs.Making just his third start, Hunt was far from his best. His 39-yard hook up with H-back Ashton Broyld was one of the best throws he’s made for SU, but otherwise, he was inept through the air. Even after that play, Syracuse went right to the ground and ran the ball seven straight times before Smith opened the game’s scoring with a touchdown.But this was SU’s identity. With two talented backs as the centerpieces of the offense, the Orange is supposed to grind out these rainy — or snowy — games.And with an athletic quarterback who’s getting better at deciding when to run in the fold, too, it’s an identity that SU can lean on and let its backs run wild.“It’s basically what they told us in the Pinstripe Bowl last year,” Gulley said, “and that’s how we did it and they just told us that and that’s how we do it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Professor remembered for lifetime in academia

first_imgPaulette Chandler, a lecturer in French language and culture at USC, died unexpectedly on March 7 following a medical procedure.“She’ll be really missed. It’s hard for us, as a department, to learn the news and realize that she’s no longer with us,” said Julia Chamberlin, a senior lecturer of French language and culture.After earning her Ph.D. in French literature at USC in 1992, Chandler went on to teach in the Department of French and Italian for 24 years. Before joining USC’s faculty full-time, she also taught at many other local institutions, including the California Institute of Technology and University of California, Los Angeles.“She was very dedicated to USC. She was always here, even on days when she wasn’t teaching — she would be on campus, meeting with students, and trying to do as much as she could to help out her students and do the best she could as a teacher,” Chamberlin said.Chandler was an accomplished scholar who regularly presented her work on French literature at conferences and was active in USC’s chapter of the national French honor society Pi Delta Phi.“I lost a friend and a piece of France anchored in L.A.,” Nathalie Burle, a senior lecturer of French language and culture, said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “Dr. Chandler was an accomplished linguist and scholar of French, and her students appreciated her for enriching their lives and providing them with an in-depth knowledge of the French language and cultures that very few can provide. It would be an honor if USC could pay tribute to her hard work by giving her posthumously the recognition she deserved.”Her colleagues will remember her for the kindness, enthusiasm and generosity that she showed to her friends and students.“She always had a smile on her face and cared so much for the people with whom she worked that she not only remembered their birthdays, but always greeted them with flowers, chocolates and kind words. She could be counted on to cultivate an esprit de corps, not just among her students, but as a collegial presence within the department,” Sherry Velasco, the chair of the Department of French and Italian, said in an email to the Daily Trojan.Her constant optimism and sense of style served as a source of inspiration for those around her.“One of the things that really struck me about her was that she really, really never had a bad day. You could never tell if she was having a hard day or if she was upset about anything, because she was always smiling and never complained about anything,” said Lorena Gallego, a senior lecturer in Spanish language and culture. “The way I will remember her is how stylish, fashionable she was, and how she never had a single bad day.”Gallego cited Chandler’s kindness as the enduring legacy that she will leave behind at USC.“She represented USC very well. She had all the positive qualities that Trojans stand for,” Gallego said. “She was really just a wonderful, wonderful person.”Chandler is survived by her husband, Richmond Chandler.The Department of French and Italian will be holding a memorial service for Chandler from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday in Doheny Memorial Library, room 240.last_img read more

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Lim’s strong play propels USC to finals

first_imgUSC junior Steve Lim watched from the fairway as his second shot on the par-4 10th hole drifted right, eventually landing in the greenside bunker.Clutch · Junior Steve Lim’s tie for second-place at the San Diego Regional led USC to its fifth consecutive NCAA final appearance. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information To make matters worse, his playing partners from Ohio State and UCLA had just stuck their approach shots in the center of the green.Lim, however, promptly sunk his shot from the sand, birdying the hole and besting his competitors, who had to settle for two-putt pars.“It didn’t go the way I wanted, but I ended up in the bunker, holed out, and it’s the best thing I could do,” Lim said.The junior’s adventurous 10th hole provided a microcosm of what was an up-and-down, but ultimately, successful week for the No. 15  USC men’s golf team. Lim’s 7-under par week (68-71-70) led the Trojans at the survive-and-advance NCAA West Regional at the Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.“It was mission accomplished,” USC coach Chris Zambri said. “[Friday and Saturday] were a little shaky but overall we’re happy to dofwhat we needed to do which is get out of here with a spot in nationals.”USC’s second place finish at 7-under-par guaranteed it a spot in the season’s final tournament, which will be played May 31 through June 5 in Stillwater, Okla. No. 4 UCLA (13-under-par), No. 25 San Diego (even par), No. 28  Ohio State (1-over) and No. 11 Texas (9-over) also qualified for the NCAA championship from the West Regional.The Trojans got off to a blazing start Thursday, grabbing a nine-stroke lead after the first round at 10-under par.Freshman Jeffery Kang made eight birdies on his way to an opening round 66, which was good for a two-shot lead. Kang, like the Trojans, cooled off considerably over the next two days though, shooting 76-76 and finishing in a tie for 17th.“I had a really good start,” Kang said. “Unfortunately, I didn’t play well the rest of the week.”Sophomore Martin Trainer continued his solid play coming off of his victory at the Pac-10 championships earlier this month. Trainer’s scores of 73-71-69 earned him a seventh place finish at 3-under-par for the tournament.“I left a lot of shots out there,” Trainer said. “The course wasn’t too tough so I feel like I could have done better, but I’m just happy that we got through as a team.”Fellow sophomore T.J. Vogel echoed Trainer’s excitement for the team but expressed frustration with his individual results. Vogel, a freshman All-American last season, shot 71-77-74 and finished in a tie for 39th.“It’s been a struggle,” Vogel said of his sophomore season. “It’s extremely frustrating seeing where I was last year and seeing where I am now. My short game isn’t up to par, my ball striking, just everything is at a level lower than it was at last year, but I’m working hard to get it back to where it was.”Sophomore Sam Smith shot 78-72-79 and placed 60th, a disappointing finish after his eighth place result at the Pac-10 championship.Zambri said he had come into the week afraid that the Farms Golf Club course didn’t suit his team and that the abundant hazards could cause the Trojans problems.“Just coming off our previous event, Pac-10’s, we didn’t hit a lot of fairways so I was a little bit fearful of this type of layout, which is the kind if you hit it sideways, you’re goning to make double and triple [bogeys],” Zambri said. “I’m really happy that we got through.”The Trojans, however, made it clear their performance at the regional stage was only a means to a greater end.“It’s all about winning national championships,” Trainer said about the team’s goal. “That’s what USC is about and that’s what we want to do as a team.”last_img read more

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Arsenal go top of EPL

first_imgThe Gunners came from behind to beat Stoke City 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium.Also today in the English top flight Swansea beat Sunderland 3-0 to pick up three crucial points it finished 3-3 in the other basement battle between Hull and Crystal Palace and Burnley beat Bournemouth 3-2.last_img

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