Chapman earned the features Keizer Aluminum Wheels hard-charger award. Zach Blurton picked up where he left off at the end of last season, topping Saturday’s 2020 United Rebel Sprint Series opener at Salina Speedway. (Photo by Jeff Quinn) By David Smith, Jr., OKTidbits Feature results – 1. Zach Blurton; 2. J.D. Johnson; 3. Jason Danley; 4. Ty Williams; 5. Toby Chapman; 6. Brian Herbert; 8. Steven Richardson; 9. Cale Cozad; 9. Kyler Johnson; 10. Koby Walters; 11. Kaden Taylor; 12. Jack Potter; 13. Howard Van Dyke; 14. Tyler Knight; 15. Buddy Tubbs; 16. Shane Sundquist; 17. Jeremy Huish; 18. Tyler Drueke; 19. Taylor Velasquez; 20. Jordan Knight. J.D. Johnson and Blurton started on the front row for the 25-lap IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature with Johnson taking the lead as the green flag fell. Johnson kept Ty Williams behind him for the first several laps before Blurton passed Williams for second on lap five. Blurton had Johnson glued to his rear bumper before putting another slower car between himself and Johnson on lap 20. Johnson settled for second while Danley came home third and Williams held on for fourth. Blurton stayed glued to Johnson’s rear bumper and at the race’s midway point on lap 13 it was still Johnson, Blurton, Williams, Jason Danley and 16th starting Toby Chapman the top five. The leaders approached slower cars on lap 17 and that’s when Johnson picked the wrong line to lap Howard Van Dyke. Blurton took advantage and got around both the lapped car and Johnson to take the lead. SALINA, Kan. (May 23) – Two-time and defending tour champion Zach Blurton picked up right where he left off last season, taking advantage of late-race lapped traffic to capture the exciting season opener for the Lucas Oil POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing opened their 2020 race season in front of a near-capacity crowd at Salina Speedway on Saturday night.
After greenkeepers cleared the waterlogged course so play could restart at 10am, Willett carded birdies on the second, fifth and ninth to reach the turn in 33, before another birdie on the 10th gave him a three-shot lead as Zach Johnson dropped shots on the 11th and 12th. Three-putt bogeys on the 15th and 17th cut the gap to a single shot, but Willett took advantage of the downwind 18th to drive to the edge of the green and pitched to eight feet for a closing birdie. “I looked at the leaderboard on 11 and knew we were three in front,” added vicar’s son Willett, whose best finish in a major is a share of 15th at Muirfield in 2013. “It’s a childhood dream and looking up there it’s still a little bit surreal, but something I’m going to have to get used to, otherwise no point in being up there. “It’s something you need to embrace, otherwise you’re going to have a pretty tough weekend if you don’t like being there. “You can’t really put it out of your mind but it’s pretty cool. Leading the Open is what you dream about. For Brits especially it’s the major you want to win and here at the Home of Golf it’s a little bit more special.” Willett, 27, won the English Amateur title in 2007 and defeated Rory McIlroy in the first round of the Amateur Championship the same year, racing five up after six holes before eventually sealing victory on the 17th. And later that year he and McIlroy were on the same team in the Walker Cup as Great Britain and Ireland lost out at Royal County Down to an American side featuring Rickie Fowler, Billy Horschel, Dustin Johnson and Webb Simpson. Warren matched Willett’s 69 to boost Scottish hopes of a first home winner since Lawrie’s victory at Carnoustie 16 years ago. “I’m delighted with that,” said Warren, who carded a closing 64 to finish fourth in the Scottish Open at Gullane on Sunday. “It was a long morning. “I had just started my warm up in the rain and the good news came in it was going to be delayed. When we did tee off it was certainly much drier and it was just the wind we had to battle. “The weekend of the Open at St Andrews does not get much better. The game is in good shape, I’ll give it my best and see what happens.” South Africa’s Jaco van Zyl had hit the opening tee shot of the day at 6:32am and had a three-foot putt for birdie before play was suspended. “They tried to squeegee the green but water was rising quicker than they could get it away,” Van Zyl said. “We had the option to putt out but we all stopped, the hole was literally full with water.” England’s Danny Willett claimed the clubhouse lead in a weather-affected 144th Open Championship on Friday, a day which ended at 9:55pm with five-time champion Tom Watson bidding an emotional farewell. A closing bogey, one of five in a row for a round of 80, barely mattered and was instead greeted with a loud cheer as officials and players applauded from the clubhouse steps. In truth it was not the finish Watson deserved with the grandstands largely deserted, but the alternative was a return at 7am on Saturday to complete the round, with those players making the cut to be sent out in groups of three to make up lost time. Willett had finished more than five hours earlier and is 41 under par for his last 10 rounds on the Old Course, adding a 69 to his opening 66 to reach nine under par, two shots ahead of Scotland’s Marc Warren, former Masters champions Zach Johnson and Adam Scott and Robert Streb. Dustin Johnson was 10 under par with five holes remaining, with 1999 champion Paul Lawrie and Jason Day eight under with six and seven holes left respectively. Masters and US Open champion Jordan Spieth, playing alongside Johnson, was five under par after three birdies and three bogeys in 13 completed holes. Former world number one Tiger Woods was five over par after 11 holes and in need of a brilliant finish to avoid missing consecutive cuts in major championships for the first time in his career, the cut predicted to fall at level par. At the other end of the leaderboard Willett was entertaining thoughts of becoming the first English winner of the Open since Nick Faldo in 1992, although his mother Elisabet kept Willett’s feet planted firmly on the ground. “I just had a text message off my mum saying well done, you’ve made the cut,” Willett joked in his post-round press conference. “I’m sure there will be a few messages, I can feel my phone buzzing a little bit right now. But it might be a case tonight of turning the phone off and having a little bit of quiet time.” Press Association As play stuttered to a halt around the course following a delay of more than three hours due to torrential early rain, Watson and playing partners Ernie Els and Brandt Snedeker opted to complete their second rounds in near-darkness. The trio and their caddies – with Watson’s son Michael on his bag – paused on the Swilcan Bridge on the 18th for the traditional photograph before Watson was left alone to take the applause of the spectators who had stayed on to salute the popular 65-year-old.
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago Red Force suffered their third straight defeat in the Regional Four-Day Championship, when they collapsed to a heavy innings and 38-run defeat to Windward Islands Volcanoes here Sunday.Resuming the final day of the ninth round contest at the National Stadium on 93 for two in their second innings and requiring a further 101 runs to avoid an innings defeat, Red Force surrendered without so much as a whimper – bowled out for a paltry 156, about 15 minutes after lunch.They were ripped apart by seamer Sherman Lewis (3-20) and former Test off-spinner Shane Shillingford (3-52) who both snared three-wicket hauls while left-arm spinner Larry Edward ended with two for 26.Opener Amir Jangoo, unbeaten on 58 overnight, added just 11 and no other batsman showed any enterprise as Yannic Cariah failed to add to his overnight 11, and all-rounder Imran Khan (11) and wicketkeeper Steven Katwaroo (10) barely managed to make double figures.Already following on by 194 after an equally poor showing in the first innings, Red Force needed a huge effort to avoid defeat but it never came.With just one run added in the second over of the day, Cariah fell lbw to Shillingford and five overs later, the mainstay of their batting – skipper Denesh Ramdin – departed lbw for seven to left-arm speedster Delorn Johnson.Eleven balls later, Tion Webster was bowled by Shillingford for six and the breaking point came when the left-handed Jangoo was sixth out with the score on 122, caught at the wicket off Lewis.He faced 199 deliveries in just under four hours at the crease and counted two fours and a six.Lewis then took two of the last four wickets to fall as Volcanoes wrapped up an emphatic win.The result for Red Force came on the heels of their one-wicket loss to Leeward Islands Hurricanes last week and their 207-run defeat to Barbados Pride in the seventh round.In contrast, the win for Volcanoes was their second of the season, coming after their maiden win in the seventh round against Jamaica Scorpions.They are now unbeaten in four outings. VOLCANOES 1st Innings 366Red force 1st Innings 172Red Force 2nd Innings (following on)(overnight 93 for two)A Jangoo c wkp DD Smith b LewisJ Solozano lbw b Mayers 16E Nicholson c Theophile b Edward 6Y Cariah lbw b Shillingford 11*D Ramdin lbw b Johnson 7T Webster b Shillingford 6+S Katwaroo lbw b Shillingford 10Imran Khan b Edward 11K Pierre c Cato b Lewis 5D St Clair not out 7B Charles b Lewis 2Extras (b4, lb3) 7TOTAL (all out, 82.4 overs) 156Fall of wickets: 1-18, 2-31, 3-94, 4-103, 5-110, 6-122, 7-138, 8-144, 9-151, 10-157.Bowling: Johnson 13-4-33-1, Mayers 8-7-3-1, Shillingford 35-11-52-3, Lewis 10.4-2-20-3, Edward 11-2-26-2, Theophile 5-0-16-0.Man-of-the-Match: Kavem Hodge.
FRENCH OPEN Osaka survives Azarenka scareSerena Williams cruising into the third round of the French Open yesterday with a 6-3, 6-1 defeat of Japan’s Kurumi Nara. Serena William is having easy run at the ongoing 2019 French Open at Roland Garros Shortly after, the American tennis star opened up on a moment when she reached out to comfort a player 20 years her junior.Amanda Anisimova, the 17-year-old American who joined Williams in the third round by upsetting No 11 seed Arnya Sabalenka, said after her match: “She’s a huge inspiration to me and I really look up to her.“When I had a tough loss at Miami Open – it was a really long match and I was super upset in the locker room – Serena actually came up to me and we shared a little bit of a chat. That was really nice of her, and I’ll remember it forever.”Alao yesterday, world number one Naomi Osaka survived another early scare to reach the third round of the French Open.Japan’s Osaka, 21, overcame a poor start to beat two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka 4-6 7-5 6-3.Osaka is chasing her third successive Grand Slam title having won the 2018 US Open and the Australian Open earlier this year.She will play the Czech Republic’s Katerina Siniakova in the next round after she beat Greece’s Maria Sakkari.“I was lucky enough to play her (Azarenka) twice before this and I knew she was playing really well,” said Osaka.“It was unfortunate that this was a second-round match but I am happy I won.”Asked if she is as calm on the inside as she looks on court, she added: “No. I choked on this side (at 5-1) and almost choked on the other side (at 5-3). I am very emotional.”Osaka struggled in the early stages against world number 43 Azarenka, of Belarus, just as she did in the first round against Anna Karolina Schmiedlova when she failed to register a game.She hit 15 unforced errors in the opening set on Lenglen court as Azarenka, 29, dominated to go 5-1 up.From there, Osaka – who reached the third round at Roland Garros 12 months ago – started to find her rhythm, breaking Azarenka’s serve to move within one game of her opponent but Azarenka coolly served out the first set.The second set proved a much closer affair, taking until the fifth game for a serve to be broken as Azarenka went 3-2 up. That came after Osaka had scuppered three break points in the fourth game.Azarenka went on to go 4-2 up but Osaka was able to claw the set back, taking it 7-5 on her fourth set point.Former world number one Azarenka took an 11-minute break before the deciding set commenced, but it proved little help as Osaka raced into a 5-1 lead, her performance a far cry from that of the first set.Azarenka mounted her own comeback, winning the next two games, but Osaka was able to capitalise on her second match point to seal victory.In the men’s category, World number one Novak Djokovic claimed a routine win over ‘lucky loser’ Henri Laaksonen to move into the third round of the French Open at Roland Garros.Djokovic who won the 2016 competition, secured a 6-1 6-4 6-3 victory on Court Suzanne Lenglen in Paris.He is aiming for his second Grand Slam title of 2019 after winning the Australian Open in January.All of the top 10 seeded players in the men’s singles are into the third round after wins for six of them on Thursday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Alumni Edwin Juarez Rosales (left) and Sergio Avelar (right) attended Archbishop Oscar Romero’s beatification in May 2015. (Photo courtesy of Sergio Avelar)When Edwin Juarez Rosales and Sergio Avelar attended the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero in El Salvador in 2015, they were overwhelmed. The Salvadoran Catholic advocate for human rights would become a saint within their lifetime.Three years later, just as they had hoped, Pope Francis canonized Romero, drawing thousands of Catholics and Salvadorans to Vatican City — Juarez and Avelar among them. At 4 a.m. on Oct. 14, the morning of the canonization, the two USC alumni lined up outside St. Peter’s Square in anticipation of the moment when Romero, Pope Paul VI and five others would officially be elevated to sainthood.“For the honor of the Blessed Trinity, the exaltation of the Catholic faith and the increase of the Christian life…” Pope Francis said in Latin as he recited the canonization formula and addressed the tens of thousands who gathered in St. Peter’s Square later that morning.Juarez and Avelar stood in white and blue among the crowd, overcome by prayer and emotion as they heard Romero’s story recounted and reflected on the life of the martyr who was shot in 1980 by the military government while giving mass in San Salvador.During his life, Romero advocated for the people of El Salvador. He stood against the violence in his country and denounced the persecution of those around him, despite fear for his safety. Following his death and years of stalling, Romero is now a saint, 38 years later. “There’s always a moment in which it hits you — that you are there at this historical place in this moment in history that will not repeat,” Juarez said. “I mean, the first saint from my country was being proclaimed and acknowledged as someone that the whole world should look up to.”Both Juarez and Avelar grew up learning about Romero and his teachings. Juarez’s parents attended his funeral mass in 1980 and encountered the vocation of social justice through his homilies and actions, Juarez said. As Salvadoran Catholics, both Juarez and Avelar consider Romero part of their identity.“Being [at the canonization, there’s] this sense of pride that, to be honest, you don’t always feel as an immigrant in the United States from El Salvador,” said Juarez, who came to the U.S. from El Salvador at age 18. “My country is not on the news for these kinds of things … being there for something that is just good … We can say, yes, this guy — he’s also from El Salvador just like me. He’s receiving the highest honor a person can receive.”Juarez and Avelar began searching for flights immediately after the Vatican announced the canonization in May. Months later, they arrived in Rome from Los Angeles the Saturday afternoon before the canonization. Throughout Rome, rosaries, stamps, magnets and other trinkets imprinted with the face of Romero lined the streets and shops, Avelar said.“I think this brings a lot of hope,” he said. “At the time that Romero was assassinated, it was a dark time in the country’s history. After that, the civil war started and then now the country’s facing similar types of violence because of gangs … This brings some light of hope that the violence can hopefully be stopped again and there can be peace brought to the country.”The day after the canonization, Juarez and Avelar attended a mass held in thanksgiving by members of the church and cardinals, bishops and priests from El Salvador, after which the pope greeted those in attendance. Though fewer Salvadorans were able to attend the canonization in Vatican City than the beatification in San Salvador, Avelar said he was proud that it took place at the universal church, demonstrating Romero’s lasting impact on more than El Salvador.“Everyone knows about him, knows who he was, knows what he stood for, what he believed,” he said. “Many people now, even who aren’t Catholic — he sort of just transcends outside of Catholic circles …. He did what he could to stand up for basic human rights, especially for the poor people. That transcends religion, race and all these other labels.”
This Sunday the Premier County will travel to Brewster Park to take on Fermanagh with a home game against Clare to come the following weekend. There are 2 changes to Peter Creedon’s team for their Round 3 match.Robbie Kiely of Carbery Rangers returns from his one match suspension and takes over at left half back for the injured Donagh Leahy, while Borrisokane’s Philip Austin comes in at wing forward for the injured Brian Fox. And Tipp’s Michael O’Loughlin says it’s vital his side can secure four points against Fermanagh and Clare. O’Loughlin says retaining possesion will be key to Tipp’s approach.Coach Michael McGeehan will take Peter Creedon’s place on the sidelines for this weekends game. Creedon became the first manager to be hit with a touchline ban after his criticism of Meath referee David Coldrick in Tipp’s first round defeat to Armagh. The game at Brewster Park, Enniskillen throws-in at 2 o’clock on Sunday and we’ll have live coverage here on Tipp FM in association with Ormond Tiles, Summerhill, Nenagh and Larkins Gala Store, Ballina.
Brandon Clarke will enter the NBA Summer League championship game Tuesday having already collected some hardware.The 21st overall pick in this year’s draft was awarded the summer’s MVP award after averaging 14.6 points and 8.6 rebounds in his professional debut at the Las Vegas event. NBA trade rumors: Rockets, Clippers ‘strongly pursuing’ Andre Iguodala Lakers free agency rumors: Los Angeles an ‘unlikely destination’ for JR Smith Brandon Clarke is your 2019 @NBASummerLeague MVP! 👏🐻 #NBASummer pic.twitter.com/BmHpc40wBo— NBA TV (@NBATV) July 15, 2019However, Clarke’s road to becoming the most valuable player wasn’t easy. He missed the team’s first game in Las Vegas after waiting for the draft-day trade that made him an official member of the Grizzlies.“It’s been tough,” Clarke said after scoring 17 points in his first game with Memphis. “It sucks, kind of. I haven’t been able to practice. I’ve just been doing individual work.” Related News Bob Myers addresses Kevin Durant leaving Warriors for Nets Clarke seemingly fit right in with the Grizzlies, similar to how he did in college.Prior to being a pro, Clarke played two seasons at San Jose State and then transferred to Gonzaga. After sitting out a season, he became a key contributor to the team last season as a redshirt junior.“It’s been a really long journey to get to this point, but a really fun one,” Clarke said, via the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “I’m 22. Most rookies are about 18 or 19. It shows that my journey was longer. But for it to be longer made it really, really fun. And it feels great to be here right now.”Clarke joined Jonas Valanciunas (2013), Kyle Anderson (2015) and Tyus Jones (2016) as Grizzlies who have received the honor. The Grizzlies will take on the Timberwolves in the championship game Tuesday night.Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
This year’s traditional competition “450th Old Bridge Diving Competition” in Mostar will be held today.Between 50 and 60 competitors who applied for diving will jump into the cold Neretva River. The exact number will be known prior to the very competition, after all applied divers pass a medical exam.Speaking of the tradition of diving from the Old Bridge, President of the Club of Divers ‘Mostari’ and President of the Organizational Board of the Diving Competition on the Old Bridge Semir Drljević said that tradition goes back to the far past, in the 16th century, to the time of the construction of the bridge, when not many people in the community that had 4.000 resident knew how to swim. First jump was recorded in 1664, while the formal competition was established in 1968 and has been organized every summer ever since.“Since the river is ice cold, this is a truly risky venture and only the most skilled and the most prepared divers will have courage to jump. There are two categories of the competition: jumping and diving. In the jumping category, the aim is for the jumper to make the smallest splash possible, while in the diving category it is the opposite,” Drljević said.During the press conference that was held on Friday, the contribution of this event to the development of tourism was emphasized.“First tourists after the war came to see Mostar and the Old Bridge, including the diving from the bridge. That fact speaks of the importance of diving for the development of tourism. Over the past decade, Mostar and its diving competition have been a good way to represent BiH, it is one brand that is growing to be something recognizable in Europe and something that symbolizes BiH,” said the Director of the Tourist Board in Mostar Mensud Duraković.(Source: radiosarajevo.ba/photo: zenit.ba)
MASON CITY — 4th District congressional candidate JD Scholten made a stop in Mason City on Saturday, hosting a rural technology forum. Scholten says rural technology is more than just trying to get Iowans better connected to rural broadband. “When we talk about just broadband, I feel that it could be obsolete in a few years, and so the big thing is having that goal and vision for the future and just allowing us to have the infrastructure for success. Whether that means a farmer having the ability to have advanced agriculture on their farm, or somebody living in town to do their homework, or as healthcare is becoming more and more remote, to have the ability of Skyping or whatever the method is with with doctor.” Scholten says the infrastructure has to be there to make sure farmers are able to be financially successful. “Right now we’ve had a half decade of low commodity prices, its hard for young farmers to get involved in farming. The trade wars are really hurting folks, but then you also have the Renewable Fuel Standard being abused and we’re leaving too much grain in the bins. But it all goes back to just having the capability of allowing farmers to to do the best they can.” Scholten says education can be boosted by better technology. “What we see in education, it’s just interwoven with all the programs that people are trying to do nationally. It doesn’t matter if you live in Eldora, or if you live in Hinton Iowa, or Sioux City Iowa, or if you live in Chicago, we should have the capability to the research the same stuff and to do a lot of the same programs, and I think that’s one area where the schools have it, but when you go home from school you should be able to learn and continue to learn.” Scholten says Iowa is losing graduates who are experts in technology. “ Iowa State University graduated in 2017 1400 students who could immediately go into the technology field. A year later in 2018, only 258 were working in the state of Iowa. That’s 18%. That’s where the big issue is right now. The majority of the folks who stayed, that 18% who stayed and worked, are probably in Des Moines, or maybe Ames or in Cedar Rapids, but they’re not in the Mason Citys or the Fort Dodges or the Sioux Citys like they should be, and that’s where we really need to change the game, and that’s my goal.” Scholten says better rural technology can help boost telemedicine efforts to those areas not being served by doctors or hospitals. “We need more of a system of just regular check-ups where a doctor can can go to the meet the people, and go to where the people are at. I think that a rural healthcare system that is much needed in this country and in this district. The other part of it too is, if there is a simple solution to things, I think telemedicine is going to be part of our future, and we’ve got to make sure that the infrastructure is there, and the capability of having that interaction is there. It all goes back to have in that infrastructure laid out.” Scholten, a Democrat, is running for the 4th District seat currently held by Steve King. He was joined in Mason City on Saturday by Pennsylvania congressman Ro Khanna
Watford striker Troy Deeney has received the backing of global players’ union FIFPro for refusing to return to training over coronavirus fears (AFP Photo/Justin TALLIS)Paris, France | AFP | The head of global players’ union FIFPro has given his backing to footballers who do no want to return to training because of coronavirus fears and cautioned that it would be “inhumane and unacceptable” if they were to be punished for taking such a stance.Jonas Baer-Hoffmann’s comments come after Troy Deeney of English Premier League side Watford refused to restart training ahead of a possible resumption of the season because he does not want to put his young child, who has breathing difficulties, at risk of catching the virus.Deeney has also cited fears his family could be in danger because of figures that show black and ethnic minorities in the UK — which has the highest recorded death toll in Europe — are more likely to become seriously ill with COVID-19.Deeney is “a player who has very legitimate concerns and wants to protect his family”, Baer-Hoffmann said in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday.“If these players are being pressured or potentially facing disciplinary actions, we feel that is very much unacceptable.“The idea that somebody may be punished in a pandemic for trying to protect his family’s health is inhumane and unacceptable.”However, there is no suggestion that Watford are planning to take disciplinary action against Deeney.Several players in England have voiced concerns about returning to training, even in small groups.Watford were among the Premier League clubs affected by six positive tests for the virus out of a total of 748 tests conducted on Sunday and Monday. England defender Danny Rose, on loan at Newcastle United from Tottenham Hotspur, said players were being treated like “lab rats” as the league attempts to get going again.“No system can actually exclude the risk of infection, so it is a question about the probability by which you minimise that risk and many of the systems that we are seeing and reading about — not particularly England — still leave many, many gaps and many risks,” Baer-Hoffmann said.“If the players in England — of which Danny Rose is a part — would like stricter rules then that needs to be discussed.”Baer-Hoffmann admitted that plenty of players around the world were keen to get back playing despite the potential risks involved, but said FIFPro recommended that players undertake three to four weeks of training before beginning matches again due to the risk of injuries.In England the Premier League has been suspended since March 13.The financial consequences of not restarting would be potentially very serious for clubs, although players at the top level in England are in a better position than some of their counterparts around the globe.Baer-Hoffmann highlighted the case of players in several Latin American countries, including Colombia and Uruguay, as well as in Botswana and Egypt, who are now relying on food packages from their local players’ union “because they cannot even provide for their own basic needs and are being stranded in terms of income”.Share on: WhatsApp