Herbert sweeps Wheatshocker Nationals at RPM

first_imgBy Mike HughesHAYS, Kan. (July 16-17) – Brian Herbert pulled off a sweep in the annual Wheatshocker Nation­als at RPM Speedway during the Ellis County Fair races.In the Sunday night United Rebel Sprint Series main event, Jed Warner looked to have the $2,000 winner’s check in sight. Warner took the lead from Koby Walters on the second lap of the 30-lap event.Warner pulled away following a lap four restart and continued to lead at the halfway mark. With four laps to go, Tracy Hill came to a stop to bring out a caution. Herbert, who was running se­cond, took advantage on the restart and shot to the lead and held on for the win. Walters finished se­cond, followed by Luke Cranston, Darren Berry and Mike Peters.Herbert had inherited the win on Saturday after John Carney failed post-race tech. Zach Blurton, Warner, Walters and Cranston rounding out the top five.Feature ResultsSaturday – 1. Brian Herbert; 2. Zach Blurton; 3. Jeff Warner; 4. Koby Walters; 5. Luke Cranston; 6. Darren Berry; 7. Keefe Hemel; 8. Lance Davis; 9. John Webster; 10. Steve Richardson; 11. Kaden Taylor; 12. Jeff Radcliffe; 13. Kris Moore; 14. Tracy Hill; 15. Austin McClean; 16. Ryan Wal­ters; 17. Jeremy Huish; 18. Nate Berry; 19. Mike Peters.Sunday – 1. Herbert; 2. Walters; 3. Cranston; 4. Darren Berry; 5. Peters; 6. Jake Bubak; 7. Blurton; 8. Ty Williams; 9. Jed Warner; 10. Hemel; 11. Webster; 12. Huish; 13. Richardson; 14. Hill; 15. Radcliffe; 16. John Carney II; 17. Davis; 18. Nate Berry; 19. J.D. Johnson; 20. Taylor Ve­lasquez.last_img read more

Read More →

Wisconsin netminder injured Wednesday

first_imgWisconsin junior goaltender Brian Elliott injured his left ankle during practice Wednesday afternoon. The extent of his injury was not immediately known as the Newmarket, Ontario native was taken to see a doctor, according to UW Hockey Sports Information Director Paul Capobianco.Elliott has been one of the most impressive players in the country this season, posting a 1.40 goals against average and a .944 save percentage, both tops in the nation among goalies who have played in 12 or more games.No. 1 Wisconsin hosts No. 19 Denver this weekend and No. 4 Minnesota in two weeks.last_img

Read More →

SU’s offense sputters in 31-6 loss to UNC after offseason of instability

first_img Comments Published on September 12, 2020 at 3:36 pm Contact Adam: adhillma@syr.edu | @_adamhillman The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Syracuse’s first play of the 2020 season was a handoff to freshman Jawhar Jordan. North Carolina’s defensive. line stopped the now-starting running back, shoving him to the ground for no gain.If 2020 was a typical year, Jordan would’ve seen limited playing time. But that’s not the case: SU’s top two running backs, Abdul Adams and Jarveon Howard, have opted out. And yet, if the Orange’s completed game is a sign of what’s to come, a college football season will be played. “It felt real good to be out there with the guys. We all felt it,” defensive lineman Kingsley Jonathan said. “We loved to be out there playing the game we love.”Syracuse’s 31-6 loss to No. 18 UNC followed an offseason defined by testing for coronavirus and mixing in new offensive and defensive coordinators with limited practice time. Syracuse never maximized its 3-3-5 defense’s performance, turning three first-half takeaways into only six points. The team averaged just 2.8 yards per play. Poorly timed penalties, dropped catches and missed blocking assignments were the theme as SU failed to step into the end zone since the September 2019 loss to Clemson.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s hard on a defense to play that many plays,” Babers said. “We have to score points so we can take that pressure off the defense.”The road to the game was arduous for both teams. SU players sat out three practices, demanding more COVID-19 testing across the board in the ACC. North Carolina paused team activities twice, once for an outbreak within the team and once for a rise in cases on campus. DeVito completed just 50% of his passes in the first 30 minutes, often throwing the ball away or taking sacks as Carlos Vettorello and Chris Elmore struggled to keep the UNC defensive line in check. Top receiver Taj Harris at one point failed to beat a linebacker one-on-one in coverage, and the junior receiver totaled five catches on 15 targets but dropped passes as the offensive line failed to create a running room for Jordan.Still, the Tar Heels gifted the Orange opportunities. Mikel Jones intercepted a deflected pass on UNC’s second possession, leading to a failed fourth-down conversion. All-ACC wide receiver Dazz Newsome dropped a punt, and Aaron Bolinsky jumped on it early on in the second quarter. After barely moving the ball in first quarter, SU was within 25 yards of taking the lead. On the second play of the drive, DeVito looked to his right side, finding a wide-open Sharod Johnson in the corner of the end zone. The ball fell right in front of his arms but through his hands, smacking the light blue turf in the end zone. After a third-down run, Andre Szmyt knocked in a field goal — making up all of Syracuse’s points in the opening half. “We had some drops out there that we wish we had back. And we had some throws out there that we wish we could have back,” Babers said. Jawhar Jordan was limited to 27 yards on 14 carries, and the Orange only totaled 68 net rushing yards against the Tar Heels. Courtesy of the ACCSyracuse is a young team that’s adjusting to two new coordinators during an offseason unlike any other. The depth chart is spattered with eight underclassmen starting across offense and defense. Of the 69 players who traveled, 29 were redshirt or true freshmen.Players have routinely applauded offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert and defensive coordinator Tony White for implementing their philosophies in the “Zoom era,” Babers said. Learning a new offense when practices are limited and players are in pods until the start of training camp puts a strain on what the offense can do in the first few weeks.Until then, Syracuse may have to rely on its defense as it did for three quarters Saturday. Jonathan and fellow senior Josh Black dominated the line of scrimmage, constantly hurrying Howell and forcing him into rushed throws.   And then, on the Tar Heels’ first drive of the third quarter, junior Andre Cisco shined. Howell misfired again, this time trying to drop in a deep ball to Newsome. Cisco, sitting back in a deep-lying safety role, sprinted across the hash marks and jumped in front to notch his FBS-leading 13th interception of his career. Syracuse had a possession starting on North Carolina’s side of the field and a chance to take the lead.   Led by back-to-back DeVito runs, Syracuse entered inside the 10-yard line and new offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert called two straight runs. Jordan was stuffed both times, and on the next play, DeVito missed a wide-open Aaron Hackett across the middle, instead taking a sack.DeVito jogged off the field as Szmyt jogged on. Syracuse, once again, left points on the table.“Sterlin’s extremely aggressive, and I’m okay with that,” Babers said. “In that aggressiveness, we had opportunities to make plays.”Down the stretch, the offense’s inability to stay on the field started to affect the defense. The Orange had three straight three-and-outs after Szmyt’s field goal cut the lead to one point in the quarter. Their defense began reverting back to 2019 ways, allowing big play after big play as the defensive line pressure halted and the physicality from the corners was suddenly nonexistent. In the first five and a half minutes of the fourth quarter, Syracuse allowed three touchdowns, and the lead ballooned from four to 25.   At the end of the game, Babers moved quickly, simply waving to UNC head coach and friend Mack Brown instead of stopping for conversation. The Orange will leave Kenan Memorial Stadium and fly back to New York, avoiding the state’s quarantine laws by spending less than 24 hours in North Carolina.Despite the season being one of unpredictability and fluctuation, Babers is just happy to be on the field. “I told the official …’I’ll tell you what, I’m a lot happier than the Big Ten coaches, and I bet you’re a lot happier than the Big Ten officials,’” Babers said. “We’re playing football in the ACC. We’re going to get better.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Read More →

Grattis! Unibet takes top honours at EGR 2016 Operator Awards

first_img ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Share Share Submit Related Articles Industry news source EGR has crowned Swedish-based Unibet Group as ‘Operator of the Year’ at its EGR 2016 Operator Awards.Hosted at the HRC Artillery Garden, Unibet proved to be the night’s big winners, taking home the top industry honour of ‘Operator of the Year’ and the further awards of ‘Socially Responsible Operator’ and ‘Best Marketing Campaign’ for its multi-award winning “Luck Is No Coincidence” campaign.Unibet’s Group Commercial Officer Ebba Ljungerud was pleased to collect the awards on behalf of the operator: “This is a true testament to the great teamwork everyone in the Unibet Group contributes and how all of our brands and teams work together to achieve a common goal – to give our customers the best experience.”The awards night saw bet365 defend its title for the fourth year running as EGR’s ‘Sports Betting Operator’ of the year. The bookmaker further maintained its sports betting credentials winning ‘Best in-Play Sports Operator’.Sky Betting & Gaming retained top honours for industry mobile accolades, retaining its title of ‘Mobile Sports Product’ and ‘Mobile Operator’ of the year.Further sports betting categories saw Pinnacle win EGR’s first ever ‘eSports Operator’ category. Harry Lang, Marketing Director at Pinnacle, commented on the award: “We’ve invested a massive amount of time and effort to become a leader in the eSports betting field, so this recognition is greatly appreciated. We’re happy that Pinnacle is still seen as the front-runner in eSports betting and we hope to maintain this position in the future.”Irish bookmaker BetBright would win its first ever EGR Award of ‘Best in-house Developed Product’, with Betsson AB taking home the recognition of ‘Customer Services Operator’ for 2016.Igaming categories saw Paddy Power recognised as ‘Casino Operator’ of the year. Industry games content supplier NetEnt would add to its successful showing at EGR’s B2B Awards (June 2016), by winning the coveted ‘Game of Year’ title for its ‘Guns N’ Roses’ slot title.Per Eriksson, CEO of NetEnt, commented on the accolade: “It’s an incredible achievement to win Game of the Year for the second successive year and we’re incredibly proud of the achievements of Guns N’ Roses.It has been NetEnt’s most ambitious project to date, so we’re delighted that our hard work and endeavours have paid off. We couldn’t’ be happier to top a really strong field.”The 2016 EGR Operator Awards winners full breakdown StumbleUpon Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020last_img read more

Read More →

Yggdrasil secures content partnership with GVC Italian properties

first_img Share Share Submit Related Articles Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 StumbleUpon GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Fredrik Elmqvist, YggdrasilIndustry games and content provider Yggdrasil Gaming, who announced in January that it was entering the Italian market, has partnered with GVC Holdings’ Italian-facing gaming brands to integrate its video slots directly into the operator’s bwin.it and Gioco Digitale sites.Entering the Italian market with GVC will see Yggdrasil’s portfolio of HTML5 games being offered in the country for the first time. As it continues to grow its business across Europe, the deal also enables the developer to expand its geographical reach alongside an operator with unparalleled expertise in the region.Initially, 11 games will be certified under Italian regulations, with a view to going live early in the second quarter of 2017. bwin.it will launch with titles including Dark Joker Rizes, Vikings Go Wild and Nirvana.In addition to Yggdrasil’s content, GVC’s Italian operations will also gain access to the supplier’s arsenal of in-game promotional tools, BOOST™, including the recently-launched Missions feature, as well as the social sharing tool BRAG.Fredrik Elmqvist, CEO at Yggdrasil Gaming, said: “We are thrilled to have joined forces with an operator as big and as respected as GVC to enter the Italian market.“We will provide GVC’s Italian operations with a premium gaming platform to initially offer eleven certified games with a view to providing many more as the partnership develops.“We have grown our footprint across Europe this past year. This is the latest in a long line of big deals, and shows the progress we are making and just how desirable our games and in-game promotional tools have become.”Liron Snir, Chief Product Officer at GVC Holdings said: “Our mission is to offer our players the widest possible range of quality games.“Yggdrasil titles have taken the market by storm and it is a great step for us to be able integrate this first-rate content into our Italian offer. What’s more, their in-game promotional tools are genuinely innovative, particularly the BRAG feature which was a real draw for us.” GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020last_img read more

Read More →

Doc Rivers will remember Kobe Bryant for his competitive greatness

first_img“When you lock in both ends of the floor, you get totally into the game and the energy is there,” sixth-man Jamal Crawford said. “Even when you make mistakes you can cover the floor with the energy you are playing with. The energy has been constant and we are just finding different ways to win.”Doc praises StephensonWhen Lance Stephenson has the ball in his hands and he’s coming down court, he’s like a freight train – a rather fast one. Playing 20 minutes in Sunday’s 107-99 victory over Minnesota, he had nine points, six rebounds, three assists, a steal and no turnovers.And, once again, he had as much energy as anyone on the floor.“Lance is as good as there is pushing the ball coast to coast with his power,” Rivers said. “He had that one stretch where he kept it and dribbled and dribbled and shot, and that is not what we want.“But when he comes down and plays downhill and makes decisions like magic, then he is really good.”Rivers made sure reporters knew he did not mean Magic Johnson. We’ve heard it called clutter-free basketball. Josh Smith referred to it as “agenda-free” basketball. It means a group of players not concerning themselves with anything but making the team they are on a more outstanding product.Smith said that includes not worrying about the future, such as “contracts, free agency.” For the Clippers, that’s vital because Smith is one of several players working with one-year contracts. In the case of Lance Stephenson, he is on a two-year contract, but the second year is a team option. The Golden State Warriors were 18-0 before their game Monday at Utah, and they play agenda-free basketball. The Clippers want to be this way, and they seem to be inching their way in that direction.“We just have to focus on one game at a time and then what can we do to better this team and apply that to each and every game,” said Smith, whose team had won three of its past four games ahead of Monday’s with the Portland Trail Blazers. “When guys are not focused on other distractions, I think that we could be possibly one of the best teams in the league.”Crawford sees differenceIt’s true that the three recent victories – over Denver, New Orleans and Minnesota – came against mediocre teams. But the Clippers – 9-8 before Monday – have been playing with more intensity from start to finish. L.A. Clippers coach Doc Rivers on Monday gave the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant perhaps the best compliment that can be given a player.“He has his games, he’s playing well and not that well,” Rivers said of Bryant, who Sunday announced he is retiring at the end of this season. “Obviously, he still stands for the same thing, though, when you watch him play. He’s still very aggressive, he’s still one of the most competitive players on the floor, whether he’s playing well or not.“And I think that’s, to me, what I’ll remember most about Kobe, is how competitive he was. I think we all remember the talent and all the crazy great things he’s done in his career. But I think it was all made possible with his ticker, the heart and the toughness that he had. I think that’s what made him great. I think that’s what separated him from everybody else.”Agenda-free basketballcenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Read More →

WBSS 2: Josh Taylor vs. Ivan Baranchyk venue announced

first_imgThe World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) have announced that Scotland’s Josh “The Tartan Tornado” Taylor and Belarus’ IBF Champion Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk will face off on May 18 at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland in the first of the 140 lb. division semi-finals.Baranchyk (19-0, 12 KOs) booked his place in the semi-final on Oct. 27 when he defeated Sweden’s Anthony Yigit for the vacant IBF title via a seventh-round stoppage. “My nature, effort and my love of boxing will help me get the Ali Trophy,” Baranchyk said via press release. Taylor (14-0, 12 KOs) impressed with his own seventh-round stoppage over American Ryan Martin in a very one-sided bout, will be fighting once again at The SSE Hydro. This will be the Tartan Tornado’s first attempt at World title honors, and it is something he is relishing.“I am delighted to be fighting for the world title,” Taylor said. “It is a childhood dream to become a world champion. I am very confident I will win and do it in fashion.” Join DAZN and watch more the World Boxing Super Series and 100 fight nights a year”We are super excited to bring the biggest boxing event to Scotland in many years,” Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer Kalle Sauerland said. “It is not only a night of world championship boxing but also the massive opportunity to claim a place in the final of the World Boxing Super Series and be crowned the best super-lightweight in the world.”Fans in the U.S. can watch the WBSS semi-finals LIVE on DAZN, the global sports streaming platform. To sign up for a one-month free trial, fans can visit DAZN.com or download the DAZN app to their preferred connected device.last_img read more

Read More →

Damir Beljo: Why I stopped whistling on the Anthem of B&H

first_imgBoxer Damir Beljo managed to do what many have not. Although it was happening before that the fans whistle at the anthem of B&H, only Beljo managed to stop them.To recall, in the hall Pecara in Siroki Brijeg, Beljo fought for the title of European Champion. Before the fight in Pecara, the fans tried to whistle at the anthem of B&H. However, boxer from Mostar managed to stop this attempt.“Those whistles were not intended for B&H. They also love this country and it is their country. They are maybe not satisfied with the status of Croats in B&H,” said Beljo, the European champion in cruiserweight by the WBO version.“I think that B&H is my country as it is for any person from Sarajevo, Zenica and Siroki Brijeg. Those whistles of the fans from Siroki Brijeg were not intended for B&H. They also love this country and it is their country. They are maybe not satisfied with the status of Croats in B&H. However, I am not the right person to talk about it because, honestly, I’m not familiar with these things enough. I do not do politics and I do not want to get involved in politics,” said Beljo.Beljo emphasized that he wants to separate sports from politics. It affected him a lot when he read the comments saying that he betrayed his people.“I cannot hate anyone because I am not raised that way. I do not want to generalize people. I am proudly carrying the flag of B&H because I was born here.”(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more

Read More →

USMNT cancels Qatar camp because of Middle East security concerns

first_imgU.S. Soccer has canceled the upcoming USMNT camp in Qatar after tension in the Middle East region increased following the death of Iranian general Qasem Suleimani.A U.S.-led drone strike killed Suleimani in Iraq on Thursday. There are fears Americans will be targeted in the Middle East region as retaliation. The U.S. football governing body decided to scrap the camp Friday, releasing a statement through its official media channels.MORE: Goal.com’s World Team of the Decade for the 2010s”Due to the developing situation in the region, U.S. Soccer has decided to postpone traveling to Qatar for the Men’s National Team’s scheduled January training camp,” the U.S Soccer statement read.”In the meantime, we are working on alternative arrangements in preparation for the match against Costa Rica on February 1 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif.”We are working with the Qatar Football Association to find an opportunity in the near future for our team to experience Qatar’s world-class facilities and hospitality.”.@ussoccer statement on the #USMNT’s 2020 January Camp: pic.twitter.com/zl15icyzex— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) January 4, 2020There is no official threat to Americans in the Middle East but the situation could change rapidly as the U.S and Iran continue to have conflict.The USMNT had planned to use the Aspire Academy training facility in Doha from Jan. 5-25 with the 23 U.S.-based footballers and two foreign-located players expected to attend the camp. Some staff and equipment had already been sent to Qatar for the initial event. The camp will now be held at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., beginning Jan. 6, the USMNT announced late Friday. The USMNT also has an exhibition match scheduled against UEFA Nations League finalist the Netherlands on March 26 in Eindhoven.Having missed qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the USMNT is looking to build to make sure it is involved in Qatar 2022; however, it was beaten 1-0 by Mexico in the 2019 Gold Cup final and only just squeezed through the CONCACAF Nations League group following a 2-0 defeat to Canada.last_img read more

Read More →

Fouls Kill Oly Town Artesians in 7-5 Loss in Bellingham

first_imgSubmitted by the Oly Town ArtesiansBrendan Quilici scored twice and Tye Hastings took advantage of a double power play to score what proved to be the game winner in Bellingham United’s 7-5 win over the Oly Town Artesians at the Bellingham Sportsplex on Saturday night. 14 fouls and five blue cards called against the Artesians proved to be the difference as three of Bellingham’s four goals in the second half came with Oly a man down.With the Oly Town roster depleted by injuries and the holidays, a newcomer started the night off for the Artesians. Tanner Williams made his debut and quickly put Oly up 1-0 on his first shift of the season three minutes into the first quarter. But Bellingham United answered back three minutes later on a rocket by Brendan Quilici that Artesians keeper Clint Lothrop had no chance at stopping. Williams again put himself on the score sheet with an assist on a goal by Justin La Torre that gave Oly a 2-1 lead through the first 15 minutes of play.The Hammers took a 3-2 lead with a pair of goals midway through the second quarter. The first goal was credited to Kenny Parker after the ball took a deflection and slowly rolled into the corner of the goal and Gabriele Zaccagnini put Bellingham up with a goal at the 4:55 mark. Two more newcomers brought Oly level when Nate Boatright’s pass across the box was easily volleyed past Bellingham keeper Keegan Rogers by George Bundy and the half ended in a tie, 3-3.Things looked bleak for the Artesians in the third quarter after Chris Jepson and Quilici scored a pair of goals early to start the second half. Quilici’s goal came on the restart after the Artesians were issued a blue card and put the Hammers up 5-3 with 11:19 left in the period. Nate Salveson chipped into the two goal lead with a shot off of a free kick that just got a piece of the post and ricocheted into the goal. Then with one second left, Willie Spurr scored his fifth goal of the season to pull Oly even as the horn sounded to signal the close of the third.But the fouls mounted in the second half and a tired Artesians team couldn’t keep up shorthanded. Following a blue card for the Artesians 12th foul and another blue card on a sliding foul, Bellingham played 5-on-3 soccer for over a minute. As the first penalty came to a close and Willie Spurr sprinted onto the field, Tye Hastings launched a shot from long distance that just inched under the crossbar to put Bellingham up 6-5 with 6:33 left to play. Kellan Brown added another goal two minutes later and the Hammers held on to a 7-5 victory and moved into second place in the Western Indoor Soccer League.Both teams played without one of their top goal scorers. Matt Stalnik (four goals) is out for the season with a torn ACL after his injury in the Artesians’ win at Arlington last week and Andrew Weishaar (five goals) did not play for Bellingham United.The Hammers moved to 2-1-1 halfway through the WISL’s inaugural season. They sit in second place with seven points, one point ahead of the Artesians and five points behind the Tacoma Stars, who romped past Arlington in Tacoma tonight.The Artesians fell to 2-2-0 with six points in their first season and sit in third place in the league ahead of the idle Wenatchee Fire (4 points). The Arlington Aviators are mired in last place at 0-4-0 after their loss to the Stars tonight. Four of the five WISL teams make the playoffs.The holiday season is upon us and the Oly Town Artesians and the WISL will take a two week break. The Artesians will get a rematch with Bellingham United at Olympia Indoor Soccer on Saturday, January 3rd. First kick is scheduled for 6:00 PM, doors open at 5:00 PM. Advance tickets are available at www.olytownfc.com or by calling (360) 561-7252 Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Read More →