By Jeremy FoxOSKALOOSA, Iowa (July 8) – Familiar faces were back in a familiar place – victory lane – Wednesday at Southern Iowa Speedway.Scott Dickey outran Colt Mather and Andrew Schroeder for Musco Lighting IMCA Modified win number two.Cayden Carter’s Budweiser IMCA Stock Car checkers were his fourth locally in 2015. Curtis VanDerWal held off persistent Logan Anderson for his seventh KBOE Radio IMCA Northern SportMod checkers.Dustin Griffiths bested the Pepsi Cola IMCA Hobby Stocks for the fifth time. Danny Thrasher ruled as king of the hill in the class.Bill Whalen Jr. won for the third time this season at Osky in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.
Steven Milo Ward Jr., born on July 19, 1976 went to be with the Lord on April 13, 2020. Steven was raised in Batesville, Indiana and lived at Muscatatuck State Development Center for many years. He most recently resided at Arbor Grove Nursing Home in Greensburg, Indiana before his death.If you ever were lucky enough to meet Steven, you had a friend for life. He always had a smile on his face and a hug to offer anyone. Steven found joy in anything he did, and he loved to make people laugh and smile. He participated in several Special Olympics, even winning 1st place a few years in a row! Steven loved country music, watching western movies, motorcycles, playing Bingo and spending time with his family. He overcame great adversities in his life, and always kept a positive and happy attitude. To those he leaves behind, may they will always remember his fighting spirit, his jokes and laughter and his wonderful ability to find the best in any situation.He is survived by his mothers, Vickie Ward and Cindy Garcia; three sisters, Micki Ward, Brandi (Ward) Stewart and Kristy (Ward) Hirt; ten nieces and nephews, two great nieces and one great nephew. Steven was proceeded in death by his father, Steven Milo Ward Sr., his sister Michelle Ward, his brother Michael Ward and also several grandparents.Private graveside services will be held at St. John United Church of Christ Cemetery (Huntersville). Meyers Funeral Home is assisting the family.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Arbor Grove Activity Fund, 1021 East Central Ave., Greensburg, In 47240.We also encourage you to leave a message at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com on Steven’s obituary page for the family in the online guestbook or send a card to the family using the link on his page.
Update on the latest in sports: The move comes with the 23rd-ranked Illini challenging for the Big Ten Conference championship in Underwood’s third season after going 26-39 during his first two years at the helm. They are 20-9 overall and tied for second in conference play with Michigan State and Wisconsin at 12-6, a game behind Maryland.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-POLLKansas is number oneUNDATED (AP) — Kansas is the unanimous No. 1 in a week of upheaval in men’s college basketball.The Jayhawks received all 64 first-place votes from the media panel in The Associated Press poll. Gonzaga was No. 2, with Dayton, Baylor and San Diego State rounding out the top five. Baylor, Duke winUNDATED (AP) — Baylor and Duke were able to earn bounce-back wins. The fourth-ranked Bears had dropped two of three since a Big-12-record 23-game winning streak, and the No. 12 Blue Devils were losers in three of their previous four games.In Waco, MaCio Teague hit a 3-pointer with 1:13 left in overtime to help Baylor escape with a 71-68 triumph over Texas Tech. Teague stepped back behind the line and just beat the shot clock to put the Bears ahead 69-65.Baylor sealed the game with Jared Butler’s steal and his two free throws with 11 seconds remaining.Devonte Bandoo had 18 points and Butler 17 for the Bears. ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech has withdrawn its appeal of NCAA penalties against its men’s basketball program and will not lay in this month’s ACC Tournament.The Yellow Jackets received a one-year ban on postseason play as well as scholarship reductions and limits on official visits. By saying Monday it would accept those penalties this year, Georgia Tech is assured of being eligible to compete in the postseason next year and beyond.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-ILLINOIS-COACHUnderwood gets extensionCHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois says it has rewarded basketball coach Brad Underwood for a significant jump this season, giving him a three-year contract extension through 2026. Rookie guard RJ Barrett tied his season high with 27 points as the Knicks downed the Houston Rockets, 125-123. Julius Randle added 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Knicks, who held on after building a 21-point lead.New York ended Houston’s six-game winning streak and beat the Rockets at Madison Square Garden for the first time since January 2009.James Harden missed his first eight 3-point attempts before finishing with 35 points and eight assists for the Rockets. Russell Westbrook had 24 points and nine rebounds but missed a pull-up jumper on Houston’s final attempt.Meanwhile, the Miami Heat are the first team to beat the Bucks twice this season.Jae Crowder and Jimmy Butler each scored 18 points in the Heat’s 105-89 downing of Milwaukee. Bam Adebayo had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who improved to 39-22 and matched their win total from last season with 19 games remaining. Sixth-ranked Kentucky is followed by Florida State, Seton Hall, Maryland and Louisville.The Aztecs, Terrapins and No. 18 Iowa were the only teams to hold their place after a week in which nine Top 25 teams lost to unranked opponents.Dayton has its highest ranking since reaching No. 2 in 1955-56 after stretching its winning streak to 18 games.Virginia, Illinois and Wisconsin moved into the poll. West Virginia, Colorado and Texas Tech fell out.NHL-SCHEDULE Rose is taking over what has become one of the NBA’s worst franchises, headed toward its seventh straight season out of the playoffs. Teams such as Golden State and the Lakers have found success handing their basketball operations to an agent.Rose is the former co-head of the basketball division at CAA Sports. He replaces Steve Mills, who was fired early last month.NBA-INJURIESDoncic back in lineup…Oladipo sits one outUNDATED (AP) — All-Star guard Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) was back in the Dallas Mavericks’ lineup tonight against the Bulls in Chicago after missing a game because of a sprained left thumb. March 3, 2020 The thumb began to bother Doncic during Friday’s loss to Miami, prompting the team to keep him out of last night’s win at Minnesota. The second-year player is averaging team highs of 28.6 points and 8.8 assists per game this season.The Mavericks held out Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) against the Bulls a day after he tied a season high with 38 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.In other NBA injury news:— Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) missed Monday’s game against San Antonio after experiencing swelling in his right knee following the morning shootaround. Oladipo returned to action Jan. 20 from a ruptured quad tendon that forced him to miss more than a full calendar year. Pacers coach Nate McMillan said it’s too early to know how long Oladipo will be out.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE Draisaitl, McDavid erupt against Predators…Avs creep closer to BluesUNDATED (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers’ dynamic duo of Leon Draisaitl (DRY’-sy-tul) and Connor McDavid collected five points apiece at the expense of the Nashville Predators on Monday.Draisaitl added to his NHL-leading point total by furnishing four goals and an assist as the Oilers blew out the Predators, 8-3. McDavid added a goal and four assists in a game that was tied 3-3 until Edmonton erupted for five goals in the third period.Draisaitl’s team-high 43rd goal of the season chased Pekka Rinne (PEH’-kuh-REE’-nah) from the nets midway through the third period. Draisaitl has 107 points, 13 more than No. 2 McDavid in the league points race.Meanwhile, the St. Louis Blues’ lead in the NHL’s Central Division is down to one point over Colorado after the Avalanche eked out their seventh straight win. In Durham, freshman Cassius Stanley scored 14 of his 18 points after halftime as the Blue Devils beat North Carolina State, 88-69. Fellow rookie Vernon Carey Jr. added 17 points for the Blue Devils, who shot 63% after halftime and had a run of 17 straight scoring possessions to build a big lead.Duke’s last meeting with the Wolfpack was an 88-66 loss at Raleigh two weeks ago, coach Mike Krzyzewski’s (shuh-SHEHF’-skeez) most lopsided loss to an unranked opponent in his four decades leading the program.N.C. State managed one field goal over the last four minutes of the first half before shooting just 38% after halftime.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-GEORGIA TECH-PENALTIESTech drops appeal of NCAA penalties Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEKnicks surprise Rockets, Heat beat Bucks againUNDATED (AP) — The New York Knicks have pulled off one of the most impressive wins of their otherwise forgettable season. Logan O’Connor’s second goal of the season broke a 1-1 tie in the second period of the Avs’ 2-1 triumph at Detroit. Vladislav Namestnikov (nah-MEHT’-nih-kahv) also scored and backup Michael Hutchinson faced just 18 shots in picking up his fifth win in 15 decisions.Each of Colorado’s last six wins have been by one goal.NHL-GM MEETINGSGMs seem prepared to keep status quo on emergency goaliesBOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — NHL general managers seem unlikely to suggest changes to the emergency backup goaltender policy, even after 42-year-old Zamboni driver David Ayres became one of the biggest stories of the season by winning a game for Carolina last month. The Bucks established a season-low for points, with Brook Lopez providing a team-high 21. Giannis Antetokounmpo grabbed 15 rebounds but matched a season-low with 13 points on 6 for 18 shooting.Checking out Monday’s other NBA action:— Malcolm Brogdon scored 26 points and T.J. Warren added 23 to push the Pacers past the Spurs. Indiana squandered a 15-point, second-half lead before earning its fourth straight win, putting the Pacers in a fifth-place tie with Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference. The Spurs lost for the eighth time in 11 games despite going ahead 102-98 with 6:44 remaining.— The Bulls eked out a 109-107 win over the Mavericks behind Otto Porter Jr., who delivered 18 points in his return from a broken left foot. Coby White scored 19 points to help Chicago win without leading scorer Zach Lavine (lah-VEEN’). Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) scored 23 for Dallas but missed a potential game-winning, 3-pointer at the buzzer.— The Jazz got their four-game road trip off to a good start as Bojan (BOY’-ahn) Bogdanovic provided 28 points and Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) added 20 in a 126-113 victory at Cleveland. Donovan Mitchell had 19 points and nine rebounds for Utah, which made 20 3-pointers while staying in the fifth playoff spot out West. Bogdanovic buried a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch to help the Jazz won for the second time in six games. In a memo sent to teams on Sunday and obtained by The Associated Press, the NBA has offered 10 recommendations to players with hopes of decreasing risks of getting the virus. Those recommendations include not taking items such as pens, markers, balls and jerseys from autograph-seekers.The NBA also told teams that it is consulting “with infectious disease experts, including the Centers for Disease Control” and infectious disease researchers at Columbia University in New York.NBA-KNICKS PRESIDENTKnicks hire longtime player agent Leon Rose as presidentNEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks officially have named Leon Rose as their president, hoping the longtime player agent can be just as successful as an executive. PGA-JOHNSON-0LYMPICSDustin Johnson decides against playing in the OlympicsUNDATED (AP) — U.S. golfer Dustin Johnson will not compete in the Tokyo Olympics, according to his manager. Johnson’s name was removed from the Olympic golf ranking Monday afternoon.At No. 5 in the world ranking, he currently would have been No. 3 among Americans behind Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) and Justin Thomas.Countries are allowed a maximum of four players in golf provided they are among the top 15 in the world ranking. The issue was among the discussion points during the first three days of GM meetings. The apparent consensus was that emergency goaltenders are called upon so rarely that any reaction now would likely feel like an overreaction.NFL-JAGUARS-NGAKOUEPass-rusher Ngakoue no longer wants to re-sign with JaguarsJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Standout defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (yah-NEEK’ en-GAH’-kway) no longer wants to sign a long-term deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.Ngakoue announced his desire to play elsewhere via social media. It could force Jacksonville to place the franchise tag on the 24-year-old disgruntled defender and trade him. Ngakoue has 37 1/2 sacks and 14 forced fumbles in four seasons. The speedy strip-sack specialist made the Pro Bowl in 2017 and had been seeking around $22 million a year to remain in Jacksonville.NORTH CAROLINA-AGENTS PROBEMistrial declared for ex-football player in NC agent’s caseHILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — A Superior Court judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a former college football player charged with violating North Carolina’s sports agent law nearly a decade ago.Christopher Hawkins faced four counts tied to providing cash to three former Tar Heels football players in 2010. But after more than seven hours of deliberations Friday afternoon and Monday, the jury informed the judge that it couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict on any charge. — C.J. McCollum poured in 41 points and Gary Trent Jr. added 24 in the Trail Blazers’ romp over the Magic in Orlando. Hassan Whiteside had 16 points and 13 rebounds as Portland ended a 3-game losing streak. The Blazers took control by outscoring Orlando 38-19 in the final period.— Gorgui Dieng (GEER’-gee jehng) contributed 17 points and 10 rebounds while the Grizzlies were holding the Hawks to 32% shooting in a 127-88 dismantling of Atlanta. Jonas Valanciunas (YOH’-nuhs val-ehn-CHOO’-nihs) had 15 points with 15 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who had nine players score in double figures. The Hawks were denied their first three-game winning streak of the season and suffered the third loss in their last 11 home games.NBA-VIRUS OUTBREAKWith Virus outbreak, NBA tells teams to keep distance from fans, strangersUNDATED (AP) — The NBA has told teams to avoid high-fiving fans and strangers and avoid taking any item for autographs. It’s the league’s latest response in its ongoing monitoring of the coronavirus crisis that has spread to most corners of the planet.
SINCE his introduction to competitive table tennis in 2014, Central High School student Nickolus Romain has been on a steady rise, and is another bright prospect among junior sportsmen in Guyana.A member of the Malteenoes Table Tennis Club, Romain is the protégé of former national champion, and current coach Idi Lewis. Romain has been under Lewis’ tutelage for the past two years and has really been coming into his own.Last year was a particularly favourable year for the 16-year-old, who bagged quite a few titles, and so far his 2017 season has been looking pretty good.He recently took the ‘B’ Class win of the LFS Burnham Foundation Tournament a few weeks ago. Prior to that he placed first in both the GTTA Junior Doubles Challenge.Last year, Romain was a part of the Guyana table tennis team that won gold at the Inter-Guiana Games, winning all his matches.He was also a bronze medallist in the team’s category at the Caribbean Table Tennis Championships, while he made it to the quarterfinals in the singles division. Romain was part of the five-man team that also included Guyana’s leading junior player Shemar Britton.Those events marked Romain’s first performances on the regional scene, while on a larger scale he took part in the North American Joola Tournament in 2015.Coach Lewis expressed his satisfaction on Romain’s development since he took him under his charge.“At first he was making a lot of errors. Like for the first couple months going on to a year, we just had to work on his technique and correcting those things. And then when he started correcting those things he just became a better player.” Lewis noted.“He definitely works very hard; he’s also very cool and calm under pressure, which is something you can’t coach.”Romain first got involved in the sport just after he entered Central High and realised that table tennis was a huge sport at the school. He started representing the school and soon after his parents sought Lewis’ help.“I would say it’s my dedication, discipline and intense training that make me stand out as a table tennis player,” states Romain, when we caught up with him at training earlier this week.Romain said that the sport has helped him in becoming a better person.“As a table tennis player, what I love most about being part of this sport is the fact that it motivates me in my personal life to become a better, well rounded young man,” he said. “I like travelling and meeting other experienced players and being able to learn about their culture and customs. I love being able to compete with other players in order to develop my skills, making me a greater player.”In all his pursuits in developing as a table tennis player, ultimately Romain just wants to ensure that he goes out and makes his country proud.“My ultimate aspiration as a table tennis player is to make my country proud winning whenever, playing tournaments both regionally and internationally, like in the Olympic Games,” he concluded.
Since March Russia has barred most foreign arrivals in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Now the government says athletes and coaches will be allowed in if they have a contract with a Russian sports team or organization. They will have to spend 14 days in isolation on arrival and will be observed by doctors.The government says “the decision will help professional sports organizations, including Russian Premier League soccer clubs, to resume training after the lifting of restrictions related to the spread of the new coronavirus.”The Russian Premier League aims to restart June 21 though some of its foreign stars headed home during the outbreak and have yet to return.Lokomotiv Moscow said Saturday that its 35-year-old Peruvian winger Jefferson Farfan had contracted the virus. Club chairman Anatoly Meshcheryakov told the RIA Novosti news agency that Farfan was in Moscow and had not been hospitalized. Farfan hasn’t played this season due to injury.___ The Latest: Russia opens border to athletes, coaches Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Russia has relaxed border restrictions for athletes and coaches in a move that will help soccer to restart in the country next month. May 17, 2020 Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is in favor playing without fans for a long time if it helps “save” soccer clubs amid financial uncertainty.The English Premier League hopes to re-start games by mid-June in empty stadiums amid the coronavirus pandemic.A World Cup winner with France, Lloris says “it’s important that soccer restarts, for today and tomorrow.”He adds that “if we have to play behind closed doors for a long period of time in order to save soccer, then we have to.”Lloris currently trains at his club every other day with “specific time slots” for each player, adding that “sometimes we pass each other, but from very far away.” Associated Press In a newspaper interview with Nice-Matin, Lloris says that arriving at training already dressed in his kit reminds him“of when I started out and my grand-parents would drop me off at training.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
NBA players will get their paychecks as scheduled on April 1, but the fate of salaries beyond that date is unclear, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday night. The next payday after April 1 would be April 15. At that point, it’s possible the NBA could cut or suspend salaries with the league still shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a league memo sent Friday to the teams, Wojnarowski reported.The lost revenue from the shutdown reportedly could prompt the league to invoke a clause in the collective bargaining agreement that permits reducing players’ salaries by 1/92.6 per canceled game due to “catastrophic circumstances.” The list of such conditions includes war, natural disasters and epidemics/pandemics, per the report.The NBA regular season had been scheduled to end April 15. While all teams have played between 63 and 67 of their 82 games (77 percent to 82 percent), ESPN’s Bobby Marks reported that players will have received approximately 90 percent of their salaries once they get their April 1 checks.The league closed down on March 11, after a positive coronavirus test for Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was shared with the team and the NBA. Commissioner Adam Silver announced March 12 that the hiatus would last at least 30 days.Wojnarowski reported Sunday that NBA owners are preparing for a scenario in which games won’t resume before mid-June — the point when the playoffs are normally concluding.Silver said Wednesday in an ESPN interview that the league could consider restarting its schedule with games played in empty arenas. He added that it’s possible the 2020-21 season could end up running December through August instead of October through June.Ten NBA players are known to have tested positive for COVID-19, though only five of those have been publicly identified: Gobert, Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, injured Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant, Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood and Boston Celtics guard Marcus SmartThree other Nets players and two Los Angeles Lakers players also tested positive. —(Field Level Media)
Aherlow Gaels have a quick turnaround as they prepare for the West Tipp Senior Football final this weekend.They beat Eire Óg Annacarty Donohill on a scoreline of 3-7 to 9 points in Cappawhite last evening.They will now turn their attention to Sunday when they face Arravale Rovers in the divisional decider at 3 o’clock in Dundrum. Meanwhile, Cork have made one change to their team for Sundays All Ireland ladies football final against Dublin.Aine Terry O’Sullivan replaces Libby Coppinger at corner forward for the defending champions.
The GAA’s Central Hearings Committee discussed the matter last night – they found the charge of “any type of assault on an opposing team official” was not proven.They instead imposed a one match ban for the lesser offence of “contributing to a melee”.As it stands the Silvermines clubman would miss the Munster semi-final against Cork – however Tipp do have the option of appealing the decision to the Central Appeals Committee. Tipperary’s Jason Forde has had his two match ban for an altercation with Davy Fitzgerald halved.The pair clashed during the National Hurling League semi-final when the Wexford manager came onto the pitch.Davy Fitz was given an 8 week ban which was not appealed however the Tipp County board did appeal Forde’s ban.
Spanish La Liga1 – Atletico Madrid and city rivals Real Madrid will meet for the first time at the Wanda Metropolitano while Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has really struggled with 1 league goal.3 – Atletico are one of 3 unbeaten sides in the league alongside Barcelona and Valencia4 – Atletico Madrid are winless in their last four home games in all competitions.7 – Atletico Madrid star man has struggled recently and has not scored in the last 7 games. Italian Serie A18 – Napoli’s 18-match unbeaten home run came to an end with a 4-2 loss to Manchester City and would be hoping to bounce back against AC Milan.24 – League leaders Napoli have a formidable record in recent times. They are unbeaten in the last 24 league matches. RelatedPremier League: Will Manchester City Keep It Tall Until the EndNovember 7, 2017In “England”Premier League Review (Saturday): United Edge Tottenham As City, Chelsea And Arsenal Win To Maintain Top Five PlacesOctober 29, 2017In “England”Premier League Review (Tuesday): United, Tottenham Experience Contrasting Fortunes In The Title RaceNovember 29, 2017In “England” Ahead of the weekend’s league games, we take a look at the most important stats:English Premier League2 – Tottenham Hotspur have just two wins in 32 away games at Arsenal.3 – There have been 3 consecutive 1-1 draws between Arsenal and rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium.5 – Tottenham striker Harry Kane has scored in 5 successive games against Arsenal.6 – Arsenal are winless in 6 North London Derbies against Tottenham Hotspur.8 – Manchester United have kept 8 clean sheets this season, which is the most of any team.10 – Arsenal have won 10 consecutive home games while Tottenham have the most wins away from home in 2017 (10).22 – Manchester United are undefeated in 22 home games dating back to the 2-1 loss to city rivals Manchester City last year.563 – Leading goalscorer Romelu Lukaku has not scored for Manchester United in his last 563 minutes in all competitions.2013 – Newcastle United last won away to Manchester United in 2013 thanks to a Yohan Cabaye goal.
Hull City season card holders have narrowly voted in favour of owner Assem Allam’s plan to change the Premier League club’s name to Hull Tigers.The Football Association will decide on the proposals when its council meets on Wednesday, though its membership committee has alreadymade a recommendation to reject the plans.Allam, 74, said he will walk away from the club if the name change is blocked.A total of 2,565 of those eligible voted for the change, to 2,517 against.Those in favour voted “Yes to Hull Tigers with the Allam family continuing to lead the club”.Of the club’s 15,033 season card holders, 5,874 responded, with 792 voting they were “not too concerned and will continue to support the club either way”. In August, it was announced the name of business that runs the club had beenchanged to Hull City Tigers, and four months later the club formally applied to the FA to change its name to Hull Tigers from next season.Allam believes a Tigers brand will be more marketable, and said he considered the word City to be “lousy” and “common”. Hull fans’ group City Till We Die has opposed the changes, with support from the Football Supporters’ Federation. Egypt-born Allam, who moved to Hull in 1968, took charge of the club in December 2010 and last season oversaw promotion to the top flight for only the second time in the club’s 109-year history.He is credited with rescuing the club from administration but has been at odds with many supporters over his plans to change the club’s name. Allam said in a newspaper interview last year that his opponents could”die as soon as they want”, with manager Steve Bruce later claiming the owner had been misinterpreted.Hull are 12th in the Premier League and will reach the FA Cup final for the first time on Sunday if they beat League One side Sheffield United in their first semi-final since 1930.The team’s “Tigers” nickname is thought to have been coined by a Hull Daily Mail reporter in 1905, in reference to the club’s black and amber kit.