IMCA Modifieds chase $1,200 checks at Santa Maria Nationals

first_imgSANTA MARIA, Calif. – A pair of $1,200 to win IMCA Modified main events are on the Memorial Weekend ticket at Santa Maria Raceway’s Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28 Na­tionals.Both features are qualifying events for the 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational bal­lot and IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded each night.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods race for $1,000 to win, plus national, state and track points on Sunday.Entry fee each night is $50 and pit passes are $40. Non-qualifiers get their entry fee refunded.Pit gates open at 9 a.m., the pit booth opens at noon and grandstand gates open at 3 p.m. both days. Racing starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday and at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.Adult grandstand admission is $20 on Saturday and $25 on Sunday. Seniors, military and students get a $2 discount off those prices. Kids ages 6-12 are $6 and five and under are free both days.An open practice runs from 4-9 p.m. on Friday, May 26. Pit passes are $35.Camping, but no hookups, is available for $20 per night or $50 for the weekend. The number to call for camping is 805 245-3585.More information is available at the website and on Facebook.last_img read more

Chamber to host lunch and Learn

first_imgGreensburg,IN—ETC will host a Lunch and Learn at the Greensburg Decatur County Chamber Office on Thursday, January 23 from 12-1pm.  the event is free and will be on the topic of how a hosted phone solution increases business productivity. RSVP by today if interested by calling 812.663.2832.last_img

Kolo Toure delivers Christmas hope in Ivory Coast

first_imgOrphans in Ivory Coast are set to celebrate a merry Christmas with a little help from Liverpool defender Kolo Toure. “I am lucky that I am able to help them. Every month I send money to ensure they can have a good life and I will try to do that as long as I can provide. “We are not perfect but if you can still help people you help them and I will always help people who are honest and those kids have done nothing. “I think of them as my kids and to provide for them every month is nothing. I love to see them happy, that is most important. “Everything I do on my own and I’ve never really talked about it but with Christmas coming it is a good time to do something. “With Christmas coming I’ve tried to organise a Christmas party for them. “I’d like to organise one or two big events, like a dinner, to raise money for a nice place for them to live and invest money to generate more for them.” Unicef figures from 2012 showed there were 1.3million orphans among a population of 20million in Ivory Coast, a country with a life expectancy at birth of just 53 according to World Health Organisation data. Over two thirds of the country are either Muslim or Christian and the orphanage Toure supports helps all denominations – hence the reason for his Christmas party idea. The 35-year-old has been a regular financial contributor to an orphanage in Yopougon, Abidjan, since 2012 but hopes to be able to provide an extra-special festive boost this year. “I’ve been looking after them by providing food and a small house, which is not great to be honest but is something which can help them because Crystal (the woman running the project) has about 100 kids,” Toure told Press Association Sport. “There are different children from different ethic and religious backgrounds,” added the 34-year-old. “The Muslim religion teaches us to be nice people and to try to help people, Christian or Muslim it doesn’t matter. “The most important thing is to be nice with everyone you can and then everyone will respect you. “It is a good thing for me to just try to help all those kids.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Chandimal, Tharanga to lead Sri Lanka after Mathews departs

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – Dinesh Chandimal was named skipper of Sri Lanka’s Test team yesterday, while fellow batsman Upul Tharanga has been tasked with leading the limited-overs squads after Angelo Mathews relinquished the captaincy across all formats a day earlier.Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) president Thilanga Sumathipala said the board had accepted Mathews’ resignation following a shock one-day series defeat by Zimbabwe, which the all-rounder described as one of the lowest points of his career.“As a captain, I can’t turn a blind eye to the failure of the team in the past several months,” Mathews told a news conference where the new captains were named, referring to the team’s struggles since the 2015 World Cup.“There is sufficient time for Sri Lanka Cricket to choose a captain and prepare the team for the 2019 World Cup in England.“I wanted to take this decision back. But I had to stay because of the team. Now Upul and Dinesh are capable of carrying the duty.”Sri Lanka’s new captains have little time to adjust to their roles as the side host Zimbabwe in a one-off Test starting tomorrow, before welcoming India for a full series from July 26, featuring three Tests, five one-dayers and a Twenty20 match.The 1996 world champions, currently ranked seventh in Tests and eighth in one-dayers, are also vying with West Indies for the last available automatic place in the 2019 World Cup.Chandimal said he looked forward to receiving guidance from Mathews as he begins his tenure against Zimbabwe in Colombo before taking on the top-ranked team in Test cricket.“I thank Angelo for leading the team and it is not an easy task,” the 27-year-old said.“We have lots of ups and down in the last two years, but we have a lot of talented young and senior players in the team.“I am happy about being entrusted (with) this post. I am going to put my heart and soul to put the team in the right position.”Mathews marks his return to the Test side against Zimbabwe after missing the previous home series against Bangladesh through injury.Friday’s match will be the first he plays in without being in charge since 2013.last_img read more

Federation Wants Muaythai at Sports Festival

first_imgThe Muaythai Federation of Nigeria, MFN, has written to the 36 states of the federation including the federal capital territory to reintroduce the sport across the country.The federation is currently pushing to have the sport listed among the scoring sports at the next National Sports Festival.To this end MFN has submitted a letter of re-introduction to that effect to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung. President of the federation, comrade Egonu Eligbaesor Paul, who led members of the board to the just concluded national U-17 Youth games in Ilorin to show solidarity says they are pleading with the federal ministry of sports and social development and national sports commission to give their sporting assistance and approval for scoring after they met federal government’s requirement on demonstrations, also seeking for the approval and a Secretariat for the Federation.The federation is hoping to feature as a scoring sport at the 2018 NSF. After Demonstrations at both  Edo 2002 and Gateway 2006 ‎ and also  organizing national championships and technical courses in upgrading  Muaythai to technical standard on IOC notice and Acknowledgement.Egonu promised that they would comb the nooks and crannies of the country  in its bid to develop the sport.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

His calling: Jason Benetti uses disability as motivation to achieve career success in announcing

first_img Published on April 22, 2014 at 1:00 am Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Jason Benetti had already answered the question once.Now having to entertain the follow-up touched a nerve.Walking through the terminal of Newark Liberty National Airport, a security officer stopped and politely asked if he needed a ride.“No, thanks,” Benetti said.It was a question that he’s been asked before. Hampered by a noticeable crutch in the way he walks due to his cerebral palsy, unwanted sympathy is something Benetti often declines.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Are you sure?” the security officer asked.This time, Benetti was mad.“How could I not be sure?” Benetti quipped. “I’ve given you my answer. I didn’t deliberate.”For Benetti, the moment insulted his capabilities. But it also provided him with an opportunity to consider a different perspective.“I need to realize that not everybody parses words like I do,” he said, reflecting on the incident. “Not everybody puts value on words like I do.”***Benetti has made a living with his words. A fifth-year broadcaster for the Syracuse Chiefs, and part-time play-by-play man for ESPN, Benetti has always had a passion for words, ever since calling video games alone in his room as a child.But his words are also a way to prove people wrong. A way to change perception. Cerebral palsy, a disease that affects the nervous system, was something Benetti developed after battling a lung disorder at birth that almost cost him his life.Today, Benetti struggles to look people in the eye. When he walks, his knees buckle.But his voice and his words have the ability to make everyone forget that in an instant.“He knew that there was a way where he could impact other people and get them to think differently,” said Mike Couzens, a former Chiefs broadcast intern and current ESPN broadcaster. “If they met him they’d be like ‘You’re Jason Benetti?’”***Despite being a frail little kid, confidence was never something Benetti lacked. He spent his summers rehabbing from surgeries and went to school in a wheelchair, but never felt bad for himself.When Benetti was in fifth grade, his parents asked him what instrument he’d like to play for his school band.“A tuba,” Benetti decided without hesitation.Today, Benetti admits that wasn’t a sound decision. The largest instrument for a boy that hardly weighed 70 pounds.“I should have come home,” he said, “and my parents, if they were truly realists would have said, ‘Look, we’re getting you a trumpet. Go away.’”But the gesture meant more than just getting to play an instrument that he was ill-equipped for. It meant that his parents believed in his capabilities and were willing to invest in him.“It’s his choice. And it’s not our decision to say, ‘No, give me the tuba and go play the trumpet,’” said father Rob Benetti. “We tried to create an environment where you foster anything your child has an interest in.”It was his parents’ belief in him that established a belief within himself.***But as he grew older, Benetti became more self-conscious about his condition on the air. When he called games at WAER as a student at Syracuse University, he’d consciously use as many big words as possible to make sure people knew his disease didn’t affect his brain.“I tried to be too smart when I started,” Benetti said. “It was basically like, open up a thesaurus and I’m doing radio. I want to get this word in and that word in and I want people to know that I’m smart.”But he changed that mind-set as a college senior. He sent one of his tapes to Ian Eagle, a broadcaster and SU alum. At the time, Benetti considered himself one of the best, but the advice Eagle responded with had him surprised.“I said to him, ‘You’re really smart, but you don’t have to prove it every single time you’re making a point,’” Eagle recalled. “’Pick and choose your spots.’”In the booth now, that same overcompensation is no longer there. Benetti allows his deep voice to take over the booth. It’s his witty humor and banter that engages listeners. And it’s his expansive vocabulary that brings it all together.***His talent has had him traveling this past winter around the country calling high-profile college basketball games for ESPN. One day he’d be in Memphis, the next in the Bronx.But his passion is baseball. He prides himself on his ability to not just read off the plays, but to relate to the audience.“If there was a beach in Central New York, we’d be at it right now,” Benetti said with a smile as he led into his broadcast on a sunny Sunday afternoon.He can be fun on the air, but he is also meticulous in all of his calls.As the game goes on, Benetti color-codes the game in his scorebook. Blue pencil means a run, green is for walks, pink is an error, orange is a strikeout and substitutions are in red.Along with his current broadcast partner, Kevin Brown, Benetti has a game that they play on the air, called “Have you been there? No.” If ever the topic of a specific city or country comes up while they’re calling a game, Benetti will ask Brown, “Have you been there,” to which Brown says “No.”It’s a rouse by Benetti to make fun of Brown for not being an experienced traveler, but also a tactic to bring life to a broadcast. It’s Benetti’s job to create a stage and a backdrop to the three-hour game.***Benetti developed the talent to engage with the audience throughout his career.Now, Benetti offers aspiring broadcasters advice to improve in that regard, just like Eagle did for him. Each season he brings on broadcast interns to assist with Chiefs’ radio productions. At the beginning of his Chiefs tenure, he hired Couzens.Couzens is now an ESPN broadcaster, but at the time he was a Benetti protégé.“When I started working with him,” Couzens said, “I thought that I knew what good was.”But Benetti didn’t just want to get Couzens a job; he wanted to make him a genuine broadcaster. So when Couzens made Benetti a tape for him to listen to, Benetti didn’t mince words with his critique.“Send me one next time that sounds like you care about what you’re doing,” was the response that Couzens got in an email.Between innings of a Chiefs-Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees game that the two called together the following summer, Benetti asked Couzens to use a different inflection of his voice.Ultimately, he grew frustrated with Couzens and kicked him out of the booth to watch the rest of the game in the stands.Benetti wasn’t going on a mindless rampage. His process had a purpose. He didn’t want a broadcaster that just called a game. He wanted one that would connect with the audience, and that valued what he said and the way he said it as much as Benetti did.“What was the greatest way for him to express himself?” Couzens asked rhetorically. “It was through words. So those words really had to take on a deeper meaning for him and a greater significance, because that’s how he defined the other people who could only hear his voice.“***Benetti would like for his life to be defined by what he’s accomplished, not by the way he walks, or the uncontrolled gaze of his eye.He’s accomplished quite a bit and is poised to accomplish even more.Part of him doesn’t want to be an inspiration. He doesn’t want people to view him as someone who has overcome something. But another part of him knows that his story will inspire people to not be defined by their disability.“He’s really not (disabled),” Brown said. “It doesn’t affect what he does with his voice or what he does with his mind. To say something like that is impressive, that he succeeds in the face of something, actually sort of limits what he can actually do.”But even though he doesn’t want people to think of his story as one of overcoming a hardship, it’s still his disability that has made him who he is. It motivated him to make his brain a thesaurus. It motivated him to value each word he spoke.“I wouldn’t trade it,” Benetti said. “I really wouldn’t.” Commentslast_img read more

Tammy Abraham And His Father Gave Me Their Word – NFF President

first_imgNigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick, has revealed that Swansea City striker Tammy Abraham and his father assured him about the 19-year old’s readiness to switch his international allegiance from England to Nigeria.Earlier reports on Thursday claimed that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is trying to persuade Tammy to play for Nigeria but the England Under-21 international has since debunked those rumours adding that he is open to selection for England.While speaking with, NFF President Amaju Pinnick said:“Tammy and his father gave me their words after a meeting with the family. “Super Eagles and Chelsea star Victor Moses was reportedly present during the meeting between Pinnick and the Abrahams.RelatedTammy Abraham Opens Up On His Decision To Snub Super Eagles For EnglandNovember 8, 2017In “England”Tammy Abraham Denies He Has Chosen Nigeria, Open for England selectionSeptember 21, 2017In “England”Nigeria Courts Tammy Abraham Over National Team InvitationSeptember 11, 2017In “National Team”last_img read more

Messi bought his neighbours’ house because they were annoying him.

first_imgLionel Messi has dealt with the problem of having annoying neighbours by simply buying their house, like a boss.It’s not often we hear of Lionel Messi doing something extravagant with all his money, but it seems like he might have done just that by purchasing his neighbour’s house.According to a report in Spanish paper El Mundo Deportivo, Messi is currently living in the Pedralbes area of Barcelona with his wife and son, where they bought an apartment a little over a year ago. However, they are only there as a temporary measure while their house in the Castelfedells neighbourhood is being renovated.His neighbours, who were having problems meeting the demands of their mortgage, offered to sell their house to Messi, but the Argentine wasn’t interested.As a result, the neighbours poor behaviour increased, including a lot of noise and loud music at all hours, but that wasn’t the worst of it. To make a bit of extra cash, they started renting out the house to interested fans and celebrity spotters who wanted to get a look at the football superstar.When he built a wall to stop this from happening, they threatened to report the Messis for making the wall too high. As a result, Messi decided to just take their house, as they originally suggested, just to get some peace and quiet for the price of about a million euro. It’s a tough aul life all the same.last_img read more

WATCH: Lakers play tribute video for LeBron James after he passes Michael Jordan on all-time scoring list

first_imgLebron James passing Michael Jordan was the most underwhelming piece of history I’ve witnessed at Staples Center. By both the ceremony and the fans, both relatively understated, he was treated like a visiting player..which, face it, he still is…column coming..— Bill Plaschke (@BillPlaschke) March 7, 2019The way that got handled here made what should’ve been a MOMENT feel like a moment. No prolonged ovation. No presentation of the game ball. No real moment of connection between LeBron and the crowd. Just a video package.— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) March 7, 2019The 15-time All-Star signed a four-year, $153.3 million contract with Los Angeles this summer and has averaged 27 points per game this season. But, the Lakers have not met expectations as they entered play Wednesday with a 30-34 record.James and Jordan are widely considered the two best players in NBA history. Jordan won six titles and five MVP awards during his 15 seasons with the Bulls and Wizards. NBA wrap: Heat knock Hornets out of playoff spot; LeBron James passes MJ on scoring list Related News LeBron James moved in front of Michael Jordan and into fourth place on the NBA all-time scoring list Wednesday.The 34-year-old star passed Jordan with a layup in the second quarter of the Lakers’ matchup with the Nuggets. The Lakers congratulated James and played a tribute video for him at the next timeout.center_img The @Lakers congratulate @KingJames on becoming 4th all-time in career points! #LakeShow— NBA (@NBA) March 7, 2019The star became emotional on Los Angeles’ bench during the video.Rare air.It’s all sinking in for LeBron.— ESPN (@espn) March 7, 2019Los Angeles, however, received some criticism for the way it handled the celebration. Social media reacts to LeBron James passing Michael Jordan on NBA all-time scoring listlast_img read more

Shortlist announced for GolfMark Club of the Year award 2013

first_img Three golf clubs, each with an outstanding record of working with juniors and beginners, have been shortlisted for the prestigious GolfMark Club of the Year award, supported by COBRA PUMA GOLF. The finalists are Upton-by-Chester Golf Club, Cheshire; Garon Park Golf Club, Essex; and Leamington & County Golf Club, Warwickshire. They have each been visited by judges from England Golf and the winner will be announced at the 2013 County Golf Development Conference on 7 February. The GolfMark Club of the Year will receive a national trophy and a prize from COBRA PUMA GOLF. This award, now in its fifth year, recognises GolfMark clubs which have shown an outstanding and innovative contribution to junior and beginner golf. The three finalists were among 20 nominated clubs, all of a high standard, which demonstrated their commitment to junior and beginner golf through their activities and approach. A judging panel from the England Golf Partnership selected the shortlisted clubs. The other clubs nominated were: Abbey Hill, Buckinghamshire; Mullion and St Austell, Cornwall; Weymouth and Sturminster Marshall, Dorset; Brickhampton, Gloucestershire; West Herts, Hertfordshire; Tenterden, Kent; Thorpe on the Hill, Lincolnshire; Barnham Broom, Norfolk; Northampton, Northamptonshire; Norwood Park, Nottinghamshire; Market Drayton, Shropshire; Roehampton, Surrey; Lewes and Cottesmore, Sussex; Cookridge Hall, Yorkshire. Bawburgh Golf Club in Norfolk was the 2012 winner of the GolfMark Club of the Year award, following Bramshaw, Hampshire, in 2011. To view video clips on both clubs visit and click on England Golf TV. GolfMark was introduced in 2006 and Filey Golf Club in Yorkshire has just become the 600th club to achieve the award. GolfMark is open to all affiliated golf clubs and details of the scheme, including the procedure, case studies and clubs awarded, can be viewed at 30 Nov 2012 Shortlist announced for GolfMark Club of the Year award 2013 last_img read more