By David Smith Jr.ARDMORE, Okla. (Sept. 23) – Marcus Thomas finally made a slider stick in lapped traffic and captured his first career Sprint Series of Oklahoma IMCA Racesaver Sprint Car Series feature Friday at Southern Oklahoma Speedway.Thomas began utilizing sliders through each turn on lap five and each time fellow front row starter Dacus edged out front at the completion of each lap.The torrid pace up front stayed that way as the leaders began approaching slower cars on lap seven and that’s when Thomas appeared to have taken the lead exiting turn two but the feature’s first caution fell, nullifying the pass.On the restart, Dacus again motored ahead with Thomas right there on his rear bumper, once again pulling sliders in each turn, only to come up short.Lap sixteen is when the outcome of the race came into play as the leaders began entering slower cars once again. Using the top of the three-eighths mile oval as he had all race long, Dacus got hung up in lapped traffic just enough entering turns one and two and saw one of Thomas’ sliders finally pay off as he edged in front to take the lead entering down the backstretch.From there it was all Thomas as he led the final three laps to claim the victory. Dacus settled with a season-best runner-up finish while Cody Whitworth was third.Feature results – 1. Marcus Thomas; 2. Blake Dacus; 3. Cody Whitworth; 4. Andy Shouse; 5. Dalton Stevens; 6. Sheldon Barksdale; 7. Chad Wilson; 8. Joe Wood Jr.; 9. Gary Owens; 10. Reagan Reed; 11. Michelle Melton; 12. Justin Fisk; 13. Gary Kelley; 14. Michael Scott; 15. Shayla Waddell; 16. Alison Slaton; 17. Jerry Jumper; 18. Derek Cottrell; 19. Robert Vetter; 20. Lloyd Clevenger; 21. Blake Scott; 22. Chris Kelly; 23. Brandon Jennings; 24. Matt Etzlemiller.
Barclays Premier League champions Manchester United will start the 2013-14 season at League Cup winners Swansea. New manager David Moyes takes his team to south Wales on August 17, before the returning Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea visit Old Trafford the following weekend. A match at Liverpool follows for United on August 31. Mourinho’s men kick off the campaign with a match against newly-promoted Hull at Stamford Bridge, while there are also home games for fellow Champions League hopefuls Manchester City and Arsenal. Manuel Pellegrini’s reign as City boss starts with a home match against Newcastle and Arsenal are at home to Aston Villa. The north-London clash is the start of a testing opening to the season for Villa, who have a home match against Liverpool and a trip to Chelsea in the following two games. Crystal Palace’s first game back in the top flight is against Tottenham at Selhurst Park. Cardiff – Championship winners last season – start their campaign at West Ham then have home games against Manchester City and Everton. Roberto Martinez’s first competitive match as Toffees manager is at Norwich, while Merseyside rivals Liverpool start with a home game against Mark Hughes’ Stoke. Elsewhere, Paolo Di Canio’s Sunderland start with a home match against Fulham, while West Brom face Southampton at the Hawthorns. Hull’s fans will relish their festive programme, with Manchester United heading to the KC Stadium on Boxing Day, while Manchester City against Liverpool is another tasty-looking December 26 encounter. The season wraps up on May 11, with three of the expected title chasers finishing on the road. Chelsea head to Cardiff, Manchester United go to Southampton and Arsenal are at Norwich, with Manchester City at home to West Ham. Press Association
England manager Roy Hodgson has said he will not talk to Wilshere about the smoking incident and has also backed the player to star for his country if he is selected for the crucial World Cup qualifying double-header against Poland and Montenegro in the next week. “I trust Arsene to deal with that situation,” he said. “He will make it clear, I’m sure, to Jack what his responsibilities are. I’ve had no problems of that nature with Jack, so I don’t need to involve myself in it. “Jack’s an Arsenal player who also plays for England. If Arsene thinks it’s also good for me to have a word with Jack I’ll be more than happy to do so but, as far as I’m concerned, it’s Arsenal’s responsibility. “I believe in him, I think he’s a very good player, and I’m hoping that he’ll turn up on Monday fully fit to play and then it’ll be up to me to decide whether I want to put him in the starting line-up.” Press Association The 21-year-old was photographed smoking outside a London nightclub in the early hours of Thursday morning as players wound down following Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Napoli, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger later criticising the England international. Despite the incident Wilshere was recalled to Wenger’s starting line-up for Sunday’s 1-1 draw at West Brom, scoring the equalising goal which took Arsenal back to the top of the Barclays Premier League table. Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has admitted he made a mistake by smoking a cigarette but has insisted he will never be drawn in to it again in future. Wilshere’s 63rd-minute strike was his first league goal in almost three years and he feels he vindicated Wenger’s faith in his ability after a week in which he was asked to explain his actions to the Frenchman. “Players make mistakes,” he told Arsenal Player. “I am not a smoker. I spoke with the boss and he asked me what happened, I explained to him and we sorted it out. “He put me in the team and hopefully I repaid him. I am not a smoker so I think that will be my last (cigarette).” Wenger had said ahead of the weekend’s meeting at the Hawthorns that he “disagreed completely” with Wilshere’s behaviour but was pleased with how the player answered his critics. “He is an honest guy and when he is wrong he knows it,” Wenger said of his midfielder. “I think today the players don’t get away with anything. We got away with it a bit more but they know that’s the rules of the modern game. “They have to deal with it and I think he learns very quickly. What is more interesting for him and for Arsenal is that he shows the right response on the pitch.”
Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Djakadam and Grade One-winning novice Valseur Lido form a formidable twin assault for Willie Mullins on the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase on Sunday. Mullins said: “Djakadam ran a cracker here (Punchestown) last April. One or two of them will probably be rusty and I’m hoping he’ll put up a show.” The Gigginstown House Stud-owned Valseur Lido won three of his five starts over fences last season, including Grade Ones at Fairyhouse and Punchestown. “I’m very pleased with how both of them are. It’s probably a little short for both of them,” the County Carlow handler told www.wpmullins.com. Gigginstown’s retained rider Bryan Cooper has sided with Valseur Lido over the race-fit Clarcam from Gordon Elliott’s yard, who has already been beaten twice this season. Gigginstown’s stud manager Eddie O’Leary said: “Hopefully he (Valseur Lido) will run well. He’s in good form. The trip is a bit on the short side for him, but we’ll see how he goes. I think Clarcam will improve now we’re putting the cheekpieces on him.” Hidden Cyclone arrives in excellent form after an impressive victory in the Fortria Chase at Navan a month ago, but trainer Shark Hanlon is concerned the two-and-a-half-mile distance could stretch him in what will be testing conditions. Hanlon said: “He’s in great form and has a run under his belt, which hopefully gives him an advantage over one or two of the others. “The only worry is the ground is going to be heavy. If it was two miles, I’d be delighted, but over two and a half, I just hope they don’t catch him. Djakadam was a major disappointment on his seasonal reappearance in last year’s Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury, but bounced back emphatically in the Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park to earn a shot at the blue riband. The six-year-old finished second in the Gold Cup before finding the formidable Don Cossack too strong in the Punchestown Gold Cup in late April and makes his first start since then in the Grade One over two and a half miles. “It’s a very good race. Willie has two very good horses in it, they are both stayers and with the ground it might ride more like a three-mile race, which will suit them better than us. I’m very happy with our horse, though. He was very good in Navan and ran a blinder in the Galway Hurdle before that, so he goes there in great shape.” The JP McManus-owned Gilgamboa signed off an excellent first season over fences with a Grade One victory in the Ryanair Gold Cup at Fairyhouse in April. Trainer Enda Bolger said: “Everything is good with the horse and he’s ready to run, but having been off the track for a while, he will just take (need) it. “It’ll be nice, soft ground, which will suit him. It’s a very hot race, but we have to start somewhere and there aren’t too many options for a horse like him. We’re just hoping for a nice run. A clear round and coming home safe and sound will do me.” Press Association
In the never-ending debate surrounding Cristiano Ronaldoand Lionel Messi, the former has support from arguably football’s greatest-ever player.Brazillegend Pele has added his opinion about who is the current world’s best between Ronaldo and Messi – with the three-time World Cup winner plumping for Ronaldo.Ronaldo and Messi have been regarded as the world’s leading duo for more than a decade – sharing 11 Ballon d’Orawards between them. Cristiano Ronaldo (right) has been picked by legendary Pele as better than Lionel Messi But despite Messi edging that battle (six titles to five), Pele would rather have Ronaldo in his team.‘Today the best player in the world is Cristiano Ronaldo,’ he told YouTube channel Pilhado.‘I think he’s the best, because he’s more consistent, but you can’t forget about (Lionel) Messi, of course, but he’s not a striker.’Alhough, the 79-year-old was effusive in his praise of Ronaldo he did point out that there have been some legendary figures before him and Messi. And when comparing the duo to legendary names of yesterday – there was no doubt in his mind who comes out on top… himself.“It is a question that is difficult to answer,” he replied when asked who is the best to have played the beautiful game. “We cannot forget about Zico, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo.“And in Europe, Franz Beckenbauer and Johan Cruyff.“Now, it’s not my fault, but I think Pele was better than them all.”Speaking last week about his health, Pele once again denied claims that he is struggling to come to terms with his mobility problems after undergoing a hip operation.The former Brazil striker’s son Edinho told TV Globo last month that his father was ’embarrassed’ to leave home due to his hip issues, which causes ‘a certain depression’.But Pele, widely considered one of the best footballers to ever play the game, has insisted those close to him ‘invented that I was depressed’ and that, in reality, he is ‘fine’.“This depression thing, I don’t know if they got it wrong because in the last two years I had a bruise, a femur operation and then, when I started training or making a commercial, I had to stop,” he told CNN.Pele has suffered from hip trouble for a number of years and now needs a frame to walk. Many of his recent public appearances have been in a wheelchair.“He’s pretty fragile. He had a hip replacement and didn’t have an adequate or ideal rehabilitation,” Edinho said last month.“So he has this problem with mobility and that has set off a kind of depression. Imagine, he’s the King, he was always such an imposing figure and today he can’t walk properly.“He’s embarrassed, he doesn’t want to go out, be seen, or do practically anything that involves leaving the house. He is very sheepish, reclusive.’Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The No. 1 ranked Wisconsin Badgers (35-4-2) took home their fifth-ever NCAA National Championship over the weekend after defeating the No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2–0 Sunday at the Frozen Four in Hamden, Connecticut. It was a dominant weekend performance from Wisconsin against both No. 4 Clarkson and No. 2 Minnesota, as the team did not allow a goal all weekend.The Badgers had not won a National Championship since 2011, despite having made it to the Frozen Four every year except the 2012-13 season.In Saturday’s victory over Clarkson (30-8-2), the Badgers faced a tougher test than the 5–0 scoreline would suggest. The game remained scoreless throughout the first period as both goalkeepers were able to keep a clean sheet. But Wisconsin managed to rattle off eight more shots on target than the Golden Knights.The scoring drought was finally broken by junior forward Abby Roque nearly ten minutes into the second period. Even after this opening goal, both teams remained neck-and-neck. But Wisconsin created some separation when senior forward Sam Cogan scored the second goal for the Badgers at around the 11-minute mark in the third period.Following Cogan’s goal, the floodgates opened for the Badgers, as they scored a flurry of goals that blew the game wide open.During the last nine minutes of competition, senior captain Annie Pankowski managed to score both a full-strength goal and an empty net goal, the latter of which was followed up by a goal from junior forward Presley Norby.Women’s hockey: Why the women’s hockey team deserves more cloutThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team is undoubtedly one of the most successful athletic programs on campus. With four Read…Despite some early struggles against Clarkson, the Badgers brought momentum into Sunday’s championship, which would serve as yet another edition of the border battle against the Minnesota Golden Gophers (32-6-1).The Badgers opened up scoring against the Gophers as senior forward Sophia Shaver snuck one past Minnesota goalie Alex Gulstene.While they managed to get out to an early lead in the first period thanks to this goal, the Badgers still faced stiff offensive opposition from Minnesota, who managed to fire an equal number of shots on goal in the first period.Deadlocked for the next 20 minutes of game time, neither team managed to gain the upper hand. Then, Pankowski put the team on her back — as she has done all season long — with a second-period goal to give the Badgers a 2–0 lead that they would hold on to until the final buzzer.Few players in program history have performed at such a high level for as long as Pankowski, and there is not a more fitting way to end her historic career than by scoring her team’s final goal en route to its first national title in nearly a decade.While Pankowski has drawn much of the attention following the victory, junior goalie Kristen Campbell’s achievements in the Frozen Four are first class.Over the last two games of the season, Campbell managed to keep a clean sheet while facing off against possibly the Badgers’ two toughest opponents of the season. Despite facing a total of 41 shots on goal throughout the Frozen Four, Campbell did not allow a single goal.The Badgers were always able to produce offensively throughout the season, but it is arguably the clutch performance from Campbell that allowed them to seal the deal and bring the Championship trophy to Madison — where it belongs.
The Knicks had a busy second day of free agency after they missed out on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.New York reportedly agreed to deals with three players — Wayne Ellington (two-years, 16 million), Reggie Bullock (two-years, $21 million) and Elfrid Payton (two-years, $16 million). The team reportedly signed three forwards, including Julius Randle, on Sunday, as well. The Knicks had been targeting Durant and Irving, but both inked contracts with the Nets shortly after free agency began.The Celtics, meanwhile, may have found a replacement for Al Horford, as they signed Enes Kanter to a two-year contract. Horford left Boston for a four-year deal with the 76ers. Related News Here’s a complete list of notable deals from the second day of free agency:(All trades reported by ESPN, The Athletic, and Yahoo Sports)— The 76ers continued to adjust their roster as they’ve brought in center Kyle O’Quinn.— The Wizards added point guard depth by agreeing to terms with Ish Smith (two-year, $12 million) and Isaiah Thomas (one year). — The Lakers are on the board. They’ll sign Troy Daniels to a one-year, $2.1 million deal. The guard has connected on 40% of his career 3-point attempts. — The Warriors retained a forward but seem to have lost another. Golden State signed Kevon Looney to a three-year, $15 million contract. However, Jordan Bell agreed to a deal with the Timberwolves that the Warriors are not planning to match. — Frank Kaminsky is leaving Charlotte for Phoenix. The stretch forward is set to sign a two-year, $10 million deal with the Suns. — The Bucks continued to fill out their roster by agreeing to terms on a one-year contract with wing Wesley Matthews.— Austin Rivers is returning to the Rockets. He’ll sign a two-year deal with Houston. — The Trail Blazers acquired a center via trade. The Heat dealt Hassan Whiteside to Portland in exchange for Meyers Leonard and Maurice Harkless, who was then sent to the Clippers. — Seth Curry found a new team. He’ll ink a four-year, $32 million contract with the Mavericks. — The Magic brought back Michael Carter-Williams on a one-year deal. — The Celtics added Enes Kanter on a two-year, $10 million contract. — The Knicks have signed six players since Sunday — Wayne Ellington, Reggie Bullock, Elfrid Payton, Julius Randle, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis. NBA trade rumors: Heat have inquired about deal for Wizards’ Bradley Beal Celtics rumors: Boston ‘is not done making moves’ this offseason — Tomas Satoransky is heading to Chicago. The Bulls acquired the guard in a sign-and-trade with the Wizards. He averaged 8.9 points in 27.1 minutes per game last season. — Patrick Beverley is staying with the Clippers. He’ll sign a three-year, $40 million deal and remain in Los Angeles. NBA trade rumors: Bulls searching for deal to move Kris Dunn
DELE ALLI’S new lease of life under boss Jose Mourinho can benefit England, says Gareth Southgate.The Three Lions boss is delighted Tottenham’s new manager is playing the midfielder in the No 10 position.1 Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate believes Dele Alli returning to his best would be a huge boost at Euro 2020Credit: AP:Associated PressDele has not featured in England’s last three international squads.However, the 2016 and 2017 PFA Young Player of the Year scored twice in Spurs’ 3-2 win over Bournemouth on Saturday — having also been on target in Tuesday’s 4-2 Champions League win against Olympiakos.Southgate, speaking at the Euro 2020 finals draw in Romania, said: “Jose has played him as a No 10 and that’s his best position, as he has the freedom to run on into the box.“That has been very clear for a long time. So it’s great he’s back on the scoring trail.’A LOT CAN HAPPEN’“We have brilliant competition for places in those attacking areas.“We haven’t struggled for goals in qualifying so that’s not been a problem.”But a lot can happen in that period of time in terms of form and injury, and not a lot of it that we can control.“At the moment, players like Dele are fighting to get into Tottenham’s team and pleasing their manager there.“So if the consequence of that is that they are in form for us then for sure that will be in the players’ minds, but at this stage of the season they are thinking about their clubs.”most read in footballTO CATCH A CHEATFurious wife beats and strips her husband’s suspected mistress in the street – but crowd does nothingWORMS FEARSHas your child got threadworms? Here’s the symptoms – and how cure themTAKING THE PISSDisgusting man PEES from airport seat in front of shocked passengersMIND BLOWINGThe rudest hotel room sign ever? Optical illusion has internet in hystericsExclusiveBRIDE AND GLOOMInfamous Don’t Tell The Bride couple reveal what REALLY happens on the showTEST ON ENTRYTourists arriving in Majorca and Ibiza may get coronavirus test at airportACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneDele, 23, has 37 England caps but he has missed the last six internationals due to a loss of form.His previous England performance was against Switzerland in the Uefa Nations League’s third-place play-off in June.He has only scored three times for the Three Lions and his previous strike was in the 2-0 win over Sweden at the World Cup last year.José Mourinho hails Dele Alli’s work-rate after Tottenham star continues resurgence with double vs Bournemouth
View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson San Beda completed an elimination sweep in the sands after trouncing San Sebastian 21-14, 21-16, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s beach volleyball tournament at Boardwalk, Subic Bay Friday.Twins Ella and Nieza Viray overpowered Alyssa Eroa and Daurene Santos for 9-0 sweep, which comes with a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four against College of St. Benilde’s Jan Daguil and Melanie Torres.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Daguil and Torres used the tiebreak to beat San Sebastian and Jose Rizal University’s duo of Dolly Verzosa and Shola Alvarez to advance to the Final Four.All three teams had 5-4 records but the fourth seeded Lady Blazers had 1.227 quotient points to the Lady Stags’ 0.990 and the Lady Heavy Bombers’ 0.817.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkEmilio Aguinaldo College’s Jaylene Lumbo and Glyka Mariz head to the semifinals as the no.2 team after finishing the eliminations with an 8-1 card and will have a twice-to-beat edge over no.3 University of Perpetual Help’s Marijo Medalla and Bianca Tripoli who finished the preliminaries with a 6-3 record.Medalla and Tripoli dropped Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s Miracle Mendoza and Marie Simborio, 21-15, 21-8, in their final game of the eliminations. Ateneo rules UAAP Jrs basketball, beats NU in thriller MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City The NCAA has done away with giving a perfect team an automatic bye to the one-game finals in beach volleyball.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next