Despite heavy heart, Denny Eckrich gets Deery Series win at West Liberty

first_imgDenny Eckrich was the $2,000 winner of Saturday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series main event at West Liberty Raceway. (Photo by Mike Ruefer)WEST LIBERTY, Iowa (April 8) – After winning Saturday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series feature at West Liberty Raceway, Denny Eckrich took time to remember friend Mike Humphrey, killed in a car accident earlier this week in Louisiana.“He helped me get into a Black Diamond (Chassis). He helped a lot of racers,” Eckrich said. “Mike was a good guy and he died too soon. There are a lot of heavy hearts tonight.”Eckrich led the last seven of 40 laps after taking the outside line around Jeremiah Hurst and Jesse Sobbing following a late restart. The $2,000 checkers were his IMCA Late Model tour career sixth; he also won the first series race held at West Liberty last year.Outside front row starter Spencer Diercks led the first 15 laps before slowing and watching Hurst motor by. Eckrich was part of a mid-race tangle with Jake Neal during their battle for second that left the left side of his car more than a little banged up but he soldiered on.Hurst and Sobbing got together following that late restart, opening the topside door for Eckrich, and positions throughout the top 10 changed as the race wound down.Hurst settled for second while hard charger Joel Callahan made his way from 20th starting to third.Defending series champion Tyler Bruening and Sobbing completed the top five. Bruening was also the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing winner.Next up for the 31st annual Deery Series are $2,000 to win events Friday, April 14 at Farley Speedway and Saturday, April 15 at Independence Motor Speedway.Feature results – 1. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin; 2. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque; 3. Joel Callahan, Dubuque; 4. Tyler Bruening, Decorah; 5. Jesse Sobbing, Malvern; 6. Jeff Tharp, Sherrill; 7. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 8. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 9. Jake Neal, Omaha, Neb.; 10. Scott Fitzpatrick, Wheatland; 11. Luke Goedert, Guttenberg; 12. Curt Martin, Independence; 13. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 14. Chad Holladay, Muscatine; 15. John Emerson, Waterloo; 16. Matt Ryan, Davenport; 17. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 18. Andy Eckrich, Oxford; 19. Lyle Klein, Sherrill; 20. Kyle Hinrichs, Swisher; 21. Spencer Diercks, Davenport; 22. Jay Johnson, West Burlington; 23. Kevin Kile, West Liberty; 24. Nick Marolf, Wilton.1st heat (top three) – 1. Hurst; 2. Carter; 3. Sobbing; 4. Martin; 5. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon; 6. Marolf; 7. Goedert; 8. Kyle Krampe, Baxter.2nd heat – 1. Fitzpatrick; 2. Ryan; 3. Neal; 4. Johnson; 5. Holladay; 6. Kay; 7. Callahan; 8. Emerson.3rd heat – 1. Kile; 2. DeFrance; 3. Hinrichs; 4. Andy Eckrich; 5. Jonathan Brauns, Muscatine; 6. Klein; 7. Tharp.4th heat – 1. Aikey; 2. Denny Eckrich; 3. Diercks; 4. Bruening; 5. Curt Schroeder, Newton; 6. Paul Conrad, Colo; 7. Justin Mitchell, Cedar Rapids.1st “B” feature (top six) – 1. Andy Eckrich; 2. Martin; 3. Marolf; 4. Goedert; 5. Tharp; 6. Klein; 7. Krampe; 8. Brauns; 9. Dolan.2nd “B” feature – 1. Holladay; 2. Bruening; 3. Kay; 4. Callahan; 5. Emerson; 6. Johnson; 7. Conrad; 8. Schroeder; 9. Mitchell.last_img read more

EPL: Red Devils, Wolves light up Old Trafford

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Man U vs. Wolves Venue: Old Trafford Kick off: 6:30PMManchester United will be looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to Old Trafford in today’s late kickoff. Both United and Wolves have collected 34 points from their 24 league matches this season, but the Red Devils are fifth in the table on goal difference, while Wolves are behind Tottenham Hotspur in seventh. In all honesty, a total of 34 points from 24 matches should not be enough for a potential top-four challenge at this stage of the campaign, but United is not entirely out of the race for the final Champions League spot despite enduring an inconsistent season. Indeed, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side is only six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, although they are just three points above of ninth-placed Southampton, which is an indication of what type of season it has been. The 20-time English champions have actually lost their last two in the Premier League, suffering a 2-0 defeat at Liverpool on January 19 before losing by the same scoreline at home to Burnley three days later. Solskjaer’s side did triumph in the FA Cup with a 6-0 win over Tranmere Rovers last weekend, though, before beating Manchester City 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night. The victory over the English champions was not enough to progress to the final of the competition, though, as Pep Guardiola’s team triumphed 3-2 on aggregate to ensure that they would play for another League Cup title. A lot has been made of United’s lack of options in the final third of the field, but the Red Devils announced the signing of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon on Thursday. The Portugal international underwent a medical with the club before signing on the dotted line and should be involved this weekend. Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira and Juan Mata have all struggled to contribute in the number 10 position this season, but Fernandes has managed 15 goals and 14 assists in 28 appearances at club level this term. The 25-year-old might well need time to make his mark in England, though, and at the time of writing, the club have still not signed a new striker despite a host of speculation. In terms of what is ahead for Solskjaer’s side, they will follow this weekend’s clash with a trip to Chelsea in the Premier League on February 17, and there is a chance that the likes of Paul Pogba and Axel Tuanzebe could be available for the match at Stamford Bridge after the 16-day break. United also have a two-legged Europa League knockout clash with Club Brugge to come before the end of the February, in addition to a home game against Watford in the Premier League. The Red Devils cannot afford to look past Saturday’s clash with Wolves, though, as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side will also feel that they are capable of challenging for a top-four finish in the final months. Only Manchester City (5) and Liverpool (0) have lost fewer Premier League matches than Wolves (6) this season, although 10 draws from 24 matches sees them sit seventh rather than higher up the table. Having started their Europa League campaign for the 2019-20 season back in July, Wolves have played an awful lot of matches this season. Like United, they have progressed to the first knockout round and will face La Liga outfit Espanyol over two legs before the end of February. Despite the praise that has come Wolves’s way this season, they have actually only won one of their last five in the Premier League, losing twice to Liverpool and also away to Watford in recent weeks. The former Championship winners suffered a 2-1 home loss to Liverpool in their last league match on January 23, and they have not actually played since then having been knocked out of the FA Cup in the third round courtesy of a 1-0 loss at Old Trafford on January 15. Wolves held United to a 1-1 draw when the pair met in the Premier League earlier this season, while they recorded a 2-1 victory against the Red Devils in April 2019. Somewhat surprisingly, not since March 2012 have United actually beaten Wolves in the Premier League. Having had last weekend off, Wolves should be fresh for Saturday’s contest, while it will be 13 days until they play again as they return to Molineux to take on Leicester City on February 14. A number of players have once again impressed for the club this season, but Raul Jimenez has managed 11 Premier League goals thus far, while Adama Traore, who has five goals and 10 assists in all competitions, has also enjoyed a fine campaign for Nuno’s side. Having already triumphed in Manchester this season away to the reigning champions, Wolves will be full of confidence. United, though, will be determined to bounce back from their disappointing performance against Burnley and should be able to hand a debut to one of the most exciting attacking midfielders in Europe. Man United possible XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams, Fred, Andreas, James, Fernandes, Mata, Martial. Wolves possible XI: Patricio, Dendoncker, Coady, Saiss, Doherty, Moutinho, Neves, Jonny, Traore, Jimenez, Neto.Tags: Manchester UnitedOld TraffordOle Gunnar SolskjaerRed Devilslast_img read more

Moyes: we can build from here

first_img Press Association “Adnan has been like that since day one,” said Moyes. “I speak to him a lot and he tells me he can play anywhere. “He is not a nervous boy. He needs teaching and understanding because he is still learning the game but his natural talent and ability is up there with the best. In time he will prove that.” Moyes rejected stories that striker Robin van Persie could be sidelined for another six weeks as he struggles to overcome a thigh problem that has already kept him out for a month. “I don’t know where that has come from,” said the Scot. “That would be wrong information as far as I am concerned.” And at the end of a tortuous few days, Moyes insisted he was handling the pressure with some degree of comfort. “I sleep great every night,” he said. “I am not nervous at all.” For Swansea boss Michael Laudrup it was another disappointing Premier League display. On the same ground where his team won for the first time in their history in the FA Cup last weekend, they slumped to a defeat that means they have now collected just three points from their last seven games and are only one win above the relegation zone. “Manchester United were very focused because of what had been said and written in the last days,” he said. “We expected them to come out from the first moment and want to get on top. “I don’t think that happened. We coped very well. What really hurt us – and we talked about it at half-time – was the first 20 minutes of the second half. We conceded after 90 seconds. “But nothing has changed. “It is true we have to improve the level of performance like another nine or 10 teams. “We are still in the same position. I said before the competition started there are 11 or 12 teams [in a relegation battle]. “After the Tottenham game (on January 19) we have Fulham, West Ham, Cardiff and Stoke. They are the tie-break opponents for us. “In those game we have to pick up points.” Laudrup also confirmed he would not be calling Ki Sung-Yueng back from his loan spell at Sunderland, even though the South Korean has been in excellent form recently and took his tally to three goals in eight games with his effort at Fulham on Saturday. “There is a possiblilty to bring him back but I don’t think it is a good idea,” said the Dane. “Ki feels comfortable where he is now. If we take him back, he would not play every game. Mentally, it would be very bad for him.” As it is, that depressing start to 2014 has been halted, even if Moyes accepts there is still plenty of work to do. “From the start of the second half I thought we played very well,” said Moyes. “I hope it is going to improve an awful lot on that but you have to start somewhere and that was more like it. “We scored two goals, should have had a few more and I can’t remember Swansea having a chance hardly.” Although United started brightly, their failure to score led to them becoming anxious. It took Moyes’ half-time decision to switch Adnan Januzaj, who had started in a central position, with Kagawa, who began on the left, to change the course of the game. Januzaj was outstanding and the 18-year-old provided the cross from which Valencia eventually scored after Kagawa’s header had been saved. And he was also involved in the move that ended with Welbeck flicking in his sixth goal in nine games. David Moyes believes Manchester United have laid a platform from which to attack the second half of the season – but insists he still expects plenty of improvement from his side following their 2-0 win over Swansea. Second-half goals from Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck ensured the nightmare scenario of four successive defeats for the first time since 1961 did not materialise for the Old Trafford outfit. Indeed, had Chris Smalling and Shinji Kagawa taken gilt-edged chances later in the game, they could have been looking back on a handsome triumph. last_img read more

Derby seal Bent loan swoop

first_img It is understood Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace, having lined up Alan Pardew as their new manager, also expressed an interest in signing Bent in recent days. Bent has scored 106 Premier League goals during spells with Ipswich, Charlton, Tottenham, Sunderland, Villa and Fulham. Bent Tweeted: “Excited to join @dcfcofficial & will give everything to help the team for the rest of the season. “I would also like to thank Brighton who were great to me during my time there.” The 30-year-old has put pen to paper on a deal which will see him remain with the Rams for the rest of the season. Bent, capped 13 times by England, will link up with his new team-mates for the first time on Monday and it is hoped he will be in line to make his Rams debut in the top-of-the-table clash against Sky Bet Championship promotion rivals Ipswich – his former club – at Portman Road on January 10. Derby head coach Steve McClaren told the club’s official website, www.dcfc.co.uk: ”We are delighted to welcome Darren Bent to Derby County for the rest of the season. “I’ve worked with him in the past and he brings significant Premier League and international experience with him. “He adds to our already excellent attacking options. Darren has scored goals wherever he has been during his career and we believe he can contribute on the field for us. “We’re braced for an exciting second half of the season, which is always an important stage in any campaign, and we’re got plenty of big matches coming up for everyone to look forward to – and Darren certainly brings big game experience with him.” Out of favour at Villa Park four years after arriving from Sunderland in a club record £24million deal, Bent has only recently returned to the Barclays Premier League side from a loan spell with Championship outfit Brighton. He scored two goals in five matches for the Seagulls and stated he was open to remaining at the AMEX Stadium. However, it is thought the prospect of joining a club who are serious contenders for promotion to the top flight was more appealing. Bent has made eight appearances for Villa this season – seven of them as a substitute. He has scored 25 goals in 72 games since moving to Villa Park in January 2011, but he has regularly been overlooked by current manager Paul Lambert and spent last season on loan at Fulham. Derby have completed the loan signing of Aston Villa striker Darren Bent. Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News Journalist Rajat Sharma set to contest for DDCA President’s position

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Famous journalist Rajat Sharma on Wednesday announced that he will be contesting for the post of Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) President, the elections for which will be held on June 30.Rajat Sharma is a Padma Bhushan awardee and his team will have Rakesh Bansal, who will fight for the post of Vice President, Vinod Tihara (Secretary) and Om Prakash Sharma.The names of the rest of the panel will be released later, read a statement from Sharma’s group.Rajat Sharma’s candidature is backed by former DDCA President Sneh Bansal and International Hockey Federation (FIH) President Narinder Batra.The dates for the elections were declared on Tuesday by administrator Justice Vikramjit Sen. The polls will be held without the proxy voting system.The proxy system of voting has been considered the root cause of corruption in DDCA. last_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL playoff scenarios: Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals on a knife edge

first_imgSunrisers HyderabadPosition: 4P -13, W – 6, L – 7, Points: 12Remaining games: vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (May 4)What they must do: With Kolkata Knight Riders winning against Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad must win their game against Royal Challengers Bangalore. If they beat Virat Kohli’s team and Kolkata Knight Riders lose to Mumbai Indians, then they will automatically qualify for the fourth spot. However, if they lose and if the match is washed out, then they will have to hope Mumbai Indians beat Kolkata Knight Riders. If both Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders lose their last games, they will have to hope Delhi Capitals beat Rajasthan Royals.Kolkata Knight RidersPosition: 5P – 13, W – 6, L – 7, Points: 12Remaining games: vs Mumbai Indians (May 5)What they must do: Kolkata Knight Riders’ victory against Kings XI Punjab has put them back in the mix for the fourth spot. However, they must win against Mumbai Indians and hope Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad. If Sunrisers Hyderabad wins, then they must beat Mumbai Indians by a massive margin as Sunrisers Hyderabad have a great net run-rate. If Sunrisers Hyderabad loses to Royal Challengers Bangalore and if Kolkata Knight Riders also taste defeat to Mumbai Indians, then Sunrisers Hyderabad goes through, provided Delhi Capitals beat Rajasthan Royals.Rajasthan RoyalsPosition: 6P – 13, W – 5, L – 7, Points: 11Remaining games: vs Delhi Capitals (May 4)What they must do: With Kolkata Knight Riders winning, Rajasthan Royals must win against Delhi Capitals. A loss will see them getting eliminated. If they win against Delhi Capitals, they will have to hope Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians defeat Kolkata Knight Riders in the last league games in order to qualify.Kings XI PunjabPosition: 7P – 13, W – 5, L – 8, Points: 10Remaining games: vs Chennai Super Kings (May 5)What they must do:  With their defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab are all but knocked out. Their poor net run-rate and combined with Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders’ high NRR has given them a mathematical chance of qualifying. If Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad are thrashed by a massive margin and they defeat Chennai Super Kings by a big margin, then they can still harbour dreams of qualifying. highlights New Delhi: Kolkata Knight Riders’ seven-wicket win against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali has once again intensified the race for the fourth spot in the IPL 2019 playoffs. Kings XI Punjab was boosted by a solid knock from Nicholas Pooran who smashed 48 but Sam Curran gave the hosts a brilliant total with a brilliant 55 off 24 balls as they reached 183/6. In response, Kolkata Knight Riders were boosted by Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill at the top. Their 62-run opening stand, combined with Shubman’s amazing 65 off 49 balls helped Kolkata Knight Riders win by seven wickets and boost their chances in the race for the playoffs.With this loss, Kings XI Punjab’s chances are all but out. Mathematically, they are still in the playoff scenario but they will have to hope for plenty of results to go their way. Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals all have their fate in their own hands partly and will have to rely on other results going their way in order to seal a spot. Here is what each team has to do in order to seal the fourth and final playoff spot. Rajasthan Royals will get knocked out if they lose to Delhi Capitals.Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders need to win their last games.Sunrisers Hyderabad has the best net run-rate in the 2019 IPL. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Nobody Died in Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Says Commissioner

first_imgThe Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Hon. Charles Udoh, has dismissed media reports that five football fans were feared to have died following a stampede at one of the gates of the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo during the Nigeria versus Zambia World Cup qualifier last Saturday.Speaking in Uyo yesterday, the commissioner said reports of death during the World Cup match were far from what transpired at the stadium.“I wish to categorically state that the said report is false and tainted with malice,” observed the Udoh.He however admitted that there was a rush by spectators; who arrived the venue after the match had started, trying to gain entrance into the stadium which led to a few of them sustaining minor injuries.  “There were nine people injured during the incident and all of them were taken to the hospital for treatment while no life was lost. The Akwa Ibom State Police Public Relations Officer and the Commissioner for Health confirmed this,” the commissioner stressed.Udoh insisted that the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium is probably the best maintained sporting facility in Nigeria today and has no history of poor crowd control as posited in the report.  “It is on record that Akwa Ibom State is reputed as being; not only a peaceful state but a safe and secure state with credible leadership which is one of the reasons why the state has; in the last 18 months, been listed by the National Bureau of Statistics as the second largest Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) destination in Nigeria. “We are dismayed that such a report; which has a high potency of painting a negative picture of not only Akwa Ibom but Nigeria as country, was published without verifying the facts. It is instructive to note that the Nigeria vs Zambia match was a FIFA organised match and mischievous insinuations as contained in the said report could easily lead to Nigeria being sanctioned,” concludes the commissioner. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Panthers and Broncos meet in Super Bowl 50

first_imgCarolina Panthers and Denver Broncos meet in California in the 50th playing of the fixture.The Broncos finished the regular season as American Football Confernce (AFC) champions with a 12-4 record.Their opponents’ path to being crowned champions of the National Football Conference (NFC) was particularly impressive – the Panthers ended the regular season with a 15-1 record.last_img

Players won’t back planned revamp of All Ireland Senior Football Championship

first_imgUnder Paraic Duffy’s scheme, the quarter finals would be replaced by a group stage, with eight matches added to the Championship overall. The CPA claim the proposals will have a detrimental effect on hurling, in particular. They’re also renewing calls for official recognition at next month’s GAA Congress, and for the creation of a Fixtures Think Tank.last_img

Florida’s Carter dedicates season to virus victims, fighters

first_imgLast Updated: 21st August, 2020 09:20 IST Florida’s Carter Dedicates Season To Virus Victims, Fighters Florida defensive end Zach Carter plans to play and will dedicate the season to those affected by COVID-19 SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 21st August, 2020 09:20 IST Written By FOLLOW US Florida defensive end Zach Carter plans to play and will dedicate the season to those affected by COVID-19.Carter missed the opening days of fall camp while he considered skipping the season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Carter has been an outspoken supporter of the #WeAreUnited campaign started by Pac-12 players earlier this month. And his father, who was hospitalized with COVID-19 over the summer, said earlier this week his son “just doesn’t feel safe right now.”But Carter seemed to put questions about his Florida future to rest Thursday.“Been in deep thought lately since COVID-19 had my dad at his lowest in July & August,” Carter wrote on Twitter. “Then on August 3rd, my mom’s friend of 29 year died of COVID-19. She was a true Gator fan who came to a lot of my games. Looking forward to ballin out in honor of all COVID-19 fighters and victims. Go Gators!”Carter, a fourth-year junior from Tampa, finished last season with 31 tackles and 4½ sacks.Gators coach Dan Mullen said Thursday he hadn’t spoken to Carter recently and wasn’t aware of his intentions to play. Mullen said earlier this week he wouldn’t be surprised if players or assistant coaches opted out of the season because of health concerns.Florida had three receivers — Trevon Grimes, Kadarius Toney and Jacob Copeland — also miss the start of camp. Mullen declined to provide any details about their absences.“I think it’s tough on everybody,” Mullen said. “These are unique times, and like I said, it’s just something else. We have players that deal with all kinds of different things, you know, that have dealt with all kinds of different issues, lots of different family issues, so many different things that are going on right now.”And everybody handles things differently and everybody’s got to kind of make their own decisions about what’s going on and where they’re at. Our job is to just kind of help guide them and manage them and support them in their decisions.”The Gators are scheduled to open the season Sept. 26 at Ole Miss.Image credits: AP center_img COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News LIVE TVlast_img read more