Smiley’s Racing Products giving back again as new IMCA Southern SportMod title sponsor

first_imgMESQUITE, Texas – Smiley’s Racing Products will celebrate both its 50th year in business and its first season as title sponsor of the IMCA Southern SportMod division in 2018.The Mesquite, Texas, high-performance parts manu­facturer and distributor has signed on to provide a portion of the $9,500 point fund to be paid to top 15 drivers in national standings for Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods. The new three-year agreement runs through the 2020 season.“Many Southern SportMod drivers are already our customers, and our friends. This is another way we can give back to them,” said Smiley’s owner Tom Lorenz. “The Southern SportMods are a very economical, very competitive class. It’s a grassroots-type division and strong because it’s so affordable.”“We have had a very good relationship with IMCA for many years,” he added. “We’ve both been around for a long time and we are proud to be an IMCA sponsor.”The home of Hoosier Tire Southwest, Smiley’s is part of national decal programs for Northern and Southern SportMods. Drivers in both those divisions are required to display two Smiley’s decals on their race car to be eligible for point fund shares.The 14-year IMCA sponsor again gives $50 gift cards to top 10 finishers in national point standings for the Southern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts, and to top 10 drivers in the Razor Chassis South Central Region for IMCA Modifieds, the EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and the Big Daddy Race Cars Southern Region for IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car drivers winning track or series titles also receive $50 gift cards.Point fund checks and gift cards will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office. Gift cards are redeemable through Smiley’s Mesquite location.Information about Smiley’s products is available by calling 972 289-7223, at the website and on Facebook.“Adding Smiley’s Racing Products as the title sponsor of this division makes great sense for our Southern SportMod drivers,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We’ve got great respect for Tom Lorenz and Smiley’s and believe this three-year agreement solidifies our commitment to the Southern SportMod division and our members in Texas and beyond.”last_img read more

Man U begin Pogba contract talk

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Manchester United have opened up talks with Paul Pogba over a new deal at Old Trafford.The France international made it clear over the summer that he was looking for a way out, stating on a promotional trip to Tokyo: “It could be a good time for a new challenge.”No move was forthcoming, despite interest from Real Madrid, and, according to The Times, United are keen to capitalise on the end of the transfer window by securing him to a new deal.Pogba currently still has two years left on his contract, and there is the option of a third year for the club.United will have to deal with the player’s agent Mino Raiola if they are to get any agreement over the line.The agent’s handling of Pogba’s future has infuriated those in charge at Old Trafford, and their relationship has been severely weakened as a result.Pogba is expected to return to action on Wednesday after he missed United’s last three games with an ankle injury.He sat out United’s wins over Leicester and Astana as well as the defeat by West Ham at the weekend.However, Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed Pogba has given his underachieving side a timely boost ahead of United’s League Cup clash with Rochdale.The coach said: “He’ll probably get some minutes against Rochdale,’ he said, as reported by United’s official website.“But we definitely think he’s ready for Arsenal.”Tags: Ed WoodwardManchester UnitedPaul Pogbalast_img read more

ALL THE RAGE: Boeheim calls SU ‘overrated’ after sloppy victory over Canisius

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on November 14, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Scoop Jardine is certain Syracuse won’t lose to any team if Brandon Triche plays as he did in the second half Sunday. ‘When Brandon is as aggressive as he was today,’ Jardine said, ‘I don’t think anybody can beat us in the country.’ But after No. 10 Syracuse’s 86-67 win over Canisius Sunday, SU head coach Jim Boeheim isn’t getting caught up in the ‘ifs.’ He is in the now. And right now, his team is one he believes has been overrated. His team is the biggest question mark he has ever seen at this point in the season, compared with the expectations and press his team has gotten through two games. Boeheim feels this team has earned none of the hype. And he went as far as saying that this Syracuse (2-0) team is his most overrated — at this point in the season — in 35 years at the helm. ‘We need to get it realistic,’ Boeheim said. ‘Right now, we are the most overrated team I have ever had.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The most overrated team Boeheim has ever had, compared with a team Jardine feels can’t be beaten. Those were the shells of the two versions of Syracuse that played in the first and second half in front of 20,454 in the Carrier Dome Sunday. It was a performance from Boeheim’s Top 10 team that evoked the strong words and a five-minute diatribe of early-season emotions. After watching his team struggle in the first half against a Canisius team that won just 15 games last year, Boeheim wanted to clear the air with regards to his thoughts on the perceived depth and skill of his team at this point. Off of the horrid first half during which Syracuse shot just 31 percent, Boeheim vented about how he feels he only has four proven players on the team. Any other so-called depth is nonsense to him. ‘Give me a guy that has done something on our team,’ Boeheim said. ‘One thing, we don’t have one player that has done one thing, coming off of the bench. The only guys that we have on our team that have done anything are Brandon (Triche), Scoop (Jardine), Ricky (Jackson) and Kris Joseph. They have done something. And when they struggled in the first half tonight, we struggled. ‘Anybody that wants to talk about depth, go watch the tape of the first half tonight. You tell me how many games you think we will win with how much depth was out there.’ In that first half, every Syracuse player struggled to score except for one of Boeheim’s four veterans in Jardine. After failing to score in SU’s season-opening win over Northern Iowa, Jardine was the lone offensive weapon SU had against Canisius’s mirror image 2-3 zone, slashing for 10 points in the first half. He was a part of a complete bounce back game from SU’s veteran starting guards. Against Northern Iowa, Jardine and Triche combined for five points. Sunday, they combined for 29 points on 6-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc. As for the bench’s production, Boeheim felt Baye Moussa Keita was the lone bright spot from the freshmen. But he registered his staggering 15 rebounds against an undersized lineup. C.J. Fair? He was just good in the second half. Fab Melo? He is struggling because of foul trouble. And Dion Waiters? ‘He was a no factor today,’ Boeheim said. As were three of his core four in the first half. But when the second half hit, with SU clinging to a 32-29 lead, Triche and Jackson took over. The power forward had 11 points in only 15 minutes. And Triche propelled SU’s lead into double digits with three second-half 3-pointers. ‘I think my demeanor just changed,’ Triche said. By game’s end, the Dome crowd was appeased. SU romped another mid-major. Everyone got their time as Boeheim’s ’10’ all played 10 minutes or more. But that scene was the end of the early season fairy tale. Even if it is a fairy tale Jardine feels could, and maybe should, come to fruition. It just remains to be seen how long it will take to surface, if it does at all. ‘We have got a long ways to go,’ Boeheim said. ‘We are not a good basketball team.’ aolivero@syr.edulast_img read more

‘They took our hotel’: The day before Syracuse’s historic upset over Clemson

first_img Published on September 26, 2018 at 10:35 pm Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Graham The bright green Birnie Bus Service coaches pulled away from Manley Field House on Oct. 12, 2017, and despite it being a Thursday instead of a Friday, it felt like any other night before a game in the Carrier Dome.On board were Syracuse’s players and coaching staff. The buses headed north. Players mostly relaxed as campus passed by under broken clouds.The caravan kept heading north, then east. Players soon realized what head coach Dino Babers already knew: They weren’t staying at their usual hotel.Nearly a year ago, Syracuse beat then-No. 2 Clemson in the Orange’s biggest upset in more than 30 years. The night preceding the showdown, Syracuse stayed in a hotel, like it always does before home games. Except last October, the Tigers had booked out the Orange’s usual lodging, the Crowne Plaza Hotel.“They took our hotel, that got us mad,” Sean Riley said. “We go to one hotel, and they took that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSince Babers took over in 2015, Syracuse has stayed at the Crowne Plaza, according to an emailed statement from SU Director of Football Operations Brad Wittke. Players like the downtown location, but the noise from nearby Interstate 81 isn’t ideal. Dontae Strickland enjoys the view of the city from his 16th-floor room.Prior to Babers’ tenure, Clemson had booked the Crowne Plaza for its visits to Syracuse. It did the same in 2017, calling the hotel before the conference schedule dropped. Without a set date, the Tigers offered more money than Syracuse, Babers said. The hotel didn’t commit immediately, informing Babers of the situation.On a phone call with the Crowne Plaza at the time, Babers told them to take the money.“Take that, we’ll go sleep somewhere else,” Babers remembered saying.Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorSyracuse booked rooms at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in East Syracuse for that weekend. Players liked the DoubleTree, if only for the change of pace and longer police escort to the Carrier Dome the next day.Still, players wondered why they weren’t at Crowne Plaza. They theorized. Clemson staying at the hotel emerged as a possibility.The rumors soon gained credibility as some players got texts from parents staying in the Crowne Plaza saying the Clemson football team was there.“I heard rumors that they were taking our hotel,” Scoop Bradshaw said, “So it was like, ‘Damn, the Crowne Plaza, they’re gonna take our hotel?’”Word passed through the buses, among the players. Babers and the other coaches, players remember, were tight-lipped. To Babers, the change didn’t seem like that big of a deal.This week, in explaining his outlook on the situation at the time, Babers borrowed and modified a maxim from the hit Clint Eastwood film, “Heartbreak Ridge.”The saying in the movie, which Eastwood’s drill sergeant character delivers to a squad of cadets: “You improvise, you overcome, you adapt.” Babers’ version is simpler.“Adjust and improvise,” Babers said.After the game, it reached more and more players that Clemson had stayed in SU’s usual hotel. Some still thought it was just a rumor. Chris Fredrick didn’t know it was actually true until he was asked about it recently.Whatever the players did know that evening, it only hardened what they already thought about Clemson, themselves and their upcoming bout.“They’re in our hotel, they think they’re Clemson,” Fredrick said he remembered thinking.“When I heard that Clemson was staying in our hotel it was like, ‘OK, we really got to take care of business now,’” Bradshaw said. “I was fired up.”Syracuse players went to sleep bothered that Clemson took their hotel in a way that, to them, appeared like a bully taking lunch money.Clemson players slept in the Crowne Plaza that night like normal. They had stayed there in 2015 and 2013.The next day, Friday, gameday, Syracuse went through preparations, just in a different setting. The ride to the stadium was different. And the outcome to a game with a 24-point favorite was different than almost anyone expected.Syracuse players, a year later, say the hotel incident may have bothered them at the time, but it didn’t have as big of an effect on the outcome as the week of practice leading up to the game did. Still, it angered them.Enough, maybe, to turn a close game with an overpowered foe into a stunning upset.“We won the game,” Babers quipped on Monday.“I think they reacted OK.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Connacht confirm contracts for academy players

first_imgThe trio had been on academy deals but have impressed when called upon this season.Meanwhile centre come out half Shane O’Leary has replaced the injured Nepia Fox-Matumua in the Connacht squad for the Challenge cup.O’Leary has experience in the Challenge cup with Grenoble with whom he reached a semi final. The Westerners are looking for a third win in a row in the competition this Friday when they take on Newcastle at the Sportground.last_img

LeoVegas marks fifth birthday by reaching €800 million deposits

first_img LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Mobile casino LeoVegas is celebrating its fifth birthday by reaching €800 million in deposits from over 600,000 customers.Having launched in 2012, generated €39.7 million in Q3 2016, and has experienced a 76% growth in revenue over the last nine months.LeoVegas was the first operator to launch in-game deposits across all markets, and became a listed company in March 2016, before expanding into sports betting with the introduction of LeoSport ahead of Euro 2016. Last year also saw the launch of LeoVegas’ unique NetEnt Live Casino product.The company has picked up accolades at the EGR Operator Awards, EGR Nordic Awards, SBC Awards, Gaming Intelligence Awards and GA Gaming Awards. In January 2017, the company signed its biggest sponsorship deal to date by becoming the Official Betting and Gaming Partner for Leicester Tigers.Shenaly Amin, UK Country Manager at, said: “We’ve been on a great journey since LeoVegas launched back in 2012, and it feels great to have achieved so much in such a short space of time. The awards won reflect the hard work that everyone has put in over the years and are a credit to the whole LeoVegas team.“We’ve beaten our own expectations in terms of growth over the last half a decade, and we’re extremely proud to now employ 363 people across two countries. The future is looking very exciting, as we continue to develop our Live Casino and Sportsbook offering and add even more games to our platform.” Submit Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020last_img read more

See Tony Yeboah’s two magnificent ‘Goal of the Month’ winners in the EPL [VIDEO]

first_imgGhana’s Tony Yeboah, though his stay at Leeds United was quite short, definitely left his mark on the club where he is regarded as a cult-hero.In the early stages of the 1995/1996 English Premier League season, Tony Yeboah won twice, the Goal of the Month award – for August and September.The first of the two came against Liverpool.On August 21, 1995, the Ghanaian striker hit a sweet volley that maintained Leeds’ 100% record and simultaneously sank the hearts of Liverpool fans who were hoping for a win.He timed his run, and caught a well-laid headed pass on his right foot and smashed the ball well beyond David James who could only stretch to the Ghanaian’s effort at goal.Watch his goal the wonder goal against Liverpool:A month later on September 23, 1995, the goal poacher hit another stunner but this time against Wimbledon in the English Premier League.Tony Yeboah scored one of his three hat-tricks for Leeds against Wimbledon.The Ghanaian picked up a loose ball, juggled on his thigh, dropped on the grass, cut in on his left foot and banged in a powerful shot with his right straight into the net.See Tony Yeboah’s sublime strike against Wimbledon:last_img read more

City of Wellington is asking for volunteer appointments for various boards

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Sea Bright Delights in Presence of More Piping Plovers

first_imgBy Liz Sheehan |SEA BRIGHT – Piping plovers, the federally threatened and endangered shorebirds, are enjoying their summer on the borough beachfront.According to Christina Davis, an environmental specialist with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, 56 pairs of plovers have been tabulated in the area: 42 at Sandy Hook, 10 in Sea Bright and four in Monmouth Beach.Davis said the borough  has the highest number of plovers among municipalities in the state. The town “is off the charts,” she said.Piping plovers breed only in North America and have been listed as threatened or endangered around the country since December 1985, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website. The plovers are small shorebirds, about 7 inches long, with sand-colored plumage on top and white underneath, sporting black bands around the breast and black markings on the head.Davis said the male plovers usually arrive first in the area in March and tend to return to the same places yearly if that habitat has not been damaged. More of the birds arrive in late April or May, she said.The birds remain at their coastal breeding grounds for three to four months a year, laying three to four eggs “in shallow scraped depressions lined with light colored pebbles and shell fragments,” according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website. The eggs are “well camouflaged and blend extremely well with their surroundings.”To protect the birds, the plovers’ nesting areas are fenced off from the rest of the beach.Jeff Dement, chief naturalist for the American Littoral Society at Sandy Hook, said the biggest dangers to the survival of the plovers are foxes and humans. He said some of the fences surrounding the birds’ nesting areas have been electrified, but foxes have been observed teaching other foxes how to dig under the electrified fences.Davis said she did not have an update on how many plovers remained in the area, but a report from the DEP to Sea Bright which was posted on the borough’s website said four chicks and two adults remained in the fenced area of the Sea Bright beach on July 28, north of Shrewsbury Avenue.Two of the chicks were estimated to fledge – having the feathers necessary for flight and being capable of flying short distances – by July 31, the report said. According to the report, 20 chicks fledged in Sea Bright this year, making the borough a “bright light for the season.”The plovers leave for their winter quarters anytime from mid-July to October, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website.Davis said that as the plovers depart, the fences around their nesting areas are rearranged. The plovers from this area fly south to North Carolina to as far south as Florida, the Bahamas or the Gulf Coast for the winter, she said.This article was first published in the Aug. 17-24, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Miller faces stiff Contender challenge from Canada’s Cotroni

first_imgJamaican Gregory Miller, faces an uphill battle tonight at the Chinese Benevolent Association on Old Hope Road in St Andrew, when he tackles Canadian Francesco Cotroni over five rounds, in the preliminaries of the Wray & Nephew 2017 junior middleweight Contender boxing series. Miller, who has had only one professional fight, is going up against a seasoned fighter, whose record is 11 wins, eight losses and a draw. The Jamaican made his debut as a professional in the Contender series on March 25, 2015, against Barbadian Deryck Richmond. He was totally defensive in that bout, and lost by unanimous decision. Since then, he has migrated to Canada and has been training there. He told The Gleaner yesterday that he has had great coaching from trainers there, and said that he is ready to give a great performance. Miller has been in hard training in Jamaica for the past few months, for this return to the series, and one can only wait to see whether this has prepared him well enough, for what will undoubtedly a stern test tonight. Cotroni, who is from Montreal, was bubbling with excitement yesterday, and is entering the contest with the hope of taking the next step towards the title. “I can’t wait to get into the ring. Jamaica is nice and hot, unlike Montreal, where it is now 10 degrees. I am anxious to get into the ring and win this my first fight in the series. I plan to win this competition, so I have to beat anyone who comes into the ring to challenge me,” Cotroni said in the build up to the fight. AGGRESSIVE CONTENDER Cotrini, who is seeded at No. 4 on the Canadian team, has a reputation of being an aggressive competitor, and has been a pro since 2011. He has won five of his fights inside the distance and has himself been stopped four times. His last fight was on October 22, last year, when he lost to Paul Bzdel in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, by unanimous decision over 10 rounds. This is the fifth week of the Contender series, and so far Jamaicans have won three times and Canada once. The winner of the series will receive $2 million, the runner-up $500,000, third place $250,000 and fourth $200,000.last_img read more