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Day Motor Sports returns as sponsor for IMCA specials in all eight divisions

first_imgTYLER, Texas – A company known for the quality of its products as well as its Texas hospitality is returning as a marketing partner with IMCA.Day Motor Sports will give $50 gift cards to a top five finisher at as many as 80 special events in 2014 and again in 2015. Those gift cards will be given at specials for all eight divisions sanctioned by IMCA.“As we look at it, this program is one way we can spread the wealth. We try to cater to drivers out there banging fenders every Friday and Saturday,” said Joe Francis, president of the Tyler, Texas high performance parts retailer and wholesaler. “We want to help everyone from the driver just getting started to the driver who’s been racing for years.” The company has had a single location since being founded by Bill Day in 1971. Purchased by Dan Hamilton in 2000 and by an ownership group in 2011, Day had previously been an IMCA sponsor and gave awards to Stock Car drivers as recently as 2005. “We are a very strong company with major backing. We wanted to get back into the IMCA fold again,” Francis emphasized. “We wanted to become more involved with IMCA, different tracks and the drivers. The racers are where it’s at.” Gift cards are mailed from the IMCA home office after official results of designated special events are received. One very special event on the Day Motor Sports calendar is the Sept. 1-6 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. “We will have a booth on Manufacturers’ Row,” said Francis, a former drag racer. “This will be the first time I’ve been to Super Nationals and I’m really looking forward to it.” Information about products available from Day Motor Sports is available by calling 800 543-6238 and at the www.daymotorsports.com website.“”We’re really pleased to have renewed this relationship with Day Motor Sports,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “They’ve been a decade-long supporter of IMCA racing in the past and even the title sponsor of our Texas Sunday Series for a period of time, so we’re excited to be able to work with them again.”last_img read more

Boys Area Basketball Scores (2-8)

first_imgBoys Area Basketball ScoresSaturday  (2-8)Batesville  69     Madison  46Bulldogs JV won 54-37Batesville Scoring- Alex Siefert 10, Calvin Sherwood 9, Cole Werner 8, Ben Schebler 7, Brady Westerfeld 7, Eli Pierson 6, Alec Bunselmeier 3, Kasin Hughes 2.Columbus North 77    East Central  54Greensburg  82     Jac-Cen-Del  60Oldenburg  53     Triton Central  27Hagerstown  78     Franklin County  71Lawrenceburg  48     Switzerland County  41Southwestern Shelby  43     Rising Sun  39Rushville  74    Hauser  52Lawrence North  76    Connersville  39Shawe Memorial 73     Seton Catholic  66Waldron  65     Tri  60Morristown  54     Centerville  35Edinburgh  48     Crothersville  47last_img

First Financial pledges $20,000 to Ripley County organizations for COVID-19 relief efforts

first_imgAdditional funding is being provided to the Batesville Area Resource Center. First Financial Bancorp Logo (PRNewsFoto/First Financial Bancorp)Versailles, IN—The First Financial Foundation has announced donations totaling $20,000 to organizations in Ripley County as part of its $1 million pledge to fund COVID-19 relief efforts for communities throughout its footprint that have been impacted economically by the Coronavirus. “First Financial is committed to helping those who are struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Archie Brown, President and CEO. “We are eager to support the outstanding community organizations and nonprofits in our area who are demonstrating tremendous resilience by delivering critical assistance during such a difficult time.”The Ripley County Community Foundation will use the donation for its COVID Relief Fund to deploy resources to nonprofits in its service area which address the immediate needs of those impacted by the pandemic. “This is wonderful news from First Financial and one more example of the amazing community we live in,” said Amy Streator, executive director of the Ripley County Community Foundation. In addition to funding from the Foundation, First Financial has also announced its Hardship Relief Program, in which it is helping consumers, small businesses, and commercial clients who are being affected by the Coronavirus. Consumers can request to defer payments on loans and credit cards. Business and commercial clients can also request to make interest-only payments or defer payments. More information about how to access these relief options is available online at www.bankatfirst.com.last_img read more

Koeman buoyed by Rodriguez return

first_img “He’s a very dangerous front player that makes the team even stronger,” Koeman said. “He will give us very good competition between the strikers, that will be important for next season. “If Jay can have a good pre-season, we have a new player in our team and that is fantastic news. “He was part of the sessions this week. We are waiting for confirmation about an Under-21 game against Manchester city at home next Tuesday. “He will be part of that, maybe in the second half, and then after that there is a possibility to take Jay with the squad to the Man City game. “It will be nice for everybody because that will mean he is back but it is too early to make that kind of decision, we have to wait.” Rodriguez capped his return to action by signing a four-year contract on Tuesday and the club are increasingly optimistic Nathaniel Clyne will soon follow suit. Clyne, who has been linked with a summer move to Manchester United, recently changed his agent and Southampton chief executive Les Reed said on Monday that negotiations had since progressed. Press Association Southampton manager Ronald Koeman believes Jay Rodriguez’s long-awaited return from injury will be like having a new player at the club next season. Rodriguez has not played since rupturing his anterior cruciate knee ligament against Manchester City in April 2014 but the 25-year-old is back in training and on course to play against Manuel Pellegrini’s side on the final day of the campaign. Saturday’s match at home to Aston Villa is likely to come too soon for the striker but Saints hope he can feature in an Under-21 fixture, also against Manchester City, next week. “As Les already mentioned, the feeling is good that we can keep Clyney in the club,” Koeman said. “But it is still left to do the signature of the player and we hope that will be next week. “The feeling is very positive but the reason we have to wait a little more time is because he changed his agent.” Southampton host Aston Villa this weekend, hoping to strengthen their bid for Europa League football next season. They are currently seventh in the table, which will be enough to qualify if Arsenal win the FA Cup, but are under pressure from Swansea, who now sit only a point behind after beating the Gunners on Monday. “To finish in sixth I think we need at least four points from the last two games,” Koeman said. “It was a great result for Swansea (against Arsenal), they are having a fantastic season like we are. “It means there is maybe even more pressure for everyone on Saturdays’ game but it is a home game and we need a win. “It’s all about us, not about Swansea, if we win they can’t pass us in the table. It’s up to us.” Saints midfielder James Ward-Prowse is available again after serving a one-match ban but Morgan Schneiderlin (knee) and Dusan Tadic (groin) are still injured. last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp ‘satisfied’ with debut draw

first_img Press Association The German was welcomed to Anfield with much fanfare having been announced as Brendan Rodgers’ successor and he guided the Reds to a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane. While injuries to Christian Benteke, Danny Ings and now Daniel Sturridge have limited Klopp’s attacking options, the former Borussia Dortmund boss saw Liverpool keep their first clean sheet since August. “When I came here and thought about Liverpool, I thought four strikers with quality and now I have one. That is not the best situation but I like Divock, young (Jerome) Sinclair was on the bench and he was close to coming on. “I don’t think about players I don’t have, it doesn’t make sense. Danny Ings of course needs time, Benteke doesn’t need the same time and could be back next week. The best situation is when all the players are at 100 per cent but it doesn’t happen so often. “Danny (Sturridge) had a one-on-one situation with Jordon Ibe in training and afterwards he had a little pain in the muscle – I’m not a specialist for this but we screened him only to be sure. There is a little bit of swelling but nothing serious so we will have to see. I hope on Thursday he will be ready to play.” Spurs started slowly but came close through substitute Clinton Njie and Harry Kane, only for Simon Mignolet to keep both of them at bay as the goalkeeper enjoyed a strong outing for the visitors. Head coach Mauricio Pochettino felt that his side deserved to win the game having created more chances than Liverpool and praised Kane as the England forward looks to add to his solitary league goal so far this season. “I think of course,” Pochettino replied when asked if he felt his side should have taken all three points. “We only concede one clear chance, from the corner where we have only 10 players on the pitch with (Nacer) Chadli injured. Then I think we had four clear chances in the first half, Mignolet saved Liverpool and I’m very happy, very pleased with the players. “Harry was good. He had two clear chances to score – we had four chances and two from Harry. “How many chances had Origi, not to criticise another player but you expect Harry should score every time he touches he ball but he worked a lot and there was great effort, the goal is coming.” Divock Origi was named as the lone striker and hit the crossbar early on – but it was Tottenham who then created the better chances as both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils. “I’m satisfied,” Klopp said of the draw. “This is not the worst sign as I hadn’t got the biggest expectations for the game as we only had three days together and Tottenham are a strong and tuned team. “It could have been difficult yet I’m really satisfied. The start was brilliant and we surprised them a little bit. “Football is a result sport. We need all the results, we have to try and improve, work together and do the things together we want to see. The nil on the right side is okay, the nil on the other side doesn’t give you the same feeling.” Klopp revealed he had attempted to sign Origi while at Dortmund only for Liverpool to beat them to the punch – but he is now pleased to be working with the Belgium international having lost Ings for the season and with Sturridge sitting out this game as a precaution. “I wanted to take him to Dortmund when Liverpool bought him,” Klopp said of Origi. “We could not because he went to Liverpool and on loan to Lille. He is a very good player. Fast and a good technician, at this moment not full of experience in the game because he didn’t play so often but we will have fun with this player, I’m sure. Jurgen Klopp insists he was satisfied with his introduction to English football as his Liverpool side left Tottenham with a point.last_img read more

QPR succumb to Van Persie goal

first_imgArsenal 1 QPR 0Robin van Persie’s second-half goal was enough to settle a largely one-sided London derby.QPR, without a win in seven games, battled hard and rode their luck before Van Persie slotted home after being put through by Andrey Arshavin.AdChoices广告It was the Dutchman’s 35th goal of the calendar year, beating Thierry Henry’s Arsenal record and leaving him one behind Alan Shearer’s Premier League record.He was unable to find the net again as Rangers dug in, but Arsenal’s victory was more comfortable than the scoreline might suggest.Rangers were pinned in their own half for most of the first 45 minutes, but would have taken the lead against the run of play but for a smart save by Wojciech Szczesny.The Polish keeper did well to deny Shaun Wright-Phillips, who had been put through by Adel Taarabt’s clever pass.At the other end, Joey Barton came to Rangers’ rescue by heading Aaron Ramsey’s volley off the line.Theo Walcott should have put Arsenal ahead early in the second half but dragged his shot horribly wide after being set up by Ramsey.However, it was only a temporary reprieve for Rangers, who went behind on the hour mark.The visitors, with Radek Cerny back in goal for Paddy Kenny, and Jay Bothroyd, Matt Connolly and Armand Traore all facing their former side, seemed to lack any real belief that they could cause an upset on the club’s first visit to the Emirates Stadium.But they did make a fight of it and rallied near the end, with Taarabt bringing a save from Szczesny and an unmarked Connolly volleying over.They also appealed in vain for a penalty after Taarabt went down under a challenge from Francis Coquelin.last_img read more

FB : Take control: SU looks for faster start against Rhode Island

first_imgSyracuse practiced for a Wake Forest defense that never made an appearance.The Orange’s game plans for a defense with soft coverage and basic pressure packages — things offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said the coaching staff saw on film from all 12 Demon Deacons games last year — became futile. Syracuse lost five yards total in the first quarter on offense when they presented a more attack-oriented defense than was expected.‘You always have things that kind of protect yourself,’ Hackett said. ‘Things that you think that you’re good at that the guys can execute right. And those are the things that we ended up having to go to down the road.‘And it was one of those things that you wish we could have got to a little early.’It took Syracuse three-plus quarters to adjust to the crazy, attacking defense Wake Forest brought and to pick up a last-ditch win in overtime. And with Football Championship Subdivision opponent Rhode Island (0-0) entering the Carrier Dome this week, the Orange (1-0) wants to get out to a much faster start in all facets. Wake Forest had more than double the amount of plays and time of possession as SU in a lopsided first half last Thursday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile the Rams may look like an easy win for the Orange on paper, Saturday’s game against URI (4:30 p.m., Time Warner Cable Sports) is a chance for Syracuse to mend the mistakes it made in its miraculous first victory.That begins with a faster start.‘Just coming out excited,’ safety Shamarko Thomas said. ‘Coming out excited and just pushing each other and competing more. And have faster tempo in the game.’Syracuse players said the coaching staff’s main emphasis this week was coming out and playing fast in the first quarter on Saturday. Hackett said he tells the players that starting fast has to become a way of life in team meetings. A way of life all the way down to the manner in which they eat — having the best breakfast they can in the morning and then going after the day.Slow starts were a problem for Syracuse last season, too, especially on offense. The Orange was often stagnant in the first half last season, failing to score in the first quarter in three wins — including one against Maine, an FCS team. Two years ago, Syracuse trailed at the half against Maine. Rhode Island comes from the same conference as the Black Bears, the Colonial Athletic Association.The Orange scored double-digit points in the first quarter in just one of its eight wins last year.‘We’re not necessarily known for coming out of the gate and doing great things,’ Hackett said. ‘That’s something our team has to be better at, and every one of them know that. And that’s a big goal for us.’With Rhode Island, Syracuse faces the same conundrum that it just faced against Wake Forest. Although the majority of college teams started the season last weekend, URI had a first-week bye.So just like last week, SU has to work with potentially outdated film. The Rams will be debuting a new defensive coordinator on Saturday, too.The game is also sandwiched between nonconference games against two power-conference opponents. SU has to put behind the adrenaline rush that came with last Thursday’s win and avoid looking ahead to Southern California next weekend.All that while also trying to get out to a faster start.The matchup has the makings of a so-called trap game, although running back Antwon Bailey said last week’s performance is a reminder that will keep SU focused.‘We still got a lot to prove,’ Bailey said. ‘We got the crap beat out of us for three quarters, so I don’t think — trap game won’t be a problem around here at all.’Defensively, a fast start will depend on increased communication. Rhode Island features a dual-threat quarterback, Steve Probst, who ran for 600 yards last season.Thomas said SU needs to talk more on defense when facing a quarterback who can run as well as pass. The secondary needs to communicate with each other so the cornerbacks know if they need to break off from their wide receiver if Probst is scrambling.‘I might be sticking the receiver and I don’t know it’s a run,’ cornerback Keon Lyn said. ‘So as a defense you got to communicate, talk out there so I can get off my block earlier, get off my keys, get off the player and go make a play on the ball.’And on offense, Hackett said the difference will be making adjustments faster. Rhode Island has shown a couple of unique looks on film. Plus, URI may base its game plan off of what it saw from SU last week.But Hackett said there’s only so much he and the coaching staff can do to prepare. He can’t ever tell whether Syracuse will come out of the tunnel playing fast. That’s just going to depend on the players.‘I sure as heck hope so,’ Hackett said. ‘I think I thought we were for Wake Forest, but you never know until the lights come on and people are in the stands.’mcooperj@syr.edu Comments Published on September 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjrcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Rachel Burkhardt walks off for SU in her final home regular season game

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ After being held to three hits by North Carolina pitcher Brittany Pickett in Friday’s 5-1 loss, Syracuse’s first inning at the plate on Saturday showed it would be a different game. Sammy Fernandez, the Orange’s lead-off batter, lined out to right. After an Alicia Hansen pop-out, Bryce Holmgren drilled the ball the third, where it was snagged by Megan Dray. Although SU didn’t record a hit, it knew Pickett wasn’t going to recreate her performance from the day before, Fernandez said.“A bunch of us went back and looked at our previous at-bats (from yesterday),” Fernandez said. “The coaches gave us good feedback. We kind of changed our pregame approaches during batting practice, learning from our at-bats yesterday, what the patterns were. We tried to jump out on top of them quick.”Throughout the game, Syracuse hit the ball hard, recording six hits and several line-drive outs. But it didn’t lead to runs.At last, the Orange had its moment. Rachel Burkhardt, the first batter in the bottom of the seventh, launched the ball to deep center and out of the ballpark. The senior broke a scoreless tie to give Syracuse (28-19, 9-12 Atlantic Coast) a walk-off win over North Carolina (28-25, 15-8 Atlantic Coast), 1-0, on Senior Day at Skytop Softball Stadium. As Burkhardt rounded the bases, she covered her mouth in shock, before being mobbed by her teammates at home plate.“I was replaying everything in my head,” Burkhardt said about her thoughts when rounding the bases. “It’s really awkward and embarrassing, but I went to round first and I kind of fell over because I was in such shock. I was like, ‘What just happened?’”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBurkhardt’s walk-off topped off an all-around strong day for the Orange, including a complete game, three-hit performance by AnnaMarie Gatti in the circle. The senior tallied five strikeouts and one walk in her second consecutive shutout. Stellar fielding by SU helped Gatti preserve her shutout, as infielders Fernandez, Hannah Dossett and Gabby Teran constantly turned hard-hit, challenging ground balls into outs.After a hitless first inning by both teams, Burkhardt was the first to reach base for the Orange in the second with a bloop single into left field. A batter later, Jessica Heese punched another single to left. Although SU left both runners on base, there was a newfound hope among the SU players against Pickett that wasn’t there Friday.“(Yesterday) we just didn’t capitalize on balls that were over the plate,” Bosch said. “We came out and hit some line-drives. Even some of our outs were productive, and better outs versus having weak ground balls or pop-ups.”Soon, SU’s productive outs turned into hits. In the third, Hansen ripped a line-drive double over UNC’s Kiani Ramsey’s head in center, where it crashed into the wall on the fly. Two innings later, Holmgren belted a near-identical shot to center. In both instances, the runner was left stranded on second to end the inning.In the top of the sixth, Gatti found herself at risk of allowing her first run. After hitting Berlynne Delamora with a pitch to start the inning, Gatti was set to face the top of UNC’s lineup. Destiny DeBerry pinch-ran for Delamora and started for second on the first opportunity she got, when Tarheel leadoff batter Leah Murray stepped to the plate.As soon Syracuse catcher Michala Maciolek caught the pitch, she bounced up and threw a dart to Fernandez, who didn’t need to move her glove to tag DeBerry. With the danger of the following hitters, Maciolek’s throw and Fernandez’s tag was crucial in retaining the shutout.“That was, in my eyes, the best play of the game,” Fernandez said.Despite SU’s inability to score in six innings, it was determined to end the game in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the seventh, Burkhardt said. The senior led off the inning and worked a 2-2 count before sending the ball soaring over the center field fence for the game’s only run. Both the Orange players and fans erupted at the sight of the ball clearing the fence. Despite the gloomy weather, it was the perfect way to end a perfect Senior Day, Burkhardt said.“I was emotional,” Burkhardt said. “My family’s here, all my closest friends are here. Everyone is happy. It was great.” Comments Published on April 28, 2018 at 5:10 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edulast_img read more

Irish perform well on Day 3 of Paralympics

first_imgShe finished fourth with a personal best of 12.81 in her heat but admits she’ll need to do better in the final.Nicole Turner qualified for tonight’s final of the S6 50 metre freestyle.She finished second in her heat and seventh overall in 36.70.Sean Baldwin failed to qualify for the final of the 10m prone Air Rifle, finishing 33rd out of 43 competitors. She came home in a time of 4:45.06, smashing her personal best yet again. The 21-year-old, who is originally from Lithuania but now lives and studies in Dublin, was moved up a place from 5th after another runner was disqualified.Orla Comerford is through to tomorrow’s final of the T13 100 metre heats as fastest loser.last_img

Paddy Power Betfair Joins the ‘All-in Diversity Project’ as founding industry participant

first_img Alex Gersh returns to betting as Sportradar CFO   July 13, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 FTSE listed betting group Paddy Power Betfair Plc (PPB) has announced that it has partnered with industry workplace diversity program ‘All-in Diversity Project’, as the company seeks to lead the sector in employee equality and inclusion directives.The All-in Diversity Project is an industry-driven, not-for-profit initiative which aims to deliver new benchmark and best practices for diversity in the global betting and gaming sectors.A key industry initiative for All-in Diversity Project, will see the program become a primary resource for all data relating to diversity and inclusion across the sector. The All-in Diversity Project aims to measure and facilitate an open and objective discussion about diversity across the entire industry on a global scaleKelly KehnKelly Kehn, Co-Founder of the All-in Diversity Project, says: “We established the All-in Diversity Project because we believe the industry itself has a role to play in improving how we do business. We believe the best way to push the industry forward, is to create the tool for all businesses globally to use in benchmarking their own diversity initiatives.”As a founding partner PPB leadership states that it help All-in Diversity, reach its project goals promoting higher standards for diversity across the betting sectorChristina Thakor-Rankin“In March 2017, we launched our first D&I group – Fair Game – the objectives of Fair Game are to promote a diverse and inclusive workforce,” says Sally Cairns, Chief People Officer at Paddy Power Betfair. “We believe that the business case for a more inclusive culture goes far beyond the bottom line. We believe that teams with a range of rich and diverse perspectives increase their performance ability when it comes to problem solving, innovation and decision making which produce better products for customers.”While gender diversity is a hot topic for many sectors right now, according to fellow Co-Founder Christina Thakor-Rankin: “The All-In Diversity project is not about pushing quotas or agendas. It’s about acknowledging that the expectations and aspirations of the next generation of employees and customers is very different to ours, and understanding that if this industry is to be able to attract and retain the employees and customers of the future it needs to start making changes now.” Submit Share AIDP adds two new global advisors August 12, 2020last_img read more