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By Greg AregoniFRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (June 22) – Sixty-seven of the best Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified drivers from 10 states converged on 141 Speedway for opening night of qualifying for the $10,000 to win Clash at the Creek main event.When passing points were figured after 16 heat races, 10 of those drivers … Benji LaCrosse, Mike Mullen, Kyle Brown, Jay Matthias, Hunter Marriott, Shawn Kilgore, Jordan Grabouski, Jeremy Jacobs, Todd Dart and Marcus Yarie … were locked into Thursday’s starting grid at Francis Creek.The remainder of the field will be set by the “B” features and a Final Four race. Racing starts at 6 p.m. tonight.Brandon Czarapata and Jeff Schmuhl raced to $500 paydays on Wednesday, in IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod features, respectively.Kyle Frederick started on the pole of the Stock Car feature. He was looking for his fourth win of the season but the rest of the field had other ideas. Frederick took to the lead immediately and set a quick pace.Czarapata worked from his seventh starting position into the second spot and tracked down the leader. Czarapata grabbed the lead but a caution put him back to second. Frederick tried to stay down low on the restart but Czarapata was not to be denied on this night.Czarapata finally got the lead for good on lap 11. He had plenty of company in the next few circuits that saw a couple of cautions. Travis Van Straten and John Heinz both had their chances with Czarapata but neither could come away with the lead. Czarapata put a stranglehold on the field late in picking up the win. Heinz bested Van Straten for the runner-up finish. Shawn Wagner took fourth with Frederick fifth.Jeff Steenbergen set the pace on the opening lap of the SportMod main. What proved to be the race-winning pass happened on lap two when Schmuhl stole the show up top.Schmuhl checked out from the field and was never to be seen again. Schmuhl worked into lapped traffic starting on lap 11. Cody Schroeder drove into the second spot late in the race but ran out of time for any chance to catch the leader.Schmuhl stayed as cool as ice driving around the rim of the 1/3-mile oval on his way to the checkered flag. Schroeder finished second with Steenbergen right behind. Kevin Bethke finished fourth with Hunter Parson taking home fifth.Both the Stock Cars and Northern SportMods will run complete shows again this evening with $500 awarded to the winners.
LeBron James will be skipping his “Zero Dark Thirty-23” mode this year during the NBA playoffs.The Lakers star normally leaves social media during the postseason to maximize his focus, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, James said his self-imposed ritual will change. “I won’t be turning my phone off during this run. I can’t afford to. I have to continue to check in with my family every single day,” James said Tuesday, per ESPN. “Making sure everything is still going well, especially in the uncertainty of what 2020 has brought to all of us. So I can’t afford to do that, just lose direct contact with everybody.”MORE: What happens if an NBA player leaves the bubble?From ESPN: In past years, James would curtail the time he spent on Twitter and Instagram in April through June to sharpen his focus. But during those playoff runs, he had the balance of playing home and away, flying back from road arenas to spend time with his wife, Savannah; mother, Gloria; and three children, Bronny, Bryce and Zhuri.James specifically cited his mom as someone he will “check in” with.James said social media provides him with a way to keep up with his family. If the Lakers make it to the NBA finals, James could be in the Orlando “bubble” for three and a half months — the longest he’s ever been apart from his wife and kids.The NBA returns on Thursday after suspending the season on March 11.James’ Lakers were leading the Western Conference and the Milwaukee Buck were on top of the NBA standings.
OXFORD, Miss. – Engaging in its first postseason match in over a decade, the Stephen F. Austin volleyball team was unable to slow down a strong attack plan by Ole Miss and dropped a 3-0 decision to the Rebels in the opening round of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) Wednesday night at the Gillom Center. Stopping the Ole Miss duo of Kate Gibson and Lexi Thompson was far easier said than done as the pair combined for 28 of the Rebels’ 47 terminations throughout the evening. As a team, Ole Miss hit at a rate of .300 and try as they might the Ladyjacks were unable to match that efficiency on the offensive end. Danae Daron posted a team-best nine kills while Haley Coleman added eight for SFA which finished with a hitting percentage of only .103 – its lowest of the season – in its season-ending setback. Defensively, Makenzee Hanna amassed six rejections to lead all players while Ann Hollas added three blocks to go along with three kills and 15 assists. Freshman Margaret Dean stepped in and dished out 13 helpers to tie her season high. Charging out of the games in their first postseason match since 2010, the Rebels never trailed in the opening frame and drilled SFA with an 11-2 run to start the Southland/SEC showdown. The Ladyjacks managed to recover and posted five of the next seven points to cut the Ole Miss advantage to 13-7.Through that SFA run, Daron and Hollas delivered kills while Redmond served up the Ladyjacks’ lone ace of the match. A solo rejection by Hanna kept SFA within six, 14-8, before the Rebels’ offense squashed the Ladyjacks hopes of jumping out to a 1-0 lead. Ole Miss pounded down eight of their 15 kills in the set during an 11-4 run to close out the frame. Through the first set, SFA hit just .000 while the Rebels attacked at a strong .464 clip.Ole Miss broke a 1-1 tie early in the second by pounding down three more kills during a 4-0 run but the Ladyjacks rediscovered their accuracy on the offensive end to give the Rebels a run for their money.Daron, Evans and Hollas each smacked down kills during a 6-2 SFA surge while the duo of Hanna and Hollas sprung for a block to tie things at 7-7 before another flurry of offense by Ole Miss put the home team in front for the remainder of the frame. Three more kills and an SFA error pushed the Rebels ahead 11-7 and while SFA made it a two-point margin twice during the middle portion of the set, Ole Miss answered with points each time to reestablish a three-point lead. Facing set point and trailing by five, SFA received back-to-back terminations from Hanna before a solo block from Gibson finished off the set and put the host institution up 2-0. The only lead SFA took in the match came when Daron and Coleman combined for a rejection to start the third set. From there, Ole Miss reeled off five straight points and would never fall behind again.Getting kills from Xariah Williams and Coleman as well as a combo block from Hanna and Hollas, the visitors battled back to knot matters at 5-5, but Ole Miss responded in a big way by going on an 8-0 run to open up a 13-5 lead. Although the Ladyjacks attempted a comeback by getting kills from Xariah Williams, Redmond and Coleman as part of a 5-1 run that trimmed the Rebels’ lead to 19-16, the Ole Miss lead proved to be insurmountable. Ole Miss closed out the match with a 5-2 run that featured two more kills and the Rebels’ second service ace of the evening. SFA’s season may have come to a close, but there were still plenty of highlights to be had throughout 2017. The Ladyjacks captured their ninth Southland Conference regular sesaon title and posted 26 wins – the most by the team since 2007. Cain – one of two seniors on the team along with Sam Rodriguez – closed out her collegiate career with 1,624 digs which stands as the fourth-most in the history of the program.
For both, it was their first defeat of the season and for both, defensive fragility was the key factor, which will be a major concern with the second round of Champions League games to come next week.By the end, Atletico Madrid, who had cruised to victory over Huesca on Tuesday and play Real on Saturday, were the biggest winners. After a stuttering start, Diego Simeone’s side will jump above Real with a win at the Santiago Bernabeu.Sevilla can be a formidable opponent on their own patch but few expected Leganes to inflict what was only Barcelona’s second league defeat in 17 months.“We are in a very difficult moment that was unexpected,” Barca coach Ernesto Valverde said.Gerard Pique committed the decisive error, his fluffed clearance allowing Oscar Rodriguez to score Leganes’ second goal in two incredible minutes at Estadio Municipal de Butarque.Nabil El Zhar had nodded in an equaliser moments before and by the end Philippe Coutinho’s sumptuous early volley was reduced to little more than a footnote.After drawing at home to Girona on Sunday, albeit with 10 men, Valverde’s selection also came under scrutiny, after he opted to rotate for the second time in three days.Against Girona, it was Coutinho, Ivan Rakitic and Samuel Umtiti on the bench and just as they all had to be called upon in the second half at the Camp Nou, so were Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba this time.“Of course the coach is responsible, a losing coach always feels responsible,” Valverde said.“But obviously it is easy now to talk about the rotations – in the end, matches are analysed on results – but you can’t win the league with only eleven players.”Barcelona face Athletic Bilbao on Saturday and then Tottenham at Wembley in the Champions League four days later but one point from two of La Liga’s lesser opponents is a concern.So is the form of Pique, who was also at fault against Girona and will almost certainly start against Spurs, with Umtiti suspended.“You have to judge the whole team, not individuals,” Sergio Busquets said.“There are no excuses. We have to concede fewer goals and be more solid. Today the league isn’t lost but we might miss these three points at the end of the season.”Real Madrid, who were just kicking off as Leganes closed out, could have pulled three points clear at the top but instead were three down at half-time for the first time in a league game since 2003, also against Sevilla.Twice Jesus Navas sped away on the counter-attack, and twice he found Andre Silva, the first time with a deliberate cut-back, the second when his shot was palmed out for a rebound.Wissam Ben Yedder added a third six minutes before the interval, volleying in from close range after the Madrid defence had pushed out.“We had a bad first half,” Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui said. “Especially a bad start, when they scored two goals and set the tone for the game.“We have to pick ourselves up, we have another important game in three days so we congratulate Sevilla and recognise we have not played how we wanted.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Watch this! Barcelona’s Lionel Messi looks on as Leganes defender Raul Garcia clears the ball © AFP / OSCAR DEL POZOMADRID, Spain, Sep 27 – Barcelona conceded twice in 68 seconds and Real Madrid were three down at half-time as La Liga’s two title favourites were each stunned by surprise defeats on Wednesday night.Barca’s 2-1 loss to relegation fighters Leganes was the greater shock but Madrid’s beating was more emphatic, blown away 3-0 by Sevilla after a torrid 39 minutes at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
The HSE and relatives of hospital patients have hit back at claims that beds are to close at a popular community hospital.The claims were made in calls to local radio station Highland Radio last Friday.However, the HSE said there was no truth to the claims. Among the claims being made were that dementia care beds and long term beds are being closed down at St Joseph’s in Stranorlar.In a statement, HSE said: “The Chief Officer for the HSE in the North West has confirmed that short and long stay beds, and dementia care beds, in St Joseph’s Community Hospital in Stranorlar, will be retained.“This information was confirmed to the St Joseph’s Hospital Action Group at a meeting on 22nd June 2017 and the SOS group at a meeting on the 12th July 2017.”Far from closing beds, said the HSE, they are planning a multi-million euro investment in Stranorlar Community Hospital to provide even better facilities for patients. The statement went on: “The HSE is proposing a capital investment of €3.5 million to upgrade the hospital and provide for improved facilities for patients.“The HSE confirms that there is no threat to services at the hospital.”Meanwhile a relative of a patient at the hospital has called for the St Joseph’s Action Group to close.“The claims made on radio last Friday caused huge anxiety in our family and we don’t know where the claims have come from considering the HSE has published its plans to upgrade the hospital and retain and enhance services,” said the relative.“There is far too much party politics around this issue. People must think before they speak and ask themselves ‘is what I am saying causing distress to patients and their relatives?’ and if that is the case they need to stop. “The Action Group does not represent me. It should stay silent or close.”HSE dismisses claims that beds will close at St Joseph’s Hospital was last modified: August 1st, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bedsdonegalHSEST JOSEPHS