Tolands go 1-2 at Davenport

first_imgBy Mike McGuireDAVENPORT, Iowa (May 12) – It may have been Mother’s Day weekend, but it was a father-son duo that made the noise at the Davenport Speedway on Friday night.Bobby Toland led 23 of 25 laps in the Petersen Plumbing & Heating IMCA Late Model feature but he would not see victory lane. Coming to the white flag, his father and defending national cham­pion Rob got under Bobby in turn four, taking the lead and the win.Bobby finished second with Luke Goedert third.Brandon Durbin led flag to flag for win in the Eriksen Chevrolet IMCA Modified main. Durbin pro­tected the bottom groove throughout the race and earned the victory.Bryce Garnhart got to Durbin’s rear bumper at the white flag but was unable to make a bid for the lead. Garnhart took second ahead of Rick Hixson.Tony Olson continued his streak in the Hawkeye Auto IMCA Northern SportMod feature. On his birthday, Olson picked up his third win in as many races this season.Olson battled Randy Farrell for two laps before establishing a lead he would not relinquish. Jake Morris ran a steady race to finish second. Rance Powell was third.On Friday, May 19, the IMCA Modified Madness 50 comes to the Davenport Speedway. A $2,000 prize and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth awaits the winner of the main event.Sanctioned Late Models and Northern SportMods will be competing for track points.last_img read more

Evans ready to go – O’Neill

first_imgBanned Jonny Evans is set to make his return to football in Northern Ireland’s friendly against Scotland, according to boss Michael O’Neill. The Football Association suspended the 27-year-old Manchester United defender for six games and Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse for seven matches for a spitting incident during the Old Trafford side’s 1-0 win over the Magpies on March 4. Evans has served two matches but will get the chance to get the boots back on in the Vauxhall International challenge match at Hampden Park on Wednesday, March 25, before the crucial Euro Group F qualifier against Finland at Windsor Park the following Sunday. There was some surprise when Shane Ferguson was named in O’Neill’s 27-man squad. The Irishman was one of five Toon players who signed on loan for Rangers in the transfer window but he has yet to travel to Glasgow as he recovers from a knee injury. When informed of Ferguson’s inclusion, Gers interim-boss Stuart McCall said: “I find that amazing because he is registered to us but he’s not been here. “That has actually astounded me. From what I’ve been led to believe, we won’t see him at all this season.” However, O’Neill said: “Shane is injured at the moment so he’s probably an extreme doubt if I’m honest. “I had hoped he would be further along in his recovery. “He’s still at Newcastle United in terms of his rehab and that’s something I’ll have to decide on in the next two or three days whether he’s included or not. “I would have hoped he would have played for Rangers by this time. “He had a slight setback with his knee injury but in the next 24 to 48 hours I’ll have to decide whether it’s beneficial to include him.” Manchester United’s 19-year-old defender Paddy McNair is in line to make his senior debut. He was an unused substitute against Romania in November but with O’Neill set to rotate his squad in the first fixture, McNair can expect to add another landmark moment to his breakout season. Doncaster’s Luke McCullough is also included alongside veteran defenders Gareth McAuley, Aaron Hughes and Chris Baird, meaning Hull’s Alex Bruce again misses out. Brentford winger Stuart Dallas is another who may benefit from a run-out in Glasgow having returned to the squad. Dallas won his first and only cap against Wales in 2011’s Carling Nations Cup and withdrew from his previous call-up due to injury. Ferguson’s expected withdrawal could yet open the door for the absent Daniel Lafferty, who has been starved of first-team football at Burnley but has recently joined Rotherham on loan. Kyle Lafferty, who has three goals in four Euro 2016 qualifiers so far, leads the forward unit and will travel from Turkish outfit Caykur Rizespor. But there was no place for Martin Paterson, on loan with Major League Soccer franchise Orlando City. With regards the way he will approach the Scotland game, O’Neill said: “The priority is the Finland game, it’s as simple as that. “I’m not sure about experiment but it’s a time to look at one or two players who haven’t had the opportunity yet in the campaign and also players to get valuable game time.” Press Association O’Neill, speaking at the national stadium in Glasgow where he was helping to publicise the friendly against the Scots, revealed he has spoken to Evans and is more than confident the player is mentally attuned to play if required. He said: “Jonny hasn’t played international football for 18 months because of injury and he’s also currently serving a suspension. “He’ll welcome the opportunity to get some minutes given the importance of the (Finland) game on Sunday. “I spoke to him the day after the incident and after the decision as well. “He is fine and there will be no problems with that at all. “He is an excellent professional and he will be more than capable of coming and dealing with these games if he is asked to play. “He hasn’t played in the qualification for us yet, he’s been injured so it’s going to be great to have him back in the squad. “I’d have no concerns at all around his mental state in terms of being able to come into play at international level.” last_img read more

New Premier League Season to Kickoff September 12

first_imgThe 2020-21 Premier League and English Football League seasons will start on September 12.In the top flight, the campaign will end on May 23, while the Championship, League One and League Two seasons will culminate on May 8 and 9.Next season’s play-off finals will take place on the final weekend in May. The current Premier League season will end on Sunday after it was suspended for three months because of the coronavirus pandemic.The regular Championship season concluded on Wednesday, with the play-offs finishing on August 4.Most League One and League Two teams have not played since March.The Premier League said it would “continue to consult” with the Football Association and EFL “regarding the scheduling of all domestic competitions”.However, the start date for teams still playing in European competitions is still under discussion.It remains possible they will be given a delayed start, given they could be playing well into August.Last-16 ties in the Europa League – featuring Manchester United and Wolves – resume on August 5, with the final scheduled to take place on August 21.Remaining Champions League last-16 ties resume from August 7, with Manchester City and Chelsea still in the competition.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Syracuse’s next opponent: What to know about No. 10 Virginia Tech

first_img Published on January 25, 2019 at 3:44 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 Comments No. 10 Virginia Tech (15-3, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) will try to rebound from a 21-point blowout loss at No. 11 North Carolina this weekend, when they host Syracuse (14-5, 5-1) in Blacksburg, Virginia. Tip is slated for 8 p.m.Here’s what you need to know about the Hokies.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 9-3Last time they played: The Orange beat VT on New Year’s Eve in 2017, 68-56. Syracuse held the Hokies to 34.6 percent from the field. Then-freshman Oshae Brissett shined in his first career ACC game, feasting for 19 points and nine rebounds. For VT, Nickeil Alexander-Walker led the way with 19 to go along with Justin Robinson and Justin Bibbs’ 10 points apiece. The last time SU traveled to Blacksburg, two years ago, the Orange fell, 83-73. The Virginia Tech report: Against Mike Hopkins’ Washington Huskies this season in Atlantic City, the Hokies largely found rhythm against the 2-3 zone, running through the high post and short corner with relative easy. Hopkins doesn’t run the same zone Syracuse does, though. But VT did show a capability to handle a zone and work the ball inside and out. Most impressive: Virginia Tech was poised against the zone, working the ball well at a fast clip.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Hokies are coming off back-to-back seasons in which they reached the NCAA Tournament. They have only three losses thus far: Penn State, No. 3 Virginia and No. 11 UNC. All three came on the road. They returned a deep group from a season ago — four of their top five scorers and four of their top five rebounders. What the Hokies lack in defense they try to compensate for on the offensive end. Five players average 7.9 points per game or more. They’re led by Nickeil Alexander-Walker (18.3 points per game), Kerry Blackshear Jr. (13.7), Ahmed Hill (13.2) and Justin Robinson (13.1), with a solid inside-outside balance. How Syracuse beats Virginia Tech: Surely, the Orange will have to score to keep up with the quality offense that is VT. Junior shooting guard Tyus Battle’s aggression is needed, as well as support from point guard Frank Howard and Co. The Hokies want to push the ball against the zone — like they did against Washington — and, if they don’t get a good initial look, they’ll look to challenge the Orange off the dribble and inside. An airtight zone is the defensive key for this primetime matchup as the Orange look to improve to 6-1 in conference play against one of the stronger offenses they’ll face. Stat to know: 49.7 — Percentage of field-goals Virginia Tech has made this season, compared with Syracuse’s 42.8 percent shooting. The Hokies work to get quality shots. KenPom odds: KenPom gives Syracuse a 25 percent chance to win, predicting a Virginia Tech victory by a score of 71-64. Player to watch: Justin Robinson, senior guard, No. 5Robinson can play, and he’s produced for a long time. He’s second in the conference in assists per game (5.4) and fourth on his team in points (13.1). A third-year starter, Robinson brings experience and quickness to the Virginia Tech backcourt. He’s shooting about four 3-pointers per contest, and he can find his way toward the rim off the bounce. Related Stories Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_imgDOZENS of prosecutions for drink driving in Donegal are set to be thrown out of court because print-outs of alcohol readings were not given out in Irish AND English.A High Court judge had ruled defendants should have been given the breath test print outs in both languages.It means high profile cases like the one against Senator Brian O Domhnaill are likely to be dismissed. The issue arose earlier during a prosecution of Romanian man Mihai Avadenei, 29, from Lioscianan, Swords for a drink-driving offence last July.His lawyers argued that he should have been given a read-out of his breath test from the intoxilyser machine in both Irish and English. He had failed the breath test.They argued that the print-out submitted to the court was not a duly completed statement within the meaning of the 2010 Road Traffic Act as it was only in English.It was submitted that the rules required it to be in both English and Irish and that the document was therefore not a duly completed statement and not admissible in evidence.In a submission to the High Court, Judge Conal Gibbons said he sided with the accused on the case, but asked for a ruling from the higher court.In his judgment today Mr Justice Seamus Noonan said a breath alcohol test statement is not a valid piece of evidence if it is in English only.Judge Noonan said that in April last year, a first breath test had been performed on Mr Avadenei after he had been stopped by Garda Francis McMahon for driving at 80km/h in a 50km/h zone.The judge said that Garda McMahon had got a strong smell of alcohol from Mr Avadenei’s breath and had performed an Alcotest which result had been “fail.”Garda McMahon arrested Mr Avadenei and brought him to Store Street Garda Station where a further test, Evidenzer Irl, performed by another garda, revealed a concentration of 54mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.Judge Noonan said there was no ambiguity in the Act that when performing the Evidenzer test, the garda must supply statements in Irish and in English.“Once the breath specimen has been given which indicates a possible contravention, the person providing the specimen shall be supplied immediately by a member of the Garda Síochána with two identical statements in the prescribed form,” the judge said.“In my view, what arises in this case, being a failure to reproduce an entire half of the prescribed form, could not be regarded as ‘mere deviation’ from the form prescribed.“It is not evidence at all and cannot be admitted,” Judge Noonan said.A spokesperson for  the Department of Justice said tonight the terms of the judgment were now being considered by An Garda Síochána in consultation with all relevant agencies.Dozens of Donegal cases have been hold pending the High Court ruling, the latest involving a Lithuanian national.BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL DRINK-DRIVE CASES TO BE THROWN OUT AFTER COURT RULING was last modified: September 22nd, 2015 by John2Share 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:Casedrink driveenglishirishTestlast_img read more

Great Deal Get a HomeKit RGB Light Bulb for Under 20 Original

first_img Share Tweet Submit Koogeek has a wonderful little deal going on right now that will land you a HomeKit light bulb for just $17.59. But that’s not all, it’s an RGB bulb capable of changing between 16 million colors.Get into the HomeKit Game for Cheap with a Koogeek Smart Bulb for Just $17.59 for a Limited TimeI’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: getting into home automation is not cheap at all. So, at this point, every single deal helps in making our ‘home of the future’ dream a reality.If you’ve been looking to get into the game of setting up some RGB light bulbs in your place that are HomeKit compatible then Koogeek has your back on this one. For a limited time only, it’s offering its HomeKit-only RGB light bulb for a price of just $17.59. But that price is not the best part it’s the fact that this bulb does not require any hub to function. Just hook it up with your existing WiFi network on the 2.4GHz band and you’ll be up and running in no time.Once set up, you can use this bulb like any other, except that this one will now be controlled using your iPhone, iPad or even your Apple TV. Even better, you can use Siri to control it too if you like. Also, taking things further is the fact that this piece of tech can set an ambience instantly thanks to its support for 16 million colors. Those are a lot of shades if you’re asking us.For this price, we will highly recommend picking up at least two if you want to see what the home automation hype is all about. The deal is valid till the 11th of this month after which it will expire. Make your move fast!Buy Koogeek HomeKit Light RGB Light Bulb [Amazon link]last_img read more