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Decatur Co. Crash Claims One; Injures Another

first_imgGREENSBURG – A 71-year-old man was killed and a woman was injured in a three vehicle accident on I-74 Wednesday afternoon. The crash occurred at mile marker 124 just before 5:00 p.m.According to the Greensburg Daily News, Delbert Miller, of St. Paul, was traveling westbound in a 1999 Jeep Wrangler when it crossed the median striking an SUV operated by Dixie Wright-Marksberry, 33, of Burlington, Kentucky.Miller was reportedly seen approaching in the passing lane and swerving into the median.Ryan Hornsby, 34, of Holton, struck the axle of the jeep after the impact of the first two vehicles.Police say Miller was thrown from his vehicle and died as a result of injuries.A ruptured gas tank led to the jeep catching fire. A trucker passing by used a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze.Decatur County Sheriff Greg Allen told the newspaper that several people provided aid before emergency services arrived.The SUV driven by Wright-Marksberry flipped after the impact. She was airlifted to St. Vincent Hospital due to possible leg and head injuries.Hornsby was not injured.Both eastbound lanes were closed for over an hour, police said.last_img read more

Jerovetz finds IMCA Modified redemption at 141

first_imgBy Greg Aregoni FRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (June 14) – On Friday night, Troy Jerovetz led at the white flag and spun. Sat­urday night he redeemed himself by earning the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature win.Mike Joski and Troy Jerovetz started on the front row and for the majority of the race they stayed the top two. Joski led the opening four laps before it was General time. Jerovetz rode around the top of the track and into the lead on lap five.He built up a straightaway lead by halfway. Shawn Kilgore had forward bite all night as he worked his way to the front after starting 11th. Unfortunately for Kilgore the race went caution-free and Jerovetz had already checked out from the field. Jerovetz won his first feature of the season at 141 while atoning for Friday’s late-race spin at Luxem­burg. Kilgore finished second. Tony Wedelstadt raced up front all feature long and finished third.Other winners included John Heinz in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Mike Dauphinais in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.Rick Mahlberg has probably never disliked lapped traffic more than in the Stock Car show­down. Mahlberg jumped up front in the feature and led through a couple early cautions. Heinz sped from eighth to second and tracked down Mahlberg. Heinz stayed patient in attempting the pass for the lead. Luke Lemmens made it a three-car race over the next 10 laps. Lapped traf­fic helped decide this feature as Mahlberg came up on Peter Frasier with four laps remaining.Frasier got loose in front of the leader, prompting Mahlberg to hit the brakes. Heinz shot under Mahlberg and into the lead. A final caution set up a green, white, checkered finish. Troy Muench came back into the mix and shot to the outside of Heinz as the white flag flew.Heinz was too tough down low and pulled Muench for his third win of the season. Mahlberg had to settle for third. Bret Koehler charged all the way from the back after going down pit lane to fin­ish fourth. Race Van Pay led 19 laps and every inch but the last one in the Northern SportMod main.Van Pay worked the lead with Hunter Parsons in tow throughout the first half of the race. The youngsters put on quite a show, never touching while racing side-by-side. Van Pay was able to always pull Parsons out of the corners. A final caution flew with 10 laps remaining allowing Dauphinais and Brandon Long to join the lead­ers. Van Pay stayed in the clear up front by himself with Parsons, Long and Dauphinais going three-wide at times for second.With three laps to go, Long ran the outside with Dauphinais down low as they took the race three-wide again, only this time for the lead. Van Pay and Dauphinais saw the white flag first with one lap to settle the score. Off turn four, Van Pay gave Dauphinais just enough room on the bottom and he used it. Dauphinais beat Van Pay by mere inches for the win. It was his first win of the season. Van Pay settled for second in his best career feature finish.last_img read more

IMCA.TV TO PRESENT THE BEST APPEARING CAR AWARD TO MODIFIED AND SPORTMOD DRIVERS AT THE VEGAS “DUEL IN THE DESERT”

first_imgDirt track racers from far and wide visit the Duel in the Desert held at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway every November. The feature lineups boast an expansive representation of different states to certify this event as one of the IMCA “Crown Jewel” events of the year. For the 2015 edition each driver is welcomed to showcase their stomping grounds with the IMCA.TV Best Appearing Car Contest.The graphics theme for 2015 is to represent your state.The IMCA.TV Best Appearing Contest will boast a “winner-take-all” $1000 Prize for the winning IMCA Modified and for the first time ever, a $500 Prize for the winning IMCA SportMod. The winning graphics company (for each class) will get a free social media advertising package on all IMCA.TV major events for 2016, a whooping $5000 value per class!Voting will be conducted on the IMCA Racing Facebook page (www.facebook.com/raceimca). Drivers will have the ability to declare Best Appearing entry at the pit gate of The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway or online at IMCA.TV. IMCA.TV Staff will verify the entry and film a video interview detailing the wrap and take a photo. The video and photo will be posted to Facebook by 11:00 PM Pacific on Thursday, November 12, 2015. Fans will have the ability to LIKE and SHARE the Video and Photo. The combined LIKE and SHARE totals, aka the “Double Down”, will declare a winner in each class by the deadline at High Noon (Pacific) on Saturday, November 14, 2015.IMCA.TV, the title sponsor of the contest, is the Official Network of IMCA and will broadcast every lap of the Duel in the Desert on www.racefeedx.com.Catch up on prior Duel in the Desert races in stunning HD with a $9.99 Monthly or $79.99 Yearly Pass to www.imca.tv or browse the hundreds of videos from IMCA races across the United States. As a bonus, a live event is included on the site once per month.Official rules and registration for the 2015 IMCA.TV Duel in the Desert Best Appearing Car Contest is available at: www.imca.tv/duelModifieds race for $7,777 to win and a minimum of $777 to start while Northern SportMods vie for $1,777 to win at the 18th annual Duel Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 11-14.Twenty-eight Modifieds start the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier on Saturday night. Thursday and Friday qualifying features both pay $777 to win.Northern SportMod qualifying features on Thursday and Friday pay $500 to win.Sixty-five Modified drivers are now pre-entered from 20 states and two Canadian provinces and include:Mark Abouzeid, Chico, Calif.; Ricky Alvarado, Delta, Colo.; Paris Archie, Sparks, Nev.; Kris Asche, Shelton, Wash.; Tim Balding, Prunedale, Calif.; Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas; Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas; Jason Beaulieu, Campbell River, B.C.; Gord Beaumont, Charlie Lake, B.C.; Eddie Belec, Lakewood, Colo.; Tom Berry Jr., Medford, Ore.; Tanner Black, Albert, Kan.; and Steve Boles, Bakersfield, Calif.;Roger Bonneville, Calgary, Alb.; Chris Brown, Spring, Texas; Randy Brown, Chowchilla, Calif.; Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.; Chris Cole, Cache, Okla.; Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; Logan Drake, San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Bill Egleston, Atwater, Calif.; Tommy Fain, Abilene, Texas; Rick Fierro, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Troy Foulger, Martinez, Calif.; Sean Fox, St. Helens, Ore.; and Joe Ger­man, Aberdeen, Wash.Kyle Griffith, Bakersfield, Calif.; Kyle Heckman, Bakersfield, Calif.; Nick Herrera, Ruidoso Downs, N.M.; Jason Hilliard, Cache, Okla.; Bobby Hogge IV, Salinas, Calif.; Rich Horibe, Pahrump; Ray­mond Ketelsen Jr., Aromas, Calif.; Chester Kniss, Antioch, Calif.; Brian Levander, Grand Island, Neb.; Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; William McGuire, Bel­ton, Texas; and Matt Micheli, Live Oak, Calif.Joey Moriarty, Glendale, Ariz.; Mike Mullen, Suamico, Wis.; David Murray Jr., Oberlin, Kan.; Ja­son Noll, Peoria, Ariz.; Andy Obertello, Hollister, Calif.; Jeff Olschowka, Quincy, Calif.; Reed Payne, Idaho Falls, Idaho; Mike Petersilie, Hoisington, Kan.; Freddie Piourde, Santa Rosa, Calif.; Ryan Porter, Atwater, Calif.; Tom Purcell, Carson City; Chett Reeves, Bakersfield, Calif.; and Jesse Richter, Great Bend, Kan.Darren Schatz, Williston, N.D.; Johnny Sheets, Gatesville, Texas; Jesse Sobbing, Malvern, Iowa; Alex Stanford, Chowchilla, Calif.; Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; Jeff Streeter, Madera, Calif.; Stephen Streeter, Madera, Calif.; Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; Mickey Stubbings, Helper, Utah; Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; Dominic Ursetta, Arvada, Colo.; Kenny Wallace, Concord, N.C.; and R.C. Whitwell, Bakersfield, Calif.The 18 pre-entered Northern SportMod drivers, from seven states, are:Brian Cooper, Yuba City, Calif.; Todd Cooper, Yuba City, Calif.; Rick Diaz, Los Banos, Calif.; Wayne Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; Bill Ferguson, Norwood, Calif.; Anthony Fierro, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Austin Frye, Taft, Calif.; Brendon Frye, Taft, Calif.; Anthony Giuliani, Morgan Hill, Calif.; Kruz Griffith, Bakersfield, Calif.; Jordan Hagar, Bakersfield, Calif.; Shawn Harker, Nebraska City, Neb.; Jerry Hoffman, Oronogo, Mo.; Jesse Hoskins, Longdale, Okla.; Garrett Jernagan, Bakers­field, Calif.; Greg Larson, Kindred, N.D.; Fred Ryland, Brentwood, Calif.; and Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif.last_img read more

Rafa revels in Chelsea atmosphere

first_img Press Association He added: “It was a great performance. The team, for 75 minutes, were in control, good play, good passes and great opportunities. The (West Brom) keeper (Ben Foster) was man of the match, for me. That means a lot.” Much of the focus was on the Spaniard after his midweek deviation from measured politician to ranting rabble-rouser. Due to his prior association with Liverpool, Benitez’s temporary appointment was never a popular one, but he hoped the crowd would use their energies to back the team. They came with handmade banners – “The Interim One” and “Rafa Benitez we’re just not that inter im” among them – and chanted the names of his immediate predecessor Roberto Di Matteo and Jose Mourinho, who could yet return to west London as the Spaniard’s successor. The Spaniard, who remains confident of fulfilling his brief of securing Champions League football next term, said: “The main thing is the team. We needed three points. Today they (the fans) were behind the team, everybody was happy, the players were playing very good football, getting three points for a good position in the table.” West Brom boss Steve Clarke insisted the performance of Foster was nothing out of the ordinary and said it would have impressed the watching England manager Roy Hodgson ahead of this month’s matches with San Marino and Montenegro. “Ben plays like that week in, week out,” Clarke said. “He’s probably made Roy happy because he’s made himself available for selection and it gives Roy a nice problem.” Clarke was also keen to move on from the furore surrounding substitute Peter Odemwingie, who came on to play just a few short miles from where he had hoped to now be plying his trade – QPR. Clarke said: “The Peter Odemwingie saga for us is over. It’s finished. He’s a key member of our squad and he’s got a big part to play for the rest of the season.” Demba Ba’s 28th-minute goal saw Chelsea claim a 1-0 win over West Brom to move back above Tottenham to third place in the Barclays Premier League for 24 hours at least, depending on the result of Sunday’s North London derby. Chelsea’s fifth win in seven matches came at the end of a week in which Benitez’s criticisms of the Blues fans and his title of ‘interim’ boss following the FA Cup win at Middlesbrough. But the Spaniard said: “I was today really pleased with the performance on the pitch and the atmosphere was really good.” center_img Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez praised the Stamford Bridge atmosphere and the performance of his players after making a victorious return home following his midweek criticism of Blues supporters.last_img read more

Confident India aim to level series in 4th Test

first_imgSouthampton: After a morale-boosting win at Nottingham, India will be aiming to level the five-match rubber when they take on England in the fourth cricket Test starting at the Rose Bowl Ground here from Thursday.After a narrow 31-run loss in the first Test at Edgbaston, the visitors suffered an innings defeat at Lord’s and were on the verge of losing the series. However, the Virat Kohli-led Indian team bounced back in the third Test to register an emphatic 203-run victory, keeping the series alive.Kohli’s side still trail 1-2 in the series and will be eyeing to replicate their previous show to level the series before going to the decider.On Thursday, the Indian skipper is most likely expected to stick with the winning combination.Kohli currently leads the run charts with 440 runs, which includes two centuries and as many half-centuries and once again, the Indian batting will more or less depend on the 29-year-old.Vice captain Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara scored 81 and 72 runs respectively in the third Test and both will need to repeat their performance here.With Murali Vijay axed from the remainder of the series, Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul would once again open India’s batting, while Hardik Pandya is likely to be retained in the playing XI after his all-round show in the third Test.Hardik had bagged six wickets conceding 50 runs at Nottingham beside playing an unbeaten 52-run knock in the second innings.In the bowling department, the visitors would in all likelihood opt for three pacers, keeping in mind the green-top laid out for the fourth Test.The trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami returned a handful from the third Test, with Bumrah’s fifer ripping through the English batting order in the second essay.Ravichandran Ashwin is expected to recover from his injury and will shoulder the responsibility as the lone spinner in the side, and in case of a forced change, left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja is already warming the bench for the first three Tests.On the other hand, England will hope their misfiring opening combination of Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings to give them a decent start.England’s batting so far, has revolved around the likes of skipper Joe Root, Jos Buttler and injured stumper Jonny Bairstow, who is expected to play as a specialist batsman in the fourth Test.Batsman James Vince was called up to the England squad as cover for Bairstow, but there are growing calls for his inclusion into the playing eleven nevertheless. The bowling unit will once again be on expected lines with the star pair of James Anderson and Stuart Broad leading the attack that comprises all-rounders Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes.It will be interesting to see whether England will persist with leg-spinner Adil Rashid or bring in an additional batsman and part-time spinner in Moeen Ali to bolster their batting. (IANS)last_img read more

Football News Frank Lampard named new manager of Derby County FC

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has been announced as the new manager of second-division football club Derby on Thursday.The English club has declared that the former box-to-box midfielder has signed a three-year contract.”I know it won’t be easy – managing a football team never is – but I’m really looking forward to the challenge ahead,” said the former England international in his presentation as the new boss of Derby.At his time with Chelsea from 2001-14, Lampard became the club’s record goal scorer with 211 goals, having made 649 appearances and was central to the three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League in 2012. The former West Ham United youth product finished his career with short stints at Manchester City and then at New York City FC in Major League Soccer (MLS) before hanging his boots last year.  last_img read more

Cricket News Don’t panic says Sarfaraz after Pakistan’s consecutive defeats against Aussies

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Karachi: Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed says there is no need to panic despite national’s side’s consecutive defeats against Australia in the ODI series since they still have a lot of time to prepare and re-jig plans for the World Cup. Pakistan are trailing the five-match series 0-2 after losing both the matches by eight wickets.Sarfaraz and five other players have been rested from the ODIs in the UAE. All-rounder Faheem Ashraf has also being sent back home after the second match on Sunday to take rest before the World Cup.Sarfaraz recently led the Quetta Gladiators to Pakistan Super League title victory and he said it has come at the right time.“The World Cup is a tough competition because of the format this time but we have done our preparations and we will have time to finalise our plans when we go to England and also play the ODI series against England and some practice games as well,” said Sarfaraz.The skipper on Saturday wore a Pakistan Army uniform to celebrate the Gladiators title win at a special ceremony organised by the Baluchistan government. Indian cricketers had sported camouflage army caps during the recent ODI series against Australia as a mark of respect for CRPF personnel who were killed in a terrorist attack in Pulwama. last_img read more

Roundup

first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety daily incident log between Friday, Jan. 20 and Monday, Jan. 22.Crimes against a personAt 3:06 a.m. on Jan. 21, a student reported that she sustained injuries to her nose and forehead when another student forcibly removed her from a chair, in which she was sitting, and she struck her head on a bed at 2367 Portland St.. The student did not desire criminal prosecution of the matter and stated that she would seek medical treatment on her ownMiscellaneous incidentsAt 11:31 p.m. on Jan. 22, DPS officers responded to an intoxicated student with cuts and abrasions on his face.  The student was incoherent, and the officers were unable to ascertain how he was injured because of his impaired state.  An LAFD RA unit was requested and Unit #15 responded.  The RA Unit examined the student and transported him to California Hospital Medical Center for medical treatment.At 12:10 a.m. on Jan. 22, DPS officers responded to an intoxicated student who was reported to be unable to care for herself in West 27th Place Apartments.  LAFD RA Unit #15 was at the scene examining the student when the officers arrived, and she was subsequently transported to California Hospital Medical Center for medical treatment.At 5:18 p.m. on Jan. 21, DPS officers responded to a traffic collision involving a juvenile who was struck by a university vehicle while riding his bicycle near 28th Street and Figueroa Street. The juvenile was not injured and there was no damage to his bicycle or the vehicle.  The student driving the vehicle and the juvenile’s guardian exchanged contact information, then the officers cleared the scene.At 7:27 a.m. on Jan. 21, DPS officers responded to a report of a naked non-USC male asking for help at the Seeley Mudd Memorial Hall of Philosophy.  The officers determined the subject was intoxicated and unable to care for himself, so an LAFD RA unit was requested.  RA Unit #15 responded and examined the male, then transported him to California Hospital for medical treatment.At 1:51 a.m. on Jan. 21, DPS officers responded to a student who injured his elbow when he fell while carrying someone on his back near Century Apartments.  The student was not present when the officers arrived, and they subsequently learned that his brother had transported him to Good Samaritan Hospital for medical treatment.At 1:42 a.m. on Jan. 21, a student drove a university vehicle into an unidentified subject’s parked vehicle outside the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, causing unspecified damage to both vehicles.At 10:28 a.m. on Jan. 20, a student reported that his roommate in Pacific Apartments, also a student, has been exhibiting strange behavior for the past few months, and he believes the subject might have a substance abuse problem.last_img read more

Trojans preparing for explosive Aggies

first_imgAs USC prepares to play Utah State following a dominant win over Boston College, the attitude around the team has been in stark contrast to its mood after the Washington State loss. Positive energy is obviously a good thing during the days leading up to gameday, but as the Trojans have learned, preparation can never be taken for granted.“I don’t think we have an overconfidence issue because we don’t have a lot to be confident about,” USC head coach Lane Kiffin said. “I’m not worried about that. What I am worried about is the team we’re getting ready to play. Our players understand that this is a really good team.”In Utah State, USC will face a team with a dynamic playmaker under center in quarterback Chuckie Keeton, who is generating some quiet Heisman buzz around Logan, Utah, but could significantly boost his case with a win against a high-profile team like USC in a nationally televised game.“As well as [Keeton] played last year, he’s improved this year with his accuracy and his throwing on time,” Kiffin said. “He doesn’t get sacked very much. He’s a really unique player. To me, he looks a lot like Russell Wilson. He just finds a way to make plays when they’re not there.”Now in his third season as the Aggies’ starting quarterback, Keeton has been outstanding ever since he arrived on campus. In his first collegiate game, he faced defending national champion Auburn on the road and nearly led Utah State to a shocking upset. He completed 21 of 30 passes for 213 yards, ran for two touchdowns and committed no turnovers in a thrilling 42-38 loss.The USC defense is ranked No. 4 in the nation in total defense, but it has yet to face an offense as prolific as Utah State’s, which is No. 12 this year and was No. 21 a season ago.“This is the best offense coming in here that we’ve played [this season],” Kiffin said. “They’re very dynamic. We’re gonna have to tackle extremely well, we’re gonna have to cover well, because they’re really good. There’s a reason they score 50 points a game.”It will be imperative for the Trojans’ defense to contain the Aggies’ attack from the opening whistle. Last season, Keeton and the rest of the offense regularly started games already in rhythm, something the coaching staff is aware of and has stressed to the players.“When you look at first quarter scoring statistics from last year, this is a team that really started fast,” Kiffin said. “They had some bad luck later in games, or they would have won those [close] games.”On defense, the Aggies boast the No. 13-ranked unit in the nation in total defense, though it’s difficult to say they’ve faced the toughest of competition. Against FCS opponent Weber State, Utah State’s defense forced the Wildcats to punt on 12 of its 13 total offensive drives, with the other resulting in a fumble.“[On defense], if you look at their stats, these guys have dominated people,” Kiffin said. “Even in the games where they have barely lost against bigger name teams, for the most part they outplayed them and have just had some bad breaks.”One area that Kiffin and the Trojans must improve upon from last week is the penalty department. Against Boston College, USC committed 10 penalties for 100 yards, including multiple personal foul calls on late hits by the defense.“You can do both: play really physical and play smart,” Kiffin said. “You’re gonna have some [hits] that are on the border when you play aggressive that sometimes get called and sometimes don’t. We’ve got to avoid the ones that are clear.”Last season, USC was plagued by penalties, ranking No. 7 in the Pac-12 in penalty yards per game. Those types of miscues specifically hindered the team in losses. In a 39-36 loss to Arizona, the Trojans committed 13 penalties for 117 yards, consistently giving the Wildcats additional opportunities to score.Offensively, USC will try to build upon its impressive performance against Boston College in which the team scored 35 points and had 521 yards of total offense. The most encouraging aspect of the win was the improved play of redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler, who completed 15 of 17 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns.USC and Utah State will kickoff at 12:30 p.m. The game will be broadcasted on ABC.Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSelbelast_img read more