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first_imgBy Ben DeatherageCOTTAGE GROVE, Ore. – The fourth stop of the Wild West Modified Shootout will be at Cottage Grove Speedway on Tuesday, June 16.  This event will feature some of the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified best drivers in the Western United States and teams from all over the country will be in action.Twenty-five dollars will get a car, truck, or RV load full of fans into the races, which will get underway at approximately 6:45 p.m.Already this season, Jesse Williamson and Kinzer Cox have won twice in main event competition at Cottage Grove. Braedon Hand, Jason Kocks and Curtis Towns each have one win to their credit.CGS has hosted four Wild West Modified Shootout events with four different winners being produced. Last year, Alex Stanford and Nick Trenchard won while in 2012 it was Scott Lenz and in 2011 Jesse Williamson. The 2013 event was lost to weather.last_img read more

first_img The votes were cast and shortlist announced before Suarez’s latest indescretion. However, doubts already existed about the Uruguayan’s worthiness as a recipient given he was found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra at Anfield in October 2011. The voting structure is also likely to have counted against Van Persie, who has scored five times in his last three appearances, including a title-sealing hat-trick against Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Monday. However, as voting took place in the middle of his 10-match barren streak, during which time Bale scored eight times and terrorised defences at home and abroad, it is likely to have strengthened the Welshman’s support at Van Persie’s expense. Chelsea duo Juan Mata and Eden Hazard are outsiders for the contest whilst Michael Carrick, tipped by Arsene Wenger amongst others, still struggles to convince some of his outstanding talents. Should Bale prevail, as he did in 2011, he will be the first two-time winner since Cristiano Ronaldo. In addition, it would mean Wales had claimed the award for the third time in five years after Ryan Giggs won it in 2009. If the bookmakers are correct, Bale will follow Andy Gray and Ronaldo as the only players to have won both the main prize and the Young Player award in the same season. Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke would seem the most obvious candidate to deny him given the Belgian’s outstanding form in a terrible season for the Midlands outfit. Also nominated are Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere. To mark the awards’ 40th anniversary, there is now a women’s category. Scotland’s Kim Little is amongst those nominated in addition to 20-year-old Arsenal team-mate Jordan Nobbs, who scored a stunning debut goal against Italy in England’s triumphant Cyprus Cup campaign in March. Tottenham’s Gareth Bale is favourite to land both major awards at the PFA honours’ night in London on Sunday. Bale has been the inspiration behind Tottenham’s charge for a Champions League spot and is tipped to take advantage of Robin van Persie’s dip in form to claim a prize he also won in 2011. PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor would not be complaining at the outcome as it would deny Luis Suarez the prestigious honour, although the Liverpool forward, who on Friday accepted his 10-match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic at Chelsea last week, is virtually certain to be included in the Premier League team of the year. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img Published on November 28, 2012 at 3:00 am Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+ The magic number is 3,000.If the Syracuse Silver Knights can get that many paying customers to each of their 13 home games at the Oncenter War Memorial Arena, the team becomes profitable. The future then becomes more certain and more promising for professional soccer in the city of Syracuse.“If every soccer person just went to one game, any person that had anything to do with soccer,” Silver Knights President and head coach Tommy Tanner said, “you know, a kid playing soccer or played in the men’s league or played in the coed league, went to one game, we’d sell out all 13 home games.”But with an operating budget between $500,000 and $600,000, getting “more butts in the seats” is an exercise in indirect marketing. Billboards and TV commercials are out of the question for the Silver Knights. They’re too expensive. If the Silver Knights don’t reach that magic number of 3,000, though, they run the risk of joining their outdoor predecessors, the Syracuse Salty Dogs, and hundreds of other now-defunct teams in the graveyard of American soccer clubs.The Silver Knights front office aimed to sell about 750 season tickets for this season. Current sales are at about 460, said Nick Michalkow, director of group sales and fan services. The team originally planned to raise $500,000 through shares in the Syracuse Pro Sports Group, LLC. Shares are still available, but Vice President of Sales and Marketing Allen Laventure said he could not comment on the number sold.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSo the four-man, full-time front office staff has no choice but to get creative, save costs and hope fans show up.“For us it’s not about the 13 home games, it’s about being active and in the community 365 days a year,” Laventure said.On Black Friday, that meant sending the team to ring bells and work the donation kettle at Destiny USA. Other nights it means the team’s jersey color changes for a cause. And in an attempt to reach out to children and families, the Silver Knights carry out a three-part school assembly program known as the Knights’ Code, in which players speak to students about health and wellness, diversity and the dangers of bullying.“It’s being involved in the community where people are saying, ‘Wow, these guys are doing a lot, we see them everywhere,’” Laventure said. “And that’s one of the things that we’ve been fortunate of when I talk to sponsors they’re like, ‘Oh my gosh I was at this run’ or ‘My son came home with a worksheet from you guys.’”The Silver Knights are not bogged down by the same financial troubles that doomed the Salty Dogs, which were also part-owned by Pete Ramin, who is now a Silver Knights co-owner and vice president of operations.The Salty Dogs performed well at the gate, drawing the third-highest attendance in the 16-team USL First Division (USL-1) in 2004 despite splitting home games between P&C Stadium — now Alliance Bank Stadium — and Liverpool High School.But mere entry into the league cost $500,000, with $300,000 going toward a territory fee to the Rochester Raging Rhinos and $200,000 paid directly as a league fee. The high startup costs, in addition to a pricey lease agreement with P&C Stadium, caused the team to bleed money and cease operations in October 2004 after just two seasons.By contrast, in late 2009, USL-1 Senior Director Chris Economides reached out to Tanner about bringing a franchise  to Syracuse. There was no territory fee despite the eventual presence of another Rochester club, the Lancers. Instead of the $200,000 league fee that the Syracuse Pro Sports Group paid for the Salty Dogs, Syracuse Pro Sports, LLC, only paid a $50,000 fee for the Silver Knights franchise.Tanner and Michalkow estimated the Salty Dogs’ operating costs are $1.2 million. And while the Silver Knights’ are about half that, the second-year franchise must expand its fan base to thrive.“We definitely missed a couple markets last year,” said Michalkow, who is in his first year with the franchise.He and Laventure pointed to the Latino — 8.3 percent of the city’s population — and young adult demographics as areas of weakness for the club. So this year, the Silver Knights are writing game stories for CNY Latino.The Silver Knights also continue to push for Syracuse University students to attend games as Laventure reaches out to students in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.“I think that college students, if they came and saw a game, would actually enjoy themselves,” he said. “Getting them off the Hill has been our biggest challenge.”Ultimately the Silver Knights target families as the foundation of their fan base. Laventure worked for the Syracuse Crunch, now the Tampa Bay Lightning’s AHL affiliate, from 1994 to 2000 as an account executive and director of youth hockey programs. Game days for the Crunch in those days mirror what the Silver Knights are attempting to create now: loud music, families and an overall party atmosphere.In 2004, when Tanner was still playing for the financially spiraling Salty Dogs, he attended his first Crunch game. He immediately thought “this would be a perfect place for indoor soccer.”The Silver Knights front office still sees hope in the Crunch model.“Our thought process was, ‘Let’s get people hooked on the event and they’ll come back,’” Laventure said. “And now you look 18 years later and the Crunch is — people who were kids then, well now those kids are now taking their kids.“So essentially they’ve instantaneously doubled their audience and their appeal because they have three generations going to their games instead of just two.”The front office is banking on keeping costs low, filling seats and getting the franchise off the ground and into year three, a milestone the Salty Dogs never reached.“I’ve never heard of one person not enjoying one of our games,” Tanner said. “You know, go to the game and go ‘That sucks, that’s not what I expected.’ Usually they say ‘That’s not what I expected, it was a lot better.’” Commentslast_img read more

first_imgThere’s plenty of reason to believe the Cardinals could select Kyler Murray with the first overall pick in next week’s draft.The two-sport star boasts all the credentials to be Arizona’s next starter after the team finished last season with a league-worst 3-13 record and missed the playoffs for the third straight year. There’s just one problem. Arizona already has Josh Rosen on the roster, which prompts the question: Could the Cardinals draft a top-10 quarterback for the second straight year? If they find a willing trade partner, then absolutely.The Cardinals haven’t had a winning season since 2015 when they posted a 13-3 record and won the NFC West with veteran Carson Palmer at the helm. But Palmer retired at then end of the 2017 season after spending much of the year on injured reserve, leaving a sizable gap under center that Rosen couldn’t seem to fill in his first season. Rosen completed 55.2 percent of his passes for 2,278 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 14 games as a rookie.If Murray ends up being picked in the first round, he would become the first player ever to be a first-round selection in both the MLB and NFL drafts. Cardinals’ Josh Rosen hears the noise behind all those trade rumors Murray led Oklahoma to a 12-2 record as he threw for 4,361 yards with 42 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2018. He also ran for 1,001 yards and capped off his final collegiate season by winning the Heisman Trophy.Before that, however, he only threw 21 passes and rushed 14 times over seven games while backing up Baker Mayfield in 2017. As a freshman at Texas A&M in 2015, Murray threw 121 passes and rushed 53 times in eight games. Related Newscenter_img Given his late success on the football field, Murray announced in February he would pursue his dream of being an NFL quarterback, despite being selected by the Athletics with the ninth overall pick of the 2018 MLB Draft.His stock rose at the Scouting Combine in February, where he measured 5-10 and 1/8 inches and 207 pounds. It’s worth noting that quarterback Russell Wilson, who signed a mega contract extension to become the NFL’s highest-paid player earlier this week, posted similar measurements at 5-11 and 204 pounds before being drafted by the Seahawks. While Wilson ended up being a third-round pick, there’s no arguing that his underestimated talent has proven to be beneficial for Seattle. NFL Draft 2019: Why Cardinals should keep Josh Rosenlast_img read more

first_imgThe football team of Bosnia and Herzegovina on 18th November in St. Louis will play a friendly match with Argentina. Representatives of two unions signed the contract on this game yesterday. The exact time of the match is still not defined, but it will probably be at 20 pm at local time, announced the Football Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Source: Fena)last_img