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IMCA addresses wheel spacers, rear end components and weight

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – IMCA wheel spacer and rear end component rules have undergone a fine tun­ing.“Last week we clarified weight rules regarding axle tubes for Modifieds and Late Models,” ex­plained IMCA President Brett Root. “We continue to field phone calls and are expanding that clarifica­tion to other rear end components and try to head off some of the unnecessary direction the market is taking.”Effective immediately, wheel spacers used in the Modified, Stock Car and Southern SportMod divisions must be alumi­num with a maximum outside diameter of 7-1/4 inches.Late Models will only be allowed to compete with aluminum wheel spacers as well.Wheel spacers are not allowed in the Hobby Stock, Northern SportMod and Sport Compact divisions.“We are doing our best to avoid being walked into putting weight rules on suspension compo­nents,” Root said. “Executive Director of Competition Dave Brenn is doing an excellent job research­ing this issue and writing rules that racers can understand and inspectors can effectively enforce.”Additionally, rear end components including calipers, hubs, drive plates and axle tubes must match left to right and be the same in material thickness and composition. The exception is that Late Models may use steel or aluminum axle tubes.Root also noted that the birdcages, shocks, springs and rear suspension configurations do not have to match side to side. “We are not taking tuning away from racers,” he emphasized. “That’s a much differ­ent story than heavy weight components.”“We reiterate that standard weight axle tubes have a wall thickness of approximately one quarter inch,” Root added. “IMCA expects and our position is that axle tubes on both ends of the rear housing match in thickness. Late Models are allowed to use left and right axle tubes of differing composi­tions.”“For years, we have been concerned about products that were under-engineered and were too light. Now products are being over-engineered to add weight,” concluded Root. “That is an issue of safety and forces racers to spend more money. We want them to understand our position and not buy parts they don’t need or can’t use in IMCA.”Weight rules IMCA makes and enforces ultimately effects seven sanctioned divisions. The excep­tion is Sprint Cars as RaceSaver writes the rules for that division.last_img read more

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Anna Werner

first_imgAnna Werner, 93 years old, of St. Leon, IN passed away peacefully January 14, surrounded by family. The legacy for this family began when Al was visiting his uncle at Margaret Mary Hospital and his nurse, Anna, caught Al’s eye. Home on leave from the Army, Al had lunch in the hospital cafeteria with a few of his friends, including Anna, whom he did not know at that point. Taken by her charm, Al began writing to Anna when he was redeployed to Europe. Married on July 21, 1954, Anna & Al celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last year. An orphan with no known siblings and adopted around 5 or 6 years old, Anna wanted a large family. Having seven children in eight years, she was blessed to raise a big family. A doting mother, Anna would get up at 4:00 in the morning to make the kids a hot breakfast every day and fried chicken for them to take to school. Not quite understanding how good they had it at the time, the children now joke that they wanted cold cereal because that’s what all their friends had for breakfast. Anna was always helping her children with their 4-H projects, often staying up late to finish them. She once rescued three black & white Hampshire pigs during the freezing cold that were born on their farm. She brought them in from the cold and put them in the oven to warm them up, accidently singeing the edges of their ears. As any good mother would do, she bottle fed them and raised them as her pets. Anna loved to explore her artistic talents. She painted scenery with acrylic oil paint and made ceramics. She enjoyed playing the piano and organ at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Leon and played for many weddings. She also like to play the accordion. Another talent was her green thumb and she could easily turn weeds into a beautiful garden. Anna enjoyed riding her bike and did so until her late 80’s when her doctor advised her that it might not be a good idea as he feared her falling. Although she stopped riding, it wasn’t because she thought she would break any bones if she ever fell. Her kids believe she had the strongest bones because of her love for milk. Her bones were strong, her nails grew quickly and she had beautiful skin. Another of her loves was pancakes which she could eat for days.Anna will be greatly missed by her husband, Al, and their children Anthony (Ty) of St. Leon, Art (Lynne) of St. Leon, Rick (Brenda) of Sunman, Anita (Charley) of Michigan, Jerry of Lawrenceburg, and daughter-in-law Darlene of St. Leon; 20 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by sons Andy and Alvin Werner. Anna was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 464 and was a past auxiliary president of the 9th district.Visitation for Anna will be Friday, January 17 from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Parish Life Center in St. Leon, beginning with Rosary at 4:00. Mass of Christian burial will be at All Saints Parish, St. Joseph Campus on Saturday, January 18 at 11:00 am. Memorials can be made to Family Wishes. Please visit www.andres-wuestefeldfh.com to offer condolences and sign the guestbook.last_img read more

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UEFA postpones Champions League final and other club finals, providing no new date

first_imgUEFA postpones Champions League final and other club finals, providing no new date Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA postpones Champions League final and other club finals, providing no new date.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press center_img March 23, 2020last_img

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Solvay, Marcellus goes to 2-0; Ludden stuns Westhill

first_img Tags: Bishop LuddenfootballSolvayWesthill More than ever, the Solvay football team has a reason to think that a decade mostly spent in despair is about to end, replaced by the sort of gridiron glory the Bearcats once claimed on a regular basis.Taking a long road trip north to South Jefferson on Friday night, Solvay broke out with its high-flying attack in the second quarter and continued to pull away until it had defeated the Spartans 40-14.The Bearcats share first place in Class B West with Marcellus, who again had no trouble on its home field, cruising to a 39-13 victory over the Cortland Purple Tigers.As that went on, Bishop Ludden, beaten by South Jefferson in its Sept. 6 opener, turned it around against its next-door neighbors from Westhill with timely big plays that led to a 26-6 victory over the Warriors.Solvay’s hot start, combined with a favorable early schedule, could mean that the Bearcats secure a long-elusive Section III playoff berth by October.A scoreless first quarter at South Jefferson caused some brief concern, but that faded away when Brock Bagozzi, from the Spartans’ 41, went deep and found a wide-open Blaine Franklin for the go-ahead touchdown two minutes into the second period.Less than three minutes later, it was 12-0, the Bearcats driving to the Spartans’ one before Bagozzi scored on a sneak. And with 38 seconds left in the half, Bagozzi drilled a 10-yard TD pass to Franklin.South Jefferson did grab a quick TD of its own seconds later and cut Solvay’s lead to 18-8 at the break, but instead of rattling the Bearcats, it only made them more determined to put the game away.Tyriq Block scored from 25 yards out on Solvay’s first possession of the second half. Late in the third quarter, another Bearcats drive started and Elijah Wright capped it off with a three-yard TD plunge.Block capped it off with a 35-yard dash to the end zone with 8:04 to play as he gained 90 yards on nine carries, with Jaimen Bliss running 16 times for 105 yards.Bagozzi completed 13 of 24 passes for 144 yards, most of his passes going to Franklin or Brendon Carolina, who had nine completions for 78 yards.It turned out just as lopsided with Marcellus against Cortland, though in this case it was the Mustangs relying on an unstoppable ground game to wear the Purple Tigers down.Nick Kermes led the way, gaining 201 yards on 20 carries and scoring three touchdowns. Sean Tierney added 115 yards on 14 carries and Wilvon McKee scored twice while gaining 85 yards on nine carries.Meanwhile, Westhill, fresh off its Sept. 6 season-opening win over Homer, expected to roll again when it faced Bishop Ludden, but instead found itself unable to score early, stopped inside the Gaelic Knights’ 10-yard line during the opening period.The Gaelic Knights took control with two plays. Early in the second quarter, pinned at his own three-yard line, Ludden quarterback Nazier Kinsey found a seam in Westhill’s defense and outran everyone on a 97-yard dash to the other end zone.Still reeling from this, Westhill saw Kinsey strike again when, from his own 25, he threw deep and found Antwon McMullen, the 75-yard touchdown extending the Gaelic Knights’ edge to 13-0 by halftime.Even when Garvin Kinney’s 13-yard scoring pass to Jose Gonzalez got the Warriors on the board in the third quarter, Ludden absorbed it and put together two clutch drives, Kinsey finishing each of them with TD runs of 13 and three yards. In defeat, Westhill’s Riley McNitt ran for 108 yards on 23 carries, but never broke the big run his team needed. Kinney completed 11 of 22 passes for just 67 yards, running for 67 yards on eight carries.Now Westhill would go to Cortland this Friday, just as Ludden would try and challenge Solvay on the Gaelic Knights’ home field and Marcellus would make a crucial trip to Homer.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

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Goalie platoon of Richardson, Costantino continues improvement heading into Boston College

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 27, 2013 at 1:12 am Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb After allowing 14 goals combined in Syracuse’s loss to Florida on March 2, Alyssa Costantino and Kelsey Richardson both needed to redeem themselves.On March 9 against Towson, they responded, allowing just three goals combined, then turning in another strong performance against Connecticut on Friday.“I’d say it was definitely necessary,” Richardson said. “Obviously, we struggled in the Florida game. It was really important for me to get my confidence back and be able to make saves when my team needed them.”As the Orange’s two-goalie platoon, Costantino and Richardson struggled when Syracuse played three consecutive top-10 teams from Feb. 17 to March 2. But head coach Gary Gait switched up the system against Towson, starting Richardson in Costantino’s place with the latter coming off of the bench. The goalies have enjoyed success since.Regardless of who is starting – something Gait doesn’t tell the players until game day – the pair looks to maintain their improved play when No. 6 Syracuse (4-2, 1-0 Big East) plays Boston College (4-5, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Newton, Mass.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe goaltenders hit their low point of the season against the Gators, allowing seven goals each as Florida dropped the Orange to 2-2.At Towson a week later, Richardson allowed just three goals in the first half and earned the win in her first career start. But Costantino was even better – making four saves and not allowing a goal in her confidence-boosting 30 minutes in the cage.“She played awesome that game,” Richardson said. “She was definitely focused in that game and I could tell that right from when she was getting warmed up. I think that she was just determined to save everything and she did.”But even with Costantino’s stellar outing, Richardson earned the start at home against Connecticut and put in her best game of the year. In more than 44 minutes, Richardson made six stops and allowed just one goal.“She’s playing great. I don’t know what she’s doing (specifically),” Costantino said with a laugh. “But she’s doing awesome. It’s really great to see her doing that well.”In Costantino’s 15-plus minutes in the cage against UConn, however, the Huskies came away with six goals. Gait said the coaching staff is partially at fault for Costantino’s difficulties against Connecticut because Syracuse emptied its bench and played almost every single player on the roster. Surrounded by inexperienced teammates, Costantino faced too many one-on-one situations against the Huskies’ starters.“Those are tough to stop,” Gait said. “We kind of hung her out to dry last game.”But the junior refused to blame her teammates.“I take responsibility,” Costantino said. “I could’ve had a few saves, but it’s a team effort and we all could’ve done better as a group. It’s not one person’s fault.”Considering the Orange prevailed by 11 goals against UConn, Costantino’s six allowed goals are only a slight drop-off from an otherwise encouraging two-game stretch for SU’s goalies.Gait’s goalies are playing as well as they are, he said, partially due to the Orange’s defensive adjustments. Syracuse’s style of defense, he said, has evolved from a man-to-man scheme to a zone.With SU defenders playing a zone now, they’re able to collapse on opponents who work the ball into the middle. The shooter then faces additional pressure and doesn’t have time to focus and pick her corners of the cage.“We’re not giving them open shots, and that’s helped the goalies get in their rhythm,” Gait said.As of Monday, Gait and his assistants had not yet decided which goalie would start against the Eagles on Wednesday.To win back the starting job, Costantino needs to continue working hard in practice and maintain her confidence, she said. For Richardson to keep her job, she said, she has to stay focused on the ball and simply make the saves she’s supposed to.“We have two goalies, and we’ve said that’s the way it’ll go,” Gait said. “And it’s kind of gone that way. One game, one goalie will step up and play great and in other games, someone else will. We’re looking to get some consistent play from them.” Commentslast_img read more

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Lakers’ Corey Brewer finds himself in middle of another natural disaster with Skirball fire

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBrewer was in Houston, where he maintains an offseason home, during Hurricane Harvey and narrowly avoided damage.“It got all the way up to the front of my house and then went back down,” Brewer said. “I got lucky.”People throughout the Lakers organization have been impacted by the Southern California wildfires, including Brook Lopez, whose neighborhood was evacuated.Other players, like Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson, live closer to the beach.“Luckily, I’m OK,” Randle said, “but I’m praying for everybody out there, I know some people who are affected by it. It’s just very unfortunate but luckily my family’s OK.” On Wednesday, the Lakers’ traveling party departed for Philadelphia before a producer for the Spectrum SportsNet broadcast team could make it to the airstrip.“I felt bad we left somebody in L.A.,” Coach Luke Walton said. “We have a 15-minute policy and he was late. I didn’t realize at the time the fires were that bad.”Fortunately, Brewer had Sam.“He was going to knock on the door (if I didn’t pick up),” Brewer said. “He knew I had to go for this trip. There is no way I would have made it (without him). He’s a good guy. Sam is the man. I use him all the time.”A drive that usually takes an hour on Wednesday morning took more than twice as long, Brewer said. Sam ended up detouring off of the 405, which was eventually closed for a portion of the day.“It’s crazy right now,” Brewer said. “All you can do is pray for the people in LA. Pray for the people in the mountains all over there. It was bad.”THE RIGHT WAYFor years, the Lakers and 76ers were lockstep in their development: losing games, collecting assets, trying to be patient.The Sixers reached a turning point faster than the Lakers, starting the season 13-10 before Thursday, sitting in fifth in the Eastern Conference.“When you get the right young pieces and obviously that’s the key … if you spend the time and develop them right and are willing to be patient with their development, eventually it’s going to work for you,” Walton said.Armed with players like Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, the Sixers began to make their move.“I think Philly did a great job of recognizing when they were ready to start winning,” Walton said, “and then they went and spent that money and (brought) in guys like J.J. Redick to the mix that know how to win, know how to play at the highest level.”The Lakers, meanwhile, are expected to finish with a losing record for the fifth straight season, even as they take positive steps toward once again becoming contenders in the Western Conference.“They’ll be in that playoff mix this year,” Walton said of the Sixers, “and they’ll be doing what the process was meant for, they’ll be towards those later phases and enjoying the benefit of being patient throughout it.”The similarities between the franchises are not lost on the players, with Randle acknowledging they added some more juice to Thursday’s matchup.“These are, for the long run, two teams that are really going to be going at it,” Randle said, “so it definitely is a little incentive.”center_img PHILADELPHIA — Corey Brewer was fast asleep on Wednesday when his phone started ringing at 5:30 a.m., two hours before he was scheduled to leave for the airport to join the Lakers for eight days on the road.When the Lakers veteran swingman finally answered, his regular Uber driver, Sam, had an urgent message. A wildfire had sparked overnight along the 405 freeway, clogging Brewer’s usual route from his Tarzana home to the airport, where the team plane was scheduled to depart for Philadelphia at 9 a.m.“I looked at my phone half asleep,” Brewer said prior to the Lakers’ 107-104 victory over the 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. “He said, ‘Yo, we got to leave early, can I come now and get you? … I need to come now if you are going to have any chance of making it.”The Skirball Fire forced the evacuation of 700 homes and as of Thursday was only 20 percent contained. With his early morning wake-up call, Brewer found himself in close proximity to a devastating natural disaster for the second time this year.last_img read more