Aug. 23 is deadline for Super Nationals pit stall reservations

first_imgMore information is available from pit parking coordinator Belinda Davis at 515 689-3027 and the website, or by contacting IMCA at 319 472-2201 or emailing  Modified, Stock Car, Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod drivers must be pre-entered before they make pit stall reservations. BOONE, Iowa – Pit stall reservations for the 37th annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s must be made by noon on Friday, Aug. 23. Pit stalls at Boone Speedway are $100 and must be reserved online. In the event a driver does not show up as scheduled, their pit stall will be issued to another driver. center_img A waiting list will be started for overflow and drivers who cannot be accommodated will receive refunds. Pit stall reservations are not required for Late Models and Sport Compacts, which are both one-day programs.  Entry forms and pit stall reservation forms are posted on both IMCA and Boone Speedway web­sites, using the Super Nationals pulldown.last_img read more

The Latest: NFLPA’s Tretter pushes for daily virus testing

first_imgPlayers will continue to train with a focus on playing in 2021, or for spring competition if that becomes an option.___Champions League quarterfinalist Atalanta says three of its players have tested positive for the coronavirus.The Serie A team says in a brief statement that all three players show no symptoms after the preseason tests and have been isolated.Reserve goalkeeper Marco Sportiello was the only Atalanta player who tested positive during the lockdown. August 31, 2020 The Latest: NFLPA’s Tretter pushes for daily virus testing Warner didn’t practice on Sunday and then was placed on the COVID-19 list the following day. The list is used for NFL players who either test positive for the coronavirus or have been in close contact with an infected person.Warner is the third 49ers player to be placed on the list this summer. Receiver Richie James Jr. and running back Jeff Wilson Jr. each had short stints on the list early in training camp.___Paris Saint-Germain says two of its players are suspected of being infected with COVID-19.The French champion cites a “reassuring” state of health for the players, who were not identified. They are said to be following the required health protocols. “An important factor in the decision to allow fans is our belief that Cyclone fans are willing to adhere to our mitigation measures,” Pollard wrote. “The purpose of this letter is to ask for your support in helping create a safe environment while also providing our team an impactful home field advantage. This is an incredible opportunity for Iowa State University to showcase its ability to successfully navigate the challenges associated with large outdoor events during a pandemic.”Pollard said if mitigation actions are successful, Iowa State will allow season ticket holders to attend the game against Oklahoma on Oct. 3. He said if it’s determined mitigation measures were not followed adequately at the first game, no fans will be allowed the rest of the season.___North Carolina State says its women’s soccer team won’t play this fall.In a statement Monday, the school said the decision was due to a “depleted roster, the combination of injuries and not all members of its roster returning to Raleigh this semester.” It said N.C. State has notified the Atlantic Coast Conference of its decision. The Italian league starts on Sept. 19. ___More AP sports: and Eight days after losing the Champions League final to Bayern Munich, PSG is not due to start the French season until Sept. 10.The French league granted PSG’s request for extra days of rest, and the team’s scheduled opening game at Lens was postponed until next week.___Iowa State will allow about 25,000 football fans into Jack Trice Stadium for the Cyclones’ opener against Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 12.Athletic director Jamie Pollard wrote in a letter to fans on Monday that the crowd will be made up of season ticket holders only. Fans will be required to wear face coverings at all times and no tailgating will be allowed. Pollard asks that fans respect others’ wishes for physical distancing. The NFL has been conducting daily testing for players throughout training camp and plans to do so through Saturday.“In the spirit of adaptability, expect the NFLPA to push for modifications or updated recommendations — such as the continuation of daily testing — as the season progresses and new information becomes available,” Tretter, the starting center for the Cleveland Browns, posted on the union website. “We will continue to rely on scientific data to inform our approach for combating this virus. As the science evolves, we will evolve with it.”Tretter added he was pleased with the protocols the NFL and NFLPA agreed on for training camps. The league has reported few positive cases in the past month, though it did have 77 false positives a week ago that resulted from contamination at the testing lab.___The San Francisco 49ers have placed linebacker Fred Warner on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___NFL Players Association President J.C. Tretter is pushing for daily COVID-19 testing during the regular season. Associated Press last_img read more

Syracuse players are using slap hitting to get on base

first_imgSixty feet isn’t a long distance separating Syracuse batters from first base. With a running start, it’s even easier to beat the ball to the bag. That’s why centerfielder Kelsey Johnson started slap hitting the day she began playing softball.“My dad knew I was never going to be a big girl, a big power hitter in my life,” Johnson said. “Because obviously, I am 5-6. I’m not going to get too big. It was just a better way for me to play softball get more success. Slapping and running to get on base.”Johnson and starting shortstop Sammy Fernandez use slap hitting most often for Syracuse (26-17, 7-10 Atlantic Coast). Fernandez hits leadoff and her .352 batting average is good for fourth on the team. Johnson is mainly used in the outfield, but when she bats, she slaps. With 42 runs and 16 stolen bases between the two slappers, the key is making contact with the ball. After that, their legs do the work.“It is simply speed. You have to be able to get down the line,” SU head coach Mike Bosch said. “If the stopwatch says that you can do that (slapping) is something you can explore.”Slap hitting is a different technique of hitting used by fast lefties in softball. When slapping, a player’s feet are already moving toward the first-base line while still trying to hit the softball. Once contact is made the player’s left foot will fully swing through toward first base and they begin their sprint, a step or two ahead of a normal better.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe concept of slap hitting appealed to Fernandez’s style of play so perfectly she switched her batting side. Toward the end of her sophomore season in high school she began standing lefty in the batter’s box just so she could be two steps closer to first base when she laid down a bunt. She started with a bunt, then advanced to a drag bunt before working through the different kinds of slapping.“(My dad and I) just figured it would be smarter so I could use my speed since I don’t have much power,” Fernandez said. “I don’t hit home runs anyway I might as well just turn into a lefty.”There are different methods to slap hitting. First there is the soft slap, in which the batter pokes at the ball to slowly have it land where the fielders aren’t. These hits often result in dribblers down the third-base line. The second is the hard slap. This tactic utilizes a hard ground ball or line drive to force the defense into a mistake. The final is the power slap. This strategy combines the two other ideas as the batter attempts to hit the ball as hard as possible but also into the outfield.Both of Syracuse’s slap hitters prefer the power slap as a result in the shift of the defense. Since the ball usually doesn’t travel far off a slapper’s bat, the defense shifts in to play the ball as quickly as possible. If the defense can’t make a fast, clean play on the ball, a slapper’s speed will prevail on the base paths.Fernandez and Johnson are adjusting when teams try to defend their slap hitting. In a game against Florida State two weeks ago, the defense shifted and Fernandez seized the opportunity. Fernandez watched the center fielder shift in, ready to defend the ground ball up the middle that Fernandez had already reached base with. This time, Fernandez drove the ball well over the Florida State player’s head and into the fence. She earned a standing double.The deep shot wasn’t a usual hit for Fernandez. It’s the part of her game she wants to improve on. But for now, she’ll keep getting on base with slap hitting. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 25, 2017 at 11:08 pm Contact Josh: | @Schafer_44last_img read more

Willis, Posluszny beating long odds

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – Patrick Willis and Paul Posluszny grew up in different worlds. One considered attending the Naval Academy and representing his country on the battlefield if he couldn’t become the next Western Pennsylvania kid to star at Penn State. The other dreamed of creating a better life for his siblings in the South. Willis endured the kind of childhood experiences no youngster should. The real-life nightmare began when his mother left home, abandoned her four children and forced them to fend for themselves with an uninterested father. Willis was 4 years old. Two years later, Willis was cooking meals for his siblings and, by age 10, was working in Tennessee’s cotton fields with his grandmother for $110 per week. The money went to his dad so he could pay the family’s bills. As a teenager, the situation worsened. When Willis learned his father was abusing his sister, Ernicka, he turned him in to child services and Willis and his siblings suddenly needed to find a new family. When Chris and Julie Finley took in Willis and became his legal guardians, things changed. Willis eventually earned a scholarship to Mississippi and began emerging as one of the Rebels top players. Their divergent paths have crossed here, at the NFL’s annual scouting combine, where the award-winning linebackers are vying to become first-round picks in April’s NFL draft. “It would be a blessing, especially the way I grew up,” Willis said, when asked what he would do with his riches. “It would help me take care of those who helped me along the way and make sure that if I have children they won’t have to go through what I went through.” center_img But just when it seemed everything finally was going right, Willis’ 17-year-old brother, Detris, a two-way starter on his high school football team in Bruceton, Tenn., drowned while swimming. Willis delivered the eulogy. He played his senior season like he a man on a mission. Willis finished with 137 tackles, 111/2 for losses and three sacks. He was an All-American, the SEC’s defensive player of the year and the Butkus Award winner as the nation’s top linebacker. He also earned the coveted Chucky Mullins Courage Award. Last month, he added the Senior Bowl’s defensive MVP award to his list of honors. “My real-life experience taught me how to compete through adversity,” he said. “No matter what happens, if someone knocks you down, you have to find a way to get up and get the job done. That’s what you have to do.” Posluszny’s road to the combine took a more conventional route. After sweeping the 2005 Butkus and Bednarik awards, most figured he was off to the NFL. Yes, Posluszny admitted he contemplated leaving school early – until one play late in last year’s Orange Bowl took away that option. When Posluszny tried to leap over a block by Lorenzo Booker, the Florida State running back hit Posluszny in the knee with his helmet. The toughest Nittany Lion on the roster couldn’t just shake off this one; two ligaments were partially torn. Posluszny feared he might need surgery, but doctors said he simply needed rest. To Posluszny, it was an agonizing two months. “It was long, long and boring,” he said. “The injury wasn’t very significant, but it was a long rehab process.” The other part was Posluszny had to start all over and prove to scouts he could make it all the way back to his old form. The way teams look at it, they can’t go wrong. Both are talented, tested and terrific on the field. And in a world where team officials often talk about needing “character guys,” they will be hard-pressed to find two more compelling cases than those offered by Posluszny’s comeback and Willis’ fight for survival. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more