23 Sep
2020

O’Neil bests Thornton in Cocopah classic as Morris tops Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods

first_imgO’Neil made a bold three-wide pass on the high side to drive from fourth to second in the first set of corners, then powered around the outside of Kollin Hibdon to lead lap one. Thornton, Hibdon, R.C. Whitwell and Tom Berry Jr. rounded out the top five.  Tim Gonska led the final 16 circuits of the Hobby Stock feature to win by 1.5 seconds over Scott Tenney.  Canadian driver Brendon LaBatte came from seventh to claim the Stock Car victory in dramatic fashion. LaBatte was in third as he crossed under the white flag but passed Gene Henrie for second going down the backstretch before powering around Steffan Carey to win the feature in a drag race to the checkers.  Ricky Thornton Jr. moved his way up to the second spot from the fifth starting position by lap four and quickly set his sights on O’Neil. Thornton searched every inch of the oval be­fore taking command of the lead on lap 15.  “I thought once he got by me it was over. Usually when that guy gets to the lead there is no catching him,” O’Neil said. “I just threw a Hail Mary at it and started running the heck out of the car and it ended up working out.” Feature Results  Northern SportMods – 1. Miles Morris; 2. Cody Thompson; 3. Chris Toth; 4. Wayne Dot­son; 5. Ron Schreiner; 6. Jimmy Davy; 7. Taylor Kuehl; 8. Shelby Frye; 9. Manny Baldiviez; 10. Brian Carey; 11. Kyle Salo; 12. Mike Wells; 13. Bill Lundock; 14. David Pitt; 15. Jackie Frye; 16. Chase Alves; 17. Slade Pitt; 18. Camron Spangler; 19. Ty Rog­ers; 20. Javier Navarro; 21. Justin Brierley. Before the feature, the field gave the traditional four-wide salute to the fans, but left the pole position open in memory of Jamestown, N.D. driver, Don Gumke, who passed away ear­lier in the week. Gumke competed at Cocopah the prior weekend.  Stock Cars – 1. Brendon LaBatte; 2. Steffan Carey; 3. Gene Henrie; 4. Loren DeAr­mond; 5. Troy Jerovetz; 6. Cody Center; 7. Aaron Spangler; 8. Nuggett Shupe; 9. Jody York; 10. Tony Hill; 11. Jake Smith; 12. Tyler Vache; 13. Raymond Doyle; 14. Wayne Dotson; 15. Leslie Gill; 16. Chanse Hollatz; Austin Daffern; 18. Andy Altenburg.  Hobby Stocks – 1. Tim Gonska; 2. Scott Tenney; 3. Joshua Cordova; 4. Brad King; 5. Jason Beshears; 6. Andy Pearce; 7. Oscar Duarte; 8. Jason Penny; 9. Francisco Cor­dova; 10. Jeffrey Callis; 11. Jim Robinson; 12. Jason Duggins.  O’Neil quickly mounted another charge as the lead duo sliced their way through slower traffic. O’Neil finally cleared Thornton Jr. to take the point with four laps to go and held on for the victory. Repeat winners were seen in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. Jake O’Neil won his second straight IMCA Modified feature in the Jan. 16 Winter Nationals show at Cocopah Speedway. (Photo by Bobby McMorris) SOMERTON, Ariz. (Jan. 16) – Some of the best racing seen to date at Winter Nationals was displayed Thursday evening, and Jake O’Neil ended the night at Cocopah Speed­way with a second straight $1,000 IMCA Modified feature win. Modifieds – 1. Jake O’Neil; 2. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 3. Kollin Hibdon; 4. R.C. Whitwell; 5. Tom Berry Jr.; 6. Alex Stanford; 7. Randy Havlik; 8. Chaz Baca; 9. Tim Ward; 10. Darrell Hughes II; 11. Marlyn Seidler; 12. Spencer Wilson; 13. Casey Arneson; 14. Austin Ku­ehl; 15. Austin Kiefer; 16. Jerry Flippo; 17. Jeff Taylor; 18. Russell Allen; 19. Travis Mos­ley; 20. Zane DeVilbiss; 21. Braxton Yeager; 22. Bill Miller; 23. Jason Noll; 24. Justen Yeager; 25. Joey Price. Defending track champion Miles Morris raced to the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod victory. Morris held off 12th place starter Cody Thompson.  Miles Morris made his way to victory lane following the Jan. 16 Winter Nationals Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main event. (Photo by Bobby McMorris)  By Mike Spiekerlast_img read more

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20 Sep
2020

Ferdinand may appeal FA ban

first_img “I haven’t met many classier footballers in my time than Rio Ferdinand, he’s a top-class person. “I don’t need to talk to him about it, not really. “I don’t read Twitter, I don’t even know what it is, I wouldn’t know how to read it and it doesn’t interest me one little bit. “We’re not overloaded with fit defenders, so I want Rio available for every game, that’s for sure.” Refusing to rule playmaker Adel Taarabt out of contention for Saturday’s Chelsea trip, Redknapp said the Morocco midfielder “could be a world-class player”. Redknapp said Taarabt vowed to fight for full fitness in a training-ground chat on Monday, following the pair’s protracted public spat over the 25-year-old’s condition. “If he was to make the most of what he’s got he could be a world-class player,” said Redknapp. “He’s got the ability to be one of the best in the Premier League. “It’s like Ravel Morrison, he should be playing for England with that ability. “Ravel should be playing for Barcelona or Real Madrid he’s that good, but he’s not even playing at Cardiff. “It’s a shame and a waste, and it’s similar with Adel. “Adel came to see me on Monday and we had a great chat. “He admitted he needed to get fitter: he wants to get fit, wants to play, wants to get back in the team, and that’s all I needed to hear from him. “He’s trained all week and I’ve been delighted with his attitude and the chat we had. “If it turns him round and he comes back, shows everyone what he can do, then it will be great. “He’s got fantastic ability, and it would be one the great crimes in football if he doesn’t realise that. “I wouldn’t hesitate to put him in the squad (to play Chelsea), he’s trained well.” The ex-Manchester United centre-back was “severely warned as to his future conduct” after the FA dished out the punishment on Tuesday, relating to an alleged sexist tweet. Ferdinand used the slang term “sket”, taken to mean a promiscuous woman, in response to a derogatory message received on social network Twitter. Redknapp believes there is no need to talk to Ferdinand about his character, suggesting the FA had been heavy-handed in its punishment. “If someone slags him off and he goes back and slags them off it doesn’t equate (to a ban for a red card), I can’t see it,” said Redknapp. “We’ll have to sit down and see what the circumstances are (for an appeal). “We’re not sure exactly what he’s done and what the charge is and what the reasons are behind it. “He does know how to behave off the pitch, I’ve not had many footballers behave better off the pitch than Rio, on the pitch and off the pitch. “I don’t have any problems with the way Rio conducts himself. Rio Ferdinand and QPR’s bosses will make the decision on whether to appeal the defender’s three-match Football Association ban by Friday night. Manager Harry Redknapp, chief executive Philip Beard and chairman Tony Fernandes met Ferdinand and his representatives at QPR’s Harlington training ground on Thursday. Redknapp has leapt to Ferdinand’s defence, labelling the former England defender a “top-class person”, despite his ban and £25,000 fine for comments made on Twitter. Press Associationlast_img read more

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17 Sep
2020

Syracuse ice hockey head coach Flanagan shares past with Clarkson coaches

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ When Paul Flanagan became the first head coach in Syracuse women’s ice hockey history in 2008, he knew exactly who he wanted to help him build the program. The head coach asked Clarkson assistant coaches Matt and Shannon Desrosiers, who both played for him at St. Lawrence, to join his staff. The Desrosiers were intrigued and came to Syracuse to tour the athletic facilities. That same day, Clarkson head coach Rick Seeley took the same position at Quinnipiac, and the Desrosiers were offered and accepted the head coaching job at Clarkson, becoming the first husband-and-wife co-head coaches in college hockey history. And Flanagan was back to square one. ‘I remember when Shannon told me that they got offered the job at Clarkson, I couldn’t have been happier for them,’ Flanagan said. ‘I was disappointed for me because I thought I had two assistants, and then all of a sudden I was by myself.’ The Desrosiers returned to Syracuse with their Clarkson team and beat Flanagan and the Orange Friday. The two teams will meet again this Friday in Potsdam, N.Y., at 3 p.m. The matchup serves as a reminder of that whirlwind weekend and the bond the coaches share.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text For the Desrosiers, the opportunity at Clarkson was too good to pass up. It was an opportunity five years in the making that started with Flanagan. Shannon Desrosiers — then Shannon Smith — was in the spring semester of her senior year at St. Lawrence in 2003, but she still didn’t know what she was going to do after graduation. Flanagan helped her land an assistant coaching job. ‘He was the one that got me set up,’ she said. ‘He knew Clarkson was setting up a program, so he actually set me up with an interview with (then-Clarkson head coach) Rick (Seeley) after one of our practices one day. I definitely credit him with that.’ The two shared a special relationship that began when Flanagan took over the St. Lawrence women’s program in 1999. Shannon was his first recruit. She was the team captain and tied for the team lead in points her senior year. Flanagan said he knew she would coach one day, and the brand new Clarkson program was an ideal situation for her to break into the business. ‘I thought she’d be a perfect role model for their young women on their team,’ Flanagan said. ‘I think she was destined to get into it.’ Flanagan said he never thought Matt Desrosiers would end up coaching, though. Matt was an All-American defender at St. Lawrence who went on to play professionally for five years before joining Shannon as an assistant at Clarkson in 2006. Matt played his first two seasons under Flanagan when he was an assistant with the men’s program and said Flanagan mentored him early in his college career. ‘He definitely helped me transition into the college game,’ Matt said. ‘He showed me the ropes a little bit on what it took conditioning-wise, what it took to play at the college level.’ The Desrosiers said their coaching style is a hybrid of ideas from various coaches they played for. Flanagan’s influence can be seen in his former players’ program. Shannon said his recruiting ability impressed her. Matt said his work ethic and competitive nature was contagious. ‘Whenever we did workouts or whenever we had to do like a bike test, he was on the bike right next to us, doing it with us,’ Matt said. ‘He made it a competition. … He’d come in and say, ‘Well, I got this on the bike test, see if you can beat it.” The Desrosiers said they challenge their players in the same way in drills and conditioning. Their philosophies have worked through two seasons at Clarkson. The program emerged as a national power last year and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time. This year the Clarkson-Syracuse series provided another highlight for the coaches. The Desrosiers said it’s exciting to face their former coach, but it’s also a different experience. ‘It’s always bittersweet to play against him,’ Shannon said. ‘He’s just someone we respect a lot.’ Flanagan shares that respect for the Desrosiers. He is proud to see his former players leading their own program. ‘It’s pretty neat to see that they’re doing well,’ Flanagan said. ‘I wish them the best, except when they’re playing us.’ rjgery@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Published on November 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edulast_img read more

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