23 Sep
2020

Williamson seeks career third Wild West Shootout title

first_imgBy Ben DeatherageEUGENE, Ore. – One of the top contenders to challenge for the fifth annual Wild West Modified Shootout crown is Eugene’s Jesse Williamson.The current Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified campaign has treated him well with four feature wins in only a handful of starts. Two Modified main events have been won in the Modifieds at Cot­tage Grove Speedway while he also has won at the historic 1/4-mile clay oval in a late model.“It has been a good year so far,” said Williamson. “We’ve been fast every time but in a couple of races we’ve broke when contending for the win.”Williamson is the 2012 and 2013 Wild West Modified Shootout champion and is the only driver to repeat a Speedweek crown. Add to his résumé four Cottage Grove Modified Nationals, a Ship­wreck Beads Northwest Modified Nationals crown and last year’s Lon Skinner Memorial victory at Southern Oregon Speedway.He is the all-time leading winner in the history of the Wild West Modified Shootout with six but unfortunately did not manage to win during the 2014 tour. Williamson remains very confident that can return to victory lane during the upcoming Speedweek.“We’ve been working really hard on the car,” he said. “I feel like we are the most prepared we have ever been for a Speedweek.”All seven Speedweek features pay $1,000 to win, a minimum of $100 to start and are Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying events. Drivers with perfect attendance earn shares of a $3,000 point fund.Teams from Oregon, Washington, California, North Dakota, Montana and British Columbia are expected to make the journey.The tour opens Saturday, June 13 at Southern Oregon Speedway in White City, with following stops Sunday, June 14 at Siskiyou Motor Speedway in Yreka, Calif.; Monday, June 15 at Coos Bay Speedway; Tuesday, June 16 at Cottage Grove Speedway; and Wednesday, June 17 Sunset at Speedway Park in Banks.After a travel day on Thursday, June 18, Speedweek concludes with Friday and Saturday, June 19 and 20 shows at Willamette Speedway in Lebanon.Alex Stanford is the defending tour champion; Brian Poppa topped the inaugural tour standings in 2011.Stanford is second on the Speedweek career wins list with five, followed by Poppa with four, Ken Schrader with two and Mark Carrell, Braedon Hand, Scott Lenz, Travis Peery, Nick Trenchard and Mark Wauge with one eachlast_img read more

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19 Sep
2020

Dominant India crush Sri Lanka to take series lead in Galle

first_imgGALLE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – Spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja shared six wickets to help India to a thumping 304-run win against Sri Lanka on the fourth day of the first Test on Saturday for a 1-0 lead in the series.The hosts, chasing a mammoth 550 for victory, only managed 245 runs before their second innings folded in the final session of the penultimate day, after opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne had been dismissed for 97.Asela Gunaratne, who had fractured his thumb and was ruled out of the series, and stand-in captain Rangana Herath, who suffered a hand injury on Friday, did not bat for Sri Lanka in the second innings.“(I’m) Really happy with the way things went in this particular game,” India captain Virat Kohli said at the presentation. “All bases were covered nicely and the guys stood up when it was needed most.“The surface didn’t offer much. That’s why the win is more special because the bowlers had to work hard.”India, the world’s top-ranked Test side, declared their second innings closed on 240 for three after Kohli completed his 17th Test hundred.The right-handed batsman, who resumed the day on 76, remained unbeaten on 103 after reaching the milestone with a single off spinner Dilruwan Perera.Burdened with an improbable target, Sri Lanka needed a solid opening stand but their hopes were dashed when Mohammed Shami bowled Upul Tharanga for 10, a relief for Kohli who had dropped the batsman at second slip in the same over.Debutant Danushka Gunathilaka did not last long either and was out for two, hitting Umesh Yadav straight into the hands of Cheteshwar Pujara at square leg.Sri Lanka were 29-2 at that stage and needed a solid 79-run stand between Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis to settle things down.India came back strongly after lunch with two quick wickets from left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, ranked number one in the world in the longest format.Mendis, who made 36, was given not out on a caught behind appeal but India successfully overturned the umpire’s decision on review. Former captain Angelo Mathews fell soon afterwards, mis-hitting Jadeja to get caught by Hardik Pandya.Mathews’ dismissal brought Karunaratne and Niroshan Dickwella together and the pair added 101 for the fifth wicket, before Dickwella was caught by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha to become Ashwin’s first victim of the innings.Karunaratne dragged the off-spinner, playing his 50th test match, back onto his stumps while playing a sweep shot and fell perilously close to his sixth test hundred.Ashwin, who took 3-65, also dismissed Nuwan Pradeep without scoring before Jadeja (3-71) wrapped things up when Lahiru Kumara skied an attempted slog to become the last man to fall for the hosts.“All credit goes to the India team,” Herath said. “We need to improve ourselves in all three departments.”The second Test will be played from Thursday in Colombo.INDIA 1st innings 600 (S. Dhawan 190, C. Pujara 153, A. Rahane 57, H. Pandya 50; N. Pradeep 6-132) Sri Lanka 1st innings 291 (D. Perera 92no, A. Mathews 83, U. Tharanga 64) India 2nd innings (Overnight: 189-3)S. Dhawan c Gunathilaka b D. Perera 14A. Mukund lbw b Gunathilaka 81C. Pujara c K. Mendis b Kumara 15V. Kohli not out 103A. Rahane not out 23Extras (lb-1 nb-1 w-2) 4Total (for 3 wickets declared, 53 overs) 240Fall of wickets: 1-19 S. Dhawan,2-56 C. Pujara,3-189 A. MukundDid not bat: H. Pandya, W. Saha, M. Shami, U. Yadav, R. Jadeja, R. AshwinBowling: Nuwan Pradeep 12 – 2 – 63 – 0(nb-1), Dilruwan Perera 15 – 0 – 67 – 1Lahiru Kumara 12 – 1 – 59 – 1(w-2),Rangana Herath 9 – 0 – 34 – 0,Danushka Gunathilaka 5 – 0 – 16 – 1SRI LANKA 2nd innings (Target: 550 runs)Dimuth Karunaratne b R. Ashwin 97Upul Tharanga b Shami 10Danushka Gunathilaka c Pujara b U. Yadav 2Kusal Mendis c Saha b Jadeja 36Angelo Mathews c H. Pandya b Jadeja 2Niroshan Dickwella c Saha b R. Ashwin 67Dilruwan Perera not out 21Nuwan Pradeep c Kohli b R. Ashwin 0Lahiru Kumara c Shami b Jadeja 0Rangana Herath retired hurt 0Asela Gunaratne retired hurt 0Extras (lb-3 w-7) 10Total (all out, 76.5 overs) 245Fall of wickets: 1-22 U. Tharanga,2-29 D. Gunathilaka,3-108 K. Mendis,4-116 A. Mathews,5-217 N. Dickwella,6-240 D. Karunaratne,7-240 N. Pradeep,8-245 L. KumaraTo bat:Bowling: M. Shami 9 – 0 – 43 – 1(w-5),U. Yadav 9 – 0 – 42 – 1, R. Jadeja 24.5 – 4 – 71 – 3,R. Ashwin 7 – 4 – 65 – 3, H. Pandya 7 – 0 – 21 – 0(w-2).last_img read more

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26 Aug
2020

Clippers celebrate Doc Rivers’ birthday by fending off Australian team in preseason game

first_imgPreviousMelbourne United’s Jo Lual-Acuil Jr., left, and Shawn Long defend Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-100. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Melbourne United’s Chris Goulding, foreground, shoots against the Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac, center back, and Landry Shamet (20) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers forward Maurice Harkless goes for a dunk between Melbourne United’s Shawn Long, left, and Mitchell McCarron during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, left, talks with Melbourne United head coach Dean Vickerkman before a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Melbourne United’s Shea Ili, left, drives against the Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Melbourne United’s Melo Trimble shoots as the Los Angeles Clippers’ Maurice Harkless (8) defends during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley, right, steals the ball from Melbourne United’s Quincy Miller during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers guard Amir Coffey drives past Melbourne United’s Anthony Brown during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers guard Derrick Walton, Jr. (10) looks to pass as Melbourne United’s Shea Ili defends during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers center Montrezl Harrell (5) shoots against Melbourne United during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers center Montrezl Harrell powers to the basket against Melbourne United during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-100. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Melbourne United’s Chris Goulding, left, spins around Los Angeles Clippers forward Maurice Harkless while shooting during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-100. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Melbourne United’s Shea Ili, left, and Shawn Long defend againstLos Angeles Clippers guard Jerome Robinson (1) during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Melbourne United center Jo Lual-Acuil Jr., of Sudan, left, talks with Los Angeles Clippers forward Johnathan Motley following a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-100. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Melbourne United head coach Dean Vickerkman leaves the court after losing to the Los Angeles Clippers in a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Mitchell McCarron (10) leads Melbourne United off the court after losing 118-100 to the Los Angeles Clippers during a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Melbourne United guard Melo Trimble, center, loses the ball while driving between Los Angeles Clippers Landry Shamet, left, and Patrick Beverley during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-100. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers JaMychal Green, left, defends Melbourne United’s Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-100. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers’ Jerome Robinson (1) and Melbourne United’ Shawn Long reach for a rebound during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-100. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Melbourne United’s Jo Lual-Acuil Jr., left, and Shawn Long defend Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-100. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Melbourne United’s Chris Goulding, foreground, shoots against the Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac, center back, and Landry Shamet (20) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)NextShow Caption1 of 19Melbourne United’s Chris Goulding, foreground, shoots against the Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac, center back, and Landry Shamet (20) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)ExpandLOS ANGELES — No, really, that was what Doc Rivers wanted for his 58th birthday: For his Clippers get tested by Melbourne United.The Australian National Basketball League team proved accommodating Sunday afternoon, building leads as large as 11 points and holding a halftime advantage of 4 in a preseason game against one of the NBA’s prospective title contenders.“I love playing Australia,” Rivers insisted after the 118-100 victory, echoing what he’d said before his team began a freezing first-half slog in Staples Center, which was being prepped for an evening Kings ice hockey game. “I tell Lawrence (Frank) to schedule them every year because of the way they play. They make you communicate. They run their sets so hard, Golden State does it a little bit like that, but not even at that pace…“It was a great lesson for our guys, they were getting everything they wanted in the first half, and (they) though we were going to come in and make some kind of adjustment, but I said, ‘No.’ ” Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Said Beverley: “Oh, (it’s) really good. Just didn’t want to push it too much today… I get banged up every day, just another day in the office.”Shamet: “Just kind of, fell on it. It’s nothing that (serious). It’s preseason, just being smart.”Rivers called off practice Monday on account of so many players dealing with injuries, however slight or serious. He said he expects Kawhi Leonard, who rested Sunday, to play in the Clippers’ preseason finale Thursday in Vancouver, where Paul George (shoulder rehab) and Rodney McGruder (right ankle) still will be sidelined.HIGHLIGHTSNewcomers Patrick Patterson and Derrick Walton Jr. get credit for helping the Clippers get “back at equilibrium,” as Walton put it.Patterson, a 6-foot-9 forward, didn’t play in the first half, but finished with 10 points in 17 minutes. And Walton, a 24-year-old point guard who is on an Exhibit 10 contract, scored seven of his 14 points in the third quarter.Montrezl Harrell led the Clippers in scoring, with 22 points in 23 minutes off the bench. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory center_img Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Guard Landry Shamet said the Clippers didn’t need to hear much from Rivers at intermission.“We knew our adjustment: The only adjustment was that they were playing harder than us, and you know, we had said that coming into the half, before Doc even got in here,” Shamet said. “And Doc’s good about it. That just goes to show how good of a coach he is, he knows us, he knows his team, he knew we were already on it. It wasn’t long-winded at halftime, he comes in and says what he needs to say and we go out and have to be pros and handle it.”Rivers’ version of what happened at halftime was similar, except to mention that he added one thing as he was leaving: “‘By the way, who is their best player?’ And the whole team said, ‘43.’ I said, ‘OK, I was just checking because it didn’t seem like you guys knew that.’ And that’s all I said.”The Clippers handed the birthday coach a 43-point third quarter and limited Chris Goulding (No. 43, and a member of the World Cup team that in August snapped the United States’ 78-game international winning streak) to just one second-half point (for 16 total).There was also a rendition of “Happy Birthday” sung by the rookies (including second-year guard Jerome Robinson and Shamet, who will continue to be considered rookies until the regular-season opener on Oct. 22) and plans for dinner later on Patrick Beverley. BANGED UPRivers could have done without seeing more of his players get banged up. Beverley sat for most of the second half after his calf was hurt, as was Amir Coffey’s late in the game. Shamet didn’t play in the second half, limited by a sore left wrist, the result of a fall in practice.Coffey was limping badly in the locker room after the game, but Shamet and Beverley said they’re merely being precautious with their injuries.Related Articleslast_img read more

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