Career 100th Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod win is the latest lofty accomplishment for Looft

first_imgMatthew Looft raced to Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod career win number 100 on June 30 at Jackson Motorplex. (Photo by Shannon Dyce, Shannon Dyce Photography)SWEA CITY, Iowa – Winning a single feature was a pretty big deal during Matthew Looft’s Karl Chevro­let Northern SportMod rookie season.He’s raised the bar considerably since then.The Swea City, Iowa, driver won for the 100th time in his career in the division on June 30 at Jackson Motorplex. The checkers were the ninth of the season for Looft, who has averaged better than 17 wins a year since his rookie campaign in the IMCA division.“It’s pretty surreal,” admitted Looft. “If someone told me back in 2010 that I’d get 100 wins, I would have said they were crazy. It’s something I never planned on. It took a lot of work by a lot of people.”Looft won a career-best 26 features in 2013. He became the only driver to earn back-to-back na­tional championships in the class on the strength of 18 wins the following year.Along with a division-leading 18 track and special series championships, Looft is a five-time All­star Performance Minnesota State titlist.“Winning a national championship is a commitment to winning a lot of features and track champion­ships in a single season,” said Looft. “Winning 100 features ranks pretty high up there among everything I’ve accomplished.”“I feel fortunate to have done it,” he added. “Every win is hard-earned because there are so many good drivers around here.”Win number 100 was his third this season at Jackson, where Looft has won a pair of track crowns. He’s the four-time track champion and a triple winner so far in 2017 at Fairmont Race­way.“I really enjoyed racing at Arlington and am sure that I probably won there more than at any other track,” Looft said. “Fairmont is about 25 miles from home and with the switch in race nights, that’s where we’re running on Saturdays.”Looft is the fifth driver in division history to reach the 100 feature win mark. His wife Brittney has wrenched on the car from day one and has been there for every one of those victories – she’s only missed two of his starts in 10 seasons – and young son Brayden is already helping change tires and scrape mud off the car.“This class is affordable and very competitive. As far as I’m concerned, they’re just as exciting as any other class,” Looft said. “I’ve driven other kinds of cars and this class is probably my favorite. They’re very fun to drive.”last_img read more

New deal for Hangeland

first_img The 31-year-old’s new deal includes an option for a further year, which if exercised would see the Norway international remain at the London club until the end of the 2015/16 campaign. A statement on Fulham’s website confirmed: “Fulham Football Club is delighted to announce that captain Brede Hangeland has signed a two-year extension to his current contract, with an option for a further year, which will keep the defender at the club until at least the summer of 2015.” Fulham captain Brede Hangeland has signed a two-year contract extension. Hangeland, whose existing deal was due to expire at the end of the season, joined Fulham from FC Copenhagen in January 2008 and has since made 233 appearances for the club in all competitions. “I’m so happy, delighted,” Hangeland said on “It’s taken a long time but we’re there now and I hope the club is happy – I’m certainly really happy to have signed. “I’ve loved my time with Fulham. It’s been a little over five years and I’ve felt right at home from the very first game. “I couldn’t really see myself leaving, so to finally have signed gives me a great feeling.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Paraplegic Candidate Madison Cawthorn Stands Up To Adversity at RNC

first_imgParalyzed from the waistdown from an auto accident, Congressional candidate Madison Cawthorn used a walker to raise himself out of his wheelchair and stand on stage last night at the RNC., who is just 25 and contemplated suicide at the age of 20, is hoping to fill the House seat in North Carolina vacated by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. Wednesday night at the RNC, the real estate investment CEO shared how he conquered adversity at 18 after a near-fatal car accident left paralyzed and wheelchair-bound.Cawthorn sent shockwaves through Washington in June when he unexpectedly won the GOP primary runoff in a North Carolina congressional seat left vacant by White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.“At 20, I thought about giving up. However, I knew I could still make a difference. My accident gave me new eyes to see, and new ears to hear,” he said on the third night of the convention, themed “Land of Heroes.”“At 20, I made a choice. In 2020, our country has a choice. We can give up on the American idea, or we can work together to make our imperfect union more perfect,” he continued.“I choose to fight for the future, to seize the high ground and retake the Shining City on a Hill. While the radical left wants to dismantle, defund, and destroy, Republicans, under President Trump’s leadership, want to rebuild, restore and renew,” he said.If he is elected this November, he will be the youngest member in Congress in over 200 years.last_img read more

Indian Premier League Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore achieve contrasting centuries in Twenty20s

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Kolkata Knight Riders have joined Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings as the other Indian franchises to win 100 Twenty20 games while Royal Challengers Bangalore have become the first Indian franchise to lose 100 Twenty20 games. Mumbai Indians are the only Indian side to win 100 games in the Indian Premier League while Chennai Super Kings are a close second with 98 wins. These Twenty20 wins include victories in the now-defunct Champions League Twenty20.In the IPL, Kolkata Knight Riders have won 92 games while Royal Challengers Bangalore have lost 92 games, the second-most behind Delhi Capitals who have lost 95 games in the IPL. With the loss at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Virat Kohli’s side is all but out of the race for the playoffs while Kolkata Knight Riders are in the sixth position and with a chance of entering the knockouts. New Delhi: There is only one week remaining for the league stages to end in IPL 2019. Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals have become the first two teams to enter the playoffs while there is a big tussle between five teams for the third and fourth position. In the double-header on Sunday, Delhi Capitals sealed their place in the playoffs for the first time after seven years while Kolkata Knight Riders finally snapped their six-match losing streak in IPL 2019 with a big win over Mumbai Indians. Delhi Capitals were boosted by fifties from Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer and Virat Kohli’s side still fell short by 16 runs. At the Eden Gardens, Andre Russell’s 80* off 40 balls was just enough for Kolkata Knight Riders to survive a blitz from Hardik Pandya, who blasted 91 off 34 balls as Dinesh Karthik’s side stayed alive in the playoff race.Kolkata Knight Riders’ win and Royal Challengers Bangalore’s loss gave them mixed fortunes. These two teams squared off in the first encounter in the IPL on April 18, 2008, at the M Chinnaswamy stadium. Brendon McCullum blasted 158 and Kolkata Knight Riders inflicted a heavy defeat on Royal Challengers Bangalore. 10 years and 10 days later, these two teams have completed contrasting journeys. Kolkata Knight Riders snapped their six-match losing streak in IPL 2019.Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Mumbai Indians for the first time in four years.Royal Challengers Bangalore are all but out of the race for the playoffs.last_img read more

Nigerian Football Stakeholders Bid Ogunjobi Final Farewell

first_imgAt the symposium were the Chairman of the Western Nigeria Football Forum and NFF First Vice President Seyi Akinwunmi; NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi; NFF’s zonal coordinators led by the Chairman of Chairmen, Alh. Ibrahim Musa Gusau; former NFF President, Gen. Dominic Oneya (rtd); former NFF First Vice President, Mazi Amanze Uchegbulam; former NFF General Secretaries Dr. Bolaji Ojo-Oba and Fanny Amun; two-time Head Coach of the Super Eagles, Chief Adegboye Onigbinde; President-General of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Dr. Rafiu Oladipo; former international players, Dr. Felix Owolabi and Mutiu Adepoju and; senior stakeholders of the game from far and near, including Mr. Ade Somefun.Prominent persons at the symposium paid homage to Ogunjobi, a man regarded as one of the most charismatic administrators in the history of Nigerian Football, with Akinwunmi saying: “This is an avenue to honour him because he did so well for football in the South West and Nigeria as a whole.”The event took place at the indoor hall of the Lekan Salami Stadium, venue of several conquests for Ogunjobi.On Thursday, a football match between a team of Ambassadors and Family United By Sports at the Lekan Salami Stadium ended 2-1 in favour of the former, and in the evening, a lying-in-state provided opportunity for prominent stakeholders, including Board Members of the NFF, NFF Management, NFF Staff, current and past bigwigs in the game, former international players and administrators to bid Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi goodbye.The remains of the amiable administrator will be interred at a private cemetery in Ibadan this morning.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram There was pomp, colour and essence as actors and actresses in Nigerian football put out all the stops in honouring former international defender, former Secretary General of then NFA and one-time Member of the Board of NFF, Chief Taiwo Joseph Ogunjobi ahead of the final interment of his remains today.The rites of passage began on Tuesday in Oshogbo, capital of Osun State and where he served as Chairman of the State Football Association until his passing, with some youth football and tributes, before the train headed for Ibadan, the largest city in West Africa, capital of Oyo State and the town where Ogunjobi spent most of his lifetime.On Wednesday, the Western Nigeria Football Forum, headed by the First Vice President of NFF, Seyi Akinwunmi, and for which Ogunjobi was a key actor, galvaniser and advisor, held a symposium in his honour with the theme: ‘Celebrating the Life and Times of Ogunjobi.’ Chief Taiwo Ogunjobilast_img read more

New York Giants draft defensive tackle Bromley in 3rd round

first_imgFormer Syracuse defensive tackle Jay Bromley was selected by the New York Giants with the 10th pick of the third round of the NFL Draft on Friday night.He was the 74th player selected overall, and the sixth defensive tackle to fall off the board.Bromley led Syracuse with 10 sacks and 14.5 tackles for a loss in 2013. He was originally projected to be a fringe seventh-round pick, but strong NFL Scouting Combine and Pro Day performances garnered the attention of NFL teams.Bromley joins wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (first round, 12th overall pick) and center Weston Richburg (second round, 11th pick) as the newest members of the Giants — who selected former Syracuse players Ryan Nassib and Justin Pugh in last year’s draft.Bromley finished up his Syracuse football career in December and will graduate from the University this weekend.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on May 9, 2014 at 10:12 pm Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

58-year-old junior motivated by daughter’s dream

first_imgMargarita Lopez was accepted to seven of the eight schools she applied to, including Columbia University and UCLA. She chose USC for its accommodating experience, networking opportunities and school spirit. (Mia Speier | Daily Trojan)Margarita Lopez is not your typical junior. Though she attends classes, goes to office hours, spends time in the library and drinks too much coffee like every other student, Lopez, 58, is also a mother of eight. After earning her associate’s degree from Santa Monica College, Lopez transferred to USC this semester to pursue a degree in psychology at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Lopez is the second of her 10 siblings to pursue a bachelor’s degree, and she doesn’t let the fact that she never attended high school stop her from chasing her higher education goals. Although Lopez admits that she often felt out of place when she arrived on campus, she credits her professors and advisors for making her feel welcome.“I felt so out of place. [USC] is such a young campus,” Lopez said. “It’s like I’m a little fish in a big pond.” In addition to being a full-time student, Lopez is the caretaker for a large family and has seen many of her kids go off to college — like her daughter Milanca, who she said was her main motivation for going back to school. Milanca attended UC Berkeley and earned her sociology degree in five years, while raising a child.Soon after celebrating her graduation, Lopez received terrifying news about her daughter the day before Mother’s Day. “We got a call at around six in the morning that something happened,” she said. “We found out that she was killed in a car accident six days after she graduated. And my grandson was with her, so they both were killed.” A few months after her funeral, Lopez discovered an email that Milanca had sent her about a year and a half before she died. In the message, Milanca encouraged Lopez to pursue higher education. “I never answered it,” Lopez said. “She was my biggest advocate. I must’ve ignored it … That made me think I need to do this to honor her. That was [my] motivation.” Lopez said that although she thought pursuing her passion for education might fill the void and help her cope with the loss of her daughter, it didn’t fully. Nevertheless, Lopez applied to eight schools and was accepted to seven of them, including Columbia University, UC Berkeley, UCLA and USC. Lopez said she chose USC for its accommodating experience, networking opportunities and school spirit. “[My family] motivates me. I want them to be proud of me,” Lopez said. Another motivating factor for Lopez is her 22-year-old son Emilio, with whom she enjoys sharing her academic success. Emilio has cerebral palsy, a disease that has left him quadriplegic and unable to communicate well.“Everytime I get a good grade I always think that my brain is still working at 58 … and I have a son [who is] so smart, but his language is very limited,” Lopez said. “Every time I do well, it humbles me.” Lopez said, as someone who has had experiences with drugs and alcohol and abuse, she hopes that studying psychology will help her build a kinship with those who have had similar experiences. Between driving her kids to and from school and caring for her son, Lopez’s schedule is constantly packed. Nevertheless, she finds time during her busy days to come to campus for classes. “I feel like I understand how someone can get there,” Lopez said. “I can probably help other people.”last_img read more

Sanchez takes national indoor tennis title

first_imgSenior Maria Sanchez was a force to be reckoned with at the ITA Indoor Championships this weekend, upsetting a higher-ranked opponent in the finals of the tournament and taking home first place, making her the national indoor champion.No. 7 Sanchez defeated No. 2-seeded Jana Juricova of Cal in the final match with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 win, and took away the championship trophy from the defending champion.“Jana’s a great player and has beaten me quite a few times, so I’m really happy to get this win,” Sanchez said. “It’s such a great feeling.”USC coach Richard Gallien also expressed his happiness with a Trojan victory at the Indoor Championships, which took place at the site of the US Open in Flushing, N.Y.“To have one of our players go to a tournament back East, with a different time zone and indoors, and then win is a real accomplishment,” Gallien said.The Women of Troy were well represented in the tournament, with three other players participating in the tourney as well. The doubles pair of juniors Alison Ramos and Valeria Pulido made it to the quarterfinals of the tournament but was narrowly defeated by the No. 3-ranked pair from Clemson. Sophomore Danielle Lao also faced a loss in the singles round of 32 to No. 5 Denise Dy of Washington.Gallien isn’t disheartened, however, by the team’s performance as a whole. In fact, he said he was proud of the Women of Troy’s performance at the Indoor Championships, in which only the top-ranked players in the country can participate.“We had doubles team that will be ranked in the top 8 in the nation at the end of this, and there’re a lot of people who didn’t even get to play in this tourney,” Gallien said.With the accompaniment of USC assistant coach West Nott, the women’s tennis team had a good showing at the ITA indoor championships as a whole. Gallien attributed a lot of the team’s success to Nott’s efforts.“I feel like I owe a great debt to West. He does a super great job with the girls,” Gallien said.With their last tournament out of the way until early next year, the Women of Troy will now get a chance to take a breather before they start Pac-10 play. The next time the team plays will be on Jan. 28 at the ITA Kick Off Weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich.last_img read more

Syracuse moves 3 spots in Inside Lacrosse poll to No. 4

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 25, 2019 at 12:32 pm Contact KJ: | @KJEdelman Commentscenter_img After Syracuse’s 14-12 loss to No. 1 Boston College last Saturday, head coach Gary Gait commended his team’s effort but only said SU played “OK.”“We’re looking to become a power-four team that competes for championships,” Gait said on Feb. 16.After a overtime win over No. 5 Northwestern on Sunday, Syracuse (3-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) moved up three spots in this week’s Inside Lacrosse poll to rise to the No. 4 team in the nation. The Orange also defeated Coastal Carolina last Monday by 13 goals.Following a 15-1 first half draw differential and a plethora of goals from newcomers, the Orange entered Sunday’s matchup against the Wildcats looking for their first ranked win. Emily Hawryschuk scored three first half goals but a 12-9 second half lead was followed up by a five-goal run by NU.Down 14-12, SU rattled off two unanswered goals including a Megan Carney drive from midfield with under 30 seconds left. In overtime, the Wildcats turned the ball over on their first possession and Hawryschuk scored the game-winner after a Mary Rahal ground ball.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the ACC, Boston College remains at No. 1 and North Carolina drops one spot to No. 3. The Orange are 23 points away from the No. 3 slot. Syracuse’s opponent on Wednesday, Loyola, dropped to No. 12 in the rankings. The two will play at 4 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.last_img read more

Team Liquid reveals new plans for custom-built training facility in Los Angeles

first_imgTeam Liquid, the U.S. based esports organisation has revealed plans for a brand new custom-built training facility in West Los Angeles.  Credit: Team LiquidThe new space will be 9,000 square foot in size, which will not only house a practice facility with scrim rooms and bootcamp space, but also offices for support staff, screening rooms and a dedicated space for Team Liquid’s in-house production company “1UP Studios”. The release also emphasises the space will promote a healthy work-life balance amongst players.The new interactive website features two videos with Steve “112” Arhancet introducing the grand plans. In one video he states that the concept of a gaming house in a residential neighbourhood with all staff and players is “antiquated” and outdated before stating that Team Liquid wants to “set a precedent for how players and staff integrate and operate like a real company”. The L.A. facility will effectively work as a North American hub, whilst Team Liquid also have a base in the Netherlands where European bootcamps will continue to take place. Arhancet continues: “I think that it’s really important that players have that separation between work and personal and are able to come to work and put the jersey on before going home to rest and relax in their own personal bedroom”.  The floor plan – Credit: Team LiquidTeam Liquid has not had a bad time of late. Last weekend, the esports organisation’s Dota 2 team won the largest esports tournament by prize money in history. The European squad defied all odds in battling through the lower bracket and sweeping Chinese squad Newbee in the grand final to take home no less than $10,000,000 between them. Additionally, Liquid’s LCS team avoided relegation thus, one would assume, effectively ensuring a franchise spot under Riot’s new League of Legends format for North America. The new plans sit in line with the new rules for franchises, whereby state of the art facilities must be provided to rosters competing in the new franchised NALCS. The interactive website has in depth information about each of the zones displayed above — which include extensive catering, rooms dedicated for team’s coaches and analysts as well as a “Challenger Room”, insinuating that Team Liquid is confident of picking up a franchise spot and thus holding an academy team in the NACS. “We’re levelling up the traditional model of the gaming house,” said Steve Arhancet, Co-CEO of Team Liquid. “The new Team Liquid Headquarters in Los Angeles will be a customised player training facility and office work space representing the next evolution of infrastructure for esports – a benefit for all of our ten teams. Our new HQ makes a statement about the culture of our organisation and the influence of our ownership group, aXiomatic. Player well-being is essential and the new space will not only be an effective work environment, but promote a healthier lifestyle and cross-pollination among teams.”Esports Insider says: From the initial plans, the new space looks awesome. It’s great to see Team Liquid forging the way and further professionalising the esports space with impressive plans. There’s going to be a lot going on in the L.A. base, that’s for sure.last_img read more