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I-88 Speedway hosts IMCA Empire State Series on Friday

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first_imgAFTON, N.Y. (July 29) – I-88 Speedway is next on the IMCA Empire State Series schedule this Friday, July 31.Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds chase a $500 top check in the fifth of eight tour installments this season.Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:15 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.Grandstand admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 9-15, and free for eight and under. Pit passes are $30.Point leader Eddie Sites is the only repeat series winner thus far; Michigan visitor A.J. Ward and Brad Sites have each won once.Four previous Empire State Series events have been held at Afton. The tour date there in June was rained out.More information is available on Facebook and at the www.I-88speedway.com website.IMCA Empire State Series top 20 point standings – 1. Eddie Sites, Monroeton, Pa., 153; 2. Brad Sites, Monroeton, Pa., 142; 3. Chris Fleming, Union Springs, 130; 4. Jason Benjamin, Towanda, Pa., 127; 5. Matt Cole, Binghamton, 124; 6. Keith Jack Lamphere, Monroeton, Pa., 115; 7. Brad Smith, Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., 100; 8. Will Ward, Cobleskill, 93; 9. Tyler Stoddard, Binghamton, 84; 10. Gary Roberts, Afton, 78; 11. Gary Smith, Harpursville, 75; 12. Michael Stoddard, Binghamton, 74; 13. Harry Ely Jr., Wyalusing, Pa., 70; 14. Billy Ward, Cobleskill, 68; 15. K.C. Cole, Conklin, 66; 16. Rodney Morgan, Troy, Pa., 65; 17. Dan Searls, Groton, and Craig Ward, Owego, both 62; 19. Richard Karlnoski, Dundee, 61; 20. Robert Maynard, Towanda, Pa., 59.last_img read more

Wallace poised for return

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first_img Wallace admitted he cannot wait to add to his already record appearance tally of 188 for his home province. “My motivation is through the roof,” he told Ulster’s official website, as he prepares to start at inside centre. “I hope that I can bring a few players along with me because I am so pumped up to play again at Ravenhill. “So many people have supported me through a hard time such as the medical stuff and the strength and conditioning coaches and I want to do their support justice.” The 34-year-old playmaker tore knee ligaments against Glasgow in February, and returns to senior action after two British and Irish Cup outings for the second string Ulster Ravens. Head coach Mark Anscombe has made nine changes to the side that beat Treviso last weekend. Paddy Wallace will make his first Ulster appearance in nine months at Ravenhill against Zebre on Friday night in RaboDirect Pro12 action.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Kamala Harris asks audience if America is ‘ready’ for her presidency, crowd shouts ‘No’

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first_imgCalifornia Senator Kamala Harris received some not so positive feedback from a Nevada audience on Thursday.The Democrat, campaigning for the 2020 presidential nominee, asked if America was “ready” for her to be president.Not a good sign for Kamala Harris. When Harris asked if America was ready for her presidency, the crowd shouted, “no.”America doesn’t want someone to be President who will destroy private healthcare, destroy the 2nd amendment, & regulate what you eat. pic.twitter.com/DAfFxWucj1— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) October 3, 2019 Several audience members were then heard responding “No” throughout the room, with Harris visibly shocked by what she heard.“Well, yes, they are,” Harris told the crowd, sparking some laughter.The exchange received mockery on social media, many comparing it to the memorable moment from the 2016 election when former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla., urged a crowd at a campaign stop to “please clap.”Former Vice President Joe Biden is still the frontrunner in the 2020 election polls.Harris has reportedly had a dramatic drop in the polls in recent weeks.last_img read more

Solochek: Fantasy football evokes mixed emotions among fans

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first_imgAfter months of planning and research, many football fans can finally take a sigh of relief.No, I am not talking about those who are taking road trips to see their favorite NFL teams. I am talking about the beginning of the NFL and fantasy football seasons.Today, team owners will finally set their teams after weeks, and maybe months, of trading, negotiating and constantly staring at the ESPN bottom line looking for injuries, trades or anything else to give them an advantage going into regular season play. No longer will we have to sit on the edge of our seats when John Clayton and/or Chris Mortensen comes on the air twice a day to tell us if our starting quarterbacks or wide receivers are going to be a game-time decision this Sunday.Although there are many who watch six to seven pro football games each week to watch their hometown team and keep an eye on their fantasy status, there are those who are morally opposed to playing fantasy football. Sure, there are those who do not believe in the gambling aspect of many leagues. But, there are also some who are morally against it for the sake of team loyalty.In no other setting will you see a Jets fan cheering as Tom Brady throws his third touchdown of the game or an Eagles fan smile as Tony Romo hooks up with Terrell Owens for the 10th time of during the game. Fantasy football may increase the bonds between friends living across the country, but it tends to shatter any loyalty anyone may have for their home team.There are ways of not showing any disloyalty to your home team without having to give up any prime picks during your fantasy draft. You could simply avoid anyone playing for your division rival or your most hated team. Also, it is possible to draft a highly rated player from a disliked team and use them as trade bait. Either way would still give you a good chance at achieving fantasy success without trading in your loyalty for your team.However, there are those who are simply against anything having to do with fantasy football. They believe fantasy takes away from the enjoyment of any given fall Sunday and want to enjoy everything involved with the game. These hardcore fans love the hits, the catches and the sweet theme song from “Monday Night Football.” They believe fantasy sports detracts from the enjoyment of a good day of watching football.Most of all, these football purists hate watching football with the hard-core fantasy players. I have spent many Sundays watching football with people who do not like fantasy football. Whenever I am cheering for someone on my fantasy team, I constantly get a dirty look. Whenever there is a close game and I am cheering for a team to make the spread so I can cash in on my “pick ’em” league winnings that week, my friends tell me to shut up and watch the game.What I do not understand is why those who do not like fantasy football feel it detracts from the game. If anything, it adds to people’s interest in football. Before fantasy sports existed, there was very little reason to care how many passing yards Carson Palmer had last year or who is the backup running back for the Baltimore Ravens is. The only people who knew these kinds of stats were coaches and sports writers.Now there are many people who have began playing fantasy sports that have become more interested in the game. They watch several games every weekend not only to keep up with how their players are doing but for the enjoyment of the sport. Sure, they may be forced to cheer for some of the most despised players in the league, but at least they are watching the game and taking in all it has to offers.Fantasy sports also serves as something more important than a way to make money or give you weekly bragging rights with your buddies. All over the place, groups of friends use fantasy football leagues to keep in touch with their friends from across the country. Every year, I join a league with friends from high school who have lived everywhere from New York to Iowa. My dad is part of a weekly “pick ’em” league with guys who he grew up with. In both cases, fantasy sports give us something in common and a way to keep up with friends across the country.So when you are trying to convince your buddy to play in your fantasy league even though he is already in five, remind him it is about more than the money. Tell him it is about the love of the game and the smack talk you can give out over the glorious 17 weeks of NFL football.Ben is a senior majoring in journalism and history. If you would like to join him for fantasy detox, email him at bsolochek@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Munster coach unhappy with ongoing O’Connell saga

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first_imgRumours remain that the Ireland captain is to swap the red of Munster for the red of European champions, Toulon.But the Munster head coach says the comments of Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal aren’t helpful, and he should stop trying to unsettle O’Connell.last_img

Mikel Obi: Winning At Life!

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first_imgJohn Obi Mikel is living the good life! Soaring with the Super Eagles, amassing £140,000-a-week at Tianjin TEDA, a beautiful girlfriend and absolutely gorgeous twin girls. What more could a man ask for?The Super Eagles Captain’s Russian girlfriend, Olga Diyachenko took to Instagram to congratulate her “Pooh1” after the Nigerian National Team’s remarkable 4-0 victory over reigning African Champions, Cameroon in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying game on Friday.Mikel and Olga seem to be just fine, contrary to various rumors that their relationship was on the rocks after Mikel deleted some pictures on Instagram some months ago.Since the birth of twin girls, Mia and Ava in September 2015, Mikel Obi has gone ahead to capture an Olympic bronze medal, become a more influential figure in the Nigerian National Team and moved away from Chelsea where he had become somewhat surplus to requirements, making more money in the process. Apparently, fatherhood has been a major motivation for the Nigerian skipper.The proud daddy recently shared a picture of himself and Olga taking their twin girls to nursery school for the very first time.With a very impressive performance for Nigeria against Cameroon, putting the Super Eagles in a good position to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the 30-year-old has again proved critics wrong. He looked like a very happy man.If Mikel would make it official by making Olga Diyachenko his wife, we have to wait and see.Relatedlast_img read more

Jacob Lopez Curciel – OPTIMA – Developing an In Play horse racing product to capture the eye

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first_img Last month, SBC Events marked a landmark year in horse racing with a dedicated full day conference track at Betting on Sports, held at the Olympia Conference Centre in London.Jacob Lopez Curciel, OptimaAs part of the ‘Betting on Racing’ track, the ‘After the off – Opportunities in live betting’ session facilitated a high-level discussion around the opportunity to engage new punters with an in play horse racing product.Just a few weeks after the event, we caught up with Jacob Lopez Curciel, CEO at OPTIMA and a key speaker from this session, to build on the insight he delivered to a packed room of delegates at #boscon2017.SBC: Do you think the horse racing industry is missing an opportunity to engage punters with live betting products?JLC: The horse racing industry, as any other, needs innovation to keep the business interest up and to continue attracting new customers. Live betting and the user experience around the live betting will attract the interest of existing and new customers. If the user experience is good, the customers will use the services.SBC: Do you share the opinion that the speed and accuracy of live data represents the biggest obstacle to its successful adoption?JLC: Not the biggest, and not the only.First the customer experience, how do we drive enjoyment and eliminate frustration completely from the user journey to play “real time betting” on horse racing. What plus is the customer going to get in his experience to capture his eye and his time. A challenge that each operator has to shape and evolve, probably iteratively.Speed and consistency, both together, between data and video streaming, which requires systems and resources that are now becoming available at consumer level and in previous years were not readily available, a challenge that definitely we have the technology to resolve now.SBC: From an integrity perspective, do you think there is any chance of varied in-race markets such as first to fall or leader after first furlong?JLC: Transparency is the key. If parameters can be monitored in real time, it is more likely that competitiveness and integrity will be better and those markets could have a chance, some of them I doubt will be possibly suitable for betting without full transparency in real time, however I don’t think In Play betting must be thought only around new markets as it is often the case, In Play betting is more about the user experience and extending the times for betting than adding new markets.SBC: What can horse racing learn from in play betting on other sports?JLC: Only very low % of all markets offered get bets, quality more important than amountReal time data is equally or more important than live streaming for the customer to enjoy and for the operator to maximize the product quality and profitability.Technology used must be the right one, proven and stable, or In Play betting could cause serious damage to a business and its reputation.SBC: Can you trade in play horse racing algorithmically from the data? Or does there need to be a human influence too?JLC: A hybrid is required. 80/20 automated vs human interaction.There are many situations still that cannot be properly assessed and processed specially in situations of low liquidity no matter how much data you can process in real time. Submit Share Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

‘Three Simple Tools’ sees Sky Bet continue safer gambling commitment

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first_img StumbleUpon Share PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Submit Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Richard Flint – Sky BetSky Bet continues to promote safer gambling to UK sports audiences, announcing the launch of its new ‘Three Simple Tools’ nation-wide advertising campaign.The campaign which features ‘Sky Soccer Saturday’ pundits Charlie Nicholas, Matt Le Tissier and Phil Thompson will act as the follow up to Sky Bet’s ‘When the Fun Stops, Stop’ campaign first launched in 2017.Raising audience awareness of ‘gambling controls’, the Sky Soccer pundits promote three Sky Bet safer gambling tools available to customers; Deposit Limits’, ‘Cool-off Periods’ and the brand new ‘Profit and Loss’ function.“Each pundit represents ‘a tool’ aimed at keeping betting from getting in the way of the enjoyment of sport, with more useful content to help customers fully understand and further increase the frequency of use of the new tools.” Sky Bet marketing details in its communication.‘Three Simple Tools’ sees the bookmaker continue its commitment to improving industry standards and responsibility, with the company pledging ‘£3.5 million in ad-spend promoting safer gambling awareness’.Updating the market Richard Flint, Sky Betting & Gaming CEO, said: “Our first safer gambling campaign broke new ground because we were the first betting brand to produce a dedicated safer gambling advert, and we put a big-budget campaign behind the cause of safer gambling awareness. We hope to build on these impressive results with the launch of ‘Three Simple Tools’ – including the new ‘Profit and Loss’ tool – to give customers a simple to understand indication of their betting balance over a selected period of time, to keep them informed and help them manage affordability.“Research indicates customers increasingly want to bet with trusted companies that provide a safe environment. Advertising forms a part of an increasingly multi-channel dialogue with the public in order to keep making betting and gaming safer and that’s what we are doing here.” Related Articles EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Bundesliga on Citi: Bayern Munich beat Union Berlin on return to action

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first_img Source: BBC Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich comfortably beat Union Berlin in another strange game as the league’s return continued during the coronavirus pandemic.It has been allowed to restart without fans, most people off the pitch wearing masks and muted goal celebrations.Robert Lewandowski gave the champions the lead with a penalty – his 40th goal in 34 Bayern games this season.And Benjamin Pavard headed in a late second from Joshua Kimmich’s corner.Saturday’s games gave us an indication of what football will look like for the foreseeable future, as the Bundesliga became the first elite league to return.And it was more of the same on Sunday, with substitutes and coaches socially distancing on the bench – including using the front rows of the otherwise empty stands.The footballs were disinfected by ball boys and left in certain spots around the pitch, rather than handing them directly to the players.Even goal celebrations were mostly done without embracing, although Pavard hugged David Alaba after his late goal.Players and coaches were quarantined in their team hotels this week, undergoing regular coronavirus testing and only leaving to go to training together.Union Berlin coach Urs Fischer had to miss this match because he broke quarantine when his father-in-law died.The lack of fans was a real shame for Union, whose link with their supporters is legendary in Germany.This is their first ever season in the top flight, with the fixture against Bayern – who have won the past seven Bundesliga titles – always one of the games fans look forward to the most.Bayern were comfortable winners in the end, despite only having three shots on target.Thomas Muller had a goal ruled out by the video assistant referee for offside before Lewandowski scored the opener following a foul by Neven Subotic on Leon Goretzka.Pavard’s header with 10 minutes to go wrapped up the victory to take them four points above Borussia Dortmund at the top.last_img read more

Weston Heath Farley, 24, Wellington: April 12, 1992 – Sept. 4, 2016

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first_imgWeston FarleyWeston Heath Farley, 24 of Wellington died Sunday, September 4, 2016 at his home in Wellington.Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, September 8, 2016 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. A memorial has been established with the Future Farmers of America in Wellington and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. For further information please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.Weston Heath Farley was born on April 12, 1992 in Wellington, Kansas the son of Dennis and Dotty (McKellip) Farley. He enjoyed being outdoors hunting and fishing. He enjoyed guns, tinkering and loved his dogs.Surviving to honor his memory are his parents, Dennis and Dotty Farley of Wellington, brother, Dennis Wade and his wife Tonya Lynn Farley of Wellington and sister, Haley Nicole Farley of Wichita as well as numerous Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.Weston was preceded in death by his grandparents.last_img read more