SILVER BAY, Minn. – The second year of IMCA.TV, the Official Network of IMCA Racing, kicks it up a notch with an impressive schedule of 70-plus races from all over the United States and Canada with a number available included in Monthly Subscription.A refresh of the service is set for June 20. The primary focus of the service will be hardcore IMCA racing coverage including full shows and feature races.In an effort to make live streaming more affordable to fans, a number of races will be included in the standard monthly subscription rate of only $19.99. Current subscribers will be locked in at the lower 2015 rate until the event they cancel.IMCA.TV coverage schedule includes a combination of all the big events, historic racing series, new shows and weekly racing tracks that dot the racing landscape. Fans will be able to catch the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, Duel in the Desert, Nights of Stars, Dakota Classic Modified Tour, Harris Clash, Cheesehead Triple Crown, Frost Busters, national banquet and much more.The momentum for the IMCA.TV service continues to build after parent company X.CELERATED recently agreed to a multi year extension with IMCA.“We are ecstatic that fans of IMCA will have one home to watch our events in 2016 and beyond,” stated IMCA President Brett Root. “After a year of learning and understanding the interests of our viewing audience, the service has been revised to include a wide selection of IMCA events, a focus on racing footage and much more complete resource promoting the IMCA tracks, racers, series, and the sanctioning body in one spot.”All the events on IMCA.TV will be showcased with stunning TV-style production including multiple cameras, interviews, segments, and instant replay. Select events will be available in Standard Definition or High Definition (HD) streaming.Events will be available with a monthly subscription or premium pay per view. In addition, all IMCA.TV scheduled events will be highlighted exclusively on IMCA.TV official social media channels for fans to enjoy.To get connected Follow/Like/Subscribe to @WATCHIMCA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube. To get more information on IMCA.TV visit: www.imca.tv . ORDER TODAY: WWW.IMCA.TV #IMCATV16 Where America Comes to Watch Races.
“I am sorry.”From the first time you pull a girl’s hair, trap your sister in a closet with a spider or hit your friend in the back with a plastic baseball bat (my bad, Jeff), parents everywhere teach that those three words are the magic solution to set everything right again.It is humiliating to admit you have done something wrong, and most of the time we would rather blame extenuating circumstances — let’s call this the “Bud Selig” defense — rather than admit our mistake. But when you finally are able to suck it up, ignore the feeling of doom in your gut and apologize, we are taught the slate is wiped clean.It is an extreme feeling of relief to admit a mistake and simply move on.Unless, of course, your apology concerns the ever-important world monopolized by ESPN. Then the apology becomes a matter of national concern.How sincere was it? Did emotion show on the athlete’s face? Did the apology come too late? And most importantly, should we accept this admission of guilt or forever begrudge the athlete that dare besmirch our team with his foibles?To be clear, this is not a column about Tiger Woods and whatever he was coerced into saying last Friday. I am following the path the wise men at The Golf Writers Association of America laid out and completely ignoring an irrelevant event. Woods didn’t commit a crime, he didn’t cheat — at golf, anyway — and the only explanation he owes is to his family.No, this column is about senior leader and leading scorer for the Wisconsin basketball team, Trevon Hughes.In case you have broken down mentally from the first batch of midterms, last Thursday the Badgers suffered a 68-52 defeat to border rival Minnesota. In postgame interviews Hughes — completely unsolicited — took the blame for the loss on himself, saying he set a poor example in practice the previous week.“It was all my fault,” Hughes said, also adding he had a “crappy week” in practice. “I was being a goofball in practice all week.”After reporters around Hughes paused in stunned silence, one followed up asking Hughes to clarify what he meant by a “crappy week.”“That’s unacceptable; I’m going to step up my leadership,” Hughes continued. “I wasn’t being a leader; I was just thinking everything was a joke. I was turning the ball over in practice, and it showed up in the game. I’ve just got to be more aggressive and be a better leader.”Walking back up to the media room, I immediately noted to Herald Sports Editor Jordan Schelling how impressive Hughes’ maturity was and how this growth in character was noticeable from his junior year to his senior season.Even more compelling, Hughes finished the game leading the Badgers in scoring with 19 points and shot a respectable 7-of-17 from the field, including 5-of-12 from 3-point range.He may have had a bad week of practice, but it didn’t throw his game off too much.From the reactions I received back in Madison, my opinion is in a small minority.Herald sports editors Adam Holt and Max Henson both expressed to me how “disappointed” they were with Hughes goofing around in practice during the middle of a Big Ten title race. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Badger beat writer Jeff Potrykus wrote on JSOnline’s Badger Blog, “But let’s be honest and blunt. UW fans better hope they don’t hear Hughes making similar comments after any more games this season.”(Stepping onto my soapbox.)At what point did “I am sorry” stop being enough?Hughes is a college kid who made the mistake of having too much fun during basketball practice. While that should be viewed as a minor problem at best, Hughes took responsibility and deflected all the blame to himself after a tough loss. What part of this makes him a poor leader?Let he whose assist-to-turnover ratio remains perfect cast the first stone at this man who dares slander James Naismith’s creation.(Falling off soap box.)Have we become such jackasses — no offense, Adam or Max — that an honest, upfront apology is no longer good enough?And perhaps more importantly, what happens if Hughes reads or hears the responses to his admission? Think about it. Athletes already come coated in a Teflon clich? coating — just read anything Jason Bohannon or Keaton Nankivil say.But can we really blame them, if this is the reaction when they expose themselves?As an athlete, why bother admitting fault to any mistake anymore?It is a sad day for sports society when honesty spurns only more scorn. It is an even sadder day when “I am sorry” doesn’t make things all better.So, Trevon, I’m not sure you have anything to apologize for, but to me at least, it’s all good.Michael is a senior majoring in journalism. Think he needs to stop preaching and write about better topics? Was this too whiny for you? It feels wrong for him to lecture anyone. Email him your thoughts at [email protected]
Submit Share Paf CRO Daniela Johansson wins SPER’s Swedish leader of the year June 11, 2020 Share Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 Related Articles Paf pays additional €40m in dividends to ease coronavirus impact April 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Finnish state-owned gambling operator Paf has announced that it will donate approximately €20 million to national charities and social initiatives, following its full-year 2016 financial update.A year of corporate restructuring, which saw Paf appoint former Tain Networks Executive Per Sahlberg as its new CEO. Paf would report flat-line corporate revenues of €113 million (FY 2015: €110 million).Nevertheless, Paf metric performance would be weighed down by a significant increase in corporate expenses to €34 million.Closing its full-year 2016 performance, Paf governance would declare a fall in group operating profits to €15.2 million down 22% on FY 2015’s €22.7 million.Updating investors Paf governance detailed that restructuring costs undertaken in 2016 would contribute directly to corporate growth in foreseeable future.Presenting his first results as Paf CEO Christer Fahlstedt, said: “We have been able to keep the momentum and deliver a relatively strong result, considering the circumstances.“Aside from a few non-recurring items, the operative result of 2016 is in line with the strong trend of the previous year. Paf’s product has gained competitive edge during the year, and we have many exciting innovations and new functions in the pipeline for 2017.“In addition, we are implementing some organisational changes to gradually create optimal conditions for moving forward even faster as an organisation and as a company.”
PITTSBURGH >> The first one came on April 20, 2004 at Angel Stadium. Still almost three weeks shy of his 22nd birthday, Adrian Gonzalez was wearing a Texas Rangers uniform then – but not for long – when he stroked a clean single to center field off Angels right-hander Ramon Ortiz.For 11 seasons from 2006 through ’16, the hits came in a steady stream from coast to coast and back, with the San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox and Dodgers. The stream finally stopped 1,995 hits later as a troublesome back sent the 35-year-old Gonzalez to the DL for two months.Back in the lineup for five games now, No. 2,000 came in the sixth inning Tuesday night, a hard-hit ground ball down the first-base line that went through Pirates first baseman Josh Bell and into right field for a double. Gonzalez scored the go-ahead run later in the inning as the Dodgers beat the Pirates 8-5.“I don’t think you think that far ahead,” Gonzalez said of the road between his first hit and his 2,000th. “You’re focused on the at-bat of the moment. It’s cool looking back and thinking about the first one and thinking about today.” With the double (his 428th – tied with Ruben Sierra for 139th all-time), Gonzalez became the 285th player in baseball history to record 2,000 base hits and the seventh to do it in a Dodgers uniform.“It’s one of those milestones that means a lot – a lot to be grateful for, a lot to be thankful for,” said Gonzalez, who received a standing ovation from his teammates in the visitors’ dugout – and from a large contingent of Dodgers fans among a sparse crowd at PNC Park on a rainy day.“That was really cool, really special – seeing the guys in the dugout, seeing the Dodger fans in the stands. … And I know there’s a lot of people back home smiling as well especially my wife and kids, my parents and brother. It’s a special feeling.”Gonzalez is enjoying another feeling. The pain in his back has subsided. The 35-year-old Gonzalez is just 4 for 21 since returning to the lineup but the outs have been hard.“I feel good,” he said, having unexpectedly played five consecutive games since returning because of the ankle injury that sent Cody Bellinger to the DL. “Overall, I don’t think the results are all the way there but I feel the process is there. The body feels good. When I hit the ball, it’s coming out with authority.” Brock Stewart is at the other end of his career, trying to establish himself in the big leagues. This season has been difficult. He started the season on the DL with shoulder inflammation (and a desire by the Dodgers’ management to limit his innings). He has pitched as a starter and out of the bullpen. He has gone weeks without pitching at all. He has lived out of a suitcase, traveling between the majors and minors.“It’s gotta be difficult,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Any player would like routine, consistency. But I think that a lot of (young) guys through that. And when you play for our ballclub and we have so much quality pitching and you have options … that’s kind of where he’s at right now in his career.“He’s continuing to grow. Never makes excuses. And he’s going to be a good one.”Summoned from Triple-A to fill in for Yu Darvish on Tuesday, Stewart arrived having pitched just 10 1/3 innings in the past month – none in a week – and fighting a head cold.He couldn’t get through three innings. The Pirates batted around in the third, scoring all five of their runs on four hits including a two-run home run by Starling Marte and a two-run double by Josh Harrison off reliever Josh Ravin.“Definitely wasn’t my night,” Stewart said. “I think I just missed barely but a few too many times. Tried to be too fine and when you do that you usually don’t hit your spot.“It’s definitely a learning experience. That’s how baseball goes. You’re not always going to have good days.”It doesn’t seem to matter to the Dodgers who have won 10 games this season in which their starting pitcher failed to get through five innings. They forged on Tuesday, scoring in five of the first seven innings. Chris Taylor had three hits and drove in three runs. Yasmani Grandal had a two-run home run.While the Dodgers just kept scoring, the Pirates stopped completely after their gluttony in the third inning. They didn’t get another runner past first base in the final six innings against five Dodgers relievers.“They did a great job,” Roberts said. “The story of the night was obviously the bullpen.”That group has thrown 13 innings over the past two nights – Stewart’s short start and Monday’s 12-inning game. Reinforcements are likely to be recalled Wednesday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Members of the cycling section from the Sports Association “DISTRICT,” will be organizing cycling marathon Brčko – Srebrenica in memory of the murdered civilians of Srebrenica, who will departure in front of City Hall in Brčko on the 10th of July at 8 pm.Cyclists from Brčko will gather first at the Square of the young in Brčko, and later on will go to the monument for the members of the Army of B&H and HVO where they will recite Fatiha and pay tribute to the fallen soldiers, after which they will be moving to Srebrenica.Cyclists will pass by the Brezovo Polje, where the Bosniaks and Croats were trapped at the beginning of the war, and later will pass through Bijeljina, Janja, Zvornik and Konjević Polje, where members of the marathon from Bihać will join them. They are planning to enter together in the Memorial Centre Potočari.More than 500 bicyclists from Brčko and other parts of B&H are expected at the 20th anniversary of the Genocide in Srebrenica.All participants of the cycling marathon will be uniformed. Police of Brčko District and the Public Security Center Bijeljina will be securing the participants.For more information about the marathon, you can call the following phone number: 38762 853 234.Brčko cyclists who are ready for co-existence, but not willing to forget the past either, drove similar marathon from Brčko to Vukovar. They will be joining the Vukovar marathon again this year. (Source: novovrijeme.ba)
WASHINGTON (AP) – Francisco Liriano knows what it feels like to pitch an entire game without allowing a hit.Good as he was Wednesday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander wasn’t about to allow his mind to start wandering in that direction too soon.Liriano did not allow a hit until the sixth inning against a struggling and depleted Nationals lineup, and Pedro Alvarez homered off an otherwise-dominant Stephen Strasburg, leading Pittsburgh past Washington 4-2.“Everything was working the way I wanted,” said Liriano (10-4), who wound up giving up two singles across 7 2-3 innings while striking out eight batters.Liriano threw a no-hitter for the Twins against the White Sox on May 3, 2011, but on Wednesday, he said, “I think (it) was too early in the game to think about it. It was the fifth inning. I just want to give a chance to the guys to win a ballgame.”He managed to do just that on a night that Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg (5-8) was terrific.Strasburg struck out 12 and did not walk anyone in eight innings. He gave up only one run and two hits, all in the second inning. That included a leadoff shot by Pedro Alvarez, who drove a 96 mph fastball over the wall in right-center for his 26th homer.Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said the homer gave him goose bumps.“The wind is blowing in. When that ball is hit, I’m thinking, ‘OK, he’s on second.’ And then I see some fans stand up and I go, ‘Wait a minute.’ … A backspin 2-iron. I’ve seen a lot of home runs. I’ve seen a lot of hard-hit balls,” Hurdle said. “But that one got my attention.”It was Strasburg’s ninth career game with 10 or more strikeouts and first this season. His career high remains the 14 Ks from his major league debut on June 8, 2010, against Pittsburgh.But the Nationals fell to 0-6 since the All-Star break – scoring a grand total of 13 runs in that span – and have lost 11 of their last 13 games.“We need to win some games,” Strasburg said. “It’s getting to the point where our back’s against the wall.”Liriano walked the first batter he faced, then retired 11 in a row before another walk. Five more outs followed, before rookie Anthony Rendon reached on what was ruled an infield single with two away in the sixth.Third baseman Alvarez dove to his left to stop the ball, but it popped out of his glove, and he couldn’t quite corral it. The next batter walked, but Liriano struck out cleanup hitter Jayson Werth looking to end the inning.The Pirates tacked on three insurance runs in the ninth against relievers Drew Storen and Fernando Abad, thanks to Neil Walker’s RBI double and Michael McKenry’s two-run single. That became pivotal when Werth hit a two-run shot, his 15th homer of the year, off reliever Justin Wilson in the bottom of the ninth. Werth is seemingly the only Nationals batter capable of producing at the moment; he’s hit five homers in the past four games.Wilson was replaced by Mark Melancon, who got the last three outs to earn his third save, ending with a double play on which second baseman Walker whiffed on his attempted tag of runner Wilson Ramos.“Not even close. He never tagged me,” Ramos said.He argued the call with umpire Laz Diaz, to no avail.“Maybe,” Ramos said, “he (wanted) to go home.”Nationals spokesman John Dever declined to check whether the umpiring crew would respond to reporters’ request for comment.Notes: Melancon is filling in for closer Jason Grilli, on the disabled list with a strained right forearm. … The Pirates play 14 of their final 59 games against the St. Louis Cardinals, the team Pittsburgh trails in the NL Central standings. “It is unique. I think it kind of pushes you,” Hurdle said. … On Thursday, the Pirates will start RHP A.J. Burnett (4-7, 3.07) against Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez (7-3, 2.89). Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals during the first inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)