WEBSTER CITY, Iowa – Mitchell Machine doubles the size of its IMCA contingency program this season, with new awards for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod drivers.Top eligible finishers in national standings for both divisions receive $250 product certificates from the Webster City, Iowa, transmission manufacturer and machine shop. Second- and third-place eligible drivers in each division receive $100 product certificates. Product certificates in the same increments go to top three eligible drivers in both EQ Cylinder Heads Northern and Southern Regions for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. In addition to competing with a Mitchell-manufactured transmission, drivers in all three divisions must return a sign-up form to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1, display two Mitchell Machine decals on their race car and provide proof of purchase made between Jan. 1 and Oct. 1, 2015. “The Bullet transmission is a great piece for SportMod drivers and this year we are building on the success of it in the Stock Car ranks,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “I think drivers will be very pleased with the durability of the product and should give Ted Mitchell a call for more information.” All awards will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office. This season is Mitchell’s ninth as an IMCA sponsor. Information about Mitchell Machine products and services is available by calling 515 297-3333 and at the www.mitchell-machine.com website.
Katie Chin | Daily TrojanSwinging for the top · Redshirt junior Frankie Rios takes a swing at a pitch. Rios and the team take to the road to face Arizona on Friday.After capturing its first two Pac-12 series of the season against Washington State and Arizona State, USC heads to Tucson this weekend for a three-game showdown with No. 13 Arizona.“To win two in a row separates your record a bit,” head coach Dan Hubbs said. “Now we’ve got to go to Arizona and find a way to hopefully continue the streak and win another one.” Like USC, Arizona is also off to a hot start to the season. The team now stands at 17-7 after beginning this year’s campaign with a 10-game winning streak. Hitting has been the Wildcats’ greatest strength so far, as they possess a conference high .332 team batting average. The Wildcats also lead the Pac-12 in runs, RBIs, hits, slugging percentage and walks. The key to the Wildcats’ early statistical prowess has been an experienced and deep batting order. Six players are currently batting over .320, with sophomore Alfonso Rivas III leading the way with an eye-popping .395 average. The Wildcats may have lost five starters from last year’s team, but the College World Series runner-ups remain a top national contender. While they may lack the same offensive efficiency, USC has also been hitting well to start the season. Sophomore Lars Nootbaar has been the team’s clutch performer so far, with a team-leading four home runs and 21 RBIs. Fellow sophomore Brandon Perez has been a pleasant surprise this year; after seeing limited at-bats last season, he is hitting .338. Senior Corey Dempster is currently on a 11-game hitting streak after solidifying the Trojans’ victory against San Diego State on Wednesday with an eighth inning RBI single. “I’m just attacking the fastball and being aggressive,” Dempster said. “I think the biggest thing is not being afraid to let ball speed go early in the count or being afraid to get behind either.”As opposed to hitting, pitching has been more of an adventure for the Trojans. The young bullpen has had its bright spots — freshman closer Austin Manning has three saves and fellow freshman Chris Clarke has provided key innings when called upon. However, inconsistency has been an issue for regular starters such as sophomore Marrick Crouse and junior Brad Wegman. Overall, USC is eighth in Pac-12 team ERA, which could be problematic against Arizona’s stacked batting order. One storyline to watch this weekend will be who Hubbs decides to start behind the plate at the catcher position. Senior transfer Cris Perez and freshmen Kaleb Murphy and Blake Sabol have all seen significant time behind the plate so far this season. As the Trojans head deeper into the heart of conference play, it will be interesting to see if the position becomes more solidified. After wrapping up the series against Arizona, USC has a quick detour against Long Beach State on Tuesday before returning to Dedeaux Field for a three-game series with Stanford starting on Thursday. “It’s a grind week in and week out, day in day out,” Hubbs said. “The guys just have to be prepared for it.”
Chelsea have had a number of strikers wear their famous ‘Number 9’ jersey, some more successfully than others.One of the less prolific forwards to have donned the shirt was Mateja Kezman, who was part of the squad during the years of success in the mid-2000s.The Serbian striker who scored four Premier League goals for the Blues and won the Premier League title and a League Cup – after scoring in the final – dropped off the map a bit after leaving Stamford Bridge.Once a feared goal poacher, his time in West London was not as successful as he or the club would have hoped.After he left Chelsea, he played for Atletico Madrid, PSG and Zenit.However, he insists his time at Chelsea was the highlight of his career and that despite his limited success, he does not regret moving to London. “Chelsea was the best thing in my career. That was the climax of my career, for sure. Living and playing in London was something that I will never forget. I don’t know if I made a mistake because I moved away so quickly. Maybe I do and maybe I don’t regret it, but I always believe in my decisions,” he said. “But the transfer to Chelsea made my dreams come true. That was the best thing that ever happened to me. Maybe I could achieve more and I could have been more successful at Stamford Bridge, but I don’t regret anything.” He retired at the age of 33, becoming director of football at Serbian side FK Vojvodina before turning to football agency.He’s currently the representative for one of the most sought-after players in Europe, Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
The NFL will play games on Saturday if the 2020 college football season is canceled or postponed until the spring, according to a report by NBC Sports: The Mid-American Conference (MAC) became the first FBS program to cancel its football season as health concerns grow amid the coronavirus pandemic. BREAKING: AP source: Mid-American Conference becomes 1st major college football conference to cancel fall season. https://t.co/xwowzKup46— The Associated Press (@AP) August 8, 2020Commissioners of the Power 5 conference met Sunday night to discuss whether the fall season could be played, but no decisions have been made.“Are we in a better place today than two weeks, ago?” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby told The Associated Press. “No, we’re not.”If the college football season is canceled or postponed and the report is true, the NFL would have games on four days of the week in 2020: Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Saturday. “It’s unclear whether the games would be broadcast, streamed, or distributed on a pay-per-view basis, but the league likely would backfill the vacant Saturday windows with NFL content. The easiest approach would be to treat each Saturday like the late-season tripleheader the league staged in 2019, with a game at 1:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 8:15 p.m. ET. That would trim the Sunday slate by three games each week.”MORE: Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence becomes leading voice for #WeWantToPlay message