Smith races to first Modified win at Oshkosh

By on September 23, 2020

first_imgBy Dave PanskeOSHKOSH, Wis. (June 13) – T.J. Smith will argue any inference of full moon racing couple with a Friday the 13th after winning his career first Automotive Supply Company IMCA Modified feature at Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway.Smith grabbed the lead at the start with Jim Rhode Ed Lemay, Eric Arneson, Jeremy Christians and Travis Spaulding close behind. Several early cautions kept the field bunched but Smith was able to maintain to lead through a green flag run from laps four to 10.Christains moved into the runner-up spot on lap six with Mike Wedelstadt and Eddie Muenter moving into the top five by lap seven. With the field right behind for the restart, Smith again set the pace and opened a car length lead over Christians as Muenster, Rhode and Wedelstadt moved up to challenge for second.A final caution on lap 17 set up a three-lap dash, with Smith drawing on his past experience to just run his race and drove off with his first career division feature win. Muenster wrestled the second place finish from Christians on the final lap with point leader Sean Jerovetz making a late-race run to fourth over Wedelstadt and Rhode. Other feature winners were John Heinz in his second straight Total Power Sales IMCA Stock Car feature while Steve Schneider picked up his third Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod victory on the season.last_img read more

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Syracuse struggles to defend set pieces in 3-2 loss against Notre Dame

By on September 16, 2020

first_imgSyracuse’s game plan was simple: Limit Notre Dame’s set pieces. It didn’t.Film studies were dedicated to finding a solution. One was concocted, but it proved futile. Coaches drilled it into players in practice throughout the week. On Friday night, they watched defenders shake their heads thrice. Multiple defenders said they knew it was coming. And they couldn’t stop it anyway.For a bulk of the game, the Orange out defended the Fighting Irish. With the return of Kamal Miller, the backline stepped up. Yet, three set pieces gave No. 12 Notre Dame (4-0-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) all the offense it needed in its 3-2 win over Syracuse (2-2, 0-1) in SU Soccer Stadium. Orange head coach Ian McIntyre said SU played well defensively, but for three moments, it failed. Ultimately, it proved the difference between itself and the No. 12 team in the country.“We knew some of the threats they were going to bring,” McIntyre said, “and they exposed us and exploited us on some of those.”UND mustered only three shots in the first half. SU, led by Miller, snuffed out Notre Dame’s wing-based offense. In the second half, McIntyre said, the Fighting Irish went “direct.” It pressed forward and lofted passes through the middle of Syracuse’s 3-5-2.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMost of the time, a cross to the midfield found the head of an Orange player who knocked it away. Though some crosses yielded fouls in UND’s favor. Time and again, the referee blew his whistle, jogged to the spot and awarded Notre Dame a set piece.Following a foul on an SU defender, UND had a restart from midfield. The ball careened out for a corner kick. Syracuse zeroed in on Notre Dame’s “main target,” 6-foot-3 center back Patrick Berneski. In the 53rd minute, Berneski sliced through the SU blockade, rose and knocked in his team-leading fourth goal. After controlling, and not capitalizing on a dominant first half, Syracuse stared down a one-goal deficit.“We knew everything about them,” midfielder Hugo Delhommelle said, “it’s very annoying. … When you leave space for those kinds of players, they punish you.”Five minutes later, following another SU foul, UND earned a free kick near midfield. McIntyre shouted directives to Delhommelle. The senior midfielder, playing in a deeper position for the first time in nearly a decade, was positioned in front of the penalty box, too far from the horde of jerseys.The ball sent into the box, Delhommelle shuffled to clear it but was a step too late. The mishit skied the ball in the air and to the foot of Thomas Ueland. His looping shot floated over and past SU goalie Hendrik Hilpert. 2-0.“That’s my role,” Delhommelle said. “When the ball is in this area it’s my responsibility to clear it. I made a mistake.”Both Delhommelle and Miller stressed postgame that UND’s goals would never happen again. The former called each score a “one-in-10” occurrence. In the 75th minute, SU then a goal behind, Notre Dame’s Felicien Dumas punctuated the visitor’s third set piece goal with a free kick. Just outside the box, Dumas swung his left leg forward and shelved it past Hilpert. Dumas charged his sideline, a mosh of teammates waiting for him. Hilpert could only watch.Postgame, Hilpert signed autographs for young fans with a stern look on his face. He bumped a bystander on his march to the locker room and kept walking.“It’s a bit of a slap in the face because we prepared so, so hard for it,” Miller said. Published on September 7, 2018 at 11:24 pm Contact Nick: | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

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By on December 24, 2019

first_imgPadraig Mac LochlainnResponding to reports that the Garda Ombudsman had their phones bugged and emails hacked, Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has described them as “disturbing” and “of immense public concern”. He has called on Minister for Justice and the Government to have the reports thoroughly investigated as a matter of urgency.The Donegal Deputy said: “This report from the Sunday Times that the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) had to seek assistance from a British security consultancy without the apparent knowledge of Minister Shatter and the government to investigate GSOC’s suspicion that they were being spied on is remarkable. “That it is also reported that their phones were bugged, emails hacked and wifi compromised is disturbing and will be of immense public concern.“I am calling on the Minister for Justice to have these reports thoroughly investigated and answers provided for the public as soon as possible.”He continued: “In my capacity as the Chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions, I will be contacting the GSOC to establish their position on what has taken place.“Our committee were to have them before us soon to discuss their perspectives on the levels of cooperation from An Garda Síochána with their investigations and we will now need urgent answers on this very serious report too.” The shocking revelations – in today’s Sunday Times – claimed that a meeting room where Ombudsman staff met to discuss complaints against Gardai had been bugged.The Ombudsman brought in former British security agency experts to scan their offices. DONEGAL TD’S ANGER AFTER GARDA OMBUDSMAN CONFIRMS THEIR OFFICES WERE BUGGED was last modified: February 9th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buggedOmbudsmaPadraig Mac Lochlainnlast_img read more

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