By Jerry MackeyWEST LIBERTY, Iowa (July 9) – Jonathan Brauns won his first-ever iWireless IMCA Late Model Feature at West Liberty Raceway one week ago. Now Brauns has two wins in as many weeks as he bested the 25-lap feature Saturday night.Brauns led the caution-free race flag to flag in scoring an impressive win over Andy Eckrich and Chad Holladay.Dakota Hayden took advantage of a late-race caution in the Performance Concepts IMCA Modified feature and shot past race leader Matt Bodman and went on to score the win. Kurt Kile was able to get to the finish line just ahead of Bodman.Tim Plummer scored a very impressive win in the Weikert Iron & Metal IMCA Northern SportMod division. Plummer used all of the smooth racing surface in crossing the finish line ahead of Dalton Simonsen and Troy Phillpott.David Brandies broke out of the pack early and went on to score the win in the 15-lap Kile Motorsports IMCA Stock Cars. Brandies took the win ahead of Kurt Kile and Brandon Jay.Brad Chandler chased down race leader Jason KlerkDereus and set up a dash to the finish line in the US 6 Bodyworks IMCA Sport Compact main. The two rubbed a little bit and Chandler took the win by a couple of feet at the checkers.This Saturday, July 16, West Liberty Raceway will host the Ideal Ready Mix Tri-Track Challenge featuring the iWireless IMCA Late Models with a 40-lap $2,000 to win main event. A full program of racing will be held. Hot laps get underway at 6:30 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.
Ivan Lendl is a retired tennis player from the Czech Republic who later went on to become an American citizen. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, he redefined the game with his power baseline style.He was born in Ostrava (7 March 1960), Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic), and comes from an avid tennis-playing family. His mother Olga Lendlova and father Jiri Lendl were both professional tennis players in their youth, with the latter even going on to become the president of the Czechoslovak Tennis Federation.Lendl won 8 Grand Slam singles titles and was the most dominant player in the second half of the 1980s. He was part of many memorable rivalries against the likes of John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Mats Wilander, Boris Becker, and Stefan Edberg.He competed in 19 Grand Slam singles finals, a record surpassed by Roger Federer in 2009, Rafael Nadal in 2014 and Novak Djokovic in 2016. He reached at least one Grand Slam final for 11 consecutive years, a record shared with Pete Sampras, with the male primacy of eight consecutive finals in a Grand Slam tournament (a record shared with Bill Tilden at the US Open). Before the formation of the ATP, Lendl reached a record 12 year-end championships (equaled by John McEnroe). He won two WCT Finals titles and five Masters Grand Prix titles, with the record of nine consecutive finals. He also won a record 22 Grand Prix Super Series titles (1980–89), the precursors to the current ATP Masters 1000. Lendl first attained the world No. 1 ranking on February 28, 1983, and bolstered his claim to the top spot when he defeated John McEnroe in the 1984 French Open final. For much of the next five years, Lendl was the top-ranked player, until August 1990 (with a break from September 1988 to January 1989 when Mats Wilander was at the top). He finished four years ranked as the world’s top player (1985–1987 and 1989) and was ranked No. 1 for a total of 270 weeks and set a new record previously held by Jimmy Connors since broken by Pete Sampras and Roger Federer. He is one of three male players (with Jimmy Connors and Roger Federer) to win more than 1000 tennis singles matches (1,071). Lendl has won 94 singles titles, second only in the Open Era to Connors’ 109 titles. Lendl has been runner-up in a record 11 grand slam finals.Lendl was the forerunner of the aggressive baseliner style of play that is so prevalent in today’s times. He spent most of his time at the back of the court but constantly looked to dictate play – especially with his forehand.Also Read: Rafael Nadal, Medvedev in US Open Final BlockbusterAlso Watch: Stage Set for Republic Day 2020 Celebrations in Guwahati read more
Augustus Edwards ended a hectic recruiting process that saw him receive 17 scholarship offers and multiple phone calls daily at a press conference in Staten Island Tuesday.Surrounded by his family, the Tottenville High School running back announced his college decision, removing a gray Syracuse hat from a bag before talking about the strong relationships he built with the SU coaching staff the past two years.“It’s hard to say no to a school that is recognizing your talent and when somebody recognizes that, it’s just hard to say no,” Edwards said at the press conference. “So it’s been tough but I’m happy with my decision and I’m just glad to get the process over with and get ready to work hard for the next season.”Edwards, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound running back became Syracuse’s eighth commitment in the class of 2013. He is rated a three-star recruit by Scout.com, and he rushed for 995 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior last year, according to The New York Post.Edwards said in particular that he felt comfortable with SU assistant coach John Anselmo, who recruited him. In addition to his strong relationship with Anselmo, Edwards said he was impressed with Syracuse after a visit to the school in April.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe cited the work ethic of the players and the school’s improving facilities as factors that played a part in his decision.“I just want to be part of something great that I know is going to happen over there in the next couple of years,” Edwards said.Tottenville coach Jim Munson opened the press conference praising Edwards for his hard work in the classroom and on the field to reach this point.Munson said the process for Edwards began when he was a freshman. As college coaches began to recruit his former Tottenville teammates and SU freshman receiver Alvin Cornelius, Munson introduced them to Edwards too.After his freshman season, Munson said Edwards realized he could earn a football scholarship.“A light bulb went off in his head,” Munson said. “And he said, ‘I can do this, I can get a college scholarship if I keep my grades up, which he has done, and if I keep progressing as an athlete, which he has done.’”During his sophomore season, Vanderbilt gave Edwards his first offer. Syracuse also got involved when Edwards was a sophomore as Anselmo noticed him while recruiting Cornelius.By his junior year, Edwards said SU made an offer, and more continued to pile up from schools across the country.Munson said Edwards is a big, agile running back who can run downhill and outside the tackles. The coach also said SU will be getting a running back who can block and catch passes out of the backfield.“When he gets in the game, there’s really not a whole lot of substitution that has to go on,” Munson said. “He can do everything, he can do it all and that’s what he’s done for us the past two seasons.”Edwards has one more season at Tottenville before he begins his career at Syracuse.He said SU has been among his top choices since he received its offer because the school recruited him early in the process.Edwards also took unofficial visits to Rutgers, Connecticut and Penn State, and considered offers from North Carolina State, Virginia and Maryland.But in the end, even as bigger, higher-profile schools made offers late in the process, Edwards chose to commit to Syracuse and its coaching staff.“There has been times when it’s been tough, like recently when Miami offered me, that being my dream school, it was hard,” Edwards said. “But sometimes you just got to do the right thing for you and I think Syracuse is the right place for me.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on July 10, 2012 at 12:07 pm Contact Ryne: [email protected] read more
84% think America is being viewed worse internationally after the George Floyd killing. 58% are more likely than ever to vote as a result of President Trump’s response to the George Floyd killing and the nationwide protests. NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– As the nation focuses as never before in this generation on systemic injustices and inequities impacting Black people in America, ESSENCE, the leading media, technology and commerce company serving Black women and communities, today released findings from its latest ESSENCE Insights survey of Black women on racism. 94% that he is not helping to heal the country. The killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and others have almost equally made Black women angry/enraged (33%) and more motivated to act for change (32%). They worry that their children will be victims of police brutality (76%), will not get the same opportunities as white children (82%), and will be subjected to ongoing racism (83%). Only 31% of Black women say they believe America offers the greatest opportunities for their children, and only one-third (33%) say they believe things will be better for their child’s generation than their own. Despite the surge of nationwide protests and international attention being brought to the issue, the majority (54%) of Black women are still unsure and roughly one-quarter (24%) do not think any positive systemic social change will happen in America following the protests sparked by the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. Still, the pervasiveness of systemic racism in America extends well beyond policing to everyday experiences that seldom make headlines. Notably, almost half of Black women say the place where they experience racism most frequently is in the workplace (45%). Forty-five percent (45%) of Black women also say they have faced racism while applying to a job and 44% while being considered for a promotion or for equal pay. Luxury stores (42%) and restaurants (36%) are the other top places where Black women report encountering racism most frequently. 33% believe protests are needed to bring more attention to police brutality of Black people, with 18-44 year olds indicating this more than older age groups. Accordingly, Black women are largely supportive of the efforts and partnership with non-Black people to help bring about positive change, with 65% believing that allies (non-Black) are effective in the fight for social and economic justice and equity for Black Americans, and 80% encouraged by the support of white Americans protesting police brutality and racism since the George Floyd killing. 58% say “everyday people” have shown the most leadership during this time. “What does it say about a society when most Black mothers fear their children will be victims of the very people who have been sworn to protect and serve? What does it say about a nation where parents can’t believe in a better future for their children? What does it say about corporations and businesses when almost half of Black women are routinely subject to racism when they walk through the doors to do their jobs? It says that the work is just beginning, and we cannot afford to ease up, let up, get tired, lose focus or change the channel when things get uncomfortable now,” said Richelieu Dennis, founder and chair of Essence Ventures, parent company of ESSENCE. o 13% think there is no way to protect Black people from police brutality. Protester in Ft. Lauderdale earlier today. Photo by CNWNetwork Team. New laws/legislation that hold police more accountable (84%) are considered the best way for Black people to be protected from police brutality, followed by better police training (47%) and Black people knowing their rights (42%). In addition, Black women are not optimistic about what their children’s experiences with racism in America will be or that positive systemic social change will result from this moment. Additional key findings from the ESSENCE Insights survey of Black women on racism include: The survey indicates that an overwhelming majority (93%) of Black women in the U.S. have experienced racism in their lifetime, with 67% saying they face racism a few times a year and more than 1 in 10 (14%) facing racism as often as weekly or more. While 38% of Black women say they have had a racism-driven encounter with the police, younger groups (25-34 years) face more such encounters (50%) as compared to other age groups. Two-thirds (66%) of Black women report that they believe non-Black police officers unfairly target Black people. “For the first time in this generation with this collective focus, we are confronting the metastasis of America’s deadliest disease – racism – across the body of this nation, and we must all contribute to the cure, from main street to Wall Street, from the classroom to the boardroom, from Congress to the Supreme Court, from the White House to every house in America.” Majority disapprove of President Trump’s leadership in the wake of George Floyd’s killing, with 90% saying he is setting a bad example of leadership and read more