Taylor adds second Governor’s Cup trophy to IMCA awards collection

first_imgMANDAN, N.D. (July 24-25) – Jeff Taylor added a second Governor’s Cup trophy to his collection on night two of the 25th annual special for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds at Dacotah Speed­way.Taylor pulled away from Jason Grimes and Robert Hellebust following a series of restarts, then checked out on the field after the last restart. His win was good for $1,600 and a spot on the bal­lot for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Jeremy Keller and Grimes battled for the lead early in the main event. Keller got the best of that battle while Hellebust passed Taylor for third.Taylor rallied to retake the position and quickly chased down Grimes in pursuit of second. On lap seven, Taylor blew by Grimes and two laps later passed Keller for the lead.While running second, Keller had mechanical problems and brought out the first caution as he limped back to the pits. A series of quick yellows failed to slow Taylor as he pulled away from Grimes and Hellebust on each occasion.On what proved to be the final restart of the night, Taylor quickly distanced himself from the pack while Hellebust tried to hold off Aaron Turnbull for third.Turnbull briefly got off the track on the backstretch which allowed Mike Hansen to pass him for fourth. As they took the white flag, Hansen got a flat right rear tire but a spin in turn one ended the race under caution.Race officials went back to the last completed lap, which made the final top five Taylor, Grimes, Hellebust, Turnbull and Hansen.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars were new to the Governor’s Cup card and Bob Fuegmann was Friday’s $400 feature winner. Josh Roehrich ruled Saturday’s $200 to win main event for Mach-1 Sport Compacts.July 24 Feature ResultsStock Cars – 1. Bob Fuegmann; 2. Billy Preston; 3. Joren Boyce; 4. Rob Stenvold; 5. Tyler Ashley; 6. Ross Cummings; 7. Mike Swallers.July 25 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Jeff Taylor; 2. Jason Grimes; 3. Robert Hellebust; 4. Aaron Turnbull; 5. Mike Han­son; 6. Marlyn Seidler; 7. Spencer Wilson; 8. Mark Dahl; 9. Shawn Anderson; 10. Quentin Kinzley; 11. Ben Seidler; 12. Troy Heupel; 13. Shawn Strand; 14. Tracy Domagala; 15. Chad Hausauer; 16. Herb Bargmann; 17. Rusty Corneliusen; 18. Dan Aune; 19. Jason Wolla; 20. Travis Ulmer; 21. Chris Hortness; 22. Tim Perkins; 23. Allen Kent; 24. Jerad Thelen; 25. Jeremy Keller.Sport Compacts – 1. Josh Roehrich; 2. Kody Stoxen; 3. Chance Seelye; 4. Jason Berg; 5. Brandon Anderson; 6. Nic West; 7. Alex Thompson; 8. Scott Hagemeister; 9. Stan Thompson; 10. Andy Reed; 11. Chase Swanson; 12. Joshua Houn; 13. Michelle Stoxen; 14. Chase Schlafmann; 15. Dylan Sandberg.last_img read more

Former football coach Steve Sarkisian loses $30 million lawsuit against USC

first_imgFormer USC head coach Steve Sarkisian lost in his $30 million wrongful termination suit against the University. Before the fall · Sarkisian heads a USC football practice before he was released after multiple incidents related to his alcohol problems | Daily Trojan file photoEarlier this week, an arbitration hearing held in Los Angeles County Superior Court ruled against Sarkisian, the current Atlanta Falcons’ offensive coordinator. He has since said he will no longer pursue the matter.“I am disappointed in the decision, but we will respect it and move on,” said Sarkisian in a statement, according to the Los Angeles Times. Sarkisian was terminated by USC in 2015 after repeated instances of drunken behavior. Prior to the 2015 season, he was caught on video slurring his words and saying multiple expletives at a booster event. Later in the season, he was allegedly intoxicated during various team meetings, practices and even games. Former Athletic Director Pat Haden fired Sarkisian in October 2015, naming Clay Helton as the interim head coach. In his lawsuit, Sarkisian alleged that USC did not allow him time to undergo treatment for alcoholism, prior to his ouster. He said he was going through a divorce at the time. “Instead of supporting its head coach, Steve Sarkisian, when he needed its help the most, USC kicked him to the curb,” read his complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court a couple of months after his termination. In the case, Sarkisian aimed to receive the outlying $12.6 million from his original contract. He sued USC on the basis he was fired over a disability. However, those allegations were shot down in the arbitration hearing. Per Deadspin, the hearing concluded that he was terminated over his detrimental behavior related to alcoholism, ruling it a “failure to control a controllable disability.” “We are pleased that the arbitration has reached its rightful conclusion and we wish Steve Sarkisian well,” USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann said in a statement.After his exit from USC, Sarkisian was hired as an offensive analyst at Alabama in 2016. He coached their offense in the 2017 National Championship game. He is entering his second season as Atlanta’s offensive coordinator. Prior to his short-lived tenure as Trojans’ head coach, Sarkisian was head coach at Washington from 2009-13. He has a long history with USC, also working as an assistant under Pete Carroll from 2001-2008.last_img read more

Messi inspires Barca rout of Milan

first_imgBarcelona made Champions League history by overturning a two-goal deficit without an away strike to knock out AC Milan and reach the quarter-finals.The Catalans wasted no time and scored in the fifth minute when Lionel Messi expertly curled in from 20 yards.After M’Baye Niang hit the post for the visitors against the run of play, Messi levelled the tie with a low drive.David Villa put Barca ahead with a placed shot from Xavi’s pass and Jordi Alba sealed the win in injury time.The left-back, excellent throughout, showed great endeavour to race up from the back and finish at the far post after he was picked out by substitute Alexis Sanchez’s bouncing cross.For all of Milan’s excellence in the San Siro, that kind of incision had been absent as stand-in Barcelona coach Jordi Roura’s team laboured towards a 2-0 first-leg defeat in which they uncharacteristically registered only one shot on target. Questions had also been raised after that match due to Barca’s successive Spanish Cup and league losses to rivals Real Madrid, as well as a run in which they went 13 games without keeping a clean sheet.But their usual zip returned on the vast Nou Camp pitch from kick-off as they started at a high tempo.This intensity was rewarded immediately as Messi played a neat one-two with Xavi and finished into the top corner with goalkeeper Christian Abbiati rooted to the spot. The goal was the world player of the year’s 52nd of the season, but his first in open play in 10 meetings with Italian sides.In the round of 16 opener, Milan’s tight, disciplined display saw their centre midfielders cover a deep-lying and compact defence which left no gaps for their opponents to run through. Critically, this support was not present on Tuesday as Barca were granted space on the edge of the penalty area.The Italians survived two penalty appeals and a poor Messi header, but the tie’s key moments arrived with just over five minutes of the first half remaining. First, Milan striker Niang struck the woodwork after racing through on goal following a swift counter-attack from a Barca corner.If the France Under-21 international had managed to get an away goal, their opponents would have had to find the back of the net at least three more times to proceed.Instead, Milan’s advantage from the first leg was wiped out moments later as Messi fizzed in an unstoppable shot from 20-yards after Massimo Ambrosini lost possession.Barca continued on the front foot after the interval and went ahead on aggregate for the first time when Villa finished clinically after he was picked out in the box by Xavi. The goal owed much to left-back Kevin Constant’s rash attempt to intercept the pass before it reached the striker.The visitors now knew they had to score to stand any chance of progression and head coach Massimiliano Allegri brought on former Manchester City striker Robinho.This change nearly produced the breakthrough the Serie A side were looking for. Barca youth product and fellow substitute Bojan Krkic put in a low centre that Robinho seemed certain to convert before defender Alba dived across to block the shot.Barca refused to sit back on their lead and a wonderful counter from a Milan free-kick at the death saw the defender further excel at the other end of the pitch when he burst forward to slot past Abbiati and raise the Nou Camp crowd to their feet.last_img read more