Riley rules Raceway Park’s Jim Johnson Memorial

first_imgBy Bob ConeyJEFFERSON, S.D. (May 15) – Dave Riley got the best of a stellar field of IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, at Raceway Park’s Jim Johnson Memorial.Riley matched the highest-paying wins of his career with the $1,000 Sunday night checkers.Front row starter Tony Fetterman had shot to the lead and held off various challengers throughout three restarts. Following the fourth caution, Riley made his move on the outside in turns three and four to take over up front.A late caution resulted in a green, white, checkered finish and Riley denied a final charge by Fetter­man to take the victory, his third this season at Jefferson including opening night of the South Dakota Spring Nationals.Behind the lead duo, “B” feature winner David Miller completed a charge through the field for third ahead of Damon Richards and Matt BakerThirty-two drivers checked in and sought shares of a Hobby Stock purse topping $3,000.Other feature winners were Justin Zeitner in the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, Les Lundquist in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Brewer in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Cody Thompson in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.Feature results – 1. Dave Riley; 2. Tony Fetterman; 3. David Miller; 4. Damon Richards; 5. Matt Baker; 6. Aaron Shearn; 7. Kevin Bruck; 8. Jon Androy; 9. Craig Clift; 10. Dustin Gulbrandson; 11. Justin Frederick; 12. Gavin Gilbertson; 13. Lu­cas Phillips; 14. Zach Bales; 15. Kyle Davis; 16. Ryan Leedom; 17. Lenny Tucker; 18. Andy Hoffman; 19. Stephanie Kiraly; 20. Brody Spreng.last_img read more

Welsh fans urged to stay sensible

first_imgThe respective supporters’ trusts of Cardiff and Swansea have issued an early call for fans of the rival clubs to behave themselves at next month’s south Wales derby. Press Association The derby has previously seen trouble between the rival sets of supporters and, at one point, the Football Association of Wales banned away fans from attending. Rival fans clashed with police after a League Cup encounter in 2008, while later in the same season referee Mike Dean was struck by a coin at Ninian Park. However, the two supporters’ trusts hope this season’s meetings will be remembered for the action on the field. Phil Sumbler, chairman of Swansea City Supporters’ Trust, said: “It will be a passionate and noisy encounter and a chance for fans on both sides to showcase what is best about south Wales’ two Premier League clubs. “It is important to ensure all post-match discussions are about the action on the football pitch and I hope all in the stadium enjoy what will be a fantastic occasion.” Tim Hartley, chairman of the Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust, added: “These are exciting days for Welsh football. “We have been looking forward to this fixture for years and the match will be a showcase for the two cities and also for Wales. “Cardiff v Swansea has always been a passionate encounter with plenty of banter between supporters. In the past this has sometimes gone too far so it is important that fans do not overstep the mark and show each other respect. “We want the derby to be remembered for all the right reasons – plenty of thrills and high quality football between two great rivals played in the right spirit. “So we are saying to fans, support your team, but please ensure at all times you do it in the right way.” center_img The November 3 meeting at Cardiff City Stadium will be the first time the club’s have clashed in the top flight. Even though the fixture has always attracted attention, this time the glare of a global Premier League television audience of millions around the world will put the Swans and Bluebirds in the spotlight like never before. last_img read more

Syracuse shakes slow start to blow out Adrian, 84-35, in final scrimmage

first_imgBy the time Adrian guards took their eyes off Syracuse defenders and the ball they were flinging around the perimeter, the final seconds of the shot clock were ticking away.It wasn’t that the Bulldogs forgot to shoot, just that too often scoring was an afterthought to not losing possession. SU’s poor shooting allowed its Division III opponent to stay within striking distance of the Orange in the first half. But No. 23 Syracuse’s final preseason game ultimately devolved into a full-court physical mismatch and learning experience, which SU won 84-35 in front of 7,680 in the Carrier Dome on Monday night.“It doesn’t get frustrating to go on the court and think we’re better than anybody because that’s the mindset that we should have when we play against this team, Duke, North Carolina, it doesn’t mater who we play against,” freshman point guard Kaleb Joseph said. “We should always go in thinking that we’re going to win and that we are the best team.”Rakeem Christmas didn’t have to jump to block shots. Adrian’s tallest player was 6 feet, 5 inches. Open shots were easy to come by for the Orange. Simple perimeter passing stretched the Adrian defense. But for much of the game, Syracuse simply wasn’t making its shots.In a two-minute span of the first half, five Syracuse players combined to take and miss seven shots, including a Ron Patterson layup, and five SU players also combined to snag six offensive rebounds. The Orange scored just three points in that time but led 15-6 after a pair of Chris McCullough free throws. Monday’s test was mental more than anything.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We knew that we were bigger than them and more skilled,” junior guard Trevor Cooney said. “But you got to come out and you got to come ready to play, no matter who you’re playing you got to come out ready. And if not it could be a close game and you never know what’s going to happen.”SU’s shooting struggles were reflected in Cooney’s game. At halftime, he was shooting 2-of-7, 28.6 percent from the field. The Orange led 37-24 and it was after shooting 12-of-41, 29.3 percent, from the field.But 58 seconds into the second half, Christmas punched away a Curtis Gordon shot. Seconds later, Adrian was whistled for its fourth of sixth shot clock violations in the game. Cooney hit his first of two 3s in the game on the next possession from just inside the right wing to give SU a 41-24 lead.Two more Adrian shot clock violations, 10 minutes and 19 more Syracuse points followed before Adrian got a point. It was a free throw.“Well we made a couple shots, we had a couple improvements,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “… Second half we just made some more shots. That’s all.”Boeheim continued to shuffle through his nine-deep lineup. Chinonso Obokoh, recovering from a right thigh tear, was the only SU player who played less than 20 minutes, playing 11. And no one other than Joseph and Tyler Roberson — who played 27 — played more than 25.The uncontested shots that the Orange had clanked in the first half began to fall. When they didn’t, SU could count on breakaways against a team that barely had time to spot the rim.As the game drained away, the Carrier Dome crowd stopped celebrating blocks. Syracuse finished with 10 and the blocks more closely resembled kills in a volleyball match. In the final five minutes, as a game that Adrian never led ticked away, the loudest cheers went up for McCullough’s layup with 4:24 remaining. Syracuse led 76-29. There was nothing left for SU to win in the game — besides free tacos for anyone with a ticket.“I think it wasn’t too hard to manage the game tonight,” Jospeh said. “I think we got a lot of great shots and guys were aggressive, so this wasn’t really too tough.” Comments Published on November 10, 2014 at 9:07 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Andrew McIver – Jackpotjoy Plc – Good to be Home…

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Gamesys halts UK advertising during lockdown April 23, 2020 Share Submit Andrew McIver Chief Executive of Jackpotjoy Plc, the latest industry incumbent to list on the London Stock Exchange (date January 2016), speaks to SBC on bringing the world’s leading online bingo operator ‘closer to home’.  McIver breaks down Jackpotjoy changes and corporate ambitions following a  crucial and busy six-month period as a London enterprise…  ___________________________SBC: Hi Andrew, the Jackpotjoy executive team has completed a key remit in bringing its operations ‘closer to home’. From leadership perspective how has the company changed in the past six months? Andrew McIver: Since our move to the London Stock Exchange in January, and the establishment of a London plc office, we have been rolling out best practice corporate governance through the entire organization which is a step change above what existed when we were based in Toronto as Intertain Plc. SBC: Leading Jackpotjoy operations, what do you believe are your firm’s core strengths and competencies. What advantages does Jackpotjoy hold in a changing online gambling industry? AM: Jackpotjoy’s core advantage in the UK bingo space, which is 70 per cent of our current revenues, is that it is just focused on that market. As a result, we are in revenue terms, the clear market leader with a 22 per cent market share and dominant customer liquidity.SBC: Facing higher costs and increasing competition, is the new ‘market reality’ that operators have to be multi-product and multi-market enterprises. Can an operator survive on a single product inventory?AM: Having almost a single brand and single market focus allows us to be very targeted with our marketing spend, which as a result is typically significantly less than our ‘everything to everybody’ competitors.SBC: As an industry leadership veteran what legacy dynamics and values do you feel are/will become redundant as operators meet tackle new technologies and customer demands?AM: I think you will see fewer and fewer companies owning their own IT as the rate of change accelerates further and experience specialist skills become too much for single operator to bear! I also think as the costs of operating in the space, including tax, continues to increase the industry will merge into just a handful of super large dominant companies.SBC: Finally looking ahead, what will be the next ‘major milestones’ for Jackpotjoy as an industry operator?AM: Our next major milestones are corporate in nature. We make our last earn out payment to Gamesys in June 2018, which is purely for the Spanish Botemania business, followed by a likely commencement of dividend payments during 2019, when our debt has been significantly reduced from its current levels. Flutter begins ‘new era’ by completing merger with Stars Group April 30, 2020 Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 Sharelast_img read more