And Italian website Inter Live claims to know three of the men on the manager’s list.It’s said that Juventus midfielders Blaise Matuidi and Sami Khedira would be two of them, while the Inter Milan player who the Argentine boss wants is Matias Vecino.Inter Live makes it clear that it’s not the Nerazzurri’s intention to sell Vecino, who’s much appreciated by manager Luciano Spalletti. However, offers are offers, and the Italian side will listen to all of them.Now if Spurs do land Vecino, then Giuseppe Marota, who’s now Inter Milan’s director, would try to sign either Matuidi or Khedira to replace him.Embed from Getty ImagesInter Live doesn’t make it clear who’s Pochettino’s first, second or third option. They just report the names and the consequences that one of these transfers would have.They also claim that Tottenham are not planning to spend big in January.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameChallenge Your Brain With This Must-Play Strategy Game. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comWhere do attractive singles find each other in Tung Chung?Dating.comUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉（今晚試試）Keto减肥UndoCNBC InternationalHere’s How Big Businesses in Singapore Are Managing the Impact of COVID-19.CNBC InternationalUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystWill Blockchain Reduce the Global Trade Finance Gap to Reach the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals?StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50Undo With Mousa Dembele leaving for China, Mauricio Pochettino now looks for a new midfielder to join him at Tottenham Hotspur.
Taulent Xhaka, the brother of Granit Xhaka, says the Arsenal player knows his angry reaction to fans booing him was not acceptable. Xhaka reacted badly when fans booed him off the field during his team’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace, in which the Gunners had surrendered a two-goal lead.The Swiss international cupped his ears to the boos before removing his shirt, refusing to shake Unai Emery’s hand and then swearing at the supporters.His reaction was widely criticised, including by manager Emery, who claimed it was wrong for the Arsenal captain to behave in that manner.It seems that is something Xhaka himself is aware of, with his brother revealing as much in an interview with Blick.“I think it’s a shame because you don’t whistle your own players, even if they have had a bad day,” he said.“He knows that was not correct. But at that moment emotions come up, and you don’t think about it. He then apologised.“I have spoken to him many times during this time. It was not easy for him and put a lot of strain on him. I told him to ignore it. That there will always be people who whistle. This is soccer.“I told him that he had to understand the fans; after all, the results are not good. The fire was not felt at Arsenal.”Embed from Getty ImagesWhile most were quick to criticise Xhaka and blame him for the incident, believing he should have known better, Emery also received criticism for his part.Some believed the then Arsenal boss could have handled the situation better and protected his captain.Taulent refuses to accept that argument, though, saying, in the end, it is up to the player to perform.“You can’t always blame the trainer,” he added.“In the end, you have to perform. Granit is a player who always gives everything, no matter where he plays.“He will leave the whole thing stronger. Even with Gladbach, it wasn’t easy at the beginning; then he became one of the best midfielders in the Bundesliga.”by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameBuild a City, Trade With Your Neighbors, Play With Your FriendsForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoSmart Tech TrendSelf Adjusting Glasses Take Hong Kong by StormSmart Tech TrendUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉（今晚試試）Keto减肥Undo
“Primate of the Bulgarian stage” Lili Ivanova uses her Facebook profile to congratulate the holiday of all Levski players.“Happy holiday to all players from PFC LEVSKI and to all Levski players,” she wrote.“The battle for the existence of this land is valid for everything! The most wonderful part of it is the victory! I wish you it with all my heart and go ahead! Be healthy! Good luck, “added Lili Ivanova.
TOKYO, (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) put planning for the Tokyo 2020 boxing tournament on hold yesterday in a move that could see the governing body AIBA frozen out of the Games over a governance dispute. The IOC said in a statement it had also launched an investigation into the International Boxing Association after AIBA submitted a progress report focusing on governance, financial management and sporting integrity.It referred to that enquiry as “the initiation of a procedure which can lead to the withdrawal of recognition for AIBA” but said it still hoped boxing would be part of the programme. “The IOC Executive Board makes all efforts to protect the athletes and ensure that a boxing tournament can take place at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 regardless of these measures,” the statement read.The IOC’s Executive Board said planning for the Olympic boxing tournament had been frozen, with immediate effect, and contact suspended between AIBA and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee. “This will also include the freezing of any ticket sales for the boxing competitions or any approval or implementation of the qualification system,” the IOC’s Sports Director Kit McConnell said in Tokyo yesterday. No deadline was set for further action but any decision to withdraw recognition from an international federation would have to be made at an IOC session. The next one is scheduled for June 2019.McConnell said AIBA had been given adequate time to address the IOC’s concerns.“The timeline from the time we raised these questions is not short in that regard,” he said. “These questions have been on the table throughout the whole of 2018 and tomorrow is December.”AIBA, who did not respond to a Reuters request for comment yesterday, has been in turmoil for years and the IOC has warned the Swiss-based body to sort out its finances and governance, as well as anti-doping issues, or risk missing out on the Tokyo Games.Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya said that Games organisers were very keen to work closely with the IOC to address any impact on planning. ‘SIGNIFICANT CONCERN’The IOC executive board said AIBA had made progress but points of “significant concern” remained.They included doubts about AIBA’s ability to continue as a going concern. “This means basically (being able) to operate under normal financial circumstances with revenues to match the expenditure,” said McConnell.“Equally, there are elements of the audited and financial reports which are still omitted and are not included in the information that has been provided to us and not available on the AIBA website.”AIBA said in a statement released to the media on Thursday that they had restored “a healthy and sustainable financial situation” to their accounts.“The fear of going bankrupt due to past financial mismanagement is now far behind us,” AIBA president Gafur Rahimov said in the statement. “It is time to turn the page and look further to the development of boxing worldwide.”The IOC yesterday noted uncertainty about the role of Rahimov, an Uzbek, resulting from his “designation as a key member and associate of a transnational organised criminal network by the U.S. Treasury Department”.Rahimov was one of two Olympic officials barred by the Australian government from attending the 2000 Sydney Games for security reasons. Despite its concerns, the IOC said it remained determined to feature boxing at Tokyo 2020.“The goal again is that, by the time of the session in 2019, (the IOC will) be able to confirm, while protecting the integrity of the sport and while protecting the athletes… an Olympic boxing competition here in Tokyo,” said McConnell.Boxing has featured in all but one of the Summer Olympics since 1904 with Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard, Anthony Joshua and Katie Taylor among those to have won gold medals and gone on to claim professional world titles.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — In case there were any lingering doubts over John Harbaugh’s feelings toward the NFL’s decision to fine the Ravens $20,000 last week for failing to list Ed Reed on the injury report, the head coach made his position crystal clear on Friday.After listing 16 players on this week’s injury report, Harbaugh said the Ravens would include everyone “that has a hangnail” and admitted he lends no stock toward the opposing team’s injury report each week. Browns coach Pat Shurmur included 19 players on his injury report ahead of Sunday’s meeting in Cleveland.“There’s no credence on the injury report now,” Harbaugh said. “It doesn’t mean anything. It has no value. The injury report is without value.”You can hear Harbaugh’s full press conference HERE (starting around the 4:00 mark) as most of his comments related to the injury report will likely be interpreted around the league as sour grapes after being fined. However, the fifth-year head coach brought up an interesting point in regards to those players listed as full participants on the injury report, meaning they took part in all practice reps for a given day or week.The contention would be that these players might become targets for the opposition during games after these minor conditions were revealed to the world. For example, a player dealing with sore ribs who has not missed any practice or game time could find himself in a vulnerable position if an opponent would decide to take a cheap shot — such as a knee to the side of the chest in a pileup — during a game.“Aren’t there HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) rights [to privacy] here?” Harbaugh said. “If I’m a player and I’ve been out there playing and I don’t want that on the injury report and I’m told I have to be put on the injury report, we have some players that resent that. I have a problem with that in all honesty.”According to the team, two players voiced disenchantment over being included on the injury report as full participants. The Ravens listed a total of 12 players with that designation on their injury reports this week.Harbaugh will almost certainly face a fine from the league, but the point raised about players dealing with injuries that normally wouldn’t put them in any jeopardy of missing practices or games is a valid one the NFL should consider in the future.“If a guy goes out there and doesn’t miss a practice, doesn’t miss a game, and doesn’t want to be on the injury report, and [they] have to be on the injury report, I want the league’s answer on that,” Harbaugh said. “I’m looking forward to hearing that. So, I’ll probably be getting fined for that now.”
Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell accepted the Detroit Lions’ head coaching position Tuesday, officially filling the vacancy left after the Lions fired Jim Schwartz (Mount St. Joe) at the conclusion of the 2013 regular season.After San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt agreed to become the head coach of the Tennessee Titans earlier in the day, the Lions reportedly turned their attention to Caldwell, who interviewed for their vacancy earlier this month. He also interviewed for head coach openings with Washington and Tennessee, positions that have since been filled.The former Indianapolis Colts head coach received much praise for the job he did with the Baltimore offense in helping the Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII after being promoted from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator on Dec. 10, 2012. However, his offense struggled mightily in 2013 as the Ravens finished 29th in total yards and 25th in points scored while also setting franchise lows in rushing yards and yards per carry.Some had called for a change at offensive coordinator after the Ravens’ immense struggles on that side of the ball, but Caldwell’s track record in Indianapolis as well as his work late in the 2012 season make him a viable candidate for another head coaching opportunity. The Ravens were mum on Caldwell’s status for the 2014 season to avoid compromising his chances to obtain a head coach position.It remains to be seen who among the Ravens’ assistant coaches might be joining Caldwell in Detroit, but secondary coach Teryl Austin is expected to become the Lions’ new defensive coordinator. Other names rumored to potentially join Caldwell on the Lions staff are former running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery and offensive line coach Andy Moeller, whose future remains in limbo after last week’s announcement that run-game coordinator Juan Castillo would remain with the Ravens under Moeller’s title of offensive line coach.The most logical in-house candidate to replace Caldwell as offensive coordinator would be wide receivers coach Jim Hostler, who served as San Francisco’s offensive coordinator in 2007. However, the Ravens are likely to seriously explore options outside the organization to jump-start an offense expected to receive a significant facelift this offseason.Preliminary names that could be considered for the position include former Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski, Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner, and former Vikings head coach Brad Childress.
Two teams seemingly going in opposite directions will meet in a key midseason AFC North matchup as the surging Ravens travel to Cincinnati to take on the struggling Bengals.Baltimore is looking for its third straight victory and sixth in seven weeks while the Bengals haven’t won a game in over a month as their season-opening win against the Ravens and 3-0 start feel like distant memories. In going 0-2-1 since its Week 4 bye, Cincinnati has been outscored by 53 points in the last three games.Health is a key storyline entering this contest as Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green is unlikely to play due to a lingering turf toe injury and Ravens tight end Owen Daniels is out after undergoing a cleanup procedure in his left knee this week. However, the Ravens will benefit from the return of the starting left side of their offensive line as Eugene Monroe and Kelechi Osemele are probable to play.[poll id=”3″]Sunday marks the 38th all-time meeting between these division rivals with the Ravens holding a 20-17 edge. However, the Bengals are 11-7 against Baltimore in Cincinnati and have won three of the last four in the series.Here’s what to expect as the Ravens look to improve to 6-2 for the fourth time under head coach John Harbaugh …1. With the Ravens hurting at the tight end position, fullback Kyle Juszczyk sets career highs in receptions and receiving yards. Quarterback Joe Flacco targeted his tight ends 20 times in the Week 1 meeting with the Bengals, but Dennis Pitta and Daniels won’t be on the field Sunday and rookie Crockett Gillmore is more of a blocker. This will lead to a bigger role for Juszczyk, who will see targets out of the backfield as well as when he occasionally lines up at a tight end spot. Flacco is likely to look Steve Smith’s way even more with Daniels sidelined, but Juszczyk could be a wild card against the league’s seventh-ranked third-down defense. The second-year fullback’s best game as a receiver came against Cleveland in Week 3 when he caught three passes for 54 yards and a touchdown. 2. The Bengals will make a better effort to get the ball to running back Giovani Bernard than they did last week and he will crack 75 receiving yards. Cincinnati failed to get the ball to the impact back in its shutout loss to Indianapolis as Bernard received only nine touches. That will change Sunday as offensive coordinator Hue Jackson must find creative ways to involve Bernard with his top two receivers — Green and No. 2 wideout Marvin Jones — both out. Top cornerback Jimmy Smith could be used to shadow leading receiver Mohamed Sanu, which would leave quarterback Andy Dalton with few downfield weapons. Cincinnati will use screens to try to neutralize a pass rush growing more confident by the week, and Bernard will give the Bengals some much-needed production.3. Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth will keep Terrell Suggs in check, but Elvis Dumervil will pick up a sack and several pressures working against right tackle Andre Smith. The Bengals have only allowed Dalton to be sacked five times this season, but the emergence of interior rush specialist Pernell McPhee creates a problem for the Cincinnati offensive line that must account for Suggs and Dumervil on the edges. Smith has been dealing with a shoulder issue and has allowed three sacks in his last two games while Dumervil has 3 1/2 sacks over the last two weeks. The Bengals must offer the interior line help with blocking McPhee, which will give Dumervil some 1-on-1 chances to run around Smith and get to Dalton in the pocket. Dalton will get rid of the ball quickly to counteract the rush, but the Ravens will get more pressure than they did in Week 1.4. Safety Will Hill will receive more playing time than last week and will record his first interception on a tipped pass. The 24-year-old made his 2014 debut last week and immediately found himself in the mix by playing 22 defensive snaps. He was effective close to the line of scrimmage, but Hill has good range in coverage and could find himself in a starting role sooner rather than later. With Green likely out, the Bengals won’t have many vertical options, so Hill will again be used closer to the line of scrimmage and will continue taking away snaps from Darian Stewart and Matt Elam, especially if Cincinnati can’t get its running game going. He will record his first interception as a Raven on a tipped pass intended for Bernard and will make a strong claim for a starting role in the defense.5. The Ravens will use an effective running game and good field position to grind out a 23-16 win over Cincinnati. These teams are trending in different directions, but the Bengals are better than what they’ve shown over the last three weeks and Baltimore will miss Daniels in the middle of the field. This will add up to a tighter game between AFC North rivals, but the Bengals just haven’t shown enough firepower without Green to consistently move the ball and put up enough points against a defense getting better every week. The Ravens will use a balanced attack through three quarters before leaning heavily on the running game in the fourth as the Bengals’ front seven wears down and offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak controls the clock with a lead. The Ravens improve to 6-2 with their biggest road win of the season.
It’s been five months since the overtime goal that ended the Washington Capitals season in Pittsburgh. The Penguins would go on to win their fourth Stanley Cup and each time they have done so they have knocked off the Caps en route to hoisting Lord Stanley.That was not supposed to happen last spring. No, everything shaped up to be the Capitals year from training camp to a Presidents’ Trophy and right up until a three-zip games lead on the Flyers in round one. Washington then had to work extra hard to send Philadelphia to the golf course in six games. Game one against Pittsburgh in round two saw Washington’s T.J. Oshie exploit Olli Maatta for a hat trick and the Caps were up 1-0. Things were still looking good, but then, to quote John Cougar Mellencamp, “The walls came crumbling down.”An ill advised hit on Maatta led to a three game suspension for Brooks Orpik in game two (and knocked the Pens weak link on D out of the lineup) and an injury to Karl Alzner further weakened the Capitals blue line, allowing Pittsburgh to use their superior speed to take over a close series and crush, once again, any dreams of Washington winning the Cup.It was a painful finish and the summer was long. Many Caps fans needed that duration to move past that devastating loss. Some may never get over that defeat, it was that stinging. Even Caps General Manager Brian MacLellan remarked to me during the Sweden-Team Europe preliminary game at the Verizon Center in September that he will never get over it. I get it, I’ve been watching this team find ways to not get it done for over 40 years, it is hard to take, at times.But now it’s time for another Capitals hockey season.The grieving is over, it’s done and finished. It’s time to look ahead once again, but by learning from the past.So for Caps fans, the start of every hockey season since 1974 has to feel invariably like the lyrics from this old classic song from the legendary Barry Manilow:And I’m ready to take a chance againReady to put my love on the line with youBeen livin’ with nothing to show for itYou get what you get when you go for itAnd I’m ready to take a chance again with youYes, it’s time to take the chance again on this hockey club.As for learning from defeat, General Manager Brian MacLellan once again did his job this summer and improved the Capitals roster by making it faster. He traded for center Lars Eller at the draft and added forward Brett Connolly as a low cost free agent. Gone are Mike Richards, Jason Chimera, and Michael Latta.With the addition of Eller, Washington is as deep as it has ever been at center with Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Eller, and Jay Beagle, in that order. When you look at the wings the Capitals have, especially in the top six, with Alex Ovechkin, Oshie, Andrei Burakovsky, and Justin Williams, this club can be explosive. MacLellan brought in Eller to improve the “top 9” and the current plan is to have Eller center Marcus Johansson and likely Tom Wilson. “Willy” is in a pivotal season and it’s time for him to take a big step forward offensively. He’s shown flashes of potential, but he has to be consistent and he must find a way to put more pucks in the net.In training camp, 21 year old Zach Sanford from Boston College had a marvelous few weeks and earned himself a spot on the opening night roster sending the likes of Stan Galiev and others, such as Chandler Stephenson, Travis Boyd, Christian Thomas, and Jakub Vrana to Hershey for more game time and development.In goal, the Capitals are rock solid with reigning Vezina Trophy winner Braden Holtby between the pipes, backed up by Philipp Grubauer. Holtby admitted over the summer that he did suffer an injury in the opening round series against the Flyers, which explains some of the slight drop off in his play in that Penguins series.As for the Capitals blue line, it is the same as last spring, but the club is counting on more from Dmitry Orlov and Nate Schmidt to improve the overall back end, especially from Orlov, who aspires to top four minutes. The question is can he be consistent and learn to avoid the big mistakes he’s prone to make that lead to opposing goals? Orpik is now 36, and even though he’s in great shape and eager to get over his nightmare 2015-16 campaign, the league is faster at a time when he’s battling losing more foot speed. Bottom line, the blue line depth is Washington’s biggest question mark. Everyone knows what Alzner, top 12 NHL defensemen John Carlson, and the super solid Matt Niskanen can do, so it’s all about the growth of Orlov and Schmidt plus the ability of Orpik to stay relevant in an up tempo league.Are the Capitals better than last year? On paper, I’d say yes with the addition of Eller and the experience gained by Kuznetsov, Burakovsky, Orlov, and Schmidt. Those four players had great to solid regular seasons, but then sputtered in the post season. Hopefully they’ve learned what it takes to follow up a strong regular season with an even better playoff performance, because ultimately that’s where you’re measured in the NHL.As for the team itself, to include the coaches, well they need to be better prepared for games. The slow starts that plagued this team so often in the past, need to be eliminated. Too often this hockey club allows the other squad to dictate the game before they decide to start playing. You rarely see the elite Championship teams do that in pro sports (see Patriots, New England). Washington must learn from what the Penguins did to them last spring and play the same way, regardless of the score. They need to find the “killer instinct” — they have the skill. That’s why their “will over skill” training camp tee shirts are very appropriate. The Capitals MUST ditch their laissez-faire approach to games and learn to come out firing and take the will of their opponents.Letting clubs hang around, like the Caps did with the Flyers last spring, leads to more injuries and subpar play. That must be a thing of the past.It’s a mindset and Washington, who has as much; if not more, talent than any team in the NHL, needs to improve the mental part of their game.Last season the Capitals earned 120 standings points. I’ve stated they are a better team heading into 2016-17, but will they surpass that point total again? Not likely, but I do believe they will once again win the Metropolitan Division.As for the rest of the Metro, here’s a look at each team in order of predicted finish:2nd: Pittsburgh – they are the defending champs and to win the Cup you still have to go through the Penguins. They have the same team from last year minus defensemen Ben Lovejoy so they should be right there in the spring. The recent concussion that Sidney Crosby incurred at practice last Friday will likely keep him out of action for at least a game, but that is a smart decision by those in Pittsburgh. Sid skated on Tuesday, but given that the Pens will make the post season and it’s only October why rush a guy back who has a history of concussions?3rd: Rangers – Henrik Lundqvist will be 35 in March. He showed some signs of his old self in the World Cup of Hockey, but overall he’s slowing down and his consistency will be in question. New York is still paying for going for the Cup the last several years so they are in salary cup trouble. They lost Keith Yandle and Dan Boyle on the blue line and are left with some slow footed dudes back there (see Girardi, Dan). Up front, they traded Derek Brassard to Ottawa for Mika Zibanejad, primarily to save cap space, and added past Capital killers Nathan Gerbe and Micahel Grabner. They also signed NCAA free agent Jimmy Vesey.4th: Flyers – Philadelphia brings back basically the same lineup they had against the Capitals in the first round last April so I expect them to continue to improve unless injuries hit one or more of their key players (Claude Giroux, Jakab Voracek, Sean Couturier, and Shayne Gostisbehere).5th: Islanders – New York lost Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen, and Matt Martin at forward. Those are some big losses. Their blue line is fairly strong and they added Dennis Seidenberg to it. In net they have Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss. Halak was superb in the World Cup of Hockey. He’s known to have hot streaks, but can be injury prone and inconsistent.6th: Devils – New Jersey traded defensemen Adam Larsson to Edmonton for former NHL #1 draft pick, Taylor Hall, so New Jersey should have more offense. Cory Schneider is great in net, but this team has a questionable blue line and some young players cutting their teeth in the NHL at forward.7th: Hurricanes – Justin Faulk and 19 year old Noah Hanifan are a nice start on defense and up front Jeff Skinner, Teuvo Teravainen, and Elias Lindholm are three talented players aged 24 and younger, but this club lacks the depth to earn a playoff spot. They’ll play hard every night though, so teams that take them lightly will be in trouble.8th: Blue Jackets – If the World Cup of Hockey proved anything for USA Hockey, it’s that the game has passed Coach John Tortorella by. Why John Davidson and company hired this dinosaur to be their bench boss last October after firing Todd Richards is beyond me? They have two superb young defensemen in Seth Jones and Ryan Murray and up front they boast the talented Brandon Saad. After that, their forwards are a mix match of styles with too many slow plodders filtered in. They do have Sergei Bobrovsky in net, but can he stay healthy?The NHL regular season slate opens on Wednesday with four games, but the Caps will begin their season in Pittsburgh on Thursday at 8 pm. I don’t expect Crosby to play, which is disappointing. On Saturday at 7 pm, Washington has its home opener against the Islanders.Drop the puck!!!!
ENNIS, Texas (March 17) – Winning the opening night Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature at 85 Speedway will pay a hefty $3,000.The Saturday, March 19 show is the first under the direction of new promoter Scotty Brown and all applicable points, including local track points, will be awarded.The Modified main event is a 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. The runner-up earns $1,500 with $750 paid for third. A minimum of $100 will be paid to start the feature.Also on the card at Ennis are Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods, plus factory stocks, cruisers and lady cruisers.There is no entry fee but registration fee is $30. Pit passes are also $30. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $7 for seniors and military, $5 for kids ages 6-11 and free for five and under.Pit gates and the grandstand both open at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing is at 8 p.m.More information is available from Brown at 469 346-6468.
SALT LAKE CITY — Ask anyone about the Utah-BYU football series and they can come up with several classic games, whether it’s the 34-31 games, Collie’s magic, Beck-to-Harline, Burton’s block, Kaneshiro’s doink or Yergensen’s 55-yarder. Those games all came during the last 25 years when nearly every year has produced a classic moment.Today we’re going to tell you about five of the most underrated Utah-BYU games that were significant for various reasons, one from each decade from the 1940s to the 1980s.BYU BreakthroughOct. 10, 1942 — BYU 12, Utah 7If you don’t count those three victories in the 1890s when BYU was known as B.Y. Academy — which BYU doesn’t — the Cougars had never beaten Utah in 20 tries, losing 17 games and tying three others going into this game. It didn’t look to be any different when the two teams met on a fall afternoon at Ute Stadium.The catalyst for the win was a blocked punt in the fourth quarter when, according to the newspaper account, “the center of the blue forward wall converged on young Wally Kelly” as he punted deep in Utah territory and the Cougars recovered on the 10-yard line. Three plays later, Herman Longhurst ran around the right end and soon after the Cougars were “able to ring the victory bell that BYU backers have been waiting for years to hear.”Thanksgiving ClassicNov. 26, 1953 — Utah 33, BYU 32It was a nationally televised game just a few years after TV became a staple in American homes and played on Thanksgiving Day. Utah came into the game as a heavy favorite with a 7-2 record and a first-place standing in the Skyline Conference compared to BYU’s 2-6-1 mark and last-place standing in the conference.Behind fullback Don Peterson, the “Redskins” dominated early and led 26-13 in the third quarter before the Cougars mounted a comeback to tie the score at 26 on a run by Don James. The Utes came right back with a touchdown drive as Peterson went over from the 2-yard line and thought they had the game. Then the Cougars put together an 80-yard touchdown drive to pull within one point in the waning minutes. However, the extra point try was muffed when the holder couldn’t handle the snap and was swarmed under by the Utes. After the win, the Utah seniors voted not to accept an invitation to play in the Sun Bowl on New Year’s Day. According to the newspaper account, the reason was because “the married men on the squad needed the vacation employment to augment their incomes.”Carter’s Coming-Out PartyNov. 6, 1965 — BYU 25, Utah 20This was a year after Utah’s big season (9-2, Liberty Bowl win) when the Utes had won 47-13 and the Utes came in having lost just two of the previous 41 meetings between the two schools.This was seven years before the start of the LaVell Edwards’ passing era, but you could say this season was the start of the Cougars’ quarterback tradition. Virgil Carter was in his second year as BYU’s QB and by passing for four touchdowns against Utah, he not only set a BYU record, but a WAC record as well in leading the victory.Most of the scoring came in the first half. Carter hit Tim Russell for the first score and after Utah came back to take a 14-6 lead in the second quarter, Carter responded with three more TD passes, another to Russell, one to Dennis Palmer for a 36-yard score and then Phil Odle from 22 yards out. That made it 25-14 at the half and the Utes added a score early in the third quarter and from there it was up to the Cougar defense to keep the Utes out of the end zone and preserve the victory as Bobby Ashdown intercepted a last-gasp pass by the Utes in the final minute.Not only did Carter complete 16 of 29 passes for 253 yards, he was BYU’s best runner with 83 yards on 19 carries. By the time he left BYU after the 1966 season, he had set six national, 19 conference and 24 school records and went on to play in the NFL for several years.Marv’s bootNov. 20, 1971 — Utah 17, BYU 15Neither team was having a very good season as the Utes came into the late November game 2-7, while the Cougars were 5-5 and looking to end with a winning season. Two local players who played high school ball in Salt Lake and went on to be teammates in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys played key roles in the contest. Golden Richards, who prepped at Granite High School, got the scoring started with a 73-yard punt return, one of an NCAA-record four punt return touchdowns that season off a punt by Utah’s all-American punter Marv Bateman, who played for Highland High. The Utes came back with a pair of touchdowns, runs by quarterback Don Van Galder and halfback Cal Poulson, to go ahead 14-6 at the end of the first quarter. BYU came back with a field goal and a touchdown after an 86-yard drive to go ahead 15-14, but they missed a two-point conversion that proved costly later. The Utes drove to the 15-yard line and Bateman, who had missed a 38-yarder earlier in the quarter, booted a 32-yard field goal with 1:05 left to give Utah the victory.Utes’ giveawayNov. 20, 1982 — BYU 17, Utah 12After losing 56-6 and 56-28 the previous two seasons, the Utes dominated the statistics in this game, but couldn’t get the win against Steve Young & Co. Despite getting 24 first downs compared to 11 for BYU and rolling up 468 yards to 300 for the Cougars, BYU came away with the narrow victory to clinch another WAC title and a fifth consecutive trip to the Holiday Bowl.Under first-year coach Chuck Stobart, the Utes used a ball-control offense led by Carl Monroe and Hilria Johnson, who rushed for 147 and 145 yards respectively. However, four turnovers, three fumbles and an interception, compared to zero for the Cougars, proved to be the difference.The Utes fumbled at the 1-yard line, threw an interception into the end zone and stalled at the 7-yard line after an 83-yard drive, or they might have won going away.“We gave that game away,” Utah quarterback Kenny Vierra said afterward. “The fumble and the interception killed us and that was my fault.”