EAGLE, Neb. – Teams from across the country have traveled to America’s Home Track for this weekend’s IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Nationals.Friday, Sept. 1 and Saturday, Sept. 2 qualifying features at Eagle Raceway pay $700 to win while Saturday’s Jake Ita Memorial pays $1,000 to win and a minimum of $100 to start. The Sunday, Sept. 3 main event pays $2,500 to win and a minimum $1,250 to start.Twenty-seven IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars will start the big show on Sunday.The “B” feature purse sponsored by IMCATV is $1,000 for the first non-qualifier (10th place finisher) and $500 to start. All other non-qualifiers receive a minimum of $250 for Sunday with added non-qualifier sponsorship money.Non-qualifiers are guaranteed at least $450 for the entire weekend as long as they take a green flag each night.Adult grandstand admission is $13 on Friday, $15 on Saturday and $18 on Sunday. Pit passes are $25 each night.Sprint Nationals is presented by Precise Racing Products and NMC Cat Rental Store and will be broadcast by IMCATV. More information about the event is posted at the www.eagleraceway.com website.
Adam Lallana looks set to follow Luke Shaw out of Southampton, with a move to Liverpool understood to be close. Teenage left-back Shaw completed his £25million-plus move to Manchester United on Friday morning and Press Association Sport understands he could swiftly be followed out of St Mary’s by his former captain. Lallana is believed to be in Liverpool for a medical ahead of a move to the Reds, who earlier this month raided Southampton for forward Rickie Lambert. Press Association Brendan Rodgers’ side saw several offers rejected for the England international this summer, but now appear to have struck a deal with Saints. It is understood the deal could go through as early as Friday, with Lallana due to have medical tests at Liverpool’s Melwood training ground in the afternoon. The move would end the midfielder’s 14-year association with Southampton, who he joined from Bournemouth in September 2000 aged 12. That deal included a 25 per cent sell-on clause, meaning the Cherries are set for a cash windfall from the reported £25m move. The England midfielder was identified as Rodgers’ primary target for the summer window and the club tried to get a deal done before the World Cup. However, because of the turmoil at St Mary’s after the departure of boss Mauricio Pochettino, the Saints were not prepared to let any players leave until they had appointed a replacement. Lambert was allowed to move as Southampton classed that as a special case with the striker returning to his boyhood club. With Ronald Koeman now in place at the south-coast club and Lallana returning home from Brazil after England’s disappointing tournament, things have progressed quickly. Lallana will become Liverpool’s third signing of the summer after Lambert and Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can, who will officially join the club on July 1. Despite comments from Sevilla sporting director Monchi on Thursday suggesting a deal for left-back Alberto Moreno was dead, Liverpool still retain a hope of signing the defender as it is an area they desperately need to strengthen. The two sides were “miles apart” in their valuations with the Spanish club holding out for £20m for the 21-year-old and Liverpool only willing to offer about £16m. Moreno has distanced himself from a move but – with Rodgers needing reinforcements in order to be able to challenge both domestically and in the Champions League next season – there remains a chance the transfer could be revived. “I never said that I wanted to leave the team,” Moreno told Spanish newspaper ABC de Sevilla. “I am happy here, Sevilla is the club of my life. There are many rumours but I only know that on July 7 I report back for training again. “I am enjoying my holidays. We had a hard year and if I spent the summer thinking about these things (transfer speculation) then I can’t rest. “I am calm and my father and my agent will take care of my future.” Liverpool also retain an interest in Bayern Munich’s Switzerland forward Xherdan Shaqiri, although the capture of Lallana may see Rodgers look elsewhere for other options. With striker Luis Suarez facing a four-month ban after his biting incident at the World Cup, Rodgers could look at Lille’s 19-year-old Belgium forward Divock Origi. Lallana’s exit is another blow for Saints as he was the last of three players included in England’s World Cup squad remaining at the club. Southampton have also this summer seen Pochettino depart for Tottenham, although the appointment of high-profile Koeman allayed concerns at St Mary’s. Furthermore, executive director Les Reed pledged before appointing the Dutchman that money from transfers would be ploughed back into the squad. “We will only make decisions based on what’s right and best for the club, so if we do sell players then it’s guaranteed that any revenues we make will be reinvested in the team,” he said. “There’s a logistical job to be done there because we do want to bring players in and improve the team so it’s important that, whatever happens, when we do kick off on August 16 that we have improved the team and the depth and strength of the squad with the players that have come in, even if players may have gone out. “However, our intention is to keep all of our core players – I wouldn’t want people to think I’ve just opened the door for transfers, that’s not the case.” It is fair to say, though, that Liverpool flexed their muscle by bringing Lambert and now Lallana to Anfield. Reports suggest the Reds may not stop there with there, either, with Southampton’s Croatia defender Dejan Lovren also reported to be on their radar.
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri does not believe defeat at Liverpool will knock his side out of their stride. Press Association First-half substitute Christian Benteke scored the only goal just after the hour to inflict the Premier League leaders’ first loss in three months, with the Reds also preventing them scoring for the first time since May. Asked whether defeat would affect them, Ranieri said: “Why? We are very down because we wanted to win but not every time it is possible. “We made this one goal but after all the set-plays of Leicester it was difficult and close and not easy to defend but we did it, we had patience and that is good so we deserved the three points. “A lot of teams tried it before and it is not too easy so I am really pleased with what we did today.” The only blot on the day was another hamstring injury, this time to striker Divock Origi who was preferred to £32.5million summer signing Benteke from the start. “Origi did really well. I hope it is not too serious, we will see,” said Klopp. “Hamstring is the s*** word of the year for me. It is always hamstring, hamstring, hamstring – that is the intensity of the game and fixtures. “Benteke did really well in the last week in training but we decided on this starting line-up because of the things you saw from Divock in the first half-hour – we needed his speed. “Christian came in, it was not easy the first 10 minutes, and second half it was much better. “He fought intensively and worked hard for the team and he made his goal. He did perfect in the situation.” “If there is another team who plays better than you or maybe is more clear when there is a chance to score a goal then well done to them. “I am not happy but it is okay. Sooner or later we had to lose. I think Liverpool deserved to win. “At the beginning we were too anxious and nervous and we started to play so late, I don’t know why. “In the second half we conceded a goal which, if we are more attentive, we could close Benteke down better because it was three of my players against two of them and Benteke was alone. “Now it is important to recover energy but it is more mental because there is another big match, a big challenge (Manchester City at home on Tuesday).” Liverpool ended a run of four matches without victory and to do it against the league leaders, who had not been beaten away from home since March, gave manager Jurgen Klopp great pleasure. “It was deserved,” he said. “We played too complicated at Watford last week (losing 3-0). Today we did much better. “We knew if we stayed concentrated we would get our chances as it was not too intensive in the first half so we could do more in the second half.
Defending Champions Chase opens account– Singh records first centuryDefending champions, Chase Academy,made a successful start of their title defence in the National Secondary School Cricket League 2016-2017 tournament.Sachin SinghThe side defeated St Rose’s High School by 183 runs in the opening round on Friday while the Bishop’s High School and St John’s Collage also registered wins in the Georgetown Zone of the tournament.Summarised scores of the three games are as follows:At GCC, Bourda, Chase Academy were asked to bat first and amassed 242-3 off 30 overs. National Under-15 captain, Sachin Singh,scored a classy 101, stroking 10 fours and two sixes. Also among the runs were Lester Lepidare, who made 44 before he was forced to retire hurt after suffering from cramps,and national Under-17 left-arm spinner, Asmead Nedd,who made an entertaining 34 not out. Bowling for St Rose’s High school, Alex Ramotar took 2-39.St Rose’s High reached 59-9 in 12.4 overs, with one batsman unable to bat because of an injury. Bowling for Chase Academy, Dwain Dick had 2-10, Shem Persaud 2-12 and Tyrese Trescut 2-16.At DCC, St John’s College got the better of St George’s College. St John’s College won the toss and asked St George’s College to take first strike. Their decision worked well as the routed St George’s College for a paltry 49 in 15 overs. Bowling for St John’s College, Johan Blair took 5-9.In Reply, St John’s College raced to 50-2 in just 6 overs with Darian Dickson scoring 24.In another game played at GCC, Bishop’s High School registered an easy victory, when the defeated the Business School by 111 runs. Batting first, Bishop’s High made 146-5 in their 30 overs. Troy Persaud was the main scorer with 74 not out, including nine fours and a six. Bowling for the Business School, Teelack Baliram had 2-14.In reply, the Business School could only muster 37 in 12.5 overs. Arian Persaud took 4-10, Daniel Singh took 3-7 and Kanpta Seepersaud had 3-1.The competition continues on Tuesday, with Queen’s College playing Richard Ismael Secondary at DCC,and Kingston High School coming up against School of the Nations at GCC,while Marian Academy will play St Mary’s High at Muslim Youth Organisation ground (MYO) and Chase Academy will face Bishop’s High at GNIC.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Three years ago, Fort Lauderhill had witnessed 489 runs in a single Twenty20 contest between West Indies and India. Evin Lewis and KL Rahul blasted centuries as West Indies won by one run in their defence of 245. In 2019, at the same venue, it was the turn of the bowlers to fight back. Navdeep Saini, who had struggled to get into the Delhi team but managed to make it only because Gautam Gambhir backed him, put up a brilliant performance. Saini took two wickets in his first over and bowled a wicket maiden in the final over as he took 3/17 to restrict West Indies to 95/9. In response, Sunil Narine and Keemo Paul bowled brilliantly and kept West Indies in the hunt but India managed to scrape through by four wickets in their chase of 96 to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. India chose to bowl on a dry pitch and they struck immediately when Washington Sundar got the wicket of John Campbell. In the next over, Evin Lewis, who has scored two tons against India, was flummoxed by a slower knuckleball from Bhuvneshwar to fall for 0. Nicholas Pooran struck some big blows but Saini made an immediate impact. His first wicket came courtesy a pacy short ball which Pooran top-edged to the keeper and in the very next ball, Shimron Hetmyer dragged a short ball outside off back onto the stumps. With India striking at regular intervals, West Indies found the going incredibly tough. Kieron Pollard was batting with confidence and he launched two sixes off Krunal Pandya. Pollard found no support at the other end and wickets tumbled at the other end. In the final over, with Pollard nearing his 15th fifty, Saini produced a brilliant over where he nailed the wide yorker brilliantly and managed to deny Pollard his fifty by opting for a smart review as West Indies floundered to 95/9.In response, Shikhar Dhawan was LBW to Sheldon Cottrell for 1 but Rohit Sharma looked in good touch. Kohli struggled to find his timing going on a sluggish wicket but Rohit kept the scoreboard ticking. Rohit blasted a six and four off Cottrell but in the quest for aggression holed out to long on for 24. Rishabh Pant, the first choice keeper for the entire West Indies tour, holed out to long leg first ball as India wobbled. Manish Pandey struck some glorious shots but when he and Kohli fell in quick succession, the game seemed evenly poised. Sluggishly, Krunal Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja made progress and they benefited from some loose West Indies fielding in the end. However, the target was too little to cause India any panic barring a major miracle and Sundar sealed the deal with a six as India started their tour of the West Indies in not such an ideal fashion. highlights India won their fourth consecutive T20I against West Indies.Kieron Pollard missed out on his 15th fifty.Navdeep Saini registered superb figures of 3/17.
In other news concerning the coronavirus pandemic:— Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal were among the clubs who stepped up their preparations for the Premier League’s return by holding practice matches on Saturday. Man. U held an intrasquad match and Arsenal rolled past second-tier Charlton, 6-0. Clubs are attempting to build up players’ fitness before the league resumes on June 17 following a 100-day suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.— The pandemic caused a delay to the Spanish League season with 11 games remaining, but it also allowed Barcelona striker Luis Suárez to rejoin his team when the schedule resumes on June 13. Suárez had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Jan. 12 and hasn’t played since. The club said Saturday that he will be available for Barcelona’s first match in almost three months, at Mallorca.NBA-NEWSCoaches speak out on Floyd…More negotiations scheduled before season resumes “When you sit down and listen, you realize there’s a lot of injustices taking place across a broad spectrum. As a representative of our sport and just a citizen, it’s really time to listen.AMERICA PROTESTS-BRONCOSBroncos march for FloydUNDATED (AP) — Broncos coaches and players marched and spoke out against racism and police brutality at a protest in downtown Denver on Saturday.The players wore black shirts with the fist of power image and “Justice for George Floyd” emblazoned on the front. The words, “If you ain’t with us, you against us” were inscribed on the back. NASCAR looks to steer clear of protests over George FloydHAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — The only African American driver in NASCAR’s Cup series is expressing frustration that so many drivers were reluctant to speak out concerning the outrage over the death of George Floyd.Bubba Wallace said on Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s podcast that “a few drivers — a very few — have given their opinion on the day’s matter” and said he appreciated that. Wallace added that “the silence from the top drivers in our sport is beyond frustrating” … saying, “everybody thinks redneck, Confederate flag, racists”, and that he hates it because he believes that NASCAR can be so much more.Wallace said he encouraged other drivers to take up the cause in a sport with a checkered racial history. Fans have an affinity for displaying Confederate flags, and driver Kyle Larson was fired by Chip Ganassi Racing two months ago for casually uttering a racial slur during a virtual race.Seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson reached out to Wallace to ask what he could do, saying that’s a big question for him right now. June 7, 2020 UNDATED (AP) — The first U.S. male gymnast to win a world championship gold medal has died.The family of Kurt Thomas says he died Friday at age 64. He had a stroke May 24, caused by a tear of the basilar artery in the brain stem.After competing in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, Thomas won the floor exercise in the 1978 world championships for the first U.S. men’s title. He successfully defended the floor exercise title and won the horizontal bar in the 1979 worlds.Thomas lost a chance for Olympic gold when the United States boycotted the 1980 Olympics. He then turned professional, starred in the 1985 movie “Gymkata” and worked as a television commentator. UNDATED (AP) — A few-based NBA head coaches spoke out Saturday about their hopes the league visibility will be an asset again in the hope for actual social change following the death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says he’s “embarrassed as a white person” that Floyd could die in such a “nonchalant” manner. Popovich says the best teaching moment was the look on the officer’s face. He added that white people must help lead the charge for change.Miami’s Erik Spoelstra (SPOHL’-struh) says he doesn’t think anyone is ready to move on, and we shouldn’t. Said Spoelstra: “If anything, many times before, so tragically, there would be a similar incident of social injustice like this and then two weeks later people forget about it. This will be an opportunity for the entire association to land in one spot … to keep this conversation going and use our platform to make sure that this doesn’t go away.”Orlando coach Steve Clifford also seems convinced that the league’s players and coaches will take some sort of action when the season resumes. Clifford said he thinks everybody’s priority and hope right now is that they can all be part of the change that’s so necessary in the count. He added that, “We’ll have a collective platform where everyone can collectively send a message condemning racism, racial injustice, calling for police accountability. There will be a platform and I think we’re all thinking that way.”The Players Association voted unanimously Friday to approve a plan in which 22 teams move into the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex near Orlando, Florida, next month. Those teams are currently sitting in a playoff slot or within six games of a postseason berth. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-MLB PROPOSALAnalysis shows a lot of money at stakeNEW YORK (AP) — There’s a lot of money at stake as Major League Baseball and players continue to battle over plans to start the coronavirus-delayed season. Associated Press The season is set to resume July 31, with playoffs starting in mid-August and leading up to an NBA Finals that could stretch until Oct. 12.The NBA has told teams that playoff seeding will be based on winning percentage, and that any tiebreakers necessary after that will follow the usual procedures.Elsewhere in the NBA:— The Chicago Bulls’ new top basketball executive isn’t ready to make any announcements about the coaching staff. Arturas Karnisovas still has not met in person with head coach Jim Boylen. And that’s something he would like to do before going public with any decisions. Boylen’s future is the biggest issue hanging over the Bulls, whose season ended when the NBA’s Board of Governors approved a 22-team format to restart the pandemic-interrupted season next month in Orlando. The Bulls have missed the playoffs in four of the past five seasons. Boylen has a 39-84 record in just under two years.NASCAR-RACIAL TENSIONS Head coach Kirk Ferentz made the announcement Saturday night and called it “a defining moment” for Iowa’s football program in a video posted on the team’s Twitter account. Ferentz said he saw difficult and heartbreaking posts on social media and appreciated the former players’ candor. He added that he has been reaching out to many of them individually to hear more about their experiences in their program.Dozens of former players took to social media in the past few days to detail the troubling issues they allege they saw and experienced while playing at Iowa.INDYCAR RESUMESDixon wins IndyCar openerFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — IndyCar was finally able to begin a schedule delayed three months by the coronavirus. All wore face masks in accordance with coronavirus mitigation efforts. Most of the players’ masks were black with the phrase “I can’t breathe” in white lettering.Safety Kareem Jackson was instrumental in organizing the team’s appearance at Civic Center Park on the 10th day of demonstrations sparked by the death of Floyd, a handcuffed black man in Minneapolis who died after a white police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-IOWA-RACISM ALLEGATIONSIowa football assistant placed on leaveIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa football strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle has been placed on administrative leave after several black former players posted on social media about what they described as systemic racism in the program. VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEWSUNDATED (AP) — Some NFL players say they are scared about returning to practices and games during the coronavirus outbreak.But they also say they trust the health protocols the league’s medical staff is developing so that practices can resume, and games can return. Those safeguards will certainly include frequent tests for COVID-19.The offseason programs have all been conducted remotely since the NFL shuttered team facilities in March in response to the pandemic.Coaches have been allowed back into the buildings but players who aren’t recovering from injuries likely won’t be allowed back until training camps begin in July. Update on the latest in sports: Five-time season champion Scott Dixon took the checkered flag at Texas Motor Speedway, his fourth win at the 1 ½-mile, high-banked oval. The 39-year-old New Zealander raced to his 47th career victory and matched A.J. Foyt’s record of 18 seasons with a win.Dixon sped off following a restart with three laps left. He surged ahead following a caution caused when young teammate Felix Rosenqvist crashed. Dixon finished 4.4 seconds ahead of Simon Pagenaud (PA’-zheh-noh).Defending IndyCar champion and polesitter Josef Newgarden finished third.GYMNASTICS-OBIT-THOMASKurt Thomas dies An analysis by The Associated Press has determined the New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers would each save more than $100 million as part of management’s proposal when compared to the players’ plan.Set to earn $36 million each, Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole would get $25.3 million under the union’s plan and $5.6 million under the teams’ proposal.The Yankees would pay players $155 million under the union’s plan and $48 million under management’s proposal.MLB has proposed a six-tier sliding scale of cuts starting at 10% and rising to 90% for the amounts of salaries above $10 million, followed by prorating based on an 82-game season. Players proposed prorating for a 114-game regular season schedule stretching through October without any further salary reductions.Players agreed on March 26 to accept prorated shares of their salaries during a shortened season, part of a deal that guaranteed $170 million in advances and service time even if the season is scrapped.
Sharon Koppenhaver knew something wasn’t right with her 10-year-old son, Davis. While playing sports, he wouldn’t sweat and his face would turn gray instead of the typical red color. He began snoring loudly while sleeping and his voice changed before hitting puberty. He was more fatigued than usual and even fell asleep at halftime of his youth football game and in between games at a travel basketball tournament.Neither an allergist nor an asthma doctor could figure out the problem.But finally after a few weeks, Jeffrey Birns, an ears, nose and throat doctor, put a camera down Koppenhaver’s throat and found a golf ball-like tumor blocking 90 percent of his airway. “They said that if they would have found it two weeks later, I probably would have died in my sleep,” Koppenhaver said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe tumor, which was later found as cancerous, was removed five days after Birns found it in December 2006. It all happened so fast that it seemed like a blur for Koppenhaver, now a freshman tight end for No. 22 Duke (7-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast). Though he only has one catch in four games this season, he’s enthusiastic about his future with the team because of what he’s already overcome.When he was diagnosed, Koppenhaver played football, basketball and baseball. He was in the middle of his travel basketball season and played in four games at a tournament the day before the tumor was found.Looking back, doctors were surprised he didn’t collapse on the court.Davis’ cancer had rarely previously been found in a child’s throat before, which added to the uncertainty of the situation, Sharon Koppenhaver said. But throughout the week leading up to the surgery, the Koppenhavers decided to keep everything as normal as possible — something they learned from his father’s experience with breast cancer six years earlier.“You can’t dwell on the negatives,” Dave Koppenhaver, Davis’ father, said. “You can’t focus on woe is us, woe is me.”Though Sharon Koppenhaver wanted to stay at home in Southern California before the surgery, her husband, son and daughter all wanted to continue their typical Christmas tradition of visiting friends and relatives in Sacramento, California. They outvoted her, and Sharon Koppenhaver said it worked out for the better because being with family and friends took their minds off the tumor.The night before surgery, Koppenhaver slept over at his friend Brady White’s house. They played video games, watched college football bowl games and SportsCenter and ate snacks just like they had always done.They prayed, too.“As a close friend of his, I was going through the same kind of worries that he was,” White said. “I just wanted to be there for him, just have a good night with him and kind of get his mind off of things.”After the surgery was successful, Koppenhaver just wanted to get back on the court. As a 10-year-old, he didn’t fully understand everything that happened.But over time, Koppenhaver said it sunk in.“I realized that sports don’t define me,” Koppenhaver said. “If someone asked me what my best attributes were before that, I’d probably say athlete or competitor. But now, it’s completely different.”Off the field at Duke, he’s laid back and enjoyable to be around, fellow tight end David Reeves said, and his attitude impressed teammates in the first week of training camp.And while Koppenhaver’s role is minimal at this point in his career, tight end coach Zac Roper said you wouldn’t be able to tell from watching him practice, because he still brings the same energy level and attention to detail as the Blue Devils’ starters. When he was younger, Koppenhaver wouldn’t talk about his cancer experience much. He still doesn’t, but he occasionally brings it up with his parents.As a sophomore in high school, Koppenhaver dislocated his shoulder, which put his athletic career in question again. But after nearly dying years earlier, Koppenhaver got back on the field. “I remember saying, ‘Are we done now?’ meaning football. ‘Are we done with this?’” Sharon Koppenhaver said.“No, I can’t wait to get back out there,” Koppenhaver responded. “Mom, I’m not even supposed to be here.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 6, 2014 at 11:18 pm Contact Paul: email@example.com | @pschweds
USC junior safety T.J. McDonald announced Wednesday that he will return to school for his senior season, forgoing the opportunity to declare for the NFL draft.McDonald, a first-team All-Pac-12 selection in 2011, had been projected as a possible second round pick in next April’s draft had he chose to declare.“We have an opportunity to do something great,” McDonald said in a video released by the school. “That opportunity doesn’t come around very often. I want to finish things out and be a part of something great.”A second-year starter for the Trojans last season, McDonald finished with 69 tackles and three interceptions, making the Sporting News and Pro Football Weekly All-American first teams. McDonald and his father, Tim, became the first father-son tandem in school history to be named All-Americans. Tim McDonald was an All-American for USC in 1985 and 1986 before a 13-year NFL career with the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers.In 2010, T.J. McDonald also led the team in tackles with 89.“We’re obviously very excited about T.J.’s decision to return next year,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said in a statement. “He’ll be a leading candidate for the Thorpe Award in 2012 and he has a chance to be a two-time All-American. Plus he will captain our team for a second straight year and graduate.”Fellow juniors left tackle Matt Kalil and defensive end Nick Perry have announced intentions to declare for the draft, leaving quarterback Matt Barkley as the only prominent USC junior weighing whether to remain in school or turn pro.Barkley has until Jan. 15 to declare for the draft.
MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNSPORTING NEWS: Congratulations on the enormity of your success this season. How does it feel?AUSTIN MEADOWS: Thank you! It feels good. Just being able to play everyday. More just helping the team win, it’s been good.SN: You hear you were traded — who did you get the call from when you were traded?AM: The front office from the Rays called me. Just basically walked me through the organization.SN: What’s going through your mind at that point?AM: A lot. You wonder how the guys are gonna welcome you, where you’re gonna go. I ended up going to Triple-A in Durham. There’s a lot of things going through your head.You wonder if you’ll ever see your teammates again, my old teammates with the Pirates. There’s definitely a lot going through your head. But I was more excited, than anything, and anxious, to start my career with the Rays.SN: Obviously there was a logjam in the Pittsburgh outfield, you come here and you know you’re gonna get a chance.AM: That’s the biggest thing, knowing that I was going to get the opportunity over here. Being able to come over here to a team that is hungry, to a team that had 90 wins. It was a great time to come over. They were very welcoming when I came over, it felt like I had been here for a long time. SN: You come up and play a few games for Tampa last year. Struggle is a relative term — you didn’t really struggle. But what was it like going through that period, where you’re traded and you don’t really have the success you want?AM: For me, you realize the plan in place. You realize what (Tampa Bay) gave up to get me, them giving up Chris Archer to get me and Tyler Glasnow and Shane Baz. To sit down and realize how badly they want you, and to realize you’re a part of their future. For me, that’s more what it’s about, it’s about the future and the potential.Last year, I only got about a couple weeks with the big leagues with the Rays, so obviously it was a really small sample size. But being able to start the year off fresh here and play everyday has been a blessing.SN: I actually asked Nate Lowe this question. There are certain teams in baseball that have an attitude, the A’s, the Rays, and so forth. What does it mean to be a Tampa Bay Ray?AM: It means a lot. For me to be able to come in here and be here for almost a year now, it’s been nothing but great times. Especially with my teammates, the guys I’ve made good relationships with. But to be a Tampa Bay Ray in general, it means a lot. It’s a great division that we’re in. Great baseball being played. We have a lot of talent, being a part of a talented group of guys is always fun. Being a Tampa Bay Ray, it means the world.SN: All right, some rapid fire, don’t overthink these. You’re in the gym, you’re lifting weights, you’re getting pumped. What’s your go-to song or artist?AM: I was just listening to Avicii today. Some nice, upbeat music to kinda get me in the mood. SN: Pizza or tacos?AM: Ooohhh, pizza. New York pizza.SN: Last question: if a rhino and a hippo were to get into a fight, who would win?AM: A rhino.SN: See, Nate (Lowe) said hippos. AM: Why?SN: He said they’re very aggressive. But if you were to get two equally aggressive animals, I think the rhino would win.AM: I think the rhino would win. The weight, the horn, I think it would overpower the hippo. Throughout the 2019 MLB season, Sporting News will run short interviews with players, highlighting their favorite foods, activities and more.In this edition, SN’s Joe Rivera got two minutes with Rays outfielder Austin Meadows.
FIBA announced the list of the best players under 21 years of age who are the stars of qualifications and at the very top of the list is our young representative – Dzanan Musa.Dzanan Musa was presented as the captain of the National team of BiH and the next super star.“Dzanan Musa, who turned 19 in May, had 21 points in average – including 26 points against Russia – 3 in jumps and 2 in stolen balls in February,” as written by FIBA on their page.The list, besides Musa, also includes Rui Hachimura (Japan), RJ Barrett (Canada), Furkan Korkmaz (Turkey), Jordan Nwora (Nigeria), Emanuel Cate (Romania), Arnoldas Kulboka (Lithuania), Yago Mateus Dos Santos (Brazil), Tryggvi Hlinason (Iceland), Ihab Al-Zuhairi (Iraq), Goga Bitadze (Georgia), Nico Mannion (Italy), Kristian Kullamae (Estonia), Hu Jinqiu (China), Andrew Nembhard (Canada), Yovel Zoosman (Israel), Kurt-Curry Wegscheider (Central African Republic), Jovan Kljajic (Montenegro), Maximo Fjellerup (Argentina), Isaac Bonga (Germany) and Isaac Letoa (New Zealand).(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)