Wilson, Hensley are IMCA winners at Merced

first_imgBy Don Martin IIMERCED, Calif. (Aug. 30)  – Alex Wilson continued his drive toward the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified championship at Merced Speeway with his fourth victory of the season Sunday night.Wilson grabbed the lead early on from Ricky Thatcher and prevailed in a side-by-side battle with his brother Kyle Wilson before pulling away to the impressive win.Thatcher had a front row start and led just two laps before Wilson slipped underneath him.  A lap five yellow slowed the pace and Kyle Wilson drove past Thatcher for second.  Ramie Stone was third and the crowd was treated to two very close battles.Kyle Wilson ran the outside with Alex on the inside. Kyle barely beat Alex back to the line to lead laps nine through 11 before a low move on lap 12 got Alex back in front.Kyle was back in front on lap 15 but Alex again came back strong on the inside to regain the lead on lap 16, then pulled away for the win.John Hensley drove a flawless race after taking the lead from Andy Welch and won his second local Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature of the season.last_img read more

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Henson: In Greg Russo, we see that football is more than just a game

first_imgPhoto Courtesy of Badgernation.comFor so many people, football is more than just a game.Madison teaches you that almost instantly. Around 90,000 people pour into Camp Randall Stadium on Saturdays to watch the team they love play a game they love.Drive anywhere in the state of Wisconsin, and you’ll see motion W’s or Packer green and gold at almost every turn. Do a quick Google search and you’ll see the billions and billions of dollars college and professional football brings in thanks to die-hard fans everywhere.Still, there are those who don’t care for football – and that’s fine. The sport and its image have their imperfections, from recruiting violations in college to the outrageous CBA dispute in the pros.But there are times when we are reminded just how positively the game of football can impact people’s lives, how much the game means to some. And there are times when we are introduced to players you can’t help but root for.Meet Greg Russo – a 25-year-old walk-on linebacker for the University of Wisconsin who just recently finished two tours of duty in Iraq.Russo graduated from Lake Mills High School in 2003 and went to UW-Whitewater intending to try out for the football team after playing in high school.But he never did, and a year later, Russo felt he needed a change.“I wanted to do something,” he said. “I felt like I was kind of just floating.”So Russo decided to join the Wisconsin National Guard, where he spent one year working before his first deployment came in 2005.He spent 12 months in Iraq working for the security force before returning home in 2006. Russo spent another year at UWW while he served as an active duty member of the National Guard, until his second deployment came in 2009.Russo was sent to Iraq again for about 9 months, where he continued to work for the security force, helping to ensure the Iraqi army was receiving proper training.As you can imagine, life overseas was hard.Russo said it was tough being away from home and that something was constantly on his mind.During his second deployment, Russo couldn’t stop thinking about one thing: Football.“Every day. Every night,” Russo said. “I stayed up nights sometimes thinking about it.”He was living in a war zone, guarding military bases and convoys, but it was his dream to play college football that ignited him throughout his time in Iraq.“I thought it about it every day. I trained every day and I was lucky enough to have a good weight room,” Russo said. “I ran sprints whenever I could. I was exercising all the time.“I started realizing that maybe I could do this.”In January 2010, Russo was back home with that same desire to play football again, but there was only one team he could see himself playing for – the hometown Badgers.“This was it, man. This was it,” Russo said of playing for UW. “I grew up around the area. I love the Badgers. I can’t even imagine where else I would want to go.”He began training at Hitters SportsPlex in Middleton, where he met a trainer who helped him get in contact with UW strength and conditioning coach Ben Herbert.After sorting through some heavy paperwork and checking with the NCAA and Big Ten to resolve any potential compliance issues, Herbert approached UW head coach Bret Bielema with Russo’s desire to walk on.“I said if he comes out and can compete in winter conditioning and show that he can move and be a valuable asset, we’d let him have a shot,” Bielema said. “And he’s getting it.”At the moment, Russo is a linebacker who wears No. 41. He participates in drills alongside guys like Mike Taylor and Kevin Claxton – two fellow linebackers who just received their Big Ten Championship rings, two guys who just played in the Rose Bowl.A man back from war, a man so many of us look up to, who put his life on the line to defend his country, was in awe of the Badger football players he had watched on TV for so long.“Everyday I’m star struck. I walk into the locker room and I can’t believe who I am standing around,” Russo said. “I’m like, ‘I was just such a huge fan of you guys for the last few years and now here I am on the team’.”The players are plenty excited to be around Russo, as well. That feeling of respect and admiration goes both ways, and it is the game of football that has brought their drastically different lives together.“All of the guys on this team like to work,” Russo said. “They ask me questions about the military. They want to know specifics.“They are a little bit humbled by my story, I guess, which is great… these guys are very humble and respectful of what I did.”Russo knows he has the team’s respect and he is appreciative of it, but he also knows he needs to prove his worth on the field to the coaching staff every day.He has only one year of eligibility, and a spot on the Wisconsin roster come fall is by no means guaranteed. Nevertheless, Russo is optimistic.“I think it’s pretty realistic,” Russo said. “If I can show that I can work and be a contributing member – as a leader, as a guy with a lot of life experience – I’m fine with that. I just love being a part of the organization.”And that’s really what makes the game special. To some, it means that much. Coaches dedicate their lives to it. Players give up their bodies for it. And at least one soldier overseas couldn’t stop thinking about it.Some game, isn’t it?Whether you’re a football fan or not, it’s hard not to be inspired by Russo’s drive to serve his country and suit up for the Badgers. It’s a story of self-sacrifice, determination and hard work – a story the world of sports tells so well.Now, Russo is back from war and he’s getting a chance to do exactly what he wants: Play football for the team he loves.“It’s been a blessing,” he said. “Somebody up there likes me, I guess.”So does everybody else down here.Max is a senior majoring in journalism. Inspired by Greg Russo’s journey to UW? Want to know more? Let him know at mhenson@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

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Watch EPL Live: Chelsea Vs Cardiff on JOY Sports on Multi TV

first_imgRemember to tune in to JOYSports and ADOM TV on MULTI TV this and every Saturday for live action from the English Premier League.Chelsea look to extend a 12-match unbeaten home run in the top flight when they welcome Cardiff City to the Bridge this Saturday. Expert Pre-match analyses would commence at 1:30pm join by predicting your scorelines to 1760.MATCH FACTSJose Mourinho’s side have not tasted defeat at home in the Premier League since a surprise 1-0 loss against QPR in January.The London outfit have since won 10 and drawn two on their own turf and their run without a loss equals Everton’s as the best in the division at present. Chelsea head into the game against Malky Mackay’s men in good form, having won four and drawn one of their previous five in all competitions.Goalkeeper Petr Cech will rack up 300 Premier League appearances if selected, with only John Terry and Frank Lampard having achieved that feat for the club.Ashley Cole has been ruled out for the hosts after withdrawing from England duty with a rib injury, while striker Fernando Torres has yet to return to training since sustaining a knee injury against Steaua Bucharest.The fixture marks the first league encounter between the two sides since March 1984.last_img read more

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Mason City man pleads not guilty to sexual abuse

first_imgA Mason City man arrested late last month on sexual abuse charges has pleaded not guilty.40-year-old Bryan Holmes was charged with three counts of third-degree sexual abuse. Mason City police say they had received an earlier report that Holmes was having sexual contact with an underage person over the course of several months. Police say Holmes and the victim were acquainted and that the incident occurred at a home in Mason City. Holmes was also wanted for a warrant for violating parole.The arraignment hearing for Holmes was scheduled for next week, but online court records show he filed a written plea of not guilty on Thursday in Cerro Gordo County District Court. No trial date has been set.He’s is being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on $30,000 bond.last_img

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Activa, LNP Collaborate to Promote Road Safety

first_imgACTIVA CEO, Gbalazeh making presentation to LNPCommissioner for Public Safety, Miekee Gray-Insurance company donates office equipment to LNP Traffic DivisionOne of the leading Insurance Companies in Liberia  has joined the Liberia National Police (LNP) in a collaborative effort intended to boost road safety through traffic education and improving road users output. ACTIVA International Insurance Company (Lib) Limited, a Pan-African Insurer, has reached an agreement with the Traffic Section of the LNP to sponsor its activities across the country.At a brief ceremony held at the headquarters of the Liberia National Police (LNP), ACTIVA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Atty. Gbalazeh, and LNP Commissioner for Public Safety, Miekee Gray sealed a deal intended to provide sponsorship of Traffic and Road Safety Education of the LNP Traffic Section.Under the arrangement, the company has obligated itself to provide funding for all of the LNP road safety workshops and other education programs. Gbalazeh wants businesses and entrepreneurs to collaborate with the LNP as a way of giving back to the communities. The company also made a donation of electronic office equipment at the ceremony.“Vehicular and other forms of traffic accidents have been increasing tremendously in the past years and we thought to find a way to collaborate with the traffic section of the LNP to see how we can help to address serious national crisis,” Atty. Gbalazeh saidRoad traffic accidents (RTAs) continue to be an important public health issue which needs to be tackled from various fronts. But the rate of RTA injuries and deaths is becoming alarming and, according to the ACTIVA boss, the number of fatal and disabling road accidents taking place is increasing day by day and is a real public health challenge for all the concerned agencies to prevent it.“We are willing to collaborate with the LNP traffic division, through sponsorship, to address some of these issues,” he said.Gbalazeh noted that awareness creation, strict implementation of traffic rules, are needed to prevent this public health catastrophe.According to the United Nations, injuries and deaths due to RTA are major public health problems in developing countries.  1.2 million People are killed on roads every year and up to 50 million more are injured.Few years ago, the UN, through its General Assembly, launched RTA as a worldwide initiative aimed to establish action plans to reduce the alarming 1.3 million fatalities and the alarming injuries and disability related crashes worldwide. These casualties, the UN said, will increase if action is not taken.The ACTIVA CEO making brief remarks at the ceremonyIt is against this backdrop that Atty. Gbalazeh and his company are endeavoring to see an innovative coalition that would bring together the private sector (business houses and companies) and the government (LNP) that would come out with innovative measures to ensure road safety. “It will simply be these businesses’ way of giving back to the society and the various communities within which they operate,” he said.“Public safety is a shared responsibility; therefore partnerships between law enforcement and community stakeholders are essential.”  The Community Oriented Policing (COPs) Office — a systemic use of partnerships and problem solving techniques to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues — could be a good start.Atty. Gbalazeh said ensuring road safety is in line with the government’s pro-poor agenda because it seeks the protection of the masses, many of whom are victims of the traffic fatalities.“The highest burden of injuries and fatalities is borne disproportionately by poor people, as they are mostly pedestrians, cyclists, and passengers of buses and minibuses and these are the people this government seeks to protect.”A high prevalence of old vehicles that often carry many more people than they are designed to carry, negligence of safety belts and helmets, poor road design and maintenance contribute to the high rate of crashes in less developed countries. Reducing risk through the avoidance of dangerous situations helps maintain driving safety on the road, he noted.“There are solutions to the road safety problem,” he added. “A wide range of effective interventions exist, and experience in countries with long histories of motorized travel has shown that a scientific, ‘systems approach’ to road safety is essential to tackling the problem.”LNP officers at the ceremonyThis approach, he said, addresses the traffic system as a whole and looks at the interactions between vehicles, road users and the road infrastructure to identify solutions—with an integrated approach that addresses vehicles, the people who use roads, and the road infrastructure, roads can be made safer.“This is why we want to work with the LNP. This is our own way of giving back to the communities within which we operate. We do not just come here to make project, but we should in return invest some of what we have made into the communities to make it a better place for all of us. This is what we stand for at ACTIVA.”Mr. Gray lauded the ACTIVA family for the collaboration and called on others to join in helping the LNP in ensuring safety in the country. “We are faced with numerous challenges and we highly appreciate this intervention. We hope others would emulate your good example,” Mr. Gray noted.Meanwhile, ACTIVA is the originator of the Globus Network, which is a grouping of 40 well-positioned and dynamic insurance companies in 40 African countries. The Globus Network is the largest of its kind in Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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SHAY PROVES FITNESS IN FINE FIRST HALF DISPLAY IN HUNGARY

first_imgUPDATED: SHAY Given played the first half of Ireland’s friendly clash with Hungary tonight – and proved his fitness in time for Sunday’s Euro 2012 opener against Croatia.The Donegal goalkeeper was called into action several times in the first half of a game where the kick-off was delayed due to thunderstorms.In the 17th minute Dzsudzsak tried his luck from distance and Given did well to get down and take it first time. Within a minute Given stops the same Hungarian striker with another smart save.And it wasn’t third time lucky in the 24th minute as Dzsudzsak fired another shot on goal, but again the Lifford man made the save.Kieron Westwood came on for the second half, but Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni was happy with Shay’s efforts.Westwood also pulled off some fine saves in the first 15 minutes of the second half. Shay looked relaxed in a tracksuit on the bench in the second half.Ireland had a much better second half, creating several chances.And they had the ball in the net after a combination between Walters and Keane, but the goal was wrongly ruled off-side.A good workout for Ireland though.“We were a little bit lucky, because in the first half we could have gone two nil down but Shay Given was terrific,” Trapattoni told a news conference. “Our opponents deserved to go ahead, and at the end we could have lost three nil. Hungary are quite a strong team, with good youngsters, playing some nice football.”Ireland team: Given, O’Shea, Dunne, St Ledger, Ward, Duff, Andrews, Whelan, McGeady, Keane, Doyle.Subs: 16 Westwood, 12 Kelly, 14 Walters, 15 Gibson, 17 Hunt, 18 O’Dea, 19 Long.SHAY PROVES FITNESS IN FINE FIRST HALF DISPLAY IN HUNGARY was last modified: June 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:SHAY PROVES FITNESS IN FINE FIRST HALF DISPLAY IN HUNGARYlast_img read more

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