Restart sets stage for Stanford’s late-race heroics at Pat Pettit Memorial

first_imgWATSONVILLE, Calif. (Oct. 2-3) – A restart with two laps left set the stage for Alex Stanford’s late-race heroics Saturday at Ocean Speedway.Stanford drove by Friday winner Bobby Hogge IV to capture the $3,003 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified checkers on night two of the Pat Pettit Memorial.A spot on the ballot for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational accompanied the big check.Stanford led the first four laps from the pole before Hogge came from second row start to take lead. Passing continued through mid-pack and the light stayed green until fourth running Andy Obertello brought out the caution with a couple laps to go.Stanford outgunned Hogge for the lead on the restart and paced the pack for the win ahead of Hogge, Ryan Porter, Kellen Chadwick and Paul Stone.Chadwick had drawn the Friday pole spot and took the immediate lead over Brian Cass and Hogge. He led the first 16 laps before Hogge led a pair. Chadwick was scored first again on lap 19 before Hogge took over for good.That win paid $2,003; Hogge was already an All-Star Invitational candidate.Friday night Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod victor Rick Diaz led the first nine laps of the Satur­day feature from the pole with fifth starting Nick Spainhoward quickly into second. A lap 10 restart saw Spainhoward grab the lead for the next 10 laps.A quick yellow for a slowing car changed the whole complexion of the event as multiple contacts between the top duo resulting in Spainhoward going to the rear for causing the yellow.The final pair of laps saw Diaz leading challenger Cale Kanke on the restart. Lurking in third was Fred Ryland who returned from a heat race crash to start 20th. Leading only the final lap, Ryland grabbed the $1,003 top prize to win over Diaz, Kanke and Matthew Hagio.Diaz paced the field after Wayne Dotson’s flip red-flagged the Friday feature. He took the $503 win ahead of Jeremy Hoff, Spainhoward and Ryland.Oct. 2 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Bobby Hogge IV; 2. Kellen Chadwick; 3. Brian Cass; 4. Jim Pettit II; 5. Andy Ober­tello; 6. Paul Stone; 7. Alex Stanford; 8. Ryan McDaniel; 9. Brad Pounds; 10. Darrell Hughes II; 11. Tim Balding; 12. Nick DeCarlo; 13. Kyle Wilson; 14. Troy Foulger; 15. James Alaga; 16. Randy McDaniel; 17. Aaron Crowell; 18. Jeff Decker; 19. Ethan Dotson; 20. Jimmy Reeves; 21. Stephen Hopf; 22. Cody Burke.Northern SportMods – 1. Rick Diaz; 2. Jeremy Hoff; 3. Nick Spainhoward; 4. Fred Ryland; 5. Mike Drake; 6. Mark Odgers; 7. Chris Falkenberg; 8. Cale Kanke; 9. Anthony Giuliani; 10. Trevor Clymens; 11. Nick Tucker; 12. Shawn Bryant; 13. Matthew Hagio; 14. Al Sotomayor; 15. Jack Hurley; 16. Josh Hensley; 17. Dwayne Short; 18. Wayne Dotson; 19. Al JohnsonOct. 3 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Stanford; 2. Hogge; 3. Ryan Porter; 4. Chadwick; 5. Stone; 6. Ryan McDaniel; 7. Balding; 8. Cody Burke; 9. Pounds; 10. Decker; 11. Foulger; 12. Hughes; 13. Kyle Wilson; 14. Alex Wilson; 15. Randy McDaniel; 16. Todd Hermosillo; 17. Austin Burke; 18. Kenny Nott; 19. Crowell; 20. Obertello; 21. Pettit; 22. Cass; 23. Salazar.Northern SportMods – 1. Ryland; 2. Diaz; 3. Kanke; 4. Hagio; 5. Odgers; 6. Paul Espino; 7. Clymens; 8. Drake; 9. Steve Stone; 10. Falkenberg; 11. Giuliani; 12. Tucker; 13. Hensley; 14. Sotomayor; 15. Spainhoward; 16. Tim Elias; 17. Darren Thomas; 18. Hoff; 19. Hurley; 20. Short; 21. Johnson; 22. Bryant.last_img read more

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Asian Games Indonesia celebrates heritage, traffic and world peace at energetic Asiad opening ceremony

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Asian Games News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Jakarta: A presidential dig at their traffic woes, a colourful display of their cultural heritage and a message for world peace—Indonesia mixed it up all for a vibrant and slick opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games here on Saturday.Indonesian President Joko Widodo was shown taking a motorcycle to the stadium after his convoy was stuck in one of Jakarta’s infamous traffic jams.The footage, played out on the stadium’s giant screen, had Widodo grabbing hold of a motorbike to whiz past the stranded vehicles and take the narrow lanes to make the stadium in time.Also Read | Kuwait welcomed back to Asian Games with OCA warningA helmet-clad biker, presented to be the President, eventually appeared at the stadium before Widodo revealed himself at the dignitaries stands amid loud cheers from the crowd.Raising the emotional quotient was the unified Korean delegation, repeating the touching images from the Winter Olympics, to once again deliver the message of world peace amid the recent diplomatic breakthroughs.The two Koreas will field a united team in three events—lightweight rowing, dragon boat racing and women’s 5×5 basketball. The flag was a unity banner, a light blue representation of the Korean peninsula on a white background. It was first seen at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and also at the Asian Games staged in the South Korean city of Busan in 2002 and in Doha in 2006.“We are all here to celebrate diversity, we are all here to celebrate differences, we are all here to celebrate humanity,” Organising Committee President Erick Thohir said in his speech.Young Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, the flag bearer, led the Indian contingent with players arriving in blue suits, smiling and with small flags in their hands, waving to the crowd.Also Read | Asian Games 2018: Kabaddi event complete schedule, timings and detailsMuch to the relief of Kuwait athletes, they were allowed to participate in the athletes’ parade under their own flag after International Olympic Committee lifted their suspension, just 48 hours ago. The government interference had forced IOC to suspend their NOC.The loudest cheers, however, were reserved for the host nation, who arrived last, led by swimmer Gede Siman Sudartawa and basketball player Arki Wisnu.Olympic Council of Asia President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sabah then addressed the packed stadium and was delighted that his own country Kuwait participated under country’s flag. He also appreciated the harmony between the two Korean nations.Widodo then declared the Games Open.In Palembang, which will host shooting and tennis disciplines among others, the athletes watched the opening ceremony on a giant screen, installed at the main football arena.A team of visual artists from Jakarta and Bandung, West Java transformed the stadium’s front area into a huge stage, designed to look like a lush mountain surrounded by the country’s unique plants and flowers.Also Read | Asian Games 2018: Young ‘guns’ of India hungry for medalsThe ceremony opened with the traditional ‘Saman’ dance, which has been listed by UNESCO in its Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The dance has its origins in the Gayo ethnic community of the Aceh province.Performed by over 2200 school children, it welcomed the athletes from the region for a sporting extravaganza which is considered second to only Olympics in participation even though the countries involved stand at 45.The athletes involved in the two-week long show will be over 11,000.The musical extravaganza’s highlight tonight was Indonesian singer Anggun Cipta Sasmi, whose popularity graph has been on the rise in the country.Along with Anggun, renowned local musicians Raisa, Tulus, Edo Kondologit, Putri Ayu, Fatin, GAC, Kamasean and Via Vallen also enthralled the jam-packed stadium with their performances on a spectacular stage.Legendary Indonesian athletes, who have been carrying the torch across the country, brought it to its final destination during the ceremony which is believed to have cost the organisers USD 55 million.The relay had begun on July 15 at Major Dhyanchand National Stadium in New Delhi and came to the Indonesian capital after being carried in 53 cities across the country in the past month.Also Read | Asian Games 2018: Day-wise schedule, time-table for AsiadsFormer shuttler Susi Susanti, who won the women’s singles gold for Indonesia at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, lit the cauldron which marked the opening of the Games amid the trademark fireworks.Red was the dominant colour of the ceremony where Indonesia showcased its origins in a spectacular song and dance show which never lacked in energy. last_img read more

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Angels’ Andrelton Simmons eyes rapid return from latest ankle sprain

first_imgIt would be tempting, based on those results, to conclude Simmons rushed back prematurely. Yet the 29-year-old shortstop said he wouldn’t give his rehab more time if he could do it over again – even with the benefit of hindsight.Ausmus agreed that Simmons wasn’t rushed.“We felt like he was ready,” Ausmus said. “He felt like he was ready. Medical staff felt like he was ready. Whether they’re related or not, I can’t really say.”As for this injury, Simmons said, “it’s hard to go into details because I don’t understand it exactly. From what I understand the bone bruise I had is still a little aggravated. It kind of makes the bone a little weak. There’s a small pull, like on the tendon, something pulled a little bone off and that caused that pain. I don’t know if the pain is from the strain or the bruise. I’m not sure but it’s feeling better.”Ausmus said that Simmons’ latest ankle sprain is not necessarily related to his first. “It seems to be on the opposite side of the ankle,” Ausmus said. “If they are related, then I guess it’s on me for playing him but I really can’t speak as to whether they are. Maybe being cautious, being overly cautious, is the only thing you can do.”INJURY UPDATESJustin Anderson was placed on the 10-day injured list with an upper trap strain. The Angels recalled Jose Rodriguez from Triple-A Salt Lake to take Anderson’s place in the bullpen.Anderson was unavailable during the Angels’ final two games in Boston because of the injury, Ausmus said. The IL stint is retroactive to Saturday.“We thought it was a day-to-day thing, but it hasn’t gotten better the last two days so we decided to just put him on the IL,” Ausmus said.Related Articles ANAHEIM – Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons missed his ninth consecutive game because of a sprained left ankle Monday. He missed 34 games in May and June with a similar injury, fulfilling his expectation of beating predictions that he would require much longer than a month to recover.Simmons spouted similar rhetoric Monday. Manager Brad Ausmus recently predicted that Simmons would miss “at least a couple of weeks” this time around. Simmons still hasn’t practiced any baseball activities since he sustained the injury Aug. 2. Yet he seemed to dismiss the notion that the latest ankle sprain would sideline him much longer.“I don’t have any timeline but I don’t think it’s going to be long,” he said. “Not even close to what it was before. Hopefully a couple more days.”Simmons was hitting .298 with three home runs when he sustained the first ankle sprain on May 20. After returning, he appeared in 28 of the Angels’ 30 games, starting all but five. He batted .230 with two home runs before injuring the ankle again. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img Anderson, a 26-year-old right-hander, is 3-0 with a 5.01 earned-run average in 47 appearances. Rodriguez, a 23-year-old right-hander,  made his second appearance with the big league club Monday. He was 3-4 with a 6.55 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A this season. …Pitcher Felix Peña will have surgery on his right knee Friday, Ausmus said. Pena tore his anterior cruciate ligament on Aug. 3 covering first base in a game against the Cleveland Indians, ending his season. …Pitchers Noé Ramírez (viral infection) and Luke Bard (right triceps contusion) are scheduled to throw simulated games at Angel Stadium on Tuesday. Ramírez can be activated from the IL at any time, but Ausmus said that decision won’t be made before Wednesday. Bard is eligible to return Thursday. …Keynan Middleton will pitch Tuesday for Class-A Inland Empire, his second appearance since he re-started his minor league rehabilitation assignment. Ausmus said Middelton’s rehab will transfer to Triple-A Salt Lake following the game.2020 VISIONThe Angels will begin the 2020 season on the road, March 26 against the Astros and end at home, Sept. 27 against the A’s.The 162-game schedule features 20 interleague matchups – four against the Dodgers and 16 against National League East opponents. The Angels host the Nationals (May 11-13), Marlins (June 9-10) and Mets (Aug. 18-20). They will play road games in Miami (April 14-15), Atlanta (July 3-5) and Philadelphia (17-19).The Dodgers visit Angel Stadium on July 10-11. The Angels visit Dodger Stadium on Aug. 25-26.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Griffin Canning) vs. Pirates (RHP Trevor Williams), 7 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830-AM Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgSATURDAY Diabetes program, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the cafeteria at Hart High School, 24825 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1642. Berenstain Bears story time, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Open auditions for “Fiddler on the Roof,” 10 a.m.-noon for children under 18 and 1-5 p.m. for adults at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 799-2700. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsMeet Your Neighbor Day, 2-4 p.m. at The Paseo Club, 27650 Dickason Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 260-3101 or visit www.scvhomesweethome.com. Newhall branch of the Italian Catholic Federation will meet for dinner and socializing, 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Hall, 23233 W. Lyons Ave., Newhall. Dinner: $5. Call Lorraine at (661) 284-1923. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Blood drive, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. “Christ’s Code” service will explore the differences between “The Da Vinci Code” and the Bible, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Adopt-a-Pet event will feature dogs and cats available for adoption, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Petsmart, 24965 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call the Castaic Animal Shelter at (661) 257-3191. Open auditions for adults only for “Fiddler on the Roof,” noon-4 p.m. at Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 799-2700. Classics Book Group will discuss “The Age of Innocence,” 1:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. “Zorro” discussion group will meet, 2 p.m. at Heritage Junction, 24101 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. MONDAY SCV Historical Society board of directors will meet, 6:30 p.m. at the Saugus Train Station at Heritage Junction, 24101 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY “Zorro” discussion, noon in the Century Room at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-2489. SCV Macintosh Users Group will meet, 7 p.m. at Rogers Systems, 25030 W. Avenue Tibbetts, Valencia. Call (661) 250-4149. Lions Club-Castaic will meet, 7:15 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-8677. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Health lecture on “Colorectal Cancer and the Importance of Screening,” 1-2 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. “Zorro” discussion group will meet, 2:30 p.m. in the Library Public Gallery at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-3362. Relay for Life team captain meeting, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Adult Health Center, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. Call Laura Scott at (661) 296-0081. Beverly Hillbillies Bible study, 7:30 p.m. in the library at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Open auditions for “Meshuggah-Nuns!” 7-9 p.m. at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 799-2700. Evening of Remembrance, 7:15-8:30 p.m. in the Youth Grove at Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Tess Simgen at (661) 255-4956. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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