Hoegh rethinks turning around, turns in IMCA Modified win at Bagby Memorial

first_imgThat’s when things turned around. Instead, he got back on the road, got to HO’T in time and won the Jack Bagby Memorial main event for IMCA Modifieds, earning both $1,000 and a berth of the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.  It was also one of those nights that didn’t start out that way. Hoegh finished fourth and starting last in a heat race that ran caution-free, then drew the pole for the 20-lap feature. He led every time around the oval, taking the checkers ahead of two-time defending track champion Eric Tomlinson and Chris Morris. Jeffrey Abbey scored the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car victory and Sid Kiphen was the Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod winner Friday at Heart O’ Texas. Brian Schoenbaum Jr. was first across the stripe in the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature. David Goode Jr. and former track champ Kevin Green completed the top five. Feature results – 1. Jeff Hoegh; 2. Eric Tomlinson; 3. Chris Morris; 4. David Goode Jr.; 5. Kevin Green; 6. Justin Radcliff; 7. Cody Daniel; 8. Mark Carrell; 9. David Goode Sr.; 10. Mike McCarthy; 11. Jerry Frydrych; 12. Brent Gilliam; 13. Evan Pardo; 14. Donald Banker; 15. Rob Slott; 16. Jason Kingrey. ELM MOTT, Texas (March 1) – Just 30 minutes into the 3-1/2 hour tow to Heart O’ Texas Speedway and already running late, Jeff Hoegh thought about turning around and starting his season another night.center_img Hoegh had to stop for fuel half an hour into the trip, then needed another half hour to fill up. He had already missed the draw when he pulled up to the pit gate and learned the wristbands were his unlucky red. Hoegh also won his first race last season, then went 27 starts and two days shy of a year before his next checkers Friday night.  “Being in front is the loneliest place. I gave the car what I had to and was able to drive away when I needed to,” Hoegh said. “We won two track championships in 2017, then traveled more last year. We did a lot of learning and experimenting,” said Hoegh, who ventured to Iowa for the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s and later in September to Arkansas for Race For Hope 74. “I’ve got a new car this year (a 2019 CAM Chassis) and have run practice laps a couple times. The car is comfortable and was working right.” Jeff Hoegh started his season with the $1,000 IMCA Modified feature win at Heart O’ Texas Speedway’s Jack Bagby Memorial lidlifter. The victory put Hoegh on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. (Photo by Stacy Kolar, Southern Sass Photography) “Getting on the ballot is a pretty big deal for me. I’m glad we started off the year the way we have,” said Hoegh. “It was one of those nights when everything turned out good.” last_img read more

Backroom staff join Martinez

first_img And another reunion is on the cards as Wigan chairman Dave Whelan claims Martinez is the favourite to sign striker Arouna Kone from the relegated club despite bids from two other sides. “Roberto has taken who he wants with him,” the Latics chairman told Press Association Sport. “That deal has been done and we have already filled the vacancies.” Whelan said there was no compensation involved as he regarded the settlement he received from Everton for Martinez, believed to be around £1.5million for the Spaniard’s final year of his contract, enough. “We wouldn’t even attempt to (get compensation) for staff who worked with Roberto as we got what was due to us for Roberto,” he added. Kone appears the next in line to join the migration to Goodison Park despite competition from elsewhere. “Three clubs have made offers for him – Everton is definitely one – as he had a clause in his contract that he could go if someone paid £5million,” Whelan added. “It is really up to him where he wants to go now and I think he will go to Everton.” However, Whelan is keen to hang on to his other key players – such as midfielder James McCarthy – to give Martinez’s successor Owen Coyle every chance of getting back in the Premier League. “We have always got interest in one or two lads but we have hopes of holding on to them,” said the Wigan chairman. “We have had people asking of course but we have had nothing serious on the table.” Press Association Assistant Graeme Jones, chief scout Kevin Reeves and goalkeeping coach Inaki Bergara plus a member of the Latics’ medical staff have all followed the Spaniard to the Premier League club. Their arrival was made possible by the departure of Steve Round, Jimmy Lumsden and Chris Woods to Manchester United to link up again with former Toffees boss David Moyes. center_img New Everton manager Roberto Martinez has been reunited with key members of his Wigan backroom staff after a deal was completed to take them to Goodison Park.last_img read more

Amanda Nunes reacts to being called GOAT female fighter ahead of her UFC 245 fight

first_imgAlso Read | UFC: Francis Ngannou Reveals He Is Feeling Low, Might Quit UFC In Near FutureAmanda Nunes (champion):- Age: 31. Height: 5’8”. Reach: 69”. Stance: Orthodox. MMA record: 18-4.Germaine de Randamie (challenger):- Age: 35. Height: 5’9”. Reach: 71”. Stance: Orthodox. MMA record: 9-3 WATCH US LIVE Also Read | Colby Covington Makes Special Trump Tower Visit Before UFC 245 Fight, Promises To WinAlso Read | Jorge Masvidal Expresses Shocking Retirement Plans, Vows To Win Real UFC Title Who would have thought that a female fighter would infuse fear among all her opponents? Well, even if no one thought of that, Amanda ‘Lioness’ Nunes surely did. The Brazilian double champion has swept away all the top-rated women of UFC. She is set to defend her bantamweight title for one more time against Germaine de Randamie at UFC 245. No wonder, there have been numerous greats in the sport of MMA who have already stated that Amanda Nunes is the greatest among them. So what does Amanda Nunes feel about it?Also Read | Miesha Tate Gives Former Rival Amanda Nunes ‘G.O.A.T’ RecognitionUFC: Amanda Nunes reacts about being the G.O.ATThe two-division champion of UFC has already got her hands on Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm, Cris Cyborg, Miesha Tate and Valentina Shevchenko (2x) among others. She is definitely a legend and her former rival Miesha Tate has already acknowledged Amanda Nunes as the greatest female fighter of all time. Amanda Nunes is clearly happy about getting the tag. She said that she wanted to be the greatest since day one of her career.In an interview with the American media, Amanda Nunes said that being the greatest female fighter is everything for her. “This is my life. This is what I dreamed about. This is something I’ve wanted my whole career and have been working towards for my whole career,” said Amanda ‘Lioness’ Nunes. Despite being one of the best in the business, Amanda Nunes is still hungry for more fights and considers Germaine de Randamie as a tough competitor in her upcoming fight.  Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 12th December, 2019 17:59 ISTcenter_img Raj Sarkar COMMENT Last Updated: 12th December, 2019 17:59 IST Amanda Nunes Reacts To Being Called GOAT Female Fighter Ahead Of Her UFC 245 Fight Amanda Nunes has often been tagged as the greatest female fighter of all time. The Brazilian has finally reacted to it with UFC 245 ahead. Know more about it. LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Mubiru not getting carried away despite Cranes first leg advantage

first_imgMubiruThe Uganda Cranes took a gigantic step towards reaching the second round of the CHAN 2020, on Saturday.Abdallah Mubiru’s side who were playing the first leg of their first-round qualifier away from home, defeated Somalia 3-1 and now stand a huge chance of progression.Goals from KCCA duo of Patrick Kaddu and Mustapha Kizza put Abdallah Mubiru’s side on the way before Tadeo Lwanga capped a fine team display with a third late on.The home side scored a consolation later through Farhan Mohamed Ahmed but it was all they smiled about on a difficult afternoon.However, despite the victory, head coach Abdallah Mubiru knows the job is only done after the second leg.“It (the win) is an advantage to us much as not everything is done now because we still have to get the job done in Kampala. Noted Mubiru after the game.“However we will head into the second game knowing that we are not under much pressure like it would have been had we not gotten a positive result on Saturday.”The Cranes are highly expected to reach the next phase of qualification where they will take on either Burundi or South Sudan.However, Somalia will not be push-overs especially after the first leg display.“We thank the whole mighty Allah for the victory today. Continued the Police FC tactician.“Like i said before the game, it had to be a hard game because their are no more small teams on the pitch.“They were well organised, tough to break but thank God and the players’ efforts that they put in, we now hold a lead as we head into the return leg.“I expect them to try and play, attack us in Kampala and it will not be easy for us either.”The two team are slated to do battle once again, next Saturday at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.The Cranes will be favorites to progress with Somalia required to score at least 3 goals on the day to stand any chances of progression.Uganda has in recent times been consistent during qualification for CHAN.After losing to Tanzania in the second round of qualification and in the process, failing to reach the first edition of the finals in 2009, the Cranes have not failed to seal a spot in any of the last four finals (2011, 2014, 2016 and 2018).The Cranes have reached the last four CHAN finals’ tournaments.To reach the last edition in Morocco, Uganda defeated South Sudan 5-1 on aggregate in the first round of qualifiers before hanging on to overcome Rwanda 3-2 in the second round.For Somalia, they have never reached the CHAN finals’ tournament as they either withdraw or fail to negotiate their way through the qualification process.In 2009, they did nit take part in qualification before they were hammered 6-0 by Tanzania in the first round of the 2011 qualifiers.Once again, they did not enter qualification for both the 2014 and 2016 editions.For the last edition in 2018, Somalia fell to South Sudan at the preliminary round of qualification, losing 4-1 on aggregate.Uganda Cranes starting XICharles Lukwago (GK), Paul Willa, Kizza Mustapha, John Revita, Timothy Awany (c), Tadeo Lwanga, Allan Kayiwa, Muzamir Mutyaba, Patrick Kaddu, Allan Okello, Allan KyambaddeSubstitutesJames Alitho (GK), Tom Matsiko, Muatafa Mujuzi, Patrick Mbowa, Sadam Juma, Shafick Kagimu, Dan SserunkumaComments Tags: abdallah mubiruCHAN 2020topUganda Craneslast_img read more