Sprint Series of Oklahoma, URSS team for Longdale Speedway battle

first_imgBy David Smith, Jr.LONGDALE, Okla. (Aug. 22) – Race thirteen on the Sprint Series of Oklahoma IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car Series 2017 season is set for this coming Saturday, Aug. 26 at Longdale Speedway in a co-sanctioned event with the Kansas-based United Rebel Sprint Series.Saturday’s feature winner earns $1,000.As if he needed any more incentive to score his first victory of the season, Jake Martens unoffi­cially comes into the night with 15-point lead over defending IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car national and Sprint Series of Oklahoma champion Andy Shouse.Shouse has a series-best five feature victories on the season out of the 12 races that have been held thus far this season.Other SSO regulars expected to compete include Joe Wood Jr., Loyd Clevenger, Chris Kelly, Jerry Jumper, Cody Whitworth, Tristan Oakes, Blake Dacus, Mike Scott, Josh Toho, Brandon Ander­son, Blake Scott, Justin Mowry, Steven Shebester and Dillon Laden.The URSS is coming off a three-race weekend where Zach Blurton is the current point leader. Steven Richardson, Jed Werner, Oklahoma’s Ty Williams, Darren Berry, Tracey Hill, Brian Her­bert, Aaron Ploussard, Howard Van Dyke and J.D. Johnson are among the series regulars ex­pected to make the trip to the big 3/8-mile oval.Last year, 25 cars filled the pit area at Longdale with Luke Cranston coming from his fifth starting position to win the caution-free, 25-lap feature.Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with race action scheduled for 7 p.m.Grandstand admission is $15 for adults; seniors and military are $12 and kids ages 12 and under will be admitted into the grandstands for free.Sprint Series of Oklahoma presenting partner Smiley’s Racing Products gives $1,000 in cash to the 2017 champion.last_img read more

Djokovic claims fifth Dubai title

first_imgRelatedPosts Djokovic clinches fifth Italian Open title Djokovic zooms to 10th Italian Open final Djokovic fined $10,000 for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ Novak Djokovic eased past Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 to lift his fifth Dubai Tennis Championships title on Saturday, extending his unbeaten start to the 2020 season. Both players looked solid on serve early in the opening set before Djokovic turned the screw to break in the eighth game with a searing crosscourt backhand winner. Djokovic closed out the set and continued to press home his advantage with another break of serve early in the second. Tsitsipas fought back to draw level at 3-3 but went on to commit a string of unforced errors and concede two break points in the ninth game. Djokovic surprised his opponent with a wonderfully disguised drop shot to take the lead before sealing victory on the first of his three championship points with a backhand winner down the line. “It was very close even though it was a straight-set win,” said Djokovic, who also won the Dubai titles in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013. “I was fortunate to hold my serve at the start of the match.” Djokovic has now won 21 straight matches, including 18 this season, having already lifted the inaugural ATP Cup with Serbia and a record-extending eighth Australian Open title last month. The 32-year-old dropped just one set in Dubai this week as he fought off three match points to overcome France’s Gael Monfils in the semifinals. “Yesterday I was one shot away from losing the match when three match points down, and it could have easily happened I was not here. That is sport — things can turnaround quickly,” Djokovic said. “I have played really well in most of the matches. This is a big win for me.”Tags: ATP CupDubai Tennis ChampionshipsGael MonfisNovak DjokovicStefanos Tsitsipaslast_img read more

Tipp to face Galway in Hastings Cup

first_imgVictory for Tipperary’s Under 21 Footballers against Galway this evening would see them through to the semi-finals of the Hastings Cup.The sides meet in Portumna at 7.45 after the game was postponed twice already due to poor weather conditions.Tipp manager Tommy Toomey has used the Hastings Cup to build his squad ahead of the under 21 Munster Championship.last_img

The Best Food In Video Game History

first_imgStay on target Staring at Seagulls May Help Avoid Food TheftWe Now Know the DNA of Guacamole Another Thanksgiving has just gone by, and if you’re like most Americans it was an excuse to stuff you face with all kinds of delicious grub and then retire to a food coma in front of your video game machine of choice. But no matter what that might’ve been, chances are you were reminded of the meal you just swallowed down.Food and video games have been intertwined since Pac-Man choked down his first power pellet, and as technology has improved, digital edibles have become more and more realistic (and shamelessly marketing-driven). Let’s set the table with an eleven-course meal of iconic video game foods from throughout the medium’s history, from appetizers to desserts.AdChoices广告Hidden CheeseNo fancy meal is complete without a cheese plate at the beginning to whet your diners’ appetites. And food always tastes better when you put forth an effort to get it. So let’s lay out the aperitif with Perfect Dark‘s hidden slices of Swiss cheese. Each level in Rare’s shooter has a single slice secreted away in an out-of-the-way place, and finding them gets the player nothing but a feeling of accomplishment. Once your dinner guests have hunted down all the cheese they’ll be ready for their meal.Hearty Wild GreensBreath Of The Wild pushed the Zelda envelope in a bunch of new directions, but the one that’s most relevant to this article is Link’s new interest in cooking. The green-clad elf boy can gather ingredients from all over Hyrule and use them to prepare a bunch of tasty dishes. Let’s officially start up our next Thanksgiving feast with a dish of Hearty Wild Greens, which temporarily increase our heart containers by four. We’re going to need that extra storage space for the food to follow.Wall MeatExploring a vampire’s castle can leave a Belmont feeling peckish, but those zombie waiters certainly aren’t serving meals. So what’s an enterprising vampire hunter to do? If you’re in the Castlevania series, whip any odd-looking walls and see if there’s delicious meat hiding inside. Castlevania‘s “Wall Meat” helped popularize the idea of edibles as health-restoring secrets in games, and nearly every title in the series has featured it. In some games it’s called “Werewolf Leg,” which sounds delicious.Sinner’s SandwichHeavily inspired by Twin Peaks, Deadly Premonition spends some of its time at the A&G Diner. One of the regulars there, Harry Stewart, has a special order that became one of the most iconic meals in video game history. Dubbed the “Sinner’s Sandwich,” it’s roast turkey with strawberry jam and breakfast cereal. Protagonist Francis York Morgan describes it as “self-inflicted punishment to atone for one’s sins,” but people who have made it in real life say it’s surprisingly tasty.Tomato RainHigh in lycopenes, tomatoes are an excellent addition to any meal, even if they’re not the most traditional for Thanksgiving. In Genesis classic ToeJam & Earl, though, they’re a potent offensive weapon against the earthlings trying to prevent your alien protagonists from regaining their essential funk. Picking up the Tomato Rain power-up causes the red fruits to fall willy-nilly from the sky, KOing anybody they hit. Sure, it’s a little messy of a preparation, but you can’t argue with the effects.Rainy Day Special Mega Beef Bowl ChallengeSticking with the rainy theme – because a good menu is consistent and clever – we go to Persona 4‘s Japan and the preferred order of Chie at the Chinese diner Aiya. Only served on days when there’s precipitation, the Rainy Day Special Mega Beef Bowl Challenge is a massive mountain of steak that your character fantasizes could serve as a “portal to the Meat Dimension.” To finish the meal, your understanding, knowledge, courage, and diligence stats all need to be maxed out – but then it’s free.Mr. EggBurgerTime is one of the most food-centric games of all time, chronicling diminutive chef Peter Pepper’s attempts to assemble multi-layered hamburgers while being pursued by a host of ambulatory edibles intent on his destruction. Our favorite out of the trio of enemies is Mr. Egg, a fried oeuf that is the most aggressive of them all. The only problem is that a fried egg makes a delicious addition to a hamburger, so when you collapse a burg around them you get bonus points for yumminess.HassyAll this food is great, but you’re going to need something to wash it down with. Our pick is Hassy, the imaginary beverage that first appeared in cult Dreamcast game Blue Stinger. We’re not 100% sure what Hassy tastes like, but subsequent appearances in games like Illbleed indicate that it not only comes in a variety of flavors but also restores your health to full after downing a can. It’s important to hydrate, especially if you overcooked your turkey, so crack a Hassy and let’s get on with the meal.Lamb ChopsThe biggest surprise from Final Fantasy XV has to have been the food. Supporting character Ignis can learn 103 different recipes and cook them to give your party a number of stat boosts, and each of those dishes was painstakingly modeled and textured based on real dishes cooked in the rough by Squaresoft staffers. That attention to detail resulted in some of the most appetizing grub in video game history. It looks good enough to eat. Picking just one dish from Ignis’s repertoire is an impossible task, so let’s go with these tender lamb chops.Sweet RollsA tremendous amount of the fun in Skyrim comes from the absurdly detailed world it takes place in, full of knick-knacks and stuff. Even the most minor thing can turn into a meme. Case in point: the sweet roll. Bethesda has been using this pastry as a running gag since Daggerfall, starting with that game’s character creation. It became edible in Oblivion, and in Skyrim guards will sometimes tease you about somebody stealing your sweetroll. Oh, and of course you can use the game’s console to span thousands of them and gorge yourself sick.Mississippi Quantum PieWhen you’re scratching your way through the wastelands in the Fallout series, it’s hard to make time for dessert. But if you complete a pair of quests for Sierra Petrovita in Fallout 3 and then ask her about her recipes, you can chow down on a sweet treat called Mississippi Quantum Pie. Made with flour, Nuka-Kola Quantum and vodka, it boosts your strength and action points for four minutes when you eat it. The perfect finish to a video game Thanksgiving before you go mutant hunting.last_img read more

Enough with the popups Microsoft

first_imgEnough with the popups Microsoft by Martin Brinkmann on November 12, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: November 12, 2016 – 36 commentsMicrosoft customers on Windows may have experienced yet another popup notification while running their device.Microsoft’s latest informational message is directed towards Office365 subscribers and is pushed to various versions of Windows including Windows 7 and 10. This may come as a surprise considering that those users are already paying customers.The popup launches right above the Windows system tray area. It is labeled Office365, and informs customers that “your upgrade to Office 2016 is ready”. It reveals furthermore that the upgrade is free (Free with your Office 365 subscription).Customers can click on “see what’s new” for information, later to postpone the upgrade, or upgrade to start the upgrade process right away.via ZDnetIf that sounds awfully familiar to the “get Windows 10” notifications that Windows 7 and 8.1 users had to endure, you are probably not wrong.The main issue with it is the usual one: there is no “no thanks” button. While you can select later to dismiss it for the time being, it is almost guaranteed that it will spawn again at a later point in time.While not necessarily classified as an ad, it certainly is nagware.Mary Jo Foley over on ZDnet reports that the prompt is misleading as well. She is a Office 365 Business Essentials subscriber and as such does not get locally installable Office 2016 apps. Still, she did get the popup advertising those.A Microsoft spokesperson told ZDnet that the notification is designed to provide existing Office 365 subscribers with an easy way to upgrade to the latest version. Microsoft furthermore would evaluate customer feedback and adjust the right frequency of the notification.The company has released a Fix It solution that turns off the Office 365 is ready notification on the operating system.To use it, simply download it and follow the steps outlined in the application to do so. Doing so should block any future popups from being launched on the system (until Microsoft changes the method I guess).Office365 subscribers who don’t want to upgrade to the newest versions of the Office apps, or cannot without paying extra, may want to run the Fix It solution to block the popup from appearing again.The rise of the popupPopup ads don’t have the best of reputation on the web, and rightfully so. Microsoft pushing popups to Windows 10 first and foremost, but now also to other versions of Windows, may convince part of the company’s user base to do whatever the popup suggests, but it will certainly irritate another part.It seems that Microsoft is accelerating the pushing of popup notifications — ads — especially on Windows 10.Most are limited currently to get users either to upgrade to a new Microsoft product version, or switch to a Microsoft product — think Edge instead of Chrome — instead.Now You: What’s your take on the development?SummaryArticle NameEnough with the popups MicrosoftDescriptionMicrosoft customers on Windows may have experienced yet another popup notification while running their device; this time for Office365.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more