Kaytee DeVries overcame a three-point deficit by earning her fourth feature win of the season to edge Lucas Parsons by one point for the Mach-1 Sport Compact championship. ALGONA, Iowa (Aug. 20) – In the final evening of dirt track racing of the summer Thursday at Kossuth County Speedway, unofficial season champions were crowned in each of the divisions. Myott held on for a runner-up finish as Jade Lange was third. Alec Fett used the high side of the track to grab the lead in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main. Fett went from 11th to first as the hard charger and Matt Looft ended as champion. Josh Sidles’ first trip to victory lane this summer was delayed only by a yellow flag on the ninth lap as he cruised to the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock win. Cody Nielsen was the hard charger as he went from 11th to third and was also point champion for the class. By Greg Grabianowski The early leader in the 12-car feature was A.J. Myott as the caution came out on lap five with Myott still in the lead. Off the restart, DeVries grabbed the lead and went onto the victory. The closest feature of the evening was in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. Jake Masters kept the heat on Kelly Shryock for the final two laps but the Fertile driver wrapped up the season championship in the class with his fifth feature win. Jeremy Mills was lurking behind Nick Meyer for the final 11 laps but could not get past as he earned his third IMCA Modified win of the season. Despite not winning a feature all year long at the track, runner-up Mills’ consistency throughout the year earned him the modified point title. All 2020 IMCA point standings become official on Oct. 26.
Trevor Denton | Daily TrojanThe most common complaint about the NBA in 2018 is that it lacks competition.At the end of the day, the Warriors and Cavs will always find themselves playing each other in the NBA Finals, critics lament. Many NBA critics feel that the 82-game regular season and four-round Playoffs are just window dressings when the conclusion is already set in stone. On the other hand, fans around the country love the NFL for the exact opposite reason. They enjoy the league’s perception of parity, where each team possesses an equal shot at winning a championship, despite its previous season’s record. The four-round, single-elimination Playoff format creates a sense that any team can make a run for first place, much like the New York Giants in 2007 and 2011 (shoutout to my former sports editor Ollie Jung, a die-hard Giants fan).Yet, as the NFL gets ready for its 52nd Super Bowl on Feb. 4, the Football League faces predictability issues similar to the NBA’s. Since 2003, only four different quarterbacks have won the AFC Championship: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Joe Flacco (the obvious outlier). For Brady, 40, this will be his eighth Super Bowl appearance in his 18-year career. He’s had an extended run of greatness that’s been ongoing since my first days of watching sports. Yes, the NFL’s highly touted parity does exist, but only across half of the league. Compared to the AFC Championship, 13 different quarterbacks have won the NFC Championship since 2003. There are some future Hall of Famers in that group, like Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Russell Wilson. But there are many more Flacco-esque head scratchers like Colin Kaepernick, Rex Grossman and 2018 winner Nick Foles. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will make his eighth career appearance in the Super Bowl. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.For the most part, superior play by a few quarterbacks in the AFC has translated directly to more wins in the Super Bowl. Since Brady’s first appearance, the AFC is 11-6 in the Super Bowl, with another win likely on the way in two weeks. The AFC’s run is not quite on the level of the NBA Western Conference’s utter domination, but it’s pretty damn close. The NFL’s AFC problem starts with a lack of depth at the quarterback position. Aside from bouts with Manning and Roethlisberger, Brady simply hasn’t experienced much competition in getting to the Super Bowl. This year, he defeated Marcus Mariota of the Tennessee Titans and Blake Bortles of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the playoffs — two quarterbacks who ranked in the bottom half of the league for completion percentage. A sixth Super Bowl victory in Minnesota would certainly be impressive, but Brady didn’t exactly go through a difficult road to get there. Several recent draft classes looked promising in terms of quarterback talent, but players ended up not panning out as expected. 2012 offered Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III as can’t-miss prospects. Both of their careers have since been derailed by injuries. In 2015, two Heisman Trophy winners in Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota were drafted No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. They were supposed to take over as the new group of elite NFL quarterbacks sooner rather than later, yet in 2017, both showed signs of regression. Their teams (the Buccaneers and Titans) finished with a combined record of 13-19. NFL teams need to get better at scouting and developing young quarterbacks in order to make the league more interesting, and prevent older “signal callers” from continuously dominating the league. This year’s quarterback draft class includes several talented prospects including USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Wyoming’s Josh Allen and Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield from Oklahoma. But only time will tell if any rise up to challenge the Roethlisberger-Brady hierarchy. In the meantime, a 40-year-old quarterback will attempt to win his sixth Super Bowl, with the narrative feeling all too familiar for a league that prides itself on producing the unexpected. This week, I wanted to start doing something a little different with my column. From now on, I’ll be concluding with three things I enjoyed in sports this week: 1. Andrew Wiggins’ game against the Clippers on Monday night. I had the pleasure of attending the Clippers-Timberwolves game at the Staples Center. Both teams were ravaged by injuries. Deandre Jordan, Danilo Gallinari and Patrick Beverly all sat out for the Clippers while Jimmy Butler and Jamal Crawford were unable to play for Minnesota. Still, the two Western conference foes turned in an intense, fun and fast paced game. The T-Wolves ultimately eked out a close victory thanks to a spectacular 40-point performance by Andrew Wiggins. With Karl-Anthony Towns and Butler on the roster, it’s easy to forget about Wiggins. On Monday, he reminded everyone why that’s a very bad idea.2. USC’s four-game winning streakI wrote about the Men’s Basketball team’s current winning streak in more detail on Monday, but it’s worth bringing up again. They have a talented enough roster to make a run in the NCAA Tournament, and now they’re finally playing up to that potential. USC should be a fun team to watch over the last half of conference play. 3. Jake Olson “throwing dimes” When the Trojans were in Dallas for the Cotton Bowl, video surfaced of the team’s blind long-snapper launching drives at TopGolf. Olson showed off more of his incredible athleticism on Monday, as the USC Athletics Instagram page posted video of him of completing perfect passes on the football field. Olson continues to inspire and amaze (also don’t count him out of the 2018 USC quarterback competition). Trevor Denton is a sophomore majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “T-Time,” runs Wednesdays.
Lopez, who recorded the official World Cup song, “We Are One,” with rapper Pitbull and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte, had been due to perform with them at the opening ceremony in Sao Paulo but had to cancel, said the football governing body.”For production issues, Jennifer Lopez, one of the artists of the official song ‘We Are One,’ will not be able to perform at the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony,” it said in a statement.The 25-minute ceremony will feature 600 artists including acrobatic gymnasts, trampolinists, marshal arts-style capoeira performers and stilt walkers.The grand finale will be a performance of “We Are One” — now minus Lopez — accompanied by Brazilian drumming collective Olodum.Pitbull did not let J-Lo’s withdrawal dampen his enthusiasm.”To be performing ‘We Are One’ to the world, especially in such a beautiful country like Brazil, is going to be a lot of fun. But more than this, it is going to show the world that music is the universal language,” he said in a statement released by FIFA. Lopez also missed the January event where Pitbull and Leitte unveiled plans for the song alongside FIFA officials in Rio de Janeiro.More than 60,000 people will be in Sao Paulo’s Corinthians Arena to watch the ceremony and kick-off match between Brazil and Croatia. Around a billion people are expected to tune in on TV worldwide.
You’ll accept baseball with the DH in both leagues. You’ll accept it with a 20-second pitch clock. You’ll accept it with batter limits for pitchers. You’ll accept it pretty much no matter what. Because baseball has always evolved, and you’ve always adapted.MORE: 19 reasons why baseball will be great in 2019Don’t think I’m talking down here. I’ve been skeptical of changes in the past, but I’ve always moved on. Just like you. Just like almost all fans.To pretend the game has stayed unchanged in any significant way over the decades is to romanticize things to the point of revisionist history. You were a fan when there were 26 (or fewer) teams and four divisions. You were a fan when there were 30 teams and six divisions. You were a fan during the Steroid Era. You’re a fan after. You were a fan when the All-Star Game was an exhibition. You’ve been a fan when it’s not. You were a fan with one wild-card team. You’re a fan with two. You were a fan before replay. You’re a fan after.Because baseball has always evolved, and you’ve always adapted.True, the game’s evolution has sometimes irked you, and sometimes even made you outright mad, but you’ve always gotten over it. This isn’t an endorsement of any proposal (though I am pro-DH). It’s just to say that, if you’re a baseball fan, you’re probably more willing to forgive and accept than you realize. Nothing will change now, no matter which proposal gains approval. You’ll get over it because you’re first and foremost a baseball fan, and the essence of the sport has never changed: Pitch the ball, hit the ball, try to score runs. The beauty of baseball isn’t in rules or technicalities. The beauty of the game isn’t in pitchers hitting, or the time between pitches, or in the distance between the pitcher’s mound and home plate. The beauty is in the game itself: the liner off the bat, the diving catch, the runner crossing the plate.There will still be dominant pitchers if the mound moves back a few inches. There will still be late-inning drama if a reliever is forced to face three at least three batters. You’ll still enjoy watching your team hit, even if one of the hitters isn’t a pitcher. FOSTER: It’s time for the DH in the NL | GATTO: Every NL team has DH optionsWhen changes come, the initial complaints are loud but the noise eventually goes away and we’re left with a simple idea: That’s just baseball. Because baseball has always evolved, and you’ve always adapted.The noise has come many times throughout baseball history.”I’ll never watch another game!””I won’t enjoy this!””I won’t spend another dollar.”Guess what: You watched another game, you enjoyed it and you spent another dollar. So with or without a universal DH, with or without the mound at 60 feet 6 inches, with or without a pitch clock, and — dare I say — with or without a runner at second base to start extra innings, you’ll still watch and you’ll still enjoy it. It’s what baseball fans do.Because baseball has always evolved, and you’ve always adapted. Baseball is evolving. You’ll get over it. That’s the blunt way to say that none of the proposed rule changes — either from owners or players — would keep fans from watching and enjoying baseball. I know you think they will, but they won’t. Sure, you’ll complain and tweet, but nothing will ultimately change. You’ll still be the same fan you were last season and season before that and the season before that.