‘The Rushville Rocket’ gets the ‘call’

first_imgCharlotte, N.C. — You can call him a three-time Cup Series champ, “Smoke”, “The Rushville Rocket” or just Tony Stewart, but after January 31 of 2020 you can add NASCAR Hall of Famer to the list.Stewart won 49 races during his 17-year NASCAR career, and captured his third title in 2011 after breaking away from Joe Gibbs Racing to become a team co-owner. Stewart later told fellow 2020 inductee Joe Gibbs that team ownership was the most difficult thing he has had to tackle. He started his career in a go-kart in Westport, Indiana in 1979.Photo: Kyo H Nam NASCAR HOFStewart will receive the honor along with Joe Gibbs, Bobby Labonte, Buddy Baker and Wadell Wilson at a ceremony in North Carolina.last_img read more

Unseeded Duo Win LCC Tennis

first_imgHe said: “It was just to come and play and have fun because the injury took its toll on me but I’m happy to get my strokes back and more excited to also be a winner.”Tennis Section President, Onubogu Arinze, said the week-long event serves as the tonic to test the abilities of the old and up-and-coming ones adding it has also strengthen the bond of friendship of members.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The inaugural edition of the Lagos Country Club Doubles Rumble Tennis Tournament came to a fascinating end over the weekend with Bimbo Okubena and Ahmed Sanni emerging champions by beating the pair of Ayo Oludemi and Tunde Olujobi 6-2, 6-1.The unseeded finalists came into the match by claiming the scalps of the seeds in the semifinal with Okubena and Sanni defeating top seed, Matt Holmes and Chijoke Agbo while Oludemi and Olujobi triumphed over Segun Aluko and Wale Adesida to set up an all-underdog final.Sanni, the oldest of the players in action had a great game, however, it was Okubena, who was returning to action after being sidelined by injury for over three months, that was the architect of a convincing win s he bagged series of winning shots while operating from the baseline.last_img read more

Beat writers select Syracuse to beat Cornell handily before start of ACC play

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Amid one of its worst stretches in recent years and only days removed from its worst-ever Carrier Dome loss, Syracuse (7-5) will look to avoid another humiliating nonconference loss against Cornell (3-8) on Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome. The Big Red lost by four to Colgate, a team SU blew out by 28 points in the season opener, and have lost three of four. But Syracuse, which begins Atlantic Coast Conference play next week, has dropped five of its last eight.Our beat writers explain below how they think Tuesday’s matchup between in-state foes will unfold.Connor Grossman (7-5)Point of no returnSyracuse 81, Cornell 55If Syracuse was a car on the highway, it’s pulling off for a final rest stop. It’s the last one for the next three months. What should have been a relatively smooth drive up to this point has been anything but that, and SU is now left with one cushy opponent before conference play begins. Running the numbers on inferior opponents has proved senseless up to this point. That’s because we don’t know which Syracuse team is going to show up: The one that trounces weak teams by 30 or the one that gets bullied by the same margin. SU should win on Tuesday. But if nothing else, we’ve learned that means nothing.Matt Schneidman (8-4)Calm before the stormSyracuse 78, Cornell 58AdvertisementThis is placeholder textI’m not going to dive into stats or analytics since, well, Syracuse has showed those clearly don’t matter in determining the outcome of a game. St. John’s had no business beating the Orange, let alone by 33, but this SU team has defied logic when predicting these games. So this prediction will go as so: Syracuse will dominate Cornell because it should, not because the Big Red turns the ball over a certain number of times or because Cornell shoots a certain percentage from beyond the arc compared to from 2-point range. Cornell is 3-8 and that’s even worse than St. John’s coming in, so enjoy the New Year with a Syracuse win before it gets ugly.Paul Schwedelson (8-4)The last giftSyracuse 79, Cornell 61The Orange can’t afford to lose another game before conference play begins, but SU won’t have to worry against Cornell. Syracuse should cruise in the second half as the stress meter drops to the lowest it will be the rest of the season. Eleven of the ACC’s 15 teams have winning percentages above .800 and the Orange will be scrapping for wins over the next two months. That is, after SU blows out the Big Red, a team that doesn’t have a player averaging more than 5.3 boards per game and a team that ranks 340th in the country in height, per Kenpom.com. Comments Published on December 26, 2016 at 3:51 pmlast_img read more