‘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

Brittney Sykes’ double-double leads Syracuse in 95-63 blowout of Central Connecticut State

first_img Published on December 4, 2016 at 4:12 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer On Central Connecticut’s second possession of the game, the ball was in the corner in front of the Syracuse bench. Briana Day had to step out from the center of the zone to guard the player there after that side of the court had been overloaded.As the Blue Devils’ Giocelis Reynoso tried to swing the ball down to the paint, Sykes rotated over from the weak side and knocked the ball away. She started running out in transition, finding Alexis Peterson ahead of her. Peterson kicked it right back to Sykes, who stepped into a pull-up jumper.It was indicative of just a small portion of what Sykes would do the rest of the way, as she spent the entire game stuffing the stat sheet for the Orange. When she wasn’t stealing passes (five) or scoring points (26) she was flying in for rebounds (14), on both ends of the court. She shined in No. 20 Syracuse’s (6-3) 95-63 blowout victory over Central Connecticut (1-6) on Sunday afternoon at the Carrier Dome.“It’s great when she can have an all-around complete game, you want that kind of balance from your players,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “She’s doing a good job of maintaining her aggressiveness in these games but she’s playing under control.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textColin Davy | Staff PhotographerSykes wreaked havoc on the offensive glass, and managed to create after that. On multiple occasions, she went right back up after a rebound to create points for herself. She sprinkled in four assists on the night, and two of those came on kick outs to Peterson for a 3-pointer after an offensive board.One thing that worked well for the Orange all game was executing on baseline out-of-bounds sets. In the second half, Sykes started leaving her fingerprints out of those sets. The first two times SU ran one of them in the third quarter, the ball was lobbed to Sykes, who skied through the middle of the court and laid in an alley-oop. The third time, Syracuse tried the same play. Sykes missed the shot, got her own rebound and put it back in for an and-1.“She’s a great player and has the ability to do so many things on the floor,” Central Connecticut head coach Beryl Piper said. “A couple of times on out of bounds plays, just her athleticism jumping over the top of us and her scoring easy baskets on that … it’s tough for us.”“It’s always fun catching those teams (by surprise),” Sykes said. “You think they’d catch on by now but it never happens.”Colin Davy | Staff PhotographerWhen the Blue Devils crashed the paint, Sykes was ready to hit from outside. Late in the second quarter she spotted up on the left wing. The Orange and Blue Devils were overloaded on the right side. Desiree Elmore got the ball on the high post, with her back to Sykes. Sykes was crouching, hands in motion calling for the pass. When she got it she rose up and drained a 3-pointer. It was one of two 3s she added to her line.There were some off moments for Sykes, as she had five turnovers in the game, sometimes coming off a rebound or steal in which she tried to throw a lead pass through traffic.But the good vastly outweighed the bad for her on Sunday. Midway through the third quarter, one of those turnovers came when she was called for traveling. She pressured the ensuing play, stealing the ball from Central Connecticut’s Aleah Epps right under the basket. She passed it to Chelayne Bailey, who missed a layup. Sykes got the rebound and put it back in.By the end of the third quarter, she had already scored 23 points and racked up a double-double. She didn’t play too much in the fourth quarter, but her multi-faceted performance had already secured a win for her team.“My biggest thing is to just be efficient,” Sykes said. “… It’s never just for me, it’s always something bigger.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Kevin Durant injury update: Warriors star (Achilles) leaves Scotiabank Arena on crutches

first_imgDurant then headed back to the locker room and was joined by teammates Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala.He left the arena on crutches in a walking boot.   Related News Warriors star Kevin Durant injured his Achilles in Game 5 against the Raptors, president of basketball operations Bob Myers told reporters postgame. He’ll undergo an MRI on Tuesday.The 30-year-old star attempted to drive to the basket with a little more than 9:45 to play before halftime. He went down, grabbed his leg and was helped off the court by trainers.  Raptors fans initially cheered as Durant was leaving the floor. But, they quickly followed with a “KD” chant. Durant strained his calf in the Warriors’ second-round series against the Rockets and missed the next nine games. He returned Monday in the potential decisive matchup of the NBA Finals in Toronto and played 12 minutes before the injury. Durant scored 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting and grabbed two rebounds before exiting.The Warriors went on to win 106-105. They’ll host Game 6 at Oracle Arena on Thursday.center_img Warriors’ Steve Kerr: ‘I’m just devastated for’ Kevin Durant Warriors’ Kevin Durant ‘hurting deep in the soul’ after injuring Achilles in Game 5 of NBA Finalslast_img read more

Redskins cut top tackler Mason Foster, reports say

first_img Redskins’ Derrius Guice downplays hamstring injury Related News Redskins’ Trent Williams likely to hold out from training camp, report says By releasing him, Washington saves $4 million against the salary cap.According to ESPN, Foster, 30, was a target to be cut this offseason because of his limited pass-coverage skills, but the Redskins kept him on the roster as insurance. The Redskins on Tuesday informed veteran linebacker Mason Foster that they plan to release him, according to multiple reports that cited unidentified sources.CNN’s Erin Hawksworth was the first to report the news, one day before the team’s training camp starts, and it was confirmed by ESPN. Redskins’ Josh Norman says running with the bulls in Pamplona brought him ‘peace’ and ‘joy’ The team’s linebacker situation was in limbo after Reuben Foster tore his ACL in offseason work, but the Redskins signed veteran Jon Bostic and felt comfortable enough with him to let Mason Foster go.He has been with the Redskins for four seasons, starting 38 games, and was their leading tackler last year with 133 total stops. He also had two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a sack.Ryan Kerrigan, Ryan Anderson, Shaun Dion Hamilton (who can play both inside linebacker spots) and rookie first-round edge rusher Montez Sweat also are listed on the Redskins unofficial depth chart.last_img read more

Class-action status granted lawsuit over kids’ seclusion

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A lawsuit targeting Iowa’s use of seclusion and restraints at a state home for male juvenile offenders has been granted class-action status.The lawsuit filed in November 2017 by two advocacy groups says the school is failing to provide adequate mental health care to the boys and instead is administering powerful drugs without proper oversight or consent. The lawsuit alleges that the boys at Boys State Training School in Eldora are given medications “as a behavioral management tool” the groups likened to a chemical straitjacket.The Des Moines Register reports that class-action certification means that, if the lawsuit is successful, required fixes would likely be more holistic in their approach.State attorneys argued unsuccessfully that allowing the lawsuit to proceed as class-action litigation is overly broad and vague.last_img read more