Two events added to Sprint Series of Oklahoma schedule

first_imgSprint Series of Oklahoma adds two datesOKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Officials with the Sprint Series of Oklahoma IMCA Racesaver Series are proud to announce two additions to the inaugural 2016 schedule.The first schedule addition will see the tour make its second appearance of the season at Brill Motor Speedway in Meeker on Saturday, Aug. 27. When the series last visited the ¼-mile, red-clay oval back on April 23 it was Jake Martens picking up the victory over a 19-car field.Also added will be a return trip to Oklahoma Sports Park in Ada on Saturday, Sept. 24. This event is tentatively slated to be the season-ending point race for the series, pending a Sept. 25 addition. The series last visited Oklahoma Sports Park on June 18, when Joe Wood Jr. picked up the vic­tory.For more information concerning the Sprint Series of Oklahoma, call Jim Messmer at 405 417-2202.last_img read more

Syracuse men’s soccer has passion for fruit snacks

first_img Published on October 3, 2016 at 11:53 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Jukka Masalin is Syracuse’s fruit snacks culprit. Nestled somewhere in the associate head coach’s office lie a stash of hidden packets. They are beloved, weigh only a few ounces and fit easily into pockets.Yet they are off limits to players. Only on special occasions, namely road trips, does Masalin grant players their favorite treat. Syracuse loves fruit snacks. Coaches rely on the treats to get them through the afternoon drag. Players eat them between class, during road trips and before games. The Orange (8-1-1, 2-1-1 Atlantic Coast) will once again devour packages on its two-hour bus ride east to Albany, New York for Tuesday’s matchup against the Great Danes at 7 p.m. “On away trips, that’s always a fan favorite,” said senior midfielder Oyvind Alseth. “When a new pack is open, you have to be near the front of the line if you’re hoping to get some of that because they go quickly. A lot of my teammates are very, very fond of the fruit snacks.”For years, Masalin has trekked to local Wegmans stores, BJ’s Wholesale Club in East Syracuse and Costco Wholesale in Camillus to replenish his supply. He usually buys them in bulk because “these guys eat like horses,” he said. “I have to feed them all the time. That’s the problem.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange goes through boxes of them. The team is “always” munching on fruit snacks — sometimes instead of studying. Manley Field House’s Grab N’ Go, a cafe for athletes, offers a variety of snacks, but there are no fruit snacks there. Players must either buy their own or sneak into Masalin’s office.“We’re not supposed to know where they are,” forward Sergio Camargo said. “Even though I’m a transfer, I’m a senior and closer to the other seniors, so we know the inside and outs. Every once in awhile I go in there and steal some.”Since the packages are light, players bring bags on their carry-ons at the airport, passing through security just fine.The snacks are not for everyone. Camargo is a fan, but notes he’s “more of a fruit and nut kind of guy,” so he limits his fruit snack consumption. Sophomore goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert abstains altogether. “I have to watch my weight,” Hilpert said. “The other players can have a little more fun with that stuff.”They go through several boxes every couple of weeks and hoard them in their rooms. Senior forward Chris Nanco, who already has four goals, always has a few packets in his backpack because he never knows when he might need to nibble. Even his head coach has taken part.“I’ve indulged like my 9-year-old daughter,” Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre said. “There’s a little bit of sugar in there, so it’s not ideal. But I can indulge.”They have 11 grams of sugar per mini package. Fruit snacks were originally intended for backpackers because they are a lightweight, convenient, high-energy food, according to Welch’s website. They also can enhance soccer players’ energy levels, said Jane Burrell Uzcategui, an instructor of nutrition in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.The snacks, which contain 80 calories and 20 grams of carbohydrates, usually are a wise choice for players, she said. “Soccer is the kind of sport where having a carbohydrate-rich diet helps athletes restore and play at higher intensity,” Uzcategui said. “They’re a good choice for a little pick-me-up. But if they’re not playing the whole game, they don’t need them. It’s for the ones playing all of the game, the ones needing more calories.”Their effect is like that of Gatorade, Uzcategui said. The snacks work especially well for athletes who grow anxious before games and have difficulty eating. During games, Uzcategui emphasized athletes should strive for 30-50 grams of carbs every hour. Three packets an hour will suffice, but Uzcategui said nothing should replace water consumption. One of the snack’s notable pitfalls is its stickiness. It’s “not good” for sugar to sit on teeth, Uzcategui said, as high consumption can lead to cavities. But the snacks are convenient and easy to digest — enough of a draw for SU. “Look, we’ve got a volunteer assistant and a graduate assistant,” McIntyre said. “These guys don’t eat much, so we use fruit snacks to get them through the day.“It may not be a guilty pleasure, but it is a pleasure we enjoy.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

YouGov & IGRG survey highlights ambiguity in distinguishing gambling habits

first_img Share StumbleUpon UKGC data reveals ‘notable recovery’ for sports betting July 6, 2020 UKGC data finds low level gambling pick-up in lockdown June 12, 2020 GambleAware data finds stigma to be key barrier to treatment for women July 16, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit A YouGov survey commissioned by the Industry Group For Responsible Gambling (IGRG) has found that 77% of people believe they have enough information to gamble safely and responsibly. The poll, which questioned more than 2,000 adults about their gambling habits over the last 12 months, has been published ahead of Responsible Gambling Week which takes place from 7-13 November. The report highlighted that while the majority of punters had sufficient information on responsible gambling initiatives, there was strong support for a public education campaign to promote safe gambling. 59% of respondents felt as though such a campaign was as important, or more important, than a campaign to promote responsible drinking; or active lifestyles (55%), a smoke-free environment (55%), safe sex (54%) and healthy eating (53%). While 53% of those polled were unaware of a campaign to promote safer gambling.The survey also revealed that 35% of players would like to receive information at the point of registering for a game.John Hagan, chair of the IGRG, explained: “This research highlights the importance of educating everyone about the importance of safer gambling, including those who think the messages do not apply to them. “Every problem gambler is someone who once thought they didn’t have a problem. Most people gamble responsibly and purely for enjoyment, but we want safer gambling messages, such as setting time limits or spending limits, to become as instinctive as putting on a seatbelt when you get into your car.“Promoting safer gambling is a year-round responsibility, which operators and their staff take very seriously. The poll shows there is strong support for a public education campaign and the objective of Responsible Gambling Week is to educate people about safer gambling, but the campaign is just one aspect of the work being done by the industry throughout the year to protect its customers.”In the results of the poll, YouGov and the IGRG also emphasised a distinction between ‘soft gambling’ and ‘hard gambling’. Soft gambling constitutes the types of gaming which many do not regard as gambling at all, and so-called hard gambling, which they believe may not apply to them.42% of those polled revealed that they did not consider playing games in arcades as gambling, while 40% thought that playing in a bingo club does not constitute gambling, nor does playing the lottery (33%) or buying scratch cards (29%).The poll also gave an insight into the safer gambling messages people found most relevant to them:Only spend what you can afford – 55%Set your limits – 40%Never chase your losses – 39%Gambling is not the answer to any problem – 36%Gambling shouldn’t interfere with personal relationships – 32%Gambling when angry or upset is not a good idea – 30%last_img read more