Sign of the primes

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Speckman leads start to finish at Arlington opener

first_imgARLINGTON, Minn. (May 6)  – Matt Speckman was super in a flag-to-flag run to the B&B Racing Chassis IMCA Stock Car feature, on opening night Saturday for the 37th season at Arlington Race­way.Speckman led the distance with Chad Schroeder on his tail throughout. Dean Cornelius and Dan Mackenthun traded spots a couple times with Cornelius taking third at the end and Matt Schauer getting around Mackenthun to take fourth at the finish.Clint Hatlestad topped the MN 93 IMCA Modified feature while 95.7 the Rock IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car checkers flew for Michael Stien.The Unhinged Pizza IMCA Northern SportMods saw two different leaders, Eric Bassett through the first seven circuits and Justin Remus the rest of the way.Eighth starting Cory Probst was quick to get back to his winning ways in the Premier Logistics IMCA Hobby Stocks and the Coors Light IMCA Sport Compacts saw a new car in victory lane as Alex Dostal led start to finish to win his first feature ever.Horejsi Graphics sponsored the best appearing car contest with the following drivers winning: Coors Light Sport Compact, Kyren Porter; Premier Logistics IMCA Hobby Stock, Matt Olson; Un­hinged Pizza IMCA Northern SportMod, Jeremy Brown; 95.7 the Rock IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car, Trevor Serbus; B&B Racing Chassis IMCA Stock Car, Dan Mackenthun; and MN 93 IMCA Modified, Tim Pessek.last_img read more

Heidel wary of English threat

first_img “You are getting clubs like Leicester who are now capable of buying Mainz’s best player,” Heidel told the Die Welt newspaper. “Okazaki’s turning 30 and he’s only got one year left on his contract, yet they are still prepared to pay a double-figure million fee for him. “This new situation is mostly going to affect the clubs from the middle and lower regions of the Bundesliga. “England are our new rivals. The amounts they pay their players by the week are the same as what we pay by the month.” The Premier League’s new television rights deal is almost four times greater than the Bundesliga’s, although the German league overtook the English one in UEFA’s five-year rankings this season. The Premier League risks falling behind Serie A next year and consequently losing one Champions League place. The general manager of Bundesliga club Mainz is becoming increasingly concerned that the English Premier League is going to threaten clubs like his. Thanks to a new lucrative television rights deal, Barclays Premier League clubs can look forward to far greater income in the coming years and Christian Heidel feels Mainz are no longer going to be able to compete in the transfer market. Mainz sold Shinji Okazaki to Leicester for 11million euros this summer – a fee they simply could not turn down. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Seniors lead UW, graduates experience highs, lows at next level

first_imgWatching senior guard Jason Bohannon post a career-high 30 points against Indiana Saturday, Badger fans were given a reprieve from the seemingly endless wait for the return of co-leading scorer Jon Leuer.The 6-foot-10 forward has been out since Jan. 9 with a broken wrist suffered in a win over Purdue and has been listed as being out indefinitely.As much as the Badger faithful would love to see Leuer back on the court as soon as possible, head coach Bo Ryan is adamant that Leuer, just like the rest of his players, will have to earn his minutes by putting in the extra effort in practice.“I have to see [Leuer] on the floor,” Ryan said. “It’ll be tryouts again. When he comes back to practice he’s going to have to try to get into the lineup.”Although many coaches want to see their stars return quickly from injury — Michigan State star guard Kalin Lucas sprained his ankle against Wisconsin and missed just one game afterwards — Ryan still believes in proving it on the court.“Still, you got to come back and show your proficiency at a certain level” Ryan said.With his return to practice Monday, Leuer gave UW at least a glimpse of his level of readiness.Senior Badgers shineNot only did the Badgers’ defeat of the Hoosiers signal a high point in Bohannon’s career, but it also was a sign that he and fellow senior Trevon Hughes, who chipped in with 16 points and three steals, are ready to lead the Badgers into the Big Ten Tournament.This turning point came as no shock to Ryan, as he has been preparing the two for these moments since they were freshmen.“It doesn’t start in January or February,” Ryan said of Bohannon and Hughes’ progression. “It’s all developed over the course of time. It seems pretty natural to me.”Ryan also attributes the two seniors’ substantial development to their realization of new opportunities and the ability to take advantage of them.“Once you get to be a senior, doors open that you might have thought were shut before,” Ryan said.Ryan added a little levity when he looked back at Bohannon’s development. Even with Bohannon’s 6-foot-2, 198-pound frame, Ryan claims that he “still looks twelve.”Graduate updateIt doesn’t feel like very long ago former Badgers Brian Butch and Alando Tucker were on the court playing in the Kohl Center for UW. Tucker actually returned Saturday to watch Wisconsin’s win over Indiana. Both have already faced ups and downs in their professional careers.This weekend, Butch, who plays on the Bakersfield Jam in the NBA Developmental League, received the MVP trophy for the NBA D-League All-Star Game after contributing 18 points and 13 rebounds for the West.Tucker was recently traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves from the Phoenix Suns.Ryan’s advice for them to make it to the next level in their careers is to be patient and opportunistic.“Just encourage the guys to keep working,” Ryan said. “You never know when your opportunity comes, and when it does, seize the moment.”Ryan also believes Wisconsin graduates, such as Butch and Tucker, trying to make it in professional basketball are also prepared for the disappointment that could possibly come in their careers.“They didn’t get into this basketball playing thing with their eyes shut,” Ryan said. “If they’re not playing, they’re not getting a call-up… They know what the world is all about.”last_img read more

Local healthcare facility will soon reopen

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.— MidMichigan Health Centers will soon start reopening some of its face to face services as early as today. This comes after patient traffic within the hospital was reduced and virtual care options were provided to slow the spread of COVID–19.The healthcare facility is also resuming time sensitive surgeries for patients and some MidMichigan employees here in Alpena are returning back to work. The number of visitors in the health centers are still limited and health screenings are required for individuals entering the building.Tentative cleaning procedures are in place and social distancing will still be implemented. Virtual appointments through the MidMichigan portal are available to patientsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Donations are being accepted for annual fireworks displayNext A two vehicle car crash sends four people to the hospitallast_img read more