FARLEY, Iowa (Sept. 13) – Jason Schueller led most of the way and pulled ahead late in winning Friday’s Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour presented by XSAN feature at Farley Speedway. The $1,500 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified series victory came during the Yankee Dirt Track Classic and put Schueller on the ballot for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Mark Elliott qualified from his “B” feature and advanced 15 spots to second while new series point leader Mike Van Genderen was third. Mark Schulte and Jerry Luloff rounded out the top five. Schulte drew the outside front row start and led the first two circuits. The third starting Schueller was alongside and ahead by the width of his bumper when the next lap was scored, then began to pull away before a lap seven caution tightened the field back up. Elliott was up to fourth by lap 10 and got by Schulte for second on lap 15. A series of yellow flags interrupted the race after midway before Van Genderen set his sights on second.Elliott held off that challenge but neither driver was able to make any progress in reeling in Schueller before the end of the 30-lapper. Van Genderen, however, took over the top spot in the standings when Ronn Lauritzen was relegated to 21st place.The championship of the fourth annual series will be decided in the tour finale Saturday evening, Sept. 14 at Farley. That event pays $2,000 to win. Schueller’s victory was his Hawkeye Dirt Tour first. Forty-four Modifieds were entered at Farley for the 10th series event of the season.Feature results – 1. Jason Schueller, Dubuque; 2. Mark Elliott, Webster City; 3. Mike Van Genderen, Newton; 4. Mark Schulte, Delhi; 5. Jerry Luloff, Independence; 6. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 7. Kurt Kile, Nichols; 8. Matt Gansen, Zwingle; 9. Ron Barker, Dubuque; 10. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 11. Dakota Hayden, Wilton; 12. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 13. Bob Moyer, Dubuque; 14. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 15. Mitch Morris, Eldridge; 16. Zach Less, Hopkinton; 17. Steve Stewart, Burlington; 18. Scott Hogan, Vinton; 19. Jerry King, Waterloo; 20. Chris Horn, Cedar Rapids; 21. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 22. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 23. Shawn Ryan, Waterloo; 24. Jason Roth, Hazel Green, Wis.1st heat (top four) – 1. Schulte; 2. Moyer; 3. Van Genderen; 4. Roth; 5. Elliott; 6. Kile; 7. Tyler Madigan, Peosta; 8. Matt Werner, Colona, Ill.; 9. John Gartner Jr., Bismarck, N.D.; 10. Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 11. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids.2nd heat – 1. Morris; 2. Hayden; 3. Barker; 4. Stewart; 5. Less; 6. Kenny Kostenbader, Freeport, Ill.; 7. Dennis Betzer, Central City; 8. Justin Rix, Olin; 9. Jeremy Gengler, Lancaster, Wis.; 10. Keith Pittman, Waterloo; 11. Gustin. 3rd heat – 1. Schueller; 2. Gansen; 3. Luloff; 4. Cordes; 5. Shryock; 6. Mike Burbridge, Delhi; 7. Dugan Thye, Burlington; 8. Pete Bonin, Platteville, Wis.; 9. David McClain, Potosi, Wis.; 10. Steve Vannatta, Platteville, Wis.; 11. Shaun Slaughter, Iowa City.4th heat – 1. Ryan; 2. Carter; 3. Lauritzen; 4. Horn; 5. Hogan; 6. King; 7. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill.; 8. Wolla; 9. Wade Steinmann, Monroe, Wis.; 10. Mike Weidemann, Dubuque; 11. John Campbell, Dubuque;1st “B” feature (top three) – 1. Elliott; 2. Shryock; 3. Kile; 4. Werner; 5. Gartner; 6. Thye; 7. Bonin; 8. Olson; 9. Madigan; 10. Vannatta; 11. Burbridge; 12. Droste; 13. Thompson; 14. Slaughter; 15. McClain. 2nd “B” feature – 1. Hogan; 2. Gustin; 3. Wolla; 4. King; 5. Gengeler; 6. Betzer; 7. Kostenbader; 8. Campbell; 9. Steinmann; 10. Less; 11. Pittman; 12. Waterman; 13. Weidemann; 14. Rix.Provisionals – Less and King.
A uninamous decision for the Tipp man saw him claim the National Super Heavyweight title at the National Senior Elite Championsips in the National Stadium in Dublin last night. The Clonmel Boxing Club Member comprehensively beat Popovicu on a scoreline of 30, 29, 30 to Popovicu’s 27, 28, 27. Dean was beaten in last year’s super-heavyweight final and told Tipp FM Sport that he felt this was his year.
Four of Chelsea’s seven previous triumphs in this competition have come in the last 11 years, beginning with an extra-time win against United in the first final to be held at the revamped national stadium, but they have not walked up the famous steps since 2012.The way the Blues ended their league campaign suggests that their wait may go on, following up a four-match winning run with a draw to Huddersfield Town and 3-0 loss to Newcastle United on the final day, seeing them finish five points adrift of a Champions League spot.Chelsea have not always been at their best in the FA Cup, either, most notably struggling to shake off Norwich City at the second attempt in round three, but victory in their final match of the season will ensure that a poor campaign suddenly looks slightly better.Among the numerous sub-plots ahead of today’s game, the most intriguing is surely Jose Mourinho’s latest battle with Conte on the touchline – possibly the final chapter in a long-running saga.Mourinho has the upper hand on Conte by virtue of finishing as runner-up in the top flight, adding to the EFL Cup and Europa League crown gained last season, and he will take great delight in being the one to strike the killer blow in Conte’s Chelsea reign.Ending 19 points adrift of Manchester City is hardly cause for celebration, though, and Mourinho therefore needs the FA Cup to ensure that he has United supporters firmly behind him ahead of a big summer of transfer activity.The Red Devils’ most recent success in this competition, when edging out Crystal Palace 2-1 two years ago, famously brought down the curtain on Louis van Gaal’s underwhelming tenure. A similar outcome this weekend is unlikely, with Mourinho still very much the best available option for United.A campaign that began nine months ago with defeat to Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup, taking in 55 games since then, finally concludes this weekend and it remains difficult to ascertain whether the season as a whole can be considered a success.Defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion – making it three losses to promoted clubs this term – and a goalless draw with West Ham United sapped any sort of positivity out of United’s supporters, making the 1-0 win against Watford on the final day, as uninspiring as it was, all the more important to build some momentum.A second FA Cup final triumph in three seasons, and a joint-record 13 overall – matching Arsenal’s tally would be the ideal way for Mourinho to prove that he remains a serial winner, even if his style of play has been questioned repeatedly throughout the campaign.Their path to this stage has been straightforward enough, brushing aside Derby County, Yeovil Town, Huddersfield Town and Brighton without conceding a goal, before earning a 2-1 comeback victory over Tottenham Hotspur here last month.United have already beaten each of their top-six rivals since the turn of the year, including Chelsea in the most recent league meeting, suggesting that Mourinho does still have the knack of picking up results exactly when it matters.Meanwhile, Conte has sid his fractious relationship with Jose Mourinho is in the past and will shake hands with him before the final.The pair were engaged in a lengthy feud since the Italian’s arrival at Stamford Bridge, which ignited as the FA Cup began in January with insults growing in their intensity.However, the Italian played down any conflict in Friday’s press conference, saying: “This is not important, what happened in the past.“There is a relationship between me and him.Â TomorrowÂ (today) I will shake his hand and both of us will think of the game.”Conte confirmed left-back Emerson is Chelsea’s only absentee for the Wembley showpiece, while United striker Romelu Lukaku faces a late fitness test on an ankle injury.Conte is not paying too much attention to whether the former Chelsea man features or not.He said: “We’re talking about an important player but Manchester United have the possibility to pick many important players.“I don’t know what is the decision. But for sure if Lukaku doesn’t play there are great players to play for him.“You don’t change your plan or prepare your plan only for one player. If Lukaku is not playing it means they have another important striker. Marcus Rashford, for example, could play.”Speculation is rife that today’s match will be Conte’s last after two years as head coach but the 48-year-old was giving little away.“I can say for sure this will be my last match this season,” he said. “For me and my players it will be the last game, for us.“Then, as you know very well, I have a contract and I’m committed to the club.”Asked if he expected it to be a summer of change, Conte added: “I don’t know.“For sure I think we must be focused on today’s game. For us this game is very important because we have, in a difficult season, to finish the season with a trophy. It’s always important for the players, for the coach, for the manager, for our fans, for the club, to finish the season with a trophy. We’re focused on this target. We have to try to do everything to win the gameÂ on Saturday.”Factsâ€¢ This is the eighth time that United have faced off against Chelsea at Wembley, meaning that they have played the Blues more often here than any other side.â€¢ It is the first time that they have met at the national stadium since the 2010 Community Shield, which the West Londoners lost 3-1.â€¢ The last FA Cup tie between the sides finished in a 1-0 win for Chelsea in last season’s quarter-final at Stamford Bridge, with N’Golo Kante netting a rare and decisive goal.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester United and Chelsea will today rekindle their rivalry at the Wembly Stadium. Having placed second and sixth respectively on the Premier League log and both teams bundled out in the second round of the UEFA Champions League, the FA Cup remains the only chance for silverware for them. To add spice to the encounter is the rivalry between the two managers-Jose Mourinho and Antonio ConteChelsea and Manchester United have a chance to salvage their respective seasons this evening when facing off at Wembley Stadium in the 137th FA Cup final. In a repeat of the 2007 showpiece – the first to be held at this ground – both sides know the importance of victory at the end of a disappointing campaign.While United can argue that finishing second in the Premier League marks a vast improvement on the previous four years since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, Antonio Conte has far less ammunition to use when holding talks over his future next week.Conte’s second season in West London has not gone quite to plan, finding himself under pressure ever since the first game when Burnley picked up a shock 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge, setting the tone for what was to come for both sides.Throwing away top spot in the Champions League and subsequently being knocked out by Barcelona in the first knockout round was difficult to take, particularly on the back of failing to turn up across two legs against Arsenal in the EFL Cup semis.Yet in finishing fifth in the Premier League, collecting 23 points fewer than in 2016-17, Conte will surely have little to complain about if ruthless owner Roman Abramovich swings the axe as expected in the coming weeks.Even if Chelsea were to win an eighth FA Cup, it remains to be seen whether the former Juventus boss would want to stay on. Conte has constantly provided subtle and not-so-subtleÂ hints that he will be on his way this summer regardless of events at Wembley.What better way to bow out than by lifting a second major honour in English football, then, a year on from a hugely disappointing 2-1 defeat at the hands of Arsenal in the final – a rare low point in the Italian’s maiden campaign on these shores.
COMMENT Howard Mudd, a former NFL All-Pro player and longtime offensive line coach, has died. He was 78.The Indianapolis Colts announced Mudd’s death Wednesday. No details of his death were provided by the team. Mudd had been in a motorcycle accident in the Seattle area recently.In a post on CaringBridge.org , Mudd’s family said, “it became clear that he was ready and that we needed to surround him with love and fight for his right to comfort and peace.”“Howard deeply loved and enjoyed his many friends and family,” his family wrote. “Please honor Howard today and every day by sharing a belly laugh with a loved one, or telling a stupid joke, or calling up a friend to tell them you are thinking of them.”Mudd coached the offensive line with the Colts from 1998-2009 and rejoined the team as a senior offensive assistant in 2019. Indianapolis was one of many stops in Mudd’s coaching career that included time with Philadelphia, Kansas City, Cleveland, Seattle, San Francisco and the San Diego Chargers. His coaching career started at the college level with two seasons as the offensive line coach at California in 1972-73.“I will be forever grateful for Howard’s tireless efforts and work to protect me as a quarterback and to help our team win so many games,” former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning said in a statement. “He always told me the story about the day I got drafted — Jim Irsay came down to his office and left a note on his desk which said, ‘Howard, your job is to keep No. 18 protected. To keep No. 18 clean.’ Howard always kept that with him and always took that direct order from our owner very seriously.”His coaching prowess followed a brief but successful NFL playing career. Mudd spent eight seasons with Chicago and San Francisco. Three times he was voted a Pro Bowl starter and was a first-team All-Pro selection in 1968 with the 49ers. He grew up in Midland, Michigan, and played in college at Hillsdale.The 49ers tweeted their condolences on Mudd’s passing and Seattle coach Pete Carroll said, “He’s been a tough guy his whole life. We’ll miss him.”“As a football coach, I don’t use this term often, he was remarkable,” Irsay said. “people that know football know that the offensive line is the engine that drives your football team. That is the engine. One of the most important things in determining victories, besides the quarterback, is the battle at the line of scrimmage. Howard was a hall-of-fame chief mechanic. He knew how to get offensive lines to play. That was his love. He was a real artist when it came to coaching that offensive line.Howard was such an incredible intellectual. Fiercely intellectual. So, so smart. So well read. Howard was just a special man.”Image credits: @CoachJC77/Twitter WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 13th August, 2020 06:44 IST Howard Mudd, Former NFL Player, Standout Coach, Dies At 78 Howard Mudd, a former NFL All-Pro player and longtime offensive line coach, has died. He was 78. LIVE TV Associated Press Television News Written By First Published: 13th August, 2020 06:44 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US