BOONE, Iowa – A season’s worth of bragging rights will be on the line Saturday, Sept. 10, when race of champions winners take their turn on stage at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.The winner of the 28th annual Harris Auto Racing Modified Race of Champions earns $1,000 while $500 is the top prize in the 16th annual Sunoco Race Fuels Race of Champions for Stock Cars.Both the BSB Manufacturing Race of Champions for Northern SportMods and Stephenville Starter Race of Champions for Hobby Stocks pay $300 to win. Those events will be held for the seventh time.SportMod and Hobby Stock ROC qualifying will be Tuesday, Sept. 6. Modified and Stock Car ROC qualifying is Friday, Sept. 9.Drivers eligible to qualify for their respective events include former national and Super Nationals champions and race of champions winners, 2016 track champions/point leader or the second-place driver if the leader is not in attendance.Also eligible to qualify are former Modified (from 1993), Stock Car and Hobby Stock regional champions.A dozen Modifieds start the Harris Auto Racing ROC, with $100 paid to the leader each time around. Second place pays $800, third pays $600, fourth is good for $400, fifth for $300, sixth for $200, seventh for $175 and eighth through 12th $100 each.Non-qualifiers who race each night Wednesday through Saturday also get $100. The race winner is added to the ballot for the 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Ten cars start the Sunoco race. The runner-up gets $400, third place pays $300, fourth pays $200, fifth pays $150 and sixth through 10th each pay $100. Lap money is $75 and non-qualifiers racing Wednesday, Thursday and Friday get $50.Distances for both SportMod and Hobby Stock ROC events are 10 laps. Runners-up earn $175, with $125 for third, $100 for fourth and $50 for fifth through 10th.
Last weekend, every Syracuse home team emerged from its games victorious. Volleyball completed a 2-0 road trip and, despite having 23 shots, women’s soccer lost while visiting Buffalo by a score of 1-0.This weekend, six SU teams are back in action while softball starts its fall slate. Men’s soccer and football draw conference foes at home, field hockey plays a game with high national-ranking stakes on the line and volleyball tries to stay unbeaten in Brooklyn, New York.Logan Reidsma | Photo EditorMen’s SoccerOpponent: LouisvilleWhere: SU Soccer StadiumWhen: Friday, 7 p.m.After struggling offensively for the first half of its last game against Rutgers, Syracuse got some much-needed help from its wings as Korab Syla and Liam Callahan lifted the SU men’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory.Syracuse (3-1) will need that help, both on offense and to rotate back on defense, when SU plays its first Atlantic Coast Conference game against No. 23 Louisville (3-1).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMore: SU wings Korab Syla and Liam Callahan provide added scoring threatDavid Salanitri | Staff PhotographerFootballOpponent: Wake ForestWhere: Carrier DomeWhen: Saturday, 12:30 p.m.The Orange (1-0) kicks off its ACC schedule with the only conference opponent it beat in 2014, the Demon Deacons (1-0). With a tough conference schedule looming in the future, the Orange can capitalize against an easier opponent.This game also marks the first start for true freshman quarterback Eric Dungey after Terrel Hunt suffered a season-ending injury. By the way, we want to know how you think Dungey will do this season.More: All The Daily Orange’s coverage of Syracuse-Wake ForestRiley Bunch | Staff PhotographerField HockeyOpponent: North CarolinaWhere: J.S. Coyne StadiumWhen: Saturday, 1 p.m.Heading into a No. 2 vs. No. 3 matchup this weekend, the lower-ranked Syracuse (4-0) has something prove against North Carolina (4-0). So far this season, the Orange’s defense has shut out two teams and allowed five or fewer shots in three of its four games. The defense has been stellar, but how?More: How Syracuse’s defense has stifled opponents this seasonLogan Reidsma | Photo EditorWomen’s SoccerOpponents: Cornell and ColgateWhere: SU Soccer StadiumWhen: Friday, 3:30 p.m. and Sunday, 3 p.m.Jessica Vigna practiced set pieces earlier in the week, yelling “One more!” until she got it right. The Orange has struggled to execute on set pieces run from the corner, despite totaling 11 in its last loss. The team averages over seven corner kicks per game as well. Syracuse (2-4) will need better execution if it hopes to knock Cornell (3-0-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten.More: Syracuse looks to break corner kick struggles against CornellMargaret Lin | Staff PhotographerVolleyballOpponents: Arizona, Ohio State, Long Island UniversityWhere: Brooklyn, New YorkWhen: Friday, 4:30 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.With the game tied in a crucial third set against Georgia, Nicolette Serratore attacked from the service line. Six consecutive SU points, and four Serratore aces directly aimed at struggling Georgia players, led to the win. It’s partly why Syracuse (5-0) is still unbeaten heading into the LIU Blackbird Invitational, which takes place this weekend in Brooklyn, New York.More: Nicolette Serratore uses relaxed demeanor to excel at servingSoftballOpponent: Cornell, BinghamtonWhere: Binghamton, New YorkWhen: Saturday, 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.The softball team begins its fall slate, which means new head coach Mike Bosch will have his first games, albeit exhibition ones, at the helm of his team. The team returns many of its starters from a season ago.Cross CountryWhat: Harry Groves Spiked Shoe InvitationalWhere: University Park, PennsylvaniaWhen: Friday, 5:30 p.m.The Orange — the men’s team is ranked as the third-best cross-country team nationally — will race in its second meet of the season Friday when it travels to Pennsylvania State University to race in the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational. Comments Published on September 10, 2015 at 2:42 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+
U.S. Soccer has announced the U.S. women’s national team schedule leading up to the 2019 World Cup, a 10-game series the federation has dubbed the “Countdown to the Cup.”Eight of the 10 games will take place in the United States, with the USWNT opening its 2019 campaign with matches in Europe against France on January 19 and at Spain three days later. The 10 matches will also include the SheBelieves Cup, a three-game tournament against powers Japan, England and Brazil set to take place in late February and early March. After friendlies against Australia and Brazil in early April, the U.S. will then embark on a three-match “Send-Off Series” against South Africa, a yet-to-be-determined opponent, and Mexico. From there, the USWNT will head to France as it looks to become the second team to successfully defend a Women’s World Cup tittle. “This schedule checks a lot of important boxes in our preparation for the World Cup,” head coach Jill Ellis said in a federation release. “We’ll get to experience a variety of teams in regard to their strengths and styles of play and almost all of the countries will be in their World Cup preparation as well. “We are playing tough games in Europe, which is vitally important, and also get to play quality opponents in front of our home fans at venues all across the USA. It will go fast, but these games will be a major factor in pushing us to be at our peak once we arrive in France next summer.”The U.S. will learn its fate for the World Cup on Saturday, when the Final draw will be held in Paris.Full USWNT schedule belowDateOpponentLocationTime (ET)Jan. 19FranceLe Havre, France2:30 p.m.Jan. 22SpainAlicante, Spain 2:30 p.m.Feb. 27Japan (SheBelieves Cup)Chester, Pa.7 p.m.March 2England (SheBelieves Cup)Nashville, Tenn.4:30 p.m.March 5Brazil (SheBelieves Cup)Tampa, Fla. 8 p.m.April 4AustraliaCommerce City, Colo.9 p.m.April 7BelgiumLos Angeles, Calif.9 p.m.May 12South Africa (Send-Off Series)Santa Clara, Calif.4:30 p.m.May 16TBD (Send-Off Series)St. Louis, Mo.8 p.m.May 26Mexico (Send-Off Series)Harrison, N.J.12 p.m.
Few members of the bullpen, Treinen included, have met the standard they established last campaign. The A’s have already lost six games they led after seven innings this year, up from just one last season. They have three high-usage relievers with ERAs over 4.00: Treinen, Trivino and Joakim Soria.Their lack of deadline trade activity for bullpen help, then, was somewhat surprising. Last week, they acquired left-hander Jake Diekman, but on Wednesday they were unable to secure another deal for a late-inning option. They did, however, add starter Tanner Roark from the Reds.”We had further conversation about bullpen pieces (before the deadline),” general manager David Forst said. “Just didn’t work out.”MORE: Here’s how to watch ‘ChangeUp,’ an MLB whiparound show, free on DAZNThe past couple of weeks have bared Oakland’s potential vulnerability amid a tight American League wild-card race. Even Liam Hendriks, its most counted-on reliever, has blown three saves in his past four appearances.A’s record last year when tied after seven: 16-8.This year: 8-6.— Dan Bernstein (@dan_bernstein_) July 31, 2019In-house reinforcements should be coming: Top prospect A.J. Puk and right-hander Jharel Cotton are among those expected to join the bullpen soon. Diekman brings prolific strikeout numbers to the team. Plus, acquiring Roark from the Reds and starter Homer Bailey from the Royals may decrease the reliance on relievers. Left-hander Sean Manea may return from injury to join the rotation this month, as well.The A’s have expressed confidence that their recent adjustments are enough. Designated hitter Khris Davis said Sunday that “we’re going to the playoffs this year” and first baseman Matt Olson said Tuesday that Davis’ declaration reflected the entire clubhouse’s thinking.But Oakland’s limited July additions will likely make improvements by Treinen, Trivino and Soria even more vital to the A’s wild-card hopes.Trivino and Soria are still trending the wrong way. Trivino posted a 5.00 in July and Soria wasn’t much better at 4.76. Treinen, however, is beginning to regain Melvin’s trust behind six straight outings without an earned run allowed.Last Thursday, while on the verge of allowing a big inning after giving up a single and walk to the Rangers, Treinen regrouped with a strikeout and popout. Such a mid-inning recovery has been rare this year.”Couldn’t find the strike zone for a little bit, but then got into his rhythm,” Melvin said. “His velo picked up, his movement picked up. So we’ve seen some spurts where he’s throwing the ball really well, and hopefully he’ll continue getting better.” Treinen getting anywhere near his 0.78 ERA from 2018 would obviously be a huge gain for Oakland, as would upticks from his fellow relievers.Whether the combination of internal improvements and outside additions makes the bullpen elite again will be one of the defining questions of the coming months. Hours after the deadline, at least, the organization was optimistic.“We’re very happy with all of our acquisitions from the past couple of weeks,” Forst said. “It was kind of what we hoped to accomplish here.” OAKLAND, Calif. — The A’s bullpen held up well last season when manager Bob Melvin pushed its depth and stamina, but this year, the team’s relievers have repeatedly floundered when asked to preserve leads.Oakland built its 2019 roster around the expectation that the group, led by closer Blake Treinen and setup man Lou Trivino, would again be a strength. It limited investment in starting pitching, instead banking on its relievers to come in as early as the fifth inning and shut down opponents the rest of the way. The gamble has not yielded anticipated results.