Keep up the good work, Kamasi. The situation at Standing Rock Native American Reservation continues to worsen, as many who are there report the use of water cannons and chemical attacks on peaceful protesters during 25 degree weather. Musicians and celebrities have been rallying in support for Standing Rock, including rising superstar Kamasi Washington. Washington made his way to the North Dakota protest site, where he personally witnessed some of these inhumane attacks firsthand.Kamasi Washington posted the following to his Instagram to chronicle the events.
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (April 8) – Close finishes in all four feature events highlighted season-opening Frostbuster action Friday at Marshalltown Speedway.Kyle Brown took the early lead and then held off late pressure from his father David and Josh Gilman on his way to the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified victory.Kyle Brown, who was inches behind Nick Roberts at the completion of the first lap, inherited the lead when Roberts spun a short time later to bring out the caution.Brown took advantage on the restart and built a half-straightaway lead by the time David Brown made his way into second on the sixth of 25 laps. He maintained that advantage until he encountered lapped traffic with 11 laps to go.Traffic was no longer a factor after caution slowed action a final time with four laps remaining. The straightaway Gilman trailed the leader also disappeared.When racing resumed, Kyle Brown held off Gilman by less than a car-length to take the victory with David Brown close behind. Tim Ward raced from 18th starting to fourth.The $1,000 win was Kyle Brown’s third of the season and second in two events during the extended Frostbuster Week.Damon Murty also inherited the early lead in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car headliner. Although he started in row three, Murty took over the pole position following a first lap caution that shuffled the lineup.Murty held serve throughout two more stoppages while Donavon Smith worked through the field after starting in the sixth row.Smith pulled alongside Murty as the leaders exiting turn four on the final lap. He surged past Murty at the stripe to steal the victory, his career 99th in the division.Randy Roberts took top honors in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature. Roberts battled three-wide with early leader Tyler Soppe and Sam Wieben before breaking free on lap eight.Wieben chased Roberts through traffic, but was unable to mount a charge as Roberts held on for victory in the caution-free event.Dustin Elliott was victorious in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock 20-lapper. Elliott battled Nathan Ballard and Benji Irvine before Eric Stanton made a late bid for the lead.Elliott was able to hold on by less than a carlength to take home the win.Feature Results Modifieds – 1. Kyle Brown, State Center; 2. Josh Gilman, Earlham; 3. David Brown, Kellogg; 4. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; 5. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 6. Tad Reutzel, Burt; 7. Scott Davis, Madrid; 8. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 9. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; 10. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 11. Trent Jackson, Marshalltown; 12. Bryce Garnhart, Shannon, Ill.; 13. Nick Roberts, Des Moines; 14. Mike Mueller, Rosendale, Wis.; 15. Scott Simatovich, State Center; 16. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 17. Vern Jackson, Waterloo; 18. Brandon Brinton, Nevada; 19. Racer Hulin, Laurel; 20. Tom Berry Jr., Medford, Ore.; 21. Josh Foster, Newton; 22. Jacob Murray, Hartford; 23. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif.; 24. Gatlin Leytham, Ames; 25. Zach Rawlins, Newton.Stock Cars – 1. Donavon Smith, Lake City; 2. Damon Murty, Chelsea; 3. Steve Meyer, Grundy Center; 4. Tyler Pickett, Boxholm; 5. Jay Schmidt, Tama; 6. Donavon Nunnikhoven, Sully; 7. Jared Daggett, Marshalltown; 8. Scooter Dulin, Cedar Rapids; 9. Kevin Balmer, Garwin; 10. Russell Damme Jr., Waterloo; 11. Curt Balmer, Green Mountain; 12. Cody Frerichs, Howard Lake, Minn.; 13. Jeff Wollam, Marshalltown; 14. Michael Bilyeu, Indianola; 15. Jerry Schipper, Dike; 16. Ben Walding, Des Moines; 17. Don Vis, Marshalltown; 18. Todd Reitzler, Grinnell; 19. Trent Murphy, Scranton; 20. Austin Evens, Independence.Hobby Stocks – 1. Dustin Elliott, Marshalltown; 2. Eric Stanton, Carlisle; 3. Benji Irvine, Stanley; 4. Derek Hodges, Des Moines; 5. John Watson, Des Moines; 6. Garrett Eilander, Newton; 7. Justin Wacha, Vinton; 8. Justin Lichty, Waterloo; 9. Gene Nicklas, Grinnell; 10. Dustin Graham, Boone; 11. Gary Pfantz, State Center; 12. Dustin Filloon, Toledo; 13. Jack Phillips, Mitchellville; 14. Shawn Kuennen, Hazleton; 15. Clint Nelson, Baxter; 16. David Simpson, Ankeny; 17. Randy Byerly, Tipton; 18. Brandon Pitts, Ames; 19. Brian Derry, Boone; 20. Travis Merical, Marshalltown; 21. Kyle Dulin, Brandon; 22. Craig Lovig, Marshalltown; 23. Nathan Ballard, Marengo; 24. Tim Barber, Story City; 25. Greg Gilbert, Osceola; 26. Justin Hanson, Hawkeye; 27. Kevin Derry, Indianola; 28. Andy Peck, Newton.Northern SportMods – 1. Randy Roberts, Boone; 2. Sam Wieben, Dysart; 3. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill; 4. Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa; 5. Jake McBirnie, Boone; 6. Zach McKinnon, Hatley, Wis.; 7. Chase Rudolf, Norwalk; 8. Johnathon Logue, Boone; 9. Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb.; 10. Kyle Olson, Cedar Rapids; 11. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids; 12. Cory Rose, Boone; 13. Ethan Braaksma, Newton; 14. Clint Luellen, Minburn; 15. Austin Luellen, Minburn; 16. Brandon Spagner, Crete, Neb.; 17. Michael Murphy, Jefferson; 18. Shawn Cooney, Des Moines; 19. Nate Whitehurst, Mason City; 20. Josh Appel, Mason City; 21. Neil Follett, Conrad; 22. Ryan King, Montour; 23. Jared Van Deest, Holland; 24. Curt Hilmer, Dysart.
Whatever happened to those lovable Warrior smurfs who turned into this Frankenstein monster?The West, once comprised of titans, now seems to cower in their presence.Remember Doc Rivers musing about their good fortune at avoiding Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, the Spurs and even his Clippers in last spring’s title romp?It’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature or, these days, with the Warriors, 81-15 over two seasons, trying to make it an NBA-record 15-0 start tonight in Denver. Steph looks like their little friend, even bulked up to 6-foot-2, 190 pounds from his days at Davidson, looking like the ballboy with the slight frame and choirboy face that led the big schools to snub him.There was never a shooter like Steph or, notes Warriors consultant Jerry West, an expert, anyone like him.“Best shooter” comprises two kinds: 1) Volume guys like Ray Allen and Reggie Miller; 2) Spot-up guys like Steve Kerr, Curry’s coach, who’s No. 1 all-time in three-point accuracy (45.4 percent).Kyle Korver and Steve Nash (No. 15 in makes, No. 9 in accuracy) are the only ones at the top of both lists.Curry is on his way to making it academic.He’s No. 3 in all-time accuracy (44.1 percent). At 27 with the most (2014-15), second-most (2012-13) and fifth-most (2013-14) 3-pointers in a season, he’s on track to be No. 1 in makes in his early 30s.Last spring, James Harden was upset at losing a deservedly close MVP race.If they took the vote now with Curry averaging 34 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.5 assists and shooting 52 percent, he would be the first unanimous selection.Steph is now on a roll astonishing even for him, on pace to beat his record 286 3-pointers in a season … by 130.Not even miracle-wielding waifs can raise a team to such heights single-handedly.The Warriors are admirably balanced with Klay Thompson in — you guessed it — the greatest shooting backcourt ever, and arch-versatile Draymond Green, a 6-7, 245-pound power forward they put on Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul.Showing how special Green is in his own right, he leads them in rebounds (7.9) and assists (6.9), playing pick-and-roll with Steph, whom defenses converge on… leaving Draymond, who’s making 42 percent of his 3-pointers, too.As Rivers said after Green dropped three of them on the Clippers in the comeback, “You’ve got to live with something.”Or not live with it. Going into the weekend, Curry and Green were the No. 1 tandem at plus-169. Cleveland’s LeBron James and Kevin Love were closest, 52 points back.The Warriors and Clippers have had a bristling rivalry with Andrew Bogut roughing up Griffin and Green, who also leads them in attitude, responding to a Rivers jibe with, “Cool story, Glenn.”Maybe they can resume it later, the Clippers hope.“I wouldn’t really say this is a rivalry,” said Griffin. “We’re trying to get where they are.”So are the Spurs, Cavaliers and everyone else. The NBA story line suddenly revolves not around LeBron, but the Warriors.It doesn’t get any better for the NBA. With LeBron and the Warriors, the 2015 Finals got the highest ratings since Michael Jordan’s 1998 farewell.Not that I think the Warriors will be this good by the end, since no one ever has been.I don’t think they’ll post another 67 wins — this is still the West — much less make a run at the Bulls’ record of 72.Of course, now that I’m obliged to acknowledge it if I turn out wrong, nobody misses those cuddly little Warriors of old more than I do.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published Sundays in Los Angeles News Group print editions. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Now you’re lucky to stay out of their way — especially the Clippers, 1-5 against them after the Warriors came from 23 behind to win Thursday.The Rockets, conference finalists last spring — for the five games the Warriors took to walk over them — got so desperate at falling 7 1/2 games behind, they fired coach Kevin McHale 11 games into his three-year, $12 million extension.Where have you gone, Don Nelson, Monta Ellis, David Lee and those entertaining teams that look like fluffy Disney characters next to this beast?The rest of the NBA turns its lonely eyes to you. The Warriors now have a rock-ribbed defense ranked No. 11 with the No. 1 offense arrayed around Steph Curry, pound for pound the greatest basketball player ever to lace them up.LeBron James is really good. Kevin Durant can really shoot. Anthony Davis looks like Peter Pan, flying around above Captain Hook’s bumbling crew.