Lagroon is tops at Salina’s Topless Challenge

first_imgBy Larry Lowrey Jr.SALINA, Kan. (July 4) – By his standards, Corey Lagroon was struggling coming into Friday night’s Topless Challenge at Salina Speedway.Lagroon has finished consistently near the front almost every single night. But the former IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified track champion is out to win and victory lane had avoided him all season long.Until Friday evening, that is.Lagroon took the lead away from Danny Morrison Jr. on the fifth lap and led to the finish, earning $1,000 and a spot of the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Morrison and Josh Blumer led the topless field to the green flag. Morrison got the jump at the start but Lagroon made all the right moves as he got by Morrison. As he completed the pass, it was evident this was going to be Lagroon’s night. He checked out once in the lead while the crowded tussle for second continued behind him.Morrison held on for second while Mike Petersilie finished third. Point leader Joe Cleveland and Jesse Richter rounded out the top five.Tyler Frye raced from 12th starting to win the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main.Leader Nate Ginest fended off all challenges until Frye made his move on the white flag lap. Fireworks on The Fourth followed the fourth annual Topless Challenge. Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Corey Lagroon; 2. Danny Morrison Jr.; 3. Mike Petersilie; 4. Joe Cleveland; 5. Jesse Richter; 6. Clay Sellard; 7. Scott Brown; 8. Corey Burch; 9. Brian Knoell; 10. Josh Blumer; 11. Shannon Johnson; 12. Jason Caldwell; 13. Cliff Shepard; 14. Larry Sutton; 15. Heath Myers; 16. Kenny Sweet; 17. Justin Jurgens; 18. Craig Colgin. Northern SportMods – 1. Tyler Frye; 2. Clay Money; 3. Greg Metz; 4. Nate Ginest; 5. Daniel Gottschalk; 6. Marlin Farr; 7. Kurtis Pihl; 8. Mark Franklin; 9. Josh Appel; 10. Chad Markley; 11. Taylor Metz; 12. Jeremy Sigler; 13. Kamren Gruber; 14. Tyler Post; 15. Don Morris; 16. Jeff Olson; 17. Fred Traskowsky; 18. Hunter Cantrall; 19. Brenden Damon; 20. Austin Carter.last_img read more

Other Sports Boxing World Cup 2019: India assured of couple of medals

first_imghighlights Pwilao Basumatary secured bronze at Strandja Memorial tournament.India won six medals, including two gold, one silver and three bronze from 2018 Chemistry Cup.The Boxing World Championship will be held later in 2019. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img Cologne: Pinki Rani started her 51kg campaign with a commanding win as Indian boxers assured themselves of at least a couple of medals at the Cologne Boxing World Cup in Cologne on Wednesday. The 2018 India Open gold medallist was in impeccable form in her opening bout against local hope Ursula Gottlob whom she blanked 5-0. While Rani entered the quarter-finals, the seven-member Indian contingent is already confirmed of at least a silver medal and a bronze through Meena Kumari Maisnam and Pwilao Basumatary respectively. With only three boxers in the fray in the 54kg category, Strandja Memorial gold medallist Maisnam has already entered the final. In a similar scenario in the 64kg category, Basumatary, a bronze medallist at Strandja Memorial, is already into the semi-finals as the field has only five pugilists.RELATED     India will be represented in the 57kg by youth sensation and two-time Youth World Champion boxer, Sakshi while Parveen will be eyeing a medal in 60kg. In 69kg, representing India for the first time, Anjali Tushir is India’s lone participant and Pooja will be looking to make a splash in 75kg.     India had a healthy haul of six medals, including two gold, one silver and three bronze from the erstwhile Chemistry Cup last year when it was held in Halle. Gaurav Solanki (52kg) and Mohammed Hussamuddin (56kg) had delivered the gold for India.     21 nations are taking part across 17 weight categories at this prestigious European event this time and it will help elite boxers to hone their skills ahead of the World Championships to be held later this year.last_img read more

Baird focuses on new season after missing out of World Championships

first_imgWORLD Junior silver medallist Kadecia Baird is now putting her focus on preparing for the new season, after suffering the disappointment of not being able to represent Guyana at the IAAF World Championships, which starts today in London.“Right now my focus is just getting better as an athlete. I’m just going to refocus on what I need to do to get my body right for the new season,” the athlete told Chronicle Sport.The 22-year-old US-based Guyanese had qualified to represent Guyana in the women’s 200m, along with national record holder Brenessa Thompson. Thompson had also clocked a qualifying time for the women’s 100m.However both Baird and Thompson were unable to travel to London, after a reported, missed visa appointment date, which attracted a US$300 rescheduling fee, which the girls were unable to pay.“It’s obvious that anyone would be happy to compete for their country and it’s unfortunate that it won’t happen but it’s time for me to refocus on my goals,” Baird said.In earlier reports from the Athletics Association of Guyana, however, it was indicated that it was athlete Winston George who was being faced with a visa fee, while Thompson and Baird had already submitted their applications and the fee was waived.However, according to reports, George will be participating at the Championships in the men’s 400m, which runs off this Saturday. Guyana will also be represented in the men’s triple jump by another overseas-based athlete, Troy Doris.The men’s triple jump is set to begin on Monday with the qualification round.last_img read more

L.A. County court interpreters end strike

first_imgBy Wendy Thomas Russell STAFF WRITER Los Angeles County court interpreters returned to work Wednesday for the first time in six weeks, ending a strike that sought a new pay schedule on par with other court workers. “The battle line has come to a stalemate,” said union leader Michael Ferreira, a Spanish-language translator for the Long Beach Courthouse. “We’ve done this long enough.” “It’s not a negotiating tactic,” he said. “We don’t have any more to give them. That’s literally true.” Interpreters now earn about $73,000 a year, Parachini said, but are not afforded a “step salary schedule,” whereby workers get automatic bumps in pay after a certain number of years on the job. Unlike most other court employees – excluding judges – interpreters don’t have steps. An employee with 25 years of experience makes the same amount as a first-year translator. The county provides 257 full-time certified interpreters in a number of languages – from Chinese to Arabic – plus 17 part-time workers and 125 as needed, Parachini said. The court negotiated with the union for four months this year before imposing a 4 percent raise as its “last and best offer,” with the promise of 3 percent raises in each of the next two years. The union pushed for the step system and then opted to strike when contract talks broke down. At Monday’s state Senate hearing called by Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, court administrators clashed with senators and interpreters over the effect the strike has had on the courts. In the end, Romero and others promised to try to address interpreters’ salaries at the legislative level and urged interpreters to go back to work. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The California Federation of Interpreters voted Monday to end the strike, following a contentious state Senate hearing devoted to the labor dispute in downtown Los Angeles. The interpreters were offered nothing new, although Los Angeles Superior Court management has remained open to renegotiating the union contract next year. For court staff, judges and defendants, the standoff ended none too soon. For the last six weeks, courts have had to share a small number of interpreters – those willing to cross picket lines – and have scrambled to delay cases in lieu of dismissing them. They’ve also been forced to use noncertified translators, such as court clerks and family members, to communicate when no other options remained. Allan Parachini, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Superior Court system, said he was pleased the strike was over and reaffirmed the court’s longtime position that there was no more money in the state’s court budget to offer interpreters. last_img read more