VINTON, Iowa (May 8) – The tires that took Justin Kay to the checkers in Sunday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series feature at Quad City Speedway passed testing at an independent laboratory with flying colors. Tire samples were sent for chemical testing. “We have results from the lab, which verified the tires were legal,” Tour Director Kevin Yoder said. “Race results have been declared official and Justin has been paid the $3,000 for his win.” Random tire sampling will continue throughout the IMCA Late Model tour as well as at events for other sanctioned divisions this season.
“I understand, when it’s official games, you do not want to interfere in that because the country is important and they have to win the games. “Once they play friendlies, or games where there is nothing at stake, you think they should accommodate the clubs as well. “It is difficult because it is sometimes common sense and you cannot predict every single situation with a rule. It is more down to a good co-operation between clubs and countries that is important.” Arsenal resumed domestic action looking to move to the top of the Barclays Premier League, with leaders Manchester City taking on rivals United at Old Trafford on Sunday. Wenger is confident his side, who sit second in the table, two points off the pace, can maintain their momentum for what would be a fourth straight Premier League victory. “Overall we are in a good run and that can help the level of confidence and belief going into the next game,” he said. “You gain credibility through consistency and when people think this could be a game where we could slip a bit and you respond in a positive way. “It shows that our consistency is questioned by many people which is not based on mathematics and statistics, but more on preconceived ideas and it is down to us to change people’s minds. The longer we last (at the top), the more people will give us credit for it.” Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score against Bayern, just as he had done at Watford. England forward Theo Walcott has, though, retained his place at the head of the attack. “It is always hard,” said Wenger. “They are top players, I consider the form, the game on the day. “At the end of the season both will have played their share of games, but at the moment it is Theo (starting), in a few weeks it might be Giroud. What is important is that both contribute.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger regrets not resting Aaron Ramsey after seeing the midfielder suffer a fresh injury following his return from an intensive spell of duty with Wales. Press Association Both Ramsey and Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, himself carrying an injury concern, scored in the match, before which qualification for the Euro 2016 finals was already secured. “Aaron Ramsey, after international break, he has a chance to be back, so it is a three to four weeks job,” said Wenger, whose side host Everton on Saturday. “Maybe he was overloaded a little bit with games. Ideally I think not him nor Bale should have played against Andorra, because they were qualified, but unfortunately I could not decide that. “I was in a position after that where I thought I could rest him against Watford. In the end I didn’t do it and of course after, against Bayern, I had not much choice and we got punished. “Ideally he should have had a breather, or at Watford. Realistically, the real breather he could have had was against Andorra.” Asked if he now regretted playing Ramsey at Watford, where he scored in the final goal of a 3-0 win, Wenger said: “Yes, because he got injured.” Wenger accepts clubs are somewhat powerless to prevent international managers from deploying their players in whatever manner they deem fit. “It is a point of friction between clubs and national teams,” said the Gunners boss, who in the past has seen the likes of midfielder Jack Wilshere sidelined with problems sustained while away with England. Ramsey faces around a month on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring problem during the second half of the 2-0 Champions League victory over Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. Wenger accepts he should have given Ramsey a breather at Watford last weekend, but remains unimpressed by Wales’ decision to play the 24-year-old for 90 minutes against Andorra in Cardiff on October 13.
DES MOINES, Iowa — The Drake University football team has received commitments from 27 student-athletes to join the Bulldogs for the 2017 season, four-year head coach Rick Fox announced Wednesday to open the signing period.”This is a big day, an exciting day for Drake Football and Drake University. We’re welcoming 27 guys who made a commitment today to be a part of our football program and to be a part of Drake University and that’s a big deal. These are guys that are not only Division I caliber football players, they are also guys who are incredible students – as you need to be to come to Drake University. Men of character, guys who are going to go on to do great things with their lives and those are the kind of guys we recruit and that make up this class,” said Fox. 2017 Drake Football CommitmentsAlec Austin, DL, 6-4, 220, Fort Worth, Texas (Nolan Catholic) Mark Bach, OL, 6-0, 249, Barrington, Ill. (Barrington) Tyler Barrett, OL, 6-5, 260, Austin, Texas (Lake Travis) Bryce Bemer, DB, 5-11, 157, Mechanicsville, Iowa (North Cedar)Brady Bjorkman, WR, 6-1, 195, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (San Juan Hills) Max Duchow, QB/ATH, 6-1, 184, Wales, Wis. (Kettle Moraine) Dawson Evans, DB, 5-11, 192, Edmond, Okla. (Heritage Hall) Armando Fitz Jr., LB, 6-1, 225, Fort Worth, Texas (Fort Worth Christian) Zachary Genrich, WR, 5-11, 195, Mukwonago, Wis. (Mukwonago)Grant Gossling, H-Back, 6-0, 217, Johnston, Iowa (Johnston) Joseph Harkins, ATH, 6-3, 210, Earlham, Iowa (Earlham Community) Corden Harrington, DB, 6-2, 170, Coweta, Okla. (Coweta) Braeden Hartwig, RB, 5-10, 191, Lincoln, Neb. (Lincoln Southwest) Max Johnson, DL, 6-3, 245, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Xavier) Ryan Kriceri, TE, 6-2, 200, Aurora, Ill. (Metea Valley)Will Kulick, LB, 6-3, 230, Aurora, Colo. (Regis Jesuit)Noah Larson, DB, 6-2, 190, Winterset, Iowa (Winterset) Ryan Lieb, OL, 6-5, 265, Deerfield, Ill. (Deerfield) Jorin McGuire, OL, 6-4, 295, Muskego, Wis. (Muskego) Ben Nienhuis, QB, 6-2, 200, Oconomowoc, Wis. (Oconomowoc) Jeran Proctor, DB, 5-11, 166, Johnston, Iowa (Johnston) Jacob Richard, DL, 6-3, 215, Champaign, Ill. (St. Thomas More) Cross Robinson, RB, 6-0, 205, Naperville, Ill. (Naperville North) Alex Rogers, DB, 6-1, 185, Racine, Wis. (Case)Terry Saul III, DB, 5-10, 170, Bettendorf, Iowa (Pleasant Valley) Andrew Shafis, LB, 6-2, 199, Mount Prospect, Ill. (Prospect)Dalton Taylor, WR, 6-6, 220, Columbus, Neb. (Scotus Central Catholic) The 27 student-athletes that will continue their academic and athletic careers hail from those eight states, including California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin. Fourteen of the newcomers are projected as offensive players while 13 are defenders.”These are the kind of young men that saw what was most important in the decision in terms of the impact it would have on their lives in the long run. Both in their involvement in our football program as well as the education their going to get at Drake University and I’m excited about coaching them in the future,” said Fox. The 2017 commitments join a program that has laid claim to two of the last six Pioneer Football League championships. The Bulldogs are slated to return eight all-PFL selections from the 2016 season in which the team posted a 7-4 record and finished third in the PFL with a 6-2 mark. Print Friendly Version