By Lonnie Wheatley Saturday’s card that features IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks will be the final tune-up for the following weekend’s $1,500-to-win SportMod Mayhem North vs. South Duel run in conjunction with the DCRP Sprint Car Nationals. Saturday’s racing action will go green at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets for Saturday’s Prelude to Mayhem card are $12 for adults while children 11 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Pit passes are $30. DODGE CITY, Kan. – The momentum towards the upcoming Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP Sprint Car Nationals continues to build at Dodge City Dodge City Raceway Park with the Prelude to Mayhem this Saturday night, Aug. 15 atop the 3/8-mile clay oval. Detailed schedule information is available at https://www.dodgecityraceway.com/schedule/.
Press Association John O’Shea expects the new managerial pairing of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane to pay immediate dividends for Ireland when they meet their squad for the first time next week. Sunderland defender O’Shea is in the 27-man group for next Friday’s friendly clash with Latvia at the Aviva Stadium and the trip to Poland which follows four days later. The ex-Manchester United man, who played for O’Neill at the Stadium of Light and alongside Keane at Old Trafford, said he cannot wait to report for duty. “I am looking forward to next week,” he said in Daily Mail. “I can’t wait. It has got the excitement back for the public and the players should be looking forward to working with two inspirational characters. “I know both of them very well and if they have spoken to each other beforehand and decided they want to go forward together it can only be good really.” The appointment of the pair caught many observers by surprise, and while there has been plenty of speculation about how the two characters will work together, O’Shea is confident they are on the same page. “I had spoken a couple of times to Martin who said he had spoken to Roy during the TV work they had done together in the past so I knew the type of ideas they both had and that they enjoyed their conversations,” he said. “I knew that was never going to be as big an issue as people have made out. ‘It can only be good because of the type of personalities they are in terms of winning mentality, drive, hunger and motivation – all those things are needed for us to get going again for qualifying for tournaments again and giving a boost back to the fans as well.” Keane famously walked out on the Ireland squad as a player after a falling out with then-manager Mick McCarthy on the eve of the 2002 World Cup, but O’Shea is adamant his presence will be a big positive in the dressing room. “Roy is arguably Ireland’s best ever player so having him in the dressing room for the younger lads and older lads to look up to and thinking that he is on our side wanting us to win,” he said. “And we have Martin’s experience. He will be the boss, he is the main man and we will be guided by him and the team he has in place and from knowing the two men and having them on our side it is going to be brilliant.”
Ivory Coast are seeking pre-Afcon friendlies with the Black Stars and Nigeria’s Super Eagles.The Ivorians, Cameroon, Mali and Guinea have been put together in Group D an all-West African affair and so, are seeking to prep themselves up for the Afcon Group D battles with friendlies against these two strong neighbouring countries.Nigeria, who won the last Afcon in South Africa failed to qualify for the 2015 edition in Equatorial Guinea while Ghana is placed in Group C alongside Senegal, Algeria and South Africa.Supersport.com understands that the Ghana FA is yet to fully accept the friendly as the body is still deliberating on a venue for the Black Stars’ pre-tournament preparations.An Abu Dhabi camping base had been initially planned but there have been reported objections to the choice within the FA ranks with head coach Avram Grant believed to be preferring a location in Spain. South Africa is the latest country that has been suggested as a possible camping base for the Black Stars.Despite having their choice of camping destination contested by the country’s sports ministry, the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF), have maintained securing the Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi for the Elephants to begin camp effective January 2, 2015.
The reigning Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award winner, Kershaw (6-6, 2.85 ERA) is an All-Star for the fifth consecutive season. He’s allowed 99 hits, 27 walks and struck out a league-leading 160 batters in 123 innings this season.The Dodgers will have five players in the All-Star Game, one more than last year and their most in any season since 1995: Kershaw, pitcher Zack Greinke, catcher Yasmani Grandal, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and center fielder Joc Pederson.“Teammates and different people in the media saying they want me there,” Kershaw said, “it’s not the most important thing, obviously, but it’s good to see that people respect what you do on the field.”Scherzer was voted in by players. Kershaw got the nod because he garnered the most player votes of any NL pitcher not already on the roster. Kershaw was listed on the online “Final Vote” ballot too, but finished behind St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez and Cueto when online voting ended Friday. Clayton Kershaw said that he took “no pride in how” he was chosen to play in the All-Star Game. Until Sunday morning, he had nothing to take pride in.Kershaw joined the National League roster when Major League Baseball announced that Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer would not participate in the game. Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto, who pitched Sunday, like Scherzer, was also unable to participate.“I knew I had a chance” of playing in the game, Kershaw said. “I made plans both ways.” “People have high expectations for me,” Kershaw said. “Rightfully so. I’m here for a long time, (the Dodgers) are paying me a lot of money to be good. I welcome those expectations. If that means being subpar, being average isn’t good enough, that’s great. I try not to put too much stock into it. I expect a lot out of myself too, which I think helps me not worry about everything else.”The All-Star Game is Tuesday at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.Pederson a starterPederson wasn’t voted as an All-Star Game starter, but he’ll be in the National League lineup anyway.Fan-elected starter Matt Holliday was replaced on the roster by Ryan Braun, and Pederson moved into Holliday’s starting outfield spot. Pederson will also compete in the annual Home Run Derby on Monday. Bryce Harper (Nationals) and Andrew McCutchen (Pirates) are the other starting outfielders for the NL.AlsoTwo Dodgers prospects competed in the annual Futures Game in Cincinnati. Double-A catcher Kyle Farmer went 0 for 2 with two strikeouts and Triple-A pitcher Juan Gonzalez struck out two of the three batters he faced in two-thirds of an inning. … Dodgers manager Don Mattingly declined to name his starters for the Dodgers’ three-game series against the Washington Nationals beginning Friday. … Jimmy Rollins batted leadoff for the first time since April 28 and doubled in his first at-bat of the game, but Mattingly didn’t sound like that move was permanent. “The lineup today was really for today,” he said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error