EAST MOLINE, Ill. (April 29) – The Hershel Roberts Memorial has known no other winner than Ray Guss Jr. Guss, from Milan, will try to win the Deery Brothers Summer Series event held to honor his late friend, car owner and fellow driver for the fourth straight time this Sunday, May 4 at Quad City Speedway.The IMCA Late Model tour feature pays $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start. Pit gates at East Moline will open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 3:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 5:15 p.m. with racing to follow. Spectator admission is $16 for adults, $8 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $30. More information is available at the www.qcspeedwayracing.com website or by calling 309-792-5030. IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, street stocks and midget lites are also on the card.Tentative rain date is Sunday, May 11.A dozen series events had been held at East Moline with just a single repeat winner – Rob Toland of Colona in 1998 and 2004 – before Guss launched his streak of three straight Roberts Memorial victories in 2011. Only one driver in Deery Series history has won four consecutive events at the same track. Mark Burgtorf of Quincy accomplished the feat at Lee County Speedway over the course of the 1998-2000 seasons. Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Justin Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 140; 2. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, Iowa, 139; 3. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, Iowa, 132; 4. Colby Springsteen, Wapello, Iowa, 129; 5. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, Iowa, 127; 6. Tommy Elston, Keokuk, Iowa, 126; 7. Jason Rauen, Farley, Iowa, 125; 8. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa, 120; 9. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 119; 10. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 117; 11. Scott Fitzpatrick, Long Grove, Iowa, 101; 12. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 100; 13. Nate Beuseling, Silvis, 98; 14. Rob Moss, Iowa City, Iowa, 92; 15. Terry Neal, Ely, Iowa, 88; 16. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin, Iowa, 86; 17. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, 85; 18. Jon Merfeld, Dubuque, Iowa, 83; 19. Ron Klein, Sherrill, Iowa, 77; 20. Jeremy Grady, Story City, Iowa, 75.
Broward County schools, for now, have approval to keep classrooms closed and to not offer an “in-person” learning option to the working parents of school-aged students. The Florida Department of Education yesterday approved the district’s plan to go online-only when the fall semester starts on August 19th. Meanwhile, the Florida Education Association made it crystal clear last month when it filed a civil suit that it does not want students and teachers back in classrooms until the state makes major gains in the fight against COVID-19. A hearing regarding the lawsuit filed by the Florida Education Association continues today after the Governor’s team filed a motion yesterday to dismiss the whole thing. The union represents 145,000 Florida educators.The lawsuit calls on a judge to return control back to local school districts that would let them decide when schools can reopen for in-person instruction.
Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) champions Enyimba were mauled 4-0 by a rampant Plateau United FC at the Jos Township Stadium yesterday.Uche Onwuasoanya gave the Plateau team a 1-0 lead going into the half time leaving Enyimba with hopes of a possible fight-back in the second half of the Match-day 12 clash.However, former Enyimba striker Ibrahim Mustapha, compounded the problem, extending the lead for Plateau United before a brace from Abba Umar completed the rout of the People’s Elephant. Elsewhere in Port Harcourt, Rivers United put up a professional display to easily take apart MFM FC 2-0.Ossy Martins and Esor Nelson were the goal scoring heroes for United who now move up to third on standings having started the day in fourth.Technical manager of United, Stanley Eguma handed recalls to Bakary Bamba, Kunle Odunlami and captain Festus Austin who all missed the club’s last game – the 2-0 win over Adamawa United in Gombe a week ago.In Lafia, Nasarawa United against FC Ifeanyi Ubah FC saw four spots kicks awarded and were evenly shared by both teams but the host edged the five goal thriller 3-2 to pick maximum points.Abubakar Lawal opened scoring for the home team from the spot following a handball incident in the box , a lead which lasted till the half time break.Esosa Igbinoba made it 2-0 for the Solid Miners with a tap-in in the box few minutes before FC IfeanyiUbah were awarded a spot kick which was converted by Jimoh Gbadamosi to bring scores to 2-1.Lawal scored his second goal of the game from the spot to once again restore the two goal lead of the home team but the lead didn’t last long when goalkeeper Danlami Umar fouled Samuel Kalu in the box leading to another penalty, this time to the visitors which Gbadamosi converted for his second of the game from the spot and reduced the deficit to 3-2. A score that stayed same till the final whistle.Abia Warriors hung on for 75 minutes away to Kwara United in Ilorin before caving in to goals from Alamayo Abdulrazaq and Stephen Adah respectively to lose 0-2.In Gombe, a late goal from Atule Joseph five minutes from time helped Katsina United to a point against Wikki Tourist with the game ending 1-1. Manu Garba got Wikki’s only goal of the game.Heartland FC of Owerri came from a goal down to pip Enugu Rangers 2-1. Traore Issif gave the visiting team the lead but it was cancelled by a strike from Abiodun Thompson before substitute Sadiq Abubakar sealed the win with a goal five minutes from full time.Kano Pillars suffered a late disappointment in front of their fans against Warri Wolves when Charles Atsimene scored in the 90th minute to cancel out Auwalu Ali goal to end the game 1-1.Two late goals from Ebube Duru and Abdulkarim Mumuni in the 81st and 92nd minute did the trick for Lobi Stars as it handed them a 2-0 win over hard fighting Sunshine Stars of Akure in Makurdi.Dakkada FC fairytale run in the NPFL continued with a 4-1 thumping of Adamawa United thanks to a hat-trick from Moses Effiong and a solitary strike by Femi Ajayi. Eka Unegbe scored the only goal for the Yola based side.NPFL MATCH-DAY 12Heartland 2-1 RangersKano Pillars 1-1 WolvesKwara Utd 2-0 Abia WarriorsPlateau Utd 4-0 EnyimbaLobi 2-0 Sunshine StarsDakkada 4-1 Adamawa UtdRivers Utd 2-0 MFMNasarawa Utd 3-2 IfeanyiubahShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Right now, the Ed Orgeron bandwagon is barreling up and down I-110 at breakneck speeds, gaining momentum at every turn. A win over Stanford, the No. 4 team in the nation and an opponent USC hadn’t beaten in the last four tries, warrants such a swell of support from fans and players.Not so fast · Interim head coach Ed Orgeron has incredibly turned USC’s season around, but he is not the best choice to permanently lead the team. — Razan Al Marzouqi | Daily TrojanPat Haden can’t be nearsighted now. Not after the Kiffin saga. Orgeron should not have the interim tag lifted, no matter what the result against UCLA is in two weeks. He has somehow turned the media’s attention back toward USC, but if he becomes permanent head coach, then USC will win as many national titles as it has won since Matt Leinart and [redacted] left Troy.Coach O is winning thanks to scrappy plays and a positive attitude. He has been not just backtracking, but sprinting in the opposite direction from the ways of Kiffin.“The whole team has picked up more physicality and become tougher,” redshirt junior defensive end George Uko said after Saturday’s win.The problem with his strategy is that perennial national title contenders don’t win titles through scrappiness or discipline; they win them by dominance.Alabama has won two straight titles by going out every week ready to throttle their opponent. The same goes for Oregon, which performs at such a high level that each loss makes headlines across the nation. Even if the Ducks are title-less, they’ve established themselves as a team to be feared. Another team on the list: the 2005 USC team that averaged just shy of 50 points per game.USC needs a head coach that has the offensive pedigree to help the Trojans steamroll their opponents. The Trojans want scores like 62-28 over Cal rather than 19-3 over Utah. Even though USC allowed 483 yards (albeit some in garbage time) in Berkeley, the excitement and perceived dominance was miles ahead of the win over Utah, where an exceptional USC defensive performance was mostly overlooked because of the offense’s less than stellar play. Injuries have drastically impacted USC’s offense this year, which means the read on offensive coordinator Clay Helton as the playcaller is still unclear.Under Orgeron, USC would probably win nine to 10 games per season consistently. USC’s recruiting appeal, combined with soon-to-be-lifted sanctions, will allow the Trojans to reel in elite talent from across the country, and talent wins out more often than not in college football.Orgeron, however, is not the kind of coach to lead teams to undefeated or one-loss seasons year in and year out, which is the unwritten expectation at this program. He motivates well, but bringing in different speakers and meals every week doesn’t lead to real results. Orgeron’s players love him and have admitted to playing harder because of it, but being the program leader at a school like USC requires much more than locker room rah-rah.Orgeron has been put in a unique situation as the interim head coach. Kiffin was the nasty ex-boyfriend, and Orgeron is the rebound relationship. The first few dates have gone well, with Stanford being the best one yet, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to tie the knot.The best-case scenario is hiring a new head coach and keeping Orgeron on staff in his role as defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. Orgeron insists he’s learned from his mistakes at Mississippi, where he went 10-25 in three seasons, and I’m inclined to believe him. To see whether he can be a full-time head coach, though, should be the risk of another school with smaller expectations and a less-qualified pool of coaches to choose from.There’s still a chance, however, that Orgeron will stick around. If Steve Sarkisian is fired by Washington and would be willing to return to USC as the offensive coordinator, then a Trojan Family reunion might have a shot of making things work.Still, the USC job is one of the most coveted in the world of college football. Orgeron is not qualified for the most prestigious coaching position this side of Texas (sorry, Steve Alford) — at least not yet. A UCLA win is what fans want most right now, but what’s more important is what happens in Pat Haden’s office once the lights go out in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the final time in 2013. Trojan fans should hope rationality is the key factor in his decision. “Four-Point Shot” runs every other Wednesday. To comment on this story, email Jacob at [email protected] or visit dailytrojan.com.Follow Jacob on Twitter @Jacob_Freedman