SLAYTON, Minn. (June 13) – Gary Mattison raced better on the track than he drew for position.As a result, he drove away from the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car field for his career-first Redline Racing Parts North Star Series feature win Friday night at Murray County Speedway.Mattison started 10th and caught defending champion Jim Larson and Matt Speckman after halfway for the lead and the eventual victory. “I went to the high side to pass,” Mattison said. “The car was good and I just tried to be patient.”Larson ended in second. Hard charger Jake Masters moved up 10 spots to third, Speckman was fourth and Jake Bruns completed the top five. Jay Noteboom had better luck with the draw, getting the pole and leading all 20 laps of the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified main event. He pulled away following a late restart to win by four car lengths ahead of Jeff Larson.Curt Lund passed a dozen cars and finished third; Dustin Larson moved up eight spots from his original place on the starting grid for fourth and Brandon Beckendorf was fifth. Tyler Limoges also passed 12 cars and took sixth. Tour feature wins were the second in six days for Nick Johansen in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Justin Luinenburg in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, while Nate Coopman prevailed for the fourth time in as many Mach-1 Sport Compact series outings.Johansen also made use of the higher line in racing from fourth starting to the lead on the second lap of the SportMod main, which was cut short by the time limit.Aaron Krohn, Nick Dieter, Matt Looft and hard charger Tony Rialson rounded out the top five. Rialson passed nine cars. Jamie Songer came up from 12th starting to run side-by-side with Luinenburg on the final lap of a Hobby Stock feature that also saw it’s share of cautions. Luinenburg found the better grip he needed higher up to lead Songer, Cory Probst, Matt Hanson and Mark Janssen across the stripe. Coopman drew the pole and sped to his career 17th North Star Sport Compact checkers ahead of Stephanie Forsberg and Neil Forsberg. Feature Results Modifieds – 1. Jay Noteboom; 2. Jeff Larson; 3. Curt Lund; 4. Dustin Larson; 5. Brandon Beckendorf; 6. Tyler Limoges; 7. Josh Rogotzke; 8. Mat Hollerich; 9. Justin Anderson; 10. Jeff Maasch; 11. Greg Jacobsen; 12. Josh Bonnstetter; 13. Randy Klein; 14. Dalton Magers; 15. Josh Meyer; 16. Jason Fisher; 17. Jerry Wren; 18. Warren Van Weston. Stock Cars – 1. Gary Mattison; 2. Jim Larson; 3. Jake Masters; 4. Matt Speckman; 5. Jake Bruns; 6. Jon Schmidt; 7. Kevin DeBaere; 8. Roger Verdoorn; 9. Brad Scheibel; 10. Shaun Madden; 11. Dean Nething; 12. David Reisdorfer; 13. Jim Gregoire. Northern SportMods – 1. Nick Johansen; 2. Aaron Krohn; 3. Nick Dieter; 4. Matt Looft; 5. Tony Rialson; 6. Dan Paplow; 7. Danny Myrvold; 8. Jim Gregoire; 9. Adam Ecker; 10. Randy Fischer; 11. Eric Bassett; 12. Bruce Egeland; 13. Brycen Johnson; 14. Brian Rogers; 15. Randy Hook; 16. Tom Brown; 17. Nick Ober. Hobby Stocks – 1. Justin Luinenburg; 2. Jamie Songer; 3. Cory Probst; 4. Matt Hanson; 5. Mark Janssen; 6. Brad Snyder; 7. Travis Radke; 8. Ernie Dailey; 9. Corey Groenwald; 10. John Mitchell; 11. Trevor Holm; 12. Derek Platt; 13. Bruce Kingery; 14. Adam Snyder; 15. Tim Kennedy; 16. Katie Gillette; 17. Adam Bruder; 18. Clyde Krog; 19. Devon Kuehne; 20. Wes Jahnz; 21. Eric Gillette. Sport Compacts – 1. Nate Coopman; 2. Stephanie Forsberg; 3. Neil Forsberg; 4. Kyle Ewert; 5. Joe Bunkofske; 6. Joe Joehnck; 7. Nathan Sukalski; 8. Cole Bassett; 9. Jordan Rogotzke.
“It’s just a physical game,” Lallana added. “Look at the amount of games we’ve had over the Christmas period. It’s been a tough run and with the demands on players nowadays there’s bound to be injuries. “If you look at teams around the league I bet you’ll find the number of injuries has definitely increased. “Not every club is in the semi-finals of this competition (League Cup), playing in the Europa League and about to get going in the FA Cup on Friday night. “But we’ll all stick together. I’m sure the lads who are out will be working extra hard to get back fit.” Klopp has already pointed out his team are doing more recovery sessions than training because of the fixture congestion and the gradual drain on resources has put additional strain on the remaining fit players. But his biggest concern is in central defence where he is hoping Toure will be fit enough to face Exeter, but Mamadou Sakho, who missed the Stoke tie with a minor knee problem, appears unlikely to return. “The problem is if all the players in this moment had no injuries in pre-season they are still in the race and can cope with this intensity, but they have had little things and had no chance to recover,” he said. “We have no break, no chance to recover, but we couldn’t wave the white flag. “We can’t say we have games against Arsenal and Manchester so we can have another team against Stoke. We have to get on with it and see. “I don’t know if any have a chance of being fit. Sakho? I don’t think so. Kolo said it’s only a cramp, but don’t know for him either. “We now have three injured centre-backs and the only fit one got cramp at the end of the second half so that was not the funniest thing in the world.” Playmaker Philippe Coutinho and defender Dejan Lovren both succumbed to hamstring issues in the 1-0 Capital One Cup semi-final win at Stoke. Klopp now has a total of 11 first-team players unavailable – including six either with or recovering from hamstring injuries – and the German admits it is likely to force him into the transfer market. He currently only has one fit centre-back in Kolo Toure, who gave his manager a scare with a late bout of cramp at the Britannia Stadium. Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana insists Jurgen Klopp’s training regime is not to blame for a spate of hamstring problems which have brought injuries to crisis levels at Anfield. Press Association There has been much conjecture about whether the introduction of Klopp’s ‘gegenpressing’ style mid-season after he took over from the sacked Brendan Rodgers has led to the injuries – former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness said it was time for the manager to consider modifying training – but Lallana rejected that. “We have had a change of manager this season. When that happens lads look to impress more and give more,” said the England international. “But I don’t think these injuries have got anything to do with any changes to our training. “We’ve had so many games recently that we’ve mainly been doing recovery sessions between games, so it’s not as if the training has been really intensive. You can’t blame that. “Sometimes you are just unlucky with injuries and we’ve had a lot of bad luck recently. “I know from my time at Liverpool that we’ve got a world-class medical team here. We certainly can’t point the finger at anyone. “It’s a big blow losing Philippe and Dejan, and we just hope they aren’t going to be out for long.” Liverpool’s packed schedule – Friday’s FA Cup trip to Exeter will be their fifth match in 14 days – is more likely to have a contributing factor, Lallana reckons.
LOS ANGELES — A street leading to Dodger Stadium will be named after the team’s longtime play-by-play announcer Vin Scully, who plans to retire after 67 seasons with the Dodgers.• PHOTOS: Dodgers broadcasting legend Vin ScullyThe council voted 12-0 to begin the process for renaming Elysian Park Avenue between Sunset Boulevard and Stadium Way as “Vin Scully Avenue.”“Now we’re going to say, ‘Hey, go up Sunset and make a right on Scully Avenue’ — that’s going to be the new directions to get to Dodger Stadium,” said Councilman Gil Cedillo, who proposed the street name change. Cedillo called Scully “the voice and symbol of baseball, not just for the Dodgers but the entire nation.”“I remember growing up in the city, and I couldn’t always afford to go to the games,” Cedillo said. “We had a little radio, as all young boys and girls did in that time period. While you may not have been able to afford the games, you could turn on the radio, and with that you can see the Dodgers, each and every pitch, each and every play … just amazing storytelling that was unparalleled.”Councilman Paul Krekorian said the recognition “is a few decades overdue.”“I’m so glad Mr. Scully has finally consented to our doing this,” he said. “He’s a man of great humility who has resisted this kind of recognition, but it’s so important that we do so.”Dodger manager Dave Roberts told the council that “on behalf of the players, the organization, we’re deeply honored, as Vin has called many great monumental moments” in Dodger history. Former Dodger stars Orel Hershiser, Maury Wills and others were on hand for the vote, as were several active players.The visit by the Dodger contingent to City Hall is part of their week of service tour in the Los Angeles area, dubbed by the team as the “Dodgers Love L.A. Tour.”The Dodger team tweeted a statement from Scully, who said he was “overwhelmed” by the decision to rename a street after him.“I was raised on the streets of New York and to have a street named after me in Los Angeles is almost too much to comprehend,” he said.“A path to Dodger Stadium is a pathway to my heart. For 55 years, it has been an honor to walk that road to one of the greatest entertainment centers in the world, a place that has brought so much joy to all of us. I thank God for this great honor,” he said.The 88-year-old Bronx-born Scully has announced Dodger games since 1950, when the team played in Brooklyn. He said in August that the 2016 season likely will be his last.Scully has been an announcer longer than anyone else in sports history. A ranking system devised by author Curt Smith for his 2005 book “Voices of the Game” determined that Scully was baseball’s greatest announcer, giving him a perfect score of 100, based on such factors as longevity, language, popularity and persona.When Mayor Eric Garcetti made a similar street-naming proposal in 2013 in response to a viewer question on a public affairs television program, Scully said he would prefer for a street near Dodger Stadium to be renamed after Walter O’Malley, who brought the team to Los Angeles from Brooklyn, or his son Peter, instead of himself.“The mayor of Los Angeles has a great deal more important things to do than name a street after me,” Scully said at the time. “And if he is considering that idea, better the street should be named after Walter or Peter O’Malley than myself.”Peter O’Malley succeeded his father as the team’s chairman of the board upon the elder O’Malley’s death in 1979. The O’Malley family continued to own the Dodgers until their sale to the Fox Group in 1997.In 2013, when Scully announced he would be returning for the 2014 season, Garcetti said that “Vin Scully is more than the voice of the Dodgers.”“L.A. Little Leaguers hear his voice when swinging for the fences and as adults, we hear his voice during those big moments in our lives,” Garcetti said. “Vin Scully transcends L.A.’s ever-changing ‘A List.’ In his seventh decade here, he is an icon to grandparents, parents and our kids and earns new fans with each new child who tunes in to their first Dodgers game.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
DES MOINES — Iowa faced a shortage of nurses prior to COVID-19 and now there’s fear of a deepening demand for those health care professionals as the pandemic may bring more rapid burnout.Kate Judge, executive director of the American Nurses Foundation, says a new national well-being initiative targets only nurses, of which there are about 60,000 in Iowa. “Even before this pandemic, nurses were under extraordinary stress,” Judge says, “and now we have some tools that are specifically designed for nurses, by nurses, that can help them and they’re all free.”The initiative allows nurses to pick what types of services they may need when they need it, using the website NursingWorld.org. “We have something that allows people to do some writing and journaling, if that’s for them,” Judge says. “We have peer-to-peer where people can call in and talk about all the issues that affect them. What we’re hearing from nurses is, it’s not just talking about what’s happening in their clinical environment. They’re talking about their work, their career, their family, life balance.”There’s one-on-one talk therapy available and even an app that enables nurses to track their moods. Judge says there are more than 48,000 RNs and another 12,000 LPNs with active licenses in Iowa. She says it’s still unclear how coronavirus will impact their numbers.“We’re concerned that the pandemic will decrease the number of nurses wanting to stay in nursing,” Judge says. “They’ve been in a position where their safety has been a concern, their families’ safety has been a concern. We’re also seeing some positive things where people are responding and saying, ‘I want to be on the front lines.’”Prior to the pandemic, a study found burnout among nurses was at an all-time high, with an estimated 63% of nurses exhibiting symptoms including job-induced stress, anxiety and depression. The American Nurses Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association, with the mission to “transform the nation’s health through the power of nursing.”
One man is in critical condition after a motorcycle accident outside of Fort Nelson. The Fort Nelson RCMP responded to a crash at 4:45 p.m. Thursday at the 670 km mark of the Alaska Highway, near Toad River.- Advertisement -Raymond Dress, a resident of Ohio, U.S. was apparently travelling southbound on the highway and lost control of his bike.He was airlifted to Dease Lake and then taken to hospital in Vancouver.Police are continuing their investigation but do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.