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first_imgBOONE, Iowa – Harris Auto Racing returns as title sponsor for an event that’s become one of the most prestigious for IMCA Modified competitors.For a 12th consecutive season, the Boone, Iowa, chassis manufacturer and high performance parts retailer provides a portion of the purse to be paid at the Modified Race of Champions, on Sept. 8 during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s at Boone Speedway.Qualifying for the 12-car, 12-lap, $1,000 to win race is Friday, Sept. 7 and is open to top drivers in local track standings competing at Super Nationals, former national, regional and Super Nationals champions, and to previous race winners.One hundred and ninety-seven different drivers from 24 states and Canada have qualified for the Modified Race of Champions since 1989. Kyle Strickler of Troutman, N.C., is the defending race winner.Harris is owned by Modified driver Kyle Brown. The company has been an IMCA sponsor for 23 years.Information about Harris chassis, parts and services is available by calling 515 432-6972, on Facebook and at the www.harrisautoracing.com website.“Harris Auto Racing has become synonymous with the Modified Race of Champions and we couldn’t handpick a better partner as the title sponsor,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “The race never disappoints and will be a crowning moment for one  Modified driver at this year’s IMCA Super Nationals.”last_img read more

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first_img Published on December 5, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Quentin Hillsman shied away from that pair of four-letter words, saying he had to be careful. Even though every statistic from his team’s 70-point annihilation of Delaware State pointed toward those two words and even though Hillsman himself said he has yet to see a better defensive effort, the Syracuse women’s basketball coach still wouldn’t agree with that one phrase. ‘‘Best ever’ is a little strong,’ he said with a smile. ‘But it was good. It was very good. ‘I’m just careful with using that word ‘ever.” Whether or not Hillsman anointed his team’s 87-17 dismantling of Delaware State as the best defensive performance in the history of the women’s basketball program is irrelevant, though. The numbers do it for him.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The 70-point margin of victory Saturday set a new Syracuse (6-0) record. The 17 points allowed are the fewest an Orange team has ever given up. The 1,102 fans in the Carrier Dome saw a record-setting performance in which SU’s relentless defensive pressure held the Hornets (1-5) without a field goal for all but 28 seconds of the second half. SU allowed just three points in the final 20 minutes. It was sheer domination. This marks the second consecutive season in which the Orange defeated Delaware State by at least 50 points. SU trounced the Hornets 72-20 in 2009, with the 20 points allowed setting a program record. One year later, the Hornets were the victims of another record-setting blowout. ‘We were very active all over the place,’ SU guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas said. ‘We were shutting them down for quite a bit.’ The first half saw Syracuse turn a one-point deficit into a 24-point lead with a 27-2 run. SU’s full-court press stifled the Hornets offensively, preventing them from setting up their offense on most possessions. With 2:26 left in the first half, Delaware State broke the press on a rare occasion. But the first pass over half court was deflected by Tyson-Thomas, and she threw it off a DSU player out of bounds to give Syracuse the ball back. The Hornets finished the first half with more than three times as many turnovers as field goals. ‘Our pressure sped them up a little bit and didn’t let them get into their offense in the half court,’ Hillsman said. ‘Or if they did get into their offense, there was 12 or 13 seconds left on the shot clock, and that wasn’t enough time to reverse the ball against our zone.’ Already with a 35-point advantage by halftime, Syracuse increased the defensive intensity even more in the second half. In the first five minutes, Kayla Alexander had six blocks. It took 2:54 for the Hornets to have a shot hit the rim. ‘I think just contesting shots on defense (was huge),’ SU senior guard Erica Morrow said. ‘Kayla was big down low. She had a lot of blocks.’ And that was just the beginning. For the first 19:32 of the second half, the team was held to one point. The Hornets missed its first 27 shot attempts of the second half. With each and every miss by Delaware State, the snickers from fans inside the Carrier Dome grew louder. Especially after the Hornets had a two-on-none breakaway but wasted it with a poor pass out of bounds. Especially after Delaware State’s Kianna Conner (six turnovers) made a double-clutch 3-pointer just tenths of a second after the horn had sounded for a shot-clock violation. ‘I can’t say that I’ve seen one better,’ said Hillsman of the defensive performance. ‘You’ve got to give our kids a lot of credit.’ The Orange held Delaware State to just 14 percent shooting for the game, including a comical 1-for-28 clip in the second half. Finally, though, the Hornets broke through on a layup by Kianna D’Oliveira with 0:28 left in the game. It broke a field goal drought of 20:05 dating back to the first half. D’Oliveira’s layup, although meaningless with Syracuse leading by 72, left the Orange players disappointed. They didn’t want to give up a single field goal in the second half, no matter how insignificant. ‘Honestly, yeah, we were disappointed,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘That one was a little shocker. … We were a little upset. ‘It was just that kind of game for us.’ [email protected]last_img read more

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first_img Nearly 60 USC players under Dedeaux went on to big league careers, including Mark McGwire, Randy Johnson, Tom Seaver, Dave Kingman, Fred Lynn and Roy Smalley. Dedeaux had a record of 1,332-571-11, the most wins in Division I history until Cliff Gustafson of Texas surpassed him in 1994. Dedeaux’s record currently ranks seventh among Division I coaches. He had a winning percentage of .699. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “A giant has passed away,” said USC athletic director and 1965 Heisman Trophy winner Mike Garrett, also an outfielder for Dedeaux. “It leaves a huge void in all of baseball.” Dedeaux had winning seasons in 41 of his 45 years with the Trojans. During one stretch, USC went 37 years without a losing season. “Rod Dedeaux was one of a kind. I consider myself fortunate enough to have been his friend,” Seaver said Thursday night through New York Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz. “He never forgot you. Even though I was only there for one year, it seemed like I played for him for 10 or 20 years. There’s no one who has ever been like him.” The Trojans’ national championships included five in a row from 1970-74 no other school has won more than two straight — and they won 28 conference titles under him. A number of baseball publications named Dedeaux “Coach of the Century.” “Rod not only was college baseball’s greatest coach, he was the sport’s and USC’s greatest ambassador,” said current USC baseball coach Mike Gillespie, an outfielder on Dedeaux’s 1961 national championship team. LOS ANGELES — Rod Dedeaux, who coached USC to a record 11 NCAA baseball championships and turned out a parade of future major leaguers, died Thursday. He was 91. Dedeaux, who coached the Trojans for 45 years before retiring in 1986, died in suburban Glendale of complications from a stroke that he had on Dec. 2, the school said. center_img Former Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda said he and Dedeaux were “real good buddies” for 43 years. “I’ll cherish the days that I spent with him and traveled with him,” Lasorda said Thursday night. “He was my mentor, he was my idol, and he was my friend.” Lasorda said Dedeaux’s family put a television in his room Wednesday night showing the national championship football game between USC and Texas. The Trojans lost 41-38. “He loved USC very, very much,” Lasorda said. Dedeaux played three seasons for Southern California and appeared in two games at shortstop for the 1935 Brooklyn Dodgers, going 1-for-4 with an RBI. A back injury ended his career several years later. In recent years, Dedeaux walked with the aid of a cane shaped like a baseball bat that had the signatures of several Hall of Famers. “Rod was amazing when I was at USC,” Seaver said in 2004 when former players gathered for Dedeaux’s 90th birthday. “I didn’t learn to throw a slider from him, but he taught me more important things. “I learned about passion for the game, about concentration, about being part of a team. He taught us all how to conduct ourselves in a uniform.” Dedeaux was a frequent visitor to Trojans’ games at the field named in his honor in recent years, attended every College World Series since retiring, and was a regular at Dodger Stadium. With a mischievous twinkle in his eye, he called almost everyone “Tiger.” He took pride in more than just winning. “To be a success as a baseball player is fun, but it’s another thing to be a success in life,” he once said. “We have all sorts of success stories — lawyers, businessmen — and they say that playing baseball here was an important time of their lives.” Dedeaux’s teams were known for late-inning rallies, and for having fun while they played. Rookies had to take turns wearing a red wig on road trips. “It was a fun tradition,” Seaver said. Dedeaux donned the wig once as a disguise. “I got thrown out of a game for one of the few times,” he said. “I went back and got the wig and a pair of sunglasses and sat in the stands. Everybody was laughing up a storm, and the umpire was looking around trying to figure out what was going on. He never did.” Smalley respected Dedeaux’s coaching style. “Rod’s genius was for getting everybody to buy into his thinking of how to play the game and how to behave,” he said in 2004. “One amazing thing was his ability to be a disciplinarian without you knowing he was. “He let players have fun, but still disciplined them so they would be at their best. We kept a list of fines 25 cents.” Born Raoul Martial Dedeaux in New Orleans, he moved to California as a youngster. Dedeaux also helped in the development of amateur baseball in the United States and overseas. In 1964, he coached the U.S. Olympic team when baseball was a demonstration sport, and guided the Americans to a silver medal in Los Angeles 20 years later when the sport achieved medal status. Dedeaux lent his expertise to Hollywood, serving as technical director and consultant for the baseball movies “Field of Dreams” and “A League of Their Own.” He founded Dart Transportation Inc. in the 1930s and it grew into a million-dollar trucking business. He continued to show up for work daily until recently. He is survived by his wife, Helen; sons Justin and Terry; daughters Michele and Denise; and nine grandchildren, including current USC baseball player Adam Dedeaux. Funeral details were pending. A memorial service at Dedeaux Field will be held next spring. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgAishwarya Rai Bachchan may have completed 15 years of walking the Cannes red carpet, but over the years, if there’s one thing that has remained constant, it’s been her ability to charm the pants off millions across the globe, every time she sashays down the French Riviera.Her first appearance of 2016 at the prestigious film festival saw her go ultra-glam in a heavily embellished Ali Younis ensemble, however it was Aishwarya’s second look that turned out to be an absolute treat to the eyes. Ready for press interviews at the Martinez Hotel, the actress sported a Naeem Khan gown that came with a sheer fringed bodice and a big flirty skirt! Keeping her beauty look simple, the actress finished her look with a bold red lip and open hair that ended in soft waves.Post the press interviews (and hopefully some downtime) the actress looked glorious as she walked the red carpet in a waist cinched pastel hued gown from Elie Saab’s Fall 2014 Couture presentation. Known for its exquisite embroidery and brilliant usage of sheers, the Lebanese fashion house has a sure-shot fan in celebrities across the world, including the former beauty queen.Perfect finishing touches came in the form of side swept hair and a bordeaux lip. On the whole, from the choice of her attire to her makeup, the look turned out to be a much better and a much needed improvement over her Ali Younis appearance, yesterday.advertisementlast_img read more