By Randy PospishilNORFOLK, Neb. (June 18) – Multiple drivers experienced a ‘big night’ of racing at Off Road Speedway Saturday night but none more so than Ramsey Meyer.Meyer, the IMCA Mach-1 Sport Compact national points leader, won for the second straight week at Norfolk but this win was even more special as the Pierce driver recorded his 100th career victory in the division.“I’ve been fighting for that for the last, I don’t know how many, races,” Meyer said. “To finally get that, hopefully we can get some momentum going now.”Starting on the inside of the third row, Meyer immediately squeezed through the midst of the four cars in front of him to get the lead early, then maintained it during two cautions for his fifth win in seven starts this season at Off Road.With a second-place showing, Kandie Smidt managed her first top five finish while Brooke Fluckiger’s race-long progress through the 12-car field ended with a didn’t-quite-get-there effort at the finish line as Dustin Jackson, in a borrowed car, hung on for third place.Meyer was IMCA’s national champion in the 4-cylinder class in 2013.Another driver who experienced a big night was Wes Hochstein, who opened the night of racing by notching his first “A” feature win in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod division.Hochstein parlayed his front row outside starting position into a wire-to-wire win, holding off Matt Haase for 12 laps before also having to deal with a late charge by Kyle Prauner, who took second place away from Haase with just three laps remaining.Hochstein described the battle against track and competition as being on edge “every single second on every single lap, it was just bouncing, that’s all it could do.”“It feels very good … my first win in the SportMod division,” he said, before dedicating the win to his ailing grandfather.
Few NFL fans had heard of Gardner Minshew II before this season, but the Jaguars’ unlikely hero is fast becoming one of the best stories of the year.The rookie quarterback out of Washington State rallied the team to a 26-24 victory in Denver on Sunday, just his latest heroics since taking over for the injured Nick Foles in the season opener. Just check out how he dodges several pass rushers to keep a play alive before firing a touchdown pass in the third quarter. Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey (back) inactive vs. Broncos, ending streak of 51 straight games MINSHEW MAGIC!@GardnerMinshew finds @track_chaser for the TD.#DUUUVAL pic.twitter.com/eqQfYsH1fG— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) September 29, 2019After the game, Jacksonville running back Leonard Fournette — who had a great afternoon himself with 225 yards rushing — shared a nickname for Jacksonville’s new hero.”His name is ‘Jock Strap King,'” Fournette said, referencing a tale he told recently about how Minshew stretches in his, well, jock strap, in the locker room. Related News Jalen Ramsey trade rumors: Jaguars turned down two first-round picks for star cornerback The “Minshew Mania” hype surrounding the young quarterback inspired a Jacksonville-based music trio, Sister Sound, to record a video about him: “We went from, ‘Hey, what are we gonna do?’ to ‘Hey, give me some more Minshew.'”Minshew has completed 69% of his passes this season for 905 yards, with seven touchdowns, one interception … one bad nickname and a fun music video. And then, after giving Minshew that nickname more befitting of a high school player, Fournette shared some genuine praise for the rookie.”He’s stronger than you think,” Fournette said. “I don’t know if the mustache gives him power or what.”
Crystal Palace manager Roy HodgsonLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson praised the video assistant referee (VAR) system after its debut in English competitive football following initial confusion around Brighton’s winning goal.Brighton’s Glenn Murray scored a late winner in the home side’s 2-1 FA Cup third-round defeat of Palace on Monday but, with suggestions of handball, there was confusion among players, fans at the ground and TV viewers over whether VAR had had any influence on the decision.According to Hodgson and Brighton manager Chris Hughton, match referee Andre Marriner had been in contact with fellow official Neil Swarbrick, working with VAR from a London studio, about the goal.That Marriner did not indicate as such or use the pitchside VAR monitors contributed to the confusion, and Hodgson said: “We had suspicions. The people close to it seemed to be incensed, and from our angle it looks as if he’s guided the ball in with his arm.“You’ve got to congratulate the system: when you watch it lots of times like they’ve been able to do, from different angles, it would have been very harsh (to disallow it).“It was a genuine goal, and the referee was helped by the fact he had Swarbrick in the VAR studio making a judgement that’d help him out, so I have no complaints.”Hughton said he was “under the impression that VAR was used. That’s what I am led to believe: that it was used and there was not a decision to be made. At the time I wasn’t aware some thought it was handball.”VAR system under control. FILE PHOTOThe VAR system is currently being trialled in Italy and Germany and was employed for the first time in an official game in Britain during the international friendly between England and Germany in November, when it was not called on. Criticised by some fans for slowing the game down, it is used for “clear and obvious errors” relating to goals, penalty decisions, straight red cards or mistaken identity for red or yellow cards.The VAR automatically checks every relevant incident and informs the referee if necessary. The referee has the power to change the original decision based on new information provided by the VAR or watch a replay on the side of the pitch.Marriner did not feel the need to consult the pitchside monitor after Murray’s goal as he felt it was legitimate. The system allows for dialogue between the on-pitch referee and the VAR without a formal review.Former England striker Gary Lineker tweeted: “So VAR so good.”But former Palace forward Mark Bright said the referee should have looked into the incident more carefully. “The debate in the boardroom is did the ball or did it not touch Glenn Murray’s arm before it went into the net?” he tweeted.“Clearly & Obviously missed? Should have been viewed #VAR.”Share on: WhatsApp