Leo Cardenas Bobblehead (courtesy Reds Hall of Fame)
The First Of Six To Be Given Away This Season
Press Release | 10:15 AM ET
The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum’s collectible bobblehead program expands in 2017 to feature six Reds Hall of Famers, presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.
The first bobblehead in the series features Reds Hall of Famer Leo Cardenas, Hall of Fame Class of 1981. Nicknamed “Mr. Automatic” for his defensive reliability, the Cuban-native served as the Reds shortstop from 1962 through 1968. He led National League shortstops in fielding percentage twice and won a Gold Glove in 1965. Five career All-Star appearances, including four for the Reds, rounded out a Reds Hall of Fame-worthy career. This is Cardenas’ first depiction as a bobblehead.
The bobbleheads are free with regular-price admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum (or a Scotts Great American Ball Park tour) beginning Saturday, April 1 at 10 a.m. and will be available Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the month of April, while supplies last.
Only 6,000 bobbleheads have been produced and there is a limit of one bobblehead per visitor per day.
The bobblehead series continues through September with a different Reds Hall of Famer available each month:
• April: Leo Cardenas
• May: Tommy Helms
• June: Pete Rose
• July: Ron Oester
• August: Dave Parker
• September: George Foster
Admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors and $6 for active military/veterans. Children ages four and younger are free.
The best way to ensure a bobblehead is to join the museum as a member. To become a member, please visit redsmuseum.org or call (513) 765-7923.
Reds to Bronze: The Story of Reds Statues now open!
The new exhibit Reds to Bronze: The Story of Reds Statues chronicles and celebrates the nine Reds legends and their statues sculpted by local artist Tom Tsuchiya. Through game-used and period items, fans will learn about these Reds icons and get a behind-the-scenes look at the process and tools used by Tsuchiya to craft these enduring tributes to some of the greatest players in Reds history. The exhibit also includes a special focus on the creation of the new Pete Rose statue to be dedicated on June 17.
About the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
Driven by a mission to celebrate greatness, preserve history and provide inspiration, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum at Great American Ball Park is the place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. The Museum features 16,000 square feet of historical, interactive and educational exhibits, highlighting the rich and storied tradition of the Reds for fans of all ages. Since its inception, 86 players, managers and executives have been honored with induction.
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Clay Millican 2017 car (photo by National Dragster courtesy NHRA)
Clay Millican (photo by National Dragster courtesy NHRA)
TOP FUEL VETERAN REMAINS CONFIDENT FIRST WIN COMING APPROACHING DENSO SPARK PLUGS NHRA NATIONALS
LAS VEGAS – Clay Millican is still trying to chase down that elusive first NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series victory, but a new approach and a team entering its third year together has provided a recipe Millican believes will lead to a win sooner rather than later.
As for how soon, Millican is confident it won’t be long in his 10,000-horsepower Great Clips/Parts Plus dragster, and perhaps as quickly as this weekend’s 18th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“I think a win is right around the corner,” said Millican, who has eight career finals appearances. “It’s just a matter of when we’re supposed to win. Every weekend we go, I think it’s going to be the weekend. I really feel like we can get a win. This is our third year with this group and I think it’s the best group of people working on this car this team has ever had. They looked like they were in mid-season form after the first test session. They know what they’re doing and they’re not second-guessing it.”
Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Alexis DeJoria (Funny Car) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) were last year’s winners of the event that will be televised on FOX Sports 1, including three hours of live finals coverage starting at 6 p.m. (ET) on Sunday. The first of two annual stops in the high-stakes city is the fourth of 24 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events during the 2017 season, and Millican enters the race ninth in points after falling in the second round to eventual winner and eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher at the most recent race in Gainesville, Fla.
Millican has grabbed round wins at each of the past two events this season, but after posting a career-best run of 3.689 at 328.38 mph at the fall race in Vegas last year, there’s been an early-season shift for crew chief David Grubnic and Millican’s team. The performance is still there – Millican ran 3.71 in Phoenix – but Millican believes a different focus will have a payoff throughout the season.
“I think our goal this year has been to try to find some consistency,” Millican said. “We didn’t miss the mark too much at Gainesville and went down the track five out of six runs, which is fantastic. We’re going to try to maintain that without giving away a ton of performance. I feel like our chances of winning are way better the more you go down the racetrack. Plus, the more runs you make down the track, the more information you get for when you do you need to push it.”
Millican hopes that balance allows his team to end up in the winner’s circle on Sunday. Getting that first victory will be difficult facing off against a loaded field that includes points leader and two-time 2017 winner Leah Pritchett, three-time defending world champ Brown, Schumacher, Doug Kalitta and Brittany Force. No matter the outcome, you will surely find Millican with a smile on his face all weekend.
“I’ve been in a final round there and we run well there,” Millican said. “This first (Las Vegas) race is especially fun because it’s the DENSO (Spark Plugs NHRA) Nationals and we are the DENSO car. That makes it a lot of fun. I really enjoy the Vegas races and I really enjoy being around the DENSO people. As long we’re talking about what we do as a race team, I can talk all day long. When it comes to talking racing, I can talk with the best of them.”
Alexis DeJoria’s Funny Car win was her second in three years at the track, but she’ll have to contend with two-time 2017 winner Matt Hagan, Gainesville winner John Force and defending world champ Ron Capps, a five-time Vegas winner.
Jason Line’s dominant start to last season in Pro Stock that included a victory at the facility, ended with a world title. The event also features the highly-anticipated K&N Horsepower Challenge for eight top Pro Stock drivers. Greg Anderson is the defending winner, earning a $50,000 paycheck last year.
Thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is also on the bill and after nitro qualifying, fans can watch the spectacular Muy Caliente Racing jet dragsters sponsored by Lucas Oil. Jet cars are thrust driven vehicles propelled by jet engines with exciting pre-run flame shows.
As always, fans can interact with their favorite drivers with an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.
Fans also will want to visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create a carnival atmosphere, with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family.
Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 2:00 and 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31 and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, April 1, at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 2.
To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, call (800) 884-NHRA (6472) or visit www.NHRA.com/tickets. Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas with a paid adult. For more information about the NHRA visit www.NHRA.com.
DENSO SPARK PLUGS NHRA NATIONALS
||The 18th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals, the fourth of 24 events in the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Drivers in three categories – Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock – earn points leading to 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships. The race also will feature competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Series.
||The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas. Track is located approximately 15 miles north of downtown Las Vegas off Interstate 15.
||Friday through Sunday, March 31-April 1
FRIDAY, March 31 -
LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying
MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 2 and 4:30 p.m.
|SATURDAY, April 1-
||LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations
MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 1:40 and 4:05 p.m.
K&N HORSEPOWER CHALLENGE at 1:30, 4 and 5 p.m.
|SUNDAY, April 2 -
||Pre-race ceremonies, 11:15 a.m.
MELLO YELLO SERIES eliminations begin at noon
||SUNDAY, April 2, FS1 will televise three hours of live finals coverage at 6 p.m. (ET)
|2016 EVENT WINNERS:
Antron Brown, Top Fuel; Alexis DeJoria, Funny Car; Jason Line, Pro Stock; Anderson, K&N Horsepower Challenge.
||John Force, 6, FC: Larry Dixon, 4, TF; Tony Schumacher, 4, TF; Antron Brown, 3, TF: Robert Hight, 3, FC; Greg Anderson, 3, PS; Jeg Coughlin, 3, PS; Kenny Bernstein, 2, TF; John Force, 2, FC; Cruz Pedregon, 2, FC; Mike Edwards, 2, PS; Erica Enders, 2, PS; Allen Johnson, 2, PS.
|MOST K&N HORSEPOWER CHALLENGE VICTORIES:
Greg Anderson, 5; Kurt Johnson, 4; Jeg Coughlin, 3; Bob Glidden, 3; Warren Johnson, 3; Larry Morgan, 3; Bruce Allen, 2; Erica Enders, 2; Allen Johnson, 2; Jim Yates, 2
||Top Fuel – 3.689 sec. by Steve Torrence, Oct. ’16 and 332.67 mph by Shawn Langdon, Oct. ’15.
Funny Car – 3.871 sec. by Jack Beckman, Oct. ’16 and 331.94 mph by John Force, Oct. ’16.
Pro Stock – 6.559 sec. and 210.28 mph by Erica Enders, Oct. ’15.
Top Fuel – 3.658 sec. by Leah Pritchett, Feb. ‘17, Phoenix; 332.75 mph by Spencer Massey, Aug. ’15, Brainerd, Minn.
Funny Car – 3.822 by Matt Hagan, Aug. ’16, Brainerd, Minn.; 335.57 mph by Hagan, May ’16, Topeka, Kan.
Pro Stock – 6.455 sec. by Jason Line, March ’15, Charlotte, N.C.; 215.55 mph by Erica Enders, May ’14, Englishtown N.J.
||For tickets call (800) 644-4444. Tickets also available online at www.lvms.com/tickets.
RACE PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Sara Slaughter; COURTESY NHRA COMMUNICATIONS
From Larry Williams, Director of Athletics:
We are very grateful for the enormous contributions that Coach Keith Dambrot has made to our excellent men’s basketball program. His hard work with our student-athletes, combined with their dedication to going the extra mile, have brought great success to The University of Akron – including the winningest season in UA history – and we value his role in making that happen. He and the Dambrot family will always be a part of The University of Akron family, and we wish him well as he moves along.
We will immediately launch a national search for our new basketball coach, and we reaffirm our commitment to building our basketball program and all of Akron Athletics into a nationally recognized program across the board. In addition to finding a new coach, we are working to be in a position to upgrade the James A. Rhodes Arena and we will need to rely on support from the community to achieve that goal.
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Juan Agudelo in 2010 By West Point Public Affairs, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org
|NEW YORK(Tuesday, March 28, 2017) – New England Revolution forward Juan Agudelo was voted the Alcatel MLS Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for the fourth week of the 2017 MLS season.
The 24-year-old notched a brace in New England’s 5-2 victory over Minnesota United FC at Gillette Stadium on Saturday to help the Revolution grab its first victory of the season (1-2-0, three points). The dominant performance was Agudelo’s third multi-goal game of his MLS career, while the five team goals marked the club’s highest scoring game since 2014. Dating back to last season, New England is now 5-0-0 in its last five contests in which Agudelo has scored.
Agudelo put the Revolution on the board early, scoring in the fourth minute to give New England a 1-0 advantage. Finding himself uncovered in front of goal, Agudelo perfectly headed a Chris Tierney cross into the left corner of the net past Minnesota goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth (Watch Goal).
The U.S. Men’s National Team player would strike again in the 40th minute to push New England’s lead to 4-1. Agudelo received a pass from Diego Fagundez on the left side of the field and made a run into the box, squeezing a right-footed shot through a myriad of defenders to complete his brace (Watch Goal).
The Revs next travel to face the Portland Timbers at Providence Park on Sunday, April 2 in a nationally televised matchup (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2/ESPN Deportes).
The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.
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