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NHRA On Fox wins Three Telly Awards


GLENDORA, Calif. (March 9, 2017) On top of seeing records for viewership and ratings in the first year of NHRA’s partnership with FOX Sports telecasting the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA’s new in-house production group garnered three Telly Awards for excellence in broadcasting.


“I’m proud of our team for these accomplishments,” said Ken Adelson, vice president, executive producer & chief content officer. “In just the first year of our existence and as part of our partnership with FOX Sports, we were able to garner this industry wide recognition.”


Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards honor outstanding television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions. This esteemed industry award showcases the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies and television stations across the globe. Over 12,000 entries from all fifty states and five continents were submitted for review.


The highest ranking honor, a Silver Telly, was bestowed upon the production group for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in the television shows and segments in general-live events category.


NHRA also was presented a Bronze Telly Awards for Television Shows / Segments in General-Show Opening Segments for the show open of the Mopar NHRA Mile-High Nationals. The Story Continues, an NHRA marketing promotional reel in the Promotional Pieces in Craft-Directing / Editing category, also won.


“Our responsibility as storytellers is to captivate viewers during the time they are watching the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series,” said Rob Hedrick, rirector of broadcast operations & supervising producer. “We’re very fortunate to be surrounded by gifted storytellers within the series and every single second is full of tremendous drama.”


Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates four racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.




Blue Jackets to raffle off player-worn jerseys honoring St. Patrick’s Day, March 10-16

COLUMBUS, OH – In recognition of St. Patrick’s Day, the Blue Jackets Foundation will host a raffle March 10-16 that features a full team set of player-worn, autographed green jerseys. The players will wear the jerseys during pre-game warm-ups on Thursday, March 16 preceding the 7 p.m. game against the Florida Panthers. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Blue Jackets Foundation which is dedicated to the health and wellness of children in central Ohio.
Raffle tickets, priced at $10, may be purchased online at or in person at the jersey display during home games on Friday, March 10 and Thursday, March 16. Fans may specify player jerseys they hope to win. The online raffle sales begin Friday, March 10 at 5 p.m. and will conclude Thursday, March 16 at 2 p.m. In-person sales will close at the end of the second intermission on March 16.

The Blue Jackets return to action Friday when they host the Buffalo Sabres. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Eldorado Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan in Columbus and online at

Tickets for all Blue Jackets home games at Nationwide Arena are on sale now at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, The OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Tickets may also be purchased online at and or by phone at (614) 745‐3000.





Dayton Flyers run into dangerous and pesky Davidson in A-10 tournament; loses 73-67

Scoochie Smith vs. Davidson in A-10 tournament


Davidson Logo
Davidson 17-14
Dayton Logo
Dayton 24-7
Score By Periods
Team 1 2 Total
Davidson 37 36 73
Dayton 25 42 67


Team Statistics
Game Stats DAV UD
FG% .455 .426
3FG% .367 .435
FT% .923 .500
RB 36 31
TO 11 6
STL 1 3


PITTSBURGH – Charles Cooke scored 14 points and Xeyrius Williams added 13 points and nine rebounds as the top seeded Dayton Flyers fell to the Davidson Wildcats, 73-69.

Scoochie Smith finished with 12 points and eight assists, while Kendall Pollard scored 12 as Dayton dropped to 24-7 overall.

FIRST HALF – Davidson 37, Dayton 25

  • Davidson shot 50 percent from the floor and out-rebounded UD 18-13.
  • Dayton was 9 of 28 from the field, but had four three-pointers.

SECOND HALF – Davidson 73, Dayton 67

  • Trailing by as many as  16 in the first half, Dayton came out of the locker room on a 10-2 run and cut the deficit to 39-35 in the opening four minutes.
  • The Flyers slowly crawled back into the game and tied it 60-60 with 3:22 to go after a Smith three-pointer.
  • UD regained the lead, 65-62, after Cooke sank a three in the corner with two minutes to go.
  • However, the Wildcats roared back and closed the game on an 11-2 run to pull away for the win.


  • Smith tied the Flyer record for most consecutive games played at 137. He shares the honor with Kurt Huelsman and London Warren.
  • Cooke has scored in double figures in all but two games this season.
  • Williams was a rebound away from his first career double-double. He has scored in double figures in six of the last nine contests.
  • UD shot 42 percent from the field, but only 5 of 10 at the free throw line.
  • Davidson’s Jack Gibbs scored 34 points, setting the PPG Paint s Arena record.


  • After participating in the 2017 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship, the Flyers await their postseason fate on Selection Sunday.




NHL Morning Skate for Friday, March 10, 2017

Home Team in Caps
CAROLINA 4, NY Rangers 3
TORONTO 4, Philadelphia 2
TAMPA BAY 4, Minnesota 1
Anaheim 1, CHICAGO 0
COLORADO 3, New Jersey 2
CALGARY 5, Montreal 0
Ottawa 3, ARIZONA 2 (OT)
NY Islanders 4, VANCOUVER 3 (OT)
LOS ANGELES 3, Nashville 2 (OT)
SAN JOSE 4, Washington 2

Calgary scored five unanswered goals and Brian Elliott (24 saves) registered his first shutout of the season as the Flames extended their win and point streaks to eight and 10 games (9-0-1), respectively. Calgary registered an eight-game win streak for the first time since posting an equal run from Nov. 1-16, 2005.

* At 37-26-4 (78 points), the Flames increased their lead to seven points over the idle Blues (33-27-5, 71 points) for the first Wild Card position in the Western Conference and tied the Oilers (35-23-8, 78 points) – in terms of points – for third place in the Pacific Division. Edmonton, however, holds a game in hand.

* Elliott earned his seventh consecutive win and improved to 11-1-1 in his last 13 decisions dating to Jan. 26 (2.00 GAA, .931 SV%, 1 SO).

Brent Burns collected three assists to help the Pacific Division-leading Sharks (40-19-7, 87 points) reach the 40-win mark for the fourth consecutive season and improve to 7-1-2 in their last 10 games.

* Burns ranks tied for second among all skaters with 27-43—70 this season, five points shy of his career high and single-season franchise record for a defenseman (27-48—75 in 2015-16). Elias notes that Burns became the first defenseman to reach the 70-point mark in consecutive seasons since Mike Green in 2008-09 and 2009-10 (w/ WSH).

Erik Karlsson (2-1—3) scored his second goal of the contest 40 seconds into overtime to guide the Senators to their fifth consecutive victory.

* At 38-22-6 (82 points), the Senators increased their lead to six points over the idle Bruins (35-26-6, 76 points) for second place in the Atlantic Division and moved within two of the Canadiens (38-22-8, 84 points) for first. Ottawa holds two games in hand and will face Montreal three more times this season (March 18, 19 and 25).

* Karlsson scored his fourth career regular-season overtime goal (all w/ OTT) to pass Chris Phillips (3) for the most by a defenseman in franchise history.

The tight race for Wild Card spots continued in the Eastern Conference, where positions 7-12 are separated by seven points:

* New York surrendered a game-tying goal in the final 20 seconds of regulation, but Andrew Ladd scored in overtime as the Islanders earned a win in the penultimate contest of their season-high nine-game road trip (5-2-1). At 32-23-11 (75 points), the Islanders maintained their grip on the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

* Four different skaters scored as the Maple Leafs extended their home point streak to five contests (3-0-2). William Nylander tallied his ninth power-play goal of the season, tops among all rookies. Elias notes that he tied the Maple Leafs record for most power-play goals in a season by a rookie, set by Dan Daoust and Walt Poddubny in 1982-83 and matched by Alexander Steen in 2005-06. At 30-22-14 (74 points), the Maple Leafs remained a point back of the Islanders.

* Nikita Kucherov (2-1—3) factored on three of four goals to power the Lightning to a 9-2-3 record in their last 14 games. Kucherov (30-36—66) has recorded 9-8—17 in his last eight games and reached the 30-goal mark for the second straight season. At 31-26-9 (71 points), the Lightning remained three points behind the Maple Leafs; Tampa Bay and Toronto will square off two more times this season (March 16 and April 6).

Jarome Iginla (2-0—2) scored his first two goals in a Kings uniform (3 GP) – including the overtime winner – to move Los Angeles (32-28-6, 70 points) within a point of the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference . . . Corey Perry scored the only goal of the contest and Jonathan Bernier turned aside all 43 shots he faced as the Ducks (35-22-10, 80 points) blanked the Blackhawks. Bernier registered his second shutout of the season and earned the 100th win of his NHL career . . . Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau (1-3—4) registered his second four-point game of the season, while teammate T.J. Brodie (0-1—1) extended his point streak to five games (2-4—6) . . . Hurricanes forward Valentin Zykov scored 13:44 into his NHL debut . . . Senators forward Christopher DiDomenico also made his League debut . . . Penguins forward Tom Sestito was suspended four games for boarding Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom . . . The NHL Centennial Fan Arena will visit Ottawa on March 16, 18 and 19 . . . The Sharks honored forward Joe Thornton in a pre-game ceremony for reaching the 1,000-assist milestone on Monday . . . Coyotes forward Radim Vrbata skated in the 1,000th game of his NHL career.



Grand Prix of St. Petersburg changes Turn 3 in circuit reconfiguration



ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Friday, March 10, 2017) – Turn 3 of the 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit for the 2017 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg has been reconfigured, INDYCAR announced today.

The corner has been a fast, sweeping right-hand turn in recent years, but INDYCAR officials, in conjunction with Green Savoree Racing Promotions, decided to make modifications after several cars competing in Thursday’s support series practices crested a bump and lost control in the ensuing depression.

Approximately 180 feet of wall on the drivers’ left side has been moved back almost 40 feet. On the right side, curbing has been installed, which changes the apex and makes the corner a slower, traditional braking area.

The alterations, viewed Thursday evening by a host of Verizon IndyCar Series drivers, will be tested by Indy cars for the first time in practice beginning at 11:15 a.m. ET today. The session will stream live on All levels of the Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires – the three-tiered INDYCAR developmental ladder – will also run on the configuration in their sessions today.

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is the first of 17 races on the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. Sunday’s race airs live at noon ET on ABC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.




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