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Archive for April 6th, 2017

Indy 500 tradition continues as Chevy Camaro convertibles to be used as Festival Event Cars

 

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Press Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, April 3, 2017 – A longtime Indianapolis 500 tradition was continued today between the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Chevrolet when 101 identical 2017 Camaro SS convertibles were staged for delivery on the main straightaway of IMS.

The 500 Festival car presentation ceremony included 50 Camaros to IMS and 51 Camaros to the Indianapolis-area Chevrolet dealers. The 500 Festival Camaro SS’s presented to the dealers will be available for immediate purchase.

The “Festival Event Cars” have reminded Indianapolis-area residents of the upcoming Indianapolis 500 since the 1960s, and this year’s fleet of unique Camaros again will turn heads as they are driven around Central Indiana.

“The sight of 500 Festival cars on the streets of Indianapolis and beyond is a sure sign the Month of May is right around the corner,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “Our friends at Chevrolet once again have delivered a fleet of beautiful Chevrolet Camaro SS convertibles that will build even more anticipation with fans for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500.”

This year’s 500 Festival cars are based off the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible and are powered by the LT1 6.2L V-8, which offers 455 horsepower and 455 lb.-ft. of torque – making it the most powerful Camaro SS ever.

The 2017 Camaro is the only convertible in the segment to offer all of the following:

Fully automatic operation with latches that automatically release and secure the top

• Capability of opening or closing at speeds up to 30 mph

• Remote opening with the key fob

• A hard tonneau cover that deploys automatically, providing a more refined, finished appearance when the top is lowered and stowed.

Like the Camaro coupe, the convertible benefits from a stiffer, lighter structure that helps reduce total vehicle weight by at least 200 pounds compared to the model it replaces. Consequently, the Camaro convertible retains the coupe’s sharp chassis tuning and nimble reflexes.

The 2017 Festival Camaros feature a Summit White exterior, blue center stripe, black convertible top and Adrenaline Red leather interior. The Festival Camaros carry the unique production option code designation (Z4Z) that signifies Indianapolis 500 Festival-only option content. Included in the (Z4Z) package is a body-length blue stripe with a watermark Indianapolis Motor Speedway Wing and Wheel logo, red fender hash marks, gloss black lower front splitter, special SS grille with red accents and black Chevrolet bowtie emblems. The 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 event logo adorns the doors, and a special rocker stripe completes the package.

“Racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is such a special part of Chevrolet’s history, and we are extremely proud of our longstanding partnership with this iconic racetrack,” said Jeff Chew, senior manager of strategic planning and operations for Chevrolet Racing. “It is a pleasure for Chevrolet to support the efforts of the 500 Festival board members with these special Camaros, as they serve as ambassadors for the Speedway and the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 in their communities and generate excitement ahead of the event.”

Said Bob Bryant, 500 Festival president and CEO: “Every spring, the community eagerly awaits the arrival of the Festival cars. These beautiful vehicles have become an iconic symbol of the Month of May and help fulfill the 500 Festival’s mission of providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the legacy of the Indianapolis 500.

“Over the coming weeks, the 500 Festival’s board members will log thousands of miles in the Festival cars. From taking part in various community outreach programs throughout the state to transporting the 33 starting drivers of the Indianapolis 500 in the IPL 500 Festival Parade, these vehicles will play a role in our events that draw in excess of half a million people annually. We’re proud of our longstanding partnership with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Chevrolet and look forward to using the Festival cars to enhance the community celebration leading up to the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500.”

The 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will take place Sunday, May 28. Visit IMS.com to purchase tickets and for more information on the complete Month or May schedule at IMS.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF IMS COMMUNICATIONS

OHSAA announces changes to 2017 Football date start; New Divisional alignments upcoming

News Release – Ohio High School Athletic Association

Commissioner Daniel B. Ross, Ph.D.

 

www.OHSAA.org twitter.com/OHSAASports |  facebook.com/OHSAA

 

For Immediate Release – April 3, 2017

Contact – Tim Stried, Director of Communications, tstried@ohsaa.org

 

 

Official start date of football practice moved to Monday, July 31; new divisional alignments to include competitive balance roster data in football, volleyball and soccer

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced an adjustment to the 2017 football season calendar, which moves the official start date for practice one day earlier, back to Monday, July 31. The original practice start date had been established as Tuesday, August 1, which matched the start date for all other OHSAA fall sports.

 

In addition, the OHSAA Board of Directors meets this Thursday for its regularly scheduled April meeting and will be presented with the new divisional breakdowns for all fall sports. For the first time, competitive balance roster data will be added to the base enrollment numbers in the fall sports of football, volleyball and soccer. Pending board approval, divisional breakdowns for all fall sports will be posted at OHSAA.org Thursday, including the school-by-school divisional assignment in the three fall sports affected by competitive balance.

 

In May 2014, OHSAA member schools voted in favor of the Competitive Balance Proposal, which affects baseball, basketball, football, soccer, softball and volleyball by examining sport-specific roster data (grades 9-12) submitted by each school and could increase a school’s enrollment count. More information is posted at:http://www.ohsaa.org/School-Resources/Competitive-Balance-Resource-Center

 

Winter sports divisional breakdowns will be presented to the board at its June meeting, while spring sports will be presented in August.

 

Football Practice Begins Monday, July 31

The change in the start date for football practice was approved so that schools can have the traditional amount of practice time before their first scrimmage the following week, which is usually a teaching scrimmage mid-week, followed by a live scrimmage that Friday or Saturday. An OHSAA Jamboree Game, which is a third scrimmage played under game conditions, is then permitted the following week.

 

“Football is the only sport that requires a five-day acclimatization period before full-go contact is permitted, so allowing for an additional day of practice will really help our coaches teach more fundamentals before their first scrimmage,” Beau Rugg, OHSAA Assistant Commissioner and football administrator, said. “And with the reduction in full-go contact during practice that went into effect a couple years ago, every minute on the practice field is important. Most of our schools want three scrimmages, and giving them this extra day of practice will help make that a reality.”

 

In 2018, football practice will begin Monday, July 30.

 

 

2017 OHSAA Football Calendar

·         April 6 – New divisional breakdowns presented to OHSAA Board of Directors (posted at OHSAA.org)

·         May 15 – Deadline for schools to have varsity schedules posted in Arbiter

·         June 6 – Regional assignments and playoff format announced (date assignments for each division)

·         June 1 through July 30 – Summer period regulations in effect (10 days of full team coaching permitted – no pads)

·         July 31 – Official start date for practice (five-day acclimatization period begins)

·         August 5 – Full-contact practices may begin, per OHSAA full-contact regulations

·         August 6 – Mandatory Day Off

·         August 8-19 – Scrimmages permitted (third scrimmage permitted if conducting OHSAA Jamboree Game)

·         August 21 – Season Officially Begins (August 25 is the first Friday)

·         September 19 – First weekly computer ratings released (every Tuesday afternoon for remainder of season)

·         November 4 – Regular-season ends

·         November 5 – Final computer ratings, playoff qualifiers and regional playoff brackets released

·         November 3-4 – Regional Quarterfinals

·         November 10-11 – Regional Semifinals

·         November 17-18 – Regional Finals

·         November 24-25 – State Semifinals

·         November 30-December 3 – State Championship Weekend in Canton (all games at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium)

 

 

2017-18 and 2018-19 Base Enrollment Figures and Process Explanation:

http://www.ohsaa.org/school-resources/school-enrollment

 

Upcoming Dates for Divisional Breakdowns and Competitive Balance Roster Data Implementation:

http://www.ohsaa.org/School-Resources/MondayMinute

 

 

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tim Stried; COURTESY OHSAA INFORMATION SERVICES

 

MLS announces time change for Crew SC game at Real Salt Lake on July 29


Kickoff time will now take place at 8:00 p.m. ET

For Immediate Release: April 3, 2017
Contact: Tim Miller, 614-447-4176 or Carlos Mojica, 614-447-4203

COLUMBUS – Major League Soccer today announced that the kickoff time for Crew SC’s road contest against Real Salt Lake on Saturday, July 29 at Rio Tinto Stadium has been moved to 8:00 p.m. ET (original time was 10:00 p.m. ET).

Broadcast details for this match remain unchanged, with the match being available via The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM and La Mega 103.1 FM, with the English radio stream also available on ColumbusCrewSC.com. The Spanish radio calls are also set to be streamed in Spanish on the LaMega1 App and via Tunein Radio as WVKO-FM.

The Black & Gold return to action on Saturday, April 8 when they travel to Toyota Park to take on the Chicago Fire (2:00 p.m. ET / ABC-6, Spectrum Sports, BCSN 2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream available on ColumbusCrewSC.com).

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Houston Dynamo’s Erick Torres named MLS Player of the Week

 

Alcatel MLS Player of the Week
NEW YORK(Tuesday, April 4, 2017) – Houston Dynamo forward Erick Torres was voted the Alcatel MLS Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for the fifth week of the 2017 MLS season.

Torres made history when he recorded a hat trick in a 4-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday, becoming the second Mexican player in MLS history to accomplish the feat. With the hat trick, the first of his career, the 24-year-old now leads MLS with six tallies, while Houston’s combined 11 team goals are tied for second in the league. Houston sits in second place in the Western Conference (3-1-0, nine points), holding a perfect 3-0-0 record at home.

Erick Torres

“Cubo” scored a goal in his fourth consecutive match with a well struck penalty kick in the 41st minute to give Houston a 2-1 advantage (Watch Goal). Torres would then score his second goal 15 minutes later, firing a curling shot off past goalkeeper Luis Robles (Watch Goal). With the goal, Torres recorded his first multi-goal performance since September 2013, pushing Houston’s lead to 3-1.

Torres completed his hat trick in the 91st minute with a beautiful curling free kick from the top of the box, giving the game a final score of 4-1(Watch Goal).

The Houston Dynamo return to action this Saturday, April 8 when it travels to take on the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium (2 p.m. ET, MLS LIVE).

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.

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF MLS COMMUNICATIONS

Purdue highlights basketball career of Ashley Morrissette

Becoming Morrissette

 

She had an amazing journey as a Boilermaker and showed us all what it means to grow as a person

 

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – It’s hard to encapsulate the kind of player and the kind of person Ashley Morrissette

Ashley Morrissette

has become over the last four years with the Purdue women’s basketball team. Words like growth, maturity and development all come to mind, but hardly do her transformation justice. She arrived a naïve freshman, unsure of what she expected from herself and what she wanted to accomplish, but left as one of the most impressive players and individuals in Boilermaker history. This is how she became Ashley Morrissette.

 

Read more on her career with the Boilermakers here: https://spark.adobe.com/page/lx6WKLpw1GYBg/

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tanner Lipsett; COURTESY PURDUE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

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