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Friday qualifying at AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals in Greater St. Louis led by Mike Castellana

 

CASTELLANA LEADS QUALIFYING DURING J&A PRO MODIFIED PORTION OF AAA INSURANCE NHRA MIDWEST NATIONALS
MADISON, Ill. – Mike Castellana ran the quickest during the first day of qualifying at the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Real Pro Mod Association, is the 11th of 12 events on the 2017 schedule.
Castellana raced a track elapsed-time record of 5.713-seconds at 253.85 mph in his Al Anabi Racing Chevrolet Camaro during the second round of qualifying.
“It’s great. I mean, my team worked hard getting the car ready,” said Castelana, who is the points leader and holds the national elapsed time record. “We did some testing and set the car up good. Hopefully we can remain consistent this weekend.”
Steven Whiteley is currently in the second position with a 5.757 pass at 248.02 in his Y-Not Racing / J&A Service Cadillac and Dan Stevenson is holding onto third with a 5.769 at 235.72.
NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Series qualifying continues Saturday at approximately 12 p.m.
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MADISON, Ill. — Friday’s results after the first two of three rounds of qualifying for the sixth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park, the 11th of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Saturday’s first round of eliminations.
Pro Modified — 1. Mike Castellana, Chevy Camaro, 5.713, 253.85; 2. Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 5.757, 250.32; 3. Dan Stevenson, Camaro, 5.769, 235.72; 4. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.781, 251.53; 5. Steve Matusek, Camaro, 5.781, 250.18; 6. Eric Latino, Camaro, 5.787, 252.71; 7. Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 5.788, 254.81; 8. Steve Jackson, Camaro, 5.791, 249.53; 9. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.793, 250.55; 10. Sidnei Frigo, Corvette, 5.798, 252.19; 11. Carl Stevens, Camaro, 5.800, 257.28; 12. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 5.804, 250.60; 13. Bob Rahaim, Camaro, 5.810, 250.09; 14. Danny Rowe, Corvette, 5.810, 249.44; 15. Doug Winters, Chevy Chevelle, 5.815, 247.25; 16. Chip King, Dodge Charger, 5.823, 246.80. Not Qualified: 17. Jonathan Gray, 5.838, 248.98; 18. Chuck Little, 5.841, 244.07; 19. Michael Biehle, 5.869, 252.05; 20. Mike Janis, 5.884, 234.13; 21. Melanie Salemi, 5.922, 237.80; 22. Shane Molinari, 5.980, 250.37; 23. Billy Harper, 5.980, 240.38; 24. Jeffery Baker, 6.301, 234.25; 25. Brandon Pesz, 6.407, 167.68; 26. Clint Satterfield, 7.034, 200.95; 27. Harry Hruska, 7.853, 175.68; 28. Jim Whiteley, 10.190, 119.26; 29. Shannon Jenkins, broke.
RACE RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF NHRA COMMUNICATIONS

Ohio State Women’s Volleyball suffers loss at Michigan

 

Sept. 29, 2017

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WVB: BUCKEYES SUFFER FIRST B1G LOSS OF 2017

Ohio State win streak snapped at four matches

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team suffered its first Big Ten loss of the season with a 3-1 setback (25-15, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22) at No. 23 Michigan (11-4, 1-2 B1G) Friday night. The Buckeyes move to 9-5 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

With 43 assists on the night, Taylor Hughes passed Amanda Peterson (’09-12) to claim the eighth spot among the program’s all-time assists leaders with 2,765 career helpers.

Luisa Schirmer had a double-double (17 kills, 11 digs) and Madison Smeathers notched 12 kills. Lauren Witte and Ashley Wenz finished with nine and eight kills, respectively. Hannah Gruensfelder picked up 24 digs while Hughes tallied 12.

SET 1: After tying the score at five to start the match, the Wolverines grabbed a lead they wouldn’t relinquish en route to a 25-15 triumph. Smeathers and Schirmer buried four kills apiece but the Buckeyes struggled offensively behind a .073 hitting percentage.

SET 2: Ohio State started the second set down 9-4. The Scarlet & Gray battled back to lock the score at 17 but it wasn’t enough as Michigan pulled away for a 25-20 decision.

SET 3: The Buckeyes turned things around in the third. OSU totaled 18 kills and attacked .326. Smeathers killed five of her eight errorless attempts for a .625 clip. After the two teams traded points, the Buckeyes went ahead 19-15. Although the Wolverines pulled within one on multiple occasions, OSU fought to take a 25-22 win.

SET 4: Ohio State jumped out to a 17-11 lead to force a Michigan timeout. Back on the floor, the Wolverines tied the score twice before overpowering the Buckeyes for a 25-22 tally. U-M closed the set on a 14-5 run.

OSU has a quick turnaround as it heads to No. 16 Michigan State on Saturday (Sept. 30). First serve is set for 8 p.m. ET.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Candace Johnson; COURTESY OSU ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

MLB renames World Series MVP Award after Willie Mays

Willie Mays smiling 1960 By New York World-Telegram and the Sun staff photographer, William C. Greene, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. announced Friday that Major League Baseball has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Hall of Famer Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player,” which will continue to be presented by the award’s longtime sponsor, Chevrolet.

Commissioner Manfred said: “Major League Baseball is thrilled to honor Willie Mays on our game’s biggest stage and in a manner that befits his many contributions to the sport. Since making ‘The Catch’ on September 29, 1954, Willie has been a part of World Series history. This annual recognition will forever celebrate the life and career of a legend of the National Pastime.”

World Series MVP honors officially began in 1955, one year after Mays, the star center fielder of the New York Giants, made the most famous catch in the history of the Fall Classic. Following Mays’ sprinting, over-the-shoulder grab (http://atmlb.com/2xwIsV1) on a deep fly ball hit by Vic Wertz in Game One at the Polo Grounds, the Giants would go on to complete a four-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians in the 1954 World Series. Overall, Mays played in the Fall Classic four times – in his rookie season of 1951 and again in ’54 with the New York Giants; in 1962 after the Club moved to San Francisco; and in his final Major League season, 1973, as a member of the New York Mets.

Mays, who is 86, played in a record-tying 24 All-Star Games in his 22 years with the Giants (1951-1972) and the Mets (1972-1973). Mays signed with the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro American League at 16 and then joined the Giants organization in 1950. The following year, the eventual National League Rookie of the Year was in the on-deck circle for teammate Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ‘Round the World.” After serving in the U.S. Army for most of the 1952 season and all of 1953, “The Say Hey Kid” returned to post an MVP season in 1954, leading the Giants to the World Series Championship. He earned NL MVP honors again in 1965 and won 12 consecutive Gold Gloves from 1957-1968. Mays finished his career with a .302 batting average, 660 home runs, 338 stolen bases, a .384 on-base percentage and a .557 slugging percentage. The Alabama native was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979 with 94.7% of all votes, the fourth-highest total ever at the time of his election.

Mays was honored as one of Baseball’s four “Greatest Living Players,” as voted on by fans, at the 2015 All-Star Game in Cincinnati. In November 2015, Mays received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY MLB MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

Expectations for Week 4 in the NFL

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 4

DREAM SEASON: Kansas City rookie running back KAREEM HUNT had 183 scrimmage yards (172 rushing, 11 receiving) and one rushing touchdown in the Chiefs’ 24-10 win at the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 3.

With 30 scrimmage yards in Week 4 against Washington on Monday Night Football, Hunt, who has 538 scrimmage yards in his first three games, would surpass ADRIAN PETERSON (549 yards in 2007) and Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (567 in 1983) for the second-most scrimmage yards by a rookie in his team’s first four games of a season.

The rookies with the most scrimmage yards in their team’s first four games to start a season:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN TEAM’S FIRST 4 GAMES
Billy Sims Detroit Lions 1980 745
Eric Dickerson^ Los Angeles Rams 1983 567
Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings 2007 549
Kareem Hunt Kansas City Chiefs 2017 538*
Beattie Feathers Chicago Bears 1934 536
*Through three games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

FINDING PAYDIRT: Last week, Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY had three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) in the team’s 41-39 win at San Francisco. Kansas City rookie running back KAREEM HUNT rushed for a touchdown in the Chiefs’ 24-10 victory against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Gurley and Hunt have six touchdowns each through three games this season. With three touchdowns in Week 4, Gurley and Hunt would tie Pro Football Hall of Famer EMMITT SMITH and STEPHEN DAVIS for the second-most touchdowns by a player in his team’s first four games to start a season.

The players with the most touchdowns in their team’s first four games to start a season:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON TOUCHDOWNS IN TEAM’S FIRST 4 GAMES  
Jim Brown^ Cleveland Browns 1958 10  
Stephen Davis Washington Redskins 1999 9  
Emmitt Smith^ Dallas Cowboys 1995 9  
Many tied - - 8  
         
Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams 2017 6*  
Kareem Hunt Kansas City Chiefs 2017 6*  
*Through three games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

With two touchdowns each in Week 4, Gurley and Hunt would become the first pair of players to each have eight total touchdowns through their team’s first four games in the same season in NFL history.

Hunt, who currently leads all rookies with six total touchdowns, needs two touchdowns to tie BILL PASCHAL of the 1943 New York Giants (eight touchdowns) for the most touchdowns by a rookie in his team’s first four games of a season.

The rookies with the most touchdowns in their team’s first four games to start a season:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON TOUCHDOWNS IN TEAM’S FIRST 4 GAMES  
Bill Paschal New York Giants 1943 8  
Many tied - - 6  
         
Kareem Hunt Kansas City Chiefs 2017 6*  
*Through three games

– NFL –

YARD WORK: Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS passed for 313 yards and three touchdowns in the Packers’ 27-24 overtime win against Cincinnati in Week 3.

Rodgers, who ranks second in the NFL with 967 passing yards this season, has at least 300 passing yards in each of his team’s first three games. With at least 300 passing yards against Chicago on Thursday Night Football, Rodgers would become the fifth quarterback in NFL history to record 300 or more passing yards in each of his team’s first four games of a season.

The players with 300 or more passing yards in each of their team’s first four games of a season:

PLAYER TEAM YEAR GAMES WITH 300+ PASSING YARDS
Drew Brees New Orleans Saints 2013 4
Peyton Manning Denver Broncos 2013 4
Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts 2009 4
Kurt Warner^ St. Louis Rams 2000 4
Steve Young^ San Francisco 49ers 1998 4
       
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers 2017 3*
*Through three games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

PROLIFIC PASSERS: Three quarterbacks – New England’s TOM BRADY, New Orleans’ DREW BREES and Kansas City’s ALEX SMITH – have at least 750 passing yards, six touchdown passes and no interceptions through Week 3. Brady, Brees and Smith look to join an exclusive club this week.

Brady, who has 1,092 passing yards with eight touchdowns and no interceptions, is looking to become the first player in NFL history to pass for at least 1,000 yards with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions through his team’s first four games twice in his career, having also accomplished the feat in 2015.

Brees (867 passing yards, six touchdowns) and Smith (774, seven) are looking to join Brady, PEYTON MANNING and DON MEREDITH as the only quarterbacks to pass for at least 1,000 yards with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions through their team’s first four games of a season.

The quarterbacks with at least 1,000 passing yards, 10 touchdown passes and no interceptions through their team’s first four games of a season:

PLAYER TEAM YEAR PASSING YARDS TD PASSES INTs
Tom Brady New England Patriots 2015 1,387 11 0
Peyton Manning Denver Broncos 2013 1,470 16 0
Don Meredith Dallas Cowboys 1966 1,089 14 0
           
Tom Brady* New England Patriots 2017 1,092 8 0
Drew Brees* New Orleans Saints 2017 867 6 0
Alex Smith* Kansas City Chiefs 2017 774 7 0
*Through three games  

​– NFL –

BAKER’S COUSINS: Washington quarterback KIRK COUSINS completed 25 of 30 passes (83.3 percent) for 365 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 150.7 passer rating in the Redskins’ 27-10 win over Oakland in Week 3.

Cousins, who has 12,897 career passing yards, will be playing in his 50th career game when the Redskins visit Kansas City on Monday Night Football. With 103 passing yards against the Chiefs, Cousins would become the sixth quarterback in NFL history to record at least 13,000 passing yards in his first 50 career games.

Cousins, who has thrown 43 interceptions, can have the fewest interceptions through 50 career games among the quarterbacks who reached 13,000 passing yards during that span.

The players with the most passing yards in their first 50 career games:

PLAYER TEAM PASSING YARDS INTERCEPTIONS
Matthew Stafford Detroit Lions 14,331 57
Kurt Warner^ St. Louis Rams 13,864 62
Marc Bulger St. Louis Rams 13,551 52
Dan Marino^ Miami Dolphins 13,514 57
Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts 13,450 48
       
Kirk Cousins Washington Redskins 12,897* 43*
*Through 49 career games  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer  

– NFL –

STILL KICKING: Indianapolis kicker ADAM VINATIERI has made 534 career field goals during his 22-year career. With four field goals against Seattle on Sunday night, Vinatieri would tie GARY ANDERSON (538) for the second-most made field goals in NFL history.

The players with the most career made field goals in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) CAREER MADE FGS
Morten Andersen^ New Orleans, Atlanta, New York Giants, Kansas City, Minnesota 565
Gary Anderson Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Minnesota, Tennessee 538
     
Adam Vinatieri New England, Indianapolis 534*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Vinatieri is the only player in NFL history to make at least 250 field goals with two different teams, converting 263 with New England (1996-2005) and 271 with Indianapolis (2006-present).​

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

NFL NFC Players of the Week for Week 3

REDSKINS QB KIRK COUSINSCOWBOYS DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE &

EAGLES K JAKE ELLIOTT NAMED NFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 3

Quarterback KIRK COUSINS of the Washington Redskins, defensive end DEMARCUS LAWRENCE of the Dallas Cowboys and kicker JAKE ELLIOTT of the Philadelphia Eagles are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 3 (September 21, 24-25).

OFFENSE: QB KIRK COUSINS, WASHINGTON REDSKINS

DEFENSE: DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE, DALLAS COWBOYS

SPECIAL TEAMS: K JAKE ELLIOTT, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

2017 NFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

 

Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Sam Bradford, Minnesota CB Trumaine Johnson, Los Angeles Rams K Matt Prater, Detroit
Wk 2 WR J.J. Nelson, Arizona CB Desmond Trufant, Atlanta PR Jamal Agnew, Detroit
Wk 3 QB Kirk Cousins, Washington DE Demarcus Lawrence, Dallas K Jake Elliott, Philadelphia

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

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