The 2010 Nascar season moves into week three this Sunday at 3 p.m. for the Sprint Cup Shelby American on Fox-TV.
This is one of the circuits biggest tracks with a seating capacity of 142,000. The race will go 267 laps (400.5 miles). Mark Martin won the first race at Las Vegas on March 1, 1998. His average speed of 146.554 mph remains the race record.
Last season, in the Shelby 427, Kyle Busch and Clint Boyer duked it out for the final 58 laps, with Busch holding on in the final two restarts to claim the win.
The speedway’s recent $35 million upgrade increased the banking and moved pit road closer to the grandstands. The wide racing surface is fast and driver-friendly.
No driver has won the Las Vegas Cup from the pole. Jeff Burton is the only driver with multiple wins at the track in a Cup and a Nationwide Series car. As far as owners go, Jack Rousch (6) and Rick Hendrick (4) have accounted for 10 wins in the 12 Cup races held at Las Vegas.
This year’s Co-Grand Marshall’s will be Carroll Shelby and Kim Kardashian will give the command, “Drivers, start your engines.”!
Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS)
From OSU and wire reports
Sophomore Samantha Prahalis has been named one of eight finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award, which honors the nation’s top collegiate point guard in Division I women’s basketball.
The other final nominees include: Alison Lacey of Iowa State, Nadirah McKenith of St. John’s, DePaul’s Sam Quigley, Oklahoma State’s Andrea Riley, Oklahoma’s Danielle Robinson, Jasmine Thomas of Duke and Courtney Vanedsloot from Gonzaga.
An All-American and Big Ten player of the year candidate, Prahalis leads the Big Ten and ranks second nationally with 8 assists per game. She ranks third in the Big Ten with 18.5 ppg in conference play and has nine games with 20 or more points. The native of Commack, N.Y., scored a career-high 32 points in the win at No. 19 Michigan State January 9, earning Big Ten player of the week honors, an award she has won a team-high four times this season. Samantha is just the second Division I player since 1999-2000 to average at least 16 points and 8 assists per game. Recently, she made a school- record 48 straight free throws, which was the second-best mark all-time in the Big Ten and fifth-longest in NCAA history.
The Nancy Lieberman Award committee announces the final nominees for the 11th Annual Award. The award is a national project of the Rotary Club of Detroit honoring the nation’s top collegiate point guard in women’s Division I basketball. The criteria for the award are for floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills that resembled the Hall of Famer, Nancy Lieberman during her career.
Sportswriters from across the country determines the final nominee list. They will select three finalists and one winner from this list at the beginning of August 2010. That announcement of the three finalists and one winner will be made during the Final Four Weekend, April 4-6, 2010.
This year’s award will be presented at a noon luncheon at The Detroit Athletic Club on April 21, 2010 in Detroit.
Samantha Prahalis (OSU)
It has been several weeks now since the University of Miami football team was upset in the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando by number 24 Wisconsin.
The 2010 spring football practices have started for The “Canes” as fourth year head coach Randy Shannon is trying to get his team back to the days of national championship caliber, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1991 and 2001.
Spring practice will also get Miami ready for their non-conference schedule of Florida A & M on Sept. 2, at Ohio State on Sept. 11, At Pittsburgh on Sept. 23 and South Florida on Nov. 27.
The Hurricanes other mission is to find the number 2 QB behind starter Jacory Harris. Harris has a hand injury and will participate in some non-throwing drills. The candidates for the backup spot includes: A.J. Highsmith and incoming freshman Stephen Morris.
Coach Shannon says that Highsmith, who played in just three games in 2009, entered camp with a slight dege on Morris, who enrolled last month after graduating from Monsignor Pace High School in Miami.
In other College Football News
The Alabama Crimson Tide has been picked to win back-to-back national championships, early odds are suggesting. The Birmingham News is reporting at 7-2 odds, Nick Saban’s team are the heavy favorites to win the 2010 national title.
The other top contenders include: Ohio State 13-2, Boise State 12-1, Oregon 12-1, Texas 14-1, Nebraska 15-1, USC 15-1, Florida 16-1, Virginia Tech 17-1, Oklahoma 18-1, TCU 18-1, Iowa 20-1, LSU 25-1, Miami 25-1 and Penn State 25-1.
Miami Hurricanes (UM)
Barberton O., native Nick Sales has been one of the leaders for the Defiance College Yellow Jackets this season. He leads the team with 374 points or 15 ppg as a senior forward in Sports Management.
Defiance plays in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference with Anderson, Hanover, Manchester, Transylvania, Franklin, Mt. St. Joseph, Rose-Hulman and arch-rival Bluffton.
The past three games, Sales has led the Yellow Jackets to wins over Bluffton, 70-60 last Wednesday, 73-60 over Franklin on Saturday and Tuesday February 23 another win over Franklin, 92-78 in the conference tournament.
The Bluffton game marked the final regular season home contest for Defiance College’s six-man senior group, as Sales, Mike Floyd,
Nick Sales Defiance (DC)
Eric Stolly, Nate Conley, Josh Stuckey and Heath Armstrong improved to 73-31 during their four years at the northwest Ohio school.
Seles now has over 1,300 points for his career and became the fifth player in DC history with at least 1,200 points and 800 rebounds in a career. The Yellow Jackets are 21-5 overall, 11-1 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Defiance has advanced to the conference tournament semi-finals on Friday at 6 p.m. vs. number 2 seed Hanover.
This year’s NFL draft is scheduled for April 23 and for the first time ever, it’ll be a three-day event.
There will be several players wishing and hoping their name will be called in the first round. Only 32 will have that dubious distinction. Included in that list is Illinois WR Aurrelious Benn.
Benn was the favorite receiver of Illimois QB Juice Williams. The numbers from his final college season would suggest he is not worthy of the first round: 38 catches, 490 yards and 2 touchdowns. Those low numbers were more of the fact that Illinois’ offensive line didn’t give it’s quarterbacks time to get the ball down the field and not that Benn unachieved. Plus, he also played on a sore ankle which was injured early in the season. If he had played on a better team, say Ohio State, Texas, Alabama or Penn State, he would’ve caught more than 70 balls and had more than 10 scores.
Most NFL Scouts like Benn and his potential and something you can’t coach or teach, speed. They also Benn’s size (6’2, 225), and showed excellent hands in college.
Benn needs a fantastic combine to convince teams he can make an early impact in his rookie season. If Benn accomplishes this, there are several NFL teams that need a wide receiver of his caliber in the first round: 49ers (16th), the Ravens (25th), and the Jets (29th). A poor combine means he would drop anywhere from second round through the 3rd.
Aurrelious Benn breaks a tackle (UI)