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Thunder’s star Kevin Durant helps tornado victims with $1 million donation

Kevin Durant (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant has always said that the Oklahoma town is his home and would help in the community when he could.

Recently, while watching television images of how much destruction the tornado did in the suburb of Moore, Oklahoma, the popular NBA star offered his help with a pledge of $1 million.

The likeable former University of Texas star has lived in Oklahoma City for five years, ever since the Seattle SuperSonics franchise moved there in 2008.

The Thunder’s organization and NBA players association also pledged a $1 million dollars each to the tornado victims.

Prelude to the Dream race has been a big hit with fans, drivers; big help for Feed the Children

 

Eight years ago NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, who also is the owner of Eldora Speedway in the Darke County city of Rossburg, Ohio, came up with an idea of having an All-Star race with drivers from all phases of auto racing to entertain fans and to also help the Feed the Children charity.

It is now 2012, and the race has become bigger than even Stewart could’ve visioned.

He is getting drivers to give up an “off-day” to participate in the race; the race is televised on HBO Pay-per-View to a national audience; the race attracts crowds of 20,000-plus; hundreds of thousands of dollars is being raised and the media has jumped on board as well. I was told there was between 100-150 members of the media covering last night’s race.

Also, everybody donates their time: drivers, pit crews and TV announcers.

All of this in the tiny town of Rossburg, which is located between Versailles and Greenville. Rossburg is actually a village of 250 people. It is home to Eldora Speedway, a half-mile clay oval track.

Tony Stewart, founder of the Prelude to the Dream race

Feed the Children charity is the beneficiary of the Prelude race. The non-profit organization is based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It’s mission is “delivering food, medicine, clothing and any necessities to individuals in need, children, families who don’t have life’s essentials due to natural diasaters, war and poverty.

All of the money from the Pay-per-View telecast on HBO, is donated to Feed the Children.

Fans who attend the Prelude race, donate five cans or more of nonperishable food when they entered the track last night, received a free Feed the Children Prelude to the Dream poster.

All of the drivers, who finished in the top10 of the 40-lap race, Feed the Children will send a truck of goods to their hometown or any city of their choice. Tony Stewart, who finished second last night, said that he’s going to donate his part of the proceeds to the village of Rossburg.

(courtesy of Eldora Speedway)

Not only do the fans see the top motor sports drivers race the late model cars, the modifieds and stock cars that run regularly at Eldora, provide the undercard racing. Their are hot laps as warmups for the motor sports veterans.

The 2012 race increased the laps from 30 to 40 in the feature race and used double-file restarts.

The only drivers to race in every Prelude includes Tony Stewart, Ron Capps, Cruz Pedregon, Kenny Wallace and Kenny Schrader.

(courtesy of Eldora Speedway)

 

 

Photos by megasportsnews.com

UC abandons plan to play home games at Paul Brown Stadium

 

Paul Brown (2005 photo by Derek Jensen via wikipedia commons)

The University of Cincinnati football program’s two-year experiment of playing football games in an NFL stadium has not met the expected financial increase it was seeking.

Head football coach Butch Jones and athletic director Whit Babcock say that the players preferred playing on campus at 35,000-seat Nippert Stadium rather than traveling downtown to play in the Bengals 65,000-seat stadium.

The Bearcats played the Oklahoma game there in 2010 and two Big East games in 2011 at PBS trying to help them attract fans, recruits and profile the program better. Those games only attracted between 40,000 to 42,000 fans.

 

 

Info compiled from UC athletics, Radio & TV news

COTTON BOWL: #7 Arkansas 29 #11 Kansas State 16

 

(courtesy of bowl via wikipedia commons)

The 2012 Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas has been won by the Arkansas over Kansas State, 29-16.

Joe Adams had his fourth punt return for a touchdown in the 2011 season as the #7 Razorbacks matched a school-record for wins with 11 by defeating the #11 Wildcats.

The other Arkansas team’s who have won 11 games in a season, is the 1964 and 1977 editions.

Adams’ 51-yard return early in the second quarter gave Arkansas (11-2) a 10-0 advantage.

Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson threw two touchdown passes.

Kansas State, who finishes the season at 10-3, scored 16 points in a row to close to within 19-16.

Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein tied the Big 12 record with his 27th rushing touchdown of the season and matched the Football Bowl Subdivision record for a quarterback.

GAME NOTES:

*Although the two schools are less than 400 miles apart, they have played only four times, with the last meeting in 1967. Kansas State leads the series 3-2.

* The Razorbacks only losses were to LSU and Alabama, the national title contenders.

* The Wildcats losses were to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

* Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson led the SEC in passing for more than 285 yards a game.

* Arkansas WR Jarius Wright had 1,029 yards receiving on 63 receptions and 11 touchdowns. All of his stats are single-season school records. He produced all of those stats in 11 games and sat our one game with an injury. He led the SEC with 6 catches and 94 yards a game.

* Kansas State QB Collin Klein is very good. He accounted for 66% of the plays that the Wildcats and 69% of the team’s total offense. The 6’5, 226-pound junior rushed for 1,099 yards this season.

 

Info compiled from University of Arkansas, Kansas State University, Radio & TV news

 

Collegiate Baseball ranks Arkansas 8th in pre-season poll

 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas baseball team is ranked eighth in the Collegiate Baseball preseason top 40 poll.

 

The Razorbacks return 19 letterwinners from last year’s team that finished with a 40-22 record and won the SEC Western Division championship. Arkansas returns five position starters from last year’s team, including freshman All-American Dominic Ficociello, who hit .335 with four homers and 50 RBI in 2011.

Dominic Ficociello (courtesy of Arkansas athletics)

On the mound, the Razorbacks return 10 pitchers, led by junior DJ Baxendale, who earned second-team All-SEC honors after going 10-2 with a 1.58 ERA last year. The Razorbacks also bring back freshman All-Americans Barrett Astin and Nolan Sanburn. Astin went 5-2 with three saves a 2.72 ERA last season, while Sanburn posted a 2-4 record with a team-high eight saves and a 3.62 ERA.

 

The SEC was well represented in the poll with six league teams among the top 40. Joining Arkansas in the top 10 are Florida at No. 1 and defending national champion South Carolina at No. 2. LSU (No. 12), Georgia (No. 18) and Vanderbilt (No. 23) are also ranked in the poll. Two of Arkansas’ non-conference opponents in 2012 were among the top 40 as Texas (No. 5) and Oklahoma (No. 16) were included in the rankings.

 

Arkansas opens the 2012 season on Friday, Feb. 17, when it hosts Villanova at Baum Stadium.

 

Press Release courtesy of Arkansas athletics)

 

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