Rob NugentPOCOLA, Okla. (Aug. 8) – Anthony Reeves took home the trophy following his first Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified win of the season Saturday at Tri-State Speedway.Van Gemmill finished second for the second week in a row, ahead of Jason Payton.The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature saw Brent Grover capture his first win of the season in front of Keith Heaslet and Joshua Vaughn.In the IMCA SportMod main event, Cody Rongey took home his second win of the season ahead of youngster Kayden Menasco as Alan Goforth crossed the line in third.
The USC women’s soccer team (4-4-1, 1-0-0) prepares for its first out-of-state games of the season as it travels to Arizona to play Arizona State (4-5-0, 1-1-0) at 2 p.m. on Friday in Tempe, followed by a trip to Tucson to take on Arizona (5-4-1, 1-0-0) at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.Contributions · Freshman forward Katie Johnson is third on the team with three goals. Eight players have scored goals for USC in 2012. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanUSC coach Ali Khosroshahin believes the upcoming games will challenge his squad.“Both of the teams are ahead of us in the RPI formula,” Khosroshahin said. “For us, it’s an opportunity to position ourselves for an at-large bid. We got to bring it and play really well. They’ll be challenging games.”The Women of Troy are coming off a victory in their first conference game of the season, a victory last Friday over Washington 1-0 on a goal by senior forward Samantha Johnson in the 100th minute. It was USC’s first shutout of the season, and a step in the right direction for a team that had previously allowed 2.12 goals per game, the worst average in the Pac-12. The defensive production was improved partially thanks to the return of senior Kristina Noriega (concussion) and redshirt sophomore Mia Bruno (quad strain).“We just changed personnel defensively because we need more experience, so mentally we have an advantage,” Johnson said. “Kristina and Mia are back there and they’re helping Erin [Owen] a lot back there now. With experience, you make mature decisions — not making forced passes and holding onto the ball.”USC has been good in the past against Arizona and Arizona State, going 12-4 lifetime against ASU and 14-3-1 lifetime against Arizona. USC beat both teams last year at McAlister Field, beating ASU 2-1 in overtime and shutting out Arizona 1-0. The Women of Troy have won the last five meetings against Arizona and have not lost to the Wildcats since 2004. USC also holds a record of 2-0-1 on the road in 2012.“We’re feeling really excited coming off of our first conference win,” said Bruno, when asked about the upcoming games. “We know it’s going to be tough competition. It’s going to be hot out there. We had a really good week at training and we look good, so I think we’re going to go in with a lot of confidence.”Both games will be televised regionally by the Pac-12 Networks.
Liverpool are on the verge of offloading another striker this week with Iago Aspas set to leave.Despite losing star man and goal-scorer-in-chief Luis Suarez to Barcelona this week, the Merseyside club is preparing to let Spanish forward Aspas go on loan to Sevilla with a view to a permanent deal.According to local sources, Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has flown to Spain to finalise the deal for the 26-year-old, who scored just once in 15 appearances last season.Brendan Rodgers was hopeful of using Aspas as a makeweight in a deal to bring Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno to Anfield this summer but it now appears the deals will have to be separate transactions.Aspas’s exit will free up space in the Liverpool squad for another striker and Lille man Divock Origi has been photographed at the club’s training ground since his Belgium side was knocked out of the World Cup. Iago Aspas 1