IMCA Modified Madness at Davenport pays $2,000 to win

first_imgKyle Brown is the defending winner of Davenport Speedway’s IMCA modified Madness 50 special. (Photo by Alan Goacher)DAVENPORT, Iowa – A top prize of $2,000 and a berth on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational are at stake Friday, May 19 at Davenport Speedway’s IMCA Modified Madness 50 special.The main event pays a minimum of $100 to start. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Side Biter Chassis North Central Region and Allstar Performance State points, but no track points will be awarded.There is a $50 entry fee.Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:15 p.m. with racing to follow.Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and students, and free for kids ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $30.IMCA Late Models and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods are also on the Friday program, racing for all points.More information is available at the website or by calling 563 340-4079.last_img read more

Aston Villa, Man City battle in EFL Cup final

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Martinez completes £20m Aston Villa move Aston Villa vs. Man City Venue: Wembley stadium Kick off: 5:30PMThe first major trophy of the 2019-20 season will be decided this afternoon when Aston Villa take on defending champions Manchester City in the EFL Cup final at Wembley. Just seven weeks on from Man City winning the corresponding Premier League fixture 6-1, Villa will be looking to pull off a major shock in order to claim their first silverware since 1996. European matters have dominated the headlines surrounding Man City in recent weeks given their two-year ban for breaching Financial Fair Play rules and the famous victory over Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night. However, attention now comes back to the domestic game and, while it seems to be a case of when rather than if they will relinquish their hold on the Premier League title, there is no doubt that they remain the dominant force in cup competitions. Including the Community Shield, Man City have won seven of the last eight domestic cup finals available to top-flight teams and not since February 2018 – more than two years ago – have they been knocked out of the League or FA Cup, a run of 18 successive ties without elimination. City have been especially dominant in this competition, lifting the trophy in each of the past two seasons and putting themselves within 90 minutes of a third successive crown – a feat only Liverpool, with four in a row between 1981 and 1984, have ever achieved before. Indeed, Pep Guardiola’s side are already only the third team to have reached three successive EFL Cup finals, and their stellar record stretches back even further with four of their six titles coming in the last six seasons. City have certainly not been guilty of taking his competition lightly, then, and in recent times that is no doubt down to the desire of Guardiola to win every trophy he can. Today will be the Catalan’s 25th final as a top-flight manager and he has won an incredible 20 of the previous 24, including all five of his Wembley appearances as Man City boss when silverware has been on the line. Guardiola has also won the Champions League at Wembley during his Barcelona days and so enjoys a superb record at England’s national stadium, although Aston Villa are no strangers to it either. Despite a trophy drought which stretches back 24 years, today will be Villa’s fifth Wembley appearance in six seasons, most recently overcoming Derby County in the Championship playoff final last May. Avoiding an immediate return to the second tier will still be the priority for many fans, but silverware is always welcome and there will be thousands who travel down from the Midlands in the hope that Villa can upset the odds and rekindle their affinity with this competition. Today’s showdown will be their ninth appearance in the League Cup final – a tally bettered only by Liverpool – while their record of five wins is only behind Liverpool and Man City in the all-time list. Indeed, while there are a plethora of daunting recent statistics which Man City can boast in this competition, Villa still hold the distinction of being the team to have won more League Cup matches than any other team in history (140). It is the more recent form which is likely to prove most relevant, though, and in those stakes it threatens to be a one-sided affair at Wembley. Whereas City are going into the game off the back of that unforgettable late comeback win away to Real Madrid, Villa have lost their last three matches to sink to within one point of the relegation zone with 11 games of the league season remaining. Indeed, Dean Smith’s side have lost every game since booking their place in the final, although January’s dramatic 2-1 triumph over Leicester City in the semi-finals, which sealed a 3-2 aggregate win, does provide cause for optimism that they can pull off another shock this weekend. Villa’s whole run to the final should give them belief, in fact, with a 6-1 hammering of Crewe Alexandra in the second round being followed by victories over Premier League opposition in the form of Brighton & Hove Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool, although the latter was against the Under-23s while Liverpool’s senior team was at the Club World Cup. Regardless, the history books will show a very difficult run to Wembley and so claiming the scalp of Man City too would complete a memorable EFL Cup campaign which, coupled with Premier League survival, would make for a hugely successful season. Man City’s own route to the final has been relatively straightforward with victories over Preston North End, Southampton and Oxford United before being drawn against local rivals Manchester United in the semi-finals. A 3-1 triumph at Old Trafford in the first leg of that tie looked to have wrapped things up, but Guardiola’s side were given a scare in the second leg and only scraped through after a 1-0 United win at the Etihad – City’s first defeat in this competition since losing to the same opposition by the same scoreline in October 2016, ending a run of 16 successive wins. City have not lost back-to-back League Cup games since 2010 and will be overwhelming favourites to avoid that fate this weekend, although Villa will be hoping for some kind of hangover from the euphoria of Wednesday’s win at the Bernabeu. Aston Villa possible XI: Nyland, Konsa, Mings, Hause, Guilbert, Nakamba, Luiz, Targett, El Ghazi, Samatta, Grealish. Man City possible XI: Bravo, Cancelo, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Mendy, De Bruyne, Rodri, D Silva, Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling.Tags: Aston VillaEFL CupManchester CityWembley Stadiumlast_img read more

Its Never Mission Impossible, Says Solskjaer

first_img“Goals always change games. We’ve got to get the first goal and then anything can happen,” Solskjaer said.“Football is a technical and tactical game but it’s also a mental game. If we get the first one we would start believing more and then they might start doubting themselves.“It’s never mission impossible. It’s just more difficult.“Everyone knows we can do it. In the Champions League in the last few years there have been so many examples of teams that can change results like this.”United have won 13 out their 16 fixtures in all competitions since Solskjaer took charge in December.However, despite domestic victories away at Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea, United’s last away win in the knock-out phase of the Champions League was in April 2011 against Schalke.“When nobody believes in you there is always that bit of character in yourself that you want to show,” Solskjaer added.“Making history is not the motivation. The motivation is going through. These players aren’t used to losing.”Solskjaer’s side also go into the second leg in Paris with the suspended Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez among 10 first-team absentees.Sanchez will be missing for four to six weeks after going off injured in the 3-2 win over Southampton on Saturday.Defender Phil Jones is out with illness, while Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic and Matteo Darmian are all injured and not among the 20-man squad that travelled to France.Teenagers Tahith Chong, James Garner, Angel Gomes, Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams have been included.Meanwhile, Edinson Cavani faces a late fitness test ahead match for Paris St Germain’ according to coach Thomas Tuchel.The Uruguay striker, who picked up a thigh injury last month and missed his club’s 2-0 win in the first leg at Old Trafford, has taken part in the last two training sessions.“He took part in the last two training sessions in full, but we are going to wait until tomorrow,” Tuchel told a news conference yesterday.“We have decided to wait and make a decision on his participation in the game tomorrow.”MATCH FACTSNo club has ever progressed to the next round of the Champions League after losing the first leg of a knockout match at home by two or more goals (34 previous cases).Paris St-Germain have lost just one of their last 16 Champions League games at home (W10 D5), but that defeat came in the last 16 last season against Real Madrid (1-2).None of the last six English sides to face Paris St-Germain at the Parc des Princes have won. In fact, the only English team to prevail away from home versus PSG were Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in September 2004 (3-0).Four of the last five two-legged encounters between teams from England and France in the Champions League knockout phase have seen the French side progress.PSG have scored 35 goals in their last 10 Champions League home games but haven’t kept a clean sheet in each of the last five.Manchester United have won only one of their last 10 Champions League knockout games (D3 L6), with this coming against Olympiakos in March 2014 (3-0 at Old Trafford). Their last away win in the knockout stages came eight years ago against Schalke (2-0), in April 2011.Manchester United have lost their last two Champions League matches (1-2 away in Valencia in the final group stage match, 0-2 defeat to PSG in the first leg of this tie). They haven’t lost three games in succession in the competition since March 2005.The heaviest margin of defeat that Manchester United have suffered over a two-legged European tie is by three goals; in the 1957/58 European Cup semi-final versus AC Milan (2-5 on aggregate) and in the 1991/92 Cup Winners’ Cup Round of 16 against Atletico Madrid (1-4 on aggregate).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester United’s last-16 second-leg Champions League tie at Paris St-Germain tonight is not “mission impossible”, says interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The match is coming against the backdrop of Ajax’s spectacular comeback against cup holders, Real Madrid last night at Santiago Bernabue where they won 4-1 after 1-2 loss in Amsterdam three weeks ago.United lost the home leg 2-0 and will need to make history to progress and club has ever advanced in the knockout phase after losing at home by two or more goals in the first leg. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer excited by return to Old Traffordlast_img read more