TOPEKA, Kan. (May 1) – On a night that was less than perfect, one of the best features of the early season occurred Sunday night at the 2nd Big Time Bail Bonds Sunday Night Showdown at Heartland Park Topeka.In the BillsBuilt Race Cars IMCA Modified feature it was a full-blown battle. Jared Rogers jumped out to the lead and would hold on for a majority of the laps but a yellow changed the complexion of the race.Following the restart, Jordan Grabouski took a slim lead over Rogers going into the first turn late in the race. Rogers fought back hard on the inside, but as the two exited turn two Darron Fuqua threaded the needle with a pass for the lead in the middle and it stuck.Once Fuqua got to the front of the pack he wouldn’t be denied. The multi-time track champion at Heartland Park Topeka took home win number one under the IMCA banner.Last week, Dustin Thulin pulled out for the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature only to have battery issues take him out of the feature before it ever started. This week was a little different.Starting from the pole, Thulin, also a former champion at Heartland Park Topeka, made the most of his good fortune on Sunday night. He jumped out to a lead he’d never relinquish and wired thefield.Shannon Anderson of Des Moines, Iowa, made a five-hour journey to race at HPT pay off, slicing and dicing his way to the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock lead in a short amount of time.The five-time national champion put a stranglehold on the top spot.The Cars 4 Less IMCA Stock Car division continues to surprise the Heartland Park Staff with its turnout. The division had a total of 27 cars checked in, necessitating a ‘B’ feature.Another long two ended in victory lane as Casey Woken traveled four hours to take top honors in that class.A whopping total of 4.5 inches of rain fell at the track during the week and it was anyone’s guess if Sunday night’s event was going to get in. The track prep crew was ready for the task and they got the job done.
Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has allowed striker Keane to miss the clash in favour of turning out for club side LA Galaxy in their first MLS game of the season three days later. There is no place in O’Neill’s provisional 29-man squad for goalkeeper Shay Given, nor midfielder Stephen Ireland. Speculation had been rife that Given’s successful loan spell with Middlesbrough would bring him back into O’Neill’s squad. But the 37-year-old has had to return to parent club Aston Villa, and has now received another blow by missing out on an international return. “Our game against Serbia will provide us with great preparation ahead of the first of our European qualifiers in September,” said O’Neill. “I enjoyed working with the players in November for my first taste of international football, and am looking forward to assembling the squad once again in March.” Ireland provisional squad: D Forde (Millwall), D Randolph (Birmingham), R Elliot (Newcastle); R Keogh (Derby), M Wilson (Stoke), S Coleman (Everton), J O’Shea (Sunderland), A Pearce, S Kelly (both Reading), D Delaney (Ipswich), R Dunne (QPR); J McCarthy (Everton), C Clark (Aston Villa), S Ward (Brighton), G Whelan (Stoke), P Green (Leeds), A Reid (Notts Forest), A McGeady (Everton), A Pilkington (Norwich), J McClean (Wigan), S Quinn, D Meyler (both Hull), W Hoolahan (Norwich); S Long (Hull), D Murphy (Ipswich), J Walters (Stoke), K Doyle (QPR), A Stokes (Celtic), S Cox (Notts Forest). Press Association Robbie Keane will sit out Ireland’s friendly with Serbia in Dublin on March 5.
Black Stars Head Coach Kwesi Appiah has included seven debutants in his 23-man squad for Ghana’s upcoming AFCON 2021 Qualifiers against South Africa and São Tomé and Príncipe.Ashanti Gold forward Shafiu Mumuni’s brilliant form in recent months has earned him a call up along with former Hearts of Oak ace Torric Jibril, with Denmark based Mohammed Kudus also receiving his first call up after his fine form this season.The seven debutants are:Torric JibrilHe currently plays as an attacking midfielder for Congolese side, TP Mazembe, he began his career as an attacker for premier league side, Accra Hearts of Oak. In January 2011, Jibril signed a two and half year deal with Turkish side Bucaspor. He played for the club 26 times, scoring three goals.Iddrisu BabaIddrisu Baba plays for Spanish club RCD Mallorca as a midfielder. He has made ten La Liga appearances for Real Mallorca so far this season. Baba moved to Spain at an early age and joined RCD Mallorca’s youth setup in January 2014, from CD Leganés.Christopher Antwi-AdjeiHe is a German-Ghanaian footballer who plays as a midfielder for German Bundesliga side SC Paderborn. Since joining Paderborn in 2017, he has scored 8 league goals after making 38 appearances. Mohammed SalisuThe robust central defender joined Real Valladolid’s youth setup in October 2017 from Nsawam based African Talent Football Academy. He made his first senior appearance for the side in August 2019 and scored his first ever La Liga goal two months later in a 2-0 win for Real Valladolid against Eibar.Razak AbaloraRazak Abalora is a former West African Football Academy shot stopper who plays for Tanzanian side, Azam FC. He was a member of the Black Stars B team before leaving the shores of the country three years ago.Shafiu Mumuni The AshantiGold goal machine bagged four goals in four games for his side in the CAF Confederation Cup qualifiers, and also emerged top goal scorer at the just ended 2019 WAFU Cup of Nations where he scored four goals in four games for the Black Stars team B on their way to a second place finish at the competition.Mohammed KudusKudus Mohammed plays as a forward for Danish side FC Nordsjælland. Kudus got his official debut for FCN only 3 days after his 18th birthday, in a 0-2 defeat against Brøndby IF. With his debut, he became the 9th youngest debutant in the history of FC Nordsjælland. He also represented Ghana at Under 17 level at the World Cup back in 2017.Ghana will face South Africa’s Bafana Bafana on November 14 at the Cape Coast Stadium, before travelling to São Tomé and Príncipe four days later to take on the Seleção dos Falcões e Papagaios. Source: Rita Mensah/CitiSports/Ghana
President Trump and @BrettFavre on the golf course today.Photo via the White House pic.twitter.com/vPBeSGDL5G— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) July 25, 2020Tucked inside criticism of Trump for golfing rather than working to end the COVID-19 pandemic were jokes and memes about Favre, a few of them NSFW. Twitter was not happy that Brett Favre played a round of golf with President Donald Trump on Saturday.The social crowd reacted after the Hall of Fame quarterback was photographed standing beside Trump on one of the greens at Trump National in Bedminster, N.J., both smiling into the camera. MORE: Favre has thoughts about how Packers should use Jordan LoveThere also was an “I had a Brett Favre joke” theme.I had a Brett Favre joke, but it got intercepted.— Sarcastic Corgi (@CorgiSarcastic) July 25, 2020I had a Brett Favre joke, but it grew old and tired and sad and desperate for relevance. https://t.co/8qThYCgZqK— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) July 25, 2020I used to have a Brett Favre joke, but I retired it, brought it back, retired it again, brought it back again, retired it once more…— James Akers (@James_E_Akers) July 26, 2020I had a Brett Favre joke, but then it got replaced by a better one. pic.twitter.com/nWXXAZtPnb— Mamavalveeta03 (@mamavalveeta03) July 26, 2020I had a Brett Favre joke but it went away and then kept coming back. It was like a Michael Jordan joke I once heard.— Steven R (@psychdrsaroth) July 26, 2020I had a Brett Favre joke but it was too small to see— Jgood (@r8drjgood) July 26, 2020Favre has not commented on Twitter or Instagram.