When the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock checkers flew Friday at Stuart Speedway, Jack Phillips celebrated his first feature win in a quarter-century. (Photo by Jim Zimmerline)By Cyndie LambSTUART, Iowa (Aug. 17) – There were some emotions in victory lane to be sure, following Jack Phillips’ IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock win Friday at Stuart Speedway.Phillips held off all challengers in taking the checkers and his post-race speech was emotional as he announced this was his first win in 25 years.John Watson was second and Jeremy Purdy third.Clint Luellen led the IMCA Modifieds to the checkers and Brandon Pruitt was best in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.Austin Luellen topped the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature and Hunter Patrick paced the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.
Press Association The 31-year-old Republic of Ireland international – who had been the subject of a bid from Aston Villa, driven by former Canaries boss Paul Lambert – submitted a transfer request on Tuesday, but that was swiftly refused. A statement on club website canaries.co.uk on Tuesday evening read: “City can confirm Irish international midfielder Wes Hoolahan has today submitted a transfer request which has been rejected. Norwich have turned down a transfer request from midfielder Wes Hoolahan. “The board of Norwich City has stated clearly no senior players will be sold against the club’s wishes and Hoolahan, 31, is contracted to the club until June 2015. “The club will make no further comment at this time.” Norwich’s board rejected the offer from Villa outright and refused to countenance the idea of Hoolahan leaving Carrow Road in the January transfer window. Canaries boss Chris Hughton last week also stressed his desire to keep the seven-cap midfielder on board, insisting he was instead focused on bringing in reinforcements rather than seeing players leave. When asked if Hoolahan could be sold this month, Hughton said: “At the moment our concentration is on can we add to the squad? Can we improve the squad? Not on letting players go out. “We’ve had a few injuries, especially in midfield, and then Michael Turner will be out for a while as well. “We are trying as hard as we can (to sign players), the same as everybody else, but January is a notoriously bad time to bring in players. “But they also have to be right for the club.”
Published on February 2, 2016 at 10:32 pm Syracuse’s first lead came under a minute into overtime, but the Orange (16-8, 6-5 Atlantic Coast) escaped with a 68-60 overtime win over Virginia Tech (12-11, 4-6) on Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome. The Orange struggled to score in regulation against the worst defensive team in the conference, but a string of deep balls in the extra period put Syracuse above .500 in ACC play for the first time.Here are three quick reactions from the game.OutletEven as Syracuse couldn’t hit water from a boat in the first half from 3-point range, Tyler Roberson grabbed eight boards and added eight points to stabilize the Orange. Four of those were of the offensive variety, which equaled Virginia Tech’s first-half team total.A second-half sequence where he flushed a two-handed dunk through contact and hit the front end of a one-and-one seconds later erased VT’s lead for the first time since the beginning of the game. It also gave him a double-double with about 10 minutes to go, his sixth on the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse finished with a 14-7 advantage in second-chance points as Roberson ended with six offensive boards, 15 total rebounds and 12 points.Mustached manTyler Lydon thrust his arms in the air from the bench with 30 seconds remaining in overtime. The freshman had fouled out earlier in the extra period and was relegated to the bench for the finish of a frantic game that Syracuse rarely had in its grasp.Minutes earlier, Lydon corralled a missed layup by Michael Gbinije and slammed it home to put Syracuse up five for its largest lead of the night at the time. He provided a more than sufficient reinforcement to Roberson’s standout day down low.Lydon finished with 13 points and six rebounds, along with being the only Syracuse player not to miss a foul shot.Grinding it outTrevor Cooney stepped to the foul line for his inevitable first points late in the first half, an 0-for-6 mark from the field already to his name. But two misses and two scrunched faces from his dad in the stands later, Cooney stood 0-for-3 from the line in addition to a fruitless shooting first half.The first shot of the second half went to him, though, and he sunk a 3 from right in front of Syracuse’s bench to cut Virginia Tech’s lead to three. That’s about all he had going for him in regulation.Cooney finished an abysmal 1-of-9 from the field with only three free throws to account for his regulation scoring after opening the second stanza with a long ball. But with three minutes left in overtime, his second 3-pointer and made field goal of the night, Cooney screamed toward the Carrier Dome roof after putting the Orange up 61-58, a lead that never vanished. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+