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  • Six dates announced for IMCA Empire State Series

    first_imgCENTER LISLE, N.Y – Six race dates are on the initial schedule for the 2017 Empire State Series for IMCA Modifieds.Thunder Mountain Speedway hosts the opening night show during the Memorial Weekend on May 27. Night two is June 23 at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.The tour returns to Thunder Mountain on July 15 and then travels to Fonda Speedway on Aug. 2.Glen Ridge is site of the Aug. 25 show. The 16th annual tour concludes Sept. 23 at Outlaw Speedway.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Dirt Works Eastern Region and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded at each event.last_img read more

  • Badgers ‘gotta feeling’ about Duke game

    first_imghttp://http://vimeo.com/7934777The University of Wisconsin Men’s Basketball team takes on the Duke Blue Devils at the Kohl Center tonight. See what the players and the Badger Herald Sports editors are saying about tonight’s match up. The game airs at 7 p.m. on ESPN.last_img

  • Sunday racing in Thurles

    first_imgTipp FM’s David Lawlor tells us what we can expect: Stock photo of horse racing | Photo © Pixabay Irish action today is at Thurles with a 7 race card.Eight runners will go to post in the feature Mares Novice Chase worth €57,500.The first is off at 1.20pm.last_img

  • Clippers answer to themselves amid criticism stemming from Donald Sterling controversy

    first_imgOAKLAND – Depending on your point of view, the Clippers took the floor Sunday against the Golden State Warriors as reluctant martyrs, sell outs, a group of proud men banding together against their racist owner or a bunch of high-priced mercenaries turning a blind eye on the human drama unfolding around them.What they really were — basketball players doing the job they’re paid to do while playing a game they’ve dreamed about for as long as they’ve laced up high tops — doesn’t much matter.They’ve entered that strange, powerful, public perception vortex in which they are whatever you want them to be, whatever you see them as.They lost their public identity the moment Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s condescending voice could be heard spewing hatefulness and racism to his girlfriend on the now infamous audio tape unleashed on the world late Friday night. Is anyone surprised, then, what unfolded Sunday when an obviously distracted bunch of Clippers were essentially run off the court in a 118-97 win by the Warriors?Take nothing away from Golden State, which desperately needed to win to avoid falling into a 3-1 hole in this best-of-7 series and played every bit as urgently and emotionally as you would imagine.“We found something that would work for us and we came ready to play,” said Warriors forward Andre Iguadala Or as Paul said: “I don’t think anything had to do with the outcome of the game. They beat us.”It was a brave face in a difficult moment. And you wouldn’t expect proud athletes like Paul or Griffin to use this as an excuse.“That’s not sugar coating anything,” Griffin said. “There’s distractions all the time. All the time there are distractions. You just come and play basketball.”Perhaps, and there was no guarantee the Clippers would have left the Bay Area winning both games even if the Sterling drama didn’t happen.But clearly it didn’t help, and they played most of the afternoon as if something bigger than a basketball game was on their mind.And can you really blame them after enduring the last 48 hours?“They’ve been pulled in a million different directions over the last 24 hours,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers sighed.Some people wanted them to boycott Game 4 against the Golden State Warriors unless immediate action was taken against Sterling — myself included. Others urged them to never again play for Sterling.There were calls to wear all black Sunday in a demonstration of solidarity. Or line up before tip off then walk off the court just after it. Some demanded they just go through the motions rather than giving one more ounce of real effort to an owner who obviously doesn’t respect them or their race.And everywhere they turned the last two days, someone had an opinion.For the Clippers, there was no escaping the Sterling controversy, no matter how much they tried to distance themselves from it long enough to focus on Game 4.And there was no shaking the kind of pressure they were under to do the right thing.“Because listen,” Rivers said, “as much as this is basketball, this is life. And our guys, they have family. They have friends. And they have cell phones. And I can’t imagine how much they’ve been pulled on and talked to and what you should do or shouldn’t do and what you should say.”Ultimately, the Clippers decided they couldn’t answer to everyone.So they decided to simply answer themselves.“It’s about those guys in the locker room,” Paul said. “Those guys, my teammates.”Boycotting was not an option. That would have been giving in to the hate and letting words — repulsive as they might be — stand in the way of their lifetime objective.They’ve worked too hard, come too far and overcome too much to let a simple man’s ignorance deter them.So they played. For each other, mostly. But also for their fans and family and friends who are sticking by them and sympathetic to the impossible storm they were dropped into. Knowing full well they’d be criticized for doing so and in some ways, be the public face of a professional sports franchise run by a racist.And be met with loud screams of “KKK Clippers,” by some fans at Oracle Arena or chants of “racists” when they sank a shot.As they were throughout Sunday — not by everyone, mind you. But those exact sentiments were clearly heard at various points in the section I sat in on Sunday.It didn’t matter the Clippers were as angry as anyone else over what Sterling is accused of saying or that his hateful words cut especially deep.And that they waged a silent protest by peeling off their warm-up jackets before the game to unveil long-sleeved T-shirts turned inside out to hide the Clippers logo.Or that they all wore black socks and wrist bands in a sign of solidarity.“Not to be a distraction, but to say, ‘We are paying attention,’” explained Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who was asked by Paul, the President of the NBA Players Association, to come on as an adviser while the league conducts its investigation and decides punishment.Said Paul: “Something we talked about as a team.”Because to not do anything would have been an insult to themselves and everything they stand for.The Clippers aren’t going to let Sterling deter them from their goals.But they also aren’t going to lay down and just take it, either.How could they?Imagine being an African-American like Paul or Jordan or Griffin and knowing your owner abhors you because of your race?Or that he wants nothing to do with you or people who look like you — other than to make him money, of course.Think about having to represent someone like that?Think about the anger they set aside in order to focus on their objective?“The players are outraged,” said Johnson.Imagine being Rivers, himself African-American, having to guide his team through this hurricane of hate and ask them to somehow set aside anger we can all appreciate to focus on the goal at hand?It’s an anger that burns deeply in the stomach of Rivers, who despises racism of any form but still must shelve his own apprehensions to tend to his players’ state of mind.“I just look at it as part of my job.” Rivers said. “And it’s just what you have to do.”But Imagine the conflict Rivers must feel knowing his paycheck is signed by a man who harbors as much hate for African-Americans as Sterling apparently does.Rivers didn’t ask for this upon leaving the Boston Celtics to coach the Clippers last summer. And you wonder if there is anything Sterling can say at this point to convince Rivers to stay, provided Sterling remains the owner.“Don’t know yet,” Rivers said. “I’m just going to leave it at that.”Now imagine having to coach with that hanging over your head.Or having to play, as the Clippers chose to do?But that is the path they took, because to do otherwise was to give in to words.“This is what we do.” Paul said.And that is the statement they wanted to make.“Our message is that we’re going to let no one and nothing stop us from what we want to do,” Rivers said. “And I think that’s a good message.”Maybe so.But it was impossible separating life from a game Sunday.“I thought I wasn’t (distracted) but obviously I was,” said Rivers, taking full blame for not preparing his team well enough. “I take that personally.”That isn’t to say the Clippers lost because of the Sterling drama.But it sure didn’t [email protected] @DailyNewsVinny on Twitter Soon after, we all turned to Blake Griffin and Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan and every player earning a paycheck from Sterling wondering how they would respond.And in some cases, demanding them to react accordingly.Or be judged.In this case, accordingly crossing so many conflicting planes and angles and spectrums and agendas and points of views, the perfect response was as elusive as Warriors guard Stephen Curry on a high-post pick-and-roll.And it left them vulnerable to criticism no matter what they did.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more