CENTER LISLE, N.Y. – Round three of the Empire State Series for IMCA Modifieds brings the tour back to Thunder Mountain Speedway for a Saturday, July 15 event.The Farmer Insurance Night feature pays $750 to win with IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Dirt Works Eastern Region, Allstar Performance State and track points at stake as well.Pit gates at Center Lisle open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.There is no entry fee.Pit passes are $30 while spectator admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and free for kids ages 10 and under.More information is available by calling 607 725-1402 and at the www.thundermtnspeedway.net website.2014 series champion James Cornell of Port Crane was the winner when the 16th annual tour opened at Thunder Mountain over the Memorial Weekend.IMCA Empire State Series top 20 point standings – 1. Richard Michael Jr., Ischua, 78; 2. Will Ward, Cobleskill, 69; 3. Brad Smith, Horseheads, 67; 4. Billy Ward, Cobleskill, and Michael Stoddard, Binghamton, both 64; 6. Brandon Smith, Bath, 61; 7. Tyler Stoddard, Binghamton, 60; 8. Robert Maynard, Towanda, Pa., 57; 9. James Cornell, Port Crane, 40; 10. Shawn Bruce, Troy, Pa., and Dan Searls, Groton, both 39; 12. Phil Yaw, Watkins Glen, 38; 13. Rich Karlnoski, Dundee, 37; 14. Keith Jack Lamphere, Monroeton, Pa., and Gary Roberts, Afton, both 36; 16. Beau Ballard, Grand Gorge, 35; 17. Glenn Whritenour, Jasper, 31; 18. Don Alvord, Locke, 29; 19. Todd Stone, Campbell, and Timothy VanDemark, Walton, both 28.
The USC golf teams both begin tournaments today, with the women taking on top competition at the Windy City Collegiate Classic and the men teeing off in the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational.Above par · Sophomore Rico Hoey is off to a strong start in the 2014 season, with a top-three finish in only his second event of the year. The Rancho Cucamonga, California, native now has 10 career top-10 finishes. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports InformationThe No. 1 Women of Troy, last year’s NCAA runner-up, finished in sixth place at the season-opening ANNIKA Intercollegiate without several key players. Junior Annie Park, a two-time All-American, will return to the team this week, while junior Kyung Kim is still out of the lineup.Senior Doris Chen and sophomore Karen Chung led the way for USC in Kim and Park’s absence, tying for 11th individually at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate with scores of 1-under. Chen, Chung, Park and sophomores Elizabeth Doty and Gabriella Then will make up the lineup for the Women of Troy in this week’s tournament. Doty, a transfer from Wake Forest, shot a combined 3-over in her first event with USC, good for a 25th-place tie.Joining the Women of Troy at the Westmoreland C.C. in Wilmette, Illinois, will be No. 9 Arizona, No. 17 Northwestern, No. 18 Oklahoma State and No. 23 Ohio State. Last season, USC overcame a dramatic scorecard error from Park to outlast Oklahoma and win the Windy City Classic. This year’s event will run through Tuesday and can be followed on golfstat.com.The No. 23 men’s team has already found success this season, recording top-two finishes in both of its first two tournaments. Sophomore standout Rico Hoey built upon an outstanding rookie campaign in last week’s Itani Quality Homes Collegiate hosted by Washington State. Hoey tied for third place individually while the Trojans fell to Oregon in a two-team playoff.At this week’s Nike Collegiate Invitational, USC will face host TCU, along with a collection of top teams that includes No. 2 Stanford and No. 8 Washington. The Cardinal made it all the way to the NCAA semifinals last season, while the Trojans finished in 30th.Along with Hoey, head coach Chris Zambri’s lineup features senior Eric Sugimoto, junior Bobby Gojuangco, and freshmen Jonah Texeira and Sean Crocker. Texeira was excellent at last week’s event, tying with Gojuangco for 10th-place at 1-under in only his second collegiate event. The score was also a career-best for Gojuangco, a transfer from San Diego State who joined Zambri’s squad last season.The Trojans will play two full rounds today with another to come on Tuesday. Play at the Colonial C.C. in Fort Worth, Texas, can also be followed on golfstat.com.
1 Sunderland have urged the Football Association to make a quick decision on the next England boss after confirming Sam Allardyce has been granted permission to hold talks over the job.Allardyce, who guided the Black Cats to Premier League survival last season, is the hot favourite to succeed Roy Hodgson after he quit following the Three Lions’ disastrous showing at Euro 2016.Reports emerged on Tuesday that the 61-year-old had flown back to the UK from Sunderland’s pre-season training camp in Austria, to meet with FA vice-chairman David Gill, technical director Dan Ashworth and chief executive Martin Glenn.Sunderland have now confirmed that is the case, and have called on the FA to “bring about a swift resolution to the matter” as they try to plan ahead for next season.A statement from the club read: “The Football Association contacted Sunderland AFC to seek permission to speak with our manager as part of what was supposed to be a confidential discussion process with potential candidates for the position of England manager. “At Sam Allardyce’s request, we agreed to this.“Sam is very much key to our plans. After what was an extremely challenging season, we are keen to see a period of stability, both on and off the field, and we want him to remain as manager of our football club.“The ongoing speculation over Sam’s position is extremely damaging to Sunderland AFC, particularly at this crucial time of the season and we urge the FA to respect the disruption that this process is causing and bring about a swift resolution to the matter.”Despite Sunderland’s call for a quick resolution, the FA are unlikely to be rushed into making a decision on the next England boss despite beginning their World Cup qualiying campaign in September.Hull’s Steve Bruce has also been linked with the vacancy but has yet to receive an approach, while Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe have also been tipped to be in the running. Sam Allardyce