LUXEMBURG, Wis. – A trio of former Luxemburg Speedway promoters and a veteran driver still giving the youngsters a run for their money weekly will be inducted into Luxemburg Speedway’s Hall of Fame on Friday, Aug. 18.Tri Star Promotions members Kelly and Debbie Hafeman and Ralph Aschenbrenner along with Green Bay’s Jerry Muenster will be ushered into the track’s Hall of Fame.Tri Star Promotions promoted the weekly racing at Luxemburg Speedway for 13 seasons from 1989 through 2001. During their tenure the track boasted some of the highest weekly IMCA car counts nationwide.Kelly Hafeman himself is a former IMCA Modified champion. Muenster was the Luxemburg Speedway track champion in 1968. Despite being two full generations older than most of his on-track foes, the soon-to-be 76-year-old Muenster, the last holdover driver still competing from the track’s coupe days, still competes weekly at Luxemburg in an IMCA Modified.The stories of Tri Star Promotions, along with Jerry Muenster and his son Eddie’s racing careers will be featured in motorsports author Joe Verdegan’s third book “Life In The Past Lane – The Next Generation” which will be released Dec. 2 at Titletown Brewing in Green Bay.Luxemburg Speedway is located 15 minutes east of Green Bay at the Kewaunee County fairgrounds. The season opener at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds will be Friday, April 21. Racing will get underway at 7 p.m.
Australia captain Michael Clarke believes his side will again prove their critics wrong in this year’s Ashes after being described as a “Dad’s Army” by former fast bowler Jason Gillespie.Australia’s squad includes two 37-year-old mates, opener Chris Rogers and wicket keeper Brad Haddin, along with fast bowler Ryan Harris and batsman Adam Voges who are both 35.”Jason’s entitled to his opinion,” Clarke told reporters on Sunday. “There’s a long list of people who’ve criticised this team.”We might just add “Dizzy” (Gillespie) to that list of people we continue to prove wrong.”Gillespie, now coach of English county Yorkshire, has overseen the development of young England batsmen Joe Root, Gary Ballance and Adam Lyth who are all likely to play in the first test against the Australians in Cardiff starting on July 8.”The senior players deserve a lot of credit for mentoring the younger players and helping them through the tough times and we’re seeing a lot of benefit from that,” Clarke said.”The experience of the senior players is crucial and, hopefully, we can find that perfect mix and we’re able to have success. A lot of our young players have come a long way over the last few years,” Clarke added.The 34-year-old Clarke has been plagued by back and hamstring injuries in recent years while all-rounder Shane Watson is also 34. Australia do have younger players, including 26-year-old Steve Smith, who is the world’s top-ranked test batsman following a prolific run of form, and dynamic 28-year-old opener David Warner.advertisementEngland have undergone significant changes in personnel since being crushed 5-0 in the last Ashes series in Australia in 2013-14. Stalwarts including Kevin Pietersen, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott and Matt Prior are out of the international reckoning, leaving Alastair Cook as captain of a mainly youthful side.Only Cook, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Ian Bell and Root have enjoyed Ashes success, with young players like Ballance, Lyth, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood and Moeen Ali poised to experience cricket’s fiercest rivalry for the first time.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham set asking price for Serge Aurierby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham have set their asking price for Serge Aurier.Despite his recent form surge, the fullback remains available at Spurs ahead of the January market.Sport Mediaset says AC Milan and PSG are both keen on the Ivorian.And Spurs are eager to sell, setting Aurier’s asking price at €15m.Aurier moved to Spurs almost two years ago from PSG.
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles announced today that the estate of the legendary Oscar-winning filmmaker Billy Wilder and his wife Audrey made an $11 million gift to the hospital’s new endowed chair in the Division of Neurosurgery and to the hospital’s Endowment in Neurosurgery.In honor of the generous gift from The Wilder Family Trust, the hospital will name the new Neurosurgery chair the Billy and Audrey Wilder Endowed Chair in Neurosurgery, which will receive $5 million of the donation. In addition, $3 million will be dedicated to the new Billy and Audrey Wilder Endowment in Neurosurgery, a hospital clinical care program under the stewardship of Chief of Medical Staff Mark Krieger, MD, (Los Angeles, Ca.), head of the hospital’s Neurosurgery division.Of the remaining gift, $1.5 million is to be distributed to the endowed chair of the hospital’s newly-established inter-departmental Neuro-Oncology Program under the direction of Jonathan Finlay, MD, (Studio City, Ca.), director of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Neural Tumors Program within the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases. In addition, $300,000 will be earmarked to complete the Hay Edward Baher Chair in Pediatric Rheumatology, which will be under the leadership of Andreas Reiff, MD, (San Marino, Ca.), chief of the Division of Rheumatology. The remaining donation will go toward the hospital’s under-funded and unreimbursed hospital programs that help the more than 96,000 young patients Children’s Hospital Los Angeles treats annually.Would you like to help Children’s Hospital Los Angeles treat kids better? The hospital welcomes all gifts. To give, go to CHLA.org/Donate. Or to make a holiday gift that goes twice as far, donate to the Holiday of Hope challenge by Dec. 31 at CHLA.org/Holiday, and ask your friends to do the same. “We are incredibly thankful and humbled by this donation from The Wilder Family Trust,” says Richard D. Cordova, FACHE, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “This generous and amazing gift will impact the lives and future treatment of children diagnosed with life-threatening and often devastating diagnoses. As our chief of Medical Staff and our division chief of Neurosurgery, Dr. Krieger has demonstrated the leadership ability to utilize this gift to the utmost in the treatment and care of our patients and to strengthen and build our world renowned Neurosurgery division.”“I am honored and thrilled by this incredible gift from The Wilder Family Trust, one that will change the lives of many patients we treat at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles,” says Krieger. “This endowed chair will create a permanent philanthropic legacy in the hospital’s Neurosurgery division, allowing us to provide the best care for our young patients. It will also support outstanding research scientists working to find cures for children diagnosed with brain tumors here at Children’s Hospital, and beyond.”Billy and Audrey Wilder were longtime supporters of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Mrs. Wilder, a Paramount actress in the 1940s, managed the family’s philanthropic activities. She was especially interested in the hospital’s undertakings and passionate about giving back to children’s causes and the arts. Mrs. Wilder, who passed away in June, was married to Mr. Wilder for 53 years. She was a singer with the Tommy Dorsey Band and appeared in several films in the 1940s. In 1944, she met Mr. Wilder on the set of The Lost Weekend, a film that garnered Mr. Wilder the first of his two film directing Oscars. They wed five years later.The Austrian-born Billy Wilder received international recognition as one the world’s great filmmakers. His Hollywood career as a writer, director and producer spanned five decades, and his work included such popular classics as Sabrina and Some Like It Hot, and Oscar-winners, like Sunset Boulevard, The Apartment and The Lost Weekend. Renowned for his ability to cross film genres, Mr. Wilder became the first individual to win three Oscars in one night when The Apartment (1960) earned the filmmaker awards for directing, producing and co-writing. In all, he won six Academy Awards and also earned the Academy’s Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1988, and later, the National Medal of Arts, which he won in 1993 nine years before his passing in 2002.Dr. Krieger came to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in 2002, joining the Children’s Neuroscience Center. He performs more than 300 brain surgeries a year and cares for children with surgical diseases of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves, specializing in tumors of the central nervous system. He previously was the director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, Dr. Krieger completed his training in Neurological Surgery at the University of Southern California, Department of Neurological Surgery.He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and numerous book chapters, in addition to giving more than 100 talks at national meetings. He is active in the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Neurosurgeons and the American Society for Pediatric Neurosurgeons. His research interests include novel therapeutic strategies and imaging technologies for pediatric brain tumors. Dr. Krieger is an associate professor of surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC).According to Dr. Krieger, a portion of the gift devoted to the Endowment in Neurosurgery will be directed toward the clinical care of the hospital’s pediatric patients being treated for brain tumors and for innovative treatments into functional neurosurgery, which includes surgical procedures for youngsters diagnosed with epilepsy. The hospital’s Division of Neurosurgery performs more than 500 surgeries annually. “This gift will enable us to build on our reputation as one of the finest pediatric brain tumor clinical programs and neurosurgery research centers in the country,” Krieger says.Dr. Finlay, a leading international authority in the management of the brain tumors of children, adolescents and young adults, is a professor of Pediatrics, Neurology and Neurological Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He will direct the $1.5 million gift toward research and education activities to develop new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies to treat brain cancer in children. The Neuro-Oncology endowed chair will work in collaboration with the hospital’s divisional and departmental chiefs in Neurosurgery, Pathology and Radiology.Dr. Reiff, a professor of Pediatrics at Keck School of Medicine at USC, has led the Rheumatology division at Children’s Hospital since 2005 and oversees the care of children with chronic arthritis, lupus and other autoimmune diseases. An avid researcher, Dr. Reiff, who earned his medical degree from University Medical School in Freiburg, Germany, has also investigated the treatment, management and genetics of autoimmune diseases and is well-known internationally as an authority on biologic drug development and the treatment of chronic inflammatory eye diseases. He will direct the gift toward departmental operations and clinical and research activities.
Following the United States’ brutal 2-1 extra-time loss to Belgium on Tuesday — despite an amazing performance by goalkeeper Tim Howard — fans in the U.S. are without a rooting interest in the World Cup.Actually, only some are.Casual soccer fans who supported the U.S. men’s national team may tune out now that it’s out, but many Americans will continue to watch. Which team will they cheer for? Probably one of two favorites: Brazil and Germany.FiveThirtyEight conducted a SurveyMonkey Audience poll of nearly 1,100 U.S. residents and asked them which country they were rooting for. The poll was conducted June 23 and 24, toward the end of the group stage. After recording the respondents’ first-choice country, the survey asked which country they would root for if their top choice were eliminated. This gave us a good proxy for U.S. fans’ backup teams.Nearly three out of four respondents picked the U.S. as their top team. Here are the percentages of U.S. fans who chose each nation as a backup (excluding countries with less than 1 percent support):No one country had a dominant share of U.S. fans’ support. England came out on top with 16 percent, but the Three Lions flamed out of the Cup early on. England was followed by Brazil, Germany, Italy and Mexico. Of those countries, only Brazil and Germany remain in the tournament.Not every survey respondent chose a backup country. Of those who chose the U.S. as their first choice, about 5 percent then picked either the U.S. (again) or refused to pick any country (labeled as “none”).What about those 26 percent of respondents who did not select the U.S. as their first-choice? The most-backed countries after the U.S. were Brazil (17 percent), Germany (11 percent), England (10 percent) and Mexico (7 percent).But this method of figuring out whom disappointed U.S. fans will now support is highly imperfect. The poll, conducted online, is likely to under-weight fans without reliable Internet access, as well as fans who don’t speak English. That second flaw is especially problematic, because it probably means many fans with origins in Central and South America are excluded.So, is England really the second-most-supported team among soccer fans living in the U.S.? I’m skeptical. I suspect Mexico is a better bet, with nearly 12 million individuals born in Mexico living in the U.S. as of 2011, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s International Migration Database.To augment our admittedly incomplete survey, we reached out to Google to find data on the top countries searched for in the U.S. Specifically, the searches tallied are for country names combined with the phrase “World Cup.” Obviously, merely searching for a country on Google isn’t the same as rooting for that country. But it’s an approximation of interest.The Google Trends team nicely summarized the most-searched-for countries on a couple of days prior to the World Cup (the tournament began June 12), as well as during the first two weeks of the tournament.Top Countries Searched on GoogleBrazil was the top country queried, although this is probably confounded by its host-country status. Those using Google to search for “Brazil World Cup” could either be interested in the tournament as a whole or in the Brazilian national team. It’s not clear.Mexico and England were the next most-sought-after countries. Mexico does better according to Google than it did in the poll, lending some credence to the idea that the English-only survey underestimates support for El Tri. But even the Google data may underestimate support for Latin American teams. The Google queries here are only for searches in English.Spain and Italy were more searched for in the first couple of weeks of the tournament, and that probably has a lot to do with them being eliminated earlier than expected. In addition to Brazil and Germany, the other highly searched country that remains in the tournament is Colombia.So, with the U.S. men out, expect a sizable number of soccer fans to be supporting Brazil and Germany through the rest of the tournament.
Senior center Amir Williams (23) averaged just 6.4 points in his final campaign at OSU.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerWhat comes to mind when I say the name Amir Williams?For me, it’s one word: disappointment.Not in the person, because the senior was always an entertaining interview and more often than not earned high praise from coach Thad Matta. But in the player.A player who was rated higher than the likes of Ben McLemore and Trey Burke and was the fifth-rated center in the 2011 recruiting class averaged just 4.8 points per game in his career and became one of the most criticized players at Ohio State in any sport.Whether it was a missed dunk, putting the ball on the floor despite being wide open under the basket, or celebrating a dunk when it doesn’t matter, the Michigan native will no longer put on the scarlet and gray, and that seems to make OSU fans happy.The only other names that come to mind when it comes to pure fan disdain toward a player at OSU were quarterbacks for the football team: Steve Bellisari and Joe Bauserman.While Bauserman did not come to Columbus as a highly touted recruit, both Bellisari — recruited by Notre Dame, Florida State and West Virginia — and Williams largely disappointed.To Williams’ credit, he stayed out of trouble off the court to our knowledge, while Bellisari’s drinking escapade just hours before his senior day added embarrassment to his lack of production on the field.For Williams, it will always be a case of what could have been, not only for him, but for the team as a whole.The Buckeyes fell to the No. 2 seed Arizona Wildcats on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament, in large part because of a lack of rebounding. The Wildcats pulled down 17 more rebounds than the Buckeyes, and OSU’s leading rebounders pulled down just four boards each.If OSU would have pulled the upset over Arizona, it would have played in-state rival Xavier and who knows what could have happened in that game.The 6-foot-11 Williams pulled down four rebounds in 24 minutes of play against the Wildcats, while 6-foot-5 guard D’Angelo Russell managed seven.Williams, who started 29 of OSU’s 35 games, did not pull down double-digit rebounds in a single game in his final campaign in Columbus.His senior center counterpart, Trey McDonald, who stands three inches shorter and did not start a single game in his OSU career, tallied 14 rebounds in a single game against Sacred Heart on Nov. 23 in 21 minutes of play.So why didn’t Williams pan out at OSU? We might never know.The curious case of Benjamin Button has nothing on Williams, whose best season came in 2013-14 when he averaged a whopping 7.8 points per game.It is hard to believe that 7.8 points per game was the ceiling for Williams in four years at OSU, but we will never know why that ended up being the high point of his career.For OSU fans, there is hope, however, as the football team was able to replace its former fan least-favorites with Craig Krenzel and Braxton Miller, respectively .So, to whomever replaces Williams, no pressure.
Ex England footballer Dion Dublin claims Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson is “definitely worth” £50m and would make Chelsea a better side if signed.The 26-year-old Wilson has netted nine league goals this season for his club but with several reports linking him for transfer to Stamford Bridge, football pundit believes he is good enough to play for Chelsea.Speaking to BBC radio, Dublin, when asked if Wilson’s rumoured move to The Blues is good, said:“Yes, he is.”Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…On the other hand, Blues striker Alvaro Morata wants to leave Chelsea as he has nodded for a switch to Sevilla, according to Guillem Balague as quoted by BBC.“Morata wants to leave Chelsea, it has not been the right club for him.“The style does not suit him and he will go back. He has said yes to Sevilla but 24 hours later Atletico Madrid said they are interested as well. Nothing has been signed.“Chelsea will let him go on loan because that is the only situation in which both Sevilla and Atletico will have him, and they will have to pay at least half of his 9m euro (£8.12m) wages until the end of the season.”