A QUARTER-MILE showdown to end all the grumblings from the most recent International Drag race will take place on October 20.Dubbed the 1320 Heat rematch, Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) announced the event yesterday with the aim of putting to rest all debates for the fastest cars in the respective classes.According to GMR&SC president Rameez Mohamed, “We, at GMR&SC, have been monitoring our chats and we see there are a lot of guys who still feel that something or another went wrong on August 25 at our international drag race meet.”“So as a committee, we have decided to hold the 1320 rematch on October 20 to put all the squabbling aside and to sort whatever remaining issues there are.”He noted that the club is toying with the idea of allowing grudge match runs but that decision will be made in the coming days.Meanwhile, GMR&SC president did not mince words with several classes, calling on teams to put their act together or risk being cut.“The slower classes, the 16- and 15-second competitors gave us a hard time at the last meeting and to be honest, if they do not pull themselves together then we risk cutting them from the next event.”“It’s not something we as a club want to do – deny competitors the chance to race, but we’ve found that these guys tend to give the team on the ground the most trouble to locate. Sometimes we make it to the finals and some of these same guys that failed to turn up to the line, appear and claim they had not been given the chance to race.”He noted that on several occasions, competitors are sitting on their cars on the outskirts of the Launchpad but aren’t coming to the line because they are sometimes trying to skirt their way into the next round.“Whether we disqualify on the spot or cut the entire class is something for the committee to discuss moving forward.”Further details surrounding the event, including admission and sponsors, will be released in the coming days, according to Mohamed.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 8, 2019 at 1:31 pm The Daily Orange has worked to keep you covered on all the biggest news in Syracuse sports this spring, from breaking the link between Frank Howard’s suspension in the NCAA Tournament and a failed drug test to an obituary of Jorge Jimenez, the man Jim Boeheim struck and killed in February. We’ve also covered Syracuse men’s basketball toppling then-No. 1 Duke in Durham, North Carolina to ice hockey winning its first College Hockey America championship in program history.As spring comes to a close, here’s our list of the 10 most-newsworthy sports stories from the past few months.Max Freund | Staff PhotographerSyracuse season ends in historic upset to South Dakota State in second round of NCAA tournamentAs a No. 3 seed, Syracuse women’s basketball would host the first two games of its side of the NCAA tournament pool. The team was dominant all season and beat Fordham by 21 points in the first round. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textYet, South Dakota State proved to be a different test. SDSU tallied nine 3-pointers and crushed Syracuse down the stretch. A 16-2 fourth quarter run ended SU’s season earlier than expected.Courtesy of SU AthleticsSyracuse captures 1st-ever conference title over Robert Morris behind 4-goal second periodIn Buffalo, Syracuse’s ice hockey team secured its first College Hockey America championship by exploding for four goals in the second period against rival Robert Morris. Prior to this year, the Orange were 0-6 in CHA final games. SU head coach Paul Flanagan has experienced each heartbreaking loss, as he’s coached the team since its first season in 2008. “To see Paul (Flanagan) raise the trophy was unreal,” defender Kristen Siermachesky said. “This guy’s put every single thing, every second of his life into this team and truly believes in us.”Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerSyracuse senior Frank Howard suspended for failed drug test, 3 familiar with situation sayBefore Syracuse opened the NCAA Tournament as a No. 8 seed against Baylor, senior point guard Frank Howard was suspended indefinitely by Syracuse. Howard had traveled with the team and was coming off his best performance of the season, a 28-point outing against Duke.But three people familiar to the situation said Howard had failed a drug test in between the ACC and NCAA tournament. The Orange lost to Baylor in the first round.Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerTyus Battle to reportedly leave Syracuse for the NBA DraftBattle, who averaged nearly 17 points per game in his junior season, decided to leave Syracuse for the NBA Draft in April. In his three years at SU, Battle amassed the 16th-most points in school history. Many experts peg the shooting guard as a late-second round draft pick.Courtesy of Brian HernandezFriends, family remember Jorge Jimenez, victim of I-690 crash involving Jim BoeheimJorge Jimenez, 51, was known as “the life of the party.” SU head coach Jim Boeheim struck and killed Jimenez on Interstate-690 east on Feb. 20. Jimenez is survived by his four children. He loved cooking, fishing and the New York Yankees. The Jimenez family created a GoFundMe for his funeral expenses that reached its $15,000 goal within a week of his death.Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff Photographer‘Nothing like this’: Jim Boeheim returns to sideline less than 72 hours after tragic crashJim Boeheim walked out to a standing ovation in the Carrier Dome less than 72 hours after he struck and killed 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez in a tragic car accident.He met for an embrace with Duke head coach and longtime friend Mike Krzyzewski at mid-court in front of the largest home crowd to ever witness a college basketball game. Syracuse lost to Duke that night, but Boeheim still coached the Orange after the tragic accident.Josh Schafer | Senior Staff Writer‘The Met Effect’: For Syracuse baseball, an introduction to the major leaguesThis is year one for the Syracuse Mets, who were introduced as the New York Mets’ Triple-A team. The team has a new owner after the Washington Nationals sold the rights to the New York Mets. They changed their name from the Chiefs to the Mets. Tim Tebow, former collegiate football superstar, moved to baseball after a short career in the NFL and plays for the Mets.Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerSyracuse pulls off monumental, resume-boosting upset road win over No. 1 DukeComing off four nonconference losses, unranked Syracuse men’s basketball wasn’t in position to compete for a NCAA Tournament spot. The season prior, it was the last team in. In January, Syracuse would take on the No. 1 team in the nation — Duke. The Orange shot 44% from deep and Tyus Battle slashed the Blue Devils defense for 32 points. And after going to overtime, Syracuse pulled away and picked up the monumental win it needed to earn another tournament berth.Paul Schlesinger | Staff PhotographerSeniors Paige Stoner and Iliass Aouani break school records as outdoor season kicks offAs Syracuse kicked off its outdoor track & field season, seniors Paige Stoner and Iliass Aouani set a record-breaking pace. In the men’s 10-kilometer, Aouani (28:25.36) broke Martin Hehir’s record by two seconds on his way to a ninth place finish. At the Stanford Invitational, competing against professional and collegiate runners, Stoner (32:07.36) beat the 10k record previously held by Margo Malone on her way to a fourth place finish overall, and second among collegiate runners.Josh Shub-Seltzer | Staff PhotographerBrendan Curry’s overtime winner lifts No. 12 Syracuse over No. 2 Duke, 9-8In a rare outdoor Syracuse lacrosse game, midfielder Brendan Curry lifted the Orange to an upset over No. 2 Duke with an overtime goal. Though he missed his first 11 shots, Curry buried his 12th attempt off senior Nate Solomon’s assist for the game-winner. The Blue Devils finished second in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings, and represented a high point for Syracuse, who lost in the first round of the ACC tournament in the last week of April. Comments
Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters LOS ANGELES — The main load that had to be managed at Staples Center on Wednesday was Giannis Antetokounmpo.He played for the Milwaukee Bucks and Kawhi Leonard didn’t play for the Clippers. Despite that, the Bucks had to play deep into the final minute to win, 129-124, with Antetokoumpo blocking a 3-point attempt by JaMychal Green at the end, not long after he drove, pivoted, got fouled and hit both shots for a five-point lead.Knowing his limitations, Antetokounmpo got rid of the ball quickly on the next trip, before he got fouled, and Khris Middleton put the Bucks up four with free throws.The Clippers, fueled by Landry Shamet’s four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, kept coming but never had the ball with a chance to tie. “There’s so many things that come with his size that you have to respect,” Williams said. “When he gets the ball deep, you don’t want to overhelp, and then he’s got a lot of talented players to get the ball to. It’s a difficult read.”Shamet’s fourth-quarter spree, including a long bank shot from behind the line, was probably the biggest encouragement. The second-year man was shooting 37.2 percent coming in.“As we continue to build this team and grow, we want to start seeing guys have big games like that,” Williams said.Neither did Rivers have trouble finding sunshine.“We made some mistakes, finding shooters,” Rivers said, “but generally I loved the way we played.”That was last year’s theme, the gutty little Clippers fighting to the end. This season, the end isn’t supposed to be bitter. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum “They had us on our heels all night,” Lou Williams said, after his rare start produced 34 points on 9-for-27 shooting. “We kept coming, but they were able to keep making plays.”Williams and Montrezl Harrell, the best bench combo in the league, both started and played more than 39 minutes. Harrell fought through long Milwaukee arms and scored a career-high 34 with 13 rebounds.“We lost, and since we lost, you’d rather they’d gone up 25 so we could have gotten them (Williams and Harrell) out of there,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “It’s just one of those coach’s things. I didn’t like those minutes.”That’s because the Clippers play Portland here Thursday night. Leonard will join in after a night of “load management” in Game No. 8. Late in the game, the video board showed Leonard on the bench, in civilian garb. The reaction from Staples Center was not unanimously positive.But Russell Westbrook did the same thing Monday night for Houston in the second half of a back-to-back, and this is 2019 reality. Leonard took 22 of 82 regular-season games off with Toronto last season and was the MVP of the NBA Finals. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 It’s a withering critique of the regular season, although the Clippers might regret this loss to Milwaukee if the two teams have the same record and meet in the Finals, which would decide the home-court advantage, and that is certainly possible.The problem for the Clippers is that they still don’t have Paul George (shoulder), for whom they traded Danilo Gallinari, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and a slew of draft picks. It was more of a test of the Clippers’ vaunted bench than it could handle. Milwaukee’s reserves outscored their Clipper counterparts 47-11, with George Hill making six of seven 3-point shots. The L.A. replacements shot 7 for 25.Meanwhile, Antetokounmpo roared back from a 3-for-10 first half to score 38 with 16 rebounds, nine assists, two blocked shots, two steals and 18 free-throw attempts.“It’s a team effort trying to guard him, because he’s so long,” Maurice Harkless said. “He’s gotten a lot more aggressive the last two years. He’s a lot stronger. He started making some open shots, which is a part of his game he works on.”The Clippers, in fact, engraved an invitation for Antetokounmpo to take all the long bombs he wanted. He was 7 for 14, and 5 for 8 in the second half.“I’m fine with that,” Rivers said.“Obviously that’s the one thing that’s been missing with his game,” Harkless said. “When he takes that to a new level, there’s no telling how good he can be.”Antetokounmpo, almost a month short of his 25th birthday, is the reigning league MVP and has evolved into a true break-the-mold force, a 7-footer who turns away the world at the rim and yet functions as a point guard. Especially on the break, his burst is so startling that the Clippers sometimes just fouled him as an insurance policy.Harrell and the other Clippers backed off him, but Antetokounmpo drove anyway and then made plays for his outside mates while he was being double-teamed in the air. With all the space the Clippers were forced to concede, the Bucks had room to attempt 49 3-point shots and made 18 of them.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
There have been big-ticket pledges like the one from the NBA Foundation – an initiative launched recently by the NBA Board of Governors and the NBA Players Association – promising to contribute $30 million annually for a decade with the goal of “creating economic empowerment in the Black community.”There’s been news of prominent action plans, like LeBron James’ new voting-rights group, More Than a Vote, partnering with the Dodgers to turn Dodger Stadium into a polling place in November.Players and coaches have steered interviews toward social justice issues, exemplified by Dallas coach Rick Carlisle and Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins, who deliver history lessons about the country’s struggles with racism at the top of virtual scrums with reporters. Jenkins has directed his audience toward calendar.eji.org, a digital this-day-in-history initiative from the Equal Justice Initiative, with which the National Basketball Coaches Assn. has partnered.There’s the continuing anthem protests, and other can’t-miss symbolism: Black Lives Matter is displayed in bold lettering on NBA and WNBA courts, and socially relevant messages appear on the backs of most players running up and down them.From a menu agreed upon by the NBA and NBPA, players had their pick of messaging to adorn on the backs of their jerseys, if they chose – phrases such as “Black Lives Matter,” “Education Reform,” “I Am A Man” and, above Lou Williams’ No. 23, “Equality”.The Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, left, taps hands with teammate Lou Williams during the first half against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)“I’m happy to know that I work for a company that stands alongside of the minorities in this country and wants to make a bold statement like that,” the Clippers guard said. “Obviously, they have a lot of sponsors … and some people may not feel that way. It was important for the NBA to listen to the players and listen to our voices and put the things in motion that we felt strongly about.”In the WNBA, players agreed they all would wear the name of Breonna Taylor, the Black EMT fatally shot in her apartment when Louisville Metro Police Department officers executed a no-knock search warrant in March.“We’re still trying to fight for justice for her,” said the Sparks’ Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, one of the members of the league’s newly formed Social Justice Council. “Even though we’re not out there on the front lines, we’re still trying to make some noise here in the bubble.”Challenging powerSmith-Thompson is watching all of this with keen interest, ruminating on what this moment might mean, long-term, in the fight for racial justice, and reflecting on her experience and what’s changed in 17 years. That includes the blowback Colin Kaepernick received for kneeling during the anthem four years ago, and that the upswell of support he received came from student-athletes before his professional peers.Now, WNBA players are getting it right, Smith-Thompson thinks, noting the effectiveness of their “Vote Warnock” T-shirts.After a pair of Zoom conferences with the Rev. Raphael Warnock, players wore T-shirts expressing support for his U.S. Senate campaign against Atlanta Dream co-owner Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), a staunch conservative who wrote to WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert before the season objecting to the league’s embracing Black Lives Matter and suggesting that teams instead add the American flag to jerseys.That sentiment received swift reproach from players. They responded by wearing T-shirts supporting Warnock, whose campaign reported raising almost $240,000 and adding 4,000 new donors in the three days that followed.Former Manhattanville College basketball player Toni Smith-Thompson, now a senior organizer with the New York Civil Liberties Union, says the conversation isn’t about whether politics should be a part of sports, but how politics are going to be in sports. (Photo courtesy of Toni Smith-Thompson)“When I saw that, my thought was, ‘This is brilliant,’” Smith-Thompson said. “They are doing something simple and visible, they are emphasizing the importance of local elections, they’re keeping the focus on issues, they’re challenging power. And they are continuing to evolve their tactics … It was totally about challenging the power, but it also wasn’t centering her, which I loved.”The women in the league are intentional about trying to harness their collective power, said New York Liberty guard Layshia Clarendon, a San Bernardino native who’s become one of the league’s leading voices for social justice.“Coming into the season, it was about the 144, whatever we do is stronger if the whole league did it,” she said by phone. “We’re smart enough and well organized enough to realize that. LeBron can sneeze and people care more about that, because of sex (discrimination) and the way we’re covered, so for us, it’s about doing it together.”That’s something that Smith-Thompson said she wishes she’d considered in 2003, when her solitary, personal protest made her a national lightning rod. She heard from supporters, she said, but her detractors included major college coaches, pundits, sports columnists – and strangers who went through lengths far greater than firing off a tweet to find her address and mail her newspaper clippings scrawled with obscenities or wishes that she “die by this very specific, particular way.”Building solidarityHer protest, which came on the brink of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, wasn’t meant to make news, Smith-Thompson said.“It was very much personal,” she said. “It was rooted in a disgust that the racial injustices that are rooted in our domestic policy were then extended to our international policy … if you’re gonna say that the flag stands for freedom, you also have to say it says stands for the massacre of indigenous people, enslavement of African people, you need to hold all of it. So my protest wasn’t really a demand that the country not be racist, although certainly we want that, that particular protest was me saying, ‘You’re not gonna make me participate in it.’”But those conversations weren’t happening among basketball teammates then, not as they are now.“I just feel like today’s movement is so much more arrived, and it’s really kind of wonderful to see it, and at the same time, once in a while I’m like, ‘Maybe I should have thought to do that,’” she said. “It didn’t even cross my mind when I protested that the protest could be a collective protest. It was so far from my realm of what was likely or possible, to say to a teammate, ‘Do this with me, and here’s why.’“That blows open what’s available in terms of building movements and in terms of building solidarity, finding your people who are really your people, and pursuing something with those people.”Clippers coach Doc Rivers, left, and Portland coach Terry Stotts kneel for the national anthem before a game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who’s coached in the NBA for 21 seasons and played 13 before that, said it feels to him as though this current moment – with its collective might – could have staying power.“It’s always hot times, there are certain times when I was a player where something happened that the conversation came up, and then it usually faded away,” he said. “I think this one is here to stay, hopefully. There’s so many more players involved now than ever before. There’s so many of our young players speaking out, taking leadership roles.“What gives me a lot of hope is that it is the players. Us coaches are always involved for the most part, and we’re doing our thing, trying to educate our guys as much as possible. But I think what’s been more impressive in this one is how willing the players, not only want to get involved, but they want to lead.” Much of the argument then mirrored popular columnist Mitch Albom’s insistence that Toni Smith-Thompson was wrong “because a college basketball game is not a political arena, nor a stage for protest.”But as of October, a Pew poll indicated that 62% of Americans find it acceptable for professional athletes to speak out publicly about politics, including 74% of those between 18 and 29 years old.“I’m very glad that we have moved past the point of debating whether or not there’s a place for politics in sports,” said Smith-Thompson by phone from New York, where she’s a senior organizer with the New York Civil Liberties Union. “There are some people who are still against these expressions of social justice, but by and large, we are past the moment where people are saying politics shouldn’t be in sports, because they are. They’re in sports.“So now the conversation is about how politics are going to be in sports.”Basketball at the forefrontDuring the ongoing national reckoning about race, professional basketball has not shied away from that conversation. The Associated Press report described a Vietnam war veteran stepping onto the basketball court during a Division III women’s college game and thrusting an American flag toward the 21-year-old forward who’d turned away from it during the national anthem that night, as she had before every game that season.“She disgraced herself and she disgraced the flag,” Jerry Kiley, 56, was quoted as saying then.Seventeen years later, the Lakers, Clippers and a vast majority of their NBA colleagues are kneeling during the anthem before every game at Walt Disney World Resort. And in another Florida bubble about 100 miles away, the Sparks and other WNBA teams are leaving the court before “The Star-Spangled Banner” plays in virtually empty gyms.President Donald Trump expressed his displeasure – “I think it’s disgraceful,” he said – but overall, when it comes to politics and sports, public opinion has shifted since 2003, when an otherwise unknown Manhattanville College player’s 90-degree turn resulted in jeers and death threats and spurred national debate. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error