Gunnar Pike became a two-time Sam’s Club IMCA SportMod winner. By Greg Soukup A lap three restart opened the door for Tyler Drueke in the Tuesday night IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature at Eagle Raceway. (Photo by Joe Orth) EAGLE, Neb. (June 25) – Tyler Drueke celebrated a Duros Dent Works IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car victory on Party Time Tuesday at Eagle Raceway. Jeff Ware extended his Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stock winning streak to six, leading the last two circuits after the front two cars got together and spun into the infield. Anthony Roth raced from 12th starting to top the Hoosier Tire IMCA Modified main. Drueke took over the lead following a lap three restart; Trevor Grossenbacher moved up to second with nine laps to go but wasn’t able to deny Drueke a second win this season at Eagle.
Cardiff are currently battling to avoid relegation, standing six points from safety with just five games left. “It’s a big blow because Craig has been a player who’s made things happen for us,” Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told BBC Wales Sport. “We’ve just got to find out how severe it is. ” It’s very unfortunate because he has been terrific. But that’s football. Sometimes you can’t pick everyone you want. Every team has injuries.” Cardiff visit Southampton on Saturday, after which they face appointments with Stoke, Sunderland, Newcastle and Chelsea. Cardiff winger Craig Noone looks set to miss the rest of this season after suffering an abdominal injury. Press Association Noone, who joined Cardiff from Brighton in 2012, was hurt during last Saturday’s 3-0 Barclays Premier League home defeat against Crystal Palace. And the 26-year-old is now poised to seek specialist advice in the United States, with a Cardiff spokesman stating it is likely that Noone will be sidelined for the remainder of this term .
Two things are abundantly clear one game into the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.These aren’t exactly the San Antonio Spurs we all remember.And these clearly aren’t the same old Clippers we remember either.Hallelujah to that. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For every well-spaced kick and drive by Tony Parker for a wide-open 3, Blake Griffin threw down a tomahawk dunk.Those rumbles you heard were the aftershocks rippling all the way from downtown Los Angeles to the Lone Star state.Take that, Alamo.For every Tim Duncan post reverse pivot move, there was a thunderous block by DeAndre Jordan.And for every well-designed play to free up Kawhi Leonard or Boris Diaw or Danny Green or any of the other fundamentally sound supporting cast members the Spurs spit out like so many cars on a Detroit assembly line, there was a corresponding make by Chris Paul or a long-range jumper by Jamal Crawford. When Staples Center finally stopped shaking, the Clippers had a 107-92 victory and a 1-0 advantage in this best-of-7 series.“We just played hard. Our crowd really got behind us,” said Paul, who dropped 14 fourth-quarter points to help the Clippers hold off the Spurs. “We’ve been talking all year how we need (the crowd) and they showed up tonight.”Paul had 32 points, seven rebounds and six assists, Griffin had 26 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, Jordan had 14 rebounds and four blocked shots and Crawford had 17 points on 7 of 10 shooting off the bench.The Spurs never had a chance.“It’s go-time now,” Paul said.“We just kept talking about finishing the game,” Paul added. “Me and Blake and DeAndre have been at this four years now. We know it’s go-time.”As expected, the Spurs arrived at Staples Center armed with experience and pedigree and championship mettle and the power of a final-season kick that had everyone rethinking all the stumbling and bumbling they did over most of the year.And they had a list of questions and demands for the Clippers. The gist was clear. We are the champions, this is what we do. Are you ready for this kind of stage? Heck, are you even willing to share it with us?The Clippers’ resounding answer was delivered by highlight reel dunks from Griffin, precision play by Paul, a gigantic lift off the bench from Crawford and the growling, snarling, intimidating defense by Jordan.And they were never more clear that this is a different crew of Clippers by gathering themselves after a fourth-quarter run by the Spurs sliced a 18-point lead to nine, then reared back and walloped the Spurs with a power-packed run of their own to build a 104-87 lead with just over three minutes remaining.Ballgame.“We came out with great energy and made stops,” said Griffin. “We knew they would make a run because that’s what god teams do. We just kept getting stops and easy baskets.”Ironically, coach Doc Rivers probably spoke for all of Clippers Nation when he shared his thoughts upon learning the Spurs were the Clippers’ first-round opponent.“This is what you get for going 14-1 (down the stretch),” Rivers said, sharing a nervous laugh before Game 1.He was joking.But we’d understand if he was being dead serious.After lifting themselves to a completely different level over the final leg of the regular season, soaring all the way to the No. 3 seed, you’d think the Clippers would have earned a nice little gift for the effort.I’m not talking an all-inclusive trip to the Bahamas, necessarily. But there has to be something in between a week on an exotic beach sipping free Mai Tais and getting sentenced to the 60 days of hard labor the Clippers got slapped with.In a classic case of good news/bad news, the Clippers were all smiles after earning homecourt advantage in the first round. Only to take a swift kick to the stomach upon learning their opponent was none other than the five-time NBA champion and reigning title-holders.Congratulations!Yuk, yuk. Wink, wink.Difference is, while these may or may not be the same old Spurs, it’s looking more and more like these aren’t the same old [email protected] @DailyNewsVinny on Twitter