LONGDALE, Okla. – Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace return for IMCA Night specials on Wednesday, May 4 at Longdale Speedway and Thursday, May 5 at Outlaw Motor Speedway.Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified features each evening pay $1,000 to win and are qualifying events for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.IMCA SportMods race for $500 to win and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $400 to win each night. All applicable points, including local track points, will be awarded in all three divisions at both shows.Wallace won ahead of Schrader in last year’s Modified event at Longdale. The NASCAR stars finished 2-3 behind Danny Womack the next night at Outlaw.Longdale opens the pit gates and grandstands at 5 p.m. both days. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $12 for military personnel and seniors, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $35.More information is available by calling 580 886-5375 and at the www.longdalespeedway.net website.Pit gates and the grandstand at Muskogee open at 4 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m.Admission to the grandstand is $15 for adults, $8 for military personnel and seniors, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $30.More information is available by calling 918 625-6200 and at www.outlawmotorspeedway.net.
12:45 p.m.The Penn Relays, one of the oldest and largest track meets in the nation, has been canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic.The Penn Relays were scheduled for April 23-25 and had been held uninterrupted since 1895. The event celebrated its 125th consecutive running last year. The Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania says it will attempt to host a substitute track meet at a later date in late May or early June. The new event wouldn’t meet the standard Penn Relays format. The three-day event would shorten into a one-day event for youth, high school and open runners.The Penn Relays has adapted to worldwide conditions in the past. The meet was altered in 1917 and 1918 when several colleges, including most Ivy League institutions, curtailed their track programs during World War I. During World War II, travel restrictions reduced participation and spectator attendance while gas rationing was in effect in 1943 and 1944.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):6:30 p.m.The IOC has decided to suspend all Olympic boxing qualifying events until May because of the coronavirus outbreak. Associated Press Paderborn player Luca Kilian has tested positive for the coronavirus. Three players in the second division also have the virus.Germany was the last of Europe’s top five leagues to suspend games.The German soccer federation says that games in the top two women’s divisions and the women’s cup will be suspended through April 19.___2:05 p.m. Fourteen members of the team were also placed in quarantine for 14 days after coming into close contact with the person who tested positive for the virus. McLaren chief executive Zak Brown says they are in “good spirits.”McLaren says the rest of the team has returned to Britain but will not go to the team’s headquarters for two weeks as a precaution.With the first four races postponed, the F1 season will not resume until May at the earliest.___11 a.m. March 16, 2020 ___1:55 p.m.The Hungarian soccer federation has temporarily suspended all of its competitions.Federation spokesman Jeno Sipos says clubs have been asked to forego training sessions and make it possible for players and staff members to stay home.Sipos says in a video posted on the federation’s Facebook page “we hope we are contributing to stopping the spread of the epidemic.” The league is to meet Tuesday to discuss its response to the coronavirus outbreak. However, CSKA said it was no longer able to host Sunday’s game against Zenit after restrictions on mass gatherings in Moscow were tightened.CSKA says it will discuss potential rescheduling and refunds for spectators later.The Russian league was the largest European soccer competition still operational over the weekend, with more than 33,000 fans attending a game between Zenit and Ural Yekaterinburg on Saturday.One large banner at the match read: “We’re all infected with soccer and will die for Zenit.”___ The Greek Olympic committee says the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the Tokyo Games will take place without spectators in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.The committee says the accreditation cards that had been issued for Thursday’s ceremony at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896 would not be valid.The body’s headquarters will also remain closed from Monday until further notice.The committee canceled the remainder of the Olympic torch relay last week after crowds gathered in southern Greece to watch part of the torch relay in Sparta, where the torch was carried by actor Gerard Butler.Greek health authorities have warned people to stay home, and have shut down everything from restaurants, bars and cafes to public organized beaches, ski resorts, hair salons and movie theaters, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. The FIVB says it is in contact with the IOC about “potentially revising the beach volleyball qualification system” for the Tokyo Olympics.As of Monday, four of the last nine points-rich four- and five-star events have been postponed or canceled.___12:20 p.m.NHL players have been told they can return home and self-isolate there until the end of March while hockey is on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: IOC suspends Olympic boxing qualifiers British horse racing will take place without spectators and with restrictions on the number of attendees.The British Horseracing Authority says “the intention is for scheduled race meetings to take place wherever possible.” It adds that “decisions may have to be made to cancel meetings.”BHA chief executive Nick Rust says the racing industry is “following the government’s advice to strike a balance between protecting public health and maintaining business activity.”More than 250,000 people attended the four-day Cheltenham Festival last week.No decision has been made on whether the Grand National Steeplechase will go ahead at Aintree next month. More Britons bet on that race than any other. 2:10 p.m.The German soccer league has extended its suspension through at least April 2.The extension covers the next round of games and the upcoming international break.League CEO Christian Seifert says “it doesn’t mean that we assume we can play from April 3.”Seifert adds that some clubs could face potential financial collapse and put “tens of thousands of jobs” at risk without funding from TV broadcasts and sponsors. 12:40 p.m.A staff member of Canucks Sports & Entertainment has tested positive for COVID-19.Trent Carroll, chief operating officer of the Vancouver Canucks’ parent company, said the diagnosed individual was in self-quarantine and feeling better. The organization closed its offices Monday and employees were preparing to work from home “wherever possible.”“We are receiving guidance from the health authorities on next steps,” Carroll said. All six of the remaining teams are based in Russia, where various cities and regions have imposed their own restrictions. Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Moscow played in an empty arena on Wednesday.The KHL said Saturday it was “in consultation with clubs and all relevant authorities to diligently manage the impact” of the virus outbreak.The KHL has not commented on the withdrawals and its website still lists those teams as competing. The next scheduled games between teams which have not withdrawn are Wednesday.___9:55 a.m. A European qualifier currently taking place in London started on Saturday and was scheduled to run to March 24. It will be closed after Monday’s evening session.Subsequent Americas and final world qualifiers were scheduled to take place in May.The IOC boxing task force says it has taken the decision to suspend events “amid increasing global travel restrictions and quarantine measures, in order to allow the participants from over 60 countries to adjust their travel plans and return home.”The task force says it is evaluating the situation daily with the aim “to complete the distribution of the remaining Tokyo 2020 boxing quota places in May and June.” ___ This signals a significant update on the league’s potential timeline to resume the season. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced last week the season was on pause and did not provide more specifics on how long that would last.Players had previously been told to remain in their team’s city and await further direction. The new directive comes in the aftermath of the CDC’s recommendation the U.S. not hold gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks.___3:30 p.m.The Russian soccer league has taken a step closer to shutting down after CSKA Moscow canceled its upcoming game with Zenit St. Petersburg. The WTA says it is calling off clay-court tournaments in Stuttgart, Istanbul and Prague, adding those to a list of events previously canceled.Each of those three tournaments was scheduled to begin in April.The tour says a decision will be made “in the week ahead” about the rest of the European clay-court circuit.The next Grand Slam tournament is the French Open, which is scheduled to begin in Paris on May 24.___ The federation’s announcement was in line with a government decision to have sports matches played in empty stadiums and only if organizers took responsibility.Speaking Monday in parliament, famously soccer-mad Prime Minister Viktor Orban said it would be even better if matches were not played at all.___1:30 p.m.The women’s professional tennis tour has suspended all competition until May 2 because of the coronavirus outbreak. Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they are holding off on postponing the month of May activities that conclude with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend.The Indy 500 draws crowds in excess of 300,000.“We are aware of the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks,” the speedway said in a statement released before 6 a.m. local time.“Our priority is to do our part in protecting the public health while still conducting the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as scheduled on May 24. This continues to be a dynamic situation which we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials.”___ Canucks Sports & Entertainment, formerly known as Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment, owns the NHL Canucks and Rogers Arena, among other properties.___12:30 p.m.The international beach volleyball tour has postponed two more events, clearing the schedule of everything until May 6.The FIVB says a three-star event that was supposed to take place this week in Gold Coast, Australia, and a four-star tournament next week in Cancun, Mexico, have been postponed because of travel restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The events are crucial for athletes trying to qualify for the Summer Olympics, with more points available at the higher-rated tournaments. 10:10 a.m.A second team has withdrawn from the Kontinental Hockey League playoffs because of the coronavirus outbreak.The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL and is one of the few major sports organizations still operating in Europe.There are now six teams remaining in an eight-club conference semifinal bracket.Finnish club Jokerit withdrew Saturday citing concern for the health of its players and staff. Now Barys Astana says it is withdrawing after authorities in Kazakhstan banned sports events and restricted entry to the country. Coates says “it’s never been the IOC’s position. It was Dick’s idea. There is four months to go.”___11:10 a.m.McLaren says the team member who tested positive for coronavirus at the Australian Grand Prix “is recovering well” and that his “symptoms have gone.”The British team pulled out of the season-opening Formula One race on Thursday because of the positive test. The race was canceled on Friday. 11:25 a.m.The leader of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says there is no May deadline to cancel the games and he remains confident the event will go ahead despite sports coming to a virtual standstill globally amid the coronavirus outbreak.John Coates, who will have to go into government-mandated self-isolation when he returns to Australia this week from Olympic business in Europe, told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper: “It’s all proceeding to start on the 24th of July.”Former IOC vice president Dick Pound said in an interview with The Associated Press last month that the end of May loomed as a possible deadline for the IOC to make a call on the Tokyo Olympics.But Coates, an IOC vice president and head of the Australian Olympic Committee, told the Sydney paper in a telephone interview from Switzerland that the IOC didn’t recognize the deadline and he thought Pound had backed away from it, too. 1:20 p.m.The NHRA drag racing series has suspended its season 30 days with the intention to resume events April 17-19 in Houston.An event at Las Vegas has been postponed with no new date announced.“We made this decision with heavy hearts as we see the effects this pandemic is having on the world,” NHRA said in a statement. “We are all in this complicated uncertain and rapidly changing situation together, and we encourage everyone to look out for each other.”Other motorsports such as NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One already pulled the plug on racing. Greece currently has 331 confirmed cases and four deaths.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
Meanwhile, Kenny Stills and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross aren’t seeing eye-to-eye with Ross’ support of President Donald Trump and Cowboys Jerry Jones used a rather gross analogy to describe how the contract situation with some of Dallas’ star players are going.Those stories and more in Wednesday’s edition of NFL News and Notes. Related News Panthers’ Efe Obada praises Christian Wade’s journey to NFL: ‘He was a pro long before I was’ Antonio Brown: ‘I got circumcised on my feet’ after cryotherapy mishap Jerry Jones uses a weirdly gruesome analogy to describe Cowboys contract issues Three things that matterColts GM says Andrew Luck now has ankle issueChris Ballard said he wasn’t ready to declare that quarterback Andrew Luck is ready for the regular-season opener after he revealed Luck now has an ankle issue. The Colts general manager said the calf injury Luck has been dealing is separate from the ankle problem, which he attributed to years of wear and tear.”The issue right now is the side-to-side stuff,” Ballard said, via ESPN. “Kind of rolling of the ankle. Anything back-and-forth, he’s good. Standing there throwing, he’s good. Moving in the pocket, those are the kind of things we have to get him better at.”Ballard said Luck doesn’t have to be 100 percent to play, but there is a chance that Luck will miss the opener against the Chargers. Jacoby Brissett has been taking first-team reps in practice and has experience starting for the Colts — he played the majority of the 2017 season when Luck was out with a shoulder injury.’Generational talent’ makes Kyler Murray worth Josh Rosen trade, Cardinals GM saysArizona general manager Steve Keim received a lot of criticism for his decision to draft quarterback Kyler Murray No. 1 overall in this year’s draft just one year after the team drafted Josh Rosen No. 10 overall.However, Keim told The Ringer that Murray is a “generational talent” and that having him on the team is worth the struggles the Cardinals have undergone in the past couple of seasons.“You have to make the tough decisions and avoid the outside noise — ‘Why’d you give up on this guy? Why would you trade this guy?’” Keim said. “It’s unprecedented. I took [Rosen] in the top 10. I just felt that [Murray] was a generational talent that I just couldn’t pass up.”Should the Cardinals have another disastrous season, Keim’s time with the team could be in jeopardy.Golden Tate says doctor gave banned meds to other playersThe Giants receiver was handed a four-game suspension after he self-reported himself for taking clomiphene, which was in his fertility medication. Tate said his doctor reassured him that the medicine should not cause any issues when it came to illegal substances, but a positive test proved otherwise.While Tate said he was accepting of his punishment, he added that he was considering suing the doctor for not properly doing his research and job.”I think ultimately just because the doctor had said, ‘No, it’s not a banned substance and I have prescribed it to other NFL guys.’ If the doctor said I’m not sure, I 100 percent would have looked into it,” Tate told reporters Wednesday. “If the doctor had never said he had given it to any other NFL players, I 1,000 percent would have looked into it. I have gone through the TUE process for a couple medicines and I completely understand it.”If Tate’s claims are true and other players have unwillingly ingested banned substance via the fertility drug, the league could have a mess on its hands.Two things that don’t matterJerry Jones’ weird analogy to describe the Cowboys’ contract issuesThe Cowboys owner used a strange and rather gruesome analogy to describe the team’s contract situations with quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott and receiver Amari Cooper.”Picture you were a driver of a car and you had a wreck and your hand was almost severed off, but you didn’t understand your anatomy,” Jones said, via The Dallas Morning News. “You look down, you’re spurting blood, you open the door, and run to the woods, and either die bleeding to death or shock. The educated man looks down, knows his anatomy, squeezes and knows his best chance is to wait for help. That’s because he’s been there a lot and done that. So I’m squeezing and waiting for help.”Essentially, Jones is minding the Cowboys’ salary cap and doesn’t want to have to release anyone due to massive contracts paid to other players, but the bottom line is all three of his offensive stars still don’t have new deals. Neither the salary cap, nor Dallas’ situation is new.Kenny Stills says he’ll ‘agree to disagree’ with Dolphins owner Stephen RossThe Miami receiver talked to Ross on the phone after he publicly called out Ross for holding a fundraiser for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign. Stills, a known social activist, said Ross’ support of Trump contradicts the mission statement of his nonprofit, the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE). Apparently, the conversation didn’t leave the two seeing eye-to-eye, with Stills telling reporters (via The Palm Beach Post): “We agreed to disagree and that was it. There’s not much to argue about. He has his feelings about it and he stands firm in that, and I respect that. But I disagree and I told him there’s no hard feelings. There’s no beef and let’s win some games this year.” Andrew Luck’s calf injury in March didn’t cause much alarm because the regular season was months away, but flash forward to August and Luck is at risk of missing the Colts’ season opener.The quarterback is suffering from an ankle issue, which has shelved him for the preseason and has held him out of full practices. Will he be ready when Sept. 8 rolls around? Stills said he still plans to kneel during the national anthem this season, but his willingness to play under an owner whom he has different political beliefs from reflects his loyalty to the team and shouldn’t affect them in the long run.One video you have to seeTom Brady isn’t taking any smack talk from Mike Vrabel — a former Patriots teammate. The Patriots and Titans had a joint practice Wednesday, which led to the Patriots quarterback getting a little saucy with the Titans head coach.Must be football season pic.twitter.com/wF0MUpfPf4— Cris Collinsworth (@CollinsworthPFF) August 14, 2019Wednesday tweet of the dayJust in case you forgot what a giant man running back Derrick Henry is, here is photographic evidence. Henry towers over former Alabama teammate Damien Harris, who isn’t a tiny man, either.Derrick Henry is an enormous human. Here he is next to former Bama teammate Damien Harris (5-10, 216). pic.twitter.com/Sc6cHKz3u6— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) August 14, 2019