Team Mohamed’s, Trans Pacific thrill fans in second drag race meet

first_imgTHERE wasn’t a fan seated asTeam Mohamed’ White GTR, rebranded Godzilla, dominated at the South Dakota Drag strip on Sunday. The former world record-holding car, under the stewardship of Terrance Cox, rampaged its way down the quarter-mile for a new strip record of 8.099 seconds at the second round of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club’s Drag race meet.The roar of the 2700 h.p engine echoed around the Timehri circuit, true to its new name, Godzilla.Rain on Saturday had threatened the weekend, but brilliant sunshine on Sunday morning meant that race fans were in for a treat; and a treat they got. The most enterprising battle of the day, however, was between the then strip record holder, Team Mohamed’s Goliath and the Trans Pacific Toyota Alteeza.The former Strip record holder, Team Mohamed’s GTR Goliath, takes on the Trans Pacific Toyota Alteeza during yesterday’s second round of the GMR&SC Drag Race championships. (GT Callouts Photo)Just before the heavens opened up and showered the track, ending the day prematurely, the two put a perfect end on the afternoon, with Rameez Mohamed driving the Alteeza and Cox driving Goliath.Off the line, the Alteeza jumped the light and sped away but the sheer force of Goliath caught the Alteeza at three-quarters of the distance and never looked back.The much improved Alteeza granted fans what they were looking for, one of the closest battles to have graced the strip.Still, there was action all round as Marlon Wilson, out of Berbice, snagged the 16-second class. Ramesh Persaud took the 15-second class with Romeo Singh taking the 14-second class and Shan Seejattan snagging the 13-second class.Seejattan also snagged the best reaction time of 0.00426.Due to the rains, the club was unable to run the 12-second class with Krishna Jettoo winning the 11- second class and Peter Daby taking the 10 second time bracket.The unlimited section was won by Cox.The club was also unable to complete the bikes and newly installed raptor classes and will meet on Thursday to determine how the winners will be decided. RebrandingMeanwhile, a statement from Team Mohamed’s indicated that they have officially renamed the White GTR, Godzilla“We firstly want to thank all our fans for the support we have seen over the last few days, especially Sunday and we have some great news. The White Nissan GTR that has just entered the Team Mohamed’s family, will now be known as the Team Mohamed’s Godzilla.That car joins our other two GTRs– the Black Goliath and the Nismo– as part of our drag racing family as well as the race bikes and Jet Skis we have in our team.The next event on the GMR&SC calendar is the second National Race of champions billed for July 21st.last_img read more

Butler’s inefficient season hits new low in 2-for-21 shooting performance

first_imgBrianna Butler had a chance to redeem the worst shooting night of her Syracuse career.She had shot 2-of-21. She had missed all 14 of her 3-points attempts. She had committed a team-high four turnovers and had two critical fouls to let North Carolina back into the game.But everything could have been made right when she stepped to the free-throw line with Syracuse up 59-56 and 14 seconds to play. Instead, the 83 percent free-throw shooter clanked both off the rim to give the Tar Heels a chance to tie the game.“Obviously Butler didn’t shoot the ball well,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said.Without Butler, Syracuse shot 36 percent. With her, that number dipped to 27 percent. Yet, the Orange’s strong defense and rebounding somehow made Butler’s shooting performance moot in No. 25 SU’s (16-7, 6-4 Atlantic Coast) 61-56 win over No. 13 North Carolina (18-5, 5-4) on Thursday night in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I always have faith in her, regardless of if she’s not making shots or if she is,” guard Cornelia Fondren said. “I know she can knock down shots, tonight just wasn’t her night.”With nine minutes to play and Syracuse up by four, Butler — who was not made available for interviews — tried a step-back jumper from the top of the key and air balled it left of the rim. The next possession down she pulled up from 3 and clanked it off the side of the rim. As the game’s final seconds wore down with Syracuse clinging to a five-point lead, her jumper once again went out of bounds instead of in the basket.She played 37 minutes and shot whenever she was open, but nothing could get her going.“Everybody has off nights once in a while,” UNC head coach Sylvia Hatchell said.For Butler though, the off nights have been nearly every night. She’s shooting just 27.7 percent from the field and a tad worse from behind the arc. Her numerous attempts — and subsequent misses — have forced many questions in Hillsman’s direction all season. In return, he’s always said he wants her to shoot more.On Thursday, when it was asked again, he told the reporter to answer his own question. When the reporter didn’t, he turned the microphone around and asked another reporter to answer the question for him.So while Butler has yet to break out of her season-long slump, Hillsman has yet to lose confidence in his starting small forward.“I think she passed up about five or six of them,” Hillsman said with a grin on his face as he prepared to leave the interview room. “She should have been 0-for-21.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 5, 2015 at 10:45 pm Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3last_img read more

USC Pacific Asia Museum to reopen in early December

first_imgThe USC Pacific Asia Museum will reopen on Dec. 8 after a year-and-a-half-long renovation of the nearly century-old building. Photo from USC Pacific Asia Museum.After a year and a half of renovations, USC’s Pacific Asia Museum, located in Pasadena, Calif., is scheduled to reopen on Dec. 8. It underwent seismic retrofitting in late June 2016 to help bring the building up to USC’s codes of stability. “Pasadena is definitely a place where this cultural heritage is really at the core of the city and there’s a big commitment to that,” Christina Yu Yu, the museum’s director told Pasadena Now.  “Our museum can be a good case study and we are very eager to welcome our visitors and our guests back.”The building that houses the museum was constructed in 1924 by collector Grace Nicholson and mimics the Imperial Palace courtyard found in Beijing. Many of the building’s materials were imported from China or are close replications of Chinese architecture. “When she commissioned the building, she was thinking of Asian experience, Asian art, and also a place for her to live in Pasadena right on the premises,” Pasadena Heritage Executive Director Sue Mossman told Pasadena Now. “That was pretty remarkable and forward-looking for her.”In 1943, Nicholson gave the building to the city of Pasadena, which used it for art until 1971, when the Pacificulture Foundation took over. In 1987, the city sold the building to the Pacificulture Foundation, which renamed it the Pacific Asia Museum. USC partnered with the museum in 2013 to turn it into the USC Pacific Asia Museum. It strives to increase intercultural awareness of Asia and the Pacific Islands through immersing its visitors in art and culture. Through collaboration among a team of engineers, architects and preservation experts, the renovation is expected to help maintain the building’s history while ensuring it remains accessible to future generations. “The goal is to not create more change, but rather to fit new systems into the existing fabric,” Mossman told Pasadena Now. “The less change the better is a typical rule of thumb for a preservation project, but sometimes change is critically important because it makes a big difference for the longevity of the building.” The seismic retrofitting is only the first stage in a series of reconstruction, but it was the most extensive, costing millions of dollars. The museum offered moving exhibitions throughout the community, including at Doheny Library, during the renovation as the work had to be cleared from the building. “We even had to pack our 15,000 pieces of art and move it offsite,” Yu Yu said to Pasadena Now. “This is the only time we need to move the collection because we do not want to disturb these treasures from hundreds of years ago. In later phases we do not need to move our collection.”During the renovation, staff also focused on conducting a permanent collection survey of the works in the museum. This will allow the museum to focus on future exhibitions based on current works, according to a museum press release. The construction also included a 700-square-foot expansion, which will increase gallery space for visitors.last_img read more

Badgers wrestle Hoosiers to submission in 26-9 win

first_imgAfter dropping consecutive dual matches against two of the Big Ten’s best just a week ago, the No. 20 Wisconsin wrestling team righted the ship in a solid 26-9 defeat of Indiana Friday night at home.The Badgers (7-4, 4-2 Big Ten) took seven of the 10 individual contests, including two comeback victories in the final seconds of the third period.Head coach Barry Davis was pleased to see his team executing under pressure after his team’s two-match conference slide.“For our guys it was about getting on track, we need to keep doing what we’re doing,” Davis said. “Be offensive, beating your ties, getting into your positions and finding ways to win. That’s what [Connor] Medbery did tonight as well as Frank Cousins in tight matches.”With a 10-6 lead heading into the 165-pound match, Cousins, a redshirt sophomore, was unable to amass any offense in the first period and could not earn a point for an escape in the second.After allowing an escape in the third period to break the scoreless tie, Cousins needed two takedowns in the final 90 seconds to keep a comfortable team lead. He was able to twist his opponent down by the leg for his first takedown and won the match with another takedown with 13 seconds remaining in the period.“After I got the first takedown, he escaped,” Cousins said. “The second takedown, I just kind of let go, relaxed, and it was offense, offense, offense … and then eventually got to one of my holds and took him down.”Medbery, a redshirt freshman, also completed a last-minute win thanks to an emphatic takedown with 30 seconds left in the final period against No. 13 Adam Chalfant. The No. 10 heavyweight in the nation, Medbery is 10-0 this year in dual matches and has defeated five ranked conference opponents this season.The last-second reversal of fortunes executed by Medbery came from preparation in practice, thanks to drills by Davis that put the team in pressure situations and forces the wrestlers to apply quick offense.“We put them in situations where they’re down a point with 30 [seconds] to go,” Davis said. “What’s your go-to move, how are you going to find a way to score, so you prepare for those things because they’re going to happen in duals and especially in tournaments.”Wisconsin never conceded its lead after redshirt junior Tyler Graff won 22-7 by technical fall in the 133-pound match. The Olympic qualifier and No. 5 ranked wrestler in the 133-class recorded 11 takedowns on the day in one of the team’s three extra point wins.Fifth-year senior Cole Schmitt also helped the team by winning his third consecutive match, defeating Indiana’s Preston Keiffer. After a scoreless first period, Schmitt wore down his opponent and forced the match’s only takedown late in the second period in an eventual 4-0 win.The New Glarus native used his strength to overpower his opponent even after gaining no points in the match’s first three minutes.“I know that I’m going to tire him out by the end of the match, so if it’s 0-0 first period, I don’t care,” Schmitt said. “I’ll just keep going and get the next point.”Schmitt said he’s been a better wrestler in his three-match winning streak because of losing the pound or two that had been hindering his strength.“I had to get my weight under control,” Schmitt said. “It’s not quite where it should have been the last few weeks; I’ve just been more disciplined … my conditioning feels so much better. I feel like I can go 15 minutes if I have to.”Wisconsin also saw victories from fifth-year senior Tom Kelliher at 141 pounds, redshirt junior Scott Liegel in a 12-3 major decision at 174 pounds and a Jackson Hein victory in a forfeit at 197 pounds.The Badgers showed themselves in greater physical condition than the Hoosiers throughout late-match situations, a promising sign for a team that still has two big duals remaining against conference opponents.“We’re in great shape,” Davis said. “Guys don’t wait that long. Guys like Frank, just get it earlier – that’s the pace you should do the whole time. Our shape is good, let’s use it more to our advantage.”In Wisconsin’s largest margin of victory in a Big Ten win this season, the group may be peaking at the right time for Davis.“It’s about getting better,” Davis said. “When you’re worried about getting better, winning takes care of itself … When we do that, we’ll be fine.”last_img read more

Airtricity League prize money unveiled

first_imgThe Premier division winners will receive €110,000 with the second placed side earning €55,000.The first division winners will earn €30,000 while the bottom two in the Premier division collect €17,000 each.Dundalk are going for a third Premier League title in a row.last_img