SHAWANO, Wis. (April 27) – Jordan Bartz raced her way to victory lane on opening night Saturday at Shawano Speedway. Bartz led the rest of the way for the victory. Bryce Clements raced his way to second, while Magnin battled back from the tail of the field to finish the race in third. Jordan Bartz scored the season-opening Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod victory Saturday at Shawano Speedway. Teagan Wudstrack and Bartz swapped the lead back and forth multiple times over the next two laps before Bartz ultimately established herself in the point position. By Scott Owen Cole Magnin led the first two laps of the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature before losing the handle and bringing out the caution flag. Magnin restarted at the tail of the field. Benji LaCrosse led every lap of the IMCA Modified feature while Jeremy Christians regained the lead late in the race to win the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main event.
Megan Rapinoe has voiced her opinion on a wide range of issues that span beyond women’s soccer.But Saturday, before the United States women’s national team faces Netherlands in the World Cup final, she addressed something that has been a big topic of conversation as the team blazes through to what they hope is a fourth world title. Rapinoe herself has taken criticism for goal celebrations, but she offered a simple explanation in a long-winded answer that addressed some of the underlying issues.The veteran midfielder simply said, “We work hard and play hard.” Related News ‘Game of Thrones’ star Sophie Turner slams ‘haters’ of Alex Morgan’s tea-sipping homage Women’s World Cup 2019 preview: What to know, how to watch USWNT vs. Netherlands final Rapinoe, who has scored five goals in this World Cup including consecutive braces in the knockout wins against Spain and host France, was absent from the semifinal victory Tuesday over England because of a slight hamstring strain.In the USWNT’s win, Alex Morgan received flak for her tea-sipping celebration. But Rapinoe didn’t bat an eye. In fact, she encourages her teammates to celebrate.When asked if the hostility comes because society is not ready to deal with confident women, Rapinoe agreed.”I definitely think that’s part of it I think we have a particular lightness about us that maybe people take as aloofness or thinking that we’re too good or whatever,” she said. “I think so much of what we have to shoulder all of the time is heavy. It’s no secret that we’re the leaders in the women’s game in a lot of different issues — equality and pay equality, gender issues and just at large our team has been very open and very willing to get in any kind of equality fight.”So when we get the chance to play and showcase our skillset and be free on the field, we work hard and play hard. We think the game should be played with exuberance. The whole point of the game is to score a goal. I actually get on my teammates sometimes like you guys have got to pick your game, you can’t score a goal and be like, yeah, I scored a goal. It’s the whole point.” Women’s World Cup 2019: Megan Rapinoe takes aim at FIFA over prize money gap, finals scheduling Rapinoe has 157 caps on the USWNT and appeared in the 2011 World Cup, where the team finished as runner ups, and again in the 2015 tournament where the women claimed their most recent title. But she recognized not everyone will get opportunities to appear in multiple events, which is one of the reasons she eggs on the goal scorers.”I think that dynamic is playing a lot. Obviously, we have to take on a lot off the field. When we get our chance, especially at the World Cup, this comes every four years. Nothing is guaranteed. Some players might only play in one, you’re lucky if you get to play in multiple. This is the most incredible stage you can ever be on as a football player and we are going to enjoy it no matter what.”
Liverpool attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho was not included in the 22-man travelling squad for the first leg of their Champions League play-off against Hoffenheim, the Premier League club said on Monday.According to reports in British media, Barcelona target Coutinho submitted a transfer request last week after Liverpool rejected a second bid worth 100 million euros ($117.96 million) from the La Liga club.Coutinho also missed Liverpool’s 3-3 draw at Watford on Saturday due to a back injury, with manager Juergen Klopp conceding he had no control over the 25-year-old’s future at the club.Reuters PhotoUnder current UEFA rules, Coutinho’s participation in the play-off round against Hoffenheim would not jeopardise a move in the current transfer window. The Brazil international will remain eligible to feature for another club in next month’s Champions League group-stage.The Merseyside club will also be without striker Daniel Sturridge, who has failed to recover from a thigh injury sustained during the pre-season.Hoffenheim host Liverpool at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena on Tuesday before the two sides meet again at Anfield next week.