By Brian NealDONNELLSON, Iowa (April 21) – Jeff Waterman was the Friday night Budweiser IMCA Modified winner at Lee County Speedway.Mitch Boles and Kelly Buckallew led the field to the drop of the green flag in the 20-lap feature, with Boles jumping out front to lead lap one over Dennis LaVeine and rookie Dakota Simmons, who moved out of the SportMod class for 2017.Coming off turn two to complete the second lap, LaVeine went low, Waterman was in the middle, with Boles up top to race three wide for the top spot. LaVeine emerged as the new leader, then worked the bottom of the track over the next three laps while Waterman used the top.Waterman grabbed the top spot away from LaVeine on lap six and was pulling away when the only caution of the race appeared on lap 15 and brought the field back to his back bumper.On the restart, Waterman moved back out front, with LaVeine working to hold off Blake Woodruff for second. Waterman then led the final five laps to score his first win of the season at the track. LaVeine held on for second and Woodruff was third.Jeremy Pundt topped the 20-lap Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Car main event and Tony Dunker showed the way to the checkers in the 18-lap Shottenkirk Parts Express IMCA SportMods.Barry Taft prevailed in the 15-lap Armstrong Tractor IMCA Sport Compact feature.read more
The USC women’s tennis team will return to action on Friday with a matchup against crosstown rival UCLA.The Women of Troy enter the matchup ranked No. 12 in the nation. Their only losses over the past two seasons have been to top-10 teams, with this year being no different. The Trojans were defeated by top-ranked North Carolina at the ITA National Team Indoor championships in Virginia last month, and suffered a bitter loss at the hands of No. 7 Cal to open up conference play.A victory over the Bruins would most likely catapult USC back into the top 10, where it spent the entire season before the loss to the Golden Bears.UCLA enters the game ranked No. 3 nationally with a 9-1 record. The Women of Troy will certainly be looking to issue some level of payback for their last meeting. USC was eliminated by UCLA in last year’s NCAA semifinals in a heartbreaking 4-3 loss.With such a marquee matchup on the schedule, any team would be remiss to be without some of its major contributors. Luckily for the Trojans, everyone should be healthy and ready to compete against the Bruins.“I think we’ll have everyone for tomorrow so we’re excited to go,” USC head coach Richard Gallien said.The Women of Troy enter the game following a win over a San Diego team that USC has historically dominated (26-3). With that kind of history, it would be easy to overlook a 5-2 victory over San Diego, but Gallien certainly did not. In fact, it is theirdominating performance against the Aztecs that has Gallien so optimistic about the matchup with the Bruins.“The girls won a super gutsy match last week to set this up,” Gallien said. “Our mood is terrific and I fully expect we will play well tomorrow.”Following the matchup against the Bruins, the Trojans will begin a three-game homestand kicked off by a matchup next Tuesday against the Texas Longhorns. The Women of Troy are undefeated at home this season.The game in Westwood will begin at 1:30 p.m.read more
Two of the three newly promoted sides are at home on the opening weekend.Championship winners Bournemouth face Aston Villa and Norwich play Crystal Palace, while Watford start away to Everton.The second round of fixtures features a game between two title contenders, as Chelsea head to Manchester City. The season starts on the 8th of August.