Castroneves Wins Third Indianapolis 500 Title

first_imgBy Dialogo May 26, 2009 Nice article also much informative.Is it magical race as this was the best race of the month. This wasn’t just a race, it was vindication. Helio Castroneves crossed the finish line Sunday beneath an overcast sky at the Indianapolis 500, then loosed enough tears to float his race car another 500 miles down the road. He cried because a third win gained him entry into a charmed circle of champions, only nine of whom have been lucky and courageous enough to capture that many in the 93 times the race has been run. And he cried because the crushing weight of a three-month legal battle with the Internal Revenue Service was finally, unmistakably in his rearview mirror. But mostly, Castroneves cried because his fate once again rested in his own two hands. “You guys don’t understand,” Castroneves roared from the winner’s circle as a 250,000-strong crowd roared back just as loudly. “You guys kept me strong.” A lesser man might have been broken by what Castroneves went through. In March, he was standing trial for federal income tax evasion and looking at six years in prison. He was acquitted, but the final charge against him wasn’t dropped until Friday, two days before the biggest event in his sport. Compared to that ordeal, the race could not have seemed all that taxing. Castroneves grabbed the lead coming out of a restart with 17 laps to go and never faced a serious challenge after that. He started on the pole, played it safe through the middle while ironing out a gearbox problem, then saw his opportunity and grabbed it by the throat. Then just like Rick Mears, one of three four-time Indy 500 champions that Castroneves will train his sights on next, he deployed smarts and patience to choke every last bit of drama out of the race. The resemblance is hardly coincidental. Owner Roger Penske gave both men their shot at the big time and won their loyalty forever. He stood by Castroneves throughout his fight with the IRS and keeps Mears on the payroll as a driving coach and consultant. To no one’s surprise, the two drivers found common ground and became fast friends. “He’s always taken to this place like a duck takes to water,” Mears said. “He’s a competitor, but he’s a big picture guy also. And that’s what it takes … around this place. He’s very good, and what I mean by that is that he rarely puts a wheel wrong around here. He makes very few mistakes.” Both men are masterful in the maelstrom of a race, sifting through clues swirling around them at 220 mph and collecting just enough pieces to solve a tough puzzle. Yet Mears conceded he couldn’t imagine the emotions Castroneves worked through in the quiet moments away from the racetrack, nor the joy he must have felt coming down the home straightaway in front this time. “I know he was just glad to be here. But to have everything fall into place like it did,” Mears said, “is just amazing.” Yet Castroneves’ rivals sensed something different when he returned to the track. The bubbly Brazilian who electrified crowds at Indy Racing League stops and won an international following by waltzing off with the title on “Dancing With The Stars” two seasons ago was noticeably subdued. “Just the kind of hug you get from him” is how IRL glamour girl Danica Patrick described it. “After what he’s gone through, it was a different kind of hug. “So I’m very happy for him,” she added. “We’re glad to have him back, and obviously he’s very good for the sport.” It’s funny how things work out. Just last week, former NFL star Michael Vick walked out of federal prison still vilified and nearly broke, a disgraced former con with no guarantee there will be a place for him in pro football if and when he’s ready to go back. Castroneves, on the other hand, was acquitted, then welcomed back to racing with open arms and the benefit of the doubt. With a quarter of the race left, his sister stood behind Castroneves’ pit, her eyes shut tight and hands clasped in prayer. In short order, Helio’s parents and his girlfriend locked hands and joined the vigil. Given the chance to pick up where he left off, the Brazilian climbed back behind the wheel and wrote the perfect ending to what could have been a Hollywood script. Except that it was all true. “Towards the end,” Castroneves said. “I didn’t touch anything on the car. When I got in the front, it was, ‘Never look back.'” He paused one more time to choke back tears. “This race is magical. It was a tough beginning,” he added, “but this is the best month of May ever.”last_img read more

Sangakkara steers Tallawahs to second CPL win

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Reigning Caribbean Premier League champions Jamaica Tallawahs won their second on the trot when they beat Trinbago Knight Riders by four wickets here Wednesday night.Chasing 148 at Queen’s Park Oval, Tallawahs got home with four balls remaining to notch their second win in four days, following their opening loss to Barbados Tridents in Florida last weekend.Tallawahs were guided by Sri Lankan star and captain Kumar Sangakkara who top-scored with 47 while opening partner Lendl Simmons struck 38.Champion off-spinner Sunil Narine (2-21) and seamer Kevon Cooper (2-25) grabbed two wickets apiece.New Zealander Colin Munro had earlier top-scored with 41 as TKR, sent in, were dismissed for 147 with a ball to spare.Left-hander Darren Bravo punched 33 while opener Narine blasted 23, but seamers Odean Smith (3-20) and Kesrick Williams (2-36) snatched three wickets apiece to retard TKR’s progress.In fact, the hosts were cruising at 109 for two in the 10th over before suffering a dramatic collapse, losing their last eight wickets for a mere 38 runs.Narine had given the innings an energetic start, smacking a pair of fours and sixes in an 11-ball cameo, adding 33 for the first wicket with New Zealander Brendon McCullum (16).When Narine perished in the fifth over caught at mid-wicket by Simmons off Man-of-the-Match Williams, Munro and Bravo put TKR on top with a 57-run third-wicket stand.Munro struck five fours and two sixes off 25 balls while Bravo also faced 25 deliveries and counted two fours and two sixes.Once Munro holed out in the deep at the end of the 10th, however, the innings slumped into terminal decline.Tallawahs’ run chase was given an immediate boost when Sangakkara and Simmons put on 61 off 33 balls for the first wicket.While the left-handed Sangakkara was measured in his 41-ball knock which included seven fours, Simmons played with abandon, carving out four fours and three sixes off just 18 balls.Simmons was one of three wickets to fall for 32 runs in the space of 30 balls when he was bowled by Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab Khan in the sixth over but Tallawahs kept their focus to get home in the final over.last_img read more

Wellington Middle School scores and other things…

first_imgKaitlynHain7.3718thPR TaylorOwens7.3517th WillLong13.4511th Next meet for High School will be Thursday, Oct. 1st at Wedgewood Golf Course BellaBrusky9.1927thPR DakotaDry22.2147thPR ChanceHamel20.0930thPR JosephFriesen21.2441stPR Boys Varsity 5K Wellington Middle School Cross Country 2015  KadinHeacock22.5950thPR CarsonLeGrand22.5349thPR MackinzeTracy14.192ndYESPR ShelbyMcNamara16.0110thYESPR NathanHilt6.3620thPR LakenSmith6.2716thPR PeytonWitham18.0616th PR RJClift6.099thYESPR Girls Varsity 5KTIMEPlaceMedalPers.Rec Boys 1 mile Girls 1 mileTIMEPlaceMedalPers.Rec Next meet for this group will be in Halstead at the Wedgewood Golf Course -Oct.1 – 3:30  p.m. MorganBacon7.2312thYESPR MEET:OxfordDate:9/24/15Where: Winf.Vets Home        LexieScheufler6.181stYESPR OliviaSpeagle9.0625thPR Hosted by Halstead at 4:30 p.m. MacyGonzalez7.2413thYESPR Quotes from Charles Wallace: It was a cooler day for the Wellington Cross Country runners for the high school and sixth graders. There were 24 personal records plus one tying their own record and nine medal winners. All 6th graders made a great showing as they all ran in the seventh grade races. Jo Tredway beat her record in the 5K and marking a new school record aa first in the Top 10 All Time WHS list for the Girl’s 5K race. This is the first year the girls are running 5K. Lexie Scheufler not only was first with a medal but also finished fifth on the WMS Top 10 All time list. Tyler Brown also made the top 10 list in our Wellington Hargis Creek meet, coming in fifth on the all time top 10 list for WMS.Sumner County sports scheduleFriday, Sept. 25, 2015Friday night football (games at 7 p.m.).Wellington at Clearwater.Argonia-Attica at Pratt SkylineW. Trinity at Belle PlaineCV-Dexter at CaldwellConway Springs at DouglassFlinthills at OxfordC. Burden at South Haven.Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015WHS VOLLEYBALL — Varsity at Circle, 9 a.m. C Team Tournament at Clearwater, 3 p.m.WHS TENNIS — Tournament of Champions at Collegiate, 8 a.m.——— If you have a score and/or news that is not included in the list of events above, tell your coach or send us a report at sumnernewscow@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter. KorbinJones6.057thYESPR MEET:OxfordDate:9/24/15Where: Winf.Vets Home JoannaTredway22.3812thYESPR CamdenParkey6.2414thYESPR JoseyWolf8.3424thPR-tied TannerDillon14.1313thPR Boys JV 2 miles by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington Middle School Thursday scores, schedules through Tuesday…Seventh grade footballWellington 14 El Dorado 6. First game of the season. Eighth grade footballWellington 48 El Dorado 12. Eighth grade volleyball: A team25-19 win22-25 loss15-7 win.Gracie Rausch    7 assists, 5 digs. Jennifer Jensen  1 kill, 3 digs, 4 acesLindsey Scheufler 6 kills, 1 block 2 digs, 1 ace, 4 assists. Hanna Hawks 3 kills, 7 assists, 2 aces, 7 assists.Elise LeGrand 4 kills, 1 block, 1 dig Hope Maxwell  2 digsCassandra Moody 4 killsB Team 25-19 win25-11 winHunter Hain 1 kill 9 aces, 4 assists, 2 digs. Kylie Lloyd  2 kills, 4 aces. Lexi Jimenez 3 kills, 1 aces, 4 assists.Makenna Pingry 1 ace. Kameryn Gerten 2 kills, 2 aces, 2 digs. Mackenzie Heacock 3 digs.Both teams are now 1-1 in league standings. Overall A team: 4-4Overall B team: 6-7Seventh grade volleyball: Seventh Grade Volleyball teams win against El Dorado.Seventh Grade A vs. El Dorado25-12W25-23 WSeventh Grade B vs. El Dorado 16-25 L 25-23 W18-16 W———WMS TENNIS: The Wellington Middle School girls tennis team traveled to Haysville West Thursday.  The Lady Knights dominated their opponent winning every match but two.  Winners were:Singles:  Kylie Aufdengarten, Tori Lewellen, Rylee Rusk, Calli Hatfield, Natalie Henning, Olivia Brand, Jocey Hook, Payton Ginter and Emberly GonzeaezDoubles:  Aufdengarten/Lewellen, Rusk/Hatfield, Henning/Brand and Ginter/Gonzalez. ———WHS and SIXTH GRADE CROSS COUNTRY TaylorSears8.3223rdPR AshleyHisey19.2520th PR DylanDickinson6.3017thPR BlakeBales17.3023rd Girls JV 2 miles Wellington High School Cross Country 2015 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Holly V. · 253 weeks ago Since you like to get so detailed with the happenings in tennis, cross country and volleyball why don’t you do the same for the 7th and 8th grade football teams? Those kids deserve the same recognition of all the other sports. Not to mention the police note information you post, you have no trouble putting all the details there. If this post is not approved that’s sad and if your a true reporter you’ll honor freedom of speech from all and not just yourself!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 253 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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