Kevin Gray won for the first time in two-plus seasons at Dodge City Raceway Park, holding off R.C. Whitwell for the opening night IMCA Modified checkers. (Photo by Lonnie Wheatley)By Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. (May 5) – Kevin Gray battled into the lead on the fifth circuit then held off Arizona’s R.C. Whitwell over the closing rounds to post his first local IMCA Modified win since August of 2015 on opening night Saturday at Dodge City Raceway Park.Gray gridded the feature outside the front row, but it was pole starter Ryan Heger gunning into the lead at the drop of the green flag. Gray kept the heat on and raced back into the lead on the fifth lap.While Gray slipped away, Whitwell worked his way into second just past the midway point and closed in to challenge over the final circuits. Whitwell poked his nose under Gray in turns three and four on the white flag lap and then took a shot on the high side on the final round, but Gray held steady to post the win.Recently back in the seat after a layoff of more than 15 years, Troy Burkhart wired the field to take the win in the 20-lap IMCA Stock Car feature.Burkhart raced into the lead at the outset from the pole position but had his hands full much of the way fending off Ron Hartman for the lead. Burkhart survived a final caution with just two laps to go to preserve the win.Four-time and defending IMCA SportMod champion Jeff Kaup opened things up in a familiar way by racing to victory lane in the 20-lap feature for his 17th Dodge City score since the 2012 season.Duane Wahrman picked up where he left off last season by winning the 20-lap IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature.
A teenager died in a fatal stabbing after a reported street fight in south London.Francois Kablan, 19, was found with fatal stab wounds in Southwark at 5.30 pm on Wednesday and pronounced dead at the scene.He was found on Great Dover Street after reports of several men fighting nearby.The Harlow reserves football manager, Adam Connolly, said: “Francois was a wonderful person and player. A lot of our players went to the same college as Francois, so it’s been hard on everyone within the squad to hear of this tragic news.“On his last game for Harlow, he scored a superb hat-trick to win us the game and walk away with the match ball. He was certainly a talented footballer and one who could have gone on to feature for the first team.“On behalf of all of the squad, and everyone at the club, our thoughts are with his family and friends.”The Metropolitan police said three males aged between 15 and 20 and an 18-year-old woman were arrested near the scene on suspicion of murder. Two of the males, aged 15 and 17, remain in police custody and the two other people arrested have been released on bail.DCI Kate Kieran said: “Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Francois. This is a tragic loss of life of a young man and we will continue to investigate to ensure justice.”A fundraiser has been set up for Kablan and so far reached £2,700, against its £1,000 target. The money donated will go towards helping the 19-year-old’s family.Other clubs across Essex, including Witham Town, Epping Town, Bowers and Pitsea and Essex Alliance Football League, have shared messages of support on social media. Source: The Guardian
The Black Stars of Ghana marked a return of coach Kwasi Appiah with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Ethiopia in a Group F AFCON 2019 qualifier at the Kumasi Sports Stadium.It was a must win match for a team that has lost favour with its football-mad supporters and on a rainy Sunday afternoon, the Stars strolled on the partly soggy pitch, turned the qualifier into a training session and reduced Ethiopia to rags.If the victory was phenomenal, the statement behind the victory was even more glorious.Appiah made changes to the squad, handing starting roles to three debutants, Lumor Agbenyenu, Raphael Dwamena and Thomas Agyepong, a brave decision to make on his return to the team but each one of them showed on the day, their selection was on merit.Raphael Dwamena snuffed out a brace in the second half with Agbenyenu and Agyepong providing assists in a total team performance.It was captain Asamoah Gyan who began the demolition exercise with a header from close range in the early embers of the game, taking his goal tally to 50, the highest any Ghanaian player has scored. John Boye, who has been heavily criticised in the past got onto the scoring sheet shortly after Gyan’s opener with a goal, too good for a rugged defender.Latching onto an incisive header in the vital area, Boye with his back turned to the opponents goal, made a magical turn before releasing a bullet into the roof of the net for the Stars’ second goal.Ebenezer Ofori capped a great performance on the day with a goal of breathtaking genius when he drilled home from 20 yards.In a group that has Sierra Leone and Kenya, the Black Stars go joint top with Sierra Leone who also beat Kenya by 2 goals 1.