EAST MOLINE, Ill. (May 4) – Justin Kay was challenged but never caught in Sunday’s Hershel Roberts Memorial Deery Brothers Summer Series feature at Quad City Speedway.Kay started on the pole and led all 58 laps of the IMCA Late Model tour event, held in memory of the popular East Moline driver and car owner.Sticking to the lower line all around the oval, the tour point leader took the $3,000 checkers in front of a very full grandstand and ahead of Jeff Aikey, hard charger Joel Callahan, Mike Murphy Jr. and defending series champion Brian Harris.Jason Rauen nipped at Kay’s heels before falling back. Aikey came from 12th starting and Callahan from 17th to join Murphy and Harris in their pursuit of the leader.Restarts gave each the opportunity to challenge Kay but none could catch up after the green flag came back out. Tyler Bruening took a provisional and also advanced 14 spots, to eighth. Aikey won the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing. Random tire samples were taken following the race and results remain unofficial; samples will be taken periodically throughout the season, Tour Director Kevin Yoder noted. Sunday’s feature marked the 300th occasion Aikey and Darrel DeFrance were both on the starting grid for a Deery Series feature. DeFrance finished 15th while extending his perfect tour attendance mark to 424 consecutive events. Next up on the Deery Brother Summer Series schedule is the Memorial Day program at Boone Speedway. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and mod lites are also on the Monday, May 26 card. Racing starts at 5 p.m. Kay became the fourth different winner in as many tour events so far this season on Sunday. The victory was also his career fourth.Fifty-eight was the number of the car Roberts drove. Greg Durbin was the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified winner at East Moline.Feature results – 1. Justin Kay, Wheatland, Iowa; 2. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa; 3. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa; 4. Mike Murphy Jr., Colona; 5. Brian Harris, Davenport, Iowa; 6. Mike Zemo Jr., Davenport, Iowa; 7. Todd Malmstrom, Silvis; 8. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, Iowa; 9. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, Iowa; 10. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa; 11. Ray Guss Jr., Milan; 12. Tommy Elston, Keokuk, Iowa; 13. Mike Cothron, Moline; 14. Scott Fitzpatrick, Urbandale, Iowa; 15. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa; 16. Jay Johnson, West Burlington, Iowa; 17. Mike Garland, Morrison; 18. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa; 19. Milo Veloz, Colona; 20. Dean Wagner, Evansdale, Iowa; 21. Jason Rauen, Farley, Iowa; 22. Rob Toland, Colona; 23. Travis Denning, Sterling; 24. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, Iowa. 1st heat (top three) – 1. Zemo; 2. Rauen; 3. Elston; 4. Veloz; 5. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, Iowa; 6. Ron Klein, Sherrill, Iowa; 7. Callahan; 8. Ryan Claeys, Morrison. 2nd heat – 1. Kay; 2. Dolan; 3. Harris; 4. Ryan; 5. Nate Beuseling, Silvis; 6. Wagner; 7. Kyle Neels, Freeport; 8. Garland. 3rd heat – 1. Malmstrom; 2. Murphy; 3. Guss; 4. Toland; 5. Nezworski; 6. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, Iowa; 7. Kory Peterson, Silvis; 8. Cothron. 4th heat – 1. Aikey; 2. Eckrich; 3. Denning; 4. Johnson; 5. Fitzpatrick; 6. DeFrance; 7. Bruening. 1st “B” feature (top four) – 1. Toland; 2. Veloz; 3. Callahan; 4. Nezworski; 5. Webb; 6. Cothron; 7. Peterson; 8. Zrostlik; 9. Klein; 10. Claeys.2nd “B” feature – 1. Ryan; 2. Fitzpatrick; 3. Johnson; 4. Garland; 5. Wagner; 6. Neels; 7. Bruening; 8. DeFrance; 9. Beuseling.Hard charger was Cothron. Point provisionals – Bruening, DeFrance and Wagner.
Garry Monk was perplexed by Swansea’s capitulation in the second half. “You never have it won by half-time, whatever game you play in,” he said. “The way we played first half was pretty much exactly how we wanted them to play. “They carried it out, we were getting crosses, we were causing problems, we were getting chances and probably could have taken a few more, so probably should have taken more from the first half. “You’ve got them on the ropes and if you don’t knock them out, you’re always open to them coming back into the match and that’s exactly what happened. (It was a) very good first half and very poor second half. “The way we come out second half was very sloppy, very poor. Our passing was poor, our touches invited West Brom onto us and then unfortunately the second goal in these sorts of games is always crucial. “They got the second one, which gave them the impetus going forward and unfortunately we conceded a second. I don’t think we deserved to lose the game, but we definitely didn’t deserve to win it after that second-half performance.” West Brom are now 16th, with the Swans one point and two places better off in 14th. Spaniard Mel, who took charge on January 9, said: “I am blessed. For the fans, for the players, we need to win and in football, confidence is all. “The players need to win and now it’s different, I hope.” Mel felt his midfield was over-run by Swansea in the first half, but thought the tactical changes he made shifted the momentum. Revealing what he spoke about at half-time, he added: “We talked about the problems, talked about the football, talked about the future face to face, and it’s only 45 minutes and we need to change. The football players at West Brom are intelligent. “The pressure is the same for all the countries – in Spain, in England, Germany it’s the same. “My work is dangerous. Head coach is a difficult job, but the most important in football is the player.” Swansea started with a bang as Belgian winger Roland Lamah put them in front after less than two minutes, beating Steven Reid on the by-line before curling the ball past England international Ben Foster. The Baggies took hold of the game in the second half and Congolese midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu’s side-footed effort from 20 yards nabbed the much-needed three points after Stephane Sessegnon levelled from outside the box on 53 minutes. Press Association Under-pressure manager Pepe Mel felt “blessed” to finally get a win under his belt as West Brom manager. The Baggies upset the odds at the Liberty Stadium to come from behind and earn a 2-1 win which saw them move three points clear of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. It was their first away win since September 28, when they upset Manchester United at Old Trafford, and their first victory of any kind since beating Newcastle on New Year’s Day. read more
It’s not a bad week for important WR injuries. JuJu Smith-Schuster has already been declared out (which his owners likely don’t mind), and we’ve already been graced with the returns of Will Fuller and T.Y. Hilton. Heading into Sunday’s games, Julian Edelman, Alshon Jeffery, Emmanuel Sanders, Deebo Samuel, Nelson Agholor, Mohamed Sanu, and Phillip Dorsett are the most important “questionable” wide receivers, but Week 12 fantasy start ’em, sit ’em decisions shouldn’t be impacted too much. We’ll have the latest updates below throughout the day. For news on banged-up players Tom Brady, Jordan Howard, and Adrian Peterson, click here; for updates on George Kittle’s status, go here; for the Week 12 weather report, click here. Follow us for more news and updates on Twitter @SN_Fantasy. Mohamed Sanu, Phillip Dorsett injury updatesUPDATE: Sanu and Dorsett are officially OUT.According to the Boston Herald, Sanu (ankle) is not expected to play on Sunday against the Cowboys, though ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported early Sunday morning that Sanu won’t make a final decision until after warm-ups, as he was feeling better on Saturday. Phillip Dorsett (concussion) is unlikely to play, as he’s yet to be cleared for football activities as of Saturday. Assuming both receivers are out, N’Keal Harry and possibly even Jakobi Meyers make for WR3 sleepers. Harry makes more sense as a boom-or-bust WR3 in standard leagues, but Meyers has more appeal in PPR formats. WEEK 12 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerIs Julian Edelman playing Week 12?UPDATE: Edelman is officially ACTIVE.Edelman (shoulder) is once again listed as “questionable” despite not being a realistic injury worry the entire week. There’s no reason to expect him to sit when the Patriots play the Cowboys Sunday afternoon.Given New England’s spate of other WR injuries (see below), Edelman will likely see even more targets than usual. He’s a solid WR2 in standard leagues and a borderline WR1 in PPR leagues.WEEK 12 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endAlshon Jeffery injury updateUPDATE: Jeffery is officially OUT.After “trending in the right direction” all week, Jeffery (ankle) was listed as “questionable” for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks.The expectation is that Jeffery will play (ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported as much early Sunday morning), and given the matchup against a leaky Seattle secondary that allows a lot of wide receiver receptions, he’s a viable WR3, especially PPR leagues.WEEK 12 DFS LINEUPS: FD cash | FD GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | Y! cash | Y! GPPIs Emmanuel Sanders playing Sunday night?UPDATE: Sanders is officially ACTIVE.After getting in limited practices all week, Sanders (ribs) is “questionable” for Sunday night’s game against the Packers. It’s likely Sanders will be active, but like last week, he probably won’t be fully healthy or play a full complement of snaps. At this point, he’s a risky WR3, and given the prime-time start, you’d need to have another prime-time backup ready to go if he’s a surprise scratch. If he’s out, Deebo Samuel, who’s also questionable, and Kendrick Bourne would see the biggest uptick in targets.MORE WEEK 12 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup BuilderDeebo Samuel injury updateUPDATE: Samuel is officially ACTIVE.Samuel (shoulder) was limited in practice throughout the week, and like Sanders, he’s also “questionable” for Sunday night’s game against the Packers. The San Francisco Chronicle reports he is expected to play, though, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter echoed that early Sunday morning.Samuel has posted back-to-back eight-catch, 100-plus-yard games. He’s a decent WR3 even if Sanders and George Kittle (knee) are active, as both could be more limited than usual, though Samuel owners should temper their expectations a bit. Nelson Agholor injury newsUPDATE: Agholor is officially OUT.Like Jeffery, Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Agholor (knee) is “trending in the right direction” earlier this week. He’s officially “questionable” for Sunday’s game against Seattle, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported early Sunday morning that he’s unlikely to play.If Jeffery plays, Agholor shouldn’t be started in fantasy leagues. However, if Jeffery is out, Agholor is in play as a WR3 in PPR leagues because of all the receptions Seattle allows to wide receivers. read more