3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A U.S. District Court judge in East St. Louis, Ill., sentenced a former credit union member and small business owner to more than three years in federal prison last month for bank fraud and making 15 false loan applications over 14 months.Judge David R. Herndon also ordered Christopher William Kreider, 29, to pay $207,116 in restitution and to serve five years of supervised release following his 37-month prison term. continue reading »
By J.M. Hallas WACO, Texas (July 4) – First-year IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified driver Dean Abbey had the run of his life in picking up the $1,000 Lone Star Series Texas Nationals win Friday at Heart O’ Texas Speedway. For two-thirds of the race Abbey chased veteran Keith Green until finally making the bottom work on a restart. If that wasn’t pressure enough, a late caution set up a green, white, checkered finish that put former IMCA national champion Keith White and his brother Paul, a past USAC Silver Crown champ, on his tail. Abbey was able to get a good jump on green and got some breathing room while the White brothers exchanged slide jobs on each other. Abbey went unchallenged while Paul beat Keith in the second place battle. Josh McGaha was fourth by all of one one-thousandth of a second over Sam Cox. “The bottom finally worked out for me,” said Abbey, already a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot candidate. “We’ve been here twice this year in the Modified and raced Keith Green for the win then too. I was fighting for the bottom last time and he got the win with us getting second. We had a different outcome tonight and I was able to get by him.”Jake Upchurch methodically worked his way up from his 10th starting spot to win the Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod main. After making the top five at halfway, Upchurch picked them off one by one and caught leader Greg Frazer with two to go. In a last lap move, Upchurch drove it to the bottom, made it stick, and edged Frazer coming to the checkers to score the victory. Frazer took the runner-up spot, with Chris Cogburn third, Jacob Pirkle fourth and Garett Rawls rounding out the top five. Chad Estes for himself at the right place at the right time to inherit the lead of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.Estes took over the lead after early leader Tristan Carmen and Jason Batt made contact battling for the top spot. Estes had a ringside seat in third when two traded paint, flats and damage enough to see them both stop on track and then head pitside. “I hung in there and was fortunate enough to get out front after that caution,” Estes said after taking the checkers. “They were getting a little rough up front between Carmen and Jason (Batt). As aggressive as they were getting I thought something was going to happen. My car got loose and I almost spun out, so I decided to sit back and hope I got my chance.” Shannon Dulock showed the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock field nothing but his rear bumper going flag to flag for the win.Throughout most of the race Dulock had Andy Roller trying his best on the bottom. Roller would get along side Dulock in the corner, but momentum on the high side saw Dulock rocket past on the straights. In the late stages, Jeremy Oliver got around Roller and tried the bottom himself. At the checkers it was Dulock, giving himself an early birthday present, in front of Oliver.Unofficial Feature Results Modifieds – 1. Dean Abbey; 2. Paul White; 3. Keith White; 4. Josh McGaha; 5. Sam Cox; 6. Justin Radcliff; 7. Pat McGuire; 8. Cody Daniel; 9. Jerry Frydrych; 10. Chad Estes; 11. Joe Spillman; 12. Johnny Sheets; 13. Keith Green; 14. J.P. Dowell; 15. Jarrod Jennings; 16. Eric Tomlinson; 17. Nicholas Littlejohn; 18. Ronnie Warren; 19. Kevin Rutherford; 20. Glen Hibbard. Southern SportMods – 1. Jake Upchurch; 2. Greg Frazer; 3. Chris Cogburn; 4. Jacob Pirkle; 5. Garett Rawls; 6. Sid Kiphen; 7. Johnny Torres; 8. Jeffrey Abbey; 9. Steve Hayes; 10. James Skinner; 11. Jeff Sheppard; 12. T.J. Green; 13. Justin Long; 14. Mark Patterson; 15. Albert McCall; 16. James Holder; 17. Jason Honey; 18. Timothy Cummings; 19. Brad Shirley; 20. J.C. Howell.Stock Cars – 1. Chad Estes; 2. Dillon Smith; 3. Billy Wade; 4. Brandon Taylor; 5. Charles Cosper; 6. Damon Hammond; 7. Dennis Bissonette; 8. Jason Batt; 9. Sam Sovey; 10. Robin Batt; 11. C.J. Gray; 12. Anthony Otken; 13. Jeff Bauser; 14. Joe O’Bryan; 15. Keith White; 16. Tristan Carmen; 17. John Frydrych; 18. Tony Hamil; 19. Chris Cockrell; 20. Brandon Hood; 21. Robert Black.Hobby Stocks – 1. Shannon Dulock; 2. Jeremy Oliver; 3. Brandon Geurin; 4. Andy Roller; 5. A.J. Dancer; 6. Jamie Herring; 7. Ray Kemp Jr.; 8. April Phillips; 9. Westin Abbey; 10. Stacey Robinette; 11. Mark Geurin; 12. Ronnie Gregory; 13. Halie Brown; 14. Chad Bowman; 15. Chase Breese; 16. Jonathan Beard; 17. Tommy Phillips; 18. Richard Shields; 19. Corey Samford; 20. Jamie Haynes.
Tottenham stretched their unbeaten run to five matches in all competitions on Thursday when they beat Anzhi Makhachkala 4-1 in the Europa League. Memories of the 6-0 drubbing at Manchester City have more or less faded, but Tottenham still have a lot of work to do if they are to gain Champions League qualification. They will face one of their trickiest hurdles this weekend when Suarez comes to White Hart Lane having scored 15 goals this term. With Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard both out through injury, the onus will fall on Suarez to provide the goals for the Reds again this weekend, and Villas-Boas hopes he can keep the former Ajax striker quiet. “He’s a player going through a wonderful individual moment,” the Tottenham manager said. “He’s full of the confidence. We have to be aware of his strengths. “He’s a player that individually can solve the game. “So we have to be aware not only of the people that feed him but the actual individual moments of brilliance that we saw this season, that have been so decisive for Liverpool. “He’s a key player for them and very difficult to stop.” Tottenham’s own first-choice striker Roberto Soldado also goes in to the match full of confidence after scoring a hat-trick in midweek. Press Association The Spaniard tucked away a tidy header and then produced a top-class finish before scoring his fourth penalty for Spurs. Soldado oozed confidence after scoring his first and he swaggered his way through the rest of the match, demanding the ball and bouncing off defenders just like he did on a regular basis for Valencia. Confidence is coursing through the veins of most of the Tottenham players at the moment following their recent unbeaten run. Villas-Boas’ position came under scrutiny a few weeks ago, but now he is glad that things are on the up. “We have had a good recovery and a good response from the team from that setback,” Villas-Boas said. “If we manage to get a win against Liverpool we’re completely back on track with the top teams. “It’s a big, big game for us – we won’t be that far off, even if we don’t win that game.” With Arsenal taking on Manchester City on Saturday, this weekend is a good chance for Spurs to climb into the top four from their current position of sixth. If all goes to plan, Spurs could end the weekend joint third. The Londoners beat Liverpool 4-0 at White Hart Lane last season, but they fell to a damaging 3-2 defeat at Anfield in the reverse fixture. Liverpool have improved immeasurably since, thanks to Suarez’s strike rate. Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson knows, therefore, that Sunday’s game will be a good barometer for judging Spurs’ top-four chances. “Where we finish this season is more important, but Sunday will be a big test for us,” the Iceland international said. “It’s a very good game for us to win and get three points and push us up the table.” Spurs will give late fitness tests to Danny Rose and Christian Eriksen before deciding whether to include them in the squad. The duo returned to action following long-term toe and ankle injury layoffs in midweek, but Villas-Boas is aware that either player could suffer a relapse if they play in what is expected to be a tough and physical encounter. The other selection dilemma Villas-Boas has is up front. Soldado is full of confidence following his hat-trick, but Jermain Defoe has started the last two league games and looked good at Sunderland. With Jan Vertonghen sidelined because of an ankle injury, Etienne Capoue looks set to continue out of position at centre-half. Andre Villas-Boas knows Tottenham’s top-four chances will take a big blow this weekend if they fail to shackle Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.
He added: ‘I am looking forward to working with the players and staff at this great club and especially renewing my wonderful relationship with the Chelsea fans.” Hiddink is at Stamford Bridge for Saturday’s match with Sunderland but Mourinho’s number two Steve Holland will take control of the team alongside Eddie Newton, who is now assistant first-team coach. Hiddink previously took temporary charge of Chelsea in February 2009 and guided the Blues to FA Cup success at Wembley. Chelsea’s announcement came hot on the heels of Mourinho revealing he is already looking for a route back into management. Mourinho was axed after Chelsea followed up their title win last term with nine defeats from their opening 16 games. But the Portuguese, who released statement through the agency which represents him, is ready for a new challenge. “He will not be taking a sabbatical, he isn’t tired, he doesn’t need it, he is very positive, and is already looking forward,” CAA said in a statement. “Because of his love of football, you will see Jose at football grounds working and supporting friends. He will not be attending any high-profile games because he wants to discourage any speculation about his future. The Dutchman, who had a previous spell in charge at Stamford Bridge in 2009, succeeds Jose Mourinho, who on Thursday paid the price for the club’s disastrous start to the season. Hiddink, 69, whose last post was as Holland coach, said on the club’s official website: “I am excited to return to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in the world but is not where it should be at the moment. However, I am sure we can all turn this season around.” “During his career, Jose has sometimes chosen to leave a club, but only at Chelsea has the club decided that he should leave. “Each time represents for him the end of a cycle, and the opportunity to start a new one. Jose hopes that his future after Chelsea this time will be as successful as when he left the club in 2007.” Blues chairman Bruce Buck used his programme notes to shed some light on the events of the past few days after owner Roman Abramovich’s patience finally ran out. He wrote: “On Thursday the difficult decision was made for Jose Mourinho to leave the club. I can assure you it was not a decision we took lightly “Nor was it a spur-of-the-moment decision; Mr Abramovich and the board anguished over it for some time. The decision was made for no reason other than to do what we believe is in the best interests of this club. “We will not forget what Jose achieved here during his two spells as manager. “But the start of this season has come as a major disappointment to the owner, the board and Chelsea fans everywhere and I think it is fair to say nobody expected us to be in the position we are in the Premier League just before Christmas. “Now we have to look forward and, in order to make the most out of what remains of this campaign, we believed a managerial change was needed.” Captain John Terry, meanwhile, attempted to shoot down rumours that Mourinho was axed due to the influence of the players at the club. In his captain’s notes, the defender wrote: “We are aware there have been rumours of player power at the club but I want to make it clear that is not the case. “We leave all decisions to Mr Abramovich and the board, and know that our job, as players, is to focus on getting results on the pitch. “We players have to look at our performances and take responsibility for where Chelsea sit in the table right now. The manager going doesn’t change that we are responsible, and to be 16th in the table is not acceptable from us.” Mourinho wasted little time in reappearing in a football stadium, attending Brighton’s Amex Stadium on Saturday for their noon Sky Bet Championship clash with Middlesbrough. Press Association Chelsea have appointed Guus Hiddink as their new manager until the end of the season.