Tony Stewart completes three-peat at annual TQ Midget race

first_imgTony Stewart, a recent inductee of the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2020, defended his back-to-back titles at the King’s of the UMRA Three-Quarter Midget Race on Tuesday night at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds.The annual TQ Midget race was co-sponsored by the Tony Stewart Foundation, which provides grant funding to well-qualified organizations serving children who are critically ill or physically disabled, animals at-risk or endangered, and drivers injured in the sport of motor racing.MORE GRASSROOTS: Elledge OK after scary wreckMORE GRASSROOTS:  Kenseth conquers SlingerRELATED: Upcoming FansChoice.tv coverageStewart, once again racing in his hometown of Columbus, Indiana, has collected the checkered flag in this event each of the last two years, with Tuesday night’s win completing the trifecta.The three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion battled handling issues throughout the night, leading to a rough start to the competition. After a less-than-ideal fourth-place finish in his heat race and a fifth-place run in qualifying, Stewart gained an edge in the main event with an inverted top-six starting order that gave him the outside line on the front row.In the opening lap, Stewart sped his way into the lead — a lead he never surrendered. He went on to dominate all 25 laps, holding off strong pushes from polesitter Anthony Lawrence and 14-year-old Emerson Asxom, en route to his third consecutive hometown-race victory.RELATED: Harvick, Stewart grace cover of NASCAR Heat 4last_img read more

How a coughing ape is changing our ideas about animals, humans and language

first_imgThe Washington Post:The 280-pound gorilla fits awkwardly in the lab at the Gorilla Foundation, her domed head brushing up against the cabinets that hang just below the ceiling. She looks into the camera and touches a lone, large finger to her lips, waiting.“How about when you’re, um, coughing?” researcher Penny Patterson asks from off screen.Koko the gorilla raises a hand to her mouth, waits a beat, then wheezes into it, sounding every bit like an aging smoker.“That was good!” Patterson cheers, while Koko holds a massive hand out to her, as though accepting the praise.…For a recent study in the journal Animal Cognition, language researchers Marcus Perlman and Nathaniel Clark mined Gorilla Foundation recordings to identify nine distinct “vocal and breathing behaviors,” that Koko has learned from more than 40 years living with humans, including coughing, blowing into the recorder and “speaking” into the phone.…“There’s a longstanding idea that nonhuman primates they have an extremely limited ability to learn new vocalizations and to control those vocalizations voluntarily,” Perlman, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Wisconsin and the paper’s lead author, told The Washington Post. “But the Koko case study shows that’s not true. She was able to acquire new vocal behaviors and also breathing, and that suggests there’s a basic capacity in place with great apes, that maybe this capacity over millions of years evolved into what we now know as speech.”Read the whole story: The Washington post More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Genuine Parts Co. Announces New Executive Officer

first_imgAdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementGenuine Parts Company (GPC) announced today that Scott Sonnemaker has joined the company as group president, North American Automotive.  In this key role, created to further the company’s global focus, Sonnemaker will have responsibility for all aspects of the automotive business in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.Sonnemaker is a seasoned executive in the distribution industry, having spent many years leading teams in the complex, multi-vertical structure of food service distribution at Sysco Corp. Upon joining Sysco in 1996, Sonnemaker advanced his career with progressively larger sales and operational leadership positions, including several key executive level roles. Most recently, he served Sysco as senior vice president, International Americas, which included responsibility for Canada, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Previously, he was chief customer officer and senior vice president of sales from 2010 to 2016.  Prior to his tenure at Sysco, Sonnemaker served in the U.S. Navy from 1985 to 1990, and he was national sales manager for Mobil Corp. from 1990 until 1996.Paul Donahue, GPC president and CEO, commented, “We are excited to welcome Scott to the Genuine Parts Company family. Scott is a proven leader and executive with an extensive distribution background making him an excellent choice for this new role. As Group President for our North American Automotive business, Scott will lead our talented and experienced management teams to maximize the future growth potential for this important segment of the company.”last_img read more

Vanderbilt QB Shurmur ‘ready to go;’ no starter named

first_img“… We try to put our quarterbacks in as many game-like situations as we can so the game slows down and these guys can play a little faster.”Reach Adam Sparks at 615-259-8010 and on Twitter @AdamSparks. NEXT GAME VANDERBILT (3-6, 1-4 SEC) vs. KENTUCKY (4-5, 2-5 SEC) When: 3 p.m. Saturday TV/radio: SEC Network/1510-AM, 95.9 FM Vanderbilt true freshman quarterback Kyle Shurmur is “fully available” to play in Saturday’s game against Kentucky, but coach Derek Mason has not named his starter.Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur (14) is available to play against Kentucky Saturday after sitting out last week's loss at Florida.Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur (14) is available to play against Kentucky Saturday after sitting out last week’s loss at Florida.Shurmur suffered a concussion in a loss to No. 16 Houston two weeks ago. He was in uniform for last week’s 9-7 loss at No. 11 Florida, but Mason said Shurmur was the “emergency” quarterback.On Tuesday’s depth chart, Shurmur and sophomore Johnny McCrary were listed as the possible starter against Kentucky. They both played against Missouri and Houston before Shurmur’s concussion.“(Shurmur) is fully available. He is ready to go,” Mason said. “We will continue to look at those guys as we go through the week of practice.”Price, Cutler among 9 in Vanderbilt Hall of FameMcCrary was 3-of-14 passing for 30 yards against Florida, but Vanderbilt did not commit turnover for just the second time in the past two seasons.“If we don’t turn the ball over, I think we’ve got a chance to beat anybody we play,” Mason said.Shurmur made two starts after his midseason debut. He was 10-of-20 passing for 89 yards, no TDs and no interceptions in a 10-3 win over Missouri. But he struggled to a 3-of-11 clip for 20 yards and one interception in the 34-0 loss to Houston.Neither quarterback has been able to kick-start the offense over the past month, as Vanderbilt has posted season lows in total yards in three consecutive games, capped by last week’s 175-yard performance at Florida.Vanderbilt defense rises, offense fallsMason said regardless of the quarterback, the offense “is trying a lot of different things right now (in practice). I’m not going to talk about those. You’re going to see them on Saturday.”Vanderbilt is among the best defenses in the country, ranking in the top 15 in several categories. So Mason said he’s tasked his talented defense with blitzing Shurmur and McCrary more in practice to prep them for gameday.“We get after them. We try to bring as much pressure as we can,” Mason said. “Anybody can sit back there and throw in 7-on-7 (drills). It’s what you do when you have guys staring down the barrel at you that really decides how you move your feet, if you can extend the play, do you make the right decision.SPANNING THE SEC: Check in for the latest news, notes, scores and more for one of college football’s best conferences!last_img read more

Pochettino denies rift with Tottenham striker

first_img1 Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has denied a rumours fall-out with Emmanuel Adebayor after the striker was again dropped for Spurs’ Europa League travels.Despite being one of the club’s most experienced and high-profile players, the 30-year-old has not featured away in the competition since last year’s trip to Sheriff Tiraspol.Adebayor was an unused substitute that night in Moldova, perhaps after falling out with then head coach Andre Villas-Boas, yet his absence has continued despite re-establishing himself under Tim Sherwood and now Pochettino.The striker started against Asteras Tripolis at White Hart Lane two weeks ago but has not travelled for the reverse fixture in Greece – the sixth straight European trip he has not been involved in.That led to the Argentine coach was being peppered with questions at the pre-match press conference, leading him to flit between English and Spanish as he attempted to straighten out the emerging rift reports.“Aaron Lennon is not here, Kyle Naughton is not here, Younes Kaboul is not here,” he said when asked specifically about Adebayor. “It is the same situation.“I decide the list for those coming to Greece and the players here are the players in the squad that will play.“Okay, yes, it is a reality that Adebayor has not travelled in three games from England, to Limassol, Partizan Belgrade and here.“For every single mission, for every single trip, we have our organisation and selections. We are ready.”Adebayor’s absence could also suggest the Togo striker has been rested ahead of Tottenham’s Premier League clash with Stoke on Sunday.That would be a blow to young forward Harry Kane – and many Tottenham fans – given the striker’s impact in place of the ineffective Adebayor last weekend, when the 21-year-old’s introduction helped Spurs to come from behind to win 2-1 at Aston Villa.When that was put to Pochettino, in tetchier mood than usual, he replied: “I want to say that tomorrow we have a very important [match]. Our mind is only on Asteras.“Every game is different, a different moment,” he added. “We know Asteras at home is a difficult team, a strong team.“Their supporters are brave and we expect a very, very difficult game. Different, sure, to what we played in London.“It will be a very important game for Asteras Tripolis, but don’t forget we also want the three points.”last_img read more