Anderson, Meents grab victories in Monster Jam event in Carrier Dome

first_img Published on March 9, 2014 at 3:03 pm Contact Tyler: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ The night began with 16 trucks parading around a beautifully constructed Carrier Dome floor littered with cars, ramps and other obstacles.But after three hours of destruction, a series legend and a budding superstar left Syracuse as victors on Saturday.Ryan Anderson knocked off his father, Grave Digger driver Dennis Anderson, in the finals to win the racing portion at the wheel of Son-uva Digger, while Tom Meents willed his broken Max-D truck to a freestyle victory in the fourth-annual Monster Jam event at the Dome. The win was Anderson’s first in Syracuse, and the second for Meents in as many years.RacingThe track layout was a Chicago-style oval, so competitors lined up at opposite corners of the arena before running one full lap and crossing the finish line on opposite sides. The two corners, in addition to the tacky dirt that Scooby-Doo driver Nicole Johnson deemed “very slippery,” made for a competitive bracket.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter the qualifying round, it was clear the two Andersons were the class of the field. They posted the fastest time-trial runs, setting up a potential father-son duel in the final race.The first real surprise of the event came during round one. After a poor qualifying effort, Meents, the defending racing champion, was forced to face BJ Johnson and Mohawk Warrior as the No. 9 seed. The 11-time world champion fared no better in his first knockout race, as he clipped a turning car and lost to Johnson, a 2014 Young Gun.The closest race of the night came later in round one. Marc McDonald’s El Toro Loco and Rod Schmidt’s Monster Mutt Rottweiler crossed the finish line simultaneously. Upon review, though, McDonald had beaten Schmidt by only two-hundredths of a second.The semifinals featured both Andersons, along with McDonald and Linsey Weenk’s Lucas Oil Crusader. In the first pairing, Dennis Anderson beat a hard-charging Weenk to the line by only two-tenths. The younger Anderson followed with an easy victory over McDonald.Unfortunately, the battle between father and son ended before both trucks reached their first turn. Grave Digger stalled without warning, and the older Anderson could do nothing but sit helplessly inside the cockpit. Son-uva Digger sped by and motored to the title.During his post-race victory interview, Ryan Anderson promised that Grave Digger would return with a vengeance in freestyle. Then he warned the field of his own intentions.“We are gonna rip this place up, Syracuse,” Anderson said. “I’m gonna trash it tonight!”FreestyleThe Son-uva Digger driver backed up those words with a terrific performance during the freestyle trick portion of the competition.After delivering a barrage of big air and slap wheelies, Anderson finished his 30 seconds of bonus time by rolling his smoking truck onto its roof. His score of 28 points propelled him to the lead, which had been held by Schmidt.Only his father and Meents remained, and Anderson issued a challenge for the latter.“Max-D, bring it on baby!” he yelled.Meents did and proved why he’s the defending world freestyle champion.The cagey veteran soared higher through the air than any other competitor, and victory seemed imminent until his right-front tire separated from its axle.Rather than quit, however, Meents kept speeding across the floor on three wheels. When one jump put him on his roof, he mashed the throttle and was able to pirouette the truck back into a drivable position. He then ended his run by planting his machine into a pile of four crush cars as the crowd roared in delight.Meents’ initial tally of 25 tied Anderson, but his four points during bonus time gave him a score of 29 and the trophy. He immediately thanked the fans for their constant enthusiasm.“We have 16 of the best trucks and drivers tonight,” Meents said. ‘Syracuse expects the best, and we’re giving it to them.”Grave Digger came in third with 26 points, and Schmidt’s Monster Mutt fell to fourth place.Most of the 16-truck field will now prepare for the World Finals XV championship event, which begins at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas March 20. Commentslast_img read more

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World Cup 2018: German fans left speechless, Mexicans celebrate wildly

first_imgDefending champions Germany suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against Mexico at the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Sunday.Germany were handed their first defeat in a World Cup opening match in 36 years.The result left the German fans in absolute shock but the Mexicans danced in the streets and celebrated their team’s stunning victory at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Germany were the clear favourites as they took on Mexico in their opening match of the tournament. But the North Americans had other ideas as they pulled off a massive upset against the reigning world champions.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE Mexico fans inside the Luzhniki Stadium (Reuters Photo)The historic win was earned through Hirving Lozano’s goal. The 22-year-old scored in the 35th minute with a low shot past Manuel Neuer. The goal led to wild celebrations in the stadium and back home in Mexico.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL FIXTURESIt was the second successive World Cup that the champions were beaten in their opening match after Spain were thrashed 5-1 by the Netherlands in Brazil four years ago. The result left the German fans in absolute shock (Reuters Photo)Fans on social media celebrated goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa’s performance, circulating memes depicting him as president of Mexico. Mexicans danced in the streets and celebrated their team’s stunning victory (Reuters Photo)Others riffed on U.S. President Donald Trump’s pledge to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico, placing photos of Ochoa guarding the goal alongside the caption “Hey! We already have a wall.”advertisementGerman newspaper today:”Sorry Mexico, today we build the wall”Karma’s:México beat Germany in the #WorldCup #GERMEX 0-1 pic.twitter.com/OLFc8Y5QHPLove Tiwari (@43kinglove43) June 17, 20181-0!! S/o to all my Mexican homies back at home who couldnt make it to Russia #GERMEX pic.twitter.com/CPauqOjGN1Tony White (@TonyWhiteMM) June 18, 2018Another popular meme depicted German Chancellor Angela Merkel holding a phone to her ear with the text: “Donald? It’s me Angela. Please build the wall.”Hello @realDonaldTrump, please build the wall. #GERMEX #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/MsKwD715cwPaul Kyallo (@paulokyalo) June 17, 2018Leroy Sane at home like #GERMEX pic.twitter.com/fMoBko0Tv7Brian Latim (@brianlatim) June 17, 2018Mexico will face South Korea in their next game on Saturday in Rostov-on-Dov, Russia.The Mexico Goal by Hirving Lozano that beat Germany with some classic commentary from Enrique Bermudez#worldcup #GERMEX pic.twitter.com/Fk7W0liZUuRoar Of The Kop (@_RoarOfTheKop_) June 17, 2018The Germans, who are bidding to become the first team to retain the World Cup title since Brazil in 1962, next play Sweden on June 23 before facing South Korea in their final group game four days later.last_img read more

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Mahrez on Leicester bench v Man City

first_imgLeicester City Mahrez on Leicester bench against Man City Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 00:40 2/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Riyad Mahrez Leicester City Watford Getty Leicester City Manchester City Manchester City v Leicester City Premier League Riyad Mahrez The Algeria international almost joined Pep Guardiola’s side in the January transfer window but has now returned to the Foxes fold Riyad Mahrez has been named on Leicester City’s bench for Saturday’s clash with Manchester City, after his January move to the Etihad Stadium collapsed on deadline day.The Algeria international handed in a transfer request after Pep Guardiola’s side tabled a bid worth £60 million for his services.However, it is understood that the Foxes demanded in excess of £95m for the winger, who this season has returned to the form that saw him become an integral member of Leicester’s title-winning team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Indeed, Mahrez has scored eight goals and provided eight assists in 24 Premier League outings thus far this season and now appears to be back in favour at the King Power Stadium.“It’s important to have Mahrez in the squad to look forward and to move on,” said manager Claude Puel.”We’re stronger with him. There’s a good feeling in the team. Today we have an opportunity, against a team we have already played twice, to try something different.”Guardiola’s men, meanwhile, sit 13 points clear of second-placed Manchester United and will hope to extend that resounding lead this weekend, with United playing on Sunday.Sergio Aguero leads the line for the Blues, while January signing Aymeric Laporte partners Nicolas Otamendi in defence.Guardiola named just six substitutes last time out, as City drew 1-1 with Burnley, but has picked seven this time, with youth prospects Lukas Nmecha, Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz all involved.Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Gündogan, De Bruyne, Sterling, Bernardo, Agüero Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Kompany, Stones, Nmecha, Foden, DiazLeicester XI: Schmeichel, Dragović, Maguire, Fuchs, Albrighton, Silva, Ndidi, James, Chilwell, Diabaté, Vardy. Subs: Jakupović, Simpson, Benalouane, Iborra, Gray, Mahrez, Iheanacho.last_img read more

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