By Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. (April 2) – Cody Gearhart squeezed by race-long leader Beau Davis on the 17th circuit to capture his first local Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified victory since June of 2013, on opening night at Dodge City Raceway Park.“That really was a tale of two races,” Gearhart said in victory lane after the 20-lapper. “I was getting passed at one point, then things all worked out.”Gearhart spent the early portion of the race chasing Davis, who gunned into the lead from the front row outside.Gearhart briefly fell back a spot when William Nusser battled by to claim second at the midway point. Nusser looped it the next time around in turn four, collecting fourth-runner Cole Traugott in the process.Back up to second, Gearhart kept the pressure on Davis and capitalized when the leader bobbled in turns thee and four on the 16th lap. With the bobble, Gearhart was able to pull alongside and then motored ahead through turns one and two.Gearhart took the checkered flag ahead of Nick Link, who edged Davis at the line for runner-up honors. Ryan Heger and 13th-starter Brendon Gemmill rounded out the top five.Dakota Sproul took IMCA SportMod honors in the closing stages, Tyler Tipton topped the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Iowan Shannon Anderson bested the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.
Minimum Wage: According to information provided by Wikipedia from the preliminary 2006 Nigerian Census figures, Neymar’s cost price would work wonders in the Nigerian labour force. Taking into account the 36 states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory, all states excluding Kano, Lagos, Kaduna, Katsina, Oyo and Rivers State are under the 5million population mark per state. At a present rate of N18,000 monthly minimum wage, Neymar’s cost price will pay 5,300,000 Nigerian workers drawn from any of the 31 states, a welcome relief it will be to the Nigerian governors. Unfortunately, they can only dream about such a bailout as the funds belong only to FC Barcelona! Defence and Health Budget: A couple of days ago, Twitter went on a meltdown when it was revealed that Manchester City’s total defence cost more than the national defence budget of Bosnia and DR Congo. Well, wait for it! According to information gathered from a December 2016 publication of Punch Nigeria, which gave a detailed breakdown of the 2017 national budget, the ministry of defence and health were both allocated the princely sum of N87billion each. Unfortunately, the purchase of just one football player dwarfs those figures, as Neymar will comfortably fund either of the ministries budget with about N8billion remaining unspent. The football world was shaken to its bone marrows, when PSG through Neymar’s representatives paid the £198million (N95billion) release clause in FULL to Barcelona on Thursday.Here are five things the record transfer fee when converted to Naira can purchase in Nigeria.Linda Ikeji’s home: News broke out late 2014, that renowned blogger, Linda Ikeji had purchased a home for a reported sum of N500million in Banana Island, Lagos. The area which houses the super-rich, and powerful in Nigeria, will be shaken to its foundation if Neymar does venture into the real estate business in Nigeria. Agreed that real estate appreciates over time, but judging by the 2014 estimate of Ikeji’s home, Neymar’s big fat cheque will purchase 190 houses in Banana Island! Galactica Star: Nigeria playboy, Kola Aluko, who is a known associate of former Petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke has been reported to own a £50million Galactica Star yacht which he rented out to billionaire entertainment couple, Jay-Z and Beyonce. Aluko is under intense global pressure to dispose of the luxury item, but a closer estimate reveals that Neymar’s £198million transfer fee will comfortably purchase three or four of such yachts.4 Davido: Nigerian and global music act, Davido who is widely known as Omo Baba Olowo (O.B.O) in his home country was in the news earlier in the year with talk of 30billion in the account. Though he never revealed the currency the said sum was owned in, but it could be concluded that it was in Naira. Davido went over the moon, releasing a single titled ‘IF’, where he talked about having 30billion in the account. Based on the Neymar transfer fee, O.B.O will be forced to record three of such singles in the studio! RelatedLa Liga Rejects Neymar 222m Euros Payment From PSGAugust 3, 2017In “Europe”Analysing A Potential Neymar Switch To The City Of LoveJuly 22, 2017In “Europe”Neymar To PSG: Pros And ConsAugust 4, 2017In “Europe”
Liverpool confirmed the signing of Roberto Firmino on Wednesday, with the Brazil international set to join from Hoffenheim.Firmino will move to the Merseyside club subject to a medical, although the Premier League side have yet to reveal the length of his deal at Anfield, simply describing it as “a long-term contract”.The 23-year-old attacker played 33 matches for Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga last term, scoring seven goals.Firmino will undergo his medical after Brazil’s participation in the Copa America.It has been reported that Firmino could cost anything from £25million to £30million, which would make him Liverpool’s second most expensive player behind Andy Carroll. Firmino, who was also linked with Manchester United, Arsenal and Zenit, has nine caps for his country and was on target in a 2-1 Copa victory over Venezuela on Sunday.Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has also brought in James Milner, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan and Joe Gomez since the end of a disappointing 2014/15 season.Firmino joined Hoffenheim from Figueirense in December 2010 and enhanced his reputation in the 2013/14 campaign, scoring 22 goals in all competitions.
B&H athlete Kemal Mešić won the 15th place in sphere tossing at the World Indoor Championship in Sopot. In qualifications, Mešić achieved the result of 19,50 meters, which was enough for placement in finals. Only three competitors managed to achieve the norm for finals, which was 20,70 meters. Later on, five more competitors joined, all thanks to the placement.Mešić was the only B&H representative at the World Championship. (Source: Fena)