WILLISTON, N.D. – Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds race for $1,200 to win both nights of Williston Basin Speedway’s Friday and Saturday, Aug. 7-8 Can-Am Shootout.Both features are qualifying events for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot and IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Belleville Motorsports North Central Region and Allstar Performance State points, but not local track points, will be given.The Modified portion of the program will be draw/redraw and the driver with the top two-day point total receives a trophy.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks race Friday and Saturday, for all applicable points.Pit gates open at 3 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. both nights.More information about the 16th annual Can-Am Shootout is available by calling 701 770-6589, on Facebook and at www.willistonbasinspeedway.com.
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The National Enquirer, which is considered to be President Trump’s favorite supermarket tabloid, is being sold.American Media Inc. (AMI), the Enquirer’s publisher, announced on Thursday that it is selling the publication to James Cohen, a son of the founder of the Hudson News airport newsstand shops.The Enquirer, which has been losing money for several years, was put up for sale earlier this year. Sources say a drop in circulation and revenue played a role in the company deciding to end its association with the magazine, which also caught the attention of federal investigators during the 2016 presidential campaign.American Media, which is led by David Pecker, a longtime friend of President Trump, is also selling The Globe as well as The National Examiner in the deal. According to The Washington Post, the sale is worth $100 million.The principal owner of American Media, hedge fund Chatham Asset Management, reportedly encouraged Pecker to unload the Enquirer after federal investigators discovered that AMI purchased a story from former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claimed that she had an affair with the President. The company bought her story for $150,000 and did not publish it. Federal prosecutors from the Southern District of New York granted Pecker an immunity deal as part of their investigation.American Media also signed a non-prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors. In it, the company affirmed the payment to McDougal was to “influence the election.”The deal stipulated that American Media “shall commit no crimes whatsoever” for three years and that if it did, the company “shall thereafter be subject to prosecution for any federal criminal violation of which this office has knowledge.”Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos also accused the magazine of trying to blackmail him a few months ago. He alleged that the Enquirer threatened to publish explicit photos of him, claims which the magazine has denied.The Enquirer, originally The New York Enquirer, was headquartered in Lantana from 1971 to 1999, when it moved to Boca Raton for several years. Generoso Pope, who bought the title in 1952, moved it here from New Jersey in 1971. His widow, Lois, then sold it 30 years ago for $412.5 million.
DT: What has been on the biggest adjustment living in Japan?Sakai: Obviously, it’s a whole different country with different customs, and a whole language I’ve never studied before. In order to apply for the JET program, knowing Japanese is not a requirement … I can communicate a lot easier than I could when I first got here … All the people around me, their English has improved through talking with me and my Japanese has improved through talking with them so mutually we’ve just been helping each other learn a lot. Daily Trojan: What does your job entail?Teach · Teresa Sakai majored in social sciences and English at USC. – Photo courtesy of Teresa Sakai Teresa Sakai: My job ranges from visiting elementary schools to implement the English program there to visiting junior high schools and team teaching with a Japanese English teacher to holding my own English class for adults and children. That’s just my experience, but every situation is different depending on what the needs of the town are and how many schools there are in the town.DT: How did your education at USC help you in your career?Sakai: As an English major I can present myself with a professional air and I can see where certain mistakes are being made in the language with the students that are practicing. DT: How did you end up teaching in Japan?Sakai: I was going through the career fair last fall at USC. I knew I wanted to be a teacher, but I wanted to get some experience before going to grad school. I was basically looking for anything teaching-related because I know it’s difficult to get an actual education job without higher education and I saw the booth for the JET program … It seemed like a great opportunity because I love to travel and I really wanted to just try and get some experience. DT: In your experience what are some of the greatest cultural differences between Japan and Southern California?Sakai: All the students in Japan from junior high to older wear uniforms to school, and I grew up in Southern California so this threw me off at first. Also, the school system is a little different. Instead of the students going form classroom to classroom and the teacher staying put, the students stay in home room, and the teachers move from classroom to classroom. And you find with in the Japanese language you address people based on their seniority. There’s a very high level of respect for people that may be your superiors and you express it. DT: How were you affected by the recent natural disasters?Sakai: Of course everybody in Japan has been affected. My island is north of everything that’s been going on and my town is on the south coast so we felt the earthquake at a three or four magnitude. Earthquakes happen here all the time so at first it didn’t seem like a huge deal until we saw the news coverage of what was going on. And since my town is coastal we had some damage — the water levels near the harbor rose three meters, which resulted in a lot of flooding. But no one was hurt, which is really great … Also my area does not have the rolling blackouts … I visited Tokyo two weeks ago when my parents came to visit and life is going on as usual. The perseverance of the Japanese people is really amazing. Teresa Sakai, who majored in social sciences and English, is an assistant language teacher for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme in Hokkaido, Japan. She graduated from USC last May. The Daily Trojan spoke with Sakai about her work. DT: What is one of your greatest college memories?Sakai: I just love the football atmosphere. That’s been really hard for me to miss out on. I’ve been going to ’SC football games since I was in high school. So fall and autumn to me means football season. Just everyone wearing their school colors and supporting the school no matter what, I really miss the school pride. You can bet I’m always wearing my cardinal and gold on what would be game day and now my students know a little bit about American football.
Freshman guard Desiree Caldwell looks for the basket against Fresno State Nov. 28 at the Galen Center. (Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan) “Our kids practice hard,” head coach Mark Trakh said. “That’s why you win games. Kids talk, and you get after it and you just have to keep competing so hopefully we can keep it going.” The Wildcats and the Sun Devils are currently No. 7 and No. 5 in the Pac-12 standings, respectively. Even though the teams have not been playing at the level they were hoping to coming into this season, they are both eight games above .500. The Trojans have a quick turnaround this week as they prepare to play the Arizona Wildcats and the No. 16 Arizona State Sun Devils over a three-day span. After already losing to the Bruins earlier this season, the Trojans came into Saturday’s game with a chip on their shoulder. With great performances all around, the Trojans managed to pull off their first conference win in a 72-67 victory to extend their overall record to 11-6. Coming into the season, the USC women’s basketball team was projected as one of the top teams in the Pac-12, after they finished 20-11 overall and 9-9 in conference play last year. The Women of Troy started off the season living up to expectations by winning ten out of their first eleven games, only to lose five straight matchups to start conference play. In what seemed to be a lost season, the Trojans are looking to turn things around after beating crosstown rival UCLA. “If we play like this the rest of the way, we’ll be very competitive,” Trakh said following the UCLA game. Mazyck had her breakout game last week against the Bruins, scoring 26 points and shooting 100 percent from the free throw line in all 40 minutes of play. In her senior year, the Trojans hope that Mazyck can repeat her success from previous seasons to lead the team to their first NCAA tournament appearance since the 2013-2014 season. “This was my last USC-UCLA game,” Mazyck said. “Our pride was on the line. It’s hard to be positive when you’ve been losing, but we stayed positive and got positive results.” The Wildcats will look to even their conference record when they host USC, while the Sun Devils aim to extend their recent success after upsetting No. 9 Oregon State in a double-time thriller on Jan. 20. If the Trojans hope to beat both these teams, they will have to rely on senior guard Aliyah Mazyck and junior guard Minyon Moore to repeat their successes from Saturday. Against the Wildcats, the Trojans will have to pay attention to redshirt sophomore guard Aari McDonald, Arizona’s star player. In 18 games this season, McDonald has had a total of 449 points, 113 rebounds, and 45 steals. She is a force to reckoned with on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. As for the Sun Devils, they bring in key freshman guard Iris Mbulito. Also playing 18 games this season, Mbulito leads all Arizona State players in points, free throw percentage, and steals, with 265, .838, and 25, respectively. Moore was on fire in her last five games,, averaging 39.4 minutes played, 14 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Against the Bruins, Moore had one of her best games, playing all 40 minutes and finishing with a double-double. The Women of Troy hope to win two more conference games this weekend when they travel to Arizona to take on the Wildcats this Friday at 6 p.m. and the Sun Devils this Sunday at 12 p.m.
The final score at McDonagh Park in Nenagh was Tipp 1-11 Offaly 0-11They now go into the national final, which is expected to take place next month.The second semi final to decide who Tipperary’s opposition will be will take place tonight.