Tony Stewart says he’d be ‘ecstatic’ if NASCAR came to Eldora Speedway

19 Oct

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- As NASCAR looks for new venues for the Camping World Truck Series schedule, Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway, a half-mile dirt oval in Rossburg, Ohio has been mentioned as a possible site for the 2013 Truck schedule.

On Friday, Stewart said that the possibility of the series coming to Eldora had, in fact, been brought up, and that he would be ecstatic if NASCAR came to his short track.

"But the rumor about the trucks, trust me, I would be ecstatic if we could get any NASCAR race at Eldora, that would be great," Stewart said. "But, I've talked to NASCAR, they've been looking at all kinds of tracks. You know, it's been brought up in conversation but that's about as far as it's gone right now."

A Truck Series race has never been run on a dirt track. The ARCA Series runs on dirt tracks in addition to paved tracks of all sizes and styles, and according to ARCA owners in this article by SB Nation, the transition between the two surfaces isn't all that complicated.

One race that won't be held at Eldora in 2013 for certain, however, is the Prelude to the Dream, Stewart's annual charity race that features drivers from all different racing disciplines in a late model race. Kyle Busch won the eighth Prelude earlier this year, but because of changes to the format of The Dream (the prestigious late model race that follows the Prelude), the Prelude is taking the year off.

"It takes a ton of work to put the Prelude on and we're changing our format for how we run The Dream that weekend and making it a three day weekend with that series, so we're trying to focus on that a little bit more and some changes that we think are going to be better for our late model race," Stewart said. "So we just needed to take a year off while we focus on that and make sure we don't get overloaded for that."

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MAC Preview: Akron hopes to avenge its tourney title game loss to Ohio

12 Oct

Yahoo! Sports is breaking down each league for the upcoming college basketball season working backward from No. 31 to No. 1. Here's a look at our No. 13 league, the MAC.

In a largely successful 2011-12 season, Akron won 22 games, defeated Mississippi State, Detroit and Marshall in non-league play and captured first place in the MAC's rugged East Division.

About the only thing the Zips didn't accomplish is returning to the NCAA tournament.

A one-point loss to Ohio in the MAC tournament championship game denied Akron an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and relegated the Zips to the NIT. The sting of that painful loss should provide ample motivation next season to an Akron team that returns four starters from last year.

Akron surrendered the second least points per possession of any MAC team last season, an accomplishment that can largely be attributed to the presence of 7-footer Zeke Marshall in the paint. Marshall blocked 2.8 shots per game and altered countless others, enabling the Zips to pressure the ball and deny the passing lanes on the perimeter without fear of being beaten off the dribble.

Although Marshall is a threat to score in the paint or on the offensive glass, Akron largely will be a perimeter-oriented team when it has the ball.

MAC sixth man of the year Quincy Diggs being dismissed from the team this month is certainly a considerable loss, but the Zips have plenty of other backcourt options. Point guard Alex Abreu is a good shooter and distributor, Chancey Gilliam is hustle player who does all the little things and Brian Walsh is an accomplished long-range specialist.

Despite all the key players Akron returns from last year's regular season champs, the Zips still may not be the favorites in the MAC. That honor probably goes to Ohio, which wasn't as consistent as Akron last winter but caught fire in March and advanced all the way to the Sweet 16.

All the important pieces from last season return for the Bobcats, including a backcourt featuring league player of the year favorite D.J. Cooper, versatile guard Walter Offutt and shooter Nick Kellogg. Ohio has adequate talent in the paint and a deep bench. The loss of coach John Groce to Illinois might normally be a concern, but new coach Jim Christian knows the league well from his successful Kent State tenure.

Behind Akron and Ohio, another MAC East team — Buffalo — likely has the best chance of making the NCAA tournament. Eastern Michigan and Toledo will be the favorites in the weaker MAC West, though Eagles coach Rob Murphy must make sure he didn't lose his team with his flirtation with an NBA job this summer and Toledo coach Tad Kowalczyk must find a way to motivate his players despite a postseason ban due to low APR scores.

Best shooter: Nick Kellogg, Ohio
Best playmaker: D.J. Cooper, Ohio
Best defender: Zeke Marshall, Akron
Coach on the rise: Keith Dambrot, Akron
Coach on the hot seat: Billy Taylor, Ball State
Three must-see games: 1. Ohio at Memphis, Dec. 5 (Lone chance for a marquee non-league win for the Bobcats; 2. Akron at Puerto Rico Shootout, Nov. 15-18 (The Zips could theoretically face Oklahoma State, Tennessee and NC State); 3. Eastern Michigan at Syracuse, Dec. 3 (Rob Murphy returns to the school where he served as an assistant from 2004-2011)

New coaches: Jim Christian, Ohio (Had been coach at TCU); John Cooper, Miami (Ohio) (Had been coach at Tennessee State)
Regular-season winner last season: Akron (East); Eastern Michigan (West)
Tourney winner last season: Ohio
League RPI rank in each of past 3 seasons: 2011-12: 17th ; 2010-11: 20th, 2009-10: 15th
Last NCAA tourney win by a league team: 2012, 13th-seeded Ohio defeated Michigan, South Florida

More conference previews from Yahoo! Sports:

Horizon League (No. 14): An unlikely Florida recruiting pipeline has sparked Youngstown State's revival; Valparaiso won't sneak up on anybody this season

Ohio Valley Conference (No. 15): Isaiah Canaan talks about coming back to Murray State, his most famous shot and how Hurricane Katrina altered his life; Murray State, Belmont poised to continue league's run of recent success

Ivy League (No. 16): Princeton's Ian Hummer excels at a school he has adored since childhood; Ivy League Capsule Preview: Harvard is still a title threat despite cheating scandal

Patriot League (No. 17): C.J. McCollum bypassed the NBA and returned to Lehigh to fulfill a promise to his parents; Expect another spirited two-way battle between Bucknell and Lehigh

MAAC (No. 18): Mitch Buonaguro enters important year optimistic Siena can climb back into contention; Next step in Manhattan's stunning turnaround could be league title

Southern Conference (No. 19): Trading soccer for hoops has paid off for College of Charleston star and Great Britain Olympian Andrew Lawrence; Davidson is loaded for another run at a league title, NCAA bid

WAC (No. 20): Will the beleaguered WAC survive as a basketball league beyond next season?;WAC Capsule Preview: Utah State hopes to rebound from frustrating 2011-12 season

Sun Belt League (No. 21): In likely his final season at North Texas, Tony Mitchell wants to leave a legacy; Middle Tennessee State vies for the NCAA bid it narrowly missed last year

Summit League (No. 22): In the small town of Brookings, S.D., Nate Wolters is a reluctant superstar; South Dakota State looks like the clear favorite

NEC (No. 23): Oft-overlooked Shane Gibson hopes to go from hidden gem to stardom; NEC Capsule Preview: Three-way battle for league title could hinge on LIU Brooklyn suspensions

Big Sky (No. 24): New stars must emerge for Weber State to succeed without Damian Lillard;Montana remains the favorite despite Will Cherry's injury

Big West (No. 25): With San Diego State on its way, Big West teams are investing in hoops to avoid being left behind; Revamped Long Beach State takes aim at another Big West title

Atlantic Sun (No. 26): Humble, unassuming Torrey Craig leads South Carolina Upstate's resurgence; Which team will capitalize on Belmont's departure?

Big South (No. 27): Unwanted in high school, guards Saah Nimley and Arlon Harper are now powering Charleston Southern's resurgence; Coastal Carolina hopes home is sweet this March

Southland Conference (No. 28): Pat Knight's epic rant had unintended benefits for Lamar; Oral Roberts assumes the role of instant favorite in its new league

America East (No. 29): Stony Brook basketball draws inspiration from baseball team's College World Series run; Early departures drain league of some of its top talent

MEAC (No. 30): Rush of publicity from Missouri win has long-lasting impact at Norfolk State; Savannah State seeks NCAA bid to cap remarkable turnaround

SWAC (No. 31): Mike Davis prefers challenge of winning at Texas Southern to torture of taking a year off; Balanced league will crown new champ this year

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Jennings, Ellis lead Bucks past Cavaliers 97-80 (Yahoo! Sports)

09 Oct

Milwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis, right, shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers guard Alonzo Gee during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis scored 15 points apiece to lead Milwaukee to a 97-80 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night in the Bucks' preseason opener.

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Browns’ Richardson not scared of Giants (Yahoo! Sports)

05 Oct
BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- While breaking down game tape this week, Trent Richardson noticed some gaping holes in New York's defense. He plans to run through them - and the Giants - Sunday.
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Browns’ Cribbs won’t slow down after vicious hit (Yahoo! Sports)

03 Oct
BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Josh Cribbs opened his eyes and was surprised to see his teammates huddling around him on their knees. He got up and was approached by Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, who shook Cribbs' hand.
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Couples offers Nicklaus, Jordan assistant captain (The Associated Press)

02 Oct
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) -- Jack Nicklaus had a chance to be more than a ceremonial host at the 2013 Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village.
Tags: assistant, , Couples, DUBLIN, , Jack Nicklaus, Jordan assistant captain, Nicklaus, , , Presidents,
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Cavs guard Irving ready to go after breaking hand (Yahoo! Sports)

01 Oct

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, left, watches guard Dion Waiters as they have their photos taken during their NBA basketball media day at the team's training facility in Independence, Ohio, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) -- Posing with his arms folded across his chest, Kyrie Irving waited for instructions from another photographer.

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Strahan, Ogden, Lynch nominated for Hall (Yahoo! Sports)

27 Sep

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2007, file photo, Atlanta Falcons kicker Morten Andersen reacts after kicking a field goal in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Atlanta. Andersen was nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013 on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- John Lynch, Michael Strahan, Steve McNair and Morten Andersen are among 13 first-year eligible players for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns linebacker Scott Fujita says he plans to reschedule his postponed meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about the Saints bounty scandal.
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Richardson practices, could play in Browns’ opener (Yahoo! Sports)

03 Sep

FILE - In this July 29, 2012, file photo, Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson, left, tries to get past linebacker Scott Fujita during NFL football training camp in Berea, Ohio. Coming off a dismal 4-12 season, their eighth in nine years of at least 10 losses, the Browns enter 2012 with high hopes and low expectations. The Browns are scheduled to begin their regular season on Sept. 9 at home against the Philadelphia Eagles. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Trent Richardson has practiced with the Browns. All that's left is for him to play.

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