CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – An award option is new this season in the Performance Bodies and Five Star Bodies program benefitting IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod drivers.Each of the five Modified regional champions and rookies of the year, and both SportMod national champions and the rookies of the year receive MD3 Modified nosepieces or four MD3 rocker panels.The rocker panels are new to that program.“Giving racers more options is certainly something that adds value to any contingency program and the addition of the rocker panels to this program accomplishes exactly that,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder.More information is available by calling Performance Bodies at 800 722-4641.
Head coach Brent Crouch was proud of the effort his squad displayed despite injuries and is confident in its abilities going forward. With 10 of their 20 remaining matches coming against ranked opponents, the squad will be challenged to respond to adversity as it has done early on this season if it wants to build on last year’s strong performance. “We are not 100% [health-wise],” Crouch said. “We are getting there … We are looking forward to getting everyone practicing at 100% and really [hitting] the Pac-12 schedule in stride.” This is USC’s third 3-0 sweep this season, and it hopes to carry this momentum into Pac-12 play beginning Wednesday against UCLA. The Bruins were swept in their last two matches by No. 11 Hawaii and UC Santa Barbara, while the Trojans enter conference play ranked No. 25 in the nation. Senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier had a season-high 18 kills along with 19.5 points against the Toreros. USC regained its strength in the second game of the week against Long Beach State. The Trojans had 15 kills and four aces in the first set, taking it 25-21. They easily won the second set 25-11 with an additional 15 kills. The third set proved to be more difficult, but USC held the lead, finishing the sweep 25-20. The match against San Diego was a tough fight throughout the full five sets. USD won the first two sets, and USC struggled to keep up given the Toreros’ effective blocking. However, the Trojans stayed resilient after going down 2-0 and were able to battle back in the third and fourth sets to tie it up 2-2. Senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier had a combined 39.5 points in the Trojans’ two games this past weekend. ( Sinead Chang / Daily Trojan) The fifth set was tight, but USC fell behind 14-11 due to an overturned call. The Trojans couldn’t come back from the deficit, losing 15-13 and ending in a three-games-to-two loss. Lanier led the Trojans in the second match with 20 points and 17 kills. Junior outside hitter Brooke Botkin had a career high with six kills, six digs and four of the Trojans’ 12 service aces. Following its three-win performance at the Trojan Invitational — including a sweep of Villanova, which entered the game with a 5-1 record on the season — No. 20 women’s volleyball fell to San Diego 3-2 Thursday before swiftly defeating Long Beach State 3-0 Friday.
Super Bowl 53: Rams RB Todd Gurley’s health, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski’s future highlight opening night
“I guess things didn’t finish out as strong as they started,” Gurley said Monday. “But, I’m here at the Super Bowl. So, that’s all that matters.“I’m going to do whatever I can do to help this team win.””Things didn’t finish out as strong as they started…But I’m here at the @SuperBowl!” – @TG3II 😁📺: #SBOpeningNight on @NFLNetwork pic.twitter.com/mIgKX0LvPe— NFL (@NFL) January 29, 2019Meanwhile, Patriots star Rob Gronkowski had some fun during introductions but became serious when asked about his future.FULL GRONK MODE 😂😂😂 @RobGronkowski#SBOpeningNight pic.twitter.com/c2WgcQWhQE— NFL (@NFL) January 29, 2019The 29-year-old tight end did not rule out retiring after the Super Bowl.“I don’t know,” Gronkowski said when asked if Sunday will be his last NFL game. “I’m thinking about how to get myself to go full go (against the Rams). Just working on that.””I don’t know. I don’t know.”@RobGronkowski isn’t thinking about retirement. He’s worried about #SBLIII📺: #SBOpeningNight Live on NFL Network pic.twitter.com/eyiZgcomNo— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) January 29, 2019Gronkowski caught 47 passes for 682 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games for New England this season. He has made five Pro Bowls during his nine-year career. Tom Brady says there is a ‘zero’ percent chance he retires after Super Bowl 53 Todd Gurley is ready for the biggest game of his career. The star running back’s health was a topic of speculation after he received just four carries in the Rams’ win over the Saints in the NFC championship game. But, Gurley said at Super Bowl 53 opening night that there’s nothing wrong with him physically and he’s excited for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. “I’m feeling good,” Gurley said. “It’s a good feeling. You just get on that field and you just feel like you can’t be stopped. That’s how you’re supposed to feel.””You get on that field and you feel like you can’t be stopped. That’s how you’re supposed to feel.”@RamsNFL RB @TG3II says he’s feeling good and ready for #SBLIII📺: #SBOpeningNight Live on NFL Network pic.twitter.com/IGd3eMWMyL— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) January 29, 2019Gurley, who missed the last two games of the regular season because of a knee injury, finished 2018 with 1,251 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. But, he tallied just 10 yards on the ground in the victory over New Orleans. Related News Super Bowl 53 odds: Patriots solidify stance as favorites Other notable moments from opening night included Sean McVay discussing his relationship with Bill Belichick as well as quarterbacks Tom Brady and Jared Goff sharing the stage.”For him to even take the time to text me after a game, it means a lot.”Sean McVay on his relationship with Bill Belichick. (via @Nate13Burleson) #SBLIII📺: #SBOpeningNight on @NFLNetwork pic.twitter.com/WNueQUtUl3— NFL (@NFL) January 29, 2019″I’m not giving him any advice.” 😂 #SBLIII📺: #SBOpeningNight on @NFLNetwork pic.twitter.com/7T3lMPVOW4— NFL (@NFL) January 29, 2019The Rams and Patriots will matchup in Super Bowl 53 on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET in Atlanta, Georgia.