NASCAR holds final Next Gen test at Phoenix

The next time the NASCAR Cup SeriesNext Gen cars drive on a track, it will be in a race. Tuesday and Wednesday saw Phoenix Raceway host the seventh-generation car’s final organisational test ahead of its racing début in the Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The test came two weeks after another two-day session was held at Daytona International Speedway, where the first points race with the Next Gen car will take place in the form of the Daytona 500 on 20 February. Conversely, Phoenix is the final race of the season on 6 November.

Reigning champion Kyle Larson was the fastest in the first day of testing, while Ryan Blaney led the way in the second. Much of the cars that tested at Daytona returned for Phoenix with the exception of Spire Motorsports, MBM Motorsports, and Rick Ware Racing. RWR’s ally Stewart-Haas Racing Read the rest

Latest Bel-Air Teaser Trailer Finally Reveals That “One Little Fight” Scene

Pretty much anyone who was around in the ’90s will know the words to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song by heart, and if you don’t – we feel sorry for you. In all seriousness, Will Smith’s iconic TV show – which helped catapult the fledgling star into worldwide popularity – was a staple back in the days before streaming took the world by storm, and we consumed shows in a more calendar culture kind of way.

Fast-forward to today, though, and Peacock has greenlit a brand-new reboot of the beloved sitcom for modern viewers – simply dubbed Bel-Air -, and it’s scheduled to begin streaming on Feb. 13.

As you can imagine, there’ve been lots of trailers to help shed some light on what fans can expect from the series, and today we have a new teaser video for the upcoming show, which reveals a scene we never … Read the rest

Brain Injury Association hit out at Senegal medics for treatment of Sadio Mane after AFCON concussion

Sadio Mane was worryingly allowed to play on through concussion during Senegal’s most recent AFCON game and this action has attracted criticism.

Despite playing on and later scoring, the decision to allow our No.10 to play on has been criticised by Luke Griggs, the deputy chief executive of Headway (the brain injury association).

He said (via BBC Sport): ‘On the face of it, this seems to be yet another example of football putting results ahead of player safety.

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‘This was a sickening collision that clearly left both players in enough distress for a concussion to have surely been considered a possibility at the very least.

‘At that point, the principle of ‘if in doubt, sit it out!’ should have resulted in Mane being substituted without another ball being kicked’.

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Donny van de Beek transfer to Crystal Palace hinges on potential Jesse Lingard Newcastle deal

Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek could reportedly be more likely to get his loan transfer to Crystal Palace after latest developments.

It looks like Man Utd are set to block Jesse Lingard from moving to Newcastle, which makes it more likely that Van de Beek can be cleared for a move away from Old Trafford.

Ralf Rangnick has not been keen to lose either player, but it would be even more unlikely for Van de Beek to join Palace if Lingard completed a switch to St James’ Park.

Neither Van de Beek nor Lingard have played a lot of first-team football for United so far this season, though some Red Devils fans would surely be happy to see a bit more of them.

Skateboarding: It’s A New Generation

Skateboarding and the birth of the skateboard have been around since the 1920’s: where it all began. Skateboarding was slow to begin; but, when it did, it spread like wild flowers. Throughout the time span of 1920’s to 2012 the skateboarding industry and has made comebacks. Each time the industry came back, it became more extreme. Now it’s time for the new generation to come in.

The first known skateboard was in the 1920’s. Between the 1920’s and 1930’s created was a three wheeled metal device. By the 1940’s, the first four wheeled aluminum skateboard were made. In the 1950’s skaters were putting the wheels and trucks onto a plank of wood: homemade. In the 1960’s was the introduction of the first manufactured skateboard. Southern California’s surf shop; Val Surf, began making its own complete skateboards: the first known retail shop to sell skateboards. Kids began referring to skating as

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Sam Raimi Officially Weighs in on Spider-Man: No Way Home

Few movies in recent memory left filmgoers with such a sense of nostalgic satisfaction as Jon Watts’ multiverse-spanning action-adventure pic, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and amazingly, it’s still – over five weeks after its initial theatrical release, no less – absolutely smashing it at the box office. One question that’s been buzzing around fans’ collective consciousness, however, is: how did Sam Raimi – the OG director of the Tobey Maguire trilogy – feel about the Web-Head’s latest outing?

Well, in a recent interview with Variety, the veteran writer-director revealed his thoughts regarding Spider-Man: No Way Home, and it seems that he – like the majority of cinemagoers – really enjoyed his time with the flick. Quick warning, though – be wary before reading on, as there may be some spoilers for those who haven’t had a chance to watch the film yet.

“It was so much fun,” Raimi said. “I

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Liverpool move to protect young players with appointment of mental health specialist

Liverpool have brought in mental health specialist, Ishbel Staker, for the purpose of protecting young players and ensuring that they are ‘prepared’ for the realities of social media.

This comes from the Daily Mail (via This Is Anfield), with concerns raised over the culture of online media and patterns of abuse.

“The club is very keen to make sure the young players who are coming through, or just breaking into the first team, are prepared for what can come their way online,” a source revealed to the publication.

“Trolling for some footballers has been as bad as it ever has been in the last 12 months and most young players are locked into social media.

“The new mental health consultant is giving young players the chance to talk about the abuse they get and get bespoke advice on how they can cope with that.”

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Ex-Arsenal & Liverpool star keen on transfer move for “amazing talent” at either of his former clubs

Former Arsenal and Liverpool star Michael Thomas has spoken exclusively to CaughtOffside about a potential transfer deal for Ousmane Dembele as his Barcelona future looks in doubt this January.

The France international has had a mixed spell at the Nou Camp since joining the club from Borussia Dortmund back in 2017, but it’s fair to say he remains highly regarded.

Dembele will be out of contract at the end of this season and that makes him a tempting option for top Premier League clubs, with Thomas making it clear he still thinks the 24-year-old has plenty to offer.

Thomas points out that Dembele has had some bad luck with injuries, but looks like potentially a good fit for either Arsenal or Liverpool, two of his former clubs.

“I think he is an amazing talent who can dazzle and do whatever he wants when he is in the right space,” Thomas … Read the rest

Barcelona and Dortmund in talks for a like-for-like player swap

Barcelona have made the position of some players abundantly clear this transfer window, with stars such as Ronald Araujo, Pedri, Ansu Fati, Gavi, and Nico Gonzalez headlining the list as non-transferable assets.

Oscar Mingueza, Clement Lenglet, Samuel Umtiti, and, shockingly, Sergino Dest are on the other list. While the three centre-backs have not had a consistent run of form or minutes, Dest started the season superbly as one of the best creators in the La Liga.

Unfortunately, he has failed to adapt to life under Xavi, and the club is looking to offload him in an attempt to bring in an influx of cash. According to the reliable Gerard Romero, Barça are working on a deal with Borrusia Dortmund that would see Thomas Meunier move to Camp Nou in exchange for Dest.

After initially struggling to fit in Bundesliga last season, the Belgian has shown signs of life under Marco … Read the rest

Joey Gase, Shane Lee to drive for Emerling-Gase at Daytona

Emerling-Gase Motorsports‘ début at Daytona International Speedway will be with a pair of cars sporting inverted numbers. On Monday, the team announced co-owner Joey Gase will drive the #53 Ford Mustang in the NASCAR Xfinity Series season opener alongside the #35 Toyota Supra of Shane Lee. Both cars will be sponsored by cryptocurrency KittyKatCoin.

Gase, an Xfinity regular with experience across NASCAR’s three national divisions, formed EGM on his own in November as Joey Gase Racing. The name was dropped when Whelen Modified Tour driver Patrick Emerling joined the ownership group a month later.

Lee signed with the team during its existence as JGR, bringing with him assets including a set of Toyotas that he acquired from his former Xfinity team H2 Motorsports. H2 provided his most recent NASCAR seat when he ran seven races for the team in 2019, though it folded due to legal … Read the rest