first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – Danny Kladis, who had the distinction of being the oldest driver and having the earliest start of living Indianapolis 500 competitors, died April 26 in Joliet, Ill. The 1946 Indianapolis 500 starter Kladis was 92.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Although thought of generally as being a Chicago-area driver, Kladis was born Feb. 10, 1917, in Crystal City, Mo. He began racing midgets in 1935, and his career was gathering momentum when it was interrupted by World War II. Kladis flew with the Army Air Corps and was a flight instructor. After the war ended, he was hired by the youthful Granatelli brothers to drive in the 1946 Indianapolis 500. It was the first “500” experience for all of them, their mount being one of the 1935 front-drive Ford V8 Millers in which the engine had been replaced by a stock-block Mercury outfitted with a Grancor (Granatelli Corp.) head developed by Andy and his brothers. In a race of great attrition, the steadily running Kladis had moved from 33rd starting position to 16th when he made a pit stop for fuel. No sooner had he returned to the track than his engine lost power, causing him to slow and stop in Turn 2. The Granatellis raced over to the car and towed it back through the infield to the garage area, where they discovered the fuel safety valve had not been switched back to “on” at the conclusion of the stop. To their further frustration, the car was not allowed to re-enter the contest, ruled as having “left the race course,” and therefore a retirement in spite of being in perfect running order.Advertisement Kladis never qualified for a second “500” despite practicing with cars virtually every year for the next 10 years, although he did rack up 50 laps in the 1954 race as a relief driver for Travis “Spider” Webb. His final try was in 1957, when he struggled unsuccessfully with a pair of Grand Prix cars, a 10-year-old Maserati and a pre-war Mercedes–Benz outfitted – to the horror of purists – with a Jaguar sports car engine. Kladis, the surprise winner of a 1954 AAA East Coast sprint car race at Allentown, Pa., was voted into the National Midget Racing Hall of Fame in 2007 due to his numerous sectional titles. He was a fun-loving storyteller who was once described by a chuckling IMS Public Address announcer Tom Carnegie as being “a rascal.” Kladis claimed, “Andy Granatelli called me ‘The Wonder Boy of the Speedway’ because it was a wonder every time I came around.” And, when asked if he had a middle name, Kladis responded: “Oh, no. My parents couldn’t afford one.” Kladis is survived by his sons, George, Christopher, Danny and Mike, and his daughters, Joanne, Carole and Cecilia. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jean. Calling hours are scheduled for 3 to  8 p.m. (local time) Wednesday, April 29 and Thursday, April 30 at Kurtz Memorial Chapel in New Lenox, Ill. Services are scheduled for 9:15 a.m. Friday, May 1 at the funeral home chapel followed by a funeral at 10 a.m. at the All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Joliet. Burial will take place at the Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville, Ind.last_img read more

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first_imgPORTRUSH, Northern Ireland, (Reuters) – If there were any nerves concealed behind Shane Lowry’s thick beard they had no impact on his golf as the Irishman took the British Open by the scruff of the neck with a sensational course record in yesterday’s third round. On a day ripe for scoring on a becalmed Dunluce links, joint overnight leader Lowry provoked a chorus of roars from the galleries that had flocked to the Antrim coast as he moved four shots clear of Tommy Fleetwood with an eight-under 63.Several other players, notably Englishman Fleetwood, tucked into the third-day birdie-feast but they could not keep pace with the 32-year-old from across the border.Rory McIlroy may have disappointed the huge sell-out crowds by missing the cut for the weekend, but in his place Lowry has become the focus of adoration from the supporters. As he walked down the approach to the 18th green, he was given a standing ovation and the chanting of his name continued long after he had left the course.“My mind is still a bit fuzzy, I just really enjoyed it today,” Lowry, from County Offaly, said. “I played great golf, the crowd were incredible and I just felt so comfortable.“Tomorrow it’s going to be tough but there is nowhere I would rather be. A four-shot lead in the Open, in Ireland.” CALMNESS PERSONIFIEDFleetwood, who had been calmness personified throughout the day, was left wondering quite how his near-perfect round of 66 had left him trailing the leader by four shots.“You can easily get frustrated because Shane is doing so well and how well he’s playing,” said the Lancastrian. “But you have to look at it realistically. I had a great day today. I had one of the best rounds of the day and I was bogey-free. Shane just played great and I’m four back. But that’s it, I’m just happy with how I played.”It was a day of outstanding golf from the two leaders but also from the chasing pack with J.B Holmes (69) in third place, six strokes behind Lowry and Brooks Koepka (67) and Justin Rose (68), both seven off the lead.With rain and high winds forecast for today, all will feel they still have a chance — if Lowry stumbles. Beginning the day tied on eight under with Holmes, Lowry birdied the third, fifth and ninth going out and then moved into the outright lead with a birdie at the 10th following a magical seven-iron approach from the rough after a rare wayward tee shot.Fleetwood, playing one hole ahead with compatriot Lee Westwood, was also in scintillating form but having reached 12 under with a birdie on the 12th he could make no more inroads.MISSED CUTSLowry, whose previous best in a major was tied for second at the 2016 U.S. Open, had missed four consecutive cuts at the British Open but is now well placed for a remarkable victory. Having grabbed the lead he birdied the 15th and then a superb tee shot at the par-three 16th named ‘Calamity’ saw him sink another one.Cries of “Ole Ole” broke out as Lowry then nailed his approach on the 17th before another birdie dropped.He almost sunk his birdie putt on the 18th too, which would have given him a record-equalling 62 for a round at a major, a mark set by Branden Grace at the 2017 Open, and wore a grin as wide as the fairway as he walked off. Fleetwood will still believe he can catch Lowry and win his first major today after a blemish-free third round.Westwood, 46, began his third round with some outstanding ball-striking — making three successive birdies and briefly topped the leaderboard but he fell away and finished on eight under after a disappointing 70.Holmes would probably have settled for a round of 69 when he awoke yesterday, but it left him six off Lowry’s searing pace. Earlier, England’s Danny Willett took the clubhouse lead with a sizzling six-under 65 to reach seven under, before American Rickie Fowler, still seeking a first major after regularly knocking on the door, moved to eight under with a 66.Defending champion Francesco Molinari’s hopes of retaining the title look over after he could only manage a one-over 72 to leave himself two over going into the final day.last_img read more

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first_imgSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:13Steph Curry dances and dazzles in Manila return00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments UK thanks PH for rescuing Brit, Filipino wife abducted in Sulu MOST READ PVL: PetroGazz pounces on tired Army for bounce back win More than half of the collegiate black golfers compete at HBCUs, but those programs are constantly struggling for survival. Only about a quarter of the more than 100 HBCUs have golf teams, said Craig Bowen, president and founder of the Black College Golf Coaches’ Association.Howard abandoned its golf program in the 1970s before Curry, a two-time NBA MVP who has won three championships with the Golden State Warriors, intervened last week. He donated some of his fortune toward a six-year deal to help the school relaunch its men’s and women’s teams for the 2020-21 academic year.Jackson State University in Mississippi made history in 2007 by becoming the first HBCU to compete in the NCAA Division I golf tournament. But the university suspended its men and women’s golf teams a decade later when it faced a budget crisis.Some HBCUs struggle to find black golfers and end up fielding teams with white players, and the programs are among the first to get targeted during budget crunches.“It’s not football or basketball generating dollars, and they don’t want to go out and spend money and actually have to go out and raise money for golf,” said Bowen, who used to coach golf at Chicago State and Benedict College in South Carolina, which are both HBCUs.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Many believed that Woods’ barrier-shattering ascent that started with his historic 1997 win at the Masters — at a club that once banned black golfers — would usher in a new generation of African American players on the PGA Tour.But those projections didn’t materialize, in part because of the deep challenges that young African Americans still face when it comes to taking up a sport that requires considerable expense and travel to play at a high level.“A lot of my golf organizations and clubs are really being challenged in attracting young people,” said Debert Cook, publisher of the African American Golfer’s Digest.Curry, who has long been known as a passionate golfer, made the announcement about his Howard donation at Langston Golf Course, one of the few U.S. golf courses to allow African Americans when it opened in 1939. The course was home to the Royal Golf Club and the Wake Robin Golf Club, the nation’s first for African American men and women.African Americans made steady progress in golf after Langston Golf Course was built, culminating with Woods’ domination of the sport in the early 2000s.In 1964, Althea Gibson, a tennis pioneer who also played golf professionally, became the first black woman to play in the LPGA Tour. And Charlie Sifford joined the PGA Tour in 1961 after years of the organization’s whites-only clause that kept out golfers of color.Andrews said young golfers still have to fight the perception that it’s “a white man’s” sport. He hopes that a resurgence of HBCU golf will help bring more African American youth into the sport.Golf is a great way to teach discipline and perseverance, he said, as well as an avenue into the corporate world for students who may not otherwise have a way in.“We use golf, but the real teaching is about life,” Andrews said. “This is a great sport, and we have too much tradition as a people trying to get into the sport to lose it now,” Andrews said.Curry’s gift to Howard in Washington is bringing new attention to golf at historically black colleges and universities and spotlighting the harsh budget constraints that they face in keeping their programs alive.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotelBlack colleges and universities are a crucial pipeline to increasing diversity in golf at a time when few African Americans are playing the sport at the college and professional levels.Only about 300 of the NCAA’s more than 10,000 college golfers are black, according to association data. And just three African American golfers are on the PGA Tour: Tiger Woods, Harold Varner III and Cameron Champ. ‘Ghost guns’ are untraceable, easy to make, more prevalent Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry tees off at Langston Golf Course in Washington, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, following an announcement that he would be sponsoring men’s and women’s golf teams at Howard University. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON  — Ernie Andrews looks out to the grounds of Washington’s historic Langston Golf Course and shrugs at the fact that fewer young black golfers are coming out to play these days.As a black man and longtime pro at a place that was once one of the few courses in the U.S. where African Americans were allowed to play, Andrews is hoping a gift from NBA star Stephen Curry to re-establish a golf program at prominent and historically black Howard University is the start of an upward trend.ADVERTISEMENT Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA Women’s football teams served just egg, kikiam and rice for breakfast What a relief! Paris show lifts taboo on historic outdoor loos LATEST STORIES Renovation of old sports venues not just for SEA Games uselast_img read more

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