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NASCAR flips switch on new website

first_imgBold, interactive design hits cyberspace with fans in mind “As people wake up and log on to the new NASCAR.com today and every day moving forward, they will see that it was designed with one thing in mind: the fans,” said Marc Jenkins, vice president of digital media for NASCAR. “This digital experience is meant to constantly evolve based on user feedback, with the goal of a creating a better digital experience for our fans.”On the new NASCAR.com, the excitement of NASCAR will be captured through dynamic video, big, bold imagery, interactive graphics and the latest news and in-depth analysis from a choice group of NASCAR insiders and writers. Much of the content being produced by NASCAR.com’s editorial team will be focused on the upcoming races, giving fans the opportunity to consume rich, comprehensive event information on a week-to-week basis.“The simplified NASCAR digital platform makes for easier user navigation and maximized interaction,” said Jenkins. “And most importantly, fans will have the same digital experience no matter what type of device is being used — be it a PC, a tablet or a mobile phone.”Across the entire digital platform, there are also plenty of options for fans to further engage in on-track action on race day. The interactive live leaderboard will provide fans with in-depth information in real-time on each driver, while the popular RaceView and RaceBuddy applications will be improved for an enhanced broadcast complement on race day. Fans will also be able to engage in NASCAR FANTASY LIVE, the official NASCAR fantasy game, which will have a brand new look and feel.For fans heading to the racetrack, the new NASCAR.com will continue to serve as a great destination for in-depth information on NASCAR-sanctioned race tracks. From information on local attractions, track history, and most importantly, ordering race tickets, fans need to look no further than the digital home of NASCAR: NASCAR.com.Finally, in addition to an entirely new website, NASCAR will release a pair of mobile apps before the start of the Shootout at Daytona (Feb. 16, FOX) and the Daytona 500 (Feb. 24, FOX), giving fans an unprecedented second screen experience on their tablets and mobile devices.   •    NASCAR Mobile ’13 – This app is highlighted with content such as latest news, race leaderboard, video, social media updates, in-car audio, live data and more.•    NASCAR RaceView Mobile ’13 – In addition to the aforementioned features, this premium app will render a virtual live race environment, giving fans the ultimate tool to follow their favorite driver in real time throughout the entire race.NASCAR selected SapientNitro last summer to help design and build the platform for NASCAR’s new digital experience. NASCAR has also worked very closely with technology services firm Omnigon, which has acted as an advisor throughout the build. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Calendars officially turned to 2013 just a few days ago, signifying for many a point of resolution – a fresh start in determining a new course of action. Like millions of its loyal fans, NASCAR took a bold step by officially flipping the switch on a brand new digital experience, highlighted by a revamped NASCAR.com. center_img ALL ABOUT GEN-6Virtual tour: Inside the Gen-6 carTimeline: History of NASCAR carsGen-6 101: Five things to knowlast_img read more

Spanish FA proposes Barca, Real, others for UCL

first_imgRelatedPosts Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says UCL: Benfica kicked out by player who left club one week earlier + other results MultiChoice unveils sport channels, content line-up The Spanish FA have proposed the clubs they wish to take part in European football next term should the Spanish top flight fail to be completed, but it is set to cause huge controversy.Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla and Real Sociedad are the sides currently in the top four of LaLiga and they have been proposed by Spanish football’s governing body to compete in the Champions League if the division fails to restart, according to Marca.Although there will be little complaint about the inclusion of the top two, the inclusion of Sevilla and Real Sociedad is sure to spark fury from Getafe and Atletico Madrid below them in the table.Just two points separate the four sides, but it is Getafe who will have the most to complain about should they lose out to Sociedad with no further playing action this term.Jose Bordalas’s side would miss out on a first ever appearance in the Champions League on goals scored, due to having the same amount of points and goal difference than Sociedad.Worse still, LaLiga’s first tie-breaker rule is head-to-head which Getafe lead having won 2-1 at Real Sociedad earlier in the season.But the rule does not come into effect until both matches have taken place, meaning Getafe would have to settle for a Europa League spot.They would be joined in the competition by Atletico Madrid, who knocked European champions Liverpool out of the Champions League in their last match before the coronavirus pandemic shut the game down across Europe.Meanwhile, Athletic Bilbao would also seal a Europa League spot courtesy of reaching the Copa del Rey final, with opponents Real Sociedad having already gained a Champions League place.However should the game eventually be played and they lose, the place would revert to seventh place in LaLiga table which is currently held by Valencia.No decision has yet been taken on how the Spanish season will end.Despite the European places having been proposed, there is still no decision on how the title race between Barca and Real Madrid as well as the relegation battle will be resolved if the the top flight is not completed.Tags: Spanish FAUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

Kansas student manager Huey plays in actual game almost 3 years after 3rd collapsed lung

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ It was Chris Huey’s final game before Christmas break during his senior year of high school and he made a move to the basket on the first play of he game. But the defender took a charge and Huey’s momentum took him to the ground.One of Huey’s teammates running down the lane tripped, and one of his knees hit Huey in the back of the head. The other slammed into Huey’s rib cage. It was the latter that would be the start of a life-changing sequence of events.“My collapsed lung didn’t really hit me until the next day when I was out shopping with some family,” Huey said. “I ended up passing out because I wasn’t getting oxygen to my brain.”After the first time, Huey’s lung collapsed twice more during his freshman year at the University of Saint Mary (Kansas). He never ended up playing a game for the Spires due to health issues, and instead transferred to Kansas and became a student manager for the basketball team.He’s had the position going on three years, and on Saturday, the 6-foot-7, 185-pound senior became the first student manager to play in an actual game in Bill Self’s 12-year head coaching tenure. It not only validated the work Huey’s done for the team behind the scenes, but fulfilled a lifelong dream for a 23-year-old whose future was once in doubt.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“You watch your child in a hospital bed, not really knowing what the outcome’s going to be,” Huey’s mother, Joanne Huey, said. “Just to be suited up was significant but to get in the game, honestly, it still seems so surreal.”While running sprints on the third day of practice at St. Mary, Huey could tell something was wrong. It turned out to be his second collapsed lung, and forced him to re-evaluate his life, his mother said.After his second surgery, Huey began to get back in shape. The surgery wasn’t effective, he said, because of his physical growth around his lung. One day, he just felt weird and it ended up being the third collapse.“He had a lot of time with all three of them because when you have a chest tube, you have to wait for the chest tube to do its work,” Joanne Huey said. “And it’s 5–7 days sometimes before the lung’s in place again. He had a lot of time to think about life.”Huey’s doctors told his mother that they’d never had any problems on such surgeries and that her son was the exception. By that point, Huey had already decided to transfer to live a normal college life.Once he earned a spot as team manager in his sophomore year, Huey took up the responsibilities of setting up for practice, assisting in drills and doing the team’s laundry.“It’s something that gave him the ability to stay with basketball even though he had to give it up,” Huey’s younger sister, Elizabeth, said.In the time leading up to last Thursday’s practice, the KU coaching staff and student manager coordinator Larry Hare would ask Huey vague questions to indirectly find out if he was NCAA eligible and fully healthy without hinting that he’d suit up.Then after practice, Self announced in the team huddle that Huey would wear No. 23 against TCU on Saturday. When Huey got to his phone, he first texted his siblings, Elizabeth and Andrew, telling them not to make plans for Saturday or tell their mother yet — which he did after taking a quick interview.Two days later, a large Huey contingent sat anxiously behind the TCU bench as KU’s lead wavered between single and double digits as the clock ticked down. But with 35 seconds left, Kansas had stretched its lead to 11 and Self motioned for his student manager.Elizabeth started sobbing and couldn’t hold her phone’s video camera straight. Joanne was crying and blocked the fans behind her after standing up, telling them, “I am so sorry, but that’s my son.”“Walking to the scorer’s table and checking into the game was just an amazing feeling,” Huey said. “Being able to see the crowd come to their feet when I checked into the game was something that I’ll never forget.”With less than 20 seconds remaining, Huey received a handoff from Wayne Selden Jr. near halfcourt, drove to the basket and put up a layup off the backboard that didn’t hit the rim or net.“Nerves took it way too far,” Huey joked.The standing crowd let out a collective “Aw,” but the moment wasn’t about the miss. It wasn’t about air-balling a layup in front of 16,300 people. It was about someone who sat on top of a basketball when he was a kid, watching Kansas, claiming that he’d play for them one day.“He doesn’t have the physique for it but I’ll tell you, he made his dream come true at the age of 23,” Joanne Huey said. “How many of us can say that?” Comments Published on February 25, 2015 at 12:20 am Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more